Trinity Tidings: October 10, 2019

Trinity Tidings: October 10, 2019

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.

This Sunday, October 13, at 6 p.m. Don’t miss it!

Saturday, October 26. See announcement below for details.

Read on for MORE OPPORTUNITIES to Worship, Learn, and Serve

From the Pastor…

Dear People of God,

This letter about our transition time together was circulated to our community at services this past Sunday morning. For those who have not yet had opportunity to read it, we offer it here. (see below)

October 6, 2019

Dear Members of Trinity,

As you probably are aware, Trinity is 11 months into its transition time and there is no shortage of conversation, opinion, and emotion about the process. You have recently heard from John Balbach, president of the congregation, soliciting your input on worship times and what’s most important about Trinity to you. Both of these arise out of Council discussion about the mission of the congregation – who is Trinity and what is God calling this community to be? I’m writing to you now, as your pastor, because I thought you might like to know how I understand what is happening in the congregation, speaking for myself, directly to you.

First, I want to affirm the work of the Council as they help to lead you through this season. The expectations of the Council are very high at Trinity, as evidenced by their struggles to honor the very diverse input they receive from you, the members, and their own differing, honorable points of view. Please make the time to thank them for their service.

Recently, I was speaking with a member of Trinity and I asked her how she thought things were going. She immediately responded by saying what she had to say might surprise me. She said she sees three parties within the membership: 1) those who want to see the Call process started yesterday; 2) those who are grateful for a space of time to pause, reflect, and discern; and 3) those who just want me to stay and be the pastor of Trinity. I have to admit, her third point did surprise me a little bit. And as nice as that is to hear, let me say – again – I will not be a candidate to be the next pastor of Trinity.

As for the Call process itself, my counsel continues to be, Please wait. I am not unaware of those who insist we must start right away, that any delay will cause people to leave and take their offerings with them. At the same time, I am also aware of those who do not share this urgency. Their experiences within Trinity have given them pause about whether they will continue in the congregation. For them this is a time of welcome discernment that is encouraging them to stay.

To my friends anxious to have the call process get started I ask, is Trinity really so unsettling right now that we cannot wait a few more months to allow more voices to join the conversation and shape the future? And to my friends who have felt slighted or cast aside in the past I say, now is the time to step forward and speak out and take your place at the table. A united Trinity will be a great gift to the next pastor and to the entire church. I think that’s worth a little patience and some more hard work.

Thank you for receiving this. And thanks to each and every one of you who love Trinity and are blessed to call this community – home.

Pastor Kern

In Memoriam

Former Trinity member Carol Bosley died October 5, 2019 in Michigan.
Funeral for Carol will be held here at Trinity on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at 7 p.m.

I am the resurrection and the life. (John 11:25)

What Does Trinity Mean to You?

In order that we define who we are as a congregation and what our priorities ought to be, the council asks each member of the congregation to write briefly about what Trinity means to them. Please submit your statements to the office. They will be collected and later shared with the council and the entire congregation.


This Sunday, October 13
(Lectionary 28c)

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

Almighty and most merciful God, your bountiful goodness fills all creation. Keep us safe from all that may hurt us, that, whole and well in body and spirit, we may with grateful hearts accomplish all that you would have us do, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart. (Ps. 111:1)

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); Linnea S (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Jerry B (8:15); Leslie C (10:45)
Children’s Church: TBD (8:15), Nicholas C (10:45)
Greeters: Jane R, Eric S (8:15); Pam B (10:45)
Lectors: Jerry B (8:15); David C (10:45)
Ushers: Bill & Diana B (8:15); David C, Henry C (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Margaret F (8:15); Miriam M, Susan S (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B (8:15); Kathy H (10:45)
Tellers: Annie A, Mina

Fall Worship Schedule: Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45; Sunday School and Adult Ed at 9:30
Reformation Sunday, Oct 27: one service at 10:00 am


Sunday School for all ages is offered at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” – 2 Peter 3:18

Symposium: Re-Claiming a Vision of Global Community

We are facing a global crisis – ecological, political, and economic. A Spirit-led response from churches in the Global South reminds us of Martin Luther’s oft-neglected conviction that God’s gift of grace in Jesus has far-reaching implications, not just for individual lives but for the ways we live together on this earth. A new heaven and earth break in for us as we reclaim a vision of global community. Symposium speakers from Argentina, Palestine, South Africa, and the US address how the world is responding.

October 25-26, 2019
to register visit:

Sponsored by: Global Mission, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; ELCA World Hunger; ELCA Metro D.C. Synod; and Saint Luke Lutheran Church, Silver Spring, MD.


Volunteer at A Wider Circle

Volunteer to help widen the circle of compassion and make a dent in poverty.

This Sunday, October 13, from 1-3 pm, join with the Social Ministry Team to help us sort, move, and organize materials in A Wider Circle’s newly expanded warehouse.

All ages are welcome to volunteer.

We are also collecting gently used household goods and clothing to donate to AWC. Items being collected:

  • professional clothing
  • children’s clothing under size 5
  • cleaning and paper goods

If you have items to donate, please bring them to Trinity on Sunday, October 13, and we will save you the trip!

If you have any questions, please ask Margaret F, or visit

Winter Coat Drive for LSS

THIS SUNDAY, October 13, is the last day to bring your new and gently used coats and other outerwear for the Refugee Program of Lutheran Social Services (LSS). Outerwear is needed for all ages and genders, and in all sizes; donations should be clean and in good repair.

Items accepted:

  • Coats/jackets
  • Fleeces
  • Winter hats, gloves, mittens, warm scarves

Please contact Kathy T with questions.

Drivers Wanted

The social ministry committee is looking for a driver to deliver the items from our coat drive to the LSS office in Hyattsville, MD, during business hours any time from October 14 to 18. If you can help, please contact Kathy T.

Chrismons Class: Last Chance

Please join us on Saturday, October 26, at 10:00 a.m. for the final Chrismon making class for 2019. Please let Carol B or Sabrina R know if you will be there to ensure we have enough kits.

Monetary donations are also welcome to cover the cost of materials (mark your envelope/cheque “Chrismons”). Let’s fill up the Trinity’s new Christmas tree!

Calling Trinity Cooks and Bakers

On Sunday, December 15, Trinity will serve a meal for 35 at the Interfaith Works Women’s Center in Rockville. We will need help from members of our congregation to prepare and serve the meal:

  • Cooks to prepare a mashed potato casserole (recipe provided)
  • Bakers to make pumpkin and apple pies
  • 3-4 people to serve the meal that evening (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.)
  • People to contribute other food items (see the sign-up sheet in the social hall)

Please contact Lynn B or Kathy T with questions.

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*
Lise & Abb Abb A
Joanne B, sister-in-law of Mary B
David C, friend of Pam B
Sonny L, uncle of Sabrina R
Sandy L, step-father of Rebecca L
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
John M, brother of Margaret F
Wayne P, cousin of Julie N
Nancy P, friend of Tom K & Sarah M
Jean R, mother of Sabrina R
June R, mother of Lois R
Vern W, brother-in-law 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.

Carol B, +October 6, 2019 (former member, friend of handbell choir)
Funeral will be Saturday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church.

13. Sarah G
13. Julie N
17. Benjamin N
17. Jon S

Baptismal Days
14. Peter S
17. Sunhee P
19. Shirley O

Weekly Devotional: “Close-By Jesus”

October 13, 2019 (Lectionary 28c)

The lepers kept their distance. They kept their distance from Jesus as they shouted to him their pleas for mercy. They are not the only lepers we find in the story of Jesus. Matthew 8 begins with a leper coming near to Jesus and kneeling before him to ask for healing, which comes at the touch of Jesus’ hand. In Mark 14 we hear that Jesus is eating at the house of Simon the leper. Lepers do not always keep their distance from Jesus, but these ten did. What keeps them from getting too close to Jesus?

Too Close to Jesus?

There is a running joke in some congregations that Lutherans do not sit in the first several rows of the worship space. We may seek the front-row seats at concerts, sporting events, and elementary school award ceremonies. We like to be close to the action. Yet, when the action is the word of God read and proclaimed or holy communion broken and shared, we sometimes find a way to keep our distance. We do not occupy those prime seats. Closeness implies intimacy. Is there something we fear about being too close to Jesus?

Only One Returns

All of the lepers are healed as they go on their way. Nine of them continue to keep their distance from Jesus. Only one returns, doing everything but keep his distance. Falling on the ground at Jesus’ feet, the leper is full of praise that Jesus chose to heal, to come near, when the leper was distant. Though we may try to keep our distance from Jesus, Jesus does not keep his distance from us.

Kyrie Eleison

Like the ten, we, too, cry out for mercy in the Kyrie. With the one, we then sing praise to the close-by Jesus, the Jesus who comes near to us in the water of the font, in the sharing of the peace, and in the breaking of the bread.

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