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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Pastor's Wednesday Message

With Christmas coming soon, we come to a comparably gifted turning point in SOV's transition.  This Thursday evening (God willing and the creek don't rise) Pastor Susan Kintner from the Oregon Synod office will meet with the Transition Task Force.  Pastor Kintner is the Assistant to the Bishop; she has responsibility for clergy mobility (i.e., matching congregations seeking pastors with pastors seeking congregations).  She'll talk to us about our work over the past half-year carrying out the self-study and writing the Ministry Site Profile.  I don't expect any significant changes will come from this meeting, because our MSP is a nice piece of work.  It's well researched, thoughtfully pondered, well written.  This meeting will be a chance for the TTF to feel proud of the work it has done.  Pastor Kintner will learn a lot from this conversation, and will, I'm pretty sure, tell them "Job well done."

A few days thereafter, next Sunday, December 13, Pastor Kintner will join us for worship.  She will preach at both services.  (I will preside, as usual.)  Her sermon will help us understand what God is doing among us in the upcoming call process.  Pastor Kintner will be personally involved in this call process, in the sense that she and Bishop Dave will select the slate of clergy candidates who will be considered by SOV's Call Committee.  She will work with each of those candidates to help them interpret the Ministry Site Profile and other information they may pick up about SOV.  So, it's a good thing Pastor Kintner is getting to know SOV well.  I know she wants the best for Shepherd and will work hard to help it get the pastor it needs and deserves.

Pastor Kintner is one practical expression of the good things the Evangelical Lutheran Church in American offers to support our local ministry.  Please join us at church on Sunday.  Help us celebrate the completion of the Ministry Site Profile.  The Transition Task Force will hand over the MSP to Pastor Kintner during worship.  Together, we will bless it on its way to God, trusting that God will answer this prayer for a new pastor in a way that is better than anything we could ask or imagine.

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Lessons for December 13, 2015
Isaiah 12:2-6
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:7-18


Wednesday     9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool/chapel
                      10:00 a Bible Study
                       5:30 p Advent soup/bread supper
                       6:00 p Advent devotion
                       6:30 p Advent Holden Evening Prayer
                      *Wednesday Evening Advent Soup-Supper -- there will be no children's activities offered tonight.  Due to heavy rain and water standing on roadways, our children's ministry elves are staying home to make sure they're in good shape for Christmas!
                       7:00 p SOV Choir rehearsal

Thursday       9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool

Friday           9:00 - 12:00 p KOK Preschool

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

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 a Worship services
                   Third Sunday of Advent
                   Pastor Pastor, Pastor Susan Kintner

Last Sunday to order Scrip for Christmas

All Church Scandinavian Christmas Luncheon
Thursday, December 17th
12:00 pm

Wear your festive attire. Bring a donation of hats, mittens, gloves or scarves for a local homeless shelter.