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October 2, 2010

Journey to Tungamalenga

Upcoming Bible Studies Friday Morning Bible Study  Fridays, October 1– November 19 (except October 22) Led by Pastor Mary Lund

9:30-11:30 AM Cost: No charge

Bible Basics 101  Tuesdays, October 5, 12, 19 & 26 7:00-8:30 PM Led by Mark Gilligan. Cost: No charge This is a beginners Bible study for those who have had little or no Bible study experience yet would like to know more about our book of faith.

New Testament Greek Tuesdays beginning October 5 7:30 to 8:30 AM Led by Pastor Chris Smith Cost: No charge Are you interested in learning to read the New Testament in the original Greek? It's not as hard as you think. Questions? or 952-985-7305.

Adult Forum

“We are passionate about fostering faithfulness to Jesus along our individual and shared journeys of faith.”

October 3: “Christian Understanding of Warfare in an Age of Extremism” with Pastor Paul Harrington.

Fewer than 15% of our partners in Tungamalenga, Tanzania have the opportunity to attend secondary school, and even fewer can afford college. SOTV members make a world of difference in their lives by providing scholarships to 140 students who will be the next generation's teachers, pastors, nurses, doctors and community leaders. You can make a difference, too, with a gift of $25, $50, $100 or more. Secondary scholarships provide tuition, room and board for $360 per year; college costs range from $2000-$3500. Write checks payable to SOTV with "TZ Scholarship" in the memo, or make monthly donations through Simply Giving. Contact or Joan Dornfeld for more info.

Spotlight Tables in the narthex this weekend  Hug Bags (see next page for info)

Lutheran Church, ELCA 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road Apple Valley, MN 55124

Church Office: 952-432-6351 Celebration Worship in the Sanctuary Saturdays 5 PM Sundays 8:30, 9:45 & 11 AM ‘The Table’ (alternative worship) in the Great Hall Sundays 9:45 & 11 AM

Information will also be available for those interested in the 2011 Journey to Tungamalenga.

Tanzanian Scholarships Make a World of Difference

 Thrivent Grandparenting Seminar

Children, Youth & Family Office 952-432-6385

Join the 2010 Tanzania Travelers for an evening of stories, photos and updates from our partner congregation: ten village chapels under construction, a new dispensary partnership providing reproductive and child health services, Idodi Secondary School and students one year after the fire, a request to bring water to the village of Mahove, an enthusiastic response to our Gift of Prayer initiative--and more! Pastor Randy Brandt, Kirsten Levorson, Mark, Stephen and Brandon Sawyer will fill you in on all the news.

Each Sunday at 9:45 AM in the Chapel. Presentations on topics connected to our faith.

Shepherd of the Valley

Please note: date change! 6:30 PM Sunday, October 3

Fall Congregational-Wide Outreach Event October 15-16 Let's serve the community together this fall! Families and people of all ages are encouraged to volunteer together in several outreach events at SOTV. We will be making thousands of sandwiches for the homeless, tying fleece blankets for needy youth, making breakfast bags for Ronald McDonald house families, working in SOTV's community Garden, and more! Sign up for these weekend ServeTogether events at the Welcome Center or online.

New! SOTV/Tungamalenga Partership blog


SOTV celebrates the Sacrament of Baptism every second weekend of the month during regular worship services and, as needed, every third weekend of the month at a separate baptism service at 12:30 PM. TO SCHEDULE: Please contact Jill Johnson at 952-985-7381 to schedule your baptism* with the church one to two months in advance. Baptism forms must be completed prior to scheduling a baptism and are available at the Welcome Center or online. *BAPTISM CLASS: The baptism class is required only for families preparing for their first baptism at SOTV. This class is offered every first Thursday of the month and is led by Pastor Mary Lund. Parents are welcome to bring babies to class as KidCare is not available. Register online or contact Jill Johnson at 952-985-7381.

Job Opportunities

See job descriptions at employment.shtml. Please submit applications to Jennifer Maxwell. PT Music Coordinator PT Music Director for the 2010-11 program year: Brass Ensemble

September Toy Collection

The Park Nicollet Melrose Institute, located in St. Louis Park, is a national center for the treatment of eating disorders. They are in need of new or gently used leisure time items for the patients and their visitors (boys and girls). Board games, arts & craft items or kits, and puzzles for ages 6 and up; G, PG or PG-13 rated DVD’s; and adolescent age-appropriate books. Donations can be dropped off at the Collection Box in the Narthex during September. Contact Karen PiehlerShaw 612-210-5131

Books That Matter Begins Saturday, November 6 Pastor Diane Sponheim leads this new book group that explores the ways that our faith makes a difference in the world. Details can be found at http://

Light of the World

Light of the World Lutheran Church welcomes you to worship on Sundays at 10 a.m. at North Trail Elementary School, located at 5580 170th Street in Farmington.

For Women...

For Men...

HUG BAGS (Helping Us Give Blessings & Gifts)

New Men's Bible Study  "Quiet Strength" by Tony Dungy

Thanks to all who have contributed items for Hug Bags. Our pastors and parish nurses have distributed over 130 bags to women and teens in our congregation, to uplift them in times of sorrow and in times of joy. The Hug Bags Ministry will be collecting items for Hug Bags during the month of October in the box outside the main office.

7:00-8:30 PM on Thursdays, October 7 November 18 (except October 21) Cost: $11 (for the book) Led by Pastor Chris Steubing & Brian Green

Please stop by the Spotlight Table in the Narthex during the weekend of October 2-3 for more info. Please refer to for a list of the items we are currently accepting. Store purchased items are preferred (4-8 oz). Hotel size and seasonal items will be donated to a local charity. Thank you for your generosity! If this ministry sounds interesting to you or you have questions call Tammy Mielke 952-431-1662 or Terri Henneman 651-414-0268.

Women in New Konnections (WINK)

Join Tony Dungy, Super Bowl-winning Head Coach, on a journey to becoming a genuine man of God - a way of Quiet Strength. Discover God's game plan for a winning life and in the process, find answers to six common questions that men often deal with: What's my game plan? What's my strength? What's success? Where's my security? What's my significance? What's my legacy?

Bible Studies  Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:00 AM

Join the WINK women each Saturday, 6:00-6:15 PM or Sunday, 10:45-11:00 AM at the round table near the Welcome Center. This is a point of contact for women who come to church alone. Upcoming events:

 Wednesdays 6:00-7:15 PM

Sunday, October 10: Emma Krumbees (after the 11:00 AM service)

Visit over a cup of coffee each Wednesday at 9:00 AM in the atrium area of the narthex.

For Seniors (55+) All seniors (55+) are welcome to the upcoming events sponsored by the O.K.s (Older Kids.) Stop by the Welcome Center to register or get more information.

Monday, October 4: Bus trip to Stillwater Includes trolley ride, lunch, and bus ride. Cost $30 per person. Leaving church at 9:15 AM.

Fall SALT Classes Mondays, through October 11 Sessions begin at 9:30 AM & 10:45 AM At Church of the Risen Savior in Burnsville

Our Daily Bread Food Shelf Our food shelf has recently experienced a dramatic increase in the number of families who have needed our help due to food shortages at many other food shelves in Dakota County. In August, we provided 341 bags of food to 73 families. The following items are greatly needed this week: Ketchup, mustard, kidney beans, black beans, chili beans, and juice. The food shelf cannot use expired items. Please check items for expiration date.

 Fridays 6:30-8:00 AM

Coffee for Men on Wednesdays

For Couples... Service Event at Feed My Starving Children  Friday, October 15, 2010 6:00 PM Location: Eagan FMSC Site Spots for 25 couples remain. Limited to 45 couples. Meet at the FMSC Site at 6:00 PM and and serve with other couples from Shepherd of the Valley. There will be an optional dinner following the event at Al Baker’s in Eagan.

Progressive Dinner Saturday, November 13 6:00 - 10:00 PM Meet at SOTV for appetizers and "group" assignments. Register online or at the Welcome Center to bring an appetizer or to host the salad, entree, or dessert. You will also have the option to sign up with another couple you know. Registration deadline is Sunday, November 7.

Register online or at the Welcome Center. Get more info at

For Grandparents...

Volunteer Opportunities

Thrivent Grandparenting Seminar

Nursery care for MOPS

Saturday, October 9 at SOTV 8:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Continental Breakfast & Keynote Address, Marilyn Sharpe, “Grandparenting: Called to Love, Laugh and Leave a Legacy.”

Register online at thriventcommunitydakotavalley.

Two Thursday mornings per month (9:30-11:30 am) to help with MOPS childcare. Please contact Jill Schroeder if interested 952-985-7352.

Enjoy cooking or baking? Volunteer for Meals on Wheels Meals on Wheels needs volunteers to help make salads or desserts on Wednesdays and/or Thursdays mornings at Faith Covenant Church in Burnsville. If you can help out, please contact Susan at 952-393-9860.

Care & Support Groups

Ongoing Care & Support

For more information about the following support groups please contact Julie Opheim at 952-985-7331 or

Compassionate Friends South of the River

The Depression Support Coalition

GriefShare Support Group 

These monthly informational talks are led by healthcare professionals and clergy, educated and experienced about depression. They offer information, education, support, and spiritual hope to those affected by depression — as well as their families.

Tuesdays, through November 16 6:30 - 8:00 PM Cost: $15 (for the workbook) GriefShare is a video series that features some of the nation's foremost Christian experts on grief and recovery topics. Each night combines a video session with a grief support group discussion time. This group will be facilitated by Pastor Diane Sponheim and Pat Drake, Parish Nurse.

Thursday, October 7 7:00-8:30 PM “Family Dynamics & Depression” Thomas Wright, MTh, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist Location: Church of St. John Neumann, Catholic 4030 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan Susie Mrkvicka – 651-454-2079 x-2241 Weekly Support Meetings 6:30 PM every Tuesday evening at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville. Contact: Richard Erickson 651-788-0275. A new depression support group will be starting later this fall at Shepherd of the Valley. Watch the News for the Flock for more information on dates and times.

DivorceCare  Tuesdays, through December 7 6:30 – 8:30 PM Cost: $15 (for the workbook) DivorceCare is a video series featuring some of the nation’s experts on divorce and recovery topics. Each week a different topic is featured in the video which is followed by an opportunity to share your real life experience in a support group setting. DivorceCare provides an opportunity for education and support for those separated, going through divorce, or who have recently gone through divorce. Scholarships are available.

Growing Through Loss (At St. John the Baptist Church, 4625 West 125th Street in Savage) Thursday, October 7 Grief as a Spiritual Journey” with Paula Becker, Licensed Psychologist, InnerLight Healing Registration, 6:30; Speaker, 7:00; Support Groups (facilitated by trained leaders), 8:00. Freewill Offering. This program is offered to any adult experiencing a loss or major crisis and to Pastoral Ministers, i.e., Befrienders, Stephen Ministers and Samaritan Ministers. For additional information, call 952-890-0045 or e-mail:

I CAN Prevent Diabetes Class Starts October 1, 2010 –January 14, 2011 Classes are led by Rose Mahlum, RN, a lifestyle coach for diabetes prevention and one of your parish nurses. The classes offer strategies for weight loss of 5-7% of body weight based on nutrition and activity. Register online or at the Welcome Center. Cost: $25 for new class members.

Meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM. For all parents who are grieving the loss of a child of any age from any cause.

CBC (Challenged by Cancer) Women meet every 2nd Tuesday 7:00-9:00 PM at SOTV. An opportunity for women living with cancer to gather and support one another.

Parish Nurse Parish Nurses have many resources for you to use to find the information you need. at 952-985-7365 or find them in the narthex on the 2nd and 4th weekends of the month. Rose Mahlum, RN; Sharon Mertz, RN; Cher Nelson, RN; Lori Henke, RN; Becky Wilken, RN, Pat Drake, RN.

S.A.I.L (Showing All Individuals Love) Shepherd of the Valley is beginning a Special Needs Initiative with a focus on ways to improve worship, education and support for individuals with special needs. We are evaluating our current programming and will be working to find ways to meet the needs of people of all abilities. Contact: Julie Bentley at 651-683-0635 or http://

Job Connection Group Meets at the Prince of Peace Christian Life Center every Tuesday 6:30-8:15 PM. HOTLINE: 952-8989388.or

Faith Partners: Promoting Chemical Health Faith Partners is a team of volunteers who desire to promote substance abuse education, prevention, and recovery in our community. For more information call Scott Harrold 952-431-2566

Stretch & Pray Saturdays 8:30 - 9:30 AM. Drop in any Saturday for stretching, focused breathing and prayer. Bring an exercise mat and wear comfortable clothing.

Knitters & Crocheters Knit 1 Prayer 2 is always looking for new (and not new) people to make Prayer Shawls for this very important ministry. Contact Kristen Holien at or 952-985-7318.

Get your News for the Flock by e-mail. Sign up at

Confirmation 6th-9th Grade Confirmation is underway! Even if you missed the kick-off, students are welcome to join any time. Call or stop by to see Barb in the CYF Office if you have any questions or still need to register for 20102011, and she will get you placed into a small group.

Attn 4th & 5th graders: Don’t forget about the Bonfire Friday October 8! See you there!

Middle School/6-8 Grade For Children Preschool* - Grade 5 *3 years old by September 1, 2010

Sundays 8:30, 9:45 & 11:00 AM Wednesdays 4:30 & 5:45 PM Follow the signs and maps to locate classrooms around the building. Class lists are posted outside classrooms.

Celebration of Baptism Events For Birth - 1 Year Olds : Welcome to God's Family Saturday, October 9 10:00 -11:00 a.m. Children and their parents are invited to gather with other young families to consider faith rituals and traditions they might include in the rhythm of their daily lives. A special gift and other resources will be shared. No cost. Please register online at

6th Graders: Passages and HYPE Sunday Sunday, October 10 10:30 a.m.-2:45 pm Parents and children will gather for a brief conversation before the 11:00 worship service. They will proceed to the sanctuary for worship along with the gifting and blessing of a new Bible. Youth will be introduced to HYPE and stay for their first service event.

2011 Summer Trip Sign-Up Night Sunday, October 17 Grades 9-12 at 6 pm

Grades 6-8 at 7 pm

The summer trip booklet, available in the Youth Office, at the Welcome Center, or as a PDF at contains everything you need to know about next year’s trips, so you can begin planning for the adventure of your choice. A parent signature and $200 (nonrefundable) deposit are required in order to hold your spot. If you cannot be present that evening, try your luck by calling the youth office after your sign-up night to see if there are any spots left or to put your name on the waiting list. Sorry, we will not accept any early registrations. Please contact Brandon Newton if you have questions regarding SOTV Summer Trips. This registration process does NOT include Summer Camps (June 19-24, 2011): Wapo, Ox Lake, Journey of the Cross, Luther Dell, or TIM Team; watch for 2011 summer camp materials in February.

Lutheran College Fair Tuesday, October 5 6:45 pm Registration; 7:00 pm Financial Aid Seminar 7:30-9:00pm College Fair (Reception and Hors d'Oeuvres) St. Andrew Lutheran Church 13600 Technology Dr., Eden Prairie, MN 55344

 Register online or at the Welcome Center

Middle School Friday Nights These events are the perfect time to hang out with friends from confirmation, meet new people, or invite kids you know from school. You can register for one at a time or all of them—registration forms are available at church and for download at, or you can register directly online by going to the event registration page on the website.

Run Ragged ‘Til Midnight Friday, October 15, 7:00pm-midnight Cost: $30 It’s our biggest, craziest middle school event of the year! Come to church and find fun every where you turn: bounce around on giant inflatables, play carnival games, get a makeover at the hair and nail salon, Dance, Dance, Revolution until you drop, rap with Agape, and so much more. Limited to 150 participants.

High School /Grades 9-12 URL (Unwind, Recharge, and Learn) Wednesdays 8-9:15 pm throughout the school year Meet in the Shepherd’s Room for snacks, games, conversation, and time to unwind and recharge mid-week. These informal gatherings are the perfect place to connect with church friends, invite others, and get to know some new people. Come check it out! We are also looking for a few additional adult volunteers to work with this excellent group! Contact Katie Heilman (952-985-7360 or if you are interested in learning more.

PBS (Panera Before School) Mondays at 6:30 AM (when high school is in session) What a great way to start your week—time to check in with faith friends, read a bit of scripture, and pray (not to mention enjoy a tasty breakfast treat). Katie Heilman and other youth staff will meet you in the early mornings at the Apple Valley Panera (off Cedar and County 42), and we guarantee you will make it to school on time, perky as can be.

ALL GRADES (6-12) Wednesday Night Pizza SOTV youth sell pizza, snacks, and beverages on Wednesday nights during the school year from 4:00-7:00pm as a service to people who like to eat, and a means of raising money for youth summer service trips. Please stop by our NEW LOCATION in the Narthex for a bite to eat and to socialize. Thank you for supporting this ministry!

Tailgating with SOTV  Friday, October 15 at Rosemount High School (vs Eastview)  Wednesday, October 20, at Eagan High School (vs. Rosemount) Fall means football! We are excited to join in the community spirit and enjoy some tailgating at high school football games this fall. Look for the big blue pick-up truck in the stadium parking lot 45 minutes before the game starts, and stop by to say hello and get a pre-game treat. We'll head in to the stadium 10-15 minutes into the start of the game to catch the action.,%202010%20ro-ggg,%202010%20ro-ggg,%202010%20ro-ggg.pdf