Welcome to Volume 4 Number 22 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
If you have spent any time on social media of any type I am sure that you have encountered a few memes. They have so saturated that I usually find myself glossing over them as I read and scroll. However, one this past week caught my eye and caused me to linger a bit longer than I usually do. It went like this Daniel slept in the lions den, Jesus slept in the midst of a raging storm on the sea, Paul slept in prison so no matter what you are experiencing there is always time for rest. Details like these from scripture are often passed by when doing Bible work because they are seen as just being details to a story but not the focus. However, there is something to details like these because it is in the details where we find humanity.
We can get lost in discussing the type of literary genre or the historical context of a passage but we miss the important biblical work in discussing what life and ministry looks like in balance. What does it mean to be working so hard we lose sight of our self care or when was a time that you felt that you were spit up by a whale or where did you find living water when you went to do something illogical out of fear and shame. When we look for connection we see scripture happening right in front of our eyes, happening on a daily basis. When we allow ourselves we see God already at work in our lives and in our world, but it is often in the details, in the small tiny moments. What I consider to be one of the most beautiful aspects of our faith is that God is present already in the world, we are not called to bring God to the world. God is already here, we are called to see what God is up to in the world and our lives and join along side, following the Holy Spirit.
**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 Shirley P., Nicolas, 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.
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.
VBS Cafe Afternoon- Holy Family hosts a Cafe Afternoon as a kick off for VBS every year. This is a chance to get into the excitement leading up to VBS. This year it will be on June 10 at Noon. Talk to Pastor Andrew for 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. Starting on July 8th we will be gathering during coffee hour to finish out Matthew Bible Study and then begin our Tell Me More.
5th Sunday In-Gathering- We are wrapping up our April In-Gathering of book for the Blast off for Books campaign, if you still want to donate please contact the church office. For July we will be putting together School Kits for Lutheran World Relief. For each kit we need 4 70-sheet 8' x 10.5" notebooks, one 30-centimeter ruler, one pencil sharpener, one pair of blunt scissors, 5 unsharpened #2 pencils, 5 black or blue ballpoint pens, one of ob 16 or 24 crayons, one eraser, one study drawstring backpack-style cloth bag 14' x 17'. We will be collecting them for our In-gathering on July 29th.
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.
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.
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 6/11-15
*This week is the beginning of the transition from maternity leave to paternity leave which officially begins the follow week.
Monday- around Church or SE PDX in the afternoon.
Tuesday- around Church or SE PDX in the afternoon.
Wednesday- around Church or SE PDX in the afternoon, Shut Up and Eat at 630
Thursday- around Church or SE PDX in the afternoon, Council at 630
Friday- around Church or SE PDX in the afternoon.