Holy Trinity E-Newsletter V2 #14 4/6/16

Welcome to Volume 2 Number 14 of this E-Newsletter.

This coming Sunday is a wonderful culmination of a process that has been in the works for several years here at Holy Trinity. For the first time in around 7 years we will be installing a Pastor! Not just a Pastor but we will be installing our new Church Council as well! This is a wonderful day in the history of Holy Trinity!

It is a meaningful Sunday because it is a statement by this congregation in this place that the Holy Spirit is moving through this place and that God in active in this place. There have been many difficult and challenging times and conversations over the past few years but one thing stayed, that was the Holy Spirit. That is the amazing thing about the Spirit, there is something happening and going on in this place that we can't put our finger on, but we know that God is active in this place and we are not done here yet.

So be sure to come and join us on Sunday for this major day in the history of Holy Trinity, Because the Holy Spirit is alive and well here!

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Prayer Requests: The friends and family of Frances Weston, Betty J, Shirley P., Andrea, Don T., Leah, Steven, Glen and Jill, Karen, Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Rev. Maggie, Pastor Fred, Sherry S., Marlyn K., Clark, Jade, Theresa, Jane, Don, Rheasa and Caleb, Diane, Patty and Berry, Danielle, Grayson, Elijah. The Mission of Hope, St. Mark's Lutheran, St. Paul Lutheran, we pray for students and teachers everywhere, help us to remain troubled by everything that is troubling in the world, we pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.

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Announcements:

-Discipleship 2016! April is a month for fellowship, so join us for a special fellowship time this Sunday after worship where we will be installing Andrew and the Church Council.

Did you say Installation? Yes, the Assistant to the Bishop Susan Kintner will be joining us on April 10th for the instillation of Andrew and the Church Council.

Portland Chamber Music is coming to Holy Trinity. On April 30th we are happy to be hosting a concert by this amazing group. The concert is at 7pm. The group travels around the greater Portland area bringing music to communities. They will be hosting a free concert that will be both entertaining and informative so be sure to join us!

-May is the next month where we will have a 5th Sunday In-gathering! We will be donating again to Camp Lutherwood as they get ready for their Summer Camp Season! One thing that they are looking for before camp starts are Legos, not so much the people or the accessories but the blocks! So if you have any kicking around or can purchase some new ones, go for it and drop them by Holy Trinity!

-July will also be a month with 5 Sundays, so we will be helping to assemble Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief. They have a very specific packing lists so please bring in the items listed below. These are the items that go into each Personal Care Kit. -Light or Medium weight bath size towel (20" x 40" to 52" x 27") dark color -2 bath size bards (4 to 5 oz) of soap, any brand, in original wrapping -1 adult size toothbrush in original packaging or in sealed business size envelope (no ziplock or plackwrap) -1 *Sturdy *comb, remove packaging -1 metal nail clippers, remove packaging

Mark your calendars for October 1st! That Saturday Camp Lutherwood is having their 3rd Annual Harvest Festival and Fundraiser. More can be found about the event on their website.

-Our Sunday School is officially back and off to a great start! One Sunday a month we will have an extra focus on Christian Education. Our Church in Action Children's Program will be integrated with our Sunday Worship. Be sure to be here on Sunday for our next Sunday School.

-Music opportunities at Concordia University. All concerts are free! -Spring Concert- Sunday, April 24 at 3pm at St. Michael's Lutheran Church.

If you are like me and do searching for things on the internet do I have a thing for you. I have gotten Holy Trinity set up with Goodsearch.com. It is an online search engine that is powered by yahoo and every time you use it search engine it donates to a charity of your choice, in our situation that is Holy Trinity. So set that browser to good search and select Holy Trinity and get searching.

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.

-Spring is here! So join Pastor Andrew on Wednesday to walk around the neighborhood. We will be meeting at 2:30 at the church and set off for a stroll around the neighborhood.

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 http://www.yelp.com/biz/holy-trinity-lutheran-church-portland

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 http://www.htlcpdx.com/ for more updates as well.

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Pastor Andrew's schedule for 4/11-4/15

Monday- On call if needed

Tuesday- around the office Francis Weston Memorial at 2pm

Wednesday- Around the Office, Francis Weston Internment at 10:30

Thursday-Around the Office or in SE

Friday- Sermon Prep, on call if needed

Blessings Pastor Andrew