Week of December 10, 2017


The Weekly Newsletter of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

December 10, 2017 Second Sunday of Advent

Collect for Second Sunday of Advent:  Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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.

Adult Discussion Group:  Each Sunday at 9:00 am the Adult Discussion Group meets in the Chapel to discuss an examination of the life of Jeremiah.  The book that will guide us will be “Run with the Horses” by Eugene H. Peterson.  Feel free to join us at any time.  While reading the book in advance may be beneficial, it is in no way a requirement for entering the discussion.  Contact Wayne Stratz at wstratz@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Sandwich Ministry Weekly Message:

(This message was included in each sandwich bag handed out on Friday, December 8th.)

With the approach of Christmas, this is an exciting time of the year with gift buying, decorating, parties, renewing relationships with old friends and family.  In all the hustle and bustle and excitement of preparing for the best Christmas Day ever, we often forget to take time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.  It is not just a holiday for gift giving and parties; it is the birthday of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  God gave His ultimate gift to the world on this day, His Son, Jesus.  Take time to thank God for his precious gift and to welcome Jesus into your life.  Join us at Holy Trinity for Sunday morning services at 10:00 am and also join us on December 24th, Christmas Eve, at 7:00 pm for our family Christmas Eve worship service; and take time to thank God for his wondrous gift.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11

Annual Santa Brunch:  Join us on Sunday, December 10th, for the Annual Santa Brunch following the service.  Join us for brunch and photos with the big man himself.  Invite your friends and family for this fun-filled fellowship event.  As in the past, we are asking for a free-will donation to help cover the cost of the event, which is typically about $250.  We are also asking for help in the kitchen before, during, and after service.  Any questions, or if you are willing to help, please see Bill Keith.

Sharing Christmas:  We are continuing a Holy Trinity tradition of buying Christmas gifts for a local family.  Thank you to all those who signed up to buy a gift. All wrapped, labeled gifts must be to the church by December 10th.

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 Monday, December 11th will be “String Theory & Parallel Universes”.   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.

Christmas Flowers:  If you wish to contribute toward Christmas flowers this year as a memorial or thanksgiving donation, please place your donation in one of the envelopes in the Narthex and fill out the envelope if you want it listed as a memorial in the Christmas bulletin.  All donations must be received by Sunday, December 17th for inclusion in the bulletin.

Fellowship Meal with First Generation Church:  Our neighbors at the Korean congregation of The First Generation Church at N. Broad & E. Fifth Street have invited us for a fellowship meal with them on Sunday, December 31st at 11:30 am.  Pastor Lee has invited everyone from Holy Trinity to come to a dinner, prepared by his congregation, as a time for parishioners at the two churches to meet and socialize.  Please join us so we have a good turn-out from Holy Trinity to fellowship with our neighbor church.  We will leave Holy Trinity around 11:15 am and walk down to the First Generation Church.

Annual Winter Coat Drive:  Again this year, Holy Trinity will be collecting used winter coats in good condition for donation.  This includes coats for men, women and children.  Some of the coats will be donated to Seamen’s Institute in Philadelphia, and the rest will be handed out in Lansdale at our Friday Sandwich Ministry.

2017 Christmas Service Schedule:  The following schedule will be in place for Christmas worship this year:

Dec. 24 10:00 am Advent 4 H.E. Rite II worship service without music

Dec. 24  7:00 pm  Christmas Eve Family Worship Service with Eucharist and our Band

Dec. 25 10:00 am  Christmas Day H.E. Rite II worship service without music

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.

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

 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. 

Serving December 10, 2017

Readers: Ray Medlin; Jim Broidrick

Text:  Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13;

II Peter 3:8-15a and Mark 1:1-8

Chalice Bearer:  Ray Medlin

Preacher:  The Rev. Ghislaine Cotnoir

Greeter/Usher:  Aleth Bocasan

Nursery:  Madison Medlin

Counters:  Aleth Bocasan; Jim Broidrick


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, Jean, Dick, James, Fran, Kathy, Edward, Linda, Curt, Bert, Doris, Vince, Carla, Jeannie, Cindy

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

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.



December 31  Fellowship Meal with First Generation Church  11:30 am

This week at Holy Trinity:

Sunday, December 10th

Adult Discussion Group  9:00 am

  1. E. Rite II 10:00 am

Sunday School  10:00 am

Coffee Hour  11:30 am

Monday, December 11th

Social Networking Discussion Group  2:00 pm

Tuesday, December 12th

Vestry Meeting  7:00 pm

Wednesday, December 13th

Adult Bible Study  7:00 pm

Friday, December 15th

Sandwich Ministry  10:00 am

Gamblers’ Anonymous  7:00 pm


Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

407 North Broad Street

Lansdale, PA 19446




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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