Trinity Tidings for November 15, 2018

Trinity Tidings for November 15, 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018
Lectionary 33B, 25th Sunday after Pentecost
Commitment Sunday

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 am

Sunday School/Adult Forum at 9:30 am

Almighty God, your sovereign purpose brings salvation to birth. Give us faith to be steadfast amid the tumults of this world, trusting that your kingdom comes and your will is done through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Assisting Us in the Sunday Liturgy

Acolytes – TBD (8:15), Vincent M (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Carol B (8:15), Nalini A (10:45)
Children’s Church – Anita S (8:15), Jane R (10:45)
Greeters – Nancy J (8:15), Kathy H (10:45)
Lectors – Phil D (8:15), Nathan L (10:45)
Ushers – Thor & Nancy N (8:15), Angela B and Robert P (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Margaret F (8:15), Lynn & Bud B (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Marilyn G (8:15), Carol B (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Dick J
Tellers – Mina and Annie A

Weekly Devotional

Constant Presence

Daniel 12:1-3
Psalm 16
Hebrews 10:11-14 [15-18] 19-25
Mark 13:1-8

Chapter 13 of the Gospel of Mark is not an easy read (read the whole chapter sometime today). In today’s gospel, at the beginning of the chapter, a disciple gushes over the size and grandeur of the temple in Jerusalem. He is impressed and enthusiastic. Jesus, however, openly mocks what the disciple has so praised.

A small group of disciples pleaded with Jesus for more information later that evening, and his message now seemed even bleaker. Jesus spoke about wars, famines, and social unrest that would disrupt everyone and everything. And that temple over which they had been fawning? Jesus knew that the massive stones of this towering monument to the Hebrew faith would be yet another helpless casualty if the Roman Empire got angry enough. He could give them no comfort, only a firm, unyielding truth: life was about to become a nightmare for everyone. If his disciples wished to make it through this time in one piece they needed to continue to remember his words and follow him.

Jesus warns against being led astray. This is what chaos does. This is what fear does. There is hardly a better way for evil to spread than through chaos. There is hardly a feeling more corrosive to all that is good and holy than fear. In the midst of chaos and fear, Jesus filled the disciples, and fills us, with the power of the Spirit. This Spirit-power helps us navigate the dangers and fears we will surely face in life. These threats, these rumors of wars, earthquakes, and famines? They were not just back then. They are now, taking many forms. They are constant, unyielding. But mercifully, Jesus is yet even more constant and unyielding—in ages past right up to this moment. Thanks be to God.

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 $448,138.12 as of November 11. 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 is the teacher.

This Sunday Is Commitment Sunday

Remember to bring your stewardship pledge cards to church this Sunday, November 18.

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.

Social Ministry Invitation

The Social Ministry Committee invites you to attend its regular meeting this 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!

Thanksgiving Weekend –
Intergenerational Sunday School
Preparing Personal Care Kits for LWR

We have all the supplies!

Thanks to a generous grant from Thrivent Financial, we now have all the supplies needed to prepare 144 personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief (LWR) during the Sunday school hour next Sunday, November 25. We no longer need donations of soap or toothbrushes. We just need hands to assemble the kits that Sunday. We hope you can participate!

Please contact Anita S or Kathy T with questions.

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

Starting this Sunday, November 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, December 16.

Community Family Life Services’
Annual Give-a-Gift Program
November 18 – December 9

The holidays are a time of giving and sharing. This is a wonderful opportunity to share with many children in need and give them a real Christmas. In fact, your gift may be the only one a child receives.
Trinity is collecting new toys, games, books and clothes for children infant through 18 years old for Community Family Life Services. Toys should be new and in their original packaging, but not wrapped. There is a special need for gifts for children 12-18 years. Look for the brick papered box in the Social Hall.

CFLS hosts a free holiday store so parents can choose gifts for their children. If you are interested in assisting, you may contact CFLS: 202-347-0511 (ext. 3200).

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

Our Handbell Choir Concert –
New Day and New Place

Saturday, December 15, 1:30 PM

Our 16th annual Christmas concert at Glenview Mansion has been moved this year to the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, due to renovations at the mansion. The theatre and mansion are both part of the Rockville Civic Center grounds at 603 Edmonston Dr, Rockville, MD 20851. There will be a lot more seating available than in the mansion and we will be playing on stage! Also, plenty of parking is available behind the theatre.

Admission is free.

Santa and some other special characters will be present.

ALL AGES are welcome.

Bring family and friends with you.

Hope to see you there.

Questions? Contact Marilyn C.

The Word in Season

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

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
Annie F, friend of Brooke C
Marie G, mother of Sarah G
Kathy G, friend of Margaret F
Howard M, friend of Margaret & Greg F
Debra P, sister of Thomas K

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

19. Atticus D
19. Logan D
22. Jim K
24. Roger B
24. Rebecca P

Baptismal Days
20. Salama N
23. Sarah G
24. Laura S
24. Mary W

This Week at Trinity

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)

Mon, Nov 19
7:30 pm – Heavenly Handbells (Wor)

Tues, Nov 20
11:15 am – Staff Meeting
6:30 pm – Stephen Ministry Supervision (10)

Thurs, Nov 22 Thanksgiving Day
Church office closed

Sun, Nov 25 Christ the King Sunday
8:15 am – Holy Communion
9:30 am – Intergenerational Sunday School
10:45 am – Holy Communion
(No Confirmation Class)

Looking Ahead

Nov 30. Chrysalis (through Dec 2)
Dec 8. Kids’ Morning Out
Dec 8. Choir Retreat
Dec 15. Advent Pageant Rehearsal
Dec 15. Handbell Concert
Dec 21. Blue Christmas Service