Happening Now Blog

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Pastor Randy's Weekly Message

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

"I thank my God every time I remember you. Constantly praying with joy and everyone of my prayers for all of you because of your sharing in the Gospel from the first day until now."  Philippians 1:2-4

I was finally back for worship after three months away.

It was coming back that caused me to think of Paul's words to the church in Phillipi.

I missed the place and the people. Easter Sunday was the perfect re-introduction. The welcome was warm and generous. My family was with me, the weather was lovely and I didn't fall going from the wheel chair to the car and vice versa. And then came worship and I was reminded anew why this place was so missed. The music was all so excellent and the Spirit felt alive and well.  

In the peace of Christ,

Pastor Randy  

~ ~

"The message spread throughout Judea… how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him."  Acts 10:37-38

This passage is from the first lesson read at Easter worship. Remembering those festive services, I smile.  But I also pause to note how nicely these words fit Pastor Randy's presence at the Easter breakfast (thanks, Youth Group!) and at the late service.  It felt so good to see Pastor Randy at our festival of the resurrection.  We celebrate Jesus' resurrection and Pastor Randy's reappearance in the public life of this church.  Though his role must be limited for now, it's a start. God grant that Randy's presence with us last Sunday signals increasing presence in months to come.

At Easter, we celebrate God's amazing power of life.  We also pray for that power of healing and renewal to be present in our own lives and in the lives of those we love.  The power of Jesus' resurrection is the same power God uses to bring all of creation into being — God, "who gives life to the dead and brings into existence the things that do not exist." (Rom. 4:17)  But resurrection is creation focused for a particular purpose: healing.  Jesus risen from the dead is not just one man healed and made whole.  He is also the promise of humanity itself healed and restored to wholeness with God.  The risen Christ is a sign of what God has in store for all of us — humans filled with God's living presence, serving as partners in the care and redemption of all that God has made.

Each of us is a custom-made channel for God's creative, healing power. Please attend carefully to all that you love – the people, places, and situations that need your care – and ask God to bring the power of resurrection for healing and blessing.  The promise of the Gospel is that God will be with you when you ask.

Pastor Brian

Lessons for Sunday, April 27th
Acts 2:14a, 22-32
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31


Wednesday   10:00 a Bible Study with Pastor Brian
                      No Choir Practice

Thursday     12:00 p All Church Luncheon and 80 and over Birthday Celebration
                    1:00 p Prayer Shawl Ministry
                     7:00 p Council Meeting

Friday          9:00 - 11:30 KOK
                    1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday      7:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Looking ahead

Mothers Day Tea
May 10th 
10 - 12 p
Please RSVP (to Tammy, Lynn, Caryl or Brenda)

U of O Gospel Concert
May 17th
2 & 6 pm

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
May 31st

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

All Church Luncheon and 80 and over Birthday Celebration

Please join us this Thursday, April 24th
12:00 p

All Church Luncheon and 80 and over Birthday Celebration

Monday, April 21, 2014

Needed: Auction items to support the U of O Gospel Singers

Here’s an opportunity to ‘reach out’ and support two great organizations, the University of Oregon Gospel Singers, a two-time National Champion Gospel choir, and a local church that supports its community through many different outreach programs.

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church (SOV) in Beaverton, OR is hosting the University of Oregon Gospel Singers for a fundraiser to support both a 4-day multi-cultural outreach event that the University of Oregon Gospel Singers will host on the UO Campus later this year and SOV’s music out- reach programs. 

The University of Oregon Gospel Choir will perform at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church at 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

To help raise funds at the concert, there will be an oral and silent auction.

We hope that you will help make this joint fundraiser a success by donating a tax-deductible item to be included in our auction. As a contributor, your name / business will be listed in our event program, listed on our website and mentioned in our pre and post event publications.

>> Download the Donation Form
Please include how and when you would prefer to your donation picked-up or received at the church for the auction! If you have any questions, please contact Diane Lewis at 503-899-0372.

For the general public, admission to the concert is a suggested $15 per person donation or $40 per family. As a donor, we invite you to join us on May 17th! For more information on the concert, please visit sovlutheran.com or gro2w.eventbrite.com.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this request! We hope you will support SOV in hosting this event and the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance’s award-winning Gospel Singers. See you on May 17th!

All the best,

Jameson Tabor, Director of Music

University of Oregon’s Tax ID #: 936001786
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church’s tax ID# 93-6096657

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday Message

"When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory." Colossians 3:4

I just met with the Wednesday morning Bible study group.  We talked about the word "glory" in Colossians 3:1-4, the epistle reading for Easter Sunday.  The upshot: being revealed with Christ "in glory" is about humans sharing in God's celebration of God's own life. That is the fruit of Jesus' resurrection.  It's a grand vision for a fully human life — a vision that empowers us in hope and spiritual practice.

Easter is the start our spiritual practice. We begin with resurrection. Easter is traditionally a day for baptisms, because baptism is all about the power of Christ's resurrection activated in us. Meditating on resurrection, glory, and spiritual practice, I find myself thinking of a hymn I love, but seldom sing.  It's not easy to sing, but I want to share a verse of this hymn with you because it tells the spiritual adventure that awaits as we come to the festival of resurrection.

The hymn is called "I Bind unto Myself Today."  It's in the Lutheran Book of Worship (188).  The words are attributed to St. Patrick (4th-5th century).  It's the second verse I find striking:

I bind this day to me forever / by power of faith Christ's incarnation
His baptism in the Jordan River / his cross of death for my salvation
His bursting from the spic├ęd tomb / his riding up the heavenly way
His coming at the day of doom / I bind unto myself today.

That is the church's story of Jesus Christ.  His story is ours, by the grace of God.  This Easter, as we celebrate Christ unbound from the tomb, please remember you are bound to Christ by faith.  He is the way; the song I've quoted sings the path.  As you follow Jesus, let St. Patrick's song guide your steps to glory.

Pastor Brian


Thursday   7:00 p Maundy Thursday Service

Friday       12:00 p Good Friday Service
                  7:00 p Good Friday Service
                         (services are not identical)
                  1:00 p  Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday    4:00 p Altar Guild set up
                  7:00 - 9:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Sunday      8:30 & 11:00 Easter Services
                  9:45 a Easter Breakfast
                  9:45 a Easter Egg Hunt

**If you wish to make an Easter Flower Remembrance please email me your information by Thursday.

Mark your calendars
May 10th
Mothers Day Tea
10:00 - 12:00 p
Tables have been sponsored, menu is planned, please plan to come to this elegant Mothers Day celebration (p.s you don't have to be a Mother to attend). Please RSVP to Brenda, Caryl or Lynn so they can plan accordingly.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday attendees participated in a Gospel Processional and salute to Pastor Randy yesterday.

Be sure to join us this Sunday for an epic Easter celebration! Services at 8:30 & 11:00am, with an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids at 9:45am. All are invited to join us for a pancake breakfast at 9:45am, with a free will offering to support the SOV youth group.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wednesday Message

“Welcome one another… as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”  Romans 15:7

Hello, Saints!

Some of you haven’t met me, but I led worship at SOV on March 30, so some may remember me.  Thank you for welcoming me so warmly that day.  As I said to folks then, you are a warm, compassionate, and resilient group.  I’m glad to be serving as your pastor, even if it’s just for a short while.

Let me tell you a bit about myself.  I’m from Wisconsin, and served my first years of ministry in Chicago.  I have a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from Loyola University in Chicago.  My spouse, Jill James, and I have lived in Portland since 2001.  She recently retired from the Spiritual Care Dept. at Emanuel Hospital, where she was a staff chaplain working with medically fragile babies and their families.  I was pastor at Central Lutheran in Portland from 2004-2011; and before that, the interim pastor at Bethany in Portland.  I’m presently on leave from call — so, I’m available to walk with you now.  I share Pastor Randy’s interest in the spiritual wonder we call God’s Creation.  I’m grateful to be welcome with you.

God welcomes all beings in Creation.  No matter who we are, or have been, Jesus welcomes us into his body, the church.  And we welcome one another here for the glory of God.  When we welcome one another in Christ, we help each other live well, live with grace, beauty, mercy, and compassion as we get to know God better.  In Christ, we welcome each other to fullness of life.  For, as Bishop Irenaeus said long ago, “The glory of God is a human being fully alive” — and the glory of the human being is God fully alive in us.

 “Gracious God, as Holy Week draws near, help us leave behind all that holds us apart from you.  Help us live by your love and grace.  May we awaken each new day closer to fulfillment in you.  Amen.”

Pastor Brian Brandt


Wednesday  6:00 p Lenten Soup Supper (last one)
                   6:30 p  Lenten Devotion

Sunday      Palm Sunday services at 8:30 & 11:00

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wednesday News

Greetings All,

I am pleased to announce that Pr. Brian Brandt will be with us at least through Easter (mid-week service, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, etc.)  Please welcome him when you see him, from April 9.

I am still working on assembling the ad hoc committee to meet and discuss our pastoral needs and plan for after that.




Wednesday   6:00 p Lenten Soup/Bread potluck supper
                     6:30 p Lenten devotion with Pastor Dorothy
                     7:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Saturday      9:00 - 12:00 SPRING CLEANING (please bring your own yard tools and cleaning supplies)

Sunday         SCRIP ORDER SUNDAY, only one in April - don't forget all your Easter Shopping needs; meals, Easter Baskets, gifts etc.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Pastor Coverage Update

Greetings All,

Here's an update on pastoral coverage this week.
  • We will have Pr. Dorothy Cottingham this Wednesday for evening Lenten service.
  • We will have Pr. Susan Kintner on Sunday April 6. She is the assistant to the Bishop.
  • After that, Pr. Brian Brandt will be available to take us through to Easter.
If there is any need for home visits or any other needs, please let me know.