Kidmin Conference 2018

By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor

Toilet paper spewing out of makeshift leaf blowers. Participants frantically gathering rows of it that were strewn around the auditorium. The audience cheering. The room appearing to be in chaos as a designated player stands motionless on stage while game participants wrap him/her with oodles of TP they collected. The side that finishes wrapping up their ‘mummy’ first, wins raffle tickets for a chance to score a brand new 2018 Chevy Malibu. The excitement was real! And so was my skeptical mind that barked in my head “how does anything here relate to making disciples of children through Sunday School?” But since I was there already, and was given a scholarship to attend, and with literally hundreds of committed Sunday School teachers from all over the country cheering on, I thought “Why not just go with it?” (To see the video go to https://youtu.be/64rp2dvITYA or search ‘youtube trinity united methodist church kidmin conference’) And seriously, I learned a lot from the Kidmin Conference that was held in Nashville Oct 3-5. Here are some of the takeaways from my participation.

Games Serve Useful Functions in Spiritual Development

Repeatedly the presenters and workshop speakers promoted the use of games and other engaging strategies to teach students. Games often offer life lessons; plus, students love playing them. I’ve shared this point with teachers and encouraged them to utilize them in class.

I would like to dedicate a shelf in the Fellowship Building to store board and other kinds of games. If you have some that you no longer use or need, please consider donating them.

Teachers Require Attention and Encouragement

About a fourth of the workshops were dedicate to (and half of the speakers for the main sessions mentioned) encouraging teachers and children’s pastors. One speaker said, “If you’re thinking about quitting, you’re not alone. But here’s the good news; we’re here to encourage you and to remind you that you’re making an eternal difference in the kids. So keep at it!” Lack of volunteers, average of 1.3 Sundays a month attendance, and lack of gratitude and attention from church leaders and members are some reasons for discouragement. But I want to remind us, we love our teachers! Please let them know.

Teachers Need Resources

One of the many benefits from the conference is receiving valuable lessons and tips from speakers and workshops. I bought some books and found others in our library. I will have them available for our teachers in the Fellowship Building. Look for them in Room 301!

Our Students Require Both Engaging and Contemplative Activities

Engaging programs and activities will attract and retain students at Trinity. At the same time, contemplative programs should be offered to counter the over stimulated environment around us. The conference was about engagement, creativity and creating excitement. However, a contemplative approach was never mentioned. But the absence of it, screamed even louder in my mind. There is a need for silence and introspection. Even though we might not recognize the need for Sabbath, silence and slowing down, I urge parents and teachers to find creative ways to find that quiet center.

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Ray Gilmer, Melissa Harris, Barbara Long, and Loren Monroe for their generosity in donating AV equipment for Sunday School classes!

 

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November 2018 at Trinity UMC

Nov. 4 Charge Conference

3 p.m.

Held at Mount Olivet UMC, 1500 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington
Nov. 12 Office Closed  
Nov. 5 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Learn about the latest projects:

https://wp.me/p3ZFFv-s9

Nov. 11 Thanksgiving Lunch

after 10:30 worship

see graphic below
Nov. 11 Martha’s Table Sandwich Making
Nov. 13 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

This month: News of the World, by Paulette Jiles
Nov. 19 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

 
Nov. 20 Christmas Trees Arrive  
Nov. 23 Christmas Tree Sales Begin See graphic below for all hours.
Nov. 25 Celtic Service

5 p.m.

 

 

Our Season Is Underway!

Our Trinity Trebles are well underway for their 2018-2019 season. We sang our first song in October- God Made Us All and we even had a solo instrument help us out! In November we will sing Shout to the Lord, an uplifting and exciting song about praising God! This song is really stretching our young singers’ voices and showing off their impressive range. It’s always a great time to join Trinity Trebles especially before November as we are just beginning to learn our Christmas Musical, Aaron the Allergic Shepherd by Ruth Schram and Mark Cabaniss. A musical reminding us that we can come as we are to meet Christ our Lord. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. following catered dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner is $10 for adults, $5 for children, $20 for families. We meet in Langley Hall and rehearse in the Music Room. Questions? Contact Catherine at carweth@gmail.com.

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!

Henny

Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: Oct. 28

Our Prayer List

Abby, Alice, Amy, Andrea, Andrew, Anne, Annie, Ashley, Barbara, Bill, Billy, Bob, Bobbie, Bonnie, Boutwell family, Carla, Carol, Cathy, Cheryl, Chip & Tessa, Chris, Connie, Dale, Daniel, Darlene, Dave, Dudley & Susan, Ella, Eunice, Florian, Frank, Gail, Gail & Hal, George, Gloria, Grace-Marie, Herb, Hilda, Holly, Jane, Jeffmander, Jim & Sharon, John, Josh, Julie, Julia, Karen, Ken, Len, Lewis, Lillie, Lilly, Lincoln, Lisa, Maria, Mark, Matt, Michael, Michelle, Minnie, Olivia, Pat, Paul, Paula, Peggy & Bill, Peggy, Ralph, Ray, Rob, Roseanne, Sally, Scott & Kathy, Sharon, Silka family, Steve, Susan, Terry, Tiki, Tom & Jewell, Virginia, Vivian, Wayne, Yancey, Young, victims of sexual assault and those impacted by natural disasters.


This week  

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: Judas as a Gnostic Tragic Hero.

 


Rise Against Hunger

Saturday, November 3

8 – 10:30 a.m.

Redeemer Lutheran Church

1545 Chain Bridge Rd , McLean

You can be a part of the McLean Community Rise Against Hunger’s Meal Packaging Event, in the movement to end hunger by the year 2030. Visit bit.ly/mealpacking18 to sign up. There’s one morning shift looking for volunteers, ages 4 – 104!


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

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.

 

Collecting Christmas Cards: Naty de las Alas is collecting new or gently used Christmas cards (religious theme preferred) that will be distributed to the homeless. Look for the collection boxes in the Narthex and in the Fellowship Building. Thank you!

Crafts for a Cause

Christmas stockings, fleece blankets, soft hats and neck pillows are piling up in the Crafts room, thanks to the recent efforts of volunteers to make comfort items for Fair Oaks Hospital patients. You can be a part of this rewarding ministry by joining one of these upcoming work sessions on Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 in Room 124: Nov. 5, Nov. 19, Dec. 3 and Dec. 17.

Crafts also has an ongoing Loom Hat Project to provide warm hats for Christ House residents and newborn babies at Fair Oaks. This is an easy task that only requires a loom and thick yarn. If you would like to try your hand at making a loomed hat, contact Molly Sprouse at mollysprouse@gmail.com, or check out the displays in the back of the Sanctuary and the Fellowship Building and at http://bit.ly/tumccrafts.

Also, please mark your calendars for our annual Holiday Food and Crafts Bazaar starting Sun., Nov. 18. This is how we raise the funds to run next year’s crafts ministry, so we count on your support.

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.

 

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 …