Worship Corner: Hanging of the Greens

MaherBy Kathy Maher

By the time you read this, Trinity will be beautifully decorated for the Christmas season, following a tradition known as the Hanging of the Greens. You may have heard this term, but what does it mean to us as Christians?

The Hanging of the Greens is based on the English tradition of decorating the home with wreaths, garlands, a Christmas tree, and other evergreens. In a church setting, it readies the Sanctuary (and the congregation) for Advent and Christmas. Advent—an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming” – is the time of preparation for the coming of Christ, God’s gift to us of renewal and transformation. Evergreens are used because they appear not to die; rather, they represent freshness and rebirth.

Isaiah tells us that there will be no end to the reign of the Messiah. We use a wreath of evergreens shaped in a circle, which has no end, to signify that the kingdom of God is also without end – and is realized wherever truth, justice, and peace prevail.

Your brothers and sisters in Christ rejoiced as they decorated the church last week. As we gaze on the results of their labor, we rededicate these symbols – and ourselves – to the service of God. Special thanks go to Michaela and Brad Duty, who have so tirelessly spearheaded Trinity’s Hanging of the Greens.

Merry Christmas!


Trinity Round-Up and Other Tidbits

Christmas Tree Lot Hours

Sunday:      12 – 8 p.m.

Monday – Friday:      5 – 8 p.m.

Saturday:      9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop 869 and the ministry of Trinity’s youth group.

 Children’s Choir Christmas Pageant: December 8 at 10:30 a.m.

The Children’s Choir will share the Christmas story with us during worship

Christmas Eve Worship: December 24

5 p.m. Family Service

8 p.m. Candlelight & Communion

10 p.m. Candlelight & Communion

 This year’s Service of Hope & Healing (also known as, Blue Christmas) will be  held at Charles Wesley UMC (6817 Dean Dr, Mclean, VA 22101) on Wednesday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m.

After taking a break in December, the Trinity Book Chat will meet on Wednesday, January 8, to discuss My Beloved World, an intimate memoir by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Please join us at 6:30 p.m. in the Library for lively conversation and dessert. Reading the book isn’t even required! To be added to the email list – and/or obtain a book list for the rest of the year – email Kathy Maher (Kathyngs@gmail.com).


Celtic Evensong &  Communion: Sunday, Dec. 29 at 6 p.m.

Charles Wesley United Methodist Church

6817 Dean Dr

Mclean, VA 22101

Please note the new location for this month.

Couples’ Retreat

Reservations are now being taken for the annual Couples Retreat for the weekend of February 28 – March 2, 2014, at the Inn at Osprey Point in Rock Hall, Maryland. The Inn is on the water and very peaceful; view the property: http://www.ospreypoint.com/.

Each night is $150 including light breakfast and supper on Saturday evening. It is possible to attend one or both nights, please make checks to Trinity UMC and give to Karen and Andy Briscoe (checks will be held until the week prior to the event). There will be a program on Saturday morning, entertainment Saturday evening and lots of opportunity for both relaxation and fellowship.

There are only 15 rooms, selection will be on first come/first served basis. Each room can also be viewed on the website under “Accommodations,” so book early to get the best room. For more information contact Karen and Andy Briscoe at briscoe1987@gmail.com or 703-582-6818.


New Patio Completed by Troop 869 and Friends

You may have seen some construction recently just outside of the Fellowship Building: we have a new patio area just above the columbarium on the northwest corner of the church. Some of our Boy Scouts from Troop 869, which meets at Trinity Monday evenings, saw a few too many weeds growing in an area left unfinished at the end of the Fellowship Building’s construction and, led by Tom Endean as part of his Boy Scout Eagle Project, took on the task of making the area a more respectful space that can allow friends and family members to gather as they remember loved ones interred there. The work was done in October and November and collectively took over 400 hours of volunteer time. The scouts and their families and friends excavated and moved 18 tons of clay from the weeded area before filling and tamping the patio base (nine tons of gravel, three tons of sand) and installing six tons of pavers donated by Hanover Pavers of Hanover, PA. As a result, we have a beautiful 400 square foot patio that we can now access from the Fellowship Building. Plans for a garden are not far off!

More Volunteer Drivers Needed For Shepherd’s Center of McLean-Arlington-Falls Church As Client Base Grows Rapidly

The number of area senior citizens needing help getting to and from medical and therapy appointments is growing rapidly. Our Shepherd’s Center will be adding approximately 40 new clients by the end of the year and we need more drivers to fill the needs they will be bringing to our Center. SHARE, a wonderful organization that provides clothing, food and furniture to needy individuals has been providing transportation services for many years but will no longer provide that service after the end of this year and their clients will become part of the Shepherd’s Center organization at that time. Accordingly, we need many more volunteer drivers to help those new clients get to and from their medical appointments. We ask that you PLEASE be willing to volunteer as a driver by calling the Shepherd’s Center at 703-506-2199. If you have questions or need more information about this service, call the Center and someone will return your call immediately and answer any questions or concerns you have. We need your help and hope you will be willing to provide this necessary service to our ever increasing number of senior citizen clients.

PHILIPPINES_11132cThe United Methodist Committee on Relief is mobilized in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, one of the biggest storms ever recorded. Be part of the relief effort. Donate through our website. You may also write a check with “Philippines Disaster Relief” on the memo line.





Christmas in Honduras

Once again we would like to plan to provide Christmas gifts for the children of Heart to Heart in Honduras. This year, instead of an angel tree, we are asking for contributions now that we can forward to the Ministry before Christmas. A gift of $50 per child will provide new Christmas clothes, an individually chosen gift and support for their traditional Christmas meal of a roast pig with all the accompaniments, however, a donation of any amount is also appreciated. We hope to provide support for many of the 90 children at the village. If you are able to help, please make your check out to H2HCV and place the check in the offering plate or forward to Dan and Chris Moore, 1629 Wrightson Drive, Mclean,VA. 22101. We hope to forward all the funds to the Ministry directors before Thanksgiving, in time for Christmas shopping.

Sincere thanks for your generous support of this Ministry.

Dan and Chris Moore