Welcome to Volume 3 Number 2 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
Before I get too far, our gathering this evening for our discussion group has been canceled do the the weather. We will reschedule for a later Wednesday this month.
During my pastoral internship at Georgetown University Hospital in D.C. myself and my other interns lead devotions every morning for our fellow staffers. My favorite devotion I heard during that summer at the hospital was from Natalie who became a dear friend. She lead us in a centering prayer based around Psalm 46:10 that went something like this...
Be still and know that I am God
Be still and know that I am
Be still and know that I
Be still and know that
Be still and know
Be still and
It was the simplest prayer but containing such depth and insight. One of our callings is to just be, to just be in the world, to just be present with other, to just be who God created us to be. Every time I find myself around snow I am remind to just be.
For those that have a warm and safe place to be in a snow storm there is a sense of peace that comes along with watching the flurries fall. It always serves to remind me to slow down in a world that calls me to speed up. It reminds me of the incredible strength and power of nature. It reminds me to just be present in such awe of the beauty of creation and of the creator.
For many though cold and snow is not a welcome calm and peace but rather life threatening. So let us remember in prayer but also in action those that are stuck in the cold or have no place to go on nights and days like these.
Prayer Requests: Shirley P., Andrea, Fern, Bruce, David, Bob, Alice, Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Noel, Terry, Allen, Barbara, Rev. Maggie, Sherry S., Jane, Don, Rheasa (Re-A-Sa) and Caleb, Chris, 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.
*Rescheduled What's Going On- Join us at Shut Up and Eat (SE 39th and Gladstone) at 6pm for our monthly discussion group. Each month we gather to talk about things going on in the world, we usually start with a topic then make our way from there. This January we are going to be starting with charitable organizations, their funding and how they are working in the world. Be sure to join us all are welcome, even if you havn''t read the article. You can find the article here... https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/12/why-not-cash/511799/
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.
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. 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.
+ 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”.
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.
Annual Meeting is scheduled for January 29th after the 9:30 service. All are invited to join us.
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 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
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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 1/16-20
Monday- out of office on-call if needed MLK Day
Tuesday- Around se, pastors group at noon.
Wednesday- National Gathering Training, accessible by phone or email.
Thursday- National Gathering Training, accessible by phone or email.
Friday- National Gathering Training, accessible by phone or email.