Trinity Tidings for January 3, 2019

Trinity Tidings for January 3, 2019

Sunday, January 6

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School and Adult Forum at 9:30 a.m.

O God, on this day you revealed your Son to the nations by the leading of a star. Lead us now by faith to know your presence in our lives, and bring us at last to the full vision of your glory, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12

Assisting Us in the Sunday Services

Acolytes – Matthew B (8:15), Colin G (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Nancy N (8:15), Miriam M (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – Margaret Fitzwilliam (8:15), Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters – Donna & Steve S (8:15), Matthew & Tamara C (10:45)
Lectors – Sarah M (8:15), Susan S (10:45)
Ushers – Ross A, Mike J (8:15), David C, Henry C (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Keith & Lily C (8:15), potluck [names A-L] (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Noralyn D (8:15), Patricia S (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Noralyn D
Tellers – Lynn & Bud B

From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

For many years I served two congregations in Pinellas County, Florida. In the northern part of the county lies the town of Tarpon Springs which is home to a large Greek Orthodox community. And in that community, the Day of the Epiphany was a major celebration, part of which included the Greek Patriarch throwing a cross into the lake and the young men of the parish diving in to the water to recover it, and with it, a blessing.

Because Epiphany is a fixed date, like Christmas, and doesn’t often fall on a Sunday, the festival has fallen out of favor in many Christian circles. This year the calendar blesses us with a Sunday date and with it, the close of the 12 days of Christmas. Our gospel on Sunday will bring us the story of the magi and invite us to consider the various ways in which God’s love is revealed … something we all wonder about from time to time.

I hope you will be able to join us for worship this week. It is a good thing when the saints of God can gather together to offer our worship and to support one another.

Pr Kern

Weekly Devotional

Boundaries Rearranged

A collision is taking place in the story of the magi coming to offer their gifts to Jesus. It is a collision we know well. It is the collision between outsiders who have something to gain and tightfisted insiders who feel as though they have something to lose.

Have you ever noticed the contrast between the magi and Herod? The magi travel from afar to open their treasure chests, and presumably their hearts, to this new Christ. Herod’s heart lurches and clenches and he has a tightfisted temper tantrum at the prospect of sharing his power with anyone new, let alone some infant sought by strange astrologers!

Epiphany is about worlds colliding and boundaries being rearranged so that people who otherwise have nothing in common become one body. Many a Lutheran church sign reads, “All are welcome.” Conceivably, “all” includes magi from the east, shepherds, Herod, young parents, newborn babies—you name it.

“All are welcome” sounds great, unless you’re Herod. Unless you have something to lose by making room; unless the arrival of new folks, new traditions, or newness in general might mean that you have to share your power, your privilege, and your status.

Epiphany reveals two truths. The first is that God really means business when God says that all are welcome. God is all about a manger scene that’s full of unlikely characters, full of unsuspecting worlds colliding and becoming the community of God. The second truth is that while God brings outsiders in, Herod stands in like a placeholder for all of us, revealing our propensity to become tightfisted, selfish, and hostile when our privilege or status is challenged.

Luckily for us, God goes ahead and makes room for the outsider despite our protest.

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2018 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

Space In Your Home?

A donor has a twin bedroom set that one of our families can use when they move into a larger apartment. They are looking for a new apartment now, but they will need a place to store the furniture for a few months. Please contact Kathy T (301-675-6987) if you have space in your home to store it temporarily or have questions.

Trinity Men’s Group

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, January 9, at Dick J’s house starting at 1:00 p.m.
Please let Dick know if you are planning to attend.

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:

  1. Special (non-budgeted) projects of Trinity Lutheran Church – our congregation
  2. Special ministries in the community
  3. Special benevolence – supporting mission of the church beyond our congregation

Submit nominees to the church office. Nominations are due by January 27, 2019.

Pledges and Gifts

For the 2019 Living in Grace and Gratitude annual Stewardship Appeal, as of December 30, 46 family units have pledged $192,759, and 54 adults and 10 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 30, for the new 3-year BIGGER Than A Building! 2 (BTAB! 2) Mission Appeal (2019-2021), 33 family units have pledged $276,520. 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.

BIGGER Than a Building! (2015-2018)

As of December 30, the amount received for the original BTAB! Mission Appeal is $462,273.12. This appeal runs from 2015-2018, so time is running out! Please make sure you fulfill your total 3-year pledge amount by the end of December 2018. Thank you.

Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

The first Sunday of each month will be potluck coffee hours starting January 6, with last names A-L to bring in a coffee hour item to share, February 3, names M-Z, and so on. We still need hosts for these Sundays as well as hosts for all our coffee hours. Sign up on the schedule on the coffee hour table or contact Lynn B.

Annual Reports Due January 15

Committee Chairs, Choir Directors, Church Officers, Youth Leaders, Financial Reports. The deadline for your Annual Report to the congregation is January 15. Please submit reports to the church office. Thank you.

Super Bowl Sub Sale
Sunday, February 3

Youth Group is again offering subs for $7.00 each. Order your freshly made subs for Sunday, February 3! Please use the order forms provided in the January Trinitarian or Sunday bulletins. Proceeds help send Trinity youth to the 2019 Youth Mission Trip. Thank you.

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
Diana B
Jean B
Tigist G
Susan K
James T
Chris T
Margo W
family and friends*
Diane M, friend of Margaret F
Debra P, sister of Thomas K
Harold P, former member
Natalie S, mother of Dan S
David 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.

7. Charles M
8. Chloe D
9. Karin H
11. Alex T
12. Nancy M

Baptismal Days
12. Christine B

This Week at Trinity

Sun, Jan 6 – Epiphany
8:15 a.m. Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 a.m. Holy Communion
12:15 p.m. Parish Life Team (SH)
12:15 p.m. Trinity Singers rehearsal (MR)
12:15 p.m. Youth Team
3:00 p.m. High School Youth Group
Mon, Jan 7
7:30 p.m. Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues, Jan 8
7:30 p.m. Congregation Council (10)
Wed, Jan 9
12:15 a.m. Church Staff
1:00 p.m. Men’s Group (Johnson res.)
Sat, Jan 12
10:00 a.m. Church De-Decorating
Sun, Jan 13 – Baptism of Our Lord
8:15 a.m. Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 a.m. Holy Communion
12:15 p.m. Trinity Singers rehearsal (MR)
12:15 p.m. Worship & Music Team (11)
6:00 p.m. Youth Group (6th-12th)