Welcome to Volume 2 Number 11 of this E-Newsletter.
This coming Sunday is Palm/Passion Sunday. It is the beginning of Holy Week, those powerful days leading up to Jesus' death, burial and resurrection. So what is this day all about? It is easy to travel through this week as any other week, but to enter into this week and to engage with the narrative is no small task. But it is what we are called to.
The Passion Sunday starts on such a high as on that day back in Jerusalem. We gather and begin in the same way those did on that day when Jesus entered into Jerusalem. But it does not remain that way. We engage with the narrative of the week, as we move with the story to that upper room, to the garden, to the trial and finally to the cross.
We have been preparing throughout all of Lent for this week. We have been doing the challenging work of truly evaluating our relationships with God, community, one another and the world. This week is when the rubber meets the road as they say, it is when it all becomes real. This is the passion of Christ, the lamb who takes away the sin of the world. For me and for you.
Prayer Requests: The friends and family of Frances Weston, Betty J, Shirley P., Andrea, Don T., Leah, Steven, Glen and Jill, Karen, Dorothy F, Pastor Janell, Rev. Maggie, Pastor Fred, Sherry S., Marlyn K., Clark, Jade, Theresa, Jane, Don, 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.
-Join us for our Burger Theology on March 23rd at 6pm at Dick's Primal Burger. This is not a hard hitting conversation about the religious implications of eating meat but rather a time to come together to talk about faith, relationships life and the world.
-Discipleship 2016! April is a month for fellowship, so we will be organizing a fellowship event around the Installation of Andrew and the Church Council on April 10th.
*New *Did you say Installation? Yes, the Assistant to the Bishop Susan Kitner will be joining us on April 10th for the instillation of Andrew and the Church Council.
*New- *Holy Week Schedule. Wednesday- Burger Theology 6pn Dick's Primal Burger Friday- Cross Walk in Cully. Meet at noon at Luther Memorial Church Friday- Evening worship at Holy Trinity 6:30pm Sunday- Worship at 9:30 and Breakfast afterwards
-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! There will be a donation list published shortly! 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
-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. Our session this week is postponed and we will make it up in April.
-Let's check our calendars to get two events scheduled. The first is a spring clean up day and the second is a date over the summer to get a crew together to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity here in Portland.
-Music opportunities at Concordia University. All concerts are free! -Spring Concert- Sunday, April 24 at 3pm at St. Michael's Lutheran Church.
-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.
-Winter is here, but when did some bad/cold weather slow us down. 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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Pastor Andrew's schedule for 3/21-3/25
Monday- on call if needed.
Tuesday- at Preaching group at noon.
Wednesday- Around church in the morning, Lunch meeting then afternoon at church. Evening Bible Study.
Thursday- Around church during the day.
Friday- Noon Cross Walk in Cully, evening worship at Holy Trinity.
Blessings Pastor Andrew