Hello Friends!

Happy Easter! Christ is Risen! This is the 6th Sunday of Easter!

Worship Help!
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. (Here is a link for a picture to color)
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. 

Stay at Home Sunday School
Our friends at Sparkhouse have been producing a Family Sunday School for you to use at home during our stay at home orders.
The video can be found HERE, and the resources can be found HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Illustrated Ministry has also been producing resources during this stay at home time. Those resources can be found HERE.

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.

Blessings to you during this strange time!

Anita

Hello Trinity Family,

For this week’s musical meditation I offer “It is Well With My Soul” arranged by Robert Lau. I love this hymn, but not because of its familiarity. Since I grew up Catholic, I didn’t hear this hymn until college despite its popularity. Learning this hymn tune served as a rite of passage into Protestantism for me, and I have since embraced it as one of my favorites. 
The link to the video is HERE.
Here is the first verse for your reflection:
When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul

Blessings,
Angela

Dear Trinity Family,
Do you remember Martin Luther’s catechetical question?  What does this mean?  He states an article of faith (a commandment, part of the Creed, etc.) and before he offers an explanation he asks, What does this mean?

As an interim pastor, I never work with congregation’s when things are “normal.”  When I enter a community I have to work quickly to try and understand the history, the connections, and the behaviors I see.  I often ask myself, What does this mean?  I look for patterns, influencers, the marginalized, and always with an eye toward what the Spirit might be doing in this place.

In these days of pandemic, I find myself asking the question a lot.  In a season when we might expect turmoil and disintegration, we see just the opposite.  The number of “clicks” we see for the weekly worship videos seems to be outpacing prior, actual worship attendance.  What does this mean?  Giving, so far, is strong.  What does this mean?  Participation in the Sunday adult forum is strong.  The Wednesday story class is equally strong.  What does this mean?  Staff creativity in generating content has blossomed.  What does this mean?  Members are checking in with other members on a regular basis on a wide variety of platforms.  What does this mean?

It seems to me that these things mean that God is lifting up the ministry of Trinity, offering reassurances that the pandemic will not undo the emerging next chapter of congregation life.  You might have noticed a theme I have adopted during this time: Stay connected, Be Encouraging, Remember the Future.  Lately it occurs to me this is exactly what God is doing in our midst.  Our God has stayed close to us, connected to us.  The Holy Spirit has infused our life together with encouragement and hope.  And God has not lost sight of the future that continues to unfold for Trinity, albeit through a time none of us expected.

What do you think?
Blessings,
Pr Kern

Welcome! Here is our worship video for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, 2020. We hope this 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.


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! Happy Easter!

Here are some Sunday School at Home Resources for the Fifth Sunday of Easter.
Sparkhouse (our Sunday School Curriculum provider) is publishing videos and materials for the next few weeks. This week, Sparkhouse is looking at the gospel readings for the week, and how God’s house has many rooms. The video for this week is HERE. The additional resources are HERE, HERE, and HERE.
Illustrated Ministry (a company that we have used for supplemental resources) has provided a free at home Sunday School resource as well. This week, Illustrated Ministry takes a look at Psalm 31, and how God is our refuge. The resource can be found HERE.


David K is resuming the Adult Forum on Zoom at 9:30 am on Sundays.  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
Every week on Wed, until May 13, 2020, 4 occurrence(s)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83212788559
Meeting ID: 832 1278 8559
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Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbg6ViOQma

Thanks Friends! Blessings as we continue to maintain social distancing.

Anita

Hello Trinity Family,

This week our readings demonstrate difficulty and uncertainty in ministry. I have definitely felt  that pressure this week in my meetings and emails. Trinity is strategizing how to eventually reopen, school summer activities are up in the air, many of my friends are furloughed indefinitely–and of course, our prayer list is continually growing. 
For today’s meditation I offer “Be Thou My Vision” arranged by David Tolk. This arrangement quotes the hymn “Homeward Bound”. During our continued preparation for Pentecost, our new pastor, and our eventual reopening, we definitely need to pray for strength and perseverance. The combination of hymns in this arrangement helps express the conflicting emotions of joy in ministry and uncertainty in our journey to come.
The link to the video is HERE.
Here is the hymn text for your reflection:

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light
If you find it’s me you’re missing
If you’re hoping I’ll return,
To your thoughts I’ll soon be listening,
And in the road I’ll stop and turn
Then the wind will set me racing
As my journey nears its end
And the path I’ll be retracing
When I’m homeward bound again

Blessings,
Angela

Hello People of God,
I just looked out my window a bit ago and realized that shade has appeared at my house once again.  Two days ago there was much more sunlight out my window and today, it is all shaded, thanks to two, old maple trees.
If you were to ask me the exact moment in time when that happened, I could not tell you, but clearly, it was all unfolding right in front of me.
In these days of pandemic and even more suffering in the world, it’s natural to feel as though it’s never going to end.  But how likely do you think it is that, when these dark days have passed, someone will figure out that tide was actually starting to turn on one of these days we’re living in right now?  I would bet on it.
As the people of God, we’re used to looking backwards – it’s in the remembrance that we often seen what is holy, much more clearly.
Some things we were once looking forward to – prom, graduation with friends and family, weddings, a call process! – seem frustratingly delayed or ever cancelled by a virus we cannot see.  We’re tempted to join the blusterous mobs and demand life be lived as before.  But of course, love holds us back.
Like each of you, I’ve had my share of disappointments and regret in life.  Things have not always gone like I wanted.  I still have a lot to learn about patience, but I’ve come to believe that this much is true – things tend to work out.  Maybe not exactly like I wanted or had planned for or worked for…..but things tend to work out.  Romans 8:28 –We know that all things work together for good for those who love God…..Someday we’ll have another conversation about the road to coming to terms with what is “good,” but for now, be comforted and be assured, things will work out.
God’s peace be yours today,
Pastor Kern

Welcome! Here is the video for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, also known as Good Shepherd Sunday. We hope this brings you some peace in this strange time.

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

Hello Friends!

Here are some Sunday School at Home Resources for this Sunday (the Fourth Sunday of Easter)! The Fourth Sunday of Easter is also known as Good Shepherd Sunday. Here is a version of the 23rd Psalm that this morning, really spoke to my soul. I needed this, and maybe you do too. The video is HERE.


Sparkhouse (our Sunday School Curriculum provider) is publishing videos and materials for the next few weeks.
The video is found HERE.
The additional resources are found HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Illustrated Ministry (a company that we have used for supplemental resources) has provided a free at home Sunday School resource as well.
The Good Shepherd Sunday materials can be found HERE.


David K is resuming the Adult Forum on Zoom at 9:30 am on Sundays.  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
Every week on Wed, until May 13, 2020, 4 occurrence(s)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83212788559
Meeting 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 8559
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbg6ViOQma

Thanks Friends! Blessings as we continue to maintain social distancing.

Anita

Hello Trinity Family,
This upcoming Sunday is commonly called “Good Shepherd Sunday” and is one of my favorites of the liturgical year. Psalm 23 is a prayer I know by heart. It’s incredibly comforting to me knowing that the Lord is guiding us through our struggles. Envisioning Jesus as a shepherd allows me to accept his guidance in areas I have no control over.
For this meditation, I offer “The Lord’s My Shepherd” arranged by Donald Hustad. The link to the video is HERE.
Here are the lyrics for your reflection (a paraphrasing of Psalm 23):

The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want.
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; He leadeth me
The quiet waters by.
My soul He doth restore again;
And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
Even for His own Name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale,
Yet will I fear no ill;
For Thou art with me; and Thy rod
And staff my comfort still.
My table Thou hast furnishèd
In presence of my foes;
My head Thou dost with oil anoint,
And my cup overflows.
Goodness and mercy all my life
Shall surely follow me;
And in God’s house forevermore
My dwelling place shall be.

Blessings,
Angela