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. 


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


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

Grandparents Sunday
Sunday, September 10
Worship at 8:30, 9:45 or 11:00 am

Sunday, September 10th is National Grandparents Day. 

To honor and recognize the importance of grandparents, a special event is being planned as part of our worship experience at SOTV. Grandparents bring your grandchildren, grandchildren bring your grandparents!

In worship, there will be Good News for Kids and Grandparents.  Enjoy toe-tappin’ music by the Barbary Coast Dixieland Band. After services, enjoy a root beer float and take your picture together at the photo booth in the Great Hall, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm.

Everyone is guaranteed to have a "grand" time!

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

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.

September 5, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
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,

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (September 5)

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.

Lunch Group

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

Wed, Sep 20, 11:45 am, Granite City, 3330 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan. Reservation deadline: Sep 18.

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.

September Ride: Dakota Rail Trail

Date & Time:  Wednesday, September 6, ready to bike by 10:00 am

Place:  Meet at 175 Grove Lane, Wayzata.  We will bike to Mound for lunch, then return to our cars. The trail is under construction in Mound so if you wish to go further west, you must follow a detour on Mound City streets.

Lunch:  Lunch in Mound at Dakota Junction, 2281 Commerce Blvd., Mound, MN 55346, (952-479-1519).  Reviews state, delicious farm to table fresh food & good beer options near a bike trail.

October Ride:  Cannon Valley Trail

Date & Time:  Thursday, October 12, ready to bike by 10:30 am

Place:  Meet at Lower A P Anderson Access, 3775 Highway 61, Red Wing, MN.  We will ride the Cannon Valley Trail from Red Wing toward Welsh or further and return to Red Wing. Trail fee is $5.

Lunch:  Meet for lunch at 1:00 pm at Smokin' Oak Rotisserie & Grill, 4243 US Hwy. 61, Red Wing, 55066 (651-388-9866).

As always, helmets are required on all SOTV rides.  Please RSVP to Ardell at so that we can alert the restaurant of the number coming.  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 we explore these fun Minnesota trails!

Ardell Bengtson & Helen & John Eidem


Travel Group

Historic Minnesota River Valley Fall Tour with Dave Bredemus

Thursday, September 28
Leave SOTV by bus at 8:00 am SHARP;  Return to SOTV at 8:30 pm
FEE PER PERSON: $90, includes fee/tip for our guide, the bus, bakery stop, dinner and admission to all historic sites.
Registration is full. Call Shepherd of the Valley (952-432-6351) to be placed on a wait list.

The Travel Group at SOTV invites you on an historic fall tour through the beautiful Minnesota River Valley. As we head to Redwood Falls, we'll travel through New Prague, Montgomery, Le Suer and Morton, MN, and include a stop for a treat at a 106-year-old bakery.  We'll see the Cosgrove House (founder of Green Giant), the original Mayo House and we'll see some of the oldest rocks in the world.  We will learn about the causes of the Dakota Uprising as we make stops at the Fort Ridgely Battlefield, Lower Sioux Interpretive Centers, and Birch Coulee, the site of one of the hardest fought battles of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 . In Redwood Falls we'll visit the Little Yellowstone of MN – Alexander Ramsey Park and Ramsey Falls.  We'll also tour the Gilfillan Historic Farm and stop for a delicious dinner along the way.

If you have questions, please email Jane at C'mon along for an informative history lesson while enjoying beautiful fall scenery!


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,


Cross Country Skiing

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

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.  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

Purposeful Retirement Yoga

Jane Stubblefield,