Trinity Tidings for January 31, 2019

Trinity Tidings for January 31, 2019

Sunday, February 3
4th Sunday after Epiphany (year C)

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

Almighty and ever-living God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and love; and that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Jeremiah 1:4-10
Psalm 71:1-6
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Luke 4:21-30

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes – TBD (8:15); Vincent M (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Bill B (8:15); Sarah G (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – Margaret F (8:15); Jane R (10:45)
Greeters – Phil & Noralyn D (8:15); Hagen & Kristina S (10:45)
Lectors – Keith C (8:15); Nathan L (10:45)
Ushers – Thor & Nancy N (8:15); Rich G, Patricia S (10:45)
Coffee Hour – potluck (names M-Z) Dan & Rob S (8:15); S, T, Mina (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15); Christine B (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Noralyn D
Tellers – Lynn & Bud B

From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

My wife and moved to Maryland in the winter of 2009.  The weather could not be more different than Florida, from which we came.  Cold, snow, ice – quite a contrast!  But one thing was very familiar – the calm and clear after a storm.

In Florida, when a hurricane approaches, the sky grows dark, the wind picks up and it rains.  The experience can be quite frightening.  But the day after is always beautiful.  The wind pattern that brought all the storm, also pulls it all away leaving behind cloudless skies and brilliant sun.
I’ve noticed a similar pattern with snowstorms.  The day after the system moves away, the skies are often a brilliant blue and the sun appears brighter than ever.

What am I leaving out…? Of course, the aftermath of the storm.  The skies may be blue and sun bright, but then there is the clean-up, the rebuilding, the whole trying-to-get-life-back-to-normal routine.  When you think about it, the weather is a pretty good metaphor for just about any transition that life brings our way.  There’s the impending storm (change), followed by the storm (change) itself, and then the aftermath, the starting over (new beginning.)

As we move ahead with our transition work, it will likely appear to some of you that there’s a storm approaching; some of you may feel that way already.  That’s just a fact.  But let us never lose sight that good days are ahead – bright with sunshine and clear skies.  Knowing what we’re working toward can energize us for the work at hand.

Pr Kern

PS  There’s a sign up sheet in the social hall on the podium desk for any members who would like to schedule a time to speak with me one-on-one.  I would love to speak with you!  Tell me what you love about Trinity, how you came to be here, what concerns you might have, or hopes you carry for the future.  Sessions are generally 30 -45 minutes.  Please leave me your name, email address, best day of the week to meet, and the best time of day for you.  And I will get back to you to schedule a time.

Weekly Devotional

Widening the Circle

When Jesus first announced a message of good news for the oppressed, the people of his hometown were thrilled. They had suffered and struggled together for a long time. The stirring words of Jesus’ powerful sermon stoked their hope, and by its end the people were amazed and singing his praises. Yet, Jesus’ message was not finished. He continued to widen the scope of God’s mercy beyond those gathered with him in Nazareth. God’s kingdom, he said, even included groups that Jesus’ hearers considered their enemies. Sometimes those outsiders had been even more appreciative of God’s grace than God’s own people had! With that, the cheers of the crowd turned to angry shouts and Jesus found his very life threatened.

Congregations and ministries often contain groups who have spent many years together, sharing the work of ministry and building deep relationships with one another. To belong to such a community is a tremendous blessing that many people have never experienced. But such communities must also guard against the temptation to hear God’s words of abundant grace as a private message just for them. The gospel revealed in Jesus Christ always pushes us to see a wider circle, in which outsiders are just as much the focus of God’s loving attention and where even those who are most unlike us have things to teach us about God’s grace.

As you gather for worship today, is anyone new in your assembly? Who might feel the most like an outsider? What groups and people in your wider community are not present with you today? As you listen to the many words of grace and love in today’s service, be intentional about pondering how these messages apply to people beyond your normal circles. As you are sent back out into your community, notice others around you, especially those who seem unlikely to gather with you for worship. Pray for heightened awareness of outsiders, and watch for opportunities to learn about God’s love from them.

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

Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

This Sunday, and the first Sunday of each month, will be potluck coffee hour. If your last name begins with letters M-Z, 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.

In Transition …

As part of the transition process, Pastor Kern is having one-on-one conversation with Council members and members of the congregation. If you would like an appointment to talk with Pastor Kern, please use the sign-up sheet on the podium in the social hall or contact the church office. This is your opportunity to share what you think and feel about your congregation – what you love, what concerns you, your hopes, etc.

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.

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.

Please pick up your pledge envelopes in the Social Hall.  If your envelope is not there, please see John B or Annie A to insure you are in our records.

Pledges and Gifts

For the 2019 Living in Grace and Gratitude annual Stewardship Appeal, as of January 27, 48 family units have pledged $ 202,356, 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.

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, Cent. America
 our congregation
Trinity Church
. . . the nations
Afghanistan, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, 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*
Carol B, friend of Marilyn C
Wayne C family, friends of Erna B
Frank M, friend of Diana M
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
Dee Dee W, niece of Marilyn G
Vern W, brother-in-law of Sabrina R
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G

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

This Week at Trinity

Sun, Feb 3 (Epiphany 4) Sub Sale Sunday
Potluck Coffee Hour (last names M-Z)
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)
Mon, Feb 4
7:30 p.m. Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues, Feb 5
11:15 a.m. Church Staff (11)
6:30 p.m. Stephen Ministry supervision (10)
7:00 p.m. Stephen Ministry Training (10)
Sat, Feb 9
Time TBA Junior Youth Group (1st-5th grade)
Sun, Feb 10 (Epiphany 5) Scout 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. Christian Education Team
12:15 p.m. Trinity Singers rehearsal (MR)
6:00 p.m. Youth Group