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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wednesday Message

Transformation is happening at SOV – the GRO2W Gospel Choir Concert is on its way!

There's a table in the narthex with customer service gear for auction & raffle.  Signs advertise the concert events and the good things planned to those who attend.  Volunteers are preparing a gala Saturday (May 17) with performances at 2p and 6p by the University of Oregon Gospel Singers.  By Saturday, this place will be buzzing with action, good will, and celebration.  This reminds me of the first reading from last Sunday's worship: "All who believed were together and had all things in common… they spent much time together in the Temple… with glad and generous hearts."  (Acts 2:44, 46).  The GRO2W event is an offering to God from the glad and generous hearts of the people of this congregation.  The gifts donated, the planning, the hard work of organizing and implementing — all this is a gift of love to God and to the community from the members of this church.  It's a joy for me to see the sheer goodness of God's people rallying to put on this marvelous event.  May the goodwill and the funds generated by the GRO2W Concert result in blessings for many and thanksgiving to God!

While the concerts are taking place, I'll be at the annual Oregon Synod Assembly, scheduled for this weekend.  On Sunday, I'll be leading worship at SOV as usual; but Friday and Saturday I'll be at the Assembly.  Our Church Council has asked me to attend on SOV's behalf.  I'll provide the Council with a report about Assembly proceedings.  That will help them understand how they can best manage SOV's relationship with the Oregon Synod of the ELCA.  I'm disappointed that I won't be able to attend the concerts.  But I look forward to hearing all about them when I join you for worship on Sunday morning. 

Pastor Brian

Lessons for Sunday, May 18th
Acts 7:55-60
1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14


Thursday   9:00 - 1:00 p KOK
                 10:00 a LLL

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

Saturday   2:00 p & 6:00 p GRO2W Concert and Auction featuring U of O Gospel Singers.

Sunday     8:30 & 11:00 a Worship
                 Scrip Order Sunday
                10:00 a Adult Sunday school w/Pastor Brian (1 Peter)

Looking Ahead

Love INC. has asked SOV to once again participate in the Packed with Love backpack project. Because we were so successful last year in meeting our goal of 800 rulers we have been asked to collect them again. Please help support this wonderful project that distributes back pack to school age children in Washington County. We have until August 8th to collect 800 rulers with metric measures. A backpack will be available to place your donations or they can be left in the church office.