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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.