Happening Now Blog

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Pastor's Wednesday Messages

from Pastor Brian

Lately I've heard Pastor Randy pray for US soldiers deployed in Afghanistan.  I'm grateful for his prayers.  I'm sure you are, too.  You may not know that one of our local ELCA pastors is now serving in Afghanistan as a military chaplain.  Pastor Scott Dunfee, of St. Stephen's in Gladstone, was called up early this year from the reserves to active duty.  He's a Commander in the Chaplain Corps of the U.S. Navy, and oversees all military chaplains in that theater of service.

Pastor Dunfee sends home blog posts occasionally.  Here's the beginning of his most recent: 

Ground Attack  (October 7)
The Base warning sirens went off with their haunting wail.  I waited anxiously for the message that would follow, telling of what the emergency was. And then came the words: "Ground attack! Ground attack! Ground attack!" My words in response are not appropriate to print here—but I trust God will forgive me under the circumstances!  It was after 10pm on the Eve of Afghan Martyrs' Day (Sep 9) — a time to remember all who have given their lives to keep Afghanistan free — and we had been briefed that the likelihood of attacks by insurgents was greater during this time.  …

Pastor Dunfee's story continues — with surprising twists — to this conclusion:

As much as I missed a good night's sleep, I was grateful for "the test" — as well as the way it turned out.  It all added to a divine calm... and holy sense of confidence... in a ministry of presence — the Real Presence of Christ, the Crucified and Risen One!
The Real Presence of Christ grant you calm and confidence.
Pastor Scott Dunfee

If you want to read the rest of Pastor Dunfee's short article, go to this web link —

Shepherd of the Valley is part of a big church that does good things across the world.   Military chaplaincy is but one way we shine the light of Christ where the world is shadowed with evil.  The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America works with Lutherans world-wide to give help and hope to "the least of these," our sisters and brothers living in poverty and oppression.  God has not forgotten them.  Neither have we.  Some of what you give to SOV is in turn given to the ELCA to support these global ministries.  Thank you for your partnership in the good news of Jesus Christ.

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From Pastor Randy

"One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after, to live in the house of the Lord, all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple."    Psalm 27:4

          In the backyard again and why not? The portrait is continually changing and all I have to do is sit and take it in.

          It seems much quieter and less lively these days.  I know my flighted friends are still around, because the feeders still need to be filled after all and the squirrels have not gotten it all.  The hummingbirds are still about.  They whir close to my head from time to time and continue to astound me when they are suspended in the air and when they stop to sip some of the nectar.  I finally get a chance to see their delicate nature and many hues.

          When the late afternoon sun hits the trees they light up gold, ruby red and more, it is possible to actually hear the leaves as they fall and watch them drift whirling to the ground.  All of this, a chance to "behold the beauty of the Lord."
In praise of the Creator of all things,

Pastor Randy

Lessons for Sunday, October 12th
Exodus 32:1-14
Philippians 4:1-9
Matthew 22:1-14


Wednesday  7:00 a  Coffee Group at Starbucks in Bethany
                      9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool/Kindergarten
                      9:30 a  KOK Chapel w/Pastor Brian
                     10:00 a  Bible Study w/Pastor Brian

Thursday     9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool/Kindergarten
                     7:00 p  LLL
Friday          9:00 - 11:30 a KOK Preschool
                     1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday      9:00 - 4:00 p SOV Council/Committee Retreat