Our summer worship schedule begins June 17. 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.
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.
During our weekly Education Hour, Sundays at 9:15 am, Adult Forum discusses various topics and concerns. The month of April will highlight other faith traditions and how they play a role in shapin our existence and witness.
April 8: Interreligious conversation: Why do other religions matter to us?
April15: Interreligious dialogue: guest speaker from Temple Judea
April 22: Cross generational Earth Day activities, or Addictions/Opiate Task Force conversation.
For those attending the Earth Day event, donations of recyclable materials (cardboard, plastic, and glass) are needed for a craft project. Place donations in the box under the coat rack in the Fellowship Hall.
April 29: Interreligious dialogue. Guest: Rubina Tareen, Interfaith Chaplain at Alvernia University.
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.
On Sunday, February 4, Trinity will welcome Seminarian Ann Shade into our community in Christ. Ann is a first-year seminary student at United Lutheran Seminary, studying to become a pastor in the ELCA. As part of her formation, she is assigned to our congregation to try out her gifts and skills in a pastoral role. She will observe our ministry, build relationships, assist with worship leadership, education and visitation. Welcome Seminarian Ann! We are blessed to accompany you on your seminary journey.
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.
The November and December 2017 Chimes is packed full of information! Be sure to check it out, share with a friend, and contact the church office so we can put you in touch with event coordinators.
A Trinity Chimes was published for September 17. Get your copy of the Fall 2017 newsletter here! Black and white copies are available at the welcome center in the parlor entryway.