+WORSHIP | IN-PERSON or ONLINE | 9:30 AM+
Today’s gospel tells of Jesus’ temptation in the desert. His forty-day fast becomes the basis of our Lenten pilgrimage. In the early church Lent was a time of intense preparation for those to be baptized at the Easter Vigil. This catechetical focus on the meaning of faith is at the heart of our Lenten journey to the baptismal waters of Easter. Hungry for God’s mercy, we receive the bread of life to nourish us for the days ahead.
This Week’s Online Bulletin: HERE
View the February 2023 Trinitarian HERE
Readings for this Sunday
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
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.
I am making it my Lenten discipline this year to write a blog piece each week of Lent. I thought I would offer them to you for your reflection. Each piece will close with questions to ponder. The themes I’ve selected are wilderness, enough, kairos, call, sighs, hospitality, and waiting. This first one is about wilderness. It seems we’ve been in it for sometime already. Blessings on your Lenten season. Valerie M
From Pr. Paul:
Join @ELCAYoungAdults for #NoPlasticsForLent!
Lent began yesterday on Ash Wednesday, and there is still time to take the #NoPlasticsforLent pledge, led by ELCA Young Adults.
While we often think of giving something up for Lent as depriving ourselves of something, this Lenten practice has a more positive spin. While giving up single-use plastic, or committing to eco-friendly practices, or just reducing plastic waste for 40 days may be a challenge, it’s a step towards better caring for creation. Maybe at the end of Lent, you will have found practices that you can sustain on an everyday basis!
We know the problems we face are bigger than re-usable grocery bags. That’s why this initiative is NOT just about plastics. Instead, the heart of our challenge this Lenten season is that EACH PERSON / community commit to a spiritual practice that is accessible and deepens their relationship with God and all creation.
This could be giving up single use plastic, tending a plant as a spiritual practice, committing to have a conversation with someone new weekly about why ecojustice is important to you as a person of faith, or something else!
We know that when we all gather together, by the power of the Spirit, we can have a huge impact on our communities and world.
Take the pledge today to help take care of God’s creation: https://sites.google.com/view/noplasticsforlent/forms/2023-pledge-form
Share with each other, what is YOUR commitment to creation care this Lent?!
Trinity’s Lenten Benevolence Offerings will go to Lutheran Disaster Response this year. Lutheran Disaster Response brings God’s hope, healing, and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. We will focus on domestic relief. There are many immediate needs here. Visit the ELCA Disaster Response webpage (https://elca.org/disaster) to learn more about how you can help.
Dinner, Discussion, and Dessert | Sat, Feb 25 | 6:30 pm
Come gather for dinner and fellowship at the Mayers’ home. The RSVP link is below which includes items for you to bring and the address. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie (email@example.com)
Lenten Soup Suppers and Holden Evening Prayer | Thursdays in March, 6:00 pm
Join us in the social hall for a simple supper of soup and bread prior to Lenten vespers. We will start at 6:00pm, allowing for plenty of time for conversation and fellowship before the service starts at 7:00 pm. There is a sign-up link below to RSVP (so we have an estimate as to how many to set up for) and provide a soup or bread. Signing up would be helpful, if you forget, come join us anyway. Thanks. Note: Midweek worship will be in-person only.
Trinity Prayer Event for the Call Process: Intergenerational Sunday School February 26, 2023
Have you wondered how Trinity, as a congregation, can support the call process of a new pastor? Trinity’s Stephen Ministry program is sponsoring an Intergenerational Congregational Prayer Event, to be held after the church service on the first Sunday in Lent, February 26. At this prayer event, we will learn new ways of opening our hearts in prayer to specifically listen and be guided by the Holy Spirit. There will be opportunities to pray together and pray individually, try a variety of prayer practices, including some art work and breath prayers, and to continue to pray for our congregation in the days, weeks, and months ahead. We welcome Trinity’s children at this prayer event, which will be an intergenerational time of prayer. The children will take part in Trinity’s annual pretzel-making experience as well as other children’s prayer opportunities. Join us for this time of prayer and be a part of a beautiful way of coming together as a spiritual community to prayerfully support our call process for a new pastor as it continues.
Do you enjoy creating videos and slideshows? Do you have a few hours per month to help make Trinity’s website and social media posts more “like”-able? Can you come up with better jokes?
We would like someone to help the Worship Ministry Team to take photos and video of our worship services and our musicians for Trinity’s website and social media posts. If you have a talent for this, and a little time to give, please contact Mary B.
ONLINE GREETERS NEEDED
Do you like chatting? Do you want an acceptable excuse to have your cell phone out during worship services?
We need a few people to take turns moderating the chat room during our Sunday morning worship. While this is ideal for people who worship online, you can also do this while attending in person. Please contact Mary B if you can help with this.
+HAPPENING AT TRINITY+
Prayer Event Setup | Feb. 25
D3 Dinner | Feb 25
Prayer Event | Feb 26
MEF Committee Meeting | Feb 26 | 11 :45 AM
Soup Supper and Lenten Worship | March 2
Food Drive | Mar 18
+Next Week at Trinity+
Sun, Feb 26, First Sunday in Lent | Food Collection
9:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service (Coffee Hour to Follow)
10:45 am Intergenerational Prayer Event
11:15 am Mission Endowment Committee
Mon, Feb 27
7:30 pm Heavenly Handbells
Thurs, Mar 2
6:00 pm Soup Supper
7:00 pm Holden Evening Prayer
7:30 pm Trinity Singers- Choir Room
Sun, Mar 5, Second Sunday in Lent | 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
+CLASSES AND MEETINGS+
Adult Forum | Sundays | 10:45 am | Room 10 (No class this week)
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 | 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+
Food Collection: Food Drive | March 18, 2023 | 9-noon | See the list of critical food needs here
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
Pastor Sarah F-M, friend of Anita S
David G, friend of Tad and Vi D
Karen and Harold S, friends of Pamela B
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org