Trinity Tidings June 25, 2020

Trinity Tidings June 25, 2020

From Pastor Kern

Dear Trinity Family,
In years past, it would not be unusual for Jackie and I to travel south over the summer and reconnect with family – my sisters and their families, her 90 year old aunt, nieces and nephews. Once in a while there would be a large gathering, a reunion, and tables of food that would make your cardiologist gasp.  That’s just what our family does.
Every family – biological, psychological, work, church – has a need for connection.  Psychologist Murray Bowen taught that family, however it is configured, is the primary building block of life.  Our families teach us, shape us, encourage and discourage us, bring us joy and cause us pain – it’s inevitable, because our families are made up of people just like us.  The goal is to stay connected to our family because that connection is so basic and so powerful, it holds the promise of great healing and renewal.
During this unsettling time when the Trinity family is staying connected at some distance from one another, I suggested that we do our best to: Stay Connected, Be Encouraging, and Remember the Future.
Connection is life.  Encouragement leads to hope. Because the future will be better.  Even if we do not feel it at a given moment, Jesus loves us, this we know…..and when we are loved, we are filled with potential.
Keep in touch with those you love, even the ones who make you a little crazy!  After all, they’re family, which means you’re connected.  All of our families, church family included, are struggling right now to find our way in these uncertain times.  But if we can manage to quiet our souls, I believe we can still hear that clear, clarion call wafting through the ages, Come, and follow me.  We’re coming Jesus!  We really are….
Pastor Kern


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.  


+WORSHIP+


During this time of social distancing, we are recording our worship service. We are posting our service on Saturdays.

The service from last Sunday is HERE.


Readings for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 28:5-9
Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
Romans 6:12-23
Matthew 10:40-42


+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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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
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

*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.