From the Pastor – June 2016 – No Vocabulary of Faith

No Vocabulary of Faith

An article in USA Today reported that increasing numbers of children in the United States “have no vocabulary of faith, and neither do their parents.”

A mother in Austin, Texas, who grew up Methodist, said she’s “totally disengaged from the church and the Bible.” Sunday mornings for her family revolves around sleeping in, puttering, and kid’s sports.

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SOV – VBS 2016 – Egypt

SOV Vacation Bible School

SOV Vacation Bible School this summer will take place July 25th to the 29th from 9 am until Noon. Hope you can join us as we journey with Joseph from prison to palace. We will learn about ancient Egypt and how God sent Jacob’s son Joseph there in a remarkable way. His brothers threw him in a pit and plotted to sell him, but God protected him and later saved the entire household of Jacob from famine through Joseph’s privileged position in Pharaoh’s court.

SOV VBS Egypt 2016

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SOV – VBS 2016 – Egypt

SOV Vacation Bible School – 2016

SOV Vacation Bible School SOV-VBS-2016 this summer will take place July 25th to the 29th from 9 am until Noon. Hope you can join us as we journey with Joseph from prison to palace. We will learn about ancient Egypt and how God sent Jacob’s son Joseph there in a remarkable way. His brothers threw him in a pit and plotted to sell him, but God protected him and later saved the entire household of Jacob from famine through Joseph’s privileged position in Pharaoh’s court. Stay tune for more information!

Old Testament riddle: Jacob Realized Giving A New Mantle Sometimes Leads Insecure Zealots to Jealous Bouts. What is represented by this mnemonic phrase?

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 Easter Egg Hunt, March 19th

Easter Egg Hunt, March 19th Long before the Easter Bunny hopped down Main Street delivering eggs, Jesus walked around the Sea of Galilee with his friends spreading a message of God's love and the power of forgiveness. On Saturday morning, March 19th, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church will host its 10th Annual East Egg Hunt and Easter Storytelling for children third grade and younger. We will hunt for eggs, sing and hear the story of Holy Week. Arrival time and singing will start at 10:15 and the storytelling will begin at 10:30. To ensure that we have enough filled eggs and goody bags on hand, please sign up by contacting Margaret Doyle at 978-772-7095. This family event is offered free of charge. Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church is located at the historic Grange Hall, 80 Champney Street, Groton. Hope you can join us for a fun-filled, meaningful time!Easter Egg Hunt, March 19th

Long before the Easter Bunny hopped down Main Street delivering eggs, Jesus walked around the Sea of Galilee with his friends spreading a message of God’s love and the power of forgiveness.

On Saturday morning, March 19th, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church will host its 10th Annual East Egg Hunt and Easter Storytelling for children third grade and younger. We will hunt for eggs, sing and hear the story of Holy Week.

Arrival time and singing will start at 10:15 and the storytelling will begin at 10:30. To ensure that we have enough filled eggs and goody bags on hand, please sign up by contacting Margaret Doyle at 978-772-7095.

This family event is offered free of charge. Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church is located at the historic Grange Hall, 80 Champney Street, Groton. Hope you can join us for a fun-filled, meaningful time!

From the Pastor – February 2016 – Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

From the Pastor – February 2016 - Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, arrives early this year and the Ash Wednesday worship service is like no other. Scripture readings entreat us to change our lives and turn back to God. The Ash Wednesday liturgy calls for remorse and repentance. Pastors place ashes on people’s foreheads and say “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” Continue reading From the Pastor – February 2016 – Ash Wednesday