Happening Now Blog

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.