Trinity Tidings for November 8, 2018

Trinity Tidings for November 8, 2018

Sunday, November 11, 2018
Lectionary 32B, 25th Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 am

Sunday School/Adult Forum at 9:30 am

O God, you show forth your almighty power chiefly by reaching out to us in mercy. Grant us the fullness of your grace, strengthen our trust in your promises, and bring all the world to share in the treasures that come through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolytes – Matthew B (8:15), Anusha A (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Nancy N (8:15), Sabrina R (10:45)
Children’s Church – TBD (8:15), David C (10:45)
Greeters – Phil & Noralyn D (8:15), Hagen & Kristina S (10:45)
Lectors – Keith C (8:15), Sabrina R (10:45)
Ushers – TBD (8:15), TBD (10:45)
Coffee Hour – BIll & Diana B (8:15), Susan & Kevin D (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Marilyn G (8:15), Kathy H (10:45)
Tellers – Lynn & Bud Booth

Weekly Devotional

Why This Widow?

1 Kings 17:8-16
Psalm 146
Hebrews 9:24-28
Mark 12:38-44

Being exhorted to give money to religious institutions—especially large religious ones—is an experience shared by many faithful people. And yes, those with means are often reasonably tasked with the responsibility for making sure salaries are paid, building repairs are made, and a community has what it needs. But it is upsetting to think how the message of Give! Give! Give! would have affected someone like the widow in today’s gospel story. It just feels wrong. Her gift of two copper coins is striking for its testimony to both her devotion and her material desperation.

Jesus doesn’t glorify this widow’s poverty, and neither should we. But in praising her material sacrifice, Jesus shows us that the best teachers and exemplars of the faith are often people such as she, who give themselves fully to God despite crushing hardship. For having no choice but to utterly depend upon the Lord our God, the “least of these” may dwell in the wisdom of the cross in a way that those who are materially comfortable perhaps cannot.

Of course, even those who can write large checks to church capital campaigns know suffering and helplessness in the face of circumstances beyond their individual control. Serious illness, untimely deaths, accidents, betrayals, and random events all happen indiscriminately in this life. For followers of Jesus, confidence, power, and joy in spite of hardship comes from a deep dependence upon God that seeps into and permeates their lives. Be encouraged and strengthened by this widow’s example today. Even more, be encouraged and strengthened by Jesus’ compassion and love for her and for you.

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 $447,885.12 as of November 4. Have you fulfilled your pledge? Thank you for your generous support.

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 November 25 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, November 18, 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!

Gifts of Hope
Help those in need while you shop for Christmas!

Starting Nov 18 you can purchase a Gift of Hope for a friend or relative while making a contribution to someone who is in need. You will receive a beautiful Christmas card and an explanation of your purchase, while the actual gift will be forwarded to the organization which helps those in need.

Gifts of Hope has recently added two organizations, Lutheran Campus Ministry (LCM) and the Community of St. Dysmas (CSD). LCM helps college students on their faith journeys. CSD is a congregation in the State of Maryland prison system. Visit the Gifts of Hope tables in the Social Hall after the worship services to make your purchases, look at the catalog of 41 gift ideas, or get more information about all 19 organizations.

The last day for purchases is Sunday, Dec 16.

Pie Sunday – November 18

Bake a pie, make a pie, buy a pie, but BRING A PIE TO SHARE at coffee hour.

Sweet or savory
Dessert or brunch
Apple, pumpkin, sweet potato, berry, or your own favorite
A quiche, frittata, strata, or your special brunch dish

Contact Lynn B for more info.

Men’s Group

The Men’s Group will meet at Mike J’s home on Wednesday, November 14, at 1:00 pm.
Contact Mike J for more information.

Trinity Lunch Bunch

Join us at Normandie Farm Restaurant
Thursday, December 6, 12:30 pm

R.S.V.P. to Steve S by December 4

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
Annie F, friend of Brooke C
Kathy G, friend of Margaret F
Betty J, friend of Diana & Bill B
Howard M, friend of Margaret & Greg F
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.

11. Brian S
14. Yulie N
15. Sarah B
16. Catya B
16. Mary Louise D
16. Mark J
16. Togi S
16. Marjorie W

Baptismal Days
16. Leslie S
16. Lisa S

13. Ginger H & Paul S
15. Donna & Steve S

This Week at Trinity

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)

Mon, Nov 12
7:30 pm – Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues, Nov 13
11:15 am – Staff Meeting
7:30 pm – Congregation Council (10)
Wed, Nov 14
1:00 pm – Men’s Group (off-site)
Thurs, Nov 15
9:00 am – Trinitarian Deadline
Sat, Nov 17
10:00 am – Pageant Meeting

Sun, Nov 18 Lectionary 33 (Pentecost 26)
Commitment Sunday
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Sunday School / Adult Forum
10:45 am – Holy Communion
12:15 pm – Social Ministry Team
1:45 pm – Bethesda H&R – Stewardship
5:00 pm – Confirmation Class (11)
6:00 pm – Youth Group (6-12th)

Looking Ahead

Nov 22 – Thanksgiving Day (office closed)
Nov 25 – Intergenerational Sunday School
Nov 30 – Chrysalis (through Dec 2)