Crisis at Trinity

James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor
James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor

by James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor

The Greek word for change is crisis. It means things won’t be the same. People come. People leave. Missions and ministries change. This summer will see Trinity’s staff working hard on new opportunities for worship and spiritual formation for our members and guests.

Eileen Gilmer, Trinity’s Associate Pastor, is in her first year of the Course of Study at Wesley Theological Seminary. The classes will last the month of July. Her studies this summer will include: Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit, Pastoral Leadership and Administration, Pastor as Interpreter of the Bible, and Pastoral Care for Spiritual Formation. Eileen will spend each July for the next 5 years working through the course of study program. The COS is part of her education as a Licensed Local Pastor in The United Methodist Church.

Ellen LaCroix is Trinity’s Director of Children’s Choir. She is also a 2nd year seminary student at Wesley Theological Seminary when she returns there in the fall. This summer, Ellen will apply her gift of preaching on Thursdays and record them on video. She will assist our clergy staff with funerals and weddings. She plans to begin a Children’s Worship experience for Trinity’s children, starting soon. She also will launch a new Bible study this summer off Trinity’s campus at a local hangout/establishment for persons who want to drop by and discuss the Bible, their faith, and spiritual issues.

Nick McMichael is Trinity’s Leader of Youth Ministries. He is a 2nd year seminary student at Wesley Theological Seminary. Nick will teach Sunday School this fall. In early July, he will lead our youth on an Appalachian Service Project retreat. Nick will preach from time to time this summer and will assist with funerals and weddings at Trinity. He’s already grown fond of Trinity’s youth and loves being their pastor. Nick also found time to take classes at Wesley Seminary in early June to notch a few more areas of expertise on his belt.

The last crisis at Trinity involves our Education Ministry. Trinity offers Sunday School classes during the 9:30 hour all summer. The Worship and Education ministries at Trinity are designing our Worship and Sunday School to provide our members with increased offerings during our Sunday School and worship times. You will find new and exciting adult, youth and children Sunday School classes when our fall term begins in September.

As you can see, lots of things are changing at Trinity. Change is good. Crisis always contains creative opportunities to address the needs of the people of God. God is among and leading the people and ministries of Trinity Church. Thanks be to God!



A Snapshot of Why You’re So Important to Trinity

by Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor
Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

I guess it’s not really a snapshot; it’s more of a portrait. We love seeing your smiling face here at Trinity, and we’d love to have your smile be a part of our pictorial directory. We started this project last year and after some detours in the process, we’re finally about to go to press. However, we want as many Trinity members and friends to be a part of this project as possible. Whether you weren’t attending the last time we took pictures, have had a change in your family, or didn’t have a chance to take part, it’s not too late! We’ll have two more dates for you to get your picture taken.

Friday, July 18

2 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 19

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


This directory is more than just a compilation of pictures, phone numbers, emails and addresses. This is an important historical document of our Trinity family. We have directories in our church office that go back years and years. They show smiling families from decades ago. Some of them are still attending; some have moved away; and others are with the church eternal. This is also an important way for new members to get to know those of us who’ve been here for a while.

If you get your picture taken for the directory, you’ll get a free 8×10 picture. You’ll also have the chance to purchase more pictures, but are not obligated to do so. If you would like to take part but those dates don’t work, there’s still a chance to book a sitting. I can let you know when other churches in the area are having their photo sessions and we can get you in there.

Please sign-up for your sitting online, or call the office and we can help you book the time. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call either Harriet or me in the office. Thanks for helping us make the new directory a success!


A Childlike Faith

Amy Crisp, Minister of Education
Amy Crisp, Minister of Education

by Amy Crisp, Minister of Education

People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

Mark 10:13-16

These familiar words from Mark took on new meaning for me last month during the mission trip in Honduras. During our trip, we worked with the children at the Children’s Village associated with Heart to Heart. The majority of these children have histories of abuse, and I was unsure of how they would respond to our presence. The amazing thing is, they did not respond as children who were afraid to trust or to love or even to welcome.

As soon as we pulled up to the village on the first day, the children ran out and swarmed our van. They were beyond excited to see us. And the fact that they didn’t know some of us did not stop or slow them down. They eagerly opened the door of our van and began pulling us out one by one for hugs and high fives.

I could imagine Jesus receiving that same welcome and love. Children swarming him, climbing up him, pulling on his hands to get his attention. Excited. Full of joy.

Jesus celebrated this childlike faith. A faith that welcomes and loves without fear and boundaries. A faith that reaches out to the stranger to welcome him or her in. A faith full of joy and excitement, that sees new life springing forth at every turn.

How can we begin to embody that kind of faith?


A Teaching Congregation

Ellen LaCroix, Children's Choir Director
Ellen LaCroix, Children’s Choir Director

by Ellen LaCroix

In recent weeks a number of individuals have asked me, “What are you going to do during the summer now that classes are over?” Truth be told, I have an awesome plan for the summer. I will be working at Trinity full-time! As a part of the Masters of Divinity program I am required to complete an internship within a local church, and Trinity has graciously agreed to let me work here this summer.

The goal of this internship is to help polish some of the skills I will need to serve the church. So, this summer I will be working on preaching, adult education, worship planning, and pastoral care. I will post a sermon weekly on the church website along with a feedback form to give you the opportunity to tell me where I need to improve. For the education component, I will teach a six week study called “Theology on Tap” starting July 17 for individuals 21 and older. We will gather at a local pub and enjoy good beer and good conversation around some classic stories in the Old Testament. To deepen my understanding of pastoral care, I will be accompanying Pastor Jim or Pastor Eileen on their home visits and working for the funeral home with families in need of a minister. Finally, I will be assisting with worship planning to intentionally think through and craft our worship services so they are a meaningful experience.

I would like to ask for your feedback in this process. I am just beginning my journey in ministry and I am looking to this congregation to help reveal where I need to grow. Thank you for allowing me the chance to really test myself and for making this community a safe space to learn. I look forward to embarking on this experience with my Trinity family.


Summer Choir

Jerry Rich, Director of Music
Jerry Rich, Director of Music

by Jerry Rich, Director of Music

Trinity’s Chancel Choir provides service music throughout the year, but in the summer we choose lighter pieces to make it easier for guest singers to join us. If you’d like to sing with us, just show up in the Music Room (Rm. 115) at 10 a.m. on any given Sunday in July or August to learn an easy-to-sing piece for that week’s 10:30 service. The July anthems are: Thy Word Is a Lamp (July 6), We Will Rise Again (July 13), Cause Us, O Lord (July 20), and Be Not Afraid (July 27); the August anthems are Something Which Is Known (August 3), Steal Away to Jesus (August 10), Spirit of the Living God (August 17), Take My Life and Let It Be (August 24), and How Can I Keep from Singing? (August 31). We don’t wear choir robes in the summer; whatever you normally wear to church will be fine. If you like to sing, why not give us a try!


Youth: ASP

Nick McMichael, Youth Director
Nick McMichael, Youth Director

by Nick McMichael, Youth Director

I am really excited about July with the youth of Trinity. On July 6, a group of 19 youth and adults will travel to Greene County, Tennessee, to work with the Appalachia Service Project. During our week there, we will assist local homeowners with repairs and other tasks that they cannot afford on their own.

Trinity has participated in ASP for several years, and I am looking forward to sharing another experience with them. Please pray for our team and the folks we will be serving while we are there.

What’s Happening at Trinity

Church & Society

by Kelly Slone

Church and Society is sponsoring a food drive for SHARE. The food pantry serves needy families in our community. The following products are desperately needed:

white sugar
vegetable oil
spaghetti sauce
breakfast cereals
jelly (grape & strawberry)
coffee (ground or instant)
black tea
diapers (any size, but sizes 3 & 4 are most requested)
feminine hygiene products


Please leave your donations in the collection boxes located in the foyers of the sanctuary or in the Fellowship Building. Thank you for helping us take care of SHARE and the hungry, needy families in our area!

Special thanks to all who donated kitchen items in June to Langley Residential Support Services. They are already putting them to good use.

 Crafts for a Cause

craftsThere is a room in the corner of the Sanctuary building that is filled with scraps of fabric, bags of stuffing and piles of pretty paper. It’s a bit of a mess, but that’s a good thing because it’s where Crafts for a Cause meets to make the pillows, bears, dolls, shelter blankets and stamped cards that go to local hospitals. Last month, the group delivered a pile of handmade cards to the Ronald McDonald House at Fairfax Hospital, where families stay while children undergo cancer treatment. The donation was gratefully received.

Crafts for a Cause will meet twice in July – on Mon, July 7, and Mon. July 21, at 7 p.m. in Room 122. Everyone’s welcome (even if you think you’re not very “crafty”). Materials and instruction provided. For more information, contact Molly Sprouse at 703-356-4896 or

Vacation Bible School

WOWTagVerCMYKAugust 18 – 22

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Ages 3 to rising 4th grade.

Pick up a registration form in the Narthex or visit


 Golf Classic

3rd Annual

We Care & Share

Golf Classic

August 18, 2014

Hidden Creek Country Club

Reston, VA

On Monday, August 18, 2014, Trinity United Methodist Church will host the 3rd Annual We Care & Share Golf Classic at beautiful Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston, VA.

The WC&S Golf Classic Steering Committee is honored to invite you to participate as a participant, a sponsor or to host a foursome in this super event. Designed to offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities to fit every personal and/or business budget, it’s sure to make an impact in front of more that 100+ players and volunteers. There are also pre- & post-event marketing opportunities.

Proceeds from this year’s We Care & Share Golf Classic will benefit various educational and spiritually focused programs and facilities that benefit children and youth locally, regionally, and in several international countries. Your support of the We Care & Share Classic will help support and grow programs that contribute to the health, welfare, and education of children and youth of all ages. Please join us and help sponsor this great 3rd annual event.

If you have any questions or need additional details, please feel free to contact any of the Steering Committee members or the event coordinator Jim Wilson.

Steering Committee

We Care & Share Golf Classic


Summer Fun

by Biscuit Gilmer, Trinity Church MascotBiscuit staff photo

Hi, kids of Trinity! I hope you’re having a great time on your summer break. Summer rocks! I’m a Labrador Retriever and we love to swim. Swimming in lakes is my favorite, but I also enjoy hopping in the pool. One summer when my family lived in Florida, we went to a beach that allowed dogs. That was cool. I got to body surf. Here’s a picture of me on New Smyrna Beach.B at beach

Do you have plans for a summer vacation? Maybe you’ll be seeing relatives, going to the beach or going to camp. Wherever you go, don’t forget that God is going with you. You carry God’s love in your heart. No matter where you may travel, you are never far away from God. You can still say prayers and talk to God 24/7.

I love to get mail. Seriously, I do. I go out to the mailbox every day and carry in the mail. So when you go on vacation, please do me a favor and send me a postcard at the church. I can’t wait to see where you’ll go!

Be safe this summer, have fun and remember my motto:

Paws for Jesus