Trinity Tidings: Dec 19, 2019

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

Advent 4 Emmanuel

From Pastor Kern…

Dear People of God,

On Sunday, Advent draws to a close.  On Tuesday, we will begin our celebration of the 12 days of Christmas. 

Are you ready?

Our culture nearly mandates a sense of urgency about this time of year, often bordering on panic.  Delivery trucks rumble through the streets at all hours of the day and night.  Websites crash from the last-minute volume.  No wonder mental health is challenged through this time of year….

But ready or not, Christmas comes. Maybe not on our time, but on God’s.  And just like the birth of a baby, we have little choice but to receive him and begin again the life-long process of learning to live with this holy life in our midst.

May God bless you, those you love, and all the world this holy season.  Whether you worship at Trinity of in another community, may your worship fill you with hope and joy.

Pr Kern


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


Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that hinders our faith, that eagerly we may receive your promises, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Isaiah 7:10-16
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-25

Assisting This Sunday:

Worship Assistants schedule is available

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); Colin G (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B (8:15); Jackie K (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Bill B (8:15); Nalini A (10:45)
Children’s Church: Margaret F (8:15); Jane R (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Tad D, Vi D (8:15); Len S, Ani S (10:45)
Greeters: Jerry B, Brian A, Stella (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Lectors: Phil D (8:15); Linnea A (10:45)
Tellers: Bud B, Lynn B
Ushers: Joan E, Mike J (8:15); Angela B , Robert P (10:45)

Blue Christmas Service

Our Stephen Ministry program offers a Blue Christmas Service at Trinity on Friday evening, December 20, at 7:00 pm. If you have lost a loved one or a treasured friend, or are going through sadness for any reason, please join us at this service. We will light candles, sing hymns, pray, and honor our loved ones. Refreshments following.


Weekly Devotional

There is a courage revealed by Joseph, who dares to believe an improbable dream… [click here to see full article]

Listening Conversations Begin 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.

What Does God Want - of me, my church, my world?
Adult Forum, Sundays in December (through Dec 22)

Figuring Out What God Wants

Join us This Sunday, December 22, during the Sunday School hour in Room 11 for the final installment of Pr. Kern’s series “What Does God Want – of me, my church, my world.”

It’ll be fun – time to talk – time to laugh – time to maybe catch a glimpse of what God is up to in our lives and in our world.  And who knows, maybe even some insight to feed into the call process when that comes along. 

All are welcome.

Adult Forum Study of Amos

The name Amos may call to mind famous cookies, but how well do you know the ancient Hebrew prophet Amos?  Amos’ call for justice and genuine worship have resonated throughout the centuries: “Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live…  Let justice roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”  Join us for the Adult Forum, this Sunday, Dec 22, at 9:30 a.m. as we conclude our study in Amos.


We Are Trinity – Time and Talent

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

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

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.

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: ___________________________________

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, Rebecca P, James T, Margo W
family and friends*
Brian B
Carol B, aunt of Leslie C
Eric L, friend of Tom K& Sarah M
Brittany L, daughter-in-law of Sabrina R
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
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.

22. Jonah W
23. Kirsten G
23. Emily W
24. Jean B
24. Timothy F
24. Shannon P
27. Lisbeth D
27. Glenn M
27. Dianez S
28. Margo W
Baptismal Days:
24. Georgine R
25. Matthew B
25. Cooper G
25. Donna S
26. Alexander D

Weekly Devotional:

Advent 4, December 22, 2019

Where Mercy Is Courage

There is a starched-spine courage in what Joseph did—courage that risks public derision. There is tender courage needed for Joseph to be gentle with an abrasive truth, to face shame for the sake of another’s honor. There is a willing-to-be-wrong courage revealed by Joseph, who dares to believe an improbable dream.


Before any innkeepers’ doors shuttered along Bethlehem’s still streets, before a cattle stall doubled for a nursery or shepherds abandoned their flocks to a sky full of angels, before silent night broke into something joyful and triumphant and herald angels sang glory, there was quiet, courageous mercy in Nazareth.

To be merciful to Mary, who Joseph must have believed had betrayed him; to be merciful to a community that, of course, would ridicule him; to be merciful in the face of a future that appeared forever spoiled—this demanded courage. Mercy will forever require courage. All Joseph had to proceed with was the mind-boggling gift of the phrase “Do not be afraid.”


Many are the regrets that harrow us, not for what we have done but for what we have failed to do; not for where we wandered but for where we refused to venture; not for what we chanced but for what we guarded, all because we have been afraid. Fear binds us from acting with mercy and courage.


“Do not be afraid” is God’s constant refrain, beginning with scripture’s earliest stories in Genesis and continuing until the Bible closes in Revelation: “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last” (Rev. 1:17). God’s empowering litany gives merciful courage to Joseph in a dream and to shepherds in the fields. It is found in the miracle of Bethlehem, the merciful Word born in Emmanuel, God with us. Do not be afraid.

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