Welcome to Volume 2 Number 40 of this E-Newsletter. Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
I had the privilege today to go back to College with Sieglinda and it was an eye opening experience. The two of us sat in on a Humanities lecture today with some college freshman (and boy were they young, if you want to feel old just remember that college freshman this year were born in 1998). Freshman at Reed are required to that a Humanities course which serves as a foundation building block for the rest of their studies at Reed. Today's lecture was on the book of Job in the Hebrew Scriptures and how the rhetorical questions serve to help us understand our human experience especially around human suffering.
Sieglinda informed me before we went that this was going to be a very academic lecture and not theological at all, and she was correct that it was very academic. However, as people of faith everything impacts and influences our theology and faith. So even in an academic lecture there were heavy doses of theology. The idea behind this course is a laying of framework of human thought and beliefs around the human experience. The book of Job tears away the notion that good things happen to people that follow the rules and calls us into the question of theodicy (the question of why do good things happen to bad people). The way in-which the book of Job does this is through the rhetorical question, we are asked these questions that don't have a clear answer but instead serve to provoke further thought and question.
Our understanding of faith is one that contains truths but also one that begs and ask questions of ourselves and our world. I would be hesitant of any question of faith, God or the world that has a clear cut answer. Instead we get wrapped up in the world, in the realities of the human experience and we find ourselves asking questions like Job and pushing back against the status quo that the world offers us. The truths that we do live into are ones that remind us of God's love for us, that reminds us of Christ's saving act on the cross and ones that give us the strength to know that God is with us even to the ends of the world.
Prayer Requests: 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.
What's Going On- Join us on Wednesday October 26th 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 #Standingrock https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/standingrock and the protest by The Standing Rock Sioux tribe of the Dakota Access Pipeline. We will be using an article from the Atlantic (http://www.theatlantic.com/sc ience/archive/2016/09/the-obama-administration-temporarily-blocks-the-dakot a-access-pipeline/499454/) If you don't have the time to read the articles do not worries all are welcome at the conversation.
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 there is a sign up sheet in the fellowship room 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.
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 now! 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.
-There are many ways to connect and engage with Holy Trinity Lutheran.
Find us on Facebook: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Portland
Spread the word on Yelp http://www.yelp.com/biz/holy-trinity-lutheran-church-portland
Join us for devotions on Instagram: HTLCPDX
Follow us on Twitter @HTLCPDX
If you are interested in my occasional musing on my blog you can find it here http://spoileralertimnotagoodwriter.blogspot.com
Keep an eye on our webpage http://www.htlcpdx.com/ for more updates as well.
Pastor Andrew's will be available by email or phone only during the coming week.
Blessings Pastor Andrew