Weekly update

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church Sunday Update – September 17, 2023

Please keep the following in your prayers: Jackie Anderson, Elizabeth David, Cheri Eagleson, Scott Francis, Linda Severson, Kenn Storck, Bob Tooley, Dyvone Freburg, Jeanne Retzer, Doug Beale, Gracie Yoder, Linda DeGroff and family and Jerri Dal Callo’s husband, Louie Dal Callo
We also pray for: Opal, Maria, Bob, Helen, Valerie, Rose, Lily, Tom, Joyce, Michael, Pat, Andy, Emily, Kim, James and his family, Kathy, Al, Kristen, Greg, Gordy, Colleen, Mark, Eddie, Jack, Pam, Wayne and prayers of thanksgiving for Clove.

Application to be considered as part of the Call Committee for the next pastor is due September 17!  The next step in the Call Process will be to form a Call Committee. The Call Committee, according to the congregation constitution is to be made up of seven members, appointed by the Congregation Council. If you are interested in being considered to serve on the Call Committee, please complete the form attached to this e-mail and return it to the Church Office or to Council President Steve Larsen.

In case of pastoral emergencies:  Please contact Deacon Cheryl on her cell phone at (815) 236-6657.
Deacon Cheryl’s Office Hours: Dn. Cheryl will be at church on Tuesday and Thursday this week, from 9am until noon. She is also available by appointment, either in-person, by phone or via Zoom.

Living Vine Women’s Bible Study meets the third Monday of each month. September 18, the group begins the three-session WELCA Gather Magazine Fall Study called “Holy Places” by the Rev. Dr. Meghan Johnson Aelabouni. The first session is called “Holy Places: Home.” You may find and download this session at the Gather Magazine website: https://www.gathermagazine.org/fall-2023-bible-study-holy-places-by-the-rev-dr-meghan-johnston-aelabouni/ The group primarily meets in person, but if someone wishes to join via Zoom, here is the information: Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 833 4192 3603
Passcode: 777778
Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Note from Richard Popp, organist: “Thanks to all who suggested hymns for the Sunday services. We sang some of these in August, and more will be included in upcoming weeks. Please talk to me to if you have more suggestions for hymns or other music.”

Lay readers needed: Just a reminder, we are inviting people to become lay readers. You may sign up in the church narthex, or you may let Deacon Cheryl know!

Sunday School will be offered this program year
Thanks to several experienced volunteers, Shepherd of the Valley will begin offering Sunday School again on September 24. It will be held after the 9:30 a.m. worship service, using a multi-age (3 yrs. – 5th grade) curriculum.  If you know of children who would like participate, or parents who would like to have their children participate, please either e-mail Deacon Cheryl at deaconcheryl@shep61.org, or complete the interest form here: https://forms.office.com/r/xNCTJzhQh8

 Calendar for the week of September 17-24
Mon. Sept. 18 – Monday Milers, Bauman Park, Cherry Valley, 9 a.m
Living Vine Women’s Bible Study, 9:30 a.m., Shepherd Hall
Finance Committee, via zoom, 7 pm
Meeting ID: 847 3177 1981
Passcode: 180747
Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Tues., Sept. 19 – Office staffed, 9 a.m. – noon
 Congregation Council, 7:00 p.m., Shepherd Hall

Wed., Sept. 20 – Bible Study, 12:30 PM (Texts: Ezekiel 47:1-12; Psalm 104: 25-33; Revelation 22:1-5; John 7: 37-38)
Time: Wednesdays 12:30 PM Central Time
Join Zoom Meeting
 Meeting ID: 833 4192 3603, Passcode: 777778,  Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

The Invitational Christian Book/Bible Study, 7:00 p.m., Via Zoom, Session 2: Chapter 2: “Why Should Anyone Come.”
Time: Sep 20, 2023 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 856 2102 4794  Passcode: 928330   
Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Thurs., Sept. 21 – Office staffed, 9 a.m. – noon

Fri., Sept. 22 – Prayer with Litany, via Zoom, 11 a.m.

Time: Fridays 11:00 AM Central Time
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 847 3177 1981
Passcode: 180747
Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Sun., Sept. 24 – Worship, 9:30 a.m. The Rev.  (TBA) presiding

                        The Invitational Christian Book/Bible Study, 11:00 a.m., Shepherd Hall, Session 2


Saturday, October: 25th Annual Ecumenical Benefit Brunch coming Saturday, October 14 at Shepherd of the Valley. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the Brunch starting at 9:00 a.m. The cost of the Brunch is $15.00. Registration forms are available from Carolyn Ciaccio or Kris Tukker, and at the Welcome Desk in the narthex. Completed forms with a check for $15.00 payable to “NISWO,” should be mailed to Raye Stone, 5044 Harrison Avenue, Rockford, IL 61108 by Friday September 29, 2023.

Through the end of September, we continue to collect suitcases/duffels/backpacks for children in the Foster Care system through our agency Lutheran Social Services of Illinois.

Mayor’s Hunger Campaign Update: The Mayor’s Hunger Campaign which will provide funds for the 9 Pantries in the Greater Rockford Pantry Coalition continues until the end of September.  The campaign has received $19,500 so far with a goal of $45,000.  Gifts which were received by September 8 will be matched.  You can go to: www.greaterrockfordpantrycoalition.com/donate  –to make a contribution to the Mayor’s Hunger Campaign. A breakfast fundraiser will be held at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26 at the Indoor Rockford City Market, 116 N. Madison St., Rockford. Tickets available at: mhcn.us/breakfast