Trinity Round-Up: April 2014

schedule_9068cPalm Sunday, April 13
8:30 & 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, April 16
12 p.m.

Maundy Thursday, April 17
7:30 p.m.

Good Friday, April 18
7:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 20
6 a.m., 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.

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Children’s Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 13
After 10:30 a.m. worship
Beside the Fellowship Building

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bookchatTrinity’s book club will meet on Wednesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Trinity Library to discuss Doc, by Mary Doria Russell. This entertaining bestseller spotlights the unlikely friendship between Doc Holliday and a fearless lawman named Wyatt Earp–before the gunfight at the O.K. Corral linked their names forever in American frontier mythology. Interested in joining Book Chat? Contact Kathy Maher to be added to the email list.

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craftsCrafts for a Cause got snowed out a couple times in March, but the busy group still managed to churn out the comfort pillows, dolls and bears we donate to Fair Oaks Hospital every month, along with fleece blankets for Carpenter’s Shelter.
This month, the group will continue working on a special origami project. Our Monday night work sessions will be held at 7 p.m. on April 14 and April 28. Everyone’s welcome to join us, no special skills required. We also have ‘homework’ for those who can’t attend the work sessions. For more information, contact Molly Sprouse at mollysprouse@gmail.com or 703-356-4896.

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Thanks to everyone who supported the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper last month. We had a great turnout in spite of the snow, and the meal raised more than $500 for Trinity’s ministries!

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LifeLine Screening at Trinity
LifeLine Screening will return to Trinity UMC on May 16. Stroke is a leading cause of death today, affecting over 750,000 people each year. Every 45 seconds in America, someone suffers a stroke and every 3 minutes, someone dies from one. This means that during the time today it will take you to read this, approximately 15 people in the United States will have died due to a stroke.
Stroke can change your life, but it can also take your life. Please consider taking part in these potentially life-saving screenings. We are happy to announce that Life Line Screening is working with us to provide our members $10 additional discounts off of a screening package in addition to a $10 donation to Trinity United Methodist Church. If you would like to take the next step in possibly saving your life or the life of someone you know and if you would like to help us as well, please sign up by calling the special Helping Hands registration number, which is 1-800-324-9458, in order for us to receive our $10 donation as well. If you prefer to visit the exclusive Helping Hands website to register, you may do so by visiting www.helpinghandsforhealth.com.

Who Made God?

Biscuit staff photoby Biscuit Gilmer, Trinity Church Mascot

I hope everyone is having a good spring. I love this time of year. It’s an exciting time in the church because Easter is going to be here soon. That’s when we celebrate the time more than 2000 years ago, when Jesus busted out of a dark cave (one that had a big rock in front of it!) and joined God in heaven. That’s my kind of super hero! Even death couldn’t hold him back.
I also love when my friends ask questions. Charlotte asks: How was God made or who made God?
Excellent questions, Charlotte! Let’s think about how our world started. The very first verse of the very first book of the Bible (Genesis 1:1) says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” That means there was no sky, no earth, no animals, no people, not even time or space; and God made everything out of nothing. Whoa!
This verse tells us there was nothing, except for God. God was always there. And the extra cool thing is that God will ALWAYS be there. God was there to create all things, God’s with us today and God will be around forever. God isn’t like us. God doesn’t have a birthday. God doesn’t have a mom or dad, grandparents or cousins. But, God does have a son, and that son is Jesus! God loves us so much that God sent Jesus to teach us how to love God and love everyone we know.
Thanks for the question, Charlotte!
Remember my motto:
Paws for Jesus!pawsAsk me anything, any time!

 

Volunteer with the Shepherd’s Center

Drivers and other Volunteers URGENTLY Needed for

Shepherd’s Center of McLean-Arlington-Falls Church

 The Shepherd’s Center of McLean, Arlington and Falls Church continues to receive new clients who have numerous transportation needs to and from medical appointments. In the past two weeks, we have acquired 17 new clients with no new volunteer drivers to help with the requests from these new clients. On January 1, the organization SHARE ended its transportation program and our center has absorbed the seniors who until now have been receiving rides from SHARE. Over the past several months, we have lost several drivers who have left the area and we need to fill that void. This is true especially in the southern part of our service area (south Arlington and the lower half of Falls Church). Our Center has grown rapidly during 2013 and we must recruit more volunteers willing to help with not only transportation but handy helpers, event organization, program organization, friendly callers to shut-ins and those who have fundraising backgrounds willing to help with efforts to raise money to fund the many projects being undertaken by our Center. If our center is unable to recruit new volunteers soon, we will have to stop accepting new clients requesting help to medical appointments. We simply cannot provide the services seniors are requesting with the current number of volunteers. Please be willing to volunteer by calling the Shepherd’s Center at 703-506-2199. Any way you can contribute to the success of our Center by serving area seniors will be greatly appreciated. Our seniors will appreciate it as well.