Grace, Mercy and Peace to you,
Welcome to Volume 28 of this E-Newsletter.
The calendar for the christian church has a lot more on it than just Sunday's. Throughout the year the calendar is full of various remembrances of saints, festivals, feast days and other events that tie us to the historical church that we are a part of.
Today's remembrance is one of significants because today we remember Mary Magdalene. She was one of the woman that followed Jesus and was in his inner circle. She was from Galilee and traveled with Jesus throughout the land. She listened, prayed, engaged in Holy conversations with Jesus and grew as a disciple of Christ.
She cared so deeply for Christ that she returned to his tomb after his crucification to tend and prepare the body. It was at that place where she received the news the Jesus was not there but had Risen. She was then tasked with returning to the Disciples to share this Good News.
Her story is one that is as well known or as well told, but she is a great example of perseverance in the faith, she stands for all those who see and proclaim Jesus as the Risen Savior. Also as a woman she is a shining example of how God breaks down walls and barriers and how all can be disciples of Christ and bearers of the Good News.
Prayer Requests: Barbara R, Betty J, Shirley P., Lois T., Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Rev. Maggie, Marie and Jake, Jane, Dan, Gerry and Liz as they travels, St. Mark's Lutheran, St. Paul Lutheran, All participating in the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit, 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. This week we will be meeting at Church for Book Study!
-Remember at church a few weeks ago when there was a car broken down in our parking lot? That car belonged to Pastor Chris Pruitt. He is a church planter here in Portland, and is in the process of beginning a church in town. The car that was broken down was the car he was using for work and ministry and it broken down for the last time. He is in the process of finding a new car for his work so if you yourself or anyone else is looking to donate a car to his ministry please contact the church office.
-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.
-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
- This Week! St.Mark's is having their annual Rummage Sale on July 24-25th and all are welcome to attend.
-Check out out new calendar on our website www.htlcpdx.com for the most updated events around the church and community.
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Pastor Andrew's Schedule July 27-31
Monday- Around Church and Evening Bible Study at Church
Tuesday- On Call if needed
Wednesday- On call if needed
Thursday- Around church.
Friday- Remote Sermon Prep