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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pastor's Weekly Message

"O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth."  Psalm 96:1
As it ended up, I couldn't help but smile.  Wondered how my grand daughters would feel about their first youth choir practice here at SOV.  This place is still new to them (becoming less so for me all the time).  And they really don't know the other kids yet.  Lots of unknowns, and newness can sometimes be overwhelming.  And as a grandpa, part of my concern was that I just wanted them to be okay.  Okay would be good enough.
So, I couldn't help but smile when, stepping out of my office, I was met with their singing, and twirling, and smiling.  Worries were washed away by their joyous voices.  It was much more than okay.  They are looking forward to singing more next week, singing for all of us sometime soon (with other smiling, twirling voices as well).
A little later in the evening, stepping outside to see that beautiful silver orb, not yet full, coloring the clouds streaking across the sky.  It brisk, still, nearly silent, more joyous reminders.
Can't help but smile.
In thanks for the continuing creation,
Pastor Randy
"Thank you Lord Jesus, for all our happiness.  Thank you especially for the happiness which takes us by surprise.  Above all we ask you to lead us toward the surprising discovery that what most pleases you will bring the greatest joy to us.  In His name.  Amen."
Sunday October 4th~  Blessing of the Pets, pet blessing will take place after each service.
Fellowship Hosts needed;  Don't let making coffee intimidate you,  simply make a note  on the sign up sheet.(no fail instructions are located on each coffee pot in case you feel adventurous)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Pastor's Weekly Message

Greetings to the people of God and Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church~
  "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."  Hebrews 13:8
Beginning with thanks, thanks for the many kind remembrances of my birthday last week.  Being the new kid of the block it was more than expected.  There were a ridiculous amount of chocolate chips in cookies, and many other goodies.  Maybe my back was hurting this week because of the difficulty in trying to reach shoe laces.
The weather continues to amaze, and provide yet another reason to give thanks.  Warm days, cool evenings, leaves already coming down in bunches, crunching under foot, a lovely bitter-sweet sound.
Time rolls on, along with adventures that go with it.  Aging cannot be stopped, the seasons continue inexorably.  And with them the promise of newness.  Never the same, but still calling forth remembrances of times gone by.  There is the temptation to wallow in the past and cower from the future, in search of comfort I suppose, but then I am reminded that One thing amongst all this jumble, is always the same.  That is the Christ and the promise of new life in his name.  New life even now.  May we see all things through the eyes of that good news.
Peace and blessings in Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Almighty God, Creator of all things, we bless you for creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your gift of love, for the means of grace and for the hope of glory given us in Jesus. Give us such an awareness of your mercies that with truly thankful hearts we show our praise for you in the living of our lives.  In the name of the Christ.  Amen."
This Sunday; Congregational Vote immediately following the 11:00 am service
on the Deck/Fire Escape project.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Pastor's Weekly Message

Greetings Family of Christ at Shepherd of the Valley,
Sometimes I find myself low on patience, and it shows.  There are deep sighs, fidgeting and shuffling feet.  Reduced to the behavior of an unruly child.  It is not always easy to maintain a positive attitude. (None of this is news to you is it?  Or maybe you have a much better grip on reality.)
As it always seems in this life, there is something else to turn to, something else to lift us through those difficult times.  Turning again and again to the beauty of nature, and in this time of the year there is beauty aplenty.
Stepping from the grocery store to bright sunlight and the beauty of an abnormally warm mid-September afternoon.  The trees in the parking lot are a blindingly, brilliant yellow.  And that is only the beginning.  May you add in the moments of beauty that you have taken in (or take the time now to take it in).
As the Psalmist writes, "The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork."  Psalm 19:1
In the peace and power of the cross,
Pastor Randy
"Eternal light, shine in our hearts.  Eternal wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance.  Eternal compassion, have mercy on us.  Turn us to seek your face, and enable us to reflect your goodness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen."

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Community: LMG Concerts - Volunteer!

Volunteer for LMG Concerts

Are there people in your congregation that are looking for a way to be of service? Are there those that would love to see a show, but can't afford it? Here is that opportunity!

Come be Part of the Event and See the Show for Free - Volunteer!

We are looking for groups and individuals who want to be part of the show and also get to see the concert for free - If you or your group are interested in helping out we have many positions available.

Load-in/Load Out - Helping unload equipment, set-up the stage, tear down and load-up at the end of the show
Merch - Help the band with t-shirt and CD sales
Ushers - Help concert guests find their seats and their way around
Email Team - Help concert goers enter to win prizes

If you or your group are interested please contact Charlie at Charlie@lmgconcerts.com.

As a thank you for helping us out, we will also provide you with 2 free tickets that you can give to someone to come and enjoy the show.

Receive one free ticket when you place your order For the Casting Crowns Concert - 9.25.09 at Rolling Hills Community Church

Offer Available Online Only - www.ticketmaster.com - call 866-696-9039 for details. Quantities and Seat Locations based on Availability - One Free Ticket Per Order. Offer as good as long as supplies last only.

Other shows coming up to help out at:
10/15 David Crowder Band - First Baptist Church of Eugene
10/16 David Crowder Band - Rolling Hills Community Church
10/30 Skillet - Oregon State Fair Pavilion
11/20 Jeremy Camp - Rolling Hills Community Church
12/13 Toby Mac's Winter Wonder Slam w/ Relient K and More - Oregon State Fair Pavilion

Keep looking for details on other great shows coming soon.
Visit www.LMGConcerts.com for more information!


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Pastor's Weekly Message

To the family of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church,
Standing on the back deck of my home for the night.  Can hear the buzz of Hwy 26, the trickle of what I take to be a water feature in a neighbor's back yard.  The waning moon is about a quarter above the horizon, shining brightly, leaving a warm glow on the dark lawn.  There are wispy clouds streaking across the sky and stars visible directly above me and to the west.  It is lovely, truly beyond words in the end.
I am alone, but not lonely, talked to Choice a few times, to my daughter Amie, to many folks here at SOV, and so never really alone either.  Reminded of some words I saw on a wood carving at St. Andrew Lutheran Church when I was there for a meeting today.  From Psalm 139:1ff " O Lord, you have searched me and known me.  You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.  You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways."
Turn to that Psalm sometime, and though there may be some disconcerting words, it offers the comfort of One who is always with us.
Peace and blessings,
Pastor Randy
"Almighty and ever living God, with mercy you look upon our weaknesses.  Stretch out your wondrous hand to protect us from danger and restore us to health, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen"
This Week:
Please note; our parish nurse, Corrine Gilbertson (and Larry) are out of town until September 30th.
Sunday September 13, 2009 following 11:00 am service SOV's Annual Picnic.
Fellowship will provide Fried Chicken, beverages, and paper ware. Members with the last name beginning A-L please bring a salad; fruit, veggie, pasta, potato, macaroni etc. Members with the last name beginning M-Z please bring dessert; cookies, cake, pie etc,
**There will be no Sunday Super Social for the month of September, the annual picnic will take its place.**

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Confirmation Mtg 6:20pm Sept 17

For all 7th & 8th graders and their parents there will be a Confirmation meeting Thursday, September 17, 2009, 6:20pm at SOV.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Pastor's Weekly Message

Family of Christ at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran,
Sometimes it is like a roller-coaster.  And it can happen day by day.  Some things are new and some just keep hanging around.  It was a beautiful day and traveling went well, even smoothly.  There was more bad news about the deck, more money and more time needed to complete a necessary project.  Throw that on top of the general budget struggles and it can seem a bit overwhelming if dwelling there too long.
But there was good news at the hospital as one of our members had a slightly surprising procedure that went as well as could be expected and had immediate positive results.  And the place I stayed in last night had many humming bird visitors.  They fascinate me with their delicate nature and swift movements, their little snapping sounds, another one that God got right. 
And there were spiders too, with webs in three places across the front walk.  The third one I didn't know was there until it got tangled around my head.  Dropped stuff off early in the day and when I returned in the evening they were back across the walk again (though this time I avoided one crawling around on my face).  They were undeterred by having to build everything over again.  A reminder, God teaching a lesson through insects.
And then I looked up some favorite words from Philippians 4:6-7, "Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."  Amen to that!
In the peace and power of the cross,
Pastor Randy
Again we pray, "O most loving Father, you want us to give thanks for all things, to fear nothing except losing you, and to lay all our cares on you, knowing that you care for us.  Grant that fears and anxieties in this mortal life may not hide from us the light of your immortal love shown to us in your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."
One worship service this Sunday September 6, 2009 at 10:30 am

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Community: Light of Life 25th Anniversary

Light of Life Lutheran Church
25th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday October 17, 2009
2:00 PM

RSVP by September 26, 2009
(Contact SOV secretary for more details)

Community: Dr. Martin E. Marty, Sep 25-27

St. Mark Lutheran Church
Visiting Theologian Program
Willamette University
The Center for Religion, Law and Democracy presents;

     Dr. Martin E. Marty, Historical Theologian & Author

September 25, 26 and 27, 2009

for more information: saintmarklutheran-salemor.org