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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wednesday Message

I'm back from a week of vacation.  I thank God for the time off.  What did I do?  Mostly, I stayed at home, rested and played.  Portland is lovely in the spring.  It was nice to kick back and enjoy it.  Once I slowed down, I realized how weary I'd become since my last vacation (early December).  Then I thought of all the seasons and changes at SOV during those five months.  Here's a short list:

· Christmas Holidays
· Pastor Randy's resignation & farewell
· Approving the 2015 Budget
· I shift roles to serving as Interim Pastor
· Lent, Holy Week & Easter
· Transition Task Force start-up, looking toward the Call Process for a new pastor 

That's a lot of change we've been through a lot together. No wonder I felt weary!  So, I'm grateful to you for giving your pastor time off to recuperate and get ready for the next steps on our journey.

Now we're ready to share another round of significant events.  The Day of Pentecost falls on May 24.  Not only is that Memorial Day weekend, it also brings the Rite of Confirmation for Julia Kotvis and Avery Marlia.  Avery is Pastor Randy's grand-daughter. Pastor Randy and I will join together to confirm Avery and Julia, just as we did last October to confirm six other SOV teens.  So, I hope you'll attend our single worship service that day (10:00 a.m.) to support Julia and Avery as they're confirmed in the Christian faith.

We'll also have a single service (10:00 a.m.) on the two Sundays following Pentecost Sunday.  On May 31, we'll have a special "History of SOV" Town Hall meeting after worship.  Sponsored by the Transition Task Force, this meeting will help us build community by sharing SOV's story.  Many folks who have come in recent years don't know about the amazing things that have brought SOV from its humble beginnings to the present day.  By strengthening our congregation's sense of shared history we begin preparing ourselves for the process of calling a new pastor.

The Sunday after that, June 7, we'll have a Congregational Meeting after the single service (10:00 a.m.).  At that meeting we'll elect Church Council members.  We'll also review proposed updates to SOV's Constitution and vote on those proposed changes.

So please put those three Sundays on your calendar.  Please don't take a vacation from church until you've taken part in these three important special events!

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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           10:00 a LLL

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

Saturday           10:00 - 11:30 a SOV Choir Rehearsal
                          2:00 p  Memorial Service for Rudy Wagenmann

Looking Ahead

Please Note: One service Sundays (next three Sundays)

May 24th  at 10:00 am  Pentecost Sunday, Rite of Confirmation  (Memorial Weekend)
May 31st  at 10:00 am  (Followed by TTF SOV Heritage Discussion)
June 7th  at 10:00 am (Followed by Annual Congregational Meeting

June 14th Annual Church Picnic and 25th Wedding Vow renewal 4:00 pm