Grace, Mercy and Peace to you, Welcome to Volume 23 of this E-Newsletter.
We are still "Going Green" for the Summer. This past week in our readings we had beautiful images of shelter and how key it is in our understanding of the Kingdom of God. From Ezekiel we heard for the sprig from a lofty cedar would be replanted and birds of all kinds would have shelter in its branches. Then again in our Gospel reading, the mustard seed that was planted will grow into the greatest of all shrubs (that isn't an insult, I promise.) In that great shrub, will provide shelter for all of creation.
We have this understand that the Kingdom of God is a place of shelter and welcome, where God will provide. It is not that idea of shelter that we think of in our Western minds. It is just four walls where we put our stuff and sleep. The shelter in the Kingdom of God is a place where all are welcomed, included and loved. It is a place where we are freed to be ourselves and called to do the work of God. It is a place where we do not have to put on a face or an act but we are safe to be who we are, which is children of God.
However, this weekend, we have a reading from the Gospel where Jesus is taking the disciples out of their comfort zones, they are going to a new land, in the middle of the night and a giant storm comes about. They are uncomfortable, they are worried, nervous and fearing for their lives. So where does this leave us, where do we arrive? We understand the Kingdom of God to be a place where we are safe, welcomed and can find shelter, but also the Kingdom of God is one where we are being called out into places unknown.
So what are we to do?
Well, I guess you will have to show up on Sunday to find out.
Prayer Requests: The family and friends of Ruth Barbara R, Betty J, Shirley P., Lois T., Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Rev. Maggie, Jane, Dan, 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
- -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
- -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 June 22-26
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