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 kathyngs@gmail.com

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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.


Round-Up: Announcements and Updates for Various Ministries

Book Chat | Crafts for a Cause | Church & Society | Honduras | Volunteer

Order Easter Flowers Now

On Easter Sunday, March 27, Trinity’s Sanctuary will be decorated with lilies and tulips, given in honor or memory of loved ones. Please fill out the form and drop it in the offering plate or mail it to the church office at 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean, VA 22101. All memorials/honors will be noted in the Easter Sunday bulletin. If you order flowers, you’re encouraged to take them home after the service. The deadline is Sunday, March 15, 2016! The form is available on the church website.


  • Feb. 1: Crafts for a Cause
  • Feb. 8—15: Mission trip
  • Feb. 9: Book Chat, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
  • Feb. 10: Crafts for a Cause, Ash Wednesday
  • Feb. 15: Crafts for a Cause, Spire Deadline
  • Feb. 20: Christ House
  • Feb. 24: Crafts for a Cause
  • Feb. 26: Spire assembly
  • Feb. 26-28: Couples’ Retreat
  • Feb. 29: Crafts for a Cause

Book Chat

Trinity’s book club will meet on Tuesday, February 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Library to discuss Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings, a fictionalized account of the abolitionist sisters Sarah and Angelina Grimké that begins in early 19th-century Charleston. The Pancake Supper starts at 5:30 p.m., so it’s a perfect lead-in to an evening of faith and fellowship. The selection for March is Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline. For more information, contact Kathy Maher.


Crafts for a Cause

February will be a great month for Crafts for a Cause because Leap Year’s Feb. 29 brings the bonus of an extra work session! Crafts will meet on Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 1, 15 and 29, and on Wednesday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 10 and 24. Cold weather means a busy time for Crafts, as we make fleece blankets and knitted caps for families at the Carpenter’s Shelter in Alexandria, in addition to our usual comfort pillows, blankets and dolls for Fair Oaks Hospital patients.

Everyone’s welcome to join the crafts group sessions — no craftiness required, just willing hands. For more information, contact Molly Sprouse.

Church & Society

February Collection Drive

During the month of February we are collecting socks, undershirts and underwear for the children that live at the ChildHelp Alice C. Taylor Village in Culpepper, VA. Since 1993, the Alice C. Tyler Village has been providing a continuum of healing services for boys and girls ages 5-14 in a safe, structured and therapeutic environment. Producing a true community atmosphere, the Village houses as many as 67 children.

Please donate new child and adult size white/colored socks, undershirts and underwear for boys and girls between the ages of 5-14. Please bring your items to the collection closet in the Fellowship Building, or leave them in the church foyer baskets. To learn more about the village, please visit: http://www.childhelp.org/programs/entry/childhelp-alice-c-tyler-village/.

Honduras Trailer Update

Art for Humanity is adjusting the list of needed items in Honduras and reducing the number of shipments because of rising shipping fees. The next shipment will leave McLean in April.

Items in Most Need

  • Shoes
  • Clothing
  • Linens
  • Laptop computers
  • Rugs
  • Baby strollers

For a complete list of things we will be collecting, please visit: http://www.artforhumanity.org/how-you-can-help/donations. You can also use this link to make a financial donation.

Safeway Stamps

Thank you to all who saved the Safeway Saver Stamps over the last two months. We had great success with over 1,300 stamps collected. The good news is that our Langley Hall kitchen has a full set of new knives, knife block and new cutting boards. In addition, the Fellowship Building also has a useful assortment of knives; the Leadership Center in Honduras is getting a complete set of knives; and we were able to give SHARE four complete flatware sets for distribution to needy families. What a nice gift you all made possible for our church and our missions. Thanks, Cindy Wilson


Our Children’s Sunday School, Children’s Education (at 10:30), Education Committee and Children’s Ministries Committee can always use more volunteers. We need people to take leadership roles on committees, volunteer in the classroom, and help plan and prepare for special events. If you want to know more about how your gifts and interests can enhance the Children’s Education and Ministries at Trinity, please contact Keith Lee.

Christ House needs volunteers; contact Connie Jeremiah, connie.jeremiah@gmail.com or, sign-up online at bit.ly/CHVolunteers. Coming Up: Feb. 20, March 19 & April 16.

Martha’s Table Sandwich Making needs volunteers for picking up the bread, ordering the bologna and delivering the sandwiches. There’s a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Building, online at bit.ly/MTVol, or contact volunteer coordinator Barbara Long.





Lost in the Mashed Potatoes

Ellen Fillette, Director of Children's Choir
Ellen Fillette, Director of Children’s Choir

By Ellen Fillette

It’s that time of year again. Turkeys are flying off the shelves, families are preparing to endure relatives, and the fire department is anticipating a few extra calamities. Cooking happens to be one of the things in this world that brings me great joy so it should come as no surprise that I anxiously await Thanksgiving morning. I absolutely love the chance to spend days laboring over a meal to share with the ones I love most. Thanksgiving mornings are filled with last minute trips to the grocery store and brief glances at the Macy’s parade between prepping each dish.

Now, I know that thanksgiving is not one of the designated church holidays, but my faith certainly informs my understanding of the tradition. In my preparations for this year’s dinner, I was struck by the thought of the story of Mary and Martha. I could not help but realize that I am often so lost in the Thanksgiving dinner preparations that I actually forget to take the time to give thanks. Sure, we say a blessing before our meal, but that can feel more like a formality than an outpouring of thanks. When was the last time I—like the psalmist— allowed my heart to “Sing praises to the LORD, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name.” When did I last truly give thanks on Thanksgiving for family, friends, shelter, clothing, nourishment, transportation, peace, assurance, salvation, comfort of the Holy Spirit, or any of the countless other blessings I seem to gloss over on any given day. This year, don’t get lost in the mashed potatoes. Allow Thanksgiving to be a day where we grapple deeply with the blessings we have been given and remember where they came from.