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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind." Hosea 8:7a
 
Good luck with bringing in that crop.  Hosea is not the guy folks would normally turn to as Christmas nears.  He would more likely be considered a bah-humbug sort.  This particular verse, and where it is found in his chastising of fellow citizens, might now see as at least in part an attack on retail therapy. 
 
Part of this is brought on by yet one more push for getting the perfect gift that show true love and thoughtfulness.  So, do not be offended (unless there is a need), and consider again the real "reason for the season".  It may sound so trite, but hear the good news of the Christ child again.  It is probably not store bought.
 
May we have the chance to love and care for the folks around us.
 
In Christ,
Pastor Randy
 
"Precious Savior, we praise you because you are near.  You have walked among us, living as we live, knowing our pain, experiencing our joy.  Thank you for getting your feet dirty, for reaching out to us, for loving us in person.  May we spend this season sharing this blessed message of hope with all we meet.  Thank you for coming to us.  Amen."
 
THIS WEEK

Wednesday  5:45 p Advent Soup Supper (soup, bread, crackers, butter always welcome)
                    6:30 p Vesper Service
                    7:00 p  Adult Choir

Thursday     1:30 - 7:00 p Red Cross Blood Drive
                   6:30 p  Men's Night @ Old Chicago Pizza/Tanasbourne

Sunday      Scrip Order Sunday;  remember your Christmas shopping list,
                  your neighbors, co workers, hostess gifts,  
                  teachers,  hair dressers, stocking stuffers...etc.
                  If you wont be here Sunday I can email you a form 
                  but payment needs to be here by Sunday.

Looking ahead;
 Sunday December 11th; 
        Sunday School Christmas Program at 11:00 a
      " A Merry Olde England" Christmas Concert/sing a long 6:00 p

Sunday December 18th
        Christmas Caroling; meeting at SOV @ 4:30 p to Carpool followed by potluck chili/soup supper

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever."  Psalm 136:1
 
Thanks all over the place.  Standing outside again of course, in the darkness, after a good rain.  The creek behind the house was no longer dormant.  The sound of the rolling water is such excellent music, and a sweet gift.  Giving thanks.
 
Sitting inside and hearing the wind howl and the rains beat down.  What a blessing to have this safe place, a refuge.  And I would far too easily take it for granted.  Giving thanks.
 
As for those times taken for granted, or even when the grandest gifts are looked past foolishly, or seem not to offer the comfort sought.  Then strengthened by the ultimate gift of a "steadfast love that endures forever".  Giving thanks.  All over the place.
 
Peace and blessings,
Pastor Randy
 
THIS WEEK

Wednesday    
10:00 a Bible Study
                       6:30 p Acts 2:42 Service
                       7:00 p  Adult Choir practice 
                          (new members always welcome)

Thursday        Happy Thanksgiving
                      Offices Closed

Friday            Offices Closed

Sunday         First Sunday of Advent
                     8:30 & 11:00 Worship
                     No Sunday School

Friday, November 18, 2011

Don't Forget...

It is our Duty and Delight...
     Living a generous life.

 
remembering what God has done for you,
what will you do for God?
 
Commitment Sunday
November 20th

 
Remember to bring your Commitment form to worship on Sunday. 

Not going to be here? Drop it by the church office Monday - Friday 8 - 12pm or mail it to:

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
17625 NW Cornell Road
Beaverton, Or 97006

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Youth Christmas Greens pick up

Thanks to all who participated in the KOK/SOV Youth Greens Fundraiser. 

Items will be available for you to pick up at the Church on Sunday, November 20, after both services.

You may also make arrangements to pick up during preschool hours (9 am - 11:30 am) on Monday (21st) or Tuesday (22nd) at the Church. If you were unable to place an order, I do have 5 - 22" wreaths, 1 centerpiece, 1 Bark Basket and one 25" wreath for sale.  Please email Wendy Roeder, wsroeder(at)aol.com, if you have questions.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars!" Psalm 148:3
 
Right now even the street lights are shrouded in the fog.  It isn't great to drive in, but it has a certain beauty and seems to enhance the silence of the night.
 
Just a couple of nights ago the moon was full and it lit the backyard with a silver light.  It was maybe as quiet as this particular space has been in the short ime I have been blessed to take it in.  The quiet, the silver light, even the aloneness, was beautiful.
 
For me proof positive that even "the moon ... all you shining stars ... praise him..".  The Creator and all of creation continues to amaze.
 
In thanks,
Pastor Randy
 
"Open our eyes fully to your world, O God.  When we hear slander, give us courage to speak truth; when we witness persecution, grant us strnegth to defend the oppressed; where we see grief, enable us to bring comfort.  Help us to se not only what is, but also what could be.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday
     6:30 p Acts 2:42 service
                       7:00 p  Adult Choir Practice

Thursday         10:00 a  LLL
                       12:00 p All Church Luncheon

Friday              7:00 p Confirmation Class/Retreat

Saturday         9:00 a Confirmation Class
                       10:00 a Thanksgiving Baskets, assembly and distribution
                       5:00 - 8:00 p  MS/HS Youth Outing  Laser Tag $7 plus video money (dinner provided)

KOK Christmas Greens
Thanks to all who participated in the Greens Fundraiser.  If you missed it, I do have a few items you can purchase.  Items will be available for you to pick up at the Church on Sunday, November 20, after both services.  You may also make arrangements to pick up during preschool hours (9 am - 11:30 am) on Monday (21st) or Tuesday (22nd).  Please email Wendy Roeder, wsroeder(at)aol.com, if you have questions.

COMMITMENT SUNDAY,  Remember Sunday November 20th
Our Duty & Delight...Remember the connection?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thanksgiving Baskets

Our annual Thanksgiving Food Basket event will be this Saturday, November 19.  We still need another couple of people to help pick up food at the WinCo near Cornelius Pass and Cornell at 9:30am.  Assembly of the baskets will be at church at 10:00am.  We also need a few more people who would be willing to make a delivery or two to our recipients who don't have their own transportation and a couple of people to stay after and clean up and reset the chairs for Sunday services. 

If you can help with any of these tasks, please let Larina Hoffbeck know at: hoffbeck(at)frontier.com.  

The entire event (including cleaning and setting up the sanctuary) should be finished by noon.  We'll have coffee, juice and donuts for the volunteers set up in the kitchen.  We hope to see you Saturday!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Commitment Sunday

Commitment Sunday
Sunday November 20th

"Duty and Delight..."

     Remember the connection?

Please prayerfully consider what God has done for you, what will you do for God?

Youth Group Fundraiser

SOV's Youth Group is having a fundraising event:

Monday November 14th
@ Chevy's Restaurant in Tanasbourne

Offer is good ALL DAY 
on Dine In or Take Out

Just mention SOV Youth group and 25% of your bill will be credited to the youth group.

Pastor's Weekly Message

"... If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?" I Corinthians 12:17
 
Walking to my car in the parking lot of Calvary Lutheran after a meeting.  Got to the space, surrounded by maple leaves, and I could smell fall. The sun was blazing, the sky a brilliant blue, the air crisp, but the smell is what made the greatest impression this time.
 
Immediately transported to the farm of my youth, cross country practice at the Napoleon golf course, raking leaves in Albany, and on and on.  And the smell was rich indeed.
 
Appreciating anew, again, the sense God has given us.  May we have the good sense to use them.
 
In Thanks,
Pastor Randy
 
"O God, the giver of life and of every good gift, you have poured out your grace and blessings upon us.  Your generosity is lavish, your love unconditional, your joy overflowing.  May we, along with all gifts, be useful in reaching out to the sorrow of this world.  Amen."
 
THIS WEEK

Wednesday    
10:00 a Bible Study
                         5:30 p Stewardship Meeting
                         6:30 p Acts 2:42 Service
                         7:00 p Adult Choir Practice

Thursday          7:00 p La Leche League (LLL)

Friday              Happy Veterans Day!

Sunday            Scrip Order Sunday
                        6:00 p MS Youth Group Meeting

SOV Youth Group Fundraiser
Monday November 14th Chevy's Restaurant @ Tanasbourne, all day, dine in or take out. Mention SOV Youth group and Chevy's will donate 25% of total bill back to SOV.

Sunday November 20th Commitment Sunday, please remember to fill out your pledge form and return to the church anytime or on Sunday November 20th.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Make your face shine upon your servant,....."  Psalm 119:135
 
Saw lots of faces the other night, although many of them were covered actually.  It was trick or treat time of course, and we were out with our youngest grand babies, and some young friends.  Can I equate that time with the face of God shining?
 
Depends on the point of view I suppose.  It was apparent for me in several ways.  In the kids excited smiles sure.  But also in Avery taking my hand as we walked along.  Or in Daphne's comical burgeoning understanding of what exactly was going on and how she was intent on being a part of it.  Or in seeing that beautiful quarter moon watching over us in the crisp, clear night air.  It all left me with a warm grin.  God's face shining.  Thanks for the gifts Lord.
 
Peace and blessings,
Pastor Randy
 
"O God, the giver of life and of every good gift, you have poured out your grace and blessings upon us.  Your generosity is lavish, and your love unconditional, your joy overflowing.  Help us to appreciate your gifts anew and to know that in you we we will find rest and hope.  In Christ, Amen.

THIS WEEK

Wednesday    10:00 am    Bible Study
                       6:30 pm    Acts 2:42 Service

Thursday         6:30 pm    Men's Night @ Old Chicago Pizza/Tanasbourne
                       7:00 pm    Adult Choir Practice

Sunday           5:00 pm  "Give Thanks With A Grateful Hear" Dinner (if you 
                                    have not RSVP'd please let me know if you plan to 
                                    attend, if you wish to bring something please bring 
                                    a side dish, salad or dessert.

Sunday is also All Saints' Sunday if you wish to honor a loved one please send me their name along with their memorial dates to be posted in the bulletin.