+WORSHIP | IN-PERSON or ONLINE | 9:30 AM+
From the beginning, through baptism, we are called Christian. We are “Christ-ened” at the font. Bearing Christ’s name, we share the same Father and are invited to address this parent intimately: Abba! Jesus bears our sins in humble obedience to the will of God. Today we pray that the mind of Christ, whose name we bear, would be our own. It is a good way to begin, again, another year.
This Week’s Online Bulletin: HERE
View the January Trinitarian: HERE
Readings for this Sunday
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.
Welcome to Our Guest Preacher!
The Rev. Cynthia O. Baskin, who usually goes by “Cindy,” came to the Episcopal Diocese of Washington in 1999 to serve as the rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Potomac, Maryland. Upon retiring from that ministry after 16 years, she began interim work for the MetroDC Synod of the ELCA (Lutheran church). She has also served as a supply priest/pastor in both Episcopal and Lutheran congregations. She and her husband live in North Potomac and enjoy traveling now that COVID restrictions have loosened.
Community of St Dysmas: Our Siblings in Christ
Recently Pastor Susan Beck led an Adult Forum session sharing information about her ministry. She serves as the pastor of the Community of St. Dysmas, the Lutheran churches within the walls of the Maryland state prison system. These are vibrant, faith-filled congregations, currently in Jessup, Hagerstown, and Sykesville. God’s purpose for the Community of St. Dysmas is to share the transforming power of Christ’s love with persons incarcerated in the Maryland Department of Corrections and to support them upon their release. Pastor Beck finds joy in this mission. We can find joy in offering prayers and support to our siblings in Christ. We can offer support to our brothers and sisters in Christ by writing letters to them. There are specific guidelines that must be followed. You can find the guidelines listed in the Community of St. Dysmas summer newsletter, p.3, at www.stdysmasmd.org/images/Newsletter_0822.pdf.
We will also have copies of the guidelines available at church. In addition, Trinity will purchase 24 copies of Hear My Voice: A Prison Prayer Book for the Community. This is a need highlighted by Pastor Beck. Through our benevolences we can provide some monetary support to the Baltimore Area Aftercare Program, a partner with the St. Dysmas Community. For more information please contact Leslie S., Margaret F., or any member of the Social Ministry Team.
Coffee Hour Reminder
As a reminder, a Sign Up Genius is set up for sign up through January. If you have questions or need help signing up, please reach out to Margaret F at email@example.com or Chelsea Y at Chelsea.firstname.lastname@example.org. See you at coffee hour!
Please use this link to sign up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-coffee
2023 Offering Envelopes are now available! Please look for your envelopes on the table in the Social Hall, or you may pick them up during office hours Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays. Please contact the financial secretary Carol B at email@example.com if you don’t see your envelopes or would like them mailed to you.
+HAPPENING AT TRINITY+
Save the Dates:
Christmas Opera | Dec 30 | 7:30 pm | See more about the event here
Amahl & the Night Visitors, presented by Bel Cantanti Opera
Blood Drive | January 12
Food Drive | January 21
Reconciling in Christ Sunday | January 29
Support a Good Mission: Nominate it for a Mission Endowment Award!
The Mission Endowment Committee seeks your recommendations of organizations to receive awards in the spring. Annually, income from Mission Endowment Fund is used to enhance our mission outreach apart from the operating budget. By sustaining the annual awards, the fund is a gift that keeps on giving!
Mission Endowment Fund awards are made in three categories:
1. Special (non-budgeted) projects of Trinity Lutheran Church – our congregation
2. Special ministries in the community
3. Special benevolence – supporting mission of the church beyond our congregation
Submit nominees to the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org), or place this form in the offering plate, or return it to the church office. Nominations are due by January 30.
+Next Week at Trinity+
Sun, Jan 1, Name of Jesus |Food Collection
9:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service
(Coffee Hour to Follow)
Tues, Jan 3
7:00 pm Stephen Ministry Supervision-Room 10
Thurs, Jan 5
7:30 pm Trinity Singers- Choir Room
Sun, Jan 8, Epiphany of Our Lord | Food Collection
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 8
6:00 pm Youth Group
+CLASSES AND MEETINGS+
Adult Forum | Returns January 8 | 10:45 am | Room 10
Trinity Singers | Thursdays | 7:30 pm | See the Calendar for Future rehearsal dates
Sunday School for Youth | Sundays | 10:45 am
Trinity Men’s Group | Every Second Wednesday (Starts in November) | 1:00 pm | Zoom
Contact the church office for zoom info
Heavenly Handbells | Returns Monday January 9th for Annual Epiphany Party in Social Hall at 7:00 pm | Sanctuary
Stephen Ministry | See the Calendar for meeting dates
Mission Endowment Committee | See the Calendar for Future meeting dates
+DONATIONS AND AID NEEDED+
Blood Drive | January 12 | 1-6 pm
Thanks to Congregation members who donated blood at the American Red Cross Blood Drive hosted at Trinity in October! 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. Please contact Margaret F at email@example.com.
Our monthly food drive collection will be given to Bethesda Help (bethesdahelp.org). 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://lssnca.org/help/donate-goods.html
+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, Anya N
family and friends
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Donald B, brother of Marilyn C
Christine V-M, family of Robyn K-V
Peter M, brother of Sarah M
Lamar K, friend of Tom K and Sarah M
Debbie P, sister of Tom K
Liliana M-P, friend of Len S
Juan S-G, brother of Ana S-G
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.
Our Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@TrinityELCA/streams
MONDAY: 9:30-3:30 PM
TUESDAY: 9:30-3:30 PM
THURSDAY: 9:30-3:30 PM