Trinity Tidings: Jan 30, 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,
There’s  saying that goes, That which we think about, expands.
Think about it!  It’s true, isn’t it?  Somebody cuts us off in traffic on the way to work and we blast our horn and our blood pressure spikes.  The rest of our commute we ruminate on the carelessness of the other driver and what they almost did to us and by the time we get to the office we’re in a fine mood.  Of course!  We’ve thought about it for 45 minutes and what on any other day would have been a minor annoyance, has expanded into morning-long, mood altering experience.  
That which we think about, expands.
This also applies to congregations.  You can learn a lot about a community by observing what they think about.  Some congregations track weekly offerings in the bulletin; some never do.  One congregation lists weekly attendance, another gives prominent place to who serves on the council, another is careful to always highlight the building campaign.  One of the most fascinating metrics I heard about recently is first time visitors.  There are congregations with the goal of having first time visitors equal to their average worship attendance in a year.
What do you think about? What does Trinity think about?  What’s expanding?  Does it need to be reaffirmed?  Or is a shift in order?
Pr Kern

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.


Malachi 3:1-4
Psalm 84
Hebrews 2:14-18
Luke 2:22-40

Assisting this Sunday, Feb 2:

Acolytes:                  Matthew B (8:15); Vincent M (10:45)
Altar Guild:             Louise G (8:15); Christine B-F (10:45)
Assisting Ministers:    Nancy N (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Children’s Church:       David C (10:45)
Coffee Hour:                 Dan & Rob S (8:15); Donna S (10:45)
Greeters:                       Diana B (8:15); Pam B (10:45)
Lectors:                           Nancy N (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Tellers:                            Lynn & Bud B
Ushers:                            Ross A & Joan E (8:15);Dick & Peggy J (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.



Now in its 30th year, the Souper Bowl of Caring is a project that engages people across the country to fight hunger and poverty in their own communities. Trinity will be participating in this effort next Sunday, February 2. Here’s how it works: there will be two soup pots in the social hall for each of the Super Bowl teams. Put a donation in the pot designated for your favorite team, and we’ll see if Trinity’s “winner” is a prognosticator for the actual game. All of the proceeds will be donated to Manna Food in Gaithersburg. 

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.

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

Sunday February 9 following the 10:45 service2020 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? Entry sign up in the Social Hall is encouraged, but last minute entries are always welcome.

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. 

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


Tad DeV (Medstar Washington)

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

Tigist G, Susan K, Rebecca P, James T, Margo W

family and friends*
Joanne B, sister-in-law of Mary B & David K
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Eileen F, friend of Diana B
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