+WORSHIP | IN-PERSON or ONLINE | 9:30 AM+
The grumbling of the religious leaders in today’s gospel is actually our holy hope: This Jesus welcomes sinners and eats with them. That our God seeks and saves the lost is not only a holy hope, it is our only hope. As the writer of 1 Timothy reminds us, “The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” Thanks be to God.
This Week’s Online Bulletin: HERE
September 2022 Trinitarian HERE
Readings for this Sunday
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love. (Ps. 51:1)
1 Timothy 1:12-17
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 this Sunday! 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.
We are updating our member directory, which will include a paper and an online version! Please provide your most recent contact information and indicate whether you would like your information in the online version https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeC85r2Nls5g5AyOA120757gIgiHXGxjBLhd06B0EVakpf2dA/viewform?usp=sf_link
Wanted: Worship Leaders
We come together in worship to share our varied gifts and to give thanks for all of God’s blessings upon us. In worship, we need people to speak, to sing, to read the Word, to serve the meal, to pray, to play instruments, to welcome worshippers, to run the audio and video equipment, to prepare the space, to plan, and to participate. We need people to tell us what else we need to be doing!
No matter what your gifts are, no matter your age, no matter whether you are new to church or even just wondering about it…
There is something that you can do to help with worship! All ideas, all gifts, all people are welcome to worship here at Trinity!
If you are interested in getting involved, or if you have any questions, please ask anyone on the welcome team, the tech team, or any of our musicians or worship leaders how you can be part of it all.
Special Congregational Meeting on Organ Repairs | September 18 | 10:45 am
The sole purpose of the meeting will be to decide on a recommended contract to make major organ repairs. No other business will be transacted at this meeting. The special meeting will be held in person at the church following regular Sunday worship and members can fully participate electronically via Zoom link as well, as permitted by our Constitution. As always, your participation is important to attaining a quorum. You will have an opportunity to learn more about the proposed repairs and ask questions at the meeting.
After the congregational meeting closes, there will be an opportunity to participate in an in-person listening group as the next step in our visioning process for Trinity. The listening group session will immediately follow the congregational meeting. See below for more info!
Trinity Listening Groups
Trinity’s visioning and coaching process is under way! We had a phenomenal 80% of regular worshippers complete the survey, followed by a strong turnout on August 28 to hear church coach Michelle Snyder present the survey findings and interpretation. The survey data gave us a mirror and some benchmarks about the state of the congregation, what matters to us, and our aspirations. Now keeping this process rolling, Trinity will offer two listening group sessions for more personal engagement on what Trinity brings to us and what we want to bring to Trinity. Coach Michelle is guiding us and members of the Trinity visioning team will facilitate. We would love to see and hear from you. We are offering two options: September 18th following the special congregational meeting or virtually on September 21 at 7pm.
THIS IS YOUR YEAR !!
Learn how to ring handbells and join in with our fun relational group. FREE ringing instructions will be given at a date and time convenient to all participants. If you aren’t certain you have time to be a regular member of the handbell choir, learn to ring and be one of our substitutes. We need you! Contact Marilyn Converse for details or questions.
PRAISE THE LORD WITH A SONG!
Trinity Singers are back together again! We’re looking forward to a year of musical fellowship with old and new friends. Our rehearsals are at 7:30pm on Thursdays in the choir room, and we plan to sing new hymns from All Creation Sings for the next several weeks. If you want to join in with the group, now is a low-key time to give it a try! We expect to need some folks to help accompany us on percussion and other instruments from time to time, and we welcome all ages and abilities. Contact Mary Bentley for more information.
NEW HYMNAL SUPPLEMENTS
We have ordered copies of the new hymnal supplement, All Creation Sings (the purple book), to have available to everyone in the pews. All Creation Sings was published by Augsburg Fortress in 2020, after a years long process of brainstorming about Lutheran worship. A lot of new music and ideas had arisen since publication of Evangelical Lutheran Worship (the cranberry book). There was a churchwide call in 2019 for suggestions for hymns, service music, and worship material. The church body asked for more resources concerning four topics: creation care, lament in times of crisis, healing, and justice and peace.
We will be using Communion Setting #12 from All Creation Sings until the Advent season. Also, the choir anthems for the next two months will be chosen from new hymns. Eventually, these hymns will be added to the weekly selections sung on Sunday mornings. For more information about All Creation Sings, please check out this article on the Living Lutheran website, https://www.livinglutheran.org/2020/10/all-creation-sings/
Sunday School is Back!
Sunday School for youth will be on September 18 at 10:45! See you then. Sunday School room will be announced
Adult Forum will be on September 25 at 10:45 am. It will be hybrid in Room 10.
As many of us know, the abuse of opioids has reached a crisis stage and many are dying due to overdose. Knowing how to administer naloxone/narcan can save a life. We are hosting a free, in-person training to help equip you, should you ever find yourself in a position needing to help. During this training, you will learn how to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and how to administer naloxone/narcan. This important training takes place on Saturday, September 17 at 10:30 AM at Trinity. The training will last about an hour. RSVP is required to attend. Please use this link to sign up or see Pastor Christine with questions.
We still have a few of the t-shirts we designed and ordered last year. If you didn’t order one but would like one, they are $9 and are currently available in these colors…gold (1), iris blue (1), and Carolina blue (4). All are adult large. It’s first come first served. Send an email with the color (s) you want to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coffee Hour Hosts Needed!
Nothing elaborate is needed…we need folks to make/put out the coffee, and provide light snacks. On Sundays before our monthly food drive we will have “Hunger Sunday” as a simple reminder of food insecurity in the world. Hunger Sunday coffee hour will be limited to coffee, juice and water – no snacks. Hosting involves simple set up and tidying up afterwards. To select a Sunday that is convenient for you, a Sign Up Genius has been set up for future Sundays; please use this link to sign up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-coffee If you have questions or need help signing up, reach out to Margaret F at email@example.com or Chelsea Y at firstname.lastname@example.org
To Accommodate Those who Wish to Donate to our AV Efforts, we have recently established a livestream/technology special fund. This fund will be used to purchase additional microphones, cameras, and AV equipment that may be needed to support our efforts to improve sound quality (both online and in-person) and our online worship experience. Any donations should be notated “Livestream Technology Special Fund” in the memo
+HAPPENING AT TRINITY+
Save the Dates:
Dinner, Discussion & Dessert (D3) | September 10
God’s Work, Our Hands | September 11
Youth Group Kickoff | Sept 11 | 6:00 pm
Narcan Training | September 17
Food Drive | September 17
Special Congregational Meeting | Sept 18
Trinity Listening Groups | Sept 18
Trinity Listening Groups | Sept 21
Kids Morning Out | October 15
Youth Group | October 16
Oktoberfest Party | October 29
Dinner, Discussion, and Dessert (D3) | September 10 | 6:30pm
Are you interested in getting to know other members of Trinity?
Do you enjoy sharing a meal with others?
Would you like to engage in conversations around different topics, from light hearted, to faith, and others?
Then join us! We’re looking to start a dinner group. Come to an organizational dinner hosted by Mike and Valerie M. on Saturday, September 10th, at 6:30pm. Dinner will be a sign-up potluck. We will discuss best gathering day and time, as well as the format. If there is a strong interest, we will look at creating 2 dinner groups. If you are interested but cannot make this date, there is a slot in the sign-up to indicate days and times that work for you. More details are provided in the sign-up, please see the link below. Please contact Valerie or Mike M, if you have any questions.
God’s Work Our Hands Sunday | September 11
SUNDAY IS THE DAY! After worship on Sunday, we will be assembling school kits for Lutheran World Relief as a part of God’s Work, Our Hands day. Come join us in the Social Hall for a bit as we assemble school kits for folks who are refugees all over the world. SSL hours available upon request. Contact Anita for more information. Want to learn more about Lutheran World Relief? Check out: www.lwr.org
Oktoberfest Party | October 29 | 5:30-8:30 pm | Social Hall
This is an event for ALL AGES, with special activities for the Kids!
Oktoberfest MUSIC: by your Trinity DJs
FOOD: Bratwurst, German Wursts, Hot Dogs, Bavarian Soft Pretzels. PLUS —
BRING: your favorite German side dish or dessert, OR whatever you would like to share!
GREAT RECIPES in the TRINITY COOKBOOK
BEVERAGES: German, and other, provided
WEAR: Dig out your best Oktoberfest attire…
Lederhosen and dirndls optional, but you may receive special prize for dressing in theme!
Watch for more info & how to sign up! Mark your calendars now – join the fun!
Questions? Want to help? Contact Nancy J 301-928-3169 / email@example.com, or Leslie S firstname.lastname@example.org
+Next Week at Trinity+
Sun, Sept 11, Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost | God’s Work Our hands Sunday
9:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service (Coffee Hour to Follow)
10:45 am God’s Work Our Hands Assembly
6:00 pm Youth Group
Mon, Sept 12
7:30 pm Heavenly Handbells-Sanctuary
Thurs, Sept 15 | Trinitarian Newsletter Deadline!
7:30 pm Trinity Singers Rehearsal
Sat, Sept 17
9:00 am Food Drive
10:30 am Narcan Training
Sun, Sept 18, Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost | Food Collection
9:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service (Coffee Hour to Follow)
10:45 am Youth Sunday School
10:45 am Special Congregation Meeting
11:30 am Trinity Listening Groups
12:15 pm Social Ministry Team-Zoom
+CLASSES AND MEETINGS+
Adult Forum | Resumes September 25 | 10:45 am | Room 10
Trinity Singers | Thursdays | 7:30 pm | See the Calendar for Future rehearsal dates
Sunday School for Youth | Resumes September 18 | 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+
Many of us feel helpless in the wake of the Russian invasion into Ukraine and want to help. These are three sources that are providing immediate and direct support to the Ukrainian people:
Lutheran Disaster Response
Provides refugees with immediate support and supplies such as food, blankets, water and hygiene kits.
Lutheran World Relief :
Provides families facing crisis with emergency food, clean water, safe shelter, medical supplies and more.
World Central Kitchen:
Provides meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises, building resilient food systems with locally led solutions.
Please mark ‘Ukrainian relief’ with your choice of beneficiary in the memo of checks.
The Social Ministry Team shared that starting in July our monthly food drive collection will be given to Bethesda Help (bethesdahelp.org). A thank you note from Bethesda Help following our first drop off included “ I got a bit emotional after seeing all of the food – so nicely organized – it came at a perfect time.” They also noted that we donated 415 pounds of food; those cans really add up! 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://bit.ly/3z6u2Xj
+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, Marilyn C, Ana S-G, Wendy C, Anya N
family and friends
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Donald B, brother of Marilyn C
Mark K, brother of David K
Richard D, friend of Sunhee P
Dobson/Thanker Family, friends of Margaret F
Tom W, uncle of Greg F
Janice K, mother of David K
Kay R and Family on the death of Katy’s father and
M’Rique P on the death of her father
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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