What Can You Bring to the Thanksgiving Table?

I went as a taco. Mmmmmm. I love tacos!

Hi, kids of Trinity Church. It’s your friend, Henny. I hope you’re enjoying fall. The cooler weather makes me want to run around the yard and play ball. Did you have a good Halloween? Here’s a picture of me in my costume. Can you tell what my costume is in this picture?

Now it’s November and we’re thinking ahead to Thanksgiving. It’s a great time to think about what makes us thankful. I’m thankful for my family. They adopted me this year.

I’m also thankful for all the great food at our Thanksgiving dinner. I love turkey. Maybe I’ll get a bite of sweet potato, too!

Sometimes kids get to help make things for a Thanksgiving meal. What if you don’t know how to cook or aren’t old enough to use the oven? There are other ways to help out. You can help set the table by putting out the silverware and the napkins. You can draw a little picture on a card at each place setting. You can even help with the prayer before the meal.

One of the Trinity preschool classes uses a great prayer:

Thank you for the world so sweet.

Thank you for the food we eat.

Thank you for the birds that sing.

Thank you, God for everything! Amen.

If your family doesn’t already have a prayer, maybe you can use that one.

Do you have a question for me about God, the Bible or Trinity Church? Send it to me at bit.ly/AskHenny.

Remember my motto: Paws for Jesus!



Pet Blessing 2018

Happy fall to all the children of Trinity United Methodist Church!

October is a great time. The leaves are changing, the air is cooler and we celebrate the blessing of the pets! Mark your calendar and grab your furry friends because the Pet Blessing at Trinity Church is on October 7.

Pet blessings are held around the world. They were started to honor St. Francis of Assisi. He was an Italian Catholic friar (that’s a pastor) who lived nearly 800 years ago. Francis did a lot to draw attention to the poor and needy. He also loved all animals, recognizing animals as part of God’s great creation. (St. Francis was even known to carry on conversations with the birds in the trees!) In the year 1228, Pope Gregory named Francis the patron saint of both animals and the environment. That’s pretty cool.

Here are the details of how we’ll celebrate the pets of our community:

Trinity’s Pet Blessing

October 7

2 p.m.

We’ll meet on the Plaza between the Chapel and Sanctuary.

(If it rains, you can find us in Langley Hall.)


Important information: All dogs need to be on leashes. Cats and all other critters need to be in cages or other appropriate carriers. We can’t wait to see you and your pets for the blessing!

Until then, remember my motto: Paws for Jesus.


September 2018 at Trinity


The Trinity book club is starting a new season! We’ll meet on Tuesday, September 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Trinity Library to talk about Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill, by Sonia Purnell, a tribute to the woman who was the great man’s closest confidante, fiercest critic, and shrewdest advisor. Bring a light dinner, if you like (dessert is provided), and enjoy fellowship and lively conversation. Reading the book isn’t even required! Coming up on October 9: Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid. Contact Kathy Maher (Kathyngs@gmail.com) to obtain a copy of the full reading list.

Sept. 3 Office Closed
Sept. 6 Trinity Ringers, 6:30 p.m.

Chancel Choir, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday rehearsals resume for adult choirs. All new ringers and singers are welcome. For more, contact Jerry Rich, jrich@potomacschool.org
Sept. 9 Martha’s Table Sandwich Making Sunday,

Back to Sunday School, Backpack Blessing & Picnic

Backpacks will be blessed during the 10:30 a.m. service. A picnic for everyone will follow; see page 5 for more information
Sept. 10 Crafts for a Cause, 7 p.m. Learn about the latest projects: https://wp.me/p3ZFFv-rg
Sept. 11 Book Chat, 6:30 p.m. This month: Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill, by Sonia Purnell, More below.
Sept. 12 Trinity Trebles, 6 p.m. Trinity’s children’s choir for ages 4—6th grade will resume their Wednesday rehearsals with dinner in Langley Hall. For more, contact Catherine Wethington, cwethington@umtrinity.org
Sept. 24 Crafts for a Cause, 7 p.m. Learn about the latest projects: https://wp.me/p3ZFFv-rg

What Can Kids Do at Church?

Happy September to all the kids of Trinity Church! I hope you had an awesome summer. Most of my friends are already back at school. Guess what I did this summer. I went to school! That’s right. I went to obedience school and I graduated! I learned to sit, stay, lie down and walk on a leash. I also turned one-year-old last month. I’ve also taken up a new hobby: squirrel watching (see the picture). It was a pretty big summer for me.

Have you heard about the super cool day that is coming up on September 9? It all starts during the 10:30 worship service. Be sure to bring your backpack that day so it can be blessed. Also that day, a brand new Sunday School year starts during the 10:30 service. Then, right after church, we will go outside for a cookout and games, including a really awesome inflatable obstacle course. You don’t want to miss it!

Do you like to sing? Who doesn’t like to sing? I like to howl, does that count? You should join Catherine and a bunch of my friends for Trinity Trebles (the children’s choirs). Catherine will also meet with Youth Choir participants during Youth Group. Tell your parents to go onto our church website or check out the bulletin. Come join us!

Children and youth can also participate in worship. Each week an acolyte, crucifer and Langley Bell ringer are needed. Is you’re interested or want to learn more, please visit our online sign-up for all the details: http://bit.ly/trinityacb

Here’s a reminder of what is coming up this month:

Back to School Sunday

                September 9

10:30 Worship: Backpack Blessing and Sunday School

Cookout and games on the big lawn next to the Fellowship Building!


September 12

                Trinity Trebles

6 p.m.

Meet us in Langley Hall


September 16

                Youth Choir

11:30 a.m.

Room 301


Remember my motto: Paws for Jesus!


Why Is Being Patient So Hard?

Henny Gilmer, Trinity Church mascot

Hello to all the kids of Trinity Church. I hope you are having a great summer. I have a birthday this month. I’ll turn a year old on August 13.  I’ve also been busy taking obedience classes this summer. Do you know what those are? They’re kind of like school except that my parents go with me. The teacher is showing my mom and dad how to train me to do things like how to walk on a leash without pulling, and why I shouldn’t jump on people when I meet them. I’m also learning how to do things like sit and stay when my parents do hand signals. (That’s my favorite lesson, so far.)

Sometimes I get impatient when the teacher is trying to teach me something new. Does that ever happen to you? It can be hard sometimes when all I want to do is run around and play but my parents want me to sit still and be quiet. I’m learning how important it is to listen to my teacher and parents.

I was wondering if the Bible says anything about being patient. It does! We can read about patience in the book of Romans. This book is really a letter written a long time ago by a man named Paul. In the letter, he writes this: “Be patient in trouble and keep on praying” (Rom. 12.12). It’s pretty cool that in this one sentence Paul tells us to do two big things: be patient when things are not going our way and keep on praying.

Can you think of a time when you had to be patient? Maybe you had to wait a long time for something. Maybe you had to be super quiet. Paul tells us that sometimes we do have to be patient in order to do the right thing. But he also tells us how to do that: keep on praying. Good advice. Thanks, Paul!

Have a super awesome rest of the summer and remember my motto: Paws for Jesus.


Ask Henny: When Is the Best Time to Pray?

Henny Gilmer, Trinity Church mascot

Hello to all the kids of Trinity Church! I’m Henny, Pastor Eileen’s pup. The Gilmer family adopted me in April. I’m kind of a big puppy. I don’t turn one until next month and I already weigh 65 pounds. My hobbies are watching squirrels out the window, fetching tennis balls and sleeping on the couch. I’m in obedience school because my mom says I need to learn a few manners, such as not sleeping on the couch.

Do you pray? Some kids I know pray before bed at night; others pray before meals. Have you ever prayed at other times during the day? That’s the cool thing about prayer. It’s the way we talk directly to God, so any time of the day or night is perfect for prayer! God is always there and ready to listen when we want to talk.

Some kids have never prayed before and that’s OK. It’s never too early too late to start praying. Maybe you have something you are nervous about; that’s a great time to go to God in prayer. It doesn’t have to be fancy or long. Prayer is talking to God. It’s that simple. We go to God about what makes us happy, sad, nervous or glad. That’s right; prayer isn’t only for when we are worried about something. When you are super excited or happy is also a great time to go to God. That’s when you can thank God for all you have in your life.

I have reason to be thankful. I am thankful for you and your family. I’m grateful for all the super people at Trinity United Methodist Church. Can you think of something that makes you feel thankful? Maybe now would be a good time to go to God in prayer and say thanks!

Do you have a question you would like me to answer about God, the Bible or Trinity Church? Just let me know. You can send it to me at http://bit.ly/AskHenny.

Keep praying and remember my motto: Paws for Jesus!


Ask Duke & Henny: Reporting for Duty!

Hello to all the kids of Trinity Church! Your buddy Duke, here. I want to introduce to you a new friend, Henny. Yay, Henny! She’s the new dog of Pastor Eileen. Let’s have her tell you her story.

Hi, everybody! I am so excited to be a part of the Trinity Church family. I’ve started coming to work sometimes and I really like meeting people. Everyone is so nice!

I was adopted by Pastor Eileen and her family in April. I was up for adoption from the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation. When my family came to look for a dog to adopt, I went right up to my dad, put my paws and head on his chest and gave him a big hug. (Don’t tell them that I picked them; they think they picked me!)

Here’s a picture of me. Do you like my ears? I could totally play the role of the wolf in a Little Red Riding Hood play, couldn’t I? “The better to hear you with, my dear!” The reason I have cool ears is because I am half German Shepherd. The other half of my dog relatives were all different kinds of dogs, including a Jack Russell. That’s where I get my ability to jump really well. My mom says she’s going to teach me to catch a Frisbee one day.

Do you go to school? I’ll be going to school soon. My parents tell me I need to learn some manners. I just turned nine months old, so it’s time for class. I already know how to sit on command, but that’s about it. There’s so much to learn, isn’t there?

Do you have a question to ask Duke or me? We would love to answer your questions about God, the church or anything else. Here’s where you can send it: http://bit.ly/AskDuke

Remember our motto: Paws for Jesus!