The Social Ministry Team has organized 2 easy ways for Trinity to show love of neighbor in the next couple of weeks. These are both repeat projects…a food collection and a dinner for the residents of the Interfaith Works shelter. Please take a look below and consider how you might be able to help out. Thank you for your support and generosity.

Food Drive to Benefit Local Food Pantry
This Saturday, July 25th, in conjunction with the congregational meeting and until 1:00 pm, Trinity will hold a second food drive to benefit the food pantry at Living Faith Lutheran Church. Drop off will be in Trinity’s main parking lot. If you can’t shop but would like to contribute, you may send a check with ‘Food Pantry’ in the memo line, directly to:
Living Faith Lutheran Church
1605 Veirs Mill Road,
Rockville, MD 20851

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

Dinner for Interfaith Works Women’s Center
Quarterly, Trinity’s Social Ministry Team organizes a dinner for Interfaith Works Women’s Center in Rockville.  On Sunday, August 2, we will be feeding approximately 30 women who reside at the Center. Given COVID guidelines, we will not be able to serve the food, but will simply drop off the meal at dinner time. 
A menu featuring Mediterranean grilled chicken has been planned. We need volunteers to provide vegetable pasta salad (recipe will be provided), iced tea, watermelon and brownies. Please sign up to help through this secure link:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E4CABA82F4-dinner. When you click on the link, it will indicate how many of each item is needed. Select the item you’d like to bring, click on “Submit and Sign Up”, and on the next screen you can select the quantity and enter your name and email. Items need to be dropped off to Trinity or Margaret F’s house by noon on August 2. If you have questions, please contact Margaret at gmfitzwm85@gmail.com.

Dear Friends,
Join me again on Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm for Coming Together Again as the Body of Christ.  Last week we reviewed the progression that happens when trust is broken, whether in our family, our church, our nation, or our world (using the framework of Patrick Lencioni as our framework.)  
This Wednesday, July 22nd, we will explore the powerful, positive dynamics that come into play when trust is rebuilt.  I want to invite you to come to this session with your favorite, happy, church story!  What is the funniest or happiest moment you ever experienced in church-related events/activites?  We’re going to do a little learning through laughter.
I hope you’ll join me.  The Zoom link is below.
Blessings, 
Pr Kern

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Grace and Peace to you during this Pentecost Season!

Here is our video for the Seventh Sunday After Pentecost.
The link to the video is HERE.
The worship materials can be found HERE.
The link to the children’s bulletin is HERE.


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


Hello Friends!

Here is our video for Faith Formation Friday! Ross sings Children of the Heavenly Father with us, and Anita talks about Psalm 86. The link to the video is HERE.


Coming Together as the Body of Christ July 13, 2020

Members and Friends of Trinity are invited to join Pastor Kern on Wednesday evenings, at 7:30 pm for an ongoing conversation about Coming Together as the Body of Christ – moving in the future united in faith.  Themes for the sessions include: 
Trust – dynamics that break it, and actions that build it; 
Action – changing  the way we think by changing what we do; Trinity’s constitution in one act – what does it really say; and, 
Welcome Pastor! – getting ready to receive you new pastor.      
Some themes will take more than one session, others only one, and still other topics may well arise out of our conversations.  Each week will be largely self-contained so please, join me as often as you are interested and able.  The link is below. It will be the same link for each week.

Every week on Wednesday at 7:30 PM, until Aug 26, 2020.

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

Hello Trinity Family,
Every weekly email and every Zoom call brings us closer to worshipping together again in our sanctuary. I look forward to seeing you all again, but I know that worshipping in the age of social distancing will provide new challenges. Reading the Reopening Committee’s letter reminded me of a congregation I’ve previously played for: Living Water Inclusive Catholic Community. This group has defied Catholic law to ordain women. Because the traditional Catholic Church has ostracized them, they have no sanctuary to call their own. I played for them at Harriet Chapel in Thurmont, Maryland. They also worship in individuals’ homes. When they decided to ordain women, they ventured into unknown territory. Sometimes worship changes. Our faith always stays the same.
Please enjoy Donald Hustad’s arrangement of “Brethren We Have Met to Worship”. You all have heard this arrangement in Trinity’s sanctuary, but today I wanted to provide reassurance that even though our upcoming worship may look drastically different, we can still make it meaningful and spiritual. I recorded today’s meditation at Catoctin Furnace, across the street from where I accompanied Living Water.
The link to the video is HERE.
Here is the hymn text for your reflection:
Sisters, will you join and help us? Moses’ sisters aided him.
Will you help the trembling mourners who are struggling hard with sin?
Tell them all about the Saviour, tell them that he will be found.
Sisters, pray, and holy manna will be shower’d all around.
Let us pause before our Maker and in silence hear his voice;
Christ the Living Word now meets us; in his truth let us rejoice. 
What we are should not appall us for his mercy meets us here;
we are now made one in Jesus, may our worship be sincere.

Blessings,
Angela

Members and Friends of Trinity are invited to join me on Wednesday evenings, beginning this Wednesday, July 15th at 7:30 pm for an ongoing conversation about Coming Together as the Body of Christ – moving in the future united in faith.  Themes for the sessions include: 
Trust – dynamics that break it, and actions that build it; 
Action – changing  the way we think by changing what we do; Trinity’s constitution in one act – what does it really say; and, 
Welcome Pastor! – getting ready to receive you new pastor.      
Some themes will take more than one session, others only one, and still other topics may well arise out of our conversations.  Each week will be largely self-contained so please, join me as often as you are interested and able.  The link is below. It will be the same link for each week.
Blessings,
Pr Kern

Topic: Coming Together Trinity
Every week on Wednesday at 7:30 PM, until Aug 26, 2020.

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Grace and Peace to you! Here is our video for the Sixth Sunday After Pentecost.
The video can be found HERE.
The worship materials can be found HERE.
The children’s bulletin can be found HERE.

Also, please join us on our latest virtual choir. The rehearsal video can be found 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.


Here is our Faith Formation video for this weekend. We learn about Moses from Ross, and we learn about Psalm 65 from Anita. The link to the video is HERE.

Hello Trinity family,

Every week since quarantine started, I have addressed these emails the same way — “Trinity family”. In churches, we often cling to vague, reassuring phrases to foster a sense of community. How often do we throw around the phrases “children of God”, “family”, or “brothers and sisters in Christ”? What do these mean? I don’t know about all of you, but to me family means something very specific. Family means supporting each other through difficult situations, being present at the table even when someone makes decisions I disagree with, and setting aside my pride to accept help when I need it. Sometimes family means listening to soothing Lorie Line arrangements (at least for me, since my mother is a church musician), but family also means struggling and growing together. Regardless of how we’re addressing our emails to each other during this time of challenge and change, I encourage us all to reflect on the magnitude of the emotions we feel during this time, and fully appreciate that God loves and supports us just as fiercely.
Please enjoy Lorie Line’s arrangement of “Children of the Heavenly Father”. I have included some of the hymn text below. The link to the video is HERE.
Though He giveth or He taketh
God His children ne’er forsaketh
His, the loving purpose solely
To preserve them, pure and holy
Lo, their very hairs He numbers
And no daily care encumbers
Them that share His ev’ry blessing
And His help in woes distressing

Blessings,
Angela

Virtual Choir Invitation!

Hello parents of Trinity and children at heart!

I would like to put together a Virtual Children’s Choir. Ross and I have recorded “This Little Light of Mine” and would love for you all to add your lovely voices! All are welcome to participate. The rehearsal video consists of Ross and I singing side by side. Please invite your children to sing along with me as directed. All gestures, dancing, jumping for joy, and expressions are welcome! As I often tell the choir, our smile is a very important part of our singing. Here are some recording tips:
1. Please record your child or children, or yourself, while playing the rehearsal video. This way we can line up their singing and dancing with the accompaniment. If you have technical concerns or questions about recording, please email me or Anita.
2. If your child has difficulty following along with the video, please feel free to sing along with them. All are welcome in the video!
3. If your child is old enough to follow the video by themselves, please have them watch the video wearing headphones or earbuds. This helps us isolate their voice from the other music.
4. Often we record multiple takes to get the best one. This is normal and expected! If 4 minutes is a long time to sit still, you can begin recording their singing at the timestamp 2:16 in the rehearsal video, when our “performance” officially begins. The link to the video to listen and to record to is HERE.
Please upload recordings to this link
https://www.dropbox.com/request/30YGimrCAR0HFTboCWZ7 by 
Friday, 7/17. Again, please email me if you have any questions.
Thanks!
Angela

Dear People of God,

It’s funny, the things you remember sometimes.  The other day, out of the blue, I remembered something a nurse whispered in my ear once.

Just before leaving for a tent-camping trip in Yellowstone, I tore the meniscus in my knee (while spreading mulch in the flower bed.)  Surgery followed soon after our return and I was in and out of the surgery center in barely 3 hours.  I was still lingering in that twilight stage as the nurse wheeled me out to the car, but I have never forgotten what happened next.  As Jackie pulled the car up, the nurse leaned into my ear and said, “I want you to go home today and just take it easy, relax.  And tomorrow I want you to get up and walk! And keep walking and moving and doing your exercises because if you don’t you’ll be back here for another kind of surgery.”  How’s that for truth-telling?!

Most of us bear some kind of injury at some point in our lives – physical, emotional, or more likely, both.  When that happens, it’s important to take stock, and try to understand what has happened, and hopefully learn something from our suffering.  And then it’s important we resume our journey.  The path is made by walking.  Sometimes we skip and run.  Sometimes we walk more slowly.  And sometimes we stop, take stock, and then resume our journey, even if we walk with a sore knee for a while.
I took that nurse’s advice.  The first few days my gait was comical, much to the delight of our small children.  But I kept going.  And it got better.  

The path is made by walking.  The future is waiting. Shall we walk together?
Pr Kern