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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