Sunday, December 16, 2018
Third Sunday of Advent
Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 am
Sunday School and Adult Forum at 9:30 am
Children’s Advent Pageant at 10:45 am
Stir up the wills of your faithful people, Lord God, and open our ears to the preaching of John, that, rejoicing in your salvation, we may bring forth the fruits of repentance; 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
Acolytes – TBD (8:15), Anjali A (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Nancy N (8:15), Robert M (10:45)
Children’s Church – pageant (8:15), pageant (10:45)
Greeters – Matthew & Tamara C (8:15), Pam B (10:45)
Lectors – Jerry B (8:15), Linnea A (10:45)
Ushers – Ross A, Joan E, Margaret F, Greg F (8:15), Robert P, Rich G (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Nancy J (8:15), S,B (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15), Jackie K (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Noralyn D
Tellers – Thor N, Petra T
From the Pastor …
Dear People of God,
Sometimes I wonder about Advent. The popular culture, with its focus on secular Christmas/holiday observances, seems not to hear the Advent gospels that direct our lives. Generally speaking, two themes dominate the season: the exhortations and admonition of John the Baptizer; and, the glorious, blissful song of Mary. Taken together, these themes point the faithful in the direction of something momentous God is doing, something that is worthy of our attention and preparation.
I hope this season is bringing you a renewed sense of faith and community, here with the people of God. I hope that renewal reaches out to your family and friends, and ultimately, the world. After all, it is not just for us that Jesus came. God so loved the world…..
Whatever your politics, however you view the world and its challenges and opportunities, this is still a world that God loves – believer and unbeliever alike. Advent still teaches that and blessed are we who are able to receive its blessings.
See you in worship,
The Good News Ax
It’s the third week of Advent. The kids are practicing their pageant, Christmas carols are playing nonstop everywhere we go, and we are waiting for that precious babe to be born in Bethlehem, wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger. But just as we are settling into that saccharin scene of Christmas sweetness, John the Baptist shatters it with his talk of an ax lying at the base of the tree and an unquenchable fire.
John’s job is to give us a wake-up call: “People! The one you are waiting for is a whole lot more than just a cute little baby!” This Jesus for whom we wait is coming with power as sharp as an ax and as hot as fire, to prune away everything that holds us back from the fruit-bearing life we were born to express.
It may seem a bit too harsh and violent for our mid-Advent mood, but this ax is where things get good! Think of the things that prevent fruit from growing: guilt, shame, the hoarding of possessions, our fear that there isn’t enough, the disease of sin. All of this will be chopped away and burned, making space for life to grow.
Think of the ways God chops back that which keeps us from new growth. We may be steeped in all kinds of internal poisons, prone to believing ourselves unworthy. But at the communion table, God cuts through those lies and says, “No, this is my body given for you.” Through baptism we are equipped with words that can cut like a knife and truth as consuming as unquenchable fire: “You are God’s child.” Cleansed, nourished, and pruned, we can recognize ourselves as God’s worthy and beloved children and begin bearing fruit.
Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2018 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.
Coffee Hour Needs YOU
Our coffee hours are a great time for fellowship and greeting visitors and friends, but we need more volunteer coffee hour hosts. Sign up on the sheet on the coffee hour table, or contact Lynn B with questions or to sign up. Thank you.
Gifts of Hope:
This Sunday is the Last Day!
Help those in need while you shop for Christmas! How can you give more hope? Visit the Gifts of Hope table in the Social Hall after worship services to learn more and to make your purchases. The last day for purchases is Sunday, December 16.
Soup Supper & Hanging of the Greens Church Decorating
Tuesday, December 18, 6:30 pm
Come be a part of Trinity’s Hanging of the Greens, on Tuesday evening, December 18. We’ll begin with a soup & bread supper, then decorate! See the announcement/singup in this Sunday’s worship bulletin. Contact Carol B or the church office with questions.
Our Handbell Choir Concert
Saturday, December 15, 1:00 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 much 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. ALL AGES are welcome. Hope to see you there.
Questions? Contact Marilyn C.
Blue Christmas Service
Friday Evening, December 21
Trinity’s Stephen Ministry program will hold a Blue Christmas Service on the longest night of the year, Friday evening, December 21, at 7:00 pm. While we are told we’re all supposed to be happy at this time of year, it is very common for many to struggle physically, emotionally, and spiritually during the month of December. Sometimes feelings of sadness, loneliness, and grief overwhelm and can negatively impact our ability to cope with everyday stressors.
Please know that you are not alone. In the Blue Christmas service, we will read Bible verses, recite poetry, sing hymns, light candles, pray, and honor our individual and collective losses. Please join us for this special service.
How Can I Support a Good Mission?
Nominate It for a Trinity Mission Endowment Award!
The Mission Endowment Committee looks to the congregation for recommendations of organizations to receive awards in spring 2019. Each year the Mission Endowment Fund generates income, which is used to enhance the mission outreach of Trinity apart from the operating budget. By sustaining the annual awards, the fund is a gift that keeps on giving!
Mission Endowment Fund awards are made in three categories:
- Special (non-budgeted) projects of Trinity Lutheran Church – our congregation
- Special ministries in the community
- Special benevolence – supporting mission of the church beyond our congregation
Submit nominees to the church office. Nominations are due by January 27, 2019.
BIGGER Than a Building! (2015-2018)
As of December 9, the amount received for the original BTAB! Mission Appeal is $459,898.12. We are around $19,000 short of the pledged amount. Have you fulfilled your pledge for the original BTAB! Mission Appeal? This appeal runs from 2015-2018, so there’s only a few more weeks left! Please make sure you fulfill your total 3-year pledge amount by the end of December. Thank you.
Pledges and Gifts
For the 2019 Living in Grace and Gratitude annual Stewardship Appeal, as of December 10, 32 family units have pledged $161,004, and 46 adults and 9 youth have turned in their Time & Talent forms. If you have not yet pledged, Pledge Cards and Time & Talent Forms are available in the church office or from ushers on Sunday. Completed cards and forms may be placed in the offering plate or mailed to the church office, Attn: Financial Secretary. Thank you.
BIGGER Than A Building! 2 (BTAB! 2)
As of December 10, for the new 3-year BIGGER Than A Building! 2 (BTAB! 2) Mission Appeal (2019-2021), 32 family units have pledged $263,320. We need everyone’s pledge to meet our goal of $350,000 to pay off our mortgage for the new building and refurbishments to Trinity. Pledge cards and envelopes are available from the ushers. If you have not yet pledged, place your pledge card in the offering, or mail it to the church, Attn: Financial Secretary. Thank you.
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
Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, Central America
. . . 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
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
John W, Sunrise of Rockville
family and friends*
Davide C, relative of Len S
Kim D and family, friend of Sunhee P
Marie G, mother of Sarah G
Sixto M, friend of Len & Ani S
Dennis N, brother-in-law of Keith & Lily C
Debra P, sister of Tom K
Natalie S, mother of Dan S
Ruth W, grandmother of Christine B
*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. Kristine S
21. Casey B
22. Jonah W
19. Julie N
21. Julianna C
21. Yulie N
16. Sarah M & Tom K
18. Susan & Kevin D
This Week at Trinity
Sun, Dec 16 (Advent 3)
8:15 am. Holy Communion
9:30 am. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 am. Holy Communion and Children’s Advent Program
1:45 pm. Bethesda H&R – Choir
Mon, Dec 17
7:30 pm. Heavenly Handbells
Tues, Dec 18
11:15 am. Staff Meeting
6:30 pm. Soup Supper & Church Decoration
6:30 pm. Stephen Ministry Supervision
Thurs, Dec 20
7:30 pm. Trinity Singers
Fri, Dec 21
7:00 pm. Blue Christmas Service
Sun, Dec 23 (Advent 4)
8:15 am. Holy Communion
9:30 am. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 am. Holy Communion
Dec 24. Christmas Eve services – 6:00 & 8:30 pm
Dec 30. No Sunday School
Image credit: Advent Candles By Liesel – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22956105