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.
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.
Crafts for a Cause is already getting ready for the holidays, as work has begun on the 50 flannel Christmas stockings we make for newborns at Fair Oaks Hospital. Work is also underway for the annual Holiday Bazaar, set to start Sun., Nov. 19, after both worship services, and continuing Sundays until Dec. 17.
You can be a part of all this by attending the work sessions, scheduled on alternating Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 124. Upcoming dates: Oct. 9 and Oct. 23. Activities include cutting and sewing fabric, stuffing pillows and dolls, and on occasion, card stamping and jewelry making.
Recently, we’ve been blessed with the donation of baby hats knitted and crocheted by members of the Lewinsville Senior Center of McLean and the Pimmit HIlls Senior Center of Falls Church. Thanks to Naty de las Alas for coordinating. Also, thanks to Nell Gilmore and Rory Hartsoe for their ongoing donations of knitted caps. Fair Oaks Hospital is always grateful!
For more information on Crafts for a Cause, contact Molly Sprouse.
Good Works Day
Saturday, October 14
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.,
followed by chili lunch
Campus projects for children, youth and adults include:
- railing and parking lot painting
- repairs at Trinity House and on the playground
- door repairs
- grounds maintenance
Community service projects for children, youth and adults:
- writing letters to the children at Heart to Heart Children’s Village (ages 11 and up)
- assembling books for Stanton Elementary School (ages 10 and up*)
- working at Share sorting and carrying food, sorting clothing donations and assisting clients (high school age and older*) Volunteers will meet at Trinity at 8:45 a.m., drive to Share and depart Share at 12 p.m.
Anyone who would like to volunteer for one of these projects is asked to please sign up on the registration sheets in the Fellowship Building by Sunday, October 8 so that we can get an accurate count and prepare accordingly. Please contact Alexandra Kiefer for more information.
* parent/legal guardian required to be present the entire time for participants under 18
Saturday morning, October 14, Trinity will be buzzing with projects, fun and a chili fellowship lunch for all ages. Trustees and Church and Society will host Trinity’s Fall Good Works Day on Saturday, October 14, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., followed by lunch. This year will be a truly intergenerational experience and we encourage everyone to come out and assist in the wonderful projects which will serve Trinity, our community, and the world.
Wayne Detwiler and the Trustees invite you to lend a hand with projects large and small around Trinity’s campus. We will have the tools and supplies for helpers of all ability levels to work on inside and outside projects, including railing and parking lot painting, repairs at Trinity House and on the playground, and door repairs and ground maintenance. Drop in when you are able and join your friends for a morning of service that will enhance our campus. Please contact Wayne Detwiler or Karen Hunt for more information.
Church and Society will host three community service projects: writing letters to the children at Heart to Heart Children’s Village, the orphanage in Honduras that we support; assembling books for children at Stanton Elementary School (open to anyone who is age 10 or older, anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian); and working at Share sorting and carrying food, carrying client grocery bags, collecting donations, sorting clothing donations and assisting clients as they choose their groceries (open to anyone who is high school age or older, anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian who stays the entire time – volunteers will meet at Trinity at 8:45 a.m. then drive themselves over to Share then depart Share at 12 p.m.). Anyone who would like to volunteer for one of these projects is asked to please sign up on the registration sheets in the Fellowship Building by Sunday, October 8 so that we can get an accurate count and prepare accordingly. Please contact Alexandra Kiefer for more information.
With projects indoors and out, it will be a fun morning of service for the whole family. At noon, join us for fellowship and to celebrate these good works and ministries with a chili lunch provided by our own Trinity Cooks Crew!