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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