On Wednesday, March 6, there will be a noon service held in St. Luke’s Chapel with the Distribution of Ashes and the Laying on of Hands after the service for those who wish it.
At 7:00 pm in the evening, the Rev. Dr. Kurt Kovalovich will conduct the Ash Wednesday Liturgy with Distribution of Ashes and Communion at St. John’s, Ashland. Please join us as we share our faith as the Episcopal Church of Schuylkill County and live out the true meaning of our shared ministry.
Lenten Suppers and Evening Prayer
Beginning on Wednesday, March 13, there will be a Soup and Salad supper each week during Lent at 6:15 pm. These suppers will be held at the Rectory at 1318 Howard Avenue, Pottsville. Having the suppers at the Rectory location will help fulfill our insurance requirements as a meeting place and also parking will be more available. Please plan to join us for a simple supper followed by Evening Prayer as part of our Lenten discipline. Sign-up sheets for soup, salad, bread and lay leaders will be on the bulletin board across from the lounge.
United Thank Offering
As we enter our Lenten season, we remember our blessings and continue to think of others as we go about our daily tasks. This is a perfect time to think about why you are putting change in your blue boxes— our ministry to others and gratitude for our own blessings. Thank you for your Lenten discipline including UTO.
Lay Worship Leaders
In the coming months, you will see new faces as leaders of worship. Seven parishioners took the training on February 9 and are now licensed by the Diocese to lead Morning Prayer. At least once a month, Morning Prayer will be led by one of these leaders followed by Eucharist or a Deacon’s Eucharist. We are grateful for the ministry of Lea Bortner, Paul Barnwell, Nancy Buehler, Cora Gamelin-Osenbach, Norm Kauffman, Kitty Murray and Al Portland. Please express your gratitude to them as they take on this new ministry in service to our parish.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
There will be no assigned Lay Eucharistic visits for the first two weeks of March; however, if you would like someone to visit you with Communion, please call Kathy Burda or the office and someone will call upon you when the weather permits it.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Another ministry that is in great need of volunteers is our Lay Eucharist Ministers who go out on Sundays after the service to bring Communion to our shut-ins. We will begin this ministry again on March 17 until the time we return to the Chapel for the summer. Please prayerfully consider this ministry, since some of our current lay volunteers are finding it increasingly difficult to commit to this. If interested, call Deacon Kurt or Cora. Thank you.
Summer Reading Camp News
Summer Reading Camp will be held at Trinity this summer during the week of July 8-12. Grants from the Pottsville Benevolent Association, the Snayberger Foundation, and primarily by the Congregational Renewal Grant from the Diocese of Bethlehem will provide the funding for the program. Summer Reading Camp is designed to provide reading instruction to children who are enrolled in Title I Reading during the school year and are struggling readers. Breakfast and a hot lunch will be served daily thanks to the generosity of some of our local restaurants and grocery stores.
This summer, volunteers from North Parish will be assisting at camp and we have expanded our outreach to children from the St. Clair Area School District. We hope to serve 35 children which would be an increase of 10 children from last summer. We will continue to work with the Pottsville Library whose staff will help the children obtain library cards, and will conduct a parent workshop which will provide parents with information and resources to help their child succeed in school.
Some of the funds from the grants will be used to remediate the rain damage in the undercroft and prepare two new classrooms so we can better serve the children. As we clean out the rooms, we will be selling some of the items that still remain from the days of Trinity Center to any parishioners who may be interested in purchasing them. An announcement will be made in the next several weeks and a list of sale items will be circulated so everyone has a chance to bid on the items.
We are fortunate to have our faithful volunteers returning from last summer but can always use additional helpers because some of the children are in need of one on one attention. Volunteers need to have Child Abuse Clearances, a Criminal Record check and must take the Safeguarding God’s Children Training. Volunteers are also needed to help assemble materials. In addition, we are always happy to accept donations of books and school supplies. This summer our theme is Camping in the Great Outdoors. Any books that deal with that subject would be appreciated. The children range in age from Kindergarten to third grade and the Step onto Reading books are great since they provide material that we can match with the reading levels that the children have attained. If you have any questions or have an interest in volunteering please see Barb Tokarz