Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: Nov. 11

Our Prayer List

Abby, Amy, Andrea, Andrew, Annie, Ashley, Barbara, Bill, Bob & Fran, Bobbie, Bonnie, Carla, Carol, Chip & Tessa, Claudia, Daniel, Darlene, Dave, David, Decarlo, Diane, Dudley & Susan, Eileen & Bob, Ella, Ellen, Eunice, Evelyn, Florian, Gail & Hal, Gary, Grace, Herb, Holly, Jack, Jane, Jim & Sharon, Jimmy, John, Josh, Julie, Karen, Kathleen, Ken, Lilly, Lincoln, Marge, McCullough family, Michelle, Mike, Olivia, Pat, Paul & Jeanette, Paula, Peggy & Bill, Phipps family, Robert, Sally, Scott & Kathy, Shirley, Steve, Susan, Thomas, Tiki, Tilton family, Vicky, Virginia, Vivian, Wayne, the people of the Florida panhandle, migrants and those affected by mass shootings.


This Week

Join Pastor Jim for Bible Study for Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas. This video series, also presented by The Ohio State University professor, Dr. David Brakke, will examine the people and texts of the first four centuries A.D. with a shared interest in knowledge (gnōsis, in Greek). Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. This week: Gnosticism’s Ritual Pathway to God.


Outreach

Collection Drive for Share

Trinity’s Church & Society Committee sponsors monthly collections for local and worldwide ministries. During the month of November, we are collecting items for Share, our local food pantry that serves many homeless and underemployed members of our community. Their biggest needs now are:

  •  Vegetable Oil-48 oz
  •  Canned Fruit
  •  Canned Corn
  •  Pasta sauce- can or plastic
  •  1-2 lb bags Rice
  •  Canned black beans
  •  Canned chick peas
  •  Feminine Hygiene
  •  Diapers and Wipes

Please place donations in the bins outside the Sanctuary and in the Fellowship Building.

Collecting Christmas Cards: Naty de las Alas is collecting new or gently used Christmas cards (religious theme preferred) that will be distributed to the homeless. Look for the collection boxes in the Narthex and in the Fellowship Building. Thank you!

Crafts for a Cause

Christmas stockings, fleece blankets, soft hats and neck pillows are piling up in the Crafts room, thanks to the recent efforts of volunteers to make comfort items for Fair Oaks Hospital patients. You can be a part of this rewarding ministry by joining one of these upcoming work sessions on Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 in Room 124: Nov. 19, Dec. 3 and Dec. 17.

Crafts also has an ongoing Loom Hat Project to provide warm hats for Christ House residents and newborn babies at Fair Oaks. This is an easy task that only requires a loom and thick yarn. If you would like to try your hand at making a loomed hat, contact Molly Sprouse at mollysprouse@gmail.com, or check out the displays in the back of the Sanctuary and the Fellowship Building and at http://bit.ly/tumccrafts.

Also, please mark your calendars for our annual Holiday Food and Crafts Bazaar starting Sun., Nov. 18. This is how we raise the funds to run next year’s crafts ministry, so we count on your support.

 

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Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: Jan. 21

PRAYERS

Abby, Amanda, Amy, Andrew, Angela, Anne & Jay, Ashley, Bill, Candy, Carla, Carol, Chris, Daniel, Darlene, Debbie, Debbie, Donald, Ella, Eunice, Florian, Gentry family, Geraldine, Grace, Hendrickson family, Herb, Heuple family, Hilda, Holly, Irene, Jane, Jeffmander, John, Jonte’s family, Josh, Judy, Julie, Kay, Keith, Ken, Lilly, Lincoln, Linda, LJ, Lorraine, Maddy, Marilyn, Martha, Mary Lou, Mary, Max, Michelle, Morrison family, Norma, Paul, Paula, Peggy & Bill, Ramirez family, Reginald, Ronnie, Samuel, Sara, Steve, Susan, Suzanne, Tom, Tommy, Vivian, and Yancey.

We continue to pray for those seeking employment, college students, travelers, the people of California, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, relief workers, those dealing with mental illness, our elected leaders, church committees, military families, immigrants and the people and communities affected by violence.


Charge Conference: On Sunday, January 28, there will be a brief Charge Conference to approve the 2018 budget and officers. The Executive Council will meet following the Charge Conference.

Children’s Sunday School Teaching Opportunity: We have wonderful opportunities to shape, influence and disciple children at Trinity. All age groups available. Please contact Keith, klee@umtrinity.org.

Crafts for a Cause: Crafts for a Cause has a mountain of fleece, flannel and cotton ready to be transformed into pillows, blankets, dolls and dresses during the coming year. We’ll have work sessions on alternating Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 in Room 124 on: Jan. 22, Feb. 5 & 19, March 5 & 19.

Most of the comfort items go to Fair Oaks Hospital and local family shelters; the dresses and dolls (a fun new project) go to needy girls in Uganda. All adults are welcome to the work sessions, even if you’re not particularly crafty. Many hands make quick work! And if you can’t make the work sessions, ask about our homework projects.

We closed out the Holiday Bazaar in December with more than $4,000 in sales. After putting aside the funds needed to buy our supplies this year, we will be able to support Trinity’s missions in Honduras, the Art for Humanity ministry, and other worthy causes chosen by the Crafters. Thank you for your support!

For more information on Crafts for a Cause, contact Molly Sprouse at mollysprouse@gmail.com.

 

Discover Trinity: Feb. 11 & 18: Are you interested in finding out more about Trinity Church? If you have recently joined or are thinking about becoming a member, please join us for our Discover Trinity classes. You’ll find out ways to get involved and will have a chance to ask any questions about Trinity or the greater United Methodist Church. For more information, please contact Pastor Eileen at egilmer@umtrinity.org.

Online Giving: Fast. Easy. Convenient. GIVE ONLINE: umtrinity.org/give or TEXT TO GIVE: Simply send a text to 703-454-5532 with the amount you would like to contribute; include the dollar sign. Example: $25. You’ll receive a link to register. And then, you will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, simply send a text with the amount you wish to give, and it will process automatically! Thanks for your continued support!

This Month’s Collection: Stanton School: We are collecting disinfectant wipes, hand-sanitizing gel and boxes of tissues. Please place your donations in the bins outside the sanctuary & in the Fellowship Lobby.

Youth Group, for grades 7-12, has a wonderful schedule to engage teens in their faith journey. Please join us! If you would like more information, please talk to Pastor Keith, klee@umtrinity.org.

Jan 21   5 p.m.               Speaker: Nila Curry

Jan 26-28                         Ski Trip to Canaan Valley

Feb 4     5 p.m.              Speaker: David Case

Feb 11   5 p.m.             Life Coach: Biblical View on Bitcoins


Book Chat, September 2017

The Trinity book club will meet on Tuesday, September 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Trinity Library to talk about A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith, a beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the 20th century. Bring a light dinner, if you like (dessert is provided), and enjoy fellowship and lively conversation. Reading the book isn’t even required! Coming up: The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (October 10), and The Road to Character, by David Brooks (November 14). Contact Kathy Maher if you have questions or would like to be added to the e-mail list.

Trinity PDO Preschool Open House for Fall Enrollment

pdo-open-houseTrinity PDO Preschool is holding an Open House on March 10, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Please spread the word to interested families. The preschool has been part of the Trinity UMC outreach program for more than 30 years. The preschool has openings in each of the age appropriate classes beginning in Fall 2017.

Trinity PDO Preschool combines learning experiences and encourages imaginative play in a fun, safe and nurturing environment. Our children explore the world around them by participating in a variety of experiences including art, French, music, dramatic play, cooking and field trips. The children learn to work and play cooperatively within a group.

In our Pre-K (Panda) class, French and English are spoken daily to build vocabulary in both languages. In the Penguin and Manatee Classes, our French teacher visits the classrooms once a week to read stories and sings songs in French so that the younger students are exposed to the French language before they advance to the Pre-K class.

We have three classes:

Classes             Ages                 Days                  Hours

Penguins       2 1/2 – 3              M-W-F               9:30 – 1:30

Manatees          3 – 4                M-W-F               9:30 – 1:30

Pandas               4-5                    M-F                  9:30 – 1:30

To learn more about our preschool program please, call our Director, Janine Whitfield at 703-790-2767 to arrange a personal tour.

 

What’s Happening at Trinity This November

cal1116Nov. 6             Trustee Campus Inspection Tour & Lunch

Nov. 7             Crafts for a Cause

Nov. 8             Book Chat

Nov. 11           Office Closed

Nov. 13           Martha’s Table Sandwich Making, Thanksgiving Lunch

Nov. 15           Spire Deadline, Trustees Meeting

Nov. 19           Christ House

Nov. 20           Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 21           Crafts for a Cause

Nov. 23           Office Closes, 12 p.m.

Nov. 24-25    Office Closed

Nov. 27           Celtic Service

Nov. 29 Spire assembly, Church Council


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Book Chat Coming Up

No December Meeting

January 10: The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney (2016)

February 14: Secret Lives of the First Ladies, by Cormac O’Brien (2005)

Contact: Kathy Maher at kathyngs@gmail.com


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Christmas Poinsettia Orders

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, November 27. 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.

 

September Update: What’s Happening

Book Chat | Church & Society | Crafts for a Cause | Directory | Trustee Update | VBS

cal0916Sept. 5          Office Closed

Sept. 8          Trinity Ringers & Chancel Choir resume rehearsals

Sept. 11       Sunday School program year begins

Sept. 11       Martha’s Table Sandwich Sunday

Sept. 13       Book Chat: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Sept. 15       Spire Deadline

Sept. 18       Bounce Back to Sunday School Potluck

Sept. 20       Trustee Meeting

Sept. 21       Children & Youth Choirs resume rehearsals

Sept. 25       Celtic Service, 6 p.m.

Sept. 28       Spire assembly

Book Chat Sept Social MediaComing Up

October 11: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, by Katarina Bivald (2016)

November 8: Bettyville: A Memoir, by George Hodgman (2015)

Contact: Kathy Maher


Church & Society

By Chris Wilbur

During the months of August and September, our congregation will be collecting school and art supplies for the McLean/Falls Church Children’s Center. The McLean/ Falls Church Children’s Center provides daycare and a quality early childhood education to low income families. This enables those living in poverty to get jobs and have a safe place to leave their children. It also gives these often-underserved children the opportunity to prepare for Kindergarten.

Please place all donated items in the bins located inside the entryway doors to the church or in the bins in the Fellowship Lobby.

Needs:

Any kind of art or craft supplies, but especially tempera paints, stickers, and glue sticks

Washable markers, safety scissors, construction paper

Cheerios (plain only)

Cake mixes (no chocolate or nuts)

100% juice

Please prayerfully consider chairing the Church & Society ministry. It is a great opportunity to be involved in the life of the church and to meet some really terrific people. Help will be provided!


Crafts2Believe it or not, Crafts for a Cause is already thinking about Christmas! We’re making plans for our annual Holiday Bazaar, which begins Sun., Nov. 20, and we’re starting work on the 50 Christmas stockings and Santa hats we make for newborns at Fair Oaks Hospital. Meanwhile, we continue to churn out the comfort items like pillows, blankets, dolls and bears which we donate every month to Fair Oaks.

Our work sessions this month will be on Mon., Sept. 12, and Mon., Sept. 26 from 7 to 8:3 p.m. in Room 124. Everyone is welcome; we need help with cutting fabric, sewing and stuffing. We’ll also be working on Bazaar items such as jewelry, lavender sachet bags, cat toys and the newborn stockings.

If you know how to knit or crochet, we can use your help at home making the Santa hats for the newborns at Fair Oaks. Yarn and patterns are provided; we just need your basic skills at knitting or crocheting. If you can help out, contact Molly Sprouse.


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Trustee Update

Unauthorized parkers to be towed beginning Friday, August 12: While we welcome all with open hearts, Trinity has been plagued with the unauthorized use of its parking lot on recent weekend nights; coping with these interferes with legitimate church purposes. Without our knowledge or consent, Trinity has been listed in regular online advertisements for exceedingly “raunchy” parties being held nearby; these are not neighborhood gatherings, but “party mansions” where the “guests” pay admission & are provided with alcohol. The websites tell partiers to park at Trinity then catch a shuttle bus to the site (McLean Baptist Church faces the same problem). We have had to deal with inebriated and combative partiers who leave unspeakable waste and are a threat. We have filed a complaint with the Fairfax County Police Department, which has increased patrols. At the FCPD’s recommendation, we have posted the lot with signs warning that trespassers will be towed. Beginning Friday, August 12, unauthorized vehicles left in Trinity’s lot between dusk and dawn will be towed, and the owners made to pay the costs. We regret any inconvenience, but the situation has become dangerous and intolerable. We have had to call the police for assistance, repeated requests to party organizers to remove our information has not been honored, and it is too costly to continue hiring private security. Thank you for your understanding, we hope the problem will soon be resolved.

As printed in the Aug. 14, 2016 bulletin


Vacation Bible School:
THANK YOU

Our Vacation Bible School would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the volunteers!

Janey Bae

Lindsay Boyle

Bella Brooks

Patty Burgess

Sarah Beth Burgess

Emery Conroy

Lizzy Conroy

Nila Curry

Naty de las Alas

Courtney English

Megan Faust

Jen Fuqua-Calsyn

Jerry Fuqua

Eileen Gilmer

Suzanne Hamilton

Jake Hensely

Lauren Hensely

Lynda Hensley

Ann Hooton

Kate Houston

Stephanie Hsu

Lela Johnson

Kevin Kaldes

Peter Kaldes

Katie Kennedy

Tommy Kennedy

Ethan Keough

Liam Keough

Tatiana Landivar

Harriet Latta

Christine Lee

Keith Lee

Joyce Lee

Ashley Long

Eloise Lorenze

Adelaide Loving

Charlotte Loving

Mrs. Jamie Loving

Mr. Jamie Loving

Allie Mansinne

Brendan Mansinne

Bella Marku

Margie Meak

Jose Nunez

Cindy Oh

Eran O’Keefe

Emily Patterson

Jennifer Robeson

Karen Robeson

Steven Robeson

Jennifer Sadler

Anthony Salazar

Davis Sawyer

Anne Schuyler

Caroline Seinch

Katherine Seinch

Jim Sprouse

Molly Sprouse

Emily Summers

Marci Love Thomas

April Wade Turk

Riley Turk

Amber Westland

Pippa Westland

Catherine Wethington

Cindy Wilson

Jim Wilson