From Our Pastor – December 2017

~ From Our Pastor ~

The hungry poor shall weep no more, for the food they can never earn; There are tables spread, every mouth be fed, for the world is about to turn My heart shall sing of the day you bring, Let the fires of your justice burn Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near, and the world is about to turn
ELW #723 Canticle of the Turning

Dear Flock of the Shepherd of the Valley,

This Advent you may notice a theme of hunger peeking out of various corners of our life together. The adult discipleship group that meets on Sunday mornings will be using an Advent devotional prepared by the ELCA World Hunger. Our Wednesday evening prayer services will use readings that draw our attention to hunger as we gather for meditative Taizé-style services. Themes of waiting and preparation in our readings on Sundays connect us to a spiritual hunger. Stories in the news of silenced acts of violence are generating a hunger for more to speak their truths. Continue reading From Our Pastor – December 2017

Loaves and Fishes Food Collection – December 18

~ Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry’s Holiday Distribution ~

Loaves & Fishes-LogoNow that Thanksgiving is just past we are gearing up for Christmas of course! In our quest as a church family to always support our community, we will once again be providing food for Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry’s Holiday distribution
which will take place at the pantry on Monday December 18th. Please consider contributing to this drive by bringing to church items for this special Holiday Distribution. Continue reading Loaves and Fishes Food Collection – December 18

SOV 2017 Christmas Event for Children

Follow the Christmas Star!
A FREE Christmas Event for Children and Their Families at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Saturday, December 2nd, 9:30-11:30 am

Follow the Christmas Star!Looking for a great way to start the Christmas/Advent season with your kids?  On Saturday morning, December 2nd, children dressed as sheep will join their parents (dressed as shepherds) and flock to “Bethlehem” to witness the birth of Jesus, as they participate in a dramatic re-telling of the Christmas story, acted and narrated by Shepherd of the Valley adults and youth.  The children will also enjoy singing Christmas carols, making star-shaped Christmas crafts, and munching star-themed goodies. Continue reading SOV 2017 Christmas Event for Children

From Our Pastor – November 2017

~ From Our Pastor ~

Jesus said, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” – John 7:31-32

Dear Flock of the Shepherd of the Valley,

What does it mean to continue in Jesus’ word? To be Jesus disciples? What is truth? What does it look like to be free?

Answers to these questions (perhaps even more questions that rise out of these questions) are not the same for everyone. It would be much easier if they were. And some of us may have been raised to believe that there is some absolute truth and one way to continue in Jesus’ word. Some of us may equate the freedom of which Jesus speaks with the freedom promised by our nation. I know this is the way I was raised. The combination of voices coming from home and family, church, school, advertisement, media, journalism all culminated in this kind of message: Just believe in Jesus and it will all work out for you. And by “working out” I understood that to mean that I could accomplish anything if I just tried hard enough. Continue reading From Our Pastor – November 2017

SOV Blessing of the Animals – 2017

GROTON — Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church (SOV) will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 1st, at Helene’s Stables, 485 Martin’s Pond Road, Groton, MA (rain or shine).

Bring your own animals and your own seating. All are Welcome!

SOV Blessing of the Animals

From Our Pastor – September 2017

~ From Our Pastor ~

I want you to know, beloved, that what has happened to me has actually helped to spread the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to everyone else that my imprisonment is for Christ; and most of the brothers and sisters, having been made confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, dare to speak the word with greater boldness and without fear. Some proclaim Christ from envy and rivalry, but other from goodwill. These proclaim Christ out of love, knowing that I have been put here for the defense of the gospel; the others proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but intending to increase my suffering in my imprisonment. What does it matter? Just this, that Christ is proclaimed in every way, whether out of false motives or true; and in that I rejoice. Philippians 1:12-18

Dear Flock of the Shepherd of the Valley,

The group who studies Greek New Testament on Wednesday mornings is about to begin Paul’s letter to the Philippians. This is one of several letters he wrote from prison and it is also one of his most joyful. Paul has very little to correct them about, although he does throw in some unsolicited advice. His joy is in the fact that Christ is becoming made known. He doesn’t even mind that one’s motives may not be the purest when proclaiming Christ. He is just happy that word is getting out! I guess he falls in the “all publicity is good publicity” camp. Continue reading From Our Pastor – September 2017

SOV – Grotonfest 2017

SOV - Grotonfest 2017

SOV at Grotonfest 2017

Grotonfest,a free annual outdoor festival, with more than 150 business, non-profit and artisan booths, all kinds of amazing food and much more, will take place Saturday, September 23rd (rain date is September 24th).

We will be sharing information about SOV, offering giveaways, and doing children’s games and crafts.

There are many ways you can participate. Click on the following link to sign up: https://www.volunteersignup.org/EHQXE