Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: Oct. 29, 2017

The news, events and announcements for the week of Oct. 29.

Charge Conference: Our annual Charge Conference is Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Building. We’ll discuss our goals and accomplishments for 2017 and 2018 at this meeting and consider the following questions:

  • How will TUMC promote life-long learning?
  • How are disciples learning to self-feed?
  • What are our circles of influence in the community?
  • How does TUMC raise servant leaders.

Child Protection Training: The next in-person training session will be on Sunday, Nov. 5 in Room 301 at 9:30 a.m. To learn more: Contact Suzanne Richards,, 908-202-4227.

College Care Packages: Today (Oct. 29) we will be packing the care packages at 5 p.m. If you want to contribute snacks, please bring them at 5 p.m.

Crafts for a Cause is gearing up for the annual Holiday Bazaar, which starts Sun., Nov. 19, and continues on Sundays through mid-December after both worship services. This is our sole fund-raising event that enables us to buy the supplies for the next year, so your participation is really important! All kinds of homemade foods and crafts for adults, children and pets will be available, all made by Trinity members.

Meanwhile, we continue to work on comfort items for Fair Oaks Hospital on alternating Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 in Room 124. All adults welcome; instruction provided. Upcoming sessions: Nov. 6, Nov. 20, Dec. 4 and Dec. 18.

In addition the pillows, blankets, hats and baby caps we provide each month for Fair Oaks, we also recently delivered 25 fleece blankets to the Linus Project, which provides comfort blankets to local children and teens. In December, we will deliver 50 fleece Christmas stockings and Santa hats to be given to the babies born on or near Christmas. We need help with knitting or crocheting the hats, so if you can help, please contact Molly Sprouse,

This annual fund-raising event enables us to buy the supplies for the next year, so your participation is really important! All kinds of homemade foods and crafts for adults, children and pets will be available, all made by Trinity members.

Name tags: We want everyone to have one. If you need one, please sign up in the Narthex or send to Next order will be placed tomorrow!

Online Giving: Fast. Easy. Convenient. GIVE ONLINE: or TEXT TO GIVE: Simply send a text to 703-454-5532 with the amount you would like to contribute; include the dollar sign. Example: $25. You’ll receive a link to register. Click on the link and complete your registration; you will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, simply send a text with the amount you wish to give, and it will process automatically! Thanks for your continued support!

Share Fundraiser Concert & Service Fair Tonight (Oct. 29) at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Church (2034 Great Falls Street, McLean). The service fair will start at 6 p.m., and the one-hour, free concert will follow at 7 p.m. For more:

Stanton School Science Day: We need volunteers to help with Science Day for 4th and 5th graders at DC’s Stanton Elementary School on Monday, Nov. 6. Volunteers carpool from Trinity at 8 a.m. and return around 2 p.m. Contact Suzanne Hamilton, 703-470-2529,

You are invited to Langley Hall with your favorite potluck dish. Please bring canned beans, 2 lb. bags of rice and peanut butter to be donated to Share, and plan to join us for this delicious feast. Sign-up sheets are in the Fellowship Lobby. Everyone is welcome!

Town Hall Meetings as part of the follow up to our Next Level Innovation our two scheduled Town Hall Meetings on Sundays, Nov. 5 and 12.

Wednesday Dinners are served 6-7 p.m. each week. After dinner you may stay for Trinity Trebles, Pastor Sprouse’s Bible Study or fellowship with your church family.

What are we collecting?

Throughout the year, Trinity Church collects specific items to help those who cannot provide them for themselves and their families. What we are collecting for our monthly drive is always listed in the Sunday bulletin.

This month’s collection

During the month of October, we are collecting items for Christ House, an inpatient medical facility for homeless men in Adams Morgan in DC. 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 your donations in the bins outside the sanctuary and in the Fellowship Building.

Ongoing Collections

Aid for Puerto Rico—The Missions Committee is assembling a suitcase of items for Jose Rivera to carry back to Puerto Rico and personally distribute to some in need. If you want to contribute items – please put them in the Missions (Honduras) bin in the Fellowship Lobby by Sunday, November 5. Items requested: AA and D batteries, new power cords (orange), battery powered fans, small LED type flashlights and bug repellent (non-aerosol – wipes preferred).

Grocery gift cards—Cards ($10, $20, & $25) are used to help the hungry who visit the church during the week looking for assistance. You may donate a card at anytime by dropping it in the offering plate or bringing it by the office. Some people prefer to write a check to the church and we purchase them in bulk.

We ask that you only bring items that are requested. Other items are likely to be discarded.


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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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