Trinity Tidings June 18, 2020

Trinity Tidings June 18, 2020

From Brian, Trinity Admin.

Dear Trinity Church Community,
It is with the heaviest of heart that I now write to you.
When my cancer recurred this fall, my doctors and I were optimistic about surgical removal of the newly reactivated pancreatic tumor. Since it was still confined to a single location, a surgical “cure” was a real possibility. The plan was for surgery, followed by a limited course of adjuvant chemotherapy. After a few months, I would have recovered from surgery, finished the adjuvant chemo, and been able to resume a mostly normal life cancer-free. However, nothing went as planned.
The surgery was much longer and more complicated than anticipated. Not all the tumor could be removed, and a previously uninvolved lymph node now tested positive. Post-surgical recovery was long and difficult. To make matters worse, the cancer also re-metastasized to the liver after the surgery. Back to Stage IV pancreatic cancer – a very different post-surgical situation than we all originally thought and hoped. After a very frank discussion with my oncologist last week, it became clear that this really is a chronic condition. Cancer therapy will continue indefinitely with no defined endpoint.
Therefore, given my current state of energy and stamina, pain management, and a future of perpetual chronic cancer treatments, I hereby reluctantly offer my official resignation from Trinity Lutheran Church as Pastoral Office Assistant. Since it is now clear that I would not be able to return anytime soon, the most fair thing for everyone is that I resign now so that we all may freely move on to the next chapter.
Thank you all for your friendship and support during my time at Trinity, especially during this recent period of illness. Trinity Church and the folks I’ve come to know there will always occupy a special place in my heart. We have shared scary times and fun times, joys and disappointments, the sublime and the ridiculous. I hope we will stay connected, and continue our relationship – albeit in a new, different way.
The Lord bless you and protect you;
The Lord make his face to shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you
and give you peace.
Yours in Christ,
Brian E. B


We’re grateful to Brian for his partnership in ministry, and we will miss him greatly. Carol B has agreed to remain in place for the interim, and we appreciate her service in this time as well.


Drive Thru Food Drive – Thank you!

The Drive Thru Food Drive for Living Faith’s Food Pantry was a great success. We sent over 5 full car loads of food! Thank You! Pastor Sandy sent us a quick thank you: That much food will help a whole lot of people…and a whole lot of them are kids.  So much more than we could have hoped for! 

If you would like to contribute to the Living Faith Food Pantry, 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)


+WORSHIP+


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


Would you like to participate in our virtual worship videos?  We would like to see more member faces in our videos.  And the best way to do that is through our readers and musicians.  To do either of those, you need to be able to make a video recording and turn it in by Thursday morning. Instructions and help is available!  There is no age limit!  Children and youth, expert or not – will you share your gifts?
To volunteer to be a reader of scripture, please respond to Carol in the church office –  office@trinityelca.org. To make a musical offering, including hymn singing and instrumental music, contact Angela – ajsmall@mtu.org.  


Readings for the Third Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 20:7-13
Psalm 69:7-10 [11-15] 16-18
Romans 6:1b-11
Matthew 10:24-39


+LEARN+


We will email and post Faith Formation resources and devotions 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.


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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+SERVE+


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, Trinity Admin Assistant
Sandra F-H, aunt of Leslie C
Family of Elizabeth L, friend of Leslie C
Family of Sue N, friend 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

wedding:
Andy B & Sarah P, June 6, Son & Daughter in Law of Lynn & Bud B

deaths:
Marian D, +June 4, 2020, mother of Elizabeth L, friends of Leslie C

*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.