March 2020 at Trinity

March 2 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

March 8 Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday
March 8 Executive Council

11:45 a.m.

March 10 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

Finding Dorothy, by Elizabeth Letts
March 21 Christ House
March 16 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

March 21 Christ House
March 28 Good Works Day

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

See details below.
March 29 Celtic Service

5 p.m.

March 30 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Support our Preschool while eating at Chipotle on Wednesday, March 4. Visit the restaurant at 6707 Old Dominion Dr. in McLean between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tell them you are supporting the cause and 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Trinity Preschool of McLean.


Spring Good Works Day

Saturday, March 28

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Trustees and Church & Society will host Trinity’s Spring Good Works Day on March 28, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. followed by a BBQ chicken lunch. Trustees will have the tools and supplies for helpers of all ability levels to work on inside and outside projects around the campus including the Fellowship Building and Trinity House. Drop in when you are able and join your friends for a morning of service that will enhance our campus and serve our neighbors, then stay for BBQ and fellowship. For more information please contact Wayne Detwiler for trustee projects (wdetwiler@trideum.com); William Liu for Church and Society projects (williamliu@att.net); and Reba Page for Trinity Cooks Crew (pagerann@hotmail.com).

January 2020 at Trinity

Get Involved at Trinity

Want to be more involved? Trinity Church is always in need of more volunteers. To sign up or learn more about these ministries, please contact the people listed:

Acolytes, Crucifers and Langley Bell Ringers (for children in 2nd – 12th grade)

bit.ly/trinityacb

Adult Choirs: Jerry Rich

Children’s Choir: Michelle Zenk

Children’s Sunday School Teachers: Melissa Harris

Greeters & Fellowship at 8:30: Karen Taylor

Greeters & Fellowship at 10:30: Kathy Maher

Ushers at 10:30: Vinnie & Sandy DeMicco

For other opportunities, please speak with one of the pastors.

Jan. 1 Office Closed  
Jan. 7 Staff Parish Relations Committee

7 p.m.

Jan. 12 Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday
Jan. 14 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

America’s First Daughter, by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoi
Jan. 15 Preschool Parenting Hour

9:30 a.m

Jan. 15 Staff Parish Relations Committee

7 p.m.

Jan. 18 Christ House  
Jan. 20 Office Closed  
Jan. 21 Celebration of Life: Len Holmberg

10 a.m.

Jan. 26 Celtic Service

5 p.m.

 
Jan. 30 Lunch & Learn for
Seniors

11 a.m.

See graphic below

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor

On November 21, a new film about Fred Rogers, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, debuted. As you know he’s the famous Mr. Rogers in the neighborhood. His show ran on PBS from 1968 to 2001. When his family bought a TV, he was won over. He wanted to use this new technology to communicate, so when he graduated from college he worked for NBC as an assistant producer and a floor director on various shows. He quit working for NBC because he didn’t approve of the channel using children in advertisements.

Soon he was working for a local public station in Pittsburgh on a show called The Children’s Corner. This eventually led him to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. I’m sure his movie will give more insight and information about his life and mission. But here are some of his core beliefs that were part and parcel to his work.

First, he cared about the vulnerable which led him to children’s TV. He thought children didn’t know how to protect themselves and didn’t know how to filter harmful influences that were in media and society. Furthermore, he was appalled by the low quality of children’s programs during the early days of television. On one occasion, a pie was thrown at a man to make children laugh. He was upset that this was the level of children’s entertainment. He wanted something better for them.

Second, he believed in encouraging children. Anything that devalued children or one’s neighbors, including hyper consumerism or school pressure into early childhood, was concerning to Rogers.

Third, Rogers wanted to be authentic when he was being filmed. He said, “One of the greatest gifts you can give anybody is the gift of your honest self. I also believe that kids can spot a phony a mile away.” He made sure he was same on and off camera.

These core beliefs were not random, but were formed by his theology. When he was working in Pittsburgh he went to a local seminary during his lunch breaks and received a Master of Divinity degree. When he graduated and was ordained, the Presbyterian Church USA commissioned him to minister to children through TV.

His work and mission were based on his theology and love for children. He wanted to be a minister through this new medium. The greeting, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” was an extension of God’s commandment to love our neighbors.

The new film hopefully reminds us to practice our theology so that we are authentic caring neighbors to those around us. I pray your presence during the holidays continues to invite, “Won’t you be my neighbor,” declaring “I always wanted a neighbor just like you” to whoever you meet.

 

December 2019

Dec. 2 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

 
Dec. 8 The First Christmas

10:30 a.m.

A Christmas Pageant Presented by Trinity Trebles
Dec. 8 Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday
Dec. 12 Preschool Parenting Hour

9:30 a.m

Dec. 15 Lessons & Carols

10:30a .m.

 
Dec. 15 Youth Choir

11:30 a.m.

Meets in the Chapel for grades 7 –12
Dec. 15 Trustees Meeting

11:30 a.m.

Meet in Room 402
Dec. 16 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

 
Dec. 18 Blue Christmas

7 p.m.

A service of remembrance
Dec. 24 Christmas Eve

Worship at 5, 8 & 10 p.m.

Dec. 24—26 Office Closed  
Dec. 29 Celtic Service

5 p.m.

 
Dec. 31 Office closes at 12 p.m.  
Jan. 1 Office Closed  

Read the latest news from long-time Trinity member and missionary, Betty Lou Bennett and her husband, Al. Betty Lou is the daughter of Louisa Arnold, for whom the Arnold Library was named.

 

A Chance to Feed Others

By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

How is it already November? I know I ask myself this question each year. As we move closer to Advent, I have a great opportunity for you, your family and even your friends. In this busy time of year, I hope you’ll find space in your schedule to take part.

Trinity Church is proud to again take part in Rise Against Hunger. (You may remember the organization’s former name: Stop Hunger Now.) This is a wonderful project that helps feed the hungry across the globe. Families are welcome to attend. (Children should be ages four and up.) It’s a good opportunity for multi-generational service. Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that helps impoverished people throughout the world. They are committed to ending world hunger by 2030 by supplying meals as well as through sustainability efforts. The meals we will make at our event will go to feed those in hospitals in Yemen.

We are aiming to make 300,000 meals at our McLean event. It’s a lofty goal, for certain. We’ve done this before, and I have no doubt we can do it again. At the end of the day, this will bring the total number of meals packaged by the McLean community to more than 2 million since 2010.

Rise Against Hunger

Saturday, November 2

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer

Shifts start at 8:00 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

If you can’t make it but want to help, you can sponsor meals. In fact, you can sponsor 100 meals for just $31. No gift is too small.

Donations and registration are at http://bit.ly/feed2019.

Come join people from all over our community to help.

I’ll see you at church!

 

November 2019 at Trinity

Nov. 3 Charge Conference

3 p.m.

Mt. Olivet UMC, 1500 N Glebe Rd., Arlington

 

According to A Dictionary for United Methodists by Alan Waltz, “The charge conference is the basic governing body of each United Methodist local church and is composed of all members of the church council. The charge conference must meet at least once per year. The charge conference directs the work of the church and gives general oversight to the church council, reviews and evaluates the mission and ministry of the church, sets salaries for the pastor and staff, elects the members of the church council, and recommends candidates for ordained ministry.”
Nov. 4 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Nov. 10 Town Hall Meeting

11:30 a.m.

Nov. 10 Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday
Nov. 11 Office Closed
Nov. 12 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Nov. 16 Christ House
Nov. 17 Thanksgiving Feast

11:30 a.m.

See below for more or RSVP at umtrinity.org and look for Thanksgiving Potluck under Get-Involved
Nov. 17 Celebration of Life: Shirley Paul

2 p.m.

Nov. 18 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Nov. 19 Trustees Meeting

6:30 p.m.

Nov. 20 Preschool Parenting Hour

9:30 a.m.

Nov. 24 Coffee with the Pastors

9:30 a.m.

Nov. 24 Craft Bazaar begins See below for more or visit umtrinity.org and look for Crafts for a Cause under Get-Involved
Nov 24 Staff Parish Relations Committee

11:30 a.m.

Nov. 24 Celtic Service

5 p.m.

Nov. 26 Christmas Trees Arrive
Nov. 29 Christmas Tree Sales begin See below for or visit umtrinity.org and look for Christmas Tree Sales under Get-Involved

Begins Nov. 29 at 12 p.m. Sales benefit Trinity’s Youth Group & Boy Scout Troop 869.

Church: The People, The Building

By James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor

The Greek word used in the New Testament for church means called out. The church is a community of people who are called out of the world to be God’s people.

The church is a community of people, not a building. It is hard for us to grasp this, because we think of the church as centered in a building that stands in the neighborhood where its members live. But it has not always been so. For the first few centuries Christians met together in homes or in places where their secular occupations brought them together. Later, when buildings were built they were not built in local neighborhoods but at the crossroads of life – in the market towns or places near the central government. It wasn’t until the Middle Ages (400s to 1,400s) that the kind of parish church we know came into being.

It is important in our time to understand that the church doesn’t depend on a church building. In removing churches from homes and from centers of business and government where secular life brings Christians of all races and classes together, have we come to think that Christian faith and life have to do only with what goes on in a building on Sunday and a few times during the week when people of the same socio-economic groups come together?

As our society and world change, our lives are less and less centered in the neighborhood where we live. Many people find their friends, do their business, take their leisure and spend most of their lives outside the neighborhood where their homes are. If the church of God is wherever and whenever Christians come together for worship, study and service in the name of Christ, do we not just as surely go to church when we meet during lunch, when we join together during service projects away from our church building, when we meet for prayer or study in someone’s house?

My point is not to deny that the local church building is still very, very important. It is to emphasize that as our society and world continue to evolve and the neighborhood becomes less important in many person’s lives, the church doesn’t have to be less important. We are free and open to experiment with new forms of church, because the church is not a building. It is God’s people, whenever, wherever, and however we come together. When I think of Trinity Church, I don’t think only of 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean, VA … that is an address. The church I think of is called, Molly, Eileen, Keith, Janey, Harriet, Michelle, Jerry, Peggy, Ray, William, Wayne, Reba, Jim, Leslie, Jose, Karen, Diane, Sandy, Margie, Dan, Philip, Joey, and so on — everyone at Trinity. God has strategically positioned our building address of Trinity Church in beautiful McLean, VA. One thing this means is that God needs you and me to be about the ministry of Jesus Christ, right here, right now, in this time and in this place. This is our mission post – from which all our missions and ministries flow. The people of God called Trinity Church assemble together to praise and worship God at a specific address every week. Here, we are equipped for mission and ministry. We then leave our church home address and return to our homes, our places of work and the market place. It is there we live out our faith in relationships among all the other churches we discover we are also members of.

Shalom,  Jim Sprouse

 

September at Trinity

Sept. 2 Office Closed
Sept. 5 Trinity Ringers, 6:30 p.m.

Chancel Choir, 7:30 p.m.

Weekly rehearsals resume; See more at https://wp.me/p3ZFFv-ws
Sept. 8 Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday
Sept 9 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Sept. 10 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

The Weight of Ink, by Rachel Kadish
Sept. 17 Trustees

6:30 p.m.

Sept. 22 Bounce Back to Sunday School & Picnic
Sept. 23 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Sept. 29 Celtic Service

5 p.m.

A Note from Grace Ministries:

Dear Brothers and Sisters, parents and children of Trinity UMC,

Thank you very much for your generous donation of school supplies for about 120 children!

Each of you is making a difference in the lives of many families of the Culmore area in Falls Church. Parents are very grateful for your support to start the new school year and get a bag of school supplies for their children.

Your generosity is very much appreciated. We are so very grateful for your partnership with is in this ministry as we continue to service our neighbors in need.

Sincerely,

Anna Maria Lopez, Culmore Site Director

A big thank you to those who made our Vacation Bible School a very fun week full of learning and fellowship.

Patty Burgess

Jen Calsyn

Courtney English

Eileen Gilmer

Andrea Hager

Anna Harris

Melissa Harris

Ann Hooton

Jennifer Jemio

Janey Lee

Julie Lee

Keith Lee

Margie Meak

Jose Nunez

Leslie Speidel

Jim Sprouse

Molly Sprouse

Emily Summers

Marci Thomas

Kirk Volovar

Cindy Wilson

Jim Wilson

And our youth: Adelaide, Ashton, Avery, Caroline, Carter, Charlotte, Chelsea, Christian, Christine, Davis, Dylan, Elena, Elle, Jack, Joselyn, Joseph, Joyce, Lilly, Madeleine, Madeline, , Madison, Mary Elizabeth, Noelle, Riley, Ryan, Sebastian, Sicilia, Sydney, Tommy, Zachary

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