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Friday, May 28, 2010

KOK (Kids of the Kingdom) update...

"Sometimes when God closes a door; a window is open."
The KOK Board of Directors would like to share with our SOV family that due to low enrollment over the past 24 months and economic factors in our area, the KOK Board has shared with SOV Council that we need to suspend day care center services effective June 18, 2010.  As you know, KOK has been a ministry of SOV for over 21 years and we are very saddened by this suspension of services. You may understand that despite the dedicated work of the KOK Board, staff and the volunteers that lovingly shared their time and strengths, it would not be responsible to continue as a full time day care center if low enrollment continued.
The KOK Board has a sub committee evaluating current interest in a preschool program for Fall 2010.  We will be sharing more information with SOV members as this continues to develop. Please keep KOK staff, students, and families  in your prayers because they have recently been advised of the suspension of services for full time care.

Debbie Johnson, KOK Board Co-chair

June Newsletter

The June Newsletter is now available on line

Hard copies are available in the information center located in the narthex as well.
Have a safe holiday weekend.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Pastor's Weekly Message

"In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh ..."  Acts 2:17a
I cannot speak to the "last days" part of the Pentecost story (and neither can anyone else really).  But that pouring out of the Spirit, that was going on at SOV on Pentecost Sunday.
We sang lustily (is it alright to use that word about worship?). There was a great crowd of folks, abuzz with just being there.  But in my mind it is the speaking of six young folks that stands out.  They spoke of faith, doubt, wonderment, the reality of their own brief history.  The courage it took to stand up and speak in front of all of us  was impressive, and while they did the speaking I truthfully believe the Spirit empowered them to do so.
And the Spirit was present with those of us who simply listened as well.  But we didn't "simply" listen.  We listened because we value those who spoke.  We love those who spoke, haltingly or confidently.  It is the Spirit alive in us who guides and empowers that love.
Oh, the Spirit was alive alright.  May we continue to be empowered as we grow together, or sometimes in seperate ways.  And may we continue to be aware of, and surprised by, the presence of the Spirit amongst us.  Yes, even us at SOV.
In Christ,
Pastor Randy
"Almighty God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, you have given us life, granted us wisdom and blessed us with your abiding presence.  You care for us and provide for our needs.  Out of thanksgiving may we offer our own offerings.  May the gifts that we give help breathe new life into those in need and be a tangible sign of your ongoing creation.  In Jesus name.  Amen."
This Week:

Wednesday, Vesper service 6:30 pm  (last Vesper service until fall)
Thursday, All Church Member Luncheon 12:00 pm @ SOV
Saturday, 'Move Out' day in Albany 9:00 am
Sunday, May 30th  ONE WORSHIP SERVICE AT 10:30 AM

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Big Move...

To our SOV church family! 

Our prayers are answered and the move for Pastor Randy and Choice is happening!
Pastor Randy and Choice are moving our way!! YES!!!

We are planning to have food for the "move out" team on Saturday as well as the for the family and the "move in" team on Monday.
Saturday we will provide lunch meat, cheese and condiments for sandwiches, chips some salads, and cookies, bars, brownies, pop, bottled water, juice, etc.
Monday, May 31 the "move in" team will start at 9 AM.  We will provide some scones, muffins, fruit, juice, coffee and of course tea for Randy!
To complete the day we will provide a hot meal for an early dinner. We will provide a variety of hot dishes, some salads, dessert and beverages.
If you would like to help provide some of the food or beverages for this long awaited MOVING WEEKEND event, please contact Diane Lewis.  Tammy will help with collecting food for Saturday by bringing things to church by 2 PM Thursday afternoon.  Food can also be brought to church this Sunday or dropped off at the Lewis home.
Thank you to everyone that will be helping make this move as easy as possible as Pastor Randy and Choice officially move to our community!

Please keep all the family and friends in your prayers as the move takes place!

Email or call Tammy at the church office or Diane Lewis.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Summer Worship Schedule

Summer Worship Service Changes 
Summer Schedule
May 30:  Memorial Weekend – one service at 10:30 a.m.
June 6:  Summer Schedule Begins - Services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
July 4:  one service at 10:30 a.m.
September 5:  Labor Day weekend – one service at 10:30 a.m.
September 12:  Return to regular service times of 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday night services will be on hiatus in June, July and August and resume in September
Thank you
Your Worship Committee

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Pentecost Sunday May 23rd

Pentecost, May 23, 2010 
Confirmation Sunday 11 AM Service
Please come and be part of our special service of confirmation for six of our Shepherd of the Valley youth.
Keep them in prayer and join in the celebration of their personal confirmation of faith.  We will have a reception to celebrate this special day in their lives following 11 AM service.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."  Hebrews 11:1

It was one of those warm sunny afternoons we had last week.  A fulfillment of the promise of spring that many had been longing for, and it certainly felt good to have that promise come to fruition, even momentarily.
Sitting in my office, a window open, the hum of tires on Cornell nothing more than background noise.  And then there was the sweet song of a red-wing black bird.  I do not know how to write that sound out in words, but was unmistakable and it took me all kinds of places.  From my youth in the flat lands of northwestern Ohio through sitting here in Beaverton, Oregon.
God as a red-wing black bird?  No.  But the Creator constantly present.  The song of an unseen, but readily recognizable, bird, a reminder of those sweet words from scripture.  Hanging on to hopes, bolstered by possibilities, not always things that can be described or even readily pictured.  The Spirit speaks to us again and again, and sometimes we need help listening. 
Just in time for Pentecost.
In Christ,
Pastor Randy
"Almighty God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, you have given us life, granted us wisdom and blessed us with your abiding presence.  You care for us and provide for our needs.  May our gifts to you and those around us help breathe new life into those in need and be a tangible sign of your ongoing creation.  Amen."
This Week:
Wednesday 6:30 pm Vesper Service
Thursday 7:00 pm Council Meeting
Sunday, Pentecost Confirmation Celebration @ 11:00 am Service

Monday, May 17, 2010

From your Parish Nurse

Your Parish Health Nurse would like to extend an invitation to the SOV Congregation;
A Free Clinic On
Featured speaker: Dr. Dan Friedman
Tuesday May 18th
1:00 pm
Tuality Education Center in Hillsboro
If you have further questions please contact Corrine.

You're Invited to Plan VBS

Many hands make light work!!!!!!  The more people that help the more it seems like a party!!!!!!!

There will be a planning meeting for VBS after the second service this coming Sunday May 23rd!!!!!!!!
Come be a part of this fun event for our kids.   No experience necessary!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Annual Congregational Meeting

Shepherd of the Valley's Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday  May 16th

between services (9:30 am)

- arrive on time,
- sign in 
- receive your ballot
- get refreshments and be ready for business!!!!

See you all on Sunday.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pastor's Weekly Message

"....suddenly two men in white robes stood by them.  They said .... why do you stand looking up toward heaven? ....."  Acts 1:10-11
Tomorrow, May 13th, is Ascension Day.  It is the 40th day after Easter.  It is one of the oldest holy days in the Christian church.  Some date it back to the first century, making it much older than Christmas.  But it never took off as a commercial success.  Not too surprising.  It has no cute babies, only the risen Christ, rising now into the clouds, and then a couple of angels challenging the awestruck disciples.
"What are you doing standing here?", they ask.  The implication is that it is time to get to work.  That same line of questioning meets us here at Shepherd of the Valley too.  Many people respond in  just as many positive ways make no mistake.  But that doesn't mean that we don't revisit this story again and again.
We too have our moments that we look to the heavens, in wonderment, for inspiration, sometimes imploring the Creator for answers, sometimes for an escape.  And also for the strength and wisdom to answer well the question,  "Why do you stand looking up toward heaven?"
Remember the old child's game, that held the words, "Here is the church, here is the steeple; open the doors, see all the people."?  As one author suggests, Ascension Day reminds us that worship does not end in the sanctuary and that child's game can end with the words, "there go the people".  May that continue to be the case for this community of faith.
In Christ,
Pastor Randy
"Almighty God, your blessed Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things.  Mercifully give us faith to trust that, as he promised, he abides with us on earth to the end of time, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever,  Amen."
This Week
Wednesday   6:30 pm Vesper Service
Thursday      7:00 pm Health Team Meeting
Friday          12:30 pm  Rummage Sale Meeting
Saturday      6:00 pm Transport Trio Concert
Sunday         9:30 am Annual Congregational Meeting
                     6:00 pm Transport Trio Concert
                     Scrip Orders due...
Continued prayers of healing for Les

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Pastor's Weekly Message

"As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you;...."  Isaiah 66:13

As many are undoubtedly aware this Sunday is Mother's Day for better or worse.  As a pastor I really haven't given the day a great deal of attention besides mentioning it in greeting.  Some folks haven't cared for that lack of attention.  Early on a church member criticized me pretty harshly for it, promising never to worship with me on Mother's Day again, and he kept that promise for 13 years.
Whether you necessarily care or not let me share why that choice was made nearly 30 years ago.  In no particular order of importance.  It is a contrived holiday to me (that probably pus me in trouble right away).  Yes, I always honored my mother on Mother's Day, but there wasn't the need for a special day to do so.  Far from being a perfect son, my mom did know she was loved on days besides a designated one.  It is also the case that some people carry with them memories of mothers that are not counted as a blessing, and the reminder may be painful.  Some have mothers who no longer live.  Some will never be mothers, by choice or by nature. 
So, we use the time to honor mothers, but we take more time than that not just one day, and we also honor all those who have mothered us, and take all the more seriously the chances we are given to do a little healthy mothering ourselves.  As Proverbs 31:26 offers, "She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue."
Wise or not, let me share this maudlin little story; A man stopped at a shop to order some flowers to be wired to his mother who lived 200 miles away. As he got out of his car, he noticed a young girl sitting on the curb sobbing. He asked her what was wrong, and she replied, "I wanted to buy a red rose for my mother. But I only have $.75, and a rose costs $2." The man smiled and said, "Come on in with me. I'll buy you a rose." He bought the little girl her rose and ordered his own mother's flowers. As they were leaving, he offered to take the girl home. She said, "Yes, please! You can take me to my mother." She directed him to a cemetery, where she placed the rose on a freshly dug grave. The man returned to the flower shop, canceled the wire order, picked up a bouquet and drove the 200 miles to his mother's house.

In Christ,
Pastor Randy
"Most gracious and loving God, we live in a world that doesn't understand what it means to truly love.  Our examples of how to love are often shallow and self-serving.  Help us to experience again your life-giving love in our lives.  Amen."
This Week;
Wednesday; Vesper service 6:30 pm
Thursday; Men's Night @ Old Chicago Pizza 6:30 pm