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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