+WORSHIP | IN-PERSON or ONLINE | 9:30 AM+
Called to contemplate the cost of discipleship, we might be helped by translating Paul’s request to Philemon into our prayer of the day: Refresh my heart in Christ. Strengthened by the company and forgiveness of Christ in holy communion and recalling God’s grace in remembrance of baptism, we can be strengthened in this hour to “choose life”—to choose life in God as our own.
This Week’s Online Bulletin: HERE
September 2022 Trinitarian HERE
Readings for this Sunday
They are like trees planted by streams of water. (Ps. 1:3)
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.
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. ”
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:
Interfaith 5K | September 5 | 8:00 am
Dinner, Discussion & Dessert (D3) |
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) Rescheduled | 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 is coming soon!
Social Ministry has some great things in the works for God’s Work, Our Hands Day over September 11. More info will follow soon…but we need to start collecting school supplies now for our Sunday Morning Service project.
LWR sends school kits to many locations worldwide to allow children in refugee camps to continue learning in the face of serious obstacles. Beginning in July and continuing throughout the summer, Trinity will collect the school supplies listed below to assemble 200 kits. On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 11, Trinity will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School. Bins will be available after worship. If you would like to drop them off at a different time, please contact the office or Anita, and we will make sure someone is in the office to receive them. Please drop the supplies off to the church by 9/8, or let Anita know what you are bringing.
679 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
75 30-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
114 Blunt scissors
DONE Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
344 Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
107 Box of 16 or 24 crayons
38 2½” eraser
Please note: LWR asks that all kit items be new and have no religious symbols, messages, or patriotic or military symbols. Please contact Anita Smallin with any questions.
The Montgomery County Interfaith 5K is a unique race that brings together people from all walks of life, religious backgrounds, ethnicities, and fitness levels. But, what everyone has in common is a desire to come together to foster relationships and unity, while giving back to the community and building a more inclusive and healthier Montgomery County.
The 5K can be run or walked, and strollers are welcome! Let’s gather a group together and make public witness to our commitment to care for our community, share information about our congregation, and enjoy meeting others!
The race takes place on September 5th at 8am at the Maryland Soccerplex. Registration is now open.
Profit made by the race is DONATED to two area beneficiaries: Gaithersburg HELP and C-4 Clothing Closet. Find out more about the MoCo Interfaith 5K here: www.mocointerfaith5k.org or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/mocointerfaith5K
Questions? See Pastor Christine or Angela B.
Oktoberfest Party | October 29 | 5:30 pm | Social Hall
All are welcome, young and old. Food and drinks, music, activities, fun. Want more information? Want to help? Contact Nancy J. or the church office.
+Next Week at Trinity+
Sun, Sept 4, Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost | Food Collection | School Supply Collection
9:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service (Coffee Hour to Follow)
Mon, Sept 5 | Church Office Closed
8:00 am Interfaith 5K
Tues, Sept 6
7:00 pm Stephen Ministry Supervision-Room 10
Wed, Sept 7
7:30 pm Worship Ministry Team- Room 10
Thurs, Sept 8
7:30 pm Trinity Singers Rehearsal
Sat, Sept 10
2:00 pm God’s Work Our Hands Setup-SH
6:30 pm D3 Dinner- Mayer’s House
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
+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
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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