Welcome to Volume 4 Number 20 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
(credit where credit is due)(this reflection is based off of a a story Jean told me once about Pentecost)
This coming Sunday is Pentecost. This means that 50 days have passed since Easter and we, like the disciples are witnesses to the Holy Spirit entering into our lives and world. This is a monumental Sunday in the church year and it even more major this year at Holy Trinity because we are going to be receiving two new members.
I have always loved the story of Pentecost, it has always filled me with such joy and excitement about the Gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit. I think that partially what I love is that that the Holy Spirit came to the people in their own language. This isn't a story of people having to assimilate to one dominate culture, like Judaism in this case. But rather this is a story of God taking on the form of our communities, taking on our language and taking on our diversity without the dismissal of another.
Another piece that I don't think I gave much thought to until I spoke with Jean a few months ago, is that Pentecost is a major Christian Holiday, but yet it has not been commercialized. There is still power and wonder in Christmas and Easter, but part of those holidays have become about buying things, gifts, toys, candy, baskets, eggs etc. There is a commercial aspect of Christmas and Easter that has not occurred with Pentecost. Being free of that commercial aspect, I believe, allows us to keep out eye fixated on what God is up to in our lives and world.
Pentecost is a Sunday that is about the Body of Christ and we will be celebrating that in one of the best possible ways on Sunday by bringing two new members into our community! Please join us and Don't forget to wear red.
**I am always interested in discussing issues and current events with anyone so please feel free to contact me for conversation.
Prayer Requests: 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.
Woodstock Workday- Saturday June 2nd is the 7th Annual Woodstock Workday. People will gather at 9am at the Woodstock Community Center (5905 se 43 ave) and begin projects around 9:30am with the day wrapping up with a lunch at 11:30am. BYOG (bring your own gloves etc.) and let Pastor Andrew know if you have questions.
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.
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.
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. Shane has volunteered to lead the purchasing process for the books, so chat with him about ordering or 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. We will be meeting again on June 13th! We have not picked a topic yet so if you have an idea for something let Pastor Andrew know.
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.
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 on June 24th 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 5/21-25
*This is scheduled to change depending on Nari's adjustment to being home
Monday- around Church of SE PDX in the morning
Tuesday- around Church of SE PDX in the morning, Text Study at 12.
Wednesday- ELCA Youth Gathering prep
Thursday- around Church or SE PDX,
Friday- Sermon work-on call if needed