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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

 

 

SOV Family Friendly Summer Events – August 2017

SOV Family Friendly Summer Events – Consider joining us for these family events

Hotdogs and “The Wizard of Oz”

Friday, August 18, 6 p.m.—9 p.m., at the GrangeSOV - Movie Night
Enjoy a light dinner of hotdogs and chips at 6 p.m., with the movie to follow. There will be a facebook event for rsvping or you can call SOV at 978-540-0SOV.

Picnic at Mirror Lake – Sunday, August 20

SOV Picnic - August 20th - Mirror LakeCome and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at Mirror Lake. There is swimming, sand for the little ones and lots of shade. Bring a lawn chair, a drink and a sandwich. You may bring a snack or sweets to share, but this is optional.

Mirror Lake charges an entrance fee, but in order to make it easier to invite friends and family, SOV is covering the fee. Make sure to sign in to the SOV Log at the check-in table. Parking is up the hill from the beach, but you are able to drive down to drop off things and then go back up to park. Please ask anyone with an SOV baseball cap if you need a ride back down! This is a laid back afternoon with rest and companionship—bring friend/s!! What a nice way to end the summer!!

From Our Pastor – August 2017

Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over to this chariot and join it.’ So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ He replied, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. (Acts 8:27-31)

Dear Flock of the Shepherd of the Valley,

Many congregations identify themselves as welcoming communities. Some have signs that say “All Are Welcome” or sing songs with the same message. Scripture is full of references of God welcoming everyone and a lot of communities of faith strive to live this out. At the same time, personal anecdotes of not feeling welcomed abound. Sometimes these stories describe an explicit message of not belonging – a single, young adult who only hears events announced which cater to families with children, a person in a same-gender committed relationship who hears a sermon condemning homosexuality, a child in a wheelchair who cannot join in the games the other kids are playing, a person of a different Christian denomination who is denied communion. Continue reading From Our Pastor – August 2017

From Our Pastor – July 2017

Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 4:10-11)

Dear Flock of the Shepherd of the Valley,

It is said that the first year a pastor is with a congregation she can do no wrong. The second year, she can do nothing right. This hyperbolic saying has already been proven wrong in our case as I have made more than a few missteps in our first year together. Looking ahead, I hope I manage to get something right during this second year! What has been clear though is that through whatever happens to SOV, we are in this together. And when individuals and families discern that this community of faith is no longer a fit for where they are in their journey, our prayers and support go with them. At the same time God continues to bring new faces through the doors of the Grange and for those who seek an active role in a faith community are finding a home here. Thanks be to God! Continue reading From Our Pastor – July 2017

Wednesday Evening Mini-Series – 2017

Follow Jesus: The Light of the World 5 weeks beginning June 7 through July 5

Jesus is the Light of the World

Come for a light supper at 6:45 p.m. and join dis-cussion around five scripture passages that talk about Jesus lighting up dark places (this summer’s Vacation Bible School theme).  We will wrap up this informal group conversation and prayer time around 8:00 p.m.