Holy Trinity E-Newsletter V2 #39 9/23

Welcome to Volume 2 Number 39 of this E-Newsletter. Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.

So there are just some weeks where you are sick and get very little done...and that is ok. There is some need today for some direct action so below is info from Katy Rustvold on behalf of the community of Oak Leaf Mobile Home Park in Cully.

Cully Neighbors, this is urgent!! Oak Leaf Mobile Home residents need your help TODAY to save their homes! In June, Commissioner Saltzman promised to help the Oak Leaf mobile home residents purchase their land for an affordable housing coorperative. Now he is breaking his promise.

Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman is breaking his promise to help Oak Leaf Mobile Home Park residents save their homes and establish Portland's first affordable housing cooperative. Residents received this news with only days remaining before the September 30 deadline to buy the park from their landlord.

Now Saltzman says, he will only provide funding to a third-party non-profit, if one can be found, that would buy the Oak Leaf and run it as a rental property. He has rejected the resident's offers to compromise.

If Saltzman's new plan goes forward, the current homes would be confiscated and residents who own their own homes would become renters in replacement homes owned by a new landlord. The resident's dream of self-determination and cooperative ownership would vanish into thin air.

  1. Please Call Commissioner Dan Saltzman NOW at 503-823-4151 and/or email: dan@portlandoregon.gov and tell him: "Commissioner Saltzman: Keep your promise to the Oak Leaf residents."

  2. Come to City Hall Today to rally in support of the Oak Leaf residents. 1 pm at City Hall: 1221 SW 4th Ave. Friday, September 23.

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Prayer Requests: The family and friends of Pastor Fred, The family and friends of Betty Johnson, Shirley P., Andrea, Fern, Alice, Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Rev. Maggie, Sherry S., Jane, Don, Rheasa (Re-A-Sa) and Caleb, Patty and Berry, Wyatt, Oscar, Otto, Leah, Nichole, Sophia, Danielle, Grayson, Elijah, 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.

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Announcements:

What's Going On- Join us on Wednesday October 12th at Shut Up and Eat (SE 39th and Gladstone) at 6pm for our monthly discussion group. We don't have a topic yet so if there is something you would like to discuss contact the church office. If you don't have the time to read the articles do not worries all are welcome at the conversation. *Next Date October 12th Topic TBD. *

Holy Trinity Supper Club- Thanks to everyone who attended our first Supper Club. Once a month we will be hosting an evening meal and worship here at Holy Trinity. We will be gathering around 4:30 at the church for dinner and conversation together followed by a short informal worship service. All are welcome and come hungry. Next Date TBD

*Sign-Up Now *Thrivant and Habitat have come together for some Habitat for Humanity build days this fall. So mark your calendars for October 29th, Nov. 10th and 19th to get your hands dirty and work on some houses. Kim Ierien is bringing a group from her work on Nov. 10th if you want to join her. The builds are happening at their Helensview site in Cully. Contact Pastor Andrew for more info or sign up at http://vhub.at/thriventfallbuilds.

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.

Thanks to all who participated in God's Work our Hands Sunday-Each Year Lutheran Church's partner together for a day of service in our local contexts. We put together 30 kits which is up from our original goal of 20. We have been gathering the items all summer and We will now be taking them over to St. Andrew's in Beaverton to be shipped out.

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.

*WELCA Retreat- *The Woman of the ELCA (WELCA) are gathering for their 6th Annual Convention October 7-8 in Bend Oregon. If you are interested in attending as a representative from Holy Trinity please chat with Pastor Andrew for more details.

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 Oct. 9th for our next Sunday School.

If you would like a printed version of our weekend newsletter they can be found on the bulletin board by the bathrooms at church.

There are some Lutheran community organizers looking to get to know SE Portland and do some work around concerns in the community. If you are interested in the future of our corner of Portland and want to chat with them they would love to hear about your passions and desires for Portland. Let Andrew know if you are interested in chatting with them.

We have dates set for Sunday School for the rest of the year. So mark your calendars for Oct 9, Nov 20 and Dec 11. Look for a flyer coming soon to share with your family and friends!

Fall is coming! 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.

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.

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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Keep an eye on our webpage http://www.htlcpdx.com/ for more updates as well.

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Pastor Andrew's schedule for 9/26-30

Monday- on-call if needed

Tuesday- around Church or Se Portland noon Preaching Group

Wednesday- Around church or Se Portland

Thursday- Around Church or SE Portland

Friday- Sermon Prep, on-call if needed.

Blessings Pastor Andrew