Trinity Tidings October 15, 2020

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of Trinity,

J Benjamin Bedenbaugh, professor of New Testament at Lutheran Southern Seminary when I was there, was a bit of a legend.  Academic, scholar, creative, passionate teacher, and full of grace, he was fond of reminding us that the kingdom of God was like a robin in the snow – a sign that spring was already present, but not yet fully realized.

I think of the good professor often in these days of chaos, discord, and turmoil in our nation and our world.  You don’t need the litany – we all live in the tension.  Most of the time, we do the best we can, but there’s no denying the tension takes its toll.  And the kingdom of God – grace filled living – can see far away.

When I find myself at this point, it helps me when I remember the professor’s words – already, but not yet.  The people of God can see (and be!) grace in this time and acknowledge the challenges of this time, and also remember with confidence that the present and the future are in heaven’s keeping.

It is the nature of God to redeem creation.  With that in mind, we follow the path laid out by justice, grace, and love.
Pr Kern


Parking Lot Service With Communion

Each Sunday in October and 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 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 18th. 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 ( 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!

A Mighty Fortress Virtual HYMN!

Mark your calendars for October 25, Reformation Sunday, as Trinity will be celebrating this festival Sunday with special musicians at both the Virtual and Live services that day.
Also, please join us in musically celebrating Reformation Day by submitting a video for our recorded service on October 25th! We welcome all to submit videos singing A Mighty Fortress. Angela has made a rehearsal video explaining how to record available HERE. All are welcome to contribute! The hymn text is displayed in the video, so all you need are a recording device, a playback device, headphones, and a smile. Most phones and computers work fine for recording. If you would prefer to print out the lyrics, the hymn text is available HERE.  Please submit videos to this link HERE by Monday October 19th. If you have any questions, please reach out to Angela at or Anita at

Virtual services, Faith Formation resources, and musical meditations will continue to be posted on Trinity’s YouTube channel each week: (and subscribe!)

Readings for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 45:1-7
Psalm 96:1-9 [10-13]
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Matthew 22:15-22


Before I Go

Pastor Kern will facilitate conversation and reflections on the book, Who Do We Choose to Be?, by Margaret J Wheatley. Before I Go refers to the closing season of Pastor Kern’s work at Trinity and this class is one of a few offerings he would like to make before he leaves.  The book is full of insight, and ultimately, hope. There is NO CLASS on 10/20, but please join us for the final Zoom session on Tuesday 10/27 at 7 pm. 

Adult Forum on Zoom

David K will begin a study on the Old Testament books of First and Second Samuel for the next few Sundays 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.

Trinity Film Series

A Look at Racism Through Film – Emanuel
Thursday, October 15th TONIGHT at 7:30 pm, Valerie M, facilitator
Please join us for a discussion focused on the documentary film, Emanuel, the story of the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015. High school aged youth are invited to watch the film and join the discussion. Please view the film ahead of time on Amazon Prime, or Youtube ($3.99+). If you have any questions, please contact Valerie M at
Join Zoom Meeting
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Faith Formation Videos will be emailed on Fridays


Living Faith Pantry Food Drive This Saturday at Trinity

Since June, Trinity and the Luxmanor community have held monthly drives to collect nonperishable food for the pantry at Living Faith Lutheran Church in Rockville. The next parking lot drive will be at Trinity on Saturday October 17th (9:00AM to noon). Donations may also be brought to Sunday evening worship services. Cash donations, always appreciated, can be made directly to Living Faith Lutheran Church (1605 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20851.) Please note ‘food pantry’ in the memo line on all checks.
Food Pantry Needs – October:
Cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible) 
Black/pinto beans (canned) 
Canned tomatoes (whole if possible)
Canned vegetables (corn very popular) NEW
Canned fruit 
Cooking oil NEW
Peanut Butter NEW
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)
Canned soup (chicken noodle popular) NEW
Bath soap
Toilet paper
Shampoo NEW

Interfaith Women’s Shelter Dinner Sunday November 1st

Trinity will be providing dinner once again at the Women’s Shelter. The entree (Mediterranean Chicken) and dessert are covered, but pasta dishes (recipe provided), caesar salads, cider, and clementines are needed. Please see the sign-up link HERE for more details or contact Margaret F with questions. If you prefer, please contact the church office by phone or email to sign up with your preferred dish. People can drop off their dishes at Trinity between 3-4pm on 11/1. Thank you for your support.  

Sheets for LWR Quilts Update

Due to the difficulty of finding printed flat sheets, the request for sheets to make quilts has been updated to just solid twin flat sheets (NO MICROFIBER). We have been donated printed fabric and are buying the remainder that is needed. Please consider picking up a solid color twin flat sheet for this effort and dropping it off at Trinity by Sunday, October 25th. Thank you.

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 to add them to the list below.

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Martha R (Bethesda Health & Rehab)
Tigist G, Len S, James T, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Benigno D C, friend of Nancy N
Mari J, friend of Sarah M & Tom K
Hazel & Earl N, aunt & uncle of Julie N
Sue S, mother of Elizabeth R
Donald Trump, President of the United States
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
*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.