Tidings for October 17, 2019

Tidings for October 17, 2019

What’s Happening?

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

What Does Trinity Mean to You?

In order that we define who we are as a congregation and what our priorities ought to be, the council asks each member of the congregation to write briefly about what Trinity means to them. Please submit your statements to the office. They will be collected and later shared with the council and the entire congregation.

This Sunday, October 20
(Lectionary 29c)

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

O Lord God, tireless guardian of your people, you are always ready to hear our cries. Teach us to rely day and night on your care. Inspire us to seek your enduring justice for all this suffering world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Genesis 32:22-31
Psalm 121
2 Timothy 3:14-4:5
Luke 18:1-8

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: TBD (8:15); Colin G (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Bill B (8:15); Leslie C (10:45)
Children’s Church: Margaret F (8:15), David C (10:45)
Greeters: Matthew & Tamara C (8:15); Christine B, Jane (10:45)
Lectors: Keith C (8:15); David C (10:45)
Ushers:  Ross A, Joan E (8:15); Angela B, Patricia S (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Keith & Lily C (8:15); Len S, Ani G (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B (8:15); Kathy H (10:45)
Tellers: Greg & Margaret F

Fall Worship Schedule: Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45; Sunday School and Adult Ed at 9:30
Reformation Sunday, Oct 27: one service at 10:00 am

From Pastor Kern:

Dear People of God,

I stood on my front steps this morning and watched the leaves blowing off the trees.  A week ago it seemed like summer was going to stay forever. And now, overnight, the air is cool and the leaves are letting go.

Along the way I picked up the idea of seasons in church life. We know about the liturgical seasons, of course, but like nature, the church has seasons of growth, seasons of quietude, seasons of drought, and all the rest. The thing is, life and growth persist in every season. A newly planted tree needs a good, deep watering once in awhile during the cold, leafless days of winter because the roots below ground are hard at work.

Look for information from the Stewardship Team about Commitment Sunday and Homecoming on November 10.  We Are Trinity is the theme and you will not want to miss this day of celebration.

Elsewhere in this Tidings, you will see a promotion for a congregation retreat coming soon to Trinity.  Coming on the heels of We Are Trinity, this retreat will invite us into a new season of unity throughout the congregation.  It’s open to everyone. I hope you will be able to come.

See you in worship,

Pr Kern

Chrismons Class: Last Chance

Please join us on Saturday, October 26, at 10:00 a.m. for the final Chrismon making class for 2019. Please let Carol B or Sabrina R know if you will be there to ensure we have enough kits.

Monetary donations are also welcome to cover the cost of materials (mark your envelope/cheque “Chrismons”). Let’s fill up the Trinity’s new Christmas tree!

3rd Quarter Giving Statements
are available for pickup in the Social Hall.

Homecoming Weekend

On Sunday, November 10, following the late service, join us for some BBQ and frivolity as we celebrate the conclusion of our “We are Trinity” stewardship campaign. 

There are several ways for you to participate:

  • Invite a friend, neighbor, former Trinity member, or a long-lost family member to join in our celebration (all are welcome)
  • Prepare a side dish or dessert for our celebration (sign-up sheet in the social hall)
  • Reach out to Greg F if you’d like to participate in the “long-slow cook”
Homecoming- Sunday, November 10, 2019


a unity retreat
Trinity Lutheran Church
November 15 & 16

You are invited to this Spirit-seeking weekend.  Through worship, presentations, and most of all, face-to-face conversation, this retreat will explore the Core Values of the congregation.

Realizing that …

We Are Trinity
Worship, Learn, & Serve
Seeking & Accepting All

… we ask ourselves, what does it actually mean to be Trinity Lutheran Church?
What beliefs do we have that will propel our ministry forward?
What is unique about Trinity’s worship, learning, and serving?
On what basis will we seek out and accept everyone?

Through this retreat, we hope that Trinity will:

  • affirm its Mission and Vision for the future
  • gain a clear understanding of the values that direct its life
  • take a fresh look at the congregation’s mission priorities for 2020
  • on the basis of shared beliefs, begin to forgive one another for past slights and hurts  so that the congregation will have the energy to truly welcome all going forward

David Ludwig will be returning as our chaplain and musician for the weekend. He will led us musically and scripturally into our theme. Other presenters will be announced shortly.  Look for the flyer in Sunday’s bulletin.

Join us if you can beginning 6:30 pm on Friday, November 15 through Saturday, November 16, 2:15 pm.

Calling Cooks and Bakers

On Sunday, December 15, Trinity will serve a meal for 35 at the Interfaith Works Women’s Center in Rockville. We will need help from members of our congregation to prepare and serve the meal:

  • Cooks to prepare a mashed potato casserole (recipe provided)
  • Bakers to make pumpkin and apple pies
  • 3-4 people to serve the meal that evening (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.)
  • People to contribute other food items (see the sign-up sheet in the social hall)

Please contact Lynn B or Kathy T with questions.

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.

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*
Lise & Abb Abb A
Joanne B, sister-in-law of Mary B
David C, friend of Pam B
Tammy G
Sonny L, uncle of Sabrina R
Sandy L, step-father of Rebecca L
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
John M, brother of Margaret F
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
June R, mother of Lois R
Tiffany S
Vern W, brother-in-law 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.

20. David K
21. David F
22. Joyce D
24. Marilyn C
24. Kathy T
25. Ani G
26. Jane F

Baptismal Days
20. Jeanine B
21. Rebecca P
21. Martha R
22. Gregory M
23. Theodore R
23. Fred S
25. James F
25. Steven F

Wayne P +Oct 7, 2019 (cousin of Julie N)
Tim R +Oct 11 (nephew of Len S)

Weekly Devotional: “Persistent Grace”

October 20, 2019 (Lectionary 29c)

Today’s gospel is an encouragement to always be in prayer, but the parable Jesus uses to urge people to pray is a complicated one. Jesus says the judge is unjust. The widow in the story is persistent in pestering the judge for the verdict she seeks. The judge is not convinced by evidence or reason, but simply by the tenacity of the widow. The lesson Luke passes on is that we ought to cry out to God day and night with our prayers.

What to Pray?

The parable says nothing directly about the content of those prayers. A quick reading might lead to a place of thinking anything we pray for will be answered if we are just persistent enough. Perhaps we can wear God down like the widow wore the judge down. This suggests an approach in which prayer is used to try to bend God’s will to our own.

Grace-Filled Transformation

Rather than a force of will, Jesus encourages persistence because every aspect of our lives is worthy of being lifted in prayer to God. The Psalms show that we can and should lift our cries up to God as often as we experience them. God is able to handle any emotion or struggle we give voice to in prayer; speaking it all to God is part of grace-filled transformation.

Your Will Be Done

Each Sunday we speak the words of the Lord’s Prayer, requesting with our collective voice, “Your will be done.” Instead of seeking to bend God’s will to ours, we ask for our will to be shaped by God’s. We pray for God’s forgiveness and boldly claim our own role in forgiveness. We pray for sustenance and deliverance, all while inviting God’s kingdom to come. God’s kingdom is coming without our prayer, Martin Luther reminds us in the Small Catechism, but we pray these things so that we may see the kingdom come alive in and among us. We pray to be shaped by the endless, loving persistence of God’s grace.

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