SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY LUTHERAN CHURCH “We are passionate about fostering faithfulness to Jesus along our individual and shared journeys of faith.” www.sotv.org
October / November 2010
A Great Reason to Give Reach Out The focus of our stewardship emphasis this fall is “Reach Out.” In many ways, the words “Reach Out” define the ministry of SOTV. At worship we reach out to everyone with prayer, fellowship, and the good news of Jesus Christ. In ministries with our children, youth, and their families, we reach out so that families can grow in Christ. In Bible studies we reach out with the transforming Word of God. In care ministries, we reach out with the love of God to support, strengthen and heal in the name of Jesus. But I bet when you first read the words “Reach Out” you thought of social concerns ministries through which we serve those in need. For social concerns ministries we often reverse the word order and talk about “outreach.” (continued on page 3)
How SOTV reaches out
How YOU can reach out
Opportunities to Learn More about How SOTV reaches out will be presented in worship each weekend of October You will learn about just a few of the ways SOTV reaches out:
First, we invite you to give in support of our diverse ministry. We especially encourage you to pledge to give to SOTV. From the ways we reach out in all of our ministries, to the particular ways we support those in need, your gifts are needed to sustain and grow our vital ministries.
September 25-26: Seminary Report
Complete your Pledge cards and bring them to worship Drop them in the worship offering or in the secure box at the Welcome Center on any weekend during October. You can also make your commitment to give through Simply Giving.
October 2-3: SOTV Youth and Family Outreach October 9-10: Report from Serve Together #1 (from Serve Together on Sept 25) October 16-17: Report from Lutheran Social Service Serve Together Weekend #2 October 23-24: Bishop Peter Rogness Preaches October 30-31: Report from Serve Together #2
Participate & ServeTogether On October 16-17, you can join other SOTV folks Serving Together. We’ll make sandwiches for various shelters, blankets for homeless youth, and collect food for our food shelf. Or, participate in any of the other ways SOTV reaches out. You can find out more in News for the Flock and sign up online or at the Welcome Center. Watch the Outreach Tree Grow During the month of October, an Outreach Tree will be growing in the sanctuary. As your pledges and simply giving commitments are received, leaves will be added to the tree. In addition, hands will be added to the tree as SOTV folks participate in Serving Together and other outreach ministries. We are praying for thousands of leaves. Come to worship and watch our Outreach Tree grow!
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: www.sotv.org Celebration (Traditional) Worship: Saturdays at 5:00 PM; Sundays at 8:30, 9:45 & 11:00 AM
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‘The Table’ (Contemporary) Worship: Sundays at 9:45 & 11:00 AM in the Great Hall
General Information “We are passionate about fostering faithfulness to Jesus along our individual and shared journeys of faith.” Contact Us
New Member Classes
Church Office: 952-432-6351
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.
Children & Youth: 952-432-6385 Fax: 952-432-6917 Website: www.sotv.org
Sundays, October 31, November 7, 14 11:00 AM –12 Noon Reception Sunday, November 21
Pastors Christopher Smith, Duane Paetznick, Randy Brandt, Mary Lund, Diane Sponheim Chris Steubing, and Paul Harrington. Visitation Pastors: Chuck Tindell and Leland Johnson
2010-2011 Church Council Todd Sipe, President; Steve Mueller Vice President; Arlen Wilson, Secretary; Troy Nelson, Treasurer; Kari Slotten, Dana McKenzie, Lynne Nelson, Paul Leeder, Cindy Archer-Burton, Rusty Fifield, and Colleen Brady.
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.
Sermons available online Listen sermons online at www.sotv.org. Click on Audio and Video Media to choose a specific sermon.
The Library at SOTV
Contact: Jill Johnson 952-985-7381
There are lots of books and DVDs for adults, youth, and kids in our church library. These are available for checkout at any time (self checkout). The SOTV library is located in the Shepherd Room, right next to the Music Room. Wander into the Shepherd Room some time and take a look at what is there.
Funerals Contact: Lori Bullock 952-985-7324
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. September - May at 12:30 PM 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.
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 Procedures for Snow/Cold Cancellation If School District 196 closes because of snow or cold, Shepherd of the Valley will cancel children’s and youth classes and events.
Newsletter Guidelines Submit articles and event information to: 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.
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. 2
Tuesdays, January 11, 18 & 25, 2011 7:00-8:00 PM Reception Sunday, January 30, 2011
Bi-monthly News for the Flock: Copy deadline is usually the first of the month prior to the publication. The deadline for the December 2010 /January 2011 issue is November 1, 2010.
Worship News (Outreach continued from page 1)
Celebration (Traditional) Worship Saturdays at 5:00 PM; Sundays at 8:30, 9:45 & 11:00 AM
‘The Table’ (Contemporary) Worship Sundays at 9:45 & 11:00 AM in the Great Hall
A Lot of Ministry The outreach ministries of Shepherd of the Valley are many and they have a deep impact. Earlier this year we called together a group of SOTV members (now called the Outreach Board) who represent different aspects of our community (health care, education, government services, law enforcement, etc.). Our goal was to name needs in our community and to explore ways SOTV can engage in ministries to meet those needs.
Above: An artist’s rendering of a pipe organ in the SOTV sanctuary.
A Pipe Organ for SOTV SOTV has reached an agreement with Macalester College, St. Paul, for the purchase of the 59-rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ currently located in the college’s performing arts center. The Organ Committee is in the process of selecting an organ builder to renovate and install the organ. This is a wonderful instrument of high quality and several experts have affirmed that it will be an excellent fit for our sanctuary. This is particularly exciting because purchasing and re-purposing an existing instrument is responsible environmentally and will save money for SOTV. There will be opportunities during the month of November to hear the organ before it is disassembled and to provide support for renovating it. Look for more details about this project later this month.
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The first task was to learn about the outreach ministries SOTV is already involved in. There are 26 of them! These range from Habitat for Humanity (housing for low income families) to Birthday Bags (for children in need). But those 26 do not include the many organizations to which we give money to accomplish their ministries of outreach. These range from Lutheran Social Service, which provides a broad range of support services, to Luther Seminary, where church leaders are educated for ministry. But that doesn’t include our deep and enduring connection to Tanzania where we cultivate partnerships in ministry. Our Outreach Board continues to explore new ways to reach out. As our Director of Social Concerns, Lisa Hegerman says, “we just keep adding ministries!”
Adult Ministries For Women... Tour of Tables Saturday, November 20
9:00 – 11:00 AM
Join us as a Hostess by setting a table with a Theme of your choice. If setting a table is not your thing but you enjoy fellowship and viewing and admiring beautiful tables, just join us that morning. Register online or at the Welcome Center. Contact Lori Hertzberg at email@example.com or Julie Opheim at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
WINK upcoming events Sunday, October 10th after the 11:00 AM service: Emma Krumbees to see the fantastic 'Scarecrow Display' Saturday, November 20th at 9:00 AM: Tour of Tables Friday, January 14th at 1:00 PM: 'Chick Flick' in the SOTV Chapel with refreshments Register at the WINK table, online or at the Welcome Center.
Shepherd Quilters (Monday night quilters) 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. For more information contact Lorraine Robeson at 952-423-3681 / email@example.com.
Sarah Circle Bible Study Group
Give Blessings and Gifts) Thanks to all who have contributed items for Hug Bags. Our pastors and parish nurses have distributed 130 bags to women and teens in our congregation, to uplift them in times of sorrow and in times of joy. Below is 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! body wash/shower gel and lotion (matching sets 4-8 oz) shower scrubbies/puffs fuzzy, stretchy socks / slipper socks nice soaps individual beverage packets (tea, coffee, cocoa, cider) coffee mugs
Meets every 2nd Saturday 8:30-9:30 AM at SOTV Resuming the study of the book "Reading the Bible Again for the First Time". Contact: Judy Anderson 651-207-8407.
inspirational items (magnets, flip inspirational calendars, crocheted crosses, small angels, bookmarks, notepads, pens, etc) teen (ages 13-18) focused items (gum, lip gloss, fun nail polish, cute notepads, fun bookmarks)
Shalom Bible Study Group Every 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:30 PM. Follows Bible studies found in the "Lutheran Women Today" monthly magazine. “The People of God: Unity in the Midst of Diversity,” by the Rev. Linda Johnson Seyenkulo and the Rev. Jenson Seyenkulo.
HUG BAGS (Helping Us
Medium weight fabric is also needed for the bags. 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.
Adult Ministries M.O.M.S.
Make a difference in the life of a single MOM!
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.
The M.O.M.S. Program, located in Faith Covenant Church in Burnsville, is a mentoring program for single moms. This is a very exciting time for the M.O.M.S. Program; this year they are celebrating 20 years of serving low income single moms! In addition to this, they have also just began an expansion project aimed at doubling their capacity to serve single parent families. Part of this project includes building a community awareness campaign and increased collaboration efforts. They have opened additional spots on their board in order to intentionally increase their network and bring in fresh ideas, as well as, additional skill sets. Some of the general requirements they are looking for include: Willingness to give time
Upcoming events Monday, October 4: Bus trip to Stillwater; includes trolley ride, lunch, and bus ride. Cost is $30 per person. Leaving church at 9:15 AM Wednesday, November 10: Car pool to LSS and optional lunch at 12:15 PM Cherokee Sirloin Room Monday, December 6: Noon Christmas potluck at church in the Great Hall with entertainment by the Logan Ave Bell Group.
Business or financial skills Willingness to fundraise Outside the current M.O.M.S. network SOTV has supported M.O.M.S. for several years now through school supplies, gas cards, winter outerwear, and camp scholarships. www.momsprogram.org
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. Contact: Shirley Blix at 952-432-2083.
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. For more information or questions please e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
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Adult Ministries For Men
All throughout the bible, there are stories of men and women who lived with courage because of their faith. They were people who spoke up for the truth when it was unpopular. They were people who followed the ways of the Lord even when everyone else was following other gods. They were people who took great risks for the sake of the Kingdom. They lived lives of courageous faith! As followers of Jesus Christ, we have access to the same inexhaustible resource that provided the courage for our ancestors in the faith: God's abiding presence with us in Jesus Christ and his unfailing love. Now, as men of faith today, it is our calling as children of God and brothers in Christ, to encourage one another that we too might live lives of courageous faith. This year in men's ministry at SOTV we will be exploring the theme of ENCOURAGEMENT through studies, retreats, breakfasts, and service projects. I invite you to come to encourage and be encouraged through men's ministry this year! Encouraged by Christ, Pastor Chris Steubing 651-988-0099 / email@example.com 6
Bible Studies Tuesday Mornings Bible Study Group: 6:00 - 7:00 AM Currently studying the Gospel of John
Wednesday Evenings Bible Study Group: 6:00 - 7:15 PM "Quiet Strength" by Tony Dungy
Friday Mornings Bible Study Group: 6:30 - 8:00 AM "Quiet Strength" by Tony Dungy
Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy Thursdays, October 7 - November 18 (skip October 21) 7:00-8:30 PM Led by Pastor Chris Steubing & Brian Green Cost: $11 (for the book) 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?
Dare to Be Uncommon with Tony Dungy Thursdays, February 3 - March 17, 2011 7:00-8:30 PM Cost: $11 (for the book) With this bible study youâ€™ll tackle key principles for a life of integrity, influence, and faith, inspired by the life lessons of Super Bowl-winning coach, Tony Dungy. Participants will engage in discussion, encounter character building insights, and uncover what it means to live a life of true significance. Tony Dungy says itâ€™s time for EVERY man to choose an Uncommon life!
Adult Ministries "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another— and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:25
Fellowship Men’s Breakfasts First Saturday 8:00-10:00 AM
October 2: Steak & Eggs Men's Ministry Kick-off Tony Dungy Go Deep! Tailgate Party Come for a manly breakfast of steak & eggs, a 15 minute video devotion by Tony Dungy, and tailgate party contests for men of all ages. There will be an optional service project at the Union Gospel Mission after the breakfast.
November 6: Pastor Naftal & SOTV's Tanzanian Partnership Pastor Naftal Ng'amillo visits SOTV from our partner congregation, Tungamalenga Parish, Tanzania. He joins the men's breakfast and provides updates on our shared ministries of evangelism, education, healthcare and economic development.
December 4: TBD
February 5: Chris Wright - President of Business Operations at Minnesota Timberwolves As president of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx organization, Chris Wright's mission is to surround fans with the world-class athleticism and complete entertainment of the NBA and WNBA. To fulfill this mission, Wright has established a companywide priority around an unwavering work ethic, valuing excellence and being active members of the community. Chris will share how his Christian faith has influenced his career in the business of professional sports.
March 5: Drawn to the Light: an Immersed in the Word Event Paul Oman, painter and pastor, returns to SOTV to paint another mural entitled "Drawn to the Light." Last year's event was so inspirational that we have invited him back. The event features musicians from Shepherd of the Valley playing and singing while the Paul's painting comes to life before your very eyes.
January 8: Paul Batz & the Seven Fs Paul Batz is starting a movement with the hope that people everywhere will recognize the power of setting, and living with blended life goals around faith, family, finances, fitness, friends, fun and future. Come hear from an experienced business leader in the Twin Cities share his passion for encouraging people to live lives of purpose according to these 7 Fs. “This book is starting a movement. Everyone needs help and encouragement to pursue the life we really imagine. The Seven Fs really work!”
April 2: Brian Molohon, Feed My Starving Children’s National Development Director Brian will share the courageous story of FMSC’s organizational rededication to Christ in 2003, and the blessings that have ensued; and how that parallels his own personal story of faith and survival thru some life threatening health issues. There will be an optional Feed My Starving Children service project after the breakfast.
Coffee for Men on Wednesdays 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.
Men's Winter Retreat at Camp WAPO - "An Uncommon Event" January 28-30, 2011 Cost: $110 ($50 non-refundable deposit due at registration) “An uncommon life doesn’t happen by accident. It’s the result of the choices, actions, and commitments we make— to God, to ourselves, and to others.” In 4 video coaching sessions, Tony Dungy, the Super Bowl winning NFL coach, reveals his playbook for life sharing core truths he wants every man to understand, live by, and pass on to others. Tony Dungy has spent his life shaping young men, and during this retreat Tony will invite you to Dare to Be Uncommon—to discover your life’s mission and begin living it out to the fullest. Depart SOTV at 6:00 PM on Friday night and return mid-afternoon Sunday. Fellowship, activities and program based on the study "An Uncommon Event" by champion NFL coach Tony Dungy. Register online or at the Welcome Center.
May 7: TBD
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Adult Ministries Couples & Marriage Marriage ministries events are open to everyone: married, engaged, and dating couples. Couples and Marriage ministries bring opportunities for fun, growth, and learning for couples of our congregation. A mix of fellowship events, occasional presenters, and retreats provide opportunities for couples to nurture their relationships, develop relationships with other couples, and grow in Christian faith.
Couple's Service Event at Feed My Starving Children Friday, October 15, 2010
Location: Eagan FMSC Site
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
Marriage ministries invites all couples to a progressive dinner. We will 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.
Seasons Cycle – So Do Marriages All marriages experience seasons of Harmony & Joy alternating with times of Frustration & Disillusionment. A Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend gives you new tools to weather the changes using deeper communication and love. In an intimate retreat setting, away from the rest of the world, four presenting couples, including a Lutheran clergy couple, give a series of presentations followed by questions you discuss in the privacy of your hotel room. There is no counseling and no group sharing. You’ll spend two nights in a comfortable hotel and enjoy five delicious meals beginning Friday at 7:00 pm and concluding Sunday at 5:00 pm. The next Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekends in Minnesota are October 22-24 in Duluth; and November 19-21 in Brooklyn Center. Please register a month in advance. For more information, contact Dick & Judy Dehnel at 952-432-3105, Pete & Phyllis McMahon at 763-561-1575 or visit www.godlovesmarriage.org.
Artist Corner A fellowship of SOTV Artists 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Your Calendars for "Drawn to the Light" Saturday morning, March 5, 2011 is the date that Pastor Paul Oman will be at SOTV once again. Paul Oman is a Lutheranpastor and painter. He will be painting a mural that comes to life right before your very eyes on the theme of "Drawn to the Light." Last year he painted the wonderful "Drawn to the Shepherd" mural displayed in the sanctuary during Lent. Don't miss this spiritual experience that comes just before Lent next spring. 8
Adult Enrichment Bible Studies Romans: A Six Week Bible Study
Friday Morning Bible Study
Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30 PM September 28 - November 2 Led by Pastor Duane Paetznick Cost: $10 (for the book)
Fridays 9:30-11:30 AM October 1-November 19 (except October 22) Led by Pastor Mary Lund Cost: Free
This is a time to read, discuss, and reflect on one of the most important and influential books in the Bible, the book of Romans. Take some time, along with others from our community, to encounter what the Apostle Paul writes. Using material from the Book of Faith Initiative, Pastor Duane will take the class through this 16 chapter letter. The reading consists of about 2-3 chapters per week. To help in reading and understanding the book of Romans there is also a helpful workbook for each participant.
Our study time will focus on Second Isaiah (chapters 40-66 of the book of Isaiah). This book emphasizes the significance of the historical events in God's plan— a plan that extends from creation to redemption— and beyond. There will be time for sharing prayer concerns and for fellowship. Everyone is welcome. Register online or at the Welcome Center.
Making Sense of the Christian Faith Tuesday evenings 7:00-8:30 PM January 18 - March 1 Led by Pastor Duane Paetznick and Pastor Mary Lund Cost: $13 (for the book)
Bible Basics 101 Tuesdays 7:00-8:30 PM October 5, 12, 19 & 26 No charge This is a beginners Bible study. If you have had little or no Bible study experience yet you would like to know about our book of faith, this is the class for you. Led by Mark Gilligan, who has a heart for helping people beginning to read the Bible, this four week class is a look at the very basics of the Bible.
Bible Study on “Hebrews” Thursdays 7:00 – 8:30 PM October 28, November 4, 11, 18, December 2, 9 Led by Pastor Duane Paetznick Cost: $10 (for the book) Using the four ways of reading the scriptures as a guide, this 6 week Bible study is focusing on the 13 chapters of the book of Hebrews. This book was written to a group of Christians whose faith is flagging— perhaps they were distracted or taking their faith for granted. So, this book is also an excellent one for us today to pick up and read as we seek to be faithful people.
This class is for anyone interested in finding out more about our Christian faith. Using the book Making Sense of the Christian Faith (which is written in a conversational, accessible, and thought-provoking style) the topic for this 7 week study is theology. Seven central doctrines of the Christian faith are the focus – one each week. The class and the book take up these topics in the order of the Biblical narrative: creation, sin, covenant & community, incarnation, atonement, church & Holy Spirit, and eschatology. Register online or at the Welcome Center.
The Year Of Matthew: A Look at the Whole Gospel Led by Tim Schaefer Saturdays, December 4 & 11 8:30-11:30 AM Cost: $20 A new church year begins in Advent, at the end of November and early December. That means in worship each week, beginning in Advent 2010, we will primarily be reading from the Gospel of Matthew. As we begin this new church year, it would be most helpful for you as trying to say. This class will help you to do that. It will help you understand specific weekly passages from Matthew in the context of the whole Gospel. Tim Schaefer, Bible teacher at Shepherd of the Valley, will be leading this two week class.
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Adult Enrichment Adult Forum Each week at 9:45 AM on Sunday in the Chapel Adult Forum brings in professors and teachers from the area, as well as people from our congregation, for presentations on topics connected to our faith. Here’s the lineup of speakers and topics through December:
September 19: “Parenting in a Culture of Hyper-Connection” with Lynne Silva Breen
September 26: SOTV Caring for Creation Group
October 3: “Christian Understanding of Warfare in an Age of Extremism” with Pastor Paul Harrington
October 10: “Adult Children, Adult Parents: Challenges in the Later Years” with Lynne Silva Breen
October 17: “African Religions and Philosophy” with Pastor Chris Steubing
October 24: “Conversations with our Tanzania Partners”
October 31: “The Music of Martin Luther” with Randall Ferguson
November 7: “Iconography” with Keith Homstad
November 14: St John’s Bible (DVD November 21: “Bach’s Bible” with Tom Rossin
November 28: Thanksgiving (No Adult Forum)
December 5: “Affluenza” with Mary Gaebler
December 12: “Exploring the Origins of Christmas Carols” with Musical Duo Carrie Vecchione & Rolf Erdahl
December 19…No Adult Forum December 26…No Adult Forum
Parenting Class: Value-Packed Parenting with Dr. Kevin Leman Mondays, Oct 4-Nov 15 7:00-8:30 PM Cost: $10/individual or couple The busy schedules and challenges that families face today can at times seem overwhelming. Value-Packed Parenting includes seven video lessons that are designed to encourage parents to build healthy relationships with their children. Parents will find practical, biblically sound guidance on a variety of topics that they deal with every day. Pam Geddes, SOTV Youth Director, will lead a small group discussion following the video.
Books that Matter Begins November 6 at 9:00 AM Pastor Diane Sponheim leads this new book group that meets at SOTV on a few Saturdays this year. The Books that Matter group will read books that explore the ways that our faith makes a difference in the world. The first selection is “Same Kind of Different as Me: A Modern-day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman who Bound them Together.” It is a riveting story that forces us to look at questions of race and class — and how those divisions ultimately don’t matter in the eyes of God. In addition, book group participants can opt to take “field trips” that connect with the topic of the book. Stay tuned for more info on that!
Future selections include: January: Same Lake Different Boat: Coming Alongside People Touched by Disability March: Green Like God: Unlocking the Divine Plan for our Planet May: Beyond the Yellow Ribbon: Ministering to Returning Combat Veterans
Financial Peace University Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 PM September 21– December 14 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.
Pastoral Acts Best wishes and Godâ€™s blessings to these families who recently celebrated the Sacrament of Baptism. Leo Paul Valeri, son of Justin & Rachel Valeri
Teagan Ellen Stepanek, daughter of Michael & Diana Stepanek
McKenna Mae Moynihan, daughter of Jonathan & Abigail Moynihan
Kersten Marie Dehnel, daughter of Matthew & Elizabeth Dehnel
Johnathan Marc Raymond, son of Marc & Chanda Raymond
Mariella Lynn Orsburne, daughter of Michael & Melissa Orsburne
Drew Thomas Granberg, son of Derek & Melissa Granberg
Lincoln Allen Toombs-Erickson, son of Grant Erickson & Laura Toombs
Ethan David Marcotte, son of David & Jennifer Marcotte
Austin James Beyer, son of James & Nicole Beyer
Piper Joy Marcotte, daughter of David & Jennifer Marcotte
Harrison Michael Shada, son of Christian & Andrea Shada
Mason Travis Hancock, son of Chad & Amber Hancock
Olivia Yoomee Schmidt, daughter of Matthew & Tara Schmidt
Stella Elizabeth Bridgeman, daughter of Keith & Brenda Bridgeman
Connor James Larson, son of James & Melanie Larson
Evelyn Ann Lee, daughter of Jeff & Shannon Lee
Audrey Ann Bohlinger, daughter of Matthew & Jessica Bohlinger
Beau Christian Berglund, son of Joel & Joan Berglund Olivia Leslie Reid, daughter of Brad & Lisa Reid
Our prayers are with these members who have recently experienced the loss of a loved one.
Brady & Jessica Salay, grandfather, Herb Erickson
David Linner, aunt, Mariam Buckman
Kim Salay, father, Herb Erickson
Jeff Waples, mother, Dollie Waples
Barb Newman, friend, Karen Stokfiaz
Ray Stoeckl, family friend, Timmy Autey
Esther Dahlberg, daughter, Ronda Jenneiahn
Cindy Sawyer, uncle
Carl Dahlberg, sister, Ronda Jenneiahn
Judy Anderson, mother, Amy Olsen
Tim & Lori Thompson, son, Bryan Thompson
Mark Hartmann, uncle, Jim Hartmann; aunt, Agnes Paetznick; uncle, Ray Paetznick
Rick, & Ann Jarema, friend, Mike Gleason
Duane Paetznick, mother, Agnes Paetznick; father, Ray Paetznick; uncle Jim Hartmann
Steve & Kathryn Selchow, nephew, Aaron Selchow
Adam Paetznick, grandmother, Agnes Paetznick; grandfather, Ray Paetznick
Bev Kroger, brother, Dennis Reitz
Brandon Paetznick, grandmother, Agnes Paetznick; grandfather, Ray Paetznick
Shirley Wells, uncle, Bill Griffis
Jenny Kistner, husband, Jerry Kistner
Amanda Roseth, grandmother, Valerie Card
Tyler & Maddie Kistner, father, Jerry Kistner
Ken Woelfel, brother, Tom Woelfel
Peter Vogel, uncle, Joe Vogel
Alton Lilga,brother-in-law, Gordon Norberg
Marcia Nelson, cousin's wife, Mary
Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, mother, Beatrice Sheedy
Dorothy Stauffer, sister, Minnie Ozmun
Suzanne Nelson, mother, Beatrice Sheedy
Chuck Stauffer, aunt, Minnie Ozmun
Steve Hill, wife, Tracey Hill
Jan Feldsien, aunt, Minnie Ozmun
Siri & Kirsten Hill, mother, Tracey Hill
Bob Linkert, aunt, Minnie Ozmun
Lore Holliday, husband, John Holliday
Dawn Della Paolera, friend, Jacky Walls
Johanna and Ken Holliday, father, John Holliday
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For Children 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 pre-payment are required. Register online at www.sotv.org.
Celebrating Children Preschool 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 SeptemberMay. Contact Sandy Glessing at 952 -985-7370 or visit www.sotv.org/ preschool.shtml.
Parent Newsletters An online newsletter is emailed to parents weekly. Please watch for lesson highlights and info about Bible reading programs, parent tips for nurturing faith at home and upcoming Children’s Ministry events. If you are not receiving the newsletters, please contact the CYF office (952) 432-6385.
GodZone Christmas Program Please mark your calendars! The GodZone Christmas Program will be on Saturday, December 11. Rehearsals will be on Saturday, December. 4. Specific information will be sent home with GodZone students.
Bible Reading Programs Thanks to members of Shepherd of the Valley, GodZone children are regularly engaged in reading Bibles at church and at home!
Squigglin’ through God’s Story: Story by Story, Brick-by-Brick Preschool and Kindergarten children received a hard hat and a construction map identifying all the Bible stories they will be learning about in GodZone this year. The map encourages parents and their children to read a story at home each week before placing a brick on their construction map.
Squigglin’ All the Way through God’s Story 1st and 2nd grade children are using story cards to read through all 150 stories in the Spark Story Bible at home! When they have finished, they will receive a t-shirt that says, “I squiggled all the way through God’s Story!” (Some 2010 4 and 5 year olds may also be engaged in this activity.)
Step-by-Step Bible Trek 3rd Graders are receiving “step” cards that invite them to read the Bible story introduced to them in GodZone each week. They will collect beads on a footprint key chain to mark their progress.
For Children Celebration of Baptism The Celebration of Baptism program provides an opportunity for children and their parents to grow in their understanding and appreciation of what it means to be a child of God. It begins at birth and continues through eighth grade. The program is designed to:
Welcome to God's Family Birth-One Year Olds (Birthdays between June 1-Oct 10, 2010) Saturday, October 9, 2010, 10:00 AM Families are invited to gather at the start of their faith journey to consider rituals and traditions for nurturing their child’s faith at home. Please register online at www.sotv.org.
Splashed with the Spirit Two-Three olds (birthdates 9/1/2007-8/31/2008) Saturday, November 20, 2010 4-6 p.m. Children and their parents are invited to enjoy water play as they discover they are washed fresh and clean in baptism. Please register online at www.sotv.org
Fun Activities for Children at Shepherd of the Valley! KidVenture - Grades 1-3 Thursday, October 21, 2010 11:30 – 2:30 Cost: $12.00
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 at a separate baptism service at 12 Noon in the summer months (June-August.) 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 952985-7381.
Friday Mornings Out (FMO)
Join us for an afternoon of fellowship and fun at The Blast at the Eagan Community Center. We will play some games at SOTV before boarding the bus at noon. Parents are invited to chaperone. Please register online at www.sotv.org
FMO is a theme based curriculum open to children ages 2-5 years. It is not a preschool, but children enjoy a variety of structured activities such as crafts, gym time, story time, free time, snack time and more. FMO is at capacity for the 2010-2011 school year. If you are interested in being placed on the wat list, please contact Susan Mitsch at 952-985-7354 or email@example.com.
KidStart/KidVenture - PK-Grade 3 Sunday, October 31, 2010 4-6 p.m. Cost: $7.00 Include a special Halloween event at SOTV among your many ways to celebrate! There will be crafts, games, activities, food and fun! Parents must attend with their child. Grab a friend or neighbor and join us we “Light the Night” with Jesus! Register online at www.sotv.org.
KICK - Grade 4-5 Sat., November 6, 2010 7-9 p.m. The 4th and 5th graders are invited to gather at Feed My Starving Children in Eagan to make meals for people around the world. Parents are encouraged to attend. Please register online at www.sotv.org.
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) MOPS is taking registrations for the 2010-2011 school year. Join us now and avoid the wait list! The group is open to all mothers with children ages birth through kindergarten. We meet bi-monthly from 9:30-11:30 AM at the church. Join us for brunch, fellowship, outreach projects, crafts and speakers as we grow closer to God and build friendships. Visit our website and register to join us this September: http://sotv.org/children/mopstham.shtml
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MIDDLE SCHOOL / 6th-8th GRADE confirmation Middle School Friday Nights
Several Friday nights during the school year middle school students gather in droves to participate in a fun activity—everything from board games and movies to packing food at Feed My Starving Children. These events are the perfect time to hang out with friends from confirmation, meet new people, or invite kids you know from school.
Confirmation for 6th-8th graders is underway! Although you’ve missed the kickoff, you’re welcome to join any time. Call Barb in the Youth Office if you have any questions or would still like to register for 2010-2011, and she will get you placed into a small group.
You can register for one at a time or all of them—registration forms are available at church and for download at www.sotv.org, or you can register directly online by going to the event registration page on the website. The first couple events are coming soon..
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.
Global Health Ministries Friday, November 12 6:00pm-9:30pm Cost: $5 Global Health Ministries continues the healing ministry of Jesus Christ by enhancing health care programs of Lutheran churches in other countries. Meet at church at 6:00pm to head up to GHM headquarters to help sort donated materials. Limited to 40 participants.
SPECIAL 6th Grade BIBLES & HYPE October 10 6th graders can look forward to a pretty amazing day October 10—not only will they be receiving new Bibles at the 11 am service, but they will participate in the first HYPE of the year! HYPE is a favorite part of confirmation for many middle schoolers, both for the purple shirt and for the great experiences youth have serving in the community. Since 6th graders are new to this, we are having a special HYPE Sunday—for 6th graders only— to show them the ropes. Parents are invited to participate in this special HYPE as well.
Here is a rundown of the day: 10:30am: 6th Graders: meet in the Music Room to drop off your bag lunch, pick up your purple t-shirt, and find your confirmation guide Parents: (also at 10:30am) meet in the Shepherd’s Room to receive instructions for the presentation of Bibles in worship 10:50am: 6th Graders and Parents move into the Sanctuary; sit as a family for worship 11:00am: Worship in the Sanctuary
bring a bag lunch!
Noon: Eat lunch back in the Music Room 12:30pm: Rotate through service learning stations with your small group and parent(s) 2:45pm: Go in peace and SERVE the Lord!
Regular HYPE Sundays for 6th-8th graders begin November 14 10:30am-3pm Your small group will sign up for a total of 2 HYPE Sundays throughout the school year. Check out the bulletin board outside the youth office if you need to know which date(s) your group will attend. Other HYPE-related questions can be directed to Brandon Newton. The schedule for regular HYPE Sundays is as follows: 10:30am: Meet in the Music Room to find your guide, drop off your bag lunch, sign in, receive instructions, and pray; wear your purple HYPE t-shirt! 11:00am: Worship in the Sanctuary—sit with your small group Noon: Eat lunch 12:20pm: Head out to serve in the metro area 3:00pm: Meet back at SOTV for pick-up *groups that are attending worship and doing their 3-for-1 sermon notes, but completing their projects on a different day will be free to leave after worship at noon
High School / 9th-12th grade confirmation Care Packages for College-Age Young Adults Nothing says "we love you" like a package in the mail...that is why your church family wants to send you treats! Whether you are at school, in the working world, or wherever you may have landed after high school, please send your address (email and mailing address) to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can keep in touch.
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 Katie.email@example.com) if you are interested in learning more.
PBS (Panera Before School) 6:30 AM on Mondays when 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 Hillman 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!
9th Grade Confirmation The entire class meets for confirmation at 7 pm on Wednesdays throughout the school year. Register online at www.sotv.org or by filling out the form found in the Youth Office or Welcome Center so that we have your contact/ medical information and can place you in a small group!
High School Special Events There are many opportunities to get out with a group to do fun things and serve around the twin cities. Pick up a registration sheet to see the schedule for the school year and to register, or go to the website (www.sotv.org) to sign up for any of the events. The first few are coming up soon…
Children’s Christmas Shoppe Lutheran Social Services Center for Changing Lives Saturday, December 11, 9:00am-1:30pm Cost: $5 and bring money for lunch Teach kids the joy of giving by volunteering to serve as a shopping helper! Bring your friends and be a caring volunteer. You will help set up the Children's Christmas Shoppe and then assist children as they search for gifts for their family members. The cost is $5. Please bring additional money for lunch. We will meet at SOTV at 9am to form car pools.
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Try it, you’ll like it Key Home Practices Holy Cow, how can a parent make the home a holy place? Here are four practical ideas that can make the home-place into a God-space. These are routines or practices which support faith growth outside the walls of the church. Anderson and Hill give these ideas in their book, Frogs Without Legs Can't Hear. make time for intentional First, caring conversations with your kids. When adults talk with youth giving full attention, listening to their emotions as well as words, they show love, respect, caring, and affirmation. These are spiritual qualities. This is being God's caring presence for others and creates holy-ground. the good, old classic time Second, for devotions can simply mean reading a Bible passage and saying a prayer. Whether this happens at a meal time, at bed time, in the car, or is taped to the bathroom mirror, it shows a listening for God's voice and God who listens to our voice. participating in service events Third, has recently been shown to have a powerful effect on youth and adults. When you do something for others it puts the values of compassion, caring and giving into action. It pulls us out of living a self-centered life. it has been shown that a Fourth, family that has consistent rituals and traditions is most likely to be a family that is stable, shows caring respect, and has consistent routines, values, and expectations. These are powerful qualities for everyone in the family.
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ALL YOUTH GRADES 6-12
Rite of Confirmation
Saturdays, October 30 & November 6 Services at noon and 2:15 pm
This fall over 170 Shepherd of the Valley high school students will affirm their faith in the Rite of Confirmation. Anyone is welcome to attend these special worship services in celebration of these young adults’ journeys of faith and God’s work in their lives. (Reminder to confirmands: breakfast, rehearsal, and pictures are at 9:45 am on the day of your service, regardless of your service time)
Sign-Up Night Sunday, October 17 Grades 9-12 at 6:00pm :: Grades 6-8 at 7:00pm The summer trip booklet, available in the Youth Office, at the Welcome Center, or as a PDF at www.sotv.org 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.
Katie Heilman Director Youth & Family Ministries 952.985.7360 firstname.lastname@example.org Pam Geddes Youth Director 952.985.7367 email@example.com Brandon Newton Youth Director 952-985-7361 firstname.lastname@example.org Barb Schulz Ministry Assistant Youth & Confirmation 952-985-7351 email@example.com Aaron Fuller Youth Intern 952-985-7362 firstname.lastname@example.org Pastor Randy Brandt 952-952-7302 email@example.com
Wednesday Night Pizza SOTV youth sell food and beverages on Wednesday nights during the school year from 4:00-6:30 pm (pizza, snacks and drinks) and 6:30-7:15 pm (snacks/drinks only) 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!
Augsburg Youth Basketball League Middle and High School Boys Basketball Teams Do you like to play basketball, but don’t have time for practices? Do you want to play in a league that mixes faith, service, and good sportsmanship with an awesome sport? We welcome players of all skill levels to join the SOTV team which plays in the Augsburg College Youth Basketball League. Games are on Sunday afternoons from January through the end of March at various locations around the Twin Cities. Register today (online at www.sotv.org or by picking up a form in the Youth Office) to make sure you get a spot on a team. We also need parent coaches! The cost is $40 per player (scholarships available).
Care & Support Down Syndrome Parent Support Group
DivorceCare Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 PM September 14 – December 7 Cost: $15 includes new workbook
Every 3rd Monday, 6:30-8:30 PM
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.
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 (voicemail.)
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. Contact: Shirley Doering 952-432-5955 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, contact Jennifer and Scott Lee, 651-463-2226, email@example.com
Job Connection Group Weekly on Tuesday evenings 6:30-8:30 PM at the Prince of Peace Christian Life Center SOTV and Prince of Peace share leadership of the Job Connection Group. This support group is for anyone who is in transition seeking a new job or a new career. The group provides job search information with speakers on specific topics like resume writing, interviewing, networking and marketing as well as handouts of written information on job search subjects. Small group discussions allow job seekers to share their experiences with other job seekers and help each other in the process. JCG hotline: 952-898-9388 SOTV contacts: Julie Opheim 952-985-7331
Stretch & Pray
Ben Kilgore 952-898-4441
Saturdays 8:30 - 9:30 AM Drop-ins always welcome! 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 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.
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This group is looking for additional leadership. If you are interested in being part of the steering committee or learning more about what the commitment would involve, please call the hotline number.
Care & Support 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 952-431-2566. 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.
ADHD, Autism, & Other Disabilities on the Spectrum These meetings are open to everyone in the community! Cost: $10 per individual / $15 per family for speaker presentations (Scholarships available) $5 per family for video nights KidCare: Available for $5 per child. Pre-registration and payment is required one week prior to the event
For further information, please contact: Brenda Brookman 952-322-2176 / firstname.lastname@example.org Connie Simonson 952-431-5667/ email@example.com SOTV staff liaison: Julie Opheim, Adult Ministries Director
Mondays 6:45 - 9:00 PM at Shepherd of the Valley: September 27:
January 24, 2011:
February 28, 2011: March 14, 2011:
April 4, 2011
Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD—Similarities and Differences
Sarah Lilja, LICSW
Video Night:Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD
Daniel G. Amen, M.D.
Open Forum Discussion
Deb Bollom, PCC, PCACG, CPCC. Life and Business Coach
ADHD & ASD: A SensoryMotor-Reflex Approach
Janet Oliver, MA of Plan for Learning and Fusion Training
Visualization and Prayer: Important Tools for the Challenging Children Parents of
Vivien Bucaner, M.S., M.Ed. and Homeopath
All Kids Want to be Good; Some Just Don’t Know How
Sarah Lilja, LICSW
Understanding Autism and how Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)and Applied Verbal Behavior(AVB) make a Difference
Nicole Woodward, Training Support Specialist for Partners in Excellence (Autism Therapy Center)
Homeopathy: A Natural Approach to Healing for Children and Adults with Behavioral Challenges and Focusing Issues
Debra Sax Annes, RSHom, CCH, Minnesota Center for Homeopathy
Care & Support The Depression Support Coalition Depression is real. Hope is real too. Offering information, education, support, and spiritual hope to those affected by depression —as well as their loved ones.
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.
Major depression is a medical illness
Depression affects our thoughts, feelings, mood, behavior, and physical
For additional information or questions, please contact Julie Opheim 952432-6351.
“Teens and Depression” With Louise Griffith, MA, LP, Psychologist September 13, 2010 – Monday, 7:00-8:30 PM Location: Mary, Mother of the Church, Catholic 3333 Cliff Road, Burnsville Jamie Moloney – 952-890-0045
devastating at times, depression is highly treatable. The mission
“Family Dynamics and Depression”
With Thomas Wright, MTh, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Coalition is to inform, educate, support,
community of spiritual hope for
October 7, 2010 – Thursday, 7:00-8:30 PM Location: Church of St. John Neumann, Catholic 4030 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan Susie Mrkvicka – 651-454-2079 x-2241
those affected by depression — as well as their families.
“Expectations, the Holidays, and Depression” With Lynn Silva-Breen, MDiv, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist November 8, 2010 – Monday, 7:00-8:30 PM Location: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church 13901 Fairview Drive, Burnsville, MN 55337 Richard Erickson – 651-788-0275
“The Spiritual Dimension of Depression” With Pastor Claire Cassell from Prince of Peace
A new depression support group will be starting later this fall at Shepherd of the Valley.
December 9, 2010 – Thursday, 7:00-8:30 PM Location: Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church 3611 North Berens Road NW, Prior Lake Stacy Wollmuth, RN – 952-230-2988
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Weekly Support Group Meetings
for more information on dates
6:30 PM every Tuesday evening at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville. Contact: Richard Erickson at 651-788-0275.
All persons are welcome to attend, regardless of religious affiiation.
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Care & Support Please contact
GriefShare Support Group
the church office …
Tuesdays, Sept 14 - Nov 16 Cost: $15 (for the workbook)
When you or a member of your family is in the hospital.
GriefShare is a video series that features some of the nation's foremost Christian experts on grief and recovery topics. Sessions include:
When a new baby arrives in your family.
"The Journey of Grief"
When you need to hear a friendly voice.
"The Effects of Grief"
When your class or group plans a meeting or event—so space can be reserved and it can be noted on the church calendar.
"Your Family and Grief"
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.
6:30 - 8:00 PM
"When Your Spouse Dies"
"Why?" and "Stuck in Grief" Each night combines a video session with a grief support group discussion time to allow group participants to talk about the content of the video and about how they are dealing with the death of their loved one. This group will be facilitated by Pastor Diane Sponheim and Pat Drake, Parish Nurse. Please register online or at the Welcome Center.
Growing Through Loss An Interdenominational Coalition of South Suburban Churches presents Growing through Loss, a program that is offered to any adult experiencing a loss or major crisis and to Pastoral Ministers, i.e., Befrienders, Stephen Ministers and Samaritan Ministers. Thursday, October 7: “Grief as a Spiritual Journey,” with Paula Becker, Licensed Psychologist, InnerLight Healing Center Thursday, October 14: “Everyday and Holidays — Learning to Live with Loss,” with Ted Bowman, Trainer, Consultant and Educator, Author of “Finding Hope When Dreams Have Shattered” Presentations are at St. John the Baptist Church, 4625 West 125th Street, Savage Registration, 6:30pm; Speaker, 7:00pm; Support Groups (facilitated by trained leaders) 8:00pm Freewill offering. For additional information, call 952-890-0045 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stewardship Employer Matching Gift Programs 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.
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.
Worship Volunteer Opportunities
Altar Service Volunteers care for the chancel and prepare for communion.
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.
Communion Assistants are congregational members who assist the pastoral staff in serving communion.
Assisting Ministers assist the pastoral staff in leading worship. Greeters are volunteers who welcome worshippers as they enter the narthex. Lectors (Scripture Readers) read the lessons in worship. Ushers are teams of women and men who welcome guests and members, hand out worship bulletins, assist with seating, direct worshippers during communion, and collect the offering.
“The Table” Volunteers help with the worship service that meets in the Great Hall on Sundays at 9:45 and 11:00 am. Jobs include ushering, altar service help, and greeting To volunteer in these ministries Please contact Mark Ertl at email@example.com
The process of transferring stock is very easy. Contact Beth Karlson at 952-4326351 to get the information how to make this donation.
Simply Giving 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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Financial Recap Shepherd of the Valley Financial Recap General Fund
August 2009 - July 2010 Actual
Income: Tithes, Offerings and Interest Tuition & Preschool Income Use of Fund Balance Total Income
Expenses: Adult Ministries Benevolences - Tithed * Building & Grounds Capital Children's Ministries ** Confirmation ** Fellowship Non-budgeted Payroll Preschool ** Stewardship & Administration Worship/Music/Arts Youth Total Expenses
5,658 101,426 173,188 199,066 61,048 14,831 5,970 158 1,869,240 87,238 163,231 18,282 11,023 2,710,360
148,213 21,300 23,750 2,807,451
Building Fund Income Expenses Net Change
411,130 363,502 47,628
Campership & Endowment Funds Income Expenses Net Change
4,419 150 4,269
Cash Balances Balance 08/01/09 FY2010 Net Change FY2010 Donor Designated Funds Net Change Balance 07/31/10
Total 1,165,385 243,017 56,753 1,465,155
* See page 23 for Total Benevolence paid out ** Nets with tuition income.
2,777,451 30,000 2,807,451
(99,239) 193,267 94,028
7,595 87,500 182,272 341,256
1,937 (13,926) 9,084 142,190 (61,048) (14,831) 4,780 (158) 115,575 (87,238) (15,018) 3,018 12,727 97,091
August 2009 - July 2010
Total Benevolence Paid Out
Payment Made to: Amount Tanzania 58,482 Synod - General 36,700 Disaster Relief 18,146 Synod - CB LOTW 17,500 Lutheran Social Services 13,025 Heifer Project 12,143 Synod - Hunger 10,530 CAC 9,538 Gulf Coast Relief 8,465 SOTV Food Shelf 7,509 Coffee Project 6,341 School Supplies 5,970 Habitat for Humanity 5,923 Gas Vouchers 4,798 Seminary Support 3,150 Military support 3,111 Camp Wapo 3,000 ISAIAH 3,000 Lutheran Volunteer Corp 3,000 College Scholarships 2,000 Preschool Scholarships 1,990 Local/Individual Needs 1,982 Children In Need Garage Sale 1,946 ELCA Pastor's Fund 1,550 Pine Ridge Reservation 1,550 Easter Dinner Baskets 1,315 Plymouth Church-Nicollet Place 1,150 Kids 'n Kinship 1,114 Grocery Certificates 1,091 Dakota Woodlands 1,008 Camp Noah 1,000 M.O.M.S. 1,000 MN Visiting Nurses Association 1,000 Safe Haven 1,000 Quilters 937 Mt. Calvary 900 Lutheran Social Services-Youth Homeless 500 MICAH 500 Plymouth Christian Youth Center 496 Metro Lutheran 450 Children's Home Society & Family Service 304 Kaleidoscope 300 Rosemount Schools 300 SALT 300 Hug Bags 257 Social Concerns 222 Alliance Academy 201 Augustana Care Corp. 200 SEAM 200 Wingspan Life Resources 200 Birthday Bags 199 Prayer Shawls 176 Southside Family Nurturing Center 175 Downtown Congegration to End Homeless 150 Link, The 150 Lutheran Social Services-Rezek House 150 Lutheran Social Services-Street Program 150 Washburn Center - HYPE service project 149 Bus passes 100 Crossways International 100 Gustavus Adolphus 100 Feed My Starving Children 80 Pennies for Peace 22 258,993
22.58% 14.17% 7.01% 6.76% 5.03% 4.69% 4.07% 3.68% 3.27% 2.90% 2.45% 2.30% 2.29% 1.85% 1.22% 1.20% 1.16% 1.16% 1.16% 0.77% 0.77% 0.77% 0.75% 0.60% 0.60% 0.51% 0.44% 0.43% 0.42% 0.39% 0.39% 0.39% 0.39% 0.39% 0.36% 0.35% 0.19% 0.19% 0.19% 0.17% 0.12% 0.12% 0.12% 0.12% 0.10% 0.09% 0.08% 0.08% 0.08% 0.08% 0.08% 0.07% 0.07% 0.06% 0.06% 0.06% 0.06% 0.06% 0.04% 0.04% 0.04% 0.03% 0.01%
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Financial Recap Thank You! Thanks for the School Supplies Thank you to everyone who participated in any way with this year's school supply collection. School supplies were delivered to 14 schools and organizations, for distribution to students unable to purchase their own supplies. Almost half of the needed supplies were donated this year, with the balance of needed items purchased using designated donations and 2010 garage sale funds. Any supplies donated after the collection will be distributed during the year as needed. Thank you for helping our area students be prepared for school, and for lifting the burden of school supply expenses from their families.
Thanks from Echo Park Elementary School Our Echo Park staff and families cannot thank all of you enough for your remarkably generous contributions to the Back to School Supplies Project for the 2010-2011 academic school year! Your wonderful contributions made it possible for our students in need of schools supplies to have a successful start to their school year as well as feeling they fit in with other students with new backpacks and supplies. Due to the current economic situation in our country, we had a much higher number of parents requesting help for their children.
Thanks from Dakota Woodlands Thank you for your huge donation of school supplies that we received on 8/23/2010. There are hundreds of items that we can organize into backpacks for our school age kids this fall. We appreciate your support of our work. 23
Financial Recap Gifts In Kind Birthday Bags
127 bags were assembled by SOTV HYPE groups and delivered to various locations in the metro area.
186 units collected for the American Red Cross.
Bundles of Love
Photocopying services. Collection of hygiene items and various baby items to make bundles.
Various service projects were done at Carefree Living, Feed My Starving Children, Minnesota Valley Humane Society, and projects around SOTV. Numerous gifts were given to many families, adults, and children in need through Armful of Love, Dakota Woodlands, SEAM, Southside Family Nurturing Center, & Wingspan Life Resources.
August 2009 - July 2010
Assembled 20 meals from Let's Dish for people in our congregation who might enjoy the comfort of a meal.
College Care Packages
152 total packages were sent out before Christmas and before finals in the Spring to numerous SOTV college kids.
320 breakfast bags were assembled for the Ronald McDonald House and over 300 ham and cheese sandwiches for The Salvation Army Harbor Light and Simpson Housing Shelter. Placemats were also decorated for Meals on Wheels. And cards for kids were made for CareForACureFoundation.org.
Augustana, Dakota Woodlands, and Lewis House.
53 dinners and 66 cookie/beverage baskets were donated to All Nations Church, Pueblo de Fe, & SOTV families.
Numerous items went to many local families in need, Alley's Shoppe, Bundles of Love, Dakota Woodlands, Mission Outpost, M.O.M.S., Safe Haven, Tanzania, Union Gospel, Unique, and the VA Hospital.
Donated to 360 Communities, Alliance Academy, Children's Home Society and Family Services, M.O.M.S., Rosemount Elementary, Rosemount Family Resource Center and many area residents and members in need.
Numerous bags of groceries were collected and given to 360 Communities Food Shelf, Eagan Resource Center, and Dakota Woodlands throughout the year.
Habitat for Humanity
46 adult volunteers worked approximately 1032 combined hours on Habitat homes in August 2009 & July 2010.
90 bags have been distributed to uplift various women during times of sorrow and joy.
Various service projects were done at, and for, Apple Valley Villa, Augustana Care Center, Dakota Woodlands, D.A.R.T.S., Ebenezer Ridges, Feed My Starving Children, Highland Manor, Lewis House, Marie Sandvik Center, Mary's Place, New Life Family Services, Our Savior's Housing, Rezek House, Salvation Army, SOTV, The Commons, The Rivers, and Trinity Care Center.
Various items, including, school supplies, clothing, and food were delivered to Lewis House throughout the past year.
Monthly meals were prepared and served at Mt. Calvary.
Middle Schoolers Military Support Prayer Shawls
81 students and 32 adults prepared meals at Feed My Starving Children three times throughout the year. Meals prepared at Let's Dish through out the year and care packages were sent overseas. 104 shawls were distributed to people in need.
Golden Stitchers quilts - 56 small quilts; 203 receiving blankets; 26 twin quilts; 20 kids quilts. All were distributed among Fairview Hospital in Burnsville, Ebenezer Ridges, Children's Hospital in St. Paul, Burnsville Senior Center, Augustana Regents, girl in Hastings, Union Gospel Mission, and the CAP agency in Rosemount.
Shepherd Quilters - 115 quilts and pillow cases to the Target House and 2 quilts for members of SOTV.
Numerous backpacks and supplies were collected and distributed to the Alliance Academy, CHSFS, Dakota Woodlands, Lewis House, Lutheran Social Services, M.O.M.S., Rosemount Family Resource Center, and many local schools.
184 youth along with 45 adults set out around the country to serve this past summer.
SOTV Food Shelf
286 families received 1272 bags of groceries since our opening in February.
Over 500 lbs of gifts were sent along with the SOTV travelers in October, including student gifts, t-shirts, communion items, medical supplies, educational supplies, and necklaces.
961 coats, mittens, hats, scarves, boots, & snow pants were donated to The Bridge Center for Youth, Central Lutheran Church, Dakota Woodlands, Lewis House, M.O.M.S., MVNA, Neighborhood House, Pine Ridge Reservation, Pregnancy Choices Life Care Center, Pueblo De Fe, Rezek House, Rosemount Family Resource Center, Safe Haven, The Salvation Army, Wingspan Life Resources, and many local schools.
Social Concerns & Justice SOTV Tungamalenga Partnership Karibuni sana! SOTV warmly welcomes guests from Tanzania Pastor Naftal & Anjelina Ng'amillo, Dr Mufwimi & Dorah Saga, our partners in ministry from Tungamalenga Parish and the Iringa Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, will be our guests October 21- November 8th. Please watch for more details of their visit in the weekend News for the Flock. Here are some highlights of what they'll be doing at SOTV: Sunday, October 24: Adult Forum at 9:45 a.m. in the Chapel Wednesday, October 27: Greeting Confirmation Classes Saturday, October 30: Participate in Rite of Confirmation, Congregational dinner following worship at 6 p.m. Sunday, October 31 & Wednesday, November 3: Leading Godzone
Tanzanian Scholarships Make a World of Difference Just a few years ago, Devotha Mhalwike was a village girl whose one living parent was unable to pay the fees for her secondary education. Without an education, her future held little hope--subsistence farming, a daily struggle to provide water, food and the necessities of life. But Devotha had been a bright student in primary school, and she earned a scholarship for her secondary studies through the partnership SOTV shares with Tungamalenga Parish in Tanzania. She completed four years of secondary school, studied community development at Rungemba College, and now she is working as a data clerk at the government health center at Idodi. She is optimistic about her future, and she wants to thank Shepherd of the Valley members who support the Tanzanian Scholarship Program.
Saturday, November 6: Pastor Naftal @ Men's Ministry breakfast
Devotha and dozens like her have had their lives changed by your generous scholarship support.
Sunday, November 7: Farewell Potluck Dinner & Worship, 5:30 pm
Dinner with Pastor Naftal & Anjelina Ng'amillo 6:00 PM on Saturday, October 30 Here's your chance to say "Karibu" or "Welcome" to Pastor Naftal and Anjelina Ng'amillo from our partner congregation in Tungamalenga, Tanzania. They will be guests at SOTV from October 21-November 8. Join us for a congregational dinner to welcome them and to hear updates from our partnership, which supports evangelism, education, healthcare and economic development.
SOTV provides 125 secondary scholarships--many to students Randy Brandt who have been orphaned by AIDS, malaria, or tuberculosis. In addition, SOTV supports 6 theology students attending Tumaini University; as well as six other college students in community development, medicine, nursing, and technology. Secondary scholarships provide tuition, room and board at a cost of $360 per year; university scholarships vary in cost from $2,000 to $3,500. Devotha Mhalwike and Pastor
Donations to the scholarship fund can be made at any time, in any amount. Please make checks payable to SOTV with "TZ Scholarship" in the memo. Questions? Contact Kirsten.Levorson@sotv.org or Joan Dornfeld.
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Social Concerns & Justice 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.
Winter Outerwear Collection SOTV is collecting winter outerwear beginning in November through the end of December. If you have any gently used winter outerwear, in good repair, that you would like to donate, please drop off your donations in the narthex collection box. In 2009, we met 89% of our requests, donating over 690 items to 21 locations for distribution. Your donations make a difference and bring warmth and comfort to those in need. For more information, call Lisa Loher at 651-683-9127
Meals on Wheels The Meals on Wheels program provides hot meals to the homebound in the Apple Valley, Eagan, Burnsville, Savage areas. Currently volunteers are needed to help prepare the salads and desserts for these meals (this is done at the pick-up site in Burnsville). If you would like to assist, please call Susan Dieseth, the on-site program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-3939860. SOTV also provides drivers who deliver meals once each month. If driving would be an interest for you, please call Audrey Degler, SOTV MOW coordinator, at email@example.com or 651-454-2499 for details.
Christmas Boutique November 13 It's almost time for the SOTV annual boutique – Saturday, November 13th. Buy Christmas gifts with a purpose when you stop by the global missions table. Support the Dorcas Widows in Uganda when you buy their colorful jewelry and continue to help our friends in Tanzania by purchasing their handcrafted baskets. Make gift giving special for everyone this year.
Caring for Creation CHOICES, CHOICES, CHOICES - Our abundance of them causes waste. In 1970 there were a total of 1,365 new products, food plus non-food categories, introduced in the U.S. In 1990 there were 13,244, making purchasing choices that much more difficult. Following are some "Tips for making Choices": Identify reasons for a purchasing decision: meeting a need, reduce harm to the environment. List pros and cons of choices: Pro; Buying products with some recycled content might save resources. Con; They might cost more. Consider psychological costs and rewards as well as financial ones: The satisfaction of saving resources may be worth paying an extra 10%, or the recycled brand may not have as much prestige but does that matter to me? Gather relevant information: Can a product's environmental claims be substantiated? Rank the importance of the pros and cons and assess them: Brand loyalty is less important than saving resources, but saving money may be the most important. Not making a decision is a decision. Not choosing an environmentally friendly product will not encourage their makers to produce more, which is needed in order for their price to be reduced. (NOTE: The above is from an Oct. 6, 1991, article in the Star Tribune. It included the following about Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader: He had just bought his first pair of shoes since he bought a dozen pair of Army shoes for $6 per pair when he got out of the service in 1959.)
Social Concerns & Justice Our Daily Bread Food Shelf At the time this newsletter was written, our food shelf had been open for six months. During that time we have supported 317 families with 1,408 bags (at 10 pounds per bag that's over 14,000 pounds of food!) That is an amazing accomplishment! We are truly making a difference in our community. Our summer food drive was a great success, raising over 6,100 pounds of food. The food drive came at a great time – our shelves were bare. And now, that food has all been given to families. Our Daily Bread has been successful because of the generous contributions of our members and surrounding community. It truly takes a coordinated effort to keep our food shelf going. Here are some ways that you can support food donations to our food shelf: Trick-or-Treat for food. This is a great way for kids to become involved and a nice option if you are trying to limit candy
intake. Engage your place of work. Host a food drive of your own or ask if a portion of your company’s food drive donations can
be given to our food shelf. Partner with the organizations you belong to. Encourage the group/team to do a food drive or collection. Ask that people
bring a food item to your events. Coordinate a food drive as a service project for school, scouts, etc! Contact Amy Bloomquist if you would like more
information on coordinating food donations, 651-423-2187. We recently added refrigerator and freezer space for the food shelf. We will now be able to provide more fresh produce and other things like meat and frozen foods. Donations of perishable foods will accepted on a limited basis based on available space and when the food shelf is open – watch for more information in the Weekly News for the Flock. Our food shelf needs vary. Weekly needs are posted by the shelves outside The Table, on the TVs in the Narthex and in Weekly News for the Flock Newsletters. Things like soup, canned fruit and veggies, juice, breakfast foods, basic dinner options, personal care products and laundry care items are always needed. To date we have had few requests for ethnic or exotic foods.
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Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road Apple Valley, MN 55124
Christmas Boutique 15th Annual
Saturday, November 13th 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Lots of craft items
Library Bake Sale Boutique CafĂŠ serving sweet rolls and BBQ beef sandwiches Majority of proceeds go to scholarships for youth mission trips & camperships.
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road Apple Valley, MN 55124