From Pastor Christine
As many of you know, June is Pride Month. A time we intentionally set aside to honor, affirm, and advocate for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (and in some cases, “questioning”), intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) siblings. The “+” is for a plethora of other orientations and identities. Years ago Trinity Lutheran identified itself as a Reconciling in Christ congregation, which means we have explicitly chosen to welcome and affirm people of “all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions” and we commit ourselves to racial equity.
To really boil it down: We take Jesus’ commandment to love one another very seriously, both in terms of how we express love and care; and we recognize all the varied expressions of love, sexuality, and identity that comes with being made in the image of God.
There’s a lot more to be said on this topic, but I wanted to share with you one small worship tweak we will be making during the month of June: we will be using the Inclusive Bible translation for our readings. The translators intent is to free the text from sexist language, gender bias, and social stereotyping. The translators relied on the original Hebrew and Greek and do more than just play around with pronouns. I think you’ll find that it reads smoothly and beautifully.
I will, however, be honest. The Inclusive Bible was published in 2007 and language and understandings continue to evolve, so it may not be as reflective of our current understandings as I would like, but it is a start. As you may have heard me say recently in a sermon: our words and how we use them matter. I hope you’ll listen and reflect with an open mind.
Happy Pride Month!
Deep peace and joy,
Weekly Music Meditation
Angela’s Weekly Music Meditation can be found HERE. Enjoy!
Construction at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd and Executive Blvd has created a long term road closure at that intersection. HERE is a map of the detour from Montgomery County.
Pastor’s Office Hours
Pastor Christine continues to hold regular office hours. If you would like to speak with her either via zoom, phone, or in-person, please contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also utilize the sign-up form found here, which has added slots.
June Trinitarian Now Available
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Join us for Worship this Sunday!
A house divided against itself cannot stand. Jesus makes this observation in light of charges that he is possessed. He is possessed, not by a demon, but by the Holy Spirit. We who have received the Holy Spirit through baptism have been joined to Christ’s death and resurrection and knit together in the body of Christ. Those with whom we sing and pray this day are Jesus’ family. With them we go forth in peace to do the will of God.
Come to LIVE Communion worship in the parking lot on Sundays at 10am (signup is necessary HERE or through the church office). We will still offer our YouTube recorded service, which will include: music, full sermon, children’s message, and Holy Communion in extraordinary circumstances. We hope to continue this plan through the summer, with the hopes of implementing live-stream capabilities, so that we can have indoor worship services when it is safe to do so.
Virtual Services, along with Music Meditations and Faith Formation videos, are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/TrinityELCAYouTube
Worship Assistants Needed!
In order for our services each Sunday to run smoothly, we need your help! Please contact the church office or sign up HERE to be Parking Lot Greeter (to direct cars and to give handouts), Communion Distributor, or Lector/Prayer Leader.
Readings for this Sunday
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Please join us June 6 at 11:30am as David K continues a series on 1 John. Please email David or the church office to receive a Zoom invitation to the class. Please join us!
Summer Kick-Off Fun June 19!
Please plan on joining us ice cream, activities, and fellowship! Between 11am-1pm, an ice cream truck will be available in our parking lot with a choice of goodies (at no cost). Games and labyrinth activities will also be available. At 12:00 noon Anita will host story time for children. Additionally, this date is our regularly scheduled Living Faith Food Pantry collection day (9am-noon). We’re doing a ‘flash drive’ and setting a high goal of collecting 500 items on a single date! So, please bring non-perishables with you when you come and let’s see how full we can make the pantry shelves! We hope you’ll come and rekindle your relationships with each other, and get to know folks you may not know well.
Live-stream equipment update!
As many of you know, we are actively working on securing all the components to implement live-streaming for our worship services. Council has approved a plan for a really good first step. We are very fortunate that we have been able to keep this first step at a very reasonable cost point (less than 5K). However, we do have a few “wish list” items that are not included in the first steps, but will improve our capabilities greatly:
1. Blackmagic switcher, which will improve the reliability of the system;
2. and an instrument microphone for the organ, which will capture the full sound of the organ.
If you are able to donate to these two needs (totaling ~$1695), please contact the Financial Secretary, Carol Bruno, Pastor Christine, or write: ‘live-stream donation’ in the memo line of a check. We will be sharing more information in regards to live-steaming installation and capabilities in the very near future, but if you have questions, please reach out to Pastor Christine.
Thanks to all who supported the Social Ministry Team’s May “Shower” diaper collection for the Greater DC Diaper Bank.
We exceed our goal of 3,000 diapers, collecting just short of 3,500 diapers! God’s Work Our Hands!
Montgomery County Young Adults Mini Golf
Come join Young Adults (those in their 20s and 30s) from Good Shepherd, Prince of Peace, and Christ the Servant to play mini golf at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg on Sunday, June 27 at 1:30 pm. After, we will have Rita’s ice! Please bring $5 cash (total cost for mini golf and Rita’s). Let Kelly Stief (Kelly_T_Stief@mcpsmd.org) know you’re coming by Sunday, June 20, so we can order enough Rita’s. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Out of Office
Next week (June 7th – 14th) Pastor Christine will be on vacation (backpacking the Appalachian Trail). She will not have access to email or phone. In the event of an emergency, please contact the office and they will put you in touch with Pastor Steve Buechler, who will be on call during her absence.
Pastor Susan Beck will be leading us in worship. She is the chaplain with The Community of Saint Dysmas, which is the Lutheran community within the Maryland State Correctional System. Please welcome her!
Pet Food Pantry Collection/Troop 1324 Eagle Project
A member of Trinity’s scout troop (Antonio) is currently working on an Eagle project to collect pet food for the Humane Rescue Alliance of DC’s pet food pantry ( https://www.humanerescuealliance.org/petpantry) to help those who are struggling financially to care for their pets. His collection runs through June 6. If anyone would like to help this effort, we will have a bin at the next three Sunday morning parking lot services (May 23 and 30 and June 6) to collect donations. This is for both cats and dogs. The pantry asks for unexpired and unopened dry food bags of any size plus canned food, treats, and toys. The Balbach family will be at the services to receive pet food donations, and if you want to help and can’t attend a service, please reach out to the Balbachs for pick-up. Thank you from the troop!
NEW! Reclaiming Jesus Podcast Conversations
Here are details for the first 2 sessions. We are not going in order, so be sure to find the correct episodes for each week. Some podcasts number them, some don’t, so check the titles. If you wish to read the condensed statement that many clergy signed, the link is just below and the associated confession parts are provided for each session as a reference point if you are interested. Bring a picnic dinner and meet at the benches near the labyrinth.
Wednesday, June 16th, 7:00pm
The Image Question & The Neighbor Question (#8 & #9)
Statement confession parts I & II.
Wednesday, June 23rd, 7:00pm
The Power Question & The Caesar Question (#6 & #4)
Statement confession part V.
Thank you for your offerings. At present, we support donations through PayPal. We are currently exploring our options to provide you multiple options for online giving. See details HERE.
Remember in your prayers
We are grateful that people have been lifting up our members and friends in prayer during Zoom gatherings. Please also call the office at 301-881-7275 or email email@example.com to add them to the list below.
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
Martha R, Bethesda Health & Rehab
Tigist G, Billie J, Margo W
family and friends*
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Brian B, former Trinity Admin
Alice I, friend of Carol B
Col. Kelly K, friend of Len S
Family of Kumari K, sister of Vimala P
Rob R, friend of Margaret & Greg F
The Robin S Family, friends of M. F
Dave L, friend of Mike M
Juan S-G, brother of Ani S-G
Anne L, former member
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
*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks. After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.