+WORSHIP | IN-PERSON or ONLINE | 9:30 AM+
In today’s gospel the risen Christ appears to the disciples and offers them the gift of peace. Even amid doubts and questions, we experience the resurrection in our Sunday gathering around word and meal, and in our everyday lives. Throughout the coming Sundays of Easter the first two readings will be from the Acts of the Apostles and the first letter of Peter. Even as the early Christians proclaimed the resurrection, we rejoice in the new birth and living hope we receive in baptism.
This Week’s Online Bulletin: HERE
NEW! Families, please view This Week’s Children’s Bulletin: HERE
View the April 2023 Trinitarian HERE
Readings for this Sunday
Acts 2:14a, 22-32
1 Peter 1:3-9
Masks are now optional. Please read more here.
We continue to worship in a hybrid fashion. Please worship in the manner which is best for your household. Although we no longer require advance signup for in-person worship, please check in with a greeter as you arrive (for contact tracing purposes if needed). If a change needs to be made to this plan, we will notify you via email.
A/V “Open House” April 16
The Trinity A/V team will be holding an open house for anyone interested in the mechanics of how we livestream our worship services. If you have ever wondered exactly what we are doing at the table in the back of the sanctuary, now is your chance to see what we do.
We are in need of a few more people to join the A/V team. Perhaps once you have seen what exactly happens back there, you would consider joining us. We are planning on holding this event immediately after worship on April 16. Hope to see you all there.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mike Mayer.
Call Committee Progress
Before a slate of candidates is provided by the Synod, the Call Committee must prepare a Ministry Site Profile (MSP). The MSP is a standardized form requiring basic statistical information, as well as in depth questions about the Congregation. The Call Committee has submitted the MSP to the Synod and it has been approved by the Bishop. Recognizing the Easter Season is a busy time for potential candidates may create a small hurdle, we are optimistic we will receive a slate of candidates in the next 60 days. For more background on the development of the MSP, please see the April Trinitarian.
The Call Committee is excited to move on to the next step of the Call Process. We will keep the Congregation up to date on our progress. Please feel free to reach out to any of us with questions or concerns. We ask that you continue to keep our call process in your prayers.
Yours in Christ,
The Call Committee
2023 Congregational Leadership Opportunities
The 2023 Nominating Committee is seeking suggestions for candidates for Council, Mission Endowment, the 2024 Nominating Committee, and delegates to the Synod assembly in June. These functions are all important ministries within Trinity. During these transitioning, transformational times, your leadership is more important than ever!
If you have questions, are interested in serving, or want to suggest someone to serve, please share your thoughts with one of us: Jeanine B, Tom K, David K, Valerie M, and Nancy N. For further information, please see also the upcoming April Trinitarian article.
Proposed Storage Project
For a number of years now, we have been storing the air purifiers and the A/V equipment in the nursery space in order to lock them into a secured room.
With the push to revitalize the nursery, this is no longer a good solution. Before leaving, Anita had proposed repurposing the space under the stairs leading to the balcony/storage room in the social hall for this purpose. This will consist of constructing a semi-permanent structure that fills in the currently underutilized space yet still gives access to the electrical outlet. There are mock-up drawings available near this space and on an easel for the next few weeks. If you would like to provide feedback or comments, please speak with Mike M.
A big thank you goes out to Fred S for providing the food for our Easter Brunch. Additional thanks go to Margaret F, Ross A, Valerie and Mike M, and Kim B for pitching in with set up/clean up and coffee; and anyone we might have missed. Special thanks to Leslie S for helping with the egg hunt.
A large coloring poster is available Sunday mornings during the Easter season. As the coloring prayer station seemed to be well enjoyed, the poster is open for everyone to enjoy. You are invited to sit at the table, color for a bit and engage in conversation.
Congregational Meeting and Lunch
Sunday, May 7th will be our spring Congregational meeting and lunch immediately following worship. The theme for the lunch will be “Salad Bar”. Everyone is encouraged to bring a favorite salad.
COFFEE HOUR HOSTS NEEDED
There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer for Coffee Hour! Please call the church office to sign up, or click here or contact Chelsea Y at Chelsea.email@example.com with questions.
+HAPPENING AT TRINITY+
Bethesda Help Food Drive | April 15
Red Cross Blood Drive | April 18
Intergenerational Sunday School | April 23
Interfaith Women’s Center Dinner | April 30
Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting | May 7
Graduate Recognition | May 14
Church Picnic | May 21
+Next Week at Trinity+
Sun, Apr 16, Second Sunday of Easter | Food Collection, Emergency Cleanup Supplies
9:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service (Coffee Hour to Follow)
10:45 am Adult Forum-Room 10
10:45 am Children’s Sunday School- Room 11
10:45 am A/V “Open House”
Mon, Apr 17
7:30 pm Heavenly Handbells–Sanctuary
Tues, Apr 18
1:00 pm Red Cross Blood Drive–Social Hall
7:30 pm Congregation Council–Room 10/Zoom
Thurs, Apr 20
7:30 pm Trinity Singers (Music Rm)
Sun, Apr 23, Third Sunday of Easter | Food Collection
9:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service (Coffee Hour to Follow)
10:45 am Intergenerational Sunday School— Emergency Cleanup Supplies Assembly
+CLASSES AND MEETINGS+
Adult Forum | Sundays | 10:45 am | Room 10
Please join us after the service for a discussion of the ELCA social statement: Faith, Sexism and Justice ( https://www.elca.org/fsjstudyguide). Together we will explore the impact of sexism on our society and how we are called to act with justice so that everyone may experience the abundance of God’s creation.
Read the social statement if you have not already done so and check out these action items:
Spend five minutes each day looking at the news headlines and reflect on how women, girls, and gender non-conforming persons from a variety of economic means, abilities, races, and ethnicities, and/or gender identities and sexualities are represented. Write down one thing you notice each day. With others or alone, reflect on what you notice.
Read Implementing Resolution #7 (FSJ, pp. 81-82), which urges congregations, synods, and the churchwide organization to address their own inequities in compensation and the roots of this problem. Consider what your congregation, synod, organization, or workplace should do to provide equitable compensation.
Trinity Singers | Thursdays | 7:30 pm
Sunday School for Youth | Sundays | 10:45 am
Trinity Men’s Group | Every Second Wednesday | 1:00 pm | Zoom
Contact the church office for zoom info
Heavenly Handbells | Mondays | 7:30 pm | Sanctuary
Stephen Ministry | See the Calendar for meeting dates
Mission Endowment Committee | See the Calendar for Future meeting dates
+DONATIONS AND AID NEEDED+
It’s spring at Mar-Lu-Ridge
Upcoming events include the annual Camp Day on April 16. On Camp Day visit Mar-Lu-Ridge to see what camp is all about: arts and crafts, camp/cabin tours, archery, and more. Through Trinity’s benevolence fund we help support camperships for children who cannot afford to go. The camp experience can make a difference for a lifetime. To learn more about them and about all their events check out their website at https://www.mar-lu-ridge.org
Thanks to the many congregation members who continue to support our monthly food drives to support Bethesda Help. We are also pleased that each month we welcome donations from members of the neighborhood. Each month we drop off between 300-500 pounds of food and 10-20 gift cards. Bethesda Help is very appreciative and recognizes Trinity each month in the BH newsletter. Trinity’s food drives will continue the third Saturday of the month from 9-12. The list of food donation requests is on Trinity’s website. If you have any questions please contact Margaret F at firstname.lastname@example.org
American Red Cross Blood Drive at Trinity | April 18 | 1-6 pm
Help give the gift of life by donating at Trinity’s next blood drive on April 18, 2023 from 1-6 pm; the sign up is now open on the American Red Cross’ website: https://rcblood.org/40zLl1v
If you have questions, please contact Margaret F at email@example.com
Trinity Intergenerational Sunday School Buckets Project!
On Sunday April 23rd we will be putting together emergency clean-up buckets for people that have been affected by natural disasters. These buckets will be sent to Church World Service (CWS) but we need your help. See the poster with sticky notes out in the social hall with instructions if you want to help in collecting the items for the buckets. (Take a sticky note for each item you plan to purchase.) We will need these items by April 23rd but if you want to drop them off earlier or have any questions please contact Henry C at firstname.lastname@example.org
Quarterly Interfaith Women’s Center Dinner
Our quarterly dinner for Interfaith Works Women’s Center is Sunday, April 30th, serving 40 women. Items can be dropped off at Trinity on Sunday morning, April 30th. Alternatively, if you need to drop off items during the week, you may do that during office hours. Be sure to clearly mark the items for the Women’s Center dinner. Disposable containers should be used. If you have questions, please contact Leslie S. at email@example.com
Please review the menu below and consider providing an item or two: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E4CABA82F4-interfaith1
+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 firstname.lastname@example.org to add them to the list below.
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Yulie N (Village at Rockville)
Tigist G, Margo W, Lineth M, Isabel F, Gio S, Vimala P, Anya N, Pam B
family and friends
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Donald B, brother of Marilyn C
Rebecca E, online prayer request
Members of Faith LC, Cambridge, MA, friends of Kim and Pam B
Pastor Sarah F-M, friend of Anita S
David G, friend of Tad and Vi D
John M, brother of Sarah M
Peter M, brother of Sarah M
Martha R (Sterling Care), friend of Trinity
Karen and Harold S, friends of Pamela B
Margarita S G, sister of Ana S G
Amanda v L, online prayer request
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben 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.
Lewis Corcoran + April 9, 2023, father of Cathy C
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Carol B will be our interim admin 9-3 Mon-Thurs, and interim Pr Paul Collinson-Streng will be in the office on Tuesdays but also can be reached by phone or text at 410-258-7603, or email email@example.com