Summer Christian Education

 Sunday, August 13 - 7:00 PM *

    Join us in the backyard of the parsonage to participate in the 'Confirmation Class You Always Wanted'.  You will have an opportunity to go through some of the exercises the current confirmation students use (adjusted to adult abilities).  There will be a review of things that were probably once taught, and also explore some new ideas!  See you on Sunday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. for the final summer session!

'Blessing of the Backpacks!' ...
during Worship on Sunday, August 20

    'Blessing of the Backpacks' ... will take place during Trinity's 9 a.m. worship service on Sunday, August 20.  Whether you are a teacher, student, parent, staff, or an aide heading back to school or starting for the first time, bring your ... backpacks, school supplies, lunch boxes, and any other school-related items to be blessed.  There will be a special prayer and blessings for all students (preschool to post-doctoral level students) and school-folk as you explore all of God's creation in school, extracurricular activities, and daily living.

"We look forward to celebrating the beginning of the school year with you!"

Altar Guild Committee seeking Coordinator

   Joey Kuhn, who has done a great job as chair of the Altar Guild Committee for well over a year, has asked to step down because of other commitments.  Therefore, Trinity is currently seeking someone to serve as Altar Guild Coordinator.
   While the amount of work the job requires varies from season to season in the church year, a few of the duties of the Altar Guild Coordinator is to acquire and provide assistance to the monthly volunteers who do the "behind-the-scenes" duties of preparing the sanctuary by setting up for communion, decorating during the holiday and festival seasons, and ensuring all weekly candles and other materials are ready for worship each week.  The coordinator assists with the training of any new volunteers and coordinates the ordering of the special Easter flowers and Christmas poinsettias that decorate our sanctuary during those holidays, as well as preparing the master order form and sponsorship insert of each for publication in the bulletins.  The Altar Guild Coordinator serves as chair of the Altar Guild Committee and attends and provides input at the monthly Worship & Music Committee meetings.
   Throughout the year, there are many weeks where no real "hands-on" attention is needed.  And in the weeks when there is more to do, the coordinator generally never has more than a couple hours of work in any one week.  Also, please note that Joey will be available to provide training and assistance during the transition.
   If wanting more details or interested in serving as Altar Guild Coordinator, please contact Kathy Sanders, Worship & Music Committee chairperson, or Pastor Ben.

Outreach & Service Committee Projects
to help local Migrant Workers this fall!
     Trinity's Outreach & Service Committee has expanded its outreach to the migrant community by currently collecting sweatshirts and blankets to be given to the workers in September.  These items can be new or gently used men's size medium and large hoodies or pullover sweatshirts and blankets of either twin or double size.
    Your donations of these items can be left in the large marked box at the bottom of the stairs inside the front door of the church.

    Plans are being made to visit a migrant camp again this fall, as we did last October.  It was a good time of sharing a meal, getting to know those who work in the orchards and letting them know their work is appreciated.  Everyone interested in joining us in this ministry, please let committee members -- Ruth Sobotor, Audrey Gilbert, Jan McQuaid, Bob McQuaid, or Pastor Ben -- know or call them for more details.

UACT Youth Committee Meets
Fourth Monday of the Month
   The UACT (Upper Adams Christians Together) Youth Committee generally meets the fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at Trinity. If interested in supporting the youth programs and/or have ideas you would like to share, plan to attend.

Join the Golden Rule Sunday School Class
for Lunch on August 28 

   The Golden Rule Sunday School Class Luncheon will be held on Monday, August 28, at 11:30 a.m. at the Cameo Drive-in, 1425 Carlisle Road (Rt. 34N), Aspers -- formerly Shank's Drive-in near Bendersville.  All are welcome to join us!


Mutual Ministry is Always Available to Listen!

    The Mutual Ministry Committee wants you to know that we are available to hear your concerns and suggestions about church life.  We also would like to hear about church projects that are going well that you want to recognize or your ideas for spiritual growth in the congregation and the community.
    The committee acts as a liaison between the Pastor and the congregation, and all discussions are kept confidential.  We are eager to hear from you.  If you have a concern, ideas, or a compliment, we urge you to contact us.  Committee members are:  Deborah Seils (chair), Karen Menges, and Susan Pyron.

Sunday Sermons are Available via Podcast

    Each sermon from Trinity's Sunday services is available via Trinity's podcast.  Just search for "Trinity Lutheran Church:  Arendtsville" in iTunes or find it on the church's Facebook page.

Trinity's "Wellness Group' Available to Assist

    Because of several past events with some of our Trinity members, it was suggested that a "Wellness Group" be established.  The purpose of this group would be to perform wellness checks on Trinity members who live alone.  A volunteer would agree to call a designated member either daily or twice daily to verify that they are okay.  The number of calls per day and time of day would be determined by the individual member living alone.  Each prospective member would be contacted to see if they wish to participate in this program.  If interested, a volunteer would be assigned to that person.

    The following information would be provided by each member:
  •   Telephone number where they can be reached.
  •   An emergency contact person if they are not reachable.
  •   The name of someone who would have access to their residence.
  •   Time of day and frequency of wellness calls.
  •   Agree to advise their volunteer if they plan to be away from their residence.
    This program has been established and is currently available.  Anyone willing to serve as a volunteer or if you know a Trinity member or community person who is interested in being on the Wellness Call List, please contact Dick Price at 677-6901 (home) or 339-6834 (cell).

Will YOU please help the local children
in our Upper Adams School District?

    John's Meals needs your help!  The volunteers for John's Meals pack and deliver three weekend meals and snacks to the children from food insecure homes in the Upper Adams community.  We have been currently providing these weekend meals to the children at Arendtsville and Bendersville Elementary.  This upcoming school year (2017-2018), we would like to start serving the children at Biglerville Elementary.
    BUT -- We need more teams to pack and deliver weekend meals in order to expand our mission!
    The volunteer teams should consist of three to four people to pack food bags and then deliver and hand out the bags to children at an elementary school at 3:00 p.m. at the end of the week.  Each team would be scheduled to deliver the weekend meals approximately once a month.  We can provide assistance to volunteers to apply for security clearances as required by the school district.
    PLEASE consider volunteering for this outreach to the children in our community!  It would be great if all of our area churches could provide one or more teams to become involved in this mission!  Please contact Pam Taylor, John's Meals Volunteer coordinator, at taylor245@comcast.net or 717-528-8470.


Third Thursday Worship Kick Off
Event on August 17

    A special worship service designed for special needs citizens and their families is being held at Oakside Community Park, 2880 Table Rock Road, Biglerville, on Thursday, August 17, beginning with a cookout at 6 p.m. and followed by a worship service from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m.
    Third Thursday Worship events will be held every third Thursday at various local churches.  For more information, call Pastor Ben Leese at 717-528-4393 or Arc of Adams County at 717-677-8487.

JDA Golf Tournament to be held August 19

    The JDA Golf Tournament to benefit Jewelry Designs by Angels, a non-profit 501(c)3 that helps provide support in a number of ways to families who have endured neonatal or stillborn loss, will be held on Saturday, August 19, at Piney Apple Golf Course, 165 Slatersville Road, Biglerville.  Shotgun Start (rain or shine) at 8 a.m.   Two-person Scramble (request foursome, if wanted).  $50 per Golfer covers green fees, golf cart, lunch, drinks, and chances to win prizes.  Golfers and Sponsors are needed!
    For more information or to register, contact:  Kevin Knouse at kknouse_03@hotmail.com or 717-817-3026 or Tim Kuhn at tkuhn113@comcast.net or 717-752-7773 as soon as possible.

Community Breakfast at St. Paul on August 26

    Everyone is invited to the Community Breakfast at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 25 Franklin St., Biglerville, on Saturday, August 26, at 7:30 a.m.  This monthly event offers a delightful breakfast, great fellowship, and an inspirational message.  To RSVP or to get more information, contact Harold Kint at 337-3087 or the St. Paul church office at 677-6365.

Upper Adams Prayer Breakfast
to Meet on September 5

    The Upper Adams Prayer Breakfast will meet on Tuesday, September 5.  Join us at 7:45 a.m. at The Apple Bin, located on Rt. 234 between Arendtsville and Biglerville.  The guest speaker will be Pastor Rod Runyan, executive director of the Fruitbelt Farmworker Christian Ministry (FFCM), which aids and ministers to migrant workers in a five-county area.
   All are invited to attend this multi-denominational breakfast event to enjoy a morning of good food and fellowship, music, and the opportunity to hear Pastor Runyan share his experiences and offer comments on this special ministry.

Donations needed for Spirit Fest
event being held on September 16

    The annual Spirit Fest at SpiriTrust Lutheran, The Village at Gettysburg, 1075 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg, will be held on Saturday, September 16, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  This is a rain or shine event, and the day will feature something for the whole family -- entertainment; games and other activities for the kids; good food; and the opportunity to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, books, jewelry, crafts, baked goods, and white elephant items.
    At this time, the SpiriTrust Lutheran Auxiliary is in need of white elephant items, books, jewelry, gently used purses, and homemade crafts.  These items are being accepted at The Village at Gettysburg through Monday, September 4.
    Donations of baked goods, pies, and plants are also needed.  Plants and baked goods will be received on Friday, September 15, or the morning of the event.  Pumpkins and mums are also popular selling items.
    If interested in renting a table and/or space to sell your own items, cost is $10 for a space (bring own table) or $20 for a table/space.  Contact Kimberly Bassler at 717-339-1674 or kbassler@spiritrustlutheran.org for more information.



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