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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Autumn has come and brought its signs of the season.  Waning daylight hours, the sun swinging across the sky at a daily descending angle, cooling temperatures, falling leaves.  And kids back in school.  At SOV, that means KIDS OF THE KINGDOM are back on campus.  And I'm glad to see them.

I meet the 4s and 5s every Wednesday morning for chapel.  They're awesomely cute and a great joy to work with.  At 9:45 their teachers, Miss Hannah and Miss Cheryl, bring the kids upstairs to the sanctuary.  They're learning to walk in line with one another (useful to prepare for adulthood, yes?) and to sit still, cross-legged, on the floor.  Criss-cross applesauce!  I practice this, too.

I start by welcoming them and reciting their names.  Practice makes perfect – they love being called by name!  Then Miss Hannah leads us in a couple songs.  I help but she's the one who really knows the songs and actions to go with the words.  "Waiting on the Lord" is a big favorite because we get to do actions while we're "Waiting" – jumping for the Lord (or is it on the Lord?), stomping for the Lord, etc.  The latest fashion is "spinning for the Lord."  It takes us to dizzying heights of religious ecstasy.

Then I give a short Bible message.  So far, we've gone through both creation stories from Genesis.  (Did you know there are two?  If not, dig out that heirloom Bible and read Genesis, chapters 1-2!)  This week, we'll talk about Abraham and Sarah.  They had a baby when Sarah was really old, because God promised it.  And God keeps promises.  So do we, if we're God's people.  It's a good thing to teach Kids of the Kingdom!

We close with a song and a prayer.  Then the kids practice walking in line back to class.  I go with them and we say goodbye at the top of the stairs, they to their classroom and I to mine. (Wednesday morning Bible study, 10:00 a.m.)  It's a lovely way to start my day.

Kids of the Kingdom (a.k.a. KOK) has been a partner in ministry with SOV for many years.  The teachers do a really fine job with the kids.  I rarely see such patience and love in a church.  This small but mighty school deserves our good will and support.  They could do with a few more students.  If you have neighbors or friends whose kids need a good place to start their education, please get them in touch with KOK.  They'll be glad they did, and the angels in heaven will rejoice.  What more could you ask for?

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Lessons for Sunday, October 11th
Second Sunday of Stewardship Month
Deuteronomy 8:11-18
2 Corinthians 9:6-12
Luke 24:36-53

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
                    6:30 p Men's Night at Lil' Cooperstown (new night)

Thursday     7:00 - 8:30 p SOV Choir rehearsal
                    7:00 p LLL

Friday          1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio
         
Saturday      10:00 - 11:30 a SOV Choir rehearsal

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 a worship services
                   10:00 a  Adult Sunday School Deb Mueller-Kruse will discuss the emerging reality of Global Climate Changes

Music Librarian wanted
Please see Jon for more information

KOK Christmas Greens Fundraiser
Its time to pre-order your Christmas Greens. Order forms are available at the usher station. Orders are due the first week of November and will be available for pick up on November 21st

October is Kitchen Shower Month
please help restock SOV's pantry with basic household items; paper towels, toilet paper, dish soap, coffee creamers, coffee, napkins, trash bags, ziploc bags, coffee cups