From Pastor Christine

Dear siblings in Christ!

I am so excited to be with you and start in on this next venture God is calling us to. I lament that things are such that we aren’t able to be physically together, but I am thankful for all the ways that we can be connected. I will be reaching out in a myriad of ways to try to get to know each of you, but please don’t hesitate to email me if you have a pastoral need, are an introvert and don’t feel comfortable in larger zoom meetings, or just have a question, and we can set up a call or zoom. 

I want to start off by saying “THANK YOU!” I’ve been showered with kindness this first week: balloons, signs, Trinity specific gifts, kind emails, good food. Thank you very much. 

I think many of you may have attended the zoom where I answered some questions about myself, but since this is my first week, and I loved receiving the biographies that many of you gifted me, I thought I’d share a little about who I am and what makes me tick.

First and foremost, I am a wife and a mother. I have four children. Carter is my eldest (23); he attended Miami of Ohio and majored in Political Science. He is currently living at home as he looks for a job (the pandemic has made this hard!). Jackson is 21 and currently attends Ohio University, majoring in Business. Cooper is 18 and a senior at Saint John’s College High School in DC, where he also plays baseball (he has not yet decided where he will attend college). Maddie is 4 years old and is attending Grace Episcopal Day school for Pre-K, and will attend primary school there as well. Maddie will often be with me at worship, and she is very excited to make Trinity her new church home. Fair warning – she has the energy to match her fiery red hair. I’ve been married to my husband Drew for 6 years. He is an engineer working for the government, volunteers as a firefighter in Montgomery County, and is an avid woodworker (you should see the tools in our basement!). He and I met at the fire department, where I also serve as a chaplain. 

I received my BSED from Ohio University and served as a special educator in Ohio and Virginia, before I attended seminary. I attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (now United Lutheran Seminary), receiving my Mdiv in 2008, and have been serving as a pastor for 11 years. Most recently I completed my Masters in Public Administration (MPA) to support my congregational work and my interest in non-profit organizations. 

I have a few hobbies, namely running, hiking, and writing. I’ve completed 16 marathons and am currently section hiking the Appalachian Trail. I’ve also recently hired a writing tutor who is helping me with some writing I’ve produced (poetry and memoir type writings). You’ll likely learn that I lean towards the arts, and believe they are a great gift to us in tapping into the divine, and helping us access our emotions and spirituality. My daughter would want you to know that my favorite Disney Princess is Tinkerbell and that I love to bake chocolate chip cookies. Also, I’m an avid Diet Mountain Dew drinker and a lover of dark chocolate. 

I am passionate about social justice issues, especially as they relate to our home communities. I believe that one of the ways the church moves into the future is by forging relationships with local organizations, so that we can work together building healthy communities. But – more on this to come. 

Mostly, you’ll learn that I like to have fun, ask questions, explore opportunities. Please grant me some grace and patience as we step into these next days. I’m really looking forward to what’s in store. 

Deep peace and joy, 

Pastor Christine 


Welcome Pastor Christine!

FEBRUARY TRINITARIAN!

The February edition of Trinity’s monthly newsletter, The Trinitarian, is available HERE.


Get to know Pastor Christine!

In an effort to meet members of Trinity, Pastor Christine has set up a signup genius form. If you are interested in a one-on-one meeting with her to share a bit about yourself and get to know her, please select a slot, or call the office to set up a meeting time. The meetings will take place over zoom or via phone (your preference). More times and slots will be added. Once you sign up, she will contact you with zoom details, if desired. 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4FAAA72FA4FEC52-chat

Email Updates

With Pastor Christine’s arrival we have updated some of our email accounts and practices. Please use the following email address: 

Pastor Christine: pastor@trinityelca.org
Anita: anita@trinityelca.org
Greg F, Treasurer: treasurer@trinityelca.org
Carol B, Financial Secretary: finsecy@trinityelca.org


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Join us for worship this Sunday!

We welcome our new pastor, Christine Dunn (Pastor Christine or PC), beginning this Sunday. It is also the same week as the 65th anniversary of the first service held (at Garrett Park School) by the small group of people who would come together later that autumn to officially become Trinity Lutheran Church.


Virtual Coffee Hour to Greet Pastor Christine

February 7 will be her first Sunday with us, and we will celebrate with a live Virtual Coffee Hour at Noon. Join us via Zoom with your favorite brew and visit with your Trinity family to chat with Pr. Christine, her husband Drew, and daughter Maddie! 
Zoom address: https://cssp.zoom.us/j/99513912956
Dial in: 301 715 8592, meeting ID 995 1391 2956
At the Coffee Hour, we will be experimenting with the Breakout Rooms feature on Zoom.  As always, we ask for your patience and grace! Many churches are using this feature regularly for coffee hours, and it will allow Pastor Christine and Drew D to visit with members in small groups.  But, don’t expect a lengthy visit. Imagine a wedding reception where the newlyweds travel among the guest tables to try and say “Hi” to as many people as possible!  That is what we will be doing on Sunday, randomly dividing you all into small groups and whisking Pastor Christine and Drew among the groups.  There won’t be a lot of time to chat with them, but it will help them begin to know your faces (and voices) and you to learn a bit more about them.  If we are lucky, Maddie may pop into the picture.
Here are a few things you can expect:
• We will start coffee all together at noon.  But shortly after noon, you will be given an invitation to join a breakout room.  Say yes!
• Once in the rooms, the participants can see and converse with their group. Pastor Christine and Drew will magically appear, and after a few minutes, be magically transported to another room.
• You will be able to leave the room anytime, but we will end the coffee hour at 1pm.  
• More instructions will be provided with the Sunday video!


Virtual Services are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK


Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Epiphany
Isaiah 40:21-31
Psalm 147:1-11
1 Corinthians 9:16-23
Mark 1:29-39


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David K will continue a new series of study this Sunday on the book of John. Please contact David to be added to the Zoom invitation email, or contact the church office.


Faith Formation videos & resources are published on Fridays.


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Dinner for the Interfaith Women’s Shelter

Coming THIS TUESDAY February 9, Trinity will be providing a hot chili dinner for the residents. Please consider signing up to provide a portion of the dinner; we still have openings for chili, cornbread, salad, or fruit. Items need to be dropped off to Trinity between 3:30-4:30 on February 9 in disposable containers.  If you have questions, please contact Leslie S. at 301-468-0219 or lcsjwm@verizon.net.
Please review the available slots and sign up below or phone/email Leslie to add your selection: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-dinner3


February is Hunger Month 

Sadly, our usual Fellowship and Fund Raising activities supporting hunger, Cook-Off and Souper bowl voting, are not to be this February.  We request instead that Trinity members make a cash donation to support providing perishable items to Living Faith Food Pantry, something we cannot provide in our monthly food drives.  Simply include the amount with your February offerings noting “LF Perishable Foods” on your offering envelopes.


Lenten Soup Swap

While the pandemic precludes us from coming together on Wednesday nights to share Soup & Bread dinners, Trinity is trying a Lenten Soup Swap.  Here is how it will work:
Each week in Lent that you are interested in participating you will be paired with another member of Trinity.  
Pairs will rotate weekly.  Each pair will share any food restrictions and coordinate how to drop off/deliver 1 quart of soup to each other.  You may also opt to include bread you enjoy.  If you are interested, please email Margaret F at gmfitzwm85@gmail.com by February 14 with the following:  
– Which week(s) you are interested in participating:
(2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24)
– Best contact email or phone number to reach you
We will distribute a schedule by 2/18 to all participants.


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings.  At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE


Remember in your prayers

We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, Anita S, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Jim A, friend of Lynn & Bud B
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Brian B, former Trinity Office Admin
Kevin D, friend of Cathy C
Sebrena D, friend of Cathy C
Paul G, husband of Louise G
Lisa L K, friend of Cathy C
Sherry M, cousin of Lynn B
Mike & Pat R, brother & sister-in-law of Rob S
Natalie S, mother of Dan S
Dennis S, friend of Len S
first responders:
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R
*Family and friends will be kept on the list for four weeks. Please submit a request to the Church Office to extend them another four weeks.

Reconciling in Christ Sunday

This Sunday we are celebrating Reconciling in Christ Sunday. On May 7, 2000, Trinity Lutheran Church voted to become a Reconciling in Christ congregation. The purpose of the RIC Program is to ensure the welcome, inclusion, celebration, and advocacy for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions; work for racial equity and commit to anti-racist work and support the national program.
“Coming Together, Building Community” is the theme for RIC Sunday this year. RIC congregations throughout the United States and Canada will ask the question: “How do we, the church, come together and build community, to express the fullness of God’s diversity?”
We will be using worship materials prepared by ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation. RIC congregations and ReconcilingWorks are “Lutherans working with the recognition that racism, sexism, ageism, able-ism, heterosexism, homophobia, and all the other artificial distinctions that seek to raise one group into privilege and preference over another, conspire together to diminish our world and church.” You will probably notice that some parts of the liturgy use more inclusive and gender-neutral language than we would find in traditional worship resources. 
Please open your eyes, ears, and hearts to this new language, and consider prayerfully how the language of worship makes people feel. Do we want to feel merely tolerated? Do we want to feel politely welcomed? Or do we want to feel invited by name, and loved and celebrated for who we are? Words are important.
We warmly invite each of you to celebrate the diversity of God’s world and family with us!


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Join us for worship this Sunday!

This month we feature pastors whose ministries are diverse and far reaching. This week we hear from Pastor Ray Ranker. Pastor Ray is originally from Reisterstown, Maryland and graduated from UMD in 2004.  He has been a Campus Ministry chaplain at Maryland since 2011.  He enjoys playing basketball, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and meeting new people.

Virtual Services are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK


Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Epiphany
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Psalm 111
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28


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David K will continue a new series of study this Sunday on the book of John. Please contact David to be added to the Zoom invitation email, or contact the church office.


Wednesday Music Meditation

Due to technical difficulties, we were unable to send out the Wednesday Music Meditation. Click HERE for the meditation.


Faith Formation videos & resources are published on Fridays.


Are you struggling with prayer right now? Check out doing a labyrinth at home.


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Dinner for Pastor Christine

We are looking to provide a homemade dinner for Pastor Christine and her family on her first day with us (February 1). 
We still have an opening for a vegetable side. We will have someone at the church to collect the food items on Sunday, January 31st from 3 to 4pm (if you bring items at other times, please put them in the Coffee Hour refrigerator). Please see the Sign-Up link below for more details. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-dinner2


Virtual Coffee Hour to Greet Pastor Christine

February 7 will be her first Sunday with us, and we will celebrate with a Virtual Coffee Hour at Noon. Join us via Zoom with your favorite brew and visit with your Trinity family to chat with Pr. Christine, her husband Drew, and daughter Maddie! 
Zoom address:https://cssp.zoom.us/j/99513912956
Dial in: 301 715 8592, meeting ID 995 1391 2956


Dinner for the Interfaith Women’s Shelter

Coming on February 9 (Tuesday), Trinity will be providing a hot chili dinner for the residents. Items need to be dropped off to Trinity between 3:30-4:30 on February 9 in disposable containers.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Leslie S. at 301-468-0219 or lcsjwm@verizon.net. Please review the available slots and sign up below: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-dinner3


February is Hunger Month 

Sadly, our usual Fellowship and Fund Raising activities supporting hunger, Cook-Off and Souper bowl voting, are not to be this February.  We request instead that Trinity members make a cash donation to support providing perishable items to Living Faith Food Pantry, something we cannot provide in our monthly food drives.  Simply include the amount with your February offerings noting “LF Perishable Foods” on your offering envelopes.


How Can I Support a Good Mission?

Nominate it for a Trinity Mission Endowment Award!The Mission Endowment Committee looks to the congregation for 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 (office@trinityelca.org), or mail it to the church office.  Nominations are due by January 31.
I nominate:_____________________________________
For this reason: _________________________________
______________________________________________
______________________________________________
Name:  _______________________________________


Lenten Soup Swap

While the pandemic keeps us from coming together on Lenten Wednesday nights to share Soup & Bread dinners, Trinity is trying a Lenten Soup Swap. Watch the February Trinitarian and next week’s Tidings to see how it will work. Contact Margaret F with your interest or questions.  


Annual Reports Due January 31

We have received several reports, but there is still time to complete yours! Please submit your ministry team’s Annual Report to the church office by January 31 to allow us to complete the printed annual report in early February. 


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings.  At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE. All offering envelopes have been mailed. Please contact the church office if you do not receive them by next week.


Remember in your prayers

We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, Anita S, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Jim A, friend of Lynn & Bud B
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Brian B, former Trinity Office Admin
Kevin D, friend of Cathy C
Sebrena D, friend of Cathy C
Paul G, husband of Louise G
Lisa L K, friend of Cathy C
Mike & Pat R, brother & sister-in-law of Rob S
Natalie S, mother of Dan S
first responders:
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R
*Family and friends will be kept on the list for four weeks. Please submit a request to the Church Office to extend them another four weeks.
Deaths:
Eric L, + January 18, 2021, friend of Sarah M & Tom K
Eli L Jr., + January 20, 2021, friend of Cathy C

How Can I Support a Good Mission?

Nominate it for a Trinity Mission Endowment Award!The Mission Endowment Committee looks to the congregation for 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 (office@trinityelca.org), or mail it to the church office.  Nominations are due by January 31.
I nominate:_____________________________________
For this reason: _________________________________
______________________________________________
______________________________________________
Name:  _______________________________________


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Join us for worship this Sunday!

This month we feature pastors whose ministries are diverse and far reaching. This week we hear from Pastor Tiffany Towberman. Pastor Tiffany has been serving in the Metro DC synod in various capacities for over 20 years. She lives in Leesburg, Virginia with her family. In her free time she enjoys motorcycle riding and skiing.
Virtual Services are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK


Readings for the Third Sunday of Epiphany
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm 62:5-12
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 1:14-20


+LEARN+


David K will continue a new series of study this Sunday on the book of John. Please contact David to be added to the Zoom invitation email, or contact the church office.


Faith Formation videos & resources are published on Fridays.


Are you struggling with prayer right now? Check out doing a labyrinth at home.


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Welcoming Pastor Christine

Pictures for the New Pastor
Thanks to all 30+ families who submitted pictures and short biographies. The book is now in production to present to Pastor Christine upon her arrival.

Another Way to Welcome Pastor Christine
Please join us Wednesday nights in January at 7:30 pm to participate in Zoom brainstorming sessions of ways to welcome Pastor Christine!
Via computer: https://zoom.us/j/91559753065
Dial In: 301 715 8592, Meeting ID: 915 5975 3065

Dinner for Pastor Christine
We are looking to provide a homemade dinner for Pastor Christine and her family on her first day with us (February 1). 
We still have openings for a meat dish–lasagna perhaps?, salad, and vegetable sides. We will have someone at the church to collect the food items on Sunday, January 31st from 3 to 4pm (if you bring items earlier, please put them in the Coffee Hour refrigerator). Please see the Sign-Up link below for more details. 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-dinner2


Dinner for the Interfaith Women’s Shelter

Coming on February 9 (Tuesday), Trinity will be providing a hot dinner for the residents. Mark your calendar; more details on how to sign up will be in next week’s Tidings and the February Trinitarian.


Annual Reports Due January 31

We have received several reports, but there is still time to complete yours! Please submit your ministry team’s Annual Report to the church office by January 31 to allow us to complete the printed annual report in early February. 


Online Giving

Thank you for your offerings.  At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.


Remember in your prayers

We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

hospital:
Martha R
nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, Anita S, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Brian B, former Trinity Office Admin
Paul G, husband of Louise G
Mike & Pat R, brother & sister-in-law of Rob S
first responders:
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R
*Family and friends will be kept on the list for four weeks. Please submit a request to the Church Office to extend them another four weeks.

Troubled Times

Right now, these are troubled times. I (Anita) am struggling daily to find the words to say and the words to pray. I offer you words from our two bishops, and a prayer.
Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has made more remarks in response to January 6. The video is HERE.
Bishop Leila Ortiz shared her experience about January 6 HERE.

A prayer for a time of civic distress

Rise up and come to our help, merciful God, for we are in need. Our spirits are weighed down with fear; our bodies feel as fragile as the dust from which we came. All that we have trusted seems hidden from sight. Although this moment has come upon our nation, you have not forgotten us. We do not trust in our own power or strength, but in your steadfast love in every generation. Show us your face in this time of trial, remind us of your faithfulness, and save us for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(All Creation Sings, p. 49)


How Can I Support a Good Mission?

Nominate it for a Trinity Mission Endowment Award!The Mission Endowment Committee looks to the congregation for 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 (office@trinityelca.org), or mail it to the church office.  Nominations are due by January 31.
I nominate:_____________________________________
For this reason: _________________________________
______________________________________________
______________________________________________
Name:  _______________________________________


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Join us for worship this Sunday!

This month we feature pastors whose ministries are diverse and far reaching. This week we hear from Revs. Grant and Amanda Applehans, Country Coordinators for the Madagascar Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program (currently wintering at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp, Montana).  You can read more about the program HERE.

Virtual Services are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK


Readings for the Second Sunday of Epiphany
1 Samuel 3:1-10 [11-20]
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
John 1:43-51


+LEARN+


David K will continue a new series of study this Sunday on the book of John. Please contact David to be added to the Zoom invitation email, or contact the church office.


Faith Formation videos & resources are published on Fridays.


+SERVE+


Food Drive This Weekend!

Mark your calendars! The next food drive for the Living Faith Food Pantry will be This Saturday January 16, 9 am – noon. Details on their most urgent needs may be found HERE.

Food pick-up available this month — If you would like someone to pick up food items at your home, please call or text Kathy at 301-675-6987. We would ask that you place the food items outside your home by 9:00 AM on 1/16. We can also bring your offering envelopes if you let us know.


Welcoming Pastor Christine

Pictures for the New Pastor

Unlike times in the past, when a new pastor could visit us in our homes and after Sunday services to get to know each of better, this won’t happen for a while.  So, in an effort to assist Pastor Christine to get acquainted each of us, the Worship and Music Team would like to put together an album that would highlight each member.  We would like everyone to submit a digital photo of themselves and/or their family plus a short paragraph (a Word document) about yourself and your family.  When these are ready, please click on the dropbox address HERE and follow the instructions to submit them to the church office. Deadline is mid-January.  Any questions, call Nancy N or email the church office.

Another Way to Welcome Pastor Christine

Please join us Wednesday nights in January at 7:30 pm to participate in Zoom brainstorming sessions of ways to welcome Pastor Christine!
Via computer: https://zoom.us/j/91559753065
Dial In: 301 715 8592, Meeting ID: 915 5975 3065

Dinner for Pastor Christine

We are looking to provide a homemade dinner for Pastor Christine and her family on her first day with us (February 1). We will have someone at the church to collect the food items on Sunday, January 31st from 3 to 4pm (if you bring items earlier, please put them in the Coffee Hour refrigerator). Please see the Sign-Up link below for more details. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-dinner2


Annual Reports Due January 31

Attention: All Committee Chairs, Choir Directors, Church Officers, Youth Leaders, Financial Officers. Please submit your Annual Report to the church office by January 31 to allow us to complete the annual report in early February. 

Last Call for 2021 Offering Envelopes 

To help us save on postage, please consider stopping by the church to pick yours up THIS SATURDAY 9-12 during the Food Drive. The envelopes will be in the Social Hall. 

Online Giving

Thank you for your offerings.  At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.


Remember in your prayers

We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

hospital:
Martha R
nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, Susan S, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Brian B, former Trinity Office Admin
Carol C, friend of Marilyn & Bob C
Tom E, friend of Marilyn & Bob C
Paul G, husband of Louise G
Mike & Pat R, brother & sister-in-law of Rob S
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
first responders:
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R
Death
Durward (Woody) W, +January 9, 2021, longtime friend of Diana & Bill B
*Family and friends will be kept on the list for four weeks. Please submit a request to the Church Office to extend them another four weeks.


Happy Epiphany!

The Kings have arrived!


Prayers in a Troubled Time

Eternal God,
Amid all the turmoil and changes of the world, your love is steadfast, and your strength never fails. You have bound us in a common life. In this time of danger and trouble, be to us a sure guardian and rock of defense. Guide the leaders of our nation with your wisdom, comfort those in distress, and grant us courage and hope to face the future; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,
Amen
From Evangelical Lutheran Worship


How Can I Support a Good Mission?

Nominate it for a Trinity Mission Endowment Award!The Mission Endowment Committee looks to the congregation for 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 congregationSubmit nominees to the church office (office@trinityelca.org), or mail it to the church office.  Nominations are due by January 31.
I nominate:_____________________________________
For this reason: _________________________________
______________________________________________
______________________________________________
Name:  _______________________________________


Trinitarian is here!

The latest issue of Trinity’s monthly newsletter, the Trinitarian, is available HERE.


+WORSHIP+


Join us for worship this Sunday!

This month we feature pastors whose ministries are diverse and far reaching. This week we hear from Pastor Kristin S, USAF Chaplain. She will be sharing information about the ELCA Federal Chaplaincy Ministries found HERE, to tell their story to congregations and how they can support military members and chaplains in the armed forces.
Virtual Services are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK


Pictures for the New Pastor

Dear Trinity family,
Unlike times in the past, when a new pastor could visit us in our homes and after Sunday services to get to know each of better, this won’t happen for a while.  So, in an effort to assist Pastor Christine to get acquainted each of us, the Worship and Music Team would like to put together an album that would highlight each member.  We would like everyone to submit a digital photo of themselves and/or their family plus a short paragraph (a Word document) about yourself and your family.  When these are ready, please click on the dropbox address HERE and follow the instructions to submit them to the church office. Deadline is mid-January.  Any questions, call Nancy N or email the church office.


Another Way to Welcome Pastor Christine

Please join us Wednesday nights in January at 7:30pm to participate in Zoom brainstorming sessions of ways to welcome Pastor Christine!
Via computer: https://zoom.us/j/91559753065
Dial In: 301 715 8592, Meeting ID: 915 5975 3065
Sarah M, President


Readings for The Baptism of Our Lord
Genesis 1:1-5
Psalm 29
Acts 19:1-7
Mark 1:4-11


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Adult Forum

David K will begin a new series of study this Sunday on the book of John. Please contact David to be added to the Zoom invitation email, or contact the church office.


Chalking the Door: an Epiphany Blessing

An Epiphany tradition is chalking the door of the house and having a moment of blessing for all who enter. Here is a brief liturgy and prayer that you can do at home. The link is HERE. Please send us pictures of your door!


Faith Formation videos will return on January 15.


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Next Food Drive!

Mark your calendars! The next food drive for the Living Faith Food Pantry will be on January 16, 9 am – noon. See you then!

Annual Reports Due January 31

Attention: All Committee Chairs, Choir Directors, Church Officers, Youth Leaders, Financial Officers. Please submit your Annual Report to the church office by January 31 to allow us to complete the annual report in early February. 


Last Call for 2021 Offering Envelopes 

To help us save on postage, please consider stopping by the church to pick yours up. The envelopes will be in the Social Hall. (If you have a key and come after office hours, please check your name off the list to let us know they’ve been taken.)


Online Giving
Thank you for your offerings.  At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE. It is not too late to complete your pledge for 2020.  Please mail in, submit online, or drop off your offerings this week for inclusion in your year-end statement. 


Remember in your prayers

We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.
nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, Martha R, Susan S, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Brian B, former Trinity Office Admin
Carol C, friend of Marilyn & Bob C
Patricia C, sister-in-law of Len S
Tom E, friend of Marilyn & Bob C
Paul G, husband of Louise G
Manuel L M, brother-in-law of Len S & Ani S G
Mike & Pat R, brother & sister-in-law of Rob S
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
Toni, Terry, Trisha, and Tina S, nieces of Len S
first responders:
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R
*Family and friends will be kept on the list for four weeks. Please submit a request to the Church Office to extend them another four weeks.

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!


How Can I Support a Good Mission?

Nominate it for a Trinity Mission Endowment Award!The Mission Endowment Committee looks to the congregation for 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 congregationSubmit nominees to the church office (office@trinityelca.org), or mail it to the church office.  Nominations are due by January 31.
I nominate:_____________________________________
For this reason: _________________________________
______________________________________________
______________________________________________
Name:  _______________________________________


Trinitarian is here!

The latest issue of Trinity’s monthly newsletter, the Trinitarian, is available HERE.


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Join us for worship this Sunday!

This month we feature pastors whose ministries are diverse and far reaching. This week we hear from Pastor Sandra Shaw, pastor of Living Faith Lutheran Church. Trinity has been supporting the food pantry at Living Faith since the Summer of 2020.

Virtual Services are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK


Pictures for the New Pastor

 Dear Trinity family,
Unlike times in the past, when a new pastor could visit us in our homes and after Sunday services to get to know each of better, this won’t happen for a while.  So, in an effort to assist Pastor Christine to get acquainted each of us, the Worship and Music Team would like to put together an album that would highlight each member.  We would like everyone to submit a digital photo of themselves and/or their family plus a short paragraph (a Word document) about yourself and your family.  When these are ready, please click on the dropbox address HERE and follow the instructions to submit them to the church office. Deadline is mid-January.  Any questions, call Nancy N or email the church office.


Another Way to Welcome Pastor Christine

Please join us Wednesday nights in January at 7:30pm to participate in Zoom brainstorming sessions of ways to welcome Pastor Christine!
Via computer: https://zoom.us/j/91559753065
Dial In: 301 715 8592, Meeting ID: 915 5975 3065
Sarah M, President


Readings for the Second Sunday of Christmas
Jeremiah 31:7-14
Psalm 147:12-20
Ephesians 1:3-14
John 1:1-18


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Adult Forum

David K will continue a new series of study this Sunday on texts of the Nativity at 9:30am. Please contact David to be added to the Zoom invitation email, or contact the church office.


Faith Formation videos will return on January 15.


Social Media Alert

If you have a Facebook or Instagram account, you’ll want to watch for some fun postings during the 12 days of Christmas leading up to Epiphany. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram.


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Annual Reports Due January 31

Attention: All Committee Chairs, Choir Directors, Church Officers, Youth Leaders, Financial Officers. Please submit your Annual Report to the church office by January 31 to allow us to complete the annual report in early February. 


2021 Offering Envelopes are ready to be distributed

To help us save on postage, please consider stopping by the church to pick yours up. Starting Saturday, the envelopes will be in the Social Hall. (If you have a key and come after office hours, please check your name off the list to let us know they’ve been taken.)


Thank you for your offering. Your gifts make the ministry of Trinity possible. Electronic giving may be available through your bank or financial institution. Offerings mailed to the church office will be promptly deposited. 


Remember in your prayers

We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.
nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, Susan S, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Office Admin
Carol C, friend of Marilyn & Bob C
Patricia C, sister-in-law of Len S
Cmdr Joe DeM, friend of Len S
Tom E, friend of Marilyn & Bob C
Paul G, husband of Louise G
Manuel L M, brother-in-law of Len S & Ani S G
Mike & Pat R, brother & sister-in-law of Rob S
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
Toni, Terry, Trisha, and Tina S, nieces of Len S
first responders:
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R
*Family and friends will be kept on the list for four weeks. Please submit a request to the Church Office to extend them another four weeks.

Christmas Eve Worship Video

Merry Christmas! This Christmas looks a bit different from years past. We hope that this video brings you a moment of joy and peace. The link to the Christmas Eve video is HERE.
The worship materials can be found HERE.

Thank you to all who made this video possible!


Blue Christmas Service

Trinity’s Stephen Ministry Program is leading a Blue Christmas Service on Trinity’s YouTube channel beginning December 20th. This season can be a difficult time for anyone who has had a loved one pass away or another sad event happen, while the rest of the world is celebrating. This year’s sadness is compounded by the Pandemic, in which COVID 19 has caused over 322,000 deaths in our country alone and has forced us to adapt to an ever-changing environment. Blue Christmas is an annual service at Trinity that allows time to listen, reflect, sing, and pray for hope and healing, so that people feel that they are not alone in their grief. Please join us to view Blue Christmas in the comfort of your home, light a candle to honor the person, persons, or situation of suffering or grief, and know that Jesus is with you always. The link to the video is HERE.


Readings for the First Sunday of Christmas
Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Psalm 148
Galatians 4:4-7
Luke 2:22-40


Adult Forum

David K will continue a new series of study this Sunday on texts of the Nativity at 9:30am. Please contact David to be added to the Zoom invitation email, or contact the church office.


Social Media Alert

If you have a Facebook or Instagram account, you’ll want to watch for some fun postings during the 12 days of Christmas leading up to Epiphany. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram!


Pictures for the New Pastor 

Dear Trinity family,
Unlike times in the past, when a new pastor could visit us in our homes and after Sunday services to get to know each of better, this won’t happen for a while.  So, in an effort to assist Pastor Christine to get acquainted each of us, the Worship and Music Team would like to put together an album that would highlight each member.  We would like everyone to submit a digital photo of themselves and/or their family plus a short paragraph (a Word document) about yourself and your family.  When these are ready, please click on the dropbox address HERE and follow the instructions to submit them to the church office. Deadline is mid-January.  Any questions, call Nancy N or email the church office.


2021 Offering Envelopes are ready to be distributed 

To help us save on postage, please consider stopping by the church (MWF, 9am-2pm) to pick yours up. The envelopes will be in the Social Hall. (If you have a key and come after office hours, please check your name off the list to let us know they’ve been taken.)


Thank you for your offering. Your gifts make the ministry of Trinity possible. Electronic giving may be available through your bank or financial institution. Offerings mailed to the church office will be promptly deposited. 


Remember in your prayers

We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.
nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:Bill B, Tigist G, Len S, Susan S, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Office Admin
Carol C, friend of Marilyn & Bob C
Patricia C, sister-in-law of Len S
Cmdr Joe DeM, friend of Len S
Tom E, friend of Marilyn & Bob C
Paul G, husband of Louise G
Mari J, friend of Sarah M & Tom K
Manuel L M, brother-in-law of Len S & Ani S G
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
Toni, Terry, Trisha, and Tina S, nieces of Len S
first responders:
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R
*Family and friends will be kept on the list for four weeks. Please submit a request to the Church Office to extend them another four weeks.

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,
If you need anyone to give you permission, I hereby grant each and every one of you permission to do a happy dance at the Call extended to Pastor Christine Dunn, your soon to be pastor.

All the work, all the waiting, all the planning, all the struggle now yields to this moment of joy for her and for you.  May God grant you a good season to walk and grow together.

Before I go I want to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to five people who have been so important to me in my time as your transition pastor.  Kathy Boone – Trinity sexton and wonderful colleague who makes everything look so good (and many times, run so well) at Trinity.  Brian Briggs – former admin who offered me deep theological discourse many afternoons when he should have left for home.  Carol Bruno – interim admin, and resident keeper of all knowledge relative to Trinity.  Always thinking ahead, always thinking of others.  And doing countless “little” things behind the scenes that make church so much better.  Angela Small – minister of music, and one of the most enthusiastic church musicians you will ever find.  You would look far and wide to find someone with her particular basket of skills – worship, music, technology, physics!  And, of course, Anita Smallin, pretty much the center of the Trinity wheel.  Not much happens at Trinity that sooner or later doesn’t cross her lane – and she never says No to serving Trinity.  Anita was a godsend to me in the opening months and I am forever grateful to call her friend.  We bonded over brisket, Diet Coke, and Dr pepper, with trail mix for dessert!
I have no doubt that Pastor Christine will experience these saints as I have, as we all have.  They will love and support her just as they did me.  To these five I say, it was a privilege to labor in the vineyard of Trinity by your side.  Thank you.

Wishing everyone the very best,
Pr Kern


Welcome Pastor Christine!

On December 13, 2020, the Congregation of Trinity Lutheran Church called Pastor Christine Dunn to be Minister of Word and Sacrament and Pastor Christine has accepted our call!
Pastor Christine will begin her duties at Trinity February 1, 2021 and we will soon be planning welcoming activities– volunteer to help and stay tuned to learn more!  Call the office or email me, Sarah Morrison, at sarah_morrison@verizon.net.


Semi-Annual Meeting via Zoom, December 20 at Noon

We will have our Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting via Zoom at noon on Sunday, December 20. The planned agenda includes: 
1) Voting on our annual spending plan 
2) Property Update
3) Council goals and activities for 2021
Zoom address: https://cssp.zoom.us/j/99095457053
Dial-in: (301)715-8592, meeting ID 9909 545 7053


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All Parking Lot Services with Communion Cancelled until Further Notice

Montgomery County, in order to further limit the spread of Covid-19, has decreed that outdoor worship must be limited to 25 people unless prior approval is obtained. The Congregation Council has voted to suspend all outdoor worship effective immediately, and will revisit the possibility of restarting it in March at its February meeting.

Virtual services (including Christmas Eve!), Faith Formation resources, and musical meditations will continue to be posted on Trinity’s YouTube channel each week: https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK (and subscribe!)


Watch, Wait, Wonder, Worship 

Wednesdays in Advent, 7 pm
During this season of Advent, we invite you to join us for a live, Zoom midweek worship Wednesday December 23 at 7 pm.  Our theme will be shared by many congregations across the ELCA, reminding us that even in this time of pandemic we remain a connected church.  These are quiet, meditative services with intentional spaces of silence, readings, and song.  To facilitate your participation, we invite you to save this Zoom link (it will be the same for each Wednesday) and to print or download the pages which will serve as your worship folder each week. With the Church of every time and place we pray, Come, Lord Jesus.
Join Zoom Meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82974416447
Dial in: 1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 829 7441 6447


Blue Christmas Service

Trinity’s Stephen Ministry Program is leading a Blue Christmas Service on Trinity’s YouTube channel (https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK) beginning December 20th. The Advent season can be a difficult time for anyone who has had a loved one pass away or another sad event happen, while the rest of the world is celebrating the season. This year’s sadness is compounded by the Pandemic, in which COVID 19 has caused over 303,000 deaths in our country alone and has forced us to adapt to an ever-changing environment. Blue Christmas is an annual service at Trinity that allows time to listen, reflect, sing, and pray for hope and healing, so that people feel that they are not alone in their grief. Please join us December 20 to view Blue Christmas in the comfort of your home, light a candle to honor the person, persons, or situation of suffering or grief, and know that Jesus is with you always. 


Readings for the Fourth Sunday in Advent
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
Luke 1:46b-55
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38


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Adult Forum

David K will start a new series of study this Sunday on texts of the Nativity at 9:30am. Please contact David to be added to the Zoom invitation email, or contact the church office.


Advent Retreat Sessions

Join Valerie on Sunday mornings during Advent, at 10:45am, for some time of prayer, reflection, poetry, coloring, and quiet conversation. You will need to have 4 candles, pen/pencil, coloring tools, and a printed copy of the materials (2 pages) for the week. 
The Zoom link each week is: https://zoom.us/j/93415278167
Dial in: (301)715-8592, meeting ID 93415278167
Materials for week 4 are HERE.See the Trinitarian for more details. Contact Valerie M (valerie@vmwishes.com) with any questions.


Social Media Alert

If you have a Facebook or Instagram account, you’ll want to watch for some fun postings during the 12 days of Christmas leading up to Epiphany. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram!


Faith Formation Videos will be emailed on Fridays.


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Social Ministry Advent/Christmas Edition

The next Living Faith Food Drive will be THIS SATURDAY, December 19, from 9am to 12 noon in the main parking lot.  The demand for food assistance remains very high at the Living Faith pantry in Rockville. Their numbers continue to grow as the pandemic goes on — they have served 70 families in a single week. Recently the pantry has decided to keep its focus on food items only and suspend distribution of personal care items to insure that no one goes hungry. 

More info:  Kathy at 301-675-6987 or email office@trinityelca.org
Please consider a generous donation this holiday season to help local families! You may send a check directly to  Living Faith Lutheran Church (1605 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20851) Please note ‘food pantry’ in the memo line.
Reverse Advent Calendar and Devotions
As a reverse Advent discipline, we are collecting items for the pantry at Living Faith. A full explanation is in the December Trinitarian, including the master list of daily items. Make this discipline work as you need. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie M at valerie@vmwishes.com Thank you for supporting the pantry.

Also, come pick up your 2021 offering envelopes from Sarah M during the Food Drive.


Pictures for the New Pastor

Dear Trinity family,
Unlike times in the past, when a new pastor could visit us in our homes and after Sunday services to get to know each of better, this won’t happen for a while.  So, in an effort to assist Pastor Christine to get acquainted each of us, the Worship and Music Team would like to put together an album that would highlight each member.  We would like everyone to submit a photo of themselves and/or their family (how about those Christmas photos we’re gathering for cards!) plus a short paragraph about yourself and your family.  When this is ready, please use the dropbox address HERE to submit it to the church office. Deadline is mid-January.  Any questions, call Nancy N or email the church office.


2021 Stewardship Campaign is Underway

Thank you to 38 giving units who have pledged to date $223,976 to support Trinity’s mission in 2021. Please contact the church office (office@trinityelca.org) if you did not receive a pledge card, and it will be mailed to you. Please return your completed card by mail, to the secure mailbox at the office entrance, or emailed to Carol B, Financial Secretary (finsecy@trinityelca.org). 

2021 Offering Envelopes are ready to be distributed

To help us save on postage, please consider stopping by the church to pick yours up. Starting Saturday, the envelopes will be in the Social Hall. (If you have a key and come after office hours, please check your name off the list to let us know they’ve been taken.)


Thank you for your offering. Your gifts make the ministry of Trinity possible. Electronic giving may be available through your bank or financial institution. Offerings mailed to the church office will be promptly deposited. 


Remember in your prayers

We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.
nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Bill B, Tigist G, Len S, Susan S, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Office Admin
Patricia C, sister-in-law of Len S
Cmdr Joe DeM, friend of Len S
Paul G, husband of Louise G
Mari J, friend of Sarah M & Tom K
Toni, Terry, Trisha, & Tina S, nieces of Len S
Manuel L M, brother-in-law of Len S & Ani S G
first responders:
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R
Deaths
Dale C +December 6, 2020, brother-in-law of Len S
*Family and friends will be kept on the list for four weeks. Please submit a request to the Church Office to extend them another four weeks.

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,
Saint Lucy was a martyr of Sicily who died in 304, under persecution from the Roman Emperor.  For reasons lost to history, Lucia, whose name means light, gained great popularity in Sweden and Norway, perhaps because her feast day fell on one of the darkest days of the year in the northern hemisphere.  A tradition began of a girl in the household, wearing a crown of candles, bringing baked goods to her family in the early morning on Lucia’s day.  The church commemorates Santa Lucia each year on December 13th, as the bringer of light.  According to legend, she was devoted to God and was generous toward the poor.
What does the world need more today, than a bringer of light?  With the pandemic, and all the strident voices in politics, along with our collective inability to help the poor among us in any meaningful way, it’s easy to succumb to the darkness, to say to ourselves, all is lost. 
But of course, all is not lost!  It’s Advent and we’re in the middle of hearing about the new thing God does in Christ and through us!  And it’s Santa Lucia day on Sunday.  From a crown of candles to the hope in our hearts, light comes to us and through us!
And here at Trinity, you will greet your new light-bearer for the first time on Sunday.  You owe it to yourselves to watch the worship video when it arrives Sunday morning, attend the on-line meet and greet, and participate in the special congregation meeting after that.  Through the prayerful discernment of the Call Committee and the enthusiastic endorsement of the Congregation Council, the Holy Spirit is bringing you a pastor.  Please, receive them as God’s gift to you that they surely are.  New light is coming to Trinity this Advent, on the day of St Lucy.
I will be with you two more Sundays, two more Advent Wednesdays, and Christmas Eve.  Then, the next chapter of Trinity’s life begins to unfold.  
May God bless you all,
Pastor Kern


Trinity Special Congregation Meeting 

All members should have received in the mail the Zoom invitation to attend a special congregational meeting on December 13 at 2pm to call a new pastor, preceded by a Zoom Meet and Greet at 1pm to meet the candidate, after viewing the pastor leading a recorded service that morning. The service will be posted on our YouTube channel on December 13, at 8 am. You will also receive this link in your email. Please note: Because the candidate is currently the rostered pastor at another ELCA church, we are not able to provide the candidate’s name at this time. Any questions–please contact Sarah M, President of the Congregation.


Semi-Annual Meeting via Zoom, December 20 at Noon

We will have our Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting via Zoom at noon on Sunday, December 20. The planned agenda includes: 
1) Voting on our annual spending plan 
2) Property Update
3) Council goals and activities for 2021
Zoom address: https://cssp.zoom.us/j/99095457053
Dial-in: (301)715-8592, meeting ID 9909 545 7053


Trinity’s monthly newsletter, The Trinitarianhas been published. You can find it HERE.


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Parking Lot Services with Communion

Due to the Special Meeting of the Congregation this week, the December 13 Parking Lot Service has been cancelled.  Please watch for the signup links next week for the December 20 and Christmas Eve parking lot services, both at 4 pm. We will have the AM transmitter up for both of those services.


Watch, Wait, Wonder, Worship 

Wednesdays in Advent, 7 pm
During this season of Advent, we invite you to join us for a live, Zoom midweek worship each Wednesday – December 16 & 23 – at 7 pm.  Our theme will be shared by many congregations across the ELCA, reminding us that even in this time of pandemic we remain a connected church.  These are quiet, meditative services with intentional spaces of silence, readings, and song.  To facilitate your participation, we invite you to save this Zoom link (it will be the same for each Wednesday) and to print or download the pages which will serve as your worship folder each week. With the Church of every time and place we pray, Come, Lord Jesus.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82974416447
Dial in: 1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 829 7441 6447


Blue Christmas Service

Trinity’s Stephen Ministry Program is leading a Blue Christmas Service on Trinity’s YouTube channel beginning December 20th. 
The Advent season can be a difficult time for anyone who has had a loved one pass away or another sad event happen, while the rest of the world is celebrating the season. This year’s sadness is compounded by the Pandemic, in which COVID 19 has caused over 285,000 deaths in our country alone and has forced us to adapt to an ever-changing environment. 
Blue Christmas is an annual service at Trinity that allows time to listen, reflect, sing, and pray for hope and healing, so that people feel that they are not alone in their grief. Please join us December 20 to view Blue Christmas in the comfort of your home, light a candle to honor the person, persons, or situation of suffering or grief, and know that Jesus is with you always. 


Virtual services, Faith Formation resources, and musical meditations will continue to be posted on Trinity’s YouTube channel each week: https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK (and subscribe!)


Readings for the Third Sunday in Advent
Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11
Psalm 126
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8,19-28


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Adult Forum

There will be NO class this week, December 13. Please join David K next week as he begins a new Bible Study at 9:30am.


Advent Retreat Sessions

Join Valerie on Sunday mornings during Advent, this week December 13 at the special time of 9:30am, for some time of prayer, reflection, poetry, coloring, and quiet conversation. You will need to have 4 candles, pen/pencil, coloring tools, and a printed copy of the materials (2 pages) for the week. 
The Zoom link each week is: https://zoom.us/j/93415278167
Dial in: (301)715-8592, meeting ID 93415278167
Materials for week 3 are HERE.
See the Trinitarian for more details. Contact Valerie M (valerie@vmwishes.com) with any questions.


Social Media Alert
If you have a Facebook or Instagram account, you’ll want to watch for some fun postings on Dec 7th and 15th, and during the 12 days of Christmas leading up to Epiphany. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram!


Faith Formation Videos will be emailed on Fridays.


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Social Ministry Advent/Christmas Edition

The Social Ministry team is sponsoring several opportunities for giving during the Advent season. Please consider participating in one or more, as you are able. Details may be found HERE.
Included are appeals for:
2020 Gifts of Hope  – online this year
NEW–Adopting a Family through A Wider Circle (AWC) – Deadline is December 14
Please click HERE to sign up to purchase one or more items for members of the family. Drop off your unwrapped, labeled purchases to the office entrance this Friday or Monday (9am to 2pm) or have them mailed to Margaret F. 
Reverse Advent Calendar and Devotions
As a reverse Advent discipline, we are collecting items for the pantry at Living Faith. A full explanation is in the December Trinitarian, including the master list of daily items. Make this discipline work as you need. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie M at valerie@vmwishes.com Thank you for supporting the pantry.


2021 Stewardship Campaign is Underway

Thank you to 32 giving units who have pledged to date $184,716 to support Trinity’s mission in 2021. Please contact the church office (office@trinityelca.org) if you did not receive a pledge card, and it will be mailed to you. Please return your completed card, either at Sunday Parking Lot Services, by mail, to the secure mailbox at the office entrance, or emailed to Carol B, Financial Secretary (finsecy@trinityelca.org).


Thank you for your offering. Your gifts make the ministry of Trinity possible. Electronic giving may be available through your bank or financial institution. Offerings mailed to the church office will be promptly deposited. 


Remember in your prayers

We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.


nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Bill B, Tigist G, Len S, Susan S, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Office Admin
Cmdr Joe DeM, friend of Len S
Paul G, husband of Louise G
Mari J, friend of Sarah M & Tom K
Carl (CJ) S, brother of Dan S
first responders:
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-DGreta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R
*Family and friends will be kept on the list for four weeks. Please submit a request to the Church Office to extend them another four weeks.

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of Trinity,
I have been privileged in my life to attend 4 graduations – high school, college, seminary, graduate school.  And, I’ve always been able to attend my commencement ceremonies.  Funny that we call them commencements, because families and graduates usually think of those moments as endings – we have finished something that we started.  But, we don’t call them conclusions – we call them commencements.  And I suppose we do that because in this life, it always takes an ending before there can be a new beginning.
This Advent, Trinity and I are fast approaching our own commencement day.  Our season of transition that we have shared is coming to an end.  But it is not the end for either of us.  A month after I leave, you will welcome your new pastor, and what a new beginning that will be for you both!  For my part, I will move on to the next chapter in my life and like you, I am full of anticipation.
Please, for the sake of yourselves and the world, do everything you possibly can to not become a victim of the pandemic this Advent season.  Pray for victims and all of the front line workers who will care for them.  Remember those who have died and their families and friends who grieve them.  And then, remember to give thanks for the good and grace in your lives.  Give thanks for your congregation. And pray every day for your new pastor.
Advent reminds us every year that in the middle of our lives of struggle, pain, and suffering God still chooses to send good news of great joy.  Try to receive this blessing on behalf of the suffering in this world and pray God will soon bring healing and peace to all people.
Pastor Kern


Trinity Special Congregation Meeting 

By now, most members should have received in the mail the Zoom invitation to attend a special congregational meeting on December 13 at 2pm to call a new pastor, preceded by a Zoom Meet and Greet at 1pm to meet the candidate, after viewing the pastor leading a recorded service that morning. The service will be posted on our YouTube channel on December 13, at 8 am. You will also receive this link in your email. Please contact the church office if you have not received the letter by this Friday, and another will be sent to you electronically. Please note: Because the candidate is currently the rostered pastor at another ELCA church, we are not able to provide the candidate’s name at this time. Any questions–please contact Sarah M, President of the Congregation.


Trinity’s monthly newsletter, The Trinitarianhas been published. You can find it HERE.


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Parking Lot Services with Communion

Each Sunday in December at 4pm (except December 13), we will holding a LIVE Communion service in the parking lot. Bring a mask and a lounge chair from home or sit in your car (we hope to have our new AM transmitter up and running this week, especially as the weather gets colder).  Due to restrictions, only 50 people will be able to participate. In case of rain, the service will be cancelled. 
We will be collecting Reverse Advent Calendar food donations for Living Faith Lutheran Church’s food pantry, alongside the offering plate. The items will be gathered and added to the next Food Drive delivery on December 19. This is the last Sunday we will be collecting new unwrapped toys for children infant to age 18 for Community Family Life Services Annual Give-a-Gift program. Bring your toy purchases to this Sunday’s afternoon church service or drop them off at the church office Friday morning. New this year, Trinity is adopting a family through A Wider Circle (see below). Bring your labeled unwrapped gifts this Sunday, or drop them at the church office Monday, Wednesday, or Friday morning.
Please use the link HERE to indicate you will be attending Trinity’s parking lot worship Sunday the 6th. When replying, count all members of your household who will be attending (no need for members to reply individually).  If you prefer to RSVP by email or phone, please contact the office at Trinity (office@trinityelca.org or 301-881-7275). 
[Please note: an RSVP ensures that we have prepared enough space for social distancing, as well as a preliminary count for Communion supplies and a means to reach you if services are cancelled.]
Volunteers Needed: Parking Lot Services run smoother when we have volunteers willing to help with Reader/Prayer Leader, Usher, Entrance Greeter, or Equipment Setup duties one or more Sundays in November/December. Signup link is HERE or contact the office as above to reserve your spot. Thank you!


Watch, Wait, Wonder, Worship 

Wednesdays in Advent, 7 pm
During this season of Advent, we invite you to join us for a live, Zoom midweek worship each Wednesday – December 9, 16, 23 – at 7 pm.  Our theme will be shared by many congregations across the ELCA, reminding us that even in this time of pandemic we remain a connected church.  These are quiet, meditative services with intentional spaces of silence, readings, and song.  To facilitate your participation, we invite you to save this Zoom link (it will be the same for each Wednesday) and to print or download the pages which will serve as your worship folder each week. With the Church of every time and place we pray, Come, Lord Jesus.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82974416447
Dial in: 1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 829 7441 6447


Virtual services, Faith Formation resources, and musical meditations will continue to be posted on Trinity’s YouTube channel each week: https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK (and subscribe!)


Readings for the Second Sunday in Advent
Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 85:1-2,8-13
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Mark 1:1-8


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Adult Forum

David K will finish a study on the Old Testament books of First and Second Samuel this Sunday at 9:30 am.  Please email David for the Zoom link, or call the church office to have your name added to the class list. Note: There will be NO Adult Forum on December 13.


Advent Retreat Sessions

Join Valerie on Sunday mornings at 10:45 during Advent, starting November 29th, for some time of prayer, reflection, poetry, coloring, and quiet conversation. You will need to have 4 candles, pen/pencil, coloring tools, and a printed copy of the materials (2 pages) for the week. 
(Note: 9:30 on December 13)
The Zoom link each week is: https://zoom.us/j/93415278167
Dial in: Dial-in: (301)715-8592, meeting ID 93415278167
Materials for week 2 are HERE.
See the Trinitarian for more details. Contact Valerie M (valerie@vmwishes.com) with any questions.


Social Media Alert
If you have a Facebook or Instagram account, you’ll want to watch for some fun postings on Dec 7th and 15th, and during the 12 days of Christmas leading up to Epiphany. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram!


Faith Formation Videos will be emailed on Fridays.


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Social Ministry Advent/Christmas Edition

The Social Ministry team is sponsoring several opportunities for giving during the Advent season. Please consider participating in one or more, as you are able. Details may be found HERE. Included are appeals for:
CFLS Give a Gift – Deadline is December 6
2020 Gifts of Hope  – online this year
NEW–Adopting a Family through A Wider Circle (AWC) – Deadline is December 14
Note: the link to the Signup Genius page was broken in the original message. Please click HERE to sign up to purchase one or more items for members of the family. 
Reverse Advent Calendar and Devotions
As a reverse Advent discipline, we are collecting items for the pantry at Living Faith. A full explanation is in the December Trinitarian, including the master list of daily items. Make this discipline work as you need; there are suggestions in the upcoming Trinitarian. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie M at valerie@vmwishes.com Thank you for supporting the pantry.

Reverse Advent Calendar Week 2

2021 Stewardship Campaign is Underway

A series of letters and a pledge card have been sent to members and longtime friends of the congregation. Please consider prayerfully your blessings in the past year, and make a commitment to supporting Trinity’s mission in 2021. Please contact the church office (office@trinityelca.org) if you did not receive one, and it will be mailed to you. Please return your completed card, either at Sunday Parking Lot Services, by mail, to the secure mailbox at the office entrance, or emailed to Carol B, Financial Secretary (finsecy@trinityelca.org).


Thank you for your offering. Your gifts make the ministry of Trinity possible. Electronic giving may be available through your bank or financial institution. Offerings mailed to the church office will be promptly deposited. 


Remember in your prayers

We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Bill B, Tigist G, Dick J, Len S, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Office Admin
Mari J, friend of Sarah M & Tom K
Dick & Nancy K, uncle & aunt of Jim K
Joey L, stepson of Sabrina R
Carl (CJ) S, brother of Dan S
first responders:
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R
*Family and friends will be kept on the list for four weeks. Please submit a request to the Church Office to extend them another four weeks.