News for the Flock

2018 Neighborhood Block Party

The 2018 Neighborhood Block Party was on Saturday, September 8. A great time was had by all, enjoying free food, bouncy castles, games, temporary tattoos, and more!

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Categories: Local Mission, Connect
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Welcome Pastor Lindsey Bina

Pastor Lindsey Bina will oversee the Care ministry team, preach, teach, and much more! Lindsey’s first day at SOTV was September 13, and her installation will be September 29/30. Join us in welcoming her!

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Categories: Care, News
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Habitat for Humanity

Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped throughout the week

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Christian Education Programs

SOTV provides outstanding children’s Christian education programs ranging from age three to grade 12. The 2018-19 program year begins this month, and we expect around 1,000 kids to participate.

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Categories: Care, Learn, Youth
Tags: Christian education, Sunday school, Wednesday school, church school, church class, GodZone, Confirmation, faith formation, Bible study, General Fund

Blood Drive

Thank you to all donors and volunteers who supported the Red Cross Blood Drive on August 2.

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Coming Home: Tanzania Update

By Wendy Steger, Pastor

On July 26, my daughter, Anna, and I returned home from a life-changing visit to Tanzania. We had been privileged with the honor and responsibility of representing our congregation on a visit with our partners overseas. It was a delightful journey. We sang, danced, prayed, and worshiped with our friends in Tungamalenga, Makifu, and Usolanga.

Anna, Kirsten, and I learned to make bricks, pick cotton, and make baskets. We visited schools to see the new life and hope education brings for the next generation. It was a joy, an adventure, and a trip of a lifetime. Over and over, each village we visited greeted us with the words “karibu sana” which means “you are warmly welcomed.”

Our journey was inspiring and thrilling, but after 17 days away, Anna and I were ready to come home.

What a delight for us, when we were greeted at the airport in Minnesota by previous travelers who know how special it is to be warmly welcomed home after a long journey. “Karibu sana,” they said. “Welcome home.”

Scripture tells of a God who will not rest until all are warmly welcomed home. Jesus told the story of the prodigal son who wandered far away, squandering all he had. But when he came back, far from being vengeful, the father threw his arms around him and kissed him. God is like that loving father. No matter where life has taken us, we are loved and received with open arms by a compassionate and merciful God who celebrates our return.

Wherever your summer has taken you, know that you are warmly welcomed home to a new year of congregational life at SOTV. Amidst the new schedules and daily routines, may you also experience the wide range of possibilities for connecting with God in a new way.

Karibu sana. You are warmly welcomed.

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Tags: Tanzania, Tanzania trip 2018, tungamalenga, makifu, usolanga, welcome home, generosity

School Supply Drive & Hygiene Kit Collection

Thank you to all who contributed to this year’s hygiene kit collection and school supply drive!

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New: Pet Ministry

SOTV Pet Ministry seeks to provide opportunities to grow in faith through a shared love of animals.

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Categories: Care, Connect
Tags: pet ministry, pets, blessing of the animals, pet memorial service

Nursery

We love caring for your children during worship services, and want to do all we can to ensure their safety. Please know the following important rules if you’d like to use the nursery.

• We’re able to watch children between the ages of one and three during worship times. Please consider our Christian education options for older children. Consider using the atrium area for extra space if you or your younger children need a break during worship.

• Upon check in, please complete the registration form and a numbered label for your child. Place the label on your child’s back.

• If you are picking up your child, be sure to have the matching numbered label with you. If no matching label is available, children will only be released to their parents or guardians.

• Please patiently wait for a staff person to admit and release your child, as only staff and approved nursery volunteers are allowed in the secured portion of the nursery.

• Please do not bring food into the nursery area. If your child will need to eat during worship, please come and check your child out of the nursery, and feel free to check them back in when they have finished eating.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Pam at 952.985.7352 or pam.tschida@sotv.org. Thank you for helping us keep our children safe!

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Tanzania 2018 Trip Update

Learn about the Tanzania partnership, read the travelers’ experiences, and view many photos!

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Tags: Tanzania, Tanzania trip 2018, makifu, tungamalenga

Music Groups Resume in September

Shepherd of the Valley has a rich musical tradition, and you are invited to be a part of it! Whether you have sung or played an instrument in the past, or are wanting to try it for the first time, you are welcome to find the group that calls to you.

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Tags: music, senior choir, adult handbells, handbells, bells, brass ensemble, wind ensemble, children music group, youth music group, worship band, join music, join choir, join bells

Be a Blessing to Others

He was the only survivor of five siblings. Afflicted with ill-health, he needed to change careers twice. He survived war and was almost killed three times. And yet, poet laureate Johann Heerman is considered by some to be the most important chorale text writer between Martin Luther and Paul Gerhardt.

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Tags: where our hearts are, blessing to others, stewardship

Breaking Bread Dinner & Worship Has Ended

Existing Sunday night 5:00 pm Breaking Bread Dinner & Worship is ending August 26, 2018. We are currently looking at other options for this worship style, stay tuned.

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JUSTICE: “What Would Jesus Do?”

By Randy Brandt
Pastor

We want SOTV to share God’s love in tangible ways that have a positive, life-giving effect in people’s lives.

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Categories: Life of the Flock, News, Monthly