Welcome to Volume 3 Number 33 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
So maybe it is because I am getting over a head-cold but it seems hard to get my thoughts organized this week. There seems to be a lot going on in the world, fire raging a few miles to our east, recovery efforts in Texas, preparations in Florida and the east coast for the next storm, the announcement about the end of DACA, more nuclear tests occurring in North Korea, violence in Burma, along with other natural disasters around the world.
I have found it to be a week of prayer for our world, our climate, our neighbors, those we know and don't know. I have found it to be a week to love everyone that I come in contact with and am in relationship with. I have found it to be a week to read and educate myself of the realities of life of some many people and communities that I don't know. I have found it to be a week to reconnect with friends and family members that I have not been in touch with in some time and to do the hard work of building relationships. It has not been an easy week but it has been a week full of the Holy Spirit, tugging on me to confront realities that I have not wanted to face and to work on projects that bring about new life and new possibilities for God's Kingdom.
I can't say that I have any great insights this week, but it is weeks likes these where I am reminded that I am constantly reminded that we are called to reflect on our faith constantly. That we are to examine our lives and our faith to see where we are being called to go next by the Holy Spirit. I need that reminder that my faith calls me to lead a different life, that my faith is what influences and impacts the rest of my life and not vise versa. My faith calls me to continually examine my life and the world in-which I live and to ask myself the difficult questions about how my life reflects my faith and my trust in God.
**I am always interested in discussing issues and current events with anyone so please feel free to contact me for conversation.
**A quick update, due to the air quality and fires in the Gorge we are going to be moving our Worship on Sunday inside along with our picnic. If you are able please consider bringing something to share on Sunday.
Prayer Requests: 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.
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 Moved inside- 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.
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. 19, Oct. 3rd, 17, 31, Nov. 7.
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 two dates for an Open House and chance to meet the artist. One is Tuesday September 12th from 6-8 and 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 9/11-15
Monday- On call if needed
Tuesday- Around Church or SE in the morning, Pastors group at noon, evening open house
Wednesday- around church in a.m., lunch meeting then evening Council
Thursday- around church or SE PDX, I.C.E. Vigil at noon.
Friday- Sermon prep and on call if needed.