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8am-9:30am -- Pancake Breakfast cooked and served by your Church Council Members

10:00am -- Worship with Blessing of the Backpacks and Distribution of Bibles and Small Catechisms

September 17th -- First Day of Sunday School for ages 3 to 103!

3-year old through Kindergarten will once again be using The Beginner's Bible curriculum, which works directly with the Beginner Bibles the women of the church are providing to all the children baptized in church or who join our 3-year old class. This curriculum provides more time for the children to learn the Bible stories and was a big hit last year.

Elementary students will be digging deeper into the Old Testament stories using the Sparks' Curriculum.

7th-12th Grade Students will again be meeting with adults of the congregation to discuss current events, living as Christians, and study the Bible to learn how these ancient stories inform how we live.

Adult Class...we'll be gathering in the sanctuary with the 7th-12th graders to discuss current events, living as Christians, and study the Bible to learn how these ancient stories inform how we live. 8:45-9am Coffee time, 9-9:30/9:40 class time.

* Parent/Student Meeting will be Wednesday, September 6th beginning at 7pm. We'll talk about the curriculum, and Confirmation class elements (worship leadership, service events and worship notes). You'll also be signing up for acolyte opportunities and weekly snacks. * Weekly Confirmation for 7th & 8th graders begins September 13th (snacks 3:15-3:30 class until 4:30pm) Bring your Bible and Small Catechism to class please! (Acolyte sign up sheet is already in the Gathering Space in church) * 9th Grade students will be meeting with Pastor Mary as we prepare for Confirmation Sunday, October 29th (work on faith statements), and also discuss your spiritual gifts. Look for emails about upcoming dates.

Women's Bible Study...Wednesday, September 27th at 1pm Pastor Mary we lead us in a new 3-month series on the Apostles' Creed and what we together say we believe. In "The Apostles' Creed," Bible study author Julia Seymour, pastor at Lutheran Church of Hope, Anchorage, Alaska writes, "For our life of faith together, creeds are more than just words. They are vessels for carrying one another through doubt, joy and sorrow." This study comes from the W-ELCA magazine Gather, available on print and electronically.


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.


HOMECOMING PARADE FLOAT Friday, September 29th 2pm We are looking for students and adults who'd like to RIDE ON or WALK BESIDE our church float/wagon for the parade...and throw candy out to the crowd. Sign up sheet on the YOUTH Bulletin Board (by name tags/elevator). A parent permission form will be needed for students attending Moundsview Elementary (also on bulletin board)

NORWEGIAN SMORGASBORD Sat., Sept. 23rd 3-7:30pm at Big Elk Creek Lutheran Church. The menu includes meatballs, ham, salads, mashed potatoes, rutabagas, sot suppe, Norwegian baking, flotegrot & lefse. Adults: $12, 13-17 $8, 6-12 $6 and under 6 FREE Don't forget there is a Bazaar and Bake Sale too!

Please join us in celebrating our church at the Shepherd of the Hill's 3rd annual Autumn Fest, October 1st, 2017. This event will be held at the Elk Mound Village Park (Lion's Park) from 11:00am-2:00pm. There will be a meal of chicken, chips, brown beans, dessert and drink. The cost is $6.00/adult and $3.00/child. There will also be kids' games, music, a silent auction and new this year a car show. A portion of the proceeds will go to Mounder Meals. This program provides meals to Elk Mound children on the weekends.

We are looking for volunteers to help with the following: set-up at the park, serving food, running the kids' games, watching over the silent auction, taking money for the food and tickets for the kids' games, and clean-up after the event is done. We also need members to bring in pans of bars for the desserts handed out with the meal. We are seeking donations for the silent auction as well. If you know of a business that is willing to donate or if your family would like to put a basket together please let Heidi Schiszik know. We have an official donation letter you can use when asking people and flyers that can be hung up to help spread the word. It would be awesome to see this event grow. In order to do this, we will not only need volunteers but also lots of people to attend. Please invite your family, friends and neighbors. If you are willing to help out please sign-up at church or contact Heidi Schiszik. She can be reached at (715)223-5491 or


* Nearly 3,400 participants attended the gathering, and more than 1,300 were first-timers.
* $49,094.60 was raised in Thursday evening's Thankoffering service.
* 404 participants ran in the Run, Walk and Roll, and
* $19,116 was raised for seed grants to support Women of the ELCA's health initiative, Raising Up Healthy Women and Girls.
* In-kind gifts included more than $19,000 in gift cards, more than 27,000 items of hygiene products, clothing, quilt kits, and Days for Girls kits.
* Nearly $64,000 was collected during Sunday's service of Holy Communion. The offering is being shared among PV for Phebe (25 percent); Cherish All Children (25 percent); and Women of the ELCA (50 percent). (To give regularly to Women of the ELCA, enroll in our Faithful Friends program.)
* 97 people gave blood for a total of 81 good units. Each unit is separated into red cells, platelets and plasma, which could potentially help 243 people.

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
Sun., Sep. 10th Blessing of the Backpacks, don't forget the Pancake Breakfast from 8-9:30am
Fri., Sep. 29th Homecoming Parade, you can be on our church float or walk beside it...everyone gets to share candy with the crowd!
Sun., Oct. 1st 11am-2pm Autumn Fest, lead games for kids
Sun., Oct. 22nd 4pm go to Corn Maze
Nov. 10th-12th Godstock High School Retreat at Metropolis
Wed. Dec. 13th Christmas Caroling, dinner afterwards
Sun., Dec. 31st 1-5pm Serve meal at Community Table
February Sledding/Tubing outing
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.


SEP. 3rd
Jeremiah 15:15-21 God fortifies the prophet against opposition
Psalm 26:1-8 Your love is before my eyes; I have walked faithfully with you. (Ps. 26:3)
Romans 12:9-21 Live in harmony
Matthew 16:21-28 The passion prediction and rebuke to Peter

SEP. 10th
Ezekiel 33:7-11 The prophet's responsibility to warn the people
Psalm 119:33-40 I desire the path of your commandments. (Ps. 119:35)
Romans 13:8-14 Live honorably as in the day
Matthew 18:15-20 Reconciliation in the community of faith

SEP. 17th
Genesis 50:15-21 Joseph reconciles with his brothers
PSALM 103:[1-7] 8-13 LORD, you are full of compassion and mercy. (Ps. 103:8)
Romans 14:1-12 Accepting diversity in the community of faith
Matthew 18:21-35 A parable of forgiveness in the community of faith

Jonah 3:10-4:11 God's concern for the city of Nineveh
Psalm 145:1-8 The LORD is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. (Ps. 145:8)
Philippians 1:21-30 Standing firm in the gospel
Matthew 20:1-16 The parable of the vineyard workers

RUBY's moving to 2nd Saturday MORNING

Next distribution is on Saturday September 9th, 2017. NEED VOLUNTEERS!!! We need about 35-40 volunteers on any given Saturday. REGISTRATION will start at 7:30am, with DISTRIBUTION beginning at 8:30am. Guests can pre-register for Ruby's Pantry by going to this website:

but must do so by 5pm the day before distribution. Otherwise, come the morning of the event to register and pay for your share(s) of food. As always, we'll need LOTS of volunteers to make this a successful event. If you haven't volunteered before...or not since January of this'll need to complete a Volunteer Registration Form...minors need parental signature on their forms. This form will be available on-site, or you can find it at the following website: Volunteer Form

Otherwise, come the morning of the event to register and pay for your share(s) of food.

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: September 21st, 2017