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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Notice of Meeting January 11

January 11, 2009  9:40 AM to 10:50 AM  SOV                         Congregational Budget Meeting!

To all SOV members,

Due to the snow and ice our congregational meeting had to be rescheduled.  We will meet on January 11, 2009 from 9:40 AM to 10:50 AM to review and vote on the revised  2009 SOV General Budget.  The revised budget will go out again on email and copies will be available at church prior to our meeting on January 11, 2009.

If we are delayed again because of weather this notice includes back up dates of January 18 and then January 25, 2009. 

Please attend and participate in the financial planning for SOV's 2009 operating budget.

Thank you for supporting the many ministries of our church as we build a stronger foundation in Christ through working together for the present and future of SOV.

In Christ's service,

Diane Lewis, SOV Council President

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Undecorating Party - Jan 2

I would guess that most folks are happy to be able to get out of the house by now!  Here is a reason to get out of the house and enjoy the company of others while being involved in a worthwhile project- UNDECORATING PARTY!  We will be taking down the Christmas decorations this coming Friday, January 2nd from 9:00 to noon.  Please join us!
 
Nancy

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Parking lot clear for 4pm & 6pm

The SOV parking lot has been cleared in preparation for tonight's worship services.

Christmas Blessings,

Pastor Michelle

Canceled: 11pm Christmas Eve Worship

Due to the weather conditions, tonight's 11 pm Christmas Eve worship service has been canceled.  Please join us for lessons and carols at 4 pm and 6 pm, if you are safely able to do so.

Christmas Blessings!

Pastor Michelle


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

SOV Budget Meeting

Dear SOV Church Family,

All of us at Shepherd of the Valley are very aware of how this unusual weather has turned our lives upside down.  Yet we are also trying to honor our church responsibilities in a way that is respectful of our members' needs for family time.  Since it is likely that we will be unable to send out any mailings from the church office until at least Monday, Dec. 29th, this e-mail will serve as a (more than) ten-day notice to the congregation that there will be a congregational meeting on January 11th at 9:45 am for the purpose of voting on the revised operating budget.  In the event of bad weather on January 11th, we will postpone the meeting until January 18th at 9:45 am. If the weather is still bad on the 18th, we will hold the meeting on the 25th at 9:45 am.  Please tell anyone you know who doesn't have access to e-mail.

Because of the weather, we don't know when the newsletter will go out, but please get your articles submitted as soon as possible.  That way Nancy will be able to get the newsletter out as soon as possible.

Christmas Blessings,

Pastor Michelle

Monday, December 22, 2008

It's "snow" joke: What about Christmas Eve?

It seems our dream of a white Christmas has become a bit of a nightmare at this point!  Who would have thought we would end up canceling worship on the Sunday before Christmas?  Who would have thought that the snow would hang on this long?  Is this Portland?!  But as long as we're all safe and warm, we have much to be thankful for.

Your SOV leadership team is working hard preparing for Christmas Eve worship services.  Since we are in uncharted territory, we are all "making this up as we go!"  Our faithful secretary, Nancy, has been stuck up on the hillside where she lives for a week now.  (Rumor has it that she and Mark are still getting along!)  Because Nancy has been unable to get to the office, your pastor has been "promoted" to the role of secretary and, with the musical input of Kevin, has put together draft bulletins for the Christmas Eve services.  So, it won't be a fancy bulletin, but we'll have one!  And that's okay, because our Lord wasn't born in a fancy palace, but in a humble stable, so the plain bulletin will be very appropriate!  What matters most is that we gather together to celebrate God's greatest gift with Scripture and song.

Meanwhile, your capable council president, Diane Lewis, is trying to round up someone to clear the church parking of snow, and your loyal Altar Guild is planning to prepare the church so that we can gather for worship on Wednesday evening at 4 pm, 6 pm, and 11 pm.  We will do our best to make the lot as safe as possible.

In short, we will do everything in our power to make sure that we can hold Christmas Eve services on Wednesday.  However, we also recognize that not everything is "in our power."  The weather forecast indicates that we will continue to get snow for the next couple of days.  If you don't feel safe coming to church, please stay home and worship God at home.  Read the Christmas story, Luke 2:1-14, and ponder the miracle of what God has given us through Jesus.  Say some prayers and sing some songs.  For those who are unable to attend worship, I will send out a copy of my sermon by e-mail.  Also, I again encourage you to take advantage of the many radio and tv broadcasts this time of year.  Here are a couple of examples:

Lessons and carols from Kings College, England:  89.9 FM radio at 7 am or 5 pm on Christmas Day
www.gracematters.com
Christmas at St. Olaf:  OPB (Channel 10) at 2 pm on Christmas Day

Also, in this season of giving, please remember that even when we can't always physically make it to church, the work of the church continues at Shepherd of the Valley and so do the costs of doing ministry in the community.  December is traditionally a time when congregations receive large offerings, because people want to take advantage of tax deductions before December 31st.  SOV is no exception to this rule.  If you are not able to make it to worship, please consider mailing your offering to the church office:  17625 NW Cornell Rd., Beaverton, OR 97006.

Stay safe and warm, and may the blessings of the Christ Child fill your hearts,

Pastor Michelle 

Sunday, December 21, 2008

KOK Weather Update

Kids of the Kingdom asks that you call before you attempt to bring your child to the Center (503-645-0236).  We will try to be open if the weather allows.  If there is no answer, that means we have not been able to make it to the Center.  Please leave a message. We will return the call as soon as we can.
 
In case we need to close the Center early, please leave a contact number you can be immediately reached at each day.
 
You may also contact the Center at its e-mail:  kok@sovlutheran.com.
 
We pray that you all are safe and warm during this cold weather.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Sunday Worship Canceled 12/21

Dear SOV Church Family,

Due to inclement weather, both worship services are canceled tomorrow, Sunday, December 21, 2008.  Please stay home and stay safe.  It's very cold and dangerous out there!

I encourage you to have your own worship service at home with your loved ones.  Light your Advent wreath or other candles, say some prayers, read the Scripture lessons for the day (see below), sing a couple of songs, and/or enjoy the reflections listed below:

If you came to second service last week, you could log onto the SOV website and listen to the Scriptures, sermon, and music from the 8:30 service.

If you are an early bird, you can tune your radio to KPDQ, FM 104.9, and listen to a broadcast of the Lutheran program "Grace Matters," or check out this link a little later in the day:  www.gracematters.com

December 21, 2008
Advent IV – A Conversation with Benedict of Nursia
Isaiah 55:10-11
 
For this final edition of a four-part Advent series with great saints of the church, host Peter Marty visits with St. Benedict (c. 480-c.547). Known for his famous "Rule," a Rule that still guides Benedictine followers today with its teachings on humility, silence, and obedience, Benedict zeroes in on the holy reading of Scripture for this Grace Matters program. He spells out the critical value of hearing Scripture not only with our intellects but also with our hearts.

Scripture lessons appointed for December 21, 2008:

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16

Instead of David building a house (temple) for the Lord, the Lord promises to establish David's house (dynasty) forever.  Centuries later, after the Babylonian exile, no king sat on the throne.  Even then, however, the people of Israel remembered this promise and continued to hope for a king, the messiah, the Lord's anointed. 

Romans 16:25-27

Paul closes his letter to the Romans by praising God because in the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ God has revealed the promised, divine plan of salvation for all humanity.  Paul proclaims this gospel of Christ in order to bring about the obedience of faith among all nations.

Luke 1:26-38

In this annunciation, Luke makes clear that God comes with good news for ordinary people (Mary) from little-known places (Nazareth).  This king will not be born to royalty in a palace, but to common folk in a stall.  Here Luke highlights the role of the Spirit, a special emphasis in his gospel.

Prayer of the Day

Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come.  With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that would obstruct your mercy, that willingly we may bear your redeeming love to all the world, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

ADVENT BLESSINGS,

PASTOR MICHELLE

Friday, December 19, 2008

Public schools closed Friday

Beaverton, Hillsboro, and Portland public schools are closed Friday, Dec 19.

Status updates: Beaverton, Portland, Hillsboro
Full area list: KGW

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Canceled: Advent Soup Supper, Worship and Choir Practice

Due to inclement weather, tonight's soup supper, worship and choir practice are canceled.  Please stay safe and warm and enjoy the blessings of Advent with your families.

God's Peace,

Pastor Michelle


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Tonight's Concert Canceled!

Due to bad weather, tonight's choir concert at Shepherd of the Valley has been canceled.  Please stay home and be safe!
 
Blessings,
Pastor Michelle

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear Friends in Christ,

This coming Sunday marks the third Sunday in Advent, a day traditionally known as "Rejoice Sunday."  The reading from First Thessalonians begins, "Rejoice always" (I Thessalonians 5:16-24), and Isaiah (Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11) and the psalmist (Psalm 126) make clear that God is turning our mourning into laughter and shouts of joy.  Watch and wait, prepare and rejoice, for the Lord, the light of the world (John 1:6-8, 19-28), is coming very soon!

Prayer of the Day

Stir up the wills of your faithful people, Lord God, and open our ears to the words of your prophets, that, anointed by your Spirit, we may testify to your light; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

Announcements:

You are invited to join us for Advent soup suppers and worship tonight and next Wednesday, December 17.  Dinner will be served at 5:45 pm, and worship will follow at 6:30 pm. 

In our Prayers:

SOV's Call Committee—prayers for wisdom and guidance, as they review resumes and prepare for a new round of interviews;

SOV's next pastor (God knows who this is!)—prayers for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, as he or she discerns God's call;

Prayers for safety and wisdom for all who serve in the military;

Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones;

Prayers of comfort and encourage for all who are seeking employment. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Carol Fest

Remember the SOV Carol Fest and choir concert coming this Sunday, December 14th at 6:00 pm!  There will be a special appearance by BEAR NOEL for the kids.  If you can bring treats (cookies, brownies, etc.), that would be most welcomed.

Partylite Fundraiser

I will be hosting a Partylite Fund raiser for SOV Altar Guild

When: Dec 11th
Where: SOV Rainbow Room
Time: 6:30pm

SOV Altar Guild will receive 20% in cash for the total sales amount excluding shipping cost.

If you can make it and RSVP to me at rrstolten (at) comcast (dot) net then you will receive a gift, bring a guest a receive another gift.

I also wanted you to know that there are 2 great guest specials for December.

Purchase any one item at full price in the catalog, go to above link and you can purchase one of any or all of the sales items.

Once your total purchase is $40, you can have any item in the catalog for 50% off.


Example on how to maximize your spending $$.

You want to purchase the Expressions™ Multi Display Candle Holder  $149.95, but it's a little on the pricey side.

One Dozen Tealight: $8.50 /dozen
Glow™ Reed Diffuser - Strawberry Fields™    $15
Snowbell Votive Holder and one dozen Candied Apple™ votives $10
Snowflake Tealight Holder and one dozen Iced Snowberries™ Tealights  $10

Which is $43.50 and purchase the Candle holder at 50% off for $74.95   Total Cost to you is only 128. 
 
Betty Stoltenburg

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Tanzanian visitors at worship tomorrow!

Shepherd of the Valley is privileged to host Eden and Rogathe Koambwe, a couple from Tanzania, who will be with us for worship and for the Sunday School hour tomorrow. When Pastor Al Solmonson was here at SOV, he visited them in Monduli, Tanzania, and Shepherd of the Valley was active in helping establish the first all-girl secondary school there.

Please join us for this wonderful opportunity to learn more about global ministry! We will be taking a special "love offering" to help with the Tanzanian ministry.

Blessings!
Pastor Michelle

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Christian books for children

Sandeep Jonnakuti, a member of SOV, will be visiting India this month.  On his last trip to India, he gifted some Christian books to his church there on behalf of Shepherd of the Valley.  There was a good response from the India church where the books are being heavily used in their ministry.  Sandeep would like to take some more books on this trip.  If you have any good Christian story books with pictures, please bring to Shepherd before Dec. 13th and put them in the box so designated.  The box is located in the front lobby under the table.
 
Thanks to everyone for their support of this ministry.
 
Nancy

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Party time!

To All:

I will be hosting a Partylite Fundraiser for SOV Altar Guild.

When:  Dec 11th
Where:  SOV Rainbow Room
Time:  6:30pm

SOV Altar Guild will receive 20% in cash for the total sales amount excluding shipping cost. 

Orders will arrive before Christmas.  As an added bonus, I will gift wrap any items purchased as Christmas gifts.

So, if you still have some Christmas shopping to do or would like to purchase a dozen unscented white tea lite or votives to donate to the altar guild stop on by.

If you are unable to attend but would like to participate in this fundraiser, I will put some order forms and catalogs in the Narthex.  All orders and payment need to be received by Dec 11 to ensure delivery before Christmas.

Here is a link to online catalog: http://www.partylite.biz/sites/julieclarke/catalog-intro

Please DO NOT order ONLINE.  I want to ensure maximum benefit for SOV.

Appetizers and beverages will be provided.  

Blessings,

Betty Stoltenburg

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear Friends in Christ,

This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent, our time of waiting and preparing for the coming of our Lord.  The psalmist's plea in Psalm 80:2, "Stir up your power and come!," has become familiar to us in the Advent prayers.  Similarly, Isaiah wants God to rip the heavens open and come down (Isaiah 64:1-9).  Both the psalmist and Isaiah cry out for an apparently distant, angry God to show up, to save, to restore.  When we hear Jesus describing the coming of the Son of Man with stars falling from heaven, it can sound dire and horrible, not like anything we would ever hope for (Mark 13:24-37).  But when we really look at the suffering of people God loves, we can share the hope that God would tear open the heavens and come.

Prayer of the Day

Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come.  By your merciful protection awaken us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and keep us blameless until the coming of your new day, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

Announcements:

· Advent begins this Sunday, November 30th, which means that SOV's weekly Advent soup suppers and worship will begin on Wednesday, Dec. 3rd.  Dinner will be served at 5:45 pm, and worship will follow at 6:30 pm.  Please join us for this welcome mid-week respite:  food for body and soul!

In our Prayers

· SOV's Call Committee—prayers for wisdom and guidance, as they review resumes and prepare for a new round of interviews;

· SOV's next pastor (God knows who this is!)—prayers for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, as he or she discerns God's call;

· Prayers for safety and wisdom for all who serve in the military;

· Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones;

· Prayers of comfort and encourage for all who are seeking employment.

Congregational Meeting Dec. 7th

SOV Family,

We will gather after 11am church to discuss and vote on the 2009 General Operating Budget.  Pizza, salad and beverages will be served at Noon.  The meeting will start as soon as the pizza is served.  We will have a free will offering to help defray the costs of the pizza.  We hope to have day care available during the meeting.

Our council will be available to answer questions and be part of the discussion about our general operating budget for 2009. All members are encouraged to study the proposed budget that is available for review.

The council's goal was to give the congregation a clear picture of what it takes to run the      ministry, programs and pay for the staff of our congregation.

In the economic world that we live in now, the council is clear that the congregation needs to have time to review and discuss the needs and direction of our church as we go forward into a new operating budget for 2009.  This is a time for discussion and look at creative input in order to carry on the programs and needs of maintaining our church.  As we come together for discussion and vote, we hope that you will pray about the financial needs of our church and the reality of how we can work together to find solutions for building our ministry, take care of our current building and build towards the future of Shepherd of the Valley.

Together we can build a plan to find solutions and work as a family of Christ.  If you have any questions, concerns or input please come to the discussion between services on November 30 and to the congregational meeting on December 7. Your council members are always ready to hear your views and encourage everyone's participation in our budget.  Come be part of the excitement as we plan our financial future for 2009.

Together in Christ, all things are possible!

    Diane Lewis, SOV Council President

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear Friends in Christ,

This coming Sunday, the festival of Christ the King, marks the end the church year.  Our gospel lesson is Jesus' great story of judgment (Matthew 25:31-46).  In the end, the faithful are those who served Christ by ministering to those who are poor, hungry, naked, sick, or estranged.  In the appointed Old Testament lesson (Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24), God is the shepherd who seeks the lost, weak, and injured and feeds them with justice.  As we gather this Sunday, we celebrate the reign of Christ and his victory over death, yet we also await the consummation of all things yet to come.  Acknowledging Christ as our merciful ruler, we go forth so that his reign may be known in our loving words and deeds.

Prayer of the Day 

O God of power and might, your Son shows us the way of service, and in him we inherit the riches of your grace.  Give us the wisdom to know what is right and the strength to serve the world you have made, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

Announcements:

· Church decorating for the Advent and Christmas season will take place on Monday, November 24th.  Stay tuned for the time!

· Advent begins on Sunday, November 30th.  That means that SOV's weekly Advent soup suppers and worship will begin on Wednesday, Dec. 3rd.  Dinner will begin at 5:45 pm, and worship will follow at 6:30 pm.

In our prayers:

· SOV's Call Committee—prayers for wisdom and guidance, as they prepare to receive names of pastoral candidates next week;

· SOV's next pastor (God knows who this is!)—prayers for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, as he or she discerns God's call;

· Prayers for safety and wisdom for all who serve in the military;

· Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones;

· Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are unemployed.

Coffee Time

For those folks who might be new to the congregation and for those who have been around for some time, please remember that we have an early-morning coffee klatch at Tanasbourne Starbucks on Tuesdays.  Some come as early as 7:00am and others run a little late!!  We fellowship and drink some Starbucks.  We will not be meeting next week because of Thanksgiving, however, the following Tuesday, December 2nd, we plan on meeting.  Please join us for some wonderful conversation and enjoy the company of other SOV members.  It is a great way to get to know people in a small group setting.
 
Nancy
PS  Any questions, please give me a call at church - 645-4994.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Thanksgiving Baskets

Social Concerns will be leading the assembly and delivery of SOV's annual Thanksgiving Food Baskets this Saturday, November 22.  We still need people to meet at the Winco on Cornelius Pass Road at 8:00am to help purchase the food and bring it to church, as well as people to help with assembly at church at 10:00am and people to help deliver baskets afterwards.  If you can help with any of these things, please contact Larina Hoffbeck.  Knowing in advance how many people we have for each task greatly helps our ability to plan and organize so that things go smoothly on Saturday.  Thank you!


Saturday, November 22

RSVP for:
8am at Winco (Cornelius Pass/Cornell)
10am at SOV

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear Friends in Christ,

Our Scripture readings during November speak of the end times.  The prophets proclaim that the day of the Lord will be filled with wrath and distress. Paul says it will come like a thief in the night and urges us to be awake and sober.  Jesus tells the parable of the talents, calling us to use our gifts, while we still have time, for the greater and common good.  In a world filled with violence and despair, we gather around signs of hope—word, water, bread and wine—eager to welcome the good news of Christ's coming among us.

Prayer of the Day

Righteous God, our merciful master, you own the earth and all its peoples, and you give us all that we have.  Inspire us to serve you with justice and wisdom, and prepare us for the joy of the day of your coming, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen

Announcements

· Thanksgiving baskets will be assembled on Saturday morning, November 22nd, beginning at 10 am.  Helping hands are much appreciated!

· Church decorating for the Advent and Christmas season will take place on Monday, November 24th.  Stay tuned for the time!

· Advent begins on Sunday, November 30th.  That means that SOV's weekly Advent soup suppers and worship will begin on Wednesday, Dec. 3rd.  Dinner will begin at 5:45 pm, and worship will follow at 6:30 pm.

In our prayers

· SOV's Call Committee—prayers for wisdom and guidance, as they prepare to receive names of pastoral candidates next week;

· SOV's next pastor (God knows who this is!)—prayers for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, as he or she discerns God's call;

· Prayers for safety and wisdom for all who serve in the military;

· Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones;

· Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are unemployed.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Potluck Potluck Potluck

To SOV family - a friendly reminder that there will be an old-fashioned potluck right after the second service this coming Sunday, November 9th.

Food! Fellowship! Sharing Information!

We are gathering after 11 AM church, on November 9, for an old-fashioned Lutheran potluck lunch.   (Red jello is optional)

After we share some fellowship time and our meal we will have the opportunity to ask questions about different areas of our congregations direction.

More information will be available on what we can expect for pay package options as the call committee prepares to receive names of prospective pastoral candidates.  We will have the opportunity to review our financial requests for the planning of our new general budget and work to help the congregation understand what goes into creating the proposed budget for the coming year.

Leadership will be available to receive and give information in areas of the building committee, ideas for paying off the mortgage, status of the capital campaign, KOK and any other areas of our church that our membership is interested in discussing.

We want to respond to our member's interest, ideas and questions as we work to build more unified community. Our goal is to share information with each other, become better informed and involved so that as a congregation can strengthen our foundation in Christ for all areas of ministry at Shepherd of the Valley.

If we are unable to answer a question, then we will research it and get back with a response.

This is a time for everyone to be better informed and part of how we can better serve each other and the ministries of our church. 

Members with last names A-L can bring a main dish and M-Z can bring a salad.  Ice cream and beverages will be provided. 

Child care will be available during our sharing time after we have lunch.

Please contact the Executive committee for further information.
(Diane Lewis, Peggy Vermaas, Lee Bonacker, Valsala George and Ken Harris)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear Friends in Christ,

During November our worship is filled with images of the communion of saints, judgment, and the Second Coming of Christ.  The prophet Amos says the day of the Lord will be one of gloom and darkness, and he calls for justice to roll down like waters (Amos 5:18-24).   Promoting justice is one of the ways you and I can help prepare the way of the Lord.  In our gospel lesson, Jesus tells the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids in order to illustrate the urgency of living in readiness for the Lord's coming at all times (Matthew 25:1-13).

Prayer of the Day

O God of justice and love, you illumine our way through life with the words of your Son.  Give us the light we need and awaken us to the needs of others, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen

Announcements:

THANK YOU to all who helped provide the wonderful Thanksgiving dinner here at SOV last night!  I heard that the crew set up 156 chairs, and there weren't very many empty ones!  There weren't any empty tummies or hearts, either.

This coming Sunday, November 9th, there will be another opportunity to gather together as a church family.  We will share a potluck meal, and members of the congregation's leadership will share information about what's going on with the ministries of SOV.  Food for body, mind, and soul—don't miss out! 

In our prayers:

·Prayers for safety and wisdom for all who serve in the military;

·Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones;

·Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are unemployed.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Commitment Sunday

Hello, all,
 
We hope you received your 2009 SOV financial pledge forms, volunteer handbooks, and volunteer sign-up sheets in the mail or picked them up last Sunday.  Please remember to bring the forms and sign-up sheets to church this Sunday, November 2.  We'll have some extra forms in case you forget yours or didn't get one in the mail.  Your financial pledge will be used in the drafting of SOV's 2009 budget, so it's very important that we get as many responses as possible.
 
Thank you again for your commitment to SOV and for letting your light shine!
 
Larina Hoffbeck,
Stewardship Committee

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Commitment

Luke 6:37-38
Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: [38] Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Recognize to whom you owe the fact that you exist, that you breathe, that you understand, that you are wise, and, above all, that you know God and hope for the kingdom of heaven. You have been made a son of God, co-heir with Christ. Where did you get all this, and from whom?.... What benefactor has enabled you to look out upon the beauty of the sky, the sun in its course, the circle of the moon, the countless number of stars, with the harmony and order that are theirs, like the music of a harp? Who has blessed you with rain, with the art of husbandry, with different kinds of food, with the arts, with houses, with laws, with states, with a life of humanity and culture, with friendship and the easy familiarity of kinship? ... Is it not God who asks you now in your turn to show yourself generous ... Because we have received from him so many wonderful gifts, will we not be ashamed to refuse him this one thing only, our generosity?

Capital Campaign Executive Committee

Monday, October 20, 2008

Spiritual Gifts Assessment

Dear SOV Church Family,

It's been brought to my attention that the link to the spiritual gifts inventory, which was printed in yesterday's bulletin, doesn't work.  (I tried to connect and confirmed that it doesn't work.)  However, I did some research and found that the following link does work:  http://archive.elca.org/evangelism/assessments/spiritgifts.html

Blessings,

Pastor Michelle

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Building Committee Presentation

Please be sure to join us at 10 am this Sunday at Shepherd of the Valley for a special presentation by the Building Committee.  This is your chance to see and hear about the latest developments in the congregation's dream of a new sanctuary and remodeled facilities!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear Friends in Christ,

Our God is a God of surprises:  God sees potential where we see worthlessness.  When things seem grim and the forces opposed to life seem to be winning the day, God finds a way to bring hope out of despair.  Sometimes God even uses those who don't know God to accomplish God's purposes.  We find an example of this in the first reading appointed for this coming Sunday, in which God uses the Gentile ruler Cyrus to accomplish the divine purpose of ending Israel's exile.  In our gospel lesson, we observe that when the religious authorities try to trip Jesus up, God gives him words of wisdom that stop them in their tracks:  "Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor's and to God the things that are God's."  As we gather for worship, we are reminded that our ultimate allegiance is to God rather than to any earthly authority.  Created in the image of God, we offer our entire selves in the service of God and for the sake of the world.

Prayer of the Day 

Sovereign God, raise your throne in our hearts.  Created by you, let us live in your image; created for you, let us act for your glory; redeemed by you, let us give you what is yours, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord; Amen

Announcements

· SOV's Building Committee will be making a presentation this coming Sunday, October 19th, at 10 am.  This is your chance to see and hear about the latest developments in working toward SOV's new and remodeled facilities.

· "Carvin' for the Starvin'" is "happenin'" at Shepherd of the Valley on Saturday, October 25, from 3 to 5 pm.  Kids from 1 to 99 are welcome to come and carve a jack o' lantern or two.  Some of these will be auctioned off on Sunday.  All proceeds go to Shepherd's Storehouse.

· Sunday, October 26th, is Reformation Sunday.  The liturgical color of the day is red, and so I'd like to challenge you to "get the red out!"  Let's wear red in honor of Martin Luther!

In our prayers

· Prayers for safety and wisdom for all who serve in the military;

· Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones;

· Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are unemployed.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Pastor's weekly message

Dear Friends in Christ,

In our gospel lesson for this coming Sunday (Matthew 21:33-46), Jesus tells a parable of the vineyard, an image of Israel, the prophets' mission, and Christ's death.  For Christians, the vineyard also speaks of God's love poured out in the blood of Christ, given to us for the forgiveness of sin.  Grafted onto Christ the vine at baptism, we are nourished with wine and bread, that we may share Christ's sufferings and know the power of his resurrection.  In the lesson appointed from Philippians (Philippians 3:4b-14), Paul declares that it is the power of Christ's resurrection that motivates him to press on toward the ultimate goal:  eternal life with Christ.

 Prayer of the Day 

Beloved God, from you come all things that are good.  Lead us by the inspiration of your Spirit to know those things that are right, and by your merciful guidance, help us to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen

Announcements

This Sunday, October 5th at 12:30 pm, SOV will hold an open forum about the call process.  All are welcome!

 In our prayers:

Prayers for safety and wisdom for all who serve in the military;

…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones;

…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are unemployed.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Cookies!!

A reminder that The Transport Trio concert is Friday and Saturday!  If you can bring a donation of cookies or cookie bars to the church to help with refreshments after the concert (either night) it would be most appreciated.
 
Enjoy the concert!
 
Nancy

Monday, September 22, 2008

Cookies for Friday/Saturday

The Transport Trio concert will be Friday, Sept. 26th and Saturday, Sept. 27th.  Cookies and cookie bars are still needed for both evenings.  If you can provide some, please bring them to the church and mark that they are for the concert.  If you have any questions, please contact Tammy McDonald.

Thanks, Nancy

Monday, September 15, 2008

Pastor's weekly message

Dear Friends in Christ,
 
In our gospel lesson for this coming Sunday, Matthew narrates one of Jesus' controversial parables, in which Jesus says the reign of God is like workers who get paid the same no matter when they start working.  By human standards, this doesn't seem fair.  We tend to see things in a narrow, self-centered way.  Thankfully, our God does not see as we see:  God's vision is of a world where all are reconciled with God and with each other.  God's grace and mercy are without limit and without end, and so it's never too late to accept God's open invitation to enter into God's vineyard and begin the work of the kingdom.  Someone who turns to God in the last minutes of life will receive the same reward as a lifelong Christian.  Now THAT'S radical generosity!!!
 
Prayer of the Day
 
Almighty and eternal God, you show perpetual loving kindness to us your servants.  Because we cannot rely on our own abilities, grant us your merciful judgment, and train us to embody the generosity of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen
 
Announcements:
 
· This coming Sunday, September 21 the congregation of SOV will gather to vote on the recommendation to call Pastor Kathleen M. ("Kit") Neeley to be the next pastor of Shepherd of the Valley.  The meeting will be called to order at 6 pm.  A spaghetti dinner will be provided, beginning at 5 pm.  (There will be a variety of sauces to accommodate dietary needs.)  Childcare will be provided: Hilary from Kids of the Kingdom will be downstairs beginning at 5:45pm.
 
In our prayers:
 
· All breast cancer survivors and SOV's Race for the Cure team, who will be walking this coming Sunday, Sept. 21
· Prayers for safety and wisdom for all who serve in the military;
· …Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones;
· …Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are unemployed.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear Friends in Christ,

In the lesson from Romans that is appointed for this coming Sunday, Paul questions why we judge one another, since we all stand before the judgment of God.  Yet we do sin against one another, and Jesus' challenge that we forgive seventy-seven times, reveals God's boundless mercy.  As we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Baptism for Holly Rowyn Haydamack this Sunday, we are called to remember our own baptism and the covenant God made with us:  We are to go out into the world to be signs of God's reconciling love.

Prayer of the Day

O Lord God, merciful judge, you are the inexhaustible fountain of forgiveness.  Replace our hearts of stone with hearts that love and adore you, that we may delight in doing your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen

Announcements:

Sunday School for all ages begins this Sunday, Sept. 14!  The kids begin at 9:45, and the adult class will begin at 10 am.  The kids and their teachers will be using a new curriculum, Seasons of the Spirit, which focuses on the same Scripture lessons that are used in worship each week.  The adult class will begin the year with a seven-week course entitled "Opening the Book of Faith:  Lutheran Insights for Bible Study."  This is part of an exciting five-year initiative of the ELCA designed to promote greater familiarity with the Bible!

Prayer concerns:

Prayers for safety and wisdom for all who serve in the military;
…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones;
…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are unemployed.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Town Hall Meeting this Sunday

Dear Friends in Christ,

As most of you are aware, this coming Sunday the people of Shepherd of the Valley will gather for a Town Hall meeting.  Your Call Committee and Council leadership have structured this to be a time of caring and sharing:  With love and concern for ALL our sisters and brothers, we will share and receive information related to the congregation's call process.  There will be NO VOTING at this meeting; it is purely informational.  I strongly urge all of you to support your leadership in prayer and to attend the Town Hall meeting so that everyone receives the same information.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Michelle   

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear Friends in Christ,

Conflict is a part of relationships and life in community.  How we respond to it is key.  Many people in our society try to avoid conflict, or else they dismiss the arguments of anyone who disagrees with them.  In the church we are called to treat each other according to a higher standard:  Relationships are valued so highly in the Christian community that being reconciled always takes precedence over being right.  In our gospel lesson for this coming Sunday, Jesus offers some concrete advice on how to address the conflicts that will inevitably surface in the church (Matthew 18:15-20).  In a similar vein, the apostle Paul reminds us that love is the fulfillment of God's law (Romans 13:8-14).  As we worship together this Sunday, we gather in the name of Christ, assured that he is present among us with his gifts of peace and reconciliation.

Prayer of the Day

O Lord God, enliven and preserve your church with your perpetual mercy.  Without your help, we mortals will fail; remove far from us everything that is harmful, and lead us toward all that gives life and salvation, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord; Amen

Announcements

· Beginning this Sunday, September 7, our worship times will move back to 8:30 and 11 am.

· Sunday, September 7 is Rally Day at Shepherd of the Valley!  Lots of fun activities are planned for the kickoff of Sunday School, and there will be exciting things happening in worship, too!  Also, immediately following late worship, there will be Town Hall meeting to share further information about the call process with the congregation.  And you won't want to miss the annual church picnic, which will be held right after the meeting.

· Sunday School for all ages begins Sept. 14.  The kids begin at 9:45, and the adult class will begin at 10 am.  The kids and their teachers will be using a new curriculum, Seasons of the Spirit, which focuses on the same Scripture lessons that are used in worship each week.  The adult class will begin the year with a seven-week course entitled "Opening the Book of Faith:  Lutheran Insights for Bible Study."  This is part of an exciting five-year initiative of the ELCA designed to promote greater familiarity with the Bible!

Prayer concerns:

· Prayers for safety and wisdom for all who serve in the military;

…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones;

…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are unemployed.

Rebekah Circle and Worship Committee

There will be a Rebekah Circle meeting this Thursday, September 4th at 11:15a at church.  Please bring a brown bag lunch.  ALL WOMEN are welcome!
 
Regarding September's Worship Committee meeting - it was listed on the calendar for Sept. 10th - please correct to WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th at 5:30pm here at church.
 
Thanks, Nancy

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

PICNIC ON RALLY DAY!

Hello everyone - we will be having our annual church picnic this year on Rally Day - September 7th after the 2nd church service (11:00 am).  You will be provided hamburgers, hot dogs, tableware and beverages.
 
PLEASE BRING:
BAKED BEANS OR VEGGIE TRAY IF YOUR LAST NAME BEGINS A-L.
IF YOUR LAST NAME BEGINS M-Z, PLEASE BRING EITHER FRUIT TRAY OR COOKIES.

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear Friends in Christ,

As Christians we believe that God speaks to us in many and various ways.  In fact, Martin Luther was fond of saying that our God is a "chatty" God who has a lot to say to us--if we are listening.  Inevitably, sometimes the Lord says things that we don't want to hear--things that make us uncomfortable because they don't fit our expectations....

This is what happened to Peter and the other disciples in our gospel lesson for this coming Sunday.  When Jesus told them that the Son of Man would be betrayed, killed, and would rise again on the third day, it must have scared them out of their wits!  How could someone as good and as powerful as Jesus suffer such a terrible fate?!  They just didn't get why he would have to suffer....  And so Jesus tried to explain to the disciples that they will find their lives in losing them (Matthew 16:21-28).  In the lesson from Romans, Paul also speaks about this kind of sacrificial love when he urges us to associate with the lowly and not to repay evil with evil (Romans 12:9-21).

Prayer of the Day

O God, we thank you for your Son, who chose the path of suffering for the sake of the world.  Humble us by his example, point us to the path of obedience, and give us strength to follow your commands, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen

Announcements

• NOTE:  This Sunday, August 31, we will hold only ONE WORSHIP SERVICE at 10:30 am.  Beginning Sunday, September 7, our worship times will move back to 8:30 and 11 am.
• Sunday, September 7 is Rally Day at Shepherd of the Valley!  Lots of fun activities are planned for the kickoff of Sunday School, and there will be exciting things happening in worship, too!
• Sunday School for all ages begins Sept. 14.  The kids begin at 9:45, and the adult class will begin at 10 am.  The kids and their teachers will be using a new curriculum, Seasons of the Spirit, which focuses on the same Scripture lessons that are used in worship each week.  The adult class will begin the year with a seven-week course entitled "Opening the Book of Faith:  Lutheran Insights for Bible Study."  This is part of an exciting five-year initiative of the ELCA designed to promote greater familiarity with the Bible!

Prayer concerns:

…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones.

…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are unemployed.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear Friends in Christ,

In our gospel lesson for this coming Sunday, Jesus declares that the church will be built on the rock of Peter's bold confession of faith. God's word of reconciliation and mercy are keys to the church's mission. In the lesson from Romans (12:1-8), Paul urges us to not be conformed to this world, but to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, using our individual gifts to build up the body of Christ. From the Lord's house we go forth to offer our spiritual worship through word and deed.

Prayer of the Day

O God, with all your faithful followers of every age, we praise you, the rock of our life. Be our strong foundation and form us into the body of your Son, that we may gladly minister to all the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen

Announcements



· NOTE: Sunday, August 31, we will hold only ONE WORSHIP SERVICE at 10:30 am. Beginning Sunday, September 7, our worship times will move back to 8:30 and 11 am.

· Sunday, September 7 is Rally Day at Shepherd of the Valley! Lots of fun activities are planned for the kickoff of Sunday School, and there will be exciting things happening in worship, too!

· Sunday School for all ages begins Sept. 14. The kids begin at 9:45, and the adult class will begin at 10 am. The kids and their teachers will be using a new curriculum, Seasons of the Spirit, which focuses on the same Scripture lessons that are used in worship each week. The adult class will begin the year with a seven-week course entitled "Opening the Book of Faith: Lutheran Insights for Bible Study." This is part of an exciting five-year initiative of the ELCA designed to promote greater familiarity with the Bible!

Prayer concerns:

…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones.

…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are unemployed.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Spread the Good News!



Dear SOV Church Family,

I just experienced something very exciting: I listened to part of last Sunday's worship service on my computer! You can do this, too! In fact, by logging onto SOV's website, Aggie Wagemann and the McDonald family were able to "have church" in their home, which helped them feel connected, even though they couldn't be with us physically on Sunday!

You can "have church" at home, too! Just go to http://www.sovlutheran.com/ and click where it says "podcast." (The suggestion of downloading Firefox really does help speed things up!)

[Ed note: You can also find our podcast in iTunes. Just search for Shepherd Beaverton inside the iTunes store.]

What fun! And whom should we thank for all this fun? Why, our beloved SOV "techies," of course: Bob McFall, Tom Barnes, James Graham, Joe Hoffbeck, Arden Tarum, Terry Wagemann, and Aaron Zahrowski.

Have fun sharing the Good News with your friends!



Blessings,

Pastor Michelle

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear Friends in Christ,

In our gospel lesson for this coming Sunday, Jesus teaches the disciples that strictly observing laws and religious rituals does not necessarily make one righteous.  Each person must be right with God in his or her heart.  The proof of this lies in the way one lives:  The things we do and say reveal a great deal about the state of our hearts!  Jesus makes it very clear that those who do all the "rite" things in worship may be neglecting the weightier matters of the law.  He calls on us to examine how we treat our neighbors:  What do we say to them and about them?  Do our actions help them, or do our actions hurt them?  As followers of the One who gave his life for us and for the whole human family, we are called to be signs of comfort, healing and justice to those in need. 

Prayer of the Day

God of all peoples, your arms reach out to embrace all those who call upon you.  Teach us as disciples of your Son to love the world with compassion and constancy, that your name may be known throughout the earth, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen

· Don't forget to stop by the rummage sale, open to the public Friday and Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm.  Bring your friends!   Come early to avoid the worst of the heat!
 
Prayer concerns:

…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones.

…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are unemployed.

Is God Calling You?

Dear Friends in Christ,

We know that our Lord had a special place in his heart for children, and so do most of us at SOV!  It's time to translate our faith and love into action:  SOV's kids need a few more Sunday School teachers to share their love of God with them.  The more teachers we have, the easier the time commitment will be.  In addition, the kids will thrive knowing that so many adults in their church family care about them.

This would be a team-teaching situation, so no one has to worry about working alone.  If you're inexperienced as a teacher, don't worry:  There are others who can help you.  Besides, the most important thing is sharing your love of God and your love of the kids.

So, think about it:  Is God calling you to give some of your time to God's littlest ones—even just a few hours on a Sunday morning?  As a former Sunday School teacher myself, I guarantee that if you try this for a few weeks, you will be blessed in ways you never imagined!

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Michelle

Friday, August 8, 2008

Pastor's weekly message

Dear Friends in Christ,

With the prospect of a leadership transition for SOV on the horizon, our Scripture lessons for this coming Sunday take on special significance.  As we seek God's presence and guidance, we need to remember that God is  most present where we least expect to find God.  God does not conform to our human expectations!  Elijah finds the presence of God not in earthquake, wind, or fire, but in the sound of sheer silence (I Kings 19:9-18).  When the disciples face a great storm on the sea, they cry out with fear.  Jesus speaks to them:  "Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid" (Matthew 14:22-33).  Amid the storms of life, we gather to seek the calm presence of Christ that soothes our fears.  In comforting words of scripture and in the refreshing bread and cup of the eucharist, God grants us peace and sends us forth to be a sign of God's presence to others.

Prayer of the Day

O God our defender, storms rage around and within us and cause us to be afraid.  Rescue your people from despair, deliver your sons and daughters from fear, and preserve us in the faith of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen

Announcements:

·Summer Bible Study, Wednesdays at 7 pm, August 6th and 13th:  This summer we are taking a long, hard look at the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew chapters 5-7.  The heart of Jesus' teaching is more relevant than ever in a world of turmoil.  How should we as Christians and as a Church respond to the challenge of his words?  Join us on Wednesday evenings for some powerful  and provocative discussion and study.  The group will be facilitated by Kevin Cope and will meet this week at the home of Neil and Dolores Austin.      

Prayer concerns:

…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones.

…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are unemployed.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Rummage sale update

The pre-sale is on Thursday the 14th from noon to 7pm and is available for all KOK staff and the SOV congregation. Come prepared to purchase.

The rummage sale will be open to the public on Friday, Aug. 15th and Saturday, Aug. 16th from 8:00am to 6:00pm.

We encourage folks to take a flyer located at the usher station and post it and to ask friends and family for donations and attendance. The more goods - the more money.  The Cornell Road entrance will be blocked off and folks will be entering from the cul de sac. We need folks to sign up for working 3 hours shifts and to help with clean up on Saturday evening beginning at 6 pm.  We also still need a free standing awning to provide shade for the Youth Hot Dog Sale; a couple of furniture dollies to move furniture; and a couple of folding tables and chairs for the Hot Dog Dale and Staff area. We also need a lot of good energy, positive attitudes, and prayers for good weather.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Blood Pressure Sunday

This coming Sunday, August 3rd is Blood Pressure Sunday. If you would like your pressure taken, please see one of the health care team after service.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Pastor's weekly message

Dear Friends in Christ,
 
In the Old Testament lesson for this coming Sunday, God invites all who are hungry or thirsty to receive food and drink without cost (Isaiah 55:1-5).  In our gospel lesson, Jesus feed the hungry multitude and reveals the abundance of God (Matthew 14:13-21).  At the Eucharistic table we remember all who are hungry or poor in our world today.  As we share the bread of life, we are sent forth to give ourselves away as bread for the hungry.
 
Prayer of the Day
 
Glorious God, your generosity waters the world with goodness, and you cover creation with abundance.  Awaken in us a hunger for the food that satisfies both body and spirit, and with this food fill all the starving world; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen
 
Announcements:

· A memorial service for Julie Zetterberg's father, Maurice Labrousse, will be held this Wednesday, July 30th, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sherwood.

· SOV's youth will meet the second pastoral candidate at Papa's Pizza this Wednesday at 6 pm.

· Summer Bible Study, Wednesdays at 7 pm, July 30th through August 13th:  This summer we are taking a long, hard look at the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew chapters 5-7.  The heart of Jesus' teaching is more relevant than ever in a world of turmoil.  How should we as Christians and as a Church respond to the challenge of his words?  Join us on Wednesday evenings for some powerful  and provocative discussion and study.  The group will be facilitated by Kevin Cope and will meet this week at the home of Neil and Dolores Austin.

· This coming Sunday, August 3rd, you are invited to meet the second pastoral candidate.  Time:  7 pm.  Place:  SOV, of course! 

Prayer concerns:

…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones.

…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are unemployed.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Pastor's weekly message

Dear Friends in Christ,
 
It's an exciting time in the life of Shepherd of the Valley!  In the next two weeks, you will have an opportunity to meet two pastoral candidates who are being considered for the call to serve here at SOV.  On each of the next two Sunday evenings, one candidate will lead devotions and engage in conversation with you, the members of Shepherd of the Valley.  This is an important step in the process of discerning whether either of these pastors is the right fit for the congregation.  I hope that you will be able to attend these gatherings and share your impressions with your Call Committee.  Please remember to hold the Call Committee members, the candidates, and the whole congregation in prayer.  The members of the Call Committee are:  Arden Tarum, chair; Daniel Carlson; Valsala George; Joe Hoffbeck; Connie McFall; Linda Rasmussen; Lee Bonacker (alternate); Dick Kuykendall (alternate).
 
Meet the Pastoral Candidates!
 
When:  Sunday, July 27 at 7 pm, and Sunday, August 3 at 7 pm
Where:  Shepherd of the Valley
Format:  Devotions followed by an informal fellowship time
 
Looking ahead to this Sunday's worship….
 
In baptism God promises that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (see Romans 8:26-39).  As Solomon prays for wisdom, so we seek to more deeply know the treasures of faith, ancient yet ever new (I Kings 3:5-12).  In our gospel lesson for this coming Sunday, Jesus offers images from everyday life that reveal to us the reign of God.  It is like a tree that becomes a safe and sheltering home, like yeast that penetrates and expands, like a treasured pearl, like a net that gains a great catch (Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52).  Even as we seek the riches of God's reign, the great surprise is that God's grace finds us first!
 
Prayer of the Day
 
Beloved and sovereign God, through the death and resurrection of your Son you bring us into your kingdom of justice and mercy.  By your Spirit, give us your wisdom, that we may treasure the life that comes from Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen
 
Other announcements
 
· Summer Bible Study, Wednesdays at 7 pm, July 23rd through August 13th:  This summer we will take a long, hard look at the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew chapters 5-7.  The heart of Jesus' teaching is more relevant than ever in a world of turmoil.  How should we as Christians and as a Church respond to the challenge of his words?  Join us on Wednesday evenings for some powerful and provocative discussion and study.  The group will be facilitated by Kevin Cope and will meet this week at the home of Neil and Dolores Austin.
 
Prayer concerns
 
…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones.
 
…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are unemployed.

Call Committee Meet & Greets

Sunday 7/27 and 8/3
 
Please join the Call Committee and the two finalists (one each Sunday at 7:00 PM) for a Meet and Greet.
 
Bob

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Caregiver retreat

On Thursday, July 31st, Legacy Caregiver Services will hold its annual Caregiver Retreat.  The event begins at 9:00 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in NW Portland.  

If you're interested in attending, call 503/413-7652 to register and select your activities (or email caregiver --at-- lhs -dot- org).  The $15 fee can be paid by credit card or payment can be sent to Legacy Caregiver Services.  Deadline is July 25th.

Jean McFalls
Legacy Caregiver Services
1015 NW 22nd Avenue
Portland, OR  97213
503/413-8018

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Pastor's weekly message

Dear Friends in Christ,
 
The Scripture lessons for this coming Sunday remind us that the mystery of God's ways is sometimes hidden from the wise and intelligent.  Jesus associates with the lowly and those often excluded from the religious community.  Like Paul, we struggle with our own selfish desires and seek God's mercy and forgiveness (Romans 7:15-25a).  We gather in worship to be refreshed by Christ's invitation:  "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens" (Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30).  In the Christian community gathered around Word, water, and meal, we find rest for our souls.

Please read on for congregational announcements and prayer concerns!

Announcements:

What a great time we had at Vacation Bible School!  We learned a lot, had fun, ate great food, and we even beat the heat on Saturday with lots of water breaks and Popsicles!  Thanks again to everyone who made it possible.

Wow!  Attendance at worship this past Sunday was 129—very good for summertime, when many are traveling!

Summer Bible Study, Wednesdays at 7 pm, July 2nd through August 13th:  This summer we will take a long, hard look at the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew chapters 5-7.  The heart of Jesus' teaching is more relevant than ever in a world of turmoil.  How should we as Christians and as a Church respond to the challenge of his words?  Join us on Wednesday evenings for some powerful and provocative discussion and study.  The group will be facilitated by Kevin Cope and will meet at the home of Ken and Charlotte Harris.

Prayer concerns:

…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones. 
 
…Prayers for strength and comfort for the people of California who are threatened by wildfires

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear Friends in Christ,
 
The welcome of baptism is for all God's children.  This baptismal gift sets us free from the power of sin and death.  In our gospel lesson for this coming Sunday (Matthew 10:40-42), Jesus promises that the disciple who gives a cup of cold water to the little ones serves Christ himself.  From worship we are sent on our baptismal mission:  to serve the little ones of this world and to be a sign of God's merciful welcome.  This Sunday the church also commemorates the apostles Peter and Paul, who according to tradition were martyred on this date.

Prayer of the Day

O God, you direct our lies by your grace, and your words of justice and mercy reshape the world.  Mold us into a people who welcome your word and serve one another, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen

Please read on for congregational announcements and prayer concerns!

Announcements:

Join us this coming Friday evening and all day Saturday, June 27-28, for Vacation Bible School!  We're going to have a treetop Bible blast, as we travel to the tropical rainforest of South America to learn how we can care for God's creation.  The fun begins Friday evening at 5:45 and lasts until 8 pm that evening.  We will resume our adventure on Saturday morning at 10 am.  Lunch is included in the fun!  We will be done by 3 pm on Saturday.  At the second worship service on Sunday, we'll have a chance to share some of what we've learned with the congregation.
 
Summer Bible Study, Wednesdays at 7 pm, July 2nd through August 13th:  This summer we will take a long, hard look at the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew chapters 5-7.  The heart of Jesus' teaching is more relevant than ever in a world of turmoil.  How should we as Christians and as a Church respond to the challenge of his words?  Join us on Wednesday evenings for some powerful  and provocative discussion and study.  The group will be facilitated by Kevin Cope and will meet at the home of Ken and Charlotte Harris.
 
Prayer concerns:

…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones.

…Prayers for strength and comfort for all the people in the Midwest who have lost so much in the wake of the terrible flooding.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Vacation Bible School

VBS is almost here. It starts at 5:45 this Friday, June 27th. As we only have a few confirmed kids signed up, we would like to get head count as soon as possible. So, if you are planning on having your kids attend, PLEASE CONTACT either Tammy McDonald or Lisa Ramsey-Barnes.

Monday, June 23, 2008

SOV driveway closure

Dear Friends in Christ,
 
Starting tomorrow, 6/24, and continuing for the next day or two, SOV's driveway (west of the building) will be closed due to construction.  Please use the 173rd Street entrance and cul-de-sac to access our parking lot.
 
Thanks!
Pastor Michelle 

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Pastor's weekly message

Dear Friends in Christ,

Belonging to the people of God is not always easy, as we will see in our Scripture lessons for this coming Sunday.  Jeremiah knew the frustration of having his words rejected, and he wasn't afraid to tell God exactly how he felt!  We should notice, however, that even though Jeremiah accuses God of forcing him into a ministry that brings him only contempt and persecution, he also trusts that God will protect him against his enemies and he commits his life into God's hands.  In our gospel lesson, Jesus declares that his words may not bring peace, but division.  He warns his disciples that their ministry in his name will meet with opposition, requiring absolute trust in God and an unswerving commitment to their Lord.

In baptism we are buried with Christ, so that we may walk in newness of life.  As we take stands for the sake of justice and lose our lives for the sake of others, we need not be afraid.  The hairs of our head are counted.  In baptism we are marked with the cross of Christ forever….  In spite of and because of the trials we face in this life, in the end it is Good News that we belong to God! 
 
Please read on for announcements and prayer requests! 

Announcements:

· Social Concerns is working with the local Red Cross to help victims of the recent fire at the Birch Pointe apartment complex (across Cornell Rd. from the church).  There is one person in need of towels, a twin or full-sized bed, and a chair.  Undoubtedly, there will be others in need of furniture.  If you have any items of furniture to donate, please call Mert.

· Your Church Council meets tomorrow evening, with several new members who will be attending.  Please offer prayers for guidance for your leadership, as well as prayers of thanksgiving for all who are sharing their gifts on behalf of the congregation.

Prayer concerns:

…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones.

…Prayers for strength and comfort for all the people in the Midwest who have lost so much in the wake of the terrible flooding.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Prayer Request

Dear SOV Church Family,
 
Please pray for the residents of the apartment complex across Cornell Rd. from the church:  There was a fire early this morning, which caused 18 families (about 40 people) to be displaced.  Kari Pinc called me this evening to tell me that she and her husband had to evacuate.  They're staying with her folks.  They were lucky in that their belongings are probably going to be okay.  Some families lost everything, however, and are now homeless.
 
God's Peace,
Pastor Michelle

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Memorial Service

Wednesday at 1:00pm there will be a memorial service here at Shepherd for Arlene Kruse, mother of Dean Kruse.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Pastor's weekly message

Dear Friends in Christ,

Sorry I missed sending out a weekly message last week; I and other members of my family came down with a stomach bug in the middle of the week, and then I had the Prayer Service and Synod Assembly to prepare for, as well as Sunday worship, so the message got lost in the shuffle! Anyway, I'm back on my feet and hoping that things will go smoothly this week.

In our gospel lesson for this coming Sunday, we see that even though Jesus was a devout Jew who practiced his faith, he was criticized for eating with tax collectors and sinners, i.e., the religiously nonobservant. Jesus turns the tables and criticizes the self-righteous, reminding us that mercy is to be at the heart of our religious practices. God continues to be made known in those on the margins of society, like Matthew the tax collector and the hemorrhaging woman. As we gather each Lord's day we receive the healing that makes us well and sends us forth to be signs of God's mercy for the world.

Prayer of the Day

O God, you are the source of life and the ground of our being. By the power of your Spirit bring healing to this wounded world, and raise us to the new life of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen

Please read on for announcements and prayer requests!

Announcements:

· Wasn't it great to see many of SOV's talented high school graduates at worship on Sunday? Thanks, guys, for getting out of bed to be with your church family! Know that you are loved and that our prayers will travel with you wherever you go.

· Thank you to everyone who helped make last Thursday's Prayer Service a special time for reflecting on SOV's past, present and future. Thank you also to everyone who pitched in and helped make the initial phase of SOV's Capital Campaign a big success!

· This coming Sunday, June 8th, worship will be led by SOV's Youth Choir! Please join the fun, as these talented young singers inspire us and touch our hearts with their gifts! SOV's annual congregational meeting also will be held this Sunday, immediately following the second service. We will be celebrating SOV's ministries and electing new officers for the coming church year. Child care and pizza will be provided.

Desserts for memorial service

Cookies or bar type desserts are needed for the Memorial Service of Dean Kruse's mother.

Service will be held at SOV on Wednesday June 11 at 1 PM.

You can bring them prior to the service (please mark them and leave them in the kitchen) or bring them with you if you plan to attend the service.

Any questions call or email Tammy McDonald. Thank you!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Prayer Vigil

SOV family,

Remember the prayer vigil at SOV tonight 7:00 pm.

Please come and join us in payer and song and receive your gift.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

SOV High School Graduates

This Sunday, June 1st, SOV is honoring their high school grads. During fellowship between services, 9:30-10:30 am, we can enjoy some cake and congratulate their accomplishments and wish them God' s guidance in their future endeavors.

SOV's Grads are:
  Vivian Noller
  Wesley Plinke
  Jameson Tabor
  Shayne Johnson
  Kelsey Rizer    
  Jack Roeder

For all the graduates, we ask that they arrive 10 minutes before the end of first service (9:20 am), stay through fellowship hour and stay through the first 10 minutes of second service (10:30-10:40 am).

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Capital Campaign FAQ's

Building On Christ Our Foundation

The following questions were presented to the Capital Funds Campaign Committee, answered by members of the Building Committee.

- A majority of the funds will come from the sale of land (1.8 million). If the land does not sell for expected value where will the remaining fund come from? Or will the project be scaled down?

At this stage, the cost estimates are very rough as we have yet to develop a specific building design and won't know the actual site design (and cost) until we have a buyer for the land. It's possible the estimates are high and funding won't be a problem. It's also possible the estimates are low and we may not have adequate funds even if we received $1.8 million for the land. Once we have a firm sales agreement and are able to better define site and building design and cost, we will be better able to evaluate if we have adequate funds. If it appears that we are short of funds, we may decide to delay construction and let our funds grow through investment, downscale expansion and/or downscale the remodel of the existing building. In other words, we'll consider every viable option once we are able to better determine our projected funds and costs.

- When do you expect construction to start?

Since most of the funding will come from the sale of the land, the construction timeline will be contingent on the sale of the land. Once we have a binding sales agreement, we will be able to refine our costs, adjust the project if necessary, and proceed with a specific design plan and land use and building permit process with the city of Beaverton. We estimate site work will start approximately 12 to 16 months after we have a binding sales agreement assuming no issues with funding.

- The new sanctuary will accommodate approximately 100 more people. Do you expect the growth to come after completion of the building?

The proposed sanctuary is based on the long term master plan we developed for the property, which is based on the long term strategic goals we developed for the congregation five years ago. We don't know how much, if any, growth will occur immediately upon completion of the expansion, although it's not uncommon for new people to visit recently built or expanded churches.

- Do you think we will lose some of our closeness when the church expands?

It's possible, but the feel of the space can vary greatly based on the design and the type of building materials used. During the process of selecting an architect, the Building Committee visited a number of churches and was very impressed with the intimacy and comfort of a sanctuary that held several thousand people. The proposed sanctuary is only 10 feet wider and 15 feet (back of rainbow room) to 40 feet (excluding rainbow room) deeper than our existing sanctuary.

- There are a lot of issues going on in the world with hunger, natural disasters such as the recent cyclone and earthquake. How would you suggest our priorities be set in regards to supporting the building campaign as compare to world and local issues?

We wouldn't presume to set priorities for you. Hopefully, you will do that in communication with God through prayer. What we do know is that we have talked about and planned for this addition for a number of years. We are a loving church family whose own plans for programs have been hampered by the building we have been living in for so long. Those programs will allow us to minister to ourselves and to those around us. We've planned and prayed, and now is the time.

From Sabine Maresco

Dear SOV Family,

it's time to take a break from St. Paul, Phoebe, Corinth and Cenchreae (the subjects of my research paper :) and send a line or two to all of you. My hope was that by now I would have been able to spend a Sunday morning at SOV and tell you about my settling down efforts in person. Well, it has not happened -- and since it doesn't look good for the next few Sundays either -- here it goes.

I am finally conceding that I will not go anywhere (away from Portland that is) and so I am working on becoming an integral part of a neighborhood. To achieve this, my church community simply has to be closer to me so that I can more actively participate in their life. As you know - trying to come your way from the NE at any time during weekday rush-hour is hazardous to ones health ;)

To make a long story short, I have been worshipping with the community of Central Lutheran (15 walking minutes from my house). Some of you may have read about them and their 'bell tower debacle' in the Oregonian around the beginning of the month. If not, you will have to wait until I visit SOV for me to tell you.

I hope to visit soon, at least as soon as my Deaconess Conference (17-24 June) is over. I do miss all of you (especially my Sunday lunch cohort :). Moreover, as the church of my consecration, Shepherd will always have a special place in my heart. Keeping you and your joys and sorrows, successes and failures, endeavors and cutbacks in my prayers of gratitude.

Blessings,
Sabine

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Worship Schedule Change

Sunday, May 25th (Memorial Day Weekend)
   Worship at 10:30 (only one service!)
 
From June 1st through August 31st (Labor Day Weekend)
   Worship at 8:30 and 10:30 am
 

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Capital Campaign Update



Thank you to those of you who have turned in YOUR Capital Funds Response Card.

For those of you praying about your gift to this Work of God, we look forward to hearing from you.

Pastor Michelle will have the Response Card box, additional forms (if yours has been misplaced) as well as special envelopes (for the Building on Christ our Foundation campaign) for the offering to this project at worship this Sunday.

Cal and Caryl advise that Response Cards have been mailed.

If you have not received YOUR Response Card please contact one them.

This Sunday there is One Service – response cards may be brought to this service.

Please remember that June 1st is Shepherd of the Valley's Celebration Sunday.

The Goal of the Capital Campaign is to raise $500,000 to be used toward the Building of our new sanctuary, classrooms and fellowship area for our growing congregation.

As of today, May 21st we have received Response Cards with commitments totaling $109,500.00

Thank you!
Bob R. McFall & Tammy McDonald
Co-Directors; Building on Christ our Foundation

Pastor's weekly message

Dear Friends in Christ,

Our gospel lesson for this coming Sunday reminds us that the source of all good things is the God who feeds the birds and clothes the grass of the field (Matthew 6:24-34). In the lesson from Isaiah (49:8-16a), we hear that we are held in the palm of God's hand. God cannot forget us any more than a woman could forget her nursing child. Nourished at the Lord's table, we share God's gifts with those who are anxious, hungry, poor, or in any kind of need.

Please read on for announcements and prayer requests!

Announcements:

Thank you to everyone who helped make last Sunday a special day of celebration for our confirmands, teachers, and Sunday School kids. Also, thank you to all who pitched in and helped with the Block Party. A good time was had by all! Check out the models churches we built on the tables in the Rainbow Room, and keep your eyes peeled for some "incriminating" photos of SOV members engaged in water balloon fights! J

· Mark your calendars: This coming Sunday, on Memorial Day weekend, we will hold only one worship service on Sunday, May 25. It will be at 10:30 am. Beginning June 1, we will move to our summer worship schedule: 8:30 and 10:30 am.

· On Thursday, May 29th, at 7 pm we will gather as a church family for a short service of prayer and thanksgiving (30-40 minutes), as we remember SOV's past, celebrate the present, and prepare to receive the capital campaign pledges that will help SOV build for the future. The service will include three Scripture readings, a short reflection on each, a time for prayer and silent prayer, and four songs that express God's faithfulness to us in the past, present, and future. Please join us for this special time.

·Sunday, June 1st is Celebration Sunday, the day we conclude the active phase of SOV's Capital Campaign. It is also the day when we celebrate those who are graduating. Please let Wendy Roeder know if you are graduating or someone you know is graduating.

· SOV's annual congregational meeting will be held June 8th, immediately following the second service. We will be celebrating SOV's ministries and electing new officers for the coming church year. Child care and pizza will be provided.

Prayer concerns:

…Prayers for peace and healing for members and friends of SOV who are dealing with the pain of divorce.

…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Pastor's weekly message

Dear Friends in Christ,

Last Sunday we celebrated Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples. Pentecost is sometimes referred to as the "birthday of the church." I know that I've certainly seen signs of new life here at Shepherd of the Valley! Did you know that our worship attendance last Sunday (Pentecost/Mother's Day) was a whopping 177! (The average is 129.)

This coming Sunday also promises to be quite exciting as four of SOV's young people affirm their baptisms in the rite of confirmation and the Sunday school honors its teachers and celebrates the end of its program year with a "Mt. St. Helens style blowout."

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday, a day when the church reflects on the mystery of the triune God: one God in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Although the word "trinity" is not found in the scriptures, the idea is certainly present. In our gospel lesson for Trinity Sunday (Matthew 28:16-20), Jesus sends his disciples forth to baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. The doctrine of the Trinity expresses the heart of our faith: We have experienced the God of creation made known in Jesus Christ, who is with us always through the Holy Spirit. We celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity in word and sacrament, as we profess the creed, and as we are sent into the world to bear witness to our faith.

Prayer of the Day

God of heaven and earth, before the foundation of the universe and the beginning of time you are the triune God: Author of creation, eternal Word of salvation, life-giving Spirit of wisdom. Guide us to all truth by your Spirit, that we may proclaim all that Christ has revealed and rejoice in the glory he shares with us. Glory and praise to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen

Please read on for announcements and prayer requests!

Announcements:

· This coming Sunday, May 18, we celebrate Trinity Sunday and all the ways our God relates to us. The 11 o'clock service will include the rite of confirmation for four of our students. Please celebrate with us as Nidhi George, Joseph Gilbertson, Sara Hurd, and Aaron Sugiyama affirm their baptisms and enter into adult membership in the church. Sunday School will be honoring its dedicated teachers and celebrating the end of its program year with a "Mt. St. Helens-style blowout!"

· Put on your hard hat and get ready to build up the church! We're having a block party here at SOV this Sunday, May 18, from 4-6 pm. We'll have fun building with Legos, blocks, and cake (with frosting as mortar, of course! J), and we'll share a good, old-fashioned potluck supper.

· Mark your calendars: On Memorial Day weekend, we will hold only one worship service on Sunday, May 25. It will be at 10:30 am. Beginning June 1, we will move to our summer worship schedule: 8:30 and 10:30 am.

· Sunday, June 1st is Celebration Sunday, the day we conclude the active phase of SOV's Capital Campaign. It is also the day when we celebrate those who are graduating. Please let Wendy Roeder know if you are graduating or someone you know is graduating.

· SOV's annual congregational meeting will be held June 8th, immediately following the second service. We will be celebrating SOV's ministries and electing new officers for the coming church year. Child care and food will be provided.

Prayer concerns:

...Prayers for peace and healing for members and friends of SOV who are dealing with the pain of divorce.

...Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Enriched by Faith



Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in the Cottage Meetings last Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Everyone attending had a wonderful time and we all were enriched by the faith stories of those people who gave their individual stories.

On such story was given Friday evening by Rod Stoltenburg who talked about looking for a church in Fargo, North Dakota when it looked as if he and Betty were going to be moving there. Search as he might, going back several times to various churches; he was unable to find a church home like Shepherd of the Valley. Not only are we happy Rod and Betty will be remaining at SOV it was very interesting to hear the story of his search and what simply did not feel right in North Dakota.

Terry Wageman provided a very emotional letter as you would expect from our Japan correspondent, however I will not steal Cal and Caryl's thunder as I am sure they will share with you all Terry's comments in the near future. Terry's mother had the most interesting story about Terry and his big sister Tammy feeling that Terry needed a flashlight to find his way back to church when he was in the latter years of high school and college however we are delighted that Terry found his way back to church and is an active member of SOV regardless of where he lives.

There were a number of other touching faith stories, most from people you would never expect to be sharing such personal thoughts. What a wonderful experience. If you missed any of the three Cottage meetings you missed the experience of a lifetime.

Families attending the Cottage Meetings are being asked to return their Response Cards by Sunday, May 18th. If anyone is unable to do so please make sure the cards are received no later than our Celebration Sunday, June 1st 2008.

Even though it was only last Thursday (8th), Friday (9th) and Saturday (10th) that we held the Cottage meetings, as of Sunday the 11th we have received commitments in excess of $50,000.

The power of prayer and guidance of God is the driving force behind the "Building on CHRIST our Foundation" campaign.

Blessings,

Bob McFall & Tammy McDonald
Co-Directors, Capital Funds Campaign

Westview High School Competition

Hello everyone - for those of you who were at SOV's variety show this year, you had the pleasure of hearing the Y-Chromatones - an acapella group with our own Jameson Tabor as member. They will be involved in a competition this coming Friday night, May 16th at 7:30 pm at Westview High School in the auditorium. The competition starts at 7:30 pm with a suggested donation of $5. Everyone is invited to this fun event!

Nancy, church secretary

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Questions about Capital Funds Campaign?



As you prayerfully consider the three-year capital funds campaign for the building of Phase I, our new sanctuary and remodeling of our current building to better serve our youth and needs of our congregation, and respond with your gifts to support the "Building on Christ our Foundation" appeal, know that we are so proud of all of your undying support of Shepherd of the Valley. You are a mission minded people and together we will wear out this building with caring and serving ministry to young and old of God's world.

At the same time we recognize that you may have questions which may affect how you are evaluating your gift to the Capital Funds campaign for the new addition to our existing space at SOV and the remodeling of our existing space for better utilization.

For that reason we are asking that you send your questions either to Tammy McDonald, Tom Barnes, or to me, Bob McFall.

As soon as possible the Executive Team, Council and the Building Committee will answer each question and each question will be answered as honestly and straight forward as possible by email and also printed in the Sunday bulletin.

Please submit ALL of your questions to one of the above email addresses. We want everyone's questions answered.

Blessings! See you Sunday.

Happy Mother's Day to all!

Bob McFall & Tammy McDonald
Co-Directors Capital Campaign Fund