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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Our Church: A Banquet Table

By James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor

The leaders of Trinity Church assemble monthly to discuss the present and future direction, ministries and outreach of our church. Leaders from Education, Finance, Outreach, Trustees, Worship and Youth try to answer questions like:

  1. What is God calling Trinity to do as a Body of Christ?
  2. How can we extend the fellowship and friendship of Jesus to the greater community?
  3. How does worship equip us for Christian mission and ministry?
  4. What are Trinity’s strengths?
  5. What are our children and adults learning in Sunday School & worship?
  6. What do the neighborhoods in McLean need us to be for them?

We often sit around tables in conference rooms or in living rooms and discuss these questions for hours. God’s spirit continues to fill and bathe us all in energy and excitement. Through it all one particular observation emerged: that Trinity Church is like a wonderful banquet table prepared and hosted by Jesus Christ. All members and guests are welcome and invited. Yet, each one of us has specific tastes, and at Trinity we try our best to serve all those tastes. Our desire is to make our banquet table a place of love, fellowship and joy. Our church buildings are like that banquet table, too. We want all who attend and seek a relationship with Jesus Christ to be included, appreciated, served and loved.

For half a century Trinity has tended God’s banquet table with a spirit of love and thanksgiving. Our Fellowship Building is used by our church, community and local first responders 24 hours a day. Let’s be thankful for God’s generosity and enjoy the opportunity that is ours to invite and welcome so many persons in our community who have not yet found a place at the table.

During this Thanksgiving season I ask that you pray for the fellowship of God’s Spirit through our friendship with each other and our surrounding neighborhoods. To be God’s friend in McLean is a wonderful gift. A friend accepts you as you are; a friend loves; a friend forgives; a friend cares; a friend prays.

Pray for all the persons and families in the neighborhoods surrounding Trinity. Respond with your heart!

 

Kidmin Conference 2018

By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor

Toilet paper spewing out of makeshift leaf blowers. Participants frantically gathering rows of it that were strewn around the auditorium. The audience cheering. The room appearing to be in chaos as a designated player stands motionless on stage while game participants wrap him/her with oodles of TP they collected. The side that finishes wrapping up their ‘mummy’ first, wins raffle tickets for a chance to score a brand new 2018 Chevy Malibu. The excitement was real! And so was my skeptical mind that barked in my head “how does anything here relate to making disciples of children through Sunday School?” But since I was there already, and was given a scholarship to attend, and with literally hundreds of committed Sunday School teachers from all over the country cheering on, I thought “Why not just go with it?” (To see the video go to https://youtu.be/64rp2dvITYA or search ‘youtube trinity united methodist church kidmin conference’) And seriously, I learned a lot from the Kidmin Conference that was held in Nashville Oct 3-5. Here are some of the takeaways from my participation.

Games Serve Useful Functions in Spiritual Development

Repeatedly the presenters and workshop speakers promoted the use of games and other engaging strategies to teach students. Games often offer life lessons; plus, students love playing them. I’ve shared this point with teachers and encouraged them to utilize them in class.

I would like to dedicate a shelf in the Fellowship Building to store board and other kinds of games. If you have some that you no longer use or need, please consider donating them.

Teachers Require Attention and Encouragement

About a fourth of the workshops were dedicate to (and half of the speakers for the main sessions mentioned) encouraging teachers and children’s pastors. One speaker said, “If you’re thinking about quitting, you’re not alone. But here’s the good news; we’re here to encourage you and to remind you that you’re making an eternal difference in the kids. So keep at it!” Lack of volunteers, average of 1.3 Sundays a month attendance, and lack of gratitude and attention from church leaders and members are some reasons for discouragement. But I want to remind us, we love our teachers! Please let them know.

Teachers Need Resources

One of the many benefits from the conference is receiving valuable lessons and tips from speakers and workshops. I bought some books and found others in our library. I will have them available for our teachers in the Fellowship Building. Look for them in Room 301!

Our Students Require Both Engaging and Contemplative Activities

Engaging programs and activities will attract and retain students at Trinity. At the same time, contemplative programs should be offered to counter the over stimulated environment around us. The conference was about engagement, creativity and creating excitement. However, a contemplative approach was never mentioned. But the absence of it, screamed even louder in my mind. There is a need for silence and introspection. Even though we might not recognize the need for Sabbath, silence and slowing down, I urge parents and teachers to find creative ways to find that quiet center.

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Ray Gilmer, Melissa Harris, Barbara Long, and Loren Monroe for their generosity in donating AV equipment for Sunday School classes!

 

November 2018 at Trinity UMC

Nov. 4 Charge Conference

3 p.m.

Held at Mount Olivet UMC, 1500 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington
Nov. 12 Office Closed  
Nov. 5 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Learn about the latest projects:

https://wp.me/p3ZFFv-s9

Nov. 11 Thanksgiving Lunch

after 10:30 worship

see graphic below
Nov. 11 Martha’s Table Sandwich Making
Nov. 13 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

This month: News of the World, by Paulette Jiles
Nov. 19 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

 
Nov. 20 Christmas Trees Arrive  
Nov. 23 Christmas Tree Sales Begin See graphic below for all hours.
Nov. 25 Celtic Service

5 p.m.

 

 

Giving Thanks for and Through Music

by Jerry Rich

Giving Thanks for Music

“Music is, I believe, one of the church’s great missionary opportunities. In its transmission, it has meaning for the faithful, for the faithless, and for those who have lost their faith. It is a mission whose spirit can be expressed in the home, by the family singing Christmas carols, or in the most magnificent ecclesiastical structure, by a highly trained choir. It knows no social, intellectual, or sectarian barriers. It expresses our loftiest ideals, our deepest emotions. It is one of the gifts of God which reminds us that we are above the other creatures of earth, but lower than angels.”                    W. Benjamin Hutto

 

Giving Thanks through Music

Here are some musical expressions of thanks to contemplate in this season of gratitude:

Johann Sebastian Bach: Sinfonia from Cantata 29 (We Thank You, God)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Song of Thanksgiving from Quartet #15 in A Minor

Leonard Bernstein: Simple Song from Mass

William Billings: O Praise the Lord of Heaven

Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring Suite (part 1)

Joseph Curiale: Awakening from Songs of the Earth

Attrib. George Frideric Handel: Thanks Be to Thee

Gustav Holst: Finale from St. Paul’s Suite

Charles Ives: Thanksgiving from Holidays Symphony

Felix Mendelssohn: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God from Symphony #5

Claudio Monteverdi: Gloria from Mass of Thanksgiving (1631)

Arr. Stephen Paulus: We Gather Together

Jay Ungar: Thanksgiving Hymn from Harvest Home Suite

Valerius, arr. Williams: Prayer of Thanksgiving

Antonio Vivaldi: Autumn from The Four Seasons

John Williams: Hymn to New England

Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: Oct. 28

Our Prayer List

Abby, Alice, Amy, Andrea, Andrew, Anne, Annie, Ashley, Barbara, Bill, Billy, Bob, Bobbie, Bonnie, Boutwell family, Carla, Carol, Cathy, Cheryl, Chip & Tessa, Chris, Connie, Dale, Daniel, Darlene, Dave, Dudley & Susan, Ella, Eunice, Florian, Frank, Gail, Gail & Hal, George, Gloria, Grace-Marie, Herb, Hilda, Holly, Jane, Jeffmander, Jim & Sharon, John, Josh, Julie, Julia, Karen, Ken, Len, Lewis, Lillie, Lilly, Lincoln, Lisa, Maria, Mark, Matt, Michael, Michelle, Minnie, Olivia, Pat, Paul, Paula, Peggy & Bill, Peggy, Ralph, Ray, Rob, Roseanne, Sally, Scott & Kathy, Sharon, Silka family, Steve, Susan, Terry, Tiki, Tom & Jewell, Virginia, Vivian, Wayne, Yancey, Young, victims of sexual assault and those impacted by natural disasters.


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: Judas as a Gnostic Tragic Hero.

 


Rise Against Hunger

Saturday, November 3

8 – 10:30 a.m.

Redeemer Lutheran Church

1545 Chain Bridge Rd , McLean

You can be a part of the McLean Community Rise Against Hunger’s Meal Packaging Event, in the movement to end hunger by the year 2030. Visit bit.ly/mealpacking18 to sign up. There’s one morning shift looking for volunteers, ages 4 – 104!


Mission Trips

Dan & Chris Moore are returning to The Leadership Center in Honduras and you’re invited to join them: Nov. 9-26 and Jan. 9 – Feb. 5. Interested persons are welcome to join them for all or part of either trip. For more, please visit: https://wp.me/p3DkoW-gd

Outreach

Collection Drive for Christ House

Trinity’s Church & Society Committee sponsors monthly collections for local and worldwide ministries. During the month of October, we are collecting items for Christ House, an inpatient medical facility for homeless men in Adams Morgan in DC. Christ House is the only facility of its kind in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area where over 6,000 people experience homelessness every day. We are collecting

New or Gently Used Men’s clothing items  (Medium – 2XL):

 sweatpants

 undershirts

 long sleeve t-shirts

 short sleeve t-shirts

Men’s shoes (Sizes 9 – 13):

 shower shoes

 tennis or other shoes

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. 5, 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.

Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: Oct. 14

Our Prayer List

Abby, Amy, Andrea, Andrew, Ashley, Barbara, Bill, Bonnie, Carla, Carlos, Carol, Cheryl, Daniel, Darlene, Dave, Ella, Eunice, Florian, Galvin family, Gay, George, Hansen family, Hartman family, Hartsoe family, Herb, Holly, Jane, Jim & Sharon, John, Josh, Julia, Julian, Karen, Ken, Lilly, Lincoln, Lisa, Mark,Matt, McCullough family, Michelle, Minnie, Pat, Paul, Paula, Peggy & Bill, Roseanne, Steve, Susan, Tiki, Virginia, Vivian, Wayne, Yancey, Young, victims of sexual assault and those impacted by natural disasters.


This week  

Pastor’s Bible Study

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: Who Were the Gnostics?

Discover Trinity

Are you thinking about Trinity or want to find more ways to get involved? During our Discover Trinity classes (Oct. 14 & 21) at 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel. You will have a chance to meet with church leaders, as well as find out about what it means to be a United Methodist and member of Trinity Church. Plus, you’ll have a chance to ask questions about Trinity or the greater United Methodist Church. We would love to have you join us for both classes but welcome you, even if for only one. Childcare is available during this time. The nursery (also located in the Fellowship Building) is open for infants and toddlers. Older children are welcome to join us.

Visit umcor.org for ways that you can help those recovering from Hurricanes Florence and Micheal, the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia and other natural disasters.

 



Missions Calendar

Sat., Oct. 27: An Evening to Support H2H Children’s Village will feature El Tio’s Tex-Mex, wine & beer, an ice cream bar, silent auction, raffle, and it’s family friendly – childcare provided. You’ll also have a chance to meet H2H teen resident Francisco – his dream is to be a robotics engineer. More information on page 4 of Sunday’s bulletin and at http://umtrinity.org/get-involved/missions.

Nov 9 – 26: Dan & Chris Moore return to The Leadership Center. If you’re interested in joining their team for any or all of the trip, please contact Dan Moore, dmoore@longtreetpartners.com, or Chris Moore, christinecmoore@gmail.com.

Jan. 9 – Feb. 5, 2019: Dan & Chris will once again return to The Leadership Center and anyone interested may join them for part or all of the trip.

For more about the trips, please visit: https://wp.me/p3DkoW-gd


Outreach

 

Collection Drive for Christ House

Trinity’s Church & Society Committee sponsors monthly collections for local and worldwide ministries. During the month of October, we are collecting items for Christ House, an inpatient medical facility for homeless men in Adams Morgan in DC. Christ House is the only facility of its kind in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area where over 6,000 people experience homelessness every day. We are collecting

New or Gently Used Men’s clothing items  (Medium – 2XL):

  •  sweatpants
  •  undershirts
  •  long sleeve t-shirts
  •  short sleeve t-shirts

Men’s shoes (Sizes 9 – 13):

  •  shower shoes
  •  tennis or other shoes

Please place donations in the bins outside the sanctuary and in the fellowship building.

Leave your donations in the donation baskets located outside the sanctuary and in the fellowship building.

Crafts for a Cause

Monday, Oct. 22, Crafts will have its regular Monday night session from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 124, to work on stockings, pillows, dolls and blankets.

If you can’t attend any of these work sessions, consider our ‘homework” plan of making a loom hat for babies and adults. Information on the LOOM HAT PROJECT is available in the Narthex and the Fellowship Building and at http://bit.ly/tumccrafts. For details, contact Molly Sprouse at mollysprouse@gmail.com.

Shepherd’s Center Needs Volunteers

Drivers needed to take seniors to and from medical appointments, the pharmacy and grocery store. No specific time commitment is needed. Please call to hear how easy it is to help the Shepherd’s Center, at 703-506-2199 or visit our brand new website at www.scmafc.org.


An Evening to Support H2H Children’s Village

Saturday, October 27

5 – 8 p.m.

The Speidel Home

900 Chinquapin Road, McLean

El Tio’s Tex-Mex, wine & beer, an ice cream bar, family friendly — childcare provided.

Meet H2H teen resident Francisco—his dream is to be a robotics engineer

H2H, a U.S. nonprofit, rescues children from abandonment & abuse in Honduras. H2H is raising 110 children as their own—with unconditional love, care and education.

Tickets:

$50 individual

$150 family

Raffle Tickets $5 each, $20 for 5

To win a Microsoft Surface Go Tablet

Please pay at http://umtrinity.org/get-involved/missions.

Goals $40,000 for Daily Care and Solar Panels.

Silent Auction items: Redskins tickets, River House vacation, etc.