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SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY LUTHERAN CHURCH “We are passionate about fostering faithfulness to Jesus along our individual and shared journeys of faith.”

June / July 2010

Inside this issue

Our Daily Bread Feeding Families this Summer Page 13

Have a blast at VBS! Page 20

Want to volunteer? See page 11

General Information


Pastoral Acts


Worship & Fellowship


The Economy, Again Choices and Financial Wholeness Pastor Chris Smith

Adult Bible Studies 6-7

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10

Couples & Marriage


In March of 2009, I wrote an article for this space called, “Economic Crisis, Economic Freedom.” Consider this an update.

20’s30’s ETC


Single Together


At the time I wrote in 2009, the stock market was approaching its low point, hovering in the 6000 range, foreclosures were accelerating, and unemployment was heading toward 10% or more.

For Women


For Men


For Seniors (55+)




Garage Sale


Our Daily Bread


Social Concerns & Justice


Health & Wellness


Care & Support


Job Connection


Children, Youth, & Family

Since that time, the stock market has recovered by a considerable margin. But the stock market does not an economy make. Unemployment remains just below 10% and the housing market continues in duress, though it is showing signs of improvement. My article one year ago focused on the issue of credit and moving away from a culture of harmful debt. What it really boils down to is choices. Let me talk about this in terms of health. We know what choices lead to health: prudent choices about eating, diligently choosing to exercise, and thoughtful choices for healthcare. If we make choices like these – and I have no illusions that these are easy choices – then it is likely we will experience wholeness in our physical and emotional lives. The same idea applies to our lives of faith. Regular worship, nurturing fellowship, time spent in God’s Word, dedicating time daily to prayer, serving others in the name of Jesus – all these will contribute to a sense of wholeness in our spiritual lives. Our choices make a big difference regarding whether we will experience the wholeness – the abundant life – that Jesus came to give us. Abundant life in Christ also includes financial wholeness. All the pieces fit together and impact one another. Our physical health,

20-23 (The Economy, Again continued on page 3)

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, ELCA l 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road Apple Valley, MN 55124 Church Office: 952-432-6351 l Children, Youth & Family Office: 952-432-6385 l Website: Celebration (Traditional) Worship: Saturdays at 5:00 PM; Sundays at 8:30 & 10:30 AM ‘The Table’ (Contemporary) Worship: Sundays at 10:30 AM in the Great Hall

General Information “Shepherd of the Valley, a Christ-centered ELCA Lutheran church, is passionate about fostering faithfulness to Jesus along our individual and shared journeys of faith.”

New Member Classes

2009-2010 Church Council

Would you like to become a member of our church or investigate it further? Join us for information about our church mission and the many opportunities for involvement in church activities.

Kari Slotten, President; Todd Sipe, Vice President; But Holtze, Treasurer; Arlen Wilson, Secretary; Dana McKenzie, Lynne Nelson, Paul Leeder, Cindy Archer-Burton, Steve Mueller, Ron Holt, & Jim Odland

Upcoming sessions: Contact Us Church Office: 952-432-6351 Children & Youth: 952-432-6385 Fax: 952-432-6917 Website:

Pastors Christopher Smith, Duane Paetznick, Randy Brandt, Mary Lund, Diane Sponheim, Chris Steubing, and Paul Harrington. Visitation Pastors: Chuck Tindell and Leland Johnson

Tuesdays, August 3, 10, 17 7:00-8:00 PM Sundays, October 31, November 7, 14 11:00 AM –12 Noon Tuesdays, January 11, 18 & 25, 2011 7:00-8:00 PM Sundays, March 6, 13 & 20, 2011 11:00 AM –12 Noon Tuesdays, May 3, 10 & 17, 2011 7:00-8:00 PM

Safety & First Aid Shepherd of the Valley is equipped with an AED (automated external defibrillator.) This portable electronic safety device is located in the narthex right outside of the main office.

SOTV Welcome Center

Contact: Jill Johnson 952-985-7381

On the weekend following the last class, new members are received into the congregation at one of the worship services. No registration is necessary and KidCare is provided.

Visit the SOTV Welcome Center on the weekends during worship hours. It’s the place where you can conveniently register for upcoming events, ask questions, or pick up program brochures.


Celebrating Children Preschool

The Library at SOTV

Contact: Lori Bullock 952-985-7324

Celebrating Children Preschool strives to promote the healthy growth of the “whole” child. We have classes for 3, 4 & 5 year old children. Classes are held from September-May. Contact Sandy Glessing at 952-985-7370 or visit

It is located next to the Music room and has books and DVDs for adults, youth and children. Usually open during regular worship hours and on Wednesday evenings, our library is staffed by volunteers from the church. However, you can also check out materials on your own whenever the room is open.


Baptisms 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 as a separate baptism service at 12 Noon in the summer months. Baptism forms must be completed prior to scheduling a baptism. Forms available at the Welcome Center or online. To schedule a baptism, please contact Jill Johnson at 952-985-7381 one month in advance.

Baptism Class Every first Thursday of the month 7:00-8:00 PM Led by Pastor Mary Lund Parents are welcome to bring babies to class as childcare is not available. **This class is required only for families preparing for their first baptism at SOTV.


Nursery & KidCare Contact: Jill Schroeder 952-985-7352 During worship hours, nursery is available at no charge for children ages six weeks through three years.For programs other than worship, Shepherd of the Valley’s KidCare provides childcare for children ages six weeks 12 years. Pre-registration and prepayment are required. Register online at

Sermons available online Listen sermons online at Click on Audio and Video Media to choose a specific sermon.

Gather, Grow, and Give in Christ

Newsletter Guidelines Contact: Marianna Smith Weekly News for the Flock: Copy deadline is Tuesday noon for that weekend. We suggest 40 words or less to honor all requests. Bi-monthly News for the Flock: Copy deadline is usually the first of the month prior to the publication. The deadline for the August/September 2010 issue is June 28, 2010.

General Information (The Economy, Again continued from page 1)

Tuesdays, June 1 – August 24 7:00 - 9:00 PM Contact: Randy Buffie 651-681-8441. KidCare: $52/per child This 13-week class empowers and teaches individuals and families how to make the right money decisions to dump debt, get control of your money, build wealth, and learn new behaviors around money that are based on commitment, stewardship, and accountability. Created by Dave Ramsey, a personal money management expert.

emotional health, spiritual health and financial health all interact together to contribute to our overall wholeness. It is hard to overestimate how our financial wholeness impacts the others. If you doubt this, just consider how issues regarding money are the number one cause of marital conflict. A few months ago I read an article which actually discussed how stress associated with the recession has led to a sharp increase in physical and emotional problems. It all fits together. With that in mind, let me offer here a word of encouragement about our financial choices. Making choices that reduce debt, increase savings, and include giving money away is a sure recipe to experience the liberation of financial wholeness. That financial wholeness will contribute to our physical, emotional, and spiritual wholeness in a big way. Let me illustrate by relating an experience I had recently: Last week I had the privilege of visiting the most recent graduates of Financial Peace University at SOTV. It was their last class and my job was to drop in to offer a word of congratulation and encouragement. But whatever I had to say was entirely unnecessary. The 30 or so graduates were clearly deeply in the groove of financial wholeness. For 13 weeks they had gathered, heard sound teaching about financial choices, and honestly discussed with one another the struggles they faced with money. They had learned remarkably quickly. Let me offer one startling statistic. If I heard correctly, this group of 30 people representing between 15 and 20 families had reduced their debt load by $219,000 in three months. That’s over $10,000 per family, minimum. The look on their faces conveyed a message of confidence and faith and the feeling in the room was palpable. Here was a clear case where financial wholeness was contributing to abundant life. It was not about more, it was about less. As I closed my short time with FPU students, I also asked them to recommend the class to others. No doubt they will. Let me recommend it to you as well.

Please contact the church office …  When you or a member of your family is in the hospital.  When a new baby arrives in your family.  When you need to hear a friendly voice.  When your class or group plans a meeting or event—so space can be reserved and it can be noted on the church calendar.  When your home or business phone number changes.  When your e-mail address changes.  When you get a sudden urge to volunteer for something!  When you are planning to move, locally or out of town.  When your children go off to college; so we may send them a newsletter and let them know we are still interested in their accomplishments.  When your children marry; we need their new name or their spouse’s name and new address.


June / July 2010


Pastoral Care

Best wishes and God’s blessings to these families who recently celebrated the Sacrament of Baptism.

Leo Mark Laberee, son of Daren & Erin Laberee

Norah Renae Martin, daughter of Brian & Jennifer Martin

Brynna Belle Lohmann, daughter of Joseph & Cinda Lohmann

Audrey Irene Archer, daughter of Ryan & Amy Archer

Zachary Kenneth Carlson, son of David & Angela Carlson

Jackson Andrew Aitkin, son of Andrew & Brandi Aitkin

Samuel Nicholas Tressler, son of Michael & Vivien Tressler

Mason Brown Hagman, son of Andrew & Melonie Hagman

Elsie Elizabeth Purrington, daughter of Jeffrey & Amy Purrington

Jaidyn Kathleen Frank, daughter of Tyrone & Brianna Frank

Evan Alexander Buss, son of Julian & Megan Buss

William Dean Grant, son of Thomas & Georganna Grant

Addison Noelle Melby, daughter of Andrew & Katie Melby

Grace Elizabeth Grant, daughter of Thomas & Georganna Grant

Hayden Scott Smith, son of Donnell & Crystal Smith

Carli Noelle Simpson, daughter of Travis & Lisa Simpson

Luke Dean Wheelock, son of Gary & Jillian Wheelock

Izabella Jade Lyons, daughter of Jason & Erin Lyons

Ava Natalie Ansari, daughter of David & Natalie Ansari

Riley Marcella Owens, daughter of Krista Owens

Noah Michael Ranney, son of Scott & Lori Ranney

Alyson Hope Meixelsperger, daughter of Anthony & Amanda Meixelsperger

Lyla Ann Ranney, daughter of Scott & Lori Ranney

Our prayers are with these members who have recently experienced the loss of a loved one.

Edna Weisjahn, brother-in-law, Duwayne Zimmerman

Michelle Schlie, grandmother, Leona Schmidt

Sue Rustad, father, John Nygren

Lorraine Robeson, friend, Kevin Pecka

Scott Ranney, father, Michael Ranney

Tim Kukowski, mother, Orphie Kukowski

Dawn Anderson, father, Dale Roberge

Sandy Garbrecht, father, Richard Hoppenrath

Joan Hintermeyer, family friend, Jeffrey L. Reeve

Sherry Andrews, mother, Arlie Gover

Harley Peterson, brother, Rich Peterson Tom Peterson, uncle, Rich Peterson Jim Brzezinski, father, George Brzezinski Charleen Rons, mother, Lillie VanderBusch Scott McCutcheon, grandmother, Hattie Field Carol Opatrny, brother, Everett Winiecke

Cheryl Paatela, mother, June Hoium

Vicki Benson, mother, Arlie Gover

Pat Gerrits, father, Bob Hughes

Mark Gilligan, aunt, Carol & Cousin, Mary Jean Buechler

Diane McCormick, niece, Emily Thomas

Missi Wendt, uncle, Gerald Wendt

William Thomas Jr., daughter, Emily Thomas

Bob Elliott, father, Robert W. Elliott, Sr. Joan Hintermeyer, family friend, Lou Reeve Neal Heuer, mother, Virginia Heuer

Corie Tarara, cousin, Gerald Wendt

Jeanette Baden, friend, Maryls O'Brien

Skip Feldsien, father, Fred Feldsien

Penny Privette, father

Valerie Carkuff-Lommen, mother, Virginia Carkuff

Donna Haberoth, niece, Diana Heinz

Chuck Hjortaas, mother, Agnes Hjortaas

Glenda Hewitt, friend, Carl Bullen

Michelle Johnson, grandmother, Agnes Hjortaas

Christina Nissen, father, Rev. Norman Nissen & uncle, Clarence Spitzack

Barb Augustinack, friend, Nancy Belpedio

Jeri Beltz, husband, Tim Beltz Sara and Matthew Beltz, father, Tim Beltz Barbara Hanson, mother, Leona Schmidt


Alta Dexter, friend, Phyllis Lanning Lorraine Gustafson, friend, Phyllis Lanning Dale Haag, brother, Ed Haag

Gather, Grow, and Give in Christ

Naomi Horsager, father, Rev. Norman Nissen & uncle, Clarence Spitzack

Worship & Fellowship

More Stories of Service During the season of Lent, members of the SOTV congregation submitted many "Stories of Service" that they participated in or witnessed. Here is a sample of just some of the engaging and inspirational stories.

Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary

The “Wilds of Suburbia” I had plans to serve a long time in the "wilds" of Africa right after college and nursing school, but that changed with the earlier than planned arrival of children. Then with a part time job, a household to run, and small kids, a long term volunteering commitment seemed out of the question. During a discussion with some very good friends, it was pointed out to me how much I do dinners regularly scattered around the neighborhood for anyone needing a break, babysitting when needed, phone calls just to listen, constant lending of anything anyone needed. I recognized, through that discussion, that I could serve all the time, right in my own neighborhood. Even though I don't live in an area of destitute poverty, people still need my help.

Saturdays at 5:00 PM Sundays at 8:30 & 10:30 AM Holy Communion is celebrated at all services on the first and third weekends of every month.

an alternative worship with weekly Communion Sundays at 10:30 AM in the Great Hall

The Meal that Keeps on Giving I am a member of the Family Meals Ministry at SOTV, even though I can only cook one dish good enough to share with those outside my home. That one dish of Chicken Parmesan has provided my 6 year old son with a "Minnesota Grandpa." Several years ago, after a busy day's work in Corporate America and picking my son up from daycare, I realized I had committed to delivering a hot meal to an eldery man who had recently lost the love of his life after more than 50 years of marriage. When I delivered his meal I stayed to talk with him while closely eyeing the minutes of my evening ticking by. With my horrible listening skills and focus on self, I somehow heard that this man loved young children. Wow, I thought, my toddler doesn't have any grandparents here in MN. Every month since that day, that wonderful elderly man has enjoyed Chicken Parmesan in our home. He became an important part of my young son's life and will even be over this Saturday to share a birthday cake for our soon-to-be 7 year old. We've shared worship, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and even Special Friends Day at my son’s school. “Grandpa” has purchased lemonade from our lemonade stand, told my son about flying a fighter plane in WWII and countless other stories that he needed to tell and we needed to hear. I am thankful that God allowed me to listen, if for only a moment, so that I could not only serve but be blessed with the love of our "adopted grandpa" who sits in our pews every week at SOTV.

All men, women, couples, & singles are invited!

Thursday, July 29

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Gather in the SOTV backyard for a BBQ followed by an outdoor worship service. Burgers, brats, and other picnic food will be provided as well as S'mores following worship. Freewill donation will be taken to help cover the cost of the food. KidCare is available for $4/child

The Welcome Center Stop by the SOTV Welcome Center to register for upcoming events, ask questions, or pick up program brochures. You’ll be welcomed by Kristen Holien, Vicki Loeding or one of the many volunteers who help out on the weekends during worship.

June / July 2010


Adult Ministries Our Adult Bible Study Goal for 2009-2010 You might remember that we have set a goal of 16,000 adult Bible study hours for the 2009-2010 school year. Through the end of April 2010, we have clocked 14, 152 hours of community Bible study at SOTV. At the end of April last year we had clocked 13,680. Help us reach our goal as a Biblically literate congregation. Come and join a Bible study! There are plenty of opportunities in the coming months:

Making Sense of Scipture: Big Questions About the Book of Faith Thursdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29 & Aug 5 7:00-8:30 PM Led by Pastor Duane Paetznick Cost: $13.00 (for the book) Using the book by David Lose as a resource and guide, this class will focus on seven major questions about the Bible, including:

 What is the Bible?

That the World May Know Sundays at 9:30 AM in the Chapel June 6 through August 29 Throughout the summer between worship services on Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM in the chapel there will be a video series and discussion time. The focus of this weekly hour-long class will be the series “That the World May Know” featuring renown Bible teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan. Each week Vander Laan illuminates the historical, geographical, and cultural context of the Bible. This series has been filmed on location in the Holy Land.

 Is the Bible true?

Each week, after viewing the DVD, the group will take some time for discussion and exploration.

 How is the Bible the Word of God?

The summer :schedule is:

 Where did the Bible come from?

June 6: “When the Rabbi Says, ‘Come’ – Galilee”

 How can I read the Bible with greater understanding?  Is there a “center” to scripture?  What kind of authority does the Bible hold? In light of all that is happening these days in our culture and in the church, this study should be helpful for you in understanding what role the Bible has in our lives.

June 13: “When the Rabbi Says, ‘Go’ – Galilee” June 20: “When Storms Come – Sea of Galilee” June 27: “Piercing the Darkness – Kursi” July 4: No Class July 11: “Gates of Hell – Caesarea Philippi”

Does the Book of Revelation Baffle You?

July 18: “City of the Great King Part 1 – The Temple”

Led by Char Kilgore, Crossways teacher Tuesdays, July 6, 13, 20, and 27 7:00-9:00 PM Register online or at the Welcome Center. Questions call Char Kilgore at 952-898-4441

July 25: “City of the Great King Part 2 – Jerusalem”

Bring your Bible and join us for a deeper look at the Book of Revelation!

August 1: “The Lamb of God – Mount of Olives” August 8: “The Weight of the World – Capernaum/ Gethsemane” August 15: “Roll Away the Stone – Garden Tomb”

 Explore the historical content of John of Patmos’s visions

August 22: “Power to the People –Southern Stairs”

 What message was John giving his 1st Century audience?

August 29: “Total Commitment –Caesarea”

 Why did John use all of those bizarre images?  Does Revelation have significance for us today? We will go chapter by chapter through this muchmisunderstood book. There is no fee for this study. Just bring your Bible and join us.


Gather, Grow, and Give in Christ

Adult Ministries

Science Museum of Minnesota

The Dead Sea Scrolls Class

Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit

Tuesday, June 1

Wednesday, June 16

Cost: Free

Adult $28, Seniors (60+) $24

Evening Itinerary: 5:30 PM Meet at the Science Museum

7:00-8:30 PM What are the Dead Sea Scrolls? Where were they discovered? What impact do they have on Biblical, archeological, and scientific study? We will examine these questions as we prepare for the Science Museum’s exhibit on The Dead Sea Scrolls. Register online or at the Welcome Center.

6:00 PM Omni Theatre 7:00 PM Dead Sea Scroll Exhibit Join Pastor Duane Paetznick, Pastor Chris Smith and Pastor Mary Lund as we attend The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at the Science Museum. SOTV will attend as a group. Register online or at the Welcome Center. Your ticket also allows you to see the other exhibits at the Science Museum.

Couples & Marriage

20s30s ETC We are young adults aged 20-30 something from various backgrounds (single, engaged, married, etc.) who share a common faith in Christ. We've noticed that people in this age group have the most questions about their Christian faith and God's plan for their lives, yet they often have the fewest possibilities for connection at church. We gather together for contemporary worship, social outings and other informal meetings on a regular basis.

Lutheran Marriage Encounter Lutheran Marriage Encounter is a weekend for a married couple to focus on your relationship. There is a series of presentations and time to reflect and to discuss the topics in the privacy of your hotel room. No matter how long you have been married, a Lutheran Marriage Encounter weekend can improve communication and bring renewed closeness. It is a weekend of discovery…a lifetime of love.

 October 22 - 24: Country Inn and Suites in Duluth  November 19 - 21: Crowne Plaza in Brooklyn Center For weekend information and registration please contact Pete and Phyllis McMahon at 763-561-1575 or Rita DeBruyn and Jim Hedin, members of Shepherd of the Valley at 651-687-9651.

Volleyball and Potluck Sunday, June 13th at 3:00 PM Join the ETC group for a fun afternoon of volleyball and food. Please bring a dish to pass and burgers will be provided. Event will take place at the Seitz's home, 20797 Camden Path, Farmington, MN 55024. Register online at so we have a count for food. Hope to see you there!

Congratulations to the following couples who recently married at SOTV:

April 10, 2010

Thomas and Angela (Ireland) Murphy

May 1, 2010

Colin and Katie (Trier) McWey

June / July 2010


Adult Ministries For Singles...

 For calendar of events with complete details please visit

 or contact Heidi at or (651) 322-7530.  Now you can find us on Facebook. Type Single Together under “Search for Groups.”

For Women...

HUG BAGS (Helping Us Give Blessings and Gifts)

"Come to the Waters" at the Smokey Hills Retreat Center July 16-18 Cost: $160 per person (three to a cabin) or $200 per person (two to a cabin – limited availability) $100 non-refundable deposit due at registration

Thanks to all who have contributed items for Hug Bags. Our pastors and parish nurses have distributed over 90 bags to women and teens in our congregation, to uplift them in times of sorrow and in times of joy.

Women's Summer Retreat

Contact: Kathy Kelley at 651-688-7676 We'll return to the beautiful Smokey Hills Retreat Center in the north woods and take a day trip to Itasca State Park, headwaters of the Mississippi River. Join us to relax, reflect, renew, and rediscover the blessing of baptism. Departure is Friday morning at 9:45am with return on Sunday afternoon.

Below is a list of the items we are currently accepting. Small, store purchased items are preferred (2-8 oz). Please avoid donating seasonal items. Thank you for your generosity!

Shepherd Quilters

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Shepherd Quilters meet every Monday from 7:00-9:00 PM at SOTV. All skill levels are welcome to help quilt, cut, iron, and stitch. Quilts are donated to Target House and other organizations.

 teen focused items  Medium/light weight fabric is also needed for the bags.

Please register online or at the Welcome Center. Accommodations are available for 38 women.

Coordinating body wash/shower gel and lotion fuzzy, stretchy socks / slipper socks nice soaps smaller sized candles in holders individual beverage packets (tea, coffee, cocoa, cider) coffee mugs inspirational items (magnets, flip inspirational calendars, crocheted crosses, small angels, bookmarks, notepads, pens, etc)

Remnants are accepted. If this ministry sounds interesting to you or you have questions call Tammy Mielke (952-431-1662) or Terri Henneman (651-414-0268).

Contact: Kim Gannaway at 952-423-1752.

Sarah Circle Bible Study Group Every 2nd Saturday from 8:30-9:30 AM at SOTV. This group will not be meeting over the summer months (June, July & August.) Contact: Judy Anderson, 651-207-8407.

A thank you received recently from a woman

Shalom Bible Study Group

at SOTV:

Every 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:30 PM. Follows Bible studies found in the "Lutheran Women Today" monthly magazine. The summer Bible study is “Pray Always,” by Rev. Gladys Moore. Contact: Barb Linkert at 651-423-4552.

“Thank you so much for the Hug Bag given after the birth of my daughter. I really felt the outstretched arms of the church through each of the "comfort" gifts. Thanks for the support

 Session 1: Persistence  Session 2: Waiting with Patience and Hope

during my time of healing!”

 Session 3: Power


Gather, Grow, and Give in Christ

Adult Ministries For Men... Men’s Bible Studies All men's bible study groups gather to grow in God's word and to share in the fellowship of Christian friends. They are peer led and are open to men of all ages and places on the journey of faith. You are welcome to drop in at any of the following times as we seek to discover our identity as men who are loved, forgiven, and free in Jesus Christ. Contact Pastor Chris Steubing with questions.

Men’s Summer Hiking Retreat: June 24 – 27 Cost: $210 ($100 non-refundable deposit due at registration) Mark your summer with an adventure, take in the north woods, absorb the abundance of God’s creation and build connections with other Christian men while enriching and exploring your faith. We will be returning to the Chateau Leveau, near Tofte.

Tuesday Mornings 6:00 - 7:00 AM

Men’s Black Hills Hiking Retreat: September 8-12

Currently studying the Gospel of John

Estimated Cost: $300 - $400

Wednesday Evenings 6:00 - 7:15 PM

Visit a land of legends. Walk in the footsteps of history.

Beginning June 7, this group will switch to Monday nights from 6:30 – 7:45 PM for the summer only.

Friday Mornings 6:30 - 8:00 AM Currently studying 20th Century leaders in the Faith. The study involves reflection on the life and faith of leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa, and Billy Graham as well as others. Come for coffee, discussion, encouragement, and prayer.

Young Adult Men's Small Group 7:30 – 8:30 AM Meets every other Friday at Pardon My French in Eagan. .

Experience a place regarded as sacred, a place where stone emerges dramatically from the Prairie and seems to reach for the sky. Take in some of the greatest vistas in North America. This is an important opportunity to deepen your faith and build connections with a small group of like minded men. We will stay at Custer State Park and spend three days hiking and in Christian study. Expand your horizons and your faith. We leave early on September 8th and return by late afternoon on the 12th. Space is limited. Please prayerfully consider this biennial event. Contact Pastor Chris Steubing or Dale Reed with any questions.

Coffee for Men on Wednesdays

For Seniors (55+) O.K.s Sponsored Events

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

Monday, June 21 at Noon: Lunch (salad, bread and dessert) with the Rev. Rolf Olson from Richfield Lutheran, who is speaking on Forgiveness. His daughter, Katherine Olson, was murdered in October 2007.

The Golden Stitchers (a.k.a. Senior Quilters) meet year-round every 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month, 9:00 AM-2:30 PM at SOTV. All skill levels welcome to quilt, cut, iron and stitch. Meeting dates this summer: June 3, July 1 & 22, and August 5 & 9. Contact: Shirley Blix at 952-432-2083.

55 & older

Fall Senior Retreat at Camp Wapogasset in Amery, WI

Each Wednesday at 9:00 AM in the atrium area of the narthex. Men who would like to get together to visit over a cup of coffee or tea are encouraged to join an informal Coffee for Men. There's no particular agenda other than connecting with other guys.

A weekend in September 2010. Exact dates TBD. Watch for more information in the weekly News for the Flock.

June / July 2010


Stewardship Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church Giving Recap Fiscal Year 2009-2010



(Fiscal year begins August 1)



Gifts received 8-1-09 through 4-30-10



Budget through 4-30-10



Difference between actual gifts received versus budget



Thank you for your generosity!

Organ Committee Update The church council has formed a Pipe Organ committee (Phase II) with the mission to: Replace our failing organ with a pipe organ that supports congregational and choir singing, at a scale appropriate to the size and design of our sanctuary. We have been meeting for the last couple months to create a request for a proposal to be sent to new organ builders, and to understand and document the process involved in purchasing and retrofitting a "repurposed" (used) organ for our sanctuary. As we work on the discovery process, the organ fund continues to grow thanks to many special generous gifts. The organ fund currently has a total of $185,922.09 in it, with additional funds that have been pledged. We expect that a repurposed organ would cost at least $500,000 including retrofitting and building upgrades. A new organ would cost closer to $1.3 million including building upgrades.

Employer Matching Gift Programs Did you know that many employers have matching gift programs designed to support their employee’s interests in nonprofit organizations and community involvement? Through the efforts of many of its members, Shepherd of the Valley has been blessed in receiving such gifts. These contributions help support our many programs and may also be directed to non religious uses, as some programs stipulate. Check with your employer to see if you might be able to help support Shepherd of the Valley in a new way through an employee matching gift program.

Stock Gifts

If you have any questions about our work, please contact us at, or call the church at 952.432.6351.

The gifting of appreciated stock or bonds to SOTV is a great way to help support the vital ministries of your church, avoid taxation of your gift and receive a benefit on your tax return for your donation. The IRS allows the direct transfer of stock to the church and allows the donor to deduct the value of the stock on the day you give it to the church as a donation on your tax return. You do not have to report the gain in value of your stock as income . The church can sell the stock with no tax consequences.

A word about Heifer International

The process of transferring stock is very easy. Contact Beth Karlson at 952-432-6351 to get the information how to make this donation.

We were blessed to have sunny and warm weather for “Fill the Ark” weekend and the petting zoo last Sunday. What a fabulous day! Thank you for your joyful generosity last weekend as SOTV contributed over $8,500 to Heifer International! The number will rise over the year as people generously make additional contributions. Wow!


The compassion of this congregation for the well-being of our sisters and brothers in Christ is amazing. Supporting a Christian based organization such as HI is just one way we can be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. Doesn’t it feel GREAT to be a part of something so life changing? Our God is an awesome God.

Your gifts are vital in supporting the work of this community!

 Over 475 members are enrolled in Simply Giving  Enrollment is easy  You can change or stop anytime  No more catch up at year end  It reduces volume for the counters on the weekend. Sign up today! Contact Dawn Della Paolera at 952-432-6351.

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rage Sale

Thursday, June 24th (4pm-8pm) Friday, June 25th (9am -7pm) Saturday, June 26th (8am to 2pm)

Garage Sale volunteers sign up sheet on next page

DONATION DROP OFF HOURS: Drop off donations at the North entrance of SOTV on Monday, June 21st and Tuesday, June 22nd from 9 am to 8 pm. WE CANNOT ACCEPT DONATIONS BEFORE THAT MONDAY. Please check in large items with a volunteer. Donation receipts are available at the door. DONATION ITEMS NEEDED: Clean, gently used adult and children’s clothing and shoes, toys, games, puzzles, books, small appliances and electronics (in working order), household goods, jewelry, furniture (in good condition), holiday items, bicycles, paintings and artwork, purses, CDs and videos, tools, sporting goods, cell phones, etc. ITEMS WE CANNOT ACCEPT: Large appliances, carpet, tires, older computers (Pentium or newer will be accepted), computer monitors (unless part of a complete computer set), metal desks, microwaves, older reference book sets, console televisions and stereos, typewriters and typewriter stands, furniture or clothing that is stained or torn, pianos or organs, cabinets, air conditioners or humidifiers, office furniture, playpens, baby car seats, cribs, exercise equipment, king-size beds or waterbeds, ski equipment or ski boots, medical equipment, walkers, wheelchairs, doors or “wiring” lights, any item not in working order. Any items we cannot sell or give to other organizations are disposed of at cost to the Children-in-Need garage sale and reduce our fundraising dollars. AGENCIES WHO BENEFIT: Children’s Home Society & Family Services, Bundles of Love, District 196 Schools, Dakota Woodlands, Kaleidoscope, 360 Communities, Safe Haven, Pregnancy Choices, All Nations Church, Pueblo de Fe Church, Women’s Advocate, Alley’s Shoppe, M.O.M.S., Lewis House, Burnsville / Eagan / Savage ALC, and more. MATCHING GRANT: Funds raised will be supplemented by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Volunteers who are Thrivent members are encouraged to note this on their form so we can request matching funds for a variety of charitable organizations. June / July 2010



If youSale are able to help out at the garage sale, please complete the form below and drop it off at the Welcome Center. Garage Note: All volunteers working a minimum of 4 hours will be invited to shop early!

VOLUNTEER NAME I am a Thrivent Member

VOLUNTEER PHONE NUMBER Yes / No (please circle)

I will need childcare for my children ages 10 and under.

I am available to volunteer for the following shifts:



9:00 am -1:00 pm

9:00 am -1:00 pm

1:00 - 5:00 pm

1:00 - 5:00 pm

5:00 - 9:00 pm

5:00 - 9:00 pm


Please list the number of children, the date/s and time frame/s your children need care: ____________________


9:00 am -1:00 pm

9:00 am -1:00 pm

1:00 - 5:00 pm

1:00 - 5:00 pm

5:00 - 9:00 pm

5:00 - 9:00 pm


(Childcare available Tuesday-Thurs, 9am-noon for volunteers only. There is no cost but you must register in advance.)

_________________________ _________________________ _________________________


8:00 am - Noon

7:30 - 10:30 am

Noon - 4:00 pm

10:30 am - 1:30 pm

4:00 - 8:00 pm

1:30 - 4:30 pm

I am interested in bringing a snack or meal item for the garage sale volunteers. Please call me.

Please cut along dotted line and drop off completed volunteer form at the Welcome Center.







Thursday, June 24th (4pm - 8pm)



Friday, June 25th (9am -7pm )



Saturday, June 26th (8am - 2 pm)


On Saturday, 8 to 12pm will be a bag sale – everything you can fit into a bag for $3.00; 12pm to 2pm will be a freewill donation—take as much as you want for the price you choose.

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Monday, June 21st (9am - 8pm) Tuesday, June 22nd (9am - 8pm)

Monday, June 21st (9am-9pm) Tuesday, June 22nd (9am-9pm) Wednesday, June 23rd (9am-9pm) Thursday, June 24th (9am - 9 pm) Friday, June 25th (8am - 8pm) Saturday, June 26th (7:30am-4:30pm)

Volunteers are so important to this ministry. Please fill out the volunteer form above and drop it off at the Welcome Center. Thanks!

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Our Daily Bread Food Shelf

Our Daily Bread — Feeding Families this Summer As the school year winds down, you may be wondering how you’ll keep your kids busy during the long summer days ahead. Many families worry about how to keep their children fed. For families who depend on free/reduced school breakfasts and lunches, summer is an especially challenging time. Food shelves have their highest needs between July and October. In addition to kids being away from school, donations often drop off significantly. Our Daily Bread is entering our first summer of supporting families. Here are a few ways you can help keep our food shelf stocked through the summer months:

 Kids for Kids. Kids can collect foods

Source: 360 Communities

specifically for other kids. Encourage them to think about what a healthy breakfast, lunch or snack might be.

 Bountiful Gardens? Donate extra produce from your garden – please wash and drop off on Tuesday or Thursday mornings before noon.

 BOGOs. Take advantage of “buy-one, get-one” deals. You may not need the second item, but our food shelf does.

 Make it Easy to Donate. Set aside a space or a bag in your pantry for extra items. Once

Questions? Food shelf supply Roy Naslund 952-432-3019

it’s full, bring it in. Try to always bring a bag to church when you come to worship.

Healthy Donations. Look for healthy options when choosing food to donate or to serve your own family. Examples are:  Low sodium canned vegetables, soups, sauces, etc.

Volunteering Robin Sorenson 952-997-6877

 Low sugar canned fruits or those canned in their own juice  Whole grains: pastas, cereals, tortillas, granola bars, pancake mix, etc – the first ingredient should be a “whole” grain. Brown & wild rice and oatmeal are also great whole grains.

 Dried fruit (look to see that there isn’t a lot of sugar added), nuts (low sodium) and dried legumes (peas and beans) smaller or individual sized bags work the best

 100% fruit juice

Promotion or food drive events Amy Bloomquist 651-423-2187

General questions

What does our food shelf need? Basically, anything, but canned fruits & veggies, canned chicken & tuna, hearty soups, chili, stews, granola bars, peanut butter & jelly, coffee, powdered milk, pasta & sauce and juice are always in demand. We also need personal items like diapers/wipes, toilet paper, facial tissue, shampoo/conditioner, tooth paste, soap and laundry soap. Donations can be dropped off at any time on the shelves outside the Great Hall, donation slips for tax purposes are there as well. See the weekly News for the Flock or the board outside the Great Hall / Music Room for weekly food shelf needs and volunteer opportunities.

June / July 2010

Lisa Hegerman 952-985-7329

To make an appointment to utilize the food shelf Call 360 Communities 24/7 at 952-985-5300.


Social Concerns & Justice

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. If you have questions or feedback about current programming, you can email our group at We will be in need of volunteers as we move forward with this ministry. Please contact us if you are interested in lending a helping hand.

News for the Flock gets e-mailed Going Paperless = Good Stewardship

Have you signed up to receive SOTV newsletters by e-mail? Doing so saves money, uses fewer resources, and helps SOTV staff to be more efficient. It’s easy to signup: Go to the SOTV homepage ( and submit your e-mail address. Thank you for your willingness to go paperless! To unsubscribe from the SOTV mailing list notify or call 952-432-6351.

Caring for Creation

Going "Green": Green Tips for Gardening Having your own garden provides you delicious fresh fruit, vegetables, and herbs that are surely safe and sustainable for you and your family, right? Well that depends…do you have an organic garden? How much water do you use? Do you use mulch? Here are some green tips for going green while gardening.

 Kill bugs in a green way - Many pesticides have toxins in them that get on your plants and leak into storm water drains. One way to get rid of bugs is to put 1 to 2 teaspoons of dishwasher soap per gallon of water in a jug and then put a little bit on that on your garden every 7 to 14 days to keep plant eating insects away. If you still have a problem, add some vegetable oil.

 Be Careful Using Mulch - Some types of mulch have high doses of formaldehyde and arsenic, specifically red mulch, yikes! It is made from lumber debris and if it has any plywood or particle board, it was likely dyed with CCA (chromium, copper and arsenic), which is what increases the arsenic levels.

 Use compost for fertilizer - Either use compost from your outdoor/indoor composter or you can purchase manure to fertilize your garden. Most people swear it works better than chemical fertilizers and if you make your own, it doesn’t cost any money.

 Reuse Rainwater - Put a barrel in your yard to collect rainwater and then use it to water your garden. What a great way to save money and water.

 Water plants in the morning - Water your garden in the morning before the hot sun is out to decrease the amount of water evaporating before being retained in the plants’ roots. For meeting dates and more information, contact Lisa Hegerman at 952-985-7329 or

Worship is at 10 AM. Learning for all follows. Come visit. We’d love to see you!  June - August: Summer worship will be held at 10 AM at Meadowview Elementary School, 6900 195th Street, in Farmington.


 Sunday, June 27 at 10 AM: Summer youth musical, Mission Possible at Meadowview Elementary.

Fair Trade Coffee Sales In the narthex every 3rd weekend of the month: Every 3rd Saturday 5:45-6:15 PM Every 3rd Sunday 9:15-9:45 AM & 10:15-10:45 AM Purchase a variety of delicious coffees, teas, cocoa, and chocolate. Be assured that your purchases are helping people in other communities feed and shelter their children as well as improving schools and healthcare.

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SOTV - Tungamalenga Partnership

Blood Drive

A Motorcycle for Pastor Naftal!

Thanks to the persistent and faithful efforts of the SOTV Men's Ministry, we have ordered a new motorcycle for Pastor Naftal and our partner congregation in Tungamalenga, Tanzania. Over the past six months the men of our congregation raised $4,500 to purchase the bike and to set aside funds for maintenance. This will enable Pastor Naftal to do his work more efficiently as he travels among the 20 villages that comprise Tungamalenga Parish, with a 70 mile roundtrip to the farthest village congregation.

Journey to Tungamalenga: August 2010 & 2011

Thursday, July 29 at SOTV Noon- 6:00 PM Four double red machines available

Need another incentive? ROOTBEER FLOATS will be served in the canteen!

Take some time this summer to help save a life. Blood donations are needed year round and especially during summer months when the need increases and vacation schedules conflict with donations dates. It only takes about an hour to donate which leaves time for plenty of summer fun afterwards. If you are in good health, 16 yrs. or older, at least 110 lbs and haven't donated since 6/4/10, you are eligible to donate.

Five SOTV members will travel to Tanzania this summer to visit our partners, building relationships and working together to support evangelism, education, healthcare, and economic development. Pastor Randy Brandt, Kirsten Levorson, Mark, Stephen and Brandon Sawyer will be making the journey this year.

Blood Donor Registration  Register online at  or at the Welcome Center  or call Lisa Loher at 651-683-9127

Is God calling you to be one of SOTV's next ambassadors on this partnership journey? Now's the time to start thinking about taking the journey of a lifetime next summer along with Pastor Diane Sponheim and Sharon Mertz. Watch for more info!

Blood Drive Volunteers Needed

Questions about our partnership and how you can support it? Contact

Sign up to volunteer at the Welcome Center or call Lisa Loher at 651-683-9127.

Habitat for Humanity July 19 – 23 & August 2 – 6

Join the SOTV and Light of the World work crews for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity this summer!

Volunteers needed to make appointments and to serve at the blood drive. The summer blood drive is a great opportunity for a family service project with the ks for a couple of hours, teens (sign up with a friend), and "kids " of all ages.

School Supply Drive Shepherd of the Valley has been donating school supplies to local children since 1999. Last year, over 15,000 individual school supply items were donated to 15 different schools and organizations. Congregational support has been a key factor in the success of this outreach, meeting the needs of so many children every year.

Be a part of our work crews this July and August for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. We are happy to once again be teaming up with Thrivent Builds as we work on homes in Shakopee. You can choose to work a whole week, or a few days as your schedule permits. All skill levels are welcome and we would love to have you on one of our work crews! Register at the Welcome Center or online at

How can you help? Watch the weekly News for the Flock for more information about shopping lists and volunteer opportunities, including shopping for needed supplies, packing and delivering. Call Lisa Loher at 651-683-9127 for more information or to volunteer. June / July 2010


Health & Wellness Integrating Faith and Health

Knowing when to stimulate our minds and when to rest them affords us greater peace. Understanding who we are and whose we are keeps us grounded intellectually and emotionally! Intellectual wellness is engaging the individual in creative and stimulating mental activities to expand their knowledge and skills and help them discover the potential for sharing their gifts with others.

 Cherishes mental growth and stimulation  Is involved in intellectual and cultural activities  Is engaged in the exploration of new ideas and understandings

Are you engaged in the process of intellectual wellness? Ask yourself the following questions:

 Am I open to new ideas?  Do I seek personal growth by learning new skills?

 Do I search for lifelong learning opportunities and stimulating mental activities?

 Do I look for ways to use creativity? If you answered "No" to any of the questions, it may indicate an area where you need to improve the state of your intellectual wellness. (from


Humans have 60,000 thoughts per day on average. That is more than 40 thoughts per minute! When we can learn to slow our thoughts and allow more space between them, they become more intentional. What do you do now and what could you do in the future, to slow your mind down/rest your mind at the end of the day?

 An intellectually well person:

If you choose to travel an intellectual wellness path, explore issues related to problem solving, creativity, and learning as well as spending more time pursuing personal interests, including reading books, magazines, and newspapers, while keeping abreast of current issues and ideas. As you develop your intellectual curiosity, you'll actively strive to expand and challenge your mind with creative endeavors."Intellectually well" people are also curious and interested in the communities as well as the world around them.

Just as we need to stimulate our minds and intellect, we also need to rest them.

Try to take 10 minutes each and every day to rest quietly, concentrate on your breathing and allowing your mind to slow down. If you have trouble doing this, make your list for later and remind yourself all you have to do will still be there!

Some of us fear the aging of our mind and the consequences of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. No matter what our risk factors are, it is important to use our minds to keep them alert and active. Just as we know physically we need to “use it or lose it“ so too we must use our minds! Challenge yourself by learning something totally new, perhaps it is time to try something you never thought you could do before. Seek out new experiences. Satisfy your curiosity and seek out answers to some of the questions you have.

Learning Style Can you identify your learning style? Many recognize that we all learn differently. Explore your own preferred style and then challenge yourself to develop ability in another less dominant style. This website outlines 7 learning styles:

 Visual (spatial). You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.

 Aural (auditory-musical). You prefer using sound and music.  Verbal (linguistic). You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.  Physical (kinesthetic). You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.

 Logical (mathematical). You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.  Social (interpersonal). You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.  Solitary (intrapersonal). You prefer to work alone and use self-study.

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Health & Wellness Remember… “Shared joy is double joy —Shared sorrow is half sorrow”

Swedish Proverb

In 2010, we will explore each of the six aspects of our spiritual well-being. When we care for our bodies and our surroundings, we become energized and equipped to nurture our relationships with our family, friends, congregations and community!

STRETCH and PRAY Saturdays 8:30 - 9:30 AM Drop-ins always welcome!

If we can be of assistance to you or your loved ones, please give us a call. We have many helpful health resources we can share with you! In the Healing Christ, your Parish Nurses. SOTV Parish nurses: Rose Mahlum RN, Lori Henke RN, Sharon Mertz RN, Cher Nelson RN, Becky Wilken RN, and Pat Drake, RN. E-mail or call 952-985-7365 to leave a voicemail and a parish nurse will contact you. Health Cabinet Members The following members support and advise the parish nurse ministry at SOTV: Bob and Joann Berndt, Dennis Ellingson, Cris Ireland, BJ Larson, Lynn Sweetman, Paula Swiggum, Terri Henneman, Lisa Heirie, and Arlen Wilson.

Help Wanted Looking for people who have an interest in identifying congregational needs as we continue to grow and shape the faith and health ministry at SOTV. Quarterly meetings with Pastor Diane and the parish nurses. If you are interested please leave a message on the parish nurse line: 952-985-7365.

June / July 2010

Are you looking for new ways to improve your physical and spiritual well-being? Join Deb Hellam as she guides us through stretches and focused breathing based on the book "Stretch and Pray" by Bishop Murray Finck. These stretches will help reduce muscle tightness and improve flexibility. Deb is a certified Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Deb is currently personal training and Instructing at Lifetime Fitness in Savage. Deb will be joined by Pastor Diane or a Parish Nurse as we incorporate meditation and prayer into the stretching and fitness. Wear comfortable clothing and bring an exercise mat. The location will be posted each week at the welcome desk. There is no need to pre-register. If you have questions, call the parish nurse line at 952-985-7326.

The I CAN Prevent Diabetes Program Fridays 8:00-9:00 AM through August 13 Cost: $25 The I CAN Prevent Diabetes Program (Individuals and Communities Acting Now to Prevent Diabetes) was developed to apply this lifestyle coaching to a community working with groups of people instead of individuals. This program gives individuals in a group the tools to change their behavior and make healthier choices. This program addresses nutrition, physical activity and motivation. Parish Nurse Rose Mahlum will coach you to set realistic goals, provide strategies to cope with food temptations, tips for grocery shopping, and how to deal with the frustrations of making changes.


Care & Support ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) These meetings will be resuming in September. They are open to everyone in the community! 6:45 PM—9:00 PM For further information, please contact: Brenda Brookman 952-322-2176 / Connie Simonson 952-431-5667/ SOTV staff liaison: Julie Opheim, Adult Ministries Director

DivorceCare Next Class: Fall 2010 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. The workbook also serves as a support tool for participants to apply the knowledge learned in each session. Topics include “Facing My Anger,” “Facing My Loneliness,” “Depression,” “New Relationships,” “KidCare” and “Forgiveness.” DivorceCare provides an opportunity for education and support for those separated, going through divorce, or who have recently gone through divorce. Scholarships are available.

Faith Partners - Promoting Chemical Health at SOTV Faith Partners is a team of volunteers who desire to promote substance abuse education, prevention, and recovery in our community. This group helps develop events and provide information to support chemical health for individuals and families. You are invited to join occasional Monday night planning meetings. For more information call Scott Harrold 952431-2566.

The Depression Support Coalition Major depression is a medical illness that now affects 15 million adults each year. Depression affects our thoughts, feelings, mood, behavior, and physical health. Although devastating at times, depression is highly treatable. The mission of the Depression Support Coalition is to inform, educate, support, and cultivate a community of spiritual hope for those affected by depression — as well as their families.

Monthly Educational Speakers The Depression Support Coalition has developed a program of monthly informational talks by leading healthcare professionals and clergy educated and experienced about depression and related diseases. Monday, June 7, 2010

7:00–8:30 PM

“Live Well with Depression” John Reardon, M.A., Counseling Psychologist Location: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church 13901 Fairview Drive, Burnsville, MN 55337 Contact: Richard Erickson 651-788-0275

Weekly Support Group Meetings 6:30 PM every Tuesday evening at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville. All persons are welcome to attend, regardless of religious affiliation.

Faith Partners Ministry invites you to visit the resource cart located in the church library for helpful information on addiction. This is a wonderful resource for families young and old. Whether contemplating how to address addiction issues with yourself, child, teen, spouse or loved one, Faith Partners has information for you. Please contact us via the slips provided on the cart if you’d like to become involved or wish for assistance with addiction in your midst.

Contact: Richard Erickson at 651-788-0275. For additional information or questions, please contact Julie Opheim at: 952-432-6351.

Down Syndrome Parent Support Group

Mary, Mother of the Church, Catholic, Burnsville

Meetings are every 3rd Monday, 6:30-8:30 PM. This group will not be meeting in June and July. For additional information, contact Jennifer and Scott Lee, 651-463-2226, or Gretchen Martin-Miller and Craig Miller, 952-403-6722,

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Burnsville

Depression Support Coalition Churches Easter Lutheran Church, Eagan Grace Lutheran Church, Apple Valley

Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, Prior Lake Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Apple Valley St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Eagan St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Savage


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Care & Support

The Job Connections Group A Tool for the Times For most of us unemployment is something we hear about on television and read about in the papers. But if you are someone who has lost a job, it’s not about statistics. It’s very real and frightening, and means a challenging time in your life. Most have been employed man y years in good jobs and are suddenly faced with the question, “Now what do I do?” That’s where the Job Connections Group (JCG) is an important tool. JCG support group is a joint Many attend The Job Connections Group at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville. ministry of Prince of Peace and Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. Programs at each church joined up several years ago to be able to provide a more comprehensive program supporting those looking for employment or in transition. The job search process has changed a lot over the years. JCG meetings help you get your job search up to speed and tuned for today’s employment market. Topics range from Updating Your Resume to Behavioral Interviewing and Networking. In January, LifeKeys covered four sessions, helping participants take a fresh look at who they are and set a direction for their job search. Once unemployed, many people find themselves missing the social interaction they had at work. The support group provides a setting where people in the same situation can share experiences and frustrations. One person may have a contact at a company useful to someone else. Meetings help everyone stay motivated. Job Connections Group strives to provide a combination of support, training and information to help you and your next job. Presenters include HR professionals who explain the employment process used in companies. The group’s volunteer’s have been through the job search experience themselves. Some have HR experience or have been hiring managers in companies. JCG would welcome volunteers as committee leaders, topic presenters or meeting leaders. Come see how the Job Connections Group can help you in your job transition or job search. Meetings are held on Tuesday nights, 6:30 -8:30 PM in the Christian Life Center at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville JCG information can be found online at and 952- 898-9388.

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Women In New Konnections (WINK) Saturday evenings 6:00-6:15 PM or Sunday mornings 10:45-11:00 AM Join the WINK women each week at the round table near the Welcome Center in the Narthex. This is a point of contact for women who come to church alone and would like to connect with others in similar situations. Friendly faces will greet you!

CBC (Challenged by Cancer) Every 2nd Tuesday

7:00-9:00 PM at SOTV

An opportunity for women living with cancer to gather and support one another. Support groups have helped thousands of people cope with cancer, and no matter where you are in your journey, we encourage you to come. If you have questions please leave a message on the parish nurse line 952-985-7365.

Compassionate Friends South of the River Every 3rd Tuesday

7:00 PM

Meetings are open to all parents who are grieving the loss of a child of any age from any cause. For more information, call Shirley Doering at 952-432-5955 or

Job Opportunities at SOTV  PT Audio-Visual Technician Assistant  PT Music Coordinator  PT Early Childhood Program Teacher (Friday Mornings Out) Job descriptions at Submit applications to Jennifer Maxwell at SOTV.

Artist Corner A fellowship of SOTV Artists Saturday June 12th art outing to Caponi Art Park Learning Center, in Eagan Leave from the SOTV parking lot at 8:30AM. Everyone welcome from High School to 110 years old, novice or professional, Artist Corner members or first timers. Bring your pencils, pastels, camera, charcoal, or watercolors. For full details email Dick Reynolds at


Children, Youth, and Family

for PK-2nd Graders Morning Snack-n-Story Time Wednesday mornings, 10:00-11:00 AM June 23 & 30, July 7, 21, & 28 and August 4 Bring a parent and join us for snacks, story time, crafts and games! Cost: $18/child for all 6 weeks or $3/week/child

Nite Time Snack-n-Story Time

This summer, cadets at SOTV will voyage into outer space praising God! Through daily missions, children will see space like never before, gain a new perspective on our planet Earth, and learn easy “green” earth tips they can practice at home! This cosmic combination of faith and fun will have your cadets developing a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Thursday evenings, 6:30-7:30 PM June 24, July 1, 8, 22 & 29, and August 5 Bring a parent and join us for snacks, story time, crafts and games! Cost: $18/child for all 6 weeks or $3/week/child

Fun stuff for 1st-5th Graders Sports Camp August 9-12 9:00 AM-12 Noon or 1:00-4:00 PM Cost: $40 (Minimum of 20 children) Discover the “heart of a winner” through games and sports-related activities.

Cheerleading Camp August 9-12

Register today online or in person at the Welcome Center or in the Children, Youth & Family office. Cost is $40 per cadet. Registration ends seven days prior to the start of each session. Register for the grade just completed. We will make our trips to outer space during the following weeks:

9:00 AM-12 Noon or 1:00-4:00 PM Cost: $40 (Minimum of 20 children) Explore the significance of affirming and encouraging one another as you learn cheerleading basics and engage in fun and meaningful activities.

June 7-10

Preschool (age 4 by Sept 2010)

Care, Share and Be There!

June 14-17

Preschool—Grade 3

August 16-19 9:00 AM-1:00 PM Cost: $35 (Minimum of 20 children)

July 12-15

Grades K—3 / grades 4 & 5

Volunteers are needed to help with our galactic adventure. Check out the volunteer opportunities at or call 952-432-6385 for information!

Come and learn the value of seeing life through the eyes of a servant. This week includes fun activities, random acts of kindness and actual opportunities to serve at Feed My Starving Children, the new SOTV “Our Daily Bread” food shelf, a nursing home, and the Dakota County Humane Society.

Brochures are available at the Welcome Center and the CYF office. 20

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Come for an evening of music, activities, campfire, stories and s’mores! You might even wish to attend Saturday Evening Worship right before it! Saturday evenings, 6:20-7:30 p.m. Cost: $5/family/session (June 19; July 3, 17; August 7, 21)

Family weekend at WAPO’s Ox Lake Bible Camp! August 20-22 (7PM on Friday - 1PM on Sunday) Come and join other families in discovering what it means to be kind, just and humble as you learn how to reach out to your community and the world around us. There will also be many camp-related activities, including campfires and beach time. For more information please contact Mim, SOTV Director of Children and Family Minstries (952) 985-7350 or the Ox Lake Site Director, Erik Teig (651) 491-7691 or e-mail:

Camp Wapo for 3rd-6th graders Bring a friend and join other kids from SOTV for lakeside games and fun as you grow in faith together through music, skits and Bible discovery time.

Family S’more Time at SOTV

Childcare is available during all worship services at no charge. Shepherd of the Valley also provides childcare for children, six weeks-12 years for other programs and events at a nominal fee. Online registration is available at Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Contact: Jill Schroeder 952-985-7352

FMO (Friday Mornings Out) FMO is a program for children aged two through kindergarten. Children must be age two before September 1, 2010. Each week children participate in age appropriate activities such as music, crafts, and story time.

Third Grade Weekend Friday-Sunday, June 18-20

Cost: $115

Main Site Wapo (Grade 4-6) Sunday-Friday, June 20-25

Cost: $365

Pick up a brochure regarding camp program, group transportation and a registration form in the CYF Ministry office.

9:45-10:45 AM

Includes “get-to-know-you” activities for 150 kids attending plus a camp snack and a drawing for a free camp shirt. Come and get last minute info about camp and bus or potential ride-share options. No registration...just come!

WAPO Rewind & Replay Thursday, August 19

2010-2011 begins June 20!

GET-SET! Sunday, June 13

Registration for

9:00 AM-1:00 PM

WAPO comes to us for one day as we replay some of our favorite songs and games with counselors from WAPO! Cost is $5. Please register for this event.

June / July 2010

Early bird registration fee is $40. After August 1, the registration fee is $45. Register online, at the Welcome Center or in the Children, Youth & Family office. Volunteers are vital to the success of GodZone! Please check out all the available volunteer opportunities at or call 952-432-6385 for more information.


Children, Youth, and Family

Middle School / 6th - 8th Confirmation Middle School Bonfires Thursdays: June 17, July 15, and August 12 7:00-9:00 PM No registration necessary Gather around the fire for s’mores, singing, and summer fun! These bonfires are a great way to stay connected with your church friends over the summer, and a great place to invite others! Each time we gather we will play a game or two, talk about faith and life, and pull out the guitars for some music. Meet in the “backyard” at SOTV; we will move things inside if it rains.

Adult volunteers needed! Contact Katie at 952-985-7360 or

Summer Stretch Tuesdays: June 15 - July 27 (and Thursday, August 5 at Valleyfair!)

8:45 AM – 5:00 PM

(No Summer Stretch on Tuesday, July 6) Students completing 5th-8th grade will have a blast on TUESDAYS this summer! In the mornings we serve by cleaning up yards, packing food, playing with kids, and making parks beautiful—and afternoons are spent doing all sorts of recreational activities around the twin cities. The cost for these 7 weeks of “Stretching” is $130. There are scholarships available, as well as a discount for youth whose parents volunteer. Register using forms available in the Youth Office or online at Limited to 45 participants.

2010-11 Confirmation Registration for 6th-9th graders begins the week of June 20. Information will be available at Register online, download and print a form at home, or pick one up at the CYF office. Contact Barb Schulz ( or 952-985-7351) with questions.

SOTV YOUTH STAFF Katie Heilman Director Youth & Family Ministries 952.985.7360 Pam Geddes Youth Director 952.985.7367 Brandon Newton Youth Director 952-985-7361 Barb Schulz Ministry Assistant Youth & Confirmation 952-985-7351 Aaron Fuller Youth Intern 952-985-7362 Pastor Randy Brandt 952-952-7302


Gather, Grow, and Give in Christ

Children, Youth, and Family High School (Grades 9-12) 9th Grade Confirmation 9th Grade Confirmation students meet one-on-one with a pastor sometime during the summer. If you need to schedule (or re-schedule) your conversation, contact Barb at or 952-985-7351.

URL (Unwind, Recharge, and Learn) Summer Bonfires Wednesdays 8:00-10:00 PM all summer (beginning June 16; NO BONFIRE July 7) When it comes to enjoying a summer evening, nothing beats a bonfire with friends! Every week we will do just that: get together at church for a variety of fun and snacks and eventually end up hanging out and singing or strumming a guitar around the fire in the “backyard.” Invite friends or people you went with to camp or a service trip! (We also welcome having a few additional adult volunteers to work with these wonderful teenagers. Contact Aaron Fuller at 952-985-7362 or if you are interested in learning more.)

(Grades 6-12) Summer Service Trips Final payment due June 1, 2010 (you should have received a letter with your remaining balance in late May).

Scholarships Available Please do not let lack of funds prevent your son or daughter from going on a summer service trip or to camp! We realize that there are a variety of circumstances which make covering registration fees difficult or impossible, but there are funds available specifically to allow youth to participate in these faith-shaping experiences. Scholarship applications are kept confidential and available in the Youth office or by contacting Katie Heilman or 952-985-7360).

Summer Bible Studies “Dig Deep” with Pastor Randy Mondays in June

All Youth

8:00-9:00 PM

Meeting immediately following Monday night summer chapel worship, either in the Atrium (Narthex) or the SOTV “backyard.”

Summer Trip Commissioning & Send-Off

“Saturday Sunrise” with Pastor Randy

Sunday, June 6, 10:30am in both the Table and Sanctuary worship services. Pick up your t-shirt before worship.

Saturdays July 10, 17, 24, & 31

7:00-8:00 AM

Breakfast, God’s Word and good times in the Shepherd Room (p.s. stay for the running/jogging group at 8:00 AM.

College Age Young Adults Young Adults Bonfire Thursdays: June 17, July 15, & August 12 9:00 -10:30 PM Enjoy a casual gathering with fellow college-age young adults and youth staff over s’mores, music, scripture, and prayer. (Come at 7:00 PM if you’d like to help out with the Middle School bonfire.) June / July 2010


Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road Apple Valley, MN 55124

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Summer Worship Schedule (Summer schedule begins Memorial Weekend) Begins May 29

Sanctuary Worship: Saturdays 5:00 PM Sundays 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM

Table Worship: Sundays 10:30 AM in the Great Hall Holy Communion is offered every week at the Table

Cabin Worship: Mondays 7:00 PM In the Chapel (beginning June 7)

Fun for all ages! ELCA Day at Valleyfair Monday, June 14 (Park Hours: 10:00 AM-10:00 PM) Spend the day with lots of Lutherans of all ages at Valleyfair! Go to to download the order form to pre-order your tickets, or go to the Group Sales window that morning between 9:30 -11:30 AM to purchase tickets ($20.50 each). Payment must be by cash or check, made out to St. Paul Area Synod (sorry, credit cards and checks to Valleyfair cannot be honored). For more information contact Mary Kaye at 612-532-7083 or