The Year of Send

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Keeping true to our vision at Shepherd of the Valley, in the past two years, we have focused on being Welcomed  into the fellowship of Christ, and have been Transformed  by his Spirit and Word. We now focus on our mission and opportunity to be Sent  to love and serve others. 

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send?” And “Who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I, send me!”  Isaiah 6:8

Welcome to the Year of Send!

Discover and Use Your Spiritual Gifts

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” 

1 Corinthians 12:4-7

God has given each one of us a set of spiritual gifts that help us love and serve others. Want to find out how God has gifted you? Take the ELCA Spiritual Assessment and then let us help you Get Connected to put those gifts to use!

  1. Take the ELCA Spiritual Gifts Assessment
  2. Spiritual Gifts - find out what your spiritual gifts mean and how to use them.
  3. Get Connected - let us know your spiritual gifts, and we’ll contact you with opportunities to use your gifts in both the community and our congregation. 

Putting Feet to our Faith Sermon Series

We are Sent by the Holy Spirit to live out our faith by loving and serving others and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. Join us for this powerful sermon series that explores how we can put feet to our faith.

September 9 & 10
Pastor Wendy

Living in Christian Community
 Reading: Acts 2:37-47

September 16 & 17
Pastor Rick

Got Faith?
Reading: Luke 24:28-32

September 23 & 24
Pastor Randy

Spreading the Word
Reading: Luke 24:44-49

September 30 & October 1
Pastor Rick

Serving Others
Reading: John 13:31-35

October 7 & 8
Pastor Wendy

Striving for Justice and Peace
Reading: Micah 6:6-8



Emergency Shelter in Dakota County:

Serve dinner, become a shelter aid, donate shelter supplies, or offer financial support.

We are working with Matrix Housing Services and others in our county to provide emergency temporary shelter from November through March. The temporary shelter will rotate among secure locations, house up to 50 single adults each night, and include dinner and some emergency supplies.

We need your help! Please prayerfully consider how you might help.

To sign-up to volunteer or to learn more information, visit

Tell us How YOU are Putting Feet to YOUR Faith

In-person:  Visit the "Putting Feet to our Faith" display in the narthex and fill out a footprint sticker. Tell us how you are loving, serving, and caring for others to build an inspiring wall of faith-in-action stories. Also, t-shirts with the Send theme will be available for purchase after services. These shirts can be worn anytime, but particularly when involved in service activities.

Online: Tell us your story!