From Pastor Kern
Dear Trinity Family,
My mother used to quote Abraham Lincoln to me growing up: always try and tell the truth that way you don’t have so much to remember. Whether Lincoln actually said that in that way, it’s good wisdom. When I was in college my friend John added a cognate when he said he tries not to have strong opinions about everything then he doesn’t have to carry them around.
Jesus makes it simple for us. Follow me. Love your neighbor as yourself. I will be with you always.
As the Easter season comes to a close this Sunday, the church moves out into the world with these simple promises of Jesus to guide us. Simple, but not always easy to apprehend.
Obfuscation seems the order of the day in our nation and in our world. Leaders say things they know not to be true, insisting that they are. Citizens rally with weapons to protest public health guidelines. 90,000 deaths from a virus after only months from being unleashed on the world, without a day of mourning. What does following Jesus look like now? How does loving neighbor as self play out in daily life? How does it affect us, knowing Jesus is with us always?
Jesus makes it simple for us. But faith……faith is complicated, isn’t it? Maybe we can take some courage watching the disciples after Jesus ascended. Their faith was strong. But they weren’t quite sure what to do. So they prayed. And they waited.
Let us pray and wait in faith.
Ascension Day Service TONIGHT
Forty days after Easter, always a Thursday, the festival of Ascension greets us. Once a major festival of church life, the Day has become largely absent from our worship calendars. But in this year of pandemic it seems like an appropriate, opportune time to gather (virtually) to celebrate and be spiritually fed by this day of promise, hope, and expectation.
Join the Trinity Family this Thursday at 8 pm (note the time) via zoom from the link below to remember the Ascension of our Lord.
Topic: Trinity Ascension Day Worship
Time: May 21, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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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.
Last Sunday’s service can be found HERE.
Angela’s Music Meditation for Wednesday can be found HERE.
The National Council of Churches USA (NCC) will hold a public online memorial service THIS SUNDAY, May 24 at 6:00 PM ET to mourn the more than 300,000 people worldwide who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 90,000 of whom were in the United States. The NCC is comprised of 38 member communions ranging from mainline Protestant to historic African American and Orthodox churches. Many clergy from a broad spectrum of Christian traditions, some of whom have been personally impacted by COVID-19, will offer prayers, readings and songs during the observance, including Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The link to register for this service is HERE.
Readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
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.
COVID-19 Response: Congregational Giving Challenge
Each year the Congregation’s budgeted benevolences include an amount for the Social Ministry Team to designate. The 2020 Trinity Budget includes $4,500 in such funds. As we all know, 2020 has been like no other year from a community need perspective. The Social Ministry Team has been tracking needs over the past 10 weeks and determined to focus this year’s benevolences on hunger.
While $4,500 will make a difference, we’d like to challenge the Congregation to double its impact. The Social Ministry Team is challenging members of the congregation to dig a little deeper and increase their giving to support hunger needs with the goal of raising an additional $4,500. Funds will be distributed locally between Manna Food Center and Bethesda Help.
Here’s how the match will work. When submitting a donation to Trinity towards this effort during June and July, please include “Social Min. Match” under “Other” on your envelope. At the end of the June and July, the additional funds raised will be sent to the designated organizations.
This is just one effort the Social Ministry Team is exploring to increase our reach of support in the Community. Stay tuned for efforts that will be included in the Tidings or The Trinitarian.
Reaching out a helping hand
Food banks and shelters everywhere have seen an unprecedented increase in demand – from both new and established client groups. Trinity’s Social Ministry committee recently met to discuss how we as a congregation can respond to this growing need. Check future Trinity Tidings for details of congregation-level activities!
Ways for individuals to help – on a scale that works for you:
Stepping Stones shelter in Rockville (http://steppingstonesshelter.org/) provides emergency food and housing to homeless families referred by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. The shelter is happy to accept financial and in-kind donations both small and large: lunch supplies so that clients can prepare their own meals, cleaning supplies and other urgent needs included in the list on their website. In-kind donations can be dropped off on the shelter porch during business hours; you are asked to call (301) 251-0567 to let them know in advance that you are coming. Individuals can also help by signing up to make and drop off dinner (see web site for details) .
Future Tidings articles will provide other options for individual donations!
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
Audie M, brother of Margaret F
Family of Susan O, aunt of Mike M
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
Susan O +May 15, 2020, aunt of Mike M
Nora K +May 16, 2020, mother of Jeanine B