Trinity Tidings: Jan 2, 2020

What’s Happening?

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

The Trinitarian newsletter for January is now available online at:

ELCA presiding bishop responds to anti-Semitic incidents in New York

December 30, 2019

Today is the last day of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights commemorating the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. As our Jewish siblings lighted the menorah, they sang this blessing:

We kindle these lights because of the wondrous deliverance You performed for our ancestors. During these eight days of Hanukkah, these lights are sacred; we are not to use them but only to behold them, so that their glow may rouse us to give thanks for Your wondrous acts of deliverance.

Tragically, several acts of anti-Semitic hatred, bigotry and violence in New York during these days have marred the joyful festivities in Jewish communities across this country and around the world. Within the last year, we have witnessed the broader surge of anti-Semitism from Pittsburgh to Poway in which these most recent incidents have occurred. Our Jewish neighbors are living in pain, grief and fear. 

Twenty-five years ago, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America joined other Lutheran Christians worldwide in repudiating anti-Judaism within our own tradition. In our 1994 “Declaration of the ELCA to the Jewish Community”  we affirmed that “we recognize in anti-Semitism a contradiction and affront to the Gospel, a violation of our hope and calling, and we pledge this church to oppose the deadly working of such bigotry, both within our own circles and in the society around us.”

This will require more of us than repeated statements. It will require building bridges of inter-religious understanding in our communities. It will require reaching out to our Jewish neighbors to offer our care, support, love and protection. It will require our persistence in addressing the root causes of anti-Semitism and its menacing companions of white supremacy and xenophobia.  

In different ways, and for different reasons, this is a time of year when Jews and Christians celebrate the miracle of light. In our prayers and actions, may we be a living presence of God’s sacred light that rouses us all to resistance and righteousness.

 In peace,

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop, ELCA
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

In Memoriam

Mary Ellen Dondzila +December 25, 2019

Memorial Service
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Chapel, Villages of Rockville
Time TBA (possibly 2:00 p.m.)


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


Almighty God, you have filled all the earth with the light of your incarnate Word. By your grace empower us to reflect your light in all that we do, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Jeremiah 31:7-14
Psalm 147:12-20
Ephesians 1:3-14
John 1:1-18

Assisting This Sunday:

Worship Assistants schedule is available

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); Anusha A (10:45)
Altar Guild: Noralyn D (8:15); Patricia S (10:45)
Children’s Church: Jane R (10:45)
Greeters: Joan E (8:15); Peggy J (10:45)
Lectors: Sarah G (8:15); David C (10:45)
Tellers: Dick & Peggy J


Listening Conversations Begin in January!

The Congregation is cordially invited to participate in small group discussions facilitated by Council members. We want to hear your perspectives about Trinity’s future as a community and as servants of Christ. We want your help to understand what God is calling us to do as we begin the process of calling a permanent Pastor.

If you have not yet received your invitation or can’t attend the session you were invited to but want to be part of the discussions, please reach out to Jane Ricci or Sarah Garske.


We Are Trinity – Time and Talent

Time & Talent surveys received to date:
68 adult, 7 youth

2020 Offering Envelopes are available for pickup in the Social Hall.

NEW – Heavenly Handbells Christmas CD available!

Steve has compiled a Christmas CD called The Sound of Christmas from ten years of our concert recordings.  Now you can enjoy our choir’s handbell music in your car and your home all year long.  Copies of our previous CD, Heavenly Handbells’ Greatest Hits are also still available. CDs are available in the social Hall on Sunday. A donation of $5.00 is requested.

Support a Good Mission: Nominate it for a Mission Endowment Award!

The Mission Endowment Committee seeks your recommendations of organizations to receive awards in the spring. Annually, income from Mission Endowment Fund is used to enhance our mission outreach apart from the operating budget. By sustaining the annual awards, the fund is a gift that keeps on giving! 

Mission Endowment Fund awards are made in three categories:

  1. Special (non-budgeted) projects of Trinity Lutheran Church – our congregation
  2. Special ministries in the community
  3. Special benevolence – supporting mission of the church beyond our congregation

Submit nominees to the church office, or place this form in the offering plate, or return it to the church office.  Nominations are due by January 15.

I nominate:



Name: ___________________________________

Free Workshop
“Lifetime Assets for Lasting Good”
Tues, January 7, 10:30 a.m.

(Weather date: Thursday, January 16 at 10:30)

A helpful workshop for faithful Christians who wish to use their assets wisely as they plan their future giving. (This is not a sales presentation.)

Please respond by TODAY, January 2, to or 301-354-8422.  We are offering a free lunch after the presentation, and will also have time for your questions.  This will be held in Lang Hall (enter by the Main Entrance) at The Village at Rockville, 9701 Veirs Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.

Altar Flowers

Altar Flowers for Sunday services may be given in memory or honor of loved ones or in celebration of special anniversaries. Sunday altar flower donation is $35. Sign-up on the bulletin board near the Social Hall kitchen.

Remember in Your Prayers

synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, United States, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
nursing/rehabilitation center: Philip T (Manor Care Potomac) 
home: Tigist G, Susan K, Rebecca P, James T, Margo W
family and friends*

Brian B
Carol B, aunt of Leslie C
Jean D, cousin of Marilyn C
Eric L, friend of Tom K & Sarah M
Brittany L, daughter-in-law of Sabrina R
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
Rebecca P, daughter of Robert P, Kathy H
Emilia R, friend of Jack R
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks. After four weeks, please complete another card.

07. Charles M
08. Chloe D
09. Karin H
11. Alex T

Death: Mary Ellen D +Dec 25, 2019