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Daily Lenten Prayers (Emailed)

The pastors of Shepherd of the Valley offer daily prayers as an opportunity for our church community to share in a Lenten discipline. To sign-up, fill out this form; marking "Congregation-wide information, including weekly devotions."

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Christmas at SOTV Trivia ANSWERS

Here are the answers to the trivia questions about Christmas at SOTV.

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Christmas at SOTV Trivia

Can you answer trivia questions about Christmas at SOTV? Check back later for the answers!

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The Most Wonderful Worship Service of the Year

By Randy Brandt, Pastor

Brrrr! Both October and November seemed to me like they were darker and colder this year. Now I’m wondering, will December be even more frigid and dark? Probably so - especially on days when I mistakenly set our new thermostat to “Air-Conditioning” instead of “Heat” and I come home to what feels like a “whole-house refrigerator” (yes, it did happen!).

The older I get, the more I appreciate being able to escape Minnesota’s cold season for even a little while so I can get to part of the country with more sunlight and temps above freezing. A short visit to Arizona not only feels good on my skin, but does something to my attitude. To put it simply: soaking up sunshine in the middle of winter makes me feel healthier in body and spirit!

I wonder if it is this need for warmth and light these early days of winter that draws thousands of people to worship at SOTV’s Christmas Eve candlelight worship services on December 24. In our Christmas Eve worship, there is a tangible sense for many that the cold darkness is literally pushed back when the nativity story is again retold, when lit candles are held, and carols joyfully sung.

The combination of special music, the sacred reading of scripture, and then reflecting on the ancient story of Christ’s birth, combined with the reverent lighting of candles, has the ability to heighten the assurance of God’s loving presence, of hope, and the goodness of this life. To put it simply: Christmas Eve worship on a cold winter’s night makes me feel better in body and spirit.

Yet, at the same time, I know there are people who will be tentative to worship this Christmas. Holidays can magnify the grief of loss, and the absence of loved ones can be powerful in the worship setting. There will also be visitors at SOTV who don’t know our traditions, and on Christmas Eve they will just be trying to not feel like strangers. But, don’t we all need to know we are not alone, that this place can feel to us like home, and that God’s embrace in the midst of the cold darkness can bring light to our lives?

I sincerely invite us to prepare for Christ’s birth these coming weeks. Use an Advent devotional, worship each week, or join the Sunday 5:00 pm family Advent dinner & worship. Be sensitive to both neighbors and strangers who need exactly what you and I need: love, hope, peace, and a warm light in the cold darkness.

Christmas at SOTV

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Ushering at SOTV

Who can be an usher? What does an usher do? When are ushers needed? Why should I volunteer to be an usher? How do I sign up?

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Nursery

We love caring for your children during worship services, and want to do all we can to ensure their safety. Please know the following important rules if you’d like to use the nursery.

• We’re able to watch children between the ages of one and three during worship times. Please consider our Christian education options for older children. Consider using the atrium area for extra space if you or your younger children need a break during worship.

• Upon check in, please complete the registration form and a numbered label for your child. Place the label on your child’s back.

• If you are picking up your child, be sure to have the matching numbered label with you. If no matching label is available, children will only be released to their parents or guardians.

• Please patiently wait for a staff person to admit and release your child, as only staff and approved nursery volunteers are allowed in the secured portion of the nursery.

• Please do not bring food into the nursery area. If your child will need to eat during worship, please come and check your child out of the nursery, and feel free to check them back in when they have finished eating.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Pam at 952.985.7352 or pam.tschida@sotv.org. Thank you for helping us keep our children safe!

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Music Groups Resume in September

Shepherd of the Valley has a rich musical tradition, and you are invited to be a part of it! Whether you have sung or played an instrument in the past, or are wanting to try it for the first time, you are welcome to find the group that calls to you.

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Breaking Bread Dinner & Worship Has Ended

Existing Sunday night 5:00 pm Breaking Bread Dinner & Worship is ending August 26, 2018. We are currently looking at other options for this worship style, stay tuned.

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Care Pastor Call: Lindsey M. B. Bina

On behalf of the SOTV Call Committee and Church Council, we are pleased to announce a highly qualified candidate has been recommended and approved to serve as Care Pastor at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church! A special meeting of the congregation is being called to hold a vote to approve the congregational call. Everyone is encouraged to attend, and all confirmed members of SOTV are invited to vote. You must be present to vote.

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What is Realm?

Realm is our new database and online ministry tool designed to help our church connect better. Realm allows you to manage your personal information and who is allowed to see it, manage your giving, and keep in touch with the groups that matter to you.

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Technology

“Many of us have a love/hate relationship with technology.” Read how the church plans to introduce new technology during June.

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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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At Apple Valley worship service, faith and ravioli make a nice pairing

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church offers potluck smack in the middle of the service. 

By Jean Hopfensperger Star Tribune  |  MARCH 23, 2018 — 9:42PM

Read the article posted in the Star Tribune by clicking here.

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