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Father John Announces Retirement

Father John Reeves announced his retirement today as Holy Trinity Orthodox Church’s rector effective on or before the end of the civil year (December 31, 2018). He is the parish’s first rector and has been such for more than 20 years, having arrived in State College in 1996. 

His letter to the parish reads:

Beloved in the Lord:

In what has been arguably the most difficult decision of my life, I have asked Archbishop Melchisedek to grant me retirement as your rector by year’s end. He has acceded to my request.

No other assignment in my ministry has brought me such joy. I have seen young families form, children born, others grow spiritually—both young and old—and many converts made. Through our campus ministry, I have witnessed the formation of vocations and rejoiced to see numerous Penn State students enter the priesthood and other ministries. Holy Trinity has taken seriously the vision to build up the Church beyond the parish.

Consequently, from a nascent group of sixteen Orthodox Christians in 1993, the parish has grown to a community of more than 200 souls, with a missionary outreach in Snyder County, the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. To paraphrase St Paul: “They planted, I have watered, but God has given the increase.”

You will have many questions and many concerns. This is understandable. Not the least of these questions will be the appointment of a successor by the Archbishop. A transition team consisting of representatives from Holy Trinity and the Chapel, under the pastoral direction of our Dean, Fr. Mark Meholick, will coordinate the development of a “candidate profile” to aid Archbishop Melchisedek in his decision. If you have any questions or comments about this process, you may send them directly to transitionteam@holytrinity-oca.org or call the Parish Office at (814) 231-2855.

In the meantime, pray for me. If you believe that there is an unsettled issue between you and me, please speak to me. Laura will be happy to make an appointment.

You remain forever in my prayers,
Fr. John

The parish will celebrate “25 Years of Mission” (1993-2018), including Fr. John’s pastorate, with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Luncheon on Saturday, October 6, 2018. More details on this special event will be forthcoming. Save the date!

 

Coverage During Father John’s Vacation

Our rector, Fr. John Reeves will be on vacation from Thursday, June 28 through Tuesday, July 10. For pastoral emergencies during this time, contact Fr. David Smith, Associate Rector, at frdavid@holytrinity-oca.org, 570-600-2246 (mobile), or 570-658-7403 (home). 

Summer Potluck this Sunday

All are invited to participate in a parish potluck after the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, July 1 to celebrate the official beginning of summer and the end of the Apostles’ Fast, which ends this week. Bring your favorite summer dish to share with our guests! Drinks will be provided by the parish.

Vacation Bible School Begins Tonight

Holy Trinity’sVacation Bible School: “What’s the Manner?” begins tonight, June 18, 2018, and continues through Thursday in the Parish Hall. The program includes activities, crafts, songs, and dinner each evening. Our Church School offers VBS free of charge for all children aged 4 through the sixth grade (friends/neighbors especially welcome). Parents may still register online or at the door tonight.

Register Now for Vacation Bible School

Holy Trinity’s Vacation Bible School: “What’s The Manner?” begins next Monday evening, June 18, 2018, and continues through Thursday, June 21 in the Parish Hall. The program includes activities, crafts, songs, and dinner each evening. Our Church School offers VBS free of charge for all children from the age of 4 up through those entering sixth grade in the Fall (friends/neighbors are especially welcome). Parents are encouraged to register and complete the release forms online as soon as possible.

Celebrate Holy Spirit Day at the Chapel

The Chapel’s patronal feast falls on Memorial Day (May 28, 2018), so there’s twice as many reasons to picnic! The day begins with the Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m., followed by a cookout at the Chapel Rectory. Please RSVP to Mka. Brenda Smith if you are planning to come. For carpooling information, contact Dn. Alexander Cadman.

Annual Parish Picnic

Pentecost being Holy Trinity Church’s parish feast, our annual picnic is scheduled for Pentecost this Sunday, May 27, 2018, at the lower pavilion of Holmes-Foster Park (nearest to the Westerly Parkway entrance) beginning at 1:00 p.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs, soda, and chips are provided by the church; bring your favorite picnic side dish or dessert to share! All are invited for the fun and good food—rain or shine!

Outdoor Parish Work this Saturday

Many hands make light work! This Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 9 a.m. to (no later than) 12 noon, Holy Trinity will hold a special Parish Work Day to prepare and beautify our temple for Pentecost. (We couldn’t do outdoor work for Pascha because of the cold weather.) There will be a variety of tasks for volunteers of all skill levels. Food and refreshments will be served for all volunteers. 

Support Parishioners Walking to Prevent Suicide

As part of our commission from Christ to minister to least of His brethren, Matthew 25 is sponsoring a special drive to help those affected by suicide. Please support your fellow parishioners who are walking on Sunday, April 29, 2018 to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, whose goal is to reduce the suicide rate 20 percent by 2025. Join our team today!  

Sunday School Pool Party Rescheduled

Because of circumstances beyond our control, today’s Sunday School Pool Party at the Ramada Inn has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 6, 2018. See you there!