November 2019 at Trinity

Nov. 3 Charge Conference

3 p.m.

Mt. Olivet UMC, 1500 N Glebe Rd., Arlington


According to A Dictionary for United Methodists by Alan Waltz, “The charge conference is the basic governing body of each United Methodist local church and is composed of all members of the church council. The charge conference must meet at least once per year. The charge conference directs the work of the church and gives general oversight to the church council, reviews and evaluates the mission and ministry of the church, sets salaries for the pastor and staff, elects the members of the church council, and recommends candidates for ordained ministry.”
Nov. 4 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Nov. 10 Town Hall Meeting

11:30 a.m.

Nov. 10 Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday
Nov. 11 Office Closed
Nov. 12 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Nov. 16 Christ House
Nov. 17 Thanksgiving Feast

11:30 a.m.

See below for more or RSVP at and look for Thanksgiving Potluck under Get-Involved
Nov. 17 Celebration of Life: Shirley Paul

2 p.m.

Nov. 18 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Nov. 19 Trustees Meeting

6:30 p.m.

Nov. 20 Preschool Parenting Hour

9:30 a.m.

Nov. 24 Coffee with the Pastors

9:30 a.m.

Nov. 24 Craft Bazaar begins See below for more or visit and look for Crafts for a Cause under Get-Involved
Nov 24 Staff Parish Relations Committee

11:30 a.m.

Nov. 24 Celtic Service

5 p.m.

Nov. 26 Christmas Trees Arrive
Nov. 29 Christmas Tree Sales begin See below for or visit and look for Christmas Tree Sales under Get-Involved

Begins Nov. 29 at 12 p.m. Sales benefit Trinity’s Youth Group & Boy Scout Troop 869.

Giving Thanks

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?

Last year I went as a taco. This year I was a hot dog!

Now it’s November and before you know it, Thanksgiving will be here. It’s a great time to think about what makes us thankful. I’m thankful for my family. They adopted me when I was a puppy. I’m also thankful for all the great food that comes 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. You can 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


Remember my motto: Paws for Jesus!


Nov 2019 Music Ministry

Chancel Choir

To commemorate All Saints Day (November 1), the Chancel Choir will sing selections from Gabriel Fauré’s serene and consoling Requiem at the 10:30 service on November 3:

Libera me: Deliver me, Lord, from that day when heaven and earth shall quake as you judge the world. Eternal rest grant them, O Lord…

Sanctus: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Glory be to you, O Lord, Hosanna in the highest.

Pie Jesu: Gentle Lord Jesus, grant them eternal rest.

Agnus Dei: Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant them everlasting rest. Let perpetual light shine upon them together with your saints, for you are good.

In Paradisum: May angels lead you into paradise and martyrs bring you into the holy city Jerusalem. May choirs of angels welcome you, and, like Lazarus, may you have eternal rest.

Trinity Ringers

On November 17, the Trinity Ringers will present a festive prelude at the 10:30 service; Sandra Eithun’s 2015 version of the Baroque Rondeau by Jean-Joseph Mouret will be familiar to many as the theme to the PBS Masterpiece Theater series from 1971-2007.


Trinity Trebles

If you have a child between the ages of 2-12 who loves to sing?  Come join the Trinity Trebles on Sundays at 9:30 a.m.! We had a great time learning the song Give me Oil in My Lamp and soon we will be starting our Christmas presentation and learning how to play the choir chimes. No previous singing or musical experience needed! Any questions? Email Michelle Zenk.

October 2019 at Trinity

Oct. 7 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Oct. 8 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

Happiness is a Choice You Make, by John Leland.
Oct. 13 Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday
Oct. 13 Pet Blessing

2 p.m.

Oct. 14 Office Closed  
Oct. 15 Trustees Meeting

6:30 p.m.

Oct. 17 Preschool Parenting Hour

7:30 p.m.

See below
Oct. 19 Good Works Day

8 a.m. –12 p.m.

See more here
Oct. 19 Christ House  
Oct. 21 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Oct. 27 Executive Council

12 p.m.

Meets in the Library
Oct. 27 Celtic Service

5 p.m.


Preschool Parenting Hour

Our Preschool is hosting a monthly Parenting Hour to discuss the book, Easy to Love, Difficult the Discipline, by Becky Dailey. All sessions, led by Preschool director, Emily Yosmanovich, will be held in Room 205 unless large attendance requires use of Langley Hall. The next meetings are Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 a.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 9:30 a.m.

For a full schedule of dates, times and topics, please contact Emily at 703-790-2767 or

Young babies/children are welcome to attend all sessions with parents, and for evening sessions childcare will be provided for ages 3 and up with an RSVP to


What’s New for Children’s & Youth Ministries

By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor

I hope you had a wonderful and memorable summer!

The academic year has started, and we’re excited about lessons, events and programs planned for 2019-20!

As always, we’re looking for ways to improve and enhance our children’s and youth programs. This year is no different; we have some changes and tweaks in store.

Community Time

On the first Sundays of the month, we have Communion. Therefore, on those Sundays, students end their lesson short and return to the Sanctuary to participate in Communion. Some teachers suggested a while back that we should have an assembly time on those Sundays to build community and to allow teachers a break. I’ve been mulling this idea for a couple of years and am ready to implement it.

On first Sundays, we will have one class assembly session to build community and fellowship. We’re calling it Community Time. For presentations, we’ll have puppet dramas, a lesson on Communion, SHARE, our Honduras mission team’s work, games and other activities planned. It should be a memorable community building time!

Calling for Presentation Speakers

For Community Time, we would like special speakers to give presentations to our students. In the past, we had scientists who talked about density. Another time, Marci Thomas shared about her experience in training Service Dogs. So if you have a topic to share, please give me a write (

Teaching Opportunity

We’re always looking for wonderful teachers who would love and care for our students. If you could teach once a month, please contact Melissa Harris ( or Andrea Hager ( for more info!

1st & 2nd Graders in Room 403

We’ve moved the classroom for 1st & 2nd graders from room 303 to 403. The new class is right next to Pre-K & K room on the upper level.

Youth Group Sundays

  • First Sundays: All Youth Gathering-It’s time for fellowship and spiritual recharge.
  • Second Sundays: Confirmation Session-Confirmands will gather for Confirmation. Youth are always invited to join.
  • Third Sundays: Youth Choir and Game Sunday-Michelle Zenk will lead the practice for Youth Choir in the Chapel while others will be in room 301 for a game session.
  • Fourth Sundays: Surprise Sunday-We’ll plan special activities depending on the season and requests.


September at Trinity

Sept. 2 Office Closed
Sept. 5 Trinity Ringers, 6:30 p.m.

Chancel Choir, 7:30 p.m.

Weekly rehearsals resume; See more at
Sept. 8 Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday
Sept 9 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Sept. 10 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

The Weight of Ink, by Rachel Kadish
Sept. 17 Trustees

6:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 Bounce Back to Sunday School & Picnic
Sept. 23 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Sept. 29 Celtic Service

5 p.m.

A Note from Grace Ministries:

Dear Brothers and Sisters, parents and children of Trinity UMC,

Thank you very much for your generous donation of school supplies for about 120 children!

Each of you is making a difference in the lives of many families of the Culmore area in Falls Church. Parents are very grateful for your support to start the new school year and get a bag of school supplies for their children.

Your generosity is very much appreciated. We are so very grateful for your partnership with is in this ministry as we continue to service our neighbors in need.


Anna Maria Lopez, Culmore Site Director

A big thank you to those who made our Vacation Bible School a very fun week full of learning and fellowship.

Patty Burgess

Jen Calsyn

Courtney English

Eileen Gilmer

Andrea Hager

Anna Harris

Melissa Harris

Ann Hooton

Jennifer Jemio

Janey Lee

Julie Lee

Keith Lee

Margie Meak

Jose Nunez

Leslie Speidel

Jim Sprouse

Molly Sprouse

Emily Summers

Marci Thomas

Kirk Volovar

Cindy Wilson

Jim Wilson

And our youth: Adelaide, Ashton, Avery, Caroline, Carter, Charlotte, Chelsea, Christian, Christine, Davis, Dylan, Elena, Elle, Jack, Joselyn, Joseph, Joyce, Lilly, Madeleine, Madeline, , Madison, Mary Elizabeth, Noelle, Riley, Ryan, Sebastian, Sicilia, Sydney, Tommy, Zachary

When Secrets Are OK

Hi to all the kids of Trinity Church! It’s your friend and church mascot, Henny. I have a special request for you. I need some good questions. I would like for you to send me a question you might have about God, the Bible or Trinity Church. I love questions and I love to answer them! I’ll tell you how to send me your questions at the bottom of this article.

First, I have a question for you. Are you good at keeping secrets? Did you know there are different kinds of secrets? There are! Some secrets are not meant to be kept. If someone could get hurt, we should always tell an adult. God wants everyone to be safe!

Some secrets are fun. I have a secret that most people don’t know unless I stand up on my back legs! I’ll tell you more about it, but first we need to look at the Bible. Go grab your Bible and look up the book of Luke. We want to see Luke, chapter 8, verse 17. That looks like this, Luke 8:17. Remember, if you don’t have a Bible, just let me know and we can get you a special Bible made just for kids!

Here’s what I read when I turn to that scripture in Luke: “For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.” We know that God knows all things. Some day God will provide us with the answers to all our questions. Until then, we will ask God to guide us.

Henny Gilmer, Trinity Church Mascot

Now to that secret of mine. As you might be able to tell in my picture, I have a secret picture on my chest. I have a white outline of what looks like a gingerbread man! Can you see it? I think it’s pretty cool. I’m happy to get to share my secret with you!

If you have any questions for me, just send me a message. You can reach me at Until next time, remember my motto: Paws for Jesus!