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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Weekly Message

A reminder that Pastor Al Solmonson, former pastor of SOV, will be here preaching at both services this coming Sunday, May 3rd.  On Sunday, May 10th, Pastor Fred Ruhnke will be our guest preacher. 
Prayers for Pastor Randy and his wife Choice.

Thanks from Social Concerns

Thanks to everyone who donated towards the 2009 Lutheran World Relief ingathering.  The $145.00 raised enabled Social Concerns to assemble and ship 14 health kits this year.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday night FREE entertainment!

Friday Night, April 17th at 6:30pm Faith Bible Christian School is hosting David Harsh in concert. David is an award winning Christian singer and songwriter from the Seattle area. He has a very creative style, and it will be a great family evening of entertainment.  We'd like to invite everyone – of all ages – to enjoy a fun FREE Friday night of family time at this concert with us.  This man plays 2 guitars – one with his hands and one with his feet (after all – he has 4 limbs and he's going to use them ALL for Christ!!)

>> http://www.faithkids.org

The concert will start at 6:30, and will run till 8:00 pm. We are hosting the concert at Living Hope Fellowship, 3350 SW 182nd Aloha, Or 97006.  God willing, the future home of Faith Bible. 

There will be a free will offering taken at the concert to benefit our building campaign.  Please know however that the concert is FREE. 

We hope to see you there!

Melody Wright
Development Director, Faith Bible Christian School

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear Friends in Christ,

It's hard to believe this is my last week here at Shepherd of the Valley!  Together we've been on quite a journey this past two years.  Like any lengthy journey, this one has had its ups and downs, but by the help of God, the people of SOV have arrived at a good place and are now ready for the next phase of the journey together with Pastor Randy Schutt.

I leave SOV with mixed feelings:  I will miss folks, but I have to admit that I am looking forward to having some time to catch up on things!  I'll be back to join in the celebration of Pastor Randy's installation.

This coming Sunday, the Second Sunday of Easter, we will hear the story of Jesus' post-resurrection appearance to the disciples (John 20:19-31).  Jesus breathes his Spirit on the disciples and sends them out to serve, just as he was sent by the Father to serve.  We celebrate the resurrection that transforms frightened individuals into a community of open doors, peace, forgiveness, and sharing.

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, with joy we celebrate the day of our Lord's resurrection.  By the grace of Christ among us, enable us to show the power of the resurrection in all that we say and do, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen


· April 26th Pastor John Cross from Kairos will lead worship; May 3rd Pastor Al Solmonson will lead worship; May 10th Pastor Fred Ruhnke will preach.

· May 10th Pastor Randy Schutt will worship with the people of SOV.  His first day in the office will be Tuesday, May 12th.  He will lead worship and preach on May 17th.

· From April 19th through May 11th, Pastor Jerry Jeffries will be on call for any pastoral emergencies.  Pastor Jerry can be reached at these numbers:  (503) 351-4838 (cell) or (503) 640-8796 (home).

· Mark your calendars for the installation service for Pastor Randy, which will be held Sunday, June 7th at 3 pm.  This will be a wonderful celebration, as the people of SOV will be joined by Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke, Assistant to the Bishop Susan Kintner, and many laypeople and clergy members from the wider community.

· June 14th is the date for SOV's annual meeting.  It will be held following the second service.  

Remember in prayer:  

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

Prayers that all who are unemployed and underemployed 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.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Pastor's Appreciation Party Apr 19

Pastor Michelle's
Appreciation Party!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

 Party starts after late service. Approximately at 12:15 PM


Come be part of the celebration of Pastor Michelle's two years of Pastoral ministry with us at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church!


We will send her on "Lutheran Style" with an old-fashioned Lutheran Pot Luck! 

Yes, we can even do Jell-O!

(Green, not red, as green is her favorite color)

Members with last names starting with "A" through "N" can bring hot dishes or salads.  Members with last names  "O" through "Z" can bring desserts. Beverages will be provided


    Entertainment will be part of our Appreciation Party!

Three areas of entertainment that have become part of SOV during Pastor Michelle's ministry with Shepherd of the Valley will be featured Entertainment!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Easter Breakfast

             Shepherd of the Valley Annual        
                         Easter Breakfast!


                                         All are invited!

       Breakfast will be served downstairs, between services from  9:45 AM to 10:45 AM.

   There will be limited seating for those who cannot easily use the stairs.


     Variety of Egg Casseroles

   Potato Casseroles

                           Fruit Salad (optional whipped cream)

                                Strawberries dipped in Chocolate

                                   Danish and Croissants

                                 Juice, milk, Coffee or Tea


Proceeds from donations for breakfast will go toward our youth ministry programs.  The youth will donate a portion of the proceeds to a youth outreach of their choosing.


Enjoy some wonderful food and fellowship as we support our youth and celebrate the wonder of God's gift to us in Christ's resurrection!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Easter Breakfast Update

Easter breakfast will be served in two locations:  upstairs in Rainbow Room for those unable to navigate the stairs, and downstairs for all other folks.
Suggested donation:  $5.00 for a single  $25.00 for family - ALL ARE WELCOME!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Easter Breakfast

We are doing something a little different this year.  We are looking for folks to fix egg casserole dishes - some with meat and some vegetarian (9 X 12) to bring to church on Easter Sunday.  The youth will be helping with setting up tables, etc. for the between-services breakfast.  If you can bring an egg casserole, please e-mail me asap so we will have a count.  Also, Diane said there will be WHIP CREAM (for those young-at-heart folks).
Thanks, Nancy

Women's Retreat

Hello ladies - remember there is a Women's Retreat at the Cannon Beach Conference Center on April 24th, starting at 7:00 pm and running until April 26th at noon.  The lessons will be based on I Second That Emotion:  Untangling our Zany Feelings" presented by Patsy Clairmont, a popular Christian author and speaker.  There will also be food, fellowship and fun.  If you would like to go, please contact Brenda Plinke.  Registration forms are on the counter in the narthex and registration is due April 5th.