Trinity Tidings for January 10, 2019

Trinity Tidings for January 10, 2019

Sunday, January 13
Baptism of Our Lord

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

Almighty God, you anointed Jesus at his baptism with the Holy Spirit and revealed him as your beloved Son. Keep all who are born of water and the Spirit faithful in your service, that we may rejoice to be called children of God, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Isaiah 43:1-7
Psalm 29
Acts 8:14-17
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

Assisting Us in the Sunday Services

Acolytes – TBD (8:15), Anjali A (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Jonah W (8:15), Nalini A (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – Anita S (8:15), Jane R (10:45)
Greeters – Jane R, Eric S (8:15), Trevor H (10:45)
Lectors – John B (8:15), Sabrina R (10:45)
Ushers – Ross A, Joan E (8:15), Paul D, Robert P (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Nancy J (8:15), Christine B (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Noralyn D (8:15), Patricia S (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Dick J
Tellers – Greg & Margaret F
Altar Flowers are given by Vimala P in celebration of Nalini A’s birthday

From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

The year is moving quickly. The nativity of our Lord. The arrival of the magi. And now, this Sunday, the baptism of our Lord. 30 years of life compacted in less than a month.

I often experience faith like that – all jumbled together, pushing me forward with a mixture of joy, delight, fear, and dread. How about you?

To quote Mr Dickens, we live in the best of times and the worst of times. No one can say our lives are not full of wonder and wonderful things and yet….. and yet….. we struggle with our sin, both ancient and modern: racism, sexism, economic disparity, political injustice, and all the rest. Clearly, the people of God have work to do!

And speaking of work to do, in your Sunday bulletin you will find a Help Wanted flyer. Several tasks are before us in this time of transition and it’s more than one or a few people can do. Take a look at the needs and the opportunities and see if it will bring you joy to say Yes to one of the tasks.

Pr Kern

Weekly Devotional

Sharing Affirmations

As you prepare to worship today, take a moment to notice those gathering around you. There may be people you have known for many years, others you’ve known only a short time, and maybe some you have never met before. The assembly you see has been gathered together by the Holy Spirit on this day to share with one another the grace of God made known in Jesus Christ. These voices will share the word of God in readings, prayer, and song. These hands will give and receive signs of peace and bread and wine at the table.

In today’s gospel we find another group of people gathering. John the Baptist has drawn them into the wilderness offering baptism with water. Amidst this assembly, Jesus Christ appears. He is baptized among them and receives divine affirmation: “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased” (Luke 3:22). From this assembly, Jesus goes forth to begin a ministry that will be marked by sharing with others the affirmation he received. The poor, the unloved, and the brokenhearted—they too are God’s children, God’s beloved, with whom God is well pleased.

Today, this affirmation is given to you and those around you to be rehearsed in this baptismal community. As worship ends, you, too, will be sent to share it with others. Throughout the coming week, in homes and workplaces, through service and prayer, during encounters with friends and strangers, the voices and hands of this assembly will continue the liturgy begun here out in the communities to which it disperses. In doing so, it will witness to one who is more powerful than any one of us: Jesus Christ. His love is present through the various gifts and callings we ourselves received in the waters of baptism. Thanks be to God!

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

Furlough Lunch
January 16

If you are affected by the shutdown, or unemployed, you are welcome to come to Trinity for lunch and fellowship at 11:30 on Wednesday, January 16. RSVP to Anita by 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 15. Lunch is provided.

Help Fight Poverty
Volunteer at A Wider Circle

The Social Ministry Team is organizing a group to volunteer at A Wider Circle, Sunday, January 27, from 1-3 p.m. All ages are welcome. We will leave from Trinity at 12:40. If you are unable to volunteer but have donations of gently used household goods or professional clothes, please bring them to Trinity on January 27 and we will take them to AWC. Questions? Contact Margaret F.

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 if you have space in your home to store it temporarily or have questions.

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.

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 January 6, the amount received for the original BTAB! Mission Appeal is $462,593.12. 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. On first Sundays, please bring in a coffee hour item to share. (last names A-L odd months, M-Z even months). 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.

Christian Unity Service
Sunday, January 27, 3 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church will join with other congregations of Montgomery County in the 25th annual celebration of song, scripture, and prayer in fulfillment of the Lord’s will “that all may be one.”

The theme of the 2019 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is:
Justice, Only Justice, You Shall Pursue (Deuteronomy 16:20)

The Rev. Jeff Jones will preside, and Msgr. John Macfarlane will preach.

Special music will be provided by a combined choir of the participating churches and the Heavenly Handbells of Trinity Lutheran Church. A free-will offering will assist CASA de Maryland in creating a more just society by improving the quality of life in working class and immigrant communities.

A reception and fellowship will follow the service.

Location: North Bethesda United Methodist Church; 10100 Old Georgetown Road; Bethesda

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
Pr Robert M
James T
Chris T
Margo W
family and friends*
Diane M, friend of Margaret F
Frank M, friend of Diana M
Harold P, former member
David S
Dee Dee W, niece of Marilyn G
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G

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

14. Laurel C
15. Keith C
15. Elizabeth W
16. Nalini A
16. Carol H
17. Brian L
17.Leander R

Baptismal Days
14. Anne D
17. Jim K

Wedding Anniversary
14. Kirsten & David M

Dale H, grandfather of Hagen S

This Week at Trinity

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)
Mon, Jan 14
7:30 p.m. Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues, Jan 15
Trinitarian and Annual Report Deadline
11:15 a.m. Church Staff
6:30 p.m. Stephen Ministry Supervision (10)
Sun, Jan 20 Epiphany 2
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. Get-the-Word-Out/E-Team (11)
12:15 p.m. Kleiner-Vilgos family (Conf)
12:15 p.m. Social Ministry Team (Lib)
1:45 p.m. Bethesda H&R – Property