Trinity Tidings | November 25, 2021

+WORSHIP | ONLINE AND IN PERSON | 9:30 AM+

Advent is about the “coming days.” God’s people have always lived in great expectation, but that expectation finds specific, repeated enunciation in the texts appointed for these four weeks. The ancients anticipated a “righteous Branch to spring up for David.” The Thessalonians awaited “the coming of our Lord Jesus with all the saints.” Jesus’ contemporaries hoped for the time “to stand before the Son of Man.” With them we eagerly await the coming days: another Christmas celebration, a second coming, and the advent of Christ in word and supper.

This Week’s Online Bulletin: HERE


Readings for this Sunday
Jeremiah 33:14-16
Psalm 25:1-10
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Luke 21:25-36

Read our in person worship protocols here before RSVP’ing


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! 


Our semi-annual congregational meeting will be held December 12th at 11am. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss and approve the annual budget and changes to the MEF bylaws. The meeting will be held both in-person and via Zoom. 


+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+


Chrismons for Social Hall Tree
If you have a completed painted wooden ornament or colored bead kit for the tree that goes in the social hall, please bring them by Trinity as soon as possible, either during office hours or this weekend. There are Trinity activities going on from 9am-noon on Saturday and Sunday. 


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). 


Dreams Needed! Video or Written Format! 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. 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. Please keep your answers to 20 seconds or so. 

Alternatively, share your dream in a single written sentence. Please use the provided email for sharing your dreams in either format. If you have any questions, please contact me, Valerie M at valerie@vmwishes.com. Thank you!


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: hawaiishriv0@aol.com 


+HAPPENING AT TRINITY+




Tree and Advent Wreath Assembly | Saturday November 27 | 10:00 am


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


Choir Rehearsals | Thursdays| 7:00 pm | Contact Angela for more info


Sunday School for Youth | Every Sunday | 10:45 am | Trinity Playground | CANCELLED NOVEMBER 28


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


+This Week at Trinity+


Sun, Nov 28, First Sunday of Advent
Food Collection for Living Faith and Toy Drive for CFLS
9:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service (RSVP Required)
11:30 am Adult Forum- Zoom

Mon, Nov 29
7:30 pm Heavenly Handbells Rehearsal- Sanctuary

Tues, Nov 30
7:00 pm Stephen Ministry Training-Room 11

Thurs, Dec 2
7:00 pm Trinity Singers Choir Rehearsal

Sun, Dec 5, Second Sunday of Advent
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)
11:30 am Adult Forum- Zoom


+DONATIONS AND AID NEEDED+


Living Faith Food Collection: December 18 | 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
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

Learn more about CFLS and the essential services they provide on their website: www.cflsdc.org.


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: www.giftsofhopedc.org 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.


Trinity “Adopts” a Family for the Holidays.
Trinity is participating in A Wider Circle’s Good Karma Holiday Program providing holiday gifts to families in need. Trinity has been matched with a family of 5. Each family member has provided some wishes that we hope members of Trinity will help fulfill.
Please sign up using the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-awider1 Gifts need to be dropped off to Trinity by Sunday, December 12.  If you have any questions, please contact Margaret F at gmfitz85@gmail.com.


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


+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)
Mary H (Shady Grove)

home
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
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
Monica V, friend of Pastor Christine
Sarah B and Brandon T (Nicole and Frankie), friends of Trinity

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.


+RESOURCES+


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

The November Trinitarian: Download it here!


+OFFICE HOURS+


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