Welcome Friends! Here is our video for the Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost. This week’s video also includes the Installation of the Council & the Call Committee.

The link to the video is HERE.
The link to the worship materials is HERE.
The link to the Children’s Bulletins is HERE.


Hello Friends!

Happy Faith Formation Friday! Ross sings with us, and Anita reads the story of Jonah. The link to the video is HERE.


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K will continue a study on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1 – 7:29) for the next few Sundays at 9:30 am.  Please email David for the Zoom link.

“The Sermon on the Mount brings together a lot of Jesus’ moral and ethical teachings in one place and I’ve never spent more than a session on it as part of a larger study of the book of Matthew.  So what I’m planning is a deeper dive into the part of Jesus’ teaching that makes us squirm and explore what it’s saying to us today.”


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


Hello Trinity Family,

This upcoming Sunday’s sermon will be a tough one. We hear a parable about laborers working in a vineyard. Throughout the day, the landowner finds people standing idly in his field, and he puts them to work. At the end of the day, some people have been working since dawn and others for only an hour. However, the landowner pays them all the same wage. In my life, I’ve always tried to be the person at the vineyard by sunrise. My career has involved planning far ahead making strategic educational and financial decisions, so this Gospel reading as always proved difficult for me. However, this year, everything has been turned on its head. I’ve gone from performing live to producing videos, from coffee hours to Zoom socials, and from accompaniment to recordings. Frankly, when I heard the parable again this year, my first thought was “Thank God I made it to the vineyard before sunset!”
Today’s offering is “I’m Gonna Sing/Ain’t-a That Good News?” arranged by Larry Shackley. I love how this hymn encourages us that God appreciates all the work that we do, regardless of our difficult circumstances. The link to the video is HERE.

Here is the hymn text for your reflection:
I’ve a crown up in the Kingdom
Ain’t that good news
I’ve a crown up in the Kingdom
Ain’t that good news
I’m going to lay down this world
Going to shoulder up my cross
Goin’ to take it home to Jesus
Ain’t that good news

Blessings,
Angela

Grace and Peace to you! Here is our worship video for the 15th Sunday After Pentecost. We hope this brings you a moment of peace and joy in the midst of this 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.

Hello Trinity Family,

Since last week’s parking lot service, I have been reflecting a lot on forgiveness and reconciliation. Sometimes mending relationships is tricky, and we don’t know what words to say. Today’s meditation, Sheep May Safely Graze by J.S. Bach arranged by Jack Schrader, has no words. This week, I encourage us to reflect on the difficult work that God calls us to do in resolving our differences with love and grace.
The link to the video is HERE.
From Isaiah 11:
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
    or decide by what he hears with his ears;
4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
    with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
    with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
5 Righteousness will be his belt
    and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

6 The wolf will live with the lamb,
    the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
    and a little child will lead them.


Blessings,
Angela

Grace and peace to you! Here is our video for the 14th Sunday After Pentecost.
The link to the video is HERE.
The worship materials can be found HERE.
The Children’s Bulletins can be found HERE.


Parking Lot Service Info

We will be having our first parking lot service on September 6 at 6 pm. At this time, we are unable to provide any FM broadcast. We are still checking to see if we can provide some form of broadcast for the parking lot. For this Sunday, we are unable to provide any form of broadcast. Worship leaders will have microphones.

We will be practicing social distancing. Please stay 6 feet away from others and wear your mask covering your nose and mouth.

Parking Lot Service Parking

There will be parking lot attendants to welcome you to church, and will direct you to park. Here is a diagram for parking for this week.

Hello Friends! Here is the Faith Formation video for this week. Ross sings with us, Anita reads Psalm 149, and dances to praise God, and blesses backpacks, laptops, and tablets. The link to the video is HERE.

We will also be blessing backpacks during our parking lot service on September 6. Please bring your backpack if you are attending!

Anita has a back to school gift for you. Anita will make sure you get one. She will either drop it off at your house, or mail it. Please let her know which you prefer.


Hello Trinity family,
Whenever I find city life overwhelming, I always escape to the nearest hiking trail to remind myself of God’s peace. These past two weeks I took a break from audio editing with a lovely two week vacation in the mountains. I spent much of my vacation along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park enjoying incredible views of nature. The views reminded me of today’s hymn, “Unclouded Day”. I hope it reminds us that in the middle of all our uncertainty and unrest, good days are ahead. I’m looking forward to celebrating this next season with you.
The link to the video is HERE.
Here is the hymn text for your reflection:
Oh, they tell me of a home far beyond the skies
Oh, they tell me of a home far away
Oh, they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise
Oh, they tell me of an unclouded day
Oh, the land of cloudless day
Oh, the land of an unclouded sky
Oh, they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise
Oh, they tell me of an unclouded day
Blessings,
Angela

Dear People of God,
I hope your week is going well.  I want to take just a moment to do two things.  First, I want to thank you for your continued support for the ministry of Trinity.  The number of views of our weekly worship remains strong and we’re looking forward to our first Parking Lot Worship Service this coming Sunday at 6 pm. Please contact the church office to reserve your spot. (301-881-7275 or office@trinityelca.org)
During our parking lot service on Sunday, we will be blessing backpacks and school devices for all those who are returning to school this fall. Please come with your backpack and/or device, to receive a blessing and a small gift. (If you are unable to attend, please let Anita know, and she will see to it that you receive your gift.)
I also wanted to let you know that your new Council is busy and hard at work, David K’s Adult Forum happens every Sunday at 9:30, and in staff meeting today I heard conversation about choir rehearsals coming up.  The building is closed but the church is open!
With everyone scheduling Zoom meetings these days sometimes it seems like we run out of evenings to meet.  And to that end, I want to announce two postponements of previously advertised classes.  My class, previously announced for Wednesdays in September has moved to Wednesdays in October, and Valerie M’s Film Series – A Look at Racism Through Film is postponed to October 1, 15, 29.

Thank you for your faithfulness to Trinity.
Pastor Kern