Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church                                                                                    Where God's love is felt and shared 
What's Happening
February 16, 2018
Service Time
This Sunday
 8:00 am Traditional Worship
10:30 am Celebration Service
9:15 am NO Children's Education
9:30 am Adult Education
Fellowship Hall
NO Sunday Children's Education
There will not be children's education classes this Sunday.  We will resume on February 25.
Adult Education
Pastor Dennis Nelson will lead a study on the Gospel of John beginning Sunday, February 18 at 9:30 am in the Fellowship Hall.
Hospitality for Foreign Students
Did you know that there are nearly 1 million international students studying in the United States?  Unfortunately, 80% are never invited to an American home.  And they may experience isolation, homesickness and culture shock.  It could really make a difference if someone would reach out to them with hospitality and friendship.  Better yet, what if some of these students could return to their homelands not only with an education, but as ambassadors for Christ?  If you are interested in extending a welcome to international students, please attend an orientation presentation by Renee Roelants, a local leader for International Students, Inc.   Her presentation will be on Sunday, February 25, beginning at 11:45 am in the Education Building or Fellowship Hall.  A light lunch will be served.
Small Group Study
What do we do when God interrupts our lives? Find out in this 7-session study of Jonah each Sunday at 2:00 PM.  Call Lloyd and Elaine Tarr for more information about this small group bible study.
Luke In Depth
Pastor Tim Schaefer is leading an eight-week Bible study, "Luke in Depth," on Tuesdays from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon in the Sanctuary.  The presentation a combination of DVD's entitled, The Historical JesusA Middle Easter View; High Drama in the House of Simon the Pharisee; One Violent Day in the Synagogue; and Two Lost Sons.   There is no cost, just bring your Bible.  There will be handouts to assist in "following along." 
Men's Bible Study
Join us each Wednesday in the Fellowship Hall at 7:30 am, as we study the scripture for the coming Sunday.
Women's Bible Study
You are welcome to join the  Women's Bible Study each Friday at 9:00 am in the church parlor.  We are using LifeGuide Bible Study book, Evangelism, A Way of Life. If you have questions or would like a book, please call Marcia Fears.  Bring a friend.
Bible Study Fellowship (BSF)
Please join us each Thursday from 9:15-11:00 am at Bible Study Fellowship for women.  This year the study is on the book of Romans.  There is no cost, but a freewill offering is taken at the end of every class.   For more information or to register, contact Darla at
Extended Hands Needs Food
Extended Hands Food Bank in Fountain Hills continues to run out of canned food.  They support over 1,000 men, women and children in our town.  They are in need of items such as peanut butter, jelly, soups, vegetables, spaghetti, tuna, main dish meals, etc.  We need your help...please bring your items on Sunday to the Narthex or during the week to the church office. 
Daily Devotions 
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."  Psalm 119:105

Each morning you will receive an email which includes an opening prayer, daily Bible reading, closing prayer and digging deeper section, all accompanied by beautiful pictures and artwork what tie the reading together in a very meaningful way.

If you or someone you know would like to receive the daily devotions, please email or call the church office.
Spring Parking Lot Sale
YES, it's that time again to clean out your closets, garage and storage areas.  Shepherd of the Hills is hosting the parking lot sale on Saturday, March 3, 7:00 am until 12:00 noon. Come sell your stuff and keep all the proceeds with the thought of putting money aside for an emergency fund, pay off debt, save for Christmas or a vacation.  To reserve your space email
Paz de Cristo
We are in need of volunteers to join us on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, as we prepare the food and feed the homeless in Mesa. Carpooling is available at 3:15 pm in the upper parking lot.  For more information, or questions contact Don Wirth.

Water Needed
Waterbottles We are in need of water to distribute through Paz de Cristo and Friends Feed Friends.  Please drop your cases of water in the Narthex or the church office.  
Quilting Ministry
Come join our group each Tuesday at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall.  You don't have to know how to sew.  There are lots of tasks which include sorting and matching fabric and tying knots.  And we always need someone to make coffee. 
On Line Directory

If you would like to access the Church Directory via on line and do not already have a password please go to , click on the FYI button and then request a password.  This will bring up a form that can fill out and submit online.

In order to be as accurate as possible, please email with any update to your information. 


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Amazon Gives
Shepherd of the Hills is now a registered charity on AmazonSmile.  Simply go to the website below and create an account.  Once the account is created, register Shepherd of the Hills Fountain Hills.   They donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.   If you have a prime account, don't worry you still receive all the benefits when you shop through AmazonSmile.   Tell your family and friends and shop!  For questions or assistance, please email or call the church office.  
SOTH Recycling Program

Bring your newspaper, cardboard, and soft cover books for recycling.  Tell your family and friends.  The bins are located in the lower parking area off of Fountain Hills Blvd.

The Spirit
The Spirit Newsletter is out in the Narthex this Sunday and can be accessed on line by clicking below.

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Praying for Healing?
Learn how Jesus still heals today and much more-the biblical basis for healing, healing and history, models of prayers for healing, how God uses people like you to do extraordinary things.   Reverend Dr. Bill Dasch, who leads a dynamic healing ministry in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, will be the main presenter on Saturday, February 17, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm at Shepherd of the Hills in the Fellowship Hall.  There is no cost.  Snacks and lunch will be served.
Soup Suppers
Beginning next Wednesday, February 21, will have soup suppers during Lent in the Fellowship Hall at 5:45 pm followed by Lenten services at 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary.  You are welcome to contribute a pot of soup or a dessert on any of the Wednesday evenings.  To date we do not have anyone who has signed up to contribute soup on the 21st.  So, please, if you can bring soup email
Spring Break Adventures
Can't take the kids on Spring Break? Bring them to "Shipwrecked" Rescued by Jesus.
March 12 - 16
3 years through 5th Grade
Helpers welcome ages 6th -12th grade.
Your children will hear about Jesus, God's Son, who rescues them. They will leave Shipwrecked knowing that there is Someone bigger than their struggles, Someone stronger than their weakness, Someone who loves them unconditionally. Each day they will explore how Jesus is with them through all of life's storms via games, crafts, music, Bible stories, and so much more!
If you are interested in this fun and unique opportunity email or call (480) 837-9532. Space is limited.  Oh, and by the way,
Spring Break Adventures for Kids is COMPLETELY FREE!
Have You Been Baptized?
As we are born children of a fallen humanity; in the waters of Baptism we are reborn children of God and inheritors of eternal life.  By water and the Holy Spirit we are made members of the Church which is the body of Christ.  As we live with him and with his people, we grow in faith, love and obedience to the will of God.
If you have not been baptized and would like to or want more information, please contact Pastor Steve or Julia Becklund.
Youth Happenings
 Here are the events and dates coming up that you need to be aware of.... 
Senior High
All incoming 9th through 12th grade students are invited to our Senior High Youth Group on Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm. Dinner provided.  No cost.  Questions, email
Middle School
All incoming 5th through 8th grade students are welcome to attend Youth Group on Wednesdays, 5:00 - 6:30 pm. Dinner provided, no cost. Questions, email
Habitat Volunteer Opportunities
SOTH build days on our new Habitat House with the Villalobos Family are as follows:
Mar. 10 Begin Drywall (SOTH Supplies Lunch)
Apr. 21 Doors & Trim
May 12 Interior Painting

Once again we are participating with the Northeast Lutheran Coalition of churches.

The House is located at 1937 E. Don Carlos, Tempe, AZ 85281 (Lot #81005).

If you would like to volunteer to work on the house, please contact Jerry Anderson. If your family, small group or youth group would like to pick up, deliver, and serve lunch to the workers on March 10, please let Jerry know.
Intercessory Prayer Group
Prayers Please join us as we pray for our church, specific people's needs, the Fountain Hills community, our country and world.

We meet each Wednesday in the Sanctuary at 1:00 pm.

PRAYER CARDS are available in the pew backs. You may place your prayer requests in the prayer boxes located on the Usher's table, in the Narthex, and outside in the prayer box on the circle drive.
WinGS Annual Spring Gala
"A Merry Evening of Dining, Comedy and Magic," will be the theme of the spring evening gala sponsored by Women in God's Service (WinGS) at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.
The event will take place from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Saturday, February 24, in the Fellowship Hall.
Women and men are invited to attend the show. Isaac the Comedian Magician and a companion comedian will entertain the guests.
Dinner will be served. Raffles of gift baskets, individual items and a 50/50 raffle will be included.
Tickets are $15. Guests can register at the Feb. 11 or Feb. 18 Sunday church services.
The church is located at the corner of Fountain Hills and El Lago Blvds.
Wings women assist individuals and families within the community and reach out to various services both within and outside of Fountain Hills.
Women's Friday Bible Study
Join us in the church parlor at 9:00 am on Friday mornings as we study the book Growing Older and Wiser.  Who wants to get older?   After age 25+, most of us dread those relentlessly accumulating birthdays.  However, it is important to keep a positive, even humorous, perspective on aging, because God designed our bodies to age.  The Bible is an inexhaustible mine of wisdom, and no matter our age we will grow wiser as we consider and apply the timeless truths of Scripture.  We can also add deeper knowledge and insights on marriage and family, interpersonal relationships and the importance of love.  God has made us for Himself, and mere physical survival is not our highest goal.  No matter how many years we accumulate on this earth, we are offered His gift of eternal life in Christ.  The cost of the books cost $5.00.
Share Your Gifts
If you haven't yet submitted the pink "Opportunity for Ministry" form, copies can be found on the Usher's table.  Please take time to let us know where we can use your talents in our church ministry. Place the form in the collection plate or return it to the church office.
Food for Kidz
The 8th Annual Fountain Hills Community Food Pack will take place on Thursday, March 15, 5:30-7:30 pm at the Fountain Hills Community Center.  In the past, about 300 volunteers have packed more than 300,000 nutritional meals that have been distributed to refugees, disaster victims, and other low-income households.  Also, 75% of the meals packed stay in Arizona and are distributed through groups that feed the hungry.  For more information email
WOW Wednesdays
Our Word on Wednesday (WOW Kids) program for children ages 3 years through 8th grade is held on
Wednesday evenings, from 5:00-6:30 pm.

The program is similar to Fall Break Adventures.  Kids have an awesome time singing songs, eating dinner together, learning Bible stories, creating crafts, and just having fun.  So kids, grab your friends and come have fun experiencing God's love through friendships.  There is no cost for this program. 
The Board of Directors for the Shepherd of the Hills Foundation has voted to merge with Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church rather than continue as a separate corporation.  Reasons for doing this are several. First there has been confusion by some members of the church as to the relationship between the Foundation and the Church. 
There are people who would like to give a Legacy gift as part of their will, but may be unsure if the monies given are truly going to be part of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran church.  A second reason is to simplify the financial process.  Merging eliminates the need to have a separate bank account and separate bookkeeping system.  This also provides one complete record of monies donated by each person.  The Foundation work will now be performed by a Legacy and Bequest committee as part the normal church operation. Monies from the Foundation are now shown as a restricted liability account on the church balance sheet.  This is similar to the arrangement that is used for the mission committee, prayer garden columbarium committee, etc.  Investments will continue to be made in Thrivent mutual funds.  With this notice, we are asking that anyone who has designated Shepherd of the Hills Foundation in their wills, life insurance policies, IRA's etc. to please change the documents to designate Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church for any legacy gifts.  If you have any questions, please contact Denny Tam.
Power of Prayer
Please pray for comfort and healing for those who are sick, recovering from surgery, the  lonely, suffering from addiction, mental health problems, or need love or encouragement.
Heavenly Father, please shine your light upon families. Give them strength and wisdom to overcome all of the difficulties they face each day.  

Please pray for strength and safety for those persecuted Christians around the globe.  Heal the physical and emotional scars that the young and old alike suffer for the sake of Jesus Christ. 

Heavenly Father, we pray that Your Holy Spirit will turn the hearts of students across the country toward You.  Protect our staff and students each day.  Create an atmosphere of learning, providing the teachers wisdom and knowledge.   
All praise to You, Lord Jesus, lover of children:   Bless our family, and help us to lead our children to you.  Give us light and strength, and courage when our task is difficult.  Let your Spirit fill us with love and peace, so that we may help our children to love you. All glory and praise are yours, Lord Jesus, forever and ever.  Amen.

"Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up.."                                               James 5:14-15

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