Welcome to Volume 2 Number 49 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
I was left speechless the other day when I heard the word that Webster's (you know the dictionary) choose as their word of the year. Year each they choose one word as the world that culminates the year that was. The word usually has a high search rate, one that has become common place in the language and culture. This year Webster's named "Post-Truth" as being the word of the year.
The definition from Webster.com is "an adjective defined as 'relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief." The word of the year as defined by a dictionary is the opposite of truth. It is this notion that personal opinions or individual beliefs have more value than facts and truth. It seems that people want to believe what they want to believe whether it is true or not. This is a terrifying place to be if you ask me and the opposite of what we claim to be true as people of faith.
Our very Advent Season is based on the fact that the Savior of the World entered into our human existence. Weare preparing for the way the truth and the life, in our response then we are following as disciples do. We are following the truth and living into what that truth means for our lives and for our world. That truth is what defines us and does not cause us to look inward but rather outward to bring that truth to the world. Our very communities of faith as ones that call us to the ever expanding Kingdom of God and pushes back against small thinking but rather on the immensity of the Gospel and that truth it brings into our lives. We are called to live into that truth that expands our understanding of God's love for the world.
Prayer Requests: Shirley P., Andrea, Fern, 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.
*This Sunday 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.
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.
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.
New 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. 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!
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 12/12-16
Monday- on-call if needed Council in the evening
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