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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"...and in every place incense is offered to my name...says the Lord of hosts." Malachi 1:11

Odors in the air have been in the news a good bit lately. And with apologies to folks dealing with a very real problem, I think of some incense brought to my senses this week. On Monday I mowed the grass for the first time. It was a bit of a mess, and the steep inclines were pretty demanding, but it felt to be out there. And I thought of the many folks in our country who would consider mowing grass in February a welcome luxury as compared to shoveling snow.

But as to the idea of incense, got a scent of it during the mowing, but it was all the sweeter later.  Stepping into the garage in the evening, or out back under the full moon, there was that smell of freshly cut grass.  What a marvelous scent to me.  Filled with the promise of spring, a remembrance of may springs past, the richness of creation itself, the possibility of incense in every place offered to the presence of the Creator.

Indeed, in praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"O God, help us to live, trusting that you are with us each step of the way.  We know our faith will shake and falter, but continue to strengthen us and to let us see every moment that you are ever faithful.  We know we can trust you.  Help us to do just that.  Amen."


Wednesday   10:00 a  Bible Study
                      5:45 p  Lenten Soup Supper (if you are able; please bring soup, bread, butter or dessert :)
                      6:30 p  Lenten Devotion "Facing the Cross" ....Our Fears~
                      7:00 p  SOV Choir Rehearsal

Thursday       12:00 p  All Church Luncheon  (no reservations needed, lunch provided)

Saturday        7:00 p   SOV Choir Rehearsal

Sunday          8:30 & 11:00 a Worship Services
                      10:00 a  Adult Sunday School class will be studying the Gospel according to St John

(We will be collecting Scrip Orders Sunday, March 3rd, please give them to Pastor, Tammy, Betty or leave them in the church office)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

UO Gospel Singers
Benefit Concert 
& Auction

 There are MANY baskets and gifts to bid on at our Live and Silent Auctions tomorrow.  Thanks to the many generous donations we received over the weekend!  Remember that both concerts will have a silent auction beginning 30 minutes prior to the event.  The bidding will continue until 10 minutes after the end of each concert.  There will also be a live auction with  several bigger baskets!  Take a look at the list below to get a sneak peak at our auction items!

Auction Item List

(6pm Concert Only):
Italian Basket ($110 Value)
-large silver rimmed glass salad bowl
-Silver salad spoons
-Wine plaque
-Extra virgin olive oil
-White truffle oil
-Balsamic vinegar
-Lake Sonoma Dry Creek Valley Red Zinfandel

Chocolate Basket ($120 Value)
-Harry and David chocolate truffles
-Starbucks Hot Cocoa Kit
-Chocolate Kahlua Cake
-Chocolate Grand Marnier Fudge Sauce
-Chocolate Wine
-2008 Montinore Estate Reserve Piont Noir

International Beer Picnic Basket ($200 Value)
-Assorted Snacks (Beer nuts, Beer Chips, etc.)
-An assortment of six international beers
-Pilsner Beer glasses
-English Leather Game box (Bridge, Cribbage, Dominoes)

A Personalized Pie a Month by Brenda & Fresh Cut Flowers (PRICELESS)
-Assorted flavor options: Dutch Apple, Lemon Meringue, French Silk, Key LIme, Strawberry Cream Cheese, Coconut Cream, Banana Cream, Blackberry, Strawberry Rhubarb
Pumpkin Ridge Golf Basket ($450 Value)
-18 Holes of golf for 4 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course
-Callaway Hat
-2 towels
-Golf balls
-Men's Golf Gloves
-Golf Tees

The Reserve Golf Basket ($300 Value)
-Two rounds of 18 Holes of Golf plus cart & range at The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club
-Women's and Men's Nike Reserve Golf Balls
-Golf 4x6 Photo Album
-Nike white golf hat
-Nike golf tees
-Nike black golf towel
-Nike mens belt
-Black Travel Fanny Pack

Romance Night ($199 Value)
-Double Tree by Hilton for 1 Night Premium Guestroom: Champagne, Chocolates, Breakfast for 2 and Parking
-Candles and Massage Oils
Skate World Family Fun Basket ($170 Value)
-Popcorn kit and popcorn
-10 person Birthday Party Package to Skate World
-Variety of McDonalds meal cards
-Parklanes Family Fun Pass (1 lane for 2 hrs)
-Birthday Cake


SILENT AUCTION (3pm and 6pm Concerts):

Scrapbook Basket ($100 Value)
-1 Scrapbook
-2 Idea books
-80+ pages of 12' x 12' paper
-Assorted stickers
-Doublestick tape
-Sticky note set

Starbucks Basket ($80 Value)
-1 pound Casi Cielo coffee
-1 pound of Cafe Verona coffee
-Starbucks VIA ready-brew French Roast
-2 Porcelain mugs
-1 Reusable Coffee Tumbler
-Hot Cocoa Mix
-2 Spiced Chocolate Biscotti
-4 Chocolate Berry Bites
-A Coffee Tasting Guide

Wine Basket ($45 Value)
-One bottle of Oak Knoll 2008 Oregon Chardonnay
-Ceramic wine holder
-A wine plaque
-Moonstruck Chocolates

Bullwinkles Family Fun Basket ($125 Value)
-Popcorn kit and popcorn
-Bullwinkles Pizza and Arcade Cards
-Variety of McDonalds meal cards
-Uno game
-Collectable Portland puzzle

Wine Basket ($40 Value)
-Toblerone chocolate bar
-Floral Wine holder
-Wine opener
-Two napkins
-The Black Shiraz Red wine
-2010 Riesling Spatlese

Scrip Bouquet ($110 Value)
-Variety of Scrip Cards (Starbucks, Olive Garden, Fred Meyer, Baskin Robbins, Kaady Car Wash)
-Glass bowl

Theater and Dinner Date Night ($80 Value)
-Oswego Grill Giftcard
-Tickets for 2 to Lakewood Theater

Bag and Baggage ($90 Value)
-Tickets for 4 to Rough Crossing (May 9-26, 2013) at The Venetian Theatre

Levenger Purse ($50 Value)
-Spring Lavender and Cream soft leather

Prada Purse ($50 Value)
-Milano Italian Red leather

Classiques ($50 Value)
-Entier leather shoulder bag

Man Basket
($80 Value)
-Sport seat
-Sliding robots
-Sofa butler
-Mighty putty
-Smart Caulk
-21pc Ratchet & Socket set
-Heavy-Davidson mug
-Mr. Wonderful doll

Children’s Theater Family Fun Basket ($130 Value)
-Popcorn kit and popcorn
-4 Adult Northwest Children’s Theater tickets
-Variety of McDonalds meal cards

Parklanes Family Fun Passes ($120)
-2 Parklanes Family Fun pass (Each for 1 lane for 2 hrs)

Wine Basket with Glasses ($50 Value)
-4 Wine glasses with wine charms
-A wine plaque
-One bottle of Oak Knoll 2008 Oregon Chardonnay
-One bottle of 14 Hands 2009 Hot to Trot Red Blend

Patio Party ($40 Value)
-Outdoor Massaging Body Roll by Homedics
-5 Piece Margarita set
-Margarita Mix
-Margarita salt
-Happy Hooks flip-flop decor
-Mancala game

Hand-thrown Ceramic Vase (5 ¾" tall) ($60 Value)
-multiple tones of deep butterscotch to cocoa color

Snow Woman ($25 Value)
-Hand-crafted fabric doll

Hummel decorative wall plaques ($40 Value)

UO Basket ($25 Value)
-Duck decals
-UO Table Runner
-4 Wine Slippers
-Duck football
-Duck notepad

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."  Philippians 4:8

If my turns to nature have grown tiresome I apologize, but such surprises as I receive there are at least a part of what Paul is writing about in the verse above.(At least in my estimation.)  Gifts of grace that lift me.  And purely that, gifts.

On this day it was the sight of two herons, visible from the church windows looking out over Bronson Creek Park.  One heron was plodding through the water, one was perched in a tree.  What a sight!  But what made the gift seem even more gracious?  One of the teachers from KOK, and some of the kids, had been watching this lovely picture, and she came up stairs to point it out to me.  A shared gift of grace, now that is an uplifting and beautiful gift to behold.

May we be blessed to share the same.

Still in praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"O God, when you talk of faith you say that we need only but a little and we can do much.  Deepen our faith.  Help us to live, trusting that you are with us each step of the way.  We know our faith will shake and falter, but continue to strengthen us and to let us see every moment that you are ever faithful.  We know we can trust you.  Help us to do just that.  Amen."


Wednesday   10:00 a Bible Study
                     5:45 p  Lenten Soup & Bread Supper, we have no sign up sheet, so we will go by faith that those who attend will contribute soup and / or bread
                     6:30 p Facing the Cross Lenten Devotion - Facing Temptation

Thursday      7:00 p Council Meeting  (please note March Newsletters are due no later than Tuesday, February 26th and
                                an article from every committee is appreciated)

Saturday    3:00 p & 6:00 p  REACHING OUT Benefit concert (and Auction) featuring the UO Gospel Singers, its not too late to reserve your seats and if you are unsure until Saturday there will be seats available at the door. You wont want to miss this spiritual and uplifting concert. Please plan to attend. RSVP for free: http://music.uoregon.edu/gospel/

KOK & SOV Canned food drives continues through February 28th.
Please bring  your canned food items and place them in the barrel in the Narthex.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"For thus said the Lord God, ... In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength."  Isaiah 30:15

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.  There is the tradition of giving up something for the season, or possibly adding something to what we do.  The idea being to hep us focus on the gift of the Christ.  That can work well, or it might leave us feeling worse than we started if we over reach and then fall short.

Maybe this is the same territory, but I was touched by an article in the February Lutheran magazine by Cheri Mueller.  Her suggestion was to follow those words from Isaiah, to take time to rest.  In the article she quotes Mother Teresa, "The work will always be there, but if we do not rest and pray we will not have the presence to do our work."  

Turning as well to Jesus words from Matthew 11:28, "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." It is not about a race or an accomplishment, but about simple rest.  May we be able to do that very thing, and be strengthened for the journey as a result. 

May we trust in you Lord,
Pastor Randy

"Merciful Savior, we confess to you and to one another that we fall short of being all that you created us to be.  Forgive us Lord.  Grant us the desire and the faith to let go, putting all our days, past, present and future in your safe and capable hands.  For the sake of Christ our Lord. Amen."


Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
                    11:30 a Ash Wednesday Service
                     7:00 p Ash Wednesday Service

Saturday      7:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

KOK Canned Food Drive February 18-28
"Loving our Neighbors Food Drive"
Please bring your can food and place in the barrel in the Narthex
KOK will take a field trip to the Oregon Food Bank to deliver the collected items.

Benefit Concert and Auction for the UO Gospel Singers
February 23, 2013
Seating is still available at both concert times
3:00 p & 6:00 p
Reservations are required and can be obtained at sovlutheran.com

Sunday February 17th is Scrip Order Sunday, orders and payment can be brought in during the week as well as on Sunday.

Keep Your Mind for Later Use
part 6 of 10
The Role of Connections:
We Get By With a Little Help from Our Friends

It does seem to be harder to form close friendships as we age.  For one thing, it's scary.  We may have already lost some of our dear friends and it's hard to think about the certainty of losing others, either through their deaths or ours.   But do begin again.  It's like a snowball.  Each new connection you make will be someone who can help connect you further with their friends and interests.  And you will be blessed.

Learn more Sunday February 17th at 10:00 am

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"For I the Lord do not change..."  Malachi 3:6

Was blessed to be at the coast recently.  Stayed at a part of the beach we have not been to before.  This beach was smaller with a steep drop toward the water.  So the waves seemed bigger crashing closer to the shore itself.  It was pretty spectacular.

There were huge logs everywhere, big branches protruding from the sand from deeply buried trees.  And as different as it was there was that constant roar.  Powerful, soothing, constant, enthralling, and a reminder to me of the unchanging presence of the Creator of all things.

Foot prints and other tracks from the previous days meanderings were gone in the morning, but not the awesome beauty before me.  Thanks for the constance Lord, and a for a chance to turn to such a presence in the midst of one other constant, change.  

In Christ,
Pastor Randy

"O God, how many times do we miss you?  We long to see your face, to know that you are with us.  Remind us that you have not left us, you are not far off.  Help us to stop and look around, to be still and listen.  For only when we take the time to watch and hear, will we be able to know that we have encountered you.  Amen."


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

Thursday           6:30 p  Men's night @ Golden Valley Brewery

Friday               7:00 p  Confirmation Retreat

Saturday           8:00 a  Confirmation Retreat continues
                         5:00 - 8:00 p    SOV Youth Babysitting Night Fundraiser (drop your children off anytime between 5 - 8 pm, dinner, craft, games, movie provided no pre registration needed, open to the public.

Looking ahead

Tuesday (2/12)    5:30 p  Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper  (SOV Youth fundraiser)

Wednesday (2/13)  11:30 a & 7:00 p  Ash Wednesday Services          


UO Benefit Concert and Auction

February 23, 2013
3:00 & 6:00 p
Reservations required @ sovlutheran.com

KOK 'Loving Our Neighbors"
Canned Food Drive
February 18-28
KOK invites SOV to participate in their canned food drive
Please bring your non-perishable food items to church between February 18-28. The preschool 4's class will be taking a field trip to the Oregon Food Bank to deliver these items: canned meats; tuna, chicken, salmon, canned and boxed meals; soup, chili, stew, macaroni & cheese, peanut butter and other nut butters, pasta, rice, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, 100% fruit or vegetable juices (canned, boxed or plastic containers please), cooking oil.