Trinity Tidings: September 12, 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 15 (Lectionary 24)

Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School and Adult Ed. at 9:30 a.m.

O God, overflowing with mercy and compassion, you lead back to yourself all those who go astray. Preserve your people in your loving care, that we may reject whatever is contrary to you and may follow all things that sustain our life in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: TBD (8:15); Colin G (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Bill B (8:15); Robyn K (10:45)
Children’s Church: TBD (8:15), Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters: Dan & Rob S (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Lectors: John B (8:15); Hagen S (10:45)
Ushers: Steve & Donna S (8:15); Greg & Margaret F (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Bill & Diana B (8:15); Petra T & family (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B
Tellers: Thor N, Petra T
Bulletin Assembly: Diana B

Fall Worship Schedule: Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45; Sunday School and Adult Ed at 9:30

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,

Do you ever wonder, What’s the point? … of life, of work, of church???

Increasingly, the world around us answering that last question with a resounding, “not much.” Recently the ELCA Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation has projected that weekly worship attendance across the ELCA by 2041 will be under 16,000. 16,000 people in church spread across 65 synods encompassing the whole United States and beyond. Effectively, the end of the ELCA.

Alarmed? Me too. But also energized. If this projection is correct, it means we are the ones God is calling to renew our church! It means we have serious, challenging, significant work to do in our lifetimes. It means we need clear, solid answer for the world when it looks at us and answers, What’s the point of church?

I’m going to talk about that this Sunday. I had an experience this week that has really made me stop and think. Hope to see you in worship.

Pr Kern

Wednesday Bible Study Update

The class offered by Pastor Kern on the Wednesdays of September, Seldom Studied Bible Stories, is being indefinitely postponed. It looks as though September is not a good time for member schedules. The first week had only three participants spread over two classes. For those who did express interest but were not able to attend, we’ll see how things look later in the fall.

Winter Coat Drive for LSS

This September, and through October 13, we are collecting new and gently used coats and other outerwear for the Refugee Program of Lutheran Social Services (LSS). Outerwear is needed for all ages and genders, and in all sizes; donations should be clean and in good repair.

Items accepted:

  • Coats/jackets
  • Fleeces
  • Winter hats, gloves, mittens, warm scarves

Please contact Kathy T with questions.

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.

Mission Endowment

Mission Endowment Team will meet next on Tuesday, November 5, at 7:00 p.m.

Remember in Your Prayers

synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, 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
Nancy P, friend of Tom K & Sarah M
Anthony U, great nephew of Len S
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.

16. Lily B
21. Alexander L

Baptismal Days
15. Sean M
19. Patricia S
20. Madeline B
20. Vera N

Reports continue to trickle in from remote areas hardest hit by Hurricane Dorian. Evacuations are continuing and the toll of human suffering is unfathomable.

Every day brings more news of lives tragically lost. Survivors are still desperately searching for missing loved ones. People who lived in shacks in remote towns and had little before the storm, now have nothing.

Your gift will deliver emergency relief to victims of Hurricane Dorian.

Among the aid workers reaching survivors are our partners on the ground. Your urgent gift will help deliver necessities like food, clothing, shelter, medical aid and hygiene kits — as well as comfort and compassion.

Any donation you make will help alleviate human suffering.

And please continue to pray for all the victims of Hurricane Dorian.

Lutheran World Relief, 700 Light St., Baltimore, MD 21230, United States

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.