Weekly update

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church Sunday Update – The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 16, 2024

The mustard seed becomes a great shrub that shelters the birds, recalling ancient images of the tree of life. We’d expect a cedar or a sequoia, but Jesus finds the power of God better imaged in a tiny, no-account seed. It’s not the way we expect divine activity to look. Yet the tree of life is here, in the cross around which we gather, the tree into which we are grafted through baptism, the true vine that nourishes us with its fruit in the cup we share. It may not appear all that impressive, but while nobody’s looking it grows with a power beyond our understanding

Focus Question:  How has your faith grown in the last month?

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

 serving today and scheduled for next week:

Ministry/Date

June 16 (This Sunday)

June 23 (next Sunday)

Presider

Pr. Jeff Clements

Pr. Loren Nielsen

Assisting Min.

Dn. Cheryl

Dn. Cheryl

Accompanist

Richard Popp

Richard Popp

Musician (s)

tba

tba

Opener

Bob Tukker

Don Weise

Ushers

Bob Tukker/ John Wolf

Sharon and Harry Grueneberg

Reader

Sherry Scheider

Sue Francis

Altar Guild

Judy Miller

Barb Pearson

Council Host

Pearl Fortman

Pearl Fortman

Altar Flowers

Given by Harry Grueneberg in celebration of Sharon’s 80th birthday.

Given by Joe and Paula Stima

 

Please keep the following in your prayers:

Jackie Anderson, Elizabeth David, Alka David, Cheri Eagleson, Rose Mandera, Linda Severson, Dyvone Freburg, Jeanne Retzer, Gracie Yoder, Carol Dahl, Diane Engel, Ronald Rice, David Collins, Mark Pellant, JoAnn Johnson, Sally Schrader, and Pastor Denver Bitner.

We also pray for those who have lost loved ones: the family of Louie Dal Collo, the family of Bill Sanford, the family of Joyce Marcell, the family of Vicki Kundo, the family of Scott Francis, the family of Bob Pellant and the family of Joyce Wolf (sister-in-law of John and Candy.) 

And we pray for: Opal, Maria, Helen, Valerie, Rose, Pat, Emily, Kim, Kristen, Greg, Colleen, Mark, Jack, Pam, Brooke, Libby, Tony, Esther and John, David, Bart, and Donna.

In case of pastoral emergencies:

Please call Deacon Cheryl at 815-236-6657

Calendar for the Week of June 16

Sun. June 16- The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, 9:30 a.m., Presiding Minister, Bishop-Emeritus Pastor Jeffrey Clements; Assisting Minister and Preacher, Deacon Cheryl Erdmann

Mon., June 17 – Monday Milers, 9:00 a.m., Bauman Park, Cherry Valley

  Living Vine Bible Study, 9:30 a.m., Shepherd Hall and via Zoom. 

  VBS at St. Mark Lutheran – 9 a.m. – noon. Dn. Cheryl participating

  Finance Committee, 7 p.m., via Zoom. 

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., June 18 – NO Office hours, due to Dn. Cheryl’s participation in VBS. Please contact her on her cell phone if you need to schedule an appointment.

VBS at St. Mark Lutheran – 9 a.m. – noon. Dn. Cheryl participating

Congregation Council Meeting, 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., June 19 – VBS at St. Mark Lutheran – 9 a.m. – noon. Dn. Cheryl participating

Weekly Bible Study TIME CHANGE due to Dn. Cheryl’s participation in VBS. Bible Study will be from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. [Texts: Job 38:1-11; Ps 107:1-3, 23-32; 2 Cor 6:1-13; Mk 4:35-41]

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

Thurs., June 20 – VBS at St. Mark Lutheran – 9 a.m. – noon. Dn. Cheryl participating

Office hours – 1 – 4 p.m.

Fri., June 21-   No Prayer with Litany.

VBS at St. Mark Lutheran – 9 a.m. – noon. Dn. Cheryl participating

Sat., June 22 – No Scheduled Activities

Sun. June 23- The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost worship service, 9:30 a.m., Presiding Minister, Pastor Loren Nielsen; Assisting Minister and Preacher, Deacon Cheryl Erdmann 

A Look Ahead: – Dn. Cheryl will be at her Annual Deaconess Meeting from June 27-July 1. In case of any pastoral care emergencies, please call or text her on her cell phone.

Mon., June 24 – Monday Milers, 9:00 a.m., Bauman Park, Cherry Valley

Tues., June 25 – Office hours – 9 a.m. – noon

Wed. June 26 – Weekly Bible Study [Texts: 2 Samuel 1:1. 17-27, Ps 30; 2 Cor 8:7-15, Mk 5:21-43]

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

Thurs., June 27 – No office hours –  Deacon Cheryl out of the office.

Fri., June 28 –  Deacon Cheryl out of the office.

NO Prayer with Litany,

Sat., June 29 – Deacon Cheryl out of the office.

Sun. June 30 – The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost worship service, 9:30 a.m., Presiding Minister and Preacher, Pastor Kenn Storck; Assisting Minister, John Wolf

Announcements and Reminders:

Coffee Hour Treats: Each week, there are a variety of tasks that make Sunday mornings run smoothly. A few weeks ago, we began listing those tasks and the people who have agreed to serve in these ways.  In July, we will add a line to the chart “Coffee Hour Treats.”

The reason for this addition is to remind everyone that they may choose to provide treats for Coffee Hour and what Sundays are available.  Beginning in July, if no one has signed up for treats, we will have Coffee, and other drinks during Coffee Hour, but there will be treats only if someone has signed up to bring them. The Coffee Hour Treat sign up schedule is on the table where the treats and coffee are found each week. So, please consider signing up, if you are willing to be part of this Fellowship Ministry. Thank you!

Our Shepherd of the Valley congregation has received enough volunteers from the congregation to serve a meal at Ruthie’s Kitchen, a ministry of Zion Lutheran Church, Rockford. This ministry offers a hot lunch meal each Saturday serving 70 – 90 people, from 1 – 3pm. We are going to take our turn on Saturday, September 14, which will work well with “God’s Work. Our Hands,” the annual ELCA Day of Service, although the projects can be done on other days than the “official day.” The promised sign-up sheet is in the gathering area. Even if you are not able to serve this first time, we hope to serve more Saturdays throughout the year. If you have questions, please contact Dn. Cheryl at 815-236-6657/in person or Carolyn Ciaccio at 815-262-9544. 

Information at https://www.zionrockford.com/ruthieskitchen

Synod Assembly In-Kind Offering: This year’s In-Kind offering is to collect items needed for each congregation’s local Food Pantries. The items that we have found to be helpful in the past are: canned soups and stews. peanut butter, oatmeal, boxes of cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats, chicken or tuna, rice/noodles, pasta sauce, applesauce, and dried fruits, such as raisins. We will have a site in the Gathering Area for donations, and we will collect through today, Sunday, June 16. 

 

Appeal on behalf of Katie’s Cup from friend of Shepherd of the Valley Pastor Denver Bitner and the Katie’s Cup Board. Here is part of the letter we received at Shepherd of the Valley: 

Katie’s Cup has always been driven by a commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve. Together we have achieved remarkable milestones in developing a distressed neighborhood in the heart of Rockford by implementing transformative programs that foster education, health, cultural enrichment, and economic opportunity. 

However, as we navigate the challenges of the present moment, I must be transparent about the difficult realities that we are facing. As we have returned to full operations following the recovery from COVID, we are facing a financial crisis which threatens our ability to continue to provide the needed services for operations….As a not for profit charitable organization, we support the majority of our operations but we need to raise $40,000 to continue operation for the coming year.

Copies of Pastor Bitner’s full letter may be found on the Gathering Desk.