Friday, June 17, 2022

Message to Trinity -- July 4 Parade, Community Garden, Vacation Bible School!

 


Greetings Trinity Family,

            June is here and summer officially begins on Tuesday. I hope you are all relishing the beautiful days and spending time outside in the fresh air. The church and our property is beautiful right now. Please stop by and see the blooming flowers that cover our grounds.  

SKIPPACK JULY 4 PARADE—We need your help!

Trinity members and friends are invited to walk in the Skippack July 4 parade. We will gather on July 4 morning between 9:45 and 10 am on the parking lot of the Goddard School on 113 near the Skippack Fire Station. Everyone will gather and walk together, accompanied by the big red jeep where our very own LEO will be a passenger. We will pass out invites to our church’s upcoming Vacation Bible School and candy. We need your donations of hard candy to use during the parade.

TRINITY COMMUNITY GARDEN

Thomas Updike has built a community garden on the upper corner of our cemetery meadow for a part of his Eagle Scout project. There are now six plots for anyone that would like to cultivate them. Please call the church office if you would like a lot: 610-584-4054

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED AT SKIPPACK FIRST FRIDAYS

The good weather is here and we are in the midst of the Skippack First Friday season.  Each month, Skippack stores stay open late on the First Friday of the month. Non-profits are invited to have tables set up around town to promote our agency. Trinity needs volunteers to run our church’s table – we share brochures about our, invite people to upcoming activities, pass out prayer squares, and usually like to have activities to engager our younger neighbors. This year, our remaining Skippack First Fridays are July 1, August 5, September 2, and October 7. If you are able to help, we need volunteers to run the table from 6 to 8 pm at each First Friday. Please let Pastor Amelie know if you can help.

On July 1, we will gather for a patriotic sing-a-long at First Friday. Please join us!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – JULY 15, 16, and 17

Our next VBS planning meeting will be on June 22 at 6:30 PM. WE NEED YOUR HELP.

This year, our focus is on “Jesus, the light in the darkness.” We learn about Jesus bringing us the “true light”, make a cave, do cave drawings, play games, and have a great time!

Planning and orchestrating our VBS will require many adult volunteers. Each volunteer will have to have all of their PA State background checks before our VBS.  Talk to Pastor Amelie if you want to volunteer and she will make sure you have the paperwork you need to obtain your background checks.

OUR NEXT PLANNING MEETING IS Wednesday, June 22 at 6:30 PM  IN THE SANCUTARY BUILDING. PLEASE JOIN US IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING.

VBS MISSION PROJECT

Our Vacation Bible School kids will assemble “Welcome Backpacks” for refuges being resettled in our country and in welcoming nations. The Backpacks are part of Church World Service’s outreach to refugees.  We will collect items for the backpack in the church narthex in the baskets next to the door. If you would like to contribute towards the backpacks, here is a list of what we need:

Backpack – 17″

All-season blanket – 50″ x 60″

Coloring book

Crayons – 24 pack

2 pads of paper – 8.5″ x 11″

3 pens

1 two-pocket folder

5 fruit leather strips

4 protein bars

10 granola bars

6 fruit & grain bars

4 trail mix pouches – 1.75 oz

1 reusable travel water bottle – 24 oz

2 bottles hand sanitizer – 2 oz

1 Chapstick

10 hair ties

1 small travel hairbrush

4 toothpaste/toothbrush packs

3 packs of tissues

10 disposable masks

1 travel deodorant

10 tampons

10 sanitary napkins

1 pack of cleaning/baby wipes

TRINITY MEN’S BREAKFAST

All men are invited to breakfast on Saturday July 9. In July, we are breakfasting at Trinity so that we will be on-hand to help with decorating for Vacation Bible School and helping fill a dumpster with our build-up of bulky trash. We usually meet for fellowship, conversation, and a good meal. Our men’s breakfasts will continue into the future on the second Saturday of the month. Please join us!

READING PHILLIES – AUGUST 20, 2022

Take me out to the ballgame!  We will resume our church activity of watching a Reading Phils game together on August 20, 2022. Everyone is invited, and friends are welcome to join us. If you would like tickets, please let Nancy or the church office know….610-584-4054.

CHURCH PICNIC – SAVE THE DATE!!

Our church picnic will be July 17! Everyone is invited, including your family, friends, and neighbors.  And, our air-conditioning project will be complete so we will have our picnic both in our education building and outdoors. Our Christian Education Committee provides the meat course and everyone is invited to bring a dish to share.

4H FAIR GAMES

Trinity will be leading games at the annual 4H fair in Creamery. The fair is August 11, 12, and 13. We will need a lot of volunteers.  If you are available to help, you will need to have up-to-date PA security clearances and background checks. If you have suggestions or ideas for games, please let Pastor Amelie know and also let her know if you are able to help.

BANNER TEAM – CALLING ALL CRAFTY FOLKS!

The Worship Committee is looking for volunteers to help make new banners for our sanctuary.  This project is in its infancy, but if you are interested in helping, please tell Pastor Amelie.

DAILY BREAD COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY

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

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

Personal Care (which cannot be purchased with food stamps):

Laundry soap, children's toothbrushes/ toothpaste, tissues, dish soap

Food:

Boxed Mac and Cheese, Oatmeal, Canned peas & baked beans, Pancake Mix, Jelly or Jam, Rice

Baby Care:

Diapers

Pet Care:

Dry cat food, Litter, canned dog food

DON’T GIVE UP MOVEMENT

Our Outreach committee is inviting everyone in our congregation to join us in sharing messages from the “Don’t Give Up” movement.  This outreach was started to encourage people who are considering suicide to not give up.  We have yard signs, postcards, stickers, and business cards with messages that say things like “You are Enough” and “Your Mistakes Don’t Define You.” These messages are especially important right now as many people are struggling with their mental and emotional health after the many months of our pandemic.  Please pick up yard signs at church and other signs to promote this message of love for our neighbors.  Here is more about the movement:  https://www.dontgiveupsigns.com/

WORSHIP SERVICES

On Sunday mornings, you are invited to join us in-person and on Facebook:

Join us for our Sunday morning hymn sing at 9:45 am live-streamed from the Trinity Christian UCC Skippack facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/TrinityUCCSkippack

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

SUNDAY BIBLE  STUDY

We have a Sunday morning Bible Study in-person and on ZOOM at 9 AM.  This is a new meeting time. Here is the link to log in:

Amelie Sell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Trinity's Wired Word Discussion Group
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76933813590?pwd=Nzc0MkthZFBkdmVNTGYycjVtRXkwUT09

Meeting ID: 769 3381 3590
Password: 7qLSWw

LUNCH BUNCH MEETS WEEKLY!

Lunch Bunch is our Tuesday afternoon Bible Study.  Everyone is invited to join us on Tuesdays at 12 pm.  Please bring your own lunch. (In the past, we had a potluck lunch, but for now each person will bring their own food.)  Lunch Bunch typically studies the portion of the Bible that will be the focus of our worship service on the upcoming Sunday. 

TRINITY BLOG

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

 

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

All Truth -- A Message for June 12, 2022

 

            Today is Trinity Sunday. In our reading this morning, we focus on a snippet of scripture in which Jesus tries to explain God’s Trinitarian form. God the Creator is also Jesus the Son is also the Holy Spirit. We sometimes struggle to understand this, but the important thing to remember is that God wants us to feel a connection and dependence on God. God strives to be relatable and to relate to us.

            Hear our reading as it is found in John Chapter 16, verses 12 through 15:

Scripture Reading                        John 16:12-15

‘I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 

He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 

All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

Here ends this reading of the word of God for the People of God. Thanks be to God. Amen.

Prayer for Understanding

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. Amen.

        Today is “God” Sunday, the day we celebrate God’s Trinitarian origins. Each year, our worship service on the Sunday after Pentecost focuses on the Trinity.  Our church was named in honor of the Trinity, so this is a special Sunday for our congregation – the day we honor our Trinitarian God at Trinity Christian UCC.

            When we sing our Doxology, we say: Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above, ye heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  We praise God because all good things come from God. We want all earthly beings, all human beings to praise God. We want all heavenly hosts, all the angels, to praise God. And, then we praise God as the Father and Creator, as Jesus, and as the Holy Spirit. 

            When I was a little girl, I felt like God was very distant from me.  I imagined a man, sitting up in the clouds, looking down at us from afar. I kind of imagined God as looking like a character from one of my story books, a little man like Rumpelstiltskin.  My childhood image of God was not warm and fuzzy. And, some of the things we do as a congregation emphasize this “distant” version of God. When we say the Apostle’s Creed, we imagine God in a throne room, a deity sitting along-side Jesus. And, we often imagine God as looking like us….human.   

            Throughout our lives, as we grow and change, we develop more expansive ways to imagine God. God is not in one place, far away from us and distant. God is able to hear us….to see us….to relate to us….to love us….to forgive us. And, God has worked to connect with us.

In Jesus, God chose to come to earth to live the human experience. In Jesus, God related to us as another human being. In Jesus, God worked to teach us and demonstrate to us a better way of living our lives. In Jesus, God worked to connect to all people—not just Nazoreans---not just Jewish people---but, us, people from different origins and different ethnic backgrounds. In Jesus, God worked to embody sacrificial love, and to teach us that we are also called to be generous and loving to each other.

            Every moment of our lives, God is present with us as the Holy Spirit. God is not just watching us from afar, but is here with us right now. One of the things I love about the Holy Spirit, is that God is not trapped in a body like we have. We know the presence of God is not in one place, but is where we are. The Holy Spirit of God is here with us. God’s Holy Spirt is also within us, providing us comfort and courage, support and guidance.

            The Trinitarian understanding of God gives us a framework through which God is relatable. God is the creational force in the Universe and God created us in God’s own image. Jesus Christ is God made flesh, our crucified and risen savior, who reconciles the world to God. The Holy Spirit is the part of God who is here with us right now and who sustains us and God’s church.  God may take on different forms, but through each, God reaches out to us. God is as close to us as our own breath and is also as distant as the furthest stars.

            We thank God that God chooses to be in relationship with us.

Amen. 

Friday, June 10, 2022

Message to Trinity -- Men's Breakfast, July 4 Parade, Community Garden

 

Greetings Trinity Family,

            June is here and summer is on the horizon. I hope you are all relishing the beautiful days and spending time outside in the fresh air. The church and our property is beautiful right now. Please stop by and see the blooming flowers that cover our grounds.  

SKIPPACK JULY 4 PARADE – WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Trinity members and friends are invited to walk in the Skippack July 4 parade. We will gather on July 4 morning between 9:45 and 10 am on the parking lot of the Goddard School on 113 near the Skippack Fire Station. Everyone will gather and walk together, accompanied by the big red jeep where our very own LEO will be a passenger. We will pass out invites to our church’s upcoming Vacation Bible School and candy. We need your donations of hard candy to use during the parade.

TRINITY MEN’S BREAKFAST—TOMORROW!

All men are invited to breakfast on Saturday June 11 at 8:30 am. We will meet at the Sammy’s Bullfrog Café, 282 Hunsberger Lane, Harleysville, PA. We meet for fellowship, conversation, and a good meal. Our men’s breakfasts will continue into the future on the second Saturday of the month. Please join us!

TRINITY COMMUNITY GARDEN

Thomas Updike has built a community garden on the upper corner of our cemetery meadow for a part of his Eagle Scout project. There are now six plots for anyone that would like to cultivate them. Please call the church office if you would like a lot: 610-584-4054

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED AT SKIPPACK FIRST FRIDAYS

TODAY IS OUR FIRST FRIDAY FOR JUNE. If you are able to help with our table, please meet in front of Stylekrafters at 6 pm.

The good weather is here and we are on the cusp of the Skippack First Friday season.  Each month, Skippack stores stay open late on the First Friday of the month. Non-profits are invited to have tables set up around town to promote our agency. Trinity needs volunteers to run our church’s table – we share brochures about our, invite people to upcoming activities, pass out prayer squares, and usually like to have activities to engager our younger neighbors. This year, our remaining Skippack First Fridays are June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, and October 7. We are already signed up to have a patriotic sing-a-long on July 1.  If you are able to help, we need volunteers to run the table from 6 to 8 pm at each First Friday. Please let Pastor Amelie know if you can help.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – JULY 15, 16, and 17

Our next VBS planning meeting will be on June 4 at 10 am. WE NEED YOUR HELP.

This year, our focus is on “Jesus, the light in the darkness.” We learn about Jesus bringing us the “true light”, make a cave, do cave drawings, play games, and have a great time!

Planning and orchestrating our VBS will require many adult volunteers. Each volunteer will have to have all of their PA State background checks before our VBS.  Talk to Pastor Amelie if you want to volunteer and she will make sure you have the paperwork you need to obtain your background checks.

OUR NEXT PLANNING MEETING IS June 22, AT 6:30 AM IN THE SANCUTARY BUILDING. PLEASE JOIN US IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING.

VBS MISSION PROJECT

Our Vacation Bible School kids will assemble “Welcome Backpacks” for refuges being resettled in our country and in welcoming nations. The Backpacks are part of Church World Service’s outreach to refugees.  We will collect items for the backpack in the church narthex in the baskets next to the door. If you would like to contribute towards the backpacks, here is a list of what we need:

Backpack – 17″

All-season blanket – 50″ x 60″

Coloring book

Crayons – 24 pack

2 pads of paper – 8.5″ x 11″

3 pens

1 two-pocket folder

5 fruit leather strips

4 protein bars

10 granola bars

6 fruit & grain bars

4 trail mix pouches – 1.75 oz

1 reusable travel water bottle – 24 oz

2 bottles hand sanitizer – 2 oz

1 Chapstick

10 hair ties

1 small travel hairbrush

4 toothpaste/toothbrush packs

3 packs of tissues

10 disposable masks

1 travel deodorant

10 tampons

10 sanitary napkins

1 pack of cleaning/baby wipes

READING PHILLIES – AUGUST 20, 2022

Take me out to the ballgame!  We will resume our church activity of watching a Reading Phils game together on August 20, 2022. Everyone is invited, and friends are welcome to join us. If you would like tickets, please let Nancy or the church office know….610-584-4054.

CHURCH PICNIC – SAVE THE DATE!!

Our church picnic will be July 17! Everyone is invited, including your family, friends, and neighbors.  And, our air-conditioning project will be complete so we will have our picnic both in our education building and outdoors. Our Christian Education Committee provides the meat course and everyone is invited to bring a dish to share.

4H FAIR GAMES

Trinity will be leading games at the annual 4H fair in Creamery. The fair is August 11, 12, and 13. We will need a lot of volunteers.  If you are available to help, you will need to have up-to-date PA security clearances and background checks. If you have suggestions or ideas for games, please let Pastor Amelie know and also let her know if you are able to help.

BANNER TEAM – CALLING ALL CRAFTY FOLKS!

The Worship Committee is looking for volunteers to help make new banners for our sanctuary.  This project is in its infancy, but if you are interested in helping, please tell Pastor Amelie.

DAILY BREAD COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY

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

Personal Care (which cannot be purchased with food stamps):

Laundry soap, children's toothbrushes/ toothpaste, tissues

Food:

Juice, cereal, oatmeal

Baby Care:

Size 6 diapers

Pet Care:

Dry cat food, Litter, canned dog food

GIVING TO TRINITY

Although things are not fully back to normal, Trinity’s expenses have continued throughout the pandemic.  We know that everyone’s work-life has been disrupted during this time and we don’t expect everyone to be able to contribute to the church in the amount you were able to contribute in the past.  If you have the means to contribute to the church, you may drop off your offerings at the church office or you may mail it to our address: Trinity Christian UCC; 2009 Church Road, PO Box 538, Skippack, PA 19474

DON’T GIVE UP MOVEMENT

Our Outreach committee is inviting everyone in our congregation to join us in sharing messages from the “Don’t Give Up” movement.  This outreach was started to encourage people who are considering suicide to not give up.  We have yard signs, postcards, stickers, and business cards with messages that say things like “You are Enough” and “Your Mistakes Don’t Define You.” These messages are especially important right now as many people are struggling with their mental and emotional health after the many months of our pandemic.  Please pick up yard signs at church and other signs to promote this message of love for our neighbors.  Here is more about the movement:  https://www.dontgiveupsigns.com/

WORSHIP SERVICES

On Sunday mornings, you are invited to join us in-person and  on Facebook:

Join us for our Sunday morning hymn sing at 9:45 am live-streamed from the Trinity Christian UCC Skippack facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/TrinityUCCSkippack

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

SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY

We have a Sunday morning Bible Study in-person and on ZOOM at 9 AM.  This is a new meeting time. Here is the link to log in:

Amelie Sell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Trinity's Wired Word Discussion Group
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76933813590?pwd=Nzc0MkthZFBkdmVNTGYycjVtRXkwUT09

Meeting ID: 769 3381 3590
Password: 7qLSWw

LUNCH BUNCH MEETS WEEKLY!

Lunch Bunch is our Tuesday afternoon Bible Study.  Everyone is invited to join us on Tuesdays at 12 pm.  Please bring your own lunch. (In the past, we had a potluck lunch, but for now each person will bring their own food.)  Lunch Bunch typically studies the portion of the Bible that will be the focus of our worship service on the upcoming Sunday. 

REOPENING COMMITTEE

WE ARE NOW “MASK OPTIONAL.”

We are now singing hymns in worship!! And, we are not taking temperatures.

We are keeping a list of the names of attendees for contact tracing purposes.

Hopefully it won’t be much longer before all restrictions are lifted and everyone is vaccinated.

TRINITY BLOG

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

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Gathered and Scattered -- A Message for Pentecost Sunday 2022

 

            Today is Pentecost Sunday. In the first century, Jewish people celebrated Shavuot on this day. Shavuot is one of three pilgrim festivals. In Ancient times, Jewish men were required to observe Shavuot at the Temple in Jerusalem. Shavuot celebrates when God met Moses on Mount Sinai and gave him and the Jewish people the Torah, the first five books of the Bible.

            Hear what happened at the first “Christian” Pentecost:

Scripture Reading                        Acts 2:1-21,  42-47

 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 

Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 

They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 

When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 

Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 

Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 

Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,

Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 

(both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 

Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 

These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 

No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

“‘In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
    and they will prophesy.
I will show wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below,
    blood and fire and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood
    before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
And everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 

Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 

All the believers were together and had everything in common. 

They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 

Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 

praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Here ends this reading of the word of God for the People of God. Thanks be to God. Amen.

Prayer for Understanding

Pastor: O God, by your Spirit tell us what we need to hear, and show us what we ought to do, to obey Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

            A long time ago, people wondered why people spoke different languages. Wouldn’t it be easier if people spoke the same language?

            Biblical storyteller Ralph Milton retells the story of how this came about this way:

After the flood in the time of Noah, people and animals and birds began to have babies…And these people and animals spread out all over the world.

…soon more and more people came to a place and it became a city. They called the city Babylon.

      One day some of the people said, “You know what we should do? We should build a really high tower. Everybody in the whole world will come to see it. It will make us famous. We will call it the tower of Babel.”

      …God saw what the people were building. God didn’t like it. “Soon they will be able to do anything they want.” Said God.

      So God changed the words that came out of their mouths. God changed their language so they couldn’t understand each other.

      The people of Babylon didn’t work together any more. They didn’t understand each other. The stopped building the tower. They moved away from each other to many different places.

Now, when we don’t understand what people are saying, we say they are babbling.

            People in the first century struggled to understand each other.  When they met people from other cities and lands, they couldn’t understand their languages…they couldn’t understand their customs…they couldn’t understand their religious practices…even their clothing and shoes were strange. People we divided by their differences.

            And, then, on the first Christian Pentecost, something amazing happened. The Holy Spirit came upon the Christians, just as Jesus foretold before he ascended to Heaven. Suddenly, the leaders of the Christian church could speak and people would understand them. People who spoke all types of different languages understood. People from all kinds of weird places understood. The apostles were given the gift of speaking in other tongues, and the witnesses were given the gift of understand. On that day alone, many new people came to learn about the Christian faith and many new believers joined the community of Christ-followers.

            As the church was formed, the new Christians completely dedicated their lives to their faith. Their commitment to God was the central focus of their lives. The believers engaged in their faith by studying the teachings of Jesus and the Apostles. Some of them lived together and held all of their stuff in common. Many of them sold all of the possessions and property and gave the money to help members in need.  The Christians in Jerusalem went to pray and learn at the Temple every day, and they broke bread together in memory of Jesus’ sacrificial love for his people.

            The story of the first Pentecost is a powerful reminder for us that God sees no barriers between human people. There is no longer the good people and the bad guys. God loves people of every stripe and creed…people of all ethnic backgrounds….people who speak every language under the sun….old and young, rich and poor, male and female, people of all sexual orientations, people who are differently- abled….God loves all of us and the Christian message is for all of us.  The church is for everyone.

            And, unlike the result of the story of the people of Babylon, God wants us to work to understand each other. God wants us to work to learn each other’s languages. God wants us to learn about each other’s cultures. God wants us to work together on projects with people from different backgrounds as our own. The message of Christianity is that God wants us to be united with people of all every nation, ethnic group and background, and the first part of becoming united is to work to understand each other.

            May we live out the Pentecost message – may we work to understand each other and to work together.

            Amen.           

Friday, June 3, 2022

Message to the Trinity Community for June 3, 2022: First Friday Tonight, Special Meeting Sunday, VBS Kits

 


Greetings Trinity Family,

            June is here and summer is on the horizon. I hope you are all relishing the beautiful days and spending time outside in the fresh air. The church and our property is beautiful right now. Please stop by and see the blooming flowers that cover our grounds.  

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING JUNE 5

We will have a brief congregational meeting after our 10:15 worship service on Sunday, June 5. The meeting will be to discuss and vote on hiring professional nursery caregivers for our worship services. If the proposal is accepted, we will begin advertising the positions and interviewing candidates.  In order to adhere to our Safe Church policy and PA laws, we will seek 2 unrelated adults who have childcare experience.

TRINITY COMMUNITY GARDEN

Thomas Updike has built a community garden on the upper corner of our cemetery meadow for a part of his Eagle Scout project. There are now six plots for anyone that would like to cultivate them. Please call the church office if you would like a lot: 610-584-4054

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED AT SKIPPACK FIRST FRIDAYS

TODAY IS OUR FIRST FRIDAY FOR JUNE. If you are able to help with our table, please meet in front of Stylekrafters at 6 pm.

The good weather is here and we are on the cusp of the Skippack First Friday season.  Each month, Skippack stores stay open late on the First Friday of the month. Non-profits are invited to have tables set up around town to promote our agency. Trinity needs volunteers to run our church’s table – we share brochures about our, invite people to upcoming activities, pass out prayer squares, and usually like to have activities to engager our younger neighbors. This year, our remaining Skippack First Fridays are June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, and October 7. We are already signed up to have a patriotic sing-a-long on July 1.  If you are able to help, we need volunteers to run the table from 6 to 8 pm at each First Friday. Please let Pastor Amelie know if you can help.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – JULY 15, 16, and 17

Our next VBS planning meeting will be on June 4 at 10 am. WE NEED YOUR HELP.

This year, our focus is on “Jesus, the light in the darkness.” We learn about Jesus bringing us the “true light”, make a cave, do cave drawings, play games, and have a great time!

Planning and orchestrating our VBS will require many adult volunteers. Each volunteer will have to have all of their PA State background checks before our VBS.  Talk to Pastor Amelie if you want to volunteer and she will make sure you have the paperwork you need to obtain your background checks.

OUR NEXT PLANNING MEETING IS TOMORROW, JUNE 4, AT 10 AM IN THE SANCUTARY BUILDING. PLEASE JOIN US IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING.

VBS MISSION PROJECT

Our Vacation Bible School kids will assemble “Welcome Backpacks” for refuges being resettled in our country and in welcoming nations. The Backpacks are part of Church World Service’s outreach to refugees.  We will collect items for the backpack in the church narthex in the baskets next to the door. If you would like to contribute towards the backpacks, here is a list of what we need:

  • Backpack – 17″
  • All-season blanket – 50″ x 60″
  • Coloring book
  • Crayons – 24 pack
  • 2 pads of paper – 8.5″ x 11″
  • 3 pens
  • 1 two-pocket folder
  • 5 fruit leather strips
  • 4 protein bars
  • 10 granola bars
  • 6 fruit & grain bars
  • 4 trail mix pouches – 1.75 oz
  • 1 reusable travel water bottle – 24 oz
  • 2 bottles hand sanitizer – 2 oz
  • 1 Chapstick
  • 10 hair ties
  • 1 small travel hairbrush
  • 4 toothpaste/toothbrush packs
  • 3 packs of tissues
  • 10 disposable masks
  • 1 travel deodorant
  • 10 tampons
  • 10 sanitary napkins
  • 1 pack of cleaning/baby wipes
  • TRINITY MEN’S BREAKFAST

All men are invited to breakfast on Saturday June 11 at 8:30 am. We will meet at the Sammy’s Bullfrog Café, 282 Hunsberger Lane, Harleysville, PA. We meet for fellowship, conversation, and a good meal. Our men’s breakfasts will continue into the future on the second Saturday of the month. Please join us!

READING PHILLIES – AUGUST 20, 2022

Take me out to the ballgame!  We will resume our church activity of watching a Reading Phils game together on August 20, 2022. Everyone is invited, and friends are welcome to join us. If you would like tickets, please let Nancy or the church office know….610-584-4054.

CHURCH PICNIC – SAVE THE DATE!!

Our church picnic will be July 17! Everyone is invited, including your family, friends, and neighbors.  And, our air-conditioning project will be complete so we will have our picnic both in our education building and outdoors. Our Christian Education Committee provides the meat course and everyone is invited to bring a dish to share.

4H FAIR GAMES

Trinity will be leading games at the annual 4H fair in Creamery. The fair is August 11, 12, and 13. We will need a lot of volunteers.  If you are available to help, you will need to have up-to-date PA security clearances and background checks. If you have suggestions or ideas for games, please let Pastor Amelie know and also let her know if you are able to help.

BANNER TEAM – CALLING ALL CRAFTY FOLKS!

The Worship Committee is looking for volunteers to help make new banners for our sanctuary.  This project is in its infancy, but if you are interested in helping, please tell Pastor Amelie.

DAILY BREAD COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY

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

Personal Care (which cannot be purchased with food stamps):

Laundry soap, children's toothbrushes/ toothpaste, tissues

Food:

Juice, cereal, oatmeal

Baby Care:

Size 6 diapers

Pet Care:

Dry cat food, Litter, canned dog food

GIVING TO TRINITY

Although things are not fully back to normal, Trinity’s expenses have continued throughout the pandemic.  We know that everyone’s work-life has been disrupted during this time and we don’t expect everyone to be able to contribute to the church in the amount you were able to contribute in the past.  If you have the means to contribute to the church, you may drop off your offerings at the church office or you may mail it to our address: Trinity Christian UCC; 2009 Church Road, PO Box 538, Skippack, PA 19474

DON’T GIVE UP MOVEMENT

Our Outreach committee is inviting everyone in our congregation to join us in sharing messages from the “Don’t Give Up” movement.  This outreach was started to encourage people who are considering suicide to not give up.  We have yard signs, postcards, stickers, and business cards with messages that say things like “You are Enough” and “Your Mistakes Don’t Define You.” These messages are especially important right now as many people are struggling with their mental and emotional health after the many months of our pandemic.  Please pick up yard signs at church and other signs to promote this message of love for our neighbors.  Here is more about the movement:  https://www.dontgiveupsigns.com/

WORSHIP SERVICES

On Sunday mornings, you are invited to join us in-person and  on Facebook:

Join us for our Sunday morning hymn sing at 9:45 am live-streamed from the Trinity Christian UCC Skippack facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/TrinityUCCSkippack

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

SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY

We have a Sunday morning Bible Study in-person and on ZOOM at 9 AM.  This is a new meeting time. Here is the link to log in:

Amelie Sell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Trinity's Wired Word Discussion Group
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76933813590?pwd=Nzc0MkthZFBkdmVNTGYycjVtRXkwUT09

Meeting ID: 769 3381 3590
Password: 7qLSWw

LUNCH BUNCH MEETS WEEKLY!

Lunch Bunch is our Tuesday afternoon Bible Study.  Everyone is invited to join us on Tuesdays at 12 pm.  Please bring your own lunch. (In the past, we had a potluck lunch, but for now each person will bring their own food.)  Lunch Bunch typically studies the portion of the Bible that will be the focus of our worship service on the upcoming Sunday. 

REOPENING COMMITTEE

WE ARE NOW “MASK OPTIONAL.”

We are now singing hymns in worship!! And, we are not taking temperatures.

We are keeping a list of the names of attendees for contact tracing purposes.

Hopefully it won’t be much longer before all restrictions are lifted and everyone is vaccinated.

TRINITY BLOG

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


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