Welcome to Volume 3 Number 6 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
The readings we get each week in our lectionary are often times too rich and dense to be able to pick apart fully during our service in our preaching moment. There are always pieces that I wish I could touch on that I just don't have the angle or the time. There are often weeks when I wish we did not have so many wonderful readings that I have to pick and choose what I dive into. Other times there are verses here and thereI just don't have the time to flesh out into a bigger sermon. This week is one of them.
In our reading from the Hebrew Scripture this week in Leviticus, we get this get interpretation of the law that I wish I had more time to work with.
9When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the Lord your God.
The calling from God is for the people to leave some of the harvest on the branch or vine, to not strip the vineyard bear but to instead leave some for the poor and the alien to come and pick. In reading this text this week my mind started racing with this concept. This doesn't appear to be some lofty or theological idea but here is a practical application of the law and how God's people were being called to care and tend to the poor and the alien in their midst.
I have never been known as having a green thumb I won't be planting or harvesting to much any time soon, however this has caused me to wonder where are the edges of my harvest as a child of God and what should I leave ungleaned from my life so that it may be blessing to the poor and alien around me.
**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., Andrea, Fern, Bruce, David, Bob, Alice, Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Noel, Terry, Allen, Barbara, Rev. Maggie, Doricia and her family, Denis, Chad, Joey, 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- Join us at Shut Up and Eat (SE 39th and Gladstone) at 6pm on February 22nd 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 month we are going to be looking at new Portland housing policy regarding landlords paying moving fees in situations of no-cause eviction, you can find the article here. If you have a topic for a future week you would like to discuss let the church office know.
Holy Trinity Supper Club *on hold till after we finish Faith Sexism and Justice- 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?
Feb. 26th, at Holy Trinity Lutheran
March 5th, at St. Mark’s Lutheran (5415 SE Powell Blvd)
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
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.
President's Day Luncheon- You are invited to join the people of St. Mark's for a luncheon on Presidents Day, February 20th at noon. It is a opportunity to gather in a generational setting to enjoy conversation and lunch. There is no charge for the lunch but a canned good detonation would be appreciated for their food panty. Please contact Pastor Andrew for more info.
Ash Wednesday- Holy Trinity will once again be hosting the Ash Wednesday Service for SE Portland. We will be joining together with the members of St. Paul and St. Mark's for worship at noon on March 1st. There will be light refreshments to follow.
New Ashes to Go- Once again this year Pastor Andrew will be taking to Berkely Park to distribute Ashes on the go. If you do not have the time to make it to church later in the day but would like ashes you can swing through the park from 6:30-9:30am.
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.
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Pastor Andrew's schedule for 2/20-24
Monday- on call if needed
Tuesday- Around se or church pastors group at noon
Wednesday- on-call if needed, FSJ meeting at noon and discussion group at 6pm.
Thursday- around church or se, Council in the evening
Friday- Sermon prep, on call if needed