Holy Trinity E-Newsletter V4 #31 8/8/18

Welcome to Volume 4 Number 31 of this E-Newsletter.

Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
 

It feels good to be back in the office after a month of paternity leave.  Now don't get me wrong I loved and am grateful for the opportunity to be a stay at home dad for a bit and spend time with E and N, but it feels good to be back.  We had a wonderful month together of adjusting to the two kid life, and E adjusting to being a big brother, it was a incredible season of my life that I will cherish always.

 

I am sure I am going to get a brief history lesson from my dad if I miss-attribute this song but I believe it was the Byrds who first made famous a certain piece of scripture in popular music.  "Turn, Turn, Turn (To Everything there is a Season)" was a folk hit that incorporated Ecc. 3:1-8.  

 

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

 

If I am being honest, I have never been good at totally living in the moment, I am always concerned about what is coming next and what is happening later or I running through past situations in my head that I could have handled better.  However, once again if I am being honest I feel that the Gospel moves us to living into the current moment.  Our God is a God of relationships and calls us to be in relationships with one another.  Not at some point in the future or in the past but right here and now. 

 

Weather we like to admit it or not, nothing last for every.  Every moment passes but the promise of God is that God will be in the midst of live, beginnings, middles and ends and calls us to embrace life to the fullest.

 

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

_________________________________________________________________

Prayer Requests: 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:
 

Tell Me More?- Thank you to everyone who participated in our summer education.  If you still have questions or things you are wondering about let Pastor Andrew know and we can find time to talk about them.

 

New Church Picnic- We are planning dates for a church picnic to be hosted by the Ieriens.  There are two dates we are considering Sept. 8th or 9th.  There is a place to mark your preferred date in the Council Room.

 

New Lutheran Community Services NW Fundraising Lunch-  Each year Lutheran Community Services NW host a lunch as one of their major fundraising event.  LCSNW is a group here in town that provide services to the most at-risk populations, they have a wide range of services offered.  The Lunch is on October 14th and the Marriott Downtown.  If you are interested in more information about their work or want to attend the event please let Pastor Andrew know. 

 

New God's Work, Our Hands- Every September ELCA congregations around the country step out after worship for a day of service.  We are making arrangements at Holy Trinity for GWOH Sunday!  Keep Sept. 16th clear on your calendar and more details will be coming shortly.

 

5th Sunday In-Gathering- we have everything collected and will be compiling the kits this Sunday after worship.  Hope you can join us!

 

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 later this summer!  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 early in September 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 8/13-17

 

Monday- around church or SE

Tuesday- around church or SE, Pastor's group in afternoon

Wednesday-around church or SE

Thursday- on-call

Friday- on-call and sermon writing


Blessings

Pastor Andrew

Holy Trinity E-newsletter V4 #30 8/2/18

Welcome to Volume 4 Number 30 of this E-Newsletter.

Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
 

Well, this week is the beginning of my immersion into life post paternity leave.  It has been such a blessing over the past four weeks to be able to spend some time at home with the family and be a dad for a bit.  Two kids is real, its been such a joy to be able to spend the days with the kiddos.

 

I was struck by something a few weeks ago in our Matthew text study, that if I had made the connection before I had long forgotten it, but I have seen it in action recently.  There is a lot of talk in Matthews Gospel about the little ones, how we are not supposed to put stumbling blocks in front of them, we are to look out for them and we are to have a faith like them.  What I was struck by over the past couple weeks spending time with the little ones here is there is something incredible about the way kids see the world.

 

We were at the park the other day with a friend and his son who is roughly E's age.  The boys were kinda playing together or at-least close because 2.5 year olds are just getting into the cooperative play, when an older kid came up to them.  I was expecting the older kid to give them a hard time or something but he asked to play with them.  I was kinda amazed, and it made me think about these texts.  That there is a difference between being child-ish and child-like. 

 

The amazing thing that I saw that I think applies to our faith is that kids don't see, social status or hierarchy, they don't see skin color or gender, they just see a human being, a friend without status, they see people for exactly who they are...people that are in need to friendship, love and acceptance no matter what.  I know that both E and N are going to teach me a ton over the year and I am excited to learn!

 

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

_________________________________________________________________

Prayer Requests: 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:
 

This Sunday during coffee hour 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.  This Sunday we will be discussing why we say the things we say in worship.

 

New Lutheran Community Services NW Fundraising Lunch-  Each year Lutheran Community Services NW host a lunch as one of their major fundraising event.  LCSNW is a group here in town that provide services to the most at-risk populations, they have a wide range of services offered.  The Lunch is on October 14th and the Marriott Downtown.  If you are interested in more information about their work or want to attend the event please let Pastor Andrew know. 

 

5th Sunday In-Gathering- we are still a few items short for our LWR School Kits so if you have materials to bring in please do on Sunday.

 

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 later this summer!  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 early in August 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 8/6-10

*This week is the last 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- around church or SE

Tuesday- around church or SE, Pastor's group in afternoon

Wednesday-around church or SE

Thursday- on-call

Friday- on-call and sermon writing


Blessings

Pastor Andrew

 

 

Holy Trinity Lutheran E-Newsleter V4 #28 7/20/18

Welcome to Volume 4 Number 28 of this E-Newsletter.

Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
 

Over the past couple of weeks we have been slowly bringing in items for our School Kits for Lutheran World Relief.  If you remember a few years ago we worked on a similar project, health kits, for Lutheran World relief.  This is a wonderful opportunity to put into action our faith by engaging with the needs of the world.  Often time issues or concerns seem far away from our homes and our lives here in the states, but through the work of groups like Lutheran World Relief, we are be active participation in doing the work of the Kingdom. 

 

For me one of the import pieces that groups like Lutheran World Relief remind me of us that we are all made in the image of God and that we are to be treated as such.  When there are issues of war, famine, poverty, and violence elsewhere around the world it is easy to just consider it out of sight out of mind.  However, projects like these are ones where we can tangibly be reminded that all are made in the image of God and we can work for those that are experiencing hardship in their lives that we only see on the news or read about in newspapers. 

 

I will be sending out an updated list soon of the items we are still needing but take a look at the list below and consider bringing some by the church to add to our collection.

 

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

_________________________________________________________________

Prayer Requests: 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:
 

This Sunday during coffee hour 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.

 

New Lutheran Community Services NW Fundraising Lunch-  Each year Lutheran Community Services NW host a lunch as one of their major fundraising event.  LCSNW is a group here in town that provide services to the most at-risk populations, they have a wide range of services offered.  The Lunch is on October 14th and the Marriott Downtown.  If you are interested in more information about their work or want to attend the event please let Pastor Andrew know. 

 

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.  We will have a dedicated Sunday to bring in each item.  Each kit contains the items below, we are going to aim to complete 20 kits.  We will be collecting them for our In-gathering on July 29th. 

 

7/1- 4 70-sheet 8' x 10.5" notebooks

7/8- one 30-centimeter ruler, one pencil sharpener

7/15- one pair of blunt scissors, one 2.5 in eraser

7/22- 5 unsharpened #2 pencils, 5 black or blue ballpoint pens, one box of 24 crayons

7/29- one study drawstring backpack-style cloth bag 14' x 17'. 

 

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 later this summer!  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 early in August 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 7/23-27

*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- on-call

Tuesday- on-call

Wednesday-on-call

Thursday- on-call

Friday- on-call


Blessings

Pastor Andrew

Holy Trinity E-Newsletter V4 #27 7/13/18

Welcome to Volume 4 Number 27 of this E-Newsletter.

Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
 

Another year of Vacation Bible School is now in the books!  Over the years this ecumenical VBS has been slowly growing in kids attending, and in congregations participating.  This year we had around 220 kids and and added another church (Our Lady of Sorrows) into the project.  This week we heard the stories of faith, the ones that remind us that no matter what Jesus saves.  These are important stories to tell to adults but more importantly these are important stories for kids to hear.  To remind them how loved they are and how God is always there with them to see them through this life.

 

I have found this program has been one of the things that makes SE Portland and what the Holy Spirit is doing so unique.  The realization that I have made over the years is that our various community interact throughout the week more than I could have imagined.  We all live in the same neighborhoods, kids go to the same schools, play on the same sports teams and shop at the same stores.  So it only makes sense if you ask me that we be the church together as well.  We can all keep our pieces of our identity that make us, us, while also working together towards the Kingdom of God. 

 

Bishop Dave when we were in Houston said a line that has lead me to much reflection over the past few weeks.  In regards to the church "we seek unity not uniformity" this goes for our Lutheran partners but also for our others brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ.  We seek to be united in our work for the Kingdom of God but we are not trying to make everyone the same.  We are both unique and connected, its a fascinating relationship I must say. 

 

VBS every year inspires me to reach out across lines and boards, real or percieved for the sake of the Kingdom, it calls me to consider what the Holy Spirit is already doing in communities and not rely just on my vision or the vision of a single congregation.  It calls me and allows me to see the bigger Body of Christ and how we are encouraging the Spirit to thrive.

 

Don't forget we are still bringing in items for our Lutheran World Relief School Kits, the list is below.

 

**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- Thanks to everyone who supported VBS this past week, it was an incredible week and I look forward to continued partnership in the work of the Holy Spirit in SE Portland.

 

This Sunday during coffee hour 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.  We will have a dedicated Sunday to bring in each item.  Each kit contains the items below, we are going to aim to complete 20 kits.  We will be collecting them for our In-gathering on July 29th. 

 

7/1- 4 70-sheet 8' x 10.5" notebooks

7/8- one 30-centimeter ruler, one pencil sharpener

7/15- one pair of blunt scissors, one 2.5 in eraser

7/22- 5 unsharpened #2 pencils, 5 black or blue ballpoint pens, one box of 24 crayons

7/29- one study drawstring backpack-style cloth bag 14' x 17'. 

 

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 later this summer!  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 early in August 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.

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-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.

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Pastor Andrew's schedule for 7/16-20

*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- on-call

Tuesday- on-call

Wednesday-on-call

Thursday- on-call, Council in evening

Friday- on-call


Blessings

Pastor Andrew

Holy Trinity E-Newsletter V4 #26 7/5/18

Welcome to Volume 4 Number 26 of this E-Newsletter.

Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
 

I have been back from Houston for a couple days now, and my head is still buzzing from the words that I heard and the Spirit that was coursing through the entire event.  Often times when I am at major events like this one my thoughts drift to the story of the Road to Emmaus.  This is one of those post resurrection accounts, when Jesus appears to his followers and explains to them what happened the days prior with out them realizing that it is Jesus in their midst.  The line that always sticks with me is after Jesus leaves them and the disciples reflect how their hearts were burning in their chest as Jesus explained to them the scriptures and opened their eyes. 

 

The Houston Gathering was a heartburn moment after heartburn moment, because we heard the words of God's love, God's grace and God's hope.  It would be hard to go through a week like the Youth Gathering and not have your heart on fire.  We heard stories from the young and old, from all walks of life about God's presence in their lives and how God's love, grace and hope changes everything. 

 

I would encourage your to take a listen to some of the speakers when you get a moment.  They were all dynamic and inspiring.  Check out the music because the musicians were incredible and all of the footage will give you just a small glimpse of what it looks like when you are surrounded by 31K youth with their hearts on fire.  Everything can be found on the Gatherings Youtube page here

 

It is good to be home and I am looking forward to seeing many of you on Sunday!  Don't forget we are still bringing in items for our Lutheran World Relief School Kits, the list is below.

 

**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: 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.

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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.

 

This Sunday during coffee hour 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.  We will have a dedicated Sunday to bring in each item.  Each kit contains the items below, we are going to aim to complete 20 kits.  We will be collecting them for our In-gathering on July 29th. 

 

7/1- 4 70-sheet 8' x 10.5" notebooks

7/8- one 30-centimeter ruler, one pencil sharpener

7/15- one pair of blunt scissors, one 2.5 in eraser

7/22- 5 unsharpened #2 pencils, 5 black or blue ballpoint pens, one box of 24 crayons

7/29- one study drawstring backpack-style cloth bag 14' x 17'. 

 

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 later this summer!  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 early in August 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 7/9-13

*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- VBS at Holy Family in the A.M.

Tuesday- VBS at Holy Family in the A.M.

Wednesday-VBS at Holy Family in the A.M.

Thursday- VBS at Holy Family in the A.M.

Friday- VBS at Holy Family in the A.M.


Blessings

Pastor Andrew