Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: Oct. 14

Our Prayer List

Abby, Amy, Andrea, Andrew, Ashley, Barbara, Bill, Bonnie, Carla, Carlos, Carol, Cheryl, Daniel, Darlene, Dave, Ella, Eunice, Florian, Galvin family, Gay, George, Hansen family, Hartman family, Hartsoe family, Herb, Holly, Jane, Jim & Sharon, John, Josh, Julia, Julian, Karen, Ken, Lilly, Lincoln, Lisa, Mark,Matt, McCullough family, Michelle, Minnie, Pat, Paul, Paula, Peggy & Bill, Roseanne, Steve, Susan, Tiki, Virginia, Vivian, Wayne, Yancey, Young, victims of sexual assault and those impacted by natural disasters.


This week  

Pastor’s Bible Study

Join Pastor Jim for Bible Study for Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas. This video series, also presented by The Ohio State University professor, Dr. David Brakke, will examine the people and texts of the first four centuries A.D. with a shared interest in knowledge (gnōsis, in Greek). Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. This week: Who Were the Gnostics?

Discover Trinity

Are you thinking about Trinity or want to find more ways to get involved? During our Discover Trinity classes (Oct. 14 & 21) at 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel. You will have a chance to meet with church leaders, as well as find out about what it means to be a United Methodist and member of Trinity Church. Plus, you’ll have a chance to ask questions about Trinity or the greater United Methodist Church. We would love to have you join us for both classes but welcome you, even if for only one. Childcare is available during this time. The nursery (also located in the Fellowship Building) is open for infants and toddlers. Older children are welcome to join us.

Visit umcor.org for ways that you can help those recovering from Hurricanes Florence and Micheal, the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia and other natural disasters.

 



Missions Calendar

Sat., Oct. 27: An Evening to Support H2H Children’s Village will feature El Tio’s Tex-Mex, wine & beer, an ice cream bar, silent auction, raffle, and it’s family friendly – childcare provided. You’ll also have a chance to meet H2H teen resident Francisco – his dream is to be a robotics engineer. More information on page 4 of Sunday’s bulletin and at http://umtrinity.org/get-involved/missions.

Nov 9 – 26: Dan & Chris Moore return to The Leadership Center. If you’re interested in joining their team for any or all of the trip, please contact Dan Moore, dmoore@longtreetpartners.com, or Chris Moore, christinecmoore@gmail.com.

Jan. 9 – Feb. 5, 2019: Dan & Chris will once again return to The Leadership Center and anyone interested may join them for part or all of the trip.

For more about the trips, please visit: https://wp.me/p3DkoW-gd


Outreach

 

Collection Drive for Christ House

Trinity’s Church & Society Committee sponsors monthly collections for local and worldwide ministries. During the month of October, we are collecting items for Christ House, an inpatient medical facility for homeless men in Adams Morgan in DC. Christ House is the only facility of its kind in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area where over 6,000 people experience homelessness every day. We are collecting

New or Gently Used Men’s clothing items  (Medium – 2XL):

  •  sweatpants
  •  undershirts
  •  long sleeve t-shirts
  •  short sleeve t-shirts

Men’s shoes (Sizes 9 – 13):

  •  shower shoes
  •  tennis or other shoes

Please place donations in the bins outside the sanctuary and in the fellowship building.

Leave your donations in the donation baskets located outside the sanctuary and in the fellowship building.

Crafts for a Cause

Monday, Oct. 22, Crafts will have its regular Monday night session from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 124, to work on stockings, pillows, dolls and blankets.

If you can’t attend any of these work sessions, consider our ‘homework” plan of making a loom hat for babies and adults. Information on the LOOM HAT PROJECT is available in the Narthex and the Fellowship Building and at http://bit.ly/tumccrafts. For details, contact Molly Sprouse at mollysprouse@gmail.com.

Shepherd’s Center Needs Volunteers

Drivers needed to take seniors to and from medical appointments, the pharmacy and grocery store. No specific time commitment is needed. Please call to hear how easy it is to help the Shepherd’s Center, at 703-506-2199 or visit our brand new website at www.scmafc.org.


An Evening to Support H2H Children’s Village

Saturday, October 27

5 – 8 p.m.

The Speidel Home

900 Chinquapin Road, McLean

El Tio’s Tex-Mex, wine & beer, an ice cream bar, family friendly — childcare provided.

Meet H2H teen resident Francisco—his dream is to be a robotics engineer

H2H, a U.S. nonprofit, rescues children from abandonment & abuse in Honduras. H2H is raising 110 children as their own—with unconditional love, care and education.

Tickets:

$50 individual

$150 family

Raffle Tickets $5 each, $20 for 5

To win a Microsoft Surface Go Tablet

Please pay at http://umtrinity.org/get-involved/missions.

Goals $40,000 for Daily Care and Solar Panels.

Silent Auction items: Redskins tickets, River House vacation, etc.

 

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Bridging God’s Word for Everyday Life: Oct. 7

PRAYERS

Abby, Amy, Andrea, Andrew, Ashley, Barbara, Bill, Bonnie, Boutwell family, Bridget, Carla, Carlos, Carol, Cheryl, Chip, Dale, Daniel, Darlene, Debbie, Ella, Eunice, Florian, Gail, Galvin family, Gay, Hansen family, Hartman family, Hartsoe family, Herb, Holly, Hope, Jane, Jim & Sharon, John, Josh, Judy, Julian, Karen, Ken, Len, Lilly, Lincoln, Matt, McCullough family, Michelle, Olivia, Pat, Paula, Peggy & Bill, Peggy, Ralph, Robert, Silka family, Steve, Susan, Terry, Tom & Jewell, Virginia, Vivian, Yancey Young, victims of sexual assault and those impacted by natural disasters.


Join Pastor Jim for Bible Study for Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas. This video series, also presented by The Ohio State University professor, Dr. David Brakke, will examine the people and texts of the first four centuries A.D. with a shared interest in knowledge (gnōsis, in Greek). Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. This week: Who Were the Gnostics?.

Good Works Day

Saturday, October 13

9 a.m.—12 p.m.

Chili lunch

There will be inside and outside projects at the Fellowship Building, Trinity House, and the parsonage. Supplies and tools will be provided so everybody can come join in a morning of service. Church & Society will have a group at SHARE, a Crafts for a Cause project in Room 124 (see below), and children 4 years of age and older will work with Pastor Keith on a project for Honduras. The Iglesia de Dios congregation will have an international missions workshop while we are doing campus projects, and then Trinity will host a fellowship chili lunch for everyone together at noon. Questions? Contact Karen Hunt.

Crafts for a Cause projects: There will be opportunities to work on Christmas stockings for newborns, learning to loom a hat for babies and adults, stuffing and stitching pillows and dolls, and cutting and sewing girls’ dresses and fleece throws. Men, women and older children (12 and above) are welcome. No crafty skills required.

 


Outreach

Collection Drive for Christ House

Trinity’s Church & Society Committee sponsors monthly collections for local and worldwide ministries. During the month of October, we are collecting items for Christ House, an inpatient medical facility for homeless men in Adams Morgan in DC. Christ House is the only facility of its kind in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area where over 6,000 people experience homelessness every day. We are collecting

New or Gently Used Men’s clothing items  (Medium – 2XL):

 sweatpants

 undershirts

 long sleeve t-shirts

 short sleeve t-shirts

Men’s shoes (Sizes 9 – 13):

 shower shoes

 tennis or other shoes

Please place donations in the bins outside the sanctuary and in the fellowship building.

Leave your donations in the donation baskets located outside the sanctuary and in the fellowship building.

Crafts for a Cause

Crafts for a Cause will offer an open workshop during Good Works Day on Sat., Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon in Room 124. There will be opportunities to work on Christmas stockings for newborns, learning to loom a hat for babies and adults, stuffing and stitching pillows and dolls, and cutting and sewing girls’ dresses and fleece throws. Men, women and older children (12 and above) are welcome. No crafty skills required.

Tomorrow night (Oct. 8) Crafts will have its regular Monday night session from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 124, to work on stockings, pillows, dolls and blankets. The other session during October, besides the Good Works Day, will be Mon., Oct. 22.

If you can’t attend any of these work sessions, consider our ‘homework” plan of making a loom hat for babies and adults. Information on the LOOM HAT PROJECT is available in the Narthex and the Fellowship Building. For details, contact Molly Sprouse.

Mission Trips

Dan & Chris Moore are returning to The Leadership Center in Honduras and you’re invited to join them: Nov. 9-26 and Jan. 9 – Feb. 5. Interested persons are welcome to join them for all or part of either trip. For more, please visit: https://wp.me/p3DkoW-gd

 

An Evening to Support H2H Children’s Village

Saturday, October 27

5 – 8 p.m.

The Speidel Home

900 Chinquapin Road, McLean

Read more about the fundraiser …

 

 

Music News (October 2018)

SING WITH US! Trinity’s Chancel Choir rehearses Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. in Room 115. We welcome new singers!

October’s Weekly Choir Anthems

Oct. 7         A Communion Invitation (Craig Courtney)

Oct. 14      Teach Me, O Lord (Philip Stopford)

Oct. 21      Deep Waters (Pepper Choplin)

Oct. 28      What Does the Lord Require (Eric Nelson)

A SINGERS’ PRAYER: O Lord, bless your servants who minister in your temple. Grant that what we sing with our lips we may believe in our hearts, and what we believe in our hearts we may proclaim in our lives, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

RING WITH US! The Trinity Ringers rehearse Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. in Room 115. We can use your musical talents!

October’s Monthly Bell Prelude:

Oct. 14      Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah (arr. Linda Lamb)

A RINGERS’ PRAYER: Grant, O Lord, that these bells may sound your praises and the good news of your salvation; may they summon the faithful to worship and stir all who hear them to glorify your name, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Crafts for a Cause October Update (2018)

Crafts for a Cause

Recently, Trinity’s Crafts for a Cause ministry was recognized for the contributions of neck pillows, blankets, baby caps, adult hats, teddy bears and Christmas stockings made to Fair Oaks Hospital’s programs to bring comfort to patients of all ages. Volunteers Marti Bowden, Naty de las Alas and Molly Sprouse, along with Pastor Jim Sprouse, represented Trinity at the Teddy Bear Tea, where the chief medical officer reported that since 1991 the program has generated nearly 94,000 comfort items! Crafts for a Cause is honored to be a part of that effort.

Meanwhile, the work continues to produce all those comforting pillows, blankets and hats at alternating Monday night work sessions, coming up on Oct. 8 & 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 124. You don’t have to be a crafter to participate. We also have homework projects if you can’t make the meetings.

Crafts is starting a Loom Hat Project to make warm adult hats for Christ House and newborn hats for Fair Oaks Hospital. Look for the display in the Narthex and the Fellowship Building for details on materials and instructions. This is a fun, easy project for men, women or older children.

For more information, contact Molly Sprouse at
mollysprouse@gmail.com.

A Life-Rebuilding Ministry of the United Methodist Church

By James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor

The United Methodist Committee on Relief [UMCOR] is the not-for-profit humanitarian agency of The United Methodist Church. Since 1940, UMCOR’s mission –  providing relief in disaster areas, aiding refugees and confronting the challenge of world hunger and poverty – has helped to heal the hurts of humanity in nearly 100 countries. UMCOR maintains a corps of trained disaster response specialists for quick reinforcement of national efforts and keeps a supply of relief materials in warehouses for dispatch when and where required. It also trains disaster response specialists in their own countries as part of a global ministry by a global church and works in partnership with other international agencies.

For many years Trinity Church members have given with a sense of pride and confidence to the United Methodist Committee on Relief. I want to remind you that UMCOR follows the professional accounting and auditing regulations of The United Methodist Church. When you give to the United Methodist Committee on Relief you can be sure that your money will go where you want it to go. One hundred percent of your tax-deductible gifts go to the emergency or project that you designate. UMCOR’s administrative costs come from other sources, especially the United Methodist One Great Hour of Sharing offering.

United Methodists are stepping up to the challenge of Hurricane Florence and ministering to many people who are in crisis. United Methodist churches in North and South Carolina are acting as shelters for displaced people and relief workers. ERTs (Emergency Response Teams) are present at the disaster sites. Dozens more churches are supporting local shelters by providing food, transportation, Internet and phone usage, as well as meeting other needs.

Of all the Christian denominations that provide relief and emergency assistance in times of crisis, my experience is that none rivals the abilities of UMCOR to respond immediately and on a global level to any crisis or emergency. You make this life-rebuilding ministry possible through your financial support of UMCOR’s projects and World Service giving. On behalf of a grateful pastor and the denomination of which you are a much-appreciated member, Thank You! And may you continue to bless and be a blessing to persons whose very lives depend on your continued generosity.

Shalom,

Jim

Discover Trinity

By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

Have you taken stock of your New Year’s resolutions? It’s been ten months since you probably made them. Or, maybe you’re a planner and are getting a jump start on your 2019 plans.

I hope one of your resolutions is to become more involved at Trinity Church. It’s never too late or too early to start. Do you like to speak in public? We would love to have you be a reader during worship. Do you have a passion for feeding the hungry? Help us with Martha’s Table Sunday by buying the bread, making sandwiches and snack bags, or delivering them. Do you have an interest in finance, administration, children or adult education, worship, or social justice? We have a place for you! God has placed a call on your heart. Trinity would love to have you live out that call with your church family.

Where do you get started? If you are thinking about joining Trinity or are interested in finding ways to get involved with the church, we invite you to join us for our Discover Trinity classes. Here are the details:

Discover Trinity

October 14 & 21

9:30 a.m.

Chapel in the Fellowship Building

Childcare is available during this time. The nursery (also located in the Fellowship Building) is open for infants and toddlers. Older children are welcome to join us.

During our Discover Trinity classes you will have a chance to meet with church leaders, as well as find out about what it means to be a United Methodist and member of Trinity Church. Plus, you’ll have a chance to ask questions about Trinity or the greater United Methodist Church. We would love to have you join us for both classes but welcome you, even if for only one.

Please let me know if you have any questions. You can always reach me at the church or through my email: egilmer@umtrinity.org.

I’ll see you at church!

 

Creative Play

By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor

Israel is known as the “Startup Nation” – the country with the highest number of startups per capita in the world! Over the years, Israeli startups have given rise to innovations in a range of fields, from agricultural irrigation and GPS navigation to life-saving cancer treatments. World class technology companies, such as Samsung, Intel, IBM, Google, Amazon just to name a few, have research and development facilities located in Israel due to access to creative and innovative tech savvy human resources. There are many factors for its innovative tech culture. In trying to identify these factors, some educators point out Israel’s creative approach to education as one contributor.

When I was able to observe its preschool system while I was staying in Jerusalem, the most prominent feature was a free play approach to education. In the early educational stage, it seems to have no formal curriculum and structured learning; mostly, children played outside and engaged in various art activities. For parents who are not Israelis, they think this approach is frivolous and undisciplined. Their main complaint was “In Israeli gans (Hebrew for preschool and kindergarten), all they do is play?!”

When I was looking for one for my daughter, I visited a preschool. After observing I thought to myself, “Why should I pay for this when I could just gather neighbors’ kids and play at the local playground?” But I was curious, so I asked one of the administrators, “I was told that playing was one of the main features of the Israeli education system. Can you explain the reason for this?” She corrected me and said, “We engage in creative play, not random play. The first verb in the Bible is the word “created” and we believe it is one of the most important principles of education.”

That surprised me in two ways. First, Israelis are mostly secular. Only twenty percent of the population practiced religion. In fact, many non-religious Israelis have a disdain for those who do. Therefore, when an administrator at this secular preschool quotes the Bible as a guiding principle, I was pleasantly taken back. Second, I read that passage multiple times and never thought of it in this manner. But after hearing her, it made perfect sense. The first act of God was to create. Furthermore, we are made in God’s image, so we should act to emulate our creator. Of course!

I recall all this because I would like to incorporate more play, specifically creative play and learning in our children and youth education. I love formal learning because that’s all I know. But playing games and creative approaches in teaching bring greater attentiveness and interaction. If you have creative approaches you would like to implement please let me know!