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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message (Webcast tonight!)

A Note from Pastor Brian

Friends, please look at the message below from Pastor Elizabeth Eaton, who is the Presiding Bishop of our national church body, the ELCA.  It's about a webcast happening live tonight.  The webcast will engage a discussion of how we can become the diverse, welcoming church that Christ calls us to be.

This is an important topic.  Beaverton and Hillsboro, like most of America, are becoming increasingly racially and ethnically diverse.  To carry out our mission, we must practice welcome to all kinds of people.  This webcast is one small but important step in that journey.

The webcast starts at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time tonight.  You can access it at the link provided in the message below.  After the webcast, that same link will lead you to a recorded version of the webcast.  I hope you'll watch the webcast and then give some thought to how it can help SOV become an even more welcoming place for all people.



Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

Please mark your calendars for the next live webcast, "A Place for All," on Wednesday, May 25, at 5 p.m. PDT. As we continue the conversation on racism in the United States, we must look within our congregations and communities.

Do the people in our pews reflect the people in our neighborhoods? If not, how do we take steps to invite and welcome our neighbors to participate in the work of this church? How do we engage with and advocate for vulnerable populations?

As members of the ELCA, we believe that we are a church that belongs to Christ. There is a place for everyone here. Yet contentment, fear or racism – individual and institutional – can hold us back from being the diverse, welcoming church that Christ calls us to be.

Please join me once again for a conversation with panelists from the ELCA who are committed to and experienced in growing diverse communities of faith. Together we welcome:
  • The Rev. Ruben Duran, director for new congregations for the ELCA
  • The Rev. Matt Stuhlmuller, pastor, Redeemer Church, Chicago, Ill.
  • And moderator, Mikka McCracken, director for planning and engagement, ELCA World Hunger
Tune in to the live webcast on May 25 by visiting ELCA.org/webcast, where a link to the recorded video will be made available after the broadcast. A live stream also will be available at Facebook.com/Lutherans. 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.

God's peace,

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


Lessons for Sunday, May 29, 2016
1 Kings 8:22-23, 41-43
Galatians 1:1-12
Luke 7:1-10


Wednesday   9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool
                    10:00 a Bible Study
                    6:30 - 8:30 p Leadership meeting

Thursday   9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool (KOK Graduation at 11:30)
                 12:00 p All Church Luncheon and 80th Birthday Celebration (Aggie, Fritz and Vesper) all are invited

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

Saturday    9:30 - 11:30 a SOV Choir rehearsal

Sunday     10:00 One Worship Service
                 No Confirmation Class

One Worship Service
May 29th    10:00 am
June 5th     10:00 am

Annual Congregational Meeting
June 5th following 10:00 a worship

Summer worship schedule begins June 12th
Worship at 8:30 and 10:30

Friday, May 20, 2016

Building Committee Town Hall Meeting Sunday, May 22, 2016

We will be holding a Town Hall meeting this Sunday on SOV's building project: the history, Building Fund, and current status. The meeting will be between services and we hope to get started around 9:45.

Attached is a PDF file that highlights some of the past work on the project. It reflects the most recent floor plans (2008-2009) and renderings of the building exterior.  The primary change in the floor plans from the previous version is that an unfinished basement was added to the Phase I addition so the previously proposed Phase II addition to the west is mostly eliminated.

The Building Campaign file was e-mailed separately to the congregation, and is the document that was given to SOV members when we launched the Capital Campaign in 2008.  While there are certain aspects of the project that are out of date, it provides a good understanding of our general plans. The document describes two phases of development.  Phase I is an addition to the east to add a new sanctuary and space for other uses and Phase II is an expansion to the west for offices, classrooms, and KOK. Both phases included renovations to the existing building.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

I'm back from vacation, looking forward to the special presentation from the Building Committee coming up on Sunday between worship services. They're leading a Town Hall meeting at which we'll hear the story of "Building on Christ Our Foundation." That's the name of the campaign, or better, the dream, of expanding and upgrading Shepherd's physical plant. It's a dream conceived under the leadership of Pastor Kurt Rizer. This was in the early 2000s. For various reasons the project was put on hold several years ago. The money raised as part of that capital campaign is being kept safely until SOV is ready to dare to dream again of upgrading and expanding its ministry to the community through its building and grounds. Looks like that time may be soon.

Last month, SOV's Church Council authorized the Building Committee to renew its work on behalf of the congregation. This is a good thing. Last autumn, I facilitated a joint meeting of the Executive Committee and the Building Committee. We discussed the history and present status of "Building on Christ Our Foundation." We shared our thoughts and feelings about a number of issues pertaining to the stewardship of that project. The meeting was very fruitful. It laid the groundwork for this Town Hall meeting on Sunday. We'll hear the history of this project, but we will also hear about some surprising new opportunities God is sending our way. This Town Hall meeting is important. It deserves your full attention. You should come, listen carefully, ask thoughtful questions, and get ready to dare to dream.

It's no coincidence that this Town Hall meeting, new possibilities for the capital project, and the promise of a new pastor are happening all at once. God is doing something new, something good, at SOV. God is the primary actor here; we are God's witnesses and partners. Our most important work is to be alert and figure out what God is trying to accomplish among us. Then we have to discern how to respond faithfully and fruitfully. This summer will be a time of new opportunities and important decisions. So even if you're planning some vacation, don't just check out. Stay in touch and keep track of what God is getting ready to build — with you — at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church.

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Lessons for Sunday, May 22, 2016

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
Romans 5:1-5
John 16:12-15


Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool/Chapel

Thursday    9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool
                  10:00 a LLL
                   7:00 p Council Meeting

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

Saturday    9:30 - 11:30 a SOV Choir rehearsal

Sunday      8:30 & 11:00 Worship services Holy Trinity Sunday
                 10:00 a  Town Hall Meeting/Building Committee

Please join us
Thursday, May 26th
12:00 pm

All Church Luncheon and 80's and over Birthday Celebration. Our May 26th Luncheon will be our annual 80's and over celebration lunch. We have 3 members that will be inducted into our 80's and over group. If there are other members or friends of members that you would like to include in this lunch please invite them and let us know so that they are included in our party. Any one attending that is 80 or over will be our honored guests. Our new 80 year olds will be have special recognition during our celebration.

Lunch is provided, if you would like to help host this event and future luncheons please let Tammy know.    

Please join us for food, fellowship and celebration!

One Service next Sunday, May 29th at 10:30am

Please Note
           Summer Worship Schedule
           Begins Sunday, June 12th
           Worship services at 8:30 & 10:30

Looking Ahead

Celebrating our 2016 Graduates, June 19th between services.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Pentecost: Sunday, May 15, 2016

Pentecost Sunday

Please join us this Sunday, May 15th for worship

8:30 and 11:00 am

Guest Pastor Tom Kidd  
(Corrine's nephew will be leading both worship services)

Wear RED if you like in celebration of Pentecost.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

I enjoy visiting Eugene, Oregon, so I'm glad our Synod Assembly was held there this past weekend. We gathered at the Valley River Inn, by the Willamette.  Late Saturday afternoon I went for a walk along the river with its soaring eagles, its swift waters sparkling in the sun, verdant greenery adorning the banks.  I felt glad to be alive and privileged to witness the beauty of God's creation.

Most of my time, though, was indoors attending to Assembly business.  We did some good work in thoughtful discussion of five resolutions put before the Assembly.  I'll note them here; see my article in the May newsletter for a fuller account. We passed resolutions on the following topics:
  • Encouraging members to take action to limit global warming and to protect the environment; 
  • Authorizing congregations to send an additional voting member to Synod Assembly if it is a youth member, a person of color, or a person who identifies as LGBTQIA; 
  • Authorizing Synod Council and staff to provide educational materials to congregations about bringing a universal, publicly funded (single­payer) healthcare system to Oregon and asking congregations to encourage their members to work toward the creation of such a system;
  • Resolving that the Oregon Synod declare itself a "Sanctuary Synod" ready to protect refugees and undocumented persons from arrest and deportation;  
  • Authorizing a new format for Synod Assembly in 2018: we will have a one ­day business meeting of voting members (instead of the usual long weekend), supplemented by 4­5 regional gatherings on a different date for education, mission planning, and worship.
All these issues deserve lively discussion.  Here, though, I want to comment on the final point about the 2018 Synod Assembly.

The proposal responded to concerns about the high cost of a long weekend at a venue like the Valley River Inn.  A one day meeting would minimize costs; and the regional gatherings could include a wider spectrum of church members.  Those are important values.  Yet many people spoke of their concern that this change would damage the community generated by gathering a diverse bunch of folks from all across the state over a long weekend.  It becomes a sort of family reunion where you meet new relatives, reconnect, renew old relationships.  And it allows for a ministry of reconciliation.  As one woman said, we can get mad at each other discussing resolutions but gain sympathetic understanding during dinner or over a glass of beer.  We chose to experiment in 2018.  But we will carefully assess the cost of lost community compared to any benefits the new format may yield.  In the end, the Church is all about being a global Community of Saints gathered by the Holy Spirit and acting locally through our unique, lovely, and sometimes crazy congregations. And this is priceless.


Adult Education for Sunday May 8
Pastor Brian will do a presentation on the 2016 Synod Assembly between worship services this Sunday, May 8.  We'll review and discuss the five resolutions passed by the Assembly; and talk about how SOV can send voting members to the 2017 Assembly.

Lessons for Sunday, May 8th
Acts 16:16-34
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
John 17:20-26


Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool/Chapel
                   10:00 a  Bible Study
Thursday    9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool
                   6:00 p Men's Night at Reedville Cafe

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

Saturday  9:30 - 11:30 a SOV Choir Rehearsal
                10:00 - 12:00 p KOK Family Day
                 2:00 - 4:00 p Baby Shower for Subash and Monica and baby girl Adlyn

Sunday     8:30 & 11:00 a Worship Services

KOK Spring Family Day
Saturday, May 7th
10:00 - 12:00 pm

Registration for the coming school year is in full swing. We will be hosting a "Spring Family Day" for currently enrolled and families who are interested in experiencing our school.  If you or someone you know has a preschooler, come enjoy a morning of play, art and a special snack. Contact our director, Hannah Benedict, with any questions by email kokpreschool@gmail.com or by calling the school 503-645-0236.

Baby Shower for Adlyn newborn daughter of Subash and Monica
Saturday, May 7th
2:00 - 4:00 pm
All are invited (men, women, families). Cake and beverage will be served.

Next Scrip Order
May 15th