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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Sunday, December 30

One service at 10:30 am
Followed by Brunch

Egg dishes will be provided. If you can bring fruit or other complimentary side dish please let Tammy know.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

You're Invited at Christmas

Join us at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church

Christmas Eve Candle Light Worship
December 24th
4:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 11:00 pm
(Childcare provided at 4 & 6)

Christmas Day Worship
One Service
10:30 am

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Jan 6: Congregational Meeting

Dear Congregation,

There will be a Congregational Meeting on January 6th. On that Sunday, there will be only one church service at 10:30 AM.  Announcements will be skipped that Sunday, and the meeting will start promptly after the service. So please stay seated unless you need a treat and some coffee. The goal is to get finished in a timely manner so that lunch won't be too delayed for people who need nutrition on a regular schedule.

This meeting has a short agenda. We will vote on a constitutional amendment to formally institute email announcements for congregational meetings and to formally allow attendance and voting at Council meetings via electronic means. (The Shepherd constitution was written before these methods were available.) There will also be a budget up for discussion and vote.

In the early months of 2013, there will be a more informal congregational meeting where there will be ample time for discussion of other issues. The format will be more of a town hall. We all need good communication flow, so Council will be coming up with topics for that meeting. If there is anything specific you would like addressed, please don't hesitate to drop a line to Tammy or myself.

Thank you,

Lee Ann Bonacker

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low...." Isaiah 40:4

We heard John the Baptist use those words just a couple of weeks ago.  They announce the coming of the Messiah and the even keel that coming will bring to our lives.  But in the mean time we have many peaks and valleys as part of our lives.  For me this past Sunday was a perfect example of that.  At the beginning of early service I could barely speak because of the lump in my throat at the thought of the slaughter of the innocents in Connecticut.  And the at second service some of our own young people did such an astounding job in telling the story of the nativity that I was lifted and left grinning.  From valley to peak.

All a reminder of God's presence in every step, hand on shoulder through the peaks and valleys, the joy and sorrow.  As this chapter from Isaiah begins, "Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God."  The adventure is grand indeed.

In the power and presence of the Christ,
Pastor Randy

"We have waited, but soon we will wait no longer.  The celebration of the birth of Christ is almost upon us.  Please bless our time with friends and family.  And may we welcome the Christ into our hearts and homes.  Amen."


Wednesday  5:45p  Advent Soup/Bread Supper                        
                     6:30p  Advent Jesse Tree
                     7:00p  Choir Practice

Saturday       7:00p  Choir Rehearsal

Sunday         8:30 & 11:00 Worship
                    (No Sunday School)

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship                                        
December 24th
4:00, 6:00 & 11:00 p
(Childcare provided at 4 & 6)      

Christmas Day Worship
One Service
10:30 a

December 30th
One Service
10:30 a followed by brunch

Please keep in your prayers;
Neal, Dolores, Ken, Charlotte, Bob, Connie, Larry, Corrine, Alan.

From Elodis and the Rock Creek Retirement Community
To all your wonderful carolers! You are the talk of the town - Everyone loved you and they want an encore! They are giving me the credit for your being here and I am happy to accept it. We loved seeing talented young people and of course, the "older" ones too.
Love you all!
Elodis and RC Retirement

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Sunday Reminders

Lots of activity happening Sunday, December 16th at SOV

  8:30 a   Regular worship
11:00 a   Sunday School "Christmas Pageant"
  6:00 p   SOV Annual Christmas Concert

All these events are in need of fellowship treats
8:30  & 11:00 worship services can be a mixture of items, sweets, bagels, cheese, cracker, fruit etc.

6:00 p concert please bring your favorite Christmas Goody to share.

Also, Sunday is the last Scrip order opportunity for Christmas delivery.

Reminder; Saturday December 15th SOV Youth Group Fundraiser
Babysitting night;
 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Wednesday December 19th
Last Advent Soup Supper @ 5:45 pm
                     Jesse Tree @ 6:30 pm

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation."  Psalm 95:1

Could have chosen any number of scripture verses that referred to singing, but this one works quite well because the noise was joyful indeed.

A good bunch of us went caroling Sunday night.  Our youngest singer was 7 (?), our oldest singer was older than that.  We sang in two dining rooms of places where some of our SOV members live.  It was grand fun.  We sang a lot.  We sang loudly, and gosh it felt good.  It was particularly sweet to see the folks we came to sing to also sing along with us, song after song.  (Though one lady did put her fingers in her ears, it seems not everyone shares this particular joy, sorry ma'am.)

And when we finished singing it was even better.  We shared greetings of Merry Christmas, along with hand shakes and hugs.  Strangers, but in one sense not, because together we made "a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation".

Thanks Lord, for the opportunity.  May we all make our own joyful noise.

Pastor Randy

"Gracious God, we pause in wonder and adoration at the gift of the Incarnation.  That you would accompany us on our journey is a mystery, no matter how many times times we celebrate it.  It is with joy, gratitude and awe that we receive you into our midst yet again this Advent season.  Amen."


Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
                     5:30/5:45 p Advent Soup
                     6:30 p  Advent "Jesse Tree"
                     7:00 p SOV Choir practice

Thursday     10:00 a Christmas Caroling
                     6:30 p  KOK Christmas Program

Saturday      2:00 - 4:00 p  Sunday School Christmas program rehearsal
                    5:00 - 8:00 p  SOV Youth Fundraiser/ Babysitting night @ SOV

Sunday        8:30 a Regular Advent Worship
                    11:00 a Sunday School Christmas Program
                     6:00 p  SOV Annual Christmas Concert (please bring cookies to share)

Christmas Caroling; Thursday December 13th, meet at SOV at 10:00 am  to carpool to other Retirement/Care facilities of our SOV members.

Hats, coats, gloves, blankets etc collection for local shelters. Please bring your gently used or new items to SOV by Sunday December 16th.

Scrip Orders, our scrip committee has decided they will do one more scrip order on Sunday December 16th. The support has been tremendous, please take a moment to look over an order form available on the website or at the church and give your order form and payment to Brenda, Caryl or Ann on Sunday or leave in the church office.

Sunday December 16th
Sunday School Christmas Program at 11:00 a service.
SOV Annual Christmas Concert at 6:00 pm. 

Join us for an evening of Christmas music and hear some of the best music around as the choir/Jameson brings new renditions of your favorite old songs and other fun musical numbers. There will also be a sing along to your favorite Christmas Carols. (please bring a plate of cookies to share)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Pastor's Weekly Message

"He covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth..."  Psalm 148:8

Well, the Lord seems to be doing that very well lately.  There have been moments of course, breaks in the weather to put up outside lights, to enjoy a moon high in the sky on the Sunday morning just passed, and some glorious sun as worship began.  But it has been mostly clouds, lots of rain, and the reality again of winter in the Pacific Northwest.  (Though the weather folks tell us this year is a little extreme.)

So, the point of stating the obvious?  It is an opportunity to appreciate all the more the moments of light, even and especially those artificial lights that brighten the darkness at this time of the year.  Recalling John the apostle writing "the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it."  And so it is.  May we know our Creator's presence in it all.

And on this morning of sunshine and blue skies, such beauty and light is all the more appreciated.

In praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

Lord, fill our hearts and minds with your presence.  We have made plans and preparations for what our days will bring, but now we ask that you would guide us in reality.  Help us to set aside our own agendas that we may be ready and willing to follow your leading.  In your holy name.  Amen.


Wednesday   10:00 a  Bible Study
                       5:30 p  Advent Soup/Supper
                       6:30 p  Advent Jesse Tree
                       7:00 p  SOV Choir practice

Thursday        6:30 p  Men's Night @ Golden Valley Brewery
                      7:00 p  LLL

Sunday         10:00 a  Keep Your Mind For Later Use
                                    part  4 of 10
The Role of Healthy Food in Promoting Brain Health:  Think What You Eat
Hydration is an important part of keeping your brain healthy.  Be sure to drink enough water each day to keep things flowing!  Most sources recommend 6-8 glasses a day, and avoiding too many drinks with sugar, caffeine, or alcohol.  Most foods have some water in them, as well.   Here's an article from the Mayo Clinic to help you estimate how much water you should be drinking:  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283
Sunday        4:45 p   Christmas Caroling & Soup/Chili potluck
                                Meet at SOV for carpooling

Scrip Order Sunday;  last opportunity to order gift cards for your Christmas gift giving. Scrip cards make the perfect gift, and are great for personal use too.

SOV is collecting hats, gloves, scarves, jackets, blankets etc for local shelters, please bring  your items to the church by Sunday, December 9th

Poinsettia Donations; if you would like to donate a poinsettia in memory of a loved one please add your name to the sign up sheet in the fellowship area and  place your donation in the offering plate or leave it in the church office. The Poinsettias will be added to the Altar for Christmas Eve Worship.

Sunday School Christmas Pageant
Sunday December 16 @ 11:00 service

SOV Annual Christmas Concert
Sunday December 16th @ 6:00 pm

If you or someone you know would like to perform a piece of music or other form of holiday art, please see Jameson.

December Newsletter is available at the information center or online