Welcome to Volume 2 Number 44 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
Monday was Halloween which makes Tuesday All Saints Day which is one of my favorite church holidays (of course they are all great but this is one that stands out to me). It is the day in which we stop and remember those brothers and sisters in Christ that have died and have entered into the Church Triumphant.
In the waters of our Baptism God makes saints out of sinners, and in Holy Communion God forgives the sins of the sinners/saints. It is that wonderful tension that we live in as brothers and sisters, that we are both saint and sinner. On All Saints Day we remember those saints that have gone before us, those that have fought the good fight, those that are now at rest from their labors.
For me it is an amazing day because it gives us the opportunity to stop and remember those loved ones that we have lost, it gives us the chance to reflect upon who we have become because of those loved ones that have gone before us and it reminds us that just like we look up to others there are those people in our lives that look up to us. As with every day of our lives we remember that it is because Christ's love that all this is possible.
This coming Sunday we will remember those Saint's that have gone before us, especially those that have died in the past year who we will remember by name. If there is anyone in your life that you lost this year please send them name to Pastor Andrew or the Church Office so we can include them on Sunday.
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.
Holy Trinity Supper Club Nov. 20th 4pm- 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.
Thank You- A hearty thanks to everyone who came and joined us for our first Trunk or Treat! It was wonderful to have so many people involved!
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.
-There are many ways to connect and engage with Holy Trinity Lutheran.
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If you are interested in my occasional musing on my blog you can find it here http://spoileralertimnotagoodwriter.blogspot.com
Pastor Andrew's schedule for 11/ 7-11
Monday- On-call if needed
Tuesday- around church or SE, noon preaching group.
Wednesday- around church or SE
Thursday- Thrivant Habitat Build
Friday- On call/sermon prep