Welcome to Volume 3 Number 16 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
Whoa, it's Friday already and here we are finally getting our weekly email.
This past week Dan, Pam and myself gathered with delegates from other congregations in the Oregon Synod for our yearly assembly. It was a rich and rewarding weekend as it always it. There were not any major votes or resolutions to be voted on, so it really became a weekend for conversation and discussion of where we are being called to go.
Lead by the Bishop we spent a good portion of the weekend talking about what the Church is. There is a difference between Church and church, the church is the building where we go to worship, it is a physical place and space. Church on the other hand is something bigger it is the Body of Christ. When we talk about the Church and being the Church we are talking about how we are a part of the Body of Christ. The Body of Christ is not located in some physical building but in the world, working for the Gospel, for justice, and for forgiveness.
Luther also wrote extensively about what it mean to be the Church. In the 7th article of the Augsburg Confession we hear the words..."
"This is the assembly of all believers among whom the Gospel is preached in its purity and the holy sacraments are administered according to the Gospel. For it is sufficient for the true unity of the Christian church that the Gospel be preached in conformity with a pure understanding of it and that the sacraments be administered in accordance with the divine Word."
The Church, the Body of Christ, gathers for worship around the Gospel and the Sacraments, nothing more nothing less. This is where we get the understanding of the church, the physical place is a church where there is the Body of Christ, the Gospel and the Sacraments. Where two or three are gathered we recognize the Spirit and we remember our calling to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world.
A couple of weeks ago I asked if anyone had any junk I could have for a project. I was working with the Bishop on the center piece for the gathering. We used this junk to visually show rubble and the deconstruction of a building and highlighted the Sacraments in the Baptismal Font and new life in a blooming plant. I might be bias but I think it was a beautiful piece and conveyed the Church. I have attached pictures if you would like to see the final product, and thanks to Keith and Pastor Sara from West Linn for their help and vision.
**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, Betty, Dorothy F, Noel, Christopher and Jill, Tom S., 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.
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.
*Tomorrow Night! 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.
Memorial Scheduled- A Memorial Service 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.
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.
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.
-There are many ways to connect and engage with Holy Trinity Lutheran.
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Pastor Andrew's schedule for 5/15-19
Monday- on call if needed
Tuesday- around the office or SE Portland, Pastor's group at noon
Wednesday- around church or SE Portland
Thursday- around church or SE Portland
Friday- sermon writing, on call if needed