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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.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Open Position: Music Director

Music Director needed for Lutheran (ELCA) church in Beaverton.

Keyboarding and choral directing skills needed to continue varied musical styles used in worship for congregation of approximately 180. Newer organ, good piano and sound system. Music Director coordinates with Pastor, Choir Director, instrumentalists, Worship Committee, etc. Choir practice on Wednesday evening, two services per Sunday, plus music during holidays and special events. Pay based on experience.

Contact Pastor Randy Schutt at 503.645.4994 or email: pastor@sovlutheran.com.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"In old age they still produce fruit; they are always green and full of sap." Psalm 92:14

Her name was Athleen Bluhm and she was 93 years old.  She was one of the first people I called on nearly 30 years ago.  She graciously called me "pastor", a long haired, big bearded, 28 year old.  She gave me unearned respect and taught me loads about acceptance.  And so I have continued to be taught by my elders.

This past Sunday evening we had a bit of a birthday party for members of our Shepherd family who are 80+ years old.  Though they may not consider themselves such, they are teachers amongst us.  May we take the time to honor them, learn from them and know, as the psalmist did "they still produce fruit ... are always green and full of sap."  (That really is a compliment.)  Teach us well.  I wish to be full of sap some day my self.

Thanks for the gifts among us Lord,
Pastor Randy

"God, we truly want to hear from you.  We believe that you do speak to us and we are ready to listen.  Give us ears that will hear the truth you want to communicate to us today.  Stretch our hearts as you challenge us through your word.  Help us to remember that your voice was not just for the prophets of long ago, but that you also speak to us today.  Help us not to miss it.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

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

Thursday     6:30 p Men's Night @ Old Chicago Pizza
                     7:00 p LLL
                     7:30 p OEC

Friday, June 1, 2012

June Newsletter

The June newsletter is available on line and at the information center located in the Narthex.

http://sovlutheran.com/news/pdf/june2012.pdf