Grace, Mercy and Peace to you, Welcome to Volume 16 of this E-Newsletter.
I am writing to you this week with a heavy heart. Having grown up in Baltimore and with my parents still living in Baltimore city the events of this week have been weighing heavy on my shoulders. My feelings have run the gambit of emotions from pain, heartbreak, angry, sadness, doubt, and everything in-between.
I do no understand the brutality on behalf of both the citizens and the police. I do not understand the overt racism that has seeped into our collective mindsets. I do no understand the blaming of victims, the shaming of victims and the ignoring of victims. I do not understand the media attention on the negative and violence of the city, I do not understand why we do not see those helping, working for the good and protesting peacefully. I do not understand how we regain safety in our cities. I do not know how we regain trust in one another. I do not understand how as a society we continue to beat, abuse and hate those different from us and then expect them to treat us with the respect we desire. I do not understand how meeting violence with violence is going to solve anything. I do not understand how people can feel safe when all they know and have experienced with the police is violence and oppression. I do not know a lot of things and I seem to be understanding less by the day.
I know the answer and the response I should have, I should be saying we need to pray, let cooler heads prevail and trust the system. But I do not know if I can say that right now and really mean it. I want to say that I have the perfect response or a faithful prayer for us, but I don't know if I do. I know that we are called to pray and that is what I have been doing non-stop, most of the time all I can pray is Lord, have mercy. That is all I know to say, Lord, Have Mercy. I keep repeating it LORD, HAVE MERCY.
Join us Sunday for worship and join us in our liturgy of peace. We will be closing worship out on our front steps praying for peace for our community, city, state, country and world.
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, Nepal as they recover from an earthquake and the city of Baltimore, that we should remain troubled by everything that is troubling, the church, the world, and all those in need.
-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- It spring time and the weather is getting nicer. This is a great time of the year to start getting more active and enjoy the beautiful weather we are having. 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.
-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.
-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.
-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.
-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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Pastor Andrew's Schedule May 4-8
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