What’s Happening…

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

Shrove Tuesday – Pancakes!

February 25, 6:00 p.m.
Bring your family and friends to Trinity’s annual “Fat Tuesday” dinner of pancakes, sausage, and stewed apples. It is our last meal of abundance before the fasting of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Leave full and ready to take up the cross as our Lenten journey begins.
Reservations are not required, but we need a general idea of how many to expect. Sign up by using the form below and placing it in the offering plate or on the sheets posted in the Social Hall. A Free-will offering to cover costs will be collected at the supper. 

Ash Wednesday is Next Wednesday


Ash Wednesday services are at 12 noon & 7:30 pm on February 26. Both services will have the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion.


From Pastor Kern

Dear People of Trinity,
On Sunday, the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany cycle of the church year comes to an end with the Festival of the Transfiguration.  The gospel for the day is loaded with imagery, theology, history, and, believe it or not, practicality.
Practicality (from the same root as the word ‘practice’) plays a big role in the life of the church and the life of a congregation.  Here at Trinity, in some seasons  we commune with homemade bread.  A congregation in Minnesota communes couple thousand people on Sunday.  Can you imagine the pile of bread loaves that would take?  Communion wafers are practical.  Altar candles once served a practical purpose – to provide light in a space that had no electricity.  Modern congregations try, for the most part, to schedule worship when people are most likely to attend, as a matter of practicality.
The story of Transfiguration is full of wonder and mystery, but it ends in practicality when Jesus directs the disciples back down the mountain, where Lent begins three days later.
Blessings,
Pr 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
Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 2
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9

Assisting this Sunday, Feb 23:

Acolytes:                         Anders S (10:45)
Altar Guild:                    Louise G (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Assisting Ministers:    Tad DeV (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Children’s Church:       Nicholas C (10:45)
Coffee Hour:                  Diana & Bill B (8:15); Lynn & Bud B (10:45)
Greeters:                        Nancy & Thor N (8:15); Linnea A (10:45)
Lectors:                            Nathan L (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Tellers:                             Lynn & Bud B
Ushers:                            Nancy & Thor N (8:15); Greg & Margaret F (10:45)
Flowers:                           Are given to the glory of God by Sunhee P and James T, in memory of Roy, James’s father


Please bring your palms for burning!

+LEARN+


Adult Forum: How do we discover the main thing that God is asking of us at this time and in this place?  What actions do we need to be taking – both now and in the future – to ensure that we are working towards that main thing? Led by David K, we will look at these and other provocative questions as Trinity prepares for the Pastoral call process. Join the conversation Sundays at 9:30am in Room 10. All are welcome.


Pretzel Sunday and Goodbye to Alleluia: We will be Celebrating Transfiguration during Sunday School, February 24, to say Goodbye to Alleluia and making pretzels and crafts as we prepare for the Lenten season to come. Join us at 9:30 in the Social Hall!


Sunday School: We are in need of more substitute Sunday School Teachers. If you are interested in helping out, please let Anita know.


Lenten Resources
Come check out the Lenten resources table in the fellowship hall. There are a variety of prayer practices and devotionals for you to choose from and for all ages. Come and see the options. These are in the spirit of adding for Lent instead of giving up something. Come try something new.


Sunday School: We are in need of more substitute Sunday School Teachers. If you are interested in helping out, please let Anita know.


+SERVE+


February Food Drive

Social Ministry February Food Drive

This is the last week we will be collecting food.
During February, Trinity will be collecting specific foods to support the efforts of Bethesda Help, a local all-volunteer non-profit organization providing emergency assistance to needy persons of southern Montgomery County. Bethesda Help provides each household with 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
2 cans of beans 15.5 oz
1 can of fruit
1 box of oatmeal or cereal
1 jar of peanut butter 18 oz
1 box of pasta 16 oz
1 can of pasta/spaghetti sauce 24 oz
1 bag of rice 16 oz
2 boxes of macaroni and cheese 7.25 oz
1 box of shelf stable milk 32 oz

How can you help? Please bring items from this list by Feb. 23, or please include a contribution with your offering and note the amount for Bethesda Help Project. We will do the shopping or the funding will be used to provide $30 grocery gift cards. We also need reusable bags from Giant, for about $.10. Please do not bring things in glass containers. If you have questions, please contact Margaret F.


Annual Cook Off Winners!  Trinity’s Top Chefs

Thanks to all who submitted entries to Trinity’s annual cook off and to all who joined in fellowship by tasting the entries. The winner of the salad category was the Kid’s Crunchy Slaw submitted by the Pre-K Sunday School Class, and the winner of the soup category was Shrimp Corn Chowder entered by Elizabeth and Ben R. Over $430 was raised which will support Trinity’s Youth Group and a donation to Manna Food Center.


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)

home:
Tad DeV, Tigist G, Martha R, James T, Margo W

family and friends*
James B, father of Mary B
Joanne B, sister-in-law of Mary B & David K
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Khashnuma C, friend of Sarya
Charles D, resident of Bethesda H&R
Eileen F, friend of Diana B
Nora K, grandmother of Matthew & Josh B
Mary Ellen M, friend of Diane & Bill B
Laura P, niece of Tom K & Sarah M
Anita P, friend of Marilyn G
Anne T, friend of Sabrina R
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.

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,

The season of Epiphany is winding down – Ash Wednesday is February 26 when Lent begins. So a good question might be, How have we seen Christ becoming known in the world? Where? When?When we gather for worship, is Christ being made known?
When children toddle up during the sermon, is Christ being made known?When we bury our dead, is Christ being made known?
When members gather to speak and to listen to one another, is Christ being made known?
When the call process gets underway, is Christ being made known?
When there is fellowship after worship, is Christ being made known?
When guests return after being warmly greeted, is Christ being made known?
I think so. Don’t you?

Pastor Kern


Funeral Services for Mary Ellen D

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2 pm
Village of Rockville Chapel, 9701 Veirs Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
Reception to follow in downstairs Multi-Purpose Room


+WORSHIP+


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

READINGS AND PSALM

Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 119:1-8
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Matthew 5:21-37

Assisting this Sunday, Feb 16:

Acolytes:                         Matthew B (8:15); Colin G (10:45)
Altar Guild:                    Louise G (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Assisting Ministers:    Jerry B (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Children’s Church:       Margaret F (8:15); Jane R (10:45)
Coffee Hour:                  Matthew & Tamara C (8:15); Valerie M & Trevor H (10:45)
Greeters:                        Keith & Lily C (8:15); Hagen & Kristina S (10:45)
Lectors:                            Jerry B (8:15); Sabrina R (10:45)
Tellers:                             Lynn & Bud B
Ushers:                            Thor N & Ross A (8:15); David & Henry C (10:45)


+LEARN+


Adult Forum: How do we discover the main thing that God is asking of us at this time and in this place?  What actions do we need to be taking – both now and in the future – to ensure that we are working towards that main thing? Led by David K, we will look at these and other provocative questions as Trinity prepares for the Pastoral call process. Join the conversation Sundays at 9:30am in Room 10. All are welcome.


Next Week—Pretzel Sunday and Goodbye to Alleluia: We will be Celebrating Transfiguration during Sunday School, February 24, to say Goodbye to Alleluia and making pretzels and crafts as we prepare for the Lenten season to come. Join us at 9:30 in the Social Hall!


Sunday School: We are in need of more substitute Sunday School Teachers. If you are interested in helping out, please let Anita know.


+SERVE+


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

February 25, 6:00 p.m.
Bring your family and friends to Trinity’s annual “Fat Tuesday” dinner of pancakes, sausage, and stewed apples. It is our last meal of abundance before the fasting of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Leave full and ready to take up the cross as our Lenten journey begins.
Home cooks are needed to prepare apples in their homes. All ingredients and recipes will be provided and can be picked up after worship services on Sunday, February 23. Cooks should prepare their items at home and bring them to church by 6:00pm on Tuesday, February 25.
Clean-Up Crew Needed – If you can help clear tables or cleanup during and after the Pancake Supper, please sign up or call Steve S.
Reservations are not required, but we need a general idea of how many to expect. Sign up by using the form below and placing it in the offering plate or on the sheets posted in the Social Hall. A Free-will offering to cover costs will be collected at the supper. 


February Food Drive

Social Ministry February Food Drive

During February, Trinity will be collecting specific foods to support the efforts of Bethesda Help, a local all-volunteer non-profit organization providing emergency assistance to needy persons of southern Montgomery County. Bethesda Help provides each household with 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
2 cans of beans 15.5 oz
1 can of fruit
1 box of oatmeal or cereal
1 jar of peanut butter 18 oz
1 box of pasta 16 oz
1 can of pasta/spaghetti sauce 24 oz
1 bag of rice 16 oz
2 boxes of macaroni and cheese 7.25 oz
1 box of shelf stable milk 32 oz

How can you help? Please bring items from this list by Feb. 23, or please include a contribution with your offering and note the amount for Bethesda Help Project. We will do the shopping or the funding will be used to provide $30 grocery gift cards. We also need reusable bags from Giant, for about $.10. Please do not bring things in glass containers. If you have questions, please contact Margaret F.

Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)

home:
Tad DeV, Tigist G, James T, Margo W

family and friends:
James B, father of Mary B
Joanne B, sister-in-law of Mary B & David K
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Khashnuma C, friend of Sarya
Eileen F, friend of Diana B
Nora K, grandmother of Matthew & Josh B
Laura P, niece of Tom K & Sarah M
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

Birth:
Pearl Eva M February 6, 2020
daughter of Laurel C and Rob M
granddaughter of Bob and Marilyn C



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,
I remember the girl in confirmation class who was visibly upset the day we talked about the 4th commandment, Honor your father and your mother.  Just before the end of class she blurted out, How am I supposed to honor my father when he left before I was born? It’s a good question that spawns other questions. 
How do we love a person we have never seen?  Can we become loving if we are not love first?
We know that infants that are not cuddled and embraced (loved) can be developmentally at risk. And what about all the different kinds of love mentioned in the scripture – brotherly/sisterly love, erotic love, godly love?  
God-like love (agape is the Greek word for it) is love that is intentional, unconditional, willful.  When we hear that God so loves the world, we are hearing that loving us what God really, truly wants to do.  It is love that is not based on how we behave or how we think.  It is rooted in the will and intentions of God.
When I first came to you, I told you that I was going to love you – not romantically!, but intentionally, on purpose.  I am clearly not God, so there’s a good chance I’ve missed the mark a time or two!  But I am committed to loving you in that way. + We all need someone to love us enough to care for us in crisis – I count it a privilege to be with you in those times. + We are blessed when we have at least one person who loves us enough to tell us the truth even if it makes us uncomfortable – I have tried to be that person for Trinity.  + We all need to be loved by those with whom we may disagree – I hope you know you don’t have to agree with me to be cared for by me.  I am fortunate that I have people in my life who love me this way in return – those who will always be there in my times of need, those who love me enough to rattle my cage when I need it, and, in these days most especially, those who love me even when about all we hold in common is our baptismal grace.
Love like this is what shapes and holds us all and makes space for our hearts to grow.  What a treasure we share.
Pastor Kern


From Brian, Office Administrator

Thank you, Trinity family for your care, concern, prayers, and support following my January 8 surgery. This experience has been more difficult than anyone predicted. I had over 17 hours in surgery, two days in ICU, two full weeks in hospital, and now a slow, painful recovery at home. Post-surgery recovery has felt frustratingly slow, though I do sense some real progress since those earlier days. Your cards and well-wishes have meant more than you know. I ask for your continued prayers as I slowly progress toward recovery, and hope very much to see you all again soon.
Peace,
Brian B


Funeral Services for Mary Ellen D

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2 pm
Village of Rockville Chapel, 9701 Veirs Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
Reception to follow in downstairs Multi-Purpose Room


+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 58:1-9a [9b-12]
Psalm 112:1-9 [10]
1 Corinthians 2:1-12 [13-16]
Matthew 5:13-20

Assisting this Sunday, Feb 9:

Acolytes:                         Linnea S (10:45)
Altar Guild:                    Louise G (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Assisting Ministers:    Sarah G (8:15); Sabrina R (10:45)
Children’s Church:       Nicholas C (10:45)
Coffee Hour:                  Nancy J (8:15); Cook-off/Donna S (10:45)
Greeters:                        Matthew & Tamara C (8:15); Peggy J (10:45)
Lectors:                            Sarah G (8:15); Leslie C (10:45)
Tellers:                             Dick & Peggy J
Ushers:                            Steve & Donna S (8:15); Angela B & Paul D’A (10:45)


+LEARN+


Adult Forum: How do we discover the main thing that God is asking of us at this time and in this place?  What actions do we need to be taking – both now and in the future – to ensure that we are working towards that main thing? Led by David K, we will look at these and other provocative questions as Trinity prepares for the Pastoral call process. Join the conversation Sundays at 9:30am in Room 10. All are welcome.


Sunday School: We are in need of more substitute Sunday School Teachers. If you are interested in helping out, please let Anita know.


+SERVE+


Souper Bowl

Last Sunday, Trinity members and friends chose the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl by making the most contributions to the soup pot labeled for that team ($268.06). Thanks to their generosity (and the voters for the Forty Niners with $74.83), $342.89 was raised and will be donated to Manna Food in Gaithersburg. Manna is the real winner here, but Trinity did also pick the winning team for the Super Bowl!


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

Sunday February 9 following the 10:45 service
2020 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? Last minute entries are welcome.


Trinity Men’s Group

The Trinity Men’s Group will hold its February meeting next Wednesday, 12 February, at 1:00pm at Mike J’s home. Please let Dick J or Mike know if you will be attending.


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

February 25, 6:00 p.m.
Bring your family and friends to Trinity’s annual “Fat Tuesday” dinner of pancakes, sausage, and stewed apples. It is our last meal of abundance before the fasting of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Leave full and ready to take up the cross as our Lenten journey begins.
Home cooks are needed to prepare apples in their homes. All ingredients and recipes will be provided and can be picked up after worship services on Sunday, February 23. Cooks should prepare their items at home and bring them to church by 6:00pm on Tuesday, February 25.
Clean-Up Crew Needed – If you can help clear tables or cleanup during and after the Pancake Supper, please sign up or call Steve S.
Reservations are not required, but we need a general idea of how many to expect. Sign up by using the form below and placing it in the offering plate or on the sheets posted in the Social Hall. A Free-will offering to cover costs will be collected at the supper. 


February Food Drive

Social Ministry February Food Drive

During February, Trinity will be collecting specific foods to support the efforts of Bethesda Help, a local all-volunteer non-profit organization providing emergency assistance to needy persons of southern Montgomery County. Bethesda Help provides each household with 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
2 cans of beans 15.5 oz
1 can of fruit
1 box of oatmeal or cereal
1 jar of peanut butter 18 oz
1 box of pasta 16 oz
1 can of pasta/spaghetti sauce 24 oz
1 bag of rice 16 oz
2 boxes of macaroni and cheese 7.25 oz
1 box of shelf stable milk 32 oz

How can you help? Please bring items from this list by Feb. 23, or please include a contribution with your offering and note the amount for Bethesda Help Project. We will do the shopping or the funding will be used to provide $30 grocery gift cards. We also need reusable bags from Giant, for about $.10. Please do not bring things in glass containers. If you have questions, please contact Margaret F.


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center: 
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tad DeV,Tigist G, James T, Margo W

family and friends:
James B, father of Mary B
Joanne B, sister-in-law of Mary B & David K
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Khashnuma C, friend of Sarya
Eileen F, friend of Diana B
Nora K, grandmother of Matthew & Josh B
Laura P, niece of Tom K & Sarah M
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,
There’s  saying that goes, That which we think about, expands.
Think about it!  It’s true, isn’t it?  Somebody cuts us off in traffic on the way to work and we blast our horn and our blood pressure spikes.  The rest of our commute we ruminate on the carelessness of the other driver and what they almost did to us and by the time we get to the office we’re in a fine mood.  Of course!  We’ve thought about it for 45 minutes and what on any other day would have been a minor annoyance, has expanded into morning-long, mood altering experience.  
That which we think about, expands.
This also applies to congregations.  You can learn a lot about a community by observing what they think about.  Some congregations track weekly offerings in the bulletin; some never do.  One congregation lists weekly attendance, another gives prominent place to who serves on the council, another is careful to always highlight the building campaign.  One of the most fascinating metrics I heard about recently is first time visitors.  There are congregations with the goal of having first time visitors equal to their average worship attendance in a year.
What do you think about? What does Trinity think about?  What’s expanding?  Does it need to be reaffirmed?  Or is a shift in order?
Blessings,
Pr Kern


Funeral Services for Mary Ellen D

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2 pm
Village of Rockville Chapel, 9701 Veirs Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
Reception to follow in downstairs Multi-Purpose Room


+WORSHIP+


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

READINGS AND PSALM

Malachi 3:1-4
Psalm 84
Hebrews 2:14-18
Luke 2:22-40

Assisting this Sunday, Feb 2:

Acolytes:                  Matthew B (8:15); Vincent M (10:45)
Altar Guild:             Louise G (8:15); Christine B-F (10:45)
Assisting Ministers:    Nancy N (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Children’s Church:       David C (10:45)
Coffee Hour:                 Dan & Rob S (8:15); Donna S (10:45)
Greeters:                       Diana B (8:15); Pam B (10:45)
Lectors:                           Nancy N (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Tellers:                            Lynn & Bud B
Ushers:                            Ross A & Joan E (8:15);Dick & Peggy J (10:45)


+LEARN+

Adult Forum: How do we discover the main thing that God is asking of us at this time and in this place?  What actions do we need to be taking – both now and in the future – to ensure that we are working towards that main thing? Led by David K, we will look at these and other provocative questions as Trinity prepares for the Pastoral call process. Join the conversation Sundays at 9:30am 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. 

February Food Drive

Social Ministry February Food Drive

During February, Trinity will be collecting specific foods to support the efforts of Bethesda Help, a local all-volunteer non-profit organization providing emergency assistance to needy persons of southern Montgomery County. Bethesda Help provides each household with 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
2 cans of beans 15.5 oz
1 can of fruit
1 box of oatmeal or cereal
1 jar of peanut butter 18 oz
1 box of pasta 16 oz
1 can of pasta/spaghetti sauce 24 oz
1 bag of rice 16 oz
2 boxes of macaroni and cheese 7.25 oz
1 box of shelf stable milk 32 oz

How can you help? Please bring items from this list by Feb. 23, or please include a contribution with your offering and note the amount for Bethesda Help Project. We will do the shopping or the funding will be used to provide $30 grocery gift cards. We also need reusable bags from Giant, for about $.10. Please do not bring things in glass containers. If you have questions, please contact Margaret F.


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.


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

February 25, 6:00 p.m.
Bring your family and friends to Trinity’s annual “Fat Tuesday” dinner of pancakes, sausage, and stewed apples. It is our last meal of abundance before the fasting of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Leave full and ready to take up the cross as our Lenten journey begins.
Home cooks are needed to prepare apples in their homes. All ingredients and recipes will be provided and can be picked up after worship services on Sunday, February 23. Cooks should prepare their items at home and bring them to church by 6:00pm on Tuesday, February 25.
Clean-Up Crew Needed – If you can help clear tables or cleanup during and after the Pancake Supper, please sign up or call Steve S.
Reservations are not required, but we need a general idea of how many to expect. Sign up by using the form below and placing it in the offering plate or on the sheets posted in the Social Hall.A Free-will offering to cover costs will be collected at the supper. 


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 SICK AND SUFFERING

hospital:
Tad DeV (Medstar Washington)

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)

home:
Tigist G, Susan K, Rebecca P, James T, Margo W

family and friends*
Joanne B, sister-in-law of Mary B & David K
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Eileen F, friend of Diana B
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,
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.


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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.


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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:

 ___________________________________

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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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