Learn About Trinity’s Mission in Honduras

The Trinity family is cordially invited to attend a virtual update about The Leadership Center (TLC) on Tuesday, December 8 at 7 p.m. 

Meet Yesly, a Leadership Center student currently sponsored by Trinity. Yesly’s mother died when she was eight and she and her sister are being raised their her grandmother.

The Leadership Center provides a post high school, two-year educational opportunity for young Honduran women from poor rural communities. Trinity UMC has generously supported TLC since 2012 and has sponsored seven young women over the years. 

Please join Mission Committee Co-Chairs Dan and Chris Moore for an informative Zoom session about this challenging year in Honduras, complicated by COVID-19 and Hurricane Eta.  

We will share our pride in the achievements of our 78 alumni of The Leadership Center and our hopes for the future of this ministry.

The Zoom link will be available in the E-News.

Dear Trinity Church Family,

Neil Hough, Senior Pastor

It is with great joy and anticipation that I greet you today. There is so much I want to say and a lot you will want to know, but I’m going to keep this brief and simply say I am honored and humbled to be appointed to serve as the Senior Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church.

My wife Anne and I look forward to getting to know you and sharing ministry with you in the days, weeks, months, and years to come. As we move into the parsonage and get settled, I want to thank everyone who has welcomed us and helped make this transition possible. I especially want to thank Jim and Molly Sprouse, not only for their 23 years of service to this church and community, but for the many ways they have welcomed and helped us over the past several months. I know you join me in praying for them as they transition to the next set of adventures in their lives. I also want to thank my colleagues in ministry, Keith Lee and Eileen Gilmer, the rest of the Trinity staff — along with the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, the Trustees, and the Parsonage Committee for their countless hours of service helping us move and welcoming us to the church and community.

We wish that we could be gathering in the sanctuary on Sunday morning for worship and fellowship. (We will. Eventually. But not until it is safe to do so.) In the meantime, we are going to find other ways to get to know one another. To start with, I hope you’ll plan to join us for worship online on Sunday morning and then sign on to Zoom for a virtual fellowship hour after the service. You’ll find details in the E-News and in the worship bulletin. There will be additional opportunities in the coming weeks. We look forward to meeting all of you!

Finally, I hope you have a safe, healthy, and happy Independence Day weekend. I look forward to seeing you in worship and on Zoom on Sunday.

In Christ,


Musicians and Charity

by Jerry Rich, Director of Music

Long before modern benefit concerts like Live Aid (1985) and Hand in Hand (2017), musicians were involved in raising money for charitable causes. Here are some examples.

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL gave concerts to fund London’s Foundling Hospital, eventually raising some $600,000 in today’s money with performances of his Messiah.

CPE BACH organized a concert for Hamburg’s medical poorhouse. It featured the Credo from his father Johann Sebastian Bach’s B minor Mass and GF Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

JOSEF HAYDN organized performances of his Creation, The Seasons, The Surprise Symphony, and The Seven Last Words to benefit a Viennese society that helped musicians’ widows and children.

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN performed in aid of the town of Baden after a fire almost completely destroyed it. His Seventh Symphony was premiered at a benefit for wounded Austro-Bavarian soldiers.

FELIX MENDELSSOHN wrote his Ruy Blas Overture for a theatre pension fund event. The British premiere of his Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture provided assistance for Silesian flood victims.

FRANZ LISZT played at a London charity dinner at age 12 to raise money for the widows and orphans of musicians. He later wrote his virtuoso showpiece Funérailles to help Hungarian refugees.

PIOTR TCHAIKOVSKY wrote Marche Slav to aid the Red Cross; evoking Serbian oppression with folk songs, the march ends with their Russian allies rescuing them to the tune of God Save the Czar.

GIUSEPPE VERDI created a rest home in Milan for retired opera singers fallen on hard times; it was supported by royalties from compositions like his 1874 Requiem. He also built a hospital near his birthplace.

EDWARD ELGAR (composer of Pomp and Circumstance) wrote Carillon to help WWI charities in Belgium. The next year his Polonia was composed to benefit Polish refugees.

MYRA HESS organized 1,700 lunchtime concerts in London’s National Gallery throughout World War II; these free performances included her noted Bach arrangements such as Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.



A Virtual Book Chat

The Trinity Book Chat was cancelled in April, and the book–The Buried, by Peter Hessler, about the lives of ordinary people in the ill-fated revolutions of the Arab spring–will now be discussed via Zoom on May 12 at 7:00 p.m.. A link will be sent prior to the session. Our last meeting before taking a break for the summer will be on June 9, when we’ll talk about a classic: Persuasion, by Jane Austen. To join our email list, please contact Kathy Maher.


How Classical Music Can Help During Social Distancing

by Jerry Rich, Director of Music

Many people are currently isolating themselves from the outside world. Music helps by bringing us together, raising our hopes, and keeping us positive and calm; here are some ways to use classical music at home (suggested recording artists are in parentheses).

Music helps us concentrate.

Bach: Bourrée from Lute Suite in E, BWV 1006a (Manuel Barrueco, guitar)

Bach: Brandenburg Concerti (Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano)

Bach: Fuga from Sonata #1 in G Minor, BWV 1001 (Filippo Lattanzi, marimba)

Bach: Goldberg Variations (Glenn Gould, piano)

Music modifies our moods and motivates us.

Handel: Water Music (Trevor Pinnock, English Concert)

Satie: Gymnopédie 3 (Branford Marsalis, soprano saxophone)

Schubert: Nacht und Träume, D. 827 (Kian Soltani, cello)

Vivaldi: Four Seasons (Giuliano Carmignola, violin)

Music helps us settle and ease back into our work.

Cimarosa: Oboe Concerto (Pacho Flores, trumpet)

Mozart: Adagio from Flute Quartet 1 in D, K. 285 (Paula Robison, flute; Tokyo String Quartet)

Mozart: Piano Concerto #23 in A, K. 488, mvmt. ii (Murray Perahia, piano)

Mozart: Sonata for Two Pianos, K. 448 (Murray Perahia and Radu Lupu, pianos)

Music reduces anxiety, combats depression, and helps us to not feel alone.

Bizet: Jeux d’enfants (Quintetto Avant-Garde)

Brahms: Intermezzo in A, opus 118#2 (Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet; Yuja Wang, piano)

Copland: Simple Gifts (mvmt. vii) from Appalachian Spring (Zubin Mehta, LA Philharmonic)

Vaughan Williams: Rhosymedre (Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields)

Music helps us to escape for a bit.

Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals (Pascal Rogé and Cristina Ortiz, pianos)

Shostakovich: Waltz #2 (1956) (Riccardo Chailly, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)

Tan Dun: Eight Memories in Watercolor (Lang Lang, piano)

Villa Lobos: Aria from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 (Anna Moffo, soprano)

Music can make our food taste better.

Debussy: Clair de lune with poulet rôti (Seong-Jin Cho, piano)

Mozart: Laudate Dominum, K. 339 with Chardonnay (Kathleen Battle, soprano)

Puccini: Nessun dorma with cappuccino (Luciano Pavarotti, tenor)

Tchaikovsky: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy with tiramisù (Valery Gergiev,  Mariinsky Orchestra)

Music helps us wind down the day, manage our stress, and invite sleep.

Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Guitar Concerto #1, mvmt. ii (Nicola Hall, guitar)

Chopin: Nocturne opus 9#2 (Maria João Pires, piano)

Massenet: Méditation (Yo Yo Ma, cello; Kathryn Stott, piano)

Ravel: Concerto in G, mvmt. ii (Leonard Bernstein, piano)


The Mind of Christ in Lent

By James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor

Lent is probably the most widely observed season in the Christian year. Remember that Easter Day was originally the only day in the Christian year! The early Christians met weekly on the first day of the week to pray, break bread, and share in the apostles’ reminiscences of Jesus’ earthly ministry (Acts 2:42). Their meetings were characterized by an expectation of their Lord’s immediate, sudden return. In this ecstatic atmosphere, one did not do long-range planning and goal setting. Within the pages of the New Testament, we have indications that time was fast becoming a threat to Christian faith. Time, if it were not to be an enemy, had to be made a friend. It was through this domestication of time that the Christian year evolved.

Although the precise details of the evolution are impossible to know, the general outline is rather easy to discern. First, there was the weekly celebration of the Resurrection. This celebration was of the entire Paschal mystery: the Incarnation, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection and Ascension, the gift of the Spirit, and the promise of the Lord’s return. There next emerged a special emphasis in the spring on the celebration of the Paschal feast in relation to the actual time of the historical event. This celebration extended itself back through the Crucifixion on Friday and the Last Supper on Thursday, thus creating the Paschal Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. We know that in Jerusalem the custom began having the bishop ride a donkey into the city on the Sunday before the Passion and so inaugurate that period of observance that we call Holy Week.

Penitential discipline came to be attached to Lent as the Church increasingly understood itself as the field where the wheat and the weeds grew together. A major disagreement in the second century had to do with how to deal with those who denied or betrayed the faith. Those who had sinned were expected to perform appropriate penance. It soon became customary for all Christians to use the Lenten period as a time for repentance of past sins and self-denial (hence, “giving things up” for Lent), even if their sins had not been of a major or notorious kind.

Lent, then, is not a prolonged meditation upon the Passion and death of Christ, a pre-extended Good Friday. The clue to the meaning of Lent can be found by looking at the two days that frame it, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On Ash Wednesday, it is customary in many congregations for persons to have ashes placed upon their heads while they are being told, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” In other words, we are confronted by the fact of our mortality in a vivid physical encounter. On Good Friday, we witness the death of another human being, and we are told that in this death we all have died. Lent is intended to end at the cross, but it begins with the human condition that we all share, and it takes on the character of a pilgrimage. We’re on a pilgrimage. Keep an account of what you observe along the way.



Out with the Old; In with the New Beginning

By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

Spring is almost here. It’s on Sunday, March 19. I can’t wait. I love spring and everything that it brings: flowers, more hours of daylight, and warmer weather (although I can’t complain about this winter). But mostly, I love knowing with spring comes Easter. Easter reminds us about renewal and life. We celebrate the God-come-to-earth in Jesus. We reflect on his self-sacrificing love, and we rejoice in our opportunity to live our lives reflecting his time on earth.

This is also a perfect time for spring cleaning. It’s not just about sorting through an out of control sock drawer or clearing out a hall closet. (Although getting rid of extra stuff in our lives can be a form of service if we donate useful items to those in need.) The spring cleaning I’m talking about is more spiritual in nature. It involves searching out the things that are holding us back from, or getting in the way of, our connection to God.

What is getting in the way of your spiritual life? What are the things that you need to pack up and deal with for once and for all? Maybe it’s guilt, envy or shame. Maybe it’s the need to forgive or to be forgiven by someone. Whatever it is, know that God is with you in your struggle. Your church family at Trinity is also here with prayer and support. Please know that Jim, Keith and I are always here to listen and pray with you if you need us.

I invite you to take stock of what’s important in your life and then act on it. I’ll see you Sunday.


Youth Group Schedule

By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor

VBS Aug 3-7

The dates for VBS 2020 will be Aug 3-7. The theme is Knights of the North Castle and according to its publisher, Cokesbury, the curriculum aims to “Go on a quest learning to grow strong in the strength of God’s power by exploring how we put on the armor of God.”

As always, we are recruiting volunteers. We already have a solid core but the excellence we have maintained over the years depends on a high number of volunteers. Also, youth volunteers play a vital role in keeping VBS fun, energetic and vibrant. The VBS prep team consists of Jen Fuqua-Calsyn, Andrea Hager, Melissa Harris, Harriet Latta, Marci Thomas, Melissa Witt and me. We will be meeting continuously leading up to August, so please keep us in prayer. To volunteer, please contact one of us for more information, and we will get you connected!


Youth Update-Introducing Ed & Will

I’m proud to announce Ed Booth and Will Todd will join the youth group as young adult volunteers. Ed was entering and Will was already in college when I came to Trinity five years ago. They always attended church when they were in town and kept in touch over the years. Both graduated this winter and have settled back in McLean. They expressed their desire to help with the youth group because they felt blessed by it when they were growing up and want to contribute to its growth and vitality. We are blessed and honored to have them as volunteers. Ed wants to help anyway possible, and Will wants to make the youth group as memorable and relevant as it was when he was growing up. Please thank and welcome them in this new role. Thanks Ed and Will!!



The confirmation class has been meeting faithfully. All the confirmands are a joy to be around and have been fantastic participants in this year-long journey. One of the goals of confirmation is integrating them into Trinity because once they are confirmed, they will be full members of Trinity with all the duties and rights. Please keep them in prayer because the class is heading to its conclusion with Confirmation Sunday and Banquet on June 14. They will make a presentation during worship and will read their faith statements during the banquet. Writing faith statements has been a great challenge in the past so please keep that as a prayer topic. The confirmands are Olivia Burgeson, Lily Calsyn, Catherine Dunn, Fiona Keough, Madison Turk, and Zach Yellen. If you see them in service, please welcome and encourage them as they journey on in the confirmation process.


March 2020 at Trinity

March 2 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

March 8 Martha’s Table Snack Making Sunday
March 8 Executive Council

11:45 a.m.

March 10 Book Chat

6:30 p.m.

Finding Dorothy, by Elizabeth Letts
March 21 Christ House
March 16 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

March 21 Christ House
March 28 Good Works Day

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

See details below.
March 29 Celtic Service

5 p.m.

March 30 Crafts for a Cause

7 p.m.

Support our Preschool while eating at Chipotle on Wednesday, March 4. Visit the restaurant at 6707 Old Dominion Dr. in McLean between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tell them you are supporting the cause and 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Trinity Preschool of McLean.

Spring Good Works Day

Saturday, March 28

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Trustees and Church & Society will host Trinity’s Spring Good Works Day on March 28, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. followed by a BBQ chicken lunch. Trustees will have the tools and supplies for helpers of all ability levels to work on inside and outside projects around the campus including the Fellowship Building and Trinity House. Drop in when you are able and join your friends for a morning of service that will enhance our campus and serve our neighbors, then stay for BBQ and fellowship. For more information please contact Wayne Detwiler for trustee projects (wdetwiler@trideum.com); William Liu for Church and Society projects (williamliu@att.net); and Reba Page for Trinity Cooks Crew (pagerann@hotmail.com).

Book Chat: Finding Dorothy

Trinity’s book club will get together on Tuesday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Finding Dorothy, by Elizabeth Letts, a richly imagined novel that tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the book that inspired the iconic film, through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum’s wife, Maud. We meet the second Tuesday of the month (from September through May) in the Trinity Library. Everyone is welcome, even if you haven’t read the book! The selection for April 14 is The Buried, by Peter Hessler, about the lives of ordinary people in the ill-fated revolutions of the Arab spring. For more information, contact Kathy Maher.