Welcome to Volume 3 Number 7 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
February 19-21 are three significant days in US history for what or who we have lost on these dates. On February 19th 1942 following the bombing of Pearl Harbor US President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order calling for the displacement of 120,000 Japanese Americans to internment camps. On February 20th 1895 Frederick Douglass, the famous abolitionists died and on February 21st 1965 Malcolm X was shot in Harlem.
When we stop as a collective society and remember the events of the path we are pausing to recalling the change that these people or events brought to our world for better or for worse. As people of faith we have to pause and ask ourselves what did these actions say about our understanding of God was then and what do we say about our understanding of God now.
There isn't an easy way to sum up or answer those questions in this space but I feel we are called to wrestle with these events and history and find a way to speak truth to power and proclaim the Gospel in all that we say and do. The great Oscar Romero, the Archbishop of El Salvador once said...
"Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all. Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty."
**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, Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Noel, Rev. Maggie, Jane, Don, Rheasa (Re-A-Sa) and Caleb, 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.
Prayer List- We have thinned out our prayer list but do not mean to take people off that still need to be on the list, so please let the church off know if we took anyone off in haste.
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.
Acoustic Worship- On March 19th we are going to be trying something new in worship here at Holy Trinity. We are going to be worshiping in a few fashion. Wendell and Pastor Andrew have been working on an acoustic and more contemporary worship lead by Wendell on the piano and Pastor Andrew on guitar. Be sure to join us and invite a friend for worship on the 19th.
Seeds of an Eco-Reformation- The Oregon Synod has received some grant money for congregations to do work around ecology and stewardship of creation work. If you are interested in a project like this please talk with Pastor Andrew
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 2/27-3/3
Monday- on call if needed
Tuesday- Around se or church pastors group at noon
Wednesday- Ash Wednesday- Ashes to Go at the park the noon service at Holy Trinity with St. Paul and St. Mark's.
Thursday- around church or se.
Friday- Sermon prep, on call if needed