+WORSHIP | IN-PERSON or Online | 9:30 AM+
Conflict is a part of relationships and life in community. Jesus’ words in today’s gospel are often used in situations having to do with church discipline. The prophet Ezekiel tells of warning the wicked to turn from their ways, and Paul reminds us that love is the fulfilling of the law. We gather in the name of Christ, assured that he is present among us with gifts of peace and reconciliation.
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 September 2023 Trinitarian HERE
Readings for this Sunday
Masks are now optional.
Welcome Rev. Neal Davidson
This morning we are pleased to welcome Pastor Neal Davidson to lead our worship. Thank you so much for being with us today, and for helping us out during our time of transition.
Blessing of the Backpacks
Sunday, September 10th Children young and old are invited to bring their school or work bags to worship. We will bless the bags and their carriers at the end of the service.
God’s Work. Our Hands.
Sunday, September 10th marks the 10th anniversary of congregations throughout the ELCA joining to offer a day of service known as God’s Work. Our Hands. For the 10th Anniversary, Trinity has expanded beyond a day of service and has various service projects extending from September 9th through September 16th. Join us for some or all of the acts of service below:
Stella B-A received a Mission Endowment Fund grant last year to fund her vision of a “little library” at Trinity. On September 9th and 10th — help us to bring Stella’s vision to life. We will be assembling 2 little libraries. Starting at 2pm on Saturday, we will begin painting, assembling the boxes, and setting posts in concrete/cement; allowing for dry time, the project may need to be completed on Sunday.
On September 9th, from 10-12pm, the Social Ministry team is organizing a group to volunteer at Interfaith Clothing, located at 751 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville, from 10-noon.
On Sunday, September 10th, after service, there will be an intergenerational project in the social hall to assemble children’s snack bags for Bethesda Help.
On Tuesday, September 12th, from 1:30-6pm, there is an American Red Cross Blood Drive at Trinity.
On Saturday, September 16th, from 9-12pm, is Trinity’s monthly food drive to support Bethesda Help.
God’s Work. Our Hands. Join us.
Cleaning the Attic
On September 15th and 16th, beginning at 10:00 am, Trinity will be completely cleaning and organizing the attic. All the items in the attic will be removed; these include costumes, Christmas ornaments, cookbooks etc. The space will be cleaned and new shelving will be installed. The contents will be subsequently reorganized, rehomed, or discarded. If you want to join in or if you have any questions, please see Mike M or Pam B.
Please Remove Items From the Handbell Equipment Room
Please remove any items you have left behind in the handbell equipment room. There are currently a ladder, a pole to change light bulbs, and numerous other items which are making it impossible to get to our file cabinets and the handbell/handchime storage cabinets. This room provides access to the furnace room, organ pipes, sound system, and handbell equipment, but is not a general storage room for other items. Rehearsals will be starting again soon, so your help in clearing our room will be greatly appreciated.
Call Committee Progress
The Call Committee journey continues and is starting interviews with additional candidates identified by the Synod. To date we have received one additional candidate, but the Synod is expecting to provide additional names for consideration shortly.
Please continue to keep the Call Committee and the process in your prayers.
Flat Jesus is back!
Pick up a flat Jesus from the Social Hall. Color Him and take Him on your travels this summer. Snap a selfie and send it to the church. We will be displaying your pictures in future church publications.
Sharing Stories of Faith
How have you experienced God’s presence this summer? Please share your story by submitting it via email to email@example.com or posting it to Carmen’s attention. They will be printed in future issues of the Trinitarian.
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+
First Choir Rehearsal | September 7
God’s Work Our Hands | September 9 and 10
Blessing of Backpacks | September 10
Heavenly Handbells Rehearsal | September 11
Red Cross Blood Drive | September 12
Connections Ministry | September 13
Trinity Attic Cleaning | September 15 and 16
Food Drive | September 16
Sunday School and Adult Classes | September 17
+Next Week at Trinity+
Sun, Sept 10 The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
9:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service
(Coffee Hour to Follow)
11:00 am Gods Work. Our Hands.
Snack bag assembly
Mon, Sept 11
7:30 pm Heavenly Handbells Rehearsal
Tues, Sept 12
11:00 am Staff Meeting
11:00 am Red Cross Blood Drive
Wed, Sept 13
1:00 pm Trinity Men’s Group
7:30 pm Connections Ministry
Thurs, Sept 14
7:30 pm Trinity Singers choir rehearsal
Fri, Sept 15
10:00 am Attic clean up
Sat, Sept 15
9:00 am Food Drive
10:00 am Attic Clean Up
Sun, Sept 17 The Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
9:30 am Holy Communion Worship Service
(Coffee Hour to Follow)
11:00 am Sunday School and Adult Forum Classes
+CLASSES AND MEETINGS+
Come and Make a Joyful Noise
We are happy to have the Trinity Singers back leading our worship music. We rehearse on Thursdays at 7:30pm.
We’d love to have you join us! All voice parts and experience levels are welcome. If you are interested, please speak with Mary B.
All the earth worships you,
They sing praises to you,
Sing praises to your name
Sunday School and Adult Classes | Sundays | 10:45 am | Room 10
These forums return Sunday, September 17th, 15 minutes after the end of worship.
This year there will be 2 children’s Sunday School groups: K through 3rd grade and 4th grade and up. The younger children will continue with our lectionary curriculum and the older children will study the Old Testament this year.
Adult Forum will offer a variety of series and guest speakers, starting with a brief history lesson on the Lord’s Supper on September 17th. it will examine a brief look at the history of the Lord’s Supper in the early years of the church and where some of our practices have originated and evolved. After this one session, we will finish up the Faith and Sexism statement we started in the spring. Please see the Trinitarian for more information about topics this fall. We hope there will be something of interest for everyone.
Trinity Singers | Thursdays | 7:30 pm
Sunday School and Adult Form | 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
Heavenly Handbells return September 11
Stephen Ministry | See the Calendar for meeting dates
Mission Endowment Committee | See the Calendar for Future meeting dates
+DONATIONS AND AID NEEDED+
Red Cross Blood Drive | September 12 | 1:40pm to 6pm
Trinity is proud to support the Red Cross’ humanitarian mission to help ensure there is lifesaving blood available to patients in need. Help give the gift of life by donating at Trinity’s next blood drive on Tuesday, September 12, from 1:40-6; the sign up is now open on the American Red Cross’ website.
In the past year, The American Red Cross has implemented changes to long existing restrictions and creating greater donor eligibility. There is more information available on the ARC website. The following is a note about the change to the Individual Donor Assessment (IDA): Under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s new individual donor assessment, all donors will be asked the same sexual behavior questions to determine individual risk for exposure to HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). The overall blood donation process is not changing – all donors will now be asked some new questions during Health History. This update eliminates questions based on sexual orientation and treats all potential donors with respect while maintaining the safety of the blood supply. Years of data have demonstrated that this new eligibility screening process ensures a safe blood supply.
This is a community drive, all are welcome; donors of all blood types are needed. Please help us get the word out in the community… invite a friend, add to a list serve, post an announcement!
If you have questions, please contact Margaret F at email@example.com.
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
+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)
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
Kathy B, custodian and friend of Trinity
Pam C, sister of Mike M
Pastor Sarah F-M, friend of Anita S
Betsy G, friend of Margaret F
David G, friend of Tad and Vi D
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
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
Carolyn T, daughter of Jim V
Alex V, friend of Sunhee P
The Voigtsberger family, friends of Greg and Margaret F
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
Pastor Paul Opsahl, + August 26, 2023 +, friend of Trinity
Jim Hayes, + September, 2, 2023 +, father of Kathy H
Lonnie Baker, +September 5, 2023 +, friend of Carol B
*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.