Happening Now Blog

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"...and let the birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky." Genesis 1:20

Have used these words in this space before, and I can't help but turn to them again.

Sitting in my office Sunday morning, telling Choice about the humming birds I had seen at the feeder in Harris's back yard every time I visited there, no matter how cold.  Just a few minutes later I went to the front doors and there was Charlotte just getting out of the van.  As I opened the door I noticed movement in the bushes in the corner, and there was a humming bird.  It was a moment worth noting.  (Special meaning? Don't know, but a pretty amazing coincidence.)

When worship began, while singing our first hymn, a flock of geese flew past the windows above.  At least two other times during worship geese took off from the park and briefly filled the view from the windows there.  And earlier in the week, arriving home late in the afternoon, there was the largest congregation of geese I have ever seen in the sky.  Thousand of them, their flight and honking filling my senses.  An astounding sight.

Thanks for such beauty Lord, a reminder of your presence with us at any and all times, and of  how we are inter-connected in the midst of it all.

In praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"Holy and good Creator, we rejoice that you are the God who communicates.  We thank you for your constant presence, your redeeming love and your gift of peace. In times of violence and suffering, of fragility and abuse, draw us near and shelter us within your mighty love.  Amen."


Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
                     6:00 p Worship Committee Meeting
                     7:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Thursday      12:00 p  All Church Luncheon (no reservations required, all are welcome, soup lunch is provided)

Saturday       6:00 p HS Youth Movie night @ Caitlin's
                     7:00 p  SOV Choir Rehearsal

Benefit Concert featuring the UO Gospel Singers is offering two concerts on February 23, 2013: 3:00 p & 6:00 p
Please visit sovlutheran.com to learn more and make your free reservation.

Kids of the Kingdom is now enrolling for Fall 2013
Please spread the word they are having registration/enrollment night tonight 5:00 - 6:30 p
Families can meet the teachers, visit the classrooms and find out more information regarding the programs KOK has to offer, for more information or questions please visit sovlutheran.com and click on the Kids of the Kingdom link or you can reach them at 503.645.0236

*Pastor Randy will be out of the office through Tuesday February 4th please contact Pastor Stuart Holland for any prayer concerns or needs at pstrobus@frontier.com

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"...to behold the beauty of the Lord..." l Psalm 27:4

Those opportunities abound, but I have a particular picture in mind of course. The recent string of heavily frosted mornings provided the perfect opportunity.  Looking out my office window, toward the park, seeing the white blanket of frost on the grass below, my gaze retreated to the inclined walkway leading to the deck.  There, in graceful arcs and intricate patterns, was one spider web after another.  At another time they might have been largely invisible, but they were very noticeable on this morning.  The delicate strands and their intricacies were revealed as works of art because of the frost that clung to them.

That frost, as the news was reported, could be a threat and cause damage, but it also provided an opportunity "to behold the beauty of the Lord".

In praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"Holy God, we thank you for your constant presence, your redeeming love and the gift of your peace.  Our relationships are fragile, and sometimes we do not know who to trust.  Speak a word of peace to our fears, a word of comfort to our suffering, a word of faith to our doubting hearts.  Amen."


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

Saturday      7:00 p Adult Choir Rehearsal


UO Gospel Singers Benefit Concert
and Auction is February 23rd. Please visit sovlutheran.com or http://uogospel.eventbrite.com/ to reserve your seat today. Space is limited.

Baked or store bought goods are needed for Sunday fellowship, they can be brought in anytime and placed in the kitchen. (donations in the "piggy" go towards coffee, juice and paper supplies)

Volunteer Opportunity

"School Partnership Network" This network is about finding ways that churches can partner with local schools, building genuine relationships and helping the children of those schools through meaningful service.  SOV will soon be partnering with McKinley Elementary school located on 185th. If you would like to participate in this opportunity please let Pastor Randy know. (a group orientation/and background check will be scheduled once we collect a list of volunteers)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it." John 1:5

Never tire of those words. And the light comes in all sorts of forms. Taking down Christmas lights the other day, stepping carefully around the flower beds because there are already dozens of green shoots poking through the earth. They are light in these sometimes dark and dreary days.

Those words came to mind again tonight after coming home from a late call. Ken Harris died tonight, the day after his 79th birthday. He had one more fine piece of cake, was in his own home, with his wife of 57 years, and his children. His passing was peaceful and as blessed as such a time can be. There were tears, and there will be more. There was laughter at remembrance of life, and there will be more.

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it."

In Christ,
Pastor Randy

"O God, you revealed your Son to the nations by the leading of a star.  Lead us now by faith to know your presence in our lives, and bring us to the full vision of your glory, through your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen."


Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
                     7:00 p Choir Rehearsal

Friday         7:00 p  Confirmation Retreat

Saturday     8:00 a Confirmation Retreat continues
                   7:00 p Choir Rehearsal

Sunday       8:30 & 11:00 a worship services
                   9:45 a  Sunday School for all ages


No Bible Study next Wednesday January 16 (Pastor will be in conference)

Scrip orders are the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month through June. Last week SOV profited $140.00. Scrip is not only for gift giving but is handy for every day use, groceries, home repairs, dining etc.

Ladies Dinner has new coordinators; Lynn and Vesper
They have compiled a questionnaire to invite and encourage all women of SOV to join in monthly or on occasion. Please take a moment to fill it out. Questionnaires will be available at the usher station on Sunday.

Monday, January 7, 2013

UO Gospel Singers Benefit Concert



"Reaching Out"

On Saturday February 23rd, 2013 at 3pm and 6pm, the University of Oregon Gospel Singers, a two time National Champion Gospel  Choir, will perform at Shepherd of the Valley in a benefit concert that will help raise necessary funds for their trip to China in late March of 2013.  The group will sing on the Great Wall of China and other venues to share the gift of uplifting spiritual music with a country where hope is scarce for many.  The trip is said to require an additional $25,000 to cover the costs of international airfare, Chinese student visas, bilingual tour guides, and other booking fees.



UO Gospel Singers perform their National Award winning set
at the Walt Disney World Gospel Choir Fest in 2011.

The UO Gospel Ensembles perform
their end of term concert at Beall Hall.
The U of O Gospel Singers is an auditioned group of 20-25 singers of mixed racial, religious, and cultural backgrounds who  gather to study and perform predominantly African-American Sacred music. They travel with a dedicated eight piece band.

The group has sung all over Oregon in many different venues, including schools, churches, libraries and the state capitol building.  They are a recognizable performance group in the community, having opened for and performed with such artists and public figures as the Eugene Ballet, Lyle Lovett, Smokie Norful, and Dr. Maya Angelou, to name a few. Most recently the group traveled across the country to Orlando, FL where they were back to back National Champions at the Walt Disney World Gospel Choir Fest in 2010 and 2011.

"Taking this gospel music to China will be an unprecedented cultural exchange as the people of China are not accustomed to gospel music (sacred music indigenous to the U.S.)."  Andiel Brown, a former Duck football player and alumni of the School of Music and Dance, is their esteemed and fearless director.  The group will be singing at the Great Wall of China, two universities, and a professional performance hall. "We have the opportunity to do something even greater, something more profound than ever before."

Celebrating their second win with Grammy
Award winning Gospel artist Smokie Norful.

The event will be open to the public, and reservations are required ahead of time, due to limited space.  To reserve your spot at the event, please click here or visit uogospelsingersbenefitconcert.eventbrite.com.  There is a $20 suggested donation per person.

You can make your tax deductible donation by check, payable to:
University of Oregon memo: Gospel Singers

The address to mail it to is:
University of Oregon
School of Music and Dance 
Attn: Andiel Brown 
961 E 18th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97403 



UO Gospel Singers sing "The Best is Yet to Come," by Donald Lawrence at the 2011 Walt Disney World Gospel Choir Fest

UO Gospel Singers sing "Bless Me," by Donald Lawrence.

Gospel Singers perform at Walt Disney World's "Night of Joy" in Orlando, FL.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"See I am making all things new." Revelation 21:5

Tried and true words to fall back on when writing at the beginning of a new calendar year.  It is only a change in the year number, but for many there are resolutions made about a change in life style.

In truth things are made new day by day, moment by moment.  That newness is jot held in check by the delineation of days, months or years on a calendar.  That is not news in any way, but a good, and oft needed, reminder.

And while this may seem trivial to some, or self indulgent to others, I am reminded of a piece of my past (in a small way) that I recall every year at this time.  It was on December 31st, 1972 that one of my all time favorite baseball players died.  His name was Roberto Clemente.  He died on a plane carrying relief supplies to earthquake victims to Nicaragua, in an effort he had organized himself.  In my heart that is about trying to make all things new by being a blessing to another.  There are no calendar limits for that.  There is no need for waiting for a specific moment to begin.  As Anne Frank is purported to have written, "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."

Happy New Year,
Pastor Randy

"Holy God, as the Christ child pierced the darkness to join humankind, we ask now that you would pierce our hearts with the unrelenting truth of your Word.  May our hearts be fertile places in which it may enter, take root and produce much fruit.  In the name of Christ we pray.  Amen."


Thursday, January 3rd @ 5:30 pm
Men's Night at Pastor Randy's for the Oregon VS K-State Fiesta Bowl game. Please RSVP to Pastor Randy if you plan to attend.

Saturday, January 5th @ 7:00 pm
Choir Rehearsal

Sunday January 6th
One worship service @ 10:30 am

followed by congregational meeting.