Grace, Mercy and Peace to you, Welcome to Volume 21 of this E-Newsletter.
So we have entered into the Green Season of the church year. After all the blues, reds, purples and whites we now are into the longest color swatch of the calendar, green. So what does this all mean, why are we going green and what does it say for us and the church.
Well, first off I am sure that it does not take any great insight to make the connect between green and growth and life. As I sit here and watch the rain fall outside of my window we are reminded of the ties we have to water as nourishment and how growth comes from that watering. This green season, you will also hear it referred to as Ordinary Time, is a time for that watering and growth.
This summer is not a time to become complacent, but a time for growth. Our lectionary and readings over the coming weeks will be helping us in this growth. Two weeks ago we celebrated Pentecost, which was the arrival of the Holy Spirit and initiated the sending out of the disciples to spread the Gospel. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be hearing the stories of the advancement of the Gospel, how the early church spread and grew.
I believe that this time will be especially important and valuable for us here at Holy Trinity. We are working ourselves through a time of transition but also a time of growth. We are going to be discussing where the Spirit is calling us to go and how we are going to get there. The stories and writing of the early Church will be reflecting our currently situation. We will be learning the ways of living in community with one another, how to share the Gospel and the ways to deal with this transition. So let us embrace the green, and be a green church.
Prayer Requests: The family and friends of Ruth 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), The friends and family of Georgia, 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 victims of tragic accidents, 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 8-12
Monday- On-call in morning as needed, afternoon Ruth Hull Memorial Service
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.
Friday- On-call if needed and Sermon Prep.
Blessings Pastor Andrew