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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".