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
The Summer Outreach project has ended for this year. Thanks to your generosity and concern, we will be able to support the Independent Living Program of Adams County Children and Youth Services with a $1,000.00 plus donation. 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 would like to express appreciation for your involvement in making this year’s Summer Outreach project a success. Beginning on Sunday, November 5th and continuing through the first Sunday in December you will have an opportunity to once again support the needs of those in the community, by bringing personal toiletry items (such as toothpaste, soap, shampoo, as well as baby care items) and cleaning supplies (such as laundry detergent, liquid cleaning agents, scouring pads). Many churches in the area are receiving food items for the holiday season, so the Social Concerns Committee thought Trinity could do something a little bit different this holiday. The items we are receiving are not included in food stamp eligibility and they are important to families and individuals. They will be distributed to both South Central Community Action Program and Survivors at the beginning of December. We begin our annual collection of shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child on October 15, 2017. All boxes must be received by November 19. Guidelines for filling the shoeboxes along with the shoeboxes and additional information will be found in the gathering area early in October. Samaritan’s Purse is asking that we not include candy this year as some countries will not allow candy to pass through their customs. As always, it is especially helpful to include $9.00 to help defray costs of shipping. Checks may be made to Trinity UCC; we will mail one check to Samaritan’s Purse to cover the cost of shipping our boxes. See Luke Milhimes, John Lucas or Joan Peck with questions. Our goal is to collected 35 boxes or more. Trinity is hosting Gettysburg CARES homeless shelter from February 5th through February 18th. We will need welcoming hosts each evening from approximately 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm in order to register those who need a warm, safe place to sleep. Volunteers are needed; to volunteer requires an evening of training at St. James Lutheran Church at 6:30 pm; the upcoming dates for training are November 27th, December 18th, and January 22nd (if you have already gone through the training session last year, it is not necessary to go again). There is also a need for volunteers willing to stay overnight; this would be at any of the churches supporting Gettysburg CARES and those volunteers have the same training. We have at least four people from Trinity who are overnight volunteers and we can put you in touch with them if you would have questions about the responsibilities. Sign up for welcoming hosts will begin in December/January. Thank you for your support! As of the end of September, Trinity has provided financial support and in kind support valued at $19,032.47 to the local community. Almost two laundry baskets full of meal items were delivered to Lincoln Elementary School for Ruth’s Harvest, while another laundry basket as well as a large box of items were delivered to SpiriTrust Lutheran Village for their weekly bingo. Trinity also provides meeting space free of charge to nonprofit organizations such as the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, Compassionate Friends, and the Stamp Club. As of the end of September, Trinity has also provided $ 6,039 in support for mission beyond the local community, which includes Our Church’s Wider Mission commitment and One Great Hour of Sharing (this amount does not include your generosity shown toward Disaster Relief for the hurricane victims).
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; sign-ups for 2018 will begin in November/December.
--- 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 several laundry baskets to SpiriTrust and your generosity has been noted by the activities staff and residents. Continue to bring items to the church!
--- Ruth’s Harvest is off to a very successful beginning. Your generous support is appreciated and definitely needed. If you would like to volunteer to help prepare the backpacks, please sign up in the gathering area. Our first commitment is November 16th. Many thanks to Sandra Howe, Sandra Busche, and Carl Barrick who are proving leadership for this ongoing project. A list of items needed is located in the gathering area; why not include one or two of these items on your weekly grocery list just as you are doing with diapers?
--- Diapers for TenderCare Pregnancy Center. This ministry continues throughout the year. We are close to reaching our goal of 20,000 diapers by the end of the year!! Why not make a monthly commitment of at least one pack of diapers by including diapers on your weekly grocery shopping list? 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. The balance in the Helping Hand Fund as of the end of August is $ 531.00.
--- 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.
--- South Central Community Action Shoe Drive – You have been saving and gathering old shoes over the past months anticipating that we will be collecting them again. The box is in Fellowship Hall! Please use a rubber band or string to keep the two shoes together. The shoes will be delivered to SCCAP; in turn SCCAP sells them for $1.00 a pair and they are refurbished and sent around the world for sale to those who cannot afford new shoes. The drive continues through the end of November, with a goal of 500 pairs of shoes. So far 120 pairs have been delivered.
All of these projects are worthwhile and important, relying on your ongoing support!!
Blankets for Sale
Suzy Miller’s friend is back at it again making those beautiful blankets. Lots of new colors are available. See the list in the Gathering Area. Blankets are $20. Contact Suzy Miller if you are interested in purchasing a blanket or two. Proceeds go to the Bazaar Coffers.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
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.
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.
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.