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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Wednesday Message

We are a storied people.  We dwell in stories.  We tell our children stories so they grow up right, knowing who they are and how to live.  We have family stories, stories from the town where we grew up, stories of the adventures, crises, and triumphs that have made us who we are.  These are stories we share when we want someone to be close to us, when we want to share who we really are.

God knows we live in stories.  That's why the Bible is, mostly, stories.  It teaches us about the God we can't see by telling us stories about traces of God we can see.  So the old hymn goes, "I love to tell the story / of unseen things above, / of Jesus and his glory, / of Jesus and his love. / I love to tell the story, / because I know it's true; / it satisfies my longings / as nothing else can do."

SOV has stories, too.  We become part of this people by sharing the stories of generations of saints in this place, what they have loved, risked, offered, accomplished.  Living in this community of faith means knowing its stories, telling its stories.  SOV is a living river of faith fed by the streams of stories told and heard by our friends, our children, our selves.  We tell our stories of faith and church when we want to share who we really are with God.

This Sunday, May 31, we're having a "Heritage Discussion."  It's storytelling time.  The Transition Task Force is sponsoring this event to help us prepare to call a new pastor.  We prepare for the future by honoring the past.  And we honor the past by telling our stories.  Stories about former pastors, stories about the great or tragic things that happened while those pastors were here.  Stories about saints who labored and stumbled and succeeded in bringing this faith community to where it is today.  Doing so, we help ourselves to know where we want to go from here.

Please come this Sunday to share your stories.  We begin worship at 10:00.  When worship is done, we'll set out food and drink, then start the storytelling.  I'll facilitate the conversation but you'll be the storytellers.  Please join the conversation and help us honor SOV's heritage.  We'll all be richer for it, stronger in faith, better prepared to live into the story God is telling, the never-ending story of Jesus and his love.

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Lessons for May 31, 2015
Isaiah 6:1-8
Romans 8:12-17
John 3:1-17


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

Thursday     12:00 p All Church Luncheon and 80 and over birthday luncheon
                     5:45 p  TTF meeting

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

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

One worship Sunday at 10:00 am
Followed by TTF Heritage Discussion (lunch will be provided)

Please join us and learn about SOV's history, hear the stories of how SOV came to be, the founding pastor and the preceding ones. Did you know we still have founding members in attendance today? and even more members that joined shortly after... we invite you to share information that has happened throughout your membership at SOV.

SOV Annual Picnic and Wedding Vow Renewal
June 14, 2015
4:00 pm

SOV is cordially invited to attend the 25th wedding vow renewal of Les and Cyndi Peterson, following the ceremony the SOV annual picnic/reception will take place. This is a catered event. Please RSVP this event, there is a sign up sheet located in the Narthex.

There will be fun and games galore for the whole family.