Trinity Round-Up

Couples’ Retreat, Book Chat, Shepherd’s Center News

Couples’ Retreat

Reservations are now being taken for the annual Couples Retreat for the weekend of February 28 – March 2, 2014, at the Inn at Osprey Point in Rock Hall, Maryland. The Inn is on the water and very peaceful; view the property: Each night is $150 including light breakfast and supper on Saturday evening. It is possible to attend one or both nights, please make checks to Trinity UMC and give to Karen and Andy Briscoe (checks will be held until the week prior to the event). There will be a program on Saturday morning, entertainment Saturday evening and lots of opportunity for both relaxation and fellowship. There are only 15 rooms. For more information contact Karen and Andy Briscoe at or 703-582-6818.


bookchatTrinity’s book club will kick off the new year with Sonia Sotomayor’s excellent memoir, My Beloved World. We’ll meet to discuss the book on Wednesday, January 8, at 6:30 p.m., in the Trinity Library. Bring a light dinner (dessert is provided) and enjoy fellowship and lively conversation. Our book for February 12 is The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, by Louise Penny. Interested in joining us? Contact Kathy Maher ( to be added to the e-mail list.


Drivers and other Volunteers URGENTLY Needed for

Shepherd’s Center of McLean-Arlington-Falls Church


The Shepherd’s Center of McLean, Arlington and Falls Church urgently needs more drivers for our rapidly increasing number of seniors needing to get to and from medical and therapy appointments. On December 31, the organization SHARE will end its transportation program and our center will absorb the seniors who until now have been receiving rides from SHARE. That means our Shepherd’s Center will add approximately 45 new clients to our increasing number of seniors needing help with transportation. Over the past several months, we have lost several drivers and we need to fill that void. That is true especially in the southern part of our service area (south Arlington and the lower half of Falls Church).

Our Center has grown rapidly during 2013 and we need more volunteers willing to help with not only transportation but handy helpers, event organization, program organization, friendly callers to shut-ins and those who have fundraising backgrounds willing to help with efforts to raise money to fund the many projects being undertaken by our Center.

If our center does not get more new volunteers, we will very soon have to stop accepting new clients requesting help. We simply cannot provide the services seniors are requesting with the current number of volunteers we have.

PLEASE be willing to volunteer by calling the Shepherd’s Center at 703-506-2199. Any way you can contribute to the success of our Center by serving area seniors will be greatly appreciated. Our seniors will appreciate it as well.


Ask Biscuit

by Biscuit Gilmer, Trinity Church Mascot

Hi, kids of Trinity!

Biscuit staff photo I hope your Christmas was wonderful. I got some special dog biscuits and a new toy, so I’m happy. (I know that’s not the real meaning of Christmas. It’s Jesus!)

I wanted to share one of the questions I’ve received. This one is from Zachary. He writes, “I’ve been hearing a lot about prayer at home and the importance of talking to God. When do you talk to God?” Thanks for asking, Zach!

Talking to God is important. That’s what prayer is – it’s just talking to God! God wants us to share our happiness, our fears and our needs. Even though God already knows what’s on our hearts, we should always go to God in prayer. The cool part is that God is always ready to listen and help us.

As for Zachary’s question about when I talk to God, I like to talk to God when I’m on long walks with my family. God made the earth and the sky, the trees and the birds. (I like chasing the squirrels God made, too.) Going for walks makes for good God-talking time.

If you have a question for me, just go to

Remember my motto: Paws for Jesus!

Biscuit paws