April 2019 at Trinity

April 1 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

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.

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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.

April 14

April 18 and 19

April 21

Palm Sunday

Maundy Thursday & Good Friday


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

Trinity Trebles

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

My name is Michelle Zenk. I am the new director of your Trinity Trebles. I currently serve in the church as a singer in the Chancel Choir, a ringer in our bell choir and I also work in the community as a music educator. I am so happy to now be able to work with the children of Trinity!

We have so much fun at rehearsals! We sing a lot, but we also have fun in other ways too! We have danced, “ice skated” on paper plates and even sang while doing pushups (that was the kids’ idea)! If you’re under the age of 13 and are curious, you are more than welcome to check us out! We meet at 6:30-7:00 on Wednesday evenings.

Musical Offerings for Easter

by Jerry Rich, Director of Music

Trinity’s Chancel Choir will present four new anthems in April (Tom Fettke’s expressive A Wideness in God’s Mercy for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, Caleb French’s festive All Glory, Laud and Honor for Palm Sunday, John Reim’s stately O Lamb of God for Maundy Thursday, and John Hudson’s O Love Divine on Good Friday) while bringing back two choir favorites: Walt Harrah’s reverent We Remember You and FJ Haydn’s triumphal Gloria from his Heiligmesse. The Trinity Ringers’ Easter offerings will be Judy McAninch’s stirring setting of the Easter hymn Lift High the Cross and Handel’s jaunty Hornpipe from his Water Music. If this musical feast makes you wonder if you should join one of Trinity’s adult choirs after Easter Sunday, please attend a rehearsal and see for yourself!

Our choirs rehearse Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. for Trinity Ringers and 7:30 p.m. for Chancel Choir. Contact Jerry Rich for more information.

The Benefits of Choirs

by Jerry Rich, Director of Music

The roles of music, choirs, and musicians at Trinity

Sacred music:

      1. adds solemnity to a public worship service
      2. illuminates and clarifies the day’s Scripture
      3. offers beautiful songs that reflect the beauty of God’s creation
      4. unifies the congregation through shared singing

Choirs can:

      1. lead and enliven the congregation’s song to better embody God’s word through music
      2. sing music that the congregation cannot sing, providing comfort or inspiration to broaden our experience of the divine
      3. give spiritual direction to the church’s music groups, showing love and charity while seeking musical excellence
      4. present beautiful and challenging music to praise God and edify the congregation

Trinity’s musicians strive to:

      1. provide moments for meditation and reflection
      2. bring the community to order with a choral introit
      3. support congregational singing
      4. reinforce the day’s Bible readings
      5. allow others to participate actively in the service by joining a choir
      6. blend old favorites with new songs and styles
      7. educate our children through sacred texts and beloved hymn melodies
      8. build a bridge between the church and the world
      9. send the congregation forth, refreshed and energized, to serve others

Why not join us? Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. for Trinity Ringers and 7:30 p.m. for Chancel Choir. Contact Jerry Rich for more information.

February 2019 Happenings

Feb. 4 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Read the latest update:
Feb. 6 Widows’ Support Group

6:30 p.m.

Meets in the Fellowship Building.
Feb. 10 Martha’s Table Sandwich Making Sunday
Feb. 12 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

West with the Night, by Beryl Markham

Feb. 16 Christ House
Feb. 18 Office Closed
Feb. 18 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Feb. 19 Trustees Meeting

6:30 p.m.

Meeting by telephone
Feb. 24 Third Grade Bible Presentation

10:30 a.m.

March 5

March 6

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Ash Wednesday




Choral and Handbell Music for February 2019

If you’d like to know how Trinity’s music ensembles will celebrate the season of hope-filled Epiphany, here are some musical offerings we will share at this month’s Sunday services.

February 3: In the Sweet By and By was composed in 1868 by Joseph Webster; it has been sung by artists as diverse as Louis Armstrong, Willie Nelson and Anonymous 4. The Chancel Choir will present it in a 1993 choral arrangement by Howard Helvey. In honor of Black History Month, instrumental music will include Nkeiru Okoye’s 2006 Dusk and Mark Fax’s 1963 Fanfare in E Minor. Dr. Okoye’s music has been performed on four continents, and she currently teaches at Hofstra University; Mark Fax was Professor of Composition at Howard University and organist at Washington DC’s Asbury United Methodist Church for many years.

February 10: In Christ Alone was written in 2001 by the popular Christian hymn-writing team of Keith Getty and Stuart Townend and was the first of their many successful collaborations. Instrumental music will include Charles Callahan’s 1993 setting of the spiritual Steal Away; its original lyrics featured a coded double text for African-American slaves seeking their freedom, openly expressing a desire to ‘steal away’ and be with Jesus in eternity while secretly advertising a forbidden religious meeting.

February 17: The Chancel Choir will sing an English setting of Psalm 98 (Cantate Domino) by African-American organ virtuoso and composer David Hurd, who taught organ for 28 years at General Theological Seminary and is currently Director of Music at New York City’s Church of Saint Mary the Virgin. The Trinity Ringers will present the stately Theme from Brahms’ Haydn Variations.

February 24: O Jesus, I Have Promised matches Timothy Shaw’s 2015 soaring melody to an 1868 text by John Bode: “O Jesus, I have promised to serve you to the end; be now and always near me, my master and my friend.” Instrumental music will include Charles Callahan’s version of In Christ There Is No East or West (see #548 in our Hymnal); the tune was composed in 1939 by Henry T. Burleigh, a distinguished African-American singer who is credited with giving Antonín Dvořák several themes for the latter’s New World Symphony.

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.