Pastor’s Greeting

Rev. Joe Hughes

Welcome to the website of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church! I’m blessed to be serving God with the good people of Shepherd of the Valley as their Intentional Interim Pastor since June 2015.

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Worship – Sundays at 9:00am & Advent Services

Shepherd of the Valley Church Building Crosses

We gather to worship God and receive God’s gifts of forgiveness, new life, and eternal salvation in the Word and Sacrament. Our worship service begins with a time of confession and forgiveness, liturgy in the Lutheran Service Book, Bible study and sermon, prayer, Holy Communion, and Traditional Hymns.

Enjoy Advent Service every Wednesday, November 23rd to December 21st starting at 7:00pm.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service starting at 7:00pm

Christmas Day SERVICE STARTING AT 10:00am!

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50th Anniversary & Upcoming Events

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Recent Blog Posts

“Oh give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good. His steadfast love endures forever.” That was one of the first Bible verses I memorized as a child. It was our table prayer at almost every meal.
For over 2000 years orthodox Christians have affirmed the principle of “Solus Christus” or “Christ alone.” The Reformation period, 500 years ago, was a time when the reformers like Martin Luther believed they were called upon to make this confession anew.
This month in my messages on Sunday I am focusing on the “Five Solas” of the Reformation: Grace alone (Sola Gratia), Faith alone (Sola Fide’), Scripture alone (Sola Scriptura), Christ alone (Solus Christus), to the glory of God alone (Soli Deo Gloria). These watchwords of the Reformation are not unlike the bases on the baseball diamond. (You’ll pardon this metaphor but I just watched the Cubs with their division defeating the San Francisco Giants in an astounding four run 9th inning!)
God puts all of us in situations where we can be focused on His will or our own selfish desires. Rick puts it this way, “You were put here to be an influence for good. God wants you to do that…”
This week is National Suicide Prevention Week. To learn more about the organization behind National Suicide Week log on to their website: http://www.suicidology.org/about. To help prevent suicide in our communities, join me on the Salem “Out of the Darkness Walk” on October 8. For more information log on to: http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=3871

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