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.
Online Worship on Sundays

 

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.

 

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

 

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Weekday Worship Service

 

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.

Outdoor service guide: https://bit.ly/2Yw5bg7

 

Waiver: https://bit.ly/2ASkMyc

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January 11, 2021

Protocol for Social Distancing: Appendix A

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December 30, 2020

 

Dear Members:

 

In an effort to keep our church and school community safe and healthy during this pandemic, we have adopted a travel policy that applies to all staff. At this time, all regular volunteers  (worship leaders, food drive workers, communion delivery people) as well as visitors to the office/campus should also follow this guidance, which is in keeping with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health policies.

Note: This is solely related to travel, not daily commuting. For example, people who live in Ventura County and worship or work in LA County or vice-versa, are not subject to the 14-day quarantine policy.

SOV Church Volunteer & Visitor Travel Policy

As we all know, COVID-19 cases continue to rise and the high level of community spread is concerning. As an effort to continue providing a healthy and safe environment, we are implementing a new travel policy. 

 

Until further notice, this travel policy will be effective immediately for all staff, volunteers and visitors to Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church and Preschool.

 

We understand that the travel restrictions are inconvenient, but we hope with everyone’s collective effort, we will be able to protect the health and safety of our community. 

 

Travel Policy

 

• We expect all SOV Church and Preschool families to continue to follow best practices and all Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidance (wearing masks, physical distancing, avoiding gatherings and crowds, etc.) while traveling. Please be aware that non-essential travel is not recommended at this time.

http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/about/FAQ.pdf 

• If your family travels out of Los Angeles County, a 14-day quarantine is required before returning to SOV. (Please note that SOV is following a 14-day requirement, rather than 10 days, out of an abundance of caution and on the recommendation of our preschool licensing agency during the ongoing surge.)

• A COVID test is recommended, but not required, after travel if your family is asymptomatic and you have not been notified of a potential exposure while on your trip.

• All international travel requires a 14-day quarantine. This includes driving to Canada and/or Mexico.

 

If you need assistance, prayer, support or other help from the Church, please call the office at (818) 348-8343. 

 

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation in keeping our school community safe and open for all our families.

Sincerely,

 

Danielle Fairlee

SOV COVID-19 Compliance Coordinator

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December 28, 2020

LA County churches allowed to resume indoor services with strict restrictions.

 

Current Appendix F for Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church required by Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

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December 7, 2020

 

SOV Christmas Travel Advisory 

In light of rising COVID case numbers and hospitalizations Countywide, we are again urging all staff and school families to limit non-essential travel over the holiday season.  

 

As a school community, we are only as safe as those making the riskiest choices. Mindful of the drastic spike in cases recently, we urge everyone to delay non-essential travel at this time and to stay local. We want everyone in our community to stay safe and healthy this holiday season. 

 

Please be aware that all travelers coming into LA from other countries or states via LAX, Van Nuys Airport or Union Station are required to fill out a form acknowledging that they have read and understood California’s travel advisory, including the guidance for 14-days of self quarantine after arrival. The form and the travel advisory can be found here:  https://travel.lacity.org/. You can also find information on the LAX website here: https://www.flylax.com/travelsafely

 

Also, please note that free, public COVID testing resources may be stretched to the limit due to the surge in cases.

If you need a COVID-19 test, consult your primary doctor first, or visit https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/ for more information. 

 

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation in keeping our school community safe and open for all our families.

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November 16, 2020

Thanksgiving and Holiday Travel during COVID-19

 

Last Friday, the states of California, Washington and Oregon issued COVID-19 travel advisories "urging visitors entering their states or returning home from travel outside these states to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the virus. The travel advisories urge against non-essential out-of-state travel, ask people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country and encourage residents to stay local.”  These advisories are also in keeping with recommendations from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health for 14-days of quarantine after travel.

 

We strongly encourage all staff and church families to follow the state and local recommendations regarding minimized travel and hygiene practices this holiday season.

 

As a church community, we are only as safe as those making the riskiest choices. Mindful of the drastic spike in cases recently, we urge everyone to delay non-essential travel at this time and to stay local. We want everyone in our community to stay safe and healthy this holiday season.

 

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation in keeping our church community safe.

For your reference, please see state and local guidance below:

 

Governors’ Announcement:https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/11/13/california-oregon-washington-issue-travel-advisories/

 

CA Public Health Travel Advisory:https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Travel-Advisory.aspx

 

LA County Department of Public Health (See Item #11):http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/about/FAQ.pdf

 

LA County Department of Public Health Holiday Guidance:http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/community/GuidanceHolidays.pdf

 

Free COVID-19 testing resources in LA County:https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/

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November 9, 2020

 

INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19 (coronavirus):

We have obtained the updated Protocol for Places of Worship: Appendix F by the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health. We will continue to evaluate and manage the health and safety of our staff and visitors. 

 

Thank you for your continued support in guiding Shepherd of the Valley through the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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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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

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE

Every Sunday - 9:30 AM

OFFICE HOURS

Monday - Friday

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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