Trinity Tidings: Mar 12, 2020

Trinity Tidings: Mar 12, 2020

From Pastor Kern

What’s Happening…

Dear People of God,
The covid-19 virus is rocketing through the entire world.  Despite the growing evidence of missteps (accompanied by blame and denial), the virus is unaffected.  And all of our lives are touched in some way.
Later this evening, Thursday, the congregation council will have a conference call to recommend Trinity’s response to the ever changing facts that surround us.  As you may know, two of the area’s Episcopal dioceses are cancelling services and church activities for two weeks.  Congregations everywhere are wrestling with the appropriate response.
Look for the Council’s decisions in your email tomorrow.  And pray without ceasing – for the dead, the dying, the mourning, the suffering, and all the anxious souls around the globe. This frenzied, afflicted world is the world God loves (John 3:16) and it our privilege to offer prayer and praise on behalf of all creation.
Pr Kern T

Worship, Learn, Serve … See our online calendar for upcoming opportunities through the coming year at Trinity.

Concerns on the Spread of Coronavirus
During these times of concern on the spread of coronavirus, Trinity has taken measures to minimize risk by placing hand sanitizer throughout the building for your use. We are also propping many doors open to remove that point of contact.
We also ask you to pass the peace by nodding, bowing, or otherwise limiting direct touch with others.
If you are feeling sick, please stay home to minimize contact with others, especially those with compromised immune systems.


Holy Communion at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m.
Sunday School and Adult Ed at 9:30 a.m.

Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 95
Romans 5:1-11
John 4:5-42

Assisting this Sunday, March 15:

Altar Guild:                   Carol B (8:15); Miriam M (10:45)
Assisting Ministers:    Bill B (8:15); Carol B (10:45)
Children’s Church:      David C (10:45)
Coffee Hour:                  Lily & Keith C (8:15); Louise G & Leslie S (10:45)
Greeters:                        Dan & Rob S (8:15); Susan S (10:45)
Lectors:                           Nathan L (8:15); Greg F (10:45)
Tellers:                            Annie A & Mina
Ushers: Thor & Nancy N (8:15); David & Henry C (10:45)  

Lenten Soup and Bread Suppers and Communion Services

Please join us on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 for a simple supper of soup and bread prior to the 7:30 Midweek Communion services. A sign-up sheet is in the Social Hall for volunteers to bring soup or bread each week, or help with setup/cleanup. 
Our mid-week theme this year is The Exhortations of Jesus, based on sayings of Jesus from the gospel of Matthew. Guest musicians enrich our contemplative worship; a short homily invites reflection.


Lenten Resources
Come check out the Lenten resources table in the fellowship hall. There are a variety of prayer practices and devotionals for you to choose from and for all ages. Come and see the options. These are in the spirit of adding for Lent instead of giving up something. Come try something new.

Trinity’s Ministry Site Profile
Please join Council members on March 15 and 22 at 9:30am in room 10 for discussions of our draft Ministry Site Profile (MSP). The MSP is the document completed by congregations seeking to call an ordained minister of the ELCA. Samples of the MSP can be found here:


A Wider Circle Seeks Specific Assistance with Taxes
A Wider Circle’s programming includes Partnership to Independence (P2I) a comprehensive ongoing support system for clients with the goal of achieved sustained self-sufficiency.  The clients are a diverse group of individuals and families and must make a long-term commitment to qualify for the program.   Participants receive individualized support and a wide range of skill-building and educational opportunities. We have been notified that AWC is currently looking for volunteers to help P2I participants review their taxes before they file them.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Margaret Fitzwilliam and she will put you in touch with a liaison at AWC P2I program.

Lenten Benevolence
Trinity has a tradition of designating the offering received at Wednesday evening Lenten Services as “Lenten Benevolences.” This year the funds collected through these offerings will be given to one of the ministries and initiatives supported by the ELCA relief and development work. (See more information in this month’s Trinitarian.) All offerings received on Wednesdays, unless otherwise designated, will be allocated to Lenten Benevolence. Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness!

Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)

Tigist G, Martha R, James T, Margo W

family and friends*
Chuck B, son of Diana &Bill B
Joanne B, sister-in-law of Mary B & David K
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Betty C, sister of Joe C
Charles D, resident of Bethesda H&R
Steve & Wilma Gfriends of Valerie & Mike M
Heather J, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Donald K, brother of Susan K
Francisco L, friend of Len S & Ani S-G
Mary Ellen M, friend of Diana & Bill B
Juana S M, cousin of Ani S G
Anne T, friend of Sabrina R
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G