Grace, Mercy and Peace to you, Welcome to Volume 2 Number 3 of this E-Newsletter.
This past Monday was a very important day in the life of our Country. It was the day in which we stopped and remember the life, work, words and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Possibly one of the greatest speaks, civil rights worker, pastor and citizen our country as seen. I consider myself honored to say that soon I will be a Reverend like him.
I have always tried to take time out that day to do something that will honor the work that he was a part of and that we continue to strive for in our country. However, with E being just 3 months on Monday, I was a bit limited to what I could accomplish that day. Which caused me to slow down and just spend time reading out loud Rev. Dr. King's speeches to E. I came across a line that in the past has struck and moved me but this year did like no other.
Rev. Dr. King quotes Isaiah 40 in his famous line from his "I Have a Dream Speech." He says "I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, that the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together." Now, for face value this is a very profound statement from the prophet about the dawning of the Messiah and Rev. Dr. King echoes that same prophetic call to our Nation.
But on a different level or from a different angle this is a calling to something radically different than what I originally presumed. It is not a calling to make the valley like the mountains or to help guide someone through the crooked paths, but rather it is a call to completely alter what is in place. This is not a call to keep the status quo but it is a call to change the current conditions and not just "pull yourself up by your boot straps." This is not a "that's just the way the world is, better learn to deal with it." but it is a calling to change the oppressive, domineering, abusive, racist system and replace them with a new road and new path a new way for all.
If that is the calling of the prophet than we have a lot of work to do. No loner can we just sit back and say we are working with what we have, or making the best of a bad situation, or working with the systems in place, but we are called to drastically alter, change, modify, morph the systems and ways of the world to something totally different.
Prayer Requests: 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, Jane, Don, St. Mark's Lutheran,St. Paul Lutheran, Danielle, Grayson, Elijah 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.
-The HTLC Winter Coat Drive is upon us. Throughout the month of January we will be collecting gently used coats for those in need this winter. Bring in those coats for collection and we will bring them to a clothing closet each week so they can get directly into the hands of those in need. We are up to 37 coats already! Thanks to our building partner Puddletown we got a large donation of children clothing as well!
*New *Once again we will be joining with our Brothers and Sisters at St. Paul and St. Mark's Lutheran for Ash Wednesday. So mark those calendars for February 10th for a Noon service here at Holy Trinity. There will be light refreshments afterwards, if you would like to help please let us know here in the office. Also if you cannot be at Service at noon, you can visit Pastor Andrew at Berkely Park beginning at 7am for Ashes to Go.
-Discipleship 2016! Each month during 2016 we will be encountering new ways to engage our discipleship. Every month we will have a different focus as a congregation, and learn new ways to engage our faith. February will be a month to engage with a new type of service. On February 21st we will be taking part again with Potluck in the Park. Potluck in the Park in an organization that serves free meals in downtown Portland every Sunday, and they have been doing it since 1991. It is a great opportunity to get out in our city and help those that are the dos tin need to get a warm mea. There is a sign up sheet in the fellowship room if you can join us!
-Our Annual Meeting as a Congregation is in a few weeks, so plan on being with us on January 31st.
-Souperbowl Sunday! The real Souperbowl is January 31st this year. This is the date that we are going to be collecting non-perishable food items for the food pantry at St. Mark's Lutheran as a part of Souperbowl Sunday. We have participated over the past few years and it is a great opportunity to give back to those around us. We will be accepting food and monetary donations up through the rest of the month.
-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. So plan on joining us February 14th for our second session!
-Don't call it a comeback...ok call it a comeback because it is coming back! Sunday School that is. With the help of Theresa Davis we will be reigniting our Sunday School Program here at Holy Trinity. We will be beginning in January with a one Sunday a month focus on Christian Education. Our Church in Action Children's Program will be integrated with our Sunday Worship. So plan on joining us January 10th and every second Sunday (unless otherwise stated).
- 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.
- 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.
- Holy Trinity's Little Library- Thanks to Keith our Little Library is now complete. In the coming weeks we will be preparing it to be hung on the fence outside for the community. However, it is currently empty, so help us fill it but leaving a recommendation of books to fill it with. We are looking for books that have had an impact on your faith life. So what book(s) have impacted your faith?
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Pastor Andrew's schedule for 1/25-29
Monday- on call if needed
Tuesday- at Church in the AM, Preaching group at noon, back at Church in the Afternoon Wednesday- Around church all day
Thursday- Around church during the day.
Friday- On call if needed, sermon prep.
Blessings Pastor Andrew