We will worship at the cemetery chapel on September 1 and 8 and then return to the main sanctuary on September 15. All services are at 9 am. Please note that when the bells ring at 8:55, this is a time of meditation, contemplation and prayer in preparation for worship. Please visit with your neighbors before 8:55 am or after the service. LISTEN FOR HIS VOICE IN THE SILENCE.
Summer Reading Camp
Trinity held its second Summer Reading Camp during the week of July 8-12, 2019. This camp was funded by the Congregational Renewal Grant from the Diocese of Bethlehem, the Snayberger Foundation, and the Pottsville Benevolent Association. Summer Reading Camp provided children from the Pottsville and St. Clair Area School Districts, Schuylkill County Child Development, Gillingham, and Assumption BVM with a positive academic and social experience. Although the camp was designed to support children who are experiencing challenges with reading and provide nutritious meals in the absence of the school lunch program over the summer, it had many additional benefits for the children. For many children, it provided a safe place where they were accepted, cared for, and valued. Many of the children attending camp live lives that are filled with uncertainty, and this stability and caring was as valuable as the academic skills they gained.
This year, 28 children attended summer reading camp, ranging from pre-k to third grade. Thirteen volunteers made up the camp staff; seven volunteers were from Trinity, including two of our youth, Tim Bortner and Delaney Burns. Three volunteers were from North Parish and four were community members. In addition, three members of the parish who could not be with us at camp volunteered their time to help us cut out and assemble materials.
The theme for camp this year was appropriately, camping. Teachers developed activities for phonics, reading comprehension, vocabulary development, writing, and math based on the camp theme. In addition, the children had the opportunity to visit the library to learn about the programs that are offered during the summer and obtain a library card. Guest readers from the community visited to read to the children. A highlight of camp was a visit from Porcupine Pat who presented an interactive program about the outdoors. The children received several books to take home at the end of camp to help build their home libraries. A parent workshop, designed to assist their child with reading, concluded the program and parents were able to enjoy lunch with their child.
Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, the children received a hot lunch each day. Mc Donald’s, Domino’s Pizza, and Wendy’s provided free or reduced cost meals which were big hits with the children. Giant, Boyer’s, and Weiss Markets, and Dairy Queen provided gift cards. In addition to providing a positive learning experience for the children without the pressure of testing and achieving a grade we began to build bridges with some of the parents who were appreciative of the camp and the generosity of Trinity. Many of our campers attended the program last summer and will return again next year; in addition children who have younger siblings who will benefit from the program in the future.
Summer Reading Camp is scheduled for next summer during the week of July 6-10, 2020. We hope that you will consider volunteering for this rewarding and fun outreach activity.
United Thank Offering
Our UTO ingathering this year will be on September 22 and 29 in preparation for our contribution to be offered at the Diocesan Convention on October 4 and 5. Please remember to put your envelope number on your box or UTO envelope so you may receive credit on your financial statement. Thank you for your continuing gratitude and generosity!
Bishop Kevin will join us for Confirmation on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Please mark your calendars now for this special visit and celebration of our parishioners receiving the sacrament of Confirmation. Please keep the confirmands in your prayers.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
Home Communion visits will begin again as we return to the sanctuary onSeptember 15.
The Wednesday noon Healing Service will not be held during the summer months. They will resume on Wednesday, September 11.
In order to save the church money, when there are no sponsored memorials or thanksgivings for flowers on a Sunday morning, there will be one arrangement only. On those Sundays when flowers are sponsored, the suggested donation is $35.00. We are constantly looking for ways to be good stewards of your commitment to the church and our shared ministry.
Line of Love
As we experience a very hot spell, we are not thinking about winter, but those cold fall winds will come sooner than we think. In anticipation of that, please think about hats, scarves and gloves for the Line of Love which our Parish Nurse Kathy Burda coordinates and places in front of the church. If we collect items now, as the cold begins, we will be ready to offer this community outreach and ministry.
Operation We Care
Operation We Care mailing will take place in November. If you know of any local servicemen or women serving our country overseas please notify Kathy Burda to get them on our mailing list, so we can send them a little bit of home for the holidays.
St. Nicholas Day, Cookie Exchange and Mini-Bazaar
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 is the date. St. Nicholas will visit the children, yummy cookies will be baked and shared and if you are a craftsperson, it’s not too early to be thinking about our Christmas mini-bazaar. Last year we had candles, dolls, quilted items and Scentsy. If you have a creative outlet and would like to participate, please start now so that you will have plenty to offer. It will be a wonderful time of sharing delicious baked goods and shopping for family and friends and the loving generosity of a beloved saint.