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Friday, December 31, 2010

January Newsletter

The January newsletter is available on line and hard copies are available at the information center located in the Narthex.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

We have spent a whole lot of time hearing about dreams and visions in scripture the past few weeks, some wild rides.  May God continue to speak to us in the same way.

Closing out this year with a favorite quote of mine that seems to fit the theme.  From C.S. Lewis novel "Till We Have Faces", "Of the things that followed I cannot at all say whether they were what men call real or what men call dream.  And for all I can tell, the only difference is that what many see we call a real thing, and what only one sees we call a dream.  But things that many see may have no taste or moment in them at all, and things that are shown only to one may be spears and water-spouts of truth from the very depth of truth."

Dream away, in the peace and power of the Christ.

Have a blessed New Year,
Pastor Randy
Thursday  12:00 pm  All Church Luncheon
Sunday   8:30 am & 11:00 am Worship Service
               9:45 am New Year Brunch; bring your favorite breakfast dish to share

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A few reminders...

No Bible study this week (December 29th)
No Vesper Service this week (December 29th)

Ushers needed for this Sunday and the month of January, February, March...etc

Two services Sunday January 2, 2011 8:30 and 11:00 am

Sunday January 2, 2011...
ALL CHURCH BRUNCH (9:45 am/between services)
please bring your favorite breakfast item;
brunch casserole,
sausage, bacon, ham
french toast

Thank you

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Pastor's Weekly Message

"and a little child shall lead them." Isaiah 11:6 

I was ready to be disappointed.  Really wasn't sure what to expect, but our number seemed so small when we headed out for caroling.  On our first stop we just went up on the stage, after a warm greeting, and started singing.  I saw smiles and nods, eyes sparkling and lips moving along with the words of these beloved songs.

Disappointment?  How foolish.  It wasn't about numbers but about singing the good news and sharing some joy with others.  (Though starting Silent Night at to high a pitch did put a strain on us for a moment.)  Then we shared some greetings, blessings for the season and went to our next stop.

Now about that "little child" part.  Obviously through Christian eyes we see the baby Jesus as the one that Isaiah refers to, the one that we were singing about. But  there were other children with us that night as well.

So thankful that my grand-daughters Taylor and Avery were there.  But there was also Emery.  As we sang and walked she sometimes raced ahead.  When we stopped she would twirl, dance and sometimes direct our singing.  Her confidence and comfort, joy and enthusiasm, fit the moment perfectly.  Aware or not, she was a teacher.  There were smiles aplenty, and again a reminder of the purpose for being there.  Again we sang heartily, shared best wishes and a moment of warmth (and for me the warmth lasted more than a moment).

And I was ready to be disappointed, and also obviously still learning.

Christmas blessings, in the name of the child Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Be born among us that we may ourselves be born.  Be born within us that by words and deeds of love we may bear the tidings of your birth to a world that dies for lack of love.  We ask it in the child's name.  Amen."   (from prayers by Frederick Buechner)


WEDNESDAY  5:45 p  Advent Soup Supper
                       6:30 p  Advent Vesper Service
                       7:00 p  Adult Choir Practice

                4:00 p, 6:00 p, 11:00 p


SUNDAY      10:30 AM - Regular Worship Service with ccommunion

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Pastor's Weekly Message

"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God ..." Luke 2:13

Makes me think of singing.  And there has been a whole lot of sing going on around here.  Singing of the Christmas kind in particular.  We added some Christmas carols on Advent Sunday's (gasp!).  We sang at the excellent children's program this Sunday past.  We sang, and listened others sing as well, at the annual SOV Christmas concert.  And this Sunday evening we will go caroling, singing until our voices crackle.

Are we always melodious?  Maybe not exactly.  Are we some times discordant with our voices raised?  Some more than others I suppose.

But it is "praising God" that is the key for me here.  Luke does not write about how on key the "heavenly host" was.  So, sing away, boldly, loud and joyously.  We are part of the "multitude", and we still sing for the same reason some 20 centuries later.  On key or not it is all sweet music to the Lord.

In the peace and power of the manger,
Pastor Randy

"Lord, as we live this week, may we not only seek a sign from You, but be a sign from You, for our family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, classmates and everyone we encounter along the way.  For the sake of the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  Amen."
This Week
Wednesday   5:45/6:00 p Advent Soup Supper
                      6:30 p Advent Vesper Service
                      7:00 p Adult Choir Practice
Thursday       10:00 a  LLL
                       7:00 p  Council Meeting
Sunday        6:00 p Christmas Caroling carpool from SOV
                       Followed by chili/soup potluck
Monday       7:00 p Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet at
                              New Seasons Market in Orenco
                              (please note change of location)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Alzheimer's caregiver classes available

Home is Where my Heart Lives

As the disease progresses, a person with Alzheimer's often struggles with recognizing family members and familiar environments. As a result, they often repeatedly say things such as, "I want to go home." In this class, participants will learn how to accurately assess the person's comprehension levels, how to meet their basic needs, and how to respond when the person they are caring for is confused.          

         Date:   Tuesday, December 7
         Time:   6 - 7:30 pm
         Cost:   No Charge - No Registration Required
         Location:  Alzheimer's Association Office
                        1650 NW Naito Parkway, Suite 190
                        Portland, OR 97209

Dealing with Grief and Loss

Losing someone to Alzheimer's disease has been called "The Long Goodbye." On this journey, caregivers experience difficult and surprising emotions, such as shock, anger, guilt, and hopelessness.  While these feelings can be frightening and overwhelming, they are normal reactions to loss. This class will guide you towards accepting these feelings as part of the grieving process so that healing can occur.

         Date:   Saturday, December 11
         Time:   10-11:30 am
         Cost:   No Charge - No Registration Required
         Location:  Alzheimer's Association Office
                        1650 NW Naito Parkway, Suite 190
                        Portland, OR 97209

*This class is approved for 1.5 CEUs for Adult Foster Home providers. There is a $15 charge for credits. Call for more information.  Registration required - space is limited.  Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before the listed class time.

For more information, call 503.416.0201. To find our most up to date class schedule, click here.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Pastor's Weekly Message

"The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork." Psalm 19:1

It was a pretty rich day all in all, and while there were a great many memorable moments, a couple of them stand out as work of the Creator's hand.  It is about surprise, and this is a season that reminds us all the more about the surprise of God.  A baby Messiah?

Sitting in my office, catching up on myriad messages, pre-occupied, but then taking note of a constant noise.  Rolled to the window and looked down to the park and saw the reason for the distraction.  Literally hundreds of geese landing, taking off, tramping around, constant movement and all the while their chorus dwarfing the traffic on Cornell.  "The heavens telling the glory of God."  Beautiful.

Went home for lunch.  foolish to drive the distance I suppose, but it just feels good to go "home" for lunch.  Stepping out back to see what birds might be at the feeder.  Froze while stepping out the door upon seeing a deer standing just below me.  Watched quietly for a bit and then suddenly noticed movement to my right, a youngster with dark tufts moves down to see mom, and yet another deer moves out from behind the neighbors house.  My heart thumped as I watched mom deftly leap over the fence and the trio wandered to the creek, and off.  "The firmament proclaims his handiwork"

The days are rich even without the surprises.  May we see God at work in it all.

Blessed Advent, in the peace and power of the Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Lord, open our hearts to help and serve others, to be bold witnesses to your redeeming grace and to care for people who suffer in body or spirit.  Strengthen us so that through our actions and in our words, the people we encounter will see you in us.  In Jesus name, Amen."
WEDNESDAY  5:45 p  Advent Soup Supper
                       6:30 p  Advent Vesper Service
                       7:00 p  Adult Choir Practice
SUNDAY     8:30 a Regular Worship w/communion
                  11:00 a Sunday School Christmas Program
                  6:00 p Choir concert and Music Fest 
                  (please bring your favorite holiday treat to share)
Looking Ahead
Sunday December 19  Christmas Caroling followed by potluck chili/soup supper
                                   Meet at the church at 6:00 p to carpool

Monday, December 6, 2010

Scholastic Book Offer

Kids of the Kingdom Christian Preschool participates in the Scholastic Book Program and are inviting church members to participate with us.  They have a wide variety of books for children grades Preschool through 6th.  They would be fantastic Christmas gifts.  Please follow the directions below.  If you have questions you can email kokpreschool@gmail.com

Remember when you order books, the preschool earns FREE books!

With the due date for December orders of December 8, 2010, the books will be here by December 17.  

Steps for ordering online: 

•  SIGN UP at www.Scholastic.com/bookclubs. On the parent page, click the "Don't have a User Name and Password?" link, then register for your own username and password. When prompted, enter the one-time Class Activation Code GYR6L. This code ensures that your order is sent to me.

•  SELECT the books you'd like to order from over 500 titles available online...and take advantage of online-only specials and discounts.

•  SEND your order to me online by the due date. Books will be delivered directly to the preschool.  I will call or email you to arrange a pick up day and time.

•  Online Ordering Information Recap
     Web address: scholastic.com/bookclubs
     Class Activation Code: GYR6L

Online Book Club Order Due Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Thank you,

Wendy Roeder
Kids of the Kingdom Christian Preschool
Book Club Coordinator

Thursday, December 2, 2010

December Newsletter

The December Newsletter is now available for viewing. Hard copies are available at the information center.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Prepare the way of the Lord...." Mark 1:3b 

That is a theme of Advent, preparation.  It is evident in all sorts of ways, in our homes, in church buildings.  Do we sometimes get carried away?  So much so that we miss the point, or lose it entirely?  Probably so, but this is not a time for casting aspersions, at least not from me.

Sunday night we put the tree up at our house.  The earliest we have ever done that in my recollection.  But the need was great in my heart.  It was a rich time of looking forward with excitement and remembering the gifts years filled with blessings.  Listened to Christmas carols, strung lights, and after some effort, some laughter, and even a few tears, we stopped.  It was not that we were done, such preparation is never truly done, whatever the season.

Then we sat in the relative dark and silence for a while.  These were pretty sweet moments actually.  A reminder again that the "light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not overcome it". Preparation for the coming of the Christ.  May we all have some time to do such things, in whatever ways speak to us.  Prepare the way indeed!

In Christ,
Pastor Randy

"God of grace and glory, refocus our minds on the real meaning of this season; to watch and to wait.  It is difficult to wait patiently for he birth of the Christ child, all the while anticipating our Lord's return.  Help us set aside the concerns of the world in this holiday season so we may hear John the Baptist's words, take them to heart and focus on preparing the way of the Lord.  Amen."
WEDNESDAY  Advent soup supper  5:45/6:00 pm
                       Vesper Service           6:30 pm
                       Adult Choir                 7:00 pm
THURSDAY     Men's Night  @ Old Chicago  6:30 pm
FRIDAY          Festival of Trees outing meeting @ SOV, 9:30 am
SUNDAY        Adult Sunday School class 10:00 am
                     (Ada will continue her presentation on 'Dreams')