Welcome to Volume 2 Number 13 of this E-Newsletter.
Ahhhhh isn't it great to have Holy Week done, and Easter taken care of! If you are anything like me you are still riding the high from a fantastic Easter Celebration. So not we can sit back and rest on our laurels right?
Nope, nope and nope. The story of Easter the life of Resurrection doesn't end on Easter! It continues on and the story must still be told. That is a part of the witness that we are called to share and be a part of. The woman left the empty tomb to tell people, the disciples ran to check out the tomb because of that witness! We too are a part of that same "come and see" Gospel.
This week we hear the story of "Doubting" Thomas, I kinda feel like Thomas gets a bad rap but that might be just me. However, we talked about on Sunday this idea of unbelief. That unbelief isn't a belief in nothing but rather a belief in something else, a belief so strong that it is near impossible to believe something on the contrary. I feel that Thomas was a lot like you and I, that he knew the reality of death so well that the idea of life was too good to be true. But yet that is the Good News that Jesus trampled death and that through Him there is life!
That is Good News to share with the world!
Prayer Requests: The friends and family of Frances Weston, 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, 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.
-Discipleship 2016! April is a month for fellowship, so we will be organizing a fellowship event around the Installation of Andrew and the Church Council on April 10th.
Did you say Installation? Yes, the Assistant to the Bishop Susan Kitner will be joining us on April 10th for the instillation of Andrew and the Church Council.
*New- *Portland Chamber Music is coming to Holy Trinity. On April 30th we are happy to be hosting a concert by this amazing group. They travel around the greater Portland area bringing music to communities. They will be hosting a free concert that will be both entertaining and informative so be sure to join us!
-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! There will be a donation list published shortly! 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. -Light or Medium weight bath size towel (20" x 40" to 52" x 27") dark color -2 bath size bards (4 to 5 oz) of soap, any brand, in original wrapping -1 adult size toothbrush in original packaging or in sealed business size envelope (no ziplock or plackwrap) -1 *Sturdy *comb, remove packaging -1 metal nail clippers, remove packaging
-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 Sunday for our next Sunday School.
-Music opportunities at Concordia University. All concerts are free! -Spring Concert- Sunday, April 24 at 3pm at St. Michael's Lutheran Church.
-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.
-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 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.
-There are many ways to connect and engage with Holy Trinity Lutheran.
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Pastor Andrew's schedule for 4/4-4/8
Monday- On call if needed
Tuesday- around the office at at Preaching group at noon.
Wednesday- Around the Office or in SE
Thursday-Around the Office or in SE church council in PM
Friday- Sermon Prep, on call if needed
Blessings Pastor Andrew