Trinity Tidings | December 23, 2021

+WORSHIP | ONLINE ONLY | 9:30 AM+

On December 28 the church commemorates The Holy Innocents, Martyrs. Honoring the birth of Jesus often brings great joy. As we follow the days of the Christmas season to the Day of Epiphany, we are overcome with the blessings that Jesus’ birth unfolded for all of creation. For many, the sparkle of our celebrations prevents us from noticing how Christ’s birth threatens the prevailing powers. God’s intention to be sovereign through vulnerability is regularly challenged by those who value only their own goals and seek to protect them by shutting out helpless others, thereby drowning out the call of the One whose perfect love redeemed our innocence.

This Week’s Online Bulletin: HERE


Readings for this Sunday
Micah 5: 2-5
Matthew 2:1-15
Matthew 2:16-18
Matthew 2:19-23

Read our in person worship protocols here before RSVP’ing
****In an abundance of caution we are suspending in-person worship for December 26th. We WILL be live-streaming the service, so please join us on YouTube at 9:30am.


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! As of Sunday, December 19, we have received 41 pledges in the amount of $245,687 to the General Fund in 2022. It is not too late to submit your pledge! If you misplaced the pledge card mailed to you, extra pledge packets are available in the office during the week, or on the offering table on Sunday mornings. Please complete it and send it to Trinity, attn: Financial Secretary.


+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 Handbell Choir has several items on the table in the social hall which would make great “very last minute” Christmas gifts.  There is a CD of our handbell choir playing Christmas music, which was compiled from several live concerts they presented at Glenview Mansion, handmade notecards, and wooden handbell magnets.  See the posters for the requested donation for each item, which can be put in the music covered box.  All donations will go toward supporting our handbell program.


As of Sunday, Dec. 19, you have surpassed the goal of $23,500 to pay off our BTAB 2 mortgage. Trinity made it to the finish line and then some!  Our BTAB 2 Thermometer in the Social Hall is showing the mercury spewing from the top!  Thank you one and all for answering the call to close out this mortgage. As mentioned at the Congregational Meeting on Dec. 12, we plan to hold a celebration in the New Year, when it is warmer outside and we can celebrate together.  Again, thank you to everyone who made this possible with your tremendous generosity!


THANK YOU from Chelsea and Barrett:
We would love to thank everyone who stopped by with meals and kept us in their prayers over the last few weeks.  We are unbelievably blessed to be a part of such a supportive church family.  Lily is very lucky to be surrounded by so much love!


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. 


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


+CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP+




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 here!

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 here!

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 (online only)

This service will be online, and will include the lesser considered part of Jesus’ birth story: The Massacre of the Holy Innocents.


+HAPPENING AT TRINITY+




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

Mon, Dec 27
1:00 pm Funeral for Mary Hartzell

Tues, Dec 28
1:00 pm Memorial for Clay Guiffre

Sun, Jan 2, Second 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: January 15 | 9 am- Noon | Trinity Parking Lot | See the list of critical food needs here


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
Rev. Sarah Mary F, friend of Anita 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

*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