October Newsleter

*Standard and Altar Shelf – 2020

We offer beautiful Flower Memorials to remember a loved one, honor a person, event or whatever you wish to acknowledge.  The charts are posted on the wall in the narthex.  They are only $15.00 and so beautiful!

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The Christmas Hat & Mitten Tree will 

be up on November 1st for Bethesda Children’s Home.  The age group of boys                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and girls for receiving hats, mittens and any other new clothing are 12 to 18 years old. What a unique way to share our blessings with these special children.  Please put your donations in the box under the Christmas tree. Let’s fill that box up and once again put big smiles on the children’s faces at Bethesda this holiday season.  

PS:  The tree is up on November 1st                                              because Bethesda needs the gifts by the early part of December so they can determine who gets what gift for Christmas.   We want to thank Melvin & Dorothy Slezak for delivering our gifts to Bethesda.  We are truly blessed to have them.

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What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to

What lies within us.

A message from Elsie & Ernie Laslow…We want to thank everyone who sent cards and warm wishes to us in celebration of our 72nd wedding anniversary.  Please know it touched our hearts with feelings of caring and love.  We are so blessed!              

                Most sincerely, Ernie and Elsie

Thank you also goes out to Joe Turney and Myron Jones who catered but more importantly thought of having a free Pasta Dinner.  They not only bought most of the ingredients, cooked and packed them up but delivered them to the striking  NLMK (old Sharon Steel) workers, where they stood to protest unfair treatment from employers at three locations and the Union Hall in Wheatland as well.  Joe and Myron said they had a lot of assistance and are so very thankful for all the helping hands from so many members.  It isn’t very often that we get anything free.  Is it? Not to mention how delicious everything was as well.  The pasta was cooked just right, the tomato sauce was so very flavorful, the salad was crisp and as fresh as can be and the Italian dessert Tiramisu was outstanding as well.  That was made and donated by Karen Blosz and Donna Pavcik.  That Italian dessert got rave reviews. Consequently, the recipe is in the newsletter.  The entire meal was one of the best meals ever served.  Thank you to everyone who helped create such a masterpiece.  And again…Thank you to Joe Turney and Myron Jones for having the idea to begin with!!  See it takes a village!

We will be celebrating Reformation Sunday on October 25th.  Please be sure to “wear red” the traditional color for Reformation Sunday and come celebrate with us. I don’t know about you, but I am so proud to be a Christian and a Lutheran.

“Reformation Day” is celebrated the same day as “Halloween” October 31st.  

At the time of this publication we are not sure if our towns will be celebrating Halloween because of the pandemic.  We sure hope that it will not be cancelled because the children just love getting dressed up in their favorite costume then getting their trick or treat bag and going door to door and receiving candy.  What a really fun time for them and the neighbors giving the candy out and admiring their special costumes.  I hope for the children’s sake they approve Halloween this year.  We’ll see, fingers crossed.

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October 25, 2020

REFORMATION SUNDAY

Before the Truth Is Finished

“You will know the truth,” Jesus said, “and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32).

“The truth will set you free,” David Foster Wallace wrote, “but not until it’s finished with you.”

Before the truth is finished with us, it demands that we admit that we are not already free. We are enslaved to sin. This is the part of the truth that Luther called the law: the hard part that points out that we are controlled by our fears and desires, our self-absorption and self-doubt, our addictions and facades.

Here’s the truth: You are not your Sunday best or your Facebook profile. You are broken and enslaved by your attempts to cover it up. That can be hard to hear, but until it sinks in, we are unable to be released and receive the truth of the gospel, the good news of grace.

As we celebrate Reformation Sunday, and in the spirit of Martin Luther the church must be always reforming, always pointing beyond itself to God’s grace. 

The temptation is always there to settle for so little: a cozy collective of our most presentable selves, the right side of social issues, pat answers to incomprehensible mysteries of the universe.

Jesus’ invitation is to bring the mess that we’re in, the mess that we are. We are called to show up as our true selves, fears and regrets and doubts and all. God can handle it. The communion of saints—that is, us, the people of God—can handle it. You are loved. You are forgiven. You are free.

The truth of God that sets us free first tears us open. Church can and must be a place where we bring our broken-open selves and encounter the healing power of a God who sees us, knows us, loves us as we are, and sets us free.

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We will not be blessing any animals this year for a couple reasons…the first and foremost reason is that we are currently still in a Pandemic and it is unsafe to do so and secondly, we do not currently have a Pastor.  Maybe next year???

Francis of Assisi, renewer of the church, died 1226

Born into the family of a wealthy merchant, Francis gave up his inheritance to serve poor people. He formed the Order of Friars Minor (called Franciscans), who took on poverty and the task of preaching “using words if necessary.” Francis had a spirit of gratitude for all of God’s creation.

St. Francis was a remarkable man who lived from 1182 to 1226AD and is renowned for his love of animals.  It is believed that once he even preached a sermon to a field of sparrows.  He told the birds how lucky they were that God had made them to fly and that they always had feathers for clothing and that God had given them beautiful rivers and streams for water, and tall trees in which to nest and all varieties of food.

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Joyful Diversion’s delicious version of Tiramisu

Ingredients:

1 box of yellow cake mix

A cup of strong coffee with added sugar to make it syrupy

Box of Instant Vanilla Pudding

A square of cream cheese (soften)

Cool Whip

Cocoa (use a small strainer) 

First you make the cake mix as directed and pour half of the batter into two cookie sheets.

Bake until done

Cool

Next you poke holes in the cakes and pour the coffee syrup in the holes

Then you spread the prepared vanilla pudding that has been mixed with the cream cheese on top of one of the cakes

Then you take the other cake and put it on top of iced cake

Then you ice that top with cool whip and sprinkle with cocoa

And you are ready to cut and serve!

Yummy!!!

This is the recipe of the dessert that was served for the Free Pasta Dinner that Joe Turney and Myron Jones made on September 13th.

Dorcas News

Dorcas decided not to have a meeting in September due to Covid-19.

Sunday School News

After taking a survey of the Parents it has been decided that we will be starting Sunday School back on October 11th.   There is a change in the time of Sunday School due to only having one church service at 10:00.  Doors will open at 8:45 and Sunday School will begin at 9:00 and will end at 9:45.  

We will be having Sunday School in the fellowship hall so that we can try our best to Social Distance.  We are requiring that the everyone wear face masks.

We look forward to seeing everyone again on October 11th.  We have missed you all so much.

“Back to School Prayer”

This is my command.  Be strong and courageous!  Do not be afraid or discouraged.  For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

                                                 Joshua 1:9

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We are pleased to announce that the camera club will be using our fellowship hall again this year.  They will be meeting the first, second and third Tuesday of the month beginning on September 1, 2020 from 6:30pm until 9pm.  The following is the schedule for October, November and December 2019.

Oct. 6-Category-Black & White

Oct. 13-Category-Tech Tuesday

Oct. 20-Category-Moving Water-

                               (Including ice)

Nov. 3- -No Meeting-Election site

Nov. 10-Category- Tech Tuesday

Nov. 17-Category- Churches, Steeples,

                                 Stained Glass

Dec. 1-Category-Old signs/Road signs                            

Dec. 8-Category-Tech Tuesday

Dec. 15-Christmas Banquet/No

                                               Competition

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Again, our most genuine welcome to Camera Club!  We are so glad to be able to provide a nice place to meet. We heard through the grapevine that they welcome all who want to learn how to Smile for the camera!

Which means new members are welcome to join.

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Our Deepest Sympathy…

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Evelyn (Elsie) Ondich.  As everyone knows, we all called her Elsie.  She taught Sunday School here at Holy Trinity

for over fifty years.  How awesome is that!  We remember her smiling face that somehow lite up her eyes and the room.  She loved Holy Trinity Lutheran and the people, and they loved her.  May our Lord comfort her family at this most difficult time.

                   I Wonder Why

Why do we wait till a person’s gone

     Before we tell of their worth?

Why do we wait, why not tell them now

     They are the finest person on earth?

Why do we wait till a person’s gone

     To send them flowers galore?

When a single rose would have meant so

     Much if we’d taken it to their door?

Why do we wait till they cannot hear

     The good things we might say?

Why put it off, why not tell them now

     And share in their joys today?

Of course we’re busy – that’s our excuse

     But why, oh why do we wait?

To tell a person our love for them

     Until it becomes too late?

                                        Anonymous

A Request from the “News Desk”

Church groups and individuals with information about activities or personal achievements are welcome to submit them to the Church Office. Our readers are interested in the happenings in our church and in the lives of our congregation.

Please have articles for the November Dorcaszette in the church office by

 October 18th.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the office during normal business hours.  724 981-2050 

9:00am to 3:00pm 

Thank you

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We have a message from Myron Jones…he is requesting that people who have Loved Ones buried in our cemetery and have flowers etc. on gravesites to please remove them for winter.  We don’t know what kind of winter we will be having.  Winter winds can be very strong which would blow gravesite items everywhere.  Thank you for your kind consideration with this matter.  

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AA message from our Council President,

                        Ron Tomko

Dear Members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church,

Since Pastor Gary Nelson resigned his Call to retire as of September 1, 2020 from the ministry of our church, please be advised that he is no longer available to service our congregational members or their families.  If you have pastoral emergencies please contact the church office and we will find a solution.

Our congregation is in transition.  We are in contract with Bishop Lozano for assistance.  Thank you for your prayers during this situation.

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Ronald Tomko

Council President

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We would like to clarify something that has been brought to our attention.  Our church council approved giving Pastor Nelson a retirement gift of $500.00 but of course that monetary gift came from our congregation not the council.  Please forgive for any misconception.  Thanks                      See the source image   shuaven.org/Jjjjjjjjs://www.joshuasJoshua's Haven City Missionh

   “Valley Alive Festival 2020

Joshua’s Haven is celebrating the Feast of the Tabernacles with worship and praise.  Valley Alive call a sacred assembly and cry out to the Lord.  It will be held on Saturday October 3rd from 3 to 6pm.  Joshua’s is located at 1230 Stambaugh Avenue in Sharon, PA.  All are welcome to come.  

We would like to thank Chuck Foltz for maintaining our website.  If you haven’t gotten to explore our 2020 Holy Trinity site yet, please make the time and read and see what our website has.  Please go to www.holytrinityhermitage.com and see what we mean.  Thanks to Chuck.  

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