From Pastor Kern June 15, 2020

Dear Trinity Family,
Tomorrow evening the Council will receive congregation survey results, and then they will be sent on to you. I can’t say enough about the Team that has done all this work – Dick J, Leslie C, Julie N, Jim K, and Ross A. They have performed a great service for Trinity.  Remember your Council members in this process.  Without definitive national policy and so many local deviations, the burden on local leaders is greater than anytime I have seen in my lifetime.  It is not an easy time.
Kudos as well to the Social Ministry Team and the food drive last Saturday for the Living Faith food pantry – everyone who participated made it a great success.  
With these two ministry teams, we see the work of the congregation going on during this liminal time.  One group is focusing on what the future might look like; the other calling us to critical needs in the moment. Both are important. The building is closed, but the church is open.
Remember, David Kleiner’s Sunday morning Bible study at 9:30 each week (email for a Zoom invitation)  And if you want to weigh in on some of the weighty, difficult issues of the day, join me on Wednesday’s at 7:30 for Here We Stand…
Lastly, you will find in this Tidings a link to the ELCA observance of the Emmanuel 9, on Wednesday. In a time such as this, it is important that we remember all of our history as the people and pray for forgiveness and reconciliation.
Pastor Kern

Emanuel Nine day of commemoration and repentance

CHICAGO (June 11, 2020) — June 17 marks the fifth anniversary of the shooting at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., where nine people were killed during a Bible study.

To honor this day, the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly adopted a resolution to establish June 17 as “Emanuel 9 Day of Repentance,” commemorating the martyrdom of the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Tywanza Sanders, the Rev. Daniel L. Simmons, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton and Myra Thompson by Dylann Roof, who grew up in the ELCA. Pinckney and Simmons were graduates of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, one of the ELCA’s seven seminaries.

The ELCA resolution calls for the commemoration to be grounded in prayer, the development of litanies and worship around repentance from racism, and for deepening conversation with the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME Church) on ways of reconciliation and repentance on the matters of racism and white supremacy. 

The ELCA Prayer Service for Commemoration of the Emanuel Nine will be available online at 12 p.m. Eastern time on June 17. Participants include ELCA leaders representing various leadership groups and ethnic-specific associations, and those who authored and organized the “Emanuel 9 Day of Repentance” resolution. Additionally, several ecumenical partners will participate, including the Rt. Rev. Adam J. Richardson Jr., senior bishop of the AME Church; Mr. Jim Winkler, general secretary and president of the National Council of Churches; and the Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, chair of the Conference of National Black Churches. The Rev. Herman Yoos, bishop of the South Carolina Synod, and the Rt. Rev. Samuel L. Green Sr., presiding bishop of the 7th Episcopal District of the AME Church, will co-host the service. The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, ELCA presiding bishop, will deliver the sermon.

The service will conclude with a call to action from three ELCA leaders, including the presiding bishop, Vice President William Horne and the Rev. Tracie Bartholomew, chair of the Conference of Bishops.