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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

The Great Thaw is finally here.  At last, life is back on track.  What a strange January this has been!  Seems like we've been trapped for a couple weeks in a weird fantasy world ruled by snow and ice.  I'm glad things will be getting back to normal.  You, too?  Tell you what, let's rendezvous at SOV on Sunday to celebrate our escape from the deep freeze with good worship and good company.  After two Sundays of cancelled services (!) worship will be a godsend.

Some of you may have been wondering whether Johnni Olson of the Union Gospel Mission showed up at SOV last Sunday only to find it closed.  Not to worry.  By Friday, Johnni and I had already rescheduled her presentation.  She'll join us this Sunday, January 22, at 10:00 a.m.  Johnni is the Director of Union Gospel Mission's "LifeChange for Women and their Children" program.  She will tell us about the program and help us see how we can create an ongoing partnership to support women and their kids as they transition from homelessness to a better life.  SOV has a chance to make a small but mighty contribution to solving this problem through partnering with UGM.  I hope you'll attend and prayerfully consider how you might support this effort.

Meanwhile, I'll be meeting with Pastor Tom Hiller tomorrow.  I will brief him about things we've been working on over the past three years.  Pastor Tom will be ready to lead Shepherd effectively from the time he assumes office on February 1.  I feel confident that he will serve SOV very well indeed over the next few months as the Call Committee moves forward in its process.  I should also say that I feel a lot of optimism about this next leg of the call process.  We've been through two slates of candidates but "third time's the charm," as the saying goes.  Call processes almost never run beyond three slates of candidates.  Keep on praying that this next set of interviews and meetings will bring just the right person to be SOV's new regularly called pastor.

Even though I'll soon be leaving Shepherd, you all will still be in my heart.  I look forward to our reunion this Sunday.  May God bless us and bring us safely to worship.

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Lessons for Sunday, January 22, 2017
Isaiah 9:1-4
Psalm 27:1, 4-9
Matthew 4:12-23

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  NO 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

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

Sunday       8:30 & 11:00 am Worship Service
                  1:00 pm  Confirmation Class
                  1:30 pm OEC

Thursday, January 26th
12:00 pm
All Church Luncheon

All are invited to attend. Luncheon Hosts are Corrine and Charleen, if you would like to help please contact either one of them.

Join us next Sunday, January 29, 2017
One worship service at 10:00 am

January 31
KOK Preschool and SOV Youth Group Fundraiser

Papa's Pizza
15700 NW Blueridge Drive
Beaverton, Or   503-531-7220
Flyer must be presented for fundraiser proceeds credit.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Congregational Annual Meeting Notice

Annual Budget Meeting
Sunday, January 29
following 10:00 a.m. service and reception

Friends,

As I mentioned in an earlier email, we will be having a reception to celebrate Pastor Brian's time with us and to wish him Goodspeed on Sunday, January 29.  In addition to his reception - and because we know he would not want to miss it - we will also have our annual budget meeting on the 29th.  The 2017 budget recommended by the Council will be presented at that time for your approval.  We will have one service that morning at 10:00 a.m. to allow time for discussion and time to party.

Please plan on joining the fun and business on the 29th,

Warm regards,
Linnea Harmon
President

Saturday, January 14, 2017

CANCELLED: All services Sunday, January 15

Worship services are cancelled for Sunday, January 15, 2017.

Due to substantial snow remaining in SOV's parking lot and for the safety of parishioners worship services for Sunday, January 15, 2017 have been cancelled.

        

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

What a weekend we had!  Not the way I'd planned to celebrate Epiphany!  Rarely is Sunday worship cancelled but this time it was the right call.  I don't know how it was where you live but at my place on the east side of Portland we had snow topped by an inch of frozen rain coating the ground by Sunday morning, with more coming down every hour.  It's hard to stay safe venturing out under such conditions.  I hope you could stay home and have a good Sabbath there.  Gratitude to Executive Committee leaders who made this tough decision.

And more gratitude to the crew who de-decorated the worship space today.  Decorating is fun; taking it all down, storing it away, and hauling out the tree are less pleasant but so necessary.  After a morning of hard work the worship space is back to normal — and ready for worship as usual this Sunday!  Thanks to Dick & Charleen, Julie, Cyndi, and Tammy for their service today.

Also this Sunday, we have an Adult Education session with Johnni Olson, Director for Union Gospel Mission's "LifeChange for Women and their Children" program.  She will tell us about the program and help us see how we can create an ongoing partnership to support women and their kids as they transition from homelessness to a better life.  SOV has a chance to make a small but mighty contribution to solving this problem through partnering with UGM.  I hope you'll attend and prayerfully consider how you might support this effort.

Finally, I want to mention that Sandra Carasco will be our guest preacher this Sunday.  Sandra is a lay member of SOV and has preached a few times in the past year.  She brings a devout prayer life and a love for the Bible to the task of preaching.  Her messages have been well received so I hope you'll come and hear what she has to tell us.  I will be presiding at worship as usual.  After three Sundays in a row of special circumstances (holidays and snow day), I'm happy to get back to our normal pattern of celebratory Sunday worship.  Come if you can!

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Lessons for Sunday, January 15, 2017
Isaiah 49:1-7
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John 1:29-42

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   Snow Day, all activities cancelled

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

Sunday          8:30 & 11:00 am Worship services
                      9:45 am Sunday School for all ages
                      1:00 pm Confirmation class


Mark Your Calendar
KOK Preschool and SOV Youth Group Fundraiser

January 31
Papa's Pizza Parlor
flyer must be present: https://www.sovlutheran.com/files/kok/papas2017.pdf