Trinity Tidings | September 9, 2021

New Orleans Relief

Given the devastation that New Orleans has recently endured from Hurricane Ida, this weekend we will be receiving special offerings again this weekend. We will be receiving special offerings to help offer relief to that area. You may bring checks (labeled New Orleans) or cash (in an envelope labeled New Orleans) and Trinity will ensure it goes to relief efforts in the area. You may also give directly online through Lutheran Disaster Response.

Thanks to all who came out for the Interfaith 5K! We appreciate you!!

September Trinitarian Now Available!

Download it here!

Scam Alert

Area congregations are being targeted as a part of a fraud effort. Emails are circulating that seem to be either from Pastor Christine, or from someone who claims to have talked to Pastor Christine. Do NOT send money, gift cards, or even respond to the emails. They are very cunning in their attempts. Pastor Christine will never ask you for money or gift cards via email. If in doubt, please open a separate email and contact her directly or call the office. You can ‘inspect’ email addresses. Often upon doing this, you’ll note that it is not the same address that Trinity uses or Pastor Christine uses. 


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

Three weeks ago we heard Peter’s confession of faith as told in John’s gospel. This week we hear Mark’s version, when Peter says, “You are the Messiah.” In John, the stumbling block is Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh, given for the life of the world. In Mark too the scandal has to do with Jesus’ words about his own coming death, and here Peter himself stumbles over Jesus’ words. But Jesus is anointed (the meaning of messiah) in Mark only on the way to the cross (14:3); so we are anointed in baptism with the sign of the cross.

Worship Updates

On Sunday, August 29th (@9:30am) we began indoor in person worship. You can read about our decision and the protocols in place here (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We will also be offering a live stream option for those who would prefer to worship at home or while on vacation (accessible through our webpage or Youtube channel). We know there is a lot of change happening, and we hope these changes will allow us to worship in a more familiar format, while providing extended access to those who cannot attend in-person. If you have questions, please reach out to Pastor Christine (

Music Leaders Needed

“During our transition to livestreaming, we are also moving our music indoors. Until it is safe to sing as a congregation again, we will continue to invite cantors to sing hymns like we did for the outdoor services this summer. If you would like to lead hymns or provide an instrumental offering during worship, please sign up using the following link, email me at, or talk to me directly on Sunday morning.

Worship Assistants Needed!

In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office if you are available to help as a: lector, cantor, welcome team member, altar guild, teller, or online greeter.

Readings for this Sunday
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 116:1-9
James 3:1-12
Mark 8:27-38

Adult Forum None this week due to God’s Work, Our Hands activities. Join us next week at 11:30 AM via Zoom 

The link is here: Join us on Zoom here:


Trinity Helps- Help with Moving | 9/18

Pam and Kim are moving to a new apartment and would greatly appreciate help moving the larger and heavier items. They have a 2-week window to move and will move the small items themselves. A rental truck has been reserved. We are going to try for Saturday, September 18th, with a rain date of Saturday, September 25th. Start time to be determined, but will be in the morning. Since Pam and Kim are away for a bit, please contact me if you are willing to help out. Thank you. Since Pam and Kim are away for a bit, please contact me if you are willing to help out. Thank you.

Special Adult Forum – The Humble Walk, 9/19

To bookend our discussions about welcoming the stranger and refugees from Central America, you are invited to come hear about the week-long immersion program that The Humble Walk (UMD campus ministry) students participated in over the summer. The students will join us for worship and then we will transition to live stream the conversation with them from Trinity to Zoom so all may join us. We will also be taking a special collection that Sunday to support the work of Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey, the congregation who leads the immersion program and works with the refugees. If you will not be attending in person, please consider giving electronically or with your mailed in offering. The experience was powerful. Come, welcome them and hear their stories.

Stephen Ministry Training at Trinity

A new Training class for Stephen Ministers will begin on Friday evening, September 24. Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry in which the Stephen Minister  is trained to care for someone on a one-to-one basis and meets with that person once a week, on average, for as long as the person needs care. Would you like to train to become a Stephen Minister and walk with another Christian who is going through a difficult time in their life?  If so, please let Pastor Christine, Susan Smith, or Miriam Mendenhall know.  The course takes 50 hours to complete and meets twice a month, September through March.  We’d love to have you join our Training class and become a Stephen Minister for Trinity.  

Saturday, September 18, 9:00 AM to Noon
Food Collection for Living Faith Pantry at Trinity Lutheran Church

The food pantry at Living Faith has been serving more than 110 families each week.  Please help Trinity continue its active support of Living Faith’s pantry.

Date: Saturday, September 18, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Rd. 
North Bethesda 20852 (main parking lot) 
More info: Kathy at 301-675-6987 or email

Critical Food Needs 
Cold cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible)
Black/pinto beans (canned)
Canned tomatoes (whole if possible)
Canned vegetables (corn very popular) 
Canned fruit
Cooking oil 
Jam/jelly (strawberry very popular)
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)
Canned soup (chicken noodle popular)

If you can’t be there but would like to help, you may send a check directly to
Living Faith Lutheran Church (1605 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20851) Please note ‘food pantry’ in the memo line. The pantry very much appreciates cash donations which allow them to fill in any food gaps.

A Quick Note on the Living Faith Food Collection

Starting with the September 18th food drive and running through October 3rd we will be collecting pet food for the Montgomery County Humane Society pet food pantry. MCHS is looking for unopened, unexpired, non-Rx wet or dry dog food, cat food and cat litter in plastic containers. They need a wide variety of food – baby to senior: they like to give the same food the animal is used to eating if possible. Smaller bags are best. They can’t open and divide large
bags. If we can donate a variety of small bags that will be ideal. Contact Leslie S. for details or questions.

Summer Collection School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Guess What? What? We collected enough school supplies to reach our goal of 200 school kits for Lutheran World Relief! We will be putting the kits together after worship on September 12 (this Sunday). Please stay after worship to hear about the work that LWR does, and to help us put the kits together. Weather Permitting, we will be putting the kits together outside in the parking lot. Weather not permitting, we will be in the Social Hall, masked. We will also have kits to take home to make dog toys for the Montgomery County Humane Society.

Sunday School for youth is back on September 19!

Sunday School will look a bit different. After Worship (10:30 AM, Sundays), we will be meeting in the Playground for a song, story time, and a short activity. We will be meeting outside through the month of October. We will reassess the location during the month of October, and Sunday School will continue after October. Would you like to help lead Sunday School? Please contact Anita.

Blessing of the Animals | October 2 | 5 pm

Come join us over by the new benches with your dogs, cats, chickens, donkeys, rabbits, turtles, or any other of God’s creatures for a blessing of the animals.

Youth Group Kick off | September 12 | 6 pm

Youth Group is for all Trinity youth in grades 6th – 12th. We will be meeting on September 12 at 6 pm for Smores at the new benches behind the playground. See you then!

Movie Night | September 24 | 7 pm

Trinity will be showing a movie OUTSIDE! Bring your blankets & lawn chairs and join us for a movie on the big screen. Family friendly movie TBA. (Rain Date: Saturday, September 25)

Youth Events Looking Ahead:

Confirmation Class – Sept. 26
Youth Group – October 10

Helping Afghan Allies

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is reaching out with immediate needs due to the influx of Afghan refugees arriving in this area. They are in need of drivers, storage space, rooms on a temporary basis, and housing settlement. If you are able to help individually with any of these needs, please fill out the form here, and they will contact you. Social Ministry team is also reviewing how the congregation might be able to assist.

Short Stories by Jesus Zoom Conversation

September 15 – October 20 |7-8:30 pm
Join us for a Zoom conversation led by Trinity, Prince of Peace and Christ DC
Sign up here:


Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.

Remember in your prayers

We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Yulie N (Village at Rockville)
Esther M (Village at Rockville)

Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W, Lineth M, Isabel F, Gio S, Ione L, and Leslie C

family and friends*
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Joey L, son of Mark L and Sabrina R
Edgar W, friend of Anne N
Joanne B, sister in law of Mary B

first responders
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R

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