Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.
We meet at Mill Park Elementary @ 1900 SE 117on Saturday September 10th at 9am for commissioning and to meet with our volunteer groups and point people for our projects. Sign Up for a project with the assistance of Sherri Willmschen 503-760-6819. PleaseEmail Sherry with any questions!
“God’s work. Our hands” Sunday, Sept 11 Worship
This day is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.
Combined Worship at 10am at Mill Park Elementary School located at 1900 SE 117th Ave, Portland, OR 97216. Potluck to follow worship! Offering will be donated again this year to a charity of the Pastors’ choosing from our participant churches: Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Resurrection Lutheran Church, St. Timothy Lutheran Church, and Covenant Presbyterian Church
Join a low-key, free-for-all family activity where children trick-or-treat candy and other goodies from decorated car trunks in our parking lot. To host, bring treats with your car decorated for Halloween. It’s a little spooky, but not too frightening way to share, trick-or-treat, win glow sticks, and find great photo opportunities.
Join us Saturday, July 9 from 11 am to 1 pm for games, crafts, music, bible lessons, a service project to help our neighborhood, and lunch. Free to all ages at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 14500 SE Powell Blvd, Portland OR 97236. Call 503-761-8202 anytime and join us.
Multnomah County Assistance – Portland Get help with rent, utility and energy bills, free food, health care, and other expenses in Portland Oregon. Assistance programs provide numerous resources.
Impact Northwest: Portland Impact (or Impact Northwest) 503-988-6000 If you are low income, a senior citizen, or otherwise struggling and need some short term help, while you work towards becoming self-sufficient. The services they offer include: housing assistance (including rent and mortgage payments), utility and heating bill assistance, food, clothing and transportation assistance, information and referrals to other Oregon and federal government programs, access to health care and prescription medications, job assistance and career development, senior citizen programs, mortgage assistance and foreclosure prevention programs.
Human Solutions 503-548-0200 The agency offers affordable housing, computer classes, job training, and eviction prevention services. Staff from the agency also provide help for finding a job, move-in assistance, energy bill assistance, and a wide variety of other resources and services to help address poverty and/or homelessness in the Portland area as part of the Residence Services program. Families that are homeless, or on the verge of eviction, can be housed into low income apartments, and case managers provide other support during their stay.
Mother And Child Education Center 1515 NE 41st Avenue Portland, OR 97232 503-249-5801 (Spanish: 503-913-9360) Assistance includes clothing, baby supplies, referrals to housing or shelter, and other aid. There are also books for kids too.
PDX Diaper Bank This site is based in Clackamas County, but covers all of Portland. The center is run in partnership with regional non-profits and government centers. Donations are given to it, including money. There are free cloth or disposable diapers, wipes, and incontinence supplies.
Snowcap Community Charities 17805 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97233 503-674-8785 A small clothing bank is on site. There is help for infants, children, and adults. Any parent, or single mom, seeking diapers can use the center at most twice per year. It assists the child up through age 2. There are also school supplies.
from Sherry Willmschen, Saint Timothy Lutheran Church Council President, March 31, 2022
We have been blessed in many ways with members and staff coming forward to help with the daily tasks of St. Timothy. We are blessed by Pastor Hamada as he leads us forward in the transition process and we are blessed to have Bishop Laurie to help us.
When you read this, we will have met with Bishop Laurie. My hope is that our discussion together helps us move to the next step of the transition team. If you were unable to attend, please contact me or the church office at 503-761-8202 with thoughts and past memories and what you think should happen. If interested in being part of the transition team, please contact me as well at 503-760-6819.
Food Pantry The community has found us and food is flowing out of the pantry. Fortunately we still have gift cards from the Portland Food Project to supplement our pantry until food is received April 9th. Volunteers are needed on the 9th at 9:30 at the distribution center. Ask Tim or myself about what is required. We get more food when we volunteer and it is part of our commitment. Other volunteers that day are needed to put the food away. We have cleaned out the back storage area to allow for more storage of food and hope to organize more before the 9th. Contact me if available to help.
Snow-Cap We continue to support this organization with excess non-perishable foods, used clothing and egg cartons. Thanks for the donations.
Habitat for Humanity Your council decided to support this organization for our benevolence for 2022. We specifically are supporting the housing development at 136th and Foster. You can see it as you drive on Foster.
Fifth Sunday Giving for May We have begun early to allow for support of Lutheran Disaster Response (ELCA) for Ukraine and contiguous countries. We will be sending donations monthly through May.
Health Ministry Karen Olomua continues as our Parish Nurse and is available by phone or at worship. She is also our consultant regarding COVID protocols. She and I act as Care Coordinators and can be approached at any time. Prayer chain requests can begin with either of us. We will be planning for health emphasis for May for women and June for men.
Holy Week Events We anticipate Holy Week and Easter. At this moment it feels like some normalcy is coming. We will worship together on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Easter Jubilee, our event for the community on April 16th has many of us very excited. Come to volunteer from 10 to 4 (any time you can) and promote the fun event with family, friends, businesses. Promote it as well with your neighbors! Chacha the clown is coming, our bunny rabbit and so much more. The event is from 1 to 3. On that day as well we will be decorating our flower cross at 10 am. Come and join the fun.
Easter Sunday promises to be exciting with a continental breakfast and an amazing service.
Aloha, All! As I begin my ministry as the Interim Pastor for St. Timothy Lutheran Church, it seems appropriate for me to tell you a little bit about myself and my wife, Marilyn. We just moved from Hawaii after a ten-year ministry at Prince of Peace Lutheran in Waikiki. When we began, the church was worshiping in a hotel banquet room with a worshiping congregation of about 15 members and, according to some of the members, on the verge of closing down. But, apparently God had other plans for Prince of Peace because, after a series of “miracles,” the congregation was able to purchase their own worship space and to pay off their mortgage in four and a half years. But, because both our daughter and son’s families had relocated to Lake Oswego and our six grandchildren are here, Marilyn and I decided it was time for us to be closer to them.
Marilyn and I met at Prince of Peace back in the early ’70s but didn’t date at that time. We both left Hawaii in the summer of 1973. Marilyn went to work in Germany at the military base in Heidelberg while I left Hawaii for Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. In 1976 Marilyn returned to the U.S. to attend Lutheran Bible Institute in Seattle while I was doing my internship in Japan. When our time for those opportunities ended, we both returned to Hawaii in the summer of 1977; Marilyn as the Parish Worker at Prince of Peace, me as an assistant chaplain at Punahou School, the private school started by the Congregational missionaries in 1841. That’s when we started dating and got married in August 1978 and moved to St. Paul, MN, for me to finish my seminary work. Our daughter, Mariko, was born in July 1979. I got my first call to Wellington Park Lutheran in Milwaukee where our son, Stephen (Mits), was born in June 1981.
In 1986 I wanted Mariko and Mits to experience the educational opportunities at Punahou School. And, after their first year, we decided that I would teach math while they attended Punahou. I left the active clergy roster during that time. After they graduated from college in 2004, I began the work of being reinstated. I was finally reinstated in 2010 and was called back into parish ministry in 2011 when the pastor at Prince of Peace was not able to continue after a serious stroke. We happily served there for ten years until we agreed that we needed to spend time with our grandchildren.
Prior to our meeting, Marilyn had moved to Hawaii from Ohio, where she had grown up and started working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. I’m a southern Californian who grew up in San Diego County. I graduated from Whittier College in 1961 and taught high school math in Bishop, CA, and San Francisco before moving to Hawaii to teach at Punahou.
Despite my age, I am still excited about the ministry and both Marilyn and I are elated that God has led us to St. Timothy. But, because I am the Interim Pastor, I am not called to lead you into God’s future; my call is to walk with you and to guide you through the process to envision God’s future for St. Timothy and to help St. Tim’s to find God’s pastor who will walk with you in this exciting new chapter.
What are your pandemic guidelines for Sunday gatherings?
To safely hold worship services, the Oregon Health Authority has mandated all people continue to wear a mask at all times. We frequently wash hands with soap and water and respect the needs of others in regards to feeling safe from infection. Due to COVID guidelines, we are advised to not shake hands or hug during the Sharing of Peace. Instead, we invite you to stand and wave, virtually hug, or make the peace sign.
Each Sunday, please take an individual Holy Communion set located at the church entrance.
During Communion you will be invited to remove the clear plastic film covering the wafer. Be careful that you only remove the clear plastic film on the very top. To do so, pull the hard plastic down to separate the clear plastic film from the foil. After you have partaken of the body of Christ, you will be invited to remove the purple foil covering the grape juice. A paper bowl is located at the end of your pew for your trash.
We review safety measures regularly in keeping with leaders from the Oregon Lutheran Synod, the State of Oregon and the City of Portland in Multnomah county via the Oregon Health Authority. We expect these guidelines will serve us through February, 2022.
Lead me, guide me along the way, for if you lead me I cannot stray.