Trinity Tidings August 27, 2020

Parking Lot Services

Starting September 6, we will be worshipping LIVE at 6pm in the parking lot. Bring a lounge chair from home or sit in your car—an FM transmitter will amplify the signal. Due to county restrictions, only 50 people will be able to participate. Sign up with the church office via email or voice mail.

Virtual services, Faith Formation resources, and musical meditations will continue to be posted on Trinity’s YouTube channel each week: (and subscribe!)

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,
I once heard that the function of a hurricane in nature is to dissipate heat build-up in the oceans and atmosphere.  Can anyone check me on that?  If that is the case, the increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the rising temperatures of the oceans certainly are feeding the hurricane that is charging up the middle of America this morning.  Lives will be impacted, property will be damaged, and no amount of calls for law and order can stop it.
Once again we have images of violence in city streets on our TV screens. I don’t know a single person who thinks damaging property is a preferred means of communicating.  But consider, slavery existed for centuries in our country before the troops were sent in, and even then, some would argue, meaningful change was painfully slow in coming.  My ancestors moved freely throughout society.  They were immigrants who were allowed to integrate and move up the social ladder.  My father never gave me a talk about what to do if I was stopped by police.  And my mother never worried I might be shot in the back getting into my car.  How do we hold in balance centuries of violence endured by generations of Black people, with property damage today on a city a street?  Where were the calls for law and order for the oppressed during slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, red lining, and separate but ‘equal?’  And, for our purposes, where has the church – our church, the Lutheran church – been through all of this?
As Trinity enters the joyful season of calling a new pastor, the context of the world we live in does not go away.  Hurricanes, global warming, pandemic, and the struggle for justice envelope us all and somehow, must all fit together.  And so we pray, Come, Holy Spirit and rouse us to live in the way of Christ in all that we do.
Pr Kern

Lutheran Disaster Response

Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) is a ministry of the ELCA that partners with local organizations where disasters are happening all over the world. 100% of the money given to LDR goes for aid.

LWR has partners in Beirut, areas of refugee crisis, California (wildfires), and in the path of Hurricane Laura.
If you are able, please consider giving to Lutheran Disaster Response. Once there, you can choose if you would like to specify where the money will go, or choose “where needed most.” Even as we face multiple crises, by working together, we can reflect Christ’s light and hope to our neighbors in their time of need.


We will be continuing to post our Sunday Worship videos on Saturday afternoons. Check your email box, and/or subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

Last Sunday’s Video can be found HERE.

Readings for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah 15:15-21
Psalm 26:1-8
Romans 12:9-21
Matthew 16:21-28


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K will continue a study on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1 – 7:29) for the next few Sundays at 9:30 am.  Please email David for the Zoom link.

“The Sermon on the Mount brings together a lot of Jesus’ moral and ethical teachings in one place and I’ve never spent more than a session on it as part of a larger study of the book of Matthew.  So what I’m planning is a deeper dive into the part of Jesus’ teaching that makes us squirm and explore what it’s saying to us today.”

Between Goodness and Grace: A New Wednesday Zoom Study with Pastor Kern

In her provocative, insightful book, Who Do We Choose to Be, author Margaret J Wheatley invites us to think deeply about Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity.  Dr Wheatley’s book is an invitation to take a new look at how our present world came to be and, significantly, she continually lifts up of the role of leaders in the present era.  The book makes me think about the Exodus and Wilderness story of the people of God, and I will invite participants to overlay this biblical narrative over Wheatley’s teachings and observations.  A little something different, for those who like to dig a little deeper into the sacred space between the church and the world.

Here’s the link.  Please Note – the Start Time is 7 pm each session, Wednesdays September 2 through 30.
Meeting ID: 842 9431 1014
Dial by your location:
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)

Trinity Film Series
A Look at Racism Through Film Series
Valerie M, facilitator
Thursdays, September 3, 10, and 17 at 7:30 pm
Join us in discussing one of our biggest social justice issues in America. Using three important films, participants will view movies at home, prior to each online Zoom discussion group. The three films that have been selected are:
13th, a history of racial inequality in the United States since the 13th amendment was put in place (September 3)
Emanuel, the story of the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015 (September 10)
Do the Right Thing, a story by Spike Lee about contemporary urban life. (September 17)
Some of the viewing options are provided below. Remember to watch the movie before each weekly session.
13th Youtube (free), Netflix
Emanuel Amazon Prime, Youtube ($3.99+)
Do the Right Thing iTunes, Youtube, Amazon Prime ($3.99+)
If you have any questions, please contact Valerie M at

We will email Faith Formation resources on Friday Afternoons.


Social Ministry Updates

The next Drive Thru Food Drive for Living Faith’s Food Pantry will be September 19….Mark your calendar!

Trinity is working to assemble a list of our Thrivent members.  Thrivent members are entitled to apply for a $250 Thrivent Action Grant twice a year, associate members are entitled to one.  Trinity has received these grants through some of our Trinity Thrivent members to help fund projects such as Lutheran World Relief school kits, personal hygiene kits, and other Social Ministry and Youth Ministry projects.  These grants are used for a wide range of programs and projects by Thrivent members across the country.  This website will give you a sample of the projects that received Thrivent Action Grants.
To help Trinity make use of these grants, we need to know who our Trinity Thrivent members are.  Please notify the Trinity office if you are a Thrivent member so Carol can add you to the list.  Anita S and Valerie M are familiar with the process for applying for and using the grants, and would be glad to answer any questions you might have.  Valerie will be holding an online information session about Thrivent Action Grants in the future.  This is a resource Trinity should be using when possible.

Thank you for your offering. Your gifts make the ministry of Trinity possible. Electronic giving may be available through your bank or financial institution. Offerings mailed to the church office will be promptly deposited.

Remember in your prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Paul D’A (Friends House)
Tigist G, Elizabeth R, James T, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Glennon D, brother of loved one of Donna S 
Tony F, friend of Jerry B
Dave K, Sr, father of David K
Lucretia L, sister-in-law of friend of Trinity 
Becky S, family of Marilyn G
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
Luther V. (Sonny) L +August 22, 2020, uncle of Sabrina 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.