Welcome to Volume 3 Number 44 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
Happy Advent! This coming Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent. This is the season of waiting and watching, of prepping and staging our lives for the coming Christ child. Our worship and lives turn to this preparation. This child that is coming into the world is going to change the world and it calls for a reorienting of our lives.
In the season of Advent we have a wealth of imagery and language around awakening, of watching, of waiting, of being awoken. I love this framing for Advent because it then calls us to ask some very specific questions around our lives. It calls us to ask ourselves how we are preparing and how ready we are for this child. Our Gospel reading for this Sunday calls us to be awake and be prepared because we do not know the day or the hour in-which Christ will come...and we do not know the places in the world where we will experience Christ here dwelling among us.
I find myself asking three questions about being awake that I think will be helpful for us this Advent season. These are the type of questions that I cannot answer for you but for you to consider in your spiritual journey this Advent.
Do you hear the texts, liturgy, community and more calling your to wake up from your slumber?
Are you being calling to stay awake and watchful this season?
Do you need to stay awake and prevent sleep from coming?
Each question gets at the text from a slightly different angle but all fascinating ways to be watching and waiting this Advent.
**I am always interested in discussing issues and current events with anyone so please feel free to contact me for conversation.
Prayer Requests: 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 12/13 at 6:30pm. A topic has not been picked for the next gathering so if there is something you would like to discuss please let me know.
Eco-Faith Recovery- We will be gathering in the coming weeks to chat about the next steps in deepening our connection and relationship with the world around us through Eco-Faith Recovery.
New Christmas Concerts- Sieglinde's German Choir is preforming this coming Sunday at 3pm at Zion Lutheran Church downtown. Concordia University is having their Christmas Concerts this weekend, Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 3pm at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in NE.
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- Thanks to everyone who came this past Sunday. We will be gathering again in the new year!
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 Dec. 12th and 19th and January 9th!
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 12/4-8
Monday- Out of office, on call if needed
Tuesday- Around the office or SE, Text Study group at 12
Wednesday- Home-bound members visits.
Thursday- Around the office of SE, National Gathering work
Friday- Out of the office, sermon writing, on call if needed