Week of December 31, 2017


The Weekly Newsletter of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

December 31, 2017 First Sunday after Christmas

Collect for First Sunday after Christmas:  Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of 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.

2018 Giving Envelopes:  Please pick up your box of 2018 Giving Envelopes now available in the Narthex.  If you do not have a box and would like one for 2018, please let Pat in the Church Office at 215-855-4431 or holy.trinity3@verizon.net know and we will prepare a box for you.

Sandwich Ministry Weekly Message:

(This message was included in each sandwich bag handed out on Friday, December 31st.)

The thought of a new year and new beginnings is very pleasing to many of us.  It seems to be a chance to start fresh in our daily lives, our relationships and work environment.  What about our spiritual lives?  We are told in the Bible that any time we accept Jesus and recognize him as our Lord and Savior and live our lives as Christians, we become a “new” creature in Christ and old things are

passed away and all things become new.  When we become one of God’s children, in God’s eyes we are a new person without any of the old baggage since God offers full forgiveness.  Join us at Holy Trinity on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am and learn about the new life God offers all of us.

“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”.  II Corinthians 5:17

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.  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.

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.

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 31, 2017

Readers: Pat Brownback; Jack Croft

Text:  Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 147;

Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7 and John 1:1-18

Chalice Bearer:  Pat Brownback

Preacher:  The Rev. John Wallace

Greeter/Usher:  Jim Broidrick

Nursery:  Madison Medlin

Counters:  Aleth Bocasan; 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, 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

January 28  Annual Meeting  11:30 am


This week at Holy Trinity:


Sunday, December 31st

Adult Discussion Group  9:00 am

  1. E. Rite II 10:00 am

Fellowship Meal with First Generation Church  11:30 am


Wednesday, January 3rd

Adult Bible Study   7:00 pm


Friday, January 5th

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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