From Pastor Kern
Dear People of God,
How the world has changed. As soon I finish this article, I’m sending it to Anita who’s holed up in a hotel in Texas (waiting for snow and ice to leave!), who will put it together with information sent to her from Carol in the office, so that you can receive everything in your inbox at the usual time.
Yesterday there was a mandatory zoom meeting of about 100 or so pastors and deacons of the Metro DC Synod (2/3 were women, by the way) and participants were sitting all around DC, up to Maine, and out the mountains.
For those of you still employed and anyone keeping up with family and friends around the world, there is nothing remarkable about this – this sounds like just another day in a time of pandemic. And that’s my point. More and more work and family are not 100% dependent on space and time. We can still connect. Church is no different. A friend of mine talks about how his congregation has two campuses now – the handful of members who show up each week to produce the live-stream worship and everybody else who participates virtually, in their own home….or car…..or on bus…..or, or.
Ordinarily, when the transition time is over and I prepare to leave a congregation, it means a significant portion of the change work has been done. But not this time. You and your new pastor will enter a never-before-seen world of church where you still can’t safely be together in space and time, but you can still be together in new, vital, virtual ways.
The biblical narrative teaches about the new things God does over and over and over. If you want a religion that never changes, Christianity is likely not for you! The future of Trinity looks promising. I doubt it will be the same, but it will be full of promise. I hope you embrace it.
The Monthly newsletter, The Trinitarian, for November is HERE.
From Bishop Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the ELCA
“God’s care for human society calls us to rise again each day … to appreciate — and do — the work of self-government.” (From the ELCA social message “Government and Civic Engagement in the United States,” p. 18)
This coming Sunday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m. Eastern time, I will join many other religious leaders in the Holding On to Hope National Prayer Service, to be held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Please join me for this special occasion to pray for the good of our nation on the eve of Election Day. Even as we pray, we are called to participate in our nation’s electoral process as one way God works through us to love and serve the neighbor (Matthew 22:39). Our vote is a choice about what will make our society a more just, more whole community where human dignity is honored and rights are upheld.
To read the full statement from Bishop Eaton, click 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.
This week, All Saints Sunday, we will be reading the names of all known to Trinity who have died in the past year.
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 1st. 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 All Saints Sunday
Trinity Film Series–TONIGHT
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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
Cooking oil NEW
Peanut Butter NEW
Canned meat/fish (chicken, tuna, ham, salmon, Spam)
Canned soup (chicken noodle popular) NEW
Women’s Shelter Dinner—Postponed
Thanks to all who signed up for the Social Ministry dinner for InterFaith Women’s Shelter on Sunday, November 1. The dinner has been postponed to a later date. Please contact Margaret F if you are interested in bringing food for future dinners.
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 have been mailed. If you do not receive yours, or believe it is incorrect, please contact Carol B at email@example.com.
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)
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
Gabriel L, nephew of Ani SG and Len S
Hazel & Earl N, aunt & uncle of Julie N
Sue S, mother of Elizabeth R
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
James T +October 17, 2020
The Funeral and Inurnment Service will be private. The family is planning 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.