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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.