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.

Grandparent Grandfriend

Gifting our Grandchildren
Wednesday, November 15
10:00 am

Just in time for Christmas gift-giving - you are invited to attend this program to hear some practical, fun and non-traditional ways to give non-material gifts to your Grand Kids. A financial associate from Thrivent Financial will provide some ideas, and so will a few seasoned grandparents who will offer experiences they have shared with their Grand Kids. 

You'll have opportunities to share your ideas too and gather some new ones from your table-mates. There will also be time to discuss what has/has not worked for you, along with the joys and challenges of both traditional and non-traditional gift-giving. 

Questions? Please contact either : Phyllis Paetznick, or Kathy Larson,


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


Dare to Downsize (new affinity group) 

Attend the Purposeful Retirement event on Thursday, October 19th at 6:30 pm to learn more about DownSizing.

There will be an opportunity to sign up for this new affinity group that evening, that will focus on "action projects" along with information on when we will meet for the first time.  

 Questions, contact Jeff or Bev Kile at or

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 noon, on the first Tuesday of each month.  Coffee and treats provided.

October 3 & November 7,  Sacajawea by Anna Waldo
December 5, Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

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

Questions: Jackie Hagen,; Susan Arko,; Charles Quinn,

Sacajawea by Anna Waldo (October 3 & November 7)

Clad in a doeskin, alone and unafraid, she stood straight and proud before the onrushing forces of America's destiny: Sacajawea, child of a Shoshoni chief, lone woman on Lewis and Clark's historic trek -- beautiful spear of a dying nation.

She knew many men, walked many miles. From the whispering prairies, across the Great Divide to the crystal capped Rockies and on to the emerald promise of the Pacific Northwest, her story over flows with emotion and action ripped from the bursting fabric of a raw new land.

Ten years in the writing, SACAJAWEA unfolds an immense canvas of people and events, and captures the eternal longings of a woman who always yearned for one great passion -- and always it lay beyond the next mountain.

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham (December 5)

Luther and Nora Krank are fed up with the chaos of Christmas. The endless shopping lists, the frenzied dashes through the mall, the hassle of decorating the tree... where has all the joy gone? This year, celebrating seems like too much effort. With their only child off in Peru, they decide that just this once, they'll skip the holidays. They spend their Christmas budget on a Caribbean cruise set to sail on December 25, and happily settle in for a restful holiday season free of rooftop snowmen and festive parties.

But the Kranks soon learn that their vacation from Christmas isn't much of a vacation at all, and that skipping the holidays has consequences they didn't bargain for...

A modern Christmas classic, Skipping Christmas is a charming and hilarious look at the mayhem and madness that have become ingrained in our holiday tradition.

Lunch Group

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

Thu, Nov 9, 11:45 am, Buca di Beppo, 14300 Burnhaven Dr.,  Burnsville. Reservation deadline: Nov 7.
Wed, Dec 20, 11:45 am, Jensen's Supper Club, 3840 Rahncliff Rd., Eagan. Reservation deadline: Dec 18.
Fri, Jan 12, 11:45 am, Doolittle's, 2140 Cliff Rd., Eagan. Reservation deadline: Jan 10.
Fri, Feb 9, 11:45 am, Andiamo, 1629 Lena Court, Eagan. Reservation deadline: Feb 7.
Mon, Mar 12, 9:00 Breakfast, Original Pancake House, 14351 Nicollet Ct, Burnsville. Reservation deadline: Mar 10.

Contact Joni Smith at by the reservation deadline so we have an accurate count for the restaurant. Invite a friend to come too!

Biking Group

Wednesday, June 7 at Gateway Trail in St. Paul

Do you love to bicycle along beautiful traffic-free trails?  Join us and bring a friend to our monthly rides during the warmer months.  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.

Join us next summer as we explore more fun Minnesota trails!

Ardell Bengtson & Helen & John Eidem

Travel Group

Planes, trains and automobiles to Holden Village! 

Information session, Tuesday October 24th, 7 pm (in the Chapel)

It’s an adventure to get there and it’s a blessing to be there!  Holden Village is a Retreat Center in the Cascade Mountains of the State of Washington.  Eleven miles up and into the mountains from Lake Chelan, Holden Village welcomes groups and individuals from all over the world.

This Swiss Chalet style Village was the home of Copper Miners and their families who worked for the Holden Mining Co. during the 1940’s.  When the Village was abandoned due to the cost of mining and the low market value of copper, the rights to the Village were sold to The Church and Holden Village Retreat Center was born – a Retreat Center for the whole Church

Just to get to Holden is a two- day journey filled with adventure!  You can travel by plane, train or automobile!  Details and discussions will be available at the information meeting.   Considering Fall, 2018 or June, 2019. Come and hear from SOTV members who have been to Holden Village multiple times.

Planes, trains and automobiles to Holden Village!  It’s a vacation you will treasure for a life time!  Check out Holden’s website at: for lots of detailed information.

Save the date!

Italy Adventures
Monday, February 19, 2018
10:00 am - Noon (at SOTV in the Chapel)

Film, Food and Fun

Join us at the movies once a month at various locations, preceded or followed by a meal at a nearby restaurant. Please pass on your email address to Linda 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? Linda Soderlund, or Jim Hedin,


Spanish Class

Beginning Conversational Spanish Class for Retirees
Tuesdays, September 12-  October 24 (skip October 10) 
1:00 - 2:30 pm // Cost: $5 for materials

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 12.  Contact:  Linda at or call 952-432-8170 with questions. Hasta luego...

Fall 2016 Conversational Spanish Class led by Linda Prince

Cross Country Skiing

Questions? Jim or Cindy Winslow, or 651-686-0530