From Pastor Christine
Is promoting diversity and inclusion a passion of yours? Do you want to learn more about language and why it matters? Do you want to be a better advocate for our LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC siblings? Are you confused by acronyms that seem to be everywhere now? If so, please consider joining me on May 20th from 5:30-7pm via zoom for an online workshop entitled: “Let’s talk about SOGIE!” SOGIE means: Sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. This opportunity is offered by Reconciling Works, an independent Lutheran ministry. There is a fee associated with the workshop, so please let me know if you would like to attend and I’ll register you. If you have questions about this, please reach out to me (email@example.com).
Semi-Annual Congregation Meeting May 16
Please join us via Zoom at noon on May 16 for Trinity’s semiannual meeting. Items on the agenda include:
• Elections: Council, MEF, Synod Assembly, 2022 Nominating Committee
• RIC commitment study
• Introduce Committee restructure to Congregation
Join by phone: +1 301 715 8592
Meeting ID: 970 7205 8065
2020 Annual Reports of the congregation will be distributed at Parking Lot Church beginning May 2, or stop by the church office to pick up a copy.
Weekly Music Meditation
This week, Angela is continuing our journey through the new hymnal supplement, All Creation Sings. The link to the video 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.
Pastor’s Office Hours
Pastor Christine continues to hold regular office hours. If you would like to speak with her either via zoom, phone, or in-person, please contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also utilize the sign-up form found here, which has added slots.
Join us for Worship this Sunday!
This Sunday’s image of how the risen Christ shares his life with us is the image of the vine. Christ the vine and we the branches are alive in each other, in the mystery of mutual abiding described in the gospel and the first letter of John. Baptism makes us a part of Christ’s living and life-giving self and makes us alive with Christ’s life. As the vine brings food to the branches, Christ feeds us at his table. We are sent out to bear fruit for the life of the world.
Beginning THIS WEEK, we will offer two worship options. We will be adding an in-person, outdoor service on Sundays at 10am (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We will still offer our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. 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
Worship Assistants Needed!
In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office or sign up HERE to be Parking Lot Greeter (to direct cars and to give handouts), Communion Distributor, or Lector/Prayer Leader.
Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter
1 John 4:7-21
Red Geraniums for Pentecost, May 23
Deadline for ordering is May 16. Please complete this form if you would like to donate geraniums for Pentecost Sunday.
Adult Forum – Note Time Change!
David K begins a series on 1 John this Sunday at 11:30am (to allow people attending Parking Lot Church to return home). 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. (The easiest place to access the labyrinth is from the office parking lot.)
Graduate Recognition Sunday
Trinity plans to recognize graduates from high school, college, and graduate school at Parking Lot Services on Pentecost Sunday, May 23 at 10am. Please notify the church office of all who are graduating in your family this spring, along with the school name.
Birthday Bag Assembly
May 1st, 10:00am
We will gather to pack birthday celebration kits for Living Faith Food Pantry on Saturday, May 1st at 10:00am (rain or shine–we will move into the Social Hall if weather does not permit us to work outside). 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*:
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
Chester M + August 12, 2020, longtime companion of Lois F
Susan B M T + April 28, 2021, mother of Leslie C
*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