Trinity Tidings: October 31, 2019

Trinity Tidings: October 31, 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.

Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday 11/3

Set clocks back one hour Saturday night.

This Sunday, November 3
(Sunday of All Saints)

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.

Revelation 7:9-17
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
1 John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolytes: Matthew B (8:15); Anders S (10:45)
Assisting Ministers: Nancy N (8:15); Jim K (10:45)
Children’s Church: TBD (8:15); Jane R (10:45)
Greeters: Phil & Noralyn D (8:15); Trevor H (10:45)
Lectors: John B (8:15); Leslie C (10:45)
Ushers: Ross A, Joan E (8:15); Greg & Margaret F (10:45)
Coffee Hour: potluck [Shannon P, Steve S] (8:15); potluck [Margaret F] (10:45)
Altar Guild: Marilyn G (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Tellers: Bud & Lynn B

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.

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 the kits to people around the world who have lost everything from a natural disaster or life-threatening violence or who are struggling with the long-term effects of poverty.

Each kit contains a bath towel, 2 bars of soap, 1 toothbrush, 1 comb, and 1 nail clipper. Because LWR requires the items to meet certain specifications, the social ministry committee will purchase all the necessary items but asks members to make cash donations toward this effort if they are able. Checks can 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 church office.

Give More Hope

Give more hope …
… to children.
… to the homeless.
… to those who seek work.
… to those who need sustenance.
… to those who need medical or dental care.
… to those who want 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 and give them a real Christmas. In fact, your gift may be the only one 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 should 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

Village at Rockville National Lutheran Home

You are invited to visit The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community, 9701 Veirs Drive, Rockville, MD 20850 on Saturday, November 9.  Free activities run between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., with the bake sale going until everything is sold.  Opportunities to give and win prizes from Capital Steps, Clyde’s Tower Oaks, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Olney Theatre, Seasons 52, and Strathmore.  Please stop by and visit!

Time Event
9:30 a.m Yoga OR Acrylic painting class
10:45 a.m. Chef demonstration
11:30 a.m. Lunch OR Acrylic painting class
12:45 a.m. Veteran’s Ceremony/Welcome
1:00 p.m U.S. Navy Band Brass Quartet
2:00 p.m. Hymn Sing (hear our new organ!)

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
Dan G, friend of Margo and Turquoise W
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
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.

03. Tom M

Baptismal Days
03. Stella B A
06. Brian S
08. James J
09. Nicholas C

Devotional: “Blessed Are You”

All Saints Day

When Jesus sits on the mountain and begins his long sermon in Matthew’s gospel, he begins with these statements of blessing. Blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, and so on. Jesus speaks of the positive outcomes of these conditions: they will be comforted, they will inherit the earth, they will be filled. “Blessed are you now,” Jesus is saying, as well as “Blessed you will be.”

Promises for Today and Tomorrow

God’s promises are for today as much as they are for after we die. We trust that baptized into a death like Jesus’ death, we are also baptized into a resurrection like Jesus’ resurrection. In baptism we are clothed with the righteousness of Christ, sealed with the Holy Spirit, and marked with the cross of Christ forever. Proclaimed on a mountain or in the valleys that can come in daily life, our identity as blessed, baptized saints moves us to live in ways that give thanks to God for God’s many gifts and blessings.

For All the Saints

All Saints Day isn’t just about remembering those who have died and whose names may be read during worship today. All Saints Day is about all the saints, the ones who have gone before, those living now, and those still to come. Today we remember with thanksgiving our brothers and sisters in Christ who have died within the past year, and we also give thanks for the saints who labor and worship on this side of heaven’s gate.

Today we recall and celebrate with those who have gone before us as we gather at the font and the table, where in water and word, wine and bread, God reminds us, “Blessed are you.” We are blessed, and so we live in ways that manifest this blessing for and toward others.

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2019 Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.