We are a welcoming and friendly congregation that enjoys scripture-based sermons, a wonderful music ministry and share warm, good-natured fellowship with our members and guests.We accept and welcome everyone as they are!
Come join us for Sunday Worship and Special Events.
Rev. Stephen W. Broache, Pastor
Regular Services 8:15 AM and 10:30 AM
9:15 AM Sunday School for Grades 6-12 and Adults
10:30 AM Sunday School for Nursery - Grade 5
WORSHIP DURING DECEMBER 2014
December 7, 2014
Second Sunday of Advent
December 14, 2014
Third Sunday of Advent
Annual Congregation Meeting
Christmas Dinner after the Congregation Meeting
December 21, 2014 Fourth Sunday of Adent
December 28, 2014 First Sunday after Christmas
9:00 A.M. - combined worship - 'Service of Carols"
Wear your Trinity Shirts
No Sunday School
SAVE THE DATES:
Sunday, December 14, 2014 Christmas Dinner after the 10:30 am service in Fellowship Hall.
The Fellowship Committee wishes one and all a joyful and blessed Christmas. Come and celebrate with your
Trinity family at our annual Christmas dinner. The menu will include Chicken Cordon Bleu with gravy,
Mashed Potatoes, Spinach Gratin, Fresh Cranberry Sauce, Tossed Garden Salad and Apple Cider.
Please bring your favorite cookies to share and your own place settings.
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - Bethlehem Bound at Trinty UCC Sanctuary followed by Hot Cocoa and Meet and Greet with Santa in the gathering area. Rehearsal begins at 3:00 P.M. and Performance begins at 4:00 P.M. - A fun, family-friendly activity. Join us as we make props, put on costumes and rejhearse for a Christmas play in JUST an hour - an afternoon filled ith lots of great memory! Food donations will be accepted for Ruth's harvest with all food helping Adam's County children.
FROM THE PASTOR
One historian of the battle here in Gettysburg made the comment that, in general, Confederate soldiers fought in units named for their commanding officer, and Union soldiers units were by state and number. I think about that as I look at monuments on the battlefield. He’s mostly right, I think. But if you look close, even on Union stones, you see a few nicknames because of a loved or charismatic leader. Is it one of those basic differences between Southerners and Northerners?
I’ve lived in both areas. And I’ve noticed a few differences (besides the cold and fried foods). People in the South are more outwardly emotional. Easy laughter, a bit louder. More passion, perhaps? Northern folks, a bit more orderly, precise. Quieter. Passionless? But I’m generalizing. Or am I? It’s just my uninformed, by personal experience, opinion. But it would explain the emotion and excitement in the Southern fervor of the Civil War. It was perhaps the fuel for the emotion behind the “rebel yell”, and the fierce loyalty to “the cause” and the commanding officers. And even the Northern response: slower, calculating, with a building momentum toward its inevitable victory. You could even make the argument from cultural/historical roots as well. But that’s beyond me.
So which is the better way to be? Emotion-filled to overflowing? Or quietly pensive, but precise? I think a little of both is best. In our faith, emotion with order is the complete package. Order without passion is lifeless. Passion without order is rudderless. Even at the significant celebrations, Christmas and Easter, both are needed. We can bow in awe and prayer at the manger, but who’s gonna set up the tables for the Christmas dinner? We can blast out the Christmas specials on Christmas Eve, but if we don’t rehearse beforehand, it will definitely be a “joyful noise” (only). We can go with many to the tomb in our hearts, but without the study and preparation of Lent and Maundy Thursday, the meaning is lost. Only order, a lethargic malaise. Only emotion, an exciting bang with no lasting life.
Maybe I’m just a Southerner who’s lived up North way too long. Point taken. But at least consider the strength of each in our faith witness. Are you lacking or imbalanced toward one or the other? Are we?