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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

You're invited!

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

  at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church

  Tuesday, February 28, 2017

  Supper served from 5:30pm-7pm


Pancake races from 6:15pm-6:45pm


Lots of beads, king cake and fellowship for everyone before the Season of Lent  begins!

Donations benefit the SOV YOUTH GROUP fund raising for the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, summer of 2018. More information on this event at https://www.elca.org/YouthGathering.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear fellow sheep of the Shepherd of the Valley,

     A recent edition of the Christian Century magazine tells an interesting story.

     Jews first came to Sicily over 2000 years ago. They were probably brought there as slaves after the Romans subjugated Jerusalem in the first century. Over time their descendants established communities on the island and built synagogues, including a large one in the city of Palermo.

     In 1493, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, who ruled Sicily at the time, expelled all the Jews from the island. Their communities were abolished, and the Great Synagogue of Palermo was destroyed. In its place, a Christian chapel was built.

      In modern times Jews have reestablished themselves in Sicily. Their communities are alive once more. This year the Roman Catholic Church in Sicily transferred the chapel that had been built on the site of the Great Synagogue to a group of Jews who gratefully accepted it. The building will become a synagogue for the Palermo Jews. A rabbi has been appointed to serve the community.

     What a wonderful example of reconciliation. It shows that people of different faiths and backgrounds can right wrongs, even ancient ones, and work together to build a future.

     May we also reach out, in Christ, to others, to reconcile, make peace, and right wrongs, even ancient ones.            

     In Christ, Pastor Tom


Lessons for Sunday, February 26, 2017
Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 2
Matthew 17:1-9


Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool/Chapel
                    10:00 am Bible Study with Pastor Tom
                           Bible 101 or everything you wanted to know about the bible but were afraid to ask

Thursday    9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool

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
                9:45 am Sunday School for all ages

Thank you from Pastor Brian

Dear Friends, I'm writing to say thank you for the great send-off you gave me on January 29, my last Sunday at SOV.  I treasure my memories of that day — the fine worship service, the budget meeting, and then the farewell party you held for me.  I felt so happy and so blessed to receive kind words of appreciation from so many of you who shared in the goodness of that day.  I also want to express my gratitude for the many gifts I received — I had a lot of cards and souvenirs to sort through!  Among those was a gift of money so bountiful that I feel both thankful and a bit overwhelmed by the congregation's generosity.  I also want to add my thanks for a generous Christmas gift of money.  I received that in mid-January due to all the crazy weather in the first half of the month, and I didn't get a chance to convey my thanks before I departed.  So now, though belated, I want you to know how much I appreciate your generosity at Christmas, too.
I still pray frequently for SOV, asking God that the congregation may be well, be happy, and thrive.  I pray daily for the Call Committee, asking God to send a new pastor soon who will accept your call and serve you well for a long time to come.  My ministry with you made me a better person and a better pastor.  God grant that your new pastor will also feel so blessed to serve and love God in partnership with all of you.
Wishing you joy and life in Jesus Christ,
Pastor Brian

The Healthy Communications Ad Hoc Committee will be presenting a further session on healthy communication (tools and techniques) as the adult education class between services on February 26 utilizing select videos and group discussion.  The session will specifically relate the examples in the video to our covenant.  In addition, the committee has confirmed that Michelle Sinn will provide a session on respect as it relates to healthy communication and our covenant.  The program will be between services on March 12th.

Tuesday, February 28th
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

5:30 - 7:00 pm
Please add your name to the sign up sheet so we can plan accordingly.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear Friends at SOV,

     You may remember the phrase from the Apostle's Creed, "he (Jesus) descended to the dead" or, another translation, "he descended to hell". There have been many understandings of this statement over the centuries. One is that it was another way of stating that Jesus literally "went through hell" for us. This experience was for him an extension of his death on the cross. For us Jesus went all the way through death and hell so that we wouldn't have to.

     I came across a newer understanding, for me, recently. Jesus' descent to the dead, or to hell, was the beginning of his "exaltation", that period where Jesus returns to God, being raised from the dead, ascending to heaven, to sit at "the right hand". He goes to the dead, to hell, first, to proclaim the victory of the cross over sin and evil, (see 1 Peter 3:18-19).

     In Christ our sins are dead. In Christ God experiences everything that we do, including suffering, temptation, and even hell. In Christ we have victory over these things. In Christ we are being brought into God's kingdom.

     Christ brings us right into this world, this strange mixture of heaven and hell, life and death, evil and good. Here we walk with him as we take care of God's creation, serve the poor and suffering, and work to see that this world reflects God's justice, fullness, and love.

      We walk together, with God.


Lessons for Sunday, February 19
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
Psalm 119:33-40
1Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23
Matthew 5:38-48


Wednesday     9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK preschool/chapel
                       10:00 am 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 services
                     9:45 am Sunday School for all ages

Please join us for Bible Study
Wednesdays at 10:00 am with Pastor Tom

"Bible 101 - Everything you ever wanted to know about the Bible but were afraid to ask"

February 28th
Shrove Tuesday

Pancake Supper SOV Youth Group Fundraiser
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Please add your name to the sign up sheet so we can plan accordingly

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday's Message

Brothers and Sisters in Christ

     Martin Luther had a mentor named Johann von Staupitz. He once published an article called "Essay on the carrying out of eternal election".

     In it he argues that grace is not given to believers in order that they might thereby become pleasing to God, but that God would become pleasing to them.

     It's quite an interesting thought: God does not need to have God's tastes changed in order to find sinners palatable. God already loves us. Instead, when they have received grace, sinners acquire a stronger desire for lovelier things, especially the loveliest thing, God.

     We have a tendency to mistrust God. That is the nature of sin. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, God's grace works in us every day causing us to have faith, or trust, in God.

     May we become more aware of the work of the Holy Spirit. May we realize every day that God truly loves us and that we can trust in that loving God. May our growing love for God transform us so that we live out our daily lives for the sake of our neighbor. - Pastor Tom


Lessons for Sunday, February 12, 2017
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Matthew 5:21-37


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

Thursday      9:00 - 1:00 am 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
                   9:45 am Sunday School for all ages
                   1:30 pm OEC

Pastor Tom's email address is now set up and available for communication
pastortom.sov (at) gmail dot com

February Newsletter is available online


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

From Pastor Tom

Luke 6:17-26

This story in Luke is about four men who wanted Jesus to heal their friend, who was confined to a bed. There was so many people in the house where Jesus was that they couldn't get in. So the men dug a hole in the roof and let their friend down to Jesus on a mat with ropes. Jesus was amazed at their faith and forgave the sins of their friend and healed him so that he could walk.

My father was a Lutheran pastor. As a synod executive he was often invited to churches all over eastern Colorado to preach at "mission festivals". He always preached the same sermon at those festivals, based on this story from Luke. I would often go with him on these trips and I heard the sermon so many times that I could preach it myself.

The men showed devotion, love, innovation, and persistence in accomplishing their task. Jesus did not object to their digging up the roof. Rather, he was amazed at their faith. He also recognized that their friend needed spiritual healing along with physical healing.

Through the forgiveness of sins, the Holy Spirit causes faith to grow in us on a daily basis. May that faith in Christ lead us to bring spiritual and physical healing to people in need. May we perform that task with devotion, love, innovation, and persistence.

May we also never grow tired of hearing the Good News of God's love in Jesus Christ.

                                         Pastor Tom

Lessons for Sunday, February 5, 2017
Isaiah 58:1-12
Psalm 112:1-10
1 Corinthians 2:1-16


Thursday    9:00 - 1:00 pm  KOK Preschool
                   6:00 pm  Couples Night (formerly 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 with Interim Pastor Tom Hiller
                 1:30 pm OEC

Couples Night (formerly Men's Night)
Thursday, February 2
6:00 pm

Lil' Cooperstown
2947 SE 73rd Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Ladies Dinner
Tuesday, February 7
6:00 pm
Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant
1435 NW 185th Ave, Beaverton, OR 97006
Please RSVP to Tammy at secretarysov ..at.. gmail.com or 503.645.4994

Mark Your Calendars
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Pancake Race
Tuesday, February 28

5:30 - 7:00 pm
(SOV Youth Group Fundraiser)