From Pastor Kern
Dear People of God,
I saw on the evening news the pandemic death toll in the US alone is nearly 250,000. Over 10 million have been infected. For a point of reference, 10 million is almost twice the number of our entire ELCA. The bravado of the I-have-a-right-not-to-wear-a-mask citizenry is no match for the virus. But we all know this. It’s astounding to say, but we’re getting good at pushing this crisis out of our minds. The loss is so overwhelming we can find ourselves debilitated if we don’t take care.
It’s true that for the sake of humanity we all need to do the best we can do to help one another, but there’s no denying a social malaise has settled over the world. We can’t just pretend things are alright. No amount of positive thinking will bring a quarter million Americans back to life. We have to keep living in the world we have.
So what to do…..? The ancient practices of our faith come to mind – worship, prayer, service – the marks of devotion. These things keep us centered and allow us to consciously and intentionally move toward the grace and love of God. The peace that passes all understanding is what we need, because understanding in this pandemic won’t bring back the saints who have died.
Some would liken this time to a wilderness time – wandering, afflicted, not sure where to turn or what to do, just wander. But we make our way by walking. And each step we take, we take in the name of One who made us and all living things. Redemption will come. New life will emerge. Soon. But not yet. Now is the time of lament and fervent devotion. Like Jacob of old, we must wrestle with God in this strange new land, until the new day dawns and wounded, we see again.
Lord, have mercy,
Video of James Tobias Funeral
Due to the coronavirus, Trinity limited how many people could come to the funeral and inurnment of James Tobias. Van Dau recorded the service, so that we all can celebrate the life of James.
The link to the video is HERE.
The bulletin can be found HERE.
Thomas said to him, Lord, we do not know where you are going, how can we know the way? And Jesus said, I am the way and the truth and the life. – John 14
Parking Lot Worship Service with Communion
Each Sunday in November at 4pm, we will holding a LIVE Communion service in the parking lot. Bring a mask and a lounge chair from home or sit in your car (we hope to have our new AM transmitter up and running this week, especially as the weather gets colder). Due to restrictions, only 50 people will be able to participate. In case of rain, the service will be cancelled. We will be collecting food donations for Living Faith Lutheran Church’s food pantry, alongside the offering plate. The items will be gathered and added to the next Food Drive delivery on November 21. Also, running this Sunday through December 6, we will be collecting new unwrapped toys for children infant to age 18 for Community Family Life Services Annual Give-a-Gift program. Bring your toy purchases to Sunday afternoon church services, on Saturday, November 21 during the Food Drive, or drop them off at the church office Monday, Wednesday, or Friday mornings.
Please use the link HERE to indicate you will be attending Trinity’s parking lot worship Sunday the 15th. When replying, count all members of your household who will be attending (no need for members to reply individually). If you prefer to RSVP by email or phone, please contact the office at Trinity (email@example.com or 301-881-7275).
[Please note: an RSVP ensures that we have prepared enough space for social distancing, as well as a preliminary count for Communion supplies and a means to reach you if services are cancelled.]
Volunteers Needed: Parking Lot Services run smoother when we have volunteers willing to help with Reader/Prayer Leader, Usher, Entrance Greeter, or Equipment Setup duties one or more Sundays in October. Signup link is HERE or contact the office as above to reserve your spot. Thank you!
Virtual services, Faith Formation resources, and musical meditations will continue to be posted on Trinity’s YouTube channel each week: https://bit.ly/3eHOnsK (and subscribe!)
Readings for the Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18
Psalm 90:1-8 [9-11] 12
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Adult Forum for November 15
David K is away this week. This Sunday November 15 at 9:30am, Trinity’s Adult Forum will host a Zoom session with Liz Ann Ganiban from A Wider Circle (AWC). Liz Ann will provide an update on how AWC continues with its mission of breaking the cycle of poverty during the pandemic. She will also focus on how AWC’s Partnership to Independence program has had to change to continue serving the clients who have made a long term commitment to the program. Please join us to learn how we can support a local organization during these difficult times.
Special Zoom Address for November 15:
phone in: +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown), meeting ID 993 2844 5977
Faith Formation Videos will be emailed on Fridays
Social Ministry Update
Our next food drive for the Living Faith Pantry in Rockville will be on Saturday, November 21, from 9:00 AM to noon in the main Trinity parking lot. The demand for food supplies remains very high. See more information on their current food needs and where you can send cash donations HERE. Thank you for your support of this ministry.
CFLS Give a Gift
This month we also have an opportunity to make the holidays brighter for children by donating holiday gifts through CFLS. This organization provides services to reentry women, survivors of domestic violence, homeless residents and their children in Washington, DC. Trinity is collecting new toys, games, books and clothes for children infant through 18 years old. Toys should be new and in their original packaging but not wrapped.
You may drop off your purchases during the Food Drive on the 21st, at Sunday Parking Lot Services, or at the church office Monday, Wednesday, or Friday mornings.
Lutheran World Relief Quilt Project: Phase Two
Thanks to fabric and batting donations from the Trinity community, together with a Thrivent grant obtained by Valerie M, we had the basis for the initial phase of this project. We now have six finished quilts and ten more in process.
We hope that others will want to participate in the next phase of this ministry. This would involve assembling quilt tops (independently) from prepared “kits” of pre-cut fabric, each containing enough to create a simple 60 x 80-inch quilt top, and including detailed instructions. (Only straight-line sewing would be required.) Please contact Julie N or the church office if you would be interested in learning more about these kits or in assisting with other aspects of quilt assembly.
The roofers are more than three quarters finished with roof replacement over the sanctuary and social hall, as voted by the congregation at the July meeting. The cupola will be the last area to be completed.
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
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.
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Tigist G, Margo W
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Carol & Ken E, aunt & uncle of Jeanine B
Mari J, friend of Sarah M & Tom K
Gabriel L, nephew of Ani SG and 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.