This Sunday

Sunday, July 14 (Lectionary 15)

Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m.

O Lord God, your mercy delights us, and the world longs for your loving care. Hear the cries of everyone in need, and turn our hearts to love our neighbors with the love of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Vincent M
Assisting Minister: Jim K
Cantor: Rebecca L
Children’s Chapel: David C
Greeter: Peggy J
Lector: Sarah G
Ushers: Greg & Margaret F
Coffee Hour: Nancy J
Altar Guild: Miriam M
Tellers: Dick & Peggy J
Bulletin Assembly: Noralyn D


What’s Happening!

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


From the Pastor…

Has this ever happened to you?  You’re invited to dinner or maybe to visit and someone says to you, “Just sit anywhere you like”.  And you do. And pretty quickly it dawns on you that you’ve chosen (pick one) grandma’s, Aunt Susie’s, or Uncle Fred’s favorite chair! Who knew, right!??

In the scriptures hospitality is always a big deal – pretty close to holiness, actually. And the onus is always on the believer, the one on the inside of the family of faith. I remember my mother once describing a friend of hers as someone so gracious that she always made you feel welcome, even if she didn’t mean it!

The goal of God, I’m pretty sure, is for hospitality to be offered freely and joyfully, but maybe sometimes (or should I say, especially during ‘some’ times) when we don’t feel like it.

It’s not easy being hospitable – to family, friends, members, strangers – all the time. It’s an aspirational discipline. But oh how we love it when we’re on the receiving end.

Sunday we will hear a story about a wounded man left for dead in a ditch and another man who extended him great hospitality. Some say hospitality is the first sign of discipleship. What do you think?

Blessings,
Pr. Kern


Therefore always welcome one another, just as Christ himself welcomed us, to the glory of God.

Romans 15:7

AC – After Church

Sundays in July

Linger for a bit (20-30 minutes) after church with Pr. Kern each week for conversation on various topics related to transition and the future. Sessions begin about 10 minutes after the postlude is over.

This week’s topic: Things No Congregation Tells the New Pastor!


LIFE Class

Living in Faith Everyday (LIFE), a Trinity favorite, is back!  Each Sunday in July from 9:00-9:45 in the Library, participants will read through the following week’s lectionary and discuss how the readings touch their lives.  Each class is self-contained, just come when you can to be part of the discussion.


School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Throughout the summer, we are collecting supplies to prepare school kits for LWR. On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 8, we will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School.

Here is an updated list of the items still needed to achieve our goal of 200 kits:

  • [744] 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
  • [188] 30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
  • [172] Blunt scissors
  • [853] Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
  • [887] Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
  • [195] Box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • [191] Box 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 T or Anita S with any questions.

Every Sunday Is Hunger Sunday

Hunger doesn’t happen only on the first Sunday of the month, so every Sunday is Hunger Sunday. We serve food every Sunday at coffee hour and we have the ELCA World Hunger offering plate on the table every Sunday. As you enjoy coffee hour treats, think of those who are hungry and be generous as we thank God for our blessings.


Chrismon-Making Class in August

Trinity will have a new 15-foot Christmas tree this December, and we plan to decorate it with beaded Chrismons as symbols of our faith.

Carol Bruno and Sabrina Rufty will offer a Chrismon-making class on Saturday, August 3, at 10 a.m. (Krispy Kreme donuts and coffee provided!) To ensure we have enough kits, please preregister with Carol. If you cannot attend in August but would like to take a future class in September, let Carol know your available dates.

Not crafty but still want to take part? You may make a donation to Trinity (indicate Chrismons on the envelope), perhaps in honor or in memory of someone who helped you on your faith journey. 

(For more information, see article in the July-August Trinitarian.)


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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


Altar Flowers

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


In Memoriam

Gail Robinson, wife of Steve Larsen, and a former member of Trinity, died this week. The family is planning a non-religious gathering in her memory (and at her request) that will be held at Trinity on Friday, July 19, at 11 a.m. A catered lunch will follow the gathering. This will not be a funeral or memorial service. No pastor or musicians have been requested. It is a gathering of family and friends who would like to be together and remember Gail.


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: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T, Margo W 
family and friends*
Peggy A, friend of Vimala P
Marlynn B, father of Christine B
Nora K, mother of Jeanine B
Steve W, friend of Thor & Nancy N

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

Birthdays
19. Henry C
20. Esther M

Baptismal Days
14. Ana N
20. Joshua B

Deaths
Gail R +July 1, 2019
Don Rafael Alcaide C +July 5, 2019 (friend of Len & Ani S)
Ronita A +July 7, 2019 (cousin of Miriam M)

This Sunday

Sunday, July 7 (Lectionary 14, Pentecost 4)

Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m.

O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus, you are the city that shelters us, the mother who comforts us. With your Spirit accompany us on our life’s journey, that we may spread your peace in all the world, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Linnea S
Assisting Minister: Leslie C
Cantor: Linnea S
Children’s Chapel: Nicholas C
Greeter: Phil & Noralyn D
Lector: Robyn K
Ushers: Robert P, Paul D
Coffee Hour: (potluck) Margaret F
Altar Guild: Miriam M
Tellers: Bud & Lynn B

What’s Happening!

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


From the Pastor…

Dear People of God,

How does your family work? I have a plaque on my wall that reads, If You Knew My Family You’d Understand! Sound about right to you?

Every family system (and any organization of people for that matter) has generally accepted (and mostly unspoken!) norms. For example, in some families it is not acceptable to show emotion – no hugging, no crying, etc. In some organizations, no one is expected to publicly disagree with the boss. In still other families, there is always has to be someone for everyone else to complain about – rebellious teens and alcoholics often fill this role.

Congregations are like families, too. There are documents of governance usually, maybe bylaws that spell out responsibilities and organization, but in, through, and under all of that there are people – the church family – who relate to each other in all the myriad ways of a family.

St Paul once likened the church to the body of Christ. Jesus called us brothers and sisters, implying our related-ness to one another. And from generation to generation, the family of God evolves – living, breathing, laughing, crying, helping, hurting, embracing and holding on to one another… just like a family.

Blessings
Pr Kern


In Memoriam

Gail Robinson, wife of Steve Larsen, and a former member of Trinity, died this week. The family is planning a non-religious gathering in her memory (and at her request) that will be held at Trinity on Friday, July 19, at 11 a.m. A catered lunch will follow the gathering. This will not be a funeral or memorial service. No pastor or musicians have been requested. It is a gathering of family and friends who would like to be together and remember Gail.


AC – After Church

Sundays in July

Linger for a bit (20-30 minutes) after church with Pr. Kern each week for conversation on various topics related to transition and the future.


LIFE Class Is Back!

Living in Faith Everyday (LIFE), a Trinity favorite, is back!  Each Sunday in July from 9:00-9:45 in the Library, participants will read through the following week’s lectionary and discuss how the readings touch their lives.  Each class is self-contained, just come when you can to be part of the discussion.


Intro to Handbells

Everything You Wanted to Know About Handbells but Were Afraid to Ask

Ever wondered how the handbell choir produces all those unusual sounds, what the written music looks like, or what it is like to ring those beautiful bronze bells?  Then this workshop is for you.  Join us for an “Introduction to Handbells” class on Thursday, July 11, 7:00–8:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.

The class is free and there is no obligation.  However, you must sign up by July 10 so that we can be properly set up for the number of people attending. Please contact Marilyn Converse with questions and to register. Come prepared to have an interesting and fun time.


Every Sunday Is Hunger Sunday

Hunger doesn’t happen only on the first Sunday of the month, so every Sunday is Hunger Sunday. We serve food every Sunday at coffee hour and we have the ELCA World Hunger offering plate on the table every Sunday. As you enjoy coffee hour treats, think of those who are hungry and be generous as we thank God for our blessings.

Refugee Families Update

Our refugee families have recently moved to a new apartment complex. One family is in need of more furniture for their new apartment, including a sofa, chairs, dining table, queen or full mattress and bed frames. If you have any furniture items you’re no longer using and would like to donate, please contact Kathy T.


Chrismon-Making Class in August

Trinity will have a new 15-foot Christmas tree this December, and we plan to decorate it with beaded Chrismons as symbols of our faith.

Carol Bruno and Sabrina Rufty will offer a Chrismon-making class on Saturday, August 3, at 10 a.m. (Krispy Kreme donuts and coffee provided!) To ensure we have enough kits, please pre-register with Carol. If you cannot attend in August but would like to take a future class in September, please let Carol know your available dates.

Not crafty but still want to take part? You may make a donation to Trinity (indicate Chrismons on the envelope), perhaps in honor or in memory of someone who helped you on your faith journey. 

(For more information, see article in the July-August Trinitarian.)


Weekly Devotional

The Kingdom Comes

Lectionary 14C (July, 7, 2019)

A man experiencing homelessness enters the church on Sunday morning, and the pastor greets him. As though to provide some sort of evidence that he deserves to be there, the man reaches into his wallet and hands her a yellowed, worn-out-from-folding piece of paper. The pastor’s eyes move from the man to the paper, and she reads, “Certificate of Perfect Sunday School Attendance at First Lutheran Church.” It is his most prized possession, carried through every crisis on a difficult journey.

Decades before, Sunday school teachers in the classrooms of First Lutheran Church had loved and served a little boy. Planning lessons on Saturday evenings, teaching him stories and songs about God’s love each Sunday morning, they planted in him a sense of belonging, of being beloved by God. The kingdom work they started in that little boy still stirs in him as he crosses the threshold of a church and reaches into his wallet, handing his certificate to the pastor.

The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray to the lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest.

Luke 10:2

When Jesus sends the seventy out to proclaim the good news of God in every town, he makes it clear that whether they are welcomed or rejected, they are to say plainly that “the kingdom of God has come near” (Luke 10:9). As we move about our lives, we are called to love and serve where we are, trusting that when we leave, the Spirit remains.

The work of the Spirit is not finished when we leave a place. The in-breaking of the kingdom does not depend on our remaining or being present to continue the work. God will keep breathing life into people long after we have moved on, maybe even years after Sunday school teachers have awarded stars and certificates. The love we offer and the stories and songs we teach are just some of the ways we declare that the kingdom of God has come near. The Spirit moves, and we get to participate!

Love. Serve. Proclaim the good news: The kingdom of God has come near!

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


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
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: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T, Margo W 
family and friends
Matthew & Dierdre, friends of Susan K
Peggy A, friend of Vimala P
Marlynn B, father of Christine B
Maria F, friend of Carol B
Nora K, mother of Jeanine B
Eric L, friend of Tom Kern & Sarah M
Barbara R & Sonny L, aunt & uncle of Sabrina R
Steve W, a friend of Thor & Nancy N
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. Jane R
9. Peter S
11. James T
12. Susan D
12. Karl M

Baptismal Days
7. Anja S
13. Anita S

This Sunday

Sunday, June 30 (Lectionary 13, Pentecost 3)

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45

Sovereign God, ruler of all hearts, you call us to obey you, and you favor us with true freedom. Keep us faithful to the ways of your Son, that, leaving behind all that hinders us, we may steadfastly follow your paths, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); TBD (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Jonah W (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Cantors: Mary B (8:15); Elizabeth R (10:45)
Children’s Chapel: TBD (8:15); Jane R (10:45)
Greeters: Jonah W (8:15); Matthew & Tamara C (10:45)
Lectors: Keith C (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Ushers: Joan E (8:15); Robert P, Paul D (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Bill & Diana B (8:15); Bud & Lynn B (10:45)
Altar Custodians: Noralyn D (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Tellers: Annie A, Mina
Bulletin Assembly: Diana B


What’s Happening!

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


From the Pastor…

Dear People of God,

Summer is racing on!  I don’t know about you, but I never tire at how rapidly green things grow when the summer sunlight returns. Creation is always astounding.

While nature flowers, summer is traditionally a slower time in the congregation.  We move to a single, combined service on July 7. Sunday School is on hiatus, though Margaret F is facilitating a LIFE Class beginning in July; and I will be offering AC – After Church, a short conversation about one aspect of transition work in a congregation, on the Sundays in July.  I hope you’ll stop by one or both of these offerings sometime.

I’d also like to lift up for your consideration an opportunity to serve in a new way.  For many years now the pastor and committee members of Trinity have shared Holy Communion with Bethesda Health and Rehabilitation on the Third Sunday of each month (2 pm).  What you may not know, for an equal number of years, our church has provided a rite for (lay) members of the congregation to share in the leadership of the distribution of the sacrament to those outside of regular worship. In other words, take the bread and wine to those in the facility. In my experience, people who participate in this ministry find it to be very meaningful and enjoyable. I would like to share this ministry with the members of Trinity.  If you are interested in learning more about this, please let me know!

Finally, with the 4th of July holiday coming up in a few days, may I be so bold as to suggest that we all add solemn prayers for our nation to our joyous festivities. The freedom for which so many have suffered, sacrificed, and died is challenged today in new, almost unimaginable ways. The nation of Ellis Island and its poor huddled masses, is now divided in fearful, divisive ways over child separation, racial identity, sexual orientation, poverty and wealth. Past sins of racism and treatment of native peoples have come back to haunt us. A venerated veteran and prisoner of war is mocked for his sacrifice by the Commander in Chief. Technology records our every action, sometimes our conversations, reducing privacy to mere algorithms. For all this is good and gracious in our land, we must surely give thanks to God. Also, as the fires of the grill turn to embers and the nighttime fireworks fill the sky, let us remember that the greatness of a nation is not revealed in the success of the most fortunate, but in its treatment and care of the least.

Blessings,
Pr Kern



AC – After Church

Sundays in July

Linger for a bit (20-30 minutes) after church with Pr. Kern each week for conversation on various topics related to transition and the future.


LIFE Class Returns!

Living in Faith Everyday (LIFE), a Trinity favorite, is back!  Each Sunday in July from 9:00-9:45 in the Library, participants will read through the following week’s lectionary and discuss how the readings touch their lives.  Each class is self-contained, just come when you can to be part of the discussion. LIFE begins Sunday, July 7.


BIGGER Than a Building 2! (BTAB 2!) Update

35 families pledged $290,920 to our 3-year BTAB 2! appeal to pay off our mortgage. $101,735 has been received as of May 31. Thank you so much!

We still hope to reach our goal of $350,000 to pay off our mortgage. It’s not too late to lend your support.  Thank you in advance for your generous support!


Refugee Families Update – 
You Can Make a Difference

Our refugee families will be moving to a new apartment complex at the end of June. One family is in need of more furniture for their new apartment, including a sofa, chairs, dining table, queen or full mattress and bed frames. If you have any furniture items you’re no longer using and would like to donate, please contact Kathy T.


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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


Altar Flowers

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


Free Programs at The Village at Rockville

Estate Planning Workshop and Lunch
Tuesday, July 16, 10:25 a.m.

You are invited for a one-hour informational workshop on Estate Planning Essentials and Mistakes to Avoid, followed by lunch. Attorneys Frank Baldino and Will Hellams will provide helpful information for you and your family to plan. Please register by contacting Alice Benson at abenson@nationallutheran.org or 301-354-8422. Lang Hall; The Village at Rockville (9701 Veirs Drive; Rockville, MD 20850).

Beyond Memory Loss
Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

Many people don’t understand why someone with dementia might exhibit odd behaviors or act so differently from the way they did before. This program, Beyond Memory Loss: Handling Personality Changes and Impulse Control Issues, will help you better navigate the symptoms of dementia that are difficult to understand and manage. Register by contacting Rochelle Clarke at rclarke@thevillageatrockville.org or 301-354-8442. Multi-Purpose Room, Terrace Level; The Village at Rockville (9701 Veirs Drive; Rockville, MD 20850).


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: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends
Matthew & Dierdre, friends of Susan K
Marlynn B, father of Christine B
Maria F, friend of Carol B
Nora K, mother of Jeanine B
Eric L, friend of Tom K & Sarah M
Barbara R & Sonny L, aunt & uncle 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.

Hello Friends!

The summer is a slower time at Trinity, but that doesn’t mean that we’re gone…Things are just different. On July 7, we will begin our summer schedule, with one service at 10 am. Mary B is still looking for folks who are interested in doing some special music during the offering. If you are interested in singing/playing or want to get a group together to play/sing something together, please contact Mary B or the office (office@trinityelca.org).

July 20 – All Trinity Youth age 13 and younger are invited to head over to the Badlands Indoor Playground (http://badlandsplayspace.com/ ) for some play time and fellowship. We will meet there at 9:30 am, and finish up around noon. Please RSVP to me by July 10, to make sure that we have enough reservations.

We will be offering some service projects throughout the summer for our middle and high school youth. Please watch your email for more information on that.

Rising Kindergarten! Please let Anita know if you are entering Kindergarten this fall.

Flat Jesus is BACK! What is Flat Jesus? Flat Jesus is a small laminated cartoon of Jesus, that you take pictures with as you travel. When you get a chance, please email them to me, and we will post pictures throughout the summer. There will be some available at church. Here is the graphic if you want to make one of your own.

Save the picture, print it out, and color it!
Here’s one I took 2 summers ago. This is one example of many. Be creative!

I am out of the office from June 21 – 26. If you have any questions during that time, please contact Pastor Kern or the office. Thank you, and I will see you very soon!
Anita
aksmallin@gmail.com

This Sunday

Sunday, June 23 (Lectionary 12, Pentecost 2)

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45

O Lord God, we bring before you the cries of a sorrowing world. In your mercy set us free from the chains that bind us, and defend us from everything that is evil, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: TBD (8:15); TBD (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Jerry B (8:15); Nathan L (10:45)
Cantors: Carol B (8:15); Rebecca L (10:45)
Children’s Chapel: Margaret F (8:15); Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters: Thor & Nancy N (8:15); Hagen & Kristina S (10:45)
Lectors: Jerry B (8:15); Linnea A (10:45)
Ushers: Mike J, Thor N (8:15); Greg & Margaret F (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Keith & Lily C (8:15); S/T family (10:45)
Altar Custodians: Noralyn D (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Tellers: Thor N, Petra T
Bulletin Assembly: Dick J


What’s Happening!

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


From the Pastor…

Dear People of God,

I hope these summer weeks are affording you a change of pace and the opportunity to enjoy a bit of creation wherever your heart takes you.

In between vacations and time away, summer is actually a busy time in the ministry of a congregation with a lot of the emphasis on looking and planning ahead. Don’t forget the annual planning gathering on June 26 to set the calendar of events for next year.

And speaking of planning ahead, I’m looking for some interested persons who would like to learn how to lead worship at the service Trinity provides once a month (the 3rd Sunday) at Bethesda Health and Rehabilitation. For several decades now the church has provided a rite for lay members of the community to distribute the sacrament to those who are unable to attend regular worship. I have found that members who take part in this ministry love it and find it to be very meaningful. If you would like to learn more about this ministry, please let me know – either by phone or email and we will arrange a time for training.

On Sunday the church enters the Green Season, also known as Ordinary Time. We worship the crucified and risen Lord who walks with us in daily life, revealing grace and love to all the world. See you in church.

Blessings,
Pr Kern



Summer Music

We would love to hear you in worship – during the offering or Communion – during summer Sundays through August.

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


Help Fight Poverty

A Wider Circle logo

The Social Ministry Team is organizing a group to volunteer at A Wider CircleSunday, June 23, from 1-3 p.m. All ages are welcome. We will leave from Trinity at 12:40. If you are unable to volunteer but have donations of gently used household goods or professional clothes, please bring them to Trinity on this Sunday and we’ll take them to AWC. Questions? Contact Margaret F.


Refugee Families Update –
You Can Make a Difference

Our refugee families will be moving to a new apartment complex at the end of June. One family is in need of more furniture for their new apartment, including a sofa, chairs, dining table, queen or full mattress and bed frames. If you have any furniture items you’re no longer using and would like to donate, please contact Kathy T.


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH 
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, James T, Chris T, Margo W 
family and friends
Matthew & Dierdre, friends of Susan K
Marlynn B, father of Christine B
James B, father of Mary B
Parri D, friend of David K
Maria F, friend of Carol B
Nora K, mother of Jeanine B
Eric L, friend of Tom K & Sarah M
Barbara R & Sonny L, aunt & uncle of Sabrina R
Lindsay L, friend of David K
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
23. Emma G
24. Kristin T
25. Pamela B
26. Lindsey D
26. Henri H
27. Vincent M
27. Ricky R
28. Piper M
Baptismal Days
27. Joan E
29. Petra T

Trinity Sunday, June 16

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45

Almighty Creator and ever-living God: we worship your glory, eternal Three-in-One, and we praise your power, majestic One-in-Three. Keep us steadfast in this faith, defend us in all adversity, and bring us at last into your presence, where you live in endless joy and love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
Psalm 8
Romans 5:1-5
John 16:12-15


Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: TBD (8:15); Anjali A (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Jerry B (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Cantors: Carol B, Mary B (8:15); Mary B (10:45)
Children’s Chapel: Jane R (10:45)
Greeters: Tom M (8:15); Peggy J (10:45)
Lectors: Nancy N (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Ushers: Thor & Nancy N (8:15); Dick & Peggy J (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Jane R, Eric S (8:15); S/T family (10:45)
Altar Custodians: Noralyn D (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Tellers: Dick & Peggy J
Bulletin Assembly: Diana B


What’s Happening!

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


From the Pastor…

Dear People of God,

Change is in the air!  On Friday and Saturday the voting members of the Metro DC Synod Assembly will be in prayer discerning who will be our next Bishop.  Bishop Graham is concluding 12 years as bishop and is retiring.  On Sunday morning I will have the name of a new bishop to share with you.  Attending the assembly from Trinity are John B, Philip D, Noralyn D, Anita S, and me.

I want you to know, too, that on Tuesday night at the regular monthly meeting of the Congregation Council, I offered the leadership a list of nine tasks that I believe are important to complete (or have substantially underway) before the Call Committee for a new pastor is formed.  My recommendations are based on member interviews, conversations, tasks identified in my Call process, as well as basic transition insights.  Here is the list of tasks, in abbreviated form. Items marked* are already substantially underway.

  • Task 1 – Continue our work to get clarity about Trinity’s mission and vision.*
  • Task 2 – Bridge the divide between various members/groups that exists within the congregation.*
  • Task 3 – Redress staff compensation inequities.
  • Task 4 – Increase member regular giving to ensure there is no deficit in 2019.
  • Task 5 – Raise awareness of the congregation’s dependence on building use income (presently more than $100k a year.)
  • Task 6 – Complete and Approve updating of the constitution and bylaws of the congregation.*
  • Task 7 – Secure the records of the congregation on site.
  • Task 8 – Hire a bookkeeper to reconcile financial data each month (under direction of the Treasurer.)
  • Task 9 – Revise and update staff job descriptions.*

The Council will continue to discuss these tasks over the summer so that we can get Trinity in the best possible position before a new pastor is called.  If you have any questions or comments about any of these, I will ask you this time to send me an email.  I don’t normally encourage email for discussion, but what I would like to do is to receive your questions and then have a time on Sunday morning to address everyone at once.

Please remember your church as you travel this summer.  Your gifts year-round make ministry possible!  If your vacation destination is in the US, I encourage you to worship in a local congregation while you are there.  It’s a wonderful feeling to be embraced by the body of Christ in a place we may never have known existed.

Blessings,
Pr Kern


Labyrinth Project: You Can Help!

Joshua B will be leading an Eagle Scout project to build a prayer labyrinth for Trinity this Saturday, June 15, from 9:00 am to about 4:00 pm. We’ll be working out in the large field north of the church and next to the playground. This will involve digging and laying bricks in a circular pattern.

Josh invites all Trinity members who would like to help dig and lay bricks to come for any part of the day. Lunch will be provided for volunteers. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves, if they have some, and a personal water bottle. We will have water for refilling.

We’ve created a Sign-up Genius to help us keep track of who is coming. Sign up is at the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaca92fa5f94-prayer


Summer Music

We would love to hear you in worship – during the offering or Communion – during summer Sundays through August.

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


Weekly Devotional

A Promise and a Feast

Trinity Sunday, June 16, 2019

As Jesus gathers with his disciples and spends time being intentional about the life and message he will leave with them, he expresses his own will, which is also the will of the Father. Jesus says serving and loving are the same thing (John 13:14-15), love is the way people will know they are his followers (13:35), and full unity with God and each other is the divine intention for all people (17:11). And today, in John 16, Jesus makes a promise. As he calls the disciples to love and serve the world and reminds them of the difficulty of working for unity, he makes them a promise: the Spirit of truth will guide them into all the truth.

But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and will remind you of all that I said to you.


John 14:26

We who gather in worship spaces in 2019 could use a promise we know will not be broken. As we hear Christ call us to work for unity and end division, we may be feeling angst similar to the distress felt by the disciples the night their Lord washed their feet and called them to pour themselves out for the sake of the world God loves. We love Jesus and long to love according to the will of God, but it can be so strikingly difficult! We need to hear again, “The Spirit of truth… will guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13).

When will we clearly hear the Spirit? How will we know the truth when we hear it? Where will we find the strength to act upon the truth we do hear? God has called us to a feast this morning, set with wine, bread, water, word, melody, poetry, and prayer. As we pull up our feasting chairs, the Spirit will use hymns to fill in our aching places, the word to guide us, and the bread and wine broken and poured to strengthen and fill us with all truth.

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


Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH
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, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Matthew & Dierdre, friends of Susan K
James B, father of Mary B
Parri D, friend of David K
Maria F, friend of Carol B
Nora K, mother of Jeanine B
Eric L, friend of Tom Kern & Sarah M
Barbara R & Sonny L, aunt & uncle of Sabrina R
Lindsay L, friend of David K
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
19. Paul D
20. Maggie H
21. Miriam M
Baptismal Days
16. Philip S
16. James T
18. Alex T
18. Rebecca T
20. Ricky R

This Sunday, June 9
(Pentecost)

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45

Sunday School and Adult Education at 9:30

Sunday School Picnic following 10:45 service

God our creator, the resurrection of your Son offers life to all the peoples of earth. By your Holy Spirit, kindle in us the fire of your love, empowering our lives for service and our tongues for praise, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Acts 2:1-21
Romans 8:14-17
John 14:8-17 [25-27]


Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: TBD (8:15); Anders S (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Nancy N (8:15); Sabrina R (10:45)
Children’s Chapel: TBD (8:15); David C (10:45)
Greeters: Steve S (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Lectors: Tom K (8:15); Hagen S (10:45)
Ushers: Joan E, Thor N (8:15); Mike J, Rich G (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Tad & Vi D (8:15); Sunday School Picnic (10:45)
Altar Custodians: Noralyn D (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Tellers: Annie A, Petra T
Bulletin Assembly: Diana B


What’s Happening!

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


From the Pastor…

Dear People of God,

Sunday is Pentecost – 50 days after Easter. Sometimes called the birthday of the church.

The story goes that the disciples were all together, still trying to figure out what to do next, when the Holy Spirit blew into their lives and fueled their passion to share the good news of the gospel.

On Sunday, the people of God will once again be gathered together in one place (church), still trying to figure out what to do next (mission/vision). And it just may be (!) that the Holy Spirit will move in this place, fill Trinity with renewed excitement, and we will find ourselves bursting with anticipation over what God will do next!

Like the first disciples, we are not left on our own. The Holy Spirit is poured out for us and on us! Imagine what that means!!

Blessings,
Pr Kern


Social Ministry Thank You

The Social Ministry committee thanks you – the Trinity community – for your generous contributions of diapers, infant clothing, and handmade baby afghans to Interfaith Works (IW). Your donations to IW’s Welcome Baby program makes a positive impact on new moms and babies in our local area.


Labyrinth Project: You Can Help!

Joshua B will be leading an Eagle Scout project to build a prayer labyrinth for Trinity on Saturday, June 15, from 9:00 am to about 4:00 pm. We’ll be working out in the large field north of the church and next to the playground. This will involve digging and laying bricks in a circular pattern.

Josh invites all Trinity members who would like to help dig and lay bricks to come for any part of the day. Lunch will be provided for volunteers. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves, if they have some, and a personal water bottle. We will have water for refilling.

We’ve created a Sign-up Genius to help us keep track of who is coming. Sign up is at the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaca92fa5f94-prayer


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.


Special Limited-Edition Handbell Mementos Available

Three special items are still available. To obtain any of the items listed below, please contact Marilyn C. Donations are greatly appreciated:

  • The Heavenly Handbells “Greatest Hits” CD – compiled by Steve S from ten years of recordings which he made at our concerts, 2007-2017.
  • 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.
  • Assorted note cards designed and made by Nancy N.

Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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


Altar Flowers

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


Remember in Your Prayers

THE CHURCH
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, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Matthew & Dierdre, friends of Susan K
James B, father of Mary B
Parri D, friend of David K
Eric L, friend of Tom K & Sarah M
Barbara R & Sonny L, aunt & uncle of Sabrina R
Lindsay L, friend of David K
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
13. Jan P
Baptismal Days
9. Gregory F
9. Elizabeth W
9. Karen W
10. Nathaniel C
10. Wayne D
10. Andrei S
13. Steven R

This Sunday, June 2
(7th Sunday of Easter)

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45

Sunday School and Adult Education at 9:30

Recognition of Graduates at 10:45

O God, form the minds of your faithful people into your one will. Make us love what you command and desire what you promise, that, amid all the changes of this world, our hearts may be fixed where true joy is found, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Acts 16:16-34
Psalm 97
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
John 17:20-26


Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); Vincent M (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Bill B (8:15); Nalini A (10:45)
Children’s Chapel: Margaret F (8:15); Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters: Jerry B , Brian A, Stella (8:15); Trevor H (10:45)
Lectors: Sarah M (8:15); Sabrina R (10:45)
Ushers: Ross A, Joan E (8:15); David C, Henry C (10:45)
Coffee Hour: [potluck M-Z] Nancy J (8:15); S/T family (10:45)
Altar Custodians: Noralyn D (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Tellers: Greg & Margaret F
Bulletin Assembly: Noralyn D


From the Pastor…

Dear People of God,

Do any of these names ring a bell? Altvater, Armbruster, Clore, Dulaney, Gohn, Hillstrom, Horn, Kurtz, Nolan, Rowe, Stup, Walter?

These are the names of the two women and ten men who signed the Articles of Incorporation for the soon to be Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Montgomery County, back in 1956.

Some of us have at least some recollection of 1956.  Dwight Eisenhower was elected for a second term.  Elvis Presley appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.  IBM released the first computer with a hard drive – it weighed one ton and measured 16 ft square – and stored about 5 megabytes of data.  Clearly, it was a different time!

In Ecclesiastes 3 we read, That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already is; and God seeks out what has gone by. It’s probably safe to say that without the faith and vision of these twelve saints back in 1956 Trinity would be a very different place than it is today, if it existed at all.  There was a time in the history of faith when Sunday was thought of as the eighth day – a day simultaneously in and out of time, caught up in the timelessness of God.

When we come to worship each week, that’s kind of what happens, isn’t it?  We gather in a space and in a way that many (forgotten) saints before us built and sacrificed to leave behind.  In our worship, their presence is still realized, just as ours will be for the generations that come after us.

Today is Ascension Day.  The risen and ascended Lord watches over all of us – that which is, that which was, and that which is yet to come – all is present in the living God.

Blessings,
Pr Kern


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 recognize graduates this 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.


LAST CHANCE!
Order Red Geraniums for Pentecost Sunday, June 9

Deadline for ordering is THIS SUNDAY, June 2.

Help us make a big splash for Pentecost – the Church’s birthday! We still need several more flowers to fully adorn the church. Thank you.

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.

I wish to order red geraniums @ $5.00 each

Given by:

In memory of: 

In honor of:


Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

This Sunday, June 2, we are holding a potluck coffee hour. Please bring a coffee hour item to share. (last names M-Z). 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.


May 28, 2019 https://www.elca.org/News-and-Events/7975

Children coming to our nation for safety and protection are still dying at our southern border while in U.S. detention.

Carlos, a 16-year-old youth from Guatemala, died May 20 in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Wilmer, a 2-year-old, died May 14, also in the custody of CBP. They were preceded in death by Jackelin, Felipe, Juan and a 10-year-old girl from El Salvador who died in September 2018 but whose death has just been disclosed. One year ago, Claudia Patricia Gómez González, a 20-year-old woman from Guatemala, was shot in the head and killed by a Border Patrol agent while seeking safety in the United States.

I am deeply dismayed by the deaths of these children, made in the image of God, who came to our southern border as refugees and asylum seekers to ask us for protection. As a nation we denied them that safety, instead placing them in detention facilities, sometimes for months.

Our nation and its leaders have moral and legal obligations on behalf of those who seek safety in our land. As Congress considers federal funding for DHS, we advocate against further funds for immigration detention, deportation, and border militarization, and oppose intentional policy choices that harm children and families.

We follow a Lord who instructed, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs” (Matthew 19:14). As we continue to serve and love our neighbor, we pray for the well-being of children and families in detention, and we urge the presidential administration to seek alternatives to the detention of children.

In Christ,

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop, ELCA


Lutheran Disaster Response

U.S. Tornadoes

A series of powerful and destructive tornadoes has ripped through parts of the central U.S., leaving destruction in its wake. In Missouri, at least three people have been killed, homes and businesses have been destroyed, and rescues are still underway. Tornadoes have also been reported in Oklahoma, Iowa, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, and there is a threat of additional severe weather in some locations.

Lutheran Disaster Response is working with those in the impacted states, including partnering with local synods, congregations and social ministry organizations to respond with immediate relief.

What you can do:

Pray for the communities that were impacted by these destructive tornadoes. May God’s healing presence give them peace and hope in their time of need. Pray that God will deliver comfort to those who mourn the loss of loved ones and strength to those who are working diligently to care for affected communities.

Give to Disaster Response: Gifts to “U.S. tornadoes” will be used entirely (100%) to assist those affected by tornadoes until the response is complete.


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*
James B, father of Mary B
Barbara R & Sonny L, aunt & uncle of Sabrina R
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G
Matthew & Dierdre, friends of Susan K

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

Birthdays
4. Meredith D
4. Inna S
6. Garrett P
7. Nancy N
7. Juni S
Baptismal Days
3. Kellen B
3. Reid D
6. Pamela B
8. Jonah W


What’s Happening?

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

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.

Hello Friends! We’re heading to the end of the year! Here is some important info as we lead into the summer.
Many of you heard that I was sick last week, complete with a trip to the ER. Thank you for your prayers. I am doing much better.

There is NO Sunday School on May 26 (Memorial Day). Repeat: There is no Sunday School on May 26.

The End of the Year Party for the Youth Group (Rising 6th -12th Grade) will be rescheduled to June 2. Watch your email for more information!


The Annual Sunday School Picnic


Sunday, June 9, 12:00 noon – Rain or Shine
We need your help to bring food items to the fun picnic.  Those with surnames:
A – K   bring dessert
L – Z    bring a salad or side dish
Chicken and beverages will be provided.Join us for great food, a moon-bounce, games and fellowship following the 10:45 service on June 9!

Youth Ministry Forum!
We are going to host another Youth Ministry forum at 9:30 am on June 16. We will be talking about the upcoming year. Grab some coffee, and come for the conversation.

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.

Happy Easter! Easter is not just one day…Easter is a total of 7 Sundays. We think of Easter as being one day, but it’s a whole season! We get to shout our Alleluias for a whole 7 weeks!

Reminder: Sunday, April 21 is Easter, with worship at 8:15 and 10:45 am, and the Easter Egg hunt is at 10:15.

On April 28, there will be one service at 10 am, a potluck, and then a congregational workshop. During the workshop, there will be additional childcare, along with a puppet show!

Junior Youth Group – May 4, 1 PM – We will be continuing to work on our service project for the Montgomery County Humane Society.

Youth Sunday! May 12 – Anita is looking for worship assistants, including ushers, greeters, special music, lectors, and help with the sermon. If you are interested, please let Anita know.

Youth Group – May 19 will be our last meeting for the year. We will be heading over to Zavazone. Watch your email for more details. All RISING 6th – 12th Graders are welcome to join in the fun!

Junior Youth Group – June 1 will be our last meeting for the year, where we will head over to the Badlands. Watch your email for more information.

Graduate Sunday – We will be celebrating all of our graduates on June 2.

Sunday School Picnic & Pentecost – The annual Sunday School Picnic is on June 9 after the second service. We will (hopefully) be outside, with games and a moon-bounce.