Children Tell The Story

The Very Important Christmas Pageant

Sunday, December 18, 2016

During the 11:00 am Worship

During the month of December, our Sunday School children learn the “non-commercial” story of Christmas.  This is done not only thru lessons but also thru the children learning a special production that they present to the congregation during Worship.  Every Sunday School Child in grades Preschool thru 5 has an opportunity to participate in this special production.  The kids love the costumes, songs, and camaraderie, and they especially enjoy the opportunity to tell the story of Christ’s Birth.  Parts are assigned with each child’s wishes and talent in mind, resulting in a special worship experience not to be missed. 

Important Dates:

Christmas Program Rehearsals (during Sunday School Hour – 9:45am)

  • Nov. 27
  • Dec 4
  • Dec 11
  • Dec 18

Dress Rehearsal (Grades K-5)

  • Saturday, December 17
  • 10:00 am – noon

For more information please contact the church office at 703-777-4912 or email

Nov 20 ~ One Service ~ Hymn Festival





Our Combined Choirs and Chimes Choir will lead us in worship, in a beautiful sequence of hymns and readings on the life of Christ, drawn from a program used in the Alberta Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. The preface states, “The festival of Christ the King was first celebrated in 1925, in the midst of the European political turmoil of the 1920s and 1930s. It was intended to proclaim God’s reign over a world wracked by one world war and facing another. That truth can still be proclaimed today.”

As part of the congregation meeting agenda, we will be voting on the final changes to the HTLC constitution.  The major changes were approved at our June 2016 meeting; however, additional changes were made following the August 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.  Copies of the draft final version of the constitution are available in the back of the sanctuary.  A summary list of the specific changes will also be provided in the coming weeks.

Children’s Time in Worship

Little Children, Parents, Teens and Adults all enjoy seeing how Pastor Heidi turns the “Basket Surprise” into this week’s Children Sermon!   Each week a different child gets to bring in the special basket, with an item they’ve chosen to “Stump the Pastor.”   The result… lots of smiles, and a surprisingly good tie in with the Gospel!  We invite all children and their families to join us each Sunday at 8:30 am or 11:00 am for Sunday Worship!  All are Welcome!


Place in their hands Holy Scripture

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly….” Colossians 3:16

 One of the promises we make as our children are baptized is to “place in their hands the holy scriptures.” Here at Holy Trinity we take that promise seriously and gift our fourth grade students with Bibles. This year, Bibles will be presented on Reformation Sunday, October 30 at the 11:00 AM service. If your child is in the fourth grade you will receive a letter in the mail with the specifics for the day. If your child is older than fourth grade and has not received a Bible, please contact Mary Samios (email or call 703.777.4912 x4).

Reformation Musicians Welcomed

Trinity Men’s Chorus Invites You to Sing!

Trinity Men’s Chorus will sing Oct. 30, Reformation Sunday, at the 11:00AM service. You are most welcome. (High school and up).

Contact Marcia Merry: for music and practice time. Thanks to all our regulars and newcomers!

Calling all Instrumentalists:

Festival Orchestra for October 30 - Reformation Sunday

We invite instrumentalists to play Sunday, October 30, in our Festival Orchestra, at either 8:30 or 11:00AM (or both!) for Reformation Day. Beginner, or professional, you are most welcome. Hymns and special music are planned. Performance under the baton of Nancy Fox. Get your parts, and rehearsal information, from Marcia Merry:; 814.360.4469

Welcome to Worship for K & 1

A special Learning Opportunity  Sunday, October 16

All Kindergarten and First grade students and their families are invited to join us for lunch and the opportunity to learn more about worship. Don’t miss this fun and informative opportunity to learn about the “Rhythm of Worship.  In addition each child will receive a special “worship tote” to bring to church.

Confirmation Classes

At our Confirmation Kick-Off last Sunday, we started learning about us: how Lutherans fit into the tapestry of Christian denominations throughout the world, and also as who we are as a Christian community.  We learned that:
                        1) We are the Church.
                        2) We are here to learn how to be disciples.
                        3) We share hope for the world
                        4 We are here to proclaim “He is risen!”
We thank all of our Confirmation families who were able to participate in our first class, and look forward to seeing all of our Confirmation students for next class, October 23, 2016. Confirmation Packets are available for families who were unable to attend.  Please contact Mary Samios if you have any questions!

Taking Our Community from Good to Great

On Saturday, October 1, the worshiping community of Holy Trinity will gather in the fellowship hall for a one-day intensive leadership workshop. Held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., this time will focus on our ability to accept differences and to lead based on our strengths and mission as we strive to create a healthy congregation. The cost is $10 per person to cover lunch, snacks and materials.   AND INVITE FRIENDS!!!  The concepts and techniques that we will be talking about can be used in any community and are of benefit to all, especially those in leadership roles no matter where they are.   Sign up on the board on Sunday or email Pastor Heidi at to join the group.

Middle School Confirmation Kick-Off

New to Holy Trinity?  Learn More about our Middle School Confirmation Program

On Sunday, Sept. 25, Parents are asked to join our middle school students as we discuss the plans for our upcoming year!  

We are asking both youth and parents to join us for this first meeting and lunch where we will grapple with the question:  “Why are we here?”

If you would like to assist in preparing or serving the first meal, or if you have any questions regarding the curriculum, please contact Mary Samios (703.777.4912 x4 or email 




“Chill Out” Room

Check out the “Chill Out” room for parents and their children. Kids, you are always welcome in worship – we hope you know this! We also know, however, that there are times when your parents get anxious about some of your enthusiastic responses to worship. When that happens, you can take your parents to the “Chill Out” room where they can relax. There are books and toys for you and a couch for your parents. We hope you find it a welcoming space. If you are not sure where it is, please ask the ushers to help your parents find it.