Voting members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) approved a number of key actions during the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly held in New Orleans Aug. 8-13. The assembly is the highest legislative authority of the church. Summary of Actions.
SOV’s Congregational Picnic is August 21st
It’s hard to think about the end of summer before it’s even begun, but here’s a date to set aside: Sunday, August 21st (1:00 PM – 4:00 PM) will be a church picnic at Mirror Lake in Devens, MA.
Come spend an afternoon of relaxation and conversation with the beautiful Mirror Lake as a backdrop, and you can swim if you wish!
This is a simple event: bring a chair, a sandwich and a drink. If you wish, you can also bring fruit, snacks such as chips or pretzels or a dessert to share.
A Thank You from Newtown CT
The Shepherd of the Valley Prayer Shawl Ministry received a “Thank You” note form the the Prayer Shawl Ministry Coordinator of St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, CT for their act of kindness and caring.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry was blessed with three extra shawls that were not designated at the time, so when the Newtown tragedy struck, we prayed over the shawls and sent them to this Catholic church, which had at least 7 members who were killed in the shooting. We were so moved to be able to send them to the church, as we usually have no extra shawls, so we felt it was God’s doing. It was a small gesture for us to reach out, making us feel better somewhat, also.