From Pastor Kern
Dear People of Trinity,
In these perilous times, our prayers are unceasing for:
+ pandemic victims, their families and friends, the medical personnel who work sacrificially to save their lives, for scientists and researchers who search for treatments;
+ for the conscience of our nation and the world, confronting systemic racism with renewed urgency and repentance;
+ for the struggle of the powerless and judicious restraint by the powerful; so that, the prayer Jesus gave us – your kingdom come, your will be done – might come to pass through us.
At the same time, God gives blessings and gifts to the world, and to Trinity. We are thankful for the large turnout for the two congregation meetings last Saturday and Sunday. The congregation constitution is up-to-date, and several important decisions were made. The roof will be replaced, termites and beetles treated, internet service will be upgraded and availability improved, the Call Committee was elected along with Nominating Committee for next year, members to the Mission Endowment Committee, and last, but certainly not least, new Congregation Council members were elected. Immediately following the congregation meeting, the Council elected their officers for 2020-2021. They are: Sarah Morrison, President; Jerry Boegler, Vice President; Kim Bettcher, Secretary; Greg Fitzwilliam, Treasurer; Jeanine Balbach, Assistant Treasurer; Carol Bruno, Financial Secretary (non-voting member). We heard that the financial picture of the congregation is strong. The Reopening Team shared the results of their extensive work. And, there was a growing sense of excitement and expectation at the prospect of the Call process getting underway.
And so we go forward as the saints have always done, with our hearts lifted by the grace of God we receive, even as we are weighed down by the cares of the world. We know our place – to be the presence of the emerging kingdom of God in the world – and so we do not lose heart. God is with us and God is with all live and breathe. And God’s love holds us all together.
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 email@example.com 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!
The Trinitarian, Trinity’s monthly newsletter for August, is online. You can find it HERE.
On Saturday July 25, at an in-person Special Meeting in the Trinity Parking Lot, the congregation approved changes to the Constitution to allow for virtual congregational meetings, and to bring it into compliance with the 2019 model constitution of the ELCA.
On Sunday July 26, the semi-annual congregational meeting was held via Zoom, presided over by Secretary Sarah M. The following people were elected:
3-year term ending 2023: Mary B, Valerie M, Leslie S, Frederic S
2-year term ending 2022: Jeanine B, Kim B
1-year term ending 2021: Linnea A
Mission Endowment Fund Committee
3-year term ending 2023: Margaret F
2-year term ending 2022: Nalini A
Term ending 2021: Bob C, Nathan L, Robert P, Len S, Steve S
Pastoral Call Committee: Nalini A, Angela B, Matthew C, Trevor H, David K, Sabrina R
Resolutions to reroof the sanctuary and half the social hall, fund pest removal in a beam of the sanctuary, and upgrade internet/wifi capability were passed, and the Re-Opening Team gave a report updating the congregation of the preparations being made before live services inside Trinity can be held.
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.
Angela’s Wednesday Musical Meditation can be found HERE.
Readings for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21
Christmas in July Chrismon Kits
If you did not have an opportunity to pick up a kit or two at the congregational meeting on July 25, you can ask to have them set aside for you in the church office. These are simple beaded shapes or wooden shapes to paint; we will hang them on the Social Hall Christmas tree this December. Email the church office with your interest, and we will get a kits to you.
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.
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Adult Forum on Zoom
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 Updates
Food Drives to Benefit Local Food Pantry
On July 25, five carloads of food were dropped off at Living Faith Lutheran Church’s Food Pantry, thanks to generous donations from Trinity members and the Luxmanor neighborhood. Additional drives are scheduled for August 22 and September 19 from 9:30 to 1pm.
Dinner for Interfaith Works Women’s Center August 2
All slots are filled! Thanks to those who volunteered to bring food to this shelter dinner.
COVID-19 Response: Congregational Giving Challenge
Thanks to the generosity of Trinity members and friends, $4,510 was raised during June and July to double the budgeted Social Ministry benevolence. The money will be equally split between Bethesda Help and Manna Food.
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
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
Wyatt N, grandson of Bill & Diana B
Mike N, brother-in-law of friend of Donna S
Family of Charla P, friends of Nancy N
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.