Trinity Tidings: September 5, 2019

What’s Happening?

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

This Sunday, September 8 (Lectionary 23)

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

Rally Sunday, September 8: Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45

Direct us, O Lord God, in all our doings with your continual help, that in all our works, begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy name; and finally, by your mercy, bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Assisting in the Sunday Services

Acolyte: Matthew B (8:15); Colin G (10:45)
Assisting Minister: Nancy N (8:15); Sarah G (10:45)
Cantor: TBD (8:15)
Children’s Church: Jane R (10:45)
Greeter: Jerry B, Brian A, Stella (8:15); Trevor H (10:45)
Lector: Jonah W (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Ushers: Ross A, Mike J (8:15); Paul D, Richard G (10:45)
Coffee Hour: Tad and Vi D (8:15); TBD (10:45)
Altar Guild: Carol B
Tellers: Greg and Margaret F
Bulletin Assembly: Dick J

This Sunday, Sept 8, is Rally Day!

Rally Day begins our regular fall schedule. Holy Communion at 8:15 & 10:45, with Christian Ed hour at 9:30. This is the opening day of Sunday School for all ages! We will begin the year with prayer and song, and then we will dismiss to our classes for the day. Watch for a special activity for all!

Coming Wednesdays in September!
"Seldom Studied Bible Stories"
Join us as we take a closer look at four Bible accounts that don't usually appear in Sunday School materials or sermons. 7:30pm in the Library.
Thought provoking. Challenging. Fun!

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,
As I write this note, a hurricane is battering the community where I served my first call as a pastor.  The devastation of the Bahamas is a tragedy to behold and the news is sure to get worse.  It turns out the scientists were correct – we cannot keep putting chemicals and pollutants into creation without serious consequences.  While the waves and winds of the storm are likely to stay far away from us, are hearts are pained by the death, destruction, and suffering of our sisters and brothers.  If you would like to participate in recovery efforts, you may do so with a gift to Trinity, earmarked for Lutheran Disaster Response.  LDR, in return, will work in conjunction with other agencies on the ground to help those who have lost so much in this storm.
Remember, we return to two services this Sunday at 8:15 and 10:45.  It’s God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday across the ELCA and Trinity will be participating with backpacks for kids.  Come take part at 9:30 for that.
Pr Kern

Meet Our New Minister of Music

My name is Angela, and I am excited to be your new Minister of Music. I strongly believe in the collaborative nature of music, and I look forward to leading an inclusive music ministry where every vocalist and instrumentalist feels welcome and supported musically in worship.

Outside of Trinity, you can find me playing clarinet with the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra (WMGSO), playing keyboard with the Damascus-based praise band Cor Jesu, and teaching private music lessons at Jim’s House of Music in New Market, Maryland.

I look forward to meeting each and every one of you!

Chrismon Workshop

Please join us on Saturday, September 14, at 10 am to make Chrismons to decorate Trinity’s new Christmas tree. No experience is necessary, but we do ask that you preregister with Carol B to ensure we have enough kits prepared.

Come see the Chrismons completed so far on display in the Social Hall. To defray the cost of the kits, we encourage donations (suggested $20-25). Indicate “Chrismons” on your check or envelope.

Remember in Your Prayers

synod & bishops: Bishops Elizabeth Eaton, Richard Graham, Leila Ortiz
missionaries: Stephen Deal, Marta Giron (Central America) 
congregation: Trinity Church 
THE NATIONS: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, Somalia, Spain/Cataluña, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, 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*
Ellen & David C
Nora K, mother of Jeanine B
Anthony U, great nephew of Len S
Steven W, uncle of Jonah W
DW, friend of Bill & Diana B
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.

Clara Isabel Rosal V +August 20, 2019 (friend of Len S)

08. Winsome G
08. Brenden H
09. Andy B
12. Tamara C
12. Sophia D
13. Jon M

Baptismal Days
09. Steve S
11. Claire S
12. Charles M

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.

Metropolitan Washington DC Synod, ELCA


August 29, 2019

With this email I say my formal and final good-bye as bishop of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod.

I will not make this a long message. I’ve said good-bye so many times already, in so many different places. I have been blessed by so much kindness as I’ve prepared to leave the synod office. The beautiful service and celebration last Sunday was truly unforgettable.

But in addition to good-bye, I wanted to say thank-you. They say that bishops see the worst of the Church. Maybe this is so. But I know for certain that bishops also see the very best of the Church. I have see heroic, self-sacrificing Christian behavior that I might not have believed if it hadn’t happened in front of me.

And I have seen again and again over the last twelve years the kind of quiet, long, slow faithfulness that sustains the cause of Jesus in the world now as it has for centuries. Again and again I have seen the joy that grows from life in Christ, joy that may be right now our most important offering to the sad, bitter world around us. Thank you for sharing this joy with me.

May Jesus Christ be with you all. May you grow in faith, hope, and love as the power of the Holy Spirit fills you more and more richly. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus now and forever and ever.

In Jesus,
Richard Graham