Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals

Celebration of Baptism

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Shepherd of the Valley (SOTV) celebrates the sacrament of baptism every second weekend of the month during regular worship services, or on third Sundays at 12:15 pm in the Chapel.

To schedule: Contact Merilu Narum at 952.985.7326 or merilu.narum@sotv.org to schedule your baptism. Please schedule at least one month in advance. Download the Baptism form or pick one up at the Welcome Center.

Baptism Class is required for families preparing for their first baptism at SOTV. Classes are offered every first Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm (unless it falls on a holiday).


Communion Preparation Class

The decision of what age children should begin taking Communion needs to be made by each family. Some families find 5th grade is a good starting point for attending a communion preparation class, others allow their children to participate in the Lord’s Supper in preschool. Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church recognizes that families have varied expectations and that children can be ready for communion at differing ages.

Children accompanied by at least one parent or guardian are invited to attend a communion preparation experience on one of the dates below. This one-night class (about 60 minutes) is a shared parent/child experience to support a meaningful communion practice. The class includes a role-playing skit, presentation, discussion time, tasting of the bread and wine, prayer, and answering children’s questions.

Families are then invited to worship at a church service the weekend following the class to participate in the celebration of communion together (see dates below).

Available Classes (please register by clicking link below)
Monday, January 28, 2019 with First Communion celebrated on February 2 or 3
Monday, April 15, 2019 with First Communion celebrated on Maundy Thursday, April 18
 

Questions? Please contact Dawn Peterson at 952.985.7357 or dawn.peterson@sotv.org.


Weddings

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At SOTV, we believe entering into marriage and planning the wedding ceremony deserve careful consideration. As such, we require a minimum of six months for the booking and planning of your wedding. Also, at least one member of the wedding couple must be a member of SOTV.

Weddings at SOTV are typically scheduled on Saturdays at 2:00 pm. For availability and more information, please contact our Wedding Coordinator, Jill Johnson at 952.985.7381 or jill.johnson@sotv.org to begin the wedding planning process. We look forward to working with you at this very special time!


Funerals

If a loved one has died and you are interested in planning a visitation, memorial service, or luncheon, please contact Jill Johnson at 952.985.7381 or jill.johnson@sotv.org.