Trinity Tidings June 4, 2020

Trinity Tidings June 4, 2020

From Pastor Kern

Dear Trinity Family,
Another week fraught with challenge for the church and the world.  So much upheaval, so much uncertainty – so much to consider and re-consider about our lives.
Sunday will be Trinity Sunday.  In addition to being a major festival of the church year, it’s the namesake of the congregation.  One of the ways I think about the Trinity is as the mysterious portal through which all faith passes.  And contrary to being just a staid doctrine, the Trinity is actually our guide and touchstone through tumultuous times such as these.  More on that on Sunday.
Sunday is also the date of the Commemoration of Chief Seattle of the Duwampo Tribe.  If you have never read the Address of 1854 attributed to Chief Seattle, I highly recommend you track down a copy.  His commemoration is timely given the struggles of America today.  We have a long, historic way to travel on the road to reparations, reconciliation, and redemption.
The building is closed, but the church is open.  Resources go out every week for the community.  We are having a good exchange in the Sunday Adult Forum and the Wednesday class, Here We Stand…..  Don’t forget the food drive to support the food bank at Living Faith in Rockville – our good neighbor and partner in ministry.
Take care of yourselves and one another.  Stay connected.  Be encouraging.  Remember the future.
Pastor Kern

The June Newsletter is out! The link to the newsletter is HERE.

Food Collection Event to Benefit the Food Pantry at Living Faith Lutheran Church, Rockville

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 tomatoes
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)
Canned fruit
Bath soap
Toilet paper

More information    Email


We are continuing to record our worship service and post it on Saturday Afternoon for Sunday.

Last week’s service can be found HERE.
Angela’s Wednesday Music Meditation can be found HERE.

Readings for Holy Trinity Sunday
Genesis 1:1—2:4a
Psalm 8
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Matthew 28:16-20


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. Starting this week, we will be start a series on the parables. To participate, please send David an email at 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)
Tigist G, James T, Margo W
family and friends:
Mary Lou B, mother of Jerry B
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
Family of Sue N, friend of Nancy N
Family of Susan O, aunt of Mike M

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

Robert N, Jr., +May 21, 2020, friend of Nancy N