Larry D. Laine
MINISTER OF MUSIC
Patricia A. Shoup
Kay F. Moosch
Harold J. Wambold, Sr.
PRAYERS AND SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR MARCH
Sunday March 1 — Second Sunday in Lent
Prayer for the Week
O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life; Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
SUNDAY: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
MONDAY: Genesis 21:1-7
TUESDAY: Genesis 22:1-19
WEDNESDAY: Jeremiah 30:12-22
THURSDAY: Exodus 19:1-9a
FRIDAY: Exodus 19:9b-15
SATURDAY: Exodus 19:16-25
Sunday March 8 — Third Sunday in Lent
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, through your Son you have called us to live faithfully and act courageously. Keep us steadfast in your covenant of grace, and teach us the wisdom that comes only through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
SUNDAY: Exodus 20:1-17
MONDAY: I Kings 6:1-4, 21-22
TUESDAY: 2 Chronicles 29:1-11, 16.19
WEDNESDAY: Ezra 6:1-16
THURSDAY: Genesis 9:8-17
FRIDAY: Daniel 12:5-13
SATURDAY: Numbers 20:22-29
Sunday March 15 — Fourth Sunday in Lent
Prayer for the Week
O God, rich in mercy, by the humiliation of your Son you lifted up this fallen world and rescued us from the hopelessness of death. Lead us into your light, that all our deeds may reflect your love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
SUNDAY: Numbers 21:4.9
MONDAY: Exodus 15:22-27
TUESDAY: Numbers 20:113
WEDNESDAY: Isaiah 60:15-22
THURSDAY: Isaiah 30:15-18
FRIDAY: Exodus 30:1-10
SATURDAY: Habakkuk 3:2-13
Sunday March 22— Fifth Sunday in Lent
Prayer for the Week
O God, with steadfast love you draw us to yourself, and in mercy you receive our prayers. Strengthen us to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit, that through life and death we may live in your Son, Jesus Christ. our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
SUNDAY: Jeremiah 31 :31-34
MONDAY: Isaiah 43:8-13
TUESDAY: Isaiah 44:1-8
WEDNESDAY: Haggai 2:1-9, 20-23
THURSDAY: Deuteronomy 16:1-8
FRIDAY: Jeremiah 33:1-9
SATURDAY: Jeremiah 33:10-16
Sunday March 29— Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday
Prayer for the Week
Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
SUNDAY: Procession with Palms: Mark 11:1-11
MONDAY: Isaiah 42:1-9
TUESDAY: Isaiah 49:1-7
WEDNESDAY: Isaiah 50:4-9a
THURSDAY: Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10] 11-14
FRIDAY: Isaiah 52:13—53:12
SATURDAY: Genesis I :1—2:4a
The Junior Youth Group went tubing recently at Camelback.
TRINITY WELCOMES A NEW PASTOR
We welcome to Trinity the Rev. Larry Laine. He is from Portsmouth, Virginia. He formerly served at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Yorktown, Virginia. He is blissfully married to Diane for 46 years and he has three daughters, one who lives in Bangor. He is the proud grandfather to five. He is also a graduate from Trinity Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. We hope he enjoys being with us at Trinity
by Larry Cory
When Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bangor found itself without a minister in late November 2014, conventional wisdom suggested that it would likely take a year or more to find a replacement for Pastor Franklin Stinner who left the church after 20 years in the pulpit.
Fortunately for Trinity, Larry Laine a Virginia Pastor answered the call. Laine has an impressive and varied resume in and out of the church, which includes 22 years as the owner/operator of a highly successful financial planning company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. All of which begs the question: How does a pastor from Virginia with roots in Iowa find a church in a small town in Pennsylvania?
“The connection here,” Laine says. “Is my daughter who lives here.” Since there were no opportunities to his liking in Virginia, his daughter suggested that he come to the Slate Belt and look for a church. A few phone calls later, Pastor Laine had an invitation to meet with the church council at Trinity.
Fast forward a few months and Pastor Laine has moved to the Slate Belt and is now a permanent fixture at the church on Fourth Street and Broadway in Bangor.
Although he has only been here for a short time, it’s easy to understand that he is a true “people person.”
“I like to be out there talking to people,” he said. “God gave me the skill to listen and key in on people. “
Part of that skill was honed through his experience in clinical pastoral education. This was an opportunity to work with troubled people and then analyze how well he handled the situation and how he could improve his listening and communication skills.
Using that skill set and past experience in the church, Pastor Laine is excited to help Trinity rebound from the loss of their former pastor.
“My concern here is to build a healthy congregation,” he said. “Healthy means healthy relationships, healthy activities, things that are positive and exciting to be at, and a place where people want to come.”
Over and over he expresses his concern for the people of the church.
“Church is basically people who worship God and learn to love one another,” Pastor Laine says. “You’ve got to know people, you’ve got to get connected.
“I see my goal as getting people internally more connected, and at the same time, calling on everyone, even those who are (only loosely) connected.’
Pastor Laine is married to his wife of 46 years, Diane. They have three daughters: Karin, Ingrid and Britta and five grandchildren.
A NEW BEGINNING
We are one in the Spirit
We are one in the Lord
We are one in the Spirit
We are one in the Lord
And we pray that all unity
May one day be restored
And they’ll know we are Christians
By our love, By our love
Yes, they’ll know we are Christians
By our love.
I don’t know of a better song to sing as a preamble to our new beginning. So succinct and so clear, this song has the message of our new relationship. As your new pastor
I will be here for you as long as God gives me the strength and guidance to lead you. We will grow together in unity of Spirit for our mission and ministry of the Kingdom of God.
My goal for the first few months here is to visit with all of you. I want to know you — your names, your families, your goals, your talents, your gifts, your vocations, your friends and social groups. Most importantly I want to know your commitment to the life and growth of this body of believers known as Trinity Lutheran Church.
I will be calling on you in your homes, at lunch or dinner or wherever you would like to meet. We need to get to know one another so that we can grow in the Spirit. We are one in the Lord.
Rev. Larry D. Laine
Specialty Bingo, sponsored by Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Women’s Group will be held Saturday May 2 in the church Fellowship Hall at Fourth Street and Broadway in Bangor.
Doors open at 2:00pm and the games begin at 3:00pm.
Advance tickets cost $20.00 and $25.00 at the door. Each ticket is good for 20 games.
Call the church at 610-588-2023 for tickets or stop by the church between 8am and 3 pm Monday through Thursday.
Prizes include Vera Bradley purses, Coach purses, Wine Baskets, Alex and Ani, Premier Design Jewelry, Iron Pigs Packages, Yankee Candle Baskets, Dinner and Movie Giftcards, Spa Giftcard,
Kindle Fire HD, and a Flatscreen TV. Food will also be available for purchase.
Proceeds benefit youth activities, spiritual retreats, and community activities.
Sunday, March 1, the 2nd Sunday in Lent. Worship celebrating Holy Communion. Welsh Hymns will be sung during the worship service at 9:00 A.M. Sunday school at 10:15 A.M.
Sunday, March 8, the 3rd Sunday in Lent. Worship, Holy Communion at 9:00 A.M. Sunday School is at 10:15 A.M.
Sunday, March 15, the 4th Sunday in Lent. Worship, Holy Communion at 9:00 A.M. Sunday School at 10:15 A.M.
Sunday, March 22, the 5th Sunday in Lent. Worship, Holy Communion at 9:00 A.M. Sunday School is at 10:15 A.M.
Sunday, March 29, the Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday. A celebration of Holy Communion will be celebrated with the procession of the palms at 9:00 A.M. The Sunday School will present a program
TRINITY WILL AGAIN HOST THE LENTEN LUNCHEONS
Trinity will host the Lenten Luncheons this year on Tuesdays at 12 Noon in the Fellowship Hall. The schedule follows:
March 3 – 12 Noon – Rev. Navin Satyavrata
Served by – First United Methodist Church
March 10 – 12 Noon – Rev. Jay VanHorn
Served by – Cross Road Baptist Church
March 17 – 12 Noon – Rev. Sharmune Burgess
Served by – Richmond United Methodist Church
March 24 – 12 Noon – Rev. Alice Ann Bonham
Served by – Ackermanville United Methodist Church
March 31 – 12 Noon – Rev. Larry Laine
Served by – Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church.
The 10 Annual Sportsmen’s dinner will be held here at Trinity in the Fellowship on Saturday, March 7 from 5:00 P.M.-8:30 P.M. There will be a traditional menu plus specially prepared wild game dishes. The guest speaker will be Keith Kreider — WCO of the PA Game Commission. There will be door prizes and raffles. The cost: Adults - $15.00; Children under 12 - $6.00; children under 5, free. For tickets call 610-504-7886 or 610- 588-2023 or e-mail tjmarino5 The proceeds will benefit Trinity’s Food Pantry.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 2015
Our Lenten Challenge this Year Is Collecting Soup and Crackers for Our Food Pantry. Please Place All Donations In The Sanctuary near Our Display. Hopefully We Will Collect Enough to Fill Our Pantry and Feed Many Hungry People in Our Community. We Will Be Collecting Soup and Crackers until March 29, Which Is Palm Sunday.
The Sunday School Children Will Be Participating in the Palm Sunday Worship Service with Poems and a Song to Celebrate The Easter Season. Please Make Sure Your Children Attend Sunday to Practice.
An Easter Cantata Will Be Performed the Sunday after Easter and Our Sunday School Children Are Encouraged to Take Part in this Event. We Will Be Practicing During Sunday School and the Children Can Also Attend Choir Practice on Wednesday Night from 7:00-7:30pm.
Our Easter Egg Hunt Will Be Held on April 4 Starting at 1:00pm. All Children Ages 2 Through 6 Grade Are Invited to Find Eggs. See You All There on April 4 We Are Asking for Donations of Hard Cooked Eggs and Plastic Filled Eggs for Our Hunt. All Donations Are Greatly Appreciated.
Easter Breakfast Will Be Held Easter Morning from 6 to 8:30am. We Are Looking for Donations of Breakfast Casseroles and Breakfast Items. Please Look for The Sign-up Sheets in The Narthex and Parish Hall in The next Few Weeks.Our next Christian Education Meeting Will Be Held on Thursday. March 5 at 6:30pm
Chair Of Christian Education
JUNIOR YOUTH GROUP
The Jr. Youth Group continues to grow as children in our community who attend are inviting their friends and families to be a part of the fun! I once again encourage all families who have youth in grades 3-8 to join us and be part of our growing contagious excitement!
We had 10 youth/confirmands who assisted with our Shrove Tuesday Pancake and Sausage Dinner who helped to set up, serve and clean up the 60 or so members who attended. It was absolutely awesome to see so many young faces and helping hands!
Our meeting dates in March- barring no bad weather- will be March 4 and March 18. We plan to bake cookies on March 18. The meetings are in the Fellowship Room from 6-7:3Opm. If school is cancelled or an early dismissal, there is no Youth Group Mtg.
We look forward to doing some yard work in the spring for our members. Most likely this will happen in May. If you would like us to help out at your house, please let Christina know. 610-588-9445.
EVANGELISM COMMITTEE 2015
We are a small committee of 2 but we are mighty and looking for members who would like to make a positive impact on our church family and community! There is much work to be done to spread the message of Gods love and compassion, so please prayerfully consider joining our team.
We are working hard to update all the local papers on the information that they publish regarding our church and services. If you see outdated info.- please let Christina know- sometimes it takes some time for the papers to make the changes.
Save the date! Saturday, May 16 for our Welcoming Hymm Sing! This will be a pot luck dinner to welcome Pastor Lame and his wife Diane and to sing some of our favorite hymms. The dinner will begin at 5pm and there will be a sign up sheet up soon. Please plan to attend.
Check us out on Facebook and our website, www.tlcbangor.com
Looking forward to seeing you in church, bringing a friend or just there for the fellowship and food!
Christina and Dawn
OPEN DATES FOR ALTAR FLOWERS
Altar Flowers are needed for March 1, March 15, March 22 and March 29, (Palm Sunday). If you are interested in any of these dates, please see Kay after worship or call the church office, 610-588-2023. The cost is $20.00 for one vase, $40.00 for two vases.
BULLETIN SPONSORS ARE NEEDED
Bulletin sponsors are needed for March 1, March 8, March 22 and March 29 (Palm Sunday). If you are interested in any of these dates, please see Kay after worship of call the church office, 610-588-2023. The cost is $15.00 per bulletin sponsor.