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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

from Pastor Brian

Well, the time has come to say good-bye.  These are my last seven days at Shepherd.  Although I've been looking forward to this ending, I feel some sadness now that it's here.  I've grown to know and love many good folks at SOV.  I will miss those relationships.  I will miss the genuine care you have for one another, even in the midst of occasional disputes.  For all that is good and hopeful at SOV, I give thanks to God.  My prayer for you all is that you open yourselves to hope, to blessing, to growing and changing and thriving.  It's there waiting for you.  I feel some regret that I won't be with you to witness the flowering I expect to come to SOV.  Thank you for the journey we've had together.

I also want to say thanks to a few folks who have been especially significant partners in ministry.  First, gratitude to the Executive Committee.  Overall, this has been the most effective Executive group I've ever had the pleasure of working with.  These folks, led by President Linnea Harmon, have been unified in a good, encouraging spirit.  They have devoted considerable competence to the good of the congregation and have unfailingly provided wise counsel.  Much the same could be said for the two other Executive Committees that preceded this one.  As a whole, they have my admiration and gratitude.  I hope all of you will also express your appreciation to them for their ministry.

I also want to say special thanks to Director of Music Jon Quesenberry.  Jon has been the best partner in ministry I could have hoped for.  He has given generously of his great talent, good will, and gentle spirit.  His ministry of music has given me comfort, inspiration, and many smiles of joy.  God bless you, Jon, in the creative work you are called to do in this world.  SOV, you are blessed to have such a good and talented person in charge of the music program.  God bless you all in worship together!

I would thank many more of you but for brevity's sake I'll turn to practical matters.  First: once I'm done, I'm done.  It is important that I hand over this ministry totally to Pastor Tom Hiller.  After January 31, I will not perform pastoral acts for Shepherd of the Valley.  Contact Pastor Tom instead.  You probably will not see me again at SOV.  Saying good-bye to me means saying hello to another pastor, forming bonds and deepening a relationship with Pastor Tom and then with whoever follows as your regularly called pastor.  I will monitor my SOV email address during February but will redirect messages to whomever should receive them.  After that, I'll check the address irregularly and won't respond unless there's a compelling need.  That doesn't mean I don't love you; but now the duty of love is for me to direct you to Pastor Tom and to support him in his ministry at SOV.

This Sunday, January 29, is my last at SOV.  There will be one worship service at 10:00.  After that we'll have a congregational meeting to discuss the 2017 budget.  Finally there will be a farewell luncheon to bid me adieu.  I hope you'll be there for all of it.  It would be a great gift to have the whole community gathered to say farewell.  See you Sunday.  God bless us, every one.

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Lessons for Sunday, January 29, 2017
Micah 6:1-8
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Matthew 5:1-12


Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool/Chapel
                   10:00 am Bible Study

Thursday     9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool
                   12:00 pm All Church Luncheon

Friday          9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK Preschool

Saturday      9:30 - 11:30 am SOV Choir Rehearsal

All Church Luncheon
Thursday, January 26th

12:00 pm
All are invited to join in food and fellowship
No RSVP needed and nothing to bring!

Sunday School notice
Due to there only being one worship service at 10 am, Sunday School is cancelled January 29th.

Monday, January 23, 2017

All Church Luncheon reminder

Mark Your Calendars

All Church Luncheon
Thursday, January 26, 2017
12:00 pm
Hosted by Corrine and Charleen

No RSVP needed, nothing to bring. All are invited to attend!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

The Great Thaw is finally here.  At last, life is back on track.  What a strange January this has been!  Seems like we've been trapped for a couple weeks in a weird fantasy world ruled by snow and ice.  I'm glad things will be getting back to normal.  You, too?  Tell you what, let's rendezvous at SOV on Sunday to celebrate our escape from the deep freeze with good worship and good company.  After two Sundays of cancelled services (!) worship will be a godsend.

Some of you may have been wondering whether Johnni Olson of the Union Gospel Mission showed up at SOV last Sunday only to find it closed.  Not to worry.  By Friday, Johnni and I had already rescheduled her presentation.  She'll join us this Sunday, January 22, at 10:00 a.m.  Johnni is the Director of Union Gospel Mission's "LifeChange for Women and their Children" program.  She will tell us about the program and help us see how we can create an ongoing partnership to support women and their kids as they transition from homelessness to a better life.  SOV has a chance to make a small but mighty contribution to solving this problem through partnering with UGM.  I hope you'll attend and prayerfully consider how you might support this effort.

Meanwhile, I'll be meeting with Pastor Tom Hiller tomorrow.  I will brief him about things we've been working on over the past three years.  Pastor Tom will be ready to lead Shepherd effectively from the time he assumes office on February 1.  I feel confident that he will serve SOV very well indeed over the next few months as the Call Committee moves forward in its process.  I should also say that I feel a lot of optimism about this next leg of the call process.  We've been through two slates of candidates but "third time's the charm," as the saying goes.  Call processes almost never run beyond three slates of candidates.  Keep on praying that this next set of interviews and meetings will bring just the right person to be SOV's new regularly called pastor.

Even though I'll soon be leaving Shepherd, you all will still be in my heart.  I look forward to our reunion this Sunday.  May God bless us and bring us safely to worship.

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Lessons for Sunday, January 22, 2017
Isaiah 9:1-4
Psalm 27:1, 4-9
Matthew 4:12-23


Wednesday  NO Bible study

Thursday    9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool
                  10:00 am LLL
                  7:00 pm Council Meeting

Friday         9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK Preschool

Saturday     9:30 - 11:30 am SOV choir rehearsal

Sunday       8:30 & 11:00 am Worship Service
                  1:00 pm  Confirmation Class
                  1:30 pm OEC

Thursday, January 26th
12:00 pm
All Church Luncheon

All are invited to attend. Luncheon Hosts are Corrine and Charleen, if you would like to help please contact either one of them.

Join us next Sunday, January 29, 2017
One worship service at 10:00 am

January 31
KOK Preschool and SOV Youth Group Fundraiser

Papa's Pizza
15700 NW Blueridge Drive
Beaverton, Or   503-531-7220
Flyer must be presented for fundraiser proceeds credit.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Congregational Annual Meeting Notice

Annual Budget Meeting
Sunday, January 29
following 10:00 a.m. service and reception


As I mentioned in an earlier email, we will be having a reception to celebrate Pastor Brian's time with us and to wish him Goodspeed on Sunday, January 29.  In addition to his reception - and because we know he would not want to miss it - we will also have our annual budget meeting on the 29th.  The 2017 budget recommended by the Council will be presented at that time for your approval.  We will have one service that morning at 10:00 a.m. to allow time for discussion and time to party.

Please plan on joining the fun and business on the 29th,

Warm regards,
Linnea Harmon

Saturday, January 14, 2017

CANCELLED: All services Sunday, January 15

Worship services are cancelled for Sunday, January 15, 2017.

Due to substantial snow remaining in SOV's parking lot and for the safety of parishioners worship services for Sunday, January 15, 2017 have been cancelled.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

What a weekend we had!  Not the way I'd planned to celebrate Epiphany!  Rarely is Sunday worship cancelled but this time it was the right call.  I don't know how it was where you live but at my place on the east side of Portland we had snow topped by an inch of frozen rain coating the ground by Sunday morning, with more coming down every hour.  It's hard to stay safe venturing out under such conditions.  I hope you could stay home and have a good Sabbath there.  Gratitude to Executive Committee leaders who made this tough decision.

And more gratitude to the crew who de-decorated the worship space today.  Decorating is fun; taking it all down, storing it away, and hauling out the tree are less pleasant but so necessary.  After a morning of hard work the worship space is back to normal — and ready for worship as usual this Sunday!  Thanks to Dick & Charleen, Julie, Cyndi, and Tammy for their service today.

Also this Sunday, we have an Adult Education session with Johnni Olson, Director for Union Gospel Mission's "LifeChange for Women and their Children" program.  She will tell us about the program and help us see how we can create an ongoing partnership to support women and their kids as they transition from homelessness to a better life.  SOV has a chance to make a small but mighty contribution to solving this problem through partnering with UGM.  I hope you'll attend and prayerfully consider how you might support this effort.

Finally, I want to mention that Sandra Carasco will be our guest preacher this Sunday.  Sandra is a lay member of SOV and has preached a few times in the past year.  She brings a devout prayer life and a love for the Bible to the task of preaching.  Her messages have been well received so I hope you'll come and hear what she has to tell us.  I will be presiding at worship as usual.  After three Sundays in a row of special circumstances (holidays and snow day), I'm happy to get back to our normal pattern of celebratory Sunday worship.  Come if you can!

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Lessons for Sunday, January 15, 2017
Isaiah 49:1-7
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John 1:29-42


Wednesday   Snow Day, all activities cancelled

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

Friday            9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK preschool

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

Sunday          8:30 & 11:00 am Worship services
                      9:45 am Sunday School for all ages
                      1:00 pm Confirmation class

Mark Your Calendar
KOK Preschool and SOV Youth Group Fundraiser

January 31
Papa's Pizza Parlor
flyer must be present: https://www.sovlutheran.com/files/kok/papas2017.pdf

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Services Cancelled

Hi Everyone,

All weather forecasts seem to agree that we are in for some bad weather for the next day or two.  Therefore, we are going to go ahead and heed the warnings and cancel services for tomorrow

Please stay warm and be safe! 

Yours in Christ,

Linnea Hamon

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

This clear, cold weather has an upside: light!  I'm used to clouds and rain at this time of year.  But now, brilliant afternoon sunshine lights up my kitchen; the bamboo and incense cedar in the backyard radiate clarity I'm not accustomed to in our western Oregon winters.  I see the mountains as if they were my next door neighbors.  At night I can see starlight, and planets shining in the firmament.  These strike me with the power of religious visions.  Revealed as it is, the world touched by holiness.

This Sunday we celebrate Epiphany, the Church's festival of light.  The whole Epiphany season is filled with images of light in the scriptures, to go with stories about Jesus showing himself as the light of the world.  His light opens up clarity of religious vision for us.  We look for the light of Christ.  Sunshine helps us focus!  But even in darkness, the light of Christ still shines.

If you fret about the darkness this year may hold for you, and for all of us, look for the light of Christ.  God promises that the light of Christ will come and show us how to live.  Trust that promise.  Hold each other in kindness.  Help each other to stand, wait, watch.  The light of Christ will shine on us; when it does, we will see each other as we are — with the world around us — touched by holiness.

It's worth the wait.

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Lessons for Sunday, January 8, 2017
Isaiah 60:1-6
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12


Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK preschool/chapel
                    10:00 am Bible Study

Thursday     9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK preschool
                    6:00 pm Men's Night at Lil' Cooperstown

Friday          9:00 - 12:00 pm KOK preschool

Saturday      9:30 - 11:30 am SOV choir rehearsal

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 am worship services