Sunday School Helpers

Running a successful Christian Education program requires the help of many people – it truly takes a village, or in this case, a congregation! We have all sorts of volunteer opportunities available in Christian Education, with varying time commitments. Please consider being a Christian Education Volunteer. Look through the list below, determine those areas where you feel you could share your gifts, then contact the Christian Education office to Pitch In!  childrensministry@holytrinityleesburg.org

Thank you for your consideration and assistance with our Christian Ed Program!

_____ At Home Craft Prep

_____ Elementary Sunday School Christmas Program Helper – Sundays during month of December

_____ Provide food for special events

_____ Snack server – assists in serving snacks to K-8 classes during Sunday School.

_____ High School Youth Support

_____ Middle School Confirmation Mentor (assists with weekly confirmation classes)

_____ Reformation Faire – Center Leader or Assistant

_____ Communion Instruction – bread maker assistant, craft assistant

_____ Communion Recognition Sunday

_____ Holy Week Happening – Center Leader or Assistant

_____ Bible Baseball Concessions – Make/Serve Hot Dogs and Popcorn!

_____ Sunday School Teacher

Revitalizing Youth Ministry

Revitalizing our Youth Ministry

The leaders of Holy Trinity Senior High Youth Ministry are excited to revitalize our programs and support for our students in High School. We look forward to develop activities, retreats, and yes, a schedule of Summer mission trip programs. In the Summer of 2018, the ELCA will host the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston Texas. We are excited to present this possibility and numerous means to fund-raise and engage this important faith development trip. We have the support, the excitement, and the resources. All we need is you. So, come on out and re-connect with the other students and share the fun of our 2017-18 Youth Ministry.

And the ELCA Youth Gathering Houston, Texas

Can you say Houston? Put some golf balls in your mouth and as low as you can slur it out! Do you know who Houston is named after? Can you name the Houston baseball team, football team, basketball team, and the women’s soccer team? Houston is a grand city; it is a big City. It features Texas barbeque and Yee Haa Rodeos. This is the city of the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering. The Gathering is an incredible adventure with fun, new experiences, faith filled events, extravaganzas, and a state of the art professional nightly presentation of popular key note faith filled speakers. It is quite a once in a lifetime experience. We would like to have every youth that is eligible to go be able to go and we will work hard to minimize the expense of the trip to the families and youth.  Contact Pastor for more information!  Pastorgfj@gmail.com

Backpack Buddies

The Backpack Buddies partnership between Holy Trinity and Frederick Douglass Elementary School is a continuing project working to keep children fed throughout the school year.
Our Backpack Buddies shopping cart is ready for your donations, and can accept them at any time. These items are delivered to Frederick Douglass Elementary during the school hours. We are looking for more people to join who can be part of our delivery team. Please contact Pat Bailey at baileyva@mac.com for more information. Adding one or two items to your shopping list helps to feed the hungry children in our community. 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.

“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.  is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. 

Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.

Each fall we join with Lutherans all over America to do God's Work.  Our Hands.   We hope you enjoy these photos from our last event.