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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Earlier today I informed members and friends of SOV that two elected officers of this congregation have decided to resign from the Church Council.  You probably have read their letters of resignation.  Here, I want to comment on this news.  My first response is sorrow.  Lynn and Elaine have given a great deal of themselves to the work of ministry at SOV.  They are extraordinarily capable people and faithful servants of God.  I will dearly miss their partnership in ministry.  I also feel sad for SOV.  The resignation of these two good and faithful leaders means that this congregation must undergo yet another challenging transition at a time when we are already seeking a new Pastor and searching for a permanent Director of Music.  Undergoing multiple transitions at once is hard.  I feel sad for the people of God at SOV who have endured so many misfortunes with leadership, and now have to discover even greater resources for resilience and adaptation to the challenges God is setting before us.  God is good.  All the time.  But sometimes following God's way is not easy.  This is one of those times.  I trust that God will provide what we need to find a good way forward in this time of trial.

Lynn and Elaine noted some important issues as reasons for their resignations.  They are far from the only members of SOV to express their concerns about such matters to me.  These issues are serious, systemic, deeply rooted at SOV.  I've been trying to address them in my ministry; I will continue to do so.  I will gladly work on these issues with all people of good will at SOV who want to bring about healing and carry out God's mission in a respectful way that builds up the body of Christ in this place.

Fortunately, this coming Sunday, October 25, the Church Council and Transition Task Force members will be meeting with Pastor Mike Keys of the Oregon Synod staff.  This workshop will follow up on the presentation Pastor Keys did at SOV on August 2, where he interpreted results of the Congregational Vitality Survey we did earlier in the summer.  The aim of this workshop is to help SOV build capacity for mission.  We've certainly got our work cut out for us.  This workshop will offer a great opportunity for SOV's leaders to talk about what is going on and to discover how to respond faithfully.  May God's Living Word, Jesus Christ, guide us as we talk, discern, and strive toward the good future we believe God has in store for us.

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Lessons for October 25th
Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Philippians 4:4-7, 12-13
Luke 19:1-10


Wednesday   9:00 - 1:00 p  KOK Preschool
                    10:00 a   Bible Study

Thursday      9:00 - 1:00 p   KOK Preschool
Friday           9:00 - 12:00 p  KOK Preschool
                     1:00 - 9:00 p    Palmeter Piano Studio

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

Sunday          8:30 & 11:00 a   Worship Services, Reformation Sunday
                                              New Member Sunday
                      9:45 a    Youth Sunday school for all ages
                      10:00 a   Adult Education; guest speaker Jacob Tabor presenting a water-related development project he recently worked on in Ghana.

KOK Christmas Greens fundraiser ends November 2nd

Fellowship Kitchen Shower is still accepting pantry donations.

Stewardship Month; pick up your pledge packet

Living in an Age of Digital Attachment

St. Andrew Lutheran Church
12405 SW Butner Road
Beaverton, OR 97005

Big ones, little ones: we see screens everywhere in our modern lives—and they scream for attention. Research tells us that most Americans spend an average 12 hours a day in front of screens of some type. How does this time with technology affect human relationships?

All are invited to Living in an Age of Digital Attachment, a presentation and roundtable discussion at St. Andrew Lutheran Church on Saturday, November 7, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Please register before November 1 by calling the church office at 503-646-0629. A light lunch will be served and a $5 donation is suggested to help defray lunch costs.

Featured speaker Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee, a noted community educator and psychologist with more than 22 years of experience, will address ways that technology is changing us and affecting our relationships.

Have you noticed people in a room together texting other people not present rather than talking to the individuals around them? How does that affect friendships and family? Do our efforts to be constantly connected by technology have us multitasking so much that it's impossible to live mindfully in the present? We'll have an opportunity to ask the expert at Living in an Age of Digital Attachment.

This conference is being supported by the Health Ministry Team at St. Andrew and funded by an ELCA Oregon Synod grant for health and wellness. For more information, please contact Diane Reiner at reinerd2009@gmail.com.