Trinity Tidings | December 9, 2021


Christ’s presence in our midst in the wonder of the holy supper is cause for singing. The nearness of the God in prayer, in every circumstance, is cause for rejoicing. The coming of one “more powerful” than John, even with a winnowing fork in hand, is good news—and cause for exultation—for us who are being saved. Great joy is the tone for the third Sunday of Advent.

This Week’s Online Bulletin: HERE

Readings for this Sunday
Zephaniah 3: 14-20
Luke 3: 1-18

Read our in person worship protocols here before RSVP’ing

If you are a confirmed member of Trinity and did not receive an email on Thursday with information for our semi-annual congregational meeting, please contact either Pastor Christine ( or Jerry Boelger ( and they will make sure you receive the documents.

Our 2022 Stewardship Packets, containing pledge cards and Time and Talent sheets, were mailed out, with the theme This is OUR Community. Please prayerfully consider supporting Trinity with your Time, Talent, and Treasure over the coming year. The Time and Talent sheet is especially important to complete, as our office, music, and pastoral staff are all new in the past two years. Please help them by filling this out! 

Our semi-annual congregational meeting will be held December 12th at 11am. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss and approve the annual budget and changes to the MEF bylaws. The meeting will be held both in-person and via Zoom. Join us in person or via Zoom here


In order to help our worship services run smoothly, we need your help. There are a variety of ways you can be of service including: online greeter, cantor, welcome team, lector/prayers, technology team, altar guild. We are in need of more people to help out. Please check out the links below or contact the office or Pastor Christine . 

Welcome Team:

Music Leaders/Cantors:

Tech Team: contact the church office to sign up:

Sunday School: Sunday School will look a bit different. After Worship (10:45 AM, Sundays), we will be meeting in the Playground for a song, story time, and a short activity. Would you like to help lead Sunday School? Contact:


Christmas Flowers are Available to Order Now! | Please place your order no later than December 15.
You may place the information in the offering plate, or contact the office (  indicating your order specifications. 

___Red 6-inch poinsettias: $15 each

___White 6-inch poinsettias: $15 each

___Door wreaths: $25 each

Given in honor of ___________________

Given in memory of _________________

Chrismons for Social Hall Tree
If you have a completed painted wooden ornament or colored bead kit for the tree that goes in the social hall, please bring them by Trinity as soon as possible, either during office hours or this weekend.

As many know, Catherine Kapikian served for many years on the faculty of Wesleyan Theological Seminary and founded the Henry Luce Center for the Arts and Religion. Her artistic works and her theological insight is sought after for its depth of meaning, its intrigue, and its beauty. Most recently she created a mural for the refectory of Weleyanm where she re-imagines da Vinaic’s Last Supper. This work was recently unveiled (delayed due to COVID) and you can view it here (along with an interview with Cathy). 

Dreams Needed! Video or Written Format! Where, what do you dream Trinity to be 3 years from now?…That is the question we’re asking you, members, friends, and family of Trinity. Over the next couple of weeks or so, answers to this question will be collected and compiled into a short montage video. There are 2 ways of getting your dreams in…Sunday mornings at church I or another member will be happy to do a quick video recording of the dream you’d like to share. Or, you may do your own recording on your cell phone or other device. Please keep your answers to 20 seconds or so. 

Alternatively, share your dream in a single written sentence. Please use the provided email for sharing your dreams in either format. If you have any questions, please contact me, Valerie M at Thank you!

Mission Endowment
The Mission Endowment Committee is now accepting nominations for 2021 Mission Endowment Awards.  If you submitted a nomination for 2020 please re-submit it.  The Committee will be making awards for both 2020 and 2021 in Spring 2022. Submission may be submitted to Steve S (chair of the committee) at: 


Please make note of our Christmas season worship services:

Blue Christmas |December 21st (pre-recorded on YouTube)

This service is especially designed for those who are walking with grief. It honors the truth that this season isn’t full of cheer for everyone and seeks to provide healing.

Christmas Eve Family Service | December 24th | 4pm (in-person and online)

This service is especially good for those with younger children and for those who are looking for an earlier worship service. We will read the Christmas story, place the figures in the Nativity scene, and sing some favorite Christmas carols.

Christmas Eve Festival Service | December 24th | 7:30pm (in-person and online)

This service features beautiful special music, Holy Communion, and candlelight.

Christmas Day | December 25th (pre-recorded on YouTube)

This service follows a lessons and carols format, and will include recorded choir pieces and favorite carols. We invite you to use this service to worship at the time best suited to you.

First Sunday of Christmas |December 26th at 9:30am (in-person and online)

This service will follow our typical format, and will include the lesser considered part of Jesus’ birth story: The Massacre of the Holy Innocents.


Advent Soup Supper and Christmas Decorating | Sunday December 19 | 6:30 pm | Social Hall and Sanctuary
Sign up here

Join us for a simple soup and bread supper before we finish getting the sanctuary ready for Christmas.

RSVP is mandatory for supper as there are limited spots. Bring a soup or bread if you’d like, please sign up for that as well. Please do not sign up if you are not coming for supper first.

If you cannot join us for supper first, decorating will begin at approximately 7:15 with tasks that include arranging poinsettias, putting up pew candles, handheld candle assembly, setting up Nativity Scene, and putting up the tree in the Social Hall. All are welcome!

Adult Forum | Sundays | 11:30 am | Zoom
Join via Zoom here

Intergenerational Sunday School | All Are Invited! | Sunday, December 19 | 10:30 am
Stay after worship and join us for some conversation and story sharing around the theme of “HOME”. We will gather in the Social Hall and spend some time as a large group as well as in small groups. A variety of activities are planned including some hands-on options. All ages are invited to come and share stories about “HOME” as we spend some time reconnecting.

Trinity Singers |Rehearsals every Thursday | 7:00 pm | Social Hall | Contact Angela for more info

Sunday School for Youth | Every Sunday | 10:45 am | Trinity Playground

Trinity Men’s Group | Every Second Wednesday | 1:00 pm | Zoom
Contact the church office for zoom info

Heavenly Handbells | Rehearsals every Monday | 7:30 pm | Sanctuary

Advent Devotional Group | Wednesdays | 7:30 pm
Join via Zoom here

Lunch Bunch | January 13 | 12:30 pm
Gather with friends over a nice lunch at Normandy Farms. All are invited. To reserve your spot, please contact Steve S ( or the office. 

Stephen Ministry | See the Calendar for meeting dates

Mission Endowment Committee | January 9, 2022 | 10:30 am  
See the Calendar for Future meeting dates

+This Week at Trinity+

Sun, Dec 12, Third Sunday of Advent
Food Collection for Living Faith
9:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service (RSVP Required)
10:45 am Youth Sunday School (Following Worship)
11:00 am Semi Annual Congregation Meeting-Hybrid (Following Worship)

Mon, Dec 13
3:00 pm Gift Wrapping (AWC)-Social Hall
7:30 pm Heavenly Handbells Rehearsal- Sanctuary

Wed, Dec 15
7:30 pm Advent Devotional Group-Zoom

Thurs, Dec 16
7:00 pm Trinity Singers Choir Rehearsal

Sat, Dec 18
9:00 am Living Faith Food Drive

Sun, Dec 19, Fourth Sunday of Advent
Food Collection for Living Faith
9:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service (RSVP Required)
10:45 am Intergenerational Sunday School  (Following Worship)
6:00 pm Youth Group


Living Faith Food Collection: December 18 | 9 am- Noon | Trinity Parking Lot | See the list of critical food needs here

Gifts of Hope Catalog Available Online
Operating for 28 years, Gifts of Hope has raised and disbursed almost $4 million to two church camps, four ministries, three international companion synods, and ten local social service agencies affiliated with the Synod. These funds have helped the homeless, the hungry, the young, the elderly, immigrants, refugees, jobseekers, seminary and college students, and those seeking to improve their lives.
Instead of visiting tables in church buildings in November and December, individuals can support GOH through the current catalog on the Gifts of Hope website: or by mail (an order form is included in the catalog). Gifts of Hope wanted to continue to honor the health of the volunteers and donors, even if congregations return to on-site worship this year.

Trinity “Adopts” a Family for the Holidays.
Trinity has been matched with a family of 5. Each family member has provided some wishes that members of Trinity helped fulfill. Sunday is the deadline to bring your unwrapped gifts and gift receipts to Trinity. At 3:00pm on Monday, December 13, Gift Wrapping will take place in the Social Hall. If you would like to help with wrapping, or have any questions, please contact Margaret F at

Afghan Refugees (LSS): Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is reaching out with immediate needs due to the influx of Afghan refugees arriving in this area. They are in need of drivers, storage space, rooms on a temporary basis, and housing settlement. Contact:


We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Yulie N (Village at Rockville)
Jean B (Holy Cross Hospital)

Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W, Lineth M, Isabel F, Gio S, Ione L, and Leslie C, Valerie and Mike M, Chelsea K and Barrett Y

family and friends
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Monica V, friend of Pastor Christine
Sarah B and Brandon T (Nico and Frankie), friends of Trinity
Jay M, friend of Sunhee P
Donald B, brother of Marilyn C

first responders
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R

Lilly Anne Y- December 3, 2021| Daughter of Chelsea and Barrett Y

Mary Hartzell +December 8, 2021

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


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MONDAY: 9:30-3:30 PM
TUESDAY: 9:30-3:30 PM
THURSDAY: 9:30-3:30 PM