Trinity Tidings for January 24, 2019

Trinity Tidings for January 24, 2019

Sunday, January 27
3rd Sunday after Epiphany (year C)

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

Blessed Lord God, you have caused the holy scriptures to be written for the nourishment of your people. Grant that we may hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that, comforted by your promises, we may embrace and forever hold fast to the hope of eternal life, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
Luke 4:14-21

From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

Our Epiphany observances continue. This week in the gospel we will hear Jesus make a clear definition of himself in his hometown. Also at Trinity, it’s the annual Reconciling in Christ observance and later in the day we will be participating in the annual Christian Unity service (featuring the Trinity handbells!) It’s a good time to be the church.

Don’t forget, I’m offering two series for adults during the month of February. On Sundays, The Kingdom of God and the Church during the Sunday School hour and on Wednesdays To Be Human and a Child of God. Both are open to any and all. The Wednesday series needs at least 8 people but no more than 15, and I do need you to let me know if you’re planning to attend that one. More info is in your newsletter and the Sunday bulletin. Both classes will be in Room 11. Join me!

Please remember the furloughed and laid-off among us and in your neighborhood. These friends are suffering significantly through no fault of their own. Acts of kindness and service go a long way.

Finally, on Sunday we will welcome Dr Jinsun Cho to the organ/piano/choir. Dr Cho is a candidate for the Director of Music Position at Trinity. She rehearsed with the choir last week and will be playing and directing for both services on Sunday. Please give her a warm Trinity welcome.

Pr Kern

A SUGGESTION from Pr Kern … 

In many ways technology has made our lives easier and more productive. At the same time, some technology, especially email has magnified the possibility for miscommunication and misunderstanding a thousand-fold.  Here’s a general rule of thumb that I have observed helps keep email healthy in congregations.

Use email to:

  • say thank you and offer compliments and praise
  • set and confirm meeting times
  • share minutes, data, records, etc that require no commentary

And try never, ever to use email to:

  • have a debate (especially theological ones!)
  • argue with one another
  • complain or find fault

Matthew 18 remains our guide for those times when we have a disagreement with a brother or sister – it’s in every ELCA congregation’s constitution.  First, go to the one who has hurt you face to face …

I mention all of this because email is so easy and so natural, especially for those of us of the baby boomer generation, that we sometimes forget email is forever.  Once an email is sent, it belongs to ether!  We have no control over where it goes after we hit send.  Email sometimes makes reconciliation difficult, if not impossible, for that very reason.  Now, ironically enough, I thank you for reading this email :-)!

Weekly Devotional

Sharing a Mission

What is your mission in life? What centers and directs your time and energy? Corporations, churches, and other organizations often carefully choose the words of a mission statement to articulate what orients their collective work. Most individuals do not create a personal mission statement, but we may find ourselves drawn to certain ideas and phrases that speak to the values and hopes we seek to live out on a daily basis.

In today’s gospel, Jesus uses a passage from the prophet Isaiah to lay out the mission at the core of his ministry: he has come to release people trapped in captivity. Jesus does more than just speak these words. Throughout the Gospel of Luke, we see Jesus living them out through repeated encounters with people whose lives are transformed and set free by God’s unbounded grace. Many are trapped in others’ judgment and societal stigma. Jesus steps through such barriers and brings release. Through loving actions, he affirms the value and dignity of all people in the sight of God.

As followers of Jesus, we are called to share in his mission. In doing so we can expect to encounter Christ ourselves. As the Holy Spirit draws us together in worship, Christ comes to bring us good news and release, wherever we are bound. This freedom is given to us with a purpose: to enable us to find those in captivity around us and set them free. In the church, we are invited to ask ourselves: Who in our community is trapped by fear and hatred? Who is longing for release from stigma and judgment today? Wherever such captivity exists, we disciples of Christ are called to follow where our Lord leads so that all might experience the grace and love of God that sets us free.

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

Assisting Us in the Sunday Services

Guest Organist – Jinsun C, PhD
Acolytes – TBD (8:15), Anusha A (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Jerry B (8:15), Leslie C (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – Margaret F (8:15), David C (10:45)
Greeters – Dan & Rob S (8:15), Susan S (10:45)
Lectors – John B (8:15), Jim K (10:45)
Ushers – Ross A, Mike J (8:15), Rich G, Patricia S (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Margaret F (8:15), Lynn & Bud B (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Noralyn D (8:15), Patricia S (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Diana B
Tellers – Thor N, Diana M

The Kingdom of God and the Church

Join Pastor Kern on Sunday mornings in February at 9:30 in Room 11 for The Kingdom of God and the Church: what’s the difference?  We’ll take a lighthearted look at such topics as,
+ how, exactly did the church come to be?
+ how does Trinity’s history reflect the church’s history?
+ Where does authority lie in the church?
+ How do congregations make decisions? 
The goal is that through this process we will have a renewed appreciation for our congregation and the church in the world. All are welcome!

To Be Human and a Child of God

A new class for those who like to think deeply about faith and life begins Wednesday, February 6, at 7 p.m. in Room 11.  To Be Human and a Child of God will invite participants explore how faith might inform our lives in an age of anxiety.  Leaders on every level seem to be in short supply calling on ordinary saints to lead effectively in small, important ways.  Such leadership begins with a calm, assured sense of self, as Jesus exemplifies.  Interested? Please let the church office (301.881.7275) know if you are able to attend.

Christian Unity Service

Join other local 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 presiding; Msgr. John Macfarlane preaching. Special music provided by a combined choir and Trinity’s own Heavenly Handbells.  A free-will offering will benefit CASA de Maryland.  A reception follows the service.

The handbell choir would greatly appreciate help after the 10:45 a.m. service to load all their equipment in cars.  They are heading out to ring at the Christian Unity Service this afternoon.

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.

Trinity Mission Endowment Award Nominations

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.

Trinity Men’s Group

Trinity Men’s Group will meet Wednesday, February 13, 1 p.m. at the home of Steve S. Parking is restricted. Contact Steve for more information.

Pledges and Gifts

For the 2019 Living in Grace and Gratitude annual Stewardship Appeal, as of January 17, 47 family units have pledged $195,156, 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!

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): The final amount received for the original BTAB! Mission Appeal was $462,593.12.  Although we did not meet the pledged goal of $479,040, Trinity would like to thank every member for contributing to the first BTAB! appeal, and we look forward to meeting our goal for the final push of $350,000 for BTAB 2! in the next three years (2019-2021).  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
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.

Jan 27. Lee Ann W
Jan 28. Linda H
Jan 28. Topher S
Jan 29. Martha R
Jan 31. Jim L
Jan 31. Anita S
Feb 1. Lily C
Feb 1. Louise G
Feb 1. Sunhee P
Feb 2. Donald T
Feb 2. Addison H

Baptismal Days
Jan 27. Angela B
Feb 2. Karin H

This Week at Trinity

Sun, Jan 27

Epiphany 3, Christian Unity, Reconciling in Christ Sunday

Deadline for Sub Sale Orders

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)

Mon, Jan 28

7:30 p.m. Heavenly Handbells

Tues, Jan 29

9:15 a.m. Trinitarian Mailing

11:15 a.m. Church Staff Meeting

7:00 p.m. Stephen Ministry Training (10)

Wed, Jan 30

7:00 p.m. Christmas Recap Meeting (10)

7:30 p.m. Mission Endowment (11)

Sat, Feb 2

1 p.m. Junior Youth Group

Sun, Feb 3           Epiphany 4

Potluck Coffee Hour (last names M-Z)

Sub Sale 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)