Grace, Mercy and Peace to you, Welcome to Volume 2 Number 5 of this E-Newsletter.
Yesterday, was a rather important day in the Anglo-Saxon history of the United States. It was groundhog day, the day in which a rodent pops of a hole and announces if we will had an early spring or not. Having roots back on the East Coast and going to school in Pennsylvania, I can tell you it is kinda a big deal. Also Groundhog Day is one of my favorite Bill Murray movies, but that is besides the point.
Yesterday was also a big day in the Church year, on February 2nd we celebrate the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. It was Jewish custom that each new child was to be present at the temple 40 days after their birth. This was to make a sacrifice to God for the redemption of the firstborn as prescribed in the Torah and for Mary to complete her purification after childbirth. Mary, Joseph and Jesus came to the temple with their 2 doves to make their sacrifice. Doves were the acceptable alternative for families that could not afford to bring a lamb.
They were coming with the Salvation of the World in their arms, and there was one man to realized it. There was an old man who had been serving at the temple for a long time. Simeon, had a promise from God that he would not die before he saw the Messiah. He immediately recognizes Jesus for who he was, a baby yes, but more importantly the Messiah. He sings a beautiful song that we know of as Simeon's Song and it is a beautiful testament to the fulfillment of that promise from God but also God's promise to us all of Jesus coming to us. When you get a minute be sure to read Luke 2:22-40
*Ordination Update- We are a go for Ordination on February 28th, we will be gathering at 4 pm at Central Lutheran here in Portland, which a reception following. Be sure to join us if you can.
Prayer Requests: Betty J, Shirley P., Andrea, Don T., Leah, Steven, Glen and Jill, Karen, Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Rev. Maggie, Pastor Fred, Sherry S., Marlyn K., Clark, Jade, Theresa, Jane, Don, St. Mark's Lutheran,St. Paul Lutheran, Danielle, Grayson, Elijah we pray for students and teachers everywhere, help us to remain troubled by everything that is troubling in the world, we pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.
-The HTLC Winter Coat Drive has wrapped up. In total we collected 45 coats, which is amazing! Thank you for everyone that cleaned out their closet and helped to keep those in our community warm this winter.
-Once again we will be joining with our Brothers and Sisters at St. Paul and St. Mark's Lutheran for Ash Wednesday. So mark those calendars for February 10th for a Noon service here at Holy Trinity. There will be light refreshments afterwards, if you would like to help please let us know here in the office. Also if you cannot be at Service at noon, you can visit Pastor Andrew at Berkely Park beginning at 7am for Ashes to Go.
-There will be 2 new educational opportunities during Lent at Holy Trinity. First of all we will be having a Sunday Morning Bible Study beginning our look at Lutheran Sacraments starting around 845ish. Secondly, we will be have a Wednesday night gathering at a restaurant soon to be determined, where we will share a bite to eat, conversation and prayer. We will be starting around 6pm, mark those calendars.
-Discipleship 2016! Each month during 2016 we will be encountering new ways to engage our discipleship. Every month we will have a different focus as a congregation, and learn new ways to engage our faith. February will be a month to engage with a new type of service. On February 21st we will be taking part again with Potluck in the Park. Potluck in the Park in an organization that serves free meals in downtown Portland every Sunday, and they have been doing it since 1991. It is a great opportunity to get out in our city and help those that are in need of a warm meal. There is a sign up sheet in the fellowship room if you can join us!
-This past Sunday was Souper Bowl Sunday, thanks to all who donated. We will still be collecting non-perishable food items this Sunday if you have anything you would like to donate.
-Our Sunday School is officially back and off to a great start! One Sunday a month we will have an extra focus on Christian Education. Our Church in Action Children's Program will be integrated with our Sunday Worship. So plan on joining us February 14th for our second session!
-Don't call it a comeback...ok call it a comeback because it is coming back! Sunday School that is. With the help of Theresa Davis we will be reigniting our Sunday School Program here at Holy Trinity. We will be beginning in January with a one Sunday a month focus on Christian Education. Our Church in Action Children's Program will be integrated with our Sunday Worship. So plan on joining us January 10th and every second Sunday (unless otherwise stated).
-If you are like me and do searching for things on the internet do I have a thing for you. I have gotten Holy Trinity set up with Goodsearch.com. It is an online search engine that is powered by yahoo and everytime you use it search engine it donates to a charity of your choice, in our situation that is Holy Trinity. So set that browser to good search and select Holy Trinity and get searching.
-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.
-If you are feeling the need to travel in 2016 the Oregon Synod of the ELCA is sponsoring a trip to the Holy Land. The trip will be in May and all are welcome to go on the trip. If you are interested contact Pastor Andrew for more details.
-If you are feeling the itch to travel but the Holy Lands is not your cup of tea, maybe you are interested in cruising with other Lutherans to Alaska. My dear friend Ben Fredericks (member of my internship congregation Resurrection Lutheran) is organizing a cruise for Lutheran Congregations in May of 2016. The trip will be from May 14th to the 21st and will be a wonderful opportunity to see the sights and sounds of the Pacific NW and enjoy great fellowship with other Lutherans. Contact the church office for more info.
-Winter is here, but when did some bad/cold weather slow us down. So join Pastor Andrew on Wednesday to walk around the neighborhood. We will be meeting at 2:30 at the church and set off for a stroll around the neighborhood.
-Holy Trinity's Little Library- Thanks to Keith our Little Library is now complete. In the coming weeks we will be preparing it to be hung on the fence outside for the community. However, it is currently empty, so help us fill it but leaving a recommendation of books to fill it with. We are looking for books that have had an impact on your faith life. So what book(s) have impacted your faith?
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Pastor Andrew's schedule for 2/8-12
Monday- on call if needed
Tuesday- at Church in the AM, Preaching group at noon, back at Church in the Afternoon Wednesday- Ashes to Go beginning at 7am Around church all day, Noon Worship.
Thursday- Around church during the day.
Friday- On call if needed, sermon prep.
Blessings Pastor Andrew