Greg recorded a message for us this Holy Week. A link to the video is HERE. Thanks Greg!

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.

Here is the message from Pastor Kern for the Monday of Holy Week, 2020.

Message from Pastor Kern for the Monday of Holy Week, 2020

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.

As we are continuing in this time of social distancing, we are recording our worship services, and posting them on YouTube.

The link for the worship service is HERE.
The link for the for the bulletin is HERE.
The link for the children’s bulletin is HERE.

As we are entering this time of Holy Week, where we are distanced from Trinity, we encourage you to find some space in your home that can be set apart, as a home altar or as a sacred space….nothing big, just a space that ties back to your faith life. This can be as simple as a candle, or a big cross with various pictures.

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.

Hello Friends!
We are entering Holy Week, and it’s strange that we can’t meet together. I encourage you to make a palm, find a tree branch or grab a coat, as we shout Hosanna together. Here is a link to a palm branch to cut out and color. The link to this week’s video is HERE. The Children’s Bulletins are at this link HERE.

I also encourage you to make a home altar during this time…and the palm can go in it! My home area has a cross, candle holder, and a duck that are important to me and to my relationship with Jesus. What are the things that are important to you in your relationship with Jesus? You can also draw pictures of things that remind you of your relationship with Jesus.

Yes, my prayer area has a duck in it. Ask me the story later.

Also, important to me, is a picture my mom made. This cross has hung in the entrance of every house my mom has lived in since she made it. This picture reminds me that I am God’s Child every time I pass it. Some years, we cover up the picture during Holy Week.

This picture is extra special, because my mom made the picture, and my dad made the frame.

So, this week, think about where you have or where you can create some sacred space in your home as we approach Holy Week.

Anita

From Pastor Kern

Dear Trinity Family,
How are you doing?  I hope that you and those you love are safe.  I have heard so many good stories about people staying connected and being encouraging.  I heard from two members about their personal outreach to other members, especially the homebound.  The Sunday morning Zoom session on the Ministry Site Profile (Call documents) is lively and energetic – by my count more than 30 members of Trinity weighed in last Sunday.  And even though staff is working from home, we’ve developed some pretty creative ways to generate videos, emails, and even the Tidings.
This good news is tempered, of course, by the increasingly challenging news of the pandemic.  The first day the deaths in America were over 500 I had to sit down for a minute when I heard the news.  When the toll was over 800 all I could think to say was, Lord, have mercy.  Count me among those who believe we will get through this to a better day!  But count me also among those who are becoming convinced that our lives will likely not be just like they were.
When it comes to remembering that a future is coming, allow me to plant a seed in the Trinity mindset.  It seems likely that retail, education, healthcare, and more will come out of this pandemic looking different than they did before.  What about church?  We all look forward to gathering together again, but are we learning things during this time that might help the congregation move into the new normal more effectively?  Or do we just want to try and put everything back together the way it was?  We have already discovered we can meet differently, connect differently, worship differently – not that any of that is necessarily an improvement! – but it does seem to indicate that the church might want to carry some of these skills forward into whatever comes next.  Could one possible result of this time be the beginnings of a reinvention of church for the 21st century?  I wonder how God will use this time in our life together?
Thank you for being part of Trinity.  Thank you for all of your support, especially for the continued outreach to feed and care for some of the least of our community.  Are there other, creative ways Trinity can make a difference in the lives of people in need?  
Faithfully,
Pr Kern


April Trinitarian

Here is a link to the April Trinitarian: bit.ly/AprTrinitarian


+WORSHIP+


During this time of social distancing, we will be recording a service on YouTube, and posting it on Saturday evening. We hope that this gives you a moment of prayer and peace in this strange time.

Last weeks recording can be found HERE.

Angela’s Wednesday Musical Meditation can be found HERE.


READINGS AND PSALM
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Matthew 26:14—27:66


+LEARN+


We will be emailing devotions and resources for Sunday School at home on Fridays, including Anita’s Time for ALL Children.

In preparation for Palm Sunday, we encourage you to make your own palm. You can cut one out of green paper, or you can color one. A downloadable palm to color can be found HERE.


+SERVE+


Trinity Help
The Social Ministry Committee is resurrecting Trinity Help. Trinity Help is the ministry of providing care for those who call Trinity their faith home. We are looking for people who would be willing to provide meals, and/or in our current time of social distancing, make grocery runs for essentials. If you are interested in helping out with this ministry, please email Valerie M. For more details, please see the article in the forthcoming April Trinitarian.


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.


From the President… 
Trinity will be adhering to the Maryland Governor’s stay home order for as long as it is in place. Given that reality, I have a question. What do you think about potentially holding a congregational meeting via the Zoom platform (which includes phone only capabilities for those without computers)? It goes without saying that the appropriate structures would need to be in place to support such a meeting – plenty of advance notice, assurance that all members can hear and be heard, voting controls, good instructions, and lots of opportunities to test ahead of time. If I can’t assure those we won’t do it.  Please contact me (Sarah G at sarahgarske@hotmail.com or 703-870-8149) and let me know what you think and what your concerns are.  And thanks to those who have already provided their thoughts on the question!


Again this Sunday at 9:30am the Council will continue its discussion of Trinity’s Ministry Site Profile (MSP). Since we can’t be together physically, we will do this virtually via the Zoom platform.
Please contact Sarah G @ 703-870-8149 or via sarahgarske@hotmail.com to receive an invitation to join the discussion. If you participated last week not to worry you’re already on the guest list.
ZOOM FAQs
Q: Do I need to sign up for a Zoom account to participate?
A: You do not!
Q: What if I want to say something during the discussion?
A: If you “raise your hand” the host (Sarah G) will see it and call on you.
Q: How do I raise my hand to say something?
A: To raise your hand if you are participating via phone only, press *9. To raise your hand, via the web, look for “Raise Hand” on the participant controls bar. You may have to click the three little dots on the far right to see the “Raise Hand” option.
Q: How do I mute my connection?
A: All participants will be muted upon entry to reduce connection noise/echo. At around 9:30am she will do a bit of a roll call and unmute individual lines so folks can say hello to the group!
Q: I’d like to get this setup ahead of time. Who can help me?
A: Sarah G can! Please reach out to her at 703-870-8149 or sarahgarske@hotmail.com.
Q: What if I get dropped or something goes wrong?
A: Please try to connect again! And please be patient as we work out the kinks of this new normal. Thanks!


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, James T, Margo W
family and friends:
Chuck B, son of Diana &Bill B
Joanne B, sister-in-law of Mary B & David K
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Betty C, sister of Joe C
Steve & Wilma G, friends of Valerie & Mike
Donald K, brother of Susan K
Doris L, mother of Karen L (Trinity Friend)
Evelyn R, aunt of Donna S

Hello Trinity,

What a wild week this has been! On Monday, Anita and I rushed to Trinity to record the service music through Pentecost. Don’t worry, you’ll hear Trinity’s organ on Easter Sunday! Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to record the upcoming Wednesday meditations, so this recording features my Rodgers electric organ at home.

Today’s reflection is J.S. Bach’s chorale prelude “Blessed Jesus We Are Here”. I felt it especially appropriate both because of our current stay-at-home order and because yesterday (the day I recorded) was Bach’s birthday!
The link to the video is HERE.

Verse 1:
Dearest Jesu, we are here,
at thy call, thy presence owning;
pleading now in holy fear
that great sacrifice atoning:
Word incarnate, much in wonder
on this mystery deep we ponder.

Blessings,
Angela

At the end of particularly frenetic work from home day yesterday, I opened the dining room windows to get some fresh air and enjoy the spring weather. As has become a bit of a ritual, each early evening most of my neighbors venture out of their houses to be in community with each other at socially appropriate distances. I stepped outside to smile and wave and came back inside to start dinner. After a few minutes I began to hear violins through the open windows. As a violin player myself, I was drawn back outside to see what was happening. Across the street I saw a young person playing her violin from the front porch of her house and on the sidewalk below was a couple playing their violins with her. Then my next door neighbor, who happens to be a professional violinist, emerged from her house with her instrument and within a couple of minutes my neighbor and the young person were playing the first movement of the JS Bach Concerto for Two Violins; across the street from each other. What a gift. This concerto is one of my favorite musical works and I’ve been very blessed to play that same first movement twice at Trinity, most recently just last August with Joshua B. Listening to that music last night reminded me that even in this time of fear and uncertainty, God’s gifts are still all around us and are not impacted by this virus. Let us take comfort in those gifts today; whatever they may be. And let us look forward to the time when we can again celebrate those gifts together in the same space. 

Lord in this time of fear and uncertainty, help us to see your gifts of grace and mercy all around us. Help us to be open to your presence during this time. Help us to take comfort in the signs of spring and rebirth around us and remind us of the promise of the resurrection. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Sarah G, Council President

Dear Trinity Family,
I hope this Sunday brought you some lightness and joy.  I found the sunshine late today just felt hopeful.
Every day I become more and more aware of just how connected the members of Trinity are to each other, and their neighbors.  It’s such a basic way of being church and it’s encouraging at the same time.
Carol, Angela, and Anita and I are having a good time generating the worship videos and daily contact for you.  We are learning as we go!  But oh how we look forward to the day when the church is filled and we can all be together again.
Remember in your prayers those in the front lines of this pandemic – physicians, nurses, aides, therapists, first responders – may God protect and sustain them.  Remember the sick and suffering among us – those undergoing treatment and those awaiting care.  Remember teachers and school staff about to embark on new ways of teaching and learning.  Remember those who are not able to work and are even now lack the funds to eat, pay rent, etc.  May God bless each and every one.
Pr Kern

As we are continuing in this time of social distancing, we are recording our worship services, and posting them on YouTube.
The link for the worship service is HERE.
The link for the bulletin is HERE.
The children’s bulletin is HERE.

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.

Hello Friends!
The link for today’s video (5th Sunday in Lent) is HERE!
Watch the whole video….there is another surprise at the end!
The Children’s bulletins for this week is linked HERE.

David K has done devotion on Luke which can be found HERE.

Thanks so much for watching, and I’ll see you soon!

Anita