Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life (May 27)



May 2018 at Trinity UMC

June 2 Tales As Old As Time
free concert, 7 p.m.
For more, visit:
June 3 Executive Council

11:45 a.m.

Meet in the Library to focus on Next Level Innovation
June 15-17 Annual Conference
Hampton, VA
July 4 Office Closed
June 4 & 18 Crafts for a Cause

7—8:30 a.m.

Learn about new and on-going projects:
June 17 Casual Sunday
July 8 Executive Council
11:45 a.m.
Aug. 6-10 Vacation Bible School: Rolling River Rampage

Visit to register / volunteer

Sept. 3 Office Closed

BOOK CHAT: Trinity’s book club is going on vacation for the Summer, and we’ll read whatever we like! We’ll resume in September, so if you have any book suggestions—or would like to be added to the mailing list—please contact Kathy Maher at

Free Concert: Tales As Old As Time

Trinity’s Music Ministry will present its annual concert on Saturday, June 2, at 7:00 pm 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, Chi il bel sogno from La Rondine, Go the Distance from Hercules, Great Is Thy Faithfulness, Hakuna Matata from The Lion King, Le rĂŞve from Massenet’s Manon, Gautier’s Le secret for one piano/six hands, Once upon a Dream from Sleeping Beauty, Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz, The Simple Joys of Maidenhood from Camelot, Stars from Les MisĂ©rables, Suo Gân from Empire of the Sun, and When You Wish Upon a Star from Pinocchio. Admission is free.

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.


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.