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Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

It’s that time of year again. It’s time to make resolutions, shake off the dust of another year past, and begin again with a fresh start. I honestly love the feeling of a new year. I love that the days are getting longer. Even though the weather is cold, I love the crisp sunshine of January in Minnesota. Each new year is alive with possibilities.

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Welcome Home

Home is complicated. None of us grew up in a perfect home, but we still have a rich and vivid image of what home is and what it means. And we all long for it.

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JUSTICE: “What Would Jesus Do?”

By Randy Brandt

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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Fools for Christ

By Rick Summy, Senior Pastor

This year, Easter Sunday is on April Fools Day.

Who says God doesn’t get the last laugh?

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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 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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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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November: We Are Grateful

News for the Flock: November Edition

What gives you feelings of joy or thankfulness? What makes you smile from the inside out? What stops you in your tracks to take notice of the wonderful world in which we live? Truly, there are times and things in life that wake us up to gratefulness.

This November, you are invited to pause and think about what you are grateful for in your lives and share it with your friends, family, and above all, God.

This month...

  • You are "Freed to Respond" to God's Love
  • Share Your Photos of Gratitude at Thanksgiving Worship
  • See the Gifts in Kind and Dollars Given in 2016
  • Welcome the Community at the Holiday Boutique
  • Be a Homework Help Mentor
  • Shop for Christmas Gifts
  • Make a World of Difference
  • Build a Legacy of Service
  • Read Thank You Notes (from church and community members)




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We Affirm Our Baptism

News for the Flock: October edition. The Rite of Confirmation is a significant milestone for youth at Shepherd of the Valley, typically made in the fall of 10th Grade. You are invited to be a witness to this Affirmation of Baptism.

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September News for the Flock

September is always an exciting time in the year of the church. Programs for the school year are starting back up and children and adults are encouraged to plug in to ministries of worship, learn, connect, and care. As you or your family members dive into a new or annual activity, it’s a good time to reflect on how you are serving God while serving one another.
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Also in the September issue:

  • Fall Program Start Dates
  • Worship Calendar
  • Stories of Transform: Adrian Laffittee, Steve and Ann Genrich
  • Tim Schaefer Returns to Teach Crossways
  • Infertility or Loss Support
  • Grand Reopening: Fair Trade Coffee Cart
  • Journey to Tanzania 2017: Karibuni Sana
  • And more!

Billy Graham has been quoted as saying “God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.” At Shepherd of the Valley, there are so many ways that we are joined in community and fed by God…through Holy Communion, beautiful music, scripture, and Bible study, just to name a few. At times, it is easy to catch yourself receiving more than giving to God. 

Have you ever heard the phrase about giving God your “time, talents, and treasure”?  It’s a great starting point for a renewed effort to serve. It’s no accident that time and talent are placed before treasure. After all, giving isn’t just about money, and there’s even a Biblical basis for this.

Read the Parable of the Good Samaritan in Chapter 10 of Luke. You know the story, but go ahead and re-read it anyway. Notice how the Samaritan takes TIME away from his own journey and uses his TALENTS to care for the wounded man. He shares his resources with the man (bandages, oil, and donkey) but the TREASURE of his money doesn’t change hands until the very end with the innkeeper.

Helping out with coffee and fellowship is an easy way to provide hospitality and service to members and visitors. To many members this fellowship time is an important part of their weekly worship. It is good to be able to provide refreshments to support this fellowship.
— Sue and Mike Rush

We serve God when we serve others. Your mission—should you choose to accept it—is to explore the Serve section of our website and volunteer to give your time and talents throughout the Year of Transform. There are so many things happening at our church that just couldn’t happen without the time and talent of our faithful volunteers. Helping hands are always needed to usher, greet, brew coffee, serve communion, assist in the nursery, answer questions at the Welcome Center, or help in the sound booth. The list goes on and on—and that’s just on Sunday mornings!

It is so much fun working on the Habitat crew with dear old friends - as well as making new ones. It is so meaningful to help in some small part to transform this house into a home.
— Rich and Sue Carlson

Start by serving in a new role once a month from September to May (over-achievers are welcome to do more!). You will be amazed at how even a simple job—like brewing coffee—can connect you with others in our church community while deepening the experience of others. 

God is calling you to serve others today. Accept the call and get ready to be transformed.

Yours in Service,
The Pastors of SOTV

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July 2016 Newsletter

The News for the Flock has transformed into a monthly publication! The July issue is now available at church and for download online.


The Year of Welcome in Review

Pastoral Call Update & Congregation Vote

Annual Meeting Recap

Featured Ministry: School Supply Drive

Knowing Our Neighbors

Journey to Tanzania

Your Capital Gifts at Work: June Edition

July Volunteer Needs

June Milestones

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June 2016 Newsletter

The News for the Flock has transformed into a monthly publication! The June issue is now available at church and for download online.


"Being Church" in the Summertime

June & July Worship Highlights

Featured Ministry: Habitat for Humanity

Your Capital Fund Gifts at Work: May Edition

Upcoming Events & Milestones

Tell us what you think of the new format. The deadline for the July issue is June 13. Contact Trip Sullivan at (952) 985-7311 or

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