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Friday, December 30, 2011

Reminder for Sunday January 1st

One service this Sunday January 1st
10:30 a
followed by brunch in celebration with Oregon Evergreen Church
Please bring a fruit or bread item to share.
January's newsletter is available online or in hard copy in the Narthex.
Have safe and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Weekly Reminders

This Week

All Church Luncheon 
Thursday December 29th
12:00 pm
Please bring a potluck dish to share

Sunday January 1st
One worship service at 10:30 a
followed by a brunch.
Please bring a bread or fruit item to share.

If you would like your Sundays offering to reflect on your 2011 Giving Statement please date your check accordingly (2011). Otherwise all 2012 dated checks will be recorded for the New Year.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Worship Services

Merry Christmas from Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
  • December 24th

Christmas Eve Candle light Worship Services with Communion

4:00 pm
6:00 pm
11:00 pm
  • December 25th
Christmas Day Worship Service with Communion
10:30 am

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

".....a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God...."  Luke 2:13
The day is fast upon us now, obviously.  Whether the multitudes gathering are heavenly in Luke's use of the term is not what I am clinging to here.  But there is the looking forward to "multitudes" and "praising God". (Trusting in God to take care of the heavenly part.)
Wherever you find yourselves Saturday night (or Sunday morning) may you be able to join with other folks, sing loudly, and know at least a bit of the promise of peace in the coming of the Christ child.
May a blessed Christmas be yours,
Pastor Randy
"Dear God, In the darkness of the virgin's womb the holy child grows.  In the darkness of the world's pain, the blessed light begins to kindle.  In the darkness of our own doubting of you and of ourselves, the great hope begins to rise again like a lump in the throat; the hope that you will come to us truly, that the child will be born again in our midst, the Prince of Peace in a world at war, the hope that you will ransom us and our world from the darkness that seeks to destroy us.  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 in the child's name.  Amen.  (from Frederick Buechner)

Wednesday 10:00 a Bible Study
                    5:45 p Advent Soup Supper
                    6:30 p Vesper Service
                    7:00 p Adult Choir Practice

Thursday    7:30-9:30p Oregon Evergreen Church

Saturday   Christmas Eve Services
                 4:00 p, 6:00 p and 11:00 p

Sunday    Christmas Day Service
                10:30 a

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Caroling

Please join us for Christmas Caroling~

Sunday December 18th
4:30 p @ SOV

Potluck soup and chili following caroling.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

This week turning to some words from Frederick Buechner, from the book "Whistling in The Dark" and part of his definition of Christmas.  This is only a part of the definition and may give pause for some different thoughts about the gift of the day.
"The Word become flesh.  Ultimate Mystery born with a skull you could crush one-handed.  Incarnation.  It is not tame.  It is not touching.  It is not beautiful.  It is uninhabitable terror.  It is unthinkable darkness riven with unbearable light.  Agonized laboring led to it, vast upheavals of intergalactic space, time split apart, a wrenching and tearing of the very sinews of reality itself.  You can only cover your eyes and shudder before it before this; 'God of God, and Light of Light, very God of very God' .... as the Nicene Creed puts it .....  Only then do we dare uncover our eyes and see what we can see.  It is the Resurrection and the Life she holds in her arms.  It is the bitterness of death he takes at her breast."
In Christ,
Pastor Randy
"Merciful Savior, the longings of our heart are deep and profound, and the season of Advent, like not other, makes us acutely aware of our yearnings.  What we genuinely desire is mystery, a sense of transcendence. a story that is bigger than life but enfolds our lives.  We need the Son of God become flesh, the baby born in a manger who brought shepherds to their knees and angels to their feet.  We long for a liberating truth that cannot be contained in words but must be sung by the heavenly hosts.  Come to us anew to satisfy our restless hearts.  Amen."


Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
                      5:45 p Advent Soup Supper
                      6:30 p Advent Vesper Service
                      7:00 p Adult Choir

Thursday       6:15 p Executive Council
                      7:00 p Council Meeting

Friday           7:30 - 9:30 p OEC
Sunday         8:30 & 11:00 a Worship
                     1:30 - 5:00 p OEC
                    4:30 p Christmas Caroling & potluck soup/chili supper

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights! ... Mountains and all hills ..." Psalm 148:1,9a

Maybe it's because I grew up in the flat lands of northwestern Ohio, but it could be that you have the same feeling even if you have lived your whole life in this beautiful part of creation. (That certainly seems to be the case for my son Josh, the only true Oregonian in our family.)

What I'm talking about is still being thrilled by the sight of the mountains around us.  After 30 years the sight of them still touches my heart and lifts my spirit.  Was reminded of that especially just a couple of days ago.  Driving to work and there at the end of TV highway sat Mt. Hood, cloaked in white, shining in the morning light.  It was absolutely beautiful,  for me that is the picture the psalmist was writing about.  Thanks for the beauty Lord.

Peace and blessings,
Pastor Randy

"As we put up our Christmas lights, might we be reminded of your light. Grant us the patience to pause in our task and bask in the promise of the star we follow. Keep us mindful of the birthday we celebrate and gift we are given in the manger. Amen."


Wednesday 10:00 a  Bible Study
                   5:45 p  Advent Soup/Bread supper
                   6:30 p  Vesper Service
                   7:00 p  Adult Choir Practice

Friday        5:00-9:00p Youth Babysitting Fundraiser night 
                     Dinner, games, crafts, movie provided,
                     donations accepted (fundraiser)
                     infant - 5th grade
                     invite your co workers, family, friends,
                     neighbors and help support our youth group

Sunday      8:30a   Regular Worship
               11:00a  Sunday School Christmas Program
               1:30 - 5:00 p OEC
               6:00p SOV's Annual Christmas Concert featuring
                    SOV's Adult & Youth Choirs, Transport Five,
                    Bear Noel and Sing a long Christmas carols.
                    Please bring a plate of cookies to share.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Youth Group Babysitting Fundraiser

Need a Date Night?
Need to do some Christmas Shopping?
Just need a nap?!

SOV Youth Group has you covered!

Babysitting Night
When: Friday, December 9, 5:00-9:00pm
Where: Main floor of SOV
           17625 NW Cornell Road, Beaverton
Cost:  Donations accepted (this is a fundraiser)
Age:  infants - 5th grade

SOV Youth Group will provide dinner, games, crafts, a movie and FUN!!

Questions? Please email Caitlin at saalfeca -at- gmail.com
Please share this with your friends, neighbors, co workers and family.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December Newsletter

December Newsletter is now available on line as well as hard copies in the church Narthex.