From Pastor Kern
Dear People of God,
I wish you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving. And may all the world have reason to celebrate and be thankful this day.
The Thanksgivings of my childhood meant tromping through the fallen leaves as we headed into church Thanksgiving morning for a shared service with our Episcopalian and Methodist neighbors. There were neighbors at our dinner table and always as much laughter as there was food.
Today will not be like that for many in our world, our nation, even our congregation – and for that we are all sorry. But we have hope. And we look forward to a very different Thanksgiving Day next year.
So we give thanks with quiet voice this year. Grateful for family, friends, church, and life itself. But maybe this year we can widen our circle of remembrance in our prayers to include: medical staff and scientists; military personnel, especially those in harm’s way, around the world; victims of covid and their families; children and youth whose education is interrupted; the poor for whom today will be just as difficult as yesterday; those struggling for justice and equity; those with whom we are not at peace; and, for the reign of God to unfold in us and through us, especially during these days.
Parking Lot Worship Service with Communion
Each Sunday in November at 4pm, we will holding a LIVE Communion service in the parking lot. Bring a mask and a lounge chair from home or sit in your car (we hope to have our new AM transmitter up and running this week, especially as the weather gets colder). Due to restrictions, only 50 people will be able to participate. In case of rain, the service will be cancelled.
We will be collecting food donations for Living Faith Lutheran Church’s food pantry, alongside the offering plate. The items will be gathered and added to the next Food Drive delivery on December 19. Also, running this Sunday through December 6, we will be collecting new unwrapped toys for children infant to age 18 for Community Family Life Services Annual Give-a-Gift program. Bring your toy purchases to Sunday afternoon church services, or drop them off at the church office Monday, Wednesday, or Friday mornings.
Please use the link HERE to indicate you will be attending Trinity’s parking lot worship Sunday the 29th. When replying, count all members of your household who will be attending (no need for members to reply individually). If you prefer to RSVP by email or phone, please contact the office at Trinity (firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-881-7275).
[Please note: an RSVP ensures that we have prepared enough space for social distancing, as well as a preliminary count for Communion supplies and a means to reach you if services are cancelled.]
Volunteers Needed: Parking Lot Services run smoother when we have volunteers willing to help with Reader/Prayer Leader, Usher, Entrance Greeter, or Equipment Setup duties one or more Sundays in November/December. Signup link is HERE or contact the office as above to reserve your spot. Thank you!
Watch, Wait, Wonder, Worship
Wednesdays in Advent, 7 pm
During this season of Advent, we invite you to join us for a live, Zoom midweek worship each Wednesday – December 2, 9, 16, 23 – at 7 pm. Our theme will be shared by many congregations across the ELCA, reminding us that even in this time of pandemic we remain a connected church. These are quiet, meditative services with intentional spaces of silence, readings, and song. To facilitate your participation, we invite you to save this Zoom link (it will be the same for each Wednesday) and to print or download the pages which will serve as your worship folder each week.
With the Church of every time and place we pray, Come, Lord Jesus.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82974416447
Dial in: 1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 829 7441 6447
Virtual services, Faith Formation resources, and musical meditations will continue to be posted on Trinity’s YouTube channel each week: https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK (and subscribe!)
Readings for the First Sunday in Advent
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
David K continues a study on the Old Testament books of First and Second Samuel this Sunday at 9:30 am. Please email David for the Zoom link, or call the church office to have your name added to the class list.
Advent Retreat Sessions
Join Valerie on Sunday mornings at 10:45 during Advent, starting November 29th, for some time of prayer, reflection, poetry, coloring, and quiet conversation. You will need to have 4 candles, pen/pencil, coloring tools, and a printed copy of the materials (2 pages) for the week.
The Zoom link each week is: https://zoom.us/j/93415278167
Dial in: Dial-in: (301)715-8592, meeting ID 93415278167
Materials for week 1 are HERE
See the Trinitarian for more details. Contact Valerie M (email@example.com) with any questions.
Faith Formation Videos will be emailed on Fridays.
Social Ministry Advent/Christmas Edition
The Social Ministry team is sponsoring several opportunities for giving during the Advent season. Please consider participating in one or more, as you are able. Details may be found HERE. Included are appeals for
CFLS Give a Gift – Deadline is December 6
2020 Gifts of Hope – online this year
NEW–Adopting a Family through A Wider Circle (AWC) – Deadline is December 13
Note: the link to the Signup Genius page was broken in the original message. Please click HERE to sign up to purchase one or more items for members of the family.
Reverse Advent Calendar and Devotions
As a reverse Advent discipline, we are collecting items for the pantry at Living Faith. A full explanation is in the December Trinitarian, including the master list of daily items. Make this discipline work as you need; there are suggestions in the upcoming Trinitarian. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie M at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for supporting the pantry.
2021 Stewardship Campaign is Underway
A series of letters and a pledge card have been sent to members and longtime friends of the congregation. Please consider prayerfully your blessings in the past year, and make a commitment to supporting Trinity’s mission in 2021. Please contact the church office (email@example.com) if you did not receive one, and it will be mailed to you. Please return your completed card by November 29, either at Sunday Parking Lot Services, by mail, to the secure mailbox at the office entrance, or emailed to Carol B, Financial Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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
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)
Tigist G, Dick J, Len S, Margo W
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Carol & Ken E, aunt & uncle of Jeanine B
Mari J, friend of Sarah M & Tom K
Dick & Nancy K, uncle & aunt of Jim K
Joey L, stepson of Sabrina R
Gabriel L, nephew of Ani SG and Len S
Carl (CJ) S, brother of Dan S
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
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.