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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pastor's Wednesday Message

from Pastor Brian

Next Sunday's a big day.  We'll gather to mark the culmination of Pastor Randy's ministry at SOV.  It will be a time both of celebration and of lament.  We'll celebrate all the good Pastor Randy has done at SOV.  We'll celebrate the joy of our time in community with him.  We'll thank God in appreciation for all the gifts and virtues that Pastor Randy brought to this congregation.  And we will lament that his work with SOV came to an end so soon, and under such difficult circumstances. 

I've heard many people express gratitude for Pastor Randy.  Everyone wishes him well, good health and good fortune.  I've also heard many people say: we hope Randy will continue to be part of our community.  I share those feelings.  I hope we will see Randy and Choice and their family at worship and other SOV community events.  They are part of the SOV family.  It would feel right and good for Randy and Choice to continue as active members of this congregation.

After the single worship service starting at 10:00 a.m., we'll have a community luncheon.  Please come and bring a dish to share — side dish or salad.  Also, if you're so inclined, please bring a gift of money designated for Pastor Randy.  Generosity is a godly practice.  This luncheon will be a time to share your words of support with Randy and Choice, as well as a time to share food and fellowship, laughter and tears.  I'll be there — I hope you will be, too.

As we look forward to Sunday, I ask you to keep Pastor Randy and Choice in your prayers.  I trust that this community will keep on finding ways to offer support and encouragement to them as 2015 unfolds.  Our gathering next Sunday will be an important time for all of us.  May God bless our words with love and our deeds with grace as we gather to worship, to give thanks, to begin anew.

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Lessons for Sunday, January 29th
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm 62:5-12
Mark 1:14-20

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   10:00 am Bible Study
                      6:00 pm Worship Meeting
                      7:00 pm  SOV Choir Rehearsal
                      8:00 pm SOV Band Rehearsal

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

Saturday        10:00 am  SOV Choir Rehearsal

Sunday          One Service at 10:00 am
                      Celebration of service honoring Pastor Randy

                     * nursery care will be available for kindergarten age and younger, please drop off and pick up your child from downstairs.