September 29   7:30 p.m.      Mid-Week Devotion Service Online

October 3         6:30 p.m.    Outdoor Worship in The Grove with communion–

October 4         9:00 a.m.    Worship Service on You Tube


PRAYER REQUESTS- Please send all prayer requests to share with the congregation to Sandy using this email address: or This email is monitored frequently throughout the day.  If you send a request and do not receive a timely reply, please call at 443-375-2926.  Thank you, Sandy.

Lectionary readings
for Sunday, September 27th the 17th Sunday After Pentecost, are First Reading: Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32 Psalm 25:1-9  Second Reading: Philippians 2:1-13  Gospel: Matthew 21:23-32 

We will be sharing the Sacrament of Holy Communion on Saturday evenings at our Outdoor In-Person Worship Service.

When you arrive at worship, an usher will give you a Communion kit. Please let the usher know if you would prefer a kit with wine, grape juice, or a gluten-free kit.

When it is time for Communion during worship, Pastor Melissa will instruct you when to hold your Communion kit up for blessing. When it is time to receive Communion, turn your kit upside down and remove the seal to remove the wafer. Then you can turn the kit right side up to remove the seal and drink the wine/grape juice.

Parking Lot Communion – Twice a month, we be offering Parking Lot Communion at the church. When you enter the parking lot, please pull up to the sidewalk leading to the Social Hall door. Pastor Melissa will be there (in a mask and gloves). She will give you a blessing and hand you a Communion kit through your car window. Communion kits will have been Consecrated at worship the Saturday evening before. You can park your car to consume your Communion kit or you can take it home to consume it.
The next Parking Lot Communion will be held Wednesday, October 7th 6:00-7:30 pm. 

Physically Distant Home Communion Visits –If you are unable to join us for In-person worship or Parking Lot Communion, please let us know and we will arrange a Physically Distant Home Communion Visit. Visits will begin in October. A Lay Eucharistic Minister will contact you to set up a time for the visit. They will leave a pre-consecrated Communion kit on your porch or door step. They will move a safe distance away from your house and call or text you to let you know that they have arrived. Once you open your door, they will share a blessing with you. You can take your Communion kits inside your home to consume it. If you are interested in a Physically Distant Home Communion Visit, please contact the church office at 410-848-8923 or

MID-WEEK DEVOTION-As we enter into a new season, we would love to change up our Mid-Week online Worship Service.  We would like to have members of our church create short videos where they share their faith story, a prayer important to them,  something they have read that speaks to their faith, etc.

We would love to have your help with this.  If you would be interested, please let pastor know  and she will share further details about how to make this happen.  You can either record yourself on your computer, tablet, or phone or meet pastor at the church to be recorded.

Indoor Worship-As long as Maryland remains in Phase 3 of the Maryland Roadmap to Recovery, we will begin holding Indoor In-Person Worship on Sunday,  October 18th at 10:00 a.m.  Early in October, the Re-Opening Task Force will be sharing the guidelines and protocols for indoor worship.

TRINITY CONSTITUTION REVIEW COMMITTEE-The Church Council is in need of someone to chair the Constitution Committee Task Force.  This committee will review the current Trinity Constitution and compare to the ELCA model constitution and make any recommendations for change to the current constitution.  Anyone interested in being the chair of this committee should contact Wayne Shropshire.

JOURNEY OF HOPE-Journey of Hope will meet in-person at Bullocks Restaurant on October 8th at 6:00 p.m.and starting October 22nd they will meet in the Social Hall  Participants are asked to bring a chair, wear a mask, and follow social distancing. This group is for anyone needing encouragement or support from a loss such as divorce, death of loved one, serious medical issues, etc. Questions should be directed to Deacon Heather Segar/

TECT Fall Schedule – Joint Youth Group of Grace and Trinity Lutheran Churches.  For Youth 6th-12th Grade

Monthly Bonfires
We will be gathering once a month for a Friday Night Bonfire at Trinity.
7:00-9:00 p.m. October 16, November 13, and December 18

Monthly Fellowship Activities
We welcome families to join us for Fellowship Activities.
Cornfusion Corn Maze and Fall Activities – October 25th  1:00-5:00 pm
Catoctin Zoo and Gateway Candyland – November 21st  12:00-4:00 pm

Monthly Online TECT Meeting
We will gather online the 2nd  Sunday of each month beginning in October, 7:00-8:30 pm.
October 11, November 8, December 13
We will spend time together in both large groups and small groups for games/activities and conversations.

Small Groups
We are also providing the opportunity to opt-in to join a small group.  Small groups will be assigned based on an interest survey students will complete.  Small groups will decide when and how they meet, what they do, and what they want their group to talk about.  Small groups will come up with several names of adults from either Grace or Trinity to ask be their Adult mentor.  More information will be presented at our October 11th TECT meeting about this option. We are excited to begin this new TECT year!

TRACE = Trinity and Grace
TECT = Trace Experiencing Christ Together

Shepherd’s Staff-
Blessings Closet – Shepherd’s Staff continues to serve their clients through the Blessings Closet and are always in need of items to keep it stocked. The most requested items are paper towels and toilet paper.  Other items include deodorant, shampoo, body wash, dish liquid, and 13 gallon trash bags.

Festival of Trees – this annual fundraiser for Shepherd’s Staff will be conducted in-person and virtually. The tree designers are looking for the following items to create themed trees: vintage Christmas decor, nutcrackers of all sizes, Santa collections, old bed springs, burlap, nativity figures, farm items, beach items, unusual containers for greens, lighthouses, watch faces, costume jewelry, old metal kitchen items (funnels, spoons, molds, etc.), decorative candy canes, dog or cat collections, weather wood or barn siding pieces (10″ x 20″). In addition, sponsorships of the event or individual trees are available.

To donate, please email or call 410-857-5944 to schedule a drop off appointment. You may also contact Kathy Knicely, 410-746-6942 or, to coordinate pick-up and delivery of your donation. Shepherd’s Staff thanks the community for the support of their programs  

COATS-You may also contact Kathy Knicely, 410-746-6942,, and she will coordinate delivery to Shepherd’s Staff.

READINGS FOR WEEK:  September 28th
Monday-Psalm 28; Judges 14:1-20; Philippians 1:3-14
Tuesday-Psalm 28; Judges 16:1-22; Philippians 1:15-21
Wednesday-Psalm 28; Judges 16:23-31; Matthew 9:2-8
Thursday-Psalm 80:7-15; Jeremiah 2:14-22; Colossians 2:16-23
Friday; Psalm 80:7-15; Jeremiah 2:23-37; Philippians 2:14-18; 3:1-4a
Saturday-Psalm 80:7-15; Jeremiah 6:1-10; John 7:40-52
Sunday-Isaiah 5:1-7;Psalm 80:7-15;Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46


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