Welcome to Volume 2 Number 21 of this E-Newsletter.
Just a few weeks ago, Tom and I traveled down to Eugene for The Oregon Synod Assembly. This is the one time a year when representatives from each congregation in the Oregon Synod gather together to talk about the issues effecting our various church communities, to discern together the direction of the Synod, to elect leaders, hear presentations and more. Congregations have the opportunity to bring Resolutions to the Assembly. These are statements by the various congregations concerning issues that they feel important for the gathering to discuss and make a public statement about. This year they ranged from LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual) voices, climate change, and Assembly format to name a few.
There were a couple very interesting Resolutions that I hope to highlight over the next few weeks in this space. The first was brought to us by Peace Lutheran in Burns Oregon and it was about Climate Change and the effects it has on creation and our future. We know and understand that we are stewards of God's creation and it is our moral and ethical responsibility to care for God's creation. We know that climate change threatens to destroy the environment and we are aware that there are many profit motivated corporations that are producing or over using consuming fossil fuels. The ELCA Global Mission Unit embraces "accompaniment" methods in which we approach God's mission by "walking together in a solidarity that practices interdependence and mutuality" so we are seeking to practice this model in our care for creation.
So with this groundwork laid we seek to, as the Oregon Synod, to publicize information and encourage members to influence legislators to adopt more stringent measures for protections of our environment. We encourage members to compassionately divest from funds that support production of fossil fuels and invest in funds that support clean energy and manufacturing instead. Finally we through education and action entourage all members to be environmentally responsible.
So what are we doing here at Holy Trinity. We are beginning to discuss our energy, our use and consumption. We are looking into where we could be more diligent in our energy use. We are also beginning to consider alternative energy possibilities for our building in partnership with Puddletown. We are always open to more ideas and thoughts on the issue as well.
Prayer Requests: Betty J, Shirley P., Andrea, Leah, Steven, Fern, Alice, Glen and Jill, Karen, Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Rev. Maggie, Pastor Fred, Sherry S., Marlyn K., Clark, Jade, Theresa, Jane, Don, Rheasa (Re-A-Sa) and Caleb, Diane, Patty and Berry, Oscar, Otto, Nichole, Sophia, 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.
A Big thank you to The Rev. Ron Werner Jr. for bringing the Good News to Holy Trinity this past weekend. to our community here at Holy Trinity. He is bringing us the Good News this Sunday!
Looking for a renter or housemate? I have recently become acquainted with a young woman who is moving to Portland this fall. Kara Bonn is moving to Portland to continue her education in the Montessori System, she sounds like a wonderful young woman with some amazing references. She is also willing and interested in working in childcare while here if you know of any families need help in that area. I have attached a pdf containing more about her, feel free to contact me in the office if you need more info.
New Members Sunday is schedule in June! If you have been thinking about joining Holy Trinity now is your time. We are going to be receiving new members twice this year once in June and another time in the fall. If you are interested in joining, talk to Pastor Andrew. Leading up to that Sunday we will have a Lutheran Refresher course that will be occurring during our coffee hour.
*New *Lutheranism 101 courses coming in June. If you are new or think that it's time for a refresher there will be a Lutheranism class going on during coffee hour in June. Feel free to drop it and join the discussion.
Got a few projects you would like to see done around the church. Now is the time to make your voice be heard. We are working on collecting desired projects for around the church. If you have any please jot them down and pass them along to Chris or Tom.
In June we will once again be having our Church Picnic, we will be worshiping outside that Sunday if weather permits and then gathering for food and fellowship afterwards. There will be a signup sheet in the fellowship room.
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 and the corresponding weeks to bring them into Church. -Light or Medium weight bath size towel (20" x 40" to 52" x 27") dark color. June 5 and 12 -2 bath size bars (4 to 5 oz) of soap, any brand, in original wrapping. July 17, 24, 31. -1 *Sturdy *comb, remove packaging. June 19 and 26. -1 metal nail clippers, remove packaging July 3 and 10.
Mark your calendars for the Woodstock Annual Clean-Up Day. The 6th Annual Woodstock Clean-Up has been scheduled for Saturday, June 4th. This is the day before the opening of the 2016 Woodstock Farmer's Market. A fun-filled weekend for all! Registration is at 9 a.m. at the Woodstock Community Center. 5905 SE 43rd Ave. There is sign-up for cleaning teams. We have sponsors that supply morning snacks and we have a volunteer lunch at noon.
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 June 28th for our next Sunday School.
We have dates set for Sunday School for the rest of the year. So mark your calendars for June 28, July 10, Aug 7, Sept 18, Oct 9, Nov 20 and Dec 11. Look for a flyer coming soon to share with your family and friends!
July 11-15 will be the Community Vacation Bible School at Holy Family. Folks from Holy Family, Moreland Presbertyian St. Ignatius and Holy Trinity will be coming together to do VBS together. If you have any kids in your like make sure to invite them. There are flyers and registration info in the Office. If you would like to volunteer and help out let Pastor Andrew know.
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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Pastor Andrew's schedule for 5/30-6/3
Monday- Memorial Day Office Closed
Tuesday- around the office or SE, preaching group at 12
Wednesday- East-side Ministries meeting then working remotely.
Thursday- around church or SE
Friday- at church in am, sermon prep in afternoon
Blessings Pastor Andrew