One of the things the pandemic has stripped from my life is easy joy; easy laughter. And so, let’s take an opportunity to make joy our mission! On March 14th, from 11am-1pm, a FREE Hot Chocolate (and coffee) Truck will be at Trinity. Come, drink, be merry (and joyful!). We have purposefully picked the 4th Sunday of Lent, because from a tradition standpoint, it is Laetare Sunday – a day to ‘lighten up’ during Lent, because we know, as Easter people, that we live in the joy of the resurrection, even as we travel through Lent.
We will also be revealing more details about MISSION: JOY on Laetare Sunday, but you’ll need to A) tune in to worship on the 4th Sunday in Lent and/or B) watch your email communications for your mission, should you choose to accept it (said in my very best place secret-coder voice).
Daylight Savings Time Begins!
This Sunday begins Daylight Saving Time. Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday, March 13.
Get to know Pastor Christine!
In an effort to meet members of Trinity, Pastor Christine has set up a signup genius form. If you are interested in a one-on-one meeting with her to share a bit about yourself and get to know her, please select a slot, or call the office to set up a meeting time. The meetings will take place over zoom or via phone (your preference). More times and slots will be added. Once you sign up, she will contact you with zoom details, if desired.
Join us for worship this Sunday!
In this week’s gospel, Jesus says he will be lifted up on the cross, so that those who look to him in faith will live. When we receive the sign of the cross in baptism, that cross becomes the sign we can look to in faith for healing, for restored relationship to God, for hope when we are dying.
Wednesdays in Lent
March 17 – March 24, 7:30 pm
On these mid-week Wednesdays we will worship live on Zoom with lesson, prayers and music from Holden Evening Prayer. A brief homily will be shared.
Zoom address: https://zoom.us/j/92088686545
Dial in: 301 715 8592, meeting ID 920 8868 6545
Worship Materials are HERE (same throughout Lent); bible readings are HERE.
Lenten Benevolence will be directed this year to the ELCA Disaster Response Fund; when submitting your offering envelopes, please mark Lenten Benevolence or ELCA Disaster Response under Other.
Virtual Services are broadcast on YouTube each week at https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK
Readings for the Fourth Sunday in Lent
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Guest Speaker at Adult Forum
This week, we welcome representatives from Lutheran Disaster Response on Sunday at 9:30am to speak about the works of good they are doing domestically and internationally during the time of Covid.
Our Lenten Benevolence this year is being directed to this organization.
Zoom information for this week only:
Dial in: +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC).
Meeting ID: 957 6781 6068
Please join us!
Faith Formation videos & resources are published on Saturdays, and will be emailed with the service.
Pastor Christine’s Lenten Challenge
Lent is a time to focus on strengthening and deepening our relationship with God, with one another, and with the world. And so, I’d like to challenge you to do at least 3 things in these areas:
Strengthen your relationship with God
Participate in an event that supports worship (read, cantor, write prayers, participate in choir). We can connect you with those who organize these things. Just contact the office. Read and reflect using the Again and Again Lenten Devotional found in you Lenten goody bag. Or, introduce a new prayer practice (a few options can be found here). Attend mid-week Lenten services on Zoom Wednesdays at 7:30pm.
Strengthen your relationship with others
Reach out to at least 3 people you know personally from church who you haven’t been in contact with lately (by hone, email, or by sending a card). Is there a personal relationship in your life that needs mending? Take some intentional time to consider what next healthy steps to take. Approach others with a demeanor of curiosity when you disagree, listening to their point of view.
Strengthen your relationship with the world
Make a direct online donation to one of our social ministry partners (Lutheran World Relief, Bethesda Help, ELCA World Hunger, A Wider Circle, Lutheran Social Services) Drop off food for Living Faith Food Pantry (next drop off: March 20)Invite someone who doesn’t attend church to join us for online worship. These are all just starting points. There are so many ways we can reach out! A quick google search also provides me with numerous ways to support first responders and those suffering from housing insecurity during the pandemic. I hope you’ll find intentionality in relationships is a good thing.
The next nonperishable Food Drive for Living Faith Food Pantry is Saturday, March 20 from 9 to noon in the Trinity parking lot. Details may be found HERE. We will have a collection bin available for food items during the Hot Chocolate Truck visit on Sunday, March 14 from 11 to 1. The demand for food assistance is higher than ever at the Living Faith pantry. In recent weeks they have been distributing 90 bags of food each week and still had to turn away some families. Please help Trinity continue its active support of Living Faith’s pantry during these difficult economic times.
Easter Lilies 2021
The Worship and Music Team plans to purchase lilies to adorn the sanctuary this Easter; if you would like to reserve one or more to purchase and take home, please contact the Church Office. Approximate cost is $10.
Inviting Members to Help Advance Trinity’s Ministry
The Council is inviting members to engage in two short-term activities. They are related to ensuring Trinity’s financial health and good governance and to enhancing Trinity’s connection with our members and outreach to the community. Please contact the Church Office or Sarah M if you are interested in serving Trinity’s ministry with one of these activities:
• Supporting Good Governance: Join the Audit Committee. We are inviting members who have accounting or financial backgrounds to participate on an Audit Committee to perform an audit of Trinity’s finances for 2019 and 2020 and prepare a report for the Council and congregation. An audit committee is meant to provide the oversight necessary to promote a strong control environment and to afford reasonable assurance that good stewardship is being used in handling and accounting for the funds and other assets of the congregation. Participation on this committee may require a few days work over the course of a month or so once started. We do not have a start date identified and are flexible, but good practice suggests we should want it completed no later than June and if it can be done by May 16, we could provide an update at the semi-annual meeting.
• Enhancing Trinity’s Connection and Outreach: Technology Upgrades. Trinity’s technology capabilities – equipment and software – are inadequate for meeting the needs of our congregation and engaging the community in new and creative ways. The Council is creating a Technology Task Force and we are inviting interested members to think with us about needs and priorities for technology upgrades. Ideally, we will have one or more proposals for Congregational consideration by our May 16, 2021 semi-annual meeting, but the work may continue beyond the May meeting. Starting in March, we will be meeting weekly on Zoom to identify needs and brainstorm solutions. Please join us. Contact the church office with your interest for the link, days and time. This may require up to 20 hours of activity over March and April.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to add them to the list below.
Martha R (Bethesda H&R)
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Tigist G, Louise G, Elizabeth R, Margo W
family and friends*:
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
Brian B, former Trinity Office Admin
Rev. Sarah F-M, friend of Anita S
The Job H Family, friends of Angela B
Rev. Sandra S, Pastor of Living Faith Lutheran Church
Larry S, relative of Len S
Robert S, friend of Len S
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
*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.