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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Sunday was sunny, but it was one of those "when it rains, it pours" kind of days.  We already had the Heritage Discussion scheduled after worship (thanks to the Transition Task Force).  Thirty minutes before worship, I got a call from Corrine Gilbertson telling me her beloved husband, Larry, had died at 9:00 that morning.  She told me an amazing story about his passing, which I shared when worship started.  We'll tell it again, and tell it better, when we celebrate his life on Friday June 12, 2:00 p.m., at St. Andrew Lutheran Church (Butner Road, Beaverton).  So we began worship with tears, prayers, and the 23rd Psalm.  And still, it was a day our God had made for us to give thanks for the gift of life.

After worship, we had the Heritage Discussion.  It was well attended.  I reckon maybe 50 people stayed to speak and listen.  Many good stories were shared.  I read one by Corrine (who stayed home with family) about the founding of SOV.  Mert Warneking told several stories by video and in person about the early days of SOV and about the refugee resettlement program she ran here.  Many others contributed memories and reflections about how SOV grew, weathered crises, and rebounded.  The whole discussion was a moving testimony to the faith and resolve of God's people here.

I thank the storytellers, and I thank you, the people of SOV, for these stories.  I learned a lot.  The Transition Task Force will debrief the Heritage Discussion on Thursday.  We'll ask ourselves what we learned and how we can use it to help SOV find a new pastor.  One of the things I learned was that there's still grief work to do around Pastor Kurt Rizer's sudden death in 2007.  At one point I asked if we were over that traumatic event.  I was surprised at how many shook their heads "no."  If Pastor Kurt's death still hurts, then we take that into account so we can look for a pastor who can help us bring it to God for healing.

After the Heritage Discussion was over, I went to the Gilbertson's house.  The family was gathered.  We told stories.  We cried and prayed and blessed Larry on his way.  He had a good dying, surrounded by family who loved and treasured him.  When we hold Larry's memorial service, we'll make it plain that his church family treasured him, too.  Larry and Corrine's love created not only their own family, but also helped to create this larger family at SOV.  I trust you'll find a way to express your care for Corrine and her kin in these days to come.  Such steadfast love is our greatest heritage from God.  May we share it now with the Gilbertson family and with many others in their hour of need.

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Lessons for Sunday, June 7, 2015
1 Samuel 8:4-22
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Mark 3:19b-35

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   10:00 pm   Bible Study

Thursday       6:30 pm  Men's Night at Country Cruise In Diner

Sunday          10:00 am One Service followed by Annual Congregational Meeting
Please bring a potluck finger food to share ie; sandwiches, cheese, crackers, meats, veggie sticks etc. (cookies and dessert are provided)

Reminder
Sunday, June 14th
Summer worship services begin
8:30 & 10:30 am
Annual Picnic and 25th Wedding Vow Renewal (Les and Cyndi Peterson)
4:00 pm
Please RSVP by email or sign up on the sign up sheet in the Narthex,this is a catered event.

June Newsletter is now available on line http://www.sovlutheran.com/news/pdf/june2015.pdf