Welcome to Volume 2 Number 46 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
I have just returned from my First Call Theological Education event, it is kinda a orientation or check-in with new pastors by the Bishops of our Region to see how things are going. It was a time for conversation, education, worship, prayer and fellowship. It was incredibly fruitful and some much needed time away and I am very grateful for the time away.
I am always reminded at events like this of the varied and wide range of gifts that we have in the church. I am reminded of how we are a part of such a bigger tapestry of the faith that is acted out in my man different ways. I am reminded of the joys and challenges of our lives of faith and how hard it is to work together.
We heard about the latest ecumenical conversations between the ELCA and other church bodies. It was incredibly exciting to hear that the work we do with our partners begins not with what divides us as believers but rather what we agree on and what unites us. This leaves us with the reminder that what unites, the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, is the strongest unifying thing in the world and that we as brothers and sisters in Christ, are called to rally around that rather than the powers of this world.
Prayer Requests: Shirley P., Andrea, Fern, Alice, Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Rev. Maggie, Sherry S., Jane, Don, Rheasa (Re-A-Sa) and Caleb, April, 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 Nov. 30th- Join us 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.
Holy Trinity Supper Club *New Date being discussed- 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.
Sign-Up Now *This Saturday Thrivant and Habitat have come together for some Habitat for Humanity build days this fall. So mark your calendars for Nov. 19th to get your hands dirty and work on some houses. 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 Church Decorating. On Saturday December 10th we will be gathering to start decorating the church for Advent and Christmas. So if you are free be sure to join us and help us get the church in the Christmas spirit. We will be starting around 9am.
New We are forming our budget committee to start planning for next year! So if you would like to be a part of this process let the Church Office know.
New We will be worshiping on Christmas Eve at 10pm, it will be a service of music, liturgy and candle-lighting to celebrate the birth of the Savior of the World. We also be worshiping Christmas Day (it's a Sunday this year) at our usual 9:30 time. We will be celebrating with the service of lessons and carols.
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 11/ 21-25
Monday- on-call if needed
Tuesday- around church or se in the morning afternoon text study group
Wednesday- visitation day around PDX
Thursday- Thanksgiving church closed
Friday- Thanksgiving holiday church closed