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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