October Newsletter

“October 2021 Worship Team”

Rev. James Seeley, Supply Pastor

Worship Leader, Ronald Tomko

One service at 10:00am

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Worship Assistants:    

James Antel         Ronald Tomko           

Cynthia Kapusta

Lay Distributors

Sandy Kimmel          James Antel

Cynthia Kapusta       Ronald Tomko        

October 3rd

Ronald Tomko will lead worship

James Antel will assist and

Cynthia Kapusta will be Lay Distributor

Addison Tice-Acolyte

October 10th

Pastor Seeley will supply

James Antel will assist

Landen Tomko-Acolyte

October 17th

Ronald Tomko will lead worship

James Antel will assist

Sandy Kimmel will be Lay Distributor

Abby Ruffo-Acolyte

October 24th

Pastor Seeley will supply

James Antel will assist

Grace Pringle-Acolyte

October 31st (tentatively)

*Reformation Sunday

Pastor Seeley will supply

Ronald Tomko will assist

Addison Tice-Acolyte

*Everyone please wear Red.

If for any reason you can’t participate the week you are assigned, please just call the office at 

724 981-2050.   Thank you                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       




*Standard and Altar Shelf – 2021

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 Dorothy Slezak for making preparations with Bethesda to get our gifts in a timely manner.  We are so blessed to have her.

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

What lies within us.

We will be celebrating Reformation Sunday on October 31st.  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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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.  Hopefully 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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October 31, 2021


“ Free, Indeed?”

Today the scriptures tell us that God’s grace comes freely, as a gift. But is anything really free? Advertisements claiming “free” goods or services pique our attention: What’s the catch? What does the small print say? Even beyond the world of commerce, we know that nothing comes without a price: time and sacrifice are required for a scholarship to college, a promotion at work, a happy marriage, a worry-free retirement. Our worthiness and success can seem to hang on our ability to perform, to do well, to get things right, to excel. Even with those closest to us—friends, coworkers, and family members—we may feel just one mistake or misstep away from losing their approval. In such a world, is God any different?

Yet before we were even born, before our first exam or job interview, before our first failure or sin, before our first fight or our first loss, Jesus Christ hung on a cross to be a sign that God’s grace is free indeed. 

To his cross he drew every cost, every pain, every judgment, every failure—and what poured forth was only love, as pure gift. In his cross, there is no catch or small print; there is simply the divine love that has been there for us all along. This is the love of a God who made the world and called it good. It is the love of a God who formed us and gave us life. It is the love of a God who sees us, suffers with us, and binds up all our wounds.

Child of God, God loves you, deeply and freely. As an assembly, we are gathered by this truth. We practice it in the font and at the table, through our words and in our offerings. It calls us to always be reformed so God’s grace and love may pour forth through us into the world, free of charge.

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Dorcas News

     Dorcas held their Fall Picnic, hosted by the officers on Monday September 20th with 15 ladies in attendance.  We had a special guest, Sandy Kimmel.  Our devotions were read by Mary Sobey.  It was very meaningful.  She does such a good job.  After the devotions there was a moment of silence in remembrance of our deceased members that we lost this year. 

Thank you’s were read from Carl Bottenfield II, Chuck Long and Gabrielle Lucas.  Discussed was air condition for kitchen and new kitchen island.  Still getting bids in both projects.  The ladies will be selling Philadelphia Candy for the holidays.  More information about that will follow.

     Our Next meeting will be held Monday, October 18th at 12 noon.  Our special guest speaker will be Ernie Laslow who will tell us all about “Blue Birds” and the special bird houses he makes for them.  He is also going to show anyone who wishes to go with him his blue bird trail.  All are welcome to come to this special meeting and hear about this most interesting subject.      

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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 .5-Category-Flowers

Oct. 12-Category-Tech Tuesday

Oct. 19-Category-Eyes

Nov. 2- -No Meeting-Election site

Nov. 9-Category- Tech Tuesday

Nov. 16-Category- Black & White

Dec. 7 Category-Street Photography                           

Dec. 14 No Tech Tuesday

Dec. 21-Christmas Party/ 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 much sadness that we announce the passing of William Pfeiffer and Melvin Slezak..  William was from Grace Lutheran, Farrell and has been home-bound for many years.  We have shared our bulletin with him on a weekly basis and will miss very much sending him the Gospel lessons and different happenings going on around here.   And Melvin, he has helped shape this congregation.  He has with his complete attention to details helped through his love for this church and the members in it showed us what being a Christian is.  He has also been home-bound for awhile now but we have kept him and Dorothy abreast of what was going on around here and sent them a weekly bulletin too.  Our hearts are heavy and filled with sadness for their loved ones.   May our Lord comfort their families at this most difficult time and give them peace.

 The peace that only the Lord can give.

                   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?


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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We would like to clarify something that has been brought to our attention.  Pastor Nelson has only been retired one year.  I swear it seems like a lot more.  Ron Tomko, James Antel, Cindy Kapusta, Sandy Kimmel, Joanne Gerda and of course Rev. James Seeley have given us a weekly worship service that even the Bishop would applaud, having a Pastor to shepherd and guide us would be so wonderful.   Our Call Committee, Steve Banjak, Donna Ekis, Linda Chalupka, John Chlpka, Jason Tomko and Sheila Susen are all working overtime to find us a new Pastor.  And we are all most grateful for that.  Thank You’s to all because without them I shudder to think where we’d be.                          shuaven.org/Jjjjjjjjs://www.joshuasJoshua's Haven City Missionh

Thanks to all our members we are continuing to collect items for them.  And Stephanie Banjak has been kind enough to take our gifts to them.  As soon as she sees the bin getting full off, she goes to Joshua’s and delivers your donations.  Thank you to all our members who donate and thank you to Stephanie who delivers it all.  It takes a village!  

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We would like to thank Chuck Foltz for maintaining our website.  If you haven’t gotten to explore our 2021 Holy Trinity site yet, please make the time to see all that our website has.  All you have to do is go to www.holytrinityhermitage.com and see what we mean.  Thanks again Chuck.  

Well I received a phone call that the American Red Cross is coming back to our church now that the weather is cooling down.  They will be doing what they did last year which is the first and third Thursday of the month.  With one exception…in October they will only be here on October 7th because they have other scheduling difficulties.  But for sure starting in November it will be twice a month on the first and third Thursday.  Welcome back to them all, it will be our pleasure to provide a safe warm place for them to collect blood for our community and beyond.

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Our own Ernie Laslow will be joining the Dorcas ladies on October 18th to tell us all about birds, especially Blue Birds.  They are so beautiful and Ernie knows just about everything that has to do with them including how to build them a birdhouse and how to take care of the bird house.  After his talk concerning them, he is going to show whomever wants to go the bird houses he has set up at Linden point circle just down the road from here.  Everyone is welcome to attend this very interesting Dorcas meeting beginning at 12:00 noon on October 18th.  So be sure to mark your calendar for that as well. 

Pumpkin Sheet Cake

1 ½ cups. Oil 

2 cups sugar

2 cups pumpkin or small can of pumpkin (16 oz.)

4 eggs

1 tsp. of vanilla

Mix all together

Then add:

2 cups of flour

½ tsp. of salt

2 tsp. baking soda

3 tsp. of baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 cup chopped nuts

Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes


8 oz. cream cheese

¼ cup of oleo

2 cups of powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

Cream together and put on the cooled cake.

This is an older recipe that came to us from Ann Usko.  She was a great baker and supplied most of our goodies that was served at our Sunday morning Coffee Hour.  She is missed very much.  Ann was not only a dedicated member of Holy Trinity she was my dear friend.  One of my many friends I miss so very much.  

October Sunday School News

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Welcome back to Sunday School.  We kicked off the start of Sunday School with Rally Day.  We would like to thank everyone that made this day special for the kids.  Our numbers were low that day but the students that were there went home very happy.

We had our first Sunday with lessons and everyone seemed to enjoy our new curriculum “Simply Loved.”

We are welcoming 5 new students this year.  Welcome to Brantley, Chevelle, Harper, Lainey and Thomas.  That brings our total of students to 30 this year.

Due to the very busy schedules of the children we will not be doing a Fall activity at this point.

Just a reminder we are always open to having new teachers.  It can be that you would only teach once a month.  We take turns being responsible for preparing and teaching the lesson for that Sunday.  If interested, please contact Marlene Sypolt at 724 -981-3027.

      Happy Fall from the Sunday School!

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Guess What!!! our Dorcas Ladies are going to sell Philadelphia Christmas Candy again this year.  Yummy chocolate candy from a wonderful chocolateer from right here in our valley.  So get your Christmas list ready and we will be announcing more details in the November newsletter.

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Halloween is a fun time for kids, but with pumpkin carving, costumes with pointy accessories and playtime around after dark, parents need to be attentive to safety.

Here are some tips for an enjoyable and safe Halloween this year.

Pumpkin Carving

Everyone loves pumpkins this time of year, and children really enjoy making jack-o’-lanterns. But remember these safety tips when your family gets together to create pumpkin decorations for Halloween.

  • Don’t let small children carve pumpkins. They can draw a face with markers, and you can use the sharp objects.
  • Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest.

Safe Trick-or-Treating

When making your children’s Halloween plans, remember these holiday safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • Avoid masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • If your child’s costume calls for makeup, look for non-toxic, hypoallergenic kits. Costumes should be flame-retardant and fit properly.
  • Avoid oversized shoes, high heels and long skirts or pants that could cause a child to fall.
  • Children trick-or-treating after dusk should have reflective tape on their costumes and carry flashlights.
  • Children shouldn’t snack while they’re trick-or-treating.
  • Check all treats at home for signs of tampering, such as small pinholes in wrappers and torn or loose packaging.

Safe Halloween Hosting

No one wants to create bad memories for the kids on Halloween, so safety is a priority on this night for the whole neighborhood. Don’t forget to do your part.

  • Keep sidewalks and walkways clear: Make sure any hazardous obstacles, such as a garden hose or lawn decorations, are put safely away.
  • Check all outside lights and replace any that are burned out.
  • Again, consider using battery-powered candles or glow sticks for carved pumpkins.
  • If you do use real candles, make sure they are kept away from the areas where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing.
  • Secure all Halloween decorations. You don’t want them to come loose and injure someone.
  • If you’re planning a rather gruesome Halloween display, you may want to post warning signs to give very young or easily scared children a heads-up.
  • Only give out kid-friendly treats. Items should be pre-packaged and big enough so they don’t pose a choking hazard to small children.
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Did you happen to see the calendar of events for the month of October?  If you did, I am sure you noticed that we are starting to have Choir Practice every Wednesday at 6pm.  If you would like to join them, please just come on Wednesday at 6pm.  James Vasconi will be so happy to have your voice singing along with the rest of the choir.  So, mark your calendar and join them.

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More good news!   Karen Blosz has graciously accepted the job of picking out our monthly “Jesus Calling.”  Prayer.  Martha Krizancic gave her one of those fantastic books also, so she is the perfect p3erson for the job.  Thank you, Karen, for your expertise doing something that is very close to my heart.   I am grateful and happy.  

 I happen to know Karen reads it every 

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Jesus Calling

                                    By Sarah Young

I have promised to meet all your needs according to my glorious riches.  Your deepest, most constant need is My Peace.  I have planted Peace in the garden of your heart, where I live, but there are weeds growing there too:  pride, worry, selfishness, unbelief.  I am the Gardener, and I am working to rid your heart of those weeds.  I do My work in various ways.  When you sit quietly with Me, I shine the light of My presence directly into your heart.  In this heavenly Light, Peace grows abundantly and weeds

shrivel up.  I also send trials into your life.  When you trust me in the midst of trouble, Peace flourishes and weeds die away.  Thank Me for troublesome situations; Peace they can produce 

far outweighs the trails you endure.     

Please read Philippians 4:19; and

2 Corinthians 4:17

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Aside from making you feel good, laughter is good for you.

Laughter exercises the lungs, stimulates the circulatory system and exercises your breathing muscles.

Laughter increases oxygen in the blood, and this benefits your entire cardiovascular system.

During laughter, the chest, abdomen and face get a vigorous workout.

It has been scientifically proven that laughter increases relaxation.  As laughter subsides, so too does tension, until it is significantly lower than before laughter began.  So, go ahead, laugh.

It’s good for you!

              WORSHIP TRIVIA

No doubt you have heard our church bells ringing on the hour.  Since the 6th century they were used to call people to worship and to signal the beginning of the worship service. Remember that at one time there were no watches or clocks to let people know when the worship service was ready to begin.  Bells had the ability to be heard from great distances such as people working out in the fields.  The bells also rang out to express joy, to announce death, to remind people of the obligation to pray, and to encourage the absent to join in the prayers of the church. They also produced pleasant sounds

              As I sit here at my desk doing the bulletin for the week, answering emails from members, working on the newsletter, talking to members on the phone or in my office, I hear our Bell Tower.  The bells sound so beautiful, I remember when Susan Cowan, Carl Bottenfield and Ron Tomko would change the bells to go along with the time of year.  

Susan tried to teach me how to change the bells but I told her no thank you, I have enough to do.  She would give me a look smile and leave me be.  Thank God Ron Tomko didn’t say no because if it weren’t for him those bells would be playing the same hymns over and over.  Ron is such a blessing and does so much more than we’ll ever know.  Thank You Ron so much.

Pray and work always

     Have you ever heard this saying “Pray for a good harvest but keep on hoeing”?  What do you think it means?  I take it to mean that we are to seek God’s help through prayer, but this doesn’t mean we should stop working.  The Lord wants us

to be active in our faith.  It is not enough to

tell a hungry man that the Lord cares.  We are to care; we are to help our neighbor.  

We are to feed the hungry.  Neither does 

this mean that prayer is unimportant.  To be sure, both our prayers and our actions are needed to help our neighbor.

     Let us pray always and let us work even more.


                              Pastor Hake

I found this prayer from Pastor Hake and needed to share it with you.  If you knew him and I am pretty sure you all did.  He would give his last dollar to anyone who needed it.  He was such a giving man of God.  He cared for everyone especially the people who felt alone.  They quickly found out that they were never to be left alone again.  His phone and his presence were wherever needed.   When I was told he was sick with Covid-19.  I just knew in my heart that he would get better and we all know how wrong I was.  He is missed every day, but the Lord needed him.