From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,
I wish you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving.  And may all the world have reason to celebrate and be thankful this day.
The Thanksgivings of my childhood meant tromping through the fallen leaves as we headed into church Thanksgiving morning for a shared service with our Episcopalian and Methodist neighbors.  There were neighbors at our dinner table and always as much laughter as there was food.
Today will not be like that for many in our world, our nation, even our congregation –  and for that we are all sorry.  But we have hope.  And we look forward to a very different Thanksgiving Day next year.
So we give thanks with quiet voice this year.  Grateful for family, friends, church, and life itself.  But maybe this year we can widen our circle of remembrance in our prayers to include: medical staff and scientists; military personnel, especially those in harm’s way, around the world; victims of covid and their families; children and youth whose education is interrupted; the poor for whom today will be just as difficult as yesterday; those struggling for justice and equity; those with whom we are not at peace; and, for the reign of God to unfold in us and through us, especially during these days.
Blessings,
Pr Kern


+WORSHIP+


Parking Lot Worship Service with Communion

Each Sunday in November at 4pm, we will holding a LIVE Communion service in the parking lot. Bring a mask and a lounge chair from home or sit in your car (we hope to have our new AM transmitter up and running this week, especially as the weather gets colder).  Due to restrictions, only 50 people will be able to participate. In case of rain, the service will be cancelled. 
We will be collecting food donations for Living Faith Lutheran Church’s food pantry, alongside the offering plate. The items will be gathered and added to the next Food Drive delivery on December 19. Also, running this Sunday through December 6, we will be collecting new unwrapped toys for children infant to age 18 for Community Family Life Services Annual Give-a-Gift program. Bring your toy purchases to Sunday afternoon church services, or drop them off at the church office Monday, Wednesday, or Friday mornings.
Please use the link HERE to indicate you will be attending Trinity’s parking lot worship Sunday the 29th. When replying, count all members of your household who will be attending (no need for members to reply individually).  If you prefer to RSVP by email or phone, please contact the office at Trinity (office@trinityelca.org or 301-881-7275). 
[Please note: an RSVP ensures that we have prepared enough space for social distancing, as well as a preliminary count for Communion supplies and a means to reach you if services are cancelled.]
Volunteers Needed: Parking Lot Services run smoother when we have volunteers willing to help with Reader/Prayer Leader, Usher, Entrance Greeter, or Equipment Setup duties one or more Sundays in November/December. Signup link is HERE or contact the office as above to reserve your spot. Thank you!


Watch, Wait, Wonder, Worship 

Wednesdays in Advent, 7 pm
During this season of Advent, we invite you to join us for a live, Zoom midweek worship each Wednesday – December 2, 9, 16, 23 – at 7 pm.  Our theme will be shared by many congregations across the ELCA, reminding us that even in this time of pandemic we remain a connected church.  These are quiet, meditative services with intentional spaces of silence, readings, and song.  To facilitate your participation, we invite you to save this Zoom link (it will be the same for each Wednesday) and to print or download the pages which will serve as your worship folder each week. 
With the Church of every time and place we pray, Come, Lord Jesus.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82974416447
Dial in: 1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 829 7441 6447


Virtual services, Faith Formation resources, and musical meditations will continue to be posted on Trinity’s YouTube channel each week: https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK (and subscribe!)


Readings for the First Sunday in Advent
Isaiah 64:1-9
Psalm 80:1-7,17-19
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:24-37


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Adult Forum

David K continues a study on the Old Testament books of First and Second Samuel this Sunday at 9:30 am.  Please email David for the Zoom link, or call the church office to have your name added to the class list.


Advent Retreat Sessions

Join Valerie on Sunday mornings at 10:45 during Advent, starting November 29th, for some time of prayer, reflection, poetry, coloring, and quiet conversation. You will need to have 4 candles, pen/pencil, coloring tools, and a printed copy of the materials (2 pages) for the week. 
The Zoom link each week is: https://zoom.us/j/93415278167
Dial in: Dial-in: (301)715-8592, meeting ID 93415278167
Materials for week 1 are HERE
See the Trinitarian for more details. Contact Valerie M (valerie@vmwishes.com) with any questions.

Faith Formation Videos will be emailed on Fridays.


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Social Ministry Advent/Christmas Edition

The Social Ministry team is sponsoring several opportunities for giving during the Advent season. Please consider participating in one or more, as you are able. Details may be found HERE. Included are appeals for

CFLS Give a Gift – Deadline is December 6
2020 Gifts of Hope  – online this year
NEW–Adopting a Family through A Wider Circle (AWC) – Deadline is December 13
Note: the link to the Signup Genius page was broken in the original message. Please click HERE to sign up to purchase one or more items for members of the family. 
Reverse Advent Calendar and Devotions
As a reverse Advent discipline, we are collecting items for the pantry at Living Faith. A full explanation is in the December Trinitarian, including the master list of daily items. Make this discipline work as you need; there are suggestions in the upcoming Trinitarian. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie M at valerie@vmwishes.com Thank you for supporting the pantry.

2021 Stewardship Campaign is Underway

A series of letters and a pledge card have been sent to members and longtime friends of the congregation. Please consider prayerfully your blessings in the past year, and make a commitment to supporting Trinity’s mission in 2021. Please contact the church office (office@trinityelca.org) if you did not receive one, and it will be mailed to you. Please return your completed card by November 29, either at Sunday Parking Lot Services, by mail, to the secure mailbox at the office entrance, or emailed to Carol B, Financial Secretary (finsecy@trinityelca.org).


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


Remember in your prayers

We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, Dick J, Len S, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Carol & Ken E, aunt & uncle of Jeanine B
Mari J, friend of Sarah M & Tom K
Dick & Nancy K, uncle & aunt of Jim K
Joey L, stepson of Sabrina R
Gabriel L, nephew of Ani SG and Len S
Carl (CJ) S, brother of Dan S
first responders:
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R
*Family and friends will be kept on the list for four weeks. Please submit a request to the Church Office to extend them another four weeks.

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of Trinity
On Sunday, another church year comes to a close.  The Festival of Christ the King brings the annual journey of the church to a hopeful and festive close.
Of course our celebration is juxtaposed over the harsh reality of a pandemic and what seems to be an endless attack on the life we the people have built over our history.  Did you see the news about the heartbroken nurse being berated by her covid patient who was insisting they were not sick with covid, it was all a hoax – right before they were intubated?  Or the silent affirmation given by many elected representatives as legal challenges without foundation are mounted, one after the other?  Where has the truth gone?  And, more importantly, where are the saints willing to stand up for truth?
Even in the church, we cannot escape the divisions that are riven through our nation and world.  We do not view current events in the same way.   We do not all interpret the facts in the same way.  By now you have a pretty clear idea where I stand, but I want you to know, it’s a daily struggle.  Believe it or not, my touchstone through these days is the life of Jesus.  I’ve been thinking particularly about his actions through his life.  His words have been interpreted to justify many positions throughout history, but it seems to me his movments are unequivocal – he always moves towards the poor and forgotten, he includes the outcast, and he never backs down from power even when it nailed him to a cross.  I cannot begin to walk such a path with anything remotely close to perfection.  But in my best moments, I think I catch glimpses of that path through our current darkness, and I do my level best to get back on course.
Blessings,
Pr Kern


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Parking Lot Worship Service with Communion

Each Sunday in November at 4pm, we will holding a LIVE Communion service in the parking lot. Bring a mask and a lounge chair from home or sit in your car (we hope to have our new AM transmitter up and running this week, especially as the weather gets colder).  Due to restrictions, only 50 people will be able to participate. In case of rain, the service will be cancelled. 
We will be collecting food donations for Living Faith Lutheran Church’s food pantry, alongside the offering plate. The items will be gathered and added to the next Food Drive delivery on December 19. Also, running this Sunday through December 6, we will be collecting new unwrapped toys for children infant to age 18 for Community Family Life Services Annual Give-a-Gift program. Bring your toy purchases to Sunday afternoon church services, or drop them off at the church office Monday, Wednesday, or Friday mornings.
Please use the link HERE to indicate you will be attending Trinity’s parking lot worship Sunday the 22nd. When replying, count all members of your household who will be attending (no need for members to reply individually). 
If you prefer to RSVP by email or phone, please contact the office at Trinity (office@trinityelca.org or 301-881-7275). 
[Please note: an RSVP ensures that we have prepared enough space for social distancing, as well as a preliminary count for Communion supplies and a means to reach you if services are cancelled.]
Volunteers Needed: Parking Lot Services run smoother when we have volunteers willing to help with Reader/Prayer Leader, Usher, Entrance Greeter, or Equipment Setup duties one or more Sundays in November/December. Signup link is HERE or contact the office as above to reserve your spot. Thank you!


Virtual services, Faith Formation resources, and musical meditations will continue to be posted on Trinity’s YouTube channel each week: https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK (and subscribe!)


Readings for Christ the King Sunday
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm 95:1-7a
Ephesians 1:15-23
Matthew 25:31-46


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Adult Forum

David K continues a study on the Old Testament books of First and Second Samuel this Sunday at 9:30 am.  Please email David for the Zoom link, or call the church office to have your name added to the class list.


Advent Retreat Sessions

Join Valerie on Sunday mornings at 10:45 during Advent, starting November 29th, for some time of prayer, reflection, poetry, coloring, and quiet conversation. You will need to have 4 candles, pen/pencil, coloring tools, and a printed copy of the materials (2 pages) for the week. The links to the first Zoom session and the materials to print will be in next week’s and subsequent Tidings. See the Trinitarian for more details. Contact Valerie M (valerie@vmwishes.com) with any questions.


Faith Formation Videos will be emailed on Fridays.


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Food Drive–This Saturday

Our next food drive for the Living Faith Pantry in Rockville will be THIS Saturday, November 21, from 9:00 AM to noon in the main Trinity parking lot. The demand for food supplies remains very high. See more information on their current food needs and where you can send cash donations HERE. Thank you for your support of this ministry.


CFLS Give a Gift

This month we also have an opportunity to make the holidays brighter for children by donating holiday gifts through CFLS. This organization provides services to reentry women, survivors of domestic violence, homeless residents and their children in Washington, DC. Trinity is collecting new toys, games, books and clothes for children infant through 18 years old. Toys should be new and in their original packaging but not wrapped.

You may drop off your purchases during the Food Drive on the 21st, at Sunday Parking Lot Services, or at the church office Monday, Wednesday, or Friday mornings.


Lutheran World Relief Quilt Project: Phase Two

Thanks to fabric and batting donations from the Trinity community, together with a Thrivent grant obtained by Valerie M, we had the basis for the initial phase of this project. We now have six finished quilts and ten more in process. 
We hope that others will want to participate in the next phase of this ministry. This would involve assembling quilt tops (independently) from prepared “kits” of pre-cut fabric, each containing enough to create a simple 60 x 80-inch quilt top, and including detailed instructions. (Only straight-line sewing would be required.) Please contact Julie N or the church office if you would be interested in learning more about these kits or in assisting with other aspects of quilt assembly.


Reverse Advent Calendar and Devotions

As a reverse Advent discipline, we are collecting items for the pantry at Living Faith. A full explanation is in the Trinitarian, including the list of daily items. Starting next week, the list of items AND the devotional piece for the upcoming week will be emailed out. Make this discipline work as you need; there are suggestions in the upcoming Trinitarian. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie M at valerie@vmwishes.com Thank you for supporting the pantry.


2021 Stewardship Campaign is Underway

A series of letters and a pledge card have been sent to members and longtime friends of the congregation. Please consider prayerfully your blessings in the past year, and make a commitment to supporting Trinity’s mission in 2021. Please contact the church office (office@trinityelca.org) if you did not receive one, and it will be mailed to you. Please return your completed card by November 29, either at Sunday Parking Lot Services, by mail, to the secure mailbox at the office entrance, or emailed to Carol B, Financial Secretary (finsecy@trinityelca.org).


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


Remember in your prayers

We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, Dick J, Len S, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Carol & Ken E, aunt & uncle of Jeanine B
Mari J, friend of Sarah M & Tom K
Joey L, stepson of Sabrina R
Dick & Nancy K, uncle & aunt of Jim K
Gabriel L, nephew of Ani SG and 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:
Peg C +November 11, 2020, cousin of Sabrina R
*Family and friends will be kept on the list for four weeks. Please submit a request to the Church Office to extend them another four weeks.

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,
I saw on the evening news the pandemic death toll in the US alone is nearly 250,000.  Over 10 million have been infected.  For a point of reference, 10 million is almost twice the number of our entire ELCA.  The bravado of the I-have-a-right-not-to-wear-a-mask citizenry is no match for the virus.  But we all know this.  It’s astounding to say, but we’re getting good at pushing this crisis out of our minds.  The loss is so overwhelming we can find ourselves debilitated if we don’t take care.
It’s true that for the sake of humanity we all need to do the best we can do to help one another, but there’s no denying a social malaise has settled over the world.  We can’t just pretend things are alright.  No amount of positive thinking will bring a quarter million Americans back to life.  We have to keep living in the world we have.
So what to do…..? The ancient practices of our faith come to mind – worship, prayer, service – the marks of devotion. These things keep us centered and allow us to consciously and intentionally move toward the grace and love of God.  The peace that passes all understanding is what we need, because understanding in this pandemic won’t bring back the saints who have died.
Some would liken this time to a wilderness time – wandering, afflicted, not sure where to turn or what to do, just wander.  But we make our way by walking.  And each step we take, we take in the name of One who made us and all living things.  Redemption will come.  New life will emerge.  Soon.  But not yet.  Now is the time of lament and fervent devotion.  Like Jacob of old, we must wrestle with God in this strange new land, until the new day dawns and wounded, we see again.
Lord, have mercy,
Pr Kern


Video of James Tobias Funeral

Due to the coronavirus, Trinity limited how many people could come to the funeral and inurnment of James Tobias. Van Dau recorded the service, so that we all can celebrate the life of James.
The link to the video is HERE.
The bulletin can be found HERE.
Thomas said to him, Lord, we do not know where you are going, how can we know the way? And Jesus said, I am the way and the truth and the life. – John 14


+WORSHIP+


Parking Lot Worship Service with Communion

Each Sunday in November at 4pm, we will holding a LIVE Communion service in the parking lot. Bring a mask and a lounge chair from home or sit in your car (we hope to have our new AM transmitter up and running this week, especially as the weather gets colder).  Due to restrictions, only 50 people will be able to participate. In case of rain, the service will be cancelled. We will be collecting food donations for Living Faith Lutheran Church’s food pantry, alongside the offering plate. The items will be gathered and added to the next Food Drive delivery on November 21. Also, running this Sunday through December 6, we will be collecting new unwrapped toys for children infant to age 18 for Community Family Life Services Annual Give-a-Gift program. Bring your toy purchases to Sunday afternoon church services, on Saturday, November 21 during the Food Drive, or drop them off at the church office Monday, Wednesday, or Friday mornings.
Please use the link HERE to indicate you will be attending Trinity’s parking lot worship Sunday the 15th. When replying, count all members of your household who will be attending (no need for members to reply individually).  If you prefer to RSVP by email or phone, please contact the office at Trinity (office@trinityelca.org or 301-881-7275). 
[Please note: an RSVP ensures that we have prepared enough space for social distancing, as well as a preliminary count for Communion supplies and a means to reach you if services are cancelled.]
Volunteers Needed: Parking Lot Services run smoother when we have volunteers willing to help with Reader/Prayer Leader, Usher, Entrance Greeter, or Equipment Setup duties one or more Sundays in October. Signup link is HERE or contact the office as above to reserve your spot. Thank you!


Virtual services, Faith Formation resources, and musical meditations will continue to be posted on Trinity’s YouTube channel each week: https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK (and subscribe!)


Readings for the Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18
Psalm 90:1-8 [9-11] 12
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-30


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Adult Forum for November 15

David K is away this week. This Sunday November 15 at 9:30am, Trinity’s Adult Forum will host a Zoom session with Liz Ann Ganiban from A Wider Circle (AWC).  Liz Ann will provide an update on how AWC continues with its mission of breaking the cycle of poverty during the pandemic.  She will also focus on how AWC’s Partnership to Independence program has had to change to continue serving the clients who have made a long term commitment to the program.  Please join us to learn how we can support a local organization during these difficult times.
Special Zoom Address for November 15: 
https://cssp.zoom.us/j/99328445977
phone in:  +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown), meeting ID 993 2844 5977


Faith Formation Videos will be emailed on Fridays


+SERVE+


Social Ministry Update

Our next food drive for the Living Faith Pantry in Rockville will be on Saturday, November 21, from 9:00 AM to noon in the main Trinity parking lot. The demand for food supplies remains very high. See more information on their current food needs and where you can send cash donations HERE. Thank you for your support of this ministry.

CFLS Give a Gift

This month we also have an opportunity to make the holidays brighter for children by donating holiday gifts through CFLS. This organization provides services to reentry women, survivors of domestic violence, homeless residents and their children in Washington, DC. Trinity is collecting new toys, games, books and clothes for children infant through 18 years old. Toys should be new and in their original packaging but not wrapped.

You may drop off your purchases during the Food Drive on the 21st, at Sunday Parking Lot Services, or at the church office Monday, Wednesday, or Friday mornings.


Lutheran World Relief Quilt Project: Phase Two

Thanks to fabric and batting donations from the Trinity community, together with a Thrivent grant obtained by Valerie M, we had the basis for the initial phase of this project. We now have six finished quilts and ten more in process. 
We hope that others will want to participate in the next phase of this ministry. This would involve assembling quilt tops (independently) from prepared “kits” of pre-cut fabric, each containing enough to create a simple 60 x 80-inch quilt top, and including detailed instructions. (Only straight-line sewing would be required.) Please contact Julie N or the church office if you would be interested in learning more about these kits or in assisting with other aspects of quilt assembly.


Property Update

The roofers are more than three quarters finished with roof replacement over the sanctuary and social hall, as voted by the congregation at the July meeting. The cupola will be the last area to be completed.


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


Remember in your prayers

We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Carol & Ken E, aunt & uncle of Jeanine B
Mari J, friend of Sarah M & Tom K
Gabriel L, nephew of Ani SG and 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 Kern

Dear People of God,
As I write this, election day has passed, but the election is not over.  Anxiety is close to bubbling over, and Americans are divided.
No matter how the election ultimately turns out, this much is clear – our divisions are deep and they are real.  I may be wrong, but I don’t see where winning an election by one party will do anything at all to change the mind of anyone in the other party.  The talking heads and pundits and reporters have laid all the reasons why that is so but the fact is, this is a very dangerous place to be.
I happened to catch a report the other night that was a montage of concession speeches made by candidates, Republican and Democrat, who lost their bid to serve as president. To a person, they were decent, conciliatory and appealed to the “better angels” in our lives. It made me realize once more how far our national discourse has drifted.
So what do politics have to do with church? Just this. A case can be made that some of the Christian traditions in our country have contributed more than a little to this national divide. I don’t question the religious fervor of those who protest against abortion rights, civil rights, LGBTQI rights, immigration policy, and all the rest.  But as Bob Dylan points out in his piece, God On Our Side, religious fervor is no less susceptible to blindness than any other ‘ism’ created by humanity.  Time and again in my life and ministry, I have seen otherwise faithful people lose all sense of proportion once they were convinced God was on their side, and only on their side.  And not surprisingly, their fervor is always directed at what others should and should not be allowed to do, and never themselves.
The old spiritual hymn sings of keeping our minds ‘stayed on Jesus.’  Let’s try that, shall we?
Pastor Kern


The Monthly newsletter, The Trinitarian, for November is HERE.


+WORSHIP+


Parking Lot Worship Service with Communion

Each Sunday in November at 4pm, we will holding a LIVE Communion service in the parking lot. Bring a mask and a lounge chair from home or sit in your car.  Due to restrictions, only 50 people will be able to participate. In case of rain, the service will be cancelled.
We also will be collecting food donations for Living Faith Lutheran Church’s food pantry, alongside the offering plate. The items will be gathered and added to the next Food Drive delivery on November 21.
Please use the link HERE to indicate you will be attending Trinity’s parking lot worship Sunday the 8th. When replying, count all members of your household who will be attending (no need for members to reply individually).  If you prefer to RSVP by email or phone, please contact the office at Trinity (office@trinityelca.org or 301-881-7275). [Please note: an RSVP ensures that we have prepared enough space for social distancing, as well as a preliminary count for Communion supplies and a means to reach you if services are cancelled.]
Volunteers Needed: Parking Lot Services run smoother when we have volunteers willing to help with Reader/Prayer Leader, Usher, Entrance Greeter, or Equipment Setup duties one or more Sundays in October. Signup link is HERE or contact the office as above to reserve your spot. Thank you!


Virtual services, Faith Formation resources, and musical meditations will continue to be posted on Trinity’s YouTube channel each week: https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK (and subscribe!)


Readings for the Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost
Amos 5:18-24
Psalm 70
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13


+LEARN+


Adult Forum

David K continues a study on the Old Testament books of First and Second Samuel this Sunday at 9:30 am.  Please email David for the Zoom link, or call the church office to have your name added to the class list.

On Sunday November 15 at 9:30am, Trinity’s Adult Forum will host a Zoom session with Liz Anne Ganiban from A Wider Circle (AWC).  Liz Ann will provide an update on how AWC continues with its mission of breaking the cycle of poverty during the pandemic.  She will also focus on how AWC’s Partnership to Independence program has had to change to continue serving the clients who have made a long term commitment to the program.  Please join us to learn how we can support a local organization during these difficult times.
Special Zoom Address for November 15: 
https://cssp.zoom.us/j/99328445977
phone in:  +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown), meeting ID 993 2844 5977


Trinity Men’s Group on Zoom

The next gathering will take place on November 11 at 1pm. For the Zoom url or phone number to call in, please contact Dick J or the church office.


Faith Formation Videos will be emailed on Fridays


+SERVE+


Social Ministry Update

Our next food drive for the Living Faith Pantry in Rockville will be on Saturday, November 21, from 9:00 AM to noon in the main Trinity parking lot. The demand for food supplies remains very high. See more information on their current food needs and where you can send cash donations HERE. Thank you for your support of this ministry.


Lutheran World Relief Quilt Project: Phase Two

Thanks to fabric and batting donations from the Trinity community, together with a Thrivent grant obtained by Valerie M, we had the basis for the initial phase of this project. We now have six finished quilts and ten more in process. 
We hope that others will want to participate in the next phase of this ministry. This would involve assembling quilt tops (independently) from prepared “kits” of pre-cut fabric, each containing enough to create a simple 60 x 80-inch quilt top, and including detailed instructions. (Only straight-line sewing would be required.) Please contact Julie N or the church office if you would be interested in learning more about these kits or in assisting with other aspects of quilt assembly.


Community Family Life Services’ Annual Give-a-Gift Program

Running from November 15 through December 6, Trinity is collecting new unwrapped toys, games, books, and clothes for children infant through 18 years old. See full details in this month’s Trinitarian newsletter.


Property Update

The roofers are here! The sanctuary roof (including cupola area) and half of the social hall roof are being replaced, as voted by the congregation at the July meeting. The work should be completed in under two weeks.


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


Remember in your prayers

We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:

Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Carol & Ken E, aunt & uncle of Jeanine B
Mari J, friend of Sarah M & Tom K
Gabriel L, nephew of Ani SG and 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 Kern

Dear People of God,
How the world has changed.  As soon I finish this article, I’m sending it to Anita who’s holed up in a hotel in Texas (waiting for snow and ice to leave!), who will put it together with information sent to her from Carol in the office, so that you can receive everything in your inbox at the usual time.
Yesterday there was a mandatory zoom meeting of about 100 or so pastors and deacons of the Metro DC Synod (2/3 were women, by the way) and participants were sitting all around DC, up to Maine, and out the mountains.
For those of you still employed and anyone keeping up with family and friends around the world, there is nothing remarkable about this – this sounds like just another day in a time of pandemic.  And that’s my point.  More and more work and family are not 100% dependent on space and time.  We can still connect.  Church is no different.  A friend of mine talks about how his congregation has two campuses now – the handful of members who show up each week to produce the live-stream worship and everybody else who participates virtually, in their own home….or car…..or on bus…..or, or.
Ordinarily, when the transition time is over and I prepare to leave a congregation, it means a significant portion of the change work has been done.  But not this time.  You and your new pastor will enter a never-before-seen world of church where you still can’t safely be together in space and time, but you can still be together in new, vital, virtual ways. 
The biblical narrative teaches about the new things God does over and over and over.  If you want a religion that never changes, Christianity is likely not for you!  The future of Trinity looks promising.  I doubt it will be the same, but it will be full of promise.  I hope you embrace it.
Blessings,
Pr Kern


The Monthly newsletter, The Trinitarian, for November is HERE.


From Bishop Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the ELCA

​“God’s care for human society calls us to rise again each day … to appreciate — and do — the work of self-government.” (From the ELCA social message “Government and Civic Engagement in the United States,” p. 18)

This coming Sunday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m. Eastern time, I will join many other religious leaders in the Holding On to Hope National Prayer Service, to be held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Please join me for this special occasion to pray for the good of our nation on the eve of Election Day. Even as we pray, we are called to participate in our nation’s electoral process as one way God works through us to love and serve the neighbor (Matthew 22:39). Our vote is a choice about what will make our society a more just, more whole community where human dignity is honored and rights are upheld.

To read the full statement from Bishop Eaton, click HERE.


+WORSHIP+


Parking Lot Worship Service with Communion

Each Sunday in November at 4pm, we will holding a LIVE Communion service in the parking lot. Bring a mask and a lounge chair from home or sit in your car.  Due to restrictions, only 50 people will be able to participate. In case of rain, the service will be cancelled.
This week, All Saints Sunday, we will be reading the names of all known to Trinity who have died in the past year.
We also will be collecting food donations for Living Faith Lutheran Church’s food pantry, alongside the offering plate. The items will be gathered and added to the next Food Drive delivery on November 21.
Please use the link HERE to indicate you will be attending Trinity’s parking lot worship Sunday the 1st. When replying, count all members of your household who will be attending (no need for members to reply individually).  If you prefer to RSVP by email or phone, please contact the office at Trinity (office@trinityelca.org or 301-881-7275). 
[Please note: an RSVP ensures that we have prepared enough space for social distancing, as well as a preliminary count for Communion supplies and a means to reach you if services are cancelled.]
Volunteers Needed: Parking Lot Services run smoother when we have volunteers willing to help with Reader/Prayer Leader, Usher, Entrance Greeter, or Equipment Setup duties one or more Sundays in October. Signup link is HERE or contact the office as above to reserve your spot. Thank you!


Virtual services, Faith Formation resources, and musical meditations will continue to be posted on Trinity’s YouTube channel each week: https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK (and subscribe!)


Readings for All Saints Sunday
Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm 24
Revelation 21:1-6a
John 11:32-44


+LEARN+


Trinity Film Series–TONIGHT
Do the Right Thing

Thursday, October 29th, 7:30 pm For our last movie we switch to a drama. Spike Lee produced, directed, wrote, and stars in Do the Right Thing, a powerful and poignant portrait of contemporary urban life. He plays Mookie, an employee at Sal’s Famous Pizzeria run by Italians who commute from Bensonhurst to Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant. Mookie’s deliveries take him through this poor black neighborhood on the hottest day of the summer. The movie came out 31 years ago; what is different today? Parents, this movie is rated R; with a warning about language. High school youth are invited to join the conversation with parental permission. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie M at valerie@vmwishes.com.
iTunes, Youtube, Amazon Prime ($3.99+)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88563034831
Meeting ID: 885 6303 4831

Dial in by your location       
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)       +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)


Adult Forum on Zoom

David K continues a study on the Old Testament books of First and Second Samuel for the next few Sundays at 9:30 am.  Please email David for the Zoom link, or call the church office to have your name added to the class list.


Faith Formation Videos will be emailed on Fridays


+SERVE+


Update from the Living Faith Pantry 

Since June, Trinity and the Luxmanor community have held monthly drives to collect nonperishable food for the pantry at Living Faith Lutheran Church in Rockville. The next parking lot drive will be at Trinity on Saturday November 21 (9:00AM to noon). Donations may also be brought to Sunday evening worship services. Cash donations, always appreciated, can be made directly to Living Faith Lutheran Church (1605 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20851.) Please note ‘food pantry’ in the memo line on all checks.
Food Pantry Needs – November:
Cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible) 
Black/pinto beans (canned) 
Canned tomatoes (whole if possible)
Canned vegetables (corn very popular) NEW
Canned fruit 
Cooking oil NEW
Jam/jelly 
Peanut Butter NEW
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)
Canned soup (chicken noodle popular) NEW
Toothpaste
Bath soap
Toilet paper
Shampoo NEW
Deodorant


Women’s Shelter Dinner—Postponed

Thanks to all who signed up for the Social Ministry dinner for InterFaith Women’s Shelter on Sunday, November 1. The dinner has been postponed to a later date. Please contact Margaret F if you are interested in bringing food for future dinners.


Thank you for your offering. Your gifts make the ministry of Trinity possible. Electronic giving may be available through your bank or financial institution. Offerings mailed to the church office will be promptly deposited. Third Quarter statements have been mailed. If you do not receive yours, or believe it is incorrect, please contact Carol B at finsecy@trinityelca.org.


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, Len S, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Benigno D C, friend of Nancy N
Mari J, friend of Sarah M & Tom K
Gabriel L, nephew of Ani SG and Len S
Hazel & Earl N, aunt & uncle of Julie N
Sue S, mother of Elizabeth R
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
James T +October 17, 2020
The Funeral and Inurnment Service will be private. The family is planning to record the service and make it available to those who cannot attend in person. Donations may be made in memory of James to the Trinity Lutheran Church Mission Endowment Fund, or the Trinity Lutheran Church Columbarium Fund.
*Family and friends will be kept on the list for four weeks. Please submit a request to the Church Office to extend them another four weeks.

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,
The book study I’m concluding next week is based on Margaret Wheatley’s book, Who Do We Choose to Be?
As the election draws near and the Covid-19 infections surge and Trinity prepares to call a new pastor and millions are out of work and we wonder what in the world is going to happen to us all, Ms Wheatley’s title seems just about right to me.  In the face of all that is upon us and the world, who are we going to choose to be?
Shall we give in to our anxieties, or strive to be calm?Shall we join the strident voices, or speak fiercely out of love?Shall we hunker down and just try and take care of ourselves and those we love, or can we develop the capacity to work on behalf of the poor, the excluded, the marginalized?
Now more than ever, the world needs a vibrant body of Christ standing up in the world.  We know what we think.  We know what we do.  The only question is, Who Do We Choose to Be?

Pastor Kern


A Brief Update from the Call Committee

We are now entering a critical phase of the call process.  We have narrowed our pastor search to two candidates and in the next phase of our process we will be getting to know these individuals better.  We ask for your continued prayers so that our discernment of God’s will for our congregation becomes clear. Your prayers and support of this process are key to its success.

David K, Chair
Angela B
Matthew C
Nalini A
Trevor H
Sabrina R


+WORSHIP+


Parking Lot Worship Service with Communion

Each Sunday in October and November at 4pm, we will holding a LIVE Communion service in the parking lot. Bring a mask and a lounge chair from home or sit in your car.  Due to restrictions, only 50 people will be able to participate. In case of rain, the service will be cancelled.
This week, Reformation Sunday, we will welcome guest violinist Andrew Nixon along with Angela on keyboard. Please Wear Red!
We also will be collecting food donations for Living Faith Lutheran Church’s food pantry, alongside the offering plate. The items will be gathered and added to the next Food Drive delivery on November 21.
Please use the link HERE to indicate you will be attending Trinity’s parking lot worship Sunday the 18th. When replying, count all members of your household who will be attending (no need for members to reply individually).  If you prefer to RSVP by email or phone, please contact the office at Trinity (office@trinityelca.org or 301-881-7275). [Please note: an RSVP ensures that we have prepared enough space for social distancing, as well as a preliminary count for Communion supplies and a means to reach you if services are cancelled.]
Volunteers Needed: Parking Lot Services run smoother when we have volunteers willing to help with Reader/Prayer Leader, Usher, Entrance Greeter, or Equipment Setup duties one or more Sundays in October. Signup link is HERE or contact the office as above to reserve your spot. Thank you!


Virtual services, Faith Formation resources, and musical meditations will continue to be posted on Trinity’s YouTube channel each week: https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK (and subscribe!)


Readings for Reformation Sunday
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 46
Romans 3:19-28
John 8:31-36


+LEARN+


Before I Go

This Tuesday October 27 at 7pm, Pastor Kern will facilitate a final conversation and reflection on the book, Who Do We Choose to Be?, by Margaret J Wheatley.  
Before I Go refers to the closing season of Pastor Kern’s work at Trinity and this class is one of a few offerings he would like to make before he leaves.  The book is full of insight, and ultimately, hope.
Please note—the Start Time is 7 pm.
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82098374241 
Dial in by your location:       
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 820 9837 4241


Adult Forum on Zoom

David K continues a study on the Old Testament books of First and Second Samuel for the next few Sundays at 9:30 am.  Please email David for the Zoom link, or call the church office to have your name added to the class list.


Trinity Film Series
Do the Right Thing

Thursday, October 29th, 7:30 pm
 For our last movie we switch to a drama. Spike Lee produced, directed, wrote, and stars in Do the Right Thing, a powerful and poignant portrait of contemporary urban life. He plays Mookie, an employee at Sal’s Famous Pizzeria run by Italians who commute from Bensonhurst to Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant. Mookie’s deliveries take him through this poor black neighborhood on the hottest day of the summer. The movie came out 31 years ago; what is different today? Parents, this movie is rated R; with a warning about language. High school youth are invited to join the conversation with parental permission. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie M at valerie@vmwishes.com.
iTunes, Youtube, Amazon Prime ($3.99+)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88563034831
Meeting ID: 885 6303 4831
Dial in by your location       
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)       
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)  


Faith Formation Videos will be emailed on Fridays


+SERVE+


Update from the Living Faith Pantry 

Since June, Trinity and the Luxmanor community have held monthly drives to collect nonperishable food for the pantry at Living Faith Lutheran Church in Rockville. The next parking lot drive will be at Trinity on Saturday November 21 (9:00AM to noon). Donations may also be brought to Sunday evening worship services. Cash donations, always appreciated, can be made directly to Living Faith Lutheran Church (1605 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20851.) Please note ‘food pantry’ in the memo line on all checks.
Food Pantry Needs – November:
Cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible) 
Black/pinto beans (canned) 
Canned tomatoes (whole if possible)
Canned vegetables (corn very popular) NEW
Canned fruit 
Cooking oil NEW
Jam/jelly 
Peanut Butter NEW
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)
Canned soup (chicken noodle popular) NEW
Toothpaste
Bath soap
Toilet paper
Shampoo NEW
Deodorant


Interfaith Women’s Shelter Dinner Sunday November 1st

Trinity will be providing dinner once again at the Women’s Shelter. The entree (Mediterranean Chicken), drinks, and dessert are covered, but we still need people to sign up for pasta dishes (recipe provided) and caesar salads. Please see the sign-up link HERE for more details or contact Margaret F with questions. If you prefer, please contact the church office by phone or email to sign up with your preferred dish. People can drop off their dishes at Trinity between 3-4pm on 11/1. Thank you for your support. 


Thank you for your offering. Your gifts make the ministry of Trinity possible. Electronic giving may be available through your bank or financial institution. Offerings mailed to the church office will be promptly deposited. Third Quarter statements are being mailed in the next few days.


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, Len S, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Benigno D C, friend of Nancy N
Mari J, friend of Sarah M & Tom K
Hazel & Earl N, aunt & uncle of Julie N
Sue S, mother of Elizabeth R
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
James T +October 17, 2020
The Funeral and Inurnment Service will be private. The family is hoping to record the service and make it available to those who cannot attend in person. Donations may be made in memory of James to the Trinity Lutheran Church Mission Endowment Fund, or the Trinity Lutheran Church Columbarium Fund.

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

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of Trinity,

J Benjamin Bedenbaugh, professor of New Testament at Lutheran Southern Seminary when I was there, was a bit of a legend.  Academic, scholar, creative, passionate teacher, and full of grace, he was fond of reminding us that the kingdom of God was like a robin in the snow – a sign that spring was already present, but not yet fully realized.

I think of the good professor often in these days of chaos, discord, and turmoil in our nation and our world.  You don’t need the litany – we all live in the tension.  Most of the time, we do the best we can, but there’s no denying the tension takes its toll.  And the kingdom of God – grace filled living – can see far away.

When I find myself at this point, it helps me when I remember the professor’s words – already, but not yet.  The people of God can see (and be!) grace in this time and acknowledge the challenges of this time, and also remember with confidence that the present and the future are in heaven’s keeping.

It is the nature of God to redeem creation.  With that in mind, we follow the path laid out by justice, grace, and love.
Pr Kern


+WORSHIP+


Parking Lot Service With Communion

Each Sunday in October and November at 4pm, we will holding a LIVE Communion service in the parking lot. Bring a mask and a lounge chair from home or sit in your car.  Due to restrictions, only 50 people will be able to participate. In case of rain, the service will be cancelled.
We will be collecting food donations for Living Faith Lutheran Church’s food pantry, alongside the offering plate. The items will be gathered and added to the next Food Drive delivery on November 21.
Please use the link HERE to indicate you will be attending Trinity’s parking lot worship Sunday the 18th. When replying, count all members of your household who will be attending (no need for members to reply individually).  If you prefer to RSVP by email or phone, please contact the office at Trinity (office@trinityelca.org or 301-881-7275). [Please note: an RSVP ensures that we have prepared enough space for social distancing, as well as a preliminary count for Communion supplies and a means to reach you if services are cancelled.]
Volunteers Needed: Parking Lot Services run smoother when we have volunteers willing to help with Reader/Prayer Leader, Usher, Entrance Greeter, or Equipment Setup duties one or more Sundays in October. Signup link is HERE or contact the office as above to reserve your spot. Thank you!


A Mighty Fortress Virtual HYMN!

Mark your calendars for October 25, Reformation Sunday, as Trinity will be celebrating this festival Sunday with special musicians at both the Virtual and Live services that day.
Also, please join us in musically celebrating Reformation Day by submitting a video for our recorded service on October 25th! We welcome all to submit videos singing A Mighty Fortress. Angela has made a rehearsal video explaining how to record available HERE. All are welcome to contribute! The hymn text is displayed in the video, so all you need are a recording device, a playback device, headphones, and a smile. Most phones and computers work fine for recording. If you would prefer to print out the lyrics, the hymn text is available HERE.  Please submit videos to this link HERE by Monday October 19th. If you have any questions, please reach out to Angela at ajsmall@mtu.edu or Anita at aksmallin@gmail.com.


Virtual services, Faith Formation resources, and musical meditations will continue to be posted on Trinity’s YouTube channel each week: https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK (and subscribe!)


Readings for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 45:1-7
Psalm 96:1-9 [10-13]
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Matthew 22:15-22


+LEARN+


Before I Go

Pastor Kern will facilitate conversation and reflections on the book, Who Do We Choose to Be?, by Margaret J Wheatley. Before I Go refers to the closing season of Pastor Kern’s work at Trinity and this class is one of a few offerings he would like to make before he leaves.  The book is full of insight, and ultimately, hope. There is NO CLASS on 10/20, but please join us for the final Zoom session on Tuesday 10/27 at 7 pm. 


Adult Forum on Zoom

David K will begin a study on the Old Testament books of First and Second Samuel for the next few Sundays at 9:30 am.  Please email David for the Zoom link, or call the church office to have your name added to the class list.


Trinity Film Series

A Look at Racism Through Film – Emanuel
Thursday, October 15th TONIGHT at 7:30 pm, Valerie M, facilitator
Please join us for a discussion focused on the documentary film, Emanuel, the story of the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015. High school aged youth are invited to watch the film and join the discussion. Please view the film ahead of time on Amazon Prime, or Youtube ($3.99+). If you have any questions, please contact Valerie M at valerie@vmwishes.com
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88563034831
Meeting ID: 885 6303 4831
Dial in by your location       
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)       
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)  


Faith Formation Videos will be emailed on Fridays


+SERVE+


Living Faith Pantry Food Drive This Saturday at Trinity

Since June, Trinity and the Luxmanor community have held monthly drives to collect nonperishable food for the pantry at Living Faith Lutheran Church in Rockville. The next parking lot drive will be at Trinity on Saturday October 17th (9:00AM to noon). Donations may also be brought to Sunday evening worship services. Cash donations, always appreciated, can be made directly to Living Faith Lutheran Church (1605 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20851.) Please note ‘food pantry’ in the memo line on all checks.
Food Pantry Needs – October:
Cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible) 
Black/pinto beans (canned) 
Canned tomatoes (whole if possible)
Canned vegetables (corn very popular) NEW
Canned fruit 
Cooking oil NEW
Jam/jelly 
Peanut Butter NEW
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)
Canned soup (chicken noodle popular) NEW
Toothpaste
Bath soap
Toilet paper
Shampoo NEW
Deodorant


Interfaith Women’s Shelter Dinner Sunday November 1st

Trinity will be providing dinner once again at the Women’s Shelter. The entree (Mediterranean Chicken) and dessert are covered, but pasta dishes (recipe provided), caesar salads, cider, and clementines are needed. Please see the sign-up link HERE for more details or contact Margaret F with questions. If you prefer, please contact the church office by phone or email to sign up with your preferred dish. People can drop off their dishes at Trinity between 3-4pm on 11/1. Thank you for your support.  


Sheets for LWR Quilts Update

Due to the difficulty of finding printed flat sheets, the request for sheets to make quilts has been updated to just solid twin flat sheets (NO MICROFIBER). We have been donated printed fabric and are buying the remainder that is needed. Please consider picking up a solid color twin flat sheet for this effort and dropping it off at Trinity by Sunday, October 25th. Thank you. 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E4CABA82F4-sheets


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


Remember in your prayers

We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email 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, Len S, James T, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Benigno D C, friend of Nancy N
Mari J, friend of Sarah M & Tom K
Hazel & Earl N, aunt & uncle of Julie N
Sue S, mother of Elizabeth R
Donald Trump, President of the United States
first responders:
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R
*Family and friends will be kept on the list for four weeks. Please submit a request to the Church Office to extend them another four weeks.

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,

2pm last Tuesday, I plugged my ear buds into my phone, sat down in a rocking chair on the deck, and joined in the funeral of my brother-in-law, Kenneth, three states away.  My niece, Sara, face-timed with me so I could see and hear.
I watched my sister along with her two sons, their wives, and seven grandchildren. I was told nearly 80 socially distanced souls held vigil at the cemetery afterwards.
My brother-in-law was a good man.  A genuinely good man.  He loved to talk and even if you disagreed with him, he would keep talking to you.  He laughed easily.  He trained acolytes for 20 years.  And he could make anything you needed with his fine carpentry skills.
What I remember most about Kenneth, and the aspect of his life for which I am most grateful, is that he loved my sister.  They met when he came to install the telephone in her office in the church where she was the new Director of Christian Education.  They were able to build a beautiful life together, and their love never wavered.
Because of Covid-19 it wasn’t safe for me to be there in person.  But the Word was preached, the sacrament was shared, thanks was given, and Kenneth, my brother, was commended to the eternal keeping of God.  And for that, I give thanks.
Live your life, my friends. Be the person God made you to be.  And celebrate the people who love you.

Blessings,
Pr Kern


+WORSHIP+


Parking Lot Service (with Communion)

Each Sunday in October and November at 4pm, we will holding a LIVE Communion service in the parking lot. Bring a mask and a lounge chair from home or sit in your car.  Due to restrictions, only 50 people will be able to participate. In case of rain, the service will be cancelled.
We will be collecting food donations for Living Faith Lutheran Church’s food pantry, alongside the offering plate. The items will be gathered and added to the next Food Drive delivery on October 17.
Please use the link HERE to indicate you will be attending Trinity’s parking lot worship Sunday the 11th. When replying, count all members of your household who will be attending (no need for members to reply individually).  If you prefer to RSVP by email or phone, please contact the office at Trinity (office@trinityelca.org or 301-881-7275). [Please note: an RSVP ensures that we have prepared enough space for social distancing, as well as a preliminary count for Communion supplies.]    
Volunteers Needed: Parking Lot Services run smoother when we have volunteers willing to help with Reader/Prayer Leader, Usher, Entrance Greeter, or Equipment Setup duties one or more Sundays in October. Signup link is HERE or contact the office as above to reserve your spot. Thank you!


Virtual services, Faith Formation resources, and musical meditations will continue to be posted on Trinity’s YouTube channel each week: https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK (and subscribe!)


Readings for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 25:1-9
Psalm 23
Philippians 4:1-9
Matthew 22:1-14


+LEARN+


Before I Go

On Tuesdays October 13, and 27 at 7pm, Pastor Kern will facilitate conversation and reflections on the book, Who Do We Choose to Be?, by Margaret J Wheatley.  Ms. Wheatley has been at the forefront of the changing dynamics of organization and leadership in our world.  Drawing on her work with business, industry, and the American military she offers a wealth of insights to help us through the confounding time in which we find ourselves.  Participants will want to order the book and begin reading ahead of time.
Before I Go refers to the closing season of Pastor Kern’s work at Trinity and this class is one of a few offerings he would like to make before he leaves.  The book is full of insight, and ultimately, hope.
Remember, there is NO CLASS on 10/20, and please note—the Start Time is 7 pm each session.
Pr Kern
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82098374241 
Dial in by your location:       
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 820 9837 4241


Adult Forum on Zoom

David K will begin a study on the Old Testament books of First and Second Samuel for the next few Sundays at 9:30 am.  Please email David for the Zoom link, or call the church office to have your name added to the class list.


Trinity Film Series

A Look at Racism Through Film – Emanuel
Thursday, October 15th at 7:30 pm, Valerie M, facilitator
Please join us for a discussion focused on the documentary film, Emanuel, the story of the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015. High school aged youth are invited to watch the film and join the discussion. Please view the film ahead of time on Amazon Prime, or Youtube ($3.99+). If you have any questions, please contact Valerie M at valerie@vmwishes.com
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88563034831
Meeting ID: 885 6303 4831
Dial in by your location       
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)       
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)  


Faith Formation Videos will be emailed on Fridays


+SERVE+


Update from the Living Faith Pantry 

Since June, Trinity and the Luxmanor community have held monthly drives to collect nonperishable food for the pantry at Living Faith Lutheran Church in Rockville. The next parking lot drive will be at Trinity on Saturday October 17th (9:00AM to noon). Donations may also be brought to Sunday evening worship services. Cash donations, always appreciated, can be made directly to Living Faith Lutheran Church (1605 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20851.) Please note ‘food pantry’ in the memo line on all checks.

Food Pantry Needs – October:
Cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible) 
Black/pinto beans (canned) 
Canned tomatoes (whole if possible)
Canned vegetables (corn very popular) NEW
Canned fruit 
Cooking oil NEW
Jam/jelly 
Toothpaste
Bath soap
Toilet paper
Shampoo NEW
Grocery bags to reuse NEW


Quilts for Lutheran World Relief 
Plans are in the works for a small group at Trinity to make quilts to help people displaced by wildfires, floods, and hurricanes this year. A Thrivent grant is covering the cost of batting, but NEW TWIN FLAT cotton (NO MICROFIBER) sheets are needed, 30 in all, to make 15 quilts. If you would like to help out, please click on the link below and sign up to donate sheets. You can drop off your donation during our Parking Lot Church services, or use the address in the link below if you would like to buy them online and have them shipped. Additional information is provided in the link.https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-sheets
Thank you for supporting this effort.


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


Remember in your prayers

We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email 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, Len S, James T, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Benigno D C, friend of Nancy N
Paul G, husband of Louise G
Hazel & Earl N, aunt & uncle of Julie N
Sue S, mother of Elizabeth R
Donald Trump, President of the United States
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:
Donna D +September 30, 2020, aunt of Jim K
*Family and friends will be kept on the list for four weeks. Please submit a request to the Church Office to extend them another four weeks.

From Pastor Kern

Before I Go
On Tuesdays October 6, 13, and 27 at 7pm, I will facilitate conversation and reflections on the book, Who Do We Choose to Be?, by Margaret J Wheatley.  Ms. Wheatley has been at the forefront of the changing dynamics of organization and leadership in our world.  Drawing on her work with business, industry, and the American military she offers a wealth of insights to help us through the confounding time in which we find ourselves.  Participants will want to order the book and begin reading ahead of time.
Before I Go refers to the closing season of my work at Trinity and this class is one of a few offerings I would like to make before I leave.  I found the book to be full of insight and ultimately, hope.  And yes, we are skipping the third Tuesday of the month since that is the Council’s meeting night. And don’t forget Valerie M’s film series on racism during October and David K’s weekly Adult Forum Bible study on Sunday mornings.
Here’s the link.  Remember, there is NO CLASS on 10/20, and please note—the Start Time is 7 pm each session.
Pr Kern
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82098374241 
Dial in by your location:       
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 820 9837 4241


Trinitarian

The October Trinitarian is in print! Get your copy HERE.


+WORSHIP+


Parking Lot Service

Starting this Sunday October 4th at 4pm, we will holding a LIVE Communion service in the parking lot. Bring a mask and a lounge chair from home or sit in your car. We will also be celebrating the Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis of Assisi during the service. Bring your dogs, cats, reptiles, hedgehogs, and other pets to be blessed. Due to restrictions, only 150 people will be able to participate. In case of rain, the service will be cancelled.
We will be collecting food donations for Living Faith Lutheran Church’s food pantry, alongside the offering plate. The items will be gathered and added to the next Food Drive delivery on October 17.

Please use the link HERE to indicate you will be attending Trinity’s parking lot worship Sunday the 4th. When replying, count all members of your household who will be attending (no need for members to reply individually). An account is not required but is free and only needs an email and password. Should you have any questions about Sign-Up Genius, please contact Valerie M (valerie@vmwishes.com). If you prefer to RSVP by email or phone, please contact the office at Trinity (office@trinityelca.org or 301-881-7275). [Please note: an RSVP ensures that we have prepared enough space for social distancing, as well as a preliminary count for Communion supplies.]
Volunteers Needed: Parking Lot Services run smoother when we have volunteers willing to help with Reader/Prayer Leader, Usher, Entrance Greeter, or Equipment Setup duties one or more Sundays in October. Signup link is HERE or contact the office as above to reserve your spot. Thank you!


Virtual services, Faith Formation resources, and musical meditations will continue to be posted on Trinity’s YouTube channel each week: https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK (and subscribe!)


Readings for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80:7-15
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46


+LEARN+


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K will continue a study on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1 – 7:29) for the next few Sundays at 9:30 am.  Please email David for the Zoom link.

“The Sermon on the Mount brings together a lot of Jesus’ moral and ethical teachings in one place and I’ve never spent more than a session on it as part of a larger study of the book of Matthew.  So what I’m planning is a deeper dive into the part of Jesus’ teaching that makes us squirm and explore what it’s saying to us today.”


Trinity Film Series–TONIGHT
A Look at Racism Through Film – 13th
Thursday, October 1st at 7:30 pm, Valerie M, facilitator
Please join us for a discussion focused on the documentary film, 13th. The film presents a history of racial inequality in the United States since the 13th amendment was put in place. This film is not rated. High school aged youth are invited to watch the film and join the discussion. Please view the film ahead of time for free on Youtube or on Netflix with a subscription.If you have any questions, please contact Valerie M at valerie@vmwishes.com
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88563034831
Meeting ID: 885 6303 4831
Dial in by your location       
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)       
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)  


Faith Formation Videos will be emailed on Fridays


+SERVE+


The ELCA Online Benefit for World Hunger last Thursday was a great success.  Over $261,000 was raised, beating the goal of $250,000. If you wish to donate, please indicate World Hunger on your offering envelope or directly to  https://bit.ly/3n1ULzv


Quilts for Lutheran World Relief 
Plans are in the works for a small group at Trinity to make quilts to help people displaced by wildfires, floods, and hurricanes this year. A Thrivent grant is covering the cost of batting, but NEW TWIN FLAT cotton (NO MICROFIBER) sheets are needed, 30 in all, to make 15 quilts. If you would like to help out, please click on the link below and sign up to donate sheets. You can drop off your donation during our Parking Lot Church services, or use the address in the link below if you would like to buy them online and have them shipped. Additional information is provided in the link.https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-sheets
Thank you for supporting this effort.


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


Remember in your prayers

We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
hospital:
James T
home:
Tigist G, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Paul G, husband of Louise 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

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


From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,
As I look out over the landscape of our world today, I wonder, are we going to be OK?  
I remember telling my son, after the crash of 2008-2009, that everything I told him while he was growing up about what a great benefit it is to own a home, was clearly not the case anymore for everyone.
Likewise, so much of what I was brought up to believe was true about America as a child, seems today to be full of holes – we can’t even agree that science is real.
And yes, the church in the world has not exactly lived up to the ideals of its founder, either.
So, are we going to be OK?
I think the answer is, Yes.  Our God seems to have a penchant for restoring life and making new.  And believe that includes the church, our country, our economy – the whole world.  Because that is what God does.
I’m betting my life on it.
Pr Kern


+WORSHIP+


Parking Lot Service

Continuing this Sunday the 27th, we will holding a LIVE Communion service at 6pm in the parking lot. Bring a mask and a lounge chair from home or sit in your car. Due to restrictions, only 50 people will be able to participate. In case of rain, the service will be cancelled.
NOTE: Starting October 4th, the service time will change to 4pm.
Starting this week at the service, we will be collecting food donations for Living Faith Lutheran Church’s food pantry, alongside the offering plate. The items will be gathered and added to the next Food Drive delivery on October 17.
Please use the link HERE to indicate you will be attending Trinity’s parking lot worship Sunday the 27th. When replying, count all members of your household who will be attending (no need for members to reply individually). An account is not required but is free and only needs an email and password. Should you have any questions about Sign-Up Genius, please contact Valerie M (valerie@vmwishes.com).
If you prefer to RSVP by email or phone, please contact the office at Trinity (office@trinityelca.org or 301-881-7275). [Please note: an RVSP ensures that we have prepared enough space for social distancing, as well as a preliminary count for Communion supplies.]
Volunteers Needed: Parking Lot Services run smoother when we have volunteers willing to help with setup, watching entrances, and ensuring social distancing of attendees. Please consider signing up for Usher, Entrance Greeter, or Equipment Setup duties one or more Sundays in October. Signup link is HERE or contact the office as above to reserve your spot. Thank you!
Virtual services, Faith Formation resources, and musical meditations will continue to be posted on Trinity’s YouTube channel each week: https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK (and subscribe!)


Trinity will be continuing to post videos for worship at home. The link to last week’s service is HERE.
The link to Angela’s Wednesday Music Meditation is HERE.


Readings for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
Psalm 25:1-9
Philippians 2:1-13
Matthew 21:23-32


+LEARN+


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K will continue a study on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1 – 7:29) for the next few Sundays at 9:30 am.  Please email David for the Zoom link.

“The Sermon on the Mount brings together a lot of Jesus’ moral and ethical teachings in one place and I’ve never spent more than a session on it as part of a larger study of the book of Matthew.  So what I’m planning is a deeper dive into the part of Jesus’ teaching that makes us squirm and explore what it’s saying to us today.”


Trinity Film Series
A Look at Racism Through Film – 13th, documentary
Thursday, October 1st at 7:30 pm
Valerie M, facilitator

Join us in discussing one of our biggest social justice issues in America. Please view the movie at home, prior to the online Zoom discussion group. Our film next week is a documentary and not rated. High school youth are invited to join the discussion. Link will be out next week.
13th, is a history of racial inequality in the United States since the 13th amendment was put in place.

13th is available for free on Youtube or on Netflix with a subscription.

If you have any questions, please contact Valerie M at valerie@vmwishes.com


We will email Faith Formation resources on Friday Afternoons.


+SERVE+


Benefit for ELCA World Hunger
Rick Steves, Travel Writer and TV Host, and Bishop Elizabeth Eaton (Bishop for the ELCA) are holding an online benefit for ELCA World Hunger TONIGHT! For more information, and to register, click HERE.


Quilts for Lutheran World Relief
Plans are in the works for a small group at Trinity to make quilts to help people displaced by wildfires, floods, and hurricanes this year. A Thrivent grant is covering the cost of batting, but NEW TWIN FLAT sheets are needed, 30 in all, to make 15 quilts. If you would like to help out, please click on the link below and sign up to donate sheets. You can drop off your donation during our Parking Lot Church services, or use the address in the link below if you would like to buy them online and have them shipped. Additional information is provided in the link.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-sheets
Thank you for supporting this effort.


Remember in your prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, James T, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Paul G, husband of Louise 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
*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.