Weekly update

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church Sunday Update – February 18, 2024

On Ash Wednesday the church began its journey toward baptismal immersion in the death and resurrection of Christ. This year, the Sundays in Lent lead us to focus on five covenants God makes in the Hebrew Scriptures and to use them as lenses through which to view baptism. First Peter connects the way God saved Noah’s family in the flood with the way God saves us through the water of baptism. The baptismal covenant is made with us individually, but the new life we are given in baptism is for the sake of the whole world.

Focus Question:  What temptations will you face this week?

Here is the sign in information for today’s worship via Zoom:

Topic: Worship, 

February 18, 2024
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81799675031?pwd=NFYzNWJzK0pUdlEyR1V5UFc5bFk4Zz09
Meeting ID: 817 9967 5031
Passcode: 115317
Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

See the calendar below for other Zoom links for Shepherd of the Valley activities this week.

Serving today:

Presiding Minister:  The Rev. Loren Nielsen

Assisting Minister and Preacher: Deacon Cheryl Erdmann
Organist: Richard Popp

We thank our friend of Shepherd of the Valley Pastor Loren Nielsen for serving as the Presiding Minister today.

Please keep the following in your prayers:

Jackie Anderson, Elizabeth David, Cheri Eagleson, Scott Francis, Linda Severson, Dyvone Freburg, Jeanne Retzer, Gracie Yoder, the family of Louie Dal Collo, the family of Bob Tooley, the family of Jacob Torgeson, the family of Thomas Pellant, the family of Bill Sanford, the family of Ann Freedlund, Bob Pellant, Carol Dahl, Deaconess Diane Kaufmann, Ronald Rice, Laurie Pellant, David Collins (brother-in-law of Rhoda Fox) and the McGowan Family.

We also pray for: Opal, Maria, Helen, Valerie, Rose, Lily, Joyce, Michael, Pat, Andy, Emily, Kim, James and his family, Kathy, Al, Kristen, Greg, Gordy, Colleen, Mark, Jack, Pam, Brooke, Libby, Tony, Esther and John, and the family of Sue. 

In case of pastoral emergencies:

Please call Deacon Cheryl at 815-236-6657. 

Calendar for the week, February 18, 2024

Sun., Feb. 18 – Worship, First Sunday in Lent, 9:30 a.m. – Presiding Minister, Pr. Loren Nielsen; Assisting Minister and Preacher, Dn. Cheryl Erdmann. Sunday School, for those aged 3 – 5th Grade

Mon., Feb. 19 – Living Vine/Gather Bible Study, 9:30 a.m., Shepherd Hall.

Finance Committee, 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. (please note change in start time)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86357763218?pwd=emJCZTNmcEpGL3lhYlVmdmN5d3p3QT09
Meeting ID: 863 5776 3218
Passcode: 412237
Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Tues., Feb. 20 – Office hours, 9 a.m. – noon 

Congregation Council, 7 p.m., Shepherd Hall or via Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84259764462?pwd=T3l6TUVNczUrR3UyOEVVakorMzZNZz09 

Meeting ID: 842 5976 4462

Passcode: 902652

Dial by your location:  +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Wed., Feb. 21 – Midday Noon Lenten Worship, followed by Bible Study, via Zoom “Promises at the Crossroads of History and Hope: Abraham – God Calls and Covenants.”

[texts: Genesis 15, Matthew 1:1-17]
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85198710201?pwd=NHdydjZmMXp1UkF0TEJ3clVjYTZlZz09
Meeting ID: 851 9871 0201 Passcode: 714638
Dial via landline or cell phone: Dial 1 312 626 6799; then input the Meeting ID 851 9871 0201, then input the Passcode 714638

Lenten Simple Supper, 6 p.m., Shepherd Hall

Lenten Evening Worship, 7:00 p.m. – Worship Leader and Preacher, Dn. Cheryl Erdmann. 

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 817 9967 5031
Passcode: 115317
Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Thurs., Feb. 22 – Office hours. 1-4pm

[Deacon Cheryl at N. Conference meeting  9a-12p]

Fri., Feb. 23 – Prayer with Litany, 11:00 a.m., via Zoom

Time: Fridays 11:00 AM Central Time
Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 847 3177 1981 Passcode: 180747

Sat., Feb. 24 – No scheduled activities 

Sun., Feb. 25 – Worship, 9:30 a.m. Preaching & Presiding Minister: The Rev. Kenn Stork
Assisting Minister: Sherry Scheider (Deacon Cheryl will be preaching at Christ Lutheran in Belvidere, as a guest preacher and program presenter about the Interfaith Garden).
Sunday School, for those aged 3 – 5th Grade

RALM (Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries) Annual Delegate Meeting, 2 p.m., St. Mark Lutheran, Rockford.

Today, we welcome into membership at Shepherd of the Valley Terry and Sandra Sittman who moved here from Birdsboro, Pennsylvania. Terry retired from Bechtel Construction Co. in 2013 after 32 years with the company. Sandra is also retired. They have two children, a son and a daughter, and four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. They have been married since 1964 and come to us from St. Mark’s Lutheran Church of Birdsboro, Pennsylvania. They are originally from Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Please extend a warm welcome to Terry and Sandra when you have the chance to meet them!

Lent 2024 continues with our Lenten Wednesday Schedule. Please see the calendar for more information or consult the attached Lenten Brochure.

A Lenten Devotional Booklet, gathered into one, is available today on the resource table in the Gathering Area. Regular print and Large Print are available. They are provided through memorial donations given in memory of several of our loved ones.

The VOCARE Devotional Reflection Method: As part of each Wednesday Service Focus, you will be invited to reflect on each week’s story using these prompts, the first letter of which spells VOCARE.

For your Devotional Reflection this week:

V – What values are present in this story?

O – Where are there invitations to openness in this story?

C – What voices, literal and metaphorical, are calling in this story?

A – Where is attention invested in this story?

R – What regrets are present in this story?

E – How is Gods presence experienced in this story?

What does this mean for your life?

The bulletins for the Evening Services will include this short reminder as part of the bulletin. The Midday Services will also include this reminder as part of the shared bulletin. And each Sunday Update will also include this prompt, so that those who are participating in worship, whether in the midday or evening time, will have the prompt available.

A Look Ahead:

Two Announcements from the Call Committee: On Sunday, March 3, the Call Committee will have available the summarized results of the Congregational Call Process Survey, and for those interested, the raw data used to make up the summary. During Coffee Hour, Chairperson Sam Fiorenza will give a short overview of the results and be available for questions.

Secondly, beginning on March 3, Moline Hall will be home to an incredible display of the congregation’s history, put together by members of the Call Committee. This display is to help all of us better understand our history as we move forward in the Call Process.

In Christ,

Dn. Cheryl