Trinity Tidings: October 24, 2019

Trinity Tidings: October 24, 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 27
(Reformation Sunday)

Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m. (One Service!)

Almighty God, gracious Lord, we thank you that your Holy Spirit renews the church in every age. Pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in your word, protect and comfort them in times of trial, defend them against all enemies of the gospel, and bestow on the church your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 46
Romans 3:19-28
John 8:31-36

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Anusha A
Assisting Minister: Nalini A
Greeters: Thor & Nancy N, Peggy J
Lector: Miriam M
Ushers: Thor & Nancy N, Dick & Peggy J
Coffee Hour: Sunday School families
Altar Guild: Carol B, Kathy H
Tellers: Dick & Peggy J
Trumpet soloist: Jamin M

Reformation Sunday, Oct 27: one service at 10:00 am

From Pastor Kern:

Dear People of God,

On All Hallows Eve – October 31 – 502 years ago, an obscure monk named Martin Luther invited the academic community of Wittenberg to debate 95 practices and beliefs about the Christian faith. He chose the date because of the anticipated large crowds who would be turning up the next day for All Saints celebration. Little did he know, his curiosity would spark a revolution that not only turned the Western church inside out, but national affairs, politics, and language – not to mention the nature of faith itself – as well.

Lutherans are not the only inheritors of this movement that we call the Reformation, but we are one of the few church bodies in the world who still mark the day in a significant way. And so on Sunday, in a single service at 10 a.m., Trinity will celebrate our Reformation heritage.

It will also be a significant day for four young people in the congregation who will be making their Affirmation of Baptism – Confirmation! Linnea, Henry, Colin, and Vincent will celebrate the confirmation milestone in their lives and it will be our privilege and joy to be their witnesses. I hope you will make it a point to join in the celebration.

Pr Kern

All Saints’ Memorial Display

Honor the saints who shared the Christian faith with you!

Please bring a photo of those who have died in the faith – family members or friends. These will be displayed at the entrance to the sanctuary for All Saints’ Sunday, November 3.

You may also submit the names of your departed loved ones to be remembered at the Holy Eucharist on All Saints’ Sunday. Please provide names and date of death to the church office.

Homecoming Weekend

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

There are several ways for you to participate:

  • 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”
Homecoming- Sunday, November 10, 2019

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 in November – 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.

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 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.

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

Church Directories for Fall 2019
are available for pickup in the church office.

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
Tammy G
Syed J, friend of Sunhee P
Sandy L, step-father of Rebecca L
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
John M, brother of Margaret F
Joyce R, friend of Diana B
Francis R, friend of Bill B
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.

27. Torsten D
31. Robert D III
01. Amanda M

Baptismal Days
30. Dahlia C
30. Sophia D
30. Mary D
01. Andy B

Weekly Devotional: “Keep Moving”

Reformation Sunday, October 27, 2019

As we commemorate the Protestant Reformation, it is fitting that today’s gospel reflects a core understanding that grew out of the wrestling of the reformers. Martin Luther’s life and ministry were changed when the apostle Paul’s writings came alive for him. Being saved by grace through faith and not works was a revelation and gift for Luther. In Paul’s reflections, such as today’s second reading (Rom. 3:19-28), Luther came to understand the true nature of Christian freedom. John’s gospel locates this freedom in knowing Jesus and in the work Jesus does to make people free. The Son making us free is indeed a gift.

Discovered Anew … Old Story

We commemorate the Reformation as a time when the freedom found in knowing Jesus and his saving work was discovered anew. Five hundred years later it is easy for the newness of this message to be part of our old story. It is easy to look past how much has changed in our own lives and the life we share as the church. Our present experience can feel like a reflection of what has always been.

Path of Transformation

Jesus describes his word as the path to truth and encourages his disciples to “continue in my word” (John 8:31). To continue may be understood as remaining the same, but continuing in the word of Jesus means walking a path of transformation. This transformation grows out of repentance and forgiveness, life and death. It is a gift from Jesus. To continue in God’s word is a call for the church to keep moving and to embrace the reform Jesus is creating in and among us each and every day.

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