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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

A colleague of mine, an avid runner and all around health conscious pastor, suffered a massive stoke on his early morning jog a few years ago. This incredibly creative individual, an artist with words, lost his ability to communicate. A couple years later he told me of the frustration of knowing what he wanted to say and not having any way to speak or signal his thoughts to another. Over time he learned to rebuild the conduits in his mind and regained the power of speech.  In the same visit he told me that the most important thing he learned/realized in the months of silence has how important it was to "know where you're coming from"; so much of his life, he told me, had been concerned with where he was going.

Moving through Advent I find myself reviewing the steps of my journey in life. Something about the themes of "readiness" and "watchfulness", about the proclamation of the good news in the lives of shepherds and the impending birth of a child, of John the Baptist pointing out at the empty wilderness toward the one who is coming soon reminds me of the need to remember "where I am coming from" so that I might be open to what I might be led into. The shepherds came from the fields at night; Mary and Joseph came from Nazareth to Bethlehem; the Magi came from somewhere in Persia to Jerusalem and then to the home of Jesus. They all brought something with them: the report of God's messengers in the dark amid grazing and sleeping sheep, the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh along with the recognition of the whole world; and the soon-to-be-born child who would reclaim the entirety of God's creation.

Where are you coming from? What do you bring? A couple Advent questions for this week.

Some notes:
We will be receiving new members on December 17th
Advent Evening Prayer will be celebrated at 6:30 on Wednesday evenings following the 5:30 soup supper
Third Sunday Confirmation meets on the 17th
Christmas is coming!

Along the way,


Lessons for Sunday, December 10th
Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Mark 1:1-8


Wednesday  9:00 - 12:30 p KOK Preschool
                      5:30 p Advent Potluck Soup Supper
                      6:30 p Holden Evening Prayer Service
                      7:00 p SOV Choir rehearsal

Thursday      9:00 - 12:30 p KOK Preschool

Friday           7:00 p Portland Marthoma Church rehearsal

Sunday         8:30 & 11:00 am Worship Service
                     10:00 a Sunday School; Christmas cookie baking and decorating
                     Christmas Caroling (following 11:00 a worship)

Sunday School invites you to cookie baking and decorating
Sunday, December 10th at 10:00 am. (last Sunday school session until January 2018)

SOV Christmas Caroling!
Christmas Caroling for ALL ages!  Everyone is welcome!
Bring your friends, children, grandchildren and yourselves as we reach out into the retirement centers where we have SOV members and many others  hat just love it when people come to share time together with music and friendship.  We will be caroling this Sunday, December 10 as well as Sunday, December 17.  

This Sunday, December 10, we will be singing at three Retirement facilities and ending the evening meeting at Old Chicago for fellowship time. This is the current schedule for Sunday afternoon:

Laurel Parc at Bethany Village @ 1:30 PM
Bethany Avamere at 3 PM
Rock Creek Retirement at 4:45 PM.

Sunday, December 17 we will be singing at:

1:30 PM at Hearthstone - Murrayhill on Davies off Scholls Ferry Rd.
3:30 PM  at Russelville Park at 3:30 PM - East side of Portland

Christmas music books will be provided. Everyone is encouraged to dress in your Christmas Spirit, wear your Christmas attire, bring your jingle bells and we will even provide Santa hats.  We can carpool from church. The more the Merrier!

If you have questions please contact Diane Lewis, Dan Crothers or any member of the choir.

December Newsletter is available online