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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pastor's Wednesday Messages

From Pastor Brian

Reflections on my birthday at SOV

First: THANK YOU! for the birthday party you threw for me last Sunday.  As I said then, I had no idea my birthday was on anyone's radar screen at SOV.  Even when Diane Lewis gave me a heads-up about the "vegetarian birthday cake" Julia Kotvis created for me, I still didn't realize that all the stuff on the big table at the back had anything to do with my birthday.  Was the pastor clueless or oblivious?  You decide!  But I finally got it when the band & choir broke into "Happy Birthday" at the end of the early service.  I'm grateful for all the gifts I received — a gift basket, over a dozen cards, the "birthday cake," and more.  Most of all, I am grateful for your generosity of spirit in all the recognition and affirmation you gave me on Sunday.  I receive it as an expression of the Holy Spirit's generosity for each and every one of us.  You have given me what you have first received from God.  I am so grateful that you've welcomed me into your community of holy love at SOV.

Second: the "vegetarian birthday cake" Julia created for me.  Wow.  In case you didn't see it — from a bowl of gloriously red tomatoes (grown in SOV's own garden), a white vase arose gracefully in the center, crowned by a beautiful white onion.  Julia's exquisite idea was born when she heard that I'm vegetarian and that I don't eat many sweets.  I felt amazed, amused, and so grateful to receive a gift of such loving creativity.  The tomatoes are tasty — the onion waits patiently to be cooked.  This is the healthiest and best birthday cake I've ever had.  Thank you, Julia!!

Finally, Pastor Randy has a birthday coming up, too.  I'm told it's September 16.  He'll join the 60 year club, too!  The Fellowship Committee is planning a birthday party for Pastor Randy on Sunday, September 21 at 5:00 p.m. — a pizza party at SOV.  Please look for more news about this in weeks to come.

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From Pastor Randy

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.  Fools despise wisdom and instruction."    Proverbs 1:7

          We are blessed to have a hand full of doves that have taken up residence around our home and can often be seen beneath our bird feeders, cleaning up it seems.  I love to watch how they bop around and to listen to their evening cooing.  Most entertaining may be the sound they make when they flitter away, almost like a giggle.  They may pay no attention on the way out, but when we walk past they flutter away, as if we offer threat in only one direction. It is this fear that causes their flight.  Neighborhood cats provide plentiful reason for fear.

          I am a fool if I focus more on fear than anything else.  The stroke I suffered did not make me fear God, but has given me the chance, all the more to be sustained by the beauty that surrounds me.

          Not fear but awe, which sometimes are equated.  In awe of the Creator of all things, because of those doves and so much more.  Like seeing a hummingbird seemingly hanging in mid air, and a lone sunflower reaching up where none was planted.  That hopefully provides sources of wisdom and instruction.

In Praise of the Creator,

Striving not to be a fool,

Pastor Randy
Lessons for Sunday, August 31, 2014
Exodus 3:1-15
Romans 12:9-21
Matthew 16:21-28


Wednesday   10:00 a Bible Study with Pastor Brian
                     7:00 - 8:30 p  SOV Choir Rehearsal

Thursday      12:00 p All Church Luncheon

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

Sunday, August 31, 2014
One service at 10:30 a

ANOINTING FOR HEALING CANCELLED.  Due to an unexpected lack of anointing ministers (vacations and funerals), we've had to cancel the anointing for healing that was to take place at the worship service on August 31.  We plan to offer opportunities for anointing for healing on a regular basis once the new fall-spring cycle starts up.

TWO STATIONS FOR COMMUNION.  Beginning this Sunday we'll have two stations for communion, one for each side of the congregation.  Pastor Brian will give the bread on one side; Pastor Randy will do so on the other.  We'll continue having two stations for communion every Sunday at the late worship service, which is when Pastor Randy usually attends.  This is Pastor Randy's re-entry into administering communion at SOV.  We thank God for Randy's help with holy communion!