Trinity Tidings: August 1, 2019

Trinity Tidings: August 1, 2019

What’s Happening?

Worship, Spiritual Growth, Education, Service to Others, and more…
See our online calendar for upcoming events and services at Trinity.

This Sunday, August 4 (Lectionary 18)

Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m.

Benevolent God, you are the source, the guide, and the goal of our lives. Teach us to love what is worth loving, to reject what is offensive to you, and to treasure what is precious in your sight, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Linnea S
Assisting Minister: Nathan L
Cantor: Linnea S
Children’s Chapel: Nicholas C
Greeter: Nancy J
Lector: Leslie C
Ushers: Angela B, Joan E
Coffee Hour: (potluck) Charlie M, Leslie S
Altar Guild: Winsome G
Tellers: Greg & Margaret F
Bulletin Assembly: Noralyn D
Nursery: Jane Rantung

This Sunday’s Guest Preacher and Celebrant

Pastor Gary Rhinesmith recently retired from All Saints’ Lutheran Church, Bowie, MD. As a member of Synod Council and, more recently, supplying on the staff of Bishop Graham, he brings a breadth of experience to ministry. A personal friend of Pastor Kern, Pastor Rhinesmith’s deep spirituality has made him a pastor’s pastor to several clergy in the area. Welcome, Pastor Rhinesmith!

From the Pastor …

Dear People of God,

In the gospel on Sunday, we hear Jesus tell us a story about a farmer whose land produced abundant crops and with them a conundrum – what do with all that harvest?  The farmer gives it some thought then decides on a building project – tearing down old barns and building new, bigger ones so that he can live a life of ease for many years.

But God is not pleased, calling the farmer a fool – for only thinking of himself – demanding his life that very night.  And Jesus comments, “so it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

My life has been blessed with several saints who showed me what a life that was rich toward God looks like.  I would characterize each one as a giver – of money, first of all, but also their time and their spirit.  I have never known anyone who was rich toward God who was not genuinely happy.  Their lives weren’t always easy; they suffered sometimes.  But through it all they radiated a deep peace and people were always drawn to them.

No one can tell you what your life will look like when you are rich toward God, but you know.  You probably don’t even have to think about it very much. The farmer in the gospel story would not be considered to be bad person by anyone who knew him.  His sin wasn’t in being rich.  His failure was that when the blessings of life filled his barns to overflowing his first thought was for himself, and not gratitude to God.

And these things you have prepared, whose will they be? – Jesus

Pr. Kern

Help Needed for Dinner at Women’s Shelter

This Sunday, August 4, Trinity will serve dinner for 35 women at the Interfaith Works Women’s Center in Rockville. If you would like to contribute to the meal, please see the sign-up sheet in the social hall or contact Kathy T. We also need a few people who can help serve the meal that evening. Thank you!

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.

Response has been great so far. Let’s keep that momentum going!

Updated list of items still needed to achieve our goal of 200 kits:

  • [661] 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
  • [147] 30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
  • [136] Blunt scissors
  • [157] Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
  • [609] Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
  • [138] Box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • [108] 2½” 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) meets each Sunday this summer from 9:00-9:45 in the Library. We’ll read through the following week’s lectionary and discuss how the readings touch our lives.  Each class is self-contained; just come as you are able and join the discussion.

Chrismon-Making Class in August

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.

Can’t attend in August but would like to take a future class in September? Let Carol know your available dates.

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

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
family and friends*
Eric L, friend of Thomas K & Sarah M
Joe M, brother of Margaret F
Susan T, mother of Leslie C
Steve W, friend of Thor & Nancy N
Steven W, uncle of Jonah W
Charlele 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.

5. Giovanni S
6. John W
7. Luis H
7. Kristina S
8. Kari-Elise C
9. Bud B
9. Wes O
10. Sydney R
10. Alissa C

Baptismal Days
9. Kevin M

Wedding Anniversaries
5. Jeffrey & Inna S
9. Daniel & Ana N

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.