Trinity Tidings for May 2, 2019

Trinity Tidings for May 2, 2019

This Sunday, May 5
(3rd Sunday of Easter)

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

Eternal and all-merciful God, with all the angels and all the saints we laud your majesty and might. By the resurrection of your Son, show yourself to us and inspire us to follow Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Acts 9:1-6 [7-20]
Psalm 30
Revelation 5:11-14
John 21:1-19

image “343-5 loaves & 2 fish” by av320phile is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: TBD
Assisting Ministers: Carol B (8:15); Leslie C (10:45)
Children’s Chapel: TBD
Greeters: Keith & Lily C (8:15); TBD (10:45)
Lectors: Jonah W (8:15); Leslie C (10:45)
Ushers: Ross A, Joan E (8:15); David C, Henry C (10:45)
Coffee Hour: potluck [A-L] (8:15); potluck lunch (10:45)
Altar Custodians: Marilyn G (8:15); Winsome G (10:45)
Bulletin Assembly: Diana B
Tellers: Dick & Peggy J

Altar Flowers given by Steve & Donna S, in honor of their daughter’s wedding.

From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

Last weekend members of the congregation gathered around the theme Going Ahead… following Jesus… Changing the Paradigm.  Council and staff met Friday night; 40 members attended workshops on Saturday; and in the single service on Sunday we all enjoyed a very upbeat, joyous worship celebration.  Thanks to our guests, Mickie Crimone, Pr Gigie Sijera-Grant, and David Ludwig.  And a very big Thank You to Leslie C, Joan E, Shannon P, Steve S, and John B who served us all in preparation, meals, and planning.  The event wouldn’t have happened without them.

We’ve had a few calls into the office inquiring what happened over the weekend.  It was such an experiential event – nearly all the conversation took place in small groups – that it’s almost impossible to capture all of the thinking and all of the joy that was shared.  But in general, we considered a video, The Rabbi’s Gift, that challenged us to re-think the foundation of community; Mickie Crimone creatively and insightfully showed us how we are connected to each other and our families of origin; Pr Gigie Sijera-Grant helped us reconsider inclusion and belonging through her own powerful immigrant story; and David Ludwig, our musician and chaplain for the weekend, had us singing and smiling and laughing.  I encourage everyone who was present to share their experience with anyone who was not able to make it.

Then, on Sunday, we had a large, energetic congregation gathering to work on a vision statement.  Working in small groups again, everyone who wanted to was able to contribute to the conversation.  There were many excellent suggestions and energized conversations.  By the end, the large majority of those present gravitated to this simple, powerful statement: To Seek, Serve, and Accept All. Recognizing that every church has the same mission statement, to worship, learn, and serve, one way to think about the work of Trinity might be through this progression;

  • At Trinity Lutheran Church
    • Our Mission is to Worship, Learn, and Serve, &
    • Our Vision is to Seek, Serve, and Accept All

As I told the congregation on Sunday, let’s take a few weeks and just sit with this. Do these words embody the Holy Spirit’s call to Trinity? How is God touching our lives? If we were to commit ourselves to living in this way, what would that look like? Isn’t it time for the paradigm to change?

Pr Kern

Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday, May 5

Join us after the 10:45 service for:

  • Potluck brunch. Bring your favorite dish to share!
  • Trinity’s Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting

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.

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.

Help Requested from Federal Employees

James Tobias will undergo a bone marrow transplant that will keep him away from work for about 3 months. If you are interested in helping James by donating leave, please fill out an OPM 630-B form or contact your personnel office. James’ work address to put on the form is US Army Center of Military History, 102 4th Ave, Building 35, Ft McNair, DC 20319-5060.

If you have any questions, you can email James at James and his family thank you very much for your support during this difficult time.

Handbell Concert at Trinity

Handbell closeup photo

Join us for our special 30th Annual Handbell Concert on Saturday, May 18, at 7 p.m. The combined handbell choirs of Trinity and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church are preparing a delightful evening of music, including many fun pieces for the whole family to enjoy. The concert is free (free-will offering). Bring family and friends! A reception follows the concert.

Special Limited-Edition Handbell CD

Heavenly Handbells Greatest Hits 2007-20017 CD is now available. Since 2007, Steve has been faithfully recording our handbell concerts.  This summer, he assembled this greatest hits CD from 10 years of recordings.  It features 11 pieces, including “When We Gather”, which was commissioned by our handbell choir several years ago.

To get your CD, look for our table at coffee hour, or contact any member of the handbell choir.  We request a small donation for each, so please look for the collection box next to the CDs.

Coming later this fall – Heavenly Handbells Greatest Christmas Hits 2007-2017.  Stay tuned!

Mission Endowment (MEF) Team

Mission Endowment (MEF) Team will next meet on Tuesday, July 23.  No other meetings are scheduled until July.

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)
Pr Robert M
Diana B, Jean B, Tigist G, Susan K, Nancy N, Theodore R, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Ronita A, cousin of Miriam M
Peggy A, friend of Vimala P
Debby B, friend of Thor & Nancy N
Glen J, friend of Kathy H
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.

5. Madeline B
6. Bob C
9. Noah M
10. Tigist G
11. Luke W
Baptismal Days
5. Margaret F
5. Mina
9. Margo W
10. Tigist G
Wedding Anniversaries
5. TJ & Lindsey D
6. Shirley & Wes O
9. Lee Ann & John W
10. Kathy & Charles T
Delores W (niece of Marilyn G)

What’s Happening?

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