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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

I'm back from vacation.  I stayed home, got some good rest, spent time with my favorite wife (Jill), and did some things around the house that I'd been putting off.  All in all, a lovely week.  Glad I had a week away but now glad to be back at SOV.  Thank you for your generosity in making it possible.

Sitting in my office this morning I started reflecting on the state of the congregation and counting our blessings.  Seems to me that most things are going pretty well.  I'm pleased with worship.  We've got a great Director of Music (Jon) and choir.  Attendance is down somewhat from a couple years ago; but that's not unusual in interim situations and besides, SOV's giving this year has been consistent, more or less, with the previous several years, according to Christine, our Financial Secretary.  And how about that vigorous response to the Pave Our Parking Lot appeal?  This bodes well for SOV's future.

About the time the lot is being paved, the Call Committee will start a new round of interviews.  We don't know how this will turn out but we do know that God provides.  It's still possible we could have a Congregational Call Meeting later this fall.  Please hold our Call Committee in prayer.  We've got a fine Call Committee who are now well-practiced and will do a great job searching for a new pastor for SOV.  As Jesus said, "Search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened."  (Lk. 11:9-10)  So pray that your new pastor will soon open SOV's doors!

I'm also encouraged by the work of the Healthy Communication Ministry group.  See my comments in the Parish Education article by Wendy Roeder in the newsletter coming later this week.  The workshops and conversations this team has planned offer a good process to help SOV address concerns that showed up in the Congregational Vitality Survey we took in 2015.  A good outcome will certainly support SOV's aspiration to call a new pastor.  I feel privileged to work with this team, whose members bring both intelligence and good will to their ministry.  I urge you to attend the four sessions they've got planned for October and the first Sunday in November.  You'll be glad you did.

I could list other hopeful signs but these suffice to show you why I'm well pleased with the good things happening at SOV.  We will carry on in joy this fall, waiting for our new pastor and trusting our lives to God.  I'm glad to be walking with you during this important time in SOV's journey.

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Lessons for Sunday, October 2
Psalm 37:1-9
2Timothy 1:1-14
Luke 17:5-10

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00-1:00 p  KOK preschool/chapel
                   10:00 a   Bible Study

Thursday     9:00 - 1:00 p KOK preschool

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

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

Sunday       8:30 & 11:00 a worship
                  9:45 a Sunday School for all ages

Scrip Sunday, October 2
New vendors; Adidas - Nordstrom - PetSmart - Visa Prepaid cards (good at Costco) Hyatt Hotels and Office Depot! Please give your order and payment to Caryl or deposit in the scrip center box located in the narthex.

KOK Christmas Greens fundraiser

Place your Christmas Greens order by October 25!  Lots of Oregon greens are available for purchase including wreaths, centerpieces, swags, and garlands with prices between $15-$35 each.  Forms are available at the usher station.  This fundraiser is sponsored by SOV's preschool, Kids of the Kingdom Christian Preschool, and benefits the tuition assistance program.  Purchases will be available for pick up at the church November 20.  Thanks for your support.

WORSHIP -
Please consider helping out our congregation by volunteering to be an usher. It's easy, painless and would really be a nice thing to do. Sign up sheets are available in the back of the church usually on the fellowship table to sign your name on.  

We are also always looking for new members to join our Worship committee team. If you are interested please contact Cyndi P. or any council member and they can give you more information. Thank you.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

I'm on vacation this week and so far (Tuesday afternoon) am really enjoying some time off. This is a "stay-cation" for me.  Portland is a great place for rest and relaxation.  Even though I'm on vacation I am providing coverage in case of urgent pastoral care needs.  So if you have a pressing need for pastoral care, please do not hesitate to phone me or email me. See my contact information on the weekly bulletin.  In any case, I'm truly grateful for your generosity in providing the pastor with time off.  Pastor Linda Easterling will be preaching and presiding at worship in my absence on September 25.  May God bless your worship this Sunday!

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Lessons for Sunday, September 25, 2016
Jeremiah 32:1-4a, 6-15
1 Timothy 6:6-19
Luke 16:19-31

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool
                    No Bible Study

Thursday    9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool

Friday        9:00 - 12:00 p KOK Preschool

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

Sunday     8:30 & 11:00 a Worship
                9:45 a Sunday School for all ages

*October Newsletter articles are due September 27th.

*'P.O.P' pledges are due

*Next Scrip order is October 2nd

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Adult Education - Sunday, September 18, 2016

Announcement from Pastor Brian

This Sunday, September 18, we'll show a video called "Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think."  Several years ago, the renowned Gallup polling organization conducted tens of thousands of interviews with residents in 35 predominantly Muslim nations, in addition to smaller populations in Europe and the US.  The film focuses on issues of Gender Justice, Terrorism, and Democracy.  Gallup's polling research challenges the notion that Muslims and the West are on a collision course, and instead suggests that there is a significant degree of shared interests.

The documentary is just over 50 minutes long.  We'll view half of it this Sunday and the second half on the following Sunday, September 25.  We'll start showing the video at 10:00 a.m. for about 25 minutes and then have time for discussion.

I've seen this video and highly recommend it.  I hope you'll join us to see for yourself.

Check out this review, posted on a well-known online shopping web site:

"This is one of the best films I have seen on the Muslim world. My hat is off to the people that produced this. Unlike your run of the mill documentary or cable television report this is an in-depth, coherent and logical analysis of what drives Muslim public opinion. This is exactly the kind of thing that we as Americans need to watch so we can begin to understand the politics of the region and what has shaped the Muslim population's worldview. I would highly recommend this for anyone who wants to actually learn a thing or two about the Muslim world. It's some serious food for thought, and we could all use a little more of that."

See you Sunday!
Pastor Brian

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday message

What great music we had at SOV this past weekend!  How could anyone not come away impressed?  Saturday night's concert was indeed a "Change the World" experience.  Director of Music Jon Quesenberry put together a fabulous ensemble.  Our choir was joined by guest soloists, band members joined by guest musicians, and Jon directed the whole to perfection.  To say "Well done!" would be fitting but falls short of the praise deserved.  Moreover, many other members of SOV provided volunteer logistical support that made the entire evening a delight.  Thank you, all of you, for your ministry.  I'm told we had about 90 people present.  The quality of performance merited ten times that attendance.  If you missed the concert, well, God willing there will be another such concert next year and you'll be able to enjoy it then.

That concert alone would have been enough to make for a great weekend of music, but since God is good we also had amazing special music just a few hours later on Sunday morning.  It was Rally Sunday and our Bluegrass worship services were, in my opinion, a resounding success.  The Hakanson Family Bluegrass Band led music for worship.  I couldn't stop smiling at their playing and singing!  Superior musicianship, spot-on timing, tight harmonies, excellent ensemble — authentic bluegrass music done right.  Easy to tell they've been playing together for 16 years.  It was fun to sing along with traditional American gospel songs like "I Saw the Light" and "I'll Fly Away."  Meanwhile, our choir and band got a well deserved day of rest.  Gratitude to Jon for knowing who to call and getting them on board for Rally Sunday.

SOV's music program is a significant achievement in congregational ministry.  I'm impressed and I hope that you all are proud of it.  As we continue the process of calling a new pastor, the music program is something you can show off and build on.  And the Call Committee is getting names of new candidates tonight!  God bless the Call Committee in their work and likewise bless the choir, band, and Director of Music in theirs.  We can thank God for great music at SOV not just this past weekend but every Sunday.  And that will help us carry on in joy as we join with God to change the world.

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Lessons for Sunday, September 18, 2016
Amos 8:4-7
Psalm 113
Luke 16:1-13

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00  p  KOK preschool
                   10:00 a   Bible Study
               
Thursday    9:00 - 1:00 p KOK preschool
                  10:00 a LLL

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 a worship services
                  9:45 a Sunday School for all ages

*Sunday School for all ages at 9:45 am begins Sunday, September 18th

Classes for children ages 3 years through 8th grade are available as well as Adult Education.

Invitation to support the DEAR program from Carolyn and Gordon Teifel, who are former members of SOV

You are invited to the
Cedar Hills FIVE GUYS
Wed. Sept 14th, and Sat. Sept. 17th
11 am to 9 pm

Your meal will help pay for the new air purifiers which capture and lock in pollen, dust, bacteria and mold to reduce sickness in our customers and staff. Please present a flyer when you order so that DEAR will receive 15% of your purchase.  Thank you for supporting the 32 people with profound disabilities at the DEAR day program.

Daytime Enrichment Activities & Recreation (DEAR)
In 2003, Sue Watson went on a quest to find a day program that would fit her 21 year old son who was severely developmentally handicapped. After five years of researching, planning and working by a few parents, Daytime Enrichment Activities & Recreation (DEAR) opened its doors in December 2008 with three customers and three staff members in a Beaverton business suite.

The individual service plans of the customers are the guiding documents for the care providers.  Those goals lead to daily activities that DEAR will accomplish or exceed.  Services now include medically fragile nursing care.  The customers have blossomed in their own ways as they have responded to the nurturing culture of the staff.

DEAR's facility expanded in 2011 and there are currently 32 customers, many in wheelchairs, and 15 outstanding staff members, including three nurses.  DEAR's 2016 average monthly expenses are $49,000.  The State of Oregon pays 78% of the expenses.  We are thankful for individual donations as grants are not awarded for monthly expenses.  

DEAR is a wonderful day program for adults with profound disabilities who need help with most living skills.  The program provides peace of mind and stress reduction to their families.

www.DEARdayprogram.com (view past newsletters, see pictures & donate)

Facebook:  Daytime Enrichment Activities & Recreation (DEAR)
Donations can be mailed to: DEAR, PO Box 5933, Aloha, OR 97006

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Today! Change the World Choir Concert

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church Choir and band presents

Change the World Choir Concert


Saturday, September 10, 2016
7:00 pm
17625 NW Cornell Road, Beaverton

Featuring
 Gospel/Pop music
 SOV Music Team
 6-pc band and guest
 Soloists and musicians

Refreshments to follow

Free will offering to offset concert expenses and toward SOV Youth Group trip to Houston

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Bluegrass music isn't something you hear every Sunday in a Lutheran Church.  But this Sunday, September 11, is Rally Sunday so we wanted to do something special to kick off the new school year.  We'll have bluegrass music in our hymns and other music.  I've picked out Bible readings that match the music, scripture to highlight the celebration that comes with redemption.

I wandered so aimless, life filled with sin
I wouldn't let my Dear Savior in
Then Jesus came like a stranger in the night
Praise the Lord! I saw the light!

(from "I Saw the Light," by Carol Perkins — this Sunday's opening hymn)

Returning to God is a theme found throughout the Bible.  Returning, repentance, turning around: all these are terms to call us back to God.  Rally Sunday is a great day to return to God by turning around and coming back to church.  Yes, summer's a great time to stay away and play outdoors.  But this time is the right time to return to SOV and get some Jesus in you.

I was a fool to wander and stray
Straight is the gate and narrow the way
Now I have traded the wrong for the right
Praise the Lord!  I saw the light!

(final verse of "I Saw the Light")

We'll have fine musicians this Sunday who play bluegrass music well.  They'll help us sing these old hymns with good spirit — the Holy Spirit!  Whether you come to first or second service, please plan to hang out at church during the break between.  The Parish Education team has Rally Day activities for the whole family that will help us move into Sunday School and Adult Ed. for the coming year.  We'll help each other learn the Gospel Way:

Let us greet with a song of hope each day
Though the moments be cloudy or fair
Let us trust our Savior always
To keep us, every one, in His care

(from "Keep on the Sunny Side," by June Carter Cash — this Sunday's closing hymn)

Worship services start at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.   See you at church!

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Lessons for September 11, 2016
1 Chronicles 15:16, 25-29
James 5:13-20
Luke 5:27-39

THIS WEEK


Wednesday 10:00 a Bible Study
                   6:30 - 7:30 p KOK Back to School Night

Thursday     7:00 p LLL

Friday          1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday      9:30 - 11:30  SOV choir rehearsal
                    7:00 p    Change the World Concert

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 a worship services


Please join us and invite others to attend
Change the World Concert
7:00 pm
September 10, 2016

Featuring Gospel/Pop music
a 6-piece band
and guest soloists and musicians

Sunday, September 11, 2016
Fall worship services begin
8:30 & 11:00 am worship services
Rally Sunday/Sunday school introduction for all ages
9:45 am

KOK Fall 2016 Registration
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 kokprreschool@gmail.com

Join us for Rally Sunday School—Between Services

What is Rally Sunday?  It's the beginning of our program year for Sunday School and adult education and is for the ENTIRE CONGREGATION

First, we need to register the children and get to know the families.  After a bit, we will take the children downstairs while Pastor Brian talks with adults about the Adult Sunday School Program.  The kids will return to the sanctuary and we will all have fellowship with treats and a special activity.  God's word is so valuable to our lives—see you there!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Labor Day comes next Monday.  It marks the end of summer, at least as far as school kids and vacationing families are concerned.  Most of us treat it as just one of many cultural holidays that provide us with a three-day weekend and another chance to imbibe one of our favorite alcoholic beverages (a "tall, cool one" in the beer-soaked working-class lingo of my home state, Wisconsin).  But as with other holidays (like Christmas), we tend to forget the "reason for the season" when it comes to Labor Day.

Labor Day began in the 1880s to celebrate the strength and spirit of trade and labor organizations.  This was during the "Gilded Age" when the forty-hour work week and decent workplace conditions for most people didn't yet exist in the early years of American industrialization.  Labor Day marked the celebration of all the organizing and negotiating activity which led to the humane working conditions, fair wages, and freedom from workplace discrimination that most of us now take for granted.  Interestingly, in 1887 Oregon was the first state officially to recognize Labor Day.

What does Labor Day have to do with the Church?  In terms of institutional commitments, nothing.  But in terms of valuing the dignity of human life, there are deep connections between the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the values expressed in the origins of the Labor Day celebration.  Jesus cared deeply about the poor common people and took direct action to end their exploitation by powerful leaders.  Jesus fed huge crowds and healed so many sick folks that he could find little time for his own prayer practice.  He encouraged people to throw a good party to celebrate God's goodness while he was still around to share the joy.  I suspect Jesus would have liked to sip a tall, cool one with them.  And he proclaimed rest for laborers:  "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls."  (Matthew 11:28-29)

So as you celebrate Labor Day next Monday, don't just hoist your cool drink and enjoy your day off.   Remember Jesus, his love for the poor, and all the generations of saints who have labored with him to bring in a harvest of righteousness and justice so that everyone can find rest in the goodness of God.

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Lessons for Sunday, September 4th
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
Luke 14:25-33

THIS WEEK

Wednesday 10:00 a Bible Study

Thursday     4:30 p Memorial Service for Lola Elliott (Tammie Dees mother)
                    6:00 p Men's Night at Reedville Cafe

Friday          1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday      9:30 - 11:00 a SOV Choir Concert

Sunday        10:00 a One worship service

Memorial Service for Lola Elliott
Thursday, September 1, 2016
4:30 pm, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
Reception following service

One Service
Sunday, September 4, 2016
10:00 am

Change the World Concert
September 10, 2016
7:00 pm

Rally Sunday
September 11, 2016
worship services at 8:30 & 11:00 am (Fall Schedule begins)
Sunday School introduction at 9:45 am