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.


Grandparenting Event
Sunday, September 9
More information to come!

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.

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

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

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 matter where it leads.

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

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!

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 6 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.

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 bike from Douglas toward Pine Island and back to Douglas. Then drive to Zumbrota for lunch at the Covered Bridge Family Restaurant. Because riders can return to Douglas at any time, they can ride as far as they feel comfortable.

Tuesday, September 11, 10:00 am

Where: Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail that begins off 35W near Faribault, MN. More information at:  
When: Be ready to ride at 10:00 am
Lunch: We will lunch together at the well-rated Smokhouse Restaurant, 200 Western Ave NW, Suite C5, Faribault, MN 55021 (1-507-334-1901)

Contact Ardell Bengtson & Helen & John Eidem


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

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

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

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,