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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.