Trinity Trebles and Adult Choirs, Nov. 2017

Seek Ye First

The Trinity Trebles will sing their second song, Seek Ye First on November 12 at the 10:30 a.m. service. A hymn from our United Methodist Hymnal written in 1972 and composed by Karen Lafferty, the text comes from the book of Matthew 6:33 and 7:7. The text reminds us that if we seek God and ask for His aid that He will open the door to us and his grace. I am excited for the children to share this piece with the congregation because they are also singing in two parts on the second verse. This is the first time our group will sing in multiple parts. A small group of singers will sing a descant over the second verse of text, while the majority of the choir sings the verse. The kids can’t wait to share what they have learned! Don’t forget, it’s never too late to join The Trinity Trebles. Questions? – Ask Catherine Wethington.


Music

To commemorate All Saints Day (November 1), the Chancel Choir will sing four selections from Gabriel Fauré’s serene and consoling Requiem at the 10:30 service on November 5:

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.

Libera me: Deliver me, Lord, from that day when heaven and earth shall quake as you judge the world. Eternal rest grant them, O Lord…

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 acknowledgment of God’s countless gifts to us, the Trinity Ringers will present a song of thanksgiving at the 10:30 service on November 19. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come: Matt Johnson’s 1999 version of the 1856 English hymn ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR (see #694 in our Hymnal) wordlessly conveys our gratitude to God.

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Book Chat, Nov. 2017

In November the Trinity Book Chat turns to The Road to Character, by David Brooks. Brooks challenges us, and himself, to rebalance the scales between our “résumé virtues”—achieving wealth, fame, and status—and our “eulogy virtues,” those that exist at the core of our being, such as kindness, bravery, honesty, and faithfulness. Pastor Sprouse will lead us in a discussion of the book on Tuesday, November 14, at 6:30 p.m., in the Trinity Library. Bring a light dinner (dessert is provided) and enjoy fellowship and lively conversation. Then we’ll take a break for the holidays! We’ll resume on January 9 with Lisette’s List, by Susan Vreeland. Contact Kathy Maher to be added to the e-mail list.

Ask Duke: Why Does God Make Hurricanes?

Duke Rose, Trinity Church Mascot

Hello to all the kids of Trinity Church! It’s me, Duke Dog; but you can call me Duke. I am excited to be answering your questions about God, the church, or whatever else is on your mind. First, let me tell you a little about me. I live in Charlottesville, Virginia. My mom and dad went to school at James Madison University where the school mascot is a dog. Cool! Can you guess the mascot’s name? That’s right. It’s Duke Dog! I am also the Grand-dog of Pastor Eileen. She asked me to help with your questions.

Here’s one from our good friend Bennett. He asks: Why does God make hurricanes? Awesome question, Bennett!

It has been a very active hurricane season. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma did a lot a damage. People in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and beyond have suffered because of the big storms. Hurricanes are very powerful storms. They can be as much as 600 miles across. That’s huge! Hurricanes also bring big amounts of rain. Hurricane Harvey dumped 27 trillion gallons of rain on Texas and Louisiana! Here’s a good YouTube video your parents or grandparents can help you watch.

It helps us to remember that God is bigger than any storm. We read in the book of Genesis (the very first book of the Bible) that God made the sky and everything in it: our sun, moon, stars, clouds, even the lightning and thunder.

In the book of Job, we see where God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash. God is powerful! Lightning and thunder are mentioned a bunch of times in the Bible.

Hurricane Catrina as seen from the International Space Station, 2004

Look at this picture of a hurricane. See the part in the very middle? It’s called the eye. Inside the eye of the storm it’s very quiet and dry. As the eye passes over land, the rain and wind calm down. That’s how God’s love is for us. Even when things might be loud and busy around us, we find peace and comfort in God. We can find calm, even in the middle of our own hurricanes in life.

Just like everything else in nature, God made the rain, thunder and lightning. Sometimes those storms can get bright, noisy, windy and rainy. But, I hope you’ll look at them differently next time you see them. Lightning and thunder, hurricanes and storms are really just cool science projects made by God!

If you have a question you can give it to your Sunday School teacher or send it to me at http://bit.ly/AskDuke.

Remember my motto:

Paws for Jesus!

Crafts for a Cause: Nov. 2017

Crafts for a Cause is gearing up for the annual Holiday Bazaar, which starts Sun., Nov. 19, and continues on Sundays through mid-December after both worship services. This is our sole fund-raising event that enables us to buy the supplies for the next year, so your participation is really important! All kinds of homemade foods and crafts for adults, children and pets will be available, all made by Trinity members.

Meanwhile, we continue to work on comfort items for Fair Oaks Hospital on alternating Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 in Room 124. All adults welcome; instruction provided. Upcoming sessions: Nov. 6, Nov. 20, Dec. 4 and Dec. 18.

In addition the pillows, blankets, hats and baby caps we provide each month for Fair Oaks, we also recently delivered 25 fleece blankets to the Linus Project, which provides comfort blankets to local children and teens. In December, we will deliver 50 fleece Christmas stockings and Santa hats to be given to the babies born on or near Christmas. We need help with knitting or crocheting the hats, so if you can help, please contact Molly Sprouse.

An Evening to Benefit Heart to Heart Children’s Village

Fundraiser for Heart to Heart

Tuesday, October 3

6:30 to 9 p.m.

Fairfax’s Old Town Hall (3999 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030)

Enjoy a festive evening raising money for the Heart to Heart Children’s Village Tuesday, October 3! Live local music legend Shepherd’s Pie, Virginia wine, cold beer, and catering sponsored by El Tio Tex-Mex Grill will ensure fun for all. Our goal is to raise $18,000 in one evening for Heart to Heart, an orphanage and bilingual school in Honduras, focused on interrupting the cycle of poverty and raising a generation of leaders to improve the future of Central America. The Heart to Heart directors will share updates from the school and stories of God’s work in these kids’ lives. You’ll hear from folks just like you, who have traveled to Honduras bringing joy and hope to these kids. Please prayerfully pour out your heart and enjoy the night, as we have fun with tasty food and drinks, good music, and great friends.

There are three ways to give:

  1. Buy your Individual Event Tickets today (https://h2hcv.org/benefit/) and come out for a fun evening!
  2. At the event, pick up lots of raffle tickets ($10 each or 3 for $25) for donated, such as Washington Nationals club seat tickets, Redskins tickets, Honduran coffee (Yum!), Virginia wine and honey, and more!
  3. Whether you can join us October 3 or not, please help us reach our goal through direct donations https://h2hcv.org/benefit/. We’ll also have terminals onsite for easy, online giving.

Register at https://h2hcv.org/benefit/

Individual Sponsorships, $35 per person

H2H Sponsorship (includes 2 Event Tickets and 2 raffle tickets!), $150

Special thanks to Shepherd’s Pie and El Tio Grill (www.eltiogrill.com) for supporting this event!

Questions? Please email event organizers, Frank and Leslie Vorndran, at h2hbenefit@gmail.com.

 

Your Voice Matters

By James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor

Here are some concerns our Next Level Innovation weekend, October 20-22, is designed to address. Did you know there are hundreds of thousands of persons living in northern Virginia who have no church home? Barna and other church research groups place the percentage of persons without church affiliation between 50 & 60%. Trinity and the NLI Team want to open its arms and reach out to this growing community of persons seeking, but not finding the right place to meet their spiritual needs. Even before we reach out to these persons we already know lots about them.

Persons who are seekers of church homes or new church homes tend to fit the following profile:

  • They prefer worship services that are shorter, well designed and have a lively flow and tempo, not necessarily held in a sanctuary; often a fellowship hall is preferred.
  • They prefer loud, upbeat, faster paced pop/contemporary music sound.
  • Their loyalty is won through excellence in ministry and adult education.
  • They require a community of faith to help them sort out the hurts in their lives through practical messages, classes and small groups.
  • They prefer short-term opportunities, activities and commitments.
  • They prefer a focus on local ministries rather than far away places.

God has blessed our Trinity Church with some of the finest lay and clergy leadership in the country. The time is very right for us to intensify our outreach to persons seeking a church home. I request that you support our Next Level Innovation weekend with your prayers. Encourage and guide our leaders with your ideas and suggestions. Offer your own time, spiritual gifts and, when possible, your financial resources to help make this ministry a powerful witness for Jesus Christ in the United Methodist tradition.

Remember, our Next Level Innovation weekend is October 20-22. Lots of things will be happening but we need you on Saturday the 21st for the all-important visioning session from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. We will serve you lunch and child care is available when you register. YOU are necessary so we can clearly hear what God is already doing in this church, and hear what God is challenging us to do next.

We need to hear from younger, older, families, singles, leaders and non-leaders. We want to fill Langley Hall with 100 people because your voice matters. We understand that Saturdays in the fall are busy, but I hope you will choose to spend October 21 with us for this very important moment in Trinity Church’s life. So please respond with your participation. To sign-up, please visit our website: umtrinity.org/get-involved/nli.

Related articles:

Next Level Innovation Weekend

Next Level Innovation and a Bible Story

Stewardship for Children and Youth Group

By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise person who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. (Matthew 7:24-25)

Did you hear about the leaning tower of San Francisco? The Millennium Tower is a 58-story, 645-foot tall condominium building located in downtown and was completed in 2009. The building cost over $350 million to build, and penthouses sold for over $13 million per unit. However, in 2016, the residents were notified that the building had sunk 16 inches and the top of the building is tilting 6 inches toward the northwest. The main reason is that it’s built on sand using a foundation method called friction piles.

I’m sure there are other factors that contributed to this grave situation but I can’t help but wonder, how can this story relate to Jesus’ words? What does he mean by practicing his teachings so that our lives (house) can withstand all the disturbances from natural elements?

Going back to the Millennium Tower, building on sand using friction piles is a common way of construction. A more secured method is to dig all the way down to the bedrock for a secure foundation. Many modern buildings use friction piles because they’re less costly and are aligned with building codes. However, for the Millennium Tower, the builders say that due to heavy construction activities around the building and pumping out millions of gallons of underground water contributed to the unusual condition of rapid sinking.

How can Trinity build disciples to be founded on solid bedrock so that when there are storms of life, winds of doubt, and disturbances in our environment, our houses can stand tall and secure? I’m sure you have many suggestions that will aptly apply to your situations. In addition, I would like to suggest for Trinity that we should be more intentional about being faithful in living out as a community of faith. This could mean consistent attendance in church where you’re connecting with other Trinity members worshiping, learning and growing. Also, this could mean that you say hello to members you haven’t seen in a while. This could mean a whole lot of things that help us dig deep and put into practice the teachings of Jesus. I’m really excited about the future of Trinity and going forward with you!