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Our future Mission events are:

 

 

 

Our Newest Mission Event:

 

 

February 2015:  Susan Smith, ELCA Missionary to Central African Republic.

 

 

         

 

January 2015: To make a bigger impact, we decided to take 5% of our January offering collection ($193.75) and ADD it to the money that was raised at the Souper Bowl Sundae ($159.00)...for a total donation of $352.75 to the Southwest Food Pantry.  In addition to the monetary donation, we also donated several boxes of non-perishable food items.

 

Click HERE to read the letter we received from the Southwest Food Pantry, acknowledging our donation.

 

 

 

December 2014:  Glade Run Lutheran Services provides autism, mental health, cultural and educational programming to children and families across Western PA.  In order to assist them in their mission, Trinity donated 5% of our December offering collection ($249.97).

 

 

    

 

November 2014:  Our Trinity Lutheran Church Women (TLCW) held their annual Thank Offering Sunday on Sunday, November 23.  They collected $178.40 and 68 non-perishable food items for the Southwest Food Pantry.

 

Click HERE to read the letter we received from the Southwest Food Pantry, acknowledging our donation.

 

 

 

November 2014:  Trinity (North Side) has been assisting the Abiding Ministries of Pittsburgh by providing shelter for the homeless during the severe cold weather that we have experienced this winter.  To assist in this effort, Trinity (Sheraden) donated 5% of our November offering collection ($220.00) to Trinity (North Side) to help cover the cost of the utilities used by their assistance of Abiding Ministries.

 

 

 

October 2014: Our Mission goal will be to help one of our Shut-ins with home repairs.

 

 

    

 

September 2014:  Our September Mission recipient is the Lutheran University Center, which provides Lutheran Campus Ministry opportunities for students at the colleges in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh.  Trinity donated 5% of its September offerings ($205.24) to the Lutheran University Center.

 

The Lutheran University Center (LUC) is a sixty-six year old ministry located in Oakland to serve the needs of students at Pitt, Carnegie Mellon, Chatham and Carlow universities. 
 

The campus ministry offers opportunities for fellowship, learning, service and worship stemming from a distinctive Lutheran identity.  All students, whether Lutheran or not are welcome. 
 

Students at Pitt and Carnegie Mellon have student organizations that serve as official connections to their respective universities.  Pitt students belong to Pitt Students Active in Lutheran Ministry (P.S.A.L.M.) and CMU students belong to Lutheran Student Ministry at CMU.

 

An important feature of the LUC is the weekly choral Compline prayed at Heinz Chapel on Sunday evenings at 8pm by the Pittsburgh Compline Choir.  This Compline ministry has been active for nearly twenty-five years.  Begun by John Becker, this choir is now directed by Alastair Stout and performs pieces both ancient and modern.  People travel from the greater Pittsburgh area to hear their excellence.  Compline is still however a prayer office which means the people gathered also pray for rest and safety throughout the night.
 

The LUC is a campus ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and overseen by a board of members appointed by the Southwest Pennsylvania Synod's Council. 

 

 

 

August 2014:  Our August Mission recipient was the Bethesda Children's Home, in Meadville, PA.  Bethesda Children's Home is a Christian ministry that provides superior Behavioral Health Services to children, youth and families.  Trinity donated 5% of its August offerings ($223.00) to the Bethesda Children's Home.

 

Click HERE to read the letter we received from the Bethesda Children's Home, acknowledging our donation.

 

 

July 2014:  Trinity donated 5% of its August offerings ($191.25) to help support Camp Lutherlyn.

 

Click HERE to read the letter we received from Lutherlyn, acknowledging our donation.

 

 

 

June 2014:  Our June donations were donated toward our Vacation Bible School program, which was be held from July 20 thru July 24, 2014.  We also collected non-perishable food items, which were donated to the Southwest Food Pantry.

 

Click HERE to read the letter we received from the Southwest Food Pantry, acknowledging our donation.

 

 

 

May 2014:  Our May donations paid for a community picnic on June 15.

 

 

 

April 2014:  Our Trinity Kids were collecting money for the ELCA World Hunger mission (God's Global Barnyard), which provides needy people with farm animals.  With these animals, people in areas of great hunger can provide for themselves.  Ducks and chickens lay eggs for food and for young.  And eventually they provide a meal.  Goats and cows provide milk - and more goats and cows! Sheep provide wool.

 

The kids concluded their fund drive on May 11 (Mother's Day).  The funds collected in the God's Global Barnyard banks - and in a separate offering - totaled $357.76!  Then, the kids decided to Tithe 10% of their 'G & J Fund' money to the collection, so another $65.00 was added to the Barnyard. To assist the kids with their efforts, Trinity has decided to pitch in!  We're donating $269.90 (5% of our April monthly offering collection) to the Trinity Kids' God's Global Barnyard fund drive.  So, the total amount that the kids raised was $692.66!  Great job, Trinity Kids!

The kids designated that the money should be used to buy: 

1 community fish farm ($250)

1 sheep ($125)

60 chicks ($60)

1 pig ($60)

1 goat ($50)

2 bee hives ($40)

1/10 of a cow ($50)

1/20 of an oxen & plow ($50)

as well as the remainder ($7.66), to be used "where most needed."

Click HERE to read the letters we received from the ELCA, acknowledging our donation.

 

 

 

March 2014:  Trinity (North Side) has been assisting the Abiding Ministries of Pittsburgh by providing shelter for the homeless during the severe cold weather that we have experienced this winter.  To assist in this effort, Trinity (Sheraden) will donate 5% of our March offering collection ($247.43) to Trinity (North Side) to help cover the cost of the utilities used by their assistance of Abiding Ministries.

 

 

         

 

February 2014: Thank you to everyone who attended our Souper Bowl Sundae on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. We had a large variety of delicious soups - and we got to eat cake & ice cream, too! YUM! By the end of the event, our donations were piling up! From everyone's generosity, we were able to give the Southwest Food Pantry a monetary donation of $247, as well as an additional 216 canned goods/non-perishable items!

 

Click HERE to read the letter we received from the Southwest Food Pantry, acknowledging our donation.

 

 

January 2014: When the weather turns cold, the streets can turn deadly for hungry, homeless people struggling to survive.  They need your prayers and support today.  The Light of Life rescue mission provides a home for the homeless, food for the hungry and to build disciples for the Kingdom of God among the poor, addicted, abused and needy.  Every $2.34 donation helps provide meals, warmth and everlasting hope - and can even save a life.  In January, Trinity donated 5% of its January offerings ($192.50) to the Light of Life rescue mission to provide food and care for 82 people     

 

Click HERE to read the letter we received from the Light of Life rescue mission, acknowledging our donation.

 

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With $40 from the Trinity Kids’ J & G Fund (which was used to buy new hats, gloves and scarves) and donations of new clothing from the congregation, the TLCW was able to help many of the Brookline Christian Food Pantry clients keep warm this winter by providing:

  • 11 scarves
  • 32 hats
  • 48 pairs of gloves
  • 3 pair of Cozy slipper socks.

 

Click HERE to read the letter we received from the Brookline Christian Food Pantry, acknowledging our donation.

 

 

November: 5% of Trinity’s monthly offering was donated to assist with Sheraden Light-Up Night.  As part of this, we handed out single-serving packages of microwave popcorn, with Trinity’s Christmas schedule attached to each package.

 

Our Sunday School and the Trinity Lutheran Church Women (TLCW) collected money for the Southwest Food Pantry’s Turkey Fund - to help buy turkeys that were given out for Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

October & December, 2013:  5% of Trinity’s monthly offering was donated to Abiding Ministries (to help the homeless in Pittsburgh) during the winter months.  

 

 

 

On Sunday, September 8, 2013, we held our annual Rally Day...but this time, we did something really different. We set up some tables on the front sidewalk and, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., we gave away free donuts, juice and coffee to anyone who stopped to grab some breakfast. We also handed out black tote bags (kindly donated by the ELCA Assembly), filled with school supplies, to any school-age kids who stopped by. This was our first time (in a long time!) to go outside our doors and to perform some Community Outreach. This was a successful event - and we hope to do many more events, as we try to become better connected with the people in our neighborhood.

 

 

 

August & September, 2013:  5% of Trinity’s monthly offering went to buy Military BibleSticks (digital audio Bibles) for our troops who were deploying overseas.  Each $25 donation bought ONE BibleStick.  We were able to donate $429.15 - enough to purchase 17 Military BibleSticks!

 

Click HERE to read the letter we received from the Faith Comes By Hearing, acknowledging our donation.

 

 

The annual Sheraden Community Picnic was held on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at the Sheraden Park Pavilion.  Trinity members provided some of the food - and then helped to run some of the picnic activities.  Many church and community members attended the picnic, giving us all a chance to meet each other and to strengthen our community.

 

 

         

 

For July 2013, we are buying school supplies and providing breakfast for our community on the morning of Rally Day (Sept. 8).

 

 

 

God’s Global Barnyard:  In June 2013, our Trinity Kids collected money for the ELCA World Hunger mission to provide needy people with farm animals.  With these animals, people in areas of great hunger can provide for themselves.  Ducks and chickens lay eggs for food and for young.  And eventually they provide a meal.  Goats and cows provide milk - and more goats and cows!  Sheep provide wool. 

So, how much did our Trinity Kids raise?

  • $429.00 donated in God’s Global Barnyard barn banks.
  • $181.00 donated from Trinity (as our 5% monthly outreach)

          = $610.00 collected so far.

With the $610.00, the kids have decided to buy:

  • 1 alpaca ($175)

  • 1 sheep ($125)

  • 4 pigs ($120)

  • 2 goats ($100)

  • 3 ducks ($60)

  • 30 chicks ($30)

 

 

July 2013:  5% of Trinity’s monthly offering was donated to Abiding Ministries (to help the homeless in Pittsburgh) during the summer months.  

 

 

June 2013:  5% of Trinity’s monthly offering was donated to the ELCA's Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund, to help the people affected by the big EF5 tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma and the surrounding communities on May 20, 2013.

 

 

 

    

 

March 2013:  5% of Trinity’s monthly offering was donated to the ELCA Global Church Sponsorship, where we designated the funds to go to Susan Smith (in photo above, on left), a missionary from East Liberty Lutheran Church (one of our Pittsburgh Lutheran United Ministries churches).  

 

 

 

February 2013:  5% of Trinity’s monthly offering was donated to the ELCA's World Hunger Fund (to help people affected by lack of food).  

 

 

 

January 2013:  5% of Trinity’s monthly offering was donated to the ELCA's Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Fund (to help the people affected by Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall in New York & New Jersey on October 29, 2012).  

 

 

 

On Sunday, November 18, 2012, by unanimous decision, we voted that our church should Tithe (give away 10% of our monthly offering collections).  We decided to give 5% to the Southwest PA Synod (for them to use for National or International causes) and 5% to our own designated monthly Community Outreach.

 

 

 

On September 29, 2012, we held a free Spaghetti Dinner for the community.  This was our first recent attempt at trying to do more Community Outreach. 

 

For years, our congregation size had decreased as our children moved to the suburbs, out of state or just stopped attending church - while many of our older members had been passing away.  Also, our neighborhood changed dramatically and our new neighbors just didn't seem to want to go to church.  Slowly, we became more concerned with just 'surviving' than we were with ministering to the community.  This went on for several years, until we joined the Pittsburgh Lutheran United Ministries (PLUM).  As it slowly dawned on us that we didn't need to concentrate on 'survival' anymore, we found that we could redirect our energies to restart our long-forgotten Mission of

Spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ

 through worship, education and example!

 

Thus began the humble start of our re-entry into the life of our community, city, nation and world.

 

    

   
 

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sheraden, 3102 Sherwood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15204        412-331-0600