Trinity Tidings | August 5, 2021

Montgomery Interfaith 5K-Labor Day Sept 6th

Don’t forget to register for the Montgomery County Interfaith 5K run/jog/walk taking place at 8:00 am Monday morning, September 6th (Labor Day).  You will be joining the nearly twenty Team Trinity members who have already signed up.  And if you have kids, bring them!  A Kids Fun Run (ages 6-12) and Tot Trot (ages 2-5) are available.  Trinity will have a table at the race for us to share materials about Trinity and also to serve as home base for us both before and after the event.  For more information contact Tom Kern at

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

The August Trinitarian is NOW AVAILABLE! Download it HERE

Music Meditation

View last weeks meditation here


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

Jesus says that the bread he gives for the life of the world is his flesh, and whoever eats this bread has eternal life now and will be raised on the last day. In Ephesians Paul tells us what this life Jesus gives us looks like, this life we live as those marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit in baptism. We live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us. The whole purpose of life is giving yourself for the other.

Worship Updates

Come to LIVE Communion worship in the parking lot on Sundays at 10am (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We are still offering our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. This will continue through 8/22, and then we will move to indoor in-person worship.  

Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos, are broadcast on YouTube each week at

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
1 Kings 19:4-8
Psalm 34:1-8
Ephesians 4:25—5:2
John 6:35, 41-51

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)

 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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Trinity Lunch Bunch | August 8, 2021

The Trinity Lunch Bunch was postponed from December, 2020.  We would like to schedule the next Lunch Bunch for Sunday, August 8, 2021 @ 12:30 pm at Normandie Farm Inn Restaurant.  Please contact Steve Shriver to reserve your place or if you have any questions.

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

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 ( 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
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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.

Helping Aghan 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.

Benches by the Labyrinth

Anders has completed his Eagle Scout project! Take a few moments and check out the benches that have been installed near the labyrinth. It’s a great outdoor meeting space! 

Interfaith Works Women’s Center Dinner | Tuesday, August 10th

Here is the sign-up for our next dinner. We will be packing 30 lunches as well. Our youth will be doing the meal prep that afternoon and our children are invited to come help pack the lunches. There are quite a number of items needed this time around, providing for many hands to contribute to this effort. Donated items need to be at Trinity by noon on the 10th. Thank you for your support! Please contact Valerie M. if you have any questions.

Trinity T-Shirts Orders

Orders are being taken for shirts with a graphic over the left breast. The idea is to wear the shirt when we are out in the community doing service (or whenever you want really). They will arrive in time for distribution prior to the Interfaith 5K, so all who have signed up to walk will look like a team and those who are working our information table can also wear them. The idea behind the graphic was to create something that would help trigger the name Trinity. You may notice in looking at the logo that the 3 people seem to form a rose.
Orders are due by noon on Thursday, August 12th. Payments are due upon delivery. A selection of shirt styles was selected to offer everyone options, including youth sizes. There’s more details on the order form. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie at I will have a few forms with me Sunday mornings.


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 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 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!

In Christ,
Jim K and Miriam M
BTAB 2! Team Leaders

Restructuring Update

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.
Angela Small
Mary B.
Carol B.
Nancy N.

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.
Anita Smallin
Valerie M.
Fred S.
Kim B.
Linnea A.

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.
Anita Smallin
Leslie S.
Linnea A.
Jerry B.

Mission Support: Responsible for our relationships with our resources that reach across all ministry groups including our property, finances, and people.
Kim B. 
Len S.
Carol B.
Greg F.
Jeanine B


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 if you haven’t received yours, or have any questions.

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
74070-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
16430-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
176Blunt scissors
856Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
800Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
173Box of 16 or 24 crayons
1642½” eraser

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.

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:
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
Martha R, Bethesda Health & Rehab

Tigist G,
Billie J,
Margo W.
Anders S.
Joanne B. (SIL of 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
Mahmoud L, friend of Billie J Family

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

Col. Kelly K, friend of Len S

*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.

A Note on Re-entering

I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:19

While some congregations are ahead of the curve, they may have been ahead of the curve before COVID. Imagination and creativity will be key moving forward; not doing something because we can’t do it the same way as pre-COVID. To borrow a term from Disney, it’s time to be “imagineers”. We look forward to hearing your ideas and seeing you when we reopen!