Grace, Mercy and Peace to you, Welcome to Volume 34 of this E-Newsletter.
This coming Sunday is a Sunday that is a long time coming in the church. We are going to be talking about racism in church, it seems that for decades we have hidden from challenging conversation and now is the time to speak. The church has been at the forefront of social justice in the world but it has always been seen as someone else's problem or issue, or someone's reality. That cannot be farther from the truth, it is our work to be done, here in our neighborhood and in our town. Race isn't something that effects other people but it effects you and I, daily wether we want to admit it or not.
After the Birmingham bombing that killed 3 little girls, Dr. King gave the eulogy that rings as true today as it did in 1963. He said of the victims "They have something to say to every minister of the gospel who has remained silent behind the safe security of stained-glass windows...They say to us that we must be concerned to merely about who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murderers." What is it about our world and our way of life that brings about these events over and over again. One of the realities that we need to come to understand about is that both Dylan Klebold of the Columbine Shooting and Dylan Roof in Charleston were members of ELCA Congregations both having completed confirmation and families were regular attendees.
I am sure that on Sunday I will not be able to eloquently speak and relate the importance of this conversation to the fullest, however, I know that this is an important conversation to have and if we aren't having it then we are allowing these systems to continue. We have been invited into this conversation, this Holy Space, to converse with our brothers and sisters from the AME Church and the AME Zion church. It is a time for confession, repentance, prayer and commitment to end racism. If you are able please join us for this important conversation.
Prayer Requests: The family and Friends of Rev. Martha McCracken, Betty J, Shirley P., Leah, Don + Lois T., Glen and Jill, Karen, Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Rev. Maggie, Marie and Jake, Jane, Dan, Noel, Trinity Portsmouth Lutheran, 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.
-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 participating however on September 20th from 2-5pm. We will be serving alongside other at Potluck in the Park. Potluck in the Park is an event that has been occurring in the North Park Blocks since the 1990s. It provides a meal, each and every Sunday for all who show up and gather. We will be participating alongside others through Hands on Portland. There is a signup sheet at church if you would like to attend or you can sign up online here http://www.handsonportland.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0C1200000knClcEAE&wrs=HOC0009-003-63072243-2d44-436d-8b8b-b09702bce1f6.
-Available this week are our Table Top Talk materials. These are designed to be taken home for dinner conversation. Most of what we learn about faith occurs at home, that is the place where we see faith in action and we hear the conversations that help to continue our growth as disciples. These materials are meant to be conversation starters over dinner, in the car or around the table. They will be available each week at church and also on the recourses tab of our website.
-*New *Fall clean up day is right around the corner. With the rainy season approached we wanted to get in another clean up day at church before it is too late. So mark your calendar for September 12th, starting around 9am. We will put up a to-do list in the fellowship room.
-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.
-Thanks to all who participated in our Summer Book Study, it was a wonderful time together to talk about the future of the church! Keep you eyes peeled for future educational opportunities.
-This Sunday A Day of Confession, Repentance, Prayer, and Commitment to end Racism. Our worship this morning will be to time to confront racism, to ask for forgiveness for the ways we are a part of individual and systemic racism, a time for prayer and a time to commit ourselves to the work of ending racism in our lives, church, communities, cities, states and world. We have been invited to join with Bishops of the AME Zion church to make ending racism a reality in our world. Worship will be at 9:30 with conversation and fellowship afterwards.
-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.
-Summer maybe ending but 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, November 29th! This month we will be supporting a local food bank. So bring in those canned goods!
-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.
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Pastor Andrew's Schedule Sept 7-11
Monday- Labor Day
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
Friday- On call if needed, sermon prep
Blessings Pastor Andrew