Follow the Christmas Star!

A FREE Christmas Event for Children and Their Families
from Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, December 4th 2016

Looking for a great way to start the Christmas/Advent season with your kids? On Sunday afternoon, December 4th, 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 ornaments, and munching star-themed goodies. Continue reading Follow the Christmas Star!

SOV Youth Car Wash

SOV Youth Ministryin ActionThe SOV Youth Car Wash, the final Fund Raiser to support the 2016 Mission Trips, will take place on May 14th between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Prescott School: 145 Main Street in Groton.

H.S. Mission Trip, June 26th – July 2nd
The 2016 High School Mission Trip to Reading, Pennsylvania will occur from Sunday, June 26th through Saturday, July 2nd.

Jr. High Mission Trip, July 10th – 16th
The 2016 Middle School Mission Trip to Wayne County New York will occur from Sunday, July 10th through Saturday, July 16nd.

SOV – Spring Clean Up – Camp Calumet

Spring Clean Up Weekend at Camp Calumet

Hi Everybody,

Why go to Camp Calumet for Spring Clean Up Weekend?

• The price is right – only sweat labor, no monetary cost
• The food is abundant and great and they serve snacks and really cold lemonade while you work
• It’s a great mini mission trip with practice in team work and just work in general
• You can make new friends and acquaintances who also love Calumet
• There’s pool, ping pong and, of course, Bananagrams when you’re not working
• It’s an SOV tradition – look for past years’ crews in picture collages around the lodge
• When else will you get the opportunity to CARRY a motor boat Continue reading SOV – Spring Clean Up – Camp Calumet

SOV – Spaghetti Dinner, Mar. 28th

spaghetti-dinnerThe annual spaghetti dinner to raise funds for the summer youth mission trips will take place on March 28th between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. at the Groton Senior Center, 163 West Main Street in West Groton. Please share the invitation with family, friends, and neighbors.

The menu will include pasta and sauce, bread, salad, and desserts. Tickets purchased in advance are $8 per person or $25 per family. Purchased on the day of the dinner, tickets are $10 per person. See any youth or Janet Vesper to purchase tickets.

SOV Youth Participate in Boston – City Reach 2015

City Reach Participation, Jan. 16-17th

SOV Youth Participate in Boston City Reach 2015SOV Middle and High School youth traveled into Boston to participate in a version of City Reach delayed from November 2014 to January 2015. They took with them over 70 bags of clothing donated by Shepherd of the Valley members and friends, enough clothing that every one of the 200 homeless people could receive double the amount they usually allow. Continue reading SOV Youth Participate in Boston – City Reach 2015

SOV – City Reach Clothing Collection

SOV Youth going to City Reach in January 2015

SOV Youth Ministry - City Reach

SOV youth are going to City Reach in January of 2015. This is a program run by Ecclesia Ministries (St. Paul’s Cathedral) in Boston to give food and clothing to the homeless.  Please check your closets and attics for new or gently used winter clothing that you wish to donate.  Either bring donations to church and place them in the suitcase in the vestibule or contact Janet Vesper (978-597-8605). Continue reading SOV – City Reach Clothing Collection

SOV-Youth Mission Trips-2014

July – Youth Mission TripS Remembrances

SOV - Youth Ministry - 2014Sunday evening, September 28th, the youth gathered to celebrate serving in Scranton and Philadelphia this past summer. Following are selected remembrances from the Jr. High (Philadelphia) and Sr. High (Scranton) trips:

Awesome. Moving. The best trip ever. So hard to say goodbye. I have grown so much. Our goal was to give as much love as possible. I can’t wait for next year.

The theme of the middle school mission trip was “Collide”: Kaitlyn wrote that it was talking to a homeless woman in the subway area that my worlds’ collided; when I realized that the very same people that I might have shied away from in any other situation, could be the most wonderful and interesting people.

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SOV – Senior High Trip to Scranton PA – Hands of Hope

The Sr. High Mission Trip went to Scranton PA between July 27th and Aug. 2nd. The remembrance of a prior year’s trip in the form of a graphic novel by one of this year’s Sr. High participants (Lauren Duhamel).

SOV – Junior High Trip to Philadelphia PA

The Jr. High Mission trip went to Philadelphia PA between July 13th and 19th. The following remembrances were offered by two of the participants.

Philadelphia was a fun trip and a real eye opener to the situation of some inner cities. We did so many things that it’s impossible to write about all of them. One thing that I really liked was Hands of Hope. We split up into groups and handed out lunches to the homeless. Our group had twelve lunches and we gave away all of them within ten minutes. After we gave out the lunches, we walked around and talked to several homeless people. Kaitlyn saw a guy playing the guitar and singing Beatles songs at the end of which he said thank you and goodnight to an imaginary audience. We gave him a real audience to play for and he gave us his youtube address so that we could watch him sing more of his songs.

The last man that my group talked to had just gotten out of the hospital where he had been since March 7th. He was from Boca Raton and came up to Philadelphia to have a rare surgery. We bought him a Big Mac Meal because he told us he was very hungry and we were out of lunches. We also gave him the $13 of change that was left over from purchasing the meal.

I found out that CSM (ed.: Center for Student Missions) has a location in Boston and the Philly trip made me want to participate in a Boston CSM week. I believe that it would be interesting and fun to share Boston with kids from other cities and to make a difference in my home city. –Jack Horsman

SOV Junior High Trip to Philadelphia PA

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I don’t believe I can adequately express the depth of the Philadelphia mission trip, nor fully describe with words. “Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.” Now back in the comforts of my new home, reflection seems to surface. Most moving was watching the kids go! And have fun in the process! Further, they embraced the call of the mission – where heaven and earth collide through the gifts we share with the “least of these.” And perhaps, in the process, they recognized when we too are “the least of these,” when our limitations set us back and apart…training ground for forgiveness the seed through which we learn to love. I’d do it again in a heartbeat! Join me next year? –Lisa Hunt