Interfaith 5K | Labor Day, September 6th

We are now less than a month out from the Montgomery County Interfaith 5K taking place on Labor Day morning, Monday September 6th. Your outpouring of support in Trinity’s inaugural year as a race partner has been amazing; thank you! Our goal of a 25-person Team Trinity is within reach—we only need several more runners/joggers/walkers. If you have not yet registered, please do at mocointerfaith5k.org.  Registration is $35/person.  And don’t forget, there is a Tot Trot for children 5 and under and a Kids 1K Fun Run for youth between 6 and 12.  Kids of all ages are welcome!!!

If you prefer not to participate in the race, but are happy to volunteer, here is the link to sign up: MoCo Interfaith 5K: Volunteer Opportunities (signupgenius.com). We need an array of volunteers on race morning, working various tables, serving as course marshals, post-race cleanup, and so on.  Thanks in advance for your willingness to help.  For more information on the race, please contact Pastor Christine or Tom Kern (thomasewingkern@gmail.com). 


The ELCA is offering a short series on Advocacy and how Lutherans can help affect social and systemic change.

The five-part online series begins August 11; each session is just 30 minutes (start time 2pm). You can find out more about each week’s subject area and the impetus for the trainings here


The August Trinitarian is NOW AVAILABLE! Download it HERE


Music Meditation

View last weeks meditation here


+WORSHIP+


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

Wisdom prepares a feast, sets her table, and invites all to come and eat her bread and drink her wine. The first chapter of John’s gospel owes much to the biblical tradition that imagined Wisdom as existing before anything was created and having a role in the work of creation. Christ, the wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:24), today invites us to eat his flesh and drink his blood. John’s gospel includes no account of the institution of the Lord’s supper, but here we can’t help hearing Jesus’ words as an invitation to the meal of bread and wine we share.


Worship Updates

Come to LIVE Communion worship in the parking lot on Sundays at 10am (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We are still offering our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. This will continue through 8/22, and then we will move to indoor in-person worship.  

Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos, are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube


Worship Assistants Needed!

In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office or sign up HERE to be Parking Lot Greeter (to direct cars and to give handouts), Communion Distributor, or Lector/Prayer Leader.


Readings for this Sunday
Proverbs 9:1-6
Psalm 34:9-14
Ephesians 5:15-20
John 6:51-58


Adult Forum | “I Was a Stranger”

For the first two parts (this Sunday and next), we’ll look at the texts from the Torah that I have reorganized so that similar texts will be considered together.  The verses for tomorrow are listed below. If you have time, it would be good to skim through the texts in their context in the Bible, although I will provide some context tomorrow.  Also, if you have other translations available, it’s interesting to see how the different translations handle these texts. 

Genesis 1:27 (NRSV)

27  So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Exodus 22:21 (NRSV)

21  You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.

Exodus 23:9 (NRSV)

 You shall not oppress a resident alien; you know the heart of an alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.

Leviticus 19:33-34 (NRSV)

33  When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. 34  The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

Exodus 23:12 (NRSV)

12  Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest, so that your ox and your donkey may have relief, and your homeborn slave and the resident alien may be refreshed.

Exodus 12:49 (NRSV)

49  there shall be one law for the native and for the alien who resides among you.

Leviticus 24:22 (NRSV)

22  You shall have one law for the alien and for the citizen: for I am the LORD your God.

Numbers 15:15-16 (NRSV)

15  As for the assembly, there shall be for both you and the resident alien a single statute, a perpetual statute throughout your generations; you and the alien shall be alike before the LORD. 16  You and the alien who resides with you shall have the same law and the same ordinance.

Join us on Zoom here: https://bit.ly/3xpanRC

+SERVE+


Stephen Ministry Training at Trinity

A new Training class for Stephen Ministers will begin on Friday evening, September 24. Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry in which the Stephen Minister  is trained to care for someone on a one-to-one basis and meets with that person once a week, on average, for as long as the person needs care. Would you like to train to become a Stephen Minister and walk with another Christian who is going through a difficult time in their life?  If so, please let Pastor Christine, Susan Smith, or Miriam Mendenhall know.  The course takes 50 hours to complete and meets twice a month, September through March.  We’d love to have you join our Training class and become a Stephen Minister for Trinity.  


A Reverse yard Sale to Help Others in Need AND Living Faith Food Collection | August 21 | 9 am- 12 pm | Trinity Parking Lot

We will be collecting smaller, gently used household items, clothes, and toys in the large parking lot of Trinity Lutheran Church on August 21st from 9am – 12pm for A Wider Circle (https://awidercircle.org/). A Wider Circle’s mission is to end poverty using a holistic approach to integrate on-the-ground services for the creation of stable homes, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization. We will sort and transport your donated items to A Wider Circle where the items will be given to help people in need. If you have items to donate, please bring them to Trinity’s parking lot (11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, MD) on August 21st from 9am – 12pm. If you have any questions or if you’d like to help receive/sort donations on the 21st, please contact Henry Cradlin at hrcradlin@gmail.com.
RSVP here

Living Faith Food Collection Needs:
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible)
Black/pinto beans (canned)
Canned tomatoes (whole if possible)
Canned vegetables (corn very popular)
Canned fruit
Cooking oil
Jam/jelly (strawberry very popular)
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)
-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 Road, Rockville, MD 20851) Please note ‘food pantry’ in
the memo line. The pantry very much appreciates cash donations which allow them to fill in any food
gaps.


AMMPARO Webinar

Latest News from the Southern Border on Aug 19The AMMPARO team is inviting you to a webinar on Thursday, August 19 at 4 PM central, 3 Mountain, 2 Pacific, 5 Eastern, on the latest news from the border.

Speakers will be Alicia Vasquez –Crede, LIRS, Allyson Pryor, SW TX Synod, Rosemary Sanchez Guzman, Iglesia Cristo Rey, Kari Lenander, Border Servant Corp, and Giovana Oaxaca, ELCA Advocacy/ AMMPARO to get the latest news on what is happening at the border.
Register by Aug 18 to receive the zoom link. https://bit.ly/AMMSW19


Questions Facing Congregations

Please take a few minutes to read the attached article. It speaks to the questions congregations across the country are facing and grappling with. How will we emerge from so many months of being church in a different way? What new thing will we do to engage people on their journey of faith and life. What new thing will we do out in the community to bring about the Kingdom of God? Who can we accompany in the work they are already doing in the wider community?
I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:19

https://sojo.net/magazine/septemberoctober-2021/what-church-now?fbclid=IwAR1QfI9bigrSGITi9hBUfYWAEcszspeXnCjRD3QCO3e2NH62ViJXfJBdPhs


Blessing of the Backpacks/Blessing of the Kindergarteners:

During our worship service on August 29, we will be blessing backpacks, satchels, lunchboxes, instrument cases and more, as we mark the beginning of the school year.


Summer Collection School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Social Ministry has some great things in the works for God’s Work, Our Hands Day over September 11-12. More info will follow soon…but we need to start collecting school supplies now for our Sunday Morning Service project. 

LWR sends school kits to many locations worldwide to  allow children in refugee camps to continue learning in the face of serious obstacles. Beginning in July and continuing throughout the summer, Trinity will collect the school supplies listed below to assemble 200 kits.  On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 12, Trinity will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School. Bins will be available at parking lot church. If you would like to drop them off at a different time, please contact the office or Anita, and we will make sure someone is in the office to receive them.  

# neededsupplies
66070-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
6730-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
127Blunt scissors
276Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
536Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
112Box of 16 or 24 crayons
662½” eraser

Please note:  LWR asks that all kit items be new and have no religious symbols, messages, or patriotic or military symbols. Please contact Kathy Thrower or Anita Smallin with any questions.


Helping Afghan Allies

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is reaching out with immediate needs due to the influx of Afghan refugees arriving in this area. They are in need of drivers, storage space, rooms on a temporary basis, and housing settlement. If you are able to help individually with any of these needs, please fill out the form here, and they will contact you. Social Ministry team is also reviewing how the congregation might be able to assist.


Bigger Than A Building 2! (BTAB 2!): Be sure to fulfill your pledge!  

     Trinity is now on the last lap of our fourth and final mission appeal, BIGGER Than a Building 2! (BTAB 2!) to pay for all the improvements we made to our building in 2011. We have made huge progress on paying down our loans, but we need your help. We need for everyone who has pledged to BTAB 2! to fulfill their pledge by the end of 2021, so that we can start 2022 with the mortgage paid off in full. 

Thank you to everyone who has kept committed to meeting their pledges and to those who have given to BTAB 2! even though they didn’t pledge.  If you’d like to know your current giving relative to your BTAB 2 goal, you’ll be receiving a 2nd quarter statement of giving after June 30th which will show your pledge progress. Or, you can contact our Financial Secretary, Carol B, by emailing her at finsecy@trinityelca.org and she’d be happy to let you know.  

If you haven’t pledged or donated, but you’re feeling grateful for all the improvements we’ve been blessed with, then prayerfully consider making a donation, in whatever amount you feel moved to make, to help eliminate our debt. Please make your check to Trinity Lutheran Church and designate BTAB 2! on your check and envelope. If you don’t have envelopes, please indicate that your check is for BTAB 2!  You can also give online by going to www.trinityelca.org/give and clicking on the “Donate” button. Once on the donation page, be sure to note in the optional “Use this donation for” section that your donation is for “Bigger Than a Building” by selecting it from the dropdown menu.  

We’re now in the homestretch of paying off our loans. We hope to be debt free by December 31, 2021. With your help, we can do this!

In Christ,
Jim K and Miriam M
BTAB 2! Team Leaders


Restructuring Update

At its June meeting, Council spent some time organizing itself in alignment with the restructuring model that we are trying out this coming year. Below are the new ministry groups and their council members. You will remember that in addition to each group having staff and council members, there is a need for congregation members to join each group. Keep in mind that the work at this level is big picture planning, ensuring that all functions and responsibilities of that ministry group are being covered, and coordinating with the other groups. The hope is that the ministry groups will be sharing and delegating roles and tasks, and not carrying the load of executing all the plans. New ideas will come from within the ministry groups as well as from individual members of the congregation.

How would you like to serve God’s mission and be part of the life of Trinity? Do you enjoy the planning and coordination that goes on in the early stages? Or do you prefer to get into the details of an event or activity? Do you have ideas you’re thinking about but aren’t sure where to start? Please come talk to any of the council members about questions, ideas, and ways you would like to be involved. Each group will be having an organizing meeting this summer, we’d love to have you be part of that.

Worship Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with God through all things worship and music related.
Angela Small
Mary B.
Carol B.
Nancy N.

Connections Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with each other through fellowship, sharing God’s story and our stories, offering each other help and support, and encouraging generosity with our resources.
Anita Smallin
Valerie M.
Fred S.
Kim B.
Linnea A.

Service Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with our neighbors through welcoming visitors, sharing our story with the wider community, watching for partnership opportunities, and serving our neighbors near and far.
Anita Smallin
Leslie S.
Linnea A.
Jerry B.

Mission Support: Responsible for our relationships with our resources that reach across all ministry groups including our property, finances, and people.
Kim B. 
Len S.
Carol B.
Greg F.
Jeanine B


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.
Second Quarter Giving Statements have been mailed or emailed. Please contact Carol B at finsecy@trinityelca.org if you haven’t received yours, or have any questions.



Remember in your prayers

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

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
Martha R, Bethesda Health & Rehab

home
Tigist G,
Billie J,
Margo W.
Joanne B. (SIL of Mary B.)
Lineth, Gio & Isa M, daughter in laws family to Len S

family and friends*
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Glenn Jr. (Kenny S) S, brother of Steve S
Earl N, uncle of Julie N
Mahmoud L, friend of Billie J Family
Joey L, son of Mark L and Sabrina R


first responders
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks.  After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.


Montgomery Interfaith 5K-Labor Day Sept 6th

Don’t forget to register for the Montgomery County Interfaith 5K run/jog/walk taking place at 8:00 am Monday morning, September 6th (Labor Day).  You will be joining the nearly twenty Team Trinity members who have already signed up.  And if you have kids, bring them!  A Kids Fun Run (ages 6-12) and Tot Trot (ages 2-5) are available.  Trinity will have a table at the race for us to share materials about Trinity and also to serve as home base for us both before and after the event.  For more information contact Tom Kern at thomasewingkern@gmail.com.


The ELCA is offering a short series on Advocacy and how Lutherans can help affect social and systemic change.

The five-part online series begins August 11; each session is just 30 minutes (start time 2pm). You can find out more about each week’s subject area and the impetus for the trainings here


The August Trinitarian is NOW AVAILABLE! Download it HERE


Music Meditation

View last weeks meditation here


+WORSHIP+


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

Jesus says that the bread he gives for the life of the world is his flesh, and whoever eats this bread has eternal life now and will be raised on the last day. In Ephesians Paul tells us what this life Jesus gives us looks like, this life we live as those marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit in baptism. We live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us. The whole purpose of life is giving yourself for the other.


Worship Updates

Come to LIVE Communion worship in the parking lot on Sundays at 10am (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We are still offering our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. This will continue through 8/22, and then we will move to indoor in-person worship.  

Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos, are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube


Worship Assistants Needed!

In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office or sign up HERE to be Parking Lot Greeter (to direct cars and to give handouts), Communion Distributor, or Lector/Prayer Leader.


Readings for this Sunday
1 Kings 19:4-8
Psalm 34:1-8
Ephesians 4:25—5:2
John 6:35, 41-51


Adult Forum | “I Was a Stranger”

For the first two parts (this Sunday and next), we’ll look at the texts from the Torah that I have reorganized so that similar texts will be considered together.  The verses for tomorrow are listed below. If you have time, it would be good to skim through the texts in their context in the Bible, although I will provide some context tomorrow.  Also, if you have other translations available, it’s interesting to see how the different translations handle these texts. 

Genesis 1:27 (NRSV)

27  So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Exodus 22:21 (NRSV)

21  You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.

Exodus 23:9 (NRSV)

 You shall not oppress a resident alien; you know the heart of an alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.

Leviticus 19:33-34 (NRSV)

33  When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. 34  The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

Exodus 23:12 (NRSV)

12  Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest, so that your ox and your donkey may have relief, and your homeborn slave and the resident alien may be refreshed.

Exodus 12:49 (NRSV)

49  there shall be one law for the native and for the alien who resides among you.

Leviticus 24:22 (NRSV)

22  You shall have one law for the alien and for the citizen: for I am the LORD your God.

Numbers 15:15-16 (NRSV)

15  As for the assembly, there shall be for both you and the resident alien a single statute, a perpetual statute throughout your generations; you and the alien shall be alike before the LORD. 16  You and the alien who resides with you shall have the same law and the same ordinance.

Join us on Zoom here: https://bit.ly/3xpanRC

+SERVE+


Trinity Lunch Bunch | August 8, 2021

The Trinity Lunch Bunch was postponed from December, 2020.  We would like to schedule the next Lunch Bunch for Sunday, August 8, 2021 @ 12:30 pm at Normandie Farm Inn Restaurant.  Please contact Steve Shriver to reserve your place or if you have any questions.


Stephen Ministry Training at Trinity

A new Training class for Stephen Ministers will begin on Friday evening, September 24. Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry in which the Stephen Minister  is trained to care for someone on a one-to-one basis and meets with that person once a week, on average, for as long as the person needs care. Would you like to train to become a Stephen Minister and walk with another Christian who is going through a difficult time in their life?  If so, please let Pastor Christine, Susan Smith, or Miriam Mendenhall know.  The course takes 50 hours to complete and meets twice a month, September through March.  We’d love to have you join our Training class and become a Stephen Minister for Trinity.  


A Reverse yard Sale to Help Others in Need

We will be collecting smaller, gently used household items, clothes, and toys in the large parking lot of Trinity Lutheran Church on August 21st from 9am – 12pm for A Wider Circle (https://awidercircle.org/). A Wider Circle’s mission is to end poverty using a holistic approach to integrate on-the-ground services for the creation of stable homes, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization. We will sort and transport your donated items to A Wider Circle where the items will be given to help people in need. If you have items to donate, please bring them to Trinity’s parking lot (11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, MD) on August 21st from 9am – 12pm. If you have any questions or if you’d like to help receive/sort donations on the 21st, please contact Henry Cradlin at hrcradlin@gmail.com.
RSVP here


Blessing of the Backpacks/Blessing of the Kindergarteners:

During our worship service on August 29, we will be blessing backpacks, satchels, lunchboxes, instrument cases and more, as we mark the beginning of the school year.


Helping Aghan Allies

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is reaching out with immediate needs due to the influx of Afghan refugees arriving in this area. They are in need of drivers, storage space, rooms on a temporary basis, and housing settlement. If you are able to help individually with any of these needs, please fill out the form here, and they will contact you. Social Ministry team is also reviewing how the congregation might be able to assist.


Benches by the Labyrinth

Anders has completed his Eagle Scout project! Take a few moments and check out the benches that have been installed near the labyrinth. It’s a great outdoor meeting space! 


Interfaith Works Women’s Center Dinner | Tuesday, August 10th

Here is the sign-up for our next dinner. We will be packing 30 lunches as well. Our youth will be doing the meal prep that afternoon and our children are invited to come help pack the lunches. There are quite a number of items needed this time around, providing for many hands to contribute to this effort. Donated items need to be at Trinity by noon on the 10th. Thank you for your support! Please contact Valerie M. if you have any questions.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-ifwwomens


Trinity T-Shirts Orders

Orders are being taken for shirts with a graphic over the left breast. The idea is to wear the shirt when we are out in the community doing service (or whenever you want really). They will arrive in time for distribution prior to the Interfaith 5K, so all who have signed up to walk will look like a team and those who are working our information table can also wear them. The idea behind the graphic was to create something that would help trigger the name Trinity. You may notice in looking at the logo that the 3 people seem to form a rose.
Orders are due by noon on Thursday, August 12th. Payments are due upon delivery. A selection of shirt styles was selected to offer everyone options, including youth sizes. There’s more details on the order form. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie at valerie@vmwishes.com. I will have a few forms with me Sunday mornings.

Trinity-Shirt-Order-Form


Bigger Than A Building 2! (BTAB 2!): Be sure to fulfill your pledge!  

     Trinity is now on the last lap of our fourth and final mission appeal, BIGGER Than a Building 2! (BTAB 2!) to pay for all the improvements we made to our building in 2011. We have made huge progress on paying down our loans, but we need your help. We need for everyone who has pledged to BTAB 2! to fulfill their pledge by the end of 2021, so that we can start 2022 with the mortgage paid off in full. 

Thank you to everyone who has kept committed to meeting their pledges and to those who have given to BTAB 2! even though they didn’t pledge.  If you’d like to know your current giving relative to your BTAB 2 goal, you’ll be receiving a 2nd quarter statement of giving after June 30th which will show your pledge progress. Or, you can contact our Financial Secretary, Carol B, by emailing her at finsecy@trinityelca.org and she’d be happy to let you know.  

If you haven’t pledged or donated, but you’re feeling grateful for all the improvements we’ve been blessed with, then prayerfully consider making a donation, in whatever amount you feel moved to make, to help eliminate our debt. Please make your check to Trinity Lutheran Church and designate BTAB 2! on your check and envelope. If you don’t have envelopes, please indicate that your check is for BTAB 2!  You can also give online by going to www.trinityelca.org/give and clicking on the “Donate” button. Once on the donation page, be sure to note in the optional “Use this donation for” section that your donation is for “Bigger Than a Building” by selecting it from the dropdown menu.  

We’re now in the homestretch of paying off our loans. We hope to be debt free by December 31, 2021. With your help, we can do this!

In Christ,
Jim K and Miriam M
BTAB 2! Team Leaders


Restructuring Update

At its June meeting, Council spent some time organizing itself in alignment with the restructuring model that we are trying out this coming year. Below are the new ministry groups and their council members. You will remember that in addition to each group having staff and council members, there is a need for congregation members to join each group. Keep in mind that the work at this level is big picture planning, ensuring that all functions and responsibilities of that ministry group are being covered, and coordinating with the other groups. The hope is that the ministry groups will be sharing and delegating roles and tasks, and not carrying the load of executing all the plans. New ideas will come from within the ministry groups as well as from individual members of the congregation.

How would you like to serve God’s mission and be part of the life of Trinity? Do you enjoy the planning and coordination that goes on in the early stages? Or do you prefer to get into the details of an event or activity? Do you have ideas you’re thinking about but aren’t sure where to start? Please come talk to any of the council members about questions, ideas, and ways you would like to be involved. Each group will be having an organizing meeting this summer, we’d love to have you be part of that.

Worship Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with God through all things worship and music related.
Angela Small
Mary B.
Carol B.
Nancy N.

Connections Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with each other through fellowship, sharing God’s story and our stories, offering each other help and support, and encouraging generosity with our resources.
Anita Smallin
Valerie M.
Fred S.
Kim B.
Linnea A.

Service Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with our neighbors through welcoming visitors, sharing our story with the wider community, watching for partnership opportunities, and serving our neighbors near and far.
Anita Smallin
Leslie S.
Linnea A.
Jerry B.

Mission Support: Responsible for our relationships with our resources that reach across all ministry groups including our property, finances, and people.
Kim B. 
Len S.
Carol B.
Greg F.
Jeanine B


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.
Second Quarter Giving Statements have been mailed or emailed. Please contact Carol B at finsecy@trinityelca.org if you haven’t received yours, or have any questions.


Summer Collection School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Social Ministry has some great things in the works for God’s Work, Our Hands Day over September 11-12. More info will follow soon…but we need to start collecting school supplies now for our Sunday Morning Service project. 

LWR sends school kits to many locations worldwide to  allow children in refugee camps to continue learning in the face of serious obstacles. Beginning in July and continuing throughout the summer, Trinity will collect the school supplies listed below to assemble 200 kits.  On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 12, Trinity will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School. Bins will be available at parking lot church. If you would like to drop them off at a different time, please contact the office or Anita, and we will make sure someone is in the office to receive them.  

# neededsupplies
74070-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
16430-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
176Blunt scissors
856Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
800Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
173Box of 16 or 24 crayons
1642½” eraser

Please note:  LWR asks that all kit items be new and have no religious symbols, messages, or patriotic or military symbols. Please contact Kathy Thrower or Anita Smallin with any questions.


Remember in your prayers

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

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
Martha R, Bethesda Health & Rehab

home
Tigist G,
Billie J,
Margo W.
Anders S.
Joanne B. (SIL of Mary B.)

family and friends*
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Michael & Cassondra S, friend of Billie J
Dr. Don K, brother of Sue K
Glenn Jr. (Kenny S) S, brother of Steve S
Earl N, uncle of Julie N
Mahmoud L, friend of Billie J Family


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
Col. Kelly K, friend of Len S

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks.  After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.


A Note on Re-entering

I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:19

While some congregations are ahead of the curve, they may have been ahead of the curve before COVID. Imagination and creativity will be key moving forward; not doing something because we can’t do it the same way as pre-COVID. To borrow a term from Disney, it’s time to be “imagineers”. We look forward to hearing your ideas and seeing you when we reopen!

Montgomery Interfaith 5K-Labor Day Sept 6th

Don’t forget to register for the Montgomery County Interfaith 5K run/jog/walk taking place at 8:00 am Monday morning, September 6th (Labor Day).  You will be joining the nearly twenty Team Trinity members who have already signed up.  And if you have kids, bring them!  A Kids Fun Run (ages 6-12) and Tot Trot (ages 2-5) are available.  Trinity will have a table at the race for us to share materials about Trinity and also to serve as home base for us both before and after the event.  For more information contact Tom Kern at thomasewingkern@gmail.com.


The August Trinitarian is NOW AVAILABLE! Download it HERE


Music Meditation

View last weeks meditation here


+WORSHIP+


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

Apparently not satisfied by Jesus’ feeding of thousands, some who were there press him for a sign of his power; perhaps it is daily manna they want. As always in John’s gospel when people want a sign, Jesus offers himself. He is the bread come from heaven to give life to the world. He calls us to come to him and believe in him, and through that relationship to know the one who sent him.


Worship Updates

Come to LIVE Communion worship in the parking lot on Sundays at 10am (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We will still offer our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. We hope to continue this plan through the summer, with the hopes of implementing live-stream capabilities, so that we can have indoor worship services when it is safe to do so. 
**We’ve made some adjustments to worship practices: If you are vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask while seated in your worship space. Please be hospitable and respectful of one another, asking if they would prefer talking masked or unmasked. This is just our first next step. There will be many steps in the coming months.

Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos, are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube


Livestream Installation Update

As you know, we have been working on securing livestream equipment and its installation. The equipment has arrived and the installation has begun! It’s not yet complete, and we have a little training to do, but the good news is: It’s here and it will help us as we take next steps! Thank you to all who have worked so hard to get us to this point. 


Worship Assistants Needed!

In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office or sign up HERE to be Parking Lot Greeter (to direct cars and to give handouts), Communion Distributor, or Lector/Prayer Leader.


Readings for this Sunday
Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15
Psalm 78:23-29
Ephesians 4:1-16
John 6:24-35


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Trinity Lunch Bunch—Save the Date!

The Trinity Lunch Bunch was postponed from December, 2020.  We would like to schedule the next Lunch Bunch for Sunday, August 8, 2021 @ 12:30 pm at Normandie Farm Inn Restaurant.  Please contact Steve Shriver to reserve your place or if you have any questions.


Stephen Ministry Training at Trinity

A new Training class for Stephen Ministers will begin on Friday evening, September 24. Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry in which the Stephen Minister  is trained to care for someone on a one-to-one basis and meets with that person once a week, on average, for as long as the person needs care. Would you like to train to become a Stephen Minister and walk with another Christian who is going through a difficult time in their life?  If so, please let Pastor Christine, Susan Smith, or Miriam Mendenhall know.  The course takes 50 hours to complete and meets twice a month, September through March.  We’d love to have you join our Training class and become a Stephen Minister for Trinity.  


A Reverse yard Sale to Help Others in Need

We will be collecting smaller, gently used household items, clothes, and toys in the large parking lot of Trinity Lutheran Church on August 21st from 9am – 12pm for A Wider Circle (https://awidercircle.org/). A Wider Circle’s mission is to end poverty using a holistic approach to integrate on-the-ground services for the creation of stable homes, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization. We will sort and transport your donated items to A Wider Circle where the items will be given to help people in need. If you have items to donate, please bring them to Trinity’s parking lot (11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, MD) on August 21st from 9am – 12pm. If you have any questions or if you’d like to help receive/sort donations on the 21st, please contact Henry Cradlin at hrcradlin@gmail.com.
RSVP here


Blessing of the Backpacks/Blessing of the Kindergarteners:

During our worship service on August 29, we will be blessing backpacks, satchels, lunchboxes, instrument cases and more, as we mark the beginning of the school year.


Adult Forum

We will restart Adult Forum a week from tomorrow by looking at the texts in the “I Was A Stranger” series mentioned by Pastor Deal in his presentation.  These are 40 texts that relate to the theme of immigration.  You can find the series here: https://evangelicalimmigrationtable.com/iwasastranger/, but I’ve also attached the list of texts to this email.  Although I’ve pulled all the texts from the NRSV, I encourage you to look at the website or at other translations to see the words used for “stranger”.  We will talk about these words and the connotations of using different words in translation.  Look for the email next week to join the conversation!


Benches by the Labyrinth

Anders has completed his Eagle Scout project! Take a few moments and check out the benches that have been installed near the labyrinth. It’s a great outdoor meeting space! 


Interfaith Works Women’s Center Dinner – Tuesday, August 10th

Here is the sign-up for our next dinner. We will be packing 30 lunches as well. Our youth will be doing the meal prep that afternoon and our children are invited to come help pack the lunches. There are quite a number of items needed this time around, providing for many hands to contribute to this effort. Donated items need to be at Trinity by noon on the 10th. Thank you for your support! Please contact Valerie M. if you have any questions.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-ifwwomens


Trinity T-Shirts Orders

Orders are being taken for shirts with a graphic over the left breast. The idea is to wear the shirt when we are out in the community doing service (or whenever you want really). They will arrive in time for distribution prior to the Interfaith 5K, so all who have signed up to walk will look like a team and those who are working our information table can also wear them. The idea behind the graphic was to create something that would help trigger the name Trinity. You may notice in looking at the logo that the 3 people seem to form a rose.
Orders are due by noon on Thursday, August 12th. Payments are due upon delivery. A selection of shirt styles was selected to offer everyone options, including youth sizes. There’s more details on the order form. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie at valerie@vmwishes.com. I will have a few forms with me Sunday mornings.

Trinity-Shirt-Order-Form


Bigger Than A Building 2! (BTAB 2!): Be sure to fulfill your pledge!  

     Trinity is now on the last lap of our fourth and final mission appeal, BIGGER Than a Building 2! (BTAB 2!) to pay for all the improvements we made to our building in 2011. We have made huge progress on paying down our loans, but we need your help. We need for everyone who has pledged to BTAB 2! to fulfill their pledge by the end of 2021, so that we can start 2022 with the mortgage paid off in full. 

Thank you to everyone who has kept committed to meeting their pledges and to those who have given to BTAB 2! even though they didn’t pledge.  If you’d like to know your current giving relative to your BTAB 2 goal, you’ll be receiving a 2nd quarter statement of giving after June 30th which will show your pledge progress. Or, you can contact our Financial Secretary, Carol B, by emailing her at finsecy@trinityelca.org and she’d be happy to let you know.  

If you haven’t pledged or donated, but you’re feeling grateful for all the improvements we’ve been blessed with, then prayerfully consider making a donation, in whatever amount you feel moved to make, to help eliminate our debt. Please make your check to Trinity Lutheran Church and designate BTAB 2! on your check and envelope. If you don’t have envelopes, please indicate that your check is for BTAB 2!  You can also give online by going to www.trinityelca.org/give and clicking on the “Donate” button. Once on the donation page, be sure to note in the optional “Use this donation for” section that your donation is for “Bigger Than a Building” by selecting it from the dropdown menu.  

We’re now in the homestretch of paying off our loans. We hope to be debt free by December 31, 2021. With your help, we can do this!

In Christ,
Jim K and Miriam M
BTAB 2! Team Leaders


Restructuring Update

At its June meeting, Council spent some time organizing itself in alignment with the restructuring model that we are trying out this coming year. Below are the new ministry groups and their council members. You will remember that in addition to each group having staff and council members, there is a need for congregation members to join each group. Keep in mind that the work at this level is big picture planning, ensuring that all functions and responsibilities of that ministry group are being covered, and coordinating with the other groups. The hope is that the ministry groups will be sharing and delegating roles and tasks, and not carrying the load of executing all the plans. New ideas will come from within the ministry groups as well as from individual members of the congregation.

How would you like to serve God’s mission and be part of the life of Trinity? Do you enjoy the planning and coordination that goes on in the early stages? Or do you prefer to get into the details of an event or activity? Do you have ideas you’re thinking about but aren’t sure where to start? Please come talk to any of the council members about questions, ideas, and ways you would like to be involved. Each group will be having an organizing meeting this summer, we’d love to have you be part of that.

Worship Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with God through all things worship and music related.
Angela Small
Mary B.
Carol B.
Nancy N.

Connections Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with each other through fellowship, sharing God’s story and our stories, offering each other help and support, and encouraging generosity with our resources.
Anita Smallin
Valerie M.
Fred S.
Kim B.
Linnea A.

Service Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with our neighbors through welcoming visitors, sharing our story with the wider community, watching for partnership opportunities, and serving our neighbors near and far.
Anita Smallin
Leslie S.
Linnea A.
Jerry B.

Mission Support: Responsible for our relationships with our resources that reach across all ministry groups including our property, finances, and people.
Kim B. 
Len S.
Carol B.
Greg F.
Jeanine B


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.
Second Quarter Giving Statements have been mailed or emailed. Please contact Carol B at finsecy@trinityelca.org if you haven’t received yours, or have any questions.


Summer Collection School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Social Ministry has some great things in the works for God’s Work, Our Hands Day over September 11-12. More info will follow soon…but we need to start collecting school supplies now for our Sunday Morning Service project. 

LWR sends school kits to many locations worldwide to  allow children in refugee camps to continue learning in the face of serious obstacles. Beginning in July and continuing throughout the summer, Trinity will collect the school supplies listed below to assemble 200 kits.  On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 12, Trinity will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School. Bins will be available at parking lot church. If you would like to drop them off at a different time, please contact the office or Anita, and we will make sure someone is in the office to receive them.  

# neededsupplies
74070-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
16430-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
176Blunt scissors
856Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
800Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
173Box of 16 or 24 crayons
1642½” eraser

Please note:  LWR asks that all kit items be new and have no religious symbols, messages, or patriotic or military symbols. Please contact Kathy Thrower or Anita Smallin with any questions.


Remember in your prayers

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

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
Martha R, Bethesda Health & Rehab

home
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W. Anders S.

family and friends*
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Michael & Cassondra S, friend of Billie J
Dr. Don K, brother of Sue K
Glenn Jr. (Kenny S) S, brother of Steve 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

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks.  After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.

Montgomery Interfaith 5K-Labor Day Sept 6th

Don’t forget to register for the Montgomery County Interfaith 5K run/jog/walk taking place at 8:00 am Monday morning, September 6th (Labor Day).  You will be joining the nearly twenty Team Trinity members who have already signed up.  And if you have kids, bring them!  A Kids Fun Run (ages 6-12) and Tot Trot (ages 2-5) are available.  Trinity will have a table at the race for us to share materials about Trinity and also to serve as home base for us both before and after the event.  For more information contact Tom Kern at thomasewingkern@gmail.com.


Music Meditation

View this weeks meditation here


+WORSHIP+


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

Today is the first of five Sundays with gospel readings from John 6, the first four of which focus on Jesus as bread of life. Today Jesus feeds thousands of people with five loaves and two fish. What we have, what we bring to Jesus’ table, seems like it is not nearly enough to meet all the needs we see around us. But it is not the adequacy of our supplies or our skills that finally makes the difference: it is the power of Jesus working in the littlest and least to transform this world into the world God desires, a world where all the hungry are satisfied.


Worship Updates

Come to LIVE Communion worship in the parking lot on Sundays at 10am (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We will still offer our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. We hope to continue this plan through the summer, with the hopes of implementing live-stream capabilities, so that we can have indoor worship services when it is safe to do so. 
**We’ve made some adjustments to worship practices: If you are vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask while seated in your worship space. Please be hospitable and respectful of one another, asking if they would prefer talking masked or unmasked. This is just our first next step. There will be many steps in the coming months.

Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos, are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube


Livestream Installation Update

As you know, we have been working on securing livestream equipment and its installation. The equipment has arrived and the installation has begun! It’s not yet complete, and we have a little training to do, but the good news is: It’s here and it will help us as we take next steps! Thank you to all who have worked so hard to get us to this point. 


Worship Assistants Needed!

In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office or sign up HERE to be Parking Lot Greeter (to direct cars and to give handouts), Communion Distributor, or Lector/Prayer Leader.


Readings for this Sunday
2 Kings 4:42-44
Psalm 145:10-18
Ephesians 3:14-21
John 6:1-21


+SERVE+


A Reverse yard Sale to Help Others in Need

We will be collecting smaller, gently used household items, clothes, and toys in the large parking lot of Trinity Lutheran Church on August 21st from 9am – 12pm for A Wider Circle (https://awidercircle.org/). A Wider Circle’s mission is to end poverty using a holistic approach to integrate on-the-ground services for the creation of stable homes, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization. We will sort and transport your donated items to A Wider Circle where the items will be given to help people in need. If you have items to donate, please bring them to Trinity’s parking lot (11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, MD) on August 21st from 9am – 12pm. If you have any questions or if you’d like to help receive/sort donations on the 21st, please contact Henry Cradlin at hrcradlin@gmail.com.


Benches by the Labyrinth

Anders has completed his Eagle Scout project! Take a few moments and check out the benches that have been installed near the labyrinth. It’s a great outdoor meeting space! 


Interfaith Works Women’s Center Dinner – Tuesday, August 10th

Here is the sign-up for our next dinner. We will be packing 30 lunches as well. Our youth will be doing the meal prep that afternoon and our children are invited to come help pack the lunches. There are quite a number of items needed this time around, providing for many hands to contribute to this effort. Donated items need to be at Trinity by noon on the 10th. Thank you for your support! Please contact Valerie M. if you have any questions.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-ifwwomens


Trinity T-Shirts Coming Soon!

Just in time for those participating in the MoCo Interfaith 5K, God’s Work Our Hands activities, and ANYONE who wants some Trinity apparel, plans are being finalized to put together an order for t-shirts in youth and adult sizes, and possibly polos and sweatshirts. Watch the weekly Tidings for ordering information. Please contact Valerie M. if you have any questions.


Bigger Than A Building 2! (BTAB 2!): Be sure to fulfill your pledge!  

     Trinity is now on the last lap of our fourth and final mission appeal, BIGGER Than a Building 2! (BTAB 2!) to pay for all the improvements we made to our building in 2011. We have made huge progress on paying down our loans, but we need your help. We need for everyone who has pledged to BTAB 2! to fulfill their pledge by the end of 2021, so that we can start 2022 with the mortgage paid off in full. 

Thank you to everyone who has kept committed to meeting their pledges and to those who have given to BTAB 2! even though they didn’t pledge.  If you’d like to know your current giving relative to your BTAB 2 goal, you’ll be receiving a 2nd quarter statement of giving after June 30th which will show your pledge progress. Or, you can contact our Financial Secretary, Carol B, by emailing her at finsecy@trinityelca.org and she’d be happy to let you know.  

If you haven’t pledged or donated, but you’re feeling grateful for all the improvements we’ve been blessed with, then prayerfully consider making a donation, in whatever amount you feel moved to make, to help eliminate our debt. Please make your check to Trinity Lutheran Church and designate BTAB 2! on your check and envelope. If you don’t have envelopes, please indicate that your check is for BTAB 2!  You can also give online by going to www.trinityelca.org/give and clicking on the “Donate” button. Once on the donation page, be sure to note in the optional “Use this donation for” section that your donation is for “Bigger Than a Building” by selecting it from the dropdown menu.  

We’re now in the homestretch of paying off our loans. We hope to be debt free by December 31, 2021. With your help, we can do this!

In Christ,
Jim K and Miriam M
BTAB 2! Team Leaders


Restructuring Update

At its June meeting, Council spent some time organizing itself in alignment with the restructuring model that we are trying out this coming year. Below are the new ministry groups and their council members. You will remember that in addition to each group having staff and council members, there is a need for congregation members to join each group. Keep in mind that the work at this level is big picture planning, ensuring that all functions and responsibilities of that ministry group are being covered, and coordinating with the other groups. The hope is that the ministry groups will be sharing and delegating roles and tasks, and not carrying the load of executing all the plans. New ideas will come from within the ministry groups as well as from individual members of the congregation.

How would you like to serve God’s mission and be part of the life of Trinity? Do you enjoy the planning and coordination that goes on in the early stages? Or do you prefer to get into the details of an event or activity? Do you have ideas you’re thinking about but aren’t sure where to start? Please come talk to any of the council members about questions, ideas, and ways you would like to be involved. Each group will be having an organizing meeting this summer, we’d love to have you be part of that.

Worship Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with God through all things worship and music related.
Angela Small
Mary B.
Carol B.
Nancy N.

Connections Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with each other through fellowship, sharing God’s story and our stories, offering each other help and support, and encouraging generosity with our resources.
Anita Smallin
Valerie M.
Fred S.
Kim B.
Linnea A.

Service Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with our neighbors through welcoming visitors, sharing our story with the wider community, watching for partnership opportunities, and serving our neighbors near and far.
Anita Smallin
Leslie S.
Linnea A.
Jerry B.

Mission Support: Responsible for our relationships with our resources that reach across all ministry groups including our property, finances, and people.
Kim B. 
Len S.
Carol B.
Greg F.
Jeanine B


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.
Second Quarter Giving Statements have been mailed or emailed. Please contact Carol B at finsecy@trinityelca.org if you haven’t received yours, or have any questions.


Summer Collection School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Social Ministry has some great things in the works for God’s Work, Our Hands Day over September 11-12. More info will follow soon…but we need to start collecting school supplies now for our Sunday Morning Service project. 

LWR sends school kits to many locations worldwide to  allow children in refugee camps to continue learning in the face of serious obstacles. Beginning in July and continuing throughout the summer, Trinity will collect the school supplies listed below to assemble 200 kits.  On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 12, Trinity will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School. Bins will be available at parking lot church. If you would like to drop them off at a different time, please contact the office or Anita, and we will make sure someone is in the office to receive them.  

# neededsupplies
74070-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
16430-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
176Blunt scissors
856Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
800Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
173Box of 16 or 24 crayons
1642½” eraser

Please note:  LWR asks that all kit items be new and have no religious symbols, messages, or patriotic or military symbols. Please contact Kathy Thrower or Anita Smallin with any questions.


Remember in your prayers

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

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
Martha R, Bethesda Health & Rehab

home
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W. Anders S.

family and friends*
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Michael & Cassondra S, friend of Billie J
Dr. Don K, brother of Sue K
Glenn Jr. (Kenny S) S, brother of Steve 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

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks.  After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.

Montgomery Interfaith 5K-Labor Day Sept 6th

There has been a great response to Trinity’s sponsorship of the annual Montgomery County Interfaith 5K.  The 5K takes place 8:00 am Monday morning, September 6th (Labor Day). So far, there are sixteen of us on Team Trinity—more than halfway to our goal of 25.  Please go to Montgomery County Interfaith 5K (runsignup.com) to get the current registration rate of $25. The fee goes up on July 22nd.  And don’t forget, there are two race options for children: the Kids Fun Run (ages 6-12) and the Tot Trot (ages 2-5).We will have a table at the race as our home base and as a place to share materials about Trinity with everyone on race day.  And remember, we are using the word “race” loosely.  Some will run, some will jog, and many will walk the 5K (3.11 miles) at the outdoor, enclosed course on the Montgomery County Soccerplex grounds.  For more information, contact Pastor Christine, the Interfaith 5K race director, or Tom Kern, the Trinity representative on the planning committee, at thomasewingkern@gmail.com.


Music Meditation

View this weeks meditation here


+WORSHIP+


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

Mark’s gospel makes clear how great is the press of the crowd, with its countless needs to be met, on Jesus and his disciples. Yet in today’s gospel Jesus advises his disciples to get away and rest, to take care of themselves. Sometimes we think that when others are in great need we shouldn’t think of ourselves at all; but Jesus also honors the caregivers’ need. We are sent from Christ’s table to care for others and for ourselves.


Worship Updates

Come to LIVE Communion worship in the parking lot on Sundays at 10am (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We will still offer our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. We hope to continue this plan through the summer, with the hopes of implementing live-stream capabilities, so that we can have indoor worship services when it is safe to do so. 
**We’ve made some adjustments to worship practices: If you are vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask while seated in your worship space. Please be hospitable and respectful of one another, asking if they would prefer talking masked or unmasked. This is just our first next step. There will be many steps in the coming months.

Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos, are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube


Worship Assistants Needed!

In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office or sign up HERE to be Parking Lot Greeter (to direct cars and to give handouts), Communion Distributor, or Lector/Prayer Leader.


Readings for this Sunday
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Psalm 23
Ephesians 2:11-22
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56


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Food Collection for Living Faith Pantry at Trinity Lutheran Church

Saturday, July 17, 9:00 AM to Noon
The demand for food assistance remains high at the Living Faith pantry in Rockville. They distribute food for 90 families each week. Please help Trinity continue its active support of Living Faith’s pantry during these difficult economic times.

Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Rd. 
North Bethesda 20852 (main parking lot) 
More info: Kathy at 301-675-6987 or email office@trinityelca.org

Critical Food Needs 
Cold cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible)
Black/pinto beans (canned)
Canned tomatoes (whole if possible)
Canned vegetables (corn very popular)
Canned fruit
Cooking oil 
Jam/jelly (strawberry very popular)
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)

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 Road, Rockville, MD 20851) Please note ‘food pantry’ in the memo line. The pantry very much appreciates cash donations which allow them to fill in any food gaps.


A Reverse yard Sale to Help Others in Need

We will be collecting smaller, gently used household items, clothes, and toys in the large parking lot of Trinity Lutheran Church on August 21st from 9 am – 12 pm for A Wider Circle. A Wider Circle’s mission is to end poverty using a holistic approach to integrate on-the-ground services for the creation of stable homes, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization. We will sort and transport your donated items to A Wider Circle where the items will be given to help people in need. If you have items to donate, please bring them to Trinity’s parking lot (11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, MD) on August 21st from 9 am – 12 pm.


Bigger Than A Building 2! (BTAB 2!): Be sure to fulfill your pledge!  

     Trinity is now on the last lap of our fourth and final mission appeal, BIGGER Than a Building 2! (BTAB 2!) to pay for all the improvements we made to our building in 2011. We have made huge progress on paying down our loans, but we need your help. We need for everyone who has pledged to BTAB 2! to fulfill their pledge by the end of 2021, so that we can start 2022 with the mortgage paid off in full. 

Thank you to everyone who has kept committed to meeting their pledges and to those who have given to BTAB 2! even though they didn’t pledge.  If you’d like to know your current giving relative to your BTAB 2 goal, you’ll be receiving a 2nd quarter statement of giving after June 30th which will show your pledge progress. Or, you can contact our Financial Secretary, Carol B, by emailing her at finsecy@trinityelca.org and she’d be happy to let you know.  

If you haven’t pledged or donated, but you’re feeling grateful for all the improvements we’ve been blessed with, then prayerfully consider making a donation, in whatever amount you feel moved to make, to help eliminate our debt. Please make your check to Trinity Lutheran Church and designate BTAB 2! on your check and envelope. If you don’t have envelopes, please indicate that your check is for BTAB 2!  You can also give online by going to www.trinityelca.org/give and clicking on the “Donate” button. Once on the donation page, be sure to note in the optional “Use this donation for” section that your donation is for “Bigger Than a Building” by selecting it from the dropdown menu.  

We’re now in the homestretch of paying off our loans. We hope to be debt free by December 31, 2021. With your help, we can do this!

In Christ,
Jim K and Miriam M
BTAB 2! Team Leaders


Restructuring Update

At its June meeting, Council spent some time organizing itself in alignment with the restructuring model that we are trying out this coming year. Below are the new ministry groups and their council members. You will remember that in addition to each group having staff and council members, there is a need for congregation members to join each group. Keep in mind that the work at this level is big picture planning, ensuring that all functions and responsibilities of that ministry group are being covered, and coordinating with the other groups. The hope is that the ministry groups will be sharing and delegating roles and tasks, and not carrying the load of executing all the plans. New ideas will come from within the ministry groups as well as from individual members of the congregation.

How would you like to serve God’s mission and be part of the life of Trinity? Do you enjoy the planning and coordination that goes on in the early stages? Or do you prefer to get into the details of an event or activity? Do you have ideas you’re thinking about but aren’t sure where to start? Please come talk to any of the council members about questions, ideas, and ways you would like to be involved. Each group will be having an organizing meeting this summer, we’d love to have you be part of that.

Worship Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with God through all things worship and music related.
Angela Small
Mary B.
Carol B.
Nancy N.

Connections Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with each other through fellowship, sharing God’s story and our stories, offering each other help and support, and encouraging generosity with our resources.
Anita Smallin
Valerie M.
Fred S.
Kim B.
Linnea A.

Service Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with our neighbors through welcoming visitors, sharing our story with the wider community, watching for partnership opportunities, and serving our neighbors near and far.
Anita Smallin
Leslie S.
Linnea A.
Jerry B.

Mission Support: Responsible for our relationships with our resources that reach across all ministry groups including our property, finances, and people.
Kim B. 
Len S.
Carol B.
Greg F.
Jeanine B


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.
Second Quarter Giving Statements have been mailed or emailed. Please contact Carol B at finsecy@trinityelca.org if you haven’t received yours, or have any questions.


Youth Group will be taking the month of July off. Watch this space for plans in August.

Youth Playtime! July 17 – 9-11 am, Trinity Playground – We will be gathering in the playground for some playtime, bubbles, connect 4, and other fun! At 10 am, we will gather for story and song time. Questions? Talk to Anita


Summer Collection School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Social Ministry has some great things in the works for God’s Work, Our Hands Day over September 11-12. More info will follow soon…but we need to start collecting school supplies now for our Sunday Morning Service project. 

LWR sends school kits to many locations worldwide to  allow children in refugee camps to continue learning in the face of serious obstacles. Beginning in July and continuing throughout the summer, Trinity will collect the school supplies listed below to assemble 200 kits.  On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 12, Trinity will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School. Bins will be available at parking lot church. If you would like to drop them off at a different time, please contact the office or Anita, and we will make sure someone is in the office to receive them.  

# neededsupplies
80070-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
20030-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
200Blunt scissors
1000Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
1000Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
200Box of 16 or 24 crayons
2002½” eraser

Please note:  LWR asks that all kit items be new and have no religious symbols, messages, or patriotic or military symbols. Please contact Kathy Thrower or Anita Smallin with any questions.


Anders Eagle Scout Project Rescheduled for July 17 at 8 am


Remember in your prayers

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

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
Martha R, Bethesda Health & Rehab

home
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W. Anders S.

family and friends*
Lonnie Baker, friend of Carol Bruno
Brian Briggs, former Trinity Admin
Gerry Wait, friend of Tom Kern
Michael & Cassondra Stratton, friend of Billie Jameson
Dr. Don Knuth, brother of Sue Knuth


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

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks.  After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.

Montgomery Interfaith 5K-Labor Day Sept 6th

The Montgomery Interfaith 5K that Trinity has recently become a partner with us now in its 5th year.  The 5K unites us as an interfaith community and is a commitment to the health and fitness of those who run.  But also, via our race registrations and any additional contributions we make, a portion of the proceeds from the 5K will support the local Montgomery County Community.  In 2021, race profits will be donated to Gaithersburg HELP and C-4, two local, faith-based emergency assistance providers. Gaithersburg Help strives to meet the immediate needs of families affected by financial challenges. C-4 is an interfaith group founded in 1968 to serve the needs of the Colesville Community.  For more information, check out the website:  mocointerfaith5k.org.  And don’t forget to register and be a part of Team Trinity. For more information, contact Pastor Christine or Tom Kern (thomasewingkern@gmail.com).


July Trinitarian Now Available

View here!


Music Meditation

View this weeks meditation here


+WORSHIP+


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

When Amos reports his vision of God judging Israel for its mistreatment of the poor, he becomes a threat to the power of the priests and the king. John the Baptist also speaks truth to power, and Herod has him killed. In Herod’s fear that Jesus is John returned from the dead, we may hear hope for the oppressed: all the prophets killed through the ages are alive in Jesus. We are called to witness to justice in company with them, and to proclaim God’s saving love.


Worship Updates

Come to LIVE Communion worship in the parking lot on Sundays at 10am (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We will still offer our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. We hope to continue this plan through the summer, with the hopes of implementing live-stream capabilities, so that we can have indoor worship services when it is safe to do so. 
**We’ve made some adjustments to worship practices: If you are vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask while seated in your worship space. Please be hospitable and respectful of one another, asking if they would prefer talking masked or unmasked. This is just our first next step. There will be many steps in the coming months.

Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos, are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube


Worship Assistants Needed!

In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office or sign up HERE to be Parking Lot Greeter (to direct cars and to give handouts), Communion Distributor, or Lector/Prayer Leader.


Readings for this Sunday
Amos 7:7-15
Psalm 85:8-13
Ephesians 1:3-14
Mark 6:14-29


+SERVE+


Food Collection for Living Faith Pantry at Trinity Lutheran Church

Saturday, July 17, 9:00 AM to Noon
The demand for food assistance remains high at the Living Faith pantry in Rockville. They distribute food for 90 families each week. Please help Trinity continue its active support of Living Faith’s pantry during these difficult economic times.

Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Rd. 
North Bethesda 20852 (main parking lot) 
More info: Kathy at 301-675-6987 or email office@trinityelca.org

Critical Food Needs 
Cold cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible)
Black/pinto beans (canned)
Canned tomatoes (whole if possible)
Canned vegetables (corn very popular)
Canned fruit
Cooking oil 
Jam/jelly (strawberry very popular)
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)

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 Road, Rockville, MD 20851) Please note ‘food pantry’ in the memo line. The pantry very much appreciates cash donations which allow them to fill in any food gaps.


Bigger Than A Building 2! (BTAB 2!): Be sure to fulfill your pledge!  

     Trinity is now on the last lap of our fourth and final mission appeal, BIGGER Than a Building 2! (BTAB 2!) to pay for all the improvements we made to our building in 2011. We have made huge progress on paying down our loans, but we need your help. We need for everyone who has pledged to BTAB 2! to fulfill their pledge by the end of 2021, so that we can start 2022 with the mortgage paid off in full. 

Thank you to everyone who has kept committed to meeting their pledges and to those who have given to BTAB 2! even though they didn’t pledge.  If you’d like to know your current giving relative to your BTAB 2 goal, you’ll be receiving a 2nd quarter statement of giving after June 30th which will show your pledge progress. Or, you can contact our Financial Secretary, Carol B, by emailing her at finsecy@trinityelca.org and she’d be happy to let you know.  

If you haven’t pledged or donated, but you’re feeling grateful for all the improvements we’ve been blessed with, then prayerfully consider making a donation, in whatever amount you feel moved to make, to help eliminate our debt. Please make your check to Trinity Lutheran Church and designate BTAB 2! on your check and envelope. If you don’t have envelopes, please indicate that your check is for BTAB 2!  You can also give online by going to www.trinityelca.org/give and clicking on the “Donate” button. Once on the donation page, be sure to note in the optional “Use this donation for” section that your donation is for “Bigger Than a Building” by selecting it from the dropdown menu.  

We’re now in the homestretch of paying off our loans. We hope to be debt free by December 31, 2021. With your help, we can do this!

In Christ,
Jim K and Miriam M
BTAB 2! Team Leaders


Restructuring Update

At its June meeting, Council spent some time organizing itself in alignment with the restructuring model that we are trying out this coming year. Below are the new ministry groups and their council members. You will remember that in addition to each group having staff and council members, there is a need for congregation members to join each group. Keep in mind that the work at this level is big picture planning, ensuring that all functions and responsibilities of that ministry group are being covered, and coordinating with the other groups. The hope is that the ministry groups will be sharing and delegating roles and tasks, and not carrying the load of executing all the plans. New ideas will come from within the ministry groups as well as from individual members of the congregation.

How would you like to serve God’s mission and be part of the life of Trinity? Do you enjoy the planning and coordination that goes on in the early stages? Or do you prefer to get into the details of an event or activity? Do you have ideas you’re thinking about but aren’t sure where to start? Please come talk to any of the council members about questions, ideas, and ways you would like to be involved. Each group will be having an organizing meeting this summer, we’d love to have you be part of that.

Worship Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with God through all things worship and music related.
Angela Small
Mary B.
Carol B.
Nancy N.

Connections Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with each other through fellowship, sharing God’s story and our stories, offering each other help and support, and encouraging generosity with our resources.
Anita Smallin
Valerie M.
Fred S.
Kim B.
Linnea A.

Service Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with our neighbors through welcoming visitors, sharing our story with the wider community, watching for partnership opportunities, and serving our neighbors near and far.
Anita Smallin
Leslie S.
Linnea A.
Jerry B.

Mission Support: Responsible for our relationships with our resources that reach across all ministry groups including our property, finances, and people.
Kim B. 
Len S.
Carol B.
Greg F.
Jeanine B


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.
Second Quarter Giving Statements have been mailed or emailed. Please contact Carol B at finsecy@trinityelca.org if you haven’t received yours, or have any questions.


Youth Group will be taking the month of July off. Watch this space for plans in August.

Youth Playtime! July 17 – 9-11 am, Trinity Playground – We will be gathering in the playground for some playtime, bubbles, connect 4, and other fun! At 10 am, we will gather for story and song time. Questions? Talk to Anita


Summer Collection School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Social Ministry has some great things in the works for God’s Work, Our Hands Day over September 11-12. More info will follow soon…but we need to start collecting school supplies now for our Sunday Morning Service project. 

LWR sends school kits to many locations worldwide to  allow children in refugee camps to continue learning in the face of serious obstacles. Beginning in July and continuing throughout the summer, Trinity will collect the school supplies listed below to assemble 200 kits.  On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 12, Trinity will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School. Bins will be available at parking lot church. If you would like to drop them off at a different time, please contact the office or Anita, and we will make sure someone is in the office to receive them.  

# neededsupplies
80070-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
20030-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
200Blunt scissors
1000Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
1000Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
200Box of 16 or 24 crayons
2002½” eraser

Please note:  LWR asks that all kit items be new and have no religious symbols, messages, or patriotic or military symbols. Please contact Kathy Thrower or Anita Smallin with any questions.


Anders Eagle Scout Project Rescheduled for July 17 at 8 am


Remember in your prayers

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

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
Martha R, Bethesda Health & Rehab

home
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W. Anders S.

family and friends*
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Mary Ann H, Friend of Margaret F
Kristin C, niece of Miriam M
Timmothy F, neighbor of Len S
Gerry W, friend of Tom K
Michael & Cassondra S, friend of Billie J
Dr. Don K, brother of Sue K


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

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks.  After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.

Montgomery Interfaith 5K-Labor Day Sept 6th

In one our newest ministries, Trinity has joined Shaare Torah Jewish Community, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Interfaith Families Project of DC (IFFP), and the Islamic Society of the Washington Area (ISWA) have partnered to organize the annual Montgomery County Interfaith 5K.  The race takes place annually on Labor Day—September 6th this year! The goal of this partnership is to bring together communities of faith in the county so people from diverse backgrounds can come together to share a fun and health-promoting activity, teach tolerance through exposure and friendship, and enjoy each other’s company.  Trinity has formed a team to participate in the race and registration is now open.  Please go to the mocointerfaith5k.org website and register.  And have a look at last week’s Trinity Tidings for five reasons why you should participate in the race! When registering, identify Trinity Lutheran Church as your team.  Remember, you can run, jog, walk, skip, hop, or amble your way around the 5K (approximately three mile) course in Gaithersburg on Labor Day Monday morning and still have time for your other holiday plans!  Our goal for Team Trinity is 25 participants.  Thanks to you, we already have more than ten~ For more information, contact Pastor Christine or Tom Kern (thomasewingkern@gmail.com).


July Trinitarian Now Available

View here!


Music Meditation: From Angela

Hello Trinity Family,
For today’s meditation in anticipation of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, I wanted to present a traditional American hymn tune. The text speaks of unity and shared experience, and the melody of today’s hymn comes from the Sacred Harp musical tradition. This style of singing arose in the Eastern United States in the late 1700s. Our hymnal modifies the harmony to sound more like the typical four part harmony that we are familiar with. View it here


+WORSHIP+


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

Jesus does great deeds of power and gives his disciples authority over demons. Yet none of this power is unilateral; it all must be received by faith. Jesus asks his disciples to go out without money or supplies, so that they will be dependent on how others receive them. When we are sent from the assembly to witness and to heal, we are asked to be vulnerable, to be dependent on the reception of others. The Spirit always operates in the “between”: between Jesus and his Abba, between Jesus and us, between you and me, between us and those to whom we are sent.


Worship Updates

Come to LIVE Communion worship in the parking lot on Sundays at 10am (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We will still offer our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. We hope to continue this plan through the summer, with the hopes of implementing live-stream capabilities, so that we can have indoor worship services when it is safe to do so. 
**We’ve made some adjustments to worship practices: If you are vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask while seated in your worship space. Please be hospitable and respectful of one another, asking if they would prefer talking masked or unmasked. This is just our first next step. There will be many steps in the coming months.

Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos, are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube


We Have Met Our Goal!

Thanks to all who have contributed to the Livestreaming Wish List. We have more than met our goal of $1,695 to add a switcher, which will improve the reliability of the system, and an instrument microphone, which will capture the full sound of the organ. Thank you Trinity!


Worship Assistants Needed!

In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office or sign up HERE to be Parking Lot Greeter (to direct cars and to give handouts), Communion Distributor, or Lector/Prayer Leader.


Readings for this Sunday
Ezekiel 2:1-5
Psalm 123
2 Corinthians 12:2-10
Mark 6:1-13


+LEARN+


Adult Forum | Sunday July 4

Join us Sunday morning for an exploration of peace, violence and non-violence in the context of our Christian faith and calling.  How can Jesus life and ministry help us understand peace: peace with ourselves, peace within our families and communities, peace between regions and countries.  Let’s journey together on Jesus’ path of peace!  If you are interested in getting the Zoom link for the meetings, contact the Trinity office or check the Tidings.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83730207794?pwd=TUdsaktHR0VKZlc4d1VBeXBCbVVidz09
Meeting ID: 837 3020 7794
Passcode: 596472


Reclaiming Jesus Now Podcast Conversations

Join us Wednesdays for some conversation around reclaiming Jesus and his message. We are gathering in the shaded grass area alongside the sanctuary off of the main parking lot. Bring a chair and a picnic dinner. Join us even if you’ve missed others.

Wednesday, July 7th, 7:00pm
The Peacemaker Question & The Discipleship Question (#3 & #2)
Statement confession part III and VI.


+SERVE+


Bigger Than A Building 2! (BTAB 2!): Be sure to fulfill your pledge!  

     Trinity is now on the last lap of our fourth and final mission appeal, BIGGER Than a Building 2! (BTAB 2!) to pay for all the improvements we made to our building in 2011. We have made huge progress on paying down our loans, but we need your help. We need for everyone who has pledged to BTAB 2! to fulfill their pledge by the end of 2021, so that we can start 2022 with the mortgage paid off in full. 

Thank you to everyone who has kept committed to meeting their pledges and to those who have given to BTAB 2! even though they didn’t pledge.  If you’d like to know your current giving relative to your BTAB 2 goal, you’ll be receiving a 2nd quarter statement of giving after June 30th which will show your pledge progress. Or, you can contact our Financial Secretary, Carol B, by emailing her at finsecy@trinityelca.org and she’d be happy to let you know.  

If you haven’t pledged or donated, but you’re feeling grateful for all the improvements we’ve been blessed with, then prayerfully consider making a donation, in whatever amount you feel moved to make, to help eliminate our debt. Please make your check to Trinity Lutheran Church and designate BTAB 2! on your check and envelope. If you don’t have envelopes, please indicate that your check is for BTAB 2!  You can also give online by going to www.trinityelca.org/give and clicking on the “Donate” button. Once on the donation page, be sure to note in the optional “Use this donation for” section that your donation is for “Bigger Than a Building” by selecting it from the dropdown menu.  

We’re now in the homestretch of paying off our loans. We hope to be debt free by December 31, 2021. With your help, we can do this!

In Christ,
Jim K and Miriam M
BTAB 2! Team Leaders


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.

Youth News

Youth Group will be taking the month of July off. Watch this space for plans in August.

Youth Playtime! July 17 – 9-11 am, Trinity Playground – We will be gathering in the playground for some playtime, bubbles, connect 4, and other fun! At 10 am, we will gather for story and song time. Questions? Talk to Anita


Summer Collection School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Social Ministry has some great things in the works for God’s Work, Our Hands Day over September 11-12. More info will follow soon…but we need to start collecting school supplies now for our Sunday Morning Service project. 

LWR sends school kits to many locations worldwide to  allow children in refugee camps to continue learning in the face of serious obstacles. Beginning in July and continuing throughout the summer, Trinity will collect the school supplies listed below to assemble 200 kits.  On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 12, Trinity will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School. Bins will be available at parking lot church. If you would like to drop them off at a different time, please contact the office or Anita, and we will make sure someone is in the office to receive them.  

# neededsupplies
80070-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
20030-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
200Blunt scissors
1000Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
1000Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
200Box of 16 or 24 crayons
2002½” eraser

Please note:  LWR asks that all kit items be new and have no religious symbols, messages, or patriotic or military symbols. Please contact Kathy Thrower or Anita Smallin with any questions.


Remember in your prayers

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

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
Martha R, Bethesda Health & Rehab

home
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W. Anders S.

family and friends*
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Mary Ann H, Friend of Margaret F
Kristin C, niece of Miriam M
Timmothy F, neighbor of Len S
Gerry W, friend of Tom K
Michael & Cassondra S, friend of Billie J
Dr. Don K, brother of Sue K


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

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks.  After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.

From Thomas Kern: Registration for the Montgomery Interfaith 5K is LIVE

On behalf of Trinity, I am honored to join the Board of the Montgomery Interfaith 5K, an annual event that takes place on Labor Day at the Maryland Soccerplex in Gaithersburg. Our own Pastor Christine is race director and Trinity is proud to join several faith communities in the county to host this race, now in its fifth year. I hope you join me in participating on Team Trinity. Here are five reasons (one for each “K”) to be a part! 


First, to quote the mocointerfaith5k.org website, “Despite what we see in the news, people of different faiths get along with one another and cooperate wonderfully.” This is something we can all support! Second, proceeds from the race go to several worthy causes in our area. Check out mocointerfaith5k.org for details. Third, our health and well being should be important to our family, friends, and, of course, to ourselves. Whether you run, jog, or walk, the three miles that five kilometers amounts to is doable, depending on your fitness level and how you tackle it. So for starters, walking the course will take an hour or less.  What better way to start a morning in early September! Fourth, we, as Team Trinity, can do this together!  What a great image, groups of us running, jogging, or walking alongside one another, chatting, singing, praying, solving the problems of the world, you name it. Fifth, our faith journey has united us with Pastor Christine Dunn whose emerging ministry at Trinity includes a spiritual and practical commitment to the importance of the interfaith community. We share this with Pastor Christine and with the Interfaith 5K, we have a simple, practical way to embody it with good people from other faiths in our own backyard. 

Sign up for the race now (the big red REGISTER HERE on the Interfaith 5K Homepage– Montgomery County Interfaith 5K (runsignup.com)) and when prompted, identify Trinity Lutheran Church as your team. You don’t need to be a runner! All that is necessary is that you care about Trinity and those with whom we share our neighborhoods.  And yes, there is a goal! Let’s make the inaugural Team Trinity a huge success by having at least 25 of us participate. And if you don’t want to run/jog/walk in the 5K, but would like to help on race day, let me know. Kids are welcome! Thank you!  Look to the Trinity Tidings each week for more information on our new journey! Tom (thomasewingkern@gmail.com


Weekly Music Meditation

See Angela’s weekly music meditation here


Pastor’s Office Hours

Pastor Christine continues to hold regular office hours. If you would like to speak with her either via zoom, phone, or in-person, please contact her at: pastor@trinityelca.org. You may also utilize the sign-up form found here, which has added slots.


+WORSHIP+


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

A woman finds healing by touching Jesus’ cloak, and a girl is restored to life when he takes her by the hand. In both cases a boundary is crossed: in Jesus’ time the hemorrhaging woman was considered ritually unclean, polluting others by her touch, and anyone who touched a corpse also became unclean. In Mark’s gospel Jesus breaks down barriers, from his first meal at a tax collector’s house to his last breath on the cross as the temple curtain is torn in two. We dare to touch Jesus in our “uncleanness” and to live as a community that defines no one as an outsider.


Worship Updates

Come to LIVE Communion worship in the parking lot on Sundays at 10am (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We will still offer our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. We hope to continue this plan through the summer, with the hopes of implementing live-stream capabilities, so that we can have indoor worship services when it is safe to do so. 
**We’ve made some adjustments to worship practices: If you are vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask while seated in your worship space. Please be hospitable and respectful of one another, asking if they would prefer talking masked or unmasked. This is just our first next step. There will be many steps in the coming months.

Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos, are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube


We Have Met Our Goal!

Thanks to all who have contributed to the Livestreaming Wish List. We have more than met our goal of $1,695 to add a switcher, which will improve the reliability of the system, and an instrument microphone, which will capture the full sound of the organ. Thank you Trinity!


Worship Assistants Needed!

In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office or sign up HERE to be Parking Lot Greeter (to direct cars and to give handouts), Communion Distributor, or Lector/Prayer Leader.


Readings for this Sunday
Lamentations 3:22-33
Psalm 30
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Mark 5:21-43


+LEARN+


Guest Speaker | Adult Forum | Sunday June 27

The ELCA Response to Migrants on the Move in Latin America: AMMPARO
Stephen Deal, whose work is supported by Trinity, will be our special guest during the Sunday, June 27 11:30 Adult Forum. We hope you can join us to learn more about Stephen and his work!
Please contact the Trinity office to get the Zoom link.
Cathy Corcoran Tel: 703-966-0446


Reclaiming Jesus Now Podcast Conversations

Join us Wednesdays for some conversation around reclaiming Jesus and his message. We are gathering in the shaded grass area alongside the sanctuary off of the main parking lot. Bring a chair and a picnic dinner.

Wednesday, June 30th, 7:00pm
The Truth Question & The Fear Question (#7 & #5)
Statement confession part IV.

Wednesday, July 7th, 7:00pm
The Peacemaker Question & The Discipleship Question (#3 & #2)
Statement confession part III and VI.


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Bigger Than A Building 2! (BTAB 2!): Be sure to fulfill your pledge!  

     Trinity is now on the last lap of our fourth and final mission appeal, BIGGER Than a Building 2! (BTAB 2!) to pay for all the improvements we made to our building in 2011. We have made huge progress on paying down our loans, but we need your help. We need for everyone who has pledged to BTAB 2! to fulfill their pledge by the end of 2021, so that we can start 2022 with the mortgage paid off in full. 

Thank you to everyone who has kept committed to meeting their pledges and to those who have given to BTAB 2! even though they didn’t pledge.  If you’d like to know your current giving relative to your BTAB 2 goal, you’ll be receiving a 2nd quarter statement of giving after June 30th which will show your pledge progress. Or, you can contact our Financial Secretary, Carol Bruno, by emailing her at finsecy@trinityelca.org and she’d be happy to let you know.  

If you haven’t pledged or donated, but you’re feeling grateful for all the improvements we’ve been blessed with, then prayerfully consider making a donation, in whatever amount you feel moved to make, to help eliminate our debt. Please make your check to Trinity Lutheran Church and designate BTAB 2! on your check and envelope. If you don’t have envelopes, please indicate that your check is for BTAB 2!  You can also give online by going to www.trinityelca.org/give and clicking on the “Donate” button. Once on the donation page, be sure to note in the optional “Use this donation for” section that your donation is for “Bigger Than a Building” by selecting it from the dropdown menu.  

We’re now in the homestretch of paying off our loans. We hope to be debt free by December 31, 2021. With your help, we can do this!

In Christ,
Jim K and Miriam M
BTAB 2! Team Leaders


Montgomery County Young Adults Mini Golf | June 27 | 1:30 pm


Come join Young Adults (those in their 20s and 30s) from Good Shepherd, Prince of Peace, and Christ the Servant to play mini golf at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg on Sunday, June 27 at 1:30 pm. After, we will have Rita’s ice! Please bring $5 cash (total cost for mini golf and Rita’s). Let Kelly Stief (Kelly_T_Stief@mcpsmd.org) know you’re coming by Sunday, June 20, so we can order enough Rita’s. Looking forward to seeing you there!


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.


Remember in your prayers

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

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
Martha R, Bethesda Health & Rehab

home
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W. Anders S.

family and friends*
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Dave L, friend of Mike M
Anne L, friend of Susan S
Juan SG, brother of Ani SG
Mary Ann H, Friend of Margaret F
Kristin C, niece of Miriam M
Timmothy F, neighbor of Len S
Gerry W, friend of Tom K


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

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks.  After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.

From Pastor Christine: Registration for the Montgomery Interfaith 5K is LIVE

Registration for the Montgomery Interfaith 5K (mocointerfaith5k.org) is ‘live.’ Pastor Christine is race director for this great community building, diversity promoting event. Cost is only $20, including a T-shirt until June 23rd. After that, the price goes up. Let’s get a Trinity team together. Race Day; 9/6 at 8am.


Summer Kick-Off Fun THIS SATURDAY June 19!

Please plan on joining us ice cream, activities, and fellowship! Between 11am-1pm, an ice cream truck will be available in our parking lot with a choice of goodies (at no cost). Games and labyrinth activities will also be available. At 12:00 noon Anita will host story time for children. Additionally, this date is our regularly scheduled Living Faith Food Pantry collection day (9am-noon). We’re doing a ‘flash drive’ and setting a high goal of collecting 500 items on a single date! So, please bring non-perishables with you when you come and let’s see how full we can make the pantry shelves! We hope you’ll come and rekindle your relationships with each other, and get to know folks you may not know well. 


Weekly Music Meditation

Hello Trinity Family,
I loved being back at Trinity this past Sunday and seeing you all. Community is integral to my faith and worshipping with you keeps me grounded and centered. This past Sunday, I recorded today’s meditation, God is Here Today #993 in All Creation Sings, in the sanctuary after our outdoor service. I wanted to capture the energy we all bring to ministry. I hope you find hearing and seeing church members in the background as joyful as I do. Thank you for all you do for me, for each other, and in Jesus’ name.
The video can be found HERE.
Blessings,
Angela


Traffic Alert!

Construction at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd and Executive Blvd has created a long term road closure at that intersection. HERE is a map of the detour from Montgomery County.


Pastor’s Office Hours

Pastor Christine continues to hold regular office hours. If you would like to speak with her either via zoom, phone, or in-person, please contact her at: pastor@trinityelca.org. You may also utilize the sign-up form found here, which has added slots.


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Join us for Worship this Sunday!

Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation! Now we are in the storm, the boat almost swamped; but Jesus is here now, and when we call him, he will calm the storm. Even the wind and waves listen to him as they would to their creator. We also listen to him and are called to believe in the power of God’s word in him, a power greater than all that we fear.


Worship Updates

Come to LIVE Communion worship in the parking lot on Sundays at 10am (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We will still offer our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. We hope to continue this plan through the summer, with the hopes of implementing live-stream capabilities, so that we can have indoor worship services when it is safe to do so. 
**We’ve made some adjustments to worship practices: If you are vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask while seated in your worship space. Please be hospitable and respectful of one another, asking if they would prefer talking masked or unmasked. This is just our first next step. There will be many steps in the coming months.

Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos, are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube


We Have Met Our Goal!

Thanks to all who have contributed to the Livestreaming Wish List. We have more than met our goal of $1,695 to add a switcher, which will improve the reliability of the system, and an instrument microphone, which will capture the full sound of the organ. Thank you Trinity!


Worship Assistants Needed!

In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office or sign up HERE to be Parking Lot Greeter (to direct cars and to give handouts), Communion Distributor, or Lector/Prayer Leader.


Readings for this Sunday
Job 38:1-11
Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Mark 4:35-41


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Adult Forum | Sundays | 11:30 am- 12:30 pm


Join us Sunday morning for an exploration of peace, violence and non-violence in the context of our Christian faith and calling.  How can Jesus life and ministry help us understand peace: peace with ourselves, peace within our families and communities, peace between regions and countries.  Let’s journey together on Jesus’ path of peace!  If you are interested in getting the Zoom link for the meetings, contact the Trinity office.


Guest Speaker | Adult Forum | Sunday June 27

The ELCA Response to Migrants on the Move in Latin America: AMMPARO
Stephen Deal, whose work is supported by Trinity, will be our special guest during the Sunday, June 27 11:30 Adult Forum. We hope you can join us to learn more about Stephen and his work!
Please contact the Trinity office to get the Zoom link.
Cathy Corcoran Tel: 703-966-0446


NEW! Reclaiming Jesus Podcast Conversations

Here are details for the next 2 sessions. We are not going in order, so be sure to find the correct episodes for each week. Some podcasts number them, some don’t, so check the titles. The link below is to one carrier of the podcasts. Bring a picnic dinner and meet in the main parking lot.

https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/f5htt-a2345/Reclaiming-Jesus-Now-with-Jim-Wallis-Podcast

Wednesday, June 23 | 7:00pm
The Power Question & The Caesar Question (#6 & #4)
Statement confession part V. 

Wednesday, June 30 | 7:00pm
The Truth Question & The Fear Question (#7 & #5)
Statement confession part IV.


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Food Collections June 19! Our goal this month is 500 food items!

Right before the Summer Kickoff we will be hosting the Food Collection for Living Faith Pantry 9 am-11 am
The demand for food assistance remains high at the Living Faith pantry in Rockville. They continue to distribute food to over 100 families each week. 

Please help Trinity continue its active support of Living Faith’s pantry during these difficult economic times. Since our goal is 500 items, please let us know the number of items in your donation so we can keep a running total.

Date: Saturday, June 19, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Rd. 
North Bethesda 20852 (main parking lot) 
More info: Kathy at 301-675-6987 or email office@trinityelca.org

Critical Food Needs 

(Note: this month the pantry has a special need for cooking oil.)

Cold cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible)
Black/pinto beans (canned)
Canned tomatoes (whole if possible)
Canned vegetables (corn very popular) 
Canned fruit
**Cooking oil 
Jam/jelly (strawberry very popular)
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)

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 Road, Rockville, MD 20851) Please note ‘food pantry’ in the memo line. The pantry very much appreciates cash donations which allow them to fill in any food gaps.


From Our Guest Pastor: Request for letters to CSD Community

It’s more important than ever that our Community of St Dysmas siblings feel connected to the larger church they are a part of. We’ve been asking Lutherans and ecumenical partners to submit notes to our office that we can mail to individuals who are a part of the CSD family. In these difficult times, these letters are quite literally a God-send for them. If you or anyone in your congregation would like to write a note, here are the guidelines for writing: 

1. Use only white or plain lined notebook paper. No stationary or greeting cards. Notes can be handwritten or printer generated. 
2. Blue or black ball point pen, no color or markers. Line drawings are fine but no color. 
3. Greeting should be generic such as “Dear friend in faith,” “Hello my sibling in Christ,” etc.
4. Do not give identifiers such as your name, location, etc., but please say what church you are from. This helps our people know they are part of the larger church. 
5. Generic messages of encouragement, Bible verses or prayers in the body of the note are very much appreciated. 
6. Sign with a term such as “Your friend in Christ,” “A fellow Lutheran,” A sister/brother in faith,” etc. 

Please send the letters to our office: and we will distribute them to the members. 
Community of St Dysmas 
905 Frederick Rd 
Catonsville, Md 21228 

Or e mail them to: pastor@communitystdysmas.org 
On behalf of our Community of St Dysmas folks, thank you so much!


Montgomery County Young Adults Mini Golf | June 27 | 1:30 pm


Come join Young Adults (those in their 20s and 30s) from Good Shepherd, Prince of Peace, and Christ the Servant to play mini golf at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg on Sunday, June 27 at 1:30 pm. After, we will have Rita’s ice! Please bring $5 cash (total cost for mini golf and Rita’s). Let Kelly Stief (Kelly_T_Stief@mcpsmd.org) know you’re coming by Sunday, June 20, so we can order enough Rita’s. Looking forward to seeing you there!


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.


Remember in your prayers

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

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
Martha R, Bethesda Health & Rehab

home
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W. Anders S.

family and friends*
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Alice I, friend of Carol B
Col. Kelly K, friend of Len S
Family of Kumari K., sister of Vimala P
Dave L, friend of Mike M
Anne L, friend of Susan S
Juan Sosa G, brother of Ani Sosa G
Mary Ann H, friend of Margaret F
Kristin C, niece of Miriam M
Timothy F, neighbor of Len S

first responders
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks.  After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.

From Pastor Christine

As many of you know, June is Pride Month. A time we intentionally set aside to honor, affirm, and advocate for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (and in some cases, “questioning”), intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) siblings. The “+” is for a plethora of other orientations and identities. Years ago Trinity Lutheran identified itself as a Reconciling in Christ congregation, which means we have explicitly chosen to welcome and affirm people of “all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions” and we commit ourselves to racial equity.

To really boil it down: We take Jesus’ commandment to love one another very seriously, both in terms of how we express love and care; and we recognize all the varied expressions of love, sexuality, and identity that comes with being made in the image of God. 

There’s a lot more to be said on this topic, but I wanted to share with you one small worship tweak we will be making during the month of June: we will be using the Inclusive Bible translation for our readings. The translators intent is to free the text from sexist language, gender bias, and social stereotyping. The translators relied on the original Hebrew and Greek and do more than just play around with pronouns. I think you’ll find that it reads smoothly and beautifully. 

I will, however, be honest. The Inclusive Bible was published in 2007 and language and understandings continue to evolve, so it may not be as reflective of our current understandings as I would like, but it is a start. As you may have heard me say recently in a sermon: our words and how we use them matter. I hope you’ll listen and reflect with an open mind. 


Happy Pride Month!
Deep peace and joy,
Pastor Christine


Summer Kick-Off Fun June 19!

Please plan on joining us ice cream, activities, and fellowship! Between 11am-1pm, an ice cream truck will be available in our parking lot with a choice of goodies (at no cost). Games and labyrinth activities will also be available. At 12:00 noon Anita will host story time for children. Additionally, this date is our regularly scheduled Living Faith Food Pantry collection day (9am-noon). We’re doing a ‘flash drive’ and setting a high goal of collecting 500 items on a single date! So, please bring non-perishables with you when you come and let’s see how full we can make the pantry shelves! We hope you’ll come and rekindle your relationships with each other, and get to know folks you may not know well. 


Weekly Music Meditation

Please enjoy this weeks Music Meditation HERE!


Traffic Alert!

Construction at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd and Executive Blvd has created a long term road closure at that intersection. HERE is a map of the detour from Montgomery County.


Pastor’s Office Hours

Pastor Christine continues to hold regular office hours. If you would like to speak with her either via zoom, phone, or in-person, please contact her at: pastor@trinityelca.org. You may also utilize the sign-up form found here, which has added slots.


June Trinitarian Now Available

View it here!


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Join us for Worship this Sunday!

The mustard seed becomes a great shrub that shelters the birds, recalling ancient images of the tree of life. We’d expect a cedar or a sequoia, but Jesus finds the power of God better imaged in a tiny, no-account seed. It’s not the way we expect divine activity to look. Yet the tree of life is here, in the cross around which we gather, the tree into which we are grafted through baptism, the true vine that nourishes us with its fruit in the cup we share. It may not appear all that impressive, but while nobody’s looking it grows with a power beyond our understanding.

Worship Updates

Come to LIVE Communion worship in the parking lot on Sundays at 10am (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We will still offer our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. We hope to continue this plan through the summer, with the hopes of implementing live-stream capabilities, so that we can have indoor worship services when it is safe to do so. 

Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos, are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube


Worship Assistants Needed!

In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office or sign up HERE to be Parking Lot Greeter (to direct cars and to give handouts), Communion Distributor, or Lector/Prayer Leader.


Readings for this Sunday
Ezekiel 17:22-24
Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15
Corinthians 5:6-10 [11-13] 14-17
Mark 4:26-34


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Adult Forum | Sundays | 11:30 am- 12:30 pm

Join us Sunday morning for an exploration of peace, violence and non-violence in the context of our Christian faith and calling.  How can Jesus life and ministry help us understand peace: peace with ourselves, peace within our families and communities, peace between regions and countries.  Let’s journey together on Jesus’ path of peace!  If you are interested in getting the Zoom link for the meetings, contact the Trinity office. Please join us!


NEW! Reclaiming Jesus Podcast Conversations

Here are details for the first 2 sessions. We are not going in order, so be sure to find the correct episodes for each week. Some podcasts number them, some don’t, so check the titles. If you wish to read the condensed statement that many clergy signed, the link is in last week’s Tidings. The link below is to one carrier of the podcasts. Bring a picnic dinner and meet at the benches near the labyrinth.

https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/f5htt-a2345/Reclaiming-Jesus-Now-with-Jim-Wallis-Podcast

Wednesday, June 16 | 7:00pm
The Image Question & The Neighbor Question (#8 & #9)
Statement confession parts I & II.

Wednesday, June 23 | 7:00pm
The Power Question & The Caesar Question (#6 & #4)
Statement confession part V.


+SERVE+


Food Collections June 19!

Right before the Summer Kickoff we will be hosting the Food Collection for Living Faith Pantry 9 am-11 am
The demand for food assistance remains high at the Living Faith pantry in Rockville. They continue to distribute food to over 100 families each week. 

Please help Trinity continue its active support of Living Faith’s pantry during these difficult economic times.

Date: Saturday, June 19, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Rd. 
North Bethesda 20852 (main parking lot) 
More info: Kathy at 301-675-6987 or email office@trinityelca.org

Critical Food Needs 

(Note: this month the pantry has a special need for cooking oil.)

Cold cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible)
Black/pinto beans (canned)
Canned tomatoes (whole if possible)
Canned vegetables (corn very popular) 
Canned fruit
**Cooking oil 
Jam/jelly (strawberry very popular)
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)

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 Road, Rockville, MD 20851) Please note ‘food pantry’ in the memo line. The pantry very much appreciates cash donations which allow them to fill in any food gaps.


From Our Guest Pastor: Request for letters to CSD Community

It’s more important than ever that our Community of St Dysmas siblings feel connected to the larger church they are a part of. We’ve been asking Lutherans and ecumenical partners to submit notes to our office that we can mail to individuals who are a part of the CSD family. In these difficult times, these letters are quite literally a God-send for them. If you or anyone in your congregation would like to write a note, here are the guidelines for writing: 

1. Use only white or plain lined notebook paper. No stationary or greeting cards. Notes can be handwritten or printer generated. 
2. Blue or black ball point pen, no color or markers. Line drawings are fine but no color. 
3. Greeting should be generic such as “Dear friend in faith,” “Hello my sibling in Christ,” etc.
4. Do not give identifiers such as your name, location, etc., but please say what church you are from. This helps our people know they are part of the larger church. 
5. Generic messages of encouragement, Bible verses or prayers in the body of the note are very much appreciated. 
6. Sign with a term such as “Your friend in Christ,” “A fellow Lutheran,” A sister/brother in faith,” etc. 

Please send the letters to our office: and we will distribute them to the members. 
Community of St Dysmas 
905 Frederick Rd 
Catonsville, Md 21228 

Or e mail them to: pastor@communitystdysmas.org 
On behalf of our Community of St Dysmas folks, thank you so much!


Thanks to all who supported the Social Ministry Team’s May “Shower” diaper collection for the Greater DC Diaper Bank. 

We exceed our goal of 3,000 diapers, collecting just short of 3,500 diapers!  God’s Work Our Hands!


Montgomery County Young Adults Mini Golf | June 27 | 1:30 pm


Come join Young Adults (those in their 20s and 30s) from Good Shepherd, Prince of Peace, and Christ the Servant to play mini golf at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg on Sunday, June 27 at 1:30 pm. After, we will have Rita’s ice! Please bring $5 cash (total cost for mini golf and Rita’s). Let Kelly Stief (Kelly_T_Stief@mcpsmd.org) know you’re coming by Sunday, June 20, so we can order enough Rita’s. Looking forward to seeing you there!


Out of Office

This week (June 7th – 14th) Pastor Christine will be on vacation (backpacking the Appalachian Trail). She will not have access to email or phone. In the event of an emergency, please contact the office and they will put you in touch with Pastor Steve Buechler, who will be on call during her absence.
Pastor Susan Beck will be leading us in worship. She is the chaplain with The Community of Saint Dysmas, which is the Lutheran community within the Maryland State Correctional System. Please welcome her!


Offerings

Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.


Remember in your prayers

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

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
Martha R, Bethesda Health & Rehab

home
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W

family and friends*
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Alice I, friend of Carol B
Col. Kelly K, friend of Len S
Family of Kumari K., sister of Vimala P
Rob R, friend of Margaret & Greg F
Dave L, friend of Mike M
Anne L, friend of Susan S
Juan Sosa G, brother of Ani Sosa 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

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks.  After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.