Grace, Mercy and Peace to you, Welcome to Volume 37 of this E-Newsletter.
This past Sunday, a few of us from Holy Trinity participated in God's Work Our Hand's Sunday. This is a somewhat new initiative from the ELCA to get all ELCA congregation out in the community, serving on the same day. The date for the event this year was the same as the most beautiful baby shower that has ever been thrown. So we participated the week after.
We participated with Potluck in the Park. Which is a group that has been serving free meals every Sunday since 1991! Let that sink in for a minute, 52 weeks a year for 24 years. On Sunday they told us that they feed approx, 36,000 people a year, that is almost 700 people a week. Just let those numbers sink in for a moment.
If your news cycle is anything like mine, you feel that it is a constant bombardment of negative news. There are plenty of times when I find myself like the prophets looking to the sky calling for God to intervene. But God is intervening and is active and at work in the world and we need to look no farther than groups like Potluck in the Park. When all we see and hear is negative it is hard to break out of the cycle, but if we just open our eyes we can look all around and see the work of God in the world around us. It is in groups like Potluck in the Park, in the helping hand from a stranger, the smile of a child or the voting of the Seattle City Council ending youth incarceration, ending the school-to-prision pipeline.
Prayer Requests: Betty J, Shirley P., Leah, Don + Lois T., Steven, Taylen B., 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, 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.
-Thank you to everyone who participated in God's Work Our Hand's Sunday. It was a fantastic day and a great opportunity to give back to the community. We will be planning on volunteering with them again soon!
-*New *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 around spiritual formation before the culminating Sunday, November 8th. Keep an eye on your mailbox and church announcements for further information.
-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.
-*New *Come and hear Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber from House For All Sinner and Saints- ELCA in Denver, Co and bestselling author of *Pastrix: The Crankly, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint *as well as her brand new book called *Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People*. Nadia will be speaking as part of her book tour at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave. in Portland. Everyone (especially Lutherans!) is welcome!
-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.
-Remember at church a few weeks ago when there was a car broken down in our parking lot? That car belonged to Pastor Chris Pruitt. He is a church planter here in Portland, and is in the process of beginning a church in town. The car that was broken down was the car he was using for work and ministry and it broken down for the last time. He is in the process of finding a new car for his work so if you yourself or anyone else is looking to donate a car to his ministry please contact the church office.
-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!
-Thrivant Builds was a great success! Pam and I worked on various projects around the site! Thrivant Financial partners with Habitat for Humanity on their building projects here in Portland. The next build is going to be October 10th and they are looking for volunteers to help. This is a wonderful opportunity to help out the community and dust off those work boots. This will be a joint event between St. Mark's St. Paul and us here at Holy Trinity. Check out the flyers around church and sign up. Keep your eye out for more information or contact Pastor Andrew for more information. You can signup online at http://vhub.at/thriventfinancial
-Check out out new calendar on our website www.htlcpdx.com http://www.htlcpdx.com/ for the most updated events around the church and community.
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Pastor Andrew's Schedule Sept 28- Oct. 2
*Now that we are close to Colleen's due date my schedule my change without much notice.
Monday- On Call if needed
Tuesday- Pastors preaching group in the am and around the church in the pm.
Wednesday- Around the church
Thursday- On call if needed in the morning and afternoon
Friday- On call if needed, sermon prep
Blessings Pastor Andrew