Sunday, December 9, 2018
Second Sunday of Advent

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

Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming give to all the people of the world knowledge of your salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolytes – TBD (8:15), Colin G (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – John B (8:15), Jim K (10:45)
Children’s Church – Anita S (8:15), David C (10:45)
Greeters – Joan E (8:15), Susan S (10:45)
Lectors – John B (8:15), Susan S (10:45)
Ushers – Thor & Nancy N (8:15), Robert P, Rich G (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Lily & Keith C (8:15), S family (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15), Jackie K (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Noralyn D
Tellers – Annie A, Mina
Altar Flowers – given by James T & Sunhee P to the glory of God and in celebration of their wedding anniversary


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God!

Last Sunday, Advent began. A short season filled with great expectation and hope. This Sunday (and next) we will hear about, and from, John the Baptizer. I can’t think of another season of the church year that embodies as much urgency. I hope your life will afford you the opportunity to gather with the people of God for worship this Advent.

As I make my way through my week, I notice more decorations, more sales, more holiday well wishes with each passing day. And for whatever reason, the distinction between religious and secular expressions of the season are very striking to me this year. I find myself picturing the actors of Advent – John, the angel, Mary, Elizabeth, Zechariah – and simply holding them in my heart, wondering at their faithfulness. But more than that, I think it’s nothing short of astounding that these events, and this story still impact our world. Because when you stop to think about it, both the faith-filled and the party-central observances grow out of the same root, the same stem and stump (as the prophet says). And I wonder, how might this awareness become a source of empowerment for the people of God? What do you think?

See you in worship!

Blessings,
Pr Kern


Weekly Devotional

Power Upended

Malachi 3:1-4
Luke 1:68-79
Philippians 1:3-11
Luke 3:1-6

Today’s gospel begins with a list of seven national, regional, and religious rulers. If you want to know power, look no further than these names. And yet, plunked down next to these power brokers is John, a ragamuffin in the wilderness. God chose John as his messenger, dismantling any ideas that we need political or social power in society to be useful to God’s mission.

John may not be a political titan, but his message is authoritative. John commands us to “prepare the way of the Lord” (Luke 3:4), to begin major construction on the systems and structures of our world. Valleys will be filled, mountains will be leveled, and crooked ways will be straightened out. This is no small project that John has in mind!

But before we go rounding up the bulldozers, notice how this upending is going to take place. John doesn’t arrive with heavy equipment, nor with the power of armies or wealth. Instead, God empowers the wilderness wanderer with nothing but the word repent. John arrives with a call to stop looking to the power brokers for our peace but instead to return to God, who can level mountains with a few ordinary folks willing to claim a different kind of power.

This call to return to God is a radical notion inviting us to enter God’s vision for a world ruled not by power over others or by false peace, but by love. It is a call not to overthrow, but to clear the path in our hearts and in our world to receive God, who provides ultimate peace. Returning to God, we see possibility where before we saw hopelessness. Returning to God, we enter a place of desolation—the wilderness—and see that God transforms it into a place of redemption, new life, and abundance. As we prepare to welcome the Christ child, let us answer John’s call to repent, embracing God’s ultimate peace as we fervently pray, “Come, Lord Jesus, come.”

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


Have You Pledged to BIGGER Than A Building! 2 (BTAB! 2) Mission Appeal Yet?

We need everyone’s pledge to meet our goal of $350,000 to finally pay off our mortgage for the new building and refurbishment to Trinity. Please place your pledge card in an envelope with your name on it, and put it in the offering, or mail it to the church. Pledge cards are available from the ushers. Thank you! Together, we can do this!


Community Family Life Services’
Annual Give-a-Gift Program
FINAL DAY – THIS SUNDAY, December 9

The holidays are a time of giving and sharing. This is a wonderful opportunity to share with many children in need and give them a real Christmas. In fact, your gift may be the only one a child receives.
Trinity is collecting new toys, games, books and clothes for children infant through 18 years old for Community Family Life Services. Toys should be new and in their original packaging, but not wrapped. There is a special need for gifts for children 12-18 years. Look for the brick papered box in the Social Hall.

CFLS hosts a free holiday store so parents can choose gifts for their children. If you are interested in assisting, you may contact CFLS: 202-347-0511 (ext. 3200).


Our Handbell Choir Concert
Saturday, December 15

NEW TIME! 1:00 PM

Our 16th annual Christmas concert at Glenview Mansion has been moved this year to the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, due to renovations at the mansion. The theatre and mansion are both part of the Rockville Civic Center grounds at 603 Edmonston Dr, Rockville, MD 20851. There will be much more seating available than in the mansion and we will be playing on stage! Also, plenty of parking is available behind the theatre.

Admission is free.

Santa and some other special characters will be present.

ALL AGES are welcome.

Bring family and friends with you.

Hope to see you there.

Questions? Contact Marilyn C.


Gifts of Hope
Help those in need while you shop for Christmas!

You can purchase a Gift of Hope for a friend or relative while making a contribution to someone who is in need. You will receive a beautiful Christmas card and an explanation of your purchase, while the actual gift will be forwarded to the organization which helps those in need.

Gifts of Hope has recently added two organizations, Lutheran Campus Ministry (LCM) and the Community of St. Dysmas (CSD). LCM helps college students on their faith journeys. CSD is a congregation in the State of Maryland prison system. Visit the Gifts of Hope tables in the Social Hall after the worship services to make your purchases, look at the catalog of 41 gift ideas, or get more information about all 19 organizations.

The last day for purchases is Sunday, December 16.


Coffee Hour Needs YOU

Our coffee hours are a great time for fellowship and greeting visitors and friends, but we need more volunteer coffee hour hosts. Sign up on the sheet on the coffee hour table, or contact Lynn B with questions or to sign up. Thank you.


How Can I Support a Good Mission?
Nominate It for a Trinity Mission Endowment Award!

The Mission Endowment Committee looks to the congregation for recommendations of organizations to receive awards in spring 2019. Each year the Mission Endowment Fund generates income, which is used to enhance the mission outreach of Trinity apart from the operating budget. By sustaining the annual awards, the fund is a gift that keeps on giving!

Mission Endowment Fund awards are made in three categories:

  1. Special (non-budgeted) projects of Trinity Lutheran Church – our congregation
  2. Special ministries in the community
  3. Special benevolence – supporting mission of the church beyond our congregation

Submit nominees to the church office. Nominations are due by January 13, 2019.


Stephen ministries logo

Blue Christmas Service
Friday Evening, December 21

Trinity’s Stephen Ministry program will hold a Blue Christmas Service on the longest night of the year, Friday evening, December 21, at 7:00 pm. While we are told we’re all supposed to be happy at this time of year, it is very common for many to struggle physically, emotionally, and spiritually during the month of December. Sometimes feelings of sadness, loneliness, and grief overwhelm and can negatively impact our ability to cope with everyday stressors.

Please know that you are not alone. In the Blue Christmas service, we will read Bible verses, recite poetry, sing hymns, light candles, pray, and honor our individual and collective losses. Please join us for this special service.


BTAB!

Pledging for Mission

BIGGER Than A Building! 66 families have pledged $479,040 to our 3-year mission appeal. Total amount received for BTAB! is $457,918.12 as of December 2. Have you fulfilled your pledge? Thank you for your generous support.


Mar-Lu-Ridge Summer Camp 2019 “Transformed Community!”

MLR offers residential programming for ages 6-17, as well as Day camp for ages 6-10. The camp is ACA accredited, and the staff is faith-filled and enthusiastic. MLR offers traditional and specialty camps to meet all interests. Open House dates: March 17 & May 19. Join us as we explore what it means to be “Transformed Community!” (Romans 12:2)

Contact Mar-Lu-Ridge with questions: mlr@mar-lu-ridge.org 800.238.9974


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, Central America
our congregation
Trinity Church
. . . the nations
Afghanistan, Haiti, Korea, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Sudan(Darfur), Syria, Ukraine, the United States, and Zimbabwe
. . . the sick and suffering
nursing/rehabilitation center
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
home
Diana B
Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
James T
Chris T
James V
Margo W
family and friends*
Davide C, relative of Len S
Kim D and family, friend of Sunhee P
Marie G, mother of Sarah G
Sixto M, friend of Len & Ani S
Dennis N, brother-in-law of Keith & Lily C
Debra P, sister of Tom K
Natalie S, mother of Dan S
Ruth W, grandmother of Christine B

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for 4 weeks. After 4 weeks, please complete another card. Thank you.

Birthdays
10. Lynn B
11. Thor N
12. Kim B
12. Jessica P
13. Kellen B
15. Ione L
15. Sabrina R
15. Rob S
15. Hudsen S
15. Mike S

Baptismal Days
11. Logan D
12. Matthew C
13. Caila N
13. Carine N
13. Cavin N

Wedding Anniversaries
10. Sunhee P & James T
13. Brooke & Michael C


This Week at Trinity

Sun, Dec 9 (Advent 2)
8:15 am. Holy Communion
9:30 am. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 am. Holy Communion
12:15 pm. MEF Team meeting
6:00 pm. Youth Group (6-12th)

Mon, Dec 10
7:30 pm. Heavenly Handbells (Wor)

Tues, Dec 11
11:15 am. Staff Meeting
7:30 pm. Congregation Council (10)

Thurs, Dec 13
7:00 pm. Special Handbells rehearsal
7:30 pm. Trinity Singers

Sat, Dec 15
Trinitarian newsletter deadline
10:00 am. Pageant Rehearsal
1:00 pm. Handbells Concert (F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre)

Sun, Dec 16 (Advent 3)
8:15 am. Holy Communion
9:30 am. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 am. Holy Communion and Children’s Advent Program
1:45 pm. Bethesda H&R – Choir

Looking Ahead

Dec 21. Blue Christmas Service – 7:00 pm
Dec 24. Christmas Eve services – 6:00 & 8:30 pm

Image credit: Advent Candles By Liesel – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22956105

Sunday, December 2, 2018
First Sunday of Advent

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 am

Sunday School and Adult Forum at 9:30 am
Congregational Meeting 12:00 noon

Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection alert us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and redeem us for your life of justice, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolytes – Matthew B (8:15), Anusha A (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Jerry B (8:15), Miriam M (10:45)
Children’s Church – Margaret F (8:15), Jane R (10:45)
Greeters – Jerry B, Brian A, Stella (8:15), Diana M (10:45)
Lectors – Nancy N (8:15), Hagen S (10:45)
Ushers – Mike J, Ross A (8:15), David C, Henry C (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Kathy T, Marilyn G (8:15), potluck (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15), Jackie K (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Diana B
Tellers – Thor N, Diana M


Weekly Devotional

Waiting with Hope

Jeremiah 33:14-16
Psalm 25:1-10
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Luke 21:25-36

Today we begin the season of Advent, a season of expectation, watching, and waiting for the coming birth of Christ. Waiting is often the last thing we want to do. Waiting requires trust; it requires acknowledging our lack of control; it requires restraint and delayed satisfaction. Waiting is hard. We much prefer certainty, control, and immediacy over the uncertainty and vulnerability of waiting.

In the gospel text for today, Jesus speaks of a time of great uncertainty, when even the celestial bodies will be unmoored from their orbits. He speaks of people waiting in great fearfulness for what these signs might portend—and then he indicates that all the chaos and tumult are actually signs that the kingdom of God is near. What are we to make of such a statement?

When Jesus describes chaos as a sign of God’s reign, it is not because God’s reign brings destruction. Rather, it is a sign because God chooses to be born in the middle of the tumult and uncertainty that is this world. When all seems lost and like our waiting is hopeless, God’s kingdom comes. When our lives seem wildly uncertain and when waiting seems unbearable, our need for a savior will be fulfilled in Christ. As we prayerfully anticipate the birth of Jesus in a world that is unstable and broken, Jesus assures us that we can wait with true hope, not uncertainty and fear. Hope because God’s promises far outlast everything in heaven and on earth. Hope because Jesus’ love encompasses even the biggest storm we may wait through. Hope because God’s reign brings us a completeness that we can anticipate with joy. Hope because the kingdom of God will always be far more surprising than we can imagine.

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


BTAB!

Pledging for Mission

BIGGER Than A Building! 66 families have pledged $479,040 to our 3-year mission appeal. Total amount received for BTAB! is $457,508.12 as of November 25. Have you fulfilled your pledge? Thank you for your generous support.


Have You Pledged to BIGGER Than A Building! 2 (BTAB! 2) Mission Appeal Yet?

We need everyone’s pledge to meet our goal of $350,000 to finally pay off our mortgage for the new building and refurbishment to Trinity. Please place your pledge card in an envelope with your name on it, and put it in the offering, or mail it to the church. Pledge cards are available from the ushers. Thank you! Together, we can do this!


Gifts of Hope
Help those in need while you shop for Christmas!

You can purchase a Gift of Hope for a friend or relative while making a contribution to someone who is in need. You will receive a beautiful Christmas card and an explanation of your purchase, while the actual gift will be forwarded to the organization which helps those in need.

Gifts of Hope has recently added two organizations, Lutheran Campus Ministry (LCM) and the Community of St. Dysmas (CSD). LCM helps college students on their faith journeys. CSD is a congregation in the State of Maryland prison system. Visit the Gifts of Hope tables in the Social Hall after the worship services to make your purchases, look at the catalog of 41 gift ideas, or get more information about all 19 organizations.

The last day for purchases is Sunday, December 16.


Trinity Lunch Bunch

Join us at Normandie Farm Restaurant
Thursday, December 6, 12:30 pm
R.S.V.P. to Steve S by December 4


Community Family Life Services’
Annual Give-a-Gift Program
November 18 – December 9

The holidays are a time of giving and sharing. This is a wonderful opportunity to share with many children in need and give them a real Christmas. In fact, your gift may be the only one a child receives.
Trinity is collecting new toys, games, books and clothes for children infant through 18 years old for Community Family Life Services. Toys should be new and in their original packaging, but not wrapped. There is a special need for gifts for children 12-18 years. Look for the brick papered box in the Social Hall.

CFLS hosts a free holiday store so parents can choose gifts for their children. If you are interested in assisting, you may contact CFLS: 202-347-0511 (ext. 3200).


Our Handbell Choir Concert
Saturday, December 15

NEW TIME! 1:00 PM

Our 16th annual Christmas concert at Glenview Mansion has been moved this year to the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, due to renovations at the mansion. The theatre and mansion are both part of the Rockville Civic Center grounds at 603 Edmonston Dr, Rockville, MD 20851. There will be much more seating available than in the mansion and we will be playing on stage! Also, plenty of parking is available behind the theatre.

Admission is free.

Santa and some other special characters will be present.

ALL AGES are welcome.

Bring family and friends with you.

Hope to see you there.

Questions? Contact Marilyn C.


Stephen ministries logo

Blue Christmas Service
Friday Evening, December 21

Trinity’s Stephen Ministry program will hold a Blue Christmas Service on the longest night of the year, Friday evening, December 21, at 7:00 pm. While we are told we’re all supposed to be happy at this time of year, it is very common for many to struggle physically, emotionally, and spiritually during the month of December. Sometimes feelings of sadness, loneliness, and grief overwhelm and can negatively impact our ability to cope with everyday stressors.

Please know that you are not alone. In the Blue Christmas service, we will read Bible verses, recite poetry, sing hymns, light candles, pray, and honor our individual and collective losses. Please join us for this special service.


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, Central America
our congregation
Trinity Church
. . . the nations
Afghanistan, Haiti, Korea, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Sudan(Darfur), Syria, Ukraine, the United States, and Zimbabwe
. . . the sick and suffering
nursing/rehabilitation center
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
home
Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
Tom M
James T
Chris T
James V
Margo W
family and friends*
Davide C, relative of Len S
Kim D and family, friend of Sunhee P
Marie G, mother of Sarah G
Sixto M, friend of Len & Ani S
Dennis N, brother-in-law of Keith & Lily C

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for 4 weeks. After 4 weeks, please complete another card. Thank you.

Birthdays
Dec 2. Donna S
Dec 5. Leslie S
Dec 7. Linnea A
Dec 8. Deborah D

Death
Hung Manh D + Nov 22, 2018
Father of Kim D, friend of Sunhee P


This Week at Trinity

Sun, Dec 2 (Advent 1)
8:15 am. Holy Communion
9:30 am. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 am. Holy Communion
12:00 pm. Congregational Meeting
(No Confirmation Class)

Mon, Dec 3
7:30 pm. Heavenly Handbells (Wor)

Tues, Dec 4
11:15 am. Staff Meeting
6:30 pm. Stephen Ministry Supervision (10)

Thurs, Dec 6
7:30 pm. Trinity Singers

Sat, Dec 8
9:30 am. Kids’ Morning Out Activity (SH)

Sun, Dec 9 (Advent 2)
8:15 am. Holy Communion
9:30 am. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 am. Holy Communion
6:00 pm. Youth Group (6-12th)

Looking Ahead
Dec 15. Advent Pageant Rehearsal
Dec 15. Handbell Concert (F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre)
Dec 21. Blue Christmas Service

Image credit: Advent Candles By Liesel – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22956105

Happy Thanksgiving!

Now thank we all our God
with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things has done,
in whom his world rejoices;
who from our mothers’ arms
has blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love,
and still is ours today.


Sunday, November 25, 2018
Christ the King Sunday

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 am

Intergenerational Sunday School at 9:30 am

Almighty and ever-living God, you anointed your beloved Son to be priest and sovereign forever. Grant that all the people of the earth, now divided by the power of sin, may be united by the glorious and gentle rule of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolytes – Matthew B (8:15), Anjali A (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Sarah M (8:15), Nathan L (10:45)
Children’s Church – Margaret F (8:15), Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters – Louise G (8:15), Trevor H (10:45)
Lectors – Sarah M (8:15), TBD (10:45)
Ushers – TBD (8:15), TBD (10:45)
Coffee Hour – potluck (8:15), potluck (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Marilyn G (8:15), Carol B (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Dick J
Tellers – Greg & Margaret F


Weekly Devotional

Jesus Chose Us

Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
Psalm 93
Revelation 1:4b-8
John 18:33-37

In today’s gospel, Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, is questioning Jesus. Jesus tells Pilate, “My kingdom is not from here” (John 18:36). Jesus’ kingdom is not from this world, but Jesus submitted to this world in every way. Jesus’ kingdom is not from this world, but Jesus spent his entire life living in its worst conditions. Yet despite the uncertainty and danger with which he lived, Jesus did not speak or act as though he was weak and powerless. What is more, he never hesitated to try the patience of the powerful, despite the fact that doing so would eventually cost him his life. And even when he had crowds of thousands welcoming and praising him, he knew that using the tools of the world to accomplish God’s kingdom would only fail, just as it had for others so many times before.

Jesus’ kingdom is not from this world, and nobody knew that better than Jesus.

And yet we choose him, he who was so utterly different from all of us. Or rather, because Jesus chose us as we are, we listen to his voice (John 18:37). Now a part of both this world—the world as we know it—and Jesus’ kingdom, we have Jesus’ power, light, and love inside us. This power regenerates every cell of our being so that our words and deeds are as much an extension of our own will as they are manifestations of the power of Christ’s true kingdom. With this power, this grace, we too can live within this fallen world with hope and boldness. We are strengthened by the knowledge that we belong to God’s kingdom, that we belong to the truth—to Jesus—and indeed have always belonged there. From this place of belonging, we invite others to listen to Jesus’ voice and follow this king.

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2017 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.


BTAB!

Pledging for Mission

BIGGER Than A Building! 66 families have pledged $479,040 to our 3-year mission appeal. Total amount received for BTAB! is $448,148.12 as of November 18. Have you fulfilled your pledge? Thank you for your generous support.


Thanksgiving Weekend –
Intergenerational Sunday School
Preparing Personal Care Kits for LWR

We have all the supplies!

Thanks to a generous grant from Thrivent Financial, we now have all the supplies needed to prepare 144 personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief (LWR) during the Sunday school hour next Sunday, November 25. We no longer need donations of soap or toothbrushes. We just need hands to assemble the kits that Sunday. We hope you can participate!

Please contact Anita S or Kathy T with questions.


Have You Pledged to BIGGER Than A Building! 2 (BTAB! 2) Mission Appeal Yet?

We need everyone’s pledge to meet our goal of $350,000 to finally pay off our mortgage for the new building and refurbishment to Trinity. Please place your pledge card in an envelope with your name on it, and put it in the offering, or mail it to the church. Pledge cards are available from the ushers if you’ve forgotten the card that was mailed to you. Thank you! Together, we can do this!


Gifts of Hope
Help those in need while you shop for Christmas!

You can purchase a Gift of Hope for a friend or relative while making a contribution to someone who is in need. You will receive a beautiful Christmas card and an explanation of your purchase, while the actual gift will be forwarded to the organization which helps those in need.

Gifts of Hope has recently added two organizations, Lutheran Campus Ministry (LCM) and the Community of St. Dysmas (CSD). LCM helps college students on their faith journeys. CSD is a congregation in the State of Maryland prison system. Visit the Gifts of Hope tables in the Social Hall after the worship services to make your purchases, look at the catalog of 41 gift ideas, or get more information about all 19 organizations.

The last day for purchases is Sunday, December 16.


Community Family Life Services’
Annual Give-a-Gift Program
November 18 – December 9

The holidays are a time of giving and sharing. This is a wonderful opportunity to share with many children in need and give them a real Christmas. In fact, your gift may be the only one a child receives.
Trinity is collecting new toys, games, books and clothes for children infant through 18 years old for Community Family Life Services. Toys should be new and in their original packaging, but not wrapped. There is a special need for gifts for children 12-18 years. Look for the brick papered box in the Social Hall.

CFLS hosts a free holiday store so parents can choose gifts for their children. If you are interested in assisting, you may contact CFLS: 202-347-0511 (ext. 3200).


Trinity Lunch Bunch

Join us at Normandie Farm Restaurant
Thursday, December 6, 12:30 pm
R.S.V.P. to Steve S by December 4


Our Handbell Choir Concert –
New Day and New Place

Saturday, December 15, 1:30 PM

Our 16th annual Christmas concert at Glenview Mansion has been moved this year to the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, due to renovations at the mansion. The theatre and mansion are both part of the Rockville Civic Center grounds at 603 Edmonston Dr, Rockville, MD 20851. There will be a lot more seating available than in the mansion and we will be playing on stage! Also, plenty of parking is available behind the theatre.

Admission is free.

Santa and some other special characters will be present.

ALL AGES are welcome.

Bring family and friends with you.

Hope to see you there.

Questions? Contact Marilyn C.


The Word in Season

The Word in Season devotional booklet for October-December 2018 is available in the tract rack in the Social Hall.


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, Central America
our congregation
Trinity Church
. . . the nations
Afghanistan, Haiti, Korea, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Sudan(Darfur), Syria, Ukraine, the United States, and Zimbabwe
. . . the sick and suffering
nursing/rehabilitation center
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
hospital
Susan K, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
home
Jean B
Tigist G
Tom M
James T
Chris T
Margo W
family and friends*
Bill B, friend of Sabrina R
Davide C, relative of Len S
Marie G, mother of Sarah G
Sixto M, friend of Len & Ani S
Dennis N, brother-in-law of Keith & Lily C

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for 4 weeks. After 4 weeks, please complete another card. Thank you.

Birthdays
Nov 26. Amanda M
Nov 27. Matthew B
Nov 29. Robert P
Nov 29. Angela B
Nov 30. Christine B
Dec 1. Nathaniel C
Dec 1. Katie J

Baptismal Days
Nov 27. Linnea S
Nov 27. Luke W
Nov 27. Sophia W
Nov 28. David K
Nov 29. John B
Nov 30. Diana B

Deaths
Mark W + Nov 11, 2018
Bertil S, friend of S family


This Week at Trinity

Sun, Nov 25 (Christ the King Sunday)
8:15 am. Holy Communion
9:30 am. Intergenerational Sunday School
10:45 am. Holy Communion
(No Confirmation Class)

Mon, Nov 26
9:30 am. Trinitarian mailing
7:30 pm. Heavenly Handbells (Wor)

Tues, Nov 27
11:15 am. Staff Meeting
7:30 pm. Mutual Ministry (11)

Thurs, Nov 29
7:30 pm. Trinity Singers

Sat, Dec 1
9:00 am. Choir Retreat

Sun, Dec 2 (Advent 1)
8:15 am. Holy Communion
9:30 am. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 am. Holy Communion
12:00 pm. Congregational Meeting
(No Confirmation Class)

Looking Ahead
Dec 8. Kids’ Morning Out (SH)
Dec 15. Advent Pageant Rehearsal
Dec 15. Handbell Concert (F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre)
Dec 21. Blue Christmas Service

Sunday, November 18, 2018
Lectionary 33B, 25th Sunday after Pentecost
Commitment Sunday

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 am

Sunday School/Adult Forum at 9:30 am

Almighty God, your sovereign purpose brings salvation to birth. Give us faith to be steadfast amid the tumults of this world, trusting that your kingdom comes and your will is done through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolytes – TBD (8:15), Vincent M (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Carol B (8:15), Nalini A (10:45)
Children’s Church – Anita S (8:15), Jane R (10:45)
Greeters – Nancy J (8:15), Kathy H (10:45)
Lectors – Phil D (8:15), Nathan L (10:45)
Ushers – Thor & Nancy N (8:15), Angela B and Robert P (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Margaret F (8:15), Lynn & Bud B (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Marilyn G (8:15), Carol B (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Dick J
Tellers – Mina and Annie A


Weekly Devotional

Constant Presence

Daniel 12:1-3
Psalm 16
Hebrews 10:11-14 [15-18] 19-25
Mark 13:1-8

Chapter 13 of the Gospel of Mark is not an easy read (read the whole chapter sometime today). In today’s gospel, at the beginning of the chapter, a disciple gushes over the size and grandeur of the temple in Jerusalem. He is impressed and enthusiastic. Jesus, however, openly mocks what the disciple has so praised.

A small group of disciples pleaded with Jesus for more information later that evening, and his message now seemed even bleaker. Jesus spoke about wars, famines, and social unrest that would disrupt everyone and everything. And that temple over which they had been fawning? Jesus knew that the massive stones of this towering monument to the Hebrew faith would be yet another helpless casualty if the Roman Empire got angry enough. He could give them no comfort, only a firm, unyielding truth: life was about to become a nightmare for everyone. If his disciples wished to make it through this time in one piece they needed to continue to remember his words and follow him.

Jesus warns against being led astray. This is what chaos does. This is what fear does. There is hardly a better way for evil to spread than through chaos. There is hardly a feeling more corrosive to all that is good and holy than fear. In the midst of chaos and fear, Jesus filled the disciples, and fills us, with the power of the Spirit. This Spirit-power helps us navigate the dangers and fears we will surely face in life. These threats, these rumors of wars, earthquakes, and famines? They were not just back then. They are now, taking many forms. They are constant, unyielding. But mercifully, Jesus is yet even more constant and unyielding—in ages past right up to this moment. Thanks be to God.

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2017 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.


BTAB!

Pledging for Mission

BIGGER Than A Building! 66 families have pledged $479,040 to our 3-year mission appeal. Total amount received for BTAB! is $448,138.12 as of November 11. Have you fulfilled your pledge? Thank you for your generous support.


Adult Forum This Sunday

The Adult Forum class is studying the epistles of John. This group meets Sundays at 9:30 am in Conference Room 10. David K is the teacher.


This Sunday Is Commitment Sunday

Remember to bring your stewardship pledge cards to church this Sunday, November 18.


Pie Sunday – November 18

Bake a pie, make a pie, buy a pie, but BRING A PIE TO SHARE at coffee hour.

Sweet or savory
Dessert or brunch
Apple, pumpkin, sweet potato, berry, or your own favorite
A quiche, frittata, strata, or your special brunch dish

Contact Lynn B for more info.


Social Ministry Invitation

The Social Ministry Committee invites you to attend its regular meeting this Sunday, November 18, after the late service to learn more about our work and projects. Share your ideas for new ways we can serve our community while enjoying delicious snacks. Please speak with any of our members for more information: Kathy T, Lynn B, Marilyn G, Margaret F, Robyn K, or Susan S. We hope you will join us!


Thanksgiving Weekend –
Intergenerational Sunday School
Preparing Personal Care Kits for LWR

We have all the supplies!

Thanks to a generous grant from Thrivent Financial, we now have all the supplies needed to prepare 144 personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief (LWR) during the Sunday school hour next Sunday, November 25. We no longer need donations of soap or toothbrushes. We just need hands to assemble the kits that Sunday. We hope you can participate!

Please contact Anita S or Kathy T with questions.


Gifts of Hope
Help those in need while you shop for Christmas!

Starting this Sunday, November 18, you can purchase a Gift of Hope for a friend or relative while making a contribution to someone who is in need. You will receive a beautiful Christmas card and an explanation of your purchase, while the actual gift will be forwarded to the organization which helps those in need.

Gifts of Hope has recently added two organizations, Lutheran Campus Ministry (LCM) and the Community of St. Dysmas (CSD). LCM helps college students on their faith journeys. CSD is a congregation in the State of Maryland prison system. Visit the Gifts of Hope tables in the Social Hall after the worship services to make your purchases, look at the catalog of 41 gift ideas, or get more information about all 19 organizations.

The last day for purchases is Sunday, December 16.


Community Family Life Services’
Annual Give-a-Gift Program
November 18 – December 9

The holidays are a time of giving and sharing. This is a wonderful opportunity to share with many children in need and give them a real Christmas. In fact, your gift may be the only one a child receives.
Trinity is collecting new toys, games, books and clothes for children infant through 18 years old for Community Family Life Services. Toys should be new and in their original packaging, but not wrapped. There is a special need for gifts for children 12-18 years. Look for the brick papered box in the Social Hall.

CFLS hosts a free holiday store so parents can choose gifts for their children. If you are interested in assisting, you may contact CFLS: 202-347-0511 (ext. 3200).


Trinity Lunch Bunch

Join us at Normandie Farm Restaurant
Thursday, December 6, 12:30 pm
R.S.V.P. to Steve S by December 4


Our Handbell Choir Concert –
New Day and New Place

Saturday, December 15, 1:30 PM

Our 16th annual Christmas concert at Glenview Mansion has been moved this year to the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, due to renovations at the mansion. The theatre and mansion are both part of the Rockville Civic Center grounds at 603 Edmonston Dr, Rockville, MD 20851. There will be a lot more seating available than in the mansion and we will be playing on stage! Also, plenty of parking is available behind the theatre.

Admission is free.

Santa and some other special characters will be present.

ALL AGES are welcome.

Bring family and friends with you.

Hope to see you there.

Questions? Contact Marilyn C.


The Word in Season

The Word in Season devotional booklet for October-December 2018 is available in the tract rack in the Social Hall.


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, Central America
our congregation
Trinity Church
. . . the nations
Afghanistan, Haiti, Korea, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Sudan(Darfur), Syria, Ukraine, the United States, and Zimbabwe
. . . the sick and suffering
nursing/rehabilitation center
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
hospital
Susan K, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
home
Jean B
Tigist G
Tom M
James T
Chris T
Margo W
family and friends*
Bill B, friend of Sabrina R
Annie F, friend of Brooke C
Marie G, mother of Sarah G
Kathy G, friend of Margaret F
Howard M, friend of Margaret & Greg F
Debra P, sister of Thomas K

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for 4 weeks. After 4 weeks, please complete another card. Thank you.

Birthdays
19. Atticus D
19. Logan D
22. Jim K
24. Roger B
24. Rebecca P

Baptismal Days
20. Salama N
23. Sarah G
24. Laura S
24. Mary W


This Week at Trinity

Sun, Nov 18 Lectionary 33 (Pentecost 26)
Commitment Sunday
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum
10:45 am – Holy Communion
12:15 pm – Social Ministry Team
1:45 pm – Bethesda H&R – Stewardship
5:00 pm – Confirmation Class (11)
6:00 pm – Youth Group (6-12th)

Mon, Nov 19
7:30 pm – Heavenly Handbells (Wor)

Tues, Nov 20
11:15 am – Staff Meeting
6:30 pm – Stephen Ministry Supervision (10)

Thurs, Nov 22 Thanksgiving Day
Church office closed

Sun, Nov 25 Christ the King Sunday
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Intergenerational Sunday School
10:45 am – Holy Communion
(No Confirmation Class)

Looking Ahead

Nov 30. Chrysalis (through Dec 2)
Dec 8. Kids’ Morning Out
Dec 8. Choir Retreat
Dec 15. Advent Pageant Rehearsal
Dec 15. Handbell Concert
Dec 21. Blue Christmas Service

Sunday, November 11, 2018
Lectionary 32B, 25th Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 am

Sunday School/Adult Forum at 9:30 am

O God, you show forth your almighty power chiefly by reaching out to us in mercy. Grant us the fullness of your grace, strengthen our trust in your promises, and bring all the world to share in the treasures that come through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolytes – Matthew B (8:15), Anusha A (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Nancy N (8:15), Sabrina R (10:45)
Children’s Church – TBD (8:15), David C (10:45)
Greeters – Phil & Noralyn D (8:15), Hagen & Kristina S (10:45)
Lectors – Keith C (8:15), Sabrina R (10:45)
Ushers – TBD (8:15), TBD (10:45)
Coffee Hour – BIll & Diana B (8:15), Susan & Kevin D (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Marilyn G (8:15), Kathy H (10:45)
Tellers – Lynn & Bud Booth


Weekly Devotional

Why This Widow?

1 Kings 17:8-16
Psalm 146
Hebrews 9:24-28
Mark 12:38-44

Being exhorted to give money to religious institutions—especially large religious ones—is an experience shared by many faithful people. And yes, those with means are often reasonably tasked with the responsibility for making sure salaries are paid, building repairs are made, and a community has what it needs. But it is upsetting to think how the message of Give! Give! Give! would have affected someone like the widow in today’s gospel story. It just feels wrong. Her gift of two copper coins is striking for its testimony to both her devotion and her material desperation.

Jesus doesn’t glorify this widow’s poverty, and neither should we. But in praising her material sacrifice, Jesus shows us that the best teachers and exemplars of the faith are often people such as she, who give themselves fully to God despite crushing hardship. For having no choice but to utterly depend upon the Lord our God, the “least of these” may dwell in the wisdom of the cross in a way that those who are materially comfortable perhaps cannot.

Of course, even those who can write large checks to church capital campaigns know suffering and helplessness in the face of circumstances beyond their individual control. Serious illness, untimely deaths, accidents, betrayals, and random events all happen indiscriminately in this life. For followers of Jesus, confidence, power, and joy in spite of hardship comes from a deep dependence upon God that seeps into and permeates their lives. Be encouraged and strengthened by this widow’s example today. Even more, be encouraged and strengthened by Jesus’ compassion and love for her and for you.

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2017 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.


BTAB!

Pledging for Mission

BIGGER Than A Building! 66 families have pledged $479,040 to our 3-year mission appeal. Total amount received for BTAB! is $447,885.12 as of November 4. Have you fulfilled your pledge? Thank you for your generous support.


Adult Forum This Sunday

The Adult Forum class is studying the epistles of John. This group meets Sundays at 9:30 am in Conference Room 10. David K and Mary B are the teachers.


Thanksgiving Weekend
Intergenerational Sunday School
Preparing Personal Care Kits for LWR

On November 25 during the Sunday School hour, Trinity members will prepare personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief (LWR). LWR delivers the kits to people around the world who have lost everything from a natural disaster or life-threatening violence or who are struggling with the long-term effects of poverty.

Each kit contains 1 bath towel, 2 bars of soap, 1 toothbrush, 1 comb, and 1 nail clipper. Trinity will purchase the towels, combs and nail clippers. We ask members to bring in the following donations to make 144 kits:

  • 288 bars of soap (bath size)
  • 144 adult toothbrushes in individual pkgs

It costs LWR $2.65 to send one personal care kit to a person in need. By covering shipping costs, we can strengthen our support of LWR in helping to ship over 150,000 kits each year. If you would like to help cover shipping costs, or help to pay for the towels, combs, and nail clippers, please make a check out to Trinity with “Personal Care Kits” in the memo line.

Please contact Anita S or Kathy T with questions.


Social Ministry Invitation

The Social Ministry Committee invites you to attend its regular meeting on Sunday, November 18, after the late service to learn more about our work and projects. Share your ideas for new ways we can serve our community while enjoying delicious snacks. Please speak with any of our members for more information: Kathy T, Lynn B, Marilyn G, Margaret F, Robyn K, or Susan S. We hope you will join us!


Gifts of Hope
Help those in need while you shop for Christmas!

Starting Nov 18 you can purchase a Gift of Hope for a friend or relative while making a contribution to someone who is in need. You will receive a beautiful Christmas card and an explanation of your purchase, while the actual gift will be forwarded to the organization which helps those in need.

Gifts of Hope has recently added two organizations, Lutheran Campus Ministry (LCM) and the Community of St. Dysmas (CSD). LCM helps college students on their faith journeys. CSD is a congregation in the State of Maryland prison system. Visit the Gifts of Hope tables in the Social Hall after the worship services to make your purchases, look at the catalog of 41 gift ideas, or get more information about all 19 organizations.

The last day for purchases is Sunday, Dec 16.


Pie Sunday – November 18

Bake a pie, make a pie, buy a pie, but BRING A PIE TO SHARE at coffee hour.

Sweet or savory
Dessert or brunch
Apple, pumpkin, sweet potato, berry, or your own favorite
A quiche, frittata, strata, or your special brunch dish

Contact Lynn B for more info.


Men’s Group

The Men’s Group will meet at Mike J’s home on Wednesday, November 14, at 1:00 pm.
Contact Mike J for more information.


Trinity Lunch Bunch

Join us at Normandie Farm Restaurant
Thursday, December 6, 12:30 pm

R.S.V.P. to Steve S by December 4


The Word in Season

The Word in Season devotional booklet for October-December 2018 is available in the tract rack in the Social Hall.


The Village at Rockville Fall Festival

Saturday, November 10 – 9:30 am to 2 pm

Some of the offerings include the Gift Shop, Jewelry, Books, Plants, Stamps, Silent Auction, Grandma’s Attic, Christmas Décor, and a Bake Sale.

Lunch | 11 am – 1:30 pm
Independent Living Tours | 11 am, Noon & 1 pm
Chorus and Chimes Resident Concert | 2 pm

THE VILLAGE AT ROCKVILLE
A NATIONAL LUTHERAN COMMUNITY
9701 VEIRS DRIVE, ROCKVILLE, MD 20850

All proceeds benefit the residents.
Cash or Checks only event.


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, Central America
our congregation
Trinity Church
. . . the nations
Afghanistan, Haiti, Korea, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Sudan(Darfur), Syria, Ukraine, the United States, and Zimbabwe
. . . the sick and suffering
nursing/rehabilitation center
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
hospital
Susan K, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
home
Jean B
Tigist G
Tom M
James T
Chris T
Margo W
family and friends*
Bill B, friend of Sabrina R
Carol B, former member
Annie F, friend of Brooke C
Kathy G, friend of Margaret F
Betty J, friend of Diana & Bill B
Howard M, friend of Margaret & Greg F
Debra P, sister of Thomas K
Gregg S, brother of Anita S
Isabella S, friend of Rebecca P

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for 4 weeks. After 4 weeks, please complete another card. Thank you.

Birthdays
11. Brian S
14. Yulie N
15. Sarah B
16. Catya B
16. Mary Louise D
16. Mark J
16. Togi S
16. Marjorie W

Baptismal Days
16. Leslie S
16. Lisa S

Anniversaries
13. Ginger H & Paul S
15. Donna & Steve S


This Week at Trinity

Sun, Nov 11 (Lectionary 32, Pentecost 25)
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum
10:45 am – Holy Communion
12:15 pm – Worship & Music Team (11)
12:15 pm – Youth Team meeting
5:00 pm – Confirmation Class (11)

Mon, Nov 12
7:30 pm – Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues, Nov 13
11:15 am – Staff Meeting
7:30 pm – Congregation Council (10)
Wed, Nov 14
1:00 pm – Men’s Group (off-site)
Thurs, Nov 15
9:00 am – Trinitarian Deadline
Sat, Nov 17
10:00 am – Pageant Meeting

Sun, Nov 18 Lectionary 33 (Pentecost 26)
Commitment Sunday
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum
10:45 am – Holy Communion
12:15 pm – Social Ministry Team
1:45 pm – Bethesda H&R – Stewardship
5:00 pm – Confirmation Class (11)
6:00 pm – Youth Group (6-12th)

Looking Ahead

Nov 22 – Thanksgiving Day (office closed)
Nov 25 – Intergenerational Sunday School
Nov 30 – Chrysalis (through Dec 2)

Sunday November 4, 2018
All Saints Sunday

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 am

Sunday School/Adult Forum at 9:30 am

Almighty God, you have knit your people together in one communion in the mystical body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Grant us grace to follow your blessed saints in lives of faith and commitment, and to know the inexpressible joys you have prepared for those who love you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Fall Back!
Daylight Saving Time Ends!

Remember to set your clocks back one hour before bed on Saturday night, November 3.


Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolytes – TBD (8:15), Anjali A (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – John B (8:15), Jim K (10:45)
Children’s Church – Anita S (8:15, 10:45)
Greeters – Diana B (8:15), Peggy J (10:45)
Lectors – Jerry B (8:15), Nathan L (10:45)
Ushers – TBD
Coffee Hour – Nancy Jacobson (8:15), TBD (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Marilyn G, Kathy H
Tellers – Dick & Peggy J


Weekly Devotional

Resurrection and Life

Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm 24
Revelation 21:1-6a
John 11:32-44

Tears are plenteous. Children from one ocean to another cry out for bread and clean water, for health and warmth. Young people cry out powerful concern for the future. One generation to another weeps over loved ones lost, over loneliness, over reconciliation gone awry.

Jesus wept too. Standing outside the tomb of his friend Lazarus, he wept (John 11:35). Jesus’ tears might seem oddly placed. Lazarus’s sisters, Martha and Mary, had called for Jesus as their brother fought illness. The sisters expected Jesus to come, and come quickly—after all, Lazarus was one Jesus “loved” (John 11:3). But Jesus waited. Jesus stayed back, telling his disciples Lazarus had simply “fallen asleep.” Only at the appropriate time would he go to wake up Lazarus.

When Jesus does arrive it is four long days after Lazarus has died. Mary and Martha are still overcome with grief. Still in no hurry to make his way to the grave, Jesus stops to hear Martha give words to her pain: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died” (John 11:21). He stops to hear Mary cry the same words. Then—and only then—does he make his way to Lazarus’s tomb.

Why does Jesus cry, after waiting all that time to go to the grave? Why does he cry, when he must have known, like Martha and Mary, that he could have done something about it?

He cries because all causes of human pain—separation, death, suffering—are surely to be wept over. Even in the midst of the presence of God, sorrow is real. It hurts. But against all pain, God’s promises have final victory for us, for all who experience pain and death. “I am,” Jesus says, “the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). Today, on All Saints Sunday, we celebrate the astounding promise of resurrection. Jesus lives, and we live because of him.

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2017 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.


BTAB!

Pledging for Mission

BIGGER Than A Building! 66 families have pledged $479,040 to our 3-year mission appeal. Total amount received for BTAB! is $444,268.07 as of October 28. Have you fulfilled your pledge? Thank you for your generous support.


Third Quarter Financial Statements are available in the Social Hall.


Greetings from Interim Pastor Eugene Kern

Dear Trinity Members and Friends,

Now that change has come to your community a significant transition has begun. While this is a new place (probably) for you, this is a territory I know well. I find that working with a congregation as they transition from one chapter of their life together to another is a deeply spiritual, energizing, and joyous work. Thank you for allowing me to walk with you in this tender time. A little bit about me: I like to work hard, and laugh often; babies make me smile, and kindness warms my heart; and while it shouldn’t surprise me, the visible grace of God in life still takes my breath away. The prophet Isaiah talks about how God likes to do new things. Let’s work together to discern what God might be up to in the Trinity community!

Blessings, Pastor Kern


Thank You from Pastor Berner

Trinity! Thank you for your love, encouragement, and support. Your faithfulness to the Gospel of Christ’s love and mercy has inspired me every step of this Camino (the Way of eternal life) we have shared for 28 years!
Shortly before I was to be ordained, I commissioned the art professor at Concordia College, St Paul, MN, to make a Communion set (2 cups, 2 bread plates, a bread “box”, and a wine pitcher) as an ordination gift for my home congregation. Because that congregation would only use their silver Communion set, they returned it to me. I shared it with St John Mark in Homestead, PA, and with Trinity. I leave it with you now, and hope it will be a reminder that God’s infinite love comes to us in earthen vessels, and as earthen vessels.

We have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. – 2 Corinthians 4:7


Adult Forum This Sunday

The Adult Forum class is studying the epistles of John. This group meets Sundays at 9:30 am in Conference Room 10. David K and Mary B are the teachers.


Thanksgiving Weekend
Intergenerational Sunday School
Preparing Personal Care Kits for LWR

On 25. November during the Sunday School hour, Trinity members will prepare personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief (LWR). LWR delivers the kits to people around the world who have lost everything from a natural disaster or life-threatening violence or who are struggling with the long-term effects of poverty.

Each kit contains 1 bath towel, 2 bars of soap, 1 toothbrush, 1 comb, and 1 nail clipper. Trinity will purchase the towels, combs and nail clippers. We ask members to bring in the following donations to make 144 kits:

  • 288 bars of soap (bath size)
  • 144 adult toothbrushes in individual pkgs

It costs LWR $2.65 to send one personal care kit to a person in need. By covering shipping costs, we can strengthen our support of LWR in helping to ship over 150,000 kits each year. If you would like to help cover shipping costs, or help to pay for the towels, combs, and nail clippers, please make a check out to Trinity with “Personal Care Kits” in the memo line.

Please contact Anita S or Kathy T with questions.


Social Ministry Invitation

The Social Ministry Committee invites you to attend its regular meeting on Sunday 18. November after the late service to learn more about our work and projects. Share your ideas for new ways we can serve our community while enjoying delicious snacks. Please speak with any of our members for more information: Kathy T, Lynn B, Marilyn G, Margaret F, Robyn K, or Susan S. We hope you will join us!


The Word in Season

The Word in Season devotional booklet for October-December 2018 is available in the tract rack in the Social Hall.


The Village at Rockville Fall Festival

Saturday, November 10 – 9:30 am to 2 pm

Some of the offerings include the Gift Shop, Jewelry, Books, Plants, Stamps, Silent Auction, Grandma’s Attic, Christmas Décor, and a Bake Sale.

Lunch | 11 am – 1:30 pm
Independent Living Tours | 11 am, Noon & 1 pm
Chorus and Chimes Resident Concert | 2 pm

THE VILLAGE AT ROCKVILLE
A NATIONAL LUTHERAN COMMUNITY
9701 VEIRS DRIVE, ROCKVILLE, MD 20850

All proceeds benefit the residents.
Cash or Checks only event.


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, Central America
our congregation
Trinity Church
. . . the nations
Afghanistan, Haiti, Korea, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Sudan(Darfur), Syria, Ukraine, the United States, and Zimbabwe
. . . the sick and suffering
nursing/rehabilitation center
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
hospital
Susan K, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
home
Jean B
Tigist G
Tom M
James T
Chris T
Margo W
family and friends*
Bill B, friend of Sabrina R
Carol B, former member
Svati D, friend of Vimala P
Annie F, friend of Brooke C
Kathy G, friend of Margaret F
Betty J, friend of Diana & Bill B
Rob M, son-in-law of Marilyn & Robert C
Howard M, friend of Margaret & Greg F
Thomas M, father of Tom M
Debra P, sister of Thomas K
Gregg S, brother of Anita S
Isabella S, friend of Rebecca P

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for 4 weeks. After 4 weeks, please complete another card. Thank you.

Birthdays
8. David M
9. Susan D
9. Lisa S
10. Barbara B

Baptismal Days
6. Brian S
8. Jim J
9. Nicholas C
10. Barbara B


This Week at Trinity

Next Sunday, November 4
All Saints Sunday with Commemoration of the Faithful Dead
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 am – Holy Communion
12:15 pm – Christian Education Team
12:15 pm – Property Team
Mon, Nov 5
7:30 pm – Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues, Nov 6
11:15 am – Staff Meeting
6:30 pm – Stephen Min Supervision (10)
7:30 pm – Stewardship Team (Lib)
Wed, Nov 7
7:00 pm – Finance Team (11)
Thurs, Nov 8
7:30 pm – Trinity Singers (MR)
Sun, Nov 11 (Lectionary 32, Pentecost 25)
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum
10:45 am – Holy Communion
12:15 pm – Worship & Music Team (11)
12:15 pm – Youth Team meeting
5:00 pm – Confirmation Class (11)

Looking Ahead

Nov 6 – Stewardship Team, 7:30 pm
Nov 7 – Finance Team, 7:00 pm
Nov 18 – Commitment Sunday and Pie Sunday
Nov 22 – Thanksgiving Day (office closed)
Nov 25 – Intergenerational Sunday School
Nov 30 – Chrysalis (through Dec 2)

Sunday 28. October 2018
Reformation Sunday

Holy Communion at 10:45 am (one service only)

Sunday School/Adult Forum at 9:30 am

Almighty God, gracious Lord, we thank you that your Holy Spirit renews the church in every age. Pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in your word, protect and comfort them in times of trial, defend them against all enemies of the gospel, and bestow on the church your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolyte – Vincent M
Assisting Minister – Nicholas C
Crucifer – Anders S
Greeters – Donna & Steve S, Pam B
Lectors – Susan S
Ushers – Patricia S, Rich G, Bill & Diana B
Coffee – Lynn B
Altar Custodians – Carol B, Kathy H
Tellers – Margaret & Greg F
Organist – David S
Trinity Singers – Mary B, Director
Heavenly Handbells – Marilyn C, Director
Trombone – Jim K
Trumpet – Timothy P
Timpani – James T


Weekly Devotional

Set Free

Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 46
Romans 3:19-28
John 8:31-36

We live in a time when we can look up facts and search for information with one finger. But finding “the truth”? That is more difficult. In today’s gospel Jesus offers us the truth of himself. And as we observe the 501st anniversary of the Reformation, we continue to affirm and live out this truth: we have been saved by grace through faith alone, apart from our works. We have been freed from death’s grip on us.

Truth and freedom are two great Reformation themes. It can be tempting to look on the past with a nostalgia that clouds the truth. We may respond to Jesus like the Israelites, denying the ugly parts of our past in the same way they deny their enslavement (John 8:33). However, we too have been set free from the bondage of sin through the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

If we have been made free, what has God freed us to do, to be? Have we been freed to cling to our past or to live only for ourselves? To be unkind, apathetic, or compassionless? Has God freed us to ignore the poor, the homeless, the immigrant, the refugee, the marginalized?

No. We have been freed from sin so that we might serve and glorify God. We have been freed to live lives that share the good news of Jesus Christ, who became truly human out of love for creation. Beloveds, we have been freed from death so that we can truly live. That is who we are as children of the Reformation; but more important, that is who we are as children of God.

We are free; that’s the truth. Now let us live!

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2017 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.


BTAB!

Pledging for Mission

BIGGER Than A Building! 66 families have pledged $479,040 to our 3-year mission appeal. Total amount received for BTAB! is $443,485.07 as of 21. October. Have you fulfilled your pledge? Thank you for your generous support.


Third Quarter Financial Statements are available in the Social Hall.


Adult Forum This Sunday

The Adult Forum class is studying the epistles of John. This group meets Sundays at 9:30 am in Conference Room 10. David K and Mary B are the teachers.


LSS Coat Drive

Throughout October, Trinity will collect new and gently used coats and other outerwear for refugees in the DC area. Outerwear is needed for all ages and genders, and in all sizes; donations should be clean and in good repair.

Items accepted:

  • Coats
  • Fleeces
  • Winter Hats
  • Gloves
  • Mittens
  • Warm Scarves

Please contact Kathy T with questions.


All Saints’ Memorial Display

Honor the saints who shared the Christian faith with you!

Please bring a photo on Reformation Sunday 28. October of those who have died in the faith – family members or friends. These will be placed near the altar during our worship on All Saints’ Sunday, 4. November, and then on a display table in the Social Hall for the remaining Sundays of November.

You also may provide the names and dates of those departed loved ones you would like remembered at the All Saints’ Sunday Holy Eucharist. Please provide these to the church office by Sunday 28. October.

Thank you.


Thanksgiving Weekend
Intergenerational Sunday School
Preparing Personal Care Kits for LWR

On 25. November during the Sunday School hour, Trinity members will prepare personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief (LWR). LWR delivers the kits to people around the world who have lost everything from a natural disaster or life-threatening violence or who are struggling with the long-term effects of poverty.

Each kit contains 1 bath towel, 2 bars of soap, 1 toothbrush, 1 comb, and 1 nail clipper. Trinity will purchase the towels, combs and nail clippers. We ask members to bring in the following donations to make 144 kits:

  • 288 bars of soap (bath size)
  • 144 adult toothbrushes in individual pkgs

It costs LWR $2.65 to send one personal care kit to a person in need. By covering shipping costs, we can strengthen our support of LWR in helping to ship over 150,000 kits each year. If you would like to help cover shipping costs, or help to pay for the towels, combs, and nail clippers, please make a check out to Trinity with “Personal Care Kits” in the memo line.

Please contact Anita S or Kathy T with questions.


Social Ministry Invitation

The Social Ministry Committee invites you to attend its regular meeting on Sunday 18. November after the late service to learn more about our work and projects. Share your ideas for new ways we can serve our community while enjoying delicious snacks. Please speak with any of our members for more information: Kathy T, Lynn B, Marilyn G, Margaret F, Robyn K, or Susan S. We hope you will join us!


The Lunch Bunch Is Back!

Join us at Normandie Farm in Potomac on Thursday 6. December, 12:30 pm.


The Word in Season

The Word in Season devotional booklet for October-December 2018 is available in the tract rack in the Social Hall.


The Village at Rockville Fall Festival

Saturday 10. November – 9:30 am to 2 pm

Some of the offerings include the Gift Shop, Jewelry, Books, Plants, Stamps, Silent Auction, Grandma’s Attic, Christmas Décor, and a Bake Sale.

Lunch | 11 am – 1:30 pm
Independent Living Tours | 11 am, Noon & 1 pm
Chorus and Chimes Resident Concert | 2 pm

THE VILLAGE AT ROCKVILLE
A NATIONAL LUTHERAN COMMUNITY
9701 VEIRS DRIVE, ROCKVILLE, MD 20850

All proceeds benefit the residents.
Cash or Checks only event.


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, Central America
our congregation
Trinity Church
. . . the nations
Afghanistan, Haiti, Korea, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Sudan(Darfur), Syria, Ukraine, the United States, and Zimbabwe
. . . the sick and suffering
nursing/rehabilitation center
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
hospital
Susan K, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
home
Jean B
Tigist G
Tom M
James T
Chris T
Margo W
family and friends*
Carol B, former member
Svati D, friend of Vimala P
Annie F, friend of Brooke C
Kathy G, friend of Margaret F
Betty J, friend of Diana & Bill B
Rob M, son-in-law of Marilyn & Robert C
Howard M, friend of Margaret & Greg F
Thomas M, father of Tom M
Debra P, sister of Thomas K
Gregg S, brother of Anita S
Isabella S, friend of Rebecca P

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for 4 weeks. After 4 weeks, please complete another card. Thank you.

Birth
William Ashley V
17. October
son of Robyn K

Birthdays
30 Oct – Ruth S
31 Oct – Robert D
1 Nov – Juliana C
3 Nov – Tom M

Baptismal Days
30 Oct – Mary Ellen D
1 Nov – Andy B
3 Nov – Stella B

Anniversary
3 Nov – Lisa S & Michael V


This Week at Trinity

Sunday 28. October – Reformation Sunday 501st Anniversary
LSS Coat Drive
9:30 am – Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 am – Festival Holy Communion

Mon 29. October
7:30 pm – Heavenly Handbells
Tues 30. October
11:15 am – Staff Meeting
Wed 31. October
7:30 pm – Mission Endowment
Thurs 1. Nov
7:30 pm – Trinity Singers
Sat 3. November
Time TBA – Jr. Youth Group
Fall Back! Daylight Saving Ends.
Set clocks back one hour Saturday night.

Next Sunday 4. November
All Saints Sunday with Commemoration of the Faithful Dead
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 am – Holy Communion
12:15 pm – Christian Education Team
12:15 pm – Property Team

Looking Ahead

6. Nov – Stewardship Team, 7:30 pm
7. Nov – Finance Team, 7:00 pm
18. Nov – Commitment Sunday and Pie Sunday

Sunday 21. October 2018
22nd after Pentecost, Lectionary 29B

Holy Communion at 8:15 am and 10:45 am

Sunday School/Adult Forum/Adult Inquiry at 9:30 am

Sovereign God, you turn your greatness into goodness for all the peoples on earth. Shape us into willing servants of your kingdom, and make us desire always and only your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); Anusha A (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Bill B (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Children’s Church: Anita S (8:15); Anita S (10:45)
Greeters: Dan & Rob S (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Lectors: Nancy N (8:15); Jim K (10:45)
Ushers: Steve & Donna S (8:15); Dick & Peggy J (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Lily & Keith C (8:15); Lynn & Bud B (10:45)
Altar Custodian: Carol B (8:15); Kathy H (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly: Dick J
Tellers: Thor N, Diana M
Organist: Marc D
Choir Director: Mary B


Weekly Devotional

Choosing to Serve

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

In the moments before today’s gospel reading continues the narrative, Jesus has just told his disciples, for the third time and in some detail, that he will be handed over to the religious leaders and the Roman authorities, and that he will be put to death (Mark 10:32-34).

Shortly thereafter, James and John decided it was the perfect time to ask Jesus for a reward. Did Jesus sigh when he saw them approach, wondering what these Sons of Thunder were up to now? In response to their bold request he doesn’t tell them “no,” but instead asks something of them. Do they really believe they can follow him on the path he has chosen, to live—and die—like him?

The brothers were confident they could. As astounding as their response may sound to us, are we really any different? Just as small children asserting their autonomy insist, “Lemme do it! I can do it,” how often do we too take an I-can-do-it-all-without-your-help approach to our lives? God shows us that we absolutely cannot do everything on our own. Yet God does not just step in and take over. God fully respects our free will, regardless of how wise or unwise our choices might be.

Jesus shows the disciples that his way, God’s way, doesn’t look like other ways. As followers of Jesus our work is not to seek positions of power and prestige. God is above everything and everyone. Instead, the greatest ones are those who serve. Being a servant, putting others first, is how someone becomes great. Jesus came to serve, not to be served.

Jesus demonstrates the way of Christian living and honors us with the hope that we will follow his example. That we too will choose to serve rather than be served, and in doing so, glorify God.

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2017 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.


BTAB!

Pledging for Mission

BIGGER Than A Building! 66 families have pledged $479,040 to our 3-year mission appeal. Total amount received for BTAB! is $443,010.07 as of 14. October. Have you fulfilled your pledge? Thank you for your generous support.


Third Quarter Financial Statements are available in the Social Hall.


Adult Forum This Sunday

The Adult Forum class is studying the epistles of John. This group meets Sundays at 9:30 am in Conference Room 10. David K and Mary B are the teachers.


LSS Coat Drive

Throughout October, Trinity will collect new and gently used coats and other outerwear for refugees in the DC area. Outerwear is needed for all ages and genders, and in all sizes; donations should be clean and in good repair.

Items accepted:

  • Coats
  • Fleeces
  • Winter Hats
  • Gloves
  • Mittens
  • Warm Scarves

Please contact Kathy T with questions.


Celebrating 28 Years of Ministry with Pastor Berner
Reformation Sunday 28. October

9:30 am – Sunday School
10:45 am – Holy Communion (one service only)
12:30 pm – Luncheon at St. Mark Presbyterian Church Social Hall (MAP)

  • Reservations required for luncheon
  • Childcare provided

All Saints’ Memorial Display

Honor the saints who shared the Christian faith with you!

Please bring a photo on Reformation Sunday 28. October of those who have died in the faith – family members or friends. These will be placed near the altar during our worship on All Saints’ Sunday, 4. November, and then on a display table in the Social Hall for the remaining Sundays of November.

You also may provide the names and dates of those departed loved ones you would like remembered at the All Saints’ Sunday Holy Eucharist. Please provide these to the church office by Sunday 28. October.

Thank you.


Thanksgiving Weekend
Intergenerational Sunday School
Preparing Personal Care Kits for LWR

On 25. November during the Sunday School hour, Trinity members will prepare personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief (LWR). LWR delivers the kits to people around the world who have lost everything from a natural disaster or life-threatening violence or who are struggling with the long-term effects of poverty.

Each kit contains 1 bath towel, 2 bars of soap, 1 toothbrush, 1 comb, and 1 nail clipper. Trinity will purchase the towels, combs and nail clippers. We ask members to bring in the following donations to make 100 kits:

  • 288 bars of soap (bath size)
  • 144 adult toothbrushes in individual pkgs

It costs LWR $2.65 to send one personal care kit to a person in need. By covering shipping costs, we can strengthen our support of LWR in helping to ship over 150,000 kits each year. If you would like to help cover shipping costs, or help to pay for the towels, combs, and nail clippers, please make a check out to Trinity with “Personal Care Kits” in the memo line.

Please contact Anita S or Kathy T with questions.


Social Ministry Invitation

The Social Ministry Committee invites you to attend its regular meeting on Sunday 18. November after the late service to learn more about our work and projects. Share your ideas for new ways we can serve our community while enjoying delicious snacks. Please speak with any of our members for more information: Kathy T, Lynn B, Marilyn G, Margaret F, Robyn K, or Susan S. We hope you will join us!


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, and those to be baptized: Peter S, Martha R, and Paula S

. . . the nations
Afghanistan, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Korea, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe

. . . the sick and suffering

hospital
Robyn K, Holy Cross Hospital
Tom M, Georgetown University Hospital

nursing/rehabilitation center
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville

home
Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
Chris T
Margo W

family and friends*
Carol B, former member
Svati D, friend of Vimala P
Betty J, friend of Diana & Bill B
Rob M, son-in-law of Marilyn & Robert C
Thomas M, father of Tom M
Greg S, brother of Anita S
Isabella S, friend of Rebecca P

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

Birthdays
21. David F, Don P
22. Joyce D
24. Marilyn C, Kathy T
25. Ani SG
26. Matt A, Jane F
27. Torsten D

Baptismal Days
21. Rebecca P
22. Gregory M
23. Theodore R, Frederic S
24. Caden M
25. James F, Steven F

Marriage

Selena M & Kevin M
30. September 2018

Birth
William Ashley V
17. October
son of Robyn K


This Week at Trinity

Sun 21. Oct (Pentecost 22 / Lect 29)
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum / Adult Inquiry
10:45 am – Holy Communion w/ reception of New Members
12:00 pm – New Members Welcome Lunch
12:15 pm – Get the Word Out Team (1)
12:15 pm – Trinity Singers (9)
1:45 pm – Bethesda H&R – GTWO
5:00 pm – Confirmation Class (11)

Mon 22. Oct
7:30 pm Heavenly Handbells (Wor)

Tues 23. Oct
11:15 am – Staff Meeting (11)

Sun 28. Oct – Reformation Sunday
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum
10:45 am – Holy Communion (one service)
12:15 pm – Pr Berner Retirement Farewell Luncheon at St. Mark Presb.

  • Reservations required for luncheon
  • Childcare provided

Looking Ahead

3. Nov – Jr. Youth Group
4. Nov – All Saints’ Sunday
4. Nov – High School Youth Group
11. Nov – Commitment Sunday

Sunday 14. October 2018
21st after Pentecost, Lectionary 28B

Holy Communion at 8:15 am and 10:45 am

Sunday School/Adult Forum/Adult Inquiry at 9:30 am

Almighty and ever-living God, increase in us your gift of faith, that, forsaking what lies behind and reaching out to what lies ahead, we may follow the way of your commandments and receive the crown of everlasting joy, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolytes: TBD (8:15); Linnea S (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Jerry B (8:15); Leslie C (10:45)
Children’s Church: Margaret F (8:15); Jane R (10:45)
Greeters: Keith & Lily C (8:15); Diana M (10:45)
Lectors: Sarah M (8:15); Sarah G (10:45)
Ushers: Thor N & Mike J (8:15); David C & Henry C (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Tom & Nancy M (8:15); S Family (10:45)
Altar Custodian: Carol B (8:15); Kathy H (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly: Dick J
Tellers: Annie A & Mina
Organist: Clarice S
Choir Director: Mary B


Weekly Devotional

Not Impossible

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

The man who approaches Jesus in today’s gospel had followed all God’s laws since his youth. He had done all that was expected of him. But he wondered: What else did he need to do to inherit eternal life?

Jesus’s answer almost seems like a cruel joke. All the young man had to do was sell his possessions, give the money away, leave his home—meaning his family and his very way of life—and follow Jesus. It’s enough to make one wonder if the young man walked away feeling hopeless. He had already done everything he was supposed to do—what more could Jesus possibly expect from him?

Peter argues that the disciples have already done what Jesus has just told the man to do. The disciples have left their belongings, their livelihoods, and their families to follow Jesus. What more could Jesus possibly want from them?

As God’s beloveds, we give our time, our talents, and our treasures to the church, so what more could Jesus possibly want from us? Are we lacking? The man’s possessions prevented him from following Christ. He lacked the willingness to put God ahead of everything else in his life. What Jesus wants, more than anything else, is for us to put service to God ahead of everything else in our lives. To love God with all our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls.

This may not sound like good news. It may sound impossible. But our God does not leave us hopeless and despairing in our lack—our lack of faith, our lack of action, our lack of love for others. Jesus tells the disciples and us, “For God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27). God already loves us. We have already inherited eternal life. There’s no joke here, only God’s boundless grace.

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2017 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.


You Said Lutherans Believe What?
An Adult Inquiry Class

Sundays at 9:30 am
through 21. Oct 2018

If you are interested in becoming a member of Trinity, please join us for this class. If you have been a member of Trinity and are interested in learning more, this class is for you as well. Please talk with Pastor Berner about your interest or the church office.


Third Quarter Financial Statements are available in the Social Hall.


Adult Forum This Sunday

The Adult Forum class is studying the epistles of John. This group meets Sundays at 9:30 am in Conference Room 10.


Congregational Meeting
This Sunday 14. October

Our pipe organ needs repair! The amount of repair is large enough that we must have the explicit permission of the congregation to spend the money. Please attend at noon, this Sunday 14. October to vote on this necessary repair. Stay to talk with the incoming interim pastor.


BTAB!

Pledging for Mission

BIGGER Than A Building! 66 families have pledged $479,040 to our 3-year mission appeal. Total amount received for BTAB! is $442,510.07 as of 7. October. Have you fulfilled your pledge? Thank you for your generous support.


Help for Indonesia
Lutheran Disaster Response

On 28. September, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit parts of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Through the ELCA longstanding companion relationships in Indonesia, Lutheran Disaster Response is providing relief and will continue to support survivors on the long road to recovery. Your gifts ensure that the needs of survivors of this disaster can be addressed. Contribute online at: www.elca.org, or write a check to Trinity, with “Lutheran Disaster Response” in the memo line. Your contribution will be sent to the the ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response program. Thank you.

God's Work Our Hands


LSS Coat Drive

Throughout October, Trinity will collect new and gently used coats and other outerwear for refugees in the DC area. Outerwear is needed for all ages and genders, and in all sizes; donations should be clean and in good repair.

Items accepted:

  • Coats
  • Fleeces
  • Winter Hats
  • Gloves
  • Mittens
  • Warm Scarves

Please contact Kathy T with questions.


Celebrating 28 Years of Ministry with Pastor Berner
Reformation Sunday 28. October

9:30 am – Sunday School
10:45 am – Holy Communion (one service only)
12:30 pm – Luncheon at St. Mark Presbyterian Church Social Hall (MAP)

  • Reservations required for luncheon
  • Childcare provided
  • Send photos to church office

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy N or Miriam M.

Calling for Photos

We would like to collect photos to be included in a slide show for Pastor Berner’s Farewell Luncheon. If you have any pictures that involve Pastor and Trinity in the past 28 years, we would love to be able to include them. If they are computer images, please email them to the church office, or if they are reprints you can give them to Nancy N or Pastor Berner.


Interim Pastor News

The Council voted in the Sept. meeting to accept Pr. Eugene Kern as our Interim Pastor, beginning in November. This Sunday 14. October, Pastor Kern will be our guest at the Adult Forum and also at the Congregational Meeting at noon. He will speak briefly about the nature of an Interim Pastor and entertain your questions.


All Saints’ Memorial Display

Honor the saints who shared the Christian faith with you!

Please bring a photo on Reformation Sunday 28. October of those who have died in the faith – family members or friends. These will be placed near the altar during our worship on All Saints’ Sunday, 4. November, and then on a display table in the Social Hall for the remaining Sundays of November.

You also may provide the names and dates of those departed loved ones you would like remembered at the All Saints’ Sunday Holy Eucharist. Please provide these to the church office by Sunday 28. October.

Thank you.


In Memoriam

Stephen K, the son-in-law of our members Jane R & Sam S, was killed in Hawaii when he fell off a mountain while hiking on his honeymoon. Jane and Sam’s daughter Jeffanie married Stephen on 8. September in Virginia and they were on their honeymoon in the Hawaiian island of Molokai. Stephen went hiking alone on 17. September to chart out a trail to make sure that it was safe for his wife to hike with him. He did not return and Jeffanie reported him missing. A four day search finally discovered Stephen’s body in Pia Gulch on Molokai. The family has asked for your prayers and for financial help to return Stephen’s body home and for funeral expenses. If you would like to help, make a check to Trinity Lutheran Church and indicate “Stephen K” in the memo line. Thank you.

For more information: https://wjla.com/news/nation-world/maryland-man-hawaii-found-dead-hike-honeymoon


Pastor Transition Process

In August, the Congregation Council met with Bishop Graham from the Metro DC Synod to discuss the process of transitioning to a new pastor after the retirement of Pastor Berner. A summary of the process appears in the September Trinitarian. If you have any questions or concerns about the process, please raise them with your favorite council member.


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, and those to be baptized: Peter S, Martha R, and Paula S

. . . the nations
Afghanistan, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Korea, Indonesia, 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
John W, Sunrise of Rockville

home
Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
Chris T
Margo W

family and friends*
Janet B, sister of Carol B
Svati D, friend of Vimala P
Harold H, cousin of Marilyn C
Rob M, son-in-law of Marilyn & Robert C
Thomas M, father of Tom M

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

Birthdays
17. Benjamin N
17. Jon S
20. David K
20. Kristina S

Baptismal Days
17. Sunhee P
19. Shirley O
20. Jeanine B

Wedding Anniversaries
16. Jane R & Samuel S
19. Nalini & Ravinder A

Death
Stephen K
17. September
son-in-law of Jane R & Sam S


This Week at Trinity

Sun 14. Oct (Pentecost 21 / Lect 28)
8:15 am – Holy Communion w/ inst of Acolytes & Altar Guild
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum / Adult Inquiry
10:45 am – Holy Communion and Baptism w/ inst of Acolytes & Altar Guild
12:15 pm – Special Congregational Meeting
1:00 pm – Trinity Singers (9)
6:00 pm – Youth Group (6th-12th)
Mon 15. Oct
9:00 am – Trinitarian newsletter deadline
7:30 pm – Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues 16. Oct
11:15 am – Staff Meeting (11)
6:30 pm – Stephen Min Supervision (10)
Fri 19. Oct
Social Hall Closed ALL DAY for floor waxing
Sun 21. Oct (Pentecost 22 / Lect 29)
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum / Adult Inquiry
10:45 am – Holy Communion w/ reception of New Members
12:00 pm – New Members Welcome Lunch
12:15 pm – Get the Word Out Team (1)
12:15 pm – Trinity Singers (9)
1:45 pm – Bethesda H&R – GTWO
5:00 pm – Confirmation Class (11)

Looking Ahead

28. Oct (Reformation Sunday)
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Ed
10:45 am – Holy Communion (one service)
12:15 pm – Pr Berner Retirement Farewell Luncheon at St. Mark Presb.

  • Reservations required by 14. October for luncheon
  • Childcare provided
  • Send photos to church office

Sunday 7. October 2018
20th after Pentecost, Lectionary 27B

Holy Communion at 8:15 am and 10:45 am

Sunday School/Adult Forum/Adult Inquiry at 9:30 am

Sovereign God, you have created us to live in loving community with one another. Form us for life that is faithful and steadfast, and teach us to trust like little children, that we may reflect the image of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); Colin G (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Sarah M (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Children’s Church: Anita S (8:15); Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters: Jane R & Eric S (8:15); Trevor H (10:45)
Lectors: Keith C (8:15); Greg F (10:45)
Ushers: Thor & Nancy N (8:15); Margaret & Greg F (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Margaret F & Marilyn G (8:15); Leslie C (10:45)
Altar Custodian: Carol B (8:15); Kathy H (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly: Diana B
Tellers: Lynn & Bud B
Organist: Clarice S
Choir Director: Mary B


Weekly Devotional

As A Little Child

Genesis 2:18-24
Psalm 8
Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
Mark 10:2-16

Beth gave birth to her son at four in the afternoon. Because of some initial breathing troubles, the baby was whisked away to the intensive care unit while Beth was wheeled to the recovery area. It wasn’t until three in the morning that the baby was able to leave the ICU. The nurse brought him to Beth, placed him in her arms and left them alone. There was quiet outside her window except for a trickle of traffic and the sound of hospital employees coming and going with the change of shifts. Just another day beginning.

But Beth knew nothing was ordinary about this day. She smiled at her son, held him close and whispered what felt like a thousand promises to him. He looked up at her with sleepy eyes, seeming to rest on every one of her promises.

Time spent with children teaches us the unwieldy truth that everything we do and say is being observed carefully. They look to us for the answers about how things work, what is right and wrong, how to speak, and how to love. Whether we deserve it or not, they believe in us passionately, unflinchingly.

Jesus’ holy heart melted as he looked into the innocent, trusting eyes of the children around him. He loved them, well-behaved or not—we can tell because he told us that how we welcome children shows how we welcome God’s own self (Mark 9:37). He was fiercely protective of them—we can tell because he warned us that it would be better to be violently drowned than to knowingly interfere with a child’s faith (Mark 9:42). And he knew children have great lessons of faith to teach us—we can tell because he said that we must receive the kingdom of God as a little child in order to enter it (Mark 10:15).

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2017 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.


Adult Forum This Sunday

The Adult Forum class is studying the epistles of John. This group meets Sundays at 9:30 am in Conference Rm 10.


You Said Lutherans Believe What?
An Adult Inquiry Class

Sundays at 9:30 am
through 21. Oct 2018

If you are interested in becoming a member of Trinity, please join us for this class. If you have been a member of Trinity and are interested in learning more, this class is for you as well. Please talk with Pastor Berner about your interest or the church office.


BTAB!

Pledging for Mission

BIGGER Than A Building! 66 families have pledged $479,040 to our 3-year mission appeal. Total amount received for BTAB! is $442,095.07 as of 30. September. Have you fulfilled your pledge? Thank you for your generous support.


Celebrating 28 Years of Ministry with Pastor Berner
Reformation Sunday 28. October

9:30 am – Sunday School
10:45 am – Holy Communion (one service only)
12:30 pm – Luncheon at St. Mark Presbyterian Church Social Hall (MAP)

  • Reservations required for luncheon.
  • Childcare provided.
  • Send photos to church office.

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy N or Miriam M.


LSS Coat Drive

God's Work Our Hands

Throughout October, Trinity will collect new and gently used coats and other outerwear for refugees in the DC area. Outerwear is needed for all ages and genders, and in all sizes; donations should be clean and in good repair.

Items accepted:

  • Coats
  • Fleeces
  • Winter Hats
  • Gloves
  • Mittens
  • Warm Scarves

Please contact Kathy T with questions.


Altar Guild Workshop and Luncheon CANCELLED

Altar Guild Workshop and Luncheon for this Saturday has been cancelled.

Please be at church instead on 14 October for the Altar Guild installation at both services.


Blessing of the Animals

The Blessing of the Animals will be at Trinity at 5:00 pm on Sunday 7. October. Bring your hamsters, guinea pigs, dogs, horses, llamas, iguanas, snakes, frogs, and horses. St. Francis of Assisi is known as the patron saint of ecology and animals. Why? He took to heart the psalms when they say the animals praise God.


Congregational Meeting
Sunday 14. October

Our pipe organ needs repair! The amount of repair is large enough that we must have the explicit permission of the congregation to spend the money. Please attend at noon on Sunday 14. October to vote on this necessary repair. Stay to talk with the incoming interim pastor.


Interim Pastor News

The Council voted in the Sept. meeting to accept Pr. Eugene Kern as our Interim Pastor, beginning in November. On Sunday 14. October, Pastor Kern will be our guest at the Adult Forum and also at the Congregational Meeting at noon. He will speak briefly about the nature of an Interim Pastor and entertain your questions.


Men’s Group

The Men’s Group will meet at the home of Steve S on Wednesday, 10. October at 1:00 pm. Carpooling is recommended as parking is restricted. Contact Steve for more information.


In Memoriam

Stephen K, the son-in-law of our members Jane R & Sam S, was killed in Hawaii when he fell off a mountain while hiking on his honeymoon. Jane and Sam’s daughter Jeffanie married Stephen on 8. September in Virginia and they were on their honeymoon in the Hawaiian island of Molokai. Stephen went hiking alone on 17. September to chart out a trail to make sure that it was safe for his wife to hike with him. He did not return and Jeffanie reported him missing. A four day search finally discovered Stephen’s body in Pia Gulch on Molokai. The family has asked for your prayers and for financial help to return Stephen’s body home and for funeral expenses. If you would like to help, make a check to Trinity Lutheran Church and indicate “Stephen K” in the memo line. Thank you.

For more information: https://wjla.com/news/nation-world/maryland-man-hawaii-found-dead-hike-honeymoon


All Saints’ Memorial Display

Honor the saints who shared the Christian faith with you!

Please bring a photo on Reformation Sunday 28. October of those who have died in the faith – family members or friends. These will be placed near the altar during our worship on All Saints’ Sunday, 4. November, and then on a display table in the Social Hall for the remaining Sundays of November.

You also may provide the names and dates of those departed loved ones you would like remembered at the All Saints’ Sunday Holy Eucharist. Please provide these to the church office by Sunday 28. October.

Thank you.


Calling for Photos

We would like to collect photos to be included in a slide show for Pastor Berner’s Farewell Luncheon. If you have any pictures that involve Pastor and Trinity in the past 28 years, we would love to be able to include them. If they are computer images, please email them to the church office, or if they are reprints you can give them to Nancy N or Pastor Berner.


Pastor Transition Process

In August, the Congregation Council met with Bishop Graham from the Metro DC Synod to discuss the process of transitioning to a new pastor after the retirement of Pastor Berner. A summary of the process appears in the September Trinitarian. If you have any questions or concerns about the process, please raise them with your favorite council member.


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.


Addendum: International Handbell Symposium

Four of our Trinity Heavenly Handbells members recently participated in the International Handbell Symposium in Cairns, Australia. More details about their trip and the Symposium are in the October edition of The Trinitarian. Video of the closing concert is available online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDd-IHIcBHU


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, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Korea, Indonesia, 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
John W, Sunrise of Rockville

home
Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
Chris T
Margo W

family and friends*
Janet B, sister of Carol B
Svati D, friend of Vimala P
Harold H, cousin of Marilyn C
Carl H, friend of Judy D and Sabrina R
Sonny L, uncle of Sabrina R
Rob M, son-in-law of Marilyn & Robert C
Thomas M, father of Tom M
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
Phil S, friend of Jerry B

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

Birthdays
8. Matthew C
8. Gabe D
9. Adelyn C
10. Marilyn G
10. Linnea S
13. Sarah G
13. Julianne N

Baptismal Days
7. Anjali A
7. Leonard S
8. Sarah B
9. Henry C
12. Robert D
12. Emma G

Wedding Anniversary
7. Peggy & Dick J

Death
Stephen K
17. September
son-in-law of Jane R & Sam S


This Week at Trinity

Sun 7. Oct (Pentecost 20 / Lect 27)
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum / Adult Inquiry
10:45 am – Holy Communion
12:15 pm – Property Team Meeting
12:15 pm – Trinity Singers
5:00 pm – Blessing of the Animals
5:30 pm – Confirmation Class
Mon 8. Oct
7:30 pm – Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues 9. Oct
11:15 am – Staff Meeting (11)
7:30 pm – Congregation Council (10)
Wed 10. Oct
1:00 pm – Men’s Group
Sun 14. Oct (Pentecost 21 / Lect 28)
8:15 am – Holy Communion w/ inst of Acolytes & Altar Guild
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum / Adult Inquiry
10:45 am – Holy Communion and Baptism w/ inst of Acolytes & Altar Guild
12:15 pm – Special Congregational Meeting
12:15 pm – Trinity Singers
6:00 pm – Youth Group (6th-12th)

Looking Ahead

21. Oct
10:45 am – Reception of Mew Members
12:15 pm – New Member Lunch

28. Oct (Reformation Sunday)
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Ed
10:45 am – Holy Communion (one service)
12:15 pm – Pr Berner Retirement Farewell Luncheon at St. Mark Presb.

  • Reservations required for luncheon.
  • Childcare provided.
  • Send photos to church office.

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost,
30. September 2018

Holy Communion at 8:15 am and 10:45 am

Sunday School/Adult Forum/Adult Inquiry at 9:30 am

Generous God, your Son gave his life that we might come to peace with you. Give us a share of your Spirit, and in all we do empower us to bear the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); Anders S (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Jerry B (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Children’s Church: Anita S
Greeters: Matthew & Tamara C (8:15); Peggy J (10:45)
Lectors: Keith C (8:15); Nicholas C (10:45)
Ushers: Ross A & Mike J (8:15); David C & Henry C (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Dan & Rob S (8:15); Diana M, Susan S, Miriam M (10:45)
Altar Custodian: Carol B (8:15); Christine B (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly: Diana B
Tellers: Dick & Peggy J
Choir Director: Mary B
Organist: Clarice S


Weekly Devotional

Pass the Salt

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

Flavored salt is a relatively new trend in the culinary world. Salt can be infused with many different flavors including saffron, chocolate, lemon, even bacon. Online recipes are widely available for do-it-yourselfers, or you can order flavored salt from many online retailers. The possibilities for flavoring salt seem endless. Salt is good, and apparently it can be seasoned.

Our bodies need salt to function properly. In the ancient world, salt was a big commodity because it was used as a preservative essential for storing food. Entire communities could suffer from starvation if they didn’t have sufficient supplies of salt. Salt was so valuable that it was used as currency in some places. Roman soldiers were often given salt as part of their wages. The word salary comes from the Latin phrase salarium argentum, “salt money.”

So salt isn’t simply “good,” as Jesus says in today’s gospel reading (Mark 9:50). It is vital to life and health. We might interpret Jesus’ teaching as saying that salt is more important than your hand or your foot, needed far more than either of your eyes, and worth more than your life. Salt isn’t just salt here; it’s belief in the power of the name of Jesus.

Jesus tells us that everyone will be “salted with fire” (Mark 9:49). This salty fire both burns and gives warmth. This salt, belief in the power of Jesus and his name, is a preservative—not for food, but for our salvation. We aren’t meant to place stumbling blocks in front of others or prevent them from getting flavored with belief in Jesus, because that leaves all of us bland and tasteless. What God wants for us is a salty, flavorful life.

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2017 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.


Celebrating 28 Years of Ministry with Pastor Berner
Reformation Sunday 28. October

9:30 am – Sunday School
10:45 am – Holy Communion (one service only)
12:30 pm – Luncheon at St. Mark Presbyterian Church Social Hall (MAP)

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy N or Miriam M.


Adult Forum This Sunday

The Adult Forum class is studying the epistles of John. This group meets Sundays at 9:30 am in Conference Rm 10.


You Said Lutherans Believe What?
An Adult Inquiry Class

Sundays at 9:30 am
through 21. Oct 2018

If you are interested in becoming a member of Trinity, please join us for this class. If you have been a member of Trinity and are interested in learning more, this class is for you as well. Please talk with Pastor Berner about your interest or the church office.


Altar Guild Workshop and Luncheon

Altar Guild Workshop and Luncheon is coming Saturday 6. October at 11 am. All members of Altar Guild, plus anyone interested in learning about the ministry of altar work, is invited to attend. Please RSVP to Carol B.


Blessing of the Animals

The Blessing of the Animals will be at Trinity at 5:00 pm on Sunday 7. October. Bring your hamsters, guinea pigs, dogs, horses, llamas, iguanas, snakes, frogs, and horses. St. Francis of Assisi is known as the patron saint of ecology and animals. Why? He took to heart the psalms when they say the animals praise God.


Congregational Meeting
Sunday 14. October

Our pipe organ needs repair! The amount of repair is large enough that we must have the explicit permission of the congregation to spend the money. Please attend at noon on Sunday 14. October to vote on this necessary repair. Stay to talk with the incoming interim pastor.


Interim Pastor News

The Council voted in the Sept. meeting to accept Pr. Eugene Kern as our Interim Pastor, beginning in November. On Sunday 14. October, Pastor Kern will be our guest at the Adult Forum and also at the Congregational Meeting at noon. He will speak briefly about the nature of an Interim Pastor and entertain your questions.


BTAB!

Pledging for Mission

BIGGER Than A Building! 66 families have pledged $479,040 to our 3-year mission appeal. Total amount received for BTAB! is $440,215.07 as of 16. September. Have you fulfilled your pledge? Thank you for your generous support.


In Memoriam

Stephen K, the son-in-law of our members Jane R & Sam S, was killed in Hawaii when he fell off a mountain while hiking on his honeymoon. Jane and Sam’s daughter Jeffanie married Stephen on 8. September in Virginia and they were on their honeymoon in the Hawaiian island of Molokai. Stephen went hiking alone on 17. September to chart out a trail to make sure that it was safe for his wife to hike with him. He did not return and Jeffanie reported him missing. A four-day search finally discovered Stephen’s body in Pia Gulch on Molokai. The family has asked for your prayers and for financial help to return Stephen’s body home and for funeral expenses. If you would like to help, make a check to Trinity Lutheran Church and indicate “Stephen K” in the memo line. Thank you.

For more information: https://wjla.com/news/nation-world/maryland-man-hawaii-found-dead-hike-honeymoon


Calling for Photos

We would like to collect photos to be included in a slide show for Pastor Berner’s Farewell Dinner. If you have any pictures that involve Pastor and Trinity in the past 28 years, we would love to be able to include them. If they are computer images, please email them to the church office, or if they are reprints you can give them to Nancy N or Pastor Berner.


Pastor Transition Process

In August, the Congregation Council met with Bishop Graham from the Metro DC Synod to discuss the process of transitioning to a new pastor after the retirement of Pastor Berner. A summary of the process appears in the September Trinitarian. If you have any questions or concerns about the process, please raise them with your favorite council member.


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, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, 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
John W, Sunrise of Rockville

home
Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
Margo W

family and friends*
Janet B, sister of Carol B
Carl H, friend of Judy D and Sabrina R
Harold H, cousin of Marilyn C
Sonny L, uncle of Sabrina R
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
Phil S, friend of Jerry B

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

Birthdays
30. Sept – Wayne D
1. Oct – Reid D, Sean G, Anna V
2. Oct – Frederic S
3. Oct – Shirley O
4. Oct – Kristin A, Gregory M

Baptismal Days
1. Oct – Kristina S
2. Oct – Brenden H
5. Oct – Connor D

Death
Stephen K
17. September
son-in-law of Jane R & Sam S


Father Abraham and Bible Distribution
At Trinity, Sunday 23. September



This Week at Trinity

Sun 30. Sept (Pentecost 19 / Lect 26)
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum / Adult Inquiry
10:45 am – Holy Communion
12:15 am – Youth Team Meeting
5-7 pm – Confirmation Class
Mon 1. Oct
7:30 pm – Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues 2. Oct
11:15 am – Staff Meeting (11)
6:30 pm – Stephen Ministry Supervision (10)
7:30 pm – Staff Support (11)
7:30 pm – Stewardship Team (Lib)
Thurs 4. Oct
7:30 pm – Trinity Singers (MR)
Fri 5. Oct
12:30 pm – Tilden Project
Sat 6. Oct
9:30 am – Youth Game Day w/ Pr Berner
11:00 am – Altar Guild Workshop & Lunch
Sun 7. Oct (Pentecost 20 / Lect 27)
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum / Adult Inquiry
10:45 am – Holy Communion
12:15 pm – Property Team Meeting
5:00 pm – Blessing of the Animals
5:30 pm – Confirmation Class

Looking Ahead

14. Oct
– Congregational Meeting, 12 Noon
21. Oct
– Reception of New Members, 10:45
– New Member Lunch, 12:15 pm
28. Oct (Reformation Sunday)
– Sunday School, 9:30 am
Holy Communion (one service only), 10:45 am
– Pr Berner Retirement Farewell Luncheon at St. Mark, 12:15 pm

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost,
23. September 2018

Holy Communion at 8:15 am and 10:45 am

Sunday School/Adult Forum/Adult Inquiry at 9:30 am

O God, our teacher and guide, you draw us to yourself and welcome us as beloved children. Help us to lay aside all envy and selfish ambition, that we may walk in your ways of wisdom and understanding as servants of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolytes: TBD (8:15); Linnea S (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Nancy N (8:15); Jim K (10:45)
Children’s Church: Margaret F (8:15); David C (10:45)
Greeters: Nancy & Thor N (8:15); Hagen & Kristina S (10:45)
Lectors: Jerry B (8:15); Nicholas C (10:45)
Ushers: Steve & Donna S (8:15); Dick & Peggy J (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Noralyn & Phil D (8:15); Petra T (10:45)
Altar Custodian: Marilyn G (8:15); Christine B (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly: Dick J
Tellers: Greg & Margaret F
Choir Director: Mary B
Organist: John W


Weekly Devotional

Welcoming God as a Child

Jeremiah 11:18-20
Psalm 54
James 3:13—4:3,7-8a
Mark 9:30-37

All the greatness humankind can fashion for itself is put to shame by the glory God gives to childlike faith. In the gospel reading two weeks from today, Jesus will tell his disciples, “whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it” (Mark 10:15). Everything is upside-down in Jesus’ teachings—children know more than scholars, servants become greater than masters, to die is to win life, the last shall be first and the first shall be last. In today’s gospel, Jesus insists that welcoming a young child means welcoming Jesus, which means welcoming our all-powerful God.

Surely childlike faith is one thing, but a child standing in God’s place? Jesus in the form of a little kid we can welcome with open arms? Yes. This is the kind of unexpected reversal that the Almighty seems to love. For God is not only welcomed through a child; God became a child.

In ten weeks it will be Advent, and we will be asked again to stretch our imaginations and attempt to fathom the idea of God living as a baby. Do we truly welcome this truth of God’s identity and ways? Can we truly welcome all that God’s plan brings us, having faith that our journey has been walked before, believing that the one who has fully completed it returns to our sides to guide us on our way?

Let us, as little children, lift our arms toward our God in prayer. Let us welcome each other in peace. And let us open our arms to receive all that lies ahead of us.

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2017 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.


Congregational Meeting
Sunday 14. October

Our pipe organ needs repair! The amount of repair is large enough that we must have the explicit permission of the congregation to spend the money. Please attend at noon on Sunday 14. October to vote on this necessary repair. Stay to talk with the incoming interim pastor.


Interim Pastor News

The Council voted in the Sept. meeting to accept Pr. Eugene Kern as our Interim Pastor, beginning in November. On Sunday 14. October, Pastor Kern will be our guest at the Adult Forum and also at the Congregational Meeting at noon. He will speak briefly about the nature of an Interim Pastor and entertain your questions.


Adult Forum This Sunday

The Adult Forum class is studying the epistles of John. This group meets Sundays at 9:30 am in Conference Rm 10.


BTAB!

Pledging for Mission

BIGGER Than A Building! 66 families have pledged $479,040 to our 3-year mission appeal. Total amount received for BTAB! is $440,215.07 as of 16. September. Have you fulfilled your pledge? Thank you for your generous support.


Pastor Berner’s Last Sunday at Trinity
Reformation Sunday 28. October

celebrating 28 years of ministry with Pastor Berner

10:45 am – Holy Communion (one service)
12:30 pm – Luncheon at St. Mark Presbyterian Church Social Hall (MAP)

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy N or Miriam M.


You Said Lutherans Believe What?
An Adult Inquiry Class

Sundays at 9:30 am
through 21. Oct 2018

If you are interested in becoming a member of Trinity, please join us for this class. If you have been a member of Trinity and are interested in learning more, this class is for you as well. Please talk with Pastor Berner about your interest or the church office.


Pastor Transition Process

In August, the Congregation Council met with Bishop Graham from the Metro DC Synod to discuss the process of transitioning to a new pastor after the retirement of Pastor Berner. A summary of the process appears in the September Trinitarian. If you have any questions or concerns about the process, please raise them with your favorite council member.


Altar Guild Workshop and Luncheon

Altar Guild Workshop and Luncheon is coming Saturday 6. October at 11 am. All members of Altar Guild, plus anyone interested in learning about the ministry of altar work, is invited to attend. Please RSVP to Carol B.


Inurnment Sunday 23. September
following the 10:45 am liturgy

Pastor Albert Weber
Born: 1. August 1931
Died: 29. July 2010
Trinity’s Pastor: 1964-1980

Joan Weber
Born: 5. Oct 1931
Died: 4. October 2011

Keeping the Faith: In 1978 Pastor Weber said: “You and I, and most of all, God knows what is absolutely necessary for the ‘at home’ life of a congregation: a sensitive and responsible Church Council, a dedicated and disciplined corps of church leaders in the Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, the strong support of the Lutheran Church Women, responsible and faithful leaders in stewardship and finance, loving and caring persons in social ministry, individuals in caring for the property of the church who take pride in the visible and material things, imaginative persons who lead with joy in their hearts in the ministry of music, persons who take deep care for our youth and express high priority in the future of God’s church and the leaders and workers of tomorrow, those who make provision for every worship service as custodians of the altar, and all of you who work behind the scenes and in the every day to let us see God’s love in fellowship and caring for one another.”


Blessing of the Animals

The Blessing of the Animals will be at Trinity at 5:00 pm on Sunday 7. October. Bring your hamsters, guinea pigs, dogs, horses, llamas, iguanas, snakes, frogs, and horses. Why is St. Francis the patron saint of ecology and animals? He took to heart the psalms when they say the animals praise God.


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, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, 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
John W, Sunrise of Rockville

home
Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
Margo W

family and friends*
Janet B, sister of Carol B
Carl H, friend of Judy D and Sabrina R
Harold H, cousin of Marilyn C
Stephen K, son-in-law of Jane R & Samuel S
Sonny L, uncle of Sabrina R
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
Phil S, friend of Jerry B

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

Birthdays
27. John B
28. Mary B
28. Michelle P
28. John W
29. Nicole S

Wedding Anniversaries
25. Susan & Alonzo S
28. Petra T & Jon S
29. Meredith & Terry D


This Week at Trinity

Sun 23. Sept (Pentecost 18 / Lect 25)
Bible Distribution
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum / Adult Inquiry
10:45 am – Holy Communion with Inurnment of Pr. Albert & Joan Weber
5:00 pm – Confirmation (1)
Parish Life Team meeting cancelled

Mon 24. Sept
7:30 pm – Heavenly Handbells (Wor)

Tues 25. Sept
11:15 am – Staff Meeting (11)
7:30 pm – Mutual Ministry (11)

Wed 26. Sept
7:00 pm – Finance Team (11)

Thurs 27. Sept
7:30 pm – Trinity Singers (MR)

Fri 28. Sept
7:00 pm – Stephen Ministry Training (11)

Sun 30. Sept (Pentecost 19 / Lect 26)
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum / Adult Inquiry
10:45 am – Holy Communion
12:15 am – Youth Team Meeting

Looking Ahead

6. Oct. Altar Guild Luncheon, 11:00 am
14. Oct. Congregational Meeting; Meet Interim Pastor Eugene Kern
28. Oct. Holy Communion at 10:45 am (One Service Only)
followed by luncheon, 12:30 pm at St. Mark Presbyterian Church

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost,
16. September 2018

Holy Communion at 8:15 am and 10:45 am

Sunday School/Adult Forum/Adult Inquiry at 9:30 am

O God, through suffering and rejection you bring forth our salvation, and by the glory of the cross you transform our lives. Grant that for the sake of the gospel we may turn from the lure of evil, take up our cross, and follow your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolytes: TBD (8:15); Linnea S (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Carol B (8:15); Leslie C (10:45)
Children’s Church: TBD (8:15); Jane R (10:45)
Greeters: Dan & Rob S (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Lectors: John B (8:15); Christine B (10:45)
Ushers: Ross A & Joan E (8:15); Mike J & Robert P (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Noralyn & Phil D (8:15); TBD (10:45)
Altar Custodian: Carol B (8:15); Christine B (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly: Diana B
Tellers: Lynn & Bud B
Choir Director: Mary B
Organist: Clarice S
Altar Flowers are given today by Margaret & Greg F in celebration of God’s love and the marriage of Elise M and James F.


Weekly Devotional

Baggage

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

Take any trips this past summer? Did you forget your toothbrush, or did you take everything including the bathroom sink? Packing is always a challenge, but unpacking can be even worse. Finally home, all the bags out of the car, the last thing anyone wants to do is put it all away, yet it’s the cross we bear as punishment for going on vacation.

Sound ridiculous? It is, but we tend to think of denying ourselves and taking up the cross as carrying a bag full of punishment for being who and what we are. No one likes lugging around baggage; it weighs us down, hurts our bodies, and destroys our self-esteem. It makes us cranky, causes us to complain, and makes life miserable not just for us but for those around us as well.

The whole point of God sending us Jesus wasn’t to make us cranky. Jesus didn’t suffer death on the cross so we would have things to complain about, and he didn’t call us to discipleship to diminish our self-worth. Denying ourselves isn’t giving up chocolate for Lent or putting everyone else’s needs above our own to our own detriment. Taking up our crosses isn’t living with our own personal suffering or tolerating abuse from others. Jesus doesn’t ask us to give up our identities or to carry hardship after hardship on our backs.

Denying ourselves means rejecting those things that keep us from being a part of a larger community. The one piece of baggage Jesus calls us to carry is relationship with others and for others. It won’t always be easy to carry, because it leaves us vulnerable. Golgatha wasn’t a vacation destination. But following Jesus means life with Jesus—and that means we never carry anything alone.

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2017 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.


The Adult Forum
begins This Sunday 16. September

The Adult Forum is a class where speakers talk about different ministries in our area and around the world, or we have a Bible Study on an important topic. This group meets every Sunday at 9:30 am in Conference Rm 10.


You Said Lutherans Believe What?
An Adult Inquiry Class

Six Sundays at 9:30 am
16. September through 21. Oct 2018

If you are interested in becoming a member of Trinity, please join us for this class. If you have been a member of Trinity and are interested in learning more, this class is for you as well. Please talk with Pastor Berner about your interest or the church office.


BTAB!

Pledging for Mission

BIGGER Than A Building! 66 families have pledged $479,040 to our 3-year mission appeal. Total amount received for BTAB! is $440,085.07 as of 26. August. Thank you for your generous support.


Welcome to Clarice S who is leading our music today and Mary B, our choir director.


Pastor Transition Process

In August, the Congregation Council met with Bishop Graham from the Metro DC Synod to discuss the process of transitioning to a new pastor after the retirement of Pastor Berner. A summary of the process appears in the September Trinitarian. If you have any questions or concerns about the process, please raise them with your favorite council member.


Sunday 28. October
One Service of Holy Communion at 10:45

There will be one combined service of Holy Communion at 10:45 am on Sunday 28. October, in honor of Pastor Berner’s last Sunday at Trinity, and Reformation Sunday.


 

Altar Guild Workshop and Luncheon

Altar Guild Workshop and Luncheon is coming Saturday 6. October at 11 am. All members of Altar Guild, plus anyone interested in learning about the ministry of altar work, is invited to attend. Please RSVP to Carol B.


Oh, Praise the Gracious Power (ELW No. 651)

Through the stanzas of Thomas Troeger’s hymn we give repeated praise to Christ described as “persistent truth,” “inclusive love,” “word of faith” and “tide of grace.” The beginning stanzas go on to show that Christ “gathers…strangers,” “eases…prejudice,” “claims us” and reveals “visions of a world at peace,” with a refrain: “We praise you Christ! Your cross has made us one!” The congregation sings the constant reminder that it is through the cross that Christ does these things.


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, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, 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
John W, Sunrise of Rockville

home
Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
Margo W

family and friends*
Bill B, friend of Sabrina R
Carl H, friend of Judy Dand Sabrina R
Kelvin K, friend of Len S
Tom K, friend of Diana M
Terry L, friend of Marilyn & Bob C
Sonny L, uncle of Sabrina R
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
Phil S, friend of Jerry B

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

Birthdays
16. Lily B
21. Alexander L
22. Nicholas C

Baptismal Days
19. Patricia S
20. Madeline B
20. Vera N

Wedding Anniversaries
16. Gail R & Steve L
16. Michelle & Greg P
20. Emily & Craig W

Marriage
Elise M & James F on 15. Sept 2018


This Week at Trinity

Sun 16. Sept (Pentecost 17 / Lect 24)
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum / Adult Inquiry
10:45 am – Holy Communion
12:15 pm – Social Ministry Team
1:45 pm – Bethesda H&R – Christian Ed.
Mon 17. Sept
7:30 pm – Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues 18. Sept
11:15 am – Staff Meeting (11)
3:45 pm – Confirmation (11)
Thurs 20. Sept
7:30 pm – Trinity Singers (MR)

Sun 23. Sept (Pentecost 18 / Lect 25)
Bible Distribution
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum / Adult Inquiry
10:45 am – Holy Communion with Inurnment of Pr. Albert & Joan W
Parish Life Team meeting cancelled

 

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost,
9. September 2018

Join Us for Worship logo

Holy Communion at 8:15 am and 10:45 am

Sunday School at 9:30 am

Gracious God, throughout the ages you transform sickness into health and death into life. Open us to the power of your presence, and make us a people ready to proclaim your promises to the whole world, through Jesus Christ, our healer and Lord. Amen.


Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); Vincent M (10:15)
Assisting Ministers: John B (8:15); Robert M (10:15)
Children’s Church: Anita S (8:15); Nicholas C (10:15)
Greeters: Tom M (8:15); Diana M (10:15)
Lectors: Nancy N (8:15); Christine B (10:15)
Ushers: Steve & Donna S (8:15); David C & Henry C (10:15)
Coffee Hour: Kathy T and GHOW (8:15); GHOW and Petra T (10:45)
Altar Custodian: Carol B (8:15); Christine B (10:15)
Bulletin Assembly: Diana B
Tellers: Mina & Annie A
Organist: Mary B


Weekly Devotional

Jesus Said What?

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

We like to believe we are insiders when it comes to knowing Jesus. We self-identify as Christians. We go to church, have Bibles in our homes, and maybe wear crosses around our necks. If any Bible story could cause us to question our judgment about following Jesus, today’s gospel is it. Scholars and preachers have tried to soften the word—dog—that Jesus chose to refer to the Syrophoenician woman’s daughter, but Jesus didn’t choose a soft word. He didn’t wink as he said it or intend for it to be heard as a pet name. The word he chose wasn’t any nicer then than it is now.

We like to believe that, as insiders, knowing Jesus means we are like Jesus and that calling ourselves Christians means that, ultimately, we are good, righteous, deserving people.

If any story about Jesus could cause us to challenge and scrutinize our own behavior, question our own sense of what is acceptable, and make us rethink our entitlements—today’s gospel is it. Jesus doesn’t act like Jesus when he calls people derogatory names, treats them as outsiders, or denies them help—and neither do we.

After Jesus tells the Syrophoenician woman that the demon is gone from her daughter, he encounters a man with a hearing problem and a speech impediment. Coincidence? Not in Mark’s gospel. As Jesus heals the man, he uses the word Ephphatha, which means “Be opened.” If Mark hadn’t just told us about the Syrophoenician woman, the only things being opened here would be the man’s ears and tongue. But Mark included her story to show Jesus incorporating her into his own story. Because Jesus acts like Jesus when he’s open to those on the outside—and so do we.

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2017 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.


Fall Worship Schedule begins!
Sunday 9. September

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


God's Work Our Hands

God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday
9. September

Trinity joins in with God’s Work, Our Hands, a celebration of 10,000 congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We are one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.

This Sunday, we are celebrating this freedom to serve our neighbors by preparing 140 School Kits for Lutheran World Relief. We will have all the supplies ready to go. Just bring yourselves! We will begin at 9:30 am. Come sing and play with us and join in on the fun and service!


The Adult Forum
begins This Sunday 16. September

The Adult Forum is a class where speakers talk about different ministries in our area and around the world, or we have a Bible Study on an important topic. This group meets every Sunday at 9:30 am in Conference Rm 10.


Luther's emblem of faith, word, and grace

You Said Lutherans Believe What?
An Adult Inquiry Class

Six Sundays at 9:30 am
16. September through 21. Oct 2018

If you are interested in becoming a member of Trinity, please join us for this class. If you have been a member of Trinity and are interested in learning more, this class is for you as well. Please talk with Pastor Berner about your interest or the church office.


Trinity Men’s Group

The September meeting of Trinity Men’s Group will be held Wednesday 12. September, at Mike J’s house starting at 1:00 pm. Please let Mike know if you plan to attend.


BTAB!

Pledging for Mission

BIGGER Than A Building! 66 families have pledged $479,040 to our 3-year mission appeal. Total amount received for BTAB! is $439,340.07 as of 26. August. Thank you for your generous support.


Farewell Team Planning

Planning for Pastor Berner’s sendoff has begun. The Farewell Committee members are Sarah G, Steve S, Hagen S, Nancy N, Miriam M, and John B. Please make bring any suggestions or questions to a member of this team.


Pastor Transition Process

In August, the Congregation Council met with Bishop Graham from the Metro DC Synod to discuss the process of transitioning to a new pastor after the retirement of Pastor Berner. A summary of the process appears in the September Trinitarian. If you have any questions or concerns about the process, please raise them with your favorite council member.


Oh, Praise the Gracious Power (ELW No. 651)

Through the stanzas of Thomas Troeger’s hymn we give repeated praise to Christ described as “persistent truth,” “inclusive love,” “word of faith” and “tide of grace.” The beginning stanzas go on to show that Christ “gathers…strangers,” “eases…prejudice,” “claims us” and reveals “visions of a world at peace,” with a refrain: “We praise you Christ! Your cross has made us one!” The congregation sings the constant reminder that it is through the cross that Christ does these things.


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, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, 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
John W, Sunrise of Rockville

home
Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
Margo W

family and friends*
Albert A, friend of Margaret F
Bill B, friend of Sabrina R
Col. Kelvin K, friend of Len S
Tom K, friend of Diana M
Terry L, friend of Marilyn & Bob C

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

Birthdays
9. Sept – Andy B, Rebecca G
12. Sept – Tamara C, Sophia D
13. Sept – Jon M
15. Sept – Neema S, Shannon M

Baptismal Days
9. Sept – Steve S
10. Sept – Jill H, Katie L
11. Sept – Claire S
12. Sept – Charles M
15. Sept – Sean M

Wedding Anniversaries
10. Sept – Amanda & Jon M
11. Sept – Ani G & Len S


This Week at Trinity

Sun 9. Sept (Pentecost 16 / Lect 23)
Rally Sunday
God’s Work, Our Hands
Installation of Sunday School Teachers
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Intergenerational Sunday School – LWR School Kits
10:45 am – Holy Communion
12:00 pm – Teacher Orientation
5:00 pm – Confirmation Orientation
6:00 pm – Youth Group (6-12th)
Mon 10. Sept
7:00 pm – Heavenly Handbells Polishing and Potluck (SH)
Tues 11. Sept
11:15 am – Staff Meeting (11)
7:30 pm – Congragation Council (10)
Wed 12. Sept
1:00 pm – Men’s Group (offsite)
Thurs 13. Sept
7:30 pm – Trinity Singers (MR)
Sat 15. Sept
Trinitarian October newsletter deadline
Sun 16. Sept (Pentecost 17 / Lect 24)
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum / Adult Inquiry
10:45 am – Holy Communion
12:15 pm – Social Ministry
1:45 pm – Bethesda H&R – Christian Ed.

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost,
2. September 2018

Holy Communion at 10:00 am

Summer Worship 10:00 AM

O God our strength, without you we are weak and wayward creatures. Protect us from all dangers that attack us from the outside, and cleanse us from all evil that arises from within ourselves, that we may be preserved through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolyte: Colin G
Assisting Minister: Nalini A
Children’s Church: Margaret F
Greeters: Lily & Keith C
Lector: Linnea A
Ushers: Joan E & Mike J
Coffee Hour: Lynn & Bud B
Altar Custodian: Carol B
Bulletin Assembly: Diana M
Tellers: Thor N & Diana M
Organist: John W


Weekly Devotional

What Matters

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

Remember grammar lessons? Nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns all had specific purposes in a sentence, specific placements, and specific punctuation to go with them. The lesson drilled into grammar students was that knowing the rules about how to use words correctly is extremely important. Using slang and profanity was rebellion against those rules. Certain words and phrases may evoke feelings in each of us. The misuse of your and you’re and nonstandard words like irregardless can irritate; words that some consider gross, like moist and vomit, can cause physical reactions. Even though we are taught that it’s sticks and stones that break our bones, some words can injure us more deeply than any rock.

Be Doers of the Word

When some religious leaders are offended by how the disciples are eating, Jesus counters their complaints with one of his own: “Isaiah was right; you like to talk big, but you care more about your traditions than you do about honoring God.” He tells those listening that being grammatically correct—following tradition—isn’t what is necessary. The motivation behind the words we chose to speak and the impact those words have on others is what matters.

James, in today’s second reading, takes Jesus’ message a step further and tells his readers to “be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves” (James 1:22). We can’t just listen, or only consider, or simply hear, then move on believing we did everything we were supposed to do. This is akin to caring more about whether a message is written with proper grammar than what the message actually says. James tells us that “the word” isn’t just meant to evoke feelings in us, but to compel us to do the word.

For James, “the word” was true belief in God and doing the word—living that true belief—was caring for those in need, especially those who were sidelined or invisible because they didn’t conform to strict guidelines or customs.

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2017 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.


summer worship

Summer Worship – One Service!
through Labor Day Weekend

This summer, through Sunday 2. Sept, there will be one Sunday liturgy at 10:00 am, with coffee hour following.

Fall Worship Schedule begins next week!

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


Lutheran World Relief School Supplies Kits

God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday
9. September

Trinity will join in with God’s Work, Our Hands, a celebration of 10,000 congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We are one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.

During God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, we will be celebrating this freedom to serve our neighbors by preparing 140 School Kits for Lutheran World Relief. We will have all the supplies ready to go. Just bring yourselves! We will begin at 9:30 am. Come sing and play with us and join in on the fun and service!


The Adult Forum
begins Sunday 16. September

The Adult Forum is a class where speakers talk about different ministries in our area and around the world, or we have a Bible Study on an important topic. This group meets every Sunday at 9:30 am in Conference Rm 10.


BTAB!

Pledging for Mission

BIGGER Than A Building! 66 families have pledged $479,040 to our 3-year mission appeal. Total amount received for BTAB! is $435,056.07 as of 26. August. Thank you for your generous support.


Farewell Team Planning

Planning for Pastor Berner’s sendoff has begun. The Farewell Committee members are Sarah G, Steve S, Hagen S, Nancy N, Miriam M, and John B. Please make bring any suggestions or questions to a member of this team.


Pastor Transition Process

In August, the Congregation Council met with Bishop Graham from the Metro DC Synod to discuss the process of transitioning to a new pastor after the retirement of Pastor Berner. A summary of the process appears in the September Trinitarian. If you have any questions or concerns about the process, please raise them with your favorite council member.


Luther's emblem of faith, word, and grace

You Said Lutherans Believe What?
An Adult Inquiry Class

Six Sundays at 9:30 am
16. September through 21. Oct 2018

If you are interested in becoming a member of Trinity, please join us for this class. If you have been a member of Trinity and are interested in learning more, this class is for you as well. Please talk with Pastor Berner about your interest or the church office.


Trinity Men’s Group

The September meeting of Trinity Men’s Group will be held Wednesday 12. September, at Mike J’s house starting at 1:00 pm. Please let Mike know if you plan to attend.


Oh, Praise the Gracious Power (ELW No. 651)

Through the stanzas of Thomas Troeger’s hymn we give repeated praise to Christ described as “persistent truth,” “inclusive love,” “word of faith” and “tide of grace.” The beginning stanzas go on to show that Christ “gathers…strangers,” “eases…prejudice,” “claims us” and reveals “visions of a world at peace,” with a refrain: “We praise you Christ! Your cross has made us one!” The congregation sings the constant reminder that it is through the cross that Christ does these things.


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.


Food for the Poor Sunday

Blessing of the Backpacks


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, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, 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
John W, Sunrise of Rockville

home
Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
Margo W

family and friends*
Albert A, friend of Margaret F
Bill B, friend of Sabrina R
Col. Kelvin K, friend of Len S
Tom K, friend of Diana M
Terry L, friend of Marilyn & Bob C

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

Birthdays
2. Sept: Marissa P, James M
5. Sept: Anders S, Kathy T
6. Sept: Jeanine B
8. Sept: Brenden H

Baptismal Days
4. Sept: Jan P
5. Sept: Alexander L, Gregory L

Wedding Anniversaries
2. Sept: Leslie S & James M


This Week at Trinity

Sun 2. Sept (Pentecost 15 / Lect 22)
10:00 am – Holy Communion
11:15 am – Property Team
Mon 3. Sept
Church Office closed for Labor Day
Tues 4. Sept
11:15 am – Staff mtg
7:30 pm – Stewardship Team (Lib)
Thurs 6. Sept
7:30 pm – Trinity Singers (MR)
Sat 8. Sept
10:30 am – Sunday School setup
Next Sun 9. Sept (Pentecost 16 / Lect 23)
Rally Sunday
God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday
Installation of Sunday School Teachers
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Intergenerational Sunday School – LWR School Kits
10:45 am – Holy Communion
12:00 pm – Teacher Orientation
12:15 pm – Parish Life Team (SH)
12:15 pm – Worship & Music Team (11)
6:00 pm – Youth Group (6-12th)

Looking Ahead

10. Sept Heavenly Handbells Polishing & Potluck
11. Sept Congregation Council
12. Sept Men’s Group

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