News for the Flock

Making an Impact

In the last couple months, many Connect projects have been happening around SOTV. The congregation has donated items for Easter dinners and baskets. Other members have spent time packing and decorating these dinners and baskets. In addition, volunteers have sewn, tied, and delivered quilts to children in need.

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Tags: Easter Dinners, Easter Basket, Caring Quilts, Caring Quilts Day, quilts, children in need, needy children, Shepherd Quilters

Putting Feet to Our Faith

We are grateful and encouraged by all of the ways the SOTV congregation has participated in serving others, particularly during this Year of Send. Members have intentionally looked for ways to use their spiritual gifts to serve as our faith leads us in Jesus’ name.

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Tags: pack the pews, minnesota foodshare, food shelf, food drive, march food drive, lenten food drive, our daily bread food shelf, take out jesus, serve, year of send, spiritual gift, Food Shelf

We’re mid-way through the Capital Campaign. Look at all we’ve accomplished together!

Although people started pledging and contributing over the course of a year, we can now safely say we are halfway through the Capital Campaign. Because of your dedication and generosity, we already have some major accomplishments to be excited about! Here is what we’ve done together toward our three goal areas of debt reduction, facilities, and outreach...

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Tags: capital campaign, debt reduction, facilities, outreach, tanzania, parking lot, secure church, homelessness, sanctuary update, Rosemount 360 Communities, hungry

Unexpected Surprises

By Wendy Steger
Pastor, Connect

On April 3, school children and teachers were surprised and delighted to get a snow day in April. Others of us were equally surprised, and possibly less delighted, to receive eight inches of snow two days after Easter. April Fool’s Day had come and gone, but it seemed that Mother Nature still had a few tricks up her sleeve. Yes, life is full of unexpected surprises.

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Easter is a season of newness. What have you seen in a new way recently?

SOTV congregation members answered...

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Haiti 2019: Get Involved

Since 2012, we have taken groups of youth and adults to Haiti with Haiti Outreach, a non-profit organization focusing on long-term potable water solutions. Haiti Outreach collaborates with the people of Haiti to build and maintain community-initiated projects to advance their development.

How Can I Get Involved?

Travel to Haiti or Join SOTV's inaugural Haiti Steering Committe

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    Celebrating Children Preschool

    Play-Based Preschool in Apple Valley has Openings for Fall

    When researching and touring preschools, parents come across many new terms. One of those terms may be play-based curriculum. Celebrating Children Preschool (CCP) at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church has existed for nearly 25 years, and is known for their play-based curriculum in a caring, Christian setting. While this may look chaotic or overly simplistic, everything at CCP is intentionally structured to develop fundamental skills while setting a course for a life-long love of learning.Starting children off on the right path in school is a fundamental philosophy of Celebrating Children Preschool.

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    Fools for Christ

    By Rick Summy, Senior Pastor

    This year, Easter Sunday is on April Fools Day.

    Who says God doesn’t get the last laugh?

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    At Apple Valley worship service, faith and ravioli make a nice pairing

    Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church offers potluck smack in the middle of the service. 

    By Jean Hopfensperger Star Tribune  |  MARCH 23, 2018 — 9:42PM

    Read the article posted in the Star Tribune by clicking here.

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    Shepherd of the Valley Congregation Members Answer…What are you hungering for in your life?

    Read the personal quotes from some of our congregation members on what they are hungering for in their lives.

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    Dakota County’s Emergency Shelter

    How Serving Dinner at the Shelter Impacts Members & The Community

    Matrix Housing Services provides overnight shelter in Dakota County throughout the winter. Several churches have been involved in housing this rotational shelter. Shepherd of the Valley has offered assistance by holding fundraisers such as The Community Chest, providing financially for all of the shelter’s mattresses (using Capital Campaign dollars) and making meals for the 45 - 60 residents that have entered the church’s doors hungry.

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    March Food Drive

    Please support Our Daily Bread Food Shelf, operated by Shepherd of the Valley, in partnership with 360 Communities, during the Minnesota FoodShare March campaign.

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    Let’s Pack the Pews!

    By Rick Summy
    Senior Pastor

    Not long ago, I found myself in a conversation about what we believe and do as the church.

    I said something about caring for the poor and feeding the hungry.

    This March, we are working on packing the pews with food. Throughout Lent we are asking for food donations with the goal of collecting 15,000 pounds of food for SOTV’s food shelf.

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    Mpalapande Primary School Opens!

    On January 8, 2018, classes opened at Mpalapande Primary School with 60 bright and shiny new desks for the students, a beautiful three classroom building, and high hopes for the students who will be relieved of the 4 mile one-way walk to their previous school.

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    Tags: Tanzania, capital campaign, global mission