Prayer 2019

By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” – Abraham Lincoln

Life exposes our limitations and capabilities. It demands far more from us than what we know is possible. Therefore Lincoln, one of the finest and capable presidents, is known to have been a person of prayer. However, most are unaware that he was viewed as the most irreligious president, despite his emphasis on prayer.

I asked all the parents to pray for their children this year. I also asked that they include in their prayers all those who influence their children – their children’s friends, schoolmates, classmates in school and church, pastors, teachers, neighbors, teammates, coaches, church and community leaders, and for the welfare of our country and the world. I renew my request because when I look at my own children, on one hand I thank God for the protection and grace that was provided. But on the other hand, I realize how inadequate I was as a father. I was not fully aware of all the changes that were happening to them and even if I did, I was not equipped to adequately address them. Thank God for God!

The picture is a prayer wall in Room 301. For confirmation and preteen classes, I have been asking students to write down their prayers and place them in the canvas. This exercise not only helps them to pray but also visualize in a concrete way that Trinity is a praying community. Let’s pray together to help our children grow in the Lord!



January 2019 at Trinity

Jan. 1 Office Closed  
Jan. 5 Celebration of Life: Phyllis King
Jan. 8 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes
Jan. 9 Widows’ Support Group

6:30 p.m.

Meets in the Fellowship Building.
Jan. 13 Martha’s Table Sandwich Making Sunday
Jan. 20 Celebration of Life: John Sadler

2 p.m.

Jan. 21 Office Closed  


book cover
Book Chat’s January pick

Start the New Year with a book! The Trinity Book Chat will meet on Tuesday, January 8, to discuss The Girl Who Wrote in Silk, by Kelli Estes, a novel inspired by true events that speaks to the endurance of the human spirit and the human heart. We’ll get together at 6:30 p.m. in the Trinity Library. Bring a light dinner (dessert is provided) and enjoy fellowship and lively conversation. Reading the book isn’t even required! Contact Kathy Maher to be added to the e-mail list. Coming up: Our book for February is West With the Night, by Beryl Markham.


New Year, New Routines

by Jerry Rich, Director of Music

“The New Year is here, and I am looking for a resolution.”

If you are having this thought, why not join one of Trinity’s choirs? Choir is more than rehearsing, ringing and singing. It is a vital part of Trinity whose members feel called to minister to others through music.

Join one of our choirs and you will:

1) Be a part of the church’s worship life

2) Fellowship with others who feel God’s call to serve through music

3) Experience how music becomes an extension of God’s word

Qualifications for joining a choir include:

1) Loving Jesus with all your heart

2) Wanting to express through music what God has done for you

3) Being willing to serve at Trinity

You don’t have to be a great singer or ringer (although we are blessed with those!). If God has called you to serve in a choir, others will help you begin your journey in this new way to serve. Remember that “God does not call the qualified; rather, he qualifies the called”. If God is calling you to serve at Trinity through its music program, please make a resolution now to try one of its choirs!

  • Trinity Trebles, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. in Langley Hall for dinner (ages 4 – 6th grade)
  • Youth Choir, 1st & 3rd Sundays, 11:40 a.m. in the Chapel (grades 7 – 12)
  • Trinity Ringers, Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. in Room 115
  • Chancel Choir, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. in Room 115

For more information, please contact Jerry Rich.

Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life (Dec. 2)


Our Prayer List

Abby, Addy, Alexis, Amy, Andrea, Andrew, Ann, Anne, Annie Ruth, Annie, Ashley, Barb, Barbara, Bates family, Beth, Bill, Bobbie, Brenda, Buddy, Burl, Carl, Carla, Carol Ann, Carol, Carrie, Carroll, Cathy, Charlie, Cherié, Clary family, Dane, Daniel, Darlene, Dave, David, Dean, Debbie, Del, Diana, Dorothy, Ed, Ella, Emma, Erika, Flo, Florian, Frank, Fred, Gary, George, Gloria, Herb, Herb, Holly, Jane, Janet, Jean, Jeff, Jerome, Jerry, Jim, Jim & Sharon, Joan, Joe, John Matthew, John, Jon, Josh, Joyce, JR, Judy, Julie, June, Kaela, Kate & Leo, Kay, Ken, Lance, Laurel, Layne, Len, Lenny, Leonida, Lilly, Lincoln, Linda, Lindie, Lisa, Liz, LJ, Lorraine, Lou, Maddy, Marcia, Marciene, Mark, Martha, Mary, Mary Lou, Matt, McCullough family, Megan, Merlin, Michele, Michelle, Mike, Molly, Nancy, Niko, Olivia, Patty, Paul, Paul & Jeanette, Paula, Pauline, Peg, Peggy & Bill, Peggy, Penny, Phyllis, Ray, Richard, Robert, Ron & Maryann, Rosa, Sadler family, Sally, Sandy, Sarkees, Scott, Scott & Kathy, Sherry, Steve, Sue, Susan, Suzanne, Teresa, Terry, Theresa, Thomas, Tiki, Tom, Tonia, Tony, Torry, Vanna, Virginia, Vivian, the people of the Carolinas and the Florida panhandle and California, migrants, and those affected by mass shootings.

We extend sympathy to Jennifer, Jeff, Matt and David Sadler and their families on the Nov. 27 death of their father John Sadler. A service to celebrate John’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on January 20, 2019.

Pray with Us Each Weekday

Eileen Gilmer prays on Facebook each weekday at 7 a.m. Tune in to begin your day with your church family. The video is also posted to her profile and the church’s Facebook page (Trinity UMC, McLean).

This week  

Join Pastor Jim for Bible Study for a new Advent study, We’re Not That Different from Joseph, a video series by Adam Hamilton. Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. This week: A Carpenter Names Joseph.

Crafts for a Cause is counting on you to drop by the Holiday Bazaar on Sunday in the Fellowship Building following both worship services. The Bazaar will be open each Sunday between now and Dec. 16, 9:30 a.m.—12 p.m. We accept cash, check and credit card.

Share Angel Tree gifts with tag are due Sunday. Gifts will be distributed at Share’s annual party later this week. Thank you for helping make the clients’ holiday special.

Widows Support Group will meet on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for a potluck and to discuss the book, Option B by Sheryl Sandberg. The next gathering will be Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. for the Blue Christmas service in the Chapel.

Collection Drive for Share

Trinity’s Church & Society Committee sponsors monthly collections for local and worldwide ministries. During the month of December, we are collecting items for Share, our local food pantry that serves many homeless and underemployed members of our community. Their biggest needs now are:

  •  Vegetable Oil-48 oz
  •  Canned Fruit
  •  Canned Corn
  •  Pasta sauce- can or plastic
  •  1-2 lb bags Rice
  •  Canned black beans
  •  Canned chick peas
  •  Feminine Hygiene
  •  Diapers and Wipes

Please place donations in the bins outside the Sanctuary and in the Fellowship Building.

Crafts for a Cause

Find something for everyone on your list at the Crafts for a Cause Holiday Bazaar, going on every Sunday from 9:30 to noon in the Fellowship Building, through Dec. 16. The inventory changes every week, with tasty food, baby gifts and toys, pet treats, Christmas goodies and a new gifts for men section. You can’t find ANY of these things on Amazon, and all proceeds go to the Crafts ministry for the next year. We accept cash, checks and credit cards.

If you’re interested in exploring the Crafts group, we have two work sessions coming up when volunteers make comfort items for hospitals and shelters – Mon., Dec. 3, and Mon., Dec. 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 124. We also have homework, and a Loom Hat project. For more information, contact Molly Sprouse.

in the Chapel

Moms’ Group Cookie Exchange

Please join us on Sunday, December 9 at 7 p.m. at the home of Erika Keough (6360 Lynwood Hill Rd, McLean). What you need to bring: About 3 dozen cookies/brownies/treats to exchange and an empty container to hold your share of the goodies. Questions? Contact Jessica Faust.


What’s Happening at Trinity (Dec. 2018)

Dec. 3 & 17 Crafts for a Cause
7 p.m.
Learn about the latest projects:
Dec. 5 Widow Support Group
6:30 p.m.
We will discuss Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
Dec. 9 Children’s musical
10:30 a.m.
Trinity Trebles presents Aaron, the Allergic Shepherd
Dec. 9 Moms’ Group Cookie Exchange, 7 p.m. RSVP Jessica Faust
Dec. 9 Martha’s Table Sandwich Making
Dec. 16 Lessons & Carols
10:30 a.m.
Dec. 16 Advent Workshop
2—4:30 p.m.
Annual children’s event. To learn more and register:
Dec. 19 Blue Christmas
7 p.m.
A service of remembrance for those who feel loss.
Dec. 24 Christmas Eve worship
5, 8 & 10 p.m.
Celebrate Christ’s birth with your Trinity Church family
Dec. 24-26 Office Closed

Book Chat will take a break for the holidays and resume on Tuesday, January 8, with a discussion of The Girl Who Wrote in Silk, by Kelli Estes, a powerful story about family secrets that testifies to the endurance of the human spirit and the human heart. We meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Trinity Library. Bring a light dinner (dessert is provided) and enjoy fellowship and lively conversation. Questions? Contact Kathy Maher.

Moms’ Group Cookie Exchange

Please join us on Sunday, December 9 at 7 p.m. at the home of Erika Keough (6360 Lynwood Hill Rd, McLean). What you need to bring: About 3 dozen cookies/brownies/treats to exchange and an empty container to hold your share of the goodies. Questions? Contact Jessica Faust.


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Music During December at Trinity

Our ringers and singers look forward to sharing the musical joys of the Christmas season with you! We will offer familiar holiday carols arranged by Stephen Caracciolo, Sandra Eithun, Kevin McChesney, Cathy Moklebust, John Rutter, and David Willcocks; we will also present contemporary settings of Away in a Manger, In the Bleak Midwinter, Lo How a Rose, and Sussex Carol. The Trinity Trebles will present its Nativity musical on December 9 at 10:30 a.m., and on December 16 the adult choirs will offer a service of Lessons and Carols at 10:30 a.m. On Christmas Eve, please bring your heartiest caroling voices to the Sanctuary to help us proclaim the birth of the Christ Child during one of our services at 5, 8 & 10 p.m.!

Where Was Jesus Born?

Henny Gilmer, Trinity Church mascot

If you are reading this December 2 or after, Happy Advent! What an awesome time of year. Advent is the season where we prepare for the birth of Jesus. You can think of it as a giant birthday party for Jesus, and we’re all invited! That reminds me of a question from one of our Sunday School classes. The kids ask: Where was Jesus born? Great question!

We celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25. That’s Christmas! This answers when we celebrate, but our smart Sunday School children want to know where he was born. How do we answer that? If you said that we look to the Bible, you’re right. The Bible tells us all we need to know. Matthew and Luke talk about Jesus’ birth. We read in Luke that Joseph and Mary were living in Nazareth, but had to return to Joseph’s hometown of Bethlehem to be counted by the government in a process called a census. While they were in Bethlehem, Jesus was born.

Here’s something really cool. Bethlehem is called the city of David. You might remember David when he was a boy and fought a giant named Goliath. David grew up to be a king one thousand years before Jesus lived. He was also a relative of Joseph. So, Jesus was considered to be from the “House of David,” meaning he was a relative of David. This was predicted, or “prophesied” in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament).

Ask your parents, older brothers or sisters, or your grandparents to help you find Bethlehem on a map. It’s in the country of Israel. Bethlehem is 5,904 miles from McLean. If you took a plane from Washington, it would take you about 15 hours to fly to Tel Aviv, then you’d still have to drive another 36 miles to get to Bethlehem. Although Jesus’ place of birth is far away from us, his love is as close as our heart. As we celebrate with gifts on Christmas day, let’s also remember the greatest gift of all: Jesus.

Merry Christmas and remember our motto: Paws for Jesus!