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Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas tree stand

Dear SOV Family
If you have an unwanted Christmas tree stand we are looking for 3 to donate to needy families.
Please let me know or drop it by the church.
Thank you

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Pastor's Weekly Message

"O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever."  Psalm 107:1
What other words could I turn to on this day?  It is just about Thanksgiving day.  This particular psalm is a long one, and carries with it the title (at least in the Bible I am looking at) "Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Many Troubles".  One day for such recollection and thanksgiving is not enough, but it is a good start.  Sometimes we need to be reminded (Now what do you say?) and sometimes we can get so lost in those troubles that thanksgiving may be far from our minds.  And so there is a need for us to deliberately take the time, to slow down, to look around, to even let our minds drift through the whole of our lives, and consider the things that we can give thanks for.
And as we do that, may we also consider again how we can live out our thanksgiving in the lives of those who are not as blessed as us.  To be a blessing to others is a grand way to give thanks.  Just looking at some pictures on the Social Concerns bulletin board, and in one of those pictures there are boxes of food sitting around the altar, food that went out that very day to folks in this community.  That picture says well that the things that we do for others are indeed gifts that we offer to God. 
Enjoy the day, the food, the family, whatever gifts are yours.  And in thanksgiving may those gifts be even more enjoyable.
In Christ,
Pastor Randy
"Almighty God our Creator, your generous goodness comes to us new every day.  By the work of your Spirit lead us to acknowledge your goodness, give thanks for your benefits, and serve you in willing obedience, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen."
This evening; 5:30 pm Thanksgiving Pie Social
                      6:30 pm Joyous Light Evening Worship Service

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving Pie Social

Just a reminder that the will be tomorrow, Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 5:30pm.
Followed by Joyous Light Evening worship at 6:30 pm.
Please consider the many varieties of pie out there; pot pie, shepherd pie, pumpkin pie, etc. It doesn't have to be limited to a dessert only function!
See you all Wednesday!
Wednesday, December 2nd  at 9:00 am  "Decorating the Church for Christmas"
any questions can be directed to Connie McFall.
Thursday, December 3rd Men's Night will be meeting at Ken Plinke's home for the
"CIVIL WAR" game. (Men you may bring your spouses or significant other)
Any questions contact Ken Plinke or Kevin Cope.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pastor's Weekly Message

"....for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous."    Matthew 5:45
That was certainly the case today.  Everybody got it pretty much the same after a wild windy night.  Started off the drive this morning from Albany in darkness and a pelting rain.  By the time SOV was in sight there were patches of dry pavement, blue sky and a warming sunshine.  But that all changed quickly enough.  The sun was still shining when the first heavy rain came, accompanied by some hail.  And so the rest of the morning and afternoon went.
There were downpours, enough hail to cover the ground, and more sunshine and the accompanying blue sky.  In some ways it was a microcosm of life itself, it seemed to me. 
There are moments of beauty as well as moments that  make it difficult to see the beauty, and there are even those moments that threaten life itself.  With the weather today it was impossible, and unwise, to get settled, because it would all probably change in a moment.  Such is life.  Sometimes it is unwise to get too settled.  Sometimes it is also best to take the moment for what it is, literally.  Enjoy the moments, expect the changes, but don't let the changes steal from the beauty of the moment. 
Know the truth of that, but living it out is not an easy thing, but remembering as well, that we are all in it together.  Bless and strengthen the whole mess of us Lord.
In the peace and power of the cross,
Pastor Randy
"Holy God, your word feeds your people with life that is eternal.  Direct our choices and preserve us in your truth, that we may live in you, and you in us, through your Son, Jesus Christ, in who's name we pray.  Amen."
Remember Joyous Light evening worship at 6:30 pm, this evening~
Thanksgiving Basket assembly and delivery Saturday at 9:00 am at SOV~

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Wed Nov 25th Pie Social

This year we are going to do a pie social in place of the Thanksgiving dinner. The pie social will be Wednesday, November 25, 2009, starting at 5:30pm followed by the Wednesday Evening Service at 6:30pm.
If you would like to sign up to bring a pie there will be a sign up sheet in the Narthex. If you aren't a baker, Albertson's is running a good deal right now that would work perfect for the occasion. Buy any Sarah Lee Oven Fresh pie for $6.39 and get a second Sarah Lee Oven Fresh pie for free, plus two 1.5qt of Breyers Ice Cream for free! (any flavor, no limits) 

This deal is only valid at Albertson's through Tuesday, November 17th.  The sale is at the very bottom of the front page. Online ad: http://albertsons.shoplocal.com/albertsons/default.aspx?action=entryflash&CityStateZip=97006
Let me know if you have any questions,

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pastor's Weekly Message

Thank you to all our men and women who are and have served in the Military... Happy Veterans Day! 
"Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping, alert in it with thanksgiving."  Colossians 4:2
Praying and thanksgiving.  They don't always go together, but I do try to start off that way.  Thanksgiving first and foremost.  It is thanksgiving that keeps prayer from falling into pleas for what it is that we think we need and hopefully maintaining a perspective beyond ourselves.
It may be a chance to be taken by surprise by God.  That happens again and again to me, especially outside at night, which is where and when I am most apt to pray the most intently.
So, on this night, stepping out to find the wind and rain had stopped, but barely noticing because my mind was elsewhere, concerned.  But before there was a chance to open myself to lament (and there isn't necessarily a problem with that, it gets a book in the Old Testament by name after all) there was movement in the darkness.  Thought it was one of the neighborhood cats, until it stood up on hind legs and studied me carefully, not as a threat really more a curiosity, and then slinking away away with a partner I had not even noticed.  (A pair of young raccoons, new to the yard for me.)  And then I heard the hooting of a great horned owl in the distance, shortly followed by the response of another.  Such a haunting beauty, a cause for thankfulness as a smile crept across my face.
Not as alert as I need to be, but thankfully I am not in this alone.  The Creator of all things keeps tapping at my sometimes dense nature.  Yet another chance for thankfulness, a change in attitude, and all the more reason to "devote yourselves to prayer".
In the peace and power of the cross,
Pastor Randy
"Almighty God, you have taught us in your Son that love fulfills the law.  Inspire us to love you with all our heart, our soul, our mind, and our strength, and teach us how to love our neighbor as ourselves, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen."
Reminder; Joyous Light Evening Worship this evening at 6:30pm.

Spaghetti Luncheon Sunday November 15th at 12:00 pm. Please RSVP to the Secretary.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Nov 15 is our Blessings Event!

Greetings and God's Blessings to All, 
This is a reminder that this Sunday November 15th is our Blessings Event!! 

Bill and Linnea are graciously providing this luncheon to our SOV family and it will occur right after our second service. Bill is our chef!!!

We will be celebrating the blessing of family and friends,
the blessing of completing the deck project,
the blessing of the new and improved Shepherd's Storehouse mission (now housed indoors),
the blessing of our work with Lutheran Community Services through our Refugee Resettlement Mission, and
the blessing of our mission to kids and families in our area through Kids of the Kingdom Christian Day Care.

As we begin this season of holidays, we invite you to join this celebration and feel free to include family and friends as well - those folks who are a blessing to you.

Our family is a blessing to one another!!!!

Friday, November 6, 2009

From your council president

Canceled: Sunday November 8th Congregational Meeting

Blessings to all,
  • The furnace information obtained by property management indicates that, while aging, the furnaces are not in immediate need of replacement. Therefore, the Sunday special congregational meeting is cancelled and we will proceed with the Mission Investment Fund loan to complete the deck project only. More info on our building will be forthcoming.
  • New sanctuary look - When you arrive on Sunday, please note the new paint job in the sanctuary. This update is a work in progress. Please thank Tammy M., Jeff W., Larry G and Connie M. for their contributions of time and paint.
  • Check out Shepherds Storehouse - The Ladies Night dinner group donations purchased all of the new shelving with funds remaining for additional supplies. Larina and Joe did the installation. Arden completed the electrical and Jeff helped with appliance moving and orchestrating the storehouse relocation. Thank you all.
  • Make your reservations! "The Blessings for All" spaghetti dinner is coming November 15th. RSVP to secretarysov ( at) gmail ( dot) com
  • The narthex Kiosk -  please take a moment to read and be informed of upcoming events and happenings. Many thanks to Trevor M. for his time in fine tuning and set up, we had a KOK parent inquire about our Wednesday evening worship service because of the Kiosk now in operation.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Stewardship Committee Thanks You

The Stewardship Committee would like to share the results from last weeks Commitment Sunday on November 1.

Stewardship 2010    "Acting together...Sharing enough"

We had 162 in attendance, both our choirs sang and we had a fly in by Peli. We came together to offer hearts in thanks to God for His gifts to us, received 44 financial pledges along with 69 members turning in volunteer forms.  This is a wonderful start to our yearlong Stewardship program!  We will continue to have more opportunities to learn how we can strengthen our SOV ministries, missions and experience joy of giving and living Stewardship within all areas of our lives.

Pledge forms are welcome at any time.  Members making a pledge are always welcome to reevaluate all areas of commitment. 

Thank you for your food contributions during the onset of the, "Cans can make a difference" part of our "Acting together…sharing enough" Stewardship program.  We can continue to help stock our Shepherds Storehouse as we help strengthen our ministry to help people in need.  We would like to remind each of you that we have another easy way to be good Stewards as we fill our newspaper drop box.  This money goes to help the general budget.  Bring your papers and fill our box …often!

Thank you for your support and participating in learning how each of us can make a difference for our church when we act together and share what God has given us.  We will continue to share information with the congregation and plan more activities throughout the year. 

Please continue to pray for all the missions and ministries of our congregation. 

In Christ's service,
The SOV Stewardship team  
Jim Allgaier, Larina Hoffbeck, Diane Lewis and Deb Mueller-Kruse

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Pastor's Weekly Message

To the Family of God at Shepherd of the Valley ~

"And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?"  Matthew 6:27
Sometimes there are thoughts running in so many different places.  There are worries aplenty, both real and imagined.  Sometimes it is possible to think too much and not get anywhere but deeper in the hole, to lose perspective, and in the end just feel lost.
So, I walked out in the back yard.  There was a brilliant blue sky and warming sun on a brisk fall afternoon.  There was a smell in the air, some of it had to do with decay (as is the wont of fall) but more it suggested the richness of life itself.  And my memory was triggered to consider other times of fall.  Running cross-country, working in fields, the presence of the colors in the trees and on the ground.  It felt comforting and it was beautiful.  The glory of the continuing of creation.
Later that night, stepping outside into the cool darkness, everything bathed in a silver light, there was a full moon.  It was silent.  It was absolutely beautiful.  Another reminder of the glory of God, and love's abiding presence.
The things that cause worries are not erased, but they do receive a different perspective.  So many reminders of God's presence bring thoughts to a different place yet again, and a beauty all it's own.  So many gifts in this life.
In the peace and power of the Christ,
Pastor Randy
"O God, you  show forth your almighty power chiefly by reaching out to us in mercy.  Grant us the fullness of your grace, strengthen our trust in your promises, and bring all the world to share in the treasures that come through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen."
Joyous Light Evening Worship Service this evening at 6:30 pm
SOV Fundraiser at Sweet Tomatoes, November 4 - 17 (coupon attached to this email)
Men's Night, meets Thursday 6:30 pm at Old Chicago Pizza/Tanasbourne.
Confirmation Class this Sunday November 8th at 10:00 am