Trinity Tidings: Jan 9, 2020

What’s Happening?

Worship, Learn, Serve … See our online calendar for upcoming opportunities through the coming year at Trinity.

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

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,
The Epiphany season is upon us.  Sunday will mark the Baptism of our Lord.  An interesting event in the life of our Lord, the accounts seeks to address how the one who was without sin should come to be baptized for the forgiveness of sins.  Stay tuned!
Also on Sunday, Pastor Erin Swenson-Reinhold, Assistant to the Bishop, will be with us.  She will be bringing greetings at both services and assisting in our worship. In addition, she will host a Q & A with members of the congregation during coffee hour.
Please come and welcome her to Trinity.
In closing, a special thanks to everyone who helped decorate and then de-decorate the sanctuary for Christmas.  Many hands made the work easier than it would otherwise have been!
Pr Kern


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


O God our Father, at the baptism of Jesus you proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized into Christ faithful to their calling to be our daughters and sons, and empower us all with your Spirit, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Isaiah 42:1-9
Psalm 29
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17

Assisting This Sunday, Jan 12:

Worship Assistants schedule is available

Acolytes: Vincent M (10:45)
Altar Guild: Noralyn D (8:15); Patricia S (10:45)
Assisting Minister: Sarah M (8:15); Len S (10:45)
Ushers: Steve & Donna S (8:15); Patricia S & Paul D (10:45)
Children’s Church: David C (10:45)
Greeters: Steve & Donna S (8:15); Linnea A (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Donna S (10:45)
Lectors: Nathan L (8:15); Robyn KV (10:45)
Tellers: Annie A, Mina


Listening Sessions in January!

The Congregation is cordially invited to participate in small group discussions facilitated by Council members. We want to hear your perspectives about Trinity’s future as a community and as servants of Christ. We want your help to understand what God is calling us to do as we begin the process of calling a permanent Pastor.

If you have not yet received your invitation or can’t attend the session you were invited to but want to be part of the discussions, please reach out to Jane Ricci or Sarah Garske.


De-Decorating this Saturday

Please come this Saturday, January 11 at 10 am to help move the sanctuary from Christmas to the Epiphany season!  We should be finished de-decorating by noon. Coffee, tea, and Krispy Kreme donuts will be provided as an extra incentive!

We Are Trinity – Time and Talent

Time & Talent surveys received to date:
68 adult, 7 youth

2020 Offering Envelopes are available for pickup in the Social Hall.

Support a Good Mission: Nominate it for a Mission Endowment Award!

The Mission Endowment Committee seeks your recommendations of organizations to receive awards in the spring. Annually, income from Mission Endowment Fund is used to enhance our mission outreach apart from the operating budget. By sustaining the annual awards, the fund is a gift that keeps on giving! 

Mission Endowment Fund awards are made in three categories:

  1. Special (non-budgeted) projects of Trinity Lutheran Church – our congregation
  2. Special ministries in the community
  3. Special benevolence – supporting mission of the church beyond our congregation

Submit nominees to the church office, or place this form in the offering plate, or return it to the church office.  Nominations are due by January 15.

I nominate:



Name: ___________________________________

NEW – Heavenly Handbells Christmas CD available!

Steve has compiled a Christmas CD called The Sound of Christmas from ten years of our concert recordings.  Now you can enjoy our choir’s handbell music in your car and your home all year long.  Copies of our previous CD, Heavenly Handbells’ Greatest Hits are also still available. CDs are available in the social Hall on Sunday. A donation of $5.00 is requested.

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.

Extra Grace Please….

Brian, our administrator, is out on medical leave for an extended period of time. Carol B is filling in in his absence. In this transition, please be patient with us. We are doing everything we can to make sure that things are happening in a timely fashion, but we may miss something. Thank you for your patience!

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, Rebecca P, James T, Margo W
family and friends*

Brian B
Carol B, aunt of Leslie C
Jean D, cousin of Marilyn C
Eric L, friend of Tom K & Sarah M
Brittany L, daughter-in-law of Sabrina R
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
Rebecca P, daughter of Robert P, Kathy H
Emilia R, friend of Jack R
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks. After four weeks, please complete another card.

In Memoriam

Mary Ellen Dondzila +December 25, 2019

Memorial Service
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Chapel, Villages of Rockville
Time TBA (possibly 2:00 p.m.)