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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