Week of January 7, 2018


The Weekly Newsletter of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

January 7, 2018 First Sunday after the Epiphany

Collect for First Sunday after the Epiphany:  Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. 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, January 5th.)

Do you know someone who is a “perfectionist”—always looking to do everything absolutely perfectly, have the perfect relationships and family and surround themselves with those people who they feel are perfect in every way. There is no room in the perfectionist’s life for errors in judgment or actions, relationships that are emotionally “messy” or people who cannot meet their high standards.  Life is often disappointing for the perfectionist because no one or no circumstances can meet their impossible standards.  Only God is perfect.  God does not look at us as “imperfect” or “not up to standards”.  He accepts us as we are with our faults, failures and missed opportunities.  In fact, He accepts us into his family of believers just as we are.  You don’t need to be perfect before recognizing Jesus as your Savior and Lord; you only need to be willing to trust and follow Him.

“…for the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart”  I Samuel 16:7b

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 January 8thwill be “Acceptance and Forgiveness”.  Anyone who would like to connect with others in a discussion group setting is invited.

Annual Meeting:  We will be holding our Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 28th after the service.  Please plan to attend this important meeting where we elect new Vestry members, review calendar year 2017 and discuss our budget and plans for 2018.

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.

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 FridaySandwich 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 monthat 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 monthat Franconi’s Restaurant in North Wales.  If you are interested in joining us or have questions, please contact JoAnn Ferrara at jfishome@icloud.comor 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 January 7, 2018

Readers: Star Little; Lorraine Flagg

Text:  Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29;

Acts 19:1-7 and Mark 1:4-11

Chalice Bearer:  Star Little

Preacher:  The Rev. Flora Keshgegian

Greeter/Usher:  Ray Medlin

Nursery:  Madison Medlin

Counters:  Jack Croft; Heather Medlin


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.



January 28  Annual Meeting  11:30 am


This week at Holy Trinity:

Sunday, January 7th

Adult Discussion Group  9:00 am

  1. E. Rite II 10:00 am

Sunday School  10:00 am

Coffee Hour  11:30 am


Monday, January 8th

Social Networking Discussion Group  2:00 pm


Wednesday, January 10th

Adult Bible Study   7:00 pm


Friday, January 12th

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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