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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"For to the snow he says, 'Fall on the earth' ..."  Job 37:6
 
The snow.  Have to write about it a ittle bit.  We get so little of here, and when it comes it is a big deal, especially if you watch weather forecasts.  Drove through a heavy blast of it going home on Sunday afternoon, and again going to work on Tuesday morning.  It was mesmerizing.
 
It sure is lovely stuff, even more enjoyable when the driving is done.  Especially taking it in Sunday afternoon.  So much moisture falling, and transforming the appearance of everything, cleaner, brighter.  And on Tuesday night looking out the window toward the street lights, huge fluffy damp flakes filling the air.  Standing out back, listening to what was a pouring rain, now a silent deluge, brightening the darkness, glowing.
 
The only problem?  Like the cartoon on my door from "Better or Worse" says, "There was nobody my age to play with."
 
Hard as it sometimes is to see, thanks for the beauty Lord.
 
Pastor Randy
 
"May the light always shine in our darkness.  May our ears always hear the Word.  May grace upon grace be ours, and may the glory of the Father's only Son be known to us now and forever.  Amen"
 
THIS WEEK


Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
                     6:30 p Vesper Service
                     7:00 p Adult Choir practice (ages 12 and older)

Thursday     10:00 a LLL
                   6:15 p Executive Council
                   7:00 p Council Meeting

Friday        7:00 p Confirmation Retreat
                 7:30 - 9:30 p OEC

Sunday     9:45 a Sunday School for all ages
  adult Sunday school class on King David, his life and times

Monday, January 16, 2012

Cold weather items needed

Corrine is collecting cold weather items; new or used and all sizes of blankets, sleeping bags, hats, gloves, coats etc to take to the Portland Rescue Mission and/or any other community resources in need of these items.

Please bring your donated items to SOV by Wednesday evening or first thing Thursday (8 am) the items will be distributed on Thursday.

Any questions can be directed to Corrine. Thank you for your support.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me." John 16:32
 

At the risk of sounding melancholy, remembering the thoughts that crossed my mind on the way to our 11pm Christmas Eve service, and driving home after.  Seeing a Tri-Met driver alone  driving down 185th.  Seeing the few stores that were open, wondering about the folks working that lonely shift, and the customers they served.  Maybe they were all just fine with where they were, but I wondered.
 
I had a community of faith to share time with, a family to share dinner with, a home decorated festively to sleep warmly in.  Not to mention those absolute words of grace Jesus offered to his disciples.  Words offered to us as well.
 
All engendered by standing outside in the dark last week one night and hearing one lone goose honking somewhere over head, tempted to feel a bit lonely myself, and then remembering, "Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me."
 
In the peace and power of the cross,
Pastor Randy
 
"Merciful Savior, you spoke a word and light appeared in the darkness.  We pray that you would speak to us now, that your word may again illumine our lives and our world.  May the same power that separated day from night and flung billions of stars into place, ignite within us a desire to hear, know and obey your word.  Amen."
 
THIS WEEK

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

Saturday      5:00 - 9:00 p HS Youth Outing

Sunday        Scrip Order Sunday

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:..." Ecclesiastes 3:1
 
Ah, but there are those moments of intensity when "times" and "matters" are not at all neatly divided, and a whole bunch comes at once.  The season  we are just finishing can certainly be like that.  Christmas can be filled with tremendous  highs and lows, intermingled. But the rest of our days can be filled with much richness too.
 
Feeling the weight of a heavy heart and then the comical beauty of a flock of geese honking over head can make an unexpected difference.  Hearing the sorrows of another and then recalling moments of thankfulness all the more.  The vagaries of life.
 
A time for every matter alright, and God present in the whole delightful mess.  Is that the case for you?
 
In Christ,
Pastor Randy
 
"Merciful God, you spoke a word and light appeared in the darkness.  We pray that you would speak to us now, that your word may again illumine our lives and our world.  May the same power that separated day from night and flung billions of stars into place, ignite within us a desire to hear, know and obey your word.  Amen."
 
THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
                      6:30 p Acts 2:42 Service
                           
Thursday    6:30 p Men's Night @ Old Chicago Pizza
                   7:00 p LLL
                   7:30 - 9:30 p OEC

Next Scrip Order January 15th.

Please keep Connie in your prayers. Continued healing for Bob, Sandra and Neil.

Memorial: Pastor Ted Brueckner

Rev. Theodore Paul Brueckner, 90 
Aug. 03, 1921 - Jan. 01, 2012 

Born in Alpena, Mich., he was the former Pastor of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Beaverton.  

Arrangements by Springer and Son, 503-356-1000.

A memorial service will be held at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Beaverton at 10 AM this Saturday, January 7 for Pr. Ted Brueckner. All are welcome to attend. Further details can be had by calling the church at 503-644-9148. We are thankful for the many gifts offered by all our Brueckner brothers and sisters.