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Friday, July 31, 2015

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Maybe you remember the old "Family Feud" TV game show. Two families compete to name the most popular responses to survey questions from various national polls.  The host poses a question; family members respond with their best guess. Then the host announces the actual answer with the words:

"Survey says…".

What do you think are the top priorities for the tasks and skills in a new pastor for SOV?  We just got done taking a survey to measure your responses to such questions.  I'm not sure what your actual answers were, but if I were competing on a game show I'd guess "youth and family ministry" is somewhere near the top. This Sunday you'll have a chance to see our youth ministry in action.  The teens we sent to the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit are making a presentation between the two worship services.  It will start at 9:45 a.m. and wrap up before the 10:30 worship service.  If youth and family ministry is a priority for you, then you should attend this youth group presentation.  They'll have some great stories to tell and I'm sure they'll be very grateful for your presence and support.I had a chance to talk with one of the teens last Sunday.  The stories I heard about the Youth Gathering were impressive.  I felt moved by the passion and conviction this person put into those stories.  It's often said "the youth are the future of the church."  Actually, youth are also the present of the church.  They have voices, opinions, aspirations they'd like you to hear.  And act on.  With them.  Will you listen to what they have to say? You don't have to guess what sort of experience our Youth Group members had at the national gathering in Detroit.  Come to the presentation on August 2 to hear their stories about what they did and what it meant for them.  Then, let's think about how we can work as partners together with our youth to do God's work with our hands.

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Wednesday  10:00 am   Bible study

Thursday     12:00 pm  All Church Luncheon (summer salads)

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

Saturday     10:00 - 11:30 am  SOV Choir rehearsal
                   12:00 - 1:30 pm   The Tabor Studio
                    Painting KOK, if you would like to help please contact Peggy V, or arrive at 11:30

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 am Worship
                    9:45 am Youth Group presentation on ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit
                    12:00 pm  Mike Keys will share with SOV our recent Vitality Survey results, Survey Says...

"Americana Theme", wear your Red, White and Blue
Mert would like to attend the luncheon this Thursday, July 30th  if someone is available to provide transportation please be in touch with her.

Youth Group will be presenting a slide show and short presentation on their recent trip to Detroit to the ELCA Youth Gathering
Please join us this Sunday, August 2 at 9:45 am

Town Hall Meeting — Vitality Survey
Sunday August 2, 12:00 noon
We got the report on the Congregational Vitality Survey we took in June.  Pastor Mike Keys of the Oregon Synod staff will join us on August 2 to help us understand the results and learn how they can help us energize SOV for mission.  Pastor Keys, the synod's Director for Evangelical Mission, has helped over 40 congregations use this survey.  His presentation will start around noon and last for about 50 minutes.  Q&A will follow.  The event will wrap up before 1:30 p.m.  Sandwiches and beverages will be provided by the Transition Task Force, which is sponsoring this event.  Please attend — your presence and partnership are important.

Have you noticed the church grounds?
pruning, weeding and new bark chips have been transforming our church grounds. This has been accomplished by volunteers and donations. If you would like to donate the cost of bark chips or provide bark chips and/or spread bark chips please respond to this email or be in touch with Peggy. We would love to complete the landscaping improvement/cleanup project this summer. Thank you to all those who have given of their time and donations.

Scrip Sunday
August 2nd

Friday, July 24, 2015

Join me Aug. 6 for a conversation

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

The hard but undeniable fact of deeply embedded racism in American society has come to the fore in painful ways this past year through high-profile occurrences of racial discrimination, hatred and violence – including racially motivated killings. As Lutheran Christians, what should be our response and witness? As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, how are we called to confront the sin of racism?

We need to talk and we need to listen, but we also need to act. As one important step in this process, I invite you to join me and William B. Horne II, an ELCA lay leader and member of the ELCA Church Council, for a live webcast conversation on the complexity and implications of racism on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 8 p.m. (CDT).

Through our church's social statement – "Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture" – the ELCA collectively has expressed its calling to confront racism and advocate for justice and fairness for all people. You can read this social statement here. In addition, I have made several public statements on behalf of the church recently on this subject. Those statements are available here.

God's intention for all humanity is that we see the intrinsic worth, dignity and value of all people. Racism undermines the promise of community and fractures authentic relationships with one another. As Christians, though, we live in the conviction that the church has been gathered together in the joyful freedom of the reign of God announced by and embodied in Jesus. That reign has not come in its fullness, but the message of God's "yes" to the world breaks down all dividing walls as we live into that promise.

I urge you to deepen your involvement in and commitment to this important work to which we all are called. I believe our live webcast on this topic on Aug. 6 is one useful way for us to pursue this together, and I hope you will view and take part in it.

You may read more about this webcast at www.ELCA.org/webcast, where a link to the live webcast will be embedded. A live stream also will be available at www.Facebook.com/Lutherans. Twitter hashtag is #ELCAConfrontRacism. If you would like to submit a question to be considered during the live webcast, please send it to livinglutheran@elca.org and provide your name and your congregation's name, city and state.

Join me for this important conversation.

Your Sister in Christ,

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Last Detroit update; Attack of the Mosquitos

I can't believe this is our last update. This week has flown by and been filled with amazing experiences and memories we will not soon forget.

Yesterday we boarded the bus and headed out to our service project, cleaning up a 100 square block area of Detroit's west side. We cleared abandoned houses, backyards full of mattresses and garbage, garages, and much more. Our kids jumped in and worked HARD, never complained and truly demonstrated team work. We were able to talk to some locals in the neighborhood that were so grateful that we were there and helping their city. The local news wrote about it if you want to read more http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2015/07/16/detroit-blight-removal-project/30232985/

After getting back into downtown we had dinner at a local pub, where our server told us that our presence in the city and influx in business made it possible for him to get ahead and pay his bills for the first time in months. We love hearing from locals that they appreciate us being here and that we are truly making a difference. 

We ended the night at Ford Field with speakers Rozella White and Marian Wright Edelman who spoke messages that resonated deeply with our kids. We also were treated to a concert from Skillet, a new favorite band for us! 

This morning we went to worship at Ford Filed where service was lead by Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, if only we could worship every Sunday in a room with 30,000 of our friends!! 

We want to thank you all again for your support and prayers that got us here. It has been an experience that we are so grateful for and have memories that will last a lifetime. 

Now for Houston 2018!!!

SOV youth

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Many good things are happening at SOV now.  The Youth Group members we blessed and sent to the ELCA National Youth Gathering have returned.  Plans are afoot to have those Youth Group members do a presentation for us.  The Transition Task Force is conducting small group conversations about mission priorities for a new pastor.  It's also offering an online survey asking for your input on tasks and skills needed in the new pastor.  And on August 2 after the late worship service, we'll welcome Pastor Mike Keys from the Oregon Synod staff to help us discuss results from the Congregational Vitality Survey we took last month.

All this is good.  But something even better is coming this Sunday, July 26.  At the late worship service, Claire Anderson will be baptized.  Claire's parents, Mark and Deirdre, will bring her to worship, stand by her, hold her and bless her as she is baptized.  They'll make promises on her behalf to raise her in the Christian faith.  So will we.  Because, as the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child.

Like all baptisms, Claire's will be a joyous event.  This is so not only because Claire and her parents receive the affirmation of their church family.  It's mainly because Claire will receive the ultimate affirmation: the promise of God's steadfast good favor and the blessing of communion with Christ.  Here's how the baptismal rite will say it on Sunday:

In Holy Baptism our gracious God liberates us from sin and death by joining us to the death and resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ.  In the waters of Baptism we are reborn with Christ as children of God, given renewal of life, and made inheritors of eternal life.  Baptism unites us with the Body of Christ across the globe and with the Communion of Saints throughout the ages.  At our baptisms we are also anointed with the Holy Spirit, filled with living hope, and sent out in mission so that God may bless all peoples and all the creatures of the Earth through us.

These are big dreams for such a small girl.  But with God, all things are possible.  May Claire emerge from the waters of baptism to walk the paths of righteousness.  May she always live that baptismal calling blessed by God's love, guided by Christ's wisdom, and fulfilled with the Holy Spirit's joy.

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Lessons for Sunday, July 26th
2 Kings 4:42-44
Ephesians 3:14-21
John 6:1-15


Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study

Thursday      5:45 p TTF Meeting

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

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

Sunday         8:30 & 10:30 a Worship
                     10:30 a Baptism of Claire Bernice Anderson
                     4:30 - 6:00 pm Confirmation Meeting


Town Hall Meeting — Vitality Survey
Sunday August 2, 12:00 noon

We got the report on the Congregational Vitality Survey we took in June.  Pastor Mike Keys of the Oregon Synod staff will join us on August 2 to help us understand the results and learn how they can help us energize SOV for mission.  Pastor Keys, the synod's Director for Evangelical Mission, has helped over 40 congregations use this survey.  His presentation will start around noon and last for about 50 minutes.  Q&A will follow.  The event will wrap up before 1:30 p.m.  Sandwiches and beverages will be provided by the Transition Task Force, which is sponsoring this event.  Please attend — your presence and partnership are important.

Confirmation Meeting for 2015/2016 Confirmation year
Sunday, July 26th
4:30 - 6:00 pm

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Rise Up!.... SOV youth group

RISE UP is the theme for the week and we are seeing that demonstrated all around us in Detroit. Last night we heard some powerful speakers at Ford Field and danced to some awesome music. We wish you all could be here to witness it with us, and can't wait to share it with you when we get back!

This morning we went to worship lead by Agape and Rachel Kurtz, a room of 1,000 teenagers worshiping together is a sight to see and the energy is indescribable.
We are in heart plaza right now waiting to launch for our service project. It's a sea of orange shirts and it's awesome!

Talk to you again soon.


SOV Youth Group

SOV youth group... Daily update

Greetings from Detroit!

We are all still alive and well!

Yesterday we ended our day at Ford Field were we had the opportunity to participate in mass cast, which was an awesome experience!

Today we are at Cobo Center where the theme is 'building bridges'. There are many activities around the building and chances to interact other youth.

Our kids are doing awesome and we are so proud of their great attitudes and behavior, they are truly taking advantage of this opportunity and gaining so much from this trip.

Tomorrow is our service day and we are anxious to find out what project we will get to help with!

Thank you again for your support and prayers from back home!!

SOV youth

SOV youth group... Day 2

One down three to go! We had a fun and successful day one, we got into downtown last night and had dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe and then headed over to Ford Field for opening night. As Mitch put it, Ford Field isn't THAT much bigger than the Rose Garden (said with extreme sarcasm)!

We listened to some great music and heard from Dr. Luke A. Powery, who the kids found to be incredibly powerful and his message they were able to relate to on a number of levels.

Day 2
We started early, leaving our hotel at 7:15am and getting into the city and hit the ground running! A quick breakfast and a walk along the waterfront to Cobo center and now we will be heading over to Ford Field.

Thank you for all the prayers and support from back home!

SOV Youth

Thursday, July 16, 2015

SOV Youth Group in Detroit... Day 1

We made it to Detroit at 6am today (3am Oregon time) found our way to our hotel and got in a much needed NAP!

We will be heading into downtown shortly for dinner and opening night at Ford Field. We will update you again soon!!

SOV youth grou​p​

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Sometimes I get phone calls from people wanting me to take a survey.  I always refuse.  I'm never sure who's asking the questions and what they're going to do with the information they get out of me.  But sometimes surveys are good and useful.  I want to recommend one to you.  Here's the scoop. Yesterday the Transition Task Force sent out an email to the SOV list with a link to a congregational questionnaire.  It's mostly about the tasks and skills desired in the new pastor.  I earnestly hope you'll click the link and take the survey.

There are three main sections.  The first asks you to rate statements that describe SOV.  The second asks about the relative importance of certain ministry tasks ordained pastors typically carry out.  The third asks what importance you attach to various typical skills for ordained ministers .These are important questions.  They closely follow similar sets of questions in the Ministry Site Profile (MSP).  That document will represent SOV to pastoral candidates and to synod officials who will pick the slate of candidates for our Call Committee to interview.  Your answers to these questions will be very helpful for Transition Task Force members drafting the MSP.  Your answers here will largely determine how these key sections appear in the final draft of the MSP.

When I'm participating in call processes with other congregations, these sections are among the first I look at when I'm trying to decide whether I want to interview with them.  If I like what I see in these three sections, then I look more closely at the rest of the document.  For me, these sections provide a quick summary that tells a great deal about a congregation.

So, these questions are really important.  I hope you will look at the questions, thoughtfully consider, then give your best answers.  Your partnership in this questionnaire will be a huge help for the Call

Committee in finding the pastor that SOV really wants and needs.

And that's a good thing, right?  So click the link and have at it!

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Lessons for Sunday, July 19th
2 Samuel 7:1-14a
Ephesians 2:11-22
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56


Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study with Pastor Brian
                      Safe travels to SOV's 8 youth and 2 leaders in Detroit

Thursday      10:00 a LLL

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

Saturday       2:00 - 4:00 pm Baby Shower x2
                      Carla is expecting a baby boy
                      Rachael is expecting a baby girl
                      RSVP is helpful but not required

TTF Small Group Meetings
If you haven't attended one there is still time.
Your input is important to SOV in defining who we are as a congregation and what kind of pastor would best serve SOV.
July 15, 7:00 pm contact Scott & Judith
July 19, following 8:30 worship contact Tom
July 19, following 10:00 worship contact Tom
July 21, 1:00 pm contact Linnea
July 22, 7:00 pm contact Linnea

Packed with Love – managed by Love Inc. Beaverton needs our support to help reach the goal of providing school supplies to 1,000 local middle and high school children.

The Social Concerns Committee will be sending a group of pre-registered committee members on August 8th to directly REACH OUT and help with the back pack assembly and pick-up event at Aloha High School.

We are asking you to REACH IN and consider donating money to help us collect funds.  Your contribution will help purchase needed items, and will also help offset the newly required $5 per child receiving a back pack registration fee.

JULY is the month to collect money as by early August it's go time!!!

Make checks to SOV, and in the memo line put "Packed with Love"  Social Concerns.

We all REACH UP with prayers of thanks!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Participate in the Detroit Gathering

The SOV youth group invites you to participate in the Gathering. Click on the link http://www.elca.org/gathering to watch nightly from 6:00-7:30pm. This is the main stage event and there will be music performances as well as talks (like TeD talks). I highly suggest watching Thursday night because you will most likely see us =) We will be sending out daily reports and pictures about what we are doing as well. Thank you again for all of your support and prayers. We are excited to leave tonight!

Stacey and Caitlin

You're invited

Twice the blessings...Twice the love,
      Two new babies sent from above...
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​Please join us for a baby showering honoring
          Carla expecting a baby boy 
       Rachael expecting a baby girl​
Saturday, July 18th
     2:00 - 4:00 pm
   at Shepherd of the Valley 

This is a family event, all are invited to attend.

If you plan to attend please let Tammy (Secretary) or Diane know as it is helpful in planning. RSVP is not required.

Did you know?

Bob McIntyre and group in Concert

Mark Your Calendars
August 5th
7:00 pm
St Matthews Lutheran Church


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Something unusual will happen this Sunday.  We'll be sending people away from SOV. No, this isn't a disciplinary action.  Youth Group members are going to the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit, Michigan.  They'll fly from PDX on July 13.  But we'll send them from SOV with prayers and blessings at both worship services on July 12 — end of the first service, beginning of the second.

I hope you will make a special effort to attend worship this Sunday so you can support the Youth Group with your presence, prayers, and affirmation.  Here's an overview of what awaits in Detroit:

Rise Up Together — ELCA Youth Gathering 2015

We are a church energized by lively engagement in faith and life.  Daily programs are the heart of the gathering.  Through these activities, youth and adult leaders are inspired to grow in their faith.

There are five major components to the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering daily programming.

Each day, youth, volunteers, and Adult Leaders will gather in Ford Field to hear the day's Scripture text articulated by engaging speakers and Christian musicians, as well as stimulating video and interpretive dance.

During the middle of the day, congregational groups will participate in a three-day activity rotation that includes a day of service in the Detroit metropolitan area (Proclaim Justice Day), a day of exploratory learning with other groups from their synod (Proclaim Story Day), and a day of interactive learning in the Convention Center (Proclaim Community Day). 

The fifth program component is called Community Life, which takes place in various venues, including some hotels. The Community Life activities include dances, game rooms, prayer stations, and an activity called Final 15. The Final 15 was introduced at the 2006 ELCA Youth Gathering in San Antonio, and has been a program staple ever since. It is a 15-minute time period where everyone at the Gathering, regardless of where they are located, stops to pray and reflect on the Scripture of the day.

The Gathering concludes with Eucharist on Sunday morning, at which Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will preach.

I could tell you all about the great activities and outstanding speakers our kids will encounter, but that would take a much longer letter.  It's sufficient to say our kids will be powerfully blessed by the Holy Spirit at the Gathering.  Let's send them off with a powerful blessing at worship on Sunday.  Please come to give them the power of your blessing personally!

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Wednesday  10:00 am Bible Study with Pastor Brian

Thursday     10:00 pm LLL
                    7:00 pm Council Meeting

Friday         11:00 am Splash Day at Magnolia Park
                                     Bring a picnic
                   1:00 -9:00 pm Palmeter Piano Studio

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

Be sure to sign up to attend a TTF Small group meeting to voice your cares and concerns of SOV. Sign up sheets are located in the narthex.

Saturday, July 18th,  2-4 pm
Joint Baby Shower for Carla and Rachael
Carla is expecting a baby boy
Rachael is expecting a baby girl
This a a family event, all are invited to attend.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Last Sunday, I and Rachael Snow (Chair of Parish Education) met with parents and teens who will be part of the Confirmation program in the coming year.  The purpose was to discuss the shape of the program, and also to find a schedule that would fit the varying needs of families involved.  Talking about these things got complicated.  It's important to explore the reasons why.

The program Rachael and I proposed is broader than years past.  Three parts, we said, make a whole Confirmation program: didactic learning (Bible & doctrine); fun & fellowship; and service projects.  Parents and students felt fine about those three areas.  The trick was to find times when students are available to do those things.  The devil is in these details.

We talked for a long time about how to make this work.  We explored the students' schedules: school, participation in sports teams, other programs (like Boy Scouts), vacation time, etc.  We couldn't find any days and times that would work consistently for all of the four families involved.  After half an hour or so, I wondered if we were going to find a solution to the challenge of how busy lives and church commitments fit together.  I asked, "Do we still need Christian Education for our children?  Is it more trouble than it's worth?  Should we just let it go?"  Parents quickly affirmed that a Confirmation program is valuable and necessary.  But that didn't get us any closer to finding a workable schedule.

Finally, an idea came: we should do Confirmation instruction during the summer.  After sorting through several obstacles, we agreed to try meeting on Sunday evenings, 4:30-6:00 p.m.  We'll begin on July 26, which is the only day we were able to agree on so far.  Before that date arrives, we're going to compare schedules and see what we can come up with for August and beyond.

The challenges we encountered aren't unique to the Confirmation program.  They're a symptom of a sea change in American culture.  A dizzying array of options is available for investing ourselves in meaningful activities.  With so many good things to do, families naturally find ways to create meaning and value that have little to do with the life of the church.  I do not mean to imply that these other options are ungodly.  But we satisfy our spiritual hunger relatively less through the church now than we did a generation ago.  Likewise, the church receives relatively less of our time, energy, and money. The same was true of the previous generation compared to its forebears.  Where is this trend headed?

We face challenging questions: Will there be a Church for the next generation?  Do we still need the Christian Church?  Is it more trouble than it's worth?  Should we just let it go?  Answers to these questions lie not in what we say but in what we do.  The history books will record our actual answers.

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Lessons for Sunday, July 5th
2 Samuel 5:1-10
2 Corinthians 12:2-10
Mark 6:1-13


Wednesday 10:00 a Bible Study

Thursday     6:30 p Men's Night at Lil' Cooperstown

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

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

Sunday       8:30 & 10:30 a Worship
                   Scrip Sunday

Ladies Dinner
Tuesday, July 7th, 6:00 pm
McGrath's Fish House
Please RSVP to Deann

Family Splash Day
Friday, July 10th 11:00am
Magnolia Park 1810 NW 192nd Ave
(behind The Springs Retirement Home, Peets Coffee and Whole foods)

Baby Shower X2
Saturday, July 18th 2:00 - 4:00 pm
For Carla, due July 21st, she is having a baby boy.
For Rachael, due September 14th, she is having a baby girl.
All are invited.

Love INC's Packed with Love Backpack Project
Donations are now being accepted to purchase school supplies and off set the newly required $5 registration fee for Washington County school age children in need of back packs and school supplies for the 2015/2016 school year. Please mark your donations "back pack project". Thank you for your Support. Donations will be accepted the entire month of July.

July Newsletter is now available
(Please note changes; No Wednesday Choir practice for the month of July, Prayers Shawl is not meeting in July)