Welcome to Volume 3 Number 1 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
Happy 2017! For a variety of reasons 2016 was quite the year and if you are reading this it means you made it into 2017. There are times when other people can sum up the significance of events better than I can, so I am going to lean of the words of my dear friend Rev. Mark Parker of Baltimore to help explain our upcoming work regarding Faith, Sexism and Justice.
From Rev. Mark:
In 2016, we saw an historic first -- a woman running for President of the United States as the candidate of a major party. But in the same year, we also read news reports of prominent women facing sexual harassment at work, of a young girl’s rape being treated as a youthful mistake on her attacker’s part and of women in science and tech leaving those fields because of the intense bullying they experienced.
We may have come a long way, but the realty is that women and girls continue to experience tragically high rates of physical, sexual and psychological abuse as well as economic disparities in income and opportunities.
What can be done? How does God call us to address these issues at our church and as part of the larger Lutheran community?
In order to help develop a statement of teaching and policy, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has called on our congregation and others to hold a series of conversations and share our experiences around questions such as the following.
• What problems do women face today and what does justice require?
• How do stereotypes and social expectations add to the problem of sexism?
• What does economic sexism look like and how can we seek equity for all?
• How can we address violence against women and girls?
• What has been the church’s role in perpetuating patriarchy and why do words and images of God matter?
• How can Lutheran teachings help us advocate for justice?
From Rev. Andrew:
We are going to be tackling these questions together over the coming weeks. This week is the kickoff for our study of the upcoming ELCA Social Statement. Plan on joining up Sunday at Holy Trinity at noon to be a part of the crafting of the church.
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.
What's Going On Jan. 11th- 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. 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.
+ 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.
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 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 1/9-13
Monday- out of office on-call if needed.
Tuesday- Around Church in the am, pastors group at noon.
Wednesday- Around Church all day, evening discussion group
Thursday- around church or se
Friday- Sermon prep, on-call if needed