From Pastor Kern
Dear People of God,
Here’s a question.
Can I believe in God and do whatever I want?
It’s an old question, probably dating back to the earliest belief systems of humanity. Some Christians answer the question with an emphatic, No – if I have faith there are things I must do and things I must not do. Others take a different view – love God and do as you please – believing that if I truly love God I will strive to live in the way of love. What do you think? How do you decide what you can do and what you should not do in your life?
I ask because once again in history, the people of God find themselves caught up in the throes of a highly charged political season. Some people of faith resent the entanglement while others believe God is calling them to political action. What about you? Where do your politics and faith intersect? Or do you try and keep them separate?
And finally, what about a congregation? Demographers already tell us that Americans are concentrating in areas of the country that share their political persuasions. Is that going to be true of congregations? Is it true of congregations? If faith is the glue that holds communities together and faith is what drives the political persuasions of members, will the center hold? Are any and all political points of view acceptable for a child of God? Or does faith limit our options? And what are the implications for all of that for the people of God everywhere?
Much to think about.
Stephen Ministry Installation
Trinity had a joyous Stephen Ministry Commissioning ceremony for Jane R Saturday morning, August 29, 2020 at 10:30 am. In attendance were Jane and her husband Samuel and grandson Theodore. Leading the ceremony were Pastor Kern and Stephen Leaders Susan S and Miriam M. Stephen Ministers in attendance were Marilyn G, Thor N, and Leslie S, along with Anita. The rainy weather prevented us from having the commissioning outside at Trinity’s Prayer Labyrinth, so we held it under the porte cochere by the Social Hall. Congratulations to our newest Stephen Minister, Jane R!
The September edition of the monthly Trinitarian can be found HERE.
Parking Lot Services
Starting September 6 (this Sunday!), we will be worshipping LIVE at 6pm in the parking lot. Bring a lounge chair from home. Due to county restrictions, only 50 people will be able to participate. Sign up with the church office via email or voice mail.
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 the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
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.”
Between Goodness and Grace: A New Wednesday Zoom Study with Pastor Kern – Postponed
The Wednesday Bible Study is being rescheduled for Wednesdays in October. Please mark your calendars now, and we will provide details later this month.
Trinity Film Series
A Look at Racism Through Film Series Postponed
Using three important films, participants will view movies at home, then discuss them on Thursdays. We are rescheduling the discussions for October 1, 15, and 29. We will provide details of the Zoom address and more at a later date.
We will email Faith Formation resources on Friday Afternoons.
Social Ministry Updates
The next Drive Thru Food Drive for Living Faith’s Food Pantry will be September 19….Mark your calendar!
ARE YOU A THRIVENT MEMBER?
Trinity is working to assemble a list of our Thrivent members. Thrivent members are entitled to apply for a $250 Thrivent Action Grant twice a year, associate members are entitled to one. Trinity has received these grants through some of our Trinity Thrivent members to help fund projects such as Lutheran World Relief school kits, personal hygiene kits, and other Social Ministry and Youth Ministry projects. These grants are used for a wide range of programs and projects by Thrivent members across the country. This website will give you a sample of the projects that received Thrivent Action Grants. https://www.joyfullythriving.com/thrivent-grant/
To help Trinity make use of these grants, we need to know who our Trinity Thrivent members are. Please notify the Trinity office if you are a Thrivent member so Carol can add you to the list. Anita S and Valerie M are familiar with the process for applying for and using the grants, and would be glad to answer any questions you might have. Valerie will be holding an online information session about Thrivent Action Grants in the future. This is a resource Trinity should be using when possible.
Lutheran Disaster Response
Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) is a ministry of the ELCA that partners with local organizations where disasters are happening all over the world. 100% of the money given to LDR goes for aid.
LWR has partners in Beirut, areas of refugee crisis, California (wildfires), and in the path of Hurricane Laura.
If you are able, please consider giving to Lutheran Disaster Response. Once there, you can choose if you would like to specify where the money will go, or choose “where needed most.” Even as we face multiple crises, by working together, we can reflect Christ’s light and hope to our neighbors in their time of need.
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
Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)
Paul D’A, Tigist G, Elizabeth R, James T, Margo W
family and friends*:
Brian B, former Trinity Admin Assistant
Glennon D, brother of loved one of Donna S
Tony F, friend of Jerry B
Dave K, Sr, father of David K
Lucretia L, sister-in-law of friend of Trinity
Becky S, family of Marilyn G
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
For those who would like to send condolences to June L’s family, please contact the church office for the address.
*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.