Happening Now Blog

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pastor's Wednesday Message

from Pastor Brian

Last Saturday the leaders of your favorite church — SOV — held a retreat: "Celebrating Our Gifts."  We met morning and afternoon.  It was time well spent.  We did things church leadership groups need to do once in a while if the congregation is to serve God well.  We heard and pondered God's word.  I felt fortunate to lead a couple study sessions on one of my favorite books of the Bible, Ephesians.  (Warning: don't ask me why I like Ephesians… you're likely to be talking with me all day long!)  We also listened to one of our elders impart wisdom harvested from many seasons of Christian service.  How fortunate we are to have wise elders willing to share!

Then we talked at length about the work of this congregation.  We spoke honestly and listened respectfully to tales of the shared joys and frustrations we experience working together in this beautiful but flawed institution we call the Church of Jesus Christ.  Important truths were told.  Some tears were shed.  Forgiveness was requested and bestowed.  Hope and resolve were kindled.  When leaders embrace these core church practices, then energy, healing, and vision needed for church work flow abundantly from the Holy Spirit.  That was happening for us last Saturday.  God saw all this and said, "behold, it is very good."

Later we reviewed the Report of the Strategic Task Force and grounded ourselves again in the mission and vision of SOV.  We remembered our covenant to "Reach Up, Reach Out, Reach In."  We also talked about governance structure and discussed a forthcoming policy to guide the use of Social Media at SOV.  Last but not least, we pasted twelve big sheets of paper on the wall and sketched out a calendar of church events for 2015.  That will help our ministry teams not to double-book the congregation as we carry out God's work in this community.

I am grateful for the good work our Council and other leaders did at this retreat.  I am proud of them for investing themselves in their leadership tasks with energy and integrity as they respond faithfully to God's call.  I consider myself fortunate to have such fine partners in the gospel.  I hope you do, too.

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(No message from Pastor Randy this week as he and Choice have finally had the opportunity to get away....at the beach!)

Lessons for Sunday, October 19th
Exodus 33:12-23
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Matthew 22:15-22

THIS WEEK

Wednesday     10:00 a Bible Study w/Pastor Brian
                        6:00 - 7:30 Parent/Child workshop "Controlling the Tantrum"

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

Friday             1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio
                       6:45 - 10:00 p  Confirmation Class for 7 & 8th grade continuing students

Saturday        11:00 - 4:00 p Church reserved for private event

>Sunday is Scrip Order Sunday, last chance to buy a Columbia Sportswear gift card and receive passes to the company store. SOV is now linked to your Fred Meyer rewards card and information will be available to register your card to SOV while still earning YOUR own rewards.

>Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 2nd; Give Thanks/Oktoberfest Dinner @ 5:00 pm
RSVP is required for this event as homemade sausage is being made and to ensure that there is enough we kindly ask that you let us know how many will be attending (either by email or sign up sheet in the fellowship area)

>October 26th Kitchen Shower Sunday
items requested;
liquid coffee creamers
regular ground coffee
home baked goods, packaged goods; cookies, bagels, muffins, coffee cake, crackers
cheeses; cream cheese, sliced, cube, brick
sliced meats
canned or bottled juices.
items can be brought anytime to the church.