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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Returning from a restful vacation, I'm glad to be back at SOV and ready to head toward Christmas.  We've got three things coming up this week that I feel excited about so I want to bring them to your attention.

Tonight: the first of our Wednesday evening Advent soup supper gatherings.  On Monday, I sent out a reflection piece by Henri Nouwen that we'll discuss after supper.  These enjoyable Wednesday evening gatherings build church community.  Please come and savor the good food and good company.  Nouwen's piece is about waiting — a key theme of Advent.  I can hardly wait to begin the discussion!

Sunday: the baptism of Kinsley Kay, daughter of Solveig and grand-child of Linda and Dave, folks well-known to the SOV community.  Holy Baptism is a blessing and a welcome into the embrace of God's people.  We thank God for Kinsley and her family.  Please come to take part in the rite at the late service.  When you welcome Kinsley to SOV, you express God's welcome to her.  Here's a lovely and wholesome way to play God and determine someone's ultimate destiny!

Also Sunday: for Adult Education Mr. Joey Jenkins will speak about his organization, Ncompass, which helps at-risk children in Haiti.  Ncompass works with many partners to support the Maranatha House Orphanage.  It also works to offer mentoring and transitional services so kids can grow up into well functioning adults.  Joey has a compelling personal story to tell of how and why Ncompass was formed.  If his story of Ncompass touches your heart, you'll also want to learn about ways to support its work through prayer, volunteering, or financial donations.

We gather as God's people to thank God and to help each other do good things.  And these are good things.  Thanks be to God that we've been given the opportunity to receive such blessings.

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Lessons for Sunday, December 4th
Isaiah 11:1-10
Romans 15:4-13
Matthew 3:1-12


Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool/chapel
                    10:00 a Bible Study
                    5:30 p Advent Soup/bread supper
                    6:00 - 7:00 p Advent Devotion

Thursday    9:00 - 1:00 p KOK preschool

Friday        9:00 - 12:00 p KOK preschool

Saturday    9:30 - 11:30 a SOV Choir rehearsal

Sunday       8:30 & 11:00 am worship services Second Sunday of Advent
                   1:00 p Confirmation Class
                   1:30 p OEC

KOK Preschool Playground and SOV Youth Group Fundraiser at Chevys Fresh Mex
Today, November 30th
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Flyer must be present with payment: https://www.sovlutheran.com/kok/files/chevys2016.pdf

Toy Angel gift donations are due THIS SUNDAY the 4th! Many thanks from Social Concerns and Youth Group!

Scrip Order Sunday

December 4th
Gift cards make great stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, co worker appreciation gifts, and use them to buy your holiday food items or gifts. Columbia Sportswear Employee Passes will now come with every $50 scrip card purchased. Good for up to 5 people to get in to the store, AND can be used to purchase items online at the employee prices. Good for other Columbia brands as well: Sorel, Mountain Hardwear, Prana and Montrail. Passes are good thru January 16th, 2017 and make a great addition to the Columbia cards as a gift.

Ladies Annual Christmas Dinner
Tuesday,  December 6th
5:00 pm** (note the earlier time)
Old Spaghetti Factory/Tanasbourne
Please RSVP to Tammy

It's that time of year again!  SOV Christmas Caroling Party!
We will be meeting at the church on Sunday evening, December 18, at 5:15 PM.  Our caroling party is for all ages and everyone's invited to wear their Christmas sweaters, Santa hats, jingle bells, antlers or elf hats. We will carpool to several retirement homes and return to the church for chili, cornbread and hot cider. Song sheets will be provided! All we need is you! Feel free to contact Diane Lewis or Corrine Gilbertson.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

I'm on vacation this week so I won't see you next Sunday, November 27.  Pastor Chuck Hunt will be preaching and leading worship instead.  People I trust tell me he's a good preacher; he says he's a story teller.  So please listen to his stories and let me know if you like them.

If you have an urgent need for pastoral care this week, please contact me.  I'm staying at home so will be available if needed.  You can email me at my usual address, or call me at the numbers listed in the bulletin.  Home number is usually best.

May you and your loved ones have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day celebration!


Lessons for November 27th, First Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 2:1-5
Second Lesson Romans 13:11-14
Gospel Matthew 24:36-44


Wednesday    No Bible Study

Thursday      Happy Thanksgiving
                     offices are closed

Friday          Offices closed

Saturday     9:30 - 11:30 a SOV Choir rehearsal

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 a Worship Services
                   No Sunday School
                   No Confirmation Class

Looking for a fresh Christmas Tree?
Take a visit to the Zetterberg Tree Farm

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church Christmas Tree Fundraiser
What: Uncultured Noble Fir (All Sizes!)
Price: Free Will Offering ( All Proceeds to Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church )
How: U-Pick, U-Cut ( A hand saw can be provided or bring your own chain saw! )
Where: LaZe Acres Farm 25180 S.W. Labrousse Road Sherwood, Oregon 97410
Directions: Head South on Highway 99 West from Sherwood toward Newberg. Turn Left to Brookman Road. Stay on Brookman Road until the Stop sign at Middleton Road then turn Right. Take the next Left at Labrousse Road and keep going until you cross the bridge at the bottom of the hill. Turn in at the 2nd driveway on your Left and Park in the turnaround by the Big Red Barn!
Who to contact before coming:
Craig Zetterberg (503-936-4448) or Julie Zetterberg (503-936-4582)

KOK and SOV Youth Group Fundraiser Night
Wednesday, November 30th
Chevys Fresh Mex
1951 NW 185th Ave
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
You must present flyer: http://sovlutheran.com/kok/files/chevys2016.pdf

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Support KOK and the SOV playground!

Mark your calendars and print the required flyer (PDF)!

Chevys Fresh Mex
185th & Cornell Rd

11:00am - 10:00pm
Wednesday, November 30

SOV/KOK will receive 20% of total food sales when the flyer is presented this day.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Last Sunday Bill Russell of the Union Gospel Mission gave us a great presentation at Adult Ed.  He spoke about the crisis of homelessness in the greater Portland area and shared some engaging stories about the excellent work UGM does in helping people turn their lives around after they've just about hit bottom.  Folks who attended (30 or so) were totally engaged listening to Bill's message.

Afterwards, some of them came to me and said, "There's a lot of energy around this today.  Can we gather a group to talk about organizing support for UGM's work at Shepherd?"  Yes, we can.

So I'm announcing here that we'll have a forum next Sunday between services to talk about UGM.  We'll discuss Bill's message, hear what folks have to say about UGM's work, and brainstorm about how Shepherd might assist UGM.  UGM serves the homeless, hungry, and hurting in Portland, Beaverton, and Tigard.  It's worthy of support.  We just have to decide how we want to proceed, and then do it.

We'll start at 10:00 and wrap up at 10:45 a.m.  Jesus will be there; you might get a chance to talk with him if you come and join the discussion.

Finally, please look for a second email today from SOV.  I've asked Tammy, our Church Secretary, to forward you a message of "Post-Election Affirmations" from Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke of the Oregon Synod.  It's a reminder of who we are as God's people and Lutheran Christians in America.  Please read the Bishop's letter and then give some prayerful thought to his encouraging message.

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Lessons for Sunday, November 20, 2016
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 1:68-79


Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK preschool/chapel
                    10:00 am Bible Study

Thursday    9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool
                   10:00 am LLL
                   7:00 pm Council Meeting

Friday        9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK preschool
                   6:00 - 10:00 pm Thanksgiving  food basket preparation

Saturday   8:00 - 12:00 pm Thanksgiving  food basket preparation

Sunday       8:30 & 11:00 am Worship services, Christ the King Sunday
                  KOK Christmas Greens pick up between worship services.

Just a reminder; if you ordered Christmas Greens through KOK, pick up is Sunday, November 20th. If you did not order, and would like to purchase a wreath or swag Wendy has some extra items for sale.

Thanksgiving Food Basket preparations, this Friday and Saturday
Friday       6 pm - 10 pm
Saturday  8 am - 12 pm
For more information contact Tom or Lisa or anyone from the social concerns committee.