Grace, Mercy and Peace to you, Welcome to Volume 18 of this E-Newsletter.
I was sitting in one of the business sessions of Synod Assembly when I received the news of an Earthquake rattling Nepal. I could see the ripple of other people receiving the news throughout the assembly. As we learned more we understood the magnitude of the quake the destruction it caused and lives lost. Then just earlier this week we we received the news of a second quake.
This one was of a lesser magnitude but still significant. The quake might have been lesser but it was just as devastating. Nepal as a country experiences extreme poverty, especially as one makes their way from the urban areas out into the country. According to Lutheran World Relief, 5,582 people have been reported as dead, with another 11,175 injured. These earthquakes have affected 8 million people.
My heart aches for the places in our world where there is tragedy and heartbreak. We see the ways in which our world meets and connections with nature but there are times when our relationship is not harmonious much like our relationships with one another.
It is at times like these that we pray and pray without ceasing, but we also are called to action. There are many organizations like Lutheran World Relief, that are providing real, boots on the ground aid to those in need in Nepal and elsewhere around the world. I encourage us as a community to reach out in the ways we can to aid and assist all of God's Creation. Please check out www.lwr.org for more information and ways to assist in the recovery.
Prayer Requests: Barbara R, Betty J, Shirley P., Lois T., Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Leah M, Cole, Stephen, Rev. Maggie, 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, that we should remain troubled by everything that is troubling, the church, the world, and all those in need.
-TOMORROW NIGHT! 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- With summer right around the corner we are planning on getting a Summer Newsletter ready. If you have anything you would like to see in it or if you would like to contribute something to the newsletter please let us know in the office.
-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 18-22
Monday- On-call if needed
Tuesday- Morning and afternoon around office.
Wednesday- Morning and Afternoon around the Office.
Thursday- Morning on-call if needed afternoon around the office and evening Council Meeting.
Friday- Out of town.
Blessings Pastor Andrew