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Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor
Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

by Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

I have just returned from spending most of July on the Wesley Theological Seminary campus. As part of my path as your Licensed Local Pastor, I’ll make Wesley my home for the next four Julys, as well.

Unlike many in my class, I was able to return home at the end of the day, sleep in my own bed (not in a dorm), and could attend worship at my home church each Sunday. I was the only student in my class from the Virginia Conference. There were a few from Maryland, but the majority came from Pennsylvania, New York or Maine. The second half of the month even brought students from the Bahamas.

The classes I took dealt with Theology, Administration, Biblical Interpretation and Pastoral Care. The professors did a great job of providing us with thought-provoking topics. They also challenged us to consider issues from more than one perspective.

One of my favorite times was daily chapel. What a gift. This was one hour of time carved out of our day that forced us to just be. Just be still. And, as Psalm 46:10 tell us, “Be still and know that I am God.”

I am grateful to you, the church, for your support. And, I’m grateful to the staff for allowing me the time away. I was reminded by all the professors at Wesley that we are always learning about the greatness and mercy of our loving God. It’s a lifelong process. I look forward to next July at Wesley. Until then, I look forward to serving God through my service to you, my church family, and to all whom I meet along my journey.


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Trinity United Methodist Church is located in McLean, VA. Our weekly worship services are on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at noon. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. for children and adults. Children up to 6th grade are also invited to Children's Education during the 10:30 service. Adult Bible Study also occurs on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Please visit our website for more information.

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