Grace, Mercy and Peace to you, Welcome to Volume 2 Number 6 of this E-Newsletter.
Ever had one of those weeks where you were just a few minutes behind on a fair amount of things? Ya it was kinda one of those weeks. But here we are none the less, for a short meditation and mostly announcements.
I mentioned last Sunday about the call from Pope Francis to give up the indifference to the others this year for Lent. Lent is a time for reconciliation, confession and find ways to deepen our relationship with God. Often people give something up in Lent to help with that process, removing temptation from life to seek a deeper relationship with God.
However, the Pope is on to something, he isn't asking us to give up something like candy, or dessert or alcohol for Lent but rather to change the way in which we posture ourselves to the world. To heed the calling of the Prophets who spoke of that time and time again. That God isn't interested in empty lives, empty sacrifices and religion for show, but rather God is interested in the ways our lives show forth the Gospel and bring all into a deeper relationship with one another but more importantly God.
It is something for us to consider this Lent and the whole year long. If you would like to read the Pope's statement you can here http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/lent/documents/papa-francesco_20141004_messaggio-quaresima2015.html .
*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.
-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 Dick's Primal Burger on Woodstock, 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 the dos tin need to get a warm meal. There is a sign up sheet in the fellowship room if you can join us!
-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! *That's this Sunday!*
-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 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.
-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 2/15-19
Monday- on call if needed, OLYO meeting midday.
Tuesday- at Church in the AM, Preaching group at noon.
Wednesday- Around church in the morning, Small Group dinner at Dick's.
Thursday- Around church during the day. Council at night.
Friday- On call if needed, sermon prep.
Blessings Pastor Andrew