Trinity Tidings for January 17, 2019

Trinity Tidings for January 17, 2019

Sunday, January 20
2nd Sunday after Epiphany (year C)

Holy Communion at 8:15
Sunday School and Adult Forum at 9:30
Holy Communion with Baptism at 10:45

Lord God, source of every blessing, you showed forth your glory and led many to faith by the works of your Son, who brought gladness and salvation to his people. Transform us by the Spirit of his love, that we may find our life together in him, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord

Psalm 36:5-10
Isaiah 62:1-5
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
John 2:1-11

Assisting Us in the Sunday Services

Acolytes – Matthew B (8:15), Vincent M (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – John B (8:15), Sarah G (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – Anita S (8:15), Anita S (10:45)
Greeters – Keith & Lily C (8:15), Diana M (10:45)
Lectors – Tom K (8:15), Nicholas C (10:45)
Ushers – Steve & Donna S (8:15), Margaret & Greg F (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Tad & Viola D (8:15), Miriam M, Diana M, Louise G (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Noralyn D (8:15), Patricia S (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Diana M
Tellers – Annie A, Mina

From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

On my way to the office this morning, I say my neighbor, walking his dog. I hadn’t seen him or his family since the snow, so I slowed and pulled over to catch up a bit. In response to my query, how are you, he replied with a rueful smile, furloughed. Of course. I should have realized. Will you get caught up when the shutdown is over? No, he replied, I work for a contractor.

Perhaps you are in the same position. Or maybe someone you know? I drove away from my neighbor with his words ringing in my ears – We’re OK for now.

We live in strange political times and people we know and love are suffering in ways that never occurred to us. A quick glance around the world and the suffering of the innocent grows in wave after wave of injustice, cruelty, and simple meanness. What is a Christian to do?

After I finish this note, I’m going to join a few folks from Trinity for a simple furlough lunch. This is the brain-child of Anita Smalin who thought the least the congregation could do was share a meal with some of those affected. Maybe you can do the same thing on your street, or in your building – offer a meal, or even coffee, with someone you know who is waiting for work to return. Just a thought.

Finally, a word about a couple of offerings coming in February. On Sundays in February, I’ll be leading an adult forum on The Church and the Kingdom of God: what’s the difference? We’ll be looking at a some of the theological and non-theological issues facing Trinity during transition. It’s fun. Lighthearted. Come as often as you like. Then, on Wednesdays during February, I’ll be offering an adult study titled To Be Human and a Child of God. This is for those who like to think deeply about their faith and life and will pull together several themes that inform our lives in the present age. For this group, participation will be limited, so get in touch with me through the office is you’re interested. I hope to see you at one – or both!

Pr Kern

Weekly Devotional

First Signs

People enjoy recounting predictive stories from their childhood. A nurse shares a story of tending to a sick pet at a young age. An engineer tells about the time she got in trouble for disassembling her parents’ TV. An entrepreneur narrates the saga of his first lawn-mowing business. Do you have a story like this that you like to tell? Such stories get shared because in them we recognize the first traces of the people we have become. They are stories full of signs that point toward something coming.

Today’s gospel shares a story about the first “sign” of Jesus. When the wine runs out at a wedding he is attending in Cana, Jesus transforms water into wine to help keep the party going. Like the stories we tell about ourselves, this sign points toward who Jesus is going to become. His first miracle is marked by kindness, compassion, joy, pleasure, and abundance. Jesus brings life to a party that is dying. Like stories of our own development, this story feels light-hearted even as it points toward the more profound ways in which we know Jesus will fulfill his own calling to bring joy to those in sorrow, compassion to those in need, and, ultimately, life to those who have died.

Worship is also a place of signs. The rich texture of our words, music, and actions points us toward the truth of God revealed in Jesus Christ. This truth was made known in Jesus’ earthly life, but it continues to unfold in the present. Today as you worship, pay attention to moments in the service that speak with power to your life. These may be signs of what God is changing in you—healing wounds, developing gifts, or growing a special calling.

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

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.

Super Bowl Sub Sale

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. Deadline for orders is Sunday, January 27. 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.

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

Join other Montgomery County congregations in the 25th annual Christian Unity Service on Sunday, January 27, 3 p.m., at North Bethesda United Methodist Church (10100 Old Georgetown Rd).

The Rev. Jeff Jones will preside, and Msgr. John Macfarlane will preach. Special music will be provided by a combined choir of participating churches and Trinity’s own Heavenly Handbells. A free-will offering will benefit CASA de Maryland. A reception follows the service.

Please pick up your pledge envelopes in the Social Hall. If your envelope is not there, please see John Balbach or Annie Awanohara to insure that you are in our records and may be assigned a number.

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.

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*
Wayne C family, friends of Erna B
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.

21. Kirsten M
24. Robyn K
26. Cavin N

Baptismal Days
20. Lois F
25. Henri H
25. Susan S

Wayne C, pastor of Faith UMC
Dale H, grandfather of Hagen S
Sixto Martinez R, friend of Len & Ani S

This Week at Trinity

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 and Baptism
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

Mon, Jan 21
7:30 p.m. Heavenly Handbells

Tues, Jan 22
11:15 a.m. Church Staff (10)
7:30 p.m. Staff Support Team (11)

Sun, Jan 27, Epiphany 3
Christian Unity, Reconciling in Christ Sunday

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)
3:00 p.m. Christian Unity Svc (N. Beth. UMC)