From Pastor Christine
This week in worship we are offering a different type of worship experience. Lutherans Restoring Creation have developed a meaningful service centered around care for creation. As you likely know, Earth Day is April 22 and so, in that regard, the timing of this worship service is apropos. Many of you know that climate change is a monumental problem that humanity is facing. The science is clear: human activity is warming the planet and affecting weather patterns, water health and availability, and forest fires are on the rise. As people of faith who are called to be good stewards and to love their neighbors, attention and work on this matter is imperative. I won’t profess to be an expert in this area (which is why I am allowing the experts to share with us this weekend), but I do know that societal issues we care about, such as immigration, food security, poverty, racial justice, and heath are all exacerbated by the ways climate change manifests.
Deep peace and joy,
Pastor Christine’s message on the Chauvin Trial, check HERE.
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 “Earth is Full of Wit & Wisdom.” The video is HERE. The hymn text is HERE.
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.
Join us for Worship this Sunday!
The image of the good shepherd shows us how the risen Christ brings us to life. It is the relationship between the shepherd and the sheep, one of mutual knowledge and love, that gives the shepherd authority. The shepherd’s willingness to lay down his life for the sheep shows his love. First John illustrates what it means to lay down our lives for one another by the example of sharing our wealth with any sibling in need.
We will 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.
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.
Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube
Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter
1 John 3:16-24
David K continues a series on 1 John and 1 Peter this Sunday at 9:30am. Please email David or the church office to receive a Zoom invitation to the class. Please join us! Note: Beginning May 2, Adult Forum via Zoom will move to 11:30am to allow people attending Parking Lot Church to return home.
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. (The easiest place to access the labyrinth is from the office parking lot.)
Birthday Cake Kit Collection
As part of our installation celebration and in continuing to spread joy, Trinity will be assembling birthday cake kits for Living Faith’s pantry. Thanks to all who dropped off contributions at the Food Drive last Saturday. Our goal is 90 kits, and here is what we still need:
26 Cake Mix
28 Boxes Candles
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. Please bring your additional donations to the Trinity Office during business hours M-F 9am-2pm by April 28 (to give us time to purchase any shortfall). If it is difficult to stop by Trinity during these hours, please contact Valerie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
InterFaith Works Women’s Center Dinner Coming
On TUESDAY May 11, Trinity will be providing a hot dinner for the residents. Please consider signing up to provide a portion of the dinner; we have openings for Cold orzo and spinach salad (recipe provided), roasted asparagus, and bar cookies. Items can be dropped off in disposable containers at Trinity between 10:00am-2:00pm on Tuesday the 11th and placed in the refrigerator if needed, or at 4:00pm on Tuesday, May 11th. If you have questions, please contact Margaret F at 301-309-6941 or email@example.com.Please review the available slots and sign up below or phone/email Margaret to add your selection: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-dinner4
May Disposable Diaper Drive
Trinity will continue our annual tradition of celebrating Mother’s Day with a baby shower diaper collection throughout the month of May to support the Greater DC Diaper Bank, who provides diapers to DMV social service organizations that are already helping families in need. Our goal is to collect 3,000 diapers (about a year’s worth for one child, depending on their age). The greatest need for diapers are sizes 4 and 5, but all sizes are being collected. You can drop off your donation during weekly Sunday services in May or bring the diapers along with your food donation to the monthly food drive on Saturday, May 15 between 9-12. If you prefer to make a monetary donation, please include with your offering noting the donation for the “diaper drive”. For more information on the Greater DC Diaper Bank check out their website greaterdcdiaperbank.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to add them to the list below.
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
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
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