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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Sunday, December 30

One service at 10:30 am
Followed by Brunch

Egg dishes will be provided. If you can bring fruit or other complimentary side dish please let Tammy know.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

You're Invited at Christmas

Join us at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church


Christmas Eve Candle Light Worship
December 24th
4:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 11:00 pm
(Childcare provided at 4 & 6)

Christmas Day Worship
One Service
10:30 am


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Jan 6: Congregational Meeting

Dear Congregation,

There will be a Congregational Meeting on January 6th. On that Sunday, there will be only one church service at 10:30 AM.  Announcements will be skipped that Sunday, and the meeting will start promptly after the service. So please stay seated unless you need a treat and some coffee. The goal is to get finished in a timely manner so that lunch won't be too delayed for people who need nutrition on a regular schedule.

This meeting has a short agenda. We will vote on a constitutional amendment to formally institute email announcements for congregational meetings and to formally allow attendance and voting at Council meetings via electronic means. (The Shepherd constitution was written before these methods were available.) There will also be a budget up for discussion and vote.

In the early months of 2013, there will be a more informal congregational meeting where there will be ample time for discussion of other issues. The format will be more of a town hall. We all need good communication flow, so Council will be coming up with topics for that meeting. If there is anything specific you would like addressed, please don't hesitate to drop a line to Tammy or myself.

Thank you,

Lee Ann Bonacker

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low...." Isaiah 40:4

We heard John the Baptist use those words just a couple of weeks ago.  They announce the coming of the Messiah and the even keel that coming will bring to our lives.  But in the mean time we have many peaks and valleys as part of our lives.  For me this past Sunday was a perfect example of that.  At the beginning of early service I could barely speak because of the lump in my throat at the thought of the slaughter of the innocents in Connecticut.  And the at second service some of our own young people did such an astounding job in telling the story of the nativity that I was lifted and left grinning.  From valley to peak.

All a reminder of God's presence in every step, hand on shoulder through the peaks and valleys, the joy and sorrow.  As this chapter from Isaiah begins, "Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God."  The adventure is grand indeed.

In the power and presence of the Christ,
Pastor Randy

"We have waited, but soon we will wait no longer.  The celebration of the birth of Christ is almost upon us.  Please bless our time with friends and family.  And may we welcome the Christ into our hearts and homes.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  5:45p  Advent Soup/Bread Supper                        
                     6:30p  Advent Jesse Tree
                     7:00p  Choir Practice

Saturday       7:00p  Choir Rehearsal

Sunday         8:30 & 11:00 Worship
                    (No Sunday School)

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship                                        
December 24th
4:00, 6:00 & 11:00 p
(Childcare provided at 4 & 6)      
             

Christmas Day Worship
One Service
10:30 a


December 30th
One Service
10:30 a followed by brunch


Please keep in your prayers;
Neal, Dolores, Ken, Charlotte, Bob, Connie, Larry, Corrine, Alan.

From Elodis and the Rock Creek Retirement Community
To all your wonderful carolers! You are the talk of the town - Everyone loved you and they want an encore! They are giving me the credit for your being here and I am happy to accept it. We loved seeing talented young people and of course, the "older" ones too.
Love you all!
Elodis and RC Retirement

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Sunday Reminders

Lots of activity happening Sunday, December 16th at SOV

  8:30 a   Regular worship
11:00 a   Sunday School "Christmas Pageant"
  6:00 p   SOV Annual Christmas Concert

All these events are in need of fellowship treats
8:30  & 11:00 worship services can be a mixture of items, sweets, bagels, cheese, cracker, fruit etc.

6:00 p concert please bring your favorite Christmas Goody to share.

Also, Sunday is the last Scrip order opportunity for Christmas delivery.

Reminder; Saturday December 15th SOV Youth Group Fundraiser
Babysitting night;
 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Wednesday December 19th
Last Advent Soup Supper @ 5:45 pm
                     Jesse Tree @ 6:30 pm

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation."  Psalm 95:1

Could have chosen any number of scripture verses that referred to singing, but this one works quite well because the noise was joyful indeed.

A good bunch of us went caroling Sunday night.  Our youngest singer was 7 (?), our oldest singer was older than that.  We sang in two dining rooms of places where some of our SOV members live.  It was grand fun.  We sang a lot.  We sang loudly, and gosh it felt good.  It was particularly sweet to see the folks we came to sing to also sing along with us, song after song.  (Though one lady did put her fingers in her ears, it seems not everyone shares this particular joy, sorry ma'am.)

And when we finished singing it was even better.  We shared greetings of Merry Christmas, along with hand shakes and hugs.  Strangers, but in one sense not, because together we made "a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation".

Thanks Lord, for the opportunity.  May we all make our own joyful noise.

Blessings,
Pastor Randy

"Gracious God, we pause in wonder and adoration at the gift of the Incarnation.  That you would accompany us on our journey is a mystery, no matter how many times times we celebrate it.  It is with joy, gratitude and awe that we receive you into our midst yet again this Advent season.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
                     5:30/5:45 p Advent Soup
                     6:30 p  Advent "Jesse Tree"
                     7:00 p SOV Choir practice

Thursday     10:00 a Christmas Caroling
                     6:30 p  KOK Christmas Program

Saturday      2:00 - 4:00 p  Sunday School Christmas program rehearsal
                    5:00 - 8:00 p  SOV Youth Fundraiser/ Babysitting night @ SOV

Sunday        8:30 a Regular Advent Worship
                    11:00 a Sunday School Christmas Program
                     6:00 p  SOV Annual Christmas Concert (please bring cookies to share)

Christmas Caroling; Thursday December 13th, meet at SOV at 10:00 am  to carpool to other Retirement/Care facilities of our SOV members.

Hats, coats, gloves, blankets etc collection for local shelters. Please bring your gently used or new items to SOV by Sunday December 16th.

Scrip Orders, our scrip committee has decided they will do one more scrip order on Sunday December 16th. The support has been tremendous, please take a moment to look over an order form available on the website or at the church and give your order form and payment to Brenda, Caryl or Ann on Sunday or leave in the church office.

Sunday December 16th
Sunday School Christmas Program at 11:00 a service.
SOV Annual Christmas Concert at 6:00 pm. 

Join us for an evening of Christmas music and hear some of the best music around as the choir/Jameson brings new renditions of your favorite old songs and other fun musical numbers. There will also be a sing along to your favorite Christmas Carols. (please bring a plate of cookies to share)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"He covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth..."  Psalm 148:8

Well, the Lord seems to be doing that very well lately.  There have been moments of course, breaks in the weather to put up outside lights, to enjoy a moon high in the sky on the Sunday morning just passed, and some glorious sun as worship began.  But it has been mostly clouds, lots of rain, and the reality again of winter in the Pacific Northwest.  (Though the weather folks tell us this year is a little extreme.)

So, the point of stating the obvious?  It is an opportunity to appreciate all the more the moments of light, even and especially those artificial lights that brighten the darkness at this time of the year.  Recalling John the apostle writing "the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it."  And so it is.  May we know our Creator's presence in it all.

And on this morning of sunshine and blue skies, such beauty and light is all the more appreciated.

In praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

Lord, fill our hearts and minds with your presence.  We have made plans and preparations for what our days will bring, but now we ask that you would guide us in reality.  Help us to set aside our own agendas that we may be ready and willing to follow your leading.  In your holy name.  Amen.

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   10:00 a  Bible Study
                       5:30 p  Advent Soup/Supper
                       6:30 p  Advent Jesse Tree
                       7:00 p  SOV Choir practice

Thursday        6:30 p  Men's Night @ Golden Valley Brewery
                      7:00 p  LLL

Sunday         10:00 a  Keep Your Mind For Later Use
                                    part  4 of 10
The Role of Healthy Food in Promoting Brain Health:  Think What You Eat
Hydration is an important part of keeping your brain healthy.  Be sure to drink enough water each day to keep things flowing!  Most sources recommend 6-8 glasses a day, and avoiding too many drinks with sugar, caffeine, or alcohol.  Most foods have some water in them, as well.   Here's an article from the Mayo Clinic to help you estimate how much water you should be drinking:  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283
 
Sunday        4:45 p   Christmas Caroling & Soup/Chili potluck
                                Meet at SOV for carpooling

Scrip Order Sunday;  last opportunity to order gift cards for your Christmas gift giving. Scrip cards make the perfect gift, and are great for personal use too.

SOV is collecting hats, gloves, scarves, jackets, blankets etc for local shelters, please bring  your items to the church by Sunday, December 9th

Poinsettia Donations; if you would like to donate a poinsettia in memory of a loved one please add your name to the sign up sheet in the fellowship area and  place your donation in the offering plate or leave it in the church office. The Poinsettias will be added to the Altar for Christmas Eve Worship.

Sunday School Christmas Pageant
Sunday December 16 @ 11:00 service

SOV Annual Christmas Concert
Sunday December 16th @ 6:00 pm

If you or someone you know would like to perform a piece of music or other form of holiday art, please see Jameson.

December Newsletter is available at the information center or online
http://sovlutheran.com/news/pdf/december2012.pdf

Thursday, November 29, 2012

SOV Christmas Concert

Mark your calenders

Sunday December 16th @ 6:00 pm

The annual SOV Christmas Concert
The choir will sing some of the best music around as they bring new renditions of your favorite old songs, and other musical numbers.

**If you or someone you know is interested in performing a piece of music, dance or other holiday art please contact Jameson ASAP.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being." John 1:3

Part of the creation/nativity story from the gospel according to St. John.  Speaking yet again, as is found throughout, of God's presence in all of nature around us.  And so I find strength and comfort there.  So, now what happened?

This past Monday, I had just pulled into the driveway and as I was getting out of the car I noticed movement in the fir tree above me.  It was a red tail hawk, disturbed by my presence, taking flight.  What a grand sight to see this large raptor float out of the tree and seemingly, effortlessly drift past the house and into the wooded space beyond.  Just kept saying "wow" over and over again in my head, and then noticed that I was smiling.  What an excellent surprise.

And that same evening, as the twilight was coming on, driving down TV Highway, and at the end of it the glowing silhouette of Mt. Hood.  It was almost an otherworldly sight (that this former flat lander never gets tired of).  And the nearly full moon was already rising, and would continue to bless the night with its soft silver light.

Help us Lord to see your presence in all things, and to be strengthened by that presence, in joys and sorrows,

In Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Holy Spirit, descend upon us.  Fill our hearts and minds with your presence.  We have made plans and preparations for what our days will look like, but help us to be sensitive to your leading.  Help us to set aside our own agendas that we may be ready and willing to follow your leading.  In your holy name.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00a  Bible Study
                     5:30-6:30p  Advent Soup & Bread Supper
                     6:30p  Jesse Tree
                     7:00p  Adult Choir

Thursday     12:00p  All Church Luncheon, everyone welcome.

Sunday      First Sunday in Advent
                  Creche/Nativity display in the Narthex
                  Scrip Order Sunday (remember your holiday shopping needs; gifts and personal items)

This and That

If you ordered Christmas Greens from KOK, please remember to pick those up 9-2 or 6-7 pm. There are 3 swags and 1 garland available for purchase please contact Wendy 503.645.0236 if you would like to purchase one of those items.

Creche/Nativity Display is this Sunday in the Narthex, you may bring those by any time to put on display.

All Church Luncheon is Thursday, November 29th @ 12:00 pm  join us for a soup lunch and great conversation.

Ladies Christmas Dinner will be Tuesday December 4th @ 6:00 pm at the Crossroads Restaurant at Embassy Suites Hotel, Tigard, next to Washington Square Mall. All ladies invited, extend an invitation to a friend or relative. Please RSVP to Charleen or Clara.

Erin and Betty invite you to the 2012 Holiday Season Studio Sale. Erin and Betty will be hosting their craft items at Erin's house, December  8 & 9, 10 am - 5 pm. For more information feel free to pick up a flyer in the fellowship area at SOV or contact either Erin or Betty.

Monday, November 26, 2012

KOK Christmas Greens

The Christmas greens will be here this week.  Your order can be picked up at the Preschool/Church from 11/27/12 (Tuesday) through 11/29/12 (Thursday) from 9a-2p or 6p-7p, or you can call to make other arrangements.

If you did not place an order, we do have a few extra items we need to sell.  The list is below:

2  Noble and Cedar Swag for $15 each
2  Mixed Evergreen Wreath for $18 each
1 Noble Fir Wreath for $18
2 Cardinal Centerpieces for $20 each
1 Western Red Cedar Garland, 25 feet for $30

If you have any questions please contact Wendy at 503-645-0236or kokpreschool@gmail.com.  THANKS FOR PARTICIPATING!!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever."  Psalm 107:1

What else but words of thankfulness?  Sometimes the thanks seem more obvious than others.  The other night when the wind was howling and the rain was coming down in sheets.  It was a clear reminder of how rich and blessed so many of us are.

But sometimes (forgive me Lord) I overlook how rich I am.  So many folks to treat lovingly, and so many that treat me so well. (Thinking of Philippians 1:3-4 here, "I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you")  May we always remember our blessings, and be strengthened by them to face our challenges.  Strengthened to remember those who are not so blessed, that we might be a blessing.

And recall just a bit more scripture, this time from I Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances..."

With the Psalmist, give thanks to the Lord for he is good and his steadfast love endures forever,

Pastor Randy

"Almighty God our Father, your generous goodness comes to us new every day.  By the work of your Spirit lead us to acknowledge your good news, give thanks for your benefits, and serve you in willing obedience, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
                     7:00 p Adult Choir Practice

Thursday    HAPPY THANKSGIVING
                  Holiday/Office Closed

Friday         Holiday/Office Closed

Saturday     7:00 p Adult Choir Rehearsal

Sunday       8:30 & 11:00 a Worship
(childcare provided at both worship services)
                   No Sunday School

Advent begins Wednesday November 28th
5:30 p Soup/Bread supper
6:30 p Vesper Service
Soup/bread sign up in the rainbow room.

Reminder
Sunday December 2
Creche Sunday/Nativity Display Sunday.
If you wish to share a Creche/Nativity set please bring it to the church prior to December 2. Display will be on the curved wall.

Prayer concerns
Corrine and Larry and family in the loss of Brig. Ken recovering at home. Dolores still hospitalized but hoping to be released today.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Sunday Adult Class Reminder

Keep Your Mind For Later Use
Part 3 of 10

Sunday November 18th @ 10:00 am
Guest Speaker; Laurie Whitlock RN

The Role of Education in Promoting Brain Health:  Learn to Live Well

Robert Katzman was the chair of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York in the early 1980's.  In his work, he worked patients suffering from dementia, and did a study in 1988 to see if the level of plaque and tangles in the brains of deceased patients matched their level of cognitive decline.  He found that it did – except for one group of patients – those in "Group A" who had lots of tangles and plaque without significant dementia.  Other studies went on to discover a key to those in that group: education, including a large study in China, where Dr. Katzman "found that those with no education had twice the risk of developing dementia than those who had attended middle school or even elementary school.  Similar results were later found in population surveys of dementia rates in France, Italy, Sweden, and Israel.

Another neuroscientist, Yaakov Stern, at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, published a study in 1994 in the Journal of the American Medical Association with similar conclusions.  "We found that those with less than eight years of education were twice as likely to become demented and those who had lower education and lower-level occupations were three times as likely," Stern said.  (From The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain by Barbara Strauch, New York: Viking, 2010), pp. 108-114).

Other studies have shown that it is never too late to learn and improve the health of your brain.  Come join the Adult Sunday School Class on November 18th at 10:00 am to learn more.

You'll be thankful that you did!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."  Philippians 4:7

From Christian Century magazine: "Tarn Wilson, a high school English teacher, sat with a student after school to talk with her about a memoir the student had written concerning her depression and attempt at suicide.  Wilson asked the student, "What helped?"  The student responded that she had been helped by friends who encouraged her, who argued for life, even at times when she was too sullen to respond.  The she said; "Just being there. Physically.  Being there.  You don't have to say anything at all."

"The peace of God which surpasses all understanding."  And in that same issue of the magazine are these words, in another article. "Talk to someone on the phone who may be lonely for 15 minutes.." in answering the question what can I share today?  

We may be recipients of such peace.  We may certainly be providers of such peace.  There is such power afoot, and we are a part of it in seemingly simplest of moments.

Guard and guide our hearts Lord,
Pastor Randy

"Loving God, please bring healing to those who are sick; bring peace to those who are afraid.  Bring hope to those who face discouragement; bring joy to those who face sorrow.  You know all that we face, so we give you our cries and concerns.  Thank you for loving us and knowing us so deeply.  In the name of the Christ.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  7:00p   Adult Choir Practice

Thursday     10:00a  LLL
                     7:00p  Council Meeting

Friday           7:00p  Confirmation Retreat
                     7:30p  OEC

Saturday       8:00a  Confirmation Retreat continues

11:00a   Thanksgiving Basket assembly and delivery....
Help Needed. Please contact Tammy if you are available to help so we can have an idea of volunteer numbers, you may also show up Saturday if you are unable to commit today.

Sunday                   
Commitment Sunday; please remember to bring your pledge forms to worship Sunday, or drop them by during the week, these forms are crucial for determining SOV's budget.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Youth Fundraiser

Women's Night

Stacey is hosting a Mark. Party Fundraiser

THE PARTY IS OPEN!!!!! Message people this link or post about it on Facebook and ANY orders that get placed this week, I'll give you 30% off as well!

Also - if you order perfume AT THE PARTY SUNDAY (has to be through Stacey), I can get that for 50% off this month.  So, those will go for larger profit into the party....

http://karinatobin.mymarkstore.com/parties/MPSTACEYPARTYWEEK

Mark.
This Sunday November 18th
5:00 - 7:00 p


Visit the link above to learn more about Mark. products and help support SOV's Youth Program.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Remembering Veterans Day and inviting you...

Greetings and God's peace to all.  

This Sunday SOV will celebrate Veteran's Day. Your Fellowship team is requesting assistance with flowers for the alter, narthex and fellowship table . . . and food items for our fellowship time.  If you are interested in contributing, please let Tammy know asap. We appreciate your participation.

SUNDAY EVENING VETERAN'S DAY EVENT!  This Sunday evening at 6 pm Pieter Rol will present on his experiences growing up in Holland during the Nazi occupation. His experiences will give us all a new understanding of the war and the view by the Dutch people of the soldiers of the Allied Forces who brought freedom to their county. Please come and share this time honoring our Veteran's.  Contact Peggy for transportation.

Your Fellowship Team

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity." Psalm 133:1

The day after nation elections. A time when the word partisan came to the fore again and again. It alludes to seeing things one way with no desire to consider any other possibilities. A term used by both sides in a highly divisive time.

Has it been more divisive before? Didn't seem like it to me. But examples were brought forward from history to show it has been worse. Strangely that did not provide me with any comfort.

Truth be told I can feel pretty partisan myself, but have tried to keep that in check before I get to pompous about being right, or pretending so anyhow. And that becomes the point for me.  National decisions are grand, and words hopeful, but it means little if we do not treat each other with respect.  I think of how important  it is when we care for each other in spite of our differences.  How it strengthens us when we simply care for each other when we face the challenges of life together.  The Psalmist said it simply, "How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity."

Please guide us Lord,
Pastor Randy

"We want so much to help others and sometimes, we confess, we do not know what to do.  Help us to be focused on the life of your Son so that by his example, we might be faithful in our service to others.  Breathe on us the breath of new life; break down the walls of our resistance, O God, so that we might do what you would have us do.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
                    7:00 p Adult Choir Practice

Thursday      7:30 p  OEC

Saturday      7:00 p Adult Choir Rehearsal

Sunday      
8:30 & 11:00  Worship Service (Veteran's Tribute)
10:00 a     Adult Sunday School Class "Women of the Bible"
6:00 p       Remembering WWII w/ guest speaker Pieter Rol

If you would like to help with Thanksgiving Baskets on Saturday November 17th  please add your name to the sign up sheet in the Narthex or contact Dan and Rachel Root.

Looking Ahead
Sunday November 18th
Keep Your Mind For Later Use (part 3 of 10)

The Role of Education in Promoting Brain Health:  Learn to Live Well

Have you been to see a good play lately?  It seems that television doesn't do much to help our brains, but live theatre is a much more interactive experience.  Support your local high school, college, or professional theatre, or plan a theatre trip to The Big Apple for a getaway that will be good for your brain!

Sunday December 2nd

Display of Creche's / Nativity sets.

We would like to fill the Narthex with table top Creche's on December 2nd. If you have one to share (the more unique or history behind it the better) Please bring/set it up prior to Sunday December 2.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

ELCA on Hurricane Sandy

Dear Oregon Synod Friends - I wanted to forward this email from Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson on to all of you in case you didn't get it. The original also included an embedded video which I cannot share with you here, but which is available at http://www.youtube.com/embed/xrsGUUgU7YM
 
Blessings - Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke
 
*   *   *
 
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
 
God's word of promise is given to all who are facing uncertainty, damage and disruption following Hurricane Sandy and its subsequent storms.
 
That word of promise is Christ is with you always. With Paul we can say, "If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it." (1 Corinthians 12:26)

As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), we remain in prayer, responding generously and working tirelessly to rebuild lives, congregations and communities.
 
We are not doing this work alone. Through ELCA Disaster Response, we are joining with our congregations, affiliates and other partners in our shared commitment to restore communities. As we have shown in past disasters, we stay until the work is done. That is the ELCA's commitment.
 
Please continue to respond with prayers, generous gifts of time and money, and the commitment to a sustaining presence. Visit ELCA Disaster Response at www.ELCA.org/disaster for updates, downloadable bulletin inserts, worship resources and ways to make contributions online.
 
Thank you for your prayers and generosity as we respond together and do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world.
 
In God's grace,
The Rev. Mark S. Hanson
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2

There are no words really. Watching in awe the sheer devastation. And then the personal stories begin to unfold and they replace the awe, sometimes with tears. Speaking of what is affecting our fellow Americans, in this case an entire country away.

We might give to the ELCA Disaster Response where gifts will be used 100% to respond to the wreckage left by hurricane Sandy.  But other than, or in addition to, that, we offer our prayers. That is what I heard several people ask for actually. For some folks that may seem to be a pretty foolish request, but there it is. So, let us pray.

In Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Lord, please strengthen those who may be overwhelmed by the calamity that has entered there lives. In a time of doubt and fear help them to peace and the presence of hope and possibility. Strengthen those of us not affected by devastation to help in any way that we can, and to turn from ourselves to the care of others. Strengthen us all with the ability to face the realities of this life and not be defeated by them. In the name of the Good Shepherd of all the sheep we pray. Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday    10:00 a Bible Study
                       7:00 p  Adult Choir

Thursday         6:30 p  Men's Night @ Golden Valley Brewery

Saturday/Sunday  Daylight Saving Time ENDS (turn clocks back 1 hour)

Sunday           All Saints Sunday  Worship 8:30 & 11:00  
                       10:00 a  Adult Bible Study - "Women in the Bible"

                       5:30 p  'Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart congregational dinner'
                       Please bring your family favorite holiday side dish or dessert to share.
                       Ham and rolls are provided by the "piggy" donations

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Messsage

"Look at the birds of the air....." Matthew 6:26

Yes, I am there again.  The rest of the verse is Jesus commenting on worries by way of saying that birds don't do the work of farmers, but they are still able to eat. Comforting words if we would let them be, but for this writing I am thinking only of those first words, which are quoted above, and how they took me in a different direction with what I saw just the other day.

Driving east on Hwy 26, a little beyond Sylvan, and something caught my eye just above the tree line.  Was it two birds fighting?  They lowered.  There was a sudden explosion of feathers, and then a bird falling to the pavement in the lane next to me, immediately pounced on by a hawk (I believe it was a hawk, there was no time to stop and take a longer look, and who knows how long that tableau lasted anyhow in the oncoming traffic).  It was an astounding few seconds and left me nearly breathless, even shouting to myself that I could not believe what I had just seen (no doubt if someone saw me shouting they were glad to be in a different lane of traffic).

So much in such a brief moment, beauty, terror, the suddenness of change, creation continuing at a cost, creation lived out in death, and on and on.  This time it was through "looking at the birds of the air" without even planning to do so.  Surprised again.

In awe of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"Gracious God, where you find hearts filled with the pain and grief of loss with sighs too deep for words, give us the peace which passes all understanding.  When our doubt speaks louder than our faith, remind us that you came to us in your Son Jesus, who also suffered, wept and endured, and triumphed.  Help us, O God, to move beyond where we are to what we might become.  Help us to weave the losses of our lives into something beautiful, made possible only because of them.  In Jesus name.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
                     7:00 p Adult Choir Practice

Thursday     12:00 p  All Church Luncheon  (Spaghetti will be served)
                     7:30 p  OEC

Saturday     Youth Group Pumpkin Patch outing
                       MS Youth 4-6:30 p (provide own transportation)
                       HS Youth 7-10 p (provide own transportation)
                       cost; $7

                  6:00 p  Transport Five Concert

Sunday     Reformation Sunday  WEAR RED
                10:00 a Task Force Meeting
                 6:00 p Transport Five Concert

Prayers for Margaret.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Open my eyes, so that I may behold wondrous things....." Psalm 119:18

Apologies ahead of time if my attempts at waxing on and on about the beauties of nature from the Creator have grown old.  Sometimes I just can't help it.  Sometimes the surprise of the beauty requires nothings less than taking note.

Like Tuesday morning  while driving to the church.  Traffic was heavy as per usual, thoughts focused on the busyness around me, and drifting ahead to work to be done.  Waiting for the light at 185th and Walker I looked over at the empty lots and there was a gangly, beautiful great blue heron.  What are you doing there? You are not supposed to be in a place like this.  And then the thought was one of thanks, that in such a hurried time there was still a chance that God could "open my eyes, so that I might behold wondrous things".

As always, and again, in praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"Holy God, we come in prayer for those who are hurting.  We pray for those who feel desperate - for those who feel that there is no hope.  Please bring them hope.  Show them that you hold them in the palm of your hand.  Let them never forget that you can make beautiful things out of the dust and above all, may they know the deep peace of being your children.  Thanks for loving us and caring about us so deeply.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a  Bible Study
                       7:00 p  Adult Choir Practice

Thursday      10:00 a  LLL
                       7:00 p  Council Meeting

Friday            7:30 p  OEC

Sunday

10:00 a Adult Sunday School Class
Save Your Mind For Later Use
Part 2 of 10 part series
The Role of Exercise: Renew Your Mind, if you only do one thing to keep your brain young, exercise. Join us this Sunday to find out the importance of exercise and your brain.

Scrip Order Sunday, Thank you for your ongoing support, if you are unable to be here Sunday you leave your order form and payment in the church office.

THIS AND THAT

KOK Christmas Greens fundraiser
; your purchase supports the KOK tuition assistance program and the SOV Youth group and is greatly appreciated. Orders forms are available in the Narthex and online, all orders and payments are due November 8th (you can also send greens to your loved ones).

Washington County Artists Open Studios featuring our own Erin Tarum (Whitley)
Saturday and Sunday October 20 & 21 11:00 - 5:00 for more information visit washcoart.org

Transport Five in concert at SOV
Saturday and Sunday October 27 & 28  6:00 p

Thursday, October 11, 2012

You're Invited: Open Studios Tour

Just a note to let you know that I am participating in the Washington County Artists Open Studios Tour this year.  It is happening October 20 & 21 and I'll be showing my crystal glazed pottery.  I've invited a friend, Laura Mitchell.  She will be showing her beaded dolls, mixed media and jewelry.  We are open 11am to 5pm both days here at the house.

Arden and I visited many studios last year in Washington County and had a fun time.  The website has artists' information, map locations (I am #32 on the map) and shows pictures of the participating artists work.  I'll have print catalogs available that includes map locations and artists' information.    

http://www.washcoart.org/2012/05/23/erin-whitely/

Hope you can make it!  

THANKS!

Erin Whitley (aka E. Tarum)
5440 NW Deschutes Drive
We are near Lenox Grade School at Rock Creek Boulevard and Pondosa
503-645-8226
rsvp not necessary
www.washcoart.org

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"...and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky."  Genesis 1:20

Been talking of creation in chapel for KOK and the little ones.  What an easy time of the year to speak of such things as the beauty of creation.  That beauty is so readily visible everywhere.

Thinking of the birds right now.  Still seeing, and hearing the clicking, of the occasional humming bird.  Watching the group of robins who gather nearly every evening in the back yard, especially a mottled one who has been easy to spot all summer.  the flocks of geese that can be heard before they are seen, forming an imperfect V over our house, headed from one wetland to another.  The solitary heron, unmistakable in flight, huge, ungainly, beautiful.  Looking out the church windows, over the play ground, and spotting a red tail hawk in those big trees, taking flight and quickly crossing the highway, and well beyond.  In the midst of so much human activity, a magnificent reminder to slow down for at least a moment.

I'm trying.  Thanks Lord.

Again, in praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"Holy God, we come in prayer for those who are hurting.  It is not easy to live here on earth.  There is so much pain and hurt.  Relationships fail us when we need them most.  So, today we pray for those who feel desperate - for those who feel that there is no hope.  God, please bring them hope.  Show them that you hold them in the palm of your hand.  Let them never forget that you can make beautiful things out of the dust and above all, may they know peace.  May we all know your love and your care.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday 10:00 a Bible Study w/Pastor Randy
                    7:00 p Adult Choir Practice

Thursday     11:00 a Evangelism Meeting
                    7:00 p Executive Council
         
Saturday      7:00 p Adult Choir rehearsal

Sunday       10:00 a Task Force discussion

Things to remember
Scrip orders are taken twice a month on the first and third Sundays, however if you are not going to be at worship you can leave your order form and money in the office anytime.

KOK is having thier annual 'Holiday Greens' fundraiser; order your holiday wreath, center piece, garland or send them as gifts to your friends and family, order forms available in the Narthex. Also available online.

GEM ministries has distributed their first "essential items" basket; remember to pick up addition essential items while shopping to keep the storehouse stocked for regular distributions.  (essential items; shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, brushes/combs, toothbrushes and tooth paste. laundry soap, household cleaners, toilet paper, tissues, feminine hygiene etc)

Looking Ahead
Sunday October 21
Keep Your Mind For Later Use
part 2; The Role of Exercise: Renew Your Mind

Prayers
Camille, Sandra, Marge, Mert, Neil and Dolores

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Sunday October 7th

Blessing of the Pets Sunday
   Blessings will take place after each worship service, please leave your pet in the car until that time.

Paper Sunday
     Please bring a paper product to help stock SOV's cabinets; toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex, paper plates, napkins, coffee cups (preferably insulated) 9-12 oz size, paper cups for juice 5 oz size.

Thank you
 Fellowship committee

October Newsletter is available

October Newsletter is available online or you may pick up a hard copy at the information center located in the Narthex.

http://sovlutheran.com/news/pdf/october2012.pdf

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Be still, and know that I am God!" Psalm 46:10

Sometimes that can feel so good to do.  Standing outside in the cool night air and simply basking in that beautiful waning moon, already shining high in the sky.

Lying flat on my back staring into the brilliant, pale blue fall sky.  Losing myself in in its depth.

Watching several folks this past Sunday, as Jameson sang the Lord's prayer, sitting stock still, eyes closed, seemingly soaking the beauty of the moment.

Sometimes it is good to do, be still, and be awash in the presence of God.

In the peace and power of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"Gracious God, we thank you for your providential grace at work in our lives and in our world.  We rest in the knowledge that when all seems out of control, you are still God of the universe.  When life seems chaotic, we find order in you.  When violence shakes the foundation of our lives together, you still come in peace.  Give us eyes to see the ways in which you never stop working for the redemption of our world.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a  Bible Study
                     7:00 p  Adult Choir Practice

Thursday      6:30 p  Men's Night @ Golden Valley Brewery

Saturday      7:00 p  Adult Choir Rehearsal

Sunday      *Blessing of the Pets after both worship services,
                    please leave your pet/s in the car until after worship
                    Scrip Order Sunday
                    10:00 a  Task Force Town Hall Meeting

Prayer Requests

Prayers of healing for Marge and Jim; Neil and Dolores; and Mert.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"...who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night...."  Jeremiah 31:35

Nothing new here, just continuing to revel in the beauty of these fall days and night. They have been nothing short of perfect. Even now the back yard is bathed in a gentle silver light. Great cause to give thanks in the face of any worries and doubts. Thank you Lord!

Also taking note that from sundown yesterday to sundown tonight is the high Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the most important day of the Jewish year. A day of fasting, prayers and repentance, and in the end joy, because of God's forgiveness. A time to start anew spiritually.

May the blessings of these days enable us to do the same.

"Gracious God, we thank you for your providential grace at work in our lives and in our world. We rest in the knowledge that when all seems out of control, you are still God of the universe. When life seems chaotic, we find order in you. When evil appears to have the upper hand, your goodness is not threatened. When violence shakes the foundation of our lives together, you still come in peace. Lord give us patience, faith and hope. Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
                     7:00 p Adult Choir practice

Thursday      12:00 p All Church luncheon
                     7:30 p OEC

Monday, September 24, 2012

Christmas Greens Fundraiser

Kids of the Kingdom Christian Preschool and Kindergarten and SOV Youth Group Christmas Greens Fundraiser

Proceeds benefit the KOK Preschool and Kindergarten Tuition Assistance Program and the SOV Youth Group activities!

>> Order Form <<
Orders and payment due by
November 8, 2012


All eight varieties of Christmas greens may be picked up at SOV/KOK. Three select items are available to be shipped directly to the recipient of your choice.

Pickup Dates/Times
November 27-29
9am-2pm or 6pm-7pm
Directions
Call the church if you need to make other arrangements.



Friday, September 21, 2012

Synod Office Position open

Announcing...

Synod Office Position Now Posted:
Administrative and Communications
Coordinator
 
Posting will be in effect until end of day on Friday, October 5, 2012.
 
This is a newly designed position for the Oregon Synod Office.  Please distribute this posting to your networks.  Thank You!  Questions?  Call Jan Wierima at the Synod Office (503) 413-4191 or email Jan at administration@oregonsynod.org 
 
 
Posted Position:         
Administrative and Communications Coordinator
Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Portland, Oregon
 
This is a key position with a broad set of responsibilities touching on multiple aspects of the operations of the Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The administrative and communications coordinator will play a vital support role on a highly interdependent team of the Bishop and four staff members that serves our congregations throughout the state. This position acts as the first point of contact with the general public and member congregations.  As key communicator for the Oregon Synod, the ability to exercise judgment and assessment of need for all incoming and outgoing communication is essential, as is a welcoming, positive, professional demeanor.  Project support and workflow coordination across many areas are important responsibilities for this position where program staff often work remotely. The coordinator's knowledge and experience supporting the broad range of initiatives will both anchor and advance the important and varied work of the Synod.
 
This is a .8 FTE position.Work Week: Tuesday – Friday 8:30 – 5:00, with occasional special event responsibilities at other times, including weekend and evenings.

Salary to start: $25,000 with six month review.
Includes pro-rated medical benefits, professional development opportunities, vacation and pension benefits.
 
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
 
Provides administrative support for the Executive Assistant to the Bishop and Development, Endowment, and Mission Directors on projects, including meeting notes, mission campaign support, drafting documents, and grant development, tracking, and reporting.
 
As key communicator for the synod, writes copy for and coordinates production and distribution/posting of electronic communications, including a synod newsletter, updates to the synod website, and social media.  Strategic emphasis on communications with and for youth, youth leaders, and programs that give voice to young people in building the future of the church.  Also includes interface with the ELCA Churchwide Office.
 
Acts as first point of contact with general public with a strong emphasis on welcome and a culture of hospitality.
Manages calendars, performs routine data entry and management of multiple data bases.
Supports special event and meeting planning and execution.
Maintains existing systems for knowledge storage and retrieval.
Works collaboratively with staff to develop and utilize a broad network of resource people and organizations, including the recruitment and care for volunteers and external partners for ongoing and new projects.
Other duties as assigned.
 
Qualifications:
 
Bachelor's degree or combination of relevant education and related work experience.
Excellent communications skills, including spoken and written, with highly developed editing and proofing skills.
Skilled in working effectively and congenially with volunteers.
Demonstrated competencies in database management, document generation, and time management skills.
Proficiency with basic Microsoft Office applications and ability to learn new software applications as required.
Experience with event planning and execution.
Experience with direct service and/or volunteer coordination.
 
Desired Traits:
Positive attitude and approach with excellent interpersonal skills.
Ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously and respond to changing priorities.
Open to new ideas and committed to the practice of ongoing improvement.
Ability to organize, set priorities and exercise sound independent judgment within areas of responsibility.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Attention to detail.
A high degree of tact, discretion, confidentiality and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive information and situations.
Comfort working in a faith environment with a genuine respect for individuals of different religious, ethnic, cultural, and social expressions.
 
Application Process:
Cover letter, resume and at least one writing sample should be emailed to administration@oregonsynod.org to be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5th, 2012.
 
For more information about the Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) go to http://www.oregonsynod.org.

The Oregon Synod is a 'Reconciling in Christ' Organization, welcoming people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"... and every winged bird of every kind.  And God saw that is was good." Genesis 1:21

What an amazing string of days and nights.  Especially enjoying the evenings when we had a chance to be home before dark.  Reading to the last light, taking in the sights of those self same "winged birds", but especially enjoying another winged creature not mentioned specifically in the creation account.  Every evening, shortly after dusk, the bats appear, about a dozen or so around our house.  Where they sleep I do not know, though we do have a bat house, and I have found one in a hanging flower basket, and in our patio umbrella before.

Though not endearing in appearance, they are a kick to watch, besides serving an excellent purpose in the bugs they consume.  They swoop and dart about in a seeming frantic state.  Our littlest grand baby even does a dance in celebration of their appearance (though dance may be a generous word).  But in truth her joyous gyrations echo what scripture tells us, "And God saw that it was good."

Thanks for the gifts Lord.

In praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"Lord, wonders abound in all of space and time.  Please give us the wisdom to appreciate them, and grant that we would be strengthened by them, so that we too might be a blessing to the whole of creation.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a   Bible Study
                     7:00 p   Adult Choir  (new members welcome)

Thursday    11:00 a  LLL
                    7:00 p Council Meeting

Friday        7:30 p  OEC

(Please note; Saturday 9/22; The church is being used by Advocare from 9:30am-1pm for a private training session)

Looking Ahead
Sunday September 30th, New Member Sunday, if you wish to become a member of SOV please email secretary@sovlutheran.com

Reminder: Childcare is now provided at both worship services 8:30 & 11:00, if you would like to volunteer with Sunday childcare please reply to this email or contact Wendy.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Strategic Taskforce Report

The SOV Strategic Taskforce is pleased to present its 2012 Draft Report to the congregation for comment. Please review the document and e-mail any comments to Tammy at secretary@sovlutheran.com.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed..."  Genesis 17:17

The laughter of desperation I suppose.  Part of one of the grandest stories in all of scripture, as Abraham (at 100) and Sarah (at 90) are to give birth to Isaac (laughter).  Sometimes we just have to laugh.

Looking at one of our sun flowers the other morning.  It had grown to a magnificent 10 feet with a rather smallish head.  This morning there was no head to be seen, and then I saw it on the ground at the base of the stalk.  It had just snapped off.  It made me grin though, this tall green stalk with no flower was rather silly looking. Some grand metaphor to be found?  The grin was enough.

At the risk of no laughter then, let me also share this from a calendar in my office.  World History Teacher: "What did Martin Luther nail to the door of the Catholic Church that protested against the selling of indulgences?"  9th grade student: "Was it Jesus?"

Or how about a couple of actual definitions used in actual medical reports?  Therapeutic misadventure - medical malpractice, or hematophagous arthropod vectors - fleas, or aggravated bovine ejection - being bucked off by a bull.

Badumpbump.

Thanks for the laughter Lord,
Pastor Randy

A prayer from Robert Louis Stevenson, "The day returns and brings us the petty sound of irritating concerns and duties.  Help us to perform them with laughter and kind faces.  Let cheerfulness abound with industry.  Give us to go happily on our business all this day, bring us to our beds weary and content and undishonoured, and grant us in the end the gift of sleep; for Jesus Christ's sake."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a  Bible Study
                      7:00 p  Adult Choir practice

Thursday       7:30 p OEC

Saturday       10 - 3 p Adult Choir Retreat @ SOV
                      for all current choir members and any one who would like to give choir a try.

Sunday        Scrip Order Sunday
                     9:45 a Sunday School for all school ages
                    10:00 a Adult Sunday School 
                      1st of 10 monthly series "Keep your mind for later use"
                      September's topic; Understanding the Healthy Brain
                      "We are fearfully and wonderfully made"

**Childcare is now provided at both worship services 8:30 & 11:00  (kindergarten age and under)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Childcare during both services!

We are pleased to offer childcare during both Sunday services! See the bulletin or ask an usher for details.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"...to behold the beauty of the Lord..." Psalm 27:4
 
So much beauty in just a couple of days, and all surprise.  At the coast taking in the moon, beaming from a cloudless sky.  On Friday night, a blue moon (the second full moon in a calendar month), waking during the night just to see the silver light shimmering on the still wet beach, the waves themselves seemingly rejoicing.  And in the morning, watching a moon set where we had seen the sun do the same just 12 hours before.

And then there was the spouting of whales just a short space off the shore.  Plume after plume of spray, one of the Creator's most magnificent creatures breaching the water again and again.  Could not take my eyes away from such beauty that was right there!

Ah, to behold the wonders of the Lord, and all a gift.

Again, in praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"Creator of all things, marvelously and wonderfully made.  Help us, in the face of such beauty, to love well and serve all.  May we speak gently and listen wholly. May the mind of Christ be ever guiding so that our lives add to the beauty that abounds.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   9:00 - 2:00 p KOK
                     10:00 a  Bible Study
                     7:00 p  Adult Choir (new members welcome)

Thursday       9:00 - 2:00 p   KOK
                     6:30 p   Men's Night @ Golden Valley Brewery
                     7:00 p   LLL
                     7:30 p   OEC

Friday           9:00 - 11:30 a   KOK

Saturday      2:00 p  Memorial Service for David Halverson (Lorna's son)

Sunday        Fall Worship services begin  8:30 & 11:00 a
                    Blessing of the Back packs (for all ages)

**The scrip order committee wishes to Thank you for your continued support, the scrip income to SOV was doubled this month.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Love INC of Beaverton has urgent need for warehouse space

Love INC of Beaverton is in need of donated warehouse space.  The space we are occupying has been leased out and we must move existing furniture within 30 days.

Sad to say for the past couple of weeks we have had to turn down large donations of needed furniture.

If you can help, please contact Ed Proulx, Executive Director, Love INC of Beaverton at 971-217-0692. Thank you!

Love INC
Beaverton

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"For everything there is a season..." Ecclesiastes 3:1
  So begins a pretty well known piece of scripture, a favorite of mine that speaks to the whole of life it seems.  But about those seasons.  I know it is still the end of August but the coming of Labor Day weekend, the beginning of school next week (not to mention the cool nights and all those spider webs in the morning), mean that fall is nearly upon us.  The clincher for me is a particular sound of this past week or so, with the windows open in the evening, I can hear the Hillsboro High School band practicing in preparation for football season.

Sounds, sights, smells, the richness of the seasons.  The richness of life itself.  Take a moment to take it in.

In praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

Lord, we thank you for the gift of time and space, for the vastness of creation and the richness of our lives.  Help us to use well the time that we are given.  Amen.

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
                     7:00 p  Adult Choir Practice

Thursday      12:00 p All Church Luncheon

Sunday        ONE SERVICE @ 10:30 am
                    w/ guest presentation by Marcia
                     Whitehead (marciawhiteheadusa.com)
                   Scrip Order Sunday

Monday       Happy Labor Day (office closed)

Saturday, September 8th 
2:00 p Memorial Service for David Halverson
(Lorna Hodgins son)

Sunday September 9th Rally Day
Fall Worship services begin 8:30 & 11:00 a
Blessing of the Backpack Sunday (during worship services)

**If you would like to read a lesson on Sundays please let Tammy or Pastor Randy know.

Fall Worship Schedule: Sept 9

8:30am and 11:00am worship schedule resumes for fall, starting RALLY DAY, Sunday, September 9.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 117:24

Words that we use sometimes on Sunday mornings at the beginning of worship. They may not always be offered with the same amount of conviction.  It seems easier to proclaim when the sun greets me in the morning and looking out over the deck I can see some spectacular 9 feet tall sunflowers.  They are witnesses to what "the Lord has made" and by their sheer beauty, even though silent, shout "rejoice and be glad in it".

May such blessedness be recalled when the beauty is not so obviously present.  The realization that every day is a gift of God.  Please help and guide me Lord.

In the peace and power of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"Open our hearts to the strengthening presence of all who love us, in the life and beyond.  Enter into our hearts that we might be moved to walk with Jesus wherever we are led.  It is in his name that we pray.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

WEDNESDAY 10:00 a Bible Study
                       7:00 p Adult Choir Practice

THURSDAY    7:30 p OEC

FRIDAY          3:00 P  Rain or Shine craft fair set up

SATURDAY   10:00 - 3:00 P  Rain or Shine Craft Faire  
             Stop by and check out the 32 local artisans,
             don't forget your GEM donations

GEM donations is in need of specific items to prepare for distribution:
men and women's deodorant
combs/brushes
facial tissues
dental floss

Prayer Shawl ministry is in need of prayer shawls so if you are a knitter or crocheter and would like to donate a prayer shawl please bring them to the church or contact Brenda Plinke or Caryl Husk.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"....Let there be lights ... and let them be for signs and for seasons ..." Genesis 1:14

A couple of 100 degree days not with standing, fact is I have noticed the yellowing leaves high in the trees in the gully out back.  Some of those same leaves have drifted silently to the yard far below.  Reminders of the season change even in the middle of August.

But the biggest give away is the diminishing light.  Less time to sit out back and read.  The bats arriving earlier.  Still plenty in the way of reminders of life's movement though, and not in a sorrowful way, but in a sense of beauty.  Like tonight, ready to head in, stooping to pick up a green leaf from the deck, but the leaf moved.  It was a tree frog, and in looking up at the flower pot just a foot away sat another frog, deep olive in color.  Plenty of life afoot without a doubt.  Thanks for the surprises Lord.

Again, in praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"Your light is the only light we need as we travel through life's mystery. Your word that still small voice we hear that leads us to the place where we should be.  Your fellowship the warmth we crave to help us on the way. Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
                     5:30 p Worship Meeting
                     7:00 p Adult Choir Practice

Thursday       7:00 p Council Meeting

Friday           2:00 p Funeral Service for Marilyn Nielsen
                        @ St Marks in Salem
                       (if you wish to carpool from the church please let us know)

Betty is looking for a couple people to help her set up on Friday afternoon for the Rain or Shine Craft Faire, there will be some lifting involved so please keep that in mind.  She also needs a few people to man the GEM Donation Drive at the entrance to the faire.  This person will collect donations and have people fill out door prize drawings.  The Rain or Shine Faire is from 10am to 3pm.
 
Please send an email to rainorshinefaire@gmail.com or call Betty at 503-330-5876.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Let them praise the name of the Lord, for he commanded and they were created."  Psalm 148:5

The psalmist speaks yet again about all of creation, even the seeming inanimate objects, praising the Creator.  Leave me thinking much the same again as well.  So much beauty to take in, and so many reasons to give thanks, just in views from the yard.

The moon passing by, with so many clear nights recently, bathing the back yard in a delicate, peaceful, silver light.  Watching the tomatoes  and peppers continue to flower and bear fruit.  Discovering more zucchini and cucumber hiding under broad leaves.  The sun flowers now require a craned neck to see their tops.  The birds flitting about, a bright green tree frog discovered in a flower pot. And more.

Thanks for the gifts Lord.  They do sing your praise.

Blessed by the Creator,
Pastor Randy

Lord, your faithfulness, kindness and mercy are unfailing and without end.  May that faithfulness, kindness and mercy spill out from our lives to each person that we encounter this week.  May lives be changed as the gospel is lived out of our words and actions.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday 10:00 a Bible Study
                      7:00 p Adult Choir practice

Last Sunday to bring in Red Ball Point Pens for Packed with Love, Backpack project through Love Inc. To date we have collected 868 red pens. Our goal is to provide 1,320 red pens to the backpack project. If you wish to contribute please bring your red pens on Sunday or by Tuesday August 14th.

GEM ministry is about to begin distribution of goods, however the storehouse is short on men's and women's deodorant, combs/brushes, facial tissues, and dental floss, if you would like to contribute to the GEM ministry bring any of these items and place them in the collection barrel located in the Narthex.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

You're invited

SOV's Youth Group invites you to attend a slide show presentation
of thier recent trip to the ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans
 
Sunday August 5th
5:30 pm
 
please bring a potluck dish to share
 
come see the pictures and  hear the experiences and stories they have to share, there may even be a treat?
 
See you all Sunday evening at 5:30 pm

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Rain or Shine Craft Faire

SOV family:
The 2nd annual Rain or Shine Arts and Crafts Faire is just around the corner.  If you are not familiar with our event, the vendor fees less advertising costs goes directly to Shepherd of The Valley.  Please, help me get the word out by liking our FB page https://www.facebook.com/RainOrShineArtsAndCraftsFaire and ask your friends to like our page too.
Join us on Aug 25th from 10am to 3pm at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church for the 2nd Annual Rain or Shine Arts and Crafts Faire. This event is a partnership between Local Artists, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, and Love INC of greater Beaverton to support and promote our community.
The Gap Essentials Ministry of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church will be collecting donations for Love INC of Greater Beaverton.  Much-needed items include new unopened toothbrushes, toothpaste, or laundry detergent.   Cash/Check donations are also welcome please make checks payable to Shepherd of the Valley with "GEM" noted on the memoline.
28 Local Artists will be attending to showcase and sell their wonderful handcrafted treasures. Items include handmade soaps, lotions and beauty products, crystal glazed pottery, fused glass nightlights/plant stakes, mosaic lazy susans, embroidered napkins/aprons,quilts, acrylic on canvas paintings, original watercolors, jewelry, handmade beads, shopping bags, purses, hair extension feathers, retractable badge/id holders, paper collages, painted gifts, children's toys, hand knitted items, quail egg birth announcement, mixed media artwork, and much, much more.
Preview the show images, or more images.
Admission is free but we welcome and encourage donations of: new, unopened, toothbrushes, toothpaste and laundry detergent!  All shoppers who make donations are eligible to win exciting door prizes! So, please bring your family and friends to 17625 NW Cornell Road in Beaverton (inside Shepherd ofthe Valley Lutheran Church) from 10am-3pm to shop exquisite local hand-crafted items, win prizes, and support a terrific local cause!
For more information please visit our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/RainOrShineArtsAndCraftsFaire

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar and that fills it;" Psalm 96:11

Song writer Bruce Cockburn adds somewhat to the picture with a starker, more modern reality, "...the waves roar on the beach like a squadron of F 16's."  Either way, the picture is certain and we can attest to it, the sea roars as the waves crash on the beach.  It is a constant and there was a blessed chance to take it in for a few days last week.

There was even a chance to take in some of the "all that fills it" while climbing on some rocks when the tide was out.  Varieties of fish blending in with rocks until they darted about.  Hermit crabs moving with surprising quickness.  Or looking up and seeing a row of pelicans skimming just above the waves themselves.  Such beauty.

It can almost go unnoticed, the roar becoming mere background noise, but in the end I am amazed that in such awesome power there is a calming comfort spoken to us by creator of all things.

Thanks for the gifts Lord.
Pastor Randy

"Holy God, we are awed by your power, humbled by your mystery, astounded by your glory.  We cannot help but respond in worship, at once prayerfully silent and yet bursting with unrestrained praise and joy.  We celebrate you as Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.  We thank you that you speak to your people and ask that you grant us the courage and grace to respond in faith.  Amen."

THIS WEEK:

Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
                       7:00 p Adult Choir Practice

Thursday        6:30 p Men's Night
                       7:00 p LLL
                       7:30 p OEC

Friday            5:00 p Summer Supper Social 
                          @ Eric and Diane Lewis's home
                          please bring a potluck dish to
                          share, lawn chair/s if you have
                          extras, hat/sunglasses for shade,
                          and a coat if you plan to stay for
                          the airshow fireworks.

Sunday           Scrip Order Sunday
                        5:30 p  SOV Youth Potluck, the
                           youth group invites you to bring a
                           potluck dish to share as they share
                           their New Orleans Youth Gathering
                           experience with a slide show.

Volunteers are needed to help distribute backpacks and school supplies at Love INC's 6th annual backpack distribution event on Saturday, August 18th. Sign up NOW to volunteer at www.loveincbeaverton.org. Click on the Packed with Love logo and choose your time and spot.  If you have questions please call Joyce at 503.336.5946.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Open job position at St Andrew's

ST. ANDREW LUTHERAN CHURCH
Job Description
TITLE: Evening Facility Manager / Part-Time, Hourly
REPORTS TO: 
Parish Manager

JOB SUMMARY
The Evening Facility Manager will provide hospitality to those using the facility in the evenings, light maintenance duties and security for the building and grounds.

QUALIFICATIONS:
  1. A vital Christian faith.
  2. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  3. Ability to work with a wide variety of people, including Pastoral staff, support staff, committees and volunteers.
  4. Self-motivated, able to follow instructions and work alone without supervision.
  5. Ability to lift and carry up to 60 pounds.
  6. Dependability is required.
  7. Prior work experience preferred.

MISSION:
St. Andrew Lutheran Church is committed to Proclaim, Serve and Nurture through the good news of Jesus Christ. The Evening Facility Manager supports this mission by providing hospitality and care of the facility.

CORE ACCOUNTABILITIES:
1. Proclaim
2. Serve
3. Nurture

GENERAL ACCOUNTABILITIES AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
  1. Hospitality
    1. Provide set-up for evening meetings and events,
    2. Greet, answer questions and orient people new to the facility, and,
    3. Set-up tables and chairs and miscellaneous furnishings according to the needs in the building for the next day, and,
    4. Clean up as necessary according to the needs in the building for the next day.
  2. Light Maintenance:
    1. Complete light maintenance work,
    2. Monitor cleaning needs during use of facility,
    3. Notify the Parish Manager of other maintenance issues, and,
    4. Work with members of the Property Committee on projects as assigned.
  3. Security:
    1. Check-in with anyone still in the building,
    2. Close all windows and turn off lights, and
    3. Lock all doors for overnight security.

The above accountabilities represent work performed by this position and is not all-inclusive. The omission of a specific accountability will not preclude it from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical extension of the position. 

If interested, please send work history and 3 references to jtrom@standrewlutheran.com by Friday, August 10 at 5 pm.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." John 10:10

Those words of Jesus seemed to point to this day, now passed, and the fullness of it.  There was a funeral, filled with tears, laughter, the celebration of life, the promise of the resurrection.  There were many folks who gave of their time to fill the moments with reverence, joy and comfort.  There was abundance.

This evening there was another night of Vacation Bible School.  There were the kids and their seeming boundless energy, music by a son of this family of faith who shared his amazing gifts, and again many folks who gave of themselves to lead crafts, feed, teach and sometimes generally corral their young charges.  All in an attempt to share the good news, and maybe even plant some seeds.

The rich abundance of life.  Thanks Lord.

In Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Holy God, we are awed by your power, humbled by your mystery, astounded by your glory.  We celebrate you as Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.  We thank you that you speak to your people and ask that you grant us the courage and grace to respond in faith.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday 10:00 a Bible Study
                     5:45 p Last night of VBS
                     No Adult Choir Practice

Thursday     7:00 p Council Meeting
         
Friday         7:30 p  OEC

Saturday     2:00 p  Eagle Scout Ceremony for Gunnar Rasmussen
                       SOV congregation invited

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Arts and Crafts Faire



2nd Annual "Rain or Shine" Arts & Crafts Faire

When: Saturday, Aug 25th
Where: Shepherd of the Valley
 (Map) 17625 NW Cornell Road, Beaverton OR 97006
Hours: 10 to 3pm 
Admission: Free
Suggested donation of items for Gap Essentials (from the list below). 
Door Prize for anyone donating an item to Gap Essentials

Preview the show images, or more images.

Like Us on Facebook



Join us on Aug 25th from 10am to 3pm at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church for the 2nd Annual Rain or Shine Arts and Crafts Faire. This event is a partnership between Local Artists, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, and Love INC of greater Beaverton to support and promote our community.

The Gap Essentials Ministry of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church will be collecting donations for Love INC of Greater Beaverton.  Much-needed items include new unopened toothbrushes, toothpaste, or laundry detergent.   Cash/Check donations are also welcome please make checks payable to Shepherd of the Valley with "GEM" noted on the memoline.


28 Local Artists will be attending to showcase and sell their wonderful handcrafted treasures. Items include handmade soaps, lotions and beauty products, crystal glazed pottery, fused glass nightlights/plant stakes, mosaic lazy susans, embroidered napkins/aprons,quilts, acrylic on canvas paintings, original watercolors, jewelry, handmade beads, shopping bags, purses, hair extension feathers, retractable badge/id holders, paper collages, painted gifts, children's toys, hand knitted items, quail egg birth announcement, mixed media artwork, and much, much more.

Admission is free but we welcome and encourage donations of: new, unopened, toothbrushes, toothpaste and laundry detergent!  All shoppers who make donations are eligible to win exciting door prizes! So, please bring your family and friends to 17625 NW Cornell Road in Beaverton (inside Shepherd ofthe Valley Lutheran Church) from 10am-3pm to shop exquisite local hand-crafted items, win prizes, and support a terrific local cause!

For more information please visit our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/RainOrShineArtsAndCraftsFaire

Monday, July 16, 2012

Memorial service for Evelyn Selzer Grossaint

Memorial service for Evelyn Selzer Grossaint

Tuesday July 17, 2012
11:30 am at SOV

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these." Luke 12:27

No 4th of July lilies this year, just a few days later there they were though.  What a treat.  Those tall, stately beauties providing their Easter scent on warm summer days.  Hostas blooming furiously out back with lavender colored petals.  Blue and pink lupine up on the deck producing blooms for weeks.  The garden busting forth.  Such sweet miracles offering sensory delights, so needed in the face of many challenges.  Reminders of the presence of the Creator at any and all times.

Jesus offered the words above, and prefaced them with this, "Do not worry about your life ....."  Always in need of reminders Lord.

In His name,
Pastor Randy

"The mercy of God has no beginning and no end but endures forever.  Friends, receive the free gift of God's grace that is your this day.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
                      7:00 p Adult Choir Practice

Thursday      11:00 a Evangelism Meeting
                      6:30 p Men's Night @ Old Chicago, (all men are invited to attend food and fellowship)

Next Week:   Vacation Bible School (VBS)
                      July 16-18,   5:45 - 8:00 p
                      Kindergarten through 6th grade
                      you can pre-register or register at the door

*Scrip order pick up will be Sunday, if you are unable to pick up on Sunday you can pick them up from the church office anytime after Sunday.

**If you have unused baby items and baby girl clothing, Mert is collecting items for Prospers family who are expecting a baby girl the end of July.

Please remember in your prayers, Neil, Dolores, Larry and Family, Bill, Linnea, Bob, Connie, and Patricia.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Baby items needed

If you have unwanted baby items;

Prospers wife if expecting a baby girl the end of July and they are in
need of all baby items; crib, car seat, blankets, baby girl clothing
etc.

For more information or to donate items contact Mert 503-645-1942

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Youth Group request for ELCA Youth Gathering

We have been chosen to help in the Cultural Literacy for our Practice Justice Day! This means we will be learning about the culture in New Orleans as well as bring books to help with the illiteracy problem in New Orleans.

How you can help New Orleans from afar:
The ELCA Youth Gathering is encouraging you to give a book this summer to children in New Orleans as an in-kind offering!  The average child in Louisiana is 2 1/2 years behind grade level.  Children often lose important skills when they are not reading over the summer.  Literacy is directly linked to future earnings as an adult and is related to a person's capacity  to escape systemic poverty. Our big initiative this summer is to bring 1 Million Books to New Orleans. Send this link (www.gulfcoastsynod.org/books.html) to EVERY person you know and ask them to give in increments of $15. Every $15 given will buy 4 books through Scholastic.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven" Ecclesiastes 3:1

Summer begins today at 4:09 PM, for those who keep track of such things.  Others say it began on Memorial Day weekend, or when school let out, or in reality for those of us who live in Oregon, sometimes after the 4th of July when warmth begins in earnest.  The sense of a season is not easily defined, despite what the dates on a calendar, or the movements of the earth in regards to the sun, may determine for us.

And "the time for every matter under heaven" is impossible to determine, but the times they do come.  That being the case may we wisely take the time to enjoy life's riches and blessings.  And may those times strengthen us when we face those other matters, the sorrows and challenges of life.  As always, the adventure continues.  Please guide us in the times of our lives Lord.

In Christ,
Pastor Randy

From Henri Nouwen, "Please accept my distractions, my fatigue, my irritations, and my faithless wanderings.  you know me more deeply and fully that I know myself.  You love me with a greater love than I can love myself. ... Take my tired body, my confused mind, and my restless soul into your arms and give me rest, simple quiet rest. ...Come Lord Jesus come.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday 10:00 a Bible Study
                      7:00 p Adult Choir Practice
 
Thursday       7:00 p Council Meeting

Friday            7:30 p OEC

Sunday         8:30 & 10:30 a Worship
                     9:30 a Grad's Celebration
                     1:30 p  OEC

This and That

SOV Fireworks Stand opens Saturday June 23 - July 4
Please check the sign up sheet in the Narthex to see where you can assist. We need, cashiers, stockers, greeters, helpers, overnight security etc.

Last call for baby gifts for Sandeep and Kranthi, Diane will be mailing the package Friday.

No Bible Study next Wednesday (6/27)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"...the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7

Turning to a favorite verse yet again.  Wanting peace, trying to make it for myself, but not being able to let go on things that make peace an impossibility.  Particulars?  Always the same, with variations.  You know what I mean?  Have you been there often too?

And then suddenly there is peace "surpassing all understanding".  I don't understand anyhow, but the peace is sweet, and in a desire for clarity I remember words from Buechner, about Jesus and peace, "On one occasion he said to the disciples, 'Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.' (Matt. 10:34) And later on, the last time they ate together, he said to them, 'Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.' (John 14:27)  The contradiction is resolved when you realize that for Jesus peace seems to have meant not the absence of struggle but the presence of love."

Ah, the presence of love.  The love of the Christ, of family, of friends, worry not.

In the peace and power of the Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Gracious God, we place our trust in things that are fleeting, rather than in you and the sure promises you offer.  We focus on the things that are before us, getting bogged down in the mundane and the trials of the moment.  We fail to remember to set our sights on you.  Forgive our doubt, our lack of hope, our fear.  Restore our hope in those things unseen by our eyes.  Renew our hearts that we might worship you fully.  Redeem us so we can be a sign of your love to others who doubt.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday 10:00 a Bible Study
                     7:00 p Adult Choir Practice

Thursday      7:30 p  OEC

Red Cross Blood drive @ SOV Monday June 18
Walk in's welcome or call 1-800-red-cross to register

Graduation Celebration 
Sunday June 24, between services

SOV Youth Group Firework Stand
Open June 23 - July 4

Social Concerns is still collecting household items and personal hygiene items as well as Red Ball Point pens.