Grace, Mercy and Peace to you, Welcome to Volume 32 of this E-Newsletter.
Are you tired of hearing about bread yet? It has been four weeks in a row of hearing Jesus as the Bread of Life texts. The lectionary has been set up to walk through John 6, which is where we gain a pivotal understanding of who Jesus is, the Bread of Life. We have one more week to go, so now might be a good time to reflect quickly.
Here at Holy Trinity we have used the texts as building blocks, one on top of the other to gain an understanding of what Jesus means when he says he is the Bread of Life. We began with the understanding that this Bread of Life is one of abundance, Jesus in the breaking of the bread provides abundance in not just food for the physical needs but food for our spiritual lives as well. It is not small doses but in abundance for all. The next step up the ladder is that, like the water at the well, this is food that is everlasting. Many were seeking Jesus because he was fulfilling the physical needs but everlasting needs with bread that sustains life.
Following that in the 3rd week of our texts we heard of this Bread of Life being not just life sustaining but life giving. We eat food here on earth to sustain us through life, but the Bread of Life doesn't just sustain but creates, makes, renews life in ways that nothing else can. Finally, this past week we heard that this life giving food is not just in the here after, or for life eternal but for life in the present, for life here and now. There is the promise of life eternal wrapped up here but it does not end there. In John's Gospel this discourse occurs in the middle of Jesus's life and ministry, thus creating life and sustaining life for work in the Kingdom.
So how will it all end this week? We are approaching our final Bread of Life text and you will just have to show up and see what happens.
Prayer Requests: The family and Friends of Barbara R, Betty J, Shirley P., Leah, Don + Lois T., Glen and Jill, Karen, 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, those working in relief of forest fires, Holden Village, that we should remain troubled by everything that is troubling, the church, the world, and all those in need.
-* New* August 30th will not just be our 5th Sunday Ingathering but also will be the day in which we pray for all of our students as they head back to school. So students of all ages are encouraged to bring in their backpacks to have them blessed and also bring the names of your teachers and administrators so we can pray for them. This will also be a time for a blessing of our school supplies as we send out our gathering. Be sure to join us.
-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. This week we will be meeting at Church.
-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.
-*Quickly Approaching *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 was a great success! Pam and I worked on various projects around the site! Thrivant Financial partners with Habitat for Humanity on their building projects here in Portland. The next build is going to be October 10th and 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.
-There are many ways to connect and engage with Holy Trinity Lutheran. Find us on Facebook: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Portland Spread the word on Yelp http://www.yelp.com/biz/holy-trinity-lutheran-church-portland Join us for daily devotions on Instagram: HTLCPDX Follow us on Twitter @HTLCPDX 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 Aug. 24-28
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 Call Meeting
Friday- On call if needed, sermon prep
Blessings Pastor Andrew