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

This Sunday, March 17 
(Second Sunday in Lent)

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

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

Assisting in the Sunday Services

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

Lent at Trinity

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


From the Pastor…

Dear People of God,

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

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

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

I’m really looking forward to next week.

Blessings,
Pr Kern


Here and Now

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

Weekly Devotional

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

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

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

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


The Results Are In!
2019 Annual Trinity Cook-Off

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


Men’s Fellowship and Bible Study

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


Tea at National Lutheran’s Village at Rockville

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


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


Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

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


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH
our synod & bishops

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

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

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


What’s Happening?

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

This Sunday, March 10 
(First Sunday in Lent)

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

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


Spring Forward!

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 10!

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


Assisting in the Sunday Services

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


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God

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

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

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

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

Pastor Kern


In the Sure and Certain Hope of Resurrection…

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


Lent at Trinity

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


Special Congregation Meeting

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


Youth Events this Sunday 

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

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


Trinity Men’s Group

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


Men’s Fellowship and Bible Study

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


Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

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


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

. . . the church
our synod & bishops

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

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

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

What’s Happening?

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

This Sunday, March 3
(Transfiguration)

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

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

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


Assisting in the Sunday Services

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


From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

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

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

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

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

See you along the way,
Pr. Kern


Ask The Pastor

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


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


Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

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


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

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

Home cooks and clean-up helpers are needed. If you can help prepare apples at home, or help clear tables or cleanup during and after the Pancake Supper, please sign up or call Steve S.

Reservations are not required, but we need a general idea of how many to expect. Please sign up by using the form in your newsletter or on the sheets posted in the Social Hall.

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


Lent at Trinity

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


Trinity Men’s Group

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


Men’s Fellowship and Bible Study

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


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

. . . the church
our synod & bishops

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

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

Birthdays
4. Logan D
5. Mary H
9. Wendy C
9. Karen W
Baptismal Days
5. Marjorie W
6. David C
6. Nancy N
9. Nancy J
Deaths
Barbara W +February 16, 2019
Wendy C +February 23, 2019


This Week at Trinity

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