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Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
July/August Newsletter, 2013
Vacation Bible School July 29th - August 2nd - 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Kids from 3 years old through 6th grade are welcome!
Register NOW by calling 856-939-4411 or sign up on our web page: www.trinityrunnemede.org
This month my article covers three separate issues; Summer Bible Study, the Church Secretary and the Contemporary Worship Service.
He is named in the Bible, but he is no saint. His name is mentioned weekly by millions of Christians during worship, but he is no God. Hollywood is rumored to be producing two movies about his life (will Brad Pitt star in one of them?), but he is no hero. Until 1961 there was no concrete evidence that he ever existed. His most famous words are "Ecce homo" (behold the man) which he
proclaimed to the crowd as he presented Jesus to them for crucifixion. He is, Pontius Pilate.
Each Sunday as we recite the Apostles' Creed we say the line, "He was crucified under Pontius Pilate", I wonder if we truly contemplate what that means? Have we gotten so used to saying Pilate's name by rote that we forget the role he played in the passion of our Lord? Behind the name in the creed there was a real Pontius Pilate who was appointed Prefect of Judea from 26 - 36AD.
In addition to the Bible, Pilate is mentioned by a few writers from his time, Philo of Alexandria, Josephus and Tacitus. However, there are no public records of his birth, death or actions as Prefect of Judea. Prior to an archaeological find in 1961, scholars could debate whether or not Pilate ever existed. In 1961 a stone was found in an excavation of the amphitheatre at Caesarea Maratima that bears a dedication to the Emperor Tiberius by Pontius Pilate. Most scholars now accept this inscription as solid proof that there was a Pontius Pilate, and he was the Prefect of Judea during the reign of Tiberius.
If you are intrigued by this, come and learn more about the man, the myth, the maniac known as Pontius Pilate. On July 25th we will continue our tradition of studying a biblical character. The study will begin at 8:00pm after our summer choir rehearsals.
By now most of you know that Joanne Thornley, our church secretary will be retiring after 41 years of service to Trinity. This will be a major change for all of us. Most of you probably no longer remember what it was like before Joanne came to Trinity. We are working toward making this transition as smooth as possible. However, every transition in personnel at any institution usually involves an adjustment period. Therefore we will need time to adjust to the new church secretary as she also adjusts to us. Many people want to know if we have hired someone and who it is. It is still too early to hire someone. We will begin interviewing in September with the goal of having someone in place to begin training by November. Also, we are not planning on hiring from within our membership. I know that some think we should only hire a member. When a member serves as an employee it can be really great and it can be really disastrous. I have had my share of greatness and disasters in many churches over the years. Also, this was reinforced for me at our Synod's Boundaries training seminar that I attended in June. It is strongly recommended by professionals that churches do not hire employees from their membership. During this time of transition it is important that we place our trust in the Lord, that He will lead us and guide through this time.
You may remember that we tried having a contemporary worship service on Saturday evenings this past year. Unfortunately, this new service did not accomplish the goals that we had set. The council and the contemporary worship group have decided to try the contemporary service during Sunday morning to see if we can attract more youth and young families. The plan is to hold the service once a month from September to January on the second Sunday of each month during the 11:15 service. If this fails, we will discontinue the service. If it succeeds we will continue our regular service at 11:15 with the addition of having the contemporary service once a month. I know that this will be a sacrifice for some, but we are hoping to bring new people into our church and build up the 11:15 service at the same time. So we are asking our 11:15 worshippers to bear with us through this trial period and once again trust in the Lord that He will lead and guide us into our future.
July 7 - PENTECOST 7 - HOLY COMMUNION
Sermon: The Rev. Lou Dunkle will supply
Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
July 14 - PENTECOST 8
HOLY COMMUNION - 10:00 AM
Sermon: “HI HO THERE NEIGHBOR!
July 21 - PENTECOST 9 - HOLY COMMUNION
Sermon: “A TALE OF TWO SISTERS”
July 28 - PENTECOST 10
HOLY COMMUNION - 10:00 AM
Sermon: “LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY”
August 4 - PENTECOST 11 - HOLY COMMUNION
Sermon: “A GODLY INHERITANCE”
August 11 - PENTECOST 12
HOLY COMMUNION - 10:00 AM
Sermon: “RESIDENT ALIENS”
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
August 18 - PENTECOST 13 - HOLY COMMUNION
Sermon: “A TOWER VIEW”
August 25 - PENTECOST 14
HOLY COMM UNION - 10:00 AM
Sermon: The Rev. Lou Dunkle will supply
SUMMER BIBLE STUDY , HANDBELL AND CHOIR REHEARSALS
6:00 pm - Senior Handbells 7:00 pm - Senior Choir 8:00 pm - Bible Study
GOD’S BACKYARD BIBLE CAMP, Under the
Vacation Bible School July 29th - August 2nd
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Welcome to God’s Backyard Bible Camp! Get ready for an outdoor adventure that starts in your own backyard and gets bigger as kids take the love of Jesus into their neighborhoods and communities! This backyard adventure will take place right here at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Each day begins at Backyard Bash with large- group music and fun, where kids experience the other activities of the day, kids gather back to Backyard Bash to review, to be encouraged, and to be motivated to serve others.
Other sites include Backyard Bible Club, where kids will explore the Bible story in a variety of interactive ways and then apply the story by completing the “Its Your Serve!” challenges; Backyard Food and Fun, where kids have time to move around, have fun, and fill up; Clothesline Creations, where kids have fun creating crafts that are service-oriented; and Community Corner, where kids hear stories about community servants and get motivated to be involved in community projects! And all these fun activities connect to the Bible story, Bible Memory, and the Life Focus of serving!
The staff is waiting for some backyard crews to join them in serving and having a blast!
Register by calling 856-939-4411 or sign up online at: www.trinityrunnemede.org .
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn
from it” Proverbs 22:6 (NIV).
It is so important to teach our children to love God and help them to develop a personal relationship with Jesus, and strive to keep the Ten Commandments. This will help them find
a sense of self-worth by knowing how they should live their lives as they walk in faith. Every day out in the world our children learn new things some of which are good, but a lot that are not good. The earlier in life that they accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior the fewer difficulties they will have from worldly influences. Not only this, but they will live their lives knowing the peace and joy that comes from a loving relationship with Jesus.
Our Father’s Day program was a success, we had 25 fathers attend. It was held in the Fellowship Hall during the Sunday School hour. Dads and their sons or daughters had fun playing Bible Bingo, they received prizes, and had refreshments. Our Pre-K class had their own special time of fun with their Dads with a “Fathers of the Bible” craft. Dads, it was nice to see all of you come and spend time with your child and have fun together. I hope you all enjoyed the program. I know the Dads I had the opportunity to speak with did have fun.
My thanks to those in the congregation and Sunday School who made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Cathedral Kitchen. I estimate that on June 9th we collected well over 300 sandwiches. Also, just as a reminder we are still collecting funds to give financial support to the Cathedral Kitchen. In the near future we will be sending Cathedral Kitchens a check for the money that has been donated.
Sunday June 23rd started our summer semester. Students in 1st grade through 8th grade are meeting in the Fellowship Hall. Pre-K and High School students will continue to meet in their regular class rooms. Our summer program allows students to have a time of Christian fellowship while having fun. There will be games and crafts as well as time for receiving a Christ centered message.
It is coming soon so don’t forget to register for Vacation Bible School. It will be held on July 29th to August 2nd from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. “God’s Backyard, Bible Camp under the Stars” by Standard Publishing is the program being presented. My thanks to those who have already made donations. If you are interested in helping or supporting VBS please contact Jennifer Smith.
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