Ten Reasons to Join a Choir

by Jerry Rich, Director of Music

  1. You’ll serve God through musical prayer and help others praise God through hymns
  2. You’ll stimulate your intellect by engaging both sides of the brain
  3. You’ll have a creative and enjoyable way to express emotions through music
  4. You’ll belong, feel wanted and be a part of something positive
  5. You’ll gain self-confidence through teamwork
  6. You’ll improve your music skills while enjoying both traditional and contemporary styles
  7. You’ll create an extended family and find new friends (42 million Americans are in choirs)
  8. You’ll be in good company: actors (Sandra Bullock, Kevin Costner), singers (Alicia Keys, Jason Mraz), athletes (Troy Aikman, Sugar Ray Leonard) and political leaders (Kamala Harris, Barack Obama) all participated in choirs
  9. You’ll have the congregation looking up to you—literally
  10. You’ll be invited to our choir parties!

Want to learn more about choirs at Trinity? Talk to Jerry Rich. Summer Choir continues to meet on Sundays at 10 a.m. in Room 115 and Chancel Choir and Trinity Ringers will resume regular rehearsals in September.  Children’s and Youth Choirs will also resume in September.

Trinity Summer Choir 2019

Trinity’s Chancel Choir provides service music throughout the year, but in the summer we choose lighter pieces to make it easier for you to join us. If you’d like to sing with us, just show up in the Music Room (Rm. 115) at 10 a.m. on any given Sunday in July or August to learn an easy-to-sing piece for that week’s 10:30 service.

The July anthems are: Earthen Vessels (July 7), Uphold Me in Life (July 14), You Are Near (July 21), and Come to Me (July 28); the August anthems are Near the Cross (August 4), Hosea (August 11), There Is a Balm in Gilead (August 18), and Father, We Praise Thee (August 25).

We don’t wear choir robes in the summer; whatever you normally wear to church will be fine. If you like to sing, why not give us a try!

What’s Happening in June

June 2 High School & College Graduate Recognition

10:30 a.m.

To add yourself or your child to the list, please email Harriet
June 3 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

See below for more.
June 9 Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday
June 11 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

Dinner, fellowship and 2019-20 planning
June 15 Choir Concert

7 p.m.

Small Blue Marble is the theme; admission is free. See below.
June 16 Church Picnic

11:30 a.m.

Bring a side dish or salad to share.
June 17 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

See below for more.
June 18 Trustees

6:30 p.m.

June 30 Celtic Service

5 p.m.

July 25– Aug 2 Mission trip to Honduras’ Heart to Heart Contact Keith Lee to get involved
Aug. 5-9 Vacation Bible School Register/Volunteer at http://umtrinity.org/education/vbs
Crafts for a Cause

Crafts for a Cause meets twice a month on Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 in Room 124 to make comfort items for hospital patients. No crafty skills required. Upcoming dates: June 3, June 17.

Here’s a roundup of what’s been delivered recently by Crafts for a Cause:

    • 31 blankets made by Trinity members were delivered to the Linus Project, which is partnering with TAPS to provide 1,000 blankets at Camp Good Grief for children who’ve lost a parent to combat or PTSD. Thanks to everyone who helped!
    • To Fair Oaks Hospital, we delivered 80 baby caps, 20 neck pillows, two lap blankets, 9 NICU beds, and 7 surgery dolls.
    • To Christ House, we sent 20 knit caps for residents.
    • We made 25 pillowcases for hospital patients at Children’s Hospital in Richmond.
    • Chris Moore and our volunteers have prepared 50 dresses for needy girls in Honduras, another brainchild of the young women at The Leadership Center.

Thanks to one and all for putting your hands to work so that others might be blessed! For more information on Crafts, contact Molly Sprouse.


Graduate Sunday: June 2

This prayer is an ancient Irish prayer modified to bless our graduates.

May The Road Rise Up To Meet You 

As you graduate, may the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

the rains fall soft upon your fields

and during your journey,

may God hold you in the palm of His hand. Amen.


Trinity’s Music Ministry will present its annual concert on Saturday, June 15, at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Soloists Emily Casey, Philip Keirstead, Catherine Wethington, Nadine Wethington, and Joey Wilson will be joined by the Chancel Choir and Trinity Ringers, all accompanied by Music Director Jerry Rich. The theme is “Small Blue Marble”, a nickname for our planet Earth after it was first photographed from space in 1972; musical selections from six continents will include Tan Dun’s Staccato Beans, a trio from Verdi’s Il Corsaro, A Whole New World from Aladdin, This Is My Father’s World, You Are the New Day, Croisez’s Three Tyrolians for piano trio, Phil the Fluter’s Ball, Vaughan Williams’ The Vagabond from Songs of Travel, Largo from Dvořak’s New World Symphony, Remember Me from Coco, Grainger’s Country Gardens, Ah! Non Giunge from Bellini’s La Sonnambula, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, selections from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and Narverud’s Sisi Ni Moja. Admission is free.

 

Trinity, May 2019

May 1 Widows’ Support Group

6:30 p.m.

May 4 Crafts for a Cause

10 a.m.

See below for more about this special session.
May 6 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

See below for more.
May 12 Trinity Trebles’ musical

10:30 a.m.

It’s Cool in the Furnace, for more, click here.

 

May 12 Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday
May 13 Paul, Apostle of Christ

7 p.m.

Movie shown in the Chapel, see below page for more
May 14

 

May 18

Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

Christ House

10 a.m.

Less, by Andrew Sean Greer
May 20 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

May 21 Trustees

6:30 p.m.

Meeting by telephone
May 27 Office Closed
July 25– Aug 2 Mission trip to Honduras’ Heart to Heart Contact Keith Lee to get involved klee@umtrinity.org
Aug. 5-9 Vacation Bible School Volunteer at http://umtrinity.org/education/vbs

Crafts for a Cause

Blankets for children, dresses for girls in Honduras, comfort pillows and blankets for hospital patients – that’s what Crafts for a Cause has been working on this spring. The group meets on alternating Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 to cut, stitch, stuff and sew, and turn piles of fabric into items of comfort. Upcoming sessions: May 6, May 20, June 3, June 17. There will be a Weekend Workshop to make t-shirt dresses for needy girls in Honduras on Sat., May 4, from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 124. We also have a no-sew blanket project to make a comfort blanket for children who have lost a loved one in combat or to PTSD. For more information, contact Molly Sprouse, mollysprouse@gmail.com.

Paul, Apostle of Christ

The Engage Bible Study, a Trinity community-based Bible study that meets every Monday evening, invites you to a special movie presentation.

On Monday evening May 13, we will show the movie, Paul, Apostle of Christ in the Chapel. This 1 hour 45-minute feature film is an entertaining and informative story of Paul the Apostle and his friend Luke.

Join for a light potluck dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. The movie will start at 7.

 

 

Music at Trinity, May 2019

Here are some of the musical selections scheduled for Trinity UMC in May 2019.

May 5 

Augustinian monk Felix Gass, an organist active in Augsburg, Germany wrote his Aria in B-flat in 1740.

Charles Callahan’s 2003 Prayer of St. Paul is based on I Thessalonians 5:23.

Harpsichordist Domenico Scarlatti departed from custom to write his 1753 Sonata in D K. 288 for organ.

May 12

Ach Gott und Herr by Johann Walther is a pensive setting of a 1613 chorale that was based on Psalm 38:4.

It’s Cool in the Furnace is the Trinity Trebles’ spring musical (see director Michelle Zenk’s article for details).

Creation Will Be at Peace is based on the prophecy in Isaiah 11: 6-9, this 1993 setting is by Anna Laura Page.

JS Bach’s familiar March in D is from a collection compiled in 1722 for his musical wife Anna Magdalena.

May 19

Sandra Eithun arranged the prayerful adagio from Dvořák’s New World Symphony for handbells in 2015.

O Jesus, I Have Promised is a 2015 setting by Timothy Shaw of an 1868 hymn (see #396 in our Hymnal).

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, maître de musique for Louis XIV, wrote his Prelude to Te Deum in 1692.

May 26

Jay Althouse wrote Lord, I Stretch My Hands to You in 1992; the text states: “Lord, I stretch my hands to you; no other help I know. If you should leave me all alone, where then shall I go? Lord, I give my soul to you; I seek your care and love. No other blessings do I need but those from you above. Lord, I ask you: give me faith, and help me understand. And Lord, when I this life shall leave, just hold me in your hand.”

Handel wrote his Passacaille in 1720; its variations progress from the sedate theme to a cascade of scales.

An Invitation to Join Trinity Trebles

by Michele Zenk, Director of Children’s & Youth Choirs

The Trinity Trebles have been having a great time with our musical, It’s Cool in the Furnace! We will be performing May 12 at the 10:30 service.

We rehearse Wednesday evenings. We have pizza at 6, sing at 6:30, cookies at 7 and have fun the whole time!

If your child has never sung with us and is interested, please come check us out! If your child is interested in joining us, but your schedule is booked, please email me at michelle.zenk@gmail.com anyway. We can try to find a flexible arrangement for you.

April 2019 at Trinity

April 1 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

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April 3 Widows’ Support Group

6:30 p.m.

Meets in the Fellowship Building.
April 6 Good Works Day

8 a.m.—12 p.m.

See graphic below
April 7 Youth Choir Practice

11:40 a.m.

Meet in the Chapel
April 9 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

Varina, by Charles Frazier
April 10 Easter flower orders due http://umtrinity.org/worship/easter-flowershttp://umtrinity.org/worship/easter-flowers
April 14 Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday
April 15 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

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April 14

April 18 and 19

April 21

Palm Sunday

Maundy Thursday & Good Friday

Easter

 
April 22 Office Closed  
July 6-13 Mission trip to Honduras’ Heart to Heart Contact Keith Lee to get involved klee@umtrinity.org
Aug. 5-9 Vacation Bible School Volunteer at http://umtrinity.org/education/vbs