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The Harvest is Plentiful
35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:35-38)
We have had a wonderful year so far. In January, we celebrated our church organist Elsie Shearer’s 100th birthday. She is just remarkable. Is there another 100 year old person who is still driving, faithfully attending church and community events, and playing the organ marvelously each week? No, there is not. We had a very meaningful Lenten Season; we had the Last Supper—Christian version of Seder meal— in March, and then the most joyous Easter service I have ever had in April. The UMW and volunteers hosted the regional UMW meeting in April. We had a classical guitar recital, featuring Mr. Yoshinobu Iwanaga, one of the most brilliant guitarists in Japan.
From June through August, we hosted three praise concerts on Saturday evenings; then we had the annual praise festival on Saturday, September 16th. Last two years, we had it in the middle of summer, and the weather was not favorable; I mean brutally hot. Hence, we changed the date of the event, and it worked well. We had more people than the total of the last two years. The weather was fine, sunny and hot but less humid; the skies were blue. Thanks to Doug Frohock for planning and implementing these praise series.
For the mission and outreach ministry, several volunteers participated in the Habitat for Humanity in Cape May Court House. We have supported the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. We resumed the community garden project in April; since then it has produced a great volume of vegetables, such as squash, cucumbers, zucchinis, tomatoes, peas, eggplants, and peppers. Altogether we have harvested over 1,100 pounds and givened them to the food pantry at St. Maximilian Kolbe Roman Catholic Church through which many families have been fed. We have had many very meaningful praise and prayer meetings on Wednesday at which we share our concerns and pray for one another. I personally enjoy the weekly Bible study on Thursday.
Lately, we participated in the Halloween event of the Trinity Nursery School. A few church members brought their cars for “Trunk or Treat” while many people contributed candies, chocolates, and sweets for the children. Currently the Trinity Nursery School has 93 children enrolled. Thanks be to God! We should extend our hands with love to children and parents.
Although we are a relatively small church, we have so many activities and events. I cannot mention all activities and events and the names of volunteers because it requires many pages, but please know that I am very grateful to all of you for your marvelous dedication to God and Trinity.
Meanwhile, you have noticed that I have changed the worship order of the second, the third, and the fourth Sundays, from the traditional order with the apostle’s creed and responsive readings to the hybrid service with praises and simple readings. I have had the children’s service before the regular service since winter. When we start something new, we often expect instant results. But, usually new programs and events need some time, perhaps a long time to produce favorable results. If not working, then we just change the format and adjust them to fit the spiritual needs of our people; or end it and fresh start another one. The praise festival is a fine example. It took three years to create joyous air and appeal to the community.
Therefore, I have put the Children’s service on moratorium from November. I am convinced that it is not ready because it requires children and parents to come to church early. I may resume it when I see more demand for it. Meanwhile, we just started a Children’s Choir. Our choir director, Ingrid Biondi gave the first rehearsal to five children on Sunday, November 5th. Thank God for sending us children who are willing to sing. The rehearsal takes place after the regular service. While children are practicing, the parents can enjoy refreshments and fellowship. I cannot wait to see and listen to their singing on Advent Sundays and our Christmas Eve service.
Last but not least, I pay respect and honor to Edna Kester and Charles Adelizzi who were members of Trinity UMC and constituent Harry Shourds and Marguerite “Wanda” Hayes, Chris Hayes’s mother, for their departures to their eternal home this year. Among them, I want to pay a special tribute to Charlie. He dedicated and devoted himself to God, Trinity, and the Veterans until the last days of his life. Needless to say that he served on several committees, activities, and events at Trinity, such as Sunday School, Board of Trustee, and Council; but, his enthusiasm for the Scholarship Committee in his later period was remarkable. This is another mission that we believe in the potentials and futures of young people; they will be great servants in Christ; they will contribute their gifts, time, and passions to church and the world.
We have seen so many wonderful acts of God at Trinity and among church members, their families, and friends. I feel that the harvest time has come, and therefore, we need more people in order to serve God and reap the harvests. Let us ask God’s blessing upon us and request God to send us more servants in Christ!
(This message is originally written for this year’s annual church conference.)
Children’s Worship Service ended as of October 29th. Sunday School will continue meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays, so please bring your children to Sunday School.
Meanwhile, Children’s Choir started on Sunday, November 5th. The rehearsal takes place right after the regular service. So, please encourage your children to come and sing for God and church.
All Faith Thanksgiving Service at Sea Isle City on Tuesday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. Please come and celebrate Thanksgiving with other Methodists, Lutheran, and Catholic friends.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner Free of Charge to Upper Township Residents, hosted by the Rotary Club of Ocean City/Upper Township on Thursday, November 23. Doors Open at 12 o’clock noon
Dinner being served at 12:30. Reserve your seat by calling 609-938-9103
UM Men hosting Christmas Breakfast for church members and the nursery school children and family on Saturday, December 2nd from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. For detail, please talk to Ken Boody or Doug Frohock.
Fundraising Christmas Dinner for the Baby Grand Piano
Trinity will have a fundraising dinner on Sunday, December 10th at 4:00 p.m. Yoshio (Yo) Seto, professional chef, has agreed to cook for us again. Thank you Yo for dedicating your talent in cooking to God and Trinity.
$10 for adults; $5.00 for children under 12; and No charge for children under 5. Please give out the inserted flyer to your family, friends, and neighbors and bring them to Christmas dinner.
For detail, please contact Shawna Snyder and/or Kim Manley.
Yo Seto in the Kitchen at the last Fundraising Dinner.
We completed our mission this year on Monday, October 16th after harvesting over 1,100 pounds of vegetables throughout summer and fall. All vegetables were donated to the food pantry of St. Maximillian Kolbe Roman Catholic Church of Mamora through which many families were helped. Thank you for your prayer and support. See you next spring!
CANS AND CARDS MISSION: Thank you to everyone who has donated to this mission. Trinity is thankful that each household is bringing at least one can every Sunday in order to support our local food pantries. We have collected more than five hundred pounds of cans since we started this mission. You may also donate a ShopRite gift card to support this mission.
SHOP RITE GIFT CARD PROJECT You can purchase your gift cards at the “Shop Rite” table in the Narthex each Sunday after church. 5% of ShopRite cards will be automatically contributed to church. You can also call the church, or see Eileen in the office Tuesdays 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM.
COFFEE HOUR FELLOWSHIP SUNDAY AFTER THE SERVICE
You can use this fellowship time to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or special occasion with your church family. We thank everyone who has helped to keep this fellowship after church a meaningful gathering of Trinity.
BULLETINS, SERMONS, & NEWSLETTERS are available weekly on the www.trinityumcmarmora.org website. If you miss a week, be sure to go on line to see it. If you want a copy mailed, just call the church office.
TRINITY NURSERY SCHOOL NEWS
Trinity Nursery School currently has 93 students attending and a few more beginning in November and December. Our program is running very well and the majority of our students are registering based on word of mouth. Our reputation in the community is exceptional! God has truly blessed our church and preschool with so much. Our next big event, Harvest Party, is being held on October 26th. Members from our church and families will be donating their time to set up cars for our first ever, Trunk-or-Treat! Our Thanksgiving celebration will be held on Wednesday Nov. 22nd and we are looking forward to blessing a previous Trinity family; with ordering again from Randazzo's Pizzeria. The Christmas concert is scheduled for Friday December 15th and the only focus is if we can actually fit all children and their families. This is a pleasant problem to say the least. At the end of this year we will have 36 Pre-K graduates moving onto Kindergarten. This is the largest class we've seen in 6 years! I'd like to finish with saying forget about those numbers; each one of these precious children have learned about the love of God and seeds for their future walk with Christ are planted! May God bless all our church and staff members greatly.
On October 26, Trinity Nursery School had the Harvest Festival with “Trunk or Treat.” There were eleven cars brought to the parking lot of church for trunk or treat, among them four cars were from Trinity.
Diana Adelizzi, Rich and Carol Lefferson, Mike and Sue Watkins, and Izumi Yoshimatsu at Harvest Festival.
We thank all those who brought their cars to give out chocolates, cookies, and candies to the nursery school children.
Kim O’Reilly, Director
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO:
October: Happy Belated Birthday!
4: Gilbert Gilbertson 6: Janet Kiefer
7: Bruce Misner 11: Nancy Seto
21: Derek Frasca 23: Joanne Fore
23: Jaiden Seto 23: Beverly Jacoby
26: Mike Watkins 30: Chris Hayes
30: Barbara Welden
5: James Chadwick 10: Danielle D’Abundo
11: Kathy Boody 14: Bob Fore
17: Pat Long 19: Ken Boody
21: Kimberly Manley 21: Diane Hurff
21: Mary Cherry 30: Noelle McAnney
1: Rae King 2: Miriam Synder
8: Toni Palma 21: Judy Misner
24: Marion Nagatsuka 24: David Biondi
25: The Lord Jesus Christ 26: Stephen Bradley
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO:
4: Dennis and Joan Gager
5: Richard and Jeanette Frasca
6: Fred and Janet Kiefer
9: Ron and Lynn Shenk
23: Yoshio and Nancy Seto
27: Thomas and Sandra McAnney
31: Ken and Kathy Boody
10: James and Cynthia Chadwick
27: Gilbert and Vivian Gilbertson
31: Donald and Diane Hurff
Please let the office know if we missed your birthday or anniversary or if a milestone one is coming up.
Our Church and Sunday School Trinity Nursery School Our Troops
Victims of Natural Disasters Theodore Battistelli
Rebecca Beeson Chip Blackledge
Brenda Canion Dave Cockerham
Linda Dalgety Ed Dehaven
Gary Fulton Charles Fike
Ted Fike Jason Faunce
Jean Frye Cindy Hess
Diana and Joseph Hill Erin Hardenburg
Richard Kershner, Jr Rev. John and Barb Khoch
Sandy Lukasik Diane Miltenberger
Debby Mahoney Carol McFillin
Kim Manley Lenny Massa
Walter Morris Cindy Myers
Jenny Myers Paul O’Brien
Whitney Palm Karen Prendergrast
Dianne Shannon Cody—Shenk’s
Pat Sierkl Audrey Simon
Diana Smith Ray Snyder
Gabby Verducci Louise Waggy
Ellsworth Welden Marshall Watkins
Mike Watkins Carol Windsor
Trinity United Methodist Church
20 North Shore Road, P. O. Box 872
Marmora, NJ 08223
Church Web: www.trinityumcmarmora.org
Nursery School 609-390-0974
Nursery School Web: www.trinitynurseryumc.org
Service Sun. 10:00 A.M.
Prayer and Praise with supper Wed. 5:45 P.M.
Office Hours Tues – Thurs 9:00-12:00
Pastor: The Rev. Dr. Jun Yoshimatsu
Facilities Manager: Rich Lefferson
Organist: Elsie Shearer
Choir Director: Ingrid Biondi
Trinity United Methodist Church
Cordially Invites You To…
Place: Trinity United Methodist Church
20 N. Shore Road
Marmora, NJ 08223
Date: Sunday, December 10th
Time: 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Tickets: $10.00 Donation to Trinity UMC
$ 5.00 for children under 12
Free for children under 5
*Ticket includes: Ham Dinner and Dessert Bar
Come Celebrate the Joy of the Holiday Season!