News for the Flock

April Capital Fund Update

This is the third in a series of monthly updates on Capital Fund activity, sharing progress toward our Capital Campaign objectives. A financial update is available with other reports on the Council webpage. For specific questions, e-mail council@sotv.org.
 
In March, Council approved the designation of $50,000 from the Capital Fund toward debt reduction, facility, and outreach. With this designation, we paid $40,000 toward principal, allocated $7,500 to the facility, and allocated $2,500 to outreach. 
 
Two facility projects have been established for the remaining fiscal year: major repair of the parking lot (starting with the south end), and improving building security. The latter project’s goals are to enhance the security of our building entrances for preschool students, staff, and volunteers, and more effectively greet and assist visitors.
 
Your gifts are important to achieving our objectives, and helping us live into our vision of inviting all people to experience the Welcome, Transformation, and Sending of Jesus Christ. Thank you for
generously supporting the Capital Fund!

 

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Call Committee Update

The Senior Pastor Call Committee has been in conversation with a highly qualified candidate,
and is considering one additional candidate at this time. Bishop Patricia Lull, of the Saint Paul Area Synod, met with the committee this week and affirmed their work. She confirmed the typical call process can take 12-18 months, and that the committee should feel good about their progress so far. Bishop Lull will be working directly with the committee throughout the call and installation process of a new Senior Pastor, a role typically assigned to a Bishop’s assistant. The committee is grateful for her partnership!  Please continue to keep the committee in your prayers.

If you have any questions, please plan to attend the Congregation Dialogue, hosted by the committee this Sunday, April 3 at 9:45 or 11:00 am in the Chapel.

Why are pastors "called" as opposed to hired? What are the stages of the call process? How long does it usually take? These questions and more will be answered by members of the Call Committee during the Congregation Dialogue. Our Pastoral Call Committee has been hard at work in the call process and look forward to this opportunity to be available to connect with the congregation. Members of all ages are invited and encouraged to attend.

You may also e-mail questions to call@sotv.org.  

 

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Adults Needed for Disaster Relief Trip

Adults and youth (16 & older) are invited to join the Rebuild Team or Camp Noah Team traveling July 23-30, 2016 to a community affected disaster. Teams from SOTV traveled together to Joplin, MO in 2012 and Gifford, IL in 2014, communities both devastated by tornadoes.

Because we go to wherever the need is greatest, we pick the dates long before knowing the destination. Stay tuned for this summer’s location!

The teams, united in purpose, are divided to work on two different projects: Rebuild and Camp Noah. The Rebuild Team’s work will depend on the community’s needs. Past groups worked on constructing new houses and removing debris. The Camp Noah Team will operate a summer camp for children impacted by the trauma of disaster (Camp Noah is a program of Lutheran Social Services of MN).

Adult leaders are needed, although adults may simply come and participate too! As an added perk, the cost for adults to attend is waived. Questions? Download a Summer Immersion booklet or contact Erin Swenson-Hatzung at 952-985-7367 or erin.swenson-hatzung@sotv.org.

 

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Welcome, Tanzanian Guests!

Pastor Paulo Masinga and Evangelist George Kioniani
Visit SOTV April 1-15

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Pastor Randy To Take Sabbatical

Pastor Randy Brandt will be on a sabbatical from April 28 to July 20, 2016.

Also: exciting news about our Pipe Organ!

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When should my child start taking Holy Communion?

The simple answer is, “When they are ready.”
Story by Pastor Randy Brandt

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March Capital Fund Update

This is the second in a series of monthly updates on Capital Fund activity, sharing progress toward our Capital Campaign objectives. New financial reports about the Capital Fund for December 2015 and January 2016 are now available for download. Future reports will appear monthly with other reports from Finance on our Council page. For specific questions, contact council@sotv.org.

In February, Council approved the designation of $50,000 from the Capital Fund toward debt reduction, facility, and outreach. Based on the percentages effective 1/1/16, in February we paid 80% ($40,000) toward principal, allocated 15% ($7,500) to the facility, and allocated 5% ($2,500) to outreach.

As pledges are fulfilled each month, the Finance Leadership Team will review money available in the Capital Fund, and make a recommendation to Council to designate money toward debt reduction, the facility, and outreach. Any money allocated toward debt reduction will be paid that month towards our mortgage principal (beyond the amount due). Money allocated to facility or outreach will be held until enough has accumulated to fund the priorities set in each area. The congregation will be updated on expenditures connected to facilities and outreach priorities in this monthly update when applicable.

Your gifts are so important to achieving Capital Fund objectives, and helping live into our vision of “inviting all people to experience the Welcome, Transformation, and Sending of Jesus Christ.” Thank you for generously supporting the Capital Fund!

 

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8 Tips for Filling out a Scholarship Application

Scholarship applications require a substantial investment of time for both the applicants and the reviewers. Here are some tips to make a good impression.

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Pack the Pews in March

Please support Our Daily Bread Food Shelf, operated by SOTV in partnership with 360 Communities, during the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign.

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Many Hands Make Hospitality Possible

Dannelle Bautista announced her resignation as Kitchen & Hospitality Manager, effective March 6, 2016. Sunday Hot Breakfasts will be suspended after February.

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Life of the Flock: Spring 2016

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The Spring Life of the Flock is here with news, events, and ways to get involved in the life of the church during March, April, and May.

The cover artwork (and on page 2) was created by Vonda Drees exclusively for Shepherd of the Valley. It portrays a Lenten “buried alleluia” sprouting into a beautiful Easter flower.

Many churches have a tradition of “burying” alleluias at the start of Lent, and taking them out on Easter morning. We refrain from singing alleluia (“praise the lord” in Hebrew) during Lent, a time of penance when we reflect and acknowledge our sins. We await the resurrection of our Lord on Easter when we may rejoin the choir of angels and celebrate with joy.

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Artwork Ⓒ 2015 Vonda Drees

Artwork Ⓒ 2015 Vonda Drees

Contents:

Wonderfully Complicated: A Lenten Reflection
by Sarah Bane

An Unimagined Journey
by Pastor Randy Brandt

Who is My Neighbor? The Clients and Supporters of Our Daily Bread Food Shelf
by Trip Sullivan

A Primary School for Mpalapande
by Kirsten Levorson

Understanding the Call Process
by Trip Sullivan

Capital Campaign Achievements and Plan for 2016
by Kari Slotten

Upcoming Events

Milestones


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Sharing Christ’s Love…Stitch by Stitch

You are invited to make quilts for children receiving medical treatment on Saturday, March 12. No quilting experience is necessary, and all ages are welcome.

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Promises of Peace

The church season of Lent challenges us and invites us to take time and think about how our relationship with God, and in particular Jesus, impacts our daily living and transforms us.

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What is Ash Wednesday?

On Ash Wednesday, Christians show black crosses on their foreheads as a visible public reminder of our need for repentance and forgiveness. This ancient symbol reminds us of our mortality

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