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

+WORSHIP+


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.


+WORSHIP+


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.


+SERVE+


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.


+WORSHIP+


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


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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.

Trinity Family

Dear Trinity Family,
The following appeared in my inbox the other day.  As one who preaches, I have also learned that sometimes the word I’m looking for is, Amen.  Please give a thoughtful moment to this note from Nancy N. 
Pr Kern

From Nancy N
Trinity is my family. Okay not by blood but by my own choosing.  And like any family, there is always contention and disagreement at some time.  And it hurts!  Don’t we all imagine and hope (pray) for a family where everything is all rosy? But that rarely happens.  We all have different opinions, wishes, hopes, and dreams. 
And sometimes they don’t agree with our brothers and sisters, or even our parents.  But, and this is the important part, we love each other, we have some of the same dreams and values, and we hope for a better tomorrow.  Let’s put aside our differences so we can move forward.

And so it is with Trinity.  We have different ideas, different ideals, different opinions and hopes for our future.  But in the end, aren’t they all the same?  We want our Trinity family to be one; one with each other and one with God.  So let’s all thank God for the faith, love, history and family that is Trinity and move forward in our journey.  Only by embracing our differences and our similarities can we accomplish what we set out to do: serve God and others as a community of believers and love one another as Jesus commands us.


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.


+WORSHIP+


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

The link for last Sunday’s service is HERE.
Angela’s music meditation for this week can be found HERE.


Virtual Choir

Angela and Ross are organizing a virtual choir, where we all will sing, This Little Light of Mine. Children and Children at heart are invited and encouraged to join in the fun. Instructions are at this LINK.


Readings for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 55:10-13
Psalm 65: [1-8] 9-13
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23


+LEARN+


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. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.


+SERVE+


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
Each year the Congregation’s budgeted benevolences include an amount for the Social Ministry Team to designate. The 2020 Trinity Budget includes $4,500 in such funds. As we all know, 2020 has been like no other year from a community need perspective. The Social Ministry Team has been tracking needs over the past 10 weeks and determined to focus this year’s benevolences on hunger.
While $4,500 will make a difference, we’d like to challenge the Congregation to double its impact. The Social Ministry Team is challenging members of the congregation to dig a little deeper and increase their giving to support hunger needs with the goal of raising an additional $4,500. Funds will be distributed locally between Manna Food Center and Bethesda Help.
Here’s how the match will work. When submitting a donation to Trinity towards this effort during June and July, please include “Social Min. Match” under “Other” on your envelope. At the end of the June and July, the additional funds raised will be sent to the designated organizations.
This is just one effort the Social Ministry Team is exploring to increase our reach of support in the Community. Stay tuned for efforts that will be included in the Tidings or The 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.


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, Len S, James T, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Eric L, friend of Sarah M & Tom K
Family of Elizabeth L, friend of Leslie C
Joel N, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Family of Charla P, friends of Nancy N
Kate V, aunt 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.
Deaths
Charla P +July 2, 2020, friend of Nancy N
Sandra F-H +July 5, 2020, aunt of Leslie C

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.


From the Council

Dear Members of Trinity,
Many of you have become aware that the members of the Congregation Council have had some intensive conversation about leadership and the future of Trinity.  As that conversation has unfolded, some members of the Council decided to step away.  Keith C has resigned as Council member and Treasurer, effective July 31; Hagen S, VP, resigned as of June 30 and he along with Jane R, have withdrawn their nominations for a regular, three year term; and, Sarah G resigned as member of Council and President effective June 30.   Annie A, while not a voting member of Council, resigned as Financial Secretary.
We want to express our deep appreciation to each of these servants for all they have offered to Trinity and all the hard work they have done on behalf of the congregation.  They have served Trinity faithfully and well.
And as we give thanks for their service, we remain grateful that Jeanine B remains our Assistant Treasurer and we have two volunteers to fill the Treasurer and Financial Secretary, Greg F and Carol B, respectively.  (Officers of the congregation are nominated and elected by the Council, per the congregation constitution.) In addition, the Nominating Committee is putting together a strong slate of candidates with a history of love and service in and to Trinity to be presented at the Annual Meeting on July 26.  And the MSP has been submitted to the synod and the Call Committee will be ready to go after their election.  Sarah M, Council Secretary, is continuing her service and has volunteered to act as needed until a new Council is in place.  (Officers are typically elected each year following the annual meeting where new members to the Council are elected.)
We give thanks to God for all of the gifted people of Trinity who serve and support their church in their individual ways.  And we remember that in the midst of change, the love of God holds us all.  Whether on Council or not, whether serving in a position or not, as Paul says, we are the body of Christ and individually members of it. We are confident that God will bless the days ahead for each one of us.
Sincerely,
The Congregation Council of Trinity
Ross A, Jane R, Jerry B, Sarah M, Fred S, Rebecca L, Greg F, Nancy N, Pastor Kern


July Newsletter

The July Trinitarian is published and available HERE.


+WORSHIP+


During this time of social distancing, we are recording our worship service. We are posting our service on Saturdays.
The link to last week’s service is HERE.


Readings for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Zechariah 9:9-1
Psalm 145:8-14
Romans 7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30


+LEARN+


We will email Faith Formation resources on Friday Afternoons.
Angela’s Music Meditation will be released tomorrow.


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


Here We Stand…..sort of…..maybe: An Invitation to Conversations on the Edge facilitated by Pastor Kern

When Martin Luther stood trial for his then-heretical beliefs, he famously declared in the face of some of the greatest power the world had ever known, Here I stand.  I cannot do otherwise.  So help me God.  In the clarity of history, we now see Luther as a very human figure with some views we find abhorrent today. But as equally flawed, faithful saints we might ask ourselves:  Where do we stand?  What is God requiring of us?

Please join me for these conversations each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm via the Zoom link below.  As the Holy Spirit has called each of us into this body of Christ, I believe we each have gifts to share.  We can learn from each other. I’m looking forward to the conversation.

Pastor Kern

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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 10 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
Each year the Congregation’s budgeted benevolences include an amount for the Social Ministry Team to designate. The 2020 Trinity Budget includes $4,500 in such funds. As we all know, 2020 has been like no other year from a community need perspective. The Social Ministry Team has been tracking needs over the past 10 weeks and determined to focus this year’s benevolences on hunger.
While $4,500 will make a difference, we’d like to challenge the Congregation to double its impact. The Social Ministry Team is challenging members of the congregation to dig a little deeper and increase their giving to support hunger needs with the goal of raising an additional $4,500. Funds will be distributed locally between Manna Food Center and Bethesda Help.
Here’s how the match will work. When submitting a donation to Trinity towards this effort during June and July, please include “Social Min. Match” under “Other” on your envelope. At the end of the June and July, the additional funds raised will be sent to the designated organizations.
This is just one effort the Social Ministry Team is exploring to increase our reach of support in the Community. Stay tuned for efforts that will be included in the Tidings or The 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.


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, Len S, James T, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Sandra F-H, aunt of Leslie C
Family of Elizabeth L, friend of Leslie C
Joel N, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Kate V, aunt 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 Trinity Family,
In years past, it would not be unusual for Jackie and I to travel south over the summer and reconnect with family – my sisters and their families, her 90 year old aunt, nieces and nephews. Once in a while there would be a large gathering, a reunion, and tables of food that would make your cardiologist gasp.  That’s just what our family does.
Every family – biological, psychological, work, church – has a need for connection.  Psychologist Murray Bowen taught that family, however it is configured, is the primary building block of life.  Our families teach us, shape us, encourage and discourage us, bring us joy and cause us pain – it’s inevitable, because our families are made up of people just like us.  The goal is to stay connected to our family because that connection is so basic and so powerful, it holds the promise of great healing and renewal.
During this unsettling time when the Trinity family is staying connected at some distance from one another, I suggested that we do our best to: Stay Connected, Be Encouraging, and Remember the Future.
Connection is life.  Encouragement leads to hope. Because the future will be better.  Even if we do not feel it at a given moment, Jesus loves us, this we know…..and when we are loved, we are filled with potential.
Keep in touch with those you love, even the ones who make you a little crazy!  After all, they’re family, which means you’re connected.  All of our families, church family included, are struggling right now to find our way in these uncertain times.  But if we can manage to quiet our souls, I believe we can still hear that clear, clarion call wafting through the ages, Come, and follow me.  We’re coming Jesus!  We really are….
Pastor Kern


Would you like to participate in our virtual worship videos?  We would like to see more member faces in our videos.  And the best way to do that is through our readers and musicians.  To do either of those, you need to be able to make a video recording and turn it in by Thursday morning. Instructions and help is available!  There is no age limit!  Children and youth, expert or not – will you share your gifts?
To volunteer to be a reader of scripture, please respond to Carol in the church office –  office@trinityelca.org. To make a musical offering, including hymn singing and instrumental music, contact Angela – ajsmall@mtu.org.  


+WORSHIP+


During this time of social distancing, we are recording our worship service. We are posting our service on Saturdays.

The service from last Sunday is HERE.


Readings for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 28:5-9
Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
Romans 6:12-23
Matthew 10:40-42


+LEARN+


We will email and post Faith Formation resources and devotions on Friday afternoons.


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


Here We Stand…..sort of…..maybe: An Invitation to Conversations on the Edge facilitated by Pastor Kern

When Martin Luther stood trial for his then-heretical beliefs, he famously declared in the face of some of the greatest power the world had ever known, Here I stand.  I cannot do otherwise.  So help me God.  In the clarity of history, we now see Luther as a very human figure with some views we find abhorrent today. But as equally flawed, faithful saints we might ask ourselves:  Where do we stand?  What is God requiring of us?

Please join me for these conversations each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm via the Zoom link below.  As the Holy Spirit has called each of us into this body of Christ, I believe we each have gifts to share.  We can learn from each other. I’m looking forward to the conversation.

Pastor Kern

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 870 6790 6900
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COVID-19 Response: Congregational Giving Challenge
Each year the Congregation’s budgeted benevolences include an amount for the Social Ministry Team to designate. The 2020 Trinity Budget includes $4,500 in such funds. As we all know, 2020 has been like no other year from a community need perspective. The Social Ministry Team has been tracking needs over the past 10 weeks and determined to focus this year’s benevolences on hunger.
While $4,500 will make a difference, we’d like to challenge the Congregation to double its impact. The Social Ministry Team is challenging members of the congregation to dig a little deeper and increase their giving to support hunger needs with the goal of raising an additional $4,500. Funds will be distributed locally between Manna Food Center and Bethesda Help.
Here’s how the match will work. When submitting a donation to Trinity towards this effort during June and July, please include “Social Min. Match” under “Other” on your envelope. At the end of the June and July, the additional funds raised will be sent to the designated organizations.
This is just one effort the Social Ministry Team is exploring to increase our reach of support in the Community. Stay tuned for efforts that will be included in the Tidings or The 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.


Remember in Your Prayers


nursing/rehabilitation center:

Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, Len S, James T, Margo W 

family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Sandra F-H, aunt of Leslie C
Family of Elizabeth L, friend of Leslie C
Family of Sue N, friend of Nancy N
Kate V, aunt 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 Brian, Trinity Admin.

Dear Trinity Church Community,
It is with the heaviest of heart that I now write to you.
When my cancer recurred this fall, my doctors and I were optimistic about surgical removal of the newly reactivated pancreatic tumor. Since it was still confined to a single location, a surgical “cure” was a real possibility. The plan was for surgery, followed by a limited course of adjuvant chemotherapy. After a few months, I would have recovered from surgery, finished the adjuvant chemo, and been able to resume a mostly normal life cancer-free. However, nothing went as planned.
The surgery was much longer and more complicated than anticipated. Not all the tumor could be removed, and a previously uninvolved lymph node now tested positive. Post-surgical recovery was long and difficult. To make matters worse, the cancer also re-metastasized to the liver after the surgery. Back to Stage IV pancreatic cancer – a very different post-surgical situation than we all originally thought and hoped. After a very frank discussion with my oncologist last week, it became clear that this really is a chronic condition. Cancer therapy will continue indefinitely with no defined endpoint.
Therefore, given my current state of energy and stamina, pain management, and a future of perpetual chronic cancer treatments, I hereby reluctantly offer my official resignation from Trinity Lutheran Church as Pastoral Office Assistant. Since it is now clear that I would not be able to return anytime soon, the most fair thing for everyone is that I resign now so that we all may freely move on to the next chapter.
Thank you all for your friendship and support during my time at Trinity, especially during this recent period of illness. Trinity Church and the folks I’ve come to know there will always occupy a special place in my heart. We have shared scary times and fun times, joys and disappointments, the sublime and the ridiculous. I hope we will stay connected, and continue our relationship – albeit in a new, different way.
The Lord bless you and protect you;
The Lord make his face to shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you
and give you peace.
Yours in Christ,
Brian E. B


We’re grateful to Brian for his partnership in ministry, and we will miss him greatly. Carol B has agreed to remain in place for the interim, and we appreciate her service in this time as well.


Drive Thru Food Drive – Thank you!

The Drive Thru Food Drive for Living Faith’s Food Pantry was a great success. We sent over 5 full car loads of food! Thank You! Pastor Sandy sent us a quick thank you: That much food will help a whole lot of people…and a whole lot of them are kids.  So much more than we could have hoped for! 

If you would like to contribute to the Living Faith Food Pantry, you may send a check directly to Living Faith Lutheran Church, 1605 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20851 (Please put ‘Food pantry’ in the memo line)


+WORSHIP+


During this time of social distancing, we are recording our worship service. We are posting our service on Saturdays.
The link to last Sunday’s service is HERE.
Angela’s Wednesday Musical Meditation is HERE.


Would you like to participate in our virtual worship videos?  We would like to see more member faces in our videos.  And the best way to do that is through our readers and musicians.  To do either of those, you need to be able to make a video recording and turn it in by Thursday morning. Instructions and help is available!  There is no age limit!  Children and youth, expert or not – will you share your gifts?
To volunteer to be a reader of scripture, please respond to Carol in the church office –  office@trinityelca.org. To make a musical offering, including hymn singing and instrumental music, contact Angela – ajsmall@mtu.org.  


Readings for the Third Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 20:7-13
Psalm 69:7-10 [11-15] 16-18
Romans 6:1b-11
Matthew 10:24-39


+LEARN+


We will email and post Faith Formation resources and devotions on Friday afternoons.


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


Here We Stand…..sort of…..maybe: An Invitation to Conversations on the Edge facilitated by Pastor Kern

When Martin Luther stood trial for his then-heretical beliefs, he famously declared in the face of some of the greatest power the world had ever known, Here I stand.  I cannot do otherwise.  So help me God.  In the clarity of history, we now see Luther as a very human figure with some views we find abhorrent today. But as equally flawed, faithful saints we might ask ourselves:  Where do we stand?  What is God requiring of us?

Please join me for these conversations each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm via the Zoom link below.  As the Holy Spirit has called each of us into this body of Christ, I believe we each have gifts to share.  We can learn from each other. I’m looking forward to the conversation.

Pastor Kern

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87067906900

Meeting ID: 870 6790 6900
One tap mobile
+13017158592,,87067906900# US (Germantown)
+13126266799,,87067906900# US (Chicago)
Dial by your location
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 870 6790 6900


+SERVE+


COVID-19 Response: Congregational Giving Challenge
Each year the Congregation’s budgeted benevolences include an amount for the Social Ministry Team to designate. The 2020 Trinity Budget includes $4,500 in such funds. As we all know, 2020 has been like no other year from a community need perspective. The Social Ministry Team has been tracking needs over the past 10 weeks and determined to focus this year’s benevolences on hunger.
While $4,500 will make a difference, we’d like to challenge the Congregation to double its impact. The Social Ministry Team is challenging members of the congregation to dig a little deeper and increase their giving to support hunger needs with the goal of raising an additional $4,500. Funds will be distributed locally between Manna Food Center and Bethesda Help.
Here’s how the match will work. When submitting a donation to Trinity towards this effort during June and July, please include “Social Min. Match” under “Other” on your envelope. At the end of the June and July, the additional funds raised will be sent to the designated organizations.
This is just one effort the Social Ministry Team is exploring to increase our reach of support in the Community. Stay tuned for efforts that will be included in the Tidings or The 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.


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, Len S, James T, Margo W 

family and friends*:
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Sandra F-H, aunt of Leslie C
Family of Elizabeth L, friend of Leslie C
Family of Sue N, friend of Nancy N
Kate V, aunt 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

wedding:
Andy B & Sarah P, June 6, Son & Daughter in Law of Lynn & Bud B

deaths:
Marian D, +June 4, 2020, mother of Elizabeth L, friends of Leslie C

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

From Pastor Kern

Dear Trinity Family,

When I was a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child…..Like most people, I think, during my growing up years I simply didn’t know what I didn’t know.  I like to think it’s part of the miracle of development that does its best to keep realties and constructs at bay as our brains and our bodies develop a deeper capacity for truth, empathy, kindness, and love.  At any point along the way, however, we can find ourselves traumatized when our circumstance and events around us overwhelm our capacity to cope.  In such times, it is usually our connections – our relationships, hopefully – that come to our aid and give us strength.
Notice I did not say those connections bring us resolution, because sometimes that isn’t possible.  Like now.
I read an interview with the famous Dr Fauci this week, in which he reiterated some of his fears and concerns about the coronavirus.  How it circled the globe in a month. How it affects different people in different ways. How science does not yet know how survivors might be affected long term.  And now we see, it’s surging again across America.
At the same time, I watched the murder of George Floyd unfold in protests around the globe and watched how his death managed to embrace and encourage victims of police violence everywhere.  As the Reverend Al Sharpton put it, George was the stone that the wide world never noticed, but God chose to be the cornerstone.
The pandemic and the outcry for justice around the world, have just begun.  They demand a response and they challenge the status quo of our lives. Some are choosing to deny the reality of either – from go anywhere, do anything you like, the virus is a hoax, to what about law and order. Enter, the Christian faith.
The body of Christ is well familiar with uncertainty and living through challenging times.  Our response is an ancient one, affirming God’s love of creation and doing the work of righteousness.  We know how to wait (see Exodus and wait between Easter and Pentecost) and we know how to wait actively, staying connected, offering encouragement, and remembering the future.
The world is engaged in a great struggle against a virus we don’t yet understand.  Black lives are rising up, insisting on their God-given place in the world.  And people of faith, flawed as we can all be, are standing up and moving forward, albeit slowly at times, expecting the kingdom of God to come with healing and justice, through us for the sake of the holy others of the world.
Come, Lord Jesus!
Pr Kern


Reopening Survey

As the community around us moves toward reopening, we too need to carefully, thoughtfully, and prayerfully plan our transition. 

A first step for us is to ask for your thoughts as we begin to move forward. Our reopening team (Ross A, Leslie C, Jim K, Julie N, Dick J) has prepared a short survey to solicit those thoughts. If you haven’t had a chance to complete it, please do so HERE, by this Sunday, June 14.


+WORSHIP+


We are continuing to record our worship service and post it on Saturday Afternoon for Sunday.

Last week’s worship video can be found HERE.
Angela’s Musical Meditation can be found HERE.


Readings for the Second Sunday after Pentecost
Exodus 19:2-8a
Psalm 100   
Romans 5:1-8
Matthew 9:35—10:8 [9-23]


+LEARN+


We will be emailing devotions and resources for Sunday School at home on Fridays.


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


Here We Stand…..sort of…..maybe: An Invitation to Conversations on the Edge facilitated by Pastor Kern

When Martin Luther stood trial for his then-heretical beliefs, he famously declared in the face of some of the greatest power the world had ever known, Here I stand.  I cannot do otherwise.  So help me God.  In the clarity of history, we now see Luther as a very human figure with some views we find abhorrent today. But as equally flawed, faithful saints we might ask ourselves:  Where do we stand?  What is God requiring of us?

Please join me for these conversations each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm via the Zoom link below.  As the Holy Spirit has called each of us into this body of Christ, I believe we each have gifts to share.  We can learn from each other. I’m looking forward to the conversation.

Pastor Kern

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+SERVE+


Food Drive THIS Saturday, June 13

Living Faith Lutheran Church maintains a food pantry to help those who don’t get enough to eat; the pantry serves families in the Twinbrook area and other parts of Rockville. The demand for pantry services has increased dramatically since the beginning of the pandemic; to help meet this demand, Trinity’s Social Ministry Committee is sponsoring a collection event in our main parking lot. Let’s help keep the Living Faith pantry stocked with food, as well as personal care items!

When        Saturday, June 13  10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Where    Trinity Lutheran Church (main parking lot)

Items most 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

If you can’t be there but would like to contribute, you may send a check directly to 
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
Each year the Congregation’s budgeted benevolences include an amount for the Social Ministry Team to designate. The 2020 Trinity Budget includes $4,500 in such funds. As we all know, 2020 has been like no other year from a community need perspective. The Social Ministry Team has been tracking needs over the past 10 weeks and determined to focus this year’s benevolences on hunger.
While $4,500 will make a difference, we’d like to challenge the Congregation to double its impact. The Social Ministry Team is challenging members of the congregation to dig a little deeper and increase their giving to support hunger needs with the goal of raising an additional $4,500. Funds will be distributed locally between Manna Food Center and Bethesda Help.
Here’s how the match will work. When submitting a donation to Trinity towards this effort during June and July, please include “Social Min. Match” under “Other” on your envelope. At the end of the June and July, the additional funds raised will be sent to the designated organizations.
This is just one effort the Social Ministry Team is exploring to increase our reach of support in the Community. Stay tuned for efforts that will be included in the Tidings or The 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.


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, James T, Margo W 

family and friends*:
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Family of Sue N, friend of Nancy N
Family of Susan O, aunt of Mike M
Kate V, aunt 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.