Welcome to Volume 3 Number 35 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
Next month we will be celebrating the Reformation, like we do every year, this year is especially notable because it is the 500th anniversary. To say the Reformation was important is a bit of an understatement, especially in Lutheran circles. The Reformation began in Germany and spread to Scandinavia, Africa, Asia, the Americas and everywhere in-between. Here in North America, our understanding of Lutheranism is grounded in our most European heritage.
There has been a growing movement inside denominations like Lutheranism to start seeking and viewing the church as something bigger than our European and American ancestry. We all I am sure know the line from Paul, "There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female" we can say that in our Theology, but how do we enact that in our lives. How do we in a church that is 90%+ Caucasian be a part of a global church that is about something bigger than our European history. One of the ways to do that is to continue to tell the story of the Gospel in locations around the world.
Tomorrow the church remembers Paul Chong Hasang (1794?-1839), Paul was the son of one of the first Korean converts to Christianity Augustine Chong Yakjong. His father was martyred for his faith but Paul grew up to be a government official. He learned Latin, theology and worked with the church in China to send missionaries to Korea. He was positioned to become an ordained minister when persecution broke out in 1839, he refused to renounce his faith and was martyred by being bound to a cross. We remember him, along with his family, Andrew Kim Tae-gon and others that were martyred for their faith. We use their witness to the gospel and we continue to seek the church that is reflective of the body of which breaks down all boarders, gender, sexual orientation and race.
If you want to learn more on this type of work check out #decolonizelutheranism
**I am always interested in discussing issues and current events with anyone so please feel free to contact me for conversation.
Prayer Requests: The Daack Family, Shirley P., Andrea, David, Daniel, Dorothy F, Noel, Christopher and Jill, Tom S., 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.
Eco-Faith Recovery- Pastor Andrew is beginning work with Eco-Faith Recovery which is a Lutheran group that is making the connection between our spiritual lives and our environment and stewardship around creation. There will be an information meeting Thursday Sept. 28th at 7pm at HTLC.
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.
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.
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 Oct. 3rd, 17, 31, Nov. 7, 28th.
Thank You! Photography Open House- Thank you to everyone who came out to support local artist Taran Nadler and his first photography exhibit. It was a great success and we are blessed to have his work still hanging on our walls for a few more weeks. If you have not gotten a chance to take a look make time for it because it is well worth it. There is another date for an Open House and chance to meet the artist, Sunday September 24th from 11:30-2.
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.
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Pastor Andrew's schedule for 9/25-29
Monday- On call if needed
Tuesday- Bible Study at church in the a.m., Pastors group at noon.
Wednesday- dr. appt in am then Se Leaders Meeting.
Thursday- around church or SE PDX, I.C.E. Vigil at 10am, Eco-Faith meeting at night.
Friday- Sermon prep and on call if needed.