Good Works Day
Saturday, October 14
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.,
followed by chili lunch
Campus projects for children, youth and adults include:
- railing and parking lot painting
- repairs at Trinity House and on the playground
- door repairs
- grounds maintenance
Community service projects for children, youth and adults:
- writing letters to the children at Heart to Heart Children’s Village (ages 11 and up)
- assembling books for Stanton Elementary School (ages 10 and up*)
- working at Share sorting and carrying food, sorting clothing donations and assisting clients (high school age and older*) Volunteers will meet at Trinity at 8:45 a.m., drive to Share and depart Share at 12 p.m.
Anyone who would like to volunteer for one of these projects is asked to please sign up on the registration sheets in the Fellowship Building by Sunday, October 8 so that we can get an accurate count and prepare accordingly. Please contact Alexandra Kiefer for more information.
* parent/legal guardian required to be present the entire time for participants under 18
Saturday morning, October 14, Trinity will be buzzing with projects, fun and a chili fellowship lunch for all ages. Trustees and Church and Society will host Trinity’s Fall Good Works Day on Saturday, October 14, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., followed by lunch. This year will be a truly intergenerational experience and we encourage everyone to come out and assist in the wonderful projects which will serve Trinity, our community, and the world.
Wayne Detwiler and the Trustees invite you to lend a hand with projects large and small around Trinity’s campus. We will have the tools and supplies for helpers of all ability levels to work on inside and outside projects, including railing and parking lot painting, repairs at Trinity House and on the playground, and door repairs and ground maintenance. Drop in when you are able and join your friends for a morning of service that will enhance our campus. Please contact Wayne Detwiler or Karen Hunt for more information.
Church and Society will host three community service projects: writing letters to the children at Heart to Heart Children’s Village, the orphanage in Honduras that we support; assembling books for children at Stanton Elementary School (open to anyone who is age 10 or older, anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian); and working at Share sorting and carrying food, carrying client grocery bags, collecting donations, sorting clothing donations and assisting clients as they choose their groceries (open to anyone who is high school age or older, anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian who stays the entire time – volunteers will meet at Trinity at 8:45 a.m. then drive themselves over to Share then depart Share at 12 p.m.). Anyone who would like to volunteer for one of these projects is asked to please sign up on the registration sheets in the Fellowship Building by Sunday, October 8 so that we can get an accurate count and prepare accordingly. Please contact Alexandra Kiefer for more information.
With projects indoors and out, it will be a fun morning of service for the whole family. At noon, join us for fellowship and to celebrate these good works and ministries with a chili lunch provided by our own Trinity Cooks Crew!
By James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor
Next Level Innovation (NLI) is an investment in churches that have a recognized potential for reaching more people in their community and inviting them to become disciples of Jesus. These churches have healthy and coachable leadership. Trinity is one of only 6 churches in this first investment.
The Arlington District & Virginia Conference will provide leadership and administration needs to oversee the development process over the next 3 years. Each church assembles an NLI team oriented toward the process. Trinity’s NLI team is the Executive Council members, clergy and laity.
The District NLI team and other church innovation professionals will visit Trinity on our NLI weekend in October to talk with the Trinity members. Their team will generate recommendations that will help Trinity move to the next level of its abilities, changing the status quo and encouraging innovations that help each participating church community make disciples for the transformation of the world.
Our weekend is October 20, 21, 22. We’ll have only one worship time that Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Interviews with congregation members will be Friday evening and Saturday morning. The NLI leadership team will deliver Sunday’s message and encourage Trinity members in our mission with Jesus Christ.
On another note, I will begin my fall Bible study on September 10. Classes are Sunday at 9:30 a.m., Monday at 10 a.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. This year we’re using the Disciple Fast Track series, Into the Word, Into the World and we’ll begin with Genesis and Exodus. The study last 12 weeks. Class members read a manageable 3-5 chapters of the Bible each day in preparation for the class. Into the Word will help you deepen your understanding of Scripture, make connections between what you already know and what you’re reading and you’ll encounter 3 spiritual disciplines, learn what they are and discover how you can engage those disciplines. Each week Into the World identifies some needs in the world for which ministry is needed and suggests possible responses.
And finally, each week, you’ll be guided in experiencing the gift of Sabbath rest and renewal. Join us for Genesis/Exodus in the fall and Luke/Acts in the winter.
By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor
“It’s been so long since I’ve felt overwhelmed, stressed out or pulled in a million different directions.”
When was the last time you said that to yourself? Yeah, me neither.
That’s why I’ve felt the call to start a women’s Bible study. But, it is not meant to be just any Bible study. It’s one specifically for women who feel they absolutely have no time to go to Bible study. Let me explain.
Our environment is one where we sit in traffic, plodding along (at a snail’s pace) only to arrive at a designated place where we push ourselves at break-neck speed, only to get back in traffic (going at an even slower snail’s pace) only to … well, you get the idea. What can we do about it? We can go to God, seek out scripture, and fellowship with other sisters trying to keep pace with this NOVA craziness. It’s time we make room for God in our schedule.
I hope you’ll join us for our new Bible study: A Woman Overwhelmed. As author Hayley DiMarco writes: “We were created to be overwhelmed, not with the impossibility of our to-do lists or our circumstances but with the possibility of God working in and through us. Our purpose is to be engulfed not by the stuff of this world, the creation, but by the Creator. Trouble is that we often forget this and instead focus on our plans and pains.”
We’ll look at the life of Mary, Jesus’ mother. (Talk about a woman with the potential of being overwhelmed!) We’ll also look at ways our sense of being overwhelmed can keep us from fully experiencing God’s glory that surrounds us. (No need to pack your bags for a guilt trip; this class is meant to inspire and encourage!)
A Woman Overwhelmed
A six-week Bible study
Sunday mornings, starting September 10
9:30 a.m., room 302 (downstairs in the Fellowship Building)
Send me an e-mail if you have questions. There is a workbook that costs $10. Please let me know if you are attending so that I can order enough of them. (We can help with the price of the workbook; just let me know that, too.) I can be reached at email@example.com.
See you soon!
By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor
Stewardship Goals for Children’s Education
Starting this fall, we will reintroduce offering time for children during the Children’s Message at 10:30 worship service. We will collect funds for Heifer International and Heart to Heart Children’s Village in Honduras. There will be offering goals for the year and updates on our progress towards those goals. I was not here when our previous Director of Christian Education, Amy Crisp, started it, but I heard from many parents and children that this was one of the elements of our worship service that felt relevant to students in terms of giving.
Besides this, there are a couple of other reasons for bringing it back. First, one of Trinity’s missions is to help parents raise sacrificial and socially active children. This offering demonstrates to children that their monetary contributions go to causes that alleviate poverty and suffering. Second, giving in a worship context not only continues the tradition of giving, but also strengthens a sense of celebration and community building through stewardship.
For the first goal, let’s go for something high. Therefore, what about donating a heifer which costs $500?! Let’s do this!
Active Youth Group
The youth group had an assessment session during the summer regarding our activities and events. We reviewed all our activities for the year and established parameters for the coming year. There are two important points of consensus. One, we want to do more outreach events. Two, we want to do activities outside of the church utilizing resources available in the greater DC area. Therefore, at least once a month, the youth group will be engaged in outreach projects and/or activities at another location.
The outreach projects that we’re considering are:
- Good Works Day at Trinity
- Rise Against Hunger event (formerly Stop Hunger Now)
- Feeding homeless at Franklin Park in DC
The outside activities under consideration are:
- Visiting DC museums
- District Lock-in event
- Activities with other United Methodist congregations
The master calendar for youth will be available at our youth group meeting at 5 p.m. on September 10. I’m truly excited about the coming year!
At Trinity UMC, there are no people more precious to us than our children and youth. Indeed, Jesus said to his disciples,
“Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them. Mark 10:13-16 NRSV.
Those of us who have the privilege of working closely with our children and youth also have the obligation to protect them by periodically reaffirming our understanding of the Trinity UMC Child Protection Policies and Procedures, attending both in-person and online training sessions, and by signing our Policies and Procedures document.
To fulfill that obligation for 2017, Suzanne Richards, a member of our Board of Trustees, will be conducting three brief (no more than 30 – 45 minutes) in-person training sessions in Langley Hall at 9:30 a.m. on 3 separate Sundays: September 17, October 15, and November 5. If you are a member of church leadership, work as a Sunday School or youth educator or trainer, or are a member of the church staff, please plan to attend any one of these training sessions. While not required, anyone else who would like to strengthen their ability to support the health and welfare of the children in our community also may attend.
If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne at 908-202-4227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ours is the responsibility and opportunity to protect the gift God has bestowed upon us.
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” John 31: 34 NRSV
|Sept. 3||No Education Classes|
|Sept. 4||Office Closed|
|Sept. 7||Chancel Choir||Rehearsals welcome all new singers at 7:30 p.m. in Room 115.|
|Sept. 10||Back to School Kick-Off, Martha’s Table Sandwich Making Sunday & Sprouse Celebration|
|Sept. 11||Crafts for a Cause||Meet 7 – 8:30 p.m. All adults are welcome, no craft skills required. For more info, contact
|Sept. 12||Book Chat: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith||We meet in the Library at 6:30 p.m.|
|Sept. 12||Share Fundraiser Dinner||At Pulcinella Italian Host to benefit Share of McLean, 5—8 p.m.|
|Sept. 13||Children’s & Youth Choirs||Rehearsals and dinner for all children and youth at 6 p.m. in Langley Hall|
|Sept. 16||Christ House||To volunteer to help shop, cook and serve for Christ House, please contact Connie Jeremiah, email@example.com|
|Sept. 17||Child Protection Training||See article for details|
|Sept. 17||Town Hall Meeting||We will talk about our NLI Weekend (Oct. 20-22) and our Charge Conference (Nov. 10)|
|Sept. 19||Trustees Meeting|
|Sept. 21||Trinity Ringers||Rehearsals welcome all new ringers at 6:30 p.m. in Room 115.|
|Sept. 25||Crafts for a Cause||Meet 7 – 8:30 p.m. All adults are welcome, no craft skills required. For more info, contact
|Oct. 20-22||Next Level Innovations Weekend|