November Newsletter

“November 2022 Worship Team”

Rev. James Seeley, Supply Pastor

Worship Leader, Ronald Tomko

One service at 10:00am

724 981-2050

Worship Assistants:    

James Antel         Ronald Tomko           

Cynthia Kapusta

Lay Distributors

Sandy Kimmel          James Antel

Cynthia Kapusta      Bill Gerda 

November 6th   “All Saints Sunday”

Ronald Tomko will lead worship

James Antel will assist

Cindy Kapusta will be Lay Distributor

James Antel Reader 

Abby Ruffo-Alyssa Antel

November 13th

Pastor James Seeley will lead us

Ron Tomko will assist

Ruth Klein Reader

Maeli Kornbau-Acolyte

November 20th   “Christ the King”

Ronald Tomko will lead worship

Cynthia Kapusta will assist

Barry Kimmel will be Lay Distributor

Cynthia Kapusta Reader

Isabel Faber-Acolyte

     “Election of Council Members”

November 27th   “1st Sunday In Advent”

Pastor James Seeley will lead us

Ron Tomko will assist

Elaine Madasz Reader

 Makayla Foltz-Acolyte

The Christmas Hat & Mitten Tree will be up for Bethesda Children’s Home on November 6.  This is a special way to give a little extra. The children just love receiving new hats and mittens.   They are requesting that we give for children 12 to 18 years old, for that is the ages that reside there.  Any other article of clothing for that age group will be gladly accepted also.  Any questions, please call the office. This will be delivered to Bethesda by Dorothy Slezak a tradition she is continuing by herself.  Thank You Dorothy we are so grateful to you.  Remember everyone, have your gifts on the tree by December 11, 2022.  

                         Thank You all!

Dear Holy Trinity Members, the Dorcas Ladies are selling delicious Philadelphia Candy for the upcoming Christmas Season.    You will be able to choose from a great variety of delicious chocolates such as nuts, cherries, melt-ways, Pecan turtles, etc.  If you are going to purchase your holiday candy, why not go through us and make it easier on yourself.  Just put in your order to us by Nov. 21 and we will deliver it a few weeks before the holidays on Tuesday Dec. 6th.  As you know, the great ladies in our Dorcas are always willing to help others, so why not help them with this “Sweet Treats Christmas Fund Raiser.”  Any questions call Kathy Long at 1-330-637-6406.  Order blanks will be on table in back of the church.  Thank you for your kind consideration.

PS Please make checks payable to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

              Advent begins on November 27th and November 30th is the first Wednesday in Advent.  We are blessed that Pastor Blauser will be leading us and Christ Lutheran in Wednesday evening Advent services beginning at 7:30pm.  We will not be having Soup Suppers together, but we will be sharing Advent Worship together.  Isn’t that wonderful!    The schedule will be as follows:

Wednesday November 30th – Advent Worship Service here at Holy Trinity 7:30pm.

Wednesday December 7th Advent Worship Service at Christ Lutheran 7:30pm

Wednesday December 14th Advent Communion Worship Service here at Holy Trinity 7:30pm

Remember…No Soup Suppers this year.

Soon, the angel will announce to the shepherds, “Fear not! I bring you good news of great joy.”  As we await the coming of Christ, may the God of our salvation grant us peace, joy, hope and gladnessCome join us in our journey to His birth.      

We wish we could name everyone who gives the church of their riches, time and talents.  Our church is filled to the brim with wonderful helpful people.  Thank you all very much for all the yesterdays, the todays and for the tomorrows to come.  We are grateful and know that we are truly blessed to have so many wonderful caring people that are a part of our church family. 

               Thank You Thank You!

Attention All Committees and Societies… Time seems to just fly by doesn’t it?  If you would please prepare a calendar of events for your group concerning next year and give it to the office to be written on a 2023 calendar of events, I will greatly appreciate your help.  

Holy Trinity Library

Since the Rummage Sale, our Library has increased.  The Dorcas donated some books that were given to them for the Rummage Sale so there is a bigger variety.   Maybe take a few minutes, go down to our fellowship hall and pick out a book to read.  There are a variety of different kinds to chose from.  Come see what we mean.   Kim Kaszowski or Linda Chalupka will be glad to let you browse through them to get the one you are most interested in reading.  Then when you are done reading it, just put it back.  So easy huh?

 *“Some Up-Coming Events” 

Nov. 6– Day light saving time ends

Turn your clocks back 1 hour

Nov. 6-All Saints Sunday -Tolling of the bells for departed loved ones who have passed in the past year.

Nov. 8-Election Day Bake Sale given

by the Dorcas Ladies

Sponsored by GBU Assembly #62

Nov.10- Martin Luther’s Birthday

Nov. 11– Veterans Day

Our members listed in this newsletter

Nov. 20–Election of new Council Members-no dinner this year.

Nov. 24th–  “Happy Thanksgiving Day!”

Nov. 27– “No Sunday School”

Nov. 27– 1st Sunday in Advent Communion Worship service at 10am 

Dec. 4– 2nd Sunday of Advent

Dorcas Christmas Party at 4pm

Dec. 11th 3rd Sunday of Advent Communion Worship Service-10am 

Dec.  16th Sunday School Christmas Party/ Rehearsal 6pm to 8:30pm

Dec. 18th -4th Sunday in Advent

Sunday School Christmas Program

And Hanging of the Greens Service

Dec. 24–   Nativity of our Lord-Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7:30pm

Rev. James Seeley officiating

Dec. 25– Merry Christmas! One service at 10am   (No Sunday School on Dec. 25)

January 1, 2023

Happy New Year!  “No Sunday School”

*This schedule is subject to change.

Now they are concentrating on the Election Day Bake Sale being held on Nov. 8th.  They will have a multitude of delicious homemade items for sale.  There will be more than baked goods like always.  All help will be greatly appreciated.  Maybe you can donate your time to help in the kitchen, maybe you can donate your time selling the items or maybe you can donate baking products to help defray the cost of everything or maybe you could just help by donating a monetary gift or maybe you could help by coming to the bake sale and buying some delicious and yummy goodies.  Whatever you do one thing is for sure the Dorcas ladies will be forever grateful.  

GBU Assembly #62 is sponsoring their bake sale as well so hats off to them too.


Some items that are continuously for sale here at Holy Trinity

Daffin’s Candy Bars     $1.00 each

(Please see Linda Chalupka)

Frozen Stuffed cabbage       $7.50 a ½ doz.

Frozen Cooked Stuffed Cabbage $8.00 dz. 

Frozen Cabbage & Noodles    $6.00 a qt.

Nut or Apricot Horns              $7.00 a doz.

Homemade Soups-                   $7.00 a qt.

Many other items available also

(Available through the office)

Some things are worth repeating…

If you find yourself or a loved one admitted to the hospital, we would really

be grateful for a quick phone call to the office.  Your church family wants very much to pray for you and yours and send you a get-well card. We want to make plans for a Pastor to come see you and pray with you.  We are very disheartened when we are not told, so please call. 

God’s Gracious Gifts

God receives none but those who are forsaken, restores health to none but those who are sick, gives sight to none but the blind, and life to none but the dead…He has mercy on none but the wretched and gives grace to none but those who are in disgrace.  All of us!

                                           Martin Luther

On February 18 1546 Martin Luther’s prayer was “God of all comfort, I thank you for giving me your dear Son Jesus Christ, in whom I believe…Dear Lord Jesus Christ, let me give my little soul to you…O heavenly Father, if I leave this body, keep me in your hands.”   And Martin was right.  He is now in heaven, safe in Jesus’ loving arms.  Who knows, maybe God is creating others like Martin Luther.  He has given you a heart brave enough to tell the truth, like Martin Luther.  And God has given you a heart big enough to tell all people everywhere that God’s love for us never ends.  Maybe you will change the world!

Lord God, on this day of Thanksgiving, we ask your blessings on our family, our friends, our home, our health and on the food we are about to eat.  We thank you for this time together and the many gifts that you have given us.  Help us to remember those less fortunate.  And may your love consume us all that we might share in your glory.  Amen

PS:  Wishing you a bright and beautiful autumn, a Happy Thanksgiving Day—and a hope that special blessings will be yours the whole year through.

Our Deepest Sympathy    We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of James Russell Antel.  During their time of sorrow and mourning may God continue to bless them with His peace and strength.

A message from Diane Antel and Family…We want to thank from the bottom of our hearts everyone for their gifts in memory of Jim whether it was monetary gifts, food gifts, or flowers, we are so grateful.  We also want to thank Dorcas for the wonderful luncheon they provided for our family and friends, their kindness, their caring and the love they showed to us all.  You have made our burdens and sorrow much lighter to bare.  Thank you so very much.

November Sunday School News

Happy Fall! We are having so much fun with our new lessons and videos. Our fall party is October 30th during our regular Sunday School time (9am-9:45am). We are having a Halloween costume party with crafts, games, and lots of treats! 

We start rehearsals for our Christmas program on November 6th. Even though Christmas is still a long way off, it will be here before we know it. We’re “super” excited about our play this year and think everyone will really enjoy it!

There is NO Sunday School on November 30th (Thanksgiving break)

We hope everyone has a safe, happy, and blessed Thanksgiving.

Denise, Jayne, Chuck, Cathy & Ron

 Together we are Holy Trinity Lutheran    

Remember as we get ready for Christmas, that worship is the center of our life with Jesus.  It is always better when we are all together to give thanks and praise to God.  It is always better when we sing together our liturgy and our hymns.  

Together we confess before God and each other that we are in need of the Lord’s grace.  

Together we receive the forgiveness of our sins.

Together we listen to God’s word, offer our prayers and celebrate Holy Communion.

Together we serve God by serving others.  We cannot be the Church alone; we need each other to be the Church.  This is who we are here at Holy Trinity.  We are the people who belong to Christ and to each other.

Together we are the Church,

Holy Trinity Lutheran of Hermitage.  

Help us live out this reality this Advent/Christmas season and join us in His house.  

Dear God, prepare our hearts for the birth of your Son, Jesus Christ, the Savior of us all.  Amen

Dorcas meeting was held at noon October 17, 2022 with 11 present.  Dorcas ladies welcomed Ruth Smith as a new member.  Marlene Stebelsky was hostess.  Devotions were given by Karen Borden.  Minutes were read by Cathy Haywood and approved.  Treasurer report was read and approved.

Updates on homebound members:  Joanne Gerda is now at her daughters.  Shirley Faber is at St. Paul’s.  Mary Sobey is still rehabbing at Nugent’s.

We have received the “Stop the Bleed” kits.  A trainer from Mercy health will be at the church to give a demonstration on how to use the kits on Wednesday, October 26 at 4PM.  All are welcome to attend.

Dorcas has received donations of money to buy apples to make apple squares for our food fund raisers.  Thank you to all who donated.  We discussed sending donations to storm victims from the storm in Florida.

Dorcas ladies will be selling Philadelphia Candy again for Christmas.  See any Dorcas member to place your order.  Orders must be in November 21st.  Candy will be delivered to the church on December 6th.  We will be collecting toys for Salvation Army for local children in need this year.  More information will follow.

New guidelines for funeral luncheons:  Minimum donations is $250.00.  If luncheon is being prepared for more than 25 people, we are asking for $10.00 a plate.

Dorcas Christmas Party is Sunday, December 4th at 4:00pm at the Sharon American Legion.  Election Day Bake Sale is being sponsored by GBU assembly 62 and is Tuesday November 8th starting at 8:00am.  Workdays are scheduled for Sunday, November 6th after church.  Monday, November 7th starting at 8:00am.  Dorcas would greatly appreciate any donations for the Bake Sale such as flour, sugar, evaporated milk, brown sugar, powdered sugar etc.  Any donations of baked goods to be sold at the sale can be dropped off on Monday, November 7th.

On Tuesday October 18, 2022 at our workday Ruth Klein installed Ruth Smith as a new member.  Welcome to the group, Ruth.  Members also voted to send $200.00 to Lewis Fodor, nephew of Cathy Haywood, who lost his home in the Florida storm.

Next meeting is Monday November 21, 2022 at 1:00pm.  We closed the meeting with the Lord’s Prayer.

                  Respectfully Submitted,

                           Sharon Bryan

                     JESUS CALLING

Grow strong in the Light of My Presence. 

Your weakness does not repel Me.  On the contrary, it attracts My Power, which is always available to flow into a yielded heat.  Do not condemn yourself for your constant need of help.  Instead, come to Me with your gaping neediness; let the Light of My Love fill you.

     A yielded heart does not whine or rebel when the going gets rough.  It musters the courage to thank Me even during hard times.  Yielding yourself to My will is ultimately an act of trust.  In quietness and trust is your strength.

Please read:

Psalm 116:5-7; Ephesians 5:20;

Isaiah 30:15

Thank you so much Karen Blosz for another great “Jesus Calling.”  Please know it is greatly appreciated.  

We need three (3) council members to complete our council, won’t you please consider joining?  They meet once a month at 6pm in the church parlor on the third Tuesday of the month. They could sure use your help.  Please think it over and join them, you won’t find a more friendly caring group of people like them.  All wanting to guide our church in the right direction with dedication to the best interests of our congregation.   Please help Just call the office at 724 981-2050 and we will gladly put your name on the list.

For the last few weeks, we have had on the table in the back of the church draft copies of the agreement with Christ Lutheran regarding sharing a Pastor.  There is also enclosed in this newsletter a copy of that agreement.  Please read it over and please come to church on November 13th to vote on whether to accept this agreement.  The meeting will be held following our worship service.    Council is requesting that everyone please attend this meeting because it is one of the most important things that our congregation will be doing in the recent history of our church.  That last sentence came from our council president James Antel.  What a moving statement that is.  Just think about it…then be sure to be in church on the 13th of November. 

                          Thank You

A few words from Patty…

It has always been one of my most favorite holidays.  Sitting with loved ones sharing a meal together, and enjoying each other’s company is the best.  The food is a huge perk too.  Ha! Ha!  Got to love Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes & gravy, home grown corn and that pumpkin pie with whipped cream for dessert is a meal made in heaven.  You get to use those fancy dishes that are just collecting dust high up in china cabinet, those delicate glasses that actually ring when you touch them together.  And don’t forget that ceramic turkey you save just for decorating the table along with those colorful Thanksgiving napkins.  Little did I know the last time I prepared that meal it was going to be my last.  Little did I know that my loving family said it is my turn.  I guess you could say I am retired.  Ha! Ha!  This Thanksgiving my daughter who lives in South Carolina has invited Michael and I to her house.  My three granddaughters will be coming as well.  Doesn’t that sound wonderful?    So, this Thanksgiving Michael and I along with our dog Molly will be traveling to South Carolina.  How fantastic is that!  It is all good except that the office will be closed for the entire week prior to the big day on the 24th.  Now I know the church is in the most capable hands with James, Ron, Myron, Ruth, Sharon, Kathy and everyone else that keeps our church humming right along.  I will nevertheless be a little concerned, just the worry wart in me.  Don’t tell anyone but I will miss not being with my cousin Karen and her family which is my family too if you know what I mean.  Karen is a dynamite cook and baker and when you go to her house you feel so welcome.  She makes you feel so important and loved.  I will really miss that so much.  Seeing my daughter and granddaughters will be wonderful and I can’t wait to see them and hold them in my arms with great big grandma hugs telling them how much I missed them (it has been over a year since I’ve seen them) and how beautiful they are.  Being able to sit down and listen to what is important in their lives now and going for a walk on the beach with them.  A place that has always been a place of calm for me. A place of how no matter what your thoughts of God might be…you know without a doubt that God is real when you look at and listen to the ocean.  You just know.  And all your worries just seem to melt away.  Of course you don’t have to be on a beach to feel that, you can feel that just by sitting in a pew, talking to a friend, looking at the sun, seeing the beautiful blue sky against the beautiful colored leaves of the trees.  Well, you get what I mean.  God is with us wherever we might be, wherever we might hang our hat.  He is with us.  Gosh I talk a lot don’t I.  Sorry…The bottom line is that I wish you all the Happiest Thanksgiving Day ever and I know what I am supposed to say is “Don’t eat too much.”  But I am going to say… eat slow, enjoy every bite and most of all enjoy each other and what the Lord has given you and us all.

           “Happy Thanksgiving Day!”  

                        God’s Peace,


Attention – All Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Members

Please be advised that there will be a congregational meeting held for the sole purpose of electing Three (3) new council members. They are three-year terms. It will be on November 20, 2022 following the 10am Worship Service.  Your presence is very much needed and appreciated.  Thank You

The following Members have graciously accepted to stay on council:

James Antel

Chuck Foltz

Sharon Bryan

Kathy Long

Ruth Klein can run for a full term because she filled in for Sue Bishop who had to leave because of her job.

Members who’s terms are not up are as follows:

Stephen Banjak

Donna Ekis

Myron Jones

Ron Tomko

Brad Susen is ineligible to run again because he has to sit out a year.

Marlene Stebelsky will not be running again for personal reasons.

So in order to have a complete council of 12 members we will need to have three more people.  Please consider volunteering for this very special position.

Our gratitude and thanks go out to the members who have chosen to stay on.

Please be advised that there will not be a dinner this year following the meeting.

One Bowl Apple Cake 

This cake is so moist and rich and just perfect for this time of year, and easy to make!  Thank you Mike Boldish for another winner.

2 eggs
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 heaping teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup oil
6 medium Gala or Honey Crisp apples
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, cinnamon and oil. Peel and slice the apples and add to mixture in bowl (coating as you go to keep apples from turning brown.) Mix the baking soda and flour and add to the ingredients in the bowl. Mix well (best with a fork) until all the flour is absorbed by the wet ingredients. Pour mixture into a greased one 9×13 or two 9″ round pans. Bake for approximately 55 minutes.

Thanks goes out to Mike Boldish