Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: April 29


Abby, Amber, Amy, Andrea, Andrew, Anne, Ashley, Bill, Callen, Carl & Heather, Carla, Carol Anne, Cathryn, Christina, Christopher, Curry, Daniel, Darlene, Debbie, Dorothy, Ed, Ella, Frank, Helen, Herb, Holly, Jacob, Jane, Jason, Jim & Sharon, Johnny, Josh, Julie, Kaela, Ken, KK, Lacaire family, Layne, Lilly, Lincoln, Loretta, Margaret, Marlene, Mary, Max, Michelle, Miller family, Millers, Nancy, Nina, Paula, Peggy & bill, Ralph, Rashonda, Robert, Rocky, Susan, Steve, Vivian, and Yancey.

Join Pastor Jim for Bible Study on The Apocryphal Jesus. This video series, presented by The Ohio State University professor, Dr. David Brakke, will examine the non-canonical writings about Jesus, his family and the early apostles. These writings provide historical evidence for the diversity of early Christian thought. Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. This week: Young Jesus in the Infancy Gospel of Thomas

Acolytes & Crucifers Needed: Children and youth in Pre-K through 12th grade are invited to help lead our 10:30 worship as acolyte (light candles), crucifer (process with cross) and Langley Bell Ringer. It’s easy to sign up, just visit

Altar Flowers:

Church & Society will hold a meeting after 10:30 worship on Sunday, May 6 in Room 402. All those who are interested in learning more about the work of this committee are welcome to attend. Contact William Liu.

Crafts for a Cause: Across the world in Uganda, there are 52 girls who now have a brand-new dress and a doll, thanks to the work of Crafts for a Cause. And not so far away in Fairfax, 120 newborns went home from Fair Oaks Hospital with a knit cap, and patients found comfort from neck pillows, lap blankets, heart pillows and surgery dolls. Trinity’s crafts group is also providing backpacks, pajamas, stuffed animals and toiletries to foster kids through the Comfort Cases project sponsored by Caroline Speidel.

If you would like to be a part of this ministry, join Crafts for a Cause on alternating Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 in Room 124. Upcoming sessions: May 7 and May 21. We also have homework projects. Details:

Music Notes: The Prelude is an organ transcription from Cantata #156 by Johann Sebastian Bach; its cantabile or “singing” melody is balanced by the gentle, walking bass line. The Anthem is a famous gospel hymn by William Runyan (see #140 in our Hymnal); it became very popular through its inclusion in Billy Graham’s crusades and is heard today in a 1996 arrangement by Mark Hayes (b. 1953). The Offertory (ca. 1770) is by Domenico Gallo; formerly attributed to Giovanni Pergolesi, Gallo’s melody was incorporated by Igor Stravinsky into the latter’s 1928 ballet Pulcinella. The Postlude is a transcription of the finale to the Concerto in D for lute or guitar by Antonio Vivaldi.

Service Hours Opportunity: The Worship Committee has an opportunity for youth and children who need service hours. It requires helping out with worship details on Sundays. Please contact Gail Cardwell or Pastor Keith for more info.

Shepherd’s Center Needs Volunteers: Drivers needed to take seniors to and from medical appointments, the pharmacy and grocery store. No specific time commitment is needed. Please call to hear how easy it is to help the Shepherd’s Center, at 703-506-2199 or visit our brand new website at

Taste of Korea: Saturday, May 5 event at Korean UMC of Greater Washington (1219 Swinks Mill Rd, McLean). Authentic Korean food, culture, games and a rummage sale.

Online Giving: Fast. Easy. Convenient. GIVE ONLINE: or TEXT TO GIVE: Simply send a text to 703-454-5532 with the amount you would like to contribute; include the dollar sign (example: $25) and follow the secure link that is sent to you. Thanks for your continued support!

Wonderful Wednesday Dinners are served 6-7 p.m. each week. After dinner you are invited to stay for Trinity Trebles, Pastor Sprouse’s Bible Study or fellowship with your church family.

Youth Group, for grades 7-12, has a wonderful schedule to engage teens in their faith journey. Please join us! If you would like more information, please talk to Pastor Keith.

April 29 11:45 a.m. Confirmation & Youth Group

Talk on Relationships

Youth Choir

May 6 9:30 a.m. Confirmation

11:45 a.m. Open Sunday: Games, etc.

May 13 11:45 a.m. Confirmation & Youth Group

Youth Choir

May 20 10:30 a.m. Confirmation Celebration

11:30 a.m. Confirmation Banquet

Youth are invited to the Confirmation Banquet. Please RSVP to Keith.


Crafts for a Cause: May 2018

Across the world in Uganda, there are 52 girls who now have a brand-new dress and a doll, thanks to the work of Crafts for a Cause. And not so far away in Fairfax, 120 newborns went home from Fair Oaks Hospital with a knit cap, and patients found comfort from neck pillows, lap blankets, heart pillows and surgery dolls. Trinity’s crafts group is also providing backpacks, pajamas, stuffed animals and toiletries to foster kids through the Comfort Cases project sponsored by Caroline Speidel.

If you would like to be a part of this ministry, join Crafts for a Cause on alternating Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 in Room 124. Upcoming sessions: May 7 and May 21. We also have homework projects. Details:

What Will Your Role Be in Our Next Level Innovation?

By James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor

What’s next for Trinity in NLI, Next Level Innovation? In May, the Staff and Lay Leader will develop a Worship Planning Team (WPT) to make worship more conducive to new visitors. Our target audience will be persons forty and under. The WPT will develop:

  1. A sermon series that is relevant to persons not now attending.
  2. The skill of integrating the theme of the service into the sermon, the music and audio/visuals
  3. The WPT will work to diversify Trinity’s music offerings and engage more laity in the music ministry.
  4. Explore and develop a video live-stream.

A Vision Funding Team (VFT) will be created using a team of persons oriented toward generous giving and who have skills around vision, gratitude and communications. The VFT will develop and deploy both a Stewardship Campaign and Capital Campaign for 2018/2019.

Trinity’s Executive Council will help create a Community Connection Team (CCT) that will develop a plan for improving Trinity’s hospitality. In the fall the CCT will lead our entire church in hospitality training. They will recruit and deploy greeters to all entrances of the church and the parking lot to assist new guests/visitors and those who may need assistance. CCT will develop one or two third-place ministries (soccer fields, gyms, coffee shops, pubs, etc.) which will connect TUMC to younger and more diverse ministries. Finally, the CCT will lead our congregation in a prayer walk around the local neighborhoods and possible third-place sites.

Lastly, our Executive Council will create a Vision Team (VT) which will deploy the volunteer recruiting and membership training programs so that they align with our church’s vision for our future.

We NEED YOU to join the NLI team(s) of your choosing. Speak to our pastors and lay leadership. Tell us where you see your gifts best aligning with the goals of NLI. Together we’ll build a beautiful and bright future for present and future members of Trinity Church and make the ministry of Christ among us known throughout McLean.

Shalom, Jim S.


Care & Compassion at Trinity Church

By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.”

        Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

The woman who wrote that quote was a psychiatrist who did ground-breaking work on grief. You’ve probably heard of the five stages of grief she documented: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. She did amazing work in the area of helping those who are facing illness and death. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross got it. She did not shy away from the struggle.

Grief is just one of the challenges most of us will face in our lives. There are plenty of others. Some will be easier to get through; some will be more difficult. As Christians, we know from reading the Bible that we are not alone in our struggles. But, sometimes it can be difficult to remember that fact.

There’s another way you are not alone. You have three clergy members who are here for you. We love being a part of your life in all the times you’ll encounter. We invite you to come by the church, meet us after worship or join us for coffee near your home or work. You’ll often find one of us at hospital bedsides, meeting members for lunch or making phone-call check-ins. These personal connections are a vital part of what we do. You are our church family and we take your care seriously.

There will be times when someone might need help finding a mental health counselor. We are blessed to have a wonderful team of counselors who are as close as Trinity House, located on our campus. There is a psychiatrist, multiple psychologists and a social worker. Between them, they cover many areas of expertise and treat all age groups, including children.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Jim, Keith or me if you ever need us. We are happy to listen, pray with you, provide support and help however we can. As Elisabeth Kubler-Ross said, you are the “most beautiful people we have known.”

I’ll see you in church!


NLI for the Next Generation and Summer Camp 2018

By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor

NLI for The Next Generation

Trinity is full steam ahead with Next Level Innovation (NLI), and I anticipate much change, development and strengthening in various ministries. The question for us is, “How is NLI going to impact our next generation ministries?” The ministries to our children, youth and young adults are vital when we want to grow into the future.

There are four areas of leadership that NLI requires: Vision Team, Vision Fundraising Team, Hospitality-Communication Connection Team & Worship Planning Team, and Discipleship Team. We are recruiting members to participate in these teams, and I am writing this to highlight the need for parents, concerned grandparents, youth and young adults to be involved in the NLI process.

When visions and goals do not line up among different ministries, the church as a whole does not reap all the benefits from the efforts and sacrifices made by leaders and members. There is no synergy but a seemingly inefficient operation of ministries. When there is a clear and relevant focus then each ministry adds to the whole. Everyone involved feels like s/he is part of something greater and more meaningful.

I would love to see concerned parents, youth and young adults be involved in the visioning, fundraising, hospitality and discipling process of NLI. We need your ideas, creativity, work and participation.

Summer Camp 2018

Put yourself in your kids’ shoes. Remember the long school days? And then you hit summer vacation and how excited you got because you didn’t have to go to school for a while? Then imagine your parents telling you that you have to go to Sunday SCHOOL … School again, mom?!##:-(

Hopefully this summer will be little different. I hope to get kids excited, engaged and educated through music, crafts, videos and games for the summer. Spring semester ends on June 17 with a celebration picnic, and summer session begins June 24.

We need musicians, artists, dancers, singers and educators because it’s going to be Summer Camp 2018! Please let me know if you’re interested in joining the summer camp team and allow our teachers to have a well-deserved break to be recharged for Fall 2018.


May 2018 at Trinity

May 6 Church & Society

11:30 a.m.

Committee meeting in Room 402; newcomers welcome
May 7 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Meet in Room 124 for fellowship and crafting. Instructions provided.
May 8 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. For more, visit
May 12 Men’s Breakfast

7 a.m., Langley Hall

A meal and fellowship for the TUMC men. Contact: Jim Wilson
May 13 The Sound of Believin’

10:30 a.m.

Presented by Trinity Trebles

For more, visit:

May 20 Confirmation at the 10:30 a.m. service

Class of 2018: Kate Black, Kyle Black, Sydney Detwiler, Evan Dunn, Jake Hensley, Lauren Hensley, Joyce Lee, Claire Montgomery, Sophia Raveling, Anna Speidel, Owen Sullivan, Riley Turk

May 21 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Meet in Room 124 for fellowship and crafting. Instructions provided.
May 28 Office Closed  
June 2 Tales As Old As Time
free concert, 7 p.m.
For more, visit:

The Sound of Believin’

By Catherine Wethington, Director of Children’s & Youth Choirs

The Trinity Trebles will be performing and brand new and never before heard musical written by yours truly and Keith Lee. The show flashes back to the 60’s and tells us about questions that Wise Wendy had when she was young. Questions that all of us have had when we were young- Why do we need to go to church? Do you think God is real? Does God answer prayers? Can God help us when we are scared or sad? The overall message of the musical comes from Matthew 7:8, Jesus’ sermon on the mount when he states- “for everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks the door will be opened.” With a little help from our friends- Buffalo Springfield, the Monkees, The Beatles, Three Dogs Night, Rolling Stones, and more- we bring this story to life and enjoy a few of our favorite tunes along the way. The Trinity Trebles will present The Sound of Believin’ on May 13, Mother’s Day at 10:30 a.m. It’s a show you won’t want to miss!

Have a Groovy Day!


Free Concert: Tales As Old As Time

by Jerry Rich, Director of Music

Trinity’s Music Ministry will present its annual concert on Saturday, June 2, at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Soloists Philip Keirstead, Catherine Wethington, Nadine Wethington, Joey Wilson, and Michelle Zenk will be joined by the Chancel Choir, Trinity Ringers, and Trinity Trebles, all accompanied by Music Director Jerry Rich. The theme is “Tales As Old As Time;” selections will include Abide with Me, And This Is My Beloved from Kismet, Chi il bel sogno from La Rondine, Gautier’s Le secret for one piano/six hands, Go the Distance from Hercules, Great Is Thy Faithfulness, I Got You Babe from Groundhog Day, I See the Light from Tangled, Hakuna Matata from Lion King, Once upon a Dream from Sleeping Beauty, Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz, Rainbow Connection from The Muppet Movie, and Suo Gân from Empire of the Sun. Admission is free.

May 2016 Book Chat

If you’d like to try Trinity’s book club before it breaks for the summer, please join us in the Library on Tuesday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Madame Bovary, the debut novel of French writer Gustave Flaubert, about a character who lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life. It caused quite a stir when it was published in 1856, but it’s now considered to be Flaubert’s masterpiece, and one of the most influential literary works in history. For more information about Book Chat – or to be added to the email list – contact Kathy Maher.

Do We Need to See to Believe?

Duke Rose, Trinity Church mascot

Happy month of May to all the kids of Trinity Church! Summer is so close I can almost taste it, and by that I mean I can almost taste the treats I get when my family has a picnic! I can smell them before I ever see them in the basket. I know they are there, even when I can’t see them yet.

That reminds me of Thomas. He was one of Jesus’ closest friends. He was a disciple, one of the people who helped Jesus during his ministry. After Jesus died, the disciples were in a room trying to figure out what to do. Thomas wasn’t there that night. Jesus appeared to the rest of the disciples. He even walked through walls to see them! How cool is that?

Of course, the other disciples told Thomas all about it and he didn’t believe them! He said he would have to touch Jesus to believe it was really him. (That’s why he’s gotten the nickname Doubting Thomas.) Do you know what Jesus did next? He came back a few days later when the disciples were gathered again. This time Thomas WAS there.

Jesus didn’t make Thomas feel bad for having doubts. Jesus told Thomas he could touch Jesus’ hands and side if he needed proof, but Thomas shouted out, “My Lord and God!” Thomas knew it was Jesus.

This is where the story gets even cooler. Jesus told Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Jesus is talking about us! We can’t see Jesus right now, but we are blessed because we can believe without having to see him.

You can read the story in your Bible. Look up John 20:19-29. If you don’t have a Bible, just call the church office or let one of the pastors know. They’ll get you a special Bible just for kids!

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Remember my motto: Paws for Jesus!

Duke Dog