Welcome to Volume 2 Number 50 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
My heart has been heavy the past few days hearing the news come out of Aleppo. Now don't get me wrong, it's not just that things have become horrific this past week, they have been terrible for week/months/years and the stories have just become almost too painful to hear. After a cease-fire broke down earlier this week thousands of civilians have become trapped in a war-zone with no possible way to get out. This isn't some fictional war in another world, but it is here in our world and these are actual people left in the lurch.
I had wanted to write in more detail about the stories that are making their way from Aleppo, but they are too troubling to me right now to share. If you have a moment and your heart can take it you can seek them out online. We are a society as a world should never have to read someones goodbye letter to the world because they do not believe that they will live through the night.
In our Advent preparation we are getting ready for Christ to come into the world. Christ came into the world because of how sin, death and the devil have wedged themselves in-between us and God. God entered into the world to the light in the darkness, to bring healing, wholeness and peace to the world that is in desperate need of it. Christ sent us into the world to continue that work and to continue to be that light that shines in the darkness. When we talk about Christ's coming changing everything, we mean it. Christ coming into the world changes everything and that is life changing for us. We are called to bring that healing and wholeness to a broken world, we may all not be able to do something for Aleppo, but we can do something for our neighbor, the refugee, the stranger the down-trodden to bring that light to a place of darkness.
If you are looking for some way to aid the peacekeeping and humanitarian work in Aleppo check out the organizations listed here.
Prayer Requests: Shirley P., Andrea, Fern, Bruce, David, Bob, 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 Jan. 11th- 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. 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.
Church Decorating. Thanks to everyone who came out last Saturday and helped us get the Church decorated for Christmas.
This Sunday 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.
Holy Trinity, St. Paul and St. Mark’s Lutheran Churches
coming together to study
“Faith, Sexism and Justice,”
the ELCA’s proposed social statement on women and justice
Noon to 1:30 on 7 Sundays, with a light lunch provided by the hosting congregation.
Come be a party of conversations that matter; come help shape the ELCA’s next social statement.
We are invited to answer the question: what would you like our church (the ELCA) as part of Christ’s body to say and do about sexism and justice?
Jan. 8th, at Holy Trinity Lutheran (7220 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd)
Jan. 22nd, at St. Mark’s Lutheran (5415 SE Powell Blvd)
Feb. 12th, at St. Paul Lutheran (3880 SE Brooklyn St)
Feb. 26th, at Holy Trinity Lutheran
March 5th, at St. Mark’s Lutheran
March 19th, at St. Paul’s
April 2nd, at Holy Trinity
The study document can be downloaded as a PDF at http://download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/FAITH_SEXISM_JUSTICE_Conversations_toward_a_Social_Statement.pdf;
Paper copies of each module will be available through the three congregations
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.
New + FARM ANIMALS + Starting December 4th, ELCA Farm Animal donation money is being collected. We will take donations through Jan. 29th. Please mark your donation “farm animals”.
New Winter Clothes Needed- Warm jackets, hats, gloves, sports bras, thick socks, and scarves are needed for people who are part of the Re-entry program at the Clark County Jail. You can help show Gods merciful love to hurting people who are being released from jail often to the streets to be homeless. Be part of a success story. Your donation will give a person warmth, safety, hope, and dignity as they try and rebuild their lives. Donations can be brought to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Let's help people start their journey with a gift from the Lord.
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.
You should have received in the mail a questioner about the order of the projects you would like to see done at Holy Trinity. When you finish filling it out if you could please return it the Chris.
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. New dates are being scheduled for 2017.
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!
Winter 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 12/19-23
Monday- on-call if needed
Tuesday- around church or se in the morning afternoon text study group
Wednesday- Around church or se most of the day
Thursday- around church or se
Friday- Sermon prep, on-call if needed