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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wednesday Reminders

Lessons for Sunday, December 17, 2017
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Psalm 126
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 12:30 p KOK Preschool
                      5:30 - 6:30 p Advent potluck soup supper
                      6:30 - 7:00 p Holden Evening Prayer Service
                      7:00 p Choir Rehearsal

Thursday      9:00 - 12:30 p KOK Preschool
                      7:00 p  Council Meeting

Friday          6:00 p Carol Service; Portland Marthoma Church

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 a Worship Services
                    12:00 p Caroling
                    1:30 p Confirmation Class
                    1:30 p OEC

New Member Sunday
New members will be welcomed as part of SOV on Sunday, December 17, during worship.

Holiday Drop N Shop
Saturday December 16th 1pm-5pm at SOV
Drop off your child(ren) for $10 a child and do some shopping for the holidays. We will have crafts and games for the children. All proceeds will go towards the ELCA Youth Gathering Trip to Houston

Scrip Order Sunday, December 17th

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Join us this Sunday the 10th

Second Sunday of Advent
  • Worship at 8:30 and 11:00
    Baptism of Jethro Josiah Rukundo at 11:00 am service
  • Sunday School for all school ages at 10:00 am;  bake and decorate cookies all are welcome (last Sunday School for December)
  • Christmas Caroling following 11:00 am service (at local retirement communities), All are welcome!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

A colleague of mine, an avid runner and all around health conscious pastor, suffered a massive stoke on his early morning jog a few years ago. This incredibly creative individual, an artist with words, lost his ability to communicate. A couple years later he told me of the frustration of knowing what he wanted to say and not having any way to speak or signal his thoughts to another. Over time he learned to rebuild the conduits in his mind and regained the power of speech.  In the same visit he told me that the most important thing he learned/realized in the months of silence has how important it was to "know where you're coming from"; so much of his life, he told me, had been concerned with where he was going.

Moving through Advent I find myself reviewing the steps of my journey in life. Something about the themes of "readiness" and "watchfulness", about the proclamation of the good news in the lives of shepherds and the impending birth of a child, of John the Baptist pointing out at the empty wilderness toward the one who is coming soon reminds me of the need to remember "where I am coming from" so that I might be open to what I might be led into. The shepherds came from the fields at night; Mary and Joseph came from Nazareth to Bethlehem; the Magi came from somewhere in Persia to Jerusalem and then to the home of Jesus. They all brought something with them: the report of God's messengers in the dark amid grazing and sleeping sheep, the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh along with the recognition of the whole world; and the soon-to-be-born child who would reclaim the entirety of God's creation.

Where are you coming from? What do you bring? A couple Advent questions for this week.

Some notes:
We will be receiving new members on December 17th
Advent Evening Prayer will be celebrated at 6:30 on Wednesday evenings following the 5:30 soup supper
Third Sunday Confirmation meets on the 17th
Christmas is coming!

Along the way,
PD

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Lessons for Sunday, December 10th
Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Mark 1:1-8

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 12:30 p KOK Preschool
                      5:30 p Advent Potluck Soup Supper
                      6:30 p Holden Evening Prayer Service
                      7:00 p SOV Choir rehearsal

Thursday      9:00 - 12:30 p KOK Preschool

Friday           7:00 p Portland Marthoma Church rehearsal

Sunday         8:30 & 11:00 am Worship Service
                     10:00 a Sunday School; Christmas cookie baking and decorating
                     Christmas Caroling (following 11:00 a worship)

Sunday School invites you to cookie baking and decorating
Sunday, December 10th at 10:00 am. (last Sunday school session until January 2018)

SOV Christmas Caroling!
Christmas Caroling for ALL ages!  Everyone is welcome!
Bring your friends, children, grandchildren and yourselves as we reach out into the retirement centers where we have SOV members and many others  hat just love it when people come to share time together with music and friendship.  We will be caroling this Sunday, December 10 as well as Sunday, December 17.  

This Sunday, December 10, we will be singing at three Retirement facilities and ending the evening meeting at Old Chicago for fellowship time. This is the current schedule for Sunday afternoon:

Laurel Parc at Bethany Village @ 1:30 PM
Bethany Avamere at 3 PM
Rock Creek Retirement at 4:45 PM.

Sunday, December 17 we will be singing at:

1:30 PM at Hearthstone - Murrayhill on Davies off Scholls Ferry Rd.
3:30 PM  at Russelville Park at 3:30 PM - East side of Portland

Christmas music books will be provided. Everyone is encouraged to dress in your Christmas Spirit, wear your Christmas attire, bring your jingle bells and we will even provide Santa hats.  We can carpool from church. The more the Merrier!

If you have questions please contact Diane Lewis, Dan Crothers or any member of the choir.


December Newsletter is available online
https://www.sovlutheran.com/news/pdf/december2017.pdf

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wednesday Happenings

Tonight we gather at 6:30 for our first Advent Evening Prayer Service, following a 5:30 soup supper. We will be singing the service "Holden Evening Prayer" with a short reading and advent meditation during the service. Each week we will look at a section of the familiar Christmas story in Luke, Chapter 2 and asking the question: Where do we find Jesus?  Tonight we look for Jesus "In the World".  See you there!

The season of Advent begins on Sunday. Our worship service will have a couple of new (and traditional) elements added: the Service of Confession and Forgiveness at the beginning and the Apostles' Creed following the hymn of the sermon and hymn of the day. Advent is a season of "getting ready", focused on the impending and immanent presence of Jesus the Anointed one of God. Sunday worship in Advent is a wonderful way to keep the true impact of Christmas in our lives.

On the 2nd Sunday of Advent we will celebrate Holy Baptism, and on the third Sunday of the season we will be receiving new members! If you are interested in joining Shepherd of the Valley please contact Pastor Dan or the church office to make sure we are ready!

A note for your calendar: the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve are both on the same calendar date this year, December 24! We will have only one service that morning (and on December 31st, New Year's Eve Day as well).

Have a good Advent!

Along the way,

Pastor Dan

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Lessons for Sunday,  December 3, 2017  First Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 64:1-9
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:24-37

THIS WEEK

Wednesday 9:30 - 12:30 p KOK Preschool
                     5:30 - 6:30 p Advent Soup Supper
                     6:30 - 7:00 p Advent Holden Evening Prayer Service
                     7:00 p SOV Choir rehearsal

Thursday     9:30 - 12:30 p KOK Preschool

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 a Worship Services

Scrip Sunday, December 3
Scrip cards makes great gifts; neighbor, co worker, stocking stuffers, hostess gifts etc.

Sunday School at 10:00
Please join us for Ornament Making, all are invited to attend.

Youth Group Fundraiser/s
Please continue to drop off your recycable bottles and cans.
To date the  youth has collected $275.00

*Holiday Drop N Shop

Saturday December 16th 1pm-5pm at SOV
Drop off your child(ren) for $10 a child and do some shopping for the holidays. We will have crafts and games for the children. All proceeds will go towards the ELCA Youth Gathering Trip to Houston