Welcome to Volume 4 Number 3 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
This week we are participating in the week of Prayer for Christian Unity along with not just our neighbors here in SE Portland but with the Body of Christ universally. This is a week where we join in prayer for the Body of Christ that we might see the interconnections between Christians of all walks of life. I have always strongly believed that the things that unite us are much stronger than those that divide.
We are all baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and thus baptized into the same life, death and resurrection of Christ. When we receive the Body and Blood in Communion we are receiving the Body and Blood of Christ. There are going to be things that we disagree with, or see differently, there are going to be differences in Theology but what we all rest on and in is the grace, love and mercy of God. That grace, love and mercy we receive and know in those elements that unite us with the church present, in the past and to come as well.
This is a week where we are reminded that we are all made in God's image, all are reliant on God's love and filled with the Holy Spirit. We gather in prayer because it is one of the most important things we do as not just individuals but as a Body as well. Our calling in the Spirit is to be in relationship with one another, loving one another as Christ did, and showing mercy and forgiveness as we have received that same mercy and forgiveness. Our prayer this week is that we will be one in the Body and that we let our light shine to the world.
Don't forget to join us Sunday evening at Holy Family for a potluck, worship and conversation, starting at 5pm.
**I am always interested in discussing issues and current events with anyone so please feel free to contact me for conversation.
Prayer Requests: The friends and family of Jerry Carley, the friends and family of Scott, Shirley P., Debi, Andrea, David, Daniel, Dorothy F, Ellie and Noel, Christopher and Jill, Lee, Tom S., Rev. Maggie, Todd, Melanie, Jane, Don, Rheasa (Re-A-Sa) and Caleb, Patty and Berry, Jim, Barbara, Cookie, 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 all those lonely or forgotten in their time of need, we pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity- Every year there is a week where congregations of all varieties come together for a week of prayer. We will be joining together with our neighboring congregations to celebrate on January 21st at 5pm. We will be having a potluck dinner over at Holy Family followed by a worship service in their sanctuary. There will be fellowship, conversation, prayer, activities for the kids and more so plan on joining us!
Church Photos- On January 28th we will be taking updated photos of people from the community. It has been a few years since we have taken new photos for the congregation, so come prepared.
Annual Meeting!- January 28th after the 9:30 a.m. worship service will be our annual meeting. We will be hearing reports from the past year and voting on the budget for 2018. All members are encouraged to be there but all are welcome regardless of membership to join in the conversation around what we are doing here at Holy Trinity. Keep an eye on the mail for an announcement and agenda.
Momentary Humans---A Photography Exhibit- We are excited to announce a new gallery by Taran Nadler here at Holy Trinity. Last year we hosted his first gallery and he is back with another installation. The opening will be on February 8th from 5-8pm. Hope you can join us!
Lutheran World Relief- Thanks to each and everyone of you we reached our $500 goal for our Goat Fund. Each year we collect money to send to Lutheran World Relief for farm animals for communities around the world. The Council will be discussing what configuration of goats, pigs, chickens and more to be sending with the money. If you have any input be sure to chat with a Council Member.
Souper Bowl Sunday- In just a few short weeks Souper Bowl Sunday will be here! Since 1990 non-profits like Churches have been using the last Sunday in January as a massive in-gathering of canned goods and money for community food pantries. We will be gathering our cans on January 28th, so if you are able grab a few extra non-perishable food items and bring them to church over the next few weeks and we will take them over to the food pantry at St. Mark's after our worship on the 28th.
What's Going On- We will continue our Wednesday gatherings on January 31st at Shut Up and Eat (SE 39th and Gladstone) at 6:30pm. We will be talking this month about the intersection of patriotism and faith. We will be using this article as a conversation starter, but do not feel that you have to read it in-order to attend.
Eco-Faith Recovery- We will be gathering in the coming weeks to chat about the next steps in deepening our connection and relationship with the world around us through Eco-Faith Recovery.
Sign-Up Now- Many of our members have been doing some of the Worship Assistant jobs for a long time now and we are looking to get new people into worship leadership. We have created a new sign up sheet in the back of the sanctuary for those wishing to participate. If you have any questions concerning the positions please contact Pastor Andrew or someone you have seen filling that role. There will be a time after church on a future Sunday where we will walk through the responsibilities of each position if you have questions.
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.
Organ Fund- Are you enjoying the sound of the new Organ? we are accepting contributions to the Organ Fund to help with cost of this instrument. Please mark your donation "Organ Fund" so we can apply it to the proper account.
Holy Trinity Supper Club- This month our Supper Club will be a joining together with our neighbors for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Our next Supper Club and Holden Evening Prayer will be in February. Bring something to share and after the meal we will have worship.
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- We have a few more sessions in our study, that we will be looking to complete in the next few weeks. Through conversation we have decided to try to re-incorporate a Sunday Bible Study in which we will finish the last three session. Stay tuned for more information.
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 1/22-26
Monday- On call if needed
Tuesday- Around Church in the am- text study at noon
Wednesday- Distance learning event for Houston Youth Gathering
Thursday- Distance learning event for Houston Youth Gathering
Friday- Distance learning event for Houston Youth Gathering sermon writing, on call if needed