Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church                                                                                    Where God's love is felt and shared 
What's Happening
December 9, 2017
     
Service Time
This Sunday
 8:00 am Traditional Worship
9:15 am Children's Education
9:30 am Adult Education
10:30 am Celebration Worship
Christmas Open House / 2nd Sunday Social
Join us for the Christmas Open House / Second Sunday Social at 4:30 pm on December 10 at the home of Lloyd & Elaine Tarr .  Everyone is invited to bring      a friend and an appetizer or dessert to share.  Beverages will be provided. 
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.
Youth Winter Camp
Join our annual camp for students grades 5th - 8thDon't miss out on this awesome weekend experience. We will be attending UCYC in Prescott, Arizona on Friday, January 19 - Sunday, January 21.  The cost per student is $129.00.  Scholarships are available.  For more information on the camp, go to ucyc.com.  To register or for more information, email Zac at 205zlusk@gmail.com.      
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. 
Bottle Blowers
Everyone is invited to join one of our premier musical groups, the Lutheran Tabernacle Bottle Blowers.  We will perform at the SOTH Foundation Talent Show on Friday, February 2, 2018.  Practice is on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary.  For more information contact Lloyd Tarr.
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 arlaclark0611@gmail.com.
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.
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 julia@sothaz.com or call the church office.  
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.  
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.
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 www.sothaz.com , 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 Julia@sothaz.com 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
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Be An Angel!
We are supporting families from our congregation, the Fountain Hills Community and the Battered Women's Shelter.   The gifts are due back this Monday, December 11.    Thank you for being a special angel.
Service of Remembrance
Is there something keeping you from experiencing the joy of 2-candles-sm.jpgChristmas?  Perhaps the loss of a loved one, a job, or some other life-changing circumstance?   Monday evening, December 11, at 6:30 pm, we will have a service to help those grieving move from sorrow to hope and receive God's comfort and grace.
Please email Julia@sothaz.com with any questions.
Christmas Cantata
The Faith Singers will present the cantata on Sunday, December 10, with an orchestra.  All are welcome!
WOW
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 kids will again be singing, playing special music, etc. for our Children and Family Christmas Eve Service at 4:00 pm on Sunday, December 24.  If your child(ren) are interested and you know you will be able to attend, please let me know if they would like to be a part of this program.
Baptism
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 zac@sothaz.com.
 
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 zac@sothaz.com.
 
 
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 (quantribe@gmail.com) 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)!
"Variety in the Hills"
Talent Show
Come enjoy a great night of local Fountain Hills   talent on Friday, February 2, 7:00 pm. There will be approximately 20 contestants, including vocals, instrumentals, comedy acts, etc. Prizes awarded for 1-3rd place, plus a pie and cake auction and door prizes. Cost is $10 for adults, children under 13 are free.   Tickets can be  purchased in the office or at the door.   If you are interested in being a contestant contact the church office. Proceeds benefit the Shepherd of the Hills Legacy Program providing scholarships for Sr. High Students and donating to a variety of local charitable organizations.
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 julia@sothaz.com 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.

"O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.
                                                  1 Chronicles 16:24
  
Blessings,
Julia                
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Mailing Address:, PO Box 17444, Fountain Hills, AZ 85269
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