Welcome to Volume 2 Number 29 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
This coming Sunday, our Gospel reading contains a prayer that you might have heard before. In Luke's Gospel when the disciples ask Jesus how to pray we get, what we now refer to as the Lord's Prayer. It is not a pray like this to unlock the locked secret of God but it is a pray like this to continue to develop your relationship with God. When it comes to prayer we might learn more from Luke's Gospel than any of the others.
In Luke's Gospel prayer is a part of the daily interaction and work of Jesus in his life and ministry. Prayer is woven into Luke's Gospel, constantly we hear Jesus going off to the side for prayer, or praying before taking action, or teaching us to pray. Because prayer is not like santa clause, you dont ask and get everything your heart desires, rather prayer is more about the relationship work than anything. It is more about the conversation and dialogue than a list of demands. Even Jesus demonstrates this relationship by the constant conversation He is in with God.
Prayer helps us to fully or more deeply understand who we are being called to be and where we are being called to go. Last Sunday,s Gospel reading about Mary and Martha we talked about the sin of comparison, how we are not called to fell the need to desire to be like anyone else or to try and emulate another life. Rather, we are called to be the beautiful loved creations that God made us to be. Prayer is just one of the way, maybe the most important way, for us to learn just how to do that and to be the creation that God made and loves.
Prayer Requests: The Family and Friends of Don Draper, Betty J, Shirley P., Andrea, Leah, Steven, Fern, Alice, Glen and Jill, Karen, Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Rev. Maggie, Pastor Fred, Sherry S., Clark, Jade, Theresa, Jane, Don, Rheasa (Re-A-Sa) and Caleb, Diane, Patty and Berry, Sigmund, John, Keith D, Oscar, Otto, Nichole, Sophia, Danielle, Grayson, Elijah. The Mission of Hope, 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.
*Coming Soon *We have two new events on our church calendar to mark on your calendar. More details will be following soon. Wednesday August 31st- Bible Study/Discussion group at Double Mountain (if open if not Shut Up and Eat) 6pm. Sept. 11- Supper Club and Evening Worship. 4:30pm at Church.
If you would like a printed version of our weekend newsletter they can be found on the bulletin board by the bathrooms at church.
Looking for blood donors. There are two opportunities to donate blood coming up at the end of July. July 25-28 there is a drive at PSU and then on July 26-30th there is a drive in North Portland. They are always needing more donors.
If you weren't in Church this past Sunday you missed out on a great chance to meet Kara Bonn, she is new to Portland and is getting settled here in her new home of Portland. She is still looking for any nannying or childcare work if you know of any. If you see her around be sure to say hey and welcome her to town.
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.
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. Contact Pastor Andrew for more info.
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.
July will also be a month with 5 Sundays, so we will be helping to assemble Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief. They have a very specific packing lists so please bring in the items listed below. These are the items that go into each Personal Care Kit and the corresponding weeks to bring them into Church. -Light or Medium weight bath size towel (20" x 40" to 52" x 27") dark color. June 5 and 12 -2 bath size bars (4 to 5 oz) of soap, any brand, in original wrapping. July 17, 24, 31. -1 *Sturdy *comb, remove packaging. June 19 and 26. -1 metal nail clippers, remove packaging July 3 and 10.
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.
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 Aug 7th for our next Sunday School.
We have dates set for Sunday School for the rest of the year. So mark your calendars for Aug 7, Sept 18, Oct 9, Nov 20 and Dec 11. Look for a flyer coming soon to share with your family and friends!
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 every time 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.
Summer is here! 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 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 7/25-29
Tuesday- Morning around church or se/ noon VBS debreif and Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice Lunch
Wednesday- Around church or se afternoon Don Draper Interment at Willimatte National
Thursday- Around church or se
Friday- On-call, sermon prep
Blessings Pastor Andrew