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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Wednesday Reminders

Lent is soon upon us! This year the season between Christmas and Lent is short, as Easter comes rather early, on April 1. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14, which is only 3 weeks from today.

My thinking for this year's preparation for Easter focuses on "Journeys". I intend the weekly Lenten worship services to center on Jesus' and the disciple's journey in ministry by following the book of Mark as it tells the story of their lives together. I suspect an outline will look something like this:

February 14 Ash Wednesday Traditional Focus: Piety

February 22 Lent 1, Focus: Mark 1-3

February 28 Lent 2, Focus: Mark 4-5

March 7 Lent 3, Focus: Mark 6-9

March 14 Lent 4, Focus: Mark 10-14

March 21 Lent 5, Focus: Mark 15-16

March 29 Maundy Thursday, Traditional Focus: Command to Love

March 30 Good Friday, Traditional Focus: Passion of John

April 1 Easter Sunday, Resurrection Celebration

In addition I will be offering a Bible Study on the big Old Testament Journeys at 4:00 on Wednesday afternoons beginning on February 22. Tentatively we will look at the Journey into the World (Creation), the Journey of Noah and his family, the Journey of Abraham and Sarah, the Journey of Jacob, and the Journey of Joseph and his family.

A life of faith is always a journey. I am reminded of this in the words of the following prayer made familiar in the LBW Evening Prayer Service:

"Lord God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.

"Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 12:30 pm  KOK preschool
                      7:00 pm             SOV choir rehearsal

Thursday     9:00 - 12:30 pm  KOK preschool

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 am   Worship services
                    10:00 am              Congregational vote on 2018 Budget

Sunday, January 28th
Congregational meeting and vote on 2018 Budget
Please plan to attend this important meeting between worship services.

February 10 at 5:00 pm
Dinner and Silent Auction
If you haven't purchased your tickets please do so after worship.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wednesday Reminders

THIS WEEK

Wednesday 9:00 - 12:30 pm  KOK Preschool
                     7:00 pm             SOV Choir rehearsal

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

Sunday      8:30 & 11:00 am  Worship services
                   10:00 am             Sunday School
                   10:00 am             Congregational Meeting / council presents 2018 budget


Reminder
Between services this Sunday, January 21, Council will present their recommended budget for 2018. 

This will be an opportunity to ask questions and make comments.  
The following Sunday, January 28, the congregation will meet between services to vote on accepting the recommended budget.  These are both important opportunities and we hope you will be able to attend.

Scrip Sunday, January 21st

See's Valentine Candy presale is happening now.

Dinner and Silent Auction
February 10th
5:00 pm
Tickets are $10.00
Available for purchase Sundays after worship.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Upcoming Congregational Meeting

Happy New Year!

This is a sentiment echoed over and over this time of year as each new year seems to hold such promise.  Believing each and every day holds promise as well, I wish you all a wonderful New Day!

I'd also like to take a moment to let you know about a couple of upcoming events so that you can put them on your already-filling calendars.  Council has been working to develop a plan for spending for 2018.  Using the pledges that were received and historical information, we have arrived at an income figure.  Using that, we have developed a spending plan which we will present to the congregation at two meetings this month.

The first meeting will be an informational meeting between services on Sunday, January 21.  This will be an opportunity for you to review the plan and ask questions.  The second meeting will be the following Sunday, January 28.  This meeting will also be between services and will be when the vote on the budget is taken.  We wanted to be certain there is enough time for discussion which is why we have scheduled two meetings this year.

Please put them on your calendar and join your Council for these important meetings.

Blessings to each and every one of you,

Linnea Harmon

Council President

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Friday is a major celebration day in the liturgical calendar, the Day of Epiphany. The word in Greek (according to the scholars who know much, much more about the language than I) means something like "having been made known" and reflects the identification with Jesus of Nazareth as the Christ, and of the inclusion of the gentiles (non-Jewish folks) in the kingdom of God. The day of Epiphany is always on January 6 in our worship calendar, allowing for the celebration of the "12 days of Christmas" (December 25-January 5); the season of Epiphany begins on January 6 and flows through Ash Wednesday which, this year, falls on February 14th. (The day of Ash Wednesday floats, begin determined by Easter which is determined generally as the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox, or something along those lines!)

On Sunday we will celebrate the beginning of the season of Epiphany by reading some of the lessons appointed for January 6 and others from the "First Sunday after Epiphany" which is technically Sunday's liturgical designation.

So much for this week's lesson in liturgical time-keeping!

Epiphany is often considered the "season of light", recognizing the light of Christ coming into the world of darkness, and conveniently, in our northern hemisphere location, the lengthening minutes of light each day. It is also the day that commemorates the visit of the wandering astrologers—gentiles, to be sure—to the home of the growing child Jesus and their pronouncement—again, representing the gentile world—of Jesus as King. Not much is known of these figures in the story of Jesus birth and youth; it is not clear where they came from (somewhere east of Judah, it seems), how many there were (three gift categories are named, but not how many givers), whether they were male or female or how they traveled. They were not kings, as the song suggests; more likely they were star-tracking prophets of some other faith tradition. All of this makes their witness even more significant!

Jesus Christ is the light of the word; the light no darkness can overcome.

Along the way, PD

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THIS
WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 12:30 pm KOK preschool
                     7:00 pm   SOV choir rehearsal

Thursday   9:00 - 12:30 pm KOK preschool

Sunday      8:30 & 11:00 am worship service
                   10:00 am Sunday School for ages preschool - 8th grade
                   1:30 pm OEC

Sunday School resumes this Sunday at 10:00 am: preschool - 8th grade. No class on January 14 in observance of MLK

Scrip Order Sundays in January 7th and 21st

The See's Valentine Candy Sale will start the beginning of January.

January 11th
4:30 - 9:00 pm
Spaghetti Factory's "Let's Eat Out" night
bring the flyer or show it on your phone.
SOV youth group will receive 15% of your order.
*Flyer is attached.

Mark Your Calendar
SOV's Silent Auction and Dinner (youth group fundraiser)
February 10, 2018  5:00 pm
~Exciting auction items are accumulating if you have items to donate or connection with contacts who can donate items. Please contact Wendy at wendyroeder at gmail (dot) com