Christmas in Honduras

Once again we would like to plan to provide Christmas gifts for the children of Heart to Heart in Honduras. This year, instead of an angel tree, we are asking for contributions now that we can forward to the Ministry before Christmas. A gift of $50 per child will provide new Christmas clothes, an individually chosen gift and support for their traditional Christmas meal of a roast pig with all the accompaniments, however, a donation of any amount is also appreciated. We hope to provide support for many of the 90 children at the village. If you are able to help, please make your check out to H2HCV and place the check in the offering plate or forward to Dan and Chris Moore, 1629 Wrightson Drive, Mclean,VA. 22101. We hope to forward all the funds to the Ministry directors before Thanksgiving, in time for Christmas shopping.

Sincere thanks for your generous support of this Ministry.

Dan and Chris Moore

Trinity Round-Up, November

This page has various bit of news from the November 2013 print edition of The Spire.

Stop Hunger Now

Each day world-wide, 25,000 people die from hunger-related causes. Trinity is joining forces with area churches, mosques, temples and community groups to fight hunger. Our goal is to package 300,000 meals in one day.

We’ll package nutritious meals of grain, soy and vegetables to be sent to feed children in schools in Africa and Central America.

Stop Hunger Now

November 2

Shifts begin at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., and 2 p.m.

The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer

1545 Chain Bridge Road, McLean

To sign up for the 2 p.m. – 4:30 shift, visit For more information or to sign up for another shift:

You can also help by making a donation. Please make checks out to Trinity, with Stop Hunger Now in the memo line.

 Book Chat

Are you an introvert? Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain, argues that society dramatically undervalues introverts. As Harvard professor Rosabeth Kanter says: “Gentle is power. Solitude is socially productive. These counter-intuitive ideas are among the many reasons to take Quiet to a quiet corner and absorb its brilliant, thought-provoking message.” Join us in the Trinity Library at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, to discuss the book and enjoy fellowship and dessert! Book Chat will break for the holidays in December and pick up in January with My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor. To be added to the email list, contact Kathy Maher (

Trinity’s Memorial Fund

 Did you know that in The United Methodist Church, All Saint’s Day is observed on the first Sunday in November to remember deceased members of the local church congregation? That makes this a perfect time for you to honor someone whose life touched yours.

Trinity has long had a “Memorial Fund” set up for making a donation to the church as a tribute to that special person. This can be done easily by check or through the Trinity UMC website ( Please think about honoring someone you cared about with a memorial gift.

The Memorial Committee’s latest report is that gifts have recently been received for Carolyn Umstott, Kathy Rasmussen and Dave Jeremiah. The Book of Memory in the Family Lounge keeps an ongoing list of donors and the persons they memorialized. Take a few minutes to stop and read the names in the glass case.

Christmas Tree Sales

Sales Begin Friday, November 29

9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

 Lot Hours

                           Sunday:      12 – 8 p.m.

              Monday – Friday:      5 – 8 p.m.

                         Saturday:      9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

 Proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop 869 and the ministry of Trinity’s youth group.


Worship Corner: Fellowship Hosts, Poinsettia Orders

MaherBy Kathy Maher

Fellowship is the common purpose and devotion that binds Christians together and to Christ. “Where two or three gather in [Christ’s] name,” we ideally spend time in fellowship, sharing our interests, desires, and motivations.

Our mission here at Trinity is to proclaim the gospel and to bring people into the body of Christ, to lead them to a commitment to God, to nurture them in Christian living, and to send them into the world with a renewed spirit. Perhaps Trinity is your church home because you feel welcome here. Won’t you pass that feeling along? Take a few minutes to connect with your fellow worshipers after the Sunday services by coming to the Fellowship Lobby, having a cup of coffee and a snack, seeing old friends – and making new ones.

Even better: Volunteer to greet at the 8:30 a.m. service and to bring a snack for the Fellowship Hour. Instructions and coaching are provided! E-mail Karen Taylor ( if you’d like to join the list of potential greeters. After the 10:30 a.m. service, the various ministry areas of the church do a fine job of hosting the Fellowship Hour each week. If you’d like to help, just dive into the life of Trinity, and you’ll get your chance!


The Sanctuary will be decorated with poinsettias for Christmas Eve. To purchase a plant in honor or memory of a loved one, fill out this form, enclose your check payable to Trinity UMC, and drop it in the offering plate or send it to the office by Sunday, December 1. The plants are $10 each. Please write “Poinsettias” on the memo line of your check. You will be able to take the plants home after the service.

Visit our website to place your order.

Crafts for a Cause Craft Bazaar and Bake Sale


and Bake Sale

 Presented by Trinity’s CRAFTS FOR A CAUSE

 Sun., Nov. 3

Sun., Dec. 1    Sun., Dec. 8

Fellowship Lobby      9 a.m. to noon

 Shop early for the holiday season! Unique handmade crafts, jewelry and baked goods, plus American Girl doll clothes! Proceeds will buy supplies for Crafts for a Cause projects.

You’re also invited to join these work sessions on Monday nights at 7 p.m. in Room 122:

Nov. 4     Nov. 18

If you’d like to donate a handmade craft or baked goodie for the bazaar, contact Molly Sprouse (; 703-356-4896.)


Church & Society, November

November Collection

Church & Society is collecting for SHARE’s food pantry. The most needed items are:

 Diapers, especially size 4-6

 Baby Wipes

 Diaper Rash Cream

 Baby Shampoo

 Laundry Detergent

 Cooking Oil

 Rice in 2 lb. bags

 Canned Beans (pinto, black, etc.)


 Peanut Butter

 Pasta and Sauce

 Paper Towels

 Toilet Paper

You may bring these items any time during November. We also ask that you bring a non-perishable item to the Thanksgiving Potluck on Sunday, November 24.

Angel Tree Time!

Even though it’s not even Thanksgiving, it isn’t too early to start thinking about Christmas trees – or at least trees with angels attached. In the church Narthex, you’ll soon see a tree adorned with angels. Each angel represents someone in our community who is helped by SHARE, an organization that provides food, clothing and financial assistance. By selecting an angel, and bringing in a gift, you’ll be sharing Christ’s love with those in our community who are most in need.

Look here for information about our Christmas in Honduras campaign.

Thanksgiving Feast

Our church-wide Thanksgiving Feast will take place on Sunday, November 24, after the 10:30 worship service. The entire congregation is invited to Langley Hall with your favorite potluck dish to share. Watch the bulletin for more information. Please bring non-perishable food items to be donated to SHARE, and plan to join us for this delicious feast. Everyone is welcome!

DC Scholars at Stanton Elementary School

Trinity volunteers are an important part of the enrichment program mentoring children at Stanton in grades 1-5. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to work one-on-one with these children. Contact Suzanne Hamilton at 703-759-6264 or e-mail if you can help with this rewarding experience.

Turkey and Thanks

Biscuit staff photoby Biscuit Gilmer, Trinity Church Mascot

Happy fall, kids of Trinity!

One of my favorite holidays is coming up. Do you know what it is? That’s right; it’s Thanksgiving. I’m a Labrador Retriever and if you know anything about Labs, you know we like to eat. So, it makes sense that I love Turkey Day.

I also like Thanksgiving because it reminds us to be thankful. I have a lot of reasons to be grateful. I have a family that loves me, lots of friends and a great job as Trinity’s mascot. I also know that I’m lucky to have a place to live, and I never have to worry about having enough food. A lot of kids and pets can’t say the same. We should say an extra prayer for them this holiday.

Grab your Bible and find Psalm 107, verse one. It’s a good one to memorize. This verse reminds us to always be thankful to God, and remember He will love us always and forever.

When you sit down for your Thanksgiving meal, be sure to think about the blessings in your life. I count you and all my Trinity family as special blessings.

Until then, remember my motto: Paws for Jesus!paws



November Children’s Choir

ellenBy Ellen LaCroix, Children’s Choir Director

Children’s Choir is off to a great start this year! We meet Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. in Langley Hall. The first thirty minutes are a time of food and fellowship where families have a chance to relax and chat about the week, and Children grow in friendship. The second half of our time together is spent in choir rehearsal where we learn music basics through song, dance, and games. Most importantly, we learn what it means to worship God through music. If you are interested in joining Children’s choir, e-mail for more information or stop by one Wednesday. Rehearsals for our Christmas program began on October 30, but it’s not too late to be part of it. We would love to have new voices join us!


November Music Ministry

RICH-JERRY-9by Jerry Rich, Director of Music

In recognition of All Saints Day, the Chancel Choir will sing three selections from Gabriel Fauré’s serene and consoling Requiem at the 10:30 service on Sunday, November 3:

Sanctus: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Glory be to you, O Lord, Hosanna in the highest.

Agnus Dei: Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant them everlasting rest. Let perpetual light shine upon them together with your saints, for you are good.

In Paradisum: May angels lead you into paradise and martyrs bring you into the holy city Jerusalem. May choirs of angels welcome you, and, like Lazarus, may you have eternal rest.

In acknowledgment of God’s countless gifts to us, Trinity’s bell choirs will play two songs of thanksgiving at the 10:30 service on Sunday, November 17:

Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us: Nancy Tipton’s version of William Bradbury’s 1859 melody reveals our gratitude to Christ, the Good Shepherd who cares for his flock.

My Jesus, I Love Thee: Charles Maggs’ hushed setting of Adoniram Gordon’s 1876 hymn tune expresses our thanks to Jesus for purchasing our pardon on Calvary.


November Youth News


by Chris Abel, Youth Director

I’ve recently begun to read poetry. A friend of mine introduced me to Jack Gilbert, who has published world-renowned poetry for decades. I find this kind of written format fascinating because at times it’s barely distinguishable as poetry at all. It may have rhyme and measure. It may not. It may tell a story. It may not. It may make sense to the reader. It may not. So when Gilbert was asked why he writes, this is what he said. “I want to experience or discover ways of feeling that are fresh. I love it when I have perceived something fresh about being human and being happy.”

I resonate with his ambitions because this is the same reason I’m in ministry. I want to help our students experience faith, community, and Scripture in ways that reveal something about being human and being happy. Whether it’s traveling to Tennessee for mission work, or pumpkin carving, laser tag, and lock-ins, each of these is poetic in its unique ability to experience a novel moment. These events matter and the relationships formed matter. Life as a teenager is no easy task, and ministries like ours provide an extra layer of depth to see God and others in a new light.

Want to see the updated youth group schedule? Check out Thanks!

Silence Is Golden

By Amy L. Crisp, Minister of EducationCRISP-ANDREW-113

Do you feel like you are constantly rushing from one place to the next? Continually going through the day without stopping?

Our culture has taught us that we must squeeze every ounce of productivity out of our day. We must multi-task. We must get everything done that we possibly can. So we rush from one thing to the next. We are quick to arrive and quick to leave.

Rarely are we truly present. Rarely do we slow down enough to experience the holiness of our lives and those around us. Because we rush through life so quickly, we miss out on the beauty of God’s good creation, of God’s activity in our lives.

But the good news is, God provides a way for us to slow our pace – prayer. Prayer helps us to calm the busyness of our lives, to contemplate the everyday miracles happening all around us, to be open to hearing God’s still, small voice.

 “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

We have recently begun worshiping in the Celtic tradition at Trinity UMC. A Celtic Evensong and Communion service is held on the last Sunday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Chapel. It is a time for us to slow down, to breathe in God, and for God to breathe into our souls providing refreshment and rejuvenation.

Do not be afraid of the silence and stillness that comes with this prayerful way of worshiping. It might seem awkward at first, but allowing for silence leaves room for God. In silence, we notice our own bodies and feelings. We become attentive to what is happening in the present. We are reminded that God is with us, and we are given the energy we need to go into the world with God.