Trinity Tidings: November 7, 2019

Trinity Tidings: November 7, 2019

This Sunday — Join the FUN!

This Sunday, November 10, following the late service, join us for some BBQ and frivolity as we celebrate Homecoming Weekend and the conclusion of our “We are Trinity” stewardship campaign.

  • Invite a friend, neighbor, former Trinity member, or a long-lost family member to join in our celebration (all are welcome)
  • Prepare a side dish or dessert for our celebration (sign-up sheet in the social hall)
  • Reach out to Greg F if you’d like to participate in the “long-slow cook”

This Sunday, November 10 (Lect 32c)

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

Almighty God, you have knit your people together in one communion in the mystical body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Grant us grace to follow your blessed saints in lives of faith and commitment, and to know the inexpressible joys you have prepared for those who love you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Job 19:23-27a
Psalm 17:1-9
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Luke 20:27-38

Assisting in Worship:

Full schedule of worship assistants is available here:

What’s Happening?

Worship, Spiritual Growth, Education, Service to Others, and more…
See our online calendar for upcoming events and services through the coming year at Trinity.

Council News

Dear Members of Trinity,

Owing to recent health issues, I find that I must resign my position on the Congregation Council. I will continue to pray for the council and the congregation and am sorry that I am unable to continue in this responsibility.

Blessings to you all,
John B

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Following the resignation of John B as president of the congregation, the members of the Congregation Council elected Sarah G president for the remainder of the current term, through May 31, 2020.

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In light of recent Council leadership changes, the Council has determined that it is in the Congregation’s best interest that the previously announced November retreat be postponed and potentially rescheduled for early 2020.

During the months of November and December, the Council intends to engage with each other and with you to improve communications and advance our work as a congregation toward the call process. Additionally, the Council will be reaching out to you in multiple ways to capture the concerns the retreat was planned to address.

In the meantime, should you have immediate concerns, you are encouraged to reach out to a member of the Council.

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.

Beginning THIS SUNDAY, Nov 10, 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 a copy of the book and read the first three sections (through page 92) before the first session on November 10.  This will not be a forum for free-wheeling debate; our discussion will be guided by what we have read together.

These three sessions are merely an introduction to the conversation.  If there is sufficient interest, arrangements can be made for further study and reflection, based on the schedule of the participants.

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.

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 over the last several months. Our Chrismons—Christ monograms—are on display in the social hall now. We’ll get to enjoy our tree throughout Advent, in preparation for lighting our tree for Christmas!

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

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 who have lost everything from natural disasters or violence, or who are struggling with the long-term effects of 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. We ask for your monetary donations to 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.

Give More Hope

Give more hope …
… to children … to the homeless … to those seeking work … to those needing sustenance … to those needing medical or dental care … to those seeking to improve their daily lives.

How can you give more hope? Participate in the Gifts of Hope program.

Come visit the Gifts of Hope table in the Social Hall after the worship service Nov. 17 – Dec. 15.

Community Family Life Services’ Annual Give-a-Gift Program

November 17 – December 8

The holidays are a time of giving and sharing. This 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. Toys must be new and in their original packaging, but not wrapped. There is a special need for gifts for children 12-18 years. 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

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*
Tammy G
Dan G, friend of Margo and Turquoise W
Syed J, friend of Sunhee P
Joyce R, friend of Diana B
Francis R, friend of Bill B
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
June R, mother of Lois R
Tiffany S

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks. After four weeks, please complete another card.

10. Barbara B
11. Brian S
14. Yulie N
16. Catya B
16. Mary D
16. Mark J
16. Marjorie W

Baptismal Days
10. Barbara B
11. Gina C
16. Leslie S