+WORSHIP | IN-PERSON or Online | 9:30 AM+
In today’s first reading God uses the Gentile ruler Cyrus to accomplish divine purposes. When the Pharisees try to trap Jesus, he tells them to give the emperor what belongs to him and to God what belongs to God. To gather for worship reminds us that our ultimate allegiance is to God rather than to any earthly authority. Created in the image of God, we offer our entire selves in the service of God and for the sake of the world.
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.
This Week’s Bulletin: HERE
View the October 2023 Trinitarian HERE
Readings for this Sunday
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Masks are now optional.
Welcome Back Pr. Peter Bastien
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.
Stewardship should be seen as an invitation to renewed generosity. It’s our rejoicing as we, as a community, gathered around the generous, crucified and risen one, share our gifts to support Trinity’s mission in 2024. Stewardship Sunday is November 12.
Why do I pledge?
Why do I pledge? Because love needs a home. God loves us absolutely, endlessly, perfectly. Our response is to love back just as much as we can. All that love needs a place to be nurtured. Nourished in our worship and with faith formation and fellowship. A place where we come as we are and leave with bread for the journey. We carry God’s love into a hurting world. In our everyday lives and in support of the work of others we spread the good news of God’s great love. God’s work can be our work. In our imperfect way we love back. So I like to help pay the bills. Keep the lights on. Pass on the good news. God’s love is spoken here. —Leslie S
How much of the Bible have you read? Maybe you’ve started with good intentions and gotten bogged down in Leviticus. Maybe you’ve just read the gospels or the Old Testament histories and stories. Maybe you’ve read the whole thing, cover to cover. Maybe you’ve just picked out some of your favorite stories or Psalms. No matter how much you’ve read, whether you’ve read it all or only a little, the Adult Forum class now is for you. We will be using Daniel Erlander’s Manna and Mercy to try to understand the Bible as a whole—its major themes and messages, ultimately covering both the Old and New Testaments. This fall we will start with six sessions that will take us up through the people of Israel settling in the land of Canaan (approximately Genesis to Judges).
Please join us for Adult Forum this Sunday, October 22, in Room 10. We will be exploring the whole Bible through the lens of Daniel Erlander’s book, Manna and Mercy. Come experience this wholistic approach to God’s Word. All are welcome! —David K
All Saints Sunday
Please begin submitting names and death dates for those you would like remembered on All Saints Sunday, November 5. Please note that the remembrances are for those who have passed away since November 1, 2022. Please email names to the office. Thank you.
Little Free Library and Little Free Pantry
We are excited to have our Little Free Library (LFL) and Little Free Pantry (LFP) open for business. Both are located near the entrance of the southside parking lot (the big lot), facing Old Georgetown Rd.
The LFL has 2 shelves and is accepting children’s and young adult books (lower shelf) and adult books (upper shelf). The books may be new or gently used books in good condition.
The LFP is accepting food items (no produce or perishables), as well as non-food items. Please review the list below for suggested items and items to avoid. Additionally, please consider the time of year. Containers may be damaged when the contents freeze. Contents may spoil if sitting in hot weather for an extended period. Pull-tab cans are good for those with limited kitchen gadgets.
Questions can be directed to Stella, Jerry, and Social Ministry members.
What types of items should be provided in the LFP?
- Individually packaged snacks: boxes of raisins, granola and protein bars with NO chocolate, fruit snacks, juices
- Food not requiring kitchen preparation: nuts and seeds, dried fruits, granola, nut butters, applesauce, cereal (especially those good for snacking)
- Toiletries: facial tissue packs, bar soap, hand wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant
- First aid items: mini first aid kits, bandages, topical antibiotics, anti-itch crème, hand sanitizer,
- Seasonal items: sunscreen lotion, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, sunglasses, hats, gloves, scarves
What types of items should NOT be provided in the LFP?
- Perishable items that need refrigeration
- Food within a 3-months of its best by date
- Food with damaged packages
- Dented cans
- Fresh produce of any kind
- Food that is spoiled or moldy
- Homemade or home-canned food products
- Opened or re-packaged foods (do not break bigger packages of food into smaller packages due to possible contamination and lack of nutrition label)
Faith Formation Bulletin Board
The bulletin board outside of Room 11 has information about our faith formation offerings this academic year. Individual flyers will be posted there about Adult Forum guest speakers. Please check it out.
Connect to Trinity’s Hearing Assistance System
Follow these easy steps to get connected:
1. Download the AudioFetch app to your smartphone or tablet.
2. Connect your phone/tablet to the AudioFetch WiFi network.
(No password should be required.at this time.)
3. Connect your phone/tablet to your listening device. This will be unique to your situation:
●Bluetooth hearing aid
Please come to the A/V table if you need assistance.
Children’s Koinonia —Saturday, October 28th, 9:00am-12pm
Children are invited to gather in the social hall for a morning of fun and fellowship. We will paint pumpkins, make bird feeders, and play games. A snack will be provided. Toddlers and preschoolers are welcome as well. Young children need to be accompanied by a parent.
Please RSVP to Valerie M. so enough materials can be purchased
Trinity Question & Answer Session, Sunday, November 5th, after worship
Are you new to Trinity or to the Lutheran faith? Do you have questions about this community or about the Lutheran Tradition? Then join us in the library after worship on Sunday, November 5th for an informal conversation with a few members. We’d love to answer your questions and get to know you better.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
+HAPPENING AT TRINITY+
Food Drive | October 21
Children’s Koinonia | October 28
Reformation Day | October 29 (WEAR RED)
Women’s Center Dinner | October 29
All Saints Sunday | November 5
Trinity Question and Answer | November 5
Stewardship Sunday | November 12
+Next Week at Trinity+
Sun, Oct 22 The Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost
9:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service
(Coffee Hour to Follow)
10:45 am Sunday School Classes and Adult Forum
Mon, Oct 23
7:30 pm Heavenly Handbells Rehearsal
Tues, Oct 24
10:00 am Stephen Ministry Training
11:00 am Staff Meeting
Thurs, Oct 26
7:30 pm Trinity Singers rehearsal
Sat, Oct 28
9:00 am Children’s Koinonia
Sun, Oct 29 Reformation Sunday
9:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service
(Coffee Hour to Follow)
10:45 am Sunday School Classes and Adult Forum
+CLASSES AND MEETINGS+
Trinity Singers | Thursdays | 7:30 pm | Room 9
Sunday School and Adult Forum Classes | 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+
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 email@example.com
Interfaith Works Women Center Dinner, Sunday, October 29th
The Social Ministry Team is assisting in the Interfaith Works Woman Center Dinner. The entrée is being provided, but sides, desserts, and drinks are needed at Trinity by noon on the 29th.
Please review the signup through the link below and contribute what you are able. We’re also looking for 3 people (not limited to Social Ministry team members) to serve dinner.
+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.
Yulie N (Village at Rockville)
Isabel F, Tigist G, Lineth M, Anya N, Vimala P, Elizabeth R, Gio S, Margo W
family and friends*
Donald B, brother of Marilyn C
Viola Cleo B, online prayer request
Gene B, friend of Kim and Pam B
Pam C, sister of Mike M
Pastor Sarah F-M, friend of Anita S
Josefa F-V, friend of Len S
Betsy G, friend of Margaret F
David G, friend of Tad and Vi D
Bishop William G, Bishop of the Maryland-Delaware Synod
Lucina I, friend of Sabrina R
Joe J, friend of Sarah M and Tom K
Terry K, brother-in-law of David and Leslie C
Anne L, friend of Len S
Randi L, friend of Mike and Valerie M
Juan-Maria M-M, friend of Len S
Kathy M, niece of Margaret and Greg F
Beatriz N, Vera and Ben’s grandmother
Linda P, cousin of Julie N
Martha R (Sterling Care), friend of Trinity
Cristobal R-M, friend of Len S
Cristobal R-S, friend of Len S
Karen and Harold S, friends of Pamela B
Paul S, brother of Steve S
Lola S-G, cousin to Ani S-A and friend of Len S
Alex V, friend of Sunhee P
Victor V and family, friends of Kim and Pam 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 4 weeks. To renew, please complete another card/call the office.
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Carmen will be in the office from 9-5 on Monday-Friday. Please contact the office or a council member if you have a request for pastoral care.