Grace, Mercy and Peace to you, Welcome to Volume 22 of this E-Newsletter.
So I am still working on a better name for our summer theme, but as of right now the best I have is 'Going Green". As we have been talking about, currently we are in the Green Season of the church year. We remember growth of the church, the lushness of the season of summer, and think of the continued work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
This past Sunday we spoke about the boldness that we are called to live into because of our faith. Where does this boldness come from you might ask? We live boldly because the victory has already been won. Jesus victory over sin, death and the devil has done everything that needs to be done, the victory has been won. So with that assurance we live boldly.
So what do we know about this bold life? As Lutherans we state two very important things. the first is that we are living in the time of "now...not yet" We know that the victory has been won and that God is working to bring all back into Godself. However, that time is not yet happened, so we live in the now and we live out the Gospel in the now.
The second thing about a bold life is that we say we are "In" the world but not "from" it. Once again we are living in an in-between space. We are living in the world, we are a part of it, and we are called to be living out the Gospel but we are not from the world. The Gospel does not call us to remove ourselves or the Church from the world but rather to dive and dig deeper into it. This is why we pray "Thy will be done, on earth and it is in heaven." We are called to the deepest of relationships with the world.
Prayer Requests: The family and friends of Ruth Barbara R, Betty J, Shirley P., Lois T., Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Rev. Maggie, Jane, The friends and family of Georgia, Siegline as she travels, St. Mark's Lutheran, St. Paul Lutheran, Pastor Fred, Danielle, Grayson and all those preparing for baptism or recently baptized, that we should remain troubled by everything that is troubling, the church, the world, and all those in need.
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. St. Mark's will be joining for for our picnic Holy Trinity people are asked to bring main dishes and St. Mark's will be bringing salads and dessert.
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, August 30th! This month we will be supporting Lewis Elementary School. They have requested a few things that will greatly help in kicking off their school year. 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 canned good donations in November.
Band aids (regular size/length, plain)
Clear (non-purple) Elmer's Gluesticks
Sharpies brand markers
- 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. This will be a joint event between St. Mark's St. Paul and us here at Holy Trinity. Check out the flyers around church and sign up. Keep your eye out for more information or contact Pastor Andrew for more information. You can signup online at http://vhub.at/thriventfinancial
- 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 June 15-19
Monday- On-call as needed
Tuesday- Morning Pastor Text Study Group and afternoon around office.
Wednesday- Morning and Afternoon around the Office.
Thursday- On-call if needed
Friday- On-call if needed and Sermon Prep.
Blessings Pastor Andrew