From Pastor Christine
This weekend I will be installed as Trinity’s newest pastor. I am elated and wanted to take a few moments to share a few things with you. First, I know that I follow in the footsteps of some very thoughtful, intelligent, and compassionate pastors. They have served you all well and faithfully. I am grateful that you have entrusted the office of pastor at Trinity to me, and I promise, with God’s help, to serve you faithfully. I ask for your patience and forgiveness when I fail or not live up to expectations. Second, I know that for some of you the past few years have held some difficulty or painful moments. We all process grief and heartache in different ways. I will always try to honor your perspective, and I will always try to point us towards what God has in store for us next. Finally, and most important, I want you to know that I love Trinity and each of you. It is true that we have only known each other for a short while, however I truly feel called to this place at this time to serve alongside you. And, if my past eleven years as a pastor have shown me anything, it is that love grows deeper and stronger over time. My life is graced by each of you and I give thanks to God for the opportunity to be your pastor.
Deep peace and joy,
Beginning May 2, we will offer two worship options. We will still offer our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. We will be adding an in-person, outdoor service on Sundays at 10am (signup is necessary).
We hope to continue this plan through the summer, with the hopes of implementing live-stream capabilities, so that we can have indoor worship services when it is safe to do so.
We will also be offering a very special worship service for the weekend of April 25th, which will focus on the gifts of God’s creation. Lutherans Restoring Creation are experts in the areas of creation care, and they have developed a worship service especially focused on this area. We are excited to share this worship experience with you.
Construction at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd and Executive Blvd has created a long term road closure at that intersection. If you are approaching Trinity southbound on Rockville Pike, or westbound on Randolph Rd, please follow the Detour signs and turn right on Nicholson Lane and left on Old Georgetown Rd to reach Trinity. HERE is a map of the detour from Montgomery County.
Weekly Music Meditation
For this Easter season, our music meditations will be a bit different. Every week, Angela will sing a different hymn from our new hymnal supplement All Creation Sings. This week’s hymn is “God’s Work, Our Hands.” The video is HERE. The hymn text is HERE.
This is a great hymn for the week as we prepare for the food drive this weekend.
Installation Service & Zoom Coffee Hour This Sunday!
Pastor Christine’s Installation Service will take place (via our YouTube channel https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube) on Sunday, April 18, and we will celebrate with a virtual Zoom coffee hour at noon.
Join by phone: 301 715 8592, Meeting ID: 936 8753 6619
On Saturday the 17th from 9 to 11am (during the Food Drive), pick up a Grab ‘n’ Go bag and your choice of Coffee Hour treats from the Parish Life team to savor during the virtual coffee hour the next day! If you would like to contribute baked goods, please let Lynn B know; please bring your items labeled and individually wrapped for easy pickup, by 9am on the 17th.
Join us for Worship this Sunday!
The gospel for the third Sunday of Easter is always one in which the risen Christ shares food with the disciples, meals that are the Easter template for the meal we share each Sunday. In today’s gospel, Jesus both shares the disciples’ food and shows them the meaning of his suffering, death, and resurrection through the scriptures, the two main elements of our Sunday worship.
Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube
Readings for the Third Sunday of Easter
David K continues a new series on 1 John and 1 Peter on Sundays at 9:30am. Please email David or the church office to receive a Zoom invitation to the class. Please join us!
World Labyrinth Day
May 1st, 11:00am
Did you know that the first Saturday in May is World Labyrinth Day? Did you know we have our own labyrinth, installed by Josh B as his Eagle Scout project? Weather permitting we will gather at our labyrinth at 11:00 on Saturday, May 1st for some time learning about the labyrinth, different ways to meditate or pray using a labyrinth, and take some time to walk ours. Finger labyrinths will be available while you wait to walk ours. You may want to bring a lawn chair. Join us for birthday kit assembly beforehand.
Food Drive for Living Faith THIS SATURDAY
The demand for food assistance remains high at the Living Faith pantry in Rockville. In recent weeks, they have been distributing 90 bags of food each week. Please help Trinity continue its active support of Living Faith’s pantry during these difficult economic times.
Date: Saturday, April 17, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Rd. North Bethesda 20852 (main parking lot)
More info: Kathy at 301-675-6987 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Check HERE for the list of critical food needs.
Birthday Cake Kit Collection
April 17th, 9am to noon
As part of our installation celebration and in continuing to spread joy, Trinity will be assembling birthday cake kits for Living Faith’s pantry. We are asking for your help to provide a box of cake mix, a tub of frosting, and a pack of 24 regular birthday candles. The rest of the items will be provided by Trinity. Our goal is 90 kits. Please bring your donations to Trinity by Saturday, April 17th (during the food drive 9am to noon). Please keep them separate from other food items that you will be donating to Living Faith.
Birthday Bag Assembly
May 1st, 10:00am
We will gather to pack these birthday celebration kits on Saturday, May 1st at 10:00am. We’re extending a special invitation to our children and youth, and anyone young at heart, to come out and help with this effort to spread more joy. Then stick around for a World Labyrinth Day activity.
Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.
Remember in your prayers
We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email email@example.com to add them to the list below.
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home: Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W
family and friends*:
Elaine A, sister of Ione L
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Brian B, former Trinity Office Admin
Rev. Sarah F-M, friend of Anita S
Ryan R, great nephew of Len S
Pam S, friend of Tom K & Sarah M
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R
*Family and friends will be kept on the list for four weeks. Please submit a request to the Church Office to extend them another four weeks
Marcie Jo A F + March 22, 2021, wife of cousin of Leslie C
Rita P + April 9, 2021, mother-in-law of cousin of Julie N