March 2020 at Trinity

March 2 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

March 8 Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday
March 8 Executive Council

11:45 a.m.

March 10 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

Finding Dorothy, by Elizabeth Letts
March 21 Christ House
March 16 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

March 21 Christ House
March 28 Good Works Day

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

See details below.
March 29 Celtic Service

5 p.m.

March 30 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Support our Preschool while eating at Chipotle on Wednesday, March 4. Visit the restaurant at 6707 Old Dominion Dr. in McLean between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tell them you are supporting the cause and 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Trinity Preschool of McLean.

Spring Good Works Day

Saturday, March 28

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Trustees and Church & Society will host Trinity’s Spring Good Works Day on March 28, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. followed by a BBQ chicken lunch. Trustees will have the tools and supplies for helpers of all ability levels to work on inside and outside projects around the campus including the Fellowship Building and Trinity House. Drop in when you are able and join your friends for a morning of service that will enhance our campus and serve our neighbors, then stay for BBQ and fellowship. For more information please contact Wayne Detwiler for trustee projects (; William Liu for Church and Society projects (; and Reba Page for Trinity Cooks Crew (

Musical Offerings for Lent

Trinity’s Chancel Choir will present a just-published anthem in March (the distinguished composer Elaine Hagenberg’s comforting You Do Not Walk Alone) while bringing back several choir favorites: an Italianate Kyrie (created by the teen-aged Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart upon returning from his third stay in Milan), Thou Knowest, Lord, the Secrets of Our Hearts (a touching prayer written by Henry Purcell for the funeral of Queen Mary and sung at his own funeral in Westminster Abbey later that year), O God, Be Merciful to Me (a melodious miniature long attributed to the Renaissance master Lassus but now thought to be a 19th-century confection), Wondrous Love (an evergreen arrangement of this popular shape-note hymn by Marie Pooler), and O Love (also composed by Hagenberg). The Trinity Ringers’ Lenten offering will be Jason Krug’s dramatic setting of Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed (#294 in our Hymnal). If you’re thinking of joining one of Trinity’s adult choirs, now is a perfect time to attend a Thursday evening rehearsal* and see what we’re preparing for Easter!


* Trinity Ringers rehearses at 6:30 p.m. and Chancel Choir at 7:30 p.m. Contact Jerry Rich for more.


Feb 2020 Trinity Trebles

Happy New Year!

The Trebles are starting a new year with new music. We have been singing, dancing and playing already in just one rehearsal! It was a lot of fun! We will be singing in our first performance in February, so if you haven’t been able to join us, you still have a chance to be ready! You are welcome!

Youth: Keep an eye out for an email soon. I would like to invite ALL of the youth to our first music get together in February—no singing necessary! The only music skill you will need is to be able to count to four. I promise!

See you soon!

Musically Yours,

Michelle Zenk

Choral, Handbell, and Organ Music for February 2020

If you’d like to know how our adult choirs plan to mark the transition from hope-filled Epiphany to reflective Lent while also celebrating Black History Month, here are some of the musical offerings we will share with the Trinity community during Sunday services this February.

EPIPHANY IV, V, and VI (February 2, 9, 16): We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace is a spiritual based on Psalm 23 as arranged by the distinguished African American choral conductor, pianist, arranger, and educator William Appling. In the Sweet By-and-By is an 1868 Joseph Webster hymn that has been sung by artists as diverse as Louis Armstrong, Willie Nelson, and Anonymous 4; Trinity’s Chancel Choir uses Howard Helvey’s 1993 arrangement. O God, Our Help in Ages Past is Penny Rodriguez’s moving 2006 setting of Psalm 90.

TRANSFIGURATION SUNDAY (February 23): Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies is Philip Ledger’s 1988 setting of a Charles Wesley hymn text. O Wondrous Sight, O Vision Fair is a Transfiguration hymn for handbells; its stirring melody is based on the Renaissance English Agincourt carol DEO GRACIAS ANGLIA and can be heard in Sir Laurence Olivier’s 1944 film Henry V.

ASH WEDNESDAY (February 26): Be Merciful, O Lord is a 1990 setting by Australian composer Christopher Willcock of Psalm 51, which is traditionally sung at the beginning of Lent. O God, Be Merciful to Me is a 1999 setting by William Rowan of an 1860 chorale by Jean-Baptiste Weckerlin.

ORGAN MUSIC: February’s preludes and postludes will include music by African-American composers Undine Smith Moore (1904-1989; Professor of Music at Virginia State University); Mark Fax (1911-1974; Professor of Music at Howard University); and Nkeiru Okoye (b. 1975, composer of the opera Harriet Tubman) as well as settings of the spirituals Balm in Gilead, I Want to Be Ready, and Steal Away.

January 2020 at Trinity

Get Involved at Trinity

Want to be more involved? Trinity Church is always in need of more volunteers. To sign up or learn more about these ministries, please contact the people listed:

Acolytes, Crucifers and Langley Bell Ringers (for children in 2nd – 12th grade)

Adult Choirs: Jerry Rich

Children’s Choir: Michelle Zenk

Children’s Sunday School Teachers: Melissa Harris

Greeters & Fellowship at 8:30: Karen Taylor

Greeters & Fellowship at 10:30: Kathy Maher

Ushers at 10:30: Vinnie & Sandy DeMicco

For other opportunities, please speak with one of the pastors.

Jan. 1 Office Closed  
Jan. 7 Staff Parish Relations Committee

7 p.m.

Jan. 12 Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday
Jan. 14 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

America’s First Daughter, by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoi
Jan. 15 Preschool Parenting Hour

9:30 a.m

Jan. 15 Staff Parish Relations Committee

7 p.m.

Jan. 18 Christ House  
Jan. 20 Office Closed  
Jan. 21 Celebration of Life: Len Holmberg

10 a.m.

Jan. 26 Celtic Service

5 p.m.

Jan. 30 Lunch & Learn for

11 a.m.

See graphic below

2020 Resolutions

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! Our handbell choir, Trinity Ringers, rehearses at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays and our adult vocal choir, Chancel Choir, rehearses at 7:30 p.m., also on Thursdays. Both rehearsals are held in Room 115. If you have other questions, please contact me at


Trinity Trebles resumes in January

Dear Trinity family,

I am SO PROUD of our Trinity Trebles and how well they presented The First Christmas. They did a wonderful job of singing and playing their instruments! I hope you enjoyed their presentation!

We will resume rehearsals on January 5 to have more fun learning music to praise God and to put smiles on everyone’s faces. All children, ages 4 – 6th grade, are welcome join us in Room 115 at 9:30 a.m.

I hope you have a blessed Christmas and a wonderful holiday break!

Michelle Zenk

Trinity Trebles Director