This Sunday, March 31
(Fourth Sunday in Lent)

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

God of compassion, you welcome the wayward, and you embrace us all with your mercy. By our baptism clothe us with garments of your grace, and feed us at the table of your love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes – Matthew B (8:15); Anusha A (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Nancy N (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – Anita S (8:15); Jane R (10:45)
Greeters – Jane R, Eric S (8:15); Pam B (10:45)
Lectors – Phil D (8:15); Sarah G (10:45)
Ushers – Ross A, Mike J (8:15); Angela B, Rich G (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Jane R, Eric S (8:15); Lynn & Bud B (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Noralyn D
Tellers – Annie A, Mina


Lent at Trinity

You are invited to the observance of an holy Lent. Our theme this year is “Going Ahead”. You are invited to join us for special mid-week services as well as on Sundays. Discover more on our Lent at Trinity page.


Still Far Off

“While he was still far off . . .” (Luke 15:20). In one brief phrase a wrenching, shifting, and twisting story involving a wild cast of characters hangs in uneasy suspense.

“While he was still far off . . .” In those few words from a noble parable, we catch—or lose—our own uneasy breath because we know, at times more painfully than anything else, what it is to be “still far off.” We know the angst of uncertainty, the misery of guilt, the loneliness of distance, and the injury of shame. Wherever “far off” is—that distant country where shadows of disgrace and shards of reputation languish; where hope withers—it is not home.

Jesus doesn’t toss this parable carelessly to the wind. He carefully states each confounding sentence, unfolds every calibrated detail for a grumbling group offended by “this fellow” who welcomes sinners. With grace that stings, Jesus means the parable for the church, for us. Jesus messes with the tidy assumptions of each of us who turn our face from the “other,” from those “still far off.” When the church opens doors to some and closes them to others, when it sets the table for the likes of these and denies it to the likes of those, when it embraces the well-behaved but abandons the wrongdoers, it forgets that all of us—all of us—are “still far off,” longing for home.

The parable concludes, stunning, as any drama ever written, the dancers and singers, the hired hands, a household and neighborhood, a brother and father. The older brother is far off, left trying to figure it out. Chances are he never will, and neither will we. Grace is not to be figured out; it is to be received. It comes down a dirty road, where it opens healing arms to embrace us.

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


Something New!

  • Ever wonder how the church really works? 
  • Does it seem like we keep having some of the same conversations over and over again? 
  • Are you ever frustrated by decisions (or the lack of decisions) that seem to get made? 

Then Pastor Kern’s new forum just might be for you!  For the remaining Sundays in Lent, PK will lead a brief – 30 minute – forum at 9:45 a.m. 

Drop the kids at Sunday School, get some coffee, and stop by as we look at How Your Church Family Works (based on the book and the work of Peter Steinke.)  Join the conversation!


Easter Flowers

Now is the time to order your flowers to decorate the sanctuary for the Easter services. You have the choice of ordering Easter lilies, azaleas, or hydrangeas. Please see your Sunday bulletin and April Trinitarian newsletter for order form and more information. Deadline for orders is Sunday, April 7.


Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

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


Easter Brunch

Sunday, April 21, 9:30 a.m.

Adults: $15.00
Children 5-12: $7.00
Children under 6: Free

Checks should be made payable to Trinity Lutheran Church, with “Easter brunch” in the memo line. Please see your Sunday bulletin for a registration form, or simply contact the church office.

RSVP to the church office by April 15.


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH
our synod & bishops

Bishops Elizabeth Eaton & Richard Graham
our missionaries
Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, Cent. America
our congregation
Trinity Church
THE NATIONS
Afghanistan, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING
nursing/rehabilitation center
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
home
Diana B, Jean B, Tigist G, Susan K, Pr Robert M, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
B– family, friends of Tom K & Sarah M
Julie D, friend of Margaret F
Leigh F– and family, cousin of Cathy C
Eric L, friend of Tom K
family and friends of Diana M
Mark O, friend of Margaret F
Leelang T, friend of Sunhee P

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

Birthdays
31. Evie H
1. Rebecca B
2. Taylor M
3. Charles B
3. Joe C
6. Steven R
Baptismal Days
1. Joyce D
1. Linda H
1. Hagen S
3. Robyn K
3. Thor N
3. Philip T
4. Kevin D
4. Katie J
Wedding Anniversaries
31. David & Leslie C
31. Tom & Nancy M
1. Margaret & Greg F
Deaths
Harrison H +Feb 19, 2019 (former mbr)
Master Chief Urbin P. C. + March 23, 2019 (friend of Len S)


What’s Happening?

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

This Sunday, March 24
(Third Sunday in Lent)

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

Eternal God, your kingdom has broken into our troubled world through the life, death, and resurrection of your Son. Help us to hear your word and obey it, and bring your saving love to fruition in our lives, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes – TBD (8:15); Anders S (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Carol B (8:15); Jim K (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – Anita S (8:15); Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters – Thor & Nancy N (8:15); Matthew & Tamara C (10:45)
Lectors – Keith C (8:15); Greg F (10:45)
Ushers – Ross A, Mike J (8:15); Paul D, Robert P (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Thor & Nancy N (8:15); Christine B (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Dick J
Tellers – Greg & Margaret F


Lent at Trinity

You are invited to the observance of an holy Lent. Our theme this year is “Going Ahead”. You are invited to join us for special mid-week services as well as on Sundays. Discover more on our Lent at Trinity page.


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

The thing about sin – in the language of the Psalmist – is that it’s always in front of us. Whether it’s a sin of omission or commission, I’m pretty much aware of said sin in my life. Which is probably why Jesus is always telling us to repent.

The gospel for Sunday is all about repentance. Chances are it may sound a little harsh to our ears because, I think, like showing emotion, it doesn’t come naturally to us. But the thing is, repentance is a blessing. God’s grace moves us to repent and our repentance allows us to behold that grace even more deeply.

Whether we need to apologize to someone, or stand up for justice, or push back against racism, or look for a more honorable career – Jesus calls us to repentance so that we can be more aligned with what God is trying to get done in this world.

Is it time you stopped, turned, started out fresh in a new direction? Search your heart. Be courageous. And know you are not alone.

Blessings,
PK


Something New!

  • Do you ever wonder how the church really works? 
  • Does it ever seem like the people of God keep having some of the same conversations over and over again? 
  • Are you ever frustrated by decisions (or the lack of decisions) that seem to get made? 

Then Pastor Kern’s new forum just might be for you!  For the remaining Sundays in Lent, PK will lead a brief – 30 minute – forum at 9:45 a.m. 

Drop the kids at Sunday School, get some coffee, and stop by as we look at How Your Church Family Works (based on the book and the work of Peter Steinke.)  Join the conversation!


Easter Flowers

Now is the time to order your flowers to decorate the sanctuary for the Easter services. You have the choice of ordering Easter lilies, azaleas, or hydrangeas. Please see your Sunday bulletin and April Trinitarian newsletter for order form and more information. Deadline for orders is Sunday, April 7.


Tea at National Lutheran’s Village at Rockville

Trinity friends are invited to National Lutheran’s Village at Rockville for a morning Tea on Wednesday, March 27, at 10:30 a.m. The Village wishes to thank Trinity for its involvement over many years, and also update us on volunteer opportunities. We will meet there in the multipurpose room. Please enter by the main front entrance. Carpooling is recommended, as parking can be tight with the construction going on there. The Village is located at 9701 Veirs Drive, Rockville, MD. They would find it helpful to know approximately how many people plan to attend. RSVP to Brian in the church office, or Alice Benson at 301-354-8422 or abenson@nationallutheran.org. Hope to see you there.


Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

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


Easter Brunch

Sunday, April 21, 9:30 a.m.

Adults: $15.00
Children 5-12: $7.00
Children under 6: Free

RSVP to the church office by April 15.


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.


To See Beyond

Weekly Devotional

The fruit truck, sagging under loads of Florida oranges, careened, its brakes impotent. A dumbfounded man on morning errands curled into stilled silence inside his crushed Oldsmobile. Doctors looked but saw no hope: “It’s time to give up.” Steadfastly, every day into the barren seasons, the sound and touch of love attended him.

From sweltering southside projects to heatless northside slums, into streets at night and alleys by day, the child, more sad than angry, carried desperation until he was carried to prison. There, forgotten, he became more angry than sad. Guards looking at him saw no worth in him. But, piercing the hardbound walls, there came the faith of ones who refused to turn their faces away.

Pacing for hours day after day, ignoring sunshine and rainfall, the woman hunched and twisted inside layers of coats over jackets on top of sweaters. She repeated aimless steps outside the treatment center, chatting as if she had more company than her cigarette. Looking through windows, aides nodded: “She’ll never change.” A girl in jeans ran up to her, taking her hand. They walked together.

The buzzing at the door fell silent, and impatient knocking replaced it. A young man, shamefaced, slid a chain and turned the deadbolt. “You’re late again. Always the same with you!” Then the ultimatum: “Your rent now or you’re out!” Wobbling, the young man closed the door and sat, wooden-faced, holding his cat. Then the phone rang—”I have an idea.”

“See here! . . . I have come looking . . .” (Luke 13:7).
“It’s time to give up.”
And they saw no worth in the boy.
And they nodded, “She’ll never change.”
And he said, “Always the same with you.”

Yet the audacity of grace looks to see beyond barren seasons. The courage of hope looks to see beyond hardbound walls. The nerve of faith looks to see beyond aimless pacing. The boldness of mercy looks to see beyond shamed faces.

“Sir, . . . one more year” (Luke 13:8).

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH
our synod & bishops

Bishops Elizabeth Eaton & Richard Graham
our missionaries
Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, Cent. America
our congregation
Trinity Church
THE NATIONS
Afghanistan, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING
nursing/rehabilitation center
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
home
Diana B, Jean B, Tigist G, Susan K, Pr Robert M, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Debby B, friend of Thor & Nancy N
Carol B, friend of Marilyn C
Br– family, friends of Tom K & Sarah M
Julie D, friend of Margaret F
Leigh F and family, cousin of Cathy C
Eric L, friend of Tom K
Frank M, friend of Diana M
family and friends of Diana M  

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

Birthdays 
25. Connor D, Andrei S
26. Brooke C
27. Amanda S
29. Theodore R
Baptismal Days
29. Leander R
30. Bill K, Nathan L
Deaths 
Daniel P (+March 18, 2019), cousin of Len S

This Sunday, March 17 
(Second Sunday in Lent)

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

God of the covenant, in the mystery of the cross you promise everlasting life to the world. Gather all peoples into your arms, and shelter us with your mercy, that we may rejoice in the life we share in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes – Matthew B (8:15); Linnea S (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Jerry B (8:15); Len S (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – TBD (8:15); David C (10:45)
Greeters – Tom M (8:15); Hagen & Kristina S (10:45)
Lectors – John B (8:15); Robyn K (10:45)
Ushers – Steve & Donna S (8:15); Dick & Peggy J (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Tom & Nancy M (8:15); Leslie C (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Tellers – Dick & Peggy J

Lent at Trinity

You are invited to the observance of an holy Lent. Our theme this year is “Going Ahead”. You are invited to join us for special mid-week services as well as on Sundays. Discover more about Lent at Trinity here.


From the Pastor…

Dear People of God,

Four pots of soup.  For the first mid-week Lenten service, four pots of soup were brought to share in the meal before worship.  The twenty-two people who were present enjoyed all they cared to eat and there was soup left over.  The breadbaskets on the table were filled and re-filled.  Hospitality and generosity abounded.

At  our best, these two are two of the primary markers of the church – hospitality and generosity.  And not just for ourselves!  I don’t remember seeing everyone there before.  One member braved the beltway to break this bread because Sunday is a regular workday.

Holden Evening Prayer was as lovely as ever.  Three singers led and supported our song.  The light of Christ glowed brightly in our midst.  It was, in the biblical sense, Good.

I’m really looking forward to next week.

Blessings,
Pr Kern


Here and Now

There may be a credible argument to be made for living life fully in the “now.” It might go like this: “Yesterday is no more, tomorrow may never come, so be present in the present because it’s all you’ve got.”

Weekly Devotional

Some Pharisees, members of the group of religious interpreters of God’s law who so often appear as Jesus’ adversaries, showed up at a critical hour with an urgent and, by all indications, well-intentioned warning for him: he was in the crosshairs of killers. Herod, the embodiment of “law and order” for the Roman Empire (more accurately, the incarnation of an empire’s brutal force—an offense of power not left behind in the first century), wanted Jesus dead.

Jesus, not ignoring the Pharisees or their warnings, nonetheless rejected them with the sort of loving intensity a mothering hen might have for her brood of chicks. With an eternal “right here, right now” challenge to the power and the authority of both Herod and empire, Jesus refused to flee from tomorrow’s trials; he refused to withdraw from what might come. He stayed in the now.

When everything seems to be going wrong, the one who is Alpha and Omega holds by faith a course toward hope. Jesus, who is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, stands firm when certainty breaks apart in storms of chaos, when doom leases the moment, and when the long, sharp claws of tragedy and sorrow cut close. Jesus’ way among demons and despair is to heal—yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Jesus’ way of hope transcends the pinnacles upon which vacant optimisms teeter—yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Neither counsels of caution nor threats from empire, not the demise of prophets nor rejection from his own can stall the blessed hope that comes in the name of the Lord.

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


The Results Are In!
2019 Annual Trinity Cook-Off

Thanks to everyone that participated in Trinity’s annual cook-off including those making entries, tasters and voters. The tasty, fun and fellowship event raised over $300 that will support the youth’s mission trip and Manna Food Center. The 2019 Trinity Top Chefs are Lenore C, who entered delicious Italian Meatballs and Nancy M, who entered decadent Salted Caramel, Chocolate & Peanut Cracker Stack Bars. While Nancy and Lenore took home the prize aprons, everyone was a winner… no one went home hungry!


Men’s Fellowship and Bible Study

On Saturday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m., you are heartily invited to a men’s fellowship hour and bible study at the home of Hagen S. We will be beginning by working our way through the first two chapters of John over a friendly beer (and any other topics that come to mind). We hope that you can join us!


Tea at National Lutheran’s Village at Rockville

Trinity friends are invited to National Lutheran’s Village at Rockville for a morning Tea on Wednesday, March 27, at 10:30 a.m. The Village wishes to thank Trinity for its involvement over many years, and also update us on volunteer opportunities. We will meet there in the multipurpose room. Please enter by the main front entrance. Carpooling is recommended, as parking can be tight with the construction going on there. The Village is located at 9701 Veirs Drive, Rockville, MD. They would find it helpful to know approximately how many people plan to attend. RSVP to Brian in the church office, or Alice Benson at 301-354-8422 or abenson@nationallutheran.org. Hope to see you there.


Thank You from Carol and Scott Bosley: So many from the bell choir and Trinity have sent lovely messages to Carol in recent weeks. They are heartwarming and so very much appreciated. We feel the power of prayer. It gives Carol joy and hope to know so many care for her. Thanks very much. -Scott


Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

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


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH
our synod & bishops

Bishops Elizabeth Eaton & Richard Graham
our missionaries
Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, Cent. America
our congregation
Trinity Church
THE NATIONS
Afghanistan, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING
nursing/rehabilitation center
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
home
Diana B, Jean B, Tigist G, Susan K, Pr Robert M, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Debby B, friend of Thor & Nancy N
Carol B, friend of Marilyn C
Brooks family, friends of Tom K & Sarah M
Shirley D, friend of Margaret & Greg F
Leigh F, and family, cousin of Cathy C
Julie D, friend of Margaret F
Paul G, husband of Louise G
Glen J, friend of P-H family
Eric L, friend of Tom K
Frank M, friend of Diana M
Michael M, friend of Mary B
family and friends of Diana M
Carolyn P, friend of Mary B

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

Birthdays
18. Kathy H
20. Ann K
Baptismal Days
23. Timothy F
Deaths
Harleigh F +March 11, 2019 (uncle of Cathy C)


What’s Happening?

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

This Sunday, March 10 
(First Sunday in Lent)

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

O Lord God, you led your people through the wilderness and brought them to the promised land. Guide us now, so that, following your Son, we may walk safely through the wilderness of this world toward the life you alone can give, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Spring Forward!

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 10!

Be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour be fore bed on Saturday night.


Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes – TBD (8:15); Vincent M (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Bill B (8:15); Sabrina R (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – Margaret F (8:15); Anita S (10:45)
Greeters – Joan E (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Lectors – Tom K (8:15); Linnea A (10:45)
Ushers – Ross A, Joan E (8:15); David C, Henry C (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Keith & Lily C (8:15); Gina C, Lenore C (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Dick J
Tellers – Lynn & Bud B


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God

Lent has begun. On Ash Wednesday we heard Jesus caution us about how we practice our faith. On the Sunday, the first Sunday in Lent, we will hear the story of his temptation in the wilderness. I wonder about the connection between the practice of faith and the experience of being in the wilderness.

The truth is, every person, every congregation has regular excursions into the wilderness. A youth advisor once told me a story about a client of his. The youth leader worked in an upscale men’s clothing store. The client was a young man, not yet 30, who came in twice a year for a new wardrobe – suits, jackets, shirts, ties, shoes, etc. On his most recent visit, the young man was quiet, almost sullen. As he went through is his fittings half-heartedly, he finally sighed. Tears filled his eyes and ran down his cheeks. It’s my mother, he said quietly, his head bowed. She’s very ill and likely won’t see me wear any of these clothes I’m buying.

Wealth is good for what it is and what it can do, but wilderness time comes to us all. The good news is, Jesus teaches us how to survive the wilderensss, indeed, to claim the promise of salvation, even sometimes in spite of how life seems at the moment. While none of us can avoid the wilderness, we do not live there. Like the people of Israel, like Jesus, the wilderness is something we move through on our way to inherit the promises of God.

Take heart. Do not fear. Easter is on the horizon. New life is coming.

Pastor Kern


In the Sure and Certain Hope of Resurrection…

We have received word of final arrangements for Diana Milne. Her service is scheduled for Monday, April 22, at 1 p.m. at Pumphrey Funeral Home, 300 W Montgomery Ave, Rockville.


Lent at Trinity

You are invited to the observance of an holy Lent. Our theme this year is “Going Ahead”. You are invited to join us for special mid-week services as well as on Sundays. Discover more about Lent at Trinity here.


Special Congregation Meeting

Trinity’s Congregation Council has called a special meeting of the congregation for this Sunday, March 10, immediately following the 10:45 service, to approve three recent recommendations of the Council. These will be the only items of business at this meeting. We hope that every household of the congregation can be represented.


Youth Events this Sunday 

Lenten Fair & Pretzels: During the Christian Education Hour, Trinity Youth will make pretzels, and some Lenten-themed crafts.

Capture the Flag!  Middle School and High School Youth will host youth from Emmanuel Bethesda for a friendly game of Capture the Flag! Please let Anita know if you can be there.


Trinity Men’s Group

Wednesday, March 13, at 1 p.m. the Trinity Men’s Group will gather at Mike J’s residence. Please join us!


Men’s Fellowship and Bible Study

On Saturday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m., you are heartily invited to a men’s fellowship hour and bible study at the home of Hagen S. We will be beginning by working our way through the first two chapters of John over a friendly beer (and any other topics that come to mind). We hope that you can join us!


Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

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


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

. . . the church
our synod & bishops

Bishops Elizabeth Eaton & Richard Graham
our missionaries
Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, Cent. America
 our congregation
Trinity Church
. . . the nations
Afghanistan, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
. . . the sick and suffering
nursing/rehabilitation center
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
home
Diana B, Jean B, Tigist G, Susan K, Pr Robert M, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Debby B, friend of Thor & Nancy N
Carol B, friend of Marilyn C
Shirley D, friend of Margaret & Greg F
Paul G, husband of Louise G
Glen J, friend of P-H family
Frank M, friend of Diana M
Michael M, friend of Mary B
Family and friends of Diana M
Carolyn P, friend of Mary B

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

Birthdays
10. Bill K
10. Liam S
12. Colin G
12. Vera N
Baptismal Days
12. Benjamin N
13. Elaine W
14. Torsten D
Wedding Anniversaries
15. Linnea A & Victor N
Deaths
Diana M, +March 3, 2019

What’s Happening?

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

This Sunday, March 3
(Transfiguration)

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

Holy God, mighty and immortal, you are beyond our knowing, yet we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ. Transform us into the likeness of your Son, who renewed our humanity so that we may share in his divinity, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Exodus 34:29-35
Psalm 99
2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
Luke 9:28-36 [37-43a]


Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes – Matthew B (8:15); Vincent M (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – John B (8:15); Nalini A (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – Anita S (8:15); Jane R (10:45)
Greeters – Jerry B, Brian A, Stella (8:15); Diana M (10:45)
Lectors – Nancy N (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Ushers – Ross A, Thor N (8:15); Gregory & Margaret F (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Tad & Vi D (8:15); S/T (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Noralyn D
Tellers – Lynn & Bud B


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

There is an old book, written by the martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer, called Life Together. It’s a short, profound little book that explores the beauty and complexities of the Christian life lived in community. Decades later, the psychiatrist Scott Peck, also delves into the dynamics of community. In their own way, each writer talks deeply about what it means to live together.

By the time you read this, I will have interviewed/had conversation with 50+ members of the congregation. Each one is invited to share what they choose about themselves, their church, or anything else that’s on their minds. And I doubt you will be surprised when I say there is a w-i-d-e discrepancy in how members view Trinity, their own role in the congregation, and how they see the life of the community. I’ll talk about this more fully at a later date and by another forum, but for now I simply want to remind everyone that the Trinity community, like every other community, is diverse, with varying experiences in the past and various hopes for the future. The glue that holds it all together, however, is constant – the Lordship of Jesus Christ. On that, everyone agrees.

This Sunday the season of Epiphany comes to a close with the celebration of the Transfiguration. On a mountaintop, three disciples see Jesus talking with Moses and Elijah and, I think it’s safe to say, they never see him in quite the same way again. This is really the primary work of the transition time – discerning the new thing God is leading a congregation to become and, in the process, learning to see Jesus in in way we have open us not seen before.

During Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, we will be making our mid-week journey under the theme of Going Ahead (learn more here) As we move forward, the Spirit leads us and Jesus walks with us as we go about the work of discernment. Evening Prayer is not a long service, but it has it’s own rhythm and seeks to open us up to receive the living God. The reading is brief. The homily is short. It is intentionally a service of quiet reflection.

See you along the way,
Pr. Kern


Ask The Pastor

Trinity is now well into the interim/transition period. In some ways life has not changed much. In some ways, change is evident. And behind the scenes (Monday-Friday) things are very busy. The grapevine buzzes from time to time and leadership tries to respond appropriately. This Sunday, March 3rd at 9:30 Pastor Kern will host an Ask the Pastor session for Trinity members. Come with your questions, comments, affirmations, and concerns. Together we can build a strong future for Trinity.


Please bring last year’s palms for burning this Sunday, March 3, to make ashes for Ash Wednesday.


Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

Sunday, March 3, and the first Sunday of each month, will be potluck coffee hour. If your last name begins with letters A-L, please bring in a coffee hour item to share. (last names A-L odd months, M-Z even months). We still need hosts for these Sundays as well as hosts for all our coffee hours. Sign up on the schedule on the coffee hour table or contact Lynn B.


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
March 5, 6:00 p.m.

Bring your family and friends to Trinity’s annual “Fat Tuesday” dinner of pancakes, sausage, and fried apples. It is our last meal of abundance before Lent and Ash Wednesday. Leave full and ready to take up the cross as our Lenten journey begins.

Home cooks and clean-up helpers are needed. If you can help prepare apples at home, or 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. Please sign up by using the form in your newsletter or on the sheets posted in the Social Hall.

A Free-will offering to cover costs will be collected at the supper.


Lent at Trinity

You are invited to the observance of an holy Lent. Our theme this year is “Going Ahead”. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 6, special mid-week services are offered in addition to Sundays. Discover more about Lent at Trinity here.


Trinity Men’s Group

Wednesday, March 13, at 1 p.m. the Trinity Men’s Group will gather at Mike J’s residence. Please join us!


Men’s Fellowship and Bible Study

On Saturday, March 16, at 7:30 PM, you are heartily invited to a men’s fellowship hour and bible study at the home of Hagen S. We will be beginning by working our way through the first two chapters of John over a friendly beer (and any other topics that come to mind). We hope that you can join us!


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

. . . the church
our synod & bishops

Bishops Elizabeth Eaton & Richard Graham
our missionaries
Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, Cent. America
 our congregation
Trinity Church
. . . the nations
Afghanistan, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
. . . the sick and suffering
nursing/rehabilitation center
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
home
Diana B
Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
Pr Robert M
James T
Chris T
Margo W
family and friends*
Carol B, friend of Marilyn C
Wendy C, friend of Len S
Shirley D, friend of Margaret & Greg F
Paul G, husband of Louise G
Glan J, friend of P-H family
Michael M, friend of Mary B
Carolyn P, friend of Mary B
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
Vern W, brother-in-law 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
4. Logan D
5. Mary H
9. Wendy C
9. Karen W
Baptismal Days
5. Marjorie W
6. David C
6. Nancy N
9. Nancy J
Deaths
Barbara W +February 16, 2019
Wendy C +February 23, 2019


This Week at Trinity

Sun, March 3 (Transfiguration)
Potluck Coffee Hour (names A-L)
8:15 a.m. Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 a.m. Holy Communion
12:15 p.m. Youth Committee Meeting
5:00 p.m. Confirmation
Mon, Mar 4
7:30 p.m. Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues, Mar 5 – Shrove Tuesday
11:15 a.m. Church Staff (11)
6:00 p.m. Pancake Supper (SH)
6:30 p.m. Stephen Ministry Supervision (10)
Wed, Mar 6 – Ash Wednesday
12:10 p.m. Holy Communion w/ Ashes
7:30 p.m. Holy Communion w/ Ashes
Thurs, Mar 6
7:00 p.m. Stephen Ministry Training (11)
Sat, Mar 9 – Daylight Saving. Set clocks ahead 1 hr tonight
Sun, March 10 (Lent 1)
8:15 a.m. Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. Sunday School, Adult Forum, Lenten Fair
10:45 a.m. Holy Communion
12:15 p.m. Congregational Meeting
5:00 p.m. Confirmation
6:00 p.m. Youth Group

Sunday, February 24, 2019
7th Sunday after Epiphany (year c)

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

O Lord Jesus, make us instruments of your peace, that where there is hatred, we may sow love, where there is injury, pardon, and where there is despair, hope. Grant, O divine master, that we may seek to console, to understand, and to love in your name, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Genesis 45:3-11, 15
Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40
1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50
Luke 6:27-38


Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes – TBD (8:15); Anjali A (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Jonah W (8:15); Sarah G (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – Anita S (8:15); David C (10:45)
Greeters – Louise G (8:15); Trevor H (10:45)
Lectors – Sarah M (8:15); Hagen S (10:45)
Ushers – Mike J, Ross A (8:15); Thor N, Rich G (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Keith & Lily C (8:15); Cook-Off (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15); Christine B (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Diana B
Tellers – Annie A, Mina


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

Grace can be hard.

In the gospel on Sunday, we will hear Jesus challenge us about what we are going to do in response to the good news. His words are clear, direct, and emphatic.

For my part I’ve been thinking this week just how we will hear this gospel when we gather? Most of us don’t like to be challenged, much less by Jesus! But challenged we will be.

Some come to worship prepared on Sunday. The news is good!, full of God’s grace and love, but, as we shall here, also challenging.

Blessings,
Pr Kern


February Food Drive
FINAL SUNDAY!

This Sunday, February 24, is the last Sunday to bring in donations for the food drive for Bethesda Help. We still need MANY donations of all items to reach our goal of 75 bags. Don’t have time to shop? A financial donation can be made in your offering and the Social Ministry Committee will do the shopping!


Annual Cook-Off

A tradition of food, fellowship & fun competition. Join us this Sunday, February 24, after the late service for a Meatball & Bar Cookie Cook-Off.  Who will be this year’s Trinity Top Chefs? Entries welcome from everyone, the more the yummier the competition! 2019 categories are meatballs (or vegetarian) and bar cookies. Free-will eating and voting. Funds raised support Trinity’s youth mission trip (75%) and Manna Food Bank (25%).


The Kingdom of God and the Church

Join Pastor Kern on Sunday mornings in February at 9:30 in Room 11 for The Kingdom of God and the Church: what’s the difference?  We’ll take a lighthearted look at such topics as, + church origins + Trinity’s own history + church authority + church decision-making.  Through these discussions we will hope to gain a renewed appreciation for our congregation and the church in the world.  All are welcome!


Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

Sunday, March 3, and the first Sunday of each month, will be potluck coffee hour. If your last name begins with letters A-L, please bring in a coffee hour item to share. (last names A-L odd months, M-Z even months). We still need hosts for these Sundays as well as hosts for all our coffee hours. Sign up on the schedule on the coffee hour table or contact Lynn B.


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

March 5, 6:00 p.m.

Bring your family and friends to Trinity’s annual “Fat Tuesday” dinner of pancakes, sausage, and fried apples. It is our last meal of abundance before Lent and Ash Wednesday. Leave full and ready to take up the cross as our Lenten journey begins.

Home cooks and clean-up helpers are needed. If you can help prepare apples at home, or 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. Please sign up by using the form in your newsletter or on the sheets posted in the Social Hall.

A Free-will offering to cover costs will be collected at the supper.


Lenten Observances

Ash Wednesday, March 6
12:10 & 7:30 p.m. – Holy Communion w/ Ashes
Wednesdays in Lent (March 13 – April 10)
6:30 p.m. – Soup and Bread Supper
7:15 p.m. – Hymn Sing
7:30 p.m. – Evening Prayer


In Transition …

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


Remember in Your Prayers

. . . the church
our synod & bishops

Bishops Elizabeth Eaton & Richard Graham
our missionaries
Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, Cent. America
 our congregation
Trinity Church
. . . the nations
Afghanistan, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
. . . the sick and suffering
nursing/rehabilitation center
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
home
Diana B
Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
Pr Robert M
James T
Chris T
Margo W
family and friends*
Carol B, friend of Marilyn C
Wendy C, friend of Len S
Shirley D, friend of Margaret & Greg F
Paul G, husband of Louise G
Glan J, friend of P-H family
Michael M, friend of Mary B
Carolyn P, friend of Mary B
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
Vern W, brother-in-law 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
Feb 25. Susan S
Feb 26. Joan E
Feb 28. Georgine R
Mar 1. Lineth S
Baptismal Days
Mar 1. Louise G
Anniversaries
Feb 24. Nancy & Michael J
Mar 1. Ione & Brian L


This Week at Trinity

Sun, Feb 24 (Epiphany 7)
8:15 a.m. Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 a.m. Holy Communion
12:15 p.m. Cook Off
12:15 p.m. Trinity Singers rehearsal (MR)
Mon, Feb 25
9:15 a.m. Trinitarian mailing
7:30 p.m. Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues, Feb 26
11:15 a.m. Church Staff (11)
7:00 p.m. Stephen Ministry Training (10)
7:30 p.m. Mutual Ministry (11)
Wed, Feb 27
7:00 p.m. Finance Team (11)
Fri, Mar 1
12:30 p.m. Tilden Project
Sun, Mar 3 (Transfiguration)
8:15 a.m. Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 a.m. Holy Communion
12:15 p.m. Trinity Singers rehearsal (MR)
12:15 p.m. Youth Committee

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

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

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

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


Assisting in the Sunday Services

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


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings,
PK


Weekly Devotional

The Good Life

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

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

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

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


The Kingdom of God and the Church

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


Annual Cook-Off – Next Sunday

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


February Food Drive
Only 2 Weeks Left!

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

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

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

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


In Transition …

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


Helping Break the Cycle of Poverty

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


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


Remember in Your Prayers

. . . the church
our synod & bishops

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

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

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

Anniversaries
22. Sarah G & Nathan L


This Week at Trinity

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

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

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

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

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


Assisting in the Sunday Services

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


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings,
Pr Kern


Caught By God’s Grace

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

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

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

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


In Transition …

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


The Kingdom of God and the Church

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


Sub Sale Success – Thank you!

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


Souper Bowl 2019

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


Trinity Men’s Group

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


Pledges and Gifts

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


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


First Sundays Coffee Hour Potluck

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


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

. . . the church
our synod & bishops

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

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

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

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


This Week at Trinity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Assisting in the Sunday Services

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


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

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

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

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

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

Blessings,
Pr Kern

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


Weekly Devotional

Widening the Circle

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

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

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

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


Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

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


In Transition …

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


The Kingdom of God and the Church

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


To Be Human and a Child of God

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


Trinity Men’s Group

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


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


Pledges and Gifts

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


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

. . . the church
our synod & bishops

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

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


This Week at Trinity

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

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

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

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

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


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

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

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

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

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

Blessings,
Pr Kern

A SUGGESTION from Pr Kern … 

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

Use email to:

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

And try never, ever to use email to:

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

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

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


Weekly Devotional

Sharing a Mission

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

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

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

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


Assisting Us in the Sunday Services

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


The Kingdom of God and the Church

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


To Be Human and a Child of God

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


Christian Unity Service

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

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


Help Fight Poverty
Volunteer at A Wider Circle

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


Trinity Mission Endowment Award Nominations

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

Mission Endowment Fund awards are made in three categories:

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

Submit nominees to the church office. Nominations are due by January 27.


Trinity Men’s Group

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


Pledges and Gifts

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


Bigger Than A Building!

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

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


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

. . . the church
our synod & bishops
Bishops Elizabeth Eaton & Richard Graham
our missionaries
Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, Central America
our congregation
Trinity Church
. . . the nations
Afghanistan, Haiti, Korea, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Sudan(Darfur), Syria, Ukraine, the United States, and Zimbabwe
. . . the sick and suffering
nursing/rehabilitation center
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
home
Diana B
Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
Pr Robert M
James T
Chris T
Margo W

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

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

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

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

This Week at Trinity

Sun, Jan 27

Epiphany 3, Christian Unity, Reconciling in Christ Sunday

Deadline for Sub Sale Orders

8:15 a.m.     Holy Communion

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

10:45 a.m.   Holy Communion

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

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

Mon, Jan 28

7:30 p.m. Heavenly Handbells

Tues, Jan 29

9:15 a.m. Trinitarian Mailing

11:15 a.m. Church Staff Meeting

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

Wed, Jan 30

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

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

Sat, Feb 2

1 p.m. Junior Youth Group

Sun, Feb 3           Epiphany 4

Potluck Coffee Hour (last names M-Z)

Sub Sale Sunday

8:15 a.m.     Holy Communion

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

10:45 a.m.   Holy Communion

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