Welcome to Volume 3 Number 5 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
"Give us this day our daily bread" -Matthew 6:11
When you hear this petition from the Lord's Prayer where does your imagination take you? When you think about daily bread what comes to mind? Is it end with food and being fed or is there something more behind it? I ask this questions because we often refer to the church as a place of being fed but what are the hungers of the community that we are feeding.
For a time I always heard the petition referring to physical hunger and being physically fed. It is saying that of course but I feel like there has to be a bit more depth behind it. Because we all know that there is plenty that we hunger for and to leave those things out of the conversation would be diminishing hunger and also the calling of the church.
When we stop and thing about it there is much more that we hunger for besides food. We hunger for a place to be accepted, a place to be loved, a place to be heard, a place to feel safe. We hunger for someone to know us, to love us, to accept us, to care for us and someone to realize if we arn't there. There is a lot that we hunger for besides just food, just two weeks ago in our Gospel reading we heard from Matthew's Gospel the blessing on those that hunger and thirst for righteousness. There are those that hunger for justice and those that hunger for righteousness, that God's love, hope, forgiveness and mercy prevails in the world. What are we asking for when we ask for daily bread, we are asking that the world is fed with God's love, mercy and forgiveness.
So what do you hunger for?
**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.
*Updated 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. 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
Thank You- Thanks to everyone who brought in canned good for Souper Bowl Sunday and those that gave money for our farm animal donations.
*New Supporting our Latino and Latina Brothers and Sisters- Two weeks ago, churchgoers at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Parish were yelled at by "street preachers" from Portland's controversial and aggressive group, the Bible Believers. Bible Believers were filmed shouting at congregants, "Jesus Christ is going to come back and judge every single one of you," and "You're not the true Christians." St. Peter's is a Spanish-speaking church and some of the comments were also racist and slurs about immigration status, according to people who were present at the time. In response upwards of 300 people showed up at St. Peter's last week to show support and solidarity with the congregation. There is a call again this week for support and solidarity, if you are looking to be involved people will be gathering from 11:30-2 on Sunday at St. Peter's 5905 Se 87th Ave.
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.
*New 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.
*New 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.
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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Pastor Andrew's schedule for 2/13-17
Monday- on call if needed
Tuesday- Around se or church pastors group at noon
Wednesday- Around se or church
Thursday- around church or se
Friday- Sermon prep, on call if needed