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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Rally Sunday is coming up fast, September 13.  We're kicking off a new cycle of church life. The Spirit of change is in the air.  We will be registering Sunday School students.  We'll do a pancake breakfast between the two services.  (Remember we go back to our regular schedule — 8:30 & 11:00 services.)  Rachael Snow is the chair of Parish Education.  She's been working hard on organizing our educational programs, taking only a little time off to have a new baby — Cosima — who was introduced at the late service last Sunday.  Thank you to Rachael for all her hard work on Christian education at SOV.

Rally Sunday will also bring the last worship services for Jameson as our Director of Music.  Jameson has done some fine work leading SOV's choir and band.  Jameson will still be with us on September 20, when we'll be throwing a farewell party for him.  But he'll just be "sitting in" with the band that day, since Jon Quesenberry already will have taken on the office of the Interim Director of Music.  So please come on September 13 to worship and to show support for Jameson's ministry at SOV.  And don't forget the "Glorious!" concert on Saturday September 12 at SOV, 7:00 p.m.  It's a great opportunity to hear Jameson, the band, and the choir praise God to high heaven and all the Earth!

Speaking of Jameson's farewell party, there will be only one worship service on September 20, at 10:00 a.m.  It's good to have us all together that day so we can worship as one and then move directly into a meal and farewell celebration for Jameson and his spouse, Jenna.  It will be a special day and I hope you'll make a special effort to join the SOV community then.

Amid all these changes, God is still here.  God is faithful to us, faithful to holy promises of steadfast love, faithful to the mission Jesus proclaimed, to bring God's reign from heaven to earth to stay.  We can adapt to change because is God is faithful.  And that's a really good thing to rally 'round!

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Lessons for Sunday, September 13th
Proverbs 1:20-33
Psalm 19
Mark 8:27-38

THIS WEEK

Wednesday 10:00 a Bible Study with Pastor Brian
                   7:00 - 8:30 p SOV Choir rehearsal

Thursday    7:00 p LLL

Friday         1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio
                   6:00 - 8:00 p SOV Choir rehearsal

Saturday     10:00 - 11:30 a SOV Choir rehearsal
                   7:00 p  "GLORIOUS" concert

Sunday       Fall Worship Schedule begins
                   8:30 & 11:00 am

Transition Task Force — Revised Timeline
 by Pastor Brian


As I wrote in my newsletter article for September, the TTF has had to revise its timeline. Here's the latest version. God willing, it will all work out this way!

October 4    Town Hall meeting to talk about the skills, talents, character needed in the new pastor. By September 23, the congregation should have received information about these things from the TTF. Discussion from this Town Hall meeting will be taken into account as the TTF writes the Ministry Site Profile.

October 29  TTF presents first draft of the MSP to Council (special meeting) so Council can review and comment.

November 8  Town Hall meeting to present revised draft of MSP to congregation for review and comment.  TTF will again revise the MSP based on discussion at this Town Hall meeting.

November 19  TTF presents the second draft of the MSP to Council for approval. No further revision of MSP unless Council asks TTF to do so.

November 25  TTF electronically submits MSP to ELCA & Oregon Synod.

December 10  TTF meets with Pastor Susan Kintner, Assistant to Bishop of the Oregon Synod, to review MSP and get it approved.

December 13  Pastor Kintner preaches at SOV (both services) to ritually receive the MSP and to encourage SOV as it enters the second phase of transition — getting names of clergy  candidates, carrying out interviews, making decisions.

Please Note!
Sunday, September 20th
One Service at 10:00 am
followed by a celebration potluck (please bring a finger food and/or a salad to share)
We will be celebrating Jameson's service to SOV as Director of Music as well as welcoming Jon who will serve as interim Music Director.