Welcome to Volume 2 Number 47 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
We are currently awaiting two very monumental moments in our lives. The first being Thanksgiving and the second is the season of Advent. Tomorrow is usually the day we ask ourselves and loved ones what we are thankful for and enjoy the time and company around those that we love. I'm guessing that these gatherings might have a bit different of a feel this year verses years past. This has not been an easy few months for people including the most vulnerable in our society and there is a great deal of anxiety still moving forward.
As we are moving forward we are entering into the season of Advent. This is our time and period in the church year when we wait and watching for the coming of Christ, the baby born in Bethlehem. Advent is when we are preparing for Jesus and we spend our days waiting and watching for Christ's incarnation. This year Advent has a different feeling to me than in years past and so does Thanksgiving.
I have found in years past that Thanksgiving conversations boil down to what are you thankful for, Advent boils down to patiently watching and waiting. For me both things this year feel to passive and backwards focused. There is a great benefit in remaining grateful for what you have and the patience in waiting, however, if there was a time to re-frame this current season now is the time.
I can't tell you what that re-framing looks like, but the season calls us to take stock in what we are thankful for, but we have been lacking that call to work for the things that we are not thankful for in our world and to do something about it. The same goes for Advent as well, too often it is this season to sit back and watch the world play itself out in-front of us, but rather Advent is a call to engage with and be a part of Christ's incarnation in the world.
Prayer Requests: Shirley P., Andrea, Fern, Alice, Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Noel, Terry, 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.
New Christmas Concert Die Lieberkries- December 4th at 3pm Sieglinde's German choir is performing at First Presbyterian Church at 1200 SE Alder St. Plan on joining us for a wondering afternoon of music!
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 having a few Church Council members whose terms are ending this year, so we will have a few open spots on Council if you are interested in serving the Church in this way.
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.
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 Dec.. 11th 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 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 11/28-12/2
Monday- on-call if needed
Tuesday- around church or se in the morning afternoon text study group
Wednesday- around church or se all day, discussion group in the evening.
Thursday- around church or se
Friday- Sermon prep, on-call if needed