Children’s Clothing Needed

Children’s Clothing Needed

Bob Argabright is collecting used clothing for children. Age is from infant to high school, boys and girls, and this also includes gently used shoes.

These items will benefit children in the OakGrove-Bellemeade community in Richmond.
Please do not donate clothing that has stains or signs of excessive wear. Also, it would be helpful if donated items have been recently washed.

Items can be dropped off at Trinity, or you can e-mail Bob, and he will come to your home and pick up
the donation. His e-mail address is: Robert S Argabright II rargabright@me.com

Thanks for your time and consideration.

The Samson Project

The Samson Project

We continue to hear from our partners at Sherbourne and Welborne and Belmont that MANY people in Richmond are hungry. As the pandemic rages on we at Trinity want to do something about that. Enter the Samson Project.

We want to have a little fun and raise a lot of money this winter.

Pastor Larry, who hasn’t had a haircut since March 2020, has challenged the congregation to raise money to support our food pantry partners. And, to make things fun and give us something ridiculous to work with, he’s declared he will not get a haircut until this money is raised. He’s even agreed to do the whole thing with electric clippers if we reach the awesomely audacious goal of $20,000.

Will you help us help our neighbors this winter by giving to the Samson Project?

a screenshot of our giving portal

To give to the Samson Project, please visit our Give page. Using the “Give Online” or “Give As A Guest “buttons, please make your donation using the Food Pantry line item and noting The Samson Project in the memo line. You can also mail in a donation to the church.

We hope that you will have some fun with this–challenge your Sunday School class, check in with a Trinity friend and offer to match his or her gift. Let’s work together to help our neighbors. And maybe get Pastor Larry a haircut in the process!

How Much Have We Raised?

Here’s a running total for the Samson Project. We will update it weekly!

Learn More

Listen in on a Zoom call where the Samson Project is born!

Epiphany Blessing/Chalking of the Doors

Epiphany Blessing/Chalking of the Doors

What’s with all this chalk? I’m so glad you asked! Throughout this pandemic, we have all had to alter our lives. We worship online. We work from home. We socially distance ourselves from others. To say it has been challenging is a profound understatement. We want to help you be aware of God’s presence with you, wherever you are, at your home, even if you may live alone.

So on Epiphany Sunday (January 3) Trinity observed the centuries-old tradition of the Epiphany
Blessing/Chalking of the Door. If you missed the service (which is archived online), here are some words of explanation: The Epiphany Blessing/Chalking of the Doors is indeed a centuries-old tradition that is associated with Twelfth Night celebrations and Epiphany. It is particularly popular in Great Britain and some parts of Europe but never really caught on in the USA.

Here’s a video from Pastor Larry to explain the process further!

Originally, priests would go by each home in the parish, bless the home and make a chalk sign on the door. When that became too cumbersome, chalk was blessed at church services and people would take it home, offer a prayer asking God to bless their home in the coming year and all whoenter it. They would then make a chalk sign on their own door.

The chalk you received on Sunday at our drive-up communion was blessed in worship on Epiphany Sunday. If you were unable to pick it up then, that’s OK–we’ve got it waiting for you by the office door! Just come by and pick it up. And if you are one of our out-of-town friends, we’ve mailed you a piece.

We invite you, if you would like, to ask God to bless your home in 2021 and all who reside there or enter there. Then you may use the chalk to make a sign for your home. It is traditionally placed on the door or doorpost but you can put it wherever you think appropriate (stoop, sidewalk, etc.). Make it large, make it small, it’s your home, do it however you want.

This is the traditional sign:

20 + C + M + B + 21

The numbers 20 and 21 signify the year, 2021. What look like plus signs are actually crosses signifying that this is a Christ-centered action. The letters C, M, and B actually have two meanings. The first is the latin phrase, Christus mansionem benedicat, which means, “Christ bless this home.” But there is also a second meaning. This is, of course, an Epiphany tradition and the three letters have also come to mean Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar, the three names traditionally (but non-Biblically) with the Wise Men who came and paid homage to Jesus.

Participate in this tradition if you wish. Feel free to toss the chalk if you do not. Either way, please know that you are an important part of Trinity, we are praying for you in these challenging times and we pray that 2021 will be a year of many blessings for you.

If you have chalked your doors, we’d LOVE to see those photos! You can drop them here or use the button below to send them our way!

Looking for even more information on this practice of chalking doors and its place within worship? Here’s an article that may help: https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/an-epiphany-blessing-of-homes-and-chalking-the-door

District Conference and Leadership Training Registration

Bring your coffee /hot tea and join us for this year’s District Conference and Training Event as we celebrate another year of ministry and anticipate the new things to come.

  • Date and Time: Sunday, January 10, 3 – 6 pm
  • Location: Virtual on-line Zoom session
  • Theme: Simplification for the Vital Congregation

Our Agenda will be as follows:

3:00-3:50 pm

  • Worship
  • Organizing the Conference
  • Election of District Leadership for 2021
  • Election of District at Large Delegates to the Virginia Annual Conference
  • Acknowledgment of Reports

4:00 – 6:00 pm

  • Leadership Training – Vital Congregations with Jorge Acevedo
    • Part 1 – Healthy Teams

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone you know to be a District Lay Delegate to the VA Annual Conference to be held in Hampton, VA, June 17 – 19, 2021, please click here to fill out a nomination form.

Completed Nomination forms are due to the District Office no later than Friday, December 11.

Registration is required for EVERYONE

Anyone may attend District Conference. Registration is required to enable us to get a good attendance record and to be sure that voting Lay and Clergy members are recognized. REGISTER below. Once you register a Zoom link and toll-free phone number will be emailed to you from the District Office.

The deadline to register is THURSDAY, January 7!

In order to have the best possible District Conference experience, please plan to join via a computer/laptop.

Winter Weather Decisions

Winter Weather Decisions

For weather related information and updates, please visit trinityumc.net/weather.

Even though our building is basically closed because of the pandemic, we still must make decisions related to opening and closing based upon winter weather conditions.

The Trinity Preschool will follow closing announcements from Henrico County Public Schools.

Even in this virtual environment, school systems will be making winter weather closing decisions.

For Trinity staff, community groups, and vendors who supply services to Trinity, we will basically follow Henrico County Public Schools closing announcements.

However, there is a slight difference. If everything comes together properly for snow removal, Trinity might be able to reopen quicker. This all depends upon our ability to clear our sidewalks and parking lots. If we can clear these areas and safely get people into the building, then we might be able to reopen a bit earlier than a large school system.

Winter weather could also impact the broadcast of Sunday worship services. This would be true if it is too dangerous to bring in Trinity staff or if we had a power outage.

As in the past, we will communicate closing and schedule adjustments via our website, social media, phone message in the church office, and local news media outlets.

If you have additional questions, please e-mail Bill Pike: bpike@trinityumc.net

Pastor’s Corner January

Pastor’s Corner January

“See, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5

I understand that a new year is just a marking of time. It is arbitrary. It is a bit artificial. January 1 is simply twenty-four hours after December 31. Nevertheless I, like and you I suspect as well as the rest of the world, am eager to put 2020 behind us. What a year!

The pandemic has disrupted all of our lives. The political year displayed just how divided we are. There are many beloved who are still with us, but upon another shore. I also know that the pain and disruption is still with us, and will remain with us for a while.

Yet. Yet, even so. This is a new year and a year so full of promise and hope. I’m excited! But before 2020 is a memory we put behind us, a couple of observations: God is faithful. This is not news, we have always known it. But how powerfully it has been demonstrated, and continues to be demonstrated. Reality has surrounded and embodied words we have long used, God is our strength and shield. A very present help in times of trouble. Can anyone doubt it? Let’s give thanks to the God who continues to hold us up.

Trinity is faithful. I want to call this to your mind and in the same breath say, “Thank you.” Back in March when the pandemic swept among us and our world was turned upside down, I reminded you that the Great Commandment is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. A second commandment is like it, love your neighbor as yourself. It is my prayer that years from now when some future church historian is writing our book, he/she will say every decision made put love for and safety of the community and the church family before all other considerations. Over the past nine months we have made some hard, agonizing decisions but I believe that they reflect who we are and what we value. In the midst of all this, our congregation has been profoundly faithful in supporting the church and even more in supporting our outreach into the community. You should feel justifiably proud.

Our commission is ever before us. 2021 promises to offer a return to a new normal. We are looking forward to coming back! But I firmly believe that the experiences of this years is causing many people to re-evaluate their lives. THEY NEED THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST! Our commission, our message, our work is more important now than ever. We may be looking forward to taking a sigh of relief but we cannot rest from our labors. God is sending us into the world. It is a new year. It is a new world.

But it is the eternal hope that we bear and proclaim. Welcome 2021!
May God bless us, every one.

Larry Lenow