Trinity Tidings | January 6, 2022

+WORSHIP | IN-PERSON or ONLINE | 9:30 AM+

Today’s festival rejoices in God’s blessings. We recall and celebrate our adoption as God’s children, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the promised company of almighty God when we “pass through the waters . . . the rivers . . . fire.” On this day the heavens open again for this assembly, and we receive the gift of God’s Beloved, Jesus, in bread and wine.


This Week’s Online Bulletin: HERE


Readings for this Sunday
Isaiah 43:1-7
Psalm 29
Acts 8:14-17
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

Read our in person worship protocols here before RSVP’ing
We continue to worship in a hybrid fashion. Given the rise of omicron, please worship in the manner which is best for your household. We are watching the positivity rates and if a change needs to be made to this plan, we will notify you via email. 


On January 30th we will be recognizing and reaffirming our commitment in actively being a Reconciling in Christ congregation (RIC). In doing so, we commit to continuing to learn about diversity, ways we can be more inclusive, and create an even more welcoming and affirming space. Our worship service will specifically lift up our LGBTQIA+ siblings using materials from Reconciling Works, a ministry of the ELCA which advocates for full inclusion of all people regardless of race or sexuality. Following worship we will have a presentation by Amy Cannava, who is among other things, a school counselor who specializes in working with LGBTQIA+ youth, and has a special interest in the trans community. She’s also worked with crisis centers and the Trevor Project. We hope you’ll plan to be with us for this meaningful day. 


2022 Offering Envelopes are now available in the Social Hall, or in the Office Workroom during the week. Please pick yours up soon to help us save on postage to mail them out.


Our 2022 Stewardship Packets, containing pledge cards and Time and Talent sheets, were mailed out, with the theme This is OUR Community. Please prayerfully consider supporting Trinity with your Time, Talent, and Treasure over the coming year. The Time and Talent sheet is especially important to complete, as our office, music, and pastoral staff are all new in the past two years. Please help them by filling this out! As of Sunday, December 19, we have received 41 pledges in the amount of $245,687 to the General Fund in 2022. It is not too late to submit your pledge! If you misplaced the pledge card mailed to you, extra pledge packets are available in the office during the week, or on the offering table on Sunday mornings. Please complete it and send it to Trinity, attn: Financial Secretary.


+VOLUNTEERS NEEDED+


In order to help our worship services run smoothly, we need your help. There are a variety of ways you can be of service including: online greeter, cantor, welcome team, lector/prayers, technology team, altar guild. We are in need of more people to help out. Please check out the links below or contact the office or Pastor Christine . 


Welcome Team: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-sunday

Music Leaders/Cantors: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c44abab28aaf94-fall

Tech Team: contact the church office to sign up: office@trinityelca.org


Sunday School: Sunday School will look a bit different. After Worship (10:45 AM, Sundays), we will be meeting in the Playground for a song, story time, and a short activity. Would you like to help lead Sunday School? Contact: anita@trinityelca.org


+COMMUNITY NEWS+


All the members of Trinity’s staff want to express their thanks for the generous financial Christmas gift. We feel honored to share in ministry with each of you, and truly appreciate your thoughtfulness.


Church Dedecorating THIS SATURDAY January 8 at 10amCome join us this Saturday at 10 am as we move the Sanctuary and Social Hall from Christmas to the Epiphany season. There are tasks for all ages as we take down the Advent Wreath, Trees and Nativity Scene, and put away candles. Please contact Carol B with questions.


2022 Dinners for Interfaith Women’s Center
In 2022 Trinity will again be providing quarterly dinners for 35 women at a Interfaith Women’s Center.  Interfaith has added a new location on Crabbs Branch Way in Rockville.  Mark your calendars, we will be providing dinner at this new location on the following Sundays:  February 6, May 29, August 7 and November 6.

Our menu in February will be a Thanksgiving theme. There are all sorts of items needed and many do not require cooking.  Items can be dropped off at Trinity the morning of Feb 6 and a team will reheat everything before delivering it to the Center.  If you have any questions, please contact Margaret F at gmfitzwm85@gmail.com.
Sign up for a portion of the meal here


Mar-Lu Ridge: Summer Camp Mar-Lu-Ridge is ready to welcome campers ages 6- 17 and families to the 2022 season! Check out the schedule and the information on their website and make your plans today. Financial assistance is available. Registration began January 1. The 2022 session promises to be full of laughter, faith building lessons and activities, time spent outdoors and new friends. Check out the new Summer Camp schedule. The curriculum for the summer is “Boundless”, written in conjunction with the curriculum for the Gathering. More information and registration can be found: https://www.mar-lu-ridge.org/


As of Sunday, December 19, you have surpassed the goal of $23,500 to pay off our BTAB 2 mortgage. Trinity made it to the finish line and then some!  Our BTAB 2 Thermometer in the Social Hall is showing the mercury spewing from the top!  Thank you one and all for answering the call to close out this mortgage. As mentioned at the Congregational Meeting on December 12, we plan to hold a celebration in the New Year, when it is warmer outside and we can celebrate together.  Again, thank you to everyone who made this possible with your tremendous generosity!


THANK YOU from Chelsea and Barrett:
We would love to thank everyone who stopped by with meals and kept us in their prayers over the last few weeks.  We are unbelievably blessed to be a part of such a supportive church family.  Lily is very lucky to be surrounded by so much love!


Do you have good, high(er) resolution photos that could be used to update our website? We’d love to see them. Please email any photos to Sarah M. at: sarah_morrison@verizon.net. Also, please only send photos that you would be comfortable with having on the internet. 


To Accommodate Those who Wish to Donate to our AV Efforts, we have recently established a livestream/technology special fund. This fund will be used to purchase additional microphones, cameras, and AV equipment that may be needed to support our efforts to improve sound quality (both online and in-person) and our online worship experience. Any donations should be notated as such in the memo. 


Mission Endowment
The Mission Endowment Committee is now accepting nominations for 2021 Mission Endowment Awards.  If you submitted a nomination for 2020 please re-submit it.  The Committee will be making awards for both 2020 and 2021 in Spring 2022. Submissions may be submitted to office@trinityelca.org| Deadline to submit is January 30, 2022.


+HAPPENING AT TRINITY+




Adult Forum | Sundays | 11:30 am | Zoom
Join via Zoom here


Trinity Singers | Resumes January 13 | Thursdays | 7:00 pm | Social Hall | Contact Angela for more info


Sunday School for Youth | Resumes January 9 | Sundays | 10:45 am | Social Hall


Trinity Men’s Group | Every Second Wednesday | 1:00 pm | Zoom
Contact the church office for zoom info


Heavenly Handbells | Resumes January 10 | Mondays | 7:30 pm | Sanctuary


Lunch Bunch | Thursday, January 13 | 12:30 pm POSTPONED due to Omicron; a new date will be posted soon.
Gather with friends over a nice lunch at Normandy Farms. All are invited. To reserve your spot, please contact Steve S (hawaiishriv0@aol.com) or the office. 


Stephen Ministry | See the Calendar for meeting dates


Mission Endowment Committee | February 13, 2022 | 11:00 am  
See the Calendar for Future meeting dates


+This Week at Trinity+


Sun, Jan 9, Baptism of Our Lord
Food Collection
9:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service (RSVP Required)
10:30 am Youth Sunday School (Following Worship)
11:30 am Adult Forum (Following Worship)
6:00 pm Youth Group

Tues, Jan 10
7:30 pm Heavenly Handbells-Sanctuary

Wed, Jan 12
1:00 pm Trinity Men’s Group-Zoom

Thurs, Jan 13
7:00 pm Trinity Singers-Social Hall

Sat, Jan 15
9:00 am Food Drive-Parking Lot

Sun, Jan 16, Second Sunday after Epiphany
Food Collection
9:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service (RSVP Required)
10:30 am Youth Sunday School
10:45 am Confirmation Class
11:30 am Adult Forum
12:00 pm Social Ministry Team-Zoom


+DONATIONS AND AID NEEDED+


Food Collection: January 15 | 9 am- Noon | Trinity Parking Lot | See the list of critical food needs here


Lutheran Disaster Response: Lutheran Disaster Response brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. With wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, and earthquakes, there are many immediate needs here and around the world. Most current for many of us is the Covid-19 pandemic. Visit the ELCA Disaster Response webpage (https://elca.org/disaster) to donate or learn more about how you can help.


Afghan Refugees (LSS): Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is reaching out with immediate needs due to the influx of Afghan refugees arriving in this area. They are in need of drivers, storage space, rooms on a temporary basis, and housing settlement. Contact: https://bit.ly/3z6u2Xj


God’s Work Our Hands All Year Long: Saturday, January 15: We are holding a “reverse yard sale” to support A Wider Circle (AWC).  As you clean out your house this new year, please set aside gently used furniture, household items, professional clothes, children’s clothes (newborn – 4T) and toys to be donated.  Bring them to Trinity on the morning of Saturday, January 15 (or Sunday, January 16) and we will deliver them to AWC for donation.   AWC is also in need of cleaning supplies to provide clients.  Trinity will also be collecting cleaning supplies and detergent.

The mission of AWC is to end poverty.  Based in Silver Spring, AWC integrates on-the-ground services for the creation of stable homes, workforce development and neighborhood revitalization.  For more information visit awidercircle.org.


+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 office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Yulie N (Village at Rockville)
Jean B (Holy Cross Hospital)

home
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W, Lineth M, Isabel F, Gio S, Ione L, and Leslie C, Valerie and Mike M, Chelsea K and Barrett Y

family and friends
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Sarah B and Brandon T (Nico and Frankie), friends of Trinity
Jay M, friend of Sunhee P
Donald B, brother of Marilyn C
G Family (Al, Rose, Joy, John, Ellen, Abby and Jack), friends of Len S
Rev. Sarah F-M, friend of Anita S
Rev. Paisley L, friend of Anita S St. Andrew’s Lutheran Campus Center, friends of Valerie & Mike M
Rev. Sarah Mary F, friend of Anita S
Earl N, uncle of Julie N
Anne N, Redi D, Torsten D, Michael D, family of Thor N

first responders
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R

deaths
Johanna G +Dec 31, 2021, friend of Len S

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


+RESOURCES+


Our Youtube Channel: https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube

The January Trinitarian: Download it here!


+OFFICE HOURS+


MONDAY: 9:30-3:30 PM
TUESDAY: 9:30-3:30 PM
THURSDAY: 9:30-3:30 PM