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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Christmas Caroling and Christmas Sing a long

SOV Christmas Caroling December 15!

We have 2 options to share the Spirit of Christmas through Christmas caroling!

We will meet at SOV no later 10:30 AM and start our caroling at 11 AM at Hearthstone at Murray Hill in Davies Rd. ( 10880 SW Davies,  Beaverton).

If you want to carpool be sure to be at SOV at 10:30 AM.

We will be sharing the Spirit of Christmas with our own SOV family, Marv and Sheila, and Verna and their friends at Hearthstone.

We will travel back to Rock Creek Retirement and continue caroling for our SOV member, Elodis and her fellow residents.

Wear your Christmas sweaters, jingle bells, antlers or Santa hats.

Time permitting we will make some special stops to share more Christmas music.


At 5 PM all SOV members, families and friends are invited to share in the music of Christmas with selections from our choir as well as an all Christmas sing a long.

 Chili will be served and all are welcome to bring some favorite foods or Christmas cookies to add to the menu. 

We welcome and appreciate help with setting up dinner and cleaning up.

Feel free to contact Chris Todd, Diane Lewis or Tammy McDonald. 

Friday, November 30, 2018

Midweek Advent Schedule

Please join us on Wednesdays in Advent
    December 5, 12, and 19.

Our first Wednesday is December 5th (not November 28th as indicated in the bulletin)
5:30 pm Potluck Soup/bread Supper
6:30 pm Advent Worship (30 minute service)

Friday, November 2, 2018

Daylight Savings time ends, set your clocks back one hour

Don't forget (Saturday at bed time)

This Sunday is Scrip Sunday.

November newsletter is available on line

Monday, October 8, 2018

Sunday Adult ED Study

Sunday's adult ed will journal through the book "40-day Journey with Martin Luther, edited by Gracia M. Grindal.  Drawing from the vast collection of Luther's sermons and other works, Grindal selects forty inspiring passages that raise profound truths about faith and life.

Our first gathering is Sunday October 8 at 9:45 am and we will begin the "40 day Journey with Martin Luther" as our guide to the life of prayer and meditation on the foundational truths of Christian faith.

I have six books to loan or you can order your personal paperback or kindle copy.  Cost is around $13.   I have put together a journal for each to use, but you can bring your own journal too.

Please send an email to wendyroeder /at/ gmail if you are coming or if you have questions.

In Christ's love,
Parish Ed Committee

KOK Christmas Greens Fundraiser

Christmas Greens Annual Fundraiser

by Kids of the Kingdom Christian Preschool

Place your Christmas Greens order by November 4!

Items will be available for pick at the Church November 29 and December 2.

Oregon greens from a local supplier are available for purchase including wreaths, centerpieces, swags, and garlands with prices from $15-$35 each.  Samples will be available in the church narthex.  There is also a shipper program where your items will be shipped direct.  This option is great for out of state relatives or business contacts.

Order forms are available at the usher station OR download here: https://www.sovlutheran.com/files/kok/kokgreens2018.pdf.  Please turn in your payment, cash or check payable to Kids of the Kingdom, with your order.  Ask your family, friends and neighbors to purchase too.

This fundraiser is sponsored by SOV's Kids of the Kingdom Christian Preschool, and benefits the tuition assistance program.  Thanks for your support.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Special YOUTH presentation, Sunday, September 9, from 9:45-10:45am

The 12 Youth and 2 Leaders that attended the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston this summer ARE BACK and want to share their amazing trip with YOU and also THANK YOU for supporting them with prayer and contributions. 

 Join us Sunday, September 9, from 9:45-10:45 am.

2018 ELCA Youth Gathering theme was "This Changes Everything." Ephesians 2:8 "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God."


The Gathering logo is a visual representation of the theme and the 2018 Gathering experience. It incorporates the coming together of a mosaic to reflect the diverse host city of Houston, as well as the idea that we are a church where all are imperfect and incomplete, yet we each belong in – and have an important place in – God's masterpiece. The cross at the center of the logo is the focus – it is God's grace, through Christ's life, death and resurrection, that changes everything for all people.

 Appetizers will be provided (think BBQ!)

See you on September 9th

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Youth Convention Final Days

Day 3: Justice Day

In case you weren’t sure, the youth of SOV are freaking awesome. Today they woke up ready to work and boy did they ever. We cleaned up trash from the second ward of Houston and filled more trash bags than you can imagine. The amount of energy and hearts for service that was shown today was inspiring. These young people are amazing and we are beyond proud to be their youth leaders.

After our service work we were able to eat lunch and fellowship with the other groups out with us in the neighborhood.

Next we headed back to NRG arena where they had different areas with activities and games. The youth participated in a dance party, played in bouncy houses, tried to beat Stacey at card games (Matthew succeeded!!) and ate dinner.

Mass Gathering at NRG stadium was again, full of energy, excitement and a whole lot of Lutheran SWAG (saved with amazing grace). Our speakers focused on Grace and reminded us that because of Grace we are enough and perfectly made by Him. We were able to sing, worship and left feeling energized despite the long day and hard work!!

We are excited for tomorrow and the day of community and activities!

Day 4: Community Day!

We started off day four with a ‘family’ sit down lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe, after sufficiently eating enough we walked to the tram and headed to our gathering place for the day, NRG center.

To say we were able to fellowship is an understatement! Nearly 10,000 young people were at the center were there were opportunities to play games, learn about social justice, ELCA community support programs, shop at the Old Lutheran store, and much more! Many Lutheran colleges were also there and Emily was able to go say hi to her soon to be cohorts at PLU!!

Caitlin and Amber took one for the team and held spots in line early for Mass Gathering so we were able to have great seats for the night. The youth were inspired and God was felt in many ways at Mass Gathering tonight and all throughout the day. There is greatness in these young people and their hearts are being prepared to go out in the world and make a change. It is amazing to witness and we are so great full they have been given this opportunity to grow in faith and love this week.

Gods hope changes everything!!

Day 5 - Sad to say goodbye

Yesterday was our very last day in Houston. We woke up early, packed our things and headed to worship. Sunday morning service with 30,000 people is something that can change a person. The amount of love, prayer, song and goodness in that arena was palpable. The feeling of hearing that many people repeat and the echo of ‘and also with you’ can bring a Lutheran to tears.

We heard a sermon by Bishop Eaton that again reminded us that Gods love, hope and grace changes EVERYTHING and we are so completely, totally and wonderfully made by Him. Through our faith in Jesus all things are possible and after this week there is little doubt in our young people’s mind that this is TRUE.

We then shared in holy communion, passed the peace and sent out prayers into the world that we know will make a difference, and for that, we are thankful.

After service we held our breath and found out that the next gathering will be............


We had a late flight so we were able to spend the afternoon at the Aquarium squeezing in as much last minute bonding and group fun as we could! We touched sting rays, rode the shark train, played in a splash pad, saw a TON of fish and even a white Tiger. They also had a few fun rides that the kids were daring enough to go on, however their leaders happily stood by with the bags and watched.
After eating a delicious meal at the aquarium it was time to head to the airport. We made it safe and sound with all 12 youth back to PDX a little after midnight and handed them back to their parents (all in one piece even).

All of us would like to say THANK YOU to everyone at SOV for helping to make this trip possible. Your donations, support and prayers meant the world to us and we want you to know it is so appreciated. This trip honestly changed the lives of these 12 young people (and their leaders) and it couldn’t have happened without your support.

All 14 of us encourage you to reach out and ask any questions you may have or if you want to hear more about any part of our trip, we will happily share!!

Again, thank you, THANK YOU for your support and prayers!

In Christ,
SOV Youth Group

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Youth Convention Update

Day 1: Traveling day

WE MADE IT and felt the heat/humidity right away! We spent the day traveling, taking taxis to the hotel and then found our way to the Metro train to the NRG stadium. Things we are thankful for: subway for staying open and feeding us a late night dinner and our school bus driver taking us home after the open ceremony and crazy transportation.

Day 2: Synod day

This morning we found the magical underground tunnels and we have decided we are mole people now. We live underground and love it. There is a whole city with food and shops and most importantly air conditioning!

After eating a delicious breakfast and wondering our new city under the earth, we came back to our hotel for Synod day. We gathered in a ballroom with hundreds of other awesome Pacific Northwest natives had worship, played games and shared communion with one another.

Later we travelled to NRG stadium for the nightly Mass Gathering where we listened to speakers like Marlon Hall, danced to great music, and even found Caitlin's college roommate and her youth group from Denver CO!

We are now back in our hotel for 'final 15' and then we are heading to bed early so we can get up and be ready for our day of service.

Things we are thankful for today: awesome transportation, new friends, paper airplanes, whataburger, bonding as a youth group, air conditioning and Advil.

In Christ,

SOV youth group (and their leaders)

July Newsletter now available online    

Thursday, May 31, 2018

June 4: :B the Light: Bunco Night

Please join the SOV Ladies Bunco Group for
"B the Light" Bunco Night
To honor & remember our friend Brenda

$10.00 suggested donation

Food * Fun * Pie!
Door prizes!

Monday, June 4 th
6:00 Potluck Supper
7:00-9:00 Bunco Fun!
SOV Rainbow Room

RSVP to Linda R

Wednesday Reminders

Sunday, June 3rd, One service at 10:00 am
followed by Annual Congregational Meeting
Please plan to attend

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Service for Dolores Austin

Dolores Marie Austin
MAY 13, 1924 – MAY 12, 2018

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018

Graveside Service
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wednesday reminders


Wednesday 7:00 am Coffee group / Bethany Starbucks
             9:00 - 12:30 pm KOK preschool
             7:00 pm Choir rehearsal

Thursday   9:00 - 12:30 pm KOK preschool

Friday      6:00 pm Young Adults gathering

Saturday   10:00 - 12:00 pm SOV's garden planting

Sunday is Scrip Order Sunday

Calling All Young Adults
SOV young adults are invited to a gathering at Deb Mueller-Kruse house on Friday May 18 at 6:00 PM.
     ( singles or married couples without kids who are in their 20's and 30's.)
This will be an evening of hamburgers, pinball, bubble hockey, fellowship and a chance to plan summer activities. RSVP krusedd at msn dot com, 616-1711, or just drop by.

Family Activity sponsored by Parish Ed

Spring is here and you are invited to help plant SOV's garden on Saturday, May 19, from 10 am to 12 pm. Bring any gardening tools and shoes that can get dirty and if you have seeds to share, bring those too. However, seeds will be provided. Garden is located to the east of the Church near the shed by the parking lot. If questions, contact Wendy R

80's Birthday Party - May 31, 12:00 pm
All are invited for luncheon and cake to celebrate our friends who are 80 and over!

June 3, 2018
Annual Congregational Meeting
One Service at 10:00 am followed by the Annual Meeting

Please plan to attend.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Brenda Plinke

Brenda Sue Plinke was born on the 21st of August 1959 to Victor and Ida Faulstick in Emmetsburg, Iowa. She passed away at home in Oregon surrounded by the love of her husband, Ken Plinke and children, Wesley, Hayden and Chelsea.

Brenda was a light in the world. In both her professional and personal life she was a beacon of compassion and love.  She attended high school in Emmetsburg. She was a student athlete at Iowa Lakes College and transferred first to South Dakota State University and then finished her nursing degree at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. Brenda remained in the pacific northwest upon completion of her nursing degree. She loved caring for patients and worked at several hospitals in both Washington and Oregon.

Brenda had 5 siblings. Louise Sprague of Jacksonville, OR. Julie Meyers of Newport, OR. Roger Faulstick of Emmetsburg, IA. Jeff Faulstick of Redmond, WA. Steve Faulstick of Vancouver, WA. She met her husband, Ken, in Medford, OR and was married to him at St. Paul's Lutheran in Emmetsburg in 1987.

Brenda was an 18 year breast cancer survivor. Though the disease was impactful upon her life, it did not define her life. Rather, it became a stepping stone for awareness and hope. She was the inspiration for "B The Light", a support charity not only for breast cancer families but any family that had various struggles.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday May 12th, 2:00 p.m. pacific time at --

     Trinity Lutheran Church, 2194 S.E. Minter Bridge Rd., Hillsboro, OR 97123

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in Brenda's memory to

      B The Light, PO Box 192, New Ulm, MN 56073

Or donate online at


Wednesday Reminders


Wednesday  7:00 am Coffee Group Starbucks/Bethany
                    9:00 - 12:30 KOK preschool
                    7:00 pm Choir rehearsal

Thursday     9:00 - 12:30 pm KOK preschool

Friday          5:00 - 6:00 pm Women's Bible Study at SOV

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 am worship services

Saturday, May 12, 2018
2:00 pm

A Service of Celebration of the Life of Brenda Plinke
Trinity Lutheran Church
2194 SE Minter Bridge Road
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Saturday, May 19, 2018
Plant SOV's Garden Day
Bring your favorite garden tool and gloves. If you have seeds to share bring them too. Questions can be directed to Wendy.

80's Birthday Party Celebration
May 31, 2018
12:00 pm
Please join us for lunch and cake and celebrate those who are 80 and above.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Wednesday reminders

Join us for worship this Sunday at 8:30 or 11:00 am

This Sunday is Scrip Sunday
Featured item is See's Peanut Brittle

Women's Bible Study at SOV
All women are invited to a new Bible Study group for women
Each Friday 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Looking ahead
Family Activity sponsored by Parish Ed
Planting of SOV's garden
May 19th
10:00 a - 12:00 p
Bring your garden gloves and favorite garden tool.

May Newsletter is available on line

Kids of the Kingdom Preschool still has a few openings left for the 2018-2019 school year. If you would like more information or a tour please contact KOK at kokpreschool at gmail dot com

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Wednesday Reminders

Your Council will hold a town hall meeting between services, Sunday, April 29.

They will use this time not only to update you on the financial picture but also to answer your questions and hear your ideas.

Please plan to attend.  

PALM SPRINGS RAFFLE  (Youth Group Fundraiser)
Tickets are one for $5 or five for $25. Youth or Kristi R. can be contacted for ticket purchase. The drawing will be held May 20, 2018. You do not need to be present to win. 

Sunday Worship at 8:30 & 11:00

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wednesday reminders

Art Exhibit
Still on display in the fellowship and Narthex area. If you haven't taken the time to look, please do so as there are many beautiful pieces exploring and celebrating faith.

May Newsletter articles are due by April 24th. You can email your article to secretarysov at gmail.

Annual Ecumenical Luncheon invitation
Please see the attached flyer

Kids of the Kingdom Christian Preschool
Enrolling for next school year.
If you or someone you know might be interested in KOK for the fall, please contact kokpreschool at gmail for questions, enrollment or to request a tour.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wednesday reminders

Join us today, Wednesday, March 21
4:00 pm Bible Study
5:30 pm Lenten potluck soup/bread supper
6:30 pm Lenten devotion Focus: Mark 15-16
7:00 pm SOV choir rehearsal


Wednesday  9:00 - 12:30 pm KOK preschool
                    4:00 pm Bible Study   Focus: Mark 15-16
                    5:30 pm Lenten potluck soup/bread supper
                    6:30 pm Lenten devotion
                    7:00 pm SOV choir rehearsal

Thursday     9:00 - 12:30 pm KOK preschool

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 am Palm Sunday worship
                    1:30 pm OEC
                    4:00 - 6:00 pm Art Exhibit and reception

Next Week

Maundy Thursday
service March 29th 7:00 pm
Good Friday service March 30th 12:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Easter Sunday service April 1 8:30 & 11:00 am
Easter Breakfast April 1 9:30 -10:30 am
Easter Egg Hunt children 10 and younger April 1 10:00 am

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wednesday reminders

Please join us today;
     4:00 pm Bible Study
     5:30 pm Lenten Soup/bread potluck supper
     6:30 pm Lenten Devotion
     7:00 pm Choir rehearsal


Wednesday   9:00 - 12:30 pm KOK preschool
                     4:00 pm Bible Study
                     5:30 pm Lenten potluck soup supper
                     6:30 pm Lenten devotion
                     7:00 pm SOV choir rehearsal

Thursday     9:00 - 12:30 pm KOK preschool

Sunday         8:30 & 11:00 am worship services
                    10:00 am Sunday School for all ages
                    1:30 pm OEC

Next Sunday
Shepherd of the Valley will host an Art Exhibit and Reception on Passion Sunday, March 25 at 4:00pm.  Larry Gross, liturgical artist, will show a range of pieces exploring and celebrating faith.
He is looking forward to meeting and talking with SOV members and friends.  Please plan to come and enjoy art, food and beverages, as we begin our Holy Week meditations.  

Please Note
No Sunday School March 25 and April 1

April 1 Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 am
Children 10 years and younger are invited to meet at the usher station at 10 am. Bring your own Easter basket.

Holy Week
March 25th Palm Sunday; services at 8:30 & 11:00
March 29th Maundy Thursday; service at 7 pm
March 30th Good Friday; services at 12 pm & 7 pm
April 1st Easter Sunday; services at 8:30 & 11:00 am
    Easter Breakfast 9:30 - 10:30 am
    Easter Egg Hunt 10:00 am

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Daylight Saving Time/Sunday reminder

Don't forget Saturday evening, March 10th, turn your clocks forward one hour

This Sunday

In response to some concerns about safety that have been raised to Pastor Dan, Officer Jamie Bean from the Beaverton Police Department will be here next Sunday, March 11, at 9:30 to talk to us about being safe in our surroundings.  Officer Bean is a Training Officer with BPD and has shared this information with other churches and businesses in our area.  We will start as close to 9:30 as possible in order to allow time for questions and answers.  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Wednesday reminders

Join us today; Wednesday, February 28th
  • Bible Study with Pastor Dan at 4:00 pm 
  • Lenten soup supper potluck 5:30 pm
  • Lenten Devotion  6:30 pm Focus; Mark 4-5

Wednesday   9:00 - 12:30 pm KOK preschool
                       4:00 pm Bible Study  
                       5:30 pm Lenten Potluck soup supper
                       6:30 pm Lenten Devotion
                       7:00 pm SOV Choir rehearsal

Thursday    9:00 - 12:30 pm KOK preschool

Sunday       8:30 & 11:00 a Worship services
                    10:00 a Sunday School for all ages

Scrip Sunday this Sunday
Columbia Employee Store passes: Every Columbia Sportswear card purchased will receive a pass to the Columbia Employee Store. They can also be used for online purchases. This is a limited time offer and will expire when all passes are gone. They are good thru mid April.
See's Easter Candy Sale
Easter is Sunday April 1st.
Presale orders due Tuesday March 12th- delivery Thurs. March 22nd

Mark your calendars
Sunday, March 11 at 9:30 am
Officer Jamie Bean of the Beaverton Police Department will be speaking on "Being Safe in your Surroundings"

Easter Egg Hunt...  Easter Sunday, April 1st
Children (10 years or younger) meet at the usher station at 10 am on  Easter Sunday., April Bring your own Easter basket. You'll have time to enjoy the Easter breakfast before or after the hunt and still sing Alleluias at first or second service. Sponsored by Parish Ed. If questions, email wendyroeder {at] gmail [dot} com.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wednesday Feb. 21 cancellations

Due to the weather advisory of snowfall and freezing temperatures expected this afternoon and evening all Wednesday activities have been cancelled.

Cancelled today, February 21 is;
4:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study
5:30 pm Lenten Soup Supper
6:30 pm Lenten Service

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wednesday reminders


Wednesday    9:00 - 12:30 pm  KOK preschool
                      12:00 pm  Ash Wednesday Service
                       7:00 pm   Ash Wednesday Service

Thursday      9:00 - 12:30 pm KOK preschool

Sunday         8:30 & 11:00 am worship
                    10:00 am Sunday School for all ages

Scrip Order Sunday

Remember in your prayers;
Neal and Dolores A
Dave R
Shannon H

Thursday, February 1, 2018

SOV's Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction

Saturday -- February 10, 2018 -- 5 pm

Help us support the SOV Youth Group in raising funds for their trip to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston this summer by purchasing a $10 ticket to attend a Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, February 10, at 5pm at the Church.  All are invited, family, friends, neighbors.

For the auction, we have available for bid:  spa treatment, wine and wine tasting passes, pie, cakes and other sweet treats, beer, beer brewing day, beer brunch, glass vase, art and a weekend at a beach house in Seaside, Oregon.  And more items are coming in!

For tickets, contact Wendy at wendyroeder (at) gmail [d0t] com or SOV Secretary at secretarysov [at] gmail (d0t) com.

Come out and show your support while having a great time!


June 27 - July 1, 2018 is the date for the gathering in Houston for the ELCA Youth Gathering. Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Wednesday Reminders

Lent is soon upon us! This year the season between Christmas and Lent is short, as Easter comes rather early, on April 1. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14, which is only 3 weeks from today.

My thinking for this year's preparation for Easter focuses on "Journeys". I intend the weekly Lenten worship services to center on Jesus' and the disciple's journey in ministry by following the book of Mark as it tells the story of their lives together. I suspect an outline will look something like this:

February 14 Ash Wednesday Traditional Focus: Piety

February 22 Lent 1, Focus: Mark 1-3

February 28 Lent 2, Focus: Mark 4-5

March 7 Lent 3, Focus: Mark 6-9

March 14 Lent 4, Focus: Mark 10-14

March 21 Lent 5, Focus: Mark 15-16

March 29 Maundy Thursday, Traditional Focus: Command to Love

March 30 Good Friday, Traditional Focus: Passion of John

April 1 Easter Sunday, Resurrection Celebration

In addition I will be offering a Bible Study on the big Old Testament Journeys at 4:00 on Wednesday afternoons beginning on February 22. Tentatively we will look at the Journey into the World (Creation), the Journey of Noah and his family, the Journey of Abraham and Sarah, the Journey of Jacob, and the Journey of Joseph and his family.

A life of faith is always a journey. I am reminded of this in the words of the following prayer made familiar in the LBW Evening Prayer Service:

"Lord God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.

"Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Wednesday  9:00 - 12:30 pm  KOK preschool
                      7:00 pm             SOV choir rehearsal

Thursday     9:00 - 12:30 pm  KOK preschool

Sunday        8:30 & 11:00 am   Worship services
                    10:00 am              Congregational vote on 2018 Budget

Sunday, January 28th
Congregational meeting and vote on 2018 Budget
Please plan to attend this important meeting between worship services.

February 10 at 5:00 pm
Dinner and Silent Auction
If you haven't purchased your tickets please do so after worship.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wednesday Reminders


Wednesday 9:00 - 12:30 pm  KOK Preschool
                     7:00 pm             SOV Choir rehearsal

Thursday    9:00 - 12:30 pm  KOK Preschool
                    7:00 pm             Council Meeting

Sunday      8:30 & 11:00 am  Worship services
                   10:00 am             Sunday School
                   10:00 am             Congregational Meeting / council presents 2018 budget

Between services this Sunday, January 21, Council will present their recommended budget for 2018. 

This will be an opportunity to ask questions and make comments.  
The following Sunday, January 28, the congregation will meet between services to vote on accepting the recommended budget.  These are both important opportunities and we hope you will be able to attend.

Scrip Sunday, January 21st

See's Valentine Candy presale is happening now.

Dinner and Silent Auction
February 10th
5:00 pm
Tickets are $10.00
Available for purchase Sundays after worship.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Upcoming Congregational Meeting

Happy New Year!

This is a sentiment echoed over and over this time of year as each new year seems to hold such promise.  Believing each and every day holds promise as well, I wish you all a wonderful New Day!

I'd also like to take a moment to let you know about a couple of upcoming events so that you can put them on your already-filling calendars.  Council has been working to develop a plan for spending for 2018.  Using the pledges that were received and historical information, we have arrived at an income figure.  Using that, we have developed a spending plan which we will present to the congregation at two meetings this month.

The first meeting will be an informational meeting between services on Sunday, January 21.  This will be an opportunity for you to review the plan and ask questions.  The second meeting will be the following Sunday, January 28.  This meeting will also be between services and will be when the vote on the budget is taken.  We wanted to be certain there is enough time for discussion which is why we have scheduled two meetings this year.

Please put them on your calendar and join your Council for these important meetings.

Blessings to each and every one of you,

Linnea Harmon

Council President

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Friday is a major celebration day in the liturgical calendar, the Day of Epiphany. The word in Greek (according to the scholars who know much, much more about the language than I) means something like "having been made known" and reflects the identification with Jesus of Nazareth as the Christ, and of the inclusion of the gentiles (non-Jewish folks) in the kingdom of God. The day of Epiphany is always on January 6 in our worship calendar, allowing for the celebration of the "12 days of Christmas" (December 25-January 5); the season of Epiphany begins on January 6 and flows through Ash Wednesday which, this year, falls on February 14th. (The day of Ash Wednesday floats, begin determined by Easter which is determined generally as the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox, or something along those lines!)

On Sunday we will celebrate the beginning of the season of Epiphany by reading some of the lessons appointed for January 6 and others from the "First Sunday after Epiphany" which is technically Sunday's liturgical designation.

So much for this week's lesson in liturgical time-keeping!

Epiphany is often considered the "season of light", recognizing the light of Christ coming into the world of darkness, and conveniently, in our northern hemisphere location, the lengthening minutes of light each day. It is also the day that commemorates the visit of the wandering astrologers—gentiles, to be sure—to the home of the growing child Jesus and their pronouncement—again, representing the gentile world—of Jesus as King. Not much is known of these figures in the story of Jesus birth and youth; it is not clear where they came from (somewhere east of Judah, it seems), how many there were (three gift categories are named, but not how many givers), whether they were male or female or how they traveled. They were not kings, as the song suggests; more likely they were star-tracking prophets of some other faith tradition. All of this makes their witness even more significant!

Jesus Christ is the light of the word; the light no darkness can overcome.

Along the way, PD



Wednesday  9:00 - 12:30 pm KOK preschool
                     7:00 pm   SOV choir rehearsal

Thursday   9:00 - 12:30 pm KOK preschool

Sunday      8:30 & 11:00 am worship service
                   10:00 am Sunday School for ages preschool - 8th grade
                   1:30 pm OEC

Sunday School resumes this Sunday at 10:00 am: preschool - 8th grade. No class on January 14 in observance of MLK

Scrip Order Sundays in January 7th and 21st

The See's Valentine Candy Sale will start the beginning of January.

January 11th
4:30 - 9:00 pm
Spaghetti Factory's "Let's Eat Out" night
bring the flyer or show it on your phone.
SOV youth group will receive 15% of your order.
*Flyer is attached.

Mark Your Calendar
SOV's Silent Auction and Dinner (youth group fundraiser)
February 10, 2018  5:00 pm
~Exciting auction items are accumulating if you have items to donate or connection with contacts who can donate items. Please contact Wendy at wendyroeder at gmail (dot) com