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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

I'm on vacation this week so I won't see you next Sunday, January 1.  Pastor Ray Venghaus will be preaching and leading worship instead.  Pastor Ray has been at Shepherd a number of times before so the service should go smoothly.

If you have an urgent need for pastoral care this week, please contact me.  I'm staying at home so will be available if needed.  You can email me at my usual address, or call me at the numbers listed in the bulletin.  Home phone is usually best if you want a quick response.

May you and your loved ones have a happy and safe New Year's Day celebration!

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Lessons for Sunday, January 1, 2017
Isaiah 63:7-9
Psalm 148
Hebrew 2:10-18
Matthew 2:13-23

THIS WEEK

Wednesday    No Bible Study

Sunday         10:00 am Worship

*One service this Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 10:00 am

Looking ahead

Ladies Dinner
January 3
6:00 pm
Bugatti's at Tanasbourne
Please RSVP to Tammy

Men's Night
January 5
6:00 pm
Lil' Cooperstown

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Sometimes I'm not that excited about Christmas but this year I am.  Not sure why.  Frankly, I don't care.  These things can be over-analyzed!  It's enough just to feel happy and grateful — then we can look for reasons why.  But somehow I can't stop wondering.  Maybe this year I'm taking the message of Christmas more seriously.  The Word of God made human, God with us.  Giftedness.  Because God was born human as baby Jesus, humans are gifted.  Jesus had a body, mind, spirit like ours.  So all our bodies, our minds, our spirits are chosen, blessed, special.  That's the gospel truth.  Jesus' birth makes us able to receive God.  And we do.  God deep in our flesh and bones.  God among our feelings and thoughts.  God in our dreams.  Radiation treatment, it is said, changes our cells, our chromosomes.  The radiance of God's glory in Jesus irradiates us.  Deep down.  We are changed "from one degree of glory into another." (2Cor. 3:18).  We put up lots of lights at Christmas to express that deeper light we feel in our spirits as gift by Jesus' birth.  Is it crazy to feel happy as I meditate on these things?  Well, then, call me crazy.  But at least I'm happy and grateful to God for Christmas.  I hope you can feel happy and grateful, too, for all God's gifts to you.

Practical Christmas info: Christmas Eve, Saturday December 24, two services, 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.  Christmas Morning, Sunday December 25, one service at 10:00 a.m.  Come ye, O come ye, to SOV!

Merry Christmas!

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THIS WEEK

Wednesday     No Bible Study

Saturday        Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
                       4:00 pm and 6:00 pm

Sunday          10:00 am Christmas Day Service

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

I love watching British murder mysteries.  I've seen every episode of "Inspector Morse" and its descendants ("Inspector Lewis," "Endeavor").  "Vera" and "George Gently" are also favorites.  I've read far fewer detective novels by English authors.  But some time ago I read a book by P.D. James, author of the Inspector Dalgliesh mysteries.  It's called The Children of Men, and I think of it every year late in the season of Advent.

The book is a spiritual meditation in the form of a murder mystery; the title comes from Ps. 90:3 in the King James Version, where the Psalmist, addressing God, says:

"Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men."

The plot turns around one stunning development: in 1995 human reproduction ceased.  No women get pregnant.  No more babies are born.  By 2021, the "Omega generation" had begun to reach maturity.  Despair prevails.  No babies, no future for the human race.  People turn to weird religious cults or waste their lives in dissolute living and drug-induced numbness.  They check out of life in a variety of ways.  Where is meaning and hope when likely extinction stares you in the face?

But then, among a small bunch of rag-tag revolutionaries who oppose Britain's fascist government, a woman becomes pregnant.  The father's identity is unclear — no likely suspects are known.  Government intelligence agencies discover she's with child.  State security forces begin the hunt.  Can this small group of revolutionaries find her a refuge where the baby will be born free to inspire hope? Or will the police capture her so the government can use the baby for propaganda purposes?

I won't tell you how it turns out — you'll have to read and discover the truth for yourself.

But this story shows me what is at stake in the birth of the Christ child.  The babe of Bethlehem is not sentimental kitsch.  The birth of Jesus is a world-shaking, history-making blessed event.  Now is the time to turn your attention to the Christmas story and think on what it means for days yet to come.

Psalm 90:11-17 (KJV)
11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.
12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
13 Return, O Lord, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.
14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.
16 Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.
17 And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

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Lessons for Sunday, December 18, 2016

Isaiah 7:10-16
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-25

THIS WEEK


Thursday    10:00 am LLL
                   12:00 pm All Church Luncheon

Friday        9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK preschool
                  7:00 - 9:00 pm Private Event

Saturday   9:30 & 11:30 am SOV Choir rehearsal

Sunday      8:30 & 11:00 am Worship Service

Join us for caroling
Sunday, December 18th, meeting at SOV at 5:15 pm
Followed by a chili potluck supper

Christmas Eve Candle light Services
4:00 pm & 6:00 pm

Christmas Day Service
Service of Lessons and Carols
December 25
10:00 am

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

CANCELLED: Wednesday evening Advent soup supper and devotion for December 14

NO Advent soup supper and devotion for Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

Due to the definite chance of snow forecast for this afternoon the Wednesday evening Advent soup supper and devotion gathering will be cancelled.

Be safe and stay warm~

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

What would Christmas be without a Children's Christmas Program at church?  Well, we won't have to find out this year, thanks be to God and to the Parish Education team.  The kids will put on a skit with songs and other surprises during the late worship service.  If you don't already know the Gospel of Jesus Christ, come to the late service on December 11.  You'll surely hear it from our children!

Also: we are just beginning to realize that some really bad and traumatic things happen to men — just as they do to women.  Our awareness of traumatic brain injuries (car crashes, explosions, football, stroke) is beginning to open up a deeper understanding of trauma in the lives of men, and what it takes to help men heal.  So, for Adult Education on December 11, Mr. Matt Burton will talk about his non-profit organization, Helping Men Heal.  HMH is dedicated to helping men from all backgrounds and beliefs heal from trauma and loss.  By supporting research, training, prevention, and early intervention, HMH helps men break the cycle of trauma and loss so they can rebuild lives.  Mr. Burton has a great personal story to share about how he came to this work.  And of course there are opportunities to partner with HMH if the Spirit moves you.  This is really worth hearing.  I hope that lots of you will attend the Adult Education session this Sunday to look more deeply into this issue.

Finally: today is the 75th anniversary of the attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.  We still remember.  And we still thank God for the courage of so many who gave their lives during that awful global conflict.  But we also thank God that the Japanese and Americans are now friends, mostly, and friendly competitors on the world stage.  Paraphrasing the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward peace on earth."  Read Luke 2:13-14.  And pray that peace comes as quickly as Christmas.

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Lessons for Sunday, December 11, 2016
Isaiah 35:1-10
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK preschool/chapel
                   10:00 am Bible Study
                    5:30 pm  Advent Soup Supper
                    6:00 - 7:00 pm Advent Devotion

Thursday     9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK preschool
                    6:00 pm Men's Night
                    7:00 pm  LLL

Friday          9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK preschool

Saturday      9:20 - 11:30 am SOV choir rehearsal
                    5:00 - 8:00 pm Private event

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 am Worship
                   11:00 am  Childrens Christmas Program
                    9:45 am Sunday School for all ages
                    1:00 pm Confirmation Class
                    1:30 pm OEC

Wednesday's in Advent

5:30 pm Soup/bread supper
6:00 pm Advent Devotion

Children's Christmas Program
Sunday at 11:00 am

All Church Christmas Luncheon
Thursday, December 15th at 12:00 pm
All are invited to attend

Christmas Caroling
Sunday, December 18th
Meet at SOV at 5:15 (to carpool to local retirement facilities) followed by Chili supper at SOV
All are welcome!

December Newsletter
https://www.sovlutheran.com/news/pdf/december2016.pdf

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Returning from a restful vacation, I'm glad to be back at SOV and ready to head toward Christmas.  We've got three things coming up this week that I feel excited about so I want to bring them to your attention.

Tonight: the first of our Wednesday evening Advent soup supper gatherings.  On Monday, I sent out a reflection piece by Henri Nouwen that we'll discuss after supper.  These enjoyable Wednesday evening gatherings build church community.  Please come and savor the good food and good company.  Nouwen's piece is about waiting — a key theme of Advent.  I can hardly wait to begin the discussion!

Sunday: the baptism of Kinsley Kay, daughter of Solveig and grand-child of Linda and Dave, folks well-known to the SOV community.  Holy Baptism is a blessing and a welcome into the embrace of God's people.  We thank God for Kinsley and her family.  Please come to take part in the rite at the late service.  When you welcome Kinsley to SOV, you express God's welcome to her.  Here's a lovely and wholesome way to play God and determine someone's ultimate destiny!

Also Sunday: for Adult Education Mr. Joey Jenkins will speak about his organization, Ncompass, which helps at-risk children in Haiti.  Ncompass works with many partners to support the Maranatha House Orphanage.  It also works to offer mentoring and transitional services so kids can grow up into well functioning adults.  Joey has a compelling personal story to tell of how and why Ncompass was formed.  If his story of Ncompass touches your heart, you'll also want to learn about ways to support its work through prayer, volunteering, or financial donations.

We gather as God's people to thank God and to help each other do good things.  And these are good things.  Thanks be to God that we've been given the opportunity to receive such blessings.

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Lessons for Sunday, December 4th
Isaiah 11:1-10
Romans 15:4-13
Matthew 3:1-12

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool/chapel
                    10:00 a Bible Study
                    5:30 p Advent Soup/bread supper
                    6:00 - 7:00 p Advent Devotion

Thursday    9:00 - 1:00 p KOK preschool

Friday        9:00 - 12:00 p KOK preschool

Saturday    9:30 - 11:30 a SOV Choir rehearsal

Sunday       8:30 & 11:00 am worship services Second Sunday of Advent
                   1:00 p Confirmation Class
                   1:30 p OEC

KOK Preschool Playground and SOV Youth Group Fundraiser at Chevys Fresh Mex
Today, November 30th
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Flyer must be present with payment: https://www.sovlutheran.com/kok/files/chevys2016.pdf

Reminder:
Toy Angel gift donations are due THIS SUNDAY the 4th! Many thanks from Social Concerns and Youth Group!

Scrip Order Sunday

December 4th
Gift cards make great stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, co worker appreciation gifts, and use them to buy your holiday food items or gifts. Columbia Sportswear Employee Passes will now come with every $50 scrip card purchased. Good for up to 5 people to get in to the store, AND can be used to purchase items online at the employee prices. Good for other Columbia brands as well: Sorel, Mountain Hardwear, Prana and Montrail. Passes are good thru January 16th, 2017 and make a great addition to the Columbia cards as a gift.

Ladies Annual Christmas Dinner
Tuesday,  December 6th
5:00 pm** (note the earlier time)
Old Spaghetti Factory/Tanasbourne
Please RSVP to Tammy

It's that time of year again!  SOV Christmas Caroling Party!
We will be meeting at the church on Sunday evening, December 18, at 5:15 PM.  Our caroling party is for all ages and everyone's invited to wear their Christmas sweaters, Santa hats, jingle bells, antlers or elf hats. We will carpool to several retirement homes and return to the church for chili, cornbread and hot cider. Song sheets will be provided! All we need is you! Feel free to contact Diane Lewis or Corrine Gilbertson.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

I'm on vacation this week so I won't see you next Sunday, November 27.  Pastor Chuck Hunt will be preaching and leading worship instead.  People I trust tell me he's a good preacher; he says he's a story teller.  So please listen to his stories and let me know if you like them.

If you have an urgent need for pastoral care this week, please contact me.  I'm staying at home so will be available if needed.  You can email me at my usual address, or call me at the numbers listed in the bulletin.  Home number is usually best.

May you and your loved ones have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day celebration!

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Lessons for November 27th, First Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 2:1-5
Second Lesson Romans 13:11-14
Gospel Matthew 24:36-44

THIS WEEK

Wednesday    No Bible Study

Thursday      Happy Thanksgiving
                     offices are closed

Friday          Offices closed

Saturday     9:30 - 11:30 a SOV Choir rehearsal

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 a Worship Services
                   No Sunday School
                   No Confirmation Class

Looking for a fresh Christmas Tree?
Take a visit to the Zetterberg Tree Farm

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church Christmas Tree Fundraiser
What: Uncultured Noble Fir (All Sizes!)
Price: Free Will Offering ( All Proceeds to Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church )
How: U-Pick, U-Cut ( A hand saw can be provided or bring your own chain saw! )
Where: LaZe Acres Farm 25180 S.W. Labrousse Road Sherwood, Oregon 97410
Directions: Head South on Highway 99 West from Sherwood toward Newberg. Turn Left to Brookman Road. Stay on Brookman Road until the Stop sign at Middleton Road then turn Right. Take the next Left at Labrousse Road and keep going until you cross the bridge at the bottom of the hill. Turn in at the 2nd driveway on your Left and Park in the turnaround by the Big Red Barn!
Who to contact before coming:
Craig Zetterberg (503-936-4448) or Julie Zetterberg (503-936-4582)

KOK and SOV Youth Group Fundraiser Night
Wednesday, November 30th
Chevys Fresh Mex
1951 NW 185th Ave
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
You must present flyer: http://sovlutheran.com/kok/files/chevys2016.pdf

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Support KOK and the SOV playground!

Mark your calendars and print the required flyer (PDF)!

Chevys Fresh Mex
185th & Cornell Rd

11:00am - 10:00pm
Wednesday, November 30

SOV/KOK will receive 20% of total food sales when the flyer is presented this day.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Last Sunday Bill Russell of the Union Gospel Mission gave us a great presentation at Adult Ed.  He spoke about the crisis of homelessness in the greater Portland area and shared some engaging stories about the excellent work UGM does in helping people turn their lives around after they've just about hit bottom.  Folks who attended (30 or so) were totally engaged listening to Bill's message.

Afterwards, some of them came to me and said, "There's a lot of energy around this today.  Can we gather a group to talk about organizing support for UGM's work at Shepherd?"  Yes, we can.

So I'm announcing here that we'll have a forum next Sunday between services to talk about UGM.  We'll discuss Bill's message, hear what folks have to say about UGM's work, and brainstorm about how Shepherd might assist UGM.  UGM serves the homeless, hungry, and hurting in Portland, Beaverton, and Tigard.  It's worthy of support.  We just have to decide how we want to proceed, and then do it.

We'll start at 10:00 and wrap up at 10:45 a.m.  Jesus will be there; you might get a chance to talk with him if you come and join the discussion.

Finally, please look for a second email today from SOV.  I've asked Tammy, our Church Secretary, to forward you a message of "Post-Election Affirmations" from Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke of the Oregon Synod.  It's a reminder of who we are as God's people and Lutheran Christians in America.  Please read the Bishop's letter and then give some prayerful thought to his encouraging message.

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Lessons for Sunday, November 20, 2016
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 1:68-79

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK preschool/chapel
                    10:00 am Bible Study

Thursday    9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool
                   10:00 am LLL
                   7:00 pm Council Meeting

Friday        9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK preschool
                   6:00 - 10:00 pm Thanksgiving  food basket preparation

Saturday   8:00 - 12:00 pm Thanksgiving  food basket preparation

Sunday       8:30 & 11:00 am Worship services, Christ the King Sunday
                  KOK Christmas Greens pick up between worship services.


Just a reminder; if you ordered Christmas Greens through KOK, pick up is Sunday, November 20th. If you did not order, and would like to purchase a wreath or swag Wendy has some extra items for sale.

Thanksgiving Food Basket preparations, this Friday and Saturday
Friday       6 pm - 10 pm
Saturday  8 am - 12 pm
For more information contact Tom or Lisa or anyone from the social concerns committee.

Post Election Affirmations

Dear Members & Friends of SOV,

I'm writing to commend the letter you'll find below from Pastor Dave Brauer-Rieke, the Bishop of the Oregon Synod.  These "Post-Election Affirmations" are an important reminder of what it means for us to be God's people as Lutheran Christians in America today.  Many people have felt scared and uncertain in the wake of the recent election.  Bishop Dave's letter encourages us to take heart in the Gospel and take care of one another as we wait to see what God has in store for us and for our nation.  I ask you to read the Bishop's letter and give it some thought.  If you want to talk with me about any of the affirmations Bishop Dave provides, I'm happy to explore those matters at your request.

God bless us and keep us all,

Pastor Brian

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November 12, 2016

Dear Oregon Synod Friends in Faith,

President Obama, President Elect Trump, and former Democratic Nominee for the presidency Secretary Clinton have all recognized the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. They have all pledged their full cooperation to a smooth and cooperative transition of power. This is the American way.  At the same time, the citizenry of this country is playing out significant fear, hurt and uncertainty about what our future holds. I write as your bishop consciously into this context. These realities help us clarify our calling.

We are blessed to live in a country with a constitution that respects and affirms the importance of religious freedoms and diverse voices. This includes all religious practice consistent with the laws of our nation – not just Christian. We in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America joyfully and thankfully claim our traditionWe also accept our role as a moral and value based voice for society. In the days to come, as in the past, we must continue to insist  that those who approach God differently be honored and protected. Thank you to all who have been encouraging and practicing inter-faith cooperation and respect. These relationships will continue to be of importance in the days to come.

I am thankful for our long, Lutheran, history with Lutheran Community Service Agencies, especially the work of Lutheran Immigration and Refugees Services. We are honored, able and equipped to help welcome and resettle people from around the world displaced by war, poverty or persecution. This work must and will continue, and you can give thanks that our church has a vital and central role is such ministries.

While I mean to reference may peoples and circumstances with these words, I also want to mention by name our Muslim brothers and sisters and Syrian Refugees. For some time now both have been becoming the focus of increasing violence and persecution. Our clear call in Christ is to stand with and around such people in times like these.

Many African American sisters and brothers;  gay, lesbian and transgendered friends; our Latino neighbors; and even many women simply by virtue of their gender, are feeling unsafe, insecure and at risk in these post-election days. I pray their fears will pass and security and respect will prevail, but for now I ask your prayers for many who fear for their children, their families, their livelihoods and their physical safety. Whether you or I see or understand their fears in not the issue. Love, safety and service to our neighbor is.

Last Spring we in the Oregon Synod declared ourselves to be a Sanctuary Synod. We did this as misunderstanding and persecution of our Latino neighbors was ramping up under the Obama Administration. It seems possible that unrest and deportations will intensify with a Trump Administration. You have heard a call. Now is the right time to embrace it. The ELCA has resources with which you might education yourselves and become a "Welcoming Congregation." Becoming a sanctuary congregation would be a deeper commitment yet. I will see that there are resources available for you on the synod website in the coming weeks and I encourage your collaboration and cooperation in this work.

The ELCA is currently in the process of delving deeply into the issues of Justice for Women. Now would be an opportune time to engage this question. Extending such a conversation with those in the the broader community around you would undoubtedly be most welcome in these days. Your church has resources to help you do precisely that.

I could write more here, but this is enough for now. We will continue to be in conversation as need and opportunity arises. However, in these days I give thanks, and want to remind you, who we are as Lutheran Christians:

•    We are, and always have been, committed to the care and safety of refugees and 'aliens' brought to us by God for food, shelter and a home. We will continue in this ministry.
•    We are, and always have been, committed to honoring people of all races, gender orientations, faiths and circumstances. We will continue to surround and stand with any who suffer persecution or abuse.
•    To my sisters in the faith, to those who mother; answer the call to ordained or consecrated ministry; teach; lead; administer; heal; imagine and agitate I say "Thank you!" You are due deep honor and respect
•    To younger leaders who live your faith; forgive and honor your elders; bravely engage the new and believe so intensely; I also say "Thank you!" We all need your insight and confidence even as you welcome and engage the traditions passed on to you.
•    As a church we have clear articulations about what it means to live and work in the public realmcare for God's creationshape a just economy; and live together with civility and care. Our country and our world is always in need of such leadership and articulations. We will continue to be bold in our proclamation and service!

I encourage you to study together, pray together, worship as one and 'gird your loins' for action as the Spirit directs. I thank  Jesus it is well with our soul, but recognize that it is not always well with our world. What a blessing to be called and equipped for days like these.

With you in ministry,

Bp. Dave Brauer-Rieke
Oregon Synod – ELCA

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Thanksgiving Day comes later this month.  Usually we don't think about fasting until the day after eating the turkey & fixings & pie but here's a word from Isaiah the Prophet to help us get ready to fast after we feast:

"Is this not the fast I choose (says God)?  To share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house…. If you offer your food to the hungry, and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness…."  (Isa. 58:6-7, 10)

Now, such things are easier said than done.  Especially when the Ducks or Beavers game is on TV.  We need encouragement and a little help from our friends if we want to do the sort of fasting and sharing Isaiah tells us God has in mind.

Fortunately, we can get some help this Sunday from our friend Bill Russell, Executive Director of the Union Gospel Mission.  UGM has been helping the homeless, hungry, and hurting on the streets of Portland since 1927, and in recent years has expanded its work to Beaverton and Tigard.  Bill will do a presentation at the Adult Education session (NOTE start time 9:45 a.m.).  He's got some great stories to tell about UGM's work.  He will also discuss the crisis of homelessness in the metro area — a topic much in the news lately and on the minds of many civic leaders in the greater Portland area.

Thanksgiving is sweeter when we realize just how much we have to give thanks for.  I suspect Bill's talk will help us give heartfelt thanks to God.  Not just for how much we have, but for how much we have to share.  Come and listen if you can.

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Lessons for November 13,2016
Isaiah 65:17-25
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Luke 21:5-19

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 p KOK preschool/chapel
                    10:00 a Bible Study

Thursday     9:00 - 1:00 p KOK preschool
                    7:00 p  LLL

Friday        Happy Veterans Day
            1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Study

Saturday   9:30 - 11:30 a SOV Choir rehearsal

Sunday     8:30 & 11:00 a worship services
                 9:45 a Sunday school for all ages
                1:00 p Confirmation Class
                1:30 p OEC
         
Join us for Adult Education this Sunday: Bill Russell, Executive Director of Union Gospel Mission, will be the presenter today.  UGM ministers to the homeless and the hurting in Portland, Beaverton, and Tigard.  Bill's topic will be the crisis of homelessness in the metro area.  Please come and learn about the fine work UGM is doing.

November newsletter is available on line and in hard copy located in the Narthex
http://www.sovlutheran.com/news/pdf/november2016.pdf

Looking ahead;
KOK Christmas greens pick up is November 20, 21, 22

Next Scrip Order
December 4th

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Now that Halloween hoopla is over we can celebrate All Saints.  November 1 is the traditional date but we'll remember our loved ones this Sunday, November 6.  This holy day, however, is not simply to honor dear ones who've recently died.  All Saints is also the day when we remember and give thanks for all those, living and dead, who have been saints for us, who have guided our steps on God's way.  Maybe they are the great saints commemorated by the global Church.  Maybe they are saints known only to you.  All saints, great or humble, living or dead, deserve remembrance and gratitude.  Once again we'll be able to light candles in thanksgiving for the saints.  The lovely wooden sandbox made specially for this purpose will stand near the baptismal font. After we take communion, we can pause to place a candle honoring those saints whose memory is so dear to us.  Their lights still shine in the presence of God so it is fitting that we should kindle a flame to remember them in worship, too.

This Sunday we'll also convene a congregational meeting between the two worship services to discuss the Communication Covenant. The purpose of the Covenant is to guide our steps on God's way.  We honor saints by lighting candles in worship but we also honor saints with our words every day.  This Covenant contains a set of guidelines developed over three weeks as the Healthy Communication Ad Hoc Committee carried out Adult Education sessions on this topic.  At the session on October 23 good feedback was given that helped HCAC members revise these guidelines.  Put into practice, they will help us speak well and truly of all the saints who carry out God's work through Shepherd of the Valley.

I encourage you to come to church next Sunday, both for worship and for the congregational meeting.  Each offers us a way to honor the saints we hold dear.  Each offers guidance as we walk on God's way of holy living with the other members of the Communion of Saints who are always present to us in the eternal love of God.

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THIS WEEK

Thursday      9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool
                    6:00 p Men's Night at Reedville Cafe

Friday          9:00 - 12:00 p KOK Preschool
                    1:00 - 9:00 - Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday     9:30 - 11:30 a SOV Choir rehearsal
                    Daylight Savings Time  (turn your clocks back one hour)

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 a Worship Services
                    9:45 am Sunday School
                    Scrip Sunday

Congregational Vote this Sunday (10:00 a between services)
HCAC Communication Covenant
Please plan to attend

Scrip Order Sunday, November 6th
New to the order form is a prepaid Visa (no activation fee) and See's Christmas candy promotion.

Thank you to everyone at SOV who made possible the memorial for Dean. Thank you for your gifts of love, food, prayers, cards, and expressions of comfort. Thank you for contributing to Dean's memorial fund. I would especially like to thank everyone who helped set up, plan, usher, and participate in the event that made it special for me and our relatives. Love, Deb Mueller-Kruse

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

We had a great conversation last Sunday at the forum about Guidelines for Healthy Communication.  Close to 30 people attended.  Conversation was lively and focused.  Some really good comments were offered that will lead to revisions in the draft Guidelines shared with my Wednesday Message last week.  A revised draft be sent to you before the congregational meeting on November 6.  I'm delighted with the good conversation and good will we've had during this process.  I agree with the Council's message: I feel excited about this work.  I know from experience with similar processes in other congregations that this will make a big positive difference in our life together at SOV and in the personal lives of its members.  Please come to the congregational meeting between services on November 6.  And in the meantime, congratulations on the good work already done.

Now, a couple notes about events this week.  First, remember that we're celebrating the 97th birthday of Beth (whom I know to be the wisest of all people at SOV) this week at our final Thursday luncheon.  We start at noon.  Please come if you can.

Finally, since I'm now working on a three-quarter time basis at SOV, I have this weekend off.  Pastor Linda Easterling will be filling in.  She was also at SOV on September 25; her ministry was well-received.  Please come to worship at SOV this Sunday in confidence that God's word will be preached well, the sacraments rightly administered, and God truly worshipped.  Plus, it's Reformation Sunday so this is your once-a-year chance to sing "A Mighty Fortress."  Don't miss it!

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Lessons for Reformation Sunday
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Romans 3:19-28
John 8:31-36

THIS WEEK

Wednesday    9:00 - 1:00 p KOK preschool/chapel
                     10:00 a Bible Study

Thursday      9:00 - 1:00 p KOK preschool
                     12:00 p All Church Luncheon/97th  Birthday Celebration for Beth K

Friday          9:00 - 12:00 p KOK preschool
                    1:00 p Palmeter Piano Lesson

Saturday      9:30-11:30 a SOV choir rehearsal

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 a worship services
                   1:00 p Confirmation class

Next week

Tuesday, November 1
6:00 pm
Ladies Dinner
Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant

Thursday, November 3
6:00 pm
Men's Night
Reedville Cafe

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Last Thursday I got together with a bunch of other Interim Pastors.  We meet every other month for check-in and mutual support.  When my turn came I told them about the four-Sunday process we're doing to improve healthy communications skills at SOV.  They were impressed.  Rightly so.  Every congregation has some degree of conflict.  Every church experiences challenges to living well with one another.  The only question is what they choose do to about these things.  Mostly, they choose to ignore the issues.  Then their congregation's quality of life suffers.  It's the rare congregation that chooses to deal constructively with these challenges.  SOV is that rare congregation.  It's a sign of strength and resilience that SOV members are learning communication skills and transforming the way they speak with each other.  These benefits spread beyond church to every part of our lives.  This reminds me of a work of calligraphy I've cherished for years.  It reads: "Words are so powerful they should be used only to bless, to heal, to prosper."  That's just what SOV is learning to do — use its words to bless and to heal.  And so you will prosper.

In a few days, on Sunday October 23, we will have the third session in our four-Sunday sequence.  We'll discuss guidelines for healthy communication.  The Healthy Communications Ad Hoc Committee has written a first draft of guidelines based both on its own research and on the feedback they got from you at last Sunday's forum.  I invite you to read this one-page document and to reflect on the guidelines.  Come Sunday, HCAC members will lead a discussion about these guidelines.  I hope you'll come and offer your own insights so they can be incorporated in a revised draft of the guidelines as we head toward a congregational meeting on November 6.  At that meeting, a continuing resolution will be brought forward asking the congregation to ratify a "Communication Covenant" as a set of core values that would guide all our decisions and actions and which would serve as a standard for mutual accountability in our communication practices.  An official announcement of that congregational meeting will be coming out soon.  Meanwhile, please mark your calendars for November 6, 10:00 a.m., between the services on All Saints Sunday.

Dear God, may your word be on our lips and in our hearts as we go about your work at SOV.  Amen.

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Lessons for Sunday, October 23, 2016
Sirach 35:12-17
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Luke 18:9-14

THIS WEEK

Wednesday    9:00 - 1:00 p KOK preschool/chapel
                     10:00 a Bible Study

Thursday       9:00 - 1:00 p KOK preschool
                     10:00 a LLL
                      7:00 p Council Meeting

Friday           9:00 - 12:00 p KOK preschool

Saturday       9:30 - 11:30 a SOV Choir
                     2:00 p Celebration of Life of Dean Kruse

Celebration of the Life of Dean Kruse
Saturday, October 22, 2016
2:00 pm
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
*In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in Dean's name to the "Oregon Zoo Foundation" to be added to the Animal Welfare endowment fund.  Dean completed his Ph.D. at the Oregon Zoo and was very dedicated to science education, animal welfare, conservation and the zoo. The Animal Welfare endowment fund supports projects and research that benefit zoo animal welfare.

Donations may be made online at http://www.oregonzoo.org/get-involved/support-zoo or by check payable to the "Oregon Zoo Foundation" and mailed to 4001 SW Canyon Rd., Portland, Oregon 97221. Please indicate that the gift is "in memory of Dean Kruse," so that it will be added to the animal welfare endowment fund.

Please Join us for Adult Education Sunday at 9:45
Review of last week, presentation of initial draft of guidelines/covenant with discussion and feedback. Healthy Communications committee members: Judith Hedberg-Duff, Michael Johnson, Karen Sugiyama, Russell Martinelli,  Reynold Roeder, Pastor Brian

Last Sunday to order your KOK Christmas Greens
You can drop it by during the week or give to Wendy on Sunday. Thank you for your support.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

"If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."  Jesus spoke these words to detractors who doubted that he told the truth about God.  But Jesus lived that freedom  He died holding fast to that truth.  To those whose eyes of faith had been opened, Jesus' resurrection from the dead proved he was right.  Jesus lives now in truth and freedom, today and forever.

Jesus' words about truth and freedom are the lion's roar of the Lutheran Reformation.  Luther and his partners, trusting these and similar words from Jesus, moved boldly to transform the Church.  Their work sparked a paradigm shift in how people encountered God.  Set free from anxiety about stoking their own egos, people experienced God in freedom to love and strength to serve with joy.  To this day, wherever we find freedom, truth, love, and courageous service, there we find Jesus at work.

At Shepherd of the Valley, Jesus' truth sets us free in many ways.  The Word works on us in Sunday worship and in our private prayers.  That same Word works on us now in the four-week process offered by the Healthy Communication Ad Hoc Committee (HCAC).  Last Sunday, Michelle Nelson Sinn helped us learn how to handle the words that God has lent to us for holy living, how to guide our tongues so we can speak respectfully and build one another up, how to heal the hurt that is sometimes done by our words when we are careless.  This is God's Word of Truth setting us free.

Next Sunday the HCAC will continue in this Word.  With skits, a dandy short video, and other helpful presentations we will go deeper into developing skills for respectful communication.  These skills will help Jesus free us from shame, disrespect, and needless conflict so we can live more fully for God.

In the final two weeks of the process, on October 23 and November 6, the HCAC will ask for your partnership in developing guidelines to serve as the basis of a Covenant for Healthy Communication.  Working on how we use words will help us keep on walking in truth and freedom as Jesus' disciples.  So I invite you to join together in this work of spiritual formation — Reformation! — at SOV.

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Lessons for Sunday, October 16th
Genesis 32:22-31
2 Timothy 3:14-5:5
Luke 18:1-8

THIS WEEK

Wednesday     9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool/Chapel
                      10:00 a Bible Study

Thursday       9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool
               
Friday          9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool

Saturday      9:30 - 11:30 a SOV Choir rehearsal

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 a Worship Service
                    9:45 a Sunday School for all ages
                   No Confirmation Class

Scrip Sunday, October 16th
Please turn your order forms in to Caryl or drop them in the Scrip order mailbox located in the Narthex.

Memorial Service for Dean Kruse
Saturday, October 22, 2016
2:00 pm at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
(Please let Tammy know if you can bring bars or cookies, they can be brought in anytime during the week or on Saturday)

KOK Christmas Greens Fundraiser
Please give your order and payment to Wendy by October 25th. Pick up Date is November 20th.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Drama unfolded at SOV about a year ago when our President and Financial Secretary resigned from Council and absented themselves from church.  Explaining their decisions, their letters indicated that they were fed up with some people at SOV persistently impugning their ethical integrity and moral character by means of false statements, as well as with the chronic disrespect shown toward me by these same folks.  In my Wednesday Message following these officers' resignations, I wrote:

"These issues are serious, systemic, deeply rooted at SOV.  I've been trying to address them in my ministry; I will continue to do so.  I will gladly work on these issues with all people of good will at SOV who want to bring about healing and carry out God's mission in a respectful way that builds up the body of Christ in this place."

And that is exactly what is happening in the work of the Healthy Communications Ad-Hoc Committee (HCAC).  Those who attended worship last Sunday got announcements about a series of Adult Education sessions coming up in October and early November.  These workshops, beginning this coming Sunday, October 9, will help us learn how to practice respectful communication and minimize the occurrence of hurtful behaviors such as gossip and triangulation.  These workshops will help bring about healing and promote constructive behavior to build up the body of Christ at SOV.

Attached to this email, you will find a PDF document from the HCAC describing some of the work it is mandated to carry out.  It includes a schedule of the workshops and their content.  This series is designed both to teach respectful communication skills and to help us hold one another accountable for continuing to communicate respectfully as we carry out God's work together.

The workshop this Sunday features Michelle Sinn, a professional counselor who worked with Council and other key leaders in a three-session series during the summer.  Now, we're bringing you a condensed version of this same training.  The leadership group found this training very helpful.  I'm sure you will, too.  These sessions are really important for SOV as we invite clergy candidates to consider a call to serve SOV.  I hope you will plan to attend them all.  NOTE that these sessions will begin at 9:45 a.m.

Finally, if you're wondering what these workshops and the work of the HCAC have to do with Jesus and Christian faith, I invite you to reflect on the following passage from the Letter to the Ephesians.  I'm sure you will see a clear connection between the Bible's teaching and the work we are doing to build up a culture of respect at SOV through healthy communication practices.

Ephesians 4:22-32
22You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, 23and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.  25So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. 26Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27and do not make room for the devil. 28Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. 29Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. 31Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, 32and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

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Lessons for Sunday, October 9, 2016
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
2 Timothy 2:8-15
Luke 17:11-19

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool/Chapel
                    10:00 am   Bible Study

Thursday     9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool
                    6:00 p Men's Night at Reedville Cafe

Friday         9:00 - 12:00 p KOK Preschool
                   1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday     9:30 - 11:30 a SOV Choir rehearsal

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 a Worship Services
                   9:45 a Sunday School for all ages

Join us for Adult Education at 10:00, October 9th

We welcome Michelle Nelson Sinn, a professional counselor who will do a presentation on how to prevent hurtful speech like gossip and triangulation; and how to practice skills for respectful communication.

GREENS fundraiser of the KOK school year
We use a local grower and the wreaths, centerpieces and garlands are fresh and beautiful. Order forms are available at the usher station and are due by October 25 and will be available for pick up on November 20.

October Newsletter is available online
http://sovlutheran.com/news/pdf/october2016.pdf

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

I'm back from vacation.  I stayed home, got some good rest, spent time with my favorite wife (Jill), and did some things around the house that I'd been putting off.  All in all, a lovely week.  Glad I had a week away but now glad to be back at SOV.  Thank you for your generosity in making it possible.

Sitting in my office this morning I started reflecting on the state of the congregation and counting our blessings.  Seems to me that most things are going pretty well.  I'm pleased with worship.  We've got a great Director of Music (Jon) and choir.  Attendance is down somewhat from a couple years ago; but that's not unusual in interim situations and besides, SOV's giving this year has been consistent, more or less, with the previous several years, according to Christine, our Financial Secretary.  And how about that vigorous response to the Pave Our Parking Lot appeal?  This bodes well for SOV's future.

About the time the lot is being paved, the Call Committee will start a new round of interviews.  We don't know how this will turn out but we do know that God provides.  It's still possible we could have a Congregational Call Meeting later this fall.  Please hold our Call Committee in prayer.  We've got a fine Call Committee who are now well-practiced and will do a great job searching for a new pastor for SOV.  As Jesus said, "Search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened."  (Lk. 11:9-10)  So pray that your new pastor will soon open SOV's doors!

I'm also encouraged by the work of the Healthy Communication Ministry group.  See my comments in the Parish Education article by Wendy Roeder in the newsletter coming later this week.  The workshops and conversations this team has planned offer a good process to help SOV address concerns that showed up in the Congregational Vitality Survey we took in 2015.  A good outcome will certainly support SOV's aspiration to call a new pastor.  I feel privileged to work with this team, whose members bring both intelligence and good will to their ministry.  I urge you to attend the four sessions they've got planned for October and the first Sunday in November.  You'll be glad you did.

I could list other hopeful signs but these suffice to show you why I'm well pleased with the good things happening at SOV.  We will carry on in joy this fall, waiting for our new pastor and trusting our lives to God.  I'm glad to be walking with you during this important time in SOV's journey.

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Lessons for Sunday, October 2
Psalm 37:1-9
2Timothy 1:1-14
Luke 17:5-10

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00-1:00 p  KOK preschool/chapel
                   10:00 a   Bible Study

Thursday     9:00 - 1:00 p KOK preschool

Friday         9:00 - 12:00 p KOK preschool
                   1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday    9:30 - 11:30 a SOV Choir practice

Sunday       8:30 & 11:00 a worship
                  9:45 a Sunday School for all ages

Scrip Sunday, October 2
New vendors; Adidas - Nordstrom - PetSmart - Visa Prepaid cards (good at Costco) Hyatt Hotels and Office Depot! Please give your order and payment to Caryl or deposit in the scrip center box located in the narthex.

KOK Christmas Greens fundraiser

Place your Christmas Greens order by October 25!  Lots of Oregon greens are available for purchase including wreaths, centerpieces, swags, and garlands with prices between $15-$35 each.  Forms are available at the usher station.  This fundraiser is sponsored by SOV's preschool, Kids of the Kingdom Christian Preschool, and benefits the tuition assistance program.  Purchases will be available for pick up at the church November 20.  Thanks for your support.

WORSHIP -
Please consider helping out our congregation by volunteering to be an usher. It's easy, painless and would really be a nice thing to do. Sign up sheets are available in the back of the church usually on the fellowship table to sign your name on.  

We are also always looking for new members to join our Worship committee team. If you are interested please contact Cyndi P. or any council member and they can give you more information. Thank you.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

I'm on vacation this week and so far (Tuesday afternoon) am really enjoying some time off. This is a "stay-cation" for me.  Portland is a great place for rest and relaxation.  Even though I'm on vacation I am providing coverage in case of urgent pastoral care needs.  So if you have a pressing need for pastoral care, please do not hesitate to phone me or email me. See my contact information on the weekly bulletin.  In any case, I'm truly grateful for your generosity in providing the pastor with time off.  Pastor Linda Easterling will be preaching and presiding at worship in my absence on September 25.  May God bless your worship this Sunday!

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Lessons for Sunday, September 25, 2016
Jeremiah 32:1-4a, 6-15
1 Timothy 6:6-19
Luke 16:19-31

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool
                    No Bible Study

Thursday    9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool

Friday        9:00 - 12:00 p KOK Preschool

Saturday   9:30 - 11:30 a SOV Choir rehearsal

Sunday     8:30 & 11:00 a Worship
                9:45 a Sunday School for all ages

*October Newsletter articles are due September 27th.

*'P.O.P' pledges are due

*Next Scrip order is October 2nd

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Adult Education - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Announcement from Pastor Brian

This Sunday, September 18, we'll show a video called "Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think."  Several years ago, the renowned Gallup polling organization conducted tens of thousands of interviews with residents in 35 predominantly Muslim nations, in addition to smaller populations in Europe and the US.  The film focuses on issues of Gender Justice, Terrorism, and Democracy.  Gallup's polling research challenges the notion that Muslims and the West are on a collision course, and instead suggests that there is a significant degree of shared interests.

The documentary is just over 50 minutes long.  We'll view half of it this Sunday and the second half on the following Sunday, September 25.  We'll start showing the video at 10:00 a.m. for about 25 minutes and then have time for discussion.

I've seen this video and highly recommend it.  I hope you'll join us to see for yourself.

Check out this review, posted on a well-known online shopping web site:

"This is one of the best films I have seen on the Muslim world. My hat is off to the people that produced this. Unlike your run of the mill documentary or cable television report this is an in-depth, coherent and logical analysis of what drives Muslim public opinion. This is exactly the kind of thing that we as Americans need to watch so we can begin to understand the politics of the region and what has shaped the Muslim population's worldview. I would highly recommend this for anyone who wants to actually learn a thing or two about the Muslim world. It's some serious food for thought, and we could all use a little more of that."

See you Sunday!
Pastor Brian

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday message

What great music we had at SOV this past weekend!  How could anyone not come away impressed?  Saturday night's concert was indeed a "Change the World" experience.  Director of Music Jon Quesenberry put together a fabulous ensemble.  Our choir was joined by guest soloists, band members joined by guest musicians, and Jon directed the whole to perfection.  To say "Well done!" would be fitting but falls short of the praise deserved.  Moreover, many other members of SOV provided volunteer logistical support that made the entire evening a delight.  Thank you, all of you, for your ministry.  I'm told we had about 90 people present.  The quality of performance merited ten times that attendance.  If you missed the concert, well, God willing there will be another such concert next year and you'll be able to enjoy it then.

That concert alone would have been enough to make for a great weekend of music, but since God is good we also had amazing special music just a few hours later on Sunday morning.  It was Rally Sunday and our Bluegrass worship services were, in my opinion, a resounding success.  The Hakanson Family Bluegrass Band led music for worship.  I couldn't stop smiling at their playing and singing!  Superior musicianship, spot-on timing, tight harmonies, excellent ensemble — authentic bluegrass music done right.  Easy to tell they've been playing together for 16 years.  It was fun to sing along with traditional American gospel songs like "I Saw the Light" and "I'll Fly Away."  Meanwhile, our choir and band got a well deserved day of rest.  Gratitude to Jon for knowing who to call and getting them on board for Rally Sunday.

SOV's music program is a significant achievement in congregational ministry.  I'm impressed and I hope that you all are proud of it.  As we continue the process of calling a new pastor, the music program is something you can show off and build on.  And the Call Committee is getting names of new candidates tonight!  God bless the Call Committee in their work and likewise bless the choir, band, and Director of Music in theirs.  We can thank God for great music at SOV not just this past weekend but every Sunday.  And that will help us carry on in joy as we join with God to change the world.

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Lessons for Sunday, September 18, 2016
Amos 8:4-7
Psalm 113
Luke 16:1-13

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00  p  KOK preschool
                   10:00 a   Bible Study
               
Thursday    9:00 - 1:00 p KOK preschool
                  10:00 a LLL

Friday        9:00 - 12:00 p  KOK Preschool
                  1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday    9:30 - 11:30 a SOV Choir rehearsal

Sunday      8:30 & 11:00 a worship services
                  9:45 a Sunday School for all ages

*Sunday School for all ages at 9:45 am begins Sunday, September 18th

Classes for children ages 3 years through 8th grade are available as well as Adult Education.

Invitation to support the DEAR program from Carolyn and Gordon Teifel, who are former members of SOV

You are invited to the
Cedar Hills FIVE GUYS
Wed. Sept 14th, and Sat. Sept. 17th
11 am to 9 pm

Your meal will help pay for the new air purifiers which capture and lock in pollen, dust, bacteria and mold to reduce sickness in our customers and staff. Please present a flyer when you order so that DEAR will receive 15% of your purchase.  Thank you for supporting the 32 people with profound disabilities at the DEAR day program.

Daytime Enrichment Activities & Recreation (DEAR)
In 2003, Sue Watson went on a quest to find a day program that would fit her 21 year old son who was severely developmentally handicapped. After five years of researching, planning and working by a few parents, Daytime Enrichment Activities & Recreation (DEAR) opened its doors in December 2008 with three customers and three staff members in a Beaverton business suite.

The individual service plans of the customers are the guiding documents for the care providers.  Those goals lead to daily activities that DEAR will accomplish or exceed.  Services now include medically fragile nursing care.  The customers have blossomed in their own ways as they have responded to the nurturing culture of the staff.

DEAR's facility expanded in 2011 and there are currently 32 customers, many in wheelchairs, and 15 outstanding staff members, including three nurses.  DEAR's 2016 average monthly expenses are $49,000.  The State of Oregon pays 78% of the expenses.  We are thankful for individual donations as grants are not awarded for monthly expenses.  

DEAR is a wonderful day program for adults with profound disabilities who need help with most living skills.  The program provides peace of mind and stress reduction to their families.

www.DEARdayprogram.com (view past newsletters, see pictures & donate)

Facebook:  Daytime Enrichment Activities & Recreation (DEAR)
Donations can be mailed to: DEAR, PO Box 5933, Aloha, OR 97006

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Today! Change the World Choir Concert

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church Choir and band presents

Change the World Choir Concert


Saturday, September 10, 2016
7:00 pm
17625 NW Cornell Road, Beaverton

Featuring
 Gospel/Pop music
 SOV Music Team
 6-pc band and guest
 Soloists and musicians

Refreshments to follow

Free will offering to offset concert expenses and toward SOV Youth Group trip to Houston

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Bluegrass music isn't something you hear every Sunday in a Lutheran Church.  But this Sunday, September 11, is Rally Sunday so we wanted to do something special to kick off the new school year.  We'll have bluegrass music in our hymns and other music.  I've picked out Bible readings that match the music, scripture to highlight the celebration that comes with redemption.

I wandered so aimless, life filled with sin
I wouldn't let my Dear Savior in
Then Jesus came like a stranger in the night
Praise the Lord! I saw the light!

(from "I Saw the Light," by Carol Perkins — this Sunday's opening hymn)

Returning to God is a theme found throughout the Bible.  Returning, repentance, turning around: all these are terms to call us back to God.  Rally Sunday is a great day to return to God by turning around and coming back to church.  Yes, summer's a great time to stay away and play outdoors.  But this time is the right time to return to SOV and get some Jesus in you.

I was a fool to wander and stray
Straight is the gate and narrow the way
Now I have traded the wrong for the right
Praise the Lord!  I saw the light!

(final verse of "I Saw the Light")

We'll have fine musicians this Sunday who play bluegrass music well.  They'll help us sing these old hymns with good spirit — the Holy Spirit!  Whether you come to first or second service, please plan to hang out at church during the break between.  The Parish Education team has Rally Day activities for the whole family that will help us move into Sunday School and Adult Ed. for the coming year.  We'll help each other learn the Gospel Way:

Let us greet with a song of hope each day
Though the moments be cloudy or fair
Let us trust our Savior always
To keep us, every one, in His care

(from "Keep on the Sunny Side," by June Carter Cash — this Sunday's closing hymn)

Worship services start at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.   See you at church!

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Lessons for September 11, 2016
1 Chronicles 15:16, 25-29
James 5:13-20
Luke 5:27-39

THIS WEEK


Wednesday 10:00 a Bible Study
                   6:30 - 7:30 p KOK Back to School Night

Thursday     7:00 p LLL

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

Saturday      9:30 - 11:30  SOV choir rehearsal
                    7:00 p    Change the World Concert

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 a worship services


Please join us and invite others to attend
Change the World Concert
7:00 pm
September 10, 2016

Featuring Gospel/Pop music
a 6-piece band
and guest soloists and musicians

Sunday, September 11, 2016
Fall worship services begin
8:30 & 11:00 am worship services
Rally Sunday/Sunday school introduction for all ages
9:45 am

KOK Fall 2016 Registration
We still have a few spots left in our classes for the coming school year. Are you or someone you know, looking for a preschool with a quality Christian education for the whole child, where learning is fun and families are cared for? Email Hannah at kokprreschool@gmail.com

Join us for Rally Sunday School—Between Services

What is Rally Sunday?  It's the beginning of our program year for Sunday School and adult education and is for the ENTIRE CONGREGATION

First, we need to register the children and get to know the families.  After a bit, we will take the children downstairs while Pastor Brian talks with adults about the Adult Sunday School Program.  The kids will return to the sanctuary and we will all have fellowship with treats and a special activity.  God's word is so valuable to our lives—see you there!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Labor Day comes next Monday.  It marks the end of summer, at least as far as school kids and vacationing families are concerned.  Most of us treat it as just one of many cultural holidays that provide us with a three-day weekend and another chance to imbibe one of our favorite alcoholic beverages (a "tall, cool one" in the beer-soaked working-class lingo of my home state, Wisconsin).  But as with other holidays (like Christmas), we tend to forget the "reason for the season" when it comes to Labor Day.

Labor Day began in the 1880s to celebrate the strength and spirit of trade and labor organizations.  This was during the "Gilded Age" when the forty-hour work week and decent workplace conditions for most people didn't yet exist in the early years of American industrialization.  Labor Day marked the celebration of all the organizing and negotiating activity which led to the humane working conditions, fair wages, and freedom from workplace discrimination that most of us now take for granted.  Interestingly, in 1887 Oregon was the first state officially to recognize Labor Day.

What does Labor Day have to do with the Church?  In terms of institutional commitments, nothing.  But in terms of valuing the dignity of human life, there are deep connections between the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the values expressed in the origins of the Labor Day celebration.  Jesus cared deeply about the poor common people and took direct action to end their exploitation by powerful leaders.  Jesus fed huge crowds and healed so many sick folks that he could find little time for his own prayer practice.  He encouraged people to throw a good party to celebrate God's goodness while he was still around to share the joy.  I suspect Jesus would have liked to sip a tall, cool one with them.  And he proclaimed rest for laborers:  "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls."  (Matthew 11:28-29)

So as you celebrate Labor Day next Monday, don't just hoist your cool drink and enjoy your day off.   Remember Jesus, his love for the poor, and all the generations of saints who have labored with him to bring in a harvest of righteousness and justice so that everyone can find rest in the goodness of God.

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Lessons for Sunday, September 4th
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
Luke 14:25-33

THIS WEEK

Wednesday 10:00 a Bible Study

Thursday     4:30 p Memorial Service for Lola Elliott (Tammie Dees mother)
                    6:00 p Men's Night at Reedville Cafe

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

Saturday      9:30 - 11:00 a SOV Choir Concert

Sunday        10:00 a One worship service

Memorial Service for Lola Elliott
Thursday, September 1, 2016
4:30 pm, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
Reception following service

One Service
Sunday, September 4, 2016
10:00 am

Change the World Concert
September 10, 2016
7:00 pm

Rally Sunday
September 11, 2016
worship services at 8:30 & 11:00 am (Fall Schedule begins)
Sunday School introduction at 9:45 am

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Redundancy is often considered a bad thing.  Like the old joke about a certain large business firm that has a Department of Redundancy Department. Ecologists, however, tell us that every vital living system has multiple levels of redundancy.  Many species in each ecosystem carry out similar roles so that one way or another these vital functions continue to support the web of life.

Something like this is happening in the preaching office at Shepherd.  The regular preacher is the pastor.  That's me, for the time being. But it's good to have redundancy, multiple people providing the same function.  At SOV, we have another person who is willing and able to preach occasionally.

Last Sunday, Sandra Carasco, one of our lay members, brought us God's word.  Sandra has had some experience preaching prior to coming to Shepherd.  She's also a PK (preacher's kid) and such an upbringing always helps prepare one for the preaching role.  Sandra is a careful student of scripture and serious about her prayer life.  All this informs her preaching and helps her connect well with the brothers and sisters at Sunday worship.  And it's good for me to hear someone other than myself so I get a different perspective on things.  We all learn from one another.  Sandra has preached several times now since I've been at SOV.  I look forward to hearing her again sometime this autumn.  I'm grateful to Sandra for her generosity and skill in bringing us a message from God.

This coming Sunday we'll have another preacher bringing us God's word.  Because I'm now working at .75 FTE, we'll have a supply pastor once a month.  So on August 28, Pastor Ray Venghaus will be preaching and presiding.  He's been at SOV several times before, and generally has been well received.  Every preacher has their own valuable point of view to share. So I encourage you to come to worship this Sunday, welcome Pastor Venghaus, and listen to what he has to say.  Scripture says that God speaks in many and various ways.  It's good that God provides multiple preachers so that one way or another, the Word of Life can be spoken and shared among us.

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Lessons for Sunday, April 28, 2016
Proverbs 25:6-7
Psalm 112
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Luke 14:1, 7-14

KOK Registration for Fall 2016
We still have a few spots left in our classes for the coming school year. Are you or someone you know, looking for a   preschool with a quality Christian education for the whole child, where learning is fun and families are cared for?  Email Hannah at kokpreschool@gmail.com for more information and to arrange a tour.

11th Annual Strollathon

for Rett syndrome
September 10, 2016
Rose Quarter
One Center Court
Portland, Or
1:00 pm registration
2:30 pm stroll
If you would like to donate directly to Karina Krueger's team please visit the weblink below
http://www.strollathon.org/2016/portland?tab=0&frtid=1394

SOV Choir presents
Change the World Concert

Saturday, September 10th
7:00 pm
Help is needed with set up. clean up, and greeters. Please let Cyndi know where you can help.

Rally Sunday
September 11, 2016
Fall Services begin
8:30 & 11:00

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

God has ordained that entropy increases over time.  So says the second law of thermodynamics, anyway.  SOV's parking lot is a perfect example.  When I came to SOV in 2014, the parking lot was already in rough shape.  Since then, the disorder (entropy) of the system has steadily increased.  People have fretted over this.  Well, fret no longer, brothers and sisters.  The "Pave Our Parking lot" (POP) project is a success.  It's in the cards, so to speak, that you turned in to indicate the amount of financial support you were willing to commit.  Through your generosity, God has provided the means to address the most urgent concerns about the parking lot.  Thanks be to God and to you.


I won't disclose the dollar amount registered so far, but I do want to say that this paving project is important and necessary for SOV's ministry and mission.  Like it or not, motor vehicles are absolutely indispensable for SOV to exist in this suburban context.  Therefore a decent parking lot is a non-negotiable requirement for doing ministry.  And of course, there is the safety issue that many have noted.  For folks with mobility limitations, it's simply unsafe to traverse some portions of the deteriorating pavement.  So dollars contributed to repave the parking lot yield more than practical value.  They make it possible for people to enter the Lord's house with confidence that they have a firm foundation for their Christian walk.


This project will also pave the way for calling a new pastor.  When candidates visit SOV, they will note the recent work and take it as a hopeful sign that this congregation is alive, well, and committed to its mission.  The same can be said of people visiting for Sunday worship.  So on all levels, this decision to repave and repair is a good one.  As it is written by the Prophet Isaiah: "Prepare the way of the Lord… the uneven ground shall become level and the rough places a plain; then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed…."  Who could have guessed that Isaiah was dreaming of SOV's parking lot?

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Lessons for Sunday, August 21, 2016
Isaiah  58:9b-14
Hebrews 12:18-29
Luke 13:10-17

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study

Thursday     10:00 a LLL

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

Saturday       9:30 - 11:30 a SOV Choir rehearsal

Sunday         8:30 & 10:30 a worship

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Where does God do banking? With the ELCA Federal Credit Union! The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, our national church, has approximately 3.7 million members in 10,000 congregations. That's a lot of people, to whom God has given stewardship of a lot of money. Now the ELCA has formed a credit union. Here's information from its web site. https://www.elcafcu.org/

About ELCA Federal Credit Union
"…to use and share what God has given for the sake of all."
That's the definition of good stewardship. The ELCA Federal Credit Union supports that mission by providing services and benefits to all of its members regardless of their socioeconomic status.

Credit unions provide services to groups that share a common bond, such as a church affiliation. Like other financial institutions they accept deposits, make loans and offer other financial services.

But unlike other institutions, credit unions are financial cooperatives that serve their members, not shareholders. That means any profits the ELCA Federal Credit Union realizes — from interest payments on loans, for example — are returned to member/owners like yourself in the form of lower rates on loans, higher rates on savings, reduced fees and enhanced services.

The ELCA Federal Credit Union is regulated and federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) to the same levels as deposit insurance offered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

Why We Exist
The ELCA Federal Credit Union was created by the ELCA to provide additional financial services to ELCA members, employees of synods, congregations or any other ELCA-related ministry. Family members of current ELCA FCU members are also eligible to join. The ELCA Federal Credit Union operates in ways consistent with the church's values, making it a socially responsible way to do your banking.

Benefits of Membership
By becoming a member and banking with us, you're helping fellow Lutherans. The money you save with us is loaned out to other ELCA Federal Credit Union members. As a member you can take advantage of the wide variety of financial services offered by the ELCA Federal Credit Union, including auto loans, personal loans, credit cards, checking and savings accounts, surcharge-free ATMs and more. As a not-for- profit financial cooperative, you'll find better rates and lower fees than those at most other financial institutions.

Pastor Brian's conclusion: God calls us to use our gifts wisely. Can the ELCA's credit union help you be a good steward of God's gifts? Even if this option is not for you, I hope you'll feel encouraged knowing your national church is trying hard to find innovative ways to serve God's mission. May this spirit of innovation guide us in our stewardship as God's people at Shepherd of the Valley.

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Lessons for August 14, 2016Jeremiah 23:23-29
Hebrew 11:29-12:2
Luke 12:49-56

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 am   Bible Study

Thursday      7:00 pm   LLL

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

Saturday       9:30 - 11:30 am  SOV Choir rehearsal (new members welcome, no experience necessary)
                     11:00 am  Memorial Endowment meeting

Sunday          8:30 & 10:30 am  worship services


"POP" Update

We are off to a great start on the "POP" or "Pave Our Parking" campaign!  An anonymous donor has offered to match the first $15,000 pledged to the project.  This is a great opportunity to get the initial $30,000 of this project funded.  Please get your POP pledge card filled out and returned to Christine E, SOV Financial Secretary.  Sealed POP pledge card envelops can be put in in the offering plate or in Christine's box in Tammy's office.  Please direct any questions to the parking lot committee – Reynold R, Arden T, or Dave R.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Yesterday Council President Harmon announced, by email, that I'm moving to .75 FTE after having served SOV on a full-time basis since April, 2014. As she said in her message, the Council and I see this as a win-win. I care about SOV and don't want to see its budget go so far into the red that it has trouble funding its mission. Reducing my work hours will help balance the budget. And this change will free up time for me to attend to things at home that have been put on hold. So I feel the change is good both for me and for SOV.

No significant part of the pastor's duties will be neglected. I will still attend all the usual meetings. I will still provide leadership in teaching. I've been working on Confirmation Class planning; soon I'll start sorting through options for adult Christian education. I'll still lead Wednesday morning Bible study (join us!). I'll still preach and lead worship as usual except for one Sunday per month, when we will have a pulpit supply pastor. The pastor's ministry will continue much as before.

And I will still be available on-call 24/7. No matter what day it is, even on my Monday & Friday days off, if you have an urgent need for pastoral care, please call me. I will gladly talk with you by phone or come to be with you wherever you are as quickly as I can. During evening or weekend hours, my home phone number is best as I usually turn off my cell phone when I get home. Both numbers are listed in the worship bulletin, as is my email address. Please feel free to phone or email me if you need pastoral care. Even if the call comes at midnight or later, I will respond as soon as I can.

One difference is that I won't stay put for the same office hours as before. I'll exercise more flexibility in taking care of various duties off-site during the Tuesday-Thursday period. At this point I don't know exactly what stable office hours might be, but here's my best guess: Tuesday mornings 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday mornings 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Thursdays I'll probably be at SOV, in and out, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. but occasionally I have to attend Thursday meetings of the Oregon Synod Interim Pastors' group and the Sunset Cluster Clergy group. Sometimes I have evening meetings Wednesdays and Thursdays; that means I'm at SOV or in the neighborhood all afternoon. So, if you want to meet me in my office, at your home, or at a coffee shop, please get in touch by phone or email and I will gladly schedule a meeting for a day and time that works for you.

God bless us as we walk together, waiting for Shepherd's new pastor to answer God's call.

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Lessons for Sunday, August 7, 2016
Genesis 15:1-6
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Luke 12:32-40

THIS WEEK

Wednesday    10:00 a Bible Study

Thursday        6:00 p Men's Night at Cruise In Country Diner

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

Saturday        9:30 - 11:30 a  SOV Choir rehearsal

Sunday          8:30 & 10:30 a Worship Services

Sunday is Scrip Order Sunday
Only one scrip Sunday in August. If you would like to support the social concerns Back to School project you may order your Fred Meyer scrip this Sunday.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Every Tuesday at the See See Motor Coffee Company in Portland I get together with Jon, SOV's Director of Music, for a staff meeting. It's always productive because they have hi-octane Stumptown espresso and great music (jazz, blues, rock-n-roll) playing over the loudspeakers. We debrief the previous Sunday's worship music, check this week's bulletin draft, and plan ahead to make SOV's worship experience a satisfying one.

I'm very grateful for Jon's ministry of music, so I want to respond to a question he posed to me this week by letting you know that we'd like to recruit more members for the choir. We have a very fine Director of Music and a fantastic little choir. Even as I sing their praises I also want to say that both Jon and I would like to attach a different adjective to the choir than "little." Medium-sized? Large? You choose! I'm being a little silly here but seriously, if you can help us recruit more people for the choir that would be a real blessing for current choir members and a great benefit to SOV.

Choirs grow through people-to-people connections, friends sharing news with one another and extending an invitation. If you know someone who is currently outside the congregation, whom you believe might respond positively to an invitation to sing with our choir, please talk with Jon. If he encourages you to invite your friend, then go for it. Or, if you yourself want to give the choir a try, please talk with Jon about that, too. And if you have other ideas for growing the choir, please share. Nature explores many options for evolution and growth; we can do the same with the choir.

I thank God for the ministry of music offered by our choir, band, and Director of Music. Their talent and dedication make SOV's worship fun and satisfying. Please take time to express your appreciation to these sisters and brothers when you see them after worship. And don't forget also to say thanks to God who provides the talent and the venue in the first place!

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Lessons for Sunday, July 31, 2016
Colossians 3:1-11
Psalm 107:1-9,43
Luke 12:13-21

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a  Bible Study

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

Saturday      9:30 - 11:00 p SOV Choir rehearsal

Sunday        8:30 & 10:30 a Worship Service


Social Concerns school supply drive to benefit SOV families
Buy Fred Meyer scrip on 8/7 using special colored order form. Use checks to give SOV the maximum benefit

Next Scrip Sunday
August 7, 2016

No All Church Luncheon in July
Due to the lack of hosts July's all church luncheon has been cancelled.
If you would like to host the August luncheon please let me know.
Its very simple or you can make it as elaborate as you like it.
All Church Luncheons are held the last Thursday of the month at 12:00 pm
(SOV has canned soup and crackers in the pantry or you can make your own from scratch, or you can have salads or sandwiches, SOV also provides the beverages)

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Sisters and Brothers in Christ, I am writing on behalf of the Church Council to tell you that our call candidate has decided to withdraw from consideration for call to Shepherd of the Valley. I sincerely regret to share this news with you. I, like many of you, feel that he has the gifts and character needed to lead this congregation as its pastor. But he prayed a lot and worked hard to discern where God is leading him. After much reflection, he came to believe that he should withdraw from consideration for call to SOV. So, now we grieve the loss of the good spirit and good leadership he might have brought to SOV.

It's hard to predict where a pastor's spiritual discernment will lead during a call process. Every pastor strives to remain open, listen to God, and respond faithfully to the Holy Spirit's guiding. I trust that his process and decision reflects his best effort to live in obedience to God. I pray that you will accept his decision in this same spirit.

Where do we go from here? We will move into another round of interviewing candidates, discerning the right one, and inviting that person to serve as Shepherd's pastor. The second time around will be easier and quicker than the first because the Call Committee has rehearsed its process and honed its skills. Pastor Susan Kintner from the Oregon Synod office will need some time to find new candidates. Early Fall would be a likely time for the Call Committee to get those names. I hope and anticipate that a second cycle of interviews leading to a Congregational Call Meeting could be completed before the end of 2016. Meanwhile, I will continue to serve as Shepherd's Interim Pastor.

This Sunday, July 24, we will hold a Town Hall Meeting between the two worship services. When a congregation experiences a disappointment like this, it's helpful to meet together to share thoughts and feelings, grieve our losses, and begin to look to the future. I will facilitate the meeting with those aims in mind. I hope you will attend as the Spirit moves you.

The Gospel lesson for July 24 offers guidance for us today. Jesus is teaching his disciples how to pray. After he gives them The Lord's Prayer, he tells them to be persistent (annoyingly persistent!) in prayer. "So I say to you, Ask and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you." (Lk. 11:9) So, we follow the Lord's teaching. We will keep on asking, knocking, and searching — for a new pastor for SOV. We will keep on pestering God in prayer and action. Our part now is to keep the faith and keep on going. At the right time, God will answer our prayers and provide the right pastor for SOV.

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Lessons for July 24th
Genesis 18:20-32
Colossians 2:6-15
Luke 11:1-13

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study

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

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

Saturday      9:30 - 11:30 a  SOV Choir rehearsal

Sunday        8:30 & 10:30 a worship service

Community volunteers needed

Loving arms are needed to cuddle babies and toddlers of teen parents
Beaverton School District
Continuing Education for Young Parents Program
Merlo Station High School
1841 SW Merlo Drive
(not far from SOV)
Caregivers are needed one morning or afternoon a week, or as substitutes. Call or email Kate Richman (contact secretary Tammy for the phone/email address).

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

This week we meet the candidate being considered for call to serve as Shepherd's new pastor. This is a big deal. It's important to meet a clergy candidate before the Congregational Call meeting. There's no substitute for personal experience when you're trying to figure out whether this clergy person is the right one to be your pastor. If you are one of the people who has been invited to meet the candidate and talk with him personally in a small group setting, I encourage you to attend that meeting. If you're not scheduled for a small group meeting, then by all means attend worship this Sunday, July 17, and come to the session between the two services. During that special session, the candidate will lead a devotional reflection; and then there will be Q&A. This will be a great opportunity for you to get a look at this person so you'll be better able to make a good decision when it's time to cast your vote.

If you know folks who have been staying away from Shepherd during this interim period, for whatever reason, or whose attendance has been spotty, please reach out to them with a phone call or personal conversation and invite them to show up on Sunday. This would be a good time to jump in again and resume active participation in SOV.

There will be a special Council meeting Thursday night so our leaders can meet the candidate. I will not attend that event. And I'll keep a low profile between services on Sunday. This is the time for the candidate to be the center of attention. I'll do my part to help that happen. I trust you'll do your part by showing up and joining in these activities designed by the Call Committee to help SOV call its new shepherd. May God bless these meetings and conversations, and may God's Holy Spirit rest upon the congregation as it enters into this crucial time.

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Lessons for Sunday, July 17th
Genesis 18:1-10a
Colossians 1:15-28
Luke 10:38-42

THIS WEEK

Wednesday 10:00 a Bible Study

Thursday    7:00 p LLL
                   7:00 p Special Council Meeting

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

Saturday     9:30 - 11:30 a SOV choir rehearsal

Sunday       8:30 & 10:30 a worship service
                   9:30 a  Devotion with Q & A session with the pastoral candidate

Meet and Greet
Sunday, July 17th, 9:30 am

Pastoral candidate will lead a devotional reflection; and then there will be Q&A.

Next Scrip Order
Sunday, August 7th