Trinity Tidings: Mar 5, 2020

Trinity Tidings: Mar 5, 2020

What’s Happening…

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

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,
The season of Lent is racing by us.  With election fervor, virus fears, stock market woes, and the hectic pace of life in general each day can be exhausting.
I read recently that in the World Mental Health Survey, Americans are more anxious than people in 14 other countries, including Lebanon and Nigeria.  Social media bombards us with information of dubious veracity.  It’s hard to know what to believe.
Enter, Lent.  A simple, 40 day season that invites us to stop, reflect, and consider a new direction for our lives.  Prayer helps with that.  Worship embodies that,  The sacrament fuels that.  The gospel teaches that.
Did you know that when people get lost in the wilderness, without a compass or map of some kind, most of us will end up walking in a large circle?
Don’t go around in circles.  Let Lent be your guide.  Follow in the footsteps of Jesus.  I promise you, you’ll end up in a much better place.
Pr Kern

SPRING FORWARD! Don’t forget to change your clocks this weekend!


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

Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 121
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17

Assisting this Sunday, March 8:

Acolytes:                         Matthew B (8:15); Anusha A (10:45)
Altar Guild:                    Carol B (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Assisting Ministers:    John B (8:15); Nalini A (10:45)
Children’s Church:       Jane R (10:45)
Coffee Hour:                  Noralyn & Phil D (8:15); Angela B & Julie N (10:45)
Greeters:                        Nancy J (8:15); Peggy J (10:45)
Lectors:                           Sarah M (8:15); Hagen S (10:45)
Tellers:                            Dick & Peggy J
Ushers:                            Bill & Diana B (8:15); David & Henry C (10:45)

Lenten Soup and Bread Suppers and Communion Services

Please join us on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 for a simple supper of soup and bread prior to the 7:30 Midweek Communion services. A sign-up sheet is in the Social Hall for volunteers to bring soup or bread each week, or help with setup/cleanup. 
Our mid-week theme this year is The Exhortations of Jesus, based on sayings of Jesus from the gospel of Matthew. Guest musicians enrich our contemplative worship; a short homily invites reflection.


Lenten Resources
Come check out the Lenten resources table in the fellowship hall. There are a variety of prayer practices and devotionals for you to choose from and for all ages. Come and see the options. These are in the spirit of adding for Lent instead of giving up something. Come try something new.

Trinity’s Ministry Site Profile

Please join Council members on March 8, 15, and 22 at 9:30am at Trinity for discussions of our draft Ministry Site Profile (MSP). The MSP is the document completed by congregations seeking to call an ordained minister of the ELCA. Samples of the MSP can be found here:


A Wider Circle Seeks Specific Assistance with Taxes
A Wider Circle’s programming includes Partnership to Independence (P2I) a comprehensive ongoing support system for clients with the goal of achieved sustained self-sufficiency.  The clients are a diverse group of individuals and families and must make a long-term commitment to qualify for the program.   Participants receive individualized support and a wide range of skill-building and educational opportunities. We have been notified that AWC is currently looking for volunteers to help P2I participants review their taxes before they file them.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Margaret Fitzwilliam and she will put you in touch with a liaison at AWC P2I program.

Lenten Benevolence
Trinity has a tradition of designating the offering received at Wednesday evening Lenten Services as “Lenten Benevolences.” This year the funds collected through these offerings will be given to one of the ministries and initiatives supported by the ELCA relief and development work. (See more information in this month’s Trinitarian.) All offerings received on Wednesdays, unless otherwise designated, will be allocated to Lenten Benevolence. Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness!

Remember in Your Prayers

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

Tigist G, Martha R, James T, Margo W

family and friends:
Joanne B, sister-in-law of Mary B & David K
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Charles D, resident of Bethesda H&R
Heather J, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Francisco L, friend of Len S & Ani S-G
Mary Ellen M, friend of Diana &Bill B
Alonzo S, husband of Susan S
Juana S M, cousin of Ani S G
Anne T, friend of Sabrina R
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G