Welcome to Volume 2 Number 26 of this E-Newsletter.
After a couple weeks away from breaking down what happen at Synod Assembly in Eugene we are now back to our somewhat regularly scheduled program. In weeks past we had been discussing the resolutions passed at the Assembly in Eugene that Tom and I attended. We had already discussed resolutions concerning Environmental responsibility, Universal Health Care and the LGBTQIA voting members. Now we are moving along to making the Oregon Synod a Sanctuary Synod.
This idea of being a Sanctuary is not just referring to the church building but the way in-which the church is a safe haven for those most vulnerable. We understand our calling to the world in service to the little, least, and lost of the world. We realize that God has a preference for the oppressed of the world and that the Good News is Good News for all especially the most needy. You don't need to look too far in our national conversation to hear hate and fear-mongering speech about our brothers and sister who are immigrants to our country. So we the church understand that our work should be directed to those in harms way.
Lutherans have been working in the resettlement of immigrants for more than 75 years and most Lutherans were once immigrants to this country as well (that's not just a Lutheran thing but unless you have a Native American family tree we were all once immigrants). Many people live in fear and in the shadows in our country with mixed documentation while still contributing far more to their communities than they receive. We understand Jesus was an immigrant when his family fled to Egypt and that we all have this in common.
So what does this Sanctuary Synod mean? It is a calling for churches to be prepared to protect refugee and undocumented sisters and brothers from illegal arrest, persecution and violence. We are being called to help people and families stay together and navigate the legal processes to gain legal citizenship. We are also calling the entire church to be a Sanctuary for those most vulnerable.
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., Clark, Jade, Theresa, Jane, Don, Rheasa (Re-A-Sa) and Caleb, Diane, Patty and Berry, Sigmund, John, Keith D, Oscar, Otto, Nichole, 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.
Looking for childcare or know anyone who is? 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. While in school she is interested in working with children and families, so if you know anyone looking for some childcare assistance contact the church office.
*New *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 are getting organized around a few Habitat for Humanity builds for the fall so keep an eye out for dates soon.
New Members Sunday is schedule for July 10th! If you have been thinking about joining Holy Trinity now is your time. We are going to be receiving new members twice this year once in June and another time in the fall. If you are interested in joining, talk to Pastor Andrew. Leading up to that Sunday we will have a Lutheran Refresher course that will be occurring during our coffee hour.
Lutheranism 101 courses coming in June. If you are new or think that it's time for a refresher there will be a Lutheranism class going on during coffee hour in June. Feel free to drop it and join the discussion.
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.
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 and the corresponding weeks to bring them into Church. -Light or Medium weight bath size towel (20" x 40" to 52" x 27") dark color. June 5 and 12 -2 bath size bars (4 to 5 oz) of soap, any brand, in original wrapping. July 17, 24, 31. -1 *Sturdy *comb, remove packaging. June 19 and 26. -1 metal nail clippers, remove packaging July 3 and 10.
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 June 28th for our next Sunday School.
We have dates set for Sunday School for the rest of the year. So mark your calendars for June 28, 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!
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. There are flyers and registration info in the Office. 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.
-There are many ways to connect and engage with Holy Trinity Lutheran.
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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 schedule for 7/4-8
*Andrew out of town evening of July 1-4
Monday- 4th of July Office Closed
Tuesday- around the office or SE, preaching group at 12
Wednesday- around church or in SE
Thursday- around church or SE
Friday- On call if needed
Blessings Pastor Andrew