Trinity Tidings for November 1, 2018

Trinity Tidings for November 1, 2018

Sunday November 4, 2018
All Saints Sunday

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 am

Sunday School/Adult Forum at 9:30 am

Almighty God, you have knit your people together in one communion in the mystical body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Grant us grace to follow your blessed saints in lives of faith and commitment, and to know the inexpressible joys you have prepared for those who love you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Fall Back!
Daylight Saving Time Ends!

Remember to set your clocks back one hour before bed on Saturday night, November 3.

Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolytes – TBD (8:15), Anjali A (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – John B (8:15), Jim K (10:45)
Children’s Church – Anita S (8:15, 10:45)
Greeters – Diana B (8:15), Peggy J (10:45)
Lectors – Jerry B (8:15), Nathan L (10:45)
Ushers – TBD
Coffee Hour – Nancy Jacobson (8:15), TBD (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Marilyn G, Kathy H
Tellers – Dick & Peggy J

Weekly Devotional

Resurrection and Life

Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm 24
Revelation 21:1-6a
John 11:32-44

Tears are plenteous. Children from one ocean to another cry out for bread and clean water, for health and warmth. Young people cry out powerful concern for the future. One generation to another weeps over loved ones lost, over loneliness, over reconciliation gone awry.

Jesus wept too. Standing outside the tomb of his friend Lazarus, he wept (John 11:35). Jesus’ tears might seem oddly placed. Lazarus’s sisters, Martha and Mary, had called for Jesus as their brother fought illness. The sisters expected Jesus to come, and come quickly—after all, Lazarus was one Jesus “loved” (John 11:3). But Jesus waited. Jesus stayed back, telling his disciples Lazarus had simply “fallen asleep.” Only at the appropriate time would he go to wake up Lazarus.

When Jesus does arrive it is four long days after Lazarus has died. Mary and Martha are still overcome with grief. Still in no hurry to make his way to the grave, Jesus stops to hear Martha give words to her pain: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died” (John 11:21). He stops to hear Mary cry the same words. Then—and only then—does he make his way to Lazarus’s tomb.

Why does Jesus cry, after waiting all that time to go to the grave? Why does he cry, when he must have known, like Martha and Mary, that he could have done something about it?

He cries because all causes of human pain—separation, death, suffering—are surely to be wept over. Even in the midst of the presence of God, sorrow is real. It hurts. But against all pain, God’s promises have final victory for us, for all who experience pain and death. “I am,” Jesus says, “the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). Today, on All Saints Sunday, we celebrate the astounding promise of resurrection. Jesus lives, and we live because of him.

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 $444,268.07 as of October 28. Have you fulfilled your pledge? Thank you for your generous support.

Third Quarter Financial Statements are available in the Social Hall.

Greetings from Interim Pastor Eugene Kern

Dear Trinity Members and Friends,

Now that change has come to your community a significant transition has begun. While this is a new place (probably) for you, this is a territory I know well. I find that working with a congregation as they transition from one chapter of their life together to another is a deeply spiritual, energizing, and joyous work. Thank you for allowing me to walk with you in this tender time. A little bit about me: I like to work hard, and laugh often; babies make me smile, and kindness warms my heart; and while it shouldn’t surprise me, the visible grace of God in life still takes my breath away. The prophet Isaiah talks about how God likes to do new things. Let’s work together to discern what God might be up to in the Trinity community!

Blessings, Pastor Kern

Thank You from Pastor Berner

Trinity! Thank you for your love, encouragement, and support. Your faithfulness to the Gospel of Christ’s love and mercy has inspired me every step of this Camino (the Way of eternal life) we have shared for 28 years!
Shortly before I was to be ordained, I commissioned the art professor at Concordia College, St Paul, MN, to make a Communion set (2 cups, 2 bread plates, a bread “box”, and a wine pitcher) as an ordination gift for my home congregation. Because that congregation would only use their silver Communion set, they returned it to me. I shared it with St John Mark in Homestead, PA, and with Trinity. I leave it with you now, and hope it will be a reminder that God’s infinite love comes to us in earthen vessels, and as earthen vessels.

We have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. – 2 Corinthians 4:7

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.

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 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, November 10 – 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*
Bill B, friend of Sabrina R
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.

8. David M
9. Susan D
9. Lisa S
10. Barbara B

Baptismal Days
6. Brian S
8. Jim J
9. Nicholas C
10. Barbara B

This Week at Trinity

Next Sunday, November 4
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
Mon, Nov 5
7:30 pm – Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues, Nov 6
11:15 am – Staff Meeting
6:30 pm – Stephen Min Supervision (10)
7:30 pm – Stewardship Team (Lib)
Wed, Nov 7
7:00 pm – Finance Team (11)
Thurs, Nov 8
7:30 pm – Trinity Singers (MR)
Sun, Nov 11 (Lectionary 32, Pentecost 25)
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum
10:45 am – Holy Communion
12:15 pm – Worship & Music Team (11)
12:15 pm – Youth Team meeting
5:00 pm – Confirmation Class (11)

Looking Ahead

Nov 6 – Stewardship Team, 7:30 pm
Nov 7 – Finance Team, 7:00 pm
Nov 18 – Commitment Sunday and Pie Sunday
Nov 22 – Thanksgiving Day (office closed)
Nov 25 – Intergenerational Sunday School
Nov 30 – Chrysalis (through Dec 2)