Please join us this coming Sunday, August 20, as we observe the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.  We’ll have one service of Holy Communion at 9am.  Pam Kalapay will be joining us on guitar and whistle.  Following the service, all are invited to join us for coffee and a treat during Summer Fellowship.

In Isaiah we hear that God’s house shall be a house of prayer for all people and that God will gather the outcasts of Israel. The Canaanite woman in today’s gospel is a Gentile, an outsider, who is unflinching in her request that Jesus heal her daughter. As Jesus commends her bold faith, how might our church extend its mission to those on the margins of society? In our gathering around word and meal we receive strength to be signs of comfort, healing, and justice for those in need.

On Sunday, the church commemorates Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, died 1153.

Bernard, a Cistercian monk, was a man of great spirituality who wrote mystical works and criticized those whom he thought took an overly intellectual approach to the faith. He became an abbot, and wrote several hymns that are still beloved today.

Please follow this link for Sunday’s bulletin.

Thank you! It’s been a quiet week around church.  Thanks to the Christian Education Committee who shared in a retreat last evening.  Thanks to all the committees who are gearing up for Rally Day and a new program year in September.  Finally, thanks to all those attending Sunday Fellowship, especially those supplying the treats!

Lutheran Disaster Response – Maui Wildfires: Please follow this link for information about  Lutheran Disaster Response’s work to aid those impacted by the wildfires on Maui.  If you’d like to help, you may give to Lutheran Disaster Response from the link above, you may give through our Vanco portal, or you may bring a check to church – please indicate in the memo line that it’s for LDR Wildfire Relief. Many thanks, and let us continue to pray for all those impacted by wildfires and other natural disasters.

Disaster Response Kits: Trinity is helping the Northeast PA Synod by gathering essential supplies for disaster kits.  If you would like to participate, please see the bulletin board in the entrance hallway where we have cards with needed items.  Drop the items off in the box in the Parlor on or before September 3, and we will deliver them to the Synod office.  Thank you for your ongoing support and adding your hands to God’s work!

Plant-a-Row:  Our partnership with the Nazareth Area Food Bank is ongoing, all summer.  You may bring your garden produce to church on Sundays from 8am – 6pm, deposit it in the cooler under the carport, and we will see to it that it is delivered to the Food Bank.  This past week, we received 49.9 lbs.   To date, we’ve received 220.4 lbs. Many thanks to Ken and Pam Kalapay for facilitating this initiative.

Update from the Nazareth Food Bank:  The Nazareth Food Bank is need of the following items: peanut butter, jelly, cereal, oatmeal, pasta, rice, mac-n-cheese, mixed veggies, corn, green beans, baked beans, soup, spaghetti sauce, Hamburger Helper, applesauce, and canned tuna/chicken.  Please place all generous donations in the shopping cart and donations will be taken to the Food Bank approximately once a month.  No donation is too small.  Thank you for your generosity!

-Stacey, Kirsten, and Stephen Polgar

Young at Heart Upcoming Activities:  September: Lehigh Canal Boat Ride, September 13, $12 per person, cash only. We will carpool from church at 11:30am and have lunch at the canal at noon. The boat ride will follow at 1:30pm. We can take a group of 10 to 15. The price of admission is for the boat ride and the Canal Museum. Please bring a bag lunch. Final count and payment due to church by September 10.

October: The Jersey Boys at Penn’s Peak, October 25, carpool departs at 10am. The doors will open at 11 and lunch will be served at noon. The show starts at 1 pm. We will take a group of 20. The cost is $50, if our group is less than 20, the cost rises to $52. Final count and payment due at church by September 24. Please make your check payable to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Please sign up on the bulletin board or RSVP to Kathy Sigley by emailing her or giving her a call at (610) 905-2040.

Adult Sunday School Class: He was not rich or educated, but was familiar with hard work. He was quick-tempered and impulsive, but possessed a passion that would change the world. He left everything to follow his teacher, yet struggled with doubt and fear. Who was this man? Join the Adult Sunday School Class when we start a journey to learn about the life, faith, and character of Simon Peter. Our group meets in the Conference Room at 9:15am on Sundays, beginning September 17. Please join us.

Save the Date – Benefit for the Blind:  Friday, October 13, 6pm, Blue Grillhouse 443 Easton Ave, Bethlehem, PA 18020.  This annual gala fundraiser, chaired by Jemmie Jones, is always a highlight of the fall.  If you’d like more information, please follow this link.

Rally Day:  Sign-up sheets have been posted for the picnic that will follow the 10:30 am service on Rally Day, Sunday, September 10. Please bring a lawn chair, and a gift if you’re planning on playing bingo.  Please plan to attend – it promises to be a lovely day!

From the Wider Church:  Two excellent articles in Living Lutheran this week that you might enjoy reading. A Children and Faith article about cultivating wonder. This week’s Lectionary Blog on unity in foreignness.  And, if you’d like to read this week’s news from the Synod, please follow this link.