Trinity Family

Dear Trinity Family,
The following appeared in my inbox the other day.  As one who preaches, I have also learned that sometimes the word I’m looking for is, Amen.  Please give a thoughtful moment to this note from Nancy N. 
Pr Kern

From Nancy N
Trinity is my family. Okay not by blood but by my own choosing.  And like any family, there is always contention and disagreement at some time.  And it hurts!  Don’t we all imagine and hope (pray) for a family where everything is all rosy? But that rarely happens.  We all have different opinions, wishes, hopes, and dreams. 
And sometimes they don’t agree with our brothers and sisters, or even our parents.  But, and this is the important part, we love each other, we have some of the same dreams and values, and we hope for a better tomorrow.  Let’s put aside our differences so we can move forward.

And so it is with Trinity.  We have different ideas, different ideals, different opinions and hopes for our future.  But in the end, aren’t they all the same?  We want our Trinity family to be one; one with each other and one with God.  So let’s all thank God for the faith, love, history and family that is Trinity and move forward in our journey.  Only by embracing our differences and our similarities can we accomplish what we set out to do: serve God and others as a community of believers and love one another as Jesus commands us.


Congregational Meeting Information

Trinity will be holding two congregational meetings at the end of July:
The first meeting on July 25 at 10am in the Trinity Main Parking Lot will allow Trinity to update its constitution to allow for virtual meetings. 
The second meeting on July 26 at 12 noon will be the semi-annual meeting online via Zoom (rescheduled from May 2020) with the primary task of electing Congregation Council members, Mission Endowment Fund committee members, Nominating Committee members, and Call Committee members. All members are requested to attend via computer link or by telephone. The Zoom link and telephone number are posted in this month’s Trinitarian.


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During this time of social distancing, we are recording our services and posting them on Saturday.

The link for last Sunday’s service is HERE.
Angela’s music meditation for this week can be found HERE.


Virtual Choir

Angela and Ross are organizing a virtual choir, where we all will sing, This Little Light of Mine. Children and Children at heart are invited and encouraged to join in the fun. Instructions are at this LINK.


Readings for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 55:10-13
Psalm 65: [1-8] 9-13
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23


+LEARN+


We will email Faith Formation resources on Friday Afternoons.


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K will be continuing to host the Adult Forum. Currently, we are working through the Parables. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.


+SERVE+


Food Drive to Benefit Living Faith Food Pantry
Trinity will hold a second Food Drive to benefit Living Faith Food Pantry on July 25 at 9:30 am (in conjunction with the Special Congregational Meeting)  in the Main Trinity Parking Lot. Items especially in need are: 
Cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible)
Rice (1-2 lb. pkg)
Black/pinto beans (canned and dried)
Canned tomatoes
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)
Jam/jelly
Canned fruit
Toothpaste
Bath soap
Toilet paper
Deodorant
If you can’t shop but would like to contribute, you may send a check directly:
Living Faith Lutheran Church
1605 Veirs Mill Road,
Rockville, MD 20851
(Please put ‘Food pantry’ in the memo line)
More information: Email office@trinityelca.org


COVID-19 Response: Congregational Giving Challenge
Each year the Congregation’s budgeted benevolences include an amount for the Social Ministry Team to designate. The 2020 Trinity Budget includes $4,500 in such funds. As we all know, 2020 has been like no other year from a community need perspective. The Social Ministry Team has been tracking needs over the past 10 weeks and determined to focus this year’s benevolences on hunger.
While $4,500 will make a difference, we’d like to challenge the Congregation to double its impact. The Social Ministry Team is challenging members of the congregation to dig a little deeper and increase their giving to support hunger needs with the goal of raising an additional $4,500. Funds will be distributed locally between Manna Food Center and Bethesda Help.
Here’s how the match will work. When submitting a donation to Trinity towards this effort during June and July, please include “Social Min. Match” under “Other” on your envelope. At the end of the June and July, the additional funds raised will be sent to the designated organizations.
This is just one effort the Social Ministry Team is exploring to increase our reach of support in the Community. Stay tuned for efforts that will be included in the Tidings or The Trinitarian.


Thank you for your offering. Your gifts make the ministry of Trinity possible. Electronic giving may be available through your bank or financial institution. Offerings mailed to the church office will be promptly deposited.


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, Len S, James T, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Eric L, friend of Sarah M & Tom K
Family of Elizabeth L, friend of Leslie C
Joel N, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Family of Charla P, friends of Nancy N
Kate V, aunt of Dan S
first responders:
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R
*Family and friends will be kept on the list for four weeks. Please submit a request to the Church Office to extend them another four weeks.
Deaths
Charla P +July 2, 2020, friend of Nancy N
Sandra F-H +July 5, 2020, aunt of Leslie C

Congregational Meeting Information

Trinity will be holding two congregational meetings at the end of July:
The first meeting on July 25 at 10am in the Trinity Main Parking Lot will allow Trinity to update its constitution to allow for virtual meetings. 
The second meeting on July 26 at 12 noon will be the semi-annual meeting online via Zoom (rescheduled from May 2020) with the primary task of electing Congregation Council members, Mission Endowment Fund committee members, Nominating Committee members, and Call Committee members. All members are requested to attend via computer link or by telephone. The Zoom link and telephone number are posted in this month’s Trinitarian.


From the Council

Dear Members of Trinity,
Many of you have become aware that the members of the Congregation Council have had some intensive conversation about leadership and the future of Trinity.  As that conversation has unfolded, some members of the Council decided to step away.  Keith C has resigned as Council member and Treasurer, effective July 31; Hagen S, VP, resigned as of June 30 and he along with Jane R, have withdrawn their nominations for a regular, three year term; and, Sarah G resigned as member of Council and President effective June 30.   Annie A, while not a voting member of Council, resigned as Financial Secretary.
We want to express our deep appreciation to each of these servants for all they have offered to Trinity and all the hard work they have done on behalf of the congregation.  They have served Trinity faithfully and well.
And as we give thanks for their service, we remain grateful that Jeanine B remains our Assistant Treasurer and we have two volunteers to fill the Treasurer and Financial Secretary, Greg F and Carol B, respectively.  (Officers of the congregation are nominated and elected by the Council, per the congregation constitution.) In addition, the Nominating Committee is putting together a strong slate of candidates with a history of love and service in and to Trinity to be presented at the Annual Meeting on July 26.  And the MSP has been submitted to the synod and the Call Committee will be ready to go after their election.  Sarah M, Council Secretary, is continuing her service and has volunteered to act as needed until a new Council is in place.  (Officers are typically elected each year following the annual meeting where new members to the Council are elected.)
We give thanks to God for all of the gifted people of Trinity who serve and support their church in their individual ways.  And we remember that in the midst of change, the love of God holds us all.  Whether on Council or not, whether serving in a position or not, as Paul says, we are the body of Christ and individually members of it. We are confident that God will bless the days ahead for each one of us.
Sincerely,
The Congregation Council of Trinity
Ross A, Jane R, Jerry B, Sarah M, Fred S, Rebecca L, Greg F, Nancy N, Pastor Kern


July Newsletter

The July Trinitarian is published and available HERE.


+WORSHIP+


During this time of social distancing, we are recording our worship service. We are posting our service on Saturdays.
The link to last week’s service is HERE.


Readings for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Zechariah 9:9-1
Psalm 145:8-14
Romans 7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30


+LEARN+


We will email Faith Formation resources on Friday Afternoons.
Angela’s Music Meditation will be released tomorrow.


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K will be continuing to host the Adult Forum. Currently, we are working through the Parables. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.


Here We Stand…..sort of…..maybe: An Invitation to Conversations on the Edge facilitated by Pastor Kern

When Martin Luther stood trial for his then-heretical beliefs, he famously declared in the face of some of the greatest power the world had ever known, Here I stand.  I cannot do otherwise.  So help me God.  In the clarity of history, we now see Luther as a very human figure with some views we find abhorrent today. But as equally flawed, faithful saints we might ask ourselves:  Where do we stand?  What is God requiring of us?

Please join me for these conversations each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm via the Zoom link below.  As the Holy Spirit has called each of us into this body of Christ, I believe we each have gifts to share.  We can learn from each other. I’m looking forward to the conversation.

Pastor Kern

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Food Drive to Benefit Living Faith Food Pantry
Trinity will hold a second Food Drive to benefit Living Faith Food Pantry on July 25 at 10 am (in conjunction with the Special Congregational Meeting)  in the Main Trinity Parking Lot. Items especially in need are: 
Cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible)
Rice (1-2 lb. pkg)
Black/pinto beans (canned and dried)
Canned tomatoes
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)
Jam/jelly
Canned fruit
Toothpaste
Bath soap
Toilet paper
Deodorant
If you can’t shop but would like to contribute, you may send a check directly:
Living Faith Lutheran Church
1605 Veirs Mill Road,
Rockville, MD 20851
(Please put ‘Food pantry’ in the memo line)
More information: Email office@trinityelca.org


COVID-19 Response: Congregational Giving Challenge
Each year the Congregation’s budgeted benevolences include an amount for the Social Ministry Team to designate. The 2020 Trinity Budget includes $4,500 in such funds. As we all know, 2020 has been like no other year from a community need perspective. The Social Ministry Team has been tracking needs over the past 10 weeks and determined to focus this year’s benevolences on hunger.
While $4,500 will make a difference, we’d like to challenge the Congregation to double its impact. The Social Ministry Team is challenging members of the congregation to dig a little deeper and increase their giving to support hunger needs with the goal of raising an additional $4,500. Funds will be distributed locally between Manna Food Center and Bethesda Help.
Here’s how the match will work. When submitting a donation to Trinity towards this effort during June and July, please include “Social Min. Match” under “Other” on your envelope. At the end of the June and July, the additional funds raised will be sent to the designated organizations.
This is just one effort the Social Ministry Team is exploring to increase our reach of support in the Community. Stay tuned for efforts that will be included in the Tidings or The Trinitarian.


Thank you for your offering. Your gifts make the ministry of Trinity possible. Electronic giving may be available through your bank or financial institution. Offerings mailed to the church office will be promptly deposited.


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, Len S, James T, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Sandra F-H, aunt of Leslie C
Family of Elizabeth L, friend of Leslie C
Joel N, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Kate V, aunt of Dan S
first responders:
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R
*Family and friends will be kept on the list for four weeks. Please submit a request to the Church Office to extend them another four weeks.

From Pastor Kern

Dear Trinity Family,
In years past, it would not be unusual for Jackie and I to travel south over the summer and reconnect with family – my sisters and their families, her 90 year old aunt, nieces and nephews. Once in a while there would be a large gathering, a reunion, and tables of food that would make your cardiologist gasp.  That’s just what our family does.
Every family – biological, psychological, work, church – has a need for connection.  Psychologist Murray Bowen taught that family, however it is configured, is the primary building block of life.  Our families teach us, shape us, encourage and discourage us, bring us joy and cause us pain – it’s inevitable, because our families are made up of people just like us.  The goal is to stay connected to our family because that connection is so basic and so powerful, it holds the promise of great healing and renewal.
During this unsettling time when the Trinity family is staying connected at some distance from one another, I suggested that we do our best to: Stay Connected, Be Encouraging, and Remember the Future.
Connection is life.  Encouragement leads to hope. Because the future will be better.  Even if we do not feel it at a given moment, Jesus loves us, this we know…..and when we are loved, we are filled with potential.
Keep in touch with those you love, even the ones who make you a little crazy!  After all, they’re family, which means you’re connected.  All of our families, church family included, are struggling right now to find our way in these uncertain times.  But if we can manage to quiet our souls, I believe we can still hear that clear, clarion call wafting through the ages, Come, and follow me.  We’re coming Jesus!  We really are….
Pastor Kern


Would you like to participate in our virtual worship videos?  We would like to see more member faces in our videos.  And the best way to do that is through our readers and musicians.  To do either of those, you need to be able to make a video recording and turn it in by Thursday morning. Instructions and help is available!  There is no age limit!  Children and youth, expert or not – will you share your gifts?
To volunteer to be a reader of scripture, please respond to Carol in the church office –  office@trinityelca.org. To make a musical offering, including hymn singing and instrumental music, contact Angela – ajsmall@mtu.org.  


+WORSHIP+


During this time of social distancing, we are recording our worship service. We are posting our service on Saturdays.

The service from last Sunday is HERE.


Readings for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 28:5-9
Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
Romans 6:12-23
Matthew 10:40-42


+LEARN+


We will email and post Faith Formation resources and devotions on Friday afternoons.


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K will be continuing to host the Adult Forum. Currently, we are working through the Parables. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.


Here We Stand…..sort of…..maybe: An Invitation to Conversations on the Edge facilitated by Pastor Kern

When Martin Luther stood trial for his then-heretical beliefs, he famously declared in the face of some of the greatest power the world had ever known, Here I stand.  I cannot do otherwise.  So help me God.  In the clarity of history, we now see Luther as a very human figure with some views we find abhorrent today. But as equally flawed, faithful saints we might ask ourselves:  Where do we stand?  What is God requiring of us?

Please join me for these conversations each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm via the Zoom link below.  As the Holy Spirit has called each of us into this body of Christ, I believe we each have gifts to share.  We can learn from each other. I’m looking forward to the conversation.

Pastor Kern

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87067906900

Meeting ID: 870 6790 6900
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Meeting ID: 870 6790 6900


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COVID-19 Response: Congregational Giving Challenge
Each year the Congregation’s budgeted benevolences include an amount for the Social Ministry Team to designate. The 2020 Trinity Budget includes $4,500 in such funds. As we all know, 2020 has been like no other year from a community need perspective. The Social Ministry Team has been tracking needs over the past 10 weeks and determined to focus this year’s benevolences on hunger.
While $4,500 will make a difference, we’d like to challenge the Congregation to double its impact. The Social Ministry Team is challenging members of the congregation to dig a little deeper and increase their giving to support hunger needs with the goal of raising an additional $4,500. Funds will be distributed locally between Manna Food Center and Bethesda Help.
Here’s how the match will work. When submitting a donation to Trinity towards this effort during June and July, please include “Social Min. Match” under “Other” on your envelope. At the end of the June and July, the additional funds raised will be sent to the designated organizations.
This is just one effort the Social Ministry Team is exploring to increase our reach of support in the Community. Stay tuned for efforts that will be included in the Tidings or The Trinitarian.


Thank you for your offering. Your gifts make the ministry of Trinity possible. Electronic giving may be available through your bank or financial institution. Offerings mailed to the church office will be promptly deposited.


Remember in Your Prayers


nursing/rehabilitation center:

Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, Len S, James T, Margo W 

family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Sandra F-H, aunt of Leslie C
Family of Elizabeth L, friend of Leslie C
Family of Sue N, friend of Nancy N
Kate V, aunt of Dan S

first responders:
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R

*Family and friends will be kept on the list for four weeks. Please submit a request to the Church Office to extend them another four weeks.

From Brian, Trinity Admin.

Dear Trinity Church Community,
It is with the heaviest of heart that I now write to you.
When my cancer recurred this fall, my doctors and I were optimistic about surgical removal of the newly reactivated pancreatic tumor. Since it was still confined to a single location, a surgical “cure” was a real possibility. The plan was for surgery, followed by a limited course of adjuvant chemotherapy. After a few months, I would have recovered from surgery, finished the adjuvant chemo, and been able to resume a mostly normal life cancer-free. However, nothing went as planned.
The surgery was much longer and more complicated than anticipated. Not all the tumor could be removed, and a previously uninvolved lymph node now tested positive. Post-surgical recovery was long and difficult. To make matters worse, the cancer also re-metastasized to the liver after the surgery. Back to Stage IV pancreatic cancer – a very different post-surgical situation than we all originally thought and hoped. After a very frank discussion with my oncologist last week, it became clear that this really is a chronic condition. Cancer therapy will continue indefinitely with no defined endpoint.
Therefore, given my current state of energy and stamina, pain management, and a future of perpetual chronic cancer treatments, I hereby reluctantly offer my official resignation from Trinity Lutheran Church as Pastoral Office Assistant. Since it is now clear that I would not be able to return anytime soon, the most fair thing for everyone is that I resign now so that we all may freely move on to the next chapter.
Thank you all for your friendship and support during my time at Trinity, especially during this recent period of illness. Trinity Church and the folks I’ve come to know there will always occupy a special place in my heart. We have shared scary times and fun times, joys and disappointments, the sublime and the ridiculous. I hope we will stay connected, and continue our relationship – albeit in a new, different way.
The Lord bless you and protect you;
The Lord make his face to shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you
and give you peace.
Yours in Christ,
Brian E. B


We’re grateful to Brian for his partnership in ministry, and we will miss him greatly. Carol B has agreed to remain in place for the interim, and we appreciate her service in this time as well.


Drive Thru Food Drive – Thank you!

The Drive Thru Food Drive for Living Faith’s Food Pantry was a great success. We sent over 5 full car loads of food! Thank You! Pastor Sandy sent us a quick thank you: That much food will help a whole lot of people…and a whole lot of them are kids.  So much more than we could have hoped for! 

If you would like to contribute to the Living Faith Food Pantry, you may send a check directly to Living Faith Lutheran Church, 1605 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20851 (Please put ‘Food pantry’ in the memo line)


+WORSHIP+


During this time of social distancing, we are recording our worship service. We are posting our service on Saturdays.
The link to last Sunday’s service is HERE.
Angela’s Wednesday Musical Meditation is HERE.


Would you like to participate in our virtual worship videos?  We would like to see more member faces in our videos.  And the best way to do that is through our readers and musicians.  To do either of those, you need to be able to make a video recording and turn it in by Thursday morning. Instructions and help is available!  There is no age limit!  Children and youth, expert or not – will you share your gifts?
To volunteer to be a reader of scripture, please respond to Carol in the church office –  office@trinityelca.org. To make a musical offering, including hymn singing and instrumental music, contact Angela – ajsmall@mtu.org.  


Readings for the Third Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 20:7-13
Psalm 69:7-10 [11-15] 16-18
Romans 6:1b-11
Matthew 10:24-39


+LEARN+


We will email and post Faith Formation resources and devotions on Friday afternoons.


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K will be continuing to host the Adult Forum. Currently, we are working through the Parables. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.


Here We Stand…..sort of…..maybe: An Invitation to Conversations on the Edge facilitated by Pastor Kern

When Martin Luther stood trial for his then-heretical beliefs, he famously declared in the face of some of the greatest power the world had ever known, Here I stand.  I cannot do otherwise.  So help me God.  In the clarity of history, we now see Luther as a very human figure with some views we find abhorrent today. But as equally flawed, faithful saints we might ask ourselves:  Where do we stand?  What is God requiring of us?

Please join me for these conversations each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm via the Zoom link below.  As the Holy Spirit has called each of us into this body of Christ, I believe we each have gifts to share.  We can learn from each other. I’m looking forward to the conversation.

Pastor Kern

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87067906900

Meeting ID: 870 6790 6900
One tap mobile
+13017158592,,87067906900# US (Germantown)
+13126266799,,87067906900# US (Chicago)
Dial by your location
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 870 6790 6900


+SERVE+


COVID-19 Response: Congregational Giving Challenge
Each year the Congregation’s budgeted benevolences include an amount for the Social Ministry Team to designate. The 2020 Trinity Budget includes $4,500 in such funds. As we all know, 2020 has been like no other year from a community need perspective. The Social Ministry Team has been tracking needs over the past 10 weeks and determined to focus this year’s benevolences on hunger.
While $4,500 will make a difference, we’d like to challenge the Congregation to double its impact. The Social Ministry Team is challenging members of the congregation to dig a little deeper and increase their giving to support hunger needs with the goal of raising an additional $4,500. Funds will be distributed locally between Manna Food Center and Bethesda Help.
Here’s how the match will work. When submitting a donation to Trinity towards this effort during June and July, please include “Social Min. Match” under “Other” on your envelope. At the end of the June and July, the additional funds raised will be sent to the designated organizations.
This is just one effort the Social Ministry Team is exploring to increase our reach of support in the Community. Stay tuned for efforts that will be included in the Tidings or The Trinitarian.


Thank you for your offering. Your gifts make the ministry of Trinity possible. Electronic giving may be available through your bank or financial institution. Offerings mailed to the church office will be promptly deposited.


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, Len S, James T, Margo W 

family and friends*:
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Sandra F-H, aunt of Leslie C
Family of Elizabeth L, friend of Leslie C
Family of Sue N, friend of Nancy N
Kate V, aunt of Dan S

first responders:
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R

wedding:
Andy B & Sarah P, June 6, Son & Daughter in Law of Lynn & Bud B

deaths:
Marian D, +June 4, 2020, mother of Elizabeth L, friends of Leslie C

*Family and friends will be kept on the list for four weeks. Please submit a request to the Church Office to extend them another four weeks.

From Pastor Kern

Dear Trinity Family,

When I was a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child…..Like most people, I think, during my growing up years I simply didn’t know what I didn’t know.  I like to think it’s part of the miracle of development that does its best to keep realties and constructs at bay as our brains and our bodies develop a deeper capacity for truth, empathy, kindness, and love.  At any point along the way, however, we can find ourselves traumatized when our circumstance and events around us overwhelm our capacity to cope.  In such times, it is usually our connections – our relationships, hopefully – that come to our aid and give us strength.
Notice I did not say those connections bring us resolution, because sometimes that isn’t possible.  Like now.
I read an interview with the famous Dr Fauci this week, in which he reiterated some of his fears and concerns about the coronavirus.  How it circled the globe in a month. How it affects different people in different ways. How science does not yet know how survivors might be affected long term.  And now we see, it’s surging again across America.
At the same time, I watched the murder of George Floyd unfold in protests around the globe and watched how his death managed to embrace and encourage victims of police violence everywhere.  As the Reverend Al Sharpton put it, George was the stone that the wide world never noticed, but God chose to be the cornerstone.
The pandemic and the outcry for justice around the world, have just begun.  They demand a response and they challenge the status quo of our lives. Some are choosing to deny the reality of either – from go anywhere, do anything you like, the virus is a hoax, to what about law and order. Enter, the Christian faith.
The body of Christ is well familiar with uncertainty and living through challenging times.  Our response is an ancient one, affirming God’s love of creation and doing the work of righteousness.  We know how to wait (see Exodus and wait between Easter and Pentecost) and we know how to wait actively, staying connected, offering encouragement, and remembering the future.
The world is engaged in a great struggle against a virus we don’t yet understand.  Black lives are rising up, insisting on their God-given place in the world.  And people of faith, flawed as we can all be, are standing up and moving forward, albeit slowly at times, expecting the kingdom of God to come with healing and justice, through us for the sake of the holy others of the world.
Come, Lord Jesus!
Pr Kern


Reopening Survey

As the community around us moves toward reopening, we too need to carefully, thoughtfully, and prayerfully plan our transition. 

A first step for us is to ask for your thoughts as we begin to move forward. Our reopening team (Ross A, Leslie C, Jim K, Julie N, Dick J) has prepared a short survey to solicit those thoughts. If you haven’t had a chance to complete it, please do so HERE, by this Sunday, June 14.


+WORSHIP+


We are continuing to record our worship service and post it on Saturday Afternoon for Sunday.

Last week’s worship video can be found HERE.
Angela’s Musical Meditation can be found HERE.


Readings for the Second Sunday after Pentecost
Exodus 19:2-8a
Psalm 100   
Romans 5:1-8
Matthew 9:35—10:8 [9-23]


+LEARN+


We will be emailing devotions and resources for Sunday School at home on Fridays.


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K will be continuing to host the Adult Forum. Currently, we are working through the Parables. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.


Here We Stand…..sort of…..maybe: An Invitation to Conversations on the Edge facilitated by Pastor Kern

When Martin Luther stood trial for his then-heretical beliefs, he famously declared in the face of some of the greatest power the world had ever known, Here I stand.  I cannot do otherwise.  So help me God.  In the clarity of history, we now see Luther as a very human figure with some views we find abhorrent today. But as equally flawed, faithful saints we might ask ourselves:  Where do we stand?  What is God requiring of us?

Please join me for these conversations each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm via the Zoom link below.  As the Holy Spirit has called each of us into this body of Christ, I believe we each have gifts to share.  We can learn from each other. I’m looking forward to the conversation.

Pastor Kern

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Food Drive THIS Saturday, June 13

Living Faith Lutheran Church maintains a food pantry to help those who don’t get enough to eat; the pantry serves families in the Twinbrook area and other parts of Rockville. The demand for pantry services has increased dramatically since the beginning of the pandemic; to help meet this demand, Trinity’s Social Ministry Committee is sponsoring a collection event in our main parking lot. Let’s help keep the Living Faith pantry stocked with food, as well as personal care items!

When        Saturday, June 13  10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Where    Trinity Lutheran Church (main parking lot)

Items most needed
Cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible)
Rice (1-2 lb. pkg)
Black/pinto beans (canned and dried)
Canned tomatoes
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)
Jam/jelly
Canned fruit
Toothpaste
Bath soap
Toilet paper
Deodorant

If you can’t be there but would like to contribute, you may send a check directly to 
Living Faith Lutheran Church
1605 Veirs Mill Road
Rockville, MD 20851 (Please put ‘Food pantry’ in the memo line)
More information    Email office@trinityelca.org


COVID-19 Response: Congregational Giving Challenge
Each year the Congregation’s budgeted benevolences include an amount for the Social Ministry Team to designate. The 2020 Trinity Budget includes $4,500 in such funds. As we all know, 2020 has been like no other year from a community need perspective. The Social Ministry Team has been tracking needs over the past 10 weeks and determined to focus this year’s benevolences on hunger.
While $4,500 will make a difference, we’d like to challenge the Congregation to double its impact. The Social Ministry Team is challenging members of the congregation to dig a little deeper and increase their giving to support hunger needs with the goal of raising an additional $4,500. Funds will be distributed locally between Manna Food Center and Bethesda Help.
Here’s how the match will work. When submitting a donation to Trinity towards this effort during June and July, please include “Social Min. Match” under “Other” on your envelope. At the end of the June and July, the additional funds raised will be sent to the designated organizations.
This is just one effort the Social Ministry Team is exploring to increase our reach of support in the Community. Stay tuned for efforts that will be included in the Tidings or The Trinitarian.


Thank you for your offering. Your gifts make the ministry of Trinity possible. Electronic giving may be available through your bank or financial institution. Offerings mailed to the church office will be promptly deposited.


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, James T, Margo W 

family and friends*:
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Family of Sue N, friend of Nancy N
Family of Susan O, aunt of Mike M
Kate V, aunt of Dan S

first responders:
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R

*Family and friends will be kept on the list for four weeks. Please submit a request to the Church Office to extend them another four weeks.

From Pastor Kern

Dear Trinity Family,
Another week fraught with challenge for the church and the world.  So much upheaval, so much uncertainty – so much to consider and re-consider about our lives.
Sunday will be Trinity Sunday.  In addition to being a major festival of the church year, it’s the namesake of the congregation.  One of the ways I think about the Trinity is as the mysterious portal through which all faith passes.  And contrary to being just a staid doctrine, the Trinity is actually our guide and touchstone through tumultuous times such as these.  More on that on Sunday.
Sunday is also the date of the Commemoration of Chief Seattle of the Duwampo Tribe.  If you have never read the Address of 1854 attributed to Chief Seattle, I highly recommend you track down a copy.  His commemoration is timely given the struggles of America today.  We have a long, historic way to travel on the road to reparations, reconciliation, and redemption.
The building is closed, but the church is open.  Resources go out every week for the community.  We are having a good exchange in the Sunday Adult Forum and the Wednesday class, Here We Stand…..  Don’t forget the food drive to support the food bank at Living Faith in Rockville – our good neighbor and partner in ministry.
Take care of yourselves and one another.  Stay connected.  Be encouraging.  Remember the future.
Pastor Kern


The June Newsletter is out! The link to the newsletter is HERE.


Food Collection Event to Benefit the Food Pantry at Living Faith Lutheran Church, Rockville

Living Faith Lutheran Church maintains a food pantry to help those who don’t get enough to eat; the pantry serves families in the Twinbrook area and other parts of Rockville. The demand for pantry services has increased dramatically since the beginning of the pandemic; to help meet this demand, Trinity’s Social Ministry Committee is sponsoring a collection event in our main parking lot. Let’s help keep the Living Faith pantry stocked with food, as well as personal care items!

When        Saturday, June 13  10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Where     Trinity Lutheran Church (main parking lot)

Items most needed
Cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible)
Rice (1-2 lb. pkg)
Black/pinto beans (canned and dried)
Canned tomatoes
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)
Jam/jelly
Canned fruit
Toothpaste
Bath soap
Toilet paper
Deodorant

More information    Email office@trinityelca.org


+WORSHIP+


We are continuing to record our worship service and post it on Saturday Afternoon for Sunday.

Last week’s service can be found HERE.
Angela’s Wednesday Music Meditation can be found HERE.


Readings for Holy Trinity Sunday
Genesis 1:1—2:4a
Psalm 8
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Matthew 28:16-20


+LEARN+


We will be emailing devotions and resources for Sunday School at home on Fridays.


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K will be continuing to host the Adult Forum. Starting this week, we will be start a series on the parables. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.


Here We Stand…..sort of…..maybe: An Invitation to Conversations on the Edge facilitated by Pastor Kern

When Martin Luther stood trial for his then-heretical beliefs, he famously declared in the face of some of the greatest power the world had ever known, Here I stand.  I cannot do otherwise.  So help me God.  In the clarity of history, we now see Luther as a very human figure with some views we find abhorrent today. But as equally flawed, faithful saints we might ask ourselves:  Where do we stand?  What is God requiring of us?

Please join me for these conversations each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm via the Zoom link below.  As the Holy Spirit has called each of us into this body of Christ, I believe we each have gifts to share.  We can learn from each other. I’m looking forward to the conversation.

Pastor Kern

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COVID-19 Response: Congregational Giving Challenge
Each year the Congregation’s budgeted benevolences include an amount for the Social Ministry Team to designate. The 2020 Trinity Budget includes $4,500 in such funds. As we all know, 2020 has been like no other year from a community need perspective. The Social Ministry Team has been tracking needs over the past 10 weeks and determined to focus this year’s benevolences on hunger.
While $4,500 will make a difference, we’d like to challenge the Congregation to double its impact. The Social Ministry Team is challenging members of the congregation to dig a little deeper and increase their giving to support hunger needs with the goal of raising an additional $4,500. Funds will be distributed locally between Manna Food Center and Bethesda Help.
Here’s how the match will work. When submitting a donation to Trinity towards this effort during June and July, please include “Social Min. Match” under “Other” on your envelope. At the end of the June and July, the additional funds raised will be sent to the designated organizations.
This is just one effort the Social Ministry Team is exploring to increase our reach of support in the Community. Stay tuned for efforts that will be included in the Tidings or The Trinitarian.


Thank you for your offering. Your gifts make the ministry of Trinity possible. Electronic giving may be available through your bank or financial institution. Offerings mailed to the church office will be promptly deposited.


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, James T, Margo W
family and friends:
Mary Lou B, mother of Jerry B
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
Family of Sue N, friend of Nancy N
Family of Susan O, aunt of Mike M

first responders:
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R

Deaths:
Robert N, Jr., +May 21, 2020, friend of Nancy N

From Pastor Kern

Here We Stand…..sort of…..maybe: An Invitation to Conversations on the Edge facilitated by Pastor Kern

What will our lives look like after the pandemic?  No one can say with absolute certainty what will emerge.  We find ourselves living in a time of enormous social, political, religious, and personal upheaval.  Where are we now?  What do we do now?  How might our faith inform our struggle?  Where is our hope?

When Martin Luther stood trial for his then-heretical beliefs, he famously declared in the face of some of the greatest power the world had ever known, Here I stand.  I cannot do otherwise.  So help me God.  In the clarity of history, we now see Luther as a very human figure with some views we find abhorrent today. But as equally flawed, faithful saints we might ask ourselves:  Where do we stand?  What is God requiring of us?

As the people of God, we are caught up in a great upheaval that has created a burgeoning collision between long-held expressions of faith and contemporary challenges that the church has not considered before.  We find ourselves trying our best to be faithful, but to what end?  Our children are not following in our footsteps.  Our neighbors find our practices quaint.  To say nothing of the hostilities that still exist between and among the people of God in all their various traditions.  Add in the anxiety and fear of a pandemic and here we are, trying to find our path as we walk.  I believe the future of faith and the church is going to be different, but also bright.  That hope is born out of a conviction that we have within us capacity and the desire to think together about difficult questions.  We will not all come to the same conclusions and unanimity is not the goal – speaking and listening to each other and making space for God to move in our lives, is.

To that end I would like to invite you to join me for series of talks and conversation that tries to find a way through this time, by looking at 5 basic, emerging questions facing the church in the world.

+1        Does faith matter?  If prayer doesn’t fix everything (90,000 death from the virus and counting) how do we explain our own good fortune?  What, if anything, does faith have to say about who lives and who dies? Does faith require political involvement in the present age?

+2        What is the church for?  After a Spirit-filled beginning, the church fled to the shelter of empire, enjoying a brief respite of separation of church and state, and now often reflects the divisions of culture instead of bridging them.  What difference does preaching, teaching, praying, baptizing, and communing make?  Can that difference be articulated in a compelling way for the new age that is emerging?

+3        How do we understand the Bible?    From the beginning, the faithful have viewed the scriptures through various lens – literalism/innerancy, allegory,metaphor– to name a few. Utilizing the gentle, powerful insights of the late Episcopal theologian Marcus Borg, we take a closer look at how some in the church have taken to embrace a theology that emerges from metaphorical understandings of Jesus and the Bible.

+4        Race and sexual orientation – can we talk?  For much of its history, the church has come down on the wrong side of the struggle for human rights.  Systemic discrimination in politics, economics, health care, and religion simmer just below the surface of most of our institutions. Toleration of difference is not enough. Acceptance of the other is not enough. How does the church authentically get to place of spontaneous, genuine embrace of all people of every skin color and all sexual orientations?  What are the risks?  What compels this action?  What happens if we don’t?  How can we move forward together if we don’t agree?

+5        Can an apolitical church be faithful?  The noble tradition of separation of church and state that America once held out to the world, is being challenged on all sides of the political spectrum.  Can the church be faithful in feeding the hungry without working for legislation that addresses poverty, incarceration, and wealth-disparity?  Can the church carry the biblical banner of justice without entering the courtroom?  Who will make such decisions?  Is there another way?  What would it look like if the 21stcentury church was living into the kingdom of God?

Please join me for these conversations each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm beginning June 3rd, via the Zoom link below.  Please Note: while these questions are inter-related, they are not sequential, and you are free to pick and choose to join a given session or not.  As the Holy Spirit has called each of us into this body of Christ, I believe we each have gifts to share.  We can learn from each other. 

I’m looking forward to the conversation.

Pastor Kern

Time: Jun 3, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)       
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Bishop Elizabeth Eaton was interviewed on CNN about navigating the reopening of churches. The link to the CNN interview is HERE.


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During this time of social distancing, we will be recording a service on YouTube, and posting it on Saturday evening. We hope that this gives you a moment of prayer and peace in this strange time. We are posting the the Sunday Videos on Saturday afternoon.
The link for last Sunday’s Video is HERE.
Angela’s Wednesday Musical Meditation is HERE.


Join Bishop Ortiz, the Metro D.C. Synod staff and worship team THIS SUNDAY, May 31 at 4:00 PM as we celebrate Pentecost Sunday together with a 35-40 minute online worship service. All are welcome to participate in this additional worship opportunity on the Synod’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
Engage and expect the Holy Spirit to fill the space in which you worship through uplifting music, readings in multiple languages, and a short message from Bishop Ortiz. Come Holy Spirit, come!


Readings for the Day of Pentecost
Acts 2:1-21
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
John 20:19-23


+LEARN+


We will be emailing devotions and resources for Sunday School at home on Fridays.


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K has resumed Adult Forum on Zoom at 9:30 am.  The Bible study will be on the Psalms. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.


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COVID-19 Response: Congregational Giving Challenge
Each year the Congregation’s budgeted benevolences include an amount for the Social Ministry Team to designate. The 2020 Trinity Budget includes $4,500 in such funds. As we all know, 2020 has been like no other year from a community need perspective. The Social Ministry Team has been tracking needs over the past 10 weeks and determined to focus this year’s benevolences on hunger.
While $4,500 will make a difference, we’d like to challenge the Congregation to double its impact. The Social Ministry Team is challenging members of the congregation to dig a little deeper and increase their giving to support hunger needs with the goal of raising an additional $4,500. Funds will be distributed locally between Manna Food Center and Bethesda Help.
Here’s how the match will work. When submitting a donation to Trinity towards this effort during June and July, please include “Social Min. Match” under “Other” on your envelope. At the end of the June and July, the additional funds raised will be sent to the designated organizations.
This is just one effort the Social Ministry Team is exploring to increase our reach of support in the Community. Stay tuned for efforts that will be included in the Tidings or The Trinitarian.


Thank you for your offering. Your gifts make the ministry of Trinity possible. Electronic giving may be available through your bank or financial institution. Offerings mailed to the church office will be promptly deposited.


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, James T, Margo W
family and friends:
Mary Lou B, mother of Jerry B
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Coco E, cousin of Pam B
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
Family of Susan O, aunt of Mike M
Family of Eric O, friends of Valerie & Mike M
Residents and staff of Bethesda Health & Rehab
first responders:
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R

From Pastor Kern

Dear Trinity Family,
My mother used to quote Abraham Lincoln to me growing up: always try and tell the truth that way you don’t have so much to remember.  Whether Lincoln actually said that in that way, it’s good wisdom.  When I was in college my friend John added a cognate when he said he tries not to have strong opinions about everything then he doesn’t have to carry them around.
Jesus makes it simple for us.  Follow me.  Love your neighbor as yourself.  I will be with you always.
As the Easter season comes to a close this Sunday, the church moves out into the world with these simple promises of Jesus to guide us.  Simple, but not always easy to apprehend. 
Obfuscation seems the order of the day in our nation and in our world.  Leaders say things they know not to be true, insisting that they are.  Citizens rally with weapons to protest public health guidelines. 90,000 deaths from a virus after only months from being unleashed on the world, without a day of mourning.  What does following Jesus look like now?  How does loving neighbor as self play out in daily life?  How does it affect us, knowing Jesus is with us always?
Jesus makes it simple for us.  But faith……faith is complicated, isn’t it?  Maybe we can take some courage watching the disciples after Jesus ascended.  Their faith was strong.  But they weren’t quite sure what to do.  So they prayed.  And they waited.
Let us pray and wait in faith.
Pr Kern


Ascension Day Service TONIGHT

Forty days after Easter, always a Thursday,  the festival of Ascension greets us.  Once a major festival of church life, the Day has become largely absent from our worship calendars.  But in this year of pandemic it seems like an appropriate, opportune time to gather (virtually) to celebrate and be spiritually fed by this day of promise, hope, and expectation.
Join the Trinity Family this Thursday at 8 pm (note the time) via zoom from the link below to remember the Ascension of our Lord.

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Pentecost is Coming…

… and, we need your help for worship!
Pentecost is on May 31 and we want to celebrate the “Birthday of the Church” with tongues of fire. Please take a picture of you/your family with your favorite fire. Examples: bonfire, candle, draw a picture of a fire, or color in a picture.
Please send this photo to Anita (aksmallin@gmail.com). Bonus….wear RED! These pictures will be used in the YouTube video for Pentecost Sunday. Please send your pictures by May 27.
Also, we are looking for folks who speak other languages to record themselves saying the Lord’s Prayer. If you are interested, please email Anita by May 24, and she will send you instructions. 


During this time of social distancing, we will be recording a service on YouTube, and posting it on Saturday evening. We hope that this gives you a moment of prayer and peace in this strange time. We are posting the the Sunday Videos on Saturday afternoon.
Last Sunday’s service can be found HERE.
Angela’s Music Meditation for Wednesday can be found HERE.


The National Council of Churches USA (NCC) will hold a public online memorial service THIS SUNDAY, May 24 at 6:00 PM ET to mourn the more than 300,000 people worldwide who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 90,000 of whom were in the United States. The NCC is comprised of 38 member communions ranging from mainline Protestant to historic African American and Orthodox churches. Many clergy from a broad spectrum of Christian traditions, some of whom have been personally impacted by COVID-19, will offer prayers, readings and songs during the observance, including Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The link to register for this service is HERE.


Readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter
Acts 1:6-14
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
John 17:1-11


+LEARN+


We will be emailing devotions and resources for Sunday School at home on Fridays.


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K has resumed Adult Forum on Zoom at 9:30 am.  The Bible study will be on the Psalms. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.


+SERVE+


COVID-19 Response: Congregational Giving Challenge
Each year the Congregation’s budgeted benevolences include an amount for the Social Ministry Team to designate. The 2020 Trinity Budget includes $4,500 in such funds. As we all know, 2020 has been like no other year from a community need perspective. The Social Ministry Team has been tracking needs over the past 10 weeks and determined to focus this year’s benevolences on hunger.
While $4,500 will make a difference, we’d like to challenge the Congregation to double its impact. The Social Ministry Team is challenging members of the congregation to dig a little deeper and increase their giving to support hunger needs with the goal of raising an additional $4,500. Funds will be distributed locally between Manna Food Center and Bethesda Help.
Here’s how the match will work. When submitting a donation to Trinity towards this effort during June and July, please include “Social Min. Match” under “Other” on your envelope. At the end of the June and July, the additional funds raised will be sent to the designated organizations.
This is just one effort the Social Ministry Team is exploring to increase our reach of support in the Community. Stay tuned for efforts that will be included in the Tidings or The Trinitarian.


Reaching out a helping hand

Food banks and shelters everywhere have seen an unprecedented increase in demand – from both new and established client groups. Trinity’s Social Ministry committee recently met to discuss how we as a congregation can respond to this growing need. Check future Trinity Tidings for details of congregation-level activities!

Ways for individuals to help – on a scale that works for you: 

Stepping Stones shelter in Rockville (http://steppingstonesshelter.org/) provides emergency food and housing to homeless families referred by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. The shelter is happy to accept financial and in-kind donations both small and large: lunch supplies so that clients can prepare their own meals, cleaning supplies and other urgent needs included in the list on their website. In-kind donations can be dropped off on the shelter porch during business hours; you are asked to call (301) 251-0567 to let them know in advance that you are coming. Individuals can also help by signing up to make and drop off dinner (see web site for details) .

Future Tidings articles will provide other options for individual donations!


Thank you for your offering. Your gifts make the ministry of Trinity possible. Electronic giving may be available through your bank or financial institution. Offerings mailed to the church office will be promptly deposited.


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, Esther M, Yulie N, James T, Margo W
family and friends:
Mary Lou B, mother of Jerry B
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Coco E, cousin of Pam B
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
Family of Susan O, aunt of Mike M
Family of Eric O, friends of Valerie & Mike M
Residents and staff of Bethesda Health & Rehab
first responders:
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R
Deaths:
Susan O +May 15, 2020, aunt of Mike M
Nora K +May 16, 2020, mother of Jeanine B

From Pastor Kern

Dear Trinity Family,
I’ve always liked the title of this weekly email that Trinity does – the Tidings.  I’m sure it was chosen for its alliteration with Trinity, but it’s such a bright-sounding word.  Announcements  reminds us of homeroom.  Reminder sounds dutiful.  Information feels like a thinly disguised sales pitch.  But Tidings…..that sounds nice.  Angels bring Tidings at Christmas.  Tidings invites us, intrigues us, and, hopefully, draws us in closer together.  So, I bring you good Tidings this spring Thursday!
If you have not heard already, we have a Readiness Team hard at work preparing for the day(s) when we begin to return to on-site worship and events.  There is a LOT to consider at each Phase of that process.  Medical, scientific, legal, and moral considerations have to be followed and weighed.  And all of that seems to change almost daily.  Our great thanks to Dick J (lead), Leslie C, Julie N, Jim K, and Ross A for gathering and thinking through layers of information.  Ultimately, any recommendations the Team makes will go the Council for their consideration.
During this time some important behind the scenes work is still being carried out on behalf of everyone.  Tellers come in each week to count offerings, the Financial Secretary posts the data, the Treasurer writes bills, the Assistant Treasurer sees to payroll, the Property Team takes care of maintenance – most recently cleaning and sealing the baptismal font, the Sexton cleans and sanitizes, and Staff monitors the mail, voice mail and produces electronic and print content and communications each week.  We may not all be together in one place, but all of us taken together are carrying on the work of the congregation.  The building is closed, but the church is open!
I pray you are all safe and coping well.  Please keep in touch with one another and please, remember to pray for those who have died and those who grieve them and for all the people – medical professionals, scientists, first responders, delivery drivers – who work so that we can stay safe.
Blessings,
Pr Kern


From Bishop Eaton

Bishop Eaton, the Presiding Bishop of the ELCA (National Church) has released a pastoral message on COVID-19 & racism.

“This is a trying time for us all. At the same time, we know that a disproportionate burden of illness, death, discrimination and harassment falls on communities of color. This pandemic has exacerbated racism and racial inequities deeply entrenched in society and across the church. We see this in the growing anti-Asian racism and the disproportionate number of deaths in black, American Indian and Latinx communities. I have been learning from the leaders of the ELCA’s ethnic associations how the data we see on the news is experienced in real life. I have listened to leaders of color share the impact of this pandemic on their communities — on their lives and on their ministries. These stories are difficult but important, so we are launching a special series on LivingLutheran.org to lift up these voices for us all to hear. We also seek to ensure that our COVID-19 response more effectively tends to the realities of racism and racial inequality. We are church together.

The full message can be found HERE.


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Pentecost is Coming…

… and, we need your help for worship!
Pentecost is on May 31 and we want to celebrate the “Birthday of the Church” with tongues of fire. Please take a picture of you/your family with your favorite fire. Examples: bonfire, candle, draw a picture of a fire, or color in a picture.
Please send this photo to Anita (aksmallin@gmail.com). Bonus….wear RED! These pictures will be used in the YouTube video for Pentecost Sunday. Please send your pictures by May 27.
Also, we are looking for folks who speak other languages to record themselves saying the Lord’s Prayer. If you are interested, please email Anita by May 24, and she will send you instructions. 


During this time of social distancing, we will be recording a service on YouTube, and posting it on Saturday evening. We hope that this gives you a moment of prayer and peace in this strange time. We are posting the the Sunday Videos on Saturday afternoon.
The video for last Sunday is HERE.
Angela’s Musical Meditation for this week is found HERE.


Readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter
Acts 17:22-31
Psalm 66:8-20
1 Peter 3:13-22
John 14:15-21


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We will be emailing devotions and resources for Sunday School at home on Fridays.


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K has resumed Adult Forum on Zoom at 9:30 am.  The Bible study will be on the Psalms. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.


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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) continues to minister to its members, to those who are hurting and searching for peace, and to those in need. With congregations and ministries across the country, and a network of companion churches and partners in over 70 countries around the world, we anticipate this crisis will affect us all. We see rising demands on our food pantries, homeless shelters and social services. The COVID – 19 Response Fund distributes funds to the ministries of the ELCA most in need and best positioned to help. This includes our congregations as well as local and churchwide ministries capable of reaching and assisting those in need. If you are able, please consider a donation to this fund. The link is HERE.


Thank you for your offering. Your gifts make the ministry of Trinity possible. Electronic giving may be available through your bank or financial institution. Offerings mailed to the church office will be promptly deposited.


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, Esther M, Yulie N, James T, Margo W
family and friends:
Mary Lou B, mother of Jerry B
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Coco E, cousin of Pam B
Justin L, relative of Sarah M & Tom K
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
Family of Eric O, friends of Valerie & Mike M
Residents and staff of Bethesda Health & Rehab
first responders:
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R

From Pastor Kern

Dear Trinity Family,
Who do you believe?  What do you believe?
In the creeds of the church we confess what “I” and “We” believe, depending on which creed we’re reciting. ( Whether you realize it or not, you probably know the Apostle’s and Nicene creeds by heart.)  In these brief statements we share summations of our Christian belief systems.  And yet….
I know church people who aren’t so sure about resurrection and others skeptical about the birth narrative of Jesus. There is disagreement to this day between various Christian traditions about the relationship within the Trinity.  And large swaths of Christianity have no use for the creeds at all.  Some blame the enlightenment, the renaissance, and modern science for sowing seeds of doubt.  And yet…
Here in the 20th century, we find ourselves disputing the believability of science.  Rising sea levels?  That’s not climate change, it’s just normal.  Clean water regulation? What’s more important, clean water or corporate profits?  Death by pandemic? That’s just the deep state trying to scare the population.  And yet…
The moral arc of the universe not only bends toward justice, it bends toward truth.  One way or another, and sometimes at great human cost, the truth prevails.  We don’t have to accept it.  We don’t have to believe it.  But that doesn’t change the truth.  What do you believe? Who do you believe?
+ I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.  +I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord.  +I believe in the Holy Spirit.
Blessings,
Pr Kern


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During this time of social distancing, we will be recording a service on YouTube, and posting it on Saturday evening. We hope that this gives you a moment of prayer and peace in this strange time. We are posting the the Sunday Videos on Saturday afternoon.
The video for last Sunday can be found HERE.
Angela’s Musical Meditation can be found HERE.


Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter
Acts 7:55-60
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14


+LEARN+


We will be emailing devotions and resources for Sunday School at home on Fridays, including Anita’s Time for ALL Children.


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K has resumed Adult Forum on Zoom at 9:30 am.  The Bible study will be on the Psalms. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.


The Stories of Our Lives–A Zoom Meeting with Pastor Kern
Join me via the Zoom link below on Wednesdays, at 7 pm for an examination of the stories of our lives.  As we listen and speak to one another, we’ll be fascinated by what we hear, laugh out loud, and maybe even cry a little.  And through it all, we will see God.
Blessings,
Pr. Kern
Gene Kern is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.Topic: PK’s The Story of Your LifeTime: Apr 22, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Every week on Wed, until May 13, 2020, 4 occurrence(s)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83212788559Meeting ID: 832 1278 8559
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Handbell Choir Concert Update
After 30 consecutive years of presenting our handbell concert combined with the handbell choir from Holy Trinity in Laurel, we are sad to say that we have had to cancel our scheduled May 16 concert this year, due to the COVID-19.  We will keep you updated as to whether we will reschedule for the fall or if we’ll need to wait until next spring.  We greatly appreciate your support of our Heavenly Handbells choir both during the worship services and our concerts and we hope to be back in the swing (ring) of things in the near future. 


Thank you for your offering. Your gifts make the ministry of Trinity possible. Electronic giving may be available through your bank or financial institution. Offerings mailed to the church office will be promptly deposited.


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, Esther M, Yulie N, James T, Margo W
family and friends:
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Coco E, cousin of Pam B
Bob H, brother of Maria F (friend of Carol B)
Justin L, relative of Sarah M & Tom K
Family of Eric O, friends of Valerie & Mike M
Residents and staff of Bethesda Health & Rehab
first responders:
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R

Deaths:
Chris S, friend of Valerie & Mike M +April 29, 2020
Eric O, friend of Valerie & Mike M +April 30, 2020
Katherine Jean C, mother of David C +May 1, 2020
Margaret C, mother of Cathy C +May 4, 2020