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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Join Us this Sunday

Christmas Eve Sunday, December 24th
     One Worship Service at 10:00 am




Christmas Eve Candle light Services w/communion, December 24th
     4:00 pm
     6:00 pm


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wednesday Reminders

Lessons for Sunday, December 17, 2017
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Psalm 126
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 12:30 p KOK Preschool
                      5:30 - 6:30 p Advent potluck soup supper
                      6:30 - 7:00 p Holden Evening Prayer Service
                      7:00 p Choir Rehearsal

Thursday      9:00 - 12:30 p KOK Preschool
                      7:00 p  Council Meeting

Friday          6:00 p Carol Service; Portland Marthoma Church

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 a Worship Services
                    12:00 p Caroling
                    1:30 p Confirmation Class
                    1:30 p OEC

New Member Sunday
New members will be welcomed as part of SOV on Sunday, December 17, during worship.

Holiday Drop N Shop
Saturday December 16th 1pm-5pm at SOV
Drop off your child(ren) for $10 a child and do some shopping for the holidays. We will have crafts and games for the children. All proceeds will go towards the ELCA Youth Gathering Trip to Houston

Scrip Order Sunday, December 17th

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Join us this Sunday the 10th

Second Sunday of Advent
  • Worship at 8:30 and 11:00
    Baptism of Jethro Josiah Rukundo at 11:00 am service
  • Sunday School for all school ages at 10:00 am;  bake and decorate cookies all are welcome (last Sunday School for December)
  • Christmas Caroling following 11:00 am service (at local retirement communities), All are welcome!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

A colleague of mine, an avid runner and all around health conscious pastor, suffered a massive stoke on his early morning jog a few years ago. This incredibly creative individual, an artist with words, lost his ability to communicate. A couple years later he told me of the frustration of knowing what he wanted to say and not having any way to speak or signal his thoughts to another. Over time he learned to rebuild the conduits in his mind and regained the power of speech.  In the same visit he told me that the most important thing he learned/realized in the months of silence has how important it was to "know where you're coming from"; so much of his life, he told me, had been concerned with where he was going.

Moving through Advent I find myself reviewing the steps of my journey in life. Something about the themes of "readiness" and "watchfulness", about the proclamation of the good news in the lives of shepherds and the impending birth of a child, of John the Baptist pointing out at the empty wilderness toward the one who is coming soon reminds me of the need to remember "where I am coming from" so that I might be open to what I might be led into. The shepherds came from the fields at night; Mary and Joseph came from Nazareth to Bethlehem; the Magi came from somewhere in Persia to Jerusalem and then to the home of Jesus. They all brought something with them: the report of God's messengers in the dark amid grazing and sleeping sheep, the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh along with the recognition of the whole world; and the soon-to-be-born child who would reclaim the entirety of God's creation.

Where are you coming from? What do you bring? A couple Advent questions for this week.

Some notes:
We will be receiving new members on December 17th
Advent Evening Prayer will be celebrated at 6:30 on Wednesday evenings following the 5:30 soup supper
Third Sunday Confirmation meets on the 17th
Christmas is coming!

Along the way,
PD

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Lessons for Sunday, December 10th
Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Mark 1:1-8

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 12:30 p KOK Preschool
                      5:30 p Advent Potluck Soup Supper
                      6:30 p Holden Evening Prayer Service
                      7:00 p SOV Choir rehearsal

Thursday      9:00 - 12:30 p KOK Preschool

Friday           7:00 p Portland Marthoma Church rehearsal

Sunday         8:30 & 11:00 am Worship Service
                     10:00 a Sunday School; Christmas cookie baking and decorating
                     Christmas Caroling (following 11:00 a worship)

Sunday School invites you to cookie baking and decorating
Sunday, December 10th at 10:00 am. (last Sunday school session until January 2018)

SOV Christmas Caroling!
Christmas Caroling for ALL ages!  Everyone is welcome!
Bring your friends, children, grandchildren and yourselves as we reach out into the retirement centers where we have SOV members and many others  hat just love it when people come to share time together with music and friendship.  We will be caroling this Sunday, December 10 as well as Sunday, December 17.  

This Sunday, December 10, we will be singing at three Retirement facilities and ending the evening meeting at Old Chicago for fellowship time. This is the current schedule for Sunday afternoon:

Laurel Parc at Bethany Village @ 1:30 PM
Bethany Avamere at 3 PM
Rock Creek Retirement at 4:45 PM.

Sunday, December 17 we will be singing at:

1:30 PM at Hearthstone - Murrayhill on Davies off Scholls Ferry Rd.
3:30 PM  at Russelville Park at 3:30 PM - East side of Portland

Christmas music books will be provided. Everyone is encouraged to dress in your Christmas Spirit, wear your Christmas attire, bring your jingle bells and we will even provide Santa hats.  We can carpool from church. The more the Merrier!

If you have questions please contact Diane Lewis, Dan Crothers or any member of the choir.


December Newsletter is available online
https://www.sovlutheran.com/news/pdf/december2017.pdf

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wednesday Happenings

Tonight we gather at 6:30 for our first Advent Evening Prayer Service, following a 5:30 soup supper. We will be singing the service "Holden Evening Prayer" with a short reading and advent meditation during the service. Each week we will look at a section of the familiar Christmas story in Luke, Chapter 2 and asking the question: Where do we find Jesus?  Tonight we look for Jesus "In the World".  See you there!

The season of Advent begins on Sunday. Our worship service will have a couple of new (and traditional) elements added: the Service of Confession and Forgiveness at the beginning and the Apostles' Creed following the hymn of the sermon and hymn of the day. Advent is a season of "getting ready", focused on the impending and immanent presence of Jesus the Anointed one of God. Sunday worship in Advent is a wonderful way to keep the true impact of Christmas in our lives.

On the 2nd Sunday of Advent we will celebrate Holy Baptism, and on the third Sunday of the season we will be receiving new members! If you are interested in joining Shepherd of the Valley please contact Pastor Dan or the church office to make sure we are ready!

A note for your calendar: the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve are both on the same calendar date this year, December 24! We will have only one service that morning (and on December 31st, New Year's Eve Day as well).

Have a good Advent!

Along the way,

Pastor Dan

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Lessons for Sunday,  December 3, 2017  First Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 64:1-9
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:24-37

THIS WEEK

Wednesday 9:30 - 12:30 p KOK Preschool
                     5:30 - 6:30 p Advent Soup Supper
                     6:30 - 7:00 p Advent Holden Evening Prayer Service
                     7:00 p SOV Choir rehearsal

Thursday     9:30 - 12:30 p KOK Preschool

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 a Worship Services

Scrip Sunday, December 3
Scrip cards makes great gifts; neighbor, co worker, stocking stuffers, hostess gifts etc.

Sunday School at 10:00
Please join us for Ornament Making, all are invited to attend.

Youth Group Fundraiser/s
Please continue to drop off your recycable bottles and cans.
To date the  youth has collected $275.00

*Holiday Drop N Shop

Saturday December 16th 1pm-5pm at SOV
Drop off your child(ren) for $10 a child and do some shopping for the holidays. We will have crafts and games for the children. All proceeds will go towards the ELCA Youth Gathering Trip to Houston

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wednesday Happenings

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope your plans and celebrations for the day of gratitude are fulfilled and that the blessings of God become real in new ways for you all.

On Sunday we celebrate "Christ the King",
the church holiday that falls on the last Sunday of the church year and that reminds us that God's rule is eternal and remains complete even as human structures and temples fall and fail. There will be an insert in the bulletin on "Shalom", the Hebrew concept of peace, completeness, fulfillment and joy among other things. In short "shalom" is a prayer for the realization of the vision of the rule of a good and gracious God among us. The words come from a sermon preached by the Rev. Dr.  George Madsen, a teacher of the church whom I had the joy of meeting a few years back at a presentation by his daughter, the Rev. Dr. Anna Madsen, another teacher of the church. It is with his permission that I will share these words with you on Sunday.

Mid-week Advent Services begin on November 29. We will gather at 6:30 (following a 5:30 Soup Supper) to sing "Holden Evening Prayer" and reflect briefly on this season of preparation. The season of Advent begins on Sunday, December 3 and moves us through December to the celebration of the birth of Jesus on Christmas eve.

Wednesday Adult Bible Study
will be suspended during Advent and will begin again in January.

Confirmation Class meets on the 3rd Sunday from 12:30 to 2:30.  We are weaving a study of Bible and Catechetical instruction along with searching for the presence of God in our very real lives. We listen for God's word alive in music, art and in movies like "Up". We are off to a wonderful start!

Prayers for you all as we journey along the way.

Pastor Dan

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Lessons for Sunday, November 26th, Christ the King Sunday
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm 95:1-7a
Ephesians 1:15-23
Matthew 25:31-46

THIS WEEK

Thursday     Offices Closed
                    Happy Thanksgiving

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 am Worship Services
                     No Sunday School

Next Scrip Order
December 3rd
Scrip cards are great for; stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, gift exchanges, co-workers, neighbors etc.

First Sunday in Advent
December 3

Wednesdays of Advent begin December 6th
5:30/5:45 pm  Potluck Soup supper & bread
6:30 pm Holden Evening Prayer Service

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday's Highlights

Things to keep  in mind this week …..

First, this Sunday is the Third Sunday!  Confirmation class meets following the second service until about 2:30 p.m. Bring your Bibles, questions, concerns, music and whatever means "faith" to you!

Please remember to keep the elected and appointed leadership of SOV in your prayers as council meets this week to attend to the business amid the busyness of being the church. Leadership is in the process of putting together a Spending Plan (Budget) that will allow us to serve the world as followers of Jesus.

Bible Study continues on Wednesday mornings at 10:00; the text for today is Matthew 25.14-30. The following week there will be no Wednesday Bible study as we will all be preparing for Thanksgiving! (If you want to read ahead the Gospel for Sunday the 26th it will be Matthew 25.31-46.)

This brings us to December 3, the season of Advent— the church's "new year" and the time of preparation to hear again the story of the God who surrounds us all coming to walk with us through a human child in Bethlehem. Sunday worships will move us toward the celebration of Christmas as will the half-hour weekly services at 6:30 on Wednesday nights, following a soup supper at 5:30.

Along the way,  Pastor Dan

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Lessons for Sunday, November 19, 2017
Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18
Psalm 90:1-8, 12
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-30

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 12:30 pm KOK Preschool
                      10:00 am  Bible Study
                      6:30 - 8:30 pm  SOV Choir rehearsal

Thursday      9:00 - 12:30 pm KOK Preschool

Friday           6:00 pm Thanksgiving Food Basket Preparation

Saturday       8:30 am Thanksgiving Food Basket assembly and distribution

Sunday         8:30 & 11:00 am Worship services
                      12:30 pm Confirmation class
                      1:30 pm OEC

Friday and Saturday
Thanksgiving Food Basket preparation, assembly and distribution

KOK Christmas Greens
Pick up your order after worship this Sunday, November 19th or Monday, November 20th during preschool hours.

Helping Portland's Homeless
SOV is collecting New, Used or Homemade blankets, hats, mittens, scarves, jackets. Cold weather items can be brought to the church and will be delivered to Portland's Union Gospel Mission

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wednesday Reminders

Lessons for Sunday, November 12th
Amos 5:18-24
Psalm 70
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  
9:00- 12:30 pm  KOK Preschool
                      10:00 am Bible Study
                       6:30 - 8:30 pm SOV Choir rehearsal

Thursday      9:00 - 12:30 pm KOK Preschool

Sunday         8:30 & 11:00 am Worship services
                      9:45 pm Sunday School preschool - 8th grade

Stewardship Pledge forms are due Sunday, November 12th

Thanksgiving Food Baskets
prep and assembly
November 17 & 18
For more information contact Lisa Ramsey-Barnes

KOK Greens pick up
November 19 & 20th

November newsletter is available;  https://www.sovlutheran.com/news/pdf/november2017.pdf

Friday, November 3, 2017

Wednesday Reminders

Lessons for Sunday, November 5th
Revelation 7:9-17
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
1 John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12

THIS WEEK

Saturday   Daylight Savings Time ends
                  Turn your clocks back one hour before bed

Sunday     8:30 & 11:00 am   Sunday Worship
                  10:00 am   Sunday School for preschool - 8th grade
                  1:30 pm     OEC Church
                  Scrip Order Sunday

Pledge Forms
Please remember to turn in your pledge form by Sunday, November 12. Additional blank forms and envelopes are available at the ushers' station. Simply note "pledge form" on the envelope, and it will be given directly to our Financial Secretary.  Thank you very much for your support.

SOV YOUTH GROUP is collecting recyclable beverage cans and bottles to support their way to the ELCA Youth Convention. If you would like to donate your empty containers please place them in the church Narthex.

Friday, October 6, 2017

SOV Potluck on October 29

Hello SOV Community -

It's not too soon to think about our Reformation Anniversary potluck on October 29.  We are asking folks to sign up and bring either a salad or side dish, a main dish, or a dessert. We would like to encourage you to look to your own experiences with "Lutheran food" as you participate.

What is Lutheran food? For some, it's lutefisk or Danish butter cookies. For others, it's German sausage or hot potato salad. Most Lutherans (that I know) love coffee. And some of us remember potlucks that included many colors of jello, many kinds of casseroles, and wonderful baked desserts. This is a time to celebrate our past, our present community with all of its diversity, and to look forward with joy to who we will become together as children of God. Let's do it with food! Bring whatever you like; just add your name, and check the category.

There will be a sign-up sheet in the narthex on Sunday.

God bless!
The Fellowship Team

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday message

Good Wednesday to you all!

A few notes for the week:

First, there will be no Adult Bible Study next Wednesday as I will be at the annual Bishop's gathering for Pastor's/Rostered Leaders of the Synod. We will resume on the 18th at 10:00 a.m.

Second, thanks to the Council for the hard work on Saturday! We gathered for a day-long retreat to review the Strategic Plan for Shepherd of the Valley; to work on the development of a process to move us toward resolution on issues that divide for whenever they arise; to do a little bit of necessary business (moving forward on parking lot repairs!); to design a process for the evaluation of the pastor and the ministries of Shepherd of the Valley and more. It was a long, productive day!

Third, Council Officers will be installed at worship this Sunday, October 8th at both services.

Fourth, Confirmation Class begins a week from Sunday, October 15, for the first of our "Third Sunday" gatherings. The group will meet after worship, from about 12:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. and is open to 6th -8th graders (and others around that age group who might have not yet finished the confirmation process).

Finally I have an invitation for any who wish to become members of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran: please let me know if you are thinking about this! We have a few persons who have transferred membership to this congregation over the last few months and others who I know are considering joining the community. We will soon schedule a "Reception of Members" service and I don't want anyone to be left out!

Along the way, PD

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Lessons for Sunday, October 8th
Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80:7-15
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  7:00 pm SOV Choir rehearsal

Thursday     9:00 - 12:30 pm KOK preschool
                     10:00 - 11:30 am Sunset Cluster

Sunday       8:30 & 11:00 am Worship
                    9:45 am Sunday School

KOK Christmas Green's fundraiser
Order forms and green's samples located in the Narthex. Orders will be taken until October 28th.

SOV Youth Group fundraiser
Donate your returnable cans and bottles to support SOV's youth group trip to the ELCA youth convention. Cans and bottles may be deposited in designated container located in the narthex.

Reformation 500 celebration
October 29, 2017
One worship service at 10:00 am, followed by potluck luncheon and celebration.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wednesday Highlights

October begins on Sunday!  Here are some of the things on my list for this busy month:
  • Sunday School begins!
  • Confirmation class for grades 6-8 will begin on October 15, the Third Sunday, from 12:30 to 3:00.
  • On Sunday, October 29, Shepherd of the Valley will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. There will be one worship service that day at 10:00 a.m. and a potluck will follow. During the month of October a special offering opportunity will be available to contribute to the needs of those affected  by fires and hurricanes during the last several weeks. More information will follow from the committees!
  • I will be gone for a few days (9th through the 11th) for the annual Synod Bishop's Convocation, a time for rostered ministers and pastors of the Oregon Synod to gather with synod staff for learning, training and conversation.
  • Stewardship! Watch for opportunities to think about giving as a part of your discipleship as the Council and Committees begin to develop a Spending Plan for next year.
I hope your fall is going well! See you at worship.

Pastor Dan

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Lessons for Sunday, October 1
Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
Psalm 25:1-9
Philippians 2:1-13
Matthew 21:23-32

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 12:30 pm KOK Preschool
                     10:00 am Bible Study with Pastor Dan
                      7:00 pm SOV choir rehearsal

Thursday      9:00 - 12:30 pm KOK Preschool


Scrip Order Sundays in October
October 1 and 15

Mark Your Calendars
Reformation 500 Celebration
October 29th
One Service at 10:00 am

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Highlights

…….from Pastor Dan

As we move into fall at Shepherd of the Valley and as we move forward into our journey together, it is time to get some things started!

Wednesday morning Bible Study  will resume next week, September 27 at 10:00 a.m. This week we will be studying the lessons for the upcoming Sunday (October 1) focusing on the Gospel Reading: Matthew 21.23-32. We will also decide how to shape the future studies. All are welcome.

Confirmation Classes  for grades 6-8 will meet this year on the Third Sunday afternoons from 12:30 to 3:00! This group will meet once a month and will focus on the Lord's Prayer, the Apostles' Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Sacraments (Baptism and Communion), faith and life and, of course, the Bible!

The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation will be celebrated on Sunday, October 29 at Shepherd of the Valley. Be alert for further announcements and details from the Committees and Council.

Along the way,
Pastor Dan


THIS WEEK


Wednesday  9;00 - 1:00 pm KOK preschool
                      7:00 pm Choir rehearsal

Thursday   9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK preschool

Friday         9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK preschool

Sunday       8:30 & 11:00 am worship
                    Reformation 500 book sale, last day to view and order your books

Last Sunday to visit Reformation 500 bookstore

Books are on display in the narthex, order your selections at 50% off through Wendy.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Fall Worship Schedule begins

Sunday September 10, 2017 begins our Fall Worship Schedule


Sunday services are 8:30 & 11:00 am

Sunday school will begin in October


This Sunday, September 10th will be Scrip Sunday. Only one order will be placed in September. Please give your order and payment to Caryl or drop it in the Scrip Order service center box located in the Narthex.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

SOV Church Picnic September 9, 2017

REMINDER


There will be a church picnic at 4 pm this Saturday. Everyone is invited to join in on the food, fellowship and fun.

We are aware of the smoky conditions. If necessary the event can be moved indoors. The situation will be monitored closely.

The church will provide the main dish and a light desert. We ask that you bring your favorite side-dish to share potluck style. There will also be plenty of games to play, and hopefully memories to be made.

Weather pending, the event will be held outside to soak up the last few rays of summer.


To help with event planning, please RSVP for the event. You are encouraged to invite friends to attend this event – all are welcome. To RSVP simply follow the link below.


https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DNN8CTW



We are also seeking volunteers to help with set-up, clean-up, and coordinating games and activities. If you would like to volunteer, there is a separate link to a google spreadsheet to sign-up.


https://goo.gl/qHK3dr



Please direct your questions about the event to Jacob T, who will be anchoring this event.


See you there!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

You’re Invited! SOV Church Picnic on 9/9/17

You are all invited to the Shepherd of the Valley Church Picnic on September 9th at 4 pm. Join us for a special evening of fellowship, food... and fun! This is an awesome opportunity to bond together as a community of Christ.


The church will provide the main dish and a light desert. We ask that you bring your favorite side-dish to share potluck style. There will also be plenty of games to play, and hopefully memories to be made.


Weather pending, the event will be held outside to soak up the last few rays of summer.


To help with event planning, please RSVP for the event. You are encouraged to invite friends to attend this event – all are welcome. To RSVP simply follow the link below.


https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DNN8CTW


We are also seeking volunteers to help with set-up, clean-up, and coordinating games and activities. If you would like to volunteer, there is a separate link to a google spreadsheet to sign-up.


https://goo.gl/qHK3dr


Please direct your questions about the event to Jacob Tabor, who will be anchoring this event. He can be reached by phone at 503-953-2604, or by email at jacobericktabor /at/ gmail dot com.


See you there!

Monday, July 31, 2017

An invitation to the installation of Pastor Dan Heath

The council and members of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church are pleased to announce the official Pastoral Installation Service of Pastor Dan Heath on Sunday, August 6th at 3:00 PM.

The entire community is invited to attend as we join with other pastors in this momentous occasion.


Pastoral Installation of Pastor Dan Heath
Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 3:00 pm

at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
17625 NW Cornell Road
Beaverton, Oregon 97006
Refreshments following



For clergy that plan on attending, the color is Red.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear fellow Bible students,

     Have you ever wondered about the difficult passages in the Hebrew Bible (the "Old Testament") that depict a violent God? Are you ready for a scholarly book on the subject? Here's a review of such a book. - Pastor Tom

     "The Crucifixion of the Warrior God: Interpreting the Old Testament's Violent Portraits of God in Light of the Cross" (Volumes 1 and 2), by Gregory A. Boyd
 
     Renowned pastor-theologian Gregory A. Boyd proposes a revolutionary way to read the Bible in this epic but accessible study. His "cruciform hermeneutic (interpretation)" stands as a challenge to the field of biblical studies and to all thoughtful Christians.
     Throughout Christian history, various answers have been proposed, ranging from the long-rejected explanation that these contrasting depictions are of two entirely different "gods" to recent social, cultural and literary theories that attempt to dispel the conflict.
     Developing a theological interpretation of Scripture that he labels a "cruciform hermeneutic," Boyd demonstrates how the Bible's violent images of God are reframed and their violence subverted when interpreted through the lens of the cross and resurrection. When read in this way, Boyd argues that these violent depictions bear witness to the same self-sacrificial nature of God that was ultimately revealed on the cross.

     "The Crucifixion of the Warrior God" is available at augsburgfortress.org/CrucifixionoftheWarriorGod.


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Lessons for Sunday, July 2, 2017
Jeremiah 28:5-9
Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
Romans 6:12-23
Matthew 10:40-42


THIS WEEK

Wednesday    10:00 am Bible Study

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

Sunday         8:30 & 10:30 am Worship service
                    Pastor Tom's appreciation celebration will take place between services.

A reminder --
The appreciation celebration for Pastor Tom is this Sunday between services.   Folks are invited to bring finger foods to share.

SOV Rummage Sale / Youth Group fundraiser
July 14 & 15
You can bring your gently used and cleaned items to the church, storage is being held downstairs.

Desire and Regina are proud to announce the arrival of baby Jethro on June 26, 2017.
8lbs  and 20 inches.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear SOVers and friends -

At the Oregon Synod Assembly we learned about "AMMPARO", a ministry for immigrant children.

Here's more:

AMMPARO Migrant Children

"Dios es nuestro amparo y fortaleza," ("God is our refuge and strength,") – Psalm 46:1

AMMPARO is a holistic, whole church commitment by the ELCA, as a church in the world, to accompany children today and in the future.

The word "amparo" in Spanish means the protection of a living creature from suffering or damage. The ELCA's strategy to Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities (AMMPARO) was envisioned after witnessing the plight of children who are forced to flee their communities because of complex and interrelated reasons, including chronic violence, poverty, environmental displacement and lack of opportunities in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Due to our connection to companion churches in the region, including companion synod relationships, and existing ministries in the U.S., the ELCA is well-positioned to help ensure that these vulnerable children are protected.

In a holistic, whole church response that connects international and US outcomes, the ELCA has developed this strategy based on the following commitments:
  • Uphold and guarantee basic human rights and safety of migrant children and their families;
  • Address the root causes of migration in countries from Central America's Northern Triangle and Mexico and the treatment of migrants in transit;
  • Work toward just and humane policies affecting migrants in and outside the U.S.; and
  • Engage as a church body with all of its companions, affiliates and partners to respond to the migration situation and its causes and to advocate for migrant children and their families.
As brothers and sisters in Christ, the ELCA is called to bear witness to the conditions affecting so many communities and to work to find solutions that will acknowledge the humanity in all of God's children. Join us in making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families.

Get involved

Pray for the safety of migrant children and families on the journey and for justice as they reach their destinations.

Become a Welcoming Congregation to accompany these children and families through their transition to life in the U.S. Link to resource. www.elca.org/Resources/AMMPARO

Advocate for justice for migrant children and families. www.elca.org/Advocacy

Accompany migrant children and families through the Guardian Angel Program as the physical presence of the church in the courtroom. https://Vimeo.com/157458987

Give to AMMPARO to provide opportunities for children and families in Central America and in the U.S. https://community.elca.org/donations/ammparo-donate



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Lessons for Sunday, June 25, 2017

Jeremiah 20:7-13
Psalm 69:7-18
Romans 6:1b-11
Matthew 10:24-39

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   10:00 am Bible Study

Saturday      9:30 - 11:30 am SOV choir rehearsal

Sunday        8:30 & 10:30 am Worship


Kids of the Kingdom Christian Preschool
is registering now for fall 2017 enrollment. Please email KOK: kokpreschool at gmail dot com with any questions you may have or to enroll.

SOV Rummage Sale
July 14 & 15
Now is a good time to sort your gently used and clean unwanted items aside to donate to the rummage sale. Items can be brought to SOV beginning July 10th.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

You're invited to a free concert featuring SOV's Jameson Tabor




Jameson Tabor in concert...


  • Saturday, June 24, 2017   at 6 PM - 8:30 PM
    4 days from now · 63–93° Sunny


  • Shute Park
    750 SE 8th Ave, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear friends in Christ,

     I was at a cluster pastor's meeting recently when the pastor of one of our neighboring ELCA churches mentioned that they were thinking of joining "MACG". I mentioned that my home church, King of Kings in Milwaukie, is already a member. What is MACG?

     Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good. Here is an explanation from their website:

Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good (MACG) is a group of nonpartisan, proactive, everyday citizens dedicated to making the Portland Metro Area a better place for all to live and thrive.  You'll find us working for change in churches and classrooms, in living rooms and union halls, in City Hall and in Salem.

Health Care Group

For more than 10 years, MACG has worked to make neighborhoods safer, promote accessible and affordable health care, and increase job opportunities among other issues.

We are a non-profit supported by the dues of our member organizations, individuals and foundations.  We are affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation, a coalition of like-minded organizations in cities across the United States, the UK, Germany, Canada and Australia.

At MACG, we believe that by working together we have the power to change our communities for the better.  We do more than just sign petitions and protest.  We take action.

Should Shepherd of the Valley join MACG? That might be something to think about and talk about.            Pastor Tom

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Lessons for Sunday, June 18, 2017

Exodus 19:2-8a

Psalm 100

Romans 5:1-8


THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 pm  KOK Preschool

                    10:00 am Bible Study

Thursday      9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool

Saturday       9:30 - 11:30 am SOV choir rehearsal

Sunday         8:30 & 10:30 am Worship Services

                    

Rummage Sale / Youth Group Fundraiser

WHEN:  Friday and Saturday, July 14 & 15 (Friday depends on the amount of volunteers willing to help)

WHERE: At SOV

 You can drop off gently used clean items the week before.  If you need sooner we can try and make arrangements. 

WHO: Youth group and Anyone can help staring Monday, July 10th from 10:00 to 2:00 pm.  Other hours will depend on need and availability. 

The sale will be Saturday 8-3.  Maybe on Fri depends on the help I have.

Please contact Kristi for more information or to sign up to help

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pastoral Candidate Update

Dear Friends,

It is with a glad heart and thanks to God that I can tell you Pastor
Dan has accepted our Call. While nothing is official until everything
is in writing, I wanted to share this very good news with you. He is
eagerly looking forward to our future together as am I. We are hoping
he can start in about a month, but there is that paperwork to do and
some obligations for him to fulfill.

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Call meeting last
Sunday and those who added questions and comments. The conversation
was lively and helpful. I will keep you all posted as we move to
finalize the process.

Shout to the Lord, all the earth. Let us sing!

Linnea Harmon

Council President

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ

     I noticed this line in the Second Lesson last Sunday: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you" (2 Corinthians 13:13) That line is the opening greeting of our worship service. It reminded me of how much of our worship language comes directly from the Bible.

     Here's more: 

"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, [God] who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:8-9)

"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!" (Luke 2:14)

"Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life." (John 6:68)

"The Lord is slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love." (Numbers 14:18)

"On that day, the first day of the week . . . Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." (John 20:19)

"Let us lift up our hearts as well as our hands to God in heaven." (Lamentations 3:41)

"[The seraphs] called to one another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory." (Isaiah 6:3)

"The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!" (Matthew 21:9)

"For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes." (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

"Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven . . ." (Matthew 6:9-13)

"You shall say to them, the Lord bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace." (Numbers 6:23-26)

            Peace be with you,             Pastor Tom

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Lessons for Holy Trinity Sunday
Genesis 1:1-2:4a
Psalm 8
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Matthew 28:16-20

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 PM KOK preschool
                   10:00 am Bible Study

Thursday     9:00 - 1:00 PM KOK preschool

Friday          9:00 - 1:00 PM KOK preschool

Saturday      9:30 - 11:30 am SOV choir rehearsal

Sunday        10:00 am One Worship Service
                        Pastoral Candidate Vote
                        Annual Congregational Meeting

Please note:
One service at 10:00 am on Sunday, June 11th, followed by Pastoral vote and Annual Congregational Meeting. Please plan to attend!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Message from your council president

Dear Friends,

Next Sunday, June 11, will be an important day for SOV. We will convene our annual meeting right after our 10:00 a.m.service (only one service that Sunday). This meeting will be followed immediately with a second meeting to vote on calling Pastor Dan Heath.

At the annual meeting we will elect our President, Treasurer, and Council Committees. We will also vote on a change to the Constitution. Your Council is recommending this change to Section C11.03 so it more accurately reflects the intention.

The section currently reads:
No officer shall hold more than one office at a time. No elected officer shall be eligible to serve more than one term in the same office, except for the treasurer who will be eligible to serve two terms.

The recommended change would instead read:
No officer shall hold more than one office at a time. No elected officer shall be eligible to serve consecutive terms in the same office, except for the treasurer who will be eligible to serve two consecutive terms.

As you can see, we are seeking to clarify the section by indicating no one can serve consecutive terms in the same office.

Our second meeting will be to vote on the Call Committee's recommendation that we issue a call to Pastor Dan Heath. If that vote is successful, we will also vote on his compensation package.

Although the agendas are brief, as you can see, these are both very important meetings for SOV. Please plan to attend.

Blessings to you,
Linnea Harmon
Council President

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear Followers of Jesus,

     All my life I've wondered, if faced with an emergency situation, whether I would be able to step up and risk my self for the sake of someone else's life or well being. Last Friday, three men stepped forward on a Max train to protect the lives of two women who were being threatened by an armed man. Two of the three were killed by the attacker and one was seriously wounded.
     Three weeks ago my wife and I put up a sign next to the street in front of our house. The sign expresses our beliefs and values concerning equality and human rights. That sign has been vandalized twice. I assume that whoever has vandalized the sign disagrees with our statement and is trying to discourage, if not intimidate, us from displaying it.
     Daily, in various ways, each one of us is called upon to follow Jesus. Normally we do that in ways that seem ordinary and non-threatening. Once in a while we find our life in Christ opposed by individuals or groups who make us feel at risk in some way. Rarely, we must put ourselves in harm's way if we wish to follow Jesus.
     It's called the way of the cross. Jesus went that way, into and through death, and into life. The Spirit calls us, strengthens us, and gives us courage, so that we may follow Jesus on the way of the cross, every day.

     In the Peace of Jesus,          Pastor Tom

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Lessons for Pentecost Sunday
Acts 2:1-21
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
John 20:19-23

THIS WEEK

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

Thursday     9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK preschool
                    6:00 pm Couples Night at Cruise In Country Diner

Friday         9:00 0 12:00 pm KOK preschool

Saturday    9:30 - 11:30 am SOV choir rehearsal

Sunday       8:30 & 10:30 am Summer worship schedule begins
                  Pentecost Sunday (wear red)
                  Confirmation Sunday at 10:30 service

Scrip Sunday, June 4th
Last chance for scrip orders until September. There will be no scrip service this summer, order now for grads, dads and personal use.

June 4th, 5:00 pm at SOV
Baby Shower for Regina and Desire

Sunday, June 11th
One Service at 10:00 am
Congregational Annual Meeting

Sunday, June 18th
Graduation Celebration between services
Please send your Graduates information to secretarysov at gmail.com

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

     Should the church be "political"? Our Oregon Synod Bishop, Dave Brauer-Rieke, recently addressed this topic, among others, at our recent Synod Assembly. I invite you to read his comments.

     Here's the link: http://oregonsynod.org/sites/default/files/2017%20Roorted-Reforming-Resilitent.pdf

Yours in Christ - Pastor Tom

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Lessons for Sunday, May 28
Acts 1:6-14
Psalms 68:1-10, 32-35
1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11
John 17:1-11

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK preschool/chapel/Graduation at 11:00
                   10:00 am  Bible Study

Thursday    9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK preschool/Graduation at 11:00
                  12:00 pm All Church Luncheon/celebrating 80 and over members.
                         All are invited!

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

Sunday      10:00 am One Worship Service


Please join us Thursday, May 25th at 12:00 pm
All Church Luncheon, celebrating our 80's and over members. Lunch is provided, come enjoy a time of fellowship.

June 4th at 5:00 pm
Baby shower for Regina and Desire. If you are unable to attend the shower you may bring a gift and place it in the crib anytime before the shower.

June 11th
One service at 10:00
Followed by Annual Congregational Meeting

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Congregational Annual Meeting reminder

Dear Friends,

It was wonderful to see so many people come to hear Pastor Dan Heath preach Sunday and join for a question and answer period with him.  Hopefully, you gained valuable information to help you make the decision on whether or not to vote to call Pastor Dan.

We currently have our annual meeting scheduled for Sunday, June 11, after the 10:00 a.m. service.  At the annual meeting we will share reports from Committees, vote for President, Treasurer and Council Committee members, and vote on a recommended amendment to clarify Section C11.03 of the Constitution.  This amendment was sent earlier this month and is printed below as well.  We will also convene a Call meeting immediately following the annual meeting to vote on two items:  1)  Do we call Pastor Dan Heath to serve at Shepherd of the Valley; and, if the answer is yes, 2) We will vote on the salary and benefits package for Pastor Dan.

While the annual meeting was sufficiently exciting that I hope you were all planning to attend, the addition of a meeting to vote for Call makes the morning even more important.   Please plan to join us for the 10:00 service on Sunday, June 11, and stay for both meetings.

Yours in Christ,
Linnea Harmon
Council President

Recommended change to Constitution:
C11.03  No officer shall hold more than one office at a time.  No elected officer shall be eligible to serve consecutive terms in the same office, except the treasurer who will be eligible to serve two consecutive terms.

As a reminder, this change simply adds the word "consecutive" to clarify the intent of the section.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear friends in Christ.

     For many people, John 14:2, from the Gospel lesson for last Sunday, evokes an image of what heaven must be like. Jesus said, "In my Father's house there are many dwelling-places." Some translations use "mansions" in the place of "dwelling places". Either translation causes us to think about heaven as a place that is so unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetime.

     But maybe the emphasis need not be so much on a physical place, but on a relationship. What makes a house a home? It's not the building that makes a home. It is the loving relationships that take place there.

     Heaven is not so much about a place as it is about our loving relationship with God. Jesus has formed this relationship and the Holy Spirit keeps it vital. We are already in this relationship with God, whether we are in this life or the next.

     We are already at home with God. It is a loving place to be!

Pastor Tom

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Lessons for Sunday, May 21st
Acts 17:22-31
Psalm 66:8-20
1 Peter 3:13-22
John 14:15-21

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool/chapel
                   10:00 am Bible Study
           
Thursday     9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool
               
 
Friday         9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK Preschool

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

Sunday       10:00 am One Service, meet SOV's Pastoral candidate

Scrip Sunday May 21st
Please give your order and payment to Caryl or leave it in the Scrip box located in the Narthex

Please join on May 25th at 12:00 pm
All Church Luncheon, celebrating our 80's and over members. All are welcome to attend.

The Parish Education Committee is presenting Bibles to all children in 2nd through 4th grades that have not already received one.  Please contact Wendy R or Kristi R or the church office if you are eligible to receive a new Bible.   Presentation will be on June 4 during worship service.

May 28th (Memorial Day Weekend)

One service at 10:00 am

Sunday, May 21: Meet SOV's Pastoral Candidate

The Call Committee is pleased to announce we have a pastoral candidate for your consideration.

We are having one service this Sunday, May 21 at 10 am and our candidate will give the sermon.

After the service, you will have a chance to meet him and ask questions. We are working with Fellowship to provide food to feed the congregation. So please come and get to know him so you can make an informed decision on whether this is who God and we are calling to serve as our pastor.

God bless and guide,

Sandra Carasco

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear Christians,

     Someone once said that as Christians, "We are Christ(')s"!

     Leave the apostrophe in. We are Christ's. We belong to Christ. Christ takes care of us. Christ loves us.

     Take the apostrophe out. We are Christs. We are the body of Christ in the world. We belong to the world and to its people. We take care of people. We love people. We are acting as Christ in the world for people.

     We cannot be Christs unless we are Christ's.

     Say either one, Christ's or Christs, out loud, and they sound the same.
     
     Either way, We are Christ(')s!                      Pastor Tom

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Lessons for Sunday, May 14
Acts 7:55-60
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14

THIS WEEK

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

Thursday     9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK preschool
                   7:00 pm LLL

Friday          9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK preschool

Saturday      9:30 - 11:30 am SOV choir rehearsal

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 am worship services


Looking ahead:

June 4th
Baby Shower for Regina and Desire

5:00 pm at SOV
Please join us in "filling the crib" with baby gifts. Gifts may be brought to the church any time and placed in the crib. Volunteers are needed to assist with the shower, please see one of the fellowship members for more details; Peggy, Diane, Rachel, Ginny, Amber

Annual Congregational Meeting
June 11th
One Service at 10:00 am


Grad Sunday Celebration June 18th
Please send Tammy your Graduate's information. Graduating from and any acknowledgements/accomplishments and what their next chapter in life is...

Summer Worship Schedule begins
June 4th
worship services at 8:30 and 10:30 am

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Annual Congregational Meeting

SOV's annual congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, June 11, after the 10:00 service (only one service that day).  The purpose of the meeting will be to receive the annual report from committees and officers, to vote for Council Committee positions and open Executive Committee positions, and, this year, to vote on an amendment to our constitution.

The amendment to the constitution is being proposed by the Council as it was determined Section C11.03 of the constitution is not as clear as intended.  The section currently reads:

No officer shall hold more than one office at a time.  No elected officer shall be eligible to serve more than one term in the same office, except for the treasurer who will be eligible to serve two terms.

We did not intend for this to indicate that an individual could serve in a particular office only once while a member of SOV, but that could be the interpretation from the way it is written.  Therefore, Council is proposing that this section be amended to read as follows:

No officer shall hold more than one office at a time.  No elected officer shall be eligible to serve consecutive terms in the same office, except for the treasurer who will be eligible to serve two consecutive terms.

As you can see, we added "consecutive" in order to clarify the section.  This amendment will be presented for vote at the meeting.

Please add the meeting to your calendar and join us for this annual event.

Yours in Christ,
Linnea Harmon
Council President

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear friends in Christ,

     As you may know the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is occurring this year. It is interesting to look at some of the anniversaries of events related to the Reformation as they occur in the weeks previous to the 500th on October 31st.

     On April 24, 1598, the Edict of Nantes granted toleration to the Huguenots, the name for Protestants in France, ending the French wars of Religion. This protection officially ended in 1685 causing many Huguenots to flee to other parts of Europe.

     In 1664 my great, great, great, great, great, great, great, grandparents had already fled persecution, eventually making their home in Germany. Years later my great, great grandparents immigrated to the United States. Their last name was Terrass, my mother's maiden name.

     Thus my ancestors were religious asylum seekers, refugees, and immigrants. Often the events of history seem abstract, until we realize our personal connections to it.

     I'd like to thank my sister, Bonnie Hiller Fullerton, a librarian, for her research on our family history.

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Lessons for Sunday, May 7th
Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 23
1 Peter 2:19-25
John 10:1-10

THIS WEEK

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

Thursday      9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool

Friday           9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK Preschool

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

Sunday         8:30 & 11:00 am Worship services


May newsletter is available online
https://www.sovlutheran.com/news/pdf/may2017.pdf

Sunday May 7th  is Scrip Sunday
Please give your order and payment to Caryl or leave it in the scirp box located in the narthex.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Church Luncheon

There is no All Church Luncheon for April.

In May we will honor the 80's and over at the All Church Luncheon on May 25th at 12:00 pm

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear Christian friends -

     A number of years ago I went to a Native American Spirituality conference as part of my continuing education. One evening our meal was a selection of native dishes. I was very glad to sample some foods that I had never tried before and some with which was quite familiar.

     One food was something called "bitterroot". I put some on my plate and went to sit down at the table next to my roommate who was Native American. I tried some of the bitterroot and immediately realized that I didn't like it and probably wouldn't finish it.

     I noticed that my roommate had some on his plate. I asked him if he liked it. He said "No", even though he eats it often. I asked him why.

     He said that in the days before European Americans arrived the tribes of the high desert regions would gather bitterroot during the time of the year when there was little or nothing else available to eat. They gladly ate it, even though it was bitter, because they wanted to survive and because they wanted to show thanks to their Maker who had provided it.

     "Now," he said, "even though we have refrigerators and don't need to eat bitterroot, we still do, because for us it's kind of a sacrament. We want to show our thankfulness for the way in which God has provided for us."

     Sacraments. Some water, some bread, some wine, some bitterroot. God provides what we need.

 - Pastor Tom

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Lessons for Sunday, April 30, 2017
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
1 Peter 1:17-23

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool/Chapel
                   10:00 am Bible Study

Thursday     9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool

Friday          9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK Preschool

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

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 am Worship
                    9:45 pm Sunday School for all ages
                    1:30 pm OEC

Join us for Adult Education Sunday at 10:00 am
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran Pastor and Theologian is the focus of study through May 21st.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Here's a review of the film we will be watching between services beginning this Sunday, April 23rd. I hope you can join us. - Pastor Tom

Film Review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

In his bold and posthumously published Letters and Papers from Prison, Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 - 1945) wrote: "I should like to speak of God not on the boundaries but at the center, not in weakness but in strength, and therefore not in death and guilt but in man's life and goodness. God is the beyond in the midst of our life. And the church stands, not at the boundaries where human powers give out, but in the midst of the village." This imaginative vision of a "religionless Christianity" has yet to be realized, but it does touch upon some of the seminal points in the life and ministry of this unusual man of faith.
Bonhoeffer also wrote: "We have for once learnt to see the great events of world history from below, from the perspective of the outcasts, the suspects, the maltreated, the powerless, the oppressed, the reviled — in short, from the prospective of those who suffer." These are hard words to live up to and throughout his short but turbulent life, Bonhoeffer wrestled with his conscience as he tried to see the events happening in Germany from below.
This 90-minute documentary is directed, produced, and narrated by Martin Doblmeier. It stands as a moving memorial and a fitting tribute to this formidable German theologian who was hanged on April 5, 1945, at Flossenberg prison camp for his role in assassination plots against Hitler. His final words to a fellow prisoner were: "This is the end, for me the beginning of life."
Bonhoeffer was born in 1906 into a well-to-do family. His father was a professor in psychiatric medicine at the University of Berlin. Rare family photographs, along with interviews with family members, convey their life together in love. Bonhoeffer finished his doctorate in theology at age 21. In his dissertation he wrote about the church as the physical manifestation of Christ on Earth. Theologian Karl Barth called it "a theological miracle." While the Nazis were organizing in Germany, Bonhoeffer studied for a year in New York at Union Theological Seminary. He firmed up his belief in pacifism and was quite impressed with the ardor of worship and devotional life in Harlem churches.
Back in Germany, Bonhoeffer taught systematic theology at the University of Berlin. He was one of the first pastors to speak out against Hitler, even when other church leaders were embracing him out of nationalistic fervor. After the Nazis began boycotting Jewish establishments, Bonhoeffer admonished Christians to stand in solidarity with the Jews. He joined a group of pastors who broke away from the Evangelical Church and eventually set up an independent seminary at Finkenwalde based on study, mutual service and prayer. The Nazis shut it down in 1937. In 1939, Bonhoeffer went to New York but changed his mind and returned home, saying "I will have no right to participate in the reconstruction of Christian life in Germany after the war if I do not share the tribulations of this time with my people."
Throughout the documentary, actor Klaus Maria Brandauer reads short passages from Bonhoeffer's works including The Cost of Discipleship, Ethics, and Letters and Papers from Prison. This film produced by Journey Films also includes interviews with friends, former students, theologians, church historians, biographer Elbert Bethge, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. It provides the most thorough presentation we've had to date of Bonhoeffer's resistance to Hitler. But it also profiles Bonhoeffer the man, including a love affair in the last years of his life. Given all the pressures he was enduring at the time, it's nice to see the joy it brought him.
This documentary is remarkably timely, and we encourage churches, synagogues, and other religious groups to plan theatre parties and followup discussions. It is really quite amazing to see how relevant the ethical concerns that Bonhoeffer struggled with are to the moral dilemmas of our time when war and power plays dominate the world scene and the suffering of countless people is ignored. Across the years, this courageous and principled pastor speaks to us: "The ultimate question for a responsible man to ask is not how he can extricate himself heroically from the affair, but how the coming generation is to live."


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Lessons for Sunday, April 23
Acts 2:14a,22-32
Psalm 16
1 Peter 1:3-9

THIS WEEK

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

Thursday      9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK preschool

Friday          9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK preschool

Saturday     9:30 - 11:30 am SOV choir rehearsal

Sunday       8:30 & 11:00 am Worship services

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear SOV friends - Here is some news from ELCA Global Links. As we observe Holy Week and Easter, it's good to remember our connections to the wider world as Holy Week and Easter touches it also. - Pastor Tom

Click to read: ELCA Global Links March 2017


THIS WEEK

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

Thursday      9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool
                     7:00 pm Maundy Thursday Service

Friday           9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK Preschool
                    12:00 pm Good Friday Service
                     7:00 pm Good Friday Service

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

Sunday         8:30 & 11:00 am Easter Sunday Services
                     9:45 - 10:30 am Easter Breakfast


Welcome Baby Joshua
Baby Joshua was born to John and Christina on April 3 at 10:11 AM. Christina and Joshua are doing well. Christina extends a thank to everyone for all the prayers and blessings.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear Palm Sunday People,

     First of all, in case you weren't able to be in church last Sunday, I wanted to let you know that you are invited to come to church a little early on Palm Sunday, this coming Sunday. At 8:15 a.m. and at 10:45 a.m. we will go on a little walk through the park that is next door to our church. It will be a kind of Palm Sunday procession in the park. Come and join us.

     Secondly, I wanted to tell you about an event that took place this last Sunday evening at my home church, King of Kings Lutheran Church in Milwaukie. This congregation has been sharing its building with the Spanish speaking Church of God of Prophesy for a few years now, much like SOV shares its building with the Korean church.

     The two congregations gathered together on Sunday evening for worship, prayer, and song. Many of the members of the Church of God of Prophesy congregation are fearful because some of them, or their friends, or family members are in danger of being deported. We gathered together to give each other strength, courage, and hope during these difficult times. Afterward, we shared a community potluck supper.

     It was quite moving to share our faith, experiences, fears, and hopes. May God give us the help that we need as we support our brothers and sisters in Christ.

     In the Peace of Christ                               Pastor Tom

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Lessons for Palm Sunday, April 9th

Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Phillippians2:5-11
Matthew 21:1-17

THIS WEEK

Wednesday    9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK preschool/chapel
                      10:00 am Bible Study
                       5:30 - 6:30 pm Lenten soup supper
                       6:30 - 7:00 pm  Lenten Devotion

Thursday       9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK preschool
                      6:00 pm Couples Night at Lil' Cooperstown

Friday           9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK preschool

Saturday       9:30 - 11:30 am Choir rehearsal

Sunday         8:30 & 11:00 am Palm Sunday services


Kids of the Kingdom Registration for Fall 2017

Registration for the coming school year is in full swing. Contact us by email kokpreschool [at] gmail (dot) com or by phone 503-645-0236 to get more information or to arrange a tour. Classes are filling up so call today!

Adult Forum on Dietrich Bonhoeffer to begin

We will begin a series about him beginning on Sunday. April 23rd through Sunday May 21st during the Adult Education time between worship services. We will view and discuss a video called ":Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Pacifist, Nazi Resister". The sessions will be led by Pastor Tom. You are invited!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear Fellow children of God,

     Our fellow children of God in South Sudan are hurting severely. The ELCA and its partners are trying to help. You are invited to be part of that help.

>> https://community.elca.org/southsudannow

Pastor Tom

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Lessons for Sunday, April 2

Ezekiel 37:1-14
John 11:1-45


THIS WEEK

Wednesday  
10:00 a Bible Study
                     5:30 pm Lenten Soup Supper
                     6:30 pm Lenten Devotion

Saturday      9:30 - 11:30 am Choir rehearsal

Sunday         8:30 & 11:00 am Worship
                     1:30 pm OEC

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear friends,

Here's some information from an ELCA bishop:

Founded in 1939, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is the second largest refugee resettlement agency in the United States. It is nationally recognized for its leadership advocating with refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, immigrants in detention, families fractured by migration and other vulnerable populations. Through more than 75 years of service and advocacy, LIRS has helped over 500,000 migrants and refugees rebuild their lives in America. 
Here is what LIRS had to say today:
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) applauds today's decision by U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson to freeze President Trump's ban on refugees arriving in the United States, merely hours before it was set to take effect.
"Today's decision is good news for all those courageous people living in fear, remembering all they have lost, but never losing hope that a better future is possible. These are the people LIRS and our partners around the country seek to serve – the determined and resilient survivors of war and persecution, determined to protect their children, and grateful to those who offer them welcome and a new start. Today's court ruling blocking the implementation of the travel ban that has needlessly endangered the lives of refugees and halted immigrants and visitors to the U.S. defends the law and our American values," said Linda Hartke, president and CEO of LIRS..."
"Today's decision reinforces our American ideals to be compassionate, welcoming, and accepting of our neighbors and to denounce hate at every possible corner. Today and tomorrow, our nation still stands for welcoming refugees."
 
Bishop Michael Rinehart

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Lessons for Sunday, March 26
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 23
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 7:1-41

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool/Chapel
                    10:00 am Bible Study
                     5:30 pm Lenten Soup Supper
                     6:30 pm Lenten Devotion

Thursday      9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool

Friday           9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK Preschool

Saturday      9:30 - 11:30 am SOV choir rehearsal

Sunday         8:30 & 11:00 am Worship Service
                    No Sunday School

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear Christians at SOV,

     I thought I would introduce you to several Christian churches and other places of worship in our neighborhood.

     You may already know about our sister ELCA congregations, Community of ChristChurch near Hwy. 26 and Cornelius Pass Road and St. Andrew Lutheran Church on Butner Road.

     Across the street is the True Life Fellowship, associated with Grace International, a Pentecostal Christian Church.

     On the other side of Highway 26 near Bethany is the Somerset Christian Church. They are an independent Christian congregation.

     Near 185th and Rock Creek Blvd. is the Sunset Covenant Church, Historically, Covenant Churches were offshoots of the Scandinavian Lutheran Churches.

      On Walker Road east of 185th is the Beaverton Grace Bible Church. They are Christians who adhere to the Particular Baptist movement.

     In the shopping area adjacent to our church is the Jaya Hanuman Temple. This is a worship center devoted to the Hindu god Hanuman and a cultural center concerned with Indian ways and customs.

     May we become more aware of our neighbors of many Christian traditions and faith backgrounds.

             Shalom                             Pastor Tom

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Lessons for Sunday, March 19, 2017
Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 95
Romans 5:1-11
John 4:5-42

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool/chapel
                    10:00 am Bible Study
                     5:30 pm Lenten Soup Supper
                     6:30 pm Lenten Devotion

Thursday      9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool
                 
Friday          9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK Preschool

Saturday     9:30 - 11:30 am SOV Choir rehearsal
                    1:00 - 3:00 pm Baby Shower for John and Christina

Sunday         8:30 & 11:00 am Worship services.

March 18  1:00 - 3:00 pm at SOV
All are invited to a Baby shower for John and Christina

SOV Kitchen and GEM Ministry Shower
Toilet paper, paper towels, Crystal light, frozen lemonade or Hawaiian juices, liquid flavored creamers, tall kitchen plastic garbage bags, Dawn dish washing liquid, liquid hand soap, glass cleaner, Comet cleaner, coffee or decaf coffee, large kitchen       garbage bags (30 or more gallon) and 10 oz. hot beverage cups.  We can also use monetary gifts that can be earmarked for GEM or Kitchen shower.

(GEM ministry items support families in need with household and personal hygiene items that are not covered by Food Stamps. The Social Concern's committee receives requests from members and non members.)

Hand lotion, Laundry detergent, Dish soap and toilet cleaners.

Kids of the Kingdom Preschool
Register for 2017-18 School Year

Registration for the 2017-18 school year has begun. If you are someone you know is interested in our class offerings and finding out more information, you can call the school at 503-645-0236 or email Hannah at kokpreschool -at-gmail -dot- com