Trinity Tidings for May 30, 2019

Trinity Tidings for May 30, 2019

This Sunday, June 2
(7th Sunday of Easter)

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45

Sunday School and Adult Education at 9:30

Recognition of Graduates at 10:45

O God, form the minds of your faithful people into your one will. Make us love what you command and desire what you promise, that, amid all the changes of this world, our hearts may be fixed where true joy is found, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Acts 16:16-34
Psalm 97
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
John 17:20-26

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); Vincent M (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Bill B (8:15); Nalini A (10:45)
Children’s Chapel: Margaret F (8:15); Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters: Jerry B , Brian A, Stella (8:15); Trevor H (10:45)
Lectors: Sarah M (8:15); Sabrina R (10:45)
Ushers: Ross A, Joan E (8:15); David C, Henry C (10:45)
Coffee Hour: [potluck M-Z] Nancy J (8:15); S/T family (10:45)
Altar Custodians: Noralyn D (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Tellers: Greg & Margaret F
Bulletin Assembly: Noralyn D

From the Pastor…

Dear People of God,

Do any of these names ring a bell? Altvater, Armbruster, Clore, Dulaney, Gohn, Hillstrom, Horn, Kurtz, Nolan, Rowe, Stup, Walter?

These are the names of the two women and ten men who signed the Articles of Incorporation for the soon to be Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Montgomery County, back in 1956.

Some of us have at least some recollection of 1956.  Dwight Eisenhower was elected for a second term.  Elvis Presley appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.  IBM released the first computer with a hard drive – it weighed one ton and measured 16 ft square – and stored about 5 megabytes of data.  Clearly, it was a different time!

In Ecclesiastes 3 we read, That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already is; and God seeks out what has gone by. It’s probably safe to say that without the faith and vision of these twelve saints back in 1956 Trinity would be a very different place than it is today, if it existed at all.  There was a time in the history of faith when Sunday was thought of as the eighth day – a day simultaneously in and out of time, caught up in the timelessness of God.

When we come to worship each week, that’s kind of what happens, isn’t it?  We gather in a space and in a way that many (forgotten) saints before us built and sacrificed to leave behind.  In our worship, their presence is still realized, just as ours will be for the generations that come after us.

Today is Ascension Day.  The risen and ascended Lord watches over all of us – that which is, that which was, and that which is yet to come – all is present in the living God.

Pr Kern

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 recognize graduates this 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

Deadline for ordering is THIS SUNDAY, June 2.

Help us make a big splash for Pentecost – the Church’s birthday! We still need several more flowers to fully adorn the church. Thank you.

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.

I wish to order red geraniums @ $5.00 each

Given by:

In memory of: 

In honor of:

Coffee Hour Potluck Sunday

This Sunday, June 2, we are holding a potluck coffee hour. Please bring a coffee hour item to share. (last names M-Z). 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.

May 28, 2019

Children coming to our nation for safety and protection are still dying at our southern border while in U.S. detention.

Carlos, a 16-year-old youth from Guatemala, died May 20 in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Wilmer, a 2-year-old, died May 14, also in the custody of CBP. They were preceded in death by Jackelin, Felipe, Juan and a 10-year-old girl from El Salvador who died in September 2018 but whose death has just been disclosed. One year ago, Claudia Patricia Gómez González, a 20-year-old woman from Guatemala, was shot in the head and killed by a Border Patrol agent while seeking safety in the United States.

I am deeply dismayed by the deaths of these children, made in the image of God, who came to our southern border as refugees and asylum seekers to ask us for protection. As a nation we denied them that safety, instead placing them in detention facilities, sometimes for months.

Our nation and its leaders have moral and legal obligations on behalf of those who seek safety in our land. As Congress considers federal funding for DHS, we advocate against further funds for immigration detention, deportation, and border militarization, and oppose intentional policy choices that harm children and families.

We follow a Lord who instructed, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs” (Matthew 19:14). As we continue to serve and love our neighbor, we pray for the well-being of children and families in detention, and we urge the presidential administration to seek alternatives to the detention of children.

In Christ,

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop, ELCA

Lutheran Disaster Response

U.S. Tornadoes

A series of powerful and destructive tornadoes has ripped through parts of the central U.S., leaving destruction in its wake. In Missouri, at least three people have been killed, homes and businesses have been destroyed, and rescues are still underway. Tornadoes have also been reported in Oklahoma, Iowa, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, and there is a threat of additional severe weather in some locations.

Lutheran Disaster Response is working with those in the impacted states, including partnering with local synods, congregations and social ministry organizations to respond with immediate relief.

What you can do:

Pray for the communities that were impacted by these destructive tornadoes. May God’s healing presence give them peace and hope in their time of need. Pray that God will deliver comfort to those who mourn the loss of loved ones and strength to those who are working diligently to care for affected communities.

Give to Disaster Response: Gifts to “U.S. tornadoes” will be used entirely (100%) to assist those affected by tornadoes until the response is complete.

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)
home: Jean B, Tigist G, Susan K, Nancy N, Theodore R, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
James B, father of Mary B
Barbara R & Sonny L, aunt & uncle of Sabrina R
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G
Matthew & Dierdre, friends of Susan K

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

4. Meredith D
4. Inna S
6. Garrett P
7. Nancy N
7. Juni S
Baptismal Days
3. Kellen B
3. Reid D
6. Pamela B
8. Jonah W

What’s Happening?

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