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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar - the Lord of hosts is his name "   Jeremiah 31:35

What an apt description for these days.  Glorious sunshine and blue skies during the day, leading to equally glorious nights.  Even at this moment I can step out back and see the nearly full orb high in the sky as it bathes the back yard in a soft silver light.  It is absolutely beautiful.  (The wave part?  Remembering, because of this nights beauty, being at the coast several years ago when there was a full moon, woke up in the middle of the night to see that moon reflecting off the ocean, along with waves roar.)  

Such beauty, a reminder of the Lord's presence.  May the gift strengthen, comfort and inspire.

In praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"Let us put aside our worries about tomorrow and our regrets of yesterday.  Let us let go of our busyness and frenetic lives and be still.  Let us breathe in the assurance of the Holy Spirit and quiet our minds as we open our hearts to be in the present - and pray.  Amen."

THIS WEEK

Wednesday     10:00 a Bible Study

Thursday          12:00 p  All Church Luncheon
                         1:00 p  Prayer Shawl Ministry @ SOV (come early for the luncheon)

Saturday          5:30 p SOV Band Rehearsal
                        6:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Looking ahead
Sunday May 1, 2013;   New Member Sunday; if you would like to become a member of Shepherd of the Valley please respond to this email or let Pastor Randy know.

Saturday May 4, 2013;  Celebration of Life of Helen Jean Tegner, 2:00 pm @ Shepherd of the Valley

Saturday May 18, 2013 Baby Shower for Valorie Vermaas @ 2:00 pm @ Shepherd of the Valley

A message from Mary Ann Solmonson
50 years go in June, Al graduated from Luther Seminary and received a call to Trinity Lutheran, Birchwood, Wisconsin and Long Lake Lutheran, Sarona, Wisconsin.  He was ordained in his home church in Estherville Iowa and began his ministry July 1, 1963. We will celebrate his 50 years of ministry on Sunday June 23rd at 10 am, at Lacey Presbyterian Church, 3045 Carpenter Road, Lacey, Washington. Al will preach that Sunday, and we will have a Norwegian reception following the church service.  We would love to have you come and worship and celebrate with us.  Whether you are able to come or not, I am inviting you (if you'd like) to write a note of some memories you have when Al was your Pastor. Email address is masolmonson at yahoo dot com.