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TRINITY ALIVE “Trinity Lutheran Church is a caring community that welcomes, prepares and encourages all people to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ” January 2011 Newsletter TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH A Message from Pastor Tom 120 Sunset Drive Butler PA 16001 Phone: 724-287-1977 Fax: 724-283-8711 Email: email@example.com Website: www.trinityalive.com As I look back on 2010, I am thankful for many things. On the top of ----------------------- that list is my gratitude for the prayers of the congregation which have OFFICE HOURS: been lifted up every week for me and the congregation as we have Mon-Fri 9:00 am – 1:00 pm been in a time of discernment about my call and the call of a new WORSHIP SERVICES: pastor. This has been a great comfort and I do indeed feel that these Saturday 6:30 pm prayers have led to the plan which the Council, the Bishop and I Sunday 8:30 & 11:00 am agreed to earlier in the fall. The congregation will have an opportunity Sunday School 9:45 –10:45 am to affirm this plan which would modify my call upon the calling of a new (September through May) Senior Pastor. This will happen at the annual meeting of the All services include Communion congregation on January 30th. ----------------------- PASTOR: I am also thankful that our congregation has been able to continue and Rev. Thomas M. Pierotti even thrive in the midst of some significant pressures that have caused Senior Pastor great pain in other Lutheran congregations in our area. When the 724-355-9933 or 724-287-9066 accounting has been done we will find that Trinity finished the year well Email: firstname.lastname@example.org in the black financially. It is a great blessing to be free from concern AARON’S MINISTER: about making ends meet so that we can support as fully as possible Diane Petrak the many ministries by which we share God’s love with those around 724-355-1003 us. Email: email@example.com ------------------- It is also a great blessing that we have not suffered from the anxiety STAFF: that has led some congregations to consider leaving the Evangelical Lynne Hasychak Lutheran Church in America. We are the ELCA and, although we are ..…………..Administrative Assistant far from perfect, through our national church body we are part of the Dean & Elsie Sarvey ministries of 250 missionaries in 50 countries, 8 seminaries (three of .……………..………………Sextons which have provided interns for us in the past several years), 26 ELCA Karen O’Donnell colleges and universities, 145 outdoor ministries, including Lutherlyn, ……………..Chancel Choir Director over 300 social ministry organizations of the church, including Lutheran Jessica Sanzotti .…………………… Senior Life, and LSS of Western Pennsylvania and Concordia Lutheran Choir Accompanist Ministries in our immediate area, and countless other ministries that Patsy Ann Johnson are supported by our prayers and financial contributions through the ……….……...…..Bell Choir Director Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA. Together we are able Saturday Organist to do God’s work in ways that we never could on our own. …………………………..Pam Scott ………………………….. Sunday Organist We do indeed have much for which to be thankful as we begin 2011. ……………………..….Ingrid Beute And thankfulness always produces hope for the days to come. 2010- 2010-11 Council Members Council Minute Highlights Dec. 20, 2010 Jerry Markle President 724-282-6475 Call Committee Update: Council approved the contents of a letter to be Keith Harvey Vice President 724-287-5067 sent to the congregation in preparation for the & Personnel annual meeting in January. That Sunday, we will have one service at 10:30 AM (Sunday School at Scott Petrak Secretary 724-482-2039 9:15 AM). First interviews will be conducted for a next set of two candidates in January. Sandra Huey Treasurer 724-283-0427 2011 Budget: Scott Michael Fellowship 724-283-6787 A motion passed to accept the draft budget as proposed by the Finance committee. Joe Rothbauer Finance 724-789-7320 The Council Secretary received a letter from the Synod, thanking TLC for our Mission Support David Hanford Outreach 724-355-1080 commitment for 2011. Janet Flecken Parish Ed 724-285-4182 Pastor’s report: Pr. Pierotti noted that White Oak Lutheran church Jim Osche Property 724-482-2107 will be installing a columbarium. Steve Rodgers Social Ministry 724-282-2501 Treasurer’s Report: The treasurer’s report was reviewed and Jim Klein Stewardship 724-865-2603 accepted. Committee Reports: Donna Baughman Worship & Music 724-283-4128 Youth Ministry: S. Slezak asked each member Stephanie Slezak Youth Ministry 724-421-7562 to fill out a survey regarding youth ministry. Finance: Jehoiada Chest has collected $5,000 for mortgage reduction that will be applied in Annual Meeting 2011. Property: Temporary patch applied to roof. This year’s Annual Meeting will be held on Sun. Jan. Social Ministry: Responses to Christmas 30th. There will be only one Sunday Worship Service present donations were excellent. this weekend at 10:30 am. The meeting will be Worship & Music: Council approved a motion to immediately following the 10:30 am service. allocate approximately $2,000 for blinds behind the organ area. Funding will come from Memorial Fund, offset by donations, if any are received. INCOME & EXPENSE REPORT Month Same End Month Income & Expenses thru >>>>>>> 11/30/10 Last Year Income We Budgeted: 296,322 We Received: 298,942 292,757 Received OVER Budget: $ 2,620 Expense We Budgeted: 305,108 We Spent: 302,066 306,448 Spent is UNDER Budget by: $ 3,043 Gain/Loss We Budgeted a LOSS of: $ 8,786 $13,691 Actual LOSS: $ 3,124 BEHIND Actual Gain/Loss $ 5,662 (AHEAD or BEHIND) of Budget: AHEAD ATTENTION!!!! Worship Schedule Change Chancel Choir Recruiting Sun. Jan. 30, 2011 The Chancel Choir is recruiting new members for the Sunday School 9:15 am Lenten and Easter season. Please consider joining One Sunday us. We practice once a week at 7:30 pm, Wed. or Worship Service Thursday evenings. Contact the church office, 10:30 am Karen O’Donnell or a choir member if you are interested Annual Meeting to follow There will be no McCandless Bell Choir Rehearsals in January. Holden Evening Prayer Holden Evening Prayer Services will be held the Chairman: Day Calls…….……....8 am – 6 pm 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm. Carole Henderson………….724-283-7585 These services will include incense. Co-Chairman: Evening Call…....…..6 – 11 pm Pam Miller…….…………......724-482-4105 Email Chairman:……...………………..Anytime Lisa Blackburn…firstname.lastname@example.org Emergencies………………..………….Anytime Pastor Tom………………..…724-355-9933 Flower Dedications Don’t forget prayer requests can also be put on the board in the Narthex. The flower dedication sign-up sheet for 2011 is now posted on the bulleting board in the Narthex. Please sign-up to dedicate flowers in memory or in honor of your loved ones. Cost is $15 per dedication. To Sue & Jeff Rapp and families on the passing of both of their mothers Sarah Braden in December. Joe DiTullio and to the Joe Menchyk Allison Family on the passing of Esther Turner Wayne Allison on Christmas Day. Tom Brown TLC Call Committee Update Thirdly, Bishop Kusserow has indicated that generally speaking, the seminaries and the synods The Call Committee has been very busy in the last do not encourage a seminarian to return to their few months. As we’ve communicated before, the intern site. committee interviewed the first two candidates that we received from the Synod, and elected to not In summary, Bishop Kusserow has strongly advance either one of them for further consideration. suggested that we continue to work through the call process as it is designed, and not spend further time The committee made several minor changes to our and energy focusing on any one person. We all profile in early October. The most important of firmly believe that this is a process led by the Holy these changes is that we are now willing to consider Spirit, and that by working through the process with a Pastor with less than three years experience. The that in mind, the best possible outcome for TLC will rationale for this decision is our awareness of the occur. number of seminarians with previous careers that might lend themselves well to pastoral leadership at If you have any questions or comments about the a large congregation like Trinity. call process, please do not hesitate to speak with any member of the Call Committee. In late November, we received profiles for four additional candidates. Of these four, we have Scott Petrak, John Burglund, Dave Carlson, Terri decided to offer an interview to one candidate, and Laborie, Jen McIntyre, Bob Wilson, and Don Wyman. may possibly interview another, depending on the receipt of additional information. ----------------------------------------------------------- Warm Up on a cold The Committee has received many questions from the congregation regarding the possibility of calling winter day… our previous intern, Scott Schul. There are several Katie’s Kitchen will be issues that factor into this complex issue. making and selling soup. First, it is important to recognize that the Call Choose between: $6.00 per Quart Committee must follow a very precise and defined Turkey Noodle – 32 oz. procedure through the call process. This procedure Beef Vegetable – 32 oz. Checks payable to: is directed and guided by the Bishop’s office. The Potato Leek – 32 oz. Katie’s Kitchen TLC Call Committee has been diligent in following this procedure. We have intentionally cast a wide Order Deadline is Jan. 16, 2011. Please place net in hope of identifying the best candidate to lead completed order forms in the offering plate or Trinity, and have avoided the temptation to focus on a single candidate. drop off at the church office. The soup can be picked up at Trinity on Sat. Jan. 22 or Sun. Secondly, the call process is designed to match Jan. 23 after Worship. congregations with ordained pastors. It is not designed to match congregations with seminarians. Name: ___________________________ Bishop Kusserow has indicated that the process of matching a seminarian with a congregation is quite Phone #: _________________________ complex. The seminarian is first matched with a region (in our case, eight Synods), who then work to Email Address: _____________________ discern where the best fit for that person exists. Congregations have no say in this part of the Quantity of each: ____ Turkey Noodle process, but may only become involved when a seminarian is actually assigned to their Synod. Therefore, setting our sites on a particular ____ Beef Vegetable seminarian now would be premature because there is no way to tell if they would be assigned to our ____ Potato Leek Synod. Total Quarts x $6.00 = Total Amount Due: ________ Ushers Needed We are in need of ushers for all services, but especially the Sat. 6:30 pm services. If you are Sunday School Pageant interested in helping with this important ministry Thank you to everyone who helped with this year’s please contact the office at 724-287-1977 or by Sunday School Pageant! email at email@example.com. Ushers will now be scheduled by the office. Sunday School Teachers – Crafts Adult Sunday School Class – Refreshments A very special thank you to Polly Bachman for 9th–12th Grade SS – Posters th th her many years of scheduling the ushers. 7 & 8 Grade SS – Stage Crew & Helpers Dawn Grochalski – Actors Jim Northrop – Scenery Pianist – Leslie Osche Costumes & Props: Tasha & Jusin Ponteous Michele & Steve Green Dana Laskowski Study Women’s Bible Study We couldn’t have done it without all of your help. Thurs. Jan. 6th at 10:00 am God Bless you all! We will be starting a New Study in January. Council Member Nominations A BIG THANK YOU It’s not too late to volunteer! At the Congregational To everyone who baked for Meals on Wheels. Meeting in January 2011, we will be electing 4 new The Staff & I really appreciate the time and council members. The Nominating Committee is caring given to this Community Service. looking for persons interested in the life of Trinity to serve our congregation in this very important way. ~ Linda Cunningham Please prayerfully consider becoming involved in this part of the church, and if you have interest, please ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ fill out the attached slip and return it to the church office. The nominating committee thanks you for your response. Name __________________________________ Council Member Reminders Telephone Number ________________________ • Annual Council Reports are due to the E-mail Address ____________________________ office by Wed. Jan. 12th. _____ I am interested in running for Church Council • The January Council meeting will be in 2011. held on Mon. Jan. 24th instead of Mon. ______I have a few questions and would like Jan. 17th. someone from the Nominating Committee to contact me. Wellness Quote: “Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching.” Dennis & Wendy Mannering Daily appointment with God for prayer and Bible study. Start out with 15 minutes a day and you may find yourself being able to increase that time. It takes commitment and discipline, but I promise you that once you start scheduling God into your life daily, you will wonder how you ever functioned any other way. Health and Wellness Ministry Minutes January 2011 Happy New Year! Next Health & Wellness Meeting: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 11 AM at TLC “You are delivered from the power of darkness and transformed into God’s kingdom.” ~ Colossians 1:13 Blood pressure screenings continue as follows on the second full weekend of the month: Following 6:30 PM service, Sat., Jan. 8, 2011 Between 8:30 & 11 AM services on Sun., Jan. 9, 2011 God’s Christmas present to us is found in the above scripture! Even after the Health & Wellness Ministers are: Linda decorations are down, the celebrations over and Cunningham, Paula Jesteadt, Kathy Madden, Jan the presents all unwrapped and forgotten…we Staggers, Jane Titley, Marlies von Laufer, Janice still have the gift of eternal life that started with West, Barb Wick and Becky Klein with Pastor the birth of Baby Jesus. Accept this gift and Pierotti. turn your ways toward our Heavenly Father. Becky Klein 2010-2011 Flu season. We are not hearing the ‘hype’ over the flu that we heard last year, but, that does not mean that the flu viruses magically cannot threaten us this year. They are still out there which means we still need to make wise health decisions. Wash your hands after going to the bathroom, before handling food, and when you get home from work, school or play. Wipe off your shopping cart handle with the antibacterial wipes the stores are providing. STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK. BE Dear Members & Friends of Trinity ~ CONSIDERATE AND DON’T SPREAD GERMS. Cover coughs and sneezes. Thank you very much for all of the Christmas Consult with your PCP about the flu cards, gifts and greetings. May the joy of our vaccine. Lord’s birth fill you with joy this Christmas Please continue to remember Our Troops by season! letting them know you care. Send an email or letter ~ Pastor Tom, Lynn & Sarah Pierotti via Amillionthanks.org or Americasupportsyou.mil Jehoiada Chest The special Jehoiada Chest offerings for January will be for the purchase of window blinds for the Youth Group Christmas Party sanctuary. Blinds will be purchased for the lower at Ci-Ci’s, Moraine Pointe windows behind and beside the organ and the choir areas of the sanctuary. Sun. Jan. 9, 2011 6 – 8 pm Please remember that gifts to the Jehoiada Chest must be above and beyond our regular giving. Cost is $7.25 per person Although you may designate various purposes for these special gifts. Undesignated gifts will be Bring a White Elephant Christmas Gift applied to the purchase of the window blinds. Please sign-up on the bulletin board So far the congregation is responding quite well to this effort. Regular giving remains above what was in the Narthex. expected! It is a joy to know that our congregation is responding so positively to this giving opportunity. Thank you to everyone who participated in Trinity’s Christmas Pageant, “Ornaments of Christmas”! A special thanks to Lynne Hasychak, who organized and coordinated the pageant, and Leslie Osche, who volunteered her musical gift by playing the piano. ~ Stephanie Slezak Sunday School Superintendent ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear Trinity Members ~ YOUTH QUAKE Thank you so much for the Christmas care package! What a nice surprise during my preparation for finals. Please pray for Trinity’s youth and chaperones who will be attending Youth Quake in Pittsburgh Sincerely, Sarah Pierotti from Friday, January 28th through Sunday, ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ January 30th. Children & Youth Ministry is Dear Members of Trinity ~ asking you to keep our youth and adults in your prayers, as they travel, experience God’s grace, Thank you for your generosity and gift to my family fellowship with other youth and walk along their & I. There is no way for me to express how much it faith journey. Children & Youth Ministry thanks means. Trinity for your unending support of our youth. You are a great blessing to us all. Thank you, Sandy Morra Daily Prayers and Scripture stories of mission and ministry January 2011 from members and congregations of the southwestern Pennsylvania synod From a member of St. Paul’s Highfield… St. Paul’s Highfield and New Hope Ministries had Daily Lectionary Texts decided to hold joint services on occasion. At a get acquainted progressive dinner, one of the pastors Sat. Jan. 1 Philippians 2:5-11 gave a tour of the food bank at St. Paul’s, Sun. Jan. 2 John 1:1-18 Vandergrift, and expecting to see shelves laden with Mon. Jan. 3 Psalm 72 food, I was appalled at the lack their of. I asked Tues. Jan. 4 Exodus 3:1-5 what one of the most requested items was and one Wed. Jan. 5 Hebrews 11:32-12:2 of the ladies said, “Peanut butter.” Thurs. Jan. 6 Matthew 2:1-12 Fri. Jan. 7 1 Kings 10:1-13 We have always told people and posted in the Sat. Jan. 8 Ephesians 4:7, 11-16 bulletins about the food bank, but the response was Sun. Jan. 9 Matthew 3:13-17 not enough. I told both pastors I was at the point of Mon. Jan. 10 Psalm 89:5-37 just standing up and saying, “Bring in peanut Tues. Jan. 11 Jeremiah 1:4-10 butter,” so Sunday at church I did. The ladies in Wed. Jan. 12 Isaiah 51:1-16 charge of the food bank said they were inundated Thurs. Jan. 13 Psalm 40:1-11 with it. Sticking with the new plan, each week I Fri. Jan. 14 Acts 1:1-5 Sat. Jan. 15 1 Kings 19:19-21 stood up and announced the specific item of the Sun. Jan. 16 John 1:29-42 week. We have gone through cereal, canned Mon. Jan. 17 Psalm 40:6-17 vegetables, soaps, etc. Last week one of the pastors Tues. Jan. 18 Matthew 16:13-19 announced that the women in charge of the food Wed. Jan. 19 Isaiah 48:12-21 bank were overwhelmed at our generosity. Thurs. Jan. 20 Psalm 27:1-6 Fri. Jan. 21 Galatians 2:1-10 We decided in September to form a sub-committee Sat. Jan. 22 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 from the three churches to take on World Hunger. Sun. Jan. 23 Matthew 4:12-23 And, working through the ELCA Good Gifts, we have Mon. Jan. 24 Psalm 27:7-14 decided to go for the entire barnyard and are over a Tues. Jan. 25 Galatians 1:11-24 third of the way to our goal. Never underestimate Wed. Jan. 26 Luke 1:67-79 the power of the simplest of ideas…along with Thurs. Jan. 27 Psalm 15 clearly and specifically stating the need. Fri. Jan. 28 1 Timothy 5:17-24 Sat. Jan. 29 Micah 3:1-4 What’s the mission and ministry of your congregation? Sun. Jan. 30 Matthew 5:1-12 What does your offering make possible? Mon. Jan. 31 Psalm 37:1-17 Send your stories to: The Rev. Dr. Blair Morgan Director for Evangelical Outreach Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod 9625 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 Blair.firstname.lastname@example.org The story above inspired me to take on their suggestion. Each month in 2011 the Newsletter will list specific items to be donated to our Food Cupboard. So when you read your monthly Newsletter add the requested items to your grocery list and bring them to Trinity and place them in the shopping cart in the Narthex. They will then be donated to the Covenant Food Bank. January 2011 Thank you for your support, Peanut Butter Lynne & Jelly PARISH EDUCATION PAGE † Open your heart each day and invite the Spirit to use you as an instrument of God’s will. Pray that God will inspire your words and deeds. † Be yourself. Let your language and January Faith Practice: INVITE lifestyle reflect God’s love to & for others. † Around the dinner table, identify some “Go Tell it on the Mountain, Over the Hills & friends or neighbors you might invite to Everywhere… Go Tell it on the Mountain that Jesus worship. Christ is Born” † Having a sleepover? Invite your friend to Sunday School! Listening to “Go Tell it on the Mountain”, you can feel † Look over upcoming events and church the excitement, the happiness one has about the activities. Identify occasions that might birth of Christ! The singer has just found out be natural entry points for unchurched something amazing and wonderful – the birth of our friends – like day care providers, Savior, Jesus Christ! He’s sharing his joy over this coaches, co-workers, or teachers. good news and wants you to tell others, passing the † Invite neighbors & friends to come for an good news along. How true is this in our own lives? evening of experiencing God’s presence When you receive good news, what do you do? Do in your home as you provide friendship & you run to the phone and call your best friend? Do hospitality. you post it on Facebook? Twitter? Scream for the † Make God connections in daily events. whole world to hear? The point is, when we receive Nature’s amazing scenery and good news we can’t hold it inside. It’s bursting to strength: Only God can design the come out! We’ll tell anyone who will listen. We starry nights, the snow covered pines, invite others to share in our good news and the beautiful sunsets, the deer in the happiness. When they respond with enthusiasm and meadow, etc. support, we form bonds and strengthen Amazing doctors, nurses & medicine: relationships. God made our bodies to fight disease, but God gifts people with skills that So then, why do some of us struggle with telling help keep us healthy. others about the good news of Jesus? Why is it Gas Stations: Who fills our “tank” with easier to pass on those slightly naughty emails all the things we need – like love, joy rather than the ones that mention God? Think about and hope? all the people you come into contact with each day, whether it’s those you’re close with or those you ~Portions taken from 2000 ELCA-wide Call to pass by in the grocery store. Do you let God’s love Discipleship shine through your actions and words? A smile or “Good Morning” could make a huge difference in one’s day. These simple actions lets a person know you see them, you recognize them and you wish them well. This month, Parish Education encourages Trinity to break through its insecurities and focus on some ways it can creatively and naturally invite others to There will also be NO SUNDAY follow Jesus. The experience of God’s loving touch SCHOOL Sun. Jan. 2, 2011 in our lives is a gift maturing disciples feel compelled to share with others. Words of witness and acts of Sun. Jan. 9 – Epiphany SS Event genuine hospitality towards friends, family and neighbors create the opportunity through which the Sun. Jan. 30 – Sunday School will be Holy Spirit brings others into a relationship with from 9:15 to 10:15 Christ and his church. (There will be only one worship service on Sun. Jan. 30th at 10:30 am) Ornaments of Christmas 2010 Sunday School Program Jade Stepanian, Emily Sarver, Shane McIntire Pre-K & Kindergarten “Candy Canes” 2nd Grade Angels Singing Carols 1st Grade “Bells” Our Nativity January 2011 Birthdays Jan. 1 Noah Delano, Bill Grupp, Ken Jesteadt, Carl Snyder Jan. 3 Cheryl Allison, Zach Ellison, Tarrah Kapsin, Heather Mikita Jan. 4 Carol Musko Jan. 5 Josh Lineman Jan. 6 Mason Northrop, Ethan Sarver, John Schlotter, Betty Wobb Jan. 7 Jan Elliott, Joe Herold, Craig Smith Jan. 8 Christina Pollock, Mike Slupe Jan. 9 David Gold, Elsie Sarvey Jan. 10 Charlene Edwards, Evan Kapsin, Debbie Spencer Jan. 11 Alyssa Garcia Jan. 12 Luke Bowser, Hunter Prementine Jan. 13 Alexandra Arbanas, Sue Elsass, Jordan Hammer, Heidi Sarver, John Stitt Jan. 14 Jeff Dunn, Rick Gladd Jr., Kristina Mulig, Roger Smith Jan. 15 Mike Demayo Jan. 16 Mara Davanzati, Colton Dero, Linda Swain, Wallace Zulick Jan. 17 Noah Ernst Jan. 19 Anna Timko Jan. 20 Elizabeth Goetz, Sonny Hassler, Dawson Pfabe, Beverly Snyder, Bill Watson Jan. 22 Clayton Grabb, June Zulick Jan. 23 Karl Cheeks, Robyn Tynan, Ron West Jan. 25 Emma Burglund, Pam McKinney, Trisha Montag, Bill Olszewski Jan. 26 Keith Blackburn, Bill Gabriel, Lynne Hasychak, Ron McKinney, Esther Stewart, Bob Wilson Jan. 31 Tom Della Santa January 2011 Anniversaries Jan. 13 Ken & Judy Scott-Rhodaberger Jan. 17 Scott & Diane Petrak Jan. 19 George & Pamela Miller Jan. 20 Gregg & Krista West Jan. 21 Bud & June Daum Jan. 23 Dave & Mary McFarland TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH Non-Profit 120 Sunset Drive U.S. Postage Paid Butler PA 16001 Permit No. 105 Butler, PA RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED Trinity Lutheran Church January 2011 Watch for copies of the Annual Report in the Narthex & pick up a copy
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