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Thursday, February 24, 2011

KOK Open house rescheduled

Kids of the Kingdom Christian Preschool Open House scheduled for today, February 24, 2011 has been cancelled.
It is rescheduled for;
Thursday March 3, 2011
9:00 - 12:00 pm
6:30 - 7:30 pm

Thank you

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Messsage

"...Knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us ..." Romans 5:3-5

Paul is speaking to a suffering that we may not know the depth of, but his words may certainly speak to us in trying times of our own.  When we hear gloom and doom more than anything else.  Paul says "hope does not disappoint us" because "God has poured his love into our hearts".

Saturday afternoon there was one long walk in the park with my granddaughter Taylor, and back to the park again later with both Taylor and Chase.  We took along our gloves and a ball.  All we did was play catch for a while.  It was pretty soggy.  But the sun was out.  Could hear the shouts of other kids playing, and the smack of the ball in the glove.  It was not a grand moment in the scheme of things I suppose, but of such moments is hope produced.  And for me it was something God poured in.

What produces hope for you?

In Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Lord you promise us a life that is full, that has meaning.  You tell us we don't need to worry about tomorrow.  You give us us a life that promises meaning and value to all whom we come into contact with.  Help us to know the truth of that.  Amen."


6:30 p  Vespers Service
                            7:00 p Adult Choir Practice

Thursday            KOK OPEN HOUSE  9:00 - 12:00 pm and 6:30 - 7:30 pm (inform your friends, family and neighbors)
                          12:00 pm All Church Luncheon (enjoy a time of nourishment for the soul...with soup and  good conversation)

Friday                7:00 pm Confirmation Retreat

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he has uttered," Psalm 105:5

It is a blustery, rainy night.  Fitting for a February.  Feeling all the more fortunate for a home to rest in.

Pretty mundane observations, but pointing to things worth remembering.  Remembering the mundane and the miraculous was especially on my mind a couple of nights ago.  Been keeping a journal for nearly 31 years now.  Started the first one when we left Ohio for Oregon and internship in Bend. 

The other night I finished the 16th volume, over 3,000 pages that will most likely never be read.  Filled with births and deaths, grand and menial times, reminders that I return to from time to time, to see how much life has changed and how much worries and joys have not. 

Often times an entry closes with the words, "the adventure continues".  And it certainly does.  In the midst of it all it is good to recall a constant, "wonderful works ... miracles ... judgments uttered."  Menial and grand.

As if to make a point right now the skies have cleared for a moment.  There is a nearly full moon high in the sky.  It is beautiful.  The adventure continues.

In awe of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

(starting to look like a winter wonderland out there, who knew?)

"God, you are holy and righteous.  May the offerings we bring  give you the honor you so greatly deserve.  May the words we speak, the songs we sing and posture of our bodies glorify you. Help us worship you with all that we are.  Amen."
This Week
Wednesday  6:30 pm Vespers Service
                    7:00 pm Adult Choir Practice
Thursday   10:00 am LLL
                  7:00 pm Council Meeting

Invitation from Trinity Lutheran - Gresham

Dear Friends at Shepherd of the Valley,

My name is Fred Riedel and I am a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Gresham.  We have a series of Jazz concerts to raise money for an organization called Zeraphath Ministries, which feeds the homeless in our area.  We also need money to refurbish our piano, which was in bad need of work. The names are big in the Portland area so some of your congregants may be interested in coming out for one or more of the concerts.  Thanks for considering this.

Fred Riedel
April 2, 7 pm    Tom Grant
May 13,  7 pm    Ron Steen Quartet   
July 23, 7 pm     Michael Allen Harrison

$15.00 per concert OR $40.00 for the series
for more information or tickets visit;

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

You're invited...

Prayer Team Ministry will be holding their first meeting tonight.

Tuesday February 15th
7:30 pm @ SOV

Friday, February 11, 2011

Need a babysitter tonight?

There is babysitting services at SOV tonight.
(SOV Youth group fundraiser)
5 - 9 pm

Drop your children off while you enjoy a quiet dinner, shopping or maybe an early movie.
Dinner, crafts and games will be provided.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Are you CPR/AED certified?

Shepherd of the Valley will be holding a CPR/AED/First Aid class.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
9:00 - 3:00 pm (light lunch included)
Cost $35.00

Class size is limited to 9.

Jason Rautenkranz of R & R Enterprises NW (son in law of Don and Hope Roach) will be our instructor. Please contact Tammy if you would like to sign up for this class. 503-645-4994.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"You stretch out the heavens like a tent, you set the beams of your chambers on the waters..."  Psalm 104:2b-3a

The Psalmist is writing about the vast beauty of creation throughout the whole of this Psalm, here in particular about water of course.  It is often chaotic.  Sometimes the creek in our back yard is a creek, and the sound of the running water is sweet music.  Then it becomes a pond after days of rain.  Walking down to the park it is easy to see why.  The Tualitin River can hold no more water, and the flooding backs up, and those trails we so often walk on are under many feet of water.

A few days after that we can walk parts of those trails again and see just how high the water was.  It is startling and humbling.  This is not about the heart breaking loss that can come with flooding, and yet it is.  There is chaos and beauty all around us.  We scarce can take it in, and sometimes are not even aware of it.

Every time we worship the baptismal font that sits before the altar has some water in it.  That water is still.  Touch it and make the sign of the cross on your forehead.  Be reminded of the One, the Creator of all things.  Be reminded of baptism.  Know that in the chaos of life that self same Creator is present with us.  In the beauty of the mess, in all the waters. 

Flowing along, in the peace and power of the Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Lord, we come before you as a hurting people.  Our lives are shaken by the brokenness of the world in which we live.  Father, we ask that you would bring peace to our lives today - not a peace that removes our pain but a peace that reminds us that you love us and are with us in our pain.  Allow us to know that we are never outside your care.  We trust you and thank you for always watching over us, your children.  In Christ.  Amen.
Wednesday  6:30pm Vespers Service

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Vesper Service Tonight 6:30pm

Reminder - Vesper Service - 6:30pm

Kevin Cope, Minister of Worship, will lead the service.