Holy Trinity E-Newsletter V3 #4 2/2/17

Welcome to Volume 3 Number 4 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.

I have been sitting and watching the events of the past few weeks with a quote from Dr. King running through my head from his letter from Birmingham Jail. 

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”-Dr. King

Dr. King penned this letter from Birmingham Jail after being arrested for civil disobedience.  In the letter he defended his position of nonviolence resistance in response to racism.  He states that people have the moral responsibility to stand up to and break unjust laws.  It is this letter that Dr. King makes the case of the interconnectedness of us all, that we are in this web or fabric woven together and that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

This past Sunday, the injustice wasn't just somewhere else it was right here in our backyards.  Two congregations in SE Portland had demonstrators show up speaking words of hate, hate for immigrants, hate for non-english speakers, hate for congregations being place of welcome for those on the margins of society.

At Access Covenant Church which meets at the Mt. Scott Community Center had demonstrators enter their worship space, intimidate members of the congregation including the Pastor who was preaching a sermon of welcome and acceptance of our immigrant and refugee neighbors and then interrupt the prayers of the congregation with prayers of hate of refugees and immigrants. 

At Hermandad Mexicana de Oregon a Latino congregation that meets at 87th and Foster, had a group of people were hurling insults, hate and words of violence at members as they tried to enter church.  These are just two instances of violence and hatred against Christians, so I cannot imagine the experience of our Jewish, Muslim and our brothers and sisters.  I will be heading over to Hermandad Mexicana de Oregon on Sunday after our worship to support the work being done there of love and acceptance, if you would like to join me you are welcome to.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”-Dr. King

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 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. Dates are being scheduled for next month.  If you have a topic 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. 12th, at St. Paul Lutheran (3880 SE Brooklyn St)

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

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.

THIS SUNDAY+ FARM ANIMALS + Starting December 4th, ELCA Farm Animal donation money is being collected. We will take donations through Feb. 5th. Please mark your donation “farm animals”.

THIS SUNDAY Souper Bowl Sunday- Congregations around the country use Super Bowl Sunday as not just a time for social gatherings but for an in-gathering of canned good for those in need.  So bring those canned goods February 5th!

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.


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

Keep an eye on our webpage www.htlcpdx.com for more updates as well.



Pastor Andrew's schedule for 2/6-10

Monday- on call if needed

Tuesday- Around se or church pastors group at noon

Wednesday- on call if needed

Thursday- around church or se

Friday- Sermon prep, on call if needed

Pastor Andrew