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Summer 2023 Edition
Table of Contents
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Welcome
What is Vine?
10
Our Congregations
Summer Worship
Digital Resources
Mission & Outreach
Bible Studies
Spiritual Formation
14
Community Life
Gratitude
Children, Youth, & Family
Topical
Greetings &
Welcome Back
The mission of Vine is to help people find their way to ministry in their area. Vine serves
kids, youth, young adults, and adults as they grow in faith for a lifetime. Currently, Vine is a
partnership of four ELCA congregations:
Prince of Peace in Burnsville
Shepherd of the Lake in Prior Lake
Easter Lutheran in Eagan
Shepherd of the Valley in Apple Valley
This catalog features ministry happening May through August. We hope that this edition will
help you find your way to new rhythms and practices you can use at home, the cabin, or
wherever God leads you! These opportunities have been curated for the benefit of the faith
formation of anyone wishing to take the next step in their faith.
So, whether you are from these congregations, another local church, or just someone who
wants to grow–this is for you. Use the contact information at the front of this catalog and
online with each listing to find your way.
Vine will continue to grow even after the print catalog is launched, so look for links to our
digital catalog and please follow us on Facebook and Instagram by searching
@vinefindyourway. Grow with us!
Pastor Jason Kramme, Vine Director
vinefindyourway@gmail.com
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Easter Lutheran Church
Eagan, MN
WEEKLY WORSHIP TIMES
Wednesday at 5:45pm, Easter on the Hill
Sunday at 9:45am, Easter on the Hill
Sunday at 9am & 10:30am, Easter by the Lake
Summer Schedule starts May 28, time TBD
Grow in faith and carry on the work of Jesus Christ.
Our congregation welcomes you
into a life of holiness, celebration,
fun, and sharing in the Good News
of Jesus, no matter who you are.
We hope our name helps you
remember who we are and what
Jesus is about!
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Burnsville, MN
SUMMER WORSHIP
Outdoors Saturdays at 5:30pm & Sundays at
10:30am, June 3-August 27, weather permitting.
Indoor worship Sundays at 9am
Online worship at 9:45am
We are called to connect with our neighbors, local
schools, area churches and campus partners to
provide hope and wholeness to
all people, with specific focus on
children, seniors, and people in
poverty in the south metro area.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and
enjoy worship outdoors. Kids can enjoy a special
Kidzone in view of the service where they will
enjoy games, conversation, and room to run.
CONGREGATIONS
Each of the congregations is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. While there
is significant overlap in mission, each of these congregations has a vision that leads to the unique
ministry offerings you’ll find gathered in the Vine.
Our Congregations
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Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church
Prior Lake, MN
SUMMER WORSHIP
Sundays beginning May 21 at 9am
Wednesday at 2pm in McKenna Crossing Chapel
Wherever you are on your journey of faith,
Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church will meet
you there with Open Hearts, Open Minds, and
an Open Table. We are a community of people
grounded in the Good News of
God’s radical grace and love, and
we affirm the inherent worth and
dignity of all people.
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
Apple Valley, MN
WEEKLY WORSHIP TIMES
Saturday at 5pm
Sunday at 8:30am, 9:45am (streamed), and 11am
We welcome and invite, people of all ages, races,
ethnicities, abilities, faith backgrounds, gender
identities, and sexual orientations. Our church is a
safe place where people are accepted, known, and
treated with respect and dignity –
plus challenged to grow. We nurture
faith, equipping individuals and the
church body to meet needs, change
lives, and restore hope in our homes,
congregation, and communities.
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Message Community
In Person & Online
Prince of Peace | Burnsville, MN
We are a regional young adult ministry serving
people south of the river. We host worship services
featuring modern music, community gatherings to
grow in relationship, and learning opportunities
to deepen our understanding of our faith. Find us
on social at @msgcomm. Join our email list by
contacting popmessagecommunity@gmail.com!
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Children, Youth, and Family
Here’s a look ahead at ways to connect this season through opportunities for your family.
Check out each church’s website for a complete and current list.
CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILY
Family Recharge at Camp Wapo
May 19-21 | Amery, WI
Hosted by Prince of Peace | Register at popmn.org/register
$225 per family (up to 4), $30 for each additional family member
Arrive anytime after 6pm on Friday. Our time together begins with evening
devotions and a campfire around 8pm. We close with Worship and Brunch
on Sunday morning, pack up, and on the road by noon. Contact Dawn
dridgway@popmn.org for more information.
Vacation Bible School: Stellar-Shine Jesus’ Light
June 12-15 from 9am-12pm | 2 years old through completed 5th grade
Prince of Peace | Learn more and register at popmn.org/vbs
Register by May 15 - $50 per child/$125 family
Register after May 15 - $60 per child/$150 family
Kids will be led on a cosmic quest and have a blast shining Jesus’ light to the
world. Stellar VBS is a Bible-rich program grounded in hands-on, multi-sensory
learning experiences. Teens and adults invited to volunteer!
Vacation Bible School: Gather, Grow, Go
June 12-June 15 | Preschool – 4th
Grade (grade just completed)
Shepherd of the Lake | Register at sollc.org/events
Half Day | 9am-11:45am | $75 per child
Full Day | 9am-3:30pm | $165 per child
We are excited to partner with Green Lake Lutheran Ministries again for VBS!
Register early to ensure your spot! Registration fee includes our Green Lake
Camp staff partnership, snacks, activity materials, and a VBS T-shirt.
Summer Preschool (SPLASH)
Monday-Thursdays, June 12-July 13 from 8:30-11:30am
Shepherd of the Lake | $450 | Register at sollc.org/events
We will be getting lots of fresh air as we adventure outside and learn about
the natural world around us while also practicing school-ready skills for fall.
This program is for children 33 months-5 years.
CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILY
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Cookie Design Party Class
Wednesday, June 28 from 10:15-11:15am | Ages 3-11
Shepherd of the Lake | $12 material fee | Register at sollc.org/events
Express your creativity through cookie decorating! Cookies will be pre-baked
and ready for your unique touch. Kids will plan out their designs on paper
first, then use the provided materials to bring their design to life! We will learn
that not everything goes to plan and that is ok - we can find joy and delight
even when things go differently than expected. Cookies can be eaten at class
or taken home. Kids’ choice! Gluten free options will be available as needed.
Students who have not yet attended kindergarten must be accompanied by an adult.
High School Service & Adventure Trip
July 15-22 | Completed 8th
-12th
Grade Students
Shepherd of the Lake | $750 per student | Register at sollc.org/events
Come join us as we answer God’s call to serve in the Colorado Rockies on
the 2023 High School Service and Adventure Trip. We will enjoy plenty of fun
adventures along the way as we learn to show up in this world through
service to others. Leading up to the trip, there will be fundraising
opportunities to help you subsidize the cost of the trip. Partial scholarships are
available upon request. It is our goal that this trip is accessible financially for
participants.
Summer Music Lessons - 8 Week Session
Begins June 19 | Shepherd of the Lake | 1st
Grade through Adult
Do you play an instrument or sing, and are looking to further your proficiency
level? Or are you someone that is looking to start an instrument? We will
be offering summer music lessons including voice, piano, flute, clarinet,
saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone euphonium, tuba, guitar, ukulele,
and violin/fiddle! Lesson times will be scheduled with the teacher directly. For
questions or pricing information, email JoAnna Johnson (Director of Worship
& Arts) at joannajohnson@sollc.org. Watch for more info at sollc.org/events.
Musikgarten - 6 Week Session
June 19-July 31 from 11-11:30am | Ages birth through 5 years old
Shepherd of the Lake | $60 | Register at sollc.org/events
Musikgarten classes are a fun-filled early childhood music experience.
Develop a strong musical bond with your child while singing, dancing,
listening, rocking, and playing simple instruments. Together you’ll sing, chant,
move, dance, listen, and play simple instruments, all activities that bridge the
natural connection between music and movement. Classes are led by licensed
Musikgarten instructor Colleen Roess, who has 17 years of music experience.
CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILY
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Personalized Art Party
Wednesday, July 26 from 10:15-11:15am | Ages 3-11
Shepherd of the Lake | $12 material fee | Register at sollc.org/events
This class is all about you and your amazing self. Show off who you are by
personalizing a canvas tote bag, coasters, jewelry, figurines, and more! You are
perfect, unique, and special in God’s eyes just the way you are. Students who
have not yet attended kindergarten must be accompanied by an adult.
Camp at Green Lake Lutheran Ministries
July 30 - August 1 & 3 | Completed 3rd
-7th
Grade
Shepherd of the Lake | Register through Green Lake’s website at gllm.org
Shepherd of the Lake is so excited to take a group of elementary and middle
school students to Green Lake Bible Camp for a summer camp experience!
Students that attend camp will be able to learn and discover God’s love for
them through some amazing camp activities like swimming, hiking, bible
studies, and of course, making some new friends!
Family Mystery Scavenger Hunt Class
Wednesday, August 23 from 10:15-11:15am
Shepherd of the Lake | $5 material fee | Register at sollc.org/events
Make a pair of binoculars and follow the clues to find materials. Gather
around the campfire to make and enjoy s’mores in fellowship together. Keep
your binoculars to look for God’s blessings in your life. Family class - all ages
welcome, all ages must have 1 adult per family.
POP Worship Arts Camp (Elementary) “RAISE YOUR GAME: Confidence”
July 17-20 from 9am-4pm | Ages Kindergarten-Grade 5 (completed)
Prince of Peace | $100 | 100 student max | Register at popmn.org/register
Creative kids are invited to join us at Worship Arts Camp. Our professional
arts instructors inspire young artists to celebrate their gifts, explore their faith,
and become strong leaders. Campers will develop their skills in music, dance,
visual art, drama, video, creative writing, and more! Families celebrate
together at Closing Worship on Thursday afternoon. Teens and adults invited
to volunteer! Questions? Contact Emily Hagen at ehagen@popmn.org.
POP Pre-K Arts Camp “GLOW: Shine Bright for Jesus”
July 17-20 from 9am-12pm OR 9am-4pm | Ages 3-5 years
Prince of Peace | $50 half day; $100 full day; limited to 30 students | Register at popmn.org/register
This camp parallels POP Worship Arts Camp. Pre-K campers will learn that every child can shine Jesus’
light in the world in fun and creative ways. Teens and adults invited to volunteer alongside our staff
directors! Questions? Contact Jeanne Kalsow at jkalsow@popmn.org.
Bible Studies & Spiritual Formation
There are short-term studies and long-term opportunities that encourage us to look inward at the unique
person God is creating. You can expect a wide variety of offerings such as studies, classes, retreats, and
seminars in this category. Enjoy the unique voices and perspectives found in each of our congregations!
BIBLE STUDIES & SPIRITUAL FORMATION
The Psalms for Real People with Pastor Julie Wright
Wednesdays, June 7-21 from 10-11:30am and 6-7:30pm
In Person | Shepherd of the Valley | No Cost | Register at sotv.org/events
The Psalms for Real People is a class designed with you in mind. Together,
we will explore the Psalms as a source of strength, lament, and hope in
our busy, messy and imperfect lives. We will study the Psalms using Walter
Brueggemann’s framework for psalms of orientation, disorientation, and new
orientation. Our study will culminate in the creation of a summer spiritual
practice of your own in order to connect with God and replenish your soul.
Old and New in the Book of Genesis with Pastor Peter Harrits
Wednesday, July 26-August 9 from 10-11:30am
In Person | Shepherd of the Valley | No Cost | Register at sotv.org/events
Using a video series and study guide from Church Anew, we’ll hear from
young leaders around the Twin Cities as they share their contemporary take
on ancient faith-shaping texts from the book of Genesis, including The Flood,
Hagar’s Story, and Jacob’s Blessing. Through conversation, participants will be
invited to examine the old and new ways in which these stories might come to
life in their lives as well.
WOW – Women on Wednesdays
Wednesdays at 9:30am
In-person | Easter by The Lake | No Cost or Registration Required
More Information at easter.org/womens-ministry
Join us as we study and grow together around the worship text for the
upcoming Sunday. No preparation and materials are provided.
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Topical
These offerings are connected to a specific topic, issue, or concept. You can find a variety of
opportunities like classes, seminars, and events in this category.
Racial Truth and Justice Book Discussion: My Grandmother's Hands
Thursday, May 18 from 6:30 – 8:30pm
Hybrid | Shepherd of the Valley | No Cost | Register at sotv.org/events
The body is where our instincts reside and where we fight, flee, or freeze,
and it endures the trauma inflicted by the ills that plague society. Resmaa
Menakem argues this destruction will continue until Americans learn to heal
the generational anguish of white supremacy, which is deeply embedded in
all our bodies. Our collective agony doesn't just affect African Americans.
White Americans suffer their own secondary trauma as well. So do blue
Americans—our police. This book is a call to action for all of us to recognize that racism is not only
about the head, but about the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow
beyond our entrenched racialized divide.
Racial Truth and Justice Movie Night: A Jazzman’s Blues (rated R)
Thursday, May 11 from 6:30 – 9pm
In Person | Shepherd of the Valley | No Cost | Register at sotv.org/events
A tale of forbidden love and family drama unravels 40 years of secrets and lies in
the deep south during an unsolved murder investigation. Join us for an optional
discussion following the movie.
TOPICAL
Grief Support Series
Mondays, May 1 - July 17 from 6-7:30pm (No meetings on 5/29 & 7/3)
In Person | Prince of Peace | No Cost or Need to Register
Topics include: Introduction to Grief, How Grief Affects Our Minds, How Grief Affects Us Physically,
Emotional Aspects of Grief, Spiritual Aspects of Grief, Grief in our Families and Communities,
Complicated Grief, Grief Amidst the Holidays, Transitions as a Result of Grief, What We Learn from Grief
in other Traditions and Cultures. Contact Jody Slaughter with questions at jslaughter@popmn.org.
Enneagram Shot in the Arm with Beth Beaty
3rd
Sundays, May to August from 11:45am-1:15pm
Hybrid | Prince of Peace | $20 per session | popmn.org/register
This class is designed for people who have taken an Enneagram class or are
fairly familiar with the nine personality types. Each session will cover a
different topic: Questions (May 21), Types Refresher (June 18), Doing the Work
(July 16) and Caring for Each Type (August 20). Come to all sessions or just
one. Questions? Email Beth at bbeaty@popmn.org.
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Racial Truth and Justice Movie Night: McFarland, USA (rated PG)
Thursday, June 8 from 6:30 – 9pm
In Person | Shepherd of the Valley | No Cost | Register at sotv.org/events
Track coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) is a newcomer to a predominantly Latino
high-school in California's Central Valley. Coach White and his new students find
that they have much to learn about one another. More than just physical prowess
drives the teens to succeed; their strong family ties, incredible work ethic, and
commitment to their team all play a factor in forging these novice runners into
champions. Join us for an optional discussion following the movie.
Racial Truth and Justice Movie Night: The Woman King (rated PG-13)
Thursday, July 13 from 6:30 – 9pm
In Person | Shepherd of the Valley | No Cost | Register at sotv.org/events
The Woman King is a 2022 American historical action drama film about the
Agojie, the all-female warrior unit that protected the West African kingdom of
Dahomey from the 17th
to 19th
centuries. Join us for an optional discussion
following the movie.
Racial Truth and Justice Movie Night: Bad Hair (not rated)
Thursday, August 10 from 6:30 – 9pm
In Person | Shepherd of the Valley | No Cost | Register at sotv.org/events
A nine-year-old Venezuelan boy's desire to straighten his hair leads to friction
between himself and his desperate hard-working single mother. Join us for an
optional discussion following the movie.
The Love, Grief, and Survival Strategies of a Caregiver
Saturday, May 20 from 9-11am
In Person | Shepherd of the Valley | $10, includes continental breakfast
Register at sotv.org/events
Whether you are a past, current, or future caregiver, this talk is for you! The
duties and responsibilities of a caregiver are significant. They require physical
strength and emotional resilience. One's personal needs are subjugated for the
needs of another. It is not easy. How does the caregiver cope? What human
qualities are necessary for the caregiver to successfully manage his or her own
life? Grief can follow us along the way.
David McNally will share his journey as a caregiver for his wife, Cheryl, who has Alzheimer's. He will
discuss how he navigates grief and loss, while keeping himself physically, emotionally, and spiritually
healthy. David is a speaker, author, personal development leader, and cancer survivor.
DIGITAL RESOURCES
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Digital Resources
There are a variety of formation resources provided and curated by Vine congregations.
In this section you’ll find podcasts, downloadable devotionals, small group guides, and more.
Carry On Podcast
Every Tuesday | Online | Easter | easter.org/podcast
The Carry On Podcast is where Easter’s pastors engage in a lively discussion centered around the weekly
liturgical themes.
Carry On Devotion
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday | Online | easter.org/devotions
Devotions and blogs written by Easter’s pastor staff and leadership.
Grow Guide
Every Monday | Online | Easter | easter.org/growguide
The Grow Guide dives deeper into the liturgical theme and scripture. It includes an opening question,
context for the scripture, and discussion questions. You can use it to explore the Bible with your family,
small group, or on your own.
Today’s Word with Pastor Paul
Weekly on Thursdays | Online | Prince of Peace | popmn.org/author/pgauche
Paul Gauche is the Pastor of Life Transitions at Prince of Peace. His posts challenge us to move with
thoughtful purpose toward a deepened sense of identity. He blogs about a different word each week as
part of his #100days50words project. You can follow him on Instagram (@pgauche) or read his blog on
the Prince of Peace website. Questions? Contact Paul Gauche at pgauche@popmn.org.
Faith to Go Resources
Shepherd of the Valley l sotv.org/faith-to-go
Prayer, rituals, and faith practices at home are the leading reason why young people grow up to have
faith. Faith to Go provides kids and their grown-ups resources and activities that change each season.
Grandparenting Faith Resources
Shepherd of the Valley | sotv.org/grandparenting-faith
You are blessed to be a blessing! You have a profound influence on the faith and values of your
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The normal routines of grandparenting, whether in person or
from a distance, offer wonderful opportunities to be intentional about passing along faith to the children
you love.
Worship and Curriculum Resources
Prince of Peace | popmn.org/worship/downloads
Weekly worship resources include sermon audio, sermon transcript, small group resource, daily reading
plan, prayers, and Monthly Direction newsletter. Children’s Ministry and Student Ministry curriculum
includes age-based curriculum and a monthly Parent Cue resource to support faith formation at home.
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Maturing in God’s Presence
God promises us abundant life
here and now. Yet the pace of our
lives often leaves us without the
joy, contentment, and peace we’re
meant to have as followers of Christ.
Dedicate your summer to reconnect
with God through this hands-on
resource. These journal prompts
will take you on a 4-month journey
through ten essential Christian
practices. Learn the key features of
each practice, including how it can
help you grow spiritually. Try each
practice in a suggested weekly rhythm
and then design your own monthly
agenda for spending time with God.
Tessa Pinkstaff facilitates courses,
workshops, and retreats on spiritual
practices. Her ministry focuses on
developing an intimate relationship
with God through disciplines like
prayer, simplicity, and silence and
solitude. Tessa is the co-author
of the forthcoming book Leading
Faithful Innovation: Following God
in a Hopeful Future (available from
Fortress Press in April 2023). She will
finish her Master of Arts in
Ministry degree at Bethel
Seminary in May 2023.
Find this journal in print
at Prince of Peace ($15)
or free online at popmn.
org/spiritual-journal
NEW! Four Month Spiritual Practices Journal
TreeHouse:
Volunteer Opportunity
Easter
easter.org/localpartnerships
Volunteers pray for teens,
provide food twice a week,
serve as mentors, and serve on
the Community Development
Team. The Eagan location is
housed in Easter by the Lake.
T-Shirt to Diaper Ministry
In Person | Prince of Peace
Contact Nancy Ferche at
nlferche@gmail.com.
We use recycled new and
donated used t-shirts to create
diapers, baby hats, dog toys,
and washcloths for world-wide
distribution. We don’t gather
in the summer. However, we
accept men’s/women’s t-shirts
new and used sizes medium
and larger year-round. Label
them “diaper ministry“ and
leave them in the donation
bins at Prince of Peace.
Communities to operate a food
shelf for the benefit of the local
community. Volunteers and
donations are always welcome.
Every Meal
Shepherd of the Valley
sotv.org/every-meal
SOTV partners with Every
Meal and Falcon Ridge Middle
School to provide food for
children over the weekend.
Two volunteers are needed at
the end of each school week,
typically on Fridays, to put
food in lockers. This program
runs through the school year.
Mission Outpost Food Shelf
and Clothing Closet
Weekly, Mondays-Thursdays
In Person | Prince of Peace
popmn.org/mission/mission-
outpost/
Mission Outpost, in
partnership with The Salvation
Army, is a hub where those
in need can receive food and
support from caring individuals
from the community. Email
outpost@popmn.org with
questions.
Loaves and Fishes Free
Community Meal
Monday-Thursdays from
5:30-6:30pm | Easter |
Volunteering starts at 2pm
easter.org/localpartnerships
Chef-prepared meals four
nights per week are prepared
and packaged for you to take
home or deliver to others.
There is also an option to eat
with us indoors. Volunteer to
help us cook and serve meals.
Fare For All
May 9, June 6, July 18,
August 8 from 3:30-5:30pm
Easter
easter.org/localpartnerships
Fare For All is a cooperative
purchasing opportunity that
offers fresh produce and frozen
meat. It’s open to everyone and
your purchase helps keep the
food affordable.
Food Shelf
Tuesdays & Thursdays
10am-4pm| sotv.org/foodshelf
Shepherd of the Valley
SOTV partners with 360
Mission & Outreach
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Peacemaker’s Quilting Group
Shepherd of the Lake
Thursdays at 1pm
kariunruh@sollc.org
This group meets weekly for
quilting and fellowship. No
experience necessary! Quilts
are crafted with love and
donated to people who need
them for warmth and comfort.
WinterWarmers
Shepherd of the Lake
WinterWarmers provides
crocheted or knitted caps and
scarves for local homeless
shelters. Hats and scarves are
made at home and collected
at the church office. Patterns,
yarn, and lessons are provided
upon request. Contact Lee
Krueger at leebob529@yahoo.
com
Sip N’ Stitch
3rd
Saturday at 9:30am
Easter
Are you a knitter or crocheter?
Easter people create prayer
blankets to offer comfort for
anyone in need. For more info
email easter@easter.org.
POP for Justice
Prince of Peace
Jay Olstad
jayolstad@gmail.com
Emily Hagen
ehagen@popmn.org
POP for Justice is a member-led
group that focuses on justice
issues in our community. They
host educational events, provide
information, and action steps.
Racial Truth & Justice
Julie Opheim
julie.opheim@sotv.org
Shepherd of the Valley
This group focuses on issues
of racial injustice, to educate,
equip, and empower ourselves
and others to be advocates for
racial equity and justice, and to
be active ministers of healing
and unity in our community.
Easter Quilters
Mondays at 9:30am
In Person | Easter
Quilting activities include
cutting, arranging the squares,
sewing, and tying the quilts.
Everything is provided. We also
welcome donations of fabric
and flat sheets for backing.
Call the church office at 651-
452-3680 with questions.
POP Quilters
1st
, 3rd
, 5th
Wednesday,
(except July) 9am-12pm
In Person | Prince of Peace
Contact Patty for information
952-890-4514 or Carol
ceedurand@hotmail.com
Quilting activities include
cutting, arranging the squares,
sewing and tying the quilts.
Most quilts go to POP Mission
Outpost. Everything is
provided. We also welcome
donations of fabric and flat
sheets for backing.
Shepherd Quilters
Every Wednesday, 9-11:30am
(Except July)
Shepherd of the Valley
sotv.org/quilters
Golden Stitchers
1st
, 3rd
, 5th
Thursdays
9-11:30am (except July)
Shepherd of the Valley
sotv.org/quilters
Join Shepherd Quilters or
Golden Stitchers to cut, iron,
or stitch. All skill levels are
welcomed and needed. Quilts
are donated to a variety of
organizations.
Community Life
Your Retirement Party
Tuesday, May 2 from 6:30 – 8:30pm
Shepherd of the Valley | $12/person (limited to 100) | Register at sotv.org/events
Be filled with music, fellowship, and the possibilities that retirement holds! Join
Purposeful Retirement for a great meal from the grill, entertainment by the MT
Pockets (50’s - 80’s music), and fellowship. We extend a special invite to new or
soon to be retirees, but all retirees are welcome! Please register so we can plan
for food. Upon registration, look for a confirmation email.
May Music Festival Worship
May 14 at 9:45am | Easter
Easter Lutheran Church (Hill Campus) invites you to “I Believe,” a hymn festival
worship service exploring the Nicene Creed. The Easter Choir, Jubilate Ringers,
and Choristers children’s choir, along with instrumentalists, will join to the
creed’s elements, amplified by readings and poetry.”
Community Band Jam: Meet & Greet
May 14 at 4pm | Shepherd of the Lake | Register at sollc.org/events
Are you a musician looking to connect with other musicians? We want to jam
with you! Come and meet other musicans and make music in a casual social
setting. Questions? Email JoAnna Johnson at joannajohnson@sollc.org.
POP in the Park
Sunday, August 13 from 5-8pm at Crystal Lake Beach Park in Burnsville
Prince of Peace | $5/person suggested donation | Register at popmn.org/register
Join us for this community picnic! Great music from the Message Community
Band, food, and fun will be provided for the whole family. Bring your lawn
chair, a beverage, and your dancing shoes! We can’t wait to see you!
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This group hosts a variety of
service, learning, and social
events at SOTV and locally.
It is a time to meet others,
enjoy fellowship, and find
your community.
Women Warriors
3rd
Thursday at 5pm
In Person | Easter | No cost
More info at easter.org/support
Women Warriors is a group
of women who have lost their
husbands recently or awhile
ago. Join us and learn how to
navigate the stages of grief, find
your way through everything
that needs to get done, and live
a new independent life.
Breathing Space
Adult Respite Care
2nd
& 4th
Friday from 9am-1pm
In Person | No Cost | Easter
easter@easter.org.
Caregivers can drop off the
adult they provide care for at
Easter for supervised activities.
Participants will be paired
with a trained volunteer for
individual and group activities
including puzzles, games,
music, arts/crafts, walking
outside, volunteering with
church projects, and much
more. This is a offered in
partnership with DARTS.
Caregiving Support Group
3rd
Saturday from 9-10am
In Person | Easter | No cost
More info at easter.org/support
This support group is for
all caregivers to share their
struggles/joys/needs, and
receive support, information,
and resources.
Adult 55+ POP Singles
3rd
Mondays at 6:30 pm
In Person | Prince of Peace
Contact Marlene Robertson
at 952-944-2176 or
marrobe@usfamily.net
Single people are invited to
meet others through activities
such as visiting restaurants or
attending local performances.
Our monthly meetings last
about an hour. New members
welcome!
Purposeful Retirement
Julie Opheim & Kristi Kuhnau
julie.opheim@sotv.org
Shepherd of the Valley
sotv.org/purposeful-retirement
Find new purpose in the next
chapter of life by learning
new things, using skills in
new ways, helping others,
and being in community
with others. Enjoy monthly
presentations on topics of
interest. Most are free, and
include a chance for small
group discussion.
Purposeful Retirement:
Affinity Groups
Shepherd of the Valley
sotv.org/purposeful-retirement
These smaller groups are
centered on different interests
including ancestry, biking,
book clubs, downsizing, lunch,
pickleball, and service. Anyone
nearing retirement or already
retired is welcome.
Empty Nesters
Julie Opheim
julie.opheim@sotv.org
Shepherd of the Valley
sotv.org/events
Arts Corner
Christina Nissen
1crnissen@gmail.com
sotv.org/arts-corner
Shepherd of the Valley
Share your love of art with
others! Try a new art form,
help others in the community,
or create art together. We
welcome artists who work in
all media.
Prince of Peace Art Guild
2nd
Tuesday at 4pm
In Person | No Cost
Prince of Peace, Mary Brainard
marybrainard@hotmail.com
This Visual Arts Ministry
provides a forum to display
faith informed arts mediums.
MANUP Tap House
3rd
Monday at 6:30pm
In Person | Easter
manup@easter.org
A men’s Bible study and time
for fellowship. More info at
easter.org/manup
Interfaith Creation Care
1st
& 3rd
Monday at 6:30pm
In Person and Online
Prince of Peace
Contact Curt Carlson at
carlsoc77@gmail.com
iccsmtc.blogspot.com
ICCSM is a member-led
group representing 18 faith
communities in the south
metro, that strives to educate,
equip and empower all to
be good stewards of God’s
creation by valuing and
preserving our environment.
16 | Summer 2023
COMMUNITY LIFE
Parkinson’s Support
1st
Thursdays at 2pm
In Person/hybrid
Prince of Peace
Contact Jody Slaughter,
Spiritual Care Minister, for
more information and for
the Zoom link by emailing
jslaughter@popmn.org
Parkinson’s Disease Support
offers an opportunity for
caregivers to connect with
others affected by this
condition. Learn, share
experiences, and offer support
with one another. We begin
with a topical presentation and
break into small groups for
those living with PD and their
family members/caregivers.
Persons with Dementia
2nd
Wednesdays from 2-3pm
In Person | Prince of Peace
Alzheimer’s Association®
support groups, conducted by
trained facilitators, are a safe
place for people with dementia
to develop a support system,
exchange practical information
on living well with dementia,
learn about community
resources, and talk through
issues & concerns. Additional
information on Alzheimer’s can
be found at www.alz.org
Questions about joining this
group or how to schedule a
screening? Contact Kari Snyder,
Senior Adult Ministries, at 952-
898-9357 or ksnyder@popmn.
org.
Depression Support Group
Thursdays, 6:30-8pm | Easter
In Person or via Zoom
More info at easter.org/support
Led by a trained facilitator,
this group shares their
challenges, disappointments,
and successes in living with
depression, anxiety, bipolar,
and similar illnesses. All are
welcome!
Parents, Families, and Friends
of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
2nd
Mondays from 6:30-8pm
In Person | Prince of Peace
PFLAG supports parents,
family, allies and friends of
lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender persons. We are a
place of love and acceptance
with members from all walks
of life. Each month, we begin
with a topical presentation and
break into small groups for
further discussion.
Contact Susan Allen at
allensusanw@gmail.com.
Challenged by Cancer
Support Group
2nd
Thursday from 7–8:30pm
Zoom | Shepherd of the Valley
sotv.org/groups
This group is for women living
with cancer to gather and
support each other. Cost is free.
No registration needed, come
as you are! Questions? Contact
Naomi at taterst@centurylink.
net or 651-491-4275.
Compassionate Friends South
of the River Support Group
3rd
Tuesdays at 6:30pm
Zoom | Shepherd of the Valley
sotv.org/groups
This group is for all parents
who are grieving the loss of
a child of any age from any
cause. No cost or registration
required. Contact Sue and
Keith Borgerson at borgerson@
charter.net or 952-797-6346.
Infertility or Loss Support
Group
3rd
Tuesday from 6:30–7:30pm
Zoom | Shepherd of the Valley
sotv.org/groups
A peer-led support group
for those having difficulty
conceiving or who have
experienced miscarriage
or loss. All are welcome,
individually or as couples.
Cost is free. Questions?
Contact Melissa Tapper at
wingstoflysupportgroup@
outlook.com or 612-207-1722.
Pursuing Peace in
Al-Anon Support Group
Tuesdays from 7-8pm
In Person | Shepherd of the
Valley | sotv.org/groups
This group supports people
whose lives have been affected
by someone else’s drinking,
bringing positive changes to
their individual situations.
Suicide Bereavement
Support Group
2nd
Mondays (Zoom)
4th
Thursdays (In Person)
7– 8:30pm
Shepherd of the Valley
This group offers a facilitated
discussion for anyone caught
in the struggle that follows the
suicide death of their loved
ones. To get the Zoom link,
email Maria at maria_stee@
yahoo.com or 651-983-2719.
Thursday meetings at SOTV.
Gratitude propelled Jesus’ ministry,
relationships, and His very being. Gratitude for
life. Gratitude for purpose. Gratitude for hope in
dark moments like those in the upper room.
Every time I lead communion in my church,
I hang on these words of gratitude that Jesus’
shares with his disciples. They remind me that
in the middle of everything, God is up to good.
And that goodness is calling us forward into a
world that looks more like heaven.
That has certainly been true since we launched
Vine in August of 2022. It has not been easy. It
is a logistical mountain to climb. Church staff
are fluid and living into their call in other ways.
Against the backdrop of the white noise of our
culture, our movement is a bit of a whisper.
Yet, the details reflect mountains of ministry.
The fluidity signals the dynamic nature of the
church. That whisper comes from a still small
voice. So, I give thanks.
I give thanks for the Vine leadership team,
Dawn Ridgway and Karolina Stark.
I give thanks for the pastors and church staff of
Easter Lutheran, Prince of Peace, Shepherd of
the Valley, and Shepherd of the Lake.
I give thanks for our synod and denomination
for accelerating innovative ideas.
I give thanks for the Holy Spirit that empowers,
enlivens, and equips this ministry every day.
Jason Kramme, Vine Director
Summer 2023 | 17
Gratitude & Grace
952-898-9387 | vinefindyourway@gmail.com | @vinefindyourway
Vine
c/o Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
13801 Fairview Drive
Burnsville, MN 55337
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  • 2. Table of Contents 1 2 7 8 4 Welcome What is Vine? 10 Our Congregations Summer Worship Digital Resources Mission & Outreach Bible Studies Spiritual Formation 14 Community Life Gratitude Children, Youth, & Family Topical
  • 3. Greetings & Welcome Back The mission of Vine is to help people find their way to ministry in their area. Vine serves kids, youth, young adults, and adults as they grow in faith for a lifetime. Currently, Vine is a partnership of four ELCA congregations: Prince of Peace in Burnsville Shepherd of the Lake in Prior Lake Easter Lutheran in Eagan Shepherd of the Valley in Apple Valley This catalog features ministry happening May through August. We hope that this edition will help you find your way to new rhythms and practices you can use at home, the cabin, or wherever God leads you! These opportunities have been curated for the benefit of the faith formation of anyone wishing to take the next step in their faith. So, whether you are from these congregations, another local church, or just someone who wants to grow–this is for you. Use the contact information at the front of this catalog and online with each listing to find your way. Vine will continue to grow even after the print catalog is launched, so look for links to our digital catalog and please follow us on Facebook and Instagram by searching @vinefindyourway. Grow with us! Pastor Jason Kramme, Vine Director vinefindyourway@gmail.com Summer 2023 | 1
  • 4. Easter Lutheran Church Eagan, MN WEEKLY WORSHIP TIMES Wednesday at 5:45pm, Easter on the Hill Sunday at 9:45am, Easter on the Hill Sunday at 9am & 10:30am, Easter by the Lake Summer Schedule starts May 28, time TBD Grow in faith and carry on the work of Jesus Christ. Our congregation welcomes you into a life of holiness, celebration, fun, and sharing in the Good News of Jesus, no matter who you are. We hope our name helps you remember who we are and what Jesus is about! Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Burnsville, MN SUMMER WORSHIP Outdoors Saturdays at 5:30pm & Sundays at 10:30am, June 3-August 27, weather permitting. Indoor worship Sundays at 9am Online worship at 9:45am We are called to connect with our neighbors, local schools, area churches and campus partners to provide hope and wholeness to all people, with specific focus on children, seniors, and people in poverty in the south metro area. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy worship outdoors. Kids can enjoy a special Kidzone in view of the service where they will enjoy games, conversation, and room to run. CONGREGATIONS Each of the congregations is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. While there is significant overlap in mission, each of these congregations has a vision that leads to the unique ministry offerings you’ll find gathered in the Vine. Our Congregations 2 | Summer 2023
  • 5. Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church Prior Lake, MN SUMMER WORSHIP Sundays beginning May 21 at 9am Wednesday at 2pm in McKenna Crossing Chapel Wherever you are on your journey of faith, Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church will meet you there with Open Hearts, Open Minds, and an Open Table. We are a community of people grounded in the Good News of God’s radical grace and love, and we affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all people. Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church Apple Valley, MN WEEKLY WORSHIP TIMES Saturday at 5pm Sunday at 8:30am, 9:45am (streamed), and 11am We welcome and invite, people of all ages, races, ethnicities, abilities, faith backgrounds, gender identities, and sexual orientations. Our church is a safe place where people are accepted, known, and treated with respect and dignity – plus challenged to grow. We nurture faith, equipping individuals and the church body to meet needs, change lives, and restore hope in our homes, congregation, and communities. Summer 2023 | 3 Message Community In Person & Online Prince of Peace | Burnsville, MN We are a regional young adult ministry serving people south of the river. We host worship services featuring modern music, community gatherings to grow in relationship, and learning opportunities to deepen our understanding of our faith. Find us on social at @msgcomm. Join our email list by contacting popmessagecommunity@gmail.com!
  • 6. 4 | Summer 2023 Children, Youth, and Family Here’s a look ahead at ways to connect this season through opportunities for your family. Check out each church’s website for a complete and current list. CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILY Family Recharge at Camp Wapo May 19-21 | Amery, WI Hosted by Prince of Peace | Register at popmn.org/register $225 per family (up to 4), $30 for each additional family member Arrive anytime after 6pm on Friday. Our time together begins with evening devotions and a campfire around 8pm. We close with Worship and Brunch on Sunday morning, pack up, and on the road by noon. Contact Dawn dridgway@popmn.org for more information. Vacation Bible School: Stellar-Shine Jesus’ Light June 12-15 from 9am-12pm | 2 years old through completed 5th grade Prince of Peace | Learn more and register at popmn.org/vbs Register by May 15 - $50 per child/$125 family Register after May 15 - $60 per child/$150 family Kids will be led on a cosmic quest and have a blast shining Jesus’ light to the world. Stellar VBS is a Bible-rich program grounded in hands-on, multi-sensory learning experiences. Teens and adults invited to volunteer! Vacation Bible School: Gather, Grow, Go June 12-June 15 | Preschool – 4th Grade (grade just completed) Shepherd of the Lake | Register at sollc.org/events Half Day | 9am-11:45am | $75 per child Full Day | 9am-3:30pm | $165 per child We are excited to partner with Green Lake Lutheran Ministries again for VBS! Register early to ensure your spot! Registration fee includes our Green Lake Camp staff partnership, snacks, activity materials, and a VBS T-shirt. Summer Preschool (SPLASH) Monday-Thursdays, June 12-July 13 from 8:30-11:30am Shepherd of the Lake | $450 | Register at sollc.org/events We will be getting lots of fresh air as we adventure outside and learn about the natural world around us while also practicing school-ready skills for fall. This program is for children 33 months-5 years.
  • 7. CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILY Summer 2023 | 5 Cookie Design Party Class Wednesday, June 28 from 10:15-11:15am | Ages 3-11 Shepherd of the Lake | $12 material fee | Register at sollc.org/events Express your creativity through cookie decorating! Cookies will be pre-baked and ready for your unique touch. Kids will plan out their designs on paper first, then use the provided materials to bring their design to life! We will learn that not everything goes to plan and that is ok - we can find joy and delight even when things go differently than expected. Cookies can be eaten at class or taken home. Kids’ choice! Gluten free options will be available as needed. Students who have not yet attended kindergarten must be accompanied by an adult. High School Service & Adventure Trip July 15-22 | Completed 8th -12th Grade Students Shepherd of the Lake | $750 per student | Register at sollc.org/events Come join us as we answer God’s call to serve in the Colorado Rockies on the 2023 High School Service and Adventure Trip. We will enjoy plenty of fun adventures along the way as we learn to show up in this world through service to others. Leading up to the trip, there will be fundraising opportunities to help you subsidize the cost of the trip. Partial scholarships are available upon request. It is our goal that this trip is accessible financially for participants. Summer Music Lessons - 8 Week Session Begins June 19 | Shepherd of the Lake | 1st Grade through Adult Do you play an instrument or sing, and are looking to further your proficiency level? Or are you someone that is looking to start an instrument? We will be offering summer music lessons including voice, piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone euphonium, tuba, guitar, ukulele, and violin/fiddle! Lesson times will be scheduled with the teacher directly. For questions or pricing information, email JoAnna Johnson (Director of Worship & Arts) at joannajohnson@sollc.org. Watch for more info at sollc.org/events. Musikgarten - 6 Week Session June 19-July 31 from 11-11:30am | Ages birth through 5 years old Shepherd of the Lake | $60 | Register at sollc.org/events Musikgarten classes are a fun-filled early childhood music experience. Develop a strong musical bond with your child while singing, dancing, listening, rocking, and playing simple instruments. Together you’ll sing, chant, move, dance, listen, and play simple instruments, all activities that bridge the natural connection between music and movement. Classes are led by licensed Musikgarten instructor Colleen Roess, who has 17 years of music experience.
  • 8. CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILY 6 | Summer 2023 Personalized Art Party Wednesday, July 26 from 10:15-11:15am | Ages 3-11 Shepherd of the Lake | $12 material fee | Register at sollc.org/events This class is all about you and your amazing self. Show off who you are by personalizing a canvas tote bag, coasters, jewelry, figurines, and more! You are perfect, unique, and special in God’s eyes just the way you are. Students who have not yet attended kindergarten must be accompanied by an adult. Camp at Green Lake Lutheran Ministries July 30 - August 1 & 3 | Completed 3rd -7th Grade Shepherd of the Lake | Register through Green Lake’s website at gllm.org Shepherd of the Lake is so excited to take a group of elementary and middle school students to Green Lake Bible Camp for a summer camp experience! Students that attend camp will be able to learn and discover God’s love for them through some amazing camp activities like swimming, hiking, bible studies, and of course, making some new friends! Family Mystery Scavenger Hunt Class Wednesday, August 23 from 10:15-11:15am Shepherd of the Lake | $5 material fee | Register at sollc.org/events Make a pair of binoculars and follow the clues to find materials. Gather around the campfire to make and enjoy s’mores in fellowship together. Keep your binoculars to look for God’s blessings in your life. Family class - all ages welcome, all ages must have 1 adult per family. POP Worship Arts Camp (Elementary) “RAISE YOUR GAME: Confidence” July 17-20 from 9am-4pm | Ages Kindergarten-Grade 5 (completed) Prince of Peace | $100 | 100 student max | Register at popmn.org/register Creative kids are invited to join us at Worship Arts Camp. Our professional arts instructors inspire young artists to celebrate their gifts, explore their faith, and become strong leaders. Campers will develop their skills in music, dance, visual art, drama, video, creative writing, and more! Families celebrate together at Closing Worship on Thursday afternoon. Teens and adults invited to volunteer! Questions? Contact Emily Hagen at ehagen@popmn.org. POP Pre-K Arts Camp “GLOW: Shine Bright for Jesus” July 17-20 from 9am-12pm OR 9am-4pm | Ages 3-5 years Prince of Peace | $50 half day; $100 full day; limited to 30 students | Register at popmn.org/register This camp parallels POP Worship Arts Camp. Pre-K campers will learn that every child can shine Jesus’ light in the world in fun and creative ways. Teens and adults invited to volunteer alongside our staff directors! Questions? Contact Jeanne Kalsow at jkalsow@popmn.org.
  • 9. Bible Studies & Spiritual Formation There are short-term studies and long-term opportunities that encourage us to look inward at the unique person God is creating. You can expect a wide variety of offerings such as studies, classes, retreats, and seminars in this category. Enjoy the unique voices and perspectives found in each of our congregations! BIBLE STUDIES & SPIRITUAL FORMATION The Psalms for Real People with Pastor Julie Wright Wednesdays, June 7-21 from 10-11:30am and 6-7:30pm In Person | Shepherd of the Valley | No Cost | Register at sotv.org/events The Psalms for Real People is a class designed with you in mind. Together, we will explore the Psalms as a source of strength, lament, and hope in our busy, messy and imperfect lives. We will study the Psalms using Walter Brueggemann’s framework for psalms of orientation, disorientation, and new orientation. Our study will culminate in the creation of a summer spiritual practice of your own in order to connect with God and replenish your soul. Old and New in the Book of Genesis with Pastor Peter Harrits Wednesday, July 26-August 9 from 10-11:30am In Person | Shepherd of the Valley | No Cost | Register at sotv.org/events Using a video series and study guide from Church Anew, we’ll hear from young leaders around the Twin Cities as they share their contemporary take on ancient faith-shaping texts from the book of Genesis, including The Flood, Hagar’s Story, and Jacob’s Blessing. Through conversation, participants will be invited to examine the old and new ways in which these stories might come to life in their lives as well. WOW – Women on Wednesdays Wednesdays at 9:30am In-person | Easter by The Lake | No Cost or Registration Required More Information at easter.org/womens-ministry Join us as we study and grow together around the worship text for the upcoming Sunday. No preparation and materials are provided. Summer 2023 | 7
  • 10. Topical These offerings are connected to a specific topic, issue, or concept. You can find a variety of opportunities like classes, seminars, and events in this category. Racial Truth and Justice Book Discussion: My Grandmother's Hands Thursday, May 18 from 6:30 – 8:30pm Hybrid | Shepherd of the Valley | No Cost | Register at sotv.org/events The body is where our instincts reside and where we fight, flee, or freeze, and it endures the trauma inflicted by the ills that plague society. Resmaa Menakem argues this destruction will continue until Americans learn to heal the generational anguish of white supremacy, which is deeply embedded in all our bodies. Our collective agony doesn't just affect African Americans. White Americans suffer their own secondary trauma as well. So do blue Americans—our police. This book is a call to action for all of us to recognize that racism is not only about the head, but about the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide. Racial Truth and Justice Movie Night: A Jazzman’s Blues (rated R) Thursday, May 11 from 6:30 – 9pm In Person | Shepherd of the Valley | No Cost | Register at sotv.org/events A tale of forbidden love and family drama unravels 40 years of secrets and lies in the deep south during an unsolved murder investigation. Join us for an optional discussion following the movie. TOPICAL Grief Support Series Mondays, May 1 - July 17 from 6-7:30pm (No meetings on 5/29 & 7/3) In Person | Prince of Peace | No Cost or Need to Register Topics include: Introduction to Grief, How Grief Affects Our Minds, How Grief Affects Us Physically, Emotional Aspects of Grief, Spiritual Aspects of Grief, Grief in our Families and Communities, Complicated Grief, Grief Amidst the Holidays, Transitions as a Result of Grief, What We Learn from Grief in other Traditions and Cultures. Contact Jody Slaughter with questions at jslaughter@popmn.org. Enneagram Shot in the Arm with Beth Beaty 3rd Sundays, May to August from 11:45am-1:15pm Hybrid | Prince of Peace | $20 per session | popmn.org/register This class is designed for people who have taken an Enneagram class or are fairly familiar with the nine personality types. Each session will cover a different topic: Questions (May 21), Types Refresher (June 18), Doing the Work (July 16) and Caring for Each Type (August 20). Come to all sessions or just one. Questions? Email Beth at bbeaty@popmn.org. 8 | Summer 2023
  • 11. Racial Truth and Justice Movie Night: McFarland, USA (rated PG) Thursday, June 8 from 6:30 – 9pm In Person | Shepherd of the Valley | No Cost | Register at sotv.org/events Track coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) is a newcomer to a predominantly Latino high-school in California's Central Valley. Coach White and his new students find that they have much to learn about one another. More than just physical prowess drives the teens to succeed; their strong family ties, incredible work ethic, and commitment to their team all play a factor in forging these novice runners into champions. Join us for an optional discussion following the movie. Racial Truth and Justice Movie Night: The Woman King (rated PG-13) Thursday, July 13 from 6:30 – 9pm In Person | Shepherd of the Valley | No Cost | Register at sotv.org/events The Woman King is a 2022 American historical action drama film about the Agojie, the all-female warrior unit that protected the West African kingdom of Dahomey from the 17th to 19th centuries. Join us for an optional discussion following the movie. Racial Truth and Justice Movie Night: Bad Hair (not rated) Thursday, August 10 from 6:30 – 9pm In Person | Shepherd of the Valley | No Cost | Register at sotv.org/events A nine-year-old Venezuelan boy's desire to straighten his hair leads to friction between himself and his desperate hard-working single mother. Join us for an optional discussion following the movie. The Love, Grief, and Survival Strategies of a Caregiver Saturday, May 20 from 9-11am In Person | Shepherd of the Valley | $10, includes continental breakfast Register at sotv.org/events Whether you are a past, current, or future caregiver, this talk is for you! The duties and responsibilities of a caregiver are significant. They require physical strength and emotional resilience. One's personal needs are subjugated for the needs of another. It is not easy. How does the caregiver cope? What human qualities are necessary for the caregiver to successfully manage his or her own life? Grief can follow us along the way. David McNally will share his journey as a caregiver for his wife, Cheryl, who has Alzheimer's. He will discuss how he navigates grief and loss, while keeping himself physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy. David is a speaker, author, personal development leader, and cancer survivor.
  • 12. DIGITAL RESOURCES 10 | Summer 2023 Digital Resources There are a variety of formation resources provided and curated by Vine congregations. In this section you’ll find podcasts, downloadable devotionals, small group guides, and more. Carry On Podcast Every Tuesday | Online | Easter | easter.org/podcast The Carry On Podcast is where Easter’s pastors engage in a lively discussion centered around the weekly liturgical themes. Carry On Devotion Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday | Online | easter.org/devotions Devotions and blogs written by Easter’s pastor staff and leadership. Grow Guide Every Monday | Online | Easter | easter.org/growguide The Grow Guide dives deeper into the liturgical theme and scripture. It includes an opening question, context for the scripture, and discussion questions. You can use it to explore the Bible with your family, small group, or on your own. Today’s Word with Pastor Paul Weekly on Thursdays | Online | Prince of Peace | popmn.org/author/pgauche Paul Gauche is the Pastor of Life Transitions at Prince of Peace. His posts challenge us to move with thoughtful purpose toward a deepened sense of identity. He blogs about a different word each week as part of his #100days50words project. You can follow him on Instagram (@pgauche) or read his blog on the Prince of Peace website. Questions? Contact Paul Gauche at pgauche@popmn.org. Faith to Go Resources Shepherd of the Valley l sotv.org/faith-to-go Prayer, rituals, and faith practices at home are the leading reason why young people grow up to have faith. Faith to Go provides kids and their grown-ups resources and activities that change each season. Grandparenting Faith Resources Shepherd of the Valley | sotv.org/grandparenting-faith You are blessed to be a blessing! You have a profound influence on the faith and values of your grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The normal routines of grandparenting, whether in person or from a distance, offer wonderful opportunities to be intentional about passing along faith to the children you love. Worship and Curriculum Resources Prince of Peace | popmn.org/worship/downloads Weekly worship resources include sermon audio, sermon transcript, small group resource, daily reading plan, prayers, and Monthly Direction newsletter. Children’s Ministry and Student Ministry curriculum includes age-based curriculum and a monthly Parent Cue resource to support faith formation at home.
  • 13. Summer 2023 | 11 Maturing in God’s Presence God promises us abundant life here and now. Yet the pace of our lives often leaves us without the joy, contentment, and peace we’re meant to have as followers of Christ. Dedicate your summer to reconnect with God through this hands-on resource. These journal prompts will take you on a 4-month journey through ten essential Christian practices. Learn the key features of each practice, including how it can help you grow spiritually. Try each practice in a suggested weekly rhythm and then design your own monthly agenda for spending time with God. Tessa Pinkstaff facilitates courses, workshops, and retreats on spiritual practices. Her ministry focuses on developing an intimate relationship with God through disciplines like prayer, simplicity, and silence and solitude. Tessa is the co-author of the forthcoming book Leading Faithful Innovation: Following God in a Hopeful Future (available from Fortress Press in April 2023). She will finish her Master of Arts in Ministry degree at Bethel Seminary in May 2023. Find this journal in print at Prince of Peace ($15) or free online at popmn. org/spiritual-journal NEW! Four Month Spiritual Practices Journal
  • 14. TreeHouse: Volunteer Opportunity Easter easter.org/localpartnerships Volunteers pray for teens, provide food twice a week, serve as mentors, and serve on the Community Development Team. The Eagan location is housed in Easter by the Lake. T-Shirt to Diaper Ministry In Person | Prince of Peace Contact Nancy Ferche at nlferche@gmail.com. We use recycled new and donated used t-shirts to create diapers, baby hats, dog toys, and washcloths for world-wide distribution. We don’t gather in the summer. However, we accept men’s/women’s t-shirts new and used sizes medium and larger year-round. Label them “diaper ministry“ and leave them in the donation bins at Prince of Peace. Communities to operate a food shelf for the benefit of the local community. Volunteers and donations are always welcome. Every Meal Shepherd of the Valley sotv.org/every-meal SOTV partners with Every Meal and Falcon Ridge Middle School to provide food for children over the weekend. Two volunteers are needed at the end of each school week, typically on Fridays, to put food in lockers. This program runs through the school year. Mission Outpost Food Shelf and Clothing Closet Weekly, Mondays-Thursdays In Person | Prince of Peace popmn.org/mission/mission- outpost/ Mission Outpost, in partnership with The Salvation Army, is a hub where those in need can receive food and support from caring individuals from the community. Email outpost@popmn.org with questions. Loaves and Fishes Free Community Meal Monday-Thursdays from 5:30-6:30pm | Easter | Volunteering starts at 2pm easter.org/localpartnerships Chef-prepared meals four nights per week are prepared and packaged for you to take home or deliver to others. There is also an option to eat with us indoors. Volunteer to help us cook and serve meals. Fare For All May 9, June 6, July 18, August 8 from 3:30-5:30pm Easter easter.org/localpartnerships Fare For All is a cooperative purchasing opportunity that offers fresh produce and frozen meat. It’s open to everyone and your purchase helps keep the food affordable. Food Shelf Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am-4pm| sotv.org/foodshelf Shepherd of the Valley SOTV partners with 360 Mission & Outreach 12 | Summer 2023
  • 15. Summer 2023 | 13 Peacemaker’s Quilting Group Shepherd of the Lake Thursdays at 1pm kariunruh@sollc.org This group meets weekly for quilting and fellowship. No experience necessary! Quilts are crafted with love and donated to people who need them for warmth and comfort. WinterWarmers Shepherd of the Lake WinterWarmers provides crocheted or knitted caps and scarves for local homeless shelters. Hats and scarves are made at home and collected at the church office. Patterns, yarn, and lessons are provided upon request. Contact Lee Krueger at leebob529@yahoo. com Sip N’ Stitch 3rd Saturday at 9:30am Easter Are you a knitter or crocheter? Easter people create prayer blankets to offer comfort for anyone in need. For more info email easter@easter.org. POP for Justice Prince of Peace Jay Olstad jayolstad@gmail.com Emily Hagen ehagen@popmn.org POP for Justice is a member-led group that focuses on justice issues in our community. They host educational events, provide information, and action steps. Racial Truth & Justice Julie Opheim julie.opheim@sotv.org Shepherd of the Valley This group focuses on issues of racial injustice, to educate, equip, and empower ourselves and others to be advocates for racial equity and justice, and to be active ministers of healing and unity in our community. Easter Quilters Mondays at 9:30am In Person | Easter Quilting activities include cutting, arranging the squares, sewing, and tying the quilts. Everything is provided. We also welcome donations of fabric and flat sheets for backing. Call the church office at 651- 452-3680 with questions. POP Quilters 1st , 3rd , 5th Wednesday, (except July) 9am-12pm In Person | Prince of Peace Contact Patty for information 952-890-4514 or Carol ceedurand@hotmail.com Quilting activities include cutting, arranging the squares, sewing and tying the quilts. Most quilts go to POP Mission Outpost. Everything is provided. We also welcome donations of fabric and flat sheets for backing. Shepherd Quilters Every Wednesday, 9-11:30am (Except July) Shepherd of the Valley sotv.org/quilters Golden Stitchers 1st , 3rd , 5th Thursdays 9-11:30am (except July) Shepherd of the Valley sotv.org/quilters Join Shepherd Quilters or Golden Stitchers to cut, iron, or stitch. All skill levels are welcomed and needed. Quilts are donated to a variety of organizations.
  • 16. Community Life Your Retirement Party Tuesday, May 2 from 6:30 – 8:30pm Shepherd of the Valley | $12/person (limited to 100) | Register at sotv.org/events Be filled with music, fellowship, and the possibilities that retirement holds! Join Purposeful Retirement for a great meal from the grill, entertainment by the MT Pockets (50’s - 80’s music), and fellowship. We extend a special invite to new or soon to be retirees, but all retirees are welcome! Please register so we can plan for food. Upon registration, look for a confirmation email. May Music Festival Worship May 14 at 9:45am | Easter Easter Lutheran Church (Hill Campus) invites you to “I Believe,” a hymn festival worship service exploring the Nicene Creed. The Easter Choir, Jubilate Ringers, and Choristers children’s choir, along with instrumentalists, will join to the creed’s elements, amplified by readings and poetry.” Community Band Jam: Meet & Greet May 14 at 4pm | Shepherd of the Lake | Register at sollc.org/events Are you a musician looking to connect with other musicians? We want to jam with you! Come and meet other musicans and make music in a casual social setting. Questions? Email JoAnna Johnson at joannajohnson@sollc.org. POP in the Park Sunday, August 13 from 5-8pm at Crystal Lake Beach Park in Burnsville Prince of Peace | $5/person suggested donation | Register at popmn.org/register Join us for this community picnic! Great music from the Message Community Band, food, and fun will be provided for the whole family. Bring your lawn chair, a beverage, and your dancing shoes! We can’t wait to see you! 14 | Summer 2023
  • 17. Summer 2023 | 15 This group hosts a variety of service, learning, and social events at SOTV and locally. It is a time to meet others, enjoy fellowship, and find your community. Women Warriors 3rd Thursday at 5pm In Person | Easter | No cost More info at easter.org/support Women Warriors is a group of women who have lost their husbands recently or awhile ago. Join us and learn how to navigate the stages of grief, find your way through everything that needs to get done, and live a new independent life. Breathing Space Adult Respite Care 2nd & 4th Friday from 9am-1pm In Person | No Cost | Easter easter@easter.org. Caregivers can drop off the adult they provide care for at Easter for supervised activities. Participants will be paired with a trained volunteer for individual and group activities including puzzles, games, music, arts/crafts, walking outside, volunteering with church projects, and much more. This is a offered in partnership with DARTS. Caregiving Support Group 3rd Saturday from 9-10am In Person | Easter | No cost More info at easter.org/support This support group is for all caregivers to share their struggles/joys/needs, and receive support, information, and resources. Adult 55+ POP Singles 3rd Mondays at 6:30 pm In Person | Prince of Peace Contact Marlene Robertson at 952-944-2176 or marrobe@usfamily.net Single people are invited to meet others through activities such as visiting restaurants or attending local performances. Our monthly meetings last about an hour. New members welcome! Purposeful Retirement Julie Opheim & Kristi Kuhnau julie.opheim@sotv.org Shepherd of the Valley sotv.org/purposeful-retirement Find new purpose in the next chapter of life by learning new things, using skills in new ways, helping others, and being in community with others. Enjoy monthly presentations on topics of interest. Most are free, and include a chance for small group discussion. Purposeful Retirement: Affinity Groups Shepherd of the Valley sotv.org/purposeful-retirement These smaller groups are centered on different interests including ancestry, biking, book clubs, downsizing, lunch, pickleball, and service. Anyone nearing retirement or already retired is welcome. Empty Nesters Julie Opheim julie.opheim@sotv.org Shepherd of the Valley sotv.org/events Arts Corner Christina Nissen 1crnissen@gmail.com sotv.org/arts-corner Shepherd of the Valley Share your love of art with others! Try a new art form, help others in the community, or create art together. We welcome artists who work in all media. Prince of Peace Art Guild 2nd Tuesday at 4pm In Person | No Cost Prince of Peace, Mary Brainard marybrainard@hotmail.com This Visual Arts Ministry provides a forum to display faith informed arts mediums. MANUP Tap House 3rd Monday at 6:30pm In Person | Easter manup@easter.org A men’s Bible study and time for fellowship. More info at easter.org/manup Interfaith Creation Care 1st & 3rd Monday at 6:30pm In Person and Online Prince of Peace Contact Curt Carlson at carlsoc77@gmail.com iccsmtc.blogspot.com ICCSM is a member-led group representing 18 faith communities in the south metro, that strives to educate, equip and empower all to be good stewards of God’s creation by valuing and preserving our environment.
  • 18. 16 | Summer 2023 COMMUNITY LIFE Parkinson’s Support 1st Thursdays at 2pm In Person/hybrid Prince of Peace Contact Jody Slaughter, Spiritual Care Minister, for more information and for the Zoom link by emailing jslaughter@popmn.org Parkinson’s Disease Support offers an opportunity for caregivers to connect with others affected by this condition. Learn, share experiences, and offer support with one another. We begin with a topical presentation and break into small groups for those living with PD and their family members/caregivers. Persons with Dementia 2nd Wednesdays from 2-3pm In Person | Prince of Peace Alzheimer’s Association® support groups, conducted by trained facilitators, are a safe place for people with dementia to develop a support system, exchange practical information on living well with dementia, learn about community resources, and talk through issues & concerns. Additional information on Alzheimer’s can be found at www.alz.org Questions about joining this group or how to schedule a screening? Contact Kari Snyder, Senior Adult Ministries, at 952- 898-9357 or ksnyder@popmn. org. Depression Support Group Thursdays, 6:30-8pm | Easter In Person or via Zoom More info at easter.org/support Led by a trained facilitator, this group shares their challenges, disappointments, and successes in living with depression, anxiety, bipolar, and similar illnesses. All are welcome! Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) 2nd Mondays from 6:30-8pm In Person | Prince of Peace PFLAG supports parents, family, allies and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. We are a place of love and acceptance with members from all walks of life. Each month, we begin with a topical presentation and break into small groups for further discussion. Contact Susan Allen at allensusanw@gmail.com. Challenged by Cancer Support Group 2nd Thursday from 7–8:30pm Zoom | Shepherd of the Valley sotv.org/groups This group is for women living with cancer to gather and support each other. Cost is free. No registration needed, come as you are! Questions? Contact Naomi at taterst@centurylink. net or 651-491-4275. Compassionate Friends South of the River Support Group 3rd Tuesdays at 6:30pm Zoom | Shepherd of the Valley sotv.org/groups This group is for all parents who are grieving the loss of a child of any age from any cause. No cost or registration required. Contact Sue and Keith Borgerson at borgerson@ charter.net or 952-797-6346. Infertility or Loss Support Group 3rd Tuesday from 6:30–7:30pm Zoom | Shepherd of the Valley sotv.org/groups A peer-led support group for those having difficulty conceiving or who have experienced miscarriage or loss. All are welcome, individually or as couples. Cost is free. Questions? Contact Melissa Tapper at wingstoflysupportgroup@ outlook.com or 612-207-1722. Pursuing Peace in Al-Anon Support Group Tuesdays from 7-8pm In Person | Shepherd of the Valley | sotv.org/groups This group supports people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking, bringing positive changes to their individual situations. Suicide Bereavement Support Group 2nd Mondays (Zoom) 4th Thursdays (In Person) 7– 8:30pm Shepherd of the Valley This group offers a facilitated discussion for anyone caught in the struggle that follows the suicide death of their loved ones. To get the Zoom link, email Maria at maria_stee@ yahoo.com or 651-983-2719. Thursday meetings at SOTV.
  • 19. Gratitude propelled Jesus’ ministry, relationships, and His very being. Gratitude for life. Gratitude for purpose. Gratitude for hope in dark moments like those in the upper room. Every time I lead communion in my church, I hang on these words of gratitude that Jesus’ shares with his disciples. They remind me that in the middle of everything, God is up to good. And that goodness is calling us forward into a world that looks more like heaven. That has certainly been true since we launched Vine in August of 2022. It has not been easy. It is a logistical mountain to climb. Church staff are fluid and living into their call in other ways. Against the backdrop of the white noise of our culture, our movement is a bit of a whisper. Yet, the details reflect mountains of ministry. The fluidity signals the dynamic nature of the church. That whisper comes from a still small voice. So, I give thanks. I give thanks for the Vine leadership team, Dawn Ridgway and Karolina Stark. I give thanks for the pastors and church staff of Easter Lutheran, Prince of Peace, Shepherd of the Valley, and Shepherd of the Lake. I give thanks for our synod and denomination for accelerating innovative ideas. I give thanks for the Holy Spirit that empowers, enlivens, and equips this ministry every day. Jason Kramme, Vine Director Summer 2023 | 17 Gratitude & Grace
  • 20. 952-898-9387 | vinefindyourway@gmail.com | @vinefindyourway Vine c/o Prince of Peace Lutheran Church 13801 Fairview Drive Burnsville, MN 55337 Find Your Way