Welcome to Volume 2 Number 20 of this E-Newsletter.
For those of us here in Oregon today is a big day. It is finally Primary Day! It seems like we have been sitting on the sidelines for weeks now, observing other states head to the polls and fill out their ballots. For the first time in a number of years the Primary in Oregon still somewhat matters to the national conversation. Even though we do Ballot by mail and most people have long since mailed their ballots in, today is an exciting day.
I have always enjoyed keeping tabs on the election cycle, it becomes challenging living in the 24 hour news cycle to figure what is actual news and what is click-bait or new for news sake. However, being informed and active is one of the may ways in-which we live out our faith. I am a strong believe in the separate of Church and State. There is no place for the State to give privilege or special dispensation to any religious organization and on the flip-side I do not believe that any religious organization should be behind or having influence on government
But for us to be practical Christians living out our faith we are called to be active in the political process. The Gospel is something that permeates throughout our entire lives and the way in-which we support our local communities and leaders is a part of that. The calling of Jesus to Love the Lord your God with all your heart mind body and soul and love your neighbor as yourself is a direct call to be active in the world and in working for those little least and lost. The two, for me, go hand in hand. The way in which we live out our faith is in the ways we engage with the world. Voting is a huge part of that.
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., Marlyn K., Clark, Jade, Theresa, Jane, Don, Rheasa and Caleb, Diane, Patty and Berry, Oscar, Otto, Nicole, 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.
*This Sunday *Be sure to welcome The Rev. Ron Werner Jr. to our community here at Holy Trinity. He is bringing us the Good News this Sunday!
Looking for a renter or housemate? 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. She is also willing and interested in working in childcare while here if you know of any families need help in that area. I have attached a pdf containing more about her, feel free to contact me in the office if you need more info.
New 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.
New 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.
In June we will once again be having our Church Picnic, we will be worshiping outside that Sunday if weather permits and then gathering for food and fellowship afterwards. There will be a signup sheet in the fellowship room.
May is the next month where we will have a 5th Sunday In-gathering! We will be donating again to Camp Lutherwood as they get ready for their Summer Camp Season! One thing that they are looking for before camp starts are Legos, not so much the people or the accessories but the blocks! So if you have any kicking around or can purchase some new ones, go for it and drop them by Holy Trinity!
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.
*New *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 12th for our next Sunday School.
We have dates set for Sunday School for the rest of the year. So mark your calendars for June 12, 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 5/23-27
Monday- out of town
Tuesday- around the office or SE, preaching group at 12
Wednesday- around church or SE.
Thursday- around church or SE
Friday- On-call, sermon prep