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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Building on Christ

With everything that has been going on and is going on at SOV your Capital Campaign committee has taken a backseat in our broadcasts regarding the commitment everyone has made to this program.

We all recognize that times are tough for a lot of individuals and families financially and otherwise. Things are not as bright and sunny as they were June 1st 2008 when each of us made our financial commitments to this program.

However we are still actively pursuing our goal of raising $500,000 for the Building Fund, for construction of a new sanctuary and updating and remodeling our existing building. With this in mind please review the original ten reason for supporting this program and see if each of us can recommit ourselves and our commitments to this program.

Top Ten Reasons We Should Support
"Building on CHRIST our Foundation"

10. It forces us to look the Lord for guidance because it's too big for us to do on our own

9. It provides us an opportunity to leave a legacy for the next generation

8. This is the Lord's house

7. Accomplishing such a major project will be a unifying event for our congregation

6. We will all be proud of our sanctuary and newly renovated church and will be much more likely to invite our friends

5. We only have one time to make a good first impression and first time visitors will want to return

4. As we ponder, pray and "stew" about what we want to give to the appeal we will grow spiritually. Jesus said, "For where your treasure is your heart will follow."

3. Most of our giving to the church comes out of our income. A building fund appeal forces us to remember that everything that we have is a gift from God as we contemplate giving from our total resources. Yes, even our stocks, bonds, real estate, business assets, etc. -- ALL are from the Lord.

2. Over time we will give even more money to give to benevolence and for special needs outside of our church. Building fund programs tend to help people grow in their giving and, even when the building is paid, they often give more to their church on an ongoing basis. By giving more we trust God more and that lesson stays with people for the rest of their lives.

1. The church is where the major events of life are recognized and blessed. It is at church that we celebrate baptisms, where we teach our children about God, where we see young people affirming their faith, where those in love are married, where we hear the Word of God proclaimed, where we confess our sinfulness and accept God's forgiveness, where we are renewed through the sacrament of Holy Communion, where we call when a loved one needs pastoral care, where we have many of our closest friends, where we can come for fellowship and fun, where we can pray, laugh, shed tears, study, reflect and put our entire lives in perspective. Think for a moment -- "What would my life be without this church?"

Capital Campaign Funds received as of Feb. 15, 2009 are $62,731.00.

Wishing you God's most richest blessings,

Bob R. McFall & Tammy McDonald
Co-Directors Capital Campaign

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear Friends in Christ,

On Ash Wednesday we began our journey toward baptismal immersion in the death and resurrection of Christ.  This year the Sundays in Lent lead us to focus on five covenants God makes in the Hebrew Scriptures and to use them as lenses through which to view baptism.  This coming Sunday we will hear the conclusion of the story of Noah and the great flood (Genesis 9:8-17).  Just as God saved Noah's family in the flood, so God saves us through the water of baptism.  In our gospel lesson, we hear the story of Jesus' temptation in the wilderness (Mark 1:9-15).  The same Spirit that sustained Jesus when he was tested by Satan also sustains us in our times of trial.

Prayer of the Day

Holy God, heavenly Father, in the waters of the flood you saved the chosen, and in the wilderness of temptation you protected your Son from sin.  Renew us in the gift of baptism.  May your holy angels be with us, that the wicked foe may have no power over us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

A message from your Call Committee:

The vote is in:

On Sunday, February 22nd, the congregation voted 82 in favor with 3 nay votes to extend a Call to Pastor Randall Schutt to become the pastor of Shepherd of the Valley.

Pastor Schutt has thirty days upon receipt of the paperwork from the Oregon ELCA Synod to accept or reject the call.

While we have no reason to believe Pastor Schutt will not accept the call we would request that you continue to pray for Pastor Schutt and wife Choice as they make their decision.


Your SOV Call Committee

Remember in prayer:

Prayers for strength for all who are caring for the elderly;

Prayers that all who are unemployed may find meaningful employment;

Prayers for guidance and peace for all who are struggling with relationship issues;

Prayers for safety, wisdom and health for our military personnel.

Monday, February 23, 2009

This 'n That

Please remember the PANCAKE SUPPER Tuesday night from 6:00 p to 7:30 p right here at SOV.  Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday.  It is also known as Mardi Gras Day or Shrove Day.  The custom of making pancakes comes from the need to use up fat, eggs and dairy before the fasting time during Lent.  The Youth Choir will sing.  There is a $5 per person suggested donation.  Proceeds to benefit Kids of the Kingdom childcare center.
WEDNESDAY, 7:00 p - There will be an Ash Wednesday Service.
We are still taking donations through Sunday, March 1st for Ann and family to help with expenses since their home burned down.
Prince of Peace - 2nd Annual Women's Retreat - April 24, 7p - April 26 - noon at the Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center.  There is a proposed schedule and a registration form for this women's conference in the narthex.  Registration is due by April 5, 2009.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear Friends in Christ,

It's been a couple of weeks since I've sent you a weekly e-mail, so I apologize for that.  My work e-mail and internet are down, so that makes it harder; however, I can access my work e-mail through webmail from my home computer.  Also, you should know that I have been working from home the past couple of days due to illness in my family.  My younger son has a bacterial infection, but is slowly recovering.  My Aunt Enid (89), for whom I have guardianship, has had a significant decline the past few days, and we had her put on hospice care yesterday.  Prayers for comfort and peace are appreciated.  She seems a bit stronger yesterday and today, but is not eating much.

This is an exciting time to be part of the life of Shepherd of the Valley!  This coming Sunday at 12:15 pm, you will vote on calling Pastor Randy Schutt to be the next pastor of SOV.  Please hold the whole congregation and Pastor Randy in prayer during this time of discernment.

We began the season of Epiphany with Jesus' baptism, and this coming Sunday we will end the season with three disciples' vision of Jesus' transfiguration.  In Mark's story of Jesus' baptism (Mark 9:2-9), apparently only Jesus sees the Spirit descending and hears the words from heaven.  But now Jesus' three closest friends hear the same words naming him God's beloved son.  As believers, Paul writes, we are enabled to see the God-light in Jesus face, because the same God who created light in the first place has shone in our hearts to give us that vision.  The light of God's glory in Jesus has enlightened us through baptism and shines in us also for others to see.

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, the resplendent light of your truth shines from the mountaintop into our hearts.  Transfigure us by your beloved Son, and illumine the world with yoru image through Jesus Chrst, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

Remember in prayer:

Prayers for strength for all who are caring for the elderly;

Prayers that all who are unemployed may find meaningful employment;

Prayers for guidance and peace for all who are struggling with relationship issues;

Prayers for safety, wisdom and health for our military personnel.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Congregational Mtg Sun. Feb. 22 at 12:15p

A reminder that this coming Sunday, February 22nd at 12:15 p, we will be voting to extend a pastoral call to Pastor Randall Schutt, with a second vote to accept the proposed salary and benefit package.  There will be childcare provided during the meeting and snacks will be available. 
Also, you need to be present when the ballots are handed out in order to vote.  Once the ballots are collected no one can come in late and vote. 
Thanks, Nancy 

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Youth Service Project Jan. 2009

The Beaverton School District's Clothes Closet was the place for us to be on January 5, 2009--Johanna Shrout, the BSD Volunteer Coordinator, stated that SOV's group of kids were very hard workers and they did a great job!  She hopes that they consider returning when they plan another service project.  The donations from the SOV community were very much appreciated and have already gone out for good use.

We had fun and we went out for hot chocolate afterwards--Hope to see you all again on our next adventure of service!


Debbie Johnson