November 2017 Schedule of Events

Nov. 1 Charge Conference, 7 p.m. Everyone is invited.
Nov. 4 Rise Against Hunger

at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer

See Pastor Eileen’s article for details about this opportunity to help feed the world.
Nov. 5 Child Protection Training An annual training workshop for anyone who works with children, youth and at-risk adults. To learn more:
Nov. 5 Town Hall Meeting To hear feedback about the NLI report.
Nov. 6 Crafts for a Cause
7—8:30 p.m.
Join us as we prepare for our Holiday Bazaar. Learn more:
Nov. 10 Office Closed  
Nov. 12 Martha’s Table Sandwich Making We’ll make 900 sandwiches and snack baggies for the homeless.
Nov. 12 Town Hall Meeting Continued discussions of NLI report.
Nov. 12 Thanksgiving Feast See more on page 3 and on our website under Get Involved.
Nov. 14 Book Chat
6:30 p.m.
The Road to Character by David Brooks
Nov. 14 Trustees Meeting  
Nov. 18 Christ House  
Nov. 19 Craft Holiday Bazaar begins  
Nov. 19 Town Hall Meeting NLI Vote on recommendations in NLI report.
Nov. 20 Crafts for a Cause
7—8:30 p.m.
Join us as we prepare for our Holiday Bazaar. Learn more:
Nov. 21 Christmas Trees Arrive  
Nov. 23-34 Office Closed  
Nov. 24 Christmas Tree Sales begin Support Trinity’s youth and Boy Scouts with the purchase of a beautiful, live Christmas tree.
Nov. 26 Poinsettia Orders Due Find an order form on our website under Get Involved

Church & Society: Nov. 2017

Fall Good Works Day – Fun-Filled Success

Thank you to all the volunteers who rolled up their sleeves and worked hard alongside their fellow congregants to make Fall Good Works Day a fun-filled success! We did work all around the church building and yard, wrote letters to the children at the Heart to Heart Village in Honduras, assembled books for Stanton Elementary, and took a trip to help at Share. We hope to see everyone at the next Good Works Day next Spring!

Science Day at DC Scholars at Stanton Elementary School

Join us in volunteering for DC Scholars at Stanton Elementary’s annual Science Day for 4th and 5th graders! We will carpool from the Trinity parking lot at 8 a.m. on November 6 (Fairfax Teacher Work Day) and return back to Trinity around 2 p.m. Please contact Suzanne Hamilton if you are interested in volunteering.

Collections for Share

During the months of November and December, we are collecting tuna, rice in 2 lb. bags, cooking oil, canned beans, peanut butter, pasta and sauce, diapers (especially sizes 4-6), baby wipes, baby shampoo, diaper rash cream, toilet paper, paper towels, laundry and dish soap and Safeway/Giant gift cards for Share. Share is a food pantry and family assistance program located in the heart of McLean that serves approximately 300 needy families from McLean, Great Falls, and the Pimmit Hills area of Falls Church each month. Please place your donations in the bins outside the Sanctuary and in the Fellowship Lobby (please drop off Safeway/Giant gift cards in the church office).

 Thanksgiving Feast

Our churchwide Thanksgiving Feast will take place on Sunday, November 12, after the 10:30 worship service. The entire congregation is invited to Langley Hall with your favorite potluck dish to share. Watch the bulletin for more information. Please bring canned beans, 2 lb. bags of rice or peanut butter to be donated to Share, and plan to join us for this delicious feast. Everyone is welcome!

Angel Tree Time!

Even though it’s not even Thanksgiving, it isn’t too early to start thinking about Christmas trees – or at least trees with angels attached. In the Narthex, you’ll soon see a tree adorned with angels. Each angel represents someone in our community who is helped by Share, an organization that provides food, clothing and financial assistance. By selecting an angel, and bringing in a gift, you’ll be sharing Christ’s love with those in our community who are most in need.

Trinity Trebles and Adult Choirs, Nov. 2017

Seek Ye First

The Trinity Trebles will sing their second song, Seek Ye First on November 12 at the 10:30 a.m. service. A hymn from our United Methodist Hymnal written in 1972 and composed by Karen Lafferty, the text comes from the book of Matthew 6:33 and 7:7. The text reminds us that if we seek God and ask for His aid that He will open the door to us and his grace. I am excited for the children to share this piece with the congregation because they are also singing in two parts on the second verse. This is the first time our group will sing in multiple parts. A small group of singers will sing a descant over the second verse of text, while the majority of the choir sings the verse. The kids can’t wait to share what they have learned! Don’t forget, it’s never too late to join The Trinity Trebles. Questions? – Ask Catherine Wethington.


To commemorate All Saints Day (November 1), the Chancel Choir will sing four selections from Gabriel Fauré’s serene and consoling Requiem at the 10:30 service on November 5:

In Paradisum: May angels lead you into paradise and martyrs bring you into the holy city Jerusalem. May choirs of angels welcome you, and, like Lazarus, may you have eternal rest.

Libera me: Deliver me, Lord, from that day when heaven and earth shall quake as you judge the world. Eternal rest grant them, O Lord…

Sanctus: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Glory be to you, O Lord, Hosanna in the highest.

Agnus Dei: Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant them everlasting rest. Let perpetual light shine upon them together with your saints, for you are good.

In acknowledgment of God’s countless gifts to us, the Trinity Ringers will present a song of thanksgiving at the 10:30 service on November 19. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come: Matt Johnson’s 1999 version of the 1856 English hymn ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR (see #694 in our Hymnal) wordlessly conveys our gratitude to God.

Book Chat, Nov. 2017

In November the Trinity Book Chat turns to The Road to Character, by David Brooks. Brooks challenges us, and himself, to rebalance the scales between our “résumé virtues”—achieving wealth, fame, and status—and our “eulogy virtues,” those that exist at the core of our being, such as kindness, bravery, honesty, and faithfulness. Pastor Sprouse will lead us in a discussion of the book on Tuesday, November 14, at 6:30 p.m., in the Trinity Library. Bring a light dinner (dessert is provided) and enjoy fellowship and lively conversation. Then we’ll take a break for the holidays! We’ll resume on January 9 with Lisette’s List, by Susan Vreeland. Contact Kathy Maher to be added to the e-mail list.

Ask Duke: Why Does God Make Hurricanes?

Duke Rose, Trinity Church Mascot

Hello to all the kids of Trinity Church! It’s me, Duke Dog; but you can call me Duke. I am excited to be answering your questions about God, the church, or whatever else is on your mind. First, let me tell you a little about me. I live in Charlottesville, Virginia. My mom and dad went to school at James Madison University where the school mascot is a dog. Cool! Can you guess the mascot’s name? That’s right. It’s Duke Dog! I am also the Grand-dog of Pastor Eileen. She asked me to help with your questions.

Here’s one from our good friend Bennett. He asks: Why does God make hurricanes? Awesome question, Bennett!

It has been a very active hurricane season. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma did a lot a damage. People in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and beyond have suffered because of the big storms. Hurricanes are very powerful storms. They can be as much as 600 miles across. That’s huge! Hurricanes also bring big amounts of rain. Hurricane Harvey dumped 27 trillion gallons of rain on Texas and Louisiana! Here’s a good YouTube video your parents or grandparents can help you watch.

It helps us to remember that God is bigger than any storm. We read in the book of Genesis (the very first book of the Bible) that God made the sky and everything in it: our sun, moon, stars, clouds, even the lightning and thunder.

In the book of Job, we see where God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash. God is powerful! Lightning and thunder are mentioned a bunch of times in the Bible.

Hurricane Catrina as seen from the International Space Station, 2004

Look at this picture of a hurricane. See the part in the very middle? It’s called the eye. Inside the eye of the storm it’s very quiet and dry. As the eye passes over land, the rain and wind calm down. That’s how God’s love is for us. Even when things might be loud and busy around us, we find peace and comfort in God. We can find calm, even in the middle of our own hurricanes in life.

Just like everything else in nature, God made the rain, thunder and lightning. Sometimes those storms can get bright, noisy, windy and rainy. But, I hope you’ll look at them differently next time you see them. Lightning and thunder, hurricanes and storms are really just cool science projects made by God!

If you have a question you can give it to your Sunday School teacher or send it to me at

Remember my motto:

Paws for Jesus!