Hello Trinity Family,

This month begins a new season for us. We have new council members, possible plans for reopening, and are beginning to look forward into the fall towards our “new normal”. As the guidelines for Covid prevention are now clear and the county has begun to open, I have returned to Trinity to resume recording instrumental music in the sanctuary. However, it will be quite a while before we’re singing together again since singing carries germs much farther than speaking. For this week’s meditation, I offer David Tolk’s composition “In Reverence”. There are no lyrics. Instead I encourage us to reflect on what “sanctuary” means to us. I have included pictures of the sanctuary showing how it has felt for me this summer: dark, somber, and empty. I look forward this fall to our church family providing the “brightness” for our worship and being sanctuary for each other.
The link to the video is HERE.
Blessings,
Angela

Dear People of God in this Place,
If we trace the history of the people God from Genesis to the present, we find that the idea of place is central to the story.  Here are some of the biblical places around which the salvation story turns.
The garden of Eden
The Promised Land
Egypt
The Mountaintop
Jerusalem
The Temple
Calgary
Bethlehem
Nazareth
Sea of Galilee
The Road to Damascus
Synagogues
House churches
And the list goes on and on.
During this season of pandemic we have found our sense of place challenged.  Unable to gather in our usual place on Old Georgetown Rd, we meet and greet one another online or over the phone.  As Anita likes to point out, both physical gatherings and online gatherings are “real.”
They’re just different.
In this tragic season when it is so difficult to gather together physically, the church is redefining what ‘real’ life and worship is.  But whether we rub shoulders in the pew or look at one another in a small square on a screen, the Holy Spirit is active, creating sacred places where the people of God can gather.
Blessings,
Pr Kern

Hello Friends! Here is our video for the Ninth Sunday After Pentecost. We hope this brings you a moment of peace in this strange time.

The link to the video is HERE.
Worship Materials can be found HERE.


Hello Friends! Ross sings some songs with us, and Anita talks about Psalm 145. The link to the video is HERE.


Christmas in July Chrismon Kits 
If you did not have an opportunity to pick up a kit or two at the congregational meeting on July 25, you can ask to have them set aside for you in the church office. These are simple beaded shapes or wooden shapes to paint; we will hang them on the Social Hall Christmas tree this December. Email the church office with your interest, and we will get a kits to you.


Coming Together Again as the Body of Christ

Members and Friends of Trinity are invited to join Pr. 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 your 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 in as often as you are interested and able.  The link is below. It will be the same link for each week.

Topic: Coming Together Trinity
On Wednesday at 7:30pm, until Aug 26, 2020.
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Adult Forum on Zoom
David K will start a new study on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1 – 7:29) beginning August 16 at 9:30.   

“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.”


Hello Trinity Family,

Today I offer another rendition of a traditional standard, How Great Thou Art. Since my good friend Brian is visiting from Michigan, I invited him to participate in this meditation contributing a song meaningful to his faith. He chose How Great Thou Art remembering the voice of his grandmother Dorothy (Dot) Mains, a coloratura soprano. She released multiple albums of hymns over the course of her career. 
The link to the video is HERE.
Here is the hymn text for your reflection:
O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout the universe displayed
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art

Blessings,
Angela

Hello Friends!

Here is our worship video for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost. We hope this brings you a moment of peace and joy in these strange times.
The link to the video is HERE.
The link to the worship materials 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!

Today, Ross sings some songs with us, and Anita reads her favorite part of Psalm 119. Also, Rosie says hi!

The link to the video is HERE.


Coming Together Again as the Body of Christ

Members and Friends of Trinity are invited to join Pr. 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 your 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 in as often as you are interested and able.  The link is below. It will be the same link for each week.

Topic: Coming Together Trinity
On Wednesday at 7:30pm, until Aug 26, 2020.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81555683282
Meeting ID: 815 5568 3282

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Meeting ID: 815 5568 3282
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Adult Forum on Zoom
There will be no Adult Forum this week due to the congregational meeting.
David K will start a new study on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1 – 7:29) beginning August 16 at 9:30.   

“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.”

Hello Trinity Family,
We are now halfway through Summer. Where has the time gone? We have been recording services for over three months. While our new platform has made creativity difficult, this week’s meditation came naturally. 
Please enjoy “Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt and Beth Redman featuring special guest vocalist Brian M as this week’s offering.
The link to the video is HERE.
Here is the song text for your reflection:
Blessed by your name in the land that is plentiful
Where your streams of abundance flow,
blessed be your name
Blessed be your name
when I’m found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness, blessed be your name

Blessings,
Angela


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

Gene Kern is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Coming Together Trinity
Time: Jul 22, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)    
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