Holy Trinity E-Newsletter V2 #30 7/27/16

Welcome to Volume 2 Number 30 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.

I have a bit of a leading question for you...What forms a closer bond for you something you have a personal connection to or something that offers you a formulaic belief system?  I hope that I lead you to answer that the personal connection formed a closer bond for you.  The work that we seem to be about in the world is one that is relational, we have a relational God and we are people of relationships. 

If you think back for a minute to important and impactful moments in your life and faith life I would imagine that many of them would be memories of people, events and times in relationship.  For me I can think back at days at Summer Camp, family dinners where we discussed the impact of our faith on the way we saw the world, Youth Gatherings, sitting next to my Grandfather on Christmas Eve and hearing him sing Silent Night in German, and the unconditional love I saw displayed to just to me but to the world along with many other memories. My understanding of my faith is rooted in relationships that I came into a deeper understanding about as I grew older.

So if you ask me, and I guess by reading this you kinda are, the work that we are a part of is relational.  We won't get to far by just giving someone a belief system without giving them the relationships and the community that goes along with it.  When I think about what type of community we are building, or neighborhood, town or world it is one that is relational first and foremost.  It's one that people and our connections to others matter and we create and build with that in mind.  Because our God is a God of relationships, such a deep relationship that Jesus came to give and die with and for us.

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Prayer Requests: The Family and Friends of Don Draper, Betty J, Shirley P., Andrea, Leah, Steven, Fern, Alice, Glen and Jill, Karen, Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Rev. Maggie, Pastor Fred, Sherry S., Clark, Jade, Theresa, Jane, Don, Rheasa (Re-A-Sa) and Caleb, Diane, Patty and Berry, Sigmund, John, Keith D, Oscar, Otto, Nichole, Sophia, Danielle, Grayson, Elijah. The Mission of Hope, 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.

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Announcements:

We have two new events on our church calendar to mark on your calendar.  More details will be following soon.
          Wednesday August 31st- Bible Study/Discussion group at
          Double Mountain (if open if not Shut Up and Eat) 6pm.
          Sept. 11- Supper Club and Evening Worship. 4:30pm at Church.

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.

Thrivant and Habitat have come together for some Habitat for Humanity build days this fall.  So mark your calendars for October 29th, 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.  Contact Pastor Andrew for more info. 

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.


July will also be a month with 5 Sundays, so we will be helping to assemble Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief.  They have a very specific packing lists so please bring in the items listed below.  These are the items that go into each Personal Care Kit and the corresponding weeks to bring them into Church.

-Light or Medium weight bath size towel (20" x 40" to 52" x 27") dark color. June 5 and 12

-2 bath size bars (4 to 5 oz) of soap, any brand, in original wrapping. July 17, 24, 31.

-1 Sturdy comb, remove packaging. June 19 and 26.

-1 metal nail clippers, remove packaging July 3 and 10.

 Mark your calendars for October 1st!  That Saturday Camp Lutherwood is having their 3rd Annual Harvest Festival and Fundraiser.  More can be found about the event on their website.

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 Aug 7th for our next Sunday School.

We have dates set for Sunday School for the rest of the year.  So mark your calendars for Aug 7, Sept 18, Oct 9, Nov 20 and Dec 11.  Look for a flyer coming soon to share with your family and friends!

If you are like me and do searching for things on the internet do I have a thing for you.  I have gotten Holy Trinity set up with Goodsearch.com.  It is an online search engine that is powered by yahoo and every time you use it search engine it donates to a charity of your choice, in our situation that is Holy Trinity.  So set that browser to good search and select Holy Trinity and get searching.

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.

Summer is here!  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.  

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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Keep an eye on our webpage www.htlcpdx.com for more updates as well.

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Pastor Andrew's schedule for 8/1-5

Monday- On-call

Tuesday- Morning around church or se/ noon Preaching Group

Wednesday- Around church or se

Thursday- Around church or se

Friday- On-call, sermon prep

Blessings
Pastor Andrew