News for the Flock

On Saturday, Lois Tverberg will be Guiding Us on a Journey Back to the Time of Jesus

Immersed in the Word event
Saturday, February 24
8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Optional lunch: 12:15 - 1:00 pm

Cost: $20 (includes continental breakfast)

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Endowment Fund Invests in Youth Leadership Development

This past summer, our Endowment Fund made its first grants to support our mission. Included in those grants were funds to enable SOTV youth and adults in youth ministry to attend a Peer Leadership Ministry Conference. Read about the conference and to hear words from those who attended.

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Save the Date!

SOTV welcomes guest preacher, Angela Khabeb
Saturday, February 10 & Sunday, February 11 (all services except Sunday at 5:00 pm) 

Read Angela's bio.

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What are you Hungry for?

By Wendy Steger
Pastor, Connect

Part of the reason family dinners are so special is that they feed much more than the physical body. They feed the soul.

A joyful family dinner feeds our needs for connection, relationship, identity, and so much more. Just as the body needs to be fed in order to function properly, our souls yearn for nourishment as well.
A well-fed spirit breathes life into the rest of our being.

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Year of Send - Putting Feet to Our Faith

Happy New Year! Our challenge as a congregation this year has been to think about and act upon, even more, how we are Sent to share the good news by serving others and sharing our faith. At the half way mark in the year, we can look back at what we have done and look forward to more events in the new year of 2018

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Get to know the REAL Jesus

“Will the REAL Jesus please stand up?”

This famous line is from the TV game show To Tell the Truth. Here is what I think of that sentence: even though I am a pastor and student of the scriptures, I catch myself wondering if I truly understand this strange, wonderful, confusing, and astounding Jesus we follow. It really would be nice to have a neat little box to put Jesus in that shows I have him all figured out!

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Nationally Known Author to Lead Workshop on “Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus”

Nationally known author and Bible scholar, Lois Tverberg, will lead a Saturday workshop at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church on February 24. By helping readers grasp the perspective of Jesus’ first listeners, Lois Tverberg equips them to read the Bible in ways that will deepen their understanding and enrich their lives.

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Epiphany: Jesus Revealed

By Duane Paetznick
Pastor, Care

Recently, I was talking with someone who has experienced deep pain in her life. In the face of her hardship and pain, she questioned whether there was a God. For my friend, God is hidden.

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We Offer "Breaking Bread," a New Dinner and Worship Experience

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church has a new, casual worship experience on Sundays at 5:00 pm that includes dinner. This service is called "Breaking Bread," because there is a full meal in the middle of the service, and also because participants of all ages and faith backgrounds are invited to share Holy Communion together.

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Our Daily Bread Food Shelf

Thanks to everyone’s help, we are now a SuperShelf and will be the model for future food shelves! Our Daily Bread food shelf is the second in the state to achieve certification.

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Hurricane Harvey Relief Trip

Five members of SOTV had a productive trip to Houston for a week in late November to assist the Fuller Center in recovery after Hurricane Harvey. They worked on Carl and Connie's house in League City, southeast of Houston. Although Carl is afflicted with MS, they provide care for their daughter and her three children.

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All Church Serve Together

Thanks to everyone who participated and PUT THEIR FEET TO FAITH as we served together. On Sunday, November 19, we gathered to enjoy fellowship, learn about a variety of ministries, and serve with one another. We had a big turn out with around 130 participants!

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Thanksgiving Eve Worship Includes a Minnesota Comedian

Thanksgiving Eve Worship on Wednesday, November 22 at 7:00 pm will include Minnesota comedian Brenda Elsagher speaking on "Laughing with Gratitude."

"Humor is like breath...it's needed at work, home, and play." – Brenda Elsagher

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