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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Ministry Site Profile

We're coming to a turning point in Shepherd's transition process.  The work of the Transition Task Force is nearly done.  Their main project, the Ministry Site Profile (MSP), is very close to completion.  This Sunday members of the congregation will have a chance to give the TTF feedback on the MSP.   By now you have received a PDF copy of it via SOV's email list so you can look it over, think about it, and pray about it before the Town Hall meeting.  Note that we'll have a single worship service (10:00 a.m.) this Sunday, with the meeting to follow.

This Ministry Site Profile is the congregation's résumé.  Every potential clergy candidate identified by Synod staff will be evaluated in light of this document.  Every actual candidate will look carefully at the MSP and use it as part of their evaluation of Shepherd as they go through the interview and discernment process.  The MSP gives the Call Committee valuable information as they enter into discernment about clergy candidates.  So this is a really important document.

That's why it's so important that you pay careful attention to the information in the MSP.  I urge you to read everything in the document and critically assess the information to make sure that it says things you believe to be true about the congregation. Whether it does or does not, please make your opinion known at the Town Hall meeting.  Your feedback will help the TTF do final revisions if any are needed so that the MSP can be as accurate and fairly representative of SOV as possible.  The better we do creating the MSP, the more likely it is that Shepherd will get a new pastor that actually fits its needs.  So please help the Transition Task Force fulfill its commission by giving them your input on this draft document.  Creating the MSP is truly the work of this whole community.  The Holy Spirit calls every one of you as partners with the TTF in carrying out this vitally important project.

Adult Education Follow-up

Last Sunday Mr. Reynold Roeder did a fine presentation about three non-profit organizations whose work he supports.  Those who attended got an introduction to these amazing organizations and some insight into why Reynold is involved with them.  I want to share web links to those organizations so you can learn more about them and consider whether you, too, might want to support their work.

Helping Men Heal — http://helpingmenheal.org/
Union Gospel Mission Portland — http://ugmportland.org/
NCompass — http://www.worldncompass.org/

As I said at the conclusion of Reynold's presentation, his support of these organizations exemplifies the traditional Lutheran slogan about the Christian life: "faith made active in love."  I encourage you to check out these organizations to see if your love of God and neighbor can become faithfully active in partnership with them.

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Lessons for November 8th
1 Kings 17:8-16
Psalm 146
Mark 12:38-44


Thursday   9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool
                  5:45 pm TTF Meeting
                  7:00 pm LLL

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

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

Sunday     10:00 am One Service

Please return your Stewardship pledge cards this Sunday.

November Newsletter is available