Trinity Tidings: Nov 28, 2019

Give Thanks

What’s Happening?

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

Scheduling Note: The previously-scheduled December 8 Advent Lessons & Carols has been cancelled.

From Pastor Kern…

Dear People of God,

The origins of Thanksgiving are many. And not just in America. Cultures around the world and through the aeons of times have marked the harvest with a celebration of thanks. Every year at Thanksgiving, as I gather with my family around the laden table, I feel as though I’m participating in a practice probably as old as civilization itself. (And I will confess, even though I have not served a congregation that held a Thanksgiving Eve or Day service for nearly 20 years, I still miss those gatherings.) I hope that you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. The weather reports are ominous, so I hope that if cross-country travel is in your plans, your coming and going is on schedule.

On December 1, Advent begins and with it, time to pause and reflect on the great hope of our faith. We live in anxious times and people long of quick, easy answers. But in Advent the church invites us to lean into the heart of Christ, adopt a different rhythm, and receive the peace that passes human understanding. In other words, to stop trying to fix everything ourselves and be open to the Spirit’s prodding.

In this more relaxed spirit of Advent, I’m offering a short series on
on the general topic of Figuring Out What God Wants – of me, my church, my world. We’ll meet on the Sundays of December during the Sunday School hour in Room 11.

It’ll be fun – time to talk – time to laugh – time to maybe catch a glimpse of what God is up to in our lives and in our world. And who knows, maybe even some insight to feed into the call process when that comes along.

Join me!

Pr Kern


First Sunday of Advent, December 1
First Sunday of Advent, December 1

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

Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection save us from the threatening dangers of our sins, and enlighten our walk in the way of your salvation, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44

Worship Assistants schedule is available here:

Assisting This Sunday:

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); Vincent M (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B (8:15); Jackie K (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Tad D (8:15); Sabrina R (10:45)
Coffee Hour: potluck
Greeters: Keith & Lily C (8:15); Pam B (10:45)
Lectors: Jerry B (8:15); Susan S(10:45)
Tellers: Bud & Lynn B

Blue Christmas Service

Our Stephen Ministry program offers a Blue Christmas Service at Trinity on Friday evening, December 20, at 7:00 pm. If you have lost a loved one or a treasured friend, or are going through sadness for any reason, please join us at this service. We will light candles, sing hymns, pray, and honor our loved ones. Refreshments following.


Weekly Devotional

“Yalla! Yalla! Hurry!” shouted Yusef in a friendly, if impatient, order to his laggardly collection of travelers… shopkeepers’ cries of “Schwei! Schwei!” (“Slow! Slow!”) prefaced their own plea to these same travelers… [click here to see full article]

Adult Forum Study of Amos

The name Amos may call to mind famous cookies, but how well do you know the ancient Hebrew prophet Amos?  Amos’ call for justice and genuine worship have resonated throughout the centuries: “Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live…  Let justice roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”  Join us for the Adult Forum, Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. (12/8, 15, 22) as we explore the book of Amos.


Chrismon Decorating Brunch
Saturday, November 30

We’ll gather on Saturday, Nov 30, from 9:00 a.m. to noon to setup our new Christmas tree and decorate it with our new beautiful Chrismons, made by our church family members.

Please let Sabrina Rufty ( or 301-922-5411) know if you’re planning to join so that we can plan brunch!

Thanksgiving Weekend Inter-Generational Sunday School

THIS SUNDAY, December 1, during the Sunday school hour, we will prepare 144 personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief (LWR). LWR delivers these to people around the world suffering from natural disasters, violence, or poverty.

Each kit contains a set of essential toiletries. Social Ministry Team will purchase all the necessary items to meet particular LWR requirements. Your monetary donations make this effort possible. Checks may be made out to Trinity with “Personal Care Kits” in the memo line. We estimate the cost of each kit to be $7.

Please contact Anita S or Kathy T with questions or suggestions.

Semi-Annual Meeting and Potluck

Sunday, December 8, The Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting will follow the 10:45 a.m. worship service.

We will also have a potluck brunch/lunch after the late service. Bring your favorite brunch or lunch entree, side-dish, salad, or dessert. Beverages will be provided.  We will eat while we meet. 

A New Way to Help: A Wider Circle

A Wider Circle’s Partnership to Independence (P2I) is a comprehensive ongoing support system to help clients achieve sustained self-sufficiency. 
Participants make a long-term commitment to qualify for the program.   They receive individualized support and a wide range of skill-building and educational opportunities. 

Trinity’s Social Ministry Team is exploring greater involvement with P2I.

Our first opportunity is to help at AWC’s P2I holiday program on Saturday, December 7, 11:00 – 1:00.  It will be a busy day with crafts, Santa, family portraits, etc.  They need people to help guide children in an easy craft. AWC will have all of the materials and directions. 

AWC also seeks volunteers to help P2I participants with car repair, dental work, or therapy.  If you have specialized skills in these need areas and are willing to help, AWC will work with you to meet with the participant in need.

If interested, please contact Margaret F.


Now through December 8

The holiday season is a wonderful opportunity to share with many children in need. In fact, your gift may be the only Christmas gift a child receives.

We are collecting new toys, games, books, and clothes for children infant through 18 years old for Community Family Life Services’ annual Give-a-Gift program. (special need for children ages 12-18) Toys must be new and in their original packaging, but not wrapped. Look for the brick-papered box in the Social Hall.

CFLS hosts a free holiday store so parents can choose gifts for their children. If you are interested in assisting, you may contact Bria Washington at CFLS: 202-347-0511 or

Give More Hope

Help those in need while you Christmas shop!

Now, through December 15, you can purchase a Gift of Hope for a friend or relative while making a contribution to someone who is in need.

Come visit the Gifts of Hope table in the Social Hall after the worship service.

Help Us Beautify Trinity at Christmas

Order Your Poinsettias and Wreaths Now

Order Deadline:  DECEMBER 8, 2019

I wish to order:      Poinsettias: $10 each

#_____ RED poinsettias

#_____ WHITE poinsettias

#_____ RED/WHITE mixed

#_____ Door Wreaths [$16 each]

#_____ Sanctuary Wreath [$30 each]

In Memory of:

In Honor of:

Given by:

  _____  I will donate my poinsettias

Coffee Hour Potluck Sundays

The first Sunday of each month, we hold a potluck coffee hour. Please bring a coffee hour item to share. (last names A-L odd months, M-Z even months). We still need hosts for these Sundays as well as hosts for all our coffee hours. Sign up on the schedule on the coffee hour table or contact Lynn B.

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, James T, Chris T, Margo W
family and friends*
Dan G, friend of Margo and Turquoise W
Joyce R, friend of Diana B
Francis R, friend of Bill B
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.

01. Nathaniel C
01. Katie J
02. Donna S
05. Leslie S
07. Linnea A

Weekly Devotional:

First Sunday of Advent, December 1, 2019

Hurry! Hurry! Slow! Slow!

“Yalla! Yalla! Hurry!” shouted Yusef in a friendly, if impatient, order to his laggardly collection of travelers. He was their Palestinian guide. His Arabic “Yalla! Yalla!”—a plea as predictable as breath itself—urged them with the honking determination of a mother goose prodding disoriented goslings. Through the old city’s ancient labyrinth of streets, shopkeepers’ cries of “Schwei! Schwei!” (“Slow! Slow!”) prefaced their own seductive plea for these same travelers to come in and spend. But the shopkeepers’ mixed hopes of calculating and managing the day and its hours were lost in the fray of “yalla” and “schwei.”

About the day and the hour no one knows

Predictions are pointless, Jesus tells his disciples. What they wanted to know, he says, neither angels nor even the Son could tell them. Upon their first hearing, these words of Jesus may whistle by, their sharp edge of warning falling on the dull side of awareness. In our attempts to manage the unknown, we miss the unexpectedness of the Son of Man’s coming.

Jesus’ cosmic alert, among the last of his teachings before his death in Jerusalem, leads the church’s Advent procession toward his very earthly birth in Bethlehem. Jesus’ coming to us is beyond our attempts to manage, exempt from schedules, and unaffected by our pleas. “Yalla! Yalla! Schwei! Schwei!” To no avail.

A clue for the mystery ahead

Yet, we are still prompted to be ready for the unknown. How can that puzzle be solved? Only fools and charlatans compute the hours that even angels cannot assign. The answer to the divine riddle will not be revealed by asking “When?” Perhaps the question is “How?” Or, better yet, we may begin with “Where?” The rough and ragged chill of a Bethlehem stable is a good place to begin . . . a clue for the mystery ahead.

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