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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

Friday, May 9, 2008

Top Ten Reasons



Top Ten Reasons We Should Support - "Building on CHRIST our Foundation"

10. It forces us to look to the Lord for guidance because it's too big for us to do on our own
9. It provides us an opportunity to leave a legacy for the next generation
8. This is the Lord's house
7. Accomplishing such a major project will be a unifying event for our congregation
6. We will all be proud of our sanctuary and newly renovated church and will be much more likely to invite our friends
5. We only have one time to make a good first impression and first time visitors will want to return
4. As we ponder, pray and "stew" about what we want to give to the appeal we will grow spiritually. Jesus said, "For where your treasure is your heart will follow."
3. Most of our giving to the church comes out of our income. A building fund appeal forces us to remember that everything that we have is a gift from God as we contemplate giving from our total resources. Yes, even our stocks, bonds, real estate, business assets, etc. -- ALL are from the Lord.
2. Over time we will give even more money to give to benevolence and for special needs outside of our church. Building fund programs tend to help people grow in their giving and, even when the building is paid, they often give more to their church on an ongoing basis. By giving more we trust God more and that lesson stays with people for the rest of their lives.
1. The church is where the major events of life are recognized and blessed. It is at church that we celebrate baptisms, where we teach our children about God, where we see young people affirming their faith, where those in love are married, where we hear the Word of God proclaimed, where we confess our sinfulness and accept God's forgiveness, where we are renewed through the sacrament of Holy Communion, where we call when a loved one needs pastoral care, where we have many of our closest friends, where we can come for fellowship and fun, where we can pray, laugh, shed tears, study, reflect and put our entire lives in perspective. Think for a moment -- "What would my life be without this church?"

In these past 35 years we have together gathered wonderful people of all ages in ministries of care and service in the congregation and community. We have grown in mission. We have been blessed with tremendous examples of 'faith active in love'. We are challenging ourselves to add Phase I of our building addition plan so that we can better witness, serve and grow for the future.

Our Phase I at Shepherd of the Valley is a strategic plan to better serve the growing neighborhoods surrounding SOV, and to bringing the "un-churched" to hear the word of God.

We have witnessed many changes during our years together. We have matured in our prayerful care for one another and strangers. We have said 'goodbye' to dear friends in Christ. We continue to work at growing our youth programs and spreading the word of God.

Since change is as real as the air we breathe, how we embrace and manage change is so important. We don't change just for change's sake; but we do change in order to update, adjust, and connect to the life and needs of people around us. We, the congregation of SOV voted to stay and grow our ministry where we are currently located on Cornell Road, we have adjusted our worship hours at various times through out the years to be flexible to the needs of our congregation, we have changed music and worship styles, we have worked diligently in order not to incur a large mortgage, we have changed habits for new ones and we save the best and adapt and grow! Why?

Because we have a changeless God in a changing world. The message that we are saved by grace through faith is the Gospel truth. How we live and share it requires a new mind and fresh heart. This is what we so admire about you at Shepherd of the Valley!

We follow God's heart for lost, hurting, lonely, hungry, sick, and searching people. As we follow the Lord's heart for the world, we take risks, we dare to do ministry in new areas, we find ways to tell and live the old, old story in new, new ways. In following the Spirit's heart for the world we are blessed with a unity of purpose. We are a united church and this will continue to happen as we follow God's heart. The buildings are just that – buildings. The church is the people who are redeemed and gathered to live out God's heart.

So as you prayerfully consider your upcoming 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.

May God Bless you!
Bob R. McFall & Tammy McDonald
Executive Directors: "Building on Christ our Foundation"

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Block Party



As part of "Building on Christ our Foundation", there will be a Block Party here at SOV on Sunday, May 18th—4:00 to 6:00pm. Kids of all ages coming together to have fun, share good food, and get together to have a fun time building with blocks; celebrate existing membership, celebrate new members, and honor and celebrate our youth who are becoming adult members of the congregation by their confirmation of faith. Please bring a salad or hot dish to share. SOV will provide beverages and the makings to build your own ice cream sundaes.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Pastor's weekly message

Dear Friends in Christ,

This coming Sunday we celebrate Pentecost, a name derived from the Jewish festival of Pentecost, observed fifty days after Passover. On the fiftieth day of Easter, we celebrate the Holy Spirit as the power of God among us that heals, forgives, inspires, and unites. In the reading from Acts (Acts 2:1-21), images of wind and fire describe the Spirit poured out on disciples of all nations. In John's gospel the risen Christ breathes the Spirit on his followers on Easter evening (John 20:19-23). In the one Spirit we were baptized into one body, and at the Lord's table the spirit unites us for witness in the world.

Prayer of the Day

O God, on this day you open the hearts of your faithful people by sending into us your Holy Spirit. Direct us by the light of that Spirit, that we may have a right judgment in all things and rejoice at all times in your peace, through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

Please read on for announcements and prayer requests!

Announcements:

This week we have three opportunities for you to attend a cottage meeting, where members of SOV will share their personal faith and their hopes and dreams for this congregation you all love. There will be a gathering here at the church on Saturday from 10 to 11:30 am; a continental breakfast will be provided. If you are not able to attend this gathering, please contact Caryl Husk or Cal Sugiyama to sign up for the Thursday or Friday evening meetings.

Come celebrate at the Mothers and Others Tea this coming Saturday, hosted by SOV and KOK, from 2-3:30 pm. There will be light tea, readings, crafting, and fellowship—fun for all ages!

A very happy Mother's Day to all the women of Shepherd of the Valley! You are all "mothers" to us!

On Sunday, May 18, we celebrate Trinity Sunday and all the ways our God relates to us. At the 11 o'clock service, we will also celebrate the rite of confirmation for four of our students. Please join us as Nidhi George, Joseph Gilbertson, Sara Hurd, and Aaron Sugiyama affirm their baptisms and enter into adult membership in the church.

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

Please hold these sisters and brothers in prayer:

Prayers of thanksgiving for the 15 new members SOV received last Sunday!;

…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.

Mother's & Other's Tea

Hello ladies! The Mothers' and Others' Tea, sponsored by the SOV Sunday School and Kids of the Kingdom, is:

SATURDAY, MAY 10TH AT 2:00 TO 3:30 PM

ALL ARE WELCOME!

THERE WILL BE A LIGHT TEA, READINGS, CRAFTING AND FELLOWSHIP.

To help the "tea folks" prepare for refreshments and crafts, please RSVP to Linda Rasmussen.