Book Chat, September 2017

The Trinity book club will meet on Tuesday, September 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Trinity Library to talk about A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith, a beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the 20th century. Bring a light dinner, if you like (dessert is provided), and enjoy fellowship and lively conversation. Reading the book isn’t even required! Coming up: The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (October 10), and The Road to Character, by David Brooks (November 14). Contact Kathy Maher if you have questions or would like to be added to the e-mail list.


Trinity PDO Preschool Open House for Fall Enrollment

pdo-open-houseTrinity PDO Preschool is holding an Open House on March 10, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Please spread the word to interested families. The preschool has been part of the Trinity UMC outreach program for more than 30 years. The preschool has openings in each of the age appropriate classes beginning in Fall 2017.

Trinity PDO Preschool combines learning experiences and encourages imaginative play in a fun, safe and nurturing environment. Our children explore the world around them by participating in a variety of experiences including art, French, music, dramatic play, cooking and field trips. The children learn to work and play cooperatively within a group.

In our Pre-K (Panda) class, French and English are spoken daily to build vocabulary in both languages. In the Penguin and Manatee Classes, our French teacher visits the classrooms once a week to read stories and sings songs in French so that the younger students are exposed to the French language before they advance to the Pre-K class.

We have three classes:

Classes             Ages                 Days                  Hours

Penguins       2 1/2 – 3              M-W-F               9:30 – 1:30

Manatees          3 – 4                M-W-F               9:30 – 1:30

Pandas               4-5                    M-F                  9:30 – 1:30

To learn more about our preschool program please, call our Director, Janine Whitfield at 703-790-2767 to arrange a personal tour.


What’s Happening at Trinity This November

cal1116Nov. 6             Trustee Campus Inspection Tour & Lunch

Nov. 7             Crafts for a Cause

Nov. 8             Book Chat

Nov. 11           Office Closed

Nov. 13           Martha’s Table Sandwich Making, Thanksgiving Lunch

Nov. 15           Spire Deadline, Trustees Meeting

Nov. 19           Christ House

Nov. 20           Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 21           Crafts for a Cause

Nov. 23           Office Closes, 12 p.m.

Nov. 24-25    Office Closed

Nov. 27           Celtic Service

Nov. 29 Spire assembly, Church Council


Book Chat Coming Up

No December Meeting

January 10: The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney (2016)

February 14: Secret Lives of the First Ladies, by Cormac O’Brien (2005)

Contact: Kathy Maher at

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Christmas Poinsettia Orders

The Sanctuary will be decorated with poinsettias for Christmas Eve. To purchase a plant in honor or memory of a loved one, fill out this form, enclose your check payable to Trinity UMC, and drop it in the offering plate or send it to the office by Sunday, November 27. The plants are $10 each. Please write “Poinsettias” on the memo line of your check. You will be able to take the plants home after the service.


September Update: What’s Happening

Book Chat | Church & Society | Crafts for a Cause | Directory | Trustee Update | VBS

cal0916Sept. 5          Office Closed

Sept. 8          Trinity Ringers & Chancel Choir resume rehearsals

Sept. 11       Sunday School program year begins

Sept. 11       Martha’s Table Sandwich Sunday

Sept. 13       Book Chat: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Sept. 15       Spire Deadline

Sept. 18       Bounce Back to Sunday School Potluck

Sept. 20       Trustee Meeting

Sept. 21       Children & Youth Choirs resume rehearsals

Sept. 25       Celtic Service, 6 p.m.

Sept. 28       Spire assembly

Book Chat Sept Social MediaComing Up

October 11: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, by Katarina Bivald (2016)

November 8: Bettyville: A Memoir, by George Hodgman (2015)

Contact: Kathy Maher

Church & Society

By Chris Wilbur

During the months of August and September, our congregation will be collecting school and art supplies for the McLean/Falls Church Children’s Center. The McLean/ Falls Church Children’s Center provides daycare and a quality early childhood education to low income families. This enables those living in poverty to get jobs and have a safe place to leave their children. It also gives these often-underserved children the opportunity to prepare for Kindergarten.

Please place all donated items in the bins located inside the entryway doors to the church or in the bins in the Fellowship Lobby.


Any kind of art or craft supplies, but especially tempera paints, stickers, and glue sticks

Washable markers, safety scissors, construction paper

Cheerios (plain only)

Cake mixes (no chocolate or nuts)

100% juice

Please prayerfully consider chairing the Church & Society ministry. It is a great opportunity to be involved in the life of the church and to meet some really terrific people. Help will be provided!

Crafts2Believe it or not, Crafts for a Cause is already thinking about Christmas! We’re making plans for our annual Holiday Bazaar, which begins Sun., Nov. 20, and we’re starting work on the 50 Christmas stockings and Santa hats we make for newborns at Fair Oaks Hospital. Meanwhile, we continue to churn out the comfort items like pillows, blankets, dolls and bears which we donate every month to Fair Oaks.

Our work sessions this month will be on Mon., Sept. 12, and Mon., Sept. 26 from 7 to 8:3 p.m. in Room 124. Everyone is welcome; we need help with cutting fabric, sewing and stuffing. We’ll also be working on Bazaar items such as jewelry, lavender sachet bags, cat toys and the newborn stockings.

If you know how to knit or crochet, we can use your help at home making the Santa hats for the newborns at Fair Oaks. Yarn and patterns are provided; we just need your basic skills at knitting or crocheting. If you can help out, contact Molly Sprouse.

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Trustee Update

Unauthorized parkers to be towed beginning Friday, August 12: While we welcome all with open hearts, Trinity has been plagued with the unauthorized use of its parking lot on recent weekend nights; coping with these interferes with legitimate church purposes. Without our knowledge or consent, Trinity has been listed in regular online advertisements for exceedingly “raunchy” parties being held nearby; these are not neighborhood gatherings, but “party mansions” where the “guests” pay admission & are provided with alcohol. The websites tell partiers to park at Trinity then catch a shuttle bus to the site (McLean Baptist Church faces the same problem). We have had to deal with inebriated and combative partiers who leave unspeakable waste and are a threat. We have filed a complaint with the Fairfax County Police Department, which has increased patrols. At the FCPD’s recommendation, we have posted the lot with signs warning that trespassers will be towed. Beginning Friday, August 12, unauthorized vehicles left in Trinity’s lot between dusk and dawn will be towed, and the owners made to pay the costs. We regret any inconvenience, but the situation has become dangerous and intolerable. We have had to call the police for assistance, repeated requests to party organizers to remove our information has not been honored, and it is too costly to continue hiring private security. Thank you for your understanding, we hope the problem will soon be resolved.

As printed in the Aug. 14, 2016 bulletin

Vacation Bible School:

Our Vacation Bible School would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the volunteers!

Janey Bae

Lindsay Boyle

Bella Brooks

Patty Burgess

Sarah Beth Burgess

Emery Conroy

Lizzy Conroy

Nila Curry

Naty de las Alas

Courtney English

Megan Faust

Jen Fuqua-Calsyn

Jerry Fuqua

Eileen Gilmer

Suzanne Hamilton

Jake Hensely

Lauren Hensely

Lynda Hensley

Ann Hooton

Kate Houston

Stephanie Hsu

Lela Johnson

Kevin Kaldes

Peter Kaldes

Katie Kennedy

Tommy Kennedy

Ethan Keough

Liam Keough

Tatiana Landivar

Harriet Latta

Christine Lee

Keith Lee

Joyce Lee

Ashley Long

Eloise Lorenze

Adelaide Loving

Charlotte Loving

Mrs. Jamie Loving

Mr. Jamie Loving

Allie Mansinne

Brendan Mansinne

Bella Marku

Margie Meak

Jose Nunez

Cindy Oh

Eran O’Keefe

Emily Patterson

Jennifer Robeson

Karen Robeson

Steven Robeson

Jennifer Sadler

Anthony Salazar

Davis Sawyer

Anne Schuyler

Caroline Seinch

Katherine Seinch

Jim Sprouse

Molly Sprouse

Emily Summers

Marci Love Thomas

April Wade Turk

Riley Turk

Amber Westland

Pippa Westland

Catherine Wethington

Cindy Wilson

Jim Wilson


July and Beyond at Trinity

Church & Society | Crafts for a Cause | Preschool Enrollment | Summer Choir | Teacher Thanks | VBS

cal0716July 4: Office Closed

July 10: Martha’s Table Sandwich Making

July 11: Crafts for a Cause

July 13-23: Mission trip to Honduras

July 15: Spire Deadline

July 16: Christ House

July 17& 24: Discovery Class

July 25: Crafts for a Cause

July 31: – Aug. 6: Youth ASP Mission Trip

Church & Society

This month we continue our collection for Share. During the summer, the pantry shelves are often bare or empty. Please consider donating rice, pasta, peanut butter, beans, cooking oil, or any non-perishable foods. In addition, there is an immediate, urgent need for single packaged toothbrushes, new underwear in any size, and baby wipes. Please place your donations in the collection baskets in the entryways or in the bin in the fellowship hall.

Church & Society needs you! We have an immediate need for a chair or co-chair of this committee, as well as additional committee members. Please contact Chris Wilbur.

Crafts for a Cause

Crafts for a Cause continues through the summer months, meeting on Mon., July 11, and Mon., July 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 124, to work on comfort items for hospitals and making dresses for needy girls around the world.

There’s always a need for help with cutting, sewing, and stuffing, so feel free to join us even if you don’t think you’re particularly “crafty.” We also have patterns for knitting and crocheting projects that can be made at home. Our continuing thanks go to Nell Gilmore and Judy Osha for the knitted and crocheted caps they make for newborns at Fair Oaks Hospital. For more information, contact

Preschool Now Enrolling

PDO adVisit the website for more details about Trinity’s PDO Preschool.

Summer Choir

“A Journey of a Thousand Miles…”

by Jerry Rich

Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu said that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Do you like to sing but have not joined a choir? Would you try singing in a choir for one day to see if it’s right for you? Why not sing with Trinity’s Choir for one of its Summer Sundays! Summer Choir rehearsals are held Sunday mornings at 10 a.m., when we learn a simple anthem for that day’s 10:30 a.m. service. Our summer schedule begins mid-June and goes through Labor Day. You can take a “single step” and join us for one Sunday, or you can sing every Sunday this summer. Contact Jerry Rich for more information. All are welcome!


July 3: God Be with You (Anna Morse)

July 10: His Sheep Am I (Orien Johnson)

July 17: You Are Near (Dan Schutte)

July 24: Come to Me (Gregory Norbet)

July 31: My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (Virgil Thomson)

Aug. 7: Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross (William Doane)

Aug. 14: Come Back to Me (Gregory Norbet)

Aug. 21: There Is a Balm in Gilead (arr. William Smith)

Aug. 28: Father, We Praise Thee (Anon.)

Sept. 4: As the Deer (Martin Nystrom)

Teacher Appreciation

5 Things - volunteers

Vacation Bible School

General Conference & What It Means for Us

James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor
James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor

By James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor

Have you ever wondered how the United Methodist Church develops it rules and guidelines for organization? That governing and legislative body is the General Conference which meets once every four years. The 2016 General Conference of the United Methodist Church meets May 10 – 20 in Portland, OR, in the Oregon Convention Center, the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest. The theme will be “Therefore Go,” which is based on Jesus’ Great Commission in Matthew.

As the top policy-making body of the international United Methodist Church, General Conference is the only body that officially speaks for our 7.3 million members (and additional 5.5 million residing outside the U.S.). We have 32,000 active churches and 57 Annual Conferences. The General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which meets once every four years. The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for church-wide programs.

During the nine-day session, 850 delegates revise the current Book of Discipline, which regulates the manner in which local churches, annual conferences and general agencies are organized. The book also sets policies regarding church membership, ordination, administration, property and judicial procedures. At the end of General Conference, the 2016 Book of Discipline will be generated and published later in the year. Delegates may not revoke or change the Articles of Religion or the Confession of Faith unless two-thirds of the delegates agree to change this provision and three-fourths of the annual conference members also agree.

A number of United Methodists have denounced the 2012 gathering as the “do-nothing” General Conference. The Judicial Council — the denomination’s top court —overturned an effort to restructure the church’s general agencies and overturned other legislation to eliminate guaranteed security of appointments for ordained elders in good standing. The wider General Conference ran out of time before it could consider a number of petitions approved by legislative committees. With a 15% decrease the number of delegates attending General Conference, the hope is that the delegates will work with increased efficiency.

The People of The United Methodist Church and Trinity Church are being asked to: Help people in their community; accept others for who they are; offer a place to belong; care for and support each other; show respect for other religions; support people facing difficult times; welcome diverse opinions and beliefs; and, guide others to find deeper meaning and relationship with Jesus Christ. All the missions and ministry areas of Trinity Church are doing this. AMEN.


The Lost Art of Listening

By Ellen Fillette

Ellen LaCroix, Director of Children's Worship & Music
Ellen LaCroix, Director of Children’s Worship & Music

Have you ever considered how many voices you listen to in a day? From the moment we wake up until the moment we drift off to sleep there is a whole chorus of voices that make up our day. We hear our spouse, children, family, friends, co-workers, the cashier at the grocery store, and so many more. We also hear the voices in our e-mail inbox, on our facebook feed, on the websites we visit, the new reports we read, the text messages that blast our phones and somehow we listen to all of these voices. But living in a world that bombards you with all of these voices can make it difficult to feel like your voice is being heard. And the truth is, there are a number of soft voices in our world that aren’t heard at all. So when those voices are shared with us, how do we honor them and show that we are listening? Try these three tips to beef up your listening skills.

Reflect like a mirror- listen to what this person is saying to you and then say it back to them! (It sounds like you’re frustrated by the situation with your boss.) Show them that you heard what they said by parroting it back in a new way.

Ask questions- Asking about what a person is saying demonstrates interest and connection. Can you tell me more? Was that tough? How did you deal with that? What do you mean by…?

Use silence– Silence is a powerful listening tool. It’s not awkward to allow a silent space (well, sometimes it is) but it is important to allow that space for a person to think, or muster up the courage to keep talking. More times than not, if you allow a moment of silence the other person will continue talking.