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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear friends,

Here's some information from an ELCA bishop:

Founded in 1939, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is the second largest refugee resettlement agency in the United States. It is nationally recognized for its leadership advocating with refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, immigrants in detention, families fractured by migration and other vulnerable populations. Through more than 75 years of service and advocacy, LIRS has helped over 500,000 migrants and refugees rebuild their lives in America. 
Here is what LIRS had to say today:
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) applauds today's decision by U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson to freeze President Trump's ban on refugees arriving in the United States, merely hours before it was set to take effect.
"Today's decision is good news for all those courageous people living in fear, remembering all they have lost, but never losing hope that a better future is possible. These are the people LIRS and our partners around the country seek to serve – the determined and resilient survivors of war and persecution, determined to protect their children, and grateful to those who offer them welcome and a new start. Today's court ruling blocking the implementation of the travel ban that has needlessly endangered the lives of refugees and halted immigrants and visitors to the U.S. defends the law and our American values," said Linda Hartke, president and CEO of LIRS..."
"Today's decision reinforces our American ideals to be compassionate, welcoming, and accepting of our neighbors and to denounce hate at every possible corner. Today and tomorrow, our nation still stands for welcoming refugees."
 
Bishop Michael Rinehart

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Lessons for Sunday, March 26
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 23
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 7:1-41

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool/Chapel
                    10:00 am Bible Study
                     5:30 pm Lenten Soup Supper
                     6:30 pm Lenten Devotion

Thursday      9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool

Friday           9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK Preschool

Saturday      9:30 - 11:30 am SOV choir rehearsal

Sunday         8:30 & 11:00 am Worship Service
                    No Sunday School

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear Christians at SOV,

     I thought I would introduce you to several Christian churches and other places of worship in our neighborhood.

     You may already know about our sister ELCA congregations, Community of ChristChurch near Hwy. 26 and Cornelius Pass Road and St. Andrew Lutheran Church on Butner Road.

     Across the street is the True Life Fellowship, associated with Grace International, a Pentecostal Christian Church.

     On the other side of Highway 26 near Bethany is the Somerset Christian Church. They are an independent Christian congregation.

     Near 185th and Rock Creek Blvd. is the Sunset Covenant Church, Historically, Covenant Churches were offshoots of the Scandinavian Lutheran Churches.

      On Walker Road east of 185th is the Beaverton Grace Bible Church. They are Christians who adhere to the Particular Baptist movement.

     In the shopping area adjacent to our church is the Jaya Hanuman Temple. This is a worship center devoted to the Hindu god Hanuman and a cultural center concerned with Indian ways and customs.

     May we become more aware of our neighbors of many Christian traditions and faith backgrounds.

             Shalom                             Pastor Tom

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Lessons for Sunday, March 19, 2017
Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 95
Romans 5:1-11
John 4:5-42

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool/chapel
                    10:00 am Bible Study
                     5:30 pm Lenten Soup Supper
                     6:30 pm Lenten Devotion

Thursday      9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool
                 
Friday          9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK Preschool

Saturday     9:30 - 11:30 am SOV Choir rehearsal
                    1:00 - 3:00 pm Baby Shower for John and Christina

Sunday         8:30 & 11:00 am Worship services.

March 18  1:00 - 3:00 pm at SOV
All are invited to a Baby shower for John and Christina

SOV Kitchen and GEM Ministry Shower
Toilet paper, paper towels, Crystal light, frozen lemonade or Hawaiian juices, liquid flavored creamers, tall kitchen plastic garbage bags, Dawn dish washing liquid, liquid hand soap, glass cleaner, Comet cleaner, coffee or decaf coffee, large kitchen       garbage bags (30 or more gallon) and 10 oz. hot beverage cups.  We can also use monetary gifts that can be earmarked for GEM or Kitchen shower.

(GEM ministry items support families in need with household and personal hygiene items that are not covered by Food Stamps. The Social Concern's committee receives requests from members and non members.)

Hand lotion, Laundry detergent, Dish soap and toilet cleaners.

Kids of the Kingdom Preschool
Register for 2017-18 School Year

Registration for the 2017-18 school year has begun. If you are someone you know is interested in our class offerings and finding out more information, you can call the school at 503-645-0236 or email Hannah at kokpreschool -at-gmail -dot- com

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear friends,

     A member of our church recently asked me about sanctuary churches, I shared with her the recent message from our Oregon Synod Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke. I hope you find it helpful. Let me know of any comments or questions. - Pastor Tom

  • The Oregon Synod of the ELCA did, in fact, vote last May to be a "Sanctuary Synod." This means that we consider all our congregations to be safe and sacred spaces for all people. It does not mean, however, that all congregations have agreed to participate in the sanctuary movement. 
  • As a "Sanctuary Synod" we in the Oregon Synod of the ELCA also challenge one another to study and learn about the needs and realities of our neighbor - be they immigrant, Muslim, Latino, handicapped or other.
  • We believe and teach that honoring the stranger and alien in our midst is a Scriptural command. It is a vital part of our Christian vocation.
  • We do not, and have not, actively encouraged congregations to break the law. At the same time we do respect, and will support the rights of our members and congregations to discern for themselves, what love and care for their neighbor looks like. 
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Lessons for March 12
Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 121
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool/Chapel
                    10:00 am Bible Study
                    5:30 - 6:30 pm Lenten Soup Supper
                    6:30 - 7:00 pm Lenten Devotion

Thursday     9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool
                    7:00 pm LLL

Friday         9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK Preschool

Saturday    9:30 - 11:30 am SOV Choir rehearsal
                  Daylight Saving Time, spring forward one hour before bedtime Saturday.          

Sunday  8:30  11:00 am Worship Services
             9:45 am Sunday School for all ages


SOV Kitchen and GEM Ministry Shower

Toilet paper, paper towels, Crystal light, frozen lemonade or Hawaiian juices, liquid flavored creamers, tall kitchen plastic garbage bags, Dawn dishwashing liquid, liquid hand soap, glass cleaner, Comet cleaner, coffee or decaf coffee, large kitchen garbage bags (30 or more gallon) and 10 oz. hot beverage cups.

We can also use monetary gifts that can be earmarked for GEM or Kitchen shower.

(GEM ministry items support families in need with household and personal hygiene items that are not covered by Food Stamps. The Social Concern's committee receives requests from members and non members.)

Hand lotion, Laundry detergent, Dish soap and toilet cleaners.


March 18  1:00 - 3:00 pm at SOV
All are invited to a Baby shower for John and Christina P., they are expecting a baby boy. If you would like to join in on a group gift please be in touch with Diane. 

March Newsletter is available on line
https://www.sovlutheran.com/news/pdf/march2017.pdf

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear fellow Lenten pilgrims,

     Since today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, it is a good time to think about Lenten practices. Traditionally they are self-examination and repentance, prayer and fasting, and sacrificial giving and works of love.

     Many people talk about "giving up something for Lent" so let's start there. This is related to the practice of fasting. When we look at the other disciplines we see that it's not just a matter of giving up something, or fasting, it is also a matter of taking on something.

     We can fast in many ways. We can give up unhealthy food or habits. We can give up spending money on unnecessary things. We can drive less, watch TV less, we can use computers and smart phones less. What forms of fasting come to mind for you?

     What can we take on while we are giving something up? One practice is self-examination and repentance. Take time to reflect on your life and behaviors. How have you harmed or failed to help your neighbor? How have you harmed or failed to help the Earth? In what other ways have you harmed or failure to help?

     Another practice is prayer. We can spend every day thanking God, asking God to help others, and reflecting on God's love. What form will your prayers take?

     Finally there is the practice of sacrificial giving and works of love. What ministries need our gifts of time, talent, and money? We can start with the ministries of our congregation, but we don't have to stop there. How might we give sacrificially? Again, that means giving something up in order to support ministry. What works of love can we do? Feeding the hungry; advocating for the poor, sick, oppressed, and helpless to our leaders; and visiting the sick or depressed come to mind. What acts of love come to your mind?

     In all of this we need God's help. God gives us many gifts including everything that we have, the written word, and the spoken words of encouragement from our brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. In Baptism and the Lord's Supper we receive Christ himself, who is the Living Word of God. In all of these things the Holy Spirit is working to transform us into God's loving children.

     During this time of Lent may all of us recognize what the Holy Spirit is working in us and through us.  

Pastor Tom      

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Lessons for Sunday, March 5, 2017
Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7
Psalm 32
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool/Chapel
                     10:00 am Bible Study
                     11:30 am Ash Wednesday Service †
                     7:00 pm Ash Wednesday Service †


Thursday      9:00 - 1:00 pm  KOK Preschool
                     6:00 pm Couples Night at Lil' Cooperstown

Friday         9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK Preschool

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

Sunday       8:30 & 11:00 am Worship services