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.

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

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.

December 4, Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

January 8, The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton   

February 5, The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah   

March 5, Educated by Tara Westover 

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

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (December 4)

Jodi Picoult offers a thought-provoking examination of racism in America today, both overt and subtle.  Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

Lunch Group

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

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

 Questions about the Traveling Shepherds? Contact Jane at


Traveling Shepherds in Galena - Fall 2018


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.

December 2018 – Christmas Decoration Downsizing Collection

It’s the Holidays already and time to think about what decorations your just not utilizing anymore and begin the “declutter” process of donating them to be reused and/or recycled.

As we learned on our tour of Goodwill in October, they not only will accept the donations, they will make every effort to assure they can be repurposed, reused or recycled, even if they are broken or not in the most ideal shape.

So…….as you are planning your holiday décor this year, please take this opportunity to continue our quest to declutter and downsize and bring your unwanted decorations to our collection event.

WHEN: Friday, November 30

WHERE: SOTV Church Parking Lot, South side

TIME: 9:00 to 9:15 am

We have two SUV’s available to take the items to the Apple Valley Goodwill.  Eric, the GM has assured me that there are no restrictions on the items they will take, even those old Christmas lights. 

If you can also help transport goods, (if needed) please let us know by email.

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


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

Spanish Class

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

Fall 2018 Conversational Spanish Class led by Linda Prince

Cross Country Skiing

Contacts: Cindy and Jim Winslow at 651.686.0530,

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.

Check back next spring for our 2019 schedule!

Contact Ardell Bengtson, or Helen & John Eidem,