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Friday, May 31, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever."  Isiah 40:9a

It may seem a bit early to consider such words, especially since we are still in May and the rains have returned.  The grass at our house is doing anything but withering.  But at least a part of the thought of this verse came to mind when looking out the front windows of the church building and seeing a blanket of pink underneath the rhododendrons there.  It is still a rather lovely sight, but soon that blanket will not longer be pink.

So there is a reminder that the flowers fade indeed.  Their beauty is fleeting, and if we are to enjoy that beauty we need to pay attention when we have a chance.  I didn't take the time with some of our roses and the heavy rains took care of them in short order.  I need to learn the lesson over and over.

But thank goodness for the promise that comes in that verse as well.  The word of God knows no such limitations, but sometimes because of that we may be even less likely to pay attention.  It is always there.  May we take a moment, even just a moment, to take it in as well.

In thanks to the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"How difficult it is for us to be in the present moment.  Conversations from the past replay in our minds.  Tasks that await us clamor for our attention.  Plans for the day ahead invite out consideration.  Help us to quiet our chattering minds and be present in this moment.  Amen."


Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study
Thursday      12:00 p All Church Luncheon and 80's and over celebration
                     1:00 p  Prayer Shawl Ministry (come early for the luncheon)

Sunday        Summer Worship Schedule Begins
                    8:30 & 10:30 a
                    11:30 a Annual Congregational Meeting
                     7:00 p  SOV Variety Show (please bring a dessert to share)
                     Scrip Order Sunday


Tuesday, June 4th, KOK Fundraiser night at Burgerville on 185th  4:00 - 8:00 p

Collecting Rulers for Love INC's Packed with Love Backpack project, please place  your rulers in the backpack located in the Narthex.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

One Worship Service 10:30am: May 26

One worship service 
Sunday, May 26, 2013
      10:30 am

Friday, May 24, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"...for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous."  Matthew 5:45

Seeing pictures of, and hearing stories from the latest tragedy.  There are some who immediately desire to place blame, see some sense of judgment.  There is the want to make sense of such things, but there is no sense here, just incredible sorrow and gaping wounds.  (Even if it were possible, finding a reason why would not change the reality.)

Much more could be said about that, but what stands out for me at this moment is a matter of perspective.  I heard it from folks standing in the midst of rubble. "This just stuff", they said, as they basked in the presence of loved ones still alive.

It is a matter of perspective that we learn again and again.  Sometimes we do not learn very well.  When we are bugged by stuff that seems so important at the moment.  When we allow our lives to be ruled by worries that amount to little.  It is a matter of regaining perspective and giving thanks for the real gifts we have been given.  

In the peace and power of the Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Interrupt us O God, with your presence.  Intrude upon our preoccupation, our restlessness, our discontent and our boredom.  Help us to center our hearts and minds on the gifts we have received.  Amen."


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

**Sunday          One Service @ 10:30 a

Looking ahead

All Church Luncheon & 80th Birthday celebration  
          Thursday, May 30th @ 12:00 p (All are invited)
           Prayer Shawl meets @ 1:00 p (come early for lunch)

Summer worship schedules begins June 2
Worship services at 8:30 & 10:30  (no Sunday school/resumes in September)

Annual Congregational Meeting Sunday, June 2nd following 10:30 worship

Variety Show, Sunday, June 2nd @ 7:00 p
There is still time to participate, let Jameson know if you have a talent to share.

Collecting Rulers for Love INC's packed with Love project

Scrip Order Sundays for June are June 2 and June 9. (two consecutive Sundays)
July and August will offer only one scrip Sunday each month and that will be the first Sundays of each month. July 7th and August 4th.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"The blessings of the Lord makes rich, and toil adds nothing to it."  Proverbs 10:22

There are so many blessings that are simply gifts of grace.  Have received many such blessings in recent days, and working at them too hard might have only gotten in the way.

The roses have suddenly popped open in bunches of yellow, lavender, white and pink, some of them with rich scents. (There was only a relatively small amount of tending on my part.) The finches flit in and out in frenetic bunches, rich in color and song.  There is huge rhododendron at the end of the house blooming now, still more iris, and other plants growing wildly.

Just a short walk down the road , in the park, there are many more rhododendron and azaleas of many hues, plus ducks, heron, fish, frogs, and nutria (alright not everything is beautiful).

Such things make me feel rich indeed.  I know this is just more of the same, but I would be all the poorer without these blessed moments.  Thanks for the riches Lord.

God's peace,
Pastor Randy

"Interrupt us, O God, with you presence.  Intrude upon our preoccupation, our restlessness, our discontent and our boredom that we might center our hearts and minds on your Word and all the ways that you speak to us.  Amen."


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

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

Saturday     2:00 p Baby Shower for Valorie Vermaas

Sunday      Pentecost Sunday (wear RED Sunday)
                   8:30 & 11:00 a Worship  Rite of Confirmation @ 11:00 a Service
                  Scrip Order Sunday
                 10:00 a Keep Your Mind for Later Use (Adult Sunday School Class)

                 The Role of Sleep:  Recharge Your Brain at Night

Still not sleeping?  There are a host of reasons for insomnia, many of which you can  address yourself, including exercise, avoiding naps, not eating before going to bed, among others.  The Mayo Clinic has more information at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/insomnia/DS00187/DSECTION=causes.

Love INC's, Silent Auction
Don't forget!  It's not too late...the on-line silent auction ends on Sunday!
Click this link to see the items that Love INC has up for bid
   Ends Sunday, May 19th at 6:00 pm  
PARISH EDUCATION is recruiting teachers for next September's Sunday School classes, as well as for Confirmation classes. We have approved curricula in place. Now, we need YOU! Questions or sign-up, contact Lisa, Kristi, Tom or Mark.

**DON'T FORGET RULERS...800 needed by August 8th

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"....child shall play over the hole of the asp...."  Isaiah 11:8a

Those words are part of the prophet's description of the world at the time of ultimate peace.  (The beginning of the chapter gets used at the time of Advent and as an explanation of the Jesse tree.) There is also the "wolf with the lamb, the leopard and the kid, the calf and the lion, and a little child shall lead them."  And in it all no one gets hurt.

What a grand sweet picture.  There is play right at the center of it.  This came to mind for me when thinking of Sunday afternoon.  My littlest grand daughter Daphne, and I, played in the back yard.  It was not a long time, and was not grand stuff, but the playing part was the key, just that.

May we all have a chance to just play, releasing the child in us for a bit, and find a little bit of peace in the mix.

In Christ,
Pastor Randy

O God, what joy that we can be people of hope.  We long for your beauty, your redemption of this life, for eternity with You. They are gifts beyond measure stirring longing for more into our souls.  Amen."


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

Thursday       2:00 - 3:30 p Alzheimer Clinic (private function)
                      7:00 p LLL

Saturday      11:00 a Mother's and Others Tea
Please join us for a Mother's Day Tea social, if you know you will be attending please RSVP to this or email Brenda, (RSVP not required but helpful in planning)

ADA Door Update
Great News! the card key system has been integrated into our door system and is now working. Please begin using your card key as before.
The codes will be eliminated for the time being.

Collecting Rulers for Love INC Packed With Love, Backpack project
Please bring any type of 12" ruler and place it in the back pack located in the Narthex. Our goal is 800 rulers, (by August 8th) Can we do it?

Love INC Silent Auction Starts Friday - Help us spread the word!

LOVE INC'S SILENT AUCTION - Starts Friday, May 10th!

Please pass this information on to your friends 

to help us spread the word!


The time has come!  Love INC's first on-line Silent Auction begins in two days!  Help support the ministries of Love INC by bidding on items that have been donated by local supporters.

Click this link to see the items that Love INC has up for bid 
Begins Friday, May 10th at 8:00 am
   Ends Sunday, May 19th at 6:00 pm  
Portland Trailblazer tickets
Winery tours & tastings
Tickets to local attractions
Dog sitting services
Winter steel head fishing trip
Pies for a year at Shari's
A week in a condo in Maui
Wine gift baskets & racks
McMenamins gift cards
Golfing at Pumpkin Ridge
... just to name a few
Please contact Joyce at the Love INC office with your questions at info@loveincbeaverton.org 

Thanks so much! 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

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

Okay this isn't so much about big flocks of geese and ducks that sometimes dominate the sky, or the osprey and vultures that float seemingly effortlessly high above and slowly drift from sight.

This is about the birds that flit about, moving in short bursts.  Thinking of the mottled robin that is back again, and several compatriots as well.  Always getting a kick out of the way they turn their heads, as if listening intently, before snatching a worm from the earth.  The sometimes frenetic behavior of the finches, some a bright yellow, chasing each other from a feeding perch, from a spot on the bird bath, as if to say, "I don't really want it, but you can't have it."  The show goes on and on.  

Thanks for the gift Lord.

Still in praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"Holy Spirit, we live with noise, distraction, clatter and constant commotion.  Help us to remove all that to hear only you.  We need you to lead us on a path to clarity, hope and life.  Help us to clear our minds and open our hearts until all that we hear is you.  Guide us.  Amen."


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

Thursday       6:30 p   Men's Night at Golden Valley Brewery (all men invited)
Saturday       2:00 p  Celebration of Life of Helen Jean Tegner

Scrip Order Sunday, don't forget Mom, Grads and Dads! This Sunday only if you order a $50 Columbia Sportswear gift card you will receive a company store pass for up to 5 people.

Looking ahead
May 11th Mothers and Others Tea 11:00 am (fundraiser for Prayer Shawl Ministry)

June 2nd, Variety Show; if you have a talent to share please see Jameson.