Make a Joyful Noise

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I have been overwhelmed with the greetings and enthusiasm that I have experienced in my first week here at Holy Trinity. Ok, one would expect that people would greet me and say something nice, like, “We are glad you are here.” But that is not what I am hearing. People are talking to me about their hopes and dreams and what we could do and be as this mission of Jesus Christ in Leesburg. You all have greeted me with excitement and eagerness in a way that makes me feel that this has all been worked out already. To say this another way, the Holy Spirit is somewhere in this process of transition, and truth be told---I am so glad to be here to be a part of it!

So, I had a little epiphany that I want to share with you. As you know, I was here in 1997 with Pastor Wuebbens. As a parting gift, he and Anne gave me a calligraphy picture of the first line of Psalm 100: “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” Both Pastor and I enjoy music, but that was not a big thing for us to share. So, the selection of this psalm was a little strange, but maybe it was the best-looking picture or he picked it for some other reason besides the joyful music message. I have always had that picture in my church office to remind me of him and my experience at Holy Trinity.

Then when I got the picture out to put it on the wall (Please come and see it!). I stopped in my tracks. It didn’t say make joyful music – it said make joyful noise.

What if the noise is not meant as music? What if it meant make a sound – make a difference – create some- thing that shares God’s glory – JOYFUL NOISE!

Suddenly that was not just a psalm anymore – it was a prophecy. We need to make joyful noise. I am so impressed with the skills and talents of the people here, especially the staff. I am so impressed with the devotion – you guys installed your own pipe organ. My goodness you have fire here. We have been making joyful noise and we are called to continue to make more joyful noise. To me that means that we need to make a difference in our lives of faith and in the lives of faith of others, the families in our preschool, the young adults of our families, our neighbors, Helen and Joe (from the sermon), our community, our schools, and whoever else God puts in our path. We need to make a difference.

I am so excited with that charge. I am excited to talk to the preschool families. I am so excited to visit aging members. I am so excited to talk to people in our community. I am so excited to connect with people that I knew for a year, twenty years ago. I am so excited to have the opportunity to do cottage meetings (meeting of a group of people in someone’s home for me to listen to their hopes and dreams). I am so excited to plan a Church Council retreat. I am so excited and energized with every meeting and conversation I have with the ministers (staff and leaders) that I share God’s ministry here at Holy Trinity.

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord.” Yep. We will do just that. We are on that already. Thank you for allow- ing me to be a part of something so exciting! The Holy Spirit is with you – I feel its presence. More joyful noise is on the way!

Pastor Gerry Johnson

Easter Breakfast & Egg Hunt

All are invited to join us Easter Sunday morning between 8:00 am – 9:30 am for a full breakfast in the Commons and Fellowship Hall.

Children age 2-Grade 5 are invited to meet in the Gathering Area following the 9:30 Easter worship service for an Easter Egg Hunt. Plan to bring your Easter basket for collecting! The hunt will be held rain or shine!

Lenten Reflections

Exactly, what is it about Jesus, anyway?

Maybe that is not the way you would ask the question.  But that would be the way that you would hear it asked by someone who can’t see a way to make a connection to God. For us, we can easily get distracted or just lose focus about what exactly Jesus is all about. Lent is a time of reflection and re-connecting to the core of our faith in Jesus Christ.  Come let us sharpen our faith together with the Noon on Wednesday Reflections.  In these three short reflections we will highlight the central point of what Jesus is really about for us and for others that ask us.

JOIN US FOR OUR MID-WEEK SERVICES ON WEDNESDAYS AT 12:00 PM

            March 22

            March 29

            April 5

Joyful Celebration

April 9, 2017  4:00 p.m.

Please join us in the joyful celebration of the Installation of our new pastor, Gerry Johnson.

Pastor Lynn Miller, The Potomac Conference Dean, will officiate. 

New Sunday Morning Schedule

Beginning Sunday, February 12, we will offer one worship service at 9:30 AM with Christian Education and Fellowship Hour following at 10:45 AM. Kori Lord, our wonderful paid nursery attendant, will continue to be available for nursery care during the new worship time.

While it may seem counterintuitive, we have combined the worship services so that the energy and excitement can be consolidated. When visitors come to check us out, we hope they will stay and accept the invitation to be a part of the ministry here at Holy Trinity.

This schedule will be in effect through August. It will be reevaluated at the end of the summer or when our new permanent pastor is able to help us review it. We appreciate the challenges and sacrifices that some families will be making to support this move.

Please contact Congregation Council President John Sapienza, or any other Council or Staff member, with questions you may have.

Inclement Weather Policy

Since all weather reports indicate that a snow event is in our immediate future…. The following is Holy Trinity’s Inclement Weather Policy:

  • Programming for youth, specifically Wednesday Night, LIVE!, youth choir rehearsals, Little Blessing Preschool, etc., will follow the lead of Loudoun County Public Schools. If the schools are closed due to inclement weather, then HTLC youth programming will be cancelled.
  • The HTLC church office will follow the lead of Loudoun County government. If Loudoun County government offices are closed, the HTLC church office will also be closed.
  • Committee chairs and outside groups shall make a decision as to whether or not their committees or groups will meet. All are encouraged to use extreme caution and keep in mind the conditions of the roads and parking lot.
  • For events taking place on the weekend, a message will be left on the Church Office’s voice mail and a message will be posted on our website, www.holytrinityleesburg.org , as to whether or not the building is open for use.

Please remember that our first concern is everyone’s safety!

Backpack Buddies

Holy Trinity Joins with Frederick Douglass Elementary in Backpack Buddies Program!

On behalf of the Social Ministry committee and the staff of Frederick Douglass Elementary School, a sincere thank you to all the Holy Trinity members that participated in our recent BackPack Buddies food program.

For the many people who have asked about the food needs of these children during summer vacation, Loudoun County Public School (through their division of School Nutrition Services) has a Summer Feeding Program.  There are nine schools designated throughout the county that will service breakfast and lunch at no charge to children 18 years of age or younger throughout most of the summer months.  There are also several County meal programs available that can supplement or fill the gaps in the school program.

The 2017-18 school year begins on August 24, 2017.  We will take a short summer hiatus for Backpack Buddies food collections, but we will have the shopping cart ready on Sunday, August 6, in preparation for opening day in the county schools!  Please keep a list of the items needed in your wallet and stock-up this summer.

 

Backpack Buddies Preferred Items:  (Please no items containing any nut products)

 

  • Fruit juice boxes
  • Individual cereal boxes
  • Individual instant oatmeal cups
  • Cereal bars
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Rice Krispie Treats
  • Individual canned fruit or applesauce cups
  • Individual Ravioli, Beefaroni, Spaghetti cups
  • Individual Mac & Cheese cups
  • Small canned tuna or chicken
  • Individual Bags – cookies, Cheez-its, Goldfish

OR CONTRIBUTE

  • Cash donations
  • Grocery Store Gift Cards

Questions? Pat and Roger Bailey – baileyva@mac.com

Since 2012, Holy Trinity has successfully partnered with Frederick Douglass Elementary in Leesburg by providing Christmas gifts through our Angel Tree outreach program. Our Social Ministry Committee has expanded this collaboration with Douglass by joining together with them in their Backpack Buddies program. In Loudoun County there are over 11,000 children that are food insecure. Food insecurity is defined as the “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food.” At Frederick Douglass, there are nearly 90 children classified as “food insecure”. Every Friday, the Backpack Buddies program sends home a bag of individual serving-size foods sufficient for the weekend needs of these children.  Holy Trinity members and Little Blessings families are asked to consider donating different foods from the Backpack Buddies list of needed items. Please place the items in the shopping cart in the Gathering Area. Social Ministry members will deliver these to Frederick Douglass for inclusion in the weekend backpacks.

We Welcome New Members

The Connections team welcomes new Members to our community of faith in the New Year!

January 22, after the 11:00 Worship Service, Join us for “Pizza with Pastor.”  Pastor Heidi and lay leaders will be available to talk about Holy Trinity programs and answer questions while everyone enjoys some food and beverages.

February 5, 2017 is our next New Member Sunday.  We’ll have a special welcome during worship, followed by our yearly “Chili Fest.”  Each new member will have a sponsor who will get to know the family prior to New Member Sunday, and help introduce our new member(s) to other members.  The sponsor will continue as a contact for the new family to alert them to upcoming HTLC events through the coming year.

If you are willing to consider being a sponsor and/or helping with the “Pizza with Pastor” event, please contact Laurie Dieffenbach (ldieffenbach@live.com) or Gretchen Luebbe (gmluebbe@verizon.net). If you would like to become a member of Holy Trinity at this time, please speak with Pastor Heidi. (pastor@holytrinityleesburg.org.)

 

Christmas Angels at HTLC

Calling all potential Christmas Angels …

It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to angels and the important role they played in the story of Jesus’ birth. Angels are messengers. You too can be an angel and spread the Good News of Jesus birth and His love for all by participating in one of our Advent Angel programs.

Our 2016 Angel Tree is in the Gathering area.

The Angel tree is for 65 children from Frederick Douglass Elementary who are in need of a little Christmas cheer.  Each ornament represents a clothing or toy gift that is needed or would be loved.  Please take one or more of the remaining ornaments, fulfill the wish, wrap the package, and securely attach the ornament to the gift.  All gifts must be returned by Sunday, December 11, and will be delivered to the school on Monday, December 12 for distribution before Christmas.

Our 2016 Advent Secret Angel program is in the Commons.

 Interested adults can sign up to be an “Advent Angel” to one or more of our Sunday School children. (Preschool through Grade 8.) The identity of our “Angels” will remain a secret until they reveal themselves during the Sunday School Hour on the designated date in mid-December. 

What does it take to be an Advent Angel?

  • Look for the Angel Kiosk in the commons.
  • Pick up as many envelopes as you want. You can be an angel to more than one child.
  • Send a card to your assigned child(ren) sometime during the Advent season.
  • Send your child(ren) a Christmas Card.
  • Place an “Angel” ornament on the Christmas Tree in The Commons.
  • Plan to meet in the Sanctuary on Reveal Day, December 13, at 9:45AM to reveal your identity and greet your “angel” child.

Our long tradition of advent angels has shown that the effects of your “angel” ministry will extend far beyond this season!