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.

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




Prayer 2019

By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” – Abraham Lincoln

Life exposes our limitations and capabilities. It demands far more from us than what we know is possible. Therefore Lincoln, one of the finest and capable presidents, is known to have been a person of prayer. However, most are unaware that he was viewed as the most irreligious president, despite his emphasis on prayer.

I asked all the parents to pray for their children this year. I also asked that they include in their prayers all those who influence their children – their children’s friends, schoolmates, classmates in school and church, pastors, teachers, neighbors, teammates, coaches, church and community leaders, and for the welfare of our country and the world. I renew my request because when I look at my own children, on one hand I thank God for the protection and grace that was provided. But on the other hand, I realize how inadequate I was as a father. I was not fully aware of all the changes that were happening to them and even if I did, I was not equipped to adequately address them. Thank God for God!

The picture is a prayer wall in Room 301. For confirmation and preteen classes, I have been asking students to write down their prayers and place them in the canvas. This exercise not only helps them to pray but also visualize in a concrete way that Trinity is a praying community. Let’s pray together to help our children grow in the Lord!


What’s Happening at Trinity (Dec. 2018)

Dec. 3 & 17 Crafts for a Cause
7 p.m.
Learn about the latest projects:
Dec. 5 Widow Support Group
6:30 p.m.
We will discuss Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
Dec. 9 Children’s musical
10:30 a.m.
Trinity Trebles presents Aaron, the Allergic Shepherd
Dec. 9 Moms’ Group Cookie Exchange, 7 p.m. RSVP Jessica Faust
Dec. 9 Martha’s Table Sandwich Making
Dec. 16 Lessons & Carols
10:30 a.m.
Dec. 16 Advent Workshop
2—4:30 p.m.
Annual children’s event. To learn more and register:
Dec. 19 Blue Christmas
7 p.m.
A service of remembrance for those who feel loss.
Dec. 24 Christmas Eve worship
5, 8 & 10 p.m.
Celebrate Christ’s birth with your Trinity Church family
Dec. 24-26 Office Closed

Book Chat will take a break for the holidays and resume on Tuesday, January 8, with a discussion of The Girl Who Wrote in Silk, by Kelli Estes, a powerful story about family secrets that testifies to the endurance of the human spirit and the human heart. We meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Trinity Library. Bring a light dinner (dessert is provided) and enjoy fellowship and lively conversation. Questions? Contact Kathy Maher.

Moms’ Group Cookie Exchange

Please join us on Sunday, December 9 at 7 p.m. at the home of Erika Keough (6360 Lynwood Hill Rd, McLean). What you need to bring: About 3 dozen cookies/brownies/treats to exchange and an empty container to hold your share of the goodies. Questions? Contact Jessica Faust.


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Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: Nov. 18

Our Prayer List

Andrea, Anne, Bill, Bob & Fran, Bonnie, Carol, Chip & Tessa, Denise, Diane, Ellen, Eunice, Evelyn, Gail & Hal, Gary, Grace, Jack, Jason, Jim & Sharon, Jimmy, Jung, Kathleen, Marge, McCullough family, Mike, Olivia, Paul, Peggy & Bill, Phipps family, Robert, Susan, Thomas, Tilton family, Vicky, Wayne, the people of the Florida panhandle, migrants, those affected by mass shootings and the victims of the California wildfires.

Join Pastor Jim for Bible Study for Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas. This video series, also presented by The Ohio State University professor, Dr. David Brakke, will examine the people and texts of the first four centuries A.D. with a shared interest in knowledge (gnōsis, in Greek). Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. This week: The Feminine in Gnositc Myth.

Crafts for a Cause is counting on you to drop by the Holiday Bazaar that starts today in the Fellowship Building following both worship services. This is our only fund raiser and it’s the source of all the money we need for next year’s ministry of comforts. Come shop for Thanksgiving & Christmas food gifts, toys, jewelry and household items, all one-of-a-kind and made by Trinity members. The Bazaar will be open each Sunday between now and Dec. 16, 9:30 a.m.—12 p.m.

Sales begin Friday, Nov. 23 at 12 p.m.

Creative Play

By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor

Israel is known as the “Startup Nation” – the country with the highest number of startups per capita in the world! Over the years, Israeli startups have given rise to innovations in a range of fields, from agricultural irrigation and GPS navigation to life-saving cancer treatments. World class technology companies, such as Samsung, Intel, IBM, Google, Amazon just to name a few, have research and development facilities located in Israel due to access to creative and innovative tech savvy human resources. There are many factors for its innovative tech culture. In trying to identify these factors, some educators point out Israel’s creative approach to education as one contributor.

When I was able to observe its preschool system while I was staying in Jerusalem, the most prominent feature was a free play approach to education. In the early educational stage, it seems to have no formal curriculum and structured learning; mostly, children played outside and engaged in various art activities. For parents who are not Israelis, they think this approach is frivolous and undisciplined. Their main complaint was “In Israeli gans (Hebrew for preschool and kindergarten), all they do is play?!”

When I was looking for one for my daughter, I visited a preschool. After observing I thought to myself, “Why should I pay for this when I could just gather neighbors’ kids and play at the local playground?” But I was curious, so I asked one of the administrators, “I was told that playing was one of the main features of the Israeli education system. Can you explain the reason for this?” She corrected me and said, “We engage in creative play, not random play. The first verb in the Bible is the word “created” and we believe it is one of the most important principles of education.”

That surprised me in two ways. First, Israelis are mostly secular. Only twenty percent of the population practiced religion. In fact, many non-religious Israelis have a disdain for those who do. Therefore, when an administrator at this secular preschool quotes the Bible as a guiding principle, I was pleasantly taken back. Second, I read that passage multiple times and never thought of it in this manner. But after hearing her, it made perfect sense. The first act of God was to create. Furthermore, we are made in God’s image, so we should act to emulate our creator. Of course!

I recall all this because I would like to incorporate more play, specifically creative play and learning in our children and youth education. I love formal learning because that’s all I know. But playing games and creative approaches in teaching bring greater attentiveness and interaction. If you have creative approaches you would like to implement please let me know!


Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: Sept. 16


Our Prayer List

Abby, Allie, Amy, Andrea, Andrew, Annie, Ashley, Barbara, Betty, Bill, Bob, Bob & Eileen, Bobbie, Bonnie, Carla, Carol, Catherine & Henry, Cav, Chip & Tessa, Daniel, Darlene, Dave, Duane, Ed & Sally, Ella, Florian, Gabriela, Gail & Hal, Gay, Herb, Hermanson family, Hilda, Holly, James & She-Fin, Jane, Jenny & Geoff, Jim, Jim & Sharon, JJ, Joe, John, John & Mary Frances, Jonathan, Josh, Julie, Julieta, K, Ken, Lilly, Lincoln, Liz, Marilyn, Mark, Matt, McCullough family, Meg, Michelle, Olivia, Pat, Paul & Jeanette, Paula, Peggy & Bill, Sally, Sally & Ryan, Sarah, Scott & Emma, Scott & Kathy, Scott & Patsy, Stephen, Steve, Susan, Tiki, Tim, Tom, Virginia, Vivian, and Yancey.

Pray with Us Each Weekday at a New Time!

Eileen Gilmer prays on Facebook each weekday at 7 a.m. Tune in to begin your day with your church family. The video is also posted to her profile and the church’s Facebook page (Trinity UMC, McLean).

This week

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: Tours of Hell before Dante


Acolytes & Crucifers Sign-Up: visit

Children’s Sunday School includes classes for all children pre-K through 6th grade in Room 402. Children are dismissed from 10:30 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.

Teachers are invited to volunteer for 2018-19 Sunday School year. Please contact Keith,

Trinity Trebles, our children’s choir for ages 4 – 11, meets on Wednesdays, from 6 – 7 p.m. in Langley Hall. Join us for Wednesday Night Diner and for singing! Questions? Contact Catherine Wethington,

Parents, Please register you children and youth for this year’s children’s and youth ministries – Sunday School, Confirmation, choir, etc. A convenient registration can be found online at:


Acolytes & Crucifers Sign-Up: visit

Confirmation class begins today at 11:40 a.m. It’s not too late to join. This class is open to all 7th graders. For more information, please contact Keith,

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,

Sept. 16 11:40 a.m. Fall Youth Group Kick-off / Confirmation Class

Sept. 23 11:40 a.m. Music team intro to Grace Notes

Sept. 30 11:40 a.m. Video Games & Other Serious Endeavors

Oct. 7 11:40 a.m. Four Truths About Habits

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Collection Drive for Art for Humanity

Trinity’s Church & Society Committee sponsors monthly collections for local and worldwide ministries. During September, we’re collecting over-the-counter health care products for Art for Humanity in Honduras. Due to chronic malnutrition, multivitamins are particularly needed.

  • Multivitamins
  • Decongestant
  • Antihistamine
  • Neosporin antibiotic cream
  • Cough drops
  • Cortisone anti-itch cream
  • Band aids
  • Toothbrushes
  • Ibuprofen
  • Naproxen

Please be sure products have 12 months before expiration. Leave your donations in the donation baskets located outside the sanctuary and in the fellowship building.

Collecting Christmas Cards

Naty de las Alas is collecting new or gently used Christmas cards (religious theme preferred) that will be distributed to the homeless. Look for the collection boxes in the Narthex and in the Fellowship Building. Thank you!

Crafts for a Cause

Last week, Trinity’s Crafts for a Cause ministry was recognized for the contributions of neck pillows, blankets, baby caps, adult hats, teddy bears and Christmas stockings made to Fair Oaks Hospital’s programs to bring comfort to patients of all ages. Volunteers Marti Bowden, Naty de las Alas and Molly Sprouse, along with Pastor Jim Sprouse, represented Trinity at the Teddy Bear Tea, where the chief medical officer reported that since 1991 the program has generated nearly 94,000 comfort items! Crafts for a Cause is honored to be a part of that effort.

Meanwhile, the work continues to produce all those comforting pillows, blankets and hats at alternating Monday night work sessions, coming up on Sept. 24 and Oct. 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 124. You don’t have to be a crafter to participate. We also have homework projects if you can’t make the meetings.

Crafts for a Cause hopes to launch a project soon to encourage congregants to help us make adult and baby hats with a loom. It’s an easy and foolproof substitute for knitting and crocheting. If you’re interested, let us know. And if you know if anyone recovering from surgery or illness who would appreciate a comfort pillow or blanket, please let us know. For more information, contact Molly Sprouse at