News for the Flock

One Body, Many Parts

This month, we celebrate the many members that make up our church, and that make up the body of Christ.

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A Cutting Edge Food Shelf

By Trip Sullivan

Since 2010, Shepherd of the Valley has partnered with 360 Communities to operate Our Daily Bread Food Shelf in our church building. Did you know our food shelf is considered at the cutting edge of food shelves? Over the past year, we’ve hit many milestones in our quest to squash hunger in Dakota County:

  • †We are a “Choice Model” food shelf which means families can shop for their own groceries.
  • Thanks to new partnerships with Cub Foods, Kwik Trip, and now Fresh Thyme, we are receiving a lot more food to fill our shelves. This is "rescue food" - produce, dairy, meat, bakery, and other items that would otherwise be wasted.
  • †Spending less on food at food banks allowed us to purchase new equipment. We now have three fridges and three freezers!
  • †Renovations over the summer allowed the food shelf to have its own dedicated space.
  • †All of these factors have enabled the food shelf to offer a larger variety of healthier foods. We now offer milk, eggs, several varieties of meat, several choices of fruits and vegetables, bread, and much more. 
Ways to support our food shelf:
1. Bring a food item or two (or whole bag) with you to church each week
2. Make monetary donation to help purchase additional food.
3. Organize a neighborhood food drive.
4. Tell others!
Thank you for your support!

Before the Choice Model, volunteers used to pack groceries for clients before they came in. Now when clients come in for 20 minute appointments, volunteers work alongside them as they shop. Volunteers love having more interaction with clients, and clients love being able to choose the items that best meet their family’s needs.

Being a healthier food shelf is important. Of clients who use 360 Community food shelves, 67% suffer from diabetes or heart issues. Healthy food is also more expensive, and thus harder for our clients to obtain. Making healthier foods available is only the first step. That’s why volunteers work with clients to provide recipes, education and resources as needed. We’ve also begun a new partnership with the University of Minnesota who is doing research, taking inventory of our items, surveying clients, and training volunteers to help us be even more at the top of our game.


Our March Food Drive is now underway. Many of us have more than enough. When you go shopping this month, pick up an extra bag of some non-perishable items each time. It will add up! And it will feed the hungry. (See most needed items here)

If we reach the goal of collecting $6,000 and 8,000 pounds of food, your pastors pledge to engage in a display of public silliness (exact details to be determined). Just a little bonus on top of your faithfulness. Thank you for your support!

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Categories: Local Mission
Tags: Food Shelf, #SquashHunger

A Lenten Hunger Prayer

By Pastor Rick Summy. People are hungry. Here, in the United States of America. Here, in Minnesota. Here, in Apple Valley, Rosemount, Eagan, Burnsville…Here, at Shepherd of the Valley, we aren’t going to solve this problem. But we are part of the solution.

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Categories: Monthly, Local Mission
Tags: Food Shelf, #SquashHunger

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!
(Click on a thumbnail to see larger)

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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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Categories: Care
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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