Week of July 30, 2017


The Weekly Newsletter of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

July 30, 2017 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Collect for Eighth Sunday after Pentecost:  O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

New Priest Announcement:  At the Sunday, July 23rd service, we announced the exciting news that we are in the process of finalizing the details of getting a new permanent part-time priest at Holy Trinity.  Her name is The Rev. Christina Nord, and some of you may remember that Pastor Christina was a supply priest for us for a period of time in 2009.  Over the next few weeks, we will be finalizing with the Diocese the details of Pastor Christina’s transition to Holy Trinity.  We expect her first Sunday service to be held on Sunday, August 27th.

This also means that we will be saying good-bye and thank you to The Rev. Patricia Cashman, who has been acting as our supply priest since January 2016.  We will be holding an expanded coffee hour on Rev. Patricia’s last Sunday, August 20th, to include a going away party for Rev. Patricia.  (Please note this was originally announced as August 13th, but has been changed to August 20th).  Please plan to attend this party and thank Rev. Patricia for her service to Holy Trinity.

The Vestry is excited to begin this new phase of leadership at Holy Trinity by Pastor Christina; and look forward to working with her.  A formal welcome will be held for Pastor Christina during our Rally Day celebration on Sunday, September 10th.

Ray Medlin

Sr. Warden

Sunday School:  Sunday School is held each Sunday at 10:00 am in the downstairs classroom.  Sunday School is open to all children from Kindergarten to 5th grade.


Clean-Up Day:  We will be holding a church clean-up day on Saturday, August 5th from 8:00 am to 12:00 noonand need your help in order to complete a list of items that need to be accomplished that day.  We will be cleaning up the alley in back of the church, cleaning gutters and downspouts and clearing items for disposal that we have been accumulating in a downstairs room.  Our friends from Renew Community, who are presently renting the church during the summer, will be coming to help us as well.  Please mark your calendar and spend as much time as you are able to on August 5th to get our church looking its best.

Ice Cream Fundraiser:  Holy Trinity is working with Sundae World on a second ice cream fundraiser.  This will work the same way as our July ice cream fundraiser. If you go to Sundae World and purchase ice cream onSunday, August 6th, and tell the counter folks that it goes to Holy Trinity, we will receive 50% of all purchases.  The only requirement is that you tell them your purchase is part of the Holy Trinity fundraiser.  Sundae World is located at 1801 N. Broad Street in Lansdale.  Please tell your friends and relatives about this fundraiser—the more people who purchase ice cream and give the Holy Trinity name August 6th, the more money Holy Trinity will make!

Farewell & Thank You Party for Rev. Patricia:  On Sunday, August 20thwe will hold an expanded coffee hour so that we can say good-bye and thank you to Rev. Patricia for her service with Holy Trinity.  A sign-up sheet is on the Parish Life bulletin board outside the Sanctuary if you would like to sign up to bring a food item to this expanded Coffee Hour for everyone to enjoy.  Please plan to join us after the service for this event.

Vacation Bible School:  It is with regret that we announce that we will not be holding Vacation Bible School this summer.  It is something that we have always enjoyed doing, and know it was a blessing to many of the children attending; but we were unable to bring all the aspects of the program together this year in time to make it a successful program.  We will work to get a Vacation Bible School program running again in future years.

Weekly Community Social Networking Event:  Every Monday from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, we hold a discussion group in St. Margaret’s Hall led by David Nejako.  This is open to anyone from the parish or the community who would like to join in a group to discuss different subjects.  The topic on July 31st  will be “Ernest Hemingway’”.  Anyone who would like to connect with others in a discussion group setting is invited.

Adult Bible Study:  The Vestry has elected to begin a weekly adult Bible study.  At the Vestry’s request, The Rev. Alan Broadhead will lead this study.  It will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm  All are welcome to attend.

Holy Trinity is on Facebook!  Please like our page and share it with your friends:  facebook.com/holytrinitylansdale

Caring Committee:  “As the Father has loved me so I have loved you”—loving words of our Savior.  We have people in our Church who need our help, time and love.  If you can take someone on an errand (grocery store, pharmacy, etc.) or give them a ride to church, please call David Nejako at 215-767-6333.  Thank you for reaching out to help members of our church family.

Holy Trinity’s Sandwich Ministry – Each Friday Holy Trinity volunteers hand out sandwiches to hungry folks at the corner of 4th and Broad Streets at 11:00 am.   Questions? Please call the church office at 215-855-4431.

Men’s Breakfast Group:  All men are invited to attend the monthly Men’s Breakfast Group, which meets at 8:00 a.m. the last Saturday of every month at the West Main Diner in Lansdale.  If you are interested in joining us, please contact Ray Medlin at raymedlin1211@yahoo.com.

Women’s Breakfast:  All women are invited to attend the monthly Women’s Breakfast which meets at 9:30 am the last Saturday of every month at Franconi’s Restaurant in North Wales.  If you are interested in joining us or have questions, please contact JoAnn Ferrara at jfishome@icloud.com or call 267-410-1519.

Manna Outreach:  The children of Lansdale thank you for your contributions to Manna on Main Street.  Please continue to donate cupped fruit, peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna, ham and salmon as well as snack bars and crackers.  Please remember to check the expiration dates.

Also, remember cat and dog food, both wet and dry, is also collected for needy families with pets.

WIC donations:  WIC of Lansdale on Broad Street is in need of diapers and diaper wipes for their clients.  We will be collecting diaper and wipes donations in the box in the Narthex and forwarding to WIC. Keeping you informed of our Finances:  (Receipts include $1,250.00 monthly support grant from Diocese)

Serving July 30, 2017

Readers: Star Little; Ray Medlin

Text:  Genesis 29:15-28; Psalm 105:1-11, 45b;

Romans 8:26-39 and Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Chalice Bearer: Star Little

Preacher:  The Rev. Patricia Cashman

Greeter/Usher:  Jim Broidrick

Nursery:  Madison Medlin

Counters:    Heather Medlin; Caren Puschak

Current Vestry: Ray Medlin (Rector’s Warden), Aleth Bocasan, James Broidrick, Jack Croft (People’s Warden), Lorraine Flagg; Bill Keith, Janet Miller, David Nejako

Diocesan Deputies:  Jack Croft, Star Little, Ray Medlin.   Wayne Stratz (Alternate)

Deanery Delegates:  Jim Broidrick, Tina Gallagher, Caren Puschak.    Ray Medlin and Wayne Stratz (Alternates)

Parish Prayer List:  Bill, Peg, Ginger, Jean, Dick, James, Julie, Randy, Dominic, Fran, Ann, Brett, Kathy, Bob, Edward, Linda

Serving in the Military: Stephen, Marty, Ashley, Ed, Leanne, Bert, Keith, Tommy, Ben, April, Joseph

Names remain on the prayer list for three months. To add names please contact the parish office or Alice Miller at 215-362-0850.  Caring for our church family members is important to us.  If you or a family member are in the hospital and wish a pastoral visit, please notify the church office.


August 6th  Ice Cream Fundraiser

August 20th  Party for Rev. Patricia Cashman

September 10th   Rally Day

October 8th  Blessing of Animals


This week at Holy Trinity:

Sunday, July 30th

  1. E. Rite II 10:00 am

Coffee Hour  11:30 am

Monday, July 31st

Social Networking Discussion Group  2:00 pm

Wednesday, August 2nd

Adult Bible Study  7:00 pm

Friday, August 4th

Sandwich Ministry  10:00 am

Gamblers’ Anonymous  7:00 pm

Saturday, August 5th

Church Clean-Up Day  8:00 am – 12:00 noon

The church office is open MondayTuesdayThursday and Friday 8:00am – 11:00 am; closed Wednesdays

The Herald is the weekly newsletter of Holy Trinity Church. It is the central source for all parish communication, announcements, and articles (except special notices and official funeral announcements). If you have an announcement or information to share with the congregation, please have all submissions to the church office (holy.trinity3@verizon.net) by close of business each Thursday, and your information will be included in the Friday publication.  Thank you!

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