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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Sunday we will welcome three people into membership at SOV.  At the late service Rachel, Fritz, and Grace will go through the "Affirmation of Baptism" ritual by which we ELCA Lutherans welcome new members.  All three of them have been attending SOV for several months.  The Holy Spirit has moved them to strengthen their connection with this church.  I thank God for them.  Each of them brings unique personal gifts.  Each of them brings a share of the Holy Spirit's power and grace.  I count their decision to join SOV not only as an affirmation of their faith in Jesus Christ, but also as an affirmation of ministry and community at Shepherd of the Valley.  Though there have been challenges recently regarding Shepherd's ability to sustain loving and respectful community, it's clear that people new to this congregation experience a hearty welcome, heartfelt worship, and good spiritual nurture.  And that reflects the love, the dedication, and the excitement of God's people at Shepherd of the Valley.  This is a very good thing!

Now that these folks have decided to stick around, I encourage you to continue welcoming them into the SOV's community life.  If you haven't already introduced yourself, please take a moment to greet them and get to know them.  You'll discover their gifts, and come to know how they want to join in, to serve, to enjoy this congregation.  Please help them do those things.  It's really important that we help these new members to find a spot, a meaningful niche in this Body of Christ.  When we do that, new members tend to be happy campers who remain part of the church for years to come.  This makes the church stronger, too.  It's a win-win.  So please join me in welcoming Grace, Rachel, and Fritz – giving thanks to God for all the goodness given and received at SOV.

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Lessons for Sunday, March 13, 2016
Isaiah 43:16-21
Philippians 3:4b-14
John 12:1-8

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool/Chapel
                     10:00 a Bible Study
                     5:30 pm Lenten Soup/Bread potluck Supper
                     6:00 - 7:00 p Lenten movie and discussion

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

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

Saturday    10:00 - 11:30   SOV choir rehearsal
                  Daylight Savings time...move your clocks forward one hour!

Sunday      8:30 & 11:00 a Worship Services
                  10:00 a   Adult education class                   


Lenten Worship Schedule

Wednesday Lenten Soup Suppers/Devotion
March 9 &16
soup/bread potluck supper 5:30, devotion 6:00 - 7:00 p

Palm Sunday
March 20th, services at 8:30 & 11:00 am

Maundy Thursday
March 24th, service at 7:00 pm

Good Friday
March 25th, services at 11:30 am & 7:00 pm

Easter Sunday
March 27th, services at 8:30 & 11:00 am
Youth group breakfast 9:45 - 10:30 am