From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,
Do you know the expression, ‘beside myself’?  It’s used to describe a state of extreme emotion, either joy, anger, anxiety or grief.
I had such an expression on Tuesday night.  After the Council meeting I went downstairs in time to hear the breaking news of the allegations of young women in the custody of ICE having reproductive surgery performed on them without their knowledge or consent.
I couldn’t move for a second.  I was ‘beside myself’ in rage and grief and shame.  For a split second I could ‘see’ myself frozen in the middle of the room.
Our church name is the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Not ‘of’ America.  ‘In’ America.  Our name implies that we are independent, living and working and serving within the country we know and love.  And so my question for us is, what is our role/response when we hear allegations such as this?  Do we say nothing and wait and see?  Do we speak up and out?  How do we talk to our children?  What do we say to ourselves?  How do we pray?
Meanwhile, the Call process at Trinity is proceeding nicely.  The Council is doing important, creative work to facilitate their leadership of Trinity and the life of the congregation.  And somewhere out there, a new pastor is being prepared for Trinity by the Holy Spirit.  All wonderful, good things.  Thanks be to God.
Somehow though, we have to continue to be church in the midst of the political and economic realities of the day.  What does that look like to you?  Is there a prophetic role for the people of God?  Or shall we be quiet.
May God bless and guide our discernment,
Pr Kern


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Parking Lot Service

Continuing this Sunday the 20th, we will be worshipping LIVE at 6pm in the parking lot. Bring a mask and a lounge chair from home or sit in your car. Due to county restrictions, only 50 people will be able to participate. In case of rain, the service will be cancelled.
Please use the link HERE to indicate if you will be attending Trinity’s parking lot worship Sunday the 20th. 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).
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 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Jonah 3:10—4:11
Psalm 145:1-8
Philippians 1:21-30
Matthew 20:1-16


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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 Series
Valerie M, facilitator
Thursdays, October 1, 15, and 29 at 7:30 pm  
Join us in discussing one of our biggest social justice issues in America. Using three important films, participants will view movies at home, prior to each online Zoom discussion group. The three films that have been selected are:  
13th, a history of racial inequality in the United States since the 13th amendment was put in place (October 1)
Emanuel, the story of the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015 (October 15)
Do the Right Thing, a story by Spike Lee about contemporary urban life. (October 29)
Some of the viewing options are provided below. Remember to watch the movie before each weekly session.  
13th Youtube (free), Netflix
Emanuel Amazon Prime, Youtube ($3.99+)
Do the Right Thing iTunes, Youtube, Amazon Prime ($3.99+)  
If you have any questions, please contact Valerie M at valerie@vmwishes.com


We will email Faith Formation resources on Friday Afternoons.


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Social Ministry Updates

September 19 — Food Collection to Benefit the Pantry at Living Faith Lutheran Church, Rockville

This Saturday, September 19, Trinity will be hosting a Drive Thru Food Drive to benefit the food pantry at Living Faith Lutheran Church from 9 AM – 12 noon in the Trinity Main Parking Lot.  
We just received a revised list, showing the most critical needs this month(*):
*Cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible)
Rice (1-2 lb. pkg)
*Black/pinto beans (especially dried)
*Canned tomatoes (whole preferred)
Jam/jelly
*Canned fruit
*Vegetable oil
Toothpaste
*Bath soap
*Toilet paper
Deodorant
Grocery bags to reuse
If you cannot shop, but would like to participate, checks may be sent to:
Living Faith Lutheran Church
1605 Veirs Mill Rd
Rockville, MD 20851
(mark ‘Food Pantry’ in the memo line)


Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) is a ministry of the ELCA that partners with local organizations where disasters are happening all over the world. 100% of the money given to LDR goes for aid.

LWR has partners in Beirut, areas of refugee crisis, California (wildfires), and in the path of Hurricane Laura.
If you are able, please consider giving to Lutheran Disaster Response. Once there, you can choose if you would like to specify where the money will go, or choose “where needed most.” Even as we face multiple crises, by working together, we can reflect Christ’s light and hope to our neighbors in their time of need.


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


Remember in your prayers


nursing/rehabilitation center:

Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)

home:
Paul D’A, 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.

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,
Have we stopped listening to each other?
Chances are, if we get our news from Fox, we probably don’t know the channel of MSNBC, and vice versa.  If we think the pandemic is over-hyped by the media, hearing that nearly 200,000 Americans have died from the virus likely won’t change our mind.  If we believe that only Christians baptized in our own tradition are welcome at communion, it’s doubtful any theological treatise will change our mind. And don’t even mention the right way the toilet paper is supposed to fall off the roll!  Sadly, we live in a world where every choice we make and every opinion we offer is watched, most likely electronically recorded, and factored into an algorithm so that we are sure to see opinions, sales, reports, and videos that reflect our original choice.  Hear a point of view we don’t like?  Switch the channel.  See something we don’t like? Take it to Twitter.  Ours is not an age for discernment.
Recently I read that if I genuinely want to listen and be heard, I must make a commitment to the possibility that the encounter might change me.  In the gospels there are places where Jesus uses the word ‘listen’ and the meaning in the text is that if we truly listen, we will do something in response – repent, believe, help, etc.  Remember when an adult in your life upbraided you as a child? “Didn’t you listen to me?”  They weren’t asking about our sense of hearing.  They were asking why we hadn’t heard what was said in a way that changed or moved us, or caused us to respond in an obvious way. 
Remember that the opposite of love is not hate, but apathy.  We don’t usually get angry with people or events we know nothing about.  When we stop listening, we are being actively apathetic.  The world may embrace Jesus or reject him, but no one can ever say he was apathetic.  He was always loving, even when he was angry and/or when others were angry with him.  I wonder if we can learn to listen like that?
Pr Kern


Parking Lot Service

Continuing this Sunday the 13th, we will be worshipping LIVE at 6pm in the parking lot. Bring a mask and a lounge chair from home or sit in your car. Due to county restrictions, only 50 people will be able to participate. In case of rain, the service will be cancelled.
Please use the link HERE  to indicate if you will be attending Trinity’s parking lot worship Sunday the 13th. 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).
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!)


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In addition to our parking lot service, we will be publishing our worship videos on Saturdays. The link to last Sunday’s service is HERE.


Readings for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Genesis 50:15-21
Psalm 103: [1-7] 8-13
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 18:21-35


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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.”


Between Goodness and Grace: A New Wednesday Zoom Study with Pastor Kern – Postponed

The Wednesday Bible Study is being rescheduled for Wednesdays in October. Please mark your calendars now, and we will provide details later this month.


Trinity Film Series
A Look at Racism Through Film Series Postponed

Using three important films, participants will view movies at home, then discuss them on Thursdays. We are rescheduling the discussions for October 1, 15, and 29. We will provide details of the Zoom address and more at a later date.


We will email Faith Formation resources on Friday Afternoons.


+SERVE+


Social Ministry Updates

September 19 — Food Collection to Benefit the Pantry at Living Faith Lutheran Church, Rockville

Pastor Sandra Shaw and the Living Faith community have expressed how much they appreciate the food we have provided for their pantry over these past months. Pastor Sandra stated, “There is absolutely no way we could be doing this ministry and feeding this many people without the help of Trinity. I shared that in a meeting this past week with the Bishop. This partnership is making a very big difference in the lives of a lot of people who are struggling to feed their families.”
Thank you, Trinity, for your generous support of this important endeavor!
Living Faith food pantry serves families in the Twinbrook area and other parts of Rockville who do not have enough to eat. The demand for their services has increased fourfold since the pandemic began. Please help us stock their pantry by participating in our monthly food drives on the third Saturday of each month. 
Next drive: Saturday, September 19  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
More info: Kathy at 301-675-6987 or Email office@trinityelca.org
If you cannot shop but would like to help, you may send a check directly to:
Living Faith Lutheran Church, 1605 Veirs Mill Rd Rockville, MD 20851
(please note ‘Food pantry’ in memo line.)
Food/personal care items needed:
Cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible)
Rice (1-2 lb. pkg)
Black/pinto beans (canned and dried)
Canned tomatoes
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)
Jam/jelly
Canned fruit
Toothpaste
Bath soap
Toilet paper
Deodorant
$10 or $20 Giant gift cards (NEW)


Are You A Thrivent Member? If you have a Thrivent IRA, investment account, credit union account, loan, insurance policy, etc., then you are a Thrivent member.  Thrivent members are entitled to apply for a $250 Thrivent Action Grant twice a year, associate members are entitled to one.  These grants help finance special service projects.  Trinity has received these grants through some of our Trinity Thrivent members to help fund projects such as Lutheran World Relief school kits, personal hygiene kits, and other Social Ministry and Youth Ministry projects.  Trinity is working to assemble a list of our Thrivent members so their memberships can facilitate applying for grants for future projects.  Please notify the Trinity office if you are a Thrivent member so Carol can add you to the list.  If you have any questions about the Thrivent Action Grants, Anita S and Valerie M have applied for and used these grants for projects and would be glad to answer your questions. 


Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) is a ministry of the ELCA that partners with local organizations where disasters are happening all over the world. 100% of the money given to LDR goes for aid.

LWR has partners in Beirut, areas of refugee crisis, California (wildfires), and in the path of Hurricane Laura.
If you are able, please consider giving to Lutheran Disaster Response. Once there, you can choose if you would like to specify where the money will go, or choose “where needed most.” Even as we face multiple crises, by working together, we can reflect Christ’s light and hope to our neighbors in their time of need.


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


Remember in your prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Paul D’A, Tigist G, Elizabeth R, James T, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Glennon D, brother of loved one of Donna S 
Tony F, friend of Jerry B
Paul G, husband of Louise G

Dave K, Sr, father of David K
Lucretia L, sister-in-law of friend of Trinity 
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,
Here’s a question. 
Can I believe in God and do whatever I want?
It’s an old question, probably dating back to the earliest belief systems of humanity. Some Christians answer the question with an emphatic, No – if I have faith there are things I must do and things I must not do. Others take a different view – love God and do as you please – believing that if I truly love God I will strive to live in the way of love.  What do you think?  How do you decide what you can do and what you should not do in your life?
I ask because once again in history, the people of God find themselves caught up in the throes of a highly charged political season. Some people of faith resent the entanglement while others believe God is calling them to political action.  What about you?  Where do your politics and faith intersect?  Or do you try and keep them separate?
And finally, what about a congregation?  Demographers already tell us that Americans are concentrating in areas of the country that share their political persuasions.  Is that going to be true of congregations?  Is it true of congregations?  If faith is the glue that holds communities together and faith is what drives the political persuasions of members, will the center hold?  Are any and all political points of view acceptable for a child of God?  Or does faith limit our options?  And what are the implications for all of that for the people of God everywhere?
Much to think about. 
Blessings,
Pr Kern


Stephen Ministry Installation 

Trinity had a joyous Stephen Ministry Commissioning ceremony for Jane R Saturday morning, August 29, 2020 at 10:30 am. In attendance were Jane and her husband Samuel and grandson Theodore. Leading the ceremony were Pastor Kern and Stephen Leaders Susan S and Miriam M. Stephen Ministers in attendance were Marilyn G, Thor N, and Leslie S, along with Anita. The rainy weather prevented us from having the commissioning outside at Trinity’s Prayer Labyrinth, so we held it under the porte cochere by the Social Hall. Congratulations to our newest Stephen Minister, Jane R!


The September edition of the monthly Trinitarian can be found HERE.


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Parking Lot Services

Starting September 6 (this Sunday!), we will be worshipping LIVE at 6pm in the parking lot. Bring a lounge chair from home. Due to county restrictions, only 50 people will be able to participate. Sign up with the church office via email or voice mail.

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 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Ezekiel 33:7-11
Psalm 119:33-40
Romans 13:8-14
Matthew 18:15-20


+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.”


Between Goodness and Grace: A New Wednesday Zoom Study with Pastor Kern – Postponed

The Wednesday Bible Study is being rescheduled for Wednesdays in October. Please mark your calendars now, and we will provide details later this month.


Trinity Film Series
A Look at Racism Through Film Series Postponed

Using three important films, participants will view movies at home, then discuss them on Thursdays. We are rescheduling the discussions for October 1, 15, and 29. We will provide details of the Zoom address and more at a later date.


We will email Faith Formation resources on Friday Afternoons.


+SERVE+


Social Ministry Updates

The next Drive Thru Food Drive for Living Faith’s Food Pantry will be September 19….Mark your calendar!


ARE YOU A THRIVENT MEMBER?
Trinity is working to assemble a list of our Thrivent members.  Thrivent members are entitled to apply for a $250 Thrivent Action Grant twice a year, associate members are entitled to one.  Trinity has received these grants through some of our Trinity Thrivent members to help fund projects such as Lutheran World Relief school kits, personal hygiene kits, and other Social Ministry and Youth Ministry projects.  These grants are used for a wide range of programs and projects by Thrivent members across the country.  This website will give you a sample of the projects that received Thrivent Action Grants.  https://www.joyfullythriving.com/thrivent-grant/
To help Trinity make use of these grants, we need to know who our Trinity Thrivent members are.  Please notify the Trinity office if you are a Thrivent member so Carol can add you to the list.  Anita S and Valerie M are familiar with the process for applying for and using the grants, and would be glad to answer any questions you might have.  Valerie will be holding an online information session about Thrivent Action Grants in the future.  This is a resource Trinity should be using when possible.


Lutheran Disaster Response

Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) is a ministry of the ELCA that partners with local organizations where disasters are happening all over the world. 100% of the money given to LDR goes for aid.

LWR has partners in Beirut, areas of refugee crisis, California (wildfires), and in the path of Hurricane Laura.
If you are able, please consider giving to Lutheran Disaster Response. Once there, you can choose if you would like to specify where the money will go, or choose “where needed most.” Even as we face multiple crises, by working together, we can reflect Christ’s light and hope to our neighbors in their time of need.


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


Remember in your prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Paul D’A, Tigist G, Elizabeth R, James T, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Glennon D, brother of loved one of Donna S 
Tony F, friend of Jerry B
Dave K, Sr, father of David K
Lucretia L, sister-in-law of friend of Trinity 
Becky S, family of Marilyn 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
Deaths
For those who would like to send condolences to June L’s family, please contact the church office for the address.
*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.

Parking Lot Services

Starting September 6, we will be worshipping LIVE at 6pm in the parking lot. Bring a lounge chair from home or sit in your car—an FM transmitter will amplify the signal. Due to county restrictions, only 50 people will be able to participate. Sign up with the church office via email or voice mail.

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!)


From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,
I once heard that the function of a hurricane in nature is to dissipate heat build-up in the oceans and atmosphere.  Can anyone check me on that?  If that is the case, the increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the rising temperatures of the oceans certainly are feeding the hurricane that is charging up the middle of America this morning.  Lives will be impacted, property will be damaged, and no amount of calls for law and order can stop it.
Once again we have images of violence in city streets on our TV screens. I don’t know a single person who thinks damaging property is a preferred means of communicating.  But consider, slavery existed for centuries in our country before the troops were sent in, and even then, some would argue, meaningful change was painfully slow in coming.  My ancestors moved freely throughout society.  They were immigrants who were allowed to integrate and move up the social ladder.  My father never gave me a talk about what to do if I was stopped by police.  And my mother never worried I might be shot in the back getting into my car.  How do we hold in balance centuries of violence endured by generations of Black people, with property damage today on a city a street?  Where were the calls for law and order for the oppressed during slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, red lining, and separate but ‘equal?’  And, for our purposes, where has the church – our church, the Lutheran church – been through all of this?
As Trinity enters the joyful season of calling a new pastor, the context of the world we live in does not go away.  Hurricanes, global warming, pandemic, and the struggle for justice envelope us all and somehow, must all fit together.  And so we pray, Come, Holy Spirit and rouse us to live in the way of Christ in all that we do.
Pr Kern


Lutheran Disaster Response

Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) is a ministry of the ELCA that partners with local organizations where disasters are happening all over the world. 100% of the money given to LDR goes for aid.

LWR has partners in Beirut, areas of refugee crisis, California (wildfires), and in the path of Hurricane Laura.
If you are able, please consider giving to Lutheran Disaster Response. Once there, you can choose if you would like to specify where the money will go, or choose “where needed most.” Even as we face multiple crises, by working together, we can reflect Christ’s light and hope to our neighbors in their time of need.


+WORSHIP+


We will be continuing to post our Sunday Worship videos on Saturday afternoons. Check your email box, and/or subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

Last Sunday’s Video can be found HERE.


Readings for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah 15:15-21
Psalm 26:1-8
Romans 12:9-21
Matthew 16:21-28


+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.”


Between Goodness and Grace: A New Wednesday Zoom Study with Pastor Kern

In her provocative, insightful book, Who Do We Choose to Be, author Margaret J Wheatley invites us to think deeply about Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity.  Dr Wheatley’s book is an invitation to take a new look at how our present world came to be and, significantly, she continually lifts up of the role of leaders in the present era.  The book makes me think about the Exodus and Wilderness story of the people of God, and I will invite participants to overlay this biblical narrative over Wheatley’s teachings and observations.  A little something different, for those who like to dig a little deeper into the sacred space between the church and the world.

Here’s the link.  Please Note – the Start Time is 7 pm each session, Wednesdays September 2 through 30.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84294311014
Meeting ID: 842 9431 1014
Dial by your location:
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)


Trinity Film Series
A Look at Racism Through Film Series
Valerie M, facilitator
Thursdays, September 3, 10, and 17 at 7:30 pm
Join us in discussing one of our biggest social justice issues in America. Using three important films, participants will view movies at home, prior to each online Zoom discussion group. The three films that have been selected are:
13th, a history of racial inequality in the United States since the 13th amendment was put in place (September 3)
Emanuel, the story of the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015 (September 10)
Do the Right Thing, a story by Spike Lee about contemporary urban life. (September 17)
Some of the viewing options are provided below. Remember to watch the movie before each weekly session.
13th Youtube (free), Netflix
Emanuel Amazon Prime, Youtube ($3.99+)
Do the Right Thing iTunes, Youtube, Amazon Prime ($3.99+)
If you have any questions, please contact Valerie M at valerie@vmwishes.com


We will email Faith Formation resources on Friday Afternoons.


+SERVE+


Social Ministry Updates

The next Drive Thru Food Drive for Living Faith’s Food Pantry will be September 19….Mark your calendar!


ARE YOU A THRIVENT MEMBER?
Trinity is working to assemble a list of our Thrivent members.  Thrivent members are entitled to apply for a $250 Thrivent Action Grant twice a year, associate members are entitled to one.  Trinity has received these grants through some of our Trinity Thrivent members to help fund projects such as Lutheran World Relief school kits, personal hygiene kits, and other Social Ministry and Youth Ministry projects.  These grants are used for a wide range of programs and projects by Thrivent members across the country.  This website will give you a sample of the projects that received Thrivent Action Grants.  https://www.joyfullythriving.com/thrivent-grant/
To help Trinity make use of these grants, we need to know who our Trinity Thrivent members are.  Please notify the Trinity office if you are a Thrivent member so Carol can add you to the list.  Anita S and Valerie M are familiar with the process for applying for and using the grants, and would be glad to answer any questions you might have.  Valerie will be holding an online information session about Thrivent Action Grants in the future.  This is a resource Trinity should be using when possible.


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


Remember in your prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Paul D’A (Friends House)
home:
Tigist G, Elizabeth R, James T, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Glennon D, brother of loved one of Donna S 
Tony F, friend of Jerry B
Dave K, Sr, father of David K
Lucretia L, sister-in-law of friend of Trinity 
Becky S, family of Marilyn 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
Deaths
Luther V. (Sonny) L +August 22, 2020, uncle 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,
The new Council met for the first time this week and, as usual, the agenda was packed.  Even though we don’t gather in person yet, the work of the church goes on and on.  Members of the Council have participated in two orientation sessions, going over the constitution and their duties, as well as taking the time to get to know one another better.  It was a long meeting, a lot got done, and the time flew by (at least for me).  You can feel very good about your leadership team.
One of the items that was discussed in that meeting was beginning to offer an outdoor, parking lot, service beginning on Sunday, September 6 at 6 pm.  The thought is to try this for a month and evaluate it then.  You can still look forward to receiving the videoed Sunday worship in your inbox at each Saturday.  The outdoor service is still a work in progress, but will likely be a simplified Service of the Word – no singing, no passing the peace, maintaining social distance, wearing masks – and the building will remain off-limits.  For the service you may choose between sitting in chairs that you bring, OR remaining in your car and listening on your radio!  That’s right.  Anita has procured an FM transmitter for us that we are trying out that will allow you to hear the service in your car on your FM radio.
Participation will still be limited to the Montgomery County regulation of 50 people, so we are looking at an online signup sheet that will be first-come, first-served.  Stay tuned for more details about this and other news as Trinity moves forward in this pandemic time.
Blessings,
PK


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We will be continuing to post our Sunday Worship videos on Saturday afternoons. Check your email box, and/or subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

Last week’s video can be found HERE.


Readings for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 51:1-6
Psalm 138
Romans 12:1-8
Matthew 16:13-20


Christmas in July Chrismon Kits 
If you did not have an opportunity to pick up a kit or two at the congregational meeting on July 25, you can ask to have them set aside for you in the church office. These are simple beaded shapes or wooden shapes to paint; we will hang them on the Social Hall Christmas tree this December. Email the church office with your interest, and we will get a kits to you.


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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.   

“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 Series
Valerie M, facilitator
Thursdays, September 3, 10, and 17 at 7:30 pm
Join us in discussing one of our biggest social justice issues in America. Using three important films, participants will view movies at home, prior to each online Zoom discussion group. The three films that have been selected are:
13th, a history of racial inequality in the United States since the 13th amendment was put in place (September 3)
Emanuel, the story of the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015 (September 10)
Do the Right Thing, a story by Spike Lee about contemporary urban life. (September 17)
Some of the viewing options are provided below. Remember to watch the movie before each weekly session.
13th Youtube (free), Netflix
Emanuel Amazon Prime, Youtube ($3.99+)
Do the Right Thing iTunes, Youtube, Amazon Prime ($3.99+)
If you have any questions, please contact Valerie M at valerie@vmwishes.com


We will email Faith Formation resources on Friday Afternoons.


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Social Ministry Updates

This Saturday, August 22, Trinity will be hosting a Drive Thru Food Drive to benefit the food pantry at Living Faith Lutheran Church from 9 AM – 12 noon. For a complete list of things we are collecting, please look at this link HERE.


ARE YOU A THRIVENT MEMBER?
Trinity is working to assemble a list of our Thrivent members.  Thrivent members are entitled to apply for a $250 Thrivent Action Grant twice a year, associate members are entitled to one.  Trinity has received these grants through some of our Trinity Thrivent members to help fund projects such as Lutheran World Relief school kits, personal hygiene kits, and other Social Ministry and Youth Ministry projects.  These grants are used for a wide range of programs and projects by Thrivent members across the country.  This website will give you a sample of the projects that received Thrivent Action Grants.  https://www.joyfullythriving.com/thrivent-grant/
To help Trinity make use of these grants, we need to know who our Trinity Thrivent members are.  Please notify the Trinity office if you are a Thrivent member so Carol can add you to the list.  Anita S and Valerie M are familiar with the process for applying for and using the grants, and would be glad to answer any questions you might have.  Valerie will be holding an online information session about Thrivent Action Grants in the future.  This is a resource Trinity should be using when possible.


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


Remember in your prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Paul D’A (Friends House)
home:
Tigist G, Elizabeth R, James T, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Glennon D, brother of loved one of Donna S 
Tony F, friend of Jerry B
Dave K, Sr, father of David K
Lucretia L, sister-in-law of friend of Trinity
Wyatt N, grandson of Bill & Diana B 
Mike N, brother-in-law of friend of Donna S
Becky S, family of Marilyn 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
Deaths
Rev. Kathleen B +August 13, 2020, former member of Trinity
Mary Louise S B +August 17, 2020, sister of Frederic S

*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. 

Kathy B, former member of Trinity, died suddenly in Tampa, FL on August 13, 2020. We have no further details at this time. We commend Kathy and her family to the grace and eternal keeping of Christ, our Lord.

Drive Thru Food Drive for Living Faith

Living Faith food pantry serves families in the Twinbrook area and other parts of Rockville who do not have enough to eat. The demand for their services has increased fourfold since the pandemic. Please help us stock their pantry.

When: Saturday, August 22  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (We will also be collecting on September 19.)
We will be collecting food and supplies in the large parking lot.
More info: Kathy at 301-675-6987 or Email office@trinityelca.org
If you can’t be there but would like to help, you may send a check directly to:
Living Faith Lutheran Church, 1605 Veirs Mill Rd, Rockville, MD 20851 (please note ‘food pantry’ in memo line.)

This month we’re also collecting basic school and art supplies for the children as they begin the new school year.

Food/personal care items neededSchool supplies needed
Cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible)
Rice (1-2 lb. pkg)
Black/pinto beans (canned and dried)
Canned tomatoes
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)
Jam/jelly
Canned fruit
Toothpaste
Bath soap
Toilet paper
Deodorant
24 pk Crayola crayons
#2 pencils
Pink erasers
Spiral notebooks or composition
books
Colored pencils

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We post videos for worship on Saturdays.
The link to last week’s worship video is HERE.
Angela’s Musical Meditation can be found HERE.


Readings for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
Psalm 67
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Matthew 15:[10-20] 21-28


Christmas in July Chrismon Kits 
If you did not have an opportunity to pick up a kit or two at the congregational meeting on July 25, you can ask to have them set aside for you in the church office. These are simple beaded shapes or wooden shapes to paint; we will hang them on the Social Hall Christmas tree this December. Email the church office with your interest, and we will get a kits to you.


+LEARN+


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K will start a new study on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1 – 7:29) beginning August 16 at 9:30 am.   

“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 Series
Valerie M, facilitator
Thursdays, September 3, 10, and 17 at 7:30 pm
Join us in discussing one of our biggest social justice issues in America. Using three important films, participants will view movies at home, prior to each online Zoom discussion group. The three films that have been selected are:
13th, a history of racial inequality in the United States since the 13th amendment was put in place (September 3)
Emanuel, the story of the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015 (September 10)
Do the Right Thing, a story by Spike Lee about contemporary urban life. (September 17)
Some of the viewing options are provided below. Remember to watch the movie before each weekly session.
13th Youtube (free), Netflix
Emanuel Amazon Prime, Youtube ($3.99+)
Do the Right Thing iTunes, Youtube, Amazon Prime ($3.99+)
If you have any questions, please contact Valerie M at valerie@vmwishes.com


Thanks to all who participated in the Wednesday Coming Together Zoom discussions with Pastor Kern. We have completed all sessions for August; please watch for a new study starting in September.


We will email Faith Formation resources on Friday Afternoons.


+SERVE+


Social Ministry Updates

2020 Mission Endowment Fund Recipients
Here are the 2020 awards given by the Mission Endowment Committee:
Little Friends for Peace $723.50
A Wider Circle $723.50
Solutions for Hometown Connections $723.50
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service $723.50
Trinity Lutheran Church Chrismons $723.50
The Mission Endowment Committee is retaining $723.50 to hear from the Social Ministry Committee this fall concerning renovating the Storage Room.
Also, $1,447.00 was returned to build the Fund.
May God continue to bless your work at Trinity.
Steve S, interim chair 


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


Remember in your prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Paul D’A (Friends House)
home:
Tigist G, James T, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Glennon D, brother of loved one of Donna S 
Paul G, husband of Louise G 
Wyatt N, grandson of Bill & Diana B 
Mike N, brother-in-law of friend of Donna S
Becky S, family of Marilyn 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,
So many voices.  So many opinions.  So much contradictory information.  This is not an easy time to be a good human.  With more than 1,000 deaths a day recently in America, it’s hard not to shed a tear for America, to say nothing of all the dead and dying.
Systemic racism continues to be a challenge for many in the dominant class – those of us for whom the way things are has rewarded us and worked well for us all of our lives.  To hear now that our benefits rely on a way of organizing society so that very many have very little and a very few have very much, seems to put us at odds with our fellow human beings, to say nothing of the gospel of Jesus.
In the middle of our world the church still stands.  Imperfect, at times insensitive, but hopefully still the body through whom Jesus goes out into the world.  Martin Luther taught us that the knowledge of our sin drives us to Christ, where we seeks words of redemption and grace, and we are empowered to set out and try again and again to live a life worthy of the name of Christ.
Keep walking sisters and brothers.  We are blessed to be a blessing.
Pastor Kern


The Trinitarian, Trinity’s monthly newsletter for August, is online. You can find it HERE.


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We are sending our Sunday Worship Videos out on Saturdays.
The video for last week’s service is HERE.
The Wednesday Musical Meditation can be found HERE.


Readings for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
1 Kings 19:9-18
Psalm 85:8-13
Romans 10:5-15
Matthew 14:22-33


Christmas in July Chrismon Kits 
If you did not have an opportunity to pick up a kit or two at the congregational meeting on July 25, you can ask to have them set aside for you in the church office. These are simple beaded shapes or wooden shapes to paint; we will hang them on the Social Hall Christmas tree this December. Email the church office with your interest, and we will get a kits to you.


+LEARN+


Now For a Completely Different Adult Forum!

David and Mary are still away on vacation this week, but we’re going to gather at our usual 9:30 on Sunday morning and do something a little different. You will need to come prepared to either do a little writing, or to do a little doodling…so paper and pen or pencil; OR blank paper and markers, crayons, colored pencils, or any writing tool and a favorite scripture verse, quote or phrase.

We will be doing 2 activities, one of the 2 choices mentioned, and another we will all participate in. There will be some quiet time to work on the tasks and some time to share for those who are willing. If you have children or youth at home, they are more than welcome to join in as I will have options for younger participants as well.The Zoom link will be sent out Saturday as we’ve been doing. If you want to be added to the list of recipients, please send Valerie an email. valerie@vmwishes.com.


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K will start a new study on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1 – 7:29) beginning August 16 at 9:30 am.   

“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.”


Thanks to all who participated in the Wednesday Coming Together Zoom discussions with Pastor Kern. We have completed all sessions for August; please watch for a new study starting in September.


We will email Faith Formation resources on Friday Afternoons.


+SERVE+


Social Ministry Updates

Mark your calendars for additional Food Drives at Trinity to benefit the Food Pantry at Living Faith Lutheran Church: August 22 and September 19 from 9:30 to 1pm. On August 22, in addition to food, Trinity will be collecting school supplies for the families that receive food from Living Faith. We are collecting:
– 24 pk Crayola crayons
– #2 pencils
– pink erasers
– spiral notebooks or composition books
– colored pencils


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


Remember in your prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, James T, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Glennon D, brother of loved one of Donna S 
Paul G, husband of Louise G 
Wyatt N, grandson of Bill & Diana B 
Mike N, brother-in-law of friend of Donna S
first responders:
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R
*Family and friends will be kept on the list for four weeks. Please submit a request to the Church Office to extend them another four weeks. 
Deaths
June L +July 24, 2020, longtime Trinity member
Judy W +August 1, 2020, longtime friend of Diana & Bill B

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of Trinity,
In these perilous times, our prayers are unceasing for:
+ pandemic victims, their families and friends, the medical personnel who work sacrificially to save their lives, for scientists and researchers who search for treatments;
+ for the conscience of our nation and the world, confronting systemic racism with renewed urgency and repentance;
+ for the struggle of the powerless and judicious restraint by the powerful; so that, the prayer Jesus gave us – your kingdom come, your will be done – might come to pass through us.
At the same time, God gives blessings and gifts to the world, and to Trinity.  We are thankful for the large turnout for the two congregation meetings last Saturday and Sunday.  The congregation constitution is up-to-date, and several important decisions were made.  The roof will be replaced, termites and beetles treated, internet service will be upgraded and availability improved, the Call Committee was elected along with Nominating Committee for next year, members to the Mission Endowment Committee, and last, but certainly not least, new Congregation Council members were elected.  Immediately following the congregation meeting, the Council elected their officers for 2020-2021.  They are: Sarah Morrison, President; Jerry Boegler, Vice President; Kim Bettcher, Secretary; Greg Fitzwilliam, Treasurer; Jeanine Balbach, Assistant Treasurer; Carol Bruno, Financial Secretary (non-voting member).  We heard that the financial picture of the congregation is strong.  The Reopening Team shared the results of their extensive work. And, there was a growing sense of excitement and expectation at the prospect of the Call process getting underway.
And so we go forward as the saints have always done, with our hearts lifted by the grace of God we receive, even as we are weighed down by the cares of the world.  We know our place – to be the presence of the emerging kingdom of God in the world – and so we do not lose heart.  God is with us and God is with all live and breathe.  And God’s love holds us all together.

Pastor Kern


Details!

It’s been a while since we’ve updated our list of members who have keys to Trinity.  Do you have a key to any Trinity doors?  Two things: 1st – if you have a key and are not presently serving in a capacity where you are using the key for ministry, would you mind returning it to the office?  2nd – if you have a key and need it for ministry please send an email to office@trinityelca.org so we can keep you on the updated list. Please include which key you have. It should be stamped on the key.  With the presence of children in the building 5 days a week, it’s important for liability reasons that we keep an accurate list of keyholders.  Thanks for your help!


The Trinitarian, Trinity’s monthly newsletter for August, is online. You can find it HERE.


Congregational Meetings

On Saturday July 25, at an in-person Special Meeting in the Trinity Parking Lot, the congregation approved changes to the Constitution to allow for virtual congregational meetings, and to bring it into compliance with the 2019 model constitution of the ELCA. 
On Sunday July 26, the semi-annual congregational meeting was held via Zoom, presided over by Secretary Sarah M. The following people were elected:
Congregation Council 
3-year term ending 2023: Mary B, Valerie M, Leslie S, Frederic S
2-year term ending 2022: Jeanine B, Kim B                       
1-year term ending 2021: Linnea A
Mission Endowment Fund Committee
3-year term ending 2023: Margaret F                       
2-year term ending 2022: Nalini A
Nominating Committee                    
Term ending 2021: Bob C, Nathan L, Robert P, Len S, Steve S
Pastoral Call Committee: Nalini A, Angela B, Matthew C, Trevor H, David K, Sabrina R
Resolutions to reroof the sanctuary and half the social hall, fund pest removal in a beam of the sanctuary, and upgrade internet/wifi capability were passed, and the Re-Opening Team gave a report updating the congregation of the preparations being made before live services inside Trinity can be held.


+WORSHIP+


During this time of social distancing, we are recording our worship services and posting them on YouTube on Saturdays.
The link for last Sunday’s Worship Service can be found HERE.
Angela’s Wednesday Musical Meditation can be found HERE.


Readings for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 55:1-5  
Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21  
Romans 9:1-5  
Matthew 14:13-21 


+LEARN+


Christmas in July Chrismon Kits 
If you did not have an opportunity to pick up a kit or two at the congregational meeting on July 25, you can ask to have them set aside for you in the church office. These are simple beaded shapes or wooden shapes to paint; we will hang them on the Social Hall Christmas tree this December. Email the church office with your interest, and we will get a kits to you.


Coming Together Again as the Body of Christ

Members and Friends of Trinity are invited to join Pr. Kern on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm for an ongoing conversation about Coming Together as the Body of Christ – moving in the future united in faith.  Themes for the sessions include:

+ Trust – dynamics that break it, and actions that build it;
+ Action – changing the way we think by changing what we do;
+ Trinity’s constitution in one act – what does it really say; and,
+ Welcome Pastor! – getting ready to receive your new pastor.

Some themes will take more than one session, others only one, and still other topics may well arise out of our conversations.  Each week will be largely self-contained so please, join in as often as you are interested and able.  The link is below. It will be the same link for each week.

Topic: Coming Together Trinity
On Wednesday at 7:30pm, until Aug 26, 2020.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81555683282
Meeting ID: 815 5568 3282

One tap mobile
+13126266799,,81555683282# US (Chicago)
+19292056099,,81555683282# US (New York)

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

Meeting ID: 815 5568 3282
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbITeYRh43


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K will start a new study on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1 – 7:29) beginning August 16 at 9:30.   

“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.”


We will email Faith Formation resources on Friday Afternoons.


+SERVE+


Social Ministry Updates

Food Drives to Benefit Local Food Pantry 
On July 25, five carloads of food were dropped off at Living Faith Lutheran Church’s Food Pantry, thanks to generous donations from Trinity members and the Luxmanor neighborhood. Additional drives are scheduled for August 22 and September 19 from 9:30 to 1pm. 

Dinner for Interfaith Works Women’s Center August 2
All slots are filled! Thanks to those who volunteered to bring food to this shelter dinner. 

COVID-19 Response: Congregational Giving Challenge 
Thanks to the generosity of Trinity members and friends, $4,510 was raised during June and July to double the budgeted Social Ministry benevolence. The money will be equally split between Bethesda Help and Manna Food.  


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


Remember in your prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)

home:
Tigist G, James T, Margo W 

family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Glennon D, brother of loved one of Donna S 
Paul G, husband of Louise G 
Eric L, friend of Sarah M & Tom K
Wyatt N, grandson of Bill & Diana B 
Mike N, brother-in-law of friend of Donna S
Family of Charla P, friends of Nancy N

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,
In his last book, Uproar, Peter Steinke quotes a proverb. When there is the wind of change, some build walls; others build windmills. This coming Saturday and Sunday, Trinity is going to hold two congregation meetings.  The first, on Saturday, will be in the parking lot. The purpose is approve amendments to the constitution, most of which are necessary to keep Trinity in compliance with changes in the ELCA documents.  (ELCA congregations receive their tax exempt status through the ELCA.) These changes will make it possible to have the second meeting on Sunday, via Zoom.  This will be the slightly delayed annual meeting of the congregation.  In a separate email, you will see the slate of nominees for the Call Committee, Council Members, Mission Endowment Fund, and Nominating Committee.  And, you will be asked to approve some repairs and improvements on church property.  It’s a lot for 2 days.  But it’s more than that.  It’s a new beginning.
After their election the Call Committee will get under way.  That means the day when a new pastor arrives is much closer than not.  And it means Council leadership that will work with that new pastor to open the next chapter of congregation life.  To reference the parable, these ‘windmills’ will capture the Spirit (wind) of the moment in a way that will bring new energy and life to Trinity.  This is holy change and it is good.
I look forward to seeing you on Saturday and Sunday.
Pastor Kern


Details!

It’s been a while since we’ve updated our list of members who have keys to Trinity.  Do you have a key to any Trinity doors?  Two things: 1st – if you have a key and are not presently serving in a capacity where you are using the key for ministry, would you mind returning it to the office?  2nd – if you have a key and need it for ministry please send an email to office@trinityelca.org so we can keep you on the updated list. Please include which key you have. It should be stamped on the key.  With the presence of children in the building 5 days a week, it’s important for liability reasons that we keep an accurate list of keyholders.  Thanks for your help!


Congregational Meeting Information

Trinity will be holding two meetings this weekend:

  • Saturday July 25 at 10am in the main Trinity parking lot (Special Meeting to approve changes to the Constitution). Twenty five members must be present to make a quorum to hold the meeting. Hardcopy Annual Reports will also be distributed and the Living Faith Food Drive will be held.
  • Sunday July 26 at 12noon via Zoom to elect Congregation Council members, Mission Endowment Fund committee members, Nominating Committee members, and Call Committee members.

Details of the revised Zoom meeting information, slates of nominees, agendas, and online Annual Report will be emailed under separate cover.


+WORSHIP+


During this time of social distancing, we are recording our worship services and posting them on YouTube on Saturdays.
The link for last Sunday’s Worship Service can be found HERE.


Readings for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
1 Kings 3:5-12 
Psalm 119:129-136 
Romans 8:26-39 
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 


+LEARN+


Christmas in July is Saturday, July 25th!

While we can’t work together making Chrismons for the tree in the social hall, kits will be available for you to pick up the day we gather in the parking lot for the congregational meeting. There will be 25 kits of each kind…beaded Chrismons and painted Chrismons. These were designed so our younger children can complete them successfully with only some assistance.


Coming Together Again as the Body of Christ

Members and Friends of Trinity are invited to join Pr. Kern on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm for an ongoing conversation about Coming Together as the Body of Christ – moving in the future united in faith.  Themes for the sessions include:

+ Trust – dynamics that break it, and actions that build it;
+ Action – changing the way we think by changing what we do;
+ Trinity’s constitution in one act – what does it really say; and,
+ Welcome Pastor! – getting ready to receive your new pastor.

Some themes will take more than one session, others only one, and still other topics may well arise out of our conversations.  Each week will be largely self-contained so please, join in as often as you are interested and able.  The link is below. It will be the same link for each week.

Topic: Coming Together Trinity
On Wednesday at 7:30pm, until Aug 26, 2020.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81555683282
Meeting ID: 815 5568 3282

One tap mobile
+13126266799,,81555683282# US (Chicago)
+19292056099,,81555683282# US (New York)

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

Meeting ID: 815 5568 3282
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbITeYRh43


Adult Forum on Zoom
There will be no Adult Forum this week due to the congregational meeting.
David K will start a new study on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1 – 7:29) beginning August 16 at 9:30.   

“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.”


We will email Faith Formation resources on Friday Afternoons.


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Social Ministry Reminders

Just a quick reminder about 2 upcoming opportunities. Please take a look below and consider how you might be able to help out. You can find the details in Tuesday’s email. Thank you for your support and generosity.
Food Drive to Benefit Local Food Pantry
This Saturday, July 25th, until 1:00 pm Trinity will hold a second food drive to benefit the food pantry at Living Faith Lutheran Church. Drop off will be in Trinity’s main parking lot. For the list of needs click HERE.
Dinner for Interfaith Works Women’s CenterTrinity’s Social Ministry Team is organizing a dinner for Interfaith Works Women’s Center in Rockville on Sunday, August 2. A menu featuring Mediterranean grilled chicken has been planned with additional items needed and detailed in the sign-up available through this secure link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E4CABA82F4-dinner. If you have questions, please contact Margaret at gmfitzwm85@gmail.com.


COVID-19 Response: Congregational Giving Challenge FINAL WEEK; Great Start, Let’s Finish Strong! While COVID-19 has changed many things, it has not changed the generosity of Trinity members. In June the Social Ministry Team challenged the Congregation to raise $4,500 by the end of July to match the Congregations’ annual benevolence budget; doubling our support to hunger needs in the local community. Through the end of June $4,000 has been raised toward the goal.  This is the last week to send your donations in towards this effort.  As a reminder, when sending a check made out to Trinity, please note “Social Ministry Match” on your envelope under “Other”. The Social Ministry Team is thankful for all the support towards helping those in need.


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


Remember in your prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, James T, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Glennon D, brother of loved one of Donna S 
Paul G, husband of Louise G 
Eric L, friend of Sarah M & Tom K
Joel N, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Mike N, brother-in-law of friend of Donna S
Family of Charla P, friends of Nancy N

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. 

Marriage 
Steven F & Katie S, July 25, 2020  
son & daughter-in-law of Margaret & Greg F 

Deaths  
Shari C +July 15, 2020, cousin of Dan S   
Kate V +July 15, 2020, aunt of Dan S  

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,
Paul writes in his letter to the Corinthians that faith, hope, and love abide….but the greatest of these is love.  Do you think that’s true?  Before you answer, let me ask the question another way.  Is there any relationship or circumstance you can think of that is not made better by love?
On the night he was betrayed Jesus washed the disciple’s feet and told them, I’m giving you a new commandment that you love one another.  He didn’t tell us to have faith in one another (we will always let one another down, sooner or later.)  He didn’t tell us to have hope in one another (disappointment is always near.)  No, he told us to love one another because that we can do and it’s the only thing that can reconcile us to each other when faith is broken and hope is disappointed.  The only thing.
The future of our lives, the lives of our families, depends on love.The future of community, county, state, nation, and world depends on love.The future of Trinity depends on love.
I have faith and I hope with every fiber of my being that the peoples of this earth will take action to heal our planet.  I have faith and hope that our nation will soon see a new generation of political leaders with moral bearing and principled courage.  I have hope and faith that Trinity will soon elect new leadership (council and call committee, etc) and that together, they will lead the congregation into a new season of its life.  And I know that all of you do too.  But only our love for one another, will usher in the new day we all long for.

Pastor Kern


Details!

It’s been a while since we’ve updated our list of members who have keys to Trinity.  Do you have a key to any Trinity doors?  Two things: 1st – if you have a key and are not presently serving in a capacity where you are using the key for ministry, would you mind returning it to the office?  2nd – if you have a key and need it for ministry please send an email to office@trinityelca.org so we can keep you on the updated list. Please include which key you have. It should be stamped on the key.  With the presence of children in the building 5 days a week, it’s important for liability reasons that we keep an accurate list of keyholders.  Thanks for your help!

Congregational Meeting Information

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


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

The recording for last Sunday’s worship service is HERE.


Angela and Ross are working on a virtual choir, and ALL are invited to participate! Instructions are at this LINK. The deadline to participate is July 17.


Readings for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 44:6-8
Psalm 86:11-17
Romans 8:12-25
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43


+LEARN+


Christmas in July is Saturday, July 25th!

While we can’t work together making Chrismons for the tree in the social hall, kits will be available for you to pick up the day we gather in the parking lot for the congregational meeting. There will be 25 kits of each kind…beaded Chrismons and painted Chrismons. These were designed so our younger children can complete them successfully with only some assistance.


We will email Faith Formation resources on Friday Afternoons.


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


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Social Ministry Team to Organize Quarterly Dinner for Interfaith Works Women’s Center 
On Sunday August 2 Trinity’s Social Ministry Team will organize a dinner for Interfaith Works Women’s Center in Rockville, feeding approximately 30 women. Given COVID guidelines, we will not be able to serve the food, but will simply drop off the meal at dinner time.
Our menu will feature Mediterranean grilled chicken and we need volunteers to provide vegetable pasta salad (recipe will be provided), iced tea, watermelon and brownies. Please sign up to help through this secure link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E4CABA82F4-dinner. When you click on the link, it will indicate how many of each item is needed. Select the item you’d like to bring, click on “Submit and Sign Up”, and on the next screen you can select the quantity and your name and email. Items need to be dropped off to Trinity or Margaret F’s house by noon on August 2. If you have questions, please contact Margaret at 301-309-6941 or gmfitzwm85@gmail.com.
God’s Work, Our Hands, 
Social Ministry Team


Food Drive to Benefit Living Faith Food Pantry

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


COVID-19 Response: Congregational Giving Challenge UPDATE; Great Start, Let’s Finish Strong! While COVID-19 has changed many things, it has not changed the generosity of Trinity members. In June the Social Ministry Team challenged the Congregation to raise $4,500 by the end of July to match the Congregations’ annual benevolence budget; doubling our support to hunger needs in the local community. Through the end of June $4,000 has been raised toward the goal.  There are two more weeks to get your donations in towards this effort.  As a reminder, when sending a check made out to Trinity, please note “Social Ministry Match” on your envelope under “Other”. The Social Ministry Team is thankful for all the support towards helping those in need.


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


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, James T, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Eric L, friend of Sarah M & Tom K
Joel N, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Family of Charla P, friends of Nancy N
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.