August 2019 at Trinity

Aug. 5 – 9 Vacation Bible School Register/Volunteer at http://umtrinity.org/education/vbs
Aug. 11 Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday
Aug. 12 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

https://wp.me/p3ZFFv-vT
Aug. 17 Christ House  
Aug. 18 Trustees

6:30 p.m.

Meeting by telephone
Aug. 18 Child & Youth Outing Nationals Game, contact Keith if you’re interested in attending
Aug. 18

 

Celebration of Life: James Hanson

2 p.m.

Aug. 25 Celtic Service

5 p.m.

 
Aug. 26 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

https://wp.me/p3ZFFv-vT

Approval for New Ministries Granted

On Wednesday, July 10, between 9 and 9:30, Trinity received the green light from Fairfax County’s Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) to continue our dream of expanding our mission into those necessary ministry areas that address the critical needs of the families of northern Virginia. God has been prodding Trinity to take action in this direction for a number of years. Finally, God swept away the current obstacles. Permission to proceed – granted! Here’s what this means for Trinity and the families of NOVA.

Trinity’s new permit will allow us to continue all of our current children’s ministries including Sunday School; Youth Group; Trinity Preschool; Vacation Bible School; and others, as well as our parking and shuttle arrangement with the Potomac School.  It will also allow us to have up to 99 students on campus at one time for potential new ministries such as:

      • Preschool before and after care (a la carte options for preschool academic program only, and/or before care, and/or after care)
      • Public elementary school before and/or after care
      • Summer camp for children of any age
      • Senior day programming for enrichment and wellness
      • Week day infant care in our Fellowship Building Nursery

And more …

Trinity is thankful for all who prayed, envisioned and worked to make new ministries possible. We hope that everyone in the Trinity community will prayerfully listen for God’s call to leadership or technicianship in any new ministry and share that call with your faith family.

With gratitude and praise to God for his work in and through Vicki, Karen, Shirley, William, Sasha, David, Wayne, Reba, Jim, Keith, Eileen, John, Peggy, Jeremy, Jim, Harriet, Andy, Jose, John and the leadership of Trinity Preschool. We are also grateful for the important assistance of Perry Swope, Dyana Conroy and Michael Van Atta through the Potomac School; Supervisor John Foust and Benjamin Wiles; Reverend Doctor Sarah Calvert, District Superintendent, UMC; Debbie Matz, McLean Citizen’s Association; Gary Davis of The Davis Law Firm; Jeffrey Stuchel, Walter L. Phillips; Brent Krasner and Kevin McMahan, Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning; Patricia Josiah, Fairfax County Land Development Services; and the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals.

With gratitude to God for a promising future, we humbly give thanks. -jcs-

 

 

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

How Curriculum Is Presented

By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor

This summer during children’s Sunday School we will have a one-room class using a camp-like format. For its curriculum I usually take a prepackaged one and alter it to suit our context and situation. This year, I went with Roar! Life is Wild, God is Good from Group Publishing because I like VBS formats in general. However, it has received criticism for racial insensitivity. For example, an article from United Methodist Insight (https://um-insight.net/in-the-church/local-church/vbs-is-not-immune-to-racism/) points out that institutional racism and the pervasiveness of ethnocentrism are so ingrained in our institutions—including Christian ones— if not careful, we pass on these harmful elements to our children in Sunday School. It goes on to point out examples of Group Publishing’s blind spots and lack of intercultural competency found in their Roar! Life is Wild, God is Good curriculum. In recent weeks, Group Publishing has provided some corrections. Critics contend that they should have completely replaced the material with corrections. I reviewed the corrected pages and I agree with the critics. To go through all the material and manually insert those corrections would take a lot of work and time.

The good news is that I always filter and alter all of our curriculum resources for our setting. Roar! is not the first one in my years of teaching that I had to filter and alter. I am conscientious in presenting theological ideas that convey the essence of Jesus and the theology of love. In fact, all early church leaders meticulously filtered out and explained troubling passages from the Bible. For example, passages in Joshua and Nehemiah were always explained. In Judaism, the stories in Genesis are so troubling, they start children’s education of the Torah from the book of Leviticus. I suspect you do the same consciously or subconsciously whenever you read the Bible or even the news.

The old adage “Don’t believe everything you read” is even more relevant today. We will be using Roar but with much discretion. We do this for all material presented in Sunday School anyway. In fact, I believe the Roar! curriculum will provide a great springboard into discussion about intercultural understanding and the need to diminish institutional racism and ethnocentrism. Looking forward to a wonderful summer Sunday School!

 

July 2019 at Trinity

July 1 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

 
July 4 Office Closed
July 9 Youth Trip:

Kings Dominion

Contact Pastor Keith, klee@umtrinity.org
July 14 Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday
July 15 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

 
July 16 Trustees

6:30 p.m.

Meeting by telephone
July 20 Christ House  
July 28 Executive Council  
July 28 Celtic Service

5 p.m.

 
July 24 – 30 Mission trip to Honduras’ Heart to Heart Contact Keith Lee to get involved klee@umtrinity.org
Aug. 5-9 Vacation Bible School Register/Volunteer at http://umtrinity.org/education/vbs

Pastor Keith’s Prayer of the Month: A  Summer Prayer

Creator of all, thank You for summer! Thank You for the warmth of the sun and the increased daylight. Thank You for the beauty I see all around me and for the opportunity to be outside and enjoy Your creation. Thank You for the increased time I have to be with my friends and family, and for the more casual pace of the summer season.

Draw me closer to You this summer. Teach me how I can pray no matter where I am or what I am doing. Warm my soul with the awareness of Your presence, and light my path with Your Word and Counsel.

As I enjoy Your creation, create in me a pure heart and a hunger and a thirst for You. Amen.

 

What’s Happening in June

June 2 High School & College Graduate Recognition

10:30 a.m.

To add yourself or your child to the list, please email Harriet
June 3 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

See below for more.
June 9 Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday
June 11 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

Dinner, fellowship and 2019-20 planning
June 15 Choir Concert

7 p.m.

Small Blue Marble is the theme; admission is free. See below.
June 16 Church Picnic

11:30 a.m.

Bring a side dish or salad to share.
June 17 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

See below for more.
June 18 Trustees

6:30 p.m.

June 30 Celtic Service

5 p.m.

July 25– Aug 2 Mission trip to Honduras’ Heart to Heart Contact Keith Lee to get involved
Aug. 5-9 Vacation Bible School Register/Volunteer at http://umtrinity.org/education/vbs
Crafts for a Cause

Crafts for a Cause meets twice a month on Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 in Room 124 to make comfort items for hospital patients. No crafty skills required. Upcoming dates: June 3, June 17.

Here’s a roundup of what’s been delivered recently by Crafts for a Cause:

    • 31 blankets made by Trinity members were delivered to the Linus Project, which is partnering with TAPS to provide 1,000 blankets at Camp Good Grief for children who’ve lost a parent to combat or PTSD. Thanks to everyone who helped!
    • To Fair Oaks Hospital, we delivered 80 baby caps, 20 neck pillows, two lap blankets, 9 NICU beds, and 7 surgery dolls.
    • To Christ House, we sent 20 knit caps for residents.
    • We made 25 pillowcases for hospital patients at Children’s Hospital in Richmond.
    • Chris Moore and our volunteers have prepared 50 dresses for needy girls in Honduras, another brainchild of the young women at The Leadership Center.

Thanks to one and all for putting your hands to work so that others might be blessed! For more information on Crafts, contact Molly Sprouse.


Graduate Sunday: June 2

This prayer is an ancient Irish prayer modified to bless our graduates.

May The Road Rise Up To Meet You 

As you graduate, may the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

the rains fall soft upon your fields

and during your journey,

may God hold you in the palm of His hand. Amen.


Trinity’s Music Ministry will present its annual concert on Saturday, June 15, at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Soloists Emily Casey, Philip Keirstead, Catherine Wethington, Nadine Wethington, and Joey Wilson will be joined by the Chancel Choir and Trinity Ringers, all accompanied by Music Director Jerry Rich. The theme is “Small Blue Marble”, a nickname for our planet Earth after it was first photographed from space in 1972; musical selections from six continents will include Tan Dun’s Staccato Beans, a trio from Verdi’s Il Corsaro, A Whole New World from Aladdin, This Is My Father’s World, You Are the New Day, Croisez’s Three Tyrolians for piano trio, Phil the Fluter’s Ball, Vaughan Williams’ The Vagabond from Songs of Travel, Largo from Dvořak’s New World Symphony, Remember Me from Coco, Grainger’s Country Gardens, Ah! Non Giunge from Bellini’s La Sonnambula, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, selections from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and Narverud’s Sisi Ni Moja. Admission is free.

 

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