News for the Flock

Wendy's Ordination in Photos

Thank you to everyone who joined us to "welcome home" Wendy Steger at her Ordination and Installation February 18 & 19, 2017!

A Word of Gratitude from Wendy

I am very thankful to each of you for joining me on this important day in my life. Thank you for representing the Church and all of God’s people in witness and support as I make these statements of faith and promises to serve the church with the help of God. Most of all, thank you to my family and friends for walking with me on this long journey toward becoming a pastor. I am so very thankful for your love, support, and patience.

Photo Gallery

Thank you to our talented photographers, Patty Zwiefel and Kris Horton!
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Categories: News, Photos
Tags: pastoral news, worship, home sweet church

What Becomes of the Brokenhearted?

February is National Heart Disease prevention month, and coincidentally, Valentine’s Day is also in February. How do those two go together?

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Categories: Care
Tags: parish nurses

Home Sweet Church

Many people call SOTV their "home away from home" but not everyone knows what goes on inside our walls each week. Here's a quick look at the past week alone.

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Update: Columbarium and Memorial Garden

The Columbarium Committee is pleased to announce that between a slightly more scaled back version of Phase I construction plans and some generous donations, we are within 20 niches of meeting our goal! We hope to make a final decision by April 1st and then hopefully break ground yet this year.

We are excited about the prospect of creating a columbarium and memorial garden at SOTV. Besides niche space, there would be a nicely landscaped memorial garden where people can meditate, pray, gather with family and friends, and reflect on the beauty of God’s creation. You can see a model and project plans in the narthex.

As the Shepherd’s Columbarium and Memorial Garden is a self-funded project, we need to raise money through niche sales or targeted gifts by April 1, 2017 to proceed. This independent project will not borrow money, nor use any money from the General Fund.  

We believe this project is a meaningful addition to the ministry of SOTV, and many people will be able to utilize this area over the years. If you’d like to support this endeavor, there are three ways you can help:

  • Donate to the memorial garden fund. Tax deductible donations will be used to fund the area’s landscaping and surroundings.

  • Purchase a memorial plaque. Memorials can be for those who have already made other plans for burial, or to honor a loved one.

  • Purchase a niche in the columbarium. A niche is a single independent space in the columbarium in which up to two urns can be placed.

There are several ways to get more information or support this project:

  • Stop by the Columbarium table in the narthex. Committee members are available to answer questions, explain the plans, provide informational materials, and collect paperwork and checks surrounding worship services.

  • Visit the Columbarium webpage.

  • Donate online, by mail, or at church. Donations can be made online. Checks can be dropped off at the Welcome Center or Finance office during normal business hours. Please designate your gift as “memorial garden.” 

Thank you for prayerfully considering financial support for this project. 

Shepherd’s Columbarium and Memorial Garden Team
Rod Hofland, Chair
columbarium@sotv.org

 

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Tags: columbarium, home sweet church

Homeless in Dakota County

At our Christmas Eve services, you helped raise over $8000 to fund a shelter for Dakota County. Here is a brief summary of this project so far.

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Categories: Connect, Care
Tags: Local Outreach, Homelessness, home sweet church

Looking for Friendly People

We are looking for people from our congregation who are willing to help show care to others. There are a couple of very specific things you can do to show your friendliness.

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Tags: Friendly Visitors

Thank You for Your Christmas Gifts!

We are so grateful for the generous gifts that this community gave around Christmas time. These gifts will make a huge difference in our local and global community.

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Categories: Local Mission, News, stewardship
Tags: Christmas Gift Giving, Homelessness

Racial Truth & Reconciliation

At Shepherd of the Valley, we are addressing the topic of race because the Gospel of Jesus Christ commands us to love God and our neighbor, seeking to love and serve in all that we do.

The mission of the Racial Truth & Reconciliation Team is to educate and equip people in our congregation about issues of race and racial injustice. Read more...

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Associate Pastor Call: Wendy Steger

Update: The Congregation voted overwhelmingly in favor of calling Wendy Steger as Associate Pastor, Connect.

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Tags: pastoral news

New Year, New Life

A special New Year's message from Senior Pastor Rick Summy

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Interim Pastor Update

During a time of pastoral transition at Shepherd of the Valley, we have been blessed by the ministry of three gifted people to fill our interim needs.  These interim roles were set up to be in place through the call of a new Senior Pastor.

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Preparing Our Hearts... Feel!

This year, can this season be less stressful? The answer is yes. But that means being more deliberate about what you want this season to be for you and your family.

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Preaparing Our Hearts... Hear!

This year, open your heart—and your ears—to the Sounds of the Season.

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Preparing Our Hearts... See!

When's the last time you stopped to open your eyes and see the magic of Christmas all around you?

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Categories: Learn
Tags: Preschool