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Emergency Shelter in Dakota County

We are working with Matrix Housing Services and others in our county to provide emergency temporary shelter from November 2018 through March 2019. The temporary shelter will rotate among secure locations, housing adults each night, and including breakfast and dinner, plus some emergency supplies.

We need your help! Please prayerfully consider how you might help.

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Habitat for Humanity

Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped throughout the week! View a slideshow of image by clicking on the title or “read more” words.

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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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News on a Stick!

In honor of the State Fair (and because there's a lot of little tidbits to share), here's some bite-sized updates from around the church. No deep frying necessary!

Ready for School!

Packing volunteers

Thanks to our generous donors and volunteers, nearly 14,000 school supplies will be gifted to local children in need, including 303 filled backpacks! Over 12 schools and nonprofits will receive school supplies from SOTV including Falcon Ridge MS, Woodland Hills Elementary, The Link, MOMS, Lincoln Place, LSS Refugee Services, and more. We had a trememdous turnout of volunteers to pack supplies - a total of 40 people including scouts from Troop 293 and American Heritage Girls Troop 200. This year’s Golf, Gears and Gutters for the Good (Sep. 25) will help raise funds for next year’s drive.


Sunday Breakfasts

The return of Sunday Breakfasts are dependent upon a fully staffed Kitchen and Hospitality structure of paid staff and volunteers.  We are working hard to fill the staff positions of Kitchen Coordinator and Kitchen AssistantBoth Staff and Volunteer roles are key to the success of the breakfast and fellowship ministries. Please view the full job descriptions on our Employment page and spread the word to qualified candidates. Once we are adequately staffed, we will resume Sunday Breakfast and the schedule will be communicated. Questions may be directed to Thank you for your patience!

Volunteers needed!

Block Party in Three Weeks!

All are invited to on Saturday, September 17 to join us for free food, fun games, and live music. An outdoor worship service will begin at 5pm. Help us spread the word on Facebook and join our volunteer corps!


We're listening!

Saturday Worship Survey

As we consider Saturday options this fall, we'd like to learn what you think. Please take a moment to answer a few brief questions. Thank you for your time! Begin survey.


Journeys to Tanzania: 2016 and 2017

All are invited to hear the experiences firsthand from the SOTV Ambassadors who traveled to Tanzania this July. Stories and photos will be shared. Kirsten will also give a preview of the next journey in 2017. If you have ever been interested in traveling to Tanzania, or are thinking about making a return visit, please come! The deadline for travel applications and deposits is October 15, 2016. More information on Tanzania

Look at this cute Baby Items Basket someone made this week!

"Good" Baskets Needed for Silent Auction

Our annual event Golf, Gears and Gutters for the Good will raise money for children in need. You can help add significantly to our fundraising total by donating items for our silent auction on Sunday, September 25.
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Churchgoers Awkwardly Carrying Armloads of Heavy Things

Collecting hygiene items for refugees living in Minnesota. Collection continues into August - read more

APPLE VALLEY – Keen-eyed residents have spotted scores of people awkwardly carrying large armloads into a local church during the month of July.

Lisa Loher, a longtime member and spokesperson for Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church has confirmed that people attending worship or programs at have been parking their cars and walking into the building hauling lots of bags, boxes, and containers. In fact, people sometimes come to the church with their carloads even when there are no scheduled programs happening.

"We have several collections right now to help people in the local community," Loher elaborated. "In addition to our onsite food shelf, which relies on non-perishable food donations, we are collecting school supplies for children in need until August 14, plus hygiene items for refugees and at-risk youth."

"We have a wonderful congregation of caring people always ready to help other people," said Parish Nurse Susan Ferber. "I am doing my best to remind people to lift heavy loads with their legs and wear supportive shoes!"

Our sources report that lists of these needed items can be found at church entrances and SOTV's Local Mission webpage.

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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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Pack the Pews in March

Please support Our Daily Bread Food Shelf, operated by SOTV in partnership with 360 Communities, during the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign.

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Fight Hunger in Dakota County

Shepherd of the Valley partners with 360 Communities to operate Our Daily Bread Food Shelf, located at our church. 360 Communities works directly with individuals and families in need and connects them with resources including ours and other area food shelves. Church volunteers take care of the week-to-week operation of the food shelf including sorting food donations, buying additional groceries, filling orders from 360, and working with clients.



Did you know the food shelf needs monetary donations in addition to food items to operate? Last year, the food shelf carefully used $55,000 of monetary donations to purchase food, produce, and toiletries for our clients. This was in addition to all of the wonderful food donations given. In the last two months alone, we spent $4,200 more on groceries than what was received in cash donations.

Simply put, the food shelf is having trouble meeting the demands of hunger in Dakota County. Due to quickly diminishing re-sources, the food shelf has recently had to limit what is given out, including toothpaste, shampoo, feminine hygiene items, and more. Hopefully this is only temporary, and cuts to food and produce will not have to be made. We also hope to not have to reduce the number of clients we serve.


Recently, SOTV took on an additional hunger-related project called The Sheridan Story. This initiative ensures students at Falcon Ridge Middle School have enough food to eat over the weekend. Teachers report students coming to school so hungry on Monday morning that they are unable to focus. We have commit-ted to helping at least 30 students this school year, and likely more if we can afford to do so. Please help these hungry kids by supporting this new ministry at SOTV.


In addition to donations of non-perishable items, both the Food Shelf and The Sheridan Story require monetary donations to continue. Both ministries are featured in our Christmas Gift Giving program this year. You can make a donation at any time during the year with a check or using a credit or debit card on our secure giving site. Write “Food Shelf” or “Sheridan Story” in the check memo line or type these same phrases in the “Misc Benev” line if you’re giving online. Thank you for your support!

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