Attached is a flyer for the Zoom sessions that I will be hosting on Stress Less with Mindfulness and Spirituality starting next week for 5 weeks. It is 5 weeks but it’s not necessary that anyone needs to attend every week. It is truly just a way to help people to manage their stress and understand it better during this COVID-19 and our need for social distancing.
As I work on the class this week, I will determine the best way to provide handouts to participants and will share with you. I am looking forward to this exciting adventure at this critical time for our world. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.
Lisa McCoy, MS, RDN
Senior Agent – Western Region
Family and Consumer Sciences – Healthy Living
Washington County Office
7303 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro MD 21713
University of Maryland Extension
In the US, we are just beginning to feel the spreading effects of the coronavirus. New York now has 25,000 cases, and it doubles every 4 days or so. Seattle and Chicago are similarly impacted. Maryland will not be far behind. At this stage, we can learn from other places. Some of the best learnings are:
- Wash hands every 30 minutes – don’t touch anyone
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others – avoid crowded places
Much of this is called “social distancing”. Deploying it well reduces the spread of infection, and enables the healthcare system to avoid being compromised. So Trinity is increasing the amount of Social Distancing. Here’s how you can help:
- Communicate with the Office and Pastors as much by phone and email as possible
- If you MUST come in to the church, make an appointment with David, Greg or Rich
- Use the 15 Randolph St door only. Once inside, climb the stairs, and stop at the table. Your contact will meet you there. Unless otherwise arranged by appointment Visitors to the actual church offices are now limited to the following people: David, Greg, Andy, Ricky, Rich, Colleen and Jeff
Trinity offers scholarship to member students attending institutions of higher learning. Applications are available in the church office. This year, $500 is available to each student applying. Any active Trinity member accepted into or attending an accredited college, university or trade school can apply. Be sure your application contains everything required and is as complete as possible. Applications returned to church by May 3, 2020 will be reviewed by the Christian Education / Family Ministry Team.
Each year when Thanksgiving boxes are distributed, Carol Brashears and her team of volunteers give our community recipients an opportunity to fill out a prayer request as they leave. TLC members then pray for these people. Here are two examples of what we have received:
This is the first time I have had to ask for help and it’s very hard. This is not really a prayer but a thank you because I did not believe I was about to lose my home that I worked very hard and something happened. So thank you. God bless you.
Love, Taylor & Eric.
I pray to love God and I hope He loves me and everybody else. I hope, I hope. That’s what I want to say.
LETTER FROM GRATEFUL SCHOOL STAFF
Dear Carol, Jeff, and volunteers of Trinity Lutheran Church,
At the end of another school year, we are taking time to reflect back and thank members of a community who have supported our students’ needs. When communities and schools work together, students are more successful!
Eastern Elementary staff members are beyond appre- ciative of all the services that Trinity provided this past year to make our school a better place! We thank you for weekly nutritious Micah’s food bags and the turkeys and Thanksgiving food boxes for our students and families in need. Thanks too for the testing mints and all the prize incentives for students who receive them for showing re- spect, readiness, and responsibility.
The generous support from individuals like you made it possible for our school to better meet the needs of our students and families. Again, thank you! You truly made a difference! Looking forward to continuing our partner- ship with Trinity Lutheran Church!
Vanessa Mannick, School Family Liaison
Picking up a bag of lentils offered at our Food Pantry, the woman asked us, “How do I eat this?”
Often preparation of fresh foods given us by our local grocery is also questioned. So Tim Higgins (a dietitian, nutritionist, and chef at Meritus Medical Center) and Jeff Reed presented a three-day program at our Food Pantry, “Cooking for the Seasons,” this past November. Tim, along with Catherine Feaga, DO, a family practice physician, and Kezia Ellison, MD, a Meritus family medicine resi- dent, set up tables of food prepared for our outreach guests, using provisions provided to us by the Maryland Food
Bank. To taste and learn how to make healthy recipes with ingredients from the Food Pantry, guests were shown the products before use (in this case lentils, pork loin, rice, green peppers, peas), the recipes to follow, and then an opportunity to sample the dishes, which included lentil soup, lentil tacos, lentils and rice, pork stew, pork roast, and roasted peppers.
The result was wonderful warm samplings, appreciative guests, and a desire to continue this collaboration in 2020. Thanks to Tim, Jeff, and the team at Meritus for making the sharing of food with families more practical, healthy, and meaningful.
ON THE MOVE
As the number of hungry grows and as TLC volun- teers continue to age, the Outreach Team, in collabora- tion with the Property Team, determined new room as- signments to allow easier access to the tons of food moved into and around the church for distribution. Food that had been stored two hallways away from the Food Pantry is now more available to staff, located in Jeff’s old office next to the Food Pantry. Jeff is down the hall next to the Lit- eracy Council Room. Thanks to all who helped make the moving possible during the holiday break!
Also, many thanks to Ed and Jane Drawbaugh for put- ting new flooring over the asbestos tiles of the Food Pan- try. It is a cleaner, safer, and padded(!) surface for volun- teers to use.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
The Food Pantry needs cereal, chicken noodle soup, boxed desserts, and crackers. The Clothing Bank needs towels, blankets, sheets, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, and shampoo.
“And this is it. This is the life we get here on earth. We get to give away what we receive. We get to believe in each other. We get to forgive and be forgiven. We get to love imperfectly. And we never know what effect it will haveforyearstocome.Andallofit…allofitiscom- pletely worth it.”—Nadia Bolz-Weber, Lutheran minister
– June Habeck Holler
We are so grateful for a very generous donation to Micah’s Backpack. Because of this donation, we have the funds to get some items for the children that we have not been able to get recently because of the cost. We are looking for someone who would like to go to the grocery store once every 6 to 8 weeks to purchase items for the bags. Examples would be more costly snacks-pudding cups, cookies, Jell-O cups. If you would be interested in doing this, please see Jeff Reed or Carol Brashears. This is a great opportunity to help the children especially if you cannot commit to a regular schedule. You can shop on your schedule!
Here are some ways you may become involved in this ministry:
- Join a team that meets once a month to pack the bags. This takes approximately ½ hour of time and is usually done on a Sunday or Monday.
- Deliver the bags to the schools. This is a once a month commitment. This is done on a Wednesday or Thursday and can be anytime from early morning (7 am) to early evening (6pm) at Bester Elementary and 9 am to 4 pm at Eastern.
- Contribute financially to Micah’s so food may be purchased.
We could use any help. It is possible for you to even pair with another person to help out on an every other month basis.
Interested in helping Pack or Deliver?
Please contact Carol Brashears
301-992-5016 or Brash115@aol.com.
Joyful Noise Choir practices will resume at the beginning of March. Jane Drawbaugh (and others!) will once again be working with young people at Elgin Station.
Watch next month for updates and a possible perfor- mance date for a spring program. Boys and Girls Club is so grateful for this partnership with Trinity. Please keep us in your prayers.
for more information!
The Food Pantry needs any nonperishable items are welcome – crackers, oatmeal, and cake and cookie box mixes.
The Clothing Bank greatly needs blankets, sheets, towels, mens shoes, men’s boxer shorts, washcloths, and toiletries—especially shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brushes, and deodorant.
Please consider donating.
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.