September 2015 Tidings VOLUME 55 NUMBER 9
WE ARE JOYFULLY GATHERED TOGETHER BY GOD’S GRACIOUS LOVE IN JESUS CHRIST TO WORSHIP HIM, TO GROW IN FAITH AND TO PROCLAIM JESUS BY WORD AND SERVICE.
Celebrating Our Story
75 years of Celebrating God’s Story at Trinity Lutheran Church of Vancouver Washington
Join us Sunday, September 27 for our Anniversary Celebration!
At 10:30 am our Sunday service will celebrate the past, present, and future of our church home through music and the spoken Word. After the service we will enjoy a special lunch in our church sanctuary. Be sure to sign up and let us know if you will be joining us so we can plan. Following the meal, the program will include words and memories from former Pastors, staff, etc.
I love to tell the story
I’ll sing this theme in glory
And tell the old, old story
Of Jesus and his love.
Starting September 6th there will be a “Picture Gallery of Memories” in the Narthex. Every-one in the church family is invited to find a picture or more of your special memories during your time here at Trinity…. 75 years or 1 month! Pictures must be labeled with your name, year taken and names of people in the picture.
Still Telling God’s Story, 75 Years Later
“Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things … the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word.” – Hebrews 1:1-3
The center of all we are and believe is what God has done in Jesus for all sinners. Trinity in a 75th year of telling the central truth of reality in our world has been in celebration mode. We have been using the theme “Celebrating God’s Story” all year long as we have taken a narrative journey through the Bible story each Sunday. We have been celebrating the central story of who God is and what God has done, and continues to do for all creation. And our joy of this reality is building.
We have one more big celebration coming up on September 27th. A banquet hall in the sanctuary will be prepared. A fancy meal, a glorious worship, a beautiful program will be combined to do something the people of God like to do—celebrate who we are because of what God has done for us. This will be a fun and fitting way to tell the story of Jesus in a big festive way. Invite your friends and extended family and those in our neighborhood to celebrate with us. It is the perfect occasion to invite your neighbor for worship and a meal.
In our celebrating a glorious past, that Son so familiar to us continues to speak an exciting future into our lives together at Trinity. By our Lord’s powerful word he not only sustains his Ministry of the Word among us, but promises a rich joy-filled future full of opportunities to tell the story of Jesus. Which story of Jesus is your favorite? Or which story in the whole narrative of the Bible do you love to tell when given the chance? No doubt those favorites say a lot about how you see this God of the Bible being a God of love and mercy for all of us. As you come to the 75th celebration, we want to celebrate that Story of God in you. Please share those rich stories that are more than great sports stories in our lifetime, truly “ones for the ages.”
You will be hearing not only of the past faithful sinner/saints of Trinity who have carried on the testimony of Jesus here. You will also be hearing about what God has been leading Trinity to do currently and into this next year. You will be hearing of new partnerships, of a new all church study, of a new theme for next year, and finally some exciting ties to all the great things God has been doing through the people of Trinity pushing us forward to a new future celebration.
Take a moment out to think and pray for all the things coming together for our 75th celebration event. Bring those memories of the past and hopefulness for the future in Jesus as we the people of Trinity Lutheran celebrate our identity and mission in being called the people of God. It is a time to celebrate those gifts of God for the people of God. Faithful is our God. Faithful to bring us out of darkness into his glorious light. We have no one else to thank first but our holy and merciful God.
Still telling the story! That is our theme in glory, to tell the old, old story, of Jesus and his love!
Look forward to seeing you in high celebration mode—for there is a party here on the 27th that is a foretaste of a glorious feast and banquet to come, prepared in heaven for you. In all the smiles of happy people, see our faithful God smiling about a mission ongoing, true, needed, passionately driven, and still moving out in faithful obedience to his powerful word. See you on the 27th.
Christ, our faithful One, leading the celebration of a Gospel for all!
-Pastor Ruth and Pastor Gary
Share’s Summer SLAM Meal Program Addresses Big Need!
Trinity bit off a big bite when it agreed to serve lunches to children five days each week for the full seven-week duration of Share’s program. That effort, under the auspices of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and operated locally by Share, addresses the absence of school meals for needy children during the summer vacation period. Because so many children ride busses to school, Share’s approach is to take the food to locations where the kids can easily and safely go to receive the sack lunches. Lincoln Elementary School staff recommended that Trinity serve the lunches at Brickyard Park, a small neighborhood park on S. Lincoln Avenue between 31st and 32nd Streets. Our worries about Trinity staffing the full schedule soon evaporated as our sign-up sheets quickly filled.
Eight TLC members attended Share’s mandated briefing session, studied for and successfully took the County’s Food Handler exam, and were designated Site Supervisors at Brickyard Park! They were Jacque Bauman, Mike Baylous, Jack Johnson, Diane King, Ruth Larson, Doug Munson, Sue Pechacek and Jim Spence. Let’s give them a hand for their accomplishments!
Serving on the 3-4 person teams were Diane Baylous, Wanda Bringman, Donna Ellingwood, Tammy Eshom, Debbie Huff, Nancy and David Haas, Jill Holm, Marilyn Johnson, Pastor Gary Larson and daughters Gracia and Marta, Shaun McAleer, Michelle McGill, Laurie Mudge, Patricia Running, Sande Spence, and Peggy Winston. Friends who also helped included Julie Scogan, Cheryl Monahan and Sherry Parker.
The USDA program targets children ages 1-18, and lunches have to be eaten on site. After the children are fed, any remaining lunches are available to adults. Most of the lunches were prepared at Covington Middle School and sent to the 21 local sites: all by Share volunteers. Periodically, Share would send bulk food (such as apples) and new children’s books for the children to take home. Trinity purchased and used two 10’x10’ canopies for sun protection—one over the food distribution tables and one over the park’s lone picnic table. Much socializing took place among mothers and children around that one lone table! Already, Share has asked Trinity to consider being a part of next year’s program—maybe you’d be interested in helping. If so, have Dominique in the church office put your name on the list!
La Paz Mexico
It’s been a long haul in La Paz, Mexico—
But Trinity has made a big difference in the lives of many children from two of the city’s poorest areas. We still help provide a pre-school breakfast to the children of Colonia Marquez de Leon on a site adjacent to the simple Catholic Church. Tortillas, beans, fruit and vegetables are served to children for whom that might be their best meal of the day and also ensures that they do not have to go to school hungry. Mary and Mac Shroyer have been overseeing the program since its inception in 1999 when Trinity decided to lead a helping hand. One of their two sons lives here in Clark County, and Mac and Mary have taken to spending their summers here to escape La Paz’ heat while connecting with family and with their friends here at Trinity.
Mary also serves on the Board of Directors of FANLAP, the local Children of La Paz Foundation headquartered in adjoining Colonia Laguna Azul. At its community center during the school year, 70 children on average eat breakfast twice weekly, and 180 on average eat lunch five days a week. Also, 180 are being helped with scholarships for tuition and transportation to continue on to junior and senior high schools . Many of those helped are girls who, because of difficult circumstances such as being single mothers, would find it nigh impossible to obtain further education and go on to become self-supporting. To date, sponsors have helped five students graduate from college or university! For more information on the foundation’s work, go to www.lapazninos.org.
We need your help? Is there someone with a canopy covered pick-up (in case it rains) or a van large enough to transport our quilts and other Lutheran Relief items to a church in Beaverton, October 30th? Please contact Georgia Larson (574-2076 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you or someone you know would be available on that date, or if you have questions. Thank you to all who have helped us in the past. We have been blessed with wonderful assistance in getting our donations to Portland.
We also need light weight hand towels and bath towels (approximately 55” x 27”). Dark colors are preferred. These are for the Personal Care Kits and the Baby Care Kits. Any contributions will be much appreciated.
Greetings to all knitters that have made one or more shawls for our prayer shawl ministry. We will continue meeting after Happy Lunch Bunch on the third Tuesday of the month. If you want to knit, but can’t come, I encourage you to continue knitting. Remember there is yarn available here for you to pick up.
In just about any dresser drawer one can find a pair of eyeglasses that are no longer being used. That same pair of eyeglasses can change another person’s life. Lions Club volunteers collect used eyeglasses and deliver then to LERC, Lions Recycling Centers. Volunteers clean, sort by prescription and package them. Most are distributed to people in needy countries where they will have the greatest impact. BRING EYEGLASSES TO THE BOX IN THE LONG HALLWAY FROM THE NARTHEX. Peggy Lansverk will see they find a new home.
Holden Village is a year-round Christian retreat center in the Cascade Mountains, where adults and families celebrate, learn and serve. The village that looks like one in Switzerland, was built during the Howe Sound Copper Mining Company days. When the mining company closed in 1960 they donated the village to the Lutheran Church. The only way to reach the village is by boat to near the northern tip of Lake Chelan and up the road by a bus which takes you the 10 mile switchbacks to the village.
Over the years many people have found inspiration visiting Holden Village as guests for a week at a time, or as volunteers for longer periods. Today the village is ONLY OPEN to volunteers as the “tailings” left by the mining operation are being cleaned up with a MAJOR operation costing the current mine owners millions of dollars. Besides about 50 Holden volunteers, the village is currently full of hard working remediation workers blasting rocks, hauling rocks, digging trenches, planting trees etc. to return the area back to the beautiful forest it once was.
Holden has been closed to guests for over 2 years. They hoped to open the summer of 2016 but the remediation work is not yet completed and now they have had to temporarily evacuate the village due to fire danger that might close the road, the only escape route if needed.
Many Trinity folks have visited Holden over the years. Duane Lansverk was on the board for many years and he and Peggy had a recent opportunity in June to spend 5 hours at the village. The Village will return one day to continue providing inspiration in the wilderness. Watch this newsletter for any news.
Celebrate Your Birthday with your Trinity Family!
Please sign up for a coffee hour after the Sunday Worship service during your birthday month. The sign up sheet is posted near the Chapel in the Narthex. If you have questions, Carol Jensen at 256-3496.
If you would like to be added to the Birthday List or if there needs to be a correction to your date of birth, please contact the church office at 695-1221. Thank you.