Trinity Tidings May 27, 2021

From Pastor Christine

Beginning this Sunday (May 30th) we are making some adjustments to our outdoor worship. If you are vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask while seated in your worship space. We are following guidance that has been shared with religious organizations, which suggests adopting a “two out of three” approach: masks, social distancing, gathering outdoors. We will be outdoors at least until our live-streaming capabilities are up and running smoothly, so according to current trends it seems safe enough to worship without masks while outdoors. When gathering after worship, please be hospitable and respectful of one another, asking if they would prefer talking masked or unmasked. This is just our first next step. I know there will be many steps in the coming months. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to me via email: pastor@trinityelca.org.

Deep peace and joy,
Pastor Christine


Weekly Music Meditation

Angela’s Weekly Music Meditation can be found HERE. Happy Trinity Sunday!


Traffic Alert!

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: pastor@trinityelca.org. You may also utilize the sign-up form found here, which has added slots.


June Trinitarian Now Available

View it here!


+WORSHIP+


Join us for Worship this Sunday!

When we say God is the triune God, we are saying something about who God is beyond, before, and after the universe: that there is community within God. Our experience of this is reflected in Paul’s words today. When we pray to God as Jesus prayed to his Abba (an everyday, intimate parental address), the Spirit prays within us, creating between us and God the same relationship Jesus has with the one who sent him.


Worship Updates

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 Trinity Sunday
Isaiah 6:1-8
Psalm 29
Romans 8:12-17
John 3:1-17


+LEARN+


Adult Forum

Please join us May 30 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!


+SERVE+


May Disposable Diaper Drive (LAST WEEKEND)

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.


Pet Food Pantry Collection/Troop 1324 Eagle Project

A member of Trinity’s scout troop (Antonio) is currently working on an Eagle project to collect pet food for the Humane Rescue Alliance of DC’s pet food pantry ( https://www.humanerescuealliance.org/petpantry) to help those who are struggling financially to care for their pets.  His collection runs through June 6.  If anyone would like to help this effort, we will have a bin at the next three Sunday morning parking lot services (May 23 and 30 and June 6) to collect donations. This is for both cats and dogs. The pantry asks for unexpired and unopened dry food bags of any size plus canned food, treats, and toys.  The Balbach family will be at the services to receive pet food donations, and if you want to help and can’t attend a service, please reach out to the Balbachs for pick-up.  Thank you from the troop! 


Reclaiming Jesus Podcast Conversations

The number of people in the US who self-identify as Christians has now dropped to below 50%. Their personal experience or what they see and hear through the media are 2 reasons more and more people, especially young people, are walking away from the church. So a question was raised during an Adult Forum session that inspired the idea of having some conversation around how we reclaim Jesus and tell a different story from what is commonly heard in the media. We will be using the Reclaiming Jesus podcast, a series of conversations with Jim Wallis, as a launching point. Join us for 4 Wednesday evenings starting June 16th at 7:00. Weather permitting we will gather at the newly installed benches. You are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner. Otherwise we will use Zoom. See the weekly Tidings for more detailed information, including the order of the podcast episodes.


Offerings

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 office@trinityelca.org to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T, Manor Care Potomac
Martha R, Bethesda Health & Rehab

home
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 Admin
Jessica E, niece of Mary B
Col. Kelly K, friend of Len Sandelli
Family of Kumari K, sister of Vimala P
Anne L, former member of Trinity, friend of Susan S
Alice I, friend of Carol B
Rob R, friend of Margaret & Greg F
The Robin S Family, friends of M. F

first responders
Vicky C, friend of Valerie & Mike M
Paul M, son of Valerie & Mike M
Lisbeth N-D
Greta S & Linda A, sister & sister-in-law of Anita S
Vanessa B, friend of Elizabeth & Ben R
Andrew S, brother of Elizabeth R

*For family and friends, prayer requests will be kept on the list for four weeks.  After four weeks, please complete another card/call the office.

Deaths
Kumari K +May 24,, 2021, sister of Vimala P