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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Brunch this Sunday December 29

Following the one 10:30am worship service on Sunday will be a brunch.

Breakfast casseroles and beverages provided. Fruit, breads or veggies can be brought to "round out" our menu. (potluck)  Cake will be shared to celebrate Nathan K's baptism.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child."    Luke 2:5

Mary and Joseph are on their way, but not quite yet there.  The same with us and our Advent journey to Christmas.  It is a journey to be sure, as is every day. So much to do, but lest we forget, also so much to take in.  I like the way Frederick Buechner puts it, "The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens.  Advent is the name of that moment."

Mary was expecting.  We are all expecting, not quite so dramatically as she, yet we do have a great many expectations.  Maybe we have given much thought to how we want things to turn out, which may also set us up for disappointment. That may also cause us to miss a good many things because we have already decided what we are looking for.

So we need to take a breath and enjoy.  Just now thinking of how rich those moments have been in our sanctuary space the last couple of days.  The was the kids program and the choir concert, and the KOK Christmas program in front of a packed house.  They provided so many grins.  The topper was when nearly 10 month old Zandyn was baptized last Sunday morning, slapping the water and sending it flying.  It was a moment filled with laughter and warmth, and completely unscripted.

May we enjoy the journey as as we hope to enjoy the goal.

In the peace of the Christ child,
Pastor Randy

"Holy and loving God, for the extravagant gift of your Son, Jesus Christ, we thank you.  For the obedience of a young mother who embraced an unexpected plan for her life, we praise you.  For the loyalty of an earthly father whose love was tested, we exalt you.  For the surprising grace notes in our lives that sound as angelic as a heavenly choir, we magnify you.  For guiding light that appears as miraculously as a star to shepherds, we worship you.  Come to us with hope, love, peace and light.  Amen."

Thursday   12:00 p All Church Luncheon

Reminders

Nativity sets can still be brought in and set up in the Narthex

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services @ 4:00, 6:00 & 11:00 pm

Christmas Day Service @ 10:30 am

Please keep Dan & Rachel in your prayers.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"The mountains shall bring peace to the people...."  Psalm 72:3 KJV

Driving back to the church late Sunday afternoon.  There were a few things to get ready before we went caroling.  Turning on to TV Highway I was met with a pretty marvelous sight.  There was Mt. Hood, bright and shining seemingly at the end of the road.  The sun was beginning to set so the mountain had a faint pink glow to it as well.  It was an astounding picture, and the beauty so caught me by surprise that I stammered, without thinking about it, "Wow!"  There was no one else around to hear my exclamation, so I guess in the end I was speaking only to God.

Relishing the sight and the feeling it brought forward made me grin.  My mind had been all over the place, and it seemed it was as if God had said, "How about this picture for a bit?  How about a little peace and beauty to take you into the rest of the day?" It was a good idea.

How often that seems to happen.  In my busyness I am given a gift to take in, even if just for a bit.  It is not a moment that changes the task at hand.  But it is a gift that will make what follows take on a different look and feel.  When I am not ready for, or forget to find time for, peace in the moment, God provides.  I am given an opportunity to take a deep breath and know some peace.

May we all know some peace, God's peace, in these days and times.
Pastor Randy

"Jesus, sometimes we are so very tired.  While we are captivated by the beauty of this season, sometimes we are exhausted by the busyness we create. Help us to find balance, to stop and be still, to see you around us and to be "you" to all we meet.  May you be made great in all that we do.  Amen."

Lessons for Sunday, December 15th
Isaiah 35:1-10
Luke 1:46b-55
Matthew 11:2-11

This Week

Wednesday     6:00 p Advent Potluck Soup/Bread Supper
                        6:30 p Advent Jesse Tree/Devotion
                        7:00 p  SOV Choir Rehearsal

Thursday        9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool/Kindergarten
                      1:00 - 6:30 p Tabor Voice Studio
                      7:00 p  LLL

Friday           1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio/New Students welcome
                     4:00 - 5:30 p Childrens Christmas Pageant rehearsal

Sunday        Scrip Order Sunday
                    6:00 p SOV Annual Christmas Concert & Children's Pageant


»Wanted
Nativity sets to display in the Narthex, if you have one to share please bring it to worship on Sunday or drop it by the church during office hours.

»Last chance to order scrip for Christmas, this Sunday, December 15th

»Join us Sunday at 6:00 p for SOV's Annual Christmas Concert and Children's Pageant.
Please bring a plate of cookies to share

Friday, December 6, 2013

Holiday recipes from SOV

Check out our favorite Christmas recipes from the SOV Cookbook, hand-picked for you!

HAMBURGER PIE

submitted by Kathy Tabor

1 lb. ground beef
1/4 cup onion or onion flakes
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 can tomato soup
1 can cut string beans (drained)
2 cups prepared instant mashed potatoes
grated cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Brown ground beef, onion, salt and pepper and pour off fat.  Put in bottom of casserole dish.  Top with tomato soup and drained string beans.  Prepare 2 cups instant mashed potatoes and spoon on top of string beans.  Grate cheese on top.

Bake for 30 minutes.

EARTHQUAKE CAKE

submitted by Joyce Allison

"When cooled you'll see why it's called Earthquake Cake."

1 cup coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup margarine or butter
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 sup chocolate chips
1 box German chocolate cake mix
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 9x13 pan.  Sprinkle coconut and nuts in bottom of pan.  Mix cake as directed and pour over coconut mix.  Mix cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla.  Spread over cake batter in dollops and sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Bake for about 45-50 minutes.

CARAMEL BROWNIES 

submitted by Ann Saalfeld

1 box German chocolate cake mix
1 cup pecans, chopped
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1/3 cup melted butter or margarine
1/2 tsp. water
14 oz. caramel
1/2 cup evaporated milk
6 oz. chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix cake mix, pecans, 1/3 cup evaporated milk, butter and water.  Press half of mixture into greased 9x13 pan.  Bake in oven for 6 minutes.

Melt caramels with 1/2 cup evaporated milk.  Pour over partially baked dough. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Crumble remaining dough on top.  Bake another 16-18 minutes.

SALTED PEANUT BARS

submitted by Corrine Gilbertson

1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
3 cups miniature marshmallows
2 cups peanut butter flavored chips
2/3 cup corn syrup
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups crisp rice cereal
2 cups salted peanuts

Combine flour, sugar and 1/2 cup butter.  Press into ungreased 9x13 pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, until lightly browned.  Sprinkle marshmallows over top and return to oven long enough to melt (3-5 minutes) then set aside.

In saucepan, cook peanut butter chips, corn syrup, vanilla and remaining butter until melted and smooth.  Stir in cereal and peanuts.  Pour over prepared crust.  Cool before serving.

RHINELANDER FONDUE

submitted by Mert Warneking

1 cup water
2 cups wine (Suggestion: 1 cup Riesling, 1 cup Chablis)
1 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. Johnny's seasoned salt
2 lb. grated pasteurized & processed Swiss and American cheese*
3 Tbsp. cornstarch

In top of double boiler, put water and wine.  Put on direct heat and bring to boil.  Add butter, garlic powder, seasoned salt.  Bring back to boil.

Put pan on top of double boiler and add 5-8 cups grated cheese.  When cheese is melted, add 3 Tbsp cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup cold water.  Cook for 30 minutes.  Will be quite thin, but will thicken later.  To thicken add more cheese, to thin add wine.

Spray fondue pot with PAM.  Can make 2 days ahead.  Serve with breadsticks or chunks of heavy bread.

*I found this cheese at Safeway in the specialty cheese section.

JOHNNY MALOTTI

submitted by Mert Warneking

"I've made this a lot--makes a lot--freezes well."

3 lb. ground beef
1 lb. green peppers
1 lb celery
1 lb. onion
1 large can mushrooms
1 jar stuffed olives, halved
1 12 oz. pkg. egg noodles (cooked)
1/4 lb. margarine
1 lb. medium or sharp cheddar cheese
2 cans tomato soup
2 cans tomato paste
2 cans tomato sauce

Dump into large pot and mix.  Put in refrigerator overnight.  1 1/4 hour before serving, put into baking pan and cover with cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour 15 minutes.

Serves 15 people.

EGGNOG POUND CAKE

submitted by Caryl Husk

"Christmas time favorite."

2 Tbsp. soft butter or margarine
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup eggnog
1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
2 Tbsp. rum or 1/4 tsp. rum flavoring

Grease 10 inch tube or bundt pan with soft butter.  Press almonds against sides and bottom.  Set pan aside.

Using electric mixer, combine rest of ingredients and beat batter until smooth and creamy--about 4 minutes medium speed.  Pour batter into pan.

Bake 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes.  Invert cake onto rack to cool.

Serves 10-12.

WORLD'S BEST CHEESECAKE

submitted by Katy Carter

"This is worth all the time and effort it takes--believe me!"

1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. grated lemon peel
1 egg yolk
5 pkg. (5 oz.) cream cheese
1 3/4 cups sugar
3 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. grated orange peel
1 Tbsp. grated lemon peel
1/4 tsp. salt
5 eggs
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup whipping cream
3/4 cup whipping cream
Sprig of fresh mint to garnish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Lightly grease spring form pan, remove bottom.  Mix 1 cup flour, butter, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 Tbsp. lemon peel and 1 egg yolk with hands.  Press 1/3 of mixture evenly on pan bottom.  Place on cookie sheet and bake 8-10 minutes.  Cool.

Assemble bottom and side of pan.  Press remaining mixture all the way up side of pan.  Heat oven to 475 degrees.

Beat cream cheese, 1 3/4 cup sugar, 3 Tbsp. flour, orange peel, 1 Tbsp. lemon peel, salt and 2 eggs in large bowl until smooth.  Continue beating, adding remaining eggs and 2 egg yolks, one at a time.  Beat in 1/4 cup whipping cream on low speed.  Pour into pan, bake 15 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 200 degrees--bake 1 hour.  Turn off oven, leave cheesecake in oven 15 minutes.  Cover and refrigerate at least 12 hours--but no longer than 48 hours.

Beat the 3/4 cup whipping cream in chilled bowl until stiff--spread over cheesecake before serving.  Garnish with sprig of fresh mint.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being."          Psalm 104:33

This is the time of the year when traditions that we have may be the most noticeable.  It may be the kind of food prepared especially for, and only during, the time leading up to Christmas.  It is one of the ways we live out Advent as a true time of preparation for Christmas.  Maybe it is in when and how we decorate our homes, or particular ornaments and where they are place.  
I think of singing, especially when we decorate our own Christmas tree.  Listening to Emmylou Harris, or Annie Lennox, or Vince Guaraldi, and singing along.  It warms the time.  Then singing some more as the days of Advent rush by.  Thinking of 30 plus years of caroling with various church members, sometimes in big bunches, sometimes just a few, singers of all kinds of ages. Sometimes dealing with rain and snow, usually bracing temperatures, but singing no matter what.

Many times we have been joined in song by the very ones we came to sing to.  Sometimes those who joined us in song could remember little else, but the words of Silent Night, or some other favorite, made something click and memory returned even for just a bit.  Such moments still bring a smile, or a tear, and indeed the psalmist was right in saying, "I will sing to the Lord as long as I live."

May we sing as long as we have being,
Pastor Randy

Come sing this Sunday night.  We will leave the church building at 4:45 to go caroling.

Thanks to the elves who decorated the church on Monday.  It looks great.

"Spirit of wisdom and truth, shine your light into our hearts and lives.  Awaken us where we slumber.  Expose the darkness we try to hide.  Uncover what we are afraid to see.  Greet us with the warmth of you love that we may choose to walk in your grace and live by your light. Amen."

Lessons for the Second Sunday in Advent
Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Matthew 3:1-12

This Week

Wednesday  6:00 p Advent Soup/Bread Potluck
                    6:30 p  Advent Jesse Tree/Devotion
                    7:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Thursday   9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool/Kindergarten
                  6:30 p Men's Night (New location)
                         Lil Cooperstown  2947 SE 73rd Hillsboro)

Friday         9:00 - 11:30 a KOK Preschool
                   1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio
                   
Sunday      Christmas Caroling and Chili/Soup potluck
                  meet at SOV @ 4:45 p for caroling and soup drop off

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever."  Psalm 107:1

Amazing news this past week that SOV gave away enough good baskets to feed 36 families, over 100 people. If the numbers are not exactly right, suffice it to say that the needs are great. Yet there is other news as well that we need to take in.

This one seems pretty obvious for me today.  Thanksgiving time, so let us give thanks for sure, in all kinds of ways, whether it be sharing a small kindness to a stranger, or a big blessing to those you know could use it.  It seems to me that in giving to those around us we have a grand way to give thanks.  

Another possibility, and this is not some startlingly new revelation, is that it is a perfect time to let family and friends know how thankful we are for them.  That is not a possibility for many, so may we appreciate all the more the gifts we have been given.

If you are unable to do so, my thoughts and prayers go with  you, and may there yet be a chance to know that indeed "his steadfast love endures forever."

Blessed Thanksgiving,
Pastor Randy

"Lord of all, we come to you in gratitude for your love, which is always present to us.  In the stillness of this moment, we remember with thanksgiving the times in our lives when your love has enabled us to rise to our better selves.  We remember with regret the times when we have  acted in anger rather than in love. Grant us the grace to give our guilt into the hands of your love.  In the the name of the Christ we pray.  
Amen."

Lessons for the First Sunday in Advent
Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122
Matthew 24:36-44

THIS WEEK

Wednesday    10:00 a Bible Study
                       7:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Thursday       Happy Thanksgiving
                      Office Closed

Friday           Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday      10:00 - 11:00 a SOV Choir Rehearsal

Scrip order Sunday
Please think about your Christmas Gift giving needs or shopping needs also Ladies Dinner is having their Christmas Dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory on December 10th, you will need to order your scrip cards this Sunday to have them by December 10th. Next Scrip order will be December 15th

Looking ahead:

Wednesday, December 4th First Wednesday of Advent,
6:00 p Soup and bread potluck supper
6:30 p Advent Devotion (30 minutes)

Sunday, December 8th  @4:45 p Christmas Caroling (all are welcome to join, this is a congregational event) followed by potluck soup/chili supper

Sunday, December 16th, 6:00 p
Christmas Concert and Children's Christmas Pageant (please bring a plate of cookies to share)

Friday, November 22, 2013

A special message from Marcia Whitehead

Marcia Whitehead gave a presentation at SOV in August 2012. She is pursuing an opportunity to record an album in LA and is seeking support in this endeavor. Check it out!


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Marcia Whitehead
Subject: Exciting News About Recording My First CD


Hi, Pastor!  I have such wonderful memories of how warmly your congregation received me when I shared my story with you all. After the service, many individuals asked me if I had a CD they could take home with them, and unfortunately, I had to disappoint them by letting them know that I've never had the financial means to record a top quality CD.  But God is good and he is opening the door for me to record my first CD in Los Angeles in January that will contain songs of faith like Give Me Jesus, The Lord's Prayer, I'd Rather Have Jesus, etc. 
 
I don't know how to contact individuals in your congregation who are interested in a CD and I'd be deeply appreciative if you would help me by placing the the attached flyer in a location or locations that members can find. The flyer announces my fund raising campaign on Indiegogo.com.  I'm also including the link below and it would be so helpful if you would be willing to share the link on your Facebook page or forward this email through a church member email list if you have either one of those things.  I need help making this long-time dream become a reality and sharing the campaign information with as many people as possible would be so helpful and so deeply appreciated.  Thank you a million times over!!  


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."  Luke 22:19

This week is big on remembrance, and deservedly so.  Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of the delivery of the Gettysburg address, a mere 272 words that have been recalled time and again, and are still good for us to remember.  Later this week is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Kennedy, a powerful moment in our national memory as well, and one of those times we may be able to say, "I remember where I was when ....".

Remembrance is so important to us, as the words of Jesus attest to.  Remember the past, not living there, but being continually informed by it, can be powerful stuff.

Thinking of the same word, but in a slightly different direction, consider these words of Frederick Buechner, "When you remember me, it means that you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are.  It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand between us, ..... It means that even after I die, you can still see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart.  For as long as your remember me, I am never entirely lost ......"

Riches of sorrow and joy, filled with meaning, or fleeting moments, remember.

In Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Holy God and author of our hope, thank you for the assurance of your presence and grace.  We pour out before you our concerns for our world.  We are overwhelmed by the needs and sometimes we feel helpless.  Speak to us, we pray, in the midst of our brokenness.  We long for healing, we cling to hope in you, and we ask for courage to respond as disciples of Jesus Christ to a hurting world around us.  Amen."

Lessons for Sunday, November 24
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43

THIS WEEK

Wednesday    10:00 a Bible Study
                       
Thursday      10:00 a LLL
                    12:00 p All Church Luncheon (a week early due to Thanksgiving)
                     3:30 - 6:30 p Tabor Voice Studio
                     7:00 p Council Meeting

Friday          9:00 - 11:30 KOK
                    1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio
                    6:00 - 9:00 p Thanksgiving Basket prep (volunteers needed)

Saturday     10:00 - 12:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal
                   9:00 - 3:00 p Thanksgiving Basket assembly (volunteers needed)
                   3:00 - 5:00 p  Family Craft Event "Giving Thanks"... all are invited

All Church Luncheon
This Thursday, November 21st @ 12:00 p
Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting after the luncheon at 1:00 p

KOK Christmas Green pick up
The Greens for KOK's fundraiser are available for pick up this Sunday, between 9 am and 1 pm at the Church.  Thank you so much for your order and support of our financial assistance fund.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; that I know very well."  Psalm 139:14

These words from Psalms are offered because they point to the many things we are gifted enough to enjoy.  The chances to appreciate the richness of life are many.

Just a couple of hours on a recent day off, there was sunshine and a bit of warmth.  Outside I was met with the smell of a burn pile from across the gully, an acrid smell, and yet the provider of memories as well.  So many fall seasons, places miles away, good stuff in the end.

So I tucked under the eaves, out of the wind, still feeling the suns warmth, listen to leaves skipping and crackling down the street.  An occasional bike rider swooshing by.  There was another smell in the air as well, a pungent scent coming from two huge bushes of mums, deep burgundy beauties with bright yellow at the center of their blooms.  Despite all the cutting back there are still other blooms too.

When the traffic increased I slipped on some headphones, listening to bits of Van Morrison's "What's Wrong with This Picture?", and reading "The End of Your Life Book Club" by Will Schwalbe (insert your own music and reading here).

We have been wonderfully made, with opportunities to appreciate the wonderful works around us.

Thanks for the blessings Lord,
Pastor Randy

"Good and gracious God, we welcome you into our midst and invite you to make yourself known to us in silence, in the symbols and the words and melodies and actions of our days.  May we make the moments to lay aside all else but the desire to be in your presence, touched by your grace and fed by your word.  May we apprehend the Holy, and more importantly, that the Holy might apprehend us.  Amen."

Lessons for Sunday, November 17, 2013
Malachi 4:1-2a
Psalm 98
Luke 21:5-19

THIS WEEK

Wednesday 10:00 a Bible Study
                    7:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Thursday     3:30 - 6:30 p Tabor Voice Studio
                    6:30 p Men's Night @ Golden Valley Brewery
                    7:00 p LLL

Friday          1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio/Lessons

Saturday      10:00 a SOV Choir Rehearsal

Sunday        Scrip Order Sunday
                    12:00 p Acolyte Training
                    Thanksgiving Food Baskets items are due

Please Note:
Men's Night is this Thursday, November 14th @ 6:30 p 
Acolyte Training is this Sunday, November 17th @ 12:00 p 
Thanksgiving Food Basket items are due this Sunday, November 17th

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

An Update from the Philippines



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Dear
Friends,

You can help provide mercy and love to families in the Philippines affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan!

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Just before dawn last Friday, Super Typhoon Haiyan roared onshore with wind gusts up to 235 mph, waves up to 45 feet in some areas, and nearly 16 inches of rainfall.

The death toll is mounting. It is currently estimated that this storm, the most powerful cyclone of the past three decades, has killed nearly 10,000 people.

Residents rush to safety past a fallen tree during strong winds brought by Typhoon Haiyan that hit Cebu city, central Philippines.

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If you have already donated, thank you for your support! Please continue to pray for those who have lost loved ones, for those who are injured, and for those who have been displaced by this terrible storm. Please also pray for LWR's staff who are responding and serving those in need.

LWR has more than 25 years of experience in the Philippines, and we have mobilized our staff and resources on the ground to provide life-saving support. This includes:

  • Shelter: LWR will provide shelter repair kits to at least 100,000 families.
  • Cash programs: LWR will employ at least 20,000 people in three municipalities of Northern Cebu in short-term work assignments removing debris from public spaces, helping to get cash into the hands of those who need it.
  • Quilts and Kits: LWR is shipping Personal Care Kits, Baby Care Kits, School Kits and Quilts, which will be distributed to more than 26,000 families.

Please give generously today. For this immediate response, we are seeking $2.5 million in support. Your support will help provide urgently needed care and aid to surviving children, women and men.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Surely God is great, and we do not know him; the number of his years is unsearchable.  For he draws up the drops of water; he distills his mist in rain, which the skies pour down and drop upon mortals abundantly."  Job 36:26-28

I know it is early, and there is a whole bunch of gray yet to come.  But on these days, when you can tell it is day time only because it got a little lighter, it does tend to squash the spirit a bit. Staring out my office window, watching and listening to the traffic on Cornell, just thinking. Determined that the dull sky would not be the last word for me this day.  Guess what?  The sun came out.  I know it won't always work that way, and that we must find our light in other places.

So, I look out the window again and see lots of color besides gray.  Just across the road there are plenty of splashes of color from the leaves.  Think of this morning and the two chapel times with the KOK kids, and what a kick it is to sing "He's Got the Whole World" with them, especially when we make up some of our own verses.  Remembering Sunday night and our "Giving Thanks" dinner.  The space was full, the food was grand, the conversation was loud, interspersed with much laughter.  Smiling at the thought of the gusto with which we sang at Sunday school opening earlier that morning.

There is plenty of light in these gray days, a reminder that "surely God is great".

In the peace of the Christ,
Pastor Randy

"O God, our hearts break for those whose hearts are breaking.  We grieve with those who are experiencing  grief.  Bring them comfort s only you can.  Let them know that they are not alone, that you are with them and that we stand beside them.  At the same time we rejoice with those who are rejoicing; we celebrate the ways you are blessing and providing for those among us.  We know that you are the God of the broken and the joyful.  Amen."

Lessons for Sunday, November 10
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Luke 20:27-38

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   10:00 a Bible Study
                     7:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Thursday      3:30 - 6:30 p Tabor Voice Studio/Lesson
                    No Men's Night (rescheduled for November 14th)

Friday         1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio/Lessons (accepting new students)

Saturday   10:00 - 11:00 a SOV Choir Rehearsal

Please note changes:
Men's Night rescheduled for Thursday, November 14th @ Golden Valley Brewery
Acolyte Training rescheduled for Sunday, November 17th @ 12:00 p

Thanksgiving Food Basket items are due by Sunday, November 17th

Friday, November 1, 2013

Reminder: set your clocks back

Saturday, November 2nd

Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour Saturday evening.

Sunday, November 3rd
All Saints Sunday 
Commitment Sunday
don't forget to return your pledge forms, extra copies will be available

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"For the beauty of the earth, for the beauty of the skies, for the love which from our birth, over and around us lies; Christ, our God, to thee we raise this our sacrifice of praise."  - verse one of the hymn "For the Beauty of the Earth" by Folliiott S. Pierpoint

Sitting out front, yard work done on this day off, and the sun is shining.  The spot is warm and Paul Simon's "So Beautiful or So What" is providing the sound track, preferring to avoid the traffic sounds of Rood Bridge Road this day.
 
There are visual marvels before me.  The bit of yard has returned to a lush green again.  There are still roses blooming, red, orange, yellow and white.  There are a few purple flowers on the butterfly bush which has been mostly cut back.  Seemingly floating in the air are spider web strands, and little insects of some kind dancing round and round.

There are creatures to see too, at the bird feeders are towhee, a couple of doves, and many other little birds fluttering in and out of the nearby hedge.  There are also a couple of busy tailed rats (squirrels) furtively snacking. This is all framed by a brilliant blue sky.  It is all a reminder of how rich and blessed I am.

There is another reminder as well, as I look a little further, across the street there is a cemetery. There is no better time than the present to take in the richness of this life.

Still in praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

Thank you for this gifts of this life Lord.  Renew us again each day to enjoy the richness you have given us.  Indeed may those gifts strengthen us to serve those around us all the more, in your name and to your glory.  Amen.

Lessons for Sunday, November 3, 2013
Ephesians 1:11-23
Luke 6:20-31

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   10:00 a Bible Study
                      7:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Thursday     12:00 p All Church Halloween Luncheon
                    Soup, sandwiches, dessert are provided
                    join us for a 'spooktacular' time (don't forget you costume/optional but fun)

Friday         7:00 p  6th, 7th, 8th Confirmation Retreat (bring your notebooks/returning students)

Saturday     Council/Committee Retreat (off site)

Sunday        All Saints Sunday (A remembrance of those who have gone on before us)
                   Commitment Sunday (don't forget your pledge forms/these forms are vital to planning the church budget)
                   Scrip Sunday, Birthday Sunday, Blood Pressure Sunday
                   5:30 p Give Thanks Dinner

Thanksgiving Basket Food drive
  items need to be brought to the church by Sunday, November 17th (there are tags still available on the Giving Tree)

KOK Holiday Greens
  Last day to turn in your Holiday Green's order is Monday, November 4th.
  Order forms available in the Narthex, usher station or on line at sovlutheran.com

Join us Sunday, November 3rd @ 5:30 p 
  SOV's annual 'Give Thanks' Dinner
  Ham and Turkey is provided
  please bring a side dish or dessert to share

Friday, October 25, 2013

Sunday October 27th

Reformation Sunday
October 27
Wear Red


Celebration of the Life of Charlotte Harris
Cake reception during fellowship hour
(following 8:30 worship service)
Sunday October 27

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"And the peace of God, which passes all human understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."  Philippians 4:7

In some words just before these in Paul's letter he also writes about "not worrying about anything".  Sounds great, so I turn to them time and again, far too often without the kind of success I desire.

Thinking about those words and some of the beautiful nights we were privy to this last week.  No clouds and a full moon high above.  Everything was bathed in a silver light.  It makes everything seem a bit more peaceful to me.  But on consecutive nights that reverie was threatened a bit. One night a skunk shared my space, and while I was not threatened by him, at the same time my gaze was not always on the beauty of the that celestial orb.  The next night there was a good sized raccoon who began to approach me aggressively, on stomping my foot he retreated, but the beating of my heart had me feeling less than peaceful.

The point for me is, the realities of life will continue to invade my attempts to find peace, but God will continue to try and provide it for me, often beyond my understanding, and it seems especially sweet when that is the case.  A peace beyond my understanding is real peace indeed.

In Christ,
Pastor Randy

"As we come to you in prayer, O God, help us to focus our hearts and our minds on you.  Help us to breathe in all that is ours; the beauty that surrounds us and the words of love given to us when we least expect them.  We offer these words in the name of the one whose time on earth was lived so that we might know what a life of love looks like, in the name of the Christ.  Amen."

Lessons for Sunday October 27, 2013
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalm 46
Romans 31:19-28
John 8:31-36

THIS WEEK

Wednesday     10:00 a Bible Study
                        6:30 p Little Lambs Choir (will be moving to Sundays during Sunday School hour)
                        7:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Thursday         9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool/Kindergarten
                       3:30 - 6:30 p Tabor Voice Studio/Lessons

Friday            9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool
                      1:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio/Lessons

Saturday        6:00 p Transport 5 "The Way" concert (Free)

Sunday          Reformation Sunday  (wear RED)
                     Transport 5 concert 6:00 p

All Church Luncheon is Thursday October 31 @ 12:00 p come join us for a spooktacular time; costumes encouraged but not required.

Looking ahead
Sunday November 3 is Commitment Sunday
Please bring your pledge form to worship that day or drop it by the church before then.

Sunday November 3rd, Give Thanks Dinner 5:30 p

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven" Ecclesiastes 3:1

The Preacher of Ecclesiastes sure nails it for me.  There is a time for everything, and sometimes they seem to run together.

Standing out back watching the leaves fall in bunches.  The sound and smell under the cover are the reminders of many years gone by.  But there was also the cover of a startlingly blue sky, such beauty, and the reminder of another summer past.

Cutting back the huge butterfly bush, recently damaged in a storm, and while doing so a hummingbird feeds on a last bloom right next to my face.  A moment frozen in time.

Driving north on 205, seeing massive Mt. St. Helen's looming in the distance.  Such a moment of beauty, and the only reason I am there is that I am returning from Sunnyside Hospital, deep in thought about the reality of the ravages of illness.

Joy and sorrow sometimes hand in had, "a time for every matter under heaven", and the Creator present with me in each of them.

In praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"O most loving Lord, you want us to give thanks for all things, to fear nothing except losing you, and to lay all our cares on you, knowing that you care for us.  Grant that fears and anxieties in this mortal life may not hide from us the light of you immortal love.  Amen."

Sunday October 20, 2013 Lessons
Genesis 32:22-31
2 Timothy 3:14-4:5
Luke 18:1-8

THIS WEEK

Wednesday    10:00 a Bible Study
                       6:30 p Little Lambs Choir practice
                       7:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Thursday        10:00 a LLL
                       3:30 - 6:30 p Jameson Voice Studio/Lessons

Friday           1:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio/Lessons

Saturday      10:00 a SOV Choir Rehearsal
                     2:00 - 4:00 p Family Pumpkin Carving @ SOV bring your own pumpkin

Sunday        Scrip Order Sunday
                    2:00 - 4:00 p MS youth group outing to Lakeview Farms Pumpkin Patch
                    4:00 - 6:00 p HS youth group outing to Lakeview Farms Pumpkin Patch
                   (friends welcome, cost is $5 each and please provide own transportation to and from the farm)


If you have not filled out your Stewardship pledge form please do so and return them to the church office. This is essential is determining SOV's annual budget. If you have not received your pledge form please pick it up Sunday at the usher station.

KOK Christmas Green's Fundraiser: if you would like to support KOK's scholarship program by purchasing Christmas greens please fill out an order form available at church or online. Orders are due by November 4th.

Clean warm coats/hats are still being collected for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) you can bring them to the church or for more questions talk to Lorna.

Join us for a pumpkin carving event!

Family Pumpkin Carving
Saturday, October 19
2pm-4pm @ SOV

Will provide carving tools and snacks
Bring your own Pumpkin :)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Warm clothes needed for NAMI

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is in need of clean gently used clothing and non essentials.

Men's and Women's including jeans, coats, socks, new underwear, shirts, knit caps/hats and gloves.
 
Also needed are personal hygiene items such as soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste, toilet paper.
 
Please bring them to church on Sundays or during the week and Lorna will pick them up and bring them to NAMI on Nov 4th.

Pastor's Weekly Message

"How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver." Proverbs 16:16

Probably get some argument over that one, but with those words in mind I simply want to share some quotes from some of the stuff I read this past summer, things that may make you go "hmmm".

"A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be." Albert Einstein

"There are two ways to be fooled.  One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true."  Soren Kierkegaard

"I maintain that the human mystery is incredibly demeaned by scientific reductionism, with its claim in promissory materialism to account eventually for all of the spiritual world in terms of patterns of neuronal activity.  This belief must be classed as a superstition .... we have to recognize that we are spiritual beings with souls existing in a spiritual world as well as material beings with bodies and brains existing in a material world."  Sir John Eccles

"If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things."  Rene' Descartes

"I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be."  Albert Einstein

"To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible"  Thomas Aquinas

That's enough of that for now.

Peace in Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Come Holy Spirit, we pray.  Fall upon us with power and grace, wisdom and might that, as the Word is read and proclaimed, it becomes alive in our hearing once again.  Clear away the fog of distraction, burden and busyness that blinds us to the truth, and then strengthen us to live it out. For the sake of the Christ we pray.  Amen."

Lessons for Sunday October 13, 2013
2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c
Luke 17:11-19

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   10:00 Bible Study
                      6:00 p Worship meeting
                      7:00 p Choir Rehearsal

Thursday       2:00 - 3:30 Alzheimer's Association
                     7:00 p LLL

Friday           1:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday       10:00 - 1:00 p Choir Retreat @ Bentz Family Home (see Jameson for details)

♥ KOK Christmas Green's fundraiser (order forms available on line or at the church)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Community Clothing Drive Results!

SOV collected and donated a pick-up full of clothing for this Love INC event. Our participation was outstanding! Thank you to everyone who donated!

Check out this message of thanks from Love INC, and watch the video to see how we helped serve over 700 in our community!


Rejoice with us!
A BIG thank you goes out to everyone who participated in our recent Community Clothing Drive!  
Over 700 people were served on a rainy, rainy day.  Clothes were donated in abundance... 
What a wonderful way this community came together to serve those in need!
God is good!

Click on this link to watch a short video of the day.  

Thanks to Rev. Curtis Buthe for producing this heart-warming video.


"The Way"
Transport 5 Concert, Oct. 26th and 27th

A FREE Concert of Jazz, Swing, Pop and Gospel music
Transport 5

OPEN TO ALL OF THE PUBLIC!

Transport 5

Free will offering will be taken to support SOV ministries.



"Come listen and enjoy as we celebrate the music we love.  May the Lord be glorified, and may you be blessed by his powerful, gracious gift of music."


This concert will be held:
Saturday and Sunday, October 26th and 27th, 2013 at 6pm, 


Not a church goer?   Not a problem, and no pressure.  Come and enjoy the music without any strings attached.  We are happy just to have you, and you can make yourself at home.  All are welcome!


Listen to some Transport 5 below:



Meet the Transport 5:
Tammie Dees: Vocals
Tricia Collier: Vocals
Kevin Cope: Keyboard, Vocals
Dan Nichols: Bass Guitar, Vocals
Mick Winn: Drums, Vocals



FAQs:

Is there only one night?
There are two concerts.  The first is Saturday October 26th at 6pm.  The second is Sunday October 27th at 6pm.

I see the event is located at a church.  Will it be only church music?
No.  The music is a good mix of classic rock, jazz, blues and pop hits, some of which are Christian oriented.

How much does it cost?
There is no cost.  If you feel so inclined, we will collect a freewill offering during the concert.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
We have a parking lot, with a covered drive-up/drop-off area.  Handicap parking is also available.  Overflow parking is located nearby.

Do I need to bring a printed ticket to the event?
No.  Just come as you are.  Bring your friends or prepare to make them!

What is the address?
17625 NW Cornell Rd, Beaverton, OR

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You may contact us at anytime via email at music@sovlutheran.com, or via phone during our office hours from 8am-2pm Monday-Friday at (503) 645-4994.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Blessing of the Pets this Sunday

Blessing of the Pets 
Sunday October 6th 
after both worship services.

A procession of animals, everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and even horses, is led to churches for a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets.

This custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi's love for all creatures.

feast of Saint FrancisFrancis, whose feast day is October 4th, loved the larks flying about his hilltop town. He and his early brothers, staying in a small hovel, allowed themselves to be displaced by a donkey.

Francis wrote a Canticle of the Creatures, an ode to God's living things. "All praise to you, Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures." And there was testimony in the cause for St. Clare of Assisi's canonization that referred to her little cat!

That there are today over 62 million cats in the U.S. attests to the continuing affection we have for our furry, feathered or finned friends. We've even had a cat called Socks in the White House. Other popular presidential pets range from Abraham Lincoln's Fido to Lyndon Johnson's beagles, named Him and Her.

For single householders, a pet can be a true companion. Many people arrive home from work to find a furry friend overjoyed at their return. Many a senior has a lap filled with a purring fellow creature.

The bond between person and pet is like no other relationship, because the communication between fellow creatures is at its most basic. Eye-to-eye, a man and his dog, or a woman and her cat, are two creatures of love.

No wonder people enjoy the opportunity to take their animal companions to church for a special blessing. Church is the place where the bond of creation is celebrated.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen. Wail, oaks of Bashan, for the thick forest has been felled!"  Zechariah 11:7

While that verse is more likely about the leaders, the shepherds, of Israel having fallen rather than actual trees, it still seemed to fit an experience of mine from this past Sunday.  One that will stick with me for a bit.

It was Sunday afternoon and I had just stepped into the garage when I heard a very loud cracking sound.  I knew it was the sound of a tree falling and I flung open the back door wondering what exactly I would find, immediately giving thanks for the fact that I had not heard the noise of a tree crashing into the house.

My first sight was of the still bouncing branches of about 50 feet worth of Ash tree settling into our back yard.  What was left of the garden was underneath it.  Only half of the tree had fallen.  In sharp contrast to the hue of the day clean white wood stood out in a couple of places, showing clearly where the tree had been torn in half and then again.

I simply spoke the words to the air, "Oh no!"  Not a wail I suppose, but close.  It was a big tree, and I do not know how old it is, but with that sudden crash my view out back is forever changed.  In the twinkling of an eye.  Foolishly to some I suppose, but I mourn the loss of the piece of creation.  Another reminder to pay attention to the gifts while they are before us, because you never know....

The beauty of this mammoth creature is gone forever..  A reminder too of the power of the storm, and that there may be weakness where we would never suspect.  Many lessons I suppose, but first this feeling of loss.

Thanks for the gifts Lord, may we enjoy them while we can,
Pastor Randy

"God, regret can be such a frightening word.  It assumes that we are broken, imperfect and will fail.  No matter how much we do right, there will be moments where we will choose the lesser thing, turn down the wrong road, or follow the wrong path.  But, this we know, your grace is greater than our wrong choices.  You never look upon us with regret.  you see us as we are and love us in it all.  Thank you for that love.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
                     6:30 p  Little Lambs Choir practice
                     7:00 p SOV Choir rehearsal

Thursday      6:30 p  Men's Night @ Golden Valley Brewery

Saturday      2:00 p   Private Event

Sunday        Blessing of the Pets (this will take place in the parking after each worship service)
                    Youth Group Meeting 5:00 - 7:00 p (HS & MS)
                    6:00 p Town Hall Meeting and Ice Cream Social
                    Scrip Order Sunday

Lessons for Sunday October 6, 2013
2 Timothy 1:1-14
Luke 17:5-10

October Newsletter is available on line and hard copies in the Narthex
http://www.sovlutheran.com/news/pdf/october2013.pdf

Monday, September 30, 2013

Town Hall Meeting

The church council would like to invite everyone to an ice cream social and Town Hall this coming Sunday, October 6, at 6 PM. Everything will be provided, so all you need to do is show up.

The goal of this time together is to get feedback from the congregation, then spend some time as a council combining the feedback with our strategic plan to map out the near future. We want to move forward with congregational feedback.

In preparation for the meeting, we would like everyone to think about the following this week:

1. What attracted you to SOV? Maybe the location, friends already attending, the church's style/format, etc?

2. What are the things that you like about SOV? Programs, services, people, etc?

3. What are your hopes and dreams for SOV? Mostly short term (within 1 year), but we can take note of long term as well.

If you are not able to attend, we still want your feedback. You can send your feedback to Terry, or you can leave written/printed feedback with Tammy in the church office.

Looking forward to your feedback.

Blessings,

Terry Wagemann 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"...he leads me beside still waters..."

It is that picture that is in my mind when I think of this past Sunday and the baptism of William.  It was a lovely and peaceful time.  When the water first hit his head he was a bit startled, but the second and third time he was completely calm, and when his mom turned him around and he saw the water below him he looked like he was ready to jump right in.  It was a blessed time, topped off by some grins from William as we walked around the sanctuary together.

Certainly sometimes the waters are anything but still.  Reminded of that again yesterday when the rain poured down and made it hard to hear one another speak at a meeting inside of our SOV building.  Even thinking of more powerful images from Colorado and recent floods there.  The power of rushing water is an awesome force.  But the words of the psalmist depict a completely different scene.

I hope that William has many chances to hear about how excellent the still waters of his baptism were.  I pray that he, that we all, may know the peacefulness of some still waters.  No doubt life will provide enough turbulent waters.

May we know of your gentle presence Lord.

In Christ,
Pastor Randy

"O God, we acknowledge your presence among us.  We know that you understand the language of our hearts, and the accents of our souls.  Hear our cry, and please attend to our needs and accept our sometimes halting worship of you.  Amen."  

Lessons for Sunday, September 29th
1 Timothy 6:6-19
Luke 16:19-31

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
                     6:30 p Little Lambs Choir practice
                     7:00 p SOV Choir rehearsal

Thursday      12:00 p All Church Luncheon (all are invited, no RSVP or need to bring anything)
                     1:00 p Prayer Shawl Ministry (come early for lunch)

Friday          1:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday       2:00 p SOV Band rehearsal
                     3:00 p SOV Choir rehearsal

→ Last call for used clothing for Love INC's  clothing drive. Please bring your clean, bagged clothing and place it near the barrel in the Narthex by Friday 3:00 p

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Messsage

"The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it ..."  Psalm 24:1a

And there sure is a lot in it. Just thinking of some of things I have been able to take in the last few days. Watching the finches at the feeder, 8 or more at a time. They are just a kick to watch. Plus many other birds helping them out, like the towhee, scrub jay, dove and squirrel cleaning up on the ground. Watching huge numbers of crows fly by the house on their way to, I don't know, (but that did cause me to find out again what a flock of crows is officially called, and that is a "murder" of crows).

The creek out back has suddenly come to life again with our recent rains. The sound it makes can be both startling and soothing, but mostly peaceful. The chorus of crickets continues nightly. Got to spend time with some of our KOK kids in chapel, to see their excitement, to sing with them, and make up new verses to "He's Got the Whole World".

Thinking of the thunder and lightning during worship last Sunday and the murmur it brought to those of us gathered. Awe at the power that never goes away no matter how old we become. Yet another sun flower crashed to the ground, taken down by the rain and its own spectacular bloom. Tasted a fresh peach, smelled still blooming roses, stood in the moon light glowing in the back yard, and on and on ......

This can be a pretty amazing place that we call home, may we see the presence of the Lord in it.

Still in praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"Father, we know that you hear us and, more than that, you respond to our cries.  Please bring peace where there is anxiety, hope where there is despair, mercy where there is failure.  We cry out to you because we know you are near.  It is with hope and assurance that we pray to you.  Amen."

Lessons for September 22, 2013
Amos 8:4-7
Luke 16:1-13

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool/Kindergarten
                    10:00 a Bible Study
                     6:30 P Little Lambs Choir Practice
                     7:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Thursday    9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool/Kindergarten
                  10:00 a LLL
                   7:00 p Council Meeting

Friday         9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool/Kindergarten
                   1:00 p  Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday     2:00 p SOV Band Rehearsal
                   3:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Sunday       9:45 a  Sunday School for all ages
                   Scrip Order Sunday

Love INC clothing drive
Last Sunday to donate your unwanted clothing (all ages, all sizes needed). Please bring you cleaned gently used clothing and place in/near the Love INC barrel located in the Narthex. Thank you for your support.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Transport 5: Live in Concert

Saturday & Sunday
October 26 & 27

6:00pm at Shepherd of the Valley

Tricia Colliers, Tammie Dees, Dan Nichols,Mick Winn, and Kevin D Cope

See past performances:

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"I thank my God every time I remember you,..."    Philippians 1:3

Thinking of this last Sunday and Rally Day, and with that in mind I want to offer thanks.  It is always dangerous to name names at the risk of leaving someone out, or not seeming appreciative, but I need to take that chance.

Thanks to Kevin for leading in the pancake and balloon department, especially for doing so without injury.  Thanks to Carla (and Chris) for the signs and other set up, and to all three of them for the forethought given, and for arriving early.  Thanks to Amber, (tireless and upbeat), to Divine, Jonathan, Jean, Vesper, Peg and many others.

Were the numbers big? I do not know actually, but I do know that the place was hopping, and the Spirit was alive here, and that is a grand thing to be able to remember.

Thank God for inspiring any and all.  It does a heart good.  May we continue such hopeful and positive efforts, each of us stepping up and helping out in whatever way we can.  May we thank God when we remember one another.

In Christ,
Pastor Randy
(Remember 9/11 today)

"Lord, help us in our remembering to count our blessings.  Help us to recall again and again the people that have enriched our lives.  Strengthen us to be a blessing in the lives of others, in your name and to your glory.  Amen."

Lessons for Sunday, September 15, 2013
Exodus   32:7-14
Psalm      51:1-10
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Luke       15:1-10

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a  Bible Study
                     6:30 p  Little Lambs Choir Practice
                     7:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Thursday      2:00 - 3:30 p Alzheimer's Association Support Group
                    7:00 p  Healing Service

Friday          1:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday      2:00 p SOV Band Rehearsal
                    3:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 a Worship
                    9:45 a Sunday School for all ages including adult class

Reminders

Thursday, September 12th Healing Service @ 7:00 p
A time of prayer, meditation, music, laying on of hands (if desired). All are invited whether you have specific concerns or want to be a support to others.

School Partnership Network
SOV is once again partnering with McKinley Elementary School for the 2013/2014 school year, if you volunteered last year or if you would like to volunteer this year please let Pastor Randy or Tammy know. You will need to complete a background check/volunteer form: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/parents/get-involved-volunteer

Prayer Shawl is meeting Monday September 16th @ 7:00 pm
The prayer shawl ministry is always in need of prayer shawls, if you are a knitter or a crocheter and would like to support this group or would like to learn how, please see Brenda or Caryl.

Clothing Drive for Love INC
if you would like to donate clean, gently used clothing to be distributed in the Beaverton Community please bring your bagged items to SOV on Sunday September 15th and/or 22nd.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."        Psalm 118:24

We use those words at the beginning of worship from time to time.  Not too long ago someone asked me about them.  I had assumed that everyone knew those words, or knew them enough so that, when I offered the first half of the verse they would naturally respond with the second half.  Folks do not always know what we are saying in the church, so even if it is meant in the most positive sense, it may leave people out.  You think I would have learned enough by now, to not assume anymore, but I keep doing it.

So those words are from the book of Psalms, Jesus song book.  I love the verse, especially to shout out, "This is the day the Lord has made!", and to have the response shouted back, "Let us rejoice and be glad in it!"

As for those words and what they mean to us, can we always mean it when we shout them?  I have my doubts there.  Does the thought that they propose even come to mind some days?  I know for certain that it does not. I will try to remember it more often, but I do not assume that I always will.

Rejoicing in the gifts,
Pastor Randy

"Loving Creator, heal us, find us, free us.  We hold secrets in our hearts that only you know.  With loving grace, draw us to bring those to light.  We are safe in you, we are forgiven by you, we are healed by your hand.  Bring us peace where there is anxiety, hope where there is despair, mercy where there is failure.  It is with hope and assurance we pray to you.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 a   KOK Preschool/Kindergarten
                    10:00 a  Bible Study
                                  NO Little Lambs choir practice tonight
                     7:00 p  SOV Choir rehearsal

Thursday      9:00 a KOK Preschool/Kindergarten
                    6:00 - 8:00 p  KOK Orientation Night
                    6:30 p Men's Night @ Golden Valley Brewery

Friday          9:00 a KOK Preschool/Kindergarten
                    1:00 p  Palmeter Piano Studio/Lessons

Saturday      6:00 p SOV Band rehearsal
                    7:00 p SOV Choir rehearsal

Sunday        Fall Worship Schedule begins
                    8:30 & 11:00 a worship services

                    Rally Sunday/Mew Member Sunday
                    Scrip Order Sunday
                       
KOK has openings in preschool and Kindergarten!

Healing Service
Thursday, September 12th
7:00 pm

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever flowing stream." Amos 5:2

As I write this I think of those words, and then of a speech that was given on this date (August 28th) 50 years ago. That is quite a passage of time, for the speech of course, and then tag on a couple thousand more years for the words of the prophet.

The desire for justice and righteousness has been there for so long, and sometimes it seems just as far away now as it has ever been. Things look to be a mess. There are so many judgments. There is such a vast chasm between races and nations. Maybe I am overstating the case, but if the news is to be believed, I do not think that I am.

Can we then still hang on to the word of God spoken by Micah? We must, because in them is borne the promise of hope. In spite of the things that seem to go in the opposite direction of justice we cannot afford to cast that hope aside.

May God work justice and righteousness through us.

In the peace and power of the cross,
Pastor Randy

"Gracious God, you desire to fill us with good things, to share your abundant life with us, to pour out your Spirit upon us. You give us the gift of your presence. You lavishly grace us with your mercy and forgiveness. Your word speaks to us of your purposes and your will. Your prophets old and new proclaim your message of love and healing. Despite our turning aside, lour busyness, our distractions, you never stop inviting us to listen. Thank you for patience and for your love that is everlasting. Amen."

Reminder
September 1st: One Service at 10:30 am

Beginning September 8th
Fall Worship Services at 8:30 & 11:00 am

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"....I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,the moon and the stars that you have established"  Psalm 8:3

I have written about the moon in this space before.  This is the perfect time to do so again, tonight there is a full moon high in the sky.  It is also a Blue moon and there won't be another one of those until 2015.  Native Americans called the full moon at this time of year the Full Sturgeon Moon, and farmers called it the Green Corn Moon.

All that being said I just know that it came into view as Taylor, Avery and I were finishing a bike ride.  It sat, seemingly, at the end of the street, and it was beautiful. I have stepped outside several more times just to look at it, and in a last night time viewing this beautiful work of the Creator's hand is bathing the back yard in a gentle silver light.  The evening is mild, with a soft breeze stirring the leaves and the crickets adding a chorus of praise to the whole sweet setting.

Thanks for these moments of appreciation and peace Lord.

As always, in praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"Thank you for the gift of your love, which strengthens us and enables us to do more than we could ever imagine.  Thank you for Jesus, who came that we might know what a life of perfect love looks like, may we continue to learn and live from his life.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a  Bible Study
                     6:30 p  Little Lambs Choir practice

Thursday     7:00 p Council Meeting

Friday         Palmeter Piano Studio/Lessons (upper loft)

Saturday     2:00 p - 3:00 p SOV Band Rehearsal  
                   3:00 p - 4:30 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Sunday       8:30 & 10:30 a Worship
                   5:30 p Baby Shower for Baby Nathan and Amy Kingston

Reminders

**Adult Sunday School will begin September 15 with the focus on "Prayer" by Philip Yancey, having the book will be helpful for the class (you can order used books on line as low at $4.95 to new copies under $20 or at local book stores)

**Kids of the Kingdom is enrolling for Fall 2013, please visit their website www.sovlutheran.com/kok for more information or pick up a pamphlet and registration form at the church.

**One worship service on September 1 @ 10:30 a