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Seminar on Dementia 
at Cross Keys Village

   Dimentia poses challenges for the people who care for or care about the person who suffers from dimentia. But learning special techniques and “best practices” can really make a difference.
   Good News Consulting will present a free seminar on Friday, Oct. 23 at Cross Keys Village, Route 30, New Oxford. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., and the program begins at 9.
   Good News Consulting is a York-based training, consulting and geriatric care management company specializing in dementia care.
   If you have any questions or concerns about this event, please contact Tina at 843-1504.
Rules for Our
Refurbished Kitchen

   With the kitchen now having its bright new look, we would like for it to maintain its good appearance. The following rules have been established by the Social Activities Committee with the hope that everyone will strive to keep our kitchen in tiptop shape:

1. Notify the Social Committee Chairperson when supplies are low.

2. Take staples or whatever leftovers with you when you leave.

3. Take used towels and dishcloths home, launder and return.

4. Return clean pots, pans, utensils and dishes to their proper places.

5. Clean countertops, sink, appliances and coffeepots.

6. Dry and/or wet mop floors.

7. Be certain the kitchen and storage areas are in order before you leave.

8. Be certain all lights are off.

Seeking Council Candidates
   Once again, it is time for you to consider serving on church council. If interested in serving, please contact Pastor Blezard or Dick Price. Church council meets the fourth Thursday of every month, and each committee meets once per month.

Let Us Know
Your Children's Addresses

   As your children go off to college, or graduate from college and get their own apartments, please be sure to contact the church office (677-8921 or  We want to keep in touch with them!

 Head Offering Counter Needed

     Head Offering Counter Needed for Sunday mornings to lead the team that counts the money gathered in the offering plates, records the tally and makes the deposit. Counting usually takes about 30 minutes a week .Confidentiality and attention to details are a must. Interested in serving? Want to know more information? Please contact the church office ( or 677-8921).
Those Who Are Able,
Please Use Lower Lot

     With reckless drivers zooming through town, High Street sometimes resembles the Indianapolis Speedway, even on Sunday mornings. It’s dangerous to cross, especially for our senior members and those with limited mobility. Pastor Blezard urges that those who are strong and nimble park in the Lower Lot so our seniors and those with little children may use the Upper Lot and avoid crossing High Street.
     It also makes sense to keep spaces close to the church open for those who may be visiting Trinity for the first time.

 Our Church Runs on the Strength of Members

     With our church life about to get busy again with the start of the fall schedule, I would like to take the opportunity to convey some information about the workings of our Congregation Council.
     It has been an honor and a privilege for me to serve as congregational council president for the past 1 ˝ years. I have attended as many committee meetings as possible so that I would be aware of the duties and happenings of each committee. I am very impressed with the time and effort that the committee members spend each month.
     The Church Council meets monthly on the fourth Thursday at 7:30 p.m. All meetings are open and all are encouraged to attend. At these meetings each committee chair gives a report detailing the past month’s activities and the plans for the future. Other business is discussed as needed. If you have any concerns or complaints, please contact me or any other council member.
     All the committees are eager to work with members of the congregation who want to help in their duties — whether as an official member or just a worker. If you are interested in assisting any of these committees, please contact the chairperson. The committees are:
     Christian Education, chaired by Audrey Ridinger, is responsible for all the Sunday school classes. This includes selecting education materials, recruiting teachers and organizing awards. The committee assists the pastor in the confirmation class and Vacation Bible School.
     Mutual Ministry, chaired by Kathy Sanders, is where you can turn if you have a confidential concern. They meet regularly to review the Pastor’s performance and concerns. Please feel free to contact Kathy Sanders or Kay Hollabaugh if you have any. All meetings are kept strictly confidential.
     Outreach and Service, chaired by Ruth Wright, is responsible for community evangelism and outreach. They run the charity auction, coat drive, and other events. In 2008, for the first time ever, the committee staffed a booth at the Biglerville Fire Company’s annual fair. The booth offered various games and crafts for the children, as well as literature. Along with the Youth Committee, O&S will sponsor the first ever Fiesta on Aug. 29.
     Property, chaired by Ted Brilhart, cares for our buildings and grounds. Since assuming the job in January, Ted has organized an active group and things are getting done. By the way, Ted’s wife Beverly has assumed the responsibilities of Financial Secretary, busy family!
     Social Activities, chaired by Sue Kuhn, earns our thanks for all of the delicious food that we share at the many church events. Sue also schedules people to host the very successful social hour that we have been having on the third Sunday of each month. The group is also responsible for providing funeral luncheons as requested. We are truly blessed to have so many excellent cooks in our congregation.
     Stewardship and Finance, chaired by Richard Bachman, are “the money people” at Trinity. They spend many tedious hours reviewing and planning for the fiscal stability. They are responsible for appointing an audit committee each year and providing all the information that the audit group needs. Richard works very closely with our Treasurer, Nancy Costella. Nancy spends many late nights keeping the financial records current.
     Worship and Music, chaired by Creta Jacobs, is responsible for all activities related to the worship service and musical presentations at Trinity. They work with the choir, the organist, the altar guild, ushers, tape ministry, lectors and acolytes.
     Youth, chaired by Deb Thomas-Lamb, organizes all youth activities, including movie night, retreats, fund raising events and service projects. As all parents know, it is hard to keep young people interested in anything for very long. And youth have many more options and distractions than they did when most of us were young. Deb and her committee are continually coming up with new ideas.
     While I have listed all of the committees, I have not named the many individuals that are very active in the regular activities at Trinity. It takes untold hours to assure that Trinity functions as expected. I want to thank all of you for your support and assistance. It would not be possible to perform the responsibilities of council president without your help and guidance.

Dick Price
President, Congregation Council

Join the CROP Walk
on Oct. 18 to Help the Needy

   To provide money to feed, clothe, house, install water sources and provide self-help programs in areas of the world and the United States, as well as providing funds for the local Gettysburg Soup Kitchen (25% of donated funds), the 2009 Upper Adams Community CROP Walk will be held on Sunday, Oct. 18.
   Walkers will leave from Pavilion #1 at Oakside Community Park in Biglerville at 1 p.m. They will follow the Walking Trail (approximately 2 miles). Walkers have the option of completing the distance around the walking trail twice. A light picnic and time for sharing follows at the pavilion. It is optional, but you may bring an item to share. Beverage provided.
   Those interested in participating and/or soliciting sponsors may see Ruth Wright for a sponsorship envelope. Participants can accept donations “by-the-mile” or in a lump sum. If you would like to make a contribution, see Ruth, as well. Checks can be made payable to CWS/CROP. Donations can also be designated to Church World Hunger or the Gettysburg Soup Kitchen, if you so desire.
   “When you do these things for the Least of These, You do them unto me (Jesus).” As we meet the needs of others, we serve our Lord and Savior. Be thankful that we are the givers rather than those who are in need of assistance. Your support is appreciated.

Outreach Auction on Nov. 1, Will Focus on Taste
For this year’s Annual Outreach Auction, we will be doing something a bit different.
   Instead of cleaning out our attics, we will be spending time in our kitchens making baked goods, homemade soups, vegetables, fruits, whole dinner options (to be provided on request), baskets of food items, goodies, etc.
   Food has always been the popular highlight of the auction. Fudge, cookies, cupcakes, candy, dinners. And of course, Dorothy Ernst’s coconut cake generally goes for over $100!!
   Not a cook? How about donating a coupon or gift certificate to your favorite restaurant?
   The Auction begins at 7 p.m., and as usual, the youth will serve a dinner beforehand. Gather in the Social Room at 5:30 p.m. for the dinner. This year they are serving spaghetti and salad. A freewill offering to benefit youth activities will be taken.
   The proceeds from this year’s auction will go toward the new homeless shelter being refurbished in the old Columbia Gas building in Gettysburg.
   Last spring, Trinity and Zion United Church of Christ jointly sponsored the $6,000 cost of renovating one room. The auction proceeds will help cover that cost.
   If you have ever had an opportunity to stop by the current homeless shelter, you know how much the new shelter is needed.
   So, mark your calendars and plan to attend this worthy cause.

What's Cookin' Has New Focus

For this year we are going to do a little revamping of the What’s Cookin’ Program.  This program is open to all children in the surrounding community who are of Preschool age through and including 4th Grade.
   The purpose of this program is to bring children of the community together to enjoy a meal, participate in Bible-based activities, and meet new friends.
   We will be meeting the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m.  At our first gathering we will discuss the length of the program on these nights.  We ask that each child bring a monetary donation to the monthly program.  Towards the end of the year, we will decide as a group how this money will be spent to help others.
   We will be looking for congregational/community volunteers to provide a light meal for approximately 25 people.  (If you are able to help out with a meal, please let us know.)  We are also looking for volunteers to help coordinate/run some of the events. If you are interested, please let us know (contact info below).
   Our schedule for the first half of the year looks like this:

September 2: Kick off this year with a backyard picnic and ballgame at the Menges residence at 199 E. Main St., Arendtsville.  We will provide the hot dogs and burgers and ask that each family bring a covered dish to share.  We will plan on eating at 6 p.m. and conclude between 7 and 7:30 p.m.

October 7: Join us at Oakside Park (weather permitting) at 6 p.m. for a light meal, activities dealing with God’s creations, and a fun time.  (We will send home info on Operation Christmas Child.)

November 4: This night we will be meeting at the church at 6 p.m.  Once again we will have a light meal and then work on our Operation Christmas Child Boxes.  The boxes need to be completed this night so we can get them to the distribution center on time.

December 9:  We will meet at the church at 6 p.m..  After we eat, we will talk about the act of “Giving”.  his year we would like to try to incorporate a “Gift Exchange”.  We would like to ask each child to bring a $5 gift for the Exchange.

   If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns about What’s Cookin’, please contact Joey Kuhn OR Karen Menges.  If you would like to volunteer with this program in any way, please let us know.

Outreach and Service
Collecting Sweatshirts and Blanket
for Fruitbelt Farm Workers

     The Outreach and Service Committee is collecting new or "good" used sweatshirts (hooded or unhooded with a greater need for size Large) and blankets for the Fruitbelt Workers.  When these workers travel into our area, they are very limited to the clothing  that they can bring with them.  Therefore, they are in need of these items.
      A box is available in the Adult Sunday School Room for the donations.  The collection drive will continue through September.

     Our congregation has been a beacon of God’s Holy Light for 228 years. We’ve had our ups and downs, but God has been with us and is blessing us.
     Now we are on an upswing in our church’s history, and so it’s only fitting that we are able to now put some effort and money into our physical plant.
     Our ministry is not in our building — it’s in our people! — yet it’s hard to run effective, life-changing ministries when our building is shabby and needs repair.
     Everybody is pleased with how our church is looking with the fix-up projects we’ve been able to complete with the TLC-4-TLC campaign.
     It’s amazing how good things look with just a little attention. Our church suffers from maintenance deferred too long. How wonderful that we have the will — and the money — to make some improvements.
     Fact is, we have much more work to do. The roof over our Social Room and Sunday School Rooms needs repair, and badly. The outside brick walls need to be sealed with silicone, and then we can begin painting the interior of the sanctuary and Adult Sunday School Room.
     Trinity is in need of contributions above and beyond our regular offerings to keep things moving.
     Can you help?

Mutual Ministry
Is Here For You

     The Mutual Ministry Committee of Trinity would like you to know that we are available to hear your comments or concerns.
     The purpose of the Committee is too serve as a liaison between the Pastor and the Congregation.
      Everything discussed within the Committee is confidential. So if you would like to be heard but are afraid to speak out, we urge you to contact us so that we can address your concerns.
     The members are:  Gene Staub, Kay Hollabaugh, Janet Knouse, Richard Bachman, CJ Seils, and Kathy Sanders.
     If you have a concern (or compliment) on any aspect of church life, feel free to contact any of these individuals


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