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Pastor’s Wednesday Message

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”   1 Thessalonians 5:18
Last Sunday I preached about gratitude.  Expressing gratitude is an all-purpose spiritual practice that cultivates many virtues and covers a…

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Pastor’s Wednesday Message

Christmas gifts?  Many of us don’t really need anything for Christmas.  Most of us already have more than enough to enjoy a tolerable balance between happiness and sorrow during our brief stay Earth.  What more do we need?  God sends…

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Pastor’s Wednesday Message

If you travel in Muslim countries, you’ll hear the muezzin calling the faithful to prayer five times a day.  These days it usually comes over a loudspeaker placed atop a tower centrally located in a town or city neighborhood for…

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Pastor’s Wednesday Message

With Christmas coming soon, we come to a comparably gifted turning point in SOV’s transition.  This Thursday evening (God willing and the creek don’t rise) Pastor Susan Kintner from the Oregon Synod office will meet with the Transition Task Force. …

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Pastor’s Wednesday Message

American popular culture, increasingly unchurchy, denies most people knowledge of what “Advent” is.  Do a web search on the term “Advent” and you get as many hits for business firms as you do for a season of the church year. …

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Pastor’s Wednesday Message

Tomorrow is the National Day of Thanksgiving. We’re waiting for that day to arrive, but we’re waiting actively, waiting by preparing, anticipating the feast. A lovely thought!
Shortly after Thanksgiving, on November 29, Advent starts.  Advent is a season of…

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Pastor Brian vacation notice

Pastor Brian will be on vacation November 16-22.  During that week, Pastor David Eppelsheimer of Community of ChristChurch will cover emergency pastoral care needs.  Pastor Jim Flachsbart will preach and preside at both worship services on Sunday November 22.…

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Pastor’s Wednesday Message

One of the things I love most about the ELCA is the set of effective relief and development programs coordinated from the Churchwide offices in Chicago.  (ELCA = the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the national church body to which…

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Pastor’s Wednesday Message

Ministry Site Profile
We’re coming to a turning point in Shepherd’s transition process.  The work of the Transition Task Force is nearly done.  Their main project, the Ministry Site Profile (MSP), is very close to completion.  This Sunday members of…