Announcements

The Weekly Announcements for Trinity Presbyterian Church, updated weekly.
 
The building remains closed to all persons, including renters, without a reservation. Please click here for all guidance on our current operating status, including how Trinity small groups can make reservations.
Sunday February 28, 2021
Video Worship (See link above)
10:00 am Just Coffee
Noon Lent Bible Study
2 pm Zoom Bible Chat with Ben
3pm College Kids Zoom Chat
4pm Zoom with Judith
7pm Youth Group on Zoom

(for the links, please see your enews or email the church office.

 

LENT  

Forty Day Foodies: Lenten experience

One option for observing Lent with Trinity is to designate a family dinner night each week, attempt the dinner challenge, and have an intentional conversation with everyone in your household.

You don’t have to share your results with anyone outside your household, but if you’d be willing to try virtual fellowship, I’m still looking for a few hosts to lead a virtual dinner party with a couple families at a time. You get to pick a night that you can do it, and I’ll give you plenty of suggestions for what to talk about. Email Stuart if interested.

 

Lenten Bible Study: Food and Faith

Sunday at noon.
Everyone has a “food story”–a flavorful narrative that shows the personal relationship you have to food. During Lent, we’ll sample a charcuterie of biblical food stories and ponder different ways that eating can be an act of faith. Adults and youth are welcome, and you don’t have to read anything in advance!

 Week Three Dinner Challenge:

Make Something without gas or electric appliances.  It is OK to come out of the fridge, but after that only use your hands or non-powered utensils.

Conversation Starters:

  • What rules does your family have about food and meals (ex. No phones at the table, no cookies for breakfast)? Why do you follow them?
  • What is your family’s stance on fast food?
  • What ‘s your favorite item on a fast food menu?
  • How often do you eat it?

Lenten Devotional: Stations of the Cross

Throughout the season of Lent we will be preparing for a Good Friday experience, walking the stations of the cross at Trinity. Each Wednesday during Lent the e-news will feature two stations cross to focus on for that week. We will provide coloring pages, a more intricate one for adults and a simpler on for children. The coloring pages come with a meditation/devotional that is appropriate for adults and also a shorter one that is appropriate for children. We hope you will find these reflections helpful in getting you thinking and talking about the cross and what it means for us. If you would like to scan your coloring pages and send them in to the church office, we will use them on Good Friday as part of our stations of the cross walk-through experience. You can come on Good Friday and see your artwork and the artwork of others on display at the different stations Week Two pages are below.  You can find previous weeks online www.trinityarlington.org/lent The coloring pages are at the end of the bulletin.

Click for Stations Three and Four:

 

This Sunday: College Students Zoom chat

Sunday, 3pm with Ben. Email Ben for the link!

 

COVID-19 and Trinity

Trinity is proud to be a new partner with Arlington County Vaccination Committee. As a partner, we will be sharing updates and resources from the county about COVID-19 and the vaccine such as: where and when to get the vaccine, what to expect, how to register, and dispelling myths. We encourage you to read and share the information with the community. The best place for information is the CVC website: https://www.arlingtonva.us/cvc/

If you have questions with signing up or need a ride, please contact Gillian , who is in charge of the Lotsa Helping Hands Trinity Pastoral Care and can help connect you with Trinity members who can help.

 

Sunday: Youth Update

Sunday –7pm Youth Group Zoom. Email Stuart if you need the link.

Annual Meeting: March 14th

Mark your calendars for March 14th when we will have our Zoom Annual Meeting. We need to make sure we have a quorum for it to be official, so please mark your calendars for the Annual Meeting, following Zoom  worship at 10am.

 

College Addresses

Easter cards will be mailed soon, so if your college kid’s address has changed, please email Kemper Gay  or the office  with the new address. Thanks!

 

March 13-14 Youth Camping Trip at Camp Paddy Run

Sign up today: https://signup.com/go/nnYMHxv

A one night campout of roughing it (sleeping in tents) and learning about the needs behind our upcoming Charity: Water fundraiser

 

Spotlights

Each week Mental Health Wellness Team and the Racial Justice Group will each have a special spotlight. Mental Health offering might be a quote, article, or event.

The Racial Justice Group will have a quote and an opportunity for action.

 

Mental Health Spot:

“Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug.” – Mary Chapin Carpenter

Fact: Despite overall improvements on most mental health indicators from December 2020 to January 2021, the Mental Health Index showed that, in January, 2021, 

  • Risk of depression is 71% higher than before Covid-19.
  • Risk of PTSD is 33% higher than before Covid-19.
  • Sustained attention is 27% worse than before Covid-19

– source: TotalBrain.Com 

If you need help: Trinity Mental Health Wellness Team’s (updated for COVID) Mental Health Resources page

 

Racial Justice Spot:

“When the color of your skin is seen as a weapon, you will never be seen as unarmed.”

-sign carried by BLM activist

 

Action: 1) Through VOICE, members of Trinity have been supporting and advocating for the residents of the Serrano Apartments off Columbia Pike in Arlington as they seek to improve the terrible conditions they live in. While progress has been made, much more work is needed. Read this 2-page flier and consider getting involved in this effort.

      2) Learn about Restoration Immigration Legal Aid (RILA) here.

 

 

Updated! Volunteer – Get Active

Volunteering is a great way to beat the blues and help others in the process. MSM and Mental Health Wellness Team has put together a list of current opportunities for volunteers. Please check with the organizations, but they did their best to ensure the organizations were abiding by health regulations. If you are not able to get out, you can also donate items, write a random note to someone via USPS, or donate money. Here is an ongoing list of places to help

 

Standing Announcements

Sundays at Trinity
Chat with Pastor Judith at 4pm
Zoom with Judith about the sermon or any topic on your mind. Sundays at 4pm The link is in the enews/bulletin or you can email the office to receive it.

Sunday Just Coffee Hour: 10:am
If you would like to gather for a virtual coffee hour, please email Lynn Pollockfor the Zoom link. Meets weekly! 10am is the normal meeting time, unless there is a 10am worship event when we meet at 11:45.

 

Sunday: Bible Study with Ben at 2pm
Is one of your new year’s resolutions to read the Bible? Not sure where to start? Well this is the perfect place. This informal weekly 45 minute Bible Study led by Ben Stewart starts this Sunday (Jan 10th). There is no homework, we read passages during our time together (not out loud) the we discuss what we read. To receive the zoom link for the Bible Study email ben@trinityarlington.org

Sunday: Youth group on Zoom 7pm
See your Thursday Youth Enews for the link. Don’t get the enews? Email Stuart.
 

Mission and Service

Volunteer – Get Active
Volunteering is a great way to beat the blues and help others in the process. MSM and Mental Health Wellness Team has put together a list of current opportunities for volunteers. Please check with the organizations, but they did their best to ensure the organizations were abiding by health regulations. If you are not able to get out, you can also donate items, write a random note to someone via USPS, or donate money. Click here for the list.

Mental Health Wellness
Trinity will be featuring more mental health articles and opportunities as mental health struggles are increasing due to the pandemic and the time of year. The mental health spots can be found here. You can always find articles and resources at www.trinityarlington.org/mentalHealthHome.

Racial Justice

Please click herefor more resources on Racial Justice.
If you would like to be part of weekly emails about racial justice issues (events, articles, petitions, etc) please join the Racial Justice listserve by emailing the office.
If you would like to be part of the Racial Justice Group listserve, please email the office.
 

Operating Status/Small Group Reservations

The church remains closed at this time. Trinity small groups are now able to reserve in advance select indoor and outdoor spaces (which were updated this past week). In August, Session will re-evaluate opening for in person worship no earlier than September 6th. There are a lot of details in this evolving process, please click here to learn more. Thank you to Session and Pastor Judith for taking the time to think through this challenging and evolving issue.