Trinity Tidings: Feb 27, 2020

Trinity Tidings: Feb 27, 2020

What’s Happening…

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

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,
Lent has returned and with it an unusual season of ambiguity.  Some fear for the rule of law.  Others watch political races with apprehension.  The stock market crashes down.  The coronavirus has us wondering, who’s next?  And that’s all on top of the usual hopes and concerns of life.
As we walk through the Life Cycle of Faith this Lenten season, the gospel of our first Sunday seems tailor-made for our times – the story of Jesus in the wilderness.  The wilderness is a metaphorical place that shows up in the various, challenging realities of our lives.  No one looks forward to such times, but faith shows us that we can take some comfort knowing our Lord has been here long before us.
Perhaps the greatest blessing faith can give us is the awareness that we are never, ever alone in the journey of our faith.
Pr Kern


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

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Psalm 32
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11

Assisting this Sunday, March 1:

Acolytes:                         Vincent M (10:45)
Altar Guild:                    Carol B (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Assisting Ministers:    Tom K (8:15); Jim K (10:45)
Children’s Church:       Margaret F (8:15); Nicholas C (10:45)
Coffee Hour:                  Tad & Vi DeV (8:15); Petra T & Jon S (10:45)
Greeters:                        Noralyn & Phil D (8:15); Trevor H (10:45)
Lectors:                            Tom K (8:15); Nicholas C (10:45)
Tellers:                             Greg & Margaret F
Ushers:                            Ross A & Joan E (8:15); Greg & Margaret F (10:45)


Adult Forum Please join us in the Adult Forum, at 9:30 in Room 10, to hear from Angela Harvey of Bethesda Help, a resource in our community which for more than 50 years has been responding to the needs of our impoverished siblings in Montgomery County. It is an all-volunteer nonprofit 501(c)3 organization – that offers emergency food and financial assistance to residents in our southern Montgomery County, Maryland service area, regardless of income. Trinity partners with Bethesda Help, most recently by donating the collection from the February Food Drive to Bethesda Help. Come and hear about the needs among us and this community resource.

Sunday School: We are in need of more substitute Sunday School Teachers. If you are interested in helping out, please let Anita know.

Lenten Resources
Come check out the Lenten resources table in the fellowship hall. There are a variety of prayer practices and devotionals for you to choose from and for all ages. Come and see the options. These are in the spirit of adding for Lent instead of giving up something. Come try something new.

Trinity’s Ministry Site Profile

Please join Council members on March 8, 15, and 22 at 9:30am at Trinity for discussions of our draft Ministry Site Profile (MSP). The MSP is the document completed by congregations seeking to call an ordained minister of the ELCA. Samples of the MSP can be found here:


A Wider Circle Seeks Specific Assistance with Taxes

A Wider Circle’s programming includes Partnership to Independence (P2I) a comprehensive ongoing support system for clients with the goal of achieved sustained self-sufficiency.  The clients are a diverse group of individuals and families and must make a long-term commitment to qualify for the program.   Participants receive individualized support and a wide range of skill-building and educational opportunities. 

We have been notified that AWC is currently looking for volunteers to help P2I participants review their taxes before they file them.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Margaret Fitzwilliam and she will put you in touch with a liaison at AWC P2I program.

Lenten Benevolence

Trinity has a tradition of designating the offering received at Wednesday evening Lenten Services as “Lenten Benevolences.” This year the funds collected through these offerings will be given to one of the ministries and initiatives supported by the ELCA relief and development work. (See more information in this month’s Trinitarian.) All offerings received on Wednesdays, unless otherwise designated, will be allocated to Lenten Benevolence. Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness!

Remember in Your Prayers


nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)

Tigist G, Martha R, James T, Margo W

family and friends:
Joanne B, sister-in-law of Mary B & David K
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Khashnuma C, friend of Sarya
Charles D, resident of Bethesda H&R
Nora K, grandmother of Matthew & Josh B
Mary Ellen M, friend of Diana & Bill B
Laura P, niece of Tom K & Sarah M
Alonzo S, husband of Susan S
Anne T, friend of Sabrina R