Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: July 15

Woody Rogers

1938 – 2018

We will have a celebration of life for Woody Rogers on Sunday, July 15, at 2 p.m. Woody and his wife Gay have been actively involved in Trinity for many years. Most recently, Woody served as Trinity’s financial secretary for over a decade.




Our Prayer List

Abby, Alice Ann, Alisha, Amy, Andrew, Andrew, Ann, Anne, Ashley, Augustus, Barb, Barbara, Barry, Beth, Bill, Billy, Buddy, Burl, Candy, Carl, Carla, Carol Ann, Carol, Charlie, Cherié, Chuck & oanne, Chuck, Daniel, Darlene, Dave, David, Dean, Debbie, Del, Diana, Diane, Donald, Dorothy, Ed, Ella, Evelyn, Flo, Florian, Frances, Frank, Gail & Hal, Gary, Gayle family, Gerard, Gloria, Herb, Holly, Hutchins family, Jane, Janet, Jason, Jeff, Jerry, Jim & Sharon, Jim, Jim, JJ, Joe, John, Josh, Joyce, JR, Judy, Julie, June, Karen, Kathleen, Kay, Ken, Klaus, Layne, Lenny, Leonida, Lilly, Lincoln, Linda, Lindie, Lisa, Lorraine, Louise, Maddy, Marciene, Margaret, Marilynn, Mark, Martha, Mary Lou, Merlin, Michelle, Mike, Nelda, Norma, Pat, Paula, Pauline, Peg, Peggy & Bill, Peggy, Peta, Peter, Ray, Richard, Richie, Rita, Robert, Rogers family, Rosa, Sandy, Sarkees, Scott, Sean, Shannon, Sherry, Steve, Sue, Susan, Suzanne, Ted, Terri, Theresa, Tina, Tom, Tony, Torry, Vanna, Vickye, Virginia, Vivian, and Yancey, and immigrant families across the world.


Pray with Us Each Weekday

Eileen Gilmer prays live on Facebook each weekday at 8:30 a.m. Tune in to begin your day with your church family. The video is also saved to her profile and the church’s Facebook page (Trinity UMC, McLean) for later viewing.

Worship Times:
  • 8:30 Sunday (weekly communion)
  • 10:30 Sunday (communion on 1st Sundays)
  • Wednesday Noon (weekly communion)
  • Celtic (July 29) at 5 p.m.
  • Greeters & Fellowship: Charles & Genee Boykin at 8:30
  • Fellowship: Igelsia de Dios food sale (see below) at 10:30
 This week

Helping Guatemala: Iglesia de Dios has been raising funds to benefit the victims of a volcanic eruption in Guatemala on June 3. These funds will help people rebuild their homes, or at least a one-room shelter for their families. You can support this cause today. Members of Iglesia de Dios will sell carne asada, a traditional Latin American beef entree. The sale will be during Trinity’s Fellowship after the 10:30 service in Langley Hall.

A celebration of the life of Woody Rogers will be this afternoon at 2 p.m.

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: Hope and Adventure in the Acts of John.

Amazon Prime Day is Monday, July 16. Don’t forget to sign in through ( when you take advantage of the deals. Your purchases will also support Trinity through Amazon Smile’s charity program.

Casual Summer 2018 is here!

We are inviting everyone to dress casually all summer long. Come dressed comfortably for each worship service. Grab your coffee and your flip-flops and invite your friends. Casual Summer at Trinity UMC is on!


Collection Drive for Share, Inc.

We are collecting school supplies for Share:

  • Regular Size Glue Sticks
  • Sharpened Pencils in Bunches of 12
  • Loose Leaf Paper (wide or college rule)
  • Spiral Notebooks, single subject (wide or college rule)
  • Composition Notebooks (wide or college rule)
  • Ballpoint and Stick pens
  • Yellow Highlighters
  • Scissors, blunt tip
  • 3”x 3” Sticky Notes, yellow

Please leave your donations in the donation baskets located outside the sanctuary and in the fellowship building.

Crafts for a Cause


Crafts for a Cause continues to offer summer dresses for sale after both worship services in the Fellowship Building. Handmade, all-cotton summer dresses in sizes from 2 to 8 will be available in a limited supply. Proceeds will help fund Crafts and Mission projects.

Meanwhile, Crafts is busy making comfort items for hospital patients with neck pillows, lap blankets, heart pillows, surgery dolls, and newborn caps. We meet every other Monday night from 7 to 8:30 in Room 124. You don’t have to be a crafter to participate! Next sessions: July 16 and 30. And if you know of someone recovering from an illness or injury, we have a comfort pillow for them. For more information, contact

Special thanks go to crafter Cindy Wilson for making the beautiful display cover at the entrance to Langley Hall.


Acolytes & Crucifers Sign-Up: visit

Children’s Education at 10:30 includes classes for all children pre-K through 6th grade in Room 402. Children are dismissed from worship following the Children’s Message to join their teachers in the Fellowship Building classroom. Parents may pick up their children at the end of worship.

Trinity Trebles will resume in September. Thank you for another wonderful year.

Vacation Bible School will be August 6-10. To volunteer, please contact Jen Calsyn or Marci Thomas.


Acolytes & Crucifers Sign-Up: visit

Service Hours Opportunity: The Worship Committee has an opportunity for youth and children who need service hours. It involves assisting with preparing the Sanctuary for Sunday services. Please contact Gail Cardwell ( or Pastor Keith for more info.

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,

July 15 11:30 a.m. Honduras Update

July 22 11:30 a.m. T-shirt Making

July 29 11:30 a.m. Life Lesson with Nila

August 5 11:30 a.m. VBS Prep

Summer Outreach Projects

July 17, 24 & 31, 6:45 – 8:15 p.m.: Langley Residential Support Services

Where: Immanuel Presbyterian Church

How: Tutoring L.R.S.S. clients with learning disabilities

Who: Rising 7th grade & Up

Info: Contact Keith


Christian Education

By James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor

Christian education is the key to making the Christian faith a powerful attraction in the 21st century. I cannot stress strongly enough how vitally important Christian Education is on all levels of church life: from preschool through high school and all through adult life. Christian Education needs to be a multi-dimensional approach that focuses on commitment to Christ, small-group ministries, and evangelism. And, Christian Education needs a solid grounding in the Bible.

As a preacher and teacher my personal prejudice is that Bible stories offer fantastic, built-in opportunities for creative interpretation and leave lasting impressions on our children and youth. You and I are entering what is commonly called the post-Christian era. Increasingly, the visitors to Trinity Church, and any other church in the U.S., do not know the stories of the Bible. This makes preaching more difficult. Preaching requires a certain basic level of understanding of names, places, and events, etc. that have Biblical significance. Only Christian education lays this necessary foundation that enables those in worship to hear God’s still, small voice.

Christian education also enables Trinity’s church members to face real life issues from a Christ-centered perspective. Our mandate here at Trinity is to develop disciples for Jesus Christ and instruct our parish in all the essential elements of Christian faith and how that faith is relevant in common, everyday events. People everywhere are starving for knowledge of God and some awareness that God cares about each and every one of us. We desperately want to be taught how to “see God” at work in our own lives. Nothing does this as well as the combination of good preaching and good teaching.

Trinity expects the best from its leaders. Keith, Eileen, Jerry, Catherine, Harriet, Jose, Melissa, the Education Ministry leaders and I are committed to making worship at Trinity beautiful, sound in biblical teaching, relevant to life and challenging. The Christian Education team at Trinity is committed to growing persons spiritually and equipping our children, youth and adults with a strong foundation of stories of the Bible. Our ministry teams and education teams are investing the months of July & August in planning for the fall season. Join us Sunday, September 9 for the genesis of a wonderful year of learning about God. Shalom, Jim


Summer 2018 Calendar and Other Notes

July 2, 16 & 30 Crafts for a Cause

7—8:30 a.m.

Learn about new and on-going projects:
July 4 Office Closed
July 5 Mission team returns from Honduras
July 14—21 Appalachia Service Project mission trip
July 21 Christ House  
July 22 Hospitality Team Meeting

11:45 a.m.

Contact Jill Dunn to learn how you can be part of this exciting team.
Aug. 6-10 Vacation Bible School: Rolling River Rampage

Visit to register / volunteer

Sept. 3 Office Closed


Book Chat, Chancel Choir, Trinity Ringers, Trinity Trebles
resume meetings and rehearsals. For more, please contact:

Book Chat: Kathy Maher,

Chancel Choir and Trinity Ringers: Jerry Rich,

Trinity Trebles: Catherine Wethington,


Keeping On with Music

By Jerry Rich, Director of Music

Most of us studied music while growing up, and many continued singing or playing into our teens. To those of you who are still making music after high school: bravo! And to those who have put aside singing or playing, here are some reasons why you might want to consider bringing music-making back into your life. If you are looking for a place to make music with others, Trinity’s music ensembles are here to help you!

The following statements come from the recently-published Making Time for Making Music: How to Bring Music into Your Busy Life by Amy Nathan (Oxford University Press, 2018). Nathan’s book is based on recent scientific research and discussions with lifelong musicians, both amateur and professional; it also gives practical suggestions on how to get back into music-making.

Music assists the brain. Being involved with music seems to activate more parts of the brain than many other kinds of tasks. A professional musician’s brain tends to develop a larger corpus callosum, which bridges the left and right hemispheres and helps the brain modify itself and create new pathways.

Music helps with non-musical tasks. The brains of music-makers assist the executive function tasks of coordination, planning, and problem-solving.

Music builds cognitive reserve. The extra neural pathways in musicians’ brains may lessen some of the mental decline of aging by raising our levels of cognitive functioning and helping us find new ways to do tasks.

Music relieves stress. Listening to music helps the brain release dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with positive mood and effect. Performing music may release endorphins, mood-enhancing neurochemicals known for producing “runner’s high.” The mindfulness of music practice can make brainwaves associated with stress decrease.

Music helps relationships. People enjoy music-making’s connection to meeting new people, forming new relationships, and experiencing companionship. Music gets you “out of the house”, and gives purpose to your spare time. Music can bring you closer to your family and help you celebrate your cultural heritage.

Music performance unlocks its meaning. Working with others to present great music helps us appreciate the genius of its creator and gives us an opportunity to share in its rich design.

Music heals. Playing music can help people cope with life’s difficulties by giving an outlet to grief and a structure to life as well as connecting us to others.

Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: June 10


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: Conversations with the Living Jesus.

June 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