Welcome to Volume 3 Number 41 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
Happy Halloween or Happy All Hallows Eve! From a very young age I have always been a big fan of Halloween and not for the candy because I never really ate the candy I got, I would save it for most of the year, and eventually it would get thrown out because I would never get around to eating it. My mom would help me plan for months and months on my costume, it was always something pretty unique. It was always such a fun time to go out as a family with friends trick or treating. Now I get to carry this on with Elijah and it has become a wonderful tradition.
Halloween is rooted in the Christian celebration of All Saints Day, which is celebrated each year on November 1st. All Saints Day is followed by All Souls Day which is celebrated November 2nd. Both days we remember those in faith that have died and that we look to as examples and models of the faith. This two day festival was usually started the evening before October 31st, thus Halloween. Like many of our church traditions our celebration and practices around Halloween and All Saints day get wrapped up in pre-christian and pagan tradition. But that is how culture works, everything has roots in something else.
For me I think Halloween is a wonderful way to celebrate All Saints Day and the victory that Christ has over death. We know that death is not the end of the story, we know that nothing can scare us of our salvation that Jesus secured for us. Because we are in Christ and Christ's love I feel that we can mock death and poke fun at fear because we know it does not have the final word. We know that we have nothing to fear because we have love. I remember 1 John 4:18, "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear." We have that perfect love in Christ Jesus and with that love at our side we can go and have fun at times like Halloween, living in community with our neighbors and being reminded that zombies, ghosts, ghouls or anything else can come between us and Christ.
This coming Sunday we will remember all the Saints that have died in the past year so if there is a friend, loved one, family member that you want us remember please let me know so I can add them to my list.
**I am always interested in discussing issues and current events with anyone so please feel free to contact me for conversation.
Prayer Requests: Lawrence's Family and friends, Shirley P., Debi, Andrea, David, Daniel, Dorothy F, Noel, Christopher and Jill, Lee, Tom S., Rev. Maggie, Jane, Don, Rheasa (Re-A-Sa) and Caleb, Patty and Berry, help us to remember and keep the promises we made to Oscar, Otto, Leah, Nichole, Sophia, Danielle, Grayson, Elijah in their baptism, St. Mark's Lutheran, St. Paul Lutheran, Puddletown School, we pray for students and teachers everywhere, help us to remain troubled by everything that is troubling in the world, we pray for all those lonely or forgotten in their time of need, we pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.
What's Going On- We will continue our Wednesday gatherings at Shut Up and Eat starting on 11/8 at 6:30pm and again on 12/13. A topic has not been picked for the next gathering so if there is something you would like to discuss please let me know.
Fall Clean Up- After worship on November 12th we will roll up our sleeves and clean up around church a little bit. We will mostly be working on indoor projects so if you can join us please do!
Eco-Faith Recovery- Pastor Andrew is beginning work with Eco-Faith Recovery which is a Lutheran group that is making the connection between our spiritual lives and our environment and stewardship around creation. We have applied for a grant for members of the community to attend their fall institute, if you are interested in this work please contact Pastor Andrew
Sign-Up Now- Many of our members have been doing some of the Worship Assistant jobs for a long time now and we are looking to get new people into worship leadership. We have created a new sign up sheet in the back of the sanctuary for those wishing to participate. If you have any questions concerning the positions please contact Pastor Andrew or someone you have seen filling that role. There will be a time after church on a future Sunday where we will walk through the responsibilities of each position if you have questions.
Christmas- It is never too early to talk about Christmas right? We will be decorating the Church on December 9th to prepare for holidays. Christmas Eve this year falls on a Sunday, so we will be worshiping Sunday morning at our usual 9:30 time with a service of Lessons and Carols, then later that evening at 10pm we will have our Christmas Eve service.
Holy Trinity Vitality Survey- The Oregon Synod is beginning the process of planning for the future of the church and Synod. Part of that process is a survey that congregations are being asked to participate in. This is a tool for us as a congregation to hear about our strengths and weaknesses so that we are better able to meet the needs of our members and communities. April is heading up the survey process so see her for a survey and for updates on the process.
Organ Fund- Are you enjoying the sound of the new Organ? we are accepting contributions to the Organ Fund to help with cost of this instrument. Please mark your donation "Organ Fund" so we can apply it to the proper account.
Holy Trinity Supper Club- We have dates for our Sunday evening worships this fall. We will be gathering on 11/26, 12/17 at church at 5pm.
Children's Clothing Closet- The 4th Saturday of each month the Bethlehem Children's Clothing Closet is open at St. Mark's Lutheran Church from 12-2pm. Please pass the word along, there is also always a need for donations and volunteers. Contact Pastor Andrew if you have any questions.
Vigils at Immigration and Customs Enforcement- The Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice is hosting two events monthly to stand in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters at the Portland Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (4310 SW Macadam Ave.). On the 2nd Thursday of each month at 12 pm a group will gather for walking, prayer and meditation and on the last Thursday of each month at 10 am there will be a prayer vigil held. Pastor Andrew will be attending as many as his schedule allows if you would like to come along.
Clothes Needed- Clothes for the summer months, especially shoes 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.
Bible Study on Matthew- Our Gospel readings this year comes from the Gospel of Matthew, so why not take a deeper dive into the book. Join us Tuesday mornings at 10 here at Holy Trinity for a study on Matthews Gospel. We will join together in prayer, conversation, scripture and fellowship during our time together. This will be an 8 session course, which you can attend as you are able our next gathering will be on Oct. 31st, Nov. 7, 28th.
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.
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Pastor Andrew's schedule for 11/6-10
Monday- On call if needed
Tuesday- Bible study in a.m. Pastors group at 12.
Wednesday- morning appts. then afternoon visiting home-bound members.
Thursday- around office or SE, 12pm ICE Vigal
Friday- on call if needed, sermon writing