+WORSHIP | IN-PERSON or ONLINE | 9:30 AM+
Today’s gospel opens with further reflection on Jesus’ baptism. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and the one anointed by the Spirit. In the liturgy we come and see Christ revealed among us in word and meal. We go forth to invite others to come and worship the Holy One and to receive the gifts of grace and peace made known among us.
This Week’s Online Bulletin: HERE
View the January Trinitarian: HERE
Readings for this Sunday
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
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.
Welcome to Our Guest Preacher!
The Rev. Peter E. Bastien retired from Christ the Servant Church in Montgomery Village, which he served for 25 years, in 2010. He served four parishes during his time in the ministry. He is married to Patricia and has two grown daughters, Florence and Sarah. He is the author of PRAYING WITH MARTIN LUTHER. He and Pat live in Gaithersburg.
Welcome back Marcello Silva!
Marcello Silva will be joining us for our morning worship for the next several weeks. Thank you so much, Marcello, for being with us again today!
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 Interdenominational 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.
Connections Ministry Meeting | Wednesday, January 18th, 7:30 pm
We will be gathering over Zoom to discuss upcoming Connections Ministry events. If you would like to help out with the planning/leading or have ideas to share, please join us. Any questions should be directed to Valerie at email@example.com.
Meeting ID: 827 0639 9691
Interfaith Women’s Shelter Dinner | Sunday, February 12th
We are providing dinner for the women at the Interfaith shelter. Please review the sign-up linked below for more details. There are items that are easy to pick up and drop off for those short on time or who don’t cook. We also need up to 3 volunteers to serve dinner that evening. Any questions should be directed to Valerie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
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 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.
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.
A children’s library is now available! Pastor Christine left some of her children’s books behind and another pastor wanted to thin out his library, so we have a number of gifted books to share and enjoy. Look for the blue cart in the Social Hall, with books for our children to borrow. There will be seasonal books, as well as year round options, which will span pre-K to 5th grade. You may read the books during church, coffee hour, or take a book home. There will be a sign-out sheet for you to use.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Chelsea Y at Chelsea.email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you don’t see your envelopes or would like them mailed to you.
+HAPPENING AT TRINITY+
Save the Dates:
Blood Drive | January 12
Church De-decorating | January 14
Connections Ministry Meeting | January 18
Food Drive | January 21
Reconciling in Christ Sunday | January 29
Interfaith Dinner | February 12
Prayer Event Setup | Feb. 25
Prayer Event | Feb 26
+Next Week at Trinity+
Sun, Jan 15, 2nd Sunday after Epiphany | Food Collection | Trinitarian Newsletter Deadline
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
Mon, Jan 16
7:30 pm Heavenly Handbells
Tues, Jan 17
7:30 pm Congregation Council
Wed, Jan 18
7:30 pm Connections Ministry Meeting-Zoom
Thurs, Jan 19
7:30 pm Trinity Singers- Choir Room
Sat, Jan 21
9:00 am Food Drive
Sun, Jan 22, 3rd Sunday after Epiphany | 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
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 16th | Sanctuary
Stephen Ministry | See the Calendar for meeting dates
Mission Endowment Committee | See the Calendar for Future meeting dates
+DONATIONS AND AID NEEDED+
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Savannah J, friend of Sunhee P
Larkin-Welter-Kersey Families, friends of Valerie & Mike M
Christine V-M, family of Robyn K-V
Vern W, brother in law of Sabrina R and Mark L
Mike M, brother in law of Sabrina R and Mark L
Peter M, brother of Sarah M
Debbie P, sister of Thomas K
Karen B, cousin of Julie N
Adelino & Anila, friend of Trinity
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Juan Sosa Gutierrez +January 7, 2023, brother of Ana Sosa Gutierrez
*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