There are many ways to serve our local community, both inside and outside our walls. You are invited to serve your neighbor in a way that best utilizes your gifts, interests, and schedule. You can consider the options below, and contact Lisa Hegerman if you have any questions. You can also see specific needs here.
Serve at SOTV:
In partnership with 360 Communities, we serve local families and individuals in need at our in-house food shelf. Our food shelf is open Tuesdays and Thursday from 3:00 - 6:00 pm. Families schedule appointments through 360 Communities - Rosemount location and we fill the orders. There are many lay leaders and volunteers involved in this ministry in the areas of supply, stocking, documentation, publicity, shopping, and more. Learn more...
Red Cross Blood Drive
(January & July)
Shepherd of the Valley sponsors two blood drives during the year, in January and July. Volunteers are enlisted to work during the drive, schedule appointments, and assist the Red Cross with set-up and clean-up.
(March & April)
Each year, Shepherd of the Valley expresses their support, concern, and love to congregational members who have had a difficult year. Approximately 60 dinners and 40 gift baskets are delivered each year to SOTV families and families served by All Nations Church.
Serve In The Community:
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.
Greenleaf Elementary and Falcon Ridge Middle School Partnerships
(During the school year)
We have partnered with these two schools to support children in need whether it is through anti-bullying programs, after-school help, or providing snacks. At Falcon Ridge (in partnership with The Sheridan Story), we help supply students with food to take home for the weekends. Food is delivered to the school and we provide volunteers to pack the food into the student’s backpacks on Fridays.
Golf, Gears, and Gutters for the Good Fundraiser
This fellowship/fundraiser event includes a delicious meal with silent auction, as well as optional golfing, bike riding, walking, and bowling. This is a fun way to raise money for social concerns ministries. Ministries that have been supported include: disaster relief, Tungamalenga partnership, SOTV's food shelf, and more.
Meals on Wheels
(4th Thursday of each month)
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.
Emergency Shelter in Dakota County
(November - March)
Last winter, an average of 78 people each night needed emergency housing. We work with Matrix Housing Services and others in our county to provide emergency food and shelter during the winter months.
Lutheran Advocacy - MN
Lutheran Advocacy-MN advocates for justice in the areas of hunger, poverty, and care of God’s creation by speaking with and for those who have little or no political power. Special events throughout the year, tied to current legislative or social concerns.
Serve Through Collections:
Winter Outerwear & Mitten Tree
(November & December)
Through this annual collection, gently used winter outerwear and new mittens/hats are distributed to area children and families in need.
Christmas Gift Giving
(November & December)
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. Some of the ministries previously supported include: Tanzania Partnership, Wingspan Life Resources, Southside Family Nurturing Center, Dakota Woodlands, Armful of Love, and Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This ministry raises $20,000 - $30,000 each year in gift and monetary donations.
An annual collection to provide party supplies for families who could not otherwise provide a celebration. Volunteers fill and distribute approximately 120 bags each year!
School Supply Drive
(July & August)
Shepherd of the Valley 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.