Trinity Tidings October 22, 2020

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,
The book study I’m concluding next week is based on Margaret Wheatley’s book, Who Do We Choose to Be?
As the election draws near and the Covid-19 infections surge and Trinity prepares to call a new pastor and millions are out of work and we wonder what in the world is going to happen to us all, Ms Wheatley’s title seems just about right to me.  In the face of all that is upon us and the world, who are we going to choose to be?
Shall we give in to our anxieties, or strive to be calm?Shall we join the strident voices, or speak fiercely out of love?Shall we hunker down and just try and take care of ourselves and those we love, or can we develop the capacity to work on behalf of the poor, the excluded, the marginalized?
Now more than ever, the world needs a vibrant body of Christ standing up in the world.  We know what we think.  We know what we do.  The only question is, Who Do We Choose to Be?

Pastor Kern

A Brief Update from the Call Committee

We are now entering a critical phase of the call process.  We have narrowed our pastor search to two candidates and in the next phase of our process we will be getting to know these individuals better.  We ask for your continued prayers so that our discernment of God’s will for our congregation becomes clear. Your prayers and support of this process are key to its success.

David K, Chair
Angela B
Matthew C
Nalini A
Trevor H
Sabrina R


Parking Lot Worship 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.
This week, Reformation Sunday, we will welcome guest violinist Andrew Nixon along with Angela on keyboard. Please Wear Red!
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 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!

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

Readings for Reformation Sunday
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 46
Romans 3:19-28
John 8:31-36


Before I Go

This Tuesday October 27 at 7pm, Pastor Kern will facilitate a final conversation and reflection 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.
Please note—the Start Time is 7 pm.
Join Zoom Meeting: 
Dial in by your location:       
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 820 9837 4241

Adult Forum on Zoom

David K continues 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
Do the Right Thing

Thursday, October 29th, 7:30 pm
 For our last movie we switch to a drama. Spike Lee produced, directed, wrote, and stars in Do the Right Thing, a powerful and poignant portrait of contemporary urban life. He plays Mookie, an employee at Sal’s Famous Pizzeria run by Italians who commute from Bensonhurst to Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant. Mookie’s deliveries take him through this poor black neighborhood on the hottest day of the summer. The movie came out 31 years ago; what is different today? Parents, this movie is rated R; with a warning about language. High school youth are invited to join the conversation with parental permission. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie M at
iTunes, Youtube, Amazon Prime ($3.99+)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 885 6303 4831
Dial in by your location       
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)       
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)  

Faith Formation Videos will be emailed on Fridays


Update from the Living Faith Pantry 

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 November 21 (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 – November:
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), drinks, and dessert are covered, but we still need people to sign up for pasta dishes (recipe provided) and caesar salads. 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. 

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. Third Quarter statements are being mailed in the next few days.

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, 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
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
James T +October 17, 2020
The Funeral and Inurnment Service will be private. The family is hoping to record the service and make it available to those who cannot attend in person. Donations may be made in memory of James to the Trinity Lutheran Church Mission Endowment Fund, or the Trinity Lutheran Church Columbarium Fund.

*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.