Welcome to Volume 3 Number 8 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
Happy Ash Wednesday, today is the day that the Christian Church recognizes as the beginning of the season of Lent. Communities all over the world will be gathering today for services of repentance and reconciliation along with the imposition of ashes. A few questions come up each year around this time about Ash Wednesday so let's tackle a few.
Why ashes? Why a cross? Ashes for centuries have symbolized mourning and repentance, the service of Ash Wednesday isn't biblical but has been used in the church to help us remember our mortality, our need for forgiveness but also the love and forgiveness of God that happens through the cross, thus the cross on our foreheads.
Why do we say "You are dust and to dust you shall return?" These were the words said to Adam after humans committed their first sin. So we use them still as a reminder that God is God and that we are not. They are a reminder of ourfinite times on this earth, while reminding us that God is the one in control and that is a reassuring thing.
Blessings on your Lenten Journey, I know that this time for many is a healing and nourishing time. If you need accompaniment or conversation during this time place let me know.
**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, Noel, 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, 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) 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. We are still discussing dates and topics for March. 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?
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.
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.
-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
Pastor Andrew's schedule for 3/6-10
Monday- on call if needed
Tuesday- Around se or church pastors group at noon
Wednesday- around church or se
Thursday- around church or se.
Friday- Sermon prep, on call if needed