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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Burgerville FUNdraiser Sun May 31

SOV members:
My friend Kathy is having a FUNdraiser for the American Cancer Society.   If you don't have any plans for lunch or dinner Sunday May 31st , please, stop by a burgerville near you with the flyer (link below).
Thanks for your support,

Something FUN we've got going on Sunday, May 31st...ALL Burgervilles (all 38 of them) are donating 10% of their sales to all our local Relays...We need your help getting the word out.  All you & your friends/family need to do is print the flyer from this link http://relay.acsevents.org/site/DocServer/BurgervilleFlier.pdf?docID=88509 and come enjoy some fun food at Burgerville this Sunday.  If you have a FaceBook account, add it there too!
I personally will be at the Beaverton, Canyon Rd. near Hwy 217 Burgerville from 9am - 6pm busing tables and talking to customers about Relay For Life.  Please, stop on my to say "hi" and help Burgerville and the American Cancer Society find a cure for cancer!  Kathy

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Pastor's weekly message

Greetings again Dear Family of Christ,

Last Saturday began ominously enough for me when I answered the phone and it was Berdena (that is Choice's mom) and I knew, without her uttering a word, what the call was about. Choice's brother Tom had died, after a long struggle with cancer. He was only 59 years old. But the day was not filled with sorrow. The grand-kids were with us and so we played, and then played some more, and then played a little more. It was a beautiful day, and there was much to enjoy. But there were also moments of tears as a song, a smell or some other stimulus would cause Choice to remember anew what had been lost some 2,500 miles away, back in Ohio. So often joy and sorrow are interspersed, life and death share the day.

On Sunday morning there was more of the same. We celebrated the baptism of little Lillie Ott (she was not in a celebratory mood for a bit because when you have to eat you have to eat), and it was a grand thing to be part of. Ken and Brenda Plinke were there, and Ken shared after the service how good it was to be present for that event as he had just returned from burying his father. Death and life, life and death, from the ending there comes another new beginning.

Hopefully we know the truth of that, but sometimes it is made a little more powerfully clear to us. This Sunday is Pentecost, another showing of the promise of new life in, around and through us. It receives fuller attention sometimes, but it is something that is present for us everyday. (That is one of the reasons Luther encouraged starting each day by making the sign of the cross on our foreheads, so not only would we be reminded of whose we are, but also of that promise of new life through the gift of the Christ.)

May we appreciate the gift of life anew every day.

In the peace and power of the Christ,

Breath of God, every living thing depends on you for life and sustenance. Open your hand and fill us with good things that delight and satisfy. Grant all that we need to live as your Spirit-filled people, in the name of the risen Christ. Amen.

Please, if you read this before Sunday, and are interested and able, wear some red in celebration of Pentecost.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Town Hall Mtg, Sun, May 31

Reminder.  The Town Hall Meeting on the Deck/Fire Escape repair proposal begins around Noon after the late service.  Sunday, May 31.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Pastor's Weekly Message

Greetings in the name of Christ,
Well, well, this is my first attempt at this endeavor, and I hope it goes well.
Today is Ascension day.  It has been noted, if not celebrated, in the church since the 4th century.  It is the 40th day of Easter, the day that Jesus departed and rose into heaven.  The story recounting it can be found at the end of the gospel according to St. Luke and the beginning of the book of the Acts of the Apostles.  Read the story and think about the disciples the next time you look up toward the heavens, and how often it would be nice to just freeze things in time, or how often we may find ourselves staring off into the distance, not necessarily connected to where we are, and what it is like to be jolted back to reality.
Sometimes the jolts are necessary, and sometimes they seem to be a cruel reminder.  It is what happens after that jolt to the disciples that continues, at least in part, in this coming Sunday's lessons.  Stay tuned.
This is the second week for me here in the office, and while there hasn't been any routine established, somethings, and more importantly, some faces, are beginning to look familiar.  Routine will be difficult to establish, especially until we are able to move to the area.  It is not ideal, but for now it is how it is.  Please bear with me, and let us at least enjoy getting to know one another. 
This is a holiday week end, and for this particular one there will be only one worship service on Sunday, May 24th, at 10:30am.  And if you find yourself traveling, please be careful, and most all enjoy the time, be it to relax, the visit with family and friends, to take in the wonders of nature, or some combination of them all.  Feed yourself well, in mind, body and spirit.
Remember in prayer:
the men and women in our armed services;
those who struggle daily with addictions;
the continuing ministry of SOV
SOV annual meeting on June 14th, following late service.  An important time in the life of this community of faith.
And please let me know of prayer concerns you may have. 
In the peace and power of the cross.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

SOV Youth Choir Presents

ANIMALS And Other Things
June 7 at both SOV services
What can we learn from God's creation?  Specifically, what can the ANIMALS in God's creation teach us? You'd be surprised! Come to worship, to learn, and to enjoy the music of our SOV Youth Choir this June 7th as they present this wonderful musical.  Special appearances by the Soggy Bottom Beaverdam Boys and numerous "critters."  Our kids have been working so hard on this project for months. Come and celebrate with them!

Kevin Cope
Minister of Worship SOV
503.690.0385 Home
503.645.4994 Church

Monday, May 11, 2009

Prayer Request

Please pray for the safety of the fire fighters in Santa Barbara, CA and for the grandmother of one of our members, who has been evacuated from her home.  As of 1 am, one structure on her street had burned. She and two of her close friends are staying safe in another area of Santa Barbara.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Prayer Request

From Geoff Spalding, Chief of Police for the City of Beaverton.  May 15th of each year is National Peace Officers' Memoral Day in honor of federal, state and municipal officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty.  The week of May 15th is also National Police Week, in recognition of service given by the men and women who, night and day, stand guard in our communities.  Please pray for these officiers and their families.