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

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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.
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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.