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Friday, April 29, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

I'm off to Synod Assembly later this week. This year it's in Eugene at the Valley River Inn starting Friday 1:00 p.m., and ending Sunday around noon with the closing worship service.
 
What happens at a Synod Assembly? Some if it is inspiring worship. Some is presentations in plenary about ministries carried out by congregations around the synod. Usually presentations include information about how to do this in your own setting. Likewise, there are workshops on practices to strengthen congregational ministries — stewardship, Christian Education, administration, financial management, effective use of social media, networking with other institutions in your neighborhood for effective outreach, etc. Some of it deals with the business of running the synod — budgets, resolutions, committees, synod-wide projects (for example, the pilgrimage to the Holy Land we sponsored a couple years ago). An important part is fellowship: building Christian community with people from other congregations whom you might not otherwise get to know. Here in Oregon with its vast geographic and cultural divide east/west of the Cascades, Christian community is important.
 
For example, there is a congregation of the Oregon Synod in Burns (Peace Lutheran), which found itself at the center of events related to the illegal occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. Since their building is across the street from the Harney County Courthouse, they were cordoned off inside the security perimeter set up to protect county government workers from terrorist attacks. I'm sure we'll hear Peace Lutheran members and their pastor tell stories about life within the security lockdown during the wildlife refuge occupation. Synod Assembly is a place where members of congregations from all over this big state of Oregon can hear stories from our brothers and sisters who were under siege. Our careful listening, our prayers, and our affirmation will help to support them in their recovery from a seriously traumatic experience. When you're in a tough situation, as is still the case in Harney County, it helps to know you're part of a larger system (the Church and its Lord) who knows and cares about you. That's one of the values of Christian community nurtured through our mutual commitment to the Oregon Synod.
 
This year, I'll be going to the Assembly by myself. That's because we forgot to include expenses for lay voting members in the 2016 budget. Next year the budget should include a line for the two lay voting members as well as for your new pastor to go to the Synod Assembly in Portland. Elections for the two lay voting members should take place at the congregational meeting next January. If you feel moved to serve by representing SOV at next year's Assembly, please let the Council President know of your interest. It's a great way to grow with God and strengthen the whole Body of Christ.
 
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Lessons for Sunday, May 1, 2016
Acts 16:9-15
Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
John 14:23-29

THIS WEEK

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

Thursday      9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool
                    12:00 p All Church Luncheon All are invited

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

Saturday      10:00 - 11:30 a SOV Choir Rehearsal
                    2:00 - 5:00 p Private Event  (Sandra Carasco)

Sunday       8:30 & 11:00 a Worship Services
                   Guest Pastor Gary Graffwallner   (Pastor Brian is away at Synod Assembly)
                   10:00 a Adult Education Class by Pastor Gary Graffwallner "How do you share your faith?"
                   Scrip order Sunday

Join the mission. Join a committee. Serve God by volunteering your energy to SOV. Consider inviting a friend to work with. To learn more about serving, all are invited to attend the Committee Fair in the narthex after service.

Scrip Sunday, May 1st
NEW See's promotion! 5oz boxes of See's Peanut Brittle.
Only $4 a box, and your group makes $1 for each sold.
This promotion will go into June.
Macy's Friends and Family day is coming soon, buy your scrip now!

Ladies Dinner
Inviting all Ladies to our monthly Dinner
Tuesday, May 3rd
6:00 pm
Mazatlán Mexican Restaurant
1435 NW 185th Ave, Beaverton, OR
Please RSVP to Tammy

Men's Night
Thursday, May 5th
Reedville Cafe
2947 SE 73rd Ave Hillsboro

KOK Spring Family Day
Saturday, May 7th 10:00 - 12:00 pm
Registration for the coming school year will be available.
Open to current students  and families interested in experiencing KOK.
Come enjoy a morning of play, art and a special snack.

Join us Saturday, May 7 at 2-4 PM
Baby Shower for Adlyn
Gifts are optional.  
Come and help us welcome Adlyn to her SOV church family.
Dessert, punch and coffee will be served.