Trinity Tidings July 23, 2020

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,
In his last book, Uproar, Peter Steinke quotes a proverb. When there is the wind of change, some build walls; others build windmills. This coming Saturday and Sunday, Trinity is going to hold two congregation meetings.  The first, on Saturday, will be in the parking lot. The purpose is approve amendments to the constitution, most of which are necessary to keep Trinity in compliance with changes in the ELCA documents.  (ELCA congregations receive their tax exempt status through the ELCA.) These changes will make it possible to have the second meeting on Sunday, via Zoom.  This will be the slightly delayed annual meeting of the congregation.  In a separate email, you will see the slate of nominees for the Call Committee, Council Members, Mission Endowment Fund, and Nominating Committee.  And, you will be asked to approve some repairs and improvements on church property.  It’s a lot for 2 days.  But it’s more than that.  It’s a new beginning.
After their election the Call Committee will get under way.  That means the day when a new pastor arrives is much closer than not.  And it means Council leadership that will work with that new pastor to open the next chapter of congregation life.  To reference the parable, these ‘windmills’ will capture the Spirit (wind) of the moment in a way that will bring new energy and life to Trinity.  This is holy change and it is good.
I look forward to seeing you on Saturday and Sunday.
Pastor Kern


It’s been a while since we’ve updated our list of members who have keys to Trinity.  Do you have a key to any Trinity doors?  Two things: 1st – if you have a key and are not presently serving in a capacity where you are using the key for ministry, would you mind returning it to the office?  2nd – if you have a key and need it for ministry please send an email to so we can keep you on the updated list. Please include which key you have. It should be stamped on the key.  With the presence of children in the building 5 days a week, it’s important for liability reasons that we keep an accurate list of keyholders.  Thanks for your help!

Congregational Meeting Information

Trinity will be holding two meetings this weekend:

  • Saturday July 25 at 10am in the main Trinity parking lot (Special Meeting to approve changes to the Constitution). Twenty five members must be present to make a quorum to hold the meeting. Hardcopy Annual Reports will also be distributed and the Living Faith Food Drive will be held.
  • Sunday July 26 at 12noon via Zoom to elect Congregation Council members, Mission Endowment Fund committee members, Nominating Committee members, and Call Committee members.

Details of the revised Zoom meeting information, slates of nominees, agendas, and online Annual Report will be emailed under separate cover.


During this time of social distancing, we are recording our worship services and posting them on YouTube on Saturdays.
The link for last Sunday’s Worship Service can be found HERE.

Readings for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
1 Kings 3:5-12 
Psalm 119:129-136 
Romans 8:26-39 
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 


Christmas in July is Saturday, July 25th!

While we can’t work together making Chrismons for the tree in the social hall, kits will be available for you to pick up the day we gather in the parking lot for the congregational meeting. There will be 25 kits of each kind…beaded Chrismons and painted Chrismons. These were designed so our younger children can complete them successfully with only some assistance.

Coming Together Again as the Body of Christ

Members and Friends of Trinity are invited to join Pr. Kern on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm for an ongoing conversation about Coming Together as the Body of Christ – moving in the future united in faith.  Themes for the sessions include:

+ Trust – dynamics that break it, and actions that build it;
+ Action – changing the way we think by changing what we do;
+ Trinity’s constitution in one act – what does it really say; and,
+ Welcome Pastor! – getting ready to receive your new pastor.

Some themes will take more than one session, others only one, and still other topics may well arise out of our conversations.  Each week will be largely self-contained so please, join in as often as you are interested and able.  The link is below. It will be the same link for each week.

Topic: Coming Together Trinity
On Wednesday at 7:30pm, until Aug 26, 2020.
Meeting ID: 815 5568 3282

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Adult Forum on Zoom
There will be no Adult Forum this week due to the congregational meeting.
David K will start a new study on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1 – 7:29) beginning August 16 at 9:30.   

“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.”

We will email Faith Formation resources on Friday Afternoons.


Social Ministry Reminders

Just a quick reminder about 2 upcoming opportunities. Please take a look below and consider how you might be able to help out. You can find the details in Tuesday’s email. Thank you for your support and generosity.
Food Drive to Benefit Local Food Pantry
This Saturday, July 25th, until 1:00 pm Trinity will hold a second food drive to benefit the food pantry at Living Faith Lutheran Church. Drop off will be in Trinity’s main parking lot. For the list of needs click HERE.
Dinner for Interfaith Works Women’s CenterTrinity’s Social Ministry Team is organizing a dinner for Interfaith Works Women’s Center in Rockville on Sunday, August 2. A menu featuring Mediterranean grilled chicken has been planned with additional items needed and detailed in the sign-up available through this secure link: If you have questions, please contact Margaret at

COVID-19 Response: Congregational Giving Challenge FINAL WEEK; Great Start, Let’s Finish Strong! While COVID-19 has changed many things, it has not changed the generosity of Trinity members. In June the Social Ministry Team challenged the Congregation to raise $4,500 by the end of July to match the Congregations’ annual benevolence budget; doubling our support to hunger needs in the local community. Through the end of June $4,000 has been raised toward the goal.  This is the last week to send your donations in towards this effort.  As a reminder, when sending a check made out to Trinity, please note “Social Ministry Match” on your envelope under “Other”. The Social Ministry Team is thankful for all the support towards helping those in need.

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, 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 
Eric L, friend of Sarah M & Tom K
Joel N, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Mike N, brother-in-law of friend of Donna S
Family of Charla P, friends of Nancy N

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. 

Steven F & Katie S, July 25, 2020  
son & daughter-in-law of Margaret & Greg F 

Shari C +July 15, 2020, cousin of Dan S   
Kate V +July 15, 2020, aunt of Dan S