This Sunday, May 26
(6th Sunday of Easter)

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45

No Sunday School or Adult Education this week

Bountiful God, you gather your people into your realm, and you promise us food from your tree of life. Nourish us with your word, that empowered by your Spirit we may love one another and the world you have made, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Acts 16:9-15
Psalm 67
Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
John 5:1-9 (Alternate)


Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: TBD
Assisting Ministers: Sarah M (8:15); Nalini A (10:45)
Children’s Chapel: TBD
Greeters: Louise G (8:15); Pam B (10:45)
Lectors: Phil D (8:15); Sabrina R (10:45)
Ushers: Ross A, Joan E (8:15); David C, Henry C (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Bill & Diana B (8:15); Miriam M, Louise G (10:45)
Altar Custodians: Marilyn G (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Tellers: Lynn & Bud B
Bulletin Assembly: Noralyn D


Weekly Devotional

Just Listen

“Peace I leave with you” (John 14:27). If there were no other reason to love Jesus, if there were no other reason to want to be near him, if there were no other reason to think him divine, this would be enough.

Jesus is going away, and his friends and followers are afraid. They feel lost, adrift. They don’t know what they will do without him. They want to keep him near so they can hear his voice and feel the touch of his hand. But soon these opportunities will be lost to them.

Jesus speaks to their troubled hearts and to ours: Peace. So listen. Let all other voices be silenced. Turn from everything that distracts you from the voice of Jesus. Listen to one word: Peace.

Peace to the troubled places in your heart. Peace to the sadness and sorrow you carry. Peace to the anxieties you have about your life and future. Peace to the guilt or shame or regrets you bear.

Listen to the voice of the one who has gone all the way down into death and brought back nothing but life and grace, love and joy. Listen, for he tells you that the God of all creation—the one who formed you—wants this one thing for you: Peace.

You are not condemned. You are not rejected. You are not abandoned. The things you fear can and will hurt you, but they will never snatch you from the love that holds you in eternal hands. Not now. Not ever.

Jesus goes away, but he comes back to us. His Spirit abides in us, with us, among us. Always. He is as real as the person sitting next to you, as physically present as the bread and wine of the holy meal, and as warm as the hearts and hands of those soon to greet you with the word your heart craves: Peace.

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


Calling All Graduates!

We want to celebrate with our Soon-to-Be Graduates! Please let Anita know when you are graduating, from what school and what your future plans hold. Trinity will have a celebration in your honor on Sunday, June 2.


Summer Music

We would love to hear you in worship – during the offering or Communion – during Sundays in late June, plus all of July and August.

To sign up, please see Mary B, or use the sheet on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.


Order Red Geraniums for Pentecost Sunday, June 9

I wish to order red geraniums @ $5.00 each

Given by:

In memory of: 

In honor of:

You may place your order form along with cash or check, made payable to Trinity Lutheran Church, in the flower envelope (found in the pew card racks), and place the envelope in the offering plate, mail it to the church.

Deadline for ordering is June 2.


A Ringing Thank You!

Handbell closeup photo

Many thanks from The Heavenly Handbells to all who attended our 30th annual handbell concert here on Saturday night. You made our dream come by filling the house! It was rewarding to see such a crowd after all the work we put into making this event happen. The ringers and the audience alike seemed to enjoy both the music and our fun antics. It was an enjoyable evening.

It was also exciting to see how long people stayed at the post-concert reception and chatted with one another. Of course, how could they resist the incredible selection of treats beautifully presented by Lynn and Bud B, Steve S, Susan & Kevin D, Petra T, Mike & Nancy J, and their crew of amazing helpers?! In addition to the reception, that same crew also organized and served a gourmet dinner to the performers before the concert. Many thanks to everyone who tirelessly helped for many many hours to make every aspect of this concert a success.

Special Limited-Edition Handbell Mementos Available:

We have three very special items available on The Heavenly Handbell table in the social hall. Donations are greatly appreciated:

  1. The Heavenly Handbells “Greatest Hits” CD – compiled by Steve S from ten years of recordings which he made at our concerts, 2007-2017.
  2. Cross/handbell magnets with or without a treble clef wrapped around the handbell. These are artisan-made and precision laser-cut from birchwood. They have been stained and have a three-layer clear protective finish.
  3. Assorted note cards designed and made by Nancy N.

Help Requested from Federal Employees

James T will undergo a bone marrow transplant that will keep him away from work for about 3 months. If you are interested in helping James by donating leave, please fill out an OPM 630-B form or contact your personnel office. James’ work address to put on the form is US Army Center of Military History, 102 4th Ave, Building 35, Ft McNair, DC 20319-5060.

If you have any questions, you can email James at james.tobias.0711@gmail.com. James and his family thank you very much for your support during this difficult time.


Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

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


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH
our synod & bishops
: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton & Richard Graham
our missionaries: Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, Cent. America
our congregation: Trinity Church
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING
nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Jean B, Tigist G, Susan K, Nancy N, Theodore R, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Ronita A, cousin of Miriam M
Peggy A, friend of Vimala P
Carolyn P, friend of Mary B
Vern W, brother-in-law of Sabrina R
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G

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

Birthdays
26. Karen T
Baptismal Days
27. Alarich L
28. Inna S
31. Hudsen S
1. Colin G
1. Luis H
Deaths
Angela G (second cousin of Len S) +April 20, 2019
John W +May 19, 2019


What’s Happening?

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

This Sunday, May 19
(5th Sunday of Easter)

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

O Lord God, you teach us that without love, our actions gain nothing. Pour into our hearts your most excellent gift of love, that, made alive by your Spirit, we may know goodness and peace, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Acts 11:1-18
Psalm 148
Revelation 21:1-6
John 13:31-35


Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: TBD
Assisting Ministers: Tad D (8:15); Sarah G (10:45)
Children’s Chapel: TBD
Greeters: Nancy J (8:15); Linnea A (10:45)
Lectors: Keith C (8:15); Nicholas C (10:45)
Ushers: TBD
Coffee Hour: Social Ministry Team
Altar Custodians: Marilyn G (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Tellers: Greg & Margaret F
Bulletin Assembly: Diana B


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

Last Saturday, some of you attended the funeral of Pastor Robert Moore over in Elliott City. His good friend, Pastor Berner, offered some words of remembrance. For those of you who did not know Pastor Moore, he served as the interim pastor of Trinity some 30 years ago, before Pastor Berner arrived. He loved to worship here and always seemed to have a kind word for all. When he entered the Church Triumphant, family and members who knew him well gathered to celebrate his life and remember the gifts of his life. This is what it means to be the church.

At about the same time that day, I gathered with a group of family members and friends for a graveside service at a local cemetery. I didn’t know them; they didn’t know me. The deceased was being buried in the family plot, though most if not all of the remaining family had long since scattered across the state and nation. We said the same prayers, used the same liturgy, and commended our grief and care to the same Lord. And this is also what it means to be the church.

What a wondrous thing the love of God is. Love creates in us the capacity to care for and serve those we know intimately and well, and at the same time, to care for and serve the stranger. St Paul writes that love never ends – it is able to expand and not be diminished at the same time.

Our vision for Trinity – Seek, Serve, Welcome All – is built on this love of God that knows no ending. Beloved pastor, or cherished family member, or stranger we’ve never met, the love of God in Christ Jesus has room for all. Last Saturday was evidence of that. This is what it means to be the church. And aren’t we blessed in our lives to be the body of Christ in the world today….

Blessings,
PK


Handbell Concert at Trinity
This Saturday, May 18

Handbell closeup photo

Join us for our special 30th Annual Handbell Concert on Saturday, May 18, at 7 p.m. The combined handbell choirs of Trinity and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church are preparing a delightful evening of music, including many fun pieces for the whole family to enjoy. The concert is free (free-will offering). Bring family and friends! A reception follows the concert.


Last Day for Baby Items Collection:
this Sunday, May 19

This Sunday, May 19, is the last day to donate new layette items for Interfaith Works’ (IW) Welcome Baby program.

Our collection will provide layette items for soon-to-be moms to help them get off to a great start.  Here is a suggested list of basic layette items, but IW also will accept baby items not on the list. They also have an ongoing need for larger diapers up to sizes 3 and 4. Cash donations are welcomed — please write “Welcome Baby” in the memo line. Contact Kathy T with questions.

  • newborn-sized diapers
  • 0-3 month clothing
  • “onesies” (0-3 month size)
  • receiving blankets
  • burp cloths
  • washcloths
  • diaper bags

Related article of interest: Diaper Need and Its Impact on Child Health and maternal depression. Read the full article here.


Calling All Graduates!

We want to celebrate with our Soon-to-Be Graduates! Please let Anita know when you are graduating, from what school and what your future plans hold. Trinity will have a celebration in your honor on Sunday, June 2.


Music Help

Music Help will be offered this Sunday, May 19, in the Choir Room at 9:15 a.m.


Summer Music

We would love to hear you in worship – during the offering or Communion – during Sundays in late June, plus all of July and August. To sign up, please see Mary B, or use the sheet on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.


Order Red Geraniums for Pentecost Sunday, June 9

I wish to order red geraniums @ $5.00 each

Given by:

In memory of:

In honor of:

You may place your order form along with cash or check, made payable to Trinity Lutheran Church, in the flower envelope (found in the pew card racks), and place the envelope in the offering plate, mail it to the church.

Deadline for ordering is June 2.


Help Requested from Federal Employees

James T will undergo a bone marrow transplant that will keep him away from work for about 3 months. If you are interested in helping James by donating leave, please fill out an OPM 630-B form or contact your personnel office. James’ work address to put on the form is US Army Center of Military History, 102 4th Ave, Building 35, Ft McNair, DC 20319-5060.

If you have any questions, you can email James at james.tobias.0711@gmail.com. James and his family thank you very much for your support during this difficult time.


Attention Bread Bakers!

We need volunteers to sign up to bake Communion bread for one or more of the seven Sundays of the Easter season. We provide the recipes; you provide the labor of love. The two loaves may be dropped off before the early service, or left in the church refrigerator the day before. Look for the poster in the Social Hall or contact Carol B to sign up for Sundays through June 2. Copies of the approved recipes are in the Altar Guild mailbox in the copier/mail room. Please contact Carol B with any questions.


Statement from ELCA presiding bishop addresses synagogue shooting

4/29/2019 4:40:00 PM

On Saturday, the last day of Passover, another shooting occurred at a synagogue — this time, Chabad of Poway, in California. The living had gathered to offer prayers to honor the dead and to close the Jewish festival of God’s liberating promise. Once again, worship was interrupted by deadly violence…

Read the full statement HERE.


Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

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


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH
our synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton & Richard Graham
our missionaries: Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, Cent. America
our congregation: Trinity Church
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING
nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
hospital:
John W (Shady Grove)
home:
Diana B, Jean B, Tigist G, Susan K, Nancy N, Theodore R, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Ronita A, cousin of Miriam M
Peggy A, friend of Vimala P
Debby B, friend of Thor & Nancy N
Vern W, brother-in-law of Sabrina R
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G

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

Birthdays
22. Jameson H
23. Len S
25. Steve S
Baptismal Days
19. Leslie C
20. Cathy C
20. Nancy N
21. Garrett P
22. Ann K
Death
Angela G (second cousin of Len S) +April 20, 2019


What’s Happening?

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

This Sunday, May 12
(4th Sunday of Easter)

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

O God of peace, you brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great shepherd of the sheep. By the blood of your eternal covenant, make us complete in everything good that we may do your will, and work among us all that is well-pleasing in your sight, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Acts 9:36-43
Psalm 23
Revelation 7:9-17
John 10:22-30


Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); Vincent M (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: TBD (8:15); Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters: Stella BA, Jerry B (8:15); Christine BF, Youth of Trinity (10:45)
Lectors: John B (8:15); Jane F (10:45)
Ushers: TBD (8:15), Henry C, David C, Youth of Trinity (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Keith & Lily C (8:15); Youth Sunday [Margaret F] (10:45)
Altar Custodians: Marilyn G (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Tellers: Lynn & Bud B
Violin: Joshua B
Bulletin Cover Art: Anjali A
Altar Flowers given to the Glory of God and in memory of Lisa M and Pauline F by Greg & Margaret F


From the Pastor …

Dear People of Trinity,

If someone were to ask you, Who is Trinity Lutheran Church and what do they do? what would you say?  How about this? Trinity Lutheran Church – our MISSION is to Worship (joyfully) Learn (passionately) Serve (enthusiastically)

And if you were asked, OK, how does Trinity do that? you might say something like this: – Our VISION is to Seek, Serve, and Accept All. These are the Mission and Vision statements that we are considering during the Easter season.  What do you think?  Two things jump out at me.  First, the Mission focus reminds us that our first response is the God who made us.  Everything else flows out of that.  And second, the impetus of the Vision is on the members of Trinity and what we are doing in response to God’s love, not waiting for the world to come to us, but going ahead wherever Jesus leads us.

Join me in thinking about these things.  How do you think the Holy Spirit is moving in our midst?

Blessings,
PK

Worship
Learn
and Serve

Seek
Serve
and Accept All

In Memoriam

Pastor Robert M died Friday, May 3.
He was Trinity’s interim pastor 1989-1990.

Funeral service will be offered Saturday, May 11, at 1 pm, at First Lutheran Church, Ellicott City.

In sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life…
Rest eternal grant him, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon him.


Statement from ELCA presiding bishop addresses synagogue shooting

4/29/2019 4:40:00 PM

On Saturday, the last day of Passover, another shooting occurred at a synagogue — this time, Chabad of Poway, in California. The living had gathered to offer prayers to honor the dead and to close the Jewish festival of God’s liberating promise. Once again, worship was interrupted by deadly violence.

We stand against this latest public act of anti-Semitism and domestic terrorism, and with the Jewish community. Together, with our ecumenical and inter-religious partners, we will continue to “oppose the deadly working of such bigotry, both within our own circles and in the society around us” (“Declaration of ELCA to Jewish Community,” 1994).

We grieve with the community of Poway, with the victims and their families, and with all those who are wounded in mind, body and spirit by this latest act of violence committed in a sacred space.

We continue to grieve the shooting six months ago at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh; the mosque shootings six weeks ago in Christchurch, New Zealand; the arson one month ago of three historic Black churches in Louisiana; and the church bombings on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.

We find ourselves, like the psalmist, crying out to God that “the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary” (Psalm 74:3b). We know that these incidents, together with others, are not isolated. They are linked through a tangled web of religious bigotry, violence, hatred and white supremacy that is meant to divide us — from each other and from God.

Therefore, our actions to address anti-Semitism must oppose all deadly workings in our midst. This is hard work but also holy work. An attack on one faith community is an attack on all. As a sign of God’s liberating promise, let us stand against this scourge by standing together. May it be so.

In peace,
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop, ELCA


Help Requested from Federal Employees

James Tobias will undergo a bone marrow transplant that will keep him away from work for about 3 months. If you are interested in helping James by donating leave, please fill out an OPM 630-B form or contact your personnel office. James’ work address to put on the form is US Army Center of Military History, 102 4th Ave, Building 35, Ft McNair, DC 20319-5060.

If you have any questions, you can email James at james.tobias.0711@gmail.com. James and his family thank you very much for your support during this difficult time.


Mother’s Day Event May 12 – 19
Celebrating Moms and Babies

This year we will be collecting new layette items for Interfaith Works’ (IW) Welcome Baby program May 12-19.

Our collection will provide layette items for soon-to-be moms to help them get off to a great start.  Here is a suggested list of basic layette items, but IW also will accept baby items not on the list. They also have an ongoing need for larger diapers up to sizes 3 and 4. Cash donations are welcomed — please write “Welcome Baby” in the memo line. Contact Kathy T with questions.

  • newborn-sized diapers
  • 0-3 month clothing
  • “onesies” (0-3 month size)
  • receiving blankets
  • burp cloths
  • washcloths
  • diaper bags

Related article of interest: Diaper Need and Its Impact on Child Health and maternal depression. Read the full article here.


Music Help Sessions

Music Help Sessions will be offered in the Choir Room at 9:15 a.m. this Sunday, May 12, and next Sunday, May 19.  


Handbell Concert at Trinity

Handbell closeup photo

Join us for our special 30th Annual Handbell Concert on Saturday, May 18, at 7 p.m. The combined handbell choirs of Trinity and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church are preparing a delightful evening of music, including many fun pieces for the whole family to enjoy. The concert is free (free-will offering). Bring family and friends! A reception follows the concert.


Calling All Graduates!

We want to celebrate with our Soon-to-Be Graduates! Please let Anita know when you are graduating, from what school and what your future plans hold. Trinity will have a celebration in your honor on Sunday, June 2.


Summer Music

We would love to hear you in worship – during the offering or Communion – during Sundays in late June, plus all of July and August. To sign up, please see Mary B, or use the sheet on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.


Order Red Geraniums for Pentecost Sunday, June 9

I wish to order red geraniums @ $5.00 each

Given by:

In memory of:

In honor of:

You may place your order form along with cash or check, made payable to Trinity Lutheran Church, in the flower envelope (found in the pew card racks), and place the envelope in the offering plate, mail it to the church. Deadline for ordering is June 2.


Attention Bread Bakers!

We need volunteers to sign up to bake Communion bread for one or more of the seven Sundays of the Easter season. We provide the recipes; you provide the labor of love. The two loaves may be dropped off before the early service, or left in the church refrigerator the day before. Look for the poster in the Social Hall or contact Carol B to sign up for Sundays through June 2. Copies of the approved recipes are in the Altar Guild mailbox in the copier/mail room. Please contact Carol B with any questions.


Special Limited-Edition Handbell CD

Heavenly Handbells Greatest Hits 2007-20017 CD is now available. This greatest hits CD from 10 years of recordings features 11 pieces, including “When We Gather”, which was commissioned by our handbell choir several years ago.

To get your CD, look for our table at coffee hour, or contact any member of the handbell choir.  We request a small donation for each, so please look for the collection box next to the CDs.

Coming later this fall – Heavenly Handbells Greatest Christmas Hits 2007-2017.  Stay tuned!


Mission Endowment (MEF) Team

Mission Endowment (MEF) Team will next meet on Tuesday, July 23.  No other meetings are scheduled until July.


Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

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


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH
our synod & bishops

Bishops Elizabeth Eaton & Richard Graham
our missionaries
Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, Cent. America
our congregation
Trinity Church
THE NATIONS
Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING
nursing/rehabilitation center
Philip T, (Manor Care Potomac)
hospital 
John W, (Shady Grove)
home 
Diana B, Jean B, Tigist G, Susan K, Nancy N, Theodore R, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Ronita A, cousin of Miriam M
Peggy A, friend of Vimala P
Debby B, friend of Thor & Nancy N
Glen J, friend of Kathy H
Vern W, brother-in-law of Sabrina R
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G

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

Birthdays 
14. Kevin D
14. Billie J
17. Jeffery S
17. Katherine S
17. Chris T
18. Frederick V
Baptismal Days
13. Christopher S
15. Adelyn C
16. Anusha A
16. Kathy H
16. Kristine S
17. Ben N
17. Nicholas S
Death
Pr Robert M +May 3, 2019 (Trinity Interim Pastor, 1989-90)
Funeral on May 11, 1 pm, at First Lutheran Church, Ellicott City


What’s Happening?

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

This Sunday, May 5
(3rd Sunday of Easter)

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

Eternal and all-merciful God, with all the angels and all the saints we laud your majesty and might. By the resurrection of your Son, show yourself to us and inspire us to follow Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Acts 9:1-6 [7-20]
Psalm 30
Revelation 5:11-14
John 21:1-19

image “343-5 loaves & 2 fish” by av320phile is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: TBD
Assisting Ministers: Carol B (8:15); Leslie C (10:45)
Children’s Chapel: TBD
Greeters: Keith & Lily C (8:15); TBD (10:45)
Lectors: Jonah W (8:15); Leslie C (10:45)
Ushers: Ross A, Joan E (8:15); David C, Henry C (10:45)
Coffee Hour: potluck [A-L] (8:15); potluck lunch (10:45)
Altar Custodians: Marilyn G (8:15); Winsome G (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly: Diana B
Tellers: Dick & Peggy J

Altar Flowers given by Steve & Donna S, in honor of their daughter’s wedding.


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

Last weekend members of the congregation gathered around the theme Going Ahead… following Jesus… Changing the Paradigm.  Council and staff met Friday night; 40 members attended workshops on Saturday; and in the single service on Sunday we all enjoyed a very upbeat, joyous worship celebration.  Thanks to our guests, Mickie Crimone, Pr Gigie Sijera-Grant, and David Ludwig.  And a very big Thank You to Leslie C, Joan E, Shannon P, Steve S, and John B who served us all in preparation, meals, and planning.  The event wouldn’t have happened without them.

We’ve had a few calls into the office inquiring what happened over the weekend.  It was such an experiential event – nearly all the conversation took place in small groups – that it’s almost impossible to capture all of the thinking and all of the joy that was shared.  But in general, we considered a video, The Rabbi’s Gift, that challenged us to re-think the foundation of community; Mickie Crimone creatively and insightfully showed us how we are connected to each other and our families of origin; Pr Gigie Sijera-Grant helped us reconsider inclusion and belonging through her own powerful immigrant story; and David Ludwig, our musician and chaplain for the weekend, had us singing and smiling and laughing.  I encourage everyone who was present to share their experience with anyone who was not able to make it.

Then, on Sunday, we had a large, energetic congregation gathering to work on a vision statement.  Working in small groups again, everyone who wanted to was able to contribute to the conversation.  There were many excellent suggestions and energized conversations.  By the end, the large majority of those present gravitated to this simple, powerful statement: To Seek, Serve, and Accept All. Recognizing that every church has the same mission statement, to worship, learn, and serve, one way to think about the work of Trinity might be through this progression;

  • At Trinity Lutheran Church
    • Our Mission is to Worship, Learn, and Serve, &
    • Our Vision is to Seek, Serve, and Accept All

As I told the congregation on Sunday, let’s take a few weeks and just sit with this. Do these words embody the Holy Spirit’s call to Trinity? How is God touching our lives? If we were to commit ourselves to living in this way, what would that look like? Isn’t it time for the paradigm to change?

Blessings,
Pr Kern


Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday, May 5

Join us after the 10:45 service for:

  • Potluck brunch. Bring your favorite dish to share!
  • Trinity’s Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting

Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

This Sunday, and 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.


Attention Bread Bakers!

We need volunteers to sign up to bake Communion bread for one or more of the seven Sundays of the Easter season. We provide the recipes; you provide the labor of love. The two loaves may be dropped off before the early service, or left in the church refrigerator the day before. Look for the poster in the Social Hall or contact Carol B to sign up for Sundays April 21 – June 2. Copies of the approved recipes are in the Altar Guild mailbox in the copier/mail room. Please contact Carol B with any questions.


Help Requested from Federal Employees

James Tobias will undergo a bone marrow transplant that will keep him away from work for about 3 months. If you are interested in helping James by donating leave, please fill out an OPM 630-B form or contact your personnel office. James’ work address to put on the form is US Army Center of Military History, 102 4th Ave, Building 35, Ft McNair, DC 20319-5060.

If you have any questions, you can email James at james.tobias.0711@gmail.com. James and his family thank you very much for your support during this difficult time.


Handbell Concert at Trinity

Handbell closeup photo

Join us for our special 30th Annual Handbell Concert on Saturday, May 18, at 7 p.m. The combined handbell choirs of Trinity and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church are preparing a delightful evening of music, including many fun pieces for the whole family to enjoy. The concert is free (free-will offering). Bring family and friends! A reception follows the concert.

Special Limited-Edition Handbell CD

Heavenly Handbells Greatest Hits 2007-20017 CD is now available. Since 2007, Steve has been faithfully recording our handbell concerts.  This summer, he assembled this greatest hits CD from 10 years of recordings.  It features 11 pieces, including “When We Gather”, which was commissioned by our handbell choir several years ago.

To get your CD, look for our table at coffee hour, or contact any member of the handbell choir.  We request a small donation for each, so please look for the collection box next to the CDs.

Coming later this fall – Heavenly Handbells Greatest Christmas Hits 2007-2017.  Stay tuned!


Mission Endowment (MEF) Team

Mission Endowment (MEF) Team will next meet on Tuesday, July 23.  No other meetings are scheduled until July.


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH
our synod & bishops

Bishops Elizabeth Eaton & Richard Graham
our missionaries
Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, Cent. America
our congregation
Trinity Church
THE NATIONS
Afghanistan, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING
nursing/rehabilitation center
Philip T, (Manor Care Potomac)
John W, (Sunrise of Rockville)
hospital
Pr Robert M
home
Diana B, Jean B, Tigist G, Susan K, Nancy N, Theodore R, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Ronita A, cousin of Miriam M
Peggy A, friend of Vimala P
Debby B, friend of Thor & Nancy N
Glen J, friend of Kathy H
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 
5. Madeline B
6. Bob C
9. Noah M
10. Tigist G
11. Luke W
Baptismal Days
5. Margaret F
5. Mina
9. Margo W
10. Tigist G
Wedding Anniversaries
5. TJ & Lindsey D
6. Shirley & Wes O
9. Lee Ann & John W
10. Kathy & Charles T
Death
Delores W (niece of Marilyn G)


What’s Happening?

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

This Sunday, April 28
(2nd Sunday of Easter)

COMBINED SERVICE Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m. 
Congregational Vision Event 11:15

O God of life, you reach out to us amid our fears with the wounded hands of your risen Son. By your Spirit’s breath revive our faith in your mercy, and strengthen us to be the body of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Acts 5:27-32
Psalm 118:14-29
Revelation 1:4-8
John 20:19-31


Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes – Colin G (10:00)
Assisting Ministers – Nancy N (10:00)
Children’s Chapel – Nicholas C (10:00)
Greeters – Jonah W, Hagen S, Kristina S (10:00)
Lectors – Jerry B, David C (10:00)
Ushers – Mike J, Thor N, David C, Henry C (10:00)
Coffee Hour – Potluck Brunch
Altar Custodians – Carol B, Christine B (10:00)
Bulletin Assembly – Noralyn D
Tellers – Greg & Margaret F


SPECIAL EVENT 
for the Entire Congregation
This Sunday, April 28

Don’t miss this special day for ALL members of Trinity. 
The day includes:

  • A single service at 10 a.m.
  • Potluck brunch. Bring your favorite dish to share!
  • An interactive workshop to build a New Vision for Trinity
  • Planned activity for children (Puppet Show presented by Hope Creative Ministries!)/child care during the workshop

Detours on Rockville Pike on Sunday!

On Sunday, there is a 10K Race taking place on Rockville Pike. There are detours all morning, and this may affect travel times on Sunday morning. For road closing info/detour information, check this link: https://pikespeek10k.org/road-closures-traffic-info/


Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

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


Attention Bread Bakers!

We need volunteers to sign up to bake Communion bread for one or more of the seven Sundays of the Easter season. We provide the recipes; you provide the labor of love. The two loaves may be dropped off before the early service, or left in the church refrigerator the day before. Look for the poster in the Social Hall or contact Carol B to sign up for Sundays April 21 – June 2. Copies of the approved recipes are in the Altar Guild mailbox in the copier/mail room. Please contact Carol B with any questions.


Handbell Concert at Trinity

Join us for our special 30th Annual Handbell Concert on Saturday, May 18, at 7 p.m. The combined handbell choirs of Trinity and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church are preparing a delightful evening of music, including many fun pieces for the whole family to enjoy. The concert is free (free-will offering). Bring family and friends! A reception follows the concert.


Quarterly contribution statements are now available for pick-up in the Social Hall.


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH
our synod & bishops

Bishops Elizabeth Eaton & Richard Graham
our missionaries
Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, Cent. America
our congregation
Trinity Church
THE NATIONS
Afghanistan, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING
nursing/rehabilitation center
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
home
Diana B, Jean B, Tigist G, Susan K, Pr Robert M, Nancy N, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Peggy A, friend of Vimala P
Debby B, friend of Thor & Nancy N
Glen J, friend of Kathy H
Theodore R, grandson of Jane R
Delores W, niece of Marilyn G
Vern W, brother-in-law of Sabrina R
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G

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

Birthdays
Apr. 28. Joshua B
Apr. 29. Alarich L
May 3. Anya N
Baptismal Days
Apr. 29. Marilyn C
Apr. 30. Vincent M
May 1. Peggy J, Dan S
May 3. Atticus D, Logan D, James M
May 5. Margaret F, Mina
Wedding Anniversaries
Apr. 30. Jane R & Eric S
May 5. TJ & Lindsey D


What’s Happening?

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

This Sunday, April 21
(Easter Sunday)

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 
Easter Egg Hunt 10:15

O God, you gave your only Son to suffer death on the cross for our redemption, and by his glorious resurrection you delivered us from the power of death. Make us die every day to sin, that we may live with him forever in the joy of the resurrection, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Luke 24:1-12


Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes – Matthew B (8:15); Vincent M (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Bill B (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – none
Greeters – Donna & Steve S (8:15); Peggy J (10:45)
Lectors – Tom K (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Ushers – Thor & Nancy N (8:15); Rich Griffin (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Easter Brunch
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15); Christine B (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Dick J
Tellers – Dick & Peggy J


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

Today the Great Three Days begins – our Lenten journey concludes and Easter dawns – bringing with it hope for rebirth in the life of the world and in our own lives. Your church staff – every one of them – has worked intensely and faithfully these last several weeks to prepare for your Easter celebration. Numerous volunteers and stepped in, sharing their gifts, making a difference. All for the glory of God and your edification. I hope your faith is nourished by their efforts.

Our world is riven with strife, injustice, and suffering – not at all unlike our Lord was during the first Three Days. But we believe now, as then, that God is about to do a new thing in the world and in our lives.

May it be so. May it be so.

Pr Kern


Funeral Service for Trinity member Diana M

will be offered on Monday, April 22, at 1 p.m.
at Pumphrey’s Funeral Home (300 W Montgomery Ave, Rockville)


SPECIAL EVENT
for the Entire Congregation
Sunday, April 28

Don’t miss this special day for ALL members of Trinity.
The day includes:

  • A single service at 10 a.m.
  • Potluck brunch. Bring your favorite dish to share!
  • An interactive workshop to build a New Vision for Trinity
  • Planned activity for children/child care during the workshop

Help Requested from Federal Employees

James Tobias will undergo a bone marrow transplant that will keep him away from work for about 3 months. If you are interested in helping James by donating leave, please fill out an OPM 630-B form or contact your personnel office. James’ work address to put on the form is US Army Center of Military History, 102 4th Ave, Building 35, Ft McNair, DC 20319-5060. If you have any questions, you can email James at james.tobias.0711@gmail.com. James and his family thank you very much for your support during this difficult time.


Annual Meeting Ministry Reports Are Due Now

Ministry Team leaders: Don’t let your ministry’s good work over the previous year go unrecognized! If you have not already done so, please get your annual report into the office now. Late contributions may not make the final printed report.


Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

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


Attention Bread Bakers!

We need volunteers to sign up to bake Communion bread for one or more of the seven Sundays of the Easter season. We provide the recipes; you provide the labor of love. The two loaves may be dropped off before the early service, or left in the church refrigerator the day before. Look for the poster in the Social Hall or contact Carol B to sign up for Sundays April 21 – June 2. Copies of the approved recipes are in the Altar Guild mailbox in the copier/mail room. Please contact Carol B with any questions.


Handbell Concert at Trinity

Join us for our special 30th Annual Handbell Concert on Saturday, May 18, at 7 p.m. The combined handbell choirs of Trinity and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church are preparing a delightful evening of music, including many fun pieces for the whole family to enjoy. The concert is free (free-will offering). Bring family and friends! A reception follows the concert.


Quarterly contribution statements are now available for pick-up in the Social Hall.


Thank You

The Heavenly Handbells Choir thanks Trinity for the great honor of receiving one of this year’s Mission Endowment Fund gifts.  This gift will be put to good use.  Our first three octaves of handchimes either need repair or replacement.  We will also obtain more wheeled devices to make transporting our equipment easier when we go “on the road” for our outreach programs.  Our continued thanks will be given by our ongoing presentation of beautiful handbell and handchime music here at Trinity.  Many thanks for your support of our music ministry.


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH
our synod & bishops

Bishops Elizabeth Eaton & Richard Graham
our missionaries
Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, Cent. America
our congregation
Trinity Church
THE NATIONS
Afghanistan, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING
nursing/rehabilitation center
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
home
Diana B, Jean B, Tigist G, Susan K, Pr Robert M, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Peggy A, friend of Vimala P
Debby B, friend of Thor & Nancy N
James B, father of Mary B
Glen J, friend of Kathy H
Mark O, friend of Margaret F
Theodore R, grandson of Jane R
Leelang T, friend of Sunhee P
Delores W, niece of Marilyn G
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G

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

Birthdays
21. Dan S
22. Kevin M
24. Anusha A, June L
25. Leslie C
Baptismal Days
21. Grayson D
22. Addison H, Michael V
27. Scott M, Sarah M
Wedding Anniversaries
24. Marilyn & Bob C
26. Matthew & Tamara C


What’s Happening?

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

This Sunday, April 14
(Palm Sunday)

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

Sovereign God, you have established your rule in the human heart through the servanthood of Jesus Christ. By your Spirit, keep us in the joyful procession of those who with their tongues confess Jesus as Lord and with their lives praise him as Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Isaiah 50:4-9a
Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 23:1-49


Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes – Matthew B (8:15); Anders S (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Jerry B (8:15); Sabrina R (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – Margaret F (8:15); David C (10:45)
Greeters – Phil & Noralyn D (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Lectors – Nancy N (8:15); Len S (10:45)
Ushers – Steve & Donna S (8:15); Dick & Peggy J (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Lily & Keith C (8:15); Lynn & Bud B (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15); Christine B (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Diana B
Tellers – Thor N, Petra T


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

Holy Week is upon us.  On Sunday, Palm Sunday, the mood of the service will quickly change from one of adulation and praise to solemnity and reflection.  The Great Three Days will invite us once again into the intimate mysteries of faith – from suffering, death, to resurrection – over Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  And on Easter we celebrate and remember that we are resurrection people.  I hope you will participate as frequently and deeply as your life allows that your Easter joy may be bright and full.

Blessings,
Pr Kern


Holy Week at Trinity

You are invited to the observance of Holy Week. Our Lenten theme this year has been “Going Ahead”. You are invited to join us for special weekday services as well as on Sundays. Discover more on our Holy Week and Easter at Trinity page.


Now’s the Time!

Trinitarian newsletter contributions
are due Monday, April 15, 9:00 a.m. 
Late contributions may not be included in the publication.

Annual Meeting Ministry Reports are due now.
Ministry Team leaders: Don’t let your ministry’s good work over the previous year go unrecognized! If you have not already done so, please get your annual report into the office now. Late contributions may not make the final printed report.


SPECIAL EVENT 
for the Entire Congregation
Sunday, April 28

Don’t miss this special day for ALL members of Trinity. 
The day includes:

  • A single service at 10 a.m.
  • Potluck brunch. Bring your favorite dish to share!
  • An interactive workshop to build a New Vision for Trinity
  • Planned activity for children/child care during the workshop

Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

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


Easter Brunch

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

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

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

RSVP to the church office by April 15.


Attention Bread Bakers!

We need volunteers to sign up to bake Communion bread for one or more of the seven Sundays of the Easter season. We provide the recipes; you provide the labor of love. The two loaves may be dropped off before the early service, or left in the church refrigerator the day before. Look for the poster in the Social Hall or contact Carol B to sign up for Sundays April 21 – June 2. Copies of the approved recipes are in the Altar Guild mailbox in the copier/mail room. Please contact Carol B with any questions.


Handbell Concert at Trinity

Join us for our special 30th Annual Handbell Concert on Saturday, May 18, at 7 p.m. The combined handbell choirs of Trinity and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church are preparing a delightful evening of music, including many fun pieces for the whole family to enjoy. The concert is free (free-will offering). Bring family and friends! A reception follows the concert.


Quarterly contribution statements are now available for pick-up in the Social Hall.


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH
our synod & bishops

Bishops Elizabeth Eaton & Richard Graham
our missionaries
Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, Cent. America
our congregation
Trinity Church
THE NATIONS
Afghanistan, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
THE SICK AND SUFFERING
nursing/rehabilitation center
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
home
Diana B, Jean B, Tigist G, Susan K, Pr Robert M, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Debby B, friend of Thor & Nancy N
James B, father of Mary B
Glen J, friend of Kathy H
Mark O, friend of Margaret F
Leelang T, friend of Sunhee P
Delores W, niece of Marilyn G
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G

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

Birthdays
14. Benjamin N
15. Anjali A, Margaret F, Scott M
17. Jim V
18. Susan K
19. Sean M
Baptismal Days
14. Ross A, Tom K
15. Joseph B, Isabela F, Karl M, Giovanni S
17. Karen T
18. Susan K
Wedding Anniversaries
16. Noralyn & Philip D
18. Cristina & Rich G


What’s Happening?

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

This Sunday, April 7
(Fifth Sunday in Lent)

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

Creator God, you prepare a new way in the wilderness, and your grace waters our desert. Open our hearts to be transformed by the new thing you are doing, that our lives may proclaim the extravagance of your love given to all through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes – TBD (8:15); Anusha A (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – John B (8:15); Len S (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – TBD (8:15); Jane R (10:45)
Greeters – Dan & Rob S (8:15); Trevor H (10:45)
Lectors – Sarah M (8:15); David K (10:45)
Ushers – TBD (8:15); TBD (10:45)
Coffee Hour – (M-Z potluck) Margaret F (8:15); (M-Z potluck) S/T (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15); Christine B (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Diana B
Tellers – Lynn & Bud B


Lent at Trinity

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


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

Do differences divide?

One of my favorite summer activities was when my mother would load my sisters and I in the old Buick and drive out to Sesquicentennial State Park to swim in the lake. It was wonderful. There was a grass beach, the lake had a sandy bottom in the shallows, and piers and a diving platform to swim out to and jump from. But one summer, as the realities of the Civil Rights era came to bear, the (white) powers-that-be decided that rather than allow black citizens to swim alongside white citizens, they would close the lake to everyone. In their worldview, the difference between white people and black people required absolute and complete separation – division.

History has since taught us how wrong that view was, but fear of difference continues to afflict the human race. Perhaps we are wired to fear difference, but we also possess the capacity to rise to our God-given calling to become one in Christ. I heard a physicist once say, “Out of the great diversity of the universe, there is a unity.” I like that because it reminds me that with all our human differences we are, by the grace of God, one in our Lord.

Through the waters of baptism, God gives us to one another for love and care and no difference we can concoct can over overcome it.

Blessings,
Pr Kern


Newsletter Deadline

Monday, April 15, 9 a.m. is the deadline for submissions to the next Trinitarian newsletter. Submissions received after the deadline may not be included in the publication.


Something New!

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

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

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


Easter Flowers

We still need more flowers to adorn the church on Easter Sunday. In the past, we have ordered nearly 50 flowers. With only 15 flower orders received so far, we still need your help!

This Sunday, April 7, is the last chance to order your flowers to decorate the sanctuary for the Easter services. (choice of Easter lilies, azaleas, or hydrangeas)

Please see your Sunday bulletin and April Trinitarian newsletter for order form and more information. Thank you.


Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

THIS SUNDAY, and 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.


Trinity Men’s Group – Date Change!

Tuesday, April 9, at 1 p.m. the Trinity Men’s Group will gather at Len S’s residence. Please join us!


Easter Brunch

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

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

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

RSVP to the church office by April 15.


Attention Bread Bakers!

We need volunteers to sign up to bake Communion bread for one or more of the seven Sundays of the Easter season. We provide the recipes; you provide the labor of love. The two loaves may be dropped off before the early service, or left in the church refrigerator the day before. Look for the poster in the Social Hall or contact Carol B to sign up for Sundays April 21 – June 2. Copies of the approved recipes are in the Altar Guild mailbox in the copier/mail room. Please contact Carol B with any questions.


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH
our synod & bishops

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

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

Birthdays
7. Tom K
8. Scott B
12. Judy D
13. Isabela F, Philip S, Claudette V, Michael V
Baptismal Days
10. Anders S
12. Lisbeth D
13. Robert P
Deaths 
Erik R +March29, 2019 (friend of Len S)


What’s Happening?

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

This Sunday, March 31
(Fourth Sunday in Lent)

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

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

Assisting in the Sunday Services

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


Lent at Trinity

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


Still Far Off

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

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

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

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

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


Something New!

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

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

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


Easter Flowers

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


Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

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


Easter Brunch

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

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

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

RSVP to the church office by April 15.


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH
our synod & bishops

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

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

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


What’s Happening?

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

This Sunday, March 24
(Third Sunday in Lent)

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

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

Assisting in the Sunday Services

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


Lent at Trinity

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


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

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

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

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

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

Blessings,
PK


Something New!

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

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

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


Easter Flowers

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


Tea at National Lutheran’s Village at Rockville

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


Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

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


Easter Brunch

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

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

RSVP to the church office by April 15.


Altar Flowers

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


To See Beyond

Weekly Devotional

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH
our synod & bishops

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

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

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