From Pastor Christine
Dear siblings in Christ!
I am so excited to be with you and start in on this next venture God is calling us to. I lament that things are such that we aren’t able to be physically together, but I am thankful for all the ways that we can be connected. I will be reaching out in a myriad of ways to try to get to know each of you, but please don’t hesitate to email me if you have a pastoral need, are an introvert and don’t feel comfortable in larger zoom meetings, or just have a question, and we can set up a call or zoom.
I want to start off by saying “THANK YOU!” I’ve been showered with kindness this first week: balloons, signs, Trinity specific gifts, kind emails, good food. Thank you very much.
I think many of you may have attended the zoom where I answered some questions about myself, but since this is my first week, and I loved receiving the biographies that many of you gifted me, I thought I’d share a little about who I am and what makes me tick.
First and foremost, I am a wife and a mother. I have four children. Carter is my eldest (23); he attended Miami of Ohio and majored in Political Science. He is currently living at home as he looks for a job (the pandemic has made this hard!). Jackson is 21 and currently attends Ohio University, majoring in Business. Cooper is 18 and a senior at Saint John’s College High School in DC, where he also plays baseball (he has not yet decided where he will attend college). Maddie is 4 years old and is attending Grace Episcopal Day school for Pre-K, and will attend primary school there as well. Maddie will often be with me at worship, and she is very excited to make Trinity her new church home. Fair warning – she has the energy to match her fiery red hair. I’ve been married to my husband Drew for 6 years. He is an engineer working for the government, volunteers as a firefighter in Montgomery County, and is an avid woodworker (you should see the tools in our basement!). He and I met at the fire department, where I also serve as a chaplain.
I received my BSED from Ohio University and served as a special educator in Ohio and Virginia, before I attended seminary. I attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (now United Lutheran Seminary), receiving my Mdiv in 2008, and have been serving as a pastor for 11 years. Most recently I completed my Masters in Public Administration (MPA) to support my congregational work and my interest in non-profit organizations.
I have a few hobbies, namely running, hiking, and writing. I’ve completed 16 marathons and am currently section hiking the Appalachian Trail. I’ve also recently hired a writing tutor who is helping me with some writing I’ve produced (poetry and memoir type writings). You’ll likely learn that I lean towards the arts, and believe they are a great gift to us in tapping into the divine, and helping us access our emotions and spirituality. My daughter would want you to know that my favorite Disney Princess is Tinkerbell and that I love to bake chocolate chip cookies. Also, I’m an avid Diet Mountain Dew drinker and a lover of dark chocolate.
I am passionate about social justice issues, especially as they relate to our home communities. I believe that one of the ways the church moves into the future is by forging relationships with local organizations, so that we can work together building healthy communities. But – more on this to come.
Mostly, you’ll learn that I like to have fun, ask questions, explore opportunities. Please grant me some grace and patience as we step into these next days. I’m really looking forward to what’s in store.
Deep peace and joy,
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!
We welcome our new pastor, Christine Dunn (Pastor Christine or PC), beginning this Sunday. It is also the same week as the 65th anniversary of the first service held (at Garrett Park School) by the small group of people who would come together later that autumn to officially become Trinity Lutheran Church.
Virtual Coffee Hour to Greet Pastor Christine
February 7 will be her first Sunday with us, and we will celebrate with a live Virtual Coffee Hour at Noon. Join us via Zoom with your favorite brew and visit with your Trinity family to chat with Pr. Christine, her husband Drew, and daughter Maddie!
Zoom address: https://cssp.zoom.us/j/99513912956
Dial in: 301 715 8592, meeting ID 995 1391 2956
At the Coffee Hour, we will be experimenting with the Breakout Rooms feature on Zoom. As always, we ask for your patience and grace! Many churches are using this feature regularly for coffee hours, and it will allow Pastor Christine and Drew D to visit with members in small groups. But, don’t expect a lengthy visit. Imagine a wedding reception where the newlyweds travel among the guest tables to try and say “Hi” to as many people as possible! That is what we will be doing on Sunday, randomly dividing you all into small groups and whisking Pastor Christine and Drew among the groups. There won’t be a lot of time to chat with them, but it will help them begin to know your faces (and voices) and you to learn a bit more about them. If we are lucky, Maddie may pop into the picture.
Here are a few things you can expect:
• We will start coffee all together at noon. But shortly after noon, you will be given an invitation to join a breakout room. Say yes!
• Once in the rooms, the participants can see and converse with their group. Pastor Christine and Drew will magically appear, and after a few minutes, be magically transported to another room.
• You will be able to leave the room anytime, but we will end the coffee hour at 1pm.
• More instructions will be provided with the Sunday video!
Virtual Services are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK
Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Epiphany
1 Corinthians 9:16-23
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.
Dinner for the Interfaith Women’s Shelter
Coming THIS TUESDAY February 9, Trinity will be providing a hot chili dinner for the residents. Please consider signing up to provide a portion of the dinner; we still have openings for chili, cornbread, salad, or fruit. Items need to be dropped off to Trinity between 3:30-4:30 on February 9 in disposable containers. If you have questions, please contact Leslie S. at 301-468-0219 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please review the available slots and sign up below or phone/email Leslie to add your selection: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caba82f4-dinner3
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 donation to support providing perishable items to Living Faith Food Pantry, something we cannot provide in our monthly food drives. Simply include the amount with your February offerings noting “LF Perishable Foods” on your offering envelopes.
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, Anita S, 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
Paul G, husband of Louise G
Lisa L K, friend of Cathy C
Sherry M, cousin of Lynn B
Mike & Pat R, brother & sister-in-law of Rob S
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
*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.