Welcome to Volume 3 Number 22 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
*Note from Andrew- This week continues our Summer series with St. Paul and St. Mark's, our writing each week are going to be from different leaders in SE. This week the word comes from Pastor Andrew Yong, pastor of Heavenly Peace Lutheran Fellowship. There is more information on the project below or you can check out the blog http://sepdxlutherans.blogspot.com/
Hi, I am Andrew, the new kid in the block, I mean blog.
Because I am new to this space, I feel anxious and awkward. I wonder if I will be accepted by others who are before me. I am worried I am not good enough to stay. I am not sure what I should do to become like everybody else.
Then someone taps me on my shoulder and address me by my first name. He tells me he has been expecting me. In fact he has been looking for me all this while. I am so delighted that I feel relaxed and confident about myself. But how am I doing ? I ask him. He says you are OK. He tells that nobody is made for this space, but that this space is created for everyone who wants to come in.
I no longer feel alienated, though nothing has changed about me. I feel connected to all others and am excited to get to know them. I want to contribute to this space because it is now my own.
Is not the salvation we experience in Christ works in the same way ?
We were sinners and we lived an alienated life away from God. Jesus showed us that God loves us so much He has prepared a new space for us. By entering this new space we got to enjoy things that we longed for but were not able to obtain until now. We are no longer a stranger in God's Kingdom. We have found new relationships we have not known before. We are able to embark on new adventures we used to only dream about.
That, is salvation: the space which was not there and was never imagined. It becomes the joy and hope of all generations because God cares and God comes tapping on our bewildered souls.
**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, David, Daniel, Dorothy F, Noel, Christopher and Jill, Tom S., Terry, Rev. Maggie, Jane, Don, Rheasa (Re-A-Sa) and Caleb, Terry, 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, Puddletown School, 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- Over the summer What's Going On is going to have a new look. We are combining with St. Mark's and St. Paul Lutheran for monthly discussions. After our Faith, Sexism and Justice work there was a desire to gather together to continue conversation around our shared faith. So each month during the summer will gather to talk about different topics, June will be salvation, July will be Scripture and August will be Society. Each week our e-newsletter will be written by a different voice here in SE Portland. Join us at Shut Up and Eat (SE 39th and Gladstone) for our next gathering will be June 28th from 6-7:30pm.
Passport to Peru Vacation Bible School- Once again Holy Trinity will be joining with the saints of Holy Family Catholic Parish, Moreland Presbyterian, St. Ignatius Catholic Parish and St. Agatha's Catholic Parish for Vacation Bible School this coming summer. Children ages 4 through those who have completed 5th grace, so if you have someone your house, family or neighborhood please pass the word around. The dates of VBS are July 10-14 the Church Office has more information if needed.
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.
Holy Trinity Supper Club July 16th- Join us on July 16th for an potluck dinner and Holden evening prayer. We will plan on gathering around a meal at 5pm, so bring something to share and come hungry. Once the meal is done we will transition to worship using Marty Haugen's Holden Evening Prayer. All are welcome and come hungry.
New For the Bible Tells Me So- St. Paul's and St. Mark's have organized a series of Bible studies and a movie around the topic of What Does the Bible Say about Sexuality and Gender-Based Issues? A thesis of the film is that much of Christianity's homophobia represents a misreading of scripture, a denial of science, and an embrace of quack psychology. The movie, For the Bible Tells Me So, will first be shown at St. Paul's on June 25th at 5:30 pm. The main resource for the Bible study (besides the Bible) will be The Good Book by Peter J. Gomes. The first part of the study will focus on how to read the Bible with our mind and our heart. The second part will build on the first part to understand the various references in the Bible to sexuality.
Spring Cleaning! Thank you for everyone who came out to help with the clean up day this past Saturday, the place looks amazing!
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 Holy Lands Trip- Pastor Curtis Zieske, currently the interim pastor at Our Savior's in Seaside, is organizing a trip to the Holy Lands this fall and is inviting members of Oregon Synod congregations to come along. The trip is from October 31st till November 13th. Pastor Andrew has more information if you are interested.
13th Viewing and Discussion- Holy Trinity will be hosting a viewing and discussion on the documentary 13th on Aug. 6th at 6:30pm. The Oscar-nominated documentary explores the historical, social and economic link between slavery and the modern-day prison system. There will be a discussion afterwards of the film. Join us in community for this powerful film.
Clothes Needed- Clothes for the summer months, especially shoes 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 6/26-30
Monday- on call if needed
Tuesday- around the office or SE Portland, Pastor's group at noon
Wednesday- around church or SE Portland, evening discussion group
Thursday- around church or SE Portland
Friday- sermon writing, on call if needed