by James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor
Bishop Shama Lewis arrived in Richmond to assume her duties as the new episcopal leader of the Virginia Conference. She is the first African-American woman elected a bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church, and has been assigned to lead the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church for the next four years. She will begin her term of office on Sept. 1.
Bishop Lewis will oversee the 1,169 local churches and faith communities and 327,647 United Methodists in the Virginia Conference. She follows Bishop Young Jin Cho who is retiring after leading the conference for the last four years.
Additional exciting news is that Trinity’s Education Team has a generous lineup of Christian education and spiritual formation offerings for the fall and winter. Keith, Harriet and others have been planning all summer for our fall Kick Off on Sunday, September 18.
I am offering three adult series this fall and winter: Beginning on September 18 I’ll teach the Adam Hamilton series: Half Truths, then starting around mid-October I’ll offer the Marcus Borg series: Embracing An Adult Faith. Beginning in mid to late November my class will offer another Adam Hamilton series on the Gospel of John which concludes before Christmas. My classes will meet Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Mondays at 10 a.m., and Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.
In addition to these the McLean Evening Bible Study will offer a Monday evening study beginning Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. This year, they plan to cover the books of Deuteronomy, Esther, Ruth, Philippians and Colossians. Learn more: McLean Evening Bible Study flyer.
The Tuesday Morning Women’s Study meets at McLean Family Restaurant at 6:45 a.m. They will begin Adam Hamilton’s Half Truths on Sept. 6.
I am also beginning a Fitbit Walk for Health Club this fall. We’ll meet Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 8 a.m. There is the 1, 2 and 3-mile circuit. Each lap around Trinity’s sidewalks is 1/3 of a mile. Each mile generates about 2,500 steps. The American Medical Association suggests that persons get in a minimum of 10,000 steps per day to stay healthy. We should be able to make a 1-mile circuit every 20 minutes. You’re able to walk at your own pace, and walk as long as you’d like. It’s safe and the fellowship is terrific. Plan to join us beginning Monday, September 19 at 8 a.m. at the Fellowship Building.
Your Trinity ministry team is here to serve you. From your staff here at the office, Eileen, Keith, Harriet, Jerry, Catherine, Nila, Lauren Michelle, Jose and Brooks – we wish you a happy and joyous fall season of worship, spiritual development, song and spiritual exercise with us this fall and winter. Hope to see you here.