From Pastor Kern
Dear People of God,
As I write this, election day has passed, but the election is not over. Anxiety is close to bubbling over, and Americans are divided.
No matter how the election ultimately turns out, this much is clear – our divisions are deep and they are real. I may be wrong, but I don’t see where winning an election by one party will do anything at all to change the mind of anyone in the other party. The talking heads and pundits and reporters have laid all the reasons why that is so but the fact is, this is a very dangerous place to be.
I happened to catch a report the other night that was a montage of concession speeches made by candidates, Republican and Democrat, who lost their bid to serve as president. To a person, they were decent, conciliatory and appealed to the “better angels” in our lives. It made me realize once more how far our national discourse has drifted.
So what do politics have to do with church? Just this. A case can be made that some of the Christian traditions in our country have contributed more than a little to this national divide. I don’t question the religious fervor of those who protest against abortion rights, civil rights, LGBTQI rights, immigration policy, and all the rest. But as Bob Dylan points out in his piece, God On Our Side, religious fervor is no less susceptible to blindness than any other ‘ism’ created by humanity. Time and again in my life and ministry, I have seen otherwise faithful people lose all sense of proportion once they were convinced God was on their side, and only on their side. And not surprisingly, their fervor is always directed at what others should and should not be allowed to do, and never themselves.
The old spiritual hymn sings of keeping our minds ‘stayed on Jesus.’ Let’s try that, shall we?
The Monthly newsletter, The Trinitarian, for November is HERE.
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. Due to restrictions, only 50 people will be able to participate. In case of rain, the service will be cancelled.
We also 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.
Please use the link HERE to indicate you will be attending Trinity’s parking lot worship Sunday the 8th. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Third Sunday after Pentecost
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
David K continues a study on the Old Testament books of First and Second Samuel this Sunday at 9:30 am. Please email David for the Zoom link, or call the church office to have your name added to the class list.
On Sunday November 15 at 9:30am, Trinity’s Adult Forum will host a Zoom session with Liz Anne 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
Trinity Men’s Group on Zoom
The next gathering will take place on November 11 at 1pm. For the Zoom url or phone number to call in, please contact Dick J or the church office.
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.
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.
Community Family Life Services’ Annual Give-a-Gift Program
Running from November 15 through December 6, Trinity is collecting new unwrapped toys, games, books, and clothes for children infant through 18 years old. See full details in this month’s Trinitarian newsletter.
The roofers are here! The sanctuary roof (including cupola area) and half of the social hall roof are being replaced, as voted by the congregation at the July meeting. The work should be completed in under two weeks.
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 email@example.com 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.