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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!