Welcome to Volume 2 Number 34 of this E-Newsletter. Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
There are a few new announcements this week. We are getting ready to kick off our fall here at Holy Trinity and I wanted to spend a few moments just highlighting two of the events this fall. The first is our What's Going On gathering.
In the past we have gathered out in the community have a meal together and chat about our faith and what is going on in the life of the community. We are going to be getting back into the swing of those gatherings and at them discussing current events in our community, country and world. There are monumental and life changing events that are happening in our world every day and if we don't take time to discuss them together in a community then we risk having them just become white-washed noise. Our faith is not something we use just one day a week but is something that we live each and every day of our lives and it is important for us to be engaged with our world and faith.
Secondly, we are going to be having a monthly dinner and worship together. Many accounts of the early church are about gathering around food and meals. This was the true sign of community and hospitality, the center of the gathering was the meal. So we are going to be engaging with that practice as well. We will have a meal provided at the church and everyone is welcome to come and join us. We will be having that time to converse with one another and then gather for worship afterwards.
More details about both events are below.
Prayer Requests: The family and friends of Pastor Fred, Betty J, 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.
New- What's Going On- Join us on Wednesday September 7th at Shut Up and Eat (SE 39th and Gladstone) at 6pm for our monthly discussion group. We will be chatting each month about current events and issues currently in the news. This month we will be talking about the US Department of Justice's move to eliminate the use of Private Prisons. We will be using an article from the Atlantic (http://www.theatlantic.com/ politics/archive/2016/08/end-of-private-prison-contracts- with-federal-government/496469/) as our primer, with an additional deep dive article on "The Black Family in an Age of Mass Incarceration http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/10/the-black-family-in-the-age-of-mass-incarceration/403246/". If you don't have the time to read the articles do not worries all are welcome at the conversation.
New- Holy Trinity Supper Club- Once a month starting on Septeber 11th 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.
*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.
We are so close to finishing up our Lutheran World Relief Health Care Kits. We just need a few more items and then we can package them up and send them off. We still need. -Light or Medium weight bath size towel (20" x 40" to 52" x 27") dark color. -2 bath size bars (4 to 5 oz) of soap, any brand, in original wrapping.
New- God's Work our Hands Sunday-Each Year Lutheran Church's partner together for a day of service in our local contexts. We will be participating in God's Work our Hands on September 18th. We will be gathering during fellowship time to assemble our Lutheran World Relief Health Care Kits. We have been gathering the items all summer and we will be assembling so we can take them over to St. Andrew's in Beaverton to be shipped out.
*New- *St. Mark's Annual Rummage Sale! The sale will be Saturday September. 17th from 9am-4pm and they are accepting donations, contact their church office for more details.
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.
*New- 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 Sept. 18 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 Sept 18, Oct 9, Nov 20 and Dec 11. Look for a flyer coming soon to share with your family and friends!
Summer 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.
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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Pastor Andrew's schedule for 8/29-9/2
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