Welcome to Volume 4 Number 27 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
Another year of Vacation Bible School is now in the books! Over the years this ecumenical VBS has been slowly growing in kids attending, and in congregations participating. This year we had around 220 kids and and added another church (Our Lady of Sorrows) into the project. This week we heard the stories of faith, the ones that remind us that no matter what Jesus saves. These are important stories to tell to adults but more importantly these are important stories for kids to hear. To remind them how loved they are and how God is always there with them to see them through this life.
I have found this program has been one of the things that makes SE Portland and what the Holy Spirit is doing so unique. The realization that I have made over the years is that our various community interact throughout the week more than I could have imagined. We all live in the same neighborhoods, kids go to the same schools, play on the same sports teams and shop at the same stores. So it only makes sense if you ask me that we be the church together as well. We can all keep our pieces of our identity that make us, us, while also working together towards the Kingdom of God.
Bishop Dave when we were in Houston said a line that has lead me to much reflection over the past few weeks. In regards to the church "we seek unity not uniformity" this goes for our Lutheran partners but also for our others brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ. We seek to be united in our work for the Kingdom of God but we are not trying to make everyone the same. We are both unique and connected, its a fascinating relationship I must say.
VBS every year inspires me to reach out across lines and boards, real or percieved for the sake of the Kingdom, it calls me to consider what the Holy Spirit is already doing in communities and not rely just on my vision or the vision of a single congregation. It calls me and allows me to see the bigger Body of Christ and how we are encouraging the Spirit to thrive.
Don't forget we are still bringing in items for our Lutheran World Relief School Kits, the list is below.
**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- Thanks to everyone who supported VBS this past week, it was an incredible week and I look forward to continued partnership in the work of the Holy Spirit in SE Portland.
This Sunday during coffee hour 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. We will have a dedicated Sunday to bring in each item. Each kit contains the items below, we are going to aim to complete 20 kits. We will be collecting them for our In-gathering on July 29th.
7/1- 4 70-sheet 8' x 10.5" notebooks
7/8- one 30-centimeter ruler, one pencil sharpener
7/15- one pair of blunt scissors, one 2.5 in eraser
7/22- 5 unsharpened #2 pencils, 5 black or blue ballpoint pens, one box of 24 crayons
7/29- one study drawstring backpack-style cloth bag 14' x 17'.
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 later this summer! 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 early in August 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 7/16-20
*This week is the beginning of Pastor Andrew's paternity leave, he will be available via phone and email for matters of pastoral care but will be out of the office.
Thursday- on-call, Council in evening