If you prefer a hard copy, look for the survey in the July newsletter. It can be mailed to the office or dropped in the offering plate. Thank you!
As you all know, I have taken leadership in exploring the possibility of Trinity’s mission to be intentionally welcoming of LGBTQ people. We know that the idea of welcoming people is easy when we don’t know their personal realities, but when we do know them by a label, such as “Gay,” it can be more concerning. It is one thing to be tolerant, and another thing to be welcoming.
Trinity’s exploration group has been meeting for months, basically sharing our own stories. Some of us have gay family members who have not found a warm hand of welcome in the church. You and I know that some Christian churches are downright cruel about the reality of gay people. Our denomination has been more open and, in fact, has agreed to disagree about this issue, but has opened the door to gay pastors, and of course, gay members. Nevertheless, many ELCA congregations have done nothing to be more open, in their own communities. That’s where the RIC program has focused on helping churches like Trinity to be welcoming.
We have been talking about being welcoming! What does it mean to be unwelcoming? Stories are important ways for us all to wrap our minds and hearts around this issue. I would like to recommend to all of you who are able to use Netflix to watch an episode of Queer Eye, a Netflix television program geared at helping us be accepting. The episode is the first one of the Second Season of this show which was broadcast a few weeks ago. It is about 5 gay men who help a lady in Georgia, her son, and her church family. It is heartwarming, and a powerful proclamation of the love of God.
I hope many of you are able to view this episode on Netflix and in the privacy of your home reflect on the Love you have in your heart, and upon the good news we together share in our church and community. God be with all of us as we consider, in the coming months, what it means to be a welcoming congregation!
Pastor Torben Aarsand
Five of our Youth will be traveled to Houston, TX last week to attend the ELCA Youth Gathering Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.
Our youth will continue Fundraising over the next few months to help offset the costs associated with attending the Gathering. Thank you so much to those of you who have already sponsored us and supported us on this important journey. We are continuing to accept donations for our “sponsoring a mile” for $5.00/mile fundraiser as we travelled 1,390 miles from Hagerstown, MD to Houston, TX and then 1,390 miles back to Hagerstown, MD. Please see Stephanie Angles or Maggie Stone if you wish to donate.
A new Bible Study, “To Hell and Back with Pastor David”, will begin on Monday, June 25th, meeting in Memorial Hall at 7:00pm. Pastor David will lead the study, which focuses on a biblical perspective on sex. It will run for 5 weeks, skipping July 2nd and ending on July 30th.
Talent Show and Ice Cream Social August 18th – There will be a talent show including members of all ages from our congregation on Saturday afternoon, August 18th, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Talent possibilities include dance, art and photography displays, gymnastics, musical instruments, voice and more. One rehearsal for performers will be scheduled the week before the show. This will be a great time to enjoy and showcase the many talents of our congregation. Plan to be a performer or a spectator or both. The talent show is sponsored by the Christian Education and Family Ministry team.
Immediately following the talent show there will be an ice cream social sponsored by the Senior Ministry team.
Registration forms for both are available in Fellowship Hall and the Narthex.
Unfortunately we have made the difficult decision to cancel VBS this year at Trinity due to a number of circumstances such as children and volunteers on vacation, families moving, and work schedules. If your children or grandchildren wish to attend a VBS this summer, there are many opportunities for children to participate in VBS activities at other churches. A listing of these locations and dates can be found by contacting the Washington County Free Library Children’s Department or watching the newspaper for weekly listings. We plan to look into a joint VBS venture with another church or churches for the summer of 2019 VBS.
Dear Micah’s Backpack Volunteer,
I know I sound Like a broken record but thank you from the bottom of my heart for your dedication to the Micah’s’ Backpack program. Collectively, we packed and delivered approximately 2, 720 bags this year. That translates into over $30,000 of food. It works because of you!
We are still waiting the results of the survey from the schools. I will share it with you when we begin in the fall. Be assured that the need is great and we are making a difference. We even added a student at Eastern in June. Even though there were only 2 weeks left in the school year, the child was added because they needed food.
You may have seen 2 articles in the paper this past spring:
- Micah’s is serving over 1000 children per week. Trinity was mentioned for bringing the program to Washington County. Thanks be to God for moving the hearts of so many churches to embrace this ministry.
- Citi Corp is sponsoring 2000 bags this summer to be handed out through the MEAL MACHINE. Many of our children will continue to get a bag of food each Friday because of their effort. Thanks be to God.
We will have an organizational meeting the end of August for the next school year. I hope you will continue to help with this ministry. Watch for an email as well as info in the Messenger and Mini Messenger for the exact date. A couple of other things we are going to do this fall include a special recognition of all of the Micah’s workers as well as all Social Ministry volunteers in October. We will do this as a kick off to our 150th Anniversary Celebration. Also, the HARC Hike was postponed because of the poor conditions on the canal. The rescheduled date is September 8th. We get a large proportion of the money raised for our Micah’s program. We are the church with the largest number of weekly bags. We get a big piece of the pie from this hike. It would be wonderful to walk as a group to show our support for the hike.
Wishing you a summer filled with blessing for you and your families. Trinity is blessed to have you as part of this program.
Carol and Jeff
We are always looking for ways to improve the program. If you have suggestions, please call me at 301-992-5016 or email@example.com Thanks, Carol
Join us at 9 a.m. at the Dutch Market at the Long Meadow Shopping Center. Not an exclusive group, just a gaggle of Lutherans enjoying breakfast and fellowship time. Started several years ago with a few men having coffee and now can number up to 20! Come as you are able to join. No assigned seats, no membership fee, just fun.
Congratulations to Trinity’s Graduates! We pray God’s blessings upon
each of you as you begin the next chapter in your lives.
Laura Reed graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in May. She received the degree of Doctor of Medicine with a specialization in neurosurgery. She will begin her residency at the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple, Texas.
Caroline Kreiger received her Master of Arts in teaching from Liberty University in May.
Alex Paddack graduated in December 2017 from Bridgewater College with a Bachelors of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences. She has minors in philosophy and religion. She also has concentrations in Family Life Education and Child Development. She is currently working with the Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Daved Paddack graduated December 21, 2017 from Towson University with a Bachelors Degree in Biology with a concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology. He plans to pursue a career in medical device sales.
Patrick Anthony will be graduating on June 5, 2018, from Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. He will be attending Shepherd University in the Fall, majoring in Music Education.
Elias Josh Fowler will be graduating from North Hagerstown High School on the 8th of June.
Kristina Norgard will graduate June 8 from North Hagerstown High School. She will be attending St. Mary’s College of Maryland in the fall. Major is undecided.
Taylor Mayhugh will be graduating from E. Russell Hicks Middle School in June and will be starting in the Academic Leadership Academy at South Hagerstown High School in September.
It’s Extreme Coupon this month and next and you can help!! Many weeks our food bank needs to supplement with trips to the grocery store. In order to stretch our dollar we are calling all coupon clippers!
Where can you find coupons? In the newspaper of course but you can also google “coupons” and a whole host of websites come up that you can print coupons. If you enter zip codes for cities with a higher cost of living, often times you can get coupons greater than those that you would find in our “21742” zip code! Some zip code suggestions? Try 20815 (Chevy Chase, MD), 20854 (Potomac, MD and 20814 (Bethesda, MD)
Items to clip? Pasta and sauces, juices, canned veggies and fruits . Please make sure you cut out the coupons. We don’t have manpower to sift through full pages and cut out what is needed. Place your coupons in the boxes in Fellowship Hall or the Narthex.
Thank you so much for you help!! We look forward to
replenishing our food bank.