Trinity Tidings for 4. October 2018

Trinity Tidings for 4. October 2018

Sunday 7. October 2018
20th after Pentecost, Lectionary 27B

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

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

Sovereign God, you have created us to live in loving community with one another. Form us for life that is faithful and steadfast, and teach us to trust like little children, that we may reflect the image of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); Colin G (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Sarah M (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Children’s Church: Anita S (8:15); Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters: Jane R & Eric S (8:15); Trevor H (10:45)
Lectors: Keith C (8:15); Greg F (10:45)
Ushers: Thor & Nancy N (8:15); Margaret & Greg F (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Margaret F & Marilyn G (8:15); Leslie C (10:45)
Altar Custodian: Carol B (8:15); Kathy H (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly: Diana B
Tellers: Lynn & Bud B
Organist: Clarice S
Choir Director: Mary B

Weekly Devotional

As A Little Child

Genesis 2:18-24
Psalm 8
Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
Mark 10:2-16

Beth gave birth to her son at four in the afternoon. Because of some initial breathing troubles, the baby was whisked away to the intensive care unit while Beth was wheeled to the recovery area. It wasn’t until three in the morning that the baby was able to leave the ICU. The nurse brought him to Beth, placed him in her arms and left them alone. There was quiet outside her window except for a trickle of traffic and the sound of hospital employees coming and going with the change of shifts. Just another day beginning.

But Beth knew nothing was ordinary about this day. She smiled at her son, held him close and whispered what felt like a thousand promises to him. He looked up at her with sleepy eyes, seeming to rest on every one of her promises.

Time spent with children teaches us the unwieldy truth that everything we do and say is being observed carefully. They look to us for the answers about how things work, what is right and wrong, how to speak, and how to love. Whether we deserve it or not, they believe in us passionately, unflinchingly.

Jesus’ holy heart melted as he looked into the innocent, trusting eyes of the children around him. He loved them, well-behaved or not—we can tell because he told us that how we welcome children shows how we welcome God’s own self (Mark 9:37). He was fiercely protective of them—we can tell because he warned us that it would be better to be violently drowned than to knowingly interfere with a child’s faith (Mark 9:42). And he knew children have great lessons of faith to teach us—we can tell because he said that we must receive the kingdom of God as a little child in order to enter it (Mark 10:15).

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

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.


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 $442,095.07 as of 30. September. Have you fulfilled your pledge? Thank you for your generous support.

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)

  • Reservations required for luncheon.
  • Childcare provided.
  • Send photos to church office.

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

LSS Coat Drive

God's Work Our Hands

Throughout October, Trinity will collect new and gently used coats and other outerwear for refugees in the DC area. Outerwear is needed for all ages and genders, and in all sizes; donations should be clean and in good repair.

Items accepted:

  • Coats
  • Fleeces
  • Winter Hats
  • Gloves
  • Mittens
  • Warm Scarves

Please contact Kathy T with questions.

Altar Guild Workshop and Luncheon CANCELLED

Altar Guild Workshop and Luncheon for this Saturday has been cancelled.

Please be at church instead on 14 October for the Altar Guild installation at both services.

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.

Men’s Group

The Men’s Group will meet at the home of Steve S on Wednesday, 10. October at 1:00 pm. Carpooling is recommended as parking is restricted. Contact Steve for more information.

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:

All Saints’ Memorial Display

Honor the saints who shared the Christian faith with you!

Please bring a photo on Reformation Sunday 28. October of those who have died in the faith – family members or friends. These will be placed near the altar during our worship on All Saints’ Sunday, 4. November, and then on a display table in the Social Hall for the remaining Sundays of November.

You also may provide the names and dates of those departed loved ones you would like remembered at the All Saints’ Sunday Holy Eucharist. Please provide these to the church office by Sunday 28. October.

Thank you.

Calling for Photos

We would like to collect photos to be included in a slide show for Pastor Berner’s Farewell Luncheon. 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.

Addendum: International Handbell Symposium

Four of our Trinity Heavenly Handbells members recently participated in the International Handbell Symposium in Cairns, Australia. More details about their trip and the Symposium are in the October edition of The Trinitarian. Video of the closing concert is available online here:

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, Indonesia, 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
Chris T
Margo W

family and friends*
Janet B, sister of Carol B
Svati D, friend of Vimala P
Harold H, cousin of Marilyn C
Carl H, friend of Judy D and Sabrina R
Sonny L, uncle of Sabrina R
Rob M, son-in-law of Marilyn & Robert C
Thomas M, father of Tom M
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.

8. Matthew C
8. Gabe D
9. Adelyn C
10. Marilyn G
10. Linnea S
13. Sarah G
13. Julianne N

Baptismal Days
7. Anjali A
7. Leonard S
8. Sarah B
9. Henry C
12. Robert D
12. Emma G

Wedding Anniversary
7. Peggy & Dick J

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

This Week at Trinity

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
12:15 pm – Trinity Singers
5:00 pm – Blessing of the Animals
5:30 pm – Confirmation Class
Mon 8. Oct
7:30 pm – Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues 9. Oct
11:15 am – Staff Meeting (11)
7:30 pm – Congregation Council (10)
Wed 10. Oct
1:00 pm – Men’s Group
Sun 14. Oct (Pentecost 21 / Lect 28)
8:15 am – Holy Communion w/ inst of Acolytes & Altar Guild
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum / Adult Inquiry
10:45 am – Holy Communion and Baptism w/ inst of Acolytes & Altar Guild
12:15 pm – Special Congregational Meeting
12:15 pm – Trinity Singers
6:00 pm – Youth Group (6th-12th)

Looking Ahead

21. Oct
10:45 am – Reception of Mew Members
12:15 pm – New Member Lunch

28. Oct (Reformation Sunday)
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Ed
10:45 am – Holy Communion (one service)
12:15 pm – Pr Berner Retirement Farewell Luncheon at St. Mark Presb.

  • Reservations required for luncheon.
  • Childcare provided.
  • Send photos to church office.