Trinity Tidings: Dec 25, 2019

Trinity Tidings: Dec 25, 2019

What’s Happening?

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


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


O Lord God, you know that we cannot place our trust in our own powers. As you protected the infant Jesus, so defend us and all the needy from harm and adversity, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Isaiah 63:7-9
Hebrews 2:10-18
Matthew 2:13-23

Assisting This Sunday:

Worship Assistants schedule is available

Altar Guild: Carol B (8:15); Jackie K (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Sarah G (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Thor & Nancy N (8:15); Bud & Lynn B (10:45)
Greeters: Diana B (8:15); Hagen & Kristina S (10:45)
Lectors: Jerry B (8:15); Greg F (10:45)
Tellers: Greg & Margaret F
Ushers: Thor & Nancy N (8:15); Dick & Peggy J (10:45)
Guest Musician: Clarice S


Weekly Devotional

In this Christmas season, the story of Jesus proclaimed in Christian assemblies calls us to look around for those who feel unwelcome in this world… [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.


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: ___________________________________

Free Workshop
“Lifetime Assets for Lasting Good”
Tues, January 7, 10:30 a.m.

(Weather date: Thursday, January 16 at 10:30)

A helpful workshop for faithful Christians who wish to use their assets wisely as they plan their future giving. (This is not a sales presentation.)

Please respond by January 2 to or 301-354-8422.  We are offering a free lunch after the presentation, and will also have time for your questions.  This will be held in Lang Hall (enter by the Main Entrance) at The Village at Rockville, 9701 Veirs Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.

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
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.

29. Richard G
30. Lois F
Baptismal Days:
29. Dick J
29. Anna V
01. Robert C
01. Paul D
01. Marilyn G
01. Rob S

Weekly Devotional:

1 Christmas, December 29, 2019

Home for the Holidays

Did you celebrate Christmas at home this year? As Perry Como popularly sang, our culture tells us that “there’s no place like home for the holidays.” Yet, not everyone has a place that feels like home. While some people have lived in the same town or even in the same house for many decades, others have moved year after year, or find “home” to be unsafe or precarious. Still others have had to leave home behind under threat of violence, natural disaster, or political persecution.

Today, Matthew’s gospel reminds us that Jesus’ life was marked more by movement and displacement than by a settled existence. Even shortly after his birth, Jesus faced threats that caused his family to flee their home and country. Later in his life, Jesus warned an eager would-be follower about the risks of a life of discipleship, saying, “The Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head” (Matt. 8:20). But Jesus’ goal was not to find home for himself; instead it was to become a resting place for those who struggle to find one in this world.

In this Christmas season, the story of Jesus proclaimed in Christian assemblies calls us to look around for those who feel unwelcome in this world. We are called to seek out those who have no home, or who have lost their home in physical or emotional ways. How is your community serving those without a home? Is there a homeless shelter in your community, a youth refuge, or an organization that assists refugees and asylum seekers? Led on by our God who often had no comfortable resting place, the Christian community is called to witness to the home we experience in Christ’s love by serving those who seek one.

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