From Pastor Marty
Followers of Jesus:
month of February, with Valentine’s Day in the middle of it, is often
considered the month of love – especially romantic love, as well as love of
family and friends. Our Lord certainly isn’t opposed to this kind of love, but
it falls far short of his total concept of love. So as you get your Valentine’s
Cards ready, I also invite you to consider his words in Luke 6:27-38 –
27“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those
who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for
those who abuse you. 29If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the
other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your
shirt…. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32If
you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?... 33If you
do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you….35But
love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return…. 36Be
merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 37Do not judge, and you
will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and
you will be forgiven; 38give, and it will be given to you. A good
measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your
lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”
here is a description of love that really challenges us. Jesus, the Son of God, who has given his life
for all of us, says: “Love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting
nothing in return, and you will be children of the Most High, for he is kind to
the ungrateful and the wicked. Be
merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Jesus’ words are an invitation
to go way beyond Cupid’s arrow and to love the most unlikely people around us.
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F. Girzone, a Roman Catholic priest, has written a novel entitled: “JOSHUA
and the Children.” In this book Joshua, who is really Jesus, visits a
village that is torn by violence, hatred, bigotry, ignorance, and
intolerance. Through his love for the
children, he is able to get them to break down the old barriers that had long
separated them. Near the end of the book he says to the children: “Little ones, you are truly blessed by
God. You have been chosen to do a
special work for him. The grown-ups have
grown weary and tired of the heavy burden of solving life’s problems. A new way has to begin. You have been chosen by God to start on that
way. You can see what your love and your
caring have already accomplished in the village. You have been able to transform the whole
community. Where before there was hatred
and suspicion and fear, now there is love and friendship and trust. The secret is to love and never to take
offense. Always try to understand
the tortured anguish that drives people to do the mean things they do, and it
will not be hard to forgive. Let your
love conquer all obstacles and slowly your message will spread throughout the
What an amazing summary of the words
of our Lord in Luke 6. The world awaits a few ordinary people who will hear
Jesus and believe. A few old ladies and men in Moscow or London, a family in
Harrisburg or Arendstville, somebody running loose who doesn’t play by the
world’s rules, but lives in the shadow of the cross, constrained, controlled by
My friends, God wants us to be like
him ‒ holy. Our behavior, the rules under
which we work and live, are not devised on the basis of what I want or even
what the other person wants, but rather on the basis of who God is.
So, as you come to worship Him, think
about that. At Communion look into that
blood red cup, taste that broken body, remember the God who by his life and
death showed us he is “kind to the ungrateful and the wicked” (like us!). Then, eat and drink, taking His love into
yourself, that you may be empowered to be a world-changing, revolutionary
person, who knows the secret: love and never take offense.
• SUNDAY WORSHIP PLANNER •
Presentation of Our Lord
Service of Holy Communion
Year’s Resolution – To See Better in
Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
Service of the Word
“Be Who You Are”
Isn’t Easy Being Me”
Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
Service of Holy Communion
“Growing in the Faith”
Seventh Sunday after Epiphany
Service of the Word
Rev. Timothy W. Sadler –
Us for a ‘Fun Night’ on March 2
Trinity’s annual “Fun Night” will be held
Sunday, March 2! It always takes place the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. “Fun Night” is looked upon as
Trinity’s “Mardi Gras”.
The evening begins with a potluck supper at
5:30in the Social Room. Bring a covered dish to share. Beverages and place settings
are provided. Following the supper, we go to the Adult Sunday School Room for a
spectacular variety show.
You … your talents … your inventions … your
stories … Did I mention you? Yes, let your hair down and share in the Fun and
Fellowship. All talents are being called upon! Contact Josie Pelc at 677-9448
with your renditions of fun! We look forward to seeing you at “Fun Night!”
begins March 5 with Ash Wednesday Service
church season of Lent will begin on Ash Wednesday, March 5. The traditional
service with Imposition of Ashes will be at 7:30 p.m. It will also be a service
of Holy Communion.
The midweek Lenten Soup Supper & Service
will then begin on March 12 and end April 9 with a soup and bread supper in the
Social Room at 5:30 p.m. each Wednesday, followed by a service at 6:20 p.m.,
using the Holden Evening Prayer. Everyone is invited to attend.
Prayer Chain Now Organizing
Trinity is currently organizing an
e-mail/phone prayer chain. If interested, please contact Sue Kuhn at 677-6723
or the church office at 677-8921 or firstname.lastname@example.org with your name,
e-mail address and/or phone number. Sue will put together a prayer chain list
consisting of both e-mail and phone contacts to be used when a prayer need
If anyone has a
prayer concern, please contact Sue or any Outreach & Service Committee member.
Sue will then send out the request for prayer.
Volunteers Needed for Late Service
are being sought. If your child is interested in serving as an acolyte for the
10:15 a.m. service, please contact Mindi Culp at 677-0719 or email@example.com
to sign up or for more information.
Community Breakfast at St. Paul on Feb. 22
Everyone is invited to come to the Community
Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 a.m. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran
Church, 25 Franklin St., Biglerville.
The Community Breakfast is held the last
Saturday of each month. Chef Gary Wagner always cooks up a delicious meal, and
an inspirational speaker provides insight into the Christian path.
To RSVP or to get
more information, contact Tom Cline at 677-6676 or the St. Paul
church office at 677-6365.
Upper Adams Prayer Breakfast on March 4
Dale Williams, recently retired after many years serving the Lower Marsh Creek
Presbyterian Church and also a former Navy Chaplain, will be guest speaker on Tuesday,
March 4, at the Upper Adams Prayer Breakfast. All are invited to this event
which is held the first Tuesday of each month at the Apple Bin Restaurant on
Rt. 234 between Biglerville and Arendtsville. It commences at 7:45 a.m. with
coffee and breakfast orders and continues at 8 with singing led by Jean
Finfrock and accompanied by Barbara Frey on the keyboard. The visiting pastor
then leads the gathering with his/her presentation and special prayer for many
requested by the group. Breakfast follows and the multi-denominational
fellowship is typically over about 9.
How can we be better and more generous stewards
of God's gifts?
Excerpted from “Generous Living: Finding Contentment through
Giving” by Ron Blue
There are several
reasons why we as Christians may not be properly supporting the Lord’s work
with our financial and personal gifts and abilities. Even if we are spiritually
mature and don’t have unresolved fiscal difficulties, lack of knowledge and
planning can forestall our desire to contribute generously.
The Bible has much to
say about the joy of giving. It is to each person’s eternal benefit to give
generously while he or she has the chance. Scripture is very clear that there
are eternal rewards associated with giving. Jesus talked about it in the
Parable of the Talents. Paul wrote about it in 2 Corinthians 8 and 9. In
Philippians 4:17 the apostle explained his reason for urging believers to give
without reservation: “Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that
abounds to your account.” We hear a great deal in the Christian community about
the importance of financial planning ‒
but not so much about planned giving. Just as having a financial plan can help
us free up more money for giving, so having a lifestyle strategy can help make
generosity a reality in our lives. Following are five action steps to help
identify and take advantage of the opportunities God sets before you:
*Examine your priorities. Do they reflect what
God says has eternal value? Remember the high value He puts on people. As you
consider what matters most to God, be sure to put those things and serving
others at the top of your list.
* Inventory your assets. List all your
resources: your time, your talents, and your possessions. All of us have
different gifts or abilities, and we’re supposed to share them with others.
Just as financial resources must be managed carefully, so the assets of time
and talents must be stewarded effectively if they are to be employed with
* Ask the right questions. If you are asked to
give your time, skills or resources to a cause, ask the right questions before
responding. Instead of wondering, “Is it convenient for me?” or “What do I get
out of it?” consider whether or not God would want you to use your resources ‒ His resources ‒
in this way.
* Eliminate expectations. When you give,
do it without expecting anything in return. Sacrificial giving costs the giver
something, and you may not be rewarded immediately for your generosity.
* Give your schedule to God. Give your
appointments and plans to God first thing each day. Ask Him to show you how He
wants you to use your time, talents, and resources, and give Him permission to
interrupt your agenda.
Christians need to know that they can enrich their lives by developing a
lifestyle of generosity. It won’t happen overnight, but the more you give of
yourself, the better you will feel — and the more joyful and fulfilled you will
Dinner Anyone? …
Join Trinity’s Dinner Group
Would you enjoy … Eating good food? …
Meeting new friends? … Or reconnecting with old ones?
Why not join a Trinity Lutheran Church
Dinner Group ‒ enjoy fellowship over good food
in the homes of new friends and old. You will be matched with a group of six to
eight people (couples or singles), to meet in one another's homes. The host
provides the entreé, while the other participants provide the side dishes and
If you know someone who is not a member of
Trinity, but would enjoy the fellowship of our dinner groups ‒ please include
them. All are welcome.
If you have any questions or would like to
participate in the Dinner Group, please contact Maria Levenstein at 677-4656 or
the church office at 677-8921 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, Feb.
*Quote from Richard
that was used in the newsletter:
~ for others ~
* * * *
“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In
all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To
all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”
‒ Quote by John Wesley, circa 1780
One of the founders of the Methodist Movement
ARM ‘Zumbathon’ Fundraiser on April 12
are excited to invite you to participate in the Adams Rescue Mission’s 2nd
annual Zumbathon fundraiser! This event will be held on April 12 from 9 a.m. to
12 noon at The Intersection Church, 1980 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg. The cost
to participate is $20 if you
pre-register, or $25 at the door.
Zumbathon will feature three hours of Zumba, instructed by local guest Zumba
instructors, free snacks, and water. Each participant will receive a ‘blessing
bag’ filled with coupons and goodies. Participants who raise a minimum of $100
for the Mission will receive a free event t-shirt; and for those who raise over
$500, there will be special additional prizes.
more details or to pre-register, go to the ‘Events’ page at www.adamsrescuemission.org
or call Heidi at the Adams Rescue Mission at 717-334-7502.
• The Art of Presence •
An excerpt from a New
York Times article by David Brooks
Tragedy has twice visited the
Woodiwiss family. In 2008, Anna Woodiwiss, 27, was working for a service
organization in Afghanistan. She went horseback riding and was thrown, dying
from her injuries. In 2013, her sister Catherine, 26, was biking to work in
Washington. She was hit by a car and her face was severely smashed. She has
endured a series of operations. For a time, she breathed and ate through a
tube, unable to speak. The recovery is slow. The victims of trauma, she writes,
experience days “when you feel like a quivering, cowardly shell of yourself,
when despair yawns as a terrible chasm, when fear paralyzes any chance for
pleasure. This is just a fight that has to be won, over and over and over
again.” Her mother, Mary, talks about the deep grief a parent feels when they
have lost a child and seen another badly injured. But suffering is a teacher.
And, among other things, the Woodiwisses drew a few lessons, which at least
apply to their own experience, about how those of us outside the zone of trauma
might better communicate with those inside the zone. There are no uniformly
right responses, but their collective wisdom is quite useful:
be there. Some people think that those who experience trauma need
space to sort things through. Assume the opposite. Most people need presence.
The Woodiwisses say they were awed after each tragedy by the number of people,
many mere acquaintances, who showed up and offered love. They were also
disoriented by a number of close friends who simply weren’t there, who were
afraid or too busy. Anna and Catherine’s father, Ashley, says he could detect
no pattern to help predict who would step up and provide the ministry of
presence and who would fumble. Neither age, experience nor personal belief
correlated with sensitivity and love.
compare, ever. Don’t say, “I understand what it’s like to lose a
child.” Even if a comparison seems germane, don’t make it. Each trauma should
be respected in its uniqueness. Each story should be heard attentively as its
own thing. “From the inside,” Catherine writes, comparisons “sting as clueless,
careless, or just plain false.”
bring soup. The
non-verbal expressions of love are as healing as eloquence. When Mary was
living with Catherine during her recovery, some young friend noticed she didn’t
have a bathmat. He went to Target and got a bathmat. Mary says she will never
not say “you’ll get over it.” “There is no such thing as ‘getting over it,’
” Catherine writes, “A major disruption leaves a new normal in its wake. There
is no ‘back to the old me.’ ”
be a builder. The Woodiwisses distinguish between firefighters and
builders. Firefighters drop everything and arrive at the moment of crisis.
Builders are there for years and years, walking alongside as the victims live
in the world. Very few people are capable of performing both roles.
say it’s all for the best or try to make sense out of what has happened.
Catherine and her parents speak with astonishing gentleness and quiet thoughtfulness,
but it’s pretty obvious that these tragedies have stripped away their tolerance
for pretense and unrooted optimism. Ashley also warned against those who would
over interpret, and try to make sense of the inexplicable.
Even devout Christians, as the
Woodiwisses are, should worry about taking theology beyond its limits. Theology
is a grounding in ultimate hope, not a formula book to explain away each
I believe what these experiences
call for is a sort of passive activism. We have a tendency, especially in an
achievement-oriented culture, to want to solve problems and repair brokenness,
to propose, plan, fix, interpret, explain and solve. But what seems to be
needed here is the art of presence — to perform tasks without trying to control
or alter the situation. Allow nature
to take its course. Grant the sufferers the dignity of their own process. Let
them define meaning. Sit simply through moments of pain and uncomfortable
darkness. Be practical, mundane, simple and direct.
Ashley and Mary went to
Afghanistan a few months after Anna’s death. They remember that as a time out
of time. They wept together with Afghan villagers and felt touched by grace.
“That period changed me and opened my imagination,” Ashley recalls. “This thing
called presence and love is more available than I had thought. It is more ready
to be let loose than I ever imagined.”
Update: “Call Committee In Action!”
Call Committee has been hard at work since the beginning of the New Year,
working through the steps outlined by the ELCA to call a new pastor. The
committee’s principal job is to fill out a Ministry Site Profile (MSP). The MSP
document, when complete, is how the synod helps choose potential candidates to
send our way, and how potential candidates decide whether we’re worth a second
look or not. It is, in essence, an encyclopedic definition of who we are at Trinity
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Arendtsville, PA – the good, the bad, and the
nominations and our church council members, the Call Committee chosen to put
the MSP together includes: John Menges (chair), Ellie Vranich (secretary), Susan
Bailey (council representative), Ron Ebbert (long-standing member of TLC), Anne
Myers (newer member of TLC), and KC Goshorn (youth representative). So far, the
committee has worked well together, and the range of ages and perspective has
led to really good conversation about our congregation, who we are, and who we
would like to become under the leadership of a new pastor. However, we are only
six voices representing our entire church body (which, according to our
membership list with the synod, totals over 360 members!). We want to be sure
we are accurately representing our church as a whole. So, if you have
questions, concerns, or opinions related to finding the perfect pastor for our
parish, now is the time to speak up! Any of the committee members will be more
than happy to chat with you and will bring your thoughts and concerns forward
at a future committee meeting. It is our hope to finish the MSP and have it
submitted not later than the beginning of March, however, so now really is the
time to speak up!
Some of the questions on the MSP that we have
to answer include topics like: recent trends in our congregation, goals to
which we’re committed, things about which our congregation is really excited,
what our purpose is, what our gifts are, our top three mission priorities, and
characteristics we feel are most important in a new leader.
Below is the contact information for the
committee members. Thanks for your support and input!
Ellie Vranich: email@example.com, 717-677-4431
Susan Bailey: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Ron Ebbert: email@example.com, 717-677-6038
Anne Myers: firstname.lastname@example.org, 717-352-4136
KC Goshorn: email@example.com, 717-334-6067
Update: 2014 Annual Congregation Meeting
The annual Trinity congregation meeting was
held after the late service on January 26. Thirty-four church members were in
attendance. The main order of business included the review of our updated
church constitution, review of our 2013 Annual Report, and discussion of plans
and programs needing increased attention at Trinity in 2014.
Table discussions were held on the topics of
Property, Worship & Music, Outreach & Service, Youth Ministry,
Stewardship & Finance, and Mutual Ministry.
The revised 2013-2014 church constitution,
the 2013 committee and financial reports, as well as the 2013 congregation
meeting minutes were unanimously approved by the meeting attendees.
Our many congregational members who regularly
serve in worship service roles, and as council members, committee members,
offering counters, staff members, Sunday School teachers, and in other
supporting church roles were recognized for their dedicated efforts on the part
of our faith community. At present, the 2014 Call Committee is hard at work
developing the materials and actions needed to successfully pursue a permanent
pastor for our Arendtsville Lutheran church.
the election of our Trinity church officers, assignment of council duties, and
paid staff positions approved at the reorganization meeting held on January 15,
we are ready to face the many challenges which lie ahead. Great decisions and
thoughtful solutions will require our focus and the full participation of our
members in our church ministries as we move forward through 2014 .
‒ Richard C. Bachman
Bible Study/Prayer Group Offering led by Pastor Marty
Using “The Workbook On Becoming Alive in Christ”
By Maxie Dunnam
8 Group Meetings - Sunday Evenings – 6:00 p.m. to 7:30
Beginning Sunday, February 23rd & Concluding
Sunday, April 13th!
The New Testament
understanding of Christian living as persons being “alive in Christ” is often
ignored and therefore not a daily experience for many followers. This workbook helps users experience the
indwelling Christ as the shaping power of their lives. “What Christ has been and done for us, we are
to be and do for others.” This happens
through spiritual formation – a process of learning to say yes to Christ every
day in every way. Spiritual formation
requires discipline and practiced effort to recognize, to cultivate an
awareness of, and to give expression to the indwelling Christ. If you would like to experience the
indwelling Christ more often in your daily life and are willing to discipline
yourself, than this workbook is for you.
Each participant will have his/her own workbook and be asked to give 20
to 30 minutes each day to learn about and appropriate ideas and disciplines for
spiritual formation. Workbooks will be
handed out at the first meeting on Sunday, February 23rd. In each day’s section of the workbook you
will read about the discipline (which will be based on scripture), spend time
reflecting and recording, and then be asked to apply the learning during your
day. On day 7 of each week (Sunday) you
will gather with your fellow participants to share and discuss what you’ve
learned and experienced. Suggestions for
the group meeting are printed at the end of each week, so that you’ll know how
to prepare and what to expect. The purpose of this adventure is experiential
and experimental, but not argumentative.
If you can make a seven week commitment (attending all 8 group meetings
except when an emergency arises), then join in this pilgrimage to becoming more
alive in Christ. Please fill in the
registration form below and submit to the church office by February 16th.
Registration for the Workbook On Becoming Alive in Christ
Name:___________________________________ Phone No. _______________
Please return to the church office by February 16, 2014
Donations and Volunteers Needed
Adams Rescue Mission is accepting donations
of clothing and household items, as well as recycling and electronic waste.
Donations have decreased causing a direct effect on ARM’s ability to provide
community programs. Volunteers are also needed to sort clothing.
For more details, go to: