“When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men. – Matthew 2:16
Dear Flock of the Shepherd of the Valley,
Perhaps it’s because I’m the daughter of two pastors, but probably more likely because I can just be a stickler for certain details that I decide are important, it drives me nuts when our society ends Christmas on December 26. I’m not shy about reminding (or teaching) people that December 25 is the FIRST of the twelve day of Christmas. The season of Christmas leads us to the feast of the Epiphany, when we celebrate the three wise men arriving to pay Jesus homage. And, if you even dare try to put the wise men at the manger a day before January 6, you will see me up and move them across the room so they have someplace to travel. Continue reading
The spirit of Christmas often lends itself to the cry of loneliness. During this season more than any other, thoughts long hidden cease to remain veiled. Yearning for a place to rest our heads from lurking notions of restlessness or isolation, intuitively, many of us sense that we are not quite at home. Christians often speak of this truth expectantly. We are waiting, waiting for all of creation to be made new, even as we catch glimpses now: “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.”(1) But on honest nights, we might confess that the waiting is wearying, the silence at times daunting. We are homesick, like children lost in a crowd, not quite at home nor capable of getting there. Continue reading
All, Ministries, Worship Ministry
December Youth Activities Focus on Fundraising
Two fundraising activities are underway to support the 2016 Mission Trips to Wayne County NY (Jr. High) and to Reading PA (Sr. High).
As in past years, the Youth are selling stocking-stuffer jars containing ingredients for Friendship Soup, Chewy Chocolate Brownies, Dog Biscuits, or Peppermint Bath Salts. In addition and new for this year, the Youth are selling decopaged plates in either of two diameters. Fabric to be decopaged onto a plate may be selected from a variety of seasonal and holiday choices.
2015 - Dec. Youth Activities Focus on Fundraising
Two fundraising activities are underway to support the 2016 Mission Trips to Wayne County NY (Jr. High) and to Reading PA (Sr. High). As in past years, the Youth are selling stocking-stuffer jars containing ingredients for Friendship Soup, Chewy Chocolate Brownies, Dog Biscuits, or Peppermint Bath Salts. In addition and new for this year, the Youth are selling decopaged plates in either of two diameters. Fabric to be decopaged onto a plate may be selected from a variety of seasonal and holiday choices.
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
is an ELCA congregation officially organized in April 2002, and was begun as a mission congregation in Groton, MA by St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sudbury, MA in the summer of 1989.