With every passing day Trinity’s participation in supporting local community needs and worthwhile organizations grows. We strive to be of use to our community in a Christian, caring manner and to support others who work to make our community a better place to live.
Trinity members participate in the mission activities listed below in a variety of ways: providing volunteers and materials; collecting and designating funds; and upholding them in prayer (individual prayers, prayer chains, prayer watches held in the sanctuary).
Adams County Food Pantry
Adams County Habitat for Humanity
Adams County Shelter for the Homeless
Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen
Hoffman Homes for Youth
Homewood Retirement Centers of the UCC
Mason Dixon Association Narcotics Anonymous
One Great Hour of Sharing
Our Church's Wider Mission
South Central Community Action Program
Special Emergency Causes
gramTender Care Pregnancy Center
Trinity in Mission
Many thanks to all who have brought fresh garden vegetables to the Summer Outreach table and to those who have so generously supported the program through their donations. Your support will benefit the Independent Living Program of Adams County Children and Youth Services. This program is focused on preparing youth, ages 3-18 in Foster Care, for living on their own without family help. Counseling and education programs are offered as well as some emergency help in setting up independent housing for youths ages 18-21. The Social Concerns Committee is excited to be of help to the Adams County youth whose family support is minimal to absent.
As of the end of July, Trinity has provided financial support and in kind support valued at $16,842.47 to the local community. This includes providing meeting space free of charge to nonprofit organizations such as the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, Compassionate Friends, and the Stamp Club, as well as diapers and other in kind donations throughout the year. As of the end of July, Trinity has also provided $ 4,869.00 in support for mission beyond the local community, which includes Our Church’s Wider Mission commit-ment and One Great Hour of Sharing.
We continue to ask for your ongoing support to these continuing projects:
--- Cookies for our Neighbors. Our neighbor, the Gettysburg Borough Police Department, has begun to notice and to anticipate the arrival of cookies from Trinity. Many thanks to all who signed up to provide cookies for the rest of 2017. --- Bingo items for SpiriTrust Lutheran Village in Gettysburg. Appropriate small items that can be given as bingo prizes would be appreciated. So far we have been able to deliver three laundry baskets to SpiriTrust and your generosity has been noted by the activities staff and residents. Continue to bring items to the church! --- Diapers for TenderCare Pregnancy Center. This ministry continues throughout the year. Why not make a monthly commitment of at least one pack of diapers by including diapers on your weekly grocery lsit? Right now, all sizes are needed. --- Helping Hand Fund has been established to respond to those members who need financial assistance in difficult times. Fund envelopes are available on the table in the Gathering Area or simply writing a check with the notation “Helping Hand” and place it in the offering plate on a Sunday morning. --- Soda Can Tabs for Hershey Medical Center. They actually go to the Ronald McDonald House at Hershey, which serves as a home away from home for the families of those children who are patients at Hershey Medical Center. --- Stamps for the Brethren Home, New Oxford. We have found a new place to take your canceled stamps, so you can begin to bring them to the church once again
All of these projects are worthwhile and important, relying on your ongoing support!!
Summer Outreach is back for 2017! The table and donation jar are set up in the vestibule
awaiting your garden goodies whether they be produce or flowers. Donations accepted!
The charity selected for this year is the
Independent Living Program of Adams County Children and Youth Services. This program is focused on preparing youth, ages 3-18 in Foster Care, for living on their own without family help.
Counseling and education programs are offered as well as some emergency help
in setting up independent housing for youths ages 18-21.
The Social Concerns Committee is excited to be of help to the Adams County youth
whose family support is minimal to absent. Social Concerns Committee
Ruth’s Harvest Needs
Beginning this fall Trinity is joining with many other local churches and organizations in the Gettysburg area to support Ruth’s Harvest. Nearly 50% of Gettysburg Area School District children are either eligible for free lunches or reduced lunch. For these children Ruth’s Harvest seeks to provide meals for weekends by filling backpacks with appropriate, healthy food choices. Eligible children receive the backpacks on a Friday afternoon as they leave for home and return the empty backpacks on a Monday (if it is a three day weekend, then more food is added).
Volunteers are needed on a Monday morning to sort the food that is brought to Lincoln Ele-mentary School and placed on shelves; other volunteers work to prepare the backpacks for distribution on a Thursday. Each volun-teer group is needed approximately three to six times during the school year, with Trinity’s first volunteer date scheduled for Novem-ber 16th. You are asked to sign up in the Gathering Area if you would be willing to volunteer your time and effort by becoming a part of “Trinity Volunteers”. Also, the list of needed items is available in the Gathering Area and will be received each Sunday for delivery on Monday.
Many thanks to Sandra Busche and Sandra Howe for coordinating Trinity’s effort to support Ruth’s Harvest.
100% Juice Pretzels Canned Chicken Protein Breakfast/Granola Bar Canned Ham Chunks Pudding Cups Canned Vegetables (8 oz or less) Raisins/other Dried Fruit Cold Cereal Real Fruit Snack Packs Fruit Cups Rice and Bean Cups Goldfish Shelf Stable Milk Instant Soup Cups Shelf Stable Liquid Low Fat Milk Mac and Cheese Spaghetti & Meatballs Microwave Popcorn or other Pastas Nuts or Trail Mix Tuna and Cracker Packs Oatmeal Packets Peanut Butter To-Go Packs
Protein Breakfast/Granola Bars
Raisins/other Dried Fruits
Real Fruit Snack Packs
Rice and Bean Cups
Shelf Stable Milk
Shelf Stable Liquid Low Fat Milk
Spaghetti & Meatbalss or other Pastas
Tuna and Cracker Packs
SEE ALSO - Olde Getty Place CAR SHOW will benefit Ruth’s Harvest Gettysburg – Whether you drive a ’57 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible or a 1911 Ford Model T Touring care, the Olde Getty Place Car Show welcomes you to participate in it’s 2nd annual show, which benefits Ruth’s Harvest. It all happens on Saturday, September 23rd, between 8a – 3p on W. High Street between S. Washington and Baltimore Streets. Vehicles that are 25 yrs and older are welcome to pre-register ($13 through September 6th) or register ($15) from September 7th through show day. Either way, all proceeds go to Ruth’s Harvest. Registration and more information is available on the table in the Gathering Area. Please contact Pastor Jay Zimmerman, Gettysburg United Methodist Church 717-334-3032 or Deb in the office.
Trinity’s RUMMAGE SALE
October 19 and 20, with set-up, as usual on Wednesday the 18th
Trinity Friends would like you to box up and set aside some items for this sale.
Save only `gently-used’ clothing and other items—NO JUNK PLEASE!
All must be clean and show little wear.
Absolutely NO electronics, no TV’s, no appliances—no matter how good their condition.
Shoes are an exception—shoe in pairs, regardless of their condition will be welcome, because any that do not sell, will be boxed up for SCCAP’s Program. Books (no textbooks please), games, puzzles, CD’s, DVD’s are welcome.
NO films in VCR form!
Any books that are not sold, will be held over for the bazaar—
the BOOK NOOK will be returning to the bazaar this year.
TUCC Annual Holiday Bazaar 2017
Friday, December 1st 8a-7p
Saturday, December 2nd 9a-3p
The Bazaar Committee needs your help!
Does anyone have Christmas Ornament patterns that they would like to share with the Bazaar Committee? We are looking for plastic canvas or any other ornament pattern that would be a good seller at the Bazaar. Perhaps you would like to lead a session. Patterns will be returned. You may lend your patterns to Marci DiMartino, Suzy Miller or Mary Jane Hilbert.
There is a box in the Gathering Area full of small Christmas patterns including, fabric, plastic canvas, thread, and instructions. Easy to do!
Also, we are looking for Christmas balls. It doesn’t matter what shape, size, or color. Hopefully, since you’ve put your Christmas decorations away already they won’t be too hard to access. We plan to use this particular craft as the centerpieces for the tables in our food court. There will be a bin under the table in the Gathering Area where the coffee is usually is to put them in.
Attention Sewers! I’ve made take home project kits. An idea I came across online uses a pot holder and a dish towel to make a child’s apron. The sewing portion is quite simple, I’ll include everything you need along with detailed instructions. If you’re interested you can ask me when you see me at Church or you can call me at (717)353-5973
or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . We appreciate your help
A Gettysburg/Adams County Chapter of PFLAG is forming! Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son,
PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization. If you are a parent, friend, or family member of someone who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer, please consider participating in the formation of the only
PFLAG chapter in Adams County. The nearest chapters are in York, Mechanicsburg, and Frederick.
We hope to provide support to parents and family members of LGBTQ persons, especially if they are
dealing with difficulties accepting or supporting their friend’s or relative’s orientation. Your experience is essential to providing help and guidance to others!
Confidentiality and privacy is paramount. For more information, contact Megan Mathieson at her email address email@example.com,
or see George Steckert or Ann Walsh. Meetings of the group are currently being held at the
Unitarian Universalists of Gettysburg (UUG), 136 S. Stratton Street, Gettysburg. Members of several churches in Gettysburg along with others concerned about our LGBTQ community are involved.
Next meeting - Thursday, September 14th at 5p
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Over the past couple of years this organization has been rather inactive in Adams County, but a new director is seeking torevitalize the program. Adults of all ages are welcome to become mentors to young people up to the age of 18. Singles, married,male, female, working, students, retired, all are invited to explore the opportunity to work with developing and nurturing children inthe community who need a good role model. Those serving are asked to meet with their little brother or little sister about 3-4 times amonth, spending 2-3 hours together each time you meet. Participation in community-based activities is recommended, and the agency arranges events such as bowling, roller skating, and holiday parties. If interested contact www.afewhours.org orwww.bbbsyorkadams.org. You can make a difference in the life of a young person.
Adams County Habitat for Humanity (ACHH) is asking for your help in locating families or individuals who would qualify for a “Hand Up” in improving their housing situation. ACHH partners with qualifying families or individuals who would like to participate in the pride of owning their own home. Basic requirements include 500 donated hours (250 for single parent families) working with the Habitat volunteers on their home or that of another. One half of those hours can be donated by friends and family. A Habitat owner must qualify with an acceptable credit and employment history and sufficient income to make an interest free mortgage payment. They also must have been a resident in Adams County for a year. The upper income limit for a family of four is $58,550 and $46,850 for a family of 2. If you know of such qualifying individuals or families or for more information call: 717-334-5557 or drop a note to ACHH, P.O. Box 3561, Gettysburg, PA 17325.
Are you looking for a knitting or crocheting project?
Suzy Miller still has the sweater project for Guidepost Children
and as of thisdate has shipped a total of 279 sweaters and 1 blanket.
World Vision has now asked us to start making blankets as well as sweaters.
For more information or the patterns please be in touch with Suzy.
Remember, this is another outreach program of Trinity because the tags
sown into the sweaters includes the members of Trinity. Thanks, Suzy
Trinity is looking for a new representative for
Homewood’s Spring Tea Fundraiser will be the next order of business and we hope to have a member of our congregation in place as our representative by that time.
The Spring Tea dos not require any work of the part of our representative, other than placing Homewood’s posters in our
Gathering Area and making reservations for any of our members who would like to attend.
This has been a very enjoyable event for those who have attended.
Our former auxiliary representative
will be glad to share information
from recent years. Pat Ziegler
Additional support and facilities are provided in the spirit of community service and the Trinity mission to organizations which include Cub Scout Pack 1863, Boy Scout Troup 1863, the Brownie, Junior and Senior Girl Scout Troops that use Trinity each week. To the betterment of amateur theatre we provide space for meetings, rehearsals, and upon request, play the host for selected performances for Gettysburg Stage, and we also provide the monthly meeting space to Compassionate Friends, Mason-Dixon Area Narcotics Anonymous, Survivors, and Meals and More.
“God can Bless you with everything you need,
and you will always have more than enough to do all kinds of good things for others”
1 Corinthians 9:8 This kindness shines through you! Thank you Trinity UCC for allowing us to stay in your church on July 15th and for breakfast on the 16th. We greatly appreciate your warm welcome on our travels back from a long week of mission work. Trinity UCC, Tolland, CT
To all my friends and church family,
I want to express my thanks andappreciation for all your prayers and kindnesses. Being diagnosed with cancer last October, operation in November, chemo beginning in Decemberand ending in July, many of you have been with me every step of the way.I am feeling better each day and am so blessed to have so much support and friendship. Thank you, Joann Motter
Dear Church Family, Bob and I want to thank you for your prayers, cards, phone calls, visits and wonderful meals during these past weeks when I was ill. I especially want to thank Pastor George for his many visits. Suzy Miller
We would like to thank Pete and Joan Wilson for their generous contribution in the past week. In accord with their wishes, in honor of Joan Wilson funds will be used to pay for repaving the Stratton Street parking lot; in memory of Gloria Harner Wilson funds will be used to close the Fellowship Hall account. The balance is designated to be used toward repairs of the sanctuary roof. We deeply appreciate Pete and Joan for their ongoing commitment and concern for the ministry and mission of Trinity.