JAN. 28th in the sanctuary, after a shortened worship service; a potluck will follow (see signup sheet in Gathering space)

Reports due to Melisa by Jan. 8th. Please email to


Would you like to share your gift of music during worship? Please let our musicians (Michelle Young or Jennifer Kinblom) or Keith Lee or Pastor Tom Bryan know if you'd like to play a musical piece or sing a special song before or during worship. This could be solos, duets, etc...children, youth, adults or families!

Plenty of opportunities to assist in worship. Sign-up sheets are in the Gathering Area for Lectors, Ushers, Communion Assistants and Acolytes. See clipboards located on one of the smaller tables in the Gathering Area.


Jan. 7th Genesis 1:1-5, Psalm 29, Acts 19:1-7, Mark 1:4-11
Jan. 14th 1 Samuel 3:1-10 [11-20], PSALM 139:1-6, 13-18, 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, John 1:43-51
Jan. 21st Jonah 3:1-5, 10, Psalm 62:5-12, 1 Corinthians 7:29-31, Mark 1:14-20
Jan. 28th Psalm 111, Mark 1:21-28


...our church council, staff, Keith Lee, Pastor Tom Bryan...and all you wonderful volunteers will be ensure all goes smoothly. Pastor Tom Bryan (you may remember him as one of the interim pastor's before Pastor Mary arrived) will be leading worship/preaching on communion Sunday's. He will be available for emergencies at home, hospital or nursing homes...and can be reached at 715-829-2624. Keith Lee will be leading worship/preaching on non-communion Sundays, as well as leading the Sunday School youth/adult class and the Confirmation classes (along with Ralph Suechting). Please continue to communicate with church staff, lead ministry volunteers, and our church council as you have in the past.

Key names and phone contact information:

Council President, Rita Lee cellphone 715 579-3437 and
Pastor Tom Bryan, cellphone 715-829-2624 and
Lay Minister, Keith Lee cellphone: 715 829-4480 and
Secretary, Melisa Topper email: office: 715-879-5115 (Mon./Thur.)
Janitor, Terry Stamm phone: 715-379-3728
Financial Secretary, Barb Vadnais email:
Bookkeeper, John York, email:


7th and 8th Grade Confirmation back on schedule as of January 3rd. If you haven't contributed $20 to help cover cost of meat, cheese and milk, please do so in the new year. Ralph Suechting will be joining Keith Lee in leading the class as we continue our study of the Small Catechism.

Sunday School...will get back into the swing of things beginning January 7th. Don't forget that the Youth and Adult class is meeting in the Sanctuary at 9am on Sunday's. We have a laid back kind of gathering where we look a little deeper into the Gospel text of the day.

Women's Bible study...Wednesday, January 24th at 1pm, Keith Lee will be leading the study.


Hats, Mittens and Coats...Now that the snow has begun to coat the earth and the winter winds have begun to blow, the children need those cold weather items of clothing. New or gently used/clean items can be donated. Hats and mittens/gloves can go on the tree; coats and snow pants can be placed on the clothing rack downstairs or left by the Mitten tree in the Gathering area upstairs.

Mounder Meals and Good Samaritan Fund (Food Pantry) both benefitted from funds received from Wal-Mart...thanks to Lisa Strom. Lisa put in for a grant and received $2,500 from Wal-mart for Mounder Meals...AND...they also donated $750 for the volunteer hours she puts into the Food Pantry. Does YOUR employer offer programs for financial donations for the service work you do in the area? Why not check it out.


ANNUAL MEETING...and potluck will be held after worship on January 28th. We have so much to celebrate as we move into the New Year, and plans to make as well.

ChiliFest...Come join the 7th annual winter fun on Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 12:00-4:00 to raise funds for LPBC. This event is formerly known as WinterFest and is held at Luther Park Bible Camp.

Fun activities are planned to include:

* Bottomless Chili cook-off (make your own and enter to win)
* Sledding, chili, hot dogs
* Raffle baskets
* Crafts, games, activities
* Live music
* Camp Fire, hot cocoa
* Other activities weather permitting
For more information or to register in the Chili cook-off please contact Kellee, Development Director at or 715-577-4246.


Why not consider 4 practices, habits or rituals you'd like to try out this year. These aren't things you have to commit to doing every day...but something you are interested in trying out. Maybe there's

* A SPORT you've had some interest in (biking, skiing, even pickle ball)

* A HOBBY you'd like to try out (woodworking, writing, knitting)

* A LIFESTYLE PRACTICE that sounds interesting (meditating, yoga, daily quiet time)

* A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE like gratitude, devotions, Bible reading, prayer time

Write down the 4 up or ask friends about them...then get started! Again, none of this has to be a daily activity, just an opportunity to try new things out.


Like last year, your 2018 giving envelopes/Simply Giving forms have two options: General Fund (to pay our budgeted expenses) and Benevolence Fund (to give beyond the ELCA/NW Synod, Lutheran Social Services and Luther Park...all budgeted items)

You can also now use the GIVE+ online financial giving option, found only on our church website (

AND...then there is giving that comes to us from:
* Thrivent Choice (if you are a Thrivent member)
* Smile Amazon (where a percentage of your purchases through the Smile Amazon website, are donated to the church) Just go to Smile to find our church and designate the church as to where the Smile Amazon Foundation will donate a percentage of your purchase. Can you combine shopping and giving to the church?

Now you can? by shopping at Amazon Smile (

1)You can use the following link:
2) From there, sign on to your Amazon account
3) Do a search for Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church. [You'll need to go to page 3 of church listings to find us in Elk Mound, WI...Yes, there really are that many churches.]
4) Then press SELECT...that's all there is to it!
5) The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, they may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.

We sincerely thank you for choosing to select Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church for your Amazon Smile donations. Who knows what kind of donations we could see from this? How exciting!!


See our website ( ) 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 Godís 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
* Click on the GIVING tab on the left
* From there you can create a "Give +" account (email account and an 8 character 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.

YOUTH GROUP 2017-2018 Plans

Calling all 6th-12th Graders who are interested in being part of our Youth Group. Here is a beginning list of events scheduled for the coming year.
Weekly Conversations Sundays, 9am 7th-12th graders join the adults for faith discussions
Mar. 2nd-3rd Recharge at Luther Park
March work on Easter Sunrise Service
Sun., Apr. 1st 6:30 Sunrise Easter Service
July 2018 Proposed Mission Trip week for Middle School & High School (*location/date TBD, additional fundraising required for those participating for this event...but not that much!)
Aug. 6th-9th Vacation Bible School, help make it a success
Aug. 16th 4-7 Ice Cream Social Fundraiser
Youth...we'd like to get some youth members to join the Youth Ministry Team for the school year. Just let someone on the team know how you'd like to help. Adults and can help in big and small ways...maybe just help plan or chaperone one event. YOUTH MINISTRY TEAM: Pastor Mary, Trish Langer, Renee Simpson, Jennifer Kinblom, Holly Sweeney, Keith Lee and Cara Dempski.
COUNCIL MEMBERS: Offices/Committees
Rita Lee - President
Jim Vespers - Vice President
Barb Vadnais - Secretary
Sarah Larson - Treasurer
Keith Lee - Property
Tricia Diercks - Youth
Heidi Schiszik - Education
Betty Heltne - Outreach/Social Concerns
Ken Millermon - Stewardship
Keith Lee - Worship
Sandy Barth - Evangelism
Pastor Mary Eide
Terry Stamm - Church Janitor
Melisa Topper - Church Secretary/Bookkeeper


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: January 1st, 2018