|By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor|
It’s been a long time since I communicated through The Spire and I am glad to say hello! Due to in-person gathering restrictions, we have not been meeting in-person but the church has been, and is still, going strong with activities and events. I would like to share some of the plans for Advent.
Pastor Neil’s wife, Pastor Anne, is also an elder in the United Methodist Church. Although she’s retired, she continues to carry out her call to serve God’s people. One of the ministries on her heart is Children’s Sunday School. For Advent, she will offer videos and crafts related to Advent. These videos and links for crafts will be available at https://umtrinity.org/children
Make sure to view them with your children. I’m grateful for Pastor Anne’s dedication and service to Trinity’s children and their families.
Christmas Eve Family Worship Video
Regardless of our in-person worship status, the staff plans to provide a meaningful Christmas Eve Family Worship experience through the internet. One feature of the service is for families to share a precious memory or tradition from Christmas. It should be about one-minute length and describe Christmas memories or traditions. Please let me know if you would like to contribute (email@example.com). I would love to hear your story and make this a unique Christmas celebration opportunity.
Christmas Tree Sales
Winter’s coming! That means our Annual Christmas Tree Sale is near! The Scouts and Trinity did not want to cancel it because many in the McLean community depend on us for their trees. When I sent out an email to gauge the Trinity youth group’s interest in holding it, thankfully, I received many enthusiastic responses. Thanks so much for your interest and willingness to participate in serving our community. To ensure everyone’s safety, we will provide guidelines such as wearing masks and keeping socially distanced. Also, we ordered 200 trees so that we can end the sale in two weeks. That means if you want a tree you should plan to come by the first weekend.
Tree Sales: Opening Weekend
November 27 – 29
Friday: Noon-5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.
To help unload trees on Nov. 23 please sign up at:
All volunteers must bring a signed copy of the following document HealthAcknowledgementform__Scouting Update – 20201012.docx
To volunteer please go to:
Confirmation & Baptism Class of 2021
Confirmation Class 2020 held a Zoom service on June 7 and the video recording of the service was shared on the following Sunday. This class will have an in-person service when the situation allows. I will send out an announcement when the date is determined.
The Confirmation and Baptism Class of 2021 began in September! There are over twelve confirmands actively participating through the online platform. Some of the goals of the confirmands are drawing closer to God as well as becoming full members of Trinity. Please keep them in your prayers. As always, I’m so honored to be part of this journey with them.
|March 2||Crafts for a Cause
|March 8||Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday|
|March 8||Executive Council
|March 10||Book Chat
|Finding Dorothy, by Elizabeth Letts|
|March 21||Christ House|
|March 16||Crafts for a Cause
|March 21||Christ House|
|March 28||Good Works Day
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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|March 29||Celtic Service
|March 30||Crafts for a Cause
Support our Preschool while eating at Chipotle on Wednesday, March 4. Visit the restaurant at 6707 Old Dominion Dr. in McLean between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tell them you are supporting the cause and 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Trinity Preschool of McLean.
Saturday, March 28
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Trustees and Church & Society will host Trinity’s Spring Good Works Day on March 28, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. followed by a BBQ chicken lunch. Trustees will have the tools and supplies for helpers of all ability levels to work on inside and outside projects around the campus including the Fellowship Building and Trinity House. Drop in when you are able and join your friends for a morning of service that will enhance our campus and serve our neighbors, then stay for BBQ and fellowship. For more information please contact Wayne Detwiler for trustee projects (firstname.lastname@example.org); William Liu for Church and Society projects (email@example.com); and Reba Page for Trinity Cooks Crew (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A big hello to all the kids at Trinity Church. I’m Henny and I’m the church mascot. I’m so happy to have such great friends at Trinity.
Does is feel like we just celebrated Christmas? It was so much fun opening presents and hanging out with my family. I got a cool Frisbee for Christmas that I still play with almost every day. I can even catch it while it’s still in the air. But Christmas is over and do you know what season we are in now? If you guessed Lent, you’re right!
Lent is an important season. This is the time (forty days, not counting Sundays) leading up to Easter. Each day of Lent we are invited to take time to think about Jesus: what he did, how he lived his life and how much he loves us. Sometimes people go through Lent giving up something that they really like; this might be TV, or dessert, or time spent on the computer. All this is great, but there’s another way we can remember Jesus. Instead of giving up something, maybe you would like to honor Jesus by doing something. You could help out at home, eat lunch with a kid at your school who usually eats alone, or write a thank you note to someone who has been super nice to you (maybe one of your teachers).
The purpose of Lent is to have us remember all that Jesus has done for us and to prepare us for the celebration that is Easter.
Do you have a question for me? I’d love to answer it. Just send it to me at bit.ly/AskHenny.
Don’t forget my motto: Paws for Jesus!
Finance Update: 2019 Contribution statements were mailed on Friday, January 31, 2020. The 2020 offering envelopes will arrive by mid-February. Please pick up your box from the Narthex or Fellowship Lobby. Or, easily and securely sign-up for electronic giving through our app or umtrinity.org/give.
|Feb. 3||Crafts for a Cause
|Feb. 9||Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday|
|Feb. 11||Book Chat
|Morning Star, by Ann Hood|
|Feb. 15||Christ House|
|Feb. 17||Crafts for a Cause
|Feb. 23||Celtic Service
|Feb. 23||3rd Grade Bibles||If your 3rd grader will be present to receive a Bible, Please contact
|Feb. 25||Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
5 –7 p.m.
|See graphic above for details|
|Feb. 26||Ash Wednesday worship
12 & 7 p.m.
Happy New Year!
The Trebles are starting a new year with new music. We have been singing, dancing and playing already in just one rehearsal! It was a lot of fun! We will be singing in our first performance in February, so if you haven’t been able to join us, you still have a chance to be ready! You are welcome!
Youth: Keep an eye out for an email soon. I would like to invite ALL of the youth to our first music get together in February—no singing necessary! The only music skill you will need is to be able to count to four. I promise!
See you soon!
Hello to all the kids of Trinity Church! I hope your February is going well. Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? Dogs aren’t supposed to have chocolate, so my family gives me a Valentine’s cookie that’s made especially for dogs. It’s pretty awesome.
You know what else I love? Answering questions from my friends! Here’s one from a Sunday School class. They were learning about how some churches are shaped like a cross, and they asked why Trinity doesn’t have a cross shape. Good question!
Do you play Scrabble? It’s a fun board game where you spell out words. I have a good one for you: cruciform. Churches that are in the shape of a cross are said to have a cruciform shape. That’s just a fancy way of saying they are built to look like a cross. Sometimes you can see the shape by looking at the outside of the building. But, that’s not true with Trinity. You need to be inside the sanctuary to see it. In fact, to see the shape best, you really should be standing in the balcony.
Check out the picture of the sanctuary. We drew in an outline of the cross to let you see it better. The center aisle makes up the long part of the cross. The shorter “arms” of the cross are called the transepts. The top of our cross ends with the organ.
Here’s another fun fact: the altar (top) end of the cross is pointing to the east. Do you remember why the east is so important in the Bible? I’ll give you a hint. It has something to do with the wise men. The wise men followed the star that was in the eastern sky. They followed that east star to find Jesus. So, our church also faces Bethlehem where Jesus was born.
Thanks for your question. Do you have a question you’d like me to answer? Ask away!
Don’t forget my motto: Paws for Jesus!
Want to be more involved? Trinity Church is always in need of more volunteers. To sign up or learn more about these ministries, please contact the people listed:
Acolytes, Crucifers and Langley Bell Ringers (for children in 2nd – 12th grade)
Adult Choirs: Jerry Rich
Children’s Choir: Michelle Zenk
Children’s Sunday School Teachers: Melissa Harris
Greeters & Fellowship at 8:30: Karen Taylor
Greeters & Fellowship at 10:30: Kathy Maher
Ushers at 10:30: Vinnie & Sandy DeMicco
For other opportunities, please speak with one of the pastors.
|Jan. 1||Office Closed|
|Jan. 7||Staff Parish Relations Committee
|Jan. 12||Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday|
|Jan. 14||Book Chat
|America’s First Daughter, by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoi|
|Jan. 15||Preschool Parenting Hour
|Jan. 15||Staff Parish Relations Committee
|Jan. 18||Christ House|
|Jan. 20||Office Closed|
|Jan. 21||Celebration of Life: Len Holmberg
|Jan. 26||Celtic Service
|Jan. 30||Lunch & Learn for
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Dear Trinity family,
We will resume rehearsals on January 5 to have more fun learning music to praise God and to put smiles on everyone’s faces. All children, ages 4 – 6th grade, are welcome join us in Room 115 at 9:30 a.m.
I hope you have a blessed Christmas and a wonderful holiday break!
Trinity Trebles Director
Happy New Year to all the kids of Trinity Church! It’s your friend and church mascot; I’m Henny! Did you have a good Christmas? I did. I got some treats and new toys. I got to play with other dogs in the family. It was fun.
Here’s something awesome that I learned about Christmas: It’s not just one day. Christmas is a season and it lasts for twelve whole days! When we hear Christmas music, we think it must be the season, but it’s not. It’s usually Advent. It starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day so it’s just about a month before Christmas. Advent is the time when we get ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus. When does Advent end? If you guessed Christmas Eve, you’re right. That means the Christmas season starts on Christmas Day itself!
Now that we know when the season starts, let’s figure out when it ends. If you’ve ever heard the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, you’ve got a great clue. The Christmas season lasts twelve days. The end of it is Epiphany. Have you ever heard that word before? An epiphany can mean when someone suddenly figures something out. For Christians, Epiphany means something much bigger. It represents the day when the Wise Men made it to see Jesus and realized Jesus was the Son of God.
What do you think about Christmas lasting for twelve days? Some kids might think they should get presents for each of the days. But really, we do. We get the gift of Jesus’ love every day of every year. The love of God through Jesus is the very best gift of all!
Do you have a question for me about God, the Bible or Trinity Church? Here’s how you reach me: bit.ly/AskHenny.
Remember my motto: Paws for Jesus!
By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor
On November 21, a new film about Fred Rogers, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, debuted. As you know he’s the famous Mr. Rogers in the neighborhood. His show ran on PBS from 1968 to 2001. When his family bought a TV, he was won over. He wanted to use this new technology to communicate, so when he graduated from college he worked for NBC as an assistant producer and a floor director on various shows. He quit working for NBC because he didn’t approve of the channel using children in advertisements.
Soon he was working for a local public station in Pittsburgh on a show called The Children’s Corner. This eventually led him to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. I’m sure his movie will give more insight and information about his life and mission. But here are some of his core beliefs that were part and parcel to his work.
First, he cared about the vulnerable which led him to children’s TV. He thought children didn’t know how to protect themselves and didn’t know how to filter harmful influences that were in media and society. Furthermore, he was appalled by the low quality of children’s programs during the early days of television. On one occasion, a pie was thrown at a man to make children laugh. He was upset that this was the level of children’s entertainment. He wanted something better for them.
Second, he believed in encouraging children. Anything that devalued children or one’s neighbors, including hyper consumerism or school pressure into early childhood, was concerning to Rogers.
Third, Rogers wanted to be authentic when he was being filmed. He said, “One of the greatest gifts you can give anybody is the gift of your honest self. I also believe that kids can spot a phony a mile away.” He made sure he was same on and off camera.
These core beliefs were not random, but were formed by his theology. When he was working in Pittsburgh he went to a local seminary during his lunch breaks and received a Master of Divinity degree. When he graduated and was ordained, the Presbyterian Church USA commissioned him to minister to children through TV.
His work and mission were based on his theology and love for children. He wanted to be a minister through this new medium. The greeting, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” was an extension of God’s commandment to love our neighbors.
The new film hopefully reminds us to practice our theology so that we are authentic caring neighbors to those around us. I pray your presence during the holidays continues to invite, “Won’t you be my neighbor,” declaring “I always wanted a neighbor just like you” to whoever you meet.