Trinity Tidings for May 16, 2019

Trinity Tidings for May 16, 2019

This Sunday, May 19
(5th Sunday of Easter)

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

O Lord God, you teach us that without love, our actions gain nothing. Pour into our hearts your most excellent gift of love, that, made alive by your Spirit, we may know goodness and peace, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Acts 11:1-18
Psalm 148
Revelation 21:1-6
John 13:31-35

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: TBD
Assisting Ministers: Tad D (8:15); Sarah G (10:45)
Children’s Chapel: TBD
Greeters: Nancy J (8:15); Linnea A (10:45)
Lectors: Keith C (8:15); Nicholas C (10:45)
Ushers: TBD
Coffee Hour: Social Ministry Team
Altar Custodians: Marilyn G (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Tellers: Greg & Margaret F
Bulletin Assembly: Diana B

From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

Last Saturday, some of you attended the funeral of Pastor Robert Moore over in Elliott City. His good friend, Pastor Berner, offered some words of remembrance. For those of you who did not know Pastor Moore, he served as the interim pastor of Trinity some 30 years ago, before Pastor Berner arrived. He loved to worship here and always seemed to have a kind word for all. When he entered the Church Triumphant, family and members who knew him well gathered to celebrate his life and remember the gifts of his life. This is what it means to be the church.

At about the same time that day, I gathered with a group of family members and friends for a graveside service at a local cemetery. I didn’t know them; they didn’t know me. The deceased was being buried in the family plot, though most if not all of the remaining family had long since scattered across the state and nation. We said the same prayers, used the same liturgy, and commended our grief and care to the same Lord. And this is also what it means to be the church.

What a wondrous thing the love of God is. Love creates in us the capacity to care for and serve those we know intimately and well, and at the same time, to care for and serve the stranger. St Paul writes that love never ends – it is able to expand and not be diminished at the same time.

Our vision for Trinity – Seek, Serve, Welcome All – is built on this love of God that knows no ending. Beloved pastor, or cherished family member, or stranger we’ve never met, the love of God in Christ Jesus has room for all. Last Saturday was evidence of that. This is what it means to be the church. And aren’t we blessed in our lives to be the body of Christ in the world today….


Handbell Concert at Trinity
This Saturday, May 18

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.

Last Day for Baby Items Collection:
this Sunday, May 19

This Sunday, May 19, is the last day to donate new layette items for Interfaith Works’ (IW) Welcome Baby program.

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.

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.

Music Help

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

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.

Help Requested from Federal Employees

James T 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.

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.

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…

Read the full statement HERE.

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
THE NATIONS: 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
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.

22. Jameson H
23. Len S
25. Steve S
Baptismal Days
19. Leslie C
20. Cathy C
20. Nancy N
21. Garrett P
22. Ann K
Angela G (second cousin of Len S) +April 20, 2019

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