Backpack Buddies

The Backpack Buddies partnership between Holy Trinity and Frederick Douglass Elementary will continue into the school year 2017-18.  With schools opening on
 August 24th, it is time for us to begin collecting food for this community outreach program!
According to a recent article in Loudoun Now, “In Loudoun, just more than 13,500 students come from families with an income low enough to participate in the federal free and reduced-price meal program. That’s 17 percent of the overall student population.”  At Frederick Douglass there are approximately 90 children that meet this classification.  To ensure that these children have adequate weekend food sources, backpacks filled with individual-serving sized foods are sent home each Friday by the school – hence the name Backpack Buddies.
The Backpack Buddies shopping cart has returned and donations can be placed inside at any time.  We will store these items until the start of the school year when the weekly Backpack Buddies deliveries begin at Frederick Douglass.
Please consider adding one or two items to your shopping list each week.  An insert with the needed foods is on the poster next to the shopping cart.
Childhood hunger is a very real problem in Loudoun County and Holy Trinity CAN make a difference each week with our food donations.

Back to School Supplies

Holy Trinity’s WELCA (Women of the Evangelical Church in America) has received sufficient supplies for 50 school kits for Lutheran World Relief — thank you for your generosity!
We are still looking for 80 notebooks, and 15 rulers, and 15 pencil sharpeners.

 

“Lord, Save Me!”

Have you ever been rescued? Have you ever spoken the words: “Save me?” It is really hard for a guy to admit that his life depends on the capacity of someone else to save them. We see rescues out of traffic accidents or at a hurricane when someone is stranded on a roof. When it is you, when the words come out of your mouth, it is a whole different thing.

We can’t say to Jesus, “Lord, save me!” until we admit we need saving. We can’t yield to God unless we know that we can’t do it ourselves. In our independence and self-sufficiency we will try everything else before we get to the point, we say “save me.”

Jesus has already saved you and me. He has already pulled us out of the trap of short term life that we have here and promises new life in him. You can believe that or not. But I ask “What do you want to have happen?” Wouldn’t you rather bank on what you want or is good for you? Just like Peter, Jesus pulls us out of the water. Jesus saves us. Reach up and see what happens.
Pastor Gerry

The Gospel Reading: : Matthew 14:22-23

[Jesus] made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side [of the Sea of Galilee], while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”

Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Project Promise

150 school kits assembled at HTLC on Thursday. Our VBS offering project is complete except for delivery! Kits will be sent to Project Promise through Lutheran World Relief.

Youth Pizza Party

ELCA YOUTH GATHERING TO HOUSTON

We will have a Youth Ministry Pizza party on Wednesday August 23, 2017 at 5:00pm at the church to enliven the youth ministry and to talk about that ELCA Youth Gathering.  Come on, lets have fun before school starts up again! All rising eighth graders are welcome too.

Planning Sunday

August 20: Worship & Luncheon

During Worship, we will pray and reflect about the Holy Trinity community doing God’s work and the gift of a planning process. A luncheon will follow, and each table will be given three questions to answer. It is that simple. We will continue the process on September 17 and October 1 during Sunday School Hour. Results will be shared through Constant Contact in mid-October.  We will invite comments and do a review and vote at council to adapt the visional and missional statements and objectives.

Planning Sunday Workbook

Walk the Talk

You have heard the saying, “Walk the talk!”  That means that your actions are consistent with what you have been saying.  That is important criteria when we judge people.  If someone says they care, then leaves us hanging to fend for ourselves, you would say that the person’s actions are not consistent with their words. You may conclude that the actions are true and the words are a lie. St. Paul has a word for walking the walk: Cruciform – that everything Jesus said and did was consistent with his purpose. Jesus said he would lay down his life for his friends and he did.

Can you imagine Jesus preaching all day and then not being able to shake off the people and have them leave?  So, it is getting late.  It is time to eat.  Can we hear Peter addressing the crowd, “The show is over, go home!”   But that is not Jesus, is it?

In this story of Jesus feeding the five thousand, Jesus shows his true colors.  He shows he cares.  He shows that he means what he says.  He shows he walks the talk.  He shows he is Cruciform.  This is a great example for us to follow.  It is also a great comfort as we look toward our new life in him.
Pastor Gerry
The Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43
Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

God’s Work. Our Hands.

God's Work.  Our Hands. ~ Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sunday was God’s Work Our Hand’s Sunday and we had many activities for all to participate in throughout the community.   Check out our Photo Gallery!
 

Fall Class Offerings

We are excited to start another year of Sunday School classes for ages 3 through adult on Sunday, September 10, 2017. Since it is also “God’s work, Our hands Sunday” classes will meet from 11:00-11:30 a.m. This year we will start a new practice. Fellowship time will be from 10:30-11:00 a.m. At 11:00 a.m. a chime will ring to signal the beginning of the Christian Education Hour. The journey of faith is a lifelong journey. Sunday School is for all!
Ages 3-Grade 5: Meet in the Sanctuary before setting out on a Scavenger Hunt to find   you Teachers.
Grade 6:  Meet in the Narthex to start your Scavenger Hunt for your Classroom and Teacher.
Grades 7 & 8: Meet in the Faith Fellowship Hall to greet your teachers and learn about you “God’s work, Our hands” project and the upcoming year.
High School: Meet in the Youth Room to learn more about upcoming events and prepare for the “God’s work, Our hands” project.
ADULT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
Weekly Bible Study, hosted by Pastor, will be held Wednesday mornings beginning September 20, at 11:00 AM.
Lunch Bunch, hosted by Pastor will begin October 4.
CONFIRMATION 2017 – 2018
The new school year is just around the corner, and it is now time to look forward to our Confirmation Program. Confirmation packets have been mailed, and information about this dynamic program can also be found on our website.
Important Confirmation Dates:
Saturday, September 17:
7:00 Parents’ Meeting
Wednesday, September 20:
5:45 Confirmation Classes Begin