January 23, 2018

Soup and Sandwich Sale

You are invited to participate in the soup and sandwich sale on Sunday, January 28th, hosted by the Fellowship and Parish Life Team. Come down to Fellowship Hall and enjoy a bowl of soup (ham & bean or potato, corn & leek chowder), a sandwich, and a beverage for $5, joining in fellowship with other members. Money raised will help support our 150th anniversary celebration in 2019. We hope to continue with the soup lunches on February 25th and March 18th.

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This year we are once again collecting boxes of classroom style Valentines to put in each of the bags of food for Micah’s Backpack. We did this last year and the teachers said the children were thrilled to get them so they could participate in the Class Valentine Exchange. Please bring in a box of gender neutral Valentines by February 4th. We will need 67 boxes. A great place to buy them is the Maryland Ribbon Outlet. Place them in the Valentine’s area in Fellowship Hall or in the Narthex.

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January 16, 2018

Shove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Tuesday, February 13th beginning at 5:30pm in Fellowship Hall – Good Food and Good Music. Tickets are on sale following each worship service; $6 for adults, $5 for kids under 12 and Free for kids under 6.


For questions and information call Scarlett Michael,
(301) 491-2935

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January 15, 2018

RIC – Learn with Us!

The RIC journey began at Trinity in the Spring of 2017 when Pastor Torben Aarsand addressed the Church Council requesting that we explore the program. With Council’s approval, an exploratory group was formed. The RIC Exploratory Group recently met on Saturday, January 6th to discuss its role in the process and determine next steps.

How does Trinity see itself as a welcoming church community to those who may believe they are not welcome at church—specifically the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) people? In the next month, RIC exploratory group members will individually study the Reconciling in Christ (RIC) program to address that question. After that, we will plan specific ways by which we can communicate what we have learned with the congregation and will envision what the program may look like for Trinity Lutheran Church. Our goal is to help the congregation make an informed decision whether to become a rostered RIC community.


Congregational members are welcome to check out www.reconcilingworks.org to become more aware about RIC. Learn with us! Our next meeting will be held on Saturday, February 10th at 10am in Memorial Hall. If you would like to participate in the study, please come and join us!

RIC Exploratory Group members include:
Pr. Torben Aarsand
Judy Conrad
Pr. David Eisenhuth
Craig Fentress
Colleen Gildee
Hunt Hardinge
Peg Hardinge
Tim Higgins
Lauren Rowe
Carol Schofield
Pr. Greg Shook
Arleen Shuster

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January 15, 2018

Council Update

After the Council Installation at the Contemporary Worship Service, Council met to elect their officers. The twelve members of the new Council voted to ask Judy Conrad to remain in the position of President for another year in order to ease the transition for Pastor David Eisenhuth. They also voted to return the Executive Team to four voting members, creating a position of Assistant Treasurer to our permanent but non voting member, Inge Dudda. Craig Fentress was elected President Elect and will assume the role of President in 2019. Sam Young was reelected as Vice President. Lauren Rowe was elected Secretary and Junior Michael will be Assistant Treasurer. We hope that this will assure a smooth transition and an experienced Exec Team in the future. Please welcome the new members of Council and keep them in your thoughts and Prayers as we endeavor to make good decisions for Trinity Lutheran Church. If you have any questions, ideas or concerns, please speak to one of them and share your thoughts. At our January meeting, new Council Liaisons volunteered to work with the existing Teams already functioning here at Trinity.

Team Chairpersons and Liaisons

Christian Education    Jane Drawbaugh (Chair), Barb Winebrenner (Liaison)
Fellowship/Parish Life   Scarlett Michael (Chair), Ginny Doarnberger (Liaison)
Finance   Ed Drawbaugh (Chair), Craig Fentress/Judy Conrad (Liaisons)
Mutual Ministry    Sam Young (Liaison)
Personnel   Charlie Riley (Chair), Barb Smith (Liaison)
Property    Scott Minnich/Gary Hammond (Chair), Junior Michael (Liaison)
Senior Ministry   Karen Spessard (Chair), Carol Martin(Liaison)
Social Ministry   Carol Brashears (Chair), June Habeck/Lisa Conrad (Liaisons)
Tech Team   Craig Fentress (Chair), Maggie Stone/Pr. Chris Ramsey (Liaisons)
Worship & Music   Rick Anthony (Chair), Lauren Rowe (Liaison)

Please welcome these volunteers and contact them with any needs or ideas that you might have pertaining to their team.

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January 15, 2018

Prayer Blankets

The Christian Education Committee is accepting prayer blanket sponsorships. Blankets can be sponsored in several ways; a monetary donation, a gift card to JoAnn Fabrics or Wal-Mart, or 2 matching (usually one print and one solid) pieces of fleece fabric (48″ x 60″, or 60” x 72”). On all donations, please indicate it is for the prayer blankets and your name. Please see or email Stephanie Angles (sangles@tlchag.org) with any questions regarding the prayer blankets.


Since September 5th, 29 blankets have been donated to Washington County Public Schools’ homeless coordinator to distribute to students in need right here in our community. We will continue donating the prayer blankets throughout the winter season.

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We are pleased to report that through the generosity of the congregation, we received just over $25,000 toward the payoff of the boiler loan by year end. Thus, we qualify for a $25,000 matching gift from our two donors and now have sufficient funds to retire the debt completely. Hallelujah!

But wait, the story gets much better. Both our anonymous donor and the Hershey family have decided to give the full $25,000 of their offered matching funds, so we have raised $75,000 and now have a $25,000 head start  on the cost of the air conditioning project in the nave. We are most thankful to all who donated to this cause, especially our matching donors.


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If you are looking for a way to help your church, but only have two hours (at most) on a weekend, please consider serving on the Altar Guild. Saturdays involve setting up for Sunday morning service including preparing communion and changing paraments (altar ornaments) when necessary. On Sunday mornings after service, we wash and store the vessels. Teams rotate weekly, so the commitment is only one weekend per month. We can work with your schedule based on your availability!

What a way to praise the Lord by fulfilling one of the most important duties—preparing God’s house for worship!

If you are interested in volunteering or in learning more, please contact Inge Dudda at (301)790- 4995 or Sharon Michael at (301)730-9588

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Join us on Fridays at 9 a.m. at the Amish Market at the Long Meadow Shopping Center.  Not an exclusive group, just a gaggle of Lutherans enjoying breakfast and fellowship time.  Started several years ago with a few men having coffee and now can number up to 20!  Come as you are able to join.  No assigned seats, no membership fee, just fun.

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Ron Fisher will be hosting a Crochet and Knitting Fellowship Group in the parlor from 6p-8p. The group will meet the first and third Wednesday of each month. Come together to share ideas, work on projects for the community, do your own project, and bring your questions. Learning from each other is a great way to make friends and share ideas and a fun way to network and build your confidence in these arta! All who love the art of crochet and knitting are welcome; some basic skills are needed to work on projects.

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