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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Notice of Meeting January 11

January 11, 2009  9:40 AM to 10:50 AM  SOV                         Congregational Budget Meeting!

To all SOV members,

Due to the snow and ice our congregational meeting had to be rescheduled.  We will meet on January 11, 2009 from 9:40 AM to 10:50 AM to review and vote on the revised  2009 SOV General Budget.  The revised budget will go out again on email and copies will be available at church prior to our meeting on January 11, 2009.

If we are delayed again because of weather this notice includes back up dates of January 18 and then January 25, 2009. 

Please attend and participate in the financial planning for SOV's 2009 operating budget.

Thank you for supporting the many ministries of our church as we build a stronger foundation in Christ through working together for the present and future of SOV.

In Christ's service,

Diane Lewis, SOV Council President

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Undecorating Party - Jan 2

I would guess that most folks are happy to be able to get out of the house by now!  Here is a reason to get out of the house and enjoy the company of others while being involved in a worthwhile project- UNDECORATING PARTY!  We will be taking down the Christmas decorations this coming Friday, January 2nd from 9:00 to noon.  Please join us!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Parking lot clear for 4pm & 6pm

The SOV parking lot has been cleared in preparation for tonight's worship services.

Christmas Blessings,

Pastor Michelle

Canceled: 11pm Christmas Eve Worship

Due to the weather conditions, tonight's 11 pm Christmas Eve worship service has been canceled.  Please join us for lessons and carols at 4 pm and 6 pm, if you are safely able to do so.

Christmas Blessings!

Pastor Michelle

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

SOV Budget Meeting

Dear SOV Church Family,

All of us at Shepherd of the Valley are very aware of how this unusual weather has turned our lives upside down.  Yet we are also trying to honor our church responsibilities in a way that is respectful of our members' needs for family time.  Since it is likely that we will be unable to send out any mailings from the church office until at least Monday, Dec. 29th, this e-mail will serve as a (more than) ten-day notice to the congregation that there will be a congregational meeting on January 11th at 9:45 am for the purpose of voting on the revised operating budget.  In the event of bad weather on January 11th, we will postpone the meeting until January 18th at 9:45 am. If the weather is still bad on the 18th, we will hold the meeting on the 25th at 9:45 am.  Please tell anyone you know who doesn't have access to e-mail.

Because of the weather, we don't know when the newsletter will go out, but please get your articles submitted as soon as possible.  That way Nancy will be able to get the newsletter out as soon as possible.

Christmas Blessings,

Pastor Michelle

Monday, December 22, 2008

It's "snow" joke: What about Christmas Eve?

It seems our dream of a white Christmas has become a bit of a nightmare at this point!  Who would have thought we would end up canceling worship on the Sunday before Christmas?  Who would have thought that the snow would hang on this long?  Is this Portland?!  But as long as we're all safe and warm, we have much to be thankful for.

Your SOV leadership team is working hard preparing for Christmas Eve worship services.  Since we are in uncharted territory, we are all "making this up as we go!"  Our faithful secretary, Nancy, has been stuck up on the hillside where she lives for a week now.  (Rumor has it that she and Mark are still getting along!)  Because Nancy has been unable to get to the office, your pastor has been "promoted" to the role of secretary and, with the musical input of Kevin, has put together draft bulletins for the Christmas Eve services.  So, it won't be a fancy bulletin, but we'll have one!  And that's okay, because our Lord wasn't born in a fancy palace, but in a humble stable, so the plain bulletin will be very appropriate!  What matters most is that we gather together to celebrate God's greatest gift with Scripture and song.

Meanwhile, your capable council president, Diane Lewis, is trying to round up someone to clear the church parking of snow, and your loyal Altar Guild is planning to prepare the church so that we can gather for worship on Wednesday evening at 4 pm, 6 pm, and 11 pm.  We will do our best to make the lot as safe as possible.

In short, we will do everything in our power to make sure that we can hold Christmas Eve services on Wednesday.  However, we also recognize that not everything is "in our power."  The weather forecast indicates that we will continue to get snow for the next couple of days.  If you don't feel safe coming to church, please stay home and worship God at home.  Read the Christmas story, Luke 2:1-14, and ponder the miracle of what God has given us through Jesus.  Say some prayers and sing some songs.  For those who are unable to attend worship, I will send out a copy of my sermon by e-mail.  Also, I again encourage you to take advantage of the many radio and tv broadcasts this time of year.  Here are a couple of examples:

Lessons and carols from Kings College, England:  89.9 FM radio at 7 am or 5 pm on Christmas Day
Christmas at St. Olaf:  OPB (Channel 10) at 2 pm on Christmas Day

Also, in this season of giving, please remember that even when we can't always physically make it to church, the work of the church continues at Shepherd of the Valley and so do the costs of doing ministry in the community.  December is traditionally a time when congregations receive large offerings, because people want to take advantage of tax deductions before December 31st.  SOV is no exception to this rule.  If you are not able to make it to worship, please consider mailing your offering to the church office:  17625 NW Cornell Rd., Beaverton, OR 97006.

Stay safe and warm, and may the blessings of the Christ Child fill your hearts,

Pastor Michelle 

Sunday, December 21, 2008

KOK Weather Update

Kids of the Kingdom asks that you call before you attempt to bring your child to the Center (503-645-0236).  We will try to be open if the weather allows.  If there is no answer, that means we have not been able to make it to the Center.  Please leave a message. We will return the call as soon as we can.
In case we need to close the Center early, please leave a contact number you can be immediately reached at each day.
You may also contact the Center at its e-mail:  kok@sovlutheran.com.
We pray that you all are safe and warm during this cold weather.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Sunday Worship Canceled 12/21

Dear SOV Church Family,

Due to inclement weather, both worship services are canceled tomorrow, Sunday, December 21, 2008.  Please stay home and stay safe.  It's very cold and dangerous out there!

I encourage you to have your own worship service at home with your loved ones.  Light your Advent wreath or other candles, say some prayers, read the Scripture lessons for the day (see below), sing a couple of songs, and/or enjoy the reflections listed below:

If you came to second service last week, you could log onto the SOV website and listen to the Scriptures, sermon, and music from the 8:30 service.

If you are an early bird, you can tune your radio to KPDQ, FM 104.9, and listen to a broadcast of the Lutheran program "Grace Matters," or check out this link a little later in the day:  www.gracematters.com

December 21, 2008
Advent IV – A Conversation with Benedict of Nursia
Isaiah 55:10-11
For this final edition of a four-part Advent series with great saints of the church, host Peter Marty visits with St. Benedict (c. 480-c.547). Known for his famous "Rule," a Rule that still guides Benedictine followers today with its teachings on humility, silence, and obedience, Benedict zeroes in on the holy reading of Scripture for this Grace Matters program. He spells out the critical value of hearing Scripture not only with our intellects but also with our hearts.

Scripture lessons appointed for December 21, 2008:

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16

Instead of David building a house (temple) for the Lord, the Lord promises to establish David's house (dynasty) forever.  Centuries later, after the Babylonian exile, no king sat on the throne.  Even then, however, the people of Israel remembered this promise and continued to hope for a king, the messiah, the Lord's anointed. 

Romans 16:25-27

Paul closes his letter to the Romans by praising God because in the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ God has revealed the promised, divine plan of salvation for all humanity.  Paul proclaims this gospel of Christ in order to bring about the obedience of faith among all nations.

Luke 1:26-38

In this annunciation, Luke makes clear that God comes with good news for ordinary people (Mary) from little-known places (Nazareth).  This king will not be born to royalty in a palace, but to common folk in a stall.  Here Luke highlights the role of the Spirit, a special emphasis in his gospel.

Prayer of the Day

Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come.  With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that would obstruct your mercy, that willingly we may bear your redeeming love to all the world, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen



Friday, December 19, 2008

Public schools closed Friday

Beaverton, Hillsboro, and Portland public schools are closed Friday, Dec 19.

Status updates: Beaverton, Portland, Hillsboro
Full area list: KGW

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Canceled: Advent Soup Supper, Worship and Choir Practice

Due to inclement weather, tonight's soup supper, worship and choir practice are canceled.  Please stay safe and warm and enjoy the blessings of Advent with your families.

God's Peace,

Pastor Michelle

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Tonight's Concert Canceled!

Due to bad weather, tonight's choir concert at Shepherd of the Valley has been canceled.  Please stay home and be safe!
Pastor Michelle

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear Friends in Christ,

This coming Sunday marks the third Sunday in Advent, a day traditionally known as "Rejoice Sunday."  The reading from First Thessalonians begins, "Rejoice always" (I Thessalonians 5:16-24), and Isaiah (Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11) and the psalmist (Psalm 126) make clear that God is turning our mourning into laughter and shouts of joy.  Watch and wait, prepare and rejoice, for the Lord, the light of the world (John 1:6-8, 19-28), is coming very soon!

Prayer of the Day

Stir up the wills of your faithful people, Lord God, and open our ears to the words of your prophets, that, anointed by your Spirit, we may testify to your light; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen


You are invited to join us for Advent soup suppers and worship tonight and next Wednesday, December 17.  Dinner will be served at 5:45 pm, and worship will follow at 6:30 pm. 

In our Prayers:

SOV's Call Committee—prayers for wisdom and guidance, as they review resumes and prepare for a new round of interviews;

SOV's next pastor (God knows who this is!)—prayers for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, as he or she discerns God's call;

Prayers for safety and wisdom for all who serve in the military;

Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones;

Prayers of comfort and encourage for all who are seeking employment. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Carol Fest

Remember the SOV Carol Fest and choir concert coming this Sunday, December 14th at 6:00 pm!  There will be a special appearance by BEAR NOEL for the kids.  If you can bring treats (cookies, brownies, etc.), that would be most welcomed.

Partylite Fundraiser

I will be hosting a Partylite Fund raiser for SOV Altar Guild

When: Dec 11th
Where: SOV Rainbow Room
Time: 6:30pm

SOV Altar Guild will receive 20% in cash for the total sales amount excluding shipping cost.

If you can make it and RSVP to me at rrstolten (at) comcast (dot) net then you will receive a gift, bring a guest a receive another gift.

I also wanted you to know that there are 2 great guest specials for December.

Purchase any one item at full price in the catalog, go to above link and you can purchase one of any or all of the sales items.

Once your total purchase is $40, you can have any item in the catalog for 50% off.

Example on how to maximize your spending $$.

You want to purchase the Expressions™ Multi Display Candle Holder  $149.95, but it's a little on the pricey side.

One Dozen Tealight: $8.50 /dozen
Glow™ Reed Diffuser - Strawberry Fields™    $15
Snowbell Votive Holder and one dozen Candied Apple™ votives $10
Snowflake Tealight Holder and one dozen Iced Snowberries™ Tealights  $10

Which is $43.50 and purchase the Candle holder at 50% off for $74.95   Total Cost to you is only 128. 
Betty Stoltenburg

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Tanzanian visitors at worship tomorrow!

Shepherd of the Valley is privileged to host Eden and Rogathe Koambwe, a couple from Tanzania, who will be with us for worship and for the Sunday School hour tomorrow. When Pastor Al Solmonson was here at SOV, he visited them in Monduli, Tanzania, and Shepherd of the Valley was active in helping establish the first all-girl secondary school there.

Please join us for this wonderful opportunity to learn more about global ministry! We will be taking a special "love offering" to help with the Tanzanian ministry.

Pastor Michelle

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Christian books for children

Sandeep Jonnakuti, a member of SOV, will be visiting India this month.  On his last trip to India, he gifted some Christian books to his church there on behalf of Shepherd of the Valley.  There was a good response from the India church where the books are being heavily used in their ministry.  Sandeep would like to take some more books on this trip.  If you have any good Christian story books with pictures, please bring to Shepherd before Dec. 13th and put them in the box so designated.  The box is located in the front lobby under the table.
Thanks to everyone for their support of this ministry.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Party time!

To All:

I will be hosting a Partylite Fundraiser for SOV Altar Guild.

When:  Dec 11th
Where:  SOV Rainbow Room
Time:  6:30pm

SOV Altar Guild will receive 20% in cash for the total sales amount excluding shipping cost. 

Orders will arrive before Christmas.  As an added bonus, I will gift wrap any items purchased as Christmas gifts.

So, if you still have some Christmas shopping to do or would like to purchase a dozen unscented white tea lite or votives to donate to the altar guild stop on by.

If you are unable to attend but would like to participate in this fundraiser, I will put some order forms and catalogs in the Narthex.  All orders and payment need to be received by Dec 11 to ensure delivery before Christmas.

Here is a link to online catalog: http://www.partylite.biz/sites/julieclarke/catalog-intro

Please DO NOT order ONLINE.  I want to ensure maximum benefit for SOV.

Appetizers and beverages will be provided.  


Betty Stoltenburg