“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” – Jeremiah 29:11
Dear Flock of the Shepherd of the Valley,
If you made it to the end of my letter from August that was on the SOV website and Facebook page, you may recognize the above passage from Jeremiah. If you were part of VBS at the end of July, you may remember this being a daily verse and have the tune of the accompanying song stuck in your head as well. If you were part of the SOV Capital Campaign five years ago, you may recall that the last page of the beautiful booklet of Our Journey in Faith contained these prophetic words as well. If none of these apply to you, may you still find encouragement and meaning in them. Continue reading From the Pastor – September 2016
Voting members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) approved a number of key actions during the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly held in New Orleans Aug. 8-13. The assembly is the highest legislative authority of the church. Summary of Actions.
Winston Churchill was responsible for some of the most striking and memorable speeches ever delivered. The strong rhetoric he often deployed during the Second World War was of course partly out of necessity, as the country desperately needed inspiration, at a time when the conflict was very much in the balance. One of the most famous messages he ever gave was in 1940, as he sought to prepare the British citizens for the looming Battle of Britain. During it, he stressed that the very future of Christian civilization was at stake and that the country needed to be ready to face the ‘fury and might’ of an enemy that wanted to sink the world into the ‘abyss of a new dark age.’ Whether or not they would succeed was uncertain, but he reiterated that if they succeeded it would be judged by history as ‘their finest hour.’ Continue reading A Slice of Infinity – Our Finest Hour?
SOV’s Congregational Picnic is August 21st
It’s hard to think about the end of summer before it’s even begun, but here’s a date to set aside: Sunday, August 21st (1:00 PM – 4:00 PM) will be a church picnic at Mirror Lake in Devens, MA.
Come spend an afternoon of relaxation and conversation with the beautiful Mirror Lake as a backdrop, and you can swim if you wish!
This is a simple event: bring a chair, a sandwich and a drink. If you wish, you can also bring fruit, snacks such as chips or pretzels or a dessert to share.
Dear People who God gathers as Shepherd of the Valley,
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
My first month as your pastor has been a full and fulfilling one. It began a little early with 15 high schoolers and 3 other adults heading to Reading, PA for the Group Work Camp Mission Trip and ended with Egypt VBS, involving more than 50 people in some important way. In between, Richard, Grace and I said goodbye to friends in Washington, DC and moved to our new (temporary) home in Westford, MA and were warmly welcomed by so many of you. Thank you for the overflowing gift baskets which have indeed been helping us settle in to the Nashoba Valley. Your gracious and thoughtful contributions to our transition are deeply appreciated! It’s been a great first month.
Continue reading From the Pastor – August 2016