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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Pastor's Wednesday Message

from Pastor Brian

What a fabulous celebration we had for Pastor Randy last Sunday!  The church was packed.  People came from all over the area to support Pastor Randy.  Together, we made his last Sunday as SOV's pastor memorable.  I want to express gratitude and appreciation to all the SOV members who worked so hard to make this event go well.  Some folks arranged and re-arranged the space so we could worship and share lunch afterward.  Some provided and served food.  Thanks especially to the Youth Group for their help with desserts and cleanup!  Choir and band put together a wonderful program based on songs requested by Pastor Randy.  Some people cleaned up afterward and helped Oregon Evergreen Church set up its worship space.  Every aspect was much needed and much appreciated.  Well done, friends!  The love and high regard that SOV members have for Pastor Randy was on full display that day.  A gift of money has been collected as an expression of gratitude to Randy & Choice.  I don't know how much it will amount to, but I'm sure it will be very substantial.  Thank you for your generosity.  All in all, it was extraordinary.  Thank you and thanks be to God. 

Undergoing a pastoral transition like this is never easy.  It's been a stressful time.  Some of our key leaders could really use a breather.  We need a break from meeting extraordinary demands.  We'll have a meeting to approve the 2015 Budget this Sunday.  Once that's done, my hope is that we can settle into an ordinary routine and enjoy the regular rhythms of the church year.  Lent starts soon, with Ash Wednesday on February 18.  We have a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper the day before.  I hope you'll all be able to take part in these events.  They call us back to what's basic: the community of God's love we share with one another, and the call to renewal we have from God's Spirit.  We have the rest of this year to plan and carry out various tasks required during an interim period.  For now, let's just relax as best we can and enjoy the goodness of life God has given us in the present moment.

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Lessons for Sunday, February 1st
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study with Pastor Brian
                     7:00 - 8:00 p SOV Choir rehearsal
                     8:00 - 9:00 p SOV Band rehearsal

Thursday     12:00 p All Church Luncheon
                    1:00 p Prayer Shawl Ministry gathering

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

Saturday      10:00 - 11:30 a SOV Choir rehearsal
                    10:00 - 12:00 p KOK Open House

Kids of the Kingdom (KOK) Open House
Saturday, January 31
10:00 - 12:00 pm

Budget Meeting
Sunday, February 1
10:00 am

Scrip Sunday, February 1st
Please remember to link your Fred Meyers reward card. 13 families have linked them, earning SOV $56.00.

Ladies Dinner
Tuesday, February 3rd
6:00 pm
Thirsty Lion at Tanasbourne
Please RSVP to Deann or Tammy by Tuesday

Men's Night
Thursday, February 5th
6:30 pm
Cruise In Country Diner
(No RSVP needed)