Giving Thanks

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?

Last year I went as a taco. This year I was a hot dog!

Now it’s November and before you know it, Thanksgiving will be here. It’s a great time to think about what makes us thankful. I’m thankful for my family. They adopted me when I was a puppy. I’m also thankful for all the great food that comes 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. You can 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!

Henny

October 2019 at Trinity

Oct. 7 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

 
Oct. 8 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

Happiness is a Choice You Make, by John Leland.
Oct. 13 Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday
Oct. 13 Pet Blessing

2 p.m.

See umtrinity.org
Oct. 14 Office Closed  
Oct. 15 Trustees Meeting

6:30 p.m.

 
Oct. 17 Preschool Parenting Hour

7:30 p.m.

See below
Oct. 19 Good Works Day

8 a.m. –12 p.m.

See more here
Oct. 19 Christ House  
Oct. 21 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

 
Oct. 27 Executive Council

12 p.m.

Meets in the Library
Oct. 27 Celtic Service

5 p.m.

 

Preschool Parenting Hour

Our Preschool is hosting a monthly Parenting Hour to discuss the book, Easy to Love, Difficult the Discipline, by Becky Dailey. All sessions, led by Preschool director, Emily Yosmanovich, will be held in Room 205 unless large attendance requires use of Langley Hall. The next meetings are Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 a.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 9:30 a.m.

For a full schedule of dates, times and topics, please contact Emily at 703-790-2767 or director.trinitypreschool@gmail.com.

Young babies/children are welcome to attend all sessions with parents, and for evening sessions childcare will be provided for ages 3 and up with an RSVP to director.trinitypreschool@gmail.com.

 

Pet Blessing 2019

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 13.

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 13

2 p.m.

We’ll meet in the courtyard outside the Fellowship Building.

(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.

Henny

* all pets invited, not just dogs!

 

When Secrets Are OK

Hi to all the kids of Trinity Church! It’s your friend and church mascot, Henny. I have a special request for you. I need some good questions. I would like for you to send me a question you might have about God, the Bible or Trinity Church. I love questions and I love to answer them! I’ll tell you how to send me your questions at the bottom of this article.

First, I have a question for you. Are you good at keeping secrets? Did you know there are different kinds of secrets? There are! Some secrets are not meant to be kept. If someone could get hurt, we should always tell an adult. God wants everyone to be safe!

Some secrets are fun. I have a secret that most people don’t know unless I stand up on my back legs! I’ll tell you more about it, but first we need to look at the Bible. Go grab your Bible and look up the book of Luke. We want to see Luke, chapter 8, verse 17. That looks like this, Luke 8:17. Remember, if you don’t have a Bible, just let me know and we can get you a special Bible made just for kids!

Here’s what I read when I turn to that scripture in Luke: “For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.” We know that God knows all things. Some day God will provide us with the answers to all our questions. Until then, we will ask God to guide us.

Henny Gilmer, Trinity Church Mascot

Now to that secret of mine. As you might be able to tell in my picture, I have a secret picture on my chest. I have a white outline of what looks like a gingerbread man! Can you see it? I think it’s pretty cool. I’m happy to get to share my secret with you!

If you have any questions for me, just send me a message. You can reach me at bit.ly/AskHenny. Until next time, remember my motto: Paws for Jesus!

Henny

You’ve Got a Friend

Henny Gilmer, Trinity Church mascot

Hello to all the kids of Trinity Church from your friend and church mascot, Henny! I hope you are having a great summer. I am enjoying playing outside, when it’s not too hot. Summer is also great for spending time with friends. I go to doggie daycare one day a week. It gives me a chance to run around with my friends. Louis and Cricket are two of my best friends.

Do you know the Bible talks about friendships? It’s true! Let’s start in the Old Testament, also called the Hebrew Bible.

Two people are better than one.
They can help each other in everything they do.
Suppose either of them falls down.
Then the one can help the other one up.
But suppose a person falls down and doesn’t have anyone to help them up.
Then feel sorry for that person!
-Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIRV)

That’s a good message for us. Friends are there for each other when one falls down or needs help.

What about the New Testament? Let’s see what it says.

Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you.     – Colossians 3:13 (NIRV)

Because God loves and forgives us, we need to forgive other people—that means our family, friends, and even people we might not get along with very often. That can be so hard, can’t it? When we forgive, we’re doing the right thing and we’re living the way Jesus taught us to live.

Do to others as you want them to do to you. – Luke 6:31(NIRV)

The book of Luke tells us the words of Jesus. Treat other people the way you want them to treat you. Does that sound familiar? It should if you’ve ever heard the golden rule!

Looking at these Bible verses we know we should support our friends in the good times and bad; we need to forgive our friends (and everyone else!) when they do something that hurts our feelings; and we are always supposed to treat people the way we want them to treat us. God advice!

Let me know if you have a question for me. Send it to me at bit.ly/AskHenny.

Remember my motto: Paws for Jesus!

Henny

Words to Live By

Henny Gilmer, Trinity Church mascot

Hello kids of Trinity! It’s your friend and church mascot, Henny. I hope you are loving summer as much as I am. Do you know my favorite part? I love when my family cooks out on our deck! I keep hoping for a hamburger to fall off the grill.

I have a fun activity for us to do this summer. You can do it while you’re on vacation, at home or on a weekend. It’s also good during road trips. It’s learning important verses from the Bible. I love being able to tell people my favorite verse. Do you know which one it is? Here’s my favorite:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Here are some other good scriptures for you to learn. See if you can memorize one per week this month.

Let’s start from the beginning of the Bible:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

Does this one sound familiar? We call it the golden rule!

Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31

Your parents will like this one!

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Colossians 3:20

This one talks about God’s great love for us!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

 

Have a safe and happy July and remember my motto:

Paws for Jesus!

Henny

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.

Do you have a question for me? Just send it to bit.ly/AskHenny.

Don’t forget my motto: Paws for Jesus!

Henny