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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Church Luncheon

There is no All Church Luncheon for April.

In May we will honor the 80's and over at the All Church Luncheon on May 25th at 12:00 pm

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear Christian friends -

     A number of years ago I went to a Native American Spirituality conference as part of my continuing education. One evening our meal was a selection of native dishes. I was very glad to sample some foods that I had never tried before and some with which was quite familiar.

     One food was something called "bitterroot". I put some on my plate and went to sit down at the table next to my roommate who was Native American. I tried some of the bitterroot and immediately realized that I didn't like it and probably wouldn't finish it.

     I noticed that my roommate had some on his plate. I asked him if he liked it. He said "No", even though he eats it often. I asked him why.

     He said that in the days before European Americans arrived the tribes of the high desert regions would gather bitterroot during the time of the year when there was little or nothing else available to eat. They gladly ate it, even though it was bitter, because they wanted to survive and because they wanted to show thanks to their Maker who had provided it.

     "Now," he said, "even though we have refrigerators and don't need to eat bitterroot, we still do, because for us it's kind of a sacrament. We want to show our thankfulness for the way in which God has provided for us."

     Sacraments. Some water, some bread, some wine, some bitterroot. God provides what we need.

 - Pastor Tom

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Lessons for Sunday, April 30, 2017
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
1 Peter 1:17-23

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool/Chapel
                   10:00 am Bible Study

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
                    9:45 pm Sunday School for all ages
                    1:30 pm OEC

Join us for Adult Education Sunday at 10:00 am
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran Pastor and Theologian is the focus of study through May 21st.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Here's a review of the film we will be watching between services beginning this Sunday, April 23rd. I hope you can join us. - Pastor Tom

Film Review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

In his bold and posthumously published Letters and Papers from Prison, Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 - 1945) wrote: "I should like to speak of God not on the boundaries but at the center, not in weakness but in strength, and therefore not in death and guilt but in man's life and goodness. God is the beyond in the midst of our life. And the church stands, not at the boundaries where human powers give out, but in the midst of the village." This imaginative vision of a "religionless Christianity" has yet to be realized, but it does touch upon some of the seminal points in the life and ministry of this unusual man of faith.
Bonhoeffer also wrote: "We have for once learnt to see the great events of world history from below, from the perspective of the outcasts, the suspects, the maltreated, the powerless, the oppressed, the reviled — in short, from the prospective of those who suffer." These are hard words to live up to and throughout his short but turbulent life, Bonhoeffer wrestled with his conscience as he tried to see the events happening in Germany from below.
This 90-minute documentary is directed, produced, and narrated by Martin Doblmeier. It stands as a moving memorial and a fitting tribute to this formidable German theologian who was hanged on April 5, 1945, at Flossenberg prison camp for his role in assassination plots against Hitler. His final words to a fellow prisoner were: "This is the end, for me the beginning of life."
Bonhoeffer was born in 1906 into a well-to-do family. His father was a professor in psychiatric medicine at the University of Berlin. Rare family photographs, along with interviews with family members, convey their life together in love. Bonhoeffer finished his doctorate in theology at age 21. In his dissertation he wrote about the church as the physical manifestation of Christ on Earth. Theologian Karl Barth called it "a theological miracle." While the Nazis were organizing in Germany, Bonhoeffer studied for a year in New York at Union Theological Seminary. He firmed up his belief in pacifism and was quite impressed with the ardor of worship and devotional life in Harlem churches.
Back in Germany, Bonhoeffer taught systematic theology at the University of Berlin. He was one of the first pastors to speak out against Hitler, even when other church leaders were embracing him out of nationalistic fervor. After the Nazis began boycotting Jewish establishments, Bonhoeffer admonished Christians to stand in solidarity with the Jews. He joined a group of pastors who broke away from the Evangelical Church and eventually set up an independent seminary at Finkenwalde based on study, mutual service and prayer. The Nazis shut it down in 1937. In 1939, Bonhoeffer went to New York but changed his mind and returned home, saying "I will have no right to participate in the reconstruction of Christian life in Germany after the war if I do not share the tribulations of this time with my people."
Throughout the documentary, actor Klaus Maria Brandauer reads short passages from Bonhoeffer's works including The Cost of Discipleship, Ethics, and Letters and Papers from Prison. This film produced by Journey Films also includes interviews with friends, former students, theologians, church historians, biographer Elbert Bethge, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. It provides the most thorough presentation we've had to date of Bonhoeffer's resistance to Hitler. But it also profiles Bonhoeffer the man, including a love affair in the last years of his life. Given all the pressures he was enduring at the time, it's nice to see the joy it brought him.
This documentary is remarkably timely, and we encourage churches, synagogues, and other religious groups to plan theatre parties and followup discussions. It is really quite amazing to see how relevant the ethical concerns that Bonhoeffer struggled with are to the moral dilemmas of our time when war and power plays dominate the world scene and the suffering of countless people is ignored. Across the years, this courageous and principled pastor speaks to us: "The ultimate question for a responsible man to ask is not how he can extricate himself heroically from the affair, but how the coming generation is to live."


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Lessons for Sunday, April 23
Acts 2:14a,22-32
Psalm 16
1 Peter 1:3-9

THIS WEEK

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

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 services

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear SOV friends - Here is some news from ELCA Global Links. As we observe Holy Week and Easter, it's good to remember our connections to the wider world as Holy Week and Easter touches it also. - Pastor Tom

Click to read: ELCA Global Links March 2017


THIS WEEK

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

Thursday      9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool
                     7:00 pm Maundy Thursday Service

Friday           9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK Preschool
                    12:00 pm Good Friday Service
                     7:00 pm Good Friday Service

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

Sunday         8:30 & 11:00 am Easter Sunday Services
                     9:45 - 10:30 am Easter Breakfast


Welcome Baby Joshua
Baby Joshua was born to John and Christina on April 3 at 10:11 AM. Christina and Joshua are doing well. Christina extends a thank to everyone for all the prayers and blessings.