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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Last Sunday Bill Russell of the Union Gospel Mission gave us a great presentation at Adult Ed.  He spoke about the crisis of homelessness in the greater Portland area and shared some engaging stories about the excellent work UGM does in helping people turn their lives around after they've just about hit bottom.  Folks who attended (30 or so) were totally engaged listening to Bill's message.

Afterwards, some of them came to me and said, "There's a lot of energy around this today.  Can we gather a group to talk about organizing support for UGM's work at Shepherd?"  Yes, we can.

So I'm announcing here that we'll have a forum next Sunday between services to talk about UGM.  We'll discuss Bill's message, hear what folks have to say about UGM's work, and brainstorm about how Shepherd might assist UGM.  UGM serves the homeless, hungry, and hurting in Portland, Beaverton, and Tigard.  It's worthy of support.  We just have to decide how we want to proceed, and then do it.

We'll start at 10:00 and wrap up at 10:45 a.m.  Jesus will be there; you might get a chance to talk with him if you come and join the discussion.

Finally, please look for a second email today from SOV.  I've asked Tammy, our Church Secretary, to forward you a message of "Post-Election Affirmations" from Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke of the Oregon Synod.  It's a reminder of who we are as God's people and Lutheran Christians in America.  Please read the Bishop's letter and then give some prayerful thought to his encouraging message.

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Lessons for Sunday, November 20, 2016
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 1:68-79

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK preschool/chapel
                    10:00 am Bible Study

Thursday    9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool
                   10:00 am LLL
                   7:00 pm Council Meeting

Friday        9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK preschool
                   6:00 - 10:00 pm Thanksgiving  food basket preparation

Saturday   8:00 - 12:00 pm Thanksgiving  food basket preparation

Sunday       8:30 & 11:00 am Worship services, Christ the King Sunday
                  KOK Christmas Greens pick up between worship services.


Just a reminder; if you ordered Christmas Greens through KOK, pick up is Sunday, November 20th. If you did not order, and would like to purchase a wreath or swag Wendy has some extra items for sale.

Thanksgiving Food Basket preparations, this Friday and Saturday
Friday       6 pm - 10 pm
Saturday  8 am - 12 pm
For more information contact Tom or Lisa or anyone from the social concerns committee.