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  


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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.

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: http://umtrinity.org/get-involved/advent-workshop
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.!

November 2018 at Trinity UMC

Nov. 4 Charge Conference

3 p.m.

Held at Mount Olivet UMC, 1500 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington
Nov. 12 Office Closed  
Nov. 5 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Learn about the latest projects:


Nov. 11 Thanksgiving Lunch

after 10:30 worship

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Nov. 11 Martha’s Table Sandwich Making
Nov. 13 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

This month: News of the World, by Paulette Jiles
Nov. 19 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Nov. 20 Christmas Trees Arrive  
Nov. 23 Christmas Tree Sales Begin See graphic below for all hours.
Nov. 25 Celtic Service

5 p.m.



Our Season Is Underway!

Our Trinity Trebles are well underway for their 2018-2019 season. We sang our first song in October- God Made Us All and we even had a solo instrument help us out! In November we will sing Shout to the Lord, an uplifting and exciting song about praising God! This song is really stretching our young singers’ voices and showing off their impressive range. It’s always a great time to join Trinity Trebles especially before November as we are just beginning to learn our Christmas Musical, Aaron the Allergic Shepherd by Ruth Schram and Mark Cabaniss. A musical reminding us that we can come as we are to meet Christ our Lord. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. following catered dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner is $10 for adults, $5 for children, $20 for families. We meet in Langley Hall and rehearse in the Music Room. Questions? Contact Catherine at carweth@gmail.com.

Giving Thanks for and Through Music

by Jerry Rich

Giving Thanks for Music

“Music is, I believe, one of the church’s great missionary opportunities. In its transmission, it has meaning for the faithful, for the faithless, and for those who have lost their faith. It is a mission whose spirit can be expressed in the home, by the family singing Christmas carols, or in the most magnificent ecclesiastical structure, by a highly trained choir. It knows no social, intellectual, or sectarian barriers. It expresses our loftiest ideals, our deepest emotions. It is one of the gifts of God which reminds us that we are above the other creatures of earth, but lower than angels.”                    W. Benjamin Hutto


Giving Thanks through Music

Here are some musical expressions of thanks to contemplate in this season of gratitude:

Johann Sebastian Bach: Sinfonia from Cantata 29 (We Thank You, God)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Song of Thanksgiving from Quartet #15 in A Minor

Leonard Bernstein: Simple Song from Mass

William Billings: O Praise the Lord of Heaven

Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring Suite (part 1)

Joseph Curiale: Awakening from Songs of the Earth

Attrib. George Frideric Handel: Thanks Be to Thee

Gustav Holst: Finale from St. Paul’s Suite

Charles Ives: Thanksgiving from Holidays Symphony

Felix Mendelssohn: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God from Symphony #5

Claudio Monteverdi: Gloria from Mass of Thanksgiving (1631)

Arr. Stephen Paulus: We Gather Together

Jay Ungar: Thanksgiving Hymn from Harvest Home Suite

Valerius, arr. Williams: Prayer of Thanksgiving

Antonio Vivaldi: Autumn from The Four Seasons

John Williams: Hymn to New England