Trinity Tidings: August 29, 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, September 1 (Lectionary 22)

Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m.

O God, you resist those who are proud and give grace to those who are humble. Give us the humility of your Son, that we may embody the generosity of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Anusha A
Assisting Minister: John B
Cantor: Carol B
Children’s Church: David C
Greeter: Pam B
Lector: Nicholas C
Ushers: Joan E, Mike J
Coffee Hour: Lily & Keith C, Carol B, Julie N
Altar Guild: Carol B
Tellers: Lynn & Bud B
Bulletin Assembly: Noralyn D
Altar Flowers: given by Annie A to wish Pr B the best in his new Call and Ministry as an Interim Pastor in Pleasantville, New York

Sunday, September 8, is Rally Day!

Rally Day begins our regular fall schedule. Holy Communion at 8:15 & 10:45, with Christian Ed hour at 9:30. This will be the opening day of Sunday School for all ages! We will begin the year with prayer and song, and then we will dismiss to our classes for the day. Watch for a special activity for all!

Chrismon Workshop

Please join us on Saturday, September 14, at 10 am to make Chrismons to decorate Trinity’s new Christmas tree. No experience is necessary, but we do ask that you preregister with Carol B to ensure we have enough kits prepared.

Come see the Chrismons completed so far on display in the Social Hall. To defray the cost of the kits, we encourage donations (suggested $20-25). Indicate “Chrismons” on your check or envelope.

School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Throughout the summer, we are collecting supplies to prepare school kits for LWR. NEXT WEEK 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:

  • [100] 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
  • [40] 30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
  • [282-309] Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
  • [34] Box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • [33] 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.

Coming Wednesdays in September!
"Seldom Studied Bible Stories"
Join us as we take a closer look at four Bible accounts that don't usually appear in Sunday School materials or sermons. 7:30pm in the Library.
Thought provoking. Challenging. Fun!
Rally Sunday, September 8: Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45

Remember in Your Prayers

synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Richard Graham, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
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*
Ellen & David C
Nora K, mother of Jeanine B
Steven W, uncle of Jonah W
DW, friend of Bill & Diana B
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.

01. Annie A
01. Diana B
01. Vimala P
01. Patricia S
02. James M Jr.
02. Marissa P
05. Anders S
05. Kathy T
06. Jeanine B

Baptismal Days
01. Jeff B
03. Liam S
04. Jan P

Opal C +Aug 20 (relative of Jerry B)

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.

Weekly Devotional:
Strangers No More

September 1, 2019 (LECTIONARY 22)

When we look around in worship, we see a gathering of people knitted together as a community through Christ. Claimed in baptism, each one of us is a member of a community of faith that extends beyond the boundaries of church walls and national borders. Called and empowered saints, we each belong. Claimed by Jesus, we are each sent to share the good news. It may be easy to recognize this community of faith in our worshiping community. But who else is out there? Who are we missing?

Beyond Our Comfort Zone

Today we hear the call to look beyond the familiar, to look around the edges of our known community and beyond our comfort zones. We are called to deliberately seek out the overlooked. We are called to look directly into the eyes that others avoid. Maybe that person is someone you would typically avoid because you don’t agree with them politically. Maybe it’s the person next to you in worship who attends every week but doesn’t feel like they belong.

Surprises Abound!

When we live into this call from God, surprises abound! After all, the blessings of living in God’s community are discovered in all the varied people who are part of it, not just in our corner of it. As God opens our eyes and hearts to those ignored by the world, or to those we would choose to avoid, our assumptions are shattered—and the strangers in our midst are recognized as angels (Heb. 13:2).

The Christian community isn’t about us, and it isn’t up to us. In truth, if it depended on us, we ourselves would never belong. We were all on the fringe until God reached out to us in baptism, joining us to a community that never stops growing. We were all outsiders until Christ died to give us life and form us into one body. How could we ever keep that abundant life to ourselves?

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