Interfaith 5K | Labor Day, September 6th
We are now less than a month out from the Montgomery County Interfaith 5K taking place on Labor Day morning, Monday September 6th. Your outpouring of support in Trinity’s inaugural year as a race partner has been amazing; thank you! Our goal of a 25-person Team Trinity is within reach—we only need several more runners/joggers/walkers. If you have not yet registered, please do at mocointerfaith5k.org. Registration is $35/person. And don’t forget, there is a Tot Trot for children 5 and under and a Kids 1K Fun Run for youth between 6 and 12. Kids of all ages are welcome!!!
If you prefer not to participate in the race, but are happy to volunteer, here is the link to sign up: MoCo Interfaith 5K: Volunteer Opportunities (signupgenius.com). We need an array of volunteers on race morning, working various tables, serving as course marshals, post-race cleanup, and so on. Thanks in advance for your willingness to help. For more information on the race, please contact Pastor Christine or Tom Kern (email@example.com).
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The ELCA is offering a short series on Advocacy and how Lutherans can help affect social and systemic change.
The five-part online series begins August 11; each session is just 30 minutes (start time 2pm). You can find out more about each week’s subject area and the impetus for the trainings here.
Join us for Worship this Sunday!
In today’s gospel many people take offense at Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh and drink his blood; even many of Jesus’ disciples peel off. This is the backdrop in John’s gospel for Peter’s confession of faith. “To whom can we go?” asks Peter, in words we sometimes sing just before the gospel is read. “You have the words of eternal life.” In order to take such a stand, as Peter and Joshua did, Paul tells us to arm ourselves with the word of God. We pray in the Spirit that we might be bold ambassadors of the gospel.
This Sunday, August 22nd (@10am), will be our last parking lot service. Pastor Jan Lookingbill will be preaching and presiding, as Pastor Christine takes a few days of vacation. On August 29th (@9:30am) we will begin indoor in-person worship. You can read about our decision and the protocols in place here (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). Once we begin worshipping indoors, we will also be offering a live-stream option for those who would prefer to worship at home or while on vacation (accessible through our webpage or Youtube channel). In preparation for our hybrid worship experience, we will be offering two live-stream prayer services: August 20th @7:30pm and August 27th @12:30pm. If you are able, please join us. This will allow us to work out any kinks ahead of time. We know there is a lot of change happening. If you have questions, please reach out to Pastor Christine (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 this Sunday
Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18
Adult Forum | “I Was a Stranger”
For the first two parts (this Sunday and next), we’ll look at the texts from the Torah that I have reorganized so that similar texts will be considered together. The verses for tomorrow are listed below. If you have time, it would be good to skim through the texts in their context in the Bible, although I will provide some context tomorrow. Also, if you have other translations available, it’s interesting to see how the different translations handle these texts.
Genesis 1:27 (NRSV)
27 So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Exodus 22:21 (NRSV)
21 You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.
Exodus 23:9 (NRSV)
9 You shall not oppress a resident alien; you know the heart of an alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.
Leviticus 19:33-34 (NRSV)
33 When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. 34 The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
Exodus 23:12 (NRSV)
12 Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest, so that your ox and your donkey may have relief, and your homeborn slave and the resident alien may be refreshed.
Exodus 12:49 (NRSV)
49 there shall be one law for the native and for the alien who resides among you.
Leviticus 24:22 (NRSV)
22 You shall have one law for the alien and for the citizen: for I am the LORD your God.
Numbers 15:15-16 (NRSV)
15 As for the assembly, there shall be for both you and the resident alien a single statute, a perpetual statute throughout your generations; you and the alien shall be alike before the LORD. 16 You and the alien who resides with you shall have the same law and the same ordinance.
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Stephen Ministry Training at Trinity
A new Training class for Stephen Ministers will begin on Friday evening, September 24. Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry in which the Stephen Minister is trained to care for someone on a one-to-one basis and meets with that person once a week, on average, for as long as the person needs care. Would you like to train to become a Stephen Minister and walk with another Christian who is going through a difficult time in their life? If so, please let Pastor Christine, Susan Smith, or Miriam Mendenhall know. The course takes 50 hours to complete and meets twice a month, September through March. We’d love to have you join our Training class and become a Stephen Minister for Trinity.
A Reverse yard Sale to Help Others in Need AND Living Faith Food Collection | August 21 | 9 am- 12 pm | Trinity Parking Lot
We will be collecting smaller, gently used household items, clothes, and toys in the large parking lot of Trinity Lutheran Church on August 21st from 9am – 12pm for A Wider Circle (https://awidercircle.org/). A Wider Circle’s mission is to end poverty using a holistic approach to integrate on-the-ground services for the creation of stable homes, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization. We will sort and transport your donated items to A Wider Circle where the items will be given to help people in need. If you have items to donate, please bring them to Trinity’s parking lot (11200 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, MD) on August 21st from 9am – 12pm. If you have any questions or if you’d like to help receive/sort donations on the 21st, please contact Henry Cradlin at email@example.com.
Living Faith Food Collection Needs:
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible)
Black/pinto beans (canned)
Canned tomatoes (whole if possible)
Canned vegetables (corn very popular)
Jam/jelly (strawberry very popular)
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)
-If you can’t be there 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
Latest News from the Southern Border on Aug 19The AMMPARO team is inviting you to a webinar on Thursday, August 19 at 4 PM central, 3 Mountain, 2 Pacific, 5 Eastern, on the latest news from the border.
Speakers will be Alicia Vasquez –Crede, LIRS, Allyson Pryor, SW TX Synod, Rosemary Sanchez Guzman, Iglesia Cristo Rey, Kari Lenander, Border Servant Corp, and Giovana Oaxaca, ELCA Advocacy/ AMMPARO to get the latest news on what is happening at the border.
Register by Aug 18 to receive the zoom link. https://bit.ly/AMMSW19
Blessing of the Backpacks/Blessing of the Kindergarteners:
During our worship service on August 29, we will be blessing backpacks, satchels, lunchboxes, instrument cases and more, as we mark the beginning of the school year.
Summer Collection School Supplies for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)
Social Ministry has some great things in the works for God’s Work, Our Hands Day over September 11-12. More info will follow soon…but we need to start collecting school supplies now for our Sunday Morning Service project.
LWR sends school kits to many locations worldwide to allow children in refugee camps to continue learning in the face of serious obstacles. Beginning in July and continuing throughout the summer, Trinity will collect the school supplies listed below to assemble 200 kits. On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, September 12, Trinity will assemble the school kits during an Intergenerational Sunday School. Bins will be available at parking lot church. If you would like to drop them off at a different time, please contact the office or Anita, and we will make sure someone is in the office to receive them.
|637||70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper|
|256||Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers|
|436||Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)|
|112||Box of 16 or 24 crayons|
Please note: LWR asks that all kit items be new and have no religious symbols, messages, or patriotic or military symbols. Please contact Kathy Thrower or Anita Smallin with any questions.
Helping Afghan Allies
Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is reaching out with immediate needs due to the influx of Afghan refugees arriving in this area. They are in need of drivers, storage space, rooms on a temporary basis, and housing settlement. If you are able to help individually with any of these needs, please fill out the form here, and they will contact you. Social Ministry team is also reviewing how the congregation might be able to assist.
Bigger Than A Building 2! (BTAB 2!): Be sure to fulfill your pledge!
Trinity is now on the last lap of our fourth and final mission appeal, BIGGER Than a Building 2! (BTAB 2!) to pay for all the improvements we made to our building in 2011. We have made huge progress on paying down our loans, but we need your help. We need for everyone who has pledged to BTAB 2! to fulfill their pledge by the end of 2021, so that we can start 2022 with the mortgage paid off in full.
Thank you to everyone who has kept committed to meeting their pledges and to those who have given to BTAB 2! even though they didn’t pledge. If you’d like to know your current giving relative to your BTAB 2 goal, you’ll be receiving a 2nd quarter statement of giving after June 30th which will show your pledge progress. Or, you can contact our Financial Secretary, Carol B, by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’d be happy to let you know.
If you haven’t pledged or donated, but you’re feeling grateful for all the improvements we’ve been blessed with, then prayerfully consider making a donation, in whatever amount you feel moved to make, to help eliminate our debt. Please make your check to Trinity Lutheran Church and designate BTAB 2! on your check and envelope. If you don’t have envelopes, please indicate that your check is for BTAB 2! You can also give online by going to www.trinityelca.org/give and clicking on the “Donate” button. Once on the donation page, be sure to note in the optional “Use this donation for” section that your donation is for “Bigger Than a Building” by selecting it from the dropdown menu.
We’re now in the homestretch of paying off our loans. We hope to be debt free by December 31, 2021. With your help, we can do this!
Jim K and Miriam M
BTAB 2! Team Leaders
At its June meeting, Council spent some time organizing itself in alignment with the restructuring model that we are trying out this coming year. Below are the new ministry groups and their council members. You will remember that in addition to each group having staff and council members, there is a need for congregation members to join each group. Keep in mind that the work at this level is big picture planning, ensuring that all functions and responsibilities of that ministry group are being covered, and coordinating with the other groups. The hope is that the ministry groups will be sharing and delegating roles and tasks, and not carrying the load of executing all the plans. New ideas will come from within the ministry groups as well as from individual members of the congregation.
How would you like to serve God’s mission and be part of the life of Trinity? Do you enjoy the planning and coordination that goes on in the early stages? Or do you prefer to get into the details of an event or activity? Do you have ideas you’re thinking about but aren’t sure where to start? Please come talk to any of the council members about questions, ideas, and ways you would like to be involved. Each group will be having an organizing meeting this summer, we’d love to have you be part of that.
Worship Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with God through all things worship and music related.
Connections Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with each other through fellowship, sharing God’s story and our stories, offering each other help and support, and encouraging generosity with our resources.
Service Ministry: Responsible for growing our relationships with our neighbors through welcoming visitors, sharing our story with the wider community, watching for partnership opportunities, and serving our neighbors near and far.
Mission Support: Responsible for our relationships with our resources that reach across all ministry groups including our property, finances, and people.
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.
Second Quarter Giving Statements have been mailed or emailed. Please contact Carol B at email@example.com if you haven’t received yours, or have any questions.
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.
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
Martha R, Bethesda Health & Rehab
Yulie N, Village at Rockville
Esther M, Village at Rockville
Joanne B. (SIL of Mary B.)
Lineth, Gio & Isa M, daughter in laws family to Len S
family and friends*
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Earl N, uncle of Julie N
Mahmoud L, friend of Billie J Family
Joey L, son of Mark L and Sabrina R
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
Dr. Stephen I. S, friend of Steve & Donna S, March 21, 1923 – August 1, 2021.
*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks. After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.