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
Summer Program – Meals and More
Survivors, Inc. Tender Care Pregnancy Center
Trinity in Mission
As of the end of April, Trinity has provided financial support and in kind support valued at $14,953.24 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, underwear and socks, shoes for SCCAP, and luggage for several organization. As of the end of April, Trinity has also provided $ 3,114.00 in support for missionbeyond the local community, which includes Our Church’s Wider Mission commitment 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. In May we will have the sign up sheet in the gathering area for those who would like to bake two dozen cookies for the third Sunday of the month 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. The crib in Fellowship Hall is beginning to fill up again, so thank you for your continued interest and concern. 850 diapers were delivered during March. Knowing one young couple who recently welcomed a baby into their household, the pastor can attest to how important TenderCare’s ministry is to the community and to the fact that diapers are a critical need and a welcomed way to support those who need a bit of help. 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 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. --- Box tops and labels for Hoffman Homes. Campbell’s is phasing out this program and will no longer be receiving labels. They will continue to accept the “Education” labels until August. --- 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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
A “BIG” Thank You to the Fellowship Committee: Cindy Barley, Shirley Carlson, Mary Jane & Harry Hilbert, Lewis & Jackson Hilbert, Paul & Robin Kendlehart, Suzy Miller The Committee has been very busy with this year’s Fellowship events starting with the Palm Sunday Dinner - thanks for the yummy food that was provided and all the help putting it together. Other events being planned are the Ladies Dinner in May and the Men’s trip to Senator’s Baseball game in June (more details about these and other events are provided on page 4). Special thanks to those that set-up, prepared/provided food, and cleaned up after the Undie Sunday luncheon. Respectfully, Robin Kendlehart
Dear Trinity United Church of Christ Thank you so much for thoughtful gift in the amount of $1,831.00 to support South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP) Adams County Food Pantries and Emergency Services. It not only helps us keep critical programs open, but it helps local families have a better future. Thank you for helping us do this important work! We couldn’t do it without you! With great appreciation, Megan Shreve, Executive Director, SCCAP Thank You!
Dear Trinity Congregation, On behalf of the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen, I just wanted to extend our thanks for your gift of $500. The kitchen is known for serving warm, nutritious meals every single day of the year - rain, sleet, or snow! The kitchen not only serves whoever comes to the table, it helps people with emergency groceries and month food vouchers for meat and milk. The kitchen has a program that provides essential pantry basics and cleaning supplies for homeless people when the acquire housing. Your donation and support allows us to continue all these services to help the needy people in our community. For them, we thank you so very much. Joshua Langley, Development and Outreach Coordinator
Dear Pastor and members of Trinity UCC parish, On behalf of the community members who enjoyed the annual African dinner, we are most grateful for the warm hospitality by your congregation. From arts and craft for the children to speakers and drumming - plus wonderful African food, it is simply an evening of informal gathering of people who have ties to Africa - either by birth/life or by long term stays for work, study or often church activities. Again, many thanks Mary Furlong, Co-Coordinator, Interfaith Center for Peace & Justice
To Trinity Church: Thank you for the donation of canned goods and your cash donation. You are such a blessing. Your donations help fill our shelves and give our clients an option to choose different items. Again, thank you. Lisa Beam, SCCAP Food Pantry
Dear Pastor George & Congregation, Thank you so much for all that you do for Tender Care. The spaghetti dinner was wonderful. All that you were able to collect was a hug blessing. Without your support we couldn’t help the women & children in our community the way we can now! You are making a difference. Thanks again. In Christ, Jackie & Tender Care Pregnancy Center