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Thursday, April 25, 2013

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, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar - the Lord of hosts is his name "   Jeremiah 31:35

What an apt description for these days.  Glorious sunshine and blue skies during the day, leading to equally glorious nights.  Even at this moment I can step out back and see the nearly full orb high in the sky as it bathes the back yard in a soft silver light.  It is absolutely beautiful.  (The wave part?  Remembering, because of this nights beauty, being at the coast several years ago when there was a full moon, woke up in the middle of the night to see that moon reflecting off the ocean, along with waves roar.)  

Such beauty, a reminder of the Lord's presence.  May the gift strengthen, comfort and inspire.

In praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"Let us put aside our worries about tomorrow and our regrets of yesterday.  Let us let go of our busyness and frenetic lives and be still.  Let us breathe in the assurance of the Holy Spirit and quiet our minds as we open our hearts to be in the present - and pray.  Amen."


Wednesday     10:00 a Bible Study

Thursday          12:00 p  All Church Luncheon
                         1:00 p  Prayer Shawl Ministry @ SOV (come early for the luncheon)

Saturday          5:30 p SOV Band Rehearsal
                        6:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Looking ahead
Sunday May 1, 2013;   New Member Sunday; if you would like to become a member of Shepherd of the Valley please respond to this email or let Pastor Randy know.

Saturday May 4, 2013;  Celebration of Life of Helen Jean Tegner, 2:00 pm @ Shepherd of the Valley

Saturday May 18, 2013 Baby Shower for Valorie Vermaas @ 2:00 pm @ Shepherd of the Valley

A message from Mary Ann Solmonson
50 years go in June, Al graduated from Luther Seminary and received a call to Trinity Lutheran, Birchwood, Wisconsin and Long Lake Lutheran, Sarona, Wisconsin.  He was ordained in his home church in Estherville Iowa and began his ministry July 1, 1963. We will celebrate his 50 years of ministry on Sunday June 23rd at 10 am, at Lacey Presbyterian Church, 3045 Carpenter Road, Lacey, Washington. Al will preach that Sunday, and we will have a Norwegian reception following the church service.  We would love to have you come and worship and celebrate with us.  Whether you are able to come or not, I am inviting you (if you'd like) to write a note of some memories you have when Al was your Pastor. Email address is masolmonson at yahoo dot com.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Adult Sunday School April 21st

Sunday April 21st @ 10:00 am
Part 8 of 10

The Role of Legacy:  The Importance of Telling Your Story

How would we know the stories in the Bible if no one had taken the time to write them down?  And how would we pass them on to our children if we didn't take the time to tell our children these stories in Sunday School?  And we tell them to each other each week in church during the time for Scripture readings, and during the sermon.  And we sing about them through the anthems and in the hymns.  We tell the stories through word and song so that we will REMEMBER.

The stories of our own lives need to be told and remembered, too.  The weeks and months and years go by, and that which we thought would be fresh and new suddenly is hard to remember.  But if we write it down, we can go back and re-read our thoughts, and the experience is vivid again.  And it is record that we have left for those who will follow.

What are you doing to preserve your legacy?  Are you keeping a journal?  Are you taking photographs or movies?  Are you a storyteller, whose children know your family stories by heart?

This month, the adult class which is exploring the topic, "Keep Your Mind for Later Use" is considering the role of legacy and the importance of telling your story.  Come join us at 10:00 am, and bring some favorite photos or a story to share.

For anyone uninsured or underinsured

For the first time, the Oregon Medical Association's (OMA) annual membership meeting will include a free health fair for uninsured and underinsured adults. From 8:00 until 3:00 on April 19 at the plaza of the Oregon Convention Center, attendees can get free medical screenings for diabetes glaucoma, and blood pressure, access urgent dental care, get information on eating healthy, learn about their personal health profile, talk with a pharmacist about their medications and more. The list of participating groups and organizations who will be on the plaza on April 19 includes:

OHSU Medical and Physician Assistant Students
Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation
Kaiser Permanente
Oregon Dental Association
Oregon State University Extension Service
Medical Teams International
OHSU Let's Get Healthy!
Oregon State Pharmacy Association
Oregon Society of Health System Pharmacists
Oregon Health Authority: Immunize Oregon
Coalition of Community Health Clinics
Oregon Health Authority: Oregon AWARE
Portland Farmers Market
Lines for Life
Other supporting organizations include Northwest Natural, the Portland Business Journal, Regence, Project Access NOW, Oregon Academy of Family Physicians, Oregon Primary Care Association, Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland, Oregon Society of Health System Pharmacists and Sellwood Medical Clinic.

Friday, April 19, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center plaza, NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, between Pacific and Oregon streets.

For more information about Care Connection and a full list of services provided during the event, and about Poverty Stricken: Providing Care in Challenging Times, OMA's 2013 annual membership meeting, can be found at 

About OMA:

The OMA is an organization of over 8,000 physicians, physician assistants, and medical and PA students, their partners and spouses organized to serve and support physicians in their efforts to improve the health of Oregonians. Additional information can be found at www.theOMA.org.

Description of services:

Oregon Medical Association / OMA Alliance: Welcome and information. Alliance will offer information and presentation from SAVE: the AMAA's national anti-violence program including "Hands Are Not For Hitting" and anti-bullying resources, information about Drug Take Back opportunities.

Lines for Life: Information about telephone help lines serving teens, active duty service members, veterans and their families, and anyone with addiction, mental health, suicide prevention and treatment referral and drug prevention education needs.

Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation: Screening for vision and hearing problems, glaucoma, high blood pressure and diabetes (must fast for 3 hours for accurate diabetes screening).

Oregon State Pharmacy Association/Oregon Society of Health System Pharmacists: Medication "brown bag" consults – bring your medications and talk to a pharmacist to answer questions about how to take them safely.

Oregon Health Authority: Immunize Oregon: Free flu and Tdap vaccines available for uninsured adults.

Coalition of Community Health Clinics: Information and referrals to low-cost clinics across the Portland metro region. Uninsured, low-income patients welcome. Primary, acute, some specialty care options.

Oregon Dental Association: Information about Oregon Mission of Mercy, an annual free dental clinic.

Medical Teams International: Urgent dental services on a first-come, first-served basis.

Oregon Health Authority: Oregon AWARE: Information on using antibiotics safely and wisely, demo and interactive display – make the nose sneeze!

OHSU Medical and Physician Assistant Students: Basic foot care, toenail clipping, wound checks and limited care, and assessment of circulation and general health.

OHSU Let's Get Healthy!: Diet and sleep assessments, body fat, BMI, height and weight screening, drug abuse, blood pressure screening, cancer (breast lung and skin) risk information.

Oregon State University Extension Service Food Hero: Fast, affordable, healthy recipes and cooking demonstration.

Portland Farmers Market: Information about market schedules and locations, and options for using SNAP/Oregon Trail benefits at the market.

Kaiser Permanente: Information to help you quit smoking for good.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Memorial Service for Helen Jean Tegner

Come Celebrate the Life of

      Helen Jean Tegner

 Saturday, May 4, 2013

             2:00 pm 

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
17625 NW Cornell Road
Beaverton, Oregon 97006


Pastor's Weekly Message

"For I am convinced that neither death, nor life ... nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."  Romans 8:38-39

The call came at 9:00 am on Monday.  Helen Jean had died about 15 minutes earlier.  A short time after that I shared a prayer with her four sons (and some other family). We also shared, as we had the day before, tears and stories, and thanks for a sweet gift of life given in the form of this diminutive woman.  Monday morning death lay right before us, but love was in our hearts.  It was a matter of perspective.

Later in the day came the news of the bombings in Boston.   More sorrow, for many reasons, but not the loss of hope.  Still a matter of perspective.

Things continue to arise that may seem so very important, but events like those that captured my heart on Monday, may make us look at things in a different fashion.  So often what seems so very important may be a matter of perspective.  May we give thanks for the gift of the Christ, a gift of life and love in the face of death.

In Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Let us put aside our worries about tomorrow and our regrets of yesterday.  Let us let go of our busyness and frenetic lives and be still.  Let us breathe in the assurance of the Holy Spirit and quiet our minds as we open our hearts to be in the present - and pray.  Amen."


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

Thursday       10:00 a LLL
                      7:00 p  Council Meeting

Friday            7:00 p Confirmation Retreat (All 7th & 8th grade students)

Saturday        8:00 a Confirmation Retreat Continues

Sunday          10:00 a Adult Sunday School Class; Save Your Mind For Later Use
                      Scrip Order Sunday
                       5:30 p Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

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

Where else could I go in these astounding spring days but outside?  The beauty of the Lord may be found in a great many place, but now it is so obvious in the richness of nature around us.  

There is the lush green grass (that grows at an astounding rate it seems) and the flowers, daffodils, tulips and a wide variety of others.  Colors of red, white, yellow, purple and sometimes a mixture in a single bloom.  The hastas have sprouted up and the roses are beginning to look like bushes again.

But the biggest surprise and treat was the cherry tree out back.  It suddenly, at least to my sometimes limited sense of observation, sprang to life.  There was a proliferation of white petals, promising fruit for whoever gets to it first in the next couple of months.  Even when the petals fall the beauty continues.  It is like a gentle flurry as the drift and flutter surprisingly long distances.

In praise of the Creator of all things,
Pastor Randy

"Even as we dance for you, we pray for those in our midst for whom Easter has not yet come.  We pray for all people everywhere who live in the ruins of war, and in the tension of hate and in poverty we can scarcely imagine.  Weeping may linger for the night, but joy and new life comes with the morning.  We offer our prayers in the name of our risen Lord who calls us by name and claims us as his own.  Amen."


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

Friday - Sunday   SOV HS Youth Group Retreat to Camp Lutherwood

Saturday       6:30 p  SOV Band Rehearsal
                     7:00 p  SOV Choir Rehearsal

Sunday         Celebrating Patricia Nelson's 17 years of service as Organist/Pianist (following both worship services)


~If you haven't filled out a Capital Facilities Project form please do so. Your requests are important to SOV and now is the time to share those requests. Forms are available in the church office or at the usher station.  

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawl Ministry is meeting

April 15th 7:00 p @ SOV
April 25th @12:00 p (following the All Church Luncheon, come early for lunch)

(if you don't know how to knit or crochet and would like to learn, please come, we will teach you how)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Peace be with you." John 20:19

Those are Jesus first words to his gathered disciples after his resurrection.  They certainly needed to hear those words again and again.  

We "pass the peace" every Sunday as part of our worship time.  That is usually a fairly raucous time.  Even though that is the case it can still provide a moment of peace to many.

I believe Jesus words of peace still come to us in a great many ways.  Do they come to you?  In what way?  Do you have time for some silence at home?  Do you hear a word of peace in music?  Can it be found in the wonders of nature all around us?  Maybe there are times when it seems it cannot be found at all.  May those times not last too long.

May the peace of the Christ be with us all

Pastor Randy

"Holy God, your glory and power is made known in the resurrection.  We are Easter people because Christ is risen.  Where you live, life and light, freedom and salvation, hope and reconciliation break out.  You penetrate our lives.  You invigorate our love.  All praise and honor and glory be yours as we manifest the risen Christ in our lives.  Amen."


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

Thursday        6:30 p Men's Night at Golden Valley Brewery (all men invited to attend)

Saturday         6:00 p  SOV Choir Rehearsal

Sunday          Scrip Order Sunday
                      Birthday Sunday
                      Blood Pressure Check

Monday, April 1, 2013

Ladies Dinner April 2nd

Inviting all SOV Ladies to Ladies Dinner

Tuesday, April 2
McMenamins Roadhouse (Please note; location has been changed since March Newsletter)
4045 NW Cornelius Pass Road
6:00 pm

RSVP to Lynn