Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: April 1

Prayers

Abby, Alice, Alice Ann, Amy, Andrea, Andrew, Ann, Annie, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Barry, Bill, Billy, Bobbie, Buddy, Burl, Candy, Carl, Carla, Carol, Cathy, Charlie, Cherie, Chris, Dan, Daniel, Dara, Darlene, Debbie, Dean, Del, Diana, Diane, Ella, Flo, Florian, Frances, Gail, Gary, Gloria, Grace, Hannah, Herb, Hilda, Holly, Humm family, Jaime, Jane, Janet, Jenny & Geoff, Jeff, Jerry, Jim, Joan, Joe, John, Jonte, Josh, Joyce, JR, Judy, Julie, June, Kaela, Kathleen, Kay, Kelda, Ken, Layne, Lenny, Leonida, Liam, Lilly, Linda, Lincoln, Lindie, Lisa, LJ, Maddy, Marciene, Matt, Max, MK, Marilynn, Martha, Mary Lou, Merlin, Michelle, Mike, Nancy, Paul, Paul & Jeanette, Paula, Pauline, Peg, Peggy & Bill, Peter, Rashanda, Ray, Rich, Richard, Robert, Rosa, Sally, Sandelli family, Sandy, Sarkees, Scott, Scott & Kathy, Sean, Sherry, Sonny, Steve, Sue, Susan, Suzanne, Theresa, Tim, Tom, Thom, Thomas, Tony, Torry, Vanna, Vickye, Vivian, Woody & Gay, Yancey and Yvette.

We continue to pray for those seeking employment, college students, travelers, the people of Florida, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, relief workers, those dealing with mental illness, our elected leaders, church committees, military families, immigrants, victims of violence and war, the Great Mills High School community and the people and communities affected by more than 51 mass shootings* this year.

* 4 or more killed/injured, gunviolencearchive.org


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Wonderful Wednesday Dinners return April 4.

Next Level Innovation (NLI) is an investment in churches that have a recognized potential for reaching more people and inviting them to become disciples of Jesus. Please plan to attend a Town Hall gathering on Sunday, April 15 for an update of our next steps.

Trinity needs to form 4 new leadership teams. Look at the ones listed and ask yourself where your spiritual gifts align with a team.

  1. Vision Team – Create a vision for Trinity’s ministries. Design a volunteer recruiting and membership training event.
  2. Vision Fundraising Team (VFT) – Develop a kick-off sermon series; launch a fall Stewardship Campaign; plan and execute a Capital Campaign.
  3. Hospitality – Communication Connection Team (CCT) – Develop a comprehensive plan to improve our hospitality. CCT with the Staff will create a Worship Planning Team (WPT) to connect Trinity’s worship to the community.
  4. Discipleship – Create a pilot program of small groups that can begin to pursue a deeper spiritual life together.

Join one of the NLI Teams soon. Sign up to receive text messages about NLI updates (see other side of card). The health, vitality and future of Trinity Church rely on your participation.


Altar Flowers: To sign up, please visit the notebook outside the chapel or bit.ly/altarflowers2017. The link includes 2018 dates.

Children’s Sunday School Teaching Opportunity: To volunteer as a teacher or assistant, please contact Keith or Melissa Harris.

 Collection for Comfort Cases: The youth group is collecting backpacks and supplies for Comfort Cases (comfortcases.org), an organization that supports foster kids. We’re collecting: Small duffel bags/backpacks, pajamas (child size 10-adult XXL), small blankets (preferably fuzzy), stuffed animals, journals, pens, pencils, books, adult toothbrushes, and travel-sized toiletries (toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, lotion, body wash, deodorant). Our goal is to collect supplies for five Comfort Cases! There will be a box in Room 403 (located in the Fellowship Building) to drop off supplies by April 30.

Crafts for a Cause is Trinity’s ministry to local hospitals and shelters. We’ll be making comfort pillows, dolls, blankets and hats at two work sessions this month: Mondays, April 9 & 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 124. Help is needed with cutting fabric, stuffing pillows, sewing and assembling girls’ dresses. No skills required, just helping hands.

Last month during Good Works Day, volunteers helped assemble more than 30 “pioneer dolls” that will go to needy girls in Uganda. Volunteers also helped will start a mountain of pillows for hospital patients.

If you know of someone in the hospital or recovering at home, Crafts would be happy to send them a comfort pillow. For more information, contact Molly Sprouse.

Girl Scout Silver Award Project: Trinity member, Amelia Swenson is working on a Girl Scout silver award project to benefit Friends of Falls Church Homeless Shelter. Her project includes collecting unused shower shoes and t-shirts of all sizes. There will be donation boxes in the narthex for the whole month of April, so please bring in some supplies to benefit the homeless. Thank you!

Movie Night: Saturday, April 7: The Lovings are hosting Movie Night with playground time, hot dogs and a movie. Drop off your children at 5 p.m. and come back at 9 p.m.! The movie will be shown in the Fellowship Lobby. RSVP jamie.loving@verizon.net

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) and follow the secure link that is sent to you. Thanks for your continued support!

This Month’s Collection: Martha’s Table: We are collecting travel-sized toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, soaps, etc.). Martha’s Table,
marthastable.org, is a fantastic organization that provides help to homeless and underprivileged people in Washington, DC, by providing access to food, education, and opportunities.

Town Hall Meeting: April 15: We will have a town hall meeting after both worship services on April 15 to discuss the next steps in our Next Level Innovation (NLI).

Youth Group, for grades 7-12, has a wonderful schedule to engage teens in their faith journey. Please join us! If you would like more information, please talk to Pastor Keith, klee@umtrinity.org.

April 1 Easter Sunday No Youth Group

April 8 9:30 a.m. Confirmation

11:45 a.m. Life Coach session with Pastor Keith

April 15 11:45 a.m. Youth Choir

Relevant Talk with Nila

April 22 9:30 a.m. Confirmation

11:45 a.m. Discussion led by David Case

 

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Next Level Innovation and You

by James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor

Next Level Innovation (NLI) is an investment in churches that have a recognized potential for reaching more people in their community and inviting them to become disciples of Jesus. Trinity’s NLI weekend in October of 2017 generated four areas that need our attention and focus. Please plan to attend a Town Hall gathering on Sunday, April 15 for an update of our next steps.

Trinity needs to form 4 new leadership teams. Take a look at the ones listed and ask yourself where your spiritual gifts align with a team.

  1. Vision Team – creating a vision for Trinity’s ministries. Design a volunteer recruiting and membership training event so that Trinity’s ministries can align around our church vision. Read Canoeing the Mountains, by Ted Bolinger.
  2. Vision Fundraising Team (VFT) – come together by June ’18. Develop a kick-off sermon series by September. Launch a fall Stewardship Campaign. Plan and execute a Capital Campaign in 2018 or no later than January of 2019.
  3. Hospitality – Communication Connection Team (CCT) – Read : Get Their Name, by Bob Farr & Kay Kotan. Develop a comprehensive plan tor Trinity improving our hospitality. In November of 2018 invite the entire church to participate in a church-wide hospitality training event. CCT with the Staff will create a Worship Planning Team (WPT) to connect Trinity’s worship to the community. WPT will work to diversify music offerings, and to engage more laity in our music ministry.
  4. Discipleship – Staff and lay leadership will form a Discipleship Team (DT) to create a pilot program of small groups that can begin to pursue a deeper spiritual life together. These groups will: study scripture together from Sunday sermons; find community fellowship time together; eat together; pray for each other, Trinity, the world; agree to live like Christ in the world. The DT will develop and implement inter-generational hands-on mission and ministry projects for children, youth and adults.

Join one of the NLI Teams soon. Sign up to receive text messages about NLI updates. The health, vitality and future of Trinity Church is relying on your participation. The more persons involved and active in NLI the more disciples we’ll make for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. For more information talk to any of our pastors, our Lay Leader Peggy Fox, or Chair of the Executive Council John Smith. We’re listening for your response.

Shalom,

Jim Sprouse

 

Centering Scripture

By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

Do you have a favorite scripture? If not, I’d like to encourage you to find some passages that speak to you. Maybe you would like to find scripture that brings you comfort. Maybe you would like a passage that will motivate you to never give up. Whatever the reason, the Bible holds a treasure trove of inspiration and truth.

Here are a few suggestions. I’ve paired them with some of my favorite verses.

Be still and know that I am God. -Psalm 46:10

When selecting scripture, decide if the verses will be something you want to print or write out and carry with you (in your wallet, purse, briefcase, glove box, etc.), or if you’ll memorize them. If you’re going for memorization, start small. There are plenty of gems to be had that are easy to remember. This is one of my favorites and it isn’t even the entire verse. I repeat this scripture to myself when I start to feel things getting a little overwhelming. It reminds me that I just need to stop, take a deep breath and remember that God is in control.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  – Phil. 4:13

Next, make sure the passage has special significance to you. This is my go-to scripture when I need reassurance that everything we’ll encounter in this life is manageable when we turn to God for strength and guidance. Our God is powerful and faithful. No matter what we encounter, we can always rely on the love and steadfastness of Christ.

For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. -Jer. 29:11

I love this scripture because it reminds me that God has a plan for all of us. That plan is filled with hope and goodness. I need to trust in God and keep an open heart in order to stay out of the way of God’s plans!

And remember, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
Matt. 28:20

This is another wonderful reminder that we are never, ever alone. God’s loving presence is confirmed to us through these words spoken by Jesus. There will never be a time in this life when we are abandoned by our God.

I hope this encourages you to find the scripture that touches your heart.

I’ll see you in church!

 

Summer Opportunities of Godly Praxis

By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor

One of my fondest memories in Jerusalem was participating in Seder meals during Passover. Seder is a ritualized meal, based on Exodus 12, eaten on the Eve of Passover. A meal is eaten while participants read dramatized liturgy mixed with songs, games, and questions. I bring up Seder because it is a ritualized worship that transforms a meal into a wonderful learning opportunity to remind, relive and internalize Biblical truths and values. Seder is a truest form of worship where God’s Word comes alive through eating, sharing, loving, singing and reminding: demonstrating acts of faith through praxis!

The Bible is full of unusual praxis was commanded to heighten the message of God. The sacrifices carried out on the altar of Jerusalem Temple graphically illustrated the gravity of sin and its consequences. The prophet Isaiah was commanded to walk around naked to demonstrate the humiliation Judah would face in relying on Egypt as their protector. Jeremiah bought land as a sign of future hope from God during the Jerusalem siege where the Kingdom of Judah was about to lose its sovereignty to Babylon. There are so many of these stories in the Bible. In our Christian tradition, we have Communion where we eat and drink the body and blood of Jesus to become God’s presence and compassion to our neighbors, friends, and enemies. Praxis is vital in developing character, growing as disciples, and nurturing depth of soul.

Therefore, this summer the youth group is offering a variety of opportunities to live out, to experience, and to remind the love of God to others. First is an outreach to Honduras in late June (TBD) where we will partner with The Learning Center to minister to young ladies in helping them become leaders. Second is the Appalachian Service Project (July 14-21). A group of volunteers from Trinity, Arlington Temple, Delta and St. James United Methodist Churches will go to eastern Tennessee to help with repair projects. The cost will be $250 for adults and $150 for youth (open to rising 9th graders and up). Third is Langley Residential Support Services tutoring, helping clients who have learning disabilities. Volunteers (rising 7th graders and up) will join tutoring programs held at Immanuel Presbyterian on Tuesdays in July (July 10, 17 , 24, & 31) from 6:45-8:15 p.m. Last, but not least, Caroline Speidel is managing a collection project for Comfort Cases, which will be for foster children. Supplies needed are: small duffel bags/backpacks, pajamas (child size 10-adult XXL), small blankets (preferably fuzzy ), stuffed animals, journals, pens, pencils, books, adult toothbrushes, and travel-size toiletries (toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, lotion, body wash, deodorant). The goal is to pack five bags so we need five of each item. There is a collection box in Room 403 (located in the Fellowship Building). I’m looking forward to a wonderful summer filled with opportunities for godly praxis!

April 2018 at a Glance

April 1 Easter Sunday

Vacation Bible School registration begins

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Worship at 6:30, 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.
April 7 Movie Night
5—9 p.m.
Hosted by the Lovings.

RSVP Jamie.loving@verizon.net

April 9 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Meet in Room 124 for fellowship and crafting. Instructions provided.
April 10 Book Chat
6:30 p.m.
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

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April 14 Celebration of the Life of Doug Swanson, 11 a.m.
April 15 Town Hall Meeting

After worship services

Learn about our NLI progress and what’s next.
April 23 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Meet in Room 124 for fellowship and crafting. Instructions provided.

Kum Ba Yah

By Jerry Rich, Director of Music

Although the origins of this popular call for peace (see #494 in our Hymnal) are unclear, recent research confirms that Kum Ba Yah was probably first sung by members of the Gullah-Geechee community, whose ancestors from West Africa resettled on Georgia’s Sea Islands and along the 1,200-mile coastal corridor between North Carolina’s Pender County and Florida’s St. Johns County. Singers on the earliest known recording (deposited with the Library of Congress in 1926) were actually singing “Come By Here,” but the Gullah’s Creole accent made it sound to many like “kum ba yah.” After folk singers Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, and Peter, Paul, & Mary recorded it during the 1960’s Folk Revival and sang it in Civil Rights rallies, it also became standard sing-along fare for Scouting jamborees and summer campfires. In the 1990’s it became fashionable to cynically dismiss attempts to bring people together as “kum ba yah moments,” but now that this noble melody has been selected as the state of Georgia’s official “State Historical Song,” perhaps Kum Ba Yah’s star is once more on the ascent.

 

April Brings Joyous Song

by Catherine Wethington, Director of Children’s & Youth Choirs

This April our Trinity Trebles will present the classic hymn All things Bright and Beautiful by Mrs. Cecil F. Alexander. The hymn, first published in 1848, is now in 244 hymnals and still brings great joy to those who sing it. The text comes from Genesis 1:31 – “and God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” Mrs. Alexander wrote many sacred poems and hymns, mostly for children. This particular piece focuses on the beauty of the creation. The Trinity Trebles favorite line is definitely the ‘purple headed mountains’! Don’t miss their music offering on April 8 during the 10:30 worship service.

Meanwhile, the youth will begin working on a new praise song, 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord), written and performed by Grammy Award winners Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin. It was released in 2012 and spent 16 weeks as the #1 song on Christian Radio. The chorus is as follows:

Bless the Lord, o my soul, o my soul.

Worship His holy name

Sing like never before, o my soul.

I’ll worship Your holy name.

If you’ve been thinking about participating in the Youth Choir but haven’t given it a try, this is a great time to join us! We are looking for more than singers; do you play guitar or drum set? Or are you an incredible triangle or tambourine player? There is no prerequisite for this group. I encourage all of our youth (7th-12th grade) to give us a try. We meet on Sundays after the 10:30 worship service for 30 minutes.

Blessings,

Catherine