Trinity Tidings September 17, 2020

From Pastor Kern

Dear People of God,
Do you know the expression, ‘beside myself’?  It’s used to describe a state of extreme emotion, either joy, anger, anxiety or grief.
I had such an expression on Tuesday night.  After the Council meeting I went downstairs in time to hear the breaking news of the allegations of young women in the custody of ICE having reproductive surgery performed on them without their knowledge or consent.
I couldn’t move for a second.  I was ‘beside myself’ in rage and grief and shame.  For a split second I could ‘see’ myself frozen in the middle of the room.
Our church name is the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Not ‘of’ America.  ‘In’ America.  Our name implies that we are independent, living and working and serving within the country we know and love.  And so my question for us is, what is our role/response when we hear allegations such as this?  Do we say nothing and wait and see?  Do we speak up and out?  How do we talk to our children?  What do we say to ourselves?  How do we pray?
Meanwhile, the Call process at Trinity is proceeding nicely.  The Council is doing important, creative work to facilitate their leadership of Trinity and the life of the congregation.  And somewhere out there, a new pastor is being prepared for Trinity by the Holy Spirit.  All wonderful, good things.  Thanks be to God.
Somehow though, we have to continue to be church in the midst of the political and economic realities of the day.  What does that look like to you?  Is there a prophetic role for the people of God?  Or shall we be quiet.
May God bless and guide our discernment,
Pr Kern


Parking Lot Service

Continuing this Sunday the 20th, we will be worshipping LIVE at 6pm in the parking lot. Bring a mask and a lounge chair from home or sit in your car. Due to county restrictions, only 50 people will be able to participate. In case of rain, the service will be cancelled.
Please use the link HERE to indicate if you will be attending Trinity’s parking lot worship Sunday the 20th. 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).
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 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Jonah 3:10—4:11
Psalm 145:1-8
Philippians 1:21-30
Matthew 20:1-16


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 Series
Valerie M, facilitator
Thursdays, October 1, 15, and 29 at 7:30 pm  
Join us in discussing one of our biggest social justice issues in America. Using three important films, participants will view movies at home, prior to each online Zoom discussion group. The three films that have been selected are:  
13th, a history of racial inequality in the United States since the 13th amendment was put in place (October 1)
Emanuel, the story of the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015 (October 15)
Do the Right Thing, a story by Spike Lee about contemporary urban life. (October 29)
Some of the viewing options are provided below. Remember to watch the movie before each weekly session.  
13th Youtube (free), Netflix
Emanuel Amazon Prime, Youtube ($3.99+)
Do the Right Thing iTunes, Youtube, Amazon Prime ($3.99+)  
If you have any questions, please contact Valerie M at

We will email Faith Formation resources on Friday Afternoons.


Social Ministry Updates

September 19 — Food Collection to Benefit the Pantry at Living Faith Lutheran Church, Rockville

This Saturday, September 19, Trinity will be hosting a Drive Thru Food Drive to benefit the food pantry at Living Faith Lutheran Church from 9 AM – 12 noon in the Trinity Main Parking Lot.  
We just received a revised list, showing the most critical needs this month(*):
*Cereal (kids’ favorites)
Shelf stable milk (whole if possible)
Rice (1-2 lb. pkg)
*Black/pinto beans (especially dried)
*Canned tomatoes (whole preferred)
*Canned fruit
*Vegetable oil
*Bath soap
*Toilet paper
Grocery bags to reuse
If you cannot shop, but would like to participate, checks may be sent to:
Living Faith Lutheran Church
1605 Veirs Mill Rd
Rockville, MD 20851
(mark ‘Food Pantry’ in the memo line)

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

nursing/rehabilitation center:

Philip T (Manor Care Potomac)

Paul D’A, 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.