Grace, Mercy and Peace to you, Welcome to Volume 11 of this E-Newsletter.
Today is a day of importance. March 25th has been a day in the church year that has been celebrated and remembered since the early church. I bet you can figure out why, just think about it for a minute....................got it yet?..................need more time?................................ok time is up, if you are still struggling with the significance of today just add 9 months.
Now you got it, today is the day that is celebrated as The Annunciation, the day when the Angel Gabriel visited Mary and announced that she was going to give birth to the Messiah, the Savior of the World. She was a teen girl, that was living in a occupied place living an anonymous and seemingly insignificant life. She was living a life like many over the course of history including today that have lived and died in the slums of cities around the world.
However, through her came God's presence in the world! This is a reminder of the promise that God lives and works in and through us, that these bodies are not just placeholders but the physical revealing of God in the world. We are reminded that all things are possible with God.
Prayer Requests: Barbara R, Betty J, Dorothy F, Jacob F., Pastor Janell, Leah M, Phil and Michelle T (Family of the Fowler's), Jane (Family member of the Nelson's who was in a car accident), Rich (submitted on Facebook), Cynthia and daughter, that we should remain troubled by everything that is troubling, the church, the world, and all those in need.
-New We have been invited to join in a Good Friday Cross Walk around SE Portland. It will be a time for Ecumenical Prayer for our neighborhood and world. The walk will begin at noon at St. Ignatius Catholic Church (3400 Se 43rd) and finish around 2:30 at Catholic Charities (2740 Se Powell). See Pastor Andrew for more details.
-* NEW* If you are looking for a worship opportunity on Maundy Thursday we have been invited to join St. Paul (7:30 worship) or St. Mark's (7pm worship).
-*New *Oregon Synod Lay School of Ministry will be meeting in April and May and we are invited to attend. This is an educational opportunity to learn alongside other congregations about communication and organizing. Contact Pastor Andrew for more info.
-5th Sunday ingathering of canned goods scheduled for March the 29th. Bring canned good to worship on that Sunday that we will then donate to St. Mark's food panty!
-If anyone is interested in checking out what Puddletown is all about we have been invited to observe one of their classrooms. This is an open invitation to the congregation to come and spend some time experiencing their program. This has to be scheduled in advance, so please do not show up. This is by appointment only! Contact their office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-We are having a baptism! Be sure to join us for worship on April 12th for the Baptism of Grayson D. and Danielle O. It is going to be a very special day as we welcome these new Children of God into the Body of Christ. So be sure to be at worship!
-Lent is a season of preparation and repentance leading us from the waters of our Baptism to the Cross with Jesus. Part of our Lenten journey this year will be a Bible Study open for all to attend. This will be a time for us to gather as a community and dive deep into God’s Word, our personal faith, and this season of Lent. This Bible Study, titled "*Into the Wild*" will be meeting on Wednesday evenings (6pm) at *Shut Up and Eat *a local restaurant located at 3848 Se Gladstone St (Corner of 39th and se Gladstone) in their "Rally Room" Food will be available for purchase. I hope that you can join us.
-If you desire a Wednesday evening Lenten services we have been invited to join St. Paul's for their 7:30 Holden Evening Prayer Service each Wednesday of Lent.
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Pastor Andrew's Schedule
Monday- Morning on-call and Afternoon remotely working.
Tuesday- Pastor Pericope Group in the Morning and Afternoon around the Office.
Wednesday- Morning and Afternoon around the Office and evening Bible Study.
Thursday- Morning on-call and Afternoon around Church, Evening Maundy Thursday Service
Friday- Noon Cross Walk, 6:30pm
Blessings Pastor Andrew