What’s Happening?

Worship, Spiritual Growth, Education, Service to Others, and more…
See our online calendar for upcoming events and services through the coming year at Trinity.

YOUTH GROUP:
This Sunday, October 13, at 6 p.m. Don’t miss it!

CHRISMON CLASS:
Saturday, October 26. See announcement below for details.

Read on for MORE OPPORTUNITIES to Worship, Learn, and Serve


From the Pastor…

Dear People of God,

This letter about our transition time together was circulated to our community at services this past Sunday morning. For those who have not yet had opportunity to read it, we offer it here. (see below)

October 6, 2019

Dear Members of Trinity,

As you probably are aware, Trinity is 11 months into its transition time and there is no shortage of conversation, opinion, and emotion about the process. You have recently heard from John Balbach, president of the congregation, soliciting your input on worship times and what’s most important about Trinity to you. Both of these arise out of Council discussion about the mission of the congregation – who is Trinity and what is God calling this community to be? I’m writing to you now, as your pastor, because I thought you might like to know how I understand what is happening in the congregation, speaking for myself, directly to you.

First, I want to affirm the work of the Council as they help to lead you through this season. The expectations of the Council are very high at Trinity, as evidenced by their struggles to honor the very diverse input they receive from you, the members, and their own differing, honorable points of view. Please make the time to thank them for their service.

Recently, I was speaking with a member of Trinity and I asked her how she thought things were going. She immediately responded by saying what she had to say might surprise me. She said she sees three parties within the membership: 1) those who want to see the Call process started yesterday; 2) those who are grateful for a space of time to pause, reflect, and discern; and 3) those who just want me to stay and be the pastor of Trinity. I have to admit, her third point did surprise me a little bit. And as nice as that is to hear, let me say – again – I will not be a candidate to be the next pastor of Trinity.

As for the Call process itself, my counsel continues to be, Please wait. I am not unaware of those who insist we must start right away, that any delay will cause people to leave and take their offerings with them. At the same time, I am also aware of those who do not share this urgency. Their experiences within Trinity have given them pause about whether they will continue in the congregation. For them this is a time of welcome discernment that is encouraging them to stay.

To my friends anxious to have the call process get started I ask, is Trinity really so unsettling right now that we cannot wait a few more months to allow more voices to join the conversation and shape the future? And to my friends who have felt slighted or cast aside in the past I say, now is the time to step forward and speak out and take your place at the table. A united Trinity will be a great gift to the next pastor and to the entire church. I think that’s worth a little patience and some more hard work.

Thank you for receiving this. And thanks to each and every one of you who love Trinity and are blessed to call this community – home.

Pastor Kern


In Memoriam

Former Trinity member Carol Bosley died October 5, 2019 in Michigan.
Funeral for Carol will be held here at Trinity on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at 7 p.m.

I am the resurrection and the life. (John 11:25)


What Does Trinity Mean to You?

In order that we define who we are as a congregation and what our priorities ought to be, the council asks each member of the congregation to write briefly about what Trinity means to them. Please submit your statements to the office. They will be collected and later shared with the council and the entire congregation.


+ WORSHIP +

This Sunday, October 13
(Lectionary 28c)

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School and Adult Ed. at 9:30 a.m.

Almighty and most merciful God, your bountiful goodness fills all creation. Keep us safe from all that may hurt us, that, whole and well in body and spirit, we may with grateful hearts accomplish all that you would have us do, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart. (Ps. 111:1)

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); Linnea S (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Jerry B (8:15); Leslie C (10:45)
Children’s Church: TBD (8:15), Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters: Jane R, Eric S (8:15); Pam B (10:45)
Lectors: Jerry B (8:15); David C (10:45)
Ushers: Bill & Diana B (8:15); David C, Henry C (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Margaret F (8:15); Miriam M, Susan S (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B (8:15); Kathy H (10:45)
Tellers: Annie A, Mina

Fall Worship Schedule: Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45; Sunday School and Adult Ed at 9:30
Reformation Sunday, Oct 27: one service at 10:00 am

+ LEARN +

Sunday School for all ages is offered at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” – 2 Peter 3:18

Symposium: Re-Claiming a Vision of Global Community

We are facing a global crisis – ecological, political, and economic. A Spirit-led response from churches in the Global South reminds us of Martin Luther’s oft-neglected conviction that God’s gift of grace in Jesus has far-reaching implications, not just for individual lives but for the ways we live together on this earth. A new heaven and earth break in for us as we reclaim a vision of global community. Symposium speakers from Argentina, Palestine, South Africa, and the US address how the world is responding.

October 25-26, 2019
to register visit: www.fliii.us

Sponsored by: Global Mission, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; ELCA World Hunger; ELCA Metro D.C. Synod; and Saint Luke Lutheran Church, Silver Spring, MD.

+ SERVE +

Volunteer at A Wider Circle

Volunteer to help widen the circle of compassion and make a dent in poverty.

This Sunday, October 13, from 1-3 pm, join with the Social Ministry Team to help us sort, move, and organize materials in A Wider Circle’s newly expanded warehouse.

All ages are welcome to volunteer.

We are also collecting gently used household goods and clothing to donate to AWC. Items being collected:

  • professional clothing
  • children’s clothing under size 5
  • cleaning and paper goods

If you have items to donate, please bring them to Trinity on Sunday, October 13, and we will save you the trip!

If you have any questions, please ask Margaret F, or visit awidercircle.org

Winter Coat Drive for LSS

THIS SUNDAY, October 13, is the last day to bring your new and gently used coats and other outerwear for the Refugee Program of Lutheran Social Services (LSS). Outerwear is needed for all ages and genders, and in all sizes; donations should be clean and in good repair.

Items accepted:

  • Coats/jackets
  • Fleeces
  • Winter hats, gloves, mittens, warm scarves

Please contact Kathy T with questions.

Drivers Wanted

The social ministry committee is looking for a driver to deliver the items from our coat drive to the LSS office in Hyattsville, MD, during business hours any time from October 14 to 18. If you can help, please contact Kathy T.

Chrismons Class: Last Chance

Please join us on Saturday, October 26, at 10:00 a.m. for the final Chrismon making class for 2019. Please let Carol B or Sabrina R know if you will be there to ensure we have enough kits.

Monetary donations are also welcome to cover the cost of materials (mark your envelope/cheque “Chrismons”). Let’s fill up the Trinity’s new Christmas tree!

Calling Trinity Cooks and Bakers

On Sunday, December 15, Trinity will serve a meal for 35 at the Interfaith Works Women’s Center in Rockville. We will need help from members of our congregation to prepare and serve the meal:

  • Cooks to prepare a mashed potato casserole (recipe provided)
  • Bakers to make pumpkin and apple pies
  • 3-4 people to serve the meal that evening (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.)
  • People to contribute other food items (see the sign-up sheet in the social hall)

Please contact Lynn B or Kathy T with questions.

Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

The first Sunday of each month, we hold a potluck coffee hour. Please bring a coffee hour item to share. (last names A-L odd months, M-Z even months). We still need hosts for these Sundays as well as hosts for all our coffee hours. Sign up on the schedule on the coffee hour table or contact Lynn B.

Altar Flowers

Altar Flowers for Sunday services may be given in memory or honor of loved ones or in celebration of special anniversaries. Sunday altar flower donation is $35. Sign-up on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING 
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Lise & Abb Abb A
Joanne B, sister-in-law of Mary B
David C, friend of Pam B
Sonny L, uncle of Sabrina R
Sandy L, step-father of Rebecca L
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
John M, brother of Margaret F
Wayne P, cousin of Julie N
Nancy P, friend of Tom K & Sarah M
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
June R, mother of Lois R
Vern W, brother-in-law of Sabrina R

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

Death
Carol B, +October 6, 2019 (former member, friend of handbell choir)
Funeral will be Saturday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Birthdays
13. Sarah G
13. Julie N
17. Benjamin N
17. Jon S

Baptismal Days
14. Peter S
17. Sunhee P
19. Shirley O


Weekly Devotional: “Close-By Jesus”

October 13, 2019 (Lectionary 28c)

The lepers kept their distance. They kept their distance from Jesus as they shouted to him their pleas for mercy. They are not the only lepers we find in the story of Jesus. Matthew 8 begins with a leper coming near to Jesus and kneeling before him to ask for healing, which comes at the touch of Jesus’ hand. In Mark 14 we hear that Jesus is eating at the house of Simon the leper. Lepers do not always keep their distance from Jesus, but these ten did. What keeps them from getting too close to Jesus?

Too Close to Jesus?

There is a running joke in some congregations that Lutherans do not sit in the first several rows of the worship space. We may seek the front-row seats at concerts, sporting events, and elementary school award ceremonies. We like to be close to the action. Yet, when the action is the word of God read and proclaimed or holy communion broken and shared, we sometimes find a way to keep our distance. We do not occupy those prime seats. Closeness implies intimacy. Is there something we fear about being too close to Jesus?

Only One Returns

All of the lepers are healed as they go on their way. Nine of them continue to keep their distance from Jesus. Only one returns, doing everything but keep his distance. Falling on the ground at Jesus’ feet, the leper is full of praise that Jesus chose to heal, to come near, when the leper was distant. Though we may try to keep our distance from Jesus, Jesus does not keep his distance from us.

Kyrie Eleison

Like the ten, we, too, cry out for mercy in the Kyrie. With the one, we then sing praise to the close-by Jesus, the Jesus who comes near to us in the water of the font, in the sharing of the peace, and in the breaking of the bread.

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2018 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

What’s Happening?

Worship, Spiritual Growth, Education, Service to Others, and more…
See our online calendar for upcoming events and services through the coming year at Trinity.

Blessing of the Animals this Sunday Oct 6, 5 pm

This Sunday, October 6, at 5 pm: Bring your dog, cat, chicken, hedgehog, hamster, snake or turtle for a brief service and a blessing! We’ll gather at the north (office) parking lot.


What Does Trinity Mean to You?

In order that we define who we are as a congregation and what our priorities ought to be, the council asks each member of the congregation to write briefly about what Trinity means to them. Please submit your statements to the office. They will be collected and later shared with the council and the entire congregation.

From Pastor Kern…

Dear People of Trinity,

How much further???

Have you ever taken a trip with a child? Remember when you were a child? A drive across town can be the cause of great consternation and restlessness!

On the other hand, depending on whom we are with, even the longest journey can be experienced as a joy. I still count the drive from Clearwater, FL to Yellowstone National Park, and then on to Glacier National Park, as one the most cherished times in my life. I think my adult children would agree. We enjoyed changing landscape, highways we had never seen before, sunsets that were glorious under the big sky of the west, we listened to music, and we read aloud. The journey was a long one, but we were blessed to be together.

How is the journey of your life today? Are you excited about your path? Are you in good company? I hope you are. You know, Jesus was just like us. His path through life was sometimes long, sometimes joyous, and ultimately triumphant. He enjoyed the company of good friends and feasted a time or two along the way.

Here at Trinity, we are on a journey, too. Some are no doubt asking, how much further?, while others are enjoying the time. The thing is, it’s God’s journey we are on and it’s the Spirit’s leading we are seeking, and thanks be to God we have the company of one another for this season. The day will come when this journey will be a distant memory and some of those with us now will be gone. Let us behold one another with holy grace and be confident that the journey of our lives is just as important as the destinations we seek.

Blessings,
Pr Kern

+ WORSHIP +

This Sunday, October 6
(Lectionary 27c)

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School and Adult Ed. at 9:30 a.m.

Benevolent, merciful God: When we are empty, fill us. When we are weak in faith, strengthen us. When we are cold in love, warm us, that with fervor we may love our neighbors and serve them for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Commit your way to the LORD; put your trust in the LORD. (Psalm 37:5)

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: TBD (8:15); Vincent M (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Tad D (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Children’s Church: Margaret F (8:15), Jane R (10:45)
Greeters: Tom M (8:15); Linnea A (10:45)
Lectors: Sarah M (8:15); Robyn K (10:45)
Ushers: Ross A, Mike J (8:15); Angela B, Paul D (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Tad & Vi D (8:15); Bud & Lynn B (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B (8:15); Kathy H (10:45)
Tellers: Tom M, Petra T

Fall Worship Schedule: Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45; Sunday School and Adult Ed at 9:30

+ LEARN +

Sunday School for all ages is offered at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” – 2 Peter 3:18

+ SERVE +

Volunteer at A Wider Circle

Volunteer to help widen the circle of compassion and make a dent in poverty.

The Social Ministry Team has organized a volunteer opportunity at A Wider Circle (AWC) this Sunday, October 13, from 1-3 pm.  During our last visit, our team got to see the newly expanded warehouse, showroom and education space.  More space means more to sort, lift and organize.  All ages are welcome to volunteer.

If you cannot join us, we are also collecting gently used household goods, professional clothing and clothing for children under size 5 to donate to AWC.  A Wider Circle also provides cleaning and paper goods to families furnishing their apartments.  Please consider providing detergents and other cleaning products or paper goods.  If you have items to donate, please bring them to Trinity on Sunday, October 13, and we will save you the trip!

If you have any questions, please ask Margaret F, or visit awidercircle.org

Winter Coat Drive for LSS

Now through October 13, we are collecting new and gently used coats and other outerwear for the Refugee Program of Lutheran Social Services (LSS). Outerwear is needed for all ages and genders, and in all sizes; donations should be clean and in good repair.

Items accepted:

  • Coats/jackets
  • Fleeces
  • Winter hats, gloves, mittens, warm scarves

Please contact Kathy T with questions.

Drivers Wanted

The social ministry committee is looking for a driver to deliver the items from our coat drive to the LSS office in Hyattsville, MD, during business hours any time from October 14 to 18. If you can help, please contact Kathy T.

Calling Trinity Cooks and Bakers

On Sunday, December 15, Trinity will serve a meal for 35 at the Interfaith Works Women’s Center in Rockville. We will need help from members of our congregation to prepare and serve the meal:

  • Cooks to prepare a mashed potato casserole (recipe provided)
  • Bakers to make pumpkin and apple pies
  • 3-4 people to serve the meal that evening (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.)
  • People to contribute other food items (see the sign-up sheet in the social hall)

Please contact Lynn B or Kathy T with questions.

Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

The first Sunday of each month, we hold a potluck coffee hour. Please bring a coffee hour item to share. (last names A-L odd months, M-Z even months). We still need hosts for these Sundays as well as hosts for all our coffee hours. Sign up on the schedule on the coffee hour table or contact Lynn B.

Altar Flowers

Altar Flowers for Sunday services may be given in memory or honor of loved ones or in celebration of special anniversaries. Sunday altar flower donation is $35. Sign-up on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING 
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Carol B, friend of handbell choir
Sonny L, uncle of Sabrina R
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
Wayne P, cousin of Julie N
Nancy P, friend of Tom K & Sarah M
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
Vern W, brother-in-law of Sabrina R
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G

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

Birthdays
08. Matthew C
08. Gabriel D
09. Adelyn C
10. Marilyn G
10. Linnea S
12. Anne D

Baptismal Days
07. Anjali A
07. Len S
09. Henry C
12. Robert D
12. Emma G


Weekly Devotional: “Humbly to the Table”

October 6, 2019 (LECTIONARY 27c)

Increase our faith! (Luke 17:5). This request from the disciples seems perfectly reasonable. They have seen Jesus cleanse and heal people, and even resuscitate a dead man. They have seen him calm a storm, cast out demons, and multiply loaves and fish. Not only have they seen Jesus do all this, but they have done some of it themselves. After Jesus sent seventy of the disciples out, they returned with joy and reported, “Even the demons submit to us!” (Luke 10:17). It is not surprising they would want to experience more.

The Mustard Seed

Jesus’ response about faith the size of a mustard seed defies the disciples’ expectations of what an increase in faith looks like. He then shares a reflection about obedience and humility. An increase in faith, Jesus seems to be saying, does not come through supernatural demonstration of power but through humble obedience to what God has commanded.

As we gather in worship, we certainly hope for an increase in our own faith. Perhaps we, like the first disciples, have experienced God working through us in amazing ways. Maybe we have seen new life appear in the lives of people around us. Given these glimpses of grace, we find ourselves wanting more. Increase our faith!

Coming Together

Jesus’ answer to our request involves the same obedience and humility commended to the disciples. Though a simple invitation to service, this humble obedience can be difficult to put into practice. One way we are obedient to our baptismal call is by coming together around a table in remembrance of Jesus, receiving the body and blood of Christ in communion. Martin Luther’s Small Catechism reminds us that the words “given for you” and “shed for you” are essential words of forgiveness—including forgiveness for when we aren’t humble or obedient to God’s desires for us. In faith we serve as we are able. We then come humbly to the table to be served a gift of grace and forgiveness, given and shed for each of us.

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2018 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

What’s Happening?

Worship, Spiritual Growth, Education, Service to Others, and more…
See our online calendar for upcoming events and services through the coming year at Trinity.

Education Wing Closed for Floor Waxing
Saturday, October 5 (after noon)

Portions of the education wing will be closed to all foot traffic Saturday afternoon, October 5. Thank you for your cooperation and flexibility.


What Trinity Means to Me

In order that we define who we are as a congregation and what our priorities ought to be, the council asks each member of the congregation to write briefly about what Trinity means to that member. These statements should be submitted to the office, after which they will be collected and shared with the council and the entire congregation.

I joined Trinity because it was in this church that I learned being faithful does not mean being perfect. Shortly after joining my life was saved through a blood pressure screening that Trinity offered on Sundays. I was led to my teaching vocation through being recruited to lead the middle school youth group here at Trinity. Trinity celebrated with me at the births of my boys. Trinity supported me in all sorts of ways as I struggled to raise my boys. Trinity has been my family, my friend, my guide and my protector. For me, Trinity has been the presence of Christ in the world. This is what Trinity means to me.

John B

+ WORSHIP +

This Sunday, September 29
(Michael and All Angels)

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School and Adult Ed. at 9:30 a.m.

Everlasting God, you have wonderfully established the ministries of angels and mortals. Mercifully grant that as Michael and the angels contend against the cosmic forces of evil, so by your direction they may help and defend us here on earth, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God whom we worship and praise with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, now and forever.

Bless the LORD, you angels, all you hosts of God. (Psalm 103:20, 21)

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: TBD (8:15); Colin G (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Sarah M (8:15); Nalini A (10:45)
Children’s Church: TBD (8:15), Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters: Diana B (8:15); Matthew & Tamara C (10:45)
Lectors: Nancy N (8:15); Greg F (10:45)
Ushers: Ross A, Joan E (8:15); Dick & Peggy J (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Phil & Noralyn D (8:15); Lynn & Bud B (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B
Tellers: Greg & Margaret F
Bulletin Assembly: Phil & Noralyn D

Fall Worship Schedule: Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45; Sunday School and Adult Ed at 9:30

+ LEARN +

Sunday School for all ages is offered at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” – 2 Peter 3:18

+ SERVE +

Winter Coat Drive for LSS

This September, and through October 13, we are collecting new and gently used coats and other outerwear for the Refugee Program of Lutheran Social Services (LSS). Outerwear is needed for all ages and genders, and in all sizes; donations should be clean and in good repair.

Items accepted:

  • Coats/jackets
  • Fleeces
  • Winter hats, gloves, mittens, warm scarves

Please contact Kathy T with questions.

Drivers Wanted

The social ministry committee is looking for a driver to deliver the items from our coat drive to the LSS office in Hyattsville, MD, during business hours any time from October 14 to 18. If you can help, please contact Kathy T.

Calling Trinity Cooks and Bakers

On Sunday, December 15, Trinity will serve a meal for 35 at the Interfaith Works Women’s Center in Rockville. We will need help from members of our congregation to prepare and serve the meal:

  • Cooks to prepare a mashed potato casserole (recipe provided)
  • Bakers to make pumpkin and apple pies
  • 3-4 people to serve the meal that evening (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.)
  • People to contribute other food items (see the sign-up sheet in the social hall)

Please contact Lynn B or Kathy T with questions.

Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

The first Sunday of each month, we hold a potluck coffee hour. Please bring a coffee hour item to share. (last names A-L odd months, M-Z even months). We still need hosts for these Sundays as well as hosts for all our coffee hours. Sign up on the schedule on the coffee hour table or contact Lynn B.

Altar Flowers

Altar Flowers for Sunday services may be given in memory or honor of loved ones or in celebration of special anniversaries. Sunday altar flower donation is $35. Sign-up on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING 
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Carol B, friend of handbell choir
Sonny L, uncle of Sabrina R
Nancy P, friend of Tom K & Sarah M
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
Anthony U, great nephew of Len S
Vern W, brother-in-law of Sabrina R
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G

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

Birthdays
9/29. Nicole S
9/30. Wayne D
10/1. Reid D, Anna V
10/2. Fred S
10/3. Shirley O
10/4. Kristin A, Gregory M

Baptismal Days
10/1. Kristina S
10/2. Brenden H
10/5. Connor D


Weekly Devotional: “Angel Activity”

Michael and All Angels, September 29, 2019

Today we celebrate and give thanks for the angels, especially Saint Michael and the unnamed angels who fought with him against Satan. It is not very often that we contemplate the angels in Lutheran tradition; while we do mention them in portions of our liturgy, we rarely name them as specifically as we do today. Most Christians easily recall the message brought to the virgin Mary by the angel Gabriel, but few know much about Michael and others who share the unique role of angel in the heavenly realm.

Victory Is Won – Battle Still Rages

So today we call to mind this special group of God’s created beings. Scripture leaves a lot to the imagination, but we do know that angels generally take their places around God’s throne. They worship, sing, bear good news, protect those on earth, and even fight evil. Saint Michael is best known for his epic fight against the dragon, who we learn “is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world” (Rev. 12:9). It is interesting to note that while Christ won the victory over Satan, a battle still rages. Satan clings to power, but Michael and his angels carry the even greater power of Jesus Christ, who bears them up in the midst of the battle.

As we hear the fascinating yet brief account of Michael and the angels today, we also hear the even more captivating truth that “they have conquered [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 12:11). For after all, we do not worship the angels. It is not the power of the angels that destroys Satan; it is the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ that wins the battle and speaks truth to deceit.

We worship the same enthroned king to whom the angels sing, and in whose name they—and we—claim ultimate victory over Satan and death.

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2018 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

What’s Happening?

Worship, Spiritual Growth, Education, Service to Others, and more…
See our online calendar for upcoming events and services through the coming year at Trinity.

+ WORSHIP +

This Sunday, September 22 (Lectionary 25)

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School and Adult Ed. at 9:30 a.m.

God among us, we gather in the name of your Son to learn love for one another. Keep our feet from evil paths. Turn our minds to your wisdom and our hearts to the grace revealed in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Fall Worship Schedule: Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45; Sunday School and Adult Ed at 9:30

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Matthew B (8:15); Anders S (10:45)
Assisting Minister: Jerry B (8:15); Nalini A (10:45)
Children’s Church: TBD (8:15), Jane R (10:45)
Greeter: Joan E (8:15); Hagen & Kristina S (10:45)
Lector: Phil D (8:15); Linnea A (10:45)
Ushers: Thor & Nancy N (8:15); Angela B, Robert P (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Tom & Nancy M (8:15); Trevor H (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B
Tellers: Annie A, Mina
Bulletin Assembly: Louise G

+ LEARN +

Sunday School for all ages is offered at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” – 2 Peter 3:18


From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God, 

Every time I sit down to write a note for Tidings, I always think of Christmas and the angels bringing tidings of great joy (in the language of my childhood) to all people. Fascinating, isn’t it, how so much of what brings us joy delighted us in childhood. Our childhood, family of origin, these are with us our whole lives, often for better, but sometimes, for worse.

So I’m wondering today, what, besides this edition of Tidings, brings you joy 🙂 ? Are you on the Tidying Up train? Maybe work is going well? Perhaps the doctor gave you good news? Or perhaps you’ve reconnected with an old friend?

I know for me, worship almost always brings me joy. Most Sundays I leave with a hymn melody or psalm tone in my head. Other times it’s the memory of what a child did (much to their parent’s consternation) during the service.

I’ll never forget Ellen. She came into the congregation with a smile that was contagious. She was easy to laugh, eager to embrace, and was always widening her circle. One day I asked her why she was so joyful (note: her life was not without the usual difficulties) and looked and me and said, Well pastor, I guess I just expect to be happy so I work at it and it’s just become a habit.

There’s much to be troubled about in our world, but isn’t joy also possible? What brings you joy?

Blessings,
Pr Kern

+ SERVE +

Calling Trinity Cooks and Bakers

On Sunday, December 15, Trinity will serve a meal for 35 at the Interfaith Works Women’s Center in Rockville. We will need help from members of our congregation to prepare and serve the meal:

  • Cooks to prepare a mashed potato casserole (recipe provided)
  • Bakers to make pumpkin and apple pies
  • 3-4 people to serve the meal that evening (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
  • People to contribute other food items (see the sign-up sheet in the social hall)

Please contact Lynn Booth or Kathy Thrower with questions.

Drivers Wanted

The social ministry committee is looking for a driver to deliver the items from our coat drive to the LSS office in Hyattsville, MD, during business hours any time from October 14 to 18. If you can help, please contact Kathy Thrower.

Winter Coat Drive for LSS

This September, and through October 13, we are collecting new and gently used coats and other outerwear for the Refugee Program of Lutheran Social Services (LSS). Outerwear is needed for all ages and genders, and in all sizes; donations should be clean and in good repair.

Items accepted:

  • Coats/jackets
  • Fleeces
  • Winter hats, gloves, mittens, warm scarves

Please contact Kathy T with questions.

Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

The first Sunday of each month, we hold a potluck coffee hour. Please bring a coffee hour item to share. (last names A-L odd months, M-Z even months). We still need hosts for these Sundays as well as hosts for all our coffee hours. Sign up on the schedule on the coffee hour table or contact Lynn B.

Altar Flowers

Altar Flowers for Sunday services may be given in memory or honor of loved ones or in celebration of special anniversaries. Sunday altar flower donation is $35. Sign-up on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING 
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Ellen & David C
Nora K, mother of Jeanine B
Nancy P, friend of Tom K & Sarah M
Anthony U, great nephew of Len S
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G

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

Birthdays
22. Nicholas C
27. John B
27. Gina C
28. Mary B


Weekly Devotional: “A New Master”

September 22, 2019 (LECTIONARY 25)

When we serve someone, we focus all of our attention on that person. We may follow the person around, ensuring that all needs are met. We do what is asked of us. We listen, and we respond.

So, in the gospel today when Jesus so clearly states that we “cannot serve God and wealth” (Luke 16:13), we are called to think about who—and what—we serve. How do we follow wealth around, acting as its servants? How do we allow money to dictate our actions, our lives, and our very identities?

Jesus compares our relationship with money to the relationship between a slave and a master. We are so often beholden to wealth. We chase after it and expect it to supply satisfaction and self-worth. We will often do anything for it. Jesus is right—we are enslaved by wealth.

A Different Kind of Servanthood

But the good news here is that we don’t have to be. In baptism, God has promised that we are no longer enslaved to the masters of this world. While these worldly masters only leave us empty and dead in the end, God as our master brings us wholeness and life. Through the claims made on us in baptism and the mercy bestowed on us in holy communion, we are oriented to a different kind of servanthood. Instead of trying to find meaning from a master that can never quite satisfy, we walk alongside Jesus and discover that life as his servant filled with peace, purpose, mercy, and love.

No matter how hard we try to serve the master of wealth, we will never find true happiness there. God calls us to serve a different master—a master who brings new life, a master who in great love turns around to serve us.

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2018 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

What’s Happening?

Worship, Spiritual Growth, Education, Service to Others, and more…
See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.

This Sunday, September 15 (Lectionary 24)

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School and Adult Ed. at 9:30 a.m.

O God, overflowing with mercy and compassion, you lead back to yourself all those who go astray. Preserve your people in your loving care, that we may reject whatever is contrary to you and may follow all things that sustain our life in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: TBD (8:15); Colin G (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Bill B (8:15); Robyn K (10:45)
Children’s Church: TBD (8:15), Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters: Dan & Rob S (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Lectors: John B (8:15); Hagen S (10:45)
Ushers: Steve & Donna S (8:15); Greg & Margaret F (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Bill & Diana B (8:15); Petra T & family (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B
Tellers: Thor N, Petra T
Bulletin Assembly: Diana B

Fall Worship Schedule: Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45; Sunday School and Adult Ed at 9:30

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,

Do you ever wonder, What’s the point? … of life, of work, of church???

Increasingly, the world around us answering that last question with a resounding, “not much.” Recently the ELCA Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation has projected that weekly worship attendance across the ELCA by 2041 will be under 16,000. 16,000 people in church spread across 65 synods encompassing the whole United States and beyond. Effectively, the end of the ELCA.

Alarmed? Me too. But also energized. If this projection is correct, it means we are the ones God is calling to renew our church! It means we have serious, challenging, significant work to do in our lifetimes. It means we need clear, solid answer for the world when it looks at us and answers, What’s the point of church?

I’m going to talk about that this Sunday. I had an experience this week that has really made me stop and think. Hope to see you in worship.

Blessings,
Pr Kern


Wednesday Bible Study Update

The class offered by Pastor Kern on the Wednesdays of September, Seldom Studied Bible Stories, is being indefinitely postponed. It looks as though September is not a good time for member schedules. The first week had only three participants spread over two classes. For those who did express interest but were not able to attend, we’ll see how things look later in the fall.


Winter Coat Drive for LSS

This September, and through October 13, we are collecting new and gently used coats and other outerwear for the Refugee Program of Lutheran Social Services (LSS). Outerwear is needed for all ages and genders, and in all sizes; donations should be clean and in good repair.

Items accepted:

  • Coats/jackets
  • Fleeces
  • Winter hats, gloves, mittens, warm scarves

Please contact Kathy T with questions.


Chrismon Workshop

Please join us on Saturday, September 14, at 10 am to make Chrismons to decorate Trinity’s new Christmas tree. No experience is necessary, but we do ask that you preregister with Carol B to ensure we have enough kits prepared.

Come see the Chrismons completed so far on display in the Social Hall. To defray the cost of the kits, we encourage donations (suggested $20-25). Indicate “Chrismons” on your check or envelope.


Mission Endowment

Mission Endowment Team will meet next on Tuesday, November 5, at 7:00 p.m.


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING 
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Ellen & David C
Nora K, mother of Jeanine B
Nancy P, friend of Tom K & Sarah M
Anthony U, great nephew of Len S
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G

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

Birthdays
16. Lily B
21. Alexander L

Baptismal Days
15. Sean M
19. Patricia S
20. Madeline B
20. Vera N


Reports continue to trickle in from remote areas hardest hit by Hurricane Dorian. Evacuations are continuing and the toll of human suffering is unfathomable.

Every day brings more news of lives tragically lost. Survivors are still desperately searching for missing loved ones. People who lived in shacks in remote towns and had little before the storm, now have nothing.

Your gift will deliver emergency relief to victims of Hurricane Dorian.

Among the aid workers reaching survivors are our partners on the ground. Your urgent gift will help deliver necessities like food, clothing, shelter, medical aid and hygiene kits — as well as comfort and compassion.

Any donation you make will help alleviate human suffering.

And please continue to pray for all the victims of Hurricane Dorian.

Lutheran World Relief, 700 Light St., Baltimore, MD 21230, United States


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

The first Sunday of each month, we hold a potluck coffee hour. Please bring a coffee hour item to share. (last names A-L odd months, M-Z even months). We still need hosts for these Sundays as well as hosts for all our coffee hours. Sign up on the schedule on the coffee hour table or contact Lynn B.


Altar Flowers

Altar Flowers for Sunday services may be given in memory or honor of loved ones or in celebration of special anniversaries. Sunday altar flower donation is $35. Sign-up on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.

What’s Happening?

Worship, Spiritual Growth, Education, Service to Others, and more…
See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.

This Sunday, September 8 (Lectionary 23)

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.

Rally Sunday, September 8: Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45

Direct us, O Lord God, in all our doings with your continual help, that in all our works, begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy name; and finally, by your mercy, bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Matthew B (8:15); Colin G (10:45)
Assisting Minister: Nancy N (8:15); Sarah G (10:45)
Cantor: TBD (8:15)
Children’s Church: Jane R (10:45)
Greeter: Jerry B, Brian A, Stella (8:15); Trevor H (10:45)
Lector: Jonah W (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Ushers: Ross A, Mike J (8:15); Paul D, Richard G (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Tad and Vi D (8:15); TBD (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B
Tellers: Greg and Margaret F
Bulletin Assembly: Dick J


This Sunday, Sept 8, is Rally Day!

Rally Day begins our regular fall schedule. Holy Communion at 8:15 & 10:45, with Christian Ed hour at 9:30. This is the opening day of Sunday School for all ages! We will begin the year with prayer and song, and then we will dismiss to our classes for the day. Watch for a special activity for all!


Coming Wednesdays in September!
"Seldom Studied Bible Stories"
Join us as we take a closer look at four Bible accounts that don't usually appear in Sunday School materials or sermons. 7:30pm in the Library.
Thought provoking. Challenging. Fun!

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,
As I write this note, a hurricane is battering the community where I served my first call as a pastor.  The devastation of the Bahamas is a tragedy to behold and the news is sure to get worse.  It turns out the scientists were correct – we cannot keep putting chemicals and pollutants into creation without serious consequences.  While the waves and winds of the storm are likely to stay far away from us, are hearts are pained by the death, destruction, and suffering of our sisters and brothers.  If you would like to participate in recovery efforts, you may do so with a gift to Trinity, earmarked for Lutheran Disaster Response.  LDR, in return, will work in conjunction with other agencies on the ground to help those who have lost so much in this storm.
Remember, we return to two services this Sunday at 8:15 and 10:45.  It’s God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday across the ELCA and Trinity will be participating with backpacks for kids.  Come take part at 9:30 for that.
Blessings,
Pr Kern

Meet Our New Minister of Music

My name is Angela, and I am excited to be your new Minister of Music. I strongly believe in the collaborative nature of music, and I look forward to leading an inclusive music ministry where every vocalist and instrumentalist feels welcome and supported musically in worship.

Outside of Trinity, you can find me playing clarinet with the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra (WMGSO), playing keyboard with the Damascus-based praise band Cor Jesu, and teaching private music lessons at Jim’s House of Music in New Market, Maryland.

I look forward to meeting each and every one of you!


Chrismon Workshop

Please join us on Saturday, September 14, at 10 am to make Chrismons to decorate Trinity’s new Christmas tree. No experience is necessary, but we do ask that you preregister with Carol B to ensure we have enough kits prepared.

Come see the Chrismons completed so far on display in the Social Hall. To defray the cost of the kits, we encourage donations (suggested $20-25). Indicate “Chrismons” on your check or envelope.


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Richard Graham, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe 
THE SICK AND SUFFERING 
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Ellen & David C
Nora K, mother of Jeanine B
Anthony U, great nephew of Len S
Steven W, uncle of Jonah W
DW, friend of Bill & Diana B
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G

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

Death
Clara Isabel Rosal V +August 20, 2019 (friend of Len S)

Birthdays
08. Winsome G
08. Brenden H
09. Andy B
12. Tamara C
12. Sophia D
13. Jon M

Baptismal Days
09. Steve S
11. Claire S
12. Charles M


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

The first Sunday of each month, we hold a potluck coffee hour. Please bring a coffee hour item to share. (last names A-L odd months, M-Z even months). We still need hosts for these Sundays as well as hosts for all our coffee hours. Sign up on the schedule on the coffee hour table or contact Lynn B.


Altar Flowers

Altar Flowers for Sunday services may be given in memory or honor of loved ones or in celebration of special anniversaries. Sunday altar flower donation is $35. Sign-up on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.


Metropolitan Washington DC Synod, ELCA

FROM THE BISHOP’S DESK

August 29, 2019

With this email I say my formal and final good-bye as bishop of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod.

I will not make this a long message. I’ve said good-bye so many times already, in so many different places. I have been blessed by so much kindness as I’ve prepared to leave the synod office. The beautiful service and celebration last Sunday was truly unforgettable.

But in addition to good-bye, I wanted to say thank-you. They say that bishops see the worst of the Church. Maybe this is so. But I know for certain that bishops also see the very best of the Church. I have see heroic, self-sacrificing Christian behavior that I might not have believed if it hadn’t happened in front of me.

And I have seen again and again over the last twelve years the kind of quiet, long, slow faithfulness that sustains the cause of Jesus in the world now as it has for centuries. Again and again I have seen the joy that grows from life in Christ, joy that may be right now our most important offering to the sad, bitter world around us. Thank you for sharing this joy with me.

May Jesus Christ be with you all. May you grow in faith, hope, and love as the power of the Holy Spirit fills you more and more richly. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus now and forever and ever.

In Jesus,
Richard Graham


What’s Happening?

Worship, Spiritual Growth, Education, Service to Others, and more…
See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.

This Sunday, September 1 (Lectionary 22)

Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m.

O God, you resist those who are proud and give grace to those who are humble. Give us the humility of your Son, that we may embody the generosity of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Anusha A
Assisting Minister: John B
Cantor: Carol B
Children’s Church: David C
Greeter: Pam B
Lector: Nicholas C
Ushers: Joan E, Mike J
Coffee Hour: Lily & Keith C, Carol B, Julie N
Altar Guild: Carol B
Tellers: Lynn & Bud B
Bulletin Assembly: Noralyn D
Altar Flowers: given by Annie A to wish Pr B the best in his new Call and Ministry as an Interim Pastor in Pleasantville, New York


Sunday, September 8, is Rally Day!

Rally Day begins our regular fall schedule. Holy Communion at 8:15 & 10:45, with Christian Ed hour at 9:30. This will be the opening day of Sunday School for all ages! We will begin the year with prayer and song, and then we will dismiss to our classes for the day. Watch for a special activity for all!


Chrismon Workshop

Please join us on Saturday, September 14, at 10 am to make Chrismons to decorate Trinity’s new Christmas tree. No experience is necessary, but we do ask that you preregister with Carol B to ensure we have enough kits prepared.

Come see the Chrismons completed so far on display in the Social Hall. To defray the cost of the kits, we encourage donations (suggested $20-25). Indicate “Chrismons” on your check or envelope.


School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Throughout the summer, we are collecting supplies to prepare school kits for LWR. NEXT WEEK on God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 8, we will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School.

Response has been great so far. Let’s keep that momentum going!

Updated list of items still needed to achieve our goal of 200 kits:

  • [100] 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
  • [40] 30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
  • [282-309] Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
  • [34] Box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • [33] 2½” 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 T or Anita S with any questions.


Coming Wednesdays in September!
"Seldom Studied Bible Stories"
Join us as we take a closer look at four Bible accounts that don't usually appear in Sunday School materials or sermons. 7:30pm in the Library.
Thought provoking. Challenging. Fun!
Rally Sunday, September 8: Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45

Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Richard Graham, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe 
THE SICK AND SUFFERING 
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Ellen & David C
Nora K, mother of Jeanine B
Steven W, uncle of Jonah W
DW, friend of Bill & Diana B
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G

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

Birthdays
01. Annie A
01. Diana B
01. Vimala P
01. Patricia S
02. James M Jr.
02. Marissa P
05. Anders S
05. Kathy T
06. Jeanine B

Baptismal Days
01. Jeff B
03. Liam S
04. Jan P

Death
Opal C +Aug 20 (relative of Jerry B)


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

The first Sunday of each month, we hold a potluck coffee hour. Please bring a coffee hour item to share. (last names A-L odd months, M-Z even months). We still need hosts for these Sundays as well as hosts for all our coffee hours. Sign up on the schedule on the coffee hour table or contact Lynn B.


Altar Flowers

Altar Flowers for Sunday services may be given in memory or honor of loved ones or in celebration of special anniversaries. Sunday altar flower donation is $35. Sign-up on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.


Weekly Devotional:
Strangers No More

September 1, 2019 (LECTIONARY 22)

When we look around in worship, we see a gathering of people knitted together as a community through Christ. Claimed in baptism, each one of us is a member of a community of faith that extends beyond the boundaries of church walls and national borders. Called and empowered saints, we each belong. Claimed by Jesus, we are each sent to share the good news. It may be easy to recognize this community of faith in our worshiping community. But who else is out there? Who are we missing?

Beyond Our Comfort Zone

Today we hear the call to look beyond the familiar, to look around the edges of our known community and beyond our comfort zones. We are called to deliberately seek out the overlooked. We are called to look directly into the eyes that others avoid. Maybe that person is someone you would typically avoid because you don’t agree with them politically. Maybe it’s the person next to you in worship who attends every week but doesn’t feel like they belong.

Surprises Abound!

When we live into this call from God, surprises abound! After all, the blessings of living in God’s community are discovered in all the varied people who are part of it, not just in our corner of it. As God opens our eyes and hearts to those ignored by the world, or to those we would choose to avoid, our assumptions are shattered—and the strangers in our midst are recognized as angels (Heb. 13:2).

The Christian community isn’t about us, and it isn’t up to us. In truth, if it depended on us, we ourselves would never belong. We were all on the fringe until God reached out to us in baptism, joining us to a community that never stops growing. We were all outsiders until Christ died to give us life and form us into one body. How could we ever keep that abundant life to ourselves?

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2018 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

What’s Happening?

Worship, Spiritual Growth, Education, Service to Others, and more…
See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.

This Sunday, August 25 (Lectionary 21)

Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m.

O God, mighty and immortal, you know that as fragile creatures surrounded by great dangers, we cannot by ourselves stand upright. Give us strength of mind and body, so that even when we suffer because of human sin, we may rise victorious through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Vincent M
Assisting Minister: Tom K
Cantor: Elizabeth R
Children’s Church: Jane R
Greeter: Louise G
Lector: Jim K
Ushers: David C, Henry C
Coffee Hour: Lily & Keith C
Altar Guild: Jackie K
Tellers: Dick & Peggy J
Bulletin Assembly: Louise G

Summer Worship Schedule: Sundays at 10 am, through Labor Day weekend

From the Pastor…

Dear People of God,

Where do we go from here?

I heard a story once about a family on vacation on the Blue Ridge who got lost. They missed their turnoff for a small town for lunch and found themselves on a narrow, winding road that went on and on with no sign of life anywhere they looked. They came around yet another tight bend the road and abruptly the pavement ended. As they skidded to a stop, they saw a small wooden cabin set in a little meadow just ahead. Tentatively, they rolled up to the front of the cabin, where an old man sat quietly rocking. The family tumbled out of the car and one of the parents called out, “where are we?”

“Why you’re here,” came the reply.

“But this is not where we want to be!” came the plaintive response.

The old man continued rocking, then he stopped, leaned forward in his chair and offered “well, if you turn around, you can go anywhere you want in the world.”

Blessings,
Pr Kern


School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Throughout the summer, we are collecting supplies to prepare school kits for LWR. On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 8, we will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School.

Response has been great so far. Let’s keep that momentum going!

Updated list of items still needed to achieve our goal of 200 kits:

  • [140] 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
  • [40] 30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
  • [282-309] Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
  • [36] Box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • [33] 2½” 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 T or Anita S with any questions.


Youth Strings Concert

This month, National Philharmonic’s Youth Summer Strings Institute has been rehearsing at Trinity. Come hear these skilled young musicians in a free Summer Strings Institute orchestra concert here at 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 23.


Church Building Closed for Floor Waxing: 8/24, 8/26, 8/27

As part of our regular annual maintenance, all floors are stripped and waxed each summer. This year’s schedule is as follows:

  • Education/School Wing:  CLOSED ALL DAY Saturday, Aug 24 and Tuesday, Aug 27
  • Social Hall:  CLOSED 7am-7pm, Mon, Aug 26
  • Church/Admin Wing:  CLOSED  Mon, Aug 26

Thank you for your cooperation and flexibility.


Living Faith Everyday

LIFE Class (Living in Faith Everyday), meets each Sunday this month at 9:00 am in the Library. We’ll read through the following week’s lectionary and discuss how the readings touch our lives.  Each class is self-contained, just come as you are able and join the discussion.



Scam Alert!

Scammers across the country have been posing as local pastors – via email and text msg – asking parishioners for donations of gift cards and/or wire transfers to help someone in need or someone with a serious illness. Please DO NOT respond directly to any such requests. If you have questions about any donation requests, please contact the church office.


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Richard Graham, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe 
THE SICK AND SUFFERING 
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Steven W, uncle of Jonah W
DW, friend of Bill & Diana B
Charlele Z, niece of Marilyn G

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

Birthdays
26. Mary W
27. Stella B
27. Richard J
31. Cooper G
31. Grayson D
31. Eric S

Baptismal Days
25. Kristin T
26. Lindsay T
28. Annie A
28. Carol B

Death
Opal (M) C +August 20, 2019 (relative of Jerry B)

Rally Sunday, September 8: Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45

Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

The first Sunday of each month, we hold a potluck coffee hour. Please bring a coffee hour item to share. (last names A-L odd months, M-Z even months). We still need hosts for these Sundays as well as hosts for all our coffee hours. Sign up on the schedule on the coffee hour table or contact Lynn B.


Altar Flowers

Altar Flowers for Sunday services may be given in memory or honor of loved ones or in celebration of special anniversaries. Sunday altar flower donation is $35. Sign-up on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.


Weekly Devotional: Made Free

August 25, 2019 (LECTIONARY 21)

Some of us live with chronic pain or disability as part of our daily lives. All of us know that our bodies are vulnerable, subject to illness or injury. So of course we are interested in the healing stories of the Bible. In today’s gospel, Jesus heals a woman who has lived with a disability for eighteen years.

There are times when we wish for a miraculous healing, a sudden change in our physical state. The miraculous healing isn’t the real heart of this text, however. When challenged for healing on the sabbath, Jesus says, “Ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?” (Luke 13:16).

Jesus set her free.

He set her free to live, to have a place in society. He set her free by healing her body, but her physical transformation was God’s way of granting her freedom. Freedom might look like miraculous healing. It might look like a wheelchair or a cane that enables a person to move around. It might look like a ramp instead of stairs. It might look like a cochlear implant, or a replacement joint. Even small tools like eyeglasses grant us freedom, although we often forget they’re even there.

Have you heard the joke about the person caught in a flood? They wait on their roof for rescue. A boat comes by and the pilot says, “Get in!” but the person says, “No, God will save me.” A helicopter comes and tries to pick them up, but the person says, “No, God will save me.” The floodwaters rise, and they are swept away. When they see God, they say, “God, why didn’t you save me?” And God responds, “I sent a boat and a helicopter!”

Healing comes in different ways. Freedom takes many forms. Salvation may look different than we expect. But surely, God will set free all of God’s children. God will save each of us.

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2018 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

What’s Happening?

Worship, Spiritual Growth, Education, Service to Others, and more…
See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.

This Sunday, August 18 (Lectionary 20)

Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m.

O God, judge eternal, you love justice and hate oppression, and you call us to share your zeal for truth. Give us courage to take our stand with all victims of bloodshed and greed, and, following your servants and prophets, to look to the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Anusha A
Assisting Minister: Nalini A
Cantor: Rebecca L
Children’s Church: Margaret F
Greeter: Linnea A
Lector: Sabrina R
Ushers: Thor & Nancy N
Coffee Hour: Louise G
Altar Guild: Jackie K
Tellers: Thor N, Petra T
Bulletin Assembly: Dick J

Summer Worship Schedule: Sundays at 10 am, through Labor Day weekend

School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Throughout the summer, we are collecting supplies to prepare school kits for LWR. On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 8, we will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School.

Response has been great so far. Let’s keep that momentum going!

Updated list of items still needed to achieve our goal of 200 kits:

  • [476] 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
  • [136] 30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
  • [130] Blunt scissors
  • [309] Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
  • [107] Box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • [69] 2½” 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 T or Anita S with any questions.


Youth Strings Concert

This month, National Philharmonic’s Youth Summer Strings Institute has been rehearsing at Trinity. Come hear these skilled young musicians in a free Summer Strings Institute orchestra concert here at 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 16 and 23. (NEW TIME!)


Church Building Closed for Floor Waxing: 8/24, 8/26, 8/27

As part of our regular annual maintenance, all floors are stripped and waxed each summer. This year’s schedule is as follows:

  • Education/School Wing:  CLOSED ALL DAY Saturday, Aug 24 and Tuesday, Aug 27
  • Social Hall:  CLOSED 7am-7pm, Mon, Aug 26
  • Church/Admin Wing:  CLOSED  Mon, Aug 26

Thank you for your cooperation and flexibility.


Living Faith Everyday

LIFE Class (Living in Faith Everyday), meets each Sunday this summer from 9:00-9:45 in the Library. We’ll read through the following week’s lectionary and discuss how the readings touch our lives.  Each class is self-contained, just come as you are able and join the discussion.



Scam Alert!

Scammers across the country have been posing as local pastors – via email and text msg – asking parishioners for donations of gift cards and/or wire transfers to help someone in need or someone with a serious illness. Please DO NOT respond directly to any such requests. If you have questions about any donation requests, please contact the church office.


2nd Quarter Statements Available

Giving statements for the 2nd Quarter are available. You may pick up yours in the Social Hall on Sunday.


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
our synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton & Richard Graham 
our missionaries: Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, Cent. America 
our congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe 
THE SICK AND SUFFERING 
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Brian B
DW, friend of Bill & Diana B
Steven W, uncle of Jonah W
Charlele Z, niece of Marilyn G

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

Birthdays
18. James F
18. Steven F
18. June M
19. Carter M
22. Jeffrey B
23. Cristina G

Baptismal Days
19. Jane R
21. Jerry B


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

The first Sunday of each month, we hold a potluck coffee hour. Please bring a coffee hour item to share. (last names A-L odd months, M-Z even months). We still need hosts for these Sundays as well as hosts for all our coffee hours. Sign up on the schedule on the coffee hour table or contact Lynn B.


Altar Flowers

Altar Flowers for Sunday services may be given in memory or honor of loved ones or in celebration of special anniversaries. Sunday altar flower donation is $35. Sign-up on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.

What’s Happening?

Worship, Spiritual Growth, Education, Service to Others, and more…
See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.

This Sunday, August 11 (Lectionary 19)

Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m.

Almighty God, you sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your church. Open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may be ready to receive you wherever you appear, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Anjali A
Assisting Minister: Tad D
Cantor: Anita S
Children’s Church: Nicholas C
Greeters: Donna & Steve S
Lector: Nathan L
Ushers: Ross A, Rich G
Coffee Hour: Vi & Tad D
Altar Guild: Winsome G
Tellers: Annie A, Mina
Bulletin Assembly: Diana B

This Sunday’s Guest Preacher and Celebrant

Pastor Bill Perry – Captain, Chaplain, US Navy (retired) – began his pastoral career in Springfield, OH before serving nearly 28 years in the Navy, where he served in several significant capacities. Presently, Pastor Perry is on the board of Alice’s Kids, teaches ESL, serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate to aid abused and neglected children, and preaches in metro area churches. Welcome Pastor Perry!

Summer Worship Schedule: Sundays at 10 am, through Labor Day weekend

From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

When you receive this, my family and I will be deep in the heart of Hurricane country. Hopefully we won’t get to experience any storms, but the people in this part of the world have learned to live at the ready. Bottles of water, candles, batteries – these things are always at hand.

The writer of Hebrews says that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” We live in faith, trusting even in those times when everything is not abundantly clear to us. But there’s nothing passive about this conviction. Jesus says in the gospel this week that we should be “dressed for action and have our lamps lit” even though it is dark outside. He reminds us that this stance is a position of the heart. And heart, according to Jesus, follows treasure.

Some of the saints like to try and bluff their way through the kingdom of God, always talking louder than their actions support, mastering the art of saying the right thing. Contrast that with the watchful saints, always on the lookout for opportunities to put their own skin in game, to make a quiet, lasting difference.

As unsettling as this might be to think about, it’s important to remember that God’s love and mercy towards us comes first! We strive to live generously, watchfully because we know how the story ends! Christ had died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Blessings,
Pr. Kern


School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Throughout the summer, we are collecting supplies to prepare school kits for LWR. On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 8, we will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School.

Response has been great so far. Let’s keep that momentum going!

Updated list of items still needed to achieve our goal of 200 kits:

  • [631] 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
  • [137] 30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
  • [82] Blunt scissors
  • [157] Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
  • [49] Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
  • [123] Box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • [102] 2½” 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 T or Anita S with any questions.


Youth Strings Concert

This month, National Philharmonic’s Youth Summer Strings Institute has been rehearsing at Trinity. Come hear these skilled young musicians in a Summer Strings Institute orchestra concert here at 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 9, 16, and 23.


Scam Alert!

Scammers across the country have been posing as local pastors – via email and text msg – asking parishioners for donations of gift cards and/or wire transfers to help someone in need or someone with a serious illness. Please DO NOT respond directly to any such requests. If you have questions about any donation requests, please contact the church office.


Chrismon Workshop Fun

On Saturday, August 3, Trinity folks gathered for a Chrismon-making workshop led by Carol B and Sabrina R. A fun time was enjoyed by all. Chrismons will adorn our new Christmas tree in the church sanctuary beginning this year.


Living Faith Everyday

LIFE Class (Living in Faith Everyday), meets each Sunday this summer from 9:00-9:45 in the Library. We’ll read through the following week’s lectionary and discuss how the readings touch our lives.  Each class is self-contained, just come as you are able and join the discussion.


2nd Quarter Statements Available

Giving statements for the 2nd Quarter are available. You may pick up yours in the Social Hall on Sunday.


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
our synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton & Richard Graham 
our missionaries: Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, Cent. America 
our congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe 
THE SICK AND SUFFERING 
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T
family and friends*
Joe M, brother of Margaret F
Steven W, uncle of Jonah W
Charlele Z, niece of Marilyn G

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

Birthdays
11. Laura T
15. Philip T
15. Carol B

Wedding Anniversaries
12. Jeff & Barbara B
14. Luis & Linda G


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

The first Sunday of each month, we hold a potluck coffee hour. Please bring a coffee hour item to share. (last names A-L odd months, M-Z even months). We still need hosts for these Sundays as well as hosts for all our coffee hours. Sign up on the schedule on the coffee hour table or contact Lynn B.


Altar Flowers

Altar Flowers for Sunday services may be given in memory or honor of loved ones or in celebration of special anniversaries. Sunday altar flower donation is $35. Sign-up on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.