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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Last Thursday I got together with a bunch of other Interim Pastors.  We meet every other month for check-in and mutual support.  When my turn came I told them about the four-Sunday process we're doing to improve healthy communications skills at SOV.  They were impressed.  Rightly so.  Every congregation has some degree of conflict.  Every church experiences challenges to living well with one another.  The only question is what they choose do to about these things.  Mostly, they choose to ignore the issues.  Then their congregation's quality of life suffers.  It's the rare congregation that chooses to deal constructively with these challenges.  SOV is that rare congregation.  It's a sign of strength and resilience that SOV members are learning communication skills and transforming the way they speak with each other.  These benefits spread beyond church to every part of our lives.  This reminds me of a work of calligraphy I've cherished for years.  It reads: "Words are so powerful they should be used only to bless, to heal, to prosper."  That's just what SOV is learning to do — use its words to bless and to heal.  And so you will prosper.

In a few days, on Sunday October 23, we will have the third session in our four-Sunday sequence.  We'll discuss guidelines for healthy communication.  The Healthy Communications Ad Hoc Committee has written a first draft of guidelines based both on its own research and on the feedback they got from you at last Sunday's forum.  I invite you to read this one-page document and to reflect on the guidelines.  Come Sunday, HCAC members will lead a discussion about these guidelines.  I hope you'll come and offer your own insights so they can be incorporated in a revised draft of the guidelines as we head toward a congregational meeting on November 6.  At that meeting, a continuing resolution will be brought forward asking the congregation to ratify a "Communication Covenant" as a set of core values that would guide all our decisions and actions and which would serve as a standard for mutual accountability in our communication practices.  An official announcement of that congregational meeting will be coming out soon.  Meanwhile, please mark your calendars for November 6, 10:00 a.m., between the services on All Saints Sunday.

Dear God, may your word be on our lips and in our hearts as we go about your work at SOV.  Amen.

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Lessons for Sunday, October 23, 2016
Sirach 35:12-17
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Luke 18:9-14

THIS WEEK

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

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

Saturday       9:30 - 11:30 a SOV Choir
                     2:00 p Celebration of Life of Dean Kruse

Celebration of the Life of Dean Kruse
Saturday, October 22, 2016
2:00 pm
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
*In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in Dean's name to the "Oregon Zoo Foundation" to be added to the Animal Welfare endowment fund.  Dean completed his Ph.D. at the Oregon Zoo and was very dedicated to science education, animal welfare, conservation and the zoo. The Animal Welfare endowment fund supports projects and research that benefit zoo animal welfare.

Donations may be made online at http://www.oregonzoo.org/get-involved/support-zoo or by check payable to the "Oregon Zoo Foundation" and mailed to 4001 SW Canyon Rd., Portland, Oregon 97221. Please indicate that the gift is "in memory of Dean Kruse," so that it will be added to the animal welfare endowment fund.

Please Join us for Adult Education Sunday at 9:45
Review of last week, presentation of initial draft of guidelines/covenant with discussion and feedback. Healthy Communications committee members: Judith Hedberg-Duff, Michael Johnson, Karen Sugiyama, Russell Martinelli,  Reynold Roeder, Pastor Brian

Last Sunday to order your KOK Christmas Greens
You can drop it by during the week or give to Wendy on Sunday. Thank you for your support.