Welcome to Volume 3 Number 36 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
A little peek behind the curtain...I used to never consider the reasoning behind which readings are heard each Sunday. I knew that they were assigned, I knew that they happened in a cycle, and I knew that there was a great deal of thought put into arranging the order. I never considered why we have/use a Lectionary in the first place.
Now, having to preach every Sunday, I think it would be easier if I could just pick and choose which readings we do and what texts we use (that is a practice by many Lutherans, so it is not outside the realm of possibility). It is not easy to get a text dropped in your lap on a Monday and have to preach on it the coming Sunday. There are weeks like this one, where I am sitting on a Wednesday and I have no idea what I am going to preach. However there is something important, I feel, to the Lectionary because it makes us do something as both preacher and listener that we don't want to.
What I have found is that the strength of the Lectionary is that it encourages us to hear texts we might be happen to overlook, to read texts we don't understand, and to engage in a living faith and living text that we are not sure of. For me the preach it calls me to continually reevaluate my understanding of God and what God is up to in the world. It can be challenging but for me the challenge is the constant work of questions my faith, what I know about God, what I believe about God and how my faith deepens the more I engage with things I don't understand.
**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., Debi, 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.
500th Reformation Celebrations- This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. There will be a lot of events happening around the Portland area to celebrate. St. James's Lutheran on the Park Blocks have a weekend of events Oct. 13-15. St. Mark's is also have numerous Reformation events. You can read more about both on the bulletin board.
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.
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.
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 10/2-6
Monday- On call if needed
Tuesday- Bible Study at church in the a.m., Pastors group at noon.
Wednesday- out personal in a.m. Afternoon around church or SE
Thursday- around church or SE PDX,
Friday- Sermon prep and on call if needed.