Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: Nov. 18

Our Prayer List

Andrea, Anne, Bill, Bob & Fran, Bonnie, Carol, Chip & Tessa, Denise, Diane, Ellen, Eunice, Evelyn, Gail & Hal, Gary, Grace, Jack, Jason, Jim & Sharon, Jimmy, Jung, Kathleen, Marge, McCullough family, Mike, Olivia, Paul, Peggy & Bill, Phipps family, Robert, Susan, Thomas, Tilton family, Vicky, Wayne, the people of the Florida panhandle, migrants, those affected by mass shootings and the victims of the California wildfires.


Join Pastor Jim for Bible Study for Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas. This video series, also presented by The Ohio State University professor, Dr. David Brakke, will examine the people and texts of the first four centuries A.D. with a shared interest in knowledge (gnōsis, in Greek). Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. This week: The Feminine in Gnositc Myth.

Crafts for a Cause is counting on you to drop by the Holiday Bazaar that starts today in the Fellowship Building following both worship services. This is our only fund raiser and it’s the source of all the money we need for next year’s ministry of comforts. Come shop for Thanksgiving & Christmas food gifts, toys, jewelry and household items, all one-of-a-kind and made by Trinity members. The Bazaar will be open each Sunday between now and Dec. 16, 9:30 a.m.—12 p.m.

Sales begin Friday, Nov. 23 at 12 p.m.
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Our Church: A Banquet Table

By James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor

The leaders of Trinity Church assemble monthly to discuss the present and future direction, ministries and outreach of our church. Leaders from Education, Finance, Outreach, Trustees, Worship and Youth try to answer questions like:

  1. What is God calling Trinity to do as a Body of Christ?
  2. How can we extend the fellowship and friendship of Jesus to the greater community?
  3. How does worship equip us for Christian mission and ministry?
  4. What are Trinity’s strengths?
  5. What are our children and adults learning in Sunday School & worship?
  6. What do the neighborhoods in McLean need us to be for them?

We often sit around tables in conference rooms or in living rooms and discuss these questions for hours. God’s spirit continues to fill and bathe us all in energy and excitement. Through it all one particular observation emerged: that Trinity Church is like a wonderful banquet table prepared and hosted by Jesus Christ. All members and guests are welcome and invited. Yet, each one of us has specific tastes, and at Trinity we try our best to serve all those tastes. Our desire is to make our banquet table a place of love, fellowship and joy. Our church buildings are like that banquet table, too. We want all who attend and seek a relationship with Jesus Christ to be included, appreciated, served and loved.

For half a century Trinity has tended God’s banquet table with a spirit of love and thanksgiving. Our Fellowship Building is used by our church, community and local first responders 24 hours a day. Let’s be thankful for God’s generosity and enjoy the opportunity that is ours to invite and welcome so many persons in our community who have not yet found a place at the table.

During this Thanksgiving season I ask that you pray for the fellowship of God’s Spirit through our friendship with each other and our surrounding neighborhoods. To be God’s friend in McLean is a wonderful gift. A friend accepts you as you are; a friend loves; a friend forgives; a friend cares; a friend prays.

Pray for all the persons and families in the neighborhoods surrounding Trinity. Respond with your heart!

 

Kidmin Conference 2018

By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor

Toilet paper spewing out of makeshift leaf blowers. Participants frantically gathering rows of it that were strewn around the auditorium. The audience cheering. The room appearing to be in chaos as a designated player stands motionless on stage while game participants wrap him/her with oodles of TP they collected. The side that finishes wrapping up their ‘mummy’ first, wins raffle tickets for a chance to score a brand new 2018 Chevy Malibu. The excitement was real! And so was my skeptical mind that barked in my head “how does anything here relate to making disciples of children through Sunday School?” But since I was there already, and was given a scholarship to attend, and with literally hundreds of committed Sunday School teachers from all over the country cheering on, I thought “Why not just go with it?” (To see the video go to https://youtu.be/64rp2dvITYA or search ‘youtube trinity united methodist church kidmin conference’) And seriously, I learned a lot from the Kidmin Conference that was held in Nashville Oct 3-5. Here are some of the takeaways from my participation.

Games Serve Useful Functions in Spiritual Development

Repeatedly the presenters and workshop speakers promoted the use of games and other engaging strategies to teach students. Games often offer life lessons; plus, students love playing them. I’ve shared this point with teachers and encouraged them to utilize them in class.

I would like to dedicate a shelf in the Fellowship Building to store board and other kinds of games. If you have some that you no longer use or need, please consider donating them.

Teachers Require Attention and Encouragement

About a fourth of the workshops were dedicate to (and half of the speakers for the main sessions mentioned) encouraging teachers and children’s pastors. One speaker said, “If you’re thinking about quitting, you’re not alone. But here’s the good news; we’re here to encourage you and to remind you that you’re making an eternal difference in the kids. So keep at it!” Lack of volunteers, average of 1.3 Sundays a month attendance, and lack of gratitude and attention from church leaders and members are some reasons for discouragement. But I want to remind us, we love our teachers! Please let them know.

Teachers Need Resources

One of the many benefits from the conference is receiving valuable lessons and tips from speakers and workshops. I bought some books and found others in our library. I will have them available for our teachers in the Fellowship Building. Look for them in Room 301!

Our Students Require Both Engaging and Contemplative Activities

Engaging programs and activities will attract and retain students at Trinity. At the same time, contemplative programs should be offered to counter the over stimulated environment around us. The conference was about engagement, creativity and creating excitement. However, a contemplative approach was never mentioned. But the absence of it, screamed even louder in my mind. There is a need for silence and introspection. Even though we might not recognize the need for Sabbath, silence and slowing down, I urge parents and teachers to find creative ways to find that quiet center.

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Ray Gilmer, Melissa Harris, Barbara Long, and Loren Monroe for their generosity in donating AV equipment for Sunday School classes!

 

November 2018 at Trinity UMC

Nov. 4 Charge Conference

3 p.m.

Held at Mount Olivet UMC, 1500 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington
Nov. 12 Office Closed  
Nov. 5 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Learn about the latest projects:

https://wp.me/p3ZFFv-s9

Nov. 11 Thanksgiving Lunch

after 10:30 worship

see graphic below
Nov. 11 Martha’s Table Sandwich Making
Nov. 13 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

This month: News of the World, by Paulette Jiles
Nov. 19 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

 
Nov. 20 Christmas Trees Arrive  
Nov. 23 Christmas Tree Sales Begin See graphic below for all hours.
Nov. 25 Celtic Service

5 p.m.

 

 

Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: Oct. 28

Our Prayer List

Abby, Alice, Amy, Andrea, Andrew, Anne, Annie, Ashley, Barbara, Bill, Billy, Bob, Bobbie, Bonnie, Boutwell family, Carla, Carol, Cathy, Cheryl, Chip & Tessa, Chris, Connie, Dale, Daniel, Darlene, Dave, Dudley & Susan, Ella, Eunice, Florian, Frank, Gail, Gail & Hal, George, Gloria, Grace-Marie, Herb, Hilda, Holly, Jane, Jeffmander, Jim & Sharon, John, Josh, Julie, Julia, Karen, Ken, Len, Lewis, Lillie, Lilly, Lincoln, Lisa, Maria, Mark, Matt, Michael, Michelle, Minnie, Olivia, Pat, Paul, Paula, Peggy & Bill, Peggy, Ralph, Ray, Rob, Roseanne, Sally, Scott & Kathy, Sharon, Silka family, Steve, Susan, Terry, Tiki, Tom & Jewell, Virginia, Vivian, Wayne, Yancey, Young, victims of sexual assault and those impacted by natural disasters.


This week  

Join Pastor Jim for Bible Study for Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas. This video series, also presented by The Ohio State University professor, Dr. David Brakke, will examine the people and texts of the first four centuries A.D. with a shared interest in knowledge (gnōsis, in Greek). Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. This week: Judas as a Gnostic Tragic Hero.

 


Rise Against Hunger

Saturday, November 3

8 – 10:30 a.m.

Redeemer Lutheran Church

1545 Chain Bridge Rd , McLean

You can be a part of the McLean Community Rise Against Hunger’s Meal Packaging Event, in the movement to end hunger by the year 2030. Visit bit.ly/mealpacking18 to sign up. There’s one morning shift looking for volunteers, ages 4 – 104!


Mission Trips

Dan & Chris Moore are returning to The Leadership Center in Honduras and you’re invited to join them: Nov. 9-26 and Jan. 9 – Feb. 5. Interested persons are welcome to join them for all or part of either trip. For more, please visit: https://wp.me/p3DkoW-gd

Outreach

Collection Drive for Christ House

Trinity’s Church & Society Committee sponsors monthly collections for local and worldwide ministries. During the month of October, we are collecting items for Christ House, an inpatient medical facility for homeless men in Adams Morgan in DC. Christ House is the only facility of its kind in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area where over 6,000 people experience homelessness every day. We are collecting

New or Gently Used Men’s clothing items  (Medium – 2XL):

 sweatpants

 undershirts

 long sleeve t-shirts

 short sleeve t-shirts

Men’s shoes (Sizes 9 – 13):

 shower shoes

 tennis or other shoes

Please place donations in the bins outside the Sanctuary and in the Fellowship Building.

 

Collecting Christmas Cards: Naty de las Alas is collecting new or gently used Christmas cards (religious theme preferred) that will be distributed to the homeless. Look for the collection boxes in the Narthex and in the Fellowship Building. Thank you!

Crafts for a Cause

Christmas stockings, fleece blankets, soft hats and neck pillows are piling up in the Crafts room, thanks to the recent efforts of volunteers to make comfort items for Fair Oaks Hospital patients. You can be a part of this rewarding ministry by joining one of these upcoming work sessions on Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 in Room 124: Nov. 5, Nov. 19, Dec. 3 and Dec. 17.

Crafts also has an ongoing Loom Hat Project to provide warm hats for Christ House residents and newborn babies at Fair Oaks. This is an easy task that only requires a loom and thick yarn. If you would like to try your hand at making a loomed hat, contact Molly Sprouse at mollysprouse@gmail.com, or check out the displays in the back of the Sanctuary and the Fellowship Building and at http://bit.ly/tumccrafts.

Also, please mark your calendars for our annual Holiday Food and Crafts Bazaar starting Sun., Nov. 18. This is how we raise the funds to run next year’s crafts ministry, so we count on your support.

Bridging God’s Word for Everyday Life: Oct. 7

PRAYERS

Abby, Amy, Andrea, Andrew, Ashley, Barbara, Bill, Bonnie, Boutwell family, Bridget, Carla, Carlos, Carol, Cheryl, Chip, Dale, Daniel, Darlene, Debbie, Ella, Eunice, Florian, Gail, Galvin family, Gay, Hansen family, Hartman family, Hartsoe family, Herb, Holly, Hope, Jane, Jim & Sharon, John, Josh, Judy, Julian, Karen, Ken, Len, Lilly, Lincoln, Matt, McCullough family, Michelle, Olivia, Pat, Paula, Peggy & Bill, Peggy, Ralph, Robert, Silka family, Steve, Susan, Terry, Tom & Jewell, Virginia, Vivian, Yancey Young, victims of sexual assault and those impacted by natural disasters.


Join Pastor Jim for Bible Study for Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas. This video series, also presented by The Ohio State University professor, Dr. David Brakke, will examine the people and texts of the first four centuries A.D. with a shared interest in knowledge (gnōsis, in Greek). Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. This week: Who Were the Gnostics?.

Good Works Day

Saturday, October 13

9 a.m.—12 p.m.

Chili lunch

There will be inside and outside projects at the Fellowship Building, Trinity House, and the parsonage. Supplies and tools will be provided so everybody can come join in a morning of service. Church & Society will have a group at SHARE, a Crafts for a Cause project in Room 124 (see below), and children 4 years of age and older will work with Pastor Keith on a project for Honduras. The Iglesia de Dios congregation will have an international missions workshop while we are doing campus projects, and then Trinity will host a fellowship chili lunch for everyone together at noon. Questions? Contact Karen Hunt.

Crafts for a Cause projects: There will be opportunities to work on Christmas stockings for newborns, learning to loom a hat for babies and adults, stuffing and stitching pillows and dolls, and cutting and sewing girls’ dresses and fleece throws. Men, women and older children (12 and above) are welcome. No crafty skills required.

 


Outreach

Collection Drive for Christ House

Trinity’s Church & Society Committee sponsors monthly collections for local and worldwide ministries. During the month of October, we are collecting items for Christ House, an inpatient medical facility for homeless men in Adams Morgan in DC. Christ House is the only facility of its kind in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area where over 6,000 people experience homelessness every day. We are collecting

New or Gently Used Men’s clothing items  (Medium – 2XL):

 sweatpants

 undershirts

 long sleeve t-shirts

 short sleeve t-shirts

Men’s shoes (Sizes 9 – 13):

 shower shoes

 tennis or other shoes

Please place donations in the bins outside the sanctuary and in the fellowship building.

Leave your donations in the donation baskets located outside the sanctuary and in the fellowship building.

Crafts for a Cause

Crafts for a Cause will offer an open workshop during Good Works Day on Sat., Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon in Room 124. There will be opportunities to work on Christmas stockings for newborns, learning to loom a hat for babies and adults, stuffing and stitching pillows and dolls, and cutting and sewing girls’ dresses and fleece throws. Men, women and older children (12 and above) are welcome. No crafty skills required.

Tomorrow night (Oct. 8) Crafts will have its regular Monday night session from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 124, to work on stockings, pillows, dolls and blankets. The other session during October, besides the Good Works Day, will be Mon., Oct. 22.

If you can’t attend any of these work sessions, consider our ‘homework” plan of making a loom hat for babies and adults. Information on the LOOM HAT PROJECT is available in the Narthex and the Fellowship Building. For details, contact Molly Sprouse.

Mission Trips

Dan & Chris Moore are returning to The Leadership Center in Honduras and you’re invited to join them: Nov. 9-26 and Jan. 9 – Feb. 5. Interested persons are welcome to join them for all or part of either trip. For more, please visit: https://wp.me/p3DkoW-gd

 

An Evening to Support H2H Children’s Village

Saturday, October 27

5 – 8 p.m.

The Speidel Home

900 Chinquapin Road, McLean

Read more about the fundraiser …

 

 

Discover Trinity

By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

Have you taken stock of your New Year’s resolutions? It’s been ten months since you probably made them. Or, maybe you’re a planner and are getting a jump start on your 2019 plans.

I hope one of your resolutions is to become more involved at Trinity Church. It’s never too late or too early to start. Do you like to speak in public? We would love to have you be a reader during worship. Do you have a passion for feeding the hungry? Help us with Martha’s Table Sunday by buying the bread, making sandwiches and snack bags, or delivering them. Do you have an interest in finance, administration, children or adult education, worship, or social justice? We have a place for you! God has placed a call on your heart. Trinity would love to have you live out that call with your church family.

Where do you get started? If you are thinking about joining Trinity or are interested in finding ways to get involved with the church, we invite you to join us for our Discover Trinity classes. Here are the details:

Discover Trinity

October 14 & 21

9:30 a.m.

Chapel in the Fellowship Building

Childcare is available during this time. The nursery (also located in the Fellowship Building) is open for infants and toddlers. Older children are welcome to join us.

During our Discover Trinity classes you will have a chance to meet with church leaders, as well as find out about what it means to be a United Methodist and member of Trinity Church. Plus, you’ll have a chance to ask questions about Trinity or the greater United Methodist Church. We would love to have you join us for both classes but welcome you, even if for only one.

Please let me know if you have any questions. You can always reach me at the church or through my email: egilmer@umtrinity.org.

I’ll see you at church!