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. We are planning to send out a survey in August, seeking information on the kinds of programs and activities this group would like to see.

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


Celebrating Grandparents & Passing on the Faith
Sunday, September 9
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 9. At Shepherd of the Valley, we will honor grandparents and grandfriends on this special day. Pastor Duane’s sermon will be about “Passing on the Faith” and there will be a Grandparent Good News for Kids during worship. The SOTV Big Band Jazz Band will play during worship at 8:30, 9:45, and as prelude to the 11:00 am service that day.

Ice cream sundaes will be served in the Great Hall and there will be an opportunity to take some fun pictures together in the Photo Booth.  

The following week, on September 16, Marilyn Sharpe (an expert on grandparenting and faith) will be the Sunday Forum speaker at 9:45 am. Join us during the forum hour to hear more about passing on the faith to our grandkids.   

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

Wednesday, June 6 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. 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.

Friday, August 3, 10:00 am

Where: Cannon Valley Trail, the scenic, shady and convenient Trail from Welch to Cannon Falls and back. A $4 per person wheel pass is required to use the trail. A trail map and more information available here
When: Be ready to ride at 10:00 am
Lunch: In Cannon Falls we will dine at Nick’s Downtown Diner, 331 W Mill St, Cannon Falls 55009, 507-263-0003

Tuesday, September 11, 10:00 am

Where: Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail, begins off 35W near Faribault, MN. This paved trail runs through a beautiful landscape of farmland, lakes, wetlands, and woods. Find a trail map and more information here.
When: Be ready to ride at 10:00 am
Lunch: We will lunch together at the well-rated Smoqehouse Restaurant,200 Western Ave NW, Suite C5, Faribault, MN 55021 (1-507-334-1901)

Thursday, October 4, 10:00 am
Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail

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.

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

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

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

 In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.

Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. One of her relatives was shot. Another was poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. 

As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case, and the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including a Native American agent who infiltrated the region, and together with the Osage began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

Lunch Group

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

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.
Wednesday, September 19, 11:45 am, Cam Ranh Bay, 1006 County Road 42 W, Burnsville. Reservation deadline: September 17

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

Traveling Shepherds

Stillwater Boat Cruise
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Cost: $25.05 per person, including tax

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 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.   


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

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,