Advent 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 our Advent Angel programs.

Interested adults can sign up starting Sunday, November 19 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 at the reception following the Sunday School Christmas Program on Sunday, December 17.

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 December 17 following the Sunday School Christmas Program (about 11:45 a.m.) to reveal your identity and greet your “angel” child.

Our long heritage of advent angels has shown that the effects of your “angel” ministry will extend far beyond this season!  Thank you for participating in this beloved tradition.

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

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!

What’s with all this stuff?

Jesus talks, through many parables, about stuff…a lot of stuff! Specifically our stuff. Is having stuff good? Bad? That’s a lot of stuff to think about! The writer of Luke was very concerned with how we use our stuff, or wealth. Let’s face it, if we have stuff, then we have wealth whether we think so or not. There are so many people in this world that don’t have anything.

As the parables in chapters 15 and 16 conclude, it’s important to remember that in these three parables no one is ever condemned for being wealthy or for having a lot of stuff. It’s what is done or not done with it that matters.

Last week’s didn’t make any sense at all. Is this parable making too much sense? A rich man steps over a suffering child of God, ignoring him. The suffering man looks longingly at the table that is laden with rich food for rich men and are so rich they eat rich food every single day. The men die on the same day. Now the reversals for which Luke is so well known are completed.

After their deaths, Lazarus is carried away by the angles –his name is “God helps.” The rich guy – buried. Lazarus is the bosom of Abraham. And when someone is in the “bosom” it is Bible-speak for “beloved”. The rich guy is  in Hades.

The one who lived the life of comfort now finds himself tormented, Lazarus is now the comforted and the great divide between these two continues into the afterlife as well.

“Father Abraham,” the rich guys demands, “send Lazarus from the dead to tell my five siblings that if they don’t change their ways they will be right here with me.”

“If they don’t listen to Moses the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” I love that divine sense of humor, don’t you?

Then the truth that we are to learn from this not-necessarily true story is that we are the five siblings. We are them.

If someone rises from the dead…Jesus rose from the dead and the writer of Luke knows that. The readers and listeners of Luke know that because the Gospel gets written down some 60 years after the resurrection of Jesus. We are the ones who have Moses and the prophets. We know tomb is empty. We KNOW Jesus is Lord! We do know the compassion of a God embodied in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

This parable is about the character and quality of our life right now.

We are invited to embrace the abundant life God offers. Because we believe that God is loose in this world, we participate in chasm-closing activities of God as God seeks to level the playing field of our lives.

And there are many chasms prevalent in our world right now – the chasm of racism, sexism, ageism, classism and any other “ism.”

We are invited to live into fuller,  more meaningful, more joyous life by sharing what God first gave to us – our time, treasures and talents – with those around us. And to work to close those chasms.

It is important to God in how we deal with each other. Christ conquered sin, death and the devil but now what?

We may have the assurance that we won’t suffer the same fate of the Rich Man but does that release us from our debt?

It changes the question of “what must I do to be saved?” to “How do I respond to the free gift of grace, justification and salvation?” We are freed from the worry about being saved, we are freed to love and serve God.

This is kingdom living at its best!

And because we believe that God is loose in this world, we are participants in the chasm-closing activities of God. It is God’s work, but our hands – God is working for us, in us and through us. We are the flesh and blood of God’s action in the world.

We are walking, talking illustrations that the life, death and resurrection of Christ has made the difference in the world.

The kingdom of God is here and now – not yet fully realized but definitely present for all to participate in.

This parable very clearly links our wellbeing with that of others. And it is a call to be responsive to those needs.

God saw fit to send a man from the dead to awaken us, to bid us to bring relief to others and to tell all that we meet that God loves us and cares for us.  We have seen a man rise from the dead and it has made all the difference in the world.

Has it made a difference to us? Or is it just stuff?

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