Week of March 18, 2018


The Weekly Newsletter of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

March 18, 2018 The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Collect for the Fifth Sunday in Lent:  Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, 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:  We will complete the Jeremiah discussion on March 18th at 9:00 am in the Chapel.

Easter Flower Envelopes:  Envelopes for contributions for Easter flowers for the Easter Sunday service are available in the Sanctuary.  We need to have all donations in by Palm Sunday, March 25th in order to purchase the flowers and enter the thanksgiving and memorial names to our Easter bulletin.

Easter Service Schedule:

Monday, March 26th 7:00 pm Evening Prayer in Chapel

Tuesday, March 27th 7:00 pm Evening Prayer in Chapel

Maundy Thursday, March 29th 6:30 pm Soup in St. Margaret’s Hall followed by Maundy Thursday liturgy.

Prayer vigil begins at 8:00 pm through Friday at 11:00 am.  Please sign up for a time slot on poster in Narthex.

Friday, March 30th 12:00 noon Stations of the Cross

Friday, March 30th 7:00 pm Good Friday Liturgy

Sunday, April 1st 10:00 am H.E. Rite II Easter Service

Sandwich Ministry Weekly Message:

(This message was included in each sandwich bag handed out on Friday, March 16th.)

Pride is a common human emotion which is talked about in several places in the Bible.  We often feel pride over our worldly possessions, our actions and our personal abilities.  It is hard to remember that all these “things” are temporary, earthly possessions and actions.  They have no bearing on our spiritual state or relationship with God; nor in our future Heavenly home.  Jesus came to earth, born in lowly circumstances and throughout his ministry had few possessions.  In fact, Jesus states in Matthew 8:20 that “foxes have holes and birds of the earth have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head”.  He also preached that we must put aside our pride in earthly treasure and store up treasures in Heaven.  So whether we have little or a lot in earthly possessions, it is our spiritual relationship with God that is what we should strive to achieve and perfect.  Join us on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am at Holy Trinity for our service.  Sunday School is available for children in grades K-5 at 10:30.

“He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.’”  Mark 9:35

Weekly Community Social Networking Event:  Every Monday from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, we hold a discussion group 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 for discussion on Monday, March 19th is “Cathedral Construction”.  Anyone who would like to connect with others in a discussion group setting is invited.

Lent Service Reception:  As noted below, the Broad Street Churches Lent Service will be held at Holy Trinity on March 21st.  We will host a reception in St. Margaret’s Hall following the service.  Please sign up to bring light refreshments and plan on joining in the service that evening.  The food sign-up sheet is on the Parish Life bulletin board outside the sanctuary doors.

Broad Street Churches Lent Services:  This year we are again joining with the Lansdale Methodist and First Baptist, churches both located on Broad Street, for a series of Wednesday night services during Lent.  Each Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm, beginning on Wednesday, February 14th through March 21st, one of the three churches will act as the host church and one of the three churches will provide a preacher.  The schedule has Holy Trinity providing a preacher on March 7th at the First Baptist Church; and we are leading the service at Holy Trinity on February 28th and March 21st with a reception following the service.

The full schedule is posted on the Parish Life bulletin board.  Everyone is invited to attend any or all of these services.  Each week we will list in the Herald the service information for the upcoming week:

March 21st at 7:00 pm at Holy Trinity Church.  The preacher will be Mr. Tom Tomlinson from Lansdale United Methodist Church.  The topic will be “Giving Up Our Popularity”.

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 atraymedlin1211@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 March 18, 2018

Readers: Star Little; Lorraine Flagg

Text:  Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-13;

Hebrews 5:5-10 and John 12:20-33

Chalice Bearer:  Star Little

Preacher:  Wayne Stratz, Lay Preacher

Eucharist Celebrant:  The Rev. Ghislaine Cotnoir

Greeter/Usher:  Janet Miller

Nursery:  Madison Medlin

Counters: Jack Croft; Ray Medlin

Current Vestry: Ray Medlin (Rector’s Warden), Aleth Bocasan, James Broidrick, Jack Croft (People’s Warden), Bill Keith, Janet Miller, Wayne Stratz

Diocesan Deputies:  Jim Broidrick, Jack Croft, Janet Miller.    Ray Medlin (Alternate)

Deanery Delegates: Tina Gallagher, Dianne Lawrence, Star Little, Caren Puschak

Parish Prayer List:  Bill, Peg, Jean, Dick, James, Fran, Kathy, Edward, Linda, Bert, Doris, Vince, Carla, Jeannie, Cindy, George, Erin, Pat P.

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.

This week at Holy Trinity:

Sunday, March 18th

Adult Discussion Group  9:00 am

  1. E. Rite II 10:00 am

Sunday School  10:00 am

Coffee Hour  11:30 am

Monday, March 19th

Social Networking Discussion Group  2:00 pm

Tuesday, March 20th

Vestry Meeting  6:45 pm

Wednesday, March 21st

Lent Service at Holy Trinity   7:00 pm

Friday, March 23rd

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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