Grace, Mercy and Peace to you, Welcome to Volume 42 of this E-Newsletter.
There are plenty of things that I do not do often enough in my day to day life, or even my week to week life. I should floss more, I should drink more water, I should call my friends and family more, and plenty of other things. One of the things that is near the top of that list is remember and thank God for those that have impacted my faith, especially those that have died. I do not know what my faith would look like if it were not for those saints in my life that showed me and taught me what faith looks like and how to live an active life of faith. I have to wonder where we all would be if it were not for those people in our lives.
This coming Sunday is a day in the church year where we remember those that have gone before us, those in our great cloud of witnesses. Since the earliest centuries the church has set aside a day to remember those saints, that span across the generations and centuries. Set on our own it is challenging to know how to live actives lives of faith, that is why like with all learned behavior we have people that teach us. These lives of faith are not easy and something that seems daunting, but thanks to those saints that have gone before us we know that we are not in this alone.
This coming Sunday at Church we will be remembering those that have gone before us in faith, we will especially remember those that have died in the past year. If there is anyone from your life that you would like us to remember by name please get in contact with me so we can have those names for worship. There will be a time in our prayers where there will be silence where names can be spoken aloud. Finally during communion there will be a small station set up with candles to be lit to remember those that have died as well.
I thank God for those that have impacted and grew my faith, I know that I would not be the person I am today without them and I am sure you would not be the person you are without them either. So let us thank God!
Prayer Requests: Dave F, Betty J, Shirley P., Leah, Don + Lois T., Steven, Glen and Jill, Karen, Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Rev. Maggie, Marie and Jake, Jane, Dan, Noel, St. Mark's Lutheran, St. Paul Lutheran, Pastor Fred, Danielle, Grayson and all those preparing for baptism or recently baptized, 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 Widow's Might. For our fall stewardship campaign we are going to be looking at the Widow's Might (Mark 4:41-44). As we begin to prepare for planning for 2016 it is important that we are squarely focused on who we are and where would energy is being focused. We will be gathering for a Sunday conversation (October 18, 25, November 1) around spiritual formation before the culminating Sunday, November 8th. Keep an eye on your mailbox and church announcements for further information. This Sunday will be the first of our after church conversations about the Widow's Might, so plan on joining us.
- *NEW *Check those calendars because Holy Trinity is looking for a Sunday evening to head up to the Grotto for the Festival of Lights! We have been kicking around two dates, Dec. 6th or 13th. We would gather together for fellowship either at the church or elsewhere before heading to see the lights at the Grotto, so check you calendar, invite your friends and sign up in the fellowship room.
- Available this week are our Table Top Talk materials. These are designed to be taken home for dinner conversation. Most of what we learn about faith occurs at home, that is the place where we see faith in action and we hear the conversations that help to continue our growth as disciples. These materials are meant to be conversation starters over dinner, in the car or around the table. They will be available each week at church and also on the recourses tab of our website.
- 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.
- 5th Sunday ingathering of canned goods is right around the corner again. Our next ingathering will be, November 29th! This month we will be supporting a local food bank. So bring in those canned goods!
- 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?
- Sunday November 1st is All Saints Day. This is a day that we remember that great cloud of witness that surrounds us, those that have gone before us in the faith, stretching around the globe and through the centuries. We will be remembering those that have died over the past year this Sunday. If there is anyone that you would like to us remember in our prayers that have died in the past year please let the office know so we can include them in our great cloud of witnesses.
- There might be a few big developments over the next few months here at Holy Trinity so be sure to keep your eyes peeled and ears open.
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Pastor Andrew's Schedule Nov. 2-6
Monday- On Call if needed
Tuesday- Around the church in the morning and afternoon. Preaching group at noon.
Wednesday- Around the church
Thursday-On call if needed during the day
Friday- On call if needed, sermon prep
Blessings Pastor Andrew