Sunday, July 21 (Lectionary 16)
Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m.
Eternal God, you draw near to us in Christ, and you make yourself our guest. Amid the cares of our lives, make us attentive to your presence, that we may treasure your word above all else, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Assisting in the Sunday Services
Acolyte: Linnea S
Assisting Minister: Sabrina R
Cantor: Elizabeth R
Children’s Chapel: Jane R
Greeter: Jonah W
Lector: David K
Ushers: Thor & Nancy N
Coffee Hour: Social Ministry Team
Altar Guild: Miriam M
Tellers: Annie A, Mina
Bulletin Assembly: Louise G
See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.
From the Pastor …
Dear People of God,
It was a hot day. Very hot by Maryland standards. The flowers in the garden were wilting; the lawn was turning brown. By evening the storm clouds had gathered and the rain began. Lots of heavy, thunderous rain. The storm passed before twilight and now the garden and the lawn looked green again.
The grace of God can sometimes be like the weather – when it comes, it comes in a downpour and everything we thought was drying up or beaten down gets refreshed, given new life.
There’s a saying in some communities that goes, “The Lord may be late, but he’s always on time.” Sometimes we wait for what seems like a long time for grace to appear, but when it comes, life feels like it can begin again.
Maybe you’re feeling flooded with grace these summer days. Or maybe you’re waiting. Our God does not fail us and in the mystery of eternity comes to each of us in ways we we cannot miss. I wish you grace.
AC – After Church
Linger for a bit (20-30 minutes) after church with Pr. Kern each week this July for conversation on various topics related to transition and the future. Sessions begin about 10 minutes after the postlude is over.
This week’s topic: Transition Myths
School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)
Throughout the summer, we are collecting supplies to prepare school kits for LWR. On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 8, we will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School.
Items still needed to achieve our goal of 200 kits:
-  70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10.5″ (no loose-leaf paper)
-  30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
-  Blunt scissors
-  Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
-  Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
-  Box of 16 or 24 crayons
-  2.5″ eraser
Please note: LWR asks that all kit items be new and have no religious symbols, messages, or patriotic or military symbols. Please contact Kathy T or Anita S with any questions.
2nd Quarter Statements Available
Giving statements for the 2nd Quarter are available. You may pick up yours in the Social Hall on Sunday.
Living Faith Everyday
LIFE Class (Living in Faith Everyday), 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.
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 preregister with Carol. If you cannot attend in August but would like to take a future class in September, 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.)
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 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
THE SICK AND SUFFERING
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home: Tigist G, Susan K, James T, Chris T
family and friends*
Peggy A, friend of Vimala P
Marlynn B, father of Christine B
Nora K, mother of Jeanine B
Eric L, friend of Thomas K & Sarah M
Susan T, mother of Leslie C
Steve W, friend of Thor & Nancy N
*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks. After four weeks, please complete another card.
24. Petra T
27. Joseph B
21. Jane F
21. Miriam M