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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Confirmation!  It's happening this Sunday for Julia Kotvis and Avery Marlia.  This is a big day, the culmination of much good faith and hard work by these two young women.  I've worked with both of them in Confirmation Class.  Pastor Randy has, too.  We agree that these two children of SOV are getting grown up now and are ready to be Confirmed as adults in the Christian Faith.

Both these young women are special for many reasons.  So something special is going to happen as we confirm them.  Pastor Randy and I will co-lead the Rite of Confirmation.  Normally, when a pastor leaves office, that pastor does not take part in leading worship services thereafter, at least not soon.  However, as many of you know, Avery is Pastor Randy's grand-daughter.  When I began thinking about what this event would look like for Avery and Julia, I just couldn't see it happening without Pastor Randy taking part.

So I will lead some parts of the rite; Pastor Randy will lead others.  Since he is the pastor who had the largest part overall in their preparation to be confirmed, it seemed right that he should be the one to perform the words that officially confirm Avery and Julia in the Christian faith.  Pastor Randy also worked with them to prepare their personal statements of faith, so he will offer a brief introduction to those statements near the beginning of the rite.

This Sunday is also the Day of Pentecost, the festival when the church celebrates its birth in a burst of spiritual energy from God.  It is the festival of surprise, of new beginnings, of signs and wonders that open up a hopeful future for God's people.  So it's entirely fitting that we should be welcoming these two young women, with their emerging maturity and novel ideas, into the ranks of responsible adults at Shepherd of the Valley.  Well done, Avery and Julia.  We'll be there to support you on Sunday.  May God bless you both!

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Lessons for Sunday, May 24th
Acts 2:1-21
Romans 8:22-27
John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15

THIS WEEK

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

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

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

Sunday        Pentecost Sunday
                    Rite of Confirmation
                    10:00 a One Worship Service

Monday    Happy Memorial Day
               Offices Closed

Reminders

One service, May 31st at 10:00 am
followed by TTF Heritage Sunday

One Service, June 7th at 10:00 am
followed by SOV annual congregational meeting  

June 14th
Summer worship schedule begins
8:30 & 10:30 am

SOV Annual Picnic and Wedding Vow renewal of Les and Cyndi Peterson
4:00 pm
this is a catered picnic event, please sign up in the narthex or RSVP to Tammy so that appropriate food servings can be ordered.