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Friday, October 6, 2017

SOV Potluck on October 29

Hello SOV Community -

It's not too soon to think about our Reformation Anniversary potluck on October 29.  We are asking folks to sign up and bring either a salad or side dish, a main dish, or a dessert. We would like to encourage you to look to your own experiences with "Lutheran food" as you participate.

What is Lutheran food? For some, it's lutefisk or Danish butter cookies. For others, it's German sausage or hot potato salad. Most Lutherans (that I know) love coffee. And some of us remember potlucks that included many colors of jello, many kinds of casseroles, and wonderful baked desserts. This is a time to celebrate our past, our present community with all of its diversity, and to look forward with joy to who we will become together as children of God. Let's do it with food! Bring whatever you like; just add your name, and check the category.

There will be a sign-up sheet in the narthex on Sunday.

God bless!
The Fellowship Team

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday message

Good Wednesday to you all!

A few notes for the week:

First, there will be no Adult Bible Study next Wednesday as I will be at the annual Bishop's gathering for Pastor's/Rostered Leaders of the Synod. We will resume on the 18th at 10:00 a.m.

Second, thanks to the Council for the hard work on Saturday! We gathered for a day-long retreat to review the Strategic Plan for Shepherd of the Valley; to work on the development of a process to move us toward resolution on issues that divide for whenever they arise; to do a little bit of necessary business (moving forward on parking lot repairs!); to design a process for the evaluation of the pastor and the ministries of Shepherd of the Valley and more. It was a long, productive day!

Third, Council Officers will be installed at worship this Sunday, October 8th at both services.

Fourth, Confirmation Class begins a week from Sunday, October 15, for the first of our "Third Sunday" gatherings. The group will meet after worship, from about 12:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. and is open to 6th -8th graders (and others around that age group who might have not yet finished the confirmation process).

Finally I have an invitation for any who wish to become members of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran: please let me know if you are thinking about this! We have a few persons who have transferred membership to this congregation over the last few months and others who I know are considering joining the community. We will soon schedule a "Reception of Members" service and I don't want anyone to be left out!

Along the way, PD


Lessons for Sunday, October 8th
Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80:7-15
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46


Wednesday  7:00 pm SOV Choir rehearsal

Thursday     9:00 - 12:30 pm KOK preschool
                     10:00 - 11:30 am Sunset Cluster

Sunday       8:30 & 11:00 am Worship
                    9:45 am Sunday School

KOK Christmas Green's fundraiser
Order forms and green's samples located in the Narthex. Orders will be taken until October 28th.

SOV Youth Group fundraiser
Donate your returnable cans and bottles to support SOV's youth group trip to the ELCA youth convention. Cans and bottles may be deposited in designated container located in the narthex.

Reformation 500 celebration
October 29, 2017
One worship service at 10:00 am, followed by potluck luncheon and celebration.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wednesday Highlights

October begins on Sunday!  Here are some of the things on my list for this busy month:
  • Sunday School begins!
  • Confirmation class for grades 6-8 will begin on October 15, the Third Sunday, from 12:30 to 3:00.
  • On Sunday, October 29, Shepherd of the Valley will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. There will be one worship service that day at 10:00 a.m. and a potluck will follow. During the month of October a special offering opportunity will be available to contribute to the needs of those affected  by fires and hurricanes during the last several weeks. More information will follow from the committees!
  • I will be gone for a few days (9th through the 11th) for the annual Synod Bishop's Convocation, a time for rostered ministers and pastors of the Oregon Synod to gather with synod staff for learning, training and conversation.
  • Stewardship! Watch for opportunities to think about giving as a part of your discipleship as the Council and Committees begin to develop a Spending Plan for next year.
I hope your fall is going well! See you at worship.

Pastor Dan


Lessons for Sunday, October 1
Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
Psalm 25:1-9
Philippians 2:1-13
Matthew 21:23-32


Wednesday  9:00 - 12:30 pm KOK Preschool
                     10:00 am Bible Study with Pastor Dan
                      7:00 pm SOV choir rehearsal

Thursday      9:00 - 12:30 pm KOK Preschool

Scrip Order Sundays in October
October 1 and 15

Mark Your Calendars
Reformation 500 Celebration
October 29th
One Service at 10:00 am

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Highlights

…….from Pastor Dan

As we move into fall at Shepherd of the Valley and as we move forward into our journey together, it is time to get some things started!

Wednesday morning Bible Study  will resume next week, September 27 at 10:00 a.m. This week we will be studying the lessons for the upcoming Sunday (October 1) focusing on the Gospel Reading: Matthew 21.23-32. We will also decide how to shape the future studies. All are welcome.

Confirmation Classes  for grades 6-8 will meet this year on the Third Sunday afternoons from 12:30 to 3:00! This group will meet once a month and will focus on the Lord's Prayer, the Apostles' Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Sacraments (Baptism and Communion), faith and life and, of course, the Bible!

The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation will be celebrated on Sunday, October 29 at Shepherd of the Valley. Be alert for further announcements and details from the Committees and Council.

Along the way,
Pastor Dan


Wednesday  9;00 - 1:00 pm KOK preschool
                      7:00 pm Choir rehearsal

Thursday   9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK preschool

Friday         9:00 - 1:00 pm KOK preschool

Sunday       8:30 & 11:00 am worship
                    Reformation 500 book sale, last day to view and order your books

Last Sunday to visit Reformation 500 bookstore

Books are on display in the narthex, order your selections at 50% off through Wendy.