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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Yesterday Council President Harmon announced, by email, that I'm moving to .75 FTE after having served SOV on a full-time basis since April, 2014. As she said in her message, the Council and I see this as a win-win. I care about SOV and don't want to see its budget go so far into the red that it has trouble funding its mission. Reducing my work hours will help balance the budget. And this change will free up time for me to attend to things at home that have been put on hold. So I feel the change is good both for me and for SOV.

No significant part of the pastor's duties will be neglected. I will still attend all the usual meetings. I will still provide leadership in teaching. I've been working on Confirmation Class planning; soon I'll start sorting through options for adult Christian education. I'll still lead Wednesday morning Bible study (join us!). I'll still preach and lead worship as usual except for one Sunday per month, when we will have a pulpit supply pastor. The pastor's ministry will continue much as before.

And I will still be available on-call 24/7. No matter what day it is, even on my Monday & Friday days off, if you have an urgent need for pastoral care, please call me. I will gladly talk with you by phone or come to be with you wherever you are as quickly as I can. During evening or weekend hours, my home phone number is best as I usually turn off my cell phone when I get home. Both numbers are listed in the worship bulletin, as is my email address. Please feel free to phone or email me if you need pastoral care. Even if the call comes at midnight or later, I will respond as soon as I can.

One difference is that I won't stay put for the same office hours as before. I'll exercise more flexibility in taking care of various duties off-site during the Tuesday-Thursday period. At this point I don't know exactly what stable office hours might be, but here's my best guess: Tuesday mornings 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday mornings 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Thursdays I'll probably be at SOV, in and out, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. but occasionally I have to attend Thursday meetings of the Oregon Synod Interim Pastors' group and the Sunset Cluster Clergy group. Sometimes I have evening meetings Wednesdays and Thursdays; that means I'm at SOV or in the neighborhood all afternoon. So, if you want to meet me in my office, at your home, or at a coffee shop, please get in touch by phone or email and I will gladly schedule a meeting for a day and time that works for you.

God bless us as we walk together, waiting for Shepherd's new pastor to answer God's call.

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Lessons for Sunday, August 7, 2016
Genesis 15:1-6
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Luke 12:32-40


Wednesday    10:00 a Bible Study

Thursday        6:00 p Men's Night at Cruise In Country Diner

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

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

Sunday          8:30 & 10:30 a Worship Services

Sunday is Scrip Order Sunday
Only one scrip Sunday in August. If you would like to support the social concerns Back to School project you may order your Fred Meyer scrip this Sunday.