New Orleans Relief

Given the devastation that New Orleans has recently endured from Hurricane Ida, this weekend we will be receiving special offerings to help offer relief to that area. You may bring checks (labeled New Orleans) or cash (in an envelope labeled New Orleans) and Trinity will ensure it goes to relief efforts in the area. You may also give directly online through Lutheran Disaster Response.


Interfaith 5K | Labor Day, September 6th

Don’t forget to sign up for the Montgomery County Interfaith 5K taking place on Labor Day morning, this Monday September 6th. Your outpouring of support in Trinity’s inaugural year as a race partner has been amazing; thank you! Our goal of a 25-person Team Trinity is within reach—we only need several more runners/joggers/walkers. If you have not yet registered, please do at mocointerfaith5k.org.  Registration is $35/person.  And don’t forget, there is a Tot Trot for children 5 and under and a Kids 1K Fun Run for youth between 6 and 12.  Kids of all ages are welcome!!!

If you prefer not to participate in the race, but are happy to volunteer, here is the link to sign up: MoCo Interfaith 5K: Volunteer Opportunities (signupgenius.com). We need an array of volunteers on race morning, working various tables, serving as course marshals, post-race cleanup, and so on.  Thanks in advance for your willingness to help.  For more information on the race, please contact Pastor Christine or Tom Kern (thomasewingkern@gmail.com). 


Trinity T-Shirts Have Arrived

If you ordered a shirt, they will be available for pickup on Sunday (9/5). If you have not yet paid, please bring cash or a check (made out to Trinity) with you.
If you missed the ordering deadline and would like to get a tee shirt, I have two extras in large and medium in iris blue and one large in gold. Plus what I think was a print shop error, I have 6 large in Carolina blue as well. If you would like one of the extras, please email me directly and I’ll put your name on one.


Scam Alert

Area congregations are being targeted as a part of a fraud effort. Emails are circulating that seem to be either from Pastor Christine, or from someone who claims to have talked to Pastor Christine. Do NOT send money, gift cards, or even respond to the emails. They are very cunning in their attempts. Pastor Christine will never ask you for money or gift cards via email. If in doubt, please open a separate email and contact her directly or call the office. You can ‘inspect’ email addresses. Often upon doing this, you’ll note that it is not the same address that Trinity uses or Pastor Christine uses. 


September Trinitarian Now Available!

Download it here!


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Join us for Worship this Sunday!

James tells us to stop showing favoritism in the assembly, treating the rich visitor with more honor than the poor one. Jesus himself seems to show partiality in his first response to the Syrophoenician woman in today’s gospel. Was he testing her faith in saying Gentiles don’t deserve the goods meant for God’s children? Or was he speaking out of his human worldview, but transcended those limits when she took him by surprise with her reply? Either way, the story tells us that God shows no partiality. Everyone who brings a need to Jesus is received with equal honor as a child and heir.


Worship Updates

On Sunday, August 29th (@9:30am) we began indoor in person worship. You can read about our decision and the protocols in place here (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We will also be offering a live stream option for those who would prefer to worship at home or while on vacation (accessible through our webpage or Youtube channel). We know there is a lot of change happening, and we hope these changes will allow us to worship in a more familiar format, while providing extended access to those who cannot attend in-person. If you have questions, please reach out to Pastor Christine (pastor@trinityelca.org).


Music Leaders Needed

“During our transition to livestreaming, we are also moving our music indoors. Until it is safe to sing as a congregation again, we will continue to invite cantors to sing hymns like we did for the outdoor services this summer. If you would like to lead hymns or provide an instrumental offering during worship, please sign up using the following link, email me at ajsmall@mtu.edu, or talk to me directly on Sunday morning. 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c44abab28aaf94-fall


Worship Assistants Needed!

In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office if you are available to help as a: lector, cantor, welcome team member, altar guild, teller, or online greeter.


Readings for this Sunday
Isaiah 35:4-7a
Psalm 146
James 2:1-10 [11-13] 14-17
Mark 7:24-37


Adult Forum | Sundays at 11 AM via Zoom

Adult forum is discussing the concept of the ‘stranger’ in the Bible in relation to immigration, welcome, and Christianity. Adult foru takes place over Zoom at 11am. The link is here: Join us on Zoom here: https://bit.ly/3xpanRC


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Stephen Ministry Training at Trinity

A new Training class for Stephen Ministers will begin on Friday evening, September 24. Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry in which the Stephen Minister  is trained to care for someone on a one-to-one basis and meets with that person once a week, on average, for as long as the person needs care. Would you like to train to become a Stephen Minister and walk with another Christian who is going through a difficult time in their life?  If so, please let Pastor Christine, Susan Smith, or Miriam Mendenhall know.  The course takes 50 hours to complete and meets twice a month, September through March.  We’d love to have you join our Training class and become a Stephen Minister for Trinity.  


Summer Collection School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Social Ministry has some great things in the works for God’s Work, Our Hands Day over September 11-12. More info will follow soon…but we need to start collecting school supplies now for our Sunday Morning Service project. 

LWR sends school kits to many locations worldwide to  allow children in refugee camps to continue learning in the face of serious obstacles. Beginning in July and continuing throughout the summer, Trinity will collect the school supplies listed below to assemble 200 kits.  On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 12, Trinity will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School. Bins will be available at parking lot church. If you would like to drop them off at a different time, please contact the office or Anita, and we will make sure someone is in the office to receive them.  

# neededsupplies
95Blunt scissors
530Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
90Box of 16 or 24 crayons

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


Helping Afghan Allies

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is reaching out with immediate needs due to the influx of Afghan refugees arriving in this area. They are in need of drivers, storage space, rooms on a temporary basis, and housing settlement. If you are able to help individually with any of these needs, please fill out the form here, and they will contact you. Social Ministry team is also reviewing how the congregation might be able to assist.


Short Stories by Jesus Zoom Conversation

September 15 – October 20 |7-8:30 pm
Join us for a Zoom conversation led by Trinity, Prince of Peace and Christ DC
Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4FAAA72FA4FEC52-short


Offerings

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


Remember in your prayers

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

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Yulie N (Village at Rockville)
Esther M (Village at Rockville)

home
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W, Lineth M, Isabel F, and Gio S, Ione L, Mary B

family and friends*
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Mahmoud L, friend of Billie J Family
Joey L, son of Mark L and Sabrina R
Edgar, friend of Anne Nielsen


first responders
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R

deaths
Barbara R, aunt of Sabrina R (died 20 Aug)

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

Job Summary: The Pastoral Office Assistant (POA) will be the welcoming person to those who come to Trinity, call, or reach out in other ways during the week. The POA will support Trinity’s efforts to be a thriving and nurturing community, as well as work to help make the congregation well connected and governed. The POA prepares and publishes weekly worship and communication materials, provides front office management and clerical support. 

The POA must respect matters of confidentiality. This position requires some desktop publishing skills and creativity, and the ability to manage and update social media platforms and the website. Hours for this position are 25-30 hours per week in the church office, with some telework possibilities. This position reports to the Pastor. A background check will be required. 

Helpful attributes for the position include experience and familiarity in a church or faith community setting and the ability to do some light bookkeeping. 

Trinity Lutheran Church is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to the principal of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free from harassment and discrimination. We celebrate the uniqueness of the individual and do not discriminate based on race, color, nationality, family status, age, sexual orientation, gender, religion, or belief. While we are a Christian worshipping community, we respect other belief systems and religious understandings. Trinity encourages all qualified applicants to apply. 

Reception  

  • Provide warm, welcoming reception to office visitors
  • Answer phone calls/messages/emails and direct calls/messages/emails to appropriate persons
  • Receive mail and package deliveries, distributing to appropriate persons

Publications

  • Weekly Sunday worship service bulletins
    • Gather information from Worship leaders for inclusion in bulletins and pertinent community announcements
    • Layout, edit, print weekly bulletins in both regular and large print versions
    • Prepare binders for Pastor, Assisting Ministers, Acolytes for use in the worship services
  • Weekly Tidings blog post
    • Gather announcements and other material for inclusion in blog post 
    • Finalize and publish blog post before 1 pm on Thursdays. 
  • Monthly Trinitarian newsletter
    • Gather articles, announcements, and other materials for inclusion in newsletter
    • Layout, edit, print newsletter in format ready for mailing
    • Publish newsletter (revised, web-optimized version) on Trinity website
  • Monthly Council packets 
    • Reports and materials provided no later than Friday morning before the Council meeting, by Council members and the Pastor, Director of Youth and Family Ministry, Financial Secretary, and Treasurer. 
    • Included are any supporting materials such as cost estimates and other matters pertinent to the business of Council.
    • The Council packet is made available electronically by the end of the day the Friday before the Council meeting.
  • Periodic Special Announcements via USPS or bulk email (as needed)
  • Brochures
    • Layout, edit, print church brochures – e.g. Welcome, Ministry Info, Stained Glass, History
  • Create and post content for Welcome TV slideshows

Website and Social Media

  • Maintain church website trinityelca.org
  • Keep content up-to-date, making seasonal changes, and publishing weekly Tidings blog
  • Post to Trinity’s Facebook page and Instagram accounts with timely items of interest, activities and events for the wider community, and coordinate with Social Ministry, Worship & Music, Faith Formation, and other ministries for other relevant postings.
  • Understanding and knowing privacy issues and policies

Calendar and Building Use

  • Maintain up-to-date calendar of church events and community groups’ building use
  • Coordinate with Trinity leaders and the various community groups using our building to prevent conflicts and double-bookings
  • Keep records of community groups’ space use agreements and payment records
  • Coordinate scheduled Zoom meetings, set up meetings as needed making the ministry lead a co-host, and distribute link to ministry lead.

Membership Records

  • Maintain current, accurate membership records in ACS database
  • Record sacramental rites (Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage, Burial) in official Parish Register (and ACS database as appropriate)
  • Maintain and update the congregation directory annually or as needed.

Attendance Records

  • Record weekly worship service attendance
  • Provide attendance figures for monthly Council meetings, Annual Congregational meetings, and annual Synod reports

Annual Congregational Report

  • Update attendance and Sacramental Rites records
  • Compile reports from Ministry Teams, Council Officer, Pastor for inclusion in annual report congregational meeting
  • Layout, edit, print completed report for congregational use at meeting and archives

Synod Annual Report

  • Collect data from Treasurer and ministry leaders for Synod report
  • Complete “Form A” and “Form C” for inclusion in Synod annual report and annual congregational trend report

Office Equipment and Supplies

  • Maintain inventory of office supplies; reorder as needed
  • Maintain office equipment service agreements
  • Troubleshoot and remedy equipment and IT issues in office
  • Refer larger IT problems/needs to IT manager

Property/Physical Plant

  • Communicate physical plant concerns and/or repair needs to Property Team and/or Custodian 
  • Serve as liaison between tradesmen/contractors for scheduling of repairs, regular maintenance, and inspections 
  • Receive contractors during regular business hours, providing necessary building access and direction

Other Duties As Assigned

  • Light bookkeeping possible
  • Curate Trinity’s current social media platforms 
    • Analyzing social media activity and efforts
    • Knowing and understanding the Council’s guidelines and policies
    • Knowing best practices to make effective use of media
    • Creating new content that promotes activities of the congregation within, and to the wider community
    • Sharing, as appropriate, outside material such as items posted by the synod or ELCA

Software Knowledge

  • Proficiency with the following software is a must:
    • Microsoft Office (principally Word and Excel; Paint 3D, PowerPoint as needed)
    • Google Suite (Gmail, Calendar, Docs)
  • Familiarity with the following software is a plus:
    • Mailchimp (congregational e-mailing)
    • Zoom (video conferencing by congregation groups)
    • WordPress (Trinity website)
    • ACS (congregation membership database)
    • Adobe Acrobat Pro (pdf document editing and consolidation)
    • Video editing software experience a plus

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to: office@trinityelca.org, attention: hiring manager.