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									                                                                                                                                                                                                     Volume 2, Issue 08

                                                                                                                                           Trinity Highlights




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                                                                                                                  Endurance
                                                                                                                  Dear Members and Friends,           ance in regard to how he broke        strength; they shall mount up
                                                                                                                  When I was a youth at home I        the four minute mile. “I would        with wings like eagles, they shall
                                                                                                                  read a most fascinating article     run until I felt I couldn’t take      run and not grow weary, they
                                                                                                                  in Life magazine about Jim          another step; then I would run        shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah
                                                                                                                  Ryun. The article in the maga-      until I felt my lungs were going      40:31
                                                                                                                  zine highlighted the incredible     to burst. When I came to that              We all tend at times to be-
                                                                                                                  achievement of Ryun breaking        state, then I would run until I       come weary of serving in the
                                                                                                                  the four minute mile as an          thought I was going to pass out.      church and it does seem like a
                                                                                                                  eighteen year old. There were       When I did this, I knew I was         long distance race. I want to call
                                                                                                                  those who claimed he was a          making progress.” Amazingly,          upon the membership of Trinity
                                                                                                                  natural athlete and born to run.    Ryun did not have all the ad-         to actively go before God in
                                                                                                                  Yes, I suppose he did possess a     vanced running shoes available        prayer for the growth of the
                                                                                                                  certain amount of talent. I am      today or the knowledge of train-      church. We need to become even
                                                                                                                  told that certain people are born   ing which every high school kid       more determined to stay a Bible
                                                                                                                  with a particular type of muscle    profits. But, Jim Ryun possessed      centered church with a vision to
                                                                                                                  structure that enables them to      a discipline which paved the          reach a broken and hurting world
                                                                                                                  become good athletes, but there     chosen road of endurance which        with the message of God’s love.
                                                                                                                  must be something more to his       led him to victory.                   We also need to role up our
                                                                                                                  amazing accomplishment than              I wanted to share this insight   sleeves and do the work of the
                                                                                                                  just a natural ability. I am con-   from an extraordinary runner          Lord right in our backyard. One
                                                                                                                  vinced Ryun's success was           from my youth because I believe       word of caution. We must serve
                                                                                                                  largely due to his sense of dedi-   he represents a very important        in His power and strength, not
                                                                                                                  cation, discipline, and endur-      ingredient in the growth of Trin-     our own. God has a mission and
                                                                                                                  ance. His personal approach to      ity Church. We need this kind of      ministry ready to explode in
                                                                                                                  training is an excellent example    disciplined endurance if we are       growth if we only have the disci-
                                                                                                                  of this chosen path of endur-       to continue growing as a soul         plined endurance to keep in the
                                                                                                                  ance beyond the normal or           winning and discipling church.        race. Let’s run as a team in
                                                                                                                  usual level. The following state-   As always, the Holy Bible says it     2008!
                                                                                                                  ment in Ryun's own words ex-        best: “But those who wait upon                               Blessings,
                                                                                                                  plains the importance of endur-     the Lord shall renew their                                 Pastor Dave
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                                                                                                                                     February 6 is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent for 2008. Begin this season of
                                                                                                                                     remembering God’s sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ, for our sins, by attending the
                                                                                                                                     Ash Wednesday Service at Trinity starting at 7:30 p.m. The service, led by Pastor
                                                                                                                                     Dave Evans, will include the imposition of ashes as well as special music by the
                                                                                                                                     Jubilee Ringers. Come and Worship!
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Sunday School Happenings                                                                                Odds and Ends
                                                                                                        Deadlines:                                               2008 Flowers & Bulletins – Provide these for
                                   The new year started off with our annual Epiphany Festival. The
                                                                                                        Parish Happenings – Wednesdays at noon                   a Sunday in honor, memory, etc. of someone.
                                   children spent the Sunday school hour making crafts such as
                                                                                                        Highlights: March’s Highlights—Feb. 20                   Sign up on the charts in the Narthex by the
                                   Epiphany Jewelry, crowns, Bible bookmarks, and Star Sun-
                                                                                                        Sympathy Extended:
                                                                                                                                                                 “light box”. Cost: Flowers @ $20 - Bulletins
                                   catchers. Other activities included making camel food, guessing
                                                                                                        The Trinity Family extends its deepest sympathy to       @ $10. Contact Eileen in the church office for
                                   the number of crowns in a jar and enjoying a snack.
                                                                                                        the Gary and Heather Burtch Family upon the loss         more information.
                                   Many children played games several times: Follow the Star,
                                                                                                        of Gary's mom.                                           Congratulations on New Baby:
                                   Crown Toss, and The Star Players Beanie Toss. The morning
                                                                                                        Thank You’s:
                                                                                                                                                                 Congratulations to Beth & Matthew Burke upon
                                   ended with a story told by Mrs. Burtch. Check out more pictures                                                               the birth of their son, Daniel Wilson on Wednes-
                                   of this fun event on the Sunday School bulletin board located in     To our Family at Trinity UMC, Thanks for the won-
                                                                                                        derful send-off. We are well here in Bluffton, SC.       day, January 23, 2008. Congratulations also to
                                   the Narthex.                                                                                                                  big sister Sarah and grandparents, Mary &
                                                                                                        We spent Christmas with Mark, Bethany, Terra and
                                                                                                        Marlee (son and family) in Atlanta. Had deep fried       Robert Agnew.
                                                                                                        turkey, grits, cornbread and black eyed peas at Aunt     Welcome New Members & Families
                                                                                                        Martha’s! We attended Christmas Service at Ros-          Joe and Amy Beaumariage
                                                                                                        well UMC but it was not the same - we miss every-        Josie, Tessa & Mia
                                                                                                        one. Hope to see those of you who travel to South        106 Evans Drive
                                                                                                        Carolina - the guest room and bath are ready! Love,      McMurray PA 15317      724-260-0418
                                                                                                        Cecil & Rich - (cecilcorson@davtv.com).                  amybeaum@comcast.net
                                                                                                        Dear Trinity Church Family, Many thanks for the          joebeaum@comcast.net
                                                                                                        generous love gift this Christmas season. Your           Jim and Amy Lapp
                                                                                                        cards, well wishes, and support mean a great deal to     Kayrah & Tim
                                                                                                        us. May we all continue to experience God’s bless-       131 E. Highland Drive
                                                                                                        ings in this new year as we minister together in the     McMurray PA 15317           724-942-0545
                                                                                                        name of Jesus, sharing His love with people every-
                                                                                                        where. Pastor Dave, Carol, and Wes                       Jeremy and Megan Small
                                                                                                                                                                 Jacob & Benjamin
                                                                                                        Dear Trinity Church Family and Friends, Thank            316 Walnut Drive
                                                                                                        you for thinking of me at Christmas time with a          Venetia PA 15367       724-942-0776
                                                                                                        love offering gift. Most of all, thank you for your      jmsmall18@msn.com
                                                                                                        many kindnesses throughout the year! May God
                                    Photos courtesy Lisa Hester                                         bless you and yours in 2008! In Christian Love,          George and Wendy Stark
                                                                                                        Eileen (Glass)                                           Hanna, Emma & Sophia
                                                                                                                                                                 107 Cypress Ct.
                                                                                                        Dear Friends, I want to thank all of you for the         Venetia PA 15367       724-942-0229
                                                                                                        poinsettia plant. Each year they become larger and       wstark3@verizon.net
                                                                                                        more beautiful. Your kindness is greatly appreci-
Trinity Weekday School                                                                                  ated. May you enjoy God’s many blessings
                                                                                                        throughout 2008. Fondly, Lorna Smith
          If you have friends or neighbors with young children (or have young children of your                                                                 Pastor – David S. Evans
          own), it is not too soon to start thinking about preschool for the fall of 2008. TWS Regis-   Contribution Made:
                                                                                                                                                               Youth Director/Administrative Assistant – Ken West
          tration for Fall 2008 will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2008, from 9:00 to 11:00 am.      A contribution has been made in Trinity’s honor to
                                                                                                                                                               Church Secretary – Eileen Glass
                                                                                                        Nothing But Nets by Bishop Tom and Sally Bick-
          For more information about our school, or to schedule a visit, please call Barbara Luck-                                                             Highlights Editor – Mary Agnew
                                                                                                        erton.
          hardt at 724-941-4771                                                                                                                                Webmaster – Jackie Campbell
                                                                                                                                                               Asst. Webmaster – Mary Agnew

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Prayer Corner                                                                                                Youth News—Ken West, Youth Director
4th Saturday Prayer Vigil:                                                                                   All Youth Groups are held on Sunday evenings!              Washington District Youth Events
The next Prayer Vigil will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon. You can sign                                                                            (To take part in District Youth Events you
up for one-half hour increments to pray. You can either come to the church or pray at home.                  Important Youth Group Change:                              must be in the 6th through the 12th Grade.)
Contact Eileen in the church office to select your time slot or signup on Feb. 17 during worship.            The Junior and Middle Youth Groups were combined in             February 10 — District Youth Coun-
                                                                                                             January. They now meet every week from 5:00 p.m. to             cil Meeting—2:00pm—place tba
4th Sunday Healing Service:                                                                                  6:00 p.m. Please make this change to your calendars. Any
The next Healing Service will be on Sunday, Feb. 24. Join Pastor Dave for a service of anoint-                                                                               March 8—Paintball Tournament—
                                                                                                             questions, please give me a call. Thanks, Ken.
ing, communion and the Word. Watch the Parish Happenings for time or contact Pastor Dave.                                                                                    time & place tba
Pray for Our Missionaries:                                                                                            Junior & Middle Youth – 4th—8th grade                  April 11-13 — WDYC Youth Retreat
Each Sunday there is a Missionary listed in the Parish Happenings for you to pray for. This infor-                          5:00 – 6:00pm every week                         CANCELLED
mation is obtained from the Prayer Calendar published by The General Board of Global Ministries.                                                                             May 23-24 — District Youth Council
                                                                                                                          Senior Youth – 9th - 12th grade                    Planning Overnight & End of Year
Requesting Prayer:                                                                                                         6:00 – 7:15pm every week                          Bash—8:00pm-10:00am.
Do you feel that you are in need of prayer either for yourself or a loved one? To request prayer,
you may contact either Pastor Dave or Eileen in the church office. You can also go to Trinity’s
website: www.trinitymcmurrayumc.com and request prayer. Your request will be forwarded to
                                                                                                                                              Appalachia Service Project
the appropriate people. Of course, you can request anonymity if you wish.
                                                                                                                                                   July 6—July 12, 2008
Prayers for Members and Friends of Trinity’s Congregation:                                                                                     (destination to be determined)
Each month a group of Trinity families and friends that are listed in the Church Directory are se-                    If you are interested in ASP for the summer of 2008, please contact Ken West
lected at random to be prayed for. You are asked to pray for the following families during the                        with any questions you may have.
month of February. You can either take a family or two each day and pray for them, or pray for
the whole list each day or once a week—your choice. But, please do pray for each person listed
below at least once during this month. It will make a difference in your life and in theirs. God
does answer prayers!                                                                                         The Adult Finders Sunday School class began a new study, If You
                                                                                                             Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat by John Ortberg,
  Marty Alderman                                          Dan & Dawn Ellis; Liam, Lucas                      on Jan. 20 at 8:30 am in the Gathering Room. In the book, Pastor Ortberg
  Mark & Linda Baumiller; Josh, Jacob, & Grace            Don Fulton                                         teaches us how to step out of the “boat” of casual Christianity so we can faith-
  Lee & Jeannie Bugala; Megan, Chad                       Sara & Abby Getz                                   fully follow the Lord who is calling us out onto the risky, exciting waters. All
  Rich & Marsha Cattaneo                                  Greg & Lisa Hester                                 are welcome at this weekly study. Contact Jay Wysocki with any questions.
  Rich & Kim DiBiase                                      Terry & April John; Paige
  Doug & Barb Diemer                                                                                         Books are available on www.amazon.com.
                                                          Carolyn Kelly; Colin, Christian

Every day most of us pray the words, "Thy will be done". Reflect on what we are saying with
those words: (1) Break the will of Satan who tries to lure us away from Jesus. (2) Break the will              Jesus Predicts His Death
of the sinful world which invites us to join it in going the way of the world rather than following
Jesus. (3) Break the will of our sinful flesh which desires its own pleasure over obedience to                 Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem,
God. (4) Help us to seek God's will that we would receive his grace and blessings in abundance.                and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be
Let us pray: Father in heaven, Your will be done to keep us firm in Your Word until we die.                    fulfilled. He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult
AMEN.                                                                                                          him, spit on him, flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.”
The Pennsylvania Bible Society’s 2008 reading guide is still available. If you are seeking a deeper spiri-
                                                                                                               The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from
tual life in the New Year, why not commit to reading the Scriptures daily? This guide is an excellent re-
source for this spiritual discipline. Contact the church office if you would like a copy.                      them, and they did not know what he was talking about. Luke 18:31-34 NIV


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                                                                                                 UMW Cont’d.

                                                                                                 Small Groups:
                                                                                                 Book Group: Discussion of the book Confeder-        Crafty Women:
                                                                                                 acy of Dunces by John Kennedy, 7:30 p.m. at a       Dress Our People
                                                                                                 location to be announced. Watch the Parish Hap-     Join the women of the Trinity UMW in this
                                                                                                 penings or contact Heather Burtch for more infor-   hands-on mission project as we sew outfits in
                       WASHINGTON CITY MISSION’S                                                 mation.                                             support of the Nyadire Mission in Zimbabwe.
                                                                                                                                                     These are simple dresses and short sets for chil-
                                    14th Annual                                                  Roberta Circle:                                     dren. Come to Fellowship Hall Saturday, Febru-
                                                                                                 The next meeting will be on Thursday, February      ary 2, 9:00 for sewing and fellowship. We have a
                   Dessert Festival for the Whole Family                                         28, 2008 at 12:30 pm in the Gathering Room.         supply of fabrics and notions on hand. For addi-
                                                                                                 Hostess is Gail Brunson. The program will be a      tional information please contact Cindy Ligman,
                     Sunday, February 10, 2008                                                   Bible study led by Pastor Dave. Remember to
                                                                                                 bring your own mug!
                                                                                                                                                     724-941-1637 or Jean Rittenhouse, 724-942-

       Hilton Garden Inn - Southpointe — 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.
   Pre-Sale Tickets $3 • Admission at Door $4 • Kids under 3 Free
                                                                                                 Reading Program:
Pre-sale tickets available at the WCM Admin Building and McMurray Dairy Bar
                                                                                                 An Education for Mission book that was pur-         readers to study with ancient experts in prayer—
                                                                                                 chased for 2008 for the Reading Program is          the writers of the book of Psalms. These writers
                             _ DELICIOUS DESSERTS! _                                             “They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The True      were human, their lives marked by highs and
                                                                                                 Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan” by Benson      lows. But with all of that, they were saints who
                              _ LIVE MUSIC ALL DAY! _                                            Deng, Alephonsion Deng Benjamin Ajak. From          left us with the greatest collection of prayers in
                                  _ KIDS KORNER! _                                               1987-89, tens of thousands of boys who took         the possession of our human race.
                                                                                                 flight from the massacres of Sudan’s civil war      Start your journey to earn a Certificate, and all the
                                   _ TEEN MANIA! _                                               became known as “Lost Boys.” This is the story      while you’ll be enriching your mind and soul!
                                _ TICKET AUCTION! _                                              of three of these boys and their will to survive.   These books, along with other eligible books, are
                                                                                                 One of the Spiritual Growth books is “Longing to    found on the “UMW Reading Program” book
                                                                                                 Pray: How the Psalms Teach Us to Talk with          rack in the Gathering Room.
    68 YEARS OF SERVING THE HOMELESS & POOR OF OUR REGION                                        God” by J. Ellsworth Kalas. This book invites
For more information, call 724-228-9240 ext. 232 or visit our website at www.citymission.org.

               Ministries of the Washington City Mission
           Men's Shelter                           Avis Arbor Women and Children’s Shelter
           James Arbuckle Medical Clinic           Food Kitchen
           Donation/Recycle Center                 Vehicle Donation/Recycle Center
           Maintenance and Repair Facility         Community Food Pantry                         At the Roberta Circle in January, Gail Brunson       They will now bring a mug to their monthly
 Hidden Treasures Stores of Canonsburg, Waynesburg, Donora, Washington & Online Sales Store      presented a program from the 2008 UMW Pro-           meetings---along with a sandwich. Everyone at
                                       Bus Voucher Program                                       gram Book concerning becoming “green”. Be-           the meeting also made a commitment to adopt at
                                                                                                 cause of Gail’s presentation, we’re happy to an-     least one of several ideas presented from the
                                                                                                 nounce that the members of the Roberta Circle        Program Book in their personal lives.
             The average cost PER DAY to operate these ministries is around $5,000!              made a commitment to stop using Styrofoam.

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United Methodist Women                                                                     Trinity’s 50th Anniversary
                                                                                                                                                   Where Are They Now?
                    Trinity UMW Hosts Bingo for Mayview Residents                                                                                  An address list is being compiled of former
                              February 16, Saturday 1:30-3:00                                       Broadway Night                                 Trinitarians so that we can send them a notice of
                                                                                                                                                   upcoming events to celebrate Trinity’s 50th An-
The Trinity UMW is hosting a Valentine Bingo Party for the residents of                             Dinner/Theater                                 niversary. If you have the address of any former
Mayview in the Bengs Building. This year the party attendees are 16                                                                                Trinitarians, including former employees, please
women and 16 men. Six volunteers are needed to run the bingo game                               Join Trinity in celebrating its 50th year anni-    e - ma i l t h e m t o M a r y A g n e w a t
and serve refreshments. Donations of cookies, juice and prizes are                         versary by attending our Broadway Night produc-         MLAgnew@msn.com or snail mail to 235 Blue
requested. If you can assist please complete the form below. A box is                      tion of “50 Years of Broadway” on Saturday,             Jay Dr., Canonsburg PA 15317. Please do not
located in the Narthex for prize donations. For additional information                     February 23. A catered home-style buffet dinner         “assume” that we already have someone’s ad-
please contact Gail Brunson 721-941-3863 or Jean Rittenhouse 724-                          will begin at 6 p.m. with turkey breast, natural        dress. We’d rather receive the same address 2 or
942-5637                                                                                   gravy, corn pudding, au gratin potatoes, broccoli,      3 times
                                                                                           rolls, butter, beverages, cakes and pies.               than not
List of suggested prizes:
                                                                                                At 7 pm, following the dinner, music scores        at all! Do
Books                    Small Bibles            Playing cards                             from several Broadway musicals as well as other         you       re-
Gloves                   Roll on Deodorant       Markers                                   former tunes, will feature many of Trinity’s own        member
                                                                                           songbirds and musicians as well as the Broadway         this fam-
Jewelry (no Pins)        Scarves                 Change purses                             Celebration Choir. Peggy McNamee is having              ily? (Jay,
Earmuffs                 Small puzzle            Lotion                                    rehearsals before and after choir practice on           Brandon,
                                                                                           Thursday evenings. If you would like to partici-        Chad &
Shampoo                  Tissues                 Cosmetics                                 pate with a comedy routine, a skit, a reading, an       A m y
Combs or brushes         Small games             Socks/stockings                           instrumental, or song, please contact Peggy to          Thomas)
                                                                                           arrange a time to rehearse.
Stretch slippers         Stationary              Greeting cards
                                                                                                Invite family, friends, and neighbors to this      Trinity Orchestra:
Wrapped candy            Raisins                Hats--ball caps, rain hats                 fun-filled evening. Dinner/theater tickets are $20      Don’t forget to let Peggy McNamee know if you want
Hair ornaments (no sharp pins)                                                             for ages 13 - Adults; $12.50, ages 7 - 12; and $7,      to be a part of the 50th Anniversary Orchestra?
                                                                                           ages 6 and under. The cost of individuals wanting
                                                                                           to attend the theater portion only is $10 for adults    Quilters/Sewers Needed:
                                                                                           13 and over and $5 for children 12 and under. A         As part of the 50th Anniversary celebration two
    I would like to help with the Valentine/Bingo Party for Mayview residents.
                                                                                           sign-up sheet for ticket reservations is available in   quilted banners are being made. If you know how to
    _ _____    I can provide juice                                                                                                                 sew and/or quilt and would like to help with finish-
                                                                                           the Narthex, or you can call the church office at
    _______    I can provide cookies                                                       724-941-4770 to request reservations.                   ing these banners, please see Peggy McNamee.
    _______    I can provide prizes                                                                                                                Limited Edition 2008 Calendars Available:
                                                                                           There Is Still Time to Be a Part of the 50th
                                                                                                                                                   Trinity’s 50th Anniversary Calendar for 2008 is
    _______    I can help with the party at Mayview.                                       Anniversary Pictorial Directory:
                                                                                                                                                   still available. You’ll find pictures from Trinity’s
                                                                                           There are a few appointments available for Febru-
                                                                                                                                                   past as well as recent pictures of many of the
                                                                                           ary 12, 2008. This is the last day pictures will be
    Name _________________________________ Phone # _____________________                                                                           groups functioning in the church today. You or
                                                                                           taken. If you have your picture taken you receive a
                                                                                                                                                   your child’s picture may be in the calendar.
                                                                                           free 8x10 picture, and a free directory. What an
                                                                                                                                                   Check it out! Calendars are available from the
                                                                                           excellent way to get to know the names of the
    Please place in the offering plate or leave in the church office.                                                                              Church Office, Linda Schwartz, and in the Nar-
                                                                                           people you see in our church—and for them to get
                                                                                                                                                   thex on Sundays. This beautiful color calendar is
                                                                                           to know your name!
                                                                                                                                                   only $6. Don’t miss out on having a piece of Trin-
                                                                                           If you are interested in having your picture taken
                                                                                                                                                   ity’s history!
                                                                                           for the directory, call Gail Brunson 724 941 3863.
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Kingdom Kids/Go Deep                                                                                         Something for Children!
The Children’s Choirs at Trinity are getting ready      before, at 6:00, at the church. The slight change
to praise the Lord in song again. The Christmas         in time is due to the bell choir rehearsal and we     I’m A Peacemaker…Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus
program was beautiful and everyone enjoyed the          need to be finished singing by 6:45 (at which
acting, the singing and the message we brought.         time we will have our snack). I hope this is not a
What a great job they did! As their director, I am      problem for the parents. Don’t worry about be-
                                                                                                             Saturday, March 1, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Fellowship Hall (in conjunction with the
truly blessed to work with the kids. They are very      ing late if you have to. You will have a practice    adult program, “Israel/Palestine: The Christian Connection,” in the Sanctuary)
talented and full of creativity and energy.             CD to take home and practice with. (singing in       Age 4 – Grade 5 (Child-care provided to age3)
After taking the month of January off, we will be       the car is always great fun!) The complete
singing again each month this spring starting on        schedule is listed below. See you soon!
February 10th. Rehearsal will be the Wednesday                                    Amy Fornear, Director                     Puppet Show
                                                                                                                            Bible Story
                                         th                                              th
               SING: Sun, February 10                    REHEARSE: Wed, February 6                                          Obstacle Course
                                    th
                       Sun, March 9                                     Wed, March 5th
                                                                                                                            Craft
                       Sun, April 6th                                   Wed, April 2nd
                                                                                                                            Cooking
                       Sun, May 11th (Mother’s Day)                     Wed, May 7th
                                                                                                                            Games

Nursery Worker(s) Needed
                                                                                                             Registration is requested but not required. (Registration would help with the
Nursery Worker(s) Needed:                                                                                    supplies needed for the children’s programming!)
Our wonderful nursery care-giver, Jennifer Eslep, will be moving on soon and we need to replace her. The
position is paid by the hour from 9 to 12 every Sunday morning. We’d love to have people from the
church apply, so we’re open to job-sharing. Team up with someone who attends worship at a different          Clip; put in offering, office or give to S.S. teacher, or youth director
time, or enlist a friend to alternate weeks with you. We may be able to help set something up. Applicants
must be at least 21 years old and have Act 33 and 34 clearances. For more information, contact Kathy
Ebner at 724-746-0849.                                                                                                 I’m A Peacemaker…Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus

                                               MISSION WORK TRIP TO RUSSIA:
                                                                                                                       Saturday, March 1, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
                                               The Western PA-East German Partnership will sponsor a
                                               joint mission work trip to Voronezh, Russia, June 23-July               We would like to participate in the children’s activities:
                                               7, 2008. The team will continue work to renovate the
                                               former communist resort purchased by the Russian UMC                    _________________________________________________________
                                               as a camp and retreat center. There is space for 20 team
                                               members from Western PA. The cost will be $2,500-                       Name(s)
                                               $2,800. For information, check www.wpaumc.org or con-
  Diane M. Miller – WPA Coordinator            tact the Rev. Joe Stains at hcumc1@verizon.net or 724-
136 Decker Drive, New Castle, PA 16105         479-3741.
  724-652-9182 (o) 724-714-2178 (cell)         Contact Diane Miller for a list of more opportunities to
      MissionVIM@wpaumc.org                    become a Volunteer in Mission.
                                                                                                                                                     Bring A Friend!
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                                                                      Men’s Annual Retreat – “Taking a Mulligan”
  Trinity United Methodist Women &
                                                                                                     Men, take a 36-hour break from your hec-
     Natural Church Development                                                                      tic schedule. Get away to the Trinity men’s
                                                                                                     annual retreat on the weekend of April
             Invite You to                                                                           18-20 at Jumonville Retreat Center in the
                                                                                                     picturesque Laurel Highlands near Union-
                                                                                                     town (about a 1 hour, 15 minute drive from

    Israel/Palestine:                                                                                the church). We drive up on Friday evening
                                                                                                     and return on Sunday morning. The pro-
                                                                                                     gram will be a study of the short book ti-

The Christian Connection                                                                             tled The Mulligan - a clever, thought-
                                                                                                     provoking story about a driven man who is
                                                                                                     losing his way, but is given a second chance
                                                                                                     in golf and in life.

     Speaker: Tina Whitehead                                                                         For more information contact Dave Hay at
                                                                                                     724-941-5602 or at jdhay@verizon.net.
      March 1, 6:30—8:30 p.m.                                                                         We hope you can attend and join in on some
                                                                                                      fine fun, food and fellowship. It is a great
                                                             way to get to know others just a little bit better.
             Tina Whitehead, a member of the Oak-
            mont UMC, just back from her latest trip         Other Trinity United Methodist Men’s Activities:
                                                             Cub Scout Banquet - On February 10 the men will prepare and serve Brian Ritter’s
            to the Holy Land, will speak on the cur-         famous spaghetti entrée to families attending the annual Blue and Gold Awards
            rent situation. This is an informational         banquet for Cub Scout Pack 1320. This is the second year that the men have been
                                                             invited to participate in the Cub Scout awards banquet at Trinity.
            evening open to all.
                                                             Saturday Morning Bible Study - In February the men will conclude their long
             In conjunction with the talk, children’s        journey through the New Testament. A new study will follow, centered on the
                                                             Lenten season. The men meet every Saturday morning at 8 AM in the Gathering
            activities will be available. See Page 19        Room. Fellowship time is combined with bible study. Doughnuts are optional.
            for complete details.                            Please stop by and join us.
                                                                                                                         Dave Hay, Trinity UMM
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         Scout Sunday at Trinity — February 10, 2008                                                                                                 COME TO OUR
                                                                                                                                            BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING
                      Scouting at Trinity United Methodist Church                                                                    First Sunday of every month between services
                                                                                                                                       Sponsored by Trinity Health Ministry Team
Scouting has, for 42 years, been one of the most active and productive outreach programs of Trinity
United Methodist Church. Since Dave Hull formed Troop 320 early in 1966 the church has provided the                                            UNDERSTANDING HYPERTENSION
program to many hundreds of boys and young men in the Peters Township area. Scouting is recognized,
world wide, as the premier activity for creating character and leadership in its members.                         Every       time                                confusion, vision problems, chest pain, diffi-
    For the boys it represents fun and adventure and companionship. It represents growth and independ-            your       h ear t                              culty breathing, or blood in the urine.
ence in areas to which they can relate. To the adult it offers an opportunity to develop, within each scout,      beats, it pumps
sound ethics, and independence, and resourcefulness, and self confidence and sound leadership skills. The
                                                                                                                  blood through                                   Hypertension is a risk factor for heart and kid-
product is a young man prepared to lead his family and community forward to a better world.
                                                                                                                  your     arteries                               ney diseases and stroke.
    Trinity UMC is proud to charter Boy Scout Troop 1320 and Cub Scout Pack 1320. We are also
pleased to provide support to local Girl Scouting. Anyone wishing to obtain more information about                Blood pressure
                                                                                                                  is the force of                                 Factors that may contribute to development of
scouting should contact the TUMC Scouting Coordinator, Dave Rittenhouse, 724-942-5637.                                                                            hypertension include: smoking, being over
                                                                                                                  the blood push-
                                                                                                                  ing against the                                 weight, lack of physical activity, too much salt
Cub Scout Pack 1320                                                                                                                                               in diet, stress, too much alcohol consumption,
Cub Scout Pack 1320 is currently 39 scouts strong and thriving! The September 2007 recruiting effort              walls of arter-
                                                                                                                  ies. The top                                    older age, family history of high blood pres-
doubled the size of Pack 1320, and we are pleased to have scouts in each of the Pack’s five dens (Tigers,                                                         sure, chronic kidney disease, adrenal and thy-
Wolves, Bears, and Webelos I and II – divided by grade level: 1st through 5th grades, respectively). The          n u m b e r
                                                                                                                  (systolic pres-                                 roid disorders.
Pack enjoys the support of Trinity liaison, Mr. Dave Rittenhouse, and the dedicated and enthusiastic lead-
ership of long-time scout, Cub Master Tom Wilk. The scouts actively participate in individual den meet-           sure) is the pressure exerted when your                WAYS TO CONTROL YOUR
ings and combined pack meetings. At monthly den meetings, the scouts work on achievements required                heart is contracting and pumping blood. The                 BLOOD PRESSURE:
for advancement to the next scouting level…always leaving some time for some other fun activity. The              bottom number (diastolic pressure) is the           Lose weight
boys also attend “Go-See-It” field trips as part of earning their achievements, such as visiting the Peters       pressure exerted when your heart is at rest         Limit salt intake
Township Public Library, Police Station or Television Station. The monthly Pack meetings are opportuni-           (between beats).
ties for all the dens to join together and participate in activities that are organized around a general theme.
                                                                                                                                                                      Eat 7 to 8 servings of whole grains every
So far, the 2007-2008 pack meeting activities have included a Red Ribbon Week character-education ob-             Normal blood pressure is 120/80 or lower.           day (these include breakfast cereal,
stacle course, “Pittsburgh Sports” Parent/Son Bake Off, a marbles tournament and Christmas caroling at            Pre-hypertension is 120-139/80-89.                  whole grain bread, rice, pasta, etc.)
Friendship Village. The scouts look forward to participating in the upcoming Pinewood Derby scheduled                                                                 Have 8 to 10 servings of fruits and vege-
for Saturday, January 26, 2008, and the Scout Sunday worship service and Blue and Gold Banquet on                 It is normal for your blood pressure to fluc-       tables every day
Sunday, February 10, 2008.                                                                                        tuate. It might be higher after running and         Have 2 to 3 servings of low-fat dairy
                                                                                                                  lower after sleeping.                               foods every day
Boy Scout Troop 1320                                                                                                                                                  Limit meat, fish and poultry to two serv-
Wow! What a year it has been for Troop 1320! With the leadership of Scoutmasters Bill Moshier and                 About one in every four Americans has high
                                                                                                                  blood pressure (hypertension). High blood           ings per day
Gregg Nissly, the guidance of Charter Representative Dave Rittenhouse and Committee Chairman Hal
                                                                                                                  pressure is dangerous because it makes the          Have 4 to 5 servings of nuts, and leg-
Englund, with the assistance of Camping Coordinator Dan Moore and many other former Scout Masters
and parents, and of course the enthusiasm of our scouts, Troop 1320 has thrived in 2007 and the first cou-        heart work harder to pump the blood. It of-         umes every week
ple months of 2008.                                                                                               ten has no warning signs or symptoms. You           Limit fats to 2 or 3 servings a day
     Since our last Scout Sunday, Troop 1320 is able to boast the advancement of four more scouts to the          can find out if your blood pressure is high         Exercise 30 minutes every day to signifi-
highest rank of scouting, Eagle Scout. In 2007 Matt Moshier, Corey Grimes, and Dan Grosso all achieved            by having it checked regularly.                     cantly reduce blood pressure. Walking is
their Eagle Rank and so far in 2008, Nick Gagianas has completed all requirements for the Eagle Rank                                                                  GREAT exercise!
and only awaits his District Board of Review. In addition to our Eagle Scouts, four additional scouts have        If your blood pressure is extremely high,           Drink alcohol in moderation
achieved the rank of Life Scout, just one long step away from Eagle. Eric Spangenberg, Continued on Pg. 9         there may be certain symptoms to look out           Limit caffeine
                                                                                                                  for, including severe headache, fatigue or
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Good News on Trinity’s 2007 Financial Results                                                                 Scouting—Cont’d from Page 8
                                                                                                              Corey Spindler, Jacob Moore and Grant Nissly join Troop 1320’s other Life Scout, Austin Nissly at the
We are very thankful to report that, due to solid        Fund to take care of major repairs and capital       top of the Mountain where the Peak of Eagle Scout can be clearly seen.
giving throughout 2007 and an outstanding De-            expenditures. Over the years the Building Fund
cember, the General Fund (our operating fund)            has financed such projects as roof shingle re-            Speaking of Mountains, Troop 1320 is not only about seeking high rank advancement, but also seek-
income exceeded expenses for the third year in a         placement, parking lot paving, parsonage repairs,    ing high adventure among the highest peaks of North America. This past summer, nine scouts spent 7
row. General Fund income from pledge and non-            renovations of Fellowship Hall, and sanctuary air    days on sections 12, 13 and 14 of the Colorado Trail, 60 miles of the most heavenly scenery at altitudes
pledge giving, along with other receipts, totaled        conditioning. The Building Fund is still needed      above 9,000 feet. This July two crews from the Troop will be going to Philmont Scout Ranch in New
$300,543. General Fund expenses totaled                  and is separate from the Find Us Faithful Fund,      Mexico for a 10 day backpacking trek in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Including the high adventure
$293,972.                                                which is designated for additions to the church      trips, members of the troop camped out in tents more than 30 nights in 2007, and our activities included
                                                         facility.                                            rock climbing, canoeing, backpacking, summer camp, hiking through downtown Pittsburgh, and of
In addition, designated giving to Trinity’s Special                                                           course, winning the Klondike Derby for the second straight year.
Funds such as Find Us Faithful, Landslide Fund,          The current balance in our Find Us Faithful ac-           Finally, a vital part of scouting is teaching boys and young men the importance of giving back and
Appalachia Service Project, Interfaith Hospitality       count is $360,925. The Facility Planning Com-        serving the community. This year scouts manned the red kettle for the Salvation Army, cleaned up around
Network, Scout Project, FA Research/Tiger Fund,          mittee expects to have specifications for a new      Peter's Wood Lake, and volunteered at the Trinity United Methodist Church Rummage sale and at the
Memorial Fund, Missions, World Vision and oth-           narthex gathering area with additional restroom      spaghetti dinner.
ers totaled $143,890.                                    space and an elevator prepared for bidding this           Troop 1320 is twenty-five scouts strong and looking forward to a strong recruiting year from our
We are particularly proud of the way our congre-         spring, with construction this summer. Additional    Pack 1320 as well as other packs in and around our community. So please join us on February 25, 2008 at
gation has responded to the need for the Land-           funds will be needed for this and other proposed     6pm in Fellowship Hall for our annual Friends of Scouting/Court of Honor Spaghetti Dinner. All are wel-
slide Fund. The project has been completed and           improvements.                                        come to attend and will receive a spaghetti dinner prepared and served by the scouts, and enjoy a night of
the hillside behind the church is safe. Contribu-        We look forward to another strong year of spiri-     fun and scout advancements.
tions covered all but $1,492 of the project costs,       tual and financial growth as Trinity continues to
which we paid from the Building Fund.                    expand its many ministries. Thank you for your
Trinity’s Building Fund was originally estab-            continued commitment to support God’s work
lished to provide funds to pay the mortgage on           through Trinity Church.
the office wing. After the office wing mortgage          The Trinity United Methodist Church Finance
was paid in full, we decided to use the Building         Committee




Peters Township Food Bank
                     The food pantry is bare
                    Please show that you care
                 And bring something to share!
This month let’s concentrate on the ethnic varieties of food:
    Chinese: water chestnuts, chow mein noodles, white rice, teriyaki sauce, etc
    Mexican: tacos, salsa, beans (any variety), enchilada sauce, refried beans, chili, etc
    Italian: boxed pasta, tomato sauce, alfredo sauce (jar), canned tomatoes, minestrone soup
                     Thank you for your past donations and keep up the good work!
                                                                                                                                            Trinity United Methodist Church Pack 1320—January 2008
                                                                                Cheryl Maurer, Coordinator
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                                    Church Council Report                                                     Action Team Named
                                           January 2008                                                       Trinity is using the church assessment tool, Natural Church Develop-          NCD Implementation Team
                                                                                                              ment, to help guide and strengthen our ministries. Our latest church
                                                                                                              survey showed that we should focus our attention on developing             Gary Burtch
The Trinity Church Council met on Tuesday, January 15, 2008. A summary report of the meeting follows:         spirituality (one’s personal relationship with God) in and through our     Ramsey Coates
The “Neighbors in Christ” ministry plan for developing neighborhood groups is in process with the             congregation.                                                              Kim DiBiase
development of large street detail maps so that we are able to plot where our church members live and              The Natural Church Development Team, which serves to over-            Mary Alice Harrison
move towards developing neighborhood groups. Pastor Dave has received comments from some people               see this assessment program, is excited to announce that an action
that they would like to see neighborhood groups started to encourage fellowship. There have been offers                                                                                  Dave Hay
                                                                                                              team has been named to help our congregation address our passion
by some to host a neighborhood group.                                                                                                                                                    Mary Lou Lazear
                                                                                                              for all aspects of spirituality.
The Sunday Worship schedule is in the very early stages of planning. As planning proceeds, our church                                                                                    Connie Montgomery
                                                                                                                 The Action Team: Chuck Hnot, Cheryl Kelemen, Mark
family will be closely kept informed with possible options that can then be presented. Pastor Dave has had    Bardzil, Mark and Kendra Troscinski and Barbara Luckhardt.                 Dick Thomas
concerns raised about there not being an adult Sunday School hour and that the children & youth Sunday                                                                                   Janet Wareham
School is held at the same time as the contemporary service. This results in the youth, especially the sen-        The Action Team will be interacting with the congregation in
                                                                                                              the coming months. Please support their efforts with prayer, encour-       Bob Wild
ior high school age youth, being unable to attend the contemporary worship service. There was discussion
on this concern and it was agreed that the problem exists. Anyone wanting to become involved in this          agement and appreciation!                                                  Jay Wysocki
planning effort or wishing to provide comments should talk with Pastor Dave or Bob Wild.
In terms of our membership, Carly Melissa Goehring was baptized on December 2, 2007. New members
welcomed into our church family included: Jeffrey and Kristin Goehring on December 2, 2007 and Joseph         Black History Month—The Great Debaters
and Amy Beaumariage, James and Amy Lapp, Megan Small, and George and Wendy Stark on January 6,
2008.                                                                                                         For more than a century, United Methodism’s historically Black
The Natural Church Development Committee informed the church council that a Passionate Spiritual-             colleges and universities have enriched minds and led the way in
ity Action Team has been established. This committee will be reviewing various ways Trinity can impact        education, medicine, politics, religion and science. At these in-
our church’s current low factor of Passionate Spirituality as determined by the survey of the eight charac-   stitutions of higher learning, thousands of promising students are
teristics of growing churches taken at Trinity last May/June. The Action Team is comprised of Chuck           nurtured to realize their full potential.
Hnot, Cheryl Kelemen, Mark Bardzil, Barb Luckhardt, and Mark and Kendra Troscinski. Gary Burtch               A little-known “David and Goliath” story is coming to life on
and Mary Lou Lazear will serve as liaison to the Action Team from the Natural Church Development              the silver screen in the recent release, “The Great Debaters,”
Committee.                                                                                                    produced by Oprah Winfrey and directed by and starring Denzel
Two motions were passed by church council regarding the “Habitat For Humanity” Programs. The first            Washington.
approved motion was to make a contribution of $100 to the Bishop’s Operation Habitat initiative to be         Washington portrays Melvin B. Tolson, a Wiley College profes-
held from June 8-15, 2008 at the Annual Conference at Grove City. It will be a “blitz-build” project in-      sor who in 1935 inspired students to form the school’s first debate team and challenge the University of
volving teams of people coming from all our local churches throughout the week to lend their expertise        Southern California in a national championship. Despite incredible odds, including great racial tension,
and their willing hands in completing a home in partnership with Habitat for Humanity in Mercer County.       Wiley beat Southern California (shown as Harvard in the film)—and a score of other oratorical powerhouses.
The building of the home would begin on June 7th and conclude with the dedication of the home following       Wiley, located in Marshall, Texas, is one of The United Methodist Church’s 11 historically Black colleges
the Ordination Service on Sunday, June 15th. Anyone interested in participating should see Pastor Dave.       and universities supported by the Black College Fund. The first historically African-American college west
The second motion was to make a contribution of $100 to the Washington County Habitat for Humanity            of the Mississippi River, Wiley College opened its doors in 1873, just eight years after the Civil War ended.
Program. Trinity would like to support this project additionally with our time, talents and resources for
four Saturdays each summer in building pre-fab/modular home units that can be then shipped to locations       Support leadership for life.
that have been destroyed by natural disasters. Trinity would be partnering on these four Saturdays with       When you support the Black College Fund, you help Wiley College and other historically Black institu-
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. If you are interested in participating in this Trinity church family out-       tions to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The Black College Fund is part of our Mission Share.
reach, please talk with Mary Jean White. Additional information on both of these Habitat initiatives will     Go to the following website for a UMC review of this movie:
be forthcoming in the months ahead.                                                                           http://www.umc.org/site/c.lwL4KnN1LtH/b.3758701/k.41FE/Movie_Review_iThe_Great_Debatersi.htm
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Special Palm Sunday Presentations — March 16, 2008                                                          Cont’d from Page 10
                                                                                                            Both our United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men’s groups continue to be very active.
                                                     After his conversion, Newton worked with John          Information regarding upcoming activities of these groups can be found in the Highlights and in the Sun-
                                                     Wesley, the founder of Methodism, and others to        day Worship bulletin. Notably the UMW will be hosting Tina Whitehead speaking to the church regard-
                                                     fight the slave trade. Albert Finney plays Newton,     ing Israel/Palestine on March 1, 2008, 6:30 - 8:30 PM. The UMM will hold their annual retreat at Jumon-
                                                     who was spiritual adviser to abolitionist William      ville on April 18-20, 2008.
                                                     Wilberforce, the main character in the movie           Interfaith Hospitality Network is hosting homeless families for the week of February 3-9, 2008. Mary
                                                     Amazing Grace.                                         Jean White thanked our church family for the great support shown to the IHN. In 2007, Trinity hosted 36
                                                     Erik Nelson is associated with Maranatha Produc-       individuals including 16 children.
                                                     tions, a non-profit company based in Lancaster,        Our next meeting is scheduled for March 11, 2008 at 7:30 PM.
                                                     PA, which uses drama to depict faith-based lives.
                                                                                                            We have a great church family at Trinity where love and fellowship are shown to all. We are truly blessed
                                                     He has been portraying various individuals nation-
                                                                                                            by God and our belief that all things are possible through prayer and love. This shows by the continued
                                                     ally and internationally for nearly a decade. Each
                                                                                                            growth in ministries at Trinity and the participation of our members in these ministries. There are many
                                                     Lenten season he portrays Jesus in major passion
                                                                                                            ministry opportunities occurring each week with sign-up sheets in the Narthex for new ministries and
                                                     play productions throughout England and the U.S.
                                                                                                            events. We have great need for prayer in our church family for people undergoing physical and stressful
                                                                                                            events in their lives and for the many ministries we are providing and new ministries we are planning.
                                                                                                            Please keep these intentions in your prayers. See you at Trinity, where it’s happening.
Actor Erik Nelson will portray Jesus Christ dur-                                                                                                                                                         Bob Wild
ing Palm Sunday morning services at Trinity                                                                                                                                             Church Council Chairperson
during the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services and will
step into the role of John Newton, composer of
the hymn Amazing Grace, in a special evening
performance at 7 p.m. There will be a dessert                                                               Dinner for 8
buffet at 6 p.m. before the evening performance.                                                            We are looking at ways to make Dinner for 8           If you aren’t familiar with Dinner for 8:
“But Now I See,” the story of Newton’s amazing                                                              work for our church family. It is a great way to           We randomly put together groups of 8 who
life and conversion, is highly entertaining and                                                             get to know your fellow church members and                 plan to meet once a month.
inspirational. It opened in Easton, CT, just out-                                                           enjoy new or proven recipes!                               Each couple takes a turn in hosting the group.
side New York City, to packed houses and is                                                                                                                            Host provides main part of meal – meat,
                                                                                                            We have been grouping 4 couples – married or
currently touring the U.S. on its way back to an                                                                                                                       drinks
                                                                                                            singles – together for 4 months at a time, with
off-Broadway theater. The 70-minute one-man                                                                                                                            Each couple brings part of the meal – salad,
                                                                                                            the plan to meet once a month.
dramatization includes insight into the writing of                                                                                                                     dessert, appetizer, vegetable, etc.
“Amazing Grace” and into the life of Newton,                                                                At present, we are planning to have two sessions
                                                                                                                                                                  You, as a group, can decide to do things differently
who became a pastor and one of the most pro-                                                                a year – each 6 months – but still with no more
                                                                                                                                                                  if you want to. The purpose of the groups is to get
lific composers of hymns.                                                                                   than 8 in a group. This will give you extra time
                                                     “Consider the Lilies,” which he will present for                                                             to know each other and to enjoy yourselves!
                                                                                                            to get together. And, if you want to meet more
Newton was impressed into the British Navy,          Trinity’s morning worship, emphasizes Jesus’ min-      than 4 times you have 2 extra months!
then thrust into slavery in West Africa. Finally     istry and miracles. Erik will portray Jesus’ teach-
finding himself captain of a slave ship in 1748,     ing in the Sermon on the Mount and his miracles.       We have extended registration for the next ses-
Newton, convinced that he and his crew are                                                                  sion – it will run from Feb. through June.
                                                     Invite your friends and relatives to join you for
about to die in violent seas, cried out to God and   these moving dramas, appropriate for all ages.         Please sign up by Jan. 27th. There is a sign up
experienced an amazing conversion that changed       Please consider contributing to the dessert buffet –   sheet in the narthex, or you can call Gail
his life forever and now blesses millions world-     and let us know how many will attend. (Contact         Lynn at 412-726-0111. Hope to have you join
wide through the hymn “Amazing Grace.”               the Church office or Marlene Humphreys.)               our fun and fellowship.

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