During this time of social distancing, we decided to pre-record our services. Typically, we have been recording most of the service on Thursdays. Due to the death of George Floyd, and protests in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Louisville, we needed to re-record parts of the service.

Also, you may see some familiar faces in this week’s service.
The link to the service is HERE.
The worship materials are HERE.
The children’s bulletins 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.


Hello Friends!

Happy Pentecost!

This is my favorite liturgical holiday, and we have a couple special things in this week’s worship video. – Anita

Sparkhouse is providing a Family Sunday School Resource for families of all ages to do together. The link to this week’s video is HERE, and the resource pages are HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Illustrated Ministry has resources for this time as well and 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.

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.

Please join me for these conversations each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm beginning June 3rd, 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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Hello Trinity Family,

The season of Pentecost is upon us! The meditation for today is “Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart” arr. by Don Hustad. Over the past months, we have all been learning this new language of digital communication. Pentecost will be entirely different online, but the Holy Spirit is still with us, inspiring us to innovate and to remain steadfast during this unusual time.
The video can be found HERE.
Here is the hymn text for your reflection:
Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
Wean it from earth; through all its pulses move.
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art,
And make me love Thee as I ought to love.

Blessings,
Angela


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 is developing ways for the congregation as a whole to respond to this growing need. You can also help right now– on a scale that works for you. Here are two organizations that accept both financial and in-kind donations to combat hunger.

Gaithersburg HELP (https://www.gaithersburghelp.org/urgent-need-for-donations/) provides emergency support to area residents.  Gaithersburg HELP has a particular need for breakfast cereal since it can no longer order household-sized boxes from its wholesale vendor. The organization’s website lists specific times and places for drop-off donations. Please ship anything ordered online to one of the four residential addresses provided. Note: the last of the four residential addresses is the home of Trinity members; they invite you to leave in-kind donations on their front porch. Gaithersburg HELP also accepts financial donations either by check or on line.

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 the Stepping Stones 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 Stepping Stones website for details).

Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen Indeed!
Here is the worship video for the Seventh Sunday of Easter.
The video can be found HERE.
The worship materials can be found HERE.
The children’s bulletin can be found HERE.


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.


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! This coming Sunday is the Seventh Sunday of Easter!

Sparkhouse has created a Family Sunday School resource during this time. The video link is HERE, and the supporting resources are HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Illustrated Ministry also has a great resource which 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.

I need help with Pentecost Pictures.
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 picture you can 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. 

Blessings,
Anita

Hello Trinity Family,

We’ve made it through Easter worshipping virtually together. This upcoming Sunday is the last of the Easter season. I can’t believe we have been worshipping virtually for that long.This unique time has been filled with ups and downs, and two verses from this Sunday’s second reading stood out to me: “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed.” – 1 Peter 4:12-13 Hopefully this week’s meditation will help us rejoice through this “fiery ordeal” in our lives.
This week’s music meditation is “O Love, How Deep, How Broad” arranged by Vicki Collinsworth. I love this hymn because the text tells the full salvation story, and I love this arrangement because the accompaniment gives the haunting melody a calming backdrop and features an ostinato pattern that moves the hymn forward. Throughout the Easter season we say and sing “Jesus is risen. Alleluia!” not just as celebratory hooray but also a mantra to remind ourselves of what our faith means and why we do what we do.
The link to the video is HERE.
Here is Verse 4 of the hymn for your reflection:
For us he rose from death again,
for us he went on high to reign;
for us he sent his Spirit here
to guide, to strengthen, and to cheer.

Blessings,
Angela


Ascension Day Worship Service

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.

The bulletin for the service is HERE.

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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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Time: May 21, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84975953535
Meeting ID: 849 7595 3535
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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 link to the worship materials is HERE.
The link to the children’s bulletin is HERE.


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. 


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! 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