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. 


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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


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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.


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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. 


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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


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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.


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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

Maundy Thursday, Tonight! April 1: Live via Zoom–beginning with a communal meal and ending with the stripping of the altar 6:30pm
https://zoom.us/j/93176877359, dial in: 301-715-8592, ID 931 7687 7359
HERE is more information on our Maundy Thursday service.
The link to the bulletin is HERE.

Good Friday, April 2:Recorded YouTube Service service featuring readings and artwork of the Stations of the Cross. We will be sending a link to the service Friday morning.

Easter Sunday, April 4: 10am Outdoor live worship in the parking lot In-person (sign-up mandatory) with children’s message, and Easter bag hunt to follow (signup mandatory, see above), plus a recorded YouTube service

In case of inclement weather, those who have signed up will be notified by 9am. Note: Please bring your own lawn/camp chairs from home, or sit in your car; the AM transmitter should be working to allow you to stay in your car if desired. 


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 longterm 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.


Assistants Still Needed for Holy Week Services

In order for our services on Easter to run smoothly, we need your help! Please sign up HERE to be Parking Lot Greeter (to give handouts to each car) or Parking Lot Usher (to direct cars to parking spots and people to available seating areas).


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. Read the Trinitarian to learn about a special Social Ministry giving opportunity on the 17th (during the monthly Food Drive) in honor of the installation, and watch the weekly Tidings for a way for you to participate more fully in the celebration during the coffee hour!


Get to know Pastor Christine

In an effort to meet members of Trinity, Pastor Christine has set up a signup genius form. If you are interested in a one-on-one meeting with her to share a bit about yourself and get to know her, please select a slot, or call the office to set up a meeting time. The meetings will take place over zoom or via phone (your preference). More times and slots will be added. Once you sign up, she will contact you with zoom details, if desired. 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4FAAA72FA4FEC52-chat


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Join us for Worship this Sunday!

Christ is risen! Jesus is alive, and God has swallowed up death forever. With Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, we may feel astonished and confused, unsure of what to make of the empty tomb. But this is why we gather: to proclaim, witness, praise, and affirm the liberating reality of Christ’s death and resurrection. In word and feast, we celebrate God’s unending love, and depart to share this good news with all the world. Alleluia!


Lenten Benevolence will be directed this year to the ELCA Disaster Response Fund; when submitting your offering envelopes, please mark Lenten Benevolence or ELCA Disaster Response under Other. 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 Easter Sunday
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Mark 16:1-8


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Adult Forum

There will be no Adult Forum this Sunday. Next week, David K continues a new series on 1 John and 1 Peter on Sundays at 9:30am. Please email David to receive a Zoom invitation to the class. Please join us!


Holy Week Resource

Here is a different way of praying through Holy Week during this strange time. This resource is a different way of praying through Holy Week.


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Food Drive for Living Faith

Mark your calendars for April 17, 9 – noon for our next food drive for Living Faith. Check the Trinitarian for the list of needs.


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, Elizabeth R, 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
Rev. Sandra S, Pastor of Living Faith Lutheran Church
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

I was in my first year as a pastor when my son Cooper (who is now 18) was about 6 years old. I was a solo pastor, still learning the ropes, and a single mom of three young boys. Needless to say, I was busy. When people asked me what we were planning on for Easter dinner, I would just laugh. I knew we would be ordering pizza. No time or energy for much more than that. Some time around Palm Sunday my son asked me where all the “Easter stuff” was… Why weren’t the little ceramic bunnies, jelly beans, and pretty crosses out? Why hadn’t we decorated Easter eggs? 

The Easter stuff… yes, where was it?
From Cooper’s point of view, I had definitely failed to be the Pinterest mom (I still fail at this on a regular basis), but the underlying truth of his question has stayed with me all these years. I was so busy focused on completing tasks, managing schedules, and ensuring worship services went off without a hitch that I was missing the important pieces.

The beauty and gift of family. 
The nakedness of worship. 
The joy of the moment. 
The promise of life. 
The stuff of Easter. 

I invite you to be mindful of the “Easter stuff” as we step into Holy Week. Carve out time for family, for worship, for life.


Holy Week Worship Plans

This year we plan to have a mixture of in-person and recorded services during Holy Week. Here are the highlights of each day:
Palm Sunday March 28: 10am Outdoor live worship in the parking lot with palms (signup mandatory); plus a recorded YouTube service
Maundy Thursday, April 1: 6:30pm Live via Zoom–beginning with a communal meal and ending with the stripping of the altar
https://zoom.us/j/93176877359
dial in: 301-715-8592, ID 931 7687 7359 HERE is some important information on our Maundy Thursday Service.
Good Friday, April 2: Recorded YouTube service featuring readings and artwork of the Stations of the Cross
Easter Sunday, April 4: 10am Outdoor live worship in the parking lot with children’s message, and Easter bag hunt to follow (signup mandatory); plus a recorded YouTube service with additional musical surprises.
Please use the above Holy Week link to sign up, or contact the Church Office.
In case of inclement weather, those who have signed up will be notified by 9am. 
Note: Please bring your own lawn/camp chairs from home, or sit in your car; the AM transmitter should be working to allow you to stay in your car if desired. 


Traffic Alert!

Construction at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd and Executive Blvd has created a longterm 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.


Assistants Still Needed for Holy Week Services

In order for our services on Palm Sunday and Easter to run smoothly, we need your help! Please sign up HERE to be Parking Lot Greeter (to give handouts to each car) or Parking Lot Usher (to direct cars to parking spots and people to available seating areas).


Get to know Pastor Christine

In an effort to meet members of Trinity, Pastor Christine has set up a signup genius form. If you are interested in a one-on-one meeting with her to share a bit about yourself and get to know her, please select a slot, or call the office to set up a meeting time. The meetings will take place over zoom or via phone (your preference). More times and slots will be added. Once you sign up, she will contact you with zoom details, if desired. 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4FAAA72FA4FEC52-chat


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Join us for Worship this Sunday!
This week, the center of the church’s year, is one of striking contrasts: Jesus rides into Jerusalem surrounded by shouts of glory, only to be left alone to die on the cross, abandoned by even his closest friends. Mark’s gospel presents Jesus in his complete human vulnerability: agitated, grieved, scared, forsaken. Though we lament Christ’s suffering and all human suffering, we also expect God’s salvation: in the wine and bread, Jesus promises that his death will mark a new covenant with all people. We enter this holy week thirsty for the completion of God’s astonishing work.


Lenten Benevolence will be directed this year to the ELCA Disaster Response Fund; when submitting your offering envelopes, please mark Lenten Benevolence or ELCA Disaster Response under Other. HERE is the link to Lutheran Disaster Response if you would like to give directly.


Virtual Services are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube


Readings for Palm/Passion Sunday
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark 14:1—15:47


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Adult Forum

NOTE: Special time this week–11:30am This week, David K continues a new series on 1 John and 1 Peter on Sunday. Please email David to receive a Zoom invitation to the class. Please join us! There will be no adult forum on Easter Sunday.


Faith Formation videos & resources are published on Saturdays, and will be emailed with the service.


Pastor Christine’s Lenten Challenge

Lent is a time to focus on strengthening and deepening our relationship with God, with one another, and with the world. And so, I’d like to challenge you to do at least 3 things in these areas:
Strengthen your relationship with God
Participate in an event that supports worship (read, cantor, write prayers, participate in choir). We can connect you with those who organize these things. Just contact the office. Read and reflect using the Again and Again Lenten Devotional found in you Lenten goody bag. Or, introduce a new prayer practice (a few options can be found here). Attend mid-week Lenten services on Zoom Wednesdays at 7:30pm. 
Strengthen your relationship with others
Reach out to at least 3 people you know personally from church who you haven’t been in contact with lately (by hone, email, or by sending a card). Is there a personal relationship in your life that needs mending? Take some intentional time to consider what next healthy steps to take. Approach others with a demeanor of curiosity when you disagree, listening to their point of view. 
Strengthen your relationship with the world
Make a direct online donation to one of our social ministry partners (Lutheran World Relief, Bethesda Help, ELCA World Hunger, A Wider Circle, Lutheran Social Services) Drop off food for Living Faith Food Pantry (next drop off: March 20) Invite someone who doesn’t attend church to join us for online worship. These are all just starting points. There are so many ways we can reach out! A quick google search also provides me with numerous ways to support first responders and those suffering from housing insecurity during the pandemic. I hope you’ll find intentionality in relationships is a good thing.


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Easter Lilies 2021–Last Opportunity!

The Worship and Music Team plans to purchase lilies to adorn the sanctuary this Easter; if you would like to reserve one or more to purchase and take home, please contact the Church Office. Approximate cost is $10.


Inviting Members to Help Advance Trinity’s Ministry

The Council is inviting members to engage in two short-term activities. They are related to ensuring Trinity’s financial health and good governance and to enhancing Trinity’s connection with our members and outreach to the community.  Please contact the Church Office or Sarah M if you are interested in serving Trinity’s ministry with one of these activities:
• Supporting Good Governance: Join the Audit Committee. We are inviting members who have accounting or financial backgrounds to participate on an Audit Committee to perform an audit of Trinity’s finances for 2019 and 2020 and prepare a report for the Council and congregation. An audit committee is meant to provide the oversight necessary to promote a strong control environment and to afford reasonable assurance that good stewardship is being used in handling and accounting for the funds and other assets of the congregation. Participation on this committee may require a few days work over the course of a month or so once started.  We do not have a start date identified and are flexible, but good practice suggests we should want it completed no later than June and if it can be done by May 16, we could provide an update at the semi-annual meeting. 
• Enhancing Trinity’s Connection and Outreach: Technology Upgrades. Trinity’s technology capabilities – equipment and software – are inadequate for meeting the needs of our congregation and engaging the community in new and creative ways.  The Council is creating a Technology Task Force and we are inviting interested members to think with us about needs and priorities for technology upgrades. Ideally, we will have one or more proposals for Congregational consideration by our May 16, 2021 semi-annual meeting, but the work may continue beyond the May meeting.  Starting in March, we will be meeting weekly on Zoom to identify needs and brainstorm solutions. Please join us. Contact the church office with your interest for the link, days and time. This may require up to 20 hours of activity over March and April.


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, Elizabeth R, 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
Ryan R, great nephew of Len S
Rev. Sandra S, Pastor of Living Faith Lutheran Church
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

We know that many are anxious for more normalcy now that vaccines have begun to roll out, and positive cases and deaths due to COVID-19 are on the decline. Such signs of hope! It is still imperative that we remain careful and cautious, respecting each other’s comfort levels and worries. Your leadership is diligently making plans in regards to worship and other gatherings, utilizing county guidelines and best practices recommendations for congregations. We will be sharing more information about new worship opportunities in the near future. We are excited to be able to offer you a myriad of ways to worship for Holy Week. Below is information on those services. Some of the services require sign-ups or some advance preparation, so please take a few minutes to review, so that you can plan accordingly. It truly has been a long Lenten journey over this past year. I feel the longing for Easter deep in my bones. We have much to be grateful for this year, and there is new life and promise all around us. We hope you’ll join us for worship and celebration.

Holy Week Worship Plans

This year we plan to have a mixture of in-person and recorded services during Holy Week. Here are the highlights of each day:
Palm Sunday March 28: 10am Outdoor live worship in the parking lot with palms (signup mandatory); plus a recorded YouTube service
Maundy Thursday April 1: 6:30pm Live via Zoom–beginning with a communal meal and ending with the stripping of the altar
https://zoom.us/j/93176877359
dial in: 301-715-8592, ID 931 7687 7359 
HERE is some important information on our Maundy Thursday Service.
Good Friday April 2: Recorded YouTube service featuring readings and artwork of the Stations of the Cross
Easter Sunday April 4: 10am Outdoor live worship in the parking lot with children’s message, and Easter bag hunt to follow (signup mandatory); plus a recorded YouTube service with additional musical surprises.
Please use the above Holy Week link to sign up, or contact the Church Office
Note: Please bring your own lawn/camp chairs from home, or sit in your car; the AM transmitter should be working to allow you to stay in your car if desired. 


Assistants needed for Holy Week Services

In order for our services on Palm Sunday and Easter to run smoothly, we need your help! Please sign up HERE to be Lector/Prayer Leader, Parking Lot Greeter (to give handouts to each car) or Parking Lot Usher (to direct cars to parking spots and people to available seating areas).


Get to know Pastor Christine

In an effort to meet members of Trinity, Pastor Christine has set up a signup genius form. If you are interested in a one-on-one meeting with her to share a bit about yourself and get to know her, please select a slot, or call the office to set up a meeting time. The meetings will take place over zoom or via phone (your preference). More times and slots will be added. Once you sign up, she will contact you with zoom details, if desired. 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4FAAA72FA4FEC52-chat


Don’t forget to sign up to be a Joy Agent!

Don’t forget to sign up to be a joy agent! Information, and how to sign up is HERE.


+WORSHIP+


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

God promises Jeremiah that a “new covenant” will be made in the future: a covenant that will allow all the people to know God by heart. The church sees this promise fulfilled in Christ, who draws all people to himself when he is lifted up on the cross. Our baptismal covenant draws us to God’s heart through Christ and draws God’s love and truth into our hearts. We join together in worship, sharing in word, song, and meal, and leave strengthened to share God’s love with all the world.


Wednesdays in Lent

March 24, 7:30 pm 
Next Wednesday will be our last Lenten Wednesday service. We will worship live on Zoom with lesson, prayers and music from Holden Evening Prayer. A brief homily will be shared.
Zoom address: https://zoom.us/j/92088686545
Dial in: 301 715 8592, meeting ID 920 8868 6545 
Worship Materials are HERE (same throughout Lent); bible readings are HERE.


Lenten Benevolence will be directed this year to the ELCA Disaster Response Fund; when submitting your offering envelopes, please mark Lenten Benevolence or ELCA Disaster Response under Other.


Virtual Services are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK


Readings for the Fifth Sunday in Lent
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 51:1-12
Hebrews 5:5-10
John 12:20-33


+LEARN+


New Study at Adult Forum

This week, David K begins a new series on 1 John and 1 Peter on Sunday at 9:30am. Please email David to receive a Zoom invitation to the class. Please join us! 


Faith Formation videos & resources are published on Saturdays, and will be emailed with the service.


Pastor Christine’s Lenten Challenge

Lent is a time to focus on strengthening and deepening our relationship with God, with one another, and with the world. And so, I’d like to challenge you to do at least 3 things in these areas:
Strengthen your relationship with God
Participate in an event that supports worship (read, cantor, write prayers, participate in choir). We can connect you with those who organize these things. Just contact the office. Read and reflect using the Again and Again Lenten Devotional found in you Lenten goody bag. Or, introduce a new prayer practice (a few options can be found here). Attend mid-week Lenten services on Zoom Wednesdays at 7:30pm. 
Strengthen your relationship with others
Reach out to at least 3 people you know personally from church who you haven’t been in contact with lately (by hone, email, or by sending a card). Is there a personal relationship in your life that needs mending? Take some intentional time to consider what next healthy steps to take. Approach others with a demeanor of curiosity when you disagree, listening to their point of view. 
Strengthen your relationship with the world
Make a direct online donation to one of our social ministry partners (Lutheran World Relief, Bethesda Help, ELCA World Hunger, A Wider Circle, Lutheran Social Services) Drop off food for Living Faith Food Pantry (next drop off: March 20) Invite someone who doesn’t attend church to join us for online worship. These are all just starting points. There are so many ways we can reach out! A quick google search also provides me with numerous ways to support first responders and those suffering from housing insecurity during the pandemic. I hope you’ll find intentionality in relationships is a good thing.


+SERVE+


Living Faith Food Drive THIS SATURDAY

The next nonperishable Food Drive for Living Faith Food Pantry is Saturday, March 20 from 9 to noon in the Trinity parking lot. Details may be found HERE. The demand for food assistance is higher than ever at the Living Faith pantry.  In recent weeks they have been distributing 90 bags of food each week and still had to turn away some families. Please help Trinity continue its active support of Living Faith’s pantry during these difficult economic times.


Easter Lilies 2021

The Worship and Music Team plans to purchase lilies to adorn the sanctuary this Easter; if you would like to reserve one or more to purchase and take home, please contact the Church Office. Approximate cost is $10.


Inviting Members to Help Advance Trinity’s Ministry

The Council is inviting members to engage in two short-term activities. They are related to ensuring Trinity’s financial health and good governance and to enhancing Trinity’s connection with our members and outreach to the community.  Please contact the Church Office or Sarah M if you are interested in serving Trinity’s ministry with one of these activities:
• Supporting Good Governance: Join the Audit Committee. We are inviting members who have accounting or financial backgrounds to participate on an Audit Committee to perform an audit of Trinity’s finances for 2019 and 2020 and prepare a report for the Council and congregation. An audit committee is meant to provide the oversight necessary to promote a strong control environment and to afford reasonable assurance that good stewardship is being used in handling and accounting for the funds and other assets of the congregation. Participation on this committee may require a few days work over the course of a month or so once started.  We do not have a start date identified and are flexible, but good practice suggests we should want it completed no later than June and if it can be done by May 16, we could provide an update at the semi-annual meeting. 
• Enhancing Trinity’s Connection and Outreach: Technology Upgrades. Trinity’s technology capabilities – equipment and software – are inadequate for meeting the needs of our congregation and engaging the community in new and creative ways.  The Council is creating a Technology Task Force and we are inviting interested members to think with us about needs and priorities for technology upgrades. Ideally, we will have one or more proposals for Congregational consideration by our May 16, 2021 semi-annual meeting, but the work may continue beyond the May meeting.  Starting in March, we will be meeting weekly on Zoom to identify needs and brainstorm solutions. Please join us. Contact the church office with your interest for the link, days and time. This may require up to 20 hours of activity over March and April.


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, Elizabeth R, 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
The Job H Family, friends of Angela B
Rev. Sandra S, Pastor of Living Faith Lutheran Church
Robert S, friend of Len 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
Deaths:
Bill K + March 6, 2021, member of Trinity
Tim F, + March 9, 2021, firefighter and friend of Pr Christine and Drew D

*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.

MISSION: JOY

One of the things the pandemic has stripped from my life is easy joy; easy laughter. And so, let’s take an opportunity to make joy our mission! On March 14th, from 11am-1pm, a FREE Hot Chocolate (and coffee) Truck will be at Trinity. Come, drink, be merry (and joyful!). We have purposefully picked the 4th Sunday of Lent, because from a tradition standpoint, it is Laetare Sunday – a day to ‘lighten up’ during Lent, because we know, as Easter people, that we live in the joy of the resurrection, even as we travel through Lent. 

We will also be revealing more details about MISSION: JOY on Laetare Sunday, but you’ll need to A) tune in to worship on the 4th Sunday in Lent and/or B) watch your email communications for your mission, should you choose to accept it (said in my very best place secret-coder voice). 


Daylight Savings Time Begins!

This Sunday begins Daylight Saving Time. Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday, March 13.


Get to know Pastor Christine!

In an effort to meet members of Trinity, Pastor Christine has set up a signup genius form. If you are interested in a one-on-one meeting with her to share a bit about yourself and get to know her, please select a slot, or call the office to set up a meeting time. The meetings will take place over zoom or via phone (your preference). More times and slots will be added. Once you sign up, she will contact you with zoom details, if desired. 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4FAAA72FA4FEC52-chat


+WORSHIP+


Join us for worship this Sunday!

In this week’s gospel, Jesus says he will be lifted up on the cross, so that those who look to him in faith will live. When we receive the sign of the cross in baptism, that cross becomes the sign we can look to in faith for healing, for restored relationship to God, for hope when we are dying.


Wednesdays in Lent

March 17 – March 24, 7:30 pm 
On these mid-week Wednesdays we will worship live on Zoom with lesson, prayers and music from Holden Evening Prayer. A brief homily will be shared.
Zoom address: https://zoom.us/j/92088686545
Dial in: 301 715 8592, meeting ID 920 8868 6545 
Worship Materials are HERE (same throughout Lent); bible readings are HERE.


Lenten Benevolence will be directed this year to the ELCA Disaster Response Fund; when submitting your offering envelopes, please mark Lenten Benevolence or ELCA Disaster Response under Other.


Virtual Services are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK


Readings for the Fourth Sunday in Lent
Numbers 21:4-9
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Ephesians 2:1-10
John 3:14-21


+LEARN+


Guest Speaker at Adult Forum

This week, we welcome representatives from Lutheran Disaster Response on Sunday at 9:30am to speak about the works of good they are doing domestically and internationally during the time of Covid.
Our Lenten Benevolence this year is being directed to this organization.
Zoom information for this week only:
https://zoom.us/j/95767816068
Dial in:    +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC). 
Meeting ID: 957 6781 6068
Please join us!


Faith Formation videos & resources are published on Saturdays, and will be emailed with the service.


Pastor Christine’s Lenten Challenge

Lent is a time to focus on strengthening and deepening our relationship with God, with one another, and with the world. And so, I’d like to challenge you to do at least 3 things in these areas:
Strengthen your relationship with God
Participate in an event that supports worship (read, cantor, write prayers, participate in choir). We can connect you with those who organize these things. Just contact the office. Read and reflect using the Again and Again Lenten Devotional found in you Lenten goody bag. Or, introduce a new prayer practice (a few options can be found here). Attend mid-week Lenten services on Zoom Wednesdays at 7:30pm. 
Strengthen your relationship with others
Reach out to at least 3 people you know personally from church who you haven’t been in contact with lately (by hone, email, or by sending a card). Is there a personal relationship in your life that needs mending? Take some intentional time to consider what next healthy steps to take. Approach others with a demeanor of curiosity when you disagree, listening to their point of view. 
Strengthen your relationship with the world
Make a direct online donation to one of our social ministry partners (Lutheran World Relief, Bethesda Help, ELCA World Hunger, A Wider Circle, Lutheran Social Services) Drop off food for Living Faith Food Pantry (next drop off: March 20)Invite someone who doesn’t attend church to join us for online worship. These are all just starting points. There are so many ways we can reach out! A quick google search also provides me with numerous ways to support first responders and those suffering from housing insecurity during the pandemic. I hope you’ll find intentionality in relationships is a good thing.


+SERVE+


The next nonperishable Food Drive for Living Faith Food Pantry is Saturday, March 20 from 9 to noon in the Trinity parking lot. Details may be found HERE. We will have a collection bin available for food items during the Hot Chocolate Truck visit on Sunday, March 14 from 11 to 1. The demand for food assistance is higher than ever at the Living Faith pantry.  In recent weeks they have been distributing 90 bags of food each week and still had to turn away some families. Please help Trinity continue its active support of Living Faith’s pantry during these difficult economic times.


Easter Lilies 2021

The Worship and Music Team plans to purchase lilies to adorn the sanctuary this Easter; if you would like to reserve one or more to purchase and take home, please contact the Church Office. Approximate cost is $10.


Inviting Members to Help Advance Trinity’s Ministry

The Council is inviting members to engage in two short-term activities. They are related to ensuring Trinity’s financial health and good governance and to enhancing Trinity’s connection with our members and outreach to the community.  Please contact the Church Office or Sarah M if you are interested in serving Trinity’s ministry with one of these activities:
• Supporting Good Governance: Join the Audit Committee. We are inviting members who have accounting or financial backgrounds to participate on an Audit Committee to perform an audit of Trinity’s finances for 2019 and 2020 and prepare a report for the Council and congregation. An audit committee is meant to provide the oversight necessary to promote a strong control environment and to afford reasonable assurance that good stewardship is being used in handling and accounting for the funds and other assets of the congregation. Participation on this committee may require a few days work over the course of a month or so once started.  We do not have a start date identified and are flexible, but good practice suggests we should want it completed no later than June and if it can be done by May 16, we could provide an update at the semi-annual meeting. 
• Enhancing Trinity’s Connection and Outreach: Technology Upgrades. Trinity’s technology capabilities – equipment and software – are inadequate for meeting the needs of our congregation and engaging the community in new and creative ways.  The Council is creating a Technology Task Force and we are inviting interested members to think with us about needs and priorities for technology upgrades. Ideally, we will have one or more proposals for Congregational consideration by our May 16, 2021 semi-annual meeting, but the work may continue beyond the May meeting.  Starting in March, we will be meeting weekly on Zoom to identify needs and brainstorm solutions. Please join us. Contact the church office with your interest for the link, days and time. This may require up to 20 hours of activity over March and April.


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, Louise G, Elizabeth R, 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
The Job H Family, friends of Angela B
Rev. Sandra S, Pastor of Living Faith Lutheran Church
Larry S, relative of Len S
Robert S, friend of Len 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

MISSION: JOY

One of the things the pandemic has stripped from my life is easy joy; easy laughter. And so, let’s take an opportunity to make joy our mission! On March 14th, from 11am-1pm, a FREE Hot Chocolate Truck will be at Trinity. Come, drink, be merry (and joyful!). We have purposefully picked the 4th Sunday of Lent, because from a tradition standpoint, it is Laetare Sunday – a day to ‘lighten up’ during Lent, because we know, as Easter people, that we live in the joy of the resurrection, even as we travel through Lent. 

We will also be revealing more details about MISSION: JOY on Laetare Sunday, but you’ll need to A) tune in to worship on the 4th Sunday in Lent and/or B) watch your email communications for your mission, should you choose to accept it (said in my very best place secret-coder voice). 
Mystery and Mission are at the heart of Christianity, after all.
PC


Get to know Pastor Christine!

In an effort to meet members of Trinity, Pastor Christine has set up a signup genius form. If you are interested in a one-on-one meeting with her to share a bit about yourself and get to know her, please select a slot, or call the office to set up a meeting time. The meetings will take place over zoom or via phone (your preference). More times and slots will be added. Once you sign up, she will contact you with zoom details, if desired. 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4FAAA72FA4FEC52-chat


+WORSHIP+


Join us for worship this Sunday!

The third covenant in this year’s Lenten readings is the central one of Israel’s history: the gift of the law to those God freed from slavery. The commandments begin with the statement that because God alone has freed us from the powers that oppressed us, we are to let nothing else claim first place in our lives. When Jesus throws the merchants out of the temple, he is defending the worship of God alone and rejecting the ways commerce and profit-making can become our gods. The Ten Commandments are essential to our baptismal call: centered first in God’s liberating love, we strive to live out justice and mercy in our communities and the world.


Wednesdays in Lent

March 10 – March 24, 7:30 pm 
On these mid-week Wednesdays we will worship live on Zoom with lesson, prayers and music from Holden Evening Prayer. A brief homily will be shared.
Zoom address: https://zoom.us/j/92088686545
Dial in: 301 715 8592, meeting ID 920 8868 6545 
Worship Materials are HERE (same throughout Lent); bible readings are HERE.


Lenten Benevolence will be directed this year to the ELCA Disaster Relief Fund; when submitting your offering envelopes, please mark Lenten Benevolence or ELCA Disaster Relief under Other.


Virtual Services are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK


Readings for the Third Sunday in Lent
Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
John 2:13-22


+LEARN+


David K will continue a series of study this Sunday on the book of John. Please contact David to be added to the Zoom invitation email, or contact the church office.


Faith Formation videos & resources are published on Saturdays, and will be emailed with the service.


Pastor Christine’s Lenten Challenge

Lent is a time to focus on strengthening and deepening our relationship with God, with one another, and with the world. And so, I’d like to challenge you to do at least 3 things in these areas:
Strengthen your relationship with God
Participate in an event that supports worship (read, cantor, write prayers, participate in choir). We can connect you with those who organize these things. Just contact the office. 
Read and reflect using the Again and Again Lenten Devotional found in you Lenten goody bag. Or, introduce a new prayer practice (a few options can be found here). Attend mid-week Lenten services on Zoom Wednesdays at 7:30pm. 
Strengthen your relationship with others
Reach out to at least 3 people you know personally from church who you haven’t been in contact with lately (by hone, email, or by sending a card). 
Is there a personal relationship in your life that needs mending? Take some intentional time to consider what next healthy steps to take. Approach others with a demeanor of curiosity when you disagree, listening to their point of view. 
Strengthen your relationship with the world
Make a direct online donation to one of our social ministry partners (Lutheran World Relief, Bethesda Help, ELCA World Hunger, A Wider Circle, Lutheran Social Services) 
Drop off food for Living Faith Food Pantry (next drop off: March 20)
Invite someone who doesn’t attend church to join us for online worship. These are all just starting points. There are so many ways we can reach out! A quick google search also provides me with numerous ways to support first responders and those suffering from housing insecurity during the pandemic. I hope you’ll find intentionality in relationships is a good thing.


+SERVE+


Save the Date: The next nonperishable Food Drive for Living Faith Food Pantry is March 20 from 9 to noon in the Trinity parking lot. 


Easter Lilies 2021

The Worship and Music Team plans to purchase lilies to adorn the sanctuary this Easter; if you would like to reserve one or more to purchase and take home, please contact the Church Office. Approximate cost is $10.


Inviting Members to Help Advance Trinity’s Ministry

The Council is inviting members to engage in two short-term activities. They are related to ensuring Trinity’s financial health and good governance and to enhancing Trinity’s connection with our members and outreach to the community.  Please contact the Church Office or Sarah M if you are interested in serving Trinity’s ministry with one of these activities:
• Supporting Good Governance: Join the Audit Committee. We are inviting members who have accounting or financial backgrounds to participate on an Audit Committee to perform an audit of Trinity’s finances for 2019 and 2020 and prepare a report for the Council and congregation. An audit committee is meant to provide the oversight necessary to promote a strong control environment and to afford reasonable assurance that good stewardship is being used in handling and accounting for the funds and other assets of the congregation. Participation on this committee may require a few days work over the course of a month or so once started.  We do not have a start date identified and are flexible, but good practice suggests we should want it completed no later than June and if it can be done by May 16, we could provide an update at the semi-annual meeting. 
• Enhancing Trinity’s Connection and Outreach: Technology Upgrades. Trinity’s technology capabilities – equipment and software – are inadequate for meeting the needs of our congregation and engaging the community in new and creative ways.  The Council is creating a Technology Task Force and we are inviting interested members to think with us about needs and priorities for technology upgrades. Ideally, we will have one or more proposals for Congregational consideration by our May 16, 2021 semi-annual meeting, but the work may continue beyond the May meeting.  Starting in March, we will be meeting weekly on Zoom to identify needs and brainstorm solutions. Please join us. Contact the church office with your interest for the link, days and time. This may require up to 20 hours of activity over March and April.


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, Louise G, 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
The Job H Family, friends of Angela B
Rev. Sandra S, Pastor of Living Faith Lutheran Church
Larry S, relative of Len S
Robert S, friend of Len 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
Death
Mary Beth H, + February 28, 2021, friend of Joan E
*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

A common Lenten encouragement is to practice prayer, either to begin that practice or to be more intentional. One of the things I’m mindful of is how as we mature we often seem to lose our ability to talk with God. This may not be true for all of us, but I know there are many among us who feel insecure or unsure about prayer. This can be for a myriad of reasons and I’d do well not to guess what your reason may be. But, because of this, I wanted to offer a few suggestions for prayer practices that may be helpful to you.

~Jesus Prayer: This is a short, formulaic prayer that can often become meditative when recited over and over again. I’ve often whispered this one in my heart as I walk or run. The whole of the prayer is, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Amen.”

~Kyrie: Like the Jesus Prayer, using “Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy,”  as a meditative focus can be centering. 

~Prayer of Examen (I’ve linked an article because this is a bit more in-depth): This prayer format asks us to review/examine our day, and to focus on what there is to be thankful for, while also recognizing the feelings and difficulties of the day. 

~Lord’s Prayer: This likely needs no explanation, but I would encourage you to say it slowly, and think about the words. 

~Help. Thanks. Wow: This type of prayer is an adaption from a book by the same title. Lay before God what you need help with, what you are thankful for, and what surprised you in a given day. 

~Listen. Often we spend a lot of time trying to find words to explain what is on our hearts. There is value in that. And, there is also value in pausing, sitting in silence, and listening. Allowing noises and thoughts to come and go – listening for the still, small voice of God. 

~Lectio Divina (I’ve also linked an article with more explanation): This type of prayer asks us to use scripture as our guide and springboard. Picking a scripture passage, we utilize the following four means to encounter the text: Read, Reflect, Respond, Rest. 

Even if you are an easy pray-er, I hope these suggestions are helpful to you. And if praying is harder for you, maybe one of these will ring true for you and help you to deepen your relationship with God this Lenten season.


Get to know Pastor Christine!

In an effort to meet members of Trinity, Pastor Christine has set up a signup genius form. If you are interested in a one-on-one meeting with her to share a bit about yourself and get to know her, please select a slot, or call the office to set up a meeting time. The meetings will take place over zoom or via phone (your preference). More times and slots will be added. Once you sign up, she will contact you with zoom details, if desired. 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4FAAA72FA4FEC52-chat


+WORSHIP+


Join us for worship this Sunday!

The second covenant in this year’s Lenten readings is the one made with Abraham and Sarah: God’s promise to make them the ancestors of many, with whom God will remain in everlasting covenant. Paul says this promise comes to all who share Abraham’s faith in the God who brings life into being where there was no life. We receive this baptismal promise of resurrection life in faith. Sarah and Abraham receive new names as a sign of the covenant, and we too get new identities in baptism, as we put on Christ.


Wednesdays in Lent

March 3 – March 24, 7:30 pm 
On these mid-week Wednesdays we will worship live on Zoom with lesson, prayers and music from Holden Evening Prayer. A brief homily will be shared.
Zoom address: https://zoom.us/j/92088686545
Dial in: 301 715 8592, meeting ID 920 8868 6545 
Worship Materials are HERE (same throughout Lent); bible readings are HERE.


Lenten Benevolence will be directed this year to the ELCA Disaster Relief Fund; when submitting your offering envelopes, please mark Lenten Benevolence or ELCA Disaster Relief under Other.

Virtual Services are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK


Readings for the Second Sunday in Lent
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm 22:23-31
Romans 4:13-25
Mark 8:31-38


+LEARN+


David K will continue a series of study this Sunday on the book of John. Please contact David to be added to the Zoom invitation email, or contact the church office.


Faith Formation videos & resources are published on Saturdays, and will be emailed with the service.


Pastor Christine’s Lenten Challenge

Lent is a time to focus on strengthening and deepening our relationship with God, with one another, and with the world. And so, I’d like to challenge you to do at least 3 things in these areas:
Strengthen your relationship with God
Participate in an event that supports worship (read, cantor, write prayers, participate in choir). We can connect you with those who organize these things. Just contact the office. 
Read and reflect using the Again and Again Lenten Devotional found in you Lenten goody bag. Or, introduce a new prayer practice (a few options can be found here). Attend mid-week Lenten services on Zoom Wednesdays at 7:30pm. 
Strengthen your relationship with others
Reach out to at least 3 people you know personally from church who you haven’t been in contact with lately (by hone, email, or by sending a card). 
Is there a personal relationship in your life that needs mending? Take some intentional time to consider what next healthy steps to take. Approach others with a demeanor of curiosity when you disagree, listening to their point of view. 
Strengthen your relationship with the world
Make a direct online donation to one of our social ministry partners (Lutheran World Relief, Bethesda Help, ELCA World Hunger, A Wider Circle, Lutheran Social Services) 
Drop off food for Living Faith Food Pantry (next drop off: March 20)
Invite someone who doesn’t attend church to join us for online worship. These are all just starting points. There are so many ways we can reach out! A quick google search also provides me with numerous ways to support first responders and those suffering from housing insecurity during the pandemic. I hope you’ll find intentionality in relationships is a good thing.


+SERVE+


February is Hunger Month

Thanks to generous Trinity members and friends, Trinity has already collected cash donations of over $1,500 to support providing perishable items to Living Faith Food Pantry, something we cannot provide in our monthly food drives. It’s not too late to contribute.  Simply include the amount, made out to Trinity, with your February offerings noting “LF Perishable Foods” on your offering envelopes.

Save the Date: The next nonperishable Food Drive for Living Faith Food Pantry is March 20 from 9 to noon in the Trinity parking lot. 


Easter Lilies 2021

The Worship and Music Team plans to purchase lilies to adorn the sanctuary this Easter; if you would like to reserve one or more to purchase and take home, please contact the Church Office. Approximate cost is $10.


Inviting Members to Help Advance Trinity’s Ministry

The Council is inviting members to engage in two short-term activities. They are related to ensuring Trinity’s financial health and good governance and to enhancing Trinity’s connection with our members and outreach to the community.  Please contact the Church Office or Sarah M if you are interested in serving Trinity’s ministry with one of these activities:
• Supporting Good Governance: Join the Audit Committee. We are inviting members who have accounting or financial backgrounds to participate on an Audit Committee to perform an audit of Trinity’s finances for 2019 and 2020 and prepare a report for the Council and congregation. An audit committee is meant to provide the oversight necessary to promote a strong control environment and to afford reasonable assurance that good stewardship is being used in handling and accounting for the funds and other assets of the congregation. Participation on this committee may require a few days work over the course of a month or so once started.  We do not have a start date identified and are flexible, but good practice suggests we should want it completed no later than June and if it can be done by May 16, we could provide an update at the semi-annual meeting. 
• Enhancing Trinity’s Connection and Outreach: Technology Upgrades. Trinity’s technology capabilities – equipment and software – are inadequate for meeting the needs of our congregation and engaging the community in new and creative ways.  The Council is creating a Technology Task Force and we are inviting interested members to think with us about needs and priorities for technology upgrades. Ideally, we will have one or more proposals for Congregational consideration by our May 16, 2021 semi-annual meeting, but the work may continue beyond the May meeting.  Starting in March, we will be meeting weekly on Zoom to identify needs and brainstorm solutions. Please join us. Contact the church office with your interest for the link, days and time. This may require up to 20 hours of activity over March and April.


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:Bill B, Tigist G, Louise G, 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
The Job H Family, friends of Angela B
Sherry M, cousin of Lynn B
Dennis S, friend of Len S
Larry S, relative of Len S
Robert S, friend of Len 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
Death
Job H, + February 23, 2021, neighbor of Angela B

*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

By the time you read this, Ash Wednesday will have passed, and you may have had the opportunity to participate in Trinity’s virtual communion experience. I know this type of communion experience is different, new, and likely raises good emotional and theological questions for you. I’d love to have the opportunity to talk with you about how it went for you at home: to hear both the benefits and drawbacks of such an experience. I will be answering questions and hearing our experiences during the first 20 minutes of Adult Forum on February 21st. Adult Forum begins at 9:30am. If you haven’t participated in the past and need the link for the gathering, please contact David K or the office to receive the link. 

In this season of Lent (and this long pandemic season), rituals help us remember that which is familiar to us, and they help inform our present reality, so that we are transformed. Therefore, I’d also like to encourage you to take some time this week to set up a special place for your in-home communion experience (if you haven’t already done so). This practice can become a beautiful ritual. Please make this space yours! Use a table cloth that’s special (maybe your grandmother embroidered it); light a fragrant candle; set a bowl or water and/or a cross in the middle; bake bread and use good wine. There are many ways to set the Lord’s Table. If you’re willing to share a photo of your mini altar, please email me a picture (and indicate if you’re willing for it to be shared on Trinity’s Facebook or Instagram). This is a great way for us to feel connected, despite our physical distancing.


Get to know Pastor Christine!

In an effort to meet members of Trinity, Pastor Christine has set up a signup genius form. If you are interested in a one-on-one meeting with her to share a bit about yourself and get to know her, please select a slot, or call the office to set up a meeting time. The meetings will take place over zoom or via phone (your preference). More times and slots will be added. Once you sign up, she will contact you with zoom details, if desired. 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4FAAA72FA4FEC52-chat

Email Updates

With Pastor Christine’s arrival we have updated some of our email accounts and practices. Please use the following email address: 

Pastor Christine: pastor@trinityelca.org
Anita: anita@trinityelca.org
Greg F, Treasurer: treasurer@trinityelca.org
Carol B, Financial Secretary: finsecy@trinityelca.org


+WORSHIP+


Join us for worship this Sunday!

On Ash Wednesday the church began its journey toward baptismal immersion in the death and resurrection of Christ. This year, the Sundays in Lent lead us to focus on five covenants God makes in the Hebrew Scriptures and to use them as lenses through which to view baptism. First Peter connects the way God saved Noah’s family in the flood with the way God saves us through the water of baptism. The baptismal covenant is made with us individually, but the new life we are given in baptism is for the sake of the whole world.


Wednesdays in Lent

February 24 – March 17, 7:30 pm
On these mid-week Wednesdays we will worship live on Zoom with lesson, prayers and music from Holden Evening Prayer. A brief homily will be shared.
Zoom address: https://zoom.us/j/92088686545
Dial in: 301 715 8592, meeting ID 920 8868 6545 
A worship folder link for each week will be posted on Sundays and Wednesdays.


Lenten Benevolence will be directed this year to the ELCA Disaster Relief Fund; when submitting your offering envelopes, please mark Lenten Benevolence or ELCA Disaster Relief under Other.


Virtual Services are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK


Readings for the First Sunday in Lent
Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm 25:1-10
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15


+LEARN+


Pastor Christine will be hosting a Q & A session on Virtual Communion at the beginning of the Adult Forum this Sunday at 9:30am. Afterward David K will continue a series of study this Sunday on the book of John. Please contact David to be added to the Zoom invitation email, or contact the church office.


Faith Formation videos & resources are published on Saturdays, and will be emailed with the service.


+SERVE+


February is Hunger Month

Sadly, our usual Fellowship and Fund Raising activities supporting hunger, Cook-Off and Souper Bowl voting, are not to be this February.  We request instead that Trinity members make a cash/check donation to support providing perishable items to Living Faith Food Pantry, something we cannot provide in our monthly food drives.  Simply include the amount, made out to Trinity, with your February offerings noting “LF Perishable Foods” on your offering envelopes.


Food Drive for Living Faith Food Pantry THIS Saturday

The demand for food assistance remains very high at the Living Faith pantry in Rockville. Every week the volunteers at Living Faith assemble bags for 75 families including perishable and non-perishable food items. Please help Trinity continue its active support of Living Faith’s pantry during these difficult economic times.
Date: Saturday, February 20, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Rd. (main parking lot) 
More information, including the current foods needed and how to have food picked up, is HERE.
Questions?: Kathy at 301-675-6987 or email office@trinityelca.org

Lenten Soup Swap

While the pandemic precludes us from coming together on Wednesday nights to share Soup & Bread dinners, Trinity is trying a Lenten Soup Swap.  Here is how it will work:
Each week in Lent that you are interested in participating you will be paired with another member of Trinity.  
Pairs will rotate weekly.  Each pair will share any food restrictions and coordinate how to drop off/deliver 1 quart of soup to each other.  You may also opt to include bread you enjoy.  If you are interested, please email Margaret F at gmfitzwm85@gmail.com by February 14 with the following:  
– Which week(s) you are interested in participating:
(2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24)
– Best contact email or phone number to reach you
We will distribute a schedule by 2/18 to all participants.


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:
Bill B, Tigist G, Louise G, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Jim A, friend of Lynn & Bud B
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Brian B, former Trinity Office Admin
Kevin D, friend of Cathy C
Sebrena D, friend of Cathy C
Lisa L K, friend of Cathy C
Sherry M, cousin of Lynn B
Natalie S, mother of Dan S
Dennis S, friend of Len S
Larry S, relative of Len 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

I’m a bit over a week here, which has me reflecting a lot on building and deepening relationships. While arriving during a pandemic is not ideal, I believe it has gifted us with an awareness of intentional relationship building. We have to work a bit harder to get to know one another, because we aren’t going to just chat over a cup of coffee (or soda, in my case) after worship. We have been taking intentional steps, so that we can really become part of one another’s lives. 

This focus on intentional relationships also aligns well with Lent. Lent is just around the corner, with Ash Wednesday February 17th. Lent is a time to focus on strengthening and deepening our relationship with God, with one another, and with the world. And so, I’d like to challenge you to do at least 3 things in these areas:

Strengthen your relationship with God

  • Participate in an event that supports worship (read, cantor, write prayers, participate in choir). We can connect you with those who organize these things. Just contact the office. 
  • Read and reflect using the Again and Again Lenten Devotional found in you Lenten goody bag. Or, introduce a new prayer practice (a few options can be found here). 
  • Attend mid-week Lenten services (beginning 2/17 at 7:30pm). 

Strengthen your relationship with others

  • Reach out to at least 3 people you know personally from church who you haven’t been in contact with lately (by hone, email, or by sending a card). 
  • Is there a personal relationship in your life that needs mending? Take some intentional time to consider what next healthy steps to take. 
  • Approach others with a demeanor of curiosity when you disagree, listening to their point of view. 

Strengthen your relationship with the world

These are all just starting points. There are so many ways we can reach out! A quick google search also provides me with numerous ways to support first responders and those suffering from housing insecurity during the pandemic. I hope you’ll find intentionality in relationships is a good thing.


Lenten Bags

We have put together some items to support your at-home worship during Lent. Please come by the church to pick up a bag or contact the office (office@trinityelca.org or 301-881-7275) to have one delivered to you. Bags are available 2/11-2/12 and 2/15-2/16 (weekdays) from 9:30am-3pm; or 2/13 (Saturday) from 9:30am-12:30pm. (No pickups on Sunday.) Please come to the office parking lot to pick up the bags. 

The Lenten Bags contain: Ashes for Ash Wednesday, a candle, a Lenten devotional booklet, a prayer card, a recipe card, and a written explanation on Holy Communion during Extraordinary Times.
Additionally, for families who are receiving Lenten Family Bags (through Faith Formation), those will be available for pick up during the same hours.


FEBRUARY TRINITARIAN!

The February edition of Trinity’s monthly newsletter, The Trinitarian, is available HERE.


Get to know Pastor Christine!

In an effort to meet members of Trinity, Pastor Christine has set up a signup genius form. If you are interested in a one-on-one meeting with her to share a bit about yourself and get to know her, please select a slot, or call the office to set up a meeting time. The meetings will take place over zoom or via phone (your preference). More times and slots will be added. Once you sign up, she will contact you with zoom details, if desired. 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4FAAA72FA4FEC52-chat

Email Updates

With Pastor Christine’s arrival we have updated some of our email accounts and practices. Please use the following email address: 

Pastor Christine: pastor@trinityelca.org
Anita: anita@trinityelca.org
Greg F, Treasurer: treasurer@trinityelca.org
Carol B, Financial Secretary: finsecy@trinityelca.org


+WORSHIP+


Join us for worship this Sunday!

On this Transfiguration Sunday, Jesus’ three closest friends hear the words from heaven naming him God’s Beloved. As believers, Paul writes, we are enabled to see the God-light in Jesus’ face, because the same God who created light in the first place has shone in our hearts to give us that vision. The light of God’s glory in Jesus has enlightened us through baptism and shines in us also for others to see. We will also “bury” the Alleluia banner at the end of the service, as we prepare for the more solemn season of Lent.


Ash Wednesday and Lenten Midweek Services

Ash Wednesday will be a recorded service, available online HERE early on February 17. (The link will also be emailed.) Please follow along using the posted bulletin and the materials contained in your Lenten Bags.

Wednesdays in Lent

February 24 – March 17, 7:30 pm
On these mid-week Wednesdays we will worship live on Zoom with music and prayers. A brief homily will be shared.
Zoom address:https://zoom.us/j/92088686545
Dial in: 301 715 8592, meeting ID 920 8868 6545 


Lenten Benevolence will be directed this year to the ELCA Disaster Relief Fund; when submitting your offering envelopes, please mark Lenten Benevolence or ELCA Disaster Relief under Other. 


Virtual Services are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK


Readings for the Transfiguration of Our Lord
2 Kings 2:1-12
Psalm 50:1-6
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Mark 9:2-9


+LEARN+


David K will continue a new series of study this Sunday on the book of John. Please contact David to be added to the Zoom invitation email, or contact the church office.


Faith Formation videos & resources are published on Fridays.


+SERVE+


February is Hunger Month

Sadly, our usual Fellowship and Fund Raising activities supporting hunger, Cook-Off and Souper Bowl voting, are not to be this February.  We request instead that Trinity members make a cash/check donation to support providing perishable items to Living Faith Food Pantry, something we cannot provide in our monthly food drives.  Simply include the amount, made out to Trinity, with your February offerings noting “LF Perishable Foods” on your offering envelopes.

Mark your calendar! The monthly nonperishable food drive for Living Faith is a week from Saturday (February 20) from 9 to 12 in the Trinity main parking lot.


Lenten Soup Swap

While the pandemic precludes us from coming together on Wednesday nights to share Soup & Bread dinners, Trinity is trying a Lenten Soup Swap.  Here is how it will work:
Each week in Lent that you are interested in participating you will be paired with another member of Trinity.  
Pairs will rotate weekly.  Each pair will share any food restrictions and coordinate how to drop off/deliver 1 quart of soup to each other.  You may also opt to include bread you enjoy.  If you are interested, please email Margaret F at gmfitzwm85@gmail.com by February 14 with the following:  
– Which week(s) you are interested in participating:
(2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24)
– Best contact email or phone number to reach you
We will distribute a schedule by 2/18 to all participants.


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, Louise G, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Jim A, friend of Lynn & Bud B
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Brian B, former Trinity Office Admin
Kevin D, friend of Cathy C
Sebrena D, friend of Cathy C
Lisa L K, friend of Cathy C
Sherry M, cousin of Lynn B
Natalie S, mother of Dan S
Dennis S, friend of Len 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
death
Paul G, + February 6, 2021, husband of Louise G
*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.