From Pastor Kern
Dear Trinity Family,
When I was a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child…..Like most people, I think, during my growing up years I simply didn’t know what I didn’t know. I like to think it’s part of the miracle of development that does its best to keep realties and constructs at bay as our brains and our bodies develop a deeper capacity for truth, empathy, kindness, and love. At any point along the way, however, we can find ourselves traumatized when our circumstance and events around us overwhelm our capacity to cope. In such times, it is usually our connections – our relationships, hopefully – that come to our aid and give us strength.
Notice I did not say those connections bring us resolution, because sometimes that isn’t possible. Like now.
I read an interview with the famous Dr Fauci this week, in which he reiterated some of his fears and concerns about the coronavirus. How it circled the globe in a month. How it affects different people in different ways. How science does not yet know how survivors might be affected long term. And now we see, it’s surging again across America.
At the same time, I watched the murder of George Floyd unfold in protests around the globe and watched how his death managed to embrace and encourage victims of police violence everywhere. As the Reverend Al Sharpton put it, George was the stone that the wide world never noticed, but God chose to be the cornerstone.
The pandemic and the outcry for justice around the world, have just begun. They demand a response and they challenge the status quo of our lives. Some are choosing to deny the reality of either – from go anywhere, do anything you like, the virus is a hoax, to what about law and order. Enter, the Christian faith.
The body of Christ is well familiar with uncertainty and living through challenging times. Our response is an ancient one, affirming God’s love of creation and doing the work of righteousness. We know how to wait (see Exodus and wait between Easter and Pentecost) and we know how to wait actively, staying connected, offering encouragement, and remembering the future.
The world is engaged in a great struggle against a virus we don’t yet understand. Black lives are rising up, insisting on their God-given place in the world. And people of faith, flawed as we can all be, are standing up and moving forward, albeit slowly at times, expecting the kingdom of God to come with healing and justice, through us for the sake of the holy others of the world.
Come, Lord Jesus!
As the community around us moves toward reopening, we too need to carefully, thoughtfully, and prayerfully plan our transition.
A first step for us is to ask for your thoughts as we begin to move forward. Our reopening team (Ross A, Leslie C, Jim K, Julie N, Dick J) has prepared a short survey to solicit those thoughts. If you haven’t had a chance to complete it, please do so HERE, by this Sunday, June 14.
We are continuing to record our worship service and post it on Saturday Afternoon for Sunday.
Readings for the Second Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew 9:35—10:8 [9-23]
We will be emailing devotions and resources for Sunday School at home on Fridays.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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Food Drive THIS Saturday, June 13
Living Faith Lutheran Church maintains a food pantry to help those who don’t get enough to eat; the pantry serves families in the Twinbrook area and other parts of Rockville. The demand for pantry services has increased dramatically since the beginning of the pandemic; to help meet this demand, Trinity’s Social Ministry Committee is sponsoring a collection event in our main parking lot. Let’s help keep the Living Faith pantry stocked with food, as well as personal care items!
When Saturday, June 13 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Where Trinity Lutheran Church (main parking lot)
Items most needed
Cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible)
Rice (1-2 lb. pkg)
Black/pinto beans (canned and dried)
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)
If you can’t be there but would like to contribute, you may send a check directly to
Living Faith Lutheran Church
1605 Veirs Mill Road
Rockville, MD 20851 (Please put ‘Food pantry’ in the memo line)
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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
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Tigist G, James T, Margo W
family and friends*:
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Family of Sue N, friend of Nancy N
Family of Susan O, aunt of Mike M
Kate V, aunt of Dan S
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.