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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"...who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night...."  Jeremiah 31:35

Nothing new here, just continuing to revel in the beauty of these fall days and night. They have been nothing short of perfect. Even now the back yard is bathed in a gentle silver light. Great cause to give thanks in the face of any worries and doubts. Thank you Lord!

Also taking note that from sundown yesterday to sundown tonight is the high Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the most important day of the Jewish year. A day of fasting, prayers and repentance, and in the end joy, because of God's forgiveness. A time to start anew spiritually.

May the blessings of these days enable us to do the same.

"Gracious God, we thank you for your providential grace at work in our lives and in our world. We rest in the knowledge that when all seems out of control, you are still God of the universe. When life seems chaotic, we find order in you. When evil appears to have the upper hand, your goodness is not threatened. When violence shakes the foundation of our lives together, you still come in peace. Lord give us patience, faith and hope. Amen."


Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
                     7:00 p Adult Choir practice

Thursday      12:00 p All Church luncheon
                     7:30 p OEC

Monday, September 24, 2012

Christmas Greens Fundraiser

Kids of the Kingdom Christian Preschool and Kindergarten and SOV Youth Group Christmas Greens Fundraiser

Proceeds benefit the KOK Preschool and Kindergarten Tuition Assistance Program and the SOV Youth Group activities!

>> Order Form <<
Orders and payment due by
November 8, 2012

All eight varieties of Christmas greens may be picked up at SOV/KOK. Three select items are available to be shipped directly to the recipient of your choice.

Pickup Dates/Times
November 27-29
9am-2pm or 6pm-7pm
Call the church if you need to make other arrangements.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Synod Office Position open


Synod Office Position Now Posted:
Administrative and Communications
Posting will be in effect until end of day on Friday, October 5, 2012.
This is a newly designed position for the Oregon Synod Office.  Please distribute this posting to your networks.  Thank You!  Questions?  Call Jan Wierima at the Synod Office (503) 413-4191 or email Jan at administration@oregonsynod.org 
Posted Position:         
Administrative and Communications Coordinator
Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Portland, Oregon
This is a key position with a broad set of responsibilities touching on multiple aspects of the operations of the Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The administrative and communications coordinator will play a vital support role on a highly interdependent team of the Bishop and four staff members that serves our congregations throughout the state. This position acts as the first point of contact with the general public and member congregations.  As key communicator for the Oregon Synod, the ability to exercise judgment and assessment of need for all incoming and outgoing communication is essential, as is a welcoming, positive, professional demeanor.  Project support and workflow coordination across many areas are important responsibilities for this position where program staff often work remotely. The coordinator's knowledge and experience supporting the broad range of initiatives will both anchor and advance the important and varied work of the Synod.
This is a .8 FTE position.Work Week: Tuesday – Friday 8:30 – 5:00, with occasional special event responsibilities at other times, including weekend and evenings.

Salary to start: $25,000 with six month review.
Includes pro-rated medical benefits, professional development opportunities, vacation and pension benefits.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Provides administrative support for the Executive Assistant to the Bishop and Development, Endowment, and Mission Directors on projects, including meeting notes, mission campaign support, drafting documents, and grant development, tracking, and reporting.
As key communicator for the synod, writes copy for and coordinates production and distribution/posting of electronic communications, including a synod newsletter, updates to the synod website, and social media.  Strategic emphasis on communications with and for youth, youth leaders, and programs that give voice to young people in building the future of the church.  Also includes interface with the ELCA Churchwide Office.
Acts as first point of contact with general public with a strong emphasis on welcome and a culture of hospitality.
Manages calendars, performs routine data entry and management of multiple data bases.
Supports special event and meeting planning and execution.
Maintains existing systems for knowledge storage and retrieval.
Works collaboratively with staff to develop and utilize a broad network of resource people and organizations, including the recruitment and care for volunteers and external partners for ongoing and new projects.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree or combination of relevant education and related work experience.
Excellent communications skills, including spoken and written, with highly developed editing and proofing skills.
Skilled in working effectively and congenially with volunteers.
Demonstrated competencies in database management, document generation, and time management skills.
Proficiency with basic Microsoft Office applications and ability to learn new software applications as required.
Experience with event planning and execution.
Experience with direct service and/or volunteer coordination.
Desired Traits:
Positive attitude and approach with excellent interpersonal skills.
Ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously and respond to changing priorities.
Open to new ideas and committed to the practice of ongoing improvement.
Ability to organize, set priorities and exercise sound independent judgment within areas of responsibility.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Attention to detail.
A high degree of tact, discretion, confidentiality and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive information and situations.
Comfort working in a faith environment with a genuine respect for individuals of different religious, ethnic, cultural, and social expressions.
Application Process:
Cover letter, resume and at least one writing sample should be emailed to administration@oregonsynod.org to be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5th, 2012.
For more information about the Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) go to http://www.oregonsynod.org.

The Oregon Synod is a 'Reconciling in Christ' Organization, welcoming people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"... and every winged bird of every kind.  And God saw that is was good." Genesis 1:21

What an amazing string of days and nights.  Especially enjoying the evenings when we had a chance to be home before dark.  Reading to the last light, taking in the sights of those self same "winged birds", but especially enjoying another winged creature not mentioned specifically in the creation account.  Every evening, shortly after dusk, the bats appear, about a dozen or so around our house.  Where they sleep I do not know, though we do have a bat house, and I have found one in a hanging flower basket, and in our patio umbrella before.

Though not endearing in appearance, they are a kick to watch, besides serving an excellent purpose in the bugs they consume.  They swoop and dart about in a seeming frantic state.  Our littlest grand baby even does a dance in celebration of their appearance (though dance may be a generous word).  But in truth her joyous gyrations echo what scripture tells us, "And God saw that it was good."

Thanks for the gifts Lord.

In praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"Lord, wonders abound in all of space and time.  Please give us the wisdom to appreciate them, and grant that we would be strengthened by them, so that we too might be a blessing to the whole of creation.  Amen."


Wednesday  10:00 a   Bible Study
                     7:00 p   Adult Choir  (new members welcome)

Thursday    11:00 a  LLL
                    7:00 p Council Meeting

Friday        7:30 p  OEC

(Please note; Saturday 9/22; The church is being used by Advocare from 9:30am-1pm for a private training session)

Looking Ahead
Sunday September 30th, New Member Sunday, if you wish to become a member of SOV please email secretary@sovlutheran.com

Reminder: Childcare is now provided at both worship services 8:30 & 11:00, if you would like to volunteer with Sunday childcare please reply to this email or contact Wendy.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Strategic Taskforce Report

The SOV Strategic Taskforce is pleased to present its 2012 Draft Report to the congregation for comment. Please review the document and e-mail any comments to Tammy at secretary@sovlutheran.com.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed..."  Genesis 17:17

The laughter of desperation I suppose.  Part of one of the grandest stories in all of scripture, as Abraham (at 100) and Sarah (at 90) are to give birth to Isaac (laughter).  Sometimes we just have to laugh.

Looking at one of our sun flowers the other morning.  It had grown to a magnificent 10 feet with a rather smallish head.  This morning there was no head to be seen, and then I saw it on the ground at the base of the stalk.  It had just snapped off.  It made me grin though, this tall green stalk with no flower was rather silly looking. Some grand metaphor to be found?  The grin was enough.

At the risk of no laughter then, let me also share this from a calendar in my office.  World History Teacher: "What did Martin Luther nail to the door of the Catholic Church that protested against the selling of indulgences?"  9th grade student: "Was it Jesus?"

Or how about a couple of actual definitions used in actual medical reports?  Therapeutic misadventure - medical malpractice, or hematophagous arthropod vectors - fleas, or aggravated bovine ejection - being bucked off by a bull.


Thanks for the laughter Lord,
Pastor Randy

A prayer from Robert Louis Stevenson, "The day returns and brings us the petty sound of irritating concerns and duties.  Help us to perform them with laughter and kind faces.  Let cheerfulness abound with industry.  Give us to go happily on our business all this day, bring us to our beds weary and content and undishonoured, and grant us in the end the gift of sleep; for Jesus Christ's sake."


Wednesday  10:00 a  Bible Study
                      7:00 p  Adult Choir practice

Thursday       7:30 p OEC

Saturday       10 - 3 p Adult Choir Retreat @ SOV
                      for all current choir members and any one who would like to give choir a try.

Sunday        Scrip Order Sunday
                     9:45 a Sunday School for all school ages
                    10:00 a Adult Sunday School 
                      1st of 10 monthly series "Keep your mind for later use"
                      September's topic; Understanding the Healthy Brain
                      "We are fearfully and wonderfully made"

**Childcare is now provided at both worship services 8:30 & 11:00  (kindergarten age and under)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Childcare during both services!

We are pleased to offer childcare during both Sunday services! See the bulletin or ask an usher for details.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"...to behold the beauty of the Lord..." Psalm 27:4
So much beauty in just a couple of days, and all surprise.  At the coast taking in the moon, beaming from a cloudless sky.  On Friday night, a blue moon (the second full moon in a calendar month), waking during the night just to see the silver light shimmering on the still wet beach, the waves themselves seemingly rejoicing.  And in the morning, watching a moon set where we had seen the sun do the same just 12 hours before.

And then there was the spouting of whales just a short space off the shore.  Plume after plume of spray, one of the Creator's most magnificent creatures breaching the water again and again.  Could not take my eyes away from such beauty that was right there!

Ah, to behold the wonders of the Lord, and all a gift.

Again, in praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"Creator of all things, marvelously and wonderfully made.  Help us, in the face of such beauty, to love well and serve all.  May we speak gently and listen wholly. May the mind of Christ be ever guiding so that our lives add to the beauty that abounds.  Amen."


Wednesday   9:00 - 2:00 p KOK
                     10:00 a  Bible Study
                     7:00 p  Adult Choir (new members welcome)

Thursday       9:00 - 2:00 p   KOK
                     6:30 p   Men's Night @ Golden Valley Brewery
                     7:00 p   LLL
                     7:30 p   OEC

Friday           9:00 - 11:30 a   KOK

Saturday      2:00 p  Memorial Service for David Halverson (Lorna's son)

Sunday        Fall Worship services begin  8:30 & 11:00 a
                    Blessing of the Back packs (for all ages)

**The scrip order committee wishes to Thank you for your continued support, the scrip income to SOV was doubled this month.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Love INC of Beaverton has urgent need for warehouse space

Love INC of Beaverton is in need of donated warehouse space.  The space we are occupying has been leased out and we must move existing furniture within 30 days.

Sad to say for the past couple of weeks we have had to turn down large donations of needed furniture.

If you can help, please contact Ed Proulx, Executive Director, Love INC of Beaverton at 971-217-0692. Thank you!

Love INC