Are you retired or thinking about retiring?
There are many seminars and classes on how to prepare financially but very few about what to do in retirement.

Upcoming Events

Throughout the year, join us for a variety of events, including speakers on topics related to retirement, service opportunities, fellowship events, or travel. 

Affinity Groups

There are a variety of "Affinity Groups" that meet regularly for social outings, and events for all seniors, or "Older Kids" including a monthly potluck. Make your retirement purposeful! Learn something new, start a hobby or begin a new routine.

Ancestry Group (new group)

Have you ever wondered who your ancestors are? Why they came to America? How to share stories with future generations? Join us to learn about genealogy resources and tools, and to share and connect with others in areas of ancestry and faith.

Let’s Get Started!
Thursday, September 20
1:30 - 3:30 pm

Join us for coffee on Thursday, September 20, 2018, 1:30 to 3:30 in Room 22. 

Bring your ideas, questions, projects or anything else you would like to share. Feel free to bring a snack representing some part of your heritage.  Take home practical tips and resources for getting started and organized - and maybe a few extra treats, too!

Contact Sue Wenberg at or Coleen Brady at to be added to this group or if you have questions.


 September 16, Marilyn Sharpe (an expert on grandparenting and faith) will be the Sunday Forum speaker at 9:45 am. Marilyn will be discussing “Faith-full Grandparenting” and  how we are all called to pass on faith to all of God’s children.

Questions?  Contact Phyllis Paetznick at

Below are some resources for download from the"Grand Ideas for Grandparents" event grouped by child age. Each PDF includes ways to build relationships through conversation,  activities at home, and experiences outside the home, as well as fun extras. Enjoy!
Toddler and Preschool
Tweens and Teens


Biking Group

Do you love to bicycle along beautiful traffic-free trails? Join us and bring a friend to our monthly rides. Both experienced and beginning cyclist will find the outings enjoyable as the length of each ride is designed to be flexible. After biking, we relish lunch together at a restaurant near the trail.

Thursday, October 4, 10:00 am
  Cannon Valley Trail, Cannon Falls toward Red Wing and back

From the Twin Cities, take Hwy 52 South to the Cannon Falls exit (Hwy. 19). Take a left on Hwy. 19 (head east) and go 1 mile. The main trail access is on the left across from Family Fare Supermarket. Address: 500 Main Street West, Cannon Falls, MN 
The trail begins with a city trail and leads into the Cannon Valley Trail.  Trail fee is $4.

When:  Be ready to ride at 10:00 am

Lunch:  Meet for lunch at 1:00 pm at Nick's Downtown Diner, 331 Mill St W, Cannon Falls, MN 55009.  Phone: 507-263-0003

As always, helmets are required on all SOTV rides.  Please RSVP through Realm or
to Ardell at so that we can make restaurant reservations. In case of inclement weather, we will contact you to cancel the ride by 8:00 am on the day of the ride.

We hope you can join us as for this final ride of the season!

Contact Ardell Bengtson, or Helen & John Eidem,

Book Club

The Book Club is intentionally choosing a diverse selection of books, including some classics. Please join us in the atrium/narthex of Shepherd of the Valley Church from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm, on the first Tuesday of each month.  Coffee and treats provided.

October 9, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

November 6, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

December 4, Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

If someone would like to join the book club and cannot get the book at the library and are unable to buy the book please call Susan Arko at 612.387.5363 or email

Contact Jackie Hagen at, Susan Arko at, or Charles Quinn at

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (October 9)

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

Lunch Group

Mark your calendar & join us for good food and fellowship!

Wednesday, September 19, 11:45 am, Cam Ranh Bay, 1006 County Road 42 W, Burnsville.

Wednesday, October 10, 11:45 am, Houlihan’s, 1294 Promenade Pl, Eagan

Thursday, November 8, 11:45 am, Yankee Tavern, 3385 Sibley Memorial Hwy, Eagan

Tuesday, December 18, 11:45 am, Casper’s Cherokee, 4625 Nicolas Rd, Eagan

Wednesday, January 16, 11:45 am, LaFonda, 3665 Sibley Memorial Hwy, Eagan

Contact Rachel Ferguson at two days prior to the event so we have an accurate count for the restaurant.  Invite a friend to come too! If you have questions, call me (651-463-1280) or email.


Traveling Shepherds

Dave Bredemus Trip to Galena, IL
October 1 - 2, 2018
Registration is closed for this trip

Hello Traveling Shepherds!

Are you ready for our first overnight adventure led by Historian Dave Bredemus?  He'll take us on the Great River Road along the Mississippi River through the towns of Dickeyville, Cassville, Potosi, De Soto, WI and Guttenburg, Iowa on our way to historic Galena, IL, a town on the National Register of Historic Places, and part-time home of Ulysses S. Grant and eight other Civil War generals.  We'll spend the night in Dubuque, Iowa where we'll ride the Fenton Place Cable Car, tour an historic Methodist church with priceless Tiffany stained glass windows, and enjoy a progressive dinner at three different mansions. The next morning we'll go to Galena to explore the town with Dave, tour the historic Belvedere home and have some free time too.  We'll return home on the Wisconsin side, stopping to tour Prairie du Chien.

We will leave on a deluxe motor-coach from SOTV on MONDAY, OCTOBER 1st at 7:30 am and arrive back at SOTV at 9:00 pm on TUESDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 2nd.   


  • Per Person cost for 2 people using a double room - $300

  • Cost for 1 person using a single room - $360

  • Per person cost for 3 persons using a triple room with 2 queen beds - $280

The price will include one night's lodging at the Holiday Inn in downtown Dubuque, the progressive dinner, one additional dinner, one breakfast, one bakery/coffee stop, church tour,  Belvedere home tour, cable car ride, city tours of Galena, Dubuque and Prairie du Chien, the bus, and all tips. It is a 6-hour bus trip to Dubuque (restroom on-board the bus) and is limited to 51 travelers. 

Questions? Contact Jane at


Dare to Downsize

We meet monthly September to May and spend the summer months applying the “action items”. This summer we are working on our “death cleaning” and will continue addressing this topic when we resume this fall. We would love to have you join us!  

This group plans “action” events that focus on downsizing and decluttering our lives accumulations, with a purpose to recycle when possible, re-purpose with purpose, and reduce, so your heirs won’t have to.

Questions?  Contact Bev & Jeff Kile,

Film, Food and Fun

Join us once a month at a local theater to enjoy a movie on the big screen and an opportunity for discussion afterword at a nearby restaurant.  Please pass on your email address to Jim or ask to join the “Movie Group” on REALMCONNECT to get updated information as soon as possible.

Upcoming movie dates, times and locations will be provided via email the Friday before the event. All movies will be matinees.

Questions?  Contact Jim Hedin at or Linda Soderlund at


Spanish Class

Conversational Spanish
Tuesdays, September 11 - October 23 (no class October 9)
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Cost: $5

Former District 196 Spanish teacher and Shepherd of the Valley member Linda Prince will lead a 6-week conversational Spanish class on Tuesday afternoons beginning September 11. Hasta luego...

A minimum of 10 registrations needed.

Contact Linda at or call 952.432.8170 with questions. Hasta luego...

Fall 2016 Conversational Spanish Class led by Linda Prince

Cross Country Skiing

Contacts: Cindy and Jim Winslow at 651.686.0530,