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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wednesday Messages

 from Pastor Brian

"Are you still going to be here?"  I got several questions like that last Sunday.  It was Pastor Randy's first Sunday back.  Some people wondered if this meant I was leaving SOV, supposing that Pastor Randy is back full-time.

The short answer is, "Yes, I'm still going to be here."  The longer answer is a bit more nuanced.  So, I'll try to give you a better answer now.

First, read the article I wrote for the November newsletter.  That information should help you to understand what Pastor Randy's part-time return means for me.  An important point: Pastor Randy is preaching and leading worship on November 2 and 16.  I'll be leading worship and preaching as usual on the other three Sundays.  Meanwhile, I'll be doing most of the other things I regularly do, except I won't be in the office on Fridays and I won't be leading the Wednesday morning Bible study.

Second, a lot remains undetermined at this time.  November is experimental.  We're exploring to find out how much Pastor Randy can do.  None of us, including Pastor Randy, know for sure right now.  His preaching and worship leadership last Sunday were a good start.  More to come.  Toward the end of November, SOV's elected leadership will review things with Pastor Randy.  Then they'll come up with a schedule for December.  We don't know how much Pastor Randy will be working next month, and how much I'll be working.  So, it's "wait and see."

Third, my best guess is that things will continue like this for a few months.  Pastor Randy may continue at .2 FTE with me at .8.  Or, his hours may increase; then mine would decrease accordingly.  Either way, it seems likely that I will continue to do some of the pastor's work among you for the next several months, sharing duties with Pastor Randy based on how much work he's able to resume.

Finally, as I said in my newsletter article, I look forward to celebrating Advent and Christmas with you.  Whatever comes, it's all a gift from God.  So, let's wait with confidence and unwrap God's gifts as they arrive day by day.

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From Pastor Randy

"Many Lord are asking, "Who will bring us prosperity?"  Let the light of your face shine on us.  Fill my heart with joy when their grain and new wine abound.  In peace I will lie down and sleep for you alone Lord, make me dwell in safety."   Psalm 4:7-8 NIV

          This psalm is entitled "Thoughts in the night, Prayer for help".  That sounds about right.   Do you ever lie awake at night and just think about things and hope for some sense of peace or joy in the darkness.

          The psalm spoke right up with the same thoughts beginning with the words "Listen to my words Lord, consider my lament, hear my cry for help for to you I pray. Joy can drive away the darkness as certain as the morning light.

          In a recent conversation with one of our newest church members I was told he looked forward to worship on Sunday mornings at SOV. That sounds like anticipating joy to me.  I have felt that way the last couple of months myself while attending worship.  The music and personal atmosphere have lifted me to something akin to joy.

          This past Sunday night as we celebrated our own limited version of Oktoberfest, I witnessed two little girls leaping and spinning on the dance floor as Lyle played the accordion.  They seemed to have limitless energy and unrestricted joy.  Their exhibition of joy brought joy to my own heart.  May we pray with the Psalmist, letting loose of our thoughts in the night as well.  May you know peace and joy.

In the name of the one who lights the darkness,

Pastor Randy

Lessons for Sunday, November 9th
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13


Wednesday   7:00 a Coffee Group
                     9:00 - 1:00 KOK Preschool/Kindergarten
                     9:30 a KOK Chapel
                     10:00 a Bible Study w/Pastor Randy
                     7:00 - 8:30 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

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

November Newsletter:

Thank you youth group (and youth leaders)
Job well done Sunday evening at the "Give Thanks" dinner / Oktoberfest Celebration. Your professionalism, attentiveness and responsibility was OUTSTANDING!!

GAP Ministries is in need of non-essential items
cleaning supplies; all purpose, toilet, window
laundry detergent
dish soap

Kitchen pantry needs
paper products cups; coffee & Juice, paper towels,
juice; frozen or powder
treats store bought or homemade; crackers, cheese, muffins, breads, bagels, spreads, fruit

Kevin Cope extends an invitation to

Saturday, November 8th
6:30 pm
First Baptist Church