What’s Happening….

Worship, Learn, Serve … See our online calendar for upcoming opportunities through the coming year at Trinity.

Extra Grace Please….

Brian, our administrator, is out on medical leave for an extended period of time. Carol B is filling in in his absence, and Anita is making sure that our online communication is up to date. During this time, please be patient with us. We are doing everything we can to make sure that things are happening in a timely fashion, but we may miss something. Thank you for your patience!


From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,
Wasn’t it Abraham Lincoln who said if we told the truth we wouldn’t have so much to remember?
The ongoing trial in the US Senate has me thinking about truth a lot in recent days.  In the gospel of John, when Jesus is taken before Pilate the night before his crucifixion, the two men have an exchange that ends with Pilate asking Jesus, What is truth?  And by way of answer, Jesus just stands there.
Sometimes, the truth runs out of words.  Debate, discussion, argument – all of these can run their course and the truth stands alone.  The truth can be bound and beaten and even crucified.  But one thing truth can never do is stay dead.
Truth seems hard to come by in our national discourse these days and it’s exhausting trying to tease it out of the walls of verbiage that wash over us every news cycle.  But this time will pass away.  And when it does, the we will see the truth, like Jesus, standing calm and still.
May our own search for truth be rooted in the one who stood calmly and without rancor before Pilate, confident that the promises of God are true.
Blessings,
Pastor Kern


+WORSHIP+


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

READINGS AND PSALM
Isaiah 9:1-4
Psalm 27:1, 4-9
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
Matthew 4:12-23

Assisting This Sunday, Jan 26:

Worship Assistants schedule is available herewww.trinityelca.org/worship-assistants/

Acolytes: Linnea S (10:45)
Altar Guild: Noralyn D  (8:15); Patricia S (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Jonah W (8:15); Len S (10:45)
Children’s Church: Jane R (10:45)
Coffee Hour: S/R Family (8:15); Louise G (10:45)
Greeters: Tom M (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Lectors: Philip D (8:15); Len S (10:45)
Tellers: Greg & Margaret F
Ushers: Bill & Diana B (8:15); Patricia S & Angela B (10:45)


+LEARN+


ADULT FORUM

This Sunday, the Adult Forum at 9:30am will explore God’s will for us in Paul’s letter to the Romans. This discussion will help set the stage for an extended discussion of what it means to be the church that will take place in February. It will be held in Room 10. All are welcome.


+SERVE+


SOUPER BOWL OF CARING

Now in its 30th year, the Souper Bowl of Caring is a project that engages people across the country to fight hunger and poverty in their own communities. Trinity will be participating in this effort next Sunday, February 2. Here’s how it works: there will be two soup pots in the social hall for each of the Super Bowl teams. Put a donation in the pot designated for your favorite team, and we’ll see if Trinity’s “winner” is a prognosticator for the actual game. All of the proceeds will be donated to Manna Food in Gaithersburg.    


Calling all Cooks and Taste Testers! It’s that time of year – Cook-off Time!

Sunday February 9 following the 10:45 service2020 Theme: Salads and Soups
Who doesn’t love a yummy meal full of fellowship and a splash of competition? Trinity Youth’s Annual Cook-off is a fundraiser for Trinity’s Youth Ministry as well as the Youth’s contribution to fight Hunger (50% of funds raised will be donated to Manna Food). Join in this long standing tradition by preparing an entry or eating/voting for some of the entries. This year’s theme is Soup and Salad; all types of entries are welcome… will there be a jello salad entry? Entry sign up in the Social Hall is encouraged, but last minute entries are always welcome.


We Are Trinity – Time and Talent

Time & Talent surveys received to date:
68 adult, 7 youth

2019 Annual Statements & 2020 Offering Envelopes are available for pickup 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, Leila Ortiz
our missionaries:  Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America)
our congregation:  Trinity Church
THE NATIONS:  Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe

THE SICK AND SUFFERING
nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tad DV, Tigist G, Susan K, Rebecca P, James T, Margo W
family and friends*
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Anita P, friend of Marilyn G
Alonzo S, husband of Susan S
Rick V, brother-in-law of Margaret & Greg F
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G

What’s Happening…

Worship, Learn, Serve … See our online calendar for upcoming opportunities through the coming year at Trinity.

Extra Grace Please…..


Brian, our administrator, is out on medical leave for an extended period of time. Carol B is filling in in his absence, and Anita is making sure that our online communication is up to date. During this time, please be patient with us. We are doing everything we can to make sure that things are happening in a timely fashion, but we may miss something. Thank you for your patience!


From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,
In the gospel for Sunday, two men are following Jesus and he turns around and asks them, “What are you looking for?”  It’s a question we know well, don’t we?
How many times in your life have you found yourself searching?  Sometimes you know exactly what it is you’re looking for and even if you can’t find it right away, there’s no uncertainty about your goal.
More often than not, however, we find ourselves searching for we-know-not-exactly-what.  Some of us can be comfortable in such a space while others find it mightily uncomfortable.
Fortunately, we belong to Christ.  And even better, he keeps crossing our path!  The two men in the gospel had been told that Jesus was the anointed of God, and they wanted to learn more so they followed him.  They didn’t know what they would find, if anything, but they kept walking behind.  And when Jesus asked them what they were looking for they simply said,”Teacher” – you.
The ancients figured out pretty quickly that looking for the meaning of life was very likely to lead the seeker to an encounter with the divine.  It did for the two men in the gospel.  Chances are it will for you too.
Blessings,

Pastor Kern


+ WORSHIP +


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

PRAYER OF THE DAY :
Let us pray…  Holy God, our strength and our redeemer, by your Spirit hold us forever, that through your grace we may worship you and faithfully serve you, follow you and joyfully find you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen. 

READINGS AND PSALM

Isaiah 49:1-7
Psalm 40:1-11
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John 1:29-42 

Assisting This Sunday, Jan 19:

Worship Assistants schedule is available herewww.trinityelca.org/worship-assistants/

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); Colin G (10:45)
Altar Guild: Noralyn D (8:15); Patricia S (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Sarah M (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Children’s Church: Nicholas C (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Vi & Tad DV (8:15); S/T Family (10:45)
Greeters: Sarah G (8:15); Trevor H (10:45)
Lectors: Tom K (8:15); David K (10:45)
Tellers: Thor N, Kirsten G
Ushers: Thor & Nancy N (8:15); David & Henry C (10:45)


+ LEARN+


Listening Sessions in January!

The Congregation is cordially invited to participate in small group discussions facilitated by Council members. We want to hear your perspectives about Trinity’s future as a community and as servants of Christ. We want your help to understand what God is calling us to do as we begin the process of calling a permanent Pastor.

If you have not yet received your invitation or can’t attend the session you were invited to but want to be part of the discussions, please reach out to Jane R or Sarah G.


+ SERVE +


We Are Trinity – Time and Talent

Time & Talent surveys received to date:
68 adult, 7 youth


2019 Annual Statements & 2020 Offering Envelopes are available for pickup 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, Leila Ortiz
our missionaries:  Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America)
our congregation:  Trinity Church
THE NATIONS:  Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING
nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home: Tigist G, Susan K, Rebecca P, James T
family and friends*

Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Jean D, cousin of Marilyn C
Anita P, friend of Marilyn G
Alonzo S, husband of Susan S
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G

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

What’s Happening?

Worship, Learn, Serve … See our online calendar for upcoming opportunities through the coming year at Trinity.

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

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,
The Epiphany season is upon us.  Sunday will mark the Baptism of our Lord.  An interesting event in the life of our Lord, the accounts seeks to address how the one who was without sin should come to be baptized for the forgiveness of sins.  Stay tuned!
Also on Sunday, Pastor Erin Swenson-Reinhold, Assistant to the Bishop, will be with us.  She will be bringing greetings at both services and assisting in our worship. In addition, she will host a Q & A with members of the congregation during coffee hour.
Please come and welcome her to Trinity.
In closing, a special thanks to everyone who helped decorate and then de-decorate the sanctuary for Christmas.  Many hands made the work easier than it would otherwise have been!
Blessings,
Pr Kern


+ WORSHIP +


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

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

O God our Father, at the baptism of Jesus you proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized into Christ faithful to their calling to be our daughters and sons, and empower us all with your Spirit, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Isaiah 42:1-9
Psalm 29
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17

Assisting This Sunday, Jan 12:

Worship Assistants schedule is available herewww.trinityelca.org/worship-assistants/

Acolytes: Vincent M (10:45)
Altar Guild: Noralyn D (8:15); Patricia S (10:45)
Assisting Minister: Sarah M (8:15); Len S (10:45)
Ushers: Steve & Donna S (8:15); Patricia S & Paul D (10:45)
Children’s Church: David C (10:45)
Greeters: Steve & Donna S (8:15); Linnea A (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Donna S (10:45)
Lectors: Nathan L (8:15); Robyn KV (10:45)
Tellers: Annie A, Mina


+ LEARN +


Listening Sessions in January!

The Congregation is cordially invited to participate in small group discussions facilitated by Council members. We want to hear your perspectives about Trinity’s future as a community and as servants of Christ. We want your help to understand what God is calling us to do as we begin the process of calling a permanent Pastor.

If you have not yet received your invitation or can’t attend the session you were invited to but want to be part of the discussions, please reach out to Jane Ricci or Sarah Garske.


+ SERVE +


De-Decorating this Saturday

Please come this Saturday, January 11 at 10 am to help move the sanctuary from Christmas to the Epiphany season!  We should be finished de-decorating by noon. Coffee, tea, and Krispy Kreme donuts will be provided as an extra incentive!


We Are Trinity – Time and Talent

Time & Talent surveys received to date:
68 adult, 7 youth


2020 Offering Envelopes are available for pickup in the Social Hall.


Support a Good Mission: Nominate it for a Mission Endowment Award!

The Mission Endowment Committee seeks your recommendations of organizations to receive awards in the spring. Annually, income from Mission Endowment Fund is used to enhance our mission outreach 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, or place this form in the offering plate, or return it to the church office.  Nominations are due by January 15.

I nominate:

 ___________________________________

___________________________________

Name: ___________________________________


NEW – Heavenly Handbells Christmas CD available!

Steve has compiled a Christmas CD called The Sound of Christmas from ten years of our concert recordings.  Now you can enjoy our choir’s handbell music in your car and your home all year long.  Copies of our previous CD, Heavenly Handbells’ Greatest Hits are also still available. CDs are available in the social Hall on Sunday. A donation of $5.00 is requested.


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.


Extra Grace Please….

Brian, our administrator, is out on medical leave for an extended period of time. Carol B is filling in in his absence. In this transition, please be patient with us. We are doing everything we can to make sure that things are happening in a timely fashion, but we may miss something. Thank you for your patience!


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING 
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, Rebecca P, James T, Margo W
family and friends*

Brian B
Carol B, aunt of Leslie C
Jean D, cousin of Marilyn C
Eric L, friend of Tom K & Sarah M
Brittany L, daughter-in-law of Sabrina R
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
Rebecca P, daughter of Robert P, Kathy H
Emilia R, friend of Jack R
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R

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

In Memoriam

Mary Ellen Dondzila +December 25, 2019

Memorial Service
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Chapel, Villages of Rockville
Time TBA (possibly 2:00 p.m.)

What’s Happening?

Worship, Learn, Serve … See our online calendar for upcoming opportunities through the coming year at Trinity.


The Trinitarian newsletter for January is now available online at:
https://www.trinityelca.org/trinitarian/


ELCA presiding bishop responds to anti-Semitic incidents in New York

December 30, 2019

Today is the last day of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights commemorating the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. As our Jewish siblings lighted the menorah, they sang this blessing:

We kindle these lights because of the wondrous deliverance You performed for our ancestors. During these eight days of Hanukkah, these lights are sacred; we are not to use them but only to behold them, so that their glow may rouse us to give thanks for Your wondrous acts of deliverance.

Tragically, several acts of anti-Semitic hatred, bigotry and violence in New York during these days have marred the joyful festivities in Jewish communities across this country and around the world. Within the last year, we have witnessed the broader surge of anti-Semitism from Pittsburgh to Poway in which these most recent incidents have occurred. Our Jewish neighbors are living in pain, grief and fear. 

Twenty-five years ago, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America joined other Lutheran Christians worldwide in repudiating anti-Judaism within our own tradition. In our 1994 “Declaration of the ELCA to the Jewish Community”  we affirmed that “we recognize in anti-Semitism a contradiction and affront to the Gospel, a violation of our hope and calling, and we pledge this church to oppose the deadly working of such bigotry, both within our own circles and in the society around us.”

This will require more of us than repeated statements. It will require building bridges of inter-religious understanding in our communities. It will require reaching out to our Jewish neighbors to offer our care, support, love and protection. It will require our persistence in addressing the root causes of anti-Semitism and its menacing companions of white supremacy and xenophobia.  

In different ways, and for different reasons, this is a time of year when Jews and Christians celebrate the miracle of light. In our prayers and actions, may we be a living presence of God’s sacred light that rouses us all to resistance and righteousness.

 In peace,

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop, ELCA
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

https://www.elca.org/News-and-Events/8016


In Memoriam

Mary Ellen Dondzila +December 25, 2019

Memorial Service
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Chapel, Villages of Rockville
Time TBA (possibly 2:00 p.m.)


+ WORSHIP +


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

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Almighty God, you have filled all the earth with the light of your incarnate Word. By your grace empower us to reflect your light in all that we do, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Jeremiah 31:7-14
Psalm 147:12-20
Ephesians 1:3-14
John 1:1-18

Assisting This Sunday:

Worship Assistants schedule is available herewww.trinityelca.org/worship-assistants/

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); Anusha A (10:45)
Altar Guild: Noralyn D (8:15); Patricia S (10:45)
Children’s Church: Jane R (10:45)
Greeters: Joan E (8:15); Peggy J (10:45)
Lectors: Sarah G (8:15); David C (10:45)
Tellers: Dick & Peggy J


+ LEARN +


Listening Conversations Begin in January!

The Congregation is cordially invited to participate in small group discussions facilitated by Council members. We want to hear your perspectives about Trinity’s future as a community and as servants of Christ. We want your help to understand what God is calling us to do as we begin the process of calling a permanent Pastor.

If you have not yet received your invitation or can’t attend the session you were invited to but want to be part of the discussions, please reach out to Jane Ricci or Sarah Garske.


+ SERVE +


We Are Trinity – Time and Talent

Time & Talent surveys received to date:
68 adult, 7 youth


2020 Offering Envelopes are available for pickup in the Social Hall.


NEW – Heavenly Handbells Christmas CD available!

Steve has compiled a Christmas CD called The Sound of Christmas from ten years of our concert recordings.  Now you can enjoy our choir’s handbell music in your car and your home all year long.  Copies of our previous CD, Heavenly Handbells’ Greatest Hits are also still available. CDs are available in the social Hall on Sunday. A donation of $5.00 is requested.


Support a Good Mission: Nominate it for a Mission Endowment Award!

The Mission Endowment Committee seeks your recommendations of organizations to receive awards in the spring. Annually, income from Mission Endowment Fund is used to enhance our mission outreach 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, or place this form in the offering plate, or return it to the church office.  Nominations are due by January 15.

I nominate:

 ___________________________________

___________________________________

Name: ___________________________________


Free Workshop
“Lifetime Assets for Lasting Good”
Tues, January 7, 10:30 a.m.

(Weather date: Thursday, January 16 at 10:30)

A helpful workshop for faithful Christians who wish to use their assets wisely as they plan their future giving. (This is not a sales presentation.)

Please respond by TODAY, January 2, to abenson@thevillageatrockville.org or 301-354-8422.  We are offering a free lunch after the presentation, and will also have time for your questions.  This will be held in Lang Hall (enter by the Main Entrance) at The Village at Rockville, 9701 Veirs Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING 
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, Rebecca P, James T, Margo W
family and friends*

Brian B
Carol B, aunt of Leslie C
Jean D, cousin of Marilyn C
Eric L, friend of Tom K & Sarah M
Brittany L, daughter-in-law of Sabrina R
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
Rebecca P, daughter of Robert P, Kathy H
Emilia R, friend of Jack R
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R

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

Birthdays:
07. Charles M
08. Chloe D
09. Karin H
11. Alex T

Death: Mary Ellen D +Dec 25, 2019

What’s Happening?

Worship, Learn, Serve … See our online calendar for upcoming opportunities through the coming year at Trinity.


+ WORSHIP +


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

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

O Lord God, you know that we cannot place our trust in our own powers. As you protected the infant Jesus, so defend us and all the needy from harm and adversity, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Isaiah 63:7-9
Hebrews 2:10-18
Matthew 2:13-23

Assisting This Sunday:

Worship Assistants schedule is available herewww.trinityelca.org/worship-assistants/

Altar Guild: Carol B (8:15); Jackie K (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Sarah G (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Thor & Nancy N (8:15); Bud & Lynn B (10:45)
Greeters: Diana B (8:15); Hagen & Kristina S (10:45)
Lectors: Jerry B (8:15); Greg F (10:45)
Tellers: Greg & Margaret F
Ushers: Thor & Nancy N (8:15); Dick & Peggy J (10:45)
Guest Musician: Clarice S


+ LEARN +


Weekly Devotional

In this Christmas season, the story of Jesus proclaimed in Christian assemblies calls us to look around for those who feel unwelcome in this world… [click here to see full article]


Listening Conversations Begin in January!

The Congregation is cordially invited to participate in small group discussions facilitated by Council members. We want to hear your perspectives about Trinity’s future as a community and as servants of Christ. We want your help to understand what God is calling us to do as we begin the process of calling a permanent Pastor.

If you have not yet received your invitation or can’t attend the session you were invited to but want to be part of the discussions, please reach out to Jane Ricci or Sarah Garske.


+ SERVE +


We Are Trinity – Time and Talent

Time & Talent surveys received to date:
63 adult, 7 youth


2020 Offering Envelopes are available for pickup in the Social Hall.


NEW – Heavenly Handbells Christmas CD available!

Steve has compiled a Christmas CD called The Sound of Christmas from ten years of our concert recordings.  Now you can enjoy our choir’s handbell music in your car and your home all year long.  Copies of our previous CD, Heavenly Handbells’ Greatest Hits are also still available. CDs are available in the social Hall on Sunday. A donation of $5.00 is requested.


Support a Good Mission: Nominate it for a Mission Endowment Award!

The Mission Endowment Committee seeks your recommendations of organizations to receive awards in the spring. Annually, income from Mission Endowment Fund is used to enhance our mission outreach 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, or place this form in the offering plate, or return it to the church office.  Nominations are due by January 15.

I nominate:

 ___________________________________

___________________________________

Name: ___________________________________


Free Workshop
“Lifetime Assets for Lasting Good”
Tues, January 7, 10:30 a.m.

(Weather date: Thursday, January 16 at 10:30)

A helpful workshop for faithful Christians who wish to use their assets wisely as they plan their future giving. (This is not a sales presentation.)

Please respond by January 2 to abenson@thevillageatrockville.org or 301-354-8422.  We are offering a free lunch after the presentation, and will also have time for your questions.  This will be held in Lang Hall (enter by the Main Entrance) at The Village at Rockville, 9701 Veirs Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING 
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, Rebecca P, James T, Margo W
family and friends*

Brian B
Carol B, aunt of Leslie C
Jean D, cousin of Marilyn C
Eric L, friend of Tom K & Sarah M
Brittany L, daughter-in-law of Sabrina R
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
Rebecca P, daughter of Robert P, Kathy H
Emilia R, friend of Jack R
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R

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

Birthdays:
29. Richard G
30. Lois F
Baptismal Days:
29. Dick J
29. Anna V
01. Robert C
01. Paul D
01. Marilyn G
01. Rob S


Weekly Devotional:

1 Christmas, December 29, 2019

Home for the Holidays

Did you celebrate Christmas at home this year? As Perry Como popularly sang, our culture tells us that “there’s no place like home for the holidays.” Yet, not everyone has a place that feels like home. While some people have lived in the same town or even in the same house for many decades, others have moved year after year, or find “home” to be unsafe or precarious. Still others have had to leave home behind under threat of violence, natural disaster, or political persecution.

Today, Matthew’s gospel reminds us that Jesus’ life was marked more by movement and displacement than by a settled existence. Even shortly after his birth, Jesus faced threats that caused his family to flee their home and country. Later in his life, Jesus warned an eager would-be follower about the risks of a life of discipleship, saying, “The Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head” (Matt. 8:20). But Jesus’ goal was not to find home for himself; instead it was to become a resting place for those who struggle to find one in this world.

In this Christmas season, the story of Jesus proclaimed in Christian assemblies calls us to look around for those who feel unwelcome in this world. We are called to seek out those who have no home, or who have lost their home in physical or emotional ways. How is your community serving those without a home? Is there a homeless shelter in your community, a youth refuge, or an organization that assists refugees and asylum seekers? Led on by our God who often had no comfortable resting place, the Christian community is called to witness to the home we experience in Christ’s love by serving those who seek one.

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What’s Happening?

Worship, Learn, Serve … See our online calendar for upcoming opportunities through the coming year at Trinity.

Advent 4 Emmanuel

From Pastor Kern…

Dear People of God,

On Sunday, Advent draws to a close.  On Tuesday, we will begin our celebration of the 12 days of Christmas. 

Are you ready?

Our culture nearly mandates a sense of urgency about this time of year, often bordering on panic.  Delivery trucks rumble through the streets at all hours of the day and night.  Websites crash from the last-minute volume.  No wonder mental health is challenged through this time of year….

But ready or not, Christmas comes. Maybe not on our time, but on God’s.  And just like the birth of a baby, we have little choice but to receive him and begin again the life-long process of learning to live with this holy life in our midst.

May God bless you, those you love, and all the world this holy season.  Whether you worship at Trinity of in another community, may your worship fill you with hope and joy.

Blessings,
Pr Kern


+ WORSHIP +


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

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that hinders our faith, that eagerly we may receive your promises, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Isaiah 7:10-16
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-25

Assisting This Sunday:

Worship Assistants schedule is available herewww.trinityelca.org/worship-assistants/

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); Colin G (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B (8:15); Jackie K (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Bill B (8:15); Nalini A (10:45)
Children’s Church: Margaret F (8:15); Jane R (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Tad D, Vi D (8:15); Len S, Ani S (10:45)
Greeters: Jerry B, Brian A, Stella (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Lectors: Phil D (8:15); Linnea A (10:45)
Tellers: Bud B, Lynn B
Ushers: Joan E, Mike J (8:15); Angela B , Robert P (10:45)


Blue Christmas Service

Our Stephen Ministry program offers a Blue Christmas Service at Trinity on Friday evening, December 20, at 7:00 pm. If you have lost a loved one or a treasured friend, or are going through sadness for any reason, please join us at this service. We will light candles, sing hymns, pray, and honor our loved ones. Refreshments following.


+ LEARN +


Weekly Devotional

There is a courage revealed by Joseph, who dares to believe an improbable dream… [click here to see full article]


Listening Conversations Begin in January!

The Congregation is cordially invited to participate in small group discussions facilitated by Council members. We want to hear your perspectives about Trinity’s future as a community and as servants of Christ. We want your help to understand what God is calling us to do as we begin the process of calling a permanent Pastor.

If you have not yet received your invitation or can’t attend the session you were invited to but want to be part of the discussions, please reach out to Jane Ricci or Sarah Garske.

What Does God Want - of me, my church, my world?
Adult Forum, Sundays in December (through Dec 22)

Figuring Out What God Wants

Join us This Sunday, December 22, during the Sunday School hour in Room 11 for the final installment of Pr. Kern’s series “What Does God Want – of me, my church, my world.”

It’ll be fun – time to talk – time to laugh – time to maybe catch a glimpse of what God is up to in our lives and in our world.  And who knows, maybe even some insight to feed into the call process when that comes along. 

All are welcome.


Adult Forum Study of Amos

The name Amos may call to mind famous cookies, but how well do you know the ancient Hebrew prophet Amos?  Amos’ call for justice and genuine worship have resonated throughout the centuries: “Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live…  Let justice roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”  Join us for the Adult Forum, this Sunday, Dec 22, at 9:30 a.m. as we conclude our study in Amos.


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We Are Trinity – Time and Talent

Time & Talent surveys received to date:
63 adult, 7 youth


2020 Offering Envelopes are available for pickup in the Social Hall.


NEW – Heavenly Handbells Christmas CD available!

Steve has compiled a Christmas CD called The Sound of Christmas from ten years of our concert recordings.  Now you can enjoy our choir’s handbell music in your car and your home all year long.  Copies of our previous CD, Heavenly Handbells’ Greatest Hits are also still available. CDs are available in the social Hall on Sunday. A donation of $5.00 is requested.


Support a Good Mission: Nominate it for a Mission Endowment Award!

The Mission Endowment Committee seeks your recommendations of organizations to receive awards in the spring. Annually, income from Mission Endowment Fund is used to enhance our mission outreach 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, or place this form in the offering plate, or return it to the church office.  Nominations are due by January 15.

I nominate:

 ___________________________________

___________________________________

Name: ___________________________________


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING 
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, Rebecca P, James T, Margo W
family and friends*
Brian B
Carol B, aunt of Leslie C
Eric L, friend of Tom K& Sarah M
Brittany L, daughter-in-law of Sabrina R
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
Emilia R, friend of Jack R
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R

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

Birthdays:
22. Jonah W
23. Kirsten G
23. Emily W
24. Jean B
24. Timothy F
24. Shannon P
27. Lisbeth D
27. Glenn M
27. Dianez S
28. Margo W
Baptismal Days:
24. Georgine R
25. Matthew B
25. Cooper G
25. Donna S
26. Alexander D


Weekly Devotional:

Advent 4, December 22, 2019

Where Mercy Is Courage

There is a starched-spine courage in what Joseph did—courage that risks public derision. There is tender courage needed for Joseph to be gentle with an abrasive truth, to face shame for the sake of another’s honor. There is a willing-to-be-wrong courage revealed by Joseph, who dares to believe an improbable dream.

QUIET, COURAGEOUS MERCY

Before any innkeepers’ doors shuttered along Bethlehem’s still streets, before a cattle stall doubled for a nursery or shepherds abandoned their flocks to a sky full of angels, before silent night broke into something joyful and triumphant and herald angels sang glory, there was quiet, courageous mercy in Nazareth.

To be merciful to Mary, who Joseph must have believed had betrayed him; to be merciful to a community that, of course, would ridicule him; to be merciful in the face of a future that appeared forever spoiled—this demanded courage. Mercy will forever require courage. All Joseph had to proceed with was the mind-boggling gift of the phrase “Do not be afraid.”

BOUND BY FEAR

Many are the regrets that harrow us, not for what we have done but for what we have failed to do; not for where we wandered but for where we refused to venture; not for what we chanced but for what we guarded, all because we have been afraid. Fear binds us from acting with mercy and courage.

DO NOT BE AFRAID

“Do not be afraid” is God’s constant refrain, beginning with scripture’s earliest stories in Genesis and continuing until the Bible closes in Revelation: “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last” (Rev. 1:17). God’s empowering litany gives merciful courage to Joseph in a dream and to shepherds in the fields. It is found in the miracle of Bethlehem, the merciful Word born in Emmanuel, God with us. Do not be afraid.

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What’s Happening?

Worship, Learn, Serve … See our online calendar for upcoming opportunities through the coming year at Trinity.



From Pastor Kern…

Dear People of God,

What makes your heart sing?

Each Advent our worship features the Song of Mary, part of the young woman’s response to the realization that she will give birth. The other part of Mary’s response was more guarded. She struggled to understand that was happening to her, the great burden that had been placed upon her without her asking. I’m not sure, given all that transpired, a song would ever have passed my lips.

There are so many aspects to Mary’s story, but her ability to remain calm in a highly anxious season is both admirable and instructive. We are not Mary, to be sure, but maybe if we can muster a song in the face of adversity as she did, our song will be formative.  As the old wisdom holds, we make our path by walking… or, maybe, by singing.

The warmth and joy of the Advent season also incubates ancient fears and regret.  Sometimes the weight of that past bogs us down so much that we tire on our journey to Jerusalem.  Instead, like Mary, let’s raise a song of praise together and praise our God.

Blessings,
Pr Kern


+ WORSHIP +


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

Stir up the wills of all who look to you, Lord God, and strengthen our faith in your coming, that, transformed by grace, we may walk in your way; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Isaiah 35:1-10
Psalm 146:5-10
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11

Assisting This Sunday:

Worship Assistants schedule is available herewww.trinityelca.org/worship-assistants/

Acolytes: Anders S (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B (8:15); Jackie K (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Nancy N (8:15); Len S (10:45)
Children’s Church: Nicholas C (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Keith, Lily C (8:15); Louise G (10:45)
Greeters: Donna, Steve S (8:15); Peggy J (10:45)
Lectors: Sarah M (8:15); Hagen S (10:45)
Tellers: Dick, Peggy J
Ushers: Ross A, Mike J(8:15); David C, Henry C(10:45)


Blue Christmas Service

Our Stephen Ministry program offers a Blue Christmas Service at Trinity on Friday evening, December 20, at 7:00 pm. If you have lost a loved one or a treasured friend, or are going through sadness for any reason, please join us at this service. We will light candles, sing hymns, pray, and honor our loved ones. Refreshments following.


+ LEARN +


Weekly Devotional

John the Baptist, just last week crying out in the wilderness with a voice unmistakable and bold, has dramatically changed his tone. John now implores about his cousin Jesus, “Is he the one?” [click here to see full article]


Adult Forum Study of Amos

The name Amos may call to mind famous cookies, but how well do you know the ancient Hebrew prophet Amos?  Amos’ call for justice and genuine worship have resonated throughout the centuries: “Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live…  Let justice roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”  Join us for the Adult Forum, Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. (12/8, 15, 22) as we explore the book of Amos.


Figuring Out What God Wants

In this more relaxed spirit of Advent, Pastor Kern is offering a short series on the general topic of Figuring Out What God Wants – of me, my church, my world. We’ll meet during the Sunday School hour on the Sundays of December in Room 11.

It’ll be fun – time to talk – time to laugh – time to maybe catch a glimpse of what God is up to in our lives and in our world.  And who knows, maybe even some insight to feed into the call process when that comes along. 

All are welcome.


+ SERVE +


Give More Hope

Help those in need while you Christmas shop!

LAST DAY, Sunday, December 15, you can purchase a Gift of Hope for a friend or relative while making a contribution to someone who is in need.

Come visit the Gifts of Hope table in the Social Hall after the worship service.


We Are Trinity – Time and Talent

Time & Talent surveys received to date:
62 adult, 7 youth


Hanging of the Greens and
Soup Supper Tuesday, December 17

The tree is up; now please come to help finish decorating Trinity with garlands, flowers, and candles for Christmas! We’ll start with a soup and bread supper at 6:30, and begin decorating around 7 pm, finishing around 8:30 pm.

Please indicate your interest in coming below for planning purposes:

Name                                                                               

___ I/we will come for supper

___ I/we will bring soup

___ I/we will bring bread

___ I/we will miss supper but will come to help decorate

Contact Carol B with questions.


2020 Offering Envelopes are available for pickup in the Social Hall.


NEW – Heavenly Handbells Christmas CD available!

Steve has compiled a Christmas CD called The Sound of Christmas from ten years of our concert recordings.  Now you can enjoy our choir’s handbell music in your car and your home all year long.  Copies of our previous CD, Heavenly Handbells’ Greatest Hits are also still available. CDs are available in the social Hall on Sunday. A donation of $5.00 is requested.


Support a Good Mission: Nominate it for a Mission Endowment Award!

The Mission Endowment Committee seeks your recommendations of organizations to receive awards in the spring. Annually, income from Mission Endowment Fund is used to enhance our mission outreach 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, or place this form in the offering plate, or return it to the church office.  Nominations are due by January 15.

I nominate:

 ___________________________________

___________________________________

Name: ___________________________________


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING 
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Margo W
family and friends*
Brian B
Carol B, aunt of Leslie C
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
Joyce R, friend of Diana B
Francis R, friend of Bill B

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

Birthdays:
15. Ione L
15. Sabrina R
15. Hudsen S
15. Rob S
15. Mike S
19. Kristine S
Baptismal Days:
19. Julianne N
21. Yulie N
Death:
Hermine Janet L+ Dec 7, 2019


Weekly Devotional:

Advent 2, December 8, 2019

A Change in Tone

John the Baptist, just last week crying out in the wilderness with a voice unmistakable and bold, has dramatically changed his tone. Now imprisoned by Herod, he has abandoned his confident pitch that pulsed at the river Jordan’s banks. His confidence tottering and proclamation fading, John now implores about his cousin Jesus, “Is he the one?”

A STREAM OF HOPE

A stream of hope had run through the crowds on the Jordan’s banks. It had flowed through those who rushed from the water, dripping with baptismal verve and ready for the kingdom of heaven John announced. But now it was drying up. John was filled with misgivings, his hope having evaporated inside the prison walls.

Where is justice for the prophet? What of mercy for John? A prison cell was his reward for proclaiming heaven’s kingdom come, for unlocking a conclusive truth at the portals of a warping empire. Malicious bars of injustice imprisoned him, hammered in a forge of vengeance: this man called by God, the first of two miracle children born of wonder foretold by angels, the ascetic in the desert, arouser of hope, baptizer of Jesus himself—held in chains! All the glowing hope looked to be a fading tale told by a disappointing martyr.

AIR OF PROMISE

Life. Who has lived it and managed to escape injury and heartache of expectations lost, fair due denied, the prize withheld? We each experience tragedies immense and minute, discouragements that sting and pass, despair that aches and endures. How thin the air of promise can feel.

Jesus offers transcendent hope when he answers John. It is hope that sees beyond short-sighted optimism, hope that prevails against searing evidence to the contrary, hope that exceeds the pace of setbacks and remains persistent when, like John, we cannot help but ask, “Are you the one . . . , or are we to wait for another?” It is Advent hope.

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Second Sunday of Advent

What’s Happening?

Worship, Learn, Serve … See our online calendar for upcoming opportunities through the coming year at Trinity.


Semi-Annual Congregation Meeting

This Sunday, December 8, 12 Noon
Meeting and Potluck Lunch follow the late worship service
Childcare Provided


From Pastor Kern…

Dear People of God,

The Advent of our God is near. As the church observes this wonderful season, our hearts grow full as we once again see so clearly how much God loves us. Come and enjoy Advent worship at Trinity.

Remember the semi-annual meeting after the second service this Sunday, with potluck lunch.

Also on Sunday, my class on Discernment continues, this week using some of the questions from the ELCA Ministry Site Profile that Trinity will answer as part of the call process. It’s fun, it’s real! Join us!

Speaking of worship, have you noticed the Christmas worship times?

Christmas Eve:
4 p.m. Children and Family Worship
7:30 p.m. Festival Eucharist with bells, choir, instruments starting us off
Christmas Day:
11 a.m. Lessons and Carols with Communion

Come and worship this Christmas. Share your church – invite your friends.

Blessings,
Pr Kern


+ WORSHIP +


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

Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming nurture our growth as people of repentance and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-7,18-19
Romans 15:4-13
Matthew 3:1-12

Assisting This Sunday:

Worship Assistants schedule is available herewww.trinityelca.org/worship-assistants/

Acolytes: Linnea S (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B (8:15); Jackie K (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Jerry B (8:15); Leslie C (10:45)
Children’s Church: Margaret F (8:15); David C (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Steve S (8:15); potluck (10:45)
Greeters: Louise G (8:15); Trevor H (10:45)
Lectors: Nancy N (8:15); Nicholas C (10:45)
Tellers: Annie A, Mina


Blue Christmas Service

Our Stephen Ministry program offers a Blue Christmas Service at Trinity on Friday evening, December 20, at 7:00 pm. If you have lost a loved one or a treasured friend, or are going through sadness for any reason, please join us at this service. We will light candles, sing hymns, pray, and honor our loved ones. Refreshments following.


+ LEARN +


Weekly Devotional

Name your wilderness. No one else needs to describe it for you. It is your wilderness. Aches. Burns. Howls. Shadows. Echoes. Fears. Shames. Hungers. Jeers. Memories. Futures. Scars. Catastrophes. Wastes. Falls. These may comprise your wilderness… [click here to see full article]


Adult Forum Study of Amos

The name Amos may call to mind famous cookies, but how well do you know the ancient Hebrew prophet Amos?  Amos’ call for justice and genuine worship have resonated throughout the centuries: “Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live…  Let justice roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”  Join us for the Adult Forum, Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. (12/8, 15, 22) as we explore the book of Amos.


Figuring Out What God Wants

In this more relaxed spirit of Advent, Pastor Kern is offering a short series on the general topic of Figuring Out What God Wants – of me, my church, my world. We’ll meet during the Sunday School hour on the Sundays of December in Room 11.

It’ll be fun – time to talk – time to laugh – time to maybe catch a glimpse of what God is up to in our lives and in our world.  And who knows, maybe even some insight to feed into the call process when that comes along. 

All are welcome.


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Semi-Annual Meeting and Potluck

Sunday, December 8, The Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting will follow the 10:45 a.m. worship service.

We will also have a potluck brunch/lunch after the late service. Bring your favorite brunch or lunch entree, side-dish, salad, or dessert. Beverages will be provided.  We will eat while we meet. 


A New Way to Help: A Wider Circle

A Wider Circle’s Partnership to Independence (P2I) is a comprehensive ongoing support system to help clients achieve sustained self-sufficiency. 
Participants make a long-term commitment to qualify for the program.   They receive individualized support and a wide range of skill-building and educational opportunities. 

Trinity’s Social Ministry Team is exploring greater involvement with P2I.

Our first opportunity is to help at AWC’s P2I holiday program on Saturday, December 7, 11:00 – 1:00.  It will be a busy day with crafts, Santa, family portraits, etc.  They need people to help guide children in an easy craft. AWC will have all of the materials and directions. 

AWC also seeks volunteers to help P2I participants with car repair, dental work, or therapy.  If you have specialized skills in these need areas and are willing to help, AWC will work with you to meet with the participant in need.

If interested, please contact Margaret F.


Give-a-Gift

Now through December 8

The holiday season is a wonderful opportunity to share with many children in need. In fact, your gift may be the only Christmas gift a child receives.

We are collecting new toys, games, books, and clothes for children infant through 18 years old for Community Family Life Services’ annual Give-a-Gift program. (special need for children ages 12-18) Toys must be new and in their original packaging, but not wrapped. 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 Bria Washington at CFLS: 202-347-0511 or brwashington@cflsdc.org.


Give More Hope

Help those in need while you Christmas shop!

Now, through December 15, you can purchase a Gift of Hope for a friend or relative while making a contribution to someone who is in need.

Come visit the Gifts of Hope table in the Social Hall after the worship service.


Last Chance!
Help Us Beautify Trinity at Christmas

Order Your Poinsettias and Wreaths Now

Order Deadline:  This Sunday DECEMBER 8, 2019

I wish to order:      Poinsettias: $10 each

#_____ RED poinsettias

#_____ WHITE poinsettias

#_____ RED/WHITE mixed

#_____ Door Wreaths [$16 each]

#_____ Sanctuary Wreath [$30 each]

In Memory of:

In Honor of:

Given by:

  _____  I will donate my poinsettias


We Are Trinity – Time and Talent

Time & Talent surveys received to date:
61 adult, 7 youth


Hanging of the Greens and
Soup Supper Tuesday, December 17

The tree is up; now please come to help finish decorating Trinity with garlands, flowers, and candles for Christmas! We’ll start with a soup and bread supper at 6:30, and begin decorating around 7 pm, finishing around 8:30 pm.

Please indicate your interest in coming below for planning purposes:

Name                                                                               

___ I/we will come for supper

___ I/we will bring soup

___ I/we will bring bread

___ I/we will miss supper but will come to help decorate

Contact Carol B with questions.


Support a Good Mission: Nominate it for a Mission Endowment Award!

The Mission Endowment Committee seeks your recommendations of organizations to receive awards in the spring. Annually, income from Mission Endowment Fund is used to enhance our mission outreach 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, or place this form in the offering plate, or return it to the church office.  Nominations are due by January 15.

I nominate:

 ___________________________________

___________________________________

Name: ___________________________________


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING 
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Margo W
family and friends*
Dan G, friend of Margo and Turquoise W
Audie Morris, brother of Margaret F
Joyce R, friend of Diana B
Francis R, friend of Bill B
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R

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

Birthdays:
10. Lynn B
11. Thor N
12. Kim B
13. Kellen B
Baptismal Days:
11. Logan D
12. Matthew C


Weekly Devotional:

Advent 2, December 8, 2019

Name Your Wilderness

Name your wilderness. Do not read on yet. Name it now, this moment. No one else needs to describe it for you. It is your wilderness. Aches. Burns. Howls. Shadows. Echoes. Fears. Shames. Hungers. Jeers. Memories. Futures. Scars. Catastrophes. Wastes. Falls. These may comprise your wilderness.

In Judea, the wilderness is dusty, dry, rocky, and hot. The land is rugged and steep, dangerous and threatening. But it is not a hopeless place. When the wadis, where the rivers run, fill up with rainwater, the brown, broiled-crisp hillsides dress in green, and flowers emerge as if scraps of rainbows have dappled the earth. In a seemingly desolate place, grace startlingly appears.

Name your wilderness.

John the Baptist was in the wilderness. He went there with a message. It takes courage to cry out to the occupiers of the wilderness with a vision of hope. He did it with nerve, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

The crowds were there from all regions. It seems they came hoping for hope. Naming their wilderness, the crowds found the courage to “repent, for the kingdom of heaven [had] come near.”

Opportunity for New Life

“Repent”: John’s persistent refrain in the wilderness. He was “crying out,” the gospel tells us, not whimpering or gently prompting. The word repent muscles and presses, carving a new path where all the other occupiers leave drought and ruin. The river Jordan flows in the wilderness; in its current the Spirit moves, the call “Repent!” carried in its quickening flow. The message is both warning and promise. In naming your wilderness, you discover not desolation but opportunity for new life. Name your wilderness. See the grace flower and spring into abundance. The one who is coming—the embodiment of the kingdom of heaven come near to us—offers repentance and grace.

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Give Thanks

What’s Happening?

Worship, Learn, Serve … See our online calendar for upcoming opportunities through the coming year at Trinity.

Scheduling Note: The previously-scheduled December 8 Advent Lessons & Carols has been cancelled.


From Pastor Kern…

Dear People of God,

The origins of Thanksgiving are many. And not just in America. Cultures around the world and through the aeons of times have marked the harvest with a celebration of thanks. Every year at Thanksgiving, as I gather with my family around the laden table, I feel as though I’m participating in a practice probably as old as civilization itself. (And I will confess, even though I have not served a congregation that held a Thanksgiving Eve or Day service for nearly 20 years, I still miss those gatherings.) I hope that you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. The weather reports are ominous, so I hope that if cross-country travel is in your plans, your coming and going is on schedule.

On December 1, Advent begins and with it, time to pause and reflect on the great hope of our faith. We live in anxious times and people long of quick, easy answers. But in Advent the church invites us to lean into the heart of Christ, adopt a different rhythm, and receive the peace that passes human understanding. In other words, to stop trying to fix everything ourselves and be open to the Spirit’s prodding.

In this more relaxed spirit of Advent, I’m offering a short series on
on the general topic of Figuring Out What God Wants – of me, my church, my world. We’ll meet on the Sundays of December during the Sunday School hour in Room 11.

It’ll be fun – time to talk – time to laugh – time to maybe catch a glimpse of what God is up to in our lives and in our world. And who knows, maybe even some insight to feed into the call process when that comes along.

Join me!

Blessings,
Pr Kern


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First Sunday of Advent, December 1
First Sunday of Advent, December 1

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

Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection save us from the threatening dangers of our sins, and enlighten our walk in the way of your salvation, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44

Worship Assistants schedule is available here: www.trinityelca.org/worship-assistants/

Assisting This Sunday:

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); Vincent M (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B (8:15); Jackie K (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Tad D (8:15); Sabrina R (10:45)
Coffee Hour: potluck
Greeters: Keith & Lily C (8:15); Pam B (10:45)
Lectors: Jerry B (8:15); Susan S(10:45)
Tellers: Bud & Lynn B


Blue Christmas Service

Our Stephen Ministry program offers a Blue Christmas Service at Trinity on Friday evening, December 20, at 7:00 pm. If you have lost a loved one or a treasured friend, or are going through sadness for any reason, please join us at this service. We will light candles, sing hymns, pray, and honor our loved ones. Refreshments following.


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Weekly Devotional

“Yalla! Yalla! Hurry!” shouted Yusef in a friendly, if impatient, order to his laggardly collection of travelers… shopkeepers’ cries of “Schwei! Schwei!” (“Slow! Slow!”) prefaced their own plea to these same travelers… [click here to see full article]


Adult Forum Study of Amos

The name Amos may call to mind famous cookies, but how well do you know the ancient Hebrew prophet Amos?  Amos’ call for justice and genuine worship have resonated throughout the centuries: “Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live…  Let justice roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”  Join us for the Adult Forum, Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. (12/8, 15, 22) as we explore the book of Amos.


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Chrismon Decorating Brunch
Saturday, November 30

We’ll gather on Saturday, Nov 30, from 9:00 a.m. to noon to setup our new Christmas tree and decorate it with our new beautiful Chrismons, made by our church family members.

Please let Sabrina Rufty (srufty@gmail.com or 301-922-5411) know if you’re planning to join so that we can plan brunch!


Thanksgiving Weekend Inter-Generational Sunday School

THIS SUNDAY, December 1, during the Sunday school hour, we will prepare 144 personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief (LWR). LWR delivers these to people around the world suffering from natural disasters, violence, or poverty.

Each kit contains a set of essential toiletries. Social Ministry Team will purchase all the necessary items to meet particular LWR requirements. Your monetary donations make this effort possible. Checks may be made out to Trinity with “Personal Care Kits” in the memo line. We estimate the cost of each kit to be $7.

Please contact Anita S or Kathy T with questions or suggestions.


Semi-Annual Meeting and Potluck

Sunday, December 8, The Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting will follow the 10:45 a.m. worship service.

We will also have a potluck brunch/lunch after the late service. Bring your favorite brunch or lunch entree, side-dish, salad, or dessert. Beverages will be provided.  We will eat while we meet. 


A New Way to Help: A Wider Circle

A Wider Circle’s Partnership to Independence (P2I) is a comprehensive ongoing support system to help clients achieve sustained self-sufficiency. 
Participants make a long-term commitment to qualify for the program.   They receive individualized support and a wide range of skill-building and educational opportunities. 

Trinity’s Social Ministry Team is exploring greater involvement with P2I.

Our first opportunity is to help at AWC’s P2I holiday program on Saturday, December 7, 11:00 – 1:00.  It will be a busy day with crafts, Santa, family portraits, etc.  They need people to help guide children in an easy craft. AWC will have all of the materials and directions. 

AWC also seeks volunteers to help P2I participants with car repair, dental work, or therapy.  If you have specialized skills in these need areas and are willing to help, AWC will work with you to meet with the participant in need.

If interested, please contact Margaret F.


Give-a-Gift

Now through December 8

The holiday season is a wonderful opportunity to share with many children in need. In fact, your gift may be the only Christmas gift a child receives.

We are collecting new toys, games, books, and clothes for children infant through 18 years old for Community Family Life Services’ annual Give-a-Gift program. (special need for children ages 12-18) Toys must be new and in their original packaging, but not wrapped. 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 Bria Washington at CFLS: 202-347-0511 or brwashington@cflsdc.org.


Give More Hope

Help those in need while you Christmas shop!

Now, through December 15, you can purchase a Gift of Hope for a friend or relative while making a contribution to someone who is in need.

Come visit the Gifts of Hope table in the Social Hall after the worship service.


Help Us Beautify Trinity at Christmas

Order Your Poinsettias and Wreaths Now

Order Deadline:  DECEMBER 8, 2019

I wish to order:      Poinsettias: $10 each

#_____ RED poinsettias

#_____ WHITE poinsettias

#_____ RED/WHITE mixed

#_____ Door Wreaths [$16 each]

#_____ Sanctuary Wreath [$30 each]

In Memory of:

In Honor of:

Given by:

  _____  I will donate my poinsettias


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING 
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Dan G, friend of Margo and Turquoise W
Joyce R, friend of Diana B
Francis R, friend of Bill B
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R

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

Birthdays:
01. Nathaniel C
01. Katie J
02. Donna S
05. Leslie S
07. Linnea A


Weekly Devotional:

First Sunday of Advent, December 1, 2019

Hurry! Hurry! Slow! Slow!

“Yalla! Yalla! Hurry!” shouted Yusef in a friendly, if impatient, order to his laggardly collection of travelers. He was their Palestinian guide. His Arabic “Yalla! Yalla!”—a plea as predictable as breath itself—urged them with the honking determination of a mother goose prodding disoriented goslings. Through the old city’s ancient labyrinth of streets, shopkeepers’ cries of “Schwei! Schwei!” (“Slow! Slow!”) prefaced their own seductive plea for these same travelers to come in and spend. But the shopkeepers’ mixed hopes of calculating and managing the day and its hours were lost in the fray of “yalla” and “schwei.”

About the day and the hour no one knows

Predictions are pointless, Jesus tells his disciples. What they wanted to know, he says, neither angels nor even the Son could tell them. Upon their first hearing, these words of Jesus may whistle by, their sharp edge of warning falling on the dull side of awareness. In our attempts to manage the unknown, we miss the unexpectedness of the Son of Man’s coming.

Jesus’ cosmic alert, among the last of his teachings before his death in Jerusalem, leads the church’s Advent procession toward his very earthly birth in Bethlehem. Jesus’ coming to us is beyond our attempts to manage, exempt from schedules, and unaffected by our pleas. “Yalla! Yalla! Schwei! Schwei!” To no avail.

A clue for the mystery ahead

Yet, we are still prompted to be ready for the unknown. How can that puzzle be solved? Only fools and charlatans compute the hours that even angels cannot assign. The answer to the divine riddle will not be revealed by asking “When?” Perhaps the question is “How?” Or, better yet, we may begin with “Where?” The rough and ragged chill of a Bethlehem stable is a good place to begin . . . a clue for the mystery ahead.

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What’s Happening?

Worship, Learn, Serve … See our online calendar for upcoming opportunities through the coming year at Trinity.

Scheduling Note: The previously-scheduled December 8 Advent Lessons & Carols has been cancelled.


From Pastor Kern …

Dear People of God,

On Sunday the church year comes to a close and with that a sense that we have once again completed the journey of faith that we take over and over and over again in our lives.

When I look out over the scope and depth of Jesus’ life on earth, I find many points over which to linger and ponder. But none strikes me as more significant than the intentional way he designates the people of God as responsible for carrying on the gospel message. The trust he places in mere mortals is breathtaking.

Funny thing, trust. When it’s in place, everything is easier. When it’s absent, nearly everything is harder. Roberts Rules, with which I think most of us have some familiarity, are based on the assumption of the absence of trust and the assumption of conflict! But Jesus has another vision for his church.

It is striking how many times Jesus himself, and the writings of the New Testament, exhort the people of God to recognize their God-given unity and be of “one mind.” I have no doubt Jesus knew what we would do with our new-found freedom, but I also believe he had high hopes for us; that we would give and receive forgiveness, and strive to live in the unity of the bond of peace.

The Festival of Christ the King reminds us every year that this holy hope still reaches out to us across time and space, calling all the baptized to take responsibility for the gospel as one, holy, catholic, church.

Blessings,
Pr Kern


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Christ the King Sunday, Nov 24

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

O God, our true life, to serve you is freedom, and to know you is unending joy. We worship you, we glorify you, we give thanks to you for your great glory. Abide with us, reign in us, and make this world into a fit habitation for your divine majesty, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Jeremiah 23:1-6
Psalm 46
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43

Worship Assistants full schedule is available online: www.trinityelca.org/worship-assistants/


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Weekly Devotional

Rulers are defined by their power over others. They can levy taxes, conscript youth into armies, open or close borders, and enforce policies that direct the daily lives of the people in their realm. When Pilate interviews Jesus… [click here to see full article]


Adult Forum Study of Amos

The name Amos may call to mind those famous cookies, but how well do you know the ancient Hebrew prophet Amos?  Amos’ call for justice and genuine worship have resonated throughout the centuries: “Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live…  Let justice roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”  Join us for the Adult Forum, Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. (11/24,12/8,15,22) as we explore the book of Amos.


May We Talk About Racism?

Racism has been called the original sin of America.  Rooted in slavery, it continues to haunt our dialogue in politics, education, and church.

FINAL WEEK! – Pastor Kern is offering the chance for dialogue about race, during the education hour.  The class will be based on Debby Irving’s book, Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.

Please note: this will be a discussion based on Ms. Irving’s book.  It will be necessary for participants to acquire and read a copy of the book.  Our discussion will be guided by what we have read together.

If you are truly interested in learning more about the systemic and social perpetuation of racism, and the role of white people in particular in that process, this book can be the beginning of an enlightening and hopeful journey. All are welcome.


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Pie Sunday

Bake a pie, make a pie, buy a pie, or thaw a pie! Bring your pies to share at Pie Sunday coffee hours this Sunday, November 24. The more pies the better! Please cut your pie for serving. Any questions? Call Lynn Booth.


Give More Hope

Help those in need while you Christmas shop!

Now, through December 15, you can purchase a Gift of Hope for a friend or relative while making a contribution to someone who is in need.

Come visit the Gifts of Hope table in the Social Hall after the worship service Nov. 17 – Dec. 15.


Give-a-Gift

Now, through December 8

The holiday season is a wonderful opportunity to share with many children in need. In fact, your gift may be the only Christmas gift a child receives.

We are collecting new toys, games, books, and clothes for children infant through 18 years old for Community Family Life Services’ annual Give-a-Gift program. (special need for children ages 12-18) Toys must be new and in their original packaging, but not wrapped. 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 Bria Washington at CFLS: 202-347-0511 or brwashington@cflsdc.org.


Chrismon Decorating Brunch
Saturday, November 30

We’ll gather on Saturday, Nov 30, from 9:00 a.m. to noon to setup our new Christmas tree and decorate it with our new beautiful Chrismons, made by our church family members.

Please let Sabrina Rufty (srufty@gmail.com or 301-922-5411) know if you’re planning to join so that we can plan brunch!


Thanksgiving Weekend Inter-Generational Sunday School

On Sunday, December 1, during the Sunday school hour, we will prepare 144 personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief (LWR). LWR delivers these to people around the world suffering from natural disasters, violence, or poverty.

Each kit contains a bath towel, two bars of soap, one toothbrush, comb, and nail clipper. Social Ministry Team will purchase all the necessary items to meet particular LWR requirements. Your monetary donations make this effort possible. Checks may be made out to Trinity with “Personal Care Kits” in the memo line. We estimate the cost of each kit to be $7.

Please contact Anita S or Kathy T with questions or suggestions.


Semi-Annual Meeting and Potluck

Sunday, December 8

The Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting will follow the 10:45 a.m. worship service.

We will also have a potluck brunch/lunch after the late service. Bring your favorite brunch or lunch entree, side-dish, salad, or dessert. Beverages will be provided.  We will eat while we meet. 


3rd Quarter Giving Statements
are available for pickup in the Social Hall.

Church Directories for Fall 2019
are available for pickup in the Social Hall.


Poinsettias and Wreaths
to Adorn Trinity at Christmas

Order Deadline:  December 8, 2019

I wish to order:      Poinsettias: $10 each

#_____ RED poinsettias

#_____ WHITE poinsettias

#_____ RED/WHITE mixed

#_____ Door Wreaths @$16 each

#_____ Sanctuary Wreath @$30

In Memory of:

In Honor of:

Given by:

  _____  I will donate my poinsettias


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING 
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Dan G, friend of Margo and Turquoise W
Joyce R, friend of Diana B
Francis R, friend of Bill B
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R

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

Birthdays:
24. Roger B
24. Rebecca P
27. Matthew B
29. Angela B
29. Robert P
30. Christine B

Baptismal Days:
24. Laura T
24. Mary W
27. Linnea S
27. Luke W
27. Sophia W
28. David K
29. John B
30. Diana B


Weekly Devotional:

November 24, 2019 CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY

A Ruler’s Power

Rulers are defined by their power over others. They can levy taxes, conscript youth into armies, open or close borders, and enforce policies that direct the daily lives of the people in their realm. When Pilate interviews Jesus, he says to him, “Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?” (John 19:10). It is something a ruler would say. In the outpost of the Roman Empire that is Judea, Caesar’s power resides with Pilate.

Offering Pardon

As he is crucified, Jesus wields two powers that belong to kings. First, he offers pardon. He prays for the forgiveness of those responsible for his death. As God answers his prayer, those who have meant Jesus harm are absolved. It is just as if a judge, a president, or a monarch had pardoned them. They walk free.

The Power of Welcome

Jesus also exercises the noble power of welcome. Who may come into a country? Rulers of each country decide the answer to this question. In our day, they enact their decisions with paperwork: passports, visas, and the like. Jesus exercises the power to welcome another into the rule of God. He spent his ministry welcoming people into that reign as he shared with them healing, forgiveness, food, and love. On the cross, he welcomes someone else. For the thief who asks, “Remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Luke 23:42), Jesus authorizes a visa into paradise.

Received by Christ Himself

Christ the King’s pardon is for us. We begin our worship acknowledging our sin and hearing the news that God has forgiven us. The Ruler’s welcome is ours as well. We come to the table, received by Christ himself. Today we join him, the thief on the cross, and all the saints in a foretaste of the paradise to come. The Spirit sends us into the week ahead renewed in the knowledge that we are citizens of the reign of God and that our true Ruler is the one who welcomes and pardons: the crucified and risen Christ.

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