"God's Work. Our Hands." Sunday

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 Sunday, September 10 - 1:00 PM *

    You are invited, along with other Lutheran congregations of our Gettysburg Conference, to participate in "God's Work. Our Hands." Sunday on September 10. Twelve community projects/sites are currently available to choose from to do "God's Work" in the Adams County communities on September 10.  For more details or to sign up to volunteer for a project, see the project/site summary and sign-up sheets on the front stairway bulletin board at Trinity or sign up online by going to:  http://signup.com/go/iiinzXS.

EIMI Classes and Senior High Youth
Meetings to begin September 17

    On Sunday, September 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Biglerville, the EIMI (Confirmation) Class, primarily for Grades 7 to 9, and the Senior High Youth Meeting, primarily for Grades 9 to 12, will begin.  Both groups will meet on Sunday evenings for fellowship, study, and activities at St. Paul, unless otherwise noted on the schedules.
    Note:  Parents are being asked to attend the beginning of the Sept. 17th EIMI class to discuss the schedule, expectations, and answer questions.
    For more details or if having questions prior to September 17, contact Pastor Ben Siebert (EIMI Classes) at pastorbensiebert@gmail.com or 419-953-8158 or Pastor Wes Smith (Senior High Youth Meetings) at rev.bwsmith@gmail.com or 717-677-0911.
    EIMI classes and Senior High youth meetings for the 2017-2018 year will run from September 17 to May 20.  Special activities for youth will be planned and announced throughout the summer.

What's Cookin' to Meet on September 20

"Hey, Kids!  It's time for What's Cookin' 2017-2018!"

   Pre-schoolers through 6th Graders are invited to join us at Trinity Lutheran Church (38 North High Street, Arendtsville) for our monthly What's Cookin' program!  On the third Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., we will gather for a light meal together, then we will break into three age groups and have a lesson/activity!  Our first gathering will be on Wednesday, September 20, at 6:00 p.m.
    The curriculum for 2017-2018 focuses on Martin Luther's central question throughout his Small Catechism, as well as the central question so many of our children and youth pose to us about concepts and ideas throughout Christianity:  "What is _______?"


September 20  -  Who is God?
October 18  -  What does "holy" mean?
November 15  -  What is heaven?
December 20*  -  Where is God? / How does God take care of us?
January 17  -  What is forgiveness?
February 21*  -  What is evil?
March 21*  -  What is prayer?
April 18  -  What is grace?
May 16  -  What is love?

*Dates subject to change, due to Advent and Lent.
Watch for What's Cookin' monthly reminders!

    Contact Carol Cogliano if you would like to volunteer to help, teach, or if your family / organization / committee would like to provide the meal for one of our monthly gatherings (CoglianoCL@gmail.com or 717-677-9895).  Teacher volunteers need to have volunteer clearances completed.

All local kids are WELCOME!  Bring a friend!!

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 September 25 

   The Golden Rule Sunday School Class Luncheon will be held on Monday, September 25, 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.


Fourth Annual 'Cry Out America!'
Prayer Event on September 11

    On Monday, September 11, the Fourth Annual 'Cry Out America!' Prayer Event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Oakside Community Park Amphitheater, 2880 Table Rock Road, Biglerville.  All are invited!  Bring your umbrella (rain or shine event) and a lawn chair.  For more information, contact Linda Staley, committee chairperson and coordinator, at 717-528-4130.

Third Thursday Worship Events

    Third Thursday Worship events will be held every third Thursday at various local churches in the county.  These special worship services are designed for special needs citizens and their families.  For more information, call Pastor Ben Leese at 717-528-4393 or Arc of Adams County at 717-677-8487.

Join Us ...
Adult Christian Education Study Program

- November 2, 9, 16 & 30 -

    UACT (Upper Adams Christians Together) is excited to be offering for the fall of 2017 a study and fellowship opportunity for our members and others who may wish to attend.  On the Thursdays of November 2, 9, 16 and 30, we will be engaged in a study that celebrates our shared heritage in the Protestant Reformation.  2017 is the 500th Anniversary of this important event!
    Learn the central claims of our faith, and the ways in which we can live them out today.  We are offering a morning and evening session, so you can choose the one that best suits your schedule.  Refreshments will be served!  This is the first of a series of month-long sessions that we will be offering, with the next one in January 2018.

Sessions to be held at:
TRINITY UCC - Biglerville  ...  at 9:30 a.m.
ZION UCC - Arendtsville  ...  at 7:00 p.m.

    It will be co-led by our UACT pastors.  Come, meet some new friends, and share in the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in a new and exciting way.  If you are planning to attend, please contact Pastor Kim Blocher at 717-677-8319 or zion_ucc_arendtsville@comcast.net, so that materials can be ordered.

Community Breakfast at St. Paul on September 30

    Everyone is invited to the Community Breakfast at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 25 Franklin St., Biglerville, on Saturday, September 30, 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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