From Pastor Christine
If you have been following along weekly in the Tidings, you know that we’ve been exploring worshipping options for the upcoming weeks. I wanted to take a few moments to share where we are right now (as we all know, regulations and health conditions can change quickly and alter plans in either direction).
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.
We know the times of flux are difficult. We thank you for all the ways you support Trinity and care for one another. In this season of Easter, we look for signs of new life and lean into the resurrection as a place of strength and assurance.
Deep peace and joy,
The April Trinitarian, Trinity’s monthly newsletter, is available 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.
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 “Faith Begins By Letting Go” (ACS #1004). The hymn text is HERE. The video is HERE.
Save the Date!
Pastor Christine’s Installation Service will take place (via YouTube) 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 Easter season is a week of weeks, seven Sundays when we play in the mystery of Christ’s presence, mostly through the glorious Gospel of John. Today we gather with the disciples on the first Easter, and Jesus breathes the Spirit on us. With Thomas we ask for a sign, and Jesus offers us his wounded self in the broken bread. From frightened individuals we are transformed into a community of open doors, peace, forgiveness, and material sharing such that no one among us is in need.
Lenten Benevolence will be directed this year to the ELCA Disaster Response Fund; thanks to the generosity of Trinity members and friends, over $2,100 was donated. HERE is the link to Lutheran Disaster Response if you would like to give directly.
Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube
Readings for the Second Sunday of Easter
1 John 1:1—2:2
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!
Trinity Men’s Group
April Men’s Group meeting will be held on Zoom at 1:00pm on Wednesday, April 14. Please contact Dick J to be added to the Zoom invitation list.
Food Drive for Living Faith
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
Critical Food Needs
(Note: this month the pantry is already well stocked with peanut butter.)
Cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible)
Black/pinto beans (canned)
Canned tomatoes (whole if possible)
Canned vegetables (corn very popular)
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)
Canned soup (chicken noodle popular)
If you cannot shop but would like to help, you may send a check directly to Living Faith Lutheran Church (1605 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20851) Please note ‘food pantry’ in the memo line. The pantry very much appreciates cash donations which allow them to fill in any food gaps.
Birthday Cake Kit Service Project
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 as a group will be gathering later to assemble the birthday kits. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie at email@example.com.
Thank you for your offerings. First Quarter giving statements were emailed on April 6. If you did not receive yours, please check your Junk Mail for a message from firstname.lastname@example.org or write Carol B at this address to have it mailed to you. 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)
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