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.

_____________________________________________________________

-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 7/16-20

*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.

_________________________________________________________________

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.

 

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

Holy Trinity E-Newsletter V4 #24 6/22/18

Welcome to Volume 4 Number 24 of this E-Newsletter.

Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
 

One thing I have been working on over the years, but especially this year thank to Chris and Tom, is starting with my faith and the Gospel to shape and form my beliefs.  As Christians I believe that we are called first a foremost to have our faith be the guiding light in our lives, not politics, nationality or anything else.  The jumping off point for us when considering events in our lives or relationships what does my faith lead me to believe and how does my faith then shape how I respond.  This is at times a murky understanding but more often than not my outlook changes when I consider God's word and act first with compassion, understanding and grace. 

 

I wanted to share a few resources that I have found helpful in guiding my understanding of how my faith connects to the world.

 

The ELCA has great resources available through ELCA Advocacy.

 

Groups like Bread for the World and Lutheran World Relief are doing great work as well.

 

Along with folks like Reconciling Works.

 

I encourage us all to start with our faith to consider God's calling for our lives and to consider Matthew 25...."whatever you did to one of the least of these you did also to me."

 

 

**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.  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 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 6/25-29

*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 #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.

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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.

 

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