May 2022

GREETINGS IN THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS, OUR SAVIOR AND RISEN LORD!

Dear Friends in Christ, it is with a deeply grateful heart that I begin this newsletter article to give thanks to God for the many prayers and sympathy cards received from my beloved congregation and beyond. The flowers, the donations made in lieu of flowers to the Ukraine Disaster Response Fund, and all the kind words received throughout the month of April to not only me, but to my entire family, as my father, Richard A. Penrod, Jr., entered into eternal life on March 29, 2022, were deeply appreciated at this difficult time. I also want to thank the Church Council and Staff at Trinity, including Beverly Mills, our church secretary for helping me "keep my head on straight" during what seemed like a whirlwind of a time during the funeral planning and going into Holy Week. And to the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod Staff, namely Rev. Carl Shankweiler, Associate of the Bishop for Hazleton-Lehighton District and my close colleagues and fellow pastors for their unwavering support, as I traveled to the Valley Forge area, where my father resided, to plan and preside at his funeral. And last but certainly not least, I truly could not have carried out such a responsibility without the support of Vicar Sarah Moore, Assisting Minister and Mr. Alex Haggerty, Musician/Organist at my side during the funeral service itself on April 8, 2022, in Audubon, PA. May God continue to bless each and every one of you!

As I reflect upon this year's Holy Week and Easter Sunday, there are even more folks to thank! To Julia Kelm, Sunday School Superintendent and helper, Denise Niehoff, along with our entire Sunday School Staff for their dedicated service in making our Palm Sunday Parade and Egg Hunt a success for yet another year. The children and parents truly had a wonderful time! It was also nice to see several families from Jack and Jill Pre-School join us for the festivities on Palm Sunday!

As we moved into Holy Week, Vicar Sarah, Beverly Mills (5th & 6th grade Sunday School teacher) and I instructed the "all male" 1st Holy Communion class this year! After completing their 3 days of classes, the following 5th-7th graders received their First Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday, April 14, 2022 at the 7pm worship service: Parker Derr, Tegan Fairchild, Seth Hoffman and Landon Steigerwalt. During the worship service, they did an outstanding job assisting with an interactive sermon. Each received a gift bag from the congregation including a 1st Holy Communion lapel pin of chalice and wheat, a wooden cross keychain, of course Swedish fish, a $10 gift certificate from Corner Cone and their Certificate of First Holy Communion during the worship service. May God continue to bless them as they find comfort in the true presence of Jesus in the bread & wine and grow in their understanding of the Sacrament of Holy Communion in the years ahead!

Our Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services were both deeply meaningful as we continued our journey to the foot of the cross for the joyful celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord on Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022, with our musicians and choirs under the direction of Susan Lovejoy, Minister of Music. This was a bitter/sweet time for me being it was Sue's final Lenten Season, Holy Week and Easter Sunday with us, as she retires in June of 2022. Her last Sunday at Trinity as Minister of Music is June 12, 2022 (Holy Trinity Sunday.)

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS

May will be busy at Trinity with the culmination of our 2021-2022 Sunday School year! With changes and vacancies in staff it was most certainly a challenge, but we persevered, and it is my prayer that more volunteers will step forward for next year's staff as we continue to have openings for an Assistant Superintendent, a partner 5th grade Teacher and Helpers. Please talk with Julia Kelm or myself if you are interested in more information. The teachers have done a fine job keeping our Sunday School going throughout these challenging times!

Looking ahead: In May, we've scheduled a "Jesus Goes Up with a Shout" activity for Ascension Sunday on May 22, 2022, during the Sunday School hour where white ecofriendly balloons will be released. And our final Sunday for the Spring term is scheduled for Sunday, May 29, 2022, with our "Last Sundae" activities complete with a "Make Your Own Sundae" for the children as well as for those attending the Fellowship Hour that day!

CONFIRMATION NEWS

2nd Year Confirmands:
Pentecost Day / Confirmation Day 2022 is Sunday, June 5, 2022, at our 9:30am Worship service. On that day, after two years of study and service, seven Level II Confirmands are to be confirmed at Trinity (pending all assignments are completed). I am looking forward to their special day in the life of the congregation and in their own faith formation, and I hope all will support them by attending worship on that day! The Color of Day is Red!

1st Year Confirmands:
Just a reminder to all parent(s) / sponsor(s) of first year confirmands that any unfinished assignments must be turned in by June 5th to Vicar Sarah. Please see her for updates.

As we end the month of May, we remember with gratitude those fallen soldiers who gave their lives in service over many decades in times of war and times of peace and who now rest in the Lord. Please take time this Memorial Day to pause in a moment of silence in remembrance and thanks for their sacrifice for our freedom.

We certainly have much to look forward to in May, and we give thanks to God for the gifts of creation and all its beauty as we approach the Season of Pentecost! Enjoy the warmer weather!

Sincerely in Christ Who Strengthens Us,

The Reverend Nancy L. Moore, Pastor


Service Schedule

Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m.

Sunday School: 10:45 a.m.

Saturday Worship: First Saturday of the Month: 5:00 p.m.


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