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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Shepherd's Storehouse

Shepherd's Storehouse is running very low on many non-perishable foods that are vital to our mission of helping fight hunger in our community.  If you could pick up any of the following items next time you do your grocery shopping and drop them at church in our food donation barrel, we'd greatly appreciate it.
Canned vegetables and fruits, pasta and sauce, breakfast cereal, peanut butter, boxed macaroni and cheese mix, soup, tuna, rice, dried beans or any other healthy non-perishable item.
Thank you!
-Social Concerns Committee

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pastor's Weekly Message

"... you... are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God."  Ephesians 3:22

Those words speak of family for me.  It seems that family, that spiritual dwelling place, was made manifest in some divergent ways this past week.

There was the continuation of the rummage sale.  What made it a spiritual dwelling place?  Maybe this is a stretch, but it was a treat to watch folks continue to work together, to listen to the laughter, the welcoming attitudes, to take in the effort and commitment.  It was good.  Maybe it wasn't all grand, but it sure warmed my heart.

And then there was Ann's death, and the moments before and after it.  There meals, visits, prayers by many that touched the lives of many more.  Because they were her family, they were also our family.  There was collective sorrow, united in tears and quavering voices, soon to join in a celebration of life, and in that "spiritual dwelling place" that makes us family, family beyond the normal bonds.

There is so much more that fills in the picture, now you provide the minds eye.  Just another week?  There is never such a thing in the family of God.

In the peace and power of the Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Lord, you have called us to make a difference in this world, a world that is often broken and lost.  You have given us a challenge to make this world a better place.  Allow people to see a glimpse of what effect true faith can have on a life, and strengthen us to provide that glimpse.  Help us to go forth with your power to transform the world.  Amen."
This Week
Thursday 12:00 pm; All Church Luncheon, every one's invited, no RSVP needed.
Friday 5:00 pm;  Celebration of the Life of Ann Smith (at SOV)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Celebration of Life...

A Celebration of Life for Ann Smith will be held Friday July 30th at 5:00 pm at Shepherd of the Valley.
At Ann's request a "Lutheran Potluck" will follow the service.
Please call or email Tammy if you are able to bring a potluck dish to share.
Thank you.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Pastor's Weekly Message

"All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your faithful shall bless you."  Psalm 145:10

The rummage sale.  If you happen to stop by the church this week it would be impossible not to notice the reality of it.  To put together such an event, especially with the space we have to work with, it takes the effort of many, many working together.

This past Sunday morning spoke to that reality for me.  There was a pretty good sized stack of items sitting outside our front doors, and it all needed to get inside somehow.  A simple plea was offered and the response was a sweet picture, because we worked together.

In quick order, and with a little direction, this family went to work.  I asked young Lisa if she was going to work and she replied that she was thinking about it.  Her thoughts apparently melded with most everyone else.  Young and old there was a parade of movement, and all the while people were smiling, talking, laughing and much was accomplished in short order.

Okay, maybe it was not the largest of job, but it was an example of what a community can do when working together.  We are the "works" that "give thanks" to the Lord, "faithful" blessings, in even the simplest of things.

In Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Lord you know us better than we know ourselves.  And what is amazing is that you still love us and want the very best for us.  Help us to open our very hearts to you and simply say 'yes'.  Amen."
This Week:
Friday and Saturday 9 - 5  RUMMAGE SALE

Continued prayers of healing for;
Ann Smith
Blackie McFall

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Rummage Sale

SOV Rummage Sale is just 3 days away...
Its not too late to bring your unwanted, clean usable items! More is better!

(Please place your items in their appropriate locations, tables are marked)
We are also in need of volunteers:
Cashiers and assistants for Thursday's preview sale 12 - 3:30 pm or 3:30 - 7pm
 1 Cashier for Friday 1-5pm shift
 2 Bankers to make cash deposits 5 pm Friday
 2 Bankers for 1 pm Saturday
 2 Bankers for 5 pm Saturday
 2 people for clean up crew on Saturday (5-6 pm)
Please let Tammy know if you can assist or add your name to the sign up sheet in the narthex.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Kids of the Kingdom Open House

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The KOK Board is pleased to announce the fall 2010 opening of Kid's of the Kingdom Christian Preschool serving 3- and 4-year-old children mornings from 9:00 to 11:30. 

As a ministry of SOV, our mission is to develop in children a love of God, self, and others while helping them discover their place in God's creation. 

We are blessed to have found two wonderful, experienced preschool teachers, Deb Halligan and Veronica Murray, who are called to love and nurture children. 

We will be having an Open House on Friday and Saturday, July 23-24, during the church rummage sale. Our teachers will be available on Friday for tours and preschool information and our directors will be available on Saturday. 

We ask for your support through prayers for staff, families and our program.  We also ask for your support by getting the word out to friends and family members who may be looking for a preschool where their children will be loved, nurtured and free to learn and grow at their own pace in a safe, Christ centered environment.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Linda Rasmussen or Wendy Roeder, Preschool Co-directors.  Registrations forms and brochures may be picked up in the Narthex, from Tammy during church office hours, or at the preschool table at the rummage sale.

Yours in Christ's Service,

Linda Rasmussen & Wendy Roeder
Preschool Co-directors  

SOV Rummage Sale

Rummage Sale Update 
The date is set.
The plans are made...
SOV's Rummage Sale is just 8 days away!
All volunteers are encouraged to attend the "last" Rummage sale meeting...
July 16th
12:00 pm (lunch provided)

(you will learn the order of operation, shift rotation and other guidelines and FAQ to make this a successful and fun event)
It's not too late...to bring your unwanted, clean, gently used items for the Rummage Sale, our stock is a bit lower this year than past years. Your items can be brought to the church after worship on Sunday and up until the sale.
Donations of bake goods...are still needed for our bake sale. Please package in small servings (2-4 count).
Volunteers needed...it takes many hands to organize for the sale (Monday - Wednesday) and many to assist during the sale; cashiering, sales and good ol' customer service/greeters.
Any questions can be directed to Peggy.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pastor's Weekly Message

"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace."   Numbers 6:24-26

Familiar words to many.  They are commonly referred to as the "Aaronic blessing".  (Words the Lord gave to Moses to give to Aaron to bless the people of Israel.)  They are grand to share and sweet to hear.  Have been thinking about them much lately, especially when walking into the house that is now our home.  It hardly seems real. 

There are always so many blessings, even in that strange year (just passed) when, by the grace of God and the kindness of many, there were many homes to stay in.  And now though, to be able to go home for lunch, to have the grand kids come over on a spur of moment instead of planning carefully.

Indeed all of those promises of the blessing Aaron offered at God's direction have been present all along, it is just that now they seem all the more real.  Please forgive my rambling, but I cannot help but share how good it feels to be "home" and to know the "peace" that comes with it.  It is true that sometimes we can only truly appreciate something when it is gone, and to have a return to "normalcy" now, makes those words sound all the sweeter.  May I never be foolish enough to take such blessings for granted.

And may those words of blessing speak to you as well, may you know the "shining countenance of the Lord" and the "peace" that comes with it.

In Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Holy God, may your Word, read and proclaimed, be for us this day living water and the bread of life.  We yield ourselves to the Word you will speak to each of us, seeking only to hear your voice, see your face and respond to your will for our lives.  Amen."
This Week
Wednesday  10:00 am Bible Study with Pastor
Thursday  7:00 pm  Council Meeting
Friday  12:00 pm  Rummage Sale Meeting - for all volunteers
Sunday  8:30 & 10:30 am Worship

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

KOK Preschool Open House

Kids of the Kingdom 
Christian Preschool 

Open House
July 23-24, 2010
Friday and Saturday
10am - 3pm

Enroll now for Fall 2010! 

Morning classes available for 3 and 4 year olds, 9 - 11:30am. 

Get driving directions!   Click for more information about KOK Christian Preschool.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Prayer Shawl Meeting
 - Meeting tonight, Wed. July 7th @ 7pm @SOV

 - All welcome! 
 - Experience not required!
 - No age limit
 - Yarn available

Bring yourself, a friend if you would like,  and your enthusiasm!

Also~ No Bible Study this morning or pastor's weekly message
Sunday worship on Sunday July 11th at 8:30 & 10:30

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Men's Night

Men's Night is meeting tonight Thursday July 1st, 6:30 pm, Old Chicago Pizza - Tanasbourne.

July Newsletter

July newsletter is now available online (http://bit.ly/sovnews) and hard copies are available at the information center in the narthex.