Trinity Tidings | December 16, 2021

+WORSHIP | ONLINE AND IN PERSON | 9:30 AM+

Cradle and cross are inextricably connected on the fourth Sunday of Advent. Between a lovely tribute to the little town of Bethlehem and Mary’s magnificent song of praise, the letter to the Hebrews reminds us in no uncertain terms that Christ’s advent is for “the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” It is the kind of tension in which the church always lives as when in holy communion—with high delight—”we proclaim the Lord’s death.”

This Week’s Online Bulletin: HERE


Readings for this Sunday
Micah 5: 2-5
Luke 1: 39-55

Read our in person worship protocols here before RSVP’ing


2022 Offering Envelopes are now available in the Social Hall. or in the Office Workroom during the week. Please pick yours up soon to help us save on postage to mail them out.


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! 


+VOLUNTEERS NEEDED+


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: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-sunday

Music Leaders/Cantors: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c44abab28aaf94-fall

Tech Team: contact the church office to sign up: office@trinityelca.org


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: anita@trinityelca.org


+COMMUNITY NEWS+


The Funeral for Mary Hartzell will be held at Trinity on December 27th at 1pm. Masks are necessary. For those who would like to attend, but are uncomfortable or unable to be in-person, the service will also be live streamed here.


Do you have good, high(er) resolution photos that could be used to update our website? We’d love to see them. Please email any photos to Sarah M. at: sarah_morrison@verizon.net. Also, please only send photos that you would be comfortable with having on the internet. 


To Accommodate Those who Wish to Donate to our AV Efforts, we have recently established a livestream/AV special fund. This fund will be used to purchase additional microphones, cameras, and AV equipment that may be needed to support our efforts to improve sound quality (both online and in-person) and our online worship experience. Any donations should be notated as such in the memo. 


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.


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. Submissions may be submitted to office@trinityelca.org| Deadline to submit is January 30, 2022


+HAPPENING AT TRINITY+




Please make note of our Christmas season worship services:
Read our in person worship protocols here before RSVP’ing

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. Register here!

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

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

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.


+HAPPENING AT TRINITY+




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!


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.

Adult Forum | Resumes January 9, 2022 | Sundays | 11:30 am | Zoom
Join via Zoom here


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


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 (hawaiishriv0@aol.com) 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 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
6:00 pm Youth Group
6:30 pm Advent Soup Supper and Christmas Decorating- SH and Sanctuary

Mon, Dec 20
7:30 pm Heavenly Handbells Rehearsal- Sanctuary

Tues, Dec 21
7:30 pm Congregation Council-Zoom

Thurs, Dec 23
7:00 pm Trinity Singers Choir Party-Social Hall

Fri, Dec 24, Christmas Eve
4:00 pm Holy Communion Family Christmas Service
7:30 pm Festival Eucharist Candlelight Christmas Service

Sat, Dec 25, The Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Day
11:00 am Christmas Day Carols (Youtube)

Sun, Dec 26, First Sunday after Christmas
Food Collection for Living Faith
9:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service (RSVP Required)




+DONATIONS AND AID NEEDED+


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: www.giftsofhopedc.org 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.


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: https://bit.ly/3z6u2Xj


+REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS+


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 office@trinityelca.org 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)

home
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
Sarah B and Brandon T (Nico and Frankie), friends of Trinity
Jay M, friend of Sunhee P
Donald B, brother of Marilyn C
G Family (Ai, Rose, Joy, John, Ellen, Abby and Jack), friends of Len S

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

deaths
Jean David G +December 6, 2021, friend of Len S

*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.


+RESOURCES+


Our Youtube Channel: https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube

The December Trinitarian: Download it here!


+OFFICE HOURS+


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