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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Directory photo reminder

This is a friendly reminder that the SOV Youth Group will be taking family photos for the new church directory.
Photos will be taken from 9:45 to 10:45 and from 12:15 to 1:15 (between and after services) on February 1st and 8th.
The SOV Youth Group       

Pastor's Wednesday Message

from Pastor Brian

What a fabulous celebration we had for Pastor Randy last Sunday!  The church was packed.  People came from all over the area to support Pastor Randy.  Together, we made his last Sunday as SOV's pastor memorable.  I want to express gratitude and appreciation to all the SOV members who worked so hard to make this event go well.  Some folks arranged and re-arranged the space so we could worship and share lunch afterward.  Some provided and served food.  Thanks especially to the Youth Group for their help with desserts and cleanup!  Choir and band put together a wonderful program based on songs requested by Pastor Randy.  Some people cleaned up afterward and helped Oregon Evergreen Church set up its worship space.  Every aspect was much needed and much appreciated.  Well done, friends!  The love and high regard that SOV members have for Pastor Randy was on full display that day.  A gift of money has been collected as an expression of gratitude to Randy & Choice.  I don't know how much it will amount to, but I'm sure it will be very substantial.  Thank you for your generosity.  All in all, it was extraordinary.  Thank you and thanks be to God. 

Undergoing a pastoral transition like this is never easy.  It's been a stressful time.  Some of our key leaders could really use a breather.  We need a break from meeting extraordinary demands.  We'll have a meeting to approve the 2015 Budget this Sunday.  Once that's done, my hope is that we can settle into an ordinary routine and enjoy the regular rhythms of the church year.  Lent starts soon, with Ash Wednesday on February 18.  We have a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper the day before.  I hope you'll all be able to take part in these events.  They call us back to what's basic: the community of God's love we share with one another, and the call to renewal we have from God's Spirit.  We have the rest of this year to plan and carry out various tasks required during an interim period.  For now, let's just relax as best we can and enjoy the goodness of life God has given us in the present moment.

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Lessons for Sunday, February 1st
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28


Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study with Pastor Brian
                     7:00 - 8:00 p SOV Choir rehearsal
                     8:00 - 9:00 p SOV Band rehearsal

Thursday     12:00 p All Church Luncheon
                    1:00 p Prayer Shawl Ministry gathering

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

Saturday      10:00 - 11:30 a SOV Choir rehearsal
                    10:00 - 12:00 p KOK Open House

Kids of the Kingdom (KOK) Open House
Saturday, January 31
10:00 - 12:00 pm

Budget Meeting
Sunday, February 1
10:00 am

Scrip Sunday, February 1st
Please remember to link your Fred Meyers reward card. 13 families have linked them, earning SOV $56.00.

Ladies Dinner
Tuesday, February 3rd
6:00 pm
Thirsty Lion at Tanasbourne
Please RSVP to Deann or Tammy by Tuesday

Men's Night
Thursday, February 5th
6:30 pm
Cruise In Country Diner
(No RSVP needed)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pastor's Wednesday Message

from Pastor Brian

Next Sunday's a big day.  We'll gather to mark the culmination of Pastor Randy's ministry at SOV.  It will be a time both of celebration and of lament.  We'll celebrate all the good Pastor Randy has done at SOV.  We'll celebrate the joy of our time in community with him.  We'll thank God in appreciation for all the gifts and virtues that Pastor Randy brought to this congregation.  And we will lament that his work with SOV came to an end so soon, and under such difficult circumstances. 

I've heard many people express gratitude for Pastor Randy.  Everyone wishes him well, good health and good fortune.  I've also heard many people say: we hope Randy will continue to be part of our community.  I share those feelings.  I hope we will see Randy and Choice and their family at worship and other SOV community events.  They are part of the SOV family.  It would feel right and good for Randy and Choice to continue as active members of this congregation.

After the single worship service starting at 10:00 a.m., we'll have a community luncheon.  Please come and bring a dish to share — side dish or salad.  Also, if you're so inclined, please bring a gift of money designated for Pastor Randy.  Generosity is a godly practice.  This luncheon will be a time to share your words of support with Randy and Choice, as well as a time to share food and fellowship, laughter and tears.  I'll be there — I hope you will be, too.

As we look forward to Sunday, I ask you to keep Pastor Randy and Choice in your prayers.  I trust that this community will keep on finding ways to offer support and encouragement to them as 2015 unfolds.  Our gathering next Sunday will be an important time for all of us.  May God bless our words with love and our deeds with grace as we gather to worship, to give thanks, to begin anew.

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Lessons for Sunday, January 29th
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm 62:5-12
Mark 1:14-20


Wednesday   10:00 am Bible Study
                      6:00 pm Worship Meeting
                      7:00 pm  SOV Choir Rehearsal
                      8:00 pm SOV Band Rehearsal

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

Saturday        10:00 am  SOV Choir Rehearsal

Sunday          One Service at 10:00 am
                      Celebration of service honoring Pastor Randy

                     * nursery care will be available for kindergarten age and younger, please drop off and pick up your child from downstairs.  

Friday, January 16, 2015

Celebration of Service for Pastor Randy

In celebration of Pastor Randy's service as minister of word to SOV we will be honoring Pastor Randy and Choice on Sunday, January 25th.

Sunday, January 25th
One Service at 10:00am
Reception will follow

We are collecting monetary funds for his Appreciation Gift.

Please mark your donation "Pastor Randy's gift" and place it in the church offering, or
drop it by the church office or mail it to SOV at 17625 NW Cornell Road, Beaverton, Or 97006.

Thank you!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Pastor's Wednesday Messages

from Pastor Brian

This week I'm grieving as I ponder Pastor Randy's resignation.  I have grown to like and admire Pastor Randy.  I'm sorry to know that despite his great efforts to heal, get stronger, and resume regular duties, he won't be able to carry on as the pastoral leader guiding ministry and mission at Shepherd of the Valley.  I pray that God will provide the ways and means and supportive friends he needs to make a much fuller recovery in months and years to come.

Our worship next Sunday will be a time to reflect on this news and to be mindful of God's ongoing care for us.  Pastor Susan Kintner, Assistant to Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke, will preach at both services.  She will also give a short talk and answer questions at a Town Hall meeting between services.  Her words will help us grieve the ending of Pastor Randy's service with SOV.  Pastor Kintner will also provide information about what SOV can expect as our transitional process moves forward.

One part of that transitional process will be me.  I will be serving as the Interim Pastor.  I have previously done three interim pastorates – two in Chicago, one in Portland.  So I have a pretty good idea of what SOV will need to accomplish as we anticipate calling another pastor.  I am glad to be with you.  I believe I can serve well as your Interim Pastor.  I look forward to the good work we will do together as SOV starts writing the next chapter of its story with God.

This is not what I was expecting when I began walking with you on Palm Sunday last year.  I thought that by now, you'd be saying good-bye to me and welcoming Pastor Randy back to full-time ministry.  But God's ways are not our ways.  Time and again, we turn toward the mystery of God's love, hoping to say 'yes' to God's call and follow where Jesus leads.  May God bless us as we walk side by side. 

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From Pastor Randy

"A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots"   Isaiah 11:1

It is this verse that introduces the Jesse Tree, a great devotion to use during the season of Advent. It can point us toward our rich heritage and the many spiritual leaders that have gone before us and continue to speak to us if we but pay attention.

There are many shoots visible to us now. Regardless of how many springs I have seen the green shoots continue to offer surprise and hope. No matter how many grey, cold and seemingly lifeless days pass there they suddenly are. They hold the promise of many colors in a matter of weeks. The iris and daffodils, I cant remember for sure what color is where, so the surprise is increased. Even the roses, cut back so severely, show where they new branches will be. Such grand promise and beauty where there seemed to be nothing.  Consider these words credited to James Thurber. "Let us not, look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness."

In Praise of the Creator,

 Pastor Randy

Lessons for Sunday, January 18, 2015
1 Samuel 3:1-10
Psalm 139:1-5, 13-18
John 1:43-51


Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study with Pastor Randy
                    7:00 - 8:00 p SOV Choir rehearsal
                    8:00 - 9:00 p SOV Band rehearsal

Thursday     10:00 a LLL
                    7:00 p SOV council meeting

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

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

Sunday       8:30 & 11:00 Worship (Guest Pastor; Pastor Susan Kintner)
                   10:00 am Town Hall Meeting
                   Scrip Sunday

January Family Fun event at Wonderland Arcade
Where: 173 Northwest Corridor Court, Beaverton, OR 97006
Date: 1/19
Time: 11:00am
Join us for family fun time at 11:00am on MLK day. Please bring your own money for games and food.

(help support our youth group attend the ELCA national convention in Detroit)
Fundraising at Happy Panda
Sunday, January 25th  11:30 a - 9:30 pm
185th & Evergreen location

Prayer Request
Please continue to keep Rudy and Aggie in your prayers.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Pastor's Wednesday Messages

from Pastor Brian 

Today, year's end, I wonder at the turning of time, the Earth rounding a solstice curve in its yearly swing around the sun, our blue dot home spinning night and day through deep heaven.  I marvel at scripture's word saying that God plans for the fullness of time, so all things come together at the right time in Christ.  I am grateful for God's gift of time to me, so I can grow to know God, love God and neighbor, and grow in holiness by God's grace.

Time, its evanescence and fullness, is a treasure and deep mystery of God's creation.  Time is blessed, and deserves a blessing as we end one year and begin a new year tomorrow.  So I want to share a blessing of time that comes from the Celtic Order of St. Columba.  May their words console and inspire us as we welcome 2015 and thank God for the gift of time. 

A Blessing on Time in the New Year

Lord, You who live outside of time,
and reside in the imperishable moment,
we ask Your blessing this New Year's Eve
upon Your gift to us of time.
Bless our clocks and watches,
You who kindly direct us to observe the
passing of minutes and hours.
May they make us aware of the miracle
of each second of life we experience.
May these our ticking servants
help us not to miss that which is important,
while You keep us from machine-like routine.
May we ever be free from being clock watchers
and instead become people who journey through time.
Bless our calendars,
these ordered lists of days, weeks and
 months, of holidays, holydays, fasts and feasts —
all our special days of remembering.
May these servants, our calendars, once reserved for the royal few,
for magi and pyramid priests, now grace our homes and our lives.

May they remind us of birthdays and other gift-days, as they teach
us the secret that all life is meant for celebration and contemplation.

Bless, Lord, this new year, each of its 365 days and nights.
Bless us with new moons and full moons.
Bless us with happy seasons and a long life.
Grant to us, Lord, the new year's gift of a year of love.  Amen.


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From Pastor Randy

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven"     Ecclesiastes 3:1

          Time is something that is pretty important to most of us.  Our culture pays a great deal of attention to time.  We may have schedules figured out down to the minute.  Not so everywhere in the world.  We are still in the midst of a season that never seems to have enough time.  In our family we have many Christmas traditions, but there was not enough time to fulfill them all.  If what the Preacher in Ecclesiastes says is to be true for us we may have to change some priorities, or a change how we look at time may help.  Makes me think of the sign I have seen at a service station on Martin Luther King Blvd. that says, "We guarantee fast service, however long it takes."

May your time be blessed and used well!

Happy New Year!

Pastor Randy  

Lessons for Sunday, January 4th,  Epiphany of Our Lord
Isaiah 50:1-6
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12


Thursday   Happy New Year!  Offices closed

Friday        Limited office hours, call ahead

Saturday   10:00 - 11:30 a SOV Choir and Band rehearsal

Sunday      Worship at 8:30 & 11:00 am  Healing Service

Looking ahead
January 6th,  6:00 pm  Ladies Dinner at Chevy's Fresh Mex in Tanasbourne
January 8th,  6:30 pm   Men's Night at Cruise In Country Diner in Hillsboro