SOV Family Friendly Summer Events – August 2017

SOV Family Friendly Summer Events – Consider joining us for these family events

Hotdogs and “The Wizard of Oz”

Friday, August 18, 6 p.m.—9 p.m., at the GrangeSOV - Movie Night
Enjoy a light dinner of hotdogs and chips at 6 p.m., with the movie to follow. There will be a facebook event for rsvping or you can call SOV at 978-540-0SOV.

Picnic at Mirror Lake – Sunday, August 20

SOV Picnic - August 20th - Mirror LakeCome and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at Mirror Lake. There is swimming, sand for the little ones and lots of shade. Bring a lawn chair, a drink and a sandwich. You may bring a snack or sweets to share, but this is optional.

Mirror Lake charges an entrance fee, but in order to make it easier to invite friends and family, SOV is covering the fee. Make sure to sign in to the SOV Log at the check-in table. Parking is up the hill from the beach, but you are able to drive down to drop off things and then go back up to park. Please ask anyone with an SOV baseball cap if you need a ride back down! This is a laid back afternoon with rest and companionship—bring friend/s!! What a nice way to end the summer!!

From Our Pastor – August 2017

Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over to this chariot and join it.’ So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ He replied, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. (Acts 8:27-31)

Dear Flock of the Shepherd of the Valley,

Many congregations identify themselves as welcoming communities. Some have signs that say “All Are Welcome” or sing songs with the same message. Scripture is full of references of God welcoming everyone and a lot of communities of faith strive to live this out. At the same time, personal anecdotes of not feeling welcomed abound. Sometimes these stories describe an explicit message of not belonging – a single, young adult who only hears events announced which cater to families with children, a person in a same-gender committed relationship who hears a sermon condemning homosexuality, a child in a wheelchair who cannot join in the games the other kids are playing, a person of a different Christian denomination who is denied communion. Continue reading From Our Pastor – August 2017