SOV

From Our Pastor – March 2017

From the Pastor

‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’
– Matthew 6:19 – 21

Dear Flock of the Shepherd of the Valley,

On Ash Wednesday (March 1st) we will join together with Union Congregational Church and Christian Union Congregation. We will share some simple food together and then worship together. This worship service invites us into the season of Lent – preparation for the Easter celebration of Christ’s resurrection! The passage above is the end of the gospel reading for that day. Prior to these words, which are a continuation of the Sermon on the Mount which have been the gospel readings for the past few Sundays, Jesus instructs those listening about acts of piety. Specifically, he talks about giving alms, prayer and fasting. He tells them how to do these things in ways that lead to rewards from God, our Father in heaven. Continue reading

Comments are closed
admin : February 28, 2017 8:49 pm : All, Pastor

Save the Dates for Children’s Egg Hunt and Cave Quest!

All are welcome at these upcoming events for children hosted by Shepherd of the Valley (SOV) Lutheran Church in Groton. We’ll have our 11th Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Easter Story program on Saturday, April 8th beginning at 10 am. The children will gather eggs filled with goodies and hear a story filled with love. This is an event for the young and the young-at-heart!  Easter Egg Hunt – Flyer with all the details.

Looking farther ahead, Cave Quest Adventure, our Vacation Bible School (VBS) program, is taking place July 24th to 28th at SOV – with awesome decorations, it will feel like you’re walking into a cave complete with stalactites and stalagmites! This will be the perfect setting to explore the theme of God’s light in our lives. There will be Spelunker Science and Cave Crafts along with Cavern Games and Treats for children ages 4 to 4th grade grads. The registration form for Cave Quest Adventure.

Both programs are offered free of charge to our local communities. Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church is located at the historic Groton Grange Hall, 80 Champney Street. For more information, please contact Margaret Doyle at 978-772-7095, margaret@ayerdoyles.org.

Comments are closed
admin : February 4, 2017 8:17 pm : All, Children’s Ministry, Ministries

From Our Pastor – February 2017

From the Pastor

“I understand that there are many Christians in America who give their ultimate allegiance to man-made systems and customs. They are afraid to be different. Their great concern is to be accepted socially…Your highest loyalty is to God, and not to the mores or the folkways, the state or the nation, or any man-made institution. If any earthly institution or custom conflicts with God’s will, it is your Christian duty to oppose it… You are called to be the salt of the earth. You are to be the light of the world. You are to be that vitally active leaven in the lump of the nation. – “Paul’s Letter to American Christians” by The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Flock of the Shepherd of the Valley,

I read the above words along with the entirety of this letter – a chapter from the book Strength to Love – to the confirmation class when we met on Monday, January 16. Dr. King wrote a letter in the style of Paul to the church in America. We are studying the New Testament this year while keeping the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in the forefront of their minds (we hope!). I thought it a fitting theme to connect Paul, Martin Luther and The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through the words they wrote while in prison or under house arrest for acting on their faith. Continue reading

Comments are closed
admin : January 29, 2017 9:29 pm : All, Pastor

« Page 1, 2, 3 ... 33, »

Save these Dates for Children’s Egg Easter Hunt & Cave Quest!

SOV is having our 11th Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Easter Story program on Saturday, April 8th beginning at 10 am. The children will gather eggs filled with goodies and hear a story filled with love. This is an event for the young and the young-at-heart!  Easter Egg Hunt – Flyer with all the details.

Cave Quest Adventure, our Vacation Bible School (VBS) program, is taking place July 24th to 28th at SOV –  for children ages 4 to 4th grade grads. The registration form for Cave Quest Adventure.

Both programs are offered free of charge to our local communities. Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church is located at the historic Groton Grange Hall, 80 Champney Street. For more information, please contact Margaret Doyle at 978-772-7095, margaret@ayerdoyles.org.


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.

[img src=http://sov-lc.org/wordpress/wp-content/flagallery/2015-dec-youth-activities-focus-on-fundraising/thumbs/thumbs_img_8096.jpg]
[img src=http://sov-lc.org/wordpress/wp-content/flagallery/2015-dec-youth-activities-focus-on-fundraising/thumbs/thumbs_img_8098.jpg]
[img src=http://sov-lc.org/wordpress/wp-content/flagallery/2015-dec-youth-activities-focus-on-fundraising/thumbs/thumbs_img_8103.jpg]
[img src=http://sov-lc.org/wordpress/wp-content/flagallery/2015-dec-youth-activities-focus-on-fundraising/thumbs/thumbs_img_8105.jpg]
[img src=http://sov-lc.org/wordpress/wp-content/flagallery/2015-dec-youth-activities-focus-on-fundraising/thumbs/thumbs_img_8107.jpg]
[img src=http://sov-lc.org/wordpress/wp-content/flagallery/2015-dec-youth-activities-focus-on-fundraising/thumbs/thumbs_img_8108.jpg]
[img src=http://sov-lc.org/wordpress/wp-content/flagallery/2015-dec-youth-activities-focus-on-fundraising/thumbs/thumbs_img_8109.jpg]
[img src=http://sov-lc.org/wordpress/wp-content/flagallery/2015-dec-youth-activities-focus-on-fundraising/thumbs/thumbs_img_8113.jpg]
[img src=http://sov-lc.org/wordpress/wp-content/flagallery/2015-dec-youth-activities-focus-on-fundraising/thumbs/thumbs_img_8114.jpg]
[img src=http://sov-lc.org/wordpress/wp-content/flagallery/2015-dec-youth-activities-focus-on-fundraising/thumbs/thumbs_img_8116.jpg]
[img src=http://sov-lc.org/wordpress/wp-content/flagallery/2015-dec-youth-activities-focus-on-fundraising/thumbs/thumbs_img_8117.jpg]
[img src=http://sov-lc.org/wordpress/wp-content/flagallery/2015-dec-youth-activities-focus-on-fundraising/thumbs/thumbs_img_8119.jpg]
[img src=http://sov-lc.org/wordpress/wp-content/flagallery/2015-dec-youth-activities-focus-on-fundraising/thumbs/thumbs_img_8124.jpg]
[img src=http://sov-lc.org/wordpress/wp-content/flagallery/2015-dec-youth-activities-focus-on-fundraising/thumbs/thumbs_img_8127.jpg]

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.