More Than Just a Name

Henny Gilmer, Trinity Church mascot

Happy June to all the kids of Trinity Church. I love this month because on June 21, we celebrate the start of summer. Woohoo, summer is here!

Summer is a good time to catch up on hobbies. One activity a lot of people do is tracing their family histories. My mom has started to work on figuring out her ancestry. Do you know what that means? When someone tracks their ancestry, that person is keeping track of their grandparents, great grandparents, great-great grandparents, and beyond. My mom has found what her family members did for jobs, where they lived and if they had kids. (It’s too bad the records don’t show if they had pets!)

Speaking of names, some people have asked about my name. I’m Henny. It’s not a name that most people have heard before. My name means ruler of the house. I like the idea of being the boss of the house! My name is Dutch. Want to know another cool thing? I’m Dutch, just like my name! I’m a Dutch Shepherd.

I like my name but there is a lot more to me that just my name. I make sure my family knows someone arrives by barking when somebody is at the door. I am a toasty foot warmer by sleeping on my family members’ feet. And, I’m an excellent crumb catcher; I’m always on duty under the table during dinner!

You are more than just your name, too. You might be a brother or sister, son or daughter, a grandchild, or even a great-grandchild! Are you a painter, a singer, a reader or a game player? I almost forgot the most important title of all. You are a loved child of God! No matter how old you might be, you will always be God’s child. We can’t outgrow that because God will love us and care for us forever.

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Why Do We Say Amen?

Henny Gilmer, Trinity Church mascot

Summer is almost here. Hooray! I love summer because it means longer walks and more time outside. Amen to that. What exactly do we mean when we say the word Amen? Have you ever wondered why we end a prayer by saying Amen? Well, that’s a great question.

It’s a Hebrew word. Amen is a response to something else that’s been said. When someone says Amen, he or she is saying, “I agree with this,” or “I believe this is the truth.” That’s why we say Amen at the end of prayers. We’re saying we believe that what we just said is true. You could also think of it as an exclamation point.

Somebody else used the word Amen, only it was at the beginning of sentences. Can you guess who it was? Jesus! “Very truly” or “Truly, truly” is the way it has been translated into English. Grab your Bible and turn to the book of John, chapter three. See what Jesus said in John 3John 3, verses 3, 5, and 11. He was telling people that what he was about to say was the truth, it was important and they should pay attention!

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Fun at Easter? Hop to it!

Henny Gilmer, Trinity Church mascot

Hello, kids of Trinity Church. I hope you are doing well and are enjoying spring. This is an exciting time of year. Flowers are blooming, the weather is warmer and there’s more of a chance to play outside.


There’s another, even more important event that happens this month. Easter! That’s right. It’s the day we celebrate when Jesus came back. This is what happened: Jesus died and his friends were really sad; but then on the third day after he died, he came back from the dead! He did this to let us know that Jesus is the Son of God, God loves us so much, and that there is life with God after death.


Why do we celebrate Easter with the Easter Bunny, Easter eggs and tons of chocolate candy? There are lots of different stories about how the Bunny and the eggs represent new life. (Personally, I think people just like eating chocolate bunnies and jelly beans!)


Would you like to be a part of Trinity’s Easter Egg Hunt? We’d love to see you there. We’ll gather on the big lawn next to the Fellowship Building on Palm Sunday, April 14, after the 10:30 service is over. There is a special section for younger kids and another for bigger kids. It’s always so much fun. Don’t forget your Easter basket!


Hunting for eggs and eating candy is awesome, but it’s not the best part about Easter. The very best part of Easter is knowing how much God loves us.


Have a happy Easter and remember my motto: Paws for Jesus!


Mmmmmmm, Pancakes!

Henny Gilmer, Trinity Church mascot

Hi to all the kids of Trinity Church! It’s your canine pal Henny, here. Happy March. I wanted to send out a special invitation to you for a supper with a special meaning. First, I have to ask you a question. Do you like brinner? You know, brinner is when you eat breakfast for dinner. I love brinner. That’s where my invitation comes in.

You and your family are invited to our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Sometimes people call it Fat Tuesday, too. It’s the day before Ash Wednesday. That means it’s the day before the start of Lent, the season when we get our hearts and minds ready for Easter.

Shrove is a funny word, isn’t it? It comes from an Old English word shriven, which means to go to confession or to say you’re sorry for anything you might have done that was wrong. Lent is a time when people think about all that Jesus has done for us. I think Jesus would like for us to take this time to think about showing God’s love to all, and sometimes that means saying you’re sorry.

Before the start of Lent, we celebrate with brinner. Share this with your parents or grandparents, so that they can mark it on their calendars.

Do you like blue berries on top of your pancakes? I do! Don’t forget to try some of the yummy homemade applesauce.

Yay, pancakes. Yay, brinner!

Remember my motto: Paws for Jesus!



Love Your Pet

Hi, kids of Trinity Church! I hope your year is off to a great start. Do you know what day we celebrate this month? If you guessed Valentine’s Day, you’re right! But, there’s another day that I also like to remember. It’s National Love Your Pet Day on February 20. That’s so cool.

Do you have a pet? A lot of people do. Some people have hamsters, others have fish. Some even have snakes! But the most popular pets are dogs and cats. As many as 80 million dogs and 96 million cats are pets in the United States. That’s a lot of critters!

Some families can’t have pets. Maybe there are rules against having pets where they live. Sometimes family members are allergic to them. If that’s the case in your house, you can still celebrate National Love Your Pet Day. You can earn money or use part of your allowance to make a donation to a pet shelter—that’s where they take care of pets that are waiting to get adopted. My family adopted me from the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation last year! Here’s a picture from the day they brought me home.

You can ask your parents to help you print out a picture of your favorite pet, then help you put it on your wall or desk. You could also color or paint a picture of your favorite animal. There are a lot of ways to celebrate pets!

Pets are beautiful creations of God, just like we are! Here’s what the Bible says in Genesis 1:24-25: Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened. And God saw that it was good. (NLT)

Whether your pet is a photo; a toy; or a living, breathing animal, let’s all celebrate Pet Day!

Remember my motto: Paws for Jesus!


Bible Fun Facts

Happy New Year to all the kids of Trinity Church. It’s your friend, Henny. Can you believe it is 2019? Time flies when you’re busy playing fetch, snacking on Milk Bones and taking naps. But, that’s just me. Maybe you are celebrating the New Year with your own tradition.

Do you have a Bible? If you do, reading the Bible more often would be a good way to start 2019. Have you heard of a New Year’s resolution? It’s when you decide to start doing something (like reading the Bible, exercising or eating healthier foods) on January first.

Here are some fun things for you to know about the Bible and some you can look up.

  • More than 100,000,000 Bibles are printed every year.
  • The longest word in the Bible is Mahershalalhashbaz, found in Isaiah 8:3. That’s the super-long name of Isaiah’s son.
  • The longest book in the Bible is Psalm 119, with 176 verses.
  • The shortest book in the Bible is Psalm 117, with just 2 verses.
  • The shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35. “Jesus wept.” That’s really short!
  • The last word in the Bible is Amen.

Have fun looking up more Bible fun facts!

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Remember my motto: Paws for Jesus!


Where Was Jesus Born?

Henny Gilmer, Trinity Church mascot

If you are reading this December 2 or after, Happy Advent! What an awesome time of year. Advent is the season where we prepare for the birth of Jesus. You can think of it as a giant birthday party for Jesus, and we’re all invited! That reminds me of a question from one of our Sunday School classes. The kids ask: Where was Jesus born? Great question!

We celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25. That’s Christmas! This answers when we celebrate, but our smart Sunday School children want to know where he was born. How do we answer that? If you said that we look to the Bible, you’re right. The Bible tells us all we need to know. Matthew and Luke talk about Jesus’ birth. We read in Luke that Joseph and Mary were living in Nazareth, but had to return to Joseph’s hometown of Bethlehem to be counted by the government in a process called a census. While they were in Bethlehem, Jesus was born.

Here’s something really cool. Bethlehem is called the city of David. You might remember David when he was a boy and fought a giant named Goliath. David grew up to be a king one thousand years before Jesus lived. He was also a relative of Joseph. So, Jesus was considered to be from the “House of David,” meaning he was a relative of David. This was predicted, or “prophesied” in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament).

Ask your parents, older brothers or sisters, or your grandparents to help you find Bethlehem on a map. It’s in the country of Israel. Bethlehem is 5,904 miles from McLean. If you took a plane from Washington, it would take you about 15 hours to fly to Tel Aviv, then you’d still have to drive another 36 miles to get to Bethlehem. Although Jesus’ place of birth is far away from us, his love is as close as our heart. As we celebrate with gifts on Christmas day, let’s also remember the greatest gift of all: Jesus.

Merry Christmas and remember our motto: Paws for Jesus!