Trinity Tidings Sept. 24, 2020

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,
As I look out over the landscape of our world today, I wonder, are we going to be OK?  
I remember telling my son, after the crash of 2008-2009, that everything I told him while he was growing up about what a great benefit it is to own a home, was clearly not the case anymore for everyone.
Likewise, so much of what I was brought up to believe was true about America as a child, seems today to be full of holes – we can’t even agree that science is real.
And yes, the church in the world has not exactly lived up to the ideals of its founder, either.
So, are we going to be OK?
I think the answer is, Yes.  Our God seems to have a penchant for restoring life and making new.  And believe that includes the church, our country, our economy – the whole world.  Because that is what God does.
I’m betting my life on it.
Pr Kern


Parking Lot Service

Continuing this Sunday the 27th, we will holding a LIVE Communion service at 6pm 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.
NOTE: Starting October 4th, the service time will change to 4pm.
Starting this week at the service, 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 27th. When replying, count all members of your household who will be attending (no need for members to reply individually). An account is not required but is free and only needs an email and password. Should you have any questions about Sign-Up Genius, please contact Valerie M (
If you prefer to RSVP by email or phone, please contact the office at Trinity ( or 301-881-7275). [Please note: an RVSP 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 setup, watching entrances, and ensuring social distancing of attendees. Please consider signing up for 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!)

Trinity will be continuing to post videos for worship at home. The link to last week’s service is HERE.
The link to Angela’s Wednesday Music Meditation is HERE.

Readings for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
Psalm 25:1-9
Philippians 2:1-13
Matthew 21:23-32


Adult Forum on Zoom
David K will continue a study on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1 – 7:29) for the next few Sundays at 9:30 am.  Please email David for the Zoom link.

“The Sermon on the Mount brings together a lot of Jesus’ moral and ethical teachings in one place and I’ve never spent more than a session on it as part of a larger study of the book of Matthew.  So what I’m planning is a deeper dive into the part of Jesus’ teaching that makes us squirm and explore what it’s saying to us today.”

Trinity Film Series
A Look at Racism Through Film – 13th, documentary
Thursday, October 1st at 7:30 pm
Valerie M, facilitator

Join us in discussing one of our biggest social justice issues in America. Please view the movie at home, prior to the online Zoom discussion group. Our film next week is a documentary and not rated. High school youth are invited to join the discussion. Link will be out next week.
13th, is a history of racial inequality in the United States since the 13th amendment was put in place.

13th is available for free on Youtube or on Netflix with a subscription.

If you have any questions, please contact Valerie M at

We will email Faith Formation resources on Friday Afternoons.


Benefit for ELCA World Hunger
Rick Steves, Travel Writer and TV Host, and Bishop Elizabeth Eaton (Bishop for the ELCA) are holding an online benefit for ELCA World Hunger TONIGHT! For more information, and to register, click HERE.

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 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.

Remember in your prayers

nursing/rehabilitation center:
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Tigist G, James T, Margo W 
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Paul G, husband of Louise G
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.