From Pastor Christine
I’m a bit over a week here, which has me reflecting a lot on building and deepening relationships. While arriving during a pandemic is not ideal, I believe it has gifted us with an awareness of intentional relationship building. We have to work a bit harder to get to know one another, because we aren’t going to just chat over a cup of coffee (or soda, in my case) after worship. We have been taking intentional steps, so that we can really become part of one another’s lives.
This focus on intentional relationships also aligns well with Lent. Lent is just around the corner, with Ash Wednesday February 17th. Lent is a time to focus on strengthening and deepening our relationship with God, with one another, and with the world. And so, I’d like to challenge you to do at least 3 things in these areas:
Strengthen your relationship with God
- Participate in an event that supports worship (read, cantor, write prayers, participate in choir). We can connect you with those who organize these things. Just contact the office.
- Read and reflect using the Again and Again Lenten Devotional found in you Lenten goody bag. Or, introduce a new prayer practice (a few options can be found here).
- Attend mid-week Lenten services (beginning 2/17 at 7:30pm).
Strengthen your relationship with others
- Reach out to at least 3 people you know personally from church who you haven’t been in contact with lately (by hone, email, or by sending a card).
- Is there a personal relationship in your life that needs mending? Take some intentional time to consider what next healthy steps to take.
- Approach others with a demeanor of curiosity when you disagree, listening to their point of view.
Strengthen your relationship with the world
- Make a direct online donation to one of our social ministry partners (Lutheran World Relief, Bethesda Help, ELCA World Hunger, A Wider Circle, Lutheran Social Services)
- Drop off food for Living Faith Food Pantry (next drop off: February 20)
- Invite someone who doesn’t attend church to join us for online worship.
These are all just starting points. There are so many ways we can reach out! A quick google search also provides me with numerous ways to support first responders and those suffering from housing insecurity during the pandemic. I hope you’ll find intentionality in relationships is a good thing.
We have put together some items to support your at-home worship during Lent. Please come by the church to pick up a bag or contact the office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-881-7275) to have one delivered to you. Bags are available 2/11-2/12 and 2/15-2/16 (weekdays) from 9:30am-3pm; or 2/13 (Saturday) from 9:30am-12:30pm. (No pickups on Sunday.) Please come to the office parking lot to pick up the bags.
The Lenten Bags contain: Ashes for Ash Wednesday, a candle, a Lenten devotional booklet, a prayer card, a recipe card, and a written explanation on Holy Communion during Extraordinary Times.
Additionally, for families who are receiving Lenten Family Bags (through Faith Formation), those will be available for pick up during the same hours.
The February edition of Trinity’s monthly newsletter, The Trinitarian, is available HERE.
Get to know Pastor Christine!
In an effort to meet members of Trinity, Pastor Christine has set up a signup genius form. If you are interested in a one-on-one meeting with her to share a bit about yourself and get to know her, please select a slot, or call the office to set up a meeting time. The meetings will take place over zoom or via phone (your preference). More times and slots will be added. Once you sign up, she will contact you with zoom details, if desired.
With Pastor Christine’s arrival we have updated some of our email accounts and practices. Please use the following email address:
Join us for worship this Sunday!
On this Transfiguration Sunday, Jesus’ three closest friends hear the words from heaven naming him God’s Beloved. As believers, Paul writes, we are enabled to see the God-light in Jesus’ face, because the same God who created light in the first place has shone in our hearts to give us that vision. The light of God’s glory in Jesus has enlightened us through baptism and shines in us also for others to see. We will also “bury” the Alleluia banner at the end of the service, as we prepare for the more solemn season of Lent.
Ash Wednesday and Lenten Midweek Services
Ash Wednesday will be a recorded service, available online HERE early on February 17. (The link will also be emailed.) Please follow along using the posted bulletin and the materials contained in your Lenten Bags.
Wednesdays in Lent
February 24 – March 17, 7:30 pm
On these mid-week Wednesdays we will worship live on Zoom with music and prayers. A brief homily will be shared.
Dial in: 301 715 8592, meeting ID 920 8868 6545
Lenten Benevolence will be directed this year to the ELCA Disaster Relief Fund; when submitting your offering envelopes, please mark Lenten Benevolence or ELCA Disaster Relief under Other.
Virtual Services are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK
Readings for the Transfiguration of Our Lord
2 Kings 2:1-12
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
David K will continue a new series of study this Sunday on the book of John. Please contact David to be added to the Zoom invitation email, or contact the church office.
Faith Formation videos & resources are published on Fridays.
February is Hunger Month
Sadly, our usual Fellowship and Fund Raising activities supporting hunger, Cook-Off and Souper Bowl voting, are not to be this February. We request instead that Trinity members make a cash/check donation to support providing perishable items to Living Faith Food Pantry, something we cannot provide in our monthly food drives. Simply include the amount, made out to Trinity, with your February offerings noting “LF Perishable Foods” on your offering envelopes.
Mark your calendar! The monthly nonperishable food drive for Living Faith is a week from Saturday (February 20) from 9 to 12 in the Trinity main parking lot.
Lenten Soup Swap
While the pandemic precludes us from coming together on Wednesday nights to share Soup & Bread dinners, Trinity is trying a Lenten Soup Swap. Here is how it will work:
Each week in Lent that you are interested in participating you will be paired with another member of Trinity.
Pairs will rotate weekly. Each pair will share any food restrictions and coordinate how to drop off/deliver 1 quart of soup to each other. You may also opt to include bread you enjoy. If you are interested, please email Margaret F at email@example.com by February 14 with the following:
– Which week(s) you are interested in participating:
(2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24)
– Best contact email or phone number to reach you
We will distribute a schedule by 2/18 to all participants.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to add them to the list below.
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Tigist G, Louise G, Margo W
family and friends*:
Jim A, friend of Lynn & Bud B
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Brian B, former Trinity Office Admin
Kevin D, friend of Cathy C
Sebrena D, friend of Cathy C
Lisa L K, friend of Cathy C
Sherry M, cousin of Lynn B
Natalie S, mother of Dan S
Dennis S, friend of Len 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
Paul G, + February 6, 2021, husband of Louise G
*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.