Fred & Debbie Slemmer are opening their home to us on August 18th for another round of Cocktails and Conversation. All are welcome for an evening of fellowship starting at 7 pm. Bring your pool attire! There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board, please sign up by 8/12. (This event is for adults only.)
Don’t forget to register children, ages 3 through those entering grade 6, for our “Rolling River Rampage” Vacation Bible School being held August 6–10, 9:15 am–12 Noon. We request each participant have their own 2018 Registration Form. Please return completed forms to the office.
Snacks are needed: powdered drink mixes, apple juice, cookies, crackers (goldfish, graham, cheese), pretzels and fruit. Craft supplies needed: include recyclable grocery bags – vinyl preferred, glitter glue, and colorful duct tapes. Collection boxes for these supplies are in the Parlor. Any questions, please contact the church office. If volunteers need assistance completing the background check or child abuse clearance, please contact Melissa Smith in the church office, Mon. — Thu. 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Registration & donation deadline is July 28.
The July / August Trinity Chimes is available and includes details about summer mission trips, Vacation Bible School, and how we are supporting FISH this summer. Check it out!
Summer Worship will be held weekly at 9:30 am through September 2. Following worship each week, a time of discussion will be held in an informal forum session based on prompts garnered from the day’s scripture. Summer Conversation will gather in the Chancel.
Pastor Patricia A. Davenport was elected the next Bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Saturday, May 5, at Franconia Mennonite Church. Pastor Davenport is the first African-descent woman to be elected a bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
On the fourth ballot, Bishop-elect Davenport, currently our Synod’s director for evangelical mission, received 331 votes, 77% of votes cast. The Rev. Julie DeWerth, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran, King of Prussia, received 89 votes. The Rev. Carlton Rodgers, pastor of Tabernacle Lutheran Church, Philadelphia, received 58 votes.
Bishop-elect Davenport, 63, currently serves as the Director for Evangelical Mission/Assistant to the Bishop, and is a member of the Spirit and Truth Worship Center in Yeadon. She also has served as a Pastor/Mission Developer for the Spirit and Truth Worship Center and as Acting Bishop for three months. She earned a degree from the Community College of Philadelphia and a M.Div. from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, in addition to three other educational certificates.
Pastor Davenport has been active with various Synod and community groups, including her current positions as co-chair of the Guiding Coalition, Churchwide, and as a member of the Congregational Vitality Team. She attributes her success in her various endeavors to her open mind and spirit to learn as well as lead and gift to speak truth to power in situations of injustice. She believes the Synod’s cross-generation of gifted lay leaders and rostered ministers highlights its ethnic and cultural diversity and is one of its greatest strengths. This gift will allow the Synod to reach beyond its borders, sharing God’s story, and combatting the challenges of lack of physical, human and financial resources—decline in attendance, dwindling resources and lack of outreach.
Her favorite Jesus story is that of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. He went out of his way to reveal the truth of who she is, and this story reminds her of her own life experience. We will continue to hold Bishop Burkat, Bishop-elect Davenport, and the SEPA Synod in prayer during the transition. You can see clips direct from Synod Assembly, here: http://sepaassembly.info/18/bishop-elect/
The Trinity Chimes newsletter for Spring 2018 is available! Check out exciting things that have happened and that are planned. Summer Worship will begin June 17 at 9:30 am.
The Trinity Chimes for February – April 2018 is here! Check it out for information through Lent and Easter Sunday.
This Lent, we will discuss the five baptismal covenants. You’re welcome to join us at any time on a Sunday morning or Wednesday evening – all of that information is available in this newsletter edition.
In the case of inclement weather, information about schedule changes and cancellations are shared on our website, voicemail, and via email to those in our contacts via firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the Pennridge School District calls an early dismissal, offices will closed and evening rehearsals and events are cancelled.
If the PSD closes, evening events will most likely be held but based on parking/sidewalk conditions.
If the PSD operates on a 2-hour delay, offices will open on regular time unless conditions warrant otherwise.
Executive Council members and staff will help events coordinators decide if/when events need to be postponed or cancelled due to weather. When at all possible, decisions about morning events will be made by 8:00 pm the prior evening.