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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Pastor's Wednesday Message

We did a couple surveys at SOV over the summer.  In June we took the Congregational Vitality Survey.  Pastor Mike Keys did presentation on the results of that survey on August 2.  It was well received.  The Council is now following up by planning a workshop with Pastor Keys on October 25.

That survey was part of a study being conducted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), which is the national church body to which SOV belongs.  But we did our own survey about a month after that first one. This second survey is called the "SOV Site Profile Survey." You'll be getting a report about that second survey soon, so let me refresh your memory about why we're doing this.

In the "Site Profile Survey," the Transition Task Force (TTF) took some questions out of the "Ministry Site Profile," which is a standard ELCA form we will complete as part of the Call Process.  The MSP, once completed, will tell synod officials and prospective pastors a lot about SOV.  You might consider it SOV's résumé.  The questions we asked in the "Site Profile Survey" have to do with the skills, tasks, and characteristics SOV believes it needs in its new pastor.  Your answers to these questions are very helpful in guiding the TTF as it completes those sections of the MSP.

This week, you should receive the TTF's report about those survey results.  Most of you will get it by email; some by surface mail.  Either way, I ask you to read the report and give it careful thought as you prepare for the Town Hall meeting to be held on October 4.  At that Town Hall meeting we will have a public congregational discussion about the skills, tasks, and characteristics that you believe SOV needs in its new pastor.  You will be informed both by your own opinions and by the opinions of other SOV folks as they're reflected in the survey report.  You'll also see some questions included in the TTF's report to help you focus on a few areas where the survey results are a little hard to understand.  Through conversation together, we trust that understanding will emerge. 

These questions are important, so our congregational discussion about them is important.  I urge you to attend the Town Hall meeting on October 4.  The answers we give to these questions about what's desired in our new pastor will have a big influence in the process of interviewing and choosing the next pastor.  So please join in this important process of congregational discussion and discernment. 

On October 4, we'll have only one worship service, beginning at 10:00 a.m. We hope to start the Town Hall meeting before 11:30 a.m. and be done by 1:00 p.m., though we will go later if the conversation needs to go longer.  May God bless us in this important work.

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Lessons for Sunday, September 27th
Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
James 5:13-20
Mark 9:38-50


Wednesday  10:00 a Bible Study with Pastor Brian
                    7:00 - 8:30 pm SOV Choir rehearsal

Thursday     12:00 pm All Church Luncheon
                    5:45 pm TTF meeting

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

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

Sunday         8:30 & 11:00 a worship

October is Kitchen Shower Month
Fellowship and property management are in need of items to stock their pantries: paper towels; kitchen rolls and bathroom dispenser towels, toilet paper, vanity fair napkins   - lunch size, air wick or Glade air fresheners and sprays, Dawn liquid dish washing soap, 16-32 oz liquid coffee creamers, crystal light dry juice mixes, regular coffee, glad Ziploc bags, quart and gallon size

Looking ahead

Ladies Dinner
Tuesday, October 6th
6:00 pm
Copper River Restaurant

Men's Night
(new night during football season)
Wednesday, October 7th
6:30 pm
Lil' Cooperstown

October Scrip Sunday's
October 4th
October 18th