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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday Messages

from Pastor Brian

Yesterday as I was corresponding with Council Co-President Cal Sugiyama, the question of my availability for pastoral care came up. I wrote to Cal, "I hope the congregation knows that they can call me 24/7." Then I realized that you may not know that. So, I want to share that information with you now. Please know that those of you who call SOV your spiritual home should feel free to call me any time, day or night, if you need to talk about pastoral care issues or if you need to have me visit.

I want to be available to you for pastoral care and spiritual guidance when you need it. That is part of the pastor's calling. The Psalmist writes, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (Ps. 46:1). Pastors are called to reflect God's presence and to make sure that people in distress get reassurance of God's help when they need it most. So, if your usual coping strategies aren't working so well, and you find yourself urgently in need of God's presence and help, I hope you will get in touch to ask for my assistance.

I have some standard office hours, but please don't feel limited to those times if you want to talk or visit with me. Those office hours presently are Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Actually, it looks like I'll be doing Confirmation instruction off-site on Fridays for the rest of the summer. But during my office hours Tuesday-Thursday you're quite likely to find me at SOV.

If you want to phone me at other times, the best way is to call my home number: 503-255-1222. That's probably the most reliable way to get in touch by phone, and likely to get the quickest response from me. If I'm out of the house, I have my cell phone turned on, so you can try that number (see Sunday worship bulletins) if you don't find me at church or at home. You can also try emailing me at my church address: pastorbrian.sov@gmail.com. That's a good way to get in touch if matters are not urgent and you want to plan ahead. Day or night, I will try hard to say "yes" to your requests for pastoral presence and care.


"I will tell you a mystery!  We will not all die, but we will all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye at the last trumpet."  With those words Paul doesn't seem to solve any mysteries, but rather opening the door for many more mysteries.

Mysteries abound do they not?  They fill the yard I gaze over day after day.  I view many things that are a mystery to me, things that no doubt some understand and could explain, speaking here of the  mystery of nature itself.  The birds continue to amaze and fascinate me.  But, not being an ornithologist there is much I don't understand.  Many of them I can identify, many finches and their cousins.  But there was a new one last week.  Thanks to the chart given by some dear friends I was able to quickly identify a spotted rufus sided towhee.  Wouldn't it be nice to solve other mysteries by looking at a chart.  But that is not the case.  I have more questions than answers, sometimes struggle with mystery.  May we enjoy and be enriched by the mysteries of our lives.  Saying we live with it, is that not the easy way out?

Consider the words of Frederick Buechner…

"There are mysteries which you can solve by taking thought.  For instance a murder-mystery whose mysteriousness must be dispelled in order for the truth to be known.

There are other mysteries which do not conceal a truth to think your way to, but whose truth is itself the mystery.   The mystery of your self, for example.  The more you try to fathom it, the more fathomless it is revealed to be.  No matter how much of your self you are able to objectify and examine, the quintessential, living part of yourself will always elude you, i.e., the part that is conducting the examination.  Thus you do not solve the mystery, you live the mystery.  And you do that not by fully knowing yourself but by fully being yourself.

To say that God is a mystery is to say that you can never nail him down.  Even on Christ the nails proved ultimately ineffective."

In the Peace and Power of Christ,

Pastor Randy


Lessons for Sunday, July 27th
Genesis    29:15-30
Romans      8:26-39
Matthew  13:31-33, 44-52

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

Thursday           12:00 - 5:00 p Tabor Studio

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

Saturday           10:00 - 11:30 a SOV Choir Rehearsal

*GEM Ministry
SOV continues to support families by providing essential cleaning and personal items through our GEM (Gap Essentials Ministry).  Families are screened by Love INC and referred to SOV for the supplies. We are currently serving two families a month, and would love to serve more.  The next time you are shopping, please pick up some items to supply the program.  Especially needed at this time are:

·        All-purpose cleaner
·        Window cleaner
·        Dish soap
·        Facial tissue
·        Laundry detergent

Donations can be brought to the church and placed in the Love INC barrel in the narthex.

*SOV is collecting 200 rulers w/metric measures for children in Washington County in need of school supplies. Please place your rulers in the marked barrel in the Narthex.  Rulers are due by August 8th.  Thank your for your support.

*SOV's Rummage Sale is coming soon.
Please continue to bring your clean, gently used items to the church.
Dont forget to sign up to help with pricing, cashiering, security, set up, floor sales/assistance, treats for youth group to sell etc.
"Many hands make light work"

*New Member Sunday, September 7th
If you would like to become a member of SOV please call or email Secretary Tammy