Trinity Tidings July 9, 2020

Trinity Family

Dear Trinity Family,
The following appeared in my inbox the other day.  As one who preaches, I have also learned that sometimes the word I’m looking for is, Amen.  Please give a thoughtful moment to this note from Nancy N. 
Pr Kern

From Nancy N
Trinity is my family. Okay not by blood but by my own choosing.  And like any family, there is always contention and disagreement at some time.  And it hurts!  Don’t we all imagine and hope (pray) for a family where everything is all rosy? But that rarely happens.  We all have different opinions, wishes, hopes, and dreams. 
And sometimes they don’t agree with our brothers and sisters, or even our parents.  But, and this is the important part, we love each other, we have some of the same dreams and values, and we hope for a better tomorrow.  Let’s put aside our differences so we can move forward.

And so it is with Trinity.  We have different ideas, different ideals, different opinions and hopes for our future.  But in the end, aren’t they all the same?  We want our Trinity family to be one; one with each other and one with God.  So let’s all thank God for the faith, love, history and family that is Trinity and move forward in our journey.  Only by embracing our differences and our similarities can we accomplish what we set out to do: serve God and others as a community of believers and love one another as Jesus commands us.


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.


+WORSHIP+


During this time of social distancing, we are recording our services and posting them on Saturday.

The link for last Sunday’s service is HERE.
Angela’s music meditation for this week can be found HERE.


Virtual Choir

Angela and Ross are organizing a virtual choir, where we all will sing, This Little Light of Mine. Children and Children at heart are invited and encouraged to join in the fun. Instructions are at this LINK.


Readings for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 55:10-13
Psalm 65: [1-8] 9-13
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23


+LEARN+


We will email Faith Formation resources on Friday Afternoons.


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 bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.


+SERVE+


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 9:30 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)
Jam/jelly
Canned fruit
Toothpaste
Bath soap
Toilet paper
Deodorant
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 office@trinityelca.org


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)
home:
Tigist G, Len S, James T, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Eric L, friend of Sarah M & Tom K
Family of Elizabeth L, friend of Leslie C
Joel N, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Family of Charla P, friends of Nancy N
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.
Deaths
Charla P +July 2, 2020, friend of Nancy N
Sandra F-H +July 5, 2020, aunt of Leslie C