September Newsletter

A reminder from Dorcas…Please make any checks for Dorcas to “Holy Trinity Lutheran Church” the banks will not cash any checks that say Pay to the order of Dorcas on them.

This is a necessary repeat, please read.

What if there’s an emergency at the church?  Say a small fire starts…Do we know where the fire extinguishers are located, for example.  So, in the unlikely chance that there’s a fire, there are two fire extinguishers in the corners of the Fellowship Hall, one by the boiler room door and one by the entrance way, where the lite little tree is.  There is a small silver one hanging on the white pillar next to the small white sink in the kitchen.  Upstairs there is one hanging at the top of the stairs that go up to the balcony.  Another one is outside the lady’s restroom and there is a first-aid kit hanging on the side of the wooden cabinet in the kitchen.  We also have a new life saving machine called a Defibrillator that is used if someone should have heart problems.  Jayne Kornbau is the person who is knowledgeable on how it is used and when she is able, she will be training others on how it is used.  We have the Defibrillator mounted on the wall in the fellowship hall.   So, the next time you’re in the church look for these and for the EXIT signs above the doors.  

We know you’ll 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 know and he will be happy to post it.  In fact, we encourage you to do so.  His phone number is 724 704 1699 or call the office at 724 981-2050.

PS:  Thank you Chuck for keeping us in the loop and up to date with the world.

Here is a recipe from the “Our Favorite Recipes” cookbook printed by our church that we found given by Donna Pavcik.  We all know what a great baker she is…and this recipe sounds delicious and easy.  What a great combo.

Graham Cracker Apple Sauce Cake

Cream:  ½ cup butter with ½ cup sugar

Mix in:

1 cup applesauce      ½ tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon        ½ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. cloves              ½ tsp. soda

34 graham crackers, rolled fine

After mixing the above ingredients together…Bake in a greased loaf pan

 at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, then 

350 degrees for 30 minutes more.

Let cool and enjoy!!!  Yummy!   



Standard and Altar Shelf – 2022/23

Flower memorials, honors and whatever you wish to acknowledge.  The charts are posted on the wall in the narthex.  They are only $15.00 and a perfect way to remember a person or event.  We have two different places the flowers can go, either on the Altar or in the Standard which is by the Pulpit.  You can put your request and money in one of the offering plates and we will make sure it is taken care of.  Thank you 

Please remember that we still have a special collection of loose change every first Sunday of the month for World Hunger and every Sunday, items can be brought to church and put in the tote provided in our narthex for Joshua’s Haven.  Thank you to Stephanie Banjak for taking them to Joshua’s for us. 

Now that our beloved Dorcas ladies have installed air conditioning in our Fellowship Hall the Red Cross blood drive is continuing to use our facility on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month beginning at 12 noon until 5:30pm.  It feels so good to help.  Thank you, Dorcas.  

View Finders Camera Club are using our facilities beginning September 6th this year.  They meet the first, second and third Tuesday of every month.  Again, we are so happy to help this group of talented people have a safe, plenty of parking, easy access to drop items off, place to meet.

We would like to remind everyone that

Ron Tomko is a certified Lay Worship Leader in the ELCA.  He can preside over worship service for any congregation in our synod.  We are all so very grateful that we have Ron and can count on him now and in the future.  Thank you so very much Ron we are blessed to have you.

 Our church council meet the third Tuesday of every month in our church parlor because the fellowship hall is being used by the Camera Club.  We have a Council that is a group of dedicated members who strive to meet all our concerns.  We are so blessed.   Thank you all so very much.

A message from Patty,

    Here I sit in my office, the sound of the clock Michael Marinko gave this office many years ago is ticking.  It is a really great clock because where the numbers should be the number is written in Slovak.  I can’t say them because my tongue doesn’t roll right, ha, it doesn’t roll at all.  My dear mother and grandmother use to try and teach me, and they would tell me it is okay that at least I tried.  Ops, I digress, the clock is ticking away as I sit here wondering what to write this month.  I could tell you about Candice Foltz who I will be training to do my job, but she hasn’t started yet.  I could tell you about the Dorcas Rummage Sale, but it isn’t finished yet.  So, I guess I’ll tell you about different subjects I fine annoying with this modern technology.

       Don’t get me wrong I find it quite wonderful that Michael can text Ron Tomko for me, or my daughter, son or grandchildren.  That is amazing.  And I guess I have to take the good with the bad.  The bad is every where I look, even people who are driving their car have a phone hooked to their ear.  We all know how dangerous driving is in todays world because there are so many drivers on the road, so we must pay attention when driving and watch out for the other guy.  Cell phones are a real danger when driving that is for sure because people text while driving.  

     Then, when people start ticking away when you are in the middle of a conversation well that is, there is no other word for it…rude.  I wish I could say please don’t do that while we are talking, or until you are finished talking on your phone, I am going back to work.  But I don’t say anything, I just sit there and let them tick tick away.  Ug…  I can’t change anything, but boy would I love to.  People have them screwed into their heads everywhere I go.

       I refuse to become one of the cell phone generation.  I have a land line as they call it and if anyone wants or needs to talk to me then call me on it.  I shop for groceries without a phone, I go to work without a phone, I go to the doctors without a phone, I go to the farmers market without a phone, well you get what I mean.  If I could change one thing about modern technology, it would be cell phones.  Next month I’ll tell you about Candice and how quickly she learns the ropes and how great the Rummage Sale was.  Until then, remember, smile always, pray always and know I am here for you always in thought, word and deed.

             God’s Peace and my Love,


Cell Phone Plan for Prayer Mode 

Dear Father, I am silencing my cell phone to silence the messages the busy world wants to send me. I am doing this in order to create listening, praying and meditating space in my mind and heart for you.  Amen

May our Lord comfort and give His peace to Brad, Sheila, Ashton & Ethan Susen. The Lord took Brad’s father, Daniel home on July 12th. Please know our prayers are with you for the peace and comfort that only the Lord can give.  

                             Most Sincerely, 

                              Your Church Family, 

 We would like to take this opportunity to thank Myron Jones for doing such a wonderful job planting the evergreen trees that were in memory of people from our church and some that were not from our church.  They look really nice and to think he planted them in this heat wave.

Myron also cuts our grass now and boy does it look great.  You can tell he cares.  Thank You for the outstanding care you give.  It is very much appreciated for sure

Back to School Prayer…

Dear God, with a new school year upon us, we pray for our students, teachers, bus drivers, bus aides and all working staff, that you would ease their anxiety about going back to school amidst the continuing problems.  We pray for safety for those returning to in-person classes, and for the needed technology, self –discipline, and adult oversight for those learning online.  Please ensure that every child has enough to eat, a supportive network of friends and family, and perseverance to face every challenge with your strength.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen    

We hope this new school year is everything you were hoping for and much more.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you this new school year and always.

Congratulations to the 2022 Paula 

Joyce Meleky Scholarship Awardees, Alexej Banjak and Ethan Susen!  We are so proud of their achievements and commitment to our church family, and we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors!

The scholarship committee is looking for new members!  If you’re looking for an easy way to be involved in our congregation, contact Gabby Lucas or Marlene Stebelsky for more information.”

The above information was given to us from Gabby Lucas.  We want to thank her for her kindness, time and caring.  Thank you, Gabrielle and our Scholarship Committee and congratulations, to this year’s winners.  May our Lord bless you and keep you safe, happy and healthy during the new school year 2022/2023.  Study hard but make sure to take time to have some fun as well…

Our thank you to our Scholarship Committee:

Gabrielle Lucas         Marlene Stebelsky

Ron Tomko                Wendy Ruffo

 Jesus Calling…Sarah Young

I am the God of all time and all that is.  Seek Me not only in morning quietness but consistently throughout the day.  Do not let unexpected problems distract you from My Presence.  Instead, talk with Me about everything, and watch confidently to see what I will do.  

     Adversity need not interrupt your communion with Me.  When things go “wrong,” you tend to react as if you’re being punished.  Instead of this negative response, try to view difficulties as blessings in disguise.  Make Me your Refuge by pouring out your heart to Me, trusting in Me at all times.

Please read…

Psalm 55:17; Psalm 32:6; Psalm 62:8

Once again, our thanks to Karen Blosz for providing another must read “Jesus Calling.” How it applies to all of us at one time or another. Please know it is very much appreciated. 

Sunday School News

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!!

I hope everyone had a great summer, I sure did. June, July and August went by so fast but I’m excited to start Sunday School and see everyone again!

Rally Day is September 18th. After church we invite the congregation to join us in the Fellowship Hall for lunch. For the kids we have a craft, some games (water balloon toss, egg & spoon race and others), and hopefully a scavenger hunt!  Maybe we can even get some of the parents and members of the congregation to toss a few balloons with us!

Our teachers and helpers this year are:

Cathy Faber     Grace Pringle

Chuck Foltz     Abby Ruffo

Denise Germani     Addison Tice

Jayne Kornbau       Ron Tomko

I’m happy to announce another new addition. Stephanie Banjak has graciously volunteered to be a substitute teacher this year! Thank you Stephanie! Our church is blessed to have all of these wonderful people teaching our youth.

Sunday School resumes on September 25th at our regular time 9am.

See you all at Rally Day!

Blessings always,

Denise Germani

Thank you, Jeff Bindas, for these words of wisdom.  Stay safe in Alaska.

A father said to his daughter “You have graduated with honors, here is a Jeep I bought many years ago. It is pretty old now. But before I give it to you, take it to the used car lot downtown and tell them I want to sell it and see how much they offer you for it.”
The daughter went to the used car lot, returned to her father and said, “They offered me $1,000 because they said it looks pretty worn out.”
The father said, now “Take it to the pawn shop.” The daughter went to the pawn shop, returned to her father and said,” The pawn shop offered only $100 because it is an old Jeep.”
The father asked his daughter to go to a Jeep club now and show them the Jeep. The daughter then took the Jeep to the club, returned and told her father,” Some people in the club offered $100,000 for it because “it’s an iconic Jeep and sought by many collectors.”
Now the father said this to his daughter, “The right place values you the right way,” If you are not valued, do not be angry, it means you are in the wrong place. Those who know your value are those who appreciate you……Never stay in a place where no one sees your value.

        The good old days    …  

My clothes came from Kmart and they stayed on layaway until school started. Eating out at a restaurant was a thing every now and then!! Fast food was leftovers at home. Eating popsicles was a treat on a hot day. We had fake cigs for candy and you only needed $1 or less. School was mandatory!!  You took your school clothes off as soon as you got home and put on your play clothes. If no one was home after school, you jumped the gate or went to the neighbors. Nobody paid for daycare because we had a key to the house when e got home. We ate dinner at the table. Our house phone was always being used. We played Cops and Robbers, 1-2-3 Not It, Red Light Green Light, Hide & Seek, Truth or Dare, Tag, Kick Ball, Dodge Ball and we rode bikes. Girls and Boys played in the street or in the house. We came home when the street lights came on. Children were seen and not heard. Staying in the house was a punishment and the only thing we knew about being  “bored”— “You better find something to do before I find it for you!” We ate what mom/dad made for dinner or we ate nothing at all. There was no bottled water; we drank from the tap or the water hose (because there was no coming in and out of the house😑😑🤧)

Phone numbers and address’s were either memorized or written on a folded piece of paper which was kept with you at all times!

Cell phones we knew nothing about 😂

We watched cartoons on Saturday mornings, and rode our bikes for hours.

 We ran around in the streets until dark and came in before mom had to find us (the street lights came on).  We were AFRAID OF NOTHING.  We watched our MOUTHS around our elders because our PARENTS WOULD WHOOP OUR BUTTS!!!

These were the good old days.

Kids today will never know how it feels to be a real kid, they will never understand my childhood!!  I loved being a kid

This came to us from Jeff Bindas.  Thank you, Jeff for the wonderful memories of days gone by.  How blessed we all were.

Guess what our Worship & Music Committee decided at their last meeting?  They decided to have one more outside service in our Pavilion.  Isn’t that wonderful?  We’ll worship with nature.  The outside service will be held on September 4th at 10am weather permitting.  So mark your calendars and join us for the last one for 2022.  

Attention all Members!!!

Your presence is requested on September 11th to have a formal congregational vote on whether to join forces with Christ Lutheran and share a Pastor.  We have been discussing this for months now and we will make it official one way or the other on September 11th.  Please plan on attending.   Thank you all.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

3325 Morefield Road

Hermitage, PA  l6l48

724 981-2050

Worship Schedule for September

September 4

Worship Leader              Ron Tomko

Worship Assistant           Bill Spon

Reader                              Elaine Madasz

Acolyte                             Eli Ruffo

September 11

Worship Leader              Ron Tomko

Worship Assistant           Cynthia Kapusta

Communion Assistant    Barry Kimmel

Reader                              Bill Spon

Acolyte                              Maeli Kornbau

September 18    (Rally Day)

Worship Leader            Rev. James Seeley

Worship Assistant         Ron Tomko

Reader                            Ruth Klein

Acolyte                            Makayla Foltz

September 25 –

Sunday School at 9am              

Worship Leader           Rev. James Seeley

Worship Assistant       James Antel

Reader                          Jill Antel

Acolyte                         Isabel Faber   

Dates to keep in Mind…                                                                                   

Sunday-September 4-Outside service in our Pavilion at 10am

Monday-September 5thLabor Day  

                     Office Closed

Wednesday-September 7-Choir 

Practice at 6pm    (all are welcome)

Sunday-September 11-Important day-final vote on sharing a Pastor with Christ Lutheran-Please come your vote is very important.

Sunday-September 18– Rally Day following worship service-good eats and tons of fun for all.  Join us!

Sunday-September 25– Sunday School resumes at 9am

Saturday-October 1st-Blessing of Animals in the church Pavilion at 10am.  A special service for the very special who live among us.

Happy Labor Day!

 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work.”

Exodus 20:8-10a 

Did you know that the Labor Day holiday originally started in the late 1800’s? I can only imagine how excited the people were to take a day off from working. Some may have thought, “What a wonderful and new idea!” Created and implemented as a day of rest by those hard working blue collar laborers in New York City, this day continues to be one, that we as a nation, look forward to every September.

To put it rather loosely, Labor Day has become a man made American Sabbath day. A yearly day of rest from our labor, to say goodbye to Summer, to go camping, to gather family for a barbecue, and boy howdy, do us Americans look forward to our Labor Day weekend!

If you think about it, God has already created a special day for those of us who labor. As Christians our very own Labor Day doesn’t come only once a year, and it doesn’t only come on the first Monday of each September, that special day for us comes every seventh day of the week. If we are smart, we try very hard to honor it. We take that seventh day to stop from our labor and relax a bit. Our bodies weren’t created to run full steam ahead each and every day. We were created in His image, and if our God and creator, the great I Am himself rested from His labor on the seventh day, how much more so do we need that rest?!?

Our bodies were made with Sabbath DNA. God placed this spiritual genetic matter within each cell that makes up our miraculous body. So on Labor Day while you are taking an American Labor Day rest by traveling, painting your house, or doing yard work, remember that God had something even better for His children in mind… a weekly rest, a weekly time-out from our hard work.  A time-out from our labor, we all need it.

Remember, God didn’t make rest on the Sabbath day a gentle suggestion, He made it a command.

A couple special other dates in September besides September 11th…

NFL football begins on the Thursday following Labor Day.

Also…the first Sunday following Labor Day is designated ‘Grandparents Day>”

Labor Day USA is a quiet day compared with other celebrations.  There may be a few students using this as an opportunity for a last fling before knuckling down to the Fall term, but for most people, Labor Day is just a welcome day off work.

The Ten Commandments of Dog Ownership…

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you might be hard and painful for me. Remember that before you take me home.
2.  Give me time to understand what you want from me. Please be patient with me. Teach me how to be the best dog!

3.  Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well being.

4.  Do not be angry with me for long, and do not lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends and your entertainment. I only have you!

6.  Talk to me, even if I do not understand your words, I understand your voice when it is speaking to me. You only have to look at my tail!

7.  Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it!

8.  Before you hit me, remember that I have teeth that could crush the bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite you. (DON’T HIT YOUR DOG!)
9.  Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I am in pain or sick, or my heart might be getting weak and I cannot tell you.
10  Take care of me when I get old, you too will grow old someday.
Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, “I can’t bear to watch it” or, “let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there.

** And always remember, I Love You!

Thank you Jeff Bindas for sharing this with all our animal lovers out there.  What ever animal you have given your love to, dog, cat or whatever, they feel and need your Ten Commandments of Ownership as well.

PS  Ron Tomko and Sandy Kimmel will be blessing animals on October 1st at 10:00am in our Pavilion..