By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor
We offer up a big shout out to all the volunteers who signed up for being part of NLI teams. From the responses we have so far, a high percentage of NLI participants are parents and leaders in youth and children’s ministry. One of the reasons why I am enthusiastic about children’s ministry is that many parents commit to faithful church participation to encourage their children’s spiritual formation. As a parent I know that it takes a whole church community to raise a child spiritually in the Lord. I offer two points to consider for NLI teams.
Young families appreciate the multi-generational ministry environment at Trinity where different age groups from toddlers to retirees thrive and grow spiritually.
This is a framework for young families to find their place in our community. Some churches are a one generation church which means only one age group (e.g. the elderly or just young adults) congregates. I find that young families want to be in a faith community where they find all age groups in which they experience the energy of children, creativity of youth, passion of young adults, growth of young families, stability of older families, and wisdom and experience of older members. A faith community that strives to be multi-generational is attractive to young families due to diversified characteristics that each age group contributes to the life of the whole. As we are observing now, Trinity is a great multi-generational church and is primed to receive many young families.
I ask that NLI teams understand this vital advantage of Trinity and seek ways to develop and sustain this advantage.
Young families desire relevant and meaningful programs and ministries that teach Christian values, help form significant relationships with one another, and assist in outreach programs to the community.
Trinity offers a full array of programs for children: Sunday School for children, Trinity Trebles, and Vacation Bible School. In addition Children’s Ministry sponsors fun-filled events like Trunk or Treat, Bounceback Sunday, Community Movie Night, Easter Egg Hunt and Advent Workshop. Some of my fondest memories at Trinity come from Children’s Ministry events. Most of these programs and ministries are organized and run by Trinity volunteers. I am very proud and grateful to our lay volunteers and leaders for such outstanding children’s offering of spiritual resources at Trinity.
One new idea that we’re implementing with the help of Trinity Men’s Group is “Casual Sundays.” This idea was suggested by parents because it’s tough to get little ones dressed and ready for church. On Casual Sundays, we have a less formal atmosphere and the Men’s Group holds a picnic. We’ll have one on June 17 to celebrate the end of spring semester. Please invite a neighbor on this Sunday.
For NLI, I recommend tweaking existing programs or developing new ones that encourage families to develop relationships with one another so that a new family who just moved into the area can find not just an array of children’s programs but a faith community that cares for one another.
|June 2||Tales As Old As Time
free concert, 7 p.m.
|For more, visit: https://wp.me/p3ZFFv-pu|
|June 3||Executive Council
|Meet in the Library to focus on Next Level Innovation|
|June 15-17||Annual Conference
|July 4||Office Closed|
|June 4 & 18||Crafts for a Cause
|Learn about new and on-going projects: https://wp.me/p3ZFFv-ps|
|June 17||Casual Sunday|
|July 8||Executive Council
|Aug. 6-10||Vacation Bible School: Rolling River Rampage
Visit umtrinity.org/education/vbs to register / volunteer
|Sept. 3||Office Closed|
BOOK CHAT: Trinity’s book club is going on vacation for the Summer, and we’ll read whatever we like! We’ll resume in September, so if you have any book suggestions—or would like to be added to the mailing list—please contact Kathy Maher at Kathyngs@gmail.com.
Hello to all the kids of Trinity Church! Your buddy Duke, here. I want to introduce to you a new friend, Henny. Yay, Henny! She’s the new dog of Pastor Eileen. Let’s have her tell you her story.
Hi, everybody! I am so excited to be a part of the Trinity Church family. I’ve started coming to work sometimes and I really like meeting people. Everyone is so nice!
I was adopted by Pastor Eileen and her family in April. I was up for adoption from the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation. When my family came to look for a dog to adopt, I went right up to my dad, put my paws and head on his chest and gave him a big hug. (Don’t tell them that I picked them; they think they picked me!)
Here’s a picture of me. Do you like my ears? I could totally play the role of the wolf in a Little Red Riding Hood play, couldn’t I? “The better to hear you with, my dear!” The reason I have cool ears is because I am half German Shepherd. The other half of my dog relatives were all different kinds of dogs, including a Jack Russell. That’s where I get my ability to jump really well. My mom says she’s going to teach me to catch a Frisbee one day.
Do you go to school? I’ll be going to school soon. My parents tell me I need to learn some manners. I just turned nine months old, so it’s time for class. I already know how to sit on command, but that’s about it. There’s so much to learn, isn’t there?
Do you have a question to ask Duke or me? We would love to answer your questions about God, the church or anything else. Here’s where you can send it: http://bit.ly/AskDuke
Remember our motto: Paws for Jesus!
Abby, Amber, Amy, Andrea, Andrew, Anne, Ashley, Bill, Callen, Carl & Heather, Carla, Carol Anne, Cathryn, Christina, Christopher, Curry, Daniel, Darlene, Debbie, Dorothy, Ed, Ella, Frank, Helen, Herb, Holly, Jacob, Jane, Jason, Jim & Sharon, Johnny, Josh, Julie, Kaela, Ken, KK, Lacaire family, Layne, Lilly, Lincoln, Loretta, Margaret, Marlene, Mary, Max, Michelle, Miller family, Millers, Nancy, Nina, Paula, Peggy & bill, Ralph, Rashonda, Robert, Rocky, Susan, Steve, Vivian, and Yancey.
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: Young Jesus in the Infancy Gospel of Thomas
Acolytes & Crucifers Needed: Children and youth in Pre-K through 12th grade are invited to help lead our 10:30 worship as acolyte (light candles), crucifer (process with cross) and Langley Bell Ringer. It’s easy to sign up, just visit bit.ly/trinityacb.
Altar Flowers: bit.ly/tumcaltarflowers.
Church & Society will hold a meeting after 10:30 worship on Sunday, May 6 in Room 402. All those who are interested in learning more about the work of this committee are welcome to attend. Contact William Liu.
Crafts for a Cause: Across the world in Uganda, there are 52 girls who now have a brand-new dress and a doll, thanks to the work of Crafts for a Cause. And not so far away in Fairfax, 120 newborns went home from Fair Oaks Hospital with a knit cap, and patients found comfort from neck pillows, lap blankets, heart pillows and surgery dolls. Trinity’s crafts group is also providing backpacks, pajamas, stuffed animals and toiletries to foster kids through the Comfort Cases project sponsored by Caroline Speidel.
If you would like to be a part of this ministry, join Crafts for a Cause on alternating Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 in Room 124. Upcoming sessions: May 7 and May 21. We also have homework projects. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music Notes: The Prelude is an organ transcription from Cantata #156 by Johann Sebastian Bach; its cantabile or “singing” melody is balanced by the gentle, walking bass line. The Anthem is a famous gospel hymn by William Runyan (see #140 in our Hymnal); it became very popular through its inclusion in Billy Graham’s crusades and is heard today in a 1996 arrangement by Mark Hayes (b. 1953). The Offertory (ca. 1770) is by Domenico Gallo; formerly attributed to Giovanni Pergolesi, Gallo’s melody was incorporated by Igor Stravinsky into the latter’s 1928 ballet Pulcinella. The Postlude is a transcription of the finale to the Concerto in D for lute or guitar by Antonio Vivaldi.
Service Hours Opportunity: The Worship Committee has an opportunity for youth and children who need service hours. It requires helping out with worship details on Sundays. Please contact Gail Cardwell or Pastor Keith for more info.
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.
Taste of Korea: Saturday, May 5 event at Korean UMC of Greater Washington (1219 Swinks Mill Rd, McLean). Authentic Korean food, culture, games and a rummage sale.
Online Giving: Fast. Easy. Convenient. GIVE ONLINE: umtrinity.org/give or TEXT TO GIVE: Simply send a text to 703-454-5532 with the amount you would like to contribute; include the dollar sign (example: $25) and follow the secure link that is sent to you. Thanks for your continued support!
Wonderful Wednesday Dinners are served 6-7 p.m. each week. After dinner you are invited to stay for Trinity Trebles, Pastor Sprouse’s Bible Study or fellowship with your church family.
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.
April 29 11:45 a.m. Confirmation & Youth Group
Talk on Relationships
May 6 9:30 a.m. Confirmation
11:45 a.m. Open Sunday: Games, etc.
May 13 11:45 a.m. Confirmation & Youth Group
May 20 10:30 a.m. Confirmation Celebration
11:30 a.m. Confirmation Banquet
Youth are invited to the Confirmation Banquet. Please RSVP to Keith.