January, 2022
Message from the Pastor
December 28th, 2021
Happy New Year!
There is something about flipping the calendar page from December to January that invites us to reflect, to take stock, to set goals for the new year, perhaps even to make a New Year’s resolution or two. And yet, surveys consistently show that only 7 – 8% of those who make resolutions this time of year keep them.  There are many reasons for this, but perhaps the main reason is simply that old habits die hard.  Folks wisdom has known this for ages, we know the expressions:
“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”
“The leopard cannot change its spots.”

It seems old proverbs die hard, too, and unless human nature undergoes some radical modifications in the near future, most of our grandchildren will grow up hearing these same folk wisdom proverbs.  Their longevity reflects their reliability. They bear witness to something is as basic to our nature as eating, breathing, and sleeping, namely, our tendency to resist change.
In the face of these reflections on the inflexibility of human nature, we are brought up short by a peculiar story in the book of Acts. The story bears witness to some surprising departures from proverbial wisdom in that it gives an account of at least two instances of overcoming the behavioral odds.
First, there is the story of Paul’s conversation, a story so famous for its radical reversal that any equally dramatic change of heart is often described as a “Damascus Road” experience. Paul starts out for Damascus planning to take Christ’s disciples captive. Instead, he ends up being taken captive himself, a captive of the Risen Christ.
The surprise in this story is definitely on Paul. Yet we should not overlook Ananias in our tally of drastic instances of behavior modification. Chances are that if Ananias had spent hours compiling his agenda for that day, he would never have penciled in “Visit Paul; do baptism.” God’s instructions to go and look for Saul (later renamed Paul) on the street called Straight (vv. 11 – 12) must have struck Ananias as the height of lunacy! All the Christians in Damascus must have been doing their utmost to avoid Saul, given his reputation as a self-appointed persecutor of Christians.  Notice how vivid the characterization of his activities is in Acts 9:1. Anyone who could be described as “breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord,” was not someone to be toyed with. Paul says as much about himself in Galatians 1:13.
Ananias is diplomatically doubtful in his response (vv. 13 – 14) and, as such, stands in a long line of biblical figures who have dared to respond to God’s orders with “Yes, but…” That he dared to dispute at all with the Almighty is an index of how deeply shocked he must have been at the idea that Saul was to be the instrument by which God’s name was to be brought “before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel” (v. 15).
Finally, however, Ananias surmounts his fears and goes to visit the street called Straight. When he arrives at the appointed house, he finds a Saul much changed. One has to wonder if, even at this point, Ananias did not fear a trap. What if it was all a setup? What if Saul was only putting on a charade designed to flush out unsuspecting Christians? If Ananias was worried, he did not let on. Instead, he laid healing hands on the man who had caused hurting hands to be laid upon so many. The Church has never been the same since.
So what lesson are we take from this story in the season of resolutions at the start of a new year? Are Paul and Ananias exceptions to the rule of human inflexibility? Are they superhumans who can “change their spots” after all?
The point of this passage, at least to me on this day, is not that Paul and Ananias are so much more heroic than the rest of us. It is that God has the power to change us, sometimes even in spite of ourselves. This is the truth that can give us hope in the face of all those discouraging proverbs about the improbability of human change. If we were to go back, in light of this passage, to the proverb about the hypothetical leopard and ask, “Can the leopard change its spots?” the answer would have to be “No, the leopard cannot – but God can.” If there are spots in our lives that need changing, resolutions that need keeping, then we would do well to remember who created that leopard, and each of every one of us, in the first place!
 January Special Offering

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity
brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

When you give to Habitat for Humanity of Horry County you are not only giving a hand up to our homebuyers but you are making a lasting impact on their children and generations to come. 

Affordable homeownership helps create the conditions that free families from instability, stress and fear and encourages self-reliance and confidence. By helping create strong and secure homes you are contributing to strong and secure families.

Kim and Tanner's new home. Artwork by Tanner.

Growing up in a decent, affordable home can have a powerful effect on children. Studies draw a straight line between the quality, location and affordability of housing and a child’s ability to thrive.

On the other hand, low-quality housing — often accompanied by pests, poor ventilation, lack of heat and other detrimental factors — has been strongly linked to physical health problems for children.

In addition, the stress that parents experience due to living in poor conditions can translate into emotional and behavioral problems in their children. Children whose families who are forced to move frequently in search of better, more affordable living situations often struggle. And parents paying too much for a place to live too often must deplete financial resources that otherwise could be invested in their children’s health, education and futures.

Give today to make a lasting investment in the lives of children across our community today! 

If you have donations of furniture, home goods, outdoor items and appliances please consider donating to the ReStore. The ReStore is staffed by volunteers and all profits from the ReStore benefit Habitat for Humanity in our local community.  Stop by to shop too! 

Upcoming meetings, events and Zoom Links
can be found on our online calendar.

January Birthdays & Anniversaries 


Let's Celebrate! 

Happy Birthday to... 
Lois Geiger                              01/01
Helen Marshall                        01/07
Paul Manton                            01/12
Jim O’Connell                         01/15
Dorothy Hibben                       01/17 
Ann Long                                 01/20
Dennis Brown                          01/22
Ben Hartman                           01/26
Sandy Spitz                             01/26
Lucille Crosby                           01/30
Jean G. Bullen                         01/31
Janet Hoffert                              01/31  

Happy Anniversary to... 
Rob and Donna Cruey                        01/01
Donald and Sandy Streiffert                01/05
Larry and Debbie Davis                       01/13
Bill and Carolyn Bentley                      01/19
Albert and Kathleen Foley                   01/24
Brad and Lynnette Thompson             01/25
Bob and Kay Cribbs                            01/26
Elwood and Janet Hoffert                    01/29


All South Carolinians age 5* and older can now get the COVID-19 vaccine.

*The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is approved for those 5 and older. Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines are approved for 18 and up.

Need assistance? Call 1-866-365-8110 for help with COVID-19 vaccine questions and provider information.

Tidelands Health is now giving all Pfizer vaccines including 3rd dose to anyone walking in, no appointments needed. If you got Moderna you can get the Pfizer vaccine for the 3rd dose you just have to be 28 days from your last vaccine.
There is a new clinic location at The Compass Professional Center at 10607 Highway 707, Murrells Inlet, SC near Salem Road and is open from 9 to 4 pm. Other locations and hours can be found HERE

Thank you Linda Goehring for sharing this information!
 PW Circle Gatherings

Have You Joined a Circle?  The PW Circles have had their first meetings and are looking forward to have more members join them.

Margaret L Circle is led by Marian Shelton on the first Tuesday each month at 10 AM in Trinity's lobby (the area outside the office).  The Ruth Circle led by Penny Beauchesne meets in the same area on the second Wednesday each month at 1 pm.  Each lesson is presented by a volunteer member.  There are still a few lessons that you can volunteer to present if you would like.  Presenter or just participant, please plan to join us.
 For those who can’t meet during the day, we have an evening meeting over Zoom.  The Martha Circle, led by Yvonne Beale meets at 7 pm on the last Thursday each month. A Zoom link will be sent out by the church office each month and is also available on Trinity's online calendar. 


Circle Bible Study for September 2021 - May 2022 i
s from the Horizon Bible Study series, “God with Us”


Margaret L Circle, first Tuesday at 10:00 AM in person in Trinity’s lobby.  The next meeting will be January 4th, 2022, 10:00 AM.  Circle leader Marian Shelton.

Ruth Circle, second Wednesdays at 1:00 PM in person in Trinity’s lobby. The next meeting will be January 12th, 2022, 1:00 PM.  Circle Leader Penny Beauchesne.

Martha Circle, fourth Thursday of at 7:00 PM via Zoom.  The next meeting will be January 27th, 2022, 7:00 PM.  Circle leader Yvonne Beale.  Please notify Yvonne if you wish to attend and she will send the Zoom link.

The organization of Presbyterian Women of Trinity Church is conducted by a PW Coordinating Council.  The Council oversees PW activities and maintains a budget for mission projects, activities and events.  Council meets the second Tuesday of each month.  The next meeting will be January 11th at 10:30 AM in Trinity's lobby.  If you wish to learn more about PW Council, please contact Moderator Liz Montgomery.

Presbyterian Women’s Budget.
No one wants to read full details of a budget, but we wanted to let everyone know where Yard
Sale earnings go. 
This year’s Yard Sale earned a total of $12,267.  With this amount of money, we were able to support Help 4 Kids, South Strand Helping Hands, Mobile Meals, Habitat for Humanity, South Carolina Youth Advocacy Program, all of which are local charities.
We also were able to support state and national organizations such as Thornwell, Wren House (PADD), Presbyterian Disaster Relief, a national veteran’s organization, and a women’s center for battered women.  The remainder of the funds is designated for church needs.
We Need a Yard Sale Leader for 2022!
Liz Montgomery can give you more information on what our leader needs to do.   Just remember, if we don’t have a volunteer to lead, we will be unable to earn all this money for our charities.
Thank You to our 2021 Leaders on PW Council
Liz Montgomery has served as our council chairperson for at least 3 years, Alice Hartman has been vice chair for the past 2 years and Penny Beauchesne has served as secretary for 3 years as well and Patsy Jennings has served as treasurer.  We have depended on these ladies through for some difficult times and want to say a hearty Thank You to each and every person.
A heartfelt and hearty Thank You also goes out to Karen Watts for her years as Volunteer Chair of the Yard Sale, and to her husband Dennis Watts for his service and hard work during an especially trying period—Covid made a hard job even harder because of the limited contact that made marking and moving of furniture limited.  It is hard to understand the limitations Dennis and Karen had to work through.  We do appreciate you two. 

Disciple Bible Study

The Christian Education Ministry invites you to embark upon a Discipleship journey. Our travels will include touring the Bible, study, prayer, discussions, fellowship, support and laughter. Seasoned travelers as well as beginners are welcome! This is an extended trip; however, you may pack lightly. You will only need a study Bible, the Disciple manual, a notebook, and a pencil – we’ll provide the maps. Departure is planned for January / February and the duration is 34 weeks. Take a life changing, guided, group trip that you will never forget. The weather will affect this expedition very little. Don’t forget your comfortable shoes! Like most journeys, finding the time and taking the first step can be the most difficult, but at the conclusion you know your life has been enriched in ways not possible without the journey.
Disciple I: Becoming Disciples through Bible Study
A survey of both Old and New Testament books–34 weeks.
Disciple Bible Study is founded on the belief that people are hungry for the word of God, for fellowship in prayer and study, and for a sense of the disciple to which Christ is calling them as committed Christians. Disciple gives Old and New Testaments equal time, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as the revelation of God. Disciple invites persons to bring their experiences and struggles to Scripture, uses biblical language and biblical images, and draws upon the work of scholars to aid understanding of the Bible. It is also dependent upon group discussion of Scripture made possible through a commitment to weekly study and preparation.
The study will be co-led by Rev. Joel Long and Rev. Don McCann with Pastor Tony serving as an occasional guest leader and conversation partner. The exact days and time of the Disciple Bible Study are still to be determined.  We anticipate being able to offer this study in-person, with ZOOM a possibility for those not yet ready for in-person meetings or who are part-time residents of the Grand Strand. If you are interested in this journey, please sign-up in the Narthex or using the link.  Those who register will be sent additional information and invited to an organizational gathering where the additional information will be given, and meetings time and start-date will be discussed.
The Swap Spot

Have you visited our church library lately? Peruse and borrow any of our many books on theology and faith or borrow one of the novels and non-fiction books that have been recommended by Tony and other avid readers in our congregation. Read something great lately? Write a short review and post it on our bulletin board to suggest it to others!

Trinity Book Club

Trinity Book Club redux reads Best to Laugh by Lorna Landvik in January

No, it is not a mistake, we postponed Best to Laugh by Lorna Landvik till January 19th. This a book that will bring a smile to your face as Candy Pekkala navigates life while she figures out what it is that she wants from it. “No one steps up to life’s banquet, holds out her tray, and orders, “Grief, please!” But as a child, Candy Pekkala was served a heaping helping of it. Every buffet line has a dessert section, however, and when a cousin calls with a Hollywood apartment to sublet, it seems as though Candy is finally offered something sweet. It’s good-bye to Minnesota and hello to California, where a girl who has always lived by her wits has a real chance of making a living with them. With that, the irrepressible Lorna Landvik launches her latest irresistible character onto the world stage—or at least onto the dimly lit small stage where stand-up comedy gets its start.” Amazon description.

Join us January 19th at 10 am.

For more information, contact Margaret Fain at mfain@sc.rr.com or 843-602-717

Meetings will be held on the First and Third Thursdays of the month at 10 AM.
Please join us in January on the 6th and 20th. 

Trinity Crochet Club welcomes anyone interested in learning the craft.  They provide tools, yarn, and instruction. Are you a beginner looking to improve your skills? Stop by and try out this peaceful hobby with friends and fellowship. If you have any questions about Crochet Club please contact Lynn Edwards -  ledwards2008@gmail.com

Mission Sewing continues to meet at Trinity
on 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 9:30 -11:30

Please join us in January on the 13th and 27th. 

Help 4 Kids is collecting the following winter items for local families:
  • Canned Meat                                        
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Canned pasta     
  • Canned vegetables   
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Spaghetti Sauce         
  • Small Space Heaters
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Blankets
  • Warm socks, hats and gloves                         
Cash or Gift Cards are always welcome and allow us to purchase fresh meat, dairy, produce and breads. 

Guys, come join us for Holy Grounds Men's Fellowship in Trinity's Lobby on the first Tuesday of the month at 9 AM. 

All men are welcome to join for fellowship and coffee.  This group will continue to meet in the lobby on the first Tuesdays of the month.  The next meeting is January 4th at 9 AM. 

 If you don’t like coffee, bring your favorite tea, soda, cocoa or smoothie.  

Brian Flint is our Holy Grounds leader. 
Upcycled Card Ministry 
We have cards for all occasions, beautifully decorated gift bags, and short stories for children at our Card Ministry table in the lobby... $2 each, or a deal of 3 for $5. 

And yes, we do appreciate the donations of card fronts, scrapbooking supplies, stickers, etc. as well as the return of the cellophane sleeves for a second use. You can leave those supplies for Marian Shelton in the office. Remember to recycle the cellophane sleeved from your card purchases by returning them at the table. Thank you!   
Yard Sale:
No donations, please

Though Trinity PW and Trinity Church has depended upon the money raised each year, at this point we do not have a leader or leaders for the 2022 Yard Sale. We will need someone to step up to the plate in order to continue.  Therefore, we ask that you do NOT bring items for the sale until further notice.
2021 Christmas Card Board

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Christmas Card Board! 

Our Trinity Prayer Chain will pray for any special need you may be facing.

Please contact Linda Goehring by phone (724-601-4478) or email (L4G4Go@gmail.com) to share your Prayer Request or to join our email Prayer Chain in praying for others
Session has called a congregational meeting on Sunday, January 9th following the 10:30 AM worship service for the purposes of: 1) Hearing a Report of the Congregational Nominating Committee; 2) Considering Changes to the Pastor's Terms of Call; and 3) Holding the Annual Meeting of the Corporation. Please join us in-person or on Zoom January 9th.

Mobile Meals continues to deliver meals 3 days a week while taking all necessary precautions.  Thanks to Jerry Kuhn, JoAnn Kuhn, Jean Bullen, Sharon Rousseau and Jim Montgomery for delivering meals in December.   If you would like to help deliver meals, please let me know.  Next meal delivery will be the week of January 24-28, 2022.   
Jim Montgomery, Coordinator

December 9th at 3:15, led by Lynn Hayn

A great time was had by all! 
2022 Session

Yvonne Beale
Lynn Edwards
Kathleen Fair
Brian Flint
Randy Jennings
Randy Kidd
Tony Larson
Vicki Mildenstein
Liz Montgomery
Diana Scroggins
Marian Shelton
Mary Terwiske
Phyllis Wicker

“The session is responsible to guide and govern the life of the congregation. The session leads the congregation in fulfilling its responsibilities for the service of all people, for the upbuilding of the whole church, and for the glory of God. ““

So, what does that mean? It means that the twelve elders who make up session are responsible for (among other things) overseeing the finances of the church, membership, worship, music, emergency procedures, fellowship opportunities, building use; all responsibilities are overseen by the committees of the church.  (A complete list with committee heads is generally in the Sunday bulletin.)
2022 Deacons

Bill & Carolyn Bentley
Judi Bittner
Jean Bullen
Pat Coffey
Donna Cruey
Linda Goehring
Janet Hoffert 
Susy Howard
Gail McCann

“The ministry of deacon is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress.”

Deacons reach out to members of the congregation in need with cards and phone calls and when possible, with visits. They might be called upon to assist the pastor with in-home communion. They arrange for meals or transportation when needed.   They oversee and maintain records of the medical equipment available for the use of the congregation. Deacons maintain the prayer chain. They are the people who provide help when members of the congregation are in need.
Presbyterian Women Christmas Luncheon

PW ladies gathered on Saturday, December 4, at Damon’s on Ocean Blvd in Myrtle Beach to celebrate the season of Christmas and the joy of being with each other. Thank you to all who attended.

A Thank offering was gathered which goes to Harmony Presbyter to fund programs for women at home and around the world. They offer grants to organizations which provide education and safe housing, advocacy programs—all addressing needs of women in crisis. 

After months of limited activities at Trinity Presbyterian Church, we are easing back into our once normal routine, which means committees are beginning to gather and plan. Over the past twenty months, the various committees have been operating with fewer members and are now looking for volunteers to bring new life and energy to their missions.  Please consider volunteering to serve on one of the many committees.  Talk to a committee head, say something to Pastor Tony, or leave your name with Katie in the office to find out how you can become more involved.

2022 Offering Envelopes are now available in the narthex. Envelopes are arranged alphabetically, not by envelope number. If you can’t find a box with your name and would like a one, please contact Brad Thompson at 843-602-5465
2021 Angel Tree 

With your help and generosity Trinity provided clothes and toys
for 35 children this year through Help4Kids. Thank you! 

Are you missing something you brought to Trinity? Glasses, coat, travel cup or similar? 
Check our Lost and Found box in the church office. 
Finance Dashboard 

Debt Reduction Number as of 11/30/2021 
Checks written to reduce mortgage ========>      $226,472
Projected Balance at 02/2031============->      $ 35,509
Contributions March thru November 2021====>     $ 23,138
Balance as of 11/30/2021=================>   $ 488,248
Year To Date Ending November 30, 2021
Income                      ACTUAL         BUDGETED
CONGR                     $204,799          $204,000
OTHER                       $83,648            $83,753
TOTAL INCOME         $288,447          $287,753            
EXPENSES                $289,709          $294,425
Acknowledgement of Gratitude
  • The Cantata was the best yet!  Many thanks to Diana and all of the choir members and special musicians.
  • Thanks to Lynn Edwards for her work on updating the church insurance.
  • The annual Christmas Luncheon at Damon’s was enjoyed by all.  The new officers for Presbyterian Women were installed.  They include Cheryl Roach as secretary, Alice Hartman as Vice-Moderator, and Liz Montgomery as Treasurer.
  • Many thanks to Ed and Judy Oskandy for organizing the “Cookie Swap”.
  • The Caroling activity was wonderful and very meaningful to those who were visited.
  • Many thanks to Diana Scroggins for her work with the choir and her ministry.
December Session Notes
  • The new Deacons and Elders were examined.  Gail McCann and Susy Howard will be ordained and installed as Deacons.  Donna Cruey will be installed as a Deacon.  Randy Jennings, Vicki Mildenstein, and Mary Terwiske will be ordained and installed as Elders.  Lynn Edwards will be installed as an Elder.  The ordinations and installations will take place during the 10:30 service on January 9th
  • Also on January 9th there will be a Congregation meeting.  The purpose of the meeting is to hear and act on the business of the corporation and review the pastor’s Terms of Call.
  • Diana Scroggins gave a report of the November 16th Presbytery meeting.
  • Covid protocols were reviewed.  It is still recommended that individuals who worship wear a mask and social distance.  The Session will revisit fellowship activities involving food at the January Session meeting.
  • Membership Rolls were updated
  • The 2022 Budget was approved.
  • Session approved having an Arts and Crafts Festival in March and November with proceeds going to Debt Reduction.  Vendors will be both indoors and outdoors.
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