Grace, Mercy and Peace to you, Welcome to Volume 19 of this E-Newsletter.
This coming Sunday is Pentecost and that is one of the high points of the church year. It is on this day, 50 days after Easter, that the church celebrates the arrival of the Holy Spirit. It is on this day that the disciples of Jesus received that gift of the Holy Spirit, in those tongues of fire that descended upon them. This was the moment of revelation for those waiting after Jesus ascension. This was the moment where their mission to the world became clearer.
The Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples and appear as tongues of fire over their heads. This was not just a cool trick but in this moment they were gifted with the abilities to speak many languages and took to the streets to proclaim the Good News of Jesus. Think of this as the reverse of the Tower of Babel. Language was not scattered at this point but language was widened so that all could understand the Good News.
There are some that refer to this day as the birthday of the church, it is more like the baptism of the church. This is the day in which we receive all the gifts and blessings of the Holy Spirit. For the modern church it is a day of renewal but also a day to refocus us on the task at hand. That is to bring the Gospel to all people in all places. It reminds us of our calling as disciples and once again we return to following the guide of the Holy Spirit.
So on Sunday be sure to wear RED to celebrate and welcome our guest preacher Rev. Maggie Rourk to Holy Trinity.
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, St. Mark's Lutheran, St. Paul Lutheran, Jake + Marie, Linda, Pastor Fred, Dave, Danielle, Grayson and all those preparing for baptism or recently baptized, Nepal as they recover from an earthquake, those that work with Special Needs Students, that we should remain troubled by everything that is troubling, the church, the world, and all those in need.
- 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.
NEW - Mark your calendars for June 28th. This will be the date for our church picnic. We will be gathering on the 28th for worship outside (weather permitting) and afterwards will be having fellowship around the grill. There will be a sign up sheet in the fellowship room for picnic materials. Keep you eyes on the website for more details.
NEW - Summer Book Study, this Summer we will be partaking in a summer book study of Unbinding the Gospel by Martha Grace Reese. It is a text written for congregation to focus on their prayer life, to understand the connection between prayer and action, and develop an understanding of how to apply the Gospel to their communities. We will be gathering throughout the summer to discuss the book and what it means to us here at Holy Trinity. More details to follow.
-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. Our next gathering will be back to school supplies in August and canned good donations in November.
- 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. We will be focusing on one date (Aug, 14th) 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.
-There are many ways to connect and engage with Holy Trinity Lutheran.
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Pastor Andrew's Schedule May 25-29
Monday- On-call if needed
Tuesday- Morning Pastor Text Study Group and afternoon around office.
Wednesday- Morning and Afternoon around the Office.
Thursday- Morning on-call if needed afternoon around the office and evening PEM Meeting.
Friday- On-call if needed and Sermon Prep.
Blessings Pastor Andrew