Welcome to Volume 3 Number 42 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
Before we begin, this coming Sunday after worship we are going to be doing a little fall cleaning around the church. So if you schedule allows it would be wonderful to have your help. If you are planning on coming it would be wonderful if you brought a snack to share.
As we gathered around word and sacrament this past Sunday for All Saint's Day, 25 people lost their lives in Sutherland Springs Texas. As we were commending the souls of those loved ones that we have lost, those saints in our lives that have entered into God's endless grace and mercy, 25 were killed while in church. We are saddened once again, we mourn again and we are confronted once again with our own sin and the sin of the world.
In Psalm 106 the Psalmist speaks to the sacrifice of human life that was prevalent in their society as scarifies were made to false gods and idols. It is a call to not become numb to realities of the sin that comes with constantly being confronted with death. It also places on us the people of God the call to combat the sin of the world and the needless killings of the other. We cannot accept the violence that exists in our neighborhoods, cities, nation and world and we cannot ignore the loss of innocent lives that our society seems to tell us to accept and move on.
Yes, we need to hold the victims of violence and sin in our prayers but the vague "thoughts and prayers" does not cut it. In our baptismal covenant we are called to act for peace, justice and dignity of every human being and of all creation. Vague thoughts and prayers with our any move towards action or reform only intensifies the sin and lessens the power of prayer- because our prayer and our alignment with God moves us to be active in faith in the world. Our prayers do not take the place of our courage to act but our prayers prepare us for that action.
Our thoughts and prayers should lead us to conversation, discernment and action. Our calling in baptism is to be an active participant in the unfolding of God's Kingdom here on Earth.
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God- what is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2
Let us pray- Save us dear Lord from weak resignations, to the evils we deplore; cure your children's warring madness, bend our pride to your control; grant us wisdom, grant us courage for the facing of this hour. Amen
**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 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.
This Sunday 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!
New Prayer of St. Francis- We have been asked by our brothers and sisters in faith over at Holy Family to join them in prayer. Starting on Sunday November 12th and continuing for 9 days we will pray the prayer of St. Francis and we will continue to listen to where the Spirit is calling us to go. Attached is the prayer for your fridge, bathroom mirror or elsewhere.
New- Portland Chamber Music- The wonderful musicians from Portland Chamber Music are performing on Saturday, November 11th at 7pm at St. Mark's Lutheran. All are invited and welcome to a night of music!
Eco-Faith Recovery- Thanks to April and John for attending the Eco-Faith Institute this past weekend! They shared some of their learnings with us and they have a lot more to pass along. We will continue this conversation and there will be upcoming gatherings with other faith communities here in SE as we continue this work.
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. This coming Sunday we will have a quick introduction to each of the positions if you are curious about how tasks are done.
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.
New Thanksgiving Eve Pie Fest- We have been invited by our brothers and sisters at St. Mark's to join them for their Pie fest. Wednesday November 22nd beginning at 7pm will be a nice of pie, music and fellowship. Contact Pastor Andrew for more information.
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 Nov. 28th, Dec. 12th and 19th.
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 11/13-17
Monday- On call if needed
Tuesday- First Call Theological Education event
Wednesday- First Call Theological Education event
Thursday- around office or SE
Friday- on call if needed