Happening Now Blog

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.