Crafts for a Cause Thanks You

Thanks to your support for the Holiday Bazaar, Crafts for a Cause is roaring into 2018 with energy and purpose! We made more than $3,000, which easily funds another year of supplying comfort items to hospitals and shelters. We’ll also be able to support The Leadership Center and Heart2Heart in Honduras, Art for Humanity, and several other causes chosen by the group.

If you would like to help make the pillows, blankets, dolls and dresses, we meet on alternating Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 in Room 124. Upcoming dates: Mon., Jan. 8, and Mon., Jan. 22. All adults are welcome; no skills required; instruction provided.

Looking back on 2017, Crafts for a Cause has some interesting numbers to share. During the past year, the work of our volunteers enabled us to deliver an astonishing 600 knitted baby caps, 240 neck pillows, 30 surgery dolls, 150 fleece hats, 40 lap blankets, 40 heart pillows, 75 pillowcase dresses, 50 fleece throws, and 55 Christmas stockings and Santa hats for newborns. Most items went to Fair Oaks Hospital, which places a high priority on the care and comfort of its patients. The fleece throws went to the Linus Project, which distributes blankets to children of all ages. And the dresses were sent to needy girls in Uganda through the international group Dress a Girl.

A BIG thank you goes out to all the volunteers who helped make all these comfort items. If you’d like to be a part of Crafts for a Cause, but can’t attend the work sessions, we also have some homework projects. Contact Molly Sprouse for more information.

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Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: Dec. 17, 2017

PRAYERS

Amanda, Andrew, Beattie, Bill & Andrea, Callen, Carl & Heather, Carmen, Cathryn, Daniel, Dean, Debbie, Erin, Eunice, Evelyn, Gene, George, Gerry & Kathy, Helen, Herb, Hilda, Jane, Jeff, Joe, John, Joshua, Juliet, Kristin, Laura, LJ, Mk, Molloy family, Monroe family, Norma, Paul, Peggy, Phyllis, Reginald, Ronnie, Sam, Sergio, Susan, Tommy, Tony, Wanda, and Yancey.

We continue to pray for those seeking employment, college students, travelers, the people of the Gulf Coast states, California, New York, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, rescue workers, those dealing with mental illness, our elected leaders, military families, immigrants and the people and communities affected by violence.


Advent Study: Pastors Jim Sprouse and Eileen Gilmer are each leading an Advent Study. Because of Bethlehem, a study by Max Lucado meets with Pastor Gilmer in Room 302 at 9:30 a.m. Pastor Sprouse leads Down to Earth by Mike Slaughter on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and Monday at 10 a.m.

Book Chat: Looking for something new to do in 2018? Join us on Tuesday, January 9, to discuss Lisette’s List, by Susan Vreeland. We gather once a month at 6:30 p.m. in the Trinity Library. Bring a light dinner (dessert is provided) and enjoy fellowship and lively conversation. Contact Kathy Maher.

Christmas Office Hours

Regular hours through Dec. 21.

  • Friday, December 22: 9 a.m.  – 12 p.m.
  • Monday, December 25: Closed
  • Tuesday, December 26: Closed
  • Wednesday, December 27: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 28: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Friday, December 29: Closed
  • Monday, January 1: Closed

Regular hours resume January 2, 2018.

Crafts for a Cause: Thank you to all who have supported our annual Bazaar this year. Upcoming work session: Dec. 18. Contact Molly Sprouse, mollysprouse@gmail.com.

This Month’s Collection: Share Food Drive: We are collecting tuna, rice in 2 lb. bags, cooking oil, canned beans, peanut butter, pasta and sauce, diapers (especially sizes 4-6), baby wipes, baby shampoo, diaper rash cream, toilet paper, paper towels, laundry and dish soap and Safeway/Giant gift cards. Please place your donations in the bins outside the sanctuary and in the Fellowship Building. Please drop off Safeway/Giant gift cards in the church office.

Men’s Group: There will be a breakfast meeting for Trinity Men on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 7:30 a.m. in Langley Hall. All are invited.

Online Giving: Fast. Easy. Convenient. GIVE ONLINE: umtrinity.org/give or TEXT TO GIVE: Simply send a text to 703-454-5532 with the amount you would like to contribute; include the dollar sign. Example: $25. You’ll receive a link to register. And then, you will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, simply send a text with the amount you wish to give, and it will process automatically! Thanks for your continued support

Treasurer’s Report

Total receipts excluding special debt reduction:

Giving through 12/3/17        $889,335

Offering on 12/10/17        $117,082

Total through 12/10/17        $1,006,417

2017 Budget $1,149,300

Needed to Achieve Budget $142,883

Youth Group Christmas Party Sunday at 5 p.m. Bring a wrapped “White Elephant” gift for exchange. Don’t miss the biggest part of the year!

Wonderful Wednesday Dinners return January 3.

Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: Dec. 10, 2017

Prayers

Abby, Amanda, Amy, Andrew, Angela, Anne, Annie, Ashley, Bill, Bobbie, Candace, Carl & Heather, Carla, Carol, Cathryn, Cathy, Cav, Dan, Daniel, Darlene, Debbie, Ed, Eddie, Ella, Florian, Fred, Gene, Gerry & Kathy, Heather, Helen, Herb, Hilda, Holly, Jan, Jane, Johnny, Josh, Julie, Juliet, Kay, Ken, Kristin, Lincoln, Mary, Matt, Max, Michelle, Paula, Peggy & Bill, Reg & Cathy, Reginald, Ronnie, Scott & Kathy, Steve, Ted, Terry, Vivian, Wanda, and Yancey.

We continue to pray for those seeking employment, college students, travelers, the people of the Gulf Coast states, California, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Las Vegas, those impacted by natural disasters, rescue workers, those dealing with mental illness, our elected leaders, military families, immigrants and the people and communities affected by violence.


This Sunday, we welcome Joseph Rahm to Trinity. He brings updates about the ministry at The Leadership Center in Honduras.


Handmade items by our Crafts for a Cause group will be for sale.
Shop for the holidays with a real purpose: supporting Trinity’s Crafts for a Cause ministry for the coming year.

Advent Study: Pastors Jim Sprouse and Eileen Gilmer are each leading an Advent Study. Because of Bethlehem, a study by Max Lucado meets with Pastor Gilmer in Room 302 at 9:30 a.m. Pastor Sprouse leads Down to Earth by Mike Slaughter on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Crafts for a Cause’s annual Holiday Bazaar continues on Sundays through mid-December after both worship services. This is our sole fund-raising event that enables us to buy the supplies for the next year, so your participation is really important! All kinds of homemade foods and crafts for adults, children and pets will be available, all made by Trinity members.

Meanwhile, we continue to work on comfort items for Fair Oaks Hospital on alternating Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 in Room 124. All adults welcome; instruction provided. Upcoming session: Dec. 18. Contact Molly Sprouse.

Martha’s Table: Sunday, Dec. 10, we’ll make 900 sandwiches and trail mix immediately after both worship services. Sign-up to shop or deliver: in the Fellowship Lobby or at bit.ly/MTVol. Contact Barb Long, bkalong@yahoo.com.

Men’s Meeting: There will be a breakfast meeting for Trinity Men on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 7:30 a.m. in Langley Hall. All are invited.

Moms’ Group Cookie Exchange: TUMC Mom’s Group cookie exchange will be held on Monday, December 11, from 7:30 – 9 p.m., at the home of Erika Keough (6360 Lynwood Hill Rd, McLean). If you can join us, please bring 3 dozen cookies and RSVP to Jessica or Erika.

New Dominion Chorale: The Chorale will present J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio this afternoon at 4 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall at the Northern VA Community College’s Alexandria campus. For more, visit newdominion.org

Online Giving: Fast. Easy. Convenient. GIVE ONLINE: umtrinity.org/give or TEXT TO GIVE: Simply send a text to 703-454-5532 with the amount you would like to contribute; include the dollar sign. Example: $25. You’ll receive a link to register. And then, you will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, simply send a text with the amount you wish to give, and it will process automatically! Thanks for your continued support!

Treasurer’s Report

Total receipts excluding special debt reduction:

Giving through 11/26/17 $843,195

Nov. Text & Electronic Giving $32,678

Offering on 12/3/17 $143,462

Total through 12/3/17 $889,335

2017 Budgeted Receipts $1,149,300

Amount Needed to Achieve Budget $259,965

 

 

Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: Dec. 3, 2017

PRAYERS

Abby, Abby, Amanda, Amy, Andrea, Andrew, Angela, Anne, Annie, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Barry, Bill, Billy, Bobbie, Buddy, Burl, Candace, Carla, Carol, Cathy, Cav, Charlie, Cherie, Chris, Chuck & Alice, Dan, Daniel, Darlene, Dave, David, Dean, Debbie, Del, Diana, Diane, Doug & Sally, Ed, Eddie, Ella, Flo, Florian, Fordham family, Frances, Fred, Gary, Gene, Gerry & Kathy, Heather, Heuple family, Hilda, Holly, Jan, Jane, Janet, Jeff, Jerry, Jim, Joe, John, Johnny, Josh, Joyce, JR, Judy, Julie, Julietta, June, Kay, Ken, Layne, Lenny, Lilly, Lincoln, Linda, Lindie, Lisa, Marciene, Margie, Marilynn, Mary Lou, Mary, Matt, Max, Merlin, Michelle, Mike, MK, Nancy, Paul, Paula, Pauline, Peg, Peggy & Bill, Peter, Phil, Phyllis, Ray, Reg & Cathy, Richard, Ronnie, Rosa, Sarkees, Scott & Kathy, Sean, Sherry, Steve, Sue, Susan, Suzanne, Ted, Terry, Tomi, Torry, Vanna, Vickye, Vivian, Walker family, and Yancey.

We continue to pray for those seeking employment, college students, travelers, the people of the Gulf Coast states, California, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Las Vegas, those impacted by natural disasters, rescue workers, those dealing with mental illness, our elected leaders, military families, immigrants and the people and communities affected by violence.


The Share Angel Tree gifts are due Sunday, Dec. 3. If you forgot them today, please deliver to Share on Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. or to the gym at McLean Baptist Church on Thursday, 9 a.m – 6 p.m. (both at 1367 Chain Bridge Rd. )


Handmade items by our Crafts for a Cause group will be for sale.
Shop for the holidays with a real purpose: supporting Trinity’s Crafts for a Cause ministry for the coming year.

 

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Advent Study: Pastors Jim Sprouse and Eileen Gilmer will each offer an Advent Study this year. Because of Bethlehem, a study by Max Lucado meets with Pastor Gilmer in Room 302 at 9:30 a.m. Pastor Sprouse will lead Down to Earth by Mike Slaughter on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Crafts for a Cause is opening the annual Holiday Bazaar, today, and continues on Sundays through mid-December after both worship services. This is our sole fund-raising event that enables us to buy the supplies for the next year, so your participation is really important! All kinds of homemade foods and crafts for adults, children and pets will be available, all made by Trinity members.

Meanwhile, we continue to work on comfort items for Fair Oaks Hospital on alternating Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 in Room 124. All adults welcome; instruction provided. Upcoming sessions: Dec. 4 and Dec. 18. Contact Molly Sprouse, mollysprouse@gmail.com.

Martha’s Table: On Dec. 10, we’ll make 900 sandwiches and trail mix immediately after both worship services. Sign-up to shop or deliver: in the Fellowship Lobby or at bit.ly/MTVol. Contact Barb Long, bkalong@yahoo.com.

Men’s Meeting: There will be a meeting for Trinity Men on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 7:30 a.m. in Langley Hall. All men are invited.

Moms’ Group Cookie Exchange: TUMC Mom’s Group cookie exchange will be held on Monday, December 11, from 7:30 – 9 p.m., at the home of Erika Keough (6360 Lynwood Hill Rd, McLean). If you can join us, please bring 3 dozen cookies and RSVP to Jessica or Erika (jessica.r.faust@gmail.com, erika_keough@hotmail.com).

Name tags: If you need one, please sign up in the Narthex or send to hlatta@umtrinity.org. Next order will be placed Dec. 27!

Online Giving: Fast. Easy. Convenient. GIVE ONLINE: umtrinity.org/give or TEXT TO GIVE: Simply send a text to 703-454-5532 with the amount you would like to contribute; include the dollar sign. Example: $25. You’ll receive a link to register. And then, you will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, simply send a text with the amount you wish to give, and it will process automatically! Thanks for your continued support!

Treasurer’s Report

Total receipts excluding special debt reduction:

Giving through 11/19/17 $828,640

Offering on 11/26/17 $14, 555

Total through 11/26/17 $843,195

2017 Budgeted Receipts $1,149,300

 

The Lord Is Come

By James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor

All of us are familiar with Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Carol. I read it every year. It vividly portrays Scrooge’s encounter with the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. His experiences with the three spirits changed him.

Think with me today about the spirit of Christmas future. Both Advent and Christmas are about a new world – a transformation of our earth. It is about the end of warfare and violence, injustice and oppression. It is about our earth’s transformation, not devastation. It is about a new world that will know only justice and peace.

How will this transformation come about? Despite the passing of 2,000 years it is still not accomplished. The Christmas stories of Matthew and Luke don’t present you and me with a supernatural rescuing of the earth. The Christmas stories are not about a spectacular set of miracles that happened in the distant past that we are to believe in for the sake of going to heaven. The Christmas stories are about God’s passion, God’s dream, for a transformed earth and all life upon it.

The Christmas stories invite us to transform the world with God, because we can’t do it without God. Every year we are reminded that we are the people who claim to have seen the star and heard the angels sing. We are the people who are called to participate in the new birth and the new world by proclaiming these stories.

The struggle of God’s vision for the world continues. The birth narratives are not a pipe dream, but our proclaiming that what we see in Jesus is the way to a different kind of life and a different future. God doesn’t change you and me without our participation, and God won’t change the world without our participation.

We give the last word to one of the carols of Christmas. It combines the themes of Advent and Christmas in a remarkable way: Joy to the world. Dream with me of a world where Jesus is Lord. Dream of every heart preparing room for him. Then let us sing, Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let every heart prepare Him room, and let heaven and nature sing.


A THANK YOU

This fall the people of Trinity honored Molly and me with a combined celebration of our twenty years of marriage and our twenty years of serving the people of Trinity Church. We were touched by your kind words and your generous love gift. Molly and I have lived in your parsonage at Trinity longer than either of us has lived in a house growing up. We share a rich tapestry of memories that we’ll cherish forever. Thank you! And, we look forward to being your parsonage family in 2018. Love to you all, Jim & Molly

 

God’s Dreams for You

By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

Does God have dreams? I invite you to look at the story of Jacob’s Ladder found in Genesis. It’s a great story about how God reached Jacob through a wonderful dream. In it, God lets Jacob know that there were great things ahead for Jacob: he would be given the blessing of offspring and land, just as his father Isaac had been promised, and his father’s father Abraham before him. But that’s not all; God promised to be with Jacob through it all.

God never promised Jacob his life would be easy, but God did promise that Jacob would never be left alone. Do you ever think about God’s dream for your life? Just like Jacob, God has big dreams for you. The Bible is filled with scripture that points to this message. One of my favorites comes from Jeremiah 29:11. “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”

Not only does God have great dreams for us, God also has great dreams for Trinity Church. How do we figure out those dreams? We start by praying. We pray for guidance and for God to lead us to live out God’s will. It won’t always be easy, but we can take comfort and reassurance in knowing that God will never leave us. This is another reason that Trinity is taking part in the Next Level Innovation project. We believe God is calling us to reach more people outside the walls of our church—people who might never have come to church before.

As we enter this busy Christmas season, I hope that you’ll keep your church leaders and congregation in your prayers. Know that you are in our prayers. Just like the rest of the world, church is changing. This is not the same church many of us attended as children; it is not even the same church it was ten years ago! You are an important part of the future of Trinity. It’s my prayer that you will join us as we work to live out God’s dream.

 

Trip to the Museum of the Bible

By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor

On January 14, the preteen class and youth group (grades 5 – 12) will visit the new Museum of the Bible which opened in November. Their press release states:

The Museum of the Bible opens its doors to the public, unveiling the institution’s flagship, 430,000-square-foot museum building for the first time. …the innovative, global, educational institution boasts one of the largest privately-held collections of ancient biblical codices, scrolls and papyri along with thousands of other historic artifacts and exhibit items.

I’m so excited to take students and their parents because often we overlook the sacrifice and dedication that generations of scribes and believers have contributed to this important book.

I have studied the manuscript transmission process of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) more than that of the New Testament. Therefore, I can attest to the making of the Hebrew Bible with more details. Two facts I want to highlight: one, the invention of vocalization by the Masoretes and two, their meticulous procedure of copying texts. The Hebrew Bible was primarily written in Hebrew and some portions in Aramaic. Both being Semitic languages, they did not contain vocalization notes in their original forms. The Masoretes (Jewish scholars and scribes in 6th to 10th century CE) invented a new vocal notation system to standardize pronunciation and interpretation. Out of that movement, the Ben Asher family was noted for their precision and excellence. The present printed edition of the Hebrew Bible for scholars, the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia, is based on one of the manuscripts from the Ben Asher line. This family of scholars was so meticulous and pious, it had strict rules of copying. One of them is undergoing ritual washing after a scribe writes the letters ‘YWHW’ (the holy name of God). For example, in Deuteronomy 1 a scribe must undergo twenty-one ritual washings to finish the chapter! (I guess they didn’t have a copy and paste function!)

In our preteen class, we open the Bible and we read it as a group to come to an interpretation. We have open access to it because there have been generations of dedicated scholars, copyists, translators, and believers who gave sweat and tears in preserving and transmitting it for today’s generation. We are so fortunate to live close to this museum that is dedicated in presenting the Bible in its multiple facets.