Trinity Tidings: November 14, 2019

What’s Happening?

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


This Sunday, November 17 (Lect 33c)

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

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without you nothing is strong, nothing is holy. Embrace us with your mercy, that with you as our ruler and guide, we may live through what is temporary without losing what is eternal, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Worship Assistants full schedule is available online:


Weekly Devotional

“What’s this world coming to?” We shake our heads. What is happening? The gospel reading for this Sunday speaks comfort and encouragement to people who feel powerless in the face of huge changes. [click here to see full article]

May We Talk About Racism?

Racism has been called the original sin of America.  Rooted in slavery, it continues to haunt our dialogue in politics, education, and church.

For three Sunday mornings (Nov 10, 17, 24) – Pastor Kern is offering the chance for dialogue about race, during the education hour.  The class will be based on Debby Irving’s book, Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.

Please note: this will be a discussion based on Ms. Irving’s book.  It will be necessary for participants to acquire and read a copy of the book.  Our discussion will be guided by what we have read together.

If you are truly interested in learning more about the systemic and social perpetuation of racism, and the role of white people in particular in that process, this book can be the beginning of an enlightening and hopeful journey. All are welcome.


Give More Hope

Help those in need while you Christmas shop! Starting this Sunday, Nov. 17 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 Nov. 17 – Dec. 15.


November 17 – 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

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!

Pie Sunday

Bake a pie, make a pie, buy a pie, or thaw a pie! Bring your pies to share at Pie Sunday coffee hours on Sunday, November 24. The more pies the better! Please cut your pie for serving. Any questions? Call Lynn Booth.

Thanksgiving Weekend Inter-Generational Sunday School

On 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 bath towel, two bars of soap, one toothbrush, comb, and nail clipper. 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.

3rd Quarter Giving Statements
are available for pickup in the Social Hall.

Church Directories for Fall 2019
are available for pickup in the Social Hall.

Poinsettias and Wreaths
to Adorn Trinity at Christmas

Order Deadline:  December 13, 2019

I wish to order:      Poinsettias: $10 each

#_____ RED poinsettias

#_____ WHITE poinsettias

#_____ RED/WHITE mixed

#_____ Door Wreaths @$16 each

#_____ Sanctuary Wreath @$30

In Memory of:

In Honor of:

Given by:

  _____  I will donate my poinsettias

Semi-Annual Meeting Potluck

We will have a potluck brunch/lunch after the late service on December 8 before our Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting. Bring your favorite brunch or lunch entree, side-dish, salad, or dessert. Beverages will be provided.  Let your culinary skills shine.  We will eat while we meet.  Any questions?  Contact Lynn B, Parish Life. 

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.

June R +Nov 9 (mother of Lois R)

18. Susan A
19. Atticus D
19. Logan D
22. James K
23. Christopher S

Baptismal Days:
18. Alissa C
23. Sarah G

November 17, 2019 LECTIONARY 33

Weekly Devotional:

Do Not Be Terrified

“What’s this world coming to?” The circumstances that call forth this question are different for different people, but the question occurs to nearly all of us at some point in our lives. Maybe it is the lack of civil discourse we see among our leaders, or reports of climate change, or wars and rumors of wars. Maybe it is just that young people seem so different from the way older people were at their age. We shake our heads. What is happening?


The gospel reading for this Sunday speaks comfort and encouragement to people who feel powerless in the face of huge changes. Jesus speaks of the temple’s destruction, earthquakes, famines, and plagues. Closer to home, he predicts persecution and betrayal perpetrated by those closest to his followers.

Yet even as he speaks of such a future, Jesus also says, “Do not be terrified” (Luke 21:9). He promises words and wisdom for those who are persecuted, and he speaks of a time on the other side of all these dangers when his own dear ones will be safe, from the hairs of their head to the depth of their souls.


Nearly everything Jesus describes happening to his followers happens first to him: he is arrested, imprisoned, and brought before Herod and Pilate. He is betrayed by one of the twelve and denied by another. Through all of it, he keeps faith with the one he calls his Father. In the end, he commends his spirit into that one’s hands. The Father keeps faith with the Son as well, raising him from the dead.

The world in general, as well as our individual lives, can be very frightening. When we are afraid, Jesus gives us himself as the example of trusting God in all things. When we fail to act out of trust like his, still he is there, redeeming us and our future from fear. The Living One will lead us into life.

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2018 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.