August Newsletter

Hope you enjoy our very interesting site.  Have any questions or concerns, please call 

Chuck Foltz and he will gladly help you.  

If you have anything you would like posted on our website, please let Chuck now and he will be happy to post it.  In fact, we encourage you to do so.  Our most heartfelt “Thank You” to Chuck for all his help and caring.  He is a very important reason our outside services are so successful.  We are so blessed. 

PS Chuck also makes sure our weekly worship service is live streamed on Face Book.  How about that!!!   

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The time of year we have all been waiting for…The Dorcas Rummage and Bake Sale!!!  Please see the flyer enclosed in this newsletter.    They are having a multitude of slightly used treasurers and the most delicious food imageable.  So, mark your calendars and come see what we mean.  On August 12, 13 and Aug. 20th they will be hosting an awesome event.   The right prices…the right food items for sale…at very reasonable prices and everyone with big smiles on their faces.  You’ll never find a more friendly bunch of people like our Dorcas Ladies.  

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Guess What??

I know the children don’t like thinking about going back to school but below is the start dates for the 2022-2023 school year.

Farrell schools                    August 22

Greenville schools              August 24

Hermitage Schools             August 29         

Lakeview Schools              August 24

Mercer Schools                  August 23

New Castle Schools           August 29

Reynolds                            August 29

Sharon Schools                  August 30

Sharpsville Schools           August 29

West Middlesex Schools   August 29

Wilmington Schools          Sept. 6

We want to wish everyone a healthy happy new school year.  Study hard, learn much but above all have fun! fun! fun! 

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We will be blessing back-packs and school supplies on Sunday August 21st.  So, everyone please be sure to bring your 2022-2023 school items to be blessed.  A perfect way to start the new year off.  

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

3325 Morefield Road

Hermitage, PA  16148

724 981-2050

Worship Schedule for August 2022

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August 7_______________________

Worship Leader:                Ronald Tomko

Worship Assistant:                 James Antel

Communion Assistant:   Cynthia Kapusta

Reader:                                 Elaine Madasz

Acolyte:                                Maeli Kornbau

August 14______________________

Worship Leader:           Rev. James Seeley

Worship Assistant:             Ronald Tomko

Reader:                                       Ruth Klein

Acolyte:                                 Makayla Foltz

August 21______________________

Worship Leader:                Ronald Tomko

Worship Assistant:         Cynthia Kapusta

Communion Assistant:         William Spon

Reader:                            Cynthia Kapusta 

Acolyte:                                    Alyssa Antel

August 28______________________      

Worship Leader:             Rev. James Seeley

Worship Assistant:                   James Antel

Reader:                                           Jill Antel

Acolyte:                                     Isabel Faber

Thank you all for your time and talents.  Please know it is so very much appreciated.

Sunday School News

I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer so far! It’s hard to believe that it’s August already. I know our Sunday School children have been busy with softball, baseball, baton, soccer, family vacations, cookouts and many other fun activities.

 All of us are excited to start a new year at Sunday School! We have some fun, new ideas for this year that we hope the children will enjoy. We also will have a few new faces helping with Sunday School this year. I’m happy to announce that Cathy Faber will be joining our teaching staff! AND, all three of the young ladies that were confirmed in May have volunteered to help this year! Abby Ruffo and Addison Tice will be joining us as classroom helpers, and Grace Pringle has volunteered to be a teacher! Thank you, Cathy, Abby, Addison and Grace, we are truly blessed to have you all.

Rally Day will be held on Sunday, September 18th. After the church service we invite the congregation to join us downstairs for lunch and to celebrate the start of a new Sunday School year. We will have crafts, games and other fun activities for the kids. Sunday School will resume the following Sunday, September 25th at our regular time 9am.

If you have a child, grandchild, neighbor or friend that would be interested in joining us at Sunday School, please call or text me for more information, we would love to have them! Enjoy the rest of your summer, I can’t wait for our new Sunday School year to begin!

Peace and blessings to you all,

Denise Germani

(724) 854-1702

Surprise Sundae Cups

Surprise Sundae Cups are a great new twist on a favorite dessert. They’re ice cream cupcakes with a surprise center. Kids of all ages are gonna love these! 

Serves: 12 

Chilling Time: 3 hours 


4 cups (1 quart) chocolate or vanilla ice cream

12 miniature peanut butter cup candies

1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup chopped walnuts


Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners; place 1/3 cup ice cream in each cup. Press a candy into the center of each cup of ice cream, completely covering the candy with ice cream. 

In a small saucepan, melt chocolate chips over very low heat. Stir just until melted, removing saucepan from heat as soon as chips are melted. 

Drizzle about 1 teaspoon melted chocolate then 1 teaspoon chopped walnuts over each ice cream cup. Cover muffin tin(s) and place in freezer for at least 3 to 4 hours.

Easy and the kids will love them and so will the adults.  Maybe a good desert for that Labor Day picnic, what ya think?

Five Napkin Burgers

The cheese will be oozing out of the inside of our juicy and flavorful Five Napkin Burgers. Yes, prepare plenty of napkins to wipe your chin, ‘cause this inside-out take on a cheeseburger is sure to be a family favorite! 


Cooking Time: 10 minutes


2 pounds ground beef

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese

1/4 cup real bacon bits

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

6 hamburger buns, split


In a large bowl, combine ground beef, cheese, bacon bits, and pepper; mix well then shape mixture into 6 equal-sized patties.  Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook patties 4 to 5 minutes per side, or cook on a pre-heated grill, until no pink remains and juices run clear. Place in buns and serve with your choice of toppings.

PS:  We are giving you two recipes this month because Dorcas didn’t have a meeting ergo no minutes to report on.  So here are a couple recipes for summer that sound delicious and fun!  

Things we sponsor all year around

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World Hunger-Loose change offering the first Sunday of the month.  Our offerings are sent to our ELCA Western PA Synod.

Joshua’s Haven our members continue to bring much needed items for the men to sometimes call them home.  My prayer is that somehow, they can start a shelter for women as well.  I pray that prayer will be answered soon.  Again, thank you to Stephanie Banjak for taking the items to Joshua’s.

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Twice a month we open our church fellowship hall to the American Red Cross Blood Drive. they use our facility on the first Thursday and third Thursday of every month.

We want to take this time to thank everyone you mailed in or dropped off or put in the collection plate their special offering for summer.  Please know it is greatly appreciated and most welcome.

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Then on Tuesday evenings, three times a month, Camera Club meets in our Fellowship Hall.  They are called the “View Finders” and they have a competition concerning different subjects.  One of the founders of this group is Robert Rehner.  We all remember Bob our very accomplished Director of Music before he retired.  Every once in awhile I get to see him while he is getting set up for their meeting and let me say retirement suits him well.  

PS:  New members are always welcome.

Of course, our hall is available to our members if they wish to have a party or need it for a personal happening.  The cost for members only is $50.00, they are to leave the hall like they found it and empty the garbage before leaving.  Of course, no alcohol is allowed on the premises.  Our council many years ago decided that our members will take care of our Fellowship Hall, and they do.  We are so very blessed.

A few words from Patty…

You know how sometimes you just know…I don’t care what it is about, you just know.  Something inside tells you that everything is going to be fine.  That is when you get a big smile on your face because what you were concerned about was nothing and the best-case scenario is happening.  What a wonderful feeling that is.  Well, guess what, I just had that feeling last week.  I was sitting in my office with a feeling that I had a hold of the workload for the week and everything was humming along.  When the doorbell rang and much to my surprise it was Denise Germani, we hugged and said all the niceties expected of us.  Then she sat down and started to tell me all the different plans she and Jayne Kornbau were making for the new Sunday School Year.  I wish you could have felt the joy and happiness I felt.  All my concerns about the Sunday School running without Marlene Sypolt went out the window.  Marlene was an outstanding superintendent and I just never thought there could be anyone even close to her and her dedication and love and caring.  But here is where I got that feeling inside that everything was going to be fine…I know I say this a lot, but it is how I felt so I must say it again…

“My heart sang!”   Denise was fantastic.                                            To tell you the truth, I am still smiling.  How could we be so blessed.  I don’t really know except that we are.  I have always felt the Sunday School was the heart of the church and still do feel that way.  Thank you, Denise, thank you Jayne, and thank you Lord Jesus heavenly father.  Our cup runneth over.

        God’s Peace and my Love,


PS:  We have added new teachers, new helpers, to this new year.  Please mark your calendar and join us following the worship service on September 18th for “Rally Day!”  A time for fun, games, crafts, refreshments and fellowship.  Come join us in our Fellowship Hall for fellowship.  It promises to be a fun time for all.  See you there.

PSS:  We spoke to Marlene via email and she is doing great.  She loves living with her daughter and helping her around her home and being able to see her grandchildren whenever holding them and whispering sweet nothings in their little ears just makes her day.  We miss her but at the same time we are so happy for her.  She is with her family and maybe sometimes she’ll come visit her church family.  Fingers crossed…

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Wait with Me for a while.  I have much to tell you.  You are walking along the path I have chosen for you.  It is both a privileged and a perilous way: experiencing My glorious Presence and heralding that realty to others.  Sometimes you feel presumptuous to be carrying out such an assignment.

Do not worry about what other people think of you.  The work I am doing in you is hidden at first.  But eventually blossoms will burst forth, and abundant fruit will be born.  Stay on the path of Life with Me.  Trust Me wholeheartedly, letting My Spirit fill you with Joy and Peace.

1 Kings 8:23: Galatians 5:22-23

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Thank you, Karen for another eye- opening Jesus Calling.  It reminds me of another quote from the Bible, “Our days are numbered like the hairs on our heads.”  So, we must strive to do and be our best while on this earth..

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It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Daniel Susen.  He went to be with our Lord on July12th.  Daniel is the father of Brad & Sheila Susan and the grandfather of Ashton and Ethan Susen.  May loving memories and the knowledge that they will meet again sustain them.  And may our Lord comfort them and give them His peace.  Please know your church family cares and is here to help in any way, especially with our prayers.

            A Beautiful Prayer

I asked God to take away my habit.  God said, No.  It is not for me to take away.

But for you to give up.

I asked God to make mu handicapped child whole.  God said, No.  His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience.  God said No.  Patience is a byproduct of tribulations; It isn’t granted, it is learned.

I asked God to give me happiness.  God said No.  I give you blessings; happiness is up to you.  I asked God to spare me pain.  God said, No.  Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.  I asked God to make my spirit grow.  God said No.  You must grow on your own!, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.  I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.  God said No.  I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.  I asked God to help me Love others, as much as He loves me.  God said…AHHHH, Finally you have the idea.


“The Stranger in My House,” by Rose Madeline Mula given to us by Ruth Klein.  Thanks Ruth, everyone will love it!

A very weird thing has happened. A strange old lady has moved into my house. I have no idea who she is, where she came from, or how she got in. I certainly didn’t invite her. All I know is that one day she wasn’t there, and the next day she was.

She’s very clever. She manages to keep out of sight for the most part; but whenever I pass a mirror, I catch a glimpse of her there; and when I look into a mirror directly to check on my appearance, suddenly she’s hogging the whole thing, completely obliterating my gorgeous face and body. … I’ve tried screaming at her to leave — but she just screams back. …

If she’s going to hang around, the least she could do is offer to pay rent. But no. Every once in a while I do find a couple of dollar bills on the kitchen counter, or some loose change on my bureau or on the floor, but that certainly isn’t enough. In fact, though I don’t like to jump to conclusions, I think she steals money from me quite regularly. I go to the ATM and withdraw a hundred dollars, and a few days later, it’s gone. I certainly don’t go through it that fast, so I can only conclude that the old lady pilfers it. …

… For an old lady, she’s really quite childish. She also gets into my closets when I’m not home and alters all my clothes. They’re getting tighter every day.

Another thing: I wish she’d stop messing with my files and the papers on my desk. I can’t find a thing. …

She finds innumerable, imaginative ways to irritate me. She gets to my newspapers, magazine and mail before me and blurs all the print; and she’s done something sinister with the volume controls on my TV,

radio and phone. Now all I hear are mumbles and whispers. She’s also made my stairs steeper, my vacuum cleaner heavier, all my knobs and faucets hard to turn, and my bed higher and a real challenge to climb into and out of.

Furthermore, she gets to my groceries as soon as I shelved them and applies glue to the tops of every jar and bottle so they’re just about impossible to open. Is this any way to repay my hospitality?

… She’s taken all the fun out of clothes shopping. … When I try something on, she dons an identical outfit — which looks ridiculous on her — and then stands directly in front of me so I can’t see how great it looks on me.

I thought she couldn’t get any meaner than that; but yesterday she proved me wrong. She had the nerve to come with me when I went to have some passport pictures taken, and she actually stepped in front of the camera just as the shutter clicked. … How can I go abroad now? No customs official is ever going to believe that the crone scowling from my passport is me.

What ever happened to growing old gracefully…Ha! Ha!

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