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From the Pastor – June 2016 – No Vocabulary of Faith

No Vocabulary of Faith

An article in USA Today reported that increasing numbers of children in the United States “have no vocabulary of faith, and neither do their parents.”

A mother in Austin, Texas, who grew up Methodist, said she’s “totally disengaged from the church and the Bible.” Sunday mornings for her family revolves around sleeping in, puttering, and kid’s sports.

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admin : May 30, 2016 5:16 pm : All, Pastor

SOV – VBS 2016 – Egypt

SOV Vacation Bible School

SOV Vacation Bible School this summer will take place July 25th to the 29th from 9 am until Noon. Hope you can join us as we journey with Joseph from prison to palace. We will learn about ancient Egypt and how God sent Jacob’s son Joseph there in a remarkable way. His brothers threw him in a pit and plotted to sell him, but God protected him and later saved the entire household of Jacob from famine through Joseph’s privileged position in Pharaoh’s court.

SOV VBS Egypt 2016

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admin : May 21, 2016 3:48 pm : All, Children’s Ministry, Ministries

SOV – Call Committee – Congregational Meeting

May 8, 2016 – Congregational Meeting

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am happy to announce that we are continuing to move ahead with the candidate that has been recommended by the Call Committee, Pastor Susan Gaeta. Both the Call Committee and Council have unanimously voted to bring Pastor Gaeta to the congregation for a call vote. The congregational meeting will convene at 11:30 on May 22nd after the 10:15 worship service with one agenda item, to discuss and vote on extending a call to Pastor Gaeta. A quorum is required to vote on extending a call, so please check your calendar and plan on attending. Continue reading

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admin : May 16, 2016 10:15 pm : All, Uncategorized

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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.

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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.