of the Valley Lutheran Church, ELCA
Sharing God's Love
Sharing God’s Love
|Prepared for our 40th Anniversary Celebration in June 2001||
Last updated June 2003
Pastor Irvine Moline begins his ministry
first service held at Vandercook School with an attendance of 92.
Bob and Ginna Fritz, still in our choir today, were among others
who sang in the choir at that service.
Bob was also one our first deacons.
First services were held in what is now our Fellowship Hall.
Pastor Moline resigned in March; Pastor Earl Matson began his ministry
An education wing addition was approved.
The Shepherd Logo, drawn by member Jack O’Brien began to be used.
Education wing dedicated
Pastor Matson resigned in June; Pastor Gerald Peterson began his
ministry in August.
Elsie Seibel, our organist since 2000 (Anne Olson began sharing organist
duties in 2002), became music director, a post she
held until 1985
began our Christmas season Coffee and Cookies at the Mall, an event we
Sponsored a refugee family—The Vang Family, 11 persons
Sponsored Refugee family—The Nauasavanha Family, 3 persons
Began weekly communion
The first computer was donated to the church.
Pastor Peterson said it made, “good writing easier to do.”
Sponsored a refugee family—The Ivanov Family, 4 persons
Approved building a new sanctuary, a second education wing, and
Of the original seven members of the 1991
Building Committee, we are blessed to have five still worshiping with us
ten years later: Bill Anderson, Ruth Anderson, Marian Holmgren, Keith
Larson, and Bob Tukker.
Began our first three-year building fund campaign, “Lift High the
Began our second three-year building fund campaign, “Our Best For
God’s Glory.” Pledges and
contributions exceeded those for the prior campaign, an unusual result.
Began supporting Freedom Tree Village construction at the Lutheran
Outdoor Ministries Center in Oregon, IL.
an association with Lutheran High/Academy.
Began our third building fund campaign, “A Time For Greatness.”
Pledges exceeded those for the first two campaigns.
campaign was successfully completed in 2001.
Pastor Janet Wold began her
ministry in August.
Shepherd of the Valley has been
blessed to be without a Pastor for less than one and a half years in its
40-year history. Today, many
churches wait longer than two years to replace a Pastor where we took 11
months to call Pastor Wold to continue the ministry begun by Pastor
Moline, Pastor Matson, and Pastor Peterson.
2001 Lori Stanton began serving as Youth and Family Ministry in August.
2002 Hosted "Walk Through The New Testament." Nearly 200 people from Shepherd of the Valley, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, and Our Savior's Lutheran Church.
2003 Purchased first set of bells for a bell choir--3 octaves.
Long time staff not mentioned above:
Harry Ockerlander, more than 25 years as Financial Secretary and Treasurer
Carol Dahl, Financial Secretary, more than 13 years
Mary Lofquist, Church secretary, more than 25 years
Lois Peterson, Organist, 13 years