Shepherd of the Valley Youth Group packed 40 Christmas Bags for kids in need at Wachter Middle School. We had several people donate to the cause. Thank you to everyone for your generosity. It was another successful year for this project.

We had a great turn out. Thank you to

our youth for packing these bags!



Even Carlotta and Angel of Pride Inc. Got involved and donated items for our bags.





Micheal Henke


Daniel Dinger

Enjoying the “White Elephant” Christmas gifts at the December Hangout.



The annual Winter Men’s Retreat will take place at Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads on Friday, January 17, 6:00 through 1:00 pm Saturday, January 18.  The featured speaker will be Rev. Jeff Hemmer, author of “Man Up.” Rev. Hemmer will address the “Quest For Masculinity”.

Come hear what a real man is and does. Genuine masculinity is not a matter of taking back your rights or standing up for yourself. It’s about seeing yourself as a means for the good of others, about learning to live in your calling to be a husband, father, man, son, hero, hearer, and more for the benefit of those God has given you to serve. In Jesus, you have both the perfect icon of masculinity and also the source of courage and hope when you fail in these manly endeavors. Cost for the retreat is $80.00 and includes three meals, lodging, and speaker. Sign up in the narthex or visit with Pastor Wolfgram if you’d like to attend.



Shepherd of the Valley will host the “Mercy In Action” conference on Saturday, February 29 from 9:00am – 3:00pm. Save the date and plan to attend as we highlight ministry opportunities and hear how lives are impacted as God’s people serve the Lord with gladness. You’ll meet Gideon, official Comfort Dog with Lutheran Church Charities and hear the amazing impact that Comfort Dogs have when people are in crisis. Rev. Adam Filipeck will present “Rich In Mercy”. Rev. Filipeck has served churches in NYC, Ferguson, MO, and Lidgerwood, ND.   Zion Lutheran Church will share their IMPACT ONE mentorship partnership program with BHS and SOTV will highlight our partnership with Wachter Middle School and People Matter. Rev. Rick Jones, chaplain with Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, will share the impact of caring for children.   Cost is $15 pre-registration or $20.00 at the door. Lunch will be provided. Shepherd of the Valley Human Care Committee is hosting the conference.

Pre-Lent Retreat

Shepherd of the Valley will host a pre-Lent retreat for ND District LC-MS pastors on January 6 and 7. Rev. Bernie Worral from Immanuel Lutheran Church in Fargo will lead the retreat which will prepare pastors for special Lenten services.

Special Voters Meetings

A special voters meeting will take place on Sunday, January 12, during the education hour to consider a Divine Call to Justin Woodside as Shared Assisting Pastor.

A joint meal and meeting will then take place on January 26 at Bethel Lutheran Church. The Pot Bless meal will begin at 12:15 with the joint voters meeting at 1:00 PM.

Lutheran Church Charities’ (LCC) K-9 Comfort Dog

(Human Care Committee Update)

For the first quarter of 2020, the Human Care Committee is investigating the exciting possibility of acquiring an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog for ministry outreach. The K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is a national ministry utilizing the unique skills of dogs, specifically Golden Retrievers, to open opportunities to touch people with the Mercy and Compassion of Christ. Comfort dogs interact with people in churches, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, events, and disaster response situations. Comfort dogs bring a calming influence and allow people to open up their hearts and receive help in time of need.

Over the next months, we will consider the benefits and responsibilities of a Comfort Dog Ministry. Our first step has been to invite Comfort Dog Gideon (along with a handler) and a representative from LCC to our Mercy in Action conference on February 29. First-quarter 2020 Human Care donations will go towards costs for the group to travel to our conference.

Look for updates as we continue to consider undertaking a Comfort Dog Ministry Program. Pray about Shepherd of the Valley’s role in this possible ministry outreach program and for ways for you to get involved!

Family Fun Night hosted by Board of Stewardship

Join the Stewardship committee for fun, food and fellowship on Friday, January 24th at 5:30pm for an evening of board games and cards. Sloppy Joes, hotdogs, chips, drinks, cookies and bars will be served. Bring your favorite board game and snack(optional) to share. A sign-up sheet will be in the narthex to determine amount of food to prepare.

“Main Street Living North” Programs for January 2020:

Jan 5:     Rev. Rev. Bernie Seter, Zion English Grafton, ND, Trinity Lutheran Church, Drayton, ND, St. John Lutheran Church, Crystal, ND, presents the message: “Who is in Charge Here?” based on Ephesians 1:3-14. “This Is The Life” program is: “A Friend in Deed,” which explores the Christians duty to forgive those who have done us wrong.

Jan 12:     Rev. Rev. John Bumgardner, St. John Lutheran Church, Red Lake Falls, MN, presents the message: “To Fulfill All Righteousness,” based on Matthew 3:13-17. “This Is The Life” program: “God of Love,” illustrates that we as Christians all have responsibilities to bear.

Jan 19:    Rev. Michael Suelzle, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Niagara, ND, Grace Lutheran Church, Lakota, ND, and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Devils Lake, ND, presents the message: “Jesus Revealed,” based on John 1:29-42.  “This Is The Life” program is: “Adrift,” which discusses the effectiveness of children who witness for Christ.

 Jan 26:     Rev. Thomas Puffe, St John’s Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, MN, and Zion Lutheran Church, Warren, MN, presents the message: “Matthew 4:16,” based on Matthew 4:12-25. “This Is The Life” program: “The Hand of God” deals with making opportunities from problems.

“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 – as well as the cable and satellite systems carrying these stations. (For a list of cable & satellite stations and their channel assignments in your area, please contact your church office.) MSLN programs are also archived and can be viewed at any time on then click on “North (Fargo)”.



Donna Aukland                 1-11

Doris Weidrich                  1-12

Leona Mittag                      1-13

Dwight Cook                      1-19

Patrick Reiman                 1-20

Kristina Hausauer            1-29



Lucas Borneman

Kristina Hausauer

Jacob Fetzer

June Hintz

Sherrald Kostek

Steph Issak

Johnny Espinoza

Don Gienger

Shaylee Issak

Sara Kapp

Luella Richter

Alice Ganskop

Corrin Fahrni

Matthew Kalonick

John Hoffman

Cindy Bittner

Joshua Lawyer

Larry Walker

Kallen Hintz



Joel & Brittni Williams              1-05-12


Jan. Elders

Jan 1-15 Marty Bjergaard

Jan 16-31 Ken Purdy


Usher and greeter training will take place on Thursday, January 9, starting at 7:00 PM at

Shepherd of the Valley.

January Ushers 2020 

*Jan 5        Don Gienger & John Hoffman                                    815am

Bob Ziebarth & Cheryl Purdy                                     1045am


Jan 12        Robert Knutson & Kevin Olson                                  815am

Curt Krecklau & Dan Jackson                                     1045am


*Jan 19      Kevin Brockel & Dwight Cook                                      815am

Leon Lippert & Justin Dever                                       1045am


Jan 26        Micheal Henke & Lonny Lang                                    815am

Melvin & Greg Sutheimer                                          1045am


January Greeters 2020


*Jan 5        Doug Hintz                                                                   815am

Leslie Watson                                                               1045am


Jan 12        Jim Barrett                                                                     815am

Pam Dever & Lily Dever                                              1045am


*Jan 19      Wayne & Joy Doll                                                          815am

Walter & Bernice Rehling                                           1045am


Jan 26        Becky & Jeremy Gildea                                               815am

Bridget & Arianna Roll                                       1045am


January Acolytes 2020

*Jan 5        Hunter P.                                                                     815am

Daisy A.                                                                         1045am


Jan 12        Miranda A.                                                                     815am

Kallen H.                                                                       1045am


*Jan 19      Zeva B.                                                                            815am

Reese D.                                                                       1045am


Jan 26        Jason C.                                                                        815am

Brekken Z.                                                                    1045am