Upcoming Baptisms..Nov. 5th Vivian Curry and Camilla Howe Nov. 26th Lydia Mueller, and Dec. 3rd Averie Litzkow.

All Saints Day, November 5th...a day of remembrance for those saints who have gone before us, and new saints who have become members of God's family through Baptism! We will be recognizing and lighting candles for those in our congregation who have died in the past 12 months, and those who have been baptized. There will be a time in worship when you can also light a candle for loved ones in your life you'd like to remember. We will also have a DOUBLE baptism that morning. Two cousins, Lea and Deja, who were baptized together...decided they wanted their little girls baptized together, too. How wonderful for the extended Howe family...and for all of us!

Thankoffering Sunday, November 19th

A time of Thanksgiving...Thanksgiving Eve Worship and Fellowship, 7pm November 22nd. Before the busyness of the holiday weekend overwhelms you...why not make time for giving thanks. Come and join in a worship filled with thanksgiving, and then do a little pre-Thanksgiving pie eating afterwards during a special fellowship time. Why not bring a friend who could use a bit of respite from the frantic pace of the season.

Advent Candle Lighting and Readers needed. Families, couples or just friends are welcome to sign-up together to read the Advent prayer and light the Advent candle(s) for the day. The readings will (soon) be on the clipboard with sign- up sheet, (soon to be) located in the Gathering Area...dates are Dec. 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th (10 am, and 4pm worship).


Youth (7th-12th grade) and Adults...all are welcome to join our casual conversation about the Sunday Gospel reading (or the preaching text of the day), to help us understand it better. Join us in the Sanctuary Sundays at 9am...the coffee will be on!

500th Anniversary of the Reformation
There is a wealth of information and resources at your fingertips, to help you better understand:
* Our Lutheran faith
* What the Reformation was all about
* Consider how the past has helped formed our present, and the power we have, as Christians, to make a positive impact on the future.

Enjoy all that you can find on the website

Brown Bag Movie and Discussion on the "Nones" (Those who would indicate None on a survey asking what faith or denomination they belong to) Tues., Nov. 14th and Dec. 12th. Bring your lunch and maybe a friend to be part of the conversation.


Ruby's Pantry Saturday, November 11th, set-up begins as early as 6:30am, and distribution goes until the food/people are all gone...come and see what all the talk is about and experience the joy of helping others! We are always in need of volunteers to make this ministry happen: repackage and distribute food, run the wagons, help greet guests, load food into vehicles, and much more.

Winter coats and outdoor clothing (hats, mittens, gloves, scarfs and boots) We've just begun to experience the cooler weather of the season, and know there are a number of community members who would gladly utilize any new or clean/gently used winter clothing you have to donate. Our hat & mitten tree will soon be out and will be located in the Gathering Area, while other donated items can be placed on the COAT CLOSET rack in the basement.

Winter Haven Volunteer Opportunities

Winter Haven is the seasonal overnight shelter for homeless adults run by Stepping Stones of Dunn County. The shelter opens on November 15th and remains open through March 31st. There are 10 beds available at the shelter located at 1518 Stout Road. The shelter is run entirely by community volunteers, with oversight by the Stepping Stones Shelter Coordinator. Overnight volunteers are the most crucial to the wellbeing of the shelter. There are two shifts, with two volunteers per shift. (The more seasoned volunteers are often comfortable being alone on the second shift, which is the quietest time.) The first shift runs from 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; the second shift runs from 1:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. (And is the best shift to take if you really need to work on a paper or get something accomplished with no interruptions!) All volunteers must go through a training at the shelter before they can sign up for a shift. There are also opportunities for volunteers to "host" so the shelter can be open some afternoons, and for volunteers/groups to come in and make dinner for the guests.

There are several training opportunities for new volunteers. Volunteers only need attend one of the trainings. All trainings will take place at the shelter at 1518 Stout Road.

Returning Winter Haven Volunteers: Thursday, October 26 @ 6:00 p.m.

New Volunteer trainings:
Monday, October 30 @ 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 2 @ 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 4 @ 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, November 7 @ 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 9 @ 6:30 p.m.

To schedule a training for a group, or for one-on-one training contact Jill Seichter at 715-235-2920 or .


Time and Talent Sheets will soon be coming your way, and we've restructured them to work more around short-term needs surrounding events and ministries. There will be a location in the Gathering Area where you can drop off your TIME AND TALENT SHEET, or you can mail them to the church.

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.


Lutheran World Relief is a non-profit organization that helps families in the world's poorest communities build the resilience they need to thrive. In 2016 our support reached 3,467,823 people, 32 countries with 118 projects. SOTH Women (and men) meet the first Wednesday of every month to sew and tie mission quilts for LWR. These quilts may be used for warm bedding, simple tents, floor coverings, or a wrap to hold a baby on a mother's back. Shipping cost for each quilt is approximately $2.25. The "noisy offering" taken on October 1 and October 8 totaled $180.09 and was designated for these shipping costs. We sent 12 quilts to LWR this past year.

We also sent other LWR kits: 10 school kits, 4 personal care kits and 7 baby care kits. Items needed for each of these kits can be found on LWR website (or ask any woman who contributes annually to these kits). We have not participated in all of their programs (fair trade coffee, cocoa, soap and bandages).

OTHER QUILTS: We delivered 4 quilts to the "warm the children" project in Eau Claire. They were collected at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire and distributed from Trinity Lutheran in October.

Carol Stuckert W-ELCA Recording Secretary


COMING IN DECEMBER...Mark your calendars

Sun., Dec. 3rd Decorate Christmas tree after worship
Sat., Dec. 9th Ruby's Pantry
Tue., Dec. 12th Noon Brown Bag Movie & Conversation about "None"
Wed., Dec. 13th Noon Women's Potluck
Wed., Dec. 13th Cookies, Caroling and Chili (youth group and adults)
Fri., Dec. 16th Potato peeling
Sat., Dec. 16th Lefse making and Christmas program practice
Sun., Dec. 17th Sunday School Christmas program and special fellowship
Sun., Dec. 24th 10am and 4pm Christmas Eve worship [There will NOT be a 10pm worship this year.]
Sun., Dec. 31st 1pm to 5pm cooking, serving cleaning at Community Table in Eau Claire.

There will be more going on...but wanted to get these dates on your calendar.

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
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.
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: November 2nd, 2017