Welcome to Volume 2 Number 48 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
The Advent season calls us to watch and wait for the coming of Christ. It calls us to be observant of the times and of the season. It calls us to be aware of Gods work in the world and calls us to consider the importance of this action of Christ coming into the world. There is this line of thought floating around in Christianity that being a believer or follower of Christ takes us away from everything in the world, there is this notion in our society that having enough wealth or influence can remove you from the needs or troubles of the world. Neither seem to be true and the very birth of Christ reminds us of God being with us in the pain and heartbreak in the world and our call to remain and to work in those difficult areas.
Let's consider for a moment just the events surround Jesus's birth, we have a glossy picture in our heads but the season of Advent calls us to lean into the darkness and pain in the world. Jesus was by human standards an illegitimate child conceived out of wedlock, he was born Nazareth a town in which it was said that nothing good could come from. He was born into a lower class Jewish family in the middle of a genocide by King Herod. His family had to flee to Egypt as refugees to escape and find safety.
So why do we remind ourselves of this? The true light coming into the darkness can get lost if try remove ourselves from the places of darkness in the world. We in the Advent season are reminded of the truly earth-shattering fact that God left heaven and came down to us in human form. This world changing moment was not what the world expected but it is exactly what the world needs and we are reminded of that this and every Advent season as we lean into the darkness and the light that shines in the darkness.
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 will be discussing the Portland Public School system and the disparity in class offering at various schools. All are welcome to attend and invite friends. Our conversation starter will be http://www.wweek.com/news/2016/07/05/a-school-board-member-complains-to-the-feds-about-the-quality-of-education-for-minority-kids-in-portland/ If you have a topic you would like to discuss in the future let Pastor 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.
*This Sunday- 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!
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 Children's Program- Be sure to join us in worship on December 18th for our Children's Christmas Program. The kids of the congregation will be singing a couple of selections and one with a special guest.
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.
-There are many ways to connect and engage with Holy Trinity Lutheran.
Find us on Facebook: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Portland
Spread the word on Yelp
Join us for devotions on Instagram: HTLCPDX
Follow us on Twitter @HTLCPDX
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 12/5-9
Monday- on-call if needed
Tuesday- around church or se in the morning afternoon text study group
Wednesday- Youth Workers meeting in a.m. meeting with Bishop Dave in p.m.
Thursday- around church or se
Friday- Sermon prep, on-call if needed