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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wednesday Message

Pastor Stuart's Wednesday Reflection

The Giftie
Matthew 17.1-9

"O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!"
-Bobby Burns

On the mount of transfiguration, the disciples saw Jesus as he is, clothed in glory. They saw this otherwise ordinary looking man as who he is deeper than casual eyes can see. To paraphrase Robert (Bobby) Burns, "the Holy Spirit the giftie gae them to see their Laird as angels see him." It was only for a moment and then he went back to work just as normal looking as everyone else.

Each Sunday we are invited to see Jesus as he is in the midst of our prayer and praise and then the ten thousand things draw us away in many directions. Our schedules and our worries come up and he becomes more and more obscure until, Surprise! it's Sunday again.

This is a little like the way we love each other. There are times when our beloved seems surrounded by light and our whole attention is fixed on them. Then, over time our attention mellows, we get into fights, they're jerks, we're jerks and we start to ask "do I even like you?" But then there comes a moment when we see again a hint of that person who shone in our hearts like the stars in glory. We are reminded that behind the grumpiness, tiredness, and fading looks that This Is The One, as they are transfigured before us. We see them for a minute as God sees them: precious, beloved, and glorious and it is Sunday again as the disciples see Jesus as he is rather than how they think he is.

May the Lord the giftie gie ye, amen.

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  7:00 - 8:30 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Thursday      9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool/Kindergarten
                    12:00 p All Church Luncheon (Every one invited, No RSVP and nothing to bring)
                    1:00 p Prayer Shawl Ministry
                    1:00 - 6:30 p Jameson Voice Studio

Friday          9:00 - 11:30 a KOK Preschool/Kindergarten
                    1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio

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

Sunday         Scrip Order Sunday
                     Birthday Sunday
                     Blood Pressure Sunday
                     Name Tag Sunday

Shrove Tuesday
March 4th
Youth Group Pancake Supper
5:00 pm  
All are invited

Ash Wednesday
March 5th
Service at 7:00 p (to be confirmed)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Men's night

Men's group will be meeting this Thursday:
February 20th at 6:30 p
Lil Cooperstown, Hillsboro

They will meet again:
Thursday, March 6th
(as usual, first Thursday of the month)

All men are invited, no RSVP needed; just show up.

Wednesday's Message

 from Pastor Stuart Holland

Using the World
Leviticus 19.9-10

Part of God's plan for a just society includes our relationship with creation. In addition to rules about food and economic relationships, there are things like this part of Leviticus 19. In direct contrast to modern farming methods of maximum efficiency, God actually calls for the harvest not to go all the way to the edges of the field and that the vines not be stripped to get the last grapes.

This sort of thing is just plain weird to us, it's your land, your seed, and your labor to get this to grow, so why shouldn't you get all of it? Mostly because it isn't all about you. Did you make the land or cause it to rain? Are you the only one who ever worked that field or vineyard? Did you cause the seed to grow, the flower to blossom, the fruit to ripen until the harvest? No, of course not, God and other people worked to get you to harvest.

So look at your life and see where you have had help getting to harvest. God gives you each day and your strength in that day. The grocery shelf stocker and gas pumper and the bank teller make sure there is something on the shelf, in the pump and at the bank for you. The people you know are part of making your life more of a living, breathing, and enjoyable thing. And God is at work redeeming your errors, strengthening your victories, and giving you eternal life. This week then, look for the way God and other people are helping you to the harvest.

Oh, and the reason you don't grab every bit of harvest? That's so the poor can glean the fields and have something to eat too. This is what Boaz was doing with his fields and why Ruth was out there gleaning in the biblical romance novel named after her. And Ruth and Boaz had a son named David (yes, that David).

Lessons for Sunday, February 23rd
Psalm 119:33-40
1 Corinthians 3:10-23
Matthew 5:38-48

THIS WEEK

Wednesday    10:00 a Bible Study

Thursday        10:00 a LLL
                        7:00 p Council Meeting

Fellowship Kitchen Shower
Last day to bring in your kitchen/fellowship items for SOV's pantry

Also if you are contributing to the KOK Food Drive please bring your non perishable canned food items on Sunday or by the end of February.

March Newsletter articles are due February 25th

Prayer Requests
~Prayers of healing and a speedy recovery for Christine who had surgery today, she requests no visitors.
Prayers for Nathan as he helps care for her during this recovery.

~Continued prayers for Pastor Randy and Choice.
 You may send greeting cards for Pastor Randy to his home or the church as he would love to know we are thinking of him.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Pulpit coverage update

Greetings Everyone,

Just a quick update on near-term pulpit coverage. Yesterday we had
Pastor Stuart Holland. He will be with us for the rest of this month.
He is available next month if everything works out. And he is
interested in leading bible study for adults between services if we
wish. Since I have received positive feedback on adult bible study, I
will ask Pr. Stuart to proceed with this.
I am working with the Worship Committee on planning mid-week pulpit
duties for Lent. Those plans are in process.

I am also working on a Confirmation plan and have been in contact with
possible teachers for the balance of this year's program.

Please let me know of any other needs that anyone has.

During this time of trial for Pastor Randy and family and for the SOV
family, it has been comforting to witness so much love, caring, and
cooperation with everyone involved. Our congregation is blessed with
great Christian love, compassion, and understanding.

Blessings,

Terry Wagemann

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wednesday's Message

From Pastor Stuart Holland

Happy Blessings
Psalm 119.1-2

Happy is not a word we usually associate with the Old Testament but here it is at the beginning of Psalm 119 just as it begins Psalm 1. The word the NRSV insists on translating as "happy" is used in other places to mean "blessed" the same kind of blessed we have at the beginning of Matthew 5 "Blessed are..." So part of this life of faith is receiving both happiness and blessing.

I felt both happy and blessed last Thursday around noon when it started to snow. Hey, who am I kidding, I was so happy I could squeal and I certainly got a few raised eyebrows at the coffee shop. But there was a reason for my joy. You see, it was snowing like it did every year when I was growing up in New England. Snow told us all "this is Winter, can you see its' beauty?" From the whisper of new dry snow to the way the heavens would clear to a deep blue so intense it seemed like the sky would crack to the way the whole world sparkle with diamonds, all of these things invited us to stop and pay attention. Some people, did not like the snow and acted like it was an unfair imposition that kept their lives from being productive. They fought the snow and complained about the snow and were just plain miserable because of the snow. I understand why they thought that way and why I'm sure some Portlanders' think this way too but it never made sense to me.

Snow is like forgiveness. It falls on everyone and everything, it mutes hard edges and creates beauty. It transforms the landscape in an unmistakable, un-ignorable way and by its nature changes the way we move and live. We can fight it or surrender to it but we cannot pretend it is not there. Snow changes your life, just like forgiveness. You reassess priorities ("is this meeting really necessary?") and give in to wonder ("Oh, look at that!") and sit at the window with something warm in a mug or someone warm on our lap (purring is optional). For me it is a happy blessing and I hope you were able to receive some of that blessing too.

Lessons for Sunday, February 16th
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 119:1-8
Matthew 5:21-37

This Week

Wednesday   10:00 a Bible Study Group
                     7:00 - 8:30 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

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

Saturday    5:00 - 8:00 p SOV Youth Fundraiser BABYSITTING NIGHT
                    Please register your children at roedersi5 (at) gmail (dot) com

KOK Food Drive happening in the month of February
if you would like to participate with KOK please bring your non perishable food items and place then in the tote by the church office.

SOV Kitchen Shower
the fellowship committee is once again collecting fellowship/kitchen items to stock the pantry, they are asking for donations; Toilet paper, paper towels,paper napkins, creamer, sweeteners, hot cocoa packets, regular coffee, juice (frozen or powder) 10 - 12 oz insulated coffee cups, heavy duty (like chinet) paper plates in dinner and dessert size. Please bring your donation by February 23rd.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Valentine's Babysitting Night Youth Group Fundraiser

Mark your calendars!

Valentine's Babysitting Night Fundraiser

Saturday, February 15th
5:00 - 8:00 pm
17625 NW Cornell Road ⋅ Beaverton, Oregon

Come drop off your child/children at Shepherd of the Valley on February 15th from 5:00pm-8:00pm. We will have pizza, apples, popcorn, and cookies for the little ones. They will create their own Valentine's cards, decorate heart cookies, watch a movie, and/or play games.

We will be accepting donations that will help support our Youth Group at SOV.

Please extend an invite to your friends and family!

Weekly Message

Reflected by Pastor Stuart Holland:

A Passionate Knowing; Isaiah 58:1-12

Does God delight in ignorant followers? It would certainly seem so in this reading. The people delight in knowing the statutes (rules) of God but this is called rebellion (v.1). So what is going on here?

The knowing that the people want (da'at) is a knowing of facts about the rules of God. But "the rules" in this verse is actually "the way" of God, a living thing in which we walk (psalm 1, 15, 119). But the people don't seem to get this, being content to sit close to the pulpit on Sunday and have the answers in bible study, but quite ready to put 'all that' in a box until next Sunday. The problem then is that they want to know (da'at) God but not know intimately (yada). This later kind is the "and Adam knew Eve" kind of knowing, the knowing we all will have in the fullness of time (Jer 31.34).

The notion of intimate (yada) knowing of God is a bit discomforting to us. Yet it is this very intimate, deep love that we are offered in Jesus. We talk about him a lot, about how he is abundantly loving and always with us but the notion that he is intimate with us is rarely if ever in our thoughts. So what can we do to change this? I invite you to try your imagination.

Think about a hug, about being held tenderly, perhaps by a loved one. Can you feel it and the emotions that come from being held? This is the kind of tender hug Jesus is giving you all day. If you start to panic, as I did the first time, or feel uncomfortable, go back again to the fact that Jesus deeply and perfectly loves you, and that his touch is true love. When you feel brave, pray. If you feel really brave, read from the Song of Songs* because this is the kind of passionate, intimate love Jesus has with you. He knows (yada) you and he sees you and he loves you.

Beloved Jesus, help us to know and to experience your strong and loving arms around us. Help us also to know you and see you for you surely see us and know us through and through and love us still.
Amen.

*For those of you under thirty, the Orthodox Jews recommend not reading this book as it can "inflame wild passions." I say read it if you're bold but be aware that there will be body parts, cooties, and the sort of over the top ridiculousness typical of young love.

Lessons for Sunday, February 9th
Isaiah 58:1-12
1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Matthew 5:13-20

THIS WEEK:

Wednesday   10:00 a Bible Study
                     7:00 - 8:30 p SOV Choir Rehearsal
                     
Thursday      6:30 p Men's Night @ Lil Cooperstown
                    7:00 p LLL

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

KOK Food Drive
SOV is invited to help KOK collect non-perishable food items during the month of February. You will find their collection bin in the Narthex near the stairwell.

Kitchen Shower
Once again the Fellowship committee will be collecting fellowship supplies to offset costs;
Your donations are greatly appreciated and can be brought to the church by Sunday, February 23rd. Items needed; toilet paper, paper towels, 13 gallon garbage bags w/handles, creamer, regular coffee, 10-12 oz insulated coffee cups,  Hot cocoa packets, sweeteners, frozen or powdered juices, etc

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Feb 9th Services Cancelled

Due to the current weather forecast the SOV Council has decided to cancel all Sunday services on Sunday February 9th for the safety of all our worshipers.

Stay home, stay warm, stay safe!