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!
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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, email@example.com
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
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
10:30 Worship: Backpack Blessing and Sunday School
Cookout and games on the big lawn next to the Fellowship Building!
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.