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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
 
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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