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.

Henny

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Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: Sept. 16

PRAYERS

Our Prayer List

Abby, Allie, Amy, Andrea, Andrew, Annie, Ashley, Barbara, Betty, Bill, Bob, Bob & Eileen, Bobbie, Bonnie, Carla, Carol, Catherine & Henry, Cav, Chip & Tessa, Daniel, Darlene, Dave, Duane, Ed & Sally, Ella, Florian, Gabriela, Gail & Hal, Gay, Herb, Hermanson family, Hilda, Holly, James & She-Fin, Jane, Jenny & Geoff, Jim, Jim & Sharon, JJ, Joe, John, John & Mary Frances, Jonathan, Josh, Julie, Julieta, K, Ken, Lilly, Lincoln, Liz, Marilyn, Mark, Matt, McCullough family, Meg, Michelle, Olivia, Pat, Paul & Jeanette, Paula, Peggy & Bill, Sally, Sally & Ryan, Sarah, Scott & Emma, Scott & Kathy, Scott & Patsy, Stephen, Steve, Susan, Tiki, Tim, Tom, Virginia, Vivian, and Yancey.

Pray with Us Each Weekday at a New Time!

Eileen Gilmer prays on Facebook each weekday at 7 a.m. Tune in to begin your day with your church family. The video is also posted to her profile and the church’s Facebook page (Trinity UMC, McLean).


This week

Join Pastor Jim for Bible Study on The Apocryphal Jesus. This video series, presented by The Ohio State University professor, Dr. David Brakke, will examine the non-canonical writings about Jesus, his family and the early apostles. These writings provide historical evidence for the diversity of early Christian thought. Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. This week: Tours of Hell before Dante


Children

Acolytes & Crucifers Sign-Up: visit bit.ly/trinityacb.

Children’s Sunday School includes classes for all children pre-K through 6th grade in Room 402. Children are dismissed from 10:30 worship following the Children’s Message to join their teachers in the Fellowship Building classroom. Parents may pick up their children at the end of worship.

Teachers are invited to volunteer for 2018-19 Sunday School year. Please contact Keith, klee@umtrinity.org.

Trinity Trebles, our children’s choir for ages 4 – 11, meets on Wednesdays, from 6 – 7 p.m. in Langley Hall. Join us for Wednesday Night Diner and for singing! Questions? Contact Catherine Wethington,
cwethington@umtrinity.org.


Parents, Please register you children and youth for this year’s children’s and youth ministries – Sunday School, Confirmation, choir, etc. A convenient registration can be found online at: http://bit.ly/TUMCregister.


Youth

Acolytes & Crucifers Sign-Up: visit bit.ly/trinityacb.

Confirmation class begins today at 11:40 a.m. It’s not too late to join. This class is open to all 7th graders. For more information, please contact Keith, klee@umtrinity.org.

Youth Group, for grades 7-12, has a wonderful schedule to engage teens in their faith journey. Please join us! If you would like more information, please talk to Pastor Keith, klee@umtrinity.org.

Sept. 16 11:40 a.m. Fall Youth Group Kick-off / Confirmation Class

Sept. 23 11:40 a.m. Music team intro to Grace Notes

Sept. 30 11:40 a.m. Video Games & Other Serious Endeavors

Oct. 7 11:40 a.m. Four Truths About Habits

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Outreach

Collection Drive for Art for Humanity

Trinity’s Church & Society Committee sponsors monthly collections for local and worldwide ministries. During September, we’re collecting over-the-counter health care products for Art for Humanity in Honduras. Due to chronic malnutrition, multivitamins are particularly needed.

  • Multivitamins
  • Decongestant
  • Antihistamine
  • Neosporin antibiotic cream
  • Cough drops
  • Cortisone anti-itch cream
  • Band aids
  • Toothbrushes
  • Ibuprofen
  • Naproxen

Please be sure products have 12 months before expiration. Leave your donations in the donation baskets located 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

Last week, Trinity’s Crafts for a Cause ministry was recognized for the contributions of neck pillows, blankets, baby caps, adult hats, teddy bears and Christmas stockings made to Fair Oaks Hospital’s programs to bring comfort to patients of all ages. Volunteers Marti Bowden, Naty de las Alas and Molly Sprouse, along with Pastor Jim Sprouse, represented Trinity at the Teddy Bear Tea, where the chief medical officer reported that since 1991 the program has generated nearly 94,000 comfort items! Crafts for a Cause is honored to be a part of that effort.

Meanwhile, the work continues to produce all those comforting pillows, blankets and hats at alternating Monday night work sessions, coming up on Sept. 24 and Oct. 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 124. You don’t have to be a crafter to participate. We also have homework projects if you can’t make the meetings.

Crafts for a Cause hopes to launch a project soon to encourage congregants to help us make adult and baby hats with a loom. It’s an easy and foolproof substitute for knitting and crocheting. If you’re interested, let us know. And if you know if anyone recovering from surgery or illness who would appreciate a comfort pillow or blanket, please let us know. For more information, contact Molly Sprouse at mollysprouse@gmail.com.


Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: Sept. 9

PRAYERS

Our Prayer List

Abby, Allie, Amy, Andrea, Andrew, Annie, Ashley, Barbara, Betty, Bill, Bob, Bobbie, Bonnie, Carla, Carol, Catherine & Henry, Cav, Chip & Tessa, Daniel, Duane, Ed & Sally, Ella, Florian, Gabriela, Gail & Hal, Gay, Herb, Hermanson family, Holly, Jane, Jenny & Geoff, Jim, Jim & Sharon, JJ, Joe, John, Jonathan, Josh, Julie, Ken, Lilly, Lincoln, Mark, Matt, McCullough family, Meg, Michelle, Pat, Paul & Jeanette, Paula, Peggy & Bill, Sally & Ryan, Scott & Emma, Scott & Patsy, Stephen, Steve, Susan, Tim, Tom, Virginia and Yancey.

Pray with Us Each Weekday

Eileen Gilmer prays live on Facebook each weekday at 8:30 a.m. Tune in to begin your day with your church family. The video is also saved to her profile and the church’s Facebook page (Trinity UMC, McLean) for later viewing.


This week

8:30 a.m.       Worship (Sanctuary)

9:30 a.m.       The Apocryphal Jesus (Library)

9:30 a.m.       Martha’s Table Sandwich Making (Fellowship Lobby)

10:30 a.m.     Worship (Sanctuary)

10:45 a.m.     Sunday School (301, 302, 303, 402-403)

11:45 a.m.     Picnic (Plaza)

 

Join Pastor Jim for Bible Study on The Apocryphal Jesus. This video series, presented by The Ohio State University professor, Dr. David Brakke, will examine the non-canonical writings about Jesus, his family and the early apostles. These writings provide historical evidence for the diversity of early Christian thought. Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. This week: Revelations That Didn’t Make the Bible.

Engage Bible Study resumes on Monday at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Building. This year’s theme, Proclaiming Christ Risen, will be explored through the book of Acts. Acts tells the story of the early church. The Registration and cost of the book is $25.

Parents, Please register you children and youth for this year’s children’s and youth ministries – Sunday School, Confirmation, choir, etc. A convenient registration can be found online at: http://bit.ly/TUMCregister.

Trinity Trebles, our children’s choir for ages 4—11, will resume Wed., Sept. 12, from 6—7 p.m. in Langley Hall. Join us for Wednesday Night Diner and for singing! Questions? Contact Catherine Wethington,
cwethington@umtrinity.org.

New Collection Drive

Collection Drive for Art for Humanity

Trinity’s Church & Society Committee sponsors monthly collections for local and worldwide ministries. During September, we’re collecting over-the-counter health care products for Art for Humanity in Honduras. Due to chronic malnutrition, multivitamins are particularly needed.

  • Multivitamins
  • Decongestant
  • Antihistamine
  • Neosporin antibiotic cream
  • Cough drops
  • Cortisone anti-itch cream
  • Band aids
  • Toothbrushes
  • Ibuprofen
  • Naproxen

Please be sure products have 12 months before expiration. Leave your donations in the donation baskets located outside the sanctuary and in the fellowship building.

Crafts for a Cause

The Christmas season has arrived early for Crafts for a Cause, as work has begun on making 50 red and white flannel Christmas stockings for newborns at Fair Oaks Hospital. One of our knitters, Ann Skelly, has been busy knitting Santa hats that accompany the stockings.

If you’d like to help make stockings, pillows, dolls, blankets and dresses, join of our work sessions on alternating Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 124. Future work sessions: Sept. 10 and Sept. 24.

We also have homework projects if you can’t make the work sessions. And if you know of someone recovering from surgery or illness who might like a comfort pillow, please let us know. For more information, contact Molly Sprouse, mollysprouse@gmail.com.

Crafts for a Cause continues to offer summer dresses for sale after both worship services in the Fellowship Building. Handmade, all-cotton summer dresses in sizes from 2 to 8 will be available in limited supply. Proceeds will help fund Crafts and Mission projects.

 

Sunday School—It’s for Life!

By James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor

The United Methodist Church wants to re-energize Sunday school and spark new ministries. Can you imagine a Charge Conference where the Sunday school teachers are the first people elected to hold office for the up-coming year? Can you imagine a church where 60 to 75 percent of those who attend worship also attend Sunday school? Can you imagine a Sunday school so vital that it has sparked so many other ministries that the church building is used seven days a week?

Here at Trinity Church, we don’t just imagine these scenarios at Sunday school, they are our immediate goals for 2018-2019, and we’re making things happen. We offer classes for people of all ages, and they’re taught by the members and staff of our Trinity family. Some classes are sharing the teaching and leadership role rather than having only one teacher. New and exciting opportunities for Christian Education are offered this fall and spring. Check them out!

Our denomination, at the national level, is encouraging us to fill in the generational gaps. We’re learning that by doing that it tends to move the local church forward. It also tends to draw people with children who boost attendance in the children’s and youth classes.

As the nation’s third-largest religious body (behind Roman Catholics, and Southern Baptists) we United Methodists are more influential in seats of power than people realize. This means that what is taught in our Sunday school classes helps determine the religious morals and values on the larger scale. Sunday school is where the action is. Trinity Church kicks off the new Sunday school year with a celebration on September 9. On the 9th, we will also have a backpack blessing. All followed by a church-wide picnic. Please plan to join us. Sunday School – It’s For Life!

 

September 2018 at Trinity

BOOK CHAT

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!

Henny

Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: Aug. 19

Our Prayer List

Aaron, Abby, Alice, Amelia, Amy, Andrea, Andrew, Annie, Anthony, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Barry, Bill & at, Billy, Bob & Fran, Bobbie, Brenda, Buddy, Burgess family, Burl, Carl, Carla, Carol Ann, Carol, Cathy, Charlie, Cherié, Chuck, Danny, Darlene, David, Dean, Debbie, Del, Diana, Dorothy, Ed & Sally, Ed, Ella, Ellis family, Flo, Florian, Frank, Gabriela, Gail & Hal, Gary, Gay, Geoff & Jenny, Gloria, Herb, Holly, Jacob, Jane, Janet, Jason, Jeff, Jennifer, Jerry, Jim & Sharon, Jim, JJ, Joan, Joe, John, Josh, Joyce, JR, Judy, Julie, Julieta, June, Karen, Kathryn, Kay, Ken, Klaus, Layne, Lenny, Leonida, Lewis, Lilly, Lincoln, Linda, Lindie, Lisa, Lorraine, Lyle, Maddy, Marciene, Marcy, Margaret, Mari & Terry, Martha, Mary Lou, Mary, Matt, McGinness family, Meigs, Merlin, Michelle, Molly & George, Molly, Nancy, Nelda, Pat, Paul, Paula, Pauline, Peg, Peggy & Bill, Peggy & Tom, Ray, Richard, Robert, Roberta, Rosa, Sally, Sandy, Sarkees, Scott & Kathy, She-fin & James, Sherry, Stephanie, Steve, Steven, Sue, Suzanne, Theresa, Thomas, Tiki, Tom, Tony, Torry, Vanna, Vincent, Virginia, Vivian, and Yancey.

We extend sympathy to Dave, Patty & Sarah Beth Burgess on the Aug. 15 death of Patty’s mother, Jean Connelly.


This week

Join Pastor Jim for Bible Study on The Apocryphal Jesus. This video series, presented by The Ohio State University professor, Dr. David Brakke, will examine the non-canonical writings about Jesus, his family and the early apostles. These writings provide historical evidence for the diversity of early Christian thought. Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. This week: The Acts of Thomas and the Mission to India.

Sunday         8/19

8:30 a.m.       Worship (Sanctuary)

9:30 a.m.       Crafts for a Cause Dress Sale (Fellowship Lobby)

9:45 a.m.       Fellowship (Fellowship Lobby)

10:30 a.m.     Worship (Sanctuary)

11:30 a.m.     Youth Group (403)

11:30 a.m.     NLI Vision team (Library)

11:45 a.m.     Fellowship (Fellowship Lobby)

Monday 8/20

10 a.m. The Apocryphal Jesus (Library)

7:30 p.m. Boy Scouts (Langley Hall)

Tuesday 8/21

11:30 a.m. Peer Learning Group

6:30 p.m. Trustees (Telephone)

Wednesday 8/22

Noon Wednesday Communion (Chapel)

Noon Overeaters Anonymous (302)

6:30 p.m. The Apocryphal Jesus (Library)

8:30 p.m. AA (Langley Hall)

Thursday 8/23

9:30 a.m. Spire assembly (Library)

1 p.m. Final Proof of Bulletin

Friday 8/24

8:30 p.m. AA (Langley Hall)

Saturday 8/25

10 a.m. Make-a-Wish Volunteer Training (301)

11 a.m. Celebration of Life: K. Nersten (Chapel)

3 p.m. Court of Honor: Daniel Endean (Chapel)

5 p.m. Movie Night (Fellowship Lobby)

UPCOMING EVENTS

Aug. 26 Confirmation Parent Meeting

Aug. 27 Crafts for a Cause

Sept. 6 Trinity Ringers & Chancel Choir resume

Sept. 9 Back to School, Backpack Blessing & Picnic

Sept. 12 Trinity Trebles resume

Nov. 4 Charge Conference

 


Children

Acolytes & Crucifers Sign-Up: visit bit.ly/trinityacb.

Backpack Blessing will be Sunday, September 9 during the 10:30 worship.

Children’s Education at 10:30 includes classes for all children pre-K through 6th grade in Room 402. Children are dismissed from worship following the Children’s Message to join their teachers in the Fellowship Building classroom. Parents may pick up their children at the end of worship.

Movie Night – see information above.

Teachers are invited to volunteer for 2018-19 Sunday School year. Please contact Keith.

Trinity Trebles will resume September 12.

Youth

Acolytes & Crucifers Sign-Up: visit bit.ly/trinityacb.

Confirmation class begins September 9 at 11:30 a.m. There will be a parent meeting on Aug. 26 at 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel. This class is open to all 7th graders. For more information, please contact Keith.

Service Hours Opportunity: The Worship Committee has an opportunity for youth and children who need service hours. It involves assisting with preparing the Sanctuary for Sunday services. Please contact Gail Cardwell or Pastor Keith for more info.

Youth Group, for grades 7-12, has a wonderful schedule to engage teens in their faith journey. Please join us! If you would like more information, please talk to Pastor Keith.

Aug. 19 11:30 a.m. The Slow Club

Aug. 26 11:30 a.m. Honduras Solar Panel Discussion

Sept. 2 No Youth Group

Sept. 9 11:30 a.m. Fall Youth Group Kick-off