Trinity Tidings: Feb 6, 2020

What’s Happening…

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

Extra Grace Please….

Brian, our administrator, is out on medical leave for an extended period of time. Carol B is filling in in his absence, and Anita is making sure that our online communication is up to date. During this time, please be patient with us. We are doing everything we can to make sure that things are happening in a timely fashion, but we may miss something. Thank you for your patience!

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,
I remember the girl in confirmation class who was visibly upset the day we talked about the 4th commandment, Honor your father and your mother.  Just before the end of class she blurted out, How am I supposed to honor my father when he left before I was born? It’s a good question that spawns other questions. 
How do we love a person we have never seen?  Can we become loving if we are not love first?
We know that infants that are not cuddled and embraced (loved) can be developmentally at risk. And what about all the different kinds of love mentioned in the scripture – brotherly/sisterly love, erotic love, godly love?  
God-like love (agape is the Greek word for it) is love that is intentional, unconditional, willful.  When we hear that God so loves the world, we are hearing that loving us what God really, truly wants to do.  It is love that is not based on how we behave or how we think.  It is rooted in the will and intentions of God.
When I first came to you, I told you that I was going to love you – not romantically!, but intentionally, on purpose.  I am clearly not God, so there’s a good chance I’ve missed the mark a time or two!  But I am committed to loving you in that way. + We all need someone to love us enough to care for us in crisis – I count it a privilege to be with you in those times. + We are blessed when we have at least one person who loves us enough to tell us the truth even if it makes us uncomfortable – I have tried to be that person for Trinity.  + We all need to be loved by those with whom we may disagree – I hope you know you don’t have to agree with me to be cared for by me.  I am fortunate that I have people in my life who love me this way in return – those who will always be there in my times of need, those who love me enough to rattle my cage when I need it, and, in these days most especially, those who love me even when about all we hold in common is our baptismal grace.
Love like this is what shapes and holds us all and makes space for our hearts to grow.  What a treasure we share.
Pastor Kern

From Brian, Office Administrator

Thank you, Trinity family for your care, concern, prayers, and support following my January 8 surgery. This experience has been more difficult than anyone predicted. I had over 17 hours in surgery, two days in ICU, two full weeks in hospital, and now a slow, painful recovery at home. Post-surgery recovery has felt frustratingly slow, though I do sense some real progress since those earlier days. Your cards and well-wishes have meant more than you know. I ask for your continued prayers as I slowly progress toward recovery, and hope very much to see you all again soon.
Brian B

Funeral Services for Mary Ellen D

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2 pm
Village of Rockville Chapel, 9701 Veirs Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
Reception to follow in downstairs Multi-Purpose Room


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


Isaiah 58:1-9a [9b-12]
Psalm 112:1-9 [10]
1 Corinthians 2:1-12 [13-16]
Matthew 5:13-20

Assisting this Sunday, Feb 9:

Acolytes:                         Linnea S (10:45)
Altar Guild:                    Louise G (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Assisting Ministers:    Sarah G (8:15); Sabrina R (10:45)
Children’s Church:       Nicholas C (10:45)
Coffee Hour:                  Nancy J (8:15); Cook-off/Donna S (10:45)
Greeters:                        Matthew & Tamara C (8:15); Peggy J (10:45)
Lectors:                            Sarah G (8:15); Leslie C (10:45)
Tellers:                             Dick & Peggy J
Ushers:                            Steve & Donna S (8:15); Angela B & Paul D’A (10:45)


Adult Forum: How do we discover the main thing that God is asking of us at this time and in this place?  What actions do we need to be taking – both now and in the future – to ensure that we are working towards that main thing? Led by David K, we will look at these and other provocative questions as Trinity prepares for the Pastoral call process. Join the conversation Sundays at 9:30am in Room 10. All are welcome.

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


Souper Bowl

Last Sunday, Trinity members and friends chose the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl by making the most contributions to the soup pot labeled for that team ($268.06). Thanks to their generosity (and the voters for the Forty Niners with $74.83), $342.89 was raised and will be donated to Manna Food in Gaithersburg. Manna is the real winner here, but Trinity did also pick the winning team for the Super Bowl!

Calling all Cooks and Taste Testers! It’s that time of year – Cook-off Time!

Sunday February 9 following the 10:45 service
2020 Theme: Salads and Soups
Who doesn’t love a yummy meal full of fellowship and a splash of competition? Trinity Youth’s Annual Cook-off is a fundraiser for Trinity’s Youth Ministry as well as the Youth’s contribution to fight Hunger (50% of funds raised will be donated to Manna Food). Join in this long standing tradition by preparing an entry or eating/voting for some of the entries. This year’s theme is Soup and Salad; all types of entries are welcome… will there be a jello salad entry? Last minute entries are welcome.

Trinity Men’s Group

The Trinity Men’s Group will hold its February meeting next Wednesday, 12 February, at 1:00pm at Mike J’s home. Please let Dick J or Mike know if you will be attending.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

February 25, 6:00 p.m.
Bring your family and friends to Trinity’s annual “Fat Tuesday” dinner of pancakes, sausage, and stewed apples. It is our last meal of abundance before the fasting of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Leave full and ready to take up the cross as our Lenten journey begins.
Home cooks are needed to prepare apples in their homes. All ingredients and recipes will be provided and can be picked up after worship services on Sunday, February 23. Cooks should prepare their items at home and bring them to church by 6:00pm on Tuesday, February 25.
Clean-Up Crew Needed – If you can help clear tables or cleanup during and after the Pancake Supper, please sign up or call Steve S.
Reservations are not required, but we need a general idea of how many to expect. Sign up by using the form below and placing it in the offering plate or on the sheets posted in the Social Hall. A Free-will offering to cover costs will be collected at the supper. 

February Food Drive

Social Ministry February Food Drive

During February, Trinity will be collecting specific foods to support the efforts of Bethesda Help, a local all-volunteer non-profit organization providing emergency assistance to needy persons of southern Montgomery County. Bethesda Help provides each household with a three-day supply of food for each member of the household. Each delivery includes:
1 Can of Meat (Chicken) 12.5 oz
2 Cans of Tuna 5 oz (usually packed in water)
3 Cans of Vegetables
2 cans of beans 15.5 oz
1 can of fruit
1 box of oatmeal or cereal
1 jar of peanut butter 18 oz
1 box of pasta 16 oz
1 can of pasta/spaghetti sauce 24 oz
1 bag of rice 16 oz
2 boxes of macaroni and cheese 7.25 oz
1 box of shelf stable milk 32 oz

How can you help? Please bring items from this list by Feb. 23, or please include a contribution with your offering and note the amount for Bethesda Help Project. We will do the shopping or the funding will be used to provide $30 grocery gift cards. We also need reusable bags from Giant, for about $.10. Please do not bring things in glass containers. If you have questions, please contact Margaret F.

Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center: 
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Tad DeV,Tigist G, James T, Margo W

family and friends:
James B, father of Mary B
Joanne B, sister-in-law of Mary B & David K
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Khashnuma C, friend of Sarya
Eileen F, friend of Diana B
Nora K, grandmother of Matthew & Josh B
Laura P, niece of Tom K & Sarah M
Anita P, friend of Marilyn G
Alonzo S, husband of Susan S
Rick V, brother-in-law of Margaret & Greg F
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G