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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Continue reading below...
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.
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!
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.