Retirement

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.


Grands

Grandparenting Event
Sunday, September 9
More information to come!

Questions?  Contact Phyllis Paetznick at phyllispaetznick@gmail.com

Resources
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
Elementary
Tweens and Teens


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.

June 5, Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh

July 10, The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

August 7, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

September 4, Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

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 s.arko@live.com.

Questions?
Contact Jackie Hagen at jaclyn_hagen@msn.com, Susan Arko at s.arko@live.com, or Charles Quinn at cpequinn@charter.net.

Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh (June 5)

Set in Kenya in the 1950s against the fading backdrop of the British Empire, a story of self-discovery, betrayal, and an impossible love from the author of The Fever Tree.

After six years in England, Rachel has returned to Kenya and the farm where she spent her childhood, but the beloved home she’d longed for is much changed. Her father’s new companion—a strange, intolerant woman—has taken over the household. The political climate in the country grows more unsettled by the day and is approaching the boiling point. And looming over them all is the threat of the Mau Mau, a secret society intent on uniting the native Kenyans and overthrowing the whites.

As Rachel struggles to find her place in her home and her country, she initiates a covert relationship, one that will demand from her a gross act of betrayal. One man knows her secret, and he has made it clear how she can buy his silence. But she knows something of her own, something she has never told anyone. And her knowledge brings her power.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (July 10)

 In an enthralling historical novel two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth...no matter where it leads.

This epic journey of two courageous women is an unforgettable tale of little-known wartime glory and sacrifice.

Lunch Group

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

Friday, June 22, 11:45 am, Chart House, 11287 Klamath Trl, Lakeville. Reservation deadline: June 20.
Monday, July 23, 11:45 am, Olive Garden, 1451 County Road 42 W, Burnsville. Reservation deadline: July 21.
Friday, August 17, 11:45 am, Bonfire, 1555 Cliff Road, Eagan. Reservation deadline: August 15.

Questions?
Contact Joni Smith at joni.smith@yahoo.com by the reservation deadline so we have an accurate count for the restaurant. Invite a friend to come too!

Wednesday, June 7 at Gateway Trail in St. Paul

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.

Wednesday, June 6, 10:00 am — Ride and picnic lunch

Where:   Gateway Trail, Saint Paul.  We will start at the Pine Point County Park “Trailhead for the Gateway State Trail”, 11900 Norell Ave N, Stillwater, MN 55028.
Parking Fee: $7
When:  Be ready to ride at 10:00 am
Lunch: We will have a picnic lunch together after our bike ride at Pine Point County Park where our cars are parked.  Please bring a dish to pass.

Tuesday, July 17, 10:00 am

Where:  Douglas State Trail which runs from Pine Island to Rochester.  More information at:  http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/douglas/index.html  
Meet and park at the Douglas State Trail head, in Douglas, MN. 
Directions:  Take US Highway 52 south from Rosemount.  Turn west on Olmsted Co. Rd. 14; then drive approximately 3 miles to the trailhead. 
When:  Be ready to ride at 10:00 am
Lunch: We will lunch at the Rainbow Cafe in Pine Island. Our plan will be to ride the 7.5 miles to the cafe, enjoy lunch, then ride back to the trail head. 
     Rainbow Cafe
     212 S Main ST
     Pine Island, MN 55963
     507-356-2929

Questions?
Contact Ardell Bengtson & Helen & John Eidem

 

Traveling Shepherds

Stillwater Boat Cruise
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Ahoy Matey's!

You are invited to join the Traveling Shepherds for a 2-hour cruise on the beautiful St Croix River in Stillwater on  Wednesday, July 18, 2018. This is a public cruise not a private charter so there is no limit to how many SOTV guests can attend (invite friends!). The cruise includes a delightful deli buffet, and beverages are available for purchase with credit cards or cash.  We will cruise rain or shine since there is climate-controlled indoor as well as outdoor seating. The boats are handicapped accessible, and restrooms are available on-board.

Boarding is at 11:00 am, departure is at 11:30 and the boat returns at 1:30 pm.  Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure.  St. Croix Boat and Packet Company is located at 525 South Main Street in Stillwater.  Limited guest parking is available - follow the "Boat Parking" sign on the south end of the boarding area.  In addition, there are several Stillwater Public Parking areas nearby.  If you are arriving via HWY 36, take the HISTORIC DOWNTOWN STILLWATER  exit.

Since parking is limited at the dock, let's try to carpool.  If you need a ride, or are willing to drive others to the site, please meet at the SOTV parking lot at 9:30 am that morning.

TO MAKE RESERVATIONS please call the St. Croix Boat & Packet Co. directly to book your passage, using your own preferred form of payment. Please mention SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY so we can all sit together!  Their NUMBER is 651-430-1234. For further information contact Mary Brown at mabrown55555@gmail.com or 952-388-1085.  Welcome Aboard!

Dave Bredemus Trip to Galena, IL
October 1 - 2, 2018

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.   

PRICING:
Double per person - $300
Single per person - $360
Triple per person (2 queen size beds) - $325

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. REGISTRATION ON THE SOTV SITE WILL OPEN ON JULY 9th AND WILL CLOSE ON AUGUST 9th  

Questions? Contact Jane at janestubblefield@hotmail.com.

Save the Date for this upcoming trip!

Holden Village Trip
June 17 - 21, 2019

Questions?  Contact Jane at janestubblefield@hotmail.com

 

Dare to Downsize

Questions?  Contact Bev & Jeff Kile, bjkile@charter.net


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?  Contact Linda Soderlund at lrsoderlund@comcast.net or Jim Hedin at ritandjim@aol.com.


Spanish Class

Conversational Spanish
Tuesdays, September 11 - October 23 (no class October 9)
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Registration coming soon!

Questions?
Contact Linda at lkprince@charter.net 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, cindyjwinslow@hotmail.com