Trinity Tidings | November 11, 2021


November begins with All Saints Day and ends in or near Advent, when we anticipate Christ’s coming again. It is fitting, then, that the readings today tell of the final resurrection and the end time. In the turmoil of hope, fear, and disbelief that these predictions provoke in us, Hebrews sounds a note of confident trust. Christ makes a way for us where there is no way, and we walk it confidently, our hearts and bodies washed in baptismal water, trusting the one who has promised forgiveness. The more we see the last day approaching, the more important it is to meet together to provoke one another to love.

This Week’s Online Bulletin: HERE

Readings for this Sunday
1 Kings 17:8-16
Psalm 146
Hebrews 9:24-28
Mark 12:38-44

Read our in person worship protocols here before RSVP’ing


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:

Music Leaders/Cantors:

Tech Team: contact the church office to sign up:

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:


As many know, Catherine Kapikian served for many years on the faculty of Wesleyan Theological Seminary and founded the Henry Luce Center for the Arts and Religion. Her artistic works and her theological insight is sought after for its depth of meaning, its intrigue, and its beauty. Most recently she created a mural for the refectory of Weleyanm where she re-imagines da Vinaic’s Last Supper. This work was recently unveiled (delayed due to COVID) and you can view it here (along with an interview with Cathy). 

This is OUR Community
Our 2022 Stewardship Packets, containing pledge cards and Time and Talent sheets, are being distributed at church this Sunday, or by mail this week, 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!

Where, what do you dream Trinity to be 3 years from now?
That is the question we’re asking you, members, friends, and family of Trinity. Over the next couple of weeks or so, answers to this question will be collected and compiled into a short montage video…or more if we have lots of dreams shared. There are 2 ways of getting your dreams in…Sunday mornings at church I or another member will be happy to do a quick video recording of the dream you’d like to share. Or, you may do your own recording on your cell phone or other device…or ask a friend/family member to help you do that. Your answers need to be short! 20 seconds or so. You need to get straight to the point. For example…”I’d like for Trinity to start a weekly feeding/dinner ministry.”…”I see Trinity hosting conversations to address homelessness in Montgomery County.”
You get the picture. What are you dreaming about? Please ponder this question and consider sharing your answer. I will kick off doing recordings this coming Sunday. If you have any questions, please contact me, Valerie M at Thank you!

There is an antique desk in our handbell storage room which needs to find a good home.  If interested, please contact Marilyn C for more details.

Bigger Than A Building (BTAB)
A few years ago, Trinity set aside money for ministry development and community outreach (BTAB1), with the goal of meeting community needs and potentially creating a signature outreach program for Trinity. If you are interested in serving on a task force to help identify community needs and specific focus areas of interest of Trinity, and move this congregational goal forward, please contact Pastor Christine.

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. Submission may be submitted to Steve S (chair of the committee) at: 


Special Adult Forum This Sunday | Nov 14 | 10:45 am
Pastor Franklin Morales is the pastor at La Sagrada Familia and is our supply pastor this Sunday while Pastor Christine is away for a short break. La Sagrada Familia is located in Langley Park, Maryland, an area that is densely populated and is considered one of the poorest neighborhoods in the Metropolitan Washington DC area. While the ministry is located in Langley Park, MD, the community worships at St. Luke’s in Silver Spring. La Sagrada Familia also partners with The Humble Walk. 
Adult Forum will be in-person only, shortly following worship on Sunday. We will gather in the sanctuary after a short break. Please plan to stay after worship to hear Pastor Morales share the story of the ministry of La Sagrada Familia.

Choir Rehearsals | Cancelled Nov 11th and 18th | Contact Angela for more info

Sunday School for Youth | Every Sunday | 10:45 am | Trinity Playground

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

Heavenly Handbells | Rehearsals every Monday | 7:30 pm | Sanctuary

Stephen Ministry | See the Calendar for meeting dates

Mission Endowment Committee | See the Calendar for Future meeting dates

Chrismon Making Session | November 13 | 10:30 am
Trinity began its Chrismon tree journey in the fall of 2019. We held three Chrismon making sessions, and in addition Trinity family members made these “ornaments of Christ” at home, and we celebrated the Advent and Christmas season with our new Chrismon tree. We would like to resume our Chrismon making sessions in 2021. With precautions in place, we invite Trinity family members and friends to join this year’s Chrismon making session on November 13 at 10:30 am. For Trinity family members not able to join in person, we can make kits available to complete at home.

Please look for the green cloth in the Social Hall that will be displaying Chrismons made by Trinity, along with the book that tracks the contributors for supplies and a page for each Chrismon on our tree. Please contact Angela B, Carol B, Leslie C, Valerie M, or Sabrina R with any questions and to reserve your space at the class.

Talk Saves Lives Presentation | November 17 | 7:00 pm | Zoom
Trinity is hosting a conversation on suicide prevention which will be facilitated by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This Zoom presentation is open to anyone 18 years or older. It will take place on November 17th at 7pm. Register using this link: The presentation will cover warning signs, concrete ways to help, and connections to supports. We highly encourage you to participate, because, unfortunately, suicide rates are at all time highs and can impact anyone. Questions? Contact Pastor Christine (

Giving Thanks Auction to Support Mar-Lu-Ridge | November 18 | 9:00 am
Mar-Lu-Ridge is hosting its second annual fund-raising auction to support this long-standing youth ministry. This auction is open to the public. You can browse items being auctioned on the auction website under ‘catalog.’ To bid on an item, you’ll need to register under ‘registration.’ Online bidding opens at 9:00am on Thursday, November 18th. Bidding closes at 2:00pm on Sunday, November 21st. Questions? See Julie N. 

Property Clean-up | November 21st | following worship
Because of COVID we have not held an extensive property clean-up in awhile and there are many items around the building that need attention, including landscaping, moving furniture, painting, cleaning, replacing light bulbs. If you have tools such as ladders, pruning shears, lawn bags, rakes, shopvacs, or cleaning supplies that you are willing to bring, please do! We won’t get everything done, and will be scheduling another date, but please plan to bring (or wear to church) clothes that can get dirty and help us care for our facility and grounds. 

Tailgate | November 21st | during property clean-up
We are planning a tailgate-type event in conjunction with our property clean-up (to keep our energy up!). The Connections Team is providing subs and some individually wrapped sides and drinks. If you’re a ‘pro’ at tailgating, we invite you to set your grill and coolers up, too! Let’s have fun and get things done! 

+This Week at Trinity+

Sun, Nov 14, 25th Sunday after Pentecost
Food Collection for Living Faith and Toy Drive for CFLS
9:30 am         Holy Communion Worship Service (RSVP Required)
10:45 am      Youth Sunday School (Following Worship)
10:45 am Adult Forum- Sanctuary

Mon, Nov 15
7:30 pm         Heavenly Handbells Rehearsal- Sanctuary

Tues, Nov 16
7:00 pm         Stephen Ministry Training-Room 11
7:30 pm Congregational Council-Zoom

Sat, Nov 20
9:00 am         Living Faith Food Drive

Sun, Nov 21, Christ the King Sunday
Food Collection for Living Faith and Toy Drive for CFLS
9:30 am         Holy Communion Worship Service (RSVP Required)
10:45 am      Youth Sunday School  (Following Worship)
10:45 am Confirmation Class
10:45 am              Property Cleanup/Tailgate (Following Worship)


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:

Living Faith Food Collection: November 20 | 9 am- Noon | Trinity Parking Lot | See the list of critical food needs here

Community Family Life Services’ Annual Give-a-Gift Program | Sundays, November 14 – December 5 and Saturday, November 20
The holiday season, a time of giving and sharing, is coming upon us! Community Family Life Services (CFLS) in Washington, DC, provides services to reentry women, survivors of domestic violence, homeless residents, and their children. Trinity has a wonderful opportunity to help brighten this holiday season for the families served by CFLS. Trinity is collecting new gifts, toys, games, books, and clothes for children infant through 18 years old. Some gift suggestions: Visa or Walmart gift cards, board games, coloring/art supplies, and teen pocketbooks/purses. Gifts should be new and in their original packaging, but not wrapped.

Collection Times
Sun. Services Nov. 14, Nov. 21, Nov. 28,
Dec. 5
Saturday Nov. 20, 9-12 Noon

Learn more about CFLS and the essential services they provide on their website:

Gifts of Hope Catalog Available Online
Operating for 28 years, Gifts of Hope has raised and disbursed almost $4 million to two church camps, four ministries, three international companion synods, and ten local social service agencies affiliated with the Synod. These funds have helped the homeless, the hungry, the young, the elderly, immigrants, refugees, jobseekers, seminary and college students, and those seeking to improve their lives.
Instead of visiting tables in church buildings in November and December, individuals can support GOH through the current catalog on the Gifts of Hope website: or by mail (an order form is included in the catalog). Gifts of Hope wanted to continue to honor the health of the volunteers and donors, even if congregations return to on-site worship this year.


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 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)

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

family and friends
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Heather J, friend of Valerie M
Rev, Richard H, friend of Tad and Vi D
Ken W, friend of Tad and Vi D
Caterina V, friend of Leslie C
Jacqueline D-P, friend of Nancy N
Elizabeth C, sister of Joseph C
Donald B, brother of Marilyn C
Dierdre D, friend of Susan K
Elwood S, brother in law of Cathy C
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B

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

*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.


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