Shepherd of the Valley Updates
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church is suspending all in-person activities until further notice. We will conduct our worship online until we can gather again in person. This page contains information on our online worship and programming. We look forward to seeing you online soon.

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June 17, 2020

On Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00pm, we invite you to gather at Shepherd of the Valley for a special outdoor prayer service on the day that God's Church commemorates the birth of John the Baptist.

 

We hope that this evening together will be our first opportunity to "prepare the way" for an eventual return to in-person worship on Sunday mornings.

 

When you arrive for our prayer service on Wednesday, June 24, please be aware that things will look different. You may wish to arrive a little early to allow for these new safety measures:

 

PRE-REGISTRATION: 

Because of new capacity limitations, please register everyone in your party in advance before attending by clicking the link below or by contacting the church office. A limited number of spaces will be reserved for new visitors. If capacity is reached during the pre-registration process, your name(s) may be added to a waiting list on a first-come, first-served priority basis.

 

PARKING:

We will mark off every other parking space in order to facilitate social distancing. 

 

CHECK-IN:

We are required by Public Health officials to keep attendance of everyone on campus (to facilitate any need for contact tracing later) so be prepared to wait in a socially-distanced line to check in at the desk near the parking lot.

 

At check-in, we will:

 

* Confim that you that you are feeling healthy and that you screened for symptoms of COVID-19 before arrival. We will have a touch-less thermometer for temperature checks if needed.

 

* Ask you to sign a waiver. To save time, you may download it below and bring it signed to the service. We will need one copy signed for each person in attendance. Parents may sign for their minor children. You will only be asked to sign this waiver once by SOVLC. We will keep it on file for future church events.

 

* Remind you that you must wear a face covering and maintain social distance throughout the gathering.

 

CHILDREN:

Children must remain with their parents or guardians at all times.

 

RESTROOMS: 

We will have the men’s and women’s restrooms closest to the sanctuary open for the service. Please keep your face covering on while you are in the restrooms.  No more than 2 people may occupy any restroom at any time.

 

SOCIAL DISTANCING: 

Please maintain social distancing at all times while on SOV Campus. The only exception is for people from the same household. All worship participants will be socially distance from one another as well.

 

SEATING:

Please bring your own lawn chair to the service, if possible.

 

ONLINE BROADCAST:

For those who cannot attend the service live due to risk factors or any other reason, please enjoy a broadcast of the prayer service via the church Facebook or YouTube channel.

 

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as we navigate this new way of worshiping together. As public health authorities update the guidance for worship services, we will adjust our protocols accordingly. Meanwhile, we look forward to seeing you at our SOV home for what we know will be a welcome gathering in prayer.

Prayer Service Registration

Waiver

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June 3, 2020

 

Hi everyone. I’m honored to be a part of the team at SOV working to ensure we comply with all the new guidance for local public health agencies. As we begin the process of reopening, which will take some time, there are several steps we can all take to prepare.

 

First and foremost, please familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Here is a very short video from the CDC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zzfdYShvQU

 

Next, please familiarize yourself with what to do if you are sick or caring for someone who is sick, including the requirements for quarantine and isolation: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/index.html

 

It is important for the health of our entire community, that everyone who is at high-risk for COVID-19 and/or symptomatic stays home.

 

For everyone’s protection, we ask all members of our SOV community to screen themselves daily for the symptoms of COVID-19. Please screen for the following before any visit to our campus:

 

TEMPERATURE—Take your temperature daily. While fever is not a definitive sign of COVID-19 infection, it is important not to come to SOV with a temperature higher than 100.4.

 

SYMPTOMS—Are you ill or experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 within/in the past 7 days, such as coughing, fever, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing? Early symptoms may include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and runny nose, loss of taste and or smell.

 

CLOSE CONTACTS—Has a household/family member had a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms in the past 7 days? Have you had close contact with someone who is known to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days?

 

If you have a fever or any known symptoms of COVID-19 or respiratory illness, or if you come into close contact with someone showing these symptoms or someone known to have COVID-19, please stay home.

 

If for some reason you need to come on campus, please screen yourself before hand. Beginning immediately all visitors, staff and volunteers must check-in and check-out with the front office. This is required by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in order to facilitate contact tracing in the event of an outbreak. Please follow the directions posted at all entrances. Face coverings are required for all people over age 2.

 

Meanwhile, we are working diligently to put in place all of the protocols and safety mitigations required by the State of California and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to reopen our school. We have a lot of work to do.

 

Let our hearts remain open and patient as we find our way. Please feel free to email me if you have questions about our COVID-19 reopening plans: daniellefairlee@mac.com

 

Danielle Fairlee

COVID-19 Compliance Coordinator

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May 27, 2020

Pastor Brian and the church staff are closely monitoring announcements and guidelines from federal, state, and local officials about re-opening houses of worship. While we are all eager to worship together, we are following the recommendations of our synod bishops that we delay reopening until local public health officials deem it safe to do so AND when we have the necessary infection control measures and mitigations in place.

 

The safety of our members, guests and staff are of the utmost importance — especially those who have higher risk for COVID-19 disease. When our plans for reopening are finalized, we will notify you. Meanwhile, please continue to
utilize the remote worship, Bible Study and fellowship opportunities we offer.

 

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March 16, 2020

 

This week, and any future weeks without worship, Pastor Brian will post and email a sermon on Sunday morning on our website. He will also record a video with Scripture reading, sermon and prayers which will be posted each Sunday morning on our websiteFacebook, and YouTube.

 

As more information becomes available, Shepherd of the Valley leadership will do its best to keep you informed in a timely manner. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the church office by phone at 818-348-8343 or by email at office@sovls.org.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, flexibility, and Christian witness during these unusual days.

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Online Worship

 

With the challenges from the coronavirus affecting us all, we want to do what we can to keep our congregation safe, healthy, and spiritually fed. So, for as long as we need to, Shepherd of the Valley will be holding worship services online. We invite you to join us online each week for a time of worship, prayer, and music.

 

Sunday Worship bulletin will be available HERE.

 

Worship services streamed on Facebook and YouTube each Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

 

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Giving

Our ministry here at Shepherd will continue during this complicated and important time. Our staff and leadership will continue to work and plan new ways for us to "be together", even if it means being together from a distance. It is essential to support the ministry of Shepherd of the Valley as we all find ways to be generous even while we're not physically together. With all this in mind, please keep your offering as part of your spiritual practice.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE about our giving options and how to automate your giving on a continued basis. Or click the link below to go directly to our secure online giving page.

 
ONLINE GIVING
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Resources

For up to date information, you can monitor the following websites:

SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY LUTHERAN CHURCH

TEL: 818-348-8343

23838 Kittridge Street
West Hills, CA 91307

 

office@sovls.org

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8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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