Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
About Us

We Believe

We believe and confess that God is triune: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We confess with sorrow that we are sinful by nature, unable to free ourselves and worthy only of God’s judgment here and hereafter. With great joy we confess that Jesus Christ, God’s eternal Son, became man for us and for our salvation, being born of the Virgin Mary. He shared our life in every way except for sin, that He might offer Himself as the great Sacrifice for our sins. By his blood we are cleansed and made God’s children. By His resurrection He brought the great treasures of life God the Holy Spirit distributes these treasures and immorality to light. to us through channels.
Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. In Baptism, we are born again, born from above. In the Lord’s Supper He feeds us with the true and life-giving
flesh and blood of Jesus.

These teachings, which Christians of every age have confessed, are taught with great clarity in the book of Concord (1580).  The small Catechism of Dr. Luther is especially valued for its beautiful and simple statement of God's Word.

Grace Alone
God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love.  He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.

Faith Alone
By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.

Scripture Alone
The Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine. 

Along with other Christians, we believe and confess the Three Ecumenical Creeds.

We believe, teach and confess the Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church as contained in the Book of Concord of 1580.


An Introduction to the LCMS, a booklet published by Concordia Publishing House.


Meet our Pastor: Mark Schoen

Church Information 

Organized: December 21, 1988
District: NW WI District
Circuit: Rice Lake

SOTV Statistics

258 Baptized Members
146 Average Worship Attendance 
32 Average Sunday School Attendance
68 Average Adult Bible Class Attendance


Statement of Belief

This congregation Shepherd of the Valley is part of The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS or Synod). The LCMS is a mission-oriented and Bible-based denomination that confesses the historic, orthodox Christian faith in the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a faith built on "the foundation of the prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone" (Eph. 2:20). With the universal Christian Church, The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God, who created all that exists; became man to suffer, die, and rise again for the world's redemption; and brings people to faith and new life through His Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - are coequal and coeternal, one God.

LCMS congregations voluntarily choose to belong to the Synod, and, although diverse in many ways, all hold to a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture. We believe without reservation that the Scripture of the Old and the New Testament are the written Word of God and the only rule and norm of faith and of practice. In addition, the Synod accepts without reservation the writings contained in the Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.


Believing in the authority of Holy Scripture and that the Lutheran Confession are a correct interpretation and presentation of biblical doctrine, our congregations agree to conform all their teaching and practice to the Scriptures and the Confessions.

The Synod "is not an ecclesiastical government, exercising legislative or coercive powers" (LCMS Constitution, Article VII) concerning its member congregations and ministers. However, the voluntary association of member congregations and ministers includes their agreement to respect and honor and uphold (Bylaw 1.7.2, 1.8.1) decisions (resolutions) made by the Synod in its national conventions regarding the understanding of the teachings of Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions and practices that are consistent with such teaching. The Synod in convention is the "principle legislative assembly" of the LCMS (Bylaw 3.1.1) and its resolutions and statements are the position of the Synod in matters of doctrine and life. The Constitution and Bylaws of the LCMS provide specific guidance for the implementation and supervision of the teaching and practice of its members (congregations and rostered church workers).

Congregations of the LCMS, while upholding teachings and practices that are consistent with Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions and while honoring Synod convention resolutions, are self-governed and establish policies based on local circumstances and expediency. An LCMS congregation or ministry operates according to its own constitution and bylaws - which are required by synod Bylaws to be reviewed by the District through which the congregation holds membership in the Synod - and therein establishes an orderly way of making decisions and determines which individuals or entities in the congregations (e.g.. the pastor, church council, board of elders) will have authority to act on behalf of the congregation in specific circumstances. The Constitution and bylaws of this Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church govern our decision-making and policies.


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