Trinity Tidings July 2, 2020

Congregational Meeting Information

Trinity will be holding two congregational meetings at the end of July:
The first meeting on July 25 at 10am in the Trinity Main Parking Lot will allow Trinity to update its constitution to allow for virtual meetings. 
The second meeting on July 26 at 12 noon will be the semi-annual meeting online via Zoom (rescheduled from May 2020) with the primary task of electing Congregation Council members, Mission Endowment Fund committee members, Nominating Committee members, and Call Committee members. All members are requested to attend via computer link or by telephone. The Zoom link and telephone number are posted in this month’s Trinitarian.

From the Council

Dear Members of Trinity,
Many of you have become aware that the members of the Congregation Council have had some intensive conversation about leadership and the future of Trinity.  As that conversation has unfolded, some members of the Council decided to step away.  Keith C has resigned as Council member and Treasurer, effective July 31; Hagen S, VP, resigned as of June 30 and he along with Jane R, have withdrawn their nominations for a regular, three year term; and, Sarah G resigned as member of Council and President effective June 30.   Annie A, while not a voting member of Council, resigned as Financial Secretary.
We want to express our deep appreciation to each of these servants for all they have offered to Trinity and all the hard work they have done on behalf of the congregation.  They have served Trinity faithfully and well.
And as we give thanks for their service, we remain grateful that Jeanine B remains our Assistant Treasurer and we have two volunteers to fill the Treasurer and Financial Secretary, Greg F and Carol B, respectively.  (Officers of the congregation are nominated and elected by the Council, per the congregation constitution.) In addition, the Nominating Committee is putting together a strong slate of candidates with a history of love and service in and to Trinity to be presented at the Annual Meeting on July 26.  And the MSP has been submitted to the synod and the Call Committee will be ready to go after their election.  Sarah M, Council Secretary, is continuing her service and has volunteered to act as needed until a new Council is in place.  (Officers are typically elected each year following the annual meeting where new members to the Council are elected.)
We give thanks to God for all of the gifted people of Trinity who serve and support their church in their individual ways.  And we remember that in the midst of change, the love of God holds us all.  Whether on Council or not, whether serving in a position or not, as Paul says, we are the body of Christ and individually members of it. We are confident that God will bless the days ahead for each one of us.
The Congregation Council of Trinity
Ross A, Jane R, Jerry B, Sarah M, Fred S, Rebecca L, Greg F, Nancy N, Pastor Kern

July Newsletter

The July Trinitarian is published and available HERE.


During this time of social distancing, we are recording our worship service. We are posting our service on Saturdays.
The link to last week’s service is HERE.

Readings for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Zechariah 9:9-1
Psalm 145:8-14
Romans 7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30


We will email Faith Formation resources on Friday Afternoons.
Angela’s Music Meditation will be released tomorrow.

Adult Forum on Zoom
David K will be continuing to host the Adult Forum. Currently, we are working through the Parables. To participate, please send David an email at before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.

Here We Stand…..sort of…..maybe: An Invitation to Conversations on the Edge facilitated by Pastor Kern

When Martin Luther stood trial for his then-heretical beliefs, he famously declared in the face of some of the greatest power the world had ever known, Here I stand.  I cannot do otherwise.  So help me God.  In the clarity of history, we now see Luther as a very human figure with some views we find abhorrent today. But as equally flawed, faithful saints we might ask ourselves:  Where do we stand?  What is God requiring of us?

Please join me for these conversations each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm via the Zoom link below.  As the Holy Spirit has called each of us into this body of Christ, I believe we each have gifts to share.  We can learn from each other. I’m looking forward to the conversation.

Pastor Kern

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Food Drive to Benefit Living Faith Food Pantry
Trinity will hold a second Food Drive to benefit Living Faith Food Pantry on July 25 at 10 am (in conjunction with the Special Congregational Meeting)  in the Main Trinity Parking Lot. Items especially in need are: 
Cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible)
Rice (1-2 lb. pkg)
Black/pinto beans (canned and dried)
Canned tomatoes
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)
Canned fruit
Bath soap
Toilet paper
If you can’t shop but would like to contribute, you may send a check directly:
Living Faith Lutheran Church
1605 Veirs Mill Road,
Rockville, MD 20851
(Please put ‘Food pantry’ in the memo line)
More information: Email

COVID-19 Response: Congregational Giving Challenge
Each year the Congregation’s budgeted benevolences include an amount for the Social Ministry Team to designate. The 2020 Trinity Budget includes $4,500 in such funds. As we all know, 2020 has been like no other year from a community need perspective. The Social Ministry Team has been tracking needs over the past 10 weeks and determined to focus this year’s benevolences on hunger.
While $4,500 will make a difference, we’d like to challenge the Congregation to double its impact. The Social Ministry Team is challenging members of the congregation to dig a little deeper and increase their giving to support hunger needs with the goal of raising an additional $4,500. Funds will be distributed locally between Manna Food Center and Bethesda Help.
Here’s how the match will work. When submitting a donation to Trinity towards this effort during June and July, please include “Social Min. Match” under “Other” on your envelope. At the end of the June and July, the additional funds raised will be sent to the designated organizations.
This is just one effort the Social Ministry Team is exploring to increase our reach of support in the Community. Stay tuned for efforts that will be included in the Tidings or The Trinitarian.

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

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Tigist G, Len S, James T, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Sandra F-H, aunt of Leslie C
Family of Elizabeth L, friend of Leslie C
Joel N, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Kate V, aunt of Dan S
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
*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.