Meeting the Needs of the Young

By James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor

There is today a cultural war for the hearts and souls of Protestant denominations. People are drifting away from the two most centrist denominations, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the United Methodist Church. These mainline Protestant denominations are not successfully engaging with the young in this country or protecting them from the erosion of contemporary culture. We need to stress wholesome fun, sports, warm mentoring relationships tied to Bible study and a personal relationship with Jesus. We need to provide a remedy from the isolation experienced by our young from the adult world and provide alternative models to the entertainment industry’s portrayal of adolescence, adulthood and family.

The mainline Protestant denominations must renew our focus on the needs of our young. Our graying mainline churches have, in the past, interpreted Christianity through the demands of peace and social justice agendas. And there is nothing wrong with these agendas so long as we don’t neglect the weighty needs of a personal salvation and relationship with Christ. Social justice and loving Jesus do not have to be in tension. Perhaps mainline Protestant churches need to initiate fresh discussions about the relation of traditional Christian beliefs to social justice issues.

Trinity Church addresses these concerns by beginning to focus on the individual child, partly out of the traditional evangelical impulse to save souls, but also out of concern for children in today’s culture. Our leaders here at Trinity are waking up to the real moral and spiritual forces of evil abroad that our young need our support to withstand. Every ministry at Trinity is trying to discover new ways for praise music to join hands with prayer book – that is to say, joining the love and merciful lifestyle expressed in the Gospel with the character formation our young need to live in the real world.

Trinity Church’s leaders believe that societal needs are changing rapidly, and in ways that call for our rethinking (and re-imaging) our understanding of the Christian mission. The Christian Church has undergone a reformation every 500 years. The spiritual reformation of the 21st century is underway. So what we do at Trinity now will make all the difference to our future. We seek a renewed pursuit of personal salvation without undermining our corporate responsibilities of the church to society. We seek to reach more young people in the McLean area and open their hearts to both the inclusivity of the Gospel and historic Christianity.

Perhaps we are living through a seismic shift in Christian history. That’s okay, provided we learn to keep a period of silence too, in order to discern God’s leading.

Shalom,  Jim Sprouse

 

August 2019 at Trinity

Aug. 5 – 9 Vacation Bible School Register/Volunteer at http://umtrinity.org/education/vbs
Aug. 11 Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday
Aug. 12 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

https://wp.me/p3ZFFv-vT
Aug. 17 Christ House  
Aug. 18 Trustees

6:30 p.m.

Meeting by telephone
Aug. 18 Child & Youth Outing Nationals Game, contact Keith if you’re interested in attending
Aug. 18

 

Celebration of Life: James Hanson

2 p.m.

Aug. 25 Celtic Service

5 p.m.

 
Aug. 26 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

https://wp.me/p3ZFFv-vT

Approval for New Ministries Granted

On Wednesday, July 10, between 9 and 9:30, Trinity received the green light from Fairfax County’s Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) to continue our dream of expanding our mission into those necessary ministry areas that address the critical needs of the families of northern Virginia. God has been prodding Trinity to take action in this direction for a number of years. Finally, God swept away the current obstacles. Permission to proceed – granted! Here’s what this means for Trinity and the families of NOVA.

Trinity’s new permit will allow us to continue all of our current children’s ministries including Sunday School; Youth Group; Trinity Preschool; Vacation Bible School; and others, as well as our parking and shuttle arrangement with the Potomac School.  It will also allow us to have up to 99 students on campus at one time for potential new ministries such as:

      • Preschool before and after care (a la carte options for preschool academic program only, and/or before care, and/or after care)
      • Public elementary school before and/or after care
      • Summer camp for children of any age
      • Senior day programming for enrichment and wellness
      • Week day infant care in our Fellowship Building Nursery

And more …

Trinity is thankful for all who prayed, envisioned and worked to make new ministries possible. We hope that everyone in the Trinity community will prayerfully listen for God’s call to leadership or technicianship in any new ministry and share that call with your faith family.

With gratitude and praise to God for his work in and through Vicki, Karen, Shirley, William, Sasha, David, Wayne, Reba, Jim, Keith, Eileen, John, Peggy, Jeremy, Jim, Harriet, Andy, Jose, John and the leadership of Trinity Preschool. We are also grateful for the important assistance of Perry Swope, Dyana Conroy and Michael Van Atta through the Potomac School; Supervisor John Foust and Benjamin Wiles; Reverend Doctor Sarah Calvert, District Superintendent, UMC; Debbie Matz, McLean Citizen’s Association; Gary Davis of The Davis Law Firm; Jeffrey Stuchel, Walter L. Phillips; Brent Krasner and Kevin McMahan, Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning; Patricia Josiah, Fairfax County Land Development Services; and the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals.

With gratitude to God for a promising future, we humbly give thanks. -jcs-

 

 

Crafts for a Cause Shares Good News

Crafts for a Cause meets twice a month on Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 in Room 124 to make comfort items for hospital patients. No crafty skills required. Upcoming dates: Aug. 12 and Aug. 26.

Many thanks to Bea Wiesner for her generous donation to Crafts for a Cause in honor of her aunts, Beatrice and Ina Henderson, who enjoyed crafts. We’ll use the funds to buy fabric for hospital comfort items and dresses for girls. If you know of someone in the hospital or recovering at home who might appreciate a neck pillow, knit cap, bear or blanket, please let Crafts for a Cause know. We will be happy to provide a comfort gift! Contact Molly Sprouse.

July 2019 at Trinity

July 1 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

 
July 4 Office Closed
July 9 Youth Trip:

Kings Dominion

Contact Pastor Keith, klee@umtrinity.org
July 14 Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday
July 15 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

 
July 16 Trustees

6:30 p.m.

Meeting by telephone
July 20 Christ House  
July 28 Executive Council  
July 28 Celtic Service

5 p.m.

 
July 24 – 30 Mission trip to Honduras’ Heart to Heart Contact Keith Lee to get involved klee@umtrinity.org
Aug. 5-9 Vacation Bible School Register/Volunteer at http://umtrinity.org/education/vbs

Pastor Keith’s Prayer of the Month: A  Summer Prayer

Creator of all, thank You for summer! Thank You for the warmth of the sun and the increased daylight. Thank You for the beauty I see all around me and for the opportunity to be outside and enjoy Your creation. Thank You for the increased time I have to be with my friends and family, and for the more casual pace of the summer season.

Draw me closer to You this summer. Teach me how I can pray no matter where I am or what I am doing. Warm my soul with the awareness of Your presence, and light my path with Your Word and Counsel.

As I enjoy Your creation, create in me a pure heart and a hunger and a thirst for You. Amen.

 

What’s Happening in June

June 2 High School & College Graduate Recognition

10:30 a.m.

To add yourself or your child to the list, please email Harriet
June 3 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

See below for more.
June 9 Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday
June 11 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

Dinner, fellowship and 2019-20 planning
June 15 Choir Concert

7 p.m.

Small Blue Marble is the theme; admission is free. See below.
June 16 Church Picnic

11:30 a.m.

Bring a side dish or salad to share.
June 17 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

See below for more.
June 18 Trustees

6:30 p.m.

June 30 Celtic Service

5 p.m.

July 25– Aug 2 Mission trip to Honduras’ Heart to Heart Contact Keith Lee to get involved
Aug. 5-9 Vacation Bible School Register/Volunteer at http://umtrinity.org/education/vbs
Crafts for a Cause

Crafts for a Cause meets twice a month on Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 in Room 124 to make comfort items for hospital patients. No crafty skills required. Upcoming dates: June 3, June 17.

Here’s a roundup of what’s been delivered recently by Crafts for a Cause:

    • 31 blankets made by Trinity members were delivered to the Linus Project, which is partnering with TAPS to provide 1,000 blankets at Camp Good Grief for children who’ve lost a parent to combat or PTSD. Thanks to everyone who helped!
    • To Fair Oaks Hospital, we delivered 80 baby caps, 20 neck pillows, two lap blankets, 9 NICU beds, and 7 surgery dolls.
    • To Christ House, we sent 20 knit caps for residents.
    • We made 25 pillowcases for hospital patients at Children’s Hospital in Richmond.
    • Chris Moore and our volunteers have prepared 50 dresses for needy girls in Honduras, another brainchild of the young women at The Leadership Center.

Thanks to one and all for putting your hands to work so that others might be blessed! For more information on Crafts, contact Molly Sprouse.


Graduate Sunday: June 2

This prayer is an ancient Irish prayer modified to bless our graduates.

May The Road Rise Up To Meet You 

As you graduate, may the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

the rains fall soft upon your fields

and during your journey,

may God hold you in the palm of His hand. Amen.


Trinity’s Music Ministry will present its annual concert on Saturday, June 15, at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Soloists Emily Casey, Philip Keirstead, Catherine Wethington, Nadine Wethington, and Joey Wilson will be joined by the Chancel Choir and Trinity Ringers, all accompanied by Music Director Jerry Rich. The theme is “Small Blue Marble”, a nickname for our planet Earth after it was first photographed from space in 1972; musical selections from six continents will include Tan Dun’s Staccato Beans, a trio from Verdi’s Il Corsaro, A Whole New World from Aladdin, This Is My Father’s World, You Are the New Day, Croisez’s Three Tyrolians for piano trio, Phil the Fluter’s Ball, Vaughan Williams’ The Vagabond from Songs of Travel, Largo from Dvořak’s New World Symphony, Remember Me from Coco, Grainger’s Country Gardens, Ah! Non Giunge from Bellini’s La Sonnambula, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, selections from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and Narverud’s Sisi Ni Moja. Admission is free.

 

Trinity, May 2019

May 1 Widows’ Support Group

6:30 p.m.

May 4 Crafts for a Cause

10 a.m.

See below for more about this special session.
May 6 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

See below for more.
May 12 Trinity Trebles’ musical

10:30 a.m.

It’s Cool in the Furnace, for more, click here.

 

May 12 Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday
May 13 Paul, Apostle of Christ

7 p.m.

Movie shown in the Chapel, see below page for more
May 14

 

May 18

Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

Christ House

10 a.m.

Less, by Andrew Sean Greer
May 20 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

May 21 Trustees

6:30 p.m.

Meeting by telephone
May 27 Office Closed
July 25– Aug 2 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

Crafts for a Cause

Blankets for children, dresses for girls in Honduras, comfort pillows and blankets for hospital patients – that’s what Crafts for a Cause has been working on this spring. The group meets on alternating Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 to cut, stitch, stuff and sew, and turn piles of fabric into items of comfort. Upcoming sessions: May 6, May 20, June 3, June 17. There will be a Weekend Workshop to make t-shirt dresses for needy girls in Honduras on Sat., May 4, from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 124. We also have a no-sew blanket project to make a comfort blanket for children who have lost a loved one in combat or to PTSD. For more information, contact Molly Sprouse, mollysprouse@gmail.com.

Paul, Apostle of Christ

The Engage Bible Study, a Trinity community-based Bible study that meets every Monday evening, invites you to a special movie presentation.

On Monday evening May 13, we will show the movie, Paul, Apostle of Christ in the Chapel. This 1 hour 45-minute feature film is an entertaining and informative story of Paul the Apostle and his friend Luke.

Join for a light potluck dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. The movie will start at 7.