Welcome to Volume 4 Number 30 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
Well, this week is the beginning of my immersion into life post paternity leave. It has been such a blessing over the past four weeks to be able to spend some time at home with the family and be a dad for a bit. Two kids is real, its been such a joy to be able to spend the days with the kiddos.
I was struck by something a few weeks ago in our Matthew text study, that if I had made the connection before I had long forgotten it, but I have seen it in action recently. There is a lot of talk in Matthews Gospel about the little ones, how we are not supposed to put stumbling blocks in front of them, we are to look out for them and we are to have a faith like them. What I was struck by over the past couple weeks spending time with the little ones here is there is something incredible about the way kids see the world.
We were at the park the other day with a friend and his son who is roughly E's age. The boys were kinda playing together or at-least close because 2.5 year olds are just getting into the cooperative play, when an older kid came up to them. I was expecting the older kid to give them a hard time or something but he asked to play with them. I was kinda amazed, and it made me think about these texts. That there is a difference between being child-ish and child-like.
The amazing thing that I saw that I think applies to our faith is that kids don't see, social status or hierarchy, they don't see skin color or gender, they just see a human being, a friend without status, they see people for exactly who they are...people that are in need to friendship, love and acceptance no matter what. I know that both E and N are going to teach me a ton over the year and I am excited to learn!
**I am always interested in discussing issues and current events with anyone so please feel free to contact me for conversation.
Prayer Requests: 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.
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. This Sunday we will be discussing why we say the things we say in worship.
New Lutheran Community Services NW Fundraising Lunch- Each year Lutheran Community Services NW host a lunch as one of their major fundraising event. LCSNW is a group here in town that provide services to the most at-risk populations, they have a wide range of services offered. The Lunch is on October 14th and the Marriott Downtown. If you are interested in more information about their work or want to attend the event please let Pastor Andrew know.
5th Sunday In-Gathering- we are still a few items short for our LWR School Kits so if you have materials to bring in please do on Sunday.
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 8/6-10
*This week is the last 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.
Monday- around church or SE
Tuesday- around church or SE, Pastor's group in afternoon
Wednesday-around church or SE
Friday- on-call and sermon writing