From Pastor Kern
Dear People of God,
So many voices. So many opinions. So much contradictory information. This is not an easy time to be a good human. With more than 1,000 deaths a day recently in America, it’s hard not to shed a tear for America, to say nothing of all the dead and dying.
Systemic racism continues to be a challenge for many in the dominant class – those of us for whom the way things are has rewarded us and worked well for us all of our lives. To hear now that our benefits rely on a way of organizing society so that very many have very little and a very few have very much, seems to put us at odds with our fellow human beings, to say nothing of the gospel of Jesus.
In the middle of our world the church still stands. Imperfect, at times insensitive, but hopefully still the body through whom Jesus goes out into the world. Martin Luther taught us that the knowledge of our sin drives us to Christ, where we seeks words of redemption and grace, and we are empowered to set out and try again and again to live a life worthy of the name of Christ.
Keep walking sisters and brothers. We are blessed to be a blessing.
The Trinitarian, Trinity’s monthly newsletter for August, is online. You can find it HERE.
Readings for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
1 Kings 19:9-18
Christmas in July Chrismon Kits
If you did not have an opportunity to pick up a kit or two at the congregational meeting on July 25, you can ask to have them set aside for you in the church office. These are simple beaded shapes or wooden shapes to paint; we will hang them on the Social Hall Christmas tree this December. Email the church office with your interest, and we will get a kits to you.
Now For a Completely Different Adult Forum!
David and Mary are still away on vacation this week, but we’re going to gather at our usual 9:30 on Sunday morning and do something a little different. You will need to come prepared to either do a little writing, or to do a little doodling…so paper and pen or pencil; OR blank paper and markers, crayons, colored pencils, or any writing tool and a favorite scripture verse, quote or phrase.
We will be doing 2 activities, one of the 2 choices mentioned, and another we will all participate in. There will be some quiet time to work on the tasks and some time to share for those who are willing. If you have children or youth at home, they are more than welcome to join in as I will have options for younger participants as well.The Zoom link will be sent out Saturday as we’ve been doing. If you want to be added to the list of recipients, please send Valerie an email. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Forum on Zoom
David K will start a new study on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1 – 7:29) beginning August 16 at 9:30 am.
“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.”
Thanks to all who participated in the Wednesday Coming Together Zoom discussions with Pastor Kern. We have completed all sessions for August; please watch for a new study starting in September.
We will email Faith Formation resources on Friday Afternoons.
Social Ministry Updates
Mark your calendars for additional Food Drives at Trinity to benefit the Food Pantry at Living Faith Lutheran Church: August 22 and September 19 from 9:30 to 1pm. On August 22, in addition to food, Trinity will be collecting school supplies for the families that receive food from Living Faith. We are collecting:
– 24 pk Crayola crayons
– #2 pencils
– pink erasers
– spiral notebooks or composition books
– colored pencils
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
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Tigist G, James T, Margo W
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Glennon D, brother of loved one of Donna S
Paul G, husband of Louise G
Wyatt N, grandson of Bill & Diana B
Mike N, brother-in-law of friend of Donna S
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.
June L +July 24, 2020, longtime Trinity member
Judy W +August 1, 2020, longtime friend of Diana & Bill B