Reconciling in Christ Sunday
This Sunday we are celebrating Reconciling in Christ Sunday. On May 7, 2000, Trinity Lutheran Church voted to become a Reconciling in Christ congregation. The purpose of the RIC Program is to ensure the welcome, inclusion, celebration, and advocacy for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions; work for racial equity and commit to anti-racist work and support the national program.
“Coming Together, Building Community” is the theme for RIC Sunday this year. RIC congregations throughout the United States and Canada will ask the question: “How do we, the church, come together and build community, to express the fullness of God’s diversity?”
We will be using worship materials prepared by ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation. RIC congregations and ReconcilingWorks are “Lutherans working with the recognition that racism, sexism, ageism, able-ism, heterosexism, homophobia, and all the other artificial distinctions that seek to raise one group into privilege and preference over another, conspire together to diminish our world and church.” You will probably notice that some parts of the liturgy use more inclusive and gender-neutral language than we would find in traditional worship resources.
Please open your eyes, ears, and hearts to this new language, and consider prayerfully how the language of worship makes people feel. Do we want to feel merely tolerated? Do we want to feel politely welcomed? Or do we want to feel invited by name, and loved and celebrated for who we are? Words are important.
We warmly invite each of you to celebrate the diversity of God’s world and family with us!
Join us for worship this Sunday!
This month we feature pastors whose ministries are diverse and far reaching. This week we hear from Pastor Ray Ranker. Pastor Ray is originally from Reisterstown, Maryland and graduated from UMD in 2004. He has been a Campus Ministry chaplain at Maryland since 2011. He enjoys playing basketball, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and meeting new people.
Virtual Services are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK
Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Epiphany
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
David K will continue a new series of study this Sunday on the book of John. Please contact David to be added to the Zoom invitation email, or contact the church office.
Wednesday Music Meditation
Due to technical difficulties, we were unable to send out the Wednesday Music Meditation. Click HERE for the meditation.
Faith Formation videos & resources are published on Fridays.
Are you struggling with prayer right now? Check out doing a labyrinth at home.
Dinner for Pastor Christine
We are looking to provide a homemade dinner for Pastor Christine and her family on her first day with us (February 1).
We still have an opening for a vegetable side. We will have someone at the church to collect the food items on Sunday, January 31st from 3 to 4pm (if you bring items at other times, please put them in the Coffee Hour refrigerator). Please see the Sign-Up link below for more details. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-dinner2
Virtual Coffee Hour to Greet Pastor Christine
February 7 will be her first Sunday with us, and we will celebrate with a Virtual Coffee Hour at Noon. Join us via Zoom with your favorite brew and visit with your Trinity family to chat with Pr. Christine, her husband Drew, and daughter Maddie!
Dial in: 301 715 8592, meeting ID 995 1391 2956
Dinner for the Interfaith Women’s Shelter
Coming on February 9 (Tuesday), Trinity will be providing a hot chili dinner for the residents. Items need to be dropped off to Trinity between 3:30-4:30 on February 9 in disposable containers. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Leslie S. at 301-468-0219 or email@example.com. Please review the available slots and sign up below: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-dinner3
February is Hunger Month
Sadly, our usual Fellowship and Fund Raising activities supporting hunger, Cook-Off and Souper bowl voting, are not to be this February. We request instead that Trinity members make a cash donation to support providing perishable items to Living Faith Food Pantry, something we cannot provide in our monthly food drives. Simply include the amount with your February offerings noting “LF Perishable Foods” on your offering envelopes.
How Can I Support a Good Mission?
Nominate it for a Trinity Mission Endowment Award!The Mission Endowment Committee looks to the congregation for 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), or mail it to the church office. Nominations are due by January 31.
For this reason: _________________________________
Lenten Soup Swap
While the pandemic keeps us from coming together on Lenten Wednesday nights to share Soup & Bread dinners, Trinity is trying a Lenten Soup Swap. Watch the February Trinitarian and next week’s Tidings to see how it will work. Contact Margaret F with your interest or questions.
Annual Reports Due January 31
We have received several reports, but there is still time to complete yours! Please submit your ministry team’s Annual Report to the church office by January 31 to allow us to complete the printed annual report in early February.
Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE. All offering envelopes have been mailed. Please contact the church office if you do not receive them by next week.
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 email@example.com to add them to the list below.
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Tigist G, Anita S, Margo W
family and friends*:
Jim A, friend of Lynn & Bud B
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Brian B, former Trinity Office Admin
Kevin D, friend of Cathy C
Sebrena D, friend of Cathy C
Paul G, husband of Louise G
Lisa L K, friend of Cathy C
Mike & Pat R, brother & sister-in-law of Rob S
Natalie S, mother of Dan S
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R
*Family and friends will be kept on the list for four weeks. Please submit a request to the Church Office to extend them another four weeks.
Eric L, + January 18, 2021, friend of Sarah M & Tom K
Eli L Jr., + January 20, 2021, friend of Cathy C