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Saturday, October 8

Kids and Screens with Erin Walsh: The Science Behind Technology Use in Early Childhood

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Saturday, October 8 9:00 – 11:00 am Register here. This class is hosted by both Shepherd of the Valley and Easter Lutheran Church. Location of the class is at Shepherd of the Valley in Apple Valley. The youngest among us are no strangers to digital technology. One-third of children under three years of age go online daily and 28% of children under two have televisions in their bedrooms. Families are getting conflicting advice about the impact of these technologies – on one hand companies promise that media can boost their children’s intelligence while on the other America’s pediatricians urge parents to limit screen time in the early years. In this workshop, Erin explores the latest research on the power and impact of screen time in early childhood and shares the ingredients that young children need to thrive in a world dominated by screens. Using stories and warm humor, she helps parents or professionals identify ways to use technology and media to support children’s learning and development. Your co-hosts for this event, Shepherd of the Valley and Easter Lutheran, believe that the important work of raising kids is a calling from God. We partner with parents and other caregivers by providing opportunities to learn and form life-giving connections with others through a community of faith. Erin Walsh is a parent, speaker, educator, and writer. She has worked with communities across the country who want to better understand child and adolescent development and cut through conflicting information about kids and technology. Erin and her father, Dr. David Walsh, started together at the National Institute on Media and the Family before creating Spark & Stitch Institute in 2019. Her signature down-to-earth approach and sense of humor helps families and educators engage in complicated topics and leave feeling capable and motivated. She has consulted with schools, school districts, parent groups, and other youth serving organizations throughout North America on issues related to digital media, parenting, and social emotional development. Register for the event here.

shepherd of the valley lutheran church

Categories: Class/Study, Family

Sunday, October 9

Spotlight - Defending Life

All Day Event

Join us as we listen to Megan Almon, award winning journalist and national speaker, teach us how to engage in productive and gracious conversations in defense of life. You can register here. Megan Almon As a wife, mom, athlete, artist, avid reader, and teacher, Megan has a unique perspective that endears her to any audience. Megan was part of the 2002 SEC championship women’s gymnastics team at the University of Georgia. She worked as an award-winning journalist until 2008, and was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Christian Apologetics from Biola University in 2011. Megan and her husband, Tripp, who serves as Director of Programs and Semester with Summit Ministries, have been married since 2003 and have two children, Neely and Rogan. Megan enjoys spending time with her family at their home in Manitou Springs, Co., and is still known to practice handstands in her kitchen. She has served as faculty at Summit Ministries and Impact 360 and has spoken to high school-and-college assemblies and classrooms, conferences, youth organizations, women’s groups, and congregations across the nation.

Free Lutheran Bible College and Seminary

Categories: Class/Study, Community Events, Conference, Family

16th Annual Sounds of the Harvest Music Festival

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Come join us for an afternoon of music filled with a mix of fun music along with inspirational and gospel songs and favorite hymns performed by family members, Sellin, Wallace, Rolin & Rousu'. An array of desserts and old fashioned "egg coffee" will be waiting to delight your taste buds after an afternoon of musical entertainment. Come out for a wonderful gathering of music and fellowship, all in the name of the Lord.

ebenezer Lutheran Church

Categories: Family

Wednesday, October 12

International Day of the Girl Luncheon

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

This is a fundraiser that coincides with the International Day of the Girl Child, designated by the UN, and is intended to expand our community of Light of Hope supporters.  The lunch will take place on Wednesday, October 12th from Noon to 1:00pm at the Hutton House in Medicine Lake.  The event is complimentary for you and your guests as it will be sponsored by MedNet Solutions and the Hutton House, with all proceeds going directly to Light of Hope.

The Hutton House

Categories: Fundraiser

Thursday, October 13

2022 Minnesota Prayer Breakfast

6:30 AM - 8:30 PM

This annual breakfast will bring us together to pray for our state, featuring stories and testimony by the Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge Choir, Christopher Martin and a message by Dr. John Ortberg. Located at the North End Event Center on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, or online!

Minnesota State Fair

Categories: Conference

Saturday, October 15

Learning Responsible Consumerism Community Breakfast

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us to learn how to be more conscientious consumers and stewards of God’s creation. Get a list of environmentally friendly products and services. Share your best consumerism tips and join in discussions about choices and changes you can make around your homes to contribute to reducing waste and protecting the environment. This event is sponsored by SOTV’s Eco Savvy Stewards. Cost: $10 (suggested donation; includes continental breakfast). Must register on our website: (Registration deadline is Wednesday, October 12. We don’t want the cost to keep anyone from participating in this event. Financial support is available and can be selected when you register.) Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church is located at 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, MN 55124. Find more events at sotv.org/events. Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church (SOTV) is affiliated with the ELCA and St. Paul Area Synod. Learn more about SOTV at www.sotv.org/about.

shepherd of the valley lutheran church

Categories: Class/Study

Big Shoe Ranch Ministries First Annual Fundraiser

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Big Shoe Ranch Ministries is a Christian based ministry created to offer a peaceful place of refuge as well as a place where a soul can heal through the connection and life lessons given to us by one of God's most beautiful creations- the horse! So much of the time a broken life or broken heart is sadly overlooked because it is not so easily identified as broken or in need of healing. Our heart is to provide a peaceful sancutary using the ranch, our volunteer staff, and our horses where a soul can be quieted, healed if needed, and restored to the joy God always intended for our life's journey. Our vision for BSRM is to provide a safe-haven for our children where they can step out of life's pressures and encounter the healing power of God, gain or regain their joy, and experience the amazing healing power of one of God's most powerful animals - the horse- AKA our "Team of Angels" (FB provides a little "snippet" on us and our TEAM) - BigShoeRanchMinistries. Each session includes inspiring conversations from some of our inspiring texts we provide as well as organic conversation about life's journey's, and of course time with the horses. Our hope is to leave a legacy of the love of God, compassion, friendships, and faith along the way. We will be raising money for the ongoing ministry for our kids and horses! For more information please contact Sheryl Meissner @ bsrministries@gmail.com

Hacienda Ranch

Categories: Fundraiser

24th Annual Gala

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Save the Date for this year's Gala & Silent Auction.

Earle Brown Center

Categories: Family, Fundraiser

Tuesday, October 18

Sidewalk Counseling Training Seminar

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Training in peaceful life-saving prayer, witness and counseling outside abortion centers. If you can hand someone a brochure, you can help save a life! Nearly every day in the Twin Cities, about 30 babies are scheduled to be killed in the area’s five abortion centers. Attend this free seminar and learn how to save these babies by reaching out in love to those entering abortion mills. Prayer supporters are also needed and are welcome to attend. Open to Christians of all denominations. (This seminar will help you talk to anyone who is considering abortion, even if you are not yet sure about being a sidewalk counselor.) Presented by Pro-Life Action Ministries, which has documented more than 3600 babies saved through its ministry since 1981. Co-sponsored by the Prolife Center of the University of St. Thomas. Parking is available for $1.50/hour at the nearby Anderson Parking Facility (intersection of Grand and Cretin). To register, contact Pro-Life Action Ministries at 651-797-6366 or thomas.wilkin@plam.org. More information about this and other upcoming events is at: plam.org/events/

University of St. Thomas, Owens Science Hall Auditorium

Categories: Conference

Friday, October 21

Bob Bennett Concert

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, finger picking-style guitarist & recording artist Bob Bennett is coming to the Music Factory! He’s recorded eleven critically acclaimed solo albums and artists such as Glen Campbell have recorded his songs. He’s worked in concert with Amy Grant, David Wilcox, Pierce Pettis, Barry McGuire, Phil Keaggy, Bruce Carroll, Randy Stonehill and Steve Bell. The Orange County Register simply encourages “music fans [to] discover his intimate and beautiful folk style on a range of wonderful discs. Life seems to keep infusing Bennett with plenty of experiences to fuel the growth needed to keep his songs relevant.” Recording Artist Michael Card says this of Bob: "Bob Bennett is one of the most gifted songwriters any of us know about. He is able to listen to the parable of his own life and share with us what he hears the Lord is saying to him and to us all." Advanced tickets are $30.00 and tickets at the door are $35.00. Seating is general admission and doors open at 7:30 PM. There will hot and cold soft drinks and snacks available to purchase during the event. The Music Factory is located on the 2nd floor of the historic WWI era Old Milk Factory which is not a handicap accessible building and there are some stairs to climb. *Until the government requires new mandates, the Heart of the City Music Factory does not have any COVID restrictions. Masks are optional.

Heart of the City Music Factory

Categories: Concert

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