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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Thanksgiving Day comes later this month.  Usually we don't think about fasting until the day after eating the turkey & fixings & pie but here's a word from Isaiah the Prophet to help us get ready to fast after we feast:

"Is this not the fast I choose (says God)?  To share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house…. If you offer your food to the hungry, and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness…."  (Isa. 58:6-7, 10)

Now, such things are easier said than done.  Especially when the Ducks or Beavers game is on TV.  We need encouragement and a little help from our friends if we want to do the sort of fasting and sharing Isaiah tells us God has in mind.

Fortunately, we can get some help this Sunday from our friend Bill Russell, Executive Director of the Union Gospel Mission.  UGM has been helping the homeless, hungry, and hurting on the streets of Portland since 1927, and in recent years has expanded its work to Beaverton and Tigard.  Bill will do a presentation at the Adult Education session (NOTE start time 9:45 a.m.).  He's got some great stories to tell about UGM's work.  He will also discuss the crisis of homelessness in the metro area — a topic much in the news lately and on the minds of many civic leaders in the greater Portland area.

Thanksgiving is sweeter when we realize just how much we have to give thanks for.  I suspect Bill's talk will help us give heartfelt thanks to God.  Not just for how much we have, but for how much we have to share.  Come and listen if you can.

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Lessons for November 13,2016
Isaiah 65:17-25
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Luke 21:5-19


Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 p KOK preschool/chapel
                    10:00 a Bible Study

Thursday     9:00 - 1:00 p KOK preschool
                    7:00 p  LLL

Friday        Happy Veterans Day
            1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Study

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
                1:00 p Confirmation Class
                1:30 p OEC
Join us for Adult Education this Sunday: Bill Russell, Executive Director of Union Gospel Mission, will be the presenter today.  UGM ministers to the homeless and the hurting in Portland, Beaverton, and Tigard.  Bill's topic will be the crisis of homelessness in the metro area.  Please come and learn about the fine work UGM is doing.

November newsletter is available on line and in hard copy located in the Narthex

Looking ahead;
KOK Christmas greens pick up is November 20, 21, 22

Next Scrip Order
December 4th