Announcements

ICE CREAM SOCIAL is coming up on THURSDAY, AUGUST 16th, and this is a MAJOR fundraiser for the YOUTH MINSTRY of our church...please keep this date open on your calendar so you can help work at it.

WHAT WOULD YOU like to use the income from this event used for? Are there activities you'd enjoy doing with others in your grade or school (friends are welcome!)? Share your ideas with Pastor Mary, Keith Lee, Renee Simpson, Jennifer Kinblom or Holly Sweeney.





FUTURE DATES

Mon., July 2nd AND 9th 6:30pm VBS volunteer meeting
Thur., July 5th 6:30pm Ice Cream Social Organizing meeting
Tue., July 24th Community Meal at Shepherd of the Hill
Wed., July 25th 9:30am - 1:30pm Teens/Women's Prayer Study
Sun., Aug. 5th thru Thur., Aug 9th 6-8pm Vacation Bible School
Sun., Sep. 2nd First Sunday back to 10am worship
Wed. Sep. 5th 7pm 7th-8th Grade Parents/Students meeting
Sun., Sep. 9th Rally Day activities with Pancake Breakfast, Blessing of the Backpacks and Bibles for 3rd old and 3rd Graders
Wed., Sep. 12th 7th-8th Grade 3:20-4:30pm Class
Sun., Sep. 16th 8:45am Sunday School for ages 3 through adults
Sun., Oct. 14th Kings Countrymen Bluegrass Gospel Band returns
Sun., Oct. 28th Reformation/Confirmation Sunday

FAITH FORMATION

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Sunday, August 5th through Thursday, 9th 6-8pm. Registrations now being taken for children age 3 through those who have finished 5th grade. You are invited to join us as members of the Truth Force. Together we'll uncover counterfeits, find fingerprints, crack codes, collect clues and be hot on the trail to uncover the TRUTH of God's love and God's presence in the world and our lives. As always, VBS is open to the whole community...so bring a friend! Registration is available NOW...with forms in church or online. You can drop off completed forms at church, OR send them to education@sothem.org

We are looking for ISA Academy: Teachers, Aides, Small Group Guides, Kitchen Crew, Decorators, Music Leaders, Clean Up Crew, and Registration Crew. So many different ways YOU can touch the lives of the children of our community. Contact Vicki Adams (715-563-3730) or Heidi Schiszik (715-223-5491) to help out...or see signup sheets when they get put up on the Gathering Area at church.

NEW THIS YEAR: We'll be beginning on SUNDAY (8/5) and our final night of VBS on THURSDAY (8/9) will be a night where participants will share their music, Bible stories and we'll have games and snacks for the whole family!! (Parents, siblings and grandparents are encouraged to participate in any part of, or for all of Thursday's activities.)

VBS MEETINGS Monday July 2nd 6:30pm at church, we'll learn about the theme of VBS, the Bible stories behind them, watch some of the song videos, and give information about each of the stations participants will move through each evening. STATION LEADERS, ASSISTANTS, CREW LEADERS and people just interested in what VBS is all about...come join us. Monday July 9th, 6:30pm at church we'll dig deeper into supplies needed, plans to make and the Bible stories of the week. Monday, July 30th night to finish up some final decorating and identify needed supplies.

TEENS/WOMEN'S PRAYER STUDY EVENT

Teen girls and women from throughout the area are invited to come Wednesday, July 25th from 9:30am to 1:30pm, for a time of learning about prayer. The day will consist of lessons on prayer from the Gather magazine, make your own prayer box activity, potluck lunch and more.

WOMEN'S RETREAT at Luther Park- 944 24 1/4 St, Chetek, WI Wed. Aug. 15th-16th. Women of ELCA's Chippewa Valley Conference will be hosting this wonderful time to grow our faith in God and friendships with other women. ONLY $60 if you register by July 31st! ($65 after that date) Registration forms in the Gathering Area. ALL Women are invited to attend. Retreat begins at 1pm Wed., 8/16/18 and ends 3pm Thur., 8/16/18

THEME: Change is Good, Speaker is Deb Gilbertson from Eau Claire, and fun music will be provided by Jeanette Tobiason and our very own Jennifer Kinblom! Registration forms are at the WELCOME TABLE in the Gathering or on our website under Women of the ELCA.

YOUR FINANCIAL GIVING MATTERS

Our giving this year has been especially low. The impact of this became shockingly clear at our June Finance meeting, when we had to sit down and calculate out every bill and possible offering total to determine whether or not we will have enough funds to pay payroll - and STILL have enough money to pay our mortgage at the beginning of July. YES...it's really that tight. In the end, the decision was made for our bookkeeper to come on June 26th to factor in the June 24th offering. Based on our income totals, he will text Pastor Mary to let her know whether she'll get paid in June or her paycheck will be delayed a week. Please prayerfully consider if you are able to give a little more, and/or give on a more regular basis. Don't forget that there are online/automatic giving options available, and you can mail in offerings.

YOUTH

YOUTH FAMLIES...we still having SUMMER FELLOWSHIP hosting openings for: July 1st (2), July 15th (1), July 29th (2), August 12th (2) and August 26th (1). Please text Pastor Mary at 715-308-0652 or sign up on the bulletin board behind the WELCOME DESK. Funds raised from these events will be used:
$ For students attending camp at Luther Bible Camp
$ Send High School students to Godstock, November 9-11th at the Metropolis Resort
$ For a 2019 Mission Trip...let's make it happen in 2019!!!

IN AND AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD

SHEPHERD OF THE HILL'S ICE CREAM SOCIAL THURSDAY, AUG.16TH 4-7pm * BBQ's * Pulled Pork * Hot Dogs * Potato Salad * Baked Beans * Pie * Ice Cream * Milk
* Coffee * Lemonade
ALL ARE WELCOME, so bring a friend. (List of needed donated items will be posted in church and on our website soon!)

BARUM'S ICE CREAM SOCIAL Tuesday, July 10th 4-7:30pm Menu: Hot Beef, BBQ, Hot Dogs, Potato Salad, Beans, Ice Cream and Beverages

WORSHIP

READINGS

July 1st Psalm 30 and Mark 5:21-43
July 8th Ezekiel 2:1-5; Psalm 123 and Mark 6:1-13
July 15th Psalm 85:8-13; Ephesians 1:3-14; and Mark 6:14-29
July 22nd Jeremiah 23:1-6; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
July 29th 2 Kings 4:42-44; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21

WORSHIP MINISTRY LEADERS FOR THE MONTH OF JULY are:

Lector: Barb Vadnais
Altar Guild: Kris Jenson
Ushers: Vic Jenson, Tim Jenson...NEED 2 MORE
Communion Assistants: NEED 2 for July 1st and July 15th (or 1 middle schooler & 1 confirmed member per week)
* No robes needed for Communion Assistant or Acolytes during the summer

SUMMER SERMON SERIES ON FAVORITE CHRISTIAN HYMN or SONG

Thank you everyone for sharing your favorites! It's been fun researching the hymn, their origins and the stories behind them. My research has been teaching me a couple of key lessons:
* God works through us, using our gifts and our experiences to share the Good News of God's love
* Families can greatly influence our understanding of who we are as God's children and what our purpose is in life
* The hymns of our faith often have become integrated into some part of our own life story



ODDS and ENDS

(Taken from ADRC's JUNE 2018 Senior Hi Lites)

* Remove your names from the solicitation lists by opting out of direct mail, mail offers and credit card offers at:
o www.dmachoice.org
o www.optoutprescreen.com

* The WI Dept. of Health Services has Health Care Power of Attorney forms available online. Find it at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/forms/advdirectives/index.htm

* Memory Cafe: A support group for those with memory problems and their caregivers is held 1st Wednesday of the Month, 1-2:30pm, at the United Methodist Church, 2703 Bongey Drive, Menomonie, WI

* Caregiver Coffee Hour meets 1st Wednesday of the month from 9:30am to 11:30am in the Conference Room 56 at the Dunn Country Community Services Building

* Caregiver Cafe meets the 2nd Thursday of the month from 9:30am-11:00am at the Exit 45 Restaurant and Bakery, 2100 County Rd. B, Menomonie

* SCAM ALERT: "Can you hear me?" In this scam, individuals receive a call where the caller simply asks "Are you there?" or "Can you hear me?" in order to prompt the recipient to say "Yes." After responding "yes," the call immediately drops or gets disconnected. Scammer record the consumer's voice to obtain a voice signature, and use the recordings to authorize unwanted charges on items like utility bills, phone bill, or even stolen credit cards.

MONEY MATTERS

Looking for a way to continue supporting God's Work during Summer Months? What about using ...Simply Giving, an electronic giving option for giving to the church. It allows you to designate the amount you'd like to give to God's ministry at Shepherd of the Hill, and how frequently you'd like to do so. This form of offering means you don't have to worry about bringing your checkbook or cash offering to church, because you've already decided on what you're giving each month. It provides YOU the freedom to give freely and regularly to the church, and also provide THE CHURCH with a steady source of offerings throughout the year.

You can register for Simply Giving TWO DIFFERENT WAYS:
* Complete a Simply Giving application form (located on one of the smaller tables in the Gathering Area) and turn into Barb Vadnais (our Financial Secretary)
* Go on our website (www.sothem.org) , click on GIVING, and designated how much you'd like to give and the frequency. Of course, another electronic giving option would be to simply set up an automatic draft from your checking account under your financial institutions BILL PAY. This would generate a check made payable to Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church, and mailed directly to us at 207 University St., Elk Mound, WI 54739.

RUBY's PANTRY...Don't forget us on the 2nd Saturday MORNING
Our next distribution is set for Saturday, May 12th. Guests can register online up will start at 7:30am, with DISTRIBUTION beginning at 8:30am. Guests can pre-register before 3pm Friday the 11th by going to this website https://www.rubyspantry.org/, or can register the day of the distribution. As always, we'll need LOTS of volunteers to make this a successful event. The truck may come as early as 6:30am, and as food comes into the building we need to count, sort, maybe bag items before distribution begins. PLUS...there is always a need for people to help distribute, pull wagons or load items into our guest's vehicles.

You can start to bring THRIFT SALE items to the church beginning SUNDAY, MAY 13th.
Please make sure item is clean, in working order, and priced. THANK YOU!

GIVE+ ONLINE GIVING

See our website (www.sothem.org ) look for GIVING on the left of Home page. A growing number of us don't carry checkbooks and/or pay most of our bills online. Online giving is an option available for us to joyfully and intentionally make financial offerings to God's work here at Shepherd of the Hill. GIVE+ Now you can set up and manage your own online giving account for your offerings to our church. You can STILL go through Barb Vadnais our Financial Secretary to make adjustments or join Simply Giving. GIVE+ INSTRUCTIONS>
* Go to our church website at www.sothem.org
* Click on the GIVING tab on the left
* From there you can create a "Give +" account (email account and an 8 character password...be sure to keep track of your password)
* You will get an email from Vanco to 'verify' your email address
* Once you've done that, go back to the church website, log in to Give+.and get started
* "Select Fund" (currently General Operating is the only option)
* "Select Frequency" you want to donate (one-time, weekly, etc.)
* Identify the giving "Amount" (no .00 required at the end of the dollar amount)
* Click "Next" at bottom of that screen, to select a start date and add information about source of payment (At this time it is only from a checking or savings account)

Once you've completed the setup, be sure to go to the top left of the screen to see the drop down menu...and LOGOFF. What you'll also see on this drop down menu, are option you have for seeing your giving history, adjusting your source of payment and more!

Please let one of your staff or council members know if you'd like to see other "Funds" available to donate to, and/or if you'd like an option to give via Credit or Debit. (There is an additional cost for these options, and giver is given the option to help cover those costs.)

You can still fill out the hard copy paper Simply Giving form for electronic giving and pass that on to Barb Vadnais, our Financial Secretary. What Thrivent's Give+ does, is allow you to have more control over your giving. All online giving users are welcome to place an "I'm giving electronically" laminated card in the offering basket. These are located by the Communion Cards in the Gathering Area.


2018 CHURCH COUNCIL MEMBERS, Committee/Officer
Greg Kinblom: President
Sandy Barth, Vice-President
Linda Dempski, Secretary
Linda O'Mara, Treasurer
Heidi Schiszik , Youth and Education Committee
Keith Lee, Youth and Education Committee, Evangelism and Stewardship
Betty Heltne, Social Concerns Committee
Rita Lee, Worship Committee
Linda Eder: Worship
Holly Sweeney, Social Concerns
Dale Adams, Property Committee
Ken Millermon, Property Committee



NEW TUESDAY FOOD PANTRY HOURS

Get the word out...Tuesday FP will be open from 4-6pm instead of 10am-Noon. To help with the transition, we will be having the FP open BOTH times on Tuesday's during the month of June. Friday's we will still be open from 10-Noon.





See Calendar for further announcements





Last updated: July 8th, 2018