Trinity Tidings for 11. October

Trinity Tidings for 11. October

Sunday 14. October 2018
21st after Pentecost, Lectionary 28B

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

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

Almighty and ever-living God, increase in us your gift of faith, that, forsaking what lies behind and reaching out to what lies ahead, we may follow the way of your commandments and receive the crown of everlasting joy, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolytes: TBD (8:15); Linnea S (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Jerry B (8:15); Leslie C (10:45)
Children’s Church: Margaret F (8:15); Jane R (10:45)
Greeters: Keith & Lily C (8:15); Diana M (10:45)
Lectors: Sarah M (8:15); Sarah G (10:45)
Ushers: Thor N & Mike J (8:15); David C & Henry C (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Tom & Nancy M (8:15); S Family (10:45)
Altar Custodian: Carol B (8:15); Kathy H (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly: Dick J
Tellers: Annie A & Mina
Organist: Clarice S
Choir Director: Mary B

Weekly Devotional

Not Impossible

Amos 5:6-7, 10-15
Psalm 90:12-17
Hebrews 4:12-16
Mark 10:17-31

The man who approaches Jesus in today’s gospel had followed all God’s laws since his youth. He had done all that was expected of him. But he wondered: What else did he need to do to inherit eternal life?

Jesus’s answer almost seems like a cruel joke. All the young man had to do was sell his possessions, give the money away, leave his home—meaning his family and his very way of life—and follow Jesus. It’s enough to make one wonder if the young man walked away feeling hopeless. He had already done everything he was supposed to do—what more could Jesus possibly expect from him?

Peter argues that the disciples have already done what Jesus has just told the man to do. The disciples have left their belongings, their livelihoods, and their families to follow Jesus. What more could Jesus possibly want from them?

As God’s beloveds, we give our time, our talents, and our treasures to the church, so what more could Jesus possibly want from us? Are we lacking? The man’s possessions prevented him from following Christ. He lacked the willingness to put God ahead of everything else in his life. What Jesus wants, more than anything else, is for us to put service to God ahead of everything else in our lives. To love God with all our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls.

This may not sound like good news. It may sound impossible. But our God does not leave us hopeless and despairing in our lack—our lack of faith, our lack of action, our lack of love for others. Jesus tells the disciples and us, “For God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27). God already loves us. We have already inherited eternal life. There’s no joke here, only God’s boundless grace.

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

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.

Third Quarter Financial Statements are available in the Social Hall.

Adult Forum This Sunday

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

Congregational Meeting
This 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, this Sunday 14. October to vote on this necessary repair. Stay to talk with the incoming interim pastor.


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 $442,510.07 as of 7. October. Have you fulfilled your pledge? Thank you for your generous support.

Help for Indonesia
Lutheran Disaster Response

On 28. September, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit parts of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Through the ELCA longstanding companion relationships in Indonesia, Lutheran Disaster Response is providing relief and will continue to support survivors on the long road to recovery. Your gifts ensure that the needs of survivors of this disaster can be addressed. Contribute online at:, or write a check to Trinity, with “Lutheran Disaster Response” in the memo line. Your contribution will be sent to the the ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response program. Thank you.

God's Work Our Hands

LSS Coat Drive

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.

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.

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.

Interim Pastor News

The Council voted in the Sept. meeting to accept Pr. Eugene Kern as our Interim Pastor, beginning in November. This 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.

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.

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:

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, and those to be baptized: Peter S, Martha R, and Paula S

. . . 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
Rob M, son-in-law of Marilyn & Robert C
Thomas M, father of Tom M

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

17. Benjamin N
17. Jon S
20. David K
20. Kristina S

Baptismal Days
17. Sunhee P
19. Shirley O
20. Jeanine B

Wedding Anniversaries
16. Jane R & Samuel S
19. Nalini & Ravinder A

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

This Week at Trinity

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
1:00 pm – Trinity Singers (9)
6:00 pm – Youth Group (6th-12th)
Mon 15. Oct
9:00 am – Trinitarian newsletter deadline
7:30 pm – Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues 16. Oct
11:15 am – Staff Meeting (11)
6:30 pm – Stephen Min Supervision (10)
Fri 19. Oct
Social Hall Closed ALL DAY for floor waxing
Sun 21. Oct (Pentecost 22 / Lect 29)
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum / Adult Inquiry
10:45 am – Holy Communion w/ reception of New Members
12:00 pm – New Members Welcome Lunch
12:15 pm – Get the Word Out Team (1)
12:15 pm – Trinity Singers (9)
1:45 pm – Bethesda H&R – GTWO
5:00 pm – Confirmation Class (11)

Looking Ahead

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 by 14. October for luncheon
  • Childcare provided
  • Send photos to church office