Grace, Mercy and Peace to you, Welcome to Volume 30 of this E-Newsletter.
Can you believe that it is August already? It felt like just the other day we were kicking off the summer with our outdoor worship and picnic. There has been something on my calendar for a few weeks now for the first week in August and it is now upon me.
Tomorrow evening at 8pm CST (6pm for us out here) there will be a live webcast conversation involving our Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and William B. Horne II. The conversation will be center on the complexity and implications of racism. In light of the recent events in Ferguson, Baltimore and numerous other cities across where racism has been brought to the forefront, this conversation is an important moment for the Church to not hide behind our walls and doors but to speak about the issues effecting our country.
In our recent past the Church has not always been at the forefront of the conversation concerning social issues in our country and world, when we really should have been. This is a time when that is changing. It is important that we do not hide from the issues in our communities but we as the Church as the one leading the conversation from a place of brokenness to a place of wholeness. Mr. Horne II put it this way "Talking about race and racism is hard work for most of us...Our Christian witness compels us to confront our sinfulness in all forms from within and outside of ourselves. It is more beneficial if we do it together"
These are not easy topics to speak about but they are the conversation we are called to have. It is a time for us to identity and speak about our individual and corporate sins and see the guidance of the Holy Spirit towards a new possibility, a new future in Christ. These are important conversations and ones that should continue as we continue to learn who we are called to be as Children of God.
I would encourage everyone to take part in this event and continue the conversation afterwards. You can find out more about the webcast here http://elca.org/webcast?utm_campaign=home%20page&utm_source=elca.org&utm_medium=banner.
Prayer Requests: The family and Friends of Barbara R, Betty J, Shirley P., Lois T., Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Rev. Maggie, Marie and Jake, Jane, Dan, Joy N, 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.
*NEW *Thursday at 6pm (PST) There is a live online webcast with Bishop Eaton of the ELCA leading a conversation about racism. There is more info in the beginning of the e-newsletter.
*NEW *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.
* NEW * 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
*NEXT WEEK! *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. 10-14
Monday- On call if needed in the morning and Afternoon at church, Evening Bible Study
Tuesday- remote sermon prep and out of town Tuesday through Wednesday evening.
Wednesday- Out of town
Thursday- On call if needed in the morning, Afternoon at church and evening Call Meeting
Friday- Habitat Build
Blessings Pastor Andrew