Trinity Tidings October 8, 2020

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,

2pm last Tuesday, I plugged my ear buds into my phone, sat down in a rocking chair on the deck, and joined in the funeral of my brother-in-law, Kenneth, three states away.  My niece, Sara, face-timed with me so I could see and hear.
I watched my sister along with her two sons, their wives, and seven grandchildren. I was told nearly 80 socially distanced souls held vigil at the cemetery afterwards.
My brother-in-law was a good man.  A genuinely good man.  He loved to talk and even if you disagreed with him, he would keep talking to you.  He laughed easily.  He trained acolytes for 20 years.  And he could make anything you needed with his fine carpentry skills.
What I remember most about Kenneth, and the aspect of his life for which I am most grateful, is that he loved my sister.  They met when he came to install the telephone in her office in the church where she was the new Director of Christian Education.  They were able to build a beautiful life together, and their love never wavered.
Because of Covid-19 it wasn’t safe for me to be there in person.  But the Word was preached, the sacrament was shared, thanks was given, and Kenneth, my brother, was commended to the eternal keeping of God.  And for that, I give thanks.
Live your life, my friends. Be the person God made you to be.  And celebrate the people who love you.

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 October 17.
Please use the link HERE to indicate you will be attending Trinity’s parking lot worship Sunday the 11th. 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.]    
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 the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 25:1-9
Psalm 23
Philippians 4:1-9
Matthew 22:1-14


Before I Go

On Tuesdays October 13, and 27 at 7pm, Pastor Kern will facilitate conversation and reflections on the book, Who Do We Choose to Be?, by Margaret J Wheatley.  Ms. Wheatley has been at the forefront of the changing dynamics of organization and leadership in our world.  Drawing on her work with business, industry, and the American military she offers a wealth of insights to help us through the confounding time in which we find ourselves.  Participants will want to order the book and begin reading ahead of time.
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.
Remember, there is NO CLASS on 10/20, and please note—the Start Time is 7 pm each session.
Pr Kern
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 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 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
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 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
Bath soap
Toilet paper
Shampoo NEW
Grocery bags to reuse NEW

Quilts for Lutheran World Relief 
Plans are in the works for a small group at Trinity to make quilts to help people displaced by wildfires, floods, and hurricanes this year. A Thrivent grant is covering the cost of batting, but NEW TWIN FLAT cotton (NO MICROFIBER) sheets are needed, 30 in all, to make 15 quilts. If you would like to help out, please click on the link below and sign up to donate sheets. You can drop off your donation during our Parking Lot Church services, or use the address in the link below if you would like to buy them online and have them shipped. Additional information is provided in the link.
Thank you for supporting this effort.

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
Paul G, husband of Louise G
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
Donna D +September 30, 2020, aunt of Jim K
*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.