Returning Home By Another Way
This year of living with a global pandemic has been apocalyptic. Apocalypse is a Greek word meaning “revelation”, “an unveiling” of things that were not known or needed to be revealed. This past year has been revealing some truths about our lives…truths about the way we do things, how things work or don’t work like inequity of opportunities and access to basic needs, systems that are at minimum unjust. It’s been a challenging year for different reasons and in different ways for different individuals and communities.
What has been revealed about Trinity? What have our challenges been?
• Too many things rely on one person
• Coordination, partnership between ministry areas is sporadic
• Current structure leaves holes in our leadership
• We can do new things or adapt to new ways of doing
• Our collective imagination has both stalled and been stretched and engaged
• The range of levels of engagement may be wider than expected, meaning people aren’t as engaged as we believed
• New ideas have been welcomed
Maybe some of these things were noticed in the early days of the call process when Trinity was reflecting on the past and looking to the future. The pandemic has given us more time to reflect. Having 7 new members join council in July and holding a retreat has brought more opportunity to reflect and consider who we are as a community, who we want to be, and how we might get there.
Apocalyptic times reveal truths to us, but also signs and ways of new life and creation. We are slowly returning home, but by another way. On World Labyrinth Day some of us gathered at our labyrinth. Josh explained that his design wasn’t a single path in and back out, though that option is definitely there. His intention was for people to enter by one path and come out another path. That’s the story of the three kings, going home by another way.
The pandemic and its impact is not going to be over with the flip of a switch. We will be doing things differently due to that alone, for some time to come still. The restructuring that Council is proposing is meant to bring us home by another way, a way that hopefully will address some of the less than ideal concerns that our time in reflection over the last year plus, has revealed. A way home by another way that makes Trinity a congregation full of vitality.
Please come the congregational meeting, and listen with an open heart and spirit, to the approach we want to experiment with in the coming year.
Valerie, Jerry, and Mary
Semi-Annual Congregation Meeting THIS SUNDAY May 16
Please join us via Zoom at noon on May 16 for Trinity’s semiannual meeting. Items on the agenda include:
• Elections: Council, MEF, Synod Assembly, 2022 Nominating Committee
• RIC commitment study
• Introduce Committee restructure to Congregation (see above)
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/97072058065
Join by phone: +1 301 715 8592
Meeting ID: 970 7205 8065
2020 Annual Reports of the congregation will be distributed at Parking Lot Church this week. You can also stop by the church office to pick up a copy during business hours, or request a pdf via email.
Weekly Music Meditation
Angela’s Weekly Music Meditation can be found HERE. Happy Ascension Day!
The May Trinitarian, Trinity’s monthly newsletter, has been published. You can find it HERE.
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: email@example.com. You may also utilize the sign-up form found here, which has added slots.
Join us for Worship this Sunday!
In today’s readings the risen Christ ascends into heaven and his followers are assured that the Spirit will empower them to be witnesses throughout the earth. The disciples are told to not gaze up into heaven to look for Jesus (Acts 1:11); we find his presence among us as we proclaim the word and share the Easter feast. We too long for the Spirit to enliven our faith and invigorate our mission.
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 the Seventh Sunday of Easter
1 John 5:9-13
Red Geraniums for Pentecost, May 23
Deadline for ordering is May 16. Please complete this form if you would like to donate geraniums for Pentecost Sunday.
There will be no Adult Forum this week due to the congregational meeting at noon. Please join us May 23 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!
Graduate Recognition Sunday
Trinity plans to recognize graduates from high school, college, and graduate school at Parking Lot Services on Pentecost Sunday, May 23 at 10am. Please notify the church office of all who are graduating in your family this spring, along with the school name.
Living Faith Food Drive THIS SATURDAY May 15
Please contribute to our next nonperishable food drive to benefit Living Faith Food Pantry in the main parking lot from 9 to noon this Saturday. Over 115 families were helped in a recent week, so your food and cash donations are more important than ever. Thank you! See the updated list of Critical Food Needs HERE.
May Disposable Diaper Drive
Trinity continues to collect diapers for the Greater DC Diaper Bank through May 30. For more details, check HERE. Drop off is available during parking lot services, during normal church office hours, and the food drive on May 15.
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, Billie J, Margo W
family and friends*:
Lonnie B, friend of Carol B
James B, father of Mary B
Joanne B, sister in law of Mary B
Brian B, former Trinity Office Admin
Jack C, father of David C
Jessica E, niece of Mary B
Rev. Sarah F-M, friend of Anita S
Robin S Family, friends of Margaret F
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