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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

I'm on vacation this week and so far (Tuesday afternoon) am really enjoying some time off. This is a "stay-cation" for me.  Portland is a great place for rest and relaxation.  Even though I'm on vacation I am providing coverage in case of urgent pastoral care needs.  So if you have a pressing need for pastoral care, please do not hesitate to phone me or email me. See my contact information on the weekly bulletin.  In any case, I'm truly grateful for your generosity in providing the pastor with time off.  Pastor Linda Easterling will be preaching and presiding at worship in my absence on September 25.  May God bless your worship this Sunday!


Lessons for Sunday, September 25, 2016
Jeremiah 32:1-4a, 6-15
1 Timothy 6:6-19
Luke 16:19-31


Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool
                    No Bible Study

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 a Worship
                9:45 a Sunday School for all ages

*October Newsletter articles are due September 27th.

*'P.O.P' pledges are due

*Next Scrip order is October 2nd

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Adult Education - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Announcement from Pastor Brian

This Sunday, September 18, we'll show a video called "Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think."  Several years ago, the renowned Gallup polling organization conducted tens of thousands of interviews with residents in 35 predominantly Muslim nations, in addition to smaller populations in Europe and the US.  The film focuses on issues of Gender Justice, Terrorism, and Democracy.  Gallup's polling research challenges the notion that Muslims and the West are on a collision course, and instead suggests that there is a significant degree of shared interests.

The documentary is just over 50 minutes long.  We'll view half of it this Sunday and the second half on the following Sunday, September 25.  We'll start showing the video at 10:00 a.m. for about 25 minutes and then have time for discussion.

I've seen this video and highly recommend it.  I hope you'll join us to see for yourself.

Check out this review, posted on a well-known online shopping web site:

"This is one of the best films I have seen on the Muslim world. My hat is off to the people that produced this. Unlike your run of the mill documentary or cable television report this is an in-depth, coherent and logical analysis of what drives Muslim public opinion. This is exactly the kind of thing that we as Americans need to watch so we can begin to understand the politics of the region and what has shaped the Muslim population's worldview. I would highly recommend this for anyone who wants to actually learn a thing or two about the Muslim world. It's some serious food for thought, and we could all use a little more of that."

See you Sunday!
Pastor Brian

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday message

What great music we had at SOV this past weekend!  How could anyone not come away impressed?  Saturday night's concert was indeed a "Change the World" experience.  Director of Music Jon Quesenberry put together a fabulous ensemble.  Our choir was joined by guest soloists, band members joined by guest musicians, and Jon directed the whole to perfection.  To say "Well done!" would be fitting but falls short of the praise deserved.  Moreover, many other members of SOV provided volunteer logistical support that made the entire evening a delight.  Thank you, all of you, for your ministry.  I'm told we had about 90 people present.  The quality of performance merited ten times that attendance.  If you missed the concert, well, God willing there will be another such concert next year and you'll be able to enjoy it then.

That concert alone would have been enough to make for a great weekend of music, but since God is good we also had amazing special music just a few hours later on Sunday morning.  It was Rally Sunday and our Bluegrass worship services were, in my opinion, a resounding success.  The Hakanson Family Bluegrass Band led music for worship.  I couldn't stop smiling at their playing and singing!  Superior musicianship, spot-on timing, tight harmonies, excellent ensemble — authentic bluegrass music done right.  Easy to tell they've been playing together for 16 years.  It was fun to sing along with traditional American gospel songs like "I Saw the Light" and "I'll Fly Away."  Meanwhile, our choir and band got a well deserved day of rest.  Gratitude to Jon for knowing who to call and getting them on board for Rally Sunday.

SOV's music program is a significant achievement in congregational ministry.  I'm impressed and I hope that you all are proud of it.  As we continue the process of calling a new pastor, the music program is something you can show off and build on.  And the Call Committee is getting names of new candidates tonight!  God bless the Call Committee in their work and likewise bless the choir, band, and Director of Music in theirs.  We can thank God for great music at SOV not just this past weekend but every Sunday.  And that will help us carry on in joy as we join with God to change the world.

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Lessons for Sunday, September 18, 2016
Amos 8:4-7
Psalm 113
Luke 16:1-13


Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00  p  KOK preschool
                   10:00 a   Bible Study
Thursday    9:00 - 1:00 p KOK preschool
                  10:00 a LLL

Friday        9:00 - 12:00 p  KOK Preschool
                  1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio

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

Sunday      8:30 & 11:00 a worship services
                  9:45 a Sunday School for all ages

*Sunday School for all ages at 9:45 am begins Sunday, September 18th

Classes for children ages 3 years through 8th grade are available as well as Adult Education.

Invitation to support the DEAR program from Carolyn and Gordon Teifel, who are former members of SOV

You are invited to the
Cedar Hills FIVE GUYS
Wed. Sept 14th, and Sat. Sept. 17th
11 am to 9 pm

Your meal will help pay for the new air purifiers which capture and lock in pollen, dust, bacteria and mold to reduce sickness in our customers and staff. Please present a flyer when you order so that DEAR will receive 15% of your purchase.  Thank you for supporting the 32 people with profound disabilities at the DEAR day program.

Daytime Enrichment Activities & Recreation (DEAR)
In 2003, Sue Watson went on a quest to find a day program that would fit her 21 year old son who was severely developmentally handicapped. After five years of researching, planning and working by a few parents, Daytime Enrichment Activities & Recreation (DEAR) opened its doors in December 2008 with three customers and three staff members in a Beaverton business suite.

The individual service plans of the customers are the guiding documents for the care providers.  Those goals lead to daily activities that DEAR will accomplish or exceed.  Services now include medically fragile nursing care.  The customers have blossomed in their own ways as they have responded to the nurturing culture of the staff.

DEAR's facility expanded in 2011 and there are currently 32 customers, many in wheelchairs, and 15 outstanding staff members, including three nurses.  DEAR's 2016 average monthly expenses are $49,000.  The State of Oregon pays 78% of the expenses.  We are thankful for individual donations as grants are not awarded for monthly expenses.  

DEAR is a wonderful day program for adults with profound disabilities who need help with most living skills.  The program provides peace of mind and stress reduction to their families.

www.DEARdayprogram.com (view past newsletters, see pictures & donate)

Facebook:  Daytime Enrichment Activities & Recreation (DEAR)
Donations can be mailed to: DEAR, PO Box 5933, Aloha, OR 97006

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Today! Change the World Choir Concert

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church Choir and band presents

Change the World Choir Concert

Saturday, September 10, 2016
7:00 pm
17625 NW Cornell Road, Beaverton

 Gospel/Pop music
 SOV Music Team
 6-pc band and guest
 Soloists and musicians

Refreshments to follow

Free will offering to offset concert expenses and toward SOV Youth Group trip to Houston