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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever."  Psalm 107:1

Amazing news this past week that SOV gave away enough good baskets to feed 36 families, over 100 people. If the numbers are not exactly right, suffice it to say that the needs are great. Yet there is other news as well that we need to take in.

This one seems pretty obvious for me today.  Thanksgiving time, so let us give thanks for sure, in all kinds of ways, whether it be sharing a small kindness to a stranger, or a big blessing to those you know could use it.  It seems to me that in giving to those around us we have a grand way to give thanks.  

Another possibility, and this is not some startlingly new revelation, is that it is a perfect time to let family and friends know how thankful we are for them.  That is not a possibility for many, so may we appreciate all the more the gifts we have been given.

If you are unable to do so, my thoughts and prayers go with  you, and may there yet be a chance to know that indeed "his steadfast love endures forever."

Blessed Thanksgiving,
Pastor Randy

"Lord of all, we come to you in gratitude for your love, which is always present to us.  In the stillness of this moment, we remember with thanksgiving the times in our lives when your love has enabled us to rise to our better selves.  We remember with regret the times when we have  acted in anger rather than in love. Grant us the grace to give our guilt into the hands of your love.  In the the name of the Christ we pray.  

Lessons for the First Sunday in Advent
Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122
Matthew 24:36-44


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

Thursday       Happy Thanksgiving
                      Office Closed

Friday           Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday      10:00 - 11:00 a SOV Choir Rehearsal

Scrip order Sunday
Please think about your Christmas Gift giving needs or shopping needs also Ladies Dinner is having their Christmas Dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory on December 10th, you will need to order your scrip cards this Sunday to have them by December 10th. Next Scrip order will be December 15th

Looking ahead:

Wednesday, December 4th First Wednesday of Advent,
6:00 p Soup and bread potluck supper
6:30 p Advent Devotion (30 minutes)

Sunday, December 8th  @4:45 p Christmas Caroling (all are welcome to join, this is a congregational event) followed by potluck soup/chili supper

Sunday, December 16th, 6:00 p
Christmas Concert and Children's Christmas Pageant (please bring a plate of cookies to share)

Friday, November 22, 2013

A special message from Marcia Whitehead

Marcia Whitehead gave a presentation at SOV in August 2012. She is pursuing an opportunity to record an album in LA and is seeking support in this endeavor. Check it out!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Marcia Whitehead
Subject: Exciting News About Recording My First CD

Hi, Pastor!  I have such wonderful memories of how warmly your congregation received me when I shared my story with you all. After the service, many individuals asked me if I had a CD they could take home with them, and unfortunately, I had to disappoint them by letting them know that I've never had the financial means to record a top quality CD.  But God is good and he is opening the door for me to record my first CD in Los Angeles in January that will contain songs of faith like Give Me Jesus, The Lord's Prayer, I'd Rather Have Jesus, etc. 
I don't know how to contact individuals in your congregation who are interested in a CD and I'd be deeply appreciative if you would help me by placing the the attached flyer in a location or locations that members can find. The flyer announces my fund raising campaign on Indiegogo.com.  I'm also including the link below and it would be so helpful if you would be willing to share the link on your Facebook page or forward this email through a church member email list if you have either one of those things.  I need help making this long-time dream become a reality and sharing the campaign information with as many people as possible would be so helpful and so deeply appreciated.  Thank you a million times over!!  

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."  Luke 22:19

This week is big on remembrance, and deservedly so.  Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of the delivery of the Gettysburg address, a mere 272 words that have been recalled time and again, and are still good for us to remember.  Later this week is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Kennedy, a powerful moment in our national memory as well, and one of those times we may be able to say, "I remember where I was when ....".

Remembrance is so important to us, as the words of Jesus attest to.  Remember the past, not living there, but being continually informed by it, can be powerful stuff.

Thinking of the same word, but in a slightly different direction, consider these words of Frederick Buechner, "When you remember me, it means that you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are.  It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand between us, ..... It means that even after I die, you can still see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart.  For as long as your remember me, I am never entirely lost ......"

Riches of sorrow and joy, filled with meaning, or fleeting moments, remember.

In Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Holy God and author of our hope, thank you for the assurance of your presence and grace.  We pour out before you our concerns for our world.  We are overwhelmed by the needs and sometimes we feel helpless.  Speak to us, we pray, in the midst of our brokenness.  We long for healing, we cling to hope in you, and we ask for courage to respond as disciples of Jesus Christ to a hurting world around us.  Amen."

Lessons for Sunday, November 24
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43


Wednesday    10:00 a Bible Study
Thursday      10:00 a LLL
                    12:00 p All Church Luncheon (a week early due to Thanksgiving)
                     3:30 - 6:30 p Tabor Voice Studio
                     7:00 p Council Meeting

Friday          9:00 - 11:30 KOK
                    1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio
                    6:00 - 9:00 p Thanksgiving Basket prep (volunteers needed)

Saturday     10:00 - 12:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal
                   9:00 - 3:00 p Thanksgiving Basket assembly (volunteers needed)
                   3:00 - 5:00 p  Family Craft Event "Giving Thanks"... all are invited

All Church Luncheon
This Thursday, November 21st @ 12:00 p
Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting after the luncheon at 1:00 p

KOK Christmas Green pick up
The Greens for KOK's fundraiser are available for pick up this Sunday, between 9 am and 1 pm at the Church.  Thank you so much for your order and support of our financial assistance fund.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; that I know very well."  Psalm 139:14

These words from Psalms are offered because they point to the many things we are gifted enough to enjoy.  The chances to appreciate the richness of life are many.

Just a couple of hours on a recent day off, there was sunshine and a bit of warmth.  Outside I was met with the smell of a burn pile from across the gully, an acrid smell, and yet the provider of memories as well.  So many fall seasons, places miles away, good stuff in the end.

So I tucked under the eaves, out of the wind, still feeling the suns warmth, listen to leaves skipping and crackling down the street.  An occasional bike rider swooshing by.  There was another smell in the air as well, a pungent scent coming from two huge bushes of mums, deep burgundy beauties with bright yellow at the center of their blooms.  Despite all the cutting back there are still other blooms too.

When the traffic increased I slipped on some headphones, listening to bits of Van Morrison's "What's Wrong with This Picture?", and reading "The End of Your Life Book Club" by Will Schwalbe (insert your own music and reading here).

We have been wonderfully made, with opportunities to appreciate the wonderful works around us.

Thanks for the blessings Lord,
Pastor Randy

"Good and gracious God, we welcome you into our midst and invite you to make yourself known to us in silence, in the symbols and the words and melodies and actions of our days.  May we make the moments to lay aside all else but the desire to be in your presence, touched by your grace and fed by your word.  May we apprehend the Holy, and more importantly, that the Holy might apprehend us.  Amen."

Lessons for Sunday, November 17, 2013
Malachi 4:1-2a
Psalm 98
Luke 21:5-19


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

Thursday     3:30 - 6:30 p Tabor Voice Studio
                    6:30 p Men's Night @ Golden Valley Brewery
                    7:00 p LLL

Friday          1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio/Lessons

Saturday      10:00 a SOV Choir Rehearsal

Sunday        Scrip Order Sunday
                    12:00 p Acolyte Training
                    Thanksgiving Food Baskets items are due

Please Note:
Men's Night is this Thursday, November 14th @ 6:30 p 
Acolyte Training is this Sunday, November 17th @ 12:00 p 
Thanksgiving Food Basket items are due this Sunday, November 17th

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

An Update from the Philippines

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You can help provide mercy and love to families in the Philippines affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan!


Just before dawn last Friday, Super Typhoon Haiyan roared onshore with wind gusts up to 235 mph, waves up to 45 feet in some areas, and nearly 16 inches of rainfall.

The death toll is mounting. It is currently estimated that this storm, the most powerful cyclone of the past three decades, has killed nearly 10,000 people.

Residents rush to safety past a fallen tree during strong winds brought by Typhoon Haiyan that hit Cebu city, central Philippines.

REUTERS/Erik De Castro, courtesy trust.org

If you have already donated, thank you for your support! Please continue to pray for those who have lost loved ones, for those who are injured, and for those who have been displaced by this terrible storm. Please also pray for LWR's staff who are responding and serving those in need.

LWR has more than 25 years of experience in the Philippines, and we have mobilized our staff and resources on the ground to provide life-saving support. This includes:

  • Shelter: LWR will provide shelter repair kits to at least 100,000 families.
  • Cash programs: LWR will employ at least 20,000 people in three municipalities of Northern Cebu in short-term work assignments removing debris from public spaces, helping to get cash into the hands of those who need it.
  • Quilts and Kits: LWR is shipping Personal Care Kits, Baby Care Kits, School Kits and Quilts, which will be distributed to more than 26,000 families.

Please give generously today. For this immediate response, we are seeking $2.5 million in support. Your support will help provide urgently needed care and aid to surviving children, women and men.


With gratitude,

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Jeff Whisenant
Interim President and CEO

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Surely God is great, and we do not know him; the number of his years is unsearchable.  For he draws up the drops of water; he distills his mist in rain, which the skies pour down and drop upon mortals abundantly."  Job 36:26-28

I know it is early, and there is a whole bunch of gray yet to come.  But on these days, when you can tell it is day time only because it got a little lighter, it does tend to squash the spirit a bit. Staring out my office window, watching and listening to the traffic on Cornell, just thinking. Determined that the dull sky would not be the last word for me this day.  Guess what?  The sun came out.  I know it won't always work that way, and that we must find our light in other places.

So, I look out the window again and see lots of color besides gray.  Just across the road there are plenty of splashes of color from the leaves.  Think of this morning and the two chapel times with the KOK kids, and what a kick it is to sing "He's Got the Whole World" with them, especially when we make up some of our own verses.  Remembering Sunday night and our "Giving Thanks" dinner.  The space was full, the food was grand, the conversation was loud, interspersed with much laughter.  Smiling at the thought of the gusto with which we sang at Sunday school opening earlier that morning.

There is plenty of light in these gray days, a reminder that "surely God is great".

In the peace of the Christ,
Pastor Randy

"O God, our hearts break for those whose hearts are breaking.  We grieve with those who are experiencing  grief.  Bring them comfort s only you can.  Let them know that they are not alone, that you are with them and that we stand beside them.  At the same time we rejoice with those who are rejoicing; we celebrate the ways you are blessing and providing for those among us.  We know that you are the God of the broken and the joyful.  Amen."

Lessons for Sunday, November 10
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Luke 20:27-38


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

Thursday      3:30 - 6:30 p Tabor Voice Studio/Lesson
                    No Men's Night (rescheduled for November 14th)

Friday         1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio/Lessons (accepting new students)

Saturday   10:00 - 11:00 a SOV Choir Rehearsal

Please note changes:
Men's Night rescheduled for Thursday, November 14th @ Golden Valley Brewery
Acolyte Training rescheduled for Sunday, November 17th @ 12:00 p

Thanksgiving Food Basket items are due by Sunday, November 17th

Friday, November 1, 2013

Reminder: set your clocks back

Saturday, November 2nd

Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour Saturday evening.

Sunday, November 3rd
All Saints Sunday 
Commitment Sunday
don't forget to return your pledge forms, extra copies will be available