New Beginnings

By James C. Sprouse

Annual Conference was held in Roanoke this year and one of its highlights was the commissioning and ordaining ceremony of clergy. Ellen Fillette (our former Children’s Choir Director) was commissioned at this year’s Conference and will now enter a three-year probationary period where she applies her Spirit gifts in the local church. At the end of the three years she will undergo another series of written and oral exams that culminate in her being ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church. Ellen just received her first full-time appointment to Centreville UMC at Annual Conference. Congratulations, Ellen!

On another exciting matter, Eric Song, a former Trinity Associate Pastor, will begin his pastoral leadership at Good Shepherd UMC on Hunter Mill Road, Vienna. His wife Heather will appreciate having a shorter commute for her work as faculty at George Washington University.

Chesterbrook UMC will receive new pastoral leadership as it prepares to welcome Daniel Park and his family. Daniel comes to McLean from Chicago. He and his wife have three children and are expecting their fourth. Chesterbrook is very excited about their new clergy family.

Charles Wesley will receive new pastoral leadership, too. They prepare to welcome J.P. Hong and his family. His wife, Amy, is on track to become a Deacon in the UMC. They have two children. His previous appointment was Culmore UMC. Welcome, J.P. and Amy.

The ministry team at Trinity is preparing for an exciting fall kick-off of new mission, ministry and education opportunities. Did you know that Trinity operates a Pastoral Care and Counseling Center at Trinity House (the old parsonage) and that professional counselors are there five to six days each week?

We are planning for our fall Christian Education offerings, anticipating new and more exciting classes for our children, youth, adults and our confirmands. Your ideas for new ministries, missions and outreach are always welcome. We’d love to hear about the things on your mind and heart.

These are only a few of this summer’s happenings. Don’t be scarce this summer. Have fun, enjoy your vacation time, and come to church when you’re home. Try our 8:30 am service. Try our Wednesday Noon service. Try our Celtic service. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. It will be great to see you.


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Trinity United Methodist Church is located in McLean, VA. Our weekly worship services are on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at noon. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. for children and adults. Children up to 6th grade are also invited to Children's Education during the 10:30 service. Adult Bible Study also occurs on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Please visit our website for more information.

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