Trinity Tidings for 27. September 2018

Trinity Tidings for 27. September 2018

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost,
30. September 2018

Holy Communion at 8:15 am and 10:45 am

Sunday School/Adult Forum/Adult Inquiry at 9:30 am

Generous God, your Son gave his life that we might come to peace with you. Give us a share of your Spirit, and in all we do empower us to bear the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); Anders S (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Jerry B (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Children’s Church: Anita S
Greeters: Matthew & Tamara C (8:15); Peggy J (10:45)
Lectors: Keith C (8:15); Nicholas C (10:45)
Ushers: Ross A & Mike J (8:15); David C & Henry C (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Dan & Rob S (8:15); Diana M, Susan S, Miriam M (10:45)
Altar Custodian: Carol B (8:15); Christine B (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly: Diana B
Tellers: Dick & Peggy J
Choir Director: Mary B
Organist: Clarice S

Weekly Devotional

Pass the Salt

Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
Psalm 19:7-14
James 5:13-20
Mark 9:38-50

Flavored salt is a relatively new trend in the culinary world. Salt can be infused with many different flavors including saffron, chocolate, lemon, even bacon. Online recipes are widely available for do-it-yourselfers, or you can order flavored salt from many online retailers. The possibilities for flavoring salt seem endless. Salt is good, and apparently it can be seasoned.

Our bodies need salt to function properly. In the ancient world, salt was a big commodity because it was used as a preservative essential for storing food. Entire communities could suffer from starvation if they didn’t have sufficient supplies of salt. Salt was so valuable that it was used as currency in some places. Roman soldiers were often given salt as part of their wages. The word salary comes from the Latin phrase salarium argentum, “salt money.”

So salt isn’t simply “good,” as Jesus says in today’s gospel reading (Mark 9:50). It is vital to life and health. We might interpret Jesus’ teaching as saying that salt is more important than your hand or your foot, needed far more than either of your eyes, and worth more than your life. Salt isn’t just salt here; it’s belief in the power of the name of Jesus.

Jesus tells us that everyone will be “salted with fire” (Mark 9:49). This salty fire both burns and gives warmth. This salt, belief in the power of Jesus and his name, is a preservative—not for food, but for our salvation. We aren’t meant to place stumbling blocks in front of others or prevent them from getting flavored with belief in Jesus, because that leaves all of us bland and tasteless. What God wants for us is a salty, flavorful life.

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2017 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

Celebrating 28 Years of Ministry with Pastor Berner
Reformation Sunday 28. October

9:30 am – Sunday School
10:45 am – Holy Communion (one service only)
12:30 pm – Luncheon at St. Mark Presbyterian Church Social Hall (MAP)

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy N or Miriam M.

Adult Forum This Sunday

The Adult Forum class is studying the epistles of John. This group meets Sundays at 9:30 am in Conference Rm 10.

You Said Lutherans Believe What?
An Adult Inquiry Class

Sundays at 9:30 am
through 21. Oct 2018

If you are interested in becoming a member of Trinity, please join us for this class. If you have been a member of Trinity and are interested in learning more, this class is for you as well. Please talk with Pastor Berner about your interest or the church office.

Altar Guild Workshop and Luncheon

Altar Guild Workshop and Luncheon is coming Saturday 6. October at 11 am. All members of Altar Guild, plus anyone interested in learning about the ministry of altar work, is invited to attend. Please RSVP to Carol B.

Blessing of the Animals

The Blessing of the Animals will be at Trinity at 5:00 pm on Sunday 7. October. Bring your hamsters, guinea pigs, dogs, horses, llamas, iguanas, snakes, frogs, and horses. St. Francis of Assisi is known as the patron saint of ecology and animals. Why? He took to heart the psalms when they say the animals praise God.

Congregational Meeting
Sunday 14. October

Our pipe organ needs repair! The amount of repair is large enough that we must have the explicit permission of the congregation to spend the money. Please attend at noon on Sunday 14. October to vote on this necessary repair. Stay to talk with the incoming interim pastor.

Interim Pastor News

The Council voted in the Sept. meeting to accept Pr. Eugene Kern as our Interim Pastor, beginning in November. On Sunday 14. October, Pastor Kern will be our guest at the Adult Forum and also at the Congregational Meeting at noon. He will speak briefly about the nature of an Interim Pastor and entertain your questions.


Pledging for Mission

BIGGER Than A Building! 66 families have pledged $479,040 to our 3-year mission appeal. Total amount received for BTAB! is $440,215.07 as of 16. September. Have you fulfilled your pledge? Thank you for your generous support.

In Memoriam

Stephen K, the son-in-law of our members Jane R & Sam S, was killed in Hawaii when he fell off a mountain while hiking on his honeymoon. Jane and Sam’s daughter Jeffanie married Stephen on 8. September in Virginia and they were on their honeymoon in the Hawaiian island of Molokai. Stephen went hiking alone on 17. September to chart out a trail to make sure that it was safe for his wife to hike with him. He did not return and Jeffanie reported him missing. A four-day search finally discovered Stephen’s body in Pia Gulch on Molokai. The family has asked for your prayers and for financial help to return Stephen’s body home and for funeral expenses. If you would like to help, make a check to Trinity Lutheran Church and indicate “Stephen K” in the memo line. Thank you.

For more information:

Calling for Photos

We would like to collect photos to be included in a slide show for Pastor Berner’s Farewell Dinner. If you have any pictures that involve Pastor and Trinity in the past 28 years, we would love to be able to include them. If they are computer images, please email them to the church office, or if they are reprints you can give them to Nancy N or Pastor Berner.

Pastor Transition Process

In August, the Congregation Council met with Bishop Graham from the Metro DC Synod to discuss the process of transitioning to a new pastor after the retirement of Pastor Berner. A summary of the process appears in the September Trinitarian. If you have any questions or concerns about the process, please raise them with your favorite council member.

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, 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

Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
Margo W

family and friends*
Janet B, sister of Carol B
Carl H, friend of Judy D and Sabrina R
Harold H, cousin of Marilyn C
Sonny L, uncle of Sabrina R
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
Phil S, friend of Jerry B

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

30. Sept – Wayne D
1. Oct – Reid D, Sean G, Anna V
2. Oct – Frederic S
3. Oct – Shirley O
4. Oct – Kristin A, Gregory M

Baptismal Days
1. Oct – Kristina S
2. Oct – Brenden H
5. Oct – Connor D

Stephen K
17. September
son-in-law of Jane R & Sam S

Father Abraham and Bible Distribution
At Trinity, Sunday 23. September

This Week at Trinity

Sun 30. Sept (Pentecost 19 / Lect 26)
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum / Adult Inquiry
10:45 am – Holy Communion
12:15 am – Youth Team Meeting
5-7 pm – Confirmation Class
Mon 1. Oct
7:30 pm – Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues 2. Oct
11:15 am – Staff Meeting (11)
6:30 pm – Stephen Ministry Supervision (10)
7:30 pm – Staff Support (11)
7:30 pm – Stewardship Team (Lib)
Thurs 4. Oct
7:30 pm – Trinity Singers (MR)
Fri 5. Oct
12:30 pm – Tilden Project
Sat 6. Oct
9:30 am – Youth Game Day w/ Pr Berner
11:00 am – Altar Guild Workshop & Lunch
Sun 7. Oct (Pentecost 20 / Lect 27)
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum / Adult Inquiry
10:45 am – Holy Communion
12:15 pm – Property Team Meeting
5:00 pm – Blessing of the Animals
5:30 pm – Confirmation Class

Looking Ahead

14. Oct
– Congregational Meeting, 12 Noon
21. Oct
– Reception of New Members, 10:45
– New Member Lunch, 12:15 pm
28. Oct (Reformation Sunday)
– Sunday School, 9:30 am
Holy Communion (one service only), 10:45 am
– Pr Berner Retirement Farewell Luncheon at St. Mark, 12:15 pm