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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Pre-Spring Cleanup at SOV

We will be cleaning the church this Saturday, April 4th between 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  If you can help, and have the following items, please bring with you...window cleaning materials/ carpet cleaning liquid - there will be a machine here -  and any gardening tools you might have.  The Rebecca Circle ladies will be making lunch for those who are here. 
 
The more the merrier - let's make the church sparkle!
 
Nancy

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear Friends in Christ,

This coming Sunday we will celebrate what is traditionally known as "Palm Sunday," so called because of the palm branches that were spread on the ground in honor of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem.  However, in more recent times, the Church has often referred to this Sunday as the "Sunday of the Passion."  This new emphasis grew out of the recognition that since most Christians do not attend Good Friday services, they never get to hear the full story of Christ's Passion:  his Last Supper with the disciples, his betrayal by one of his own, his anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane, his trial and public humiliation, and his crucifixion.  Jesus didn't get to the Resurrection without first going through the cross, so it doesn't seem quite right that we should jump straight to Easter without first hearing the story of what led up to that first Easter!   It's vital that you and I know the story of Christ's Passion, because it is the story of our faith.  That's why we will have a dramatic reading of the Passion of Our Lord at both worship services this coming Sunday.  Come and hear for yourself how Mark the Evangelist tells the story of the Passion of our Lord (Mark 14:1-15:47).

Prayer of the Day

Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross.  In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

Announcements:

Please join us for the last Wednesday evening soup supper and Holden Evening Prayer, tomorrow night, April 1, at 5:45 (soup) and 6:30-7 (worship), (and that's "no foolin'! ).

·        Holy Week and Easter Schedule:  Palm Sunday, April 5; Maundy Thursday, April 9, 7 pm, Holy Communion; Good Friday, April 10, 12-6 pm = Stations of the Cross, 7 pm = worship; Easter, April 12.

·        This Sunday, April 5th, we will honor the Call Committee between services, and we will have a congregational Town Hall Meeting to share information about the budget and other matters.

·        April 19th will be my last Sunday here at Shepherd of the Valley.

·        April 26th Pastor John Cross from Kairos will lead worship; May 3rd Pastor Al Solmonson will lead worship; May 10th Pastor Fred Ruhnke will preach.

·        May 10th Pastor Randy Schutt will worship with the people of SOV.  His first day in the office will be Tuesday, May 12th.  He will lead worship and preach on May 17th.

·        Mark your calendars for the installation service for Pastor Randy, which will be held Sunday, June 7th at 3 pm.  This will be a wonderful celebration, as the people of SOV will be joined by Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke, Assistant to the Bishop Susan Kintner, and many laypeople and clergy members from the wider community.

·        June 14th is the date for SOV's annual meeting.  It will be held following the second service.  

Remember in prayer:           

Prayers for strength for all who are caring for the elderly;

Prayers that all who are unemployed and underemployed may find meaningful employment;

Prayers for guidance and peace for all who are struggling with relationship issues;

Prayers for safety, wisdom and health for our military personnel.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear Friends in Christ,

It seems the extra duties of Lent have "thrown me for a loop," with the result that my "weekly message" has not been "weekly!"  I apologize for the gap and will try to keep this communication going for the next few weeks until I leave SOV.

In the Old Testament lesson appointed for this coming Sunday (Jeremiah 31:31-34), God promises Jeremiah that a "new covenant" will be made in the future:  a covenant that will allow all the people to know God by heart.  The church sees this promise fulfilled in Christ, who draws all people to himself when he is lifted up on the cross.  Our baptismal covenant draws us to God's heart through Christ and draws God's light and truth into our hearts.  We see God's heart most clearly in the way Jesus shares human suffering, in an agony described in this Sunday's lessons from the Gospel of John (12:20-33) and the letter to the Hebrews (5:5-10).

Prayer of the Day

O God, with steadfast love you draw us to yourself, and in mercy you receive our prayers.  Strengthen us to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit, that through life and death we may live in your son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

Announcements:

· Please join us for the last two Wednesday evening soup suppers and Holden Evening Prayer:  tonight at 5:45 (soup) and 6:30-7 (worship) and the same schedule applies for next Wednesday, April 1 (and that's "no foolin'!).

· Holy Week and Easter Schedule:  Palm Sunday, April 5; Maundy Thursday, April 9, 7 pm, Holy Communion; Good Friday, April 10, 12-6 pm = Stations of the Cross, 7 pm = worship; Easter, April 12.

· April 19th will be my last Sunday here at Shepherd of the Valley.

· April 26th Pastor John Cross from Kairos will lead worship; May 3rd Pastor Al Solmonson will lead worship; May 10th Pastor Fred Ruhnke will preach.

· May 10th Pastor Randy Schutt will worship with the people of SOV.  His first day in the office will be Tuesday, May 12th.  He will lead worship and preach on May 17th.

· Mark your calendars for the installation service for Pastor Randy, which will be held Sunday, June 7th at 3 pm.  This will be a wonderful celebration, as the people of SOV will be joined by Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke, Assistant to the Bishop Susan Kintner, and many laypeople and clergy members from the wider community.

· June 14th is the date for SOV's annual meeting.  It will be held following the second service.

Remember in prayer:      

Prayers for strength for all who are caring for the elderly;

Prayers that all who are unemployed and underemployed may find meaningful employment;

Prayers for guidance and peace for all who are struggling with relationship issues;

Prayers for safety, wisdom and health for our military personnel.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

From Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke

Dear Oregon Synod Friends,

I arrived in Chicago this noon for our Spring Conference of Bishops (COB) meeting.  It occurs to me that the COB meetings (3 per year) are something you may not be aware of.  Even if you are you may wonder what we do.  You certainly have a right to know!

I'm going to keep a little blog for our meeting which began Thursday, March 5.  The last day is Tuesday, March 10. This will not be as exciting as my Israel/Palestine trip blog (I'll try, but ...) but nonetheless it might be of interest to you.  Since I do not have a formal blog for this purpose I will use my new "Book of Faith" blog at http://bookoffaith.ning.com/profile/DaveBrauerRieke .  Check if out if you are at all curious.

Beyond this you may wish to sign up for your own "Book of Faith" page with the green "Sign up" link in the upper right hand corner of my page.  I encourage you to do this.  Then you can become my friend and do lots of other wonderful "Facebook" sorts of things.  Give it a try. Or if you rather, just check out my COB entries.

Thank you to your pastor or church office worker for forwarding this email on for me.  We'll be looking in the future at other ways to get direct communications and information into your hands – always under your control, of course.

Lenten Blessings!

Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke

VBS Pre-Planning

In this time of economic struggles, we in the Parish Ed committee feel it is wise to confirm attendance before we spend time, energy and money on planning VBS.  We need to guarantee attendance before we can book Vacation Bible school this year.  The cost may be as high as $20 for the full week but unlikely.   If cost is going to affect your decision to come, please tell us.  Please let us know which ones you can and will come to if scheduled on these date and times.  If  you are unsure, this needs to be mentioned because it may break a "tie" but will reduce the chance of over extending ourselves.  Other weeks are not available so please do not suggest June or July, because we do not have the resources and volunteers for those Months.
 
Day 9a-3p, Aug 2-7
Evening  5:30p-8:00p, Aug 2-7
Day 9a-3p, Aug 9-14
Evening 5:30-8:00p, Aug 9-14
 
Please choose all day and times that work for you (place an asterisk next to your top choice if you have a preference).  Let us know how many children, especially if your neighbor or friend is coming with you.  We will only book the date and time with the largest number of students who can come.  (Time may vary by an hour or so when actual scheduling occurs.)  We must hear from you by THIS Sat evening, March 14.  We will make a decision on the 15th.  If you do not respond, you will be considered a non-attending familyand risk VBS being cancelled this year.  It is open to all entering K-6 in the fall of 2009..  A preschool will only be available to volunteers' children because space will be too restricted to open to everyone. 
 
Thank you for your understanding, and promptness responding to this,
Kristi Ray

Please e-mail responses to  ser [dot] kmr [at] verizon [dot] net