Grace, Mercy and Peace to you, Welcome to Volume 15 of this E-Newsletter.
Happy Earth Day! In 1970, Gaylord Nelson announced a demonstration on behalf of the environment was schedule for April 22. Approximately 20 million people around the world showed up to celebrate the first Earth Day. Every year since then we have gathered as one global village to remember creation, to advocate for it, and to reflect on its significance in our lives.
When I think of creation I remember a certain quote from Martin Luther "God writes the Gospel not in Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars." Creation is one of the may ways in which we see God revealing Godself in the world. The Gospel of the Risen Christ is not just in scripture but is playing out in front of our very eyes. We see it in new life as it is brought forward, we see it in trees and flowers budding in spring, the signs of new life, resurrection and creation are all around us.
However, with this in mind, there is also a reality that our world is suffering and not the way it once was. I saw two interesting takes on our creation this morning. The first was the idea that if tree's provided wifi hotspots we would be planting trees everywhere, enough to save this planet but sadly trees only provide us with life sustaining oxygen, and we cut them down in alarming amounts.
The second refection is not as amusing but more terrifying. If we think that the world is 4.6 billion years old, let us scale that down to 46 years. If that is the care then humans have only been here for 4 hours of that 46 years, the industrial revolution began 1 minute ago and in that time we have cut down more that 50% of the world forests. That is not sustainable...
We have been given this creation, to make our home, but not to exploit, abuse, and overrun. We are called to be advocates for creation and to take care of this beautiful sign of the Gospel that we have been given.
Prayer Requests: Barbara R, Betty J, Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Leah M, Jane (Family member of the Nelson's who was in a car accident), Siegline as she travels, Danielle, Grayson and all those preparing for baptism or recently baptized, Rich (submitted on Facebook), Cynthia, her husband and daughter, that we should remain troubled by everything that is troubling, the church, the world, and all those in need.
NEW -May 14th is the Ascension of Our Lord. It is the day in which we remember Jesus's Ascension into heaven. We will be celebrating this High Holy Holiday with a joint Potluck and Worship Service at St. Mark's Lutheran Church (5414 SE Powell.) The Dinner will begin at 6pm and Worship at 7. Please contact Pastor Andrew if you have any questions.
NEW -5th Sunday ingathering of canned goods is right around the corner again. Our next ingathering will be May 31st! Which is also Holy Trinity Sunday. This month we will be supporting Camp Lutherwood, which is the ELCA Summer Camp for the Oregon Synod. They have requested a few things that will greatly help their summer camp program. We will be gathering them on the 31st but feel free to drop them off before hand if you like.
Band aids (regular size/length, any color) to help stock our nurse's cabin
1 1/2 inch binders for staff manuals (any color, 3 ring, 8 1/2 x11 size paper)
Clipboards (any color, 8 1/2 x11 size paper)
Sharpies (all colors! Regular felt tip)
Regular rolls of masking tape
-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.
NEW -Thrivant Builds! Thrivant Financial partners with Habitat for Humanity on their building projects here in Portland. There are three dates coming up( June 6th, Aug, 14th, Oct. 10th) that they are looking for volunteers to help. This is a wonderful opportunity to help out the community and dust off those work boots. Keep your eye out for more information or contact Pastor Andrew for more information.
- Classical up Close, a series of free concerts from the Oregon Symphony will be hosting a concert at St. Mark's Lutheran on April 29th at 7:30pm. It was a great chance to see this music up close and ask question about the pieces you will be hearing.
- There is a new poll up on the chalkboards in the fellowship room to determine our next Bible Study and Service Project. So stop by and vote for whatever options sound interesting to you. You can vote for as many options as you like.
New -St.Mark's is having their annual Rummage Sale on July 24-25th and all are welcome to attend. Donations will be accepted beginning in June.
-Check out out new calendar on our website www.htlcpdx.com http://www.htlcpdx.com/ for the most updated events around the church and community.
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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 April 27-May 1
Monday- On-call if needed
Tuesday- Morning around office before Text Study group. Afternoon around the Office. Wednesday- Morning and Afternoon around the Office.
Thursday- Morning on-call if needed
Friday- Sermon catch up/ on-call if needed.
Blessings Pastor Andrew