Pastor’s Wednesday Message

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Good things are happening with youth ministry at SOV.  A couple Sundays ago, between the two worship services, we had a fine presentation by Youth Group members who went to the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit.  The kids’ photos and stories shared their experience quite effectively with a loving congregation who have given them a lot of prayer and financial support.  Thank you to the Youth Group and to leaders Stacey & Caitlin for committing themselves to this adventure!

That same day, late in the afternoon, I gathered with the Confirmation group.  We’ve begun doing a unit on Lutheran heritage (the Reformation and Luther’s Small Catechism).  Our lesson that day was about how reformation happens – not just historically in Luther’s Germany, but in any community or institution.  Our project was to think about making reformation happen in some place or organization familiar to the students.  So I asked them to tell me what a reformation at SOV would look like.

They responded magnificently.  I won’t share details here about their plan to reform SOV.  But I have shared my notes on that conversation with the TTF and some other congregational leaders.  I think it’s likely the Church Council will get a chance soon to consider some of the reform initiatives the kids are proposing.  I can’t predict if, or how, these things will be implemented.  But I’m impressed with the thoughtfulness and genuine passion the Confirmation students brought to the project.  There’s some good spiritual energy being contributed to SOV by its Confirmation students! And today I talked with Stacey, who (with Caitlin) led the Youth Group’s Detroit trip.  She told me about her passion for doing youth ministry at SOV.  It would be premature for me to share details of our talk. But as I listened to her vision for youth ministry, I found myself filled with happiness and gratitude.  I think she’s headed on the right path for building up youth ministry at SOV.  I look forward to working with her and the Youth Group to help them grow together.

My message today is just a brief news report to tell you there’s a ferment starting up with youth ministry and youth group leaders.  More partners will be needed.  If someone asks you to join with them in helping youth ministry to happen in this 2015-2016 cycle, I hope you will prayerfully consider their request — and then say “Yes!”

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Lessons for Sunday, August 16th
Proverbs 9:1-6
Psalm 34:9-14
John 6:51-58


Wednesday    10:00 am Bible Study with Pastor Brian
                       7:00 – 8:30 pm SOV Choir Rehearsal

Thursday       7:00 pm LLL

Friday           1:00 – 9:00 pm Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday      10:00 – 11:30 am SOV Choir rehearsal

Kids of the Kingdom is now enrolling for Fall 2015
This year we will be offering classes for children ages 2 through Pre-Kindergarten. Pre-Kindergarten Class that will meet Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am-1:00 pm and be taught by our new teacher, Cheryl Taylor. The 4-Year-Old Preschool class will meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. The 3-Year-Old Preschool class will meet Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 am-11:30 am. Our three and four-year old classes will be taught by Hannah Benedict who is also serving the school this year as the director. Once a week, our 2-Year-Old Parent-Child Program will meet for 75 minutes of parent/child play and learning. The day and time for this class will be decided in September.

The ministry of Kids of the Kingdom is to love and teach young children and minister to their families.

If you have a heart for young children and their families, then we have a place for you. We are in need of volunteers to help weekday mornings during the school year.

For more information, please contact Hannah Benedict at or call the school 503-645-0236.

Register Now for Sunday School
Request access
1. Go to Sparkhouse Online at

2. Under “New User,” enter your Church ID: SOVKids

3. Complete the rest of the requested information and click “Submit.”

4. You will receive a confirmation e-mail when your request is approved.
Log in
1. After you receive the confirmation e-mail, return to Sparkhouse Online.

2. Enter your e-mail address and password under “Returning User.” Click “Log In.”

Edit your profile and add family members
1. After you log in for the first time, click on your name in the upper right corner of the screen.
2. On the form that displays next, update your profile information and change your   password as needed. Click “Save” when you are done.
3. To add a child to your profile, click “Add a Child Family Member,” near the bottom of the form. Complete the requested information and click “Save.”

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