October 2022

GREETINGS TO ALL IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS, THE CHRIST!

Reformation celebrations held on Sunday, October 30, 2022, have all come to an end, and I want to thank everyone who made those celebrations unique and enjoyable. Thank you to Alex Haggerty and the Choirs for sharing their gifts of music, both vocal and instrumental, making our Worship Service with Holy Communion and our Gospel Procession wonderfully steeped in Lutheran heritage and tradition! Four of our Confirmands, practiced for several weeks with Lindsey Kuntz, Crucifer; Cody Troutman and Trent Sutphin, Torchbearers; and Sarah Ahner, as Bookbearer; all did an outstanding job bringing the "gospel," the good news into the midst of the people. Under the direction of Julia Kelm, Superintendent, and the Sunday School Staff, we brought back another tradition some of you may recall from childhood: "Davey and Goliath," now on DVD. The Sunday School students viewed the episode, "I am a Good Neighbor" in our Theatre Room downstairs! It was fun for the children learning about Davey and Goliath, the Reformation and all appreciated Martin & Mrs. Luther, played by Jon & Sarah Dalton!

The month of November typically begins with All Saints Day, which is actually November 5th & 6th this year at Trinity. Just as a quick refresher, Martin Luther understood death to be in two types ... the little death and the big death. The big death, he wrote, is the death of the "sinful self" and the power of sin over us that is washed away in Baptism. The little death is our physical death and departure from this world into eternal life and what Jesus called ... Paradise! (Luke 23:42-43) At Trinity, we set aside time during the Prayers of Intercession where the names of deceased members are read aloud, a candle is lit, and a solitary bell is rung as we celebrate and remember the life of each one who died in "little death" since our last All Saints weekend. There is also a "Memorial Table" set up in front of the pulpit to display framed photos of deceased loved ones from previous years. As pastor, it is quite moving for me to be a part of this annual remembrance. I hope you will consider attending one of the All Saints worship services, either Saturday, November 5th at 5pm or Sunday, November 6th at 9:30am.

Another item of importance for November is our annual congregational meeting held this year on November 20, 2022 immediately following the 9:30am Worship Service in Luther Hall. This meeting is open to all members in good standing and is a requirement for Confirmands. Just a reminder, a member in good standing is defined in our Church Constitution, which reads:
C8.02.c Voting members are confirmed members. Such confirmed members shall have communed AND made a contribution of record during the current or preceding year. Now, if you aren't sure if you communed and contributed in 2021 & 2022, please call the office (610) 377-4303 and Beverly, our Church Office Secretary, will look it up for you. The good news is this: If you have not kept up with this requirement, please plan to attend one of our communion services, 1st Saturday at 5pm or the 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month at 9:30am and contribute by marking your church envelope or a plain envelope with your name and before November 20th of 2022. (Offering envelopes and communion cards are available in the pews and in the brochure rack in the Narthex.)

Trinity is a program church, and we most certainly need your offerings to keep these programs up and running. One wise person once said, "God does not need your money ... but God's work needs your money." Any contribution is always better than none at all. And if you are one of those folks who doesn't like having to remember your offering each week, we have a direct deposit program for that, too! (This is how my husband and I give our weekly offering because I have many other things to remember on a Sunday morning! I highly recommend it!)

Friends in Christ, our "giving" is a large part of the Christian life. Our Confirmands are currently learning about Stewardship at this time of year. Good stewardship practices are biblically based. Our Stewardship curriculum is entitled, "10-10-80" where 10% of our weekly allowance can be shared with the church, an agency or a non-profit organization; where another 10% should be saved, which leaves 80% to be spent in a way that will be of benefit and not be frivolous or impulse spending. It is never too early or too late to learn good stewardship practices.

Lastly, if you attend worship on November 27 at 9:30am, you will take notice of the beautiful blue paraments adorning our chancel and altar signifying the start of the Advent Season. The Advent Wreath will also be displayed with beautiful blue candles, one to be lit each week during Advent including the white Christ candle at the center of the wreath which is lit on Christmas Eve.

Please check the Master Calendar at the center of the newsletter to be sure not to miss out on any of the other November activities going on such as the Thrift Store Christmas Sale being planned for the last weekend in November. And if you know of any church family members in need this Thanksgiving, please submit names to me confidentially before November 15th, as our Food Pantry is ready to help out.

As the autumn leaves continue to flutter gently to the ground and the sunsets are getting earlier, which saddens those of us uncomfortable driving at night, we are regretfully reminded to set our clocks back one hour on November 5th at 2am or before you go to sleep that night!

The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you as Thanksgiving approaches, and as we look toward the Season of Advent!

The Reverend Nancy L. Moore, Pastor


Service Schedule

Sunday Worship

9:30 AM

First Saturday of the Month

5:00 PM

Quiet Communion—First Tuesday of the Month

11:00 AM

Sunday School

10:45 AM


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