Trinity Tidings: July 4, 2019

Trinity Tidings: July 4, 2019

This Sunday

Sunday, July 7 (Lectionary 14, Pentecost 4)

Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m.

O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus, you are the city that shelters us, the mother who comforts us. With your Spirit accompany us on our life’s journey, that we may spread your peace in all the world, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Linnea S
Assisting Minister: Leslie C
Cantor: Linnea S
Children’s Chapel: Nicholas C
Greeter: Phil & Noralyn D
Lector: Robyn K
Ushers: Robert P, Paul D
Coffee Hour: (potluck) Margaret F
Altar Guild: Miriam M
Tellers: Bud & Lynn B

What’s Happening!

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

From the Pastor…

Dear People of God,

How does your family work? I have a plaque on my wall that reads, If You Knew My Family You’d Understand! Sound about right to you?

Every family system (and any organization of people for that matter) has generally accepted (and mostly unspoken!) norms. For example, in some families it is not acceptable to show emotion – no hugging, no crying, etc. In some organizations, no one is expected to publicly disagree with the boss. In still other families, there is always has to be someone for everyone else to complain about – rebellious teens and alcoholics often fill this role.

Congregations are like families, too. There are documents of governance usually, maybe bylaws that spell out responsibilities and organization, but in, through, and under all of that there are people – the church family – who relate to each other in all the myriad ways of a family.

St Paul once likened the church to the body of Christ. Jesus called us brothers and sisters, implying our related-ness to one another. And from generation to generation, the family of God evolves – living, breathing, laughing, crying, helping, hurting, embracing and holding on to one another… just like a family.

Pr Kern

In Memoriam

Gail Robinson, wife of Steve Larsen, and a former member of Trinity, died this week. The family is planning a non-religious gathering in her memory (and at her request) that will be held at Trinity on Friday, July 19, at 11 a.m. A catered lunch will follow the gathering. This will not be a funeral or memorial service. No pastor or musicians have been requested. It is a gathering of family and friends who would like to be together and remember Gail.

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 Is Back!

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.

Intro to Handbells

Everything You Wanted to Know About Handbells but Were Afraid to Ask

Ever wondered how the handbell choir produces all those unusual sounds, what the written music looks like, or what it is like to ring those beautiful bronze bells?  Then this workshop is for you.  Join us for an “Introduction to Handbells” class on Thursday, July 11, 7:00–8:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.

The class is free and there is no obligation.  However, you must sign up by July 10 so that we can be properly set up for the number of people attending. Please contact Marilyn Converse with questions and to register. Come prepared to have an interesting and fun time.

Every Sunday Is Hunger Sunday

Hunger doesn’t happen only on the first Sunday of the month, so every Sunday is Hunger Sunday. We serve food every Sunday at coffee hour and we have the ELCA World Hunger offering plate on the table every Sunday. As you enjoy coffee hour treats, think of those who are hungry and be generous as we thank God for our blessings.

Refugee Families Update

Our refugee families have recently moved to a new apartment complex. 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.

Chrismon-Making Class in August

Trinity will have a new 15-foot Christmas tree this December, and we plan to decorate it with beaded Chrismons as symbols of our faith.

Carol Bruno and Sabrina Rufty will offer a Chrismon-making class on Saturday, August 3, at 10 a.m. (Krispy Kreme donuts and coffee provided!) To ensure we have enough kits, please pre-register with Carol. If you cannot attend in August but would like to take a future class in September, please let Carol know your available dates.

Not crafty but still want to take part? You may make a donation to Trinity (indicate Chrismons on the envelope), perhaps in honor or in memory of someone who helped you on your faith journey. 

(For more information, see article in the July-August Trinitarian.)

Weekly Devotional

The Kingdom Comes

Lectionary 14C (July, 7, 2019)

A man experiencing homelessness enters the church on Sunday morning, and the pastor greets him. As though to provide some sort of evidence that he deserves to be there, the man reaches into his wallet and hands her a yellowed, worn-out-from-folding piece of paper. The pastor’s eyes move from the man to the paper, and she reads, “Certificate of Perfect Sunday School Attendance at First Lutheran Church.” It is his most prized possession, carried through every crisis on a difficult journey.

Decades before, Sunday school teachers in the classrooms of First Lutheran Church had loved and served a little boy. Planning lessons on Saturday evenings, teaching him stories and songs about God’s love each Sunday morning, they planted in him a sense of belonging, of being beloved by God. The kingdom work they started in that little boy still stirs in him as he crosses the threshold of a church and reaches into his wallet, handing his certificate to the pastor.

The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray to the lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest.

Luke 10:2

When Jesus sends the seventy out to proclaim the good news of God in every town, he makes it clear that whether they are welcomed or rejected, they are to say plainly that “the kingdom of God has come near” (Luke 10:9). As we move about our lives, we are called to love and serve where we are, trusting that when we leave, the Spirit remains.

The work of the Spirit is not finished when we leave a place. The in-breaking of the kingdom does not depend on our remaining or being present to continue the work. God will keep breathing life into people long after we have moved on, maybe even years after Sunday school teachers have awarded stars and certificates. The love we offer and the stories and songs we teach are just some of the ways we declare that the kingdom of God has come near. The Spirit moves, and we get to participate!

Love. Serve. Proclaim the good news: The kingdom of God has come near!

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2018 Augsburg Fortress.Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

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.

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
Peggy A, friend of Vimala P
Marlynn B, father of Christine B
Maria F, friend of Carol B
Nora K, mother of Jeanine B
Eric L, friend of Tom Kern & Sarah M
Barbara R & Sonny L, aunt & uncle of Sabrina R
Steve W, a friend of Thor & Nancy N
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.

7. Jane R
9. Peter S
11. James T
12. Susan D
12. Karl M

Baptismal Days
7. Anja S
13. Anita S