From Pastor Christine

As many of you know, June is Pride Month. A time we intentionally set aside to honor, affirm, and advocate for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (and in some cases, “questioning”), intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) siblings. The “+” is for a plethora of other orientations and identities. Years ago Trinity Lutheran identified itself as a Reconciling in Christ congregation, which means we have explicitly chosen to welcome and affirm people of “all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions” and we commit ourselves to racial equity.

To really boil it down: We take Jesus’ commandment to love one another very seriously, both in terms of how we express love and care; and we recognize all the varied expressions of love, sexuality, and identity that comes with being made in the image of God. 

There’s a lot more to be said on this topic, but I wanted to share with you one small worship tweak we will be making during the month of June: we will be using the Inclusive Bible translation for our readings. The translators intent is to free the text from sexist language, gender bias, and social stereotyping. The translators relied on the original Hebrew and Greek and do more than just play around with pronouns. I think you’ll find that it reads smoothly and beautifully. 

I will, however, be honest. The Inclusive Bible was published in 2007 and language and understandings continue to evolve, so it may not be as reflective of our current understandings as I would like, but it is a start. As you may have heard me say recently in a sermon: our words and how we use them matter. I hope you’ll listen and reflect with an open mind. 


Happy Pride Month!
Deep peace and joy,
Pastor Christine


Summer Kick-Off Fun June 19!

Please plan on joining us ice cream, activities, and fellowship! Between 11am-1pm, an ice cream truck will be available in our parking lot with a choice of goodies (at no cost). Games and labyrinth activities will also be available. At 12:00 noon Anita will host story time for children. Additionally, this date is our regularly scheduled Living Faith Food Pantry collection day (9am-noon). We’re doing a ‘flash drive’ and setting a high goal of collecting 500 items on a single date! So, please bring non-perishables with you when you come and let’s see how full we can make the pantry shelves! We hope you’ll come and rekindle your relationships with each other, and get to know folks you may not know well. 


Weekly Music Meditation

Please enjoy this weeks Music Meditation HERE!


Traffic Alert!

Construction at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd and Executive Blvd has created a long term road closure at that intersection. HERE is a map of the detour from Montgomery County.


Pastor’s Office Hours

Pastor Christine continues to hold regular office hours. If you would like to speak with her either via zoom, phone, or in-person, please contact her at: pastor@trinityelca.org. You may also utilize the sign-up form found here, which has added slots.


June Trinitarian Now Available

View it here!


+WORSHIP+


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

The mustard seed becomes a great shrub that shelters the birds, recalling ancient images of the tree of life. We’d expect a cedar or a sequoia, but Jesus finds the power of God better imaged in a tiny, no-account seed. It’s not the way we expect divine activity to look. Yet the tree of life is here, in the cross around which we gather, the tree into which we are grafted through baptism, the true vine that nourishes us with its fruit in the cup we share. It may not appear all that impressive, but while nobody’s looking it grows with a power beyond our understanding.

Worship Updates

Come to LIVE Communion worship in the parking lot on Sundays at 10am (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We will still offer our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. We hope to continue this plan through the summer, with the hopes of implementing live-stream capabilities, so that we can have indoor worship services when it is safe to do so. 

Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos, are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube


Worship Assistants Needed!

In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office or sign up HERE to be Parking Lot Greeter (to direct cars and to give handouts), Communion Distributor, or Lector/Prayer Leader.


Readings for this Sunday
Ezekiel 17:22-24
Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15
Corinthians 5:6-10 [11-13] 14-17
Mark 4:26-34


+LEARN+


Adult Forum | Sundays | 11:30 am- 12:30 pm

Join us Sunday morning for an exploration of peace, violence and non-violence in the context of our Christian faith and calling.  How can Jesus life and ministry help us understand peace: peace with ourselves, peace within our families and communities, peace between regions and countries.  Let’s journey together on Jesus’ path of peace!  If you are interested in getting the Zoom link for the meetings, contact the Trinity office. Please join us!


NEW! Reclaiming Jesus Podcast Conversations

Here are details for the first 2 sessions. We are not going in order, so be sure to find the correct episodes for each week. Some podcasts number them, some don’t, so check the titles. If you wish to read the condensed statement that many clergy signed, the link is in last week’s Tidings. The link below is to one carrier of the podcasts. Bring a picnic dinner and meet at the benches near the labyrinth.

https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/f5htt-a2345/Reclaiming-Jesus-Now-with-Jim-Wallis-Podcast

Wednesday, June 16 | 7:00pm
The Image Question & The Neighbor Question (#8 & #9)
Statement confession parts I & II.

Wednesday, June 23 | 7:00pm
The Power Question & The Caesar Question (#6 & #4)
Statement confession part V.


+SERVE+


Food Collections June 19!

Right before the Summer Kickoff we will be hosting the Food Collection for Living Faith Pantry 9 am-11 am
The demand for food assistance remains high at the Living Faith pantry in Rockville. They continue to distribute food to over 100 families each week. 

Please help Trinity continue its active support of Living Faith’s pantry during these difficult economic times.

Date: Saturday, June 19, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Rd. 
North Bethesda 20852 (main parking lot) 
More info: Kathy at 301-675-6987 or email office@trinityelca.org

Critical Food Needs 

(Note: this month the pantry has a special need for cooking oil.)

Cold cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible)
Black/pinto beans (canned)
Canned tomatoes (whole if possible)
Canned vegetables (corn very popular) 
Canned fruit
**Cooking oil 
Jam/jelly (strawberry very popular)
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)

If you can’t be there but would like to help, you may send a check directly to
Living Faith Lutheran Church (1605 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20851) Please note ‘food pantry’ in the memo line. The pantry very much appreciates cash donations which allow them to fill in any food gaps.


From Our Guest Pastor: Request for letters to CSD Community

It’s more important than ever that our Community of St Dysmas siblings feel connected to the larger church they are a part of. We’ve been asking Lutherans and ecumenical partners to submit notes to our office that we can mail to individuals who are a part of the CSD family. In these difficult times, these letters are quite literally a God-send for them. If you or anyone in your congregation would like to write a note, here are the guidelines for writing: 

1. Use only white or plain lined notebook paper. No stationary or greeting cards. Notes can be handwritten or printer generated. 
2. Blue or black ball point pen, no color or markers. Line drawings are fine but no color. 
3. Greeting should be generic such as “Dear friend in faith,” “Hello my sibling in Christ,” etc.
4. Do not give identifiers such as your name, location, etc., but please say what church you are from. This helps our people know they are part of the larger church. 
5. Generic messages of encouragement, Bible verses or prayers in the body of the note are very much appreciated. 
6. Sign with a term such as “Your friend in Christ,” “A fellow Lutheran,” A sister/brother in faith,” etc. 

Please send the letters to our office: and we will distribute them to the members. 
Community of St Dysmas 
905 Frederick Rd 
Catonsville, Md 21228 

Or e mail them to: pastor@communitystdysmas.org 
On behalf of our Community of St Dysmas folks, thank you so much!


Thanks to all who supported the Social Ministry Team’s May “Shower” diaper collection for the Greater DC Diaper Bank. 

We exceed our goal of 3,000 diapers, collecting just short of 3,500 diapers!  God’s Work Our Hands!


Montgomery County Young Adults Mini Golf | June 27 | 1:30 pm


Come join Young Adults (those in their 20s and 30s) from Good Shepherd, Prince of Peace, and Christ the Servant to play mini golf at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg on Sunday, June 27 at 1:30 pm. After, we will have Rita’s ice! Please bring $5 cash (total cost for mini golf and Rita’s). Let Kelly Stief (Kelly_T_Stief@mcpsmd.org) know you’re coming by Sunday, June 20, so we can order enough Rita’s. Looking forward to seeing you there!


Out of Office

This week (June 7th – 14th) Pastor Christine will be on vacation (backpacking the Appalachian Trail). She will not have access to email or phone. In the event of an emergency, please contact the office and they will put you in touch with Pastor Steve Buechler, who will be on call during her absence.
Pastor Susan Beck will be leading us in worship. She is the chaplain with The Community of Saint Dysmas, which is the Lutheran community within the Maryland State Correctional System. Please welcome her!


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.


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 office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
Martha R, Bethesda Health & Rehab

home
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W

family and friends*
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Alice I, friend of Carol B
Col. Kelly K, friend of Len S
Family of Kumari K., sister of Vimala P
Rob R, friend of Margaret & Greg F
Dave L, friend of Mike M
Anne L, friend of Susan S
Juan Sosa G, brother of Ani Sosa G


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

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks.  After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.

From Pastor Christine

As many of you know, June is Pride Month. A time we intentionally set aside to honor, affirm, and advocate for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (and in some cases, “questioning”), intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) siblings. The “+” is for a plethora of other orientations and identities. Years ago Trinity Lutheran identified itself as a Reconciling in Christ congregation, which means we have explicitly chosen to welcome and affirm people of “all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions” and we commit ourselves to racial equity.

To really boil it down: We take Jesus’ commandment to love one another very seriously, both in terms of how we express love and care; and we recognize all the varied expressions of love, sexuality, and identity that comes with being made in the image of God. 

There’s a lot more to be said on this topic, but I wanted to share with you one small worship tweak we will be making during the month of June: we will be using the Inclusive Bible translation for our readings. The translators intent is to free the text from sexist language, gender bias, and social stereotyping. The translators relied on the original Hebrew and Greek and do more than just play around with pronouns. I think you’ll find that it reads smoothly and beautifully. 

I will, however, be honest. The Inclusive Bible was published in 2007 and language and understandings continue to evolve, so it may not be as reflective of our current understandings as I would like, but it is a start. As you may have heard me say recently in a sermon: our words and how we use them matter. I hope you’ll listen and reflect with an open mind. 


Happy Pride Month!
Deep peace and joy,
Pastor Christine


Weekly Music Meditation

Angela’s Weekly Music Meditation can be found HERE. Enjoy!


Traffic Alert!

Construction at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd and Executive Blvd has created a long term road closure at that intersection. HERE is a map of the detour from Montgomery County.


Pastor’s Office Hours

Pastor Christine continues to hold regular office hours. If you would like to speak with her either via zoom, phone, or in-person, please contact her at: pastor@trinityelca.org. You may also utilize the sign-up form found here, which has added slots.


June Trinitarian Now Available

View it here!


+WORSHIP+


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

A house divided against itself cannot stand. Jesus makes this observation in light of charges that he is possessed. He is possessed, not by a demon, but by the Holy Spirit. We who have received the Holy Spirit through baptism have been joined to Christ’s death and resurrection and knit together in the body of Christ. Those with whom we sing and pray this day are Jesus’ family. With them we go forth in peace to do the will of God.

Worship Updates

Come to LIVE Communion worship in the parking lot on Sundays at 10am (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We will still offer our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. We hope to continue this plan through the summer, with the hopes of implementing live-stream capabilities, so that we can have indoor worship services when it is safe to do so. 

Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos, are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube


Worship Assistants Needed!

In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office or sign up HERE to be Parking Lot Greeter (to direct cars and to give handouts), Communion Distributor, or Lector/Prayer Leader.


Readings for this Sunday
Genesis 3:8-15
Psalm 130
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Mark 3:20-35


+LEARN+


Adult Forum

Please join us June 6 at 11:30am as David K continues a series on 1 John. Please email David or the church office to receive a Zoom invitation to the class. Please join us!


+SERVE+


Summer Kick-Off Fun June 19!

Please plan on joining us ice cream, activities, and fellowship! Between 11am-1pm, an ice cream truck will be available in our parking lot with a choice of goodies (at no cost). Games and labyrinth activities will also be available. At 12:00 noon Anita will host story time for children. Additionally, this date is our regularly scheduled Living Faith Food Pantry collection day (9am-noon). We’re doing a ‘flash drive’ and setting a high goal of collecting 500 items on a single date! So, please bring non-perishables with you when you come and let’s see how full we can make the pantry shelves! We hope you’ll come and rekindle your relationships with each other, and get to know folks you may not know well. 


Live-stream equipment update!

As many of you know, we are actively working on securing all the components to implement live-streaming for our worship services. Council has approved a plan for a really good first step. We are very fortunate that we have been able to keep this first step at a very reasonable cost point (less than 5K). However, we do have a few “wish list” items that are not included in the first steps, but will improve our capabilities greatly: 
1. Blackmagic switcher, which will improve the reliability of the system; 
2. and an instrument microphone for the organ, which will capture the full sound of the organ. 

If you are able to donate to these two needs (totaling ~$1695), please contact the Financial Secretary, Carol Bruno, Pastor Christine, or write: ‘live-stream donation’ in the memo line of a check. We will be sharing more information in regards to live-steaming installation and capabilities in the very near future, but if you have questions, please reach out to Pastor Christine.


Thanks to all who supported the Social Ministry Team’s May “Shower” diaper collection for the Greater DC Diaper Bank. 

We exceed our goal of 3,000 diapers, collecting just short of 3,500 diapers!  God’s Work Our Hands!


Montgomery County Young Adults Mini Golf


Come join Young Adults (those in their 20s and 30s) from Good Shepherd, Prince of Peace, and Christ the Servant to play mini golf at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg on Sunday, June 27 at 1:30 pm. After, we will have Rita’s ice! Please bring $5 cash (total cost for mini golf and Rita’s). Let Kelly Stief (Kelly_T_Stief@mcpsmd.org) know you’re coming by Sunday, June 20, so we can order enough Rita’s. Looking forward to seeing you there!


Out of Office

Next week (June 7th – 14th) Pastor Christine will be on vacation (backpacking the Appalachian Trail). She will not have access to email or phone. In the event of an emergency, please contact the office and they will put you in touch with Pastor Steve Buechler, who will be on call during her absence.
Pastor Susan Beck will be leading us in worship. She is the chaplain with The Community of Saint Dysmas, which is the Lutheran community within the Maryland State Correctional System. Please welcome her!


Pet Food Pantry Collection/Troop 1324 Eagle Project

A member of Trinity’s scout troop (Antonio) is currently working on an Eagle project to collect pet food for the Humane Rescue Alliance of DC’s pet food pantry ( https://www.humanerescuealliance.org/petpantry) to help those who are struggling financially to care for their pets.  His collection runs through June 6.  If anyone would like to help this effort, we will have a bin at the next three Sunday morning parking lot services (May 23 and 30 and June 6) to collect donations. This is for both cats and dogs. The pantry asks for unexpired and unopened dry food bags of any size plus canned food, treats, and toys.  The Balbach family will be at the services to receive pet food donations, and if you want to help and can’t attend a service, please reach out to the Balbachs for pick-up.  Thank you from the troop! 


NEW! Reclaiming Jesus Podcast Conversations

Here are details for the first 2 sessions. We are not going in order, so be sure to find the correct episodes for each week. Some podcasts number them, some don’t, so check the titles. If you wish to read the condensed statement that many clergy signed, the link is just below and the associated confession parts are provided for each session as a reference point if you are interested. Bring a picnic dinner and meet at the benches near the labyrinth.

http://www.reclaimingjesus.org/sites/default/files/downloads/reclaimingjesus_summary_clean_1.pdf

Wednesday, June 16th, 7:00pm

The Image Question & The Neighbor Question (#8 & #9)

Statement confession parts I & II.

Wednesday, June 23rd, 7:00pm

The Power Question & The Caesar Question (#6 & #4)

Statement confession part V.


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.


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 office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
Martha R, Bethesda Health & Rehab

home
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W

family and friends*
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Alice I, friend of Carol B
Col. Kelly K, friend of Len S
Family of Kumari K, sister of Vimala P
Rob R, friend of Margaret & Greg F
The Robin S Family, friends of M. F
Dave L, friend of Mike M
Juan S-G, brother of Ani S-G
Anne L, former member

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

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks.  After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.

From Pastor Christine

Beginning this Sunday (May 30th) we are making some adjustments to our outdoor worship. If you are vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask while seated in your worship space. We are following guidance that has been shared with religious organizations, which suggests adopting a “two out of three” approach: masks, social distancing, gathering outdoors. We will be outdoors at least until our live-streaming capabilities are up and running smoothly, so according to current trends it seems safe enough to worship without masks while outdoors. When gathering after worship, please be hospitable and respectful of one another, asking if they would prefer talking masked or unmasked. This is just our first next step. I know there will be many steps in the coming months. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to me via email: pastor@trinityelca.org.

Deep peace and joy,
Pastor Christine


Weekly Music Meditation

Angela’s Weekly Music Meditation can be found HERE. Happy Trinity Sunday!


Traffic Alert!

Construction at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd and Executive Blvd has created a long term road closure at that intersection. HERE is a map of the detour from Montgomery County.


Pastor’s Office Hours

Pastor Christine continues to hold regular office hours. If you would like to speak with her either via zoom, phone, or in-person, please contact her at: pastor@trinityelca.org. You may also utilize the sign-up form found here, which has added slots.


June Trinitarian Now Available

View it here!


+WORSHIP+


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

When we say God is the triune God, we are saying something about who God is beyond, before, and after the universe: that there is community within God. Our experience of this is reflected in Paul’s words today. When we pray to God as Jesus prayed to his Abba (an everyday, intimate parental address), the Spirit prays within us, creating between us and God the same relationship Jesus has with the one who sent him.


Worship Updates

Come to LIVE Communion worship in the parking lot on Sundays at 10am (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We will still offer our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. We hope to continue this plan through the summer, with the hopes of implementing live-stream capabilities, so that we can have indoor worship services when it is safe to do so. 

Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos, are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube


Worship Assistants Needed!

In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office or sign up HERE to be Parking Lot Greeter (to direct cars and to give handouts), Communion Distributor, or Lector/Prayer Leader.


Readings for Trinity Sunday
Isaiah 6:1-8
Psalm 29
Romans 8:12-17
John 3:1-17


+LEARN+


Adult Forum

Please join us May 30 at 11:30am as David K continues a series on 1 John. Please email David or the church office to receive a Zoom invitation to the class. Please join us!


+SERVE+


May Disposable Diaper Drive (LAST WEEKEND)

Trinity continues to collect diapers for the Greater DC Diaper Bank through May 30. For more details, check HERE. Drop off is available during parking lot services, during normal church office hours.


Pet Food Pantry Collection/Troop 1324 Eagle Project

A member of Trinity’s scout troop (Antonio) is currently working on an Eagle project to collect pet food for the Humane Rescue Alliance of DC’s pet food pantry ( https://www.humanerescuealliance.org/petpantry) to help those who are struggling financially to care for their pets.  His collection runs through June 6.  If anyone would like to help this effort, we will have a bin at the next three Sunday morning parking lot services (May 23 and 30 and June 6) to collect donations. This is for both cats and dogs. The pantry asks for unexpired and unopened dry food bags of any size plus canned food, treats, and toys.  The Balbach family will be at the services to receive pet food donations, and if you want to help and can’t attend a service, please reach out to the Balbachs for pick-up.  Thank you from the troop! 


Reclaiming Jesus Podcast Conversations

The number of people in the US who self-identify as Christians has now dropped to below 50%. Their personal experience or what they see and hear through the media are 2 reasons more and more people, especially young people, are walking away from the church. So a question was raised during an Adult Forum session that inspired the idea of having some conversation around how we reclaim Jesus and tell a different story from what is commonly heard in the media. We will be using the Reclaiming Jesus podcast, a series of conversations with Jim Wallis, as a launching point. Join us for 4 Wednesday evenings starting June 16th at 7:00. Weather permitting we will gather at the newly installed benches. You are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner. Otherwise we will use Zoom. See the weekly Tidings for more detailed information, including the order of the podcast episodes.


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.


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 office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
Martha R, Bethesda Health & Rehab

home
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W

family and friends*
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
James B, father of Mary B
Joanne B, sister-in-law of Mary B
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Jessica E, niece of Mary B
Col. Kelly K, friend of Len Sandelli
Family of Kumari K, sister of Vimala P
Anne L, former member of Trinity, friend of Susan S
Alice I, friend of Carol B
Rob R, friend of Margaret & Greg F
The Robin S Family, friends of M. F

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

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks.  After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.

Deaths
Kumari K +May 24,, 2021, sister of Vimala P

From Pastor Christine

I want to take a moment to thank Carol Bruno for her tireless dedication to Trinity. Over the past year, she has served as our interim office manager with grace, tenacity, and extreme competence. I could not have made it through my first months here without her. I have known since I started that it was Carol’s desire to step down from the role and so we began our search for a new office manager. Just this week, Ms. Amanda MacPhee has joined us in the office. We are working on getting her up to speed. Amanda comes to us with church office experience and graphic design skills. She is also owner of Amanda Macphee Wedding Studios, and does professional wedding photography. With the change of office staff, our office hours will be slightly different. Amanda will be in the office on Mondays, Tuesday, and Thursdays from 9:30am-3:30pm. She will be doing additional hours virtually. If you’re unsure whether anyone is at the church, please call! Please help me in welcoming Amanda! Stop in and say, “Hi!” And be patient with any glitches as we make this transition.

Deep peace and joy,
Pastor Christine


Weekly Music Meditation

Angela’s Weekly Music Meditation can be found HERE. Happy Pentecost!


The May Trinitarian, Trinity’s monthly newsletter, has been published. You can find it HERE.


Traffic Alert!

Construction at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd and Executive Blvd has created a long term road closure at that intersection. HERE is a map of the detour from Montgomery County.


Pastor’s Office Hours

Pastor Christine continues to hold regular office hours. If you would like to speak with her either via zoom, phone, or in-person, please contact her at: pastor@trinityelca.org. You may also utilize the sign-up form found here, which has added slots.


+WORSHIP+


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

Fifty days after Easter, we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. Crossing all boundaries that would separate us, the Spirit brings the wideness of God’s mercy to places we least expect it—to a crowd of strangers of different lands and tongues, to dry bones, to our weak hearts. Jesus promises his disciples that they will be accompanied by the Holy Spirit, and that this Spirit reveals the truth. We celebrate that we too have been visited with this same Spirit. Guided by the truth, we join together in worship, and then disperse to share the fullness of Christ’s love with the world.


Worship Updates

Come to LIVE Communion worship in the parking lot on Sundays at 10am (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We will still offer our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. We hope to continue this plan through the summer, with the hopes of implementing live-stream capabilities, so that we can have indoor worship services when it is safe to do so. 

Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos, are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube


Worship Assistants Needed!

In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office or sign up HERE to be Parking Lot Greeter (to direct cars and to give handouts), Communion Distributor, or Lector/Prayer Leader.


Readings for Pentecost Sunday
Acts 2:1-21
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15


+LEARN+


Adult Forum

Please join us May 23 at 11:30am as David K continues a series on 1 John. Please email David or the church office to receive a Zoom invitation to the class. Please join us!


+SERVE+


May Disposable Diaper Drive 

Trinity continues to collect diapers for the Greater DC Diaper Bank through May 30. For more details, check HERE. Drop off is available during parking lot services, during normal church office hours.


Pet Food Pantry Collection/Troop 1324 Eagle Project

A member of Trinity’s scout troop (Antonio) is currently working on an Eagle project to collect pet food for the Humane Rescue Alliance of DC’s pet food pantry ( https://www.humanerescuealliance.org/petpantry) to help those who are struggling financially to care for their pets.  His collection runs through June 6.  If anyone would like to help this effort, we will have a bin at the next three Sunday morning parking lot services (May 23 and 30 and June 6) to collect donations. This is for both cats and dogs. The pantry asks for unexpired and unopened dry food bags of any size plus canned food, treats, and toys.  The Balbach family will be at the services to receive pet food donations, and if you want to help and can’t attend a service, please reach out to the Balbachs for pick-up.  Thank you from the troop! 


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.


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 office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
Martha R, Bethesda Health & Rehab

home
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W

family and friends*
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
James B, father of Mary B
Joanne B, sister-in-law of Mary B
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Jack C, father of David C
Jessica E, niece of Mary B
Rob R, friend of Margaret & Greg F
The Robin S Family, friends of M. F

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

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks.  After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.

Births
Frank Arthur B May 18, 2021, son of Andy B & Sarah P, grandson of Lynn & Bud B

Deaths
James N “Jack” C + May 19, 2021, father of David C

Returning Home By Another Way

This year of living with a global pandemic has been apocalyptic. Apocalypse is a Greek word meaning “revelation”, “an unveiling” of things that were not known or needed to be revealed. This past year has been revealing some truths about our lives…truths about the way we do things, how things work or don’t work like inequity of opportunities and access to basic needs, systems that are at minimum unjust. It’s been a challenging year for different reasons and in different ways for different individuals and communities.

What has been revealed about Trinity? What have our challenges been?
• Too many things rely on one person
• Coordination, partnership between ministry areas is sporadic
• Current structure leaves holes in our leadership
• We can do new things or adapt to new ways of doing
• Our collective imagination has both stalled and been stretched and engaged
• The range of levels of engagement may be wider than expected, meaning people aren’t as engaged as we believed
• New ideas have been welcomed
Maybe some of these things were noticed in the early days of the call process when Trinity was reflecting on the past and looking to the future. The pandemic has given us more time to reflect. Having 7 new members join council in July and holding a retreat has brought more opportunity to reflect and consider who we are as a community, who we want to be, and how we might get there.
Apocalyptic times reveal truths to us, but also signs and ways of new life and creation. We are slowly returning home, but by another way. On World Labyrinth Day some of us gathered at our labyrinth. Josh explained that his design wasn’t a single path in and back out, though that option is definitely there. His intention was for people to enter by one path and come out another path. That’s the story of the three kings, going home by another way.
The pandemic and its impact is not going to be over with the flip of a switch. We will be doing things differently due to that alone, for some time to come still. The restructuring that Council is proposing is meant to bring us home by another way, a way that hopefully will address some of the less than ideal concerns that our time in reflection over the last year plus, has revealed. A way home by another way that makes Trinity a congregation full of vitality.
Please come the congregational meeting, and listen with an open heart and spirit, to the approach we want to experiment with in the coming year.
Thank you,
Valerie, Jerry, and Mary


Semi-Annual Congregation Meeting THIS SUNDAY May 16 

Please join us via Zoom at noon on May 16 for Trinity’s semiannual meeting. Items on the agenda include:
• Expenditures
• Elections: Council, MEF, Synod Assembly, 2022 Nominating Committee
• RIC commitment study
• Introduce Committee restructure to Congregation (see above)
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/97072058065
Join by phone: +1 301 715 8592
Meeting ID: 970 7205 8065


2020 Annual Reports of the congregation will be distributed at Parking Lot Church this week. You can also stop by the church office to pick up a copy during business hours, or request a pdf via email.


Weekly Music Meditation

Angela’s Weekly Music Meditation can be found HERE. Happy Ascension Day!


The May Trinitarian, Trinity’s monthly newsletter, has been published. You can find it HERE.


Traffic Alert!

Construction at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd and Executive Blvd has created a long term road closure at that intersection. HERE is a map of the detour from Montgomery County.


Pastor’s Office Hours

Pastor Christine continues to hold regular office hours. If you would like to speak with her either via zoom, phone, or in-person, please contact her at: pastor@trinityelca.org. You may also utilize the sign-up form found here, which has added slots. 


+WORSHIP+


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

In today’s readings the risen Christ ascends into heaven and his followers are assured that the Spirit will empower them to be witnesses throughout the earth. The disciples are told to not gaze up into heaven to look for Jesus (Acts 1:11); we find his presence among us as we proclaim the word and share the Easter feast. We too long for the Spirit to enliven our faith and invigorate our mission.


Worship Updates

Come to LIVE Communion worship in the parking lot on Sundays at 10am (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We will still offer our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. We hope to continue this plan through the summer, with the hopes of implementing live-stream capabilities, so that we can have indoor worship services when it is safe to do so. 

Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos, are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube


Worship Assistants Needed!

In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office or sign up HERE to be Parking Lot Greeter (to direct cars and to give handouts), Communion Distributor, or Lector/Prayer Leader.


Readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter
Acts 1:1-11
Psalm 1
1 John 5:9-13
Luke 24:44-53


 

Red Geraniums for Pentecost, May 23

Deadline for ordering is May 16. Please complete this form if you would like to donate geraniums for Pentecost Sunday.


+LEARN+


Adult Forum

There will be no Adult Forum this week due to the congregational meeting at noon. Please join us May 23 at 11:30am as David K continues a series on 1 John. Please email David or the church office to receive a Zoom invitation to the class. Please join us!


Graduate Recognition Sunday

Trinity plans to recognize graduates from high school, college, and graduate school at Parking Lot Services on Pentecost Sunday, May 23 at 10am. Please notify the church office of all who are graduating in your family this spring, along with the school name.


+SERVE+


Living Faith Food Drive THIS SATURDAY May 15

Please contribute to our next nonperishable food drive to benefit Living Faith Food Pantry in the main parking lot from 9 to noon this Saturday. Over 115 families were helped in a recent week, so your food and cash donations are more important than ever.  Thank you! See the updated list of Critical Food Needs HERE

May Disposable Diaper Drive 

Trinity continues to collect diapers for the Greater DC Diaper Bank through May 30. For more details, check HERE. Drop off is available during parking lot services, during normal church office hours, and the food drive on May 15.


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.


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 office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home: 
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
James B, father of Mary B
Joanne B, sister in law of Mary B
Brian B, former Trinity Office Admin
Jack C, father of David C
Jessica E, niece of Mary B
Rev. Sarah F-M, friend of Anita S
Robin S Family, friends of Margaret F 
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

Semi-Annual Congregation Meeting May 16

Please join us via Zoom at noon on May 16 for Trinity’s semiannual meeting. Items on the agenda include:
• Expenditures
• Elections: Council, MEF, Synod Assembly, 2022 Nominating Committee
• RIC commitment study
• Introduce Committee restructure to Congregation
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/97072058065
Join by phone: +1 301 715 8592
Meeting ID: 970 7205 8065

2020 Annual Reports of the congregation will be distributed at Parking Lot Church this week and next. You can also stop by the church office to pick up a copy during business hours, or request a pdf via email.


Weekly Music Meditation

Angela’s Weekly Music Meditation can be found HERE.


The May Trinitarian, Trinity’s monthly newsletter, has been published. You can find it HERE.


Traffic Alert!

Construction at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd and Executive Blvd has created a long term road closure at that intersection. HERE is a map of the detour from Montgomery County.


Pastor’s Office Hours

Pastor Christine continues to hold regular office hours. If you would like to speak with her either via zoom, phone, or in-person, please contact her at: pastor@trinityelca.org. You may also utilize the sign-up form found here, which has added slots. 


+WORSHIP+


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

This Sunday’s image of the life the risen Christ shares with us is the image of friendship. We are called to serve others as Jesus came to serve; but for John’s gospel, the image of servanthood is too hierarchical, too distant, to capture the essence of life with Christ. Friendship captures the love, the joy, the deep mutuality of the relationship into which Christ invites us. The Greeks believed that true friends are willing to die for each other. This is the mutual love of Christian community commanded by Christ and enabled by the Spirit. 


Worship Updates

Come to LIVE Communion worship in the parking lot on Sundays at 10am (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We will still offer our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. We hope to continue this plan through the summer, with the hopes of implementing live-stream capabilities, so that we can have indoor worship services when it is safe to do so. 

Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos, are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube


Worship Assistants Needed!

In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office or sign up HERE to be Parking Lot Greeter (to direct cars and to give handouts), Communion Distributor, or Lector/Prayer Leader.


Readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter
Acts 10:44-48
Psalm 98
1 John 5:1-6
John 15:9-17


Red Geraniums for Pentecost, May 23

Deadline for ordering is May 16. Please complete this form if you would like to donate geraniums for Pentecost Sunday.


+LEARN+


Adult Forum – Note Time Change!

David K begins a series on 1 John this Sunday at 11:30am (to allow people attending Parking Lot Church to return home). Please email David or the church office to receive a Zoom invitation to the class. Please join us!


Graduate Recognition Sunday

Trinity plans to recognize graduates from high school, college, and graduate school at Parking Lot Services on Pentecost Sunday, May 23 at 10am. Please notify the church office of all who are graduating in your family this spring, along with the school name.


+SERVE+


InterFaith Works Women’s Center Dinner – Coming SOON!  

Opportunities are still available to provide side dishes for the Women’s Center Dinner on Tuesday, May 11. For more information and to sign up, check HERE.


May Disposable Diaper Drive 

Trinity continues to collect diapers for the Greater DC Diaper Bank through May 30. For more details, check HERE. Drop off is available during parking lot services, during normal church office hours, and the food drive on May 15.

Living Faith Food Drive May 15

Save the Date (May 15, 9am to noon) for our next nonperishable food drive to benefit Living Faith Food Pantry. See the updated list of Critical Food Needs HERE


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.


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 office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home: 
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
James B, father of Mary B
Joanne B, sister in law of Mary B
Brian B, former Trinity Office Admin
Jack C, father of David C
Jessica E, niece of Mary B
Rev. Sarah F-M, friend of Anita 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 Christine

Is promoting diversity and inclusion a passion of yours? Do you want to learn more about language and why it matters? Do you want to be a better advocate for our LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC siblings? Are you confused by acronyms that seem to be everywhere now? If so, please consider joining me on May 20th from 5:30-7pm via zoom for an online workshop entitled: “Let’s talk about SOGIE!” SOGIE means: Sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. This opportunity is offered by Reconciling Works, an independent Lutheran ministry. There is a fee associated with the workshop, so please let me know if you would like to attend and I’ll register you. If you have questions about this, please reach out to me (pastor@trinityelca.org).


Semi-Annual Congregation Meeting May 16

Please join us via Zoom at noon on May 16 for Trinity’s semiannual meeting. Items on the agenda include:
• Expenditures
• Elections: Council, MEF, Synod Assembly, 2022 Nominating Committee
• RIC commitment study
• Introduce Committee restructure to Congregation
Zoom Link:https://zoom.us/j/97072058065
Join by phone: +1 301 715 8592
Meeting ID: 970 7205 8065

2020 Annual Reports of the congregation will be distributed at Parking Lot Church beginning May 2, or stop by the church office to pick up a copy.


Weekly Music Meditation

This week, Angela is continuing our journey through the new hymnal supplement, All Creation Sings. The link to the video is HERE.


Traffic Alert!

Construction at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd and Executive Blvd has created a long term road closure at that intersection. If you are approaching Trinity southbound on Rockville Pike, or westbound on Randolph Rd, please follow the Detour signs and turn right on Nicholson Lane and left on Old Georgetown Rd to reach Trinity. HERE is a map of the detour from Montgomery County.


Pastor’s Office Hours

Pastor Christine continues to hold regular office hours. If you would like to speak with her either via zoom, phone, or in-person, please contact her at: pastor@trinityelca.org. You may also utilize the sign-up form found here, which has added slots. 


+WORSHIP+


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

This Sunday’s image of how the risen Christ shares his life with us is the image of the vine. Christ the vine and we the branches are alive in each other, in the mystery of mutual abiding described in the gospel and the first letter of John. Baptism makes us a part of Christ’s living and life-giving self and makes us alive with Christ’s life. As the vine brings food to the branches, Christ feeds us at his table. We are sent out to bear fruit for the life of the world. 


Worship Updates

Beginning THIS WEEK, we will offer two worship options.  We will be adding an in-person, outdoor service on Sundays at 10am (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We will still offer our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. We hope to continue this plan through the summer, with the hopes of implementing live-stream capabilities, so that we can have indoor worship services when it is safe to do so. 

Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube


Worship Assistants Needed!

In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office or sign up HERE to be Parking Lot Greeter (to direct cars and to give handouts), Communion Distributor, or Lector/Prayer Leader.


Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter
Acts 8:26-40
Psalm 22:25-31
1 John 4:7-21
John 15:1-8


Red Geraniums for Pentecost, May 23

Deadline for ordering is May 16. Please complete this form if you would like to donate geraniums for Pentecost Sunday.


+LEARN+


Adult Forum – Note Time Change!

David K begins a series on 1 John this Sunday at 11:30am (to allow people attending Parking Lot Church to return home). Please email David or the church office to receive a Zoom invitation to the class. Please join us!


World Labyrinth Day

May 1st, 11:00am
Did you know that the first Saturday in May is World Labyrinth Day? Did you know we have our own labyrinth, installed by Josh B as his Eagle Scout project? Weather permitting we will gather at our labyrinth at 11:00 on Saturday, May 1st for some time learning about the labyrinth, different ways to meditate or pray using a labyrinth, and take some time to walk ours. Finger labyrinths will be available while you wait to walk ours. You may want to bring a lawn chair. Join us for birthday kit assembly beforehand. (The easiest place to access the labyrinth is from the office parking lot.)


Graduate Recognition Sunday

Trinity plans to recognize graduates from high school, college, and graduate school at Parking Lot Services on Pentecost Sunday, May 23 at 10am. Please notify the church office of all who are graduating in your family this spring, along with the school name.


+SERVE+


Birthday Bag Assembly

May 1st, 10:00am
We will gather to pack birthday celebration kits for Living Faith Food Pantry on Saturday, May 1st at 10:00am (rain or shine–we will move into the Social Hall if weather does not permit us to work outside). We’re extending a special invitation to our children and youth, and anyone young at heart, to come out and help with this effort to spread more joy. Then stick around for a World Labyrinth Day activity.


InterFaith Works Women’s Center Dinner Coming 

On TUESDAY May 11, Trinity will be providing a hot dinner for the residents. Please consider signing up to provide a portion of the dinner; we have openings for Cold orzo and spinach salad (recipe provided), roasted asparagus, and bar cookies. Items can be dropped off in disposable containers at Trinity between 10:00am-2:00pm on Tuesday the 11th and placed in the refrigerator if needed, or at 4:00pm on Tuesday, May 11th.  If you have questions, please contact Margaret F at 301-309-6941 or gmfitzwm85@gmail.com.Please review the available slots and sign up below or phone/email Margaret to add your selection: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-dinner4


May Disposable Diaper Drive 

Trinity will continue our annual tradition of celebrating Mother’s Day with a baby shower diaper collection throughout the month of May to support the Greater DC Diaper Bank, who provides diapers to DMV social service organizations that are already helping families in need. Our goal is to collect 3,000 diapers (about a year’s worth for one child, depending on their age).  The greatest need for diapers are sizes 4 and 5, but all sizes are being collected.  You can drop off your donation during weekly Sunday services in May or bring the diapers along with your food donation to the monthly food drive on Saturday, May 15 between 9-12.  If you prefer to make a monetary donation, please include with your offering noting the donation for the “diaper drive”.  For more information on the Greater DC Diaper Bank check out their website greaterdcdiaperbank.org


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.


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 office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home: 
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Brian B, former Trinity Office Admin
Rev. Sarah F-M, friend of Anita S
Pam S, friend of Tom K & Sarah 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
Chester M + August 12, 2020, longtime companion of Lois F
Susan B M T + April 28, 2021, mother 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 Christine

This week in worship we are offering a different type of worship experience. Lutherans Restoring Creation have developed a meaningful service centered around care for creation. As you likely know, Earth Day is April 22 and so, in that regard, the timing of this worship service is apropos. Many of you know that climate change is a monumental problem that humanity is facing. The science is clear: human activity is warming the planet and affecting weather patterns, water health and availability, and forest fires are on the rise. As people of faith who are called to be good stewards and to love their neighbors, attention and work on this matter is imperative. I won’t profess to be an expert in this area (which is why I am allowing the experts to share with us this weekend), but I do know that societal issues we care about, such as immigration, food security, poverty, racial justice, and heath are all exacerbated by the ways climate change manifests. 

Deep peace and joy, 
Pastor Christine 


Pastor Christine’s message on the Chauvin Trial, check HERE.


Weekly Music Meditation

For this Easter season, our music meditations will be a bit different. Every week, Angela will sing a different hymn from our new hymnal supplement All Creation Sings. This week’s hymn is “Earth is Full of Wit & Wisdom.” The video is HERE. The hymn text is HERE.


Traffic Alert!

Construction at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd and Executive Blvd has created a long term road closure at that intersection. If you are approaching Trinity southbound on Rockville Pike, or westbound on Randolph Rd, please follow the Detour signs and turn right on Nicholson Lane and left on Old Georgetown Rd to reach Trinity. HERE is a map of the detour from Montgomery County.


+WORSHIP+


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

The image of the good shepherd shows us how the risen Christ brings us to life. It is the relationship between the shepherd and the sheep, one of mutual knowledge and love, that gives the shepherd authority. The shepherd’s willingness to lay down his life for the sheep shows his love. First John illustrates what it means to lay down our lives for one another by the example of sharing our wealth with any sibling in need.

We will be offering a very special worship service for the weekend of April 25th, which will focus on the gifts of God’s creation. Lutherans Restoring Creation are experts in the areas of creation care, and they have developed a worship service especially focused on this area. We are excited to share this worship experience with you. 


Worship Updates

Beginning May 2, we will offer two worship options. We will still offer our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. We will be adding an in-person, outdoor service on Sundays at 10am (signup is necessary).
We hope to continue this plan through the summer, with the hopes of implementing live-stream capabilities, so that we can have indoor worship services when it is safe to do so. 


Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube


Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 4:5-12
Psalm 23
1 John 3:16-24
John 10:11-18


+LEARN+


Adult Forum

David K continues a series on 1 John and 1 Peter this Sunday at 9:30am. Please email David or the church office to receive a Zoom invitation to the class. Please join us! Note: Beginning May 2, Adult Forum via Zoom will move to 11:30am to allow people attending Parking Lot Church to return home. 


World Labyrinth Day

May 1st, 11:00am
Did you know that the first Saturday in May is World Labyrinth Day? Did you know we have our own labyrinth, installed by Josh B as his Eagle Scout project? Weather permitting we will gather at our labyrinth at 11:00 on Saturday, May 1st for some time learning about the labyrinth, different ways to meditate or pray using a labyrinth, and take some time to walk ours. Finger labyrinths will be available while you wait to walk ours. You may want to bring a lawn chair. Join us for birthday kit assembly beforehand. (The easiest place to access the labyrinth is from the office parking lot.)


+SERVE+


Birthday Cake Kit Collection

As part of our installation celebration and in continuing to spread joy, Trinity will be assembling birthday cake kits for Living Faith’s pantry. Thanks to all who dropped off contributions at the Food Drive last Saturday. Our goal is 90 kits, and here is what we still need:
26 Cake Mix
28 Frosting 
28 Boxes Candles
We are asking for your help to provide a box of cake mix, a tub of frosting, and a pack of 24 regular birthday candles. The rest of the items will be provided by Trinity.  Please bring your additional donations to the Trinity Office during business hours M-F 9am-2pm by April 28 (to give us time to purchase any shortfall). If it is difficult to stop by Trinity during these hours, please contact Valerie at valerie@vmwishes.com.


Birthday Bag Assembly

May 1st, 10:00am
We will gather to pack these birthday celebration kits on Saturday, May 1st at 10:00am. We’re extending a special invitation to our children and youth, and anyone young at heart, to come out and help with this effort to spread more joy. Then stick around for a World Labyrinth Day activity.


InterFaith Works Women’s Center Dinner Coming 

On TUESDAY May 11, Trinity will be providing a hot dinner for the residents. Please consider signing up to provide a portion of the dinner; we have openings for Cold orzo and spinach salad (recipe provided), roasted asparagus, and bar cookies. Items can be dropped off in disposable containers at Trinity between 10:00am-2:00pm on Tuesday the 11th and placed in the refrigerator if needed, or at 4:00pm on Tuesday, May 11th.  If you have questions, please contact Margaret F at 301-309-6941 or gmfitzwm85@gmail.com.Please review the available slots and sign up below or phone/email Margaret to add your selection: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-dinner4


May Disposable Diaper Drive 

Trinity will continue our annual tradition of celebrating Mother’s Day with a baby shower diaper collection throughout the month of May to support the Greater DC Diaper Bank, who provides diapers to DMV social service organizations that are already helping families in need. Our goal is to collect 3,000 diapers (about a year’s worth for one child, depending on their age).  The greatest need for diapers are sizes 4 and 5, but all sizes are being collected.  You can drop off your donation during weekly Sunday services in May or bring the diapers along with your food donation to the monthly food drive on Saturday, May 15 between 9-12.  If you prefer to make a monetary donation, please include with your offering noting the donation for the “diaper drive”.  For more information on the Greater DC Diaper Bank check out their website greaterdcdiaperbank.org


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.


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 office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home: 
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Elaine A, sister of Ione L
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Brian B, former Trinity Office Admin
Rev. Sarah F-M, friend of Anita S
Pam S, friend of Tom K & Sarah 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
*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 Christine

This weekend I will be installed as Trinity’s newest pastor. I am elated and wanted to take a few moments to share a few things with you. First, I know that I follow in the footsteps of some very thoughtful, intelligent, and compassionate pastors. They have served you all well and faithfully. I am grateful that you have entrusted the office of pastor at Trinity to me, and I promise, with God’s help, to serve you faithfully. I ask for your patience and forgiveness when I fail or not live up to expectations. Second, I know that for some of you the past few years have held some difficulty or painful moments. We all process grief and heartache in different ways. I will always try to honor your perspective, and I will always try to point us towards what God has in store for us next. Finally, and most important, I want you to know that I love Trinity and each of you. It is true that we have only known each other for a short while, however I truly feel called to this place at this time to serve alongside you. And, if my past eleven years as a pastor have shown me anything, it is that love grows deeper and stronger over time. My life is graced by each of you and I give thanks to God for the opportunity to be your pastor. 

Deep peace and joy,
Pastor Christine 

Worship Updates

Beginning May 2, we will offer two worship options. We will still offer our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. We will be adding an in-person, outdoor service on Sundays at 10am (signup is necessary).

We hope to continue this plan through the summer, with the hopes of implementing live-stream capabilities, so that we can have indoor worship services when it is safe to do so. 

We will also be offering a very special worship service for the weekend of April 25th, which will focus on the gifts of God’s creation. Lutherans Restoring Creation are experts in the areas of creation care, and they have developed a worship service especially focused on this area. We are excited to share this worship experience with you. 


Traffic Alert!

Construction at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd and Executive Blvd has created a long term road closure at that intersection. If you are approaching Trinity southbound on Rockville Pike, or westbound on Randolph Rd, please follow the Detour signs and turn right on Nicholson Lane and left on Old Georgetown Rd to reach Trinity. HERE is a map of the detour from Montgomery County.


Weekly Music Meditation

For this Easter season, our music meditations will be a bit different. Every week, Angela will sing a different hymn from our new hymnal supplement All Creation Sings. This week’s hymn is “God’s Work, Our Hands.” The video is HERE. The hymn text is HERE.
This is a great hymn for the week as we prepare for the food drive this weekend.


Installation Service & Zoom Coffee Hour This Sunday!

Pastor Christine’s Installation Service will take place (via our YouTube channel https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube) on Sunday, April 18, and we will celebrate with a virtual Zoom coffee hour at noon. 
Zoom Link:https://cssp.zoom.us/j/93687536619
Join by phone: 301 715 8592, Meeting ID: 936 8753 6619 

On Saturday the 17th from 9 to 11am (during the Food Drive), pick up a Grab ‘n’ Go bag and your choice of Coffee Hour treats from the Parish Life team to savor during the virtual coffee hour the next day!  If you would like to contribute baked goods, please let Lynn B know; please bring your items labeled and individually wrapped for easy pickup, by 9am on the 17th. 


+WORSHIP+


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

The gospel for the third Sunday of Easter is always one in which the risen Christ shares food with the disciples, meals that are the Easter template for the meal we share each Sunday. In today’s gospel, Jesus both shares the disciples’ food and shows them the meaning of his suffering, death, and resurrection through the scriptures, the two main elements of our Sunday worship.


Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube


Readings for the Third Sunday of Easter
Acts 3:12-19
Psalm 41
John 3:1-7
Luke 24:36b-48


+LEARN+


Adult Forum

David K continues a new series on 1 John and 1 Peter on Sundays at 9:30am. Please email David or the church office to receive a Zoom invitation to the class. Please join us!


World Labyrinth Day

May 1st, 11:00am
Did you know that the first Saturday in May is World Labyrinth Day? Did you know we have our own labyrinth, installed by Josh B as his Eagle Scout project? Weather permitting we will gather at our labyrinth at 11:00 on Saturday, May 1st for some time learning about the labyrinth, different ways to meditate or pray using a labyrinth, and take some time to walk ours. Finger labyrinths will be available while you wait to walk ours. You may want to bring a lawn chair. Join us for birthday kit assembly beforehand.


+SERVE+


Food Drive for Living Faith THIS SATURDAY

The demand for food assistance remains high at the Living Faith pantry in Rockville. In recent weeks, they have been distributing 90 bags of food each week.  Please help Trinity continue its active support of Living Faith’s pantry during these difficult economic times.
Date: Saturday, April 17, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Rd. North Bethesda 20852 (main parking lot) 
More info: Kathy at 301-675-6987 or email office@trinityelca.org
Check HERE for the list of critical food needs.


Birthday Cake Kit Collection

April 17th, 9am to noon
As part of our installation celebration and in continuing to spread joy, Trinity will be assembling birthday cake kits for Living Faith’s pantry. We are asking for your help to provide a box of cake mix, a tub of frosting, and a pack of 24 regular birthday candles. The rest of the items will be provided by Trinity. Our goal is 90 kits. Please bring your donations to Trinity by Saturday, April 17th (during the food drive 9am to noon). Please keep them separate from other food items that you will be donating to Living Faith. 


Birthday Bag Assembly

May 1st, 10:00am
We will gather to pack these birthday celebration kits on Saturday, May 1st at 10:00am. We’re extending a special invitation to our children and youth, and anyone young at heart, to come out and help with this effort to spread more joy. Then stick around for a World Labyrinth Day activity.


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.


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 office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:

Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home: Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Elaine A, sister of Ione L
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Brian B, former Trinity Office Admin
Rev. Sarah F-M, friend of Anita S
Ryan R, great nephew of Len S
Pam S, friend of Tom K & Sarah 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
*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
Marcie Jo A F + March 22, 2021, wife of cousin of Leslie C
Rita P + April 9, 2021, mother-in-law of cousin of Julie N

From Pastor Christine

If you have been following along weekly in the Tidings, you know that we’ve been exploring worshipping options for the upcoming weeks. I wanted to take a few moments to share where we are right now (as we all know, regulations and health conditions can change quickly and alter plans in either direction).

Beginning May 2, we will offer two worship options. We will still offer our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. We will be adding an in-person, outdoor service on Sundays at 10am (signup is necessary).

We hope to continue this plan through the summer, with the hopes of implementing live-stream capabilities, so that we can have indoor worship services when it is safe to do so.

We will also be offering a very special worship service for the weekend of April 25th, which will focus on the gifts of God’s creation. Lutherans Restoring Creation are experts in the areas of creation care, and they have developed a worship service especially focused on this area. We are excited to share this worship experience with you.

We know the times of flux are difficult. We thank you for all the ways you support Trinity and care for one another. In this season of Easter, we look for signs of new life and lean into the resurrection as a place of strength and assurance.

Deep peace and joy,

Pastor Christine


The April Trinitarian, Trinity’s monthly newsletter, is available HERE.


Traffic Alert!

Construction at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd and Executive Blvd has created a long term road closure at that intersection. If you are approaching Trinity southbound on Rockville Pike, or westbound on Randolph Rd, please follow the Detour signs and turn right on Nicholson Lane and left on Old Georgetown Rd to reach Trinity. HERE is a map of the detour from Montgomery County.


Weekly Music Meditation

For this Easter season, our music meditations will be a bit different. Every week, Angela will sing a different hymn from our new hymnal supplement All Creation Sings. This week’s hymn is “Faith Begins By Letting Go” (ACS #1004). The hymn text is HERE. The video is HERE.


Save the Date! 

Pastor Christine’s Installation Service will take place (via YouTube) on Sunday, April 18, and we will celebrate with a virtual Zoom coffee hour at noon. 
Zoom Link:https://cssp.zoom.us/j/93687536619
Join by phone: 301 715 8592, Meeting ID: 936 8753 6619 

On Saturday the 17th from 9 to 11am (during the Food Drive), pick up a Grab ‘n’ Go bag and your choice of Coffee Hour treats from the Parish Life team to savor during the virtual coffee hour the next day!  If you would like to contribute baked goods, please let Lynn B know; please bring your items labeled and individually wrapped for easy pickup, by 9am on the 17th. 


+WORSHIP+


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

The Easter season is a week of weeks, seven Sundays when we play in the mystery of Christ’s presence, mostly through the glorious Gospel of John. Today we gather with the disciples on the first Easter, and Jesus breathes the Spirit on us. With Thomas we ask for a sign, and Jesus offers us his wounded self in the broken bread. From frightened individuals we are transformed into a community of open doors, peace, forgiveness, and material sharing such that no one among us is in need.


Lenten Benevolence will be directed this year to the ELCA Disaster Response Fund; thanks to the generosity of Trinity members and friends, over $2,100 was donated. HERE  is the link to Lutheran Disaster Response if you would like to give directly.


Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube


Readings for the Second Sunday of Easter
Acts 4:32-35
Psalm 133
1 John 1:1—2:2
John 20:19-31


+LEARN+


Adult Forum

David K continues a new series on 1 John and 1 Peter on Sundays at 9:30am. Please email David or the church office to receive a Zoom invitation to the class. Please join us!


Trinity Men’s Group

April Men’s Group meeting will be held on Zoom at 1:00pm on Wednesday, April 14. Please contact Dick J to be added to the Zoom invitation list.


+SERVE+


Food Drive for Living Faith

The demand for food assistance remains high at the Living Faith pantry in Rockville. In recent weeks, they have been distributing 90 bags of food each week.  
Please help Trinity continue its active support of Living Faith’s pantry during these difficult economic times.
Date: Saturday, April 17, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Rd. North Bethesda 20852 (main parking lot) 
More info: Kathy at 301-675-6987 or email office@trinityelca.org
Critical Food Needs 
(Note: this month the pantry is already well stocked with peanut butter.)
Cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible)
Black/pinto beans (canned)
Canned tomatoes (whole if possible)
Canned vegetables (corn very popular) 
Canned fruit
Cooking oil 
Jam/jelly
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)
Canned soup (chicken noodle popular) 
If you cannot shop but would like to help, you may send a check directly to Living Faith Lutheran Church (1605 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20851) Please note ‘food pantry’ in the memo line. The pantry very much appreciates cash donations which allow them to fill in any food gaps.
Birthday Cake Kit Service Project
As part of our installation celebration and in continuing to spread joy, Trinity will be assembling birthday cake kits for Living Faith’s pantry. We are asking for your help to provide a box of cake mix, a tub of frosting, and a pack of 24 regular birthday candles. The rest of the items will be provided by Trinity. Our goal is 90 kits. Please bring your donations to Trinity by Saturday, April 17th (during the food drive 9am to noon). 
Please keep them separate from other food items that you will be donating to Living Faith as a group will be gathering later to assemble the birthday kits. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie at valerie@vmwishes.com.


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings. First Quarter giving statements were emailed on April 6. If you did not receive yours, please check your Junk Mail for a message from finsecy@trinityelca.org or write Carol B at this address to have it mailed to you. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.


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 office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home: 
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Elaine A, sister of Ione L
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Brian B, former Trinity Office Admin
Rev. Sarah F-M, friend of Anita S
Ryan R, great nephew of Len S
Pam S, friend of Tom K & Sarah 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
*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