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.

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 4 (Lectionary 18)

Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m.

Benevolent God, you are the source, the guide, and the goal of our lives. Teach us to love what is worth loving, to reject what is offensive to you, and to treasure what is precious in your sight, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Linnea S
Assisting Minister: Nathan L
Cantor: Linnea S
Children’s Chapel: Nicholas C
Greeter: Nancy J
Lector: Leslie C
Ushers: Angela B, Joan E
Coffee Hour: (potluck) Charlie M, Leslie S
Altar Guild: Winsome G
Tellers: Greg & Margaret F
Bulletin Assembly: Noralyn D
Nursery: Jane Rantung

This Sunday’s Guest Preacher and Celebrant

Pastor Gary Rhinesmith recently retired from All Saints’ Lutheran Church, Bowie, MD. As a member of Synod Council and, more recently, supplying on the staff of Bishop Graham, he brings a breadth of experience to ministry. A personal friend of Pastor Kern, Pastor Rhinesmith’s deep spirituality has made him a pastor’s pastor to several clergy in the area. Welcome, Pastor Rhinesmith!


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

In the gospel on Sunday, we hear Jesus tell us a story about a farmer whose land produced abundant crops and with them a conundrum – what do with all that harvest?  The farmer gives it some thought then decides on a building project – tearing down old barns and building new, bigger ones so that he can live a life of ease for many years.

But God is not pleased, calling the farmer a fool – for only thinking of himself – demanding his life that very night.  And Jesus comments, “so it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

My life has been blessed with several saints who showed me what a life that was rich toward God looks like.  I would characterize each one as a giver – of money, first of all, but also their time and their spirit.  I have never known anyone who was rich toward God who was not genuinely happy.  Their lives weren’t always easy; they suffered sometimes.  But through it all they radiated a deep peace and people were always drawn to them.

No one can tell you what your life will look like when you are rich toward God, but you know.  You probably don’t even have to think about it very much. The farmer in the gospel story would not be considered to be bad person by anyone who knew him.  His sin wasn’t in being rich.  His failure was that when the blessings of life filled his barns to overflowing his first thought was for himself, and not gratitude to God.

And these things you have prepared, whose will they be? – Jesus

Blessings,
Pr. Kern


Help Needed for Dinner at Women’s Shelter

This Sunday, August 4, Trinity will serve dinner for 35 women at the Interfaith Works Women’s Center in Rockville. If you would like to contribute to the meal, please see the sign-up sheet in the social hall or contact Kathy T. We also need a few people who can help serve the meal that evening. Thank you!

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:

  • [661] 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
  • [147] 30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
  • [136] Blunt scissors
  • [157] Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
  • [609] Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
  • [138] Box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • [108] 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.


2nd Quarter Statements Available

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


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.


Chrismon-Making Class in August

Carol Bruno and Sabrina Rufty will offer a Chrismon-making class on Saturday, August 3, at 10 a.m. (Krispy Kreme donuts and coffee provided!)

To ensure we have enough kits, please preregister with Carol.

Can’t attend in August but would like to take a future class in September? Let Carol know your available dates.

For more information, see article in the July-August Trinitarian.


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*
Eric L, friend of Thomas K & Sarah M
Joe M, brother of Margaret F
Susan T, mother of Leslie C
Steve W, friend of Thor & Nancy N
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
5. Giovanni S
6. John W
7. Luis H
7. Kristina S
8. Kari-Elise C
9. Bud B
9. Wes O
10. Sydney R
10. Alissa C

Baptismal Days
9. Kevin M

Wedding Anniversaries
5. Jeffrey & Inna S
9. Daniel & Ana N


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, July 28 (Lectionary 17)

Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m.

Almighty and ever-living God, you are always more ready to hear than we are to pray, and you gladly give more than we either desire or deserve. Pour upon us your abundant mercy. Forgive us those things that weigh on our conscience, and give us those good things that come only through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Colin G
Assisting Minister: Jonah W
Cantor: Carol B
Children’s Chapel: Margaret F
Greeter: Sarah G
Lector: Miriam M
Ushers: Ross A, Tom M
Coffee Hour: Tamara & Matthew C
Altar Guild: Miriam M
Tellers: Bud & Lynn B
Bulletin Assembly: Dick J
Altar Flowers given by Rob & Dan in celebration of their sixth wedding anniversary and in memory of loved ones who’ve gone before.

This Sunday we commemorate three German-born musicians who have done much to enrich the life of the church. Heinrich Schütz (d. 1672) was an early master who focused on settings of biblical texts. Johann Sebastian Bach (d. 1750) wrote over 300 cantatas along with works for organ and instrumental pieces, and has been called the “fifth evangelist” for the way he proclaimed the gospel in music. George Frederick Handel’s (d. 1759) great work, Messiah, is a setting of scriptural texts.


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

On the third Sunday of each month, at 2 p.m., I go over to Bethesda Health and Rehabilitation Center along with Ross and various members of Trinity. We share the Eucharist with anywhere from 15-30 or so residents. I lead the service, offer a brief homily, distribute the sacrament, and Ross leads the music. If I’m being completely honest, 2 p.m. on most Sundays is not exactly prime time for me! But I have never, ever left that service feeling anything other than humbled and spiritually fed.

I’ve gotten to know some of the worshipers there as the months go by. One man always has a big smile, his arm extended for a handshake from his wheelchair, as he tells me how good it is to see us. To see me! To see the folks from Trinity! How remarkable. We go to share God’s love and find that God’s love is already there to greet us.

When I look out over that little assembly, it occurs to me that the room is full of stories. Of little children who once laughed and ran to their mothers; of teenage youth who dreamed big, audacious dreams because no one told them not to; of young adults who struggled and laughed as they tried to build a life; of mature adults to whom life was not kind, in many cases debilitating, robbing them of the tangible and intangible things that make a life. How is this possible, I ask myself, even as I banish the heretical impulse to justify my own life, as though somehow I deserve the life I have. I marvel at the staff and the caregivers who do so much more than a job. I fully expect they will have seats of honor in the courts of heaven.

On Sunday, our gospel will bring us an early text of the Lord’s Prayer. Have you ever noticed that it is written in the plural? Not “my” Father, but “our” Father; not “give me” but “give us.” We never prayer this prayer alone. By the time our voices reach the ears of heaven they joined with a symphony of voices in a rising, unified chorus – the poor, the rich, the well, the ill, every color and every tongue. Over at Health & Rehab, even some of the most silent souls begin to move their lips as we begin to pray, Our Father… In that moment, all that divides us, all the distinctions we are so convinced matter, fall away. God listens. As the children pray, together.

Blessings,
Pr. Kern


AC – After Church

This week’s topic: Wasting Time

Linger for a bit (20-30 minutes) after church with Pr. Kern each week this July for conversation on various topics related to transition and the future. Sessions begin about 10 minutes after the postlude is over.


Help Needed for Dinner at Women’s Shelter

On Sunday, August 4, Trinity will serve dinner for 35 women at the Interfaith Works Women’s Center in Rockville. If you would like to contribute to the meal, please see the sign-up sheet in the social hall or contact Kathy T. We also need a few people who can help serve the meal that evening. Thank you!

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:

  • [671] 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10.5″ (no loose-leaf paper)
  • [156] 30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
  • [146] Blunt scissors
  • [157] Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
  • [657] Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
  • [143] Box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • [126] 2.5″ 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.


2nd Quarter Statements Available

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


Living Faith Everyday

LIFE Class (Living in Faith Everyday), a Trinity favorite, is back!  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.


Chrismon-Making Class in August

Trinity will have a new 15-foot Christmas tree this December, and we plan to decorate it with beaded Chrismons as symbols of our faith.

Carol Bruno and Sabrina Rufty will offer a Chrismon-making class on Saturday, August 3, at 10 a.m. (Krispy Kreme donuts and coffee provided!) To ensure we have enough kits, please preregister with Carol. If you cannot attend in August but would like to take a future class in September, let Carol know your available dates.

Not crafty but still want to take part? You may make a donation to Trinity (indicate Chrismons on the envelope), perhaps in honor or in memory of someone who helped you on your faith journey.

(For more information, see article in the July-August Trinitarian.)


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*
Peggy A, friend of Vimala P
Eric L, friend of Thomas K & Sarah M
Susan T, mother of Leslie C
Steve W, friend of Thor & Nancy N

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

Birthdays
7/31. Jerry B
8/2. Carol B

Wedding Anniversaries
7/27. Dan & Rob S
7/28. Scott M & Meredith S
8/3. Thor & Nancy N



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.

This Sunday

Sunday, July 21 (Lectionary 16)

Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m.

Eternal God, you draw near to us in Christ, and you make yourself our guest. Amid the cares of our lives, make us attentive to your presence, that we may treasure your word above all else, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

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

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Linnea S
Assisting Minister: Sabrina R
Cantor: Elizabeth R
Children’s Chapel: Jane R
Greeter: Jonah W
Lector: David K
Ushers: Thor & Nancy N
Coffee Hour: Social Ministry Team
Altar Guild: Miriam M
Tellers: Annie A, Mina
Bulletin Assembly: Louise G


What’s Happening!

See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

It was a hot day.  Very hot by Maryland standards.  The flowers in the garden were wilting; the lawn was turning brown.  By evening the storm clouds had gathered and the rain began.  Lots of heavy, thunderous rain. The storm passed before twilight and now the garden and the lawn looked green again.

The grace of God can sometimes be like the weather – when it comes, it comes in a downpour and everything we thought was drying up or beaten down gets refreshed, given new life.

There’s a saying in some communities that goes, “The Lord may be late, but he’s always on time.”  Sometimes we wait for what seems like a long time for grace to appear, but when it comes, life feels like it can begin again.

Maybe you’re feeling flooded with grace these summer days.  Or maybe you’re waiting.  Our God does not fail us and in the mystery of eternity comes to each of us in ways we we cannot miss.  I wish you grace.

Blessings,
Pr. Kern


AC – After Church

Linger for a bit (20-30 minutes) after church with Pr. Kern each week this July for conversation on various topics related to transition and the future. Sessions begin about 10 minutes after the postlude is over.

This week’s topic: Transition Myths


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.

Items still needed to achieve our goal of 200 kits:

  • [744] 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10.5″ (no loose-leaf paper)
  • [188] 30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
  • [172] Blunt scissors
  • [853] Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
  • [887] Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
  • [195] Box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • [191] 2.5″ 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.


2nd Quarter Statements Available

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


Living Faith Everyday

LIFE Class (Living in Faith Everyday), a Trinity favorite, is back!  Each Sunday in July from 9:00-9:45 in the Library, participants will read through the following week’s lectionary and discuss how the readings touch their lives.  Each class is self-contained, just come when you can to be part of the discussion.


Chrismon-Making Class in August

Trinity will have a new 15-foot Christmas tree this December, and we plan to decorate it with beaded Chrismons as symbols of our faith.

Carol Bruno and Sabrina Rufty will offer a Chrismon-making class on Saturday, August 3, at 10 a.m. (Krispy Kreme donuts and coffee provided!) To ensure we have enough kits, please preregister with Carol. If you cannot attend in August but would like to take a future class in September, let Carol know your available dates.

Not crafty but still want to take part? You may make a donation to Trinity (indicate Chrismons on the envelope), perhaps in honor or in memory of someone who helped you on your faith journey.

(For more information, see article in the July-August Trinitarian.)


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 
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* 
Peggy A, friend of Vimala P
Marlynn B, father of Christine B
Nora K, mother of Jeanine B
Eric L, friend of Thomas K & Sarah M
Susan T, mother of Leslie C
Steve W, friend of Thor & Nancy N

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

Birthdays
24. Petra T
27. Joseph B

Baptismal Days
21. Jane F
21. Miriam M

This Sunday

Sunday, July 14 (Lectionary 15)

Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m.

O Lord God, your mercy delights us, and the world longs for your loving care. Hear the cries of everyone in need, and turn our hearts to love our neighbors with the love of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Vincent M
Assisting Minister: Jim K
Cantor: Rebecca L
Children’s Chapel: David C
Greeter: Peggy J
Lector: Sarah G
Ushers: Greg & Margaret F
Coffee Hour: Nancy J
Altar Guild: Miriam M
Tellers: Dick & Peggy J
Bulletin Assembly: Noralyn D


What’s Happening!

See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.


From the Pastor…

Has this ever happened to you?  You’re invited to dinner or maybe to visit and someone says to you, “Just sit anywhere you like”.  And you do. And pretty quickly it dawns on you that you’ve chosen (pick one) grandma’s, Aunt Susie’s, or Uncle Fred’s favorite chair! Who knew, right!??

In the scriptures hospitality is always a big deal – pretty close to holiness, actually. And the onus is always on the believer, the one on the inside of the family of faith. I remember my mother once describing a friend of hers as someone so gracious that she always made you feel welcome, even if she didn’t mean it!

The goal of God, I’m pretty sure, is for hospitality to be offered freely and joyfully, but maybe sometimes (or should I say, especially during ‘some’ times) when we don’t feel like it.

It’s not easy being hospitable – to family, friends, members, strangers – all the time. It’s an aspirational discipline. But oh how we love it when we’re on the receiving end.

Sunday we will hear a story about a wounded man left for dead in a ditch and another man who extended him great hospitality. Some say hospitality is the first sign of discipleship. What do you think?

Blessings,
Pr. Kern


Therefore always welcome one another, just as Christ himself welcomed us, to the glory of God.

Romans 15:7

AC – After Church

Sundays in July

Linger for a bit (20-30 minutes) after church with Pr. Kern each week for conversation on various topics related to transition and the future. Sessions begin about 10 minutes after the postlude is over.

This week’s topic: Things No Congregation Tells the New Pastor!


LIFE Class

Living in Faith Everyday (LIFE), a Trinity favorite, is back!  Each Sunday in July from 9:00-9:45 in the Library, participants will read through the following week’s lectionary and discuss how the readings touch their lives.  Each class is self-contained, just come when you can to be part of the discussion.


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.

Here is an updated list of the items still needed to achieve our goal of 200 kits:

  • [744] 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
  • [188] 30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
  • [172] Blunt scissors
  • [853] Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
  • [887] Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
  • [195] Box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • [191] Box 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 T or Anita S with any questions.

Every Sunday Is Hunger Sunday

Hunger doesn’t happen only on the first Sunday of the month, so every Sunday is Hunger Sunday. We serve food every Sunday at coffee hour and we have the ELCA World Hunger offering plate on the table every Sunday. As you enjoy coffee hour treats, think of those who are hungry and be generous as we thank God for our blessings.


Chrismon-Making Class in August

Trinity will have a new 15-foot Christmas tree this December, and we plan to decorate it with beaded Chrismons as symbols of our faith.

Carol Bruno and Sabrina Rufty will offer a Chrismon-making class on Saturday, August 3, at 10 a.m. (Krispy Kreme donuts and coffee provided!) To ensure we have enough kits, please preregister with Carol. If you cannot attend in August but would like to take a future class in September, let Carol know your available dates.

Not crafty but still want to take part? You may make a donation to Trinity (indicate Chrismons on the envelope), perhaps in honor or in memory of someone who helped you on your faith journey. 

(For more information, see article in the July-August Trinitarian.)


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.


In Memoriam

Gail Robinson, wife of Steve Larsen, and a former member of Trinity, died this week. The family is planning a non-religious gathering in her memory (and at her request) that will be held at Trinity on Friday, July 19, at 11 a.m. A catered lunch will follow the gathering. This will not be a funeral or memorial service. No pastor or musicians have been requested. It is a gathering of family and friends who would like to be together and remember Gail.


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*
Peggy A, friend of Vimala P
Marlynn B, father of Christine B
Nora K, mother of Jeanine B
Steve W, friend of Thor & Nancy N

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

Birthdays
19. Henry C
20. Esther M

Baptismal Days
14. Ana N
20. Joshua B

Deaths
Gail R +July 1, 2019
Don Rafael Alcaide C +July 5, 2019 (friend of Len & Ani S)
Ronita A +July 7, 2019 (cousin of Miriam M)

This Sunday

Sunday, July 7 (Lectionary 14, Pentecost 4)

Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m.

O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus, you are the city that shelters us, the mother who comforts us. With your Spirit accompany us on our life’s journey, that we may spread your peace in all the world, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Linnea S
Assisting Minister: Leslie C
Cantor: Linnea S
Children’s Chapel: Nicholas C
Greeter: Phil & Noralyn D
Lector: Robyn K
Ushers: Robert P, Paul D
Coffee Hour: (potluck) Margaret F
Altar Guild: Miriam M
Tellers: Bud & Lynn B

What’s Happening!

See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.


From the Pastor…

Dear People of God,

How does your family work? I have a plaque on my wall that reads, If You Knew My Family You’d Understand! Sound about right to you?

Every family system (and any organization of people for that matter) has generally accepted (and mostly unspoken!) norms. For example, in some families it is not acceptable to show emotion – no hugging, no crying, etc. In some organizations, no one is expected to publicly disagree with the boss. In still other families, there is always has to be someone for everyone else to complain about – rebellious teens and alcoholics often fill this role.

Congregations are like families, too. There are documents of governance usually, maybe bylaws that spell out responsibilities and organization, but in, through, and under all of that there are people – the church family – who relate to each other in all the myriad ways of a family.

St Paul once likened the church to the body of Christ. Jesus called us brothers and sisters, implying our related-ness to one another. And from generation to generation, the family of God evolves – living, breathing, laughing, crying, helping, hurting, embracing and holding on to one another… just like a family.

Blessings
Pr Kern


In Memoriam

Gail Robinson, wife of Steve Larsen, and a former member of Trinity, died this week. The family is planning a non-religious gathering in her memory (and at her request) that will be held at Trinity on Friday, July 19, at 11 a.m. A catered lunch will follow the gathering. This will not be a funeral or memorial service. No pastor or musicians have been requested. It is a gathering of family and friends who would like to be together and remember Gail.


AC – After Church

Sundays in July

Linger for a bit (20-30 minutes) after church with Pr. Kern each week for conversation on various topics related to transition and the future.


LIFE Class Is Back!

Living in Faith Everyday (LIFE), a Trinity favorite, is back!  Each Sunday in July from 9:00-9:45 in the Library, participants will read through the following week’s lectionary and discuss how the readings touch their lives.  Each class is self-contained, just come when you can to be part of the discussion.


Intro to Handbells

Everything You Wanted to Know About Handbells but Were Afraid to Ask

Ever wondered how the handbell choir produces all those unusual sounds, what the written music looks like, or what it is like to ring those beautiful bronze bells?  Then this workshop is for you.  Join us for an “Introduction to Handbells” class on Thursday, July 11, 7:00–8:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.

The class is free and there is no obligation.  However, you must sign up by July 10 so that we can be properly set up for the number of people attending. Please contact Marilyn Converse with questions and to register. Come prepared to have an interesting and fun time.


Every Sunday Is Hunger Sunday

Hunger doesn’t happen only on the first Sunday of the month, so every Sunday is Hunger Sunday. We serve food every Sunday at coffee hour and we have the ELCA World Hunger offering plate on the table every Sunday. As you enjoy coffee hour treats, think of those who are hungry and be generous as we thank God for our blessings.

Refugee Families Update

Our refugee families have recently moved to a new apartment complex. One family is in need of more furniture for their new apartment, including a sofa, chairs, dining table, queen or full mattress and bed frames. If you have any furniture items you’re no longer using and would like to donate, please contact Kathy T.


Chrismon-Making Class in August

Trinity will have a new 15-foot Christmas tree this December, and we plan to decorate it with beaded Chrismons as symbols of our faith.

Carol Bruno and Sabrina Rufty will offer a Chrismon-making class on Saturday, August 3, at 10 a.m. (Krispy Kreme donuts and coffee provided!) To ensure we have enough kits, please pre-register with Carol. If you cannot attend in August but would like to take a future class in September, please let Carol know your available dates.

Not crafty but still want to take part? You may make a donation to Trinity (indicate Chrismons on the envelope), perhaps in honor or in memory of someone who helped you on your faith journey. 

(For more information, see article in the July-August Trinitarian.)


Weekly Devotional

The Kingdom Comes

Lectionary 14C (July, 7, 2019)

A man experiencing homelessness enters the church on Sunday morning, and the pastor greets him. As though to provide some sort of evidence that he deserves to be there, the man reaches into his wallet and hands her a yellowed, worn-out-from-folding piece of paper. The pastor’s eyes move from the man to the paper, and she reads, “Certificate of Perfect Sunday School Attendance at First Lutheran Church.” It is his most prized possession, carried through every crisis on a difficult journey.

Decades before, Sunday school teachers in the classrooms of First Lutheran Church had loved and served a little boy. Planning lessons on Saturday evenings, teaching him stories and songs about God’s love each Sunday morning, they planted in him a sense of belonging, of being beloved by God. The kingdom work they started in that little boy still stirs in him as he crosses the threshold of a church and reaches into his wallet, handing his certificate to the pastor.

The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray to the lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest.

Luke 10:2

When Jesus sends the seventy out to proclaim the good news of God in every town, he makes it clear that whether they are welcomed or rejected, they are to say plainly that “the kingdom of God has come near” (Luke 10:9). As we move about our lives, we are called to love and serve where we are, trusting that when we leave, the Spirit remains.

The work of the Spirit is not finished when we leave a place. The in-breaking of the kingdom does not depend on our remaining or being present to continue the work. God will keep breathing life into people long after we have moved on, maybe even years after Sunday school teachers have awarded stars and certificates. The love we offer and the stories and songs we teach are just some of the ways we declare that the kingdom of God has come near. The Spirit moves, and we get to participate!

Love. Serve. Proclaim the good news: The kingdom of God has come near!

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


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 
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
Matthew & Dierdre, friends of Susan K
Peggy A, friend of Vimala P
Marlynn B, father of Christine B
Maria F, friend of Carol B
Nora K, mother of Jeanine B
Eric L, friend of Tom Kern & Sarah M
Barbara R & Sonny L, aunt & uncle of Sabrina R
Steve W, a friend of Thor & Nancy N
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
7. Jane R
9. Peter S
11. James T
12. Susan D
12. Karl M

Baptismal Days
7. Anja S
13. Anita S

This Sunday

Sunday, June 30 (Lectionary 13, Pentecost 3)

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45

Sovereign God, ruler of all hearts, you call us to obey you, and you favor us with true freedom. Keep us faithful to the ways of your Son, that, leaving behind all that hinders us, we may steadfastly follow your paths, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); TBD (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Jonah W (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Cantors: Mary B (8:15); Elizabeth R (10:45)
Children’s Chapel: TBD (8:15); Jane R (10:45)
Greeters: Jonah W (8:15); Matthew & Tamara C (10:45)
Lectors: Keith C (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Ushers: Joan E (8:15); Robert P, Paul D (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Bill & Diana B (8:15); Bud & Lynn B (10:45)
Altar Custodians: Noralyn D (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Tellers: Annie A, Mina
Bulletin Assembly: Diana B


What’s Happening!

See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.


From the Pastor…

Dear People of God,

Summer is racing on!  I don’t know about you, but I never tire at how rapidly green things grow when the summer sunlight returns. Creation is always astounding.

While nature flowers, summer is traditionally a slower time in the congregation.  We move to a single, combined service on July 7. Sunday School is on hiatus, though Margaret F is facilitating a LIFE Class beginning in July; and I will be offering AC – After Church, a short conversation about one aspect of transition work in a congregation, on the Sundays in July.  I hope you’ll stop by one or both of these offerings sometime.

I’d also like to lift up for your consideration an opportunity to serve in a new way.  For many years now the pastor and committee members of Trinity have shared Holy Communion with Bethesda Health and Rehabilitation on the Third Sunday of each month (2 pm).  What you may not know, for an equal number of years, our church has provided a rite for (lay) members of the congregation to share in the leadership of the distribution of the sacrament to those outside of regular worship. In other words, take the bread and wine to those in the facility. In my experience, people who participate in this ministry find it to be very meaningful and enjoyable. I would like to share this ministry with the members of Trinity.  If you are interested in learning more about this, please let me know!

Finally, with the 4th of July holiday coming up in a few days, may I be so bold as to suggest that we all add solemn prayers for our nation to our joyous festivities. The freedom for which so many have suffered, sacrificed, and died is challenged today in new, almost unimaginable ways. The nation of Ellis Island and its poor huddled masses, is now divided in fearful, divisive ways over child separation, racial identity, sexual orientation, poverty and wealth. Past sins of racism and treatment of native peoples have come back to haunt us. A venerated veteran and prisoner of war is mocked for his sacrifice by the Commander in Chief. Technology records our every action, sometimes our conversations, reducing privacy to mere algorithms. For all this is good and gracious in our land, we must surely give thanks to God. Also, as the fires of the grill turn to embers and the nighttime fireworks fill the sky, let us remember that the greatness of a nation is not revealed in the success of the most fortunate, but in its treatment and care of the least.

Blessings,
Pr Kern



AC – After Church

Sundays in July

Linger for a bit (20-30 minutes) after church with Pr. Kern each week for conversation on various topics related to transition and the future.


LIFE Class Returns!

Living in Faith Everyday (LIFE), a Trinity favorite, is back!  Each Sunday in July from 9:00-9:45 in the Library, participants will read through the following week’s lectionary and discuss how the readings touch their lives.  Each class is self-contained, just come when you can to be part of the discussion. LIFE begins Sunday, July 7.


BIGGER Than a Building 2! (BTAB 2!) Update

35 families pledged $290,920 to our 3-year BTAB 2! appeal to pay off our mortgage. $101,735 has been received as of May 31. Thank you so much!

We still hope to reach our goal of $350,000 to pay off our mortgage. It’s not too late to lend your support.  Thank you in advance for your generous support!


Refugee Families Update – 
You Can Make a Difference

Our refugee families will be moving to a new apartment complex at the end of June. One family is in need of more furniture for their new apartment, including a sofa, chairs, dining table, queen or full mattress and bed frames. If you have any furniture items you’re no longer using and would like to donate, please contact Kathy T.


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.


Free Programs at The Village at Rockville

Estate Planning Workshop and Lunch
Tuesday, July 16, 10:25 a.m.

You are invited for a one-hour informational workshop on Estate Planning Essentials and Mistakes to Avoid, followed by lunch. Attorneys Frank Baldino and Will Hellams will provide helpful information for you and your family to plan. Please register by contacting Alice Benson at abenson@nationallutheran.org or 301-354-8422. Lang Hall; The Village at Rockville (9701 Veirs Drive; Rockville, MD 20850).

Beyond Memory Loss
Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

Many people don’t understand why someone with dementia might exhibit odd behaviors or act so differently from the way they did before. This program, Beyond Memory Loss: Handling Personality Changes and Impulse Control Issues, will help you better navigate the symptoms of dementia that are difficult to understand and manage. Register by contacting Rochelle Clarke at rclarke@thevillageatrockville.org or 301-354-8442. Multi-Purpose Room, Terrace Level; The Village at Rockville (9701 Veirs Drive; Rockville, MD 20850).


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
Matthew & Dierdre, friends of Susan K
Marlynn B, father of Christine B
Maria F, friend of Carol B
Nora K, mother of Jeanine B
Eric L, friend of Tom K & Sarah M
Barbara R & Sonny L, aunt & uncle 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.

This Sunday

Sunday, June 23 (Lectionary 12, Pentecost 2)

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45

O Lord God, we bring before you the cries of a sorrowing world. In your mercy set us free from the chains that bind us, and defend us from everything that is evil, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: TBD (8:15); TBD (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Jerry B (8:15); Nathan L (10:45)
Cantors: Carol B (8:15); Rebecca L (10:45)
Children’s Chapel: Margaret F (8:15); Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters: Thor & Nancy N (8:15); Hagen & Kristina S (10:45)
Lectors: Jerry B (8:15); Linnea A (10:45)
Ushers: Mike J, Thor N (8:15); Greg & Margaret F (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Keith & Lily C (8:15); S/T family (10:45)
Altar Custodians: Noralyn D (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Tellers: Thor N, Petra T
Bulletin Assembly: Dick J


What’s Happening!

See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.


From the Pastor…

Dear People of God,

I hope these summer weeks are affording you a change of pace and the opportunity to enjoy a bit of creation wherever your heart takes you.

In between vacations and time away, summer is actually a busy time in the ministry of a congregation with a lot of the emphasis on looking and planning ahead. Don’t forget the annual planning gathering on June 26 to set the calendar of events for next year.

And speaking of planning ahead, I’m looking for some interested persons who would like to learn how to lead worship at the service Trinity provides once a month (the 3rd Sunday) at Bethesda Health and Rehabilitation. For several decades now the church has provided a rite for lay members of the community to distribute the sacrament to those who are unable to attend regular worship. I have found that members who take part in this ministry love it and find it to be very meaningful. If you would like to learn more about this ministry, please let me know – either by phone or email and we will arrange a time for training.

On Sunday the church enters the Green Season, also known as Ordinary Time. We worship the crucified and risen Lord who walks with us in daily life, revealing grace and love to all the world. See you in church.

Blessings,
Pr Kern



Summer Music

We would love to hear you in worship – during the offering or Communion – during summer Sundays through August.

To sign up, please see Mary B, or use the sheet on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.


Help Fight Poverty

A Wider Circle logo

The Social Ministry Team is organizing a group to volunteer at A Wider CircleSunday, June 23, from 1-3 p.m. All ages are welcome. We will leave from Trinity at 12:40. If you are unable to volunteer but have donations of gently used household goods or professional clothes, please bring them to Trinity on this Sunday and we’ll take them to AWC. Questions? Contact Margaret F.


Refugee Families Update –
You Can Make a Difference

Our refugee families will be moving to a new apartment complex at the end of June. One family is in need of more furniture for their new apartment, including a sofa, chairs, dining table, queen or full mattress and bed frames. If you have any furniture items you’re no longer using and would like to donate, please contact Kathy T.


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 
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: Jean B, Tigist G, Susan K, Nancy N, James T, Chris T, Margo W 
family and friends
Matthew & Dierdre, friends of Susan K
Marlynn B, father of Christine B
James B, father of Mary B
Parri D, friend of David K
Maria F, friend of Carol B
Nora K, mother of Jeanine B
Eric L, friend of Tom K & Sarah M
Barbara R & Sonny L, aunt & uncle of Sabrina R
Lindsay L, friend of David K
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
23. Emma G
24. Kristin T
25. Pamela B
26. Lindsey D
26. Henri H
27. Vincent M
27. Ricky R
28. Piper M
Baptismal Days
27. Joan E
29. Petra T

Trinity Sunday, June 16

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45

Almighty Creator and ever-living God: we worship your glory, eternal Three-in-One, and we praise your power, majestic One-in-Three. Keep us steadfast in this faith, defend us in all adversity, and bring us at last into your presence, where you live in endless joy and love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
Psalm 8
Romans 5:1-5
John 16:12-15


Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: TBD (8:15); Anjali A (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Jerry B (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Cantors: Carol B, Mary B (8:15); Mary B (10:45)
Children’s Chapel: Jane R (10:45)
Greeters: Tom M (8:15); Peggy J (10:45)
Lectors: Nancy N (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Ushers: Thor & Nancy N (8:15); Dick & Peggy J (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Jane R, Eric S (8:15); S/T family (10:45)
Altar Custodians: Noralyn D (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Tellers: Dick & Peggy J
Bulletin Assembly: Diana B


What’s Happening!

See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.


From the Pastor…

Dear People of God,

Change is in the air!  On Friday and Saturday the voting members of the Metro DC Synod Assembly will be in prayer discerning who will be our next Bishop.  Bishop Graham is concluding 12 years as bishop and is retiring.  On Sunday morning I will have the name of a new bishop to share with you.  Attending the assembly from Trinity are John B, Philip D, Noralyn D, Anita S, and me.

I want you to know, too, that on Tuesday night at the regular monthly meeting of the Congregation Council, I offered the leadership a list of nine tasks that I believe are important to complete (or have substantially underway) before the Call Committee for a new pastor is formed.  My recommendations are based on member interviews, conversations, tasks identified in my Call process, as well as basic transition insights.  Here is the list of tasks, in abbreviated form. Items marked* are already substantially underway.

  • Task 1 – Continue our work to get clarity about Trinity’s mission and vision.*
  • Task 2 – Bridge the divide between various members/groups that exists within the congregation.*
  • Task 3 – Redress staff compensation inequities.
  • Task 4 – Increase member regular giving to ensure there is no deficit in 2019.
  • Task 5 – Raise awareness of the congregation’s dependence on building use income (presently more than $100k a year.)
  • Task 6 – Complete and Approve updating of the constitution and bylaws of the congregation.*
  • Task 7 – Secure the records of the congregation on site.
  • Task 8 – Hire a bookkeeper to reconcile financial data each month (under direction of the Treasurer.)
  • Task 9 – Revise and update staff job descriptions.*

The Council will continue to discuss these tasks over the summer so that we can get Trinity in the best possible position before a new pastor is called.  If you have any questions or comments about any of these, I will ask you this time to send me an email.  I don’t normally encourage email for discussion, but what I would like to do is to receive your questions and then have a time on Sunday morning to address everyone at once.

Please remember your church as you travel this summer.  Your gifts year-round make ministry possible!  If your vacation destination is in the US, I encourage you to worship in a local congregation while you are there.  It’s a wonderful feeling to be embraced by the body of Christ in a place we may never have known existed.

Blessings,
Pr Kern


Labyrinth Project: You Can Help!

Joshua B will be leading an Eagle Scout project to build a prayer labyrinth for Trinity this Saturday, June 15, from 9:00 am to about 4:00 pm. We’ll be working out in the large field north of the church and next to the playground. This will involve digging and laying bricks in a circular pattern.

Josh invites all Trinity members who would like to help dig and lay bricks to come for any part of the day. Lunch will be provided for volunteers. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves, if they have some, and a personal water bottle. We will have water for refilling.

We’ve created a Sign-up Genius to help us keep track of who is coming. Sign up is at the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaca92fa5f94-prayer


Summer Music

We would love to hear you in worship – during the offering or Communion – during summer Sundays through August.

To sign up, please see Mary B, or use the sheet on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.


Weekly Devotional

A Promise and a Feast

Trinity Sunday, June 16, 2019

As Jesus gathers with his disciples and spends time being intentional about the life and message he will leave with them, he expresses his own will, which is also the will of the Father. Jesus says serving and loving are the same thing (John 13:14-15), love is the way people will know they are his followers (13:35), and full unity with God and each other is the divine intention for all people (17:11). And today, in John 16, Jesus makes a promise. As he calls the disciples to love and serve the world and reminds them of the difficulty of working for unity, he makes them a promise: the Spirit of truth will guide them into all the truth.

But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and will remind you of all that I said to you.


John 14:26

We who gather in worship spaces in 2019 could use a promise we know will not be broken. As we hear Christ call us to work for unity and end division, we may be feeling angst similar to the distress felt by the disciples the night their Lord washed their feet and called them to pour themselves out for the sake of the world God loves. We love Jesus and long to love according to the will of God, but it can be so strikingly difficult! We need to hear again, “The Spirit of truth… will guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13).

When will we clearly hear the Spirit? How will we know the truth when we hear it? Where will we find the strength to act upon the truth we do hear? God has called us to a feast this morning, set with wine, bread, water, word, melody, poetry, and prayer. As we pull up our feasting chairs, the Spirit will use hymns to fill in our aching places, the word to guide us, and the bread and wine broken and poured to strengthen and fill us with all truth.

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


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
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: Jean B, Tigist G, Susan K, Nancy N, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Matthew & Dierdre, friends of Susan K
James B, father of Mary B
Parri D, friend of David K
Maria F, friend of Carol B
Nora K, mother of Jeanine B
Eric L, friend of Tom Kern & Sarah M
Barbara R & Sonny L, aunt & uncle of Sabrina R
Lindsay L, friend of David K
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
19. Paul D
20. Maggie H
21. Miriam M
Baptismal Days
16. Philip S
16. James T
18. Alex T
18. Rebecca T
20. Ricky R

This Sunday, June 9
(Pentecost)

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45

Sunday School and Adult Education at 9:30

Sunday School Picnic following 10:45 service

God our creator, the resurrection of your Son offers life to all the peoples of earth. By your Holy Spirit, kindle in us the fire of your love, empowering our lives for service and our tongues for praise, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Acts 2:1-21
Romans 8:14-17
John 14:8-17 [25-27]


Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: TBD (8:15); Anders S (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Nancy N (8:15); Sabrina R (10:45)
Children’s Chapel: TBD (8:15); David C (10:45)
Greeters: Steve S (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Lectors: Tom K (8:15); Hagen S (10:45)
Ushers: Joan E, Thor N (8:15); Mike J, Rich G (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Tad & Vi D (8:15); Sunday School Picnic (10:45)
Altar Custodians: Noralyn D (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Tellers: Annie A, Petra T
Bulletin Assembly: Diana B


What’s Happening!

See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.


From the Pastor…

Dear People of God,

Sunday is Pentecost – 50 days after Easter. Sometimes called the birthday of the church.

The story goes that the disciples were all together, still trying to figure out what to do next, when the Holy Spirit blew into their lives and fueled their passion to share the good news of the gospel.

On Sunday, the people of God will once again be gathered together in one place (church), still trying to figure out what to do next (mission/vision). And it just may be (!) that the Holy Spirit will move in this place, fill Trinity with renewed excitement, and we will find ourselves bursting with anticipation over what God will do next!

Like the first disciples, we are not left on our own. The Holy Spirit is poured out for us and on us! Imagine what that means!!

Blessings,
Pr Kern


Social Ministry Thank You

The Social Ministry committee thanks you – the Trinity community – for your generous contributions of diapers, infant clothing, and handmade baby afghans to Interfaith Works (IW). Your donations to IW’s Welcome Baby program makes a positive impact on new moms and babies in our local area.


Labyrinth Project: You Can Help!

Joshua B will be leading an Eagle Scout project to build a prayer labyrinth for Trinity on Saturday, June 15, from 9:00 am to about 4:00 pm. We’ll be working out in the large field north of the church and next to the playground. This will involve digging and laying bricks in a circular pattern.

Josh invites all Trinity members who would like to help dig and lay bricks to come for any part of the day. Lunch will be provided for volunteers. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves, if they have some, and a personal water bottle. We will have water for refilling.

We’ve created a Sign-up Genius to help us keep track of who is coming. Sign up is at the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaca92fa5f94-prayer


Summer Music

We would love to hear you in worship – during the offering or Communion – during Sundays in late June, plus all of July and August.

To sign up, please see Mary B, or use the sheet on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.


Special Limited-Edition Handbell Mementos Available

Three special items are still available. To obtain any of the items listed below, please contact Marilyn C. Donations are greatly appreciated:

  • The Heavenly Handbells “Greatest Hits” CD – compiled by Steve S from ten years of recordings which he made at our concerts, 2007-2017.
  • Cross/handbell magnets with or without a treble clef wrapped around the handbell. These are artisan-made and precision laser-cut from birchwood. They have been stained and have a three-layer clear protective finish.
  • Assorted note cards designed and made by Nancy N.

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
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: Jean B, Tigist G, Susan K, Nancy N, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Matthew & Dierdre, friends of Susan K
James B, father of Mary B
Parri D, friend of David K
Eric L, friend of Tom K & Sarah M
Barbara R & Sonny L, aunt & uncle of Sabrina R
Lindsay L, friend of David K
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
13. Jan P
Baptismal Days
9. Gregory F
9. Elizabeth W
9. Karen W
10. Nathaniel C
10. Wayne D
10. Andrei S
13. Steven R

This Sunday, June 2
(7th Sunday of Easter)

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45

Sunday School and Adult Education at 9:30

Recognition of Graduates at 10:45

O God, form the minds of your faithful people into your one will. Make us love what you command and desire what you promise, that, amid all the changes of this world, our hearts may be fixed where true joy is found, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Acts 16:16-34
Psalm 97
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
John 17:20-26


Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); Vincent M (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Bill B (8:15); Nalini A (10:45)
Children’s Chapel: Margaret F (8:15); Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters: Jerry B , Brian A, Stella (8:15); Trevor H (10:45)
Lectors: Sarah M (8:15); Sabrina R (10:45)
Ushers: Ross A, Joan E (8:15); David C, Henry C (10:45)
Coffee Hour: [potluck M-Z] Nancy J (8:15); S/T family (10:45)
Altar Custodians: Noralyn D (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Tellers: Greg & Margaret F
Bulletin Assembly: Noralyn D


From the Pastor…

Dear People of God,

Do any of these names ring a bell? Altvater, Armbruster, Clore, Dulaney, Gohn, Hillstrom, Horn, Kurtz, Nolan, Rowe, Stup, Walter?

These are the names of the two women and ten men who signed the Articles of Incorporation for the soon to be Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Montgomery County, back in 1956.

Some of us have at least some recollection of 1956.  Dwight Eisenhower was elected for a second term.  Elvis Presley appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.  IBM released the first computer with a hard drive – it weighed one ton and measured 16 ft square – and stored about 5 megabytes of data.  Clearly, it was a different time!

In Ecclesiastes 3 we read, That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already is; and God seeks out what has gone by. It’s probably safe to say that without the faith and vision of these twelve saints back in 1956 Trinity would be a very different place than it is today, if it existed at all.  There was a time in the history of faith when Sunday was thought of as the eighth day – a day simultaneously in and out of time, caught up in the timelessness of God.

When we come to worship each week, that’s kind of what happens, isn’t it?  We gather in a space and in a way that many (forgotten) saints before us built and sacrificed to leave behind.  In our worship, their presence is still realized, just as ours will be for the generations that come after us.

Today is Ascension Day.  The risen and ascended Lord watches over all of us – that which is, that which was, and that which is yet to come – all is present in the living God.

Blessings,
Pr Kern


Calling All Graduates!

We want to celebrate with our Soon-to-Be Graduates! Please let Anita know when you are graduating, from what school and what your future plans hold. Trinity will recognize graduates this Sunday, June 2.


Summer Music

We would love to hear you in worship – during the offering or Communion – during Sundays in late June, plus all of July and August.

To sign up, please see Mary B, or use the sheet on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.


LAST CHANCE!
Order Red Geraniums for Pentecost Sunday, June 9

Deadline for ordering is THIS SUNDAY, June 2.

Help us make a big splash for Pentecost – the Church’s birthday! We still need several more flowers to fully adorn the church. Thank you.

You may place your order form along with cash or check, made payable to Trinity Lutheran Church, in the flower envelope (found in the pew card racks), and place the envelope in the offering plate, mail it to the church.

I wish to order red geraniums @ $5.00 each

Given by:

In memory of: 

In honor of:


Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

This Sunday, June 2, we are holding a potluck coffee hour. Please bring a coffee hour item to share. (last names M-Z). 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.


May 28, 2019 https://www.elca.org/News-and-Events/7975

Children coming to our nation for safety and protection are still dying at our southern border while in U.S. detention.

Carlos, a 16-year-old youth from Guatemala, died May 20 in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Wilmer, a 2-year-old, died May 14, also in the custody of CBP. They were preceded in death by Jackelin, Felipe, Juan and a 10-year-old girl from El Salvador who died in September 2018 but whose death has just been disclosed. One year ago, Claudia Patricia Gómez González, a 20-year-old woman from Guatemala, was shot in the head and killed by a Border Patrol agent while seeking safety in the United States.

I am deeply dismayed by the deaths of these children, made in the image of God, who came to our southern border as refugees and asylum seekers to ask us for protection. As a nation we denied them that safety, instead placing them in detention facilities, sometimes for months.

Our nation and its leaders have moral and legal obligations on behalf of those who seek safety in our land. As Congress considers federal funding for DHS, we advocate against further funds for immigration detention, deportation, and border militarization, and oppose intentional policy choices that harm children and families.

We follow a Lord who instructed, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs” (Matthew 19:14). As we continue to serve and love our neighbor, we pray for the well-being of children and families in detention, and we urge the presidential administration to seek alternatives to the detention of children.

In Christ,

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop, ELCA


Lutheran Disaster Response

U.S. Tornadoes

A series of powerful and destructive tornadoes has ripped through parts of the central U.S., leaving destruction in its wake. In Missouri, at least three people have been killed, homes and businesses have been destroyed, and rescues are still underway. Tornadoes have also been reported in Oklahoma, Iowa, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, and there is a threat of additional severe weather in some locations.

Lutheran Disaster Response is working with those in the impacted states, including partnering with local synods, congregations and social ministry organizations to respond with immediate relief.

What you can do:

Pray for the communities that were impacted by these destructive tornadoes. May God’s healing presence give them peace and hope in their time of need. Pray that God will deliver comfort to those who mourn the loss of loved ones and strength to those who are working diligently to care for affected communities.

Give to Disaster Response: Gifts to “U.S. tornadoes” will be used entirely (100%) to assist those affected by tornadoes until the response is complete.


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
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: Jean B, Tigist G, Susan K, Nancy N, Theodore R, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
James B, father of Mary B
Barbara R & Sonny L, aunt & uncle of Sabrina R
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G
Matthew & Dierdre, friends of Susan K

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

Birthdays
4. Meredith D
4. Inna S
6. Garrett P
7. Nancy N
7. Juni S
Baptismal Days
3. Kellen B
3. Reid D
6. Pamela B
8. Jonah W


What’s Happening?

See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.

This Sunday, May 26
(6th Sunday of Easter)

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45

No Sunday School or Adult Education this week

Bountiful God, you gather your people into your realm, and you promise us food from your tree of life. Nourish us with your word, that empowered by your Spirit we may love one another and the world you have made, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Acts 16:9-15
Psalm 67
Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
John 5:1-9 (Alternate)


Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: TBD
Assisting Ministers: Sarah M (8:15); Nalini A (10:45)
Children’s Chapel: TBD
Greeters: Louise G (8:15); Pam B (10:45)
Lectors: Phil D (8:15); Sabrina R (10:45)
Ushers: Ross A, Joan E (8:15); David C, Henry C (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Bill & Diana B (8:15); Miriam M, Louise G (10:45)
Altar Custodians: Marilyn G (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Tellers: Lynn & Bud B
Bulletin Assembly: Noralyn D


Weekly Devotional

Just Listen

“Peace I leave with you” (John 14:27). If there were no other reason to love Jesus, if there were no other reason to want to be near him, if there were no other reason to think him divine, this would be enough.

Jesus is going away, and his friends and followers are afraid. They feel lost, adrift. They don’t know what they will do without him. They want to keep him near so they can hear his voice and feel the touch of his hand. But soon these opportunities will be lost to them.

Jesus speaks to their troubled hearts and to ours: Peace. So listen. Let all other voices be silenced. Turn from everything that distracts you from the voice of Jesus. Listen to one word: Peace.

Peace to the troubled places in your heart. Peace to the sadness and sorrow you carry. Peace to the anxieties you have about your life and future. Peace to the guilt or shame or regrets you bear.

Listen to the voice of the one who has gone all the way down into death and brought back nothing but life and grace, love and joy. Listen, for he tells you that the God of all creation—the one who formed you—wants this one thing for you: Peace.

You are not condemned. You are not rejected. You are not abandoned. The things you fear can and will hurt you, but they will never snatch you from the love that holds you in eternal hands. Not now. Not ever.

Jesus goes away, but he comes back to us. His Spirit abides in us, with us, among us. Always. He is as real as the person sitting next to you, as physically present as the bread and wine of the holy meal, and as warm as the hearts and hands of those soon to greet you with the word your heart craves: Peace.

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


Calling All Graduates!

We want to celebrate with our Soon-to-Be Graduates! Please let Anita know when you are graduating, from what school and what your future plans hold. Trinity will have a celebration in your honor on Sunday, June 2.


Summer Music

We would love to hear you in worship – during the offering or Communion – during Sundays in late June, plus all of July and August.

To sign up, please see Mary B, or use the sheet on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.


Order Red Geraniums for Pentecost Sunday, June 9

I wish to order red geraniums @ $5.00 each

Given by:

In memory of: 

In honor of:

You may place your order form along with cash or check, made payable to Trinity Lutheran Church, in the flower envelope (found in the pew card racks), and place the envelope in the offering plate, mail it to the church.

Deadline for ordering is June 2.


A Ringing Thank You!

Handbell closeup photo

Many thanks from The Heavenly Handbells to all who attended our 30th annual handbell concert here on Saturday night. You made our dream come by filling the house! It was rewarding to see such a crowd after all the work we put into making this event happen. The ringers and the audience alike seemed to enjoy both the music and our fun antics. It was an enjoyable evening.

It was also exciting to see how long people stayed at the post-concert reception and chatted with one another. Of course, how could they resist the incredible selection of treats beautifully presented by Lynn and Bud B, Steve S, Susan & Kevin D, Petra T, Mike & Nancy J, and their crew of amazing helpers?! In addition to the reception, that same crew also organized and served a gourmet dinner to the performers before the concert. Many thanks to everyone who tirelessly helped for many many hours to make every aspect of this concert a success.

Special Limited-Edition Handbell Mementos Available:

We have three very special items available on The Heavenly Handbell table in the social hall. Donations are greatly appreciated:

  1. The Heavenly Handbells “Greatest Hits” CD – compiled by Steve S from ten years of recordings which he made at our concerts, 2007-2017.
  2. Cross/handbell magnets with or without a treble clef wrapped around the handbell. These are artisan-made and precision laser-cut from birchwood. They have been stained and have a three-layer clear protective finish.
  3. Assorted note cards designed and made by Nancy N.

Help Requested from Federal Employees

James T will undergo a bone marrow transplant that will keep him away from work for about 3 months. If you are interested in helping James by donating leave, please fill out an OPM 630-B form or contact your personnel office. James’ work address to put on the form is US Army Center of Military History, 102 4th Ave, Building 35, Ft McNair, DC 20319-5060.

If you have any questions, you can email James at james.tobias.0711@gmail.com. James and his family thank you very much for your support during this difficult time.


Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

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
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:
Jean B, Tigist G, Susan K, Nancy N, Theodore R, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Ronita A, cousin of Miriam M
Peggy A, friend of Vimala P
Carolyn P, friend of Mary B
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
26. Karen T
Baptismal Days
27. Alarich L
28. Inna S
31. Hudsen S
1. Colin G
1. Luis H
Deaths
Angela G (second cousin of Len S) +April 20, 2019
John W +May 19, 2019


What’s Happening?

See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.

This Sunday, May 19
(5th Sunday of Easter)

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 
Sunday School and Adult Education at 9:30

O Lord God, you teach us that without love, our actions gain nothing. Pour into our hearts your most excellent gift of love, that, made alive by your Spirit, we may know goodness and peace, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Acts 11:1-18
Psalm 148
Revelation 21:1-6
John 13:31-35


Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: TBD
Assisting Ministers: Tad D (8:15); Sarah G (10:45)
Children’s Chapel: TBD
Greeters: Nancy J (8:15); Linnea A (10:45)
Lectors: Keith C (8:15); Nicholas C (10:45)
Ushers: TBD
Coffee Hour: Social Ministry Team
Altar Custodians: Marilyn G (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Tellers: Greg & Margaret F
Bulletin Assembly: Diana B


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

Last Saturday, some of you attended the funeral of Pastor Robert Moore over in Elliott City. His good friend, Pastor Berner, offered some words of remembrance. For those of you who did not know Pastor Moore, he served as the interim pastor of Trinity some 30 years ago, before Pastor Berner arrived. He loved to worship here and always seemed to have a kind word for all. When he entered the Church Triumphant, family and members who knew him well gathered to celebrate his life and remember the gifts of his life. This is what it means to be the church.

At about the same time that day, I gathered with a group of family members and friends for a graveside service at a local cemetery. I didn’t know them; they didn’t know me. The deceased was being buried in the family plot, though most if not all of the remaining family had long since scattered across the state and nation. We said the same prayers, used the same liturgy, and commended our grief and care to the same Lord. And this is also what it means to be the church.

What a wondrous thing the love of God is. Love creates in us the capacity to care for and serve those we know intimately and well, and at the same time, to care for and serve the stranger. St Paul writes that love never ends – it is able to expand and not be diminished at the same time.

Our vision for Trinity – Seek, Serve, Welcome All – is built on this love of God that knows no ending. Beloved pastor, or cherished family member, or stranger we’ve never met, the love of God in Christ Jesus has room for all. Last Saturday was evidence of that. This is what it means to be the church. And aren’t we blessed in our lives to be the body of Christ in the world today….

Blessings,
PK


Handbell Concert at Trinity
This Saturday, May 18

Handbell closeup photo

Join us for our special 30th Annual Handbell Concert on Saturday, May 18, at 7 p.m. The combined handbell choirs of Trinity and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church are preparing a delightful evening of music, including many fun pieces for the whole family to enjoy. The concert is free (free-will offering). Bring family and friends! A reception follows the concert.


Last Day for Baby Items Collection:
this Sunday, May 19

This Sunday, May 19, is the last day to donate new layette items for Interfaith Works’ (IW) Welcome Baby program.

Our collection will provide layette items for soon-to-be moms to help them get off to a great start.  Here is a suggested list of basic layette items, but IW also will accept baby items not on the list. They also have an ongoing need for larger diapers up to sizes 3 and 4. Cash donations are welcomed — please write “Welcome Baby” in the memo line. Contact Kathy T with questions.

  • newborn-sized diapers
  • 0-3 month clothing
  • “onesies” (0-3 month size)
  • receiving blankets
  • burp cloths
  • washcloths
  • diaper bags

Related article of interest: Diaper Need and Its Impact on Child Health and maternal depression. Read the full article here.


Calling All Graduates!

We want to celebrate with our Soon-to-Be Graduates! Please let Anita know when you are graduating, from what school and what your future plans hold. Trinity will have a celebration in your honor on Sunday, June 2.


Music Help

Music Help will be offered this Sunday, May 19, in the Choir Room at 9:15 a.m.


Summer Music

We would love to hear you in worship – during the offering or Communion – during Sundays in late June, plus all of July and August. To sign up, please see Mary B, or use the sheet on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.


Order Red Geraniums for Pentecost Sunday, June 9

I wish to order red geraniums @ $5.00 each

Given by:

In memory of:

In honor of:

You may place your order form along with cash or check, made payable to Trinity Lutheran Church, in the flower envelope (found in the pew card racks), and place the envelope in the offering plate, mail it to the church.

Deadline for ordering is June 2.


Help Requested from Federal Employees

James T will undergo a bone marrow transplant that will keep him away from work for about 3 months. If you are interested in helping James by donating leave, please fill out an OPM 630-B form or contact your personnel office. James’ work address to put on the form is US Army Center of Military History, 102 4th Ave, Building 35, Ft McNair, DC 20319-5060.

If you have any questions, you can email James at james.tobias.0711@gmail.com. James and his family thank you very much for your support during this difficult time.


Attention Bread Bakers!

We need volunteers to sign up to bake Communion bread for one or more of the seven Sundays of the Easter season. We provide the recipes; you provide the labor of love. The two loaves may be dropped off before the early service, or left in the church refrigerator the day before. Look for the poster in the Social Hall or contact Carol B to sign up for Sundays through June 2. Copies of the approved recipes are in the Altar Guild mailbox in the copier/mail room. Please contact Carol B with any questions.


Statement from ELCA presiding bishop addresses synagogue shooting

4/29/2019 4:40:00 PM

On Saturday, the last day of Passover, another shooting occurred at a synagogue — this time, Chabad of Poway, in California. The living had gathered to offer prayers to honor the dead and to close the Jewish festival of God’s liberating promise. Once again, worship was interrupted by deadly violence…

Read the full statement HERE.


Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

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
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)
hospital:
John W (Shady Grove)
home:
Diana B, Jean B, Tigist G, Susan K, Nancy N, Theodore R, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Ronita A, cousin of Miriam M
Peggy A, friend of Vimala P
Debby B, friend of Thor & Nancy N
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
22. Jameson H
23. Len S
25. Steve S
Baptismal Days
19. Leslie C
20. Cathy C
20. Nancy N
21. Garrett P
22. Ann K
Death
Angela G (second cousin of Len S) +April 20, 2019


What’s Happening?

See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.