Holy Trinity E-Newsletter V2 #19 5/11/16

Welcome to Volume 2 Number 19 of this E-Newsletter.

This Summer not one but two major Protestant Gatherings are occurring here in Portland. These are gathering much bigger and grander than the Synod Assembly that Tom and I attended in Eugene just last week. Currently happening down at the Convention Center is the General Conference of the United Methodist Church and later this summer the Presbyterian Church of the United States is gathering in Portland as well.

The current United Methodist gathering is significant for a number of reasons but most importunity this isn't just a local US gathering of Methodist. The United Methodist Church is an international body, so there are delegates from around the world, it is truly a global church. Colleen, Elijah and I just spent some time at their gathering and it was an international affair. It was incredible to see the church is such a wide array of diversity.

This is also going to be a rather challenging Assembly for the United Methodist Church because they are tackling the very important conversation about Gender and Sexuality. The ELCA had a difficult time with this conversation in the late '00s and this is shaping up to be rather challenging for the United Methodist Church as well. Part of the challenge lies in the conversation between the various delegates, as I said above not all are from the United States so they are bringing their cultures and contexts from around the world to the conversation. This will not be easy work that they are doing but it is fruitful work and is work that is being faithful to the Gospel.

Later this Summer the PCUSA will be gathering in Portland as well. At the present time I do not know much about that gathering or what is on the docket for their time together. However, I do know that they will be talking part in a series of conversations around the city about what ministry looks like in local contexts.

As these gathering are occurring right here in our backyard there are a number of things we can do to support the Assemblies. We most certainly should and will be lifting them up in prayer during their time here. If you are interested in attending to checking out their gatherings they are usually open to the public to sit and observe. You could also check in with local churches, see where the conversation is taking various communities and join into the work of the Spirit. There are many more ways to work and support these groups so let is keep our ears, eyes and hearts open to how we can support our brothers and sisters in Christ.

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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.

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Announcements:

*This Sunday *In May we are going to be exploring worship once again in our Year of Discipleship. We are going to be venturing over to Augustana Lutheran for their Jazz Vespers service this Sunday May 15th at 6pm.

Thanks to everyone who helped with the Church Clean-Up. The place looks amazing!

*New *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.

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. -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

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.

*This Sunday *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 May 15th for our next Sunday School.

*New *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!

*New *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. We will have flyers at the Church in the coming weeks. 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 5/16-20

Monday- Working remotely, on call if needed.

Tuesday- around the office or SE, preaching group at 12

Wednesday- out of town

Thursday- out of town

Friday- out of town

Blessings