Grace, Mercy and Peace to you, Welcome to Volume 40 of this E-Newsletter.
*Let's start real quick with what I assume is the question everyone is asking this week when it comes to the life of Holy Trinity...No Baby Yet.
This Sunday we have been asked to join with churches of all shapes and sizes to celebrate Bread for the World Sunday. Bread for the World was founded in 1972 to help organized citizens to begin working to ending hunger in the United States and around the world. They are now a nationwide group that has continued to hold fast to their founding to end hunger. They were founded by Arthur Simon, a Lutheran Pastor from just down the road in Eugene Oregon. He is also the brother of the late Democratic Senator Paul Simon (not that Paul Simon but that Paul Simon) from Illinois. The organization is now a lobbying group in Washington D.C. along with working around the world to help eradicate hunger and poverty.
Each and every Sunday we gather and celebrate the Bread of Life Jesus Christ in many expressions, but this Sunday we specifically celebrate Jesus as the Bread of Life. This is an opportunity for us to commit to pray, act, and give for an end to hunger in God's World. We hear in the reading for this Sunday that Jesus did not come to be served but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many. We are called to that same discipleship and that same life of service for others especially those that do not have enough to eat at night.
You might think that this would be something that is not possible in your lifetime but it is exactly the opposite. According to Bread for the World in 1960 1 in 3 people worldwide were hungry and now it is down to 1 in 8 or 9, somewhere around 795 million worldwide. The work that Bread for the World is doing is to help organize one collective voice to end hunger in the world. Hunger is a concern for all of us even here in the US where 1 in 5 children have concerns about where their next meal is going to come from. So what is there to do?
This coming Sunday will be an opportunity to come together to pray for all angles and facets of hunger, hunger awareness and advocacy work, it will be a time to begin to dream and think about ways we can be a part of the collective movement to end hunger worldwide and also a time to give. So join us this Sunday as we commit to seeing hunger end in our lifetime.
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, 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!
- Thanks to Keith for representing HTLC at the last Thrivant Habitat for Humanity build this past Saturday.
- Mark your Calendars 10/18 Bread for the World Sunday, 10/25 Reformation Sunday, 11/1 All Saints Sunday.
- 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.
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Pastor Andrew's Schedule Oct. 19-23
*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 during the day
Friday- On call if needed, sermon prep
Blessings Pastor Andrew