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.