Welcome to Volume 2 Number 22 of this E-Newsletter.
In our last E-Newsletter I began recapping what went down at Synod Assembly a few weeks ago in Eugene. Tom and I traveled down and spent the weekend in prayer, conversation, worship and fellowship. We discussed formally and informally about every topic under the sun, we followed the Holy Spirits guide in adopting new paths and directions for the Church. In this space last week I spent some time speaking about the first resolution we passed concerning Global Climate Change, this week I will tackle resolution two.
The ELCA has made some major strides in becoming a welcoming and inclusive church over the years. It has not always gone smoothly and there have been bumps along the way, but the church is moving towards a place of much greater acceptance of all people, especially those from the LGBTQIA community. In many congregations across the country members of the LGBTQIA community are also leaders in the church in both lay and ordained roles. In the not so recent past leadership roles and responsibilities and even membership was not made available to all sexual orientations. Resolution two at Synod Assembly sought to include more voices from that community in voting roles.
For voting purposes at Synod Assemblies congregation can bring a delegated number of members based on their congregation size. Over the course of the last decade many Synods including the Oregon Synod have created extra voting member at Synod Assembly for congregations bringing members that fall into the Youth/Young Adult category (under 30) and for congregations bringing a member whose primary language is something other than English. We were voting on doing the same for congregations bringing a member from the LGBTQIA community.
One of the idea behind passing resoluations like these is to bring more voices to the table. Part of being a church born out of the Reformation is that we are still constantly reforming. We are still seeking out those places where we havn't followed the Spirits call and we work to find ways to correct our course. We have over the years denied people at the table, denied people from the conversation and from voting. The Church has not made room for Youth and Youth adults, for people whose language is something other than English and people from the LGBTQIA community. So this resolution is bringing more people to the table and to be a part of the conversation, especially those people the church denied.
Prayer Requests: 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, 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.
Looking for childcare or know anyone who is? I have recently become acquainted with a young woman who is moving to Portland this fall. Kara Bonn is moving to Portland to continue her education in the Montessori System, she sounds like a wonderful young woman with some amazing references. While in school she is interested in working with children and families, so if you know anyone looking for some childcare assistance contact the church office.
New Members Sunday is schedule in June! If you have been thinking about joining Holy Trinity now is your time. We are going to be receiving new members twice this year once in June and another time in the fall. If you are interested in joining, talk to Pastor Andrew. Leading up to that Sunday we will have a Lutheran Refresher course that will be occurring during our coffee hour.
Lutheranism 101 courses coming in June. If you are new or think that it's time for a refresher there will be a Lutheranism class going on during coffee hour in June. Feel free to drop it and join the discussion.
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.
*New *June 12th is going to be our Annual Church Picnic. We are going to be worshiping outside in the parking lot and then having some fellowship outside. There is a signup in the fellowship room to volunteer something to bring.
Thank You to everyone who helped support the work of Camp Lutherwood. We gathered Legos for the entire month of May for their summer camp program. It was a huge success and we will not be moving onto our Lutheran World Relief health kits.
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.
*This Saturday! *Mark your calendars for the Woodstock Annual Clean-Up Day. The 6th Annual Woodstock Clean-Up has been scheduled for Saturday, June 4th. This is the day before the opening of the 2016 Woodstock Farmer's Market. A fun-filled weekend for all! Registration is at 9 a.m. at the Woodstock Community Center. 5905 SE 43rd Ave. There is sign-up for cleaning teams. We have sponsors that supply morning snacks and we have a volunteer lunch at noon.
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 June 28th for our next Sunday School.
We have dates set for Sunday School for the rest of the year. So mark your calendars for June 28, July 10, Aug 7, Sept 18, Oct 9, Nov 20 and Dec 11. Look for a flyer coming soon to share with your family and friends!
July 11-15 will be the Community Vacation Bible School at Holy Family. Folks from Holy Family, Moreland Presbertyian St. Ignatius and Holy Trinity will be coming together to do VBS together. If you have any kids in your like make sure to invite them. There are flyers and registration info in the Office. If you would like to volunteer and help out let Pastor Andrew know.
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.
Spring 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 6/6-6/10
Monday- On call if needed
Tuesday- around the office or SE, preaching group at 12
Wednesday- around church or in SE
Thursday- around church or SE
Friday- On call if needed, sermon prep
Blessings Pastor Andrew