Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church ● 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, MN ● (952) 432-6351 ● Directions
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Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
952.432.6351 ● 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, MN 55124 ● Get Directions
Social Concerns Ministry Director:
Social Concerns Ministry Director:Lisa Hegerman
Local Outreach Ministries:
(March/April) Contact: Lisa Loher (651-683-9127)
Each year SOTV expresses their support, concern and love to congregational members who have had a difficult year. Approximately 60 dinners and 40 smaller “baskets” are delivered each year, including dinners for families served by All Nations Church and Pueblo de Fe.
Red Cross Blood Drive
(February & July) Contact: Lisa Loher (651-683-9127)
SOTV sponsors two blood drives during the year, in February and July. Volunteers are enlisted to work during the drive, schedule appointments and assist the Red Cross with set-up and clean-up.
(February/March) Contact: Jenni Beran (952-432-3507)
An annual collection to provide party supplies for families who could not otherwise provide a celebration. SOTV volunteers fill and distribute approximately 120 bags each year!
(May/June) Contact: Deb Schrader (952-322-4739)
All proceeds from this annual event (formerly known as the Garage Sale) are used to support area children in need and their families. Thanks to this event, financial support has been given to Rosemount Family Resource Center, Bundles of Love, Southside Nurturing Center, Crisis Nursery, B. Robert Lewis House, Dakota Woodlands, Kaleidoscope program in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis, programs in ISD 196 and others. Including matching funds from Thrivent Financial, around $18,000 - $20,000 are raised. Many volunteers are needed for this ministry! Click here for 2012 information.
School Supply Drive
(July/August) Contact: Lisa Loher (651-683-9127)
SOTV sponsors a school supply drive each summer that provides students in need with the supplies they require to be ready for school. Approximately 700 district and area students benefit thanks to school supplies given by the congregation, financial support and volunteer efforts.
Winter Outerwear and Mitten Tree
(November/December) Contact: Lisa Loher (651-683-9127)
Through this annual collection, gently used winter outerwear and new mittens/hats are distributed to area children and families in need.
Our Daily Bread Food Shelf
(on-going) Contact: Lisa Hegerman (952-985-7329)
We have partnered with 360 Communities in opening a food shelf here at SOTV. Our food shelf is open Tuesdays and Thursday from 3pm-6pm. Families schedule appointments through 360 Communities and we fill the orders. There are many lay leaders and volunteers involved in this ministry in the areas of supply, stocking, documentation, publicity and small group leader.
See the Food Shelf's list of most needed items and more information
(quarterly) Contact: Lisa Loher (651-683-9127)
Gas certificates purchased using garages sale funds are distributed quarterly to support families in crisis situations.
(Every Wednesday) Contact: Laurie Danley (952-432-3545)
SOTV volunteers participate in this outreach, sponsored by Panera Bread, by picking up day old bread and bakery items and delivering them to a variety of local service providers for distribution.
Christmas Gift Giving
(November/December) Contact: Lisa Hegerman (952-985-7329)
There are many opportunities to share the Christmas spirit with those in need. Through this program, church members can provide gifts for families or provide financial support to a worthy local or global ministry. Ministries previously supported include: Tungamalenga Partnership, Southeast Asian Ministries, Wingspan Life Resources, Southside Family Nurturing Center, Heifer International, Ebenezer Ridges Care Center, Dakota Woodlands, Armful of Love and Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. With hard working volunteers and donations from SOTV members and people in the community, these ministries raise $10,000-$20,000 each year in gift and monetary donations.
Meals on Wheels
(4th Thursday of each month) Contact: Audrey Degler (651-454-2499)
Through this ministry, volunteers deliver hot meals to the homebound in the Apple Valley, Eagan, Burnsville and Savage areas the fourth Thursday of each month. Meals are picked up for delivery at Faith Covenant Church in Burnsville at 11:00 AM. Volunteers are the backbone of this program and we would very much appreciate your interest in becoming a driver.
Military Support Ministry
(On-going) Contact: Lisa Hegerman (952) 985-7329
We are a volunteer group comprised of SOTV members who may or may not have family members in military service. Our goal is to raise awareness of the sacrifices all military personnel make for the benefit of every U.S. citizen and also to provide service and support to military individuals and their families from SOTV and our community. As an extension of this, we will coordinate activities such as letter writing campaigns and providing needed items to any military person in need. We welcome anyone who may be interested in this work to join the group.
(As needed) Contact: Lisa Hegerman (952-985-7329)
When natural disaster strikes around the world, Shepherd of the Valley members can respond with donations through our partners, Lutheran World Relief and ELCA Disaster Relief. ELCA Disaster Relief has been instrumental in supporting churches in the region affected by Hurricane Katrina. More recently, SOTV supported Southeastern Minnesota by providing financial and volunteer assistance to help deal with extensive flooding as well as participating in numerous Hurricane Katrina work groups.
Golf and Gears for the Good Fundraiser
(Early Fall) Contact: Lisa Hegerman (952) 985-7329
This golf and dinner event (with optional bike and motorcycle ride) is a fun way to raise money for social concerns ministries. Ministries that have been supported include: Military Family Support, Hurricane Relief, Tungamalenga Partnership, Caring Ministries, Caring for Creation, and more.
This year's event is Sunday, September 16. Click here for more details.
(On-going) Contact: Dick Reynolds (651-485-8370)
This ministry provides sketchbooks and drawing materials to Native American youth who exhibit an aptitude and strong interest in visual arts and lack the resources to purchase materials.
Salvation Army Bell Ringers
(November/December) Contact: Lisa Hegerman (952-985-7329)
Each year at Christmastime, millions of dollars are dropped in red kettles and donated to the Salvation Army. These dollars are used to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless, in keeping with the spirit of the season. The red kettle program is a great way to volunteer your time to reach out to those less fortunate.
(Quarterly) Contact: Lori Bullock (952-985-7324)
ServeTogether is a program in which people of all ages gather to support local nonprofits by making blankets and sandwiches for domestic shelters, sorting donations at thrifts stores or completing house/yard work for seniors, among other projects.
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