From Pastor Kern

Dear Trinity Family,
Another week fraught with challenge for the church and the world.  So much upheaval, so much uncertainty – so much to consider and re-consider about our lives.
Sunday will be Trinity Sunday.  In addition to being a major festival of the church year, it’s the namesake of the congregation.  One of the ways I think about the Trinity is as the mysterious portal through which all faith passes.  And contrary to being just a staid doctrine, the Trinity is actually our guide and touchstone through tumultuous times such as these.  More on that on Sunday.
Sunday is also the date of the Commemoration of Chief Seattle of the Duwampo Tribe.  If you have never read the Address of 1854 attributed to Chief Seattle, I highly recommend you track down a copy.  His commemoration is timely given the struggles of America today.  We have a long, historic way to travel on the road to reparations, reconciliation, and redemption.
The building is closed, but the church is open.  Resources go out every week for the community.  We are having a good exchange in the Sunday Adult Forum and the Wednesday class, Here We Stand…..  Don’t forget the food drive to support the food bank at Living Faith in Rockville – our good neighbor and partner in ministry.
Take care of yourselves and one another.  Stay connected.  Be encouraging.  Remember the future.
Pastor Kern


The June Newsletter is out! The link to the newsletter is HERE.


Food Collection Event to Benefit the Food Pantry at Living Faith Lutheran Church, Rockville

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

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

Items most needed
Cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible)
Rice (1-2 lb. pkg)
Black/pinto beans (canned and dried)
Canned tomatoes
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)
Jam/jelly
Canned fruit
Toothpaste
Bath soap
Toilet paper
Deodorant

More information    Email office@trinityelca.org


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

Last week’s service can be found HERE.
Angela’s Wednesday Music Meditation can be found HERE.


Readings for Holy Trinity Sunday
Genesis 1:1—2:4a
Psalm 8
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Matthew 28:16-20


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


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K will be continuing to host the Adult Forum. Starting this week, we will be start a series on the parables. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.


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

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

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

Pastor Kern

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


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


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, James T, Margo W
family and friends:
Mary Lou B, mother of Jerry B
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
Family of Sue N, friend of Nancy N
Family of Susan O, aunt of Mike M

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:
Robert N, Jr., +May 21, 2020, friend of Nancy N

From Pastor Kern

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

What will our lives look like after the pandemic?  No one can say with absolute certainty what will emerge.  We find ourselves living in a time of enormous social, political, religious, and personal upheaval.  Where are we now?  What do we do now?  How might our faith inform our struggle?  Where is our hope?

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

As the people of God, we are caught up in a great upheaval that has created a burgeoning collision between long-held expressions of faith and contemporary challenges that the church has not considered before.  We find ourselves trying our best to be faithful, but to what end?  Our children are not following in our footsteps.  Our neighbors find our practices quaint.  To say nothing of the hostilities that still exist between and among the people of God in all their various traditions.  Add in the anxiety and fear of a pandemic and here we are, trying to find our path as we walk.  I believe the future of faith and the church is going to be different, but also bright.  That hope is born out of a conviction that we have within us capacity and the desire to think together about difficult questions.  We will not all come to the same conclusions and unanimity is not the goal – speaking and listening to each other and making space for God to move in our lives, is.

To that end I would like to invite you to join me for series of talks and conversation that tries to find a way through this time, by looking at 5 basic, emerging questions facing the church in the world.

+1        Does faith matter?  If prayer doesn’t fix everything (90,000 death from the virus and counting) how do we explain our own good fortune?  What, if anything, does faith have to say about who lives and who dies? Does faith require political involvement in the present age?

+2        What is the church for?  After a Spirit-filled beginning, the church fled to the shelter of empire, enjoying a brief respite of separation of church and state, and now often reflects the divisions of culture instead of bridging them.  What difference does preaching, teaching, praying, baptizing, and communing make?  Can that difference be articulated in a compelling way for the new age that is emerging?

+3        How do we understand the Bible?    From the beginning, the faithful have viewed the scriptures through various lens – literalism/innerancy, allegory,metaphor– to name a few. Utilizing the gentle, powerful insights of the late Episcopal theologian Marcus Borg, we take a closer look at how some in the church have taken to embrace a theology that emerges from metaphorical understandings of Jesus and the Bible.

+4        Race and sexual orientation – can we talk?  For much of its history, the church has come down on the wrong side of the struggle for human rights.  Systemic discrimination in politics, economics, health care, and religion simmer just below the surface of most of our institutions. Toleration of difference is not enough. Acceptance of the other is not enough. How does the church authentically get to place of spontaneous, genuine embrace of all people of every skin color and all sexual orientations?  What are the risks?  What compels this action?  What happens if we don’t?  How can we move forward together if we don’t agree?

+5        Can an apolitical church be faithful?  The noble tradition of separation of church and state that America once held out to the world, is being challenged on all sides of the political spectrum.  Can the church be faithful in feeding the hungry without working for legislation that addresses poverty, incarceration, and wealth-disparity?  Can the church carry the biblical banner of justice without entering the courtroom?  Who will make such decisions?  Is there another way?  What would it look like if the 21stcentury church was living into the kingdom of God?

Please join me for these conversations each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm beginning June 3rd, via the Zoom link below.  Please Note: while these questions are inter-related, they are not sequential, and you are free to pick and choose to join a given session or not.  As the Holy Spirit has called each of us into this body of Christ, I believe we each have gifts to share.  We can learn from each other. 

I’m looking forward to the conversation.

Pastor Kern

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Bishop Elizabeth Eaton was interviewed on CNN about navigating the reopening of churches. The link to the CNN interview is HERE.


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During this time of social distancing, we will be recording a service on YouTube, and posting it on Saturday evening. We hope that this gives you a moment of prayer and peace in this strange time. We are posting the the Sunday Videos on Saturday afternoon.
The link for last Sunday’s Video is HERE.
Angela’s Wednesday Musical Meditation is HERE.


Join Bishop Ortiz, the Metro D.C. Synod staff and worship team THIS SUNDAY, May 31 at 4:00 PM as we celebrate Pentecost Sunday together with a 35-40 minute online worship service. All are welcome to participate in this additional worship opportunity on the Synod’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
Engage and expect the Holy Spirit to fill the space in which you worship through uplifting music, readings in multiple languages, and a short message from Bishop Ortiz. Come Holy Spirit, come!


Readings for the Day of Pentecost
Acts 2:1-21
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
John 20:19-23


+LEARN+


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


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K has resumed Adult Forum on Zoom at 9:30 am.  The Bible study will be on the Psalms. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.


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


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


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, James T, Margo W
family and friends:
Mary Lou B, mother of Jerry B
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Coco E, cousin of Pam B
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
Family of Susan O, aunt of Mike M
Family of Eric O, friends of Valerie & Mike M
Residents and staff of Bethesda Health & Rehab
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

From Pastor Kern

Dear Trinity Family,
My mother used to quote Abraham Lincoln to me growing up: always try and tell the truth that way you don’t have so much to remember.  Whether Lincoln actually said that in that way, it’s good wisdom.  When I was in college my friend John added a cognate when he said he tries not to have strong opinions about everything then he doesn’t have to carry them around.
Jesus makes it simple for us.  Follow me.  Love your neighbor as yourself.  I will be with you always.
As the Easter season comes to a close this Sunday, the church moves out into the world with these simple promises of Jesus to guide us.  Simple, but not always easy to apprehend. 
Obfuscation seems the order of the day in our nation and in our world.  Leaders say things they know not to be true, insisting that they are.  Citizens rally with weapons to protest public health guidelines. 90,000 deaths from a virus after only months from being unleashed on the world, without a day of mourning.  What does following Jesus look like now?  How does loving neighbor as self play out in daily life?  How does it affect us, knowing Jesus is with us always?
Jesus makes it simple for us.  But faith……faith is complicated, isn’t it?  Maybe we can take some courage watching the disciples after Jesus ascended.  Their faith was strong.  But they weren’t quite sure what to do.  So they prayed.  And they waited.
Let us pray and wait in faith.
Pr Kern


Ascension Day Service TONIGHT

Forty days after Easter, always a Thursday,  the festival of Ascension greets us.  Once a major festival of church life, the Day has become largely absent from our worship calendars.  But in this year of pandemic it seems like an appropriate, opportune time to gather (virtually) to celebrate and be spiritually fed by this day of promise, hope, and expectation.
Join the Trinity Family this Thursday at 8 pm (note the time) via zoom from the link below to remember the Ascension of our Lord.

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Pentecost is Coming…

… and, we need your help for worship!
Pentecost is on May 31 and we want to celebrate the “Birthday of the Church” with tongues of fire. Please take a picture of you/your family with your favorite fire. Examples: bonfire, candle, draw a picture of a fire, or color in a picture.
Please send this photo to Anita (aksmallin@gmail.com). Bonus….wear RED! These pictures will be used in the YouTube video for Pentecost Sunday. Please send your pictures by May 27.
Also, we are looking for folks who speak other languages to record themselves saying the Lord’s Prayer. If you are interested, please email Anita by May 24, and she will send you instructions. 


During this time of social distancing, we will be recording a service on YouTube, and posting it on Saturday evening. We hope that this gives you a moment of prayer and peace in this strange time. We are posting the the Sunday Videos on Saturday afternoon.
Last Sunday’s service can be found HERE.
Angela’s Music Meditation for Wednesday can be found HERE.


The National Council of Churches USA (NCC) will hold a public online memorial service THIS SUNDAY, May 24 at 6:00 PM ET to mourn the more than 300,000 people worldwide who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 90,000 of whom were in the United States. The NCC is comprised of 38 member communions ranging from mainline Protestant to historic African American and Orthodox churches. Many clergy from a broad spectrum of Christian traditions, some of whom have been personally impacted by COVID-19, will offer prayers, readings and songs during the observance, including Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The link to register for this service is HERE.


Readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter
Acts 1:6-14
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
John 17:1-11


+LEARN+


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


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K has resumed Adult Forum on Zoom at 9:30 am.  The Bible study will be on the Psalms. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.


+SERVE+


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


Reaching out a helping hand

Food banks and shelters everywhere have seen an unprecedented increase in demand – from both new and established client groups. Trinity’s Social Ministry committee recently met to discuss how we as a congregation can respond to this growing need. Check future Trinity Tidings for details of congregation-level activities!

Ways for individuals to help – on a scale that works for you: 

Stepping Stones shelter in Rockville (http://steppingstonesshelter.org/) provides emergency food and housing to homeless families referred by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. The shelter is happy to accept financial and in-kind donations both small and large: lunch supplies so that clients can prepare their own meals, cleaning supplies and other urgent needs included in the list on their website. In-kind donations can be dropped off on the shelter porch during business hours; you are asked to call (301) 251-0567 to let them know in advance that you are coming. Individuals can also help by signing up to make and drop off dinner (see web site for details) .

Future Tidings articles will provide other options for individual donations!


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


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, Esther M, Yulie N, James T, Margo W
family and friends:
Mary Lou B, mother of Jerry B
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Coco E, cousin of Pam B
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
Family of Susan O, aunt of Mike M
Family of Eric O, friends of Valerie & Mike M
Residents and staff of Bethesda Health & Rehab
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:
Susan O +May 15, 2020, aunt of Mike M
Nora K +May 16, 2020, mother of Jeanine B

From Pastor Kern

Dear Trinity Family,
I’ve always liked the title of this weekly email that Trinity does – the Tidings.  I’m sure it was chosen for its alliteration with Trinity, but it’s such a bright-sounding word.  Announcements  reminds us of homeroom.  Reminder sounds dutiful.  Information feels like a thinly disguised sales pitch.  But Tidings…..that sounds nice.  Angels bring Tidings at Christmas.  Tidings invites us, intrigues us, and, hopefully, draws us in closer together.  So, I bring you good Tidings this spring Thursday!
If you have not heard already, we have a Readiness Team hard at work preparing for the day(s) when we begin to return to on-site worship and events.  There is a LOT to consider at each Phase of that process.  Medical, scientific, legal, and moral considerations have to be followed and weighed.  And all of that seems to change almost daily.  Our great thanks to Dick J (lead), Leslie C, Julie N, Jim K, and Ross A for gathering and thinking through layers of information.  Ultimately, any recommendations the Team makes will go the Council for their consideration.
During this time some important behind the scenes work is still being carried out on behalf of everyone.  Tellers come in each week to count offerings, the Financial Secretary posts the data, the Treasurer writes bills, the Assistant Treasurer sees to payroll, the Property Team takes care of maintenance – most recently cleaning and sealing the baptismal font, the Sexton cleans and sanitizes, and Staff monitors the mail, voice mail and produces electronic and print content and communications each week.  We may not all be together in one place, but all of us taken together are carrying on the work of the congregation.  The building is closed, but the church is open!
I pray you are all safe and coping well.  Please keep in touch with one another and please, remember to pray for those who have died and those who grieve them and for all the people – medical professionals, scientists, first responders, delivery drivers – who work so that we can stay safe.
Blessings,
Pr Kern


From Bishop Eaton

Bishop Eaton, the Presiding Bishop of the ELCA (National Church) has released a pastoral message on COVID-19 & racism.

“This is a trying time for us all. At the same time, we know that a disproportionate burden of illness, death, discrimination and harassment falls on communities of color. This pandemic has exacerbated racism and racial inequities deeply entrenched in society and across the church. We see this in the growing anti-Asian racism and the disproportionate number of deaths in black, American Indian and Latinx communities. I have been learning from the leaders of the ELCA’s ethnic associations how the data we see on the news is experienced in real life. I have listened to leaders of color share the impact of this pandemic on their communities — on their lives and on their ministries. These stories are difficult but important, so we are launching a special series on LivingLutheran.org to lift up these voices for us all to hear. We also seek to ensure that our COVID-19 response more effectively tends to the realities of racism and racial inequality. We are church together.

The full message can be found HERE.


+WORSHIP+


Pentecost is Coming…

… and, we need your help for worship!
Pentecost is on May 31 and we want to celebrate the “Birthday of the Church” with tongues of fire. Please take a picture of you/your family with your favorite fire. Examples: bonfire, candle, draw a picture of a fire, or color in a picture.
Please send this photo to Anita (aksmallin@gmail.com). Bonus….wear RED! These pictures will be used in the YouTube video for Pentecost Sunday. Please send your pictures by May 27.
Also, we are looking for folks who speak other languages to record themselves saying the Lord’s Prayer. If you are interested, please email Anita by May 24, and she will send you instructions. 


During this time of social distancing, we will be recording a service on YouTube, and posting it on Saturday evening. We hope that this gives you a moment of prayer and peace in this strange time. We are posting the the Sunday Videos on Saturday afternoon.
The video for last Sunday is HERE.
Angela’s Musical Meditation for this week is found HERE.


Readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter
Acts 17:22-31
Psalm 66:8-20
1 Peter 3:13-22
John 14:15-21


+LEARN+


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


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K has resumed Adult Forum on Zoom at 9:30 am.  The Bible study will be on the Psalms. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.


+SERVE+


The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) continues to minister to its members, to those who are hurting and searching for peace, and to those in need. With congregations and ministries across the country, and a network of companion churches and partners in over 70 countries around the world, we anticipate this crisis will affect us all. We see rising demands on our food pantries, homeless shelters and social services. The COVID – 19 Response Fund distributes funds to the ministries of the ELCA most in need and best positioned to help. This includes our congregations as well as local and churchwide ministries capable of reaching and assisting those in need. If you are able, please consider a donation to this fund. The link is HERE.


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


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, Esther M, Yulie N, James T, Margo W
family and friends:
Mary Lou B, mother of Jerry B
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Coco E, cousin of Pam B
Justin L, relative of Sarah M & Tom K
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
Family of Eric O, friends of Valerie & Mike M
Residents and staff of Bethesda Health & Rehab
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

From Pastor Kern

Dear Trinity Family,
Who do you believe?  What do you believe?
In the creeds of the church we confess what “I” and “We” believe, depending on which creed we’re reciting. ( Whether you realize it or not, you probably know the Apostle’s and Nicene creeds by heart.)  In these brief statements we share summations of our Christian belief systems.  And yet….
I know church people who aren’t so sure about resurrection and others skeptical about the birth narrative of Jesus. There is disagreement to this day between various Christian traditions about the relationship within the Trinity.  And large swaths of Christianity have no use for the creeds at all.  Some blame the enlightenment, the renaissance, and modern science for sowing seeds of doubt.  And yet…
Here in the 20th century, we find ourselves disputing the believability of science.  Rising sea levels?  That’s not climate change, it’s just normal.  Clean water regulation? What’s more important, clean water or corporate profits?  Death by pandemic? That’s just the deep state trying to scare the population.  And yet…
The moral arc of the universe not only bends toward justice, it bends toward truth.  One way or another, and sometimes at great human cost, the truth prevails.  We don’t have to accept it.  We don’t have to believe it.  But that doesn’t change the truth.  What do you believe? Who do you believe?
+ I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.  +I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord.  +I believe in the Holy Spirit.
Blessings,
Pr Kern


+WORSHIP+


During this time of social distancing, we will be recording a service on YouTube, and posting it on Saturday evening. We hope that this gives you a moment of prayer and peace in this strange time. We are posting the the Sunday Videos on Saturday afternoon.
The video for last Sunday can be found HERE.
Angela’s Musical Meditation can be found HERE.


Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter
Acts 7:55-60
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14


+LEARN+


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


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K has resumed Adult Forum on Zoom at 9:30 am.  The Bible study will be on the Psalms. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.


The Stories of Our Lives–A Zoom Meeting with Pastor Kern
Join me via the Zoom link below on Wednesdays, at 7 pm for an examination of the stories of our lives.  As we listen and speak to one another, we’ll be fascinated by what we hear, laugh out loud, and maybe even cry a little.  And through it all, we will see God.
Blessings,
Pr. Kern
Gene Kern is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.Topic: PK’s The Story of Your LifeTime: Apr 22, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Every week on Wed, until May 13, 2020, 4 occurrence(s)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83212788559Meeting ID: 832 1278 8559
One tap mobile+19292056099,,83212788559# US (New York)
Dial by your location+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)+1 301 715 8592 USMeeting ID: 832 1278 8559Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbg6ViOQma


+SERVE+


Handbell Choir Concert Update
After 30 consecutive years of presenting our handbell concert combined with the handbell choir from Holy Trinity in Laurel, we are sad to say that we have had to cancel our scheduled May 16 concert this year, due to the COVID-19.  We will keep you updated as to whether we will reschedule for the fall or if we’ll need to wait until next spring.  We greatly appreciate your support of our Heavenly Handbells choir both during the worship services and our concerts and we hope to be back in the swing (ring) of things in the near future. 


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


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, Esther M, Yulie N, James T, Margo W
family and friends:
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Coco E, cousin of Pam B
Bob H, brother of Maria F (friend of Carol B)
Justin L, relative of Sarah M & Tom K
Family of Eric O, friends of Valerie & Mike M
Residents and staff of Bethesda Health & Rehab
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:
Chris S, friend of Valerie & Mike M +April 29, 2020
Eric O, friend of Valerie & Mike M +April 30, 2020
Katherine Jean C, mother of David C +May 1, 2020
Margaret C, mother of Cathy C +May 4, 2020

Apologies if you have been receiving some emails twice. We have been encountering some issues with our email distribution services. We are working on this. In the mean time, please be patient with us.


From Pastor Kern

Dear Trinity Family,
Today I want to invite you to join me in puzzling over something that’s in the news.  
We have probably all heard about the outbreak of the virus in the meat packing plants across America.  Hundreds or workers are affected.  And some fear that the nation’s food supply is threatened.
Next comes the news that plants might be forced to reopen and if any worker, for fear of their life, fails to appear, they may not be eligible for unemployment benefits in certain states.
Have we come to this?  Is our body politic so broken that we mandate the least among us take risks most of us are not willing to take ourselves, on penalty of poverty?
Please notice my plural pronouns in this piece.  I’m not attacking the president or governors or industry – this is our country, these are our laws, and whether we realize it or not, these are the rules that support the lives we all enjoy.
And I’ve been thinking a lot the last few days, what is the body of Christ supposed to do?  Will you think and pray about this with me?  And may God have mercy on us all.
Pastor Kern


The May Trinitarian is out! The link to the newsletter is HERE.


+WORSHIP+


During this time of social distancing, we will be recording a service on YouTube, and posting it on Saturday evening. We hope that this gives you a moment of prayer and peace in this strange time. We are posting the the Sunday Videos on Saturday afternoon.
Last Sunday’s Worship Video can be found HERE.
Angela’s Wednesday Musical Meditation can be found HERE.


Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 23
1 Peter 2:19-25
John 10:1-10


+LEARN+


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


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K has resumed Adult Forum on Zoom at 9:30 am.  The Bible study will be on the Psalms. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.


The Stories of Our Lives–A Zoom Meeting with Pastor Kern
Join me via the Zoom link below on Wednesdays, at 7 pm for an examination of the stories of our lives.  As we listen and speak to one another, we’ll be fascinated by what we hear, laugh out loud, and maybe even cry a little.  And through it all, we will see God.
Blessings,
Pr. Kern
Gene Kern is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.Topic: PK’s The Story of Your LifeTime: Apr 22, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Every week on Wed, until May 13, 2020, 4 occurrence(s)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83212788559Meeting ID: 832 1278 8559
One tap mobile+19292056099,,83212788559# US (New York)
Dial by your location+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)+1 301 715 8592 USMeeting ID: 832 1278 8559Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbg6ViOQma


+SERVE+


Handbell Choir Concert Update
After 30 consecutive years of presenting our handbell concert combined with the handbell choir from Holy Trinity in Laurel, we are sad to say that we have had to cancel our scheduled May 16 concert this year, due to the COVID-19.  We will keep you updated as to whether we will reschedule for the fall or if we’ll need to wait until next spring.  We greatly appreciate your support of our Heavenly Handbells choir both during the worship services and our concerts and we hope to be back in the swing (ring) of things in the near future. 


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


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


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, Esther M, Lisbeth N-D, Yulie N, James T, Margo W
family and friends:
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Jean C, mother of David C
Bob H, brother of Maria F (friend of Carol B)
Justin L, relative of Sarah M & Tom K
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S

Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

We hope that this video brings you a moment of peace and joy in this strange time.

The link to the video is HERE.
The worship materials are found HERE.
The children’s bulletins are found HERE.


Adult Forum
David K has resumed the Adult Forum on Zoom on Sundays at 9:30 am.  The Bible study will be on the Psalms. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.


The Stories of Our Lives–A Zoom Meeting with Pastor Kern
Join me via the Zoom link below on Wednesdays, at 7 pm for an examination of the stories of our lives.  As we listen and speak to one another, we’ll be fascinated by what we hear, laugh out loud, and maybe even cry a little.  And through it all, we will see God.
Blessings,
Pr. Kern
Gene Kern is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.Topic: PK’s The Story of Your LifeTime: Apr 22, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Every week on Wed, until May 13, 2020, 4 occurrence(s)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83212788559Meeting ID: 832 1278 8559
One tap mobile+19292056099,,83212788559# US (New York)
Dial by your location+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)+1 301 715 8592 USMeeting ID: 832 1278 8559Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbg6ViOQma


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


Apologies if you have been receiving some emails twice. We have been encountering some issues with our email distribution services. We are working on this. In the mean time, please be patient with us.


Bloopers….

We have been working hard making videos…and sometimes, things go awry, or we mess up. We thought you would enjoy seeing some of the behind the scenes shenanigans. Enjoy. The video is HERE.


+WORSHIP+


During this time of social distancing, we will be recording a service on YouTube, and posting it on Saturday evening. We hope that this gives you a moment of prayer and peace in this strange time. We are posting the the Sunday Videos on Saturday afternoon.
The video for last Sunday’s Worship Service is HERE.
Angela’s Musical Meditation can be found HERE.


Readings for the Third Sunday of Easter (April 26, 2020)
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
1 Peter 1:17-23
Luke 24:13-35


+LEARN+


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


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K has resumed Adult Forum on Zoom at 9:30 am.  The Bible study will be on the Psalms. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.


The Stories of Our Lives–A Zoom Meeting with Pastor Kern
Join me via the Zoom link below on Wednesdays, at 7 pm for an examination of the stories of our lives.  As we listen and speak to one another, we’ll be fascinated by what we hear, laugh out loud, and maybe even cry a little.  And through it all, we will see God.
Blessings,
Pr. Kern
Gene Kern is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.Topic: PK’s The Story of Your LifeTime: Apr 22, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Every week on Wed, until May 13, 2020, 4 occurrence(s)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83212788559Meeting ID: 832 1278 8559
One tap mobile+19292056099,,83212788559# US (New York)
Dial by your location+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)+1 301 715 8592 USMeeting ID: 832 1278 8559Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbg6ViOQma


+SERVE+


Handbell Choir Concert Update
After 30 consecutive years of presenting our handbell concert combined with the handbell choir from Holy Trinity in Laurel, we are sad to say that we have had to cancel our scheduled May 16 concert this year, due to the COVID-19.  We will keep you updated as to whether we will reschedule for the fall or if we’ll need to wait until next spring.  We greatly appreciate your support of our Heavenly Handbells choir both during the worship services and our concerts and we hope to be back in the swing (ring) of things in the near future. 


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


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


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, James T, Margo W
family and friends:
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Jean C, mother of David C
Bob H, brother of Maria F (friend of Carol B)
Justin L, relative of Sarah M & Tom K
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S


Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

Here is the video for the Second Sunday of Easter. We hope that it brings you a moment of peace and joy in this current time.
The link to the video is HERE.
The link to the worship materials is HERE.
The link to the children’s bulletins is HERE.


David K is going to resume Adult Forum this Sunday April 19 on Zoom at 9:30 am.  The Bible study will be on the Psalms. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.


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


From Pastor Kern

Dear Trinity Family,
By now I suspect most of us have fallen into a stay-home routine.  Mine includes watching a few minutes of news early in the morning, checking online for headlines at midday, and surfing the news again after dinner.  In between there is work – phone calls, emails, worship planning, staff meetings – much like many of you, I’m sure.  Every day I am reminded of the virus, whether I want to think about it or not.
Don’t get me wrong.  I do want to think about it!  It would be an abrogation of my faith if I did not pray for the infected, the dying, the dead, and their families every morning as soon as I wake.  The mass burials in some of our cities is heartbreaking.  We must pray.
At the same time, it is clearly spring.  Our gardens are starting to come alive.  The hosta seems to grow a couple of inches every day.  The black-eyed susans appear intent on taking over the place.  The red bud and the river birch are beginning to leaf, along with the white oak.  There are even some bees buzzing from time to time.  Clearly, in the northern hemisphere, life is being renewed.  And it would be ungrateful not to enjoy it and give thanks for the joy of spring.
And there we are, you and me, living in between these two realities.  The suffering of the world and the clear signs that life will go on.  They say that maturity is the ability to hold two disparate thoughts at the same time – that is, the ability to live with paradox, with the emphasis on the living.
Just as the disciples struggled to understand after Easter how Jesus could have been dead but was also alive in the present, we too will learn to embrace the paradox of being sad and rejoicing at the same time.  It’s not contradictory.  It’s necessary.  And by the grace of our risen Lord, we make our way by walking together through this time.
May the peace of this Easter season permeate our lives in every circumstance and fill our hearts with hope.
Blessings, 
Pastor Kern
PS!  Look for news in the coming days for some Zoom gatherings I plan to offer during the evenings.  More details are set to follow soon.


+WORSHIP+


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

Last Sunday’s Easter service can be found HERE.

Angela’s Wednesday Musical Meditation can be found HERE.


Readings for the Second Sunday of Easter (April 19, 2020)
Acts 2:14a, 22-32
Psalm 16
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31


+LEARN+


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


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K is going to resume Adult Forum this Sunday April 19 on Zoom at 9:30 am.  The Bible study will be on the Psalms. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.


+SERVE+


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


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


National Lutheran Choir Online Concert
The National Lutheran Choir will be presenting HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING: A Live Gathering of Music, Healing, and Hope online on April 19, at 5PM Eastern time. The link to the livestream is HERE.


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, James T, Margo W
family and friends:
Joanne B, sister-in-law of Mary B & David K
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Bob H, brother of Maria F (friend of Carol B)
Doris L, mother of Karen L (Trinity Friend)
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Evelyn R, aunt of Donna S
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S

Death 
Susan D +April 11, 2020, friend of Julie N