NEWSLETTER -- May 2013
From the Pastor
During the Easter Season we are reminded that we are baptized into the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. This baptismal relationship embraces us into a new and abundant life with Jesus Christ and the community of faith. As we move into the Pentecost Season on May 19, we also are reminded that in baptism we are given the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit ignites faith in us and help us to grow in faith and love for God.
Our family has been making plans for the baptism of our grandson Noah on April 28. This planning has caused me to reflect upon the gift of Baptism and the role the family, sponsors and congregation share in the process of his faith formation.
It is important to remember that faith formation begins in the home. Nothing can replace the sharing of faith with a child by parents, grandparents, and family members. As parents and family members pass faith on to their children, children will comprehend and embrace the importance of God in their lives as well.
Likewise, as families worship and learn about God together at home and in church, children will comprehend and embrace the importance of Jesus in their lives.
Children’s brains are like sponges. They soak up and learn more in the first seven years of their life than they will the rest of their life. The importance of bringing a child to church from infancy cannot be emphasized enough. They will soak up the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the love of Jesus through the community of faith especially as it is offered through parents and fellow members of the body of Christ. Can you remember worshiping as a child with your family? Can you also remember some of your first SCS teachers?
In recent months, we bought Spark Story Bibles for Noah and for our great niece. But we also bought one for our home and for my sister’s home in anticipation of their visits in our homes.
During Easter and Pentecost, we are filled with the promises of new and eternal life through our risen Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is given to us to help us grow in faith and in love of God. We are called to share this faith and the best time to begin this is now and the best place to begin this sharing is in the home.
In thanksgiving for Baptism,
Pastor Steve Ridenhour
One of my final tasks as your intern—quite literally—will be helping plan and lead our community-wide Vacation Bible School. Our planning team is gathered from Holy Trinity, Wytheville Presbyterian, St. John’s Episcopal and the Walker Mountain Lutheran parish, and we’re hard at work developing this year’s theme: “Jesus Loves You! …the Bible tells us so.”
This annual effort is one of the strongest signs of ecumenical cooperation among area churches, along with the many local social ministries Holy Trinity has helped launch, and the work of the Ministerial Association in aiding stranded travelers, transients and others who have fallen on hard times.
VBS will be the last week of June this year, Monday through Thursday, 9am to noon and ending with lunch and a short closing. The people helping plan this VBS are going to make sure that this is a great experience for the kids who join us. So we need to make sure we have kids who join us!
We have some great ideas for promoting this year’s VBS—fliers, a banner, a newspaper notice and maybe even a radio interview! We’ll promote it through the community’s social ministries and at Chautauqua the week before it starts. But nothing can replace word of mouth and personal invitations. So if you know some young people between the ages of 4 through those entering 6th grade please invite them!
- Vicar Jon Myers
April 21, 2013
Those in attendance were: Bill Aussiker, council president; Helen Keck, Bob Ballard, George Zuurbier, Bucky Sharitz, Pat Larson, Anita Aymer, Pastor Steve Ridenhour, Vicar Jon Myers; Paul Dellinger, secretary. Absent: Carol Sue Repass.
The council discussed avenues for encouraging young adults to be a part of worship. The discussion lifted up the need to do well what we do and to not try to be all things to all people. But it is important to make worship user friendly to all people and to invite people of all ages to be actively involved in the worship opportunities which are offered.
Minutes of March 17 council meeting and March 21 Semi-Annual Congregational meeting were approved.
Ministry Team Reports:
Holy Trinity Scholarship Ministry Team: Two applicants are being reviewed, and a selection will be made this week.
Adult Ministry: (1) The Adult Sunday School is going well, and will recess for the summer. (2) The Mission Trip to Joplin, Mo., was a good trip and participants appreciated the support and prayers from the congregation.
Children’s Ministry: Vacation Bible School will be June 24-27 with four parishes participating. Flyers will be placed in Agape Food Pantry packages.
Youth Ministry: A lock-in is planned for Memorial Day weekend.
Property: The stained glass windows in the office area are in serious disrepair. The property committee is looking into various options for repair and energy efficiency. The remaining $1,305 owed on the parlor furniture will be covered from the general fund.
Holy Trinity will sponsor an event at the Chautauqua Festival. The specifics are being nailed down.
The Wytheville Planning Commission will hold a hearing May 9 at 6:00 pm on a permit request to operate an auto sales and service business at the former Citgo station across 6th Street from the church. Pastor, Mary Walters and Bucky Sharitz will attend to express our concern related to the use of 6th Street for business purposes especially in the event of funerals and worship times.
Council held a discussion in executive session.
The May/June council meeting date will be May 19. All newly elected members are invited to attend. New officers will be elected. The meeting adjourned with prayer by Vicar Jon.
Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting
April 21, 2013
The Semi-Annual Congregational meeting was held April 21. Joe Bean, Janice Shriver, Kathy Rowe, and Betsy Neal were elected to council for the term July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2016. The congregation voted to add $4000.00 to the 2013 budget for internship. The congregation was informed that the plans are being made to “incorporate” under the laws provided by the Commonwealth of Virginia. We do not anticipate any operational changes. Rachel Jones is working on this for our congregation.
GENERAL FUND March 2013 Year to Date
Income Needed $ 16,080.00 $ 49,335.66
Income Received $ 20,674.79 $ 50,742.43
Disbursements $ 15,968.92 $ 53,315.63
Attendance General Fund
Mar. 3 100 $ 5,274.30
10 86 $ 4,044.22
17 87 $ 3,010.10
24 61 $ 3,131.00
31 63 131 $ 5,211.62
Annual Ascension Day
Crabcake Dinner and Worship Service
will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, Rural Retreat, on Thursday, May 9. Dinner begins at 6:00 pm with worship to follow at 7:00 pm. The preacher is Pastor Scott Homesley from St. John, Abingdon. Cost for dinner is $15.00 for adults and $7.50 for children 12 and under. Please call 686-4281 for dinner reservations.
Vacation and Wedding
Pastor Ridenhour will be presiding at the wedding for his niece in Pennsylvania on May 25. He will be on vacation from May 24 - June 1. Vicar Jon Myers will be on call. He may be reached at the Church (228-2171) or at home (227-0188).
The Church Office will be closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.
Congratulations to Nathan Repass who graduates from Roanoke College, Kelly Naber who graduates from Middle Tennessee State University, and Will Johnson who graduates from George Wythe High School. If you know of others graduating this year, please let us know so that we may share this news with the congregation.
Vacation Bible School 2013
We have a theme, dates and time of day! This year’s theme will be “Jesus Loves You! …the Bible tells us so” and our daily theme stories will include Zacchaeus, Jesus blessing the children, Jesus healing a man with faithful friends, and the Good Samaritan. We’ll meet Monday, June 24, to Thursday, June 27, from 9:00 am to 12 noon.
We’ll share each story in a variety of ways, including music, crafts, games and science projects. Our leaders for these rotations are mostly in place, but we do still need some game leaders and people for a variety of others tasks. Since we’re experimenting with a morning VBS, we’ll lose some volunteers with day jobs. If you’re available during those hours, even for only one day, we’ll find a way to use you, so please plan to join us!
Youth Lock-In, Friday, May 24
Vicar Jon will be leading a youth lock-in the night of Friday, May 24, from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am (this is the Friday of Memorial Day weekend). We’re inviting youth from several other churches including the Rural Retreat Lutheran parish, and all youth in middle or high school are welcome to join us. We’ll have games, snacks, small groups and late night worship, and anything else we can think of between now and then. Please let Jon know if you plan to come by email or a phone call to the church office.
Meet Me at “The Well!”
“The Well” & Sunday school join together on May 5, 2013 from 9:30-10:40 AM. Come meet your friends in the Parlor upstairs for fellowship and learning at “The Well”. We’ll be experiencing the Bible story The Good Samaritan. For this one Sunday, all of Sunday school participants—children, adults & youth-- will combine together for sharing stories through music, crafts, conversations about faith, and even some opportunities to act the story out! I have also heard that we can expect a surprise storyteller from Biblical days. You’ll have to come and be surprised who it is.
Even if you don’t usually come to Sunday school I invite you to come this once and try it out. I guarantee you will have fun hearing stories, sharing your own, and getting your hands dirty with different ways of experiencing The Good Samaritan, all with your good friends at church. If you are a Sunday school regular, invite someone…bring a friend!
Hungry Mother Camp
July 7 - 12, 2013
Camps are available for Juniors–Grades 3-5; Junior High–Grades 6-8; and Senior High–Grades 9-12. Cost is $200. Scholarships are available through Holy Trinity. For registration forms or for more information, contact the church office.
Congratulations to Casey and Elizabeth Ballard and Alexander on the birth of Catherine Rebecca on April 23. Proud grandparents are Bob and Martha Ballard and great-grandmother is Mary Ann Corvin.
Holy Trinity Scholarship
will be announced at the high school awards ceremony.
The announcement of our new intern will be made on May 19.
Holy Trinity and Wytheville Presbyterian will join
together for summer softball. This is a co-ed
league for youth and adults 16 and older. Please
contact Mark Zammit for more information.
The Senior Group will meet on Wednesday, May 8. Bingo begins at 10:30 am, program at 11:15 am and the meal at 11:45 am. All senior citizens are invited to attend.
United Lutheran Appeal
This Virginia Synod Appeal supports the agencies and institutions of our Synod including the Hungry Mother Lutheran Retreat Center, Roanoke College, Virginia Lutheran Homes, Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp and Retreat Center, Chaplain Service Prison Ministry of Virginia, Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, and National Lutheran Communities and Services. Envelopes are available on the tables in the back of the church. You may give by mailing your gift in the envelope provided, placing the envelope in the offering plate, or online through vasynod.org.
Hospitalized? Or Medical Emergency?
There is no employee at the Wythe County Community Hospital or any other hospital for that matter who will contact the church or the Pastor if you are hospitalized or have a medical emergency. While the hospital registration process may ask for religious preference, this does not mean they will contact the church or the pastor. If you are hospitalized or have a medical emergency, please ask a relative to contact the church office or to call the pastor at home. We are eager to offer Pastoral care and visits, but we must be notified. Please understand that the hospital will not make this notification.
Agape Food Pantry
Please bring peanut butter during the months of May and June. Monetary contributions are always welcomed, and since the pantry can buy food tax free and at bulk prices, your dollars will go further. Just place your donation in the offering plate and designate for Agape Food Pantry.
Power in the Spirit
July 11- 13, 2013
Power in the Spirit is held at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. It is an inspirational conference for everyone who wishes to explore God’s call to service through joyous worship, Bible study, keynote addresses, workshops, and fellowship. This year’s keynote speaker is The Rev. Rolf A. Jacobson who is an assistant professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary. The Bible Leader is Bishop Richard Graham who currently serves as bishop of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod of the ELCA. Registration information is available in the church office.
Hospitalized or Ill
Those who have been hospitalized, ill, and/or recovering during the past month include Frances Miller, Joyce Langendorfer, Wanda Patrick, Martha Patrick, Samantha Cornish, Joe and Shirley Cavender, Tony Fowler, Bob Dirks, Sharon Brumley, Don Musser, Mark Strickland, Carol Edmiston, Eva Florez, Lenna McCall, Rhonda Grubb, Ethan Challgren, and William Greiner. We also remember in our prayers Kendra Dee Eastwood, Lou Elliott, Richard Greiner, Joan Puccia, Maybelle Felton, Robert Bernie, and Johnny Huddle.
Please keep this list available to include in your prayers. In the Sunday bulletin we will be listing names for two weeks and then move them to our monthly list in the newsletter if needed.
The sympathy of the Congregation is extended to
✞ Bill and Mary Lou Dean and family at the death of Bill’s uncle, Wiley S. James, Sr.
✞ Family and friends of Peggy Cline
✞ Family and friends of Bonnie Dillon
✞ Mary Ann Corvin and family at the death of Mary Ann’s sister-in-law, Janet Gordon
May God grant them peace and assurance in the promises of the Resurrection.
We remember those who are currently serving in the military, especially those who are deployed to regions of conflict and war: Josh Hall, Nathan Baker, Bo Hutchison, Rafael Guitierrez, Chris White, and John Morris.
MAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Sunday, May 5 6 Easter (Communion)
THEME: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”
READINGS: Acts 16:9-15 Revelation 21:10,22 - 22:5
Psalm 67 John 14:23-29
HYMNS: #369 Christ the Lord Is Risen Today; Alleluia!
#381 Peace, to Soothe Our Bitter Woes
#763 My Life Flows On in Endless Song
Sunday, May 12 7 Easter (Communion)
THEME: Jesus prays for the Church.
READINGS: Acts 16:16-34 Rev. 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
Psalm 97 John 17:20-26
HYMNS: #380 Hallelujah! Jesus Lives!
#391 This Joyful Eastertide
#855 Crown Him with Many Crowns
Sunday, May 19 Pentecost (Communion)
THEME: “The Father will give you another Counselor.”
READINGS: Acts 2:1-21 Romans 8:14-17
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b John 14:8-17 [25-27]
HYMNS: #627 O Day Full of Grace
#396 Spirit of Gentleness
#400 God of Tempest, God of Whirlwind
Sunday, May 26 The Holy Trinity
THEME: “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you.”
READINGS: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 Romans 5:1-5
Psalm 8 John 16:12-15
HYMNS: #408 Come, Thou Almighty King
#412 Come, Join the Dance of Trinity
#413 Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
THOSE IN SERVICE
May 5 Will Johnson Senah and Zach Stephens
12 Katherine Johnson Rose and Christopher Langendorfer
19 Walker Stephens Lauren Miller, Catherine Butler
26 TBD Christopher and Rose Langendorfer
May 5 George Keck
12 Margaret Ferrell
19 Dan Ferrell
26 Adelaide Smith
May 5 Vicar Jon Myers
12 Vicar Jon Myers
19 Vicar Jon Myers
26 No Communion
May 5 Stacie Umberger
12 Pat Larson
19 Julia Stephens
26 Betsy Neal
May 5 Ann Laing
12 Debbie Clark
19 George Keck
26 Vicar Jon Myers
6 Casey Ballard
7 Eleanor Brown
Cara Umberger Epes
8 Elizabeth Ballard
9 C.M. Walters
10 Janice Shriver
15 Virginia Sorenson
18 Sara Kluttz
21 Bob Ballard
22 Virginia Sharitz
31 Marilyn Saarinen
4 Art & Cindy Hedrick
7 Jimmy & Eleanor Brown
8 Ted & Janet Johnson
19 Neil & Millie Rothrock
20 Casey & Elizabeth Ballard
21 Evan & Kelli Hedrick
25 Jeff & Carol Sue Repass
26 Bud & Margaret Spraker
28 Jim & Gayle Williams
8 Gabriel Cornish
9 Thomas Fowler
11 Amy Butler
12 Janice Umberger
14 Melody Anderson
16 Amy Aussiker
21 Beth Cochran
22 Rachel Jones
25 Michael Jones
26 Joan Dunn
31 Robbie Suthers
If your name has not been included or if this information is incorrect, please contact the Church Office so that our records can be corrected.