Welcome to Volume 3 Number 31 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
So we have reached the end of our summer project. We spent the summer between our SE congregations talking about salvation, scripture and society. As with every project we did not know where it would lead us and we took us to place we could not imagine.
The conversation brought us to the end last night at Shut Up and Eat, we didn't put a nice bow on the conversation because you can't really put a bow on conversations like this one. It was wonderful to end with an open ended conversation because the work and conversations around salvation, scripture and society don't really end. As Christians we believe in hope and that God is not done in the world so our work as disciples continues.
This project was attempting to do a few things, and I am sure if you talked with all the organizers of it you would get that many different goals. For me the largest thing I hope would come out of this project was that conversations would lead us to a deeper understanding of how our understanding of salvation and scripture informs how we are in the world. That there is a connection between what we believe and how we act, that we understand that the things we say about our faith should inform our daily lives.
I think one of the biggest things we are constantly doing in life is applying our faith to our day to day lives. It is a reminder that our time together in worship informs the rest of our lives and not vice verse. The question or explanation that keeps bubbling for up for is not what are we saved from but what are we saved for.
If you missed any of the writings or want to read more you can check out the blog and keep your eyes peeled for our next project here in SE. http://sepdxlutherans.blogspot.com
**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., Ben I., 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, 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- We have wrapped up our summer project so look for more information about our Wednesday gatherings in the future and where we are going next.
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.
Lutheran Community Services NW Luncheon- Lutheran Community Services is a Lutheran service serving communities here in Portland and surround areas. Each year they host a Luncheon to update the community on the work they are doing and to seek contributions and support for the coming year. If you have interest in attending and did not receive an invitation please contact Pastor Andrew. The event will be on October 15th at 12:30pm.
Church Picnic and Outdoor Worship- September 10th will be the date for our annual picnic and outdoor worship. We have shifted the date to the fall in hopes of nicer weather. We will be gathering for worship in the parking lot with a picnic lunch to follow. Also that Sunday we will be commissioning our new cross on the building and decommissioning our old one. So come and be a part of the history of Holy Trinity.
Holy Trinity Vitality Survey- The Oregon Synod is beginning the process of planning for the future of the church and Synod. Part of that process is a survey that congregations are being asked to participate in. This is a tool for us as a congregation to hear about our strengths and weaknesses so that we are better able to meet the needs of our members and communities. April is heading up the survey process so see her for a survey and for updates on the process.
New Cross-Cultural Temple Tour- Faith communities like ours have been invited to a tour on September 16th to visit other faith communities Houses of Worship.
This bridge-building experience has been described as a fascinating and unsettling experience. We recommend this multicultural tour as an opportunity to get to know our neighbours in the Portland area. The day includes a guided visit to a Muslim mosque, Sikh temple, Hindu temple and a Buddhist temple. Registration is $69 and includes a delicious ethnic lunch! See Pastor Andrew for more details.
Holy Trinity Supper Club- Thank you to everyone who came to our supper club last Sunday. Despite the heat it was a wonderful evening of fellowship and worship. We will be having another Supper Club soon.
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.
Vigils at Immigration and Customs Enforcement- The Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice is hosting two events monthly to stand in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters at the Portland Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (4310 SW Macadam Ave.). On the 2nd Thursday of each month at 12 pm a group will gather for walking, prayer and meditation and on the last Thursday of each month at 10 am there will be a prayer vigil held. Pastor Andrew will be attending as many as his schedule allows if you would like to come along.
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.
Bible Study on Matthew- Our Gospel readings this year comes from the Gospel of Matthew, so why not take a deeper dive into the book. Join us Tuesday mornings at 10 here at Holy Trinity for a study on Matthews Gospel. We will join together in prayer, conversation, scripture and fellowship during our time together. This will be an 8 session course, which you can attend as you are able our next gathering will be on Sept. 5, 19, Oct. 3rd, 17, 31.
This Week! Photography Open House- Local artist Taran Nadler is going to be having his first exhibit of his photography here at Holy Trinity this August. The artist explains the project like this "The exhibit will showcase the work that first triggered my obsession with photography: the process of slowing down and re-learning to see the basic beauty in the world around us." Be sure to join us for the open house August. 25th from 5-8pm.
Camp Lutherwood Harvest Festival- October 1st will be Camp Lutherwoods Harvest Festival. It will be an afternoon of fellowship, fun, food and fundraising. Contact the church office for more details.
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.
Find us on Facebook: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Portland
Spread the word on Yelp
Join us for devotions on Instagram: HTLCPDX
Follow us on Twitter @HTLCPDX
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 8/28-9/1
Monday- On call if needed
Tuesday- around church or SE in a.m., Pastors group at noon.
Wednesday- A.m. personal appt., SE organizers at 11 around church in afternoon
Thursday- Around church or SE Portland. I.C.E. witness at 10am.
Friday- Sermon prep and on call if needed.