Welcome to Volume 2 Number 43 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
On a cold wet Portland night a few of us gathered last night to talk about what is currently going on at Standing Rock. Standing Rock is where there is still protest being held over the construction of the Dakota Pipeline. The path of the pipeline passes in and around Native lands in the Dakota', including but not limited to water supplies, holy grounds, and burial grounds. There are many issues concerning the construction of this pipeline, but at the very core is the continued colonial treatment of Native American people by us, the white settlers.
There are numerous concerns about a project like this. There is the concerns around our dependence on fossil fuels, the care of creation or the lack there of by our processes of harvesting such fossil fuels, there is the concern about the safety of such pipelines traveling over great distances and their safety around communities water supplies. However, there is no greater concern than the treatment of Native People.
From the first interaction that European "settlers" had with Native people there has been abuse, war and exploitation of Native Peoples and Native lands by not just our ancestors but us up to this day. The relationship or lack there of between Native peoples and colonial "settlers" maybe been one of continue abuse and exploitation. There is a denial of person-hood or existence of Native groups of people, they have been pushed to the margins of this country and when it is convenient to us we recognize their existence. So this is not just a concern over fossil fuels but this is a concern over the treatment of an entire group of people.
At the Churchwide Assembly this past summer in New Oreleans the ELCA declared the repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery, thus making public confession of our treatment of Native Peoples and the exploitation of Native people and lands for our own benefit. So this is then a time, when we had made a statement and now can do something about it. So I challenge you to read about this issue, to speak about it and to pray for those exploited by the systems we have set up and created.
Here are two great pieces if you would like to read more.
"Why do I go to Standing Rock" -Bishop Guy Erwin
Prayer Requests: Shirley P., Andrea, Fern, Alice, Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Rev. Maggie, Sherry S., Jane, Don, Rheasa (Re-A-Sa) and Caleb, Patty and Berry, Oscar, Otto, Leah, Nichole, Sophia, Danielle, Grayson, Elijah, St. Mark's Lutheran, St. Paul Lutheran, we pray for students and teachers everywhere, help us to remain troubled by everything that is troubling in the world, we pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.
What's Going On- Join us on Wednesday November 16th at Shut Up and Eat (SE 39th and Gladstone) at 6pm for our monthly discussion group. We will be chatting each month about current events and issues currently in the news. This month we do not have a topic yet so if there is something that you are interested in discussing please let Andrew know. If you don't have the time to read the articles do not worries all are welcome at the conversation.
Trunk or Treat/Holy Trinity Supper Club Oct. 30th 4pm- Thanks to everyone who attended our first Supper Club. Once a month we will be hosting an evening meal and worship here at Holy Trinity. We will be gathering around 4:30 at the church for dinner and conversation together followed by a short informal worship service. All are welcome and come hungry. This coming month things will look a bit different. We will be having a Trunk or Treat event here at the Church. We will be gathering around 4 and be handing out candle from the trunks cars in the parking lot, decorations are encouraged. We will also be having some food, warm beverages and a warm station. If you would like to reserve a spot for your car, donate or volunteer in anyway please let the church office know
Sign-Up Now Thrivant and Habitat have come together for some Habitat for Humanity build days this fall. So mark your calendars for Nov. 10th and 19th to get your hands dirty and work on some houses. Kim Ierien is bringing a group from her work on Nov. 10th if you want to join her. The builds are happening at their Helensview site in Cully. Contact Pastor Andrew for more info there is a sign up sheet in the fellowship room or sign up at http://vhub.at/thriventfallbuilds.
New All Saints Sunday- November 6th is All Saints Sunday and it is tradition that we remember those loved ones that we have lost in the last year. So if there is a friend, family member or loved one that has died in the past year please submit their names to Andrew so we can include them in our prayers.
Got a few projects you would like to see done around the church. Now is the time to make your voice be heard. We are working on collecting desired projects for around the church. If you have any please jot them down and pass them along to Chris or Tom.
Our Sunday School is officially back and off to a great start! One Sunday a month we will have an extra focus on Christian Education. Our Church in Action Children's Program will be integrated with our Sunday Worship. Be sure to be here on Nov. 20th for our next Sunday School.
If you would like a printed version of our weekend newsletter they can be found on the bulletin board by the bathrooms at church.
There are some Lutheran community organizers looking to get to know SE Portland and do some work around concerns in the community. If you are interested in the future of our corner of Portland and want to chat with them they would love to hear about your passions and desires for Portland. Let Andrew know if you are interested in chatting with them.
We have dates set for Sunday School for the rest of the year. So mark your calendars for Nov 20 and Dec 11. Look for a flyer coming soon to share with your family and friends!
Fall is now! 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.
We have been invited on the second Friday of every month to join for worship with the saints at Our Lady of Sorrows Church here in Woodstock. At 7pm on those Fridays they gather for a Taize Service. Taize is an ecumenical community in France that has developed a method of prayer that combines music, prayer and silence. It is a beautiful service and something that cannot be related in words but needs to be experienced. If you are looking for a new worship opportunity you should check it out.
Holy Trinity's Little Library- Thanks to Keith our Little Library is now complete and up on the fence! It is located on Ogden Street right off of 39th. So if you need a book or have a few to donate swing on by.
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Pastor Andrew's schedule for 110/31-11/4
Monday- On-call if needed
Tuesday- around church or SE, noon preaching group.
Wednesday- around church or SE, 1pm meeting at Synod Office
Thursday- Around church or SE
Friday- On call/sermon prep