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.


"Grand" Conversations - A Round Table Discussion: The Delicate Art of Communicating with Grandchildren and their Parents
Thursday, May 3
10:00 - 11:30 am

YEEHAW!  We are looking to round up all grandparents and grand friends for a round table discussion on the joys and challenges "grands" have communicating with in-laws, out-laws (adult children and their spouses) and their buckaroos of all ages (grandchildren).  Come hear from others as well as share your  own experiences in navigating the wonderful but sometimes tricky world of conversing with your loved ones. Gain some new strategies and ideas on how to improve your communication as a grand.

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

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.

May 1, Infidel  by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

June 5, Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh

July 10, The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

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

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (May 1)

One of today’s most admired and controversial political figures, Somali born Ayaan Hirsi Ali burst into international headlines following the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh in Amsterdam by a Muslim extremist who threatened that she would be next. She made headlines again when she was stripped of her citizenship and resigned from the Dutch Parliament.

Infidel shows the coming of age of this distinguished political superstar and champion of free speech as well as the development of her beliefs, iron will, and extraordinary determination to fight injustice. Raised in a strict Muslim family, Hirsi Ali survived civil war, female mutilation, brutal beatings, adolescence as a devout believer during the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, and life in four troubled, unstable countries ruled largely by despots. She escaped from a forced marriage and sought asylum in the Netherlands, where she earned a college degree in political science, tried to help her tragically depressed sister adjust to the West, and fought for the rights of Muslim women and the reform of Islam as a member of Parliament. Under constant threat, demonized by reactionary Islamists and politicians, disowned by her father, and expelled from family and clan, she refuses to be silenced.

Ultimately a celebration of triumph over adversity, Hirsi Ali’s story tells how a bright little girl evolves out of dutiful obedience to become an outspoken, pioneering freedom fighter. As Western governments struggle to balance democratic ideals with religious pressures, no other book could be more timely or more significant.

Lunch Group

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

Friday, April 20, 11:45 am, Rascals Bar and Grill, 7721 147th St W,  Apple Valley. Reservation deadline: April 18.
Wednesday, May 16, 11:45 am, Roasted Pear, 14200 Nicollet, Burnsville. Reservation deadline: May 14.
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.

Contact Joni Smith at 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.

Sunday, May 6, 1:00 pm

Our first ride is on May with Golf, Gears and Gutters for the Good.  Please check the SOTV website for additional details.
Where & when:  Meet at SOTV at 1:00 pm to enjoy lunch and a silent auction as part of  Golf, Gears and Gutters for the Good.  After lunch (about 2:30) bike riders will gather at the Overlook lot just northwest of the intersection of Highway 13 and Mendota Heights Road in Mendota Heights, MN.  Free, limited parking is available.
Cost:  $20 for lunch and bike ride, $10 (K-12th grade, kids under 5 free).  All proceeds will benefit local missions.

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:  
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

Contact Ardell Bengtson & Helen & John Eidem


Traveling Shepherds

Road Scholar
Monday, April 23, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm (at SOTV in the Great Hall)

Are you a lifelong learner with a passion for knowledge gained through unique travel experiences? Formerly known as "Elderhostel", "Road Scholar" is a nonprofit organization that offers one-of-a-kind learning adventures and experiences designed for boomers and beyond, all led by expert faculty. Road Scholar is the world's largest and most innovative creator of experiential learning opportunities, offering over 5,500 learning expeditions to 150 countries and all 50 states . . . from Alaska to Zimbabwe!

Our speaker will address types of trips - inter-generational, active and sedentary, domestic and international - and will offer information on accommodations for person with disabilities, solo travel, charters, scholarships and caregiver grants to help offset the costs of a Road Scholar trip for someone who is/has cared for an ill or disabled relative. There will even be a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to be used toward a trip! We know that lifelong learning is a vital part of our overall well-being, so please join us to find out how you too can become a Road Scholar!

Please register by April 16 so our speaker can bring enough materials for everyone.

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 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.   

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

Save the Date for this upcoming trip!

Holden Village Trip
June 17 - 21, 2019

Questions?  Contact Jane at


Dare to Downsize

Questions?  Contact Bev & Jeff Kile,

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 or Jim Hedin at

Spanish Class

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,