Welcome to Volume 4 Number 11 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
One thing that we have gotten away from over the past year or so have been our 5th Sunday In-Gatherings. We have used months with five sunday's in them as a dedicated time to support a cause and gathering goods for whatever we are working on. In the past we have gathering canned goods for the food pantry at St. Mark's, school supplies for Lewis Elementary, materials for summer camp sessions at Camp Lutherwood and more. So we are going to be getting back into that here this year.
The first month where we have this opportunity is April and we are going to be participating in a book drive! As many of you know I have been working with the Synod on the ELCA National Youth Gathering this summer in Houston Texas. One of the many parts of the Gathering is their Blast Off For Books campaign which is a literacy campaign that is occurring in the city of Houston. The Youth Gathering folks are encouraging congregations to gather and donate books to this program and I thought this would be an excellent project for us at Holy Trinity.
So for the month of April we will be collecting books, (there is a select list which will be posted at church and attached in a flier to this email) and on the 5th Sunday of April we will bless them before we get them down to Houston. The books of course should be new or gently used, and if you want to order them online we have an address where they can be shipped to directly. I would also like to challenge us to gathering books that we could then donate locally as well to Head Start or other school programs.
As I said a flier is attached and thank you for helping in putting books in the hands of children to encourage their education and development.
**I am always interested in discussing issues and current events with anyone so please feel free to contact me for conversation.
Prayer Requests: Nicolas, 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.
New Members- We are starting to work on another round of new member class, so if you have been a part of the community and would like to be become an official member please let Pastor Andrew know.
Church Photos- If anyone did not get their photo taken for the church please let Pastor Andrew know so we can get one scheduled for you.
New Holy Week- We are just a few days away from Palm Sunday and Holy Week. Our schedule will be the following. 9:30 a.m. for Palm Sunday with our service beginning in the narthex/lobby for a procession of palms. Then both Maundy Thursday and Good Friday will be at 6:30p.m. Easter Sunday will be at 9:30a.m. with a potluck meal to follow. If you would like to bring something to the potluck be sure to let the church office know or sign up on the chalkboard in the fellowship room.
Easter Lilies- Even though we have just begun Lent, we are going to think about Easter. This year we are giving the opportunity to give lilies to the congregation in honor of a loved one or in memory of a loved one who has died. We will have forms available in the office.
New 5th Sunday In-Gathering- We will be collecting books for the Blast off For Books campaign over the coming weeks in support of the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston this summer. There is a set book list that you can find posted at church or attached to this email. Let the church office know if you have questions.
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 photos are up now and feel free to check them out next time you are in the building.
Rescheduled! What's Going On- We will continue our Wednesday gatherings on March 7th 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.
Synod Assembly- The Oregon Synod is trying something new this year for Synod Assembly. In years past we have gathered at a retreat center somewhere for three days. This year we are going to be breaking the event into two smaller events. The first is a Regional Gathering, there are five days around the Synod for congregations to gathering with fellow congregations in their local area, ours is May 5th at West Linn Lutheran and everyone is welcome to coming. The second event is our one day business meeting on May 19th at Gethsemane Lutheran and we can send two representatives from the congregation. If you are interested in either event please let Pastor Andrew know.
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.
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- Our next gathering will be be in April still at 5pm. We will be gathering for dinner then Holden Evening Prayer. Bring something to share and come hungry!
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 3/19-23
*This week is Colleen's due date so everything is subject to change if this kid shows up.
Monday- On call if needed
Tuesday- coffee meetings in the am- text study at noon
Wednesday-Around church or SE PDX
Thursday- around church or SE PDX
Friday- Sermon work-on call if needed