Trinity Tidings July 15, 2021

Montgomery Interfaith 5K-Labor Day Sept 6th

There has been a great response to Trinity’s sponsorship of the annual Montgomery County Interfaith 5K.  The 5K takes place 8:00 am Monday morning, September 6th (Labor Day). So far, there are sixteen of us on Team Trinity—more than halfway to our goal of 25.  Please go to Montgomery County Interfaith 5K ( to get the current registration rate of $25. The fee goes up on July 22nd.  And don’t forget, there are two race options for children: the Kids Fun Run (ages 6-12) and the Tot Trot (ages 2-5).We will have a table at the race as our home base and as a place to share materials about Trinity with everyone on race day.  And remember, we are using the word “race” loosely.  Some will run, some will jog, and many will walk the 5K (3.11 miles) at the outdoor, enclosed course on the Montgomery County Soccerplex grounds.  For more information, contact Pastor Christine, the Interfaith 5K race director, or Tom Kern, the Trinity representative on the planning committee, at

Music Meditation

View this weeks meditation here


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

Mark’s gospel makes clear how great is the press of the crowd, with its countless needs to be met, on Jesus and his disciples. Yet in today’s gospel Jesus advises his disciples to get away and rest, to take care of themselves. Sometimes we think that when others are in great need we shouldn’t think of ourselves at all; but Jesus also honors the caregivers’ need. We are sent from Christ’s table to care for others and for ourselves.

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 will still offer our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. We hope to continue this plan through the summer, with the hopes of implementing live-stream capabilities, so that we can have indoor worship services when it is safe to do so. 
**We’ve made some adjustments to worship practices: If you are vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask while seated in your worship space. Please be hospitable and respectful of one another, asking if they would prefer talking masked or unmasked. This is just our first next step. There will be many steps in the coming months.

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
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Psalm 23
Ephesians 2:11-22
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56


Food Collection for Living Faith Pantry at Trinity Lutheran Church

Saturday, July 17, 9:00 AM to Noon
The demand for food assistance remains high at the Living Faith pantry in Rockville. They distribute food for 90 families each week. Please help Trinity continue its active support of Living Faith’s pantry during these difficult economic times.

Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Rd. 
North Bethesda 20852 (main parking lot) 
More info: Kathy at 301-675-6987 or email

Critical Food Needs 
Cold cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible)
Black/pinto beans (canned)
Canned tomatoes (whole if possible)
Canned vegetables (corn very popular)
Canned fruit
Cooking oil 
Jam/jelly (strawberry very popular)
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)

If you can’t be there but would like to help, you may send a check directly to
Living Faith Lutheran Church (1605 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20851) Please note ‘food pantry’ in the memo line. The pantry very much appreciates cash donations which allow them to fill in any food gaps.

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 9 am – 12 pm 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 9 am – 12 pm.

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.

Youth Group will be taking the month of July off. Watch this space for plans in August.

Youth Playtime! July 17 – 9-11 am, Trinity Playground – We will be gathering in the playground for some playtime, bubbles, connect 4, and other fun! At 10 am, we will gather for story and song time. Questions? Talk to Anita

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
80070-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8″ X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper
20030-centimeter rulers, or rulers with centimeters on one side, inches on the other
200Blunt scissors
1000Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
1000Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
200Box of 16 or 24 crayons
2002½” 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.

Anders Eagle Scout Project Rescheduled for July 17 at 8 am

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.

family and friends*
Lonnie Baker, friend of Carol Bruno
Brian Briggs, former Trinity Admin
Gerry Wait, friend of Tom Kern
Michael & Cassondra Stratton, friend of Billie Jameson
Dr. Don Knuth, brother of Sue Knuth

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

*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.