“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.

Gods Work. Our Hands.

ALL ARE WELCOME to join us after the service Sunday, September 4, 2016, as we continue to worship through active ministry in the God’s Work, Our Hands ELCA initiative.  Please join us in one of the following activities as we prepare to reach out into the community on September 11, 2016:

  • Creating thank you cards for our First Responders
  • Assemble the First Responder “Care Baskets”
  • Creating blankets for Mobile Hope

On Sunday, September 11, we will take the Gospel outside the walls of the church building, and carry it into our community.  You are invited to participate in one of the following outreach activities:

  • Deliver the blankets we created to Mobile Hope
  • Deliver the thank you cards and care baskets to local First Responders
  • Participation in musical groups that will travel to local assisted living facilities and deliver fleece “Heart Filled” pillows
  • Serve ice cold water to people traveling on the W&OD trail

These events are for all ages – a time where we will “labor” as the hands of God, but we might be surprised where see the face of God in our neighbor.

 

“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. Throughout the country, Lutherans will be rolling up their sleeves and taking the Gospel outside the walls of their churches and into our communities, especially looking to reach out in thankfulness and respect for our First Responders. There will be a variety of opportunities for service and we invite you to prayerfully consider where you would like to serve.

Please contact Mary Samios at childrensministry@holytrinityleesburg.org to get involved!

VBS Roundup Wrap Up

In our Barnyard Roundup VBS, the children learned that Jesus gathers us together. They explored five Bible accounts where Jesus graciously gathers us together to be with Him with His abundant provision and saving protection, now and forever.

VBS week at Holy Trinity was a busy whirlwind of active learning where the children heard
Barn Raising Storytelling, created Wilderness Crafts, played Bales of Fun Games, ate Bountiful Blessings Snacks, and were Moovin’ & Groovin’ with Good Times Music!

On Thursday, we gathered together for an evening filled with fellowship, food, and fun. It was great to see so many people at our Barnyard Extravaganza!

Our VBS has collected $1,337.76 so far for Global Barnyard – this is nearly enough to set up two complete farms! We feel confident we will reach (or exceed!) this goal once we have received and counted the Global Barnyard Coin Boxes. We are thankful that we are part of a congregation with a generous spirit!

We will continue accepting “Barns” thru Sunday, July 24.   Learn more about God’s Global Barnyard.

We invite you to join us in September each Sunday Morning for Sunday School and Worship.

See you next year at

Holy Trinity’s Vacation Bible School

July 17 – 21, 2017!

50th Anniversary Year Music

Thanks to all—performers and audience—who made music for the Holy Trinity 50th Anniversary Year (2015-2016) so wonderful. Please stop by to see the new photo spread on the bulletin board in the Commons.

In brief:

♫ June 14, 2015 was our Reunion Festival Choir and Orchestra;

♫ Aug. 2 “Celebrate Bach” benefit concert;

♫ Dec. 19, 50th Grand Finale concert by the White House Band. Instruments and choristers provided special music for Reformation Sunday, and our annual November Choir festival, as well as for Christmas and Easter.

♫ Our Trinity Men’s Chorus, Chancel Choir and Trinity Brass participated in January in the 2nd annual community choral tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., held at HTLC (and now so big, the event must move to a larger space).

♫ On April 10, our Children’s Choir musical was “Elijah!”

♫ On April 24, our Holy Grounds was packed for a bistro performance of Bach’s comedy, the Coffee Cantata, by the Loudoun Lyric Opera.

♫ On May 22, the annual pipe organ benefit event featured a “Brass Extravaganza” by the Saturday Morning Brass Project. The Washington Post ran beautiful photos of our organ and the players on the front page of “Loudoun Living,” May 29.

♫ Plus, the Loudoun Chorale gave beautiful concerts in December and May.

♫ Finally, we are proud of the Middle School Singers, a new choir for HTLC.

 

Soli Deo gloria (Glory to God alone)

Marcia Merry

Guest Minister Rev. Dr. Michael Kuchinsky

kuchinskyThe Rev. Dr. Michael Kuchinsky of Derwood, Maryland will preach and preside on Sunday, July 3. Pastor Kuchinsky began his studies for the Lutheran ministry at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he received the Bachelor of Arts Degree. After teaching at and administrating a Lutheran school in urban Philadelphia, he earned the Master of Divinity Degree in 1984 from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, Illinois. Upon graduation from the seminary, Pastor Kuchinsky became the pastor of Saint Matthew Lutheran Church in Richmond, Virginia. In January, 1990, he became Chaplain to Newberry College, Newberry, South Carolina. While serving at Newberry College, Pastor Kuchinsky earned the Master of Arts in Political Science Degree form the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia.
In 1999, Pastor Kuchinsky, was awarded the Ph.D. Degree in Government and International Studies
from the University of South Carolina (Columbia). Since earning the Ph.D., he has served as Project Coordinator for Bread for the World Institute, and later Vice-president and Director of Programming for the Luther Institute in Washington, D.C. Since 2006, Dr. Kuchinsky was Professor and Program Coordinator of Political Science and Global Studies at Gardner-Webb University from which he retired this past January.  He continues to write, develop special ministry projects, and occasionally teaches courses in Religion and International Affairs.

Choir Outings – All are Welcome!

Plans are afoot for a Chancel Choir outing or two to hymn festivals in Winchester, sponsored by the Shenandoah Conservatory Church Music Institute. We car pool and welcome guests.  The events are free.

  •  Sunday, June 27 at 7 pm, the music is led by Donald McCullough at Grace Lutheran Church.
  •  Sunday, July 3 at 7 pm, the leader is John Walker at Christ Episcopal Church.

Details from Marcia Merry (814 360 4469) marciamerry@verizon.net

Welcome Pastor Moore

The Council has approved Pastor Heidi Schakel Moore as our interim pastor for the summer. Pastor Heidi is an energetic, charismatic pastor with more than 15 years pastoral experience. She believes that God works through her as she lives out her baptismal covenant and call to love God, love people, and make disciples. Pastor Heidi will be joining us beginning on June 1, and will be here through the remainder of the summer. Her first day to preach will be June 5…let’s make her feel welcome!

Mobile Hope Diaper Drive

SOCIAL MINISTRY/FELLOWSHIP IS TEAMING WITH MOBILE HOPE by conducting a DIAPER DRIVE to benefit families with babies and toddlers. Please donate DISPOSABLE DIAPERS in various sizes. The most needed sizes are 4, 5, and 6 (numbers appear on packaging). Collection point is in the Gathering Area.

DATES OF DRIVE: May 22 – June 30