Grace, Mercy and Peace to you, Welcome to Volume 31 of this E-Newsletter.
In 1976 an organization formed to provide "simple, decent and affordable" housing to help address poverty in their part of the country. This small organization to start quickly found that there were similar needs throughout the world and has not become an international group. Habitat for Humanity, has become one of the foremost organizations working against poverty, it has become a household name thanks to the important work that they have done and with the help of former President Jimmy Carter.
Habitat has found a model for building that brings the entire community together to build. There are of course supervisors and people that actually know what they are doing on each site, but the houses are largely built by volunteers. Though this work together as a community they are able to build houses that are affordable and help address the issues of poverty and homelessness.
Habitat takes seriously the calling of Matthew 25, that whatever you did to one of the least you did it unto Christ. They know that the work that we are to be about as Christians is looking out for the least, little and lowest. Their mission is centered on serving by focusing on those the most in need. They see this important work as a job of the community, to come together and to join together as the Body of Christ.
Some of us from Holy Trinity are taking part in the build tomorrow here in Portland, if you missed out on this opportunity have no fear because there will be more chances in the future to be a part of this amazing work.
Prayer Requests: The family and Friends of Barbara R, Betty J, Shirley P., Leah, Don + Lois T., Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Rev. Maggie, Marie and Jake, Jane, Dan, 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.
-September 13th is "God's Work, Our Hands" Sunday in the ELCA. Congregations across the country will be heading out that day to do service in their communities. We will be discussing around HTLC about how we are going to participate in this event this year. I hear there maybe something else going on that sunday around the church but we can find a way to participate even if it is the next sunday.
-If you are feeling the need to travel in 2016 the Oregon Synod of the ELCA is sponsoring a trip to the Holy Land. The trip will be in May and all are welcome to go on the trip. If you are interested contact Pastor Andrew for more details.
-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.
-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.
-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
-*Tomorrow *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
-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 Aug. 17-21
Monday- On call if needed, book study at night.
Tuesday- Pastors preaching group in the am and around the church in the pm.
Wednesday- Around the church
Thursday- On call if needed in the morning, Afternoon at church and evening Council Meeting
Friday- On call if needed, sermon prep
Blessings Pastor Andrew