May 2018

What a joyous Easter celebration we had at Trinity on April 1st with 243 in attendance! Special thanks to our outstanding gospel procession youth: Logan Kester as Crucifer, Madisyn vonFrisch & Tinaya Klotz as Torchbearers and Evan Gower as Bookbearer. (This was a first for Madisyn & Evan and they did a great job.) We also had our first ever "trunkbearers," Gavin Kester and Trent Sutphin, who did excellent job setting up the ALLELUIA letters in front of the altar among all the lilies! The ringers, the choir, the trumpeters, all of it came together beautifully under the direction of our Minister of Music, Sue Lovejoy. Special thanks to the "MEN of TRINITY" who made a delicious Easter Breakfast after worship, and, of course, to Bev, our church secretary for all the bulletins and providing my transportation home from the church on many occasions during Holy Week and on Easter, and Pete, our sexton, for his hard work helping Altar Guild and hanging the ALLELUIA letters adorning our chancel area.

If you were present at our Easter Sunday worship or were listening over the live streaming, you may have heard my request for prayers on April 3rd when I returned for a re-evaluation at the Neurosensory Center in Kingston, PA. I am very grateful for those prayers because, as most of you might know, I was released to do limited driving (with no night driving), all Sundays per month including services and teaching, and three half days in the office per week (all on an "as tolerated" basis.) BUT I WILL TAKE IT!!!! I will then return for re-evaluation on May 11th, where it will be determined if I will be released to do more: Hospital Visits, walking in the cemeteries, and any activities and meetings outside of Trinity. Until then, Pastor John Hassler continues to be on alert to cover Trinity when Vicar Rich is working at the prison or unavailable due to his final semester class schedule.

Incidentally, Vicar Rich and Vicar Lauren Heywood will be graduating on May 18, 2018. Congratulations to both! May God continue to bless them on their journeys to becoming Pastors in the ELCA!

The month of May brings us into the Day of Pentecost on May 20th, when the congregation will witness the Confirmation of the Class of 2018, as they enter into membership with Affirmation of Baptism and the ancient tradition of Laying on of Hands and Prayer. For two years, our Confirmands have been preparing for this special day. They have been instructed in Luther's Small Catechism--in the Ten Commandments and the Lord's Prayer, studied the articles of the Apostles' Creed and the Holy Sacraments. The Confirmands also completed an Old and New Testament Unit, a Unit on Stewardship, and a Unit on the ELCA (The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, of which Trinity is a member). Yes, as the seeds of faith have been planted, the Holy Spirit now guides the way from here on for these Logan Kester and Hannah Werner-Smith. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be ever present with them along their journey with a church family to support them and a place for them to always call home at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

As Confirmation classes come to a close for another year, so, too, will the Sunday School year be coming to an end on May 27th entitled, "The Last Sundae" with a "make your own sundae" dessert table for all. Special thanks and appreciation goes to Julia Kelm, Sunday School Superintendent, and the entire dedicated staff. We are very fortunate here at Trinity.

The month of May is also a time of new beginnings, making preparations for graduations, planning vacation destinations or enjoying the outdoors and gifts of nature around us after a long winter. As we look toward the summer months, we don't want to forget the dates for this year's Vacation Bible School on August 6-10, 2018 from 6:30-8:30pm. If you are willing to help out in any way at all, please contact Julia Kelm, VBS Co-Director, or Bev in the office at 610-377-4303. This year's theme is "Splash Canyon: God's Promise on Life's Wild Ride."

Even as springtime points us to summer and vacations that may take us temporarily in different directions, one thing is for sure, we are truly blessed to have our church family at Trinity! God's blessings to the name of our Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, especially those who have fought the good fight for our nation, finished their race, and rest in eternal peace. Remember to give thanks to God for all the fallen this Memorial Day 2018! Schedules for area Memorial Day ceremonies will be available in the office and in the Narthex.

Dear Friends, I would be remiss if I did not once again thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes over the past 11 months. I am deeply blessed to be the pastor of such a caring and understanding congregation. I missed being with everyone during this very long recuperation period, and I missed the children, especially the littlest ones I was unable to hold in my arms during baptisms. I am looking forward to more improvement and more favorable test results at my next re-evaluation on May 11th. Your prayers are greatly appreciated!

The Reverend Nancy L. Moore,

Service Schedule

Sunday Worship

9:30 a.m.

Sunday School

10:45 a.m.

First Saturday of the Month

5:00 p.m.

First Tuesday of the Month

10:00 a.m.

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