April 2019 at Trinity

April 1 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

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April 3 Widows’ Support Group

6:30 p.m.

Meets in the Fellowship Building.
April 6 Good Works Day

8 a.m.—12 p.m.

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April 7 Youth Choir Practice

11:40 a.m.

Meet in the Chapel
April 9 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

Varina, by Charles Frazier
April 10 Easter flower orders due http://umtrinity.org/worship/easter-flowershttp://umtrinity.org/worship/easter-flowers
April 14 Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday
April 15 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

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April 14

April 18 and 19

April 21

Palm Sunday

Maundy Thursday & Good Friday

Easter

 
April 22 Office Closed  
July 6-13 Mission trip to Honduras’ Heart to Heart Contact Keith Lee to get involved klee@umtrinity.org
Aug. 5-9 Vacation Bible School Volunteer at http://umtrinity.org/education/vbs

Book Chat

Trinity’s book club will meet Tuesday, April 9, to discuss Varina, by Charles Frazier, a novel about the wife of Jefferson Davis that brings to life the chaos and devastation of the Civil War. Ultimately, it spotlights a woman who realizes that complicity carries consequences. Join us at 6:30 p.m. in the Trinity Library for dessert and lively conversation. Our book for May 14 is Less, by Andrew Sean Greer; then we’ll break for the summer. Contact Kathy Maher (Kathyngs@gmail.com) for more information about Book Chat.

Together Everyone Achieves More

By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor

Vacation Bible School is scheduled for Aug 5-9 and the theme is To Mars and Beyond. VBS is not just one of the large events that we sponsor for the community but a wonderful avenue of interacting, building relationships, serving, and blessing our McLean neighbors. It provides a wonderful opportunity that we should develop to its fullest potential. The biggest obstacle is lack of volunteers. We turn away ten to twenty students every year due to overcrowding. The good news is that we have the TEAM strategy: Together Everyone Achieves More. Basically, it is about recruiting friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers.

In my experience, a major bottleneck to a healthy church life is a lack of volunteers. This is true in growing a church or developing children’s programs. Volunteers are difficult to recruit especially in the Northern Virginia area where over-commitment is a way of life. However, a solution might be found in utilizing a network of relationships in our lives. The effectiveness of this was demonstrated by our VBS team leaders, Marci and Jen. I noticed that one of the reasons for the success of Trinity’s VBS is that they recruited their neighbors, friends and family members.

This is an excellent approach because, first of all, church members are always asked to volunteer. Many people respond gladly. We intend to keep recruiting from our members. But we encounter limitations due to a finite number of members and conflicting summer vacation plans. Reaching into relationships outside of Trinity has been fruitful; almost half of volunteers and students are non-Trinity members. We would like to continue and develop this approach.

Second, this recruitment of volunteers invites others to share in the joy of serving wonderful children. Almost all of the volunteers including myself, find VBS to be an encouraging and inspiring experience. The energy and excitement, friendly and warm interactions, fun and memorable activities, and serving with other volunteers and students make VBS not just a program but a cherished event. Therefore, it is an opportunity to receive as well as to give.

Third, inviting volunteers is an excellent way to introduce our church. Visiting a new church can be intimidating. However, asking someone to volunteer gives a person a purpose and a time frame to check out our church. It is a neutral form of invitation.

There are many other benefits of recruiting from our personal network of relationships. But the bottom line is the idea of working together, building a team, and creating a cohesive community. To extend this idea further, let us build teams when we take on tasks in life or church because Together Everyone Achieves More!

 

March 2019 at Trinity

March 3 Town Hall Meeting

9:15 & 11:30 a.m.

Update from General Conference

March 4: Live stream at 10 a.m.

March 4 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

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March 5 Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper See details below.
March 6 Ash Wednesday

12 & 7:30 p.m.

March 6 Widows’ Support Group

6:30 p.m.

Meets in the Fellowship Building.
March 10 Martha’s Table Sandwich Making Sunday
March 12 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude, by Stephanie Rosenbloom
March 18 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

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March 19 Trustees Meeting

6:30 p.m.

March 31 Stewardship Sunday
April 14

April 18

April 19

April 21

Palm Sunday

Maundy Thursday

Good Friday

Easter Sunday


Book Chat

Trinity’s book club will meet Tuesday, March 12, to discuss Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude, by Stephanie Rosenbloom, which spotlights the joys and benefits of time alone, especially while traveling. We’ll come together as a group, however, to talk about the book and enjoy dessert! See you at 6:30 p.m. in the Trinity Library. The selection for April 9 is Varina, by Charles Frazier, a Civil War novel about the wife of Jefferson Davis. For more information, contact Kathy Maher.


A Grand Adventure Story

By James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor

A well constructed story appeals to us all because everything that happens contributes to the whole, and we, most of us, often wish that all the events of our own lives contributed to some overall meaning in the same way. In Orthodoxy G.K. Chesterton described how he eventually came to the conviction that all life was like a story – a grand adventure story. Adventure stories usually have some important goal that requires great dedication if it is to be achieved; they tell of the valor of loyal companions who face danger and endure losses in achieving that goal. Chesterton showed that this “life as adventure” theme is also present in the Christian understanding of life.

You and I express who we are in the form of the stories we tell about ourselves. We introduce ourselves to other people by telling them where we are from, where we were educated, who we know, whether we are married and have family, and sometimes, what our goals are, etc. We do this because our identity is achieved slowly, through time, and it cannot be expressed apart from an account of our specific passage through time. Let us remember those who in 2018 passed from time-bound life to life eternal: Ruth Mutchler, Woody Rogers, John Sadler and Doug Swanson.

You, I and all who worship with God at Trinity Church are on a grand adventure together. Only God knows what wonderful adventures lay ahead for us in year 2019; what new faces will join our happy throng; what familiar faces will disappear from our earthly fellowship. We are all just passing through time. So, with full confidence that God knows where our journey leads, let’s embrace one another with an esprit de corp. and enthusiasm for ministry together with Christ that we write our names on the pages of volume 2019 of the greatest story still being told.

Shalom,

Jim

How Conversation Works: Becoming a Better Communicator

By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.                  Colossians 4:6

How good of a communicator are you? Would you like to learn ways to be more effective when talking with family, friends, colleagues or even those you meet for the first time?

In January, we’ll begin a six week class, How Conversation Works: Six Lessons for Better Communication. Here are the topics:

  • How to become conversationally aware
  • How the conversational floor works
  • How and when to be direct and indirect
  • How to navigate face-threatening acts
  • How to negotiate professional relationships
  • How to maintain relationships with talk

We’ll base the classes on sessions led by Anne Curzan, a Yale grad, and linguistics and language professor at the University of Michigan. Just in the first few classes, we’ll look at how the word um can speak volumes and can even change the direction of the conversation.

We’ll also dive into conversational work, finding out what to do if you’re the only one doing the heavy lifting in the conversation.

Our first class will be January 6 at 9:30 a.m. in room 302 in the Fellowship Building. I hope you can join us.

I’ll see you in church!

 

Prayer 2019

By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” – Abraham Lincoln

Life exposes our limitations and capabilities. It demands far more from us than what we know is possible. Therefore Lincoln, one of the finest and capable presidents, is known to have been a person of prayer. However, most are unaware that he was viewed as the most irreligious president, despite his emphasis on prayer.

I asked all the parents to pray for their children this year. I also asked that they include in their prayers all those who influence their children – their children’s friends, schoolmates, classmates in school and church, pastors, teachers, neighbors, teammates, coaches, church and community leaders, and for the welfare of our country and the world. I renew my request because when I look at my own children, on one hand I thank God for the protection and grace that was provided. But on the other hand, I realize how inadequate I was as a father. I was not fully aware of all the changes that were happening to them and even if I did, I was not equipped to adequately address them. Thank God for God!

The picture is a prayer wall in Room 301. For confirmation and preteen classes, I have been asking students to write down their prayers and place them in the canvas. This exercise not only helps them to pray but also visualize in a concrete way that Trinity is a praying community. Let’s pray together to help our children grow in the Lord!