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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