Trinity Times July-August 2013

…from the  PASTOR’S DESK

One of the few consistent things about life is change. We are saying goodbye to two dutiful servants of the Lord, Paige Long and Debbie Bonner. Both of these women have served for three years at Trinity in their respective positions, and we wish them both well in their future pursuits. You can find their personal statements inside the Times.

Linda Oertel has been hired as our Interim Organist, and Elizabeth Roth has been hired as Interim Contemporary Music Director. I look forward to working with both of them this summer. They both look forward to getting to know you.

The Session has authorized the formation of a committee to find a permanent organist. I will have more information regarding that search as it becomes available.

As per my usual calendar, I will be gone for parts of the summer. Sheryl will be taking my place with the youth group at Montreat this summer. I will instead be headed to Camp Montgomery later in July for one week where I will be Camp Chaplain and Music Director that week.

Don and Sheryl will be filling the pulpit a few Sundays when I am away. I am truly blessed to have these two wonderful colleagues in ministry. Whatever your ministry needs this summer, rest assured that the staff of Trinity will meet those needs. Please remember all of the church staff in your prayers. We will always need those!

Wherever your travels take you this summer, may those travels be safe, and may you return to Trinity rested and refreshed.

In His Service,    Ron


The Rev. Sheryl Sumlin-Barclay

Life guarantees change!  Life was different in Africa; it even smelled different as soon as we disembarked from the plane.  Back in those days they rolled the stairs up to the plane and you had to walk down to the ground.  But once we stepped onto the red soil we were in Africa for REAL.  We left a three flat apartment building in Queens, New York, for 10 and a half acres of land, and a large home situated five miles away from the game reserve.  The next Saturday we were in my father’s land rover [the kind with the big wheel on the front and a rack on the roof].  Mom had fixed a basket of goodies, which included yummy sandwiches, chips and fruit.  And for all you kids out there –  yes,  potato chips were invented by then!!!  My brother, Bruce, and I finished our bananas and put the peelings in the back window, because Daddy would have gotten a big fine if we threw anything out of the window.  The day was full of water buffalo, zebras, and even a few lions…but as we were headed out of the park our land rover came across a group of monkeys.  Bruce and I were delighted, especially once we noticed that they are pretty curious creatures.  One monkey even jumped on the back of the land rover and started to squeal and then another jumped up onto the truck, and another, and another – they appeared to be flying towards our truck.  Some were on the roof, others on the hood, all trying to grab the banana peels we had stashed in the window.  My mother yelled, “For goodness sake “EVERYONE KEEP WINDOWS CLOSED”!!!!!! But we began to see small fingers coming through the tiny crack on my fathers side of the truck…Then Mom yelled “Step on it STANLEY,  STEP ON IT”!!!!! As Daddy gave that land rover gas, we sped out of there while watching the monkeys fly off the truck every which way.  That was exciting and it was sure a change from New York City…As Dorothy said about the land of OZ, “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore, Toto”.  Life was certainly different and the change was exciting for my brother and me but, for my parents,  I am sure for a couple of moments they wished that they were back in that little apartment in New York where we were all safe.  

Change has happened at Trinity as well, and always will.  This summer brings change in our worship service and change in staff, but the Holy Spirit has blessed Trinity Presbyterian with a great congregation whether you are a snowbird or full timer. Life is good and change can bring flying monkeys at times…but God is always with us. Have a great summer!!!!!




Important Dates & Information

  • Saturday, July 6 – Saturday July 13th – Montreat
  • Saturday, July 13th – 9:30 a.m. – Resource Center
  • Saturday, August 10th – 9:30 a.m. – Resource Center
  • Monday, August 19th – Back to School
  • Saturday, August 24th – 12:30 p.m. – Montreat Worship Service Rehearsal, directly following the Resource Center
  • Sunday, August 25th – Youth-Led Montreat Worship Service


Resource Center (Food Pantry)

Every year, our Youth Groups (and their parents) volunteer at the Resource Center during the summer. This year’s dates are July 13th, and August 10th. We will meet directly at the Resource Center at 9:30 a.m. and work until noon. We need a minimum of 5 youth and 2 adults to help each time. Please consider helping with this worthwhile mission project during the summer. You can earn Community Service Hours too! Please contact Ms. Debbie with the dates that will work for you!


Middle School and High School Youth

Mark your calendars for Rock the Universe on Saturday, September 7th. More details to come!

No Summer Sunday School

There will be no Sunday School during the summer. Regular Sunday School classes will resume in the fall.


Please keep Alyson Bonner in your prayers as she spends the next year doing mission work and service in Arizona, Louisana, California and along the Pacific Coast!

Thank you for your prayerful support as we traveled to Tampa Bay, FL for our Mission Trip with Cedarkirk in June.

Drew Butler, Lexie Butler, Jarrod Connors

Danielle Hartley, MiKayla McDermott, David Wheeler, Matthew Winternheimer

Debbie & Ray Bonner


Trinity Troopers, Middle School Fellowship and Senior High Fellowship

will all resume in September!

Watch for details soon!

Montreat Trip – July 6-13, 2013

Please keep our Senior High Youth and adult advisors who are traveling to Montreat in your thoughts and prayers! The theme for this year is “Here and Be Heard.” Dalton Connors, Gabbie Connors, McKayla Davendonis, Joe Digby, Kari Dutton, Branden Gynizio, Diana Nguyen, and Ryan Tugas are the youth who will be attending Montreat, along with their advisors, Debbie & Ray Bonner and Pastor Sheryl.  Mark your calendars for the Montreat Youth Led Worship Service on Sunday, August 25th.

Montreat Sunday August 25th

Montreat 2013

Here and Be Heard

Mark your calendars for our annual Montreat Youth-Led Church Service, for Sunday, August 25th, to come and hear all about their week and their mountain top experiences!

A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to everyone who helped to make our Vacation Bible School such a success! We had lots of kids plus adult and youth volunteers, making it a wonderful week of Up and Away Singing and Playing along with Diana and Flash Skyrunner, Sky High Crafts, All Star Games, Wild Blue Bible Adventures, Chadder’s Sky High Movie Mania, and Skydive Diner, as we learned just how much God loves each of us, no matter what!

Thank you for your prayers and support!


We said Good Luck and Best Wishes to our seniors, as they graduate and move on to the next chapter of their lives: Dalton Connors, Branden Gynizio, Ryan Roberts, Ryan Tugas and Allison Yeh!


We also celebrated our year with Yenny An, and said our goodbyes as she leaves soon to go back home to Korea. Thank you, Patsy and John Moden, for opening up your home and your hearts to Yenny, and for sharing her with us!



Address Change:

Martha Ferguson, 31 Village Circle, Palm Coast, FL  32164


A Note from the Youth Director!

Dear Friends at Trinity, it is with mixed emotions that I leave my position as Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries here at Trinity Presbyterian Church effective September 1st.

In Ecclesiastes 3, it is said that, “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” I have given prayerful consideration to this difficult decision, and have constantly kept this important ministry of our church in my prayers.

I am looking forward to spending the summer with the youth, and helping to get the programs organized for the fall. I am very thankful for the love and support of this wonderful congregation, and all that it has offered me during the past four years as the Youth Director.

Please know that I will always be part of your church family. You all are truly a blessing to me.

In His Love,

Ms. Debbie


Trinity is going to discontinue bulk mailing of the Trinity Times as of this Issue.  You may receive the Times electronically by e-mail or on our web site.  If you wish to have a hard copy you may pick one up at church or call the church office to have it sent to you via the US Postal Service.


July Birthdays


August Birthdays



TLC has a Summer Camp

for School Age Children ages 6 through 11.

Camp starts Monday, June 10, 2013

Hours: 8:00 AM through 6:00 PM

Full or part-time space available

Cost:  $20 per day


TLC also has immediate year round openings for

infants (6 weeks old) through Pre-K.

School hours: 6:30 AM through 6:00 PM

You may also register now for


VPK hours: 9:30 AM through 12:30 PM

For More Information

Stop by the TLC Office for more details or

call Liz Bourke, Director, at 446.4534.

Please tell your friends and neighbors!

Support your Trinity Church by supporting

your Trinity School (TLC)!

From Liz Bourke, Director


A Note from Organist Paige Long:

The time has come for me to say goodbye to the good people of Trinity Presbyterian Church.  I thank you, the members of the congregation, for allowing me to work with you in serving our great God the past three years.  I will keep you in my heart and prayers.  Jim and I have enjoyed being members of this wonderful congregation.


A Note From Our Sister Church In Arizona

“We want to thank the members of your congregation for your recent gift of $600.00 to us here at Trinity Presbyterian Church on the Navajo Nation.  It was wonderful to host Bob Swann, Thelma, and their son Chris during Mother’s Day weekend when they presented the check to our church.

“We appreciate your prayers and continued support for our ministry among the Navajo people.  Please know that we consider your congregation a Mission Partner as we could not do this ministry alone!’

The Reverend Deborah Haffner Hubbard
Interim Pastor

Holiday Fair

While our Holiday Fair will not be held until November, summer is a great time to clean out your jewelry drawer and donate some of the pieces you no longer wear.  Just bag those pieces up and place them in the yellow donation box located in the narthex marked “Jewelry for the Holiday Fair”.  Please donate any jewelry you do not need anymore.  All pieces will be carefully cleaned and put in resale condition, as needed.  In the spirit of “The Power of One” we are asking that you consider donating any gold pieces, even if they are broken.  With your contributions, the Fair will be a wonderful fundraiser.

Session Briefs

At its Stated Meetings on May 21 and June 17, 2013, your Session:

  • Received new members Jack Sears, Anne Atkins and Michelle Smith.
  • Noted that our membership is 600, including 18 Affiliate Members.
  • Welcomed new member of Session, Elder John Moden, elected by the Congregation on May 12, to replace Elder Judy Ziems who moved away.
  • Approved a request from Boy Scout Troop 281 to move their charter to Trinity and meet here; they formerly met at First Baptist Church in Palm Coast.
  • Noted that The Rev. Donald Scott and Victoria Kurek were married in the sanctuary on June 10, 2013, the Rev. Sheryl Sumlin-Barclay officiating.
  • Approved removing Patrick Barclay from the church rolls, at his request.
  • Noted that, financially, we are doing well.
  • Noted that Bob and Thelma Swann visited Trinity Presbyterian Church on the Navaho Reservation in Chinle AZ, and presented them with a check for $600 from the Birthday Missions Fund.
  • Approved a request from TLC to allot up to $1,000 to advertise the programs offered at TLC for the rest of the year.
  • Noted the departure of two staff members, Debbie Bonner and Paige Long, giving thanks to God for their respective ministries at Trinity.
  • Noted that Lois Settles has set up a fund, in memory of her sister, that will allow any child to attend camp at Camp Montgomery this summer.
  • Approved requests from the CE Committee for the youth to attend Rock the Universe on September 7, and for the Ice Cream Social on September 14, 2013.
  • Approved a request from the Worship and Music Committee to name an Organist Search Committee, with an allotment of up to $3500 for expenses.
  • Approved a request from the Worship and Music Committee for the following Worship times in December:  December 1 and 8 – our regular 3 worship times and Sunday School at the regular times; December 15 and 22 – one  worship service at 10:15, with Sunday School from 9:30 to 10:00; the Christmas Music Celebration will be December 15 in the one service;  December 29 – one worship service at 10:15.
  • Approved a request from the Finance Committee for Church Treasurer, Jef Amsbaugh to approve the lease of office copier(s) within the parameters approved by the Finance Committee.

Jane Pellmann
Clerk of Session


Are you looking for a chance to study and discuss the Bible with other
women in a friendly, casual and comfortable environment?
Have you thought about participating in a Bible study group
but are not available during the day?

Join the Wednesday Evening Women’s Bible Study!


We meet once a month, usually on the 3rd Wednesday of the month
Next meeting: September 18, 2013 at 6:30 in the church library
New study book starting in September: Unveiling Mary Magdalene by Liz Curtis Higgs
Snacks provided
For more information contact Lorrie Blue-Angle at 437-0219
or Priscilla Cahill at 445-8637


Communion Preparation

The Worship and Music Committee is looking for someone to take over the Preparation of Communion once a month – an individual, a couple, or a small group.

Ginny Ferriol, who has been doing this for many years, has decided to retire and let someone else take it over.  Please see Ken Mettler or Jane Pellmann if you would like additional information.  Thank you.

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