Grace, Mercy and Peace to you, Welcome to Volume 41 of this E-Newsletter.
*Incase you somehow missed it Elijah Park Rickel showed up Sunday morning at 6:15 and is doing great along with mom! Thanks to all who have helped, loved and supported us through this time including those who helped step up and lead worship this past Sunday.
Now back to your regularly scheduled church year. Believe it or not this coming Sunday is Reformation Sunday. This seems to have snuck up on me this year...I wonder why. Regardless this is a big day in the church year for Lutherans especially but for many Protestant faiths bodies. I find myself every year asking why the Reformation matters in the life of the church. It has to be something more than just something for us Lutherans to hang our hat on...right?
For me the big reason is that the Reformation is ongoing. The Reformation is not just a historical event but it is an ongoing event. It was not something that happened almost 500 years ago and ended but it is something that has been continuing throughout all these many centuries. We are still living out the Reformation by continuing to reform the church and our lives of faith.
The Reformation is a refocusing on a living God, not one that is stuck, trapped or held captive by humanity or human tradition. But we worship a living God, so the faith lives that we live are ones that are constantly being changed, evolving and being influenced by the work of the Holy Spirit. We are not the same church we were 500 years ago because God is still at work in our world.
The Reformation is about that focus on an active God on the world. Whenever we drift from that active God, that Creating, Redeeming and Sustaining God we drift from the Reformation. But when we are open to God's calling in our lives, to the redeeming work of Christ we are continuing on that important work of the Reformation and allowing God to live through us in the world.
Prayer Requests: Dave F, Betty J, Shirley P., Leah, Don + Lois T., Steven, Glen and Jill, Karen, Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Rev. Maggie, Marie and Jake, Jane, Dan, Noel, St. Mark's Lutheran, St. Paul Lutheran, Pastor Fred, Danielle, Grayson and all those preparing for baptism or recently baptized, 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 Widow's Might. For our fall stewardship campaign we are going to be looking at the Widow's Might (Mark 4:41-44). As we begin to prepare for planning for 2016 it is important that we are squarely focused on who we are and where would energy is being focused. We will be gathering for a Sunday conversation (October 18, 25, November 1) around spiritual formation before the culminating Sunday, November 8th. Keep an eye on your mailbox and church announcements for further information. This Sunday will be the first of our after church conversations about the Widow's Might, so plan on joining us.
- Available this week are our Table Top Talk materials. These are designed to be taken home for dinner conversation. Most of what we learn about faith occurs at home, that is the place where we see faith in action and we hear the conversations that help to continue our growth as disciples. These materials are meant to be conversation starters over dinner, in the car or around the table. They will be available each week at church and also on the recourses tab of our website.
- 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.
- Summer maybe ending but this is a great time of the year to start getting more active and enjoy the beautiful weather we are having. 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.
- 5th Sunday ingathering of canned goods is right around the corner again. Our next ingathering will be, November 29th! This month we will be supporting a local food bank. So bring in those canned goods!
*NEW * 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?
*NEW *Sunday November 1st is All Saints Day. This is a day that we remember that great cloud of witness that surrounds us, those that have gone before us in the faith, stretching around the globe and through the centuries. We will be remembering those that have died over the past year this Sunday. If there is anyone that you would like to us remember in our prayers that have died in the past year please let the office know so we can include them in our great cloud of witnesses.
- There might be a few big developments over the next few months here at Holy Trinity so be sure to keep your eyes peeled and ears open.
-There are many ways to connect and engage with Holy Trinity Lutheran.
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Pastor Andrew's Schedule Oct. 26-30
Monday- On Call if needed
Tuesday- Around the church in the morning and afternoon.
Wednesday- Around the church
Thursday-On call if needed during the day
Friday- On call if needed, sermon prep
Blessings Pastor Andrew