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.

Service Group

Global Health Ministries - 2/28/19

Global Health Ministries - 2/28/19

4th Thursday of each month
Cost: Free
Next Date: April 25
Bring your own lunch.
Meet at SOTV at 9:00 am to carpool, serving from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm before returning home.

Join us at Global Health Ministries, 7831 Hickory St NE, Fridley, MN 55432. We will help prepare medical supplies for shipping overseas. Projects include sorting and packing medical supplies, quality control of donated items, inspecting newborn and hospice kits, etc. No medical experience required!

Dates: 4/25, 5/23, 6/27, 7/25, 8/22, 9/26, & 10/24.   Come as often as you like and are able!

Times: We will meet at SOTV at 9:00 am to carpool, serving from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm before returning home.

Planning to attend? RSVP to: Paula Swiggum, or Judy Dukatz,

Want to be added to the Service Affinity Group email list? Send your email to Paula or Judy.

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail - 9/11/18

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 5
12:30 pm
Big Rivers Regional Trail 

Our first ride of the 2019 season will be held in “tandem” with FUNraiser (formerly Golf, Gears and Gutters for the Good). Enjoy a silent auction from 9:30 am to1:30 pm, a Mexican Fiesta luncheon at 1:00 pm, with the bike ride following lunch. Proceeds from the silent auction, luncheon, and activities go to school supplies, student hygiene kits, and gas vouchers for area schools. Please check the SOTV website for additional details. 

  • Register for the luncheon and bike ride through the SOTV website.

  • Cost: $20 for lunch and bike ride, $10 (K-12th grade, kids under 5 free). All proceeds will benefit local missions.

Wednesday, June 5
10:00 am
Canon Valley Trail  

  • Location: Join us at the Welch Access Station, 26674 144th Ave Way, Welch, MN 55089 for a bike ride and picnic. We will bike from Welch to Cannon Falls and back. If you want to go farther, you can bike to Red Wing and back as well.

  • Cost: Trail fee is $5, available at the trail and on line.

  • Picnic lunch at Welch at 1:00 pm: Please bring a dish to pass and your own beverage. Leaders will provide table cloths, plates, utensils, and condiments.  

Questions? Contact Ardell Bengtson, or Linda Schneekloth at

Ancestry Group

DNA Basics for Family History Researchers - 4/13/19

DNA Basics for Family History Researchers - 4/13/19

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.



Calling all pickleball players and wannabes. SOTV members and friends are invited to come play outdoor pickleball for fun and fellowship with those who love the sport and those who are looking to try it out. Pickleball is a great way to be physically active and interact with others.

Pastor Duane describes it as sort of tennis made easier for “older kids”!

Feel free to invite friends to come along.  

When: Wednesdays, 9:00 -11:00 am (starting May 1) *Weather permitting

Where: Dodd Trail Park, 17035 Flagstaff Ave., Lakeville

What: Bring a pickleball paddle, outdoor pickleballs if you have them and a water bottle 

*If you need a paddle and balls to play and/or need to learn how to play, contact

Hope to see you on the courts!


Save the Date! 

Sunday, September 8 - Grandparent Sunday

Bring your grandkids to Shepherd of the Valley for a fun morning with the Barbary Coast Dixieland Band, children's message, photo booth, and special treats.

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

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 7, TallGrass: A Novel  by Sandra Dallas 
June 4, Beneath A Scarlet Sky: A Novel  by Mark Sullivan 

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

TallGrass: A Novel  by Sandra Dallas (May 7)

During Word War II, a family finds life turned upside down when the government opens a Japanese internment camp in their small Colorado town. After a young girl is murdered, all eyes (and suspicions) turn to the newcomers, the interlopers, the strangers.

This is her town as Rennie Stroud has never seen it before. She has just turned thirteen and, until this time, life has pretty much been what her father told her it should be: predictable and fair. But now the winds of change are coming and, with them, a shift in her perspective. And Rennie will discover secrets that can destroy even the most sacred things.

Part thriller, part historical novel, Tallgrass is a riveting exploration of the darkest—-and best—-parts of the human heart.

Lunch Group

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

Thursday,  May 23, 11:45 am, Red Lobster, 1301 County Rd 42 W, Burnsville

Friday, June 14, 11:45 am, Harry’s Café, 20790 Keokuk Ave., Lakeville

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

Stay tuned for more information on these upcoming events! 

Dinner Cruise - June, 2019 

Clear Lake Iowa/Surf Ballroom trip - August 2-3, 2019  

Travel on a Budget - November, 2019 

Civil War Battlefields - 2020

 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.

May 2019 Downsizing Event

Tuesday, May 7
1:00 - 2:30 pm in Room 22

We will be making our summer action plans, so please join us! These plans will include, but not be limited, so bring any suggestions as well;

  • 31 day Household Detox – to get better organized and decluttered

  • “Throwaway Box” from Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

Questions?  Contact Bev & Jeff Kile,

Matinee Movie Group

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 “Matinee Movie Group” on REALM CONNECT 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

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

Fall 2018 Conversational Spanish Class led by Linda Prince

Cross Country Skiing

Questions? Email or phone 651-686-0530.