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“The Shepherd’s Corner” Volume 6, Issue January 2011 A Word From Our Senior Pastor Dear Friends in Jesus Christ, Happy New Year to all of you in the warming love of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I pray the Lord Almighty bless you and keep you in His grace through the New Year and into eternity. This New Year brings on new challenges for each of us as we work hard to remain faithful in a time where faith is not in style. But as we are led by Christ Himself no challenge is too big for us. God sees each day as a wonderful opportunity for our love relationship to grow with Him and flow out to others. One of my great opportunities this year is to work with the new Christ Based Leadership (CBL) Board. This team of leaders is committed to making sure all that we do at Shepherd of the Valley is founded in the beautiful inerrant word of God. Over the next three months they will be ‘Believing, Learning and Sharing His Word’. They are also given the task to review the values, mission, and vision of Shepherd of the Valley. Once that is done they will prayerfully discover the fruit that the Lord wants this congregation to bear. Once this fruit is discovered they will share with the staff and volunteers of SOTV. The staff and volunteers are determined to bear the fruit that God has in store for us by the power of the Holy Spirit. As the plan unfolds we discover God’s resources for us to live out His plan and put it into action. God is with us as we live out our faith to His glory. It is with great joy that I can say that the Pastors, staff, and lay-leadership are dedicated that SOTV continue to be grounded in Scriptures, grow in faith, stewardship and worship as we see each member as a missionary for the sake of Christ. Because of our values I am motivated with great tenacity and conviction. At SOTV we see our core values as God’s inerrant Word, worship in Spirit and truth, lifelong spiritual growth, missions, outreach and stewardship. We will continue to ‘Believe, Learn and Share God’s Word’. I am so thankful for so many overwhelmingly faithful people to Christ Jesus and His mission for us at Shepherd of the Valley. But I am even more thankful to a Savior that forgives me, loves me and saves me. What joy fills us with this God ordained message! Wednesday Nights at Shepherd of the Valley Jesus-centered. The content is very Jesus-centered and Bible- based. The children are challenged to take their faith into everyday applications. Learning with fun. The lessons use active learning methods utilizing multiple senses. It will probably feel like VBS at times. Building on relationships. The teachers are not responsible for all the teaching. A large group presenter teaches the Bible event in a creative manner. The teachers, now called shepherds, focus on connecting with the kids relationally and helping them apply God’s truth to their lives rather than just giving them information. Pre-K-4th Grade Connecting with parents. Kids also bring home sheets called “God Talk at Home.” Use these for family devotions or 6:30-7:30 pm even one-on-one time with your child to talk about last week’s lesson. Jan. 5th Feb. 9th Jan. 12th Feb. 16th Jan. 19th Feb. 23rd Jan. 26th Mar. 2nd Feb. 2nd A Baptismal Workshop Diane Hensley will lead an age appropriate two session course exploring the reason we need baptism, what God’s Word says about baptism and how we as families can live out our baptisms in our daily lives. For Kindergartners and their Parents January 16th and 23rd, 2011 9:15– 10:15 a.m. (during the Sunday School hour) S.O.T.V. Youth Center Questions??? Contact Laurie Scieszinski at 225-1623 ext. 21 or Laurie @sotv-wdm.org RSVP to laurie@sotv- wdm.org Sunday, January 30, 2011 2:00-4:00 pm JORDAN CREEK ELEMENTARY hot cocoa and snacks afterwards at Dee and Tom Marlett’s 820 S. 26th Street, WDM Val Lanes on Ashworth Rd in WDM Sunday March 6 1:00-2:30 pm $10/person includes 2 games of bowling, your shoes and snacks Movie with a Meaning 1:00-3:00 p.m. Tuesday March 15, 2011 In our Youth Center Join us for an afternoon during Spring Break to watch a movie and see how we can learn some very valuable lessons, such as: God has a plan for us, Give thanks for everything, and All things work together for good. Popcorn and beverages will be provided, other Shepherd of the Valley snacks available for a Lutheran Church small fee. 3900 Ashworth Road West Des Moines SPRING BREAK FUN! INVITE YOUR Questions??? Call Laurie Scieszinski, Children’s SCHOOL Ministry Coordinator at 225-1623 ext. 21 or FRIENDS! email her at Laurie@sotv-wdm.org WINTER JAM is a Christian music concert where several professional recording artists come together for an evening of worship for a very low cost. The concert will be in Des Moines at Wells Fargo Arena on FRIDAY, January 21, 2011. Those attending the WINTER JAM will meet at the church and then we will car pool down to the arena together. (Meet 4:45pm) Be sure to bring $10 for your ticket and $$$ for any food/drink. At the end of the night we will return to the church for parents to pick up. Scrip is an ongoing way for you as ACTers (AND members of the congregation) to raise funds for ACT without asking people to put out any extra cash. Here is how it works: ACT purchases a $100 HyVee card. For that $100 HyVee card we pay $97. We then sell the cards to anyone who shops at that store for $100. They use the cards to purchase items and are out no $ at all. ACT uses that $3 for scholarships to help youth attend events, fund National Youth Gathering and/or mission trips, and other various service projects. Its an easy way to raise funds for the youth program at SOTV. Hundreds of stores are available along with HyVee, Dahl’s and Fareway grocery stores. You can buy scrip cards on Sundays in the narthex from Jodi Parrott or go on-line at www.shopwithscrip.com. (Code—CCB881C22L516) Jan. B-days 9th– Katy Richardson 14th– Lindsey Hohl 17th– Kristin Hohl Feb. B-days 7th– Dan Sales 9th– Ashley Bauer March B-days 13th– Conner Schramm 17th– Lauren Gingerich 21st– Mercedes Steffensen 29th– Jessica Overturf April B-days 6th– Angela Jolly 7th– Erica Stevenson 22nd– Hunter Churchill 27th– Eric Stacy (& Mark Belden) March 9 is Ash Wed. and 28th– (Sonja LeSher) the beginning of the 29th– (Angie Spann) Lenten season. The Ash Wed. church service will begin at 6:30pm and will ACT to Run Annual include “being marked with the cross of Christ” Easter Egg Hunt- with ashes on the fore- April 23 head of each believer. All Acters should meet at church at Lent is a time to take a 9:00 am Saturday morning. We will clear look at our sin, a hide eggs, divide jobs, & go over in- time to come before God structions. We need all the help that in repentance and a time to see the great sacrifice we can, so be there and bring your of His Son. friends! Join us for worship! 30 Hour Famine- The 30 hour famine is where thousands of youth from around the world gather to learn about hunger, experience hunger and then help raise funds to STOP hunger. It is sponsored by World Vision. Sun. night Jan. 30 those participating in the Famine will be given their own Survival Guide. This booklet has all the information to answer your ?s. You are encouraged to talk with friends, neighbors and family telling them about the Famine. If they feel that God is calling them to give to hungry children this is an opportunity for them to do so, through you and World Vision. The Famine will take place on February 25 & 26. We will join with at least 3 other area churches for this Event. Watch for more details to unfold as we get closer to the date. ACT would love if anyone in the congregation wants to participate in this 30 hr famine event. Contact any of the youth or Angie if you are interested. It’s not too late to join us! Act will be holding a youth service auction immediately following the 10:30 service on Sunday, April 3rd! Do you have projects you have been putting off around home, need some babysitting or yard care help? Let’s put our high school youth group to work! Opportunities to Get Into the Word Opportunities for Men: Opportunities for Women: Join the men’s breakfast bible study Evenings: Watch the weekly Shepherd’s group that meets the 1st and 3rd Corner for which evening and time this Mondays of the month out at the Iowa group will meet. Machine Shed (11151 Hickman Rd.) from 6:30am—7:30am. This group is currently Thursday mornings: Join us Thursday studying the New Testament book of mornings from 9:30am—11:15am. James. Come and “get fed” by the chefs Childcare is provided. This class is led by and through the Word of God. Marie Rickert and studies different sections Please join us at any time as new of the bible, characters and current events discussions and encouragements in the lives of women. Come to this class occur each meeting. filled with laughter and wisdom for all. For more information, contact KenSetkorn at 252-6868 (work) or 979-1032 (cell). CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW CBL BOARD OFFICERS AND MEMBERS Chairman - Dorman Otte Vice Chairman - Mark Bottelson Secretary - Gloria Schulte Board Members - Karla Gierstorf and Travis Ouverson. ALTAR CIRCLE will meet the second Saturday of January (8th) and March (12th) at 9:30 a.m. If you are interested in serving with this group and would like more information, please plan to attend. Also, if you are interested in becoming a partnership team member and would like to help with communion one month of the year, please contact Barb Monson with any questions at 987-1655. Are you age 18—30? Single? Married? It doesn’t matter...join our FACEBOOK page and connect with others your age once a quarter throughout the year. We had close to 15 meet at El Rodeo last time and we are looking forward to our next event in Feb/March. For more information contact Angie Spann, (Angie@sotv-wdm.org) or Mark or Deb Belden (firstname.lastname@example.org). Spread the A New Kind of Ministry for those 18-30 years of age word! Sunday, April 24th Family Life Center 7:30 – 10:30 AM FREE BREAKFAST!!!! In honor of all of your support, A.C.T. would like to “treat” all families on Easter morning to a FREE breakfast. Getting to Know YOU! This February, Shepherd of the Valley would like to focus on facilitating fellowship and new relationships between our members. This may be done in homes, in a favorite coffee shop, at an event, or wherever the Lord may lead you. We have done this for several years, and it has been very rewarding for the people receiving a visit, the team making the visits, and the church as a whole. We will need several teams to make as many visits as possible. This ministry is truly a reflection of the ministry of Jesus here at SOTV. Please contact Pastor Krueger if you are willing to help. The Art of Marriage: A Time of Discovery. A Lifetime of Love! Marriage usually starts off “perfect”: the perfect ceremony; the perfect day; the perfect dress; the perfect reception. But as time passes, life can begin to erode that perfection. Pressures such as the responsibilities of raising children, the struggle to get ahead in our careers, and perhaps caring for aging parents all compete for our time, energy and attention. We may be left drained, unable to muster the energy it takes to really invest in our partner’s needs and our relationship. In short, our marriage suffers. Just like the photographs of that perfect wedding day, our marriage can grow brittle and fade if we don't care for it properly. We can lose “us” if we don’t make time to focus on each other. We invite you to join us for a weekend to celebrate your marriage. Take this opportunity to focus solely on your spouse: the most important person God has placed in your life. Learn about a carefully conducted process that places God at the center of your married lives, and will give you powerful tools to use in communicating -- with each other, within yourselves, and with our Lord Jesus Christ. Join us Friday evening*, Feb. 11, 2011 and Saturday morning*, Feb. 12, 2011 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church Child Care Will Be Provided *Times TBA LWML ARTICLE – JAN-APRIL 2011 The LWML is most commonly known for its “mite” offerings throughout the world, and in that vein the SOTV chapter of Lutheran Women’s Missionary League remains committed to the LWML pledge of “We consecrate to our Savior our hands to work for Him, our feet to go on His errands, our voice to sing His praises, our lips to proclaim His redeem- Lutheran Women’s ing love, our silver and gold to extend His kingdom…” (excerpted from Missionary League LWML Pledge). LWML members meet on the third Tuesday of each month, with the main focuses being Bible Study, fellowship, and mission project planning in the forms of tying quilts and many various service projects. “Mite offerings” are collected at each meeting. Occasional salad sup- pers and “dinners out” are enjoyed by all. An annual highlight is sponsorship of the Advent by Candlelight evening. Warm sharing and prayer concerns through the regular and special events result in lasting friendships through Christ. There are two main sources of income for LWML, and those are the annual Christmas Tree Sales, and sponsorship of a “Cookie Sunday” each month during Sunday morning Bible Study. All profits realized are committed to mission projects. Some of those projects have been/are supplemental funding for the ELC, improvements in and around SOTV (sanctuary enhancement, kitchen, nursery), support for Vicars and seminary students, and (community projects) the Agape Pregnancy Center, Hope Ministries, Mission Central, and scholarships for youth for mission trips. LWML membership is open to all ladies of SOTV. Plan to visit and join the group in the ongoing effort to expand His Kingdom “so that all may know Jesus.” Watch the “Shepherd’s Corner” for details of upcoming activities! MEANING OF CHURCH MEMBERSHIP If you are a current member of the SOTV family or considering becoming one, please join us on Wednesday, February 9th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Ephesians 9 room. Pastor Krueger will be leading a discussion and presentation on “What it means to be a member of SOTV Lutheran Church.” This class will give you an opportunity to learn more about the fundamental beliefs of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Policies and Practices of SOTV, and make new friends. Please join us as we grow closer to each other and our Lord as we serve together as Disciples of Christ. If you would like to register or have any questions, please contact Pastor Krueger at 515-225-1623, Ext 28. FOUNDATION Children’s Choir is starting ASH WEDNESDAY & LENT Worship Service Schedule Foundation Choir is for all children entering 1st—4th Ash Wed. March 9 —6:30 p.m. grade. We will meet on Mid-Week Services— Wednesday evenings be- March 23,30 April 6,13,20 fore the B.L.A.S.T. hour 6:30 p.m. from 6:00pm—6:30pm in the Sanctuary. This choir HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE provides music during our 10:30 a.m. worship services Palm Sunday Services throughout the school year. April 17th This time will also be used 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. for the Christmas program (Adult Bible Class & Sunday which will start practicing in School will meet.) November. Contact Angie Spann for more info. Maundy Thursday Service April 21st 6:30 p.m. Would you like to provide Good Friday Services SPECIAL MUSIC April 22nd ( solos, duets...) for any of the upcoming services? 1:00 p.m. Please contact Angie at 6:30 p.m. 225-1623 ext. 27. No Saturday Service Easter Services BE A PART OF THE ADULT CHOIR April 24th Sunrise Service 7:00 a.m. Please join us in singing praises to our Lord and Traditional 8:30 a.m. Savior. If you have any questions or would be willing to help direct, please call Angie Spann Contemporary 10:30 a.m. at 225-1623 ext. 27. (Communion at all services) Easter Breakfast served SUNDAY NURSERY SCHEDULE SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY LUTHERAN CHURCH 3900 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines, Iowa 50265 | Phone: (515) 225-1623 And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them. Mark 10:16 January 2011 February 2011 Sunday’s @ 10:30 a.m. Sunday’s @ 10:30 a.m. 1/2 2/6 Shawn & Kendra Limback – 225-2726 Dave & Nicole Swain – 457-7711 1/9 2/13 Jeff & Renae Lindsey - 224-2022 Darin & Billie Bergmann – 987-0209 1/16 2/20 Mark & Beth Pottebaum – 267-0063 Doug & Kaylene Crouch – 327-8915 1/23 2/27 Josh & Tina Ridgely 290-5273 Gaylon & Janet Dayton – 267-1037 1/30 Dannie Spann - 225-6527 Take a look at the Church Nursery article that’s on the back…it’s so true! If you have any questions or have anyone in mind that might be interested in helping out in the nursery, please call me @ 987-0209 or email me at email@example.com. Please remember to call around to find a replacement if you are unavailable the day you’re assigned. Thanks! Scheduled Nursery Volunteers - - Darin & Billie Bergmann – 987-0209 Brian & Angela Heldt – 965-8309 Doug & Kaylene Crouch – 327-8915 Shawn & Kendra Limback – 225-2726 Gaylon & Janet Dayton – 267-1037 Jeff & Renae Lindsey - 224-2022 Joe & Michele Dworak – 267-0903 Mark & Beth Pottebaum – 267-0063 Andy & Sheila Fehn – 986-4136 Josh & Tina Ridgely 290-5273 Jen Foster-Krueger - 221-3440 Dannie Spann - 225-6527 Russ & Rosemary Gibson - 401-1109 Dave & Nicole Swain – 457-7711 Substitute Nursery Volunteers - - Gary & Julie McFarling – 252-6166 Robert & Mary Churchill – 224-2941 James & Jennifer Fennessey - 208-5218 Regular Nursery Attendants Allison Binder Other Contact – Laurie Scieszinski at the church 225-1623 Calendar of Events For January – April: January ELC Sunday Celebrate the ELC – 19 years of this faithful mission Come worship with us! Visit with the teachers! Enjoy refreshments! January 9, 2011 March Spring Break - No School Friday, March 11 - Friday, March 18 April In-service Day - No School Friday, April 8 Twice Blessed Consignment Sale Friday, April 8 9:00 am-7:00 pm * New extended hours! Conferences for T/Th, M-Th No School Thursday, April 28 Conferences for MWF, T/Th/F, M-F, Kdg. No School Friday, April 29 He is not here; for he is risen, as He said. Matthew 28:6 Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church 3900 Ashworth Road West Des Moines, IA 50265 www.shepherd-valley.org
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