Trinity Tidings: June 27, 2019

Trinity Tidings: June 27, 2019

This Sunday

Sunday, June 30 (Lectionary 13, Pentecost 3)

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45

Sovereign God, ruler of all hearts, you call us to obey you, and you favor us with true freedom. Keep us faithful to the ways of your Son, that, leaving behind all that hinders us, we may steadfastly follow your paths, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); TBD (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Jonah W (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Cantors: Mary B (8:15); Elizabeth R (10:45)
Children’s Chapel: TBD (8:15); Jane R (10:45)
Greeters: Jonah W (8:15); Matthew & Tamara C (10:45)
Lectors: Keith C (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Ushers: Joan E (8:15); Robert P, Paul D (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Bill & Diana B (8:15); Bud & Lynn B (10:45)
Altar Custodians: Noralyn D (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Tellers: Annie A, Mina
Bulletin Assembly: Diana B

What’s Happening!

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

From the Pastor…

Dear People of God,

Summer is racing on!  I don’t know about you, but I never tire at how rapidly green things grow when the summer sunlight returns. Creation is always astounding.

While nature flowers, summer is traditionally a slower time in the congregation.  We move to a single, combined service on July 7. Sunday School is on hiatus, though Margaret F is facilitating a LIFE Class beginning in July; and I will be offering AC – After Church, a short conversation about one aspect of transition work in a congregation, on the Sundays in July.  I hope you’ll stop by one or both of these offerings sometime.

I’d also like to lift up for your consideration an opportunity to serve in a new way.  For many years now the pastor and committee members of Trinity have shared Holy Communion with Bethesda Health and Rehabilitation on the Third Sunday of each month (2 pm).  What you may not know, for an equal number of years, our church has provided a rite for (lay) members of the congregation to share in the leadership of the distribution of the sacrament to those outside of regular worship. In other words, take the bread and wine to those in the facility. In my experience, people who participate in this ministry find it to be very meaningful and enjoyable. I would like to share this ministry with the members of Trinity.  If you are interested in learning more about this, please let me know!

Finally, with the 4th of July holiday coming up in a few days, may I be so bold as to suggest that we all add solemn prayers for our nation to our joyous festivities. The freedom for which so many have suffered, sacrificed, and died is challenged today in new, almost unimaginable ways. The nation of Ellis Island and its poor huddled masses, is now divided in fearful, divisive ways over child separation, racial identity, sexual orientation, poverty and wealth. Past sins of racism and treatment of native peoples have come back to haunt us. A venerated veteran and prisoner of war is mocked for his sacrifice by the Commander in Chief. Technology records our every action, sometimes our conversations, reducing privacy to mere algorithms. For all this is good and gracious in our land, we must surely give thanks to God. Also, as the fires of the grill turn to embers and the nighttime fireworks fill the sky, let us remember that the greatness of a nation is not revealed in the success of the most fortunate, but in its treatment and care of the least.

Pr Kern

AC – After Church

Sundays in July

Linger for a bit (20-30 minutes) after church with Pr. Kern each week for conversation on various topics related to transition and the future.

LIFE Class Returns!

Living in Faith Everyday (LIFE), a Trinity favorite, is back!  Each Sunday in July from 9:00-9:45 in the Library, participants will read through the following week’s lectionary and discuss how the readings touch their lives.  Each class is self-contained, just come when you can to be part of the discussion. LIFE begins Sunday, July 7.

BIGGER Than a Building 2! (BTAB 2!) Update

35 families pledged $290,920 to our 3-year BTAB 2! appeal to pay off our mortgage. $101,735 has been received as of May 31. Thank you so much!

We still hope to reach our goal of $350,000 to pay off our mortgage. It’s not too late to lend your support.  Thank you in advance for your generous support!

Refugee Families Update – 
You Can Make a Difference

Our refugee families will be moving to a new apartment complex at the end of June. One family is in need of more furniture for their new apartment, including a sofa, chairs, dining table, queen or full mattress and bed frames. If you have any furniture items you’re no longer using and would like to donate, please contact Kathy T.

Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

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.

Free Programs at The Village at Rockville

Estate Planning Workshop and Lunch
Tuesday, July 16, 10:25 a.m.

You are invited for a one-hour informational workshop on Estate Planning Essentials and Mistakes to Avoid, followed by lunch. Attorneys Frank Baldino and Will Hellams will provide helpful information for you and your family to plan. Please register by contacting Alice Benson at or 301-354-8422. Lang Hall; The Village at Rockville (9701 Veirs Drive; Rockville, MD 20850).

Beyond Memory Loss
Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

Many people don’t understand why someone with dementia might exhibit odd behaviors or act so differently from the way they did before. This program, Beyond Memory Loss: Handling Personality Changes and Impulse Control Issues, will help you better navigate the symptoms of dementia that are difficult to understand and manage. Register by contacting Rochelle Clarke at or 301-354-8442. Multi-Purpose Room, Terrace Level; The Village at Rockville (9701 Veirs Drive; Rockville, MD 20850).

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: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends
Matthew & Dierdre, friends of Susan K
Marlynn B, father of Christine B
Maria F, friend of Carol B
Nora K, mother of Jeanine B
Eric L, friend of Tom K & Sarah M
Barbara R & Sonny L, aunt & uncle 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.