Week of September 30, 2018


The Weekly Newsletter of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

September 30, 2018 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Collect for Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost:  O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Reminder:  We are back to our regular Sunday service start time of 10:00 am.

Contacting Father Bill:  Father Bill will be in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  To schedule an appointment with him, please either contact the Church Office at 215-855-4431 or call Father Bill directly at 215-804-0863.

In case of a pastoral emergency, please contact Father Bill at 215-804-0863.

We Welcome Rev. Canon Betsy Ivey:  On Sunday, October 7th, The Rev. Canon Betsy Ivey, Canon for Growth and Support, at the Diocese will be filling in for Father Bill at our 10:00 am service.  Please give Betsy a warm welcome to Holy Trinity!

Blessing of the Animals:  On Sunday, October 14th, at the 10:00 am service, we will perform the Blessing of the Animals.  If you wish your animal to be blessed, please bring either your live animal or children may bring stuffed animals to the service and Father Bill will perform the blessing.  All live animals must be on a leash or in a carrier.

Repairs to the Rectory:  We are in the process of having much-needed repairs made to the Rectory.  On September 19th, an asbestos remediation company removed some asbestos in the Rectory basement, following all PA state guidelines.  This remediation process cost $2,025.00 and the basement is now clear of harmful asbestos.  We paid for this service from our General Checking Account Operating Expense.

In October, Carney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling will be installing a new gas boiler, since the old one is not repairable and is not in code.  The cost will be $13,349.00.  This new boiler will vent through a pipe to the outside, avoiding the chimney which would need $3,000 in repairs to be safely used.  The money for this installation will come from some Accrual accounts; specifically the money remaining in the Roof Repair accrual account, money in the Capital Improvement account with the remainder from our Savings Account.  If you have questions on these repairs, please see Ray Medlin.

Roof Repair:  Gomez General Contracting has completed the roof repair. On Wednesday, September 19th, Ray picked up the Diocese roof repair grant check in the amount of $30,000.00 at the Diocese offices.  The total bill for the roof repair job totaled $35,600.00; with $30,000.00 paid by the Diocese grant and Holy Trinity paying $5,600.00 from our Roof Repair Accrual Account.

Forteniters:  For over 40 years Holy Trinity has provided a dinner for the members of the Forteniters Club, a social club for men and women who were previously hospitalized at Norristown State Hospital.  Many of these folks are not able to prepare nutritious meals for themselves, so the weekly meals provided by local churches and organizations are vitally important.  Holy Trinity will be providing a meal on Thursday, October 4th at the Haws Methodist Church on Marshall Street in Norristown.  Sign up in the narthex to provide food or assist in serving the dinner.  Questions? Contact Pat Brownback 215-206-5849

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, October 1st

is “George Armstrong Custer”.  Anyone who would like to connect with others in a discussion group setting is invited. 

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 celestialpresents@usa.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 September 30, 2018

Readers: Star Little; Lorraine Flagg

Text: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22; Psalm 124;

James 5:13-20 and Mark 9:38-50

Chalice Bearer:  Star Little

Preacher:  The Rev. William Rex

Greeter/Usher:  Dianne Lawrence

Counters:  Aleth Bocasan; Jim Broidrick

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:  Peg, Jean, Cindy, George, Pat P., Brandon, Nell, Laura, Joan, Johnny, Emily, Anita. Betty

Serving in the Military: Ashley, Keith, Tommy, April, Joseph, Kirk, Stephen, Leanne

Names remain on the prayer list for three months. To add or remove names, please contact the parish office at 215-855-4431 or holy.trinity3@verizon.net.

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 or call Father Bill directly at 215-804-0863.


Upcoming Events: 

Blessing of the Animals – October 14th @ 10:00 service

Fall/Winter Rummage Sale – November 3

Annual Santa Brunch – December 16


This week at Holy Trinity:

Sunday, September 30th

  1. E. Rite II  10:00 am

Coffee Time & Congregational Meeting  11:00 am

Monday, October 1st

Social Networking Group  2:00 pm

Friday, October 5th

Sandwich Ministry  11:00 am

Gamblers’ Anonymous  7:00 pm

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

407 North Broad Street

Lansdale, PA 19446




The church office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 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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