Sunday, February 17
6th Sunday after Epiphany (year C)

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

Living God, in Christ you make all things new. Transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your glory, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Jeremiah 17:5-10
Psalm 1
1 Corinthians 15:12-20
Luke 6:17-26


Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes – Matthew B (8:15); Anders S (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Nancy N (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – Anita S (8:15); Anita S (10:45)
Greeters – Nancy J (8:15); TBD (10:45)
Lectors – Jerry B (8:15); Len S (10:45)
Ushers – Steve & Donna S (8:15); Patricia S, Robert P (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Noralyn & Phil D (8:15); Spr family (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15); Christine B (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Diana M
Tellers – Greg & Margaret F


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

The Epiphany season calls us to see how Christ shines forth in our lives and in our world. I have found our worship this season to be especially enlightening and encouraging. I hope you have as well.

In keeping with this spirit of Epiphany, I strive to keep the transition/interim work we do together as transparent as possible. It’s constant, fluid work, so let me bring you up to date.

I have asked that we might explore some of the 10 settings for the liturgy in the ELW. The best way to experience a new setting is to try it for a season. And we have been doing that this Epiphany season. In Lent we will move on/move back to another. I don’t do this to afflict you! But there is a very high likelihood that your next pastor will reflect the diversity of Lutheran worship and I want at least to expose you to some of the riches that are out there.

I understand from the council members that some in the congregation are anxious for the call committee to be formed. Here the history of Trinity is informative. A look back at the history of the congregation will reveal that after every regularly called pastor left, the congregation engaged the leadership of an intentional interim pastor. In fact, it looks like Trinity has been served by more interim pastors that regularly called pastors! My point is, Trinity has been here before and this interim time will not last forever. But it’s not time to start the call process yet. Here is where I talk about the “other” side of transition work. We are all familiar with the congregation side – making sure the congregation’s needs are heard and identified. But there’s also the pastoral side – that is, becoming the kind of congregation that will be attractive to pastoral candidates, the kind of place someone might consider uprooting their family and moving across the country to serve. While the two overlap, they are not identical. We go about our transition work with both the congregation and the new pastor in mind.

Finally, there are a series of tasks that need to be completed and issues adequately addressed before it makes sense to form a call committee. Here’s a sample of things we’re working on:

  • a renewed sense of vision. A congregation-wide event is being planned to that everyone who wants to can have a voice in shaping the mission of the congregation.
  • Attendance – worship and other events. For several years Trinity’s worship attendance has averaged around 100-110. That’s good! But it’s hard to stay on a plateau for an extended period of time. The hope is to see growth across the board in participation.
  • Diversity awareness. This may surprise some, given Trinity’s reputation, but I have learned that not everyone is experiencing the same level of acceptance and awareness. And that is a problem because it can’t be fixed with a program. We are going to have to talk openly about what this means and see just how inclusive Trinity would like to be going forward.
  • Closely related, but yet distinct, is the matter of racism. How can Trinity become a genuinely affirming community for all people?
  • Financial matters. Trinity is in a good financial position! But analysis by the Finance team reveals commitments (pledges) for 2019 are lower than 2018 and there are some opportunities coming up that will require more, not less, revenue. We don’t want to try and call a new pastor until we can demonstrate that we are on sound financial footing.
  • Last of all, grief. Pastor Berner was here a long time. People are still grieving his departure, with good reason! It will take time for that grief to feel less acute. Until it does, it makes thinking in a clear-eyed way about the future difficult.

What other questions do you have? Talk to me or a council member and I will do my very best to address your concern!

Blessings,
PK


Weekly Devotional

The Good Life

What does a good life look like, and how does one achieve it? That question has been asked by everyone from average people to the greatest philosophers for as long as humans have been around. Adults share their answers with children through moral tales. Advertisers promise it to consumers through carefully calculated stories and pictures. In both cases, the “blessings” of the right choice are contrasted with the “woes” of the wrong.

In today’s gospel, Jesus speaks his own series of blessings and woes that paint a counterintuitive picture of the good life. He stands among a crowd of people who have come to him to be healed of diseases and unclean spirits. People of Jesus’ time blamed ailments on individuals’ own poor choices and sins. But as Jesus looks around at the crowd, he calls them blessed: the poor, the hungry, the weeping, the hated, the reviled, and the defamed. They are blessed because their poverty, hunger, grief, and pain have brought them to Christ, through whom God’s power goes out to heal all people.

It can be easy to paint a version of the good life, or even the “good church,” based on worldly visions of prosperity, success, and righteousness. But the goodness of the church comes from the one who stands at its center: Jesus Christ. As we come together to worship, our Lord draws around himself a crowd with ailments, wounds, and worries, many of which the world has taught us to cover up and hide. But together we listen to Christ’s words of grace and receive his body and blood at the table. What does the good life look like? Broken people being healed together in the presence of Christ.

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


The Kingdom of God and the Church

Join Pastor Kern on Sunday mornings in February at 9:30 in Room 11 for The Kingdom of God and the Church: what’s the difference?  We’ll take a lighthearted look at such topics as, + how, exactly did the church come to be? + how does Trinity’s history reflect the church’s history? + Where does authority lie in the church? + How do congregations make decisions?  The goal is that through this process we will have a renewed appreciation for our congregation and the church in the world. 
All are welcome!


Annual Cook-Off – Next Sunday

A Trinity tradition continues. Join us next Sunday, February 24, after the late service for a Meatball & Bar Cookie Cook-Off.  Get out those recipes and bring your favorite meatball and/or bar cookie.  Even if you do not enter, please hang around to taste and vote.  It is always a great fellowship event.  The funds raised support Trinity’s youth mission trip (75%) and Manna Food Bank (25%).  Who will be this year’s winners?  Sign up in the Social Hall to enter the Cook-Off.  Please help us make this a delicious success.


February Food Drive
Only 2 Weeks Left!

During February, we are collecting specific foods to support the efforts of Bethesda Help, a local all-volunteer non-profit organization providing emergency assistance to needy persons in southern Montgomery County, including food, limited financial assistance (for rent, utility, prescriptions), and referrals to shelters, clothing, or appropriate professional agency.

Emergency food deliveries to households in crisis provide a three-day supply of food for each member of the household.   Each delivery includes:

1 – Can of Meat (chicken) 12.5 oz
2 – Cans of Tuna 5 oz (usually packed in water)
3 – Cans of vegetables (preferably low/no salt)
2 – Can of beans 15.5 oz
(garbanzo, black, red kidney, navy, cannellini, pinto, baked)
1 – Can of fruit (preferably any packed in juice)
1 – Box of Oatmeal (cannister or box of individual packs)/ cereal
1 – Jar Peanut Butter 18 oz
1 – Box of Pasta 16 oz (spaghetti or various pasta)
1 – Can of Pasta/ Spaghetti Sauce 24 oz
1 – Bag of Rice (white or brown) 16 oz
2 – Boxes of macaroni and cheese 7.25 oz

In early March, we will sponsor a service project for Tilden Middle School students to organize the bags.  The students will also learn about Bethesda Help and the urgent needs so close to home.  Our goal is to prepare deliveries for 75 families.  Questions, please contact Margaret F.


In Transition …

As part of the transition process, Pastor Kern is having one-on-one conversation with Council members and members of the congregation.  If you would like an appointment to talk with Pastor Kern, please use the sign-up sheet on the podium in the social hall or contact the church office.  This is your opportunity to share what you think and feel about your congregation – what you love, what concerns you, your hopes, etc.


Helping Break the Cycle of Poverty

Thanks to all who dropped off donations for A Wider Circle. On Sunday, January 27, several of us volunteered at the warehouse and delivered a pick up truck full of professional clothes, sheets, blankets, dishes and other household goods. We will make another trip in April, stay tuned for a date and time!


Quarterly Giving Statements and Pledge Envelopes are available in the Social Hall.  If you have not done so already, please pick up yours today.


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, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
. . . the sick and suffering
nursing/rehabilitation center
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
home
Diana B
Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
Pr Robert M
James T
Chris T
Margo W
family and friends*
Carol B, friend of Marilyn C
Wendy C, friend of Len S
Wayne C family, friends of Erna B
Frank M, friend of Diana M
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
Dee Dee W, niece of Marilyn G
Vern W, brother-in-law of Sabrina R
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G

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

Birthdays
18. Peggy J, Richard R
19. Hagen S, Nicholas S
20. Cathy C
21. Rebecca L
22. Greg F, Mina

Anniversaries
22. Sarah G & Nathan L


This Week at Trinity

Sun, Feb 17 (Epiphany 6)
8:15 a.m. Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 a.m. Holy Communion
12:15 p.m. MEF Team
12:15 p.m. Trinity Singers rehearsal (MR)
1:45 p.m. Bethesda H&R (Children & Youth)
Mon, Feb 18
7:30 p.m. Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues, Feb 19
11:15 a.m. Church Staff (11)
7:00 p.m. Stephen Ministry Training (11)
7:30 p.m. Cong Council special meeting (10)
Sat, Feb 23
Trinitarian Newsletter Deadline
Sun, Feb 24 (Epiphany 7)
8:15 a.m. Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 a.m. Holy Communion
12:15 p.m. Cook Off
12:15 p.m. Trinity Singers rehearsal (MR)
1:45 p.m. Parish Life Team (SH)

Sunday, February 10
5th Sunday after Epiphany (year C)

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

Most holy God, the earth is filled with your glory, and before you angels and saints stand in awe. Enlarge our vision to see your power at work in the world, and by your grace make us heralds of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Isaiah 6:1-8 [9–13]
Psalm 138
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Luke 5:1-11


Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes – Matthew B (8:15); Colin G (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Sarah M (8:15); Nathan L (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – Margaret F (8:15); Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters – Diana B (8:15); Pam B (10:45)
Lectors – Phil D (8:15); Christine B (10:45)
Ushers – Ross A, Joan E (8:15); David C, Henry C (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Nancy N (8:15); T,P,B (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15); Christine B (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Diana B
Tellers – Thor N, Diana M


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

I had this really cool class I wanted to lead. Actually, it’s not so much a class as it is a process to think deeply about one’s faith and life and church – if you’re into that sort of thing. I was really looking forward to it. And then practically no one signed up.

Well, there were four who said they were interested, but having led a Lot of groups in my life, I know from experience that’s too small for something like this. Someone can’t come, and then you have three. Or you have a really strong personality who tries to dominate and there goes your discussion. Anyway, maybe I can try it again in a few months.

So, what have I learned? I learned – once again! – how busy DC church members are. Two hours on a weekday evening is like asking to make the day 26 hours long. I learned that maybe :-)! what fascinates me may not be all that interesting to someone else! I learned that maybe advertising something in the bulletin and newsletter may not reach the whole congregation. And, one member suggested I try offering the class in the daytime. Cool.

I mention all of this to ask this question? What do you do when your plans fall through? What does a congregation do when response to it’s ministry dwindles? Do we just try harder? Make excuses? Or do we take a step back and see if there is something we can learn? After all, our response to our failures is really the only thing we can change.

For my part, I’m going to think about offering my class during the daytime. And I’m going to try and figure out if there’s another way I can offer this process to busy Christians that I haven’t figured out yet. And, I’m going to keep going ahead with life and ministry. What about you?

Blessings,
Pr Kern


Caught By God’s Grace

When Jesus first announced a message of good news for the oppressed, the people of his hometown were thrilled. They had suffered and struggled together for a long time. The stirring words of Jesus’ powerful sermon stoked their hope, and by its end the people were amazed and singing his praises. Yet, Jesus’ message was not finished. He continued to widen the scope of God’s mercy beyond those gathered with him in Nazareth. God’s kingdom, he said, even included groups that Jesus’ hearers considered their enemies. Sometimes those outsiders had been even more appreciative of God’s grace than God’s own people had! With that, the cheers of the crowd turned to angry shouts and Jesus found his very life threatened.

Fishing requires patience, as Simon’s words in today’s gospel reflect: “We have worked all night long but have caught nothing” (Luke 5:5). Imagine that long night, full of silences and frustrations as nets are cast and recast, first in one place and then in another and another. Maybe these words evoke a period of long waiting in your life or something you are experiencing right now. Waiting is hard and can feel doubly so when it is marked by repeated failed attempts at something.

So, when Jesus calls his new disciples to fish for people, he is both warning them of the challenge ahead and assuring them that they are well practiced in the patience it will take. Life as a disciple is no less challenging than the rest of our lives, yet sometimes in the church we expect quicker results with less effort. The word evangelism itself often evokes the image of a brief encounter, where a direct and focused witness leads to a quick conversion. But today’s gospel points to a different reality. Jesus calls us to be present with others, to stay by them through long days and long nights, and to cast love in many directions. When we build true and deep relationships, God will choose the right moment, like Jesus does in the gospel, to tell us when and where to drop our nets with a word of witness to the God we have come to know.

Jesus invites his disciples, including us, into a long journey with him. He calls us not to be members of a club, numbers in an attendance count, or dollars for the budget. Rather, Christ sends us to catch others up into God’s activity in the world, into the story of Jesus Christ, into lives as disciples. In worship today, let yourself be caught up into God’s grace. Then go forth to patiently cast lines of hope to those around you.


In Transition …

As part of the transition process, Pastor Kern is having one-on-one conversation with Council members and members of the congregation. If you would like an appointment to talk with Pastor Kern, please use the sign-up sheet on the podium in the social hall or contact the church office. This is your opportunity to share what you think and feel about your congregation – what you love, what concerns you, your hopes, etc.


The Kingdom of God and the Church

Join Pastor Kern on Sunday mornings in February at 9:30 in Room 11 for The Kingdom of God and the Church: what’s the difference?  We’ll take a lighthearted look at such topics as, 
+ how, exactly did the church come to be? 
+ how does Trinity’s history reflect the church’s history? 
+ Where does authority lie in the church? 
+ How do congregations make decisions?  
The goal is that through this process we will have a renewed appreciation for our congregation and the church in the world.  
All are welcome!


Sub Sale Success – Thank you!

Trinity’s middle and high school youth thanks everyone who supported this year’s sub and wing sale.  We made 48 subs, 5 salads, and over 400 wings.  Thanks to your generous support, this year’s sale netted nearly $600 for the 2019 Summer Mission Trip!


Souper Bowl 2019

Last week Trinity participated in the Souper Bowl, a nationwide campaign to raise money for food pantries all over the country. The money Trinity raised will go to MANNA (www.mannafood.org). We had a little fun with this and used this as a prognostication tool… and we were wrong. The LA Rams pot had $179.38, and the NE Patriots had $46.57, but the REAL winner was MANNA. Thank you for contributing!


Trinity Men’s Group

Trinity Men’s Group will meet Wednesday, February 13, 1 p.m. at the home of Steve S. Parking is restricted. Contact Steve for more information.


Pledges and Gifts

For the 2019 Living in Grace and Gratitude annual Stewardship Appeal, as of January 31, 48 family units have pledged $ 202,356, and 54 adults and 10 youth have turned in their Time & Talent forms. If you have not yet pledged, Pledge Cards and Time & Talent Forms are available in the church office or from ushers on Sunday. Completed cards and forms may be placed in the offering plate or mailed to the church office, Attn: Financial Secretary.  Thank you.


Please pick up your pledge envelopes in the Social Hall.  If your envelope is not there, please see John B or Annie A to insure you are in our records.


First Sundays Coffee Hour Potluck

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


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

. . . the church
our synod & bishops

Bishops Elizabeth Eaton & Richard Graham
our missionaries
Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, Cent. America
 our congregation
Trinity Church
. . . the nations
Afghanistan, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
. . . the sick and suffering
nursing/rehabilitation center
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
home
Diana B
Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
Pr Robert M
James T
Chris T
Margo W
family and friends*
Carol B, friend of Marilyn C
Wendy C, friend of Len S
Wayne C family, friends of Erna B
Frank M, friend of Diana M
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
Dee Dee W, niece of Marilyn G
Vern W, brother-in-law of Sabrina R
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G

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

Birthdays
11. Nathan L, Dexter M
12. Ross A, Bill B
13. Nancy J, Sarah M
14. Anja S

Death
Gary D, friend of Jeanine & John B
+ Feb 2, 2019


This Week at Trinity

Sun, Feb 10 (Epiphany 5) Scout Sunday
8:15 a.m. Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 a.m. Holy Communion
12:15 p.m. Christian Education Team
12:15 p.m. Trinity Singers rehearsal (MR)
6:00 p.m. Youth Group

Mon, Feb 11
7:30 p.m. Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues, Feb 12
11:15 a.m. Church Staff (11)
7:00 p.m. Stephen Ministry Training (11)
7:30 p.m. Congregation Council (10)
Wed, Feb 13
1:00 p.m. Men’s Group (offsite)
Fri, Feb 15
Trinitarian Newsletter Deadline

Sun, Feb 17 (Epiphany 6)
8:15 a.m. Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 a.m. Holy Communion
12:15 p.m. MEF Team
12:15 p.m. Trinity Singers rehearsal (MR)
1:45 p.m. Bethesda H&R (Children & Youth)

Sunday, February 3
4th Sunday after Epiphany (year C)

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

Almighty and ever-living God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and love; and that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Jeremiah 1:4-10
Psalm 71:1-6
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Luke 4:21-30


Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes – TBD (8:15); Vincent M (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Bill B (8:15); Sarah G (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – Margaret F (8:15); Jane R (10:45)
Greeters – Phil & Noralyn D (8:15); Hagen & Kristina S (10:45)
Lectors – Keith C (8:15); Nathan L (10:45)
Ushers – Thor & Nancy N (8:15); Rich G, Patricia S (10:45)
Coffee Hour – potluck (names M-Z) Dan & Rob S (8:15); S, T, Mina (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15); Christine B (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Noralyn D
Tellers – Lynn & Bud B


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

My wife and moved to Maryland in the winter of 2009.  The weather could not be more different than Florida, from which we came.  Cold, snow, ice – quite a contrast!  But one thing was very familiar – the calm and clear after a storm.

In Florida, when a hurricane approaches, the sky grows dark, the wind picks up and it rains.  The experience can be quite frightening.  But the day after is always beautiful.  The wind pattern that brought all the storm, also pulls it all away leaving behind cloudless skies and brilliant sun.
I’ve noticed a similar pattern with snowstorms.  The day after the system moves away, the skies are often a brilliant blue and the sun appears brighter than ever.

What am I leaving out…? Of course, the aftermath of the storm.  The skies may be blue and sun bright, but then there is the clean-up, the rebuilding, the whole trying-to-get-life-back-to-normal routine.  When you think about it, the weather is a pretty good metaphor for just about any transition that life brings our way.  There’s the impending storm (change), followed by the storm (change) itself, and then the aftermath, the starting over (new beginning.)

As we move ahead with our transition work, it will likely appear to some of you that there’s a storm approaching; some of you may feel that way already.  That’s just a fact.  But let us never lose sight that good days are ahead – bright with sunshine and clear skies.  Knowing what we’re working toward can energize us for the work at hand.

Blessings,
Pr Kern

PS  There’s a sign up sheet in the social hall on the podium desk for any members who would like to schedule a time to speak with me one-on-one.  I would love to speak with you!  Tell me what you love about Trinity, how you came to be here, what concerns you might have, or hopes you carry for the future.  Sessions are generally 30 -45 minutes.  Please leave me your name, email address, best day of the week to meet, and the best time of day for you.  And I will get back to you to schedule a time.


Weekly Devotional

Widening the Circle

When Jesus first announced a message of good news for the oppressed, the people of his hometown were thrilled. They had suffered and struggled together for a long time. The stirring words of Jesus’ powerful sermon stoked their hope, and by its end the people were amazed and singing his praises. Yet, Jesus’ message was not finished. He continued to widen the scope of God’s mercy beyond those gathered with him in Nazareth. God’s kingdom, he said, even included groups that Jesus’ hearers considered their enemies. Sometimes those outsiders had been even more appreciative of God’s grace than God’s own people had! With that, the cheers of the crowd turned to angry shouts and Jesus found his very life threatened.

Congregations and ministries often contain groups who have spent many years together, sharing the work of ministry and building deep relationships with one another. To belong to such a community is a tremendous blessing that many people have never experienced. But such communities must also guard against the temptation to hear God’s words of abundant grace as a private message just for them. The gospel revealed in Jesus Christ always pushes us to see a wider circle, in which outsiders are just as much the focus of God’s loving attention and where even those who are most unlike us have things to teach us about God’s grace.

As you gather for worship today, is anyone new in your assembly? Who might feel the most like an outsider? What groups and people in your wider community are not present with you today? As you listen to the many words of grace and love in today’s service, be intentional about pondering how these messages apply to people beyond your normal circles. As you are sent back out into your community, notice others around you, especially those who seem unlikely to gather with you for worship. Pray for heightened awareness of outsiders, and watch for opportunities to learn about God’s love from them.

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


Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

This Sunday, and the first Sunday of each month, will be potluck coffee hour. If your last name begins with letters M-Z, please bring in a coffee hour item to share. (last names A-L odd months, M-Z even months). We still need hosts for these Sundays as well as hosts for all our coffee hours. Sign up on the schedule on the coffee hour table or contact Lynn B.


In Transition …

As part of the transition process, Pastor Kern is having one-on-one conversation with Council members and members of the congregation. If you would like an appointment to talk with Pastor Kern, please use the sign-up sheet on the podium in the social hall or contact the church office. This is your opportunity to share what you think and feel about your congregation – what you love, what concerns you, your hopes, etc.


The Kingdom of God and the Church

Join Pastor Kern on Sunday mornings in February at 9:30 in Room 11 for The Kingdom of God and the Church: what’s the difference?  We’ll take a lighthearted look at such topics as,
+ how, exactly did the church come to be?
+ how does Trinity’s history reflect the church’s history?
+ Where does authority lie in the church?
+ How do congregations make decisions? 
The goal is that through this process we will have a renewed appreciation for our congregation and the church in the world. 
All are welcome!


To Be Human and a Child of God

A new class for those who like to think deeply about faith and life begins Wednesday, February 6, at 7 p.m. in Room 11.  To Be Human and a Child of God will invite participants explore how faith might inform our lives in an age of anxiety.  Leaders on every level seem to be in short supply calling on ordinary saints to lead effectively in small, important ways.  Such leadership begins with a calm, assured sense of self, as Jesus exemplifies.  Interested? Please let the church office (301.881.7275) know if you are able to attend.


Trinity Men’s Group

Trinity Men’s Group will meet Wednesday, February 13, 1 p.m. at the home of Steve S. Parking is restricted. Contact Steve for more information.


Please pick up your pledge envelopes in the Social Hall.  If your envelope is not there, please see John B or Annie A to insure you are in our records.


Pledges and Gifts

For the 2019 Living in Grace and Gratitude annual Stewardship Appeal, as of January 27, 48 family units have pledged $ 202,356, and 54 adults and 10 youth have turned in their Time & Talent forms. If you have not yet pledged, Pledge Cards and Time & Talent Forms are available in the church office or from ushers on Sunday. Completed cards and forms may be placed in the offering plate or mailed to the church office, Attn: Financial Secretary.  Thank you.


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, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
. . . the sick and suffering
nursing/rehabilitation center
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
home
Diana B
Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
Pr Robert M
James T
Chris T
Margo W
family and friends*
Carol B, friend of Marilyn C
Wayne C family, friends of Erna B
Frank M, friend of Diana M
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
Dee Dee W, niece of Marilyn G
Vern W, brother-in-law of Sabrina R
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G

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


This Week at Trinity

Sun, Feb 3 (Epiphany 4) Sub Sale Sunday
Potluck Coffee Hour (last names M-Z)
8:15 a.m. Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 a.m. Holy Communion
12:15 p.m. Trinity Singers rehearsal (MR)
Mon, Feb 4
7:30 p.m. Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues, Feb 5
11:15 a.m. Church Staff (11)
6:30 p.m. Stephen Ministry supervision (10)
7:00 p.m. Stephen Ministry Training (10)
Sat, Feb 9
Time TBA Junior Youth Group (1st-5th grade)
Sun, Feb 10 (Epiphany 5) Scout Sunday
8:15 a.m. Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 a.m. Holy Communion
12:15 p.m. Christian Education Team
12:15 p.m. Trinity Singers rehearsal (MR)
6:00 p.m. Youth Group

Sunday, January 27
3rd Sunday after Epiphany (year C)

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

Blessed Lord God, you have caused the holy scriptures to be written for the nourishment of your people. Grant that we may hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that, comforted by your promises, we may embrace and forever hold fast to the hope of eternal life, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
Luke 4:14-21


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

Our Epiphany observances continue. This week in the gospel we will hear Jesus make a clear definition of himself in his hometown. Also at Trinity, it’s the annual Reconciling in Christ observance and later in the day we will be participating in the annual Christian Unity service (featuring the Trinity handbells!) It’s a good time to be the church.

Don’t forget, I’m offering two series for adults during the month of February. On Sundays, The Kingdom of God and the Church during the Sunday School hour and on Wednesdays To Be Human and a Child of God. Both are open to any and all. The Wednesday series needs at least 8 people but no more than 15, and I do need you to let me know if you’re planning to attend that one. More info is in your newsletter and the Sunday bulletin. Both classes will be in Room 11. Join me!

Please remember the furloughed and laid-off among us and in your neighborhood. These friends are suffering significantly through no fault of their own. Acts of kindness and service go a long way.

Finally, on Sunday we will welcome Dr Jinsun Cho to the organ/piano/choir. Dr Cho is a candidate for the Director of Music Position at Trinity. She rehearsed with the choir last week and will be playing and directing for both services on Sunday. Please give her a warm Trinity welcome.

Blessings,
Pr Kern

A SUGGESTION from Pr Kern … 

In many ways technology has made our lives easier and more productive. At the same time, some technology, especially email has magnified the possibility for miscommunication and misunderstanding a thousand-fold.  Here’s a general rule of thumb that I have observed helps keep email healthy in congregations.

Use email to:

  • say thank you and offer compliments and praise
  • set and confirm meeting times
  • share minutes, data, records, etc that require no commentary

And try never, ever to use email to:

  • have a debate (especially theological ones!)
  • argue with one another
  • complain or find fault

Matthew 18 remains our guide for those times when we have a disagreement with a brother or sister – it’s in every ELCA congregation’s constitution.  First, go to the one who has hurt you face to face …

I mention all of this because email is so easy and so natural, especially for those of us of the baby boomer generation, that we sometimes forget email is forever.  Once an email is sent, it belongs to ether!  We have no control over where it goes after we hit send.  Email sometimes makes reconciliation difficult, if not impossible, for that very reason.  Now, ironically enough, I thank you for reading this email :-)!


Weekly Devotional

Sharing a Mission

What is your mission in life? What centers and directs your time and energy? Corporations, churches, and other organizations often carefully choose the words of a mission statement to articulate what orients their collective work. Most individuals do not create a personal mission statement, but we may find ourselves drawn to certain ideas and phrases that speak to the values and hopes we seek to live out on a daily basis.

In today’s gospel, Jesus uses a passage from the prophet Isaiah to lay out the mission at the core of his ministry: he has come to release people trapped in captivity. Jesus does more than just speak these words. Throughout the Gospel of Luke, we see Jesus living them out through repeated encounters with people whose lives are transformed and set free by God’s unbounded grace. Many are trapped in others’ judgment and societal stigma. Jesus steps through such barriers and brings release. Through loving actions, he affirms the value and dignity of all people in the sight of God.

As followers of Jesus, we are called to share in his mission. In doing so we can expect to encounter Christ ourselves. As the Holy Spirit draws us together in worship, Christ comes to bring us good news and release, wherever we are bound. This freedom is given to us with a purpose: to enable us to find those in captivity around us and set them free. In the church, we are invited to ask ourselves: Who in our community is trapped by fear and hatred? Who is longing for release from stigma and judgment today? Wherever such captivity exists, we disciples of Christ are called to follow where our Lord leads so that all might experience the grace and love of God that sets us free.

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


Assisting Us in the Sunday Services

Guest Organist – Jinsun C, PhD
Acolytes – TBD (8:15), Anusha A (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Jerry B (8:15), Leslie C (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – Margaret F (8:15), David C (10:45)
Greeters – Dan & Rob S (8:15), Susan S (10:45)
Lectors – John B (8:15), Jim K (10:45)
Ushers – Ross A, Mike J (8:15), Rich G, Patricia S (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Margaret F (8:15), Lynn & Bud B (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Noralyn D (8:15), Patricia S (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Diana B
Tellers – Thor N, Diana M


The Kingdom of God and the Church

Join Pastor Kern on Sunday mornings in February at 9:30 in Room 11 for The Kingdom of God and the Church: what’s the difference?  We’ll take a lighthearted look at such topics as,
+ how, exactly did the church come to be?
+ how does Trinity’s history reflect the church’s history?
+ Where does authority lie in the church?
+ How do congregations make decisions? 
The goal is that through this process we will have a renewed appreciation for our congregation and the church in the world. All are welcome!


To Be Human and a Child of God

A new class for those who like to think deeply about faith and life begins Wednesday, February 6, at 7 p.m. in Room 11.  To Be Human and a Child of God will invite participants explore how faith might inform our lives in an age of anxiety.  Leaders on every level seem to be in short supply calling on ordinary saints to lead effectively in small, important ways.  Such leadership begins with a calm, assured sense of self, as Jesus exemplifies.  Interested? Please let the church office (301.881.7275) know if you are able to attend.


Christian Unity Service

Join other local congregations in the 25th annual Christian Unity Service on Sunday, January 27, 3 p.m., at North Bethesda United Methodist Church (10100 Old Georgetown Rd). The Rev. Jeff Jones presiding; Msgr. John Macfarlane preaching. Special music provided by a combined choir and Trinity’s own Heavenly Handbells.  A free-will offering will benefit CASA de Maryland.  A reception follows the service.

The handbell choir would greatly appreciate help after the 10:45 a.m. service to load all their equipment in cars.  They are heading out to ring at the Christian Unity Service this afternoon.


Help Fight Poverty
Volunteer at A Wider Circle

The Social Ministry Team is organizing a group to volunteer at A Wider Circle, Sunday, January 27, from 1-3 p.m. All ages are welcome. We will leave from Trinity at 12:40. If you are unable to volunteer but have donations of gently used household goods or professional clothes, please bring them to Trinity on January 27 and we will take them to AWC. Questions? Contact Margaret F.


Trinity Mission Endowment Award Nominations

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 27.


Trinity Men’s Group

Trinity Men’s Group will meet Wednesday, February 13, 1 p.m. at the home of Steve S. Parking is restricted. Contact Steve for more information.


Pledges and Gifts

For the 2019 Living in Grace and Gratitude annual Stewardship Appeal, as of January 17, 47 family units have pledged $195,156, and 54 adults and 10 youth have turned in their Time & Talent forms. If you have not yet pledged, Pledge Cards and Time & Talent Forms are available in the church office or from ushers on Sunday. Completed cards and forms may be placed in the offering plate or mailed to the church office, Attn: Financial Secretary.  Thank you.


Bigger Than A Building!

As of December 30, for the new 3-year BIGGER Than A Building! 2 (BTAB! 2) Mission Appeal (2019-2021), 33 family units have pledged $276,520. We need everyone’s pledge to meet our goal of $350,000 to pay off our mortgage for the new building and refurbishments to Trinity. Pledge cards and envelopes are available from the ushers. If you have not yet pledged, place your pledge card in the offering, or mail it to the church, Attn: Financial Secretary.  Thank you.

BIGGER Than A Building! (2015-2018): The final amount received for the original BTAB! Mission Appeal was $462,593.12.  Although we did not meet the pledged goal of $479,040, Trinity would like to thank every member for contributing to the first BTAB! appeal, and we look forward to meeting our goal for the final push of $350,000 for BTAB 2! in the next three years (2019-2021).  Thank you.


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

. . . the church
our synod & bishops
Bishops Elizabeth Eaton & Richard Graham
our missionaries
Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, 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
Pr Robert M
James T
Chris T
Margo W

family and friends*
Wayne C family, friends of Erna B
Frank M, friend of Diana M
Harold P, former member
David S
Dee Dee W, niece of Marilyn G
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G

*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
Jan 27. Lee Ann W
Jan 28. Linda H
Jan 28. Topher S
Jan 29. Martha R
Jan 31. Jim L
Jan 31. Anita S
Feb 1. Lily C
Feb 1. Louise G
Feb 1. Sunhee P
Feb 2. Donald T
Feb 2. Addison H

Baptismal Days
Jan 27. Angela B
Feb 2. Karin H

This Week at Trinity

Sun, Jan 27

Epiphany 3, Christian Unity, Reconciling in Christ Sunday

Deadline for Sub Sale Orders

8:15 a.m.     Holy Communion

9:30 a.m.     Sunday School/Adult Forum

10:45 a.m.   Holy Communion

12:15 p.m.   Trinity Singers rehearsal (MR)

3:00 p.m.     Christian Unity Svc (N. Beth. UMC)

Mon, Jan 28

7:30 p.m. Heavenly Handbells

Tues, Jan 29

9:15 a.m. Trinitarian Mailing

11:15 a.m. Church Staff Meeting

7:00 p.m. Stephen Ministry Training (10)

Wed, Jan 30

7:00 p.m. Christmas Recap Meeting (10)

7:30 p.m. Mission Endowment (11)

Sat, Feb 2

1 p.m. Junior Youth Group

Sun, Feb 3           Epiphany 4

Potluck Coffee Hour (last names M-Z)

Sub Sale Sunday

8:15 a.m.     Holy Communion

9:30 a.m.     Sunday School/Adult Forum

10:45 a.m.   Holy Communion

12:15 p.m.   Trinity Singers rehearsal (MR)

Sunday, January 20
2nd Sunday after Epiphany (year C)

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

Lord God, source of every blessing, you showed forth your glory and led many to faith by the works of your Son, who brought gladness and salvation to his people. Transform us by the Spirit of his love, that we may find our life together in him, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord

Psalm 36:5-10
Isaiah 62:1-5
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
John 2:1-11


Assisting Us in the Sunday Services

Acolytes – Matthew B (8:15), Vincent M (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – John B (8:15), Sarah G (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – Anita S (8:15), Anita S (10:45)
Greeters – Keith & Lily C (8:15), Diana M (10:45)
Lectors – Tom K (8:15), Nicholas C (10:45)
Ushers – Steve & Donna S (8:15), Margaret & Greg F (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Tad & Viola D (8:15), Miriam M, Diana M, Louise G (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Noralyn D (8:15), Patricia S (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Diana M
Tellers – Annie A, Mina


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

On my way to the office this morning, I say my neighbor, walking his dog. I hadn’t seen him or his family since the snow, so I slowed and pulled over to catch up a bit. In response to my query, how are you, he replied with a rueful smile, furloughed. Of course. I should have realized. Will you get caught up when the shutdown is over? No, he replied, I work for a contractor.

Perhaps you are in the same position. Or maybe someone you know? I drove away from my neighbor with his words ringing in my ears – We’re OK for now.

We live in strange political times and people we know and love are suffering in ways that never occurred to us. A quick glance around the world and the suffering of the innocent grows in wave after wave of injustice, cruelty, and simple meanness. What is a Christian to do?

After I finish this note, I’m going to join a few folks from Trinity for a simple furlough lunch. This is the brain-child of Anita Smalin who thought the least the congregation could do was share a meal with some of those affected. Maybe you can do the same thing on your street, or in your building – offer a meal, or even coffee, with someone you know who is waiting for work to return. Just a thought.

Finally, a word about a couple of offerings coming in February. On Sundays in February, I’ll be leading an adult forum on The Church and the Kingdom of God: what’s the difference? We’ll be looking at a some of the theological and non-theological issues facing Trinity during transition. It’s fun. Lighthearted. Come as often as you like. Then, on Wednesdays during February, I’ll be offering an adult study titled To Be Human and a Child of God. This is for those who like to think deeply about their faith and life and will pull together several themes that inform our lives in the present age. For this group, participation will be limited, so get in touch with me through the office is you’re interested. I hope to see you at one – or both!

Blessings,
Pr Kern


Weekly Devotional

First Signs

People enjoy recounting predictive stories from their childhood. A nurse shares a story of tending to a sick pet at a young age. An engineer tells about the time she got in trouble for disassembling her parents’ TV. An entrepreneur narrates the saga of his first lawn-mowing business. Do you have a story like this that you like to tell? Such stories get shared because in them we recognize the first traces of the people we have become. They are stories full of signs that point toward something coming.

Today’s gospel shares a story about the first “sign” of Jesus. When the wine runs out at a wedding he is attending in Cana, Jesus transforms water into wine to help keep the party going. Like the stories we tell about ourselves, this sign points toward who Jesus is going to become. His first miracle is marked by kindness, compassion, joy, pleasure, and abundance. Jesus brings life to a party that is dying. Like stories of our own development, this story feels light-hearted even as it points toward the more profound ways in which we know Jesus will fulfill his own calling to bring joy to those in sorrow, compassion to those in need, and, ultimately, life to those who have died.

Worship is also a place of signs. The rich texture of our words, music, and actions points us toward the truth of God revealed in Jesus Christ. This truth was made known in Jesus’ earthly life, but it continues to unfold in the present. Today as you worship, pay attention to moments in the service that speak with power to your life. These may be signs of what God is changing in you—healing wounds, developing gifts, or growing a special calling.

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


Help Fight Poverty
Volunteer at A Wider Circle

The Social Ministry Team is organizing a group to volunteer at A Wider Circle, Sunday, January 27, from 1-3 p.m. All ages are welcome. We will leave from Trinity at 12:40. If you are unable to volunteer but have donations of gently used household goods or professional clothes, please bring them to Trinity on January 27 and we will take them to AWC. Questions? Contact Margaret F.


Super Bowl Sub Sale

Youth Group is again offering subs for $7.00 each. Order your freshly made subs for Sunday, February 3! Please use the order forms provided in the January Trinitarian or Sunday bulletins. Proceeds help send Trinity youth to the 2019 Youth Mission Trip. Deadline for orders is Sunday, January 27. 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 27.


Christian Unity Service
Sunday, January 27, 3 p.m.

Join other Montgomery County congregations in the 25th annual Christian Unity Service on Sunday, January 27, 3 p.m., at North Bethesda United Methodist Church (10100 Old Georgetown Rd).

The Rev. Jeff Jones will preside, and Msgr. John Macfarlane will preach. Special music will be provided by a combined choir of participating churches and Trinity’s own Heavenly Handbells. A free-will offering will benefit CASA de Maryland. A reception follows the service.


Please pick up your pledge envelopes in the Social Hall. If your envelope is not there, please see John Balbach or Annie Awanohara to insure that you are in our records and may be assigned a number.


Pledges and Gifts For the 2019 Living in Grace and Gratitude annual Stewardship Appeal, as of December 30, 46 family units have pledged $192,759, and 54 adults and 10 youth have turned in their Time & Talent forms. If you have not yet pledged, Pledge Cards and Time & Talent Forms are available in the church office or from ushers on Sunday. Completed cards and forms may be placed in the offering plate or mailed to the church office, Attn: Financial Secretary. Thank you.


BIGGER Than A Building! 2 (BTAB! 2)
As of December 30, for the new 3-year BIGGER Than A Building! 2 (BTAB! 2) Mission Appeal (2019-2021), 33 family units have pledged $276,520. We need everyone’s pledge to meet our goal of $350,000 to pay off our mortgage for the new building and refurbishments to Trinity. Pledge cards and envelopes are available from the ushers. If you have not yet pledged, place your pledge card in the offering, or mail it to the church, Attn: Financial Secretary. Thank you.


BIGGER Than a Building! (2015-2018)
As of January 6, the amount received for the original BTAB! Mission Appeal is $462,593.12. This appeal runs from 2015-2018, so time is running out! Please make sure you fulfill your total 3-year pledge amount by the end of December 2018. Thank you.


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

. . . the church
our synod & bishops
Bishops Elizabeth Eaton & Richard Graham
our missionaries
Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, 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
Pr Robert M
James T
Chris T
Margo W

family and friends*
Wayne C family, friends of Erna B
Diane M, friend of Margaret F
Frank M, friend of Diana M
Harold P, former member
David S
Dee Dee W, niece of Marilyn G
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G

*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
21. Kirsten M
24. Robyn K
26. Cavin N

Baptismal Days
20. Lois F
25. Henri H
25. Susan S

Deaths
Wayne C, pastor of Faith UMC
Dale H, grandfather of Hagen S
Sixto Martinez R, friend of Len & Ani S


This Week at Trinity

Sun, Jan 20, Epiphany 2
8:15 a.m. Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 a.m. Holy Communion and Baptism
12:15 p.m. Trinity Singers rehearsal (MR)
12:15 p.m. Get-the-Word-Out/E-Team (11)
12:15 p.m. Kleiner-Vilgos family (Conf)
12:15 p.m. Social Ministry Team (Lib)
1:45 p.m. Bethesda H&R – Property

Mon, Jan 21
7:30 p.m. Heavenly Handbells

Tues, Jan 22
11:15 a.m. Church Staff (10)
7:30 p.m. Staff Support Team (11)

Sun, Jan 27, Epiphany 3
Christian Unity, Reconciling in Christ Sunday

8:15 a.m. Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 a.m. Holy Communion
12:15 p.m. Trinity Singers rehearsal (MR)
3:00 p.m. Christian Unity Svc (N. Beth. UMC)

Sunday, January 13
Baptism of Our Lord

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

Almighty God, you anointed Jesus at his baptism with the Holy Spirit and revealed him as your beloved Son. Keep all who are born of water and the Spirit faithful in your service, that we may rejoice to be called children of God, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Isaiah 43:1-7
Psalm 29
Acts 8:14-17
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22


Assisting Us in the Sunday Services

Acolytes – TBD (8:15), Anjali A (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Jonah W (8:15), Nalini A (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – Anita S (8:15), Jane R (10:45)
Greeters – Jane R, Eric S (8:15), Trevor H (10:45)
Lectors – John B (8:15), Sabrina R (10:45)
Ushers – Ross A, Joan E (8:15), Paul D, Robert P (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Nancy J (8:15), Christine B (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Noralyn D (8:15), Patricia S (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Dick J
Tellers – Greg & Margaret F
Altar Flowers are given by Vimala P in celebration of Nalini A’s birthday


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

The year is moving quickly. The nativity of our Lord. The arrival of the magi. And now, this Sunday, the baptism of our Lord. 30 years of life compacted in less than a month.

I often experience faith like that – all jumbled together, pushing me forward with a mixture of joy, delight, fear, and dread. How about you?

To quote Mr Dickens, we live in the best of times and the worst of times. No one can say our lives are not full of wonder and wonderful things and yet….. and yet….. we struggle with our sin, both ancient and modern: racism, sexism, economic disparity, political injustice, and all the rest. Clearly, the people of God have work to do!

And speaking of work to do, in your Sunday bulletin you will find a Help Wanted flyer. Several tasks are before us in this time of transition and it’s more than one or a few people can do. Take a look at the needs and the opportunities and see if it will bring you joy to say Yes to one of the tasks.

Blessings,
Pr Kern


Weekly Devotional

Sharing Affirmations

As you prepare to worship today, take a moment to notice those gathering around you. There may be people you have known for many years, others you’ve known only a short time, and maybe some you have never met before. The assembly you see has been gathered together by the Holy Spirit on this day to share with one another the grace of God made known in Jesus Christ. These voices will share the word of God in readings, prayer, and song. These hands will give and receive signs of peace and bread and wine at the table.

In today’s gospel we find another group of people gathering. John the Baptist has drawn them into the wilderness offering baptism with water. Amidst this assembly, Jesus Christ appears. He is baptized among them and receives divine affirmation: “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased” (Luke 3:22). From this assembly, Jesus goes forth to begin a ministry that will be marked by sharing with others the affirmation he received. The poor, the unloved, and the brokenhearted—they too are God’s children, God’s beloved, with whom God is well pleased.

Today, this affirmation is given to you and those around you to be rehearsed in this baptismal community. As worship ends, you, too, will be sent to share it with others. Throughout the coming week, in homes and workplaces, through service and prayer, during encounters with friends and strangers, the voices and hands of this assembly will continue the liturgy begun here out in the communities to which it disperses. In doing so, it will witness to one who is more powerful than any one of us: Jesus Christ. His love is present through the various gifts and callings we ourselves received in the waters of baptism. Thanks be to God!

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


Furlough Lunch
January 16

If you are affected by the shutdown, or unemployed, you are welcome to come to Trinity for lunch and fellowship at 11:30 on Wednesday, January 16. RSVP to Anita by 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 15. Lunch is provided.


Help Fight Poverty
Volunteer at A Wider Circle

The Social Ministry Team is organizing a group to volunteer at A Wider Circle, Sunday, January 27, from 1-3 p.m. All ages are welcome. We will leave from Trinity at 12:40. If you are unable to volunteer but have donations of gently used household goods or professional clothes, please bring them to Trinity on January 27 and we will take them to AWC. Questions? Contact Margaret F.


Space In Your Home?

A donor has a twin bedroom set that one of our families can use when they move into a larger apartment. They are looking for a new apartment now, but they will need a place to store the furniture for a few months. Please contact Kathy T if you have space in your home to store it temporarily or have questions.


Super Bowl Sub Sale
Sunday, February 3

Youth Group is again offering subs for $7.00 each. Order your freshly made subs for Sunday, February 3! Please use the order forms provided in the January Trinitarian or Sunday bulletins. Proceeds help send Trinity youth to the 2019 Youth Mission Trip. 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 27, 2019.


Pledges and Gifts

For the 2019 Living in Grace and Gratitude annual Stewardship Appeal, as of December 30, 46 family units have pledged $192,759, and 54 adults and 10 youth have turned in their Time & Talent forms. If you have not yet pledged, Pledge Cards and Time & Talent Forms are available in the church office or from ushers on Sunday. Completed cards and forms may be placed in the offering plate or mailed to the church office, Attn: Financial Secretary. Thank you.

BIGGER Than A Building! 2 (BTAB! 2)

As of December 30, for the new 3-year BIGGER Than A Building! 2 (BTAB! 2) Mission Appeal (2019-2021), 33 family units have pledged $276,520. We need everyone’s pledge to meet our goal of $350,000 to pay off our mortgage for the new building and refurbishments to Trinity. Pledge cards and envelopes are available from the ushers. If you have not yet pledged, place your pledge card in the offering, or mail it to the church, Attn: Financial Secretary. Thank you.

BIGGER Than a Building! (2015-2018)

As of January 6, the amount received for the original BTAB! Mission Appeal is $462,593.12. This appeal runs from 2015-2018, so time is running out! Please make sure you fulfill your total 3-year pledge amount by the end of December 2018. Thank you.


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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


Annual Reports Due January 15

Committee Chairs, Choir Directors, Church Officers, Youth Leaders, Financial Reports. The deadline for your Annual Report to the congregation is January 15. Please submit reports to the church office. Thank you.


Christian Unity Service
Sunday, January 27, 3 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church will join with other congregations of Montgomery County in the 25th annual celebration of song, scripture, and prayer in fulfillment of the Lord’s will “that all may be one.”

The theme of the 2019 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is:
Justice, Only Justice, You Shall Pursue (Deuteronomy 16:20)

The Rev. Jeff Jones will preside, and Msgr. John Macfarlane will preach.

Special music will be provided by a combined choir of the participating churches and the Heavenly Handbells of Trinity Lutheran Church. A free-will offering will assist CASA de Maryland in creating a more just society by improving the quality of life in working class and immigrant communities.

A reception and fellowship will follow the service.

Location: North Bethesda United Methodist Church; 10100 Old Georgetown Road; Bethesda


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
Pr Robert M
James T
Chris T
Margo W
family and friends*
Diane M, friend of Margaret F
Frank M, friend of Diana M
Harold P, former member
David S
Dee Dee W, niece of Marilyn G
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G

*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
14. Laurel C
15. Keith C
15. Elizabeth W
16. Nalini A
16. Carol H
17. Brian L
17.Leander R

Baptismal Days
14. Anne D
17. Jim K

Wedding Anniversary
14. Kirsten & David M

Death
Dale H, grandfather of Hagen S


This Week at Trinity

Sun, Jan 13 – Baptism of Our Lord
8:15 a.m. Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 a.m. Holy Communion
12:15 p.m. Trinity Singers rehearsal (MR)
12:15 p.m. Worship & Music Team (11)
6:00 p.m. Youth Group (6th-12th)
Mon, Jan 14
7:30 p.m. Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues, Jan 15
Trinitarian and Annual Report Deadline
11:15 a.m. Church Staff
6:30 p.m. Stephen Ministry Supervision (10)
Sun, Jan 20 Epiphany 2
8:15 a.m. Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 a.m. Holy Communion
12:15 p.m. Trinity Singers rehearsal (MR)
12:15 p.m. Get-the-Word-Out/E-Team (11)
12:15 p.m. Kleiner-Vilgos family (Conf)
12:15 p.m. Social Ministry Team (Lib)
1:45 p.m. Bethesda H&R – Property

Sunday, January 6
Epiphany

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

O God, on this day you revealed your Son to the nations by the leading of a star. Lead us now by faith to know your presence in our lives, and bring us at last to the full vision of your glory, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12


Assisting Us in the Sunday Services

Acolytes – Matthew B (8:15), Colin G (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Nancy N (8:15), Miriam M (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – Margaret Fitzwilliam (8:15), Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters – Donna & Steve S (8:15), Matthew & Tamara C (10:45)
Lectors – Sarah M (8:15), Susan S (10:45)
Ushers – Ross A, Mike J (8:15), David C, Henry C (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Keith & Lily C (8:15), potluck [names A-L] (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Noralyn D (8:15), Patricia S (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Noralyn D
Tellers – Lynn & Bud B


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

For many years I served two congregations in Pinellas County, Florida. In the northern part of the county lies the town of Tarpon Springs which is home to a large Greek Orthodox community. And in that community, the Day of the Epiphany was a major celebration, part of which included the Greek Patriarch throwing a cross into the lake and the young men of the parish diving in to the water to recover it, and with it, a blessing.

Because Epiphany is a fixed date, like Christmas, and doesn’t often fall on a Sunday, the festival has fallen out of favor in many Christian circles. This year the calendar blesses us with a Sunday date and with it, the close of the 12 days of Christmas. Our gospel on Sunday will bring us the story of the magi and invite us to consider the various ways in which God’s love is revealed … something we all wonder about from time to time.

I hope you will be able to join us for worship this week. It is a good thing when the saints of God can gather together to offer our worship and to support one another.

Blessings,
Pr Kern


Weekly Devotional

Boundaries Rearranged

A collision is taking place in the story of the magi coming to offer their gifts to Jesus. It is a collision we know well. It is the collision between outsiders who have something to gain and tightfisted insiders who feel as though they have something to lose.

Have you ever noticed the contrast between the magi and Herod? The magi travel from afar to open their treasure chests, and presumably their hearts, to this new Christ. Herod’s heart lurches and clenches and he has a tightfisted temper tantrum at the prospect of sharing his power with anyone new, let alone some infant sought by strange astrologers!

Epiphany is about worlds colliding and boundaries being rearranged so that people who otherwise have nothing in common become one body. Many a Lutheran church sign reads, “All are welcome.” Conceivably, “all” includes magi from the east, shepherds, Herod, young parents, newborn babies—you name it.

“All are welcome” sounds great, unless you’re Herod. Unless you have something to lose by making room; unless the arrival of new folks, new traditions, or newness in general might mean that you have to share your power, your privilege, and your status.

Epiphany reveals two truths. The first is that God really means business when God says that all are welcome. God is all about a manger scene that’s full of unlikely characters, full of unsuspecting worlds colliding and becoming the community of God. The second truth is that while God brings outsiders in, Herod stands in like a placeholder for all of us, revealing our propensity to become tightfisted, selfish, and hostile when our privilege or status is challenged.

Luckily for us, God goes ahead and makes room for the outsider despite our protest.

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


Space In Your Home?

A donor has a twin bedroom set that one of our families can use when they move into a larger apartment. They are looking for a new apartment now, but they will need a place to store the furniture for a few months. Please contact Kathy T (301-675-6987) if you have space in your home to store it temporarily or have questions.


Trinity Men’s Group

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, January 9, at Dick J’s house starting at 1:00 p.m.
Please let Dick know if you are planning to attend.


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 27, 2019.


Pledges and Gifts

For the 2019 Living in Grace and Gratitude annual Stewardship Appeal, as of December 30, 46 family units have pledged $192,759, and 54 adults and 10 youth have turned in their Time & Talent forms. If you have not yet pledged, Pledge Cards and Time & Talent Forms are available in the church office or from ushers on Sunday. Completed cards and forms may be placed in the offering plate or mailed to the church office, Attn: Financial Secretary. Thank you.

BIGGER Than A Building! 2 (BTAB! 2)

As of December 30, for the new 3-year BIGGER Than A Building! 2 (BTAB! 2) Mission Appeal (2019-2021), 33 family units have pledged $276,520. We need everyone’s pledge to meet our goal of $350,000 to pay off our mortgage for the new building and refurbishments to Trinity. Pledge cards and envelopes are available from the ushers. If you have not yet pledged, place your pledge card in the offering, or mail it to the church, Attn: Financial Secretary. Thank you.

BIGGER Than a Building! (2015-2018)

As of December 30, the amount received for the original BTAB! Mission Appeal is $462,273.12. This appeal runs from 2015-2018, so time is running out! Please make sure you fulfill your total 3-year pledge amount by the end of December 2018. Thank you.


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

The first Sunday of each month will be potluck coffee hours starting January 6, with last names A-L to bring in a coffee hour item to share, February 3, names M-Z, and so on. We still need hosts for these Sundays as well as hosts for all our coffee hours. Sign up on the schedule on the coffee hour table or contact Lynn B.


Annual Reports Due January 15

Committee Chairs, Choir Directors, Church Officers, Youth Leaders, Financial Reports. The deadline for your Annual Report to the congregation is January 15. Please submit reports to the church office. Thank you.


Super Bowl Sub Sale
Sunday, February 3

Youth Group is again offering subs for $7.00 each. Order your freshly made subs for Sunday, February 3! Please use the order forms provided in the January Trinitarian or Sunday bulletins. Proceeds help send Trinity youth to the 2019 Youth Mission Trip. Thank you.


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
Margo W
family and friends*
Diane M, friend of Margaret F
Debra P, sister of Thomas K
Harold P, former member
Natalie S, mother of Dan S
David 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
7. Charles M
8. Chloe D
9. Karin H
11. Alex T
12. Nancy M

Baptismal Days
12. Christine B


This Week at Trinity

Sun, Jan 6 – Epiphany
8:15 a.m. Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 a.m. Holy Communion
12:15 p.m. Parish Life Team (SH)
12:15 p.m. Trinity Singers rehearsal (MR)
12:15 p.m. Youth Team
3:00 p.m. High School Youth Group
Mon, Jan 7
7:30 p.m. Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues, Jan 8
7:30 p.m. Congregation Council (10)
Wed, Jan 9
12:15 a.m. Church Staff
1:00 p.m. Men’s Group (Johnson res.)
Sat, Jan 12
10:00 a.m. Church De-Decorating
Sun, Jan 13 – Baptism of Our Lord
8:15 a.m. Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 a.m. Holy Communion
12:15 p.m. Trinity Singers rehearsal (MR)
12:15 p.m. Worship & Music Team (11)
6:00 p.m. Youth Group (6th-12th)

Sunday, December 30, 2018
First Sunday of Christmas

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 am
(No Sunday School)

Shine into our hearts the light of your wisdom, O God, and open our minds to the knowledge of your word, that in all things we may think and act according to your good will and may live continually in the light of your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Assisting Us in the Sunday Services

Acolytes – TBD (8:15), Vincent M (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Carol B (8:15), Leslie C (10:45)
Greeters – Thor & Nancy N (8:15), Peggy J (10:45)
Lectors – Phil D (8:15), David C (10:45)
Ushers – Bill & Diana B (8:15), Dick & Peggy J (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Jane R, Eric S (8:15), Lynn & Bud B (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15), Jackie K (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Diana B
Tellers – Dick & Peggy J


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

Christmas at Trinity continues! On Christmas Eve the singers sang, the ringers rang, the people worshipped, and Christ was present!

Whether you were here or visiting someplace else, I hope your Christmas worship brought you some sense of peace and joy.

This coming Sunday will find us in the middle of the 12 Days of Christmas as we continue our celebration of God’s love toward us.

Our nation and world remain an anxious place. If you or someone you know is affected by the government shutdown, we remember you in our prayers. For all those serving in harm’s way, we pray for God’s protection. If you are traveling, may you do so in safety. And may heaven grant a lasting Christmas peace to all who suffer from war, violence, or disease.

Pray without ceasing, brothers and sisters. May the love of Christ come through us.

Blessings,
Pr Kern


Weekly Devotional

Anxious Searching

1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26
Psalm 148
Colossians 3:12-17
Luke 2:41-52

The central image for today is of two parents anxiously searching for Jesus. Mary’s words ring out: “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety” (Luke 2:48). It is an anxiety-producing thing when we are put into a position of searching for that which we cannot find. We are destabilized and knocked out of a position of control. To search is to be vulnerable, and that vulnerability usually manifests itself in anxiety.

Notice, however, that while Mary and Joseph are frantic (and rightfully so), Jesus is anything but anxious. Jesus knows where his parents are, and he knows to whom he belongs. He goes about the world as a child with unmatched calm and trust. He responds to his mother, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49). Do you hear the difference between Jesus’ tone and Mary’s tone? One feels secure while the other feels afraid.

Jesus’ security comes from knowing that he is known and loved by God. It’s like a child at a playground; if the child trusts that the parent is nearby and watching, he or she is free to explore and play and even venture out. Mary’s security comes from knowing where her son is. In other words, Mary’s security is dependent upon what she knows, whereas Jesus’ security is dependent upon being known.

There is much to search for in this life and much to feel anxious about. But rejoice! Though things may feel out of joint or lost, we can rest securely in Christ. Just as Christ belongs to the Father, so do you. You are known and embraced fully by God. So, rest easy, breathe deeply, and carry out your searching in peace.

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


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.


Space In Your Home?

A donor has a twin bedroom set that one of our families can use when they move into a larger apartment. They are looking for a new apartment now, but they will need a place to store the furniture for a few months. Please contact Kathy T (301-675-6987) if you have space in your home to store it temporarily or have questions.


Trinity Men’s Group

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, January 9, at Dick J’s house starting at 1:00 p.m.
Please let Dick know if you are planning to attend.


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 27, 2019.


BIGGER Than a Building! (2015-2018)

As of December 16, the amount received for the original BTAB! Mission Appeal is $461,218.12. We are around $18,000 short of the pledged amount. Have you fulfilled your pledge for the original BTAB! Mission Appeal? This appeal runs from 2015-2018, so there’s only a few more weeks left! Please make sure you fulfill your total 3-year pledge amount by the end of December. Thank you.

Pledges and Gifts

For the 2019 Living in Grace and Gratitude annual Stewardship Appeal, as of December 27, 45 family units have pledged $187,956, and 48 adults and 10 youth have turned in their Time & Talent forms. If you have not yet pledged, Pledge Cards and Time & Talent Forms are available in the church office or from ushers on Sunday. Completed cards and forms may be placed in the offering plate or mailed to the church office, Attn: Financial Secretary. Thank you.

BIGGER Than A Building! 2 (BTAB! 2)

As of December 10, for the new 3-year BIGGER Than A Building! 2 (BTAB! 2) Mission Appeal (2019-2021), 32 family units have pledged $272,020. We need everyone’s pledge to meet our goal of $350,000 to pay off our mortgage for the new building and refurbishments to Trinity. Pledge cards and envelopes are available from the ushers. If you have not yet pledged, place your pledge card in the offering, or mail it to the church, Attn: Financial Secretary. Thank you.


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*
Kim D and family, friends of Sunhee P
Diane M, friend of Margaret F
Debra P, sister of Thomas K
Harold P, former member
Natalie S, mother of Dan S
David 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
Dec. 30. Lois F

Baptismal Days
Jan. 1. Rob S
Jan. 1. Marilyn G
Jan. 1. Robert C
Jan. 5. Mary R


This Week at Trinity

Sun, Dec 30 (Christmas 1)
8:15 am Holy Communion
9:30 am No Sunday School
10:45 am Holy Communion

Tues, Jan 1 (New Year’s Day)
Church Office Closed

Sat, Jan 5
1-3 p.m. Jr. Youth Group (gr 1-5)

Sun, Jan 6 (Epiphany)
8:15 a.m. Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 a.m. Holy Communion
12:15 p.m. Parish Life Team (SH)
12:15 p.m. Youth Team
3:00 p.m. High School Youth Group

Sunday, December 23, 2018
Fourth Sunday of Advent

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 am

Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that binds us, that we may receive you in joy and serve you always, 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 – TBD (8:15), Vincent M (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Bill B (8:15), Sarah G (10:45)
Children’s Church – Margaret F (8:15), Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters – Tom M (8:15), Hagen & Kristina S (10:45)
Lectors – Keith C (8:15), Greg F (10:45)
Ushers – Diana B, Mike J (8:15), Dick & Peggy J (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Noralyn & Phil D, Keith C (8:15), Leslie C (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15), Jackie K (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Diana M
Tellers – Bud & Lynn B


Weekly Devotional

The Magnifying Life

Micah 5:2-5a
Luke 1:46b-55
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-45 [46-55]

Mary sings, “My soul magnifies the Lord” (Luke 1:46). The word that is often translated “soul” can also be translated as “self” or “life.” My self, the particularities of my being, magnify the Lord, she sings. My life, she says, has become like a magnifying glass with which you can see up close the details of God. This is true. God has chosen Mary because her life is like a telescope through which we can look to encounter the divine.

Mary is poor. Mary is female. Mary is young. Mary is powerless by worldly standards. Mary is found to be pregnant outside of marriage, an unacceptable state in her community, and spends several months of her pregnancy with Elizabeth and Zechariah, away from her home. Mary is lowly and vulnerable. We might not expect that God would choose someone so seemingly unremarkable to manifest God’s work. Yet the particularities of Mary’s specific life and soul and self are a magnifying glass with which we can better see God’s activity in the world.

If you think that your own daily life is unremarkable, think again. You were created singularly by God. Adopted into the family of Christ through baptism, you are uniquely claimed and named to live out God’s call for you in the world. As with Mary, the particularities of your identity, challenges, gifts, and strengths also work like a magnifying glass, showing up close the liberating presence of God. Your day-to-day life indeed magnifies the Lord! In what particularities of your life and the lives of people around you do you notice God at work? In what elements of your relationships, community, work, recreation, or spiritual practice do you encounter the divine? Let us each take note, and then sing with Mary, “My soul does indeed magnify the Lord.”

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

 


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.


Christmas at Trinity

Christmas Eve, December 24

  • 6:00 pm Children and Family Holy Communion
  • 8:00 pm Music of the Season
  • 8:30 pm Candlelight Festival Holy Communion

Christmas Day, December 25

  • 10:45 am Lessons and Carols with Holy Communion

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.


Space In Your Home?

A donor has a twin bedroom set that one of our families can use when they move into a larger apartment. They are looking for a new apartment now, but they will need a place to store the furniture for a few months. Please contact Kathy T (301-675-6987) if you have space in your home to store it temporarily or have questions.


Trinity Men’s Group

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, January 9, at Dick J’s house starting at 1:00 p.m.
Please let Dick know if you are planning to attend.


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 27, 2019.


BIGGER Than a Building! (2015-2018)

As of December 16, the amount received for the original BTAB! Mission Appeal is $461,218.12. We are around $18,000 short of the pledged amount. Have you fulfilled your pledge for the original BTAB! Mission Appeal? This appeal runs from 2015-2018, so there’s only a few more weeks left! Please make sure you fulfill your total 3-year pledge amount by the end of December. Thank you.

Pledges and Gifts

For the 2019 Living in Grace and Gratitude annual Stewardship Appeal, as of December 16, 32 family units have pledged $186,636, and 46 adults and 9 youth have turned in their Time & Talent forms. If you have not yet pledged, Pledge Cards and Time & Talent Forms are available in the church office or from ushers on Sunday. Completed cards and forms may be placed in the offering plate or mailed to the church office, Attn: Financial Secretary. Thank you.

BIGGER Than A Building! 2 (BTAB! 2)

As of December 10, for the new 3-year BIGGER Than A Building! 2 (BTAB! 2) Mission Appeal (2019-2021), 32 family units have pledged $272,020. We need everyone’s pledge to meet our goal of $350,000 to pay off our mortgage for the new building and refurbishments to Trinity. Pledge cards and envelopes are available from the ushers. If you have not yet pledged, place your pledge card in the offering, or mail it to the church, Attn: Financial Secretary. Thank you.


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*
Kim D and family, friends of Sunhee P
Diane M, friend of Margaret F
Debra P, sister of Thomas 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
23. Kirsten G
23. Emily W
24. Jean B
24. Timothy F
24. Shannon P
25. Caden M
27. Lisbeth D
27. Dianez S
28. Margo W
29. Richard G

Baptismal Days
24. Georgine R
25. Matthew B
25. Roger B
25. Cooper G
25. Donna S
29. Dick J
29. Anna V

Wedding Anniversaries
26 Susan & Ross A
28 Kathy & Don T
29 Claudette & Frederick V


This Week at Trinity

Sun, Dec 23 Advent 4
8:15 a.m. Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. No Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Holy Communion

Mon, Dec 24 Christmas Eve
6:00 p.m. Children & Family Holy Communion
8:00 p.m. Music of the Season
8:30 p.m. Candlelight Festival Holy Communion

Tues, Dec 25 Christmas Day
10:45 a.m. Lessons & Carols Holy Communion

Thurs, Dec 27
9:30 a.m. Trinitarian mailing

Sun, Dec 30 Christmas 1
8:15 am Holy Communion
9:30 am No Sunday School
10:45 am Holy Communion

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

Sunday, December 16, 2018
Third Sunday of Advent

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

Children’s Advent Pageant at 10:45 am

Stir up the wills of your faithful people, Lord God, and open our ears to the preaching of John, that, rejoicing in your salvation, we may bring forth the fruits of repentance; 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), Anjali A (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Nancy N (8:15), Robert M (10:45)
Children’s Church – pageant (8:15), pageant (10:45)
Greeters – Matthew & Tamara C (8:15), Pam B (10:45)
Lectors – Jerry B (8:15), Linnea A (10:45)
Ushers – Ross A, Joan E, Margaret F, Greg F (8:15), Robert P, Rich G (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Nancy J (8:15), S,B (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15), Jackie K (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Noralyn D
Tellers – Thor N, Petra T


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

Sometimes I wonder about Advent. The popular culture, with its focus on secular Christmas/holiday observances, seems not to hear the Advent gospels that direct our lives. Generally speaking, two themes dominate the season: the exhortations and admonition of John the Baptizer; and, the glorious, blissful song of Mary. Taken together, these themes point the faithful in the direction of something momentous God is doing, something that is worthy of our attention and preparation.

I hope this season is bringing you a renewed sense of faith and community, here with the people of God. I hope that renewal reaches out to your family and friends, and ultimately, the world. After all, it is not just for us that Jesus came. God so loved the world…..

Whatever your politics, however you view the world and its challenges and opportunities, this is still a world that God loves – believer and unbeliever alike. Advent still teaches that and blessed are we who are able to receive its blessings.

See you in worship,
Pr Kern


Weekly Devotional

The Good News Ax

Zephaniah 3:14-20
Isaiah 12:2-6
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:7-18

It’s the third week of Advent. The kids are practicing their pageant, Christmas carols are playing nonstop everywhere we go, and we are waiting for that precious babe to be born in Bethlehem, wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger. But just as we are settling into that saccharin scene of Christmas sweetness, John the Baptist shatters it with his talk of an ax lying at the base of the tree and an unquenchable fire.

John’s job is to give us a wake-up call: “People! The one you are waiting for is a whole lot more than just a cute little baby!” This Jesus for whom we wait is coming with power as sharp as an ax and as hot as fire, to prune away everything that holds us back from the fruit-bearing life we were born to express.

It may seem a bit too harsh and violent for our mid-Advent mood, but this ax is where things get good! Think of the things that prevent fruit from growing: guilt, shame, the hoarding of possessions, our fear that there isn’t enough, the disease of sin. All of this will be chopped away and burned, making space for life to grow.

Think of the ways God chops back that which keeps us from new growth. We may be steeped in all kinds of internal poisons, prone to believing ourselves unworthy. But at the communion table, God cuts through those lies and says, “No, this is my body given for you.” Through baptism we are equipped with words that can cut like a knife and truth as consuming as unquenchable fire: “You are God’s child.” Cleansed, nourished, and pruned, we can recognize ourselves as God’s worthy and beloved children and begin bearing fruit.

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


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.


Gifts of Hope:
This Sunday is the Last Day!

Help those in need while you shop for Christmas! How can you give more hope? Visit the Gifts of Hope table in the Social Hall after worship services to learn more and to make your purchases. The last day for purchases is Sunday, December 16.


Soup Supper & Hanging of the Greens Church Decorating
Tuesday, December 18, 6:30 pm

Come be a part of Trinity’s Hanging of the Greens, on Tuesday evening, December 18. We’ll begin with a soup & bread supper, then decorate! See the announcement/singup in this Sunday’s worship bulletin. Contact Carol B or the church office with questions.


Our Handbell Choir Concert
Saturday, December 15, 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. ALL AGES are welcome. 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.


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 27, 2019.


BIGGER Than a Building! (2015-2018)

As of December 9, the amount received for the original BTAB! Mission Appeal is $459,898.12. We are around $19,000 short of the pledged amount. Have you fulfilled your pledge for the original BTAB! Mission Appeal? This appeal runs from 2015-2018, so there’s only a few more weeks left! Please make sure you fulfill your total 3-year pledge amount by the end of December. Thank you.

Pledges and Gifts

For the 2019 Living in Grace and Gratitude annual Stewardship Appeal, as of December 10, 32 family units have pledged $161,004, and 46 adults and 9 youth have turned in their Time & Talent forms. If you have not yet pledged, Pledge Cards and Time & Talent Forms are available in the church office or from ushers on Sunday. Completed cards and forms may be placed in the offering plate or mailed to the church office, Attn: Financial Secretary. Thank you.

BIGGER Than A Building! 2 (BTAB! 2)

As of December 10, for the new 3-year BIGGER Than A Building! 2 (BTAB! 2) Mission Appeal (2019-2021), 32 family units have pledged $263,320. We need everyone’s pledge to meet our goal of $350,000 to pay off our mortgage for the new building and refurbishments to Trinity. Pledge cards and envelopes are available from the ushers. If you have not yet pledged, place your pledge card in the offering, or mail it to the church, Attn: Financial Secretary. Thank you.


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
19. Kristine S
21. Casey B
22. Jonah W

Baptismal Days
19. Julie N
21. Julianna C
21. Yulie N

Wedding Anniversaries
16. Sarah M & Tom K
18. Susan & Kevin D


This Week at Trinity

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

Mon, Dec 17
7:30 pm. Heavenly Handbells

Tues, Dec 18
11:15 am. Staff Meeting
6:30 pm. Soup Supper & Church Decoration
6:30 pm. Stephen Ministry Supervision

Thurs, Dec 20
7:30 pm. Trinity Singers

Fri, Dec 21
7:00 pm. Blue Christmas Service

Sun, Dec 23 (Advent 4)
8:15 am. Holy Communion
9:30 am. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 am. Holy Communion

Looking Ahead

Dec 24. Christmas Eve services – 6:00 & 8:30 pm
Dec 30. No Sunday School

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

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)