Trinity Tidings | December 30, 2021

+WORSHIP | IN-PERSON or ONLINE | 9:30 AM+

Within the gospel reading’s profound words lies the simple message that God is revealed in a human person. Though we may try to understand how the Word existed with God from the beginning of time, the wonder we celebrate at Christmas is that the Word continues to dwell among us. Christ comes among us in the gathered assembly, the scriptures, the waters of new birth, and the bread and the wine. Through these ordinary gifts we receive the fullness of God’s grace and truth.


This Week’s Online Bulletin: HERE


Readings for this Sunday
Isaiah 60:1-6
Matthew 2:1-12

Read our in person worship protocols here before RSVP’ing
On January 2 at 9:30 AM, we are planning on worshiping in a hybrid fashion. Given the rise of omicron, please worship in the manner which is best for your household. We are watching the positivity rates and if a change needs to be made to this plan, we will notify you via email. 


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
There is no Sunday School on January 2.


+COMMUNITY NEWS+


As of Sunday, December 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 December 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!


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/technology 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.


+HAPPENING AT TRINITY+




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


Trinity Singers | Resumes January 13 | Thursdays | 7:00 pm | Social Hall | Contact Angela for more info


Sunday School for Youth | Resumes January 9 | Sundays | 10:45 am | Social Hall


Trinity Men’s Group | Every Second Wednesday | 1:00 pm | Zoom
Contact the church office for zoom info


Heavenly Handbells | Resumes January 10 | Mondays | 7:30 pm | Sanctuary


Lunch Bunch | Thursday, January 13 | 12:30 pm POSTPONED due to Omicron; a new date will be posted soon.
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, Jan 2, Second Sunday of Christmas
Food Collection for Living Faith
9:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service (RSVP Required)

Tues, Jan 4
1:00 pm Stephen Ministry Supervision (Room 10)
7:00 pm Stephen Ministry Training (Room 11)

Sat, Jan 8
10:00 am Church Dedecorating (Sanctuary/SH)

Sun, Jan 9, Baptism of our Lord
Food Collection for Living Faith
9:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service (RSVP Required)
10:30 am Youth Sunday School (Following Worship)
11:30 am Adult Forum (Following Worship)
6:00 pm Youth Group


+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


God’s Work Our Hands All Year Long: Saturday, January 15: We are holding a “reverse yard sale” to support A Wider Circle (AWC).  As you clean out your house this new year, please set aside gently used furniture, household items, professional clothes, children’s clothes (newborn – 4T) and toys to be donated.  Bring them to Trinity on the morning of Saturday, January 15 (or Sunday, January 16) and we will deliver them to AWC for donation.   AWC is also in need of cleaning supplies to provide clients.  Trinity will also be collecting cleaning supplies and detergent.

The mission of AWC is to end poverty.  Based in Silver Spring, AWC integrates on-the-ground services for the creation of stable homes, workforce development and neighborhood revitalization.  For more information visit awidercircle.org.


+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 (Al, Rose, Joy, John, Ellen, Abby and Jack), friends of Len S
Rev. Sarah F-M, friend of Anita S
Rev. Paisley L, friend of Anita S
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Campus Center, friends of Valerie & Mike M

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