Trinity Tidings: Mar 26, 2020

Trinity Tidings: Mar 26, 2020

From Pastor Kern

Dear Trinity Family,
Have you ever noticed how your perspective is influenced by the place you’re standing, or sitting?  As I write this, I am looking out the window of my home office straight into the branches of an old maple tree beginning to leaf, and a young river birch, just beginning to bud.  It’s a different perspective than if I were sitting out on the lawn.
Watching various announcements and threads from around the country these last two weeks, I can see how different areas of the country see the pandemic.  In our area, it’s a frightening time.  In a large, wide-open state with 1 confirmed case, I heard one voice say, what’s the big deal?
The thing about perspective, however, is that it doesn’t mean that ours is correct.  What we see is always limited.  There’s principle in science that says that no matter how precise we try to be, there will always be the possibility that something unforeseen will occur.
As the people of God, we know this, don’t we?  Can you think of a single instance in the biblical record where God met normal expectations, 100%?God is not only full of surprises; God seems to take special delight in surprise!
During these anxious days, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed by the realities of the pandemic.  That’s why it’s so important that we stay connected to each other as best we can and be as encouraging as we can.  Because remember, the future is coming and I’m pretty sure God has a surprise or two for us along the way.
Blessings,
Pr Kern


+WORSHIP+


During this time of social distancing, we will be recording a service on YouTube, and posting it on Saturday evening. We hope that this gives you a moment of prayer and peace in this strange time.

Last week’s worship service can be found HERE.

Angela, our Minister of Music, recorded a musical meditation, which can be found HERE.


READINGS AND PSALM
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 130
Romans 8:6-11
John 11:1-45


+LEARN+


We will be emailing devotions and resources for Sunday School at home throughout the week. Anita will be recording Time for ALL Kids, and sending that out every Friday.

David K wrote a devotion on Luke 6 which can be found HERE.


+SERVE+


Trinity Help
The Social Ministry Committee is resurrecting Trinity Help. Trinity Help is the ministry of providing care for those who call Trinity their faith home. We are looking for people who would be willing to provide meals, and/or in our current time of social distancing, make grocery runs for essentials. If you are interested in helping out with this ministry, please email Valerie M. For more details, please see the article in the forthcoming April Trinitarian.


As you know we’ve been hard at work moving Trinity towards the call process. We also have an annual meeting of the Congregation looming. Given our present and foreseeable future social distancing circumstances, if given the option, good instructions, and plenty of testing time, would you participate virtually/via phone in a Congregational meeting to elect Trinity’s call committee or the annual Congregational meeting via the Zoom platform? Please let Sarah G (sarahgarske@hotmail.com or 703-870-8149) know what you think! Thanks! 


Again this Sunday at 9:30am the Council will continue its discussion of Trinity’s Ministry Site Profile (MSP). Since we can’t be together physically, we will do this virtually via the Zoom platform.
Please contact Sarah G @ 703-870-8149 or via sarahgarske@hotmail.com to receive an invitation to join the discussion. If you participated last week not to worry you’re already on the guest list.
ZOOM FAQs
Q: Do I need to sign up for a Zoom account to participate?
A: You do not!
Q: What if I want to say something during the discussion?
A: If you “raise your hand” the host (Sarah G) will see it and call on you.
Q: How do I raise my hand to say something?
A: To raise your hand if you are participating via phone only, press *9. To raise your hand, via the web, look for “Raise Hand” on the participant controls bar. You may have to click the three little dots on the far right to see the “Raise Hand” option.
Q: How do I mute my connection?
A: All participants will be muted upon entry to reduce connection noise/echo. At around 9:30am she will do a bit of a roll call and unmute individual lines so folks can say hello to the group!
Q: I’d like to get this setup ahead of time. Who can help me?
A: Sarah G can! Please reach out to her at 703-870-8149 or sarahgarske@hotmail.com.
Q: What if I get dropped or something goes wrong?
A: Please try to connect again! And please be patient as we work out the kinks of this new normal. Thanks!


Remember in Your Prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
home:
Tigist G, 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
Steve & Wilma Gfriends of Valerie & Mike M
Heather J, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Donald K, brother of Susan K
Doris L, mother of Karen L (Trin. Friend)
Francisco L, friend of Len S & Ani S-G
Evelyn R, aunt of Donna S
Juana S M, cousin of Ani S G
Charlene Z, niece of Marilyn G