+WORSHIP | IN-PERSON or ONLINE | 9:30 AM+
The word of God is a refining fire. Jesus is the great divide in human history. He invites our undivided attention and devotion. Today in worship we are surrounded by a great “cloud of witnesses.” In the word and in holy communion we are invited yet again to look to Jesus, “the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.”
This Week’s Online Bulletin: HERE
Download the August 2022 Trinitarian HERE!
Readings for this Sunday
Arise, O God, and rule the earth. (Ps. 82:8)
Read our in person worship protocols 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.
We’ve received a few notices that a new scam is making its rounds. If you receive an email that seems questionable, please contact the office to check the validity of the email. Please do NOT click on links that you’re unsure of, buy gift cards without checking directly with the office, or give money to unknown people. You can also double check the sending email address. Often the email address is similar, but not entirely correct. Thank you for your vigilance.
We are updating our member directory, which will include a paper and an online version! Please provide your most recent contact information and indicate whether you would like your information in the online version https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeC85r2Nls5g5AyOA120757gIgiHXGxjBLhd06B0EVakpf2dA/viewform?usp=sf_link
In order to help our worship services run smoothly, we need your help. There are a variety of ways you can be of service including: online greeter, cantor, special music offering, welcome team, usher, lector, technology team, assisting minister, and altar guild. We are in need of more people to help out. Please contact the office (email@example.com)
Sunday School/Adult Forum Resumes | September 18
We will start up our Adult Forum and Sunday School on September 18 at 10:45 am. Adult Forum will be hybrid in Room 10. Sunday School room will be announced.
As we plan for the future, we have hired the Center for Healthy Churches, and partnered with Michelle S who will be our ministry coach. You may have received an email with a link to an online survey. Please click on the link and tell us about your experiences in and priorities for our church. Please do not discuss the survey or your answers with others as this may influence their answers. If you need a paper copy, please stop by the office or ask an usher for one following worship. Please fill it out truthfully and fully. On August 28th, we will be having a congregational conversation to talk about dreams, visions, concerns. Childcare will be provided. This will all be facilitated by Michelle. If you have questions, please see: Cathy C, Nancy J, Tom K, Kim B, or Pastor Christine.
As many of us know, the abuse of opioids has reached a crisis stage and many are dying due to overdose. Knowing how to administer naloxone/narcan can save a life. We are hosting a free, in-person training to help equip you, should you ever find yourself in a position needing to help. During this training, you will learn how to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and how to administer naloxone/narcan. This important training takes place on Saturday, September 17 at 10:30 AM at Trinity. The training will last about an hour. RSVP is required to attend. Please use this link to sign up or see Pastor Christine with questions.
We still have a few of the t-shirts we designed and ordered last year. If you didn’t order one but would like one, they are $9 and are currently available in these colors…gold (1), iris blue (1), and Carolina blue (4). All are adult large. It’s first come first served. Send an email with the color (s) you want to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coffee Hour Hosts Needed!
Nothing elaborate is needed…we need folks to make/put out the coffee, and provide light snacks. On Sundays before our monthly food drive we will have “Hunger Sunday” as a simple reminder of food insecurity in the world. Hunger Sunday coffee hour will be limited to coffee, juice and water – no snacks. Hosting involves simple set up and tidying up afterwards. To select a Sunday that is convenient for you, a Sign Up Genius has been set up for future Sundays; please use this link to sign up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-coffee If you have questions or need help signing up, reach out to Margaret F at email@example.com or Chelsea Y at firstname.lastname@example.org
To Accommodate Those who Wish to Donate to our AV Efforts, we have recently established a livestream/technology special fund. This fund will be used to purchase additional microphones, cameras, and AV equipment that may be needed to support our efforts to improve sound quality (both online and in-person) and our online worship experience. Any donations should be notated “Livestream Technology Special Fund” in the memo
+HAPPENING AT TRINITY+
Save the Dates:
Blessing of the Backpacks | August 28
Congregational Conversation & Luncheon | August 28
Interfaith 5K | September 5 | 8 am
Dinner, Discussion & Dessert | September 10 | 6:30 pm
God’s Work, Our Hands | September 11
Narcan Training | September 17
Blood Drives hosted at Trinity – One blood donation can save 3 lives!
Thanks to Congregation members who donated blood at the American Red Cross Blood Drive hosted at Trinity in June. In addition to members, Trinity welcomed over 25 community members to donate as well. There is a critical blood shortage nationwide – every pint counts.
The next Blood Drive at Trinity is scheduled for Thursday August 11 from 2 pm. To sign up to donate, please visit the American Red Cross website at https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate/blood. Sort using Trinity’s zip code 20852.
We can also use a few volunteers to help at the Blood Drive welcoming donors. If you are interested in volunteering or have questions about Trinity’s Blood Drives, please contact Margaret F at email@example.com.
Congregational Conversation & Luncheon | Sunday, August 28
In conjunction with our Congregational Conversation, we will share in a potluck lunch. Drinks will be provided, please bring a main dish (last name A-M) or side/dessert (last name N-Z) to share. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie M.
Blessing of the Backpacks | August 28
Come to worship on Sunday with your backpacks, lunch bags, instrument cases, briefcases, and/or the things you take to work or school. We will be blessing everyone as we start a new school/program year.
Dinner, Discussion, and Dessert (D3) Rescheduled | September 10 | 6:30pm
Are you interested in getting to know other members of Trinity?
Do you enjoy sharing a meal with others?
Would you like to engage in conversations around different topics, from light hearted, to faith, and others?
Then join us! We’re looking to start a dinner group. Come to an organizational dinner hosted by Mike and Valerie M. on Saturday, September 10th, at 6:30pm. Dinner will be a sign-up potluck. We will discuss best gathering day and time, as well as the format. If there is a strong interest, we will look at creating 2 dinner groups. If you are interested but cannot make this date, there is a slot in the sign-up to indicate days and times that work for you. More details are provided in the sign-up, please see the link below. Please contact Valerie or Mike M, if you have any questions.
God’s Work Our Hands Sunday is coming soon!
Social Ministry has some great things in the works for God’s Work, Our Hands Day over September 11. More info will follow soon…but we need to start collecting school supplies now for our Sunday Morning Service project.
LWR sends school kits to many locations worldwide to allow children in refugee camps to continue learning in the face of serious obstacles. Beginning in July and continuing throughout the summer, Trinity will collect the school supplies listed below to assemble 200 kits. On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 11, Trinity will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School. Bins will be available after worship. If you would like to drop them off at a different time, please contact the office or Anita, and we will make sure someone is in the office to receive them. All donations needed by 9/8
769 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
141 30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
157 Blunt scissors
768 Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
802 Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
170 Box of 16 or 24 crayons
183 2½” eraser
Please note: LWR asks that all kit items be new and have no religious symbols, messages, or patriotic or military symbols. Please contact Anita Smallin with any questions.
Week of Service:
Giving thanks for all God has given us and remembering we are called by God to serve the world, we invite you to join us for any or all of our Week of Service Events:
8/7 | 9:30 am: Join us in worship as we kick off our week of service that day. Option 1: We are gathering after the service to put together the items for the Interfaith Women’s Shelter dinner. Option 2. We will be offering another service choice, a project that can be taken home to complete and return.
8/8 | 6 pm: Help us make bagged lunches for Shepherd’s Table. A pizza dinner will be provided.
8/9 | 10 am: Join us at the Greater DC Diaper Bank to help sort supplies. Sign-up here.
8/10 | 7 pm: Join us in the Social Hall at Trinity to work on quilts for LWR (no experience necessary)
8/11 | 2 pm – 7 pm: Donate blood. Fellowship Hall at Trinity.
8/12 | 1 pm – 3pm: Help out a A Wider Circle Help sort donations at A Wider Circle. Please bring your Covid Vaccine card, and fill out this waiver.
8/13 | 10 am: Trail and Park Clean up. Meet at Wyngate Woods Neighborhood Park to clean up trash and get a nice walk in.
The Montgomery County Interfaith 5K is a unique race that brings together people from all walks of life, religious backgrounds, ethnicities, and fitness levels. But, what everyone has in common is a desire to come together to foster relationships and unity, while giving back to the community and building a more inclusive and healthier Montgomery County.
The 5K can be run or walked, and strollers are welcome! Let’s gather a group together and make public witness to our commitment to care for our community, share information about our congregation, and enjoy meeting others!
The race takes place on September 5th at 8am at the Maryland Soccerplex. Registration is now open.
Profit made by the race is DONATED to two area beneficiaries: Gaithersburg HELP and C-4 Clothing Closet. Find out more about the MoCo Interfaith 5K here: www.mocointerfaith5k.org or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/mocointerfaith5K
Questions? See Pastor Christine or Angela B.
+Next Week at Trinity+
Sun, August 14, Tenth Sunday after Pentecost | Food Collection | School Supply Collection
9:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service (Coffee Hour to Follow)
Mon, August 15 | Trinitarian Deadline
Tues, August 16
7:30 pm Congregation Council
Sat, August 20
9:00 am Food Drive
Sun, August 21, Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost | Food Collection | School Supply Collection
9:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service (Coffee Hour to Follow)
+CLASSES AND MEETINGS+
Adult Forum | Resumes September 18 | 10:45 am | Room 10
Trinity Singers | See the Calendar for Future rehearsal dates
Sunday School for Youth | Resumes September 18 | 10:45 am
Trinity Men’s Group | Every Second Wednesday | 1:00 pm | Zoom
Contact the church office for zoom info
Heavenly Handbells | No Rehearsals until the Fall |
Stephen Ministry | See the Calendar for meeting dates
Mission Endowment Committee | See the Calendar for Future meeting dates
+DONATIONS AND AID NEEDED+
Many of us feel helpless in the wake of the Russian invasion into Ukraine and want to help. These are three sources that are providing immediate and direct support to the Ukrainian people:
Lutheran Disaster Response
Provides refugees with immediate support and supplies such as food, blankets, water and hygiene kits.
Lutheran World Relief :
Provides families facing crisis with emergency food, clean water, safe shelter, medical supplies and more.
World Central Kitchen:
Provides meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises, building resilient food systems with locally led solutions.
Please mark ‘Ukrainian relief’ with your choice of beneficiary in the memo of checks.
The Social Ministry Team shared that starting in July our monthly food drive collection will be given to Bethesda Help (bethesdahelp.org). A thank you note from Bethesda Help following our first drop off included “ I got a bit emotional after seeing all of the food – so nicely organized – it came at a perfect time.” They also noted that we donated 415 pounds of food; those cans really add up! Thanks to all for their ongoing support of the food drives – the need in the community continues to grow. 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
Afghan Refugees (LSS): 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. Contact: https://bit.ly/3z6u2Xj
+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 email@example.com to add them to the list below.
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Yulie N (Village at Rockville)
Tigist G, Margo W, Lineth M, Isabel F, Gio S, Vimala P, Marilyn C, Ana S-G
family and friends
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Donald B, brother of Marilyn C
Mark K, brother of David K
Gabriel C, Len S’s sister in law’s husband
Cindy Elizabeth B, friend of Judy D
Family and friends of Robert D
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.
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THURSDAY: 9:30-3:30 PM