Trinity Tidings for 25. October 2018

Trinity Tidings for 25. October 2018

Sunday 28. October 2018
Reformation Sunday

Holy Communion at 10:45 am (one service only)

Sunday School/Adult Forum at 9:30 am

Almighty God, gracious Lord, we thank you that your Holy Spirit renews the church in every age. Pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in your word, protect and comfort them in times of trial, defend them against all enemies of the gospel, and bestow on the church your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolyte – Vincent M
Assisting Minister – Nicholas C
Crucifer – Anders S
Greeters – Donna & Steve S, Pam B
Lectors – Susan S
Ushers – Patricia S, Rich G, Bill & Diana B
Coffee – Lynn B
Altar Custodians – Carol B, Kathy H
Tellers – Margaret & Greg F
Organist – David S
Trinity Singers – Mary B, Director
Heavenly Handbells – Marilyn C, Director
Trombone – Jim K
Trumpet – Timothy P
Timpani – James T

Weekly Devotional

Set Free

Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 46
Romans 3:19-28
John 8:31-36

We live in a time when we can look up facts and search for information with one finger. But finding “the truth”? That is more difficult. In today’s gospel Jesus offers us the truth of himself. And as we observe the 501st anniversary of the Reformation, we continue to affirm and live out this truth: we have been saved by grace through faith alone, apart from our works. We have been freed from death’s grip on us.

Truth and freedom are two great Reformation themes. It can be tempting to look on the past with a nostalgia that clouds the truth. We may respond to Jesus like the Israelites, denying the ugly parts of our past in the same way they deny their enslavement (John 8:33). However, we too have been set free from the bondage of sin through the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

If we have been made free, what has God freed us to do, to be? Have we been freed to cling to our past or to live only for ourselves? To be unkind, apathetic, or compassionless? Has God freed us to ignore the poor, the homeless, the immigrant, the refugee, the marginalized?

No. We have been freed from sin so that we might serve and glorify God. We have been freed to live lives that share the good news of Jesus Christ, who became truly human out of love for creation. Beloveds, we have been freed from death so that we can truly live. That is who we are as children of the Reformation; but more important, that is who we are as children of God.

We are free; that’s the truth. Now let us live!

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


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 $443,485.07 as of 21. October. Have you fulfilled your pledge? Thank you for your generous support.

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. David K and Mary B are the teachers.

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.

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.

Thanksgiving Weekend
Intergenerational Sunday School
Preparing Personal Care Kits for LWR

On 25. November during the Sunday School hour, Trinity members will prepare personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief (LWR). LWR delivers the kits to people around the world who have lost everything from a natural disaster or life-threatening violence or who are struggling with the long-term effects of poverty.

Each kit contains 1 bath towel, 2 bars of soap, 1 toothbrush, 1 comb, and 1 nail clipper. Trinity will purchase the towels, combs and nail clippers. We ask members to bring in the following donations to make 144 kits:

  • 288 bars of soap (bath size)
  • 144 adult toothbrushes in individual pkgs

It costs LWR $2.65 to send one personal care kit to a person in need. By covering shipping costs, we can strengthen our support of LWR in helping to ship over 150,000 kits each year. If you would like to help cover shipping costs, or help to pay for the towels, combs, and nail clippers, please make a check out to Trinity with “Personal Care Kits” in the memo line.

Please contact Anita S or Kathy T with questions.

Social Ministry Invitation

The Social Ministry Committee invites you to attend its regular meeting on Sunday 18. November after the late service to learn more about our work and projects. Share your ideas for new ways we can serve our community while enjoying delicious snacks. Please speak with any of our members for more information: Kathy T, Lynn B, Marilyn G, Margaret F, Robyn K, or Susan S. We hope you will join us!

The Lunch Bunch Is Back!

Join us at Normandie Farm in Potomac on Thursday 6. December, 12:30 pm.

The Word in Season

The Word in Season devotional booklet for October-December 2018 is available in the tract rack in the Social Hall.

The Village at Rockville Fall Festival

Saturday 10. November – 9:30 am to 2 pm

Some of the offerings include the Gift Shop, Jewelry, Books, Plants, Stamps, Silent Auction, Grandma’s Attic, Christmas Décor, and a Bake Sale.

Lunch | 11 am – 1:30 pm
Independent Living Tours | 11 am, Noon & 1 pm
Chorus and Chimes Resident Concert | 2 pm


All proceeds benefit the residents.
Cash or Checks only event.

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, Central America
our congregation
Trinity Church
. . . the nations
Afghanistan, Haiti, Korea, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Sudan(Darfur), Syria, Ukraine, the United States, and Zimbabwe
. . . the sick and suffering
nursing/rehabilitation center
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
Susan K, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
Jean B
Tigist G
Tom M
James T
Chris T
Margo W
family and friends*
Carol B, former member
Svati D, friend of Vimala P
Annie F, friend of Brooke C
Kathy G, friend of Margaret F
Betty J, friend of Diana & Bill B
Rob M, son-in-law of Marilyn & Robert C
Howard M, friend of Margaret & Greg F
Thomas M, father of Tom M
Debra P, sister of Thomas K
Gregg S, brother of Anita S
Isabella S, friend of Rebecca P

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for 4 weeks. After 4 weeks, please complete another card. Thank you.

William Ashley V
17. October
son of Robyn K

30 Oct – Ruth S
31 Oct – Robert D
1 Nov – Juliana C
3 Nov – Tom M

Baptismal Days
30 Oct – Mary Ellen D
1 Nov – Andy B
3 Nov – Stella B

3 Nov – Lisa S & Michael V

This Week at Trinity

Sunday 28. October – Reformation Sunday 501st Anniversary
LSS Coat Drive
9:30 am – Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 am – Festival Holy Communion

Mon 29. October
7:30 pm – Heavenly Handbells
Tues 30. October
11:15 am – Staff Meeting
Wed 31. October
7:30 pm – Mission Endowment
Thurs 1. Nov
7:30 pm – Trinity Singers
Sat 3. November
Time TBA – Jr. Youth Group
Fall Back! Daylight Saving Ends.
Set clocks back one hour Saturday night.

Next Sunday 4. November
All Saints Sunday with Commemoration of the Faithful Dead
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 am – Holy Communion
12:15 pm – Christian Education Team
12:15 pm – Property Team

Looking Ahead

6. Nov – Stewardship Team, 7:30 pm
7. Nov – Finance Team, 7:00 pm
18. Nov – Commitment Sunday and Pie Sunday