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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wednesday Message

This is taken from God Pause through Luther Seminary

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

If you could choose a way to demonstrate the power of God, what would you do? Would you reverse global warming? Wipe out hunger? Destroy all stockpiles of nuclear or chemical weapons? Find a cure for all forms of cancer? Fix your church's leaky roof—forever? Make your faith community so interesting and compelling that young adults would flock through the doors? 

The Apostle Paul wrote his letter to a Corinthian community that was faithful but divided. They were into the power of God but sometimes missed what was at the center of that power. And who can blame them? The power of God, Paul said, was the message about the cross. If you wanted to demonstrate God's power, would it look like God's Son dying on a cross? That would be foolish, right? An object of humiliation and defeat has embodied God's saving power. Why? To shame the wise and the strong of this world—and to lift up those who are low. How "unworldly" God has acted!

We seek power, O God, and sometimes we live for it. "Might makes right" is often our motto. Help us to give thanks for the power of the cross and to draw life from its long shadow. In Christ we pray. Amen.

Scott Tunseth
General Editor, Fortress Press, Minneapolis, Minn. 
Master of Divinity , 1983

1 Corinthians 1:18-31 (NRSV)

18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart."
20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe.
22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom,
23 but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25 For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength.
26 Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.
27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are,
29 so that no one might boast in the presence of God.
30 He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
31 in order that, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."


Wednesday         10:00 a    (late I know, but Bible Study will continue in Pastor's absence for those of you interested, today we had that gathered)

                          7:00 - 8:30 p     SOV Choir Practice

Thursday            12:00 p   All Church Luncheon

                           1:00 p   Prayer Shawl Ministry

Saturday           10:00 11:00 a  SOV Choir

Sunday             8:30 & 11:00 a   Worship lead by Katherine Brick

                        9:45 a    Sunday School

                        Scrip Order Sunday

                        Blood Pressure Sunday

                        Birthday Sunday

Lessons for Sunday, February 2, 2014

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Matthew 5:1-12

*Please note, the baby shower scheduled for Amy Silvey on February 9th has been cancelled at this time.

Tammy McDonald
Parish Secretary
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church

Friday, January 24, 2014

Pulpit schedule

Near-term pulpit schedule:
Jan 26 - Pastor Bob McIntyre
Feb 2 - Katherine Brick
Feb 9, 16, and 23 - Pastor Stuart Holland
I realize that at this point we simply don't know when Pastor Randy will feel well enough to return.  Pastor Stuart is available all through February if we need him.  He understands that we will need to go a step at a time for awhile.
For pastoral care or visits, please contact Tammy in the church office (503-645-4994) and we will make arrangements.

Please keep praying for Pastor Randy and family, and please let me know if there are any questions or needs.


Council President

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Pastor's Weekly Message

It is probably a bit early for such things, but being so early in this new year is the perfect time to take note.  What I'm talking about are the green shoots springing forth, by the mail box at church, at home along the raised beds along our drive way, and probably many many other spots.

First noticed them a couple of weeks ago, and while I suppose they are really nothing new, they still took me by surprise.  In these sometimes cold, gray days, what a sweet gift.  It is a reminder that creation continues whether we are aware or not.  And even better, from those small green shoots are the promise of even grander treats yet to come.

Thanks for the promise and the hope Lord.

Still in praise of the Creator,
Pastor Randy

"Gracious Creator, you have made us, and before we draw our first breath, you know and have called us by name.  You invite us to come to you as we are, without cover-up.  Help us to know that we are cherished, and that we can trust your grace rather than our own striving.  Amen."

Lessons for Sunday January 19, 2014

Psalm 40:1-11
John 1:29-42


Friday        10:00 a Bible Study (temporary new day for 5 weeks)

Saturday    10:00 - 11:00 SOV Choir Rehearsal

Sunday       Scrip Order Sunday
                    New order form, new items; Panda Express and Blitz Sports Pub
                    (Jiffy Lube has increase their return to 15%)

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Congregational Meeting Noon Today

SOV Congregational Meeting
Sunday, January 12th
12:00 p

Please plan to attend as we will be voting on the 2014 budget

Hot dogs and potato salad will be served

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Pastor's Weekly Message

"But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart." Luke 2:19

Just used those from Luke in the most recent SOV newsletter, and I must use them again because they still speak much to where I am, the whole pondering part anyway.

Yesterday I took down the outside Christmas lights at home. That always leaves me a little blue, and ready to wax a bit nostalgically. Those lights are hung with such anticipation. Wondering what Christmas will bring this year. Wondering how the Spirit of Christmas will become manifest this time around. The story we base all the excitement around is always the same, but how it will be told and unfold is not. And there comes the pondering.

The times of worship this year held a grand richness. The onslaught of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day fairly flew by. There were many new faces, many that I may never see again, and I do not focus on the odds of any of them coming back, but on the fact that they were here at all. And for that I am thankful.

Thinking as well of those two Sunday's after Christmas and the little ones who were baptized. What a blessing to hold little Nathan and Valorie. What a perfect compliment to the nativity.

There is so much, an astounding richness, and while my outside lights are put away, and the sanctuary looks almost bare now, there is still the chance to ponder. What do you recall?

In the peace and power of the Word made flesh,
Pastor Randy

"God of all creation, you are all around, ever-present and yet we don't see you. We pray that we will recognize you today, tomorrow, the rest of the week and the rest of our lives. Open our eyes that we may see. Thank you for always being near. Amen."

Lessons for Sunday, January 12th
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:13-17


Wednesday   10:00 a Bible Study
                      No Choir Rehearsal

Thursday     6:30 p Men's Night @ Lil' Cooperstown (all men invited)
                   7:00 p  LLL

Friday         1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio
                   7:00 p Confirmation Retreat  (all 6, 7 & 8th grade students)

Sunday       9:45 a Sunday School for all ages resumes
                   12:00 p SOV Annual Meeting

This Sunday, January 12th, SOV Annual Meeting @ 12:00 p

Please plan to attend as we will be voting on the 2014 budget. Hot dogs and potato salad will be served.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Annual Congregational Meeting Notice

Greetings and God's blessings to all

SOV's Annual Congregational meeting will be  held on Sunday, January 12, 2014 after our second service and beginning by 12:15 PM.

The primary purpose of this meeting is to present, and bring to a vote SOV's budget.

Please plan to attend and be a part of this important decision.

Terry Wagemann
Council President