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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