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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.