Trinity’s Outreach Helps Heart to Heart Be Self-Sustaining

By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor

Trinity Church is returning to Heart to Heart Children’s Village (H2H) in Honduras from July 4 to 13. We’re calling for volunteers to participate in this heart-renewing trip and you’re invited!

The outreach represents multiple opportunities to aid H2H in its mission to nurture one hundred and ten children in their care. H2H is unique in that they develop and maintain multiple facets of social and spiritual endeavors. A complementary benefit from these multiple endeavors is that they help H2H become a self-sustaining ministry. To me that’s unique because our strategic contributions help them further their viability.

We know that they care for one hundred and ten children. Therefore, much of received financial support pours into this worthy endeavor. But did you know they also operate two high-quality schools—one bilingual and the other Spanish? The reason was that due to political disorder, weather conditions, and teacher strikes, students averaged about seventy days out of two hundred school days. Also, they not only educate H2H children but offer quality education opportunities for children in the schools’ neighborhood. Over three hundred tuition-paying students attend alongside the H2H children. This revenue makes operating schools a sustainable undertaking while educating all of the H2H children.

Two years ago, H2H leaders asked Trinity Church to help fund a solar system for H2H Children’s Village because a local electric company reneged on H2H’s prior arrangement with city officials. We agreed because this was another contribution to help H2H’s sustainability. The solar system would not only be a one-time assistance but a perpetual one because every time there’s sunshine, they’re saving electric cost! Fortunately, Peggy Fox and her daughter Leah organized a fundraiser that raised over $10K for the project. This plus generous donations from church members made possible about $13K total. Oscar, the H2H director, was able to complete a system for the boys’ dormitory with Trinity’s contribution. Then, other contributions helped complete the whole village.

In addition to schools, they started a church, manage a medical clinic and, in recent years, planted a coffee farm. A main factor in starting the farm rose out of needs to fund college educations for H2H graduates.

The main goal of Trinity’s trip to H2H is to develop and strengthen our relationship with their staff, volunteers and children. This is the most important and worthy goal. The second is to help H2H fortify their sustainability with technology to further solar projects, educational development for the schools, medical expertise for the medical clinic, theology for church growth, and marketing for coffee distribution. If you have expertise in one or more of these areas, please consider joining us this summer. You can reach me at 703-356-3312 or klee@umtrintiy.org to learn more.

 

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.

See graphic below
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

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.


Mmmmmmm, Pancakes!

Henny Gilmer, Trinity Church mascot

Hi to all the kids of Trinity Church! It’s your canine pal Henny, here. Happy March. I wanted to send out a special invitation to you for a supper with a special meaning. First, I have to ask you a question. Do you like brinner? You know, brinner is when you eat breakfast for dinner. I love brinner. That’s where my invitation comes in.

You and your family are invited to our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Sometimes people call it Fat Tuesday, too. It’s the day before Ash Wednesday. That means it’s the day before the start of Lent, the season when we get our hearts and minds ready for Easter.

Shrove is a funny word, isn’t it? It comes from an Old English word shriven, which means to go to confession or to say you’re sorry for anything you might have done that was wrong. Lent is a time when people think about all that Jesus has done for us. I think Jesus would like for us to take this time to think about showing God’s love to all, and sometimes that means saying you’re sorry.

Before the start of Lent, we celebrate with brinner. Share this with your parents or grandparents, so that they can mark it on their calendars.

Do you like blue berries on top of your pancakes? I do! Don’t forget to try some of the yummy homemade applesauce.

Yay, pancakes. Yay, brinner!

Remember my motto: Paws for Jesus!

Henny

 

When the Church Finds Itself at a Crossroads

By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

If you have been around United Methodists for any length of time, you know that we like committees, gatherings of people and food—maybe not in that order. Our polity (the way we’re organized as a church) is structured in a way that encourages this (the committees and gatherings, not the food).

Trinity is a member of the Virginia Conference. Each conference across the globe meets annually to discuss the business of their area. Once every four years, representatives from each conference come together for General Conference. It’s there that items are voted on that can change our Book of Discipline (BoD)—the scary-sounding name of what is, for all intents and purposes, the rule book of the worldwide Methodist Church.

What does the BoD say? First, all people are welcome here.

¶ 4. Article IV. Inclusiveness of the Church: The United Methodist Church acknowledges that all persons are of sacred worth.

¶ 214. Eligibility: All people may attend its worship services, participate in its programs, receive the sacraments and become members in any local church in the connection.

During at least the last two General Conferences (2012 and 2016), attempts were made to have discussions about what the church should do regarding two topics: ordaining gay clergy and allowing clergy to perform weddings of same-sex couples. Here’s what the BoD states about the ministry of the ordained:

¶ 304.3: The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. Therefore self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church.

¶ 341.6: Ceremonies that celebrate homosexual unions shall not be conducted by our ministers and shall not be conducted in our churches.

A special committee (the Commission on a Way Forward) made up of clergy and laity has worked for the last two years on a plan for the church. Here are the commission’s three suggestions.

One Church Plan (recommended by the Council of Bishops of the UMC): Allows conferences to make decisions regarding ministry with or by LGBTQ persons rather than having a single standard throughout the worldwide church. It removes certain language (mentioned above) from the BoD. It gives conferences, churches and pastors the flexibility to decide whether to ordain gay clergy or allow same-sex marriages. This plan would also protect the rights of United Methodists whose theological convictions will not allow them to perform same-sex weddings or ordain LGBTQ people.

Traditionalist Plan: Affirms the current language about homosexuality in the BoD and seeks to strengthen enforcement (against clergy) for violations of church law.

Connectional-Conference Plan: Creates three connectional conferences based on theology or perspective, each having clearly defined values. Annual conferences would determine their affiliation with one of the connectional conferences. Local churches who choose a branch other than the one chosen by their annual conference could vote to join another conference.

A special session of the General Conference has been called to hash out a plan. These three plans, plus any others that may be brought forth, will be voted on at the meeting on February 23-26 in St. Louis. This is not the final step. The regular General Conference and each annual conference must also approve the final plan. You’ll find more details at umc.org.

We’ll have a town hall meeting following worship in March to discuss which plan was selected and what happens next. Please be in prayer for all those in attendance and for our United Methodist Church.

 

February 2019 Happenings

Feb. 4 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Read the latest update:
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Feb. 6 Widows’ Support Group

6:30 p.m.

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

6:30 p.m.

West with the Night, by Beryl Markham

Feb. 16 Christ House
Feb. 18 Office Closed
Feb. 18 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

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Feb. 19 Trustees Meeting

6:30 p.m.

Meeting by telephone
Feb. 24 Third Grade Bible Presentation

10:30 a.m.

March 5

March 6

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Ash Wednesday

 

 

 

Crafts for a Cause: Feb. 2019

There is another mountain of fleece, flannel and cotton stacking up in the Crafts for a Cause room, waiting for volunteers to turn them into blankets for needy children, pillows and dolls for hospital patients, baby beds for the NICU unit, and dresses for girls around the world.

We meet on alternating Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 in Room 124. No crafty skills required (although that’s always welcome!) for cutting fabric, stuffing pillows and sewing. Our next few sessions are: Feb. 4, and Feb. 18.

If you can’t make the work sessions, we have homework projects. We also have a Loom Hat project for those interested in making adult hats for Christ House and baby caps for Fair Oaks Hospital.

Crafts for a Cause had a fantastic response to our Holiday Bazaar in 2018, earning more than $5,000 in sales. The bazaar is our sole source of funding for the next year, so thanks to all who shopped! During 2018, we distributed 250 neck pillows, 83 dresses, 20 blankets, 118 heart pillows, 212 adult hats, 79 surgery dolls and an amazing 1,200 knitted and crocheted baby caps. We also donated 52 Christmas stockings and 86 Santa hats for newborns at Fair Oaks Hospital, donated to area charities and shelters, and supported Trinity’s Honduras missions. We have big plans for 2019, and hope you’ll be a part of our fun and rewarding ministry. For more information, contact Molly Sprouse at mollysprouse@gmail.com.