Holy Trinity E-Newsletter V4 #23 6/13/18

Welcome to Volume 4 Number 23 of this E-Newsletter.

Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
 

I don't know about you but I have been moving between grief and anger as I have read and heard more about our current policies as a nation to separate parents from children as they reach our boarders.  Grief because I cannot imagine the pain and heartbreak that these parents must experience having to turn their children over not knowing when they are going to see them again or without knowing what is going to happen to them.  I cannot help but think of my two children and how absolutely destroy I would be to have them taken from me.  Piled on top is that these brothers and sisters arriving at our boarders, seeking a safe place to live have traveled long distances, they are in a strange land surrounded by the unfamiliar and unknown.  I am just heartbroken and have a hard time finding my words.

 

I am outraged as a believer because the Gospel for me points to something very different than this.  No only is the Gospel a message of love, inclusion grace and compassion but it specifically points us to ways we are to act and care for children in our midst.  Jesus himself said "let the little children come to me" (Matthew 19:14) but more importantly I consider Luke 17.

 

Luke 17 opens with an admittance that stumbling blocks will be present in our lives but that we are called to not place stumbling blocks in front of others, especially "little ones."  Now little ones could be those new or beginning in the faith or children.  So for me a big part of the Gospel is about how we are working to not only not place stumbling blocks in front of other but that we are active in removing those blocks that are being put in place.  There are events and pieces of policy in place (and I don't care when or where or what party put policies in place) that are actively placing stumbling blocks in front of others, like separating parents from children. 

 

I wish that I had something more eloquent to say but at this moment of writing I am getting a little too emotional and angry to put together more thoughts.  I just know the Gospel calls me to consider the rest of the world and I am reminded that whatever I do unto the least of these I do also to God. 

 

The ELCA and other denominations have been vocal and active about this issue, there was a statement from the ELCA here, there are also lots of groups doing work here locally like the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ) and others.  Let Pastor Andrew know if you are interested in a further discussion or work in this area.  Consider the lives of others and consider if you were in their position how you would feel being separated from your children...Lord, Have Mercy.

 

**I am always interested in discussing issues and current events with anyone so please feel free to contact me for conversation.

_________________________________________________________________

Prayer Requests: The family and friends of Shirley P., Nicolas, Debi, Andrea, David, Daniel, Dorothy F, Ellie and Noel, Christopher and Jill, Lee, Tom S., Rev. Maggie, Todd, Melanie, Jane, Don, Rheasa (Re-A-Sa) and Caleb, Patty and Berry, Jim, Barbara, Cookie, help us to remember and keep the promises we made to Oscar, Otto, Leah, Nichole, Sophia, Danielle, Grayson, Elijah in their baptism, St. Mark's Lutheran, St. Paul Lutheran, Puddletown School, we pray for students and teachers everywhere, help us to remain troubled by everything that is troubling in the world, we pray for all those lonely or forgotten in their time of need, we pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.

_________________________________________________________________

 

Announcements:
 

Vacation Bible School- Summer is almost here and it is time to start thinking about Vacation Bible School.  We are partnering again with our brothers and sisters here in SE Portland to have an Ecumenical VBS.  Once again Holy Family is hosting, with Moreland Presbyterian, Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Agatha, St. Ignatius and Holy Trinity being a part of the event.  The theme this year is Shipwrecked and will be talking place July 9-13.  Registration information will be coming soon along with volunteer opportunities for adults.  Let Pastor Andrew know if you are interested in more details.

 

Tell Me More?- Are there things you see or we do around church that you wonder why?  Like what are the symbols about on Pastor Andrew's stoles, or do pieces of our liturgy come from scripture, if so where?  We will be compiling a list of questions over the coming weeks that we can chat about and learn together.  Starting on July 8th we will be gathering during coffee hour to finish out Matthew Bible Study and then begin our Tell Me More.

 

5th Sunday In-Gathering- We are wrapping up our April In-Gathering of book for the Blast off for Books campaign, if you still want to donate please contact the church office.  For July we will be putting together School Kits for Lutheran World Relief.  For each kit we need 4 70-sheet 8' x 10.5" notebooks, one 30-centimeter ruler, one pencil sharpener, one pair of blunt scissors, 5 unsharpened #2 pencils, 5 black or blue ballpoint pens, one of ob 16 or 24 crayons, one eraser, one study drawstring backpack-style cloth bag 14' x 17'.  We will be collecting them for our In-gathering on July 29th. 

 

Tonight! Rescheduled! What's Going On- We will continue our Wednesday gatherings at Shut Up and Eat (SE 39th and Gladstone) at 6:30pm.  We will be meeting again on June 13th!  We have not picked a topic yet so if you have an idea for something let Pastor Andrew know.
 

Summer Preaching and Singing-  With summer on the horizon it is time to start thinking about topics you are interested in hearing Pastor Andrew preach about this summer and your favorite hymns to sing.  There will be a sign up sheet in the narthex for you to write down your suggestions.

Eco-Faith Recovery- We will be gathering in the coming weeks to chat about the next steps in deepening our connection and relationship with the world around us through Eco-Faith Recovery.

 

Sign-Up Now- Many of our members have been doing some of the Worship Assistant jobs for a long time now and we are looking to get new people into worship leadership.  We have created a new sign up sheet in the back of the sanctuary for those wishing to participate.  If you have any questions concerning the positions please contact Pastor Andrew or someone you have seen filling that role.  There will be a time after church on a future Sunday where we will walk through the responsibilities of each position if you have questions. 

 

Organ Fund- Are you enjoying the sound of the new Organ?  we are accepting contributions to the Organ Fund to help with cost of this instrument.  Please mark your donation "Organ Fund" so we can apply it to the proper account.

 

Holy Trinity Supper Club- Our next gathering will be be on June 24th still at 5pm.  We will be gathering for dinner then Holden Evening Prayer.  Bring something to share and come hungry!

Children's Clothing Closet- The 4th Saturday of each month the Bethlehem Children's Clothing Closet is open at St. Mark's Lutheran Church from 12-2pm.  Please pass the word along, there is also always a need for donations and volunteers.  Contact Pastor Andrew if you have any questions.
 

Vigils at Immigration and Customs Enforcement- The Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice is hosting two events monthly to stand in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters at the Portland Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (4310 SW Macadam Ave.).  On the 2nd Thursday of each month at 12 pm a group will gather for walking, prayer and meditation and on the last Thursday of each month at 10 am there will be a prayer vigil held.  Pastor Andrew will be attending as many as his schedule allows if you would like to come along.  

 

Clothes Needed- Clothes for the summer months, especially shoes are needed for people who are part of the Re-entry program at the Clark County Jail. You can help show Gods merciful love to hurting people who are being released from jail often to the streets to be homeless.  Be part of a success story.  Your donation will give a person warmth, safety, hope, and dignity as they try and rebuild their lives. Donations can be brought to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  Let's help people start their journey with a gift from the Lord.


If you would like a printed version of our weekend newsletter they can be found on the bulletin board by the bathrooms at church.

 

There are some Lutheran community organizers looking to get to know SE Portland and do some work around concerns in the community.  If you are interested in the future of our corner of Portland and want to chat with them they would love to hear about your passions and desires for Portland.  Let Andrew know if you are interested in chatting with them.

 

We have been invited on the second Friday of every month to join for worship with the saints at Our Lady of Sorrows Church here in Woodstock.  At 7pm on those Fridays they gather for a Taize Service.  Taize is an ecumenical community in France that has developed a method of prayer that combines music, prayer and silence.  It is a beautiful service and something that cannot be related in words but needs to be experienced.  If you are looking for a new worship opportunity you should check it out.

 

Holy Trinity's Little Library- Thanks to Keith our Little Library is now complete and up on the fence!  It is located on Ogden Street right off of 39th.  So if you need a book or have a few to donate swing on by.

_____________________________________________________________

-There are many ways to connect and engage with Holy Trinity Lutheran.  

Find us on Facebook: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Portland

Spread the word on Yelp

Join us for devotions on Instagram: HTLCPDX

Follow us on Twitter @HTLCPDX

If you are interested in my occasional musing on my blog you can find it here http://spoileralertimnotagoodwriter.blogspot.com

Keep an eye on our webpage www.htlcpdx.com for more updates as well.

____________________________________________________________

 

Pastor Andrew's schedule for 6/18-22

*This week is the beginning of Pastor Andrew's paternity leave, he will be available via phone and email for matters of pastoral care but will be out of the office.

 

Monday-

Tuesday-

Wednesday-

Thursday- 

Friday-


Blessings

Pastor Andrew

Holy Trinity E-Newsletter V4 #22 6/7/18

Welcome to Volume 4 Number 22 of this E-Newsletter.

Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
 

If you have spent any time on social media of any type I am sure that you have encountered a few memes.  They have so saturated that I usually find myself glossing over them as I read and scroll.  However, one this past week caught my eye and caused me to linger a bit longer than I usually do.  It went like this Daniel slept in the lions den, Jesus slept in the midst of a raging storm on the sea, Paul slept in prison so no matter what you are experiencing there is always time for rest.  Details like these from scripture are often passed by when doing Bible work because they are seen as just being details to a story but not the focus.  However, there is something to details like these because it is in the details where we find humanity.

 

We can get lost in discussing the type of literary genre or the historical context of a passage but we miss the important biblical work in discussing what life and ministry looks like in balance.  What does it mean to be working so hard we lose sight of our self care or when was a time that you felt that you were spit up by a whale or where did you find living water when you went to do something illogical out of fear and shame.  When we look for connection we see scripture happening right in front of our eyes, happening on a daily basis.  When we allow ourselves we see God already at work in our lives and in our world, but it is often in the details, in the small tiny moments.  What I consider to be one of the most beautiful aspects of our faith is that God is present already in the world, we are not called to bring God to the world.  God is already here, we are called to see what God is up to in the world and our lives and join along side, following the Holy Spirit.

 

**I am always interested in discussing issues and current events with anyone so please feel free to contact me for conversation.

_________________________________________________________________

Prayer Requests: The family and friends of Shirley P., Nicolas, Debi, Andrea, David, Daniel, Dorothy F, Ellie and Noel, Christopher and Jill, Lee, Tom S., Rev. Maggie, Todd, Melanie, Jane, Don, Rheasa (Re-A-Sa) and Caleb, Patty and Berry, Jim, Barbara, Cookie, help us to remember and keep the promises we made to Oscar, Otto, Leah, Nichole, Sophia, Danielle, Grayson, Elijah in their baptism, St. Mark's Lutheran, St. Paul Lutheran, Puddletown School, we pray for students and teachers everywhere, help us to remain troubled by everything that is troubling in the world, we pray for all those lonely or forgotten in their time of need, we pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.

_________________________________________________________________

 

Announcements:
 

Vacation Bible School- Summer is almost here and it is time to start thinking about Vacation Bible School.  We are partnering again with our brothers and sisters here in SE Portland to have an Ecumenical VBS.  Once again Holy Family is hosting, with Moreland Presbyterian, Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Agatha, St. Ignatius and Holy Trinity being a part of the event.  The theme this year is Shipwrecked and will be talking place July 9-13.  Registration information will be coming soon along with volunteer opportunities for adults.  Let Pastor Andrew know if you are interested in more details.

 

VBS Cafe Afternoon-  Holy Family hosts a Cafe Afternoon as a kick off for VBS every year.  This is a chance to get into the excitement leading up to VBS.  This year it will be on June 10 at Noon.  Talk to Pastor Andrew for more details.

 

Tell Me More?- Are there things you see or we do around church that you wonder why?  Like what are the symbols about on Pastor Andrew's stoles, or do pieces of our liturgy come from scripture, if so where?  We will be compiling a list of questions over the coming weeks that we can chat about and learn together.  Starting on July 8th we will be gathering during coffee hour to finish out Matthew Bible Study and then begin our Tell Me More.

 

5th Sunday In-Gathering- We are wrapping up our April In-Gathering of book for the Blast off for Books campaign, if you still want to donate please contact the church office.  For July we will be putting together School Kits for Lutheran World Relief.  For each kit we need 4 70-sheet 8' x 10.5" notebooks, one 30-centimeter ruler, one pencil sharpener, one pair of blunt scissors, 5 unsharpened #2 pencils, 5 black or blue ballpoint pens, one of ob 16 or 24 crayons, one eraser, one study drawstring backpack-style cloth bag 14' x 17'.  We will be collecting them for our In-gathering on July 29th. 

 

Rescheduled! What's Going On- We will continue our Wednesday gatherings at Shut Up and Eat (SE 39th and Gladstone) at 6:30pm.  We will be meeting again on June 13th!  We have not picked a topic yet so if you have an idea for something let Pastor Andrew know.
 

Summer Preaching and Singing-  With summer on the horizon it is time to start thinking about topics you are interested in hearing Pastor Andrew preach about this summer and your favorite hymns to sing.  There will be a sign up sheet in the narthex for you to write down your suggestions.

Eco-Faith Recovery- We will be gathering in the coming weeks to chat about the next steps in deepening our connection and relationship with the world around us through Eco-Faith Recovery.

 

Sign-Up Now- Many of our members have been doing some of the Worship Assistant jobs for a long time now and we are looking to get new people into worship leadership.  We have created a new sign up sheet in the back of the sanctuary for those wishing to participate.  If you have any questions concerning the positions please contact Pastor Andrew or someone you have seen filling that role.  There will be a time after church on a future Sunday where we will walk through the responsibilities of each position if you have questions. 

 

Organ Fund- Are you enjoying the sound of the new Organ?  we are accepting contributions to the Organ Fund to help with cost of this instrument.  Please mark your donation "Organ Fund" so we can apply it to the proper account.

 

Holy Trinity Supper Club- Our next gathering will be be on June 24th still at 5pm.  We will be gathering for dinner then Holden Evening Prayer.  Bring something to share and come hungry!

Children's Clothing Closet- The 4th Saturday of each month the Bethlehem Children's Clothing Closet is open at St. Mark's Lutheran Church from 12-2pm.  Please pass the word along, there is also always a need for donations and volunteers.  Contact Pastor Andrew if you have any questions.
 

Vigils at Immigration and Customs Enforcement- The Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice is hosting two events monthly to stand in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters at the Portland Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (4310 SW Macadam Ave.).  On the 2nd Thursday of each month at 12 pm a group will gather for walking, prayer and meditation and on the last Thursday of each month at 10 am there will be a prayer vigil held.  Pastor Andrew will be attending as many as his schedule allows if you would like to come along.  

 

Clothes Needed- Clothes for the summer months, especially shoes are needed for people who are part of the Re-entry program at the Clark County Jail. You can help show Gods merciful love to hurting people who are being released from jail often to the streets to be homeless.  Be part of a success story.  Your donation will give a person warmth, safety, hope, and dignity as they try and rebuild their lives. Donations can be brought to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  Let's help people start their journey with a gift from the Lord.


If you would like a printed version of our weekend newsletter they can be found on the bulletin board by the bathrooms at church.

 

There are some Lutheran community organizers looking to get to know SE Portland and do some work around concerns in the community.  If you are interested in the future of our corner of Portland and want to chat with them they would love to hear about your passions and desires for Portland.  Let Andrew know if you are interested in chatting with them.

 

We have been invited on the second Friday of every month to join for worship with the saints at Our Lady of Sorrows Church here in Woodstock.  At 7pm on those Fridays they gather for a Taize Service.  Taize is an ecumenical community in France that has developed a method of prayer that combines music, prayer and silence.  It is a beautiful service and something that cannot be related in words but needs to be experienced.  If you are looking for a new worship opportunity you should check it out.

 

Holy Trinity's Little Library- Thanks to Keith our Little Library is now complete and up on the fence!  It is located on Ogden Street right off of 39th.  So if you need a book or have a few to donate swing on by.

_____________________________________________________________

-There are many ways to connect and engage with Holy Trinity Lutheran.  

Find us on Facebook: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Portland

Spread the word on Yelp

Join us for devotions on Instagram: HTLCPDX

Follow us on Twitter @HTLCPDX

If you are interested in my occasional musing on my blog you can find it here http://spoileralertimnotagoodwriter.blogspot.com

Keep an eye on our webpage www.htlcpdx.com for more updates as well.

____________________________________________________________

 

Pastor Andrew's schedule for 6/11-15

*This week is the beginning of the transition from maternity leave to paternity leave which officially begins the follow week.

 

Monday- around Church or SE PDX in the afternoon.

Tuesday- around Church or SE PDX in the afternoon.

Wednesday- around Church or SE PDX in the afternoon, Shut Up and Eat at 630

Thursday- around Church or SE PDX in the afternoon, Council at 630

Friday- around Church or SE PDX in the afternoon.


Blessings

Pastor Andrew

Holy Trinity E-Newsletter V4 #21 5/24/18

Welcome to Volume 4 Number 21 of this E-Newsletter.

Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
 

Turned out to be a much busier week than I thought it was going to be.  I don't have any great reflection for you this week but wanted to share two things.

 

The first is that our dear friend Shirley Pederson has died and is now at the feast that has no end.  Shirley, was 95 and had been housebound for awhile.  She moved out of her house 3 years ago and was living with her son in Beaverton, where they had 4 generations under one roof!  Incredible!  She was a wonderful woman, a kind soul and incredibly caring.  I do not have any details about arrangements but I will be sure to share them when I find out.  Well done good and faithful servant. 

 

I wanted to share with you the sermon that was preached at some wedding last weekend.  I just can't put my finger on why this wedding was so important...This is Bishop Michael Curry preaching on the power of love.  It is a stunning sermon, enjoy.

 

Please welcome our worship leader this weekend who I am sure you will recognize.

 

**I am always interested in discussing issues and current events with anyone so please feel free to contact me for conversation.

_________________________________________________________________

Prayer Requests: The family and friends of Shirley P., Nicolas, Debi, Andrea, David, Daniel, Dorothy F, Ellie and Noel, Christopher and Jill, Lee, Tom S., Rev. Maggie, Todd, Melanie, Jane, Don, Rheasa (Re-A-Sa) and Caleb, Patty and Berry, Jim, Barbara, Cookie, help us to remember and keep the promises we made to Oscar, Otto, Leah, Nichole, Sophia, Danielle, Grayson, Elijah in their baptism, St. Mark's Lutheran, St. Paul Lutheran, Puddletown School, we pray for students and teachers everywhere, help us to remain troubled by everything that is troubling in the world, we pray for all those lonely or forgotten in their time of need, we pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.

_________________________________________________________________

 

Announcements:
 

Woodstock Workday- Saturday June 2nd is the 7th Annual Woodstock Workday.  People will gather at 9am at the Woodstock Community Center (5905 se 43 ave) and begin projects around 9:30am with the day wrapping up with a lunch at 11:30am.  BYOG (bring your own gloves etc.) and let Pastor Andrew know if you have questions.

 

Vacation Bible School- Summer is almost here and it is time to start thinking about Vacation Bible School.  We are partnering again with our brothers and sisters here in SE Portland to have an Ecumenical VBS.  Once again Holy Family is hosting, with Moreland Presbyterian, Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Agatha, St. Ignatius and Holy Trinity being a part of the event.  The theme this year is Shipwrecked and will be talking place July 9-13.  Registration information will be coming soon along with volunteer opportunities for adults.  Let Pastor Andrew know if you are interested in more details.

 

VBS Cafe Afternoon-  Holy Family hosts a Cafe Afternoon as a kick off for VBS every year.  This is a chance to get into the excitement leading up to VBS.  This year it will be on June 10 at Noon.  Talk to Pastor Andrew for more details.

 

Tell Me More?- Are there things you see or we do around church that you wonder why?  Like what are the symbols about on Pastor Andrew's stoles, or do pieces of our liturgy come from scripture, if so where?  We will be compiling a list of questions over the coming weeks that we can chat about and learn together.

 

5th Sunday In-Gathering- We will be collecting books for the Blast off For Books campaign over the coming weeks in support of the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston this summer.  There is a set book list that you can find posted at church or attached to this email.  Shane has volunteered to lead the purchasing process for the books, so chat with him about ordering or let the church office know if you have questions.

 

Rescheduled! What's Going On- We will continue our Wednesday gatherings at Shut Up and Eat (SE 39th and Gladstone) at 6:30pm.  We will be meeting again on June 13th!  We have not picked a topic yet so if you have an idea for something let Pastor Andrew know.
 

Summer Preaching and Singing-  With summer on the horizon it is time to start thinking about topics you are interested in hearing Pastor Andrew preach about this summer and your favorite hymns to sing.  There will be a sign up sheet in the narthex for you to write down your suggestions.

Eco-Faith Recovery- We will be gathering in the coming weeks to chat about the next steps in deepening our connection and relationship with the world around us through Eco-Faith Recovery.

 

Sign-Up Now- Many of our members have been doing some of the Worship Assistant jobs for a long time now and we are looking to get new people into worship leadership.  We have created a new sign up sheet in the back of the sanctuary for those wishing to participate.  If you have any questions concerning the positions please contact Pastor Andrew or someone you have seen filling that role.  There will be a time after church on a future Sunday where we will walk through the responsibilities of each position if you have questions. 

 

Organ Fund- Are you enjoying the sound of the new Organ?  we are accepting contributions to the Organ Fund to help with cost of this instrument.  Please mark your donation "Organ Fund" so we can apply it to the proper account.

 

Holy Trinity Supper Club- Our next gathering will be be on June 24th still at 5pm.  We will be gathering for dinner then Holden Evening Prayer.  Bring something to share and come hungry!

Children's Clothing Closet- The 4th Saturday of each month the Bethlehem Children's Clothing Closet is open at St. Mark's Lutheran Church from 12-2pm.  Please pass the word along, there is also always a need for donations and volunteers.  Contact Pastor Andrew if you have any questions.
 

Vigils at Immigration and Customs Enforcement- The Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice is hosting two events monthly to stand in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters at the Portland Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (4310 SW Macadam Ave.).  On the 2nd Thursday of each month at 12 pm a group will gather for walking, prayer and meditation and on the last Thursday of each month at 10 am there will be a prayer vigil held.  Pastor Andrew will be attending as many as his schedule allows if you would like to come along.  

 

Clothes Needed- Clothes for the summer months, especially shoes are needed for people who are part of the Re-entry program at the Clark County Jail. You can help show Gods merciful love to hurting people who are being released from jail often to the streets to be homeless.  Be part of a success story.  Your donation will give a person warmth, safety, hope, and dignity as they try and rebuild their lives. Donations can be brought to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  Let's help people start their journey with a gift from the Lord.
 

Bible Study on Matthew- We have a few more sessions in our study, that we will be looking to complete in the next few weeks.  Through conversation we have decided to try to re-incorporate a Sunday Bible Study in which we will finish the last three session.  Stay tuned for more information.


If you would like a printed version of our weekend newsletter they can be found on the bulletin board by the bathrooms at church.

 

There are some Lutheran community organizers looking to get to know SE Portland and do some work around concerns in the community.  If you are interested in the future of our corner of Portland and want to chat with them they would love to hear about your passions and desires for Portland.  Let Andrew know if you are interested in chatting with them.

 

We have been invited on the second Friday of every month to join for worship with the saints at Our Lady of Sorrows Church here in Woodstock.  At 7pm on those Fridays they gather for a Taize Service.  Taize is an ecumenical community in France that has developed a method of prayer that combines music, prayer and silence.  It is a beautiful service and something that cannot be related in words but needs to be experienced.  If you are looking for a new worship opportunity you should check it out.

 

Holy Trinity's Little Library- Thanks to Keith our Little Library is now complete and up on the fence!  It is located on Ogden Street right off of 39th.  So if you need a book or have a few to donate swing on by.

_____________________________________________________________

-There are many ways to connect and engage with Holy Trinity Lutheran.  

Find us on Facebook: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Portland

Spread the word on Yelp

Join us for devotions on Instagram: HTLCPDX

Follow us on Twitter @HTLCPDX

If you are interested in my occasional musing on my blog you can find it here http://spoileralertimnotagoodwriter.blogspot.com

Keep an eye on our webpage www.htlcpdx.com for more updates as well.

____________________________________________________________

 

Pastor Andrew's schedule for 5/28-6/1

*This is scheduled to change depending on Nari's adjustment to being home

 

Monday- Memorial Day Office Closed

Tuesday- around Church of SE PDX in the morning, Text Study at 12.

Wednesday- around Church or SE PDX.

Thursday- out of office.

Friday- out of office.


Blessings

Pastor Andrew

Holy Trinity E-Newsletter V4 #20 5/16/18

Welcome to Volume 4 Number 20 of this E-Newsletter.

Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
 

(credit where credit is due)(this reflection is based off of a a story Jean told me once about Pentecost)
 

This coming Sunday is Pentecost.  This means that 50 days have passed since Easter and we, like the disciples are witnesses to the Holy Spirit entering into our lives and world.  This is a monumental Sunday in the church year and it even more major this year at Holy Trinity because we are going to be receiving two new members. 
 

I have always loved the story of Pentecost, it has always filled me with such joy and excitement about the Gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit.  I think that partially what I love is that that the Holy Spirit came to the people in their own language.  This isn't a story of people having to assimilate to one dominate culture, like Judaism in this case.  But rather this is a story of God taking on the form of our communities, taking on our language and taking on our diversity without the dismissal of another.
 

Another piece that I don't think I gave much thought to until I spoke with Jean a few months ago, is that Pentecost is a major Christian Holiday, but yet it has not been commercialized.  There is still power and wonder in Christmas and Easter, but part of those holidays have become about buying things, gifts, toys, candy, baskets, eggs etc.  There is a commercial aspect of Christmas and Easter that has not occurred with Pentecost.  Being free of that commercial aspect, I believe, allows us to keep out eye fixated on what God is up to in our lives and world.
 

Pentecost is a Sunday that is about the Body of Christ and we will be celebrating that in one of the best possible ways on Sunday by bringing two new members into our community!  Please join us and Don't forget to wear red.

 

**I am always interested in discussing issues and current events with anyone so please feel free to contact me for conversation.

_________________________________________________________________

Prayer Requests: Angelo, Nicolas, Shirley P., Debi, Andrea, David, Daniel, Dorothy F, Ellie and Noel, Christopher and Jill, Lee, Tom S., Rev. Maggie, Todd, Melanie, Jane, Don, Rheasa (Re-A-Sa) and Caleb, Patty and Berry, Jim, Barbara, Cookie, help us to remember and keep the promises we made to Oscar, Otto, Leah, Nichole, Sophia, Danielle, Grayson, Elijah in their baptism, St. Mark's Lutheran, St. Paul Lutheran, Puddletown School, we pray for students and teachers everywhere, help us to remain troubled by everything that is troubling in the world, we pray for all those lonely or forgotten in their time of need, we pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.

_________________________________________________________________

 

Announcements:
 

Woodstock Workday- Saturday June 2nd is the 7th Annual Woodstock Workday.  People will gather at 9am at the Woodstock Community Center (5905 se 43 ave) and begin projects around 9:30am with the day wrapping up with a lunch at 11:30am.  BYOG (bring your own gloves etc.) and let Pastor Andrew know if you have questions.

 

Church Photos- If anyone did not get their photo taken for the church please let Pastor Andrew know so we can get one scheduled for you.
 

Vacation Bible School- Summer is almost here and it is time to start thinking about Vacation Bible School.  We are partnering again with our brothers and sisters here in SE Portland to have an Ecumenical VBS.  Once again Holy Family is hosting, with Moreland Presbyterian, Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Agatha, St. Ignatius and Holy Trinity being a part of the event.  The theme this year is Shipwrecked and will be talking place July 9-13.  Registration information will be coming soon along with volunteer opportunities for adults.  Let Pastor Andrew know if you are interested in more details.

 

Tell Me More?- Are there things you see or we do around church that you wonder why?  Like what are the symbols about on Pastor Andrew's stoles, or do pieces of our liturgy come from scripture, if so where?  We will be compiling a list of questions over the coming weeks that we can chat about and learn together.

 

5th Sunday In-Gathering- We will be collecting books for the Blast off For Books campaign over the coming weeks in support of the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston this summer.  There is a set book list that you can find posted at church or attached to this email.  Shane has volunteered to lead the purchasing process for the books, so chat with him about ordering or let the church office know if you have questions.

 

Rescheduled! What's Going On- We will continue our Wednesday gatherings at Shut Up and Eat (SE 39th and Gladstone) at 6:30pm.  We will be meeting again on June 13th!  We have not picked a topic yet so if you have an idea for something let Pastor Andrew know.

 

Synod Assembly- The Oregon Synod is trying something new this year for Synod Assembly.  In years past we have gathered at a retreat center somewhere for three days.  This year we are going to be breaking the event into two smaller events.  The first is a Regional Gathering, there are five days around the Synod for congregations to gathering with fellow congregations in their local area, ours is May 5th at West Linn Lutheran and everyone is welcome to coming.  The second event is our one day business meeting on May 19th at Gethsemane Lutheran and we can send two representatives from the congregation.  If you are interested in either event please let Pastor Andrew know.
 

Summer Preaching and Singing-  With summer on the horizon it is time to start thinking about topics you are interested in hearing Pastor Andrew preach about this summer and your favorite hymns to sing.  There will be a sign up sheet in the narthex for you to write down your suggestions.

Eco-Faith Recovery- We will be gathering in the coming weeks to chat about the next steps in deepening our connection and relationship with the world around us through Eco-Faith Recovery.

 

Sign-Up Now- Many of our members have been doing some of the Worship Assistant jobs for a long time now and we are looking to get new people into worship leadership.  We have created a new sign up sheet in the back of the sanctuary for those wishing to participate.  If you have any questions concerning the positions please contact Pastor Andrew or someone you have seen filling that role.  There will be a time after church on a future Sunday where we will walk through the responsibilities of each position if you have questions. 

 

Organ Fund- Are you enjoying the sound of the new Organ?  we are accepting contributions to the Organ Fund to help with cost of this instrument.  Please mark your donation "Organ Fund" so we can apply it to the proper account.

 

Holy Trinity Supper Club- Our next gathering will be be on June 24th still at 5pm.  We will be gathering for dinner then Holden Evening Prayer.  Bring something to share and come hungry!

Children's Clothing Closet- The 4th Saturday of each month the Bethlehem Children's Clothing Closet is open at St. Mark's Lutheran Church from 12-2pm.  Please pass the word along, there is also always a need for donations and volunteers.  Contact Pastor Andrew if you have any questions.
 

Vigils at Immigration and Customs Enforcement- The Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice is hosting two events monthly to stand in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters at the Portland Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (4310 SW Macadam Ave.).  On the 2nd Thursday of each month at 12 pm a group will gather for walking, prayer and meditation and on the last Thursday of each month at 10 am there will be a prayer vigil held.  Pastor Andrew will be attending as many as his schedule allows if you would like to come along.  

 

Clothes Needed- Clothes for the summer months, especially shoes are needed for people who are part of the Re-entry program at the Clark County Jail. You can help show Gods merciful love to hurting people who are being released from jail often to the streets to be homeless.  Be part of a success story.  Your donation will give a person warmth, safety, hope, and dignity as they try and rebuild their lives. Donations can be brought to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  Let's help people start their journey with a gift from the Lord.
 

Bible Study on Matthew- We have a few more sessions in our study, that we will be looking to complete in the next few weeks.  Through conversation we have decided to try to re-incorporate a Sunday Bible Study in which we will finish the last three session.  Stay tuned for more information.


If you would like a printed version of our weekend newsletter they can be found on the bulletin board by the bathrooms at church.

 

There are some Lutheran community organizers looking to get to know SE Portland and do some work around concerns in the community.  If you are interested in the future of our corner of Portland and want to chat with them they would love to hear about your passions and desires for Portland.  Let Andrew know if you are interested in chatting with them.

 

We have been invited on the second Friday of every month to join for worship with the saints at Our Lady of Sorrows Church here in Woodstock.  At 7pm on those Fridays they gather for a Taize Service.  Taize is an ecumenical community in France that has developed a method of prayer that combines music, prayer and silence.  It is a beautiful service and something that cannot be related in words but needs to be experienced.  If you are looking for a new worship opportunity you should check it out.

 

Holy Trinity's Little Library- Thanks to Keith our Little Library is now complete and up on the fence!  It is located on Ogden Street right off of 39th.  So if you need a book or have a few to donate swing on by.

_____________________________________________________________

-There are many ways to connect and engage with Holy Trinity Lutheran.  

Find us on Facebook: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Portland

Spread the word on Yelp

Join us for devotions on Instagram: HTLCPDX

Follow us on Twitter @HTLCPDX

If you are interested in my occasional musing on my blog you can find it here http://spoileralertimnotagoodwriter.blogspot.com

Keep an eye on our webpage www.htlcpdx.com for more updates as well.

____________________________________________________________

 

Pastor Andrew's schedule for 5/21-25

*This is scheduled to change depending on Nari's adjustment to being home

 

Monday- around Church of SE PDX in the morning

Tuesday- around Church of SE PDX in the morning, Text Study at 12.

Wednesday- ELCA Youth Gathering prep

Thursday-  around Church or SE PDX,

Friday- Sermon work-on call if needed

Blessings

Pastor Andrew

Holy Trinity E-Newsletter V4 #19 5/9/18

Welcome to Volume 4 Number 19 of this E-Newsletter.

Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
 

This past weekend John, Jim, Shane and I attended the Oregon Synod Regional Gathering out at West Linn Lutheran.  This was an opportunity to get together with other Lutheran Churches here from the east side of Portland (east side all the way out to The Dalles) and chat about mission, ministry and where the Holy Spirit is calling us to go next.  It was a day of a lot of content, conversation and fellowship. 
 

The Bishop sent out an email with some of his learning from the weekend and I wanted to share two of the pieces of feedback that the Bishop sent.  I think they are good learning for us a not just a single congregation but us as the Body of Christ.  We will continue conversation around Holy Trinity in the weeks to come about what we can do with these learnings.

What will you take back to your congregation?

  • Desire to deepen relationships
  • We're not alone
  • For congregation councils: What does vital lay leadership look like? How are we empowering people?
  • 1 to 1 listening and engagement
  • That it's not the music
  • Stop focusing on traditional measures of vitality
  • It's okay to try new things!

How can we build on the work done today?

  • Focus on how to build in diversity and be inclusive
  • Learn how to facilitate conversations
  • Teach/equip members to share their faith
  • Continue gatherings like this
  • Dare to share stories of success and failures
  • Partner with other congregations

 

**I am always interested in discussing issues and current events with anyone so please feel free to contact me for conversation.

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Prayer Requests: Angelo, Nicolas, Shirley P., Debi, Andrea, David, Daniel, Dorothy F, Ellie and Noel, Christopher and Jill, Lee, Tom S., Rev. Maggie, Todd, Melanie, Jane, Don, Rheasa (Re-A-Sa) and Caleb, Patty and Berry, Jim, Barbara, Cookie, help us to remember and keep the promises we made to Oscar, Otto, Leah, Nichole, Sophia, Danielle, Grayson, Elijah in their baptism, St. Mark's Lutheran, St. Paul Lutheran, Puddletown School, we pray for students and teachers everywhere, help us to remain troubled by everything that is troubling in the world, we pray for all those lonely or forgotten in their time of need, we pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.

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Announcements:
 

New Members- We are starting to work on another round of new member class, so if you have been a part of the community and would like to be become an official member please let Pastor Andrew know.
 

Woodstock Workday- Saturday June 2nd is the 7th Annual Woodstock Workday.  People will gather at 9am at the Woodstock Community Center (5905 se 43 ave) and begin projects around 9:30am with the day wrapping up with a lunch at 11:30am.  BYOG (bring your own gloves etc.) and let Pastor Andrew know if you have questions.

 

Church Photos- If anyone did not get their photo taken for the church please let Pastor Andrew know so we can get one scheduled for you.
 

Vacation Bible School- Summer is almost here and it is time to start thinking about Vacation Bible School.  We are partnering again with our brothers and sisters here in SE Portland to have an Ecumenical VBS.  Once again Holy Family is hosting, with Moreland Presbyterian, Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Agatha, St. Ignatius and Holy Trinity being a part of the event.  The theme this year is Shipwrecked and will be talking place July 9-13.  Registration information will be coming soon along with volunteer opportunities for adults.  Let Pastor Andrew know if you are interested in more details.

 

Tell Me More?- Are there things you see or we do around church that you wonder why?  Like what are the symbols about on Pastor Andrew's stoles, or do pieces of our liturgy come from scripture, if so where?  We will be compiling a list of questions over the coming weeks that we can chat about and learn together.

 

5th Sunday In-Gathering- We will be collecting books for the Blast off For Books campaign over the coming weeks in support of the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston this summer.  There is a set book list that you can find posted at church or attached to this email.  Shane has volunteered to lead the purchasing process for the books, so chat with him about ordering or let the church office know if you have questions.

 

Rescheduled! What's Going On- We will continue our Wednesday gatherings at Shut Up and Eat (SE 39th and Gladstone) at 6:30pm.  Keep your eyes peeled for new dates upcoming.
 

This Saturday! Portland Chamber Music Concert- We are happy to be hosting the wonderful Portland Chamber Music Ensemble on May 12th at 6pm.  This is a free concert that allows you to get up close to the musicians, ask questions and engage with music in a new way.  Be sure to join us!

 

Synod Assembly- The Oregon Synod is trying something new this year for Synod Assembly.  In years past we have gathered at a retreat center somewhere for three days.  This year we are going to be breaking the event into two smaller events.  The first is a Regional Gathering, there are five days around the Synod for congregations to gathering with fellow congregations in their local area, ours is May 5th at West Linn Lutheran and everyone is welcome to coming.  The second event is our one day business meeting on May 19th at Gethsemane Lutheran and we can send two representatives from the congregation.  If you are interested in either event please let Pastor Andrew know.
 

Summer Preaching and Singing-  With summer on the horizon it is time to start thinking about topics you are interested in hearing Pastor Andrew preach about this summer and your favorite hymns to sing.  There will be a sign up sheet in the narthex for you to write down your suggestions.

 

This Friday! Kaleidoscope of Boogie-  Taran Nadler who has hosted two art galleries here at Holy Trinity is going to be opening his third gallery at Wild Hearts Wellness studio on NE Fremont St on May 11th from 5-8.  The series is all based around dance and movement and we hope to see you there.

Eco-Faith Recovery- We will be gathering in the coming weeks to chat about the next steps in deepening our connection and relationship with the world around us through Eco-Faith Recovery.

 

Sign-Up Now- Many of our members have been doing some of the Worship Assistant jobs for a long time now and we are looking to get new people into worship leadership.  We have created a new sign up sheet in the back of the sanctuary for those wishing to participate.  If you have any questions concerning the positions please contact Pastor Andrew or someone you have seen filling that role.  There will be a time after church on a future Sunday where we will walk through the responsibilities of each position if you have questions. 

 

Organ Fund- Are you enjoying the sound of the new Organ?  we are accepting contributions to the Organ Fund to help with cost of this instrument.  Please mark your donation "Organ Fund" so we can apply it to the proper account.

 

Holy Trinity Supper Club- Our next gathering will be be in April still at 5pm.  We will be gathering for dinner then Holden Evening Prayer.  Bring something to share and come hungry!

Children's Clothing Closet- The 4th Saturday of each month the Bethlehem Children's Clothing Closet is open at St. Mark's Lutheran Church from 12-2pm.  Please pass the word along, there is also always a need for donations and volunteers.  Contact Pastor Andrew if you have any questions.
 

Vigils at Immigration and Customs Enforcement- The Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice is hosting two events monthly to stand in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters at the Portland Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (4310 SW Macadam Ave.).  On the 2nd Thursday of each month at 12 pm a group will gather for walking, prayer and meditation and on the last Thursday of each month at 10 am there will be a prayer vigil held.  Pastor Andrew will be attending as many as his schedule allows if you would like to come along.  

 

Clothes Needed- Clothes for the summer months, especially shoes are needed for people who are part of the Re-entry program at the Clark County Jail. You can help show Gods merciful love to hurting people who are being released from jail often to the streets to be homeless.  Be part of a success story.  Your donation will give a person warmth, safety, hope, and dignity as they try and rebuild their lives. Donations can be brought to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  Let's help people start their journey with a gift from the Lord.
 

Bible Study on Matthew- We have a few more sessions in our study, that we will be looking to complete in the next few weeks.  Through conversation we have decided to try to re-incorporate a Sunday Bible Study in which we will finish the last three session.  Stay tuned for more information.


If you would like a printed version of our weekend newsletter they can be found on the bulletin board by the bathrooms at church.

 

There are some Lutheran community organizers looking to get to know SE Portland and do some work around concerns in the community.  If you are interested in the future of our corner of Portland and want to chat with them they would love to hear about your passions and desires for Portland.  Let Andrew know if you are interested in chatting with them.

 

We have been invited on the second Friday of every month to join for worship with the saints at Our Lady of Sorrows Church here in Woodstock.  At 7pm on those Fridays they gather for a Taize Service.  Taize is an ecumenical community in France that has developed a method of prayer that combines music, prayer and silence.  It is a beautiful service and something that cannot be related in words but needs to be experienced.  If you are looking for a new worship opportunity you should check it out.

 

Holy Trinity's Little Library- Thanks to Keith our Little Library is now complete and up on the fence!  It is located on Ogden Street right off of 39th.  So if you need a book or have a few to donate swing on by.

_____________________________________________________________

-There are many ways to connect and engage with Holy Trinity Lutheran.  

Find us on Facebook: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Portland

Spread the word on Yelp

Join us for devotions on Instagram: HTLCPDX

Follow us on Twitter @HTLCPDX

If you are interested in my occasional musing on my blog you can find it here http://spoileralertimnotagoodwriter.blogspot.com

Keep an eye on our webpage www.htlcpdx.com for more updates as well.

____________________________________________________________

 

Pastor Andrew's schedule for 5/14-18

*This is scheduled to change depending on Nari's adjustment to being home

 

Monday- working remotely

Tuesday- working remotely

Wednesday-working remotely

Thursday-  around Church or SE PDX,

Friday- Sermon work-on call if needed

Blessings

Pastor Andrew