Middle School Confirmation

The days are growing shorter and the calendar is bursting with scheduled events, and now that the school year is underway, it is time to turn our attention to a new year of confirmation class. Confirmation is part of our middle school ministry and is meant to prepare our middle school students to answer for themselves the questions that were answered by their parents and godparents at the time of their baptism. It is meant to give them a basic structure and vocabulary to speak their faith with honesty and boldness. It is a place to begin to struggle with questions that last a lifetime. This is a challenging assignment, but with the assignment comes the privilege to watch young minds and hearts awaken to the tasks of a lifetime.

This year we are excited to introduce a brand new confirmation curriculum, CoLabOrate. This curriculum allows students to discover the ways the doctrines, traditions, and beliefs of their faith are relevant to their lives. In keeping with current educational best practice, students are encouraged to grapple with their beliefs through challenging questions and collaborative learning. We are asking each family to contribute $30/child to help defray the cost of their child’s materials. Checks can be made payable to HTLC and brought to our first Sunday afternoon class meeting.

This year confirmation classes will meet on Sunday afternoons from 12:15-2:15 p.m. Generally these classes will meet once a month, but please note the exact dates and times on the class schedule. In addition, we are excited to offer two music ensembles for our middle school students: Chime Choir and a new vocal ensemble.

First class meeting: September 20, 2015, 12:15pm

Check out our Middle School Confirmation page for more information and a complete schedule.

Gods Work. Our Hands.

 "God's Work, Our Hands"  was held on Sunday, September 6!  This was 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. We had a brief celebration immediately following our 9:30 worship and then went out into the community to be God's Hands.  There were a variety of opportunities for service:

Participation in musical groups that traveled to local assisted living facilities

Providing ice cold water to people traveling on the W&OD trail

Creating “Totally Awesome Totes” for INOVA Loudoun Pediatric Unit

Creating pillows for residents of a group home

Delivering flowers to the homebound

Working on quilts for Lutheran World Relief

Blessing of Backpacks & Church Picnic

Go back to school with Style and Grace! Bring your backpack to church on Sunday August 28 for Holy Trinity’s Blessing of the Backpacks.  After the service, meet your Sunday School teachers at our Sunday School Open House.

Then join us for The Annual Church Picnic here at Holy Trinity following the worship service. The picnic will be held on the lawn immediately following worship and “the Blessing of the Backpacks.”

Our Grill Masters are ready to go… Hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments and beverages will be provided.   For the sides, we welcome any interested in testing their culinary skills and/or bringing a food contribution.   

Desert Auction will follow the Potluck Picnic.    Test your culinary skill and help raise funds for outreach projects.  Please label your desert with your name and phone number along with the name of the desert and a list of ingredients for those who may have allergies.  A table will be set up in the old fellowship hall.  Please place your desserts on the table on Sunday morning.  If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Phillips at (703) 777-1008 or email at mikephi@verizon.net

 

Celebrate Bach

Listen to the Concert:  Celebrate Bach

A wonderful concert was held on Sunday, Aug. 2 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. The all-Bach program featured flute, brass, pipe organ, harpsichord, string orchestra and choir. Selections included chorales, and the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.

Performed at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, by members and friends, as a gala tribute for its 50th anniversary.

Holy Trinity 50th BACH Concert

Sailboat Church

If you have visited churches or cathedrals in the Scandinavian countries you may have see a model ship hanging in the sanctuary or nave. Indeed, the word nave has its origins in the Latin word, navis, meaning ship. Being seafaring peoples, the Scandinavians easily grasped the image of the church as a ship for God’s people.

Sailboat Church by Joan Grey explores this image of the church as a ship. She suggests that there are two models: the rowboat church and the sailboat church. Row- boat churches operate with the assumption that progress depends on their own “strength, wisdom and re- sources.”

In contrast, sailboat churches “focus not on their own situation, resources, or limitations but rather on discerning God’s unfolding will.”  They cannot make the wind blow, but they can seek to catch the wind of the Holy Spirit. In the sailboat church the Holy Spirit provides the wind, the energy, to propel the ship.

“Sailboat churches,” says Grey, “live to partner with the Holy Spirit in what God wants to do for the world.”

We, the people of God, are the sailors. Sailors, of course, need to practice sailing, “a way of life that involves a committed, personal relationship with Jesus.” This involves practicing trust in God. It involves practicing prayer.

I emphasize the verb practice because all too often we reduce our faith to mere intellectual assent. Sailing is not merely agreeing to the idea that the wind exists. Sailing is about getting on the boat and learning how to raise the sails and catch the wind. Likewise, a faith in God is not merely agreement with the idea that God exists. Faith is a dynamic, growing, ever evolving relation- ship with God that involves a commitment to spiritual practice.

Being a sailboat church does not mean that the sun is always shining and the ocean is always calm. All con- gregations encounter stormy seas. Interpersonal conflict, disagreements about priori- ties, and financial challenges are just some of the storms a congregation may face. What distinguishes sailboat churches from other organizations are the skills they use to navigate these troubled waters, a living relationship with Jesus, rooted in prayer and obedience to God’s will.

This transition time is an opportune moment for us as a congregation to examine our model of church. Are we rowing or sailing? What is God’s purpose for us? In what direction are the winds of the Spirit blowing? What do we need to do or change or let go of to catch these winds?

In the months ahead, we will have opportunities to consider God’s purpose for this congregation. We have just finished the Church Assessment Tool (CAT) survey. We will have had an opportunity to hear Pr. Bob Driver- Bishop interpret for us what CAT results tell us about who we are and what sailing skills we may need to de- velop as we seek to sail into God’s future.

In the months ahead we will also face some stormy seas. Yet, these stormy seas can be opportunities for us to practice our sailing skills, deepen our trust in God and strengthen our prayer life.

I truly believe that God has placed this community of faith, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, here in Leesburg, Virginia for a purpose. So let’s discern that purpose, practice those sailing skills, and catch the wind of the Spirit together!

Pastor Margrethe

P.S. You may want to read Sailboat Church this summer. It is an inspirational and hopeful read! It is published by Westminster John Knox Press, but you can also obtain it through other retailers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Cokesbury, and the Thoughtful Christian.

Festival Reunion Choirs

You are invited…

Festival Reunion Choirs 

to sing in celebration of the 

50th anniversary 

of

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Sunday, June 14, 2015 

9:30 am Worship Service

All present and former members of the Children’s Choirs  & the Chancel Choirs of Holy Trinity are warmly invited to come and sing with the Festival Reunion Choirs!

Children’s Choir and past Children’s Choir members will sing “Go now in peace” at the conclusion of the worship service.    We will be using Chimes to accompany this musical offering.

Chancel Choir and past Chancel Choir members will be singing a lovely, and easily singable, musical offering.

Pre-Service Rehearsal

7:30 – 8:25 am Coffee meet & greet (Muhlenberg Music Room)

8:30 am Chancel Choir Practice & Festival Orchestra practice (in Sanctuary)

9:00 am Children’s Choir and Reunion Choir practice “Go Now in Peace” (In Multi-Purpose Room, lower level)

9:20 am Children’s Choir and Reunion Choir excused to sit with their families and friends for the Worship Service (we will gather up front during the last hymn)

9:25 am Chancel Choir line-up (in Muhlenberg Music Room)

Kindly spread the word, and plan to sing!  

Contact Nancy Fox or Marcia Merry for more information:

nancyfox@holytrinityleesburg.org

marciamerry@holytrinityleesburg.org

Happy 50th Holy Trinity!

Come celebrate with us!

Sunday, June 14, 2015, 9:30 AM

Service of Praise and Thanksgiving Followed by a Program and Catered Lunch

In just a couple of weeks, we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Holy Trinity’s first church service. Have you wondered what it felt like to have been there at the very beginning, participating in the growth as well as well as the
struggles? Ask some of our charter members about their experiences and have them share some of their memories with you.

A few of our charter members are: Jim Truxel, Sarah Houff, MaryLu Belote, Anne Wohlford, Dotty Martel, Clara Brill, and Mary and Larry Grant.

We have invited Bishop Richard Graham, past pastors and their families, as well as former members of the congregation who have gone into the ministry. The Zawacki family, who was sponsored by Holy Trinity in the 1980’s, will also be joining us on this special day.

We hope that you will be able to join us for this very special moment in the history of Holy Trinity, renew friendships of those you may have not seen in a long while and forge a new friendship with someone you may have never met.

Holy Trinity has endured its struggles but the people in this community have always pulled together and worked to meet goals and spread God’s word through our many ministries. God has blessed us with many wonderful things and Holy Trinity is a blessing to all those who enter its doors.

Best Practices for Growing Congregations

Join us on Pentecost Sunday, May 24, and be inspired by Pastor Phil Hirsch!  Pastor Hirsch is Assistant to the Bishop and Director for Evangelical Mission in our Metro D.C. Synod.  His focus is on evangelism, stewardship and ministry with people living in poverty.  He will be our preaching and presiding minister that morning.  During the adult education hour, he will share with us the best practices of growing congregations in the Metro D.C. Synod.

Pr. Hirsch went to Susquehanna University and then received a Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago in 1990.   He earned a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio in 1997 in preaching with a focus on alleviating violence in the inner city.  He was awarded a Leadership Grant from the Lily Foundation to continue his work and study in South Africa in 1998.

Pr. Hirsch served as pastor in Camden, New Jersey and, most recently at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fairfax, Virginia.  He has served as a Synod Council member, Conference Dean, Candidacy Committee member, Chair of the Division for Ministry, Colleague Group Leader for First Call Theological Education and he worked with the Burned Churches Project of the National Council of Churches.

Learn more about Best Practices for Growing Congregations

Get Ready for Bible Baseball

Each Spring our Pre-K thru High School Students show off the knowledge they’ve gained thru the year in a rousing game of “Bible Baseball.”   This fun filled event includes Team Spirit,  “Phone a Friend” for those who need help with the answers, and of course hotdogs and popcorn!   Watch the “Christian Ed Chronicles,” sent home with Sunday School Students, for sample questions of what will be “thrown” at Bible Baseball!

This year Bible Baseball will be held on Sunday, June 7 at 9:45 am in the Commons!

Festival Orchestra

Our ensembles of volunteer church members and friends have become a glorious part of holy days.

A huge "Thank You" to all of our friends who joined together to make joyful music for the Easter Worship.