|Shepherd of the Valley|
|Sunday School News|
What a great first month of Sunday School at Shepherd of the Valley! We have had wonderful attendance so far and had a great performance of “God Made Me” on September 29th. We are learning and having fun in our lessons, music, and with our crafts. Please note the upcoming dates for any special activities this month. Feel free to keep up last month’s memory verse: John 3:16, one the whole family can say together! Thank you parents, guardians, and families for your continued support of Sunday School… it’s been an amazing start to the year.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Romans 3:23-24
· 10/6 – Views with Vicar (4th and 5th Grade)
· 10/13 – Music Performance (Early in the Late Service)
· 10/27 – Attendance Awards
10/6 – A Call to Action – Abram
10/13 – A Promising Dream – Jacob
10/20 – Movie – Sunday School Team Meeting
10/27 – Hope in Hardship – Joseph
10/1 – Aria B.
10/1 – Hadley W.
10/4 – Olivia D.
10/4 – Stephanie H.
10/11 – David A.
10/19 – Emma V.
Shepherd of the Valley LCMS
801 E Denver Avenue, Bismarck ND 58504
Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ at Shepherd of the Valley.
As I finish up my second month as your vicar, I thought it would be a good idea to tell you a little about my experiences so far in my vicarage. First of all, let me say thank you again for the wonderful welcome that you gave my family and me. It was a great start as we transitioned into your church and community. You have been a blessing to our family. Thank you.
I have also had a wonderful time working and learning under Pastor Walla and Pastor Wolfgram. They have surpassed my expectations for what good supervisors should be, and I have been blessed by them. Since I arrived at Bethel and Shepherd of the Valley, I have had many and various opportunities for my growth as an aspiring pastor.
My first few weeks were devoted to learning the ropes at each congregation. I accompanied Pastor Walla and Pastor Wolfgram on visits to shut-in members. I learned how each pastor conducts his visits and met the people who I would begin visiting on my own. I learned about the differences between Bethel and Shepherd of the Valley in regard to Sunday morning services, Bible studies, confirmation classes, and various meetings. These first weeks were a little confusing, trying to remember the peculiarities for each congregation, but I eventually made sense of it all.
After the first week or two, I began to establish a rhythm to my daily and weekly schedules as I became more comfortable with my duties. My day begins with a family service of either Matins or Morning Prayer. As my family begins their day of homeschool, I head off to church. When I arrive at church, unless there is a meeting, I start with studying languages. I study Greek, Hebrew, Latin, and German a little each day. Then, I begin work on office tasks, such as working on a sermon, writing lesson plans for my religion class at Martin Luther, or working on one of the various Bible studies for the upcoming weeks. After lunch I either make visits to shut-in members, make chaplain visits at the Burleigh Morton Detention Center, or head back to the office to get more
work done. After I head home from work, I spend time with my family, eat, and help my wife put our three children to bed. Then I usually spend the workday nights studying a
topic of interest. Lately, I have been working on Greek and Hebrew or reading up on the early church councils. It is fascinating to learn about how the early church responded to various problems in theology and practice!
My weekly schedule is also becoming more concrete. I spend Monday and Tuesday at Bethel and Wednesday and Thursday at Shepherd of the Valley. On Mondays I begin with a meeting between Pastor Walla, Pastor Wolfgram, and myself. We discuss the upcoming week, translate the Greek text for an upcoming Sunday, and make sure we are all on the same page. The rest of the day is usually spent in the office. Tuesdays and Thursdays begin with my religion class at Martin Luther, where we are doing an in-depth study of the Lord’s Prayer. After class, I head back to either Bethel (on Tuesday) or Shepherd of the Valley (on Thursday) to work on one of my various projects. Wednesdays are a little more calm and is usually just an office day. I get Fridays off and then I usually have a light day on Saturday.
It has been very busy since I began at Bethel and Shepherd of the Valley. Apart from my normal daily and weekly schedules, there have been numerous other things going on. Evening meetings, Bible studies, and confirmation classes also are scattered throughout my week. Yet, I have loved every minute of it. It has been an excellent learning experience for me, and I am grateful for all the opportunities I have received since I arrived in Bismarck. The Lord has indeed blessed me by sending me to your congregation and I am eager to continue learning and growing in Christ as I serve you as vicar.
The Lord continue to bless you throughout October as we look forward to Reformation day and as we all continue to grow in Christ.
|MIDDLE SCHOOL GATHERING|
NORTH DAKOTA DISTRICT LC-MS YOUTH GATHERING will take place October 17-19, 2019 Ramada Inn, Bismarck, ND. “FORGIVEN” will serve as the theme for this year’s Middle School Gathering. Registration forms are available and need to be submitted by October 6.
|THE BANQUET: SOTV is in charge of the Banquet which is held at Trinity Lutheran on Saturday, November 16. This is a big undertaking, so we need volunteers to help prepare food and serve around 250 people. Cleanup is also part of our responsibility. Please consider helping. Contact Stewardship or Human Care Board if questions. Thank You|
|November 3, Stewardship will be hosting a Brunch between services as a new member welcome. Please come and meet the new members!|
|QUILTERS! SOTV quilting group is in need of more people. We are a very small group. We will start meeting again in September. We have been meeting Mondays and some Tuesdays. We do simple block quilts. If you have free time, please consider helping. It is a good way to get to know church members better. We usually bring a lunch and socialize. No experience needed. Call Pam Dever – 222-2604, 391-6332 cell; or Doris Weidrich – 223-4396.|
|Please sign-up to bring treats for fellowship. There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex. Thank you!|
|“WE THE PEOPLE: CITIZENS OF TWO KINGDOMS” |
The next Men’s Network will take place on Saturday, October 19 from 9:00-11:00 at Shepherd of the Valley. “We The People: Citizens Of Two Kingdoms” will be the focus of the Bible Study. Breakfast will be served at 9:00am. Pastor Wolfgram will lead the video-based study.
Don & Pat Bitz 10/07/60
Brent & Lyric Purdy 10/10/08
John & Connie Hoffman 10/13/79
Dan & Linda Houfek 10/20/72
1-15 Ken Purdy
16-31 Steve Reiman
|OCTOBER BAPTISMAL |
Andrew Kalonick 10/1
Olivia Dever 10/4
Stephanie Hansen 10/4
Brianna Albrecht 10/6
Brittany Miller 10/7
David Aarhus 10/11
Sharon Schwagler 10/14
Nate Burkhardsmeier 10/14
Lyn Krecklau 10/16
Andrew Krecklau 10/16
Greg Sutheimer 10/21
Deb Beck 10/21
Carol Mohl 10/29
Ray Reiner 10/29
|As a church family, our mission is to share, nurture, and live our faith in Christ.|
|October Ushers 2019|
*Oct 6 Don Gienger & Robert Knutson 815am
Leon Lippert & Dick Dever 1045am
Oct 13 Kevin Brockel & John Hoffman 815am
Kari Kramer & Laith Hintz 1045am
*Oct 20 Dwight Cook & Micheal Henke 815am
Curt Krecklau & Dan Jackson 1045am
Oct 27 Lonny Lang & Eliot Reinke 815am
Bob Ziebarth & Justin Dever 1045am
October Greeters 2019
*Oct 6 Becky & Jeremy Gildea 815am
Bridget & Arianna Roll 1045am
Oct 13 Joyce Keith 815am
Tony Aukland 1045am
*Oct 20 Carrie & Nate Harling 815am
Bob & Heather Ziebarth & Lily 1045am
Oct 27 Don Gienger 815am
Leon & Jerry Lippert 1045am
October Acolytes 2019
*Oct 6 Zeva B. 815am
Reagan D. 1045am
Oct 13 Paige S. 815am
Daisy A. 1045am
*Oct 20 Blake N. 815am
Kallen H. 1045am
Oct 27 Miranda A. 815am
Reese D. 1045am
|“Main Street Living North” Programs for October 2019:|
October 6: Vicar Richard Daily, Bethel Lutheran Church and Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Bismarck, ND, presents the message: “Christ Has Made Us His Worthy Servants” based on Luke 17:1-10. The “This Is The Life” program is: “The Missing Ingredient” (Bob (Jack Nicholson) and his fiance’e Lynn (Susan Crane) are planning their wedding when she overhears her parents planning to separate after the wedding. Suddenly, Lynn has some reservations.)
October 13: Rev. Lester Wolfgram, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Bismarck, presents the message: “Be Strengthened” based on 2 Timothy 2:1-13. The “This Is The Life” program is: “The Visitation” (Pastor Andrew Burdick (Dick Sargent) is having problems keeping his congregation together. Bishop Smith (Parley Baer) visits him to identify some troubling leadership spots and to renew faith in his ability to get things done.)
October 20: Rev. Zelwyn Heide, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Grassy Butte, ND, and Saint Peter Lutheran Church, Belfield, ND, presents the message: “Pray Without Ceasing” based on I Timothy 1:12-17. The This Is The Life program is; “Happiness is Dirty Hands” (School teacher Kent (Daniel Travanti) lives and teaches High School in a troubled metro area. He and his wife (Ann Whitfield), live in a poverty area and in a troubling marriage. Kent’s friend Art (Mike Farrell) offers some help.)
October 27: Rev. Dr Seltz, Lutheran Hour Speaker / message to be announced. The This Is The Life program is; “Destination Unknown” (Paul Werner (Leonard Nimoy) is a nuclear Scientist. He plans to reject American values and defect to the Soviet Union. He reconsiders when he has a conversation, on the airplane, with a Pastor and airline stewardess.
“MAIN STREET LIVING” is a locally produced TV program that includes a 30 minute worship service led by participating pastors of the Minnesota North and North Dakota Districts of our LCMS, along with a 30 minute Lutheran Hour program (normally “This Is The Life”, along with occasional church-season specials). Programs are broadcast at 10:00am Central (9:00am Mountain) on KBMY Xtra Channel 17.3 or 594 Bismarck/Dickinson. MSLN programs are also archived and can be viewed at any time on www.mainstreetliving.com then click on “North (Fargo)”.
“FRIENDS NIGHT OUT” WITH WOMEN’S CARE CENTER
“Friends Night Out” with Women’s Care Center, formerly First Choice Clinic will take place on October 15 at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. Social hour begins at 6:00 pm with the program at 7:00-8:30 pm. This annual fundraiser event is an opportunity to socialize, meet staff, enjoy appetizers and hear their guest speaker, Kailee Perrin.
Kailee was 18 and addicted to drugs and alcohol when she found out she was pregnant. Kailee’s boyfriend was a drug dealer and decided to pay for an abortion so they could both go on with their lives. Through an unlikely series of events, Kailee found herself in a pregnancy center. Thinking they offered abortions, she walked in, and instead found the acceptance, hope, and love that she so desperately needed. She decided to keep the baby and go into rehab. After entering rehab, she came to faith in the Lord Jesus. Not long after that, she found out that the father of her baby had turned his life around and wanted to be the father their child deserved. Plan to join us and hear Kailee’s story.
Today they are married, and have two more children. Call 701-237-6530 or visit https://teamfirstchoice.com/events to learn more and to register.
TAKE HEART IN YOUR GRIEF
“Take Heart In Your Grief” will be offered at Shepherd of the Valley starting Sunday, October 6. Pastor Marcis and Pastor Wolfgram will lead the six-week course beginning at 6:30 each Sunday. If you are mourning the death of a loved one and would like support and information to help you navigate the journey of grief, “Take Heart In Your Grief” will prove to be a blessing for you. To register or for more information call the church office at 701-258-4231.
EVERYONE HIS WITNESS (E1HW) “emphasizes listening to people to understand their worldview and where their lives connect with Jesus’ story. It does not focus on learning witnessing scripts or methods for engaging total strangers.” E1HW will be held on October 12th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM with time allowed for lunch that will be provided by the church. The cost to attend the workshop will be $10 to cover the workbook used in the training. The goal attendance for this workshop is 36 people divided into 6 groups of 6 people. There is still time to register. Sign up today or email our Vision Path chair firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRIAN YOUNG FROM CREATION INSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION will be presenting at Martin Luther School, Wednesday, October 9th. He will have an evening presentation at 7:00 at Zion Lutheran Church, 413 East Avenue D, Bismarck. This is open to the public. Perfect for confirmation classes! Everyone is welcome to attend! Call the school at 224-9070 if you have any questions.