Welcome to Volume 2 Number 16 of this E-Newsletter.
This coming Sunday we have one of the readings that jumps off the page from the Book of Acts. It is the story of Peter on the roof of Cornelius's house praying. Interrupting his prays are a vision of this sheet coming down from heaven with all types of animals on it. Peter is called to kill and eat, however he protests because the food is unclean. However, the call from God continues to tell him to not declare unclean what God has made clean.
This is a very significant moment in the Gospel coming to the Gentiles. No longer is there this division made between what is clean and unclean when it comes to food. However it extends farther than that, it is not just food but for all of humanity. No longer is Gentile or the other unclear but all have been redeemed and this Good News is for all.
A colleague the other day poised this thought that I had not considered before. In the early days of the church, the one we see in the Book of Acts. There are people like Peter who make it possible for the Gospel to be spread to new corners of the earth. This includes what we now know of today as Europe, Africa, and Asia. Without this radical inclusion of Gentiles and others the Good News would not have reached the World.
For many of us we claim our ancestry as European or Algo-Saxon, so with Peter's inclusion of Gentile we are a part of the faith. The question then I am left with is who are we not including today and deeming unclean?
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.
-Portland Chamber Music is coming to Holy Trinity. On April 30th we are happy to be hosting a concert by this amazing group. The concert is at 7pm. The group travels around the greater Portland area bringing music to communities. They will be hosting a free concert that will be both entertaining and informative so be sure to join us!
-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 so look for a sign-up sheet around church.
-In just a few short weeks Tom F and I will be traveling down to Eugene for the Oregon Synod Assembly. We will be meeting and conversing with our brothers and sisters across the state in matter of the church. Joining us to lead worship that Sunday will be Rev. Doug Ketel so we will give him a big welcome along with his wife Betty.
-Church Clean-Up. Mark your calendars for May 7th. We will be gathering somewhere around 9am here at Church to shake the dust off, do some yard-work and get organized around the church. Be sure to join us if you can!
-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.
-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.
-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 4/25-4/29
Monday- On call if needed
Tuesday- around the office or SE, preaching group at 12
Wednesday- Around the Office or Se
Thursday-Around the Office or in SE
Friday- Synod Assembly in Eugene Oregon
Blessings Pastor Andrew