Grace, Mercy and Peace to you, Welcome to Volume 25 of this E-Newsletter.
If you are thinking to yourself, this is a day early you are correct it is. I will be having limited internet access for the next few days so I figured I should send this out today instead of waiting.
As a congregation we have started our process in preparing ourselves to call a Pastor. The major piece along the way is a document called a Ministry Site Profile (MSP). This document is for congregations to fill out to assess where they are in their ministry and where they are looking at going. It is a good process to gain a clearer understand of the congregation. We are in the midst of this process with the assistance of Pastor Maggie, who is an expert in this process.
An important part of this process is gaining and understanding of who the church is, how we are called to be here and what we are called to do. Pastor Maggie in her devotions has been reminding us of the fact that we are who we are because of our baptism. Our baptism makes a permeant change to who we are. We are now Children of God and a part of the Body of Christ. No longer are we our own but we are God's. In this Body is where we become the church, we are still individuals but we are a part of this greater whole.
This understanding of the church comes from the very word itself in Greek. Ekklesia is the greek for Church and it is broken down as ekk and kaleo. Ekk is a preposition meaning from, out, or out of and kaleo is a verb meaning to call. So in our title as church we are the called out ones, or the ones that are called out.
So then, when we think of the Body of Christ, who we are as the church and who we are meant to be. We need to remind ourselves that we are the called out ones. We are called out of ourselves as individuals and we are called into the world. When we are planning on setting goals, missions and plans for the future we need to keep me mind that the Gospel calls us out and that is what it means to be the church.
You may be seeing around church large sheets of paper on the walls. These are a part of the Call process we are working on, they are asking questions to help us assess who we are and where we are going. So feel free to grab a pen or marker and write down a few of your ideas.
Prayer Requests: The family and friends of Ruth Barbara R, Betty J, Shirley P., Lois T., Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Rev. Maggie, Marie and Jake, Jane, Dan, Those affected by the shooting in Charleston Siegline as she travels, St. Mark's Lutheran, St. Paul Lutheran, Pastor Fred, Danielle, Grayson and all those preparing for baptism or recently baptized, Dan, that we should remain troubled by everything that is troubling, the church, the world, and all those in need.
- 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. We will be meeting on Monday's beginning on July 6th at Shut Up and Eat in the Rally Room. Books will be available through the church for purchase, donation or lending.
- A great big thank you is due to all of the people that made the church picnic happen over the weekend. It was a fantastic event because of the work of the volunteers. Thank you to all for your hard work.
-You may be seeing around church large sheets of paper on the walls. These are a part of the Call process we are working on, they are asking questions to help us assess who we are and where we are going. So feel free to grab a pen or marker and write down a few of your ideas.
-There is no doubt about the fact that summer is here. 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. *This will not be occurring tomorrow July 1.*
-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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Join us for daily devotions on Instagram: HTLCPDX
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If you are interested in my occasional musing on my blog you can find it here http://spoileralertimnotagoodwriter.blogspot.com
Keep an eye on our webpage www.htlcpdx.com for more updates as well.
Pastor Andrew's Schedule July 13-17
Monday- Evening Bible Study at Shut Up and Eat
Tuesday- Morning Pastor Text Study Group and afternoon around office.
Wednesday- Morning and afternoon around church
Thursday- On call if needed
Friday- Remote Sermon Prep
Blessings Pastor Andrew