Trinity Tidings: Dec 5, 2019

Second Sunday of Advent

What’s Happening?

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

Semi-Annual Congregation Meeting

This Sunday, December 8, 12 Noon
Meeting and Potluck Lunch follow the late worship service
Childcare Provided

From Pastor Kern…

Dear People of God,

The Advent of our God is near. As the church observes this wonderful season, our hearts grow full as we once again see so clearly how much God loves us. Come and enjoy Advent worship at Trinity.

Remember the semi-annual meeting after the second service this Sunday, with potluck lunch.

Also on Sunday, my class on Discernment continues, this week using some of the questions from the ELCA Ministry Site Profile that Trinity will answer as part of the call process. It’s fun, it’s real! Join us!

Speaking of worship, have you noticed the Christmas worship times?

Christmas Eve:
4 p.m. Children and Family Worship
7:30 p.m. Festival Eucharist with bells, choir, instruments starting us off
Christmas Day:
11 a.m. Lessons and Carols with Communion

Come and worship this Christmas. Share your church – invite your friends.

Pr Kern


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

Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming nurture our growth as people of repentance and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-7,18-19
Romans 15:4-13
Matthew 3:1-12

Assisting This Sunday:

Worship Assistants schedule is available

Acolytes: Linnea S (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B (8:15); Jackie K (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Jerry B (8:15); Leslie C (10:45)
Children’s Church: Margaret F (8:15); David C (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Steve S (8:15); potluck (10:45)
Greeters: Louise G (8:15); Trevor H (10:45)
Lectors: Nancy N (8:15); Nicholas C (10:45)
Tellers: Annie A, Mina

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

Name your wilderness. No one else needs to describe it for you. It is your wilderness. Aches. Burns. Howls. Shadows. Echoes. Fears. Shames. Hungers. Jeers. Memories. Futures. Scars. Catastrophes. Wastes. Falls. These may comprise your wilderness… [click here to see full article]

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, Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. (12/8, 15, 22) as we explore the book of Amos.

Figuring Out What God Wants

In this more relaxed spirit of Advent, Pastor Kern is offering a short series on the general topic of Figuring Out What God Wants – of me, my church, my world. We’ll meet during the Sunday School hour on the Sundays of December in Room 11.

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.


Semi-Annual Meeting and Potluck

Sunday, December 8, The Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting will follow the 10:45 a.m. worship service.

We will also have a potluck brunch/lunch after the late service. Bring your favorite brunch or lunch entree, side-dish, salad, or dessert. Beverages will be provided.  We will eat while we meet. 

A New Way to Help: A Wider Circle

A Wider Circle’s Partnership to Independence (P2I) is a comprehensive ongoing support system to help clients achieve sustained self-sufficiency. 
Participants make a long-term commitment to qualify for the program.   They receive individualized support and a wide range of skill-building and educational opportunities. 

Trinity’s Social Ministry Team is exploring greater involvement with P2I.

Our first opportunity is to help at AWC’s P2I holiday program on Saturday, December 7, 11:00 – 1:00.  It will be a busy day with crafts, Santa, family portraits, etc.  They need people to help guide children in an easy craft. AWC will have all of the materials and directions. 

AWC also seeks volunteers to help P2I participants with car repair, dental work, or therapy.  If you have specialized skills in these need areas and are willing to help, AWC will work with you to meet with the participant in need.

If interested, please contact Margaret F.


Now through December 8

The holiday season is a wonderful opportunity to share with many children in need. In fact, your gift may be the only Christmas gift a child receives.

We are collecting new toys, games, books, and clothes for children infant through 18 years old for Community Family Life Services’ annual Give-a-Gift program. (special need for children ages 12-18) Toys must be new and in their original packaging, but not wrapped. Look for the brick-papered box in the Social Hall.

CFLS hosts a free holiday store so parents can choose gifts for their children. If you are interested in assisting, you may contact Bria Washington at CFLS: 202-347-0511 or

Give More Hope

Help those in need while you Christmas shop!

Now, through December 15, you can purchase a Gift of Hope for a friend or relative while making a contribution to someone who is in need.

Come visit the Gifts of Hope table in the Social Hall after the worship service.

Last Chance!
Help Us Beautify Trinity at Christmas

Order Your Poinsettias and Wreaths Now

Order Deadline:  This Sunday DECEMBER 8, 2019

I wish to order:      Poinsettias: $10 each

#_____ RED poinsettias

#_____ WHITE poinsettias

#_____ RED/WHITE mixed

#_____ Door Wreaths [$16 each]

#_____ Sanctuary Wreath [$30 each]

In Memory of:

In Honor of:

Given by:

  _____  I will donate my poinsettias

We Are Trinity – Time and Talent

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

Hanging of the Greens and
Soup Supper Tuesday, December 17

The tree is up; now please come to help finish decorating Trinity with garlands, flowers, and candles for Christmas! We’ll start with a soup and bread supper at 6:30, and begin decorating around 7 pm, finishing around 8:30 pm.

Please indicate your interest in coming below for planning purposes:


___ I/we will come for supper

___ I/we will bring soup

___ I/we will bring bread

___ I/we will miss supper but will come to help decorate

Contact Carol B with questions.

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: ___________________________________

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, Margo W
family and friends*
Dan G, friend of Margo and Turquoise W
Audie Morris, brother of Margaret F
Joyce R, friend of Diana B
Francis R, friend of Bill B
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.

10. Lynn B
11. Thor N
12. Kim B
13. Kellen B
Baptismal Days:
11. Logan D
12. Matthew C

Weekly Devotional:

Advent 2, December 8, 2019

Name Your Wilderness

Name your wilderness. Do not read on yet. Name it now, this moment. No one else needs to describe it for you. It is your wilderness. Aches. Burns. Howls. Shadows. Echoes. Fears. Shames. Hungers. Jeers. Memories. Futures. Scars. Catastrophes. Wastes. Falls. These may comprise your wilderness.

In Judea, the wilderness is dusty, dry, rocky, and hot. The land is rugged and steep, dangerous and threatening. But it is not a hopeless place. When the wadis, where the rivers run, fill up with rainwater, the brown, broiled-crisp hillsides dress in green, and flowers emerge as if scraps of rainbows have dappled the earth. In a seemingly desolate place, grace startlingly appears.

Name your wilderness.

John the Baptist was in the wilderness. He went there with a message. It takes courage to cry out to the occupiers of the wilderness with a vision of hope. He did it with nerve, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

The crowds were there from all regions. It seems they came hoping for hope. Naming their wilderness, the crowds found the courage to “repent, for the kingdom of heaven [had] come near.”

Opportunity for New Life

“Repent”: John’s persistent refrain in the wilderness. He was “crying out,” the gospel tells us, not whimpering or gently prompting. The word repent muscles and presses, carving a new path where all the other occupiers leave drought and ruin. The river Jordan flows in the wilderness; in its current the Spirit moves, the call “Repent!” carried in its quickening flow. The message is both warning and promise. In naming your wilderness, you discover not desolation but opportunity for new life. Name your wilderness. See the grace flower and spring into abundance. The one who is coming—the embodiment of the kingdom of heaven come near to us—offers repentance and grace.

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