The Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) is once again coordinating the regional effort to collect blankets for refugees who have fled Syria and other countries for Turkey due to the violence in the Middle East. Last year more than 18,000 blankets (12 tons) were collected and shipped to Turkey. This year’s blanket drive will conclude November 22 with collection locations throughout Northern Virginia. Both new and gently used blankets are accepted; additional details on the collection drive and locations can be found at www.helpsyrianrefugees.us.
The closest collection center to Trinity is The ADAMS Center, located at 46903 Sugarland Rd., Sterling, VA.
Churches from the Herndon area community will join together for a Thanksgiving Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church, November 23rd at 7:00 p.m. A joint choir from participating churches will sing. All are welcome!
LINK is in the business of loving people, regardless of their circumstances. On November 15th and the days and weeks leading up to our LINK Thanksgiving Holiday Program, more than 50,000 pounds of food was collected and donated to LINK so that we could provide more than 776 families food for 3 – 5 days. Thousands of gently used coats, scarves, hats, mittens and winter clothing were distributed. LINK was able to give $22,310 in grocery gift cards to the families.
The 2014 Holiday Program continues through December. Volunteers are needed to help pick up food from schools and businesses, sort food, escort clients, deliver food to homebound clients, and more. We also need donations of food, gently used winter clothing, and new toys for newborns – 16 years of age. We need to collect 4000 new toys for the 1900+ children who are registered.
LINK needs YOUR help!! We need Food Drives, Toy Drives and donations. Volunteers as young as 10 years of age (with parents) are welcome. The date for the December distribution is December 13. We especially need help during the week preceding this date.
- To volunteer for the LINK Christmas Program (Dec. 8 – 13) – click here.
LINK will need to collect close to 100,000 pounds of food, more than 2000 gently-used winter coats & clothing items, more than 4000 new toys, and monetary donations to provide more than $47,000 in grocery gift cards to families who will register for the Holiday Program. If your school, church, scouting group, civic group, business, or neighbors would like to run a drive for LINK, please contact us! You can email – firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
LINK’s Top Needs - canned fruit, pasta sauce, tomato products, canned meant, potatoes, hearty soup, hamburger helper, canned pasta, jelly. Please pass on this list to anyone asking to donate food.
For other volunteer opportunities, contact LINK at firstname.lastname@example.org
YOUR SPIRITUAL COMMITMENT TO OUR STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN
Thank you to everyone who has returned a Time & Talent Survey. If you have not yet done so, click here to complete the form on-line.
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.
NOTE: CURRENTLY THE APPLICATION DOES NOT SUPPORT APPLE iOS 8. The developer is aware of the issue and is working on an upgrade.
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 email@example.com .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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or TPCadmin@trinityherndon.org.
Twenty-one new members joined the Trinity family on October 19th. Click here to learn about the interests and occupations of our most recent members.
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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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