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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pastors Wednesday Messages

from Pastor Brian

Last week Tuesday I awoke with a fever. Other unpleasant symptoms followed shortly. Over the next few days I said prayers of thanks to God that I feel good most of the time. My experience during that illness helped me to appreciate the well-being I almost take for granted most of the time.

Our bodies and minds are a holy miracle. As the Psalmist says, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Usually, we feel well. But even a small disturbance like a fever challenges everything we see and feel, and questions our easy assumption that tomorrow we'll be able to do pretty much all that we did today. God help us not to take for granted our ability to live, to feel, to act, or to love!

Even that little brush last week with the frailty of my mortal nature makes me look forward eagerly to the two guest speakers we have this month. On September 14, Dr. Diane Pierce is a clinical neuropsychologist who will tell us about some psychological ramifications of stroke. On September 21, Dr. Jamie Schmeer will talk with us about stroke risk factors and prevention. Both Dr. Pierce and Dr. Schmeer worked with Pastor Randy while he was at the Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon. Now, we have a chance to benefit from their wisdom. I hope you will come to listen attentively and prayerfully.

These things remind me of Luther's comments on the First Article of the Apostles' Creed, where we confess God as Creator:

"I believe that God has created me together with all that exists. God has given me and still preserves my body and soul; eyes, ears, and all limbs and senses; reason and all mental faculties."

May God continue to create us and sustain us in good health day by day so we can thank and praise God for the gift of living on this amazing planet.

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From Pastor Randy

"Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."      Philippians 4:8


Seems like simple enough territory, to focus on the good stuff around us. While I write about it a lot, I am still learning the lesson. Once again in the midst of struggles I turn to thanksgiving for the richness of this life. Thanks for worship time, the gifts of the music, our choir and band, for all the folks who read and usher. The time is astounding and lifts me week after week. Thanks for our newest members at SOV and all the talents they bring to our community of faith. Thanks for Pastor Brian being a Pastor to me. Thanks for the beauty of creation and the bit of it I look over in my back yard and the peace I find there and corn on the cob. Thanks for all the visits and support I have received from so many of you.

In the Peace and Power of the Creator,

Pastor Randy

Lessons for Sunday, September 14th
Exodus 14:19-31
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 18:21-35

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study

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

Friday            9:00 - 11:30 a KOK Preschool/Kindergarten
                       6:45 - 10:00 p Confirmation Retreat

Saturday       10:00 - 12:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

>Please note change of time
The 70th Anniversary Celebration for Neil and Dolores scheduled on Sunday, September 14th will be at 9:45 a following the 8:30 am service.

>Sunday school begins for all ages this Sunday, September 14 at 9:45 am.
Adult Class will feature a Guest Speaker. This will be a two part class on Stroke Awareness. Please plan to attend both Sundays, September 14 & 21st.

>Pastor Randy's 60th Birthday Party
Sunday, September 21st
Please RSVP to secretary Tammy or look for the sign up sheet in the fellowship area. We will be ordering Pizza and will need to have a head count to order appropriately.