Trinity Tidings for February 28, 2019

This Sunday, March 3

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

Holy God, mighty and immortal, you are beyond our knowing, yet we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ. Transform us into the likeness of your Son, who renewed our humanity so that we may share in his divinity, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Exodus 34:29-35
Psalm 99
2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
Luke 9:28-36 [37-43a]

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes – Matthew B (8:15); Vincent M (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – John B (8:15); Nalini A (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – Anita S (8:15); Jane R (10:45)
Greeters – Jerry B, Brian A, Stella (8:15); Diana M (10:45)
Lectors – Nancy N (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Ushers – Ross A, Thor N (8:15); Gregory & Margaret F (10:45)
Coffee Hour – Tad & Vi D (8:15); S/T (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Noralyn D
Tellers – Lynn & Bud B

From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

There is an old book, written by the martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer, called Life Together. It’s a short, profound little book that explores the beauty and complexities of the Christian life lived in community. Decades later, the psychiatrist Scott Peck, also delves into the dynamics of community. In their own way, each writer talks deeply about what it means to live together.

By the time you read this, I will have interviewed/had conversation with 50+ members of the congregation. Each one is invited to share what they choose about themselves, their church, or anything else that’s on their minds. And I doubt you will be surprised when I say there is a w-i-d-e discrepancy in how members view Trinity, their own role in the congregation, and how they see the life of the community. I’ll talk about this more fully at a later date and by another forum, but for now I simply want to remind everyone that the Trinity community, like every other community, is diverse, with varying experiences in the past and various hopes for the future. The glue that holds it all together, however, is constant – the Lordship of Jesus Christ. On that, everyone agrees.

This Sunday the season of Epiphany comes to a close with the celebration of the Transfiguration. On a mountaintop, three disciples see Jesus talking with Moses and Elijah and, I think it’s safe to say, they never see him in quite the same way again. This is really the primary work of the transition time – discerning the new thing God is leading a congregation to become and, in the process, learning to see Jesus in in way we have open us not seen before.

During Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, we will be making our mid-week journey under the theme of Going Ahead (learn more here) As we move forward, the Spirit leads us and Jesus walks with us as we go about the work of discernment. Evening Prayer is not a long service, but it has it’s own rhythm and seeks to open us up to receive the living God. The reading is brief. The homily is short. It is intentionally a service of quiet reflection.

See you along the way,
Pr. Kern

Ask The Pastor

Trinity is now well into the interim/transition period. In some ways life has not changed much. In some ways, change is evident. And behind the scenes (Monday-Friday) things are very busy. The grapevine buzzes from time to time and leadership tries to respond appropriately. This Sunday, March 3rd at 9:30 Pastor Kern will host an Ask the Pastor session for Trinity members. Come with your questions, comments, affirmations, and concerns. Together we can build a strong future for Trinity.

Please bring last year’s palms for burning this Sunday, March 3, to make ashes for Ash Wednesday.

Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

Sunday, March 3, and the first Sunday of each month, will be potluck coffee hour. If your last name begins with letters A-L, 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.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
March 5, 6:00 p.m.

Bring your family and friends to Trinity’s annual “Fat Tuesday” dinner of pancakes, sausage, and fried apples. It is our last meal of abundance before Lent and Ash Wednesday. Leave full and ready to take up the cross as our Lenten journey begins.

Home cooks and clean-up helpers are needed. If you can help prepare apples at home, or help clear tables or cleanup during and after the Pancake Supper, please sign up or call Steve S.

Reservations are not required, but we need a general idea of how many to expect. Please sign up by using the form in your newsletter or on the sheets posted in the Social Hall.

A Free-will offering to cover costs will be collected at the supper.

Lent at Trinity

You are invited to the observance of an holy Lent. Our theme this year is “Going Ahead”. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 6, special mid-week services are offered in addition to Sundays. Discover more about Lent at Trinity here.

Trinity Men’s Group

Wednesday, March 13, at 1 p.m. the Trinity Men’s Group will gather at Mike J’s residence. Please join us!

Men’s Fellowship and Bible Study

On Saturday, March 16, at 7:30 PM, you are heartily invited to a men’s fellowship hour and bible study at the home of Hagen S. We will be beginning by working our way through the first two chapters of John over a friendly beer (and any other topics that come to mind). We hope that you can join us!

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
Shirley D, friend of Margaret & Greg F
Paul G, husband of Louise G
Glan J, friend of P-H family
Michael M, friend of Mary B
Carolyn P, friend of Mary B
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
Vern W, brother-in-law of Sabrina R

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

4. Logan D
5. Mary H
9. Wendy C
9. Karen W
Baptismal Days
5. Marjorie W
6. David C
6. Nancy N
9. Nancy J
Barbara W +February 16, 2019
Wendy C +February 23, 2019

This Week at Trinity

Sun, March 3 (Transfiguration)
Potluck Coffee Hour (names A-L)
8:15 a.m. Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Forum
10:45 a.m. Holy Communion
12:15 p.m. Youth Committee Meeting
5:00 p.m. Confirmation
Mon, Mar 4
7:30 p.m. Heavenly Handbells (Wor)
Tues, Mar 5 – Shrove Tuesday
11:15 a.m. Church Staff (11)
6:00 p.m. Pancake Supper (SH)
6:30 p.m. Stephen Ministry Supervision (10)
Wed, Mar 6 – Ash Wednesday
12:10 p.m. Holy Communion w/ Ashes
7:30 p.m. Holy Communion w/ Ashes
Thurs, Mar 6
7:00 p.m. Stephen Ministry Training (11)
Sat, Mar 9 – Daylight Saving. Set clocks ahead 1 hr tonight
Sun, March 10 (Lent 1)
8:15 a.m. Holy Communion
9:30 a.m. Sunday School, Adult Forum, Lenten Fair
10:45 a.m. Holy Communion
12:15 p.m. Congregational Meeting
5:00 p.m. Confirmation
6:00 p.m. Youth Group