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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

I'm back from vacation, looking forward to the special presentation from the Building Committee coming up on Sunday between worship services. They're leading a Town Hall meeting at which we'll hear the story of "Building on Christ Our Foundation." That's the name of the campaign, or better, the dream, of expanding and upgrading Shepherd's physical plant. It's a dream conceived under the leadership of Pastor Kurt Rizer. This was in the early 2000s. For various reasons the project was put on hold several years ago. The money raised as part of that capital campaign is being kept safely until SOV is ready to dare to dream again of upgrading and expanding its ministry to the community through its building and grounds. Looks like that time may be soon.

Last month, SOV's Church Council authorized the Building Committee to renew its work on behalf of the congregation. This is a good thing. Last autumn, I facilitated a joint meeting of the Executive Committee and the Building Committee. We discussed the history and present status of "Building on Christ Our Foundation." We shared our thoughts and feelings about a number of issues pertaining to the stewardship of that project. The meeting was very fruitful. It laid the groundwork for this Town Hall meeting on Sunday. We'll hear the history of this project, but we will also hear about some surprising new opportunities God is sending our way. This Town Hall meeting is important. It deserves your full attention. You should come, listen carefully, ask thoughtful questions, and get ready to dare to dream.

It's no coincidence that this Town Hall meeting, new possibilities for the capital project, and the promise of a new pastor are happening all at once. God is doing something new, something good, at SOV. God is the primary actor here; we are God's witnesses and partners. Our most important work is to be alert and figure out what God is trying to accomplish among us. Then we have to discern how to respond faithfully and fruitfully. This summer will be a time of new opportunities and important decisions. So even if you're planning some vacation, don't just check out. Stay in touch and keep track of what God is getting ready to build — with you — at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church.

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Lessons for Sunday, May 22, 2016

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
Romans 5:1-5
John 16:12-15

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool/Chapel

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
                  1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio

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

Sunday      8:30 & 11:00 Worship services Holy Trinity Sunday
                 10:00 a  Town Hall Meeting/Building Committee

Please join us
Thursday, May 26th
12:00 pm

All Church Luncheon and 80's and over Birthday Celebration. Our May 26th Luncheon will be our annual 80's and over celebration lunch. We have 3 members that will be inducted into our 80's and over group. If there are other members or friends of members that you would like to include in this lunch please invite them and let us know so that they are included in our party. Any one attending that is 80 or over will be our honored guests. Our new 80 year olds will be have special recognition during our celebration.

Lunch is provided, if you would like to help host this event and future luncheons please let Tammy know.    

Please join us for food, fellowship and celebration!

One Service next Sunday, May 29th at 10:30am

Please Note
           Summer Worship Schedule
           Begins Sunday, June 12th
           Worship services at 8:30 & 10:30


Looking Ahead

Celebrating our 2016 Graduates, June 19th between services.