Fourth Sunday in Advent: December 21
“The Most Wonder-full Time of the Year: Love”
Worship at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. - Lighting of the Advent Candles; Joy Offering Dedication
Intergenerational Participatory Christmas Pageant at 9:40 a.m. in the Sanctuary followed by Christmas crafts, activities, and snacks in the Fellowship Hall.
The “Longest Night” Service of Light and Hope at 7 p.m. with celebration of Holy Communion in the chapel.
The complete schedule of Advent events can be found here.
You are invited to attend worship services each Sunday in Advent and Christmas Eve as we prepare for the coming of the Christ Child.
Longest Night Service of Light and Hope, Sunday, December 21, 7:00 PM
For some people, the “holidays” are joyful, full of cheer, and the most wonderful time of the year. For others, however, they can bring up painful reminders of loved ones who have passed away. They can evoke powerful emotions about a family broken by divorce, distance, or dysfunction. And most people, even if the happiest of situations, find their souls hungering for a “silent night” in the midst of the feverish shopping, spending, and striving of this season, which can feel pretty distant from the Prince of Peace, Jesus, born in a simple stable. Join us on December 21st for a service of healing and wholeness, profound beauty and welcomed quiet. We’ll share communion and behold candles of light and hope in the midst of long, cold nights. Friends are welcomed to attend.
Think of this as a gift to yourself or to your neighbor whom you know is struggling this year.
Trinity is using an application called Courtyard to provide members with a pictorial directory for mobile devices and personal computers/tablets. This new directory is independent from the Member Directory currently on the Trinity website. Although they contain much of the same information, there are features in the new directory that are not available in the website member directory.
The directory is available toTrinity members who have an email address and a PC/tablet/smartphone. Smartphone users will need to download the Courtyard app to join. The link to the app is contained in an email invitation sent out by a Trinity admin person. The app is safe and secure and will allow you to perform an online search for Trinity members using your mobile device. For PC and tablet users, the Directory is available via a website link (see below).
Using your smartphone app or the Courtyard website link, you will be able to:
- Do a search by member name.
- See a member's photo (if provided), physical address, telephone number, and email address and click on the telephone number (smartphone) or email address to call or send a message.
- See a Google map showing a member's location along with directions from your house to the other member's house.
- Add/edit/update your personal information (including photos) and delete any data you don't want shown.
HOW DO I REGISTER TO GET ACCESS TO THE DIRECTORY?
Send a registration request via email to firstname.lastname@example.org .You will then receive an invitation, usually within a day, that will state:
"You have been invited to the Trinity Presbyterian Church Online Directory. In order to access the online directory, activate your account at [a personal link will be provided here that is unique to you]."
In the invitation you will see two links. The longer one is your private invitation link. You should click this link to set up your online directory account. When you click on the link, you will be asked to supply a username and password. The shorter one is your directory home page which you should bookmark for later use.
When you click the invitation link, you will be taken to the invitation acceptance page. You will see Trinity's name and your email address displayed on this page. You will also see a text field where you can enter a password. Enter the password of your choosing, and then repeat it in the Confirm Password box. Whatever you enter here will be your private password to access your online directory. You will use this password along with your email address to log in to your directory in the future. The ID and password may be saved (check box) so you don't have to enter it everytime you access the directory.
Once you set your password and click Save, you will be taken to the directory home page and you can start exploring the many features. If any of the information is incorrect, please use the Edit function to update. The birthday is not required; however, some members enter the day and month only. Also, if no photo appears, please add one if you have a recent photo.
This process ensures that invitations go only to Trinity members, your information is protected, and that only you or a Trinity admin person can edit your data. Once you have established your credentials, you can bookmark the website so you don't have to sign in everytime.
HOW DO I GET ACCESS USING MY iPHONE OR ANDROID DEVICE?
The process is similar to the above but you will need to download the Courtyard Directory App first. This app is a free download from a link to an Apple or Android app store included in your invitation message. You can also find it by searching for "Courtyard" in the App Store or via your iPhone. Once you have installed the app, enter "trinitypresbyterianherndon" for the subdomain. Additonal information is available at http://courtyardapp.com/tour.
I ENTERED A USER NAME AND PASSWORD BUT WHEN I CLICKED O.K. IT FAILED TO LOAD.
The User Name and Password cannot contain characters other than letters and numbers
CAN I EDIT THE INFORMATION IN THE DATABASE ABOUT ME AND FAMILY MEMBERS?
Yes, but only via your laptop, tablet, or PC. You cannot edit using the smartphone app.
I UPDATED MY DATA ON MY LAPTOP BUT THE NEW INFORMATION DOES NOT APPEAR ON MY SMARTPHONE
Press the refresh button on your smartphone and the changes will appear.
I DIDN'T GET THE INVITATION - HOW TO I GET ACCESS?
You may have an invalid email address. There are Trinity online directory administrators that can "invite" you to join and get you started. Send a request to
WHAT IF I WANT TO OPT OUT COMPLETELY - NOT HAVE MY NAME IN THE DIRECTORY?
Send a request to email@example.com.
I'M NOT SURE HOW ALL THIS WORKS - WHERE CAN I SEE IT IN ACTION OR GET HELP?
You can go to the Courtyard help site or email firstname.lastname@example.org or TPCadmin@trinityherndon.org.
(iOS 8 Users Only)
Trinity's Courtyard mobile/on-line directory app has been updated so it's now compatible with iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches running iOS 8 or later. This app is optimized to run on iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.
To get this app downloaded to your iPhone/iPad/iPod device with iOS 8 (and later) only, you can use the App Store to update your Courtyard App by downloading the app called Courtyard.
If you decide to use iTunes to download the app, use this URL:
For those that are using iOS 7 and earlier, this update does not apply.
Trinity Presbyterian Church and Herndon Elementary School (across the street from the church) have an ongoing partnership.
Click here to see the many opportunities there are to participate in this partnership and procedures for mentoring or volunteering. See the November Newsletter for recent news.
Trinity provides a hearing assistance system in our sancturary. The hearing loop system eliminates extraneous noise or blurring of the sound with distance from the sound source. It's as if you are in a sound-proof room and the speaker is directly in front of you. After experiencing the capability, a member of the congregation remarked, "Wow, what a difference! I didn't know what I was missing all these years."
The system is called an "induction loop" or "hearing loop" and, when coupled with a "T-coil" (telecoil)-enabled hearing aid or T-coil enabled cochlear implant, provides a greatly-enhanced listening experience. Anyone with some hearing loss but no hearing aid also can benefit from the system using a small receiver device and headphones or ear-buds. In the Health Section of the February 28th edition of the Washington Post, there was an article regarding how hearing loop systems are now available in the Kennedy Center and in Baltimore's Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
The system at Trinity is operational within the first nine rows in the sanctuary on the side where the piano and organ are located. Trinity has 3 receiver and headphone systems available for anyone who would like to experience this capability. Please contact one of the pastors or ushers prior to a worship service. If you have T-coil enabled hearing aids, the only action you need to take is to make sure the T-coil switch is in the on position.
In its 2009/2010 reviews of hearing aid models, the Hearing Review Products reported that 126 of 183 (69%) hearing aid models, including all 38 in-the-ear models and 29 of 30 conventional behind-the-ear models, come with T-coils. However, the T-coil capability embedded in many hearing aids has never been activated because the technology is not widespread in the U.S. Many hearing aids also offer a setting for a simultaneous mic and T-coil (MT) setup. In settings where one wishes both inputs, the MT setting is useful. If you have a hearing aid and want to take advantage of this capability, contact your hearing aid provider to determine if your hearing aid has this capability, and if so, ask that it be activated. Many T-coil hearing aids permit you to activate or turn off the capability depending upon the situation, so check to see if your hearing aid has such a switch.
Additional information can be obtained from www.hearingloop.org. Click here for an informative article on how some churches are "putting hearing-impaired in the loop".
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