Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church                                                                                    Where God's love is felt and shared 
What's Happening
October 14, 2017
Service Time
This Sunday
8:00 am Traditional Worship
9:15 am Children's Education
9:30 am Adult Education
Pastor Steve continues his study of Martin Luther and the Reformation 
10:30 am Celebration Worship
Extended Hands
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. 
Women's Bible Study
The Women's Friday Bible Study will be starting October 27. We meet at 9:00 am in the church parlor and all women are invited to attend. We will use a LifeGuide Bible Study book, Evangelism, A Way of Life. If you have questions or would like a book, please call Marcia Fears.
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.
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
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. 
St. Olaf Orchestra
This concert is coming to King of Glory Lutheran Church, 2085 East Southern Avenue, Tempe, on Friday, October 20, 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, free for students.
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.
Socks Needed
Friends Feed Friends is putting together care packages for the needy and are asking for socks. You may bring your donations to the church office or leave them in the narthex labeled FFF.
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.

The Heat Continues
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.  
You Shop.
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.  
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.
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. 


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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Mary Hollan is Coming!
This Sunday, October 15, Mary Hollan will lead us in worship with her beautiful and inspirational music. Mary has lead worship at many Lutheran churches throughout the valley and the Midwest. You may read more about Mary and her many performances on her website at
Workers Needed
We need wheel barrels, shovels, rakes and people to use them when we over seed the lawn at Shepherd of the Hills on Tuesday, October 17 starting at 7:30 am. It should take about three hours if we have enough help. You are welcome to just come, but it would be helpful if you would let Lloyd Tarr know ( so we have some idea of how much help we will have and how many donuts to buy.
Halloween in the Hills
SOTH will again take part in the annual Halloween in the Hills event on Tuesday, October 31 from 4-8:00 pm on the Avenue of the Fountains.  Local businesses and organizations take part in providing a safe and fun Halloween for over 1,000 children. We need assistance for set up and take down, pass out candy, and help with games. Email if you can volunteer for an hour or two.
TREATS NEEDED.  If you would like to donate candy (NOT CHOCOLATE, AS IT MELTS), fruit snacks or granola bars, please drop them off at the office. 
Music Ministry
Rehearsals Begin
Faith Singers will begin rehearsals on Wednesday, October 11, at 7:00, in the church. We will meet at 6:30 for fellowship before our first rehearsal. Please consider joining this great group and deepening your worship experience. All are welcome!
Hand Bell Choir begins rehearsals on Tuesday, October 10, at 5:45 in the church. If you are interested in ringing, please see Deanna. We'd love to have you! 
WOW WOW is Back
Each week our Word on Wednesday program for children ages 3 years through 4th grade meet from 5:00-6:30 pm, and continue each Wednesday night throughout the school year. 

The kids have an awesome time singing songs, eating dinner together, learning Bible stories, creating crafts, and just plain having fun.   So, kids grab your friends and come have fun experiencing God's love through friendships. 

Note:   For all of our 5th grade kids, you are moving up and joining the 6th & 7th grade program called "FaithBuilders."   You will have the same free-time, eat together with the WOW kids, enjoy singing, and then have your own time in the youth room for games and Bible study. 
Make A Difference Day
Show your care through service 
Calling all volunteers
Saturday, October 28, 7:30 am-12:00 pm
Young and old, individuals and groups, scouts and students, all are welcome to volunteer!  Everyone has the power to do something that improves the life of another!   
Our 9th Annual "Make a Difference Day" is an opportunity for the entire community to come together and offer 4 hours of volunteer service to vulnerable, elderly, or homebound residents at a variety of work projects throughout town.  You may be painting, cleaning, patching, planting, raking, hauling debris and much more...every contribution makes a difference...neighbor helping neighbor!
Pre-register at or contact Paul Appeldorn.  Then please join us at Golden Eagle Park, Saguaro Ramada for juice, coffee, fruit and pastries, as well as your assigned worksite project and "kick-off" information.
Fall Parking Lot Sale.
Shepherd of the Hills is hosting the parking lot sale on Saturday, November 4, 7:00 am until 12:00 noon.  Yard Sale 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
Youth Happenings
Here are the events and dates coming up that you need to be aware of.... 
All incoming 9th through 12th grade students are invited to "Ignite" our Senior High Youth Group on Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm. Dinner provided.  No cost.  Questions, email
Faith Builders 
All incoming 5th through 8th grade students are welcome to attend "Faith Builders" Youth Group on Wednesdays, 5:00 - 6:30 pm. Dinner provided, no cost. Questions, email
Monday Morning
Playgroup & Picnic
Do you have a toddler?  If yes, join us each week for our Monday morning playgroup at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and bring a picnic lunch! 

Enjoy a time of fellowship with other moms while your kids play on the playground or inside (if too hot) and then enjoy a picnic on the grass and tables outside.  Please be sure to contact Denise Quan ( to let her know you will be coming, so she can greet you and tell you where they will be meeting (and to make sure they are not on a field trip)!
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.
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.
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.

"Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
Hebrews 4:16 
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