+WORSHIP | IN-PERSON or ONLINE | 9:30 AM+
Jesus does not abandon his followers. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus comes to abide with his disciples of every generation. As Pentecost draws near, we are reminded that the risen Christ dwells in us as the Spirit of truth. We receive this Spirit in baptism and pray that in our gathering around the Lord’s table the Spirit will transform us to be the body of the risen Christ in the world.
This Week’s Online Bulletin: HERE
NEW! Families, please view This Week’s Children’s Bulletin: HERE
View the May 2023 Trinitarian HERE
Readings for this Sunday
1 Peter 3:13-22
John 14: 15-21
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 Back Pr. Franklin Morales
Pastor Franklin was born in Venezuela and is a former Catholic priest. He did his philosophical studies in Venezuela, his theological studies in Rome, and a one-year internship in Central America. He serves as pastor of La Sagrada Familia congregation based at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Silver Spring. Welcome back, Pr. Frank!
Graduate Recognition Sunday | May 14
Trinity will be honoring all people graduating: high school, college (associate, bachelors, graduate degrees), and certificate programs, this Sunday the 14th. Please notify the office TODAY if you have a recent or upcoming graduate in your family. Please include the school; and for high schoolers, also their next destination in the fall.
Church Picnic | Sunday, May 21st following worship
Bring a friend to church and stay for the picnic!
Come play in the sunshine (hopefully), share in conversation, and enjoy wonderful food. Along with a side or dessert, bring a blanket or lawn chair, and any yard games you would like to play.
It’s time to order Geraniums for Pentecost Sunday, May 28! Deadline for ordering is 5/21.
I wish to order red geraniums @ $6.00 each
Given by _________________________
In memory of ____________________
In honor of ______________________
You may place your order form and cash or check, made payable to Trinity Lutheran Church, in the offering plate on Sundays, or mail it to the church office.
Pride 2023 News
Trinity will be celebrating Pride Sunday on June 11. If you have ideas or can help with planning, please contact Mary B or Sarah M.
DC Synod Pride Celebration
Planning for the DC Metro Synod’s participation in the 2023 DC Pride Parade is well underway! There are also preliminary plans for a new RIC Committee. An informational meeting will be held on Zoom on Wed, May 24 at 7 pm. Dial-in: 301-715-8592, Meeting ID 240 863 0251
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. We are optimistic we will receive a slate of candidates in the next few weeks. 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
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.
Trinity Women’s Retreat September 29-30
Friday 7:00 pm through Saturday 3:00 pm
R.S.V.P. Deadline is June 1st
We will be going on retreat Friday through Saturday in September, staying in the main camp area at Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, MD (1 hour from Trinity). The cost for the 1 night plus breakfast and lunch on Saturday will be $90. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Staying at the main camp will give us easy access to the dining hall, labyrinth, chapels, and the trail to shock rock for those so inclined. The theme and schedule (including end time) will be worked out over the summer, but there will be a mix of structured time and down time.
We are looking into the option of adding Friday dinner for those who may wish to arrive a bit earlier. Otherwise, Friday dinner will be on your own before you leave or bring a bagged dinner to have upon arrival. Snacks and water will be supplied for our stay. The cabins have 2 sleeping rooms and 2 bathrooms downstairs and a gathering space upstairs. You will need to bring a pillow, bed linens (twin) or sleeping bag, and toiletries and towel. Carpooling will be an option. Please watch for more details as plans come together. If you have any questions or want to reserve your space, please see Valerie M.
New Wine High School Theater Troupe Returns to Trinity to Perform The Sound of Music | June 16
New Wine is sponsored by Zion Lutheran Church, an ELCA congregation located in Cloquet, MN (about 15 miles south of Duluth, MN). They performed Godspell and Les Miserables at Trinity on past tours and will perform again on June 16 at 7 pm, this time featuring The Sound of Music.
Read more about them in this month’s Trinitarian, or at their website:
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+
Graduate Recognition | May 14
Early Registration Opens for the Sept 4 Interfaith 5K | May 15
Monthly Food and Diaper Collection | May 20
LVC Hike-a-Thon | May 20
Church Picnic | May 21
The Day of Pentecost | May 28 WEAR RED!
Pride Sunday | June 11
New Wine Performs The Sound of Music | June 16
Blood Drive | June 27
+Next Week at Trinity+
Sun, May 14, Sixth Sunday of Easter
Food Collection , Diaper Collection
9:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service
(Coffee Hour to Follow)
10:45 am Adult Forum (Rm 10)
10:45 am Children’s Faith Formation (Rm 11)
Mon, May 15
7:30 pm Heavenly Handbells (Sanc)
Tues, May 16
7:30 pm Congregation Council (Rm 10)
Thurs, May 18
7:30 pm Trinity Singers (Music Rm)
Sat, May 20
9:00 am Food and Diaper Drive (Parking Lot)
Sun, May 21, Ascension Sunday
Food Collection , Diaper Collection
9:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service
10:45 am Church Picnic
+CLASSES AND MEETINGS+
Adult Forum | Sundays | 10:45 am | Room 10
We will resume on May 14 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.
Trinity Singers | Thursdays | 7:30 pm
Faith Formation 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+
May is Mothers’ Month
The Social Ministry Team has expanded Mothers’ Day to a Month! During May we will be collecting disposable diapers for the Greater DC Diaper Bank. Our goal is to collect 3,500 diapers (about the # of diapers a newborn uses in a year). All size diapers are welcome, but there is always a great need for larger sizes (4-5). Opened packages of diapers are accepted as long as the size is marked. Drop off diapers any Sunday in May in the Social Hall or during our monthly food drive on Saturday, May 20. If you do not have time to shop, feel free to make an offering noting that the donation is for the “diaper drive”.
The Greater DC Diaper Bank (GDCDB) works to empower vulnerable families and individuals by providing an adequate and reliable source for basic baby needs and personal hygiene products across the Washington, DC metropolitan area. GDCDB is one of the largest diaper banks in the country, distributing nine million diapers a year. Check out greaterdcdiaperbank.org
– We believe changing babies changes lives.
God’s Work, Our Hands
Early Registration Opens for the Sept 4 Interfaith 5K Race | May 15
It’s that time again! Early registration for the Montgomery County Interfaith 5K opens on May 15th. Five Montgomery County religious communities are partnering to create the seventh annual Interfaith 5K. Their goal is to bring together communities of faith in the county so people from diverse backgrounds can join forces to share a fun and health-promoting activity, teach tolerance through exposure and friendship and enjoy each other’s company. The 2023 race beneficiaries are Gaithersburg Help and C-4, an interfaith group serving the needs of the Colesville Community. Race day is Labor Day, September 4th. For more information check out their website at https://mocointerfaith5k.org or contact Leslie S.
Food Collection: Food Drive | May 20, 2023 | 9-noon | See the list of critical food needs here
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
Take a hike for social justice | May 20
Lutheran Volunteer Corps is sponsoring a Hike-a-thon to raise money for social justice fellowships on May 20 at 11:00 am at the US National Arboretum. This hike is organized by LVC’s Bon House and Sydney Johnson. For more info visit LVC’s website at www.lutheranvolunteercorps.org
+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.
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, Julie N, Jim K
family and friends
Jenny A, colleague of Valerie M
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Donald B, brother of Marilyn C
Chris C, colleague of Valerie M
Pastor Sarah F-M, friend of Anita S
David G, friend of Tad and Vi D
Pastor Eugene and Jackie K, friends of Trinity
Timothy K, friend of Len and Ani S
Tracey L, friend of Tom K and Sarah M
Family of Isabel M S, friend of Len and Ani S
John 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
Family of Eduvigas T, cousins of Lineth M
Gerry W, friend of Tom K and Sarah M
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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Carol B will be our interim admin 9-3 Mon-Thurs. Please contact the office or a council member if you have a request for pastoral care.