Trinity Tidings | August 26, 2021

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  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 ( 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 ( 

Trinity T-Shirts Have Arrived

If you ordered a shirt, they will be available for pickup the next 2 Sundays (8/29 & 9/5). If you have not yet paid, please bring cash or a check (made out to Trinity) with you.

If you missed the ordering deadline and would like to get a tee shirt, I have two extras in large and medium in iris blue and one large in gold. Plus what I think was a print shop error, I have 6 large in Carolina blue as well. If you would like one of the extras, please email me directly and I’ll put your name on one.

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

Music Meditation

View our most recent meditation here


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

Jesus protests against human customs being given the weight of divine law, while the essence of God’s law is ignored. True uncleanness comes not from external things, but from the intentions of the human heart. Last week Jesus told us “the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (John 6:63). Now James says God has given us birth by the word of truth. We who were washed in the word when we were born in the font return to it every Sunday to ask God to create in us clean hearts.

Worship Updates

This Sunday, 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). 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 a live stream prayer service on 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 (

Music Leaders Needed

“During our transition to livestreaming, we are also moving our music indoors. Until it is safe to sing as a congregation again, we will continue to invite cantors to sing hymns like we did for the outdoor services this summer. If you would like to lead hymns or provide an instrumental offering during worship, please sign up using the following link, email me at, or talk to me directly on Sunday morning.

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 a Welcome Team Member

Readings for this Sunday
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9
Psalm 15
James 1:17-27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Adult Forum | Sundays at 11 AM via Zoom

Adult forum is discussing the concept of the ‘stranger’ in the Bible in relation to immigration, welcome, and Christianity. Adult foru takes place over Zoom at 11am. The link is here: Join us on Zoom here:


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.  

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.  

# neededsupplies
95Blunt scissors
530Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
90Box 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.

Short Stories by Jesus Zoom Conversation

September 15 – October 20 |7-8:30 pm
Join us for a Zoom conversation led by Trinity, Prince of Peace and Christ ELCA
Sign up here:


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 to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Yulie N (Villages at Rockville)
Esther M (Villages at Rockville)

Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W, Anders S, Ione L, Mary B

family and friends*
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Michael & Cassondra S, friend of Billie J
Dr. Don K, brother of Sue K
Glenn Jr. (Kenny S) S, brother of Steve S
Earl N, uncle of Julie N
Joanne B, sister, in-law of Mary B

first responders
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R

*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.