Welcome to Volume 2 Number 35 of this E-Newsletter. Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
More than 50 times in his letters Paul uses the phrase "in Christ" but what does that mean exactly? Throughout scripture we are called to abide in God, to rest in God to dwell in God. The contemplative life of a disciple of Christ is not just activity and speaking but listening and resting in God. Prayer is one of the most key and major ways in which we do this abiding and resting in God. Many of us, myself included to a certain age, grew up thinking that prayer is a checklist of requests to God. Pray is about sharing our concerns and frustrations with God but it goes deeper than that.
One of the main purposes of prayer is to put Christ and to impress on the disciple the personality and character of Christ. The desire is to become like Jesus and so we live not for ourselves but for Christ. The aim of discipleship is not just one more thing that we do but something that is the core of our being and who we are. We have Christ living in and through us. We are not trying to get God to do things for us but rather for us to learn the way God is calling us to live and be in the world. There are times for joy, groaning, weeping but also for silence in our prayer. In our busy lives prayer allows us that quiet to be in God's presence and allows us to listen to the Holy Spirits calling.
Prayer Requests: The family and friends of Pastor Fred, Betty J, Shirley P., Andrea, Fern, Alice, Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Rev. Maggie, Sherry S., Jane, Don, Rheasa (Re-A-Sa) and Caleb, Patty and Berry, Wyatt, Oscar, Otto, Leah, Nichole, Sophia, Danielle, Grayson, Elijah, St. Mark's Lutheran, St. Paul Lutheran, 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.
What's Going On- Join us on Wednesday September 7th at Shut Up and Eat (SE 39th and Gladstone) at 6pm for our monthly discussion group. We will be chatting each month about current events and issues currently in the news. This month we will be talking about the US Department of Justice's move to eliminate the use of Private Prisons. We will be using an article from the Atlantic (http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/08/end-of-private-prison-contracts-with- federal-government/496469/) as our primer, with an additional deep dive article on "The Black Family in an Age of Mass Incarceration http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/10/the-black-family-in-the-age-of-mass-incarceration/403246/". If you don't have the time to read the articles do not worries all are welcome at the conversation.
Holy Trinity Supper Club- Once a month starting on September 11th we will be hosting an evening meal and worship here at Holy Trinity. We will be gathering around 4:30 at the church for dinner and conversation together followed by a short informal worship service. All are welcome and come hungry.
*Sign-Up Now *Thrivant and Habitat have come together for some Habitat for Humanity build days this fall. So mark your calendars for October 29th, Nov. 10th and 19th to get your hands dirty and work on some houses. Kim Ierien is bringing a group from her work on Nov. 10th if you want to join her. The builds are happening at their Helensview site in Cully. Contact Pastor Andrew for more info or sign up at http://vhub.at/thriventfallbuilds.
*New- *Pastor Fred Ruhnke's Funeral is schedule for September 17th at 10am at Resurrection Lutheran Church.
Got a few projects you would like to see done around the church. Now is the time to make your voice be heard. We are working on collecting desired projects for around the church. If you have any please jot them down and pass them along to Chris or Tom.
We are so close to finishing up our Lutheran World Relief Health Care Kits. We just need a few more items and then we can package them up and send them off. We still need. - 5 Light or Medium weight bath size towel (20" x 40" to 52" x 27") dark color.
God's Work our Hands Sunday-Each Year Lutheran Church's partner together for a day of service in our local contexts. We will be participating in God's Work our Hands on September 18th. We will be gathering during fellowship time to assemble our Lutheran World Relief Health Care Kits. We have been gathering the items all summer and we will be assembling so we can take them over to St. Andrew's in Beaverton to be shipped out.
St. Mark's Annual Rummage Sale! The sale will be Saturday September. 17th from 9am-4pm and they are accepting donations, contact their church office for more details.
Mark your calendars for October 1st! That Saturday Camp Lutherwood is having their 3rd Annual Harvest Festival and Fundraiser. More can be found about the event on their website.
*WELCA Retreat- *The Woman of the ELCA (WELCA) are gathering for their 6th Annual Convention October 7-8 in Bend Oregon. If you are interested in attending as a representative from Holy Trinity please chat with Pastor Andrew for more details.
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. Be sure to be here on Sept. 18 for our next Sunday School.
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 dates set for Sunday School for the rest of the year. So mark your calendars for Sept 18, Oct 9, Nov 20 and Dec 11. Look for a flyer coming soon to share with your family and friends!
Fall is coming! 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.
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 9/5-9/9
Monday- Labor Day- church office closed. on-call if needed
Tuesday- around Church or Se Portland noon Preaching Group
Wednesday- Around Church or Se Portland evening discussion group
Thursday- Around Church or SE Portland
Friday- Sermon Prep, on-call if needed.
Blessings Pastor Andrew