Welcome to Volume 4 Number 17 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
I wanted to use this space this week to chat about one of the things that I love about this congregation and a way to continue to live into that calling as a community. One thing that I have always admired, been inspired by, and felt called to here at Holy Trinity is at our congregational sense that God is not done working in, through and with this congregation in this neighborhood. That is one of the strongest sense I have gotten about this place and why Holy Trinity works as hard as they do, is that God is not done here yet. As humans, I feel that some of our strongest feelings are towards places, we have a strong sense of place. As a church body we have a sense of place in this neighborhood and in this community of SE, and we believe that the Spirit is still at work here.
What I feel is part of being a person of faith, rooted in place and what I feel that I hear here at Holy Trinity is that we are rooted in place because we want to be the Good News here in the neighborhood. We wanted to be the living, breathing body of Christ. For me that translates in being an active member of what is going on in our neighborhoods. I do not know if you have heard about the Woodstock Community Center but it is once again on the chopping block due to financial cut backs from the city.
The Woodstock community center is located right behind the new On Point Credit Union there on Woodstock Blvd. Because of seemingly never-end budget cut proposals by the city, it is being threatened with closing along with other community centers around Portland. The Woodstock community center is one of five potential closing around the city and of those five, three are located here in SE Portland.
The community center is not just a call back to days of old when events had not place to be held, but it is still an active thriving center, it is one of the few remaining places that people can go during the day to spend time in doors where you are not expected to buy anything (A "fun" mental exercise is to think of the places you can go in the area in public, in doors, that do not require you to purchase anything), it houses community meetings, forums and other gatherings, it is the home of an affordable preschool and it serves more than just the Woodstock neighborhood.
If you are interested in helping the Woodstock Community Center and voice that support there are a couple of ways to do so. There is a petition that can be signed here. You can also contact the Mayor, or the various members of the City Council. There is also going to be a Plant Sale at the Community Center on May 12th that I would invited everyone to attend.
I have attached a photo of the sign out front of the center if you want to get the phone numbers or email address of our various public officials or to read more about it.
**I am always interested in discussing issues and current events with anyone so please feel free to contact me for conversation.
Prayer Requests: The family and friends of Mary Kay East, Angelo, 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 Vacation Bible School- Summer is almost here and it is time to start thinking about Vacation Bible School. We are partnering again with our brothers and sisters here in SE Portland to have an Ecumenical VBS. Once again Holy Family is hosting, with Moreland Presbyterian, Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Agatha, St. Ignatius and Holy Trinity being a part of the event. The theme this year is Shipwrecked and will be talking place July 9-13. Registration information will be coming soon along with volunteer opportunities for adults. Let Pastor Andrew know if you are interested in more details.
This Saturday! Church Workday- It may not feel like it outside but Spring is upon us and that means it is time for a little spring cleaning around church. Join us April 28th for some clean up around the church. We will be mainly focusing on the exterior of the building but there will be interior projects to be done as well. We will get started around 9am and hopefully wrap up around 12.
Tell Me More?- Are there things you see or we do around church that you wonder why? Like what are the symbols about on Pastor Andrew's stoles, or do pieces of our liturgy come from scripture, if so where? We will be compiling a list of questions over the coming weeks that we can chat about and learn together.
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.
Rescheduled! What's Going On- We will continue our Wednesday gatherings at Shut Up and Eat (SE 39th and Gladstone) at 6:30pm. Keep your eyes peeled for new dates upcoming.
Portland Chamber Music Concert- We are happy to be hosting the wonderful Portland Chamber Music Ensemble on May 12th at 6pm. This is a free concert that allows you to get up close to the musicians, ask questions and engage with music in a new way. Be sure to join us!
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.
Summer Preaching and Singing- With summer on the horizon it is time to start thinking about topics you are interested in hearing Pastor Andrew preach about this summer and your favorite hymns to sing. There will be a sign up sheet in the narthex for you to write down your suggestions.
New Kaleidoscope of Boogie- Taran Nadler who has hosted two art galleries here at Holy Trinity is going to be opening his third gallery at Wild Hearts Wellness studio on NE Fremont St on May 11th from 5-8. The series is all based around dance and movement and we hope to see you there.
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 4/30-5/4
*This is scheduled to change depending on Nari's adjustment to being home
Monday- around church or SE in the a.m.
Tuesday- around Church or SE PDX- text study at noon
Wednesday-Around Church or SE PDX
Thursday- around Church or SE PDX,
Friday- Sermon work-on call if needed