Welcome to Volume 3 Number 14 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
Monday evening April, Romeo and myself went to a neighborhood conversation about Se Portland. The main purpose of the evening was to come together, hear stories and learn new ways to be neighbors to one another. We heard stories of the pressures that people are experiencing in SE, from people working with populations of people that live outside to feelings of isolation/lack of connection to people, to fears around deportation and the tearing of families apart.
I would not be able to do justice to relate fully or re-tell the stories we heard and the conversation we were a part of, but I left once again reminded of the importance of hearing one another. I often think that I am well connected and a good listener but I am constantly reminded of how much I miss or things I don't hear. The reminder for me is that to truly understand people is to hear their story and to do the challenging work of being in that conversation and that moment. It is not easy but it is the only way that we can truly bear one anothers burdens and concerns, the only way for us to be in relationship with someone and to share in their joys.
In preparing to preach this Sunday, I am reminded once again of our God of relationship and our God that comes to us in ways we do not expect and in those conversations, the listening, the stories. Our Gospel reading this coming Sunday is the "Road to Emmaus" resurrection encounter with Jesus. While the disciples are walking and telling this stranger(spoiler alert: It's Jesus) all that happened to Jesus over the past week in Jerusalem, this stranger relates to them scripture and explains how Jesus's life, death and resurrection all fulfill scripture. Then when they arrive in Emmaus, Jesus is revealed to them in the breaking of the bread. The risen Christ is revealed to us in those conversations, in those stories, in the other, not some internal "Come to Jesus" moment but in the encounters with the other.
There will be more gatherings like this in the future and I encourage you to come along.
**I am always interested in discussing issues and current events with anyone so please feel free to contact me for conversation.
Prayer Requests: The family and friends of Fern Luke, Shirley P., Andrea, David, Dorothy F, Noel, Rev. Maggie, Jane, Don, Rheasa (Re-A-Sa) and Caleb, Lu-Ann, Kathy, 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. We are looking into dates for April currently. 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 for a future week you would like to discuss let the church office know.
New Summer Hymns and Preaching- Last summer we experimented with a total request hymn sing and it will be back again this summer. We posted a sheet of paper outside of the sanctuary where people wrote down their favorite hymns and we sang them throughout the summer, so start thinking of your favorite hymns. Also this Summer Pastor Andrew would love input on preaching topics, so there will also be a sheet where you could put down topics, pieces of scripture, or anything else you would like to have preached about this summer.
*Rescheduled Portland Chamber Music Concert- Free concert in Woodstock Neighborhood, May 13th at 7pm! Come enjoy the music of friends in the company of piano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello and soprano. It's fun for the whole family!
Featuring music by Klein, Smith Moore, Leo Smit and more!
PCM Spring 2017 season is sponsored in part by grants from Oregon Community Foundation, Multnomah County Cultural Coalition & the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Portland Chamber Music is a nonprofit organization bringing together musicians and audiences from all walks of life in quality, welcoming performances and music education that is accessible to all.
Holy Trinity Supper Club *new dates being discussed- 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.
Spring Cleaning! After getting canceled we have set June 17th for our spring cleaning! There is a list where we can post jobs to be down on the clean up day.
New Memorial Scheduled- A Memorial Serivce for Fern Luke will be held on Saturday, May 20th, at 1pm at St. Mark's Lutheran. A reception will follow the service. Fern served as our office administrator here at Holy Trinity for years while her husband served as Pastor.
New Children's Clothing Closet- The 4th Saturday of each month the Bethlehem Children's Clothing Closet is open at St. Mark's Lutheran Church from 12-2pm. Please pass the word along, there is also always a need for donations and volunteers. Contact Pastor Andrew if you have any questions.
New Synod Assembly- May 5-7 is the yearly Oregon Synod Assembly, this year we will be meeting at the Red Lion at Jantzen Beach here in Portland. Dan and Pam O. are going to be attending with Pastor Andrew as our voting members, but everyone is welcome to come and join us for worship on Friday at 1pm or on Sunday at 10am and any of the business sessions. We will be worshiping at our normal time on Sunday at Holy Trinity.
New Church Council Installation- on Sunday May 7th we will be installing our Church Council for this year. Please join us in praying for them and supporting their continued work at Holy Trinity.
Puddletown Pride- Puddletown had to reschedule their spring cleanup day because of the power outage as well. They will be gathering on May 13th, if you would like to join us. We will also be providing some refreshments while they are here if you would like to help please let Pastor Andrew know.
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.
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 5/1-5
Monday- on call if needed
Tuesday- around the office or SE Portland, Pastor's group at noon
Wednesday- around the office or SE Portland
Thursday- on call if needed
Friday- sermon writing, Synod Assembly at Jantzen Beach.