+WORSHIP | ONLINE AND IN PERSON | 9:30 AM+

Today’s gospel starts with disciples obsessing over who will be closest to Jesus, leading to Jesus teaching his followers about God’s take on importance and power. Here Jesus makes it explicit that the reversal of values in God’s community is a direct challenge to the values of the dominant culture, where wielding power over others is what makes you great. When we pray “your kingdom come” we are praying for an end to tyranny and oppression. We pray this gathered around the cross, a sign of great shame transformed to be the sign of great honor and service.

This Week’s Online Bulletin: https://bit.ly/Pentecost-21


Readings for this Sunday
Isaiah 53:4-12
Psalm 91:9-16
Hebrews 5:1-10
Mark 10:35-45

Read our in person worship protocols here before RSVP’ing


+VOLUNTEERS NEEDED+


In order to help our worship services run smoothly, we need your help. There are a variety of ways you can be of service including: online greeter, cantor, welcome team, lector/prayers, technology team, altar guild. We are in need of more people to help out. Please check out the links below or contact the office or Pastor Christine . 


Worship Team: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-sunday

Music Leaders/Cantors: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c44abab28aaf94-fall

Tech Team: contact the church office to sign up: office@trinityelca.org


Sunday School: Sunday School will look a bit different. After Worship (10:30 AM, Sundays), we will be meeting in the Playground for a song, story time, and a short activity. We will be meeting outside through the month of October. We will reassess the location during the month of October, and Sunday School will continue after October. Would you like to help lead Sunday School? Contact: anita@trinityelca.org


+COMMUNITY NEWS+


Scam Alert
Area congregations are being targeted as a part of a fraud effort. Emails are circulating that seem to be either from Pastor Christine, or from someone who claims to have talked to Pastor Christine. Do NOT send money, gift cards, or even respond to the emails. They are very cunning in their attempts. Pastor Christine will never ask you for money or gift cards via email. If in doubt, please open a separate email and contact her directly or call the office. You can ‘inspect’ email addresses. Often upon doing this, you’ll note that it is not the same address that Trinity uses or Pastor Christine uses. 


Our Director of Youth and Family Ministries, Anita S. will be on Sabbatical October 13- November 23
From Anita: Now that Trinity has a new pastor, a new admin, & live streaming is up and running, I have been granted mini sabbatical, which incorporates vacation time not used due to the pandemic. I will be out of the office for 40 days, October 13 – November 22.  I will not be looking at email, nor returning phone calls or texts until I return. The ELCA recognizes that ministers are strengthened by opportunities to step away from the daily obligations of parish life, and have a moment of renewal. I will be using this time to recharge, so I am able to service Trinity to the fullest of my capabilities. During my absence, contact Pastor Christine, Amanda, or Jerry B.


+HAPPENING AT TRINITY+




Adult Forum | Sundays | 11:30 am | Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81675798612?pwd=WnFiakhEbUZwYTdlZzViZVd5TkRFZz09


Choir Rehearsals | Thursdays | 7:00 pm | Trinity Parking lot


Sunday School for Youth | Every Sunday | 10:45 am | Trinity Playground


Trinity Men’s Group | Every Second Wed | 1:00 pm | Zoom
Contact the church office for zoom info


Stephen Ministry | See the Calendar for meeting dates


Short Stories by Jesus Zoom Conversation | Wednesday September 15- October 20 | 7-8:30 pm | Zoom https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83328728762


Trunk or Treat! | October 29 | 5- 6:30 pm
We are hosting a Trunk-or-Treat event! To make this event successful, we need folks to decorate their cars and be willing to pass candy to costumed children. Children are invited to dress-up and participate in simple activities and trunk-or-treating. If you have questions, or able to help out, please contact Margaret F. or Pastor Christine. If you need ideas for decorating your car, there are many good ideas online. Be creative! Feel free to invite and bring friends!


Bread Baking as Spiritual Practice | October 30 | 9 am-12 pm
Come for a morning of bread making and conversation. Using a simple recipe, everyone will go home with a fresh loaf of bread. During the rising periods, we will engage in conversations around relevant scripture passages. The morning will conclude with a light lunch of bread and soup. An RSVP is a must and limited to 12 so we can spread out in the social hall. Please see the sign-up link for details about what to bring. No experience needed, all ingredients will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie at valerie@vmwishes.com
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-bread


Talk Saves Lives Presentation | Nov 17 | 7:00 pm | Zoom
Trinity is hosting a conversation on suicide prevention which will be facilitated by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This Zoom presentation is open to anyone 18 years or older. It will take place on November 17th at 7pm. Register using this link: https://tlc-tsl.attendease.com/ The presentation will cover warning signs, concrete ways to help, and connections to supports. We highly encourage you to participate, because, unfortunately, suicide rates are at all time highs and can impact anyone. Questions? Contact Pastor Christine (pastor@trinityelca.org).


Chrismon Making Session| Nov 13 | 10:30 am
Trinity began its Chrismon tree journey in the fall of 2019. We held three Chrismon making sessions, and in addition Trinity family members made these “ornaments of Christ” at home, and we celebrated the Advent and Christmas season with our new Chrismon tree. We would like to resume our Chrismon making sessions in 2021. With precautions in place, we invite Trinity family members and friends to join this year’s Chrismon making session on November 13 at 10:30 am. For Trinity family members not able to join in person, we can make kits available to complete at home.

Please look for the green cloth in the Social that will be displaying Chrismons made by Trinity, along with the book that tracks the contributors for supplies and a page for each Chrismon on our tree. Please contact Angela Brown, Carol Bruno, Leslie Cradlin, Valerie Mayer, or Sabrina Rufty with any questions and to reserve your space at the class.


+DONATIONS AND AID NEEDED+


Afghan Refugees (LSS): Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is reaching out with immediate needs due to the influx of Afghan refugees arriving in this area. They are in need of drivers, storage space, rooms on a temporary basis, and housing settlement. Contact: https://bit.ly/3z6u2Xj


Living Faith Food Collection: October 16 | 9 am- 1pm | Trinity Parking Lot | See the list of critical food needs here– Pet food is being collected this month until October 31 for the MoCo Animal Services- Baby to Senior acceptable | Smaller bags only please.


October Coat Drive | Through Sunday, October 31
Trinity is collecting new and gently-used coats, fleeces, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and other winter gear for the LSS Refugee Program


+RESOURCES+


Our Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiD63Tqh_vYcn4hFGLMiU6w

The October Trinitarian: Download it here!


+REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS+


We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Yulie N (Village at Rockville)
Esther M (Village at Rockville)

home
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W, Lineth M, Isabel F, Gio S, Ione L, and Leslie C.

family and friends*
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Taeyong P, uncle of Sunhee P
Caterina V, friend of Leslie C
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
Heather J, friend of Valerie M


first responders
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R

deaths
Joanne B, October 10, sister in law of Mary B

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks.  After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.

Pastor Christine will be on vacation October 4th-11th. She will be taking some time to reconnect with her husband who will be home on leave from deployment. In the case of an emergency, please contact the office for emergency pastoral coverage. 

+WORSHIP | ONLINE AND IN PERSON | 9:30 AM+

The rich man who comes to ask Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life is a good man, sincere in his asking. Mark’s gospel is alone in saying that Jesus looked on him and loved him. Out of love, not as judgment, Jesus offers him an open door to life: sell all you own and give it to the poor. Our culture bombards us with the message that we will find life by consuming. Our assemblies counter this message with the invitation to find life by divesting for the sake of the other.

This Week’s Online Bulletin: https://bit.ly/20-Pentecost-Trinity


Readings for this Sunday
Amos 5:6-7, 10-15
Psalm 90:12-17
Hebrews 4:12-16
Mark 10:17-31

Read our in person worship protocols here before RSVP’ing


+VOLUNTEERS NEEDED+


In order to help our worship services run smoothly, we need your help. There are a variety of ways you can be of service including: online greeter, cantor, welcome team, lector/prayers, technology team, altar guild. We are in need of more people to help out. Please check out the links below or contact the office or Pastor Christine . 


Worship Team: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-sunday

Music Leaders/Cantors: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c44abab28aaf94-fall

Tech Team: contact the church office to sign up: office@trinityelca.org


Sunday School: Sunday School will look a bit different. After Worship (10:30 AM, Sundays), we will be meeting in the Playground for a song, story time, and a short activity. We will be meeting outside through the month of October. We will reassess the location during the month of October, and Sunday School will continue after October. Would you like to help lead Sunday School? Contact: anita@trinityelca.org


Stephen Ministry: Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry in which the Stephen Minister  is trained to care for someone on a one-to-one basis and meets with that person once a week, on average, for as long as the person needs care. Would you like to train to become a Stephen Minister and walk with another Christian who is going through a difficult time in their life? The course takes 50 hours to complete and meets twice a month. First meeting is September 24th
Contact: susancsmith6000@yahoo.com or mamendenhall@verizon.net


+COMMUNITY NEWS+


Scam Alert
Area congregations are being targeted as a part of a fraud effort. Emails are circulating that seem to be either from Pastor Christine, or from someone who claims to have talked to Pastor Christine. Do NOT send money, gift cards, or even respond to the emails. They are very cunning in their attempts. Pastor Christine will never ask you for money or gift cards via email. If in doubt, please open a separate email and contact her directly or call the office. You can ‘inspect’ email addresses. Often upon doing this, you’ll note that it is not the same address that Trinity uses or Pastor Christine uses. 


Our Director of Youth and Family Ministries, Anita S. will be on Sabbatical October 13- November 23
From Anita: Now that Trinity has a new pastor, a new admin, & live streaming is up and running, I have been granted mini sabbatical, which incorporates vacation time not used due to the pandemic. I will be out of the office for 40 days, October 13 – November 22.  I will not be looking at email, nor returning phone calls or texts until I return. The ELCA recognizes that ministers are strengthened by opportunities to step away from the daily obligations of parish life, and have a moment of renewal. I will be using this time to recharge, so I am able to service Trinity to the fullest of my capabilities. During my absence, contact Pastor Christine, Amanda, or Jerry B.


+HAPPENING AT TRINITY+




Adult Forum | Sundays | 11:30 am | Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81675798612?pwd=WnFiakhEbUZwYTdlZzViZVd5TkRFZz09


Choir Rehearsals | Thursdays | 7:00 pm | Trinity Parking lot


Sunday School for Youth | Every Sunday | 10:45 am | Trinity Playground


Trinity Men’s Group | Every Second Wed | 1:00 pm | Zoom
Contact the church office for zoom info


Short Stories by Jesus Zoom Conversation | Wednesday September 15- October 20 | 7-8:30 pm | Zoom https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83328728762


Trunk or Treat! | October 29 | 5- 6:30 pm
We are hosting a Trunk-or-Treat event! To make this event successful, we need folks to decorate their cars and be willing to pass candy to costumed children. Children are invited to dress-up and participate in simple activities and trunk-or-treating. If you have questions, or able to help out, please contact Margaret F. or Pastor Christine. If you need ideas for decorating your car, there are many good ideas online. Be creative! Feel free to invite and bring friends!


Bread Baking as Spiritual Practice | October 30 | 9 am-12 pm
Come for a morning of bread making and conversation. Using a simple recipe, everyone will go home with a fresh loaf of bread. During the rising periods, we will engage in conversations around relevant scripture passages. The morning will conclude with a light lunch of bread and soup. An RSVP is a must and limited to 12 so we can spread out in the social hall. Please see the sign-up link for details about what to bring. No experience needed, all ingredients will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie at valerie@vmwishes.com
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-bread


Youth Group | October 10 | 6 pm | Location TBA


Stephen Ministry | See the Calendar for meeting dates


+DONATIONS AND AID NEEDED+


Afghan Refugees (LSS): Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is reaching out with immediate needs due to the influx of Afghan refugees arriving in this area. They are in need of drivers, storage space, rooms on a temporary basis, and housing settlement. Contact: https://bit.ly/3z6u2Xj


New Orleans: Given the devastation that New Orleans has recently endured from Hurricane Ida, this weekend we will be receiving special offerings again this weekend. We will be receiving special offerings to help offer relief to that area. You may bring checks (labeled New Orleans) or cash (in an envelope labeled New Orleans) and Trinity will ensure it goes to relief efforts in the area. You may also give directly online through Lutheran Disaster Response.


Living Faith Food Collection: October 16 | 9 am- 1pm | Trinity Parking Lot | See the list of critical food needs here– Pet food is being collected this month until October 31 for the MoCo Animal Services- Baby to Senior acceptable | Smaller bags only please.


October Coat Drive | Through Sunday, October 31
Trinity is collecting new and gently-used coats, fleeces, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and other winter gear for the LSS Refugee Program


+RESOURCES+


Our Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiD63Tqh_vYcn4hFGLMiU6w

The October Trinitarian: Download it here!


+REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS+


We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Yulie N (Village at Rockville)
Esther M (Village at Rockville)

home
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W, Lineth M, Isabel F, Gio S, Ione L, and Leslie C.

family and friends*
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Edgar W, friend of Anne N
Taeyong P, uncle of Sunhee P
Caterina V, friend of Leslie C
Heather J, friend of Valerie M
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R


first responders
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks.  After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.

Pastor Christine will be on vacation October 4th-11th. She will be taking some time to reconnect with her husband who will be home on leave from deployment. In the case of an emergency, please contact the office for emergency pastoral coverage. 

+WORSHIP | ONLINE AND IN PERSON | 9:30 AM+

Today’s readings remind us of the beauty which God has created, and that all has been gifted to Jesus through God. As stewards of God’s goodness, we are commissioned to care for creation. What does this look like in today’s day and age?

This Week’s Online Bulletin: https://bit.ly/19-Pentecost


Readings for this Sunday
Genesis 1:1, 20-28
Psalm 8
Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
Matthew 11: 25-30

Read our in person worship protocols here before RSVP’ing


+VOLUNTEERS NEEDED+


In order to help our worship services run smoothly, we need your help. There are a variety of ways you can be of service including: online greeter, cantor, welcome team, lector/prayers, technology team, altar guild. We are in need of more people to help out. Please check out the links below or contact the office or Pastor Christine . 


Worship Team: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-sunday

Music Leaders/Cantors: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c44abab28aaf94-fall

Tech Team: contact the church office to sign up: office@trinityelca.org


Sunday School: Sunday School will look a bit different. After Worship (10:30 AM, Sundays), we will be meeting in the Playground for a song, story time, and a short activity. We will be meeting outside through the month of October. We will reassess the location during the month of October, and Sunday School will continue after October. Would you like to help lead Sunday School? Contact: anita@trinityelca.org


Stephen Ministry: Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry in which the Stephen Minister  is trained to care for someone on a one-to-one basis and meets with that person once a week, on average, for as long as the person needs care. Would you like to train to become a Stephen Minister and walk with another Christian who is going through a difficult time in their life? The course takes 50 hours to complete and meets twice a month. First meeting is September 24th
Contact: susancsmith6000@yahoo.com or mamendenhall@verizon.net


+COMMUNITY NEWS+


Scam Alert
Area congregations are being targeted as a part of a fraud effort. Emails are circulating that seem to be either from Pastor Christine, or from someone who claims to have talked to Pastor Christine. Do NOT send money, gift cards, or even respond to the emails. They are very cunning in their attempts. Pastor Christine will never ask you for money or gift cards via email. If in doubt, please open a separate email and contact her directly or call the office. You can ‘inspect’ email addresses. Often upon doing this, you’ll note that it is not the same address that Trinity uses or Pastor Christine uses. 


Our Director of Youth and Family Ministries, Anita S. will be on Sabbatical October 13- November 23
From Anita: Now that Trinity has a new pastor, a new admin, & live streaming is up and running, I have been granted mini sabbatical, which incorporates vacation time not used due to the pandemic. I will be out of the office for 40 days, October 13 – November 22.  I will not be looking at email, nor returning phone calls or texts until I return. The ELCA recognizes that ministers are strengthened by opportunities to step away from the daily obligations of parish life, and have a moment of renewal. I will be using this time to recharge, so I am able to service Trinity to the fullest of my capabilities. During my absence, contact Pastor Christine, Amanda, or Jerry B.


+HAPPENING AT TRINITY+




Adult Forum | Sundays | 11:30 am | Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81675798612?pwd=WnFiakhEbUZwYTdlZzViZVd5TkRFZz09


Choir Rehearsals | Thursdays | 7:00 pm | Trinity Parking lot


Sunday School for Youth | Every Sunday | 10:45 am | Trinity Playground


Trinity Men’s Group | Every Second Wed | 1:00 pm | Zoom
Contact the church office for zoom info


Short Stories by Jesus Zoom Conversation | Wednesday September 15- October 20 | 7-8:30 pm | Zoom https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83328728762


Blessings of the Animals | October 2 | 5 pm | Bench Area| All animals welcome!
We also welcome you to bring a pet food donation for our pet food drive-Baby to Senior acceptable | Smaller bags only please.


Youth Group | October 10 | 6 pm | Location TBA


Stephen Ministry | See the Calendar for meeting dates


+DONATIONS AND AID NEEDED+


Afghan Refugees (LSS): Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is reaching out with immediate needs due to the influx of Afghan refugees arriving in this area. They are in need of drivers, storage space, rooms on a temporary basis, and housing settlement. Contact: https://bit.ly/3z6u2Xj


New Orleans: Given the devastation that New Orleans has recently endured from Hurricane Ida, this weekend we will be receiving special offerings again this weekend. We will be receiving special offerings to help offer relief to that area. You may bring checks (labeled New Orleans) or cash (in an envelope labeled New Orleans) and Trinity will ensure it goes to relief efforts in the area. You may also give directly online through Lutheran Disaster Response.


Living Faith Food Collection: October 16 | 9 am- 1pm | Trinity Parking Lot | See the list of critical food needs here– Pet food is being collected this month until October 31- Baby to Senior acceptable | Smaller bags only please.


October Coat Drive | Through Sunday, October 31
Trinity is collecting new and gently-used coats, fleeces, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and other winter gear for those in need.


+RESOURCES+


Our Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiD63Tqh_vYcn4hFGLMiU6w

The September Trinitarian: Download it here!


+REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS+


We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Yulie N (Village at Rockville)
Esther M (Village at Rockville)

home
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W, Lineth M, Isabel F, Gio S, Ione L, and Leslie C.

family and friends*
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Edgar W, friend of Anne N
Taeyong P, uncle of Sunhee P
Caterina V, friend of Leslie C


first responders
Heather J, friend of Valerie M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R

deaths
Carol B-September 19, 2021- aunt of Leslie C
Glenn K. S Jr.- September 23, 2021- brother of Steve S

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks.  After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.

+WORSHIP | ONLINE AND IN PERSON | 9:30 AM+

Someone who isn’t part of Jesus’ own circle is casting out demons in Jesus’ name, and the disciples want him stopped. They appeal to Jesus, as Joshua did to Moses about the elders who prophesied without official authorization. Like Moses, Jesus refuses to see this as a threat. Jesus welcomes good being done in his name, even when it is not under his control. The circle we form around Jesus’ word must be able to value good being done in ways we wouldn’t do it, by people we can’t keep tabs on.
This Week’s Online Bulletin: https://bit.ly/18-Pentecost-2021


Readings for this Sunday
Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
Psalm 19:7-14
James 5:13-20
Mark 9:38-50

Read our in person worship protocols here before RSVP’ing


+VOLUNTEERS NEEDED+


In order to help our worship services run smoothly, we need your help. There are a variety of ways you can be of service including: online greeter, cantor, welcome team, lector/prayers, technology team, altar guild. We are in need of more people to help out. Please check out the links below, contact the office or Pastor Christine . 


Worship Team: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-sunday

Music Leaders/Cantors: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c44abab28aaf94-fall

Tech Team: contact the church office to sign up: office@trinityelca.org


Sunday School: Sunday School will look a bit different. After Worship (10:30 AM, Sundays), we will be meeting in the Playground for a song, story time, and a short activity. We will be meeting outside through the month of October. We will reassess the location during the month of October, and Sunday School will continue after October. Would you like to help lead Sunday School? Contact: anita@trinityelca.org


Stephen Ministry: Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry in which the Stephen Minister  is trained to care for someone on a one-to-one basis and meets with that person once a week, on average, for as long as the person needs care. Would you like to train to become a Stephen Minister and walk with another Christian who is going through a difficult time in their life? The course takes 50 hours to complete and meets twice a month. First meeting is September 24th
Contact: susancsmith6000@yahoo.com or mamendenhall@verizon.net


+COMMUNITY NEWS+


Scam Alert
Area congregations are being targeted as a part of a fraud effort. Emails are circulating that seem to be either from Pastor Christine, or from someone who claims to have talked to Pastor Christine. Do NOT send money, gift cards, or even respond to the emails. They are very cunning in their attempts. Pastor Christine will never ask you for money or gift cards via email. If in doubt, please open a separate email and contact her directly or call the office. You can ‘inspect’ email addresses. Often upon doing this, you’ll note that it is not the same address that Trinity uses or Pastor Christine uses. 


Our Director of Youth and Family Ministries, Anita S. will be on Sabbatical October 13- November 23
From Anita: Now that Trinity has a new pastor, a new admin, & live streaming is up and running, I have been granted mini sabbatical, which incorporates vacation time not used due to the pandemic. I will be out of the office for 40 days, October 13 – November 22.  I will not be looking at email, nor returning phone calls or texts until I return. The ELCA recognizes that ministers are strengthened by opportunities to step away from the daily obligations of parish life, and have a moment of renewal. I will be using this time to recharge, so I am able to service Trinity to the fullest of my capabilities. During my absence, contact Pastor Christine, Amanda, or Jerry B.


+HAPPENING AT TRINITY+




Adult Forum | Sundays | 11:30 am | Zoom
https://bit.ly/3xpanRC 


Choir Rehearsals Begin | September 23rd | 7:00 pm | Trinity Parking lot


Sunday School for Youth | Every Sunday | 10:45 am | Trinity Playground


Trinity Men’s Group | Every Second Wed | 1:00 pm | Zoom
Contact the church office for zoom info


Short Stories by Jesus Zoom Conversation | Wednesday September 15- October 20 | 7-8:30 pm | Zoom https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83328728762


Outdoor Movie Night | September 24 | 7 pm | Trinity Parking Lot | Bring lawn chair or blanket | Rain date: Sept 25


Confirmation Class | September 26 | 10:45 am | Room 11


Blessings of the Animals | October 2 | 5 pm | Bench Area| All animals welcome!
We also welcome you to bring a pet food donation for our pet food drive-Baby to Senior acceptable | Smaller bags only please.


Youth Group | October 10 | 6 pm | Location TBA


+DONATIONS AND AID NEEDED+


Afghan Refugees (LSS): Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is reaching out with immediate needs due to the influx of Afghan refugees arriving in this area. They are in need of drivers, storage space, rooms on a temporary basis, and housing settlement. Contact: https://bit.ly/3z6u2Xj


New Orleans: Given the devastation that New Orleans has recently endured from Hurricane Ida, this weekend we will be receiving special offerings again this weekend. We will be receiving special offerings to help offer relief to that area. You may bring checks (labeled New Orleans) or cash (in an envelope labeled New Orleans) and Trinity will ensure it goes to relief efforts in the area. You may also give directly online through Lutheran Disaster Response.


Living Faith Food Collection: October 16 | 9 am- 1pm | Trinity Parking Lot | See the list of critical food needs here– Pet food is being collected this month until October 3- Baby to Senior acceptable | Smaller bags only please.


+RESOURCES+


Our Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiD63Tqh_vYcn4hFGLMiU6w

The September Trinitarian: Download it here!


+REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS+


We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Yulie N (Village at Rockville)
Esther M (Village at Rockville)

home
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W, Lineth M, Isabel F, Gio S, Ione L, and Leslie C.

family and friends*
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Edgar W, friend of Anne N
Taeyong P, uncle of Sunhee P


first responders
Heather J, friend of Valerie M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R

deaths
Carol B-September 19, 2021- aunt of Leslie C
Glenn K. S Jr.- September 23, 2021- brother of Steve S

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks.  After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.


+WORSHIP+

Today we hear James warn against selfish ambition, while the disciples quarrel over which one of them is the greatest. Jesus tells them the way to be great is to serve. Then, to make it concrete, he puts in front of them a flesh-and-blood child. We are called to welcome the children God puts in front of us, to make room for them in daily interaction, and to give them a place of honor in the assembly.


Readings for this Sunday
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 116:1-9
James 3:1-12
Mark 8:27-38

Read our in person worship protocols here before RSVP’ing


+VOLUNTEERS NEEDED+


In order to help our worship services run smoothly, we need your help. There are a variety of ways you can be of service including: online greeter, cantor, welcome team, lector/prayers, technology team, altar guild. We are in need of more people to help out. Please check out the links below, contact the office or Pastor Christine . 


Worship Team: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-sunday

Music Leaders/Cantors: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c44abab28aaf94-fall


Sunday School: Sunday School will look a bit different. After Worship (10:30 AM, Sundays), we will be meeting in the Playground for a song, story time, and a short activity. We will be meeting outside through the month of October. We will reassess the location during the month of October, and Sunday School will continue after October. Would you like to help lead Sunday School? Contact: anita@trinityelca.org


Stephen Ministry: Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry in which the Stephen Minister  is trained to care for someone on a one-to-one basis and meets with that person once a week, on average, for as long as the person needs care. Would you like to train to become a Stephen Minister and walk with another Christian who is going through a difficult time in their life? The course takes 50 hours to complete and meets twice a month. First meeting is September 24th
Contact: susancsmith6000@yahoo.com or mamendenhall@verizon.net


Moving Help on Saturday September 18th(Rain date: Sept 25): Pam and Kim are moving to a new apartment and would greatly appreciate help moving the larger and heavier items. They have a 2-week window to move and will move the small items themselves. A rental truck has been reserved. Start time is 9:00am at their current address. Please contact me if you are willing to help out. Thank you.valerie@vmwishes.com


+COMMUNITY NEWS+


Thanks to all who donated and helped put together packs last Sunday! Not only did we reach our goal, but we had leftovers!

Scam Alert
Area congregations are being targeted as a part of a fraud effort. Emails are circulating that seem to be either from Pastor Christine, or from someone who claims to have talked to Pastor Christine. Do NOT send money, gift cards, or even respond to the emails. They are very cunning in their attempts. Pastor Christine will never ask you for money or gift cards via email. If in doubt, please open a separate email and contact her directly or call the office. You can ‘inspect’ email addresses. Often upon doing this, you’ll note that it is not the same address that Trinity uses or Pastor Christine uses. 


Our Director of Youth and Family Ministries, Anita S. will be on Sabbatical October 13- November 23
From Anita: Now that Trinity has a new pastor, a new admin, & live streaming is up and running, I have been granted mini sabbatical, which incorporates vacation time not used due to the pandemic. I will be out of the office for 40 days, October 13 – November 22.  I will not be looking at email, nor returning phone calls or texts until I return. The ELCA recognizes that ministers are strengthened by opportunities to step away from the daily obligations of parish life, and have a moment of renewal. I will be using this time to recharge, so I am able to service Trinity to the fullest of my capabilities. During my absence, contact Pastor Christine, Amanda, or Jerry B.


+HAPPENING AT TRINITY+


Special Adult Forum – The Humble Walk | September 19 | 10:45 am | In-Person Only,
Scheduling issues are preventing us from streaming to Zoom.
To bookend our discussions about welcoming the stranger and refugees from Central America, you are invited to come hear about the week-long immersion program that The Humble Walk (UMD campus ministry) students participated in over the summer. The students will join us for worship and then we will transition to a live conversation with them, in the sanctuary. We will also be taking a special collection that Sunday to support the work of Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey, the congregation who leads the immersion program and works with the refugees. If you will not be attending in person, please consider giving electronically or with your mailed in offering. The experience was powerful. Come, welcome them and hear their stories.


Sunday School for Youth | Every Sunday | 10:30 am | Trinity Playground


Short Stories by Jesus Zoom Conversation | Wednesday September 15- October 20 | 7-8:30 pm | Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83328728762


Outdoor Movie Night | September 24 | 7 pm | Trinity Parking Lot | Bring lawn chair or blanket | Rain date: Sept 25


Confirmation Class | September 26 | 11 am | Room 11


Blessings of the Animals | October 2 | 5 pm | Bench Area| All animals welcome!


Youth Group | October 10 | 6 pm | Location TBA


+DONATIONS AND AID NEEDED+


Afghan Refugees (LSS): Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is reaching out with immediate needs due to the influx of Afghan refugees arriving in this area. They are in need of drivers, storage space, rooms on a temporary basis, and housing settlement. Contact: https://bit.ly/3z6u2Xj


New Orleans: Given the devastation that New Orleans has recently endured from Hurricane Ida, this weekend we will be receiving special offerings again this weekend. We will be receiving special offerings to help offer relief to that area. You may bring checks (labeled New Orleans) or cash (in an envelope labeled New Orleans) and Trinity will ensure it goes to relief efforts in the area. You may also give directly online through Lutheran Disaster Response.


Living Faith Food Collection: September 18 | 9 am- 1pm | Trinity Parking Lot | See the list of critical food needs here– Pet food is being collected this month and next- Baby to Senior acceptable | Smaller bags only please.


+RESOURCES+


Our Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiD63Tqh_vYcn4hFGLMiU6w

The September Trinitarian: Download it here!

This Week’s Online Bulletin: https://bit.ly/17-Pentecost-2021-Trinity


+REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS+


We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Yulie N (Village at Rockville)
Esther M (Village at Rockville)

home
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W, Lineth M, Isabel F, Gio S, Ione L, and Leslie C.

family and friends*
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Edgar W, friend of Anne N
Taeyong P, uncle of Sunhee P


first responders
Heather J, friend of Valerie M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks.  After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.

New Orleans Relief

Given the devastation that New Orleans has recently endured from Hurricane Ida, this weekend we will be receiving special offerings again this weekend. We will be receiving special offerings to help offer relief to that area. You may bring checks (labeled New Orleans) or cash (in an envelope labeled New Orleans) and Trinity will ensure it goes to relief efforts in the area. You may also give directly online through Lutheran Disaster Response.


Thanks to all who came out for the Interfaith 5K! We appreciate you!!


September Trinitarian Now Available!

Download it here!


Scam Alert

Area congregations are being targeted as a part of a fraud effort. Emails are circulating that seem to be either from Pastor Christine, or from someone who claims to have talked to Pastor Christine. Do NOT send money, gift cards, or even respond to the emails. They are very cunning in their attempts. Pastor Christine will never ask you for money or gift cards via email. If in doubt, please open a separate email and contact her directly or call the office. You can ‘inspect’ email addresses. Often upon doing this, you’ll note that it is not the same address that Trinity uses or Pastor Christine uses. 


+WORSHIP+


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

Three weeks ago we heard Peter’s confession of faith as told in John’s gospel. This week we hear Mark’s version, when Peter says, “You are the Messiah.” In John, the stumbling block is Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh, given for the life of the world. In Mark too the scandal has to do with Jesus’ words about his own coming death, and here Peter himself stumbles over Jesus’ words. But Jesus is anointed (the meaning of messiah) in Mark only on the way to the cross (14:3); so we are anointed in baptism with the sign of the cross.


Worship Updates

On Sunday, August 29th (@9:30am) we began indoor in person worship. You can read about our decision and the protocols in place here (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We will also be offering a live stream option for those who would prefer to worship at home or while on vacation (accessible through our webpage or Youtube channel). We know there is a lot of change happening, and we hope these changes will allow us to worship in a more familiar format, while providing extended access to those who cannot attend in-person. If you have questions, please reach out to Pastor Christine (pastor@trinityelca.org).


Music Leaders Needed

“During our transition to livestreaming, we are also moving our music indoors. Until it is safe to sing as a congregation again, we will continue to invite cantors to sing hymns like we did for the outdoor services this summer. If you would like to lead hymns or provide an instrumental offering during worship, please sign up using the following link, email me at ajsmall@mtu.edu, or talk to me directly on Sunday morning. 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c44abab28aaf94-fall


Worship Assistants Needed!

In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office if you are available to help as a: lector, cantor, welcome team member, altar guild, teller, or online greeter.


Readings for this Sunday
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 116:1-9
James 3:1-12
Mark 8:27-38


Adult Forum None this week due to God’s Work, Our Hands activities. Join us next week at 11:30 AM via Zoom 

The link is here: Join us on Zoom here: https://bit.ly/3xpanRC


+SERVE+


Trinity Helps- Help with Moving | 9/18

Pam and Kim are moving to a new apartment and would greatly appreciate help moving the larger and heavier items. They have a 2-week window to move and will move the small items themselves. A rental truck has been reserved. We are going to try for Saturday, September 18th, with a rain date of Saturday, September 25th. Start time to be determined, but will be in the morning. Since Pam and Kim are away for a bit, please contact me if you are willing to help out. Thank you. Since Pam and Kim are away for a bit, please contact me if you are willing to help out. Thank you.
Valerievalerie@vmwishes.com


Special Adult Forum – The Humble Walk, 9/19


To bookend our discussions about welcoming the stranger and refugees from Central America, you are invited to come hear about the week-long immersion program that The Humble Walk (UMD campus ministry) students participated in over the summer. The students will join us for worship and then we will transition to live stream the conversation with them from Trinity to Zoom so all may join us. We will also be taking a special collection that Sunday to support the work of Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey, the congregation who leads the immersion program and works with the refugees. If you will not be attending in person, please consider giving electronically or with your mailed in offering. The experience was powerful. Come, welcome them and hear their stories.


Stephen Ministry Training at Trinity

A new Training class for Stephen Ministers will begin on Friday evening, September 24. Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry in which the Stephen Minister  is trained to care for someone on a one-to-one basis and meets with that person once a week, on average, for as long as the person needs care. Would you like to train to become a Stephen Minister and walk with another Christian who is going through a difficult time in their life?  If so, please let Pastor Christine, Susan Smith, or Miriam Mendenhall know.  The course takes 50 hours to complete and meets twice a month, September through March.  We’d love to have you join our Training class and become a Stephen Minister for Trinity.  


Saturday, September 18, 9:00 AM to Noon
Food Collection for Living Faith Pantry at Trinity Lutheran Church

The food pantry at Living Faith has been serving more than 110 families each week.  Please help Trinity continue its active support of Living Faith’s pantry.

Date: Saturday, September 18, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Rd. 
North Bethesda 20852 (main parking lot) 
More info: Kathy at 301-675-6987 or email office@trinityelca.org

Critical Food Needs 
Cold cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible)
Black/pinto beans (canned)
Canned tomatoes (whole if possible)
Canned vegetables (corn very popular) 
Canned fruit
Cooking oil 
Jam/jelly (strawberry very popular)
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)
Canned soup (chicken noodle popular)

If you can’t be there but would like to help, you may send a check directly to
Living Faith Lutheran Church (1605 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20851) Please note ‘food pantry’ in the memo line. The pantry very much appreciates cash donations which allow them to fill in any food gaps.

A Quick Note on the Living Faith Food Collection

Starting with the September 18th food drive and running through October 3rd we will be collecting pet food for the Montgomery County Humane Society pet food pantry. MCHS is looking for unopened, unexpired, non-Rx wet or dry dog food, cat food and cat litter in plastic containers. They need a wide variety of food – baby to senior: they like to give the same food the animal is used to eating if possible. Smaller bags are best. They can’t open and divide large
bags. If we can donate a variety of small bags that will be ideal. Contact Leslie S. for details or questions.


Summer Collection School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Guess What? What? We collected enough school supplies to reach our goal of 200 school kits for Lutheran World Relief! We will be putting the kits together after worship on September 12 (this Sunday). Please stay after worship to hear about the work that LWR does, and to help us put the kits together. Weather Permitting, we will be putting the kits together outside in the parking lot. Weather not permitting, we will be in the Social Hall, masked. We will also have kits to take home to make dog toys for the Montgomery County Humane Society.

Sunday School for youth is back on September 19!

Sunday School will look a bit different. After Worship (10:30 AM, Sundays), we will be meeting in the Playground for a song, story time, and a short activity. We will be meeting outside through the month of October. We will reassess the location during the month of October, and Sunday School will continue after October. Would you like to help lead Sunday School? Please contact Anita.


Blessing of the Animals | October 2 | 5 pm

Come join us over by the new benches with your dogs, cats, chickens, donkeys, rabbits, turtles, or any other of God’s creatures for a blessing of the animals.


Youth Group Kick off | September 12 | 6 pm

Youth Group is for all Trinity youth in grades 6th – 12th. We will be meeting on September 12 at 6 pm for Smores at the new benches behind the playground. See you then!


Movie Night | September 24 | 7 pm

Trinity will be showing a movie OUTSIDE! Bring your blankets & lawn chairs and join us for a movie on the big screen. Family friendly movie TBA. (Rain Date: Saturday, September 25)



Youth Events Looking Ahead:

Confirmation Class – Sept. 26
Youth Group – October 10


Helping Afghan Allies

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is reaching out with immediate needs due to the influx of Afghan refugees arriving in this area. They are in need of drivers, storage space, rooms on a temporary basis, and housing settlement. If you are able to help individually with any of these needs, please fill out the form here, and they will contact you. Social Ministry team is also reviewing how the congregation might be able to assist.


Short Stories by Jesus Zoom Conversation

September 15 – October 20 |7-8:30 pm
Join us for a Zoom conversation led by Trinity, Prince of Peace and Christ DC
Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4FAAA72FA4FEC52-short


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.


Remember in your prayers

We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Yulie N (Village at Rockville)
Esther M (Village at Rockville)

home
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W, Lineth M, Isabel F, Gio S, Ione L, and Leslie C

family and friends*
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Joey L, son of Mark L and Sabrina R
Edgar W, friend of Anne N
Joanne B, sister in law of Mary B


first responders
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks.  After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.

New Orleans Relief

Given the devastation that New Orleans has recently endured from Hurricane Ida, this weekend we will be receiving special offerings to help offer relief to that area. You may bring checks (labeled New Orleans) or cash (in an envelope labeled New Orleans) and Trinity will ensure it goes to relief efforts in the area. You may also give directly online through Lutheran Disaster Response.


Interfaith 5K | Labor Day, September 6th

Don’t forget to sign up for the Montgomery County Interfaith 5K taking place on Labor Day morning, this Monday September 6th. Your outpouring of support in Trinity’s inaugural year as a race partner has been amazing; thank you! Our goal of a 25-person Team Trinity is within reach—we only need several more runners/joggers/walkers. If you have not yet registered, please do at mocointerfaith5k.org.  Registration is $35/person.  And don’t forget, there is a Tot Trot for children 5 and under and a Kids 1K Fun Run for youth between 6 and 12.  Kids of all ages are welcome!!!

If you prefer not to participate in the race, but are happy to volunteer, here is the link to sign up: MoCo Interfaith 5K: Volunteer Opportunities (signupgenius.com). We need an array of volunteers on race morning, working various tables, serving as course marshals, post-race cleanup, and so on.  Thanks in advance for your willingness to help.  For more information on the race, please contact Pastor Christine or Tom Kern (thomasewingkern@gmail.com). 


Trinity T-Shirts Have Arrived

If you ordered a shirt, they will be available for pickup on Sunday (9/5). If you have not yet paid, please bring cash or a check (made out to Trinity) with you.
If you missed the ordering deadline and would like to get a tee shirt, I have two extras in large and medium in iris blue and one large in gold. Plus what I think was a print shop error, I have 6 large in Carolina blue as well. If you would like one of the extras, please email me directly and I’ll put your name on one.


Scam Alert

Area congregations are being targeted as a part of a fraud effort. Emails are circulating that seem to be either from Pastor Christine, or from someone who claims to have talked to Pastor Christine. Do NOT send money, gift cards, or even respond to the emails. They are very cunning in their attempts. Pastor Christine will never ask you for money or gift cards via email. If in doubt, please open a separate email and contact her directly or call the office. You can ‘inspect’ email addresses. Often upon doing this, you’ll note that it is not the same address that Trinity uses or Pastor Christine uses. 


September Trinitarian Now Available!

Download it here!


+WORSHIP+


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

James tells us to stop showing favoritism in the assembly, treating the rich visitor with more honor than the poor one. Jesus himself seems to show partiality in his first response to the Syrophoenician woman in today’s gospel. Was he testing her faith in saying Gentiles don’t deserve the goods meant for God’s children? Or was he speaking out of his human worldview, but transcended those limits when she took him by surprise with her reply? Either way, the story tells us that God shows no partiality. Everyone who brings a need to Jesus is received with equal honor as a child and heir.


Worship Updates

On Sunday, August 29th (@9:30am) we began indoor in person worship. You can read about our decision and the protocols in place here (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We will also be offering a live stream option for those who would prefer to worship at home or while on vacation (accessible through our webpage or Youtube channel). We know there is a lot of change happening, and we hope these changes will allow us to worship in a more familiar format, while providing extended access to those who cannot attend in-person. If you have questions, please reach out to Pastor Christine (pastor@trinityelca.org).


Music Leaders Needed

“During our transition to livestreaming, we are also moving our music indoors. Until it is safe to sing as a congregation again, we will continue to invite cantors to sing hymns like we did for the outdoor services this summer. If you would like to lead hymns or provide an instrumental offering during worship, please sign up using the following link, email me at ajsmall@mtu.edu, or talk to me directly on Sunday morning. 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c44abab28aaf94-fall


Worship Assistants Needed!

In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office if you are available to help as a: lector, cantor, welcome team member, altar guild, teller, or online greeter.


Readings for this Sunday
Isaiah 35:4-7a
Psalm 146
James 2:1-10 [11-13] 14-17
Mark 7:24-37


Adult Forum | Sundays at 11 AM via Zoom

Adult forum is discussing the concept of the ‘stranger’ in the Bible in relation to immigration, welcome, and Christianity. Adult foru takes place over Zoom at 11am. The link is here: Join us on Zoom here: https://bit.ly/3xpanRC


+SERVE+


Stephen Ministry Training at Trinity

A new Training class for Stephen Ministers will begin on Friday evening, September 24. Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry in which the Stephen Minister  is trained to care for someone on a one-to-one basis and meets with that person once a week, on average, for as long as the person needs care. Would you like to train to become a Stephen Minister and walk with another Christian who is going through a difficult time in their life?  If so, please let Pastor Christine, Susan Smith, or Miriam Mendenhall know.  The course takes 50 hours to complete and meets twice a month, September through March.  We’d love to have you join our Training class and become a Stephen Minister for Trinity.  


Summer Collection School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Social Ministry has some great things in the works for God’s Work, Our Hands Day over September 11-12. More info will follow soon…but we need to start collecting school supplies now for our Sunday Morning Service project. 

LWR sends school kits to many locations worldwide to  allow children in refugee camps to continue learning in the face of serious obstacles. Beginning in July and continuing throughout the summer, Trinity will collect the school supplies listed below to assemble 200 kits.  On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 12, Trinity will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School. Bins will be available at parking lot church. If you would like to drop them off at a different time, please contact the office or Anita, and we will make sure someone is in the office to receive them.  

# neededsupplies
95Blunt scissors
530Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
90Box of 16 or 24 crayons

Please note:  LWR asks that all kit items be new and have no religious symbols, messages, or patriotic or military symbols. Please contact Kathy Thrower or Anita Smallin with any questions.


Helping Afghan Allies

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is reaching out with immediate needs due to the influx of Afghan refugees arriving in this area. They are in need of drivers, storage space, rooms on a temporary basis, and housing settlement. If you are able to help individually with any of these needs, please fill out the form here, and they will contact you. Social Ministry team is also reviewing how the congregation might be able to assist.


Short Stories by Jesus Zoom Conversation

September 15 – October 20 |7-8:30 pm
Join us for a Zoom conversation led by Trinity, Prince of Peace and Christ DC
Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4FAAA72FA4FEC52-short


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.


Remember in your prayers

We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Yulie N (Village at Rockville)
Esther M (Village at Rockville)

home
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W, Lineth M, Isabel F, and Gio S, Ione L, Mary B

family and friends*
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Mahmoud L, friend of Billie J Family
Joey L, son of Mark L and Sabrina R
Edgar, friend of Anne Nielsen


first responders
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R

deaths
Barbara R, aunt of Sabrina R (died 20 Aug)

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks.  After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.

Interfaith 5K | Labor Day, September 6th

We are now less than a month out from the Montgomery County Interfaith 5K taking place on Labor Day morning, Monday September 6th. Your outpouring of support in Trinity’s inaugural year as a race partner has been amazing; thank you! Our goal of a 25-person Team Trinity is within reach—we only need several more runners/joggers/walkers. If you have not yet registered, please do at mocointerfaith5k.org.  Registration is $35/person.  And don’t forget, there is a Tot Trot for children 5 and under and a Kids 1K Fun Run for youth between 6 and 12.  Kids of all ages are welcome!!!

If you prefer not to participate in the race, but are happy to volunteer, here is the link to sign up: MoCo Interfaith 5K: Volunteer Opportunities (signupgenius.com). We need an array of volunteers on race morning, working various tables, serving as course marshals, post-race cleanup, and so on.  Thanks in advance for your willingness to help.  For more information on the race, please contact Pastor Christine or Tom Kern (thomasewingkern@gmail.com). 


Trinity T-Shirts Have Arrived

If you ordered a shirt, they will be available for pickup the next 2 Sundays (8/29 & 9/5). If you have not yet paid, please bring cash or a check (made out to Trinity) with you.

If you missed the ordering deadline and would like to get a tee shirt, I have two extras in large and medium in iris blue and one large in gold. Plus what I think was a print shop error, I have 6 large in Carolina blue as well. If you would like one of the extras, please email me directly and I’ll put your name on one.


The ELCA is offering a short series on Advocacy and how Lutherans can help affect social and systemic change.

The five-part online series begins August 11; each session is just 30 minutes (start time 2pm). You can find out more about each week’s subject area and the impetus for the trainings here


Music Meditation

View our most recent meditation here


+WORSHIP+


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

Jesus protests against human customs being given the weight of divine law, while the essence of God’s law is ignored. True uncleanness comes not from external things, but from the intentions of the human heart. Last week Jesus told us “the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (John 6:63). Now James says God has given us birth by the word of truth. We who were washed in the word when we were born in the font return to it every Sunday to ask God to create in us clean hearts.


Worship Updates

This Sunday, August 29th (@9:30am) we will begin indoor in-person worship. You can read about our decision and the protocols in place here (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We will also be offering a live stream option for those who would prefer to worship at home or while on vacation (accessible through our webpage or Youtube channel). In preparation for our hybrid worship experience, we will be offering a live stream prayer service on August 27th @12:30pm. If you are able, please join us. This will allow us to work out any kinks ahead of time. We know there is a lot of change happening. If you have questions, please reach out to Pastor Christine (pastor@trinityelca.org).


Music Leaders Needed

“During our transition to livestreaming, we are also moving our music indoors. Until it is safe to sing as a congregation again, we will continue to invite cantors to sing hymns like we did for the outdoor services this summer. If you would like to lead hymns or provide an instrumental offering during worship, please sign up using the following link, email me at ajsmall@mtu.edu, or talk to me directly on Sunday morning. 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c44abab28aaf94-fall


Worship Assistants Needed!

In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office or sign up HERE to be a Welcome Team Member


Readings for this Sunday
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9
Psalm 15
James 1:17-27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23


Adult Forum | Sundays at 11 AM via Zoom

Adult forum is discussing the concept of the ‘stranger’ in the Bible in relation to immigration, welcome, and Christianity. Adult foru takes place over Zoom at 11am. The link is here: Join us on Zoom here: https://bit.ly/3xpanRC

+SERVE+


Stephen Ministry Training at Trinity

A new Training class for Stephen Ministers will begin on Friday evening, September 24. Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry in which the Stephen Minister  is trained to care for someone on a one-to-one basis and meets with that person once a week, on average, for as long as the person needs care. Would you like to train to become a Stephen Minister and walk with another Christian who is going through a difficult time in their life?  If so, please let Pastor Christine, Susan Smith, or Miriam Mendenhall know.  The course takes 50 hours to complete and meets twice a month, September through March.  We’d love to have you join our Training class and become a Stephen Minister for Trinity.  


Blessing of the Backpacks/Blessing of the Kindergarteners:

During our worship service on August 29, we will be blessing backpacks, satchels, lunchboxes, instrument cases and more, as we mark the beginning of the school year.


Summer Collection School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Social Ministry has some great things in the works for God’s Work, Our Hands Day over September 11-12. More info will follow soon…but we need to start collecting school supplies now for our Sunday Morning Service project. 

LWR sends school kits to many locations worldwide to  allow children in refugee camps to continue learning in the face of serious obstacles. Beginning in July and continuing throughout the summer, Trinity will collect the school supplies listed below to assemble 200 kits.  On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 12, Trinity will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School. Bins will be available at parking lot church. If you would like to drop them off at a different time, please contact the office or Anita, and we will make sure someone is in the office to receive them.  

# neededsupplies
95Blunt scissors
530Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
90Box of 16 or 24 crayons

Please note:  LWR asks that all kit items be new and have no religious symbols, messages, or patriotic or military symbols. Please contact Kathy Thrower or Anita Smallin with any questions.


Helping Afghan Allies

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is reaching out with immediate needs due to the influx of Afghan refugees arriving in this area. They are in need of drivers, storage space, rooms on a temporary basis, and housing settlement. If you are able to help individually with any of these needs, please fill out the form here, and they will contact you. Social Ministry team is also reviewing how the congregation might be able to assist.


Short Stories by Jesus Zoom Conversation

September 15 – October 20 |7-8:30 pm
Join us for a Zoom conversation led by Trinity, Prince of Peace and Christ ELCA
Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4FAAA72FA4FEC52-short


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.


Remember in your prayers

We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Yulie N (Villages at Rockville)
Esther M (Villages at Rockville)

home
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W, Anders S, Ione L, Mary B

family and friends*
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Michael & Cassondra S, friend of Billie J
Dr. Don K, brother of Sue K
Glenn Jr. (Kenny S) S, brother of Steve S
Earl N, uncle of Julie N
Joanne B, sister, in-law of Mary B


first responders
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks.  After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.

Interfaith 5K | Labor Day, September 6th

We are now less than a month out from the Montgomery County Interfaith 5K taking place on Labor Day morning, Monday September 6th. Your outpouring of support in Trinity’s inaugural year as a race partner has been amazing; thank you! Our goal of a 25-person Team Trinity is within reach—we only need several more runners/joggers/walkers. If you have not yet registered, please do at mocointerfaith5k.org.  Registration is $35/person.  And don’t forget, there is a Tot Trot for children 5 and under and a Kids 1K Fun Run for youth between 6 and 12.  Kids of all ages are welcome!!!

If you prefer not to participate in the race, but are happy to volunteer, here is the link to sign up: MoCo Interfaith 5K: Volunteer Opportunities (signupgenius.com). We need an array of volunteers on race morning, working various tables, serving as course marshals, post-race cleanup, and so on.  Thanks in advance for your willingness to help.  For more information on the race, please contact Pastor Christine or Tom Kern (thomasewingkern@gmail.com). 


Scam Alert

An email is circulating that seems to be from Pastor Christine. It is not from Pastor Christine. Please do not respond to it. If you have any concern or doubt that the email came from Pastor Christine, please email directly, or email office@trinityelca.org (and we will get the message to her.), and do not respond to the questionable email.
The fraudulent email address being used is pastor.trinityelca@gmail.com


The ELCA is offering a short series on Advocacy and how Lutherans can help affect social and systemic change.

The five-part online series begins August 11; each session is just 30 minutes (start time 2pm). You can find out more about each week’s subject area and the impetus for the trainings here


Music Meditation

View last weeks meditation here


+WORSHIP+


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

In today’s gospel many people take offense at Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh and drink his blood; even many of Jesus’ disciples peel off. This is the backdrop in John’s gospel for Peter’s confession of faith. “To whom can we go?” asks Peter, in words we sometimes sing just before the gospel is read. “You have the words of eternal life.” In order to take such a stand, as Peter and Joshua did, Paul tells us to arm ourselves with the word of God. We pray in the Spirit that we might be bold ambassadors of the gospel.


Worship Updates

This Sunday, August 22nd (@10am), will be our last parking lot service. Pastor Jan Lookingbill will be preaching and presiding, as Pastor Christine takes a few days of vacation. On August 29th (@9:30am) we will begin indoor in-person worship. You can read about our decision and the protocols in place here (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). Once we begin worshipping indoors, we will also be offering a live-stream option for those who would prefer to worship at home or while on vacation (accessible through our webpage or Youtube channel). In preparation for our hybrid worship experience, we will be offering two live-stream prayer services: August 20th @7:30pm and August 27th @12:30pm. If you are able, please join us. This will allow us to work out any kinks ahead of time. We know there is a lot of change happening. If you have questions, please reach out to Pastor Christine (pastor@trinityelca.org).


Worship Assistants Needed!

In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office or sign up HERE to be Parking Lot Greeter (to direct cars and to give handouts), Communion Distributor, or Lector/Prayer Leader.


Readings for this Sunday
Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18
Psalm 34:15-22
Ephesians 6:10-20
John 6:56-69


Adult Forum | “I Was a Stranger”

For the first two parts (this Sunday and next), we’ll look at the texts from the Torah that I have reorganized so that similar texts will be considered together.  The verses for tomorrow are listed below. If you have time, it would be good to skim through the texts in their context in the Bible, although I will provide some context tomorrow.  Also, if you have other translations available, it’s interesting to see how the different translations handle these texts. 

Genesis 1:27 (NRSV)

27  So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Exodus 22:21 (NRSV)

21  You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.

Exodus 23:9 (NRSV)

 You shall not oppress a resident alien; you know the heart of an alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.

Leviticus 19:33-34 (NRSV)

33  When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. 34  The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

Exodus 23:12 (NRSV)

12  Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest, so that your ox and your donkey may have relief, and your homeborn slave and the resident alien may be refreshed.

Exodus 12:49 (NRSV)

49  there shall be one law for the native and for the alien who resides among you.

Leviticus 24:22 (NRSV)

22  You shall have one law for the alien and for the citizen: for I am the LORD your God.

Numbers 15:15-16 (NRSV)

15  As for the assembly, there shall be for both you and the resident alien a single statute, a perpetual statute throughout your generations; you and the alien shall be alike before the LORD. 16  You and the alien who resides with you shall have the same law and the same ordinance.

Join us on Zoom here: https://bit.ly/3xpanRC

+SERVE+


Stephen Ministry Training at Trinity

A new Training class for Stephen Ministers will begin on Friday evening, September 24. Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry in which the Stephen Minister  is trained to care for someone on a one-to-one basis and meets with that person once a week, on average, for as long as the person needs care. Would you like to train to become a Stephen Minister and walk with another Christian who is going through a difficult time in their life?  If so, please let Pastor Christine, Susan Smith, or Miriam Mendenhall know.  The course takes 50 hours to complete and meets twice a month, September through March.  We’d love to have you join our Training class and become a Stephen Minister for Trinity.  


A Reverse yard Sale to Help Others in Need AND Living Faith Food Collection | August 21 | 9 am- 12 pm | Trinity Parking Lot

We will be collecting smaller, gently used household items, clothes, and toys in the large parking lot of Trinity Lutheran Church on August 21st from 9am – 12pm for A Wider Circle (https://awidercircle.org/). A Wider Circle’s mission is to end poverty using a holistic approach to integrate on-the-ground services for the creation of stable homes, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization. We will sort and transport your donated items to A Wider Circle where the items will be given to help people in need. If you have items to donate, please bring them to Trinity’s parking lot (11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, MD) on August 21st from 9am – 12pm. If you have any questions or if you’d like to help receive/sort donations on the 21st, please contact Henry Cradlin at hrcradlin@gmail.com.
RSVP here

Living Faith Food Collection Needs:
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible)
Black/pinto beans (canned)
Canned tomatoes (whole if possible)
Canned vegetables (corn very popular)
Canned fruit
Cooking oil
Jam/jelly (strawberry very popular)
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)
-If you can’t be there but would like to help, you may send a check directly to
Living Faith Lutheran Church (1605 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20851) Please note ‘food pantry’ in
the memo line. The pantry very much appreciates cash donations which allow them to fill in any food
gaps.


AMMPARO Webinar

Latest News from the Southern Border on Aug 19The AMMPARO team is inviting you to a webinar on Thursday, August 19 at 4 PM central, 3 Mountain, 2 Pacific, 5 Eastern, on the latest news from the border.

Speakers will be Alicia Vasquez –Crede, LIRS, Allyson Pryor, SW TX Synod, Rosemary Sanchez Guzman, Iglesia Cristo Rey, Kari Lenander, Border Servant Corp, and Giovana Oaxaca, ELCA Advocacy/ AMMPARO to get the latest news on what is happening at the border.
Register by Aug 18 to receive the zoom link. https://bit.ly/AMMSW19


Blessing of the Backpacks/Blessing of the Kindergarteners:

During our worship service on August 29, we will be blessing backpacks, satchels, lunchboxes, instrument cases and more, as we mark the beginning of the school year.


Summer Collection School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Social Ministry has some great things in the works for God’s Work, Our Hands Day over September 11-12. More info will follow soon…but we need to start collecting school supplies now for our Sunday Morning Service project. 

LWR sends school kits to many locations worldwide to  allow children in refugee camps to continue learning in the face of serious obstacles. Beginning in July and continuing throughout the summer, Trinity will collect the school supplies listed below to assemble 200 kits.  On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 12, Trinity will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School. Bins will be available at parking lot church. If you would like to drop them off at a different time, please contact the office or Anita, and we will make sure someone is in the office to receive them.  

# neededsupplies
63770-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
102Blunt scissors
256Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
436Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
112Box of 16 or 24 crayons
542½” eraser

Please note:  LWR asks that all kit items be new and have no religious symbols, messages, or patriotic or military symbols. Please contact Kathy Thrower or Anita Smallin with any questions.


Helping Afghan Allies

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is reaching out with immediate needs due to the influx of Afghan refugees arriving in this area. They are in need of drivers, storage space, rooms on a temporary basis, and housing settlement. If you are able to help individually with any of these needs, please fill out the form here, and they will contact you. Social Ministry team is also reviewing how the congregation might be able to assist.


Bigger Than A Building 2! (BTAB 2!): Be sure to fulfill your pledge!  

     Trinity is now on the last lap of our fourth and final mission appeal, BIGGER Than a Building 2! (BTAB 2!) to pay for all the improvements we made to our building in 2011. We have made huge progress on paying down our loans, but we need your help. We need for everyone who has pledged to BTAB 2! to fulfill their pledge by the end of 2021, so that we can start 2022 with the mortgage paid off in full. 

Thank you to everyone who has kept committed to meeting their pledges and to those who have given to BTAB 2! even though they didn’t pledge.  If you’d like to know your current giving relative to your BTAB 2 goal, you’ll be receiving a 2nd quarter statement of giving after June 30th which will show your pledge progress. Or, you can contact our Financial Secretary, Carol B, by emailing her at finsecy@trinityelca.org and she’d be happy to let you know.  

If you haven’t pledged or donated, but you’re feeling grateful for all the improvements we’ve been blessed with, then prayerfully consider making a donation, in whatever amount you feel moved to make, to help eliminate our debt. Please make your check to Trinity Lutheran Church and designate BTAB 2! on your check and envelope. If you don’t have envelopes, please indicate that your check is for BTAB 2!  You can also give online by going to www.trinityelca.org/give and clicking on the “Donate” button. Once on the donation page, be sure to note in the optional “Use this donation for” section that your donation is for “Bigger Than a Building” by selecting it from the dropdown menu.  

We’re now in the homestretch of paying off our loans. We hope to be debt free by December 31, 2021. With your help, we can do this!

In Christ,
Jim K and Miriam M
BTAB 2! Team Leaders


Restructuring Update

At its June meeting, Council spent some time organizing itself in alignment with the restructuring model that we are trying out this coming year. Below are the new ministry groups and their council members. You will remember that in addition to each group having staff and council members, there is a need for congregation members to join each group. Keep in mind that the work at this level is big picture planning, ensuring that all functions and responsibilities of that ministry group are being covered, and coordinating with the other groups. The hope is that the ministry groups will be sharing and delegating roles and tasks, and not carrying the load of executing all the plans. New ideas will come from within the ministry groups as well as from individual members of the congregation.

How would you like to serve God’s mission and be part of the life of Trinity? Do you enjoy the planning and coordination that goes on in the early stages? Or do you prefer to get into the details of an event or activity? Do you have ideas you’re thinking about but aren’t sure where to start? Please come talk to any of the council members about questions, ideas, and ways you would like to be involved. Each group will be having an organizing meeting this summer, we’d love to have you be part of that.

Worship Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with God through all things worship and music related.
Angela Small
Mary B.
Carol B.
Nancy N.

Connections Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with each other through fellowship, sharing God’s story and our stories, offering each other help and support, and encouraging generosity with our resources.
Anita Smallin
Valerie M.
Fred S.
Kim B.
Linnea A.

Service Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with our neighbors through welcoming visitors, sharing our story with the wider community, watching for partnership opportunities, and serving our neighbors near and far.
Anita Smallin
Leslie S.
Linnea A.
Jerry B.

Mission Support: Responsible for our relationships with our resources that reach across all ministry groups including our property, finances, and people.
Kim B. 
Len S.
Carol B.
Greg F.
Jeanine B


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.
Second Quarter Giving Statements have been mailed or emailed. Please contact Carol B at finsecy@trinityelca.org if you haven’t received yours, or have any questions.



Remember in your prayers

We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
Martha R, Bethesda Health & Rehab
Yulie N, Village at Rockville
Esther M, Village at Rockville

home
Tigist G,
Billie J,
Margo W.
Joanne B. (SIL of Mary B.)
Lineth, Gio & Isa M, daughter in laws family to Len S

family and friends*
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Earl N, uncle of Julie N
Mahmoud L, friend of Billie J Family
Joey L, son of Mark L and Sabrina R


first responders
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R

deaths

Dr. Stephen I. S, friend of Steve & Donna S, March 21, 1923 – August 1, 2021.

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks.  After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.

Interfaith 5K | Labor Day, September 6th

We are now less than a month out from the Montgomery County Interfaith 5K taking place on Labor Day morning, Monday September 6th. Your outpouring of support in Trinity’s inaugural year as a race partner has been amazing; thank you! Our goal of a 25-person Team Trinity is within reach—we only need several more runners/joggers/walkers. If you have not yet registered, please do at mocointerfaith5k.org.  Registration is $35/person.  And don’t forget, there is a Tot Trot for children 5 and under and a Kids 1K Fun Run for youth between 6 and 12.  Kids of all ages are welcome!!!

If you prefer not to participate in the race, but are happy to volunteer, here is the link to sign up: MoCo Interfaith 5K: Volunteer Opportunities (signupgenius.com). We need an array of volunteers on race morning, working various tables, serving as course marshals, post-race cleanup, and so on.  Thanks in advance for your willingness to help.  For more information on the race, please contact Pastor Christine or Tom Kern (thomasewingkern@gmail.com). 


The ELCA is offering a short series on Advocacy and how Lutherans can help affect social and systemic change.

The five-part online series begins August 11; each session is just 30 minutes (start time 2pm). You can find out more about each week’s subject area and the impetus for the trainings here


The August Trinitarian is NOW AVAILABLE! Download it HERE


Music Meditation

View last weeks meditation here


+WORSHIP+


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

Wisdom prepares a feast, sets her table, and invites all to come and eat her bread and drink her wine. The first chapter of John’s gospel owes much to the biblical tradition that imagined Wisdom as existing before anything was created and having a role in the work of creation. Christ, the wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:24), today invites us to eat his flesh and drink his blood. John’s gospel includes no account of the institution of the Lord’s supper, but here we can’t help hearing Jesus’ words as an invitation to the meal of bread and wine we share.


Worship Updates

Come to LIVE Communion worship in the parking lot on Sundays at 10am (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We are still offering our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. This will continue through 8/22, and then we will move to indoor in-person worship.  

Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos, are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube


Worship Assistants Needed!

In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office or sign up HERE to be Parking Lot Greeter (to direct cars and to give handouts), Communion Distributor, or Lector/Prayer Leader.


Readings for this Sunday
Proverbs 9:1-6
Psalm 34:9-14
Ephesians 5:15-20
John 6:51-58


Adult Forum | “I Was a Stranger”

For the first two parts (this Sunday and next), we’ll look at the texts from the Torah that I have reorganized so that similar texts will be considered together.  The verses for tomorrow are listed below. If you have time, it would be good to skim through the texts in their context in the Bible, although I will provide some context tomorrow.  Also, if you have other translations available, it’s interesting to see how the different translations handle these texts. 

Genesis 1:27 (NRSV)

27  So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Exodus 22:21 (NRSV)

21  You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.

Exodus 23:9 (NRSV)

 You shall not oppress a resident alien; you know the heart of an alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.

Leviticus 19:33-34 (NRSV)

33  When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. 34  The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

Exodus 23:12 (NRSV)

12  Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest, so that your ox and your donkey may have relief, and your homeborn slave and the resident alien may be refreshed.

Exodus 12:49 (NRSV)

49  there shall be one law for the native and for the alien who resides among you.

Leviticus 24:22 (NRSV)

22  You shall have one law for the alien and for the citizen: for I am the LORD your God.

Numbers 15:15-16 (NRSV)

15  As for the assembly, there shall be for both you and the resident alien a single statute, a perpetual statute throughout your generations; you and the alien shall be alike before the LORD. 16  You and the alien who resides with you shall have the same law and the same ordinance.

Join us on Zoom here: https://bit.ly/3xpanRC

+SERVE+


Stephen Ministry Training at Trinity

A new Training class for Stephen Ministers will begin on Friday evening, September 24. Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry in which the Stephen Minister  is trained to care for someone on a one-to-one basis and meets with that person once a week, on average, for as long as the person needs care. Would you like to train to become a Stephen Minister and walk with another Christian who is going through a difficult time in their life?  If so, please let Pastor Christine, Susan Smith, or Miriam Mendenhall know.  The course takes 50 hours to complete and meets twice a month, September through March.  We’d love to have you join our Training class and become a Stephen Minister for Trinity.  


A Reverse yard Sale to Help Others in Need AND Living Faith Food Collection | August 21 | 9 am- 12 pm | Trinity Parking Lot

We will be collecting smaller, gently used household items, clothes, and toys in the large parking lot of Trinity Lutheran Church on August 21st from 9am – 12pm for A Wider Circle (https://awidercircle.org/). A Wider Circle’s mission is to end poverty using a holistic approach to integrate on-the-ground services for the creation of stable homes, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization. We will sort and transport your donated items to A Wider Circle where the items will be given to help people in need. If you have items to donate, please bring them to Trinity’s parking lot (11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, MD) on August 21st from 9am – 12pm. If you have any questions or if you’d like to help receive/sort donations on the 21st, please contact Henry Cradlin at hrcradlin@gmail.com.
RSVP here

Living Faith Food Collection Needs:
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible)
Black/pinto beans (canned)
Canned tomatoes (whole if possible)
Canned vegetables (corn very popular)
Canned fruit
Cooking oil
Jam/jelly (strawberry very popular)
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)
-If you can’t be there but would like to help, you may send a check directly to
Living Faith Lutheran Church (1605 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20851) Please note ‘food pantry’ in
the memo line. The pantry very much appreciates cash donations which allow them to fill in any food
gaps.


AMMPARO Webinar

Latest News from the Southern Border on Aug 19The AMMPARO team is inviting you to a webinar on Thursday, August 19 at 4 PM central, 3 Mountain, 2 Pacific, 5 Eastern, on the latest news from the border.

Speakers will be Alicia Vasquez –Crede, LIRS, Allyson Pryor, SW TX Synod, Rosemary Sanchez Guzman, Iglesia Cristo Rey, Kari Lenander, Border Servant Corp, and Giovana Oaxaca, ELCA Advocacy/ AMMPARO to get the latest news on what is happening at the border.
Register by Aug 18 to receive the zoom link. https://bit.ly/AMMSW19


Questions Facing Congregations

Please take a few minutes to read the attached article. It speaks to the questions congregations across the country are facing and grappling with. How will we emerge from so many months of being church in a different way? What new thing will we do to engage people on their journey of faith and life. What new thing will we do out in the community to bring about the Kingdom of God? Who can we accompany in the work they are already doing in the wider community?
I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:19

https://sojo.net/magazine/septemberoctober-2021/what-church-now?fbclid=IwAR1QfI9bigrSGITi9hBUfYWAEcszspeXnCjRD3QCO3e2NH62ViJXfJBdPhs


Blessing of the Backpacks/Blessing of the Kindergarteners:

During our worship service on August 29, we will be blessing backpacks, satchels, lunchboxes, instrument cases and more, as we mark the beginning of the school year.


Summer Collection School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Social Ministry has some great things in the works for God’s Work, Our Hands Day over September 11-12. More info will follow soon…but we need to start collecting school supplies now for our Sunday Morning Service project. 

LWR sends school kits to many locations worldwide to  allow children in refugee camps to continue learning in the face of serious obstacles. Beginning in July and continuing throughout the summer, Trinity will collect the school supplies listed below to assemble 200 kits.  On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 12, Trinity will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School. Bins will be available at parking lot church. If you would like to drop them off at a different time, please contact the office or Anita, and we will make sure someone is in the office to receive them.  

# neededsupplies
66070-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
6730-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
127Blunt scissors
276Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
536Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
112Box of 16 or 24 crayons
662½” eraser

Please note:  LWR asks that all kit items be new and have no religious symbols, messages, or patriotic or military symbols. Please contact Kathy Thrower or Anita Smallin with any questions.


Helping Afghan Allies

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is reaching out with immediate needs due to the influx of Afghan refugees arriving in this area. They are in need of drivers, storage space, rooms on a temporary basis, and housing settlement. If you are able to help individually with any of these needs, please fill out the form here, and they will contact you. Social Ministry team is also reviewing how the congregation might be able to assist.


Bigger Than A Building 2! (BTAB 2!): Be sure to fulfill your pledge!  

     Trinity is now on the last lap of our fourth and final mission appeal, BIGGER Than a Building 2! (BTAB 2!) to pay for all the improvements we made to our building in 2011. We have made huge progress on paying down our loans, but we need your help. We need for everyone who has pledged to BTAB 2! to fulfill their pledge by the end of 2021, so that we can start 2022 with the mortgage paid off in full. 

Thank you to everyone who has kept committed to meeting their pledges and to those who have given to BTAB 2! even though they didn’t pledge.  If you’d like to know your current giving relative to your BTAB 2 goal, you’ll be receiving a 2nd quarter statement of giving after June 30th which will show your pledge progress. Or, you can contact our Financial Secretary, Carol B, by emailing her at finsecy@trinityelca.org and she’d be happy to let you know.  

If you haven’t pledged or donated, but you’re feeling grateful for all the improvements we’ve been blessed with, then prayerfully consider making a donation, in whatever amount you feel moved to make, to help eliminate our debt. Please make your check to Trinity Lutheran Church and designate BTAB 2! on your check and envelope. If you don’t have envelopes, please indicate that your check is for BTAB 2!  You can also give online by going to www.trinityelca.org/give and clicking on the “Donate” button. Once on the donation page, be sure to note in the optional “Use this donation for” section that your donation is for “Bigger Than a Building” by selecting it from the dropdown menu.  

We’re now in the homestretch of paying off our loans. We hope to be debt free by December 31, 2021. With your help, we can do this!

In Christ,
Jim K and Miriam M
BTAB 2! Team Leaders


Restructuring Update

At its June meeting, Council spent some time organizing itself in alignment with the restructuring model that we are trying out this coming year. Below are the new ministry groups and their council members. You will remember that in addition to each group having staff and council members, there is a need for congregation members to join each group. Keep in mind that the work at this level is big picture planning, ensuring that all functions and responsibilities of that ministry group are being covered, and coordinating with the other groups. The hope is that the ministry groups will be sharing and delegating roles and tasks, and not carrying the load of executing all the plans. New ideas will come from within the ministry groups as well as from individual members of the congregation.

How would you like to serve God’s mission and be part of the life of Trinity? Do you enjoy the planning and coordination that goes on in the early stages? Or do you prefer to get into the details of an event or activity? Do you have ideas you’re thinking about but aren’t sure where to start? Please come talk to any of the council members about questions, ideas, and ways you would like to be involved. Each group will be having an organizing meeting this summer, we’d love to have you be part of that.

Worship Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with God through all things worship and music related.
Angela Small
Mary B.
Carol B.
Nancy N.

Connections Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with each other through fellowship, sharing God’s story and our stories, offering each other help and support, and encouraging generosity with our resources.
Anita Smallin
Valerie M.
Fred S.
Kim B.
Linnea A.

Service Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with our neighbors through welcoming visitors, sharing our story with the wider community, watching for partnership opportunities, and serving our neighbors near and far.
Anita Smallin
Leslie S.
Linnea A.
Jerry B.

Mission Support: Responsible for our relationships with our resources that reach across all ministry groups including our property, finances, and people.
Kim B. 
Len S.
Carol B.
Greg F.
Jeanine B


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.
Second Quarter Giving Statements have been mailed or emailed. Please contact Carol B at finsecy@trinityelca.org if you haven’t received yours, or have any questions.



Remember in your prayers

We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
Martha R, Bethesda Health & Rehab

home
Tigist G,
Billie J,
Margo W.
Joanne B. (SIL of Mary B.)
Lineth, Gio & Isa M, daughter in laws family to Len S

family and friends*
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Glenn Jr. (Kenny S) S, brother of Steve S
Earl N, uncle of Julie N
Mahmoud L, friend of Billie J Family
Joey L, son of Mark L and Sabrina R


first responders
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks.  After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.