From Pastor Kern
Dear Trinity Family,
I’ve always liked the title of this weekly email that Trinity does – the Tidings. I’m sure it was chosen for its alliteration with Trinity, but it’s such a bright-sounding word. Announcements reminds us of homeroom. Reminder sounds dutiful. Information feels like a thinly disguised sales pitch. But Tidings…..that sounds nice. Angels bring Tidings at Christmas. Tidings invites us, intrigues us, and, hopefully, draws us in closer together. So, I bring you good Tidings this spring Thursday!
If you have not heard already, we have a Readiness Team hard at work preparing for the day(s) when we begin to return to on-site worship and events. There is a LOT to consider at each Phase of that process. Medical, scientific, legal, and moral considerations have to be followed and weighed. And all of that seems to change almost daily. Our great thanks to Dick J (lead), Leslie C, Julie N, Jim K, and Ross A for gathering and thinking through layers of information. Ultimately, any recommendations the Team makes will go the Council for their consideration.
During this time some important behind the scenes work is still being carried out on behalf of everyone. Tellers come in each week to count offerings, the Financial Secretary posts the data, the Treasurer writes bills, the Assistant Treasurer sees to payroll, the Property Team takes care of maintenance – most recently cleaning and sealing the baptismal font, the Sexton cleans and sanitizes, and Staff monitors the mail, voice mail and produces electronic and print content and communications each week. We may not all be together in one place, but all of us taken together are carrying on the work of the congregation. The building is closed, but the church is open!
I pray you are all safe and coping well. Please keep in touch with one another and please, remember to pray for those who have died and those who grieve them and for all the people – medical professionals, scientists, first responders, delivery drivers – who work so that we can stay safe.
From Bishop Eaton
Bishop Eaton, the Presiding Bishop of the ELCA (National Church) has released a pastoral message on COVID-19 & racism.
“This is a trying time for us all. At the same time, we know that a disproportionate burden of illness, death, discrimination and harassment falls on communities of color. This pandemic has exacerbated racism and racial inequities deeply entrenched in society and across the church. We see this in the growing anti-Asian racism and the disproportionate number of deaths in black, American Indian and Latinx communities. I have been learning from the leaders of the ELCA’s ethnic associations how the data we see on the news is experienced in real life. I have listened to leaders of color share the impact of this pandemic on their communities — on their lives and on their ministries. These stories are difficult but important, so we are launching a special series on LivingLutheran.org to lift up these voices for us all to hear. We also seek to ensure that our COVID-19 response more effectively tends to the realities of racism and racial inequality. We are church together.“
The full message can be found HERE.
Pentecost is Coming…
… and, we need your help for worship!
Pentecost is on May 31 and we want to celebrate the “Birthday of the Church” with tongues of fire. Please take a picture of you/your family with your favorite fire. Examples: bonfire, candle, draw a picture of a fire, or color in a picture.
Please send this photo to Anita (firstname.lastname@example.org). Bonus….wear RED! These pictures will be used in the YouTube video for Pentecost Sunday. Please send your pictures by May 27.
Also, we are looking for folks who speak other languages to record themselves saying the Lord’s Prayer. If you are interested, please email Anita by May 24, and she will send you instructions.
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. We are posting the the Sunday Videos on Saturday afternoon.
The video for last Sunday is HERE.
Angela’s Musical Meditation for this week is found HERE.
Readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter
1 Peter 3:13-22
We will be emailing devotions and resources for Sunday School at home on Fridays.
Adult Forum on Zoom
David K has resumed Adult Forum on Zoom at 9:30 am. The Bible study will be on the Psalms. To participate, please send David an email at email@example.com before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) continues to minister to its members, to those who are hurting and searching for peace, and to those in need. With congregations and ministries across the country, and a network of companion churches and partners in over 70 countries around the world, we anticipate this crisis will affect us all. We see rising demands on our food pantries, homeless shelters and social services. The COVID – 19 Response Fund distributes funds to the ministries of the ELCA most in need and best positioned to help. This includes our congregations as well as local and churchwide ministries capable of reaching and assisting those in need. If you are able, please consider a donation to this fund. The link is HERE.
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
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Tigist G, Esther M, Yulie N, James T, Margo W
family and friends:
Mary Lou B, mother of Jerry B
Brian B, Trinity Admin Assistant
Coco E, cousin of Pam B
Justin L, relative of Sarah M & Tom K
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
Family of Eric O, friends of Valerie & Mike M
Residents and staff of Bethesda Health & Rehab
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