Grace, Mercy and Peace to you, Welcome to Volume 39 of this E-Newsletter.
*Let's start real quick with what I assume is the question everyone is asking this week when it comes to the life of Holy Trinity...No Baby Yet.
Now that we have that out of the way let's dive into our newsletter for this week. I am not sure about you but I am still shaken by the shooting in Roseburg this past week. It is scary that as a society we have almost become numb to events like these. I am almost ashamed to say that if it wasn't for this shooting being in Oregon, I am not sure what my engagement would be. However, once again we are dropped into a community where a tragedy has occurred and we are left with pain, questions and fear.
The last song that I heard on the radio this morning before leaving the house grabbed me today. It was a cover of the classic cover by the Byrds of the Pete Seeger song "Turn, Turn, Turn", you know the one, "To everything, turn turn turn, there is a season turn, turn turn." Which in itself is a famous cover in a way of the Book of Ecclesiastes. It is a meditation on the seasons and cycles of life, stating that everything has a season and a purpose over the course of our lives. On a personal level am not so sure about this "Time to kill...a time to hate, a time for war." But for me, the line a time for action stood out for me today.
I believe that as believers we are called to lives of action for the sake of the Gospel. Sure Lutherans aren't huge on the whole works thing but we are big on the response of faith, how we live our lives in response to the gospel, how we follow Jesus, our discipleship and the cost of that discipleship. We have been sitting back and to the sidelines for too long now as a church and it is time to get active and motivated.
Prayer is good and a great place to start, if you don't know what to do in your life at any point, prayer is always a good place to start. But it goes farther than that, there is more that we can do. If you are the volunteering type volunteer (food banks, community shelters, food closets, local elementary schools, crisis hotlines, youth centers, mental health centers), if you are the activism type (write your local leaders, call your congressional representatives, organize petitions, attend city council meetings), if you can donate, food, clothes, blood, time, money whatever you have. Our lives are a season and this is the time to not sit back but to be disciples of Christ in the World.
Prayer Requests: 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, 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.
- 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.
- Come and hear Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber from House For All Sinner and Saints- ELCA in Denver, Co and bestselling author of *Pastrix: The Crankly, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint *as well as her brand new book called *Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People*. Nadia will be speaking as part of her book tour at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave. in Portland October 23h at 7pm. Everyone (especially Lutherans!) is welcome!
- 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.
- *NEW *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.
- Remember at church a few weeks ago when there was a car broken down in our parking lot? That car belonged to Pastor Chris Pruitt. He is a church planter here in Portland, and is in the process of beginning a church in town. The car that was broken down was the car he was using for work and ministry and it broken down for the last time. He is in the process of finding a new car for his work so if you yourself or anyone else is looking to donate a car to his ministry please contact the church office.
- 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!
- Thrivant Builds was a great success! Pam and I worked on various projects around the site! Thrivant Financial partners with Habitat for Humanity on their building projects here in Portland. The next build is going to be October 10th and they are looking for volunteers to help. This is a wonderful opportunity to help out the community and dust off those work boots. This will be a joint event between St. Mark's St. Paul and us here at Holy Trinity. Check out the flyers around church and sign up. Keep your eye out for more information or contact Pastor Andrew for more information. You can signup online at http://vhub.at/thriventfinancial
- 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 Oct. 12-16
*Now that we are close to Colleen's due date my schedule my change without much notice.
Monday- On Call if needed
Tuesday- Pastors preaching group in the am and around the church in the pm.
Wednesday- Around the church
Thursday-On call if needed during the day. Church council in the pm.
Friday- On call if needed, sermon prep
Blessings Pastor Andrew