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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