Missions and Church & Society

Good Works Day pic


 

Church & Society

October Collection Drive

This month we’re collecting men’s winter clothing and toiletry items for Christ House, a medical facility in Washington, D.C. Please donate new or gently worn fall and winter men’s clothing (no women’s clothing) sizes small to extra large, new men’s underwear any size, new socks, t-shirts, tennis shoes and belts. Men’s sweatpants (any size, preferably new) are always needed. Also, toiletries such as disposable razors, soap, shaving cream, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, are needed. Please place your donations in either the collection baskets in the foyers of the church or in the collection closet in the Fellowship Hall.

THANK YOU to everyone who donated school supplies collected during the month of August and September. Your donations were delivered to grateful teachers and children.

DC Scholars at Stanton School

DC Scholars at Stanton Elementary School are thrilled with the school supplies donated by children attending Trinity’s Vacation Bible School and by Trinity members. A record number of supplies and uniform pants were collected.

Stanton is undergoing major renovations that include a new wing and an additional level to be completed in 2016. Student enrollment has increased to nearly 600. That is an increase of more than 200 students since 2013. The new space and renovations will be greatly appreciated by students and staff.

In the meantime, Trinity volunteers are supplying school supplies and books to individual students, teachers and classrooms. We have scheduled a Science Day for 3rd-5th grade students on Nov. 3 and we need volunteers to assist on that day. We will provide carpooling. Students love the engaging and interesting activities offered during Science Day. Please contact Suzanne Hamilton to volunteer, suzanhamil@aol.com, 703-759-6264.

Tabs for Thailand

Tabs for Thailand are back! Trinity is collecting the tab tops from aluminum cans to send to Thailand, where they are melted down to use for artificial limbs. Look for a donation box in the Fellowship Lobby.

 


Missions Update – Moriah Ministry

by Karen Loss

Trinity has provided gifts to the Moriah ministry in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the past three years. This year has brought many changes to the operational activities and direction of this ministry. In an effort to meet governmental recommendations, Moriah’s leadership worked hard to successfully reintegrate those boys who have parents and homes. Those who have no families are now living in the remodeled Peace House, where they continue to receive meals, housing, clothing and schooling opportunities. Moriah continues to support those kids who have now returned to homes with family care, guidance and some financial assistance. Additionally, they were given the beds, clothing and other supplies they used at Grace House to take home. Considering their conditions of poverty, this is very meaningful and helpful to these children and their families.

All the while this change in ministry model has been taking place, the Moriah staff has used it as a way to spread the gospel message to the families of these boys. They meet with each family once a week for Bible study and to make sure day to day life is going well, that the kids are attending school, and to live out the mission to which they’ve been called.

Thank you for your continued prayers for this evolving ministry.

Golf Classic & Men’s Retreat Reports

Methodist Men Hold Annual Retreat at Deep Creek Lake

Photo: Men’s Retreat attendees (front to back, and left to right): Mike Duley, Frank Vorndran, Andy Briscoe, John Meak. Jim Wilson, Earl Griggs, Farris Nobel, Christian Faust, Phil Rosenberg, Dan Moore, Jose Rivera, and Bill Cormany. (Photo by Brad Duty)
Men’s Retreat attendees (front to back, and left to right): Mike Duley, Frank Vorndran, Andy Briscoe, John Meak. Jim Wilson, Earl Griggs, Farris Nobel, Christian Faust, Phil Rosenberg, Dan Moore, Jose Rivera, and Bill Cormany. (Photo by Brad Duty)

A group of 13 TUMC Men traveled to Dan Moore’s mountain home at Deep Creek Lake, in Oakland, MD, on the weekend after Labor Day. We enjoyed friendship, fellowship, some recreation opportunities, good food, and a weekend of finding delight and peace in being in relationship with God.

This faith and fellowship event is held annually. For the past 12-plus years at several locations within about three hours from McLean, we have been hosted by a gracious and caring member of the Methodist Men. The retreat gathers folks who want to spend time in fellowship with friends and have an opportunity to learn more about God. To that end a spiritual group-discussion time was held on Saturday morning (led by Brad Duty) and a Worship Service was held on Sunday morning (led by Dan Moore and Earl Griggs). The weather was great for those who wanted to play golf, enjoy some lake swimming and boating, and relax at meals and social time on the porch.

The next Men’s Retreat location will be decided later. We encourage all Methodist men to look for announcements in the future for this great event, and plan to join the fellowship and spiritual development opportunities. You’ll find it to be a great time, and well worth your weekend away.


Successful 3rd Annual We Care & Share Golf Classic

We Care & Share Golf Classic winning team of Christian Faust, Tony Solina, and Brad Duty
We Care & Share Golf Classic winning team of Christian Faust, Tony Solina, and Brad Duty

On a fantastic weather day in late August, Trinity UMC held its 3rd Annual We Care & Share Golf Classic, at the Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston, VA. The gathering drew 40 golfing friends and/or business associates who participated and raised funds benefiting various educational and spiritually focused programs and facilities that support children and youth locally, regionally, and in several international countries.

The We Care & Share Golf Classic was started to help support and grow programs that contribute to the health, welfare, and education of children and youth of all ages. Local and regional organizations such as Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center, Camp Highroad, Appalachian Service Project, McLean SHARE, Missions by Young People, and international organizations such as Worldwide Heart-to-Heart Children’s Village, World Vision, and Art for Humanity Leadership Center (all 501(c)(3) organizations) receive proceeds from this Classic.

The Classic Steering Committee wishes to thank all those golfers, friends of the Classic, and valuable sponsors for their ongoing generous support. We hope to grow this Classic in the future, so for all you who missed it this year, look for the opportunity to join in the fun at the 4th Annual Golf Classic to be held in late-summer/early-fall of 2015.