In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1.1
A powerful evangelistic tool? "Creation Evangelism" is being used to reach unbelieving cultures. Many unsaved people don't understand the message of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. But when they start with the book of Genesis and explain where people come from and what happen in the Garden of Eden and therefore, why Jesus came to die on the Cross, they fully understand the Gospel. Many trust Jesus and commit their lives to Christ. Today we have whole generations of young people in our own culture, who have been trained to think and believe apart from God. When we lay the foundation that the origin of all things is found in the book of Genesis, the message of the Cross becomes more understandable.
Doctrinal Position of the LCMS.
We teach that God has created heaven and earth, and that in the manner and in the space of time recorded in the Holy Scriptures, especially Gen. 1 and 2, namely, by His almighty creative word, and in six days. We reject every doctrine which denies or limits the work of creation as taught in Scripture. In our days it is denied or limited by those who assert, ostensibly in deference to science, that the world came into existence through a process of evolution; that is, that it has, in immense periods of time, developed more or less of itself. Since no man was present when it pleased God to create the world, we must look for a reliable account of creation to God's own record, found in God's own book, the Bible. We accept God's own record with full confidence and confess with Luther's Catechism: "I believe that God has made me and all creatures."
Missions and Evangelism
Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Mattew 9:37
To plan and implement the various activities for evangelism, new members, public relations, and mission projects. Our mission: “Sharing the Shepherd”
A designated number of individual LCMS pastors and missionaries in overseas mission work through our “special missions” fund.
We support a family who serves as Lutheran Bible Translators (LBT) with annual financial gift. The mission of LBT is to help bring people to faith in Jesus Christ by making the Word of God available to those who do not yet have it in the language of their hearts.
We support a Pastor from Ghana, Africa with a financial gift.
Other mission projects which may arise during a given year and find ways to support them.
A well-kept house of worship, and church property, are essential to the daily operation of this facility. It is also an assurance to members and new comers that this congregation is dedicated to the service of the Lord. Shepherd of the Valley church does its best to uphold a degree of thankfulness and respect for the Lord, by keeping the facility and its grounds in good condition. It is the duty of the Trustees to see this through to the best of their ability.
Worship and Altar
To have members serve on this committee to ensure that all aspects of a worship service are met as stated throughout the committee manual by the guidance of the Holy Spirit and according to the constitution of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church.
Stewardship and Finance
The LCMS defines stewardship this way: “Christian stewardship is the free and joyous activity of God’s family — the church — in managing life’s resources for His purposes. When stewardship is taught correctly it is about the whole life of the Christian. However, it is not about the Christian. It is about how a Christian loves the Lord with all his or her heart and all of his or her mind and all his or her strength and all his or her soul and loves his or her neighbor as himself for herself. It is about the teaching of the radical generosity of our Lord toward us in Jesus and then our Holy Spirit-inspired response of generosity toward others.