Fundraiser for Heart to Heart
Tuesday, October 3
6:30 to 9 p.m.
Fairfax’s Old Town Hall (3999 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030)
Enjoy a festive evening raising money for the Heart to Heart Children’s Village Tuesday, October 3! Live local music legend Shepherd’s Pie, Virginia wine, cold beer, and catering sponsored by El Tio Tex-Mex Grill will ensure fun for all. Our goal is to raise $18,000 in one evening for Heart to Heart, an orphanage and bilingual school in Honduras, focused on interrupting the cycle of poverty and raising a generation of leaders to improve the future of Central America. The Heart to Heart directors will share updates from the school and stories of God’s work in these kids’ lives. You’ll hear from folks just like you, who have traveled to Honduras bringing joy and hope to these kids. Please prayerfully pour out your heart and enjoy the night, as we have fun with tasty food and drinks, good music, and great friends.
There are three ways to give:
- Buy your Individual Event Tickets today (https://h2hcv.org/benefit/) and come out for a fun evening!
- At the event, pick up lots of raffle tickets ($10 each or 3 for $25) for donated, such as Washington Nationals club seat tickets, Redskins tickets, Honduran coffee (Yum!), Virginia wine and honey, and more!
- Whether you can join us October 3 or not, please help us reach our goal through direct donations https://h2hcv.org/benefit/. We’ll also have terminals onsite for easy, online giving.
Register at https://h2hcv.org/benefit/
Individual Sponsorships, $35 per person
H2H Sponsorship (includes 2 Event Tickets and 2 raffle tickets!), $150
Special thanks to Shepherd’s Pie and El Tio Grill (www.eltiogrill.com) for supporting this event!
Questions? Please email event organizers, Frank and Leslie Vorndran, at email@example.com.
By James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor
Here are some concerns our Next Level Innovation weekend, October 20-22, is designed to address. Did you know there are hundreds of thousands of persons living in northern Virginia who have no church home? Barna and other church research groups place the percentage of persons without church affiliation between 50 & 60%. Trinity and the NLI Team want to open its arms and reach out to this growing community of persons seeking, but not finding the right place to meet their spiritual needs. Even before we reach out to these persons we already know lots about them.
Persons who are seekers of church homes or new church homes tend to fit the following profile:
- They prefer worship services that are shorter, well designed and have a lively flow and tempo, not necessarily held in a sanctuary; often a fellowship hall is preferred.
- They prefer loud, upbeat, faster paced pop/contemporary music sound.
- Their loyalty is won through excellence in ministry and adult education.
- They require a community of faith to help them sort out the hurts in their lives through practical messages, classes and small groups.
- They prefer short-term opportunities, activities and commitments.
- They prefer a focus on local ministries rather than far away places.
God has blessed our Trinity Church with some of the finest lay and clergy leadership in the country. The time is very right for us to intensify our outreach to persons seeking a church home. I request that you support our Next Level Innovation weekend with your prayers. Encourage and guide our leaders with your ideas and suggestions. Offer your own time, spiritual gifts and, when possible, your financial resources to help make this ministry a powerful witness for Jesus Christ in the United Methodist tradition.
Remember, our Next Level Innovation weekend is October 20-22. Lots of things will be happening but we need you on Saturday the 21st for the all-important visioning session from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. We will serve you lunch and child care is available when you register. YOU are necessary so we can clearly hear what God is already doing in this church, and hear what God is challenging us to do next.
We need to hear from younger, older, families, singles, leaders and non-leaders. We want to fill Langley Hall with 100 people because your voice matters. We understand that Saturdays in the fall are busy, but I hope you will choose to spend October 21 with us for this very important moment in Trinity Church’s life. So please respond with your participation. To sign-up, please visit our website: umtrinity.org/get-involved/nli.
Next Level Innovation Weekend
Next Level Innovation and a Bible Story
By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor
Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise person who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. (Matthew 7:24-25)
Did you hear about the leaning tower of San Francisco? The Millennium Tower is a 58-story, 645-foot tall condominium building located in downtown and was completed in 2009. The building cost over $350 million to build, and penthouses sold for over $13 million per unit. However, in 2016, the residents were notified that the building had sunk 16 inches and the top of the building is tilting 6 inches toward the northwest. The main reason is that it’s built on sand using a foundation method called friction piles.
I’m sure there are other factors that contributed to this grave situation but I can’t help but wonder, how can this story relate to Jesus’ words? What does he mean by practicing his teachings so that our lives (house) can withstand all the disturbances from natural elements?
Going back to the Millennium Tower, building on sand using friction piles is a common way of construction. A more secured method is to dig all the way down to the bedrock for a secure foundation. Many modern buildings use friction piles because they’re less costly and are aligned with building codes. However, for the Millennium Tower, the builders say that due to heavy construction activities around the building and pumping out millions of gallons of underground water contributed to the unusual condition of rapid sinking.
How can Trinity build disciples to be founded on solid bedrock so that when there are storms of life, winds of doubt, and disturbances in our environment, our houses can stand tall and secure? I’m sure you have many suggestions that will aptly apply to your situations. In addition, I would like to suggest for Trinity that we should be more intentional about being faithful in living out as a community of faith. This could mean consistent attendance in church where you’re connecting with other Trinity members worshiping, learning and growing. Also, this could mean that you say hello to members you haven’t seen in a while. This could mean a whole lot of things that help us dig deep and put into practice the teachings of Jesus. I’m really excited about the future of Trinity and going forward with you!
During the month of October, we are collecting items for Christ House, an inpatient medical facility for homeless men in Adams Morgan in DC. Christ House is the only facility of its kind in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area where over 6,000 people experience homelessness every day. We are collecting new or gently used men’s clothing items (medium – 2XL): sweatpants, undershirts, long-sleeved t-shirts, short-sleeved t-shirts and men’s shoes (sizes 9 – 13): shower shoes, tennis or other shoes. Please place donations in the bins outside the sanctuary and in the fellowship building.
Please contact Alexandra Kiefer with questions about the drive or any other Church and Society committee programs.
In October the Trinity book club turns to The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, a novel inspired by a Victorian-era flower dictionary that defines what different types of flowers mean. The plot spotlights love, adoption, homelessness, and single motherhood, but the main focus is on the foster-care system. We’ll discuss the book on Tuesday, October 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the Trinity Library. You’re invited to bring a light dinner (dessert is provided) and enjoy fellowship and lively conversation. Our book for November is The Road to Character, by David Brooks. Then we’ll take a break for the holidays! Contact Kathy Maher to be added to the email list.
by Catherine Wethington
The 5-man Contemporary Christian indie rock band MercyMe released the song Greater in 2014 on their Welcome to the New album. They have had 13 songs at the top of the Christian Contemporary Billboard, have won many awards and been Grammy-nominated numerous times. They have released 18 albums and have been praising God and sharing His word since 1994. I love this piece for our Youth Choir because it allows us to dig deeper into praise worship. The lyrics in the piece are particularly poignant and encouraging for our youth who struggle with fitting in and feeling like they are enough, reminding us that “He calls [us] redeemed, when others say [we’ll] never be enough. And greater is the One living inside of [us] than he who is living in the world.” This is a song that you’ll be humming for days, that will lift you up and bring you closer to understanding His love for us—give it a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXI0B4iMLuU
Don’t forget, there’s always time to join Youth Choir- feel free to join us anytime you’re available!
Our annual Trunk or Treat will be Friday, October 27, 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Fellowship Lobby and parking lot. Trunk or treating brings Halloween to the parking lot where kids go from car to car and get candy. Decorate your car with spooky Halloween decorations or any other theme you want. Come dressed in costume. Dinner of pizza, salad and drinks will be served 6:45-7:30 p.m. with car decorating, crafts and games also during this time. Trunk or treating will begin at 7:30 p.m., with best decorated car award at 8 p.m. Contact Lynda Hensley.
By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor
Pets are wonderful creatures and gifts from God entrusted to our care. For many of us, they’re also members of our families. Those of us who love our pets have something in common with a famous Italian Catholic friar who live about 800 years ago. St. Francis of Assisi did a lot to draw attention to the poor and needy. He also loved all animals, recognizing them to be part of God’s great creation. (St. Francis was even known to carry on conversations with the birds in the trees.) In the year 1228, Pope Gregory named Francis the patron saint of both animals and the environment.
Here are the details of how we’ll celebrate the pets of our parish:
Trinity’s Pet Blessing
We’ll meet in the courtyard outside the Fellowship Building.
(If it rains, you can find us in Langley Hall.)
Everyone is welcome.
Important information: All dogs need to be on leashes. Cats and all other critters need to be in cages or other appropriate carriers.
As you may have heard, we lost our buddy Biscuit in June. Not only was he our family pet but he was also the church mascot who fielded all kinds of questions from our Sunday School children. Good news! Duke, our grand-dog (who is also a Yellow Labrador), will be taking his turn at answering questions. Duke invites all Trinity children to ask away, either at the website (http://umtrinity.org/education/ask-duke) or through their Sunday School teachers. You can see his answers starting in the Spire next month.
Trinity’s October music features instrumental solos commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month and vocal music by Bach and Mendelssohn celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The October 8 anthem God Is Here presents Glenn Wonacott’s thoughtful text:
God is here, reaching out to all who gather;
God is here, listening to the prayers of all.
God is here, giving grace where hearts are wounded;
God is here, lifting lives after a fall.
God is here, calling us to find our passion;
God is here, teaching us to find ourselves.
Reaching, listening, giving grace—lifting lives to see God’s face.
God is here, showing why we all are here, for God is here.
Concert for Share
Trinity’s adult singers will take part with musicians from seven other local houses of worship in “All Good Gifts: an Interfaith Service Fair and Concert” on October 29; the service fair representing local charitable institutions and benefitting Share of McLean will start at 6 p.m., and the one-hour concert will follow at 7 p.m. In addition to various vocal and instrumental solos, the concert’s massed choir will sing All Good Gifts from the 1971 musical Godspell, the folk hymn How Can I Keep from Singing, and the inspirational 2003 song You Raise Me Up. These events are free to the public and will take place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Church on 2034 Great Falls Street, McLean.