Trinity Tidings for April 4, 2019

Trinity Tidings for April 4, 2019

This Sunday, April 7
(Fifth Sunday in Lent)

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

Creator God, you prepare a new way in the wilderness, and your grace waters our desert. Open our hearts to be transformed by the new thing you are doing, that our lives may proclaim the extravagance of your love given to all through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes – TBD (8:15); Anusha A (10:45)
Assisting Ministers – John B (8:15); Len S (10:45)
Children’s Chapel – TBD (8:15); Jane R (10:45)
Greeters – Dan & Rob S (8:15); Trevor H (10:45)
Lectors – Sarah M (8:15); David K (10:45)
Ushers – TBD (8:15); TBD (10:45)
Coffee Hour – (M-Z potluck) Margaret F (8:15); (M-Z potluck) S/T (10:45)
Altar Custodians – Carol B (8:15); Christine B (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly – Diana B
Tellers – Lynn & Bud B

Lent at Trinity

You are invited to the observance of an holy Lent. Our theme this year is “Going Ahead”. You are invited to join us for special mid-week services as well as on Sundays. Discover more on our Lent at Trinity page.

From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

Do differences divide?

One of my favorite summer activities was when my mother would load my sisters and I in the old Buick and drive out to Sesquicentennial State Park to swim in the lake. It was wonderful. There was a grass beach, the lake had a sandy bottom in the shallows, and piers and a diving platform to swim out to and jump from. But one summer, as the realities of the Civil Rights era came to bear, the (white) powers-that-be decided that rather than allow black citizens to swim alongside white citizens, they would close the lake to everyone. In their worldview, the difference between white people and black people required absolute and complete separation – division.

History has since taught us how wrong that view was, but fear of difference continues to afflict the human race. Perhaps we are wired to fear difference, but we also possess the capacity to rise to our God-given calling to become one in Christ. I heard a physicist once say, “Out of the great diversity of the universe, there is a unity.” I like that because it reminds me that with all our human differences we are, by the grace of God, one in our Lord.

Through the waters of baptism, God gives us to one another for love and care and no difference we can concoct can over overcome it.

Pr Kern

Newsletter Deadline

Monday, April 15, 9 a.m. is the deadline for submissions to the next Trinitarian newsletter. Submissions received after the deadline may not be included in the publication.

Something New!

  • Ever wonder how the church really works? 
  • Does it seem like we keep having some of the same conversations over and over again? 
  • Are you ever frustrated by decisions (or the lack of decisions) that seem to get made? 

Then Pastor Kern’s new forum just might be for you!  For the remaining Sundays in Lent, PK will lead a brief – 30 minute – forum at 9:45 a.m. 

Drop the kids at Sunday School, get some coffee, and stop by as we look at How Your Church Family Works (based on the book and the work of Peter Steinke.)  Join the conversation!

Easter Flowers

We still need more flowers to adorn the church on Easter Sunday. In the past, we have ordered nearly 50 flowers. With only 15 flower orders received so far, we still need your help!

This Sunday, April 7, is the last chance to order your flowers to decorate the sanctuary for the Easter services. (choice of Easter lilies, azaleas, or hydrangeas)

Please see your Sunday bulletin and April Trinitarian newsletter for order form and more information. Thank you.

Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

THIS SUNDAY, and the first Sunday of each month, we hold a potluck coffee hour. Please bring 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.

Trinity Men’s Group – Date Change!

Tuesday, April 9, at 1 p.m. the Trinity Men’s Group will gather at Len S’s residence. Please join us!

Easter Brunch

Sunday, April 21, 9:30 a.m.

Adults: $15.00
Children 5-12: $7.00
Children under 6: Free

Checks should be made payable to Trinity Lutheran Church, with “Easter brunch” in the memo line. Please see your Sunday bulletin for a registration form, or simply contact the church office.

RSVP to the church office by April 15.

Attention Bread Bakers!

We need volunteers to sign up to bake Communion bread for one or more of the seven Sundays of the Easter season. We provide the recipes; you provide the labor of love. The two loaves may be dropped off before the early service, or left in the church refrigerator the day before. Look for the poster in the Social Hall or contact Carol B to sign up for Sundays April 21 – June 2. Copies of the approved recipes are in the Altar Guild mailbox in the copier/mail room. Please contact Carol B with any questions.

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

our synod & bishops

Bishops Elizabeth Eaton & Richard Graham
our missionaries
Stephen Deal & Marta Giron, Cent. America
our congregation
Trinity Church
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
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*
James B, father of Mary B
B– family, friends of Tom K & Sarah M
Julie D, friend of Margaret F
Leigh F– and family, cousin of Cathy C
Eric L, friend of Tom K
family and friends of Diana M
Mark O, friend of Margaret F
Leelang T, friend of Sunhee P
Delores W, niece of Marilyn G
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.

7. Tom K
8. Scott B
12. Judy D
13. Isabela F, Philip S, Claudette V, Michael V
Baptismal Days
10. Anders S
12. Lisbeth D
13. Robert P
Erik R +March29, 2019 (friend of Len S)

What’s Happening?

See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.