Trinity Tidings for May 9, 2019

Trinity Tidings for May 9, 2019

This Sunday, May 12
(4th Sunday of Easter)

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

O God of peace, you brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great shepherd of the sheep. By the blood of your eternal covenant, make us complete in everything good that we may do your will, and work among us all that is well-pleasing in your sight, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Acts 9:36-43
Psalm 23
Revelation 7:9-17
John 10:22-30

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); Vincent M (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: TBD (8:15); Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters: Stella BA, Jerry B (8:15); Christine BF, Youth of Trinity (10:45)
Lectors: John B (8:15); Jane F (10:45)
Ushers: TBD (8:15), Henry C, David C, Youth of Trinity (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Keith & Lily C (8:15); Youth Sunday [Margaret F] (10:45)
Altar Custodians: Marilyn G (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Tellers: Lynn & Bud B
Violin: Joshua B
Bulletin Cover Art: Anjali A
Altar Flowers given to the Glory of God and in memory of Lisa M and Pauline F by Greg & Margaret F

From the Pastor …

Dear People of Trinity,

If someone were to ask you, Who is Trinity Lutheran Church and what do they do? what would you say?  How about this? Trinity Lutheran Church – our MISSION is to Worship (joyfully) Learn (passionately) Serve (enthusiastically)

And if you were asked, OK, how does Trinity do that? you might say something like this: – Our VISION is to Seek, Serve, and Accept All. These are the Mission and Vision statements that we are considering during the Easter season.  What do you think?  Two things jump out at me.  First, the Mission focus reminds us that our first response is the God who made us.  Everything else flows out of that.  And second, the impetus of the Vision is on the members of Trinity and what we are doing in response to God’s love, not waiting for the world to come to us, but going ahead wherever Jesus leads us.

Join me in thinking about these things.  How do you think the Holy Spirit is moving in our midst?


and Serve

and Accept All

In Memoriam

Pastor Robert M died Friday, May 3.
He was Trinity’s interim pastor 1989-1990.

Funeral service will be offered Saturday, May 11, at 1 pm, at First Lutheran Church, Ellicott City.

In sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life…
Rest eternal grant him, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon him.

Statement from ELCA presiding bishop addresses synagogue shooting

4/29/2019 4:40:00 PM

On Saturday, the last day of Passover, another shooting occurred at a synagogue — this time, Chabad of Poway, in California. The living had gathered to offer prayers to honor the dead and to close the Jewish festival of God’s liberating promise. Once again, worship was interrupted by deadly violence.

We stand against this latest public act of anti-Semitism and domestic terrorism, and with the Jewish community. Together, with our ecumenical and inter-religious partners, we will continue to “oppose the deadly working of such bigotry, both within our own circles and in the society around us” (“Declaration of ELCA to Jewish Community,” 1994).

We grieve with the community of Poway, with the victims and their families, and with all those who are wounded in mind, body and spirit by this latest act of violence committed in a sacred space.

We continue to grieve the shooting six months ago at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh; the mosque shootings six weeks ago in Christchurch, New Zealand; the arson one month ago of three historic Black churches in Louisiana; and the church bombings on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.

We find ourselves, like the psalmist, crying out to God that “the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary” (Psalm 74:3b). We know that these incidents, together with others, are not isolated. They are linked through a tangled web of religious bigotry, violence, hatred and white supremacy that is meant to divide us — from each other and from God.

Therefore, our actions to address anti-Semitism must oppose all deadly workings in our midst. This is hard work but also holy work. An attack on one faith community is an attack on all. As a sign of God’s liberating promise, let us stand against this scourge by standing together. May it be so.

In peace,
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop, ELCA

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.

Mother’s Day Event May 12 – 19
Celebrating Moms and Babies

This year we will be collecting new layette items for Interfaith Works’ (IW) Welcome Baby program May 12-19.

Our collection will provide layette items for soon-to-be moms to help them get off to a great start.  Here is a suggested list of basic layette items, but IW also will accept baby items not on the list. They also have an ongoing need for larger diapers up to sizes 3 and 4. Cash donations are welcomed — please write “Welcome Baby” in the memo line. Contact Kathy T with questions.

  • newborn-sized diapers
  • 0-3 month clothing
  • “onesies” (0-3 month size)
  • receiving blankets
  • burp cloths
  • washcloths
  • diaper bags

Related article of interest: Diaper Need and Its Impact on Child Health and maternal depression. Read the full article here.

Music Help Sessions

Music Help Sessions will be offered in the Choir Room at 9:15 a.m. this Sunday, May 12, and next Sunday, May 19.  

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.

Calling All Graduates!

We want to celebrate with our Soon-to-Be Graduates! Please let Anita know when you are graduating, from what school and what your future plans hold. Trinity will have a celebration in your honor on Sunday, June 2.

Summer Music

We would love to hear you in worship – during the offering or Communion – during Sundays in late June, plus all of July and August. To sign up, please see Mary B, or use the sheet on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.

Order Red Geraniums for Pentecost Sunday, June 9

I wish to order red geraniums @ $5.00 each

Given by:

In memory of:

In honor of:

You may place your order form along with cash or check, made payable to Trinity Lutheran Church, in the flower envelope (found in the pew card racks), and place the envelope in the offering plate, mail it to the church. Deadline for ordering is June 2.

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 through 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.

Special Limited-Edition Handbell CD

Heavenly Handbells Greatest Hits 2007-20017 CD is now available. This greatest hits CD from 10 years of recordings 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.

Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

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.

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, Burkina Faso, 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, (Shady Grove)
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
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.

14. Kevin D
14. Billie J
17. Jeffery S
17. Katherine S
17. Chris T
18. Frederick V
Baptismal Days
13. Christopher S
15. Adelyn C
16. Anusha A
16. Kathy H
16. Kristine S
17. Ben N
17. Nicholas S
Pr Robert M +May 3, 2019 (Trinity Interim Pastor, 1989-90)
Funeral on May 11, 1 pm, at First Lutheran Church, Ellicott City

What’s Happening?

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