Trinity Tidings: October 3, 2019

Trinity Tidings: October 3, 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.

Blessing of the Animals this Sunday Oct 6, 5 pm

This Sunday, October 6, at 5 pm: Bring your dog, cat, chicken, hedgehog, hamster, snake or turtle for a brief service and a blessing! We’ll gather at the north (office) parking lot.

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.

From Pastor Kern…

Dear People of Trinity,

How much further???

Have you ever taken a trip with a child? Remember when you were a child? A drive across town can be the cause of great consternation and restlessness!

On the other hand, depending on whom we are with, even the longest journey can be experienced as a joy. I still count the drive from Clearwater, FL to Yellowstone National Park, and then on to Glacier National Park, as one the most cherished times in my life. I think my adult children would agree. We enjoyed changing landscape, highways we had never seen before, sunsets that were glorious under the big sky of the west, we listened to music, and we read aloud. The journey was a long one, but we were blessed to be together.

How is the journey of your life today? Are you excited about your path? Are you in good company? I hope you are. You know, Jesus was just like us. His path through life was sometimes long, sometimes joyous, and ultimately triumphant. He enjoyed the company of good friends and feasted a time or two along the way.

Here at Trinity, we are on a journey, too. Some are no doubt asking, how much further?, while others are enjoying the time. The thing is, it’s God’s journey we are on and it’s the Spirit’s leading we are seeking, and thanks be to God we have the company of one another for this season. The day will come when this journey will be a distant memory and some of those with us now will be gone. Let us behold one another with holy grace and be confident that the journey of our lives is just as important as the destinations we seek.

Pr Kern


This Sunday, October 6
(Lectionary 27c)

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

Benevolent, merciful God: When we are empty, fill us. When we are weak in faith, strengthen us. When we are cold in love, warm us, that with fervor we may love our neighbors and serve them for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Commit your way to the LORD; put your trust in the LORD. (Psalm 37:5)

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: TBD (8:15); Vincent M (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Tad D (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Children’s Church: Margaret F (8:15), Jane R (10:45)
Greeters: Tom M (8:15); Linnea A (10:45)
Lectors: Sarah M (8:15); Robyn K (10:45)
Ushers: Ross A, Mike J (8:15); Angela B, Paul D (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Tad & Vi D (8:15); Bud & Lynn B (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B (8:15); Kathy H (10:45)
Tellers: Tom M, Petra T

Fall Worship Schedule: Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45; Sunday School and Adult Ed at 9:30


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


Volunteer at A Wider Circle

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

The Social Ministry Team has organized a volunteer opportunity at A Wider Circle (AWC) this Sunday, October 13, from 1-3 pm.  During our last visit, our team got to see the newly expanded warehouse, showroom and education space.  More space means more to sort, lift and organize.  All ages are welcome to volunteer.

If you cannot join us, we are also collecting gently used household goods, professional clothing and clothing for children under size 5 to donate to AWC.  A Wider Circle also provides cleaning and paper goods to families furnishing their apartments.  Please consider providing detergents and other cleaning products or 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

Now through October 13, we are collecting 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.

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*
Carol B, friend of handbell choir
Sonny L, uncle of Sabrina R
Audie 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
Vern W, brother-in-law of Sabrina R
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G

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

08. Matthew C
08. Gabriel D
09. Adelyn C
10. Marilyn G
10. Linnea S
12. Anne D

Baptismal Days
07. Anjali A
07. Len S
09. Henry C
12. Robert D
12. Emma G

Weekly Devotional: “Humbly to the Table”

October 6, 2019 (LECTIONARY 27c)

Increase our faith! (Luke 17:5). This request from the disciples seems perfectly reasonable. They have seen Jesus cleanse and heal people, and even resuscitate a dead man. They have seen him calm a storm, cast out demons, and multiply loaves and fish. Not only have they seen Jesus do all this, but they have done some of it themselves. After Jesus sent seventy of the disciples out, they returned with joy and reported, “Even the demons submit to us!” (Luke 10:17). It is not surprising they would want to experience more.

The Mustard Seed

Jesus’ response about faith the size of a mustard seed defies the disciples’ expectations of what an increase in faith looks like. He then shares a reflection about obedience and humility. An increase in faith, Jesus seems to be saying, does not come through supernatural demonstration of power but through humble obedience to what God has commanded.

As we gather in worship, we certainly hope for an increase in our own faith. Perhaps we, like the first disciples, have experienced God working through us in amazing ways. Maybe we have seen new life appear in the lives of people around us. Given these glimpses of grace, we find ourselves wanting more. Increase our faith!

Coming Together

Jesus’ answer to our request involves the same obedience and humility commended to the disciples. Though a simple invitation to service, this humble obedience can be difficult to put into practice. One way we are obedient to our baptismal call is by coming together around a table in remembrance of Jesus, receiving the body and blood of Christ in communion. Martin Luther’s Small Catechism reminds us that the words “given for you” and “shed for you” are essential words of forgiveness—including forgiveness for when we aren’t humble or obedient to God’s desires for us. In faith we serve as we are able. We then come humbly to the table to be served a gift of grace and forgiveness, given and shed for each of us.

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