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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear fellow Bible students,

     Have you ever wondered about the difficult passages in the Hebrew Bible (the "Old Testament") that depict a violent God? Are you ready for a scholarly book on the subject? Here's a review of such a book. - Pastor Tom

     "The Crucifixion of the Warrior God: Interpreting the Old Testament's Violent Portraits of God in Light of the Cross" (Volumes 1 and 2), by Gregory A. Boyd
     Renowned pastor-theologian Gregory A. Boyd proposes a revolutionary way to read the Bible in this epic but accessible study. His "cruciform hermeneutic (interpretation)" stands as a challenge to the field of biblical studies and to all thoughtful Christians.
     Throughout Christian history, various answers have been proposed, ranging from the long-rejected explanation that these contrasting depictions are of two entirely different "gods" to recent social, cultural and literary theories that attempt to dispel the conflict.
     Developing a theological interpretation of Scripture that he labels a "cruciform hermeneutic," Boyd demonstrates how the Bible's violent images of God are reframed and their violence subverted when interpreted through the lens of the cross and resurrection. When read in this way, Boyd argues that these violent depictions bear witness to the same self-sacrificial nature of God that was ultimately revealed on the cross.

     "The Crucifixion of the Warrior God" is available at augsburgfortress.org/CrucifixionoftheWarriorGod.


Lessons for Sunday, July 2, 2017
Jeremiah 28:5-9
Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
Romans 6:12-23
Matthew 10:40-42


Wednesday    10:00 am Bible Study

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

Sunday         8:30 & 10:30 am Worship service
                    Pastor Tom's appreciation celebration will take place between services.

A reminder --
The appreciation celebration for Pastor Tom is this Sunday between services.   Folks are invited to bring finger foods to share.

SOV Rummage Sale / Youth Group fundraiser
July 14 & 15
You can bring your gently used and cleaned items to the church, storage is being held downstairs.

Desire and Regina are proud to announce the arrival of baby Jethro on June 26, 2017.
8lbs  and 20 inches.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear SOVers and friends -

At the Oregon Synod Assembly we learned about "AMMPARO", a ministry for immigrant children.

Here's more:

AMMPARO Migrant Children

"Dios es nuestro amparo y fortaleza," ("God is our refuge and strength,") – Psalm 46:1

AMMPARO is a holistic, whole church commitment by the ELCA, as a church in the world, to accompany children today and in the future.

The word "amparo" in Spanish means the protection of a living creature from suffering or damage. The ELCA's strategy to Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities (AMMPARO) was envisioned after witnessing the plight of children who are forced to flee their communities because of complex and interrelated reasons, including chronic violence, poverty, environmental displacement and lack of opportunities in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Due to our connection to companion churches in the region, including companion synod relationships, and existing ministries in the U.S., the ELCA is well-positioned to help ensure that these vulnerable children are protected.

In a holistic, whole church response that connects international and US outcomes, the ELCA has developed this strategy based on the following commitments:
  • Uphold and guarantee basic human rights and safety of migrant children and their families;
  • Address the root causes of migration in countries from Central America's Northern Triangle and Mexico and the treatment of migrants in transit;
  • Work toward just and humane policies affecting migrants in and outside the U.S.; and
  • Engage as a church body with all of its companions, affiliates and partners to respond to the migration situation and its causes and to advocate for migrant children and their families.
As brothers and sisters in Christ, the ELCA is called to bear witness to the conditions affecting so many communities and to work to find solutions that will acknowledge the humanity in all of God's children. Join us in making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families.

Get involved

Pray for the safety of migrant children and families on the journey and for justice as they reach their destinations.

Become a Welcoming Congregation to accompany these children and families through their transition to life in the U.S. Link to resource. www.elca.org/Resources/AMMPARO

Advocate for justice for migrant children and families. www.elca.org/Advocacy

Accompany migrant children and families through the Guardian Angel Program as the physical presence of the church in the courtroom. https://Vimeo.com/157458987

Give to AMMPARO to provide opportunities for children and families in Central America and in the U.S. https://community.elca.org/donations/ammparo-donate


Lessons for Sunday, June 25, 2017

Jeremiah 20:7-13
Psalm 69:7-18
Romans 6:1b-11
Matthew 10:24-39


Wednesday   10:00 am Bible Study

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

Sunday        8:30 & 10:30 am Worship

Kids of the Kingdom Christian Preschool
is registering now for fall 2017 enrollment. Please email KOK: kokpreschool at gmail dot com with any questions you may have or to enroll.

SOV Rummage Sale
July 14 & 15
Now is a good time to sort your gently used and clean unwanted items aside to donate to the rummage sale. Items can be brought to SOV beginning July 10th.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

You're invited to a free concert featuring SOV's Jameson Tabor

Jameson Tabor in concert...

  • Saturday, June 24, 2017   at 6 PM - 8:30 PM
    4 days from now · 63–93° Sunny

  • Shute Park
    750 SE 8th Ave, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear friends in Christ,

     I was at a cluster pastor's meeting recently when the pastor of one of our neighboring ELCA churches mentioned that they were thinking of joining "MACG". I mentioned that my home church, King of Kings in Milwaukie, is already a member. What is MACG?

     Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good. Here is an explanation from their website:

Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good (MACG) is a group of nonpartisan, proactive, everyday citizens dedicated to making the Portland Metro Area a better place for all to live and thrive.  You'll find us working for change in churches and classrooms, in living rooms and union halls, in City Hall and in Salem.

Health Care Group

For more than 10 years, MACG has worked to make neighborhoods safer, promote accessible and affordable health care, and increase job opportunities among other issues.

We are a non-profit supported by the dues of our member organizations, individuals and foundations.  We are affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation, a coalition of like-minded organizations in cities across the United States, the UK, Germany, Canada and Australia.

At MACG, we believe that by working together we have the power to change our communities for the better.  We do more than just sign petitions and protest.  We take action.

Should Shepherd of the Valley join MACG? That might be something to think about and talk about.            Pastor Tom


Lessons for Sunday, June 18, 2017

Exodus 19:2-8a

Psalm 100

Romans 5:1-8


Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 pm  KOK Preschool

                    10:00 am Bible Study

Thursday      9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK Preschool

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

Sunday         8:30 & 10:30 am Worship Services


Rummage Sale / Youth Group Fundraiser

WHEN:  Friday and Saturday, July 14 & 15 (Friday depends on the amount of volunteers willing to help)


 You can drop off gently used clean items the week before.  If you need sooner we can try and make arrangements. 

WHO: Youth group and Anyone can help staring Monday, July 10th from 10:00 to 2:00 pm.  Other hours will depend on need and availability. 

The sale will be Saturday 8-3.  Maybe on Fri depends on the help I have.

Please contact Kristi for more information or to sign up to help

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pastoral Candidate Update

Dear Friends,

It is with a glad heart and thanks to God that I can tell you Pastor
Dan has accepted our Call. While nothing is official until everything
is in writing, I wanted to share this very good news with you. He is
eagerly looking forward to our future together as am I. We are hoping
he can start in about a month, but there is that paperwork to do and
some obligations for him to fulfill.

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Call meeting last
Sunday and those who added questions and comments. The conversation
was lively and helpful. I will keep you all posted as we move to
finalize the process.

Shout to the Lord, all the earth. Let us sing!

Linnea Harmon

Council President

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ

     I noticed this line in the Second Lesson last Sunday: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you" (2 Corinthians 13:13) That line is the opening greeting of our worship service. It reminded me of how much of our worship language comes directly from the Bible.

     Here's more: 

"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, [God] who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:8-9)

"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!" (Luke 2:14)

"Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life." (John 6:68)

"The Lord is slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love." (Numbers 14:18)

"On that day, the first day of the week . . . Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." (John 20:19)

"Let us lift up our hearts as well as our hands to God in heaven." (Lamentations 3:41)

"[The seraphs] called to one another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory." (Isaiah 6:3)

"The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!" (Matthew 21:9)

"For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes." (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

"Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven . . ." (Matthew 6:9-13)

"You shall say to them, the Lord bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace." (Numbers 6:23-26)

            Peace be with you,             Pastor Tom


Lessons for Holy Trinity Sunday
Genesis 1:1-2:4a
Psalm 8
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Matthew 28:16-20


Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 PM KOK preschool
                   10:00 am Bible Study

Thursday     9:00 - 1:00 PM KOK preschool

Friday          9:00 - 1:00 PM KOK preschool

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

Sunday        10:00 am One Worship Service
                        Pastoral Candidate Vote
                        Annual Congregational Meeting

Please note:
One service at 10:00 am on Sunday, June 11th, followed by Pastoral vote and Annual Congregational Meeting. Please plan to attend!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Message from your council president

Dear Friends,

Next Sunday, June 11, will be an important day for SOV. We will convene our annual meeting right after our 10:00 a.m.service (only one service that Sunday). This meeting will be followed immediately with a second meeting to vote on calling Pastor Dan Heath.

At the annual meeting we will elect our President, Treasurer, and Council Committees. We will also vote on a change to the Constitution. Your Council is recommending this change to Section C11.03 so it more accurately reflects the intention.

The section currently reads:
No officer shall hold more than one office at a time. No elected officer shall be eligible to serve more than one term in the same office, except for the treasurer who will be eligible to serve two terms.

The recommended change would instead read:
No officer shall hold more than one office at a time. No elected officer shall be eligible to serve consecutive terms in the same office, except for the treasurer who will be eligible to serve two consecutive terms.

As you can see, we are seeking to clarify the section by indicating no one can serve consecutive terms in the same office.

Our second meeting will be to vote on the Call Committee's recommendation that we issue a call to Pastor Dan Heath. If that vote is successful, we will also vote on his compensation package.

Although the agendas are brief, as you can see, these are both very important meetings for SOV. Please plan to attend.

Blessings to you,
Linnea Harmon
Council President