Happening Now Blog

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Stock Gifting

SOV members,

Just want to let everyone know that we have closed our MorganStanley/SmithBarney account.  If you want to contribute to SOV by gifting stock, please use the ELCA Foundation. You will find instructions below provided by Diane Lewis. Thank You for your support during this transition.

Gifting Stock made simple through the ELCA Foundation

Gifting stock is one opportunity we can take advantage of to help in giving to our church.  Giving the stock through the ELCA has several advantages.  It is easy to accomplish, the fees are lower, in some cases it can be done over the phone and some brokerages don't charge a transfer fee.  If the stock has appreciated in value then you can gift stock to the church and not have any capital gains from the appreciation as well as take the entire gift as a tax deduction.  The ELCA Foundation has made it simple for the one gifting.  Some financial brokerage businesses won't charge you to transfer the stock. The only fee will come from a small charge from the ELCA Foundation and the balance is sent directly to the church.

Here are the easy steps in gifting a stock to Shepherd of the Valley:

1. Contact your stock broker and give the name and amount of the stock you want transferred.  Ask if that firm has a transfer fee for non profit transfers.

2. Give the broker the information for gifting to the ELCA Foundation

Wells Fargo Advisors, DTC Clearing #0141, FBO Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Account # 5103-9400

3. Inform Shawn Greene (ELCA 1-800-638 8322 ex.2976) as to the exact date and the shares that are being transferred out of your account.  Let her know that the funds are to be sent to Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Beaverton, OR. This can also be done by email to: shawn.greene@elca.org

4. Once the stock is transferred it will be immediately sold.  The small fees are taken out of the sale price and the remaining funds are sent to the church with a letter from the ELCA stating who is from.

5. The person gifting will receive a letter of confirmation from the ELCA with the full tax deductable amount of the sale.

6. Contact SOV's financial secretary about how you want the money designated.

Monday, August 30, 2010

September Newsletter is available

September's newsletter is now available on line or you may pick up a hard copy from the information station in the Narthex.

Are you a Thrivent Member?

To all SOV members,

You may be able to help contribute to SOV without any cost to you!

If you are a Thrivent member, you may have received a letter from them explaining a program called "Thrivent Choice" and "Choice Dollars".  This program allows you to participate in where Thrivent directs part of its charitable funds.  This includes many Lutheran organizations including congregations. 

We are working right now to get SOV signed up for this program.  This may take about 3 weeks.

If you have eligible Thrivent products, and would like to direct your portion of Thrivent's charitable funds, you can log into your account at Thrivent.com or call 1-800-847-4836.  If you would like to direct those funds to SOV, please wait until we notify you that SOV has been fully signed up.

If you have any questions about this or how to log in, you can contact Rod or Betty S.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Pastor's Weekly Message

"As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment."  I Timothy 6:17

Outside again, wondering around Rood Bridge Park.  Walk there often and have been watching the effect of the summer without rain on the Tualatin River, and especially the big pond in the park.  When I first road my bike there in the beginning of June I couldn't even go through the whole park because some of the paths were flooded.  Now there is one little pool that has been long cut off from the big pond, and as I looked at it the other day I was amazed.  There were the usual number of frogs jumping into the water, and I planned on waiting quietly for them to return.  It is a kick to watch their heads begin to pop up again.

But this time there was an added dimension.  The ever shrinking pool was alive with tad poles.  I am not the only one to have taken note as I saw heron and raccoon tracks all around the edge.  There were hundreds, if not thousands, of little creatures flitting around in the water.  It was extravagant, as nature often needs to be, so that at least some will survive.  It may sound cruel, but it is just reality.

The extravagance of the Creator.  The richness of the creation.  A God who makes life rich for us to take in.  It may sometimes be so overwhelming that we can scarcely take it in.  And so God also comes to us with His love.  May we be wise enough to trust in the riches the Creator provides for us, and not depend solely on our own doing.

As one richly blessed, in Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Lord, thank you again for the richness of this life, for the blessings you have given us, for the chance to take at least a part of it in.  May we be strengthened by your presence in all ways.  Amen."
This Week:
Wednesday 10:00 a Bible Study w/Pastor
Thursday   12:00 p  All Church Luncheon at the home of Pastor Randy and Choice
                              please bring a side dish to share.
Ushers needed for 10:30 worship this Sunday August 29th, and for 11:00 worship in September.
American Red Cross Blood Drive...September 2nd @ SOV if you would like to register to donate blood call 1.800.Red.Cross
Rally Day and Annual Picnic....September 12th

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Pastor's Weekly Message

"He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds." Psalm 148:3

Why those words now?  They are not inspired by a specific recent event, but by looking at the list of the commemorations for the whole of the church.  That list is about learning about the rich history of our faith, about those who have gone before us.  This Friday there are two people listed, Florence Nightingale and Clara Maass, and they are listed as "renewers of society". 

In particular it says this about Florence Nightingale, "when she decided to be a nurse, her family was horrified.  In the early 1800's nursing was done by people with no training and no other way to earn a living.  ....   she lead a group of nurses to serve in the Crimean War, where they worked in appalling conditions.  She returned to London as a hero and resumed her work there for hospital reform.   This commemoration invites the church to give thanks for all who practice the arts of healing."

So we do give thanks for the those who practice that art.  We take that seriously here at SOV with our parish nurse and our health team.  We recognize the presence of the healing touch of the Creator in a great many ways.  As a matter of fact, whether we would know it or not, each one of us has part in the healing of the brokenhearted and the binding up of wounds.  May we offer a helping hand where we are able, an encouraging word whenever possible, a simple kindness that can make all the difference in a moment of sorrow. 

The healing presence of the Christ in, and even through, us.

In the peace and power of the Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Holy God, the stories of the saints through all the ages come to us as a gift, for its is through them that we have learned the meaning of faith.  We receive this gift with thanks and praise.  We are grateful for their example, for showing us the way, for challenging us to continue to live faithful lives.  Grant us perseverance when the race gets tough, courage when trials beset us and rest when we grow weary from the struggles of life.  May Christ's joy renew us as we fix our eyes on him.  Amen."
This Week
Wednesday    Bible Study @ 10:00 am (No Bible Study 8/18)
                      Prayer Shawl Ministry @ 7:00 pm
Friday          Health Team Meeting @ 9:00 am
School Supplies are due Sunday 8/15 for the LOVE INC. Back pack project
- Glue Sticks
- Colored Pencils
- Pink Pearl type erasers

Ushers needed
10:30 service  8/15
10:30 service  8/22
10:30 service  8/29
11:00 service September
Please let Tammy know if you can assist.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Pastor's Weekly Message

"....they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest......" Isaiah 9:3

I suppose most folks don't feel a thrill at the sight of black berry vines.  Have cut back plenty of them myself, throwing them on a pile to be burned.  But seeing them at the edge of the back yard of our new home made me smile, especially considering they were growing on the other side of the fence.

Have been watching the vines, trimming some, but not the ones that were flowering.  And suddenly (at least it seemed sudden) there was fruit, and some of it appeared to be ripe.  In the bright late afternoon sun light I navigated the thorns and precarious setting and picked the darkest berries.  Some were a bit tart (alright they weren't really ready) bit it seems that nothing tastes better than those first few.  I couldn't help but grin.

It wasn't truly a harvest, but there was joy none the less.  Another reminder of the richness that the Creator has set before us.  May we all have at least a taste of this richness and rejoice.

In praise of the Creator of all things,
Pastor Randy

"At our baptism we died with Christ, but we have also been reborn with Christ.  Scripture calls us the first fruits of the new heaven and new earth.  May we strive to put away those things that take us away from God.  Amen."

Thursday,  August 5th ~ American Red Cross Blood Drive 2 - 7pm
Sunday, August 8th ~ Next Scrip Orders are due
Continued prayers for Marty McDonald and family at the death of this father.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Red Cross: Volunteer for Just Two Hours

Giving Blood

Two hours of your time can make a difference.

That's all it takes to help the Oregon Red Cross as we educate Oregonians about the importance of preparedness and encourage their support of local disaster relief.


Every Saturday from Sept.11 through Oct. 2, we'll be stationing greeters in Fred Meyer stores around the state and asking customers to buy a "virtual blanket," a gift of comfort and hope for their neighbors after a devastating house fire.

We'll also give them a disaster checklist filled with inexpensive items that will help them be prepared for anything.

Whether you're in Milwaukie or Medford, Portland or Pendleton, it's easy to volunteer – just sign up for a two-hour shift at the Fred Meyer store closest to home.

Help us help others. Sign up as a volunteer greeter today.

In Other News...

Compression-Only CPR hit the headlines last week, when the New England Journal of Medicine confirmed that the use of chest compressions only, without the addition of rescue breathing, should be supported in certain situations.

This is in line with American Red Cross guidelines, though we still encourage Oregonians to be trained in full CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

VIDEO: How to perform Compression-Only CPR 

Wilderness First Aid Perfect for Hikers, Outdoors Enthusiasts

Oregon is known for its natural beauty - soaring mountains, rushing rivers and sandy coastlines. But that beauty can turn deadly if you ever find yourself stranded in the wild.

To ensure Oregonians are never caught unprepared, the Oregon Red Cross offers a Wilderness and Remote First Aid course, taught over the course of two Saturdays. This 16-hour course is for those who work, live or play in remote areas – away from the usual EMS service.

Learn more about Wilderness First Aid 

Haiti Update
Red Cross funds initiatives in Haiti, including $6.1 million cash-for-work program with Mercy Corps.

Blood Drive
Blood donors rock with free VIP access to Vans Warped Tour.

Fundraising Event
Jeld-Wen TraditionAugust 16-22
Sunriver Resort
Charity Ticket Program benefits Oregon Red Cross.

Volunteer Profile
From hurricanes to house fires, former Seattle firefighter Tom Jellum has helped people recover from disasters of all sizes.

Special Thanks
Spirit Mountain: "As a rural Tribe, we know the importance of safety planning and preparedness. We are honored to support the Red Cross' efforts to help families and neighborhoods be prepared in case of a community crisis."
-- Shelley Hanson,
Director, Spirit Mountain Community Fund