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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pastor's Wednesday Message

The Church Council asked me to write this message about money.  Seems that giving is down over $11,000 compared to budget for the first quarter.  Considering we're not a big church, that's a big hit on SOV's ability to carry out its mission.  So here's some frank talk from the pastor about your offerings of money and the future of SOV.

What's up with this deficit?  You, my friends, probably know better than I why this money is not showing up in regular giving.  But let me hazard some guesses.  First, there might be a good reason.  We've experienced a lot of generosity in giving for special purposes.  It turns out that money we've received as gifts for Pastor Randy plus money we've received as gifts for the Youth Group's trip to the nationwide Youth Gathering approximately equals the deficit in our regular giving.  Thank you for all your generosity to Pastor Randy and to the Youth Group!  But special gifts like these must be given in addition to regular giving, not in place of it.  Otherwise, we run into problems trying to carry out the ministry and mission we endorsed when we passed the budget a couple months ago.  Please review how you've allocated your giving over the past three months.  If you have redirected regular giving to special gifts, please consider how you might increase regular giving to help SOV make up the deficit.

Is there another reason for the deficit?  I'm being speculative, but it's not unusual for some people to decrease or withdraw their giving during an interim period.  They're not sure they'll want to support the church's direction under a new pastor.  So they wait to see how things develop before they recommit.  Similarly, some people decrease or withdraw giving because they do not like what is happening during the interim period.  In both instances, these folks may absent themselves from regular attendance at worship and participation in holy communion.  The result of both is the same: the church is weakened.  What is well-intended as an act of conscience turns out to harm the very institution they love.  This is not a good way to go.

SOV is a community of Jesus' disciples.  Its future is open.  It lives by the Word of God and the breath of the Holy Spirit.  I encourage you to put your words, your breath, your spirit into SOV at this crucial time.  Keep its future open by opening your checkbook.  If you love SOV, help it to live.  If you are unsure how SOV will shape up, now is the time to shape its future in a way that makes sense to you.  And you do that by engaging, not by disengaging.  The Transition Task Force will offer many opportunities for you to make your voice heard.  If we speak and listen to one another, we will forge a future for SOV responsive to our deepest needs and to our highest aspirations for this church.  Please join me in determining the future of SOV.   Bring your presence, your passion, your voice, and yes, your money.  Together, we will give SOV a future to be proud of.  And that's a good way to go.

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Lessons for Sunday, April 26th
1 John 3:16-24
Psalm 23
John 10:11-18


Wednesday    10:00 a Bible Study
                       7:00 p SOV Choir rehearsal
                       8:00 p SOV Band rehearsal

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

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

May 2, 5:30 PM
A wedding shower party for Alan Sugiyama and his fiancée Kim Ulrich will be held at SOV on May 2 at 5:30 PM. This will be a congregational potluck dinner party to introduce Kim to Alan's SOV family. Gifts are optional. We will provide information where they are registered but gifts are optional.

Memorial Service for Rudy Wagenmann
May 16th,  2:00 pm
If you have a special memory or story of Rudy please let Terry or Tammy know of it.
Thank you.

Everyone in the SOV family is cordially invited to attend the 25th wedding vow renewal of Les and Cyndi Peterson at 4 p.m. followed by an annual SOV picnic - reception. The picnic will be a catered event and more information will be forthcoming - there will be fun and games galore for the whole family so mark your calendars and plan to attend.