What’s Happening?

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



From Pastor Kern…

Dear People of God,

What makes your heart sing?

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

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

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

Blessings,
Pr Kern


+ WORSHIP +


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

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

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

Assisting This Sunday:

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

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


Blue Christmas Service

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


+ LEARN +


Weekly Devotional

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


Adult Forum Study of Amos

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


Figuring Out What God Wants

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

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

All are welcome.


+ SERVE +


Give More Hope

Help those in need while you Christmas shop!

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

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


We Are Trinity – Time and Talent

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


Hanging of the Greens and
Soup Supper Tuesday, December 17

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

Please indicate your interest in coming below for planning purposes:

Name                                                                               

___ I/we will come for supper

___ I/we will bring soup

___ I/we will bring bread

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

Contact Carol B with questions.


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


NEW – Heavenly Handbells Christmas CD available!

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


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

The Mission Endowment Committee seeks your recommendations of organizations to receive awards in the spring. Annually, income from Mission Endowment Fund is used to enhance our mission outreach apart from the operating budget. By sustaining the annual awards, the fund is a gift that keeps on giving! 

Mission Endowment Fund awards are made in three categories:

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

Submit nominees to the church office, or place this form in the offering plate, or return it to the church office.  Nominations are due by January 15.

I nominate:

 ___________________________________

___________________________________

Name: ___________________________________


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

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

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

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


Weekly Devotional:

Advent 2, December 8, 2019

A Change in Tone

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

A STREAM OF HOPE

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

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

AIR OF PROMISE

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

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

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Second Sunday of Advent

What’s Happening?

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


Semi-Annual Congregation Meeting

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


From Pastor Kern…

Dear People of God,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings,
Pr Kern


+ WORSHIP +


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

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

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

Assisting This Sunday:

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

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


Blue Christmas Service

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


+ LEARN +


Weekly Devotional

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


Adult Forum Study of Amos

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


Figuring Out What God Wants

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

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

All are welcome.


+ SERVE +


Semi-Annual Meeting and Potluck

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

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


A New Way to Help: A Wider Circle

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

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

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

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

If interested, please contact Margaret F.


Give-a-Gift

Now through December 8

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

We are collecting new toys, games, books, and clothes for children infant through 18 years old for Community Family Life Services’ annual Give-a-Gift program. (special need for children ages 12-18) Toys must be new and in their original packaging, but not wrapped. Look for the brick-papered box in the Social Hall.

CFLS hosts a free holiday store so parents can choose gifts for their children. If you are interested in assisting, you may contact Bria Washington at CFLS: 202-347-0511 or brwashington@cflsdc.org.


Give More Hope

Help those in need while you Christmas shop!

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

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


Last Chance!
Help Us Beautify Trinity at Christmas

Order Your Poinsettias and Wreaths Now

Order Deadline:  This Sunday DECEMBER 8, 2019

I wish to order:      Poinsettias: $10 each

#_____ RED poinsettias

#_____ WHITE poinsettias

#_____ RED/WHITE mixed

#_____ Door Wreaths [$16 each]

#_____ Sanctuary Wreath [$30 each]

In Memory of:

In Honor of:

Given by:

  _____  I will donate my poinsettias


We Are Trinity – Time and Talent

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


Hanging of the Greens and
Soup Supper Tuesday, December 17

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

Please indicate your interest in coming below for planning purposes:

Name                                                                               

___ I/we will come for supper

___ I/we will bring soup

___ I/we will bring bread

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

Contact Carol B with questions.


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

The Mission Endowment Committee seeks your recommendations of organizations to receive awards in the spring. Annually, income from Mission Endowment Fund is used to enhance our mission outreach apart from the operating budget. By sustaining the annual awards, the fund is a gift that keeps on giving! 

Mission Endowment Fund awards are made in three categories:

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

Submit nominees to the church office, or place this form in the offering plate, or return it to the church office.  Nominations are due by January 15.

I nominate:

 ___________________________________

___________________________________

Name: ___________________________________


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

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

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

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


Weekly Devotional:

Advent 2, December 8, 2019

Name Your Wilderness

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

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

Name your wilderness.

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

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

Opportunity for New Life

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

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Give Thanks

What’s Happening?

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

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


From Pastor Kern…

Dear People of God,

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

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

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

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

Join me!

Blessings,
Pr Kern


+ WORSHIP +

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

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

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

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

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

Assisting This Sunday:

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


Blue Christmas Service

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


+ LEARN +

Weekly Devotional

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


Adult Forum Study of Amos

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


+ SERVE +


Chrismon Decorating Brunch
Saturday, November 30

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

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


Thanksgiving Weekend Inter-Generational Sunday School

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

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

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


Semi-Annual Meeting and Potluck

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

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


A New Way to Help: A Wider Circle

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

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

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

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

If interested, please contact Margaret F.


Give-a-Gift

Now through December 8

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

We are collecting new toys, games, books, and clothes for children infant through 18 years old for Community Family Life Services’ annual Give-a-Gift program. (special need for children ages 12-18) Toys must be new and in their original packaging, but not wrapped. Look for the brick-papered box in the Social Hall.

CFLS hosts a free holiday store so parents can choose gifts for their children. If you are interested in assisting, you may contact Bria Washington at CFLS: 202-347-0511 or brwashington@cflsdc.org.


Give More Hope

Help those in need while you Christmas shop!

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

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


Help Us Beautify Trinity at Christmas

Order Your Poinsettias and Wreaths Now

Order Deadline:  DECEMBER 8, 2019

I wish to order:      Poinsettias: $10 each

#_____ RED poinsettias

#_____ WHITE poinsettias

#_____ RED/WHITE mixed

#_____ Door Wreaths [$16 each]

#_____ Sanctuary Wreath [$30 each]

In Memory of:

In Honor of:

Given by:

  _____  I will donate my poinsettias


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

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

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

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


Weekly Devotional:

First Sunday of Advent, December 1, 2019

Hurry! Hurry! Slow! Slow!

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

About the day and the hour no one knows

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

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

A clue for the mystery ahead

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

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What’s Happening?

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

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


From Pastor Kern …

Dear People of God,

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings,
Pr Kern


+ WORSHIP +

Christ the King Sunday, Nov 24

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

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

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

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


+ LEARN +

Weekly Devotional

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


Adult Forum Study of Amos

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


May We Talk About Racism?

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

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

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

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


+ SERVE +

Pie Sunday

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


Give More Hope

Help those in need while you Christmas shop!

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

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


Give-a-Gift

Now, through December 8

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

We are collecting new toys, games, books, and clothes for children infant through 18 years old for Community Family Life Services’ annual Give-a-Gift program. (special need for children ages 12-18) Toys must be new and in their original packaging, but not wrapped. Look for the brick-papered box in the Social Hall.

CFLS hosts a free holiday store so parents can choose gifts for their children. If you are interested in assisting, you may contact Bria Washington at CFLS: 202-347-0511 or brwashington@cflsdc.org.


Chrismon Decorating Brunch
Saturday, November 30

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

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


Thanksgiving Weekend Inter-Generational Sunday School

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

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

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


Semi-Annual Meeting and Potluck

Sunday, December 8

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

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


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

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


Poinsettias and Wreaths
to Adorn Trinity at Christmas

Order Deadline:  December 8, 2019

I wish to order:      Poinsettias: $10 each

#_____ RED poinsettias

#_____ WHITE poinsettias

#_____ RED/WHITE mixed

#_____ Door Wreaths @$16 each

#_____ Sanctuary Wreath @$30

In Memory of:

In Honor of:

Given by:

  _____  I will donate my poinsettias


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

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

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

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

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


Weekly Devotional:

November 24, 2019 CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY

A Ruler’s Power

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

Offering Pardon

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

The Power of Welcome

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

Received by Christ Himself

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

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What’s Happening?

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


+ WORSHIP +

This Sunday, November 17 (Lect 33c)

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

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without you nothing is strong, nothing is holy. Embrace us with your mercy, that with you as our ruler and guide, we may live through what is temporary without losing what is eternal, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

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


+ LEARN +

Weekly Devotional

“What’s this world coming to?” We shake our heads. What is happening? The gospel reading for this Sunday speaks comfort and encouragement to people who feel powerless in the face of huge changes. [click here to see full article]


May We Talk About Racism?

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

For three Sunday mornings (Nov 10, 17, 24) – Pastor Kern is offering the chance for dialogue about race, during the education hour.  The class will be based on Debby Irving’s book, Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.

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

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


+ SERVE +

Give More Hope

Help those in need while you Christmas shop! Starting this Sunday, Nov. 17 you can purchase a Gift of Hope for a friend or relative while making a contribution to someone who is in need.

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


Give-a-Gift

November 17 – December 8

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

We are collecting new toys, games, books, and clothes for children infant through 18 years old for Community Family Life Services’ annual Give-a-Gift program. (special need for children ages 12-18) Toys must be new and in their original packaging, but not wrapped. Look for the brick-papered box in the Social Hall.

CFLS hosts a free holiday store so parents can choose gifts for their children. If you are interested in assisting, you may contact Bria Washington at CFLS: 202-347-0511 or brwashington@cflsdc.org.


Chrismon Decorating Brunch
Saturday, November 30

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

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


Pie Sunday

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


Thanksgiving Weekend Inter-Generational Sunday School

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

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

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


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

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


Poinsettias and Wreaths
to Adorn Trinity at Christmas

Order Deadline:  December 13, 2019

I wish to order:      Poinsettias: $10 each

#_____ RED poinsettias

#_____ WHITE poinsettias

#_____ RED/WHITE mixed

#_____ Door Wreaths @$16 each

#_____ Sanctuary Wreath @$30

In Memory of:

In Honor of:

Given by:

  _____  I will donate my poinsettias


Semi-Annual Meeting Potluck

We will have a potluck brunch/lunch after the late service on December 8 before our Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting. Bring your favorite brunch or lunch entree, side-dish, salad, or dessert. Beverages will be provided.  Let your culinary skills shine.  We will eat while we meet.  Any questions?  Contact Lynn B, Parish Life. 


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

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

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

Death:
June R +Nov 9 (mother of Lois R)

Birthdays:
18. Susan A
19. Atticus D
19. Logan D
22. James K
23. Christopher S

Baptismal Days:
18. Alissa C
23. Sarah G


November 17, 2019 LECTIONARY 33

Weekly Devotional:

Do Not Be Terrified

“What’s this world coming to?” The circumstances that call forth this question are different for different people, but the question occurs to nearly all of us at some point in our lives. Maybe it is the lack of civil discourse we see among our leaders, or reports of climate change, or wars and rumors of wars. Maybe it is just that young people seem so different from the way older people were at their age. We shake our heads. What is happening?

COMFORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT

The gospel reading for this Sunday speaks comfort and encouragement to people who feel powerless in the face of huge changes. Jesus speaks of the temple’s destruction, earthquakes, famines, and plagues. Closer to home, he predicts persecution and betrayal perpetrated by those closest to his followers.

Yet even as he speaks of such a future, Jesus also says, “Do not be terrified” (Luke 21:9). He promises words and wisdom for those who are persecuted, and he speaks of a time on the other side of all these dangers when his own dear ones will be safe, from the hairs of their head to the depth of their souls.

KEEPING FAITH

Nearly everything Jesus describes happening to his followers happens first to him: he is arrested, imprisoned, and brought before Herod and Pilate. He is betrayed by one of the twelve and denied by another. Through all of it, he keeps faith with the one he calls his Father. In the end, he commends his spirit into that one’s hands. The Father keeps faith with the Son as well, raising him from the dead.

The world in general, as well as our individual lives, can be very frightening. When we are afraid, Jesus gives us himself as the example of trusting God in all things. When we fail to act out of trust like his, still he is there, redeeming us and our future from fear. The Living One will lead us into life.

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

This Sunday — Join the FUN!

This Sunday, November 10, following the late service, join us for some BBQ and frivolity as we celebrate Homecoming Weekend and the conclusion of our “We are Trinity” stewardship campaign.

  • Invite a friend, neighbor, former Trinity member, or a long-lost family member to join in our celebration (all are welcome)
  • Prepare a side dish or dessert for our celebration (sign-up sheet in the social hall)
  • Reach out to Greg F if you’d like to participate in the “long-slow cook”

This Sunday, November 10 (Lect 32c)

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

Almighty God, you have knit your people together in one communion in the mystical body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Grant us grace to follow your blessed saints in lives of faith and commitment, and to know the inexpressible joys you have prepared for those who love you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Job 19:23-27a
Psalm 17:1-9
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Luke 20:27-38

Assisting in Worship:

Full schedule of worship assistants is available here: www.trinityelca.org/worship-assistants/


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.


Council News

Dear Members of Trinity,

Owing to recent health issues, I find that I must resign my position on the Congregation Council. I will continue to pray for the council and the congregation and am sorry that I am unable to continue in this responsibility.

Blessings to you all,
John B

— — —

Following the resignation of John B as president of the congregation, the members of the Congregation Council elected Sarah G president for the remainder of the current term, through May 31, 2020.

— — —

In light of recent Council leadership changes, the Council has determined that it is in the Congregation’s best interest that the previously announced November retreat be postponed and potentially rescheduled for early 2020.

During the months of November and December, the Council intends to engage with each other and with you to improve communications and advance our work as a congregation toward the call process. Additionally, the Council will be reaching out to you in multiple ways to capture the concerns the retreat was planned to address.

In the meantime, should you have immediate concerns, you are encouraged to reach out to a member of the Council.


May We Talk About Racism?

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

Beginning THIS SUNDAY, Nov 10, for three Sunday mornings (Nov 10, 17, 24) – Pastor Kern is offering the chance for dialogue about race, during the education hour.  The class will be based on Debby Irving’s book, Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.

Please note: this will be a discussion based on Ms. Irving’s book.  It will be necessary for participants to acquire a copy of the book and read the first three sections (through page 92) before the first session on November 10.  This will not be a forum for free-wheeling debate; our discussion will be guided by what we have read together.

These three sessions are merely an introduction to the conversation.  If there is sufficient interest, arrangements can be made for further study and reflection, based on the schedule of the participants.

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


Chrismon Decorating Brunch
Saturday, November 30

We’ll gather on Saturday, Nov 30, from 9:00 a.m. to noon to setup our new Christmas tree and decorate it with our new beautiful Chrismons, made by our church family members over the last several months. Our Chrismons—Christ monograms—are on display in the social hall now. We’ll get to enjoy our tree throughout Advent, in preparation for lighting our tree for Christmas!

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


Thanksgiving Weekend Inter-Generational Sunday School

On Sunday, December 1, during the Sunday school hour, we will prepare 144 personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief (LWR). LWR delivers these to people around the world who have lost everything from natural disasters or violence, or who are struggling with the long-term effects of poverty.

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

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


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

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


Give More Hope

Give more hope …
… to children … to the homeless … to those seeking work … to those needing sustenance … to those needing medical or dental care … to those seeking to improve their daily lives.

How can you give more hope? Participate in the Gifts of Hope program.

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


Community Family Life Services’ Annual Give-a-Gift Program

November 17 – December 8

The holidays are a time of giving and sharing. This is a wonderful opportunity to share with many children in need. In fact, your gift may be the only Christmas gift a child receives.

We are collecting new toys, games, books, and clothes for children infant through 18 years old for Community Family Life Services. Toys must be new and in their original packaging, but not wrapped. There is a special need for gifts for children 12-18 years. Look for the brick papered box in the Social Hall.

CFLS hosts a free holiday store so parents can choose gifts for their children. If you are interested in assisting, you may contact Bria Washington at CFLS: 202-347-0511 or brwashington@cflsdc.org.


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*
Tammy G
Dan G, friend of Margo and Turquoise W
Syed J, friend of Sunhee P
Joyce R, friend of Diana B
Francis R, friend of Bill B
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
June R, mother of Lois R
Tiffany S

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

Birthdays
10. Barbara B
11. Brian S
14. Yulie N
16. Catya B
16. Mary D
16. Mark J
16. Marjorie W

Baptismal Days
10. Barbara B
11. Gina C
16. Leslie S

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.


Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday 11/3

Set clocks back one hour Saturday night.

This Sunday, November 3
(Sunday of All Saints)

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

Almighty God, you have knit your people together in one communion in the mystical body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Grant us grace to follow your blessed saints in lives of faith and commitment, and to know the inexpressible joys you have prepared for those who love you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Revelation 7:9-17
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
1 John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); Anders S (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Nancy N (8:15); Jim K (10:45)
Children’s Church: TBD (8:15); Jane R (10:45)
Greeters: Phil & Noralyn D (8:15); Trevor H (10:45)
Lectors: John B (8:15); Leslie C (10:45)
Ushers: Ross A, Joan E (8:15); Greg & Margaret F (10:45)
Coffee Hour: potluck [Shannon P, Steve S] (8:15); potluck [Margaret F] (10:45)
Altar Guild: Marilyn G (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Tellers: Bud & Lynn B


Homecoming Weekend

On Sunday, November 10, following the late service, join us for some BBQ and frivolity as we celebrate the conclusion of our “We are Trinity” stewardship campaign. 

There are several ways for you to participate:

  • Invite a friend, neighbor, former Trinity member, or a long-lost family member to join in our celebration (all are welcome)
  • Prepare a side dish or dessert for our celebration (sign-up sheet in the social hall)
  • Reach out to Greg F if you’d like to participate in the “long-slow cook”
Homecoming- Sunday, November 10, 2019

May We Talk About Racism?

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

For three Sunday mornings in November – Nov 10, 17, 24 – Pastor Kern is offering the chance for dialogue about race, during the education hour.  The class will be based on Debby Irving’s book, Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.

Please note: this will be a discussion based on Ms. Irving’s book.  It will be necessary for participants to acquire a copy of the book and read the first three sections (through page 92) before the first session on November 10.  This will not be a forum for free-wheeling debate; our discussion will be guided by what we have read together.

These three sessions are merely an introduction to the conversation.  If there is sufficient interest, arrangements can be made for further study and reflection, based on the schedule of the participants.

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


Thanksgiving Weekend Inter-Generational Sunday School

On Sunday, December 1, during the Sunday school hour, we will prepare 144 personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief (LWR). LWR delivers the kits to people around the world who have lost everything from a natural disaster or life-threatening violence or who are struggling with the long-term effects of poverty.

Each kit contains a bath towel, 2 bars of soap, 1 toothbrush, 1 comb, and 1 nail clipper. Because LWR requires the items to meet certain specifications, the social ministry committee will purchase all the necessary items but asks members to make cash donations toward this effort if they are able. Checks can be made out to Trinity with “Personal Care Kits” in the memo line. We estimate the cost of each kit to be $7.

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


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

Church Directories for Fall 2019
are available for pickup in the church office.


Give More Hope

Give more hope …
… to children.
… to the homeless.
… to those who seek work.
… to those who need sustenance.
… to those who need medical or dental care.
… to those who want to improve their daily lives.

How can you give more hope? Participate in the Gifts of Hope program.

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


Community Family Life Services’ Annual Give-a-Gift Program

November 17 – December 8

The holidays are a time of giving and sharing. This is a wonderful opportunity to share with many children in need and give them a real Christmas. In fact, your gift may be the only one a child receives.

We are collecting new toys, games, books and clothes for children infant through 18 years old for Community Family Life Services. Toys should be new and in their original packaging, but not wrapped. There is a special need for gifts for children 12-18 years. Look for the brick papered box in the Social Hall.

CFLS hosts a free holiday store so parents can choose gifts for their children. If you are interested in assisting, you may contact Bria Washington at CFLS: 202-347-0511 or brwashington@cflsdc.org.


Village at Rockville National Lutheran Home

You are invited to visit The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community, 9701 Veirs Drive, Rockville, MD 20850 on Saturday, November 9.  Free activities run between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., with the bake sale going until everything is sold.  Opportunities to give and win prizes from Capital Steps, Clyde’s Tower Oaks, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Olney Theatre, Seasons 52, and Strathmore.  Please stop by and visit!

Time Event
9:30 a.m Yoga OR Acrylic painting class
10:45 a.m. Chef demonstration
11:30 a.m. Lunch OR Acrylic painting class
12:45 a.m. Veteran’s Ceremony/Welcome
1:00 p.m U.S. Navy Band Brass Quartet
2:00 p.m. Hymn Sing (hear our new organ!)

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*
Lise & Abb Abb A
Joanne B, sister-in-law of Mary B
Dan G, friend of Margo and Turquoise W
Tammy G
Syed J, friend of Sunhee P
Sandy L, step-father of Rebecca L
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
John M, brother of Margaret F
Joyce R, friend of Diana B
Francis R, friend of Bill B
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
June R, mother of Lois R
Tiffany S

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

Birthdays
03. Tom M

Baptismal Days
03. Stella B A
06. Brian S
08. James J
09. Nicholas C


Devotional: “Blessed Are You”

All Saints Day

When Jesus sits on the mountain and begins his long sermon in Matthew’s gospel, he begins with these statements of blessing. Blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, and so on. Jesus speaks of the positive outcomes of these conditions: they will be comforted, they will inherit the earth, they will be filled. “Blessed are you now,” Jesus is saying, as well as “Blessed you will be.”

Promises for Today and Tomorrow

God’s promises are for today as much as they are for after we die. We trust that baptized into a death like Jesus’ death, we are also baptized into a resurrection like Jesus’ resurrection. In baptism we are clothed with the righteousness of Christ, sealed with the Holy Spirit, and marked with the cross of Christ forever. Proclaimed on a mountain or in the valleys that can come in daily life, our identity as blessed, baptized saints moves us to live in ways that give thanks to God for God’s many gifts and blessings.

For All the Saints

All Saints Day isn’t just about remembering those who have died and whose names may be read during worship today. All Saints Day is about all the saints, the ones who have gone before, those living now, and those still to come. Today we remember with thanksgiving our brothers and sisters in Christ who have died within the past year, and we also give thanks for the saints who labor and worship on this side of heaven’s gate.

Today we recall and celebrate with those who have gone before us as we gather at the font and the table, where in water and word, wine and bread, God reminds us, “Blessed are you.” We are blessed, and so we live in ways that manifest this blessing for and toward others.

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2019 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.


This Sunday, October 27
(Reformation Sunday)

Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m. (One Service!)

Almighty God, gracious Lord, we thank you that your Holy Spirit renews the church in every age. Pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in your word, protect and comfort them in times of trial, defend them against all enemies of the gospel, and bestow on the church your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 46
Romans 3:19-28
John 8:31-36

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Anusha A
Assisting Minister: Nalini A
Greeters: Thor & Nancy N, Peggy J
Lector: Miriam M
Ushers: Thor & Nancy N, Dick & Peggy J
Coffee Hour: Sunday School families
Altar Guild: Carol B, Kathy H
Tellers: Dick & Peggy J
Trumpet soloist: Jamin M

Reformation Sunday, Oct 27: one service at 10:00 am

From Pastor Kern:

Dear People of God,

On All Hallows Eve – October 31 – 502 years ago, an obscure monk named Martin Luther invited the academic community of Wittenberg to debate 95 practices and beliefs about the Christian faith. He chose the date because of the anticipated large crowds who would be turning up the next day for All Saints celebration. Little did he know, his curiosity would spark a revolution that not only turned the Western church inside out, but national affairs, politics, and language – not to mention the nature of faith itself – as well.

Lutherans are not the only inheritors of this movement that we call the Reformation, but we are one of the few church bodies in the world who still mark the day in a significant way. And so on Sunday, in a single service at 10 a.m., Trinity will celebrate our Reformation heritage.

It will also be a significant day for four young people in the congregation who will be making their Affirmation of Baptism – Confirmation! Linnea, Henry, Colin, and Vincent will celebrate the confirmation milestone in their lives and it will be our privilege and joy to be their witnesses. I hope you will make it a point to join in the celebration.

Blessings,
Pr Kern


All Saints’ Memorial Display

Honor the saints who shared the Christian faith with you!

Please bring a photo of those who have died in the faith – family members or friends. These will be displayed at the entrance to the sanctuary for All Saints’ Sunday, November 3.

You may also submit the names of your departed loved ones to be remembered at the Holy Eucharist on All Saints’ Sunday. Please provide names and date of death to the church office.


Homecoming Weekend

On Sunday, November 10, following the late service, join us for some BBQ and frivolity as we celebrate the conclusion of our “We are Trinity” stewardship campaign. 

There are several ways for you to participate:

  • Invite a friend, neighbor, former Trinity member, or a long-lost family member to join in our celebration (all are welcome)
  • Prepare a side dish or dessert for our celebration (sign-up sheet in the social hall)
  • Reach out to Greg F if you’d like to participate in the “long-slow cook”
Homecoming- Sunday, November 10, 2019

May We Talk About Racism?

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

For three Sunday mornings in November – Nov 10, 17, 24 – Pastor Kern is offering the chance for dialogue about race, during the education hour.  The class will be based on Debby Irving’s book, Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.

Please note: this will be a discussion based on Ms. Irving’s book.  It will be necessary for participants to acquire a copy of the book and read the first three sections (through page 92) before the first session on November 10.  This will not be a forum for free-wheeling debate; our discussion will be guided by what we have read together.

These three sessions are merely an introduction to the conversation.  If there is sufficient interest, arrangements can be made for further study and reflection, based on the schedule of the participants.

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


Chrismons Class: Last Chance

Please join us on Saturday, October 26, at 10:00 a.m. for the final Chrismon making class for 2019. Please let Carol B or Sabrina R know if you will be there to ensure we have enough kits.

Monetary donations are also welcome to cover the cost of materials (mark your envelope/cheque “Chrismons”). Let’s fill up the Trinity’s new Christmas tree!


Calling 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.


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

Church Directories for Fall 2019
are available for pickup in the church office.


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*
Lise & Abb Abb A
Joanne B, sister-in-law of Mary B
Tammy G
Syed J, friend of Sunhee P
Sandy L, step-father of Rebecca L
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
John M, brother of Margaret F
Joyce R, friend of Diana B
Francis R, friend of Bill B
June R, mother of Lois R
Tiffany S

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

Birthdays
27. Torsten D
31. Robert D III
01. Amanda M

Baptismal Days
30. Dahlia C
30. Sophia D
30. Mary D
01. Andy B


Weekly Devotional: “Keep Moving”

Reformation Sunday, October 27, 2019

As we commemorate the Protestant Reformation, it is fitting that today’s gospel reflects a core understanding that grew out of the wrestling of the reformers. Martin Luther’s life and ministry were changed when the apostle Paul’s writings came alive for him. Being saved by grace through faith and not works was a revelation and gift for Luther. In Paul’s reflections, such as today’s second reading (Rom. 3:19-28), Luther came to understand the true nature of Christian freedom. John’s gospel locates this freedom in knowing Jesus and in the work Jesus does to make people free. The Son making us free is indeed a gift.

Discovered Anew … Old Story

We commemorate the Reformation as a time when the freedom found in knowing Jesus and his saving work was discovered anew. Five hundred years later it is easy for the newness of this message to be part of our old story. It is easy to look past how much has changed in our own lives and the life we share as the church. Our present experience can feel like a reflection of what has always been.

Path of Transformation

Jesus describes his word as the path to truth and encourages his disciples to “continue in my word” (John 8:31). To continue may be understood as remaining the same, but continuing in the word of Jesus means walking a path of transformation. This transformation grows out of repentance and forgiveness, life and death. It is a gift from Jesus. To continue in God’s word is a call for the church to keep moving and to embrace the reform Jesus is creating in and among us each and every day.

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.


What Does Trinity Mean to You?

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 them. Please submit your statements to the office. They will be collected and later shared with the council and the entire congregation.


This Sunday, October 20
(Lectionary 29c)

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

O Lord God, tireless guardian of your people, you are always ready to hear our cries. Teach us to rely day and night on your care. Inspire us to seek your enduring justice for all this suffering world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Genesis 32:22-31
Psalm 121
2 Timothy 3:14-4:5
Luke 18:1-8

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: TBD (8:15); Colin G (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Bill B (8:15); Leslie C (10:45)
Children’s Church: Margaret F (8:15), David C (10:45)
Greeters: Matthew & Tamara C (8:15); Christine B, Jane (10:45)
Lectors: Keith C (8:15); David C (10:45)
Ushers:  Ross A, Joan E (8:15); Angela B, Patricia S (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Keith & Lily C (8:15); Len S, Ani G (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B (8:15); Kathy H (10:45)
Tellers: Greg & Margaret F

Fall Worship Schedule: Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45; Sunday School and Adult Ed at 9:30
Reformation Sunday, Oct 27: one service at 10:00 am

From Pastor Kern:

Dear People of God,

I stood on my front steps this morning and watched the leaves blowing off the trees.  A week ago it seemed like summer was going to stay forever. And now, overnight, the air is cool and the leaves are letting go.

Along the way I picked up the idea of seasons in church life. We know about the liturgical seasons, of course, but like nature, the church has seasons of growth, seasons of quietude, seasons of drought, and all the rest. The thing is, life and growth persist in every season. A newly planted tree needs a good, deep watering once in awhile during the cold, leafless days of winter because the roots below ground are hard at work.

Look for information from the Stewardship Team about Commitment Sunday and Homecoming on November 10.  We Are Trinity is the theme and you will not want to miss this day of celebration.

Elsewhere in this Tidings, you will see a promotion for a congregation retreat coming soon to Trinity.  Coming on the heels of We Are Trinity, this retreat will invite us into a new season of unity throughout the congregation.  It’s open to everyone. I hope you will be able to come.

See you in worship,

Blessings,
Pr Kern


Chrismons Class: Last Chance

Please join us on Saturday, October 26, at 10:00 a.m. for the final Chrismon making class for 2019. Please let Carol B or Sabrina R know if you will be there to ensure we have enough kits.

Monetary donations are also welcome to cover the cost of materials (mark your envelope/cheque “Chrismons”). Let’s fill up the Trinity’s new Christmas tree!


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


Homecoming Weekend

On Sunday, November 10, following the late service, join us for some BBQ and frivolity as we celebrate the conclusion of our “We are Trinity” stewardship campaign. 

There are several ways for you to participate:

  • Invite a friend, neighbor, former Trinity member, or a long-lost family member to join in our celebration (all are welcome)
  • Prepare a side dish or dessert for our celebration (sign-up sheet in the social hall)
  • Reach out to Greg F if you’d like to participate in the “long-slow cook”
Homecoming- Sunday, November 10, 2019

ALL THINGS NEW

a unity retreat
for
Trinity Lutheran Church
November 15 & 16

You are invited to this Spirit-seeking weekend.  Through worship, presentations, and most of all, face-to-face conversation, this retreat will explore the Core Values of the congregation.

Realizing that …

We Are Trinity
we
Worship, Learn, & Serve
by
Seeking & Accepting All

… we ask ourselves, what does it actually mean to be Trinity Lutheran Church?
What beliefs do we have that will propel our ministry forward?
What is unique about Trinity’s worship, learning, and serving?
On what basis will we seek out and accept everyone?

Through this retreat, we hope that Trinity will:

  • affirm its Mission and Vision for the future
  • gain a clear understanding of the values that direct its life
  • take a fresh look at the congregation’s mission priorities for 2020
  • on the basis of shared beliefs, begin to forgive one another for past slights and hurts  so that the congregation will have the energy to truly welcome all going forward

David Ludwig will be returning as our chaplain and musician for the weekend. He will led us musically and scripturally into our theme. Other presenters will be announced shortly.  Look for the flyer in Sunday’s bulletin.

Join us if you can beginning 6:30 pm on Friday, November 15 through Saturday, November 16, 2:15 pm.


Calling 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*
Lise & Abb Abb A
Joanne B, sister-in-law of Mary B
David C, friend of Pam B
Tammy G
Sonny L, uncle of Sabrina R
Sandy L, step-father of Rebecca L
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
John M, brother of Margaret F
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
June R, mother of Lois R
Tiffany S
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
20. David K
21. David F
22. Joyce D
24. Marilyn C
24. Kathy T
25. Ani G
26. Jane F

Baptismal Days
20. Jeanine B
21. Rebecca P
21. Martha R
22. Gregory M
23. Theodore R
23. Fred S
25. James F
25. Steven F

Deaths
Wayne P +Oct 7, 2019 (cousin of Julie N)
Tim R +Oct 11 (nephew of Len S)


Weekly Devotional: “Persistent Grace”

October 20, 2019 (Lectionary 29c)

Today’s gospel is an encouragement to always be in prayer, but the parable Jesus uses to urge people to pray is a complicated one. Jesus says the judge is unjust. The widow in the story is persistent in pestering the judge for the verdict she seeks. The judge is not convinced by evidence or reason, but simply by the tenacity of the widow. The lesson Luke passes on is that we ought to cry out to God day and night with our prayers.

What to Pray?

The parable says nothing directly about the content of those prayers. A quick reading might lead to a place of thinking anything we pray for will be answered if we are just persistent enough. Perhaps we can wear God down like the widow wore the judge down. This suggests an approach in which prayer is used to try to bend God’s will to our own.

Grace-Filled Transformation

Rather than a force of will, Jesus encourages persistence because every aspect of our lives is worthy of being lifted in prayer to God. The Psalms show that we can and should lift our cries up to God as often as we experience them. God is able to handle any emotion or struggle we give voice to in prayer; speaking it all to God is part of grace-filled transformation.

Your Will Be Done

Each Sunday we speak the words of the Lord’s Prayer, requesting with our collective voice, “Your will be done.” Instead of seeking to bend God’s will to ours, we ask for our will to be shaped by God’s. We pray for God’s forgiveness and boldly claim our own role in forgiveness. We pray for sustenance and deliverance, all while inviting God’s kingdom to come. God’s kingdom is coming without our prayer, Martin Luther reminds us in the Small Catechism, but we pray these things so that we may see the kingdom come alive in and among us. We pray to be shaped by the endless, loving persistence of God’s grace.

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.

YOUTH GROUP:
This Sunday, October 13, at 6 p.m. Don’t miss it!

CHRISMON CLASS:
Saturday, October 26. See announcement below for details.

Read on for MORE OPPORTUNITIES to Worship, Learn, and Serve


From the Pastor…

Dear People of God,

This letter about our transition time together was circulated to our community at services this past Sunday morning. For those who have not yet had opportunity to read it, we offer it here. (see below)

October 6, 2019

Dear Members of Trinity,

As you probably are aware, Trinity is 11 months into its transition time and there is no shortage of conversation, opinion, and emotion about the process. You have recently heard from John Balbach, president of the congregation, soliciting your input on worship times and what’s most important about Trinity to you. Both of these arise out of Council discussion about the mission of the congregation – who is Trinity and what is God calling this community to be? I’m writing to you now, as your pastor, because I thought you might like to know how I understand what is happening in the congregation, speaking for myself, directly to you.

First, I want to affirm the work of the Council as they help to lead you through this season. The expectations of the Council are very high at Trinity, as evidenced by their struggles to honor the very diverse input they receive from you, the members, and their own differing, honorable points of view. Please make the time to thank them for their service.

Recently, I was speaking with a member of Trinity and I asked her how she thought things were going. She immediately responded by saying what she had to say might surprise me. She said she sees three parties within the membership: 1) those who want to see the Call process started yesterday; 2) those who are grateful for a space of time to pause, reflect, and discern; and 3) those who just want me to stay and be the pastor of Trinity. I have to admit, her third point did surprise me a little bit. And as nice as that is to hear, let me say – again – I will not be a candidate to be the next pastor of Trinity.

As for the Call process itself, my counsel continues to be, Please wait. I am not unaware of those who insist we must start right away, that any delay will cause people to leave and take their offerings with them. At the same time, I am also aware of those who do not share this urgency. Their experiences within Trinity have given them pause about whether they will continue in the congregation. For them this is a time of welcome discernment that is encouraging them to stay.

To my friends anxious to have the call process get started I ask, is Trinity really so unsettling right now that we cannot wait a few more months to allow more voices to join the conversation and shape the future? And to my friends who have felt slighted or cast aside in the past I say, now is the time to step forward and speak out and take your place at the table. A united Trinity will be a great gift to the next pastor and to the entire church. I think that’s worth a little patience and some more hard work.

Thank you for receiving this. And thanks to each and every one of you who love Trinity and are blessed to call this community – home.

Pastor Kern


In Memoriam

Former Trinity member Carol Bosley died October 5, 2019 in Michigan.
Funeral for Carol will be held here at Trinity on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at 7 p.m.

I am the resurrection and the life. (John 11:25)


What Does Trinity Mean to You?

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 them. Please submit your statements to the office. They will be collected and later shared with the council and the entire congregation.


+ WORSHIP +

This Sunday, October 13
(Lectionary 28c)

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

Almighty and most merciful God, your bountiful goodness fills all creation. Keep us safe from all that may hurt us, that, whole and well in body and spirit, we may with grateful hearts accomplish all that you would have us do, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart. (Ps. 111:1)

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); Linnea S (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Jerry B (8:15); Leslie C (10:45)
Children’s Church: TBD (8:15), Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters: Jane R, Eric S (8:15); Pam B (10:45)
Lectors: Jerry B (8:15); David C (10:45)
Ushers: Bill & Diana B (8:15); David C, Henry C (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Margaret F (8:15); Miriam M, Susan S (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B (8:15); Kathy H (10:45)
Tellers: Annie A, Mina

Fall Worship Schedule: Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45; Sunday School and Adult Ed at 9:30
Reformation Sunday, Oct 27: one service at 10:00 am

+ 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

Symposium: Re-Claiming a Vision of Global Community

We are facing a global crisis – ecological, political, and economic. A Spirit-led response from churches in the Global South reminds us of Martin Luther’s oft-neglected conviction that God’s gift of grace in Jesus has far-reaching implications, not just for individual lives but for the ways we live together on this earth. A new heaven and earth break in for us as we reclaim a vision of global community. Symposium speakers from Argentina, Palestine, South Africa, and the US address how the world is responding.

October 25-26, 2019
to register visit: www.fliii.us

Sponsored by: Global Mission, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; ELCA World Hunger; ELCA Metro D.C. Synod; and Saint Luke Lutheran Church, Silver Spring, MD.

+ SERVE +

Volunteer at A Wider Circle

Volunteer to help widen the circle of compassion and make a dent in poverty.

This Sunday, October 13, from 1-3 pm, join with the Social Ministry Team to help us sort, move, and organize materials in A Wider Circle’s newly expanded warehouse.

All ages are welcome to volunteer.

We are also collecting gently used household goods and clothing to donate to AWC. Items being collected:

  • professional clothing
  • children’s clothing under size 5
  • cleaning and paper goods

If you have items to donate, please bring them to Trinity on Sunday, October 13, and we will save you the trip!

If you have any questions, please ask Margaret F, or visit awidercircle.org

Winter Coat Drive for LSS

THIS SUNDAY, October 13, is the last day to bring your 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.

Chrismons Class: Last Chance

Please join us on Saturday, October 26, at 10:00 a.m. for the final Chrismon making class for 2019. Please let Carol B or Sabrina R know if you will be there to ensure we have enough kits.

Monetary donations are also welcome to cover the cost of materials (mark your envelope/cheque “Chrismons”). Let’s fill up the Trinity’s new Christmas tree!

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*
Lise & Abb Abb A
Joanne B, sister-in-law of Mary B
David C, friend of Pam B
Sonny L, uncle of Sabrina R
Sandy L, step-father of Rebecca L
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
John M, brother of Margaret F
Wayne P, cousin of Julie N
Nancy P, friend of Tom K & Sarah M
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
June R, mother of Lois 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.

Death
Carol B, +October 6, 2019 (former member, friend of handbell choir)
Funeral will be Saturday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Birthdays
13. Sarah G
13. Julie N
17. Benjamin N
17. Jon S

Baptismal Days
14. Peter S
17. Sunhee P
19. Shirley O


Weekly Devotional: “Close-By Jesus”

October 13, 2019 (Lectionary 28c)

The lepers kept their distance. They kept their distance from Jesus as they shouted to him their pleas for mercy. They are not the only lepers we find in the story of Jesus. Matthew 8 begins with a leper coming near to Jesus and kneeling before him to ask for healing, which comes at the touch of Jesus’ hand. In Mark 14 we hear that Jesus is eating at the house of Simon the leper. Lepers do not always keep their distance from Jesus, but these ten did. What keeps them from getting too close to Jesus?

Too Close to Jesus?

There is a running joke in some congregations that Lutherans do not sit in the first several rows of the worship space. We may seek the front-row seats at concerts, sporting events, and elementary school award ceremonies. We like to be close to the action. Yet, when the action is the word of God read and proclaimed or holy communion broken and shared, we sometimes find a way to keep our distance. We do not occupy those prime seats. Closeness implies intimacy. Is there something we fear about being too close to Jesus?

Only One Returns

All of the lepers are healed as they go on their way. Nine of them continue to keep their distance from Jesus. Only one returns, doing everything but keep his distance. Falling on the ground at Jesus’ feet, the leper is full of praise that Jesus chose to heal, to come near, when the leper was distant. Though we may try to keep our distance from Jesus, Jesus does not keep his distance from us.

Kyrie Eleison

Like the ten, we, too, cry out for mercy in the Kyrie. With the one, we then sing praise to the close-by Jesus, the Jesus who comes near to us in the water of the font, in the sharing of the peace, and in the breaking of the bread.

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