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Friday, December 30, 2011

Reminder for Sunday January 1st

One service this Sunday January 1st
10:30 a
followed by brunch in celebration with Oregon Evergreen Church
 
Please bring a fruit or bread item to share.
 
January's newsletter is available online or in hard copy in the Narthex.
 
http://www.sovlutheran.com/news/pdf/january2012.pdf
 
 
Have safe and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Weekly Reminders

This Week

All Church Luncheon 
Thursday December 29th
12:00 pm
Please bring a potluck dish to share

Sunday January 1st
One worship service at 10:30 a
followed by a brunch.
Please bring a bread or fruit item to share.

Offering
If you would like your Sundays offering to reflect on your 2011 Giving Statement please date your check accordingly (2011). Otherwise all 2012 dated checks will be recorded for the New Year.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Worship Services

Merry Christmas from Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
  • December 24th

Christmas Eve Candle light Worship Services with Communion

4:00 pm
6:00 pm
11:00 pm
 
  • December 25th
Christmas Day Worship Service with Communion
 
10:30 am
 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

".....a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God...."  Luke 2:13
 
The day is fast upon us now, obviously.  Whether the multitudes gathering are heavenly in Luke's use of the term is not what I am clinging to here.  But there is the looking forward to "multitudes" and "praising God". (Trusting in God to take care of the heavenly part.)
 
Wherever you find yourselves Saturday night (or Sunday morning) may you be able to join with other folks, sing loudly, and know at least a bit of the promise of peace in the coming of the Christ child.
 
May a blessed Christmas be yours,
Pastor Randy
 
"Dear God, In the darkness of the virgin's womb the holy child grows.  In the darkness of the world's pain, the blessed light begins to kindle.  In the darkness of our own doubting of you and of ourselves, the great hope begins to rise again like a lump in the throat; the hope that you will come to us truly, that the child will be born again in our midst, the Prince of Peace in a world at war, the hope that you will ransom us and our world from the darkness that seeks to destroy us.  Be born among us that we may ourselves be born.  Be born within us that by words and deeds of love we may bear the tidings of your birth to a world that dies for lack of love.  We ask in the child's name.  Amen.  (from Frederick Buechner)
 
THIS WEEK

Wednesday 10:00 a Bible Study
                    5:45 p Advent Soup Supper
                    6:30 p Vesper Service
                    7:00 p Adult Choir Practice

Thursday    7:30-9:30p Oregon Evergreen Church

Saturday   Christmas Eve Services
                 4:00 p, 6:00 p and 11:00 p

Sunday    Christmas Day Service
                10:30 a

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Caroling

Please join us for Christmas Caroling~

Sunday December 18th
4:30 p @ SOV

Potluck soup and chili following caroling.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

This week turning to some words from Frederick Buechner, from the book "Whistling in The Dark" and part of his definition of Christmas.  This is only a part of the definition and may give pause for some different thoughts about the gift of the day.
 
"The Word become flesh.  Ultimate Mystery born with a skull you could crush one-handed.  Incarnation.  It is not tame.  It is not touching.  It is not beautiful.  It is uninhabitable terror.  It is unthinkable darkness riven with unbearable light.  Agonized laboring led to it, vast upheavals of intergalactic space, time split apart, a wrenching and tearing of the very sinews of reality itself.  You can only cover your eyes and shudder before it before this; 'God of God, and Light of Light, very God of very God' .... as the Nicene Creed puts it .....  Only then do we dare uncover our eyes and see what we can see.  It is the Resurrection and the Life she holds in her arms.  It is the bitterness of death he takes at her breast."
 
In Christ,
Pastor Randy
 
"Merciful Savior, the longings of our heart are deep and profound, and the season of Advent, like not other, makes us acutely aware of our yearnings.  What we genuinely desire is mystery, a sense of transcendence. a story that is bigger than life but enfolds our lives.  We need the Son of God become flesh, the baby born in a manger who brought shepherds to their knees and angels to their feet.  We long for a liberating truth that cannot be contained in words but must be sung by the heavenly hosts.  Come to us anew to satisfy our restless hearts.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
                      5:45 p Advent Soup Supper
                      6:30 p Advent Vesper Service
                      7:00 p Adult Choir

Thursday       6:15 p Executive Council
                      7:00 p Council Meeting

Friday           7:30 - 9:30 p OEC
  
Sunday         8:30 & 11:00 a Worship
                     1:30 - 5:00 p OEC
                    4:30 p Christmas Caroling & potluck soup/chili supper

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights! ... Mountains and all hills ..." Psalm 148:1,9a

Maybe it's because I grew up in the flat lands of northwestern Ohio, but it could be that you have the same feeling even if you have lived your whole life in this beautiful part of creation. (That certainly seems to be the case for my son Josh, the only true Oregonian in our family.)

What I'm talking about is still being thrilled by the sight of the mountains around us.  After 30 years the sight of them still touches my heart and lifts my spirit.  Was reminded of that especially just a couple of days ago.  Driving to work and there at the end of TV highway sat Mt. Hood, cloaked in white, shining in the morning light.  It was absolutely beautiful,  for me that is the picture the psalmist was writing about.  Thanks for the beauty Lord.

Peace and blessings,
Pastor Randy

"As we put up our Christmas lights, might we be reminded of your light. Grant us the patience to pause in our task and bask in the promise of the star we follow. Keep us mindful of the birthday we celebrate and gift we are given in the manger. Amen."

THIS WEEK


Wednesday 10:00 a  Bible Study
                   5:45 p  Advent Soup/Bread supper
                   6:30 p  Vesper Service
                   7:00 p  Adult Choir Practice

Friday        5:00-9:00p Youth Babysitting Fundraiser night 
                     Dinner, games, crafts, movie provided,
                     donations accepted (fundraiser)
                     infant - 5th grade
                     invite your co workers, family, friends,
                     neighbors and help support our youth group

Sunday      8:30a   Regular Worship
               11:00a  Sunday School Christmas Program
               1:30 - 5:00 p OEC
               6:00p SOV's Annual Christmas Concert featuring
                    SOV's Adult & Youth Choirs, Transport Five,
                    Bear Noel and Sing a long Christmas carols.
                    Please bring a plate of cookies to share.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Youth Group Babysitting Fundraiser

Need a Date Night?
Need to do some Christmas Shopping?
Just need a nap?!

SOV Youth Group has you covered!

Babysitting Night
When: Friday, December 9, 5:00-9:00pm
Where: Main floor of SOV
           17625 NW Cornell Road, Beaverton
Cost:  Donations accepted (this is a fundraiser)
Age:  infants - 5th grade

SOV Youth Group will provide dinner, games, crafts, a movie and FUN!!

Questions? Please email Caitlin at saalfeca -at- gmail.com
  
Please share this with your friends, neighbors, co workers and family.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December Newsletter

December Newsletter is now available on line as well as hard copies in the church Narthex.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind." Hosea 8:7a
 
Good luck with bringing in that crop.  Hosea is not the guy folks would normally turn to as Christmas nears.  He would more likely be considered a bah-humbug sort.  This particular verse, and where it is found in his chastising of fellow citizens, might now see as at least in part an attack on retail therapy. 
 
Part of this is brought on by yet one more push for getting the perfect gift that show true love and thoughtfulness.  So, do not be offended (unless there is a need), and consider again the real "reason for the season".  It may sound so trite, but hear the good news of the Christ child again.  It is probably not store bought.
 
May we have the chance to love and care for the folks around us.
 
In Christ,
Pastor Randy
 
"Precious Savior, we praise you because you are near.  You have walked among us, living as we live, knowing our pain, experiencing our joy.  Thank you for getting your feet dirty, for reaching out to us, for loving us in person.  May we spend this season sharing this blessed message of hope with all we meet.  Thank you for coming to us.  Amen."
 
THIS WEEK

Wednesday  5:45 p Advent Soup Supper (soup, bread, crackers, butter always welcome)
                    6:30 p Vesper Service
                    7:00 p  Adult Choir

Thursday     1:30 - 7:00 p Red Cross Blood Drive
                   6:30 p  Men's Night @ Old Chicago Pizza/Tanasbourne

Sunday      Scrip Order Sunday;  remember your Christmas shopping list,
                  your neighbors, co workers, hostess gifts,  
                  teachers,  hair dressers, stocking stuffers...etc.
                  If you wont be here Sunday I can email you a form 
                  but payment needs to be here by Sunday.

Looking ahead;
 Sunday December 11th; 
        Sunday School Christmas Program at 11:00 a
      " A Merry Olde England" Christmas Concert/sing a long 6:00 p

Sunday December 18th
        Christmas Caroling; meeting at SOV @ 4:30 p to Carpool followed by potluck chili/soup supper

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever."  Psalm 136:1
 
Thanks all over the place.  Standing outside again of course, in the darkness, after a good rain.  The creek behind the house was no longer dormant.  The sound of the rolling water is such excellent music, and a sweet gift.  Giving thanks.
 
Sitting inside and hearing the wind howl and the rains beat down.  What a blessing to have this safe place, a refuge.  And I would far too easily take it for granted.  Giving thanks.
 
As for those times taken for granted, or even when the grandest gifts are looked past foolishly, or seem not to offer the comfort sought.  Then strengthened by the ultimate gift of a "steadfast love that endures forever".  Giving thanks.  All over the place.
 
Peace and blessings,
Pastor Randy
 
THIS WEEK

Wednesday    
10:00 a Bible Study
                       6:30 p Acts 2:42 Service
                       7:00 p  Adult Choir practice 
                          (new members always welcome)

Thursday        Happy Thanksgiving
                      Offices Closed

Friday            Offices Closed

Sunday         First Sunday of Advent
                     8:30 & 11:00 Worship
                     No Sunday School

Friday, November 18, 2011

Don't Forget...

It is our Duty and Delight...
     Living a generous life.

 
remembering what God has done for you,
what will you do for God?
 
Commitment Sunday
November 20th

 
Remember to bring your Commitment form to worship on Sunday. 

Not going to be here? Drop it by the church office Monday - Friday 8 - 12pm or mail it to:

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
17625 NW Cornell Road
Beaverton, Or 97006

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Youth Christmas Greens pick up

Thanks to all who participated in the KOK/SOV Youth Greens Fundraiser. 

Items will be available for you to pick up at the Church on Sunday, November 20, after both services.

You may also make arrangements to pick up during preschool hours (9 am - 11:30 am) on Monday (21st) or Tuesday (22nd) at the Church. If you were unable to place an order, I do have 5 - 22" wreaths, 1 centerpiece, 1 Bark Basket and one 25" wreath for sale.  Please email Wendy Roeder, wsroeder(at)aol.com, if you have questions.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars!" Psalm 148:3
 
Right now even the street lights are shrouded in the fog.  It isn't great to drive in, but it has a certain beauty and seems to enhance the silence of the night.
 
Just a couple of nights ago the moon was full and it lit the backyard with a silver light.  It was maybe as quiet as this particular space has been in the short ime I have been blessed to take it in.  The quiet, the silver light, even the aloneness, was beautiful.
 
For me proof positive that even "the moon ... all you shining stars ... praise him..".  The Creator and all of creation continues to amaze.
 
In thanks,
Pastor Randy
 
"Open our eyes fully to your world, O God.  When we hear slander, give us courage to speak truth; when we witness persecution, grant us strnegth to defend the oppressed; where we see grief, enable us to bring comfort.  Help us to se not only what is, but also what could be.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday
     6:30 p Acts 2:42 service
                       7:00 p  Adult Choir Practice

Thursday         10:00 a  LLL
                       12:00 p All Church Luncheon

Friday              7:00 p Confirmation Class/Retreat

Saturday         9:00 a Confirmation Class
                       10:00 a Thanksgiving Baskets, assembly and distribution
                       5:00 - 8:00 p  MS/HS Youth Outing  Laser Tag $7 plus video money (dinner provided)

KOK Christmas Greens
Thanks to all who participated in the Greens Fundraiser.  If you missed it, I do have a few items you can purchase.  Items will be available for you to pick up at the Church on Sunday, November 20, after both services.  You may also make arrangements to pick up during preschool hours (9 am - 11:30 am) on Monday (21st) or Tuesday (22nd).  Please email Wendy Roeder, wsroeder(at)aol.com, if you have questions.

COMMITMENT SUNDAY,  Remember Sunday November 20th
Our Duty & Delight...Remember the connection?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thanksgiving Baskets

Our annual Thanksgiving Food Basket event will be this Saturday, November 19.  We still need another couple of people to help pick up food at the WinCo near Cornelius Pass and Cornell at 9:30am.  Assembly of the baskets will be at church at 10:00am.  We also need a few more people who would be willing to make a delivery or two to our recipients who don't have their own transportation and a couple of people to stay after and clean up and reset the chairs for Sunday services. 

If you can help with any of these tasks, please let Larina Hoffbeck know at: hoffbeck(at)frontier.com.  

The entire event (including cleaning and setting up the sanctuary) should be finished by noon.  We'll have coffee, juice and donuts for the volunteers set up in the kitchen.  We hope to see you Saturday!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Commitment Sunday

Commitment Sunday
Sunday November 20th

"Duty and Delight..."

     Remember the connection?

Please prayerfully consider what God has done for you, what will you do for God?

Youth Group Fundraiser

SOV's Youth Group is having a fundraising event:

Monday November 14th
@ Chevy's Restaurant in Tanasbourne

Offer is good ALL DAY 
on Dine In or Take Out

Just mention SOV Youth group and 25% of your bill will be credited to the youth group.

Pastor's Weekly Message

"... If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?" I Corinthians 12:17
 
Walking to my car in the parking lot of Calvary Lutheran after a meeting.  Got to the space, surrounded by maple leaves, and I could smell fall. The sun was blazing, the sky a brilliant blue, the air crisp, but the smell is what made the greatest impression this time.
 
Immediately transported to the farm of my youth, cross country practice at the Napoleon golf course, raking leaves in Albany, and on and on.  And the smell was rich indeed.
 
Appreciating anew, again, the sense God has given us.  May we have the good sense to use them.
 
In Thanks,
Pastor Randy
 
"O God, the giver of life and of every good gift, you have poured out your grace and blessings upon us.  Your generosity is lavish, your love unconditional, your joy overflowing.  May we, along with all gifts, be useful in reaching out to the sorrow of this world.  Amen."
 
THIS WEEK

Wednesday    
10:00 a Bible Study
                         5:30 p Stewardship Meeting
                         6:30 p Acts 2:42 Service
                         7:00 p Adult Choir Practice

Thursday          7:00 p La Leche League (LLL)

Friday              Happy Veterans Day!

Sunday            Scrip Order Sunday
                        6:00 p MS Youth Group Meeting

SOV Youth Group Fundraiser
Monday November 14th Chevy's Restaurant @ Tanasbourne, all day, dine in or take out. Mention SOV Youth group and Chevy's will donate 25% of total bill back to SOV.

Sunday November 20th Commitment Sunday, please remember to fill out your pledge form and return to the church anytime or on Sunday November 20th.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Make your face shine upon your servant,....."  Psalm 119:135
 
Saw lots of faces the other night, although many of them were covered actually.  It was trick or treat time of course, and we were out with our youngest grand babies, and some young friends.  Can I equate that time with the face of God shining?
 
Depends on the point of view I suppose.  It was apparent for me in several ways.  In the kids excited smiles sure.  But also in Avery taking my hand as we walked along.  Or in Daphne's comical burgeoning understanding of what exactly was going on and how she was intent on being a part of it.  Or in seeing that beautiful quarter moon watching over us in the crisp, clear night air.  It all left me with a warm grin.  God's face shining.  Thanks for the gifts Lord.
 
Peace and blessings,
Pastor Randy
 
"O God, the giver of life and of every good gift, you have poured out your grace and blessings upon us.  Your generosity is lavish, and your love unconditional, your joy overflowing.  Help us to appreciate your gifts anew and to know that in you we we will find rest and hope.  In Christ, Amen.

THIS WEEK

Wednesday    10:00 am    Bible Study
                       6:30 pm    Acts 2:42 Service

Thursday         6:30 pm    Men's Night @ Old Chicago Pizza/Tanasbourne
                       7:00 pm    Adult Choir Practice

Sunday           5:00 pm  "Give Thanks With A Grateful Hear" Dinner (if you 
                                    have not RSVP'd please let me know if you plan to 
                                    attend, if you wish to bring something please bring 
                                    a side dish, salad or dessert.

Sunday is also All Saints' Sunday if you wish to honor a loved one please send me their name along with their memorial dates to be posted in the bulletin.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."  Psalm 46:1
 
This Sunday is Reformation Sunday and that verse will be part of our worship time.  To state it briefly, the time of the Reformation was unsettling to say the least, a time of rebellion, of upheaval for the church.  It was a formative moment in history.  It was not a  moment frozen in time however. 
 
Life flows on and nothing seems much settled at times.  A couple of nights ago I had a moment to sit on the couch with my youngest grand daughter, Daphne.  We looked at a book.  It was sweet to be in that moment.  This morning, driving in to work, the sun was providing a beautiful, bright back drop to Mt. Hood.  Reminders that "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."  May we continued to be reminded of the certainty of that in the smallest and grandest of moments.
 
In Christ,
Pastor Randy
 
"Creator and Redeemer, please give us the strength and courage to face and overcome the obstacles in our lives.  You call us to go out, in the power of the Spirit, and wade into life and all that it holds for us, may we do so confident of  your presence. In the name of the Christ, Amen"
 
This Week

Wednesday     6:30 pm  Acts 2:42 Service
                       7:00 pm Adult Choir Practice

Thursday        12:00 pm All Church Luncheon
                       (No RSVP needed, no need to bring
                       anything, all are welcome)

Sunday October 30th  Reformation Sunday...wear Red Sunday

Sunday November 6th   All Saints Sunday

             If you wish to remember a loved one please email
             their name along with remembrance dates by
             Wednesday November 2.

             November 6th   5:00 pm  
             "Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart"
             dinner @ SOV celebration of building renewal,
             committees, youth group etc.
             Ham and Scalloped Potato dinner provided

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

".....when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void...."    Genesis 1:1-2
 
While those words speak to a little larger piece than I am thinking about, they do speak to the ways things sometimes are.  This past week this place (the building that houses, in some sense, the community that is Shepherd of the Valley) has been a mess.  New windows are going in everywhere.  There has been loud intermittent noise, plenty of dust and dirt, lots of tromping and a general sense of purposeful chaos.
 
But that is the way it is sometimes.  There is a mess before some grand things are visible.  There are times when my vision cannot see what is possible, and only the mess is apparent.  But that is pretty shortsighted.  And I have been surprised many times.  These changes, this construction, as a metaphor for life I suppose.  The Creator is never done and may His hand always be at work amongst us.  (Sometimes my vision just can't keep up.)
 
Much peace,
Pastor Randy
 
"Lord, we are often a stiff necked people.  If things are not done in our favor, at our timing, for our good pleasure, then we become impatient and fearful.  Please give us moments of clarity so that we can see clearly your love and ultimate plan for us and journeys through the wilderness.  May we know patience and be assured of your continued presence.  Amen."

Please keep in prayer James and Jennifer's son Josh as he faces prolonged illness and recovery from recent surgery.

THIS WEEK

Wednesday
  6:30 p  Acts 2:42 Service
                     7:00p  Adult Choir practice

Thursday      10:00 a  LLL
                      6:15 p  Executive Council Meeting
                      7:00 p  Council Meeting

Friday           7:00 p   Confirmation Retreat (all 7th grade students)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"He has made everything beautiful in its time ..." Ecclesiastes 3:11 RSV
 
The sunflowers have toppled over, some with heads so huge that they snapped under their own weight.  The tomato plants, some still heavy with fruit, are pretty much done, no more ripening to be done.  About the same may be said of roses, not many buds left to open, or chances for them to do so.
 
But there, in a planter by the back of the house, are the bright yellow blooming mums.  They opened a week ago and will be open for a while yet.  We have had them for some time, bringing them up from Albany.  They are beautiful in their startling brightness.
 
Another witness to "everything beautiful in its time".
 
In praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy
 
"God is forgiving.  No matter our actions and straining of relationships.  God is bigger and more compassionate than we can comprehend.  God not only forgives but also restores.  Thanks be to God.  Amen."

THIS WEEK:

Wednesday   
6:30 p Acts 2:42 Service
                     7:00 p Adult Choir Practice

Saturday       3:00 - 5:00 p MS Youth Group to Lakeview Farms pumpkin patch/corn maze $5 fee
                     6:00 - 10:00 p HS Youth Group to Lakeview Farms pumpkin patch/corn maze  $5 fee

Sunday      October Scrip Orders due
                  Thanksgiving Food Baskets; you still have time
                  to make a donation to reach SOV's goal of serving
                  50 families.                  

                  KOK Christmas Greens fundraiser, order forms are
                  available in the Narthex and delivery is available if  
                  you would like to purchase one to send.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"then he will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain, ...." Deuteronomy 11:14
 
Just seemed like the kind of verse to turn to on this day when the rains returned in earnest.  Preceding that heavy rain was the lighter falling that brought forth that scent of freshness, cleanliness.  It is a sweet fragrance.
 
Chances are good I will tire of it.  But for this moment it is a reminder of baptism, renewed every day.  Washed clean.  Reminded all the more of that upon seeing the dirt washed down to the base of the drive way, detritus accumulated over time, hardly noticeable, until the rain began washing it away.
 
The showers that are life giving and absolutely necessary in the end.  Thanks for the gifts Lord.
 
In praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy
 
"Lord, help us to honor the past and look forward to the future with hope so that we might continue to be transformed.  Amen."
 
Prayers for Karen S. who had knee replacement surgery this past Monday.  She is doing well and will soon be going home.
 
THIS WEEK

Wednesday    
6:30 p  Acts 2:42 Service
                      7:00 p  Adult Choir Practice

Thursday        6:30 p  Men's Night @ Old Chicago Pizza

Saturday        6:00 p Transport 5 Concert

Sunday          8:30 & 11:00 a Worship
                      9:45 a Sunday School for all ages
                      6:00 p  Middle School Youth Group Meeting @SOV
                      6:00 p Transport 5 Concert

Please help SOV's annual Thanksgiving Food Basket event. Our goal this year is to raise $1500.00 to supply 50 baskets to families in need in our community. Donations are accepted through October 23rd. Please mark your check or envelope "Thanksgiving Baskets".

Friday, September 30, 2011

October Newsletter

October Newsletter is available on line and hard copies available in the Narthex at the information center: http://www.sovlutheran.com/news/pdf/october2011.pdf

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"...the heron of any kind...." Leviticus 11:19
 
Wanting desperately to find mention of the heron in scripture because I am enthralled by their clumsy, statuesque, homely, beauty.  And here it is, except this is part of a list of birds that are not to be eaten (also contained in Deuteronomy 14).  Alright, so maybe that much can be agreed upon, no heron eating here.
 
Still, loving these creatures, and their witness to the wondrous beauty of creation.  I keep bringing that up, not only because of seeing them in the park near our house, but because of how they keep appearing.  Saw one drifting along Cornell just before turning into the church parking lot this evening.  Have seen one at least three times in the past week at the empty lot at the corner of 185th and Walker.  Another of the Creator's surprises I suppose.  What a place to see such beauty. Pay attention and have a chance to take it in.
 
Give thanks for the grand adventure,

Pastor Randy
 
Lord, in the midst of sorrows and wanderings, please remind us again and again of your presence.  May we be lifted by moments of grace and beauty so that our weariness would be restored with light and hope.  In Christ.  Amen.

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   
2:00 pm  Fellowship Committee meeting
                      6:30 pm  Acts 2:42 Service
                      7:00 pm  Adult Choir Practice (new members welcome)

Thursday       Newsletter deadline
                     12:00 pm  All Church Luncheon (no RSVP needed just... "Show Up")
                      6:00 pm  Stewardship Committee meeting

Saturday        9:00 am  Depression Workshop @ SOV (still time to register)
                      9:00 am  Compassion Clinic

Sunday          Blessing of the Animals/Pets (will take place in the parking lot following both services)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Transport 5: Oct 8 & 9

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church presents
Transport 5
"LOVES ME LIKE A ROCK"

Kevin Cope, Tricia Collier, Mick Wynn, Tammie Dees, Dan Nichols

October 8th & 9th
6:00pm
at SOV Lutheran Church (map/directions)

A blend of Jazz, Swing, Pop, and Gospel

Come listen and enjoy as we celebrate the music we love. May the Lord be glorified, and may you be blessed by his powerful, gracious gift of music. Free will offering will be taken to support SOV Ministries.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter what has been hidden since the foundations of the world." Matthew 13:35
 

That is actually Matthew quoting from Psalm 78 accounting for the way Jesus taught and preached.  Jesus used parables and so we often hear them on Sunday morning.  But how do we hear them?  Maybe this is taking an easy way out here, but let me share some words that influenced me some time ago, and continue to even now.  From Frederick Buechner:
 
"....insofar as it was the hidden and private and ultimately inexpressible that Jesus preached about, in a sense he had no recourse but to preach in the way he did, not in the incendiary rhetoric of the prophet or the systematic abstractions of the theologian but in the language of images and metaphor, which is finally the only language you can use if you want not just to elucidate the hidden thing but to make it come alive.  What is the kingdom of God?  He does not speak of a reorganization of society as a political possibility or of the doctrine of salvation as a doctrine.  He speaks of what it is like to find a diamond ring that you thought you'd lost forever ......He tells stories.  He speaks in parables, and though we have approached these parables reverentially all these many years and have heard them expounded as grave and reverent vehicles of holy truth, I suspect that many if not all of them were originally not grave at all but were antic, comic, often more than just a little shocking.  I suspect that Jesus spoke many of his parables as a kind of sad and holy joke and that that may be a part of why he seemed reluctant to explain them because if you have to explain a joke, you might as well save your breath."   (from "Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy and Fairy Tale")
 
Indeed, if we keep from getting too serious, the parables of Jesus might just make us grin at the very impossibility of them.  Anybody for watching a camel try to go through the eye of a needle?
 
In Christ,
Pastor Randy
 
"God of all creation, we come to you ever ready with petitions for what we want and things we think we need.  Free us in these moments of prayer from our litany of desires and open our hearts to receive your gifts of grace and love as we consider what it means to follow your Son.  Amen."
 
THIS WEEK

Wednesday  
10:00 a   Bible Study
                     6:30 p    Acts 2:42 (curious? look it up)
                     7:00 p    Adult Choir  (new members welcome, no experience needed)

Thursday      6:15 p    Executive Council Meeting
                    7:00 p    Council Meeting

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bunco for the Cure! Sept 25

Where: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church (map)
When: September 25, 2011
Time: 2pm - 5pm
Admission: $10 minimum donation*
Help us reach our goal of $1,000

RSVP by Sat. Sept. 24th
Call 503-545-6574

*Donations are tax deductible, make check payable to Susan G. Komen or go online  http://race.komenoregon.org/goto/sisters.surviving

Friday, September 9, 2011

Rally Day Sunday

This Sunday is Rally Day
 
Worship services at 8:30 & 11:00 am
featuring special music by Transport 5, Tammie Dees and Bob McIntyre

Sunday school registration for youth at 9:45 am
 
SOV Annual Picnic following 11:00 am Service
A-K please bring a salad to share
L-Z please bring a side dish to share
 
Plenty of space indoors for eating games and crafts.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own.  Today's trouble is enough for today."   Matthew 6:34
 
Ain't it the truth?  And it does seem to be a daily occurrence, or at least nearly so.  to be a little worried, if not for myself, then for someone else.  For the life of this community of faith.  For kids, if not my own, then someone else.  After watching another days news cycle there are concerns for neighbors, for this nation, for the whole of the world.  For children in the world whose sorrow I can scarce allow myself to take in.
 
It is then that I turn to the wonders of the world.  Again a heron suddenly rising and gilding through the park.  A chorus of crickets in a field.  The reflection of a suddenly lit half moon in the water of the pond.  The seeming skittish movements of bats just above my head, flitting around the trees, too quick to number.  (And in what way do you find solace?)
 
Those things do not know they are an ease to worries, an answer to prayer.  And if they be an answer, why not my own self as well, or any of the lot of us?  We, as an answer to prayer?  A challenge for the morrow and "trouble enough for today".
 
In Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Loving God, we come to you in gratitude for your love, which is always present to us.  In the stillness of moments, we remember with thanksgiving the times in our lives when your love has enabled us to rise to our better selves.  We thank you for the gift of your Son, who came that we might know what perfect love looks like.  Amen."

Please keep in your prayers Chris and Jennifer in the recent death of Chris's mom.

THIS WEEK

Thursday  
7:00 p  LLL

Saturday  10:00 - 7:00 p    Rain or Shine Craft Faire @ SOV  
Please invite your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to attend. Come see the crafts by local artisans, live music from 10 - 12 pm, and door prizes. Free admission but a suggested donation of toothbrush, toothpaste or laundry detergent to support Love INC's bare necessities.

Sunday  RALLY DAY  (Fall worship schedule begins)  8:30 & 11:00 a
              SOV Annual Picnic following 11:00a service 
                   A-K  bring a salad
                   L-Z  bring a side dish
                  (beverages & main entree is provided by fellowship committee)

September Newsletter

September's Newsletter is available on line and hard copies available  at the information desk in the Narthex.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Rain or Shine Arts and Crafts Faire

SOV Family:

Please help me make this event a success.  I'm hoping you can  help me get the word out by either creating an event in facebook , posting, blogging or emailing to all your family and friends.   Would love to see you there too!   

or Go to http://blog.oregonlive.com/my-beaverton/2011/08/rain_or_shine_arts_and_crafts_faire_saturday_sept_10th.html#incart_mce and leave a comment.  This will hopefully keep it up front on the blog page.

Thx,

Betty
 
Here is more info on the event:  http://now.sovlutheran.com/2011/08/first-annual-arts-craft-faire.html 
 
The first "Rain or Shine Arts and Crafts Faire" will be held on Saturday, September 10th from 10am to 7pm at 17625 NW Cornell Road in Beaverton (inside Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church).  All items for sale will be handcrafted by local artisans.  Items include handmade soaps, lotions and beauty products, doll clothes, embroderied napkins/aprons, magnets, baby blankets, bibs, burpclothes, canvas paintings, jewelry, tote bages, ipad covers, childrens toys, hand knitted items, and much, much more.  
 
Admission is free, but shoppers who bring a new, unopened toothbrush, toothpaste or laundry detergent to donate to Love INC of Greater Beaverton's Gap ministries will be eligible for door prize drawings to be held at 12:13, 14:15 (2:15pm), 16:17 (4:17pm) and 18:19 (6:19pm).  There will be live music from 10am to noon and free blood pressure checks from noon to 3pm.
 
Preferred method of payment is cash, however, some vendors will be accepting personal checks and/or credit/debit cards.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Pastor's mid-week message

"Thieves are not despised who steal only to satisfy their appetite when they are hungy."  Proverbs 6:30
 
Is what the writer of Proverbs offers really true in our experience?  I doubt that the laws of our time would see it that way.  (Though there is more in the verses that follow.)  Could start some discussions here I suppose.  Consider what seems right, fair and just.
 
This came to mind when I was checking out the garden the other day.  Noticed some green tomatoes on the ground and then some more.  Why?  The plants wer healthy.  There had been no wind.  Then I saw  hoof print.  Then I noticed much of the top of one plant had been nibbled away.
 
We had been victimized by a four-legged thief jus trying "to satisfy an appetite".  Feeling a little frustration, but no anger.  (We are fortunate enough not to have to depend on this garden to eat.)  Actually enthralled for a bit imagining the deer visiting in the still darkness.
 
The wonders of the adventure continue.
 
Pastor Randy
 
"Loving God, we come to you in gratitude for your love, whicdh is always present to us.  In the stillness of these moments, we rem,ember with thanksgiving the times inour lives when your love has enabled us to rise to our better selves.  We thank you for the gift of your Son, who came that we might know what perfect love looks like.  Amen."
 
Announcements
 
Saturday, September 3rd, Hiebental/Miles Wedding, 5:00 PM
 
Sunday, September 4th, One service - 10:30 AM - Special Presentation - Chuck Neighbors
 
Tuesday, September 6th, Ladies Dinner @ China Bay Restaurant, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

REMINDER

American Red Cross 

BLOOD DRIVE  - THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1, 2011

1:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Walk ins welcome or call 1-800-redcross

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

Continuing in praise of creation and the Creator.  There is beauty and to spare, but it is hardly tame and sometimes a little frightening.  It may make the heart race.
 
Certainly the storms of my mid-western youth might recall that speeding heart.  Watching the roiling clouds with excitement as the winds picked up and the lightening flashed.  Not a matter of fear, but excitement.  What was coming this time?
 
A very different view the other day, but still a reminder that creation is not tame.  On the golf course, finishing one hole, looking toward the next.  Saw a movement in the tall grass.  A dog jumping?  Stared harder, as if that would make me see more clearly.  It was a coyote, playing with a rat, then snacking under the shade of a tree.  Drifting away (keeping my eyes on him none the less), and then when we moved to the next green he trotted across the fairway just behind us.  Big ears pointed up, tongue lolling, so many different colors, and I think he was smiling as he disappeared into the tall grass.
 
A momentary surprise, a reminder that much beauty is untamed and the work of the Creator continues.
 
Thanks of the gifts Lord,
Pastor Randy
 
"God of great love, help us to open our hearts to your love and soften our closed minds.  Help us to move beyond the mire we find ourselves in by breathing deeply of your Spirit and reaching to our highest selves in you.  Enable us to delight in the laughter of a child, the beauty of a sunset, the scent of a rose, and thus, see the glory of your world.  In the name of the Christ.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

No Wednesday Bible Study next week 8/17

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Follow the Churchwide Assembly



Dear Friends,

I sure we've missed bulletin announcements for this week, but maybe next week - or a verbal announcement?

Our Oregon Synod Voting Members met last night and we're all ready and excited to "be there for Oregon" at our August 15-19, 2011 Churchwide Assembly in Orlando, FL.  We'll be making daily blog entries about what we're experiencing, and what's happening and what you to join in. Please let members know.

The blog address is a little complex - http://www.soulcafe.org/group/churchwide-assembly-oregon-ized Easiest, probably, is simply to encourage members to go to the synod website, www.oregonsynod.org and link in through there. Please let folks know.

Oh - and this will be an interactive blog, so we'd love to hear back from you - and for you all to hear from each other.

Joy!!

Bishop Dave

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature... "  Genesis 1:21
 
Back outside again, and more particularly to the park.  Taking in the views of the trees and walkers, frogs, ducks and flowers.  And these days lots of blue sky.  Lots of beauty.
 
And that brings me to another family we have observed at the pond.  I have seen their ilk before, and their image does not necessarily bring beauty to mind.  Maybe not what "monsters" spoken of in Genesis would conjure up, but still... . Talking about nutria here.  Not a native creature to this country.  In some places they are called 'coypu'.  They look like a big rat, just not as cuddly.  They damage shore lines, are aggressive, and were supposedly introduced in this country for their fur.  Really?
 
We have watched them silently for long periods.  Along with three babies, moving effortlessly in the water.  Wary, gnawing away on the shore, or diving under the water suddenly.  Fascinating.  Beautiful?  Eye of the beholder I suppose.  Still part of "God created ... every living creature."
 
Need to take that thought beyond observing nutria.  Always lessons to learn.
 
In praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy
 
"God of all truth and light, speak to us now, we pray, through the words of your holy Scripture and the wonder of your creation, that we may have direction for our path, comfort in our suffering and hope for the future.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Thursday    
6:30 p Men's group meets @ Old Chicago Pizza/Tanasbourne

Sunday       Scrip order Sunday, (not going to be here? stop by the
                   church and fill out an order form and leave it in the
                   church office with your payment.      
 
Rummage sale needs your clean usable items and lots of volunteers, please add your name to the volunteer list; set up, pre sale~ Thursday 8/11, day of sale~ 8/12 & 8/13 and clean up. Questions can be directed to Erin or Peggy.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

August Newsletter

The August Newsletter is available on line or feel free to pick up a hard copy at the information center located in the church Narthex between the the offices.
 
http://sovlutheran.com/news/pdf/august2011.pdf

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Call for Vendors!


"Rain or Shine" 
Arts & Craft Faire
Call for Vendors
I’m looking for local artists to participate in the 1st Semi Annual “Rain or Shine” Arts & Crafts Faire.




When: Sept 10, 2011
Where: Shepherd of the Valley, 17625 NW Cornell Road, Beaverton OR 97006
Hours: 10am to 7pm (Set up: starting at 8am) 
Entrance Fee: Recommended but not required -Item for Bare Necessities (tbd, will suggest 3 of the items from the list below). 
Door Prize Drawings @12:13, 14:15 (2:15pm), 16:17 (4:17pm), 18:10 (6:18pm) for anyone donating an item to Bare Necessities

For this 1st Faire, I will be partnering with Love INC's "Bare Necessities" gap ministry.  This group provides cleaning and hygiene supplies to people in the Beaverton area who are referred by Love INC.  Items needed:  soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, toilet paper, paper towels, brushes/combs, sponges, napkins, facial tissue, kitchen cleaner, window cleaner, feminine hygiene products, and dishwasher & laundry detergent
Booth Sizes/Prices (net proceeds will be donated to Shepherd of the Valley): 
Spaces are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. 
4' wide x 6' Deep $25 one or more items listed above for Bare Necessities
6' wide x 6' Deep $35 one or more items listed above for Bare Necessities
6' wide x 8' Deep $50 one or more items listed above for Bare Necessities
Outside tent space available (you will need to provide your own tent) 10x10 $50 + a donation to Bare Necessities 
Chairs will be provided.  You will need to provide your own tables and displays.
Advertising:
Banner on building 1-2 weeks prior to eventfliers, Love INC calendar of events, Google/Facebook ads
Weekend Calendars, Beverly Anderson's J.L.Scott Newsletter + rely on vendors to promote on their preferred social media (facebook, twitter, and blogs)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Rummage Sale Aug 12 & 13


Church Rummage Sale!

9AM - 5PM

Friday, August 12
&
Saturday, August 13

Also featuring hot dogs and a bake sale!
Cash only.






Pastor's Weekly Message

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Hebrews 13:8
 
Change is constant, although it may not always be apparent.  Sometimes it is comforting, challenging, sorrowful, surprising (come up with your own adjective).
 
There was a major change in our back yard.  It became apparent, in a short time in my mind, that the cedar tree at the corner of the house had died and was drying out swiftly.  It is gone now.  Already miss sitting and watching the birds perch in its upper branches.
 
At the same time thinking of watching Daphne, our sweet nearly one year old grand daughter.  Every visit brings surprises and entertainment, constant change.
 
And then there is the Christ, present in the death and the life, the changes that make up living, making it possible to carry on, or enjoy it all the more.
 
In His name,
Pastor Randy

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
Thursday      12:00 p All church luncheon
                    (lunch provided, you bring the conversation)

Help needed
Sunday Morning Ushers 8:30 & 10:30/11:00 for August, September, October and beyond (please see the sign up sheet in the Narthex)

Rummage Sale volunteers; set up, cashiers, bankers, clerks, baked goods, hot dog sales etc. Please contact Erin or Peggy or sign up on the sign up board in the rainbow room.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field...." Matthew 13:44
 
Stumbling upon the gifts of God.
 
You've been spared for a few weeks, for which you may be thankful.  But this writing is headed back to the park again.  In search of a little solace and exercise, maybe some frogs, that would be plenty.
 
Walking out on the point of land sticking into the western end of the pond.  Coming around a bush at waters edge and a heron takes off just above our heads.  Watching it fly back deeper into the park.  Head in that direction in hopes of another glimpse.  There it is, in our favorite frog watching spot.  We sneak up quietly, but some others do not.  Flying off again, back to the broadest part of the pond.
 
Eventually we end up back at the middle of the pond, straight across from this gangly, yet elegant bird, and watch for a uninterrupted half-hour as it starts and stops along the shore, staring down into the water, darting and snacking along the way.  Beautiful, sigh inducing, stuff.
 
Like a treasure hidden in a field.
 
In praise of and thanks to the Creator,
 
Pastor Randy

This Week

Wednesday  
10:00 a  Bible Study w/Pastor Resumes

Thursday       6:15 p Executive Council Meeting
                     7:00 p Council Meeting

Rummage Sale needs your clean usable items, you can bring them to the church or make arrangements to drop them off at Verna's house/storage.

USHERS NEEDED for August, both worship services.

Next Scrip Order; August 7th

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sunday Worship July 10

Two worship services this Sunday

July 10, 2011

8:30 and 10:30 am
  • Blood Pressure Sunday
  • Birthday Sunday
  • Scrip Order Sunday

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Reminders

THIS WEEK'S REMINDERS
  • No Pastor's weekly message as he is on Vacation this week.

  • July newsletter is available online http://sovlutheran.com/news/pdf/july2011.pdf

  • One worship service this Sunday, July 3, 2011 at 10:30 am

  • All Church Luncheon tomorrow, June 30th @ 12:00 pm 
    (Pastor Al & Maryann will be attending, come hear their latest adventures)

  • Rummage Sale needs your unwanted clean, usable items. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

All Church Luncheon

All Church Luncheon
(a monthly lunch provided by SOV for SOV on the last Thursday of each month)

Thursday, June 30th
12:00 pm

Guest visitors; Pastor Al and Maryann 

Please join us for lunch and great conversation.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Go, and may the Lord be with you." First Samuel 17:37
 
In the midst of Vacation Bible School now.  Nothing new there.  We still do it every year.  Might lament the lack of numbers (and we can work on that), but there is no lamenting the effort offered.  There has been joy aplenty to be found.  There has been singing, dancing and playing of all kinds.
 
The great hope of course is that the kids (of all ages) gathered here learn stories from the Bible, and that they will stick.  It is about planting seeds.  Experiencing church in another way.
 
The quote above is from the story of David and Goliath.  How well do you remember the story?  I have experienced it anew again, and that is a good thing.  A reminder that the stories never really get old.  And that admonition is good for us all to hear, and share.  In the midst of life's challenges know these words, and hear the great promise contained in them.  "Go, and may the Lord be with you."
 
In the peace and power of the Christ,
Pastor Randy
 
"Gracious Lord, we live with the results of our sin and brokenness every hour.  but you offer another way.  Your grace is a gift that sets us free to be changed into the new creatures you call us to be.  Set us free, we pray.  Liberate us from all that keeps us trapped and bound, for in you alone we will find freedom to be all you created us to be.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Sunday    
8:30 & 10:30 a Worship

Please note: one worship service on July 3 at 10:30a

Reminder
SOV Rummage Sale is August 12 & 13
Please bring your clean, usable items to the church or make arrangements with Verna to deliver to her house.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!" Psalm 8:1
 

Sounds like the psalmist is speaking of the Creator's most impressive handiwork, and indeed there are words in this psalm about "the heavens ... the moon and the stars....".
 
But I've been witness to something over the last few days that, while not so impressive as the moon and stars, certainly speaks of the majestic to me.  Some robins have built a nest in a fairly open area near the house.  Didn't even notice the nest for a while, and shortly after taking note it was obvious that a family had come into existence. 
 
There are four babies, and it has been a kick to take in their silent chorus as mouths are raised high at feeding time.  In just a few short days the nest has become a crowded spot as the youngsters jostle for position.  The activity, effort, care, danger, helplessness and more, speak to me of the majesty of the Creator.
 
There is grand stuff all over the place.  Looking to the heavens, watching baby birds, listening to the faithful singing or youngsters sharing their faith.  The list could go on and on.  There is much to take us away from such things, and there is no denying such a part of reality, but sometimes all I can do is pay attention and give thanks.
 
In Christ,
Pastor Randy
 
"Creator, in the face of all that life throws at us, we are reminded of how weak and helpless we can be on our own.  But, we are not alone.  During creation, your spirit swept across the depths of the ocean, molding the chaos into your creation.  Today, sweep across the depth of our needs, and remold us into new creatures, people filled with your glory and power. Amen."

LOOKING AHEAD

Sunday June 19  
9:30 a  Dad's and Grad's celebration
                           High School Graduates: Gunnar, Hayden, Jacob, Jenny, Trevor
                           College Graduates: Aaron, Stacey
    
If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it. William Arthur Ward   

Congratulations Graduates!
                                          
2011 Confirmation Faith Statements are available on the bulletin board in the Narthex or online 
http://www.sovlutheran.com/youth.php

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Be still, and know that I am God!" Psalm 46:10
 
A favorite verse, and usually I think of it in the midst of storms, trials, times when life may seem a little overwhelming.
 
But this time it is not about some big storm coming to a peaceful end.  This is about just being still in the midst of everyday life.  Not letting life rush by.  Appreciating, if just for a moment, the truth of what the psalmist writes of, the glory of the Creator.
 
Choice and I planted roses for the grand kids.  They got to choose the color they wanted (Daphne had some help).  After their planting, watching them take root and begin to thrive was a joy.   And then there was the chance to see buds appear, and an actual bloom.  (That has been pretty late to happen this year.)  The first was Taylor's white rose, and as promised, it was a rose of scent.  (It seems that not many have a scent any more.)  To appreciate that smell I had to slow down enough to kneel at the small bush and take in the flowery perfume.  It was sweet.  It bore the smell that my own little girl long ago said, "made you want to dance all day".
 
"Be still, and know that I am God" indeed, because it may cause you "to dance all day" even in the silence.
 
In praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy
 
"Creator, we come before yo a broken people.  In the face of all that life throws at us, we are reminded of how small, weak and helpless we are on our own.  But, glory to God, we are not alone.  During creation, your spirit swept across the depths of the ocean, molding the chaos into your creation.  During Pentecost, your spirit again swept across those gathered there and molded them out of the their chaos and despair into the body of Christ.  Continue still to shape and mold us now, that we would be the church you have called us to be.  Amen.
 
THIS WEEK

Saturday  
3:00 pm Memorial Service for Grant Mueller (SOV family welcome)

Sunday     Day of Pentecost (wear Red)
                 8:30 a & 10:30 a Worship
                 10:30 a  Rite of Confirmation

Please remember in prayer our 5 confirmands who will present their statement of Faith

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"But ask the animals, and they will teach you: the birds of the air and they will tell you..." Job 12:7

That certainly seems to be the case time and time again.  Teach especially of the beauty, complexity and vast nature of the Creator's handiwork.  Just sitting, looking at the back yard does it for me.  Watching the birds flitting all about.  A robin hopping seemingly aimlessly, suddenly stopping and tilting his head and then striking into the grass and coming with at least part of a meal for those waiting at home. Seeing a crow who has caught a garter snake but deciding better of keeping the catch and dropping the writhing creature into the yard.  Watching the butterflies drifting by, appearing almost weightless in the breeze.  Listening to the songs, and the scoldings as well.  Seeing a couple of nests and houses, all under a watchful eye and a warm presence. 
 
They are a fascination to me.  They are but a small part of all the show that never ceases, if I but take the time to take at least some of it in.  I didn't ask a question, but an answer was provided none the less.  In this world of toil and strife we are but a part of the creation, and in taking a view of another part of creation the toil and strife might be lessened for a moment at the very least.
 
In praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy
 
"Thank you for your many and various gifts Lord.  May we strengthened by them, respect them as part of your mighty work, and preserve them so that others might enjoy their beauty as well.  Amen."
 
Keep in mind that this Sunday our Youth Choir will be singing about the animals.  Remember this Sunday also begins our summer schedule.

THIS WEEK

THURSDAY    1:30 - 7:00 pm  Red Cross Blood Drive
                      6:30 p  Men's Night @ Old Chicago Pizza

SUNDAY        8:30 & 10:30 SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE BEGINS

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

".....a sound of sheer silence." First Kings 19:12
 
Returning again and again to some favorite verses, ending with those words about the presence of God.
 
In these days when there is news of yet another devastating storm.  When a publicity seeking, self proclaimed prophet (who seems to be mocking the very Jesus he claims to lift up) gets more press than folks who actually give of themselves in Jesus name.  Listening for the voice of God.
 
Present in the silence of the back yard.  Near silence anyhow.  The gurgling of the creek, the rustlings of the trees.  Present also in the not so nearly silent sorting of potatoes, food for those with hungry bellies and losing hope, joy in serving for others and being together on a Saturday morning.  Present in the voices of the little ones singing.  Ah, good and blessed sounds.
 
May we hear the promise of God's presence in our lives, be it in  silence, or the hum of life.  Do not be distracted by the condemnations that some would offer, the bombastic showiness of purported prophets, but listen for the presence of God in the simple passage of time in life itself.
 
In Christ,
Pastor Randy
 
"Father, you have commanded us not to worry, yet we confess that we spend so much time doing just that.  We confess our lack of trust in you.  Help us surrender our fears and concerns to you, knowing that your hand is in every aspect of our lives.  Father, turn our hearts toward yours and draw us close to you.  We confess our desperate need for you, for on our own we fret and fail.  Help us follow you with all our lives.  Thank you for your continued patience and forgiveness.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Thursday    
12:00p All Church Luncheon

**SUNDAY    10:30a ONE WORSHIP SERVICE
Have a safe Memorial Day Weekend!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pastor's weekly message

"....worship God in spirit and in truth." John 4:24
 
The truth is we can worship God in any and all places.  Which is a perfect reason (or excuse) for some to never set foot inside of a church sanctuary.
 
The truth is I can understand, and often do offer praise of God outside of the sanctuary of a church.  Nature provides many opportunities and many surprises.  But sometimes the sanctuary provides surprises too, and it may not be at all what some consider to be a separate and holy place.  (Maybe not separate but certainly holy, we are surrounded by holy space.)
 
Last Sunday our own space was just such a place.  Still recovering from the flood, the refrigerator from the kitchen was in the rear of the worship space.  Some mentioned it looked a bit like an "efficiency apartment". Earlier, when I turned to the altar for the confession, in the near silence, I could hear the coffee urn percolating.  Somehow it almost seemed fitting, the coffee getting ready during confession in a Lutheran church.
 
Worship God "in spirit and in truth".  It may take a while to unpack everything that that means, but maybe we get it bit by bit, both outside and in.  Thanks for the constant presence amidst the surprises Lord.
 
In Christ,
Pastor Randy
 
"Lord, you have commanded us not to worry, yet we confess that we spend so much time doing just that.  We confess our lack of trust in you.  Help us surrender our fears and concerns to you, knowing that your hand is in every aspect of our lives.  Turn our hearts toward yours and draw us close to you.  Thank you for your continued patience and forgiveness.  Amen."

This Week

Wednesday  
10:00 a Bible Study
                     CHEVY'S FUNDRAISER...
                     Support SOV Youth, Good All Day
                     on dine-in or take-out, just mention 
                     you are with SOV Youth Group

Thursday      10:00 LLL
                     7:00 p Council Meeting

Friday           9:00 - 11:30 KOK Preschool

Saturday      Food Bank / Thrivent event @ SOV

Flood update; painting is completed both upstairs and downstairs. Cabinets have been installed, vinyl will be installed today, Thursday the sink will be set, as well as ceiling tiles installed downstairs.

When the cabinets were installed it was discovered the new sub floor was a bit higher then previous therefore the back splash needed to be removed.  Kevin (claims adjuster) has allowed for new back splash and counter top. Monday the sink will be removed, new Formica and back splash installed and sink reset and functioning again by next Sunday. Progress is being made steadily.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Wednesday May 18th

Just a reminder:

Youth fundraiser at Chevy's Restaurant @ Tanasbourne
1951 NW 185th Avenue  503.690.4524

Wednesday, May 18th

ALL DAY

Dine in or take out.

Simply take this coupon with you or mention you are with SOV Youth Group.

Thank your for your support!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"... a sound of sheer silence." 1st Kings 19:12
  
Those are the final words of one of my favorite descriptions of God's presence.  The sound of God in what we expect and don't expect.  The sound of God all over the place.  Some accepted.  Some rejected.  Hearing the sound of God.  How do we tell?
 
Lots of sounds around my ears lately.  There is the hammering and sawing around the church, repairs being done.  Daphne's laughter for another game of peek-a-boo.  Josiah and Joel singing at worship.  Another siren on an ambulance roaring past the office windows on Cornell.  Shouting at Taylor's ball game from many people, some of it encouraging, some of it not so much.  Listening to the birds out back, taking note especially of the robins, doves and swallows. And some moments of silence too. 
 
Were some clearly God's sounds and some not?  Still listening.  It is some kind of rich life.  God is everywhere.
 
In Christ,
Pastor Randy
 
"Merciful Savior, too often our eyes are as dim as those of the two disciples who walked to Emmaus.  You stand in our midst, but we are unaware and disconnected.  We sit with you at the dinner table but look right past you.  You speak to us, but our hearing is dull.  We read the Scriptures, but we fail to understand.  Lord, we want know you, to see you, to hear your Word to us and to apply it to our lives.  Open our hearts and minds, we pray; speak to us through your Spirit so this Word, as it is read and proclaimed, penetrates us with the truth of your resurrection power.  Amen."

This Week

Wednesday  
5:30 pm Worship Meeting

Friday          7:00 pm Confirmation Meeting for students and parent

Sunday        Scrip Orders

Have you supported SOV's ongoing fundraiser yet? We know everyone goes grocery shopping, therefore everyone can benefit purchasing a  grocery store gift card. (Our goal is to get 100% participation from SOV) Have Graduates you need to shop for? A gift card is a great gift for them as they prepare to head off to college or to use while away. Restaurants, grocery stores, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Best Buy, Regal Cinema just to name a few any graduate would love to receive. Don't forget these make great birthday gifts, wedding gifts, just because gifts....

Remember in prayer Deb and Dean Mueller-Kruse in the passing of Deb's father Grant Mueller on May 10th.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Reminders

Saturday May 7th, 8:00 - 2:00 pm CPR/AED Training at SOV. There is still room if you wish to become certified.

Saturday May 7th, 8:30 - 4:00/5:00 pm Eagle Scout project (food and beverage provided)

May Newsletter is available on line
http://sovlutheran.com/news/pdf/may2011.pdf

Sunday May 8th Special music by Josiah and Joel Warneking of Sixteen Cities will perform during both worship services.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"... and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8  
 
Big moments on a national scale, particularly concerning the death of one who caused a great deal of pain.  There has been celebration, relief, a sense of long deterred justice.  The celebration part was brief for me, but relief and justice, those are things that might last. 
 
And that is what I turn my face to. The need for justice is not over.  Relief is still a need for many throughout this world, and comes only in small steps sometimes.  Life does indeed go on, and searching for justice and relief will continue to be a large part of it. 
 
So may we celebrate well, not just for death, but for life in the face of death.
 
In the peace and power of the Cross,
Pastor Randy
  
"Author of all creation, we go about our lives filled with frustration and often feeling lost.  Culture wants to point us down one path, yet we know there is a better road to follow.  Instill in us a desire to turn to you first; to delve into your teachings; to not only read your laws on an intellectual level but to take them into our hearts.  If we choose to live our lives according to your ways, we need never fear getting lost.  Amen."
 
This Week

Thursday  
1:30-7:00pm  Red Cross Blood Drive
                  6:30pm Men's Night @ Pastor Randy's (RSVP please)

Saturday    8:00-2:00pm CPR/AED Training (room available)
                  8:30am Eagle Scout Project @ SOV

Monday, May 2, 2011

May 18 Fundraiser at Chevys!

Let's go have some Mexican food at Chevy's!  The youth are having a fundraiser Wednesday, May 18, 2011. Chevy's will donate 25% of all meals ordered in-house or through the to-go menu all day 5-18 back to SOV to use for youth activities. Let's support their efforts to self-fund and enjoy something yummy at the same time. Hand a copy of the coupon to the wait staff and tell them that the dinner is part of the SOV fundraiser. (If you don't have the coupon, just tell the wait staff and they will include the meal in the day's totals.)

Click to print the coupon

Chevys
1951 NW 185th Ave
Hillsboro OR 97124

503-690-4524.

If you wanted to, you could go online (www.chevys.com) and decide what you want, then call it in, pick it up, and hand them the coupon. How easy is that? Or... how about going out to lunch with the office gang if you work nearby? The more, the merrier.

Thanks to Caitlin and Stacy for this great idea for the youth.

Best Regards,
Lee Bonacker

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Eagle Scout Project

Dear SOV Congregation, 
 
I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to my Eagle project so far, it really does mean a lot. I am on the way to my goal of raising $1300. This being said, I am still collecting donations through this coming Sunday, the 1st of May, so that materials can be bought for the workday the following week. If you would like to contribute, you can make your check out to SOV noting Eagle Project on the memo line, so you can write it off on your taxes.

My Eagle Project will be for the benefit of SOV and Kids of the Kingdom Preschool. It will be a multi-step process involving many side projects.

First, the hill on the church's eastern side needs to be terraced, and a retaining wall will have to be installed to prevent future erosion. This part of the project will be the most time consuming and will require some strong guys to do some heavy lifting. 

Second, trenches will need to be dug on both sides of the sidewalk so that French drains can be made to carry runoff water away from the path and building. We will need lots of diggers and back fillers.  

Third, a sign for the Pre-school will be installed. 

Last, a fire drill safety area on the eastern side of the dumpster will be created. We will install a wood perimeter and fill it with wood chips.
 
We will start at 8:30am on Saturday May 7th, and should finish late afternoon. In order for your hours to be counted for my project, please make sure that you sign in/sign out on the volunteer sheet when you arrive/leave. Food and beverages will be provided. Be sure to bring your shovel and work gloves because we are going to be doing a lot of digging. Any rakes or wheelbarrows would be greatly appreciated as well.  
 
Those willing to volunteer, please respond via Tammy, so I can determine how best to use your abilities. Thank you all for your willingness and support.
 
Sincerely,
Gunnar Rasmussen

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"He is risen!  He is risen indeed!!"
 
We shouted the words.  There was a big crowd to do the shouting.  We had breakfast at church that day too, prepared by a bunch of hard working, early rising, youth.  There were many more flowers, and even more singing, than usual.  Lots of visitors too.
 
It would be easy to offer some sort of cynical commentary about the time.  But who knows what seeds may have been sown.  And the time and effort of many were from deep in the heart, leaving little room for cynicism.
 
But there is something else too.  I know that that proclamation of the risen Christ is not confined to one very special designated Sunday morning.  It is a part of what we do every time we gather.  But there is more than that, and even this is only a part.  Standing in the quiet of the back yard, looking at the cherry tree now filled gloriously with white petals.  It seemed to happen suddenly.  Taking in the beauty, in the dappled sun light, the sound in my heart echoed the shouts of the church sanctuary, "He is risen!  He is risen indeed!!"
 
In the peace and power of the Christ,
Pastor Randy
 
"So many things in this world try to draw our attention away from what is truly important.  Too many times these things become little gods demanding our time, talents, money and devotion.  Lord, restore to us the right relationship we need to have with you.  Remind us again of the blessings and good fortune we have to be in your house and to celebrate your love for us.  Amen."
 
This Week

Wednesday   10:00 a Bible Study
                     No Wednesday Vespers Service

Thursday      12:00 p  All Church Luncheon
                     7:00 p   Council Meeting

Sunday    May 1
                New Member Sunday
                Scrip Order's due

Looking Ahead

Tuesday   May 3rd  6:30 p Ladies Dinner @ Nonna Emilia's

Thursday   May 5th 
                 Red Cross Blood Drive 1:30 - 7:00 p
                 Men's Night @ Pastor Randy's 6:30p (Please RSVP)

Saturday   May 7th
                 CPR/AED Training 8:00-2:00p (room still available)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

From a Name to a Number

To anyone who purchased Alter Wiener's Biography at his presentation on April 17th, please consider posting a review:             

Since you have finished reading my book and intending to post a review, please notice the following:

Click to start your review. Nobody is required to buy the book from Amazon to be entitled to place a review; any purchase in the past from Amazon, grants this privilege. Click "Find a Product" and search for "From A Name to A Number". Please close your review with your status (minister, professor, teacher, student, etc.).You may also see on this website what other readers had to say about the book and check "Was this review helpful to you?" You could also post a comment by clicking on Comment.

Your thoughts, as a religious person and as a compassionate person, if posted on amazon.com, will have a lasting positive impact on contemporary and future generations. I shall appreciatively acknowledge your review when I see it posted on amazon.com

Warm Regards,

Alter Wiener

Monday, April 25, 2011

Wear to Share!

SOV T-Shirts ... Be ready to order soon!
               
    Your opportunity to "wear to share"! 
 
We are offering an opportunity for all members of all ages to wear an official Shepherd of the Valley T-shirt when we are on our own or when we are working together at church or when we work together in our community. What a great opportunity to "wear to share" who your church family is and where you worship.
 
There will be at least two colors choices and the sizes will go from small children's through 6XL.
 
The cost will be $8.10 for children through adult XL, $9.60 for 2XL,  $11.10 for 3XL, $12.60 for 4XL, $14.10  for 5XL, $15.60 for 6XL.
Orders will be taken on May 1 and May 8 and through email.  Color samples will be made available on May 1 and through the web site.

For more information contact Larina.

A message from Social Concerns

We are collecting completed kits and donations for Lutheran World Relief's Personal Care Kits until Sunday, May 1st, 2011. It costs about $11 to purchase the items that make up the kits. If you would like to donate completed kits, please follow these assembly instructions:

Include the following items in each Personal Care Kit:
  • One bath-size towel (approximately 52" X 27"), dark color recommended
  • Two bath-size bars (4 to 5 oz.) of soap, any brand, in original wrapping
  • One adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging*
  • One sturdy comb, remove packaging
  • One metal nail clippers, remove packaging
*Toothbrush multi-packs may be used by sealing an individual toothbrush in a business envelope; no plastic bags or wrap

Do not add other items or leave out any of the items listed. All items should be new and in good condition. Wrap all the items in the towel and tie securely with ribbons or yarn. Do not enclose the Kit or any of its contents in plastic bags.

Note that the items included this year are a little different from previous years. If you would like to donate funds, please mark "Social Concerns - health kits" on your check. Thank you!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday Service Tonight

Please join us at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
 
Good Friday Service
The Seven Last Words of Christ
 
April 22, 2011
7:00 pm

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Maundy Thursday Service

Please join us tonight: 

Thursday, April 21st
7:00 pm

Maundy Thursday Service

"washing of the hands"

Easter Breakfast Donations

Youth Group is still accepting food donations for Easter Breakfast:
Spiral cut hams
Fruit, fresh or frozen

Please bring to the church before 3 pm Saturday.