Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Learning from Barbie -- A Message for October 25, 2020

 

Scripture Reading      Matthew 22:34-46


34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together.

35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

38 This is the first and greatest commandment.

39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,

42 “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?”

“The son of David,” they replied.

43 He said to them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says,

44 “‘The Lord said to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand
until I put your enemies
under your feet.”’

45 If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?”

46 No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Prayer for Understanding

Gracious God, through the written word, and the spoken word, may we learn about your Living Word: Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen. 

Message   The Compassionate Life -- Learning from Barbie 

When we travelled to St. Louis this summer, we took early birthday presents for my triplet nieces.  The girls turned 5 in August and are seriously into Barbie dolls.  Their Aunt Amelie is also pretty into Barbie dolls, as is Lucia, so Lucia and I were very particular about picking out dolls for the girls.  We wanted them to be obviously different from each other and also reflect the diversity of Twenty-first century America – so one doll had Caucasian skin and long pink hair, one doll had African American skin and long black hair, and one looked kind of stereotypically Latino and had long blondish braids.  Right away, the triplets were concerned – the dolls all had long hair and therefore in their eyes looked alike – how could they tell them apart?  The girls were still going through the phase where they categorized people by hair length, not skin color – I was a tad baffled, and then said they could tell the dolls apart because one had pink hair, one had black hair, and one had blond hair.  The girls accepted this identification strategy and played away.

In our reading this morning, we return to the lengthy conversation Jesus had with Pharisees and Temple leaders who came to question him during the first Holy Week.  We have been focusing on snippets from this conversation during our worship services over the past few weeks.  This conversation probably happened on Tuesday of Holy Week --- Jesus would have drawn a lot of attention to himself by clearing the Temple of money changers and sellers of sacrificial animals on Sunday or Monday.  So a crowded gathered around Jesus and peppered him with questions.

Throughout the long conversation on that fateful Tuesday, the Pharisees and Temple authorities tried to trick Jesus into incriminating himself—they were looking for excuses to have him arrested and put into prison or put to death by the Roman officials.  The Pharisees were very legalistic in their interpretation of Jewish law.  In the questions we focus on today, they tried to entrap Jesus by asking him a question regarding the law: “What commandment is the most important commandment to follow in all the Hebrew scripture?”  I am not sure what they expected Jesus to say….but whatever it was, Jesus did not fall into their trap.

Jesus answered by quoting two scriptures.  Jesus believed the two most important scriptures in Hebrew law are:

1)     the call to prayer, or Shema, of Deuteronomy 6:5 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

2) and the command from the 10 Commandments recorded in Leviticus 19:18 “… love your neighbor as yourself.”


So, the entire Bible and all of the commandments contained within it can be boiled down to Love God and Love Our Neighbors.

And, who is our neighbor? In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan to answer this question. A pious Jewish man was beaten and left for dead on the side of a road. Many people walked by him and did not help him. The passersby included a Jewish priest and a Levite, who was a holy man. Neither stopped and helped the wounded man. Finally, a Samaritan man stopped and helped him. What was shocking about help coming from the Samaritan man was that Samaritans were the long-time enemies of the Jewish people. This is like an Eagles fan stopping to help a Cowboys fan, or an Iranian man stopping to help an American man, or a Hatfield stopping to help a McCoy. The person who proved to be a “neighbor” to the wounded man was not a member of his own religious group, was not someone who was appointed to be a spiritual leader in his community, and was not a Jewish holy man. Instead, the true neighbor who treated him with love, who treated him in the way we want to be treated, was the Samaritan, his perceived enemy.

Friends, we are in the midst of a very difficult time. We are getting attacked on all sides – Covid-19, tensions around our polarizing election, protests about racism in our country, forest fires, hurricanes, even a tsunami, virtual learning, working from home. We all feel very stressed out.

In the midst of our stress and anxiety, many of us want to retreat into ourselves. We think – I don’t want to watch the news, I don’t want to talk to anybody, I just want to hide away in my house and forget it all.

But, as Christians, Jesus taught us to engage our enemies….Jesus taught us to love each other. Sometimes, the people we are invited to love support different politicians than we do. Sometimes, the people we are invited to love vote for different political parties than we do. Sometimes, the people we are invited to love are different ethnicities than we are. Sometimes, the people we are invited to love come from different countries than we come from. Sometimes, the people we are invite to love even have different hair color than we have.

God made the people of the world to be diverse. WE speak different languages. We have different skin colors. We worship different ways. We have different hobbies and talents. We understand politics differently.

But, we grow as people when we engage others who are different than we are. And, as much as we are tempted to hide in our beds with the covers over our heads, God wants us to grow and learn from each other. God wants us to love other people and accept them as they are, not as we want them to be.

God loves the people of the world. God showers our lives with the good things we have….health, family, church community, friends, interests. God asks us to love God in return for the love God showers upon us. And, God also asks us to love each other.

I pray as we live out these next few weeks, and the political statements and mudslinging gets ugly, we will remember our job as Christians is to love each other.

May we do so. Amen.

Friday, October 23, 2020

E-Letter to the Trinity Family -- October 23, 2020

 

Greetings Trinity Family,

I hope this email finds everyone doing well.   The leaves are changing and the world is awash in orange and red.  I pray you take note of the beauty of God’s creation when you look outdoors!

I hope you will all join us for worship this Sunday at either 10:15 am or 11 am.  Attached to this email is a worship outline that our Affirmation of the week: We Believe by Michael Perry

We continue to have in-person worship services limited to 25 people.  The service will be held in our Education Building.  We will also Facebook livestream our 10:15 am service and offer a service on Zoom at 11 am. 

Thank you to all of our volunteers who came out in support of the Skippack Halloween Parade!  Together we celebrated our community’s youngest members and helped make a special Halloween for them in the midst of a strange autumn season!

We are going to have our annual Turkey Dinner as a drive-through only supper.  It will be on November 7, 2020 with us serving from 4 to 7 pm.  In order to have the supper, we need lots of volunteers! 

·        We  need three volunteers to help make mashed potatoes on November 4th at 9 am

·        We need as many volunteers as possible to make pepper cabbage, potato filling, set up our space, put cold items in containers, and bake pies on Friday, November 6 starting at 9 am. 

·        We need volunteers all day on Saturday, November 7. 

o   Our cooking and food preparation volunteers are invited to begin coming in at 10 am. 

o   We need servers to help take orders and deliver them to cars from 3 to 7 pm.

o   We need our clean-up crew from 6 to 9 pm.

 

Volunteers of all ages are needed the day of the dinner.  If you are a volunteer, you are welcome to eat at church during a “break.” 

If you are able to help, please let me know or call the church office: 610-584-4054.

The order form for our delicious homemade Turkey dinner is at: http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-5673318/form

Please either use the electronic order form or call the church office to place your order: 610-584-054.

On Sunday mornings, in addition to attending worship in our Education building, you can join us on Facebook or Zoom:

Join us for our Sunday morning hymn sing at 9:45 am livestreamed from the “Ralien Luann Besch” facebook page. 

10:15 Facebook livestream Worship.  You can find us at our "Trinity Christian UCC Skippack" facebook page.

11 am ZOOM worship.  You can login at this link:


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We also have a Sunday morning Bible Study on ZOOM at 8:45 am.  Here is the link to log in:

 

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This Sunday, as part of our worship service, we will join together in a statement of faith that was crafted by Michael Perry.  If you would like to join along in saying the words at home, here they are:  

An Affirmation “We Believe” crafted by Michael Perry

All:  We believe and know

that Jesus is the Holy One of God.

 

We believe that he is the Christ,

the Son of  God,

who was to come into the world.

 

We believe that he is in the Father

and the Father is in him.

 

We believe that Jesus is the Christ,

the Son of God,

and that by believing

we have life in his name.  Amen.

Changes are afloat in Trinity’s Music Ministry. 

Here is our new Wednesday music schedule:

 

Adult Choir - 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month on Zoom

Mission Music - 2nd Wednesday of each month on Zoom

Leo - 4th Wednesday of each month on Facebook

Special Surprise - when there is a 5th Wednesday of the month

 

Each of our Wednesday activities will be at 7 pm.   Here is the ZOOM link for our music ministry Wednesday evening activities:

 

Amelie Sell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

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If you would like to join us in-person on Sunday, November 1, please RSVP on Monday morning.  We will ask each attendee to come to church prior to 9:45 am so that we can watch Ralien and Amey’s hymn sing projected on the screen in the Education Building. 

If you would like to attend, I am keeping a list of who RSVPs until we reach 24 attendees.  You can contact me via email, at the church office (610-584-4054), or on my cell phone (314-680-0897). 

We continue to collect food and toiletry items for the Daily Bread Food Pantry.  They can be left at the doors of the church.

The Daily Bread has started their annual coat drive for kids.  They can use coats for all sizes for boys and girls.  The Daily Bread would like “brand new coats.” 

The Daily Bread's Current needs change every few weeks. This is their latest list of needs:

Personal Care: deodorant, hand soap, paper towels, napkins, laundry soap, and body wash*

Food: canned peas, creamed (cooking) soups, stuffing, pasta/potato/rice sides, juice and COOKIES please

Pet Care: Cat food and litter*

And any other items you wish to donate would greatly be appreciated!

*These items can’t be purchased with Food Stamps.

If you would like to borrow a hymnal from the church, please let me know and I will arrange for you to receive one.

We  are having a special service to honor Veterans on Sunday November 8 at 2 pm in our church cemetery at the stone cross.  Everyone is invited….both veterans and people who support those who served.  We will be masked and will observe social distancing guidelines.  Please invite friends and family members to join us for this special service.

Trinity now has a blog where I am posting notes to the congregation and the text of my sermons.  If you would like to read these notes and messages, you can find them at: www.trinityskippack.blogspot.com

Next Sunday, we will celebrate Holy Communion during our worships services.  If you are worshipping at home, please have a piece of bread or a tortilla or a cracker and juice or wine or a drink nearby so we can all celebrate communion together.

I will “see” you in worship on Sunday!

Many blessings!!

Pastor Amelie

 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Christians vs. Caesar -- A Message for Sunday, October 18, 2020

 

Over the past few weeks, we have been revisiting the conversations Jesus had with the Temple authorities and Pharisees while Jesus was preaching in the Jerusalem Temple.  In the days prior to Jesus’ arrest and execution, those who were plotting Jesus’ death worked to entrap Jesus by getting him to speak out against the Roman Empire or Jewish religious laws. 

          Today, we focus on the portion of the conversation that concerned paying taxes.  Listen to Jesus’ wise words as we read from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 22, verses fifteen through twenty-two:

Scripture Reading                          Matthew 22:15-22



15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words.

16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are.

17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax[a] to Caesar or not?”

18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me?

19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius,

20 and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”

21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.

Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.

Here ends this reading of the word of god for the people of God.  Amen. 

Prayer for Understanding

Let us pray:  Life Sustainer, we receive the things you desire to offer us today and each new day! Grant us wisdom and openness to your Word and use its teachings to energize our bodies and spirits.  This we pray, Amen.

Message                      Christians vs. Caesar

          Taxes….the government….and our faith.

          A few weeks ago, I participated in a Zoom workshop offered by our UCC Conference that focused on “Politics in the Pulpit.”  The gist of the call was that as pastors, we endanger our church’s status as an official, governmentally recognized n0n-profit organization, if we support specific candidates and political parties when we speak publically as representatives of our church.  Sounds simple – but,.. things get murky when you are a pastor 24 hours a day/7 days a week….when I worked at Burger King, I didn’t represent Burger King after I took off my uniform and showered the smell of grease off of my skin.  But, I am always a pastor—I am a pastor when I am speaking during worship services, I am a pastor when I sit at my desk answering phone calls, I am a pastor when I go to the YMCA early in the morning to swim laps, and I am a pastor when I am listening to the radio in my car and driving to Target.

          So, according to the guidance offered by the ZOOM workshop, every time I make a statement publically – be it in the pulpit, in my office to Deb, on my facebook page, or when I am on the phone with Lucia’s teacher – I am a representative of Trinity Church.   I have to be very careful about not-airing my political views, which is tricky when we are inundated with politics 24/7 as we gear up for the presidential election. 

          When Jesus was being questioned in the Temple, the religious authorities wanted to know if he thought it was “right” to pay taxes to the Roman government.  This question was a trap.  The religious authorities knew Jesus could get in trouble no matter how he answered their question.  If Jesus said Jewish people shouldn’t pay taxes to the unpopular Roman government, he would have gotten in trouble with the Romans.  They counted on taxes to fund their government and its wars and infrastructure projects.  If Jesus said Jewish people should pay taxes to Rome, he risked offending the large percentage of the population that was resistant and resentful of Roman rule.  Most of Jesus’ supporters were probably in the anti-Roman-rule camp.  Most residents of Israel, no matter what their religious beliefs, were unhappy about being ruled by the Romans, the brutal foreign government that had conquered Israel in 63 BC. 

          The 1st Century residents of Israel had to participate in the Roman system.  They had to trade using Roman coinage.  They walked on roads built by Roman engineering.  They drank water delivered by Roman Aqueducts.  They watched Roman soldiers drilling and policing their towns.  Their families were counted in the Roman census.  The citizens couldn’t avoid the Romans. 

          When Jesus was asked if it was right to pay taxes to the Imperial Roman government, Jesus told his questioners to return to Caesar what is Caesar’s and return to God what is God’s.

          Jesus did not tell the Jewish people to become the Romans.  They were not supposed to meld into the Romans – to become the enemy.  They could pay their taxes and follow the laws and yet continue to practice their faith and believe in our God. 

          Wherever we live, must work to give God what is God’s.  When you live in a country and approve of your government, it is easy to follow the laws of the land.  But, as Christians, our faith should be our priority.  We must prioritize God ahead of our patriotic fever, ahead of our loyalty to the company we work for and ahead of our school spirit for the places we are educated.  Our faith comes first.

          Sometimes, we have trouble separating politics and religion.  Our politicians weigh in on many moral issues.  We expect our civil leaders to follow a high code of ethics and to make political policies that are influenced by a high sense of justice.  But, we must work to separate our faith from politics. 

If the government made decisions that were in the best interest of Americans, but may not be in the best interest of God, we would have to uphold our faith by siding with God.  I hope we are never put in the position to have to defend our faith against the will of our government, but we can look at the history of many countries, and sometimes our own country, as being out of sync with Christian ideals.   If we lived in Communist China, we would want to practice Christianity even though freedom of religion is not permitted by the government.  If we lived in Nazi-era Germany, we would want to practice Christianity by loving and protecting our Jewish neighbors even though by doing so we would be committing a crime according to the government. If we lived in the pre-Civil War-era United States, we would want to practice Christianity by loving and protecting our enslaved African American neighbors even though by doing so we would be committing a crime according to our government.

When we return to Caesar what is Caesar’s, we separate our obligations to our country and our obligations to God.  We can support the work of our government by paying our taxes and by being engaged in politics by voting for candidates we believe are most likely to support caring for the most vulnerable people in our country and the world.  We can volunteer to serve in local political offices to ensure choices are made for our community that are consistent with caring for all of the people and creatures who live here.  We can support civic institutions, like our fire companies, school districts, and ambulance services, to make sure our communities protect and care for the weakest and most defenseless people who live near us.

Giving to God what is God’s is slightly different than paying taxes.  God does want us to financially support efforts to transform our world into the peaceful Kingdom God desires, but God also wants us to give more than money.  God wants us to give with our hearts – to share our time to help transform the world, to share our resources to help transform the world, to share our talents to help transform our world. 

It sounds weird for me to say God wants us to give money to support God’s work in the world.  We remember the story of Jesus’ cleansing the temple...is it ok to ask people to give money to the church?  When Jesus cleansed the temple of people selling animals to be sacrificed and people exchanging Roman money into Temple money, the people who were running those stands were exploiting the people who were coming to them.  They were making a profit from their sales.  They were taking a fee from the money they were exchanging.  And, they had a monopoly.  The only place you could buy sacrificial animals or exchange your money was in the Temple.  So, people were being forced to pay exorbitant fees in order to have the right kind of money to purchase the right kind of animals they were obligated to sacrifice to God.  The whole process took advantage of the faithful.

At Trinity, when we ask people to give to the church, we aren’t making a profit.  The money comes in and goes out.  We spend it on things like paying our Wifi bill so we can livestream our worship services, on buying Bible for kids and curriculum for Christian education classes, trainings for our staff and members so we can become more effective in our work as a church, as gifts to support the work of the Daily Bread food pantry and Every Good Gift’s work with young mothers, to print flyers about our activities and invite our neighbors to our church.  Our financial gifts pay the salary of our staff members and for insurance on our buildings just in case anything unforeseen happens.  We use the money to make sure we have beautiful and safe places to worship when we can come back into the building.  We use the money to buy new choir music and to have the pianos tuned.  We use the money to have the cemetery mowed and to have the bathrooms cleaned. Some of the things we use the money for aren’t pretty, but they are all things we use to operate this little corner of the kingdom of God in Skippack. 

When we support the work of the church, we give to God what is God’s.  God wants to us love God.  God appreciates when we worship God.  God wants us to love each other and care for our neighbors.  God want us to treat others with kindness and respect.  God understands there is a place in our lives to support the work of our country, but God also expects us to stand up for our beliefs, and to live out and practice our faith, even if when we do so we break the laws of our country.  Our first obligation is to God. 

May we do so with love in our hearts.  Amen. 

Friday, October 16, 2020

E-Letter to the Trinity Family -- October 16, 2020

 

Greetings Trinity Family,

 I hope this email finds everyone doing well.   The leaves are changing and the world is awash in orange and red.  I pray you take note of the beauty of God’s creation when you look outdoors!

 I hope you will all join us for worship this Sunday at either 10:15 am or 11 am.  Attached to this email is a worship outline that includes the words to the UCC Statement of Faith. 

 This will be our sixth Sunday to have in-person worship services limited to 25 people.  The service will be held in our Education Building.  We will also Facebook livestream our 10:15 am service and offer a service on Zoom at 11 am. 

 We are co-hosting the Skippack Halloween Parade TOMORROW at 10 am.  This year’s parade will be very different because of Covid-19 safety guidelines.  The parade is tomorrow. If you are able to help, please join us in the parking lot between 9 and 9:30 am. 

We are going to have our annual Turkey Dinner as a drive-through only supper.  It will be on November 7, 2020 with us serving from 4 to 7 pm.  In order to have the supper, we need lots of volunteers!  

·       We  need three volunteers to help make mashed potatoes on November 4th at 9 am

·        We need as many volunteers as possible to make pepper cabbage, potato filling, set up our space, put cold items in containers, and bake pies on Friday, November 6 starting at 9 am. 

·        We need volunteers all day on Saturday, November 7. 

o   Our cooking and food preparation volunteers are invited to begin coming in at 10 am. 

o   We need servers to help take orders and deliver them to cars from 3 to 7 pm.

o   We need our clean-up crew from 6 to 9 pm.

 

Volunteers of all ages are needed the day of the dinner.  If you are a volunteer, you are welcome to eat at church during a “break.” 

If you are able to help, please let me know or call the church office: 610-584-4054.

The order form for our delicious homemade Turkey dinner is at: http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-5673318/form

Please either use the electronic order form or call the church office to place your order: 610-584-054.

On Sunday mornings, in addition to attending worship in our Education building, you can join us on Facebook or Zoom:

Join us for our Sunday morning hymn sing at 9:45 am livestreamed from the “Ralien Luann Besch” facebook page. 

10:15 Facebook livestream Worship.  You can find us at our "Trinity Christian UCC Skippack" facebook page.

11 am ZOOM worship.  You can login at this link:


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We also have a Sunday morning Bible Study on ZOOM at 8:45 am.  Here is the link to log in:

 

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This Sunday, as part of our worship service, we will join together in a statement of faith that quotes from the Epistle of Titus.  If you would like to join along in saying the words at home, here they are:  

An Affirmation of God’s Grace (Based on Titus 3) 

We believe in God who saved us

Not because of good things we have done,

But because of God’s mercy.

God saved us by the washing of rebirth,

And renewal by the Holy Spirit,

Whom God poured out on us generously

Through Jesus Christ our Savior;

So that justified by his grace

We might become heirs with the hope of eternal life.

This is a trustworthy saying.  Amen.

Changes are afloat in Trinity’s Music Ministry. 

Here is our new Wednesday music schedule:

Adult Choir - 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month on Zoom

Mission Music - 2nd Wednesday of each month on Zoom

Leo - 4th Wednesday of each month on Facebook

Special Surprise - when there is a 5th Wednesday of the month

 

Each of our Wednesday activities will be at 7 pm.   Here is the ZOOM link for our music ministry Wednesday evening activities:

 

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If you would like to join us in-person on Sunday, October 25, please RSVP on Monday morning.  We will ask each attendee to come to church prior to 9:45 am so that we can watch Ralien and Amey’s hymn sing projected on the screen in the Education Building. 

If you would like to attend, I am keeping a list of who RSVPs until we reach 24 attendees.  You can contact me via email, at the church office (610-584-4054), or on my cell phone (314-680-0897). 

We continue to collect food and toiletry items for the Daily Bread Food Pantry.  They can be left at the doors of the church.

The Daily Bread has started their annual coat drive for kids.  They can use coats for all sizes for boys and girls.  The Daily Bread would like “brand new coats.” 

The Daily Bread's Current needs change every few weeks. This is their latest list of needs:

Personal care:  Laundry Soap, body wash, hand soap, size 5 & 6 diapers, paper towels and napkins*

Food: Jelly, tuna, side dishes (hamburger helper, Noodle Roni, Rice a Roni), Cookie/brownie mixes, Individual snack size bags of cookies & chips, canned tomato products, and chicken and beef broth.

And any other items you wish to donate would greatly be appreciated!

*These items can’t be purchased with Food Stamps.

If you would like to borrow a hymnal from the church, please let me know and I will arrange for you to receive one.

We are having a special service to honor Veterans on Sunday November 8 at 2 pm in our church cemetery at the stone cross.  Everyone is invited….both veterans and people who support those who served.  We will be masked and will observe social distancing guidelines.  Please invite friends and family members to join us for this special service.

Reverend Charles Maxfield recently celebrated his ordination anniversary.  Pastor Chuck served as Trinity’s interim minister about 10 years ago before Pastor Michael came to Trinity.  Several members sent remembrances for Pastor Chuck’s anniversary celebration.  Pastor Chuck wrote me this note thanking us for these remembrances:

 

Amelie,

Please share with the congregation my thanks for their participation in my ordination anniversary.  The comments they sent were a major part of a brochure shared at my anniversary.  I was wondering who prepared it?  It's good to know my recipes and poems have a place in your archives.  By the way, I found a new recipe for peanut butter sauce.  I enjoyed it on my ice cream Sunday afternoon.  The recipe can be found at:

https://www.food.com/recipe/easy-microwave-peanut-butter-ice-cream-topping-122218

Thanks for your friendship, your willing service, and your good food.

Chuck Maxfield

 

Trinity now has a blog where I am posting notes to the congregation and the text of my sermons.  If you would like to read these notes and messages, you can find them at: www.trinityskippack.blogspot.com

I will “see” you in worship on Sunday!

Many blessings!!

Pastor Amelie

 

Learning from Barbie -- A Message for October 25, 2020

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