What’s Happening?

Worship, Spiritual Growth, Education, Service to Others, and more…
See our online calendar for upcoming events and services through the coming year at Trinity.

Education Wing Closed for Floor Waxing
Saturday, October 5 (after noon)

Portions of the education wing will be closed to all foot traffic Saturday afternoon, October 5. Thank you for your cooperation and flexibility.


What Trinity Means to Me

In order that we define who we are as a congregation and what our priorities ought to be, the council asks each member of the congregation to write briefly about what Trinity means to that member. These statements should be submitted to the office, after which they will be collected and shared with the council and the entire congregation.

I joined Trinity because it was in this church that I learned being faithful does not mean being perfect. Shortly after joining my life was saved through a blood pressure screening that Trinity offered on Sundays. I was led to my teaching vocation through being recruited to lead the middle school youth group here at Trinity. Trinity celebrated with me at the births of my boys. Trinity supported me in all sorts of ways as I struggled to raise my boys. Trinity has been my family, my friend, my guide and my protector. For me, Trinity has been the presence of Christ in the world. This is what Trinity means to me.

John B

+ WORSHIP +

This Sunday, September 29
(Michael and All Angels)

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

Everlasting God, you have wonderfully established the ministries of angels and mortals. Mercifully grant that as Michael and the angels contend against the cosmic forces of evil, so by your direction they may help and defend us here on earth, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God whom we worship and praise with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, now and forever.

Bless the LORD, you angels, all you hosts of God. (Psalm 103:20, 21)

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: TBD (8:15); Colin G (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Sarah M (8:15); Nalini A (10:45)
Children’s Church: TBD (8:15), Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters: Diana B (8:15); Matthew & Tamara C (10:45)
Lectors: Nancy N (8:15); Greg F (10:45)
Ushers: Ross A, Joan E (8:15); Dick & Peggy J (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Phil & Noralyn D (8:15); Lynn & Bud B (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B
Tellers: Greg & Margaret F
Bulletin Assembly: Phil & Noralyn D

Fall Worship Schedule: Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45; Sunday School and Adult Ed at 9:30

+ LEARN +

Sunday School for all ages is offered at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” – 2 Peter 3:18

+ SERVE +

Winter Coat Drive for LSS

This September, and through October 13, we are collecting new and gently used coats and other outerwear for the Refugee Program of Lutheran Social Services (LSS). Outerwear is needed for all ages and genders, and in all sizes; donations should be clean and in good repair.

Items accepted:

  • Coats/jackets
  • Fleeces
  • Winter hats, gloves, mittens, warm scarves

Please contact Kathy T with questions.

Drivers Wanted

The social ministry committee is looking for a driver to deliver the items from our coat drive to the LSS office in Hyattsville, MD, during business hours any time from October 14 to 18. If you can help, please contact Kathy T.

Calling Trinity Cooks and Bakers

On Sunday, December 15, Trinity will serve a meal for 35 at the Interfaith Works Women’s Center in Rockville. We will need help from members of our congregation to prepare and serve the meal:

  • Cooks to prepare a mashed potato casserole (recipe provided)
  • Bakers to make pumpkin and apple pies
  • 3-4 people to serve the meal that evening (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.)
  • People to contribute other food items (see the sign-up sheet in the social hall)

Please contact Lynn B or Kathy T with questions.

Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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

Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING 
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Carol B, friend of handbell choir
Sonny L, uncle of Sabrina R
Nancy P, friend of Tom K & Sarah M
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
Anthony U, great nephew of Len S
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
9/29. Nicole S
9/30. Wayne D
10/1. Reid D, Anna V
10/2. Fred S
10/3. Shirley O
10/4. Kristin A, Gregory M

Baptismal Days
10/1. Kristina S
10/2. Brenden H
10/5. Connor D


Weekly Devotional: “Angel Activity”

Michael and All Angels, September 29, 2019

Today we celebrate and give thanks for the angels, especially Saint Michael and the unnamed angels who fought with him against Satan. It is not very often that we contemplate the angels in Lutheran tradition; while we do mention them in portions of our liturgy, we rarely name them as specifically as we do today. Most Christians easily recall the message brought to the virgin Mary by the angel Gabriel, but few know much about Michael and others who share the unique role of angel in the heavenly realm.

Victory Is Won – Battle Still Rages

So today we call to mind this special group of God’s created beings. Scripture leaves a lot to the imagination, but we do know that angels generally take their places around God’s throne. They worship, sing, bear good news, protect those on earth, and even fight evil. Saint Michael is best known for his epic fight against the dragon, who we learn “is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world” (Rev. 12:9). It is interesting to note that while Christ won the victory over Satan, a battle still rages. Satan clings to power, but Michael and his angels carry the even greater power of Jesus Christ, who bears them up in the midst of the battle.

As we hear the fascinating yet brief account of Michael and the angels today, we also hear the even more captivating truth that “they have conquered [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 12:11). For after all, we do not worship the angels. It is not the power of the angels that destroys Satan; it is the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ that wins the battle and speaks truth to deceit.

We worship the same enthroned king to whom the angels sing, and in whose name they—and we—claim ultimate victory over Satan and death.

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

What’s Happening?

Worship, Spiritual Growth, Education, Service to Others, and more…
See our online calendar for upcoming events and services through the coming year at Trinity.

+ WORSHIP +

This Sunday, September 22 (Lectionary 25)

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

God among us, we gather in the name of your Son to learn love for one another. Keep our feet from evil paths. Turn our minds to your wisdom and our hearts to the grace revealed in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Fall Worship Schedule: Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45; Sunday School and Adult Ed at 9:30

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Matthew B (8:15); Anders S (10:45)
Assisting Minister: Jerry B (8:15); Nalini A (10:45)
Children’s Church: TBD (8:15), Jane R (10:45)
Greeter: Joan E (8:15); Hagen & Kristina S (10:45)
Lector: Phil D (8:15); Linnea A (10:45)
Ushers: Thor & Nancy N (8:15); Angela B, Robert P (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Tom & Nancy M (8:15); Trevor H (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B
Tellers: Annie A, Mina
Bulletin Assembly: Louise G

+ LEARN +

Sunday School for all ages is offered at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” – 2 Peter 3:18


From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God, 

Every time I sit down to write a note for Tidings, I always think of Christmas and the angels bringing tidings of great joy (in the language of my childhood) to all people. Fascinating, isn’t it, how so much of what brings us joy delighted us in childhood. Our childhood, family of origin, these are with us our whole lives, often for better, but sometimes, for worse.

So I’m wondering today, what, besides this edition of Tidings, brings you joy 🙂 ? Are you on the Tidying Up train? Maybe work is going well? Perhaps the doctor gave you good news? Or perhaps you’ve reconnected with an old friend?

I know for me, worship almost always brings me joy. Most Sundays I leave with a hymn melody or psalm tone in my head. Other times it’s the memory of what a child did (much to their parent’s consternation) during the service.

I’ll never forget Ellen. She came into the congregation with a smile that was contagious. She was easy to laugh, eager to embrace, and was always widening her circle. One day I asked her why she was so joyful (note: her life was not without the usual difficulties) and looked and me and said, Well pastor, I guess I just expect to be happy so I work at it and it’s just become a habit.

There’s much to be troubled about in our world, but isn’t joy also possible? What brings you joy?

Blessings,
Pr Kern

+ SERVE +

Calling Trinity Cooks and Bakers

On Sunday, December 15, Trinity will serve a meal for 35 at the Interfaith Works Women’s Center in Rockville. We will need help from members of our congregation to prepare and serve the meal:

  • Cooks to prepare a mashed potato casserole (recipe provided)
  • Bakers to make pumpkin and apple pies
  • 3-4 people to serve the meal that evening (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
  • People to contribute other food items (see the sign-up sheet in the social hall)

Please contact Lynn Booth or Kathy Thrower with questions.

Drivers Wanted

The social ministry committee is looking for a driver to deliver the items from our coat drive to the LSS office in Hyattsville, MD, during business hours any time from October 14 to 18. If you can help, please contact Kathy Thrower.

Winter Coat Drive for LSS

This September, and through October 13, we are collecting new and gently used coats and other outerwear for the Refugee Program of Lutheran Social Services (LSS). Outerwear is needed for all ages and genders, and in all sizes; donations should be clean and in good repair.

Items accepted:

  • Coats/jackets
  • Fleeces
  • Winter hats, gloves, mittens, warm scarves

Please contact Kathy T with questions.

Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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

Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING 
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Ellen & David C
Nora K, mother of Jeanine B
Nancy P, friend of Tom K & Sarah M
Anthony U, great nephew of Len 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.

Birthdays
22. Nicholas C
27. John B
27. Gina C
28. Mary B


Weekly Devotional: “A New Master”

September 22, 2019 (LECTIONARY 25)

When we serve someone, we focus all of our attention on that person. We may follow the person around, ensuring that all needs are met. We do what is asked of us. We listen, and we respond.

So, in the gospel today when Jesus so clearly states that we “cannot serve God and wealth” (Luke 16:13), we are called to think about who—and what—we serve. How do we follow wealth around, acting as its servants? How do we allow money to dictate our actions, our lives, and our very identities?

Jesus compares our relationship with money to the relationship between a slave and a master. We are so often beholden to wealth. We chase after it and expect it to supply satisfaction and self-worth. We will often do anything for it. Jesus is right—we are enslaved by wealth.

A Different Kind of Servanthood

But the good news here is that we don’t have to be. In baptism, God has promised that we are no longer enslaved to the masters of this world. While these worldly masters only leave us empty and dead in the end, God as our master brings us wholeness and life. Through the claims made on us in baptism and the mercy bestowed on us in holy communion, we are oriented to a different kind of servanthood. Instead of trying to find meaning from a master that can never quite satisfy, we walk alongside Jesus and discover that life as his servant filled with peace, purpose, mercy, and love.

No matter how hard we try to serve the master of wealth, we will never find true happiness there. God calls us to serve a different master—a master who brings new life, a master who in great love turns around to serve us.

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

What’s Happening?

Worship, Spiritual Growth, Education, Service to Others, and more…
See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.

This Sunday, September 15 (Lectionary 24)

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

O God, overflowing with mercy and compassion, you lead back to yourself all those who go astray. Preserve your people in your loving care, that we may reject whatever is contrary to you and may follow all things that sustain our life in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: TBD (8:15); Colin G (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Bill B (8:15); Robyn K (10:45)
Children’s Church: TBD (8:15), Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters: Dan & Rob S (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Lectors: John B (8:15); Hagen S (10:45)
Ushers: Steve & Donna S (8:15); Greg & Margaret F (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Bill & Diana B (8:15); Petra T & family (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B
Tellers: Thor N, Petra T
Bulletin Assembly: Diana B

Fall Worship Schedule: Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45; Sunday School and Adult Ed at 9:30

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,

Do you ever wonder, What’s the point? … of life, of work, of church???

Increasingly, the world around us answering that last question with a resounding, “not much.” Recently the ELCA Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation has projected that weekly worship attendance across the ELCA by 2041 will be under 16,000. 16,000 people in church spread across 65 synods encompassing the whole United States and beyond. Effectively, the end of the ELCA.

Alarmed? Me too. But also energized. If this projection is correct, it means we are the ones God is calling to renew our church! It means we have serious, challenging, significant work to do in our lifetimes. It means we need clear, solid answer for the world when it looks at us and answers, What’s the point of church?

I’m going to talk about that this Sunday. I had an experience this week that has really made me stop and think. Hope to see you in worship.

Blessings,
Pr Kern


Wednesday Bible Study Update

The class offered by Pastor Kern on the Wednesdays of September, Seldom Studied Bible Stories, is being indefinitely postponed. It looks as though September is not a good time for member schedules. The first week had only three participants spread over two classes. For those who did express interest but were not able to attend, we’ll see how things look later in the fall.


Winter Coat Drive for LSS

This September, and through October 13, we are collecting new and gently used coats and other outerwear for the Refugee Program of Lutheran Social Services (LSS). Outerwear is needed for all ages and genders, and in all sizes; donations should be clean and in good repair.

Items accepted:

  • Coats/jackets
  • Fleeces
  • Winter hats, gloves, mittens, warm scarves

Please contact Kathy T with questions.


Chrismon Workshop

Please join us on Saturday, September 14, at 10 am to make Chrismons to decorate Trinity’s new Christmas tree. No experience is necessary, but we do ask that you preregister with Carol B to ensure we have enough kits prepared.

Come see the Chrismons completed so far on display in the Social Hall. To defray the cost of the kits, we encourage donations (suggested $20-25). Indicate “Chrismons” on your check or envelope.


Mission Endowment

Mission Endowment Team will meet next on Tuesday, November 5, at 7:00 p.m.


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING 
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Ellen & David C
Nora K, mother of Jeanine B
Nancy P, friend of Tom K & Sarah M
Anthony U, great nephew of Len 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.

Birthdays
16. Lily B
21. Alexander L

Baptismal Days
15. Sean M
19. Patricia S
20. Madeline B
20. Vera N


Reports continue to trickle in from remote areas hardest hit by Hurricane Dorian. Evacuations are continuing and the toll of human suffering is unfathomable.

Every day brings more news of lives tragically lost. Survivors are still desperately searching for missing loved ones. People who lived in shacks in remote towns and had little before the storm, now have nothing.

Your gift will deliver emergency relief to victims of Hurricane Dorian.

Among the aid workers reaching survivors are our partners on the ground. Your urgent gift will help deliver necessities like food, clothing, shelter, medical aid and hygiene kits — as well as comfort and compassion.

Any donation you make will help alleviate human suffering.

And please continue to pray for all the victims of Hurricane Dorian.

Lutheran World Relief, 700 Light St., Baltimore, MD 21230, United States


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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


Altar Flowers

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

What’s Happening?

Worship, Spiritual Growth, Education, Service to Others, and more…
See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.

This Sunday, September 8 (Lectionary 23)

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

Rally Sunday, September 8: Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45

Direct us, O Lord God, in all our doings with your continual help, that in all our works, begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy name; and finally, by your mercy, bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Matthew B (8:15); Colin G (10:45)
Assisting Minister: Nancy N (8:15); Sarah G (10:45)
Cantor: TBD (8:15)
Children’s Church: Jane R (10:45)
Greeter: Jerry B, Brian A, Stella (8:15); Trevor H (10:45)
Lector: Jonah W (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Ushers: Ross A, Mike J (8:15); Paul D, Richard G (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Tad and Vi D (8:15); TBD (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B
Tellers: Greg and Margaret F
Bulletin Assembly: Dick J


This Sunday, Sept 8, is Rally Day!

Rally Day begins our regular fall schedule. Holy Communion at 8:15 & 10:45, with Christian Ed hour at 9:30. This is the opening day of Sunday School for all ages! We will begin the year with prayer and song, and then we will dismiss to our classes for the day. Watch for a special activity for all!


Coming Wednesdays in September!
"Seldom Studied Bible Stories"
Join us as we take a closer look at four Bible accounts that don't usually appear in Sunday School materials or sermons. 7:30pm in the Library.
Thought provoking. Challenging. Fun!

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,
As I write this note, a hurricane is battering the community where I served my first call as a pastor.  The devastation of the Bahamas is a tragedy to behold and the news is sure to get worse.  It turns out the scientists were correct – we cannot keep putting chemicals and pollutants into creation without serious consequences.  While the waves and winds of the storm are likely to stay far away from us, are hearts are pained by the death, destruction, and suffering of our sisters and brothers.  If you would like to participate in recovery efforts, you may do so with a gift to Trinity, earmarked for Lutheran Disaster Response.  LDR, in return, will work in conjunction with other agencies on the ground to help those who have lost so much in this storm.
Remember, we return to two services this Sunday at 8:15 and 10:45.  It’s God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday across the ELCA and Trinity will be participating with backpacks for kids.  Come take part at 9:30 for that.
Blessings,
Pr Kern

Meet Our New Minister of Music

My name is Angela, and I am excited to be your new Minister of Music. I strongly believe in the collaborative nature of music, and I look forward to leading an inclusive music ministry where every vocalist and instrumentalist feels welcome and supported musically in worship.

Outside of Trinity, you can find me playing clarinet with the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra (WMGSO), playing keyboard with the Damascus-based praise band Cor Jesu, and teaching private music lessons at Jim’s House of Music in New Market, Maryland.

I look forward to meeting each and every one of you!


Chrismon Workshop

Please join us on Saturday, September 14, at 10 am to make Chrismons to decorate Trinity’s new Christmas tree. No experience is necessary, but we do ask that you preregister with Carol B to ensure we have enough kits prepared.

Come see the Chrismons completed so far on display in the Social Hall. To defray the cost of the kits, we encourage donations (suggested $20-25). Indicate “Chrismons” on your check or envelope.


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Richard Graham, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, 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) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Ellen & David C
Nora K, mother of Jeanine B
Anthony U, great nephew of Len S
Steven W, uncle of Jonah W
DW, friend of Bill & Diana B
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.

Death
Clara Isabel Rosal V +August 20, 2019 (friend of Len S)

Birthdays
08. Winsome G
08. Brenden H
09. Andy B
12. Tamara C
12. Sophia D
13. Jon M

Baptismal Days
09. Steve S
11. Claire S
12. Charles M


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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


Altar Flowers

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


Metropolitan Washington DC Synod, ELCA

FROM THE BISHOP’S DESK

August 29, 2019

With this email I say my formal and final good-bye as bishop of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod.

I will not make this a long message. I’ve said good-bye so many times already, in so many different places. I have been blessed by so much kindness as I’ve prepared to leave the synod office. The beautiful service and celebration last Sunday was truly unforgettable.

But in addition to good-bye, I wanted to say thank-you. They say that bishops see the worst of the Church. Maybe this is so. But I know for certain that bishops also see the very best of the Church. I have see heroic, self-sacrificing Christian behavior that I might not have believed if it hadn’t happened in front of me.

And I have seen again and again over the last twelve years the kind of quiet, long, slow faithfulness that sustains the cause of Jesus in the world now as it has for centuries. Again and again I have seen the joy that grows from life in Christ, joy that may be right now our most important offering to the sad, bitter world around us. Thank you for sharing this joy with me.

May Jesus Christ be with you all. May you grow in faith, hope, and love as the power of the Holy Spirit fills you more and more richly. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus now and forever and ever.

In Jesus,
Richard Graham


What’s Happening?

Worship, Spiritual Growth, Education, Service to Others, and more…
See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.

This Sunday, September 1 (Lectionary 22)

Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m.

O God, you resist those who are proud and give grace to those who are humble. Give us the humility of your Son, that we may embody the generosity of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Anusha A
Assisting Minister: John B
Cantor: Carol B
Children’s Church: David C
Greeter: Pam B
Lector: Nicholas C
Ushers: Joan E, Mike J
Coffee Hour: Lily & Keith C, Carol B, Julie N
Altar Guild: Carol B
Tellers: Lynn & Bud B
Bulletin Assembly: Noralyn D
Altar Flowers: given by Annie A to wish Pr B the best in his new Call and Ministry as an Interim Pastor in Pleasantville, New York


Sunday, September 8, is Rally Day!

Rally Day begins our regular fall schedule. Holy Communion at 8:15 & 10:45, with Christian Ed hour at 9:30. This will be the opening day of Sunday School for all ages! We will begin the year with prayer and song, and then we will dismiss to our classes for the day. Watch for a special activity for all!


Chrismon Workshop

Please join us on Saturday, September 14, at 10 am to make Chrismons to decorate Trinity’s new Christmas tree. No experience is necessary, but we do ask that you preregister with Carol B to ensure we have enough kits prepared.

Come see the Chrismons completed so far on display in the Social Hall. To defray the cost of the kits, we encourage donations (suggested $20-25). Indicate “Chrismons” on your check or envelope.


School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Throughout the summer, we are collecting supplies to prepare school kits for LWR. NEXT WEEK on God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 8, we will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School.

Response has been great so far. Let’s keep that momentum going!

Updated list of items still needed to achieve our goal of 200 kits:

  • [100] 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
  • [40] 30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
  • [282-309] Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
  • [34] Box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • [33] 2½” eraser

Please note: LWR asks that all kit items be new and have no religious symbols, messages, or patriotic or military symbols. Please contact Kathy T or Anita S with any questions.


Coming Wednesdays in September!
"Seldom Studied Bible Stories"
Join us as we take a closer look at four Bible accounts that don't usually appear in Sunday School materials or sermons. 7:30pm in the Library.
Thought provoking. Challenging. Fun!
Rally Sunday, September 8: Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45

Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Richard Graham, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, 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) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Ellen & David C
Nora K, mother of Jeanine B
Steven W, uncle of Jonah W
DW, friend of Bill & Diana B
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
01. Annie A
01. Diana B
01. Vimala P
01. Patricia S
02. James M Jr.
02. Marissa P
05. Anders S
05. Kathy T
06. Jeanine B

Baptismal Days
01. Jeff B
03. Liam S
04. Jan P

Death
Opal C +Aug 20 (relative of Jerry B)


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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


Altar Flowers

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


Weekly Devotional:
Strangers No More

September 1, 2019 (LECTIONARY 22)

When we look around in worship, we see a gathering of people knitted together as a community through Christ. Claimed in baptism, each one of us is a member of a community of faith that extends beyond the boundaries of church walls and national borders. Called and empowered saints, we each belong. Claimed by Jesus, we are each sent to share the good news. It may be easy to recognize this community of faith in our worshiping community. But who else is out there? Who are we missing?

Beyond Our Comfort Zone

Today we hear the call to look beyond the familiar, to look around the edges of our known community and beyond our comfort zones. We are called to deliberately seek out the overlooked. We are called to look directly into the eyes that others avoid. Maybe that person is someone you would typically avoid because you don’t agree with them politically. Maybe it’s the person next to you in worship who attends every week but doesn’t feel like they belong.

Surprises Abound!

When we live into this call from God, surprises abound! After all, the blessings of living in God’s community are discovered in all the varied people who are part of it, not just in our corner of it. As God opens our eyes and hearts to those ignored by the world, or to those we would choose to avoid, our assumptions are shattered—and the strangers in our midst are recognized as angels (Heb. 13:2).

The Christian community isn’t about us, and it isn’t up to us. In truth, if it depended on us, we ourselves would never belong. We were all on the fringe until God reached out to us in baptism, joining us to a community that never stops growing. We were all outsiders until Christ died to give us life and form us into one body. How could we ever keep that abundant life to ourselves?

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

What’s Happening?

Worship, Spiritual Growth, Education, Service to Others, and more…
See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.

This Sunday, August 25 (Lectionary 21)

Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m.

O God, mighty and immortal, you know that as fragile creatures surrounded by great dangers, we cannot by ourselves stand upright. Give us strength of mind and body, so that even when we suffer because of human sin, we may rise victorious through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Vincent M
Assisting Minister: Tom K
Cantor: Elizabeth R
Children’s Church: Jane R
Greeter: Louise G
Lector: Jim K
Ushers: David C, Henry C
Coffee Hour: Lily & Keith C
Altar Guild: Jackie K
Tellers: Dick & Peggy J
Bulletin Assembly: Louise G

Summer Worship Schedule: Sundays at 10 am, through Labor Day weekend

From the Pastor…

Dear People of God,

Where do we go from here?

I heard a story once about a family on vacation on the Blue Ridge who got lost. They missed their turnoff for a small town for lunch and found themselves on a narrow, winding road that went on and on with no sign of life anywhere they looked. They came around yet another tight bend the road and abruptly the pavement ended. As they skidded to a stop, they saw a small wooden cabin set in a little meadow just ahead. Tentatively, they rolled up to the front of the cabin, where an old man sat quietly rocking. The family tumbled out of the car and one of the parents called out, “where are we?”

“Why you’re here,” came the reply.

“But this is not where we want to be!” came the plaintive response.

The old man continued rocking, then he stopped, leaned forward in his chair and offered “well, if you turn around, you can go anywhere you want in the world.”

Blessings,
Pr Kern


School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Throughout the summer, we are collecting supplies to prepare school kits for LWR. On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 8, we will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School.

Response has been great so far. Let’s keep that momentum going!

Updated list of items still needed to achieve our goal of 200 kits:

  • [140] 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
  • [40] 30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
  • [282-309] Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
  • [36] Box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • [33] 2½” eraser

Please note: LWR asks that all kit items be new and have no religious symbols, messages, or patriotic or military symbols. Please contact Kathy T or Anita S with any questions.


Youth Strings Concert

This month, National Philharmonic’s Youth Summer Strings Institute has been rehearsing at Trinity. Come hear these skilled young musicians in a free Summer Strings Institute orchestra concert here at 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 23.


Church Building Closed for Floor Waxing: 8/24, 8/26, 8/27

As part of our regular annual maintenance, all floors are stripped and waxed each summer. This year’s schedule is as follows:

  • Education/School Wing:  CLOSED ALL DAY Saturday, Aug 24 and Tuesday, Aug 27
  • Social Hall:  CLOSED 7am-7pm, Mon, Aug 26
  • Church/Admin Wing:  CLOSED  Mon, Aug 26

Thank you for your cooperation and flexibility.


Living Faith Everyday

LIFE Class (Living in Faith Everyday), meets each Sunday this month at 9:00 am in the Library. We’ll read through the following week’s lectionary and discuss how the readings touch our lives.  Each class is self-contained, just come as you are able and join the discussion.



Scam Alert!

Scammers across the country have been posing as local pastors – via email and text msg – asking parishioners for donations of gift cards and/or wire transfers to help someone in need or someone with a serious illness. Please DO NOT respond directly to any such requests. If you have questions about any donation requests, please contact the church office.


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Richard Graham, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, 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) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Steven W, uncle of Jonah W
DW, friend of Bill & Diana B
Charlele 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
26. Mary W
27. Stella B
27. Richard J
31. Cooper G
31. Grayson D
31. Eric S

Baptismal Days
25. Kristin T
26. Lindsay T
28. Annie A
28. Carol B

Death
Opal (M) C +August 20, 2019 (relative of Jerry B)

Rally Sunday, September 8: Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45

Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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


Altar Flowers

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


Weekly Devotional: Made Free

August 25, 2019 (LECTIONARY 21)

Some of us live with chronic pain or disability as part of our daily lives. All of us know that our bodies are vulnerable, subject to illness or injury. So of course we are interested in the healing stories of the Bible. In today’s gospel, Jesus heals a woman who has lived with a disability for eighteen years.

There are times when we wish for a miraculous healing, a sudden change in our physical state. The miraculous healing isn’t the real heart of this text, however. When challenged for healing on the sabbath, Jesus says, “Ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?” (Luke 13:16).

Jesus set her free.

He set her free to live, to have a place in society. He set her free by healing her body, but her physical transformation was God’s way of granting her freedom. Freedom might look like miraculous healing. It might look like a wheelchair or a cane that enables a person to move around. It might look like a ramp instead of stairs. It might look like a cochlear implant, or a replacement joint. Even small tools like eyeglasses grant us freedom, although we often forget they’re even there.

Have you heard the joke about the person caught in a flood? They wait on their roof for rescue. A boat comes by and the pilot says, “Get in!” but the person says, “No, God will save me.” A helicopter comes and tries to pick them up, but the person says, “No, God will save me.” The floodwaters rise, and they are swept away. When they see God, they say, “God, why didn’t you save me?” And God responds, “I sent a boat and a helicopter!”

Healing comes in different ways. Freedom takes many forms. Salvation may look different than we expect. But surely, God will set free all of God’s children. God will save each of us.

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

What’s Happening?

Worship, Spiritual Growth, Education, Service to Others, and more…
See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.

This Sunday, August 18 (Lectionary 20)

Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m.

O God, judge eternal, you love justice and hate oppression, and you call us to share your zeal for truth. Give us courage to take our stand with all victims of bloodshed and greed, and, following your servants and prophets, to look to the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Anusha A
Assisting Minister: Nalini A
Cantor: Rebecca L
Children’s Church: Margaret F
Greeter: Linnea A
Lector: Sabrina R
Ushers: Thor & Nancy N
Coffee Hour: Louise G
Altar Guild: Jackie K
Tellers: Thor N, Petra T
Bulletin Assembly: Dick J

Summer Worship Schedule: Sundays at 10 am, through Labor Day weekend

School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Throughout the summer, we are collecting supplies to prepare school kits for LWR. On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 8, we will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School.

Response has been great so far. Let’s keep that momentum going!

Updated list of items still needed to achieve our goal of 200 kits:

  • [476] 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
  • [136] 30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
  • [130] Blunt scissors
  • [309] Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
  • [107] Box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • [69] 2½” eraser

Please note: LWR asks that all kit items be new and have no religious symbols, messages, or patriotic or military symbols. Please contact Kathy T or Anita S with any questions.


Youth Strings Concert

This month, National Philharmonic’s Youth Summer Strings Institute has been rehearsing at Trinity. Come hear these skilled young musicians in a free Summer Strings Institute orchestra concert here at 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 16 and 23. (NEW TIME!)


Church Building Closed for Floor Waxing: 8/24, 8/26, 8/27

As part of our regular annual maintenance, all floors are stripped and waxed each summer. This year’s schedule is as follows:

  • Education/School Wing:  CLOSED ALL DAY Saturday, Aug 24 and Tuesday, Aug 27
  • Social Hall:  CLOSED 7am-7pm, Mon, Aug 26
  • Church/Admin Wing:  CLOSED  Mon, Aug 26

Thank you for your cooperation and flexibility.


Living Faith Everyday

LIFE Class (Living in Faith Everyday), meets each Sunday this summer from 9:00-9:45 in the Library. We’ll read through the following week’s lectionary and discuss how the readings touch our lives.  Each class is self-contained, just come as you are able and join the discussion.



Scam Alert!

Scammers across the country have been posing as local pastors – via email and text msg – asking parishioners for donations of gift cards and/or wire transfers to help someone in need or someone with a serious illness. Please DO NOT respond directly to any such requests. If you have questions about any donation requests, please contact the church office.


2nd Quarter Statements Available

Giving statements for the 2nd Quarter are available. You may pick up yours in the Social Hall on Sunday.


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, Burkina Faso, 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) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Brian B
DW, friend of Bill & Diana B
Steven W, uncle of Jonah W
Charlele 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. James F
18. Steven F
18. June M
19. Carter M
22. Jeffrey B
23. Cristina G

Baptismal Days
19. Jane R
21. Jerry B


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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


Altar Flowers

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

What’s Happening?

Worship, Spiritual Growth, Education, Service to Others, and more…
See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.

This Sunday, August 11 (Lectionary 19)

Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m.

Almighty God, you sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your church. Open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may be ready to receive you wherever you appear, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Anjali A
Assisting Minister: Tad D
Cantor: Anita S
Children’s Church: Nicholas C
Greeters: Donna & Steve S
Lector: Nathan L
Ushers: Ross A, Rich G
Coffee Hour: Vi & Tad D
Altar Guild: Winsome G
Tellers: Annie A, Mina
Bulletin Assembly: Diana B

This Sunday’s Guest Preacher and Celebrant

Pastor Bill Perry – Captain, Chaplain, US Navy (retired) – began his pastoral career in Springfield, OH before serving nearly 28 years in the Navy, where he served in several significant capacities. Presently, Pastor Perry is on the board of Alice’s Kids, teaches ESL, serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate to aid abused and neglected children, and preaches in metro area churches. Welcome Pastor Perry!

Summer Worship Schedule: Sundays at 10 am, through Labor Day weekend

From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

When you receive this, my family and I will be deep in the heart of Hurricane country. Hopefully we won’t get to experience any storms, but the people in this part of the world have learned to live at the ready. Bottles of water, candles, batteries – these things are always at hand.

The writer of Hebrews says that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” We live in faith, trusting even in those times when everything is not abundantly clear to us. But there’s nothing passive about this conviction. Jesus says in the gospel this week that we should be “dressed for action and have our lamps lit” even though it is dark outside. He reminds us that this stance is a position of the heart. And heart, according to Jesus, follows treasure.

Some of the saints like to try and bluff their way through the kingdom of God, always talking louder than their actions support, mastering the art of saying the right thing. Contrast that with the watchful saints, always on the lookout for opportunities to put their own skin in game, to make a quiet, lasting difference.

As unsettling as this might be to think about, it’s important to remember that God’s love and mercy towards us comes first! We strive to live generously, watchfully because we know how the story ends! Christ had died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Blessings,
Pr. Kern


School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Throughout the summer, we are collecting supplies to prepare school kits for LWR. On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 8, we will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School.

Response has been great so far. Let’s keep that momentum going!

Updated list of items still needed to achieve our goal of 200 kits:

  • [631] 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
  • [137] 30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
  • [82] Blunt scissors
  • [157] Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
  • [49] Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
  • [123] Box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • [102] 2½” eraser

Please note: LWR asks that all kit items be new and have no religious symbols, messages, or patriotic or military symbols. Please contact Kathy T or Anita S with any questions.


Youth Strings Concert

This month, National Philharmonic’s Youth Summer Strings Institute has been rehearsing at Trinity. Come hear these skilled young musicians in a Summer Strings Institute orchestra concert here at 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 9, 16, and 23.


Scam Alert!

Scammers across the country have been posing as local pastors – via email and text msg – asking parishioners for donations of gift cards and/or wire transfers to help someone in need or someone with a serious illness. Please DO NOT respond directly to any such requests. If you have questions about any donation requests, please contact the church office.


Chrismon Workshop Fun

On Saturday, August 3, Trinity folks gathered for a Chrismon-making workshop led by Carol B and Sabrina R. A fun time was enjoyed by all. Chrismons will adorn our new Christmas tree in the church sanctuary beginning this year.


Living Faith Everyday

LIFE Class (Living in Faith Everyday), meets each Sunday this summer from 9:00-9:45 in the Library. We’ll read through the following week’s lectionary and discuss how the readings touch our lives.  Each class is self-contained, just come as you are able and join the discussion.


2nd Quarter Statements Available

Giving statements for the 2nd Quarter are available. You may pick up yours in the Social Hall on Sunday.


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, Burkina Faso, 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) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T
family and friends*
Joe M, brother of Margaret F
Steven W, uncle of Jonah W
Charlele 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. Laura T
15. Philip T
15. Carol B

Wedding Anniversaries
12. Jeff & Barbara B
14. Luis & Linda G


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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


Altar Flowers

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

What’s Happening?

Worship, Spiritual Growth, Education, Service to Others, and more…
See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.

This Sunday, August 4 (Lectionary 18)

Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m.

Benevolent God, you are the source, the guide, and the goal of our lives. Teach us to love what is worth loving, to reject what is offensive to you, and to treasure what is precious in your sight, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Linnea S
Assisting Minister: Nathan L
Cantor: Linnea S
Children’s Chapel: Nicholas C
Greeter: Nancy J
Lector: Leslie C
Ushers: Angela B, Joan E
Coffee Hour: (potluck) Charlie M, Leslie S
Altar Guild: Winsome G
Tellers: Greg & Margaret F
Bulletin Assembly: Noralyn D
Nursery: Jane Rantung

This Sunday’s Guest Preacher and Celebrant

Pastor Gary Rhinesmith recently retired from All Saints’ Lutheran Church, Bowie, MD. As a member of Synod Council and, more recently, supplying on the staff of Bishop Graham, he brings a breadth of experience to ministry. A personal friend of Pastor Kern, Pastor Rhinesmith’s deep spirituality has made him a pastor’s pastor to several clergy in the area. Welcome, Pastor Rhinesmith!


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

In the gospel on Sunday, we hear Jesus tell us a story about a farmer whose land produced abundant crops and with them a conundrum – what do with all that harvest?  The farmer gives it some thought then decides on a building project – tearing down old barns and building new, bigger ones so that he can live a life of ease for many years.

But God is not pleased, calling the farmer a fool – for only thinking of himself – demanding his life that very night.  And Jesus comments, “so it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

My life has been blessed with several saints who showed me what a life that was rich toward God looks like.  I would characterize each one as a giver – of money, first of all, but also their time and their spirit.  I have never known anyone who was rich toward God who was not genuinely happy.  Their lives weren’t always easy; they suffered sometimes.  But through it all they radiated a deep peace and people were always drawn to them.

No one can tell you what your life will look like when you are rich toward God, but you know.  You probably don’t even have to think about it very much. The farmer in the gospel story would not be considered to be bad person by anyone who knew him.  His sin wasn’t in being rich.  His failure was that when the blessings of life filled his barns to overflowing his first thought was for himself, and not gratitude to God.

And these things you have prepared, whose will they be? – Jesus

Blessings,
Pr. Kern


Help Needed for Dinner at Women’s Shelter

This Sunday, August 4, Trinity will serve dinner for 35 women at the Interfaith Works Women’s Center in Rockville. If you would like to contribute to the meal, please see the sign-up sheet in the social hall or contact Kathy T. We also need a few people who can help serve the meal that evening. Thank you!

School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Throughout the summer, we are collecting supplies to prepare school kits for LWR. On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 8, we will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School.

Response has been great so far. Let’s keep that momentum going!

Updated list of items still needed to achieve our goal of 200 kits:

  • [661] 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
  • [147] 30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
  • [136] Blunt scissors
  • [157] Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
  • [609] Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
  • [138] Box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • [108] 2½” eraser

Please note: LWR asks that all kit items be new and have no religious symbols, messages, or patriotic or military symbols. Please contact Kathy T or Anita S with any questions.


2nd Quarter Statements Available

Giving statements for the 2nd Quarter are available. You may pick up yours in the Social Hall on Sunday.


Living Faith Everyday

LIFE Class (Living in Faith Everyday) meets each Sunday this summer from 9:00-9:45 in the Library. We’ll read through the following week’s lectionary and discuss how the readings touch our lives.  Each class is self-contained; just come as you are able and join the discussion.


Chrismon-Making Class in August

Carol Bruno and Sabrina Rufty will offer a Chrismon-making class on Saturday, August 3, at 10 a.m. (Krispy Kreme donuts and coffee provided!)

To ensure we have enough kits, please preregister with Carol.

Can’t attend in August but would like to take a future class in September? Let Carol know your available dates.

For more information, see article in the July-August Trinitarian.


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, Burkina Faso, 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) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T
family and friends*
Eric L, friend of Thomas K & Sarah M
Joe M, brother of Margaret F
Susan T, mother of Leslie C
Steve W, friend of Thor & Nancy N
Steven W, uncle of Jonah W
Charlele 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
5. Giovanni S
6. John W
7. Luis H
7. Kristina S
8. Kari-Elise C
9. Bud B
9. Wes O
10. Sydney R
10. Alissa C

Baptismal Days
9. Kevin M

Wedding Anniversaries
5. Jeffrey & Inna S
9. Daniel & Ana N


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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


Altar Flowers

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

What’s Happening?

Worship, Spiritual Growth, Education, Service to Others, and more…
See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.

This Sunday, July 28 (Lectionary 17)

Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m.

Almighty and ever-living God, you are always more ready to hear than we are to pray, and you gladly give more than we either desire or deserve. Pour upon us your abundant mercy. Forgive us those things that weigh on our conscience, and give us those good things that come only through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Colin G
Assisting Minister: Jonah W
Cantor: Carol B
Children’s Chapel: Margaret F
Greeter: Sarah G
Lector: Miriam M
Ushers: Ross A, Tom M
Coffee Hour: Tamara & Matthew C
Altar Guild: Miriam M
Tellers: Bud & Lynn B
Bulletin Assembly: Dick J
Altar Flowers given by Rob & Dan in celebration of their sixth wedding anniversary and in memory of loved ones who’ve gone before.

This Sunday we commemorate three German-born musicians who have done much to enrich the life of the church. Heinrich Schütz (d. 1672) was an early master who focused on settings of biblical texts. Johann Sebastian Bach (d. 1750) wrote over 300 cantatas along with works for organ and instrumental pieces, and has been called the “fifth evangelist” for the way he proclaimed the gospel in music. George Frederick Handel’s (d. 1759) great work, Messiah, is a setting of scriptural texts.


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

On the third Sunday of each month, at 2 p.m., I go over to Bethesda Health and Rehabilitation Center along with Ross and various members of Trinity. We share the Eucharist with anywhere from 15-30 or so residents. I lead the service, offer a brief homily, distribute the sacrament, and Ross leads the music. If I’m being completely honest, 2 p.m. on most Sundays is not exactly prime time for me! But I have never, ever left that service feeling anything other than humbled and spiritually fed.

I’ve gotten to know some of the worshipers there as the months go by. One man always has a big smile, his arm extended for a handshake from his wheelchair, as he tells me how good it is to see us. To see me! To see the folks from Trinity! How remarkable. We go to share God’s love and find that God’s love is already there to greet us.

When I look out over that little assembly, it occurs to me that the room is full of stories. Of little children who once laughed and ran to their mothers; of teenage youth who dreamed big, audacious dreams because no one told them not to; of young adults who struggled and laughed as they tried to build a life; of mature adults to whom life was not kind, in many cases debilitating, robbing them of the tangible and intangible things that make a life. How is this possible, I ask myself, even as I banish the heretical impulse to justify my own life, as though somehow I deserve the life I have. I marvel at the staff and the caregivers who do so much more than a job. I fully expect they will have seats of honor in the courts of heaven.

On Sunday, our gospel will bring us an early text of the Lord’s Prayer. Have you ever noticed that it is written in the plural? Not “my” Father, but “our” Father; not “give me” but “give us.” We never prayer this prayer alone. By the time our voices reach the ears of heaven they joined with a symphony of voices in a rising, unified chorus – the poor, the rich, the well, the ill, every color and every tongue. Over at Health & Rehab, even some of the most silent souls begin to move their lips as we begin to pray, Our Father… In that moment, all that divides us, all the distinctions we are so convinced matter, fall away. God listens. As the children pray, together.

Blessings,
Pr. Kern


AC – After Church

This week’s topic: Wasting Time

Linger for a bit (20-30 minutes) after church with Pr. Kern each week this July for conversation on various topics related to transition and the future. Sessions begin about 10 minutes after the postlude is over.


Help Needed for Dinner at Women’s Shelter

On Sunday, August 4, Trinity will serve dinner for 35 women at the Interfaith Works Women’s Center in Rockville. If you would like to contribute to the meal, please see the sign-up sheet in the social hall or contact Kathy T. We also need a few people who can help serve the meal that evening. Thank you!

School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Throughout the summer, we are collecting supplies to prepare school kits for LWR. On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 8, we will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School.

Response has been great so far. Let’s keep that momentum going!

Updated list of items still needed to achieve our goal of 200 kits:

  • [671] 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10.5″ (no loose-leaf paper)
  • [156] 30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
  • [146] Blunt scissors
  • [157] Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
  • [657] Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
  • [143] Box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • [126] 2.5″ eraser

Please note: LWR asks that all kit items be new and have no religious symbols, messages, or patriotic or military symbols. Please contact Kathy T or Anita S with any questions.


2nd Quarter Statements Available

Giving statements for the 2nd Quarter are available. You may pick up yours in the Social Hall on Sunday.


Living Faith Everyday

LIFE Class (Living in Faith Everyday), a Trinity favorite, is back!  Each Sunday this summer from 9:00-9:45 in the Library, we’ll read through the following week’s lectionary and discuss how the readings touch our lives.  Each class is self-contained, just come as you are able and join the discussion.


Chrismon-Making Class in August

Trinity will have a new 15-foot Christmas tree this December, and we plan to decorate it with beaded Chrismons as symbols of our faith.

Carol Bruno and Sabrina Rufty will offer a Chrismon-making class on Saturday, August 3, at 10 a.m. (Krispy Kreme donuts and coffee provided!) To ensure we have enough kits, please preregister with Carol. If you cannot attend in August but would like to take a future class in September, let Carol know your available dates.

Not crafty but still want to take part? You may make a donation to Trinity (indicate Chrismons on the envelope), perhaps in honor or in memory of someone who helped you on your faith journey.

(For more information, see article in the July-August Trinitarian.)


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, Burkina Faso, 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) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T
family and friends*
Peggy A, friend of Vimala P
Eric L, friend of Thomas K & Sarah M
Susan T, mother of Leslie C
Steve W, friend of Thor & Nancy N

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

Birthdays
7/31. Jerry B
8/2. Carol B

Wedding Anniversaries
7/27. Dan & Rob S
7/28. Scott M & Meredith S
8/3. Thor & Nancy N



Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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


Altar Flowers

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