Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: Nov. 18

Our Prayer List

Andrea, Anne, Bill, Bob & Fran, Bonnie, Carol, Chip & Tessa, Denise, Diane, Ellen, Eunice, Evelyn, Gail & Hal, Gary, Grace, Jack, Jason, Jim & Sharon, Jimmy, Jung, Kathleen, Marge, McCullough family, Mike, Olivia, Paul, Peggy & Bill, Phipps family, Robert, Susan, Thomas, Tilton family, Vicky, Wayne, the people of the Florida panhandle, migrants, those affected by mass shootings and the victims of the California wildfires.


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: The Feminine in Gnositc Myth.

Crafts for a Cause is counting on you to drop by the Holiday Bazaar that starts today in the Fellowship Building following both worship services. This is our only fund raiser and it’s the source of all the money we need for next year’s ministry of comforts. Come shop for Thanksgiving & Christmas food gifts, toys, jewelry and household items, all one-of-a-kind and made by Trinity members. The Bazaar will be open each Sunday between now and Dec. 16, 9:30 a.m.—12 p.m.

Sales begin Friday, Nov. 23 at 12 p.m.
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Creative Play

By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor

Israel is known as the “Startup Nation” – the country with the highest number of startups per capita in the world! Over the years, Israeli startups have given rise to innovations in a range of fields, from agricultural irrigation and GPS navigation to life-saving cancer treatments. World class technology companies, such as Samsung, Intel, IBM, Google, Amazon just to name a few, have research and development facilities located in Israel due to access to creative and innovative tech savvy human resources. There are many factors for its innovative tech culture. In trying to identify these factors, some educators point out Israel’s creative approach to education as one contributor.

When I was able to observe its preschool system while I was staying in Jerusalem, the most prominent feature was a free play approach to education. In the early educational stage, it seems to have no formal curriculum and structured learning; mostly, children played outside and engaged in various art activities. For parents who are not Israelis, they think this approach is frivolous and undisciplined. Their main complaint was “In Israeli gans (Hebrew for preschool and kindergarten), all they do is play?!”

When I was looking for one for my daughter, I visited a preschool. After observing I thought to myself, “Why should I pay for this when I could just gather neighbors’ kids and play at the local playground?” But I was curious, so I asked one of the administrators, “I was told that playing was one of the main features of the Israeli education system. Can you explain the reason for this?” She corrected me and said, “We engage in creative play, not random play. The first verb in the Bible is the word “created” and we believe it is one of the most important principles of education.”

That surprised me in two ways. First, Israelis are mostly secular. Only twenty percent of the population practiced religion. In fact, many non-religious Israelis have a disdain for those who do. Therefore, when an administrator at this secular preschool quotes the Bible as a guiding principle, I was pleasantly taken back. Second, I read that passage multiple times and never thought of it in this manner. But after hearing her, it made perfect sense. The first act of God was to create. Furthermore, we are made in God’s image, so we should act to emulate our creator. Of course!

I recall all this because I would like to incorporate more play, specifically creative play and learning in our children and youth education. I love formal learning because that’s all I know. But playing games and creative approaches in teaching bring greater attentiveness and interaction. If you have creative approaches you would like to implement please let me know!

 

Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: Sept. 16

PRAYERS

Our Prayer List

Abby, Allie, Amy, Andrea, Andrew, Annie, Ashley, Barbara, Betty, Bill, Bob, Bob & Eileen, Bobbie, Bonnie, Carla, Carol, Catherine & Henry, Cav, Chip & Tessa, Daniel, Darlene, Dave, Duane, Ed & Sally, Ella, Florian, Gabriela, Gail & Hal, Gay, Herb, Hermanson family, Hilda, Holly, James & She-Fin, Jane, Jenny & Geoff, Jim, Jim & Sharon, JJ, Joe, John, John & Mary Frances, Jonathan, Josh, Julie, Julieta, K, Ken, Lilly, Lincoln, Liz, Marilyn, Mark, Matt, McCullough family, Meg, Michelle, Olivia, Pat, Paul & Jeanette, Paula, Peggy & Bill, Sally, Sally & Ryan, Sarah, Scott & Emma, Scott & Kathy, Scott & Patsy, Stephen, Steve, Susan, Tiki, Tim, Tom, Virginia, Vivian, and Yancey.

Pray with Us Each Weekday at a New Time!

Eileen Gilmer prays on Facebook each weekday at 7 a.m. Tune in to begin your day with your church family. The video is also posted to her profile and the church’s Facebook page (Trinity UMC, McLean).


This week

Join Pastor Jim for Bible Study on The Apocryphal Jesus. This video series, presented by The Ohio State University professor, Dr. David Brakke, will examine the non-canonical writings about Jesus, his family and the early apostles. These writings provide historical evidence for the diversity of early Christian thought. Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. This week: Tours of Hell before Dante


Children

Acolytes & Crucifers Sign-Up: visit bit.ly/trinityacb.

Children’s Sunday School includes classes for all children pre-K through 6th grade in Room 402. Children are dismissed from 10:30 worship following the Children’s Message to join their teachers in the Fellowship Building classroom. Parents may pick up their children at the end of worship.

Teachers are invited to volunteer for 2018-19 Sunday School year. Please contact Keith, klee@umtrinity.org.

Trinity Trebles, our children’s choir for ages 4 – 11, meets on Wednesdays, from 6 – 7 p.m. in Langley Hall. Join us for Wednesday Night Diner and for singing! Questions? Contact Catherine Wethington,
cwethington@umtrinity.org.


Parents, Please register you children and youth for this year’s children’s and youth ministries – Sunday School, Confirmation, choir, etc. A convenient registration can be found online at: http://bit.ly/TUMCregister.


Youth

Acolytes & Crucifers Sign-Up: visit bit.ly/trinityacb.

Confirmation class begins today at 11:40 a.m. It’s not too late to join. This class is open to all 7th graders. For more information, please contact Keith, klee@umtrinity.org.

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.

Sept. 16 11:40 a.m. Fall Youth Group Kick-off / Confirmation Class

Sept. 23 11:40 a.m. Music team intro to Grace Notes

Sept. 30 11:40 a.m. Video Games & Other Serious Endeavors

Oct. 7 11:40 a.m. Four Truths About Habits

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Outreach

Collection Drive for Art for Humanity

Trinity’s Church & Society Committee sponsors monthly collections for local and worldwide ministries. During September, we’re collecting over-the-counter health care products for Art for Humanity in Honduras. Due to chronic malnutrition, multivitamins are particularly needed.

  • Multivitamins
  • Decongestant
  • Antihistamine
  • Neosporin antibiotic cream
  • Cough drops
  • Cortisone anti-itch cream
  • Band aids
  • Toothbrushes
  • Ibuprofen
  • Naproxen

Please be sure products have 12 months before expiration. Leave your donations in the donation baskets located 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

Last week, Trinity’s Crafts for a Cause ministry was recognized for the contributions of neck pillows, blankets, baby caps, adult hats, teddy bears and Christmas stockings made to Fair Oaks Hospital’s programs to bring comfort to patients of all ages. Volunteers Marti Bowden, Naty de las Alas and Molly Sprouse, along with Pastor Jim Sprouse, represented Trinity at the Teddy Bear Tea, where the chief medical officer reported that since 1991 the program has generated nearly 94,000 comfort items! Crafts for a Cause is honored to be a part of that effort.

Meanwhile, the work continues to produce all those comforting pillows, blankets and hats at alternating Monday night work sessions, coming up on Sept. 24 and Oct. 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 124. You don’t have to be a crafter to participate. We also have homework projects if you can’t make the meetings.

Crafts for a Cause hopes to launch a project soon to encourage congregants to help us make adult and baby hats with a loom. It’s an easy and foolproof substitute for knitting and crocheting. If you’re interested, let us know. And if you know if anyone recovering from surgery or illness who would appreciate a comfort pillow or blanket, please let us know. For more information, contact Molly Sprouse at mollysprouse@gmail.com.


Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: Sept. 9

PRAYERS

Our Prayer List

Abby, Allie, Amy, Andrea, Andrew, Annie, Ashley, Barbara, Betty, Bill, Bob, Bobbie, Bonnie, Carla, Carol, Catherine & Henry, Cav, Chip & Tessa, Daniel, Duane, Ed & Sally, Ella, Florian, Gabriela, Gail & Hal, Gay, Herb, Hermanson family, Holly, Jane, Jenny & Geoff, Jim, Jim & Sharon, JJ, Joe, John, Jonathan, Josh, Julie, Ken, Lilly, Lincoln, Mark, Matt, McCullough family, Meg, Michelle, Pat, Paul & Jeanette, Paula, Peggy & Bill, Sally & Ryan, Scott & Emma, Scott & Patsy, Stephen, Steve, Susan, Tim, Tom, Virginia and Yancey.

Pray with Us Each Weekday

Eileen Gilmer prays live on Facebook each weekday at 8:30 a.m. Tune in to begin your day with your church family. The video is also saved to her profile and the church’s Facebook page (Trinity UMC, McLean) for later viewing.


This week

8:30 a.m.       Worship (Sanctuary)

9:30 a.m.       The Apocryphal Jesus (Library)

9:30 a.m.       Martha’s Table Sandwich Making (Fellowship Lobby)

10:30 a.m.     Worship (Sanctuary)

10:45 a.m.     Sunday School (301, 302, 303, 402-403)

11:45 a.m.     Picnic (Plaza)

 

Join Pastor Jim for Bible Study on The Apocryphal Jesus. This video series, presented by The Ohio State University professor, Dr. David Brakke, will examine the non-canonical writings about Jesus, his family and the early apostles. These writings provide historical evidence for the diversity of early Christian thought. Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. This week: Revelations That Didn’t Make the Bible.

Engage Bible Study resumes on Monday at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Building. This year’s theme, Proclaiming Christ Risen, will be explored through the book of Acts. Acts tells the story of the early church. The Registration and cost of the book is $25.

Parents, Please register you children and youth for this year’s children’s and youth ministries – Sunday School, Confirmation, choir, etc. A convenient registration can be found online at: http://bit.ly/TUMCregister.

Trinity Trebles, our children’s choir for ages 4—11, will resume Wed., Sept. 12, from 6—7 p.m. in Langley Hall. Join us for Wednesday Night Diner and for singing! Questions? Contact Catherine Wethington,
cwethington@umtrinity.org.

New Collection Drive

Collection Drive for Art for Humanity

Trinity’s Church & Society Committee sponsors monthly collections for local and worldwide ministries. During September, we’re collecting over-the-counter health care products for Art for Humanity in Honduras. Due to chronic malnutrition, multivitamins are particularly needed.

  • Multivitamins
  • Decongestant
  • Antihistamine
  • Neosporin antibiotic cream
  • Cough drops
  • Cortisone anti-itch cream
  • Band aids
  • Toothbrushes
  • Ibuprofen
  • Naproxen

Please be sure products have 12 months before expiration. Leave your donations in the donation baskets located outside the sanctuary and in the fellowship building.

Crafts for a Cause

The Christmas season has arrived early for Crafts for a Cause, as work has begun on making 50 red and white flannel Christmas stockings for newborns at Fair Oaks Hospital. One of our knitters, Ann Skelly, has been busy knitting Santa hats that accompany the stockings.

If you’d like to help make stockings, pillows, dolls, blankets and dresses, join of our work sessions on alternating Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 124. Future work sessions: Sept. 10 and Sept. 24.

We also have homework projects if you can’t make the work sessions. And if you know of someone recovering from surgery or illness who might like a comfort pillow, please let us know. For more information, contact Molly Sprouse, mollysprouse@gmail.com.

Crafts for a Cause continues to offer summer dresses for sale after both worship services in the Fellowship Building. Handmade, all-cotton summer dresses in sizes from 2 to 8 will be available in limited supply. Proceeds will help fund Crafts and Mission projects.

 

Sunday School—It’s for Life!

By James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor

The United Methodist Church wants to re-energize Sunday school and spark new ministries. Can you imagine a Charge Conference where the Sunday school teachers are the first people elected to hold office for the up-coming year? Can you imagine a church where 60 to 75 percent of those who attend worship also attend Sunday school? Can you imagine a Sunday school so vital that it has sparked so many other ministries that the church building is used seven days a week?

Here at Trinity Church, we don’t just imagine these scenarios at Sunday school, they are our immediate goals for 2018-2019, and we’re making things happen. We offer classes for people of all ages, and they’re taught by the members and staff of our Trinity family. Some classes are sharing the teaching and leadership role rather than having only one teacher. New and exciting opportunities for Christian Education are offered this fall and spring. Check them out!

Our denomination, at the national level, is encouraging us to fill in the generational gaps. We’re learning that by doing that it tends to move the local church forward. It also tends to draw people with children who boost attendance in the children’s and youth classes.

As the nation’s third-largest religious body (behind Roman Catholics, and Southern Baptists) we United Methodists are more influential in seats of power than people realize. This means that what is taught in our Sunday school classes helps determine the religious morals and values on the larger scale. Sunday school is where the action is. Trinity Church kicks off the new Sunday school year with a celebration on September 9. On the 9th, we will also have a backpack blessing. All followed by a church-wide picnic. Please plan to join us. Sunday School – It’s For Life!

 

Three Take-Aways from This Year’s Vacation Bible School

By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor

Intergenerational Ministry

One of the buzzwords in ministry is intergenerational ministry. According to Wikipedia, “Inter-generational or intergenerational ministry is a model of Christian ministry which emphasizes relationships between age groups and encourages mixed-age activities.” It contrasts with traditional ministry style where groups are divided according to age. Traditional ministry style is still needed but it should not be the only method found in the church.

This year’s VBS reflected intergenerational ministry style. One teacher recruited her granddaughters as volunteers so in one group, three generations of Trinity members were represented. In two of the stations the main leaders were older teenagers (a station is where a specific lesson is taught; groups rotate to different stations throughout the day). They did a wonderful job. At my station, the volunteers ranged from rising 5th graders to 7th graders. Even though I was much older, they took a lot of initiative in decorating the room, the way our teaching materials were presented and leadership in many activities. The cooperation and interaction between different age groups truly added energy, creativity and success of this year’s VBS.

Importance of Youth/Preteen Volunteers

This is a follow-up to the first takeaway. I want to emphasize this because they are part and parcel to VBS; they made up over 60% of our volunteers! Most of the time they serve as assistants to main teachers or group leaders. They help with interacting with and supervising students. Having groups that range from 12 to 16 kids, these young volunteers are vital for a productive and encouraging experience. Also, they help make connections with students because the lead teacher cannot make significant strides in relationship-building with all the students.

Another area of contribution they made this year was being leaders for VBS stations. For older high school students who want to take up the challenge of leading a VBS station, we provide appropriate leadership opportunities. Fortunately, two older youth, Sarah Beth and Adelaide took up the challenge and did wonderful jobs in their respective stations. Youth/Preteen volunteers are fantastic!

Serving the McLean Community

VBS is one of the many Trinity ministries that serve the greater McLean community. We had ninety seventy students registered and over sixty volunteers. Because of limitation in space and time, we had to turn away some students. Due to Trinity’s reputation as an open and welcoming church with excellent programs, many parents depend on us as essential part of their children’s summer experience. Most of the VBS students are not Trinity members and are grateful that we provide this opportunity to learn, grow and interact with other children from McLean. Our volunteers and teachers do awesome work! Moreover, Jen Calsyn and Marci Thomas are fantastic administrators who work wonders with logistics, recruiting of students and volunteers, and ensuring VBS operates with excellence. Through VBS, Trinity serves the needs of McLean. Let’s keep up the good work!

 

September 2018 at Trinity

BOOK CHAT

The Trinity book club is starting a new season! We’ll meet on Tuesday, September 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Trinity Library to talk about Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill, by Sonia Purnell, a tribute to the woman who was the great man’s closest confidante, fiercest critic, and shrewdest advisor. 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 on October 9: Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid. Contact Kathy Maher (Kathyngs@gmail.com) to obtain a copy of the full reading list.

Sept. 3 Office Closed
Sept. 6 Trinity Ringers, 6:30 p.m.

Chancel Choir, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday rehearsals resume for adult choirs. All new ringers and singers are welcome. For more, contact Jerry Rich, jrich@potomacschool.org
Sept. 9 Martha’s Table Sandwich Making Sunday,

Back to Sunday School, Backpack Blessing & Picnic

Backpacks will be blessed during the 10:30 a.m. service. A picnic for everyone will follow; see page 5 for more information
Sept. 10 Crafts for a Cause, 7 p.m. Learn about the latest projects: https://wp.me/p3ZFFv-rg
Sept. 11 Book Chat, 6:30 p.m. This month: Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill, by Sonia Purnell, More below.
Sept. 12 Trinity Trebles, 6 p.m. Trinity’s children’s choir for ages 4—6th grade will resume their Wednesday rehearsals with dinner in Langley Hall. For more, contact Catherine Wethington, cwethington@umtrinity.org
Sept. 24 Crafts for a Cause, 7 p.m. Learn about the latest projects: https://wp.me/p3ZFFv-rg