We extend sympathy to the Leake and Swanson families this week. Gene Leake, father of Debbie Harrington, died Sunday, December 31. A service to celebrate his life will be held here in the Sanctuary on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Family and friends may pay their respects on Monday, 5 – 8 p.m., at Murphy Funeral Home at 1102 W Broad St., Falls Church. Doug Swanson, husband of Sally Swanson, died Friday, January 5. A service will be planned soon. Please keep Debbie, Sally and their families in your prayers.
Abby, Adrienne, Alice Ann, Amanda, Amy, Andrea, Anne & Dara, Annie, Barb, Barbara, Barry, Beth & David, Bill, Billy, Blair, Bobbie, Buddy, Burl, Carl, Carla, Carol, Cathy, Charlie, Cherie, Chris, Christine, Daniel, Darlene, Darryl, David, Dean, Debbie, Del, Diana, Diane, DJ, Eddie, Elizabeth, Ella, Ellen, Flo, Florian, Frances, Gail & Hal, Gary, Gerry & Kathy, Gloria, Gray & Betty, Hendrickson family, Hilda & family, Holly, Jane, Janet, Jeff, Jeffmander, Jim, Jimmy, Joe, John, Josh, Joyce, JR, Judy, Julie, June, Jung, Kathleen, Ken, Layne, Leake family, Lenny, Lilly, Lincoln, Linda, Lindie, Lisa, LJ, Marciene, Margie, Mark, Martha, Mary Lou, Max, Merlin, Michelle, Mike, MK, Nancy, Nick, Norma, Paul & Jeanette, Paul, Paula, Pauline, Peg, Peggy & Bill, Peter, Ray, Richard, Robert, Rosa, Ryan family, Sandy, Sarah, Sarkees, Scott & Kathy, Scott, Sherry, Sean, Steve, Sue, Susan, Swanson family, Tim, Tom, Tommy, Tony, Torry, Vanessa, Vanna, Vickye, Vito, Vivian, and Yancey.
We continue to pray for those seeking employment, college students, travelers, the people of California, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, relief workers, those dealing with mental illness, our elected leaders, church committees, military families, immigrants and the people and communities affected by violence.
Book Chat: Looking for something new to do in 2018? Join us on Tuesday, January 9, to discuss Lisette’s List, by Susan Vreeland. We gather once a month at 6:30 p.m. in the Trinity Library. Bring a light dinner (dessert is provided) and enjoy fellowship and lively conversation. Contact Kathy Maher.
Crafts for a Cause: Thanks to your support for the Holiday Bazaar, Crafts for a Cause is roaring into 2018 with energy and purpose! We made more than $3,800, which easily funds another year of supplying comfort items to hospitals and shelters. We’ll also be able to support the Leadership Center and Heart2Heart in Honduras, Art for Humanity, and several other causes chosen by the group.
If you would like to help make the pillows, blankets, dolls and dresses, we meet on alternating Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 in Room 124. Upcoming dates: Mon., Jan. 8, and Mon., Jan. 22. All adults are welcome; no skills required; instruction provided.
Looking back on 2017, Crafts for a Cause has some interesting numbers to share. During the past year, the work of our volunteers enabled us to deliver an astonishing 600 knitted baby caps, 240 neck pillows, 30 surgery dolls, 150 fleece hats, 40 lap blankets, 40 heart pillows, 75 pillowcase dresses, 50 fleece throws, and 55 Christmas stockings and Santa hats for newborns. Most items went to Fair Oaks Hospital, which places a high priority on the care and comfort of its patients. The fleece throws went to the Linus Project, which distributes blankets to children of all ages. And the dresses were sent to needy girls in Uganda through the international group Dress a Girl.
A BIG thank you goes out to all the volunteers who helped make all these comfort items. If you’d like to be a part of Crafts for a Cause, but can’t attend the work sessions, we also have some homework projects. Contact Molly Sprouse at email@example.com for more information.
This Month’s Collection: Stanton School: We are collecting disinfectant wipes, hand-sanitizing gel and boxes of tissues. Please place your donations in the bins outside the sanctuary and in the Fellowship Building.
Online Giving: Fast. Easy. Convenient. GIVE ONLINE: umtrinity.org/give 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. And then, 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!