Trinity Tidings for February 7, 2019

Trinity Tidings for February 7, 2019

Sunday, February 10
5th Sunday after Epiphany (year C)

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

Most holy God, the earth is filled with your glory, and before you angels and saints stand in awe. Enlarge our vision to see your power at work in the world, and by your grace make us heralds of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Isaiah 6:1-8 [9–13]
Psalm 138
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Luke 5:1-11

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes – Matthew B (8:15); Colin G (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – Sarah M (8:15); Nathan L (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – Margaret F (8:15); Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters – Diana B (8:15); Pam B (10:45)
Lectors – Phil D (8:15); Christine B (10:45)
Ushers – Ross A, Joan E (8:15); David C, Henry C (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Nancy N (8:15); T,P,B (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15); Christine B (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Diana B
Tellers – Thor N, Diana M

From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

I had this really cool class I wanted to lead. Actually, it’s not so much a class as it is a process to think deeply about one’s faith and life and church – if you’re into that sort of thing. I was really looking forward to it. And then practically no one signed up.

Well, there were four who said they were interested, but having led a Lot of groups in my life, I know from experience that’s too small for something like this. Someone can’t come, and then you have three. Or you have a really strong personality who tries to dominate and there goes your discussion. Anyway, maybe I can try it again in a few months.

So, what have I learned? I learned – once again! – how busy DC church members are. Two hours on a weekday evening is like asking to make the day 26 hours long. I learned that maybe :-)! what fascinates me may not be all that interesting to someone else! I learned that maybe advertising something in the bulletin and newsletter may not reach the whole congregation. And, one member suggested I try offering the class in the daytime. Cool.

I mention all of this to ask this question? What do you do when your plans fall through? What does a congregation do when response to it’s ministry dwindles? Do we just try harder? Make excuses? Or do we take a step back and see if there is something we can learn? After all, our response to our failures is really the only thing we can change.

For my part, I’m going to think about offering my class during the daytime. And I’m going to try and figure out if there’s another way I can offer this process to busy Christians that I haven’t figured out yet. And, I’m going to keep going ahead with life and ministry. What about you?

Pr Kern

Caught By God’s Grace

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.

Fishing requires patience, as Simon’s words in today’s gospel reflect: “We have worked all night long but have caught nothing” (Luke 5:5). Imagine that long night, full of silences and frustrations as nets are cast and recast, first in one place and then in another and another. Maybe these words evoke a period of long waiting in your life or something you are experiencing right now. Waiting is hard and can feel doubly so when it is marked by repeated failed attempts at something.

So, when Jesus calls his new disciples to fish for people, he is both warning them of the challenge ahead and assuring them that they are well practiced in the patience it will take. Life as a disciple is no less challenging than the rest of our lives, yet sometimes in the church we expect quicker results with less effort. The word evangelism itself often evokes the image of a brief encounter, where a direct and focused witness leads to a quick conversion. But today’s gospel points to a different reality. Jesus calls us to be present with others, to stay by them through long days and long nights, and to cast love in many directions. When we build true and deep relationships, God will choose the right moment, like Jesus does in the gospel, to tell us when and where to drop our nets with a word of witness to the God we have come to know.

Jesus invites his disciples, including us, into a long journey with him. He calls us not to be members of a club, numbers in an attendance count, or dollars for the budget. Rather, Christ sends us to catch others up into God’s activity in the world, into the story of Jesus Christ, into lives as disciples. In worship today, let yourself be caught up into God’s grace. Then go forth to patiently cast lines of hope to those around you.

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!

Sub Sale Success – Thank you!

Trinity’s middle and high school youth thanks everyone who supported this year’s sub and wing sale.  We made 48 subs, 5 salads, and over 400 wings.  Thanks to your generous support, this year’s sale netted nearly $600 for the 2019 Summer Mission Trip!

Souper Bowl 2019

Last week Trinity participated in the Souper Bowl, a nationwide campaign to raise money for food pantries all over the country. The money Trinity raised will go to MANNA ( We had a little fun with this and used this as a prognostication tool… and we were wrong. The LA Rams pot had $179.38, and the NE Patriots had $46.57, but the REAL winner was MANNA. Thank you for contributing!

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 31, 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.

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.

First Sundays Coffee Hour Potluck

The first Sunday of each month will be potluck coffee hour. 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, 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
Wendy C, friend of Len S
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.

11. Nathan L, Dexter M
12. Ross A, Bill B
13. Nancy J, Sarah M
14. Anja S

Gary D, friend of Jeanine & John B
+ Feb 2, 2019

This Week at Trinity

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

Mon, Feb 11
7:30 p.m. Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues, Feb 12
11:15 a.m. Church Staff (11)
7:00 p.m. Stephen Ministry Training (11)
7:30 p.m. Congregation Council (10)
Wed, Feb 13
1:00 p.m. Men’s Group (offsite)
Fri, Feb 15
Trinitarian Newsletter Deadline

Sun, Feb 17 (Epiphany 6)
8:15 a.m. Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 a.m. Holy Communion
12:15 p.m. MEF Team
12:15 p.m. Trinity Singers rehearsal (MR)
1:45 p.m. Bethesda H&R (Children & Youth)