Visiting Shepherd of the Valley?

Welcome!

We are delighted that you are here! Whatever has led you here, whether it’s a lifetime of faith or a lifetime of questions, all are welcome here. Please consider yourself part of our community. You may have a lot of questions before you visit. So we have tried to answer the most common questions that people have before they join us for worship.

Visitor Sign-in

You are welcome to sign the red attendance book located at the end of each pew.

What should I wear?

We believe that God is much more concerned with your heart than your outward appearance. Most of our people wear business casual. However, we have individuals who do dress up and individuals who wear casual clothing. Come as you are; we want you to feel comfortable.

Where should my kids go?

Children are welcome to be with you during worship. There are materials (books, color sheets, puzzles, etc) available to use at the back of the sanctuary. Nursery care is available during 9:45 am worship and is located next to the sanctuary in the Nursery room.

What will the worship be like?

8:30am – Traditional Service 

The 8:30am Traditional service starts with a welcome from the Pastor and announcements.
There is then a brief order of Confession and Forgiveness, Bible readings and a Children’s Chat.
These are followed by a reading of the Holy Gospel, Pastor’s sermon, prayers and communion.
Traditional hymns are sung throughout the service, accompanied by our Pipe Organ.
Please join us for coffee and refreshments on the patio outside the sanctuary after the service.

9:45am – Rejoice Service

The 9:45am Rejoice service starts out with announcements and the singing of contemporary songs accompanied by the Rejoice Band. This is followed by the Gospel reading, Pastor’s sermon, and prayers, along with more lively music. Children join the service after being dismissed from Sunday School so they may participate in the children’s chat and communion. If you prefer praise music with a live band, this is for you.

We hope that you join us for coffee and refreshments on the patio outside the sanctuary after the Service.

Babysitting is available in the preschool during service.

11:00am – Traditional Service

The 11:00am Traditional service starts with a welcome from the Pastor and announcements.
There is then a brief order of Confession and Forgiveness, Bible readings and a Children’s Chat.
These are followed by a reading of the Holy Gospel, Pastor’s sermon, prayers and communion.
Traditional hymns are sung throughout the service, accompanied by our Pipe Organ.
Please join us for coffee and refreshments on the patio outside the sanctuary after the service.

Sunday School

Sunday school for Kindergarten through 5th grade begins at 9:45 am in the purple classroom.
At 10:30 am, children join their families in the 9:45 service for children’s chat and communion.

After the service:

Please join us for coffee and refreshments on the patio outside the sanctuary after the service. We usually exit through the front of the church to visit on our patio so please join us on the patio we would like to welcome you to our church.

We wish to extend a warm invitation to you. Visitors are welcome. We hope to assist you in finding spiritual fulfillment. During our worship, we emphasize the love and grace of God through confession and forgiveness, the proclamation of God’s word, the sacrament of Holy communion, and an uplifting blend of music. It is our hope that you will have a worship experience that brings you closer to the presence of God in your life.

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Church on America (ELCA) – Southwest California Synod; we are one of over 11.000 congregations throughout the United States.