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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Drama unfolded at SOV about a year ago when our President and Financial Secretary resigned from Council and absented themselves from church.  Explaining their decisions, their letters indicated that they were fed up with some people at SOV persistently impugning their ethical integrity and moral character by means of false statements, as well as with the chronic disrespect shown toward me by these same folks.  In my Wednesday Message following these officers' resignations, I wrote:

"These issues are serious, systemic, deeply rooted at SOV.  I've been trying to address them in my ministry; I will continue to do so.  I will gladly work on these issues with all people of good will at SOV who want to bring about healing and carry out God's mission in a respectful way that builds up the body of Christ in this place."

And that is exactly what is happening in the work of the Healthy Communications Ad-Hoc Committee (HCAC).  Those who attended worship last Sunday got announcements about a series of Adult Education sessions coming up in October and early November.  These workshops, beginning this coming Sunday, October 9, will help us learn how to practice respectful communication and minimize the occurrence of hurtful behaviors such as gossip and triangulation.  These workshops will help bring about healing and promote constructive behavior to build up the body of Christ at SOV.

Attached to this email, you will find a PDF document from the HCAC describing some of the work it is mandated to carry out.  It includes a schedule of the workshops and their content.  This series is designed both to teach respectful communication skills and to help us hold one another accountable for continuing to communicate respectfully as we carry out God's work together.

The workshop this Sunday features Michelle Sinn, a professional counselor who worked with Council and other key leaders in a three-session series during the summer.  Now, we're bringing you a condensed version of this same training.  The leadership group found this training very helpful.  I'm sure you will, too.  These sessions are really important for SOV as we invite clergy candidates to consider a call to serve SOV.  I hope you will plan to attend them all.  NOTE that these sessions will begin at 9:45 a.m.

Finally, if you're wondering what these workshops and the work of the HCAC have to do with Jesus and Christian faith, I invite you to reflect on the following passage from the Letter to the Ephesians.  I'm sure you will see a clear connection between the Bible's teaching and the work we are doing to build up a culture of respect at SOV through healthy communication practices.

Ephesians 4:22-32
22You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, 23and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.  25So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. 26Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27and do not make room for the devil. 28Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. 29Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. 31Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, 32and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

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Lessons for Sunday, October 9, 2016
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
2 Timothy 2:8-15
Luke 17:11-19


Wednesday   9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool/Chapel
                    10:00 am   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

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 a Worship Services
                   9:45 a Sunday School for all ages

Join us for Adult Education at 10:00, October 9th

We welcome Michelle Nelson Sinn, a professional counselor who will do a presentation on how to prevent hurtful speech like gossip and triangulation; and how to practice skills for respectful communication.

GREENS fundraiser of the KOK school year
We use a local grower and the wreaths, centerpieces and garlands are fresh and beautiful. Order forms are available at the usher station and are due by October 25 and will be available for pick up on November 20.

October Newsletter is available online