Welcome to Volume 2 Number 10 of this E-Newsletter.
Yesterday, was International Woman's Day, it was a day to celebrate Woman in our world, the work that they have done and the impact on society that they are having every minute of every day. Sadly, it seems in our society if you are not a white christian male then you are overlooked so there is an ever present need to celebrate diversity, in all shapes and forms. I hope and pray that we will get to a time in our society where the inherent and intrinsic value of life is valued and celebrated each and every day regardless of skin color, gender, political view, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. But until we give voice to all in our society not just the most wealthy or most powerful then we must continue to strive for justice and equality for all.
Specifically this year I paused to consider the role of Women in Ministry, especially in the Lutheran Church. 45 years ago a predecessor church body to the ELCA ordained the first female Pastor, the Rev. Elizabeth Platz. I have had the pleasure of meeting and seeing Pastor Platz at work and she is truly a gift and a blessings to the church. I am not sure why it took so long to begin ordaining woman, but the church is a better place that is more reflective of the Kingdom of God because of it.
There is still a lot of work to be done in not just our church but society when it comes to the role and place of Women and other minorities, but I am encouraged by the role of the ELCA in their work towards justice and equality for those most exploited and overlooked in society.
If you are interested in reading more about the work of Woman in the Faith, the Journal of Lutheran Ethics dedicated their work this month to this very topic. You can check it out here http://www.elca.org/JLE/Articles/1144.
Prayer Requests: 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, 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.
-Join us for our Burger Theology on March 23rd at 6pm at Dick's Primal Burger. This is not a hard hitting conversation about the religious implications of eating meat but rather a time to come together to talk about faith, relationships life and the world.
-*This Coming Monday! *Discipleship 2016! Each month during 2016 we will be encountering new ways to engage our discipleship. Every month we will have a different focus as a congregation, and learn new ways to engage our faith. March is an Education Month, so please plan on joining me up at the University of Portland for a conversation about the Death Penalty in the United States. Dale Recinella will be offering the lecture, he has served for twenty-five years as a spiritual counselor and Catholic correctional chaplain, ministering to men on Florida’s death row. The title of the event is “The Biblical Truth About America’s Death Penalty” The conversation will begin at 7:15 in Franz Hall Room 120 (5000 N. Willamette Blvd.)
-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! There will be a donation list published shortly! 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 plasticwrap)
-1 *Sturdy *comb, remove packaging
-1 metal nail clippers, remove packaging
-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. So plan on joining us March 20th for our third session!
-Let's check our calendars to get two events scheduled. The first is a spring clean up day and the second is a date over the summer to get a crew together to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity here in Portland.
-Music opportunities at Concordia University. All concerts are free! -Chamber Ensembles Winter Concert- Friday March 11 at 7pm in the Fine Arts building -Choral Ensembles Winter Presentation/Lenten Service- Sunday, March 13th at 3pm at St. Michael's Lutheran Church. -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.
-Winter is here, but when did some bad/cold weather slow us down. 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.
-There are many ways to connect and engage with Holy Trinity Lutheran.
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Pastor Andrew's schedule for 3/14-3/18
Monday- on call if needed, evening Education Event at UP
Tuesday- at Preaching group at noon.
Wednesday- Around church in the morning, Lunch meeting then afternoon at church.
Thursday- Around church during the day, lunch meeting downtown then evening Council.
Friday- On call if needed, sermon prep.
Blessings Pastor Andrew