Called to Proclaim Christ – 1-21-24

Did you know that Jesus has commissioned his followers to tell others about his saving grace?  This is known as “witnessing for Christ”, and such sharing is part of the fabric of being a baptized Christian.  However, we’re so timid and shy about speaking to others about Jesus.  Why is this?  Do we still avoid conversations with others revolving around the topics of religion and faith?  Join Pastor Jack for his message this Sunday, “Called to Proclaim Christ”. Learn how each of us can fulfill the directive of Jesus to speak openly about faith … it’s easier than you think!


HAMS NEEDED– for soup kitchen meal preparation. Please see Phyllis F. for further information

BIBLE STUDY @ NEW TIME– Beginning in January, join us on the first and third Monday evenings at 6:00 PM for an in-person Bible study (with a ZOOM option). Please note: For January only, we will meet on the third Monday only, to avoid New Year’s Day and the important meeting on Jan. 8. See Pastor for details.

WEATHER CANCELLATIONS – will be sent via email through the Icon system as soon as a decision is made. If you are unsure if the church will be open, please check your email before braving the elements.

GAME NIGHT & POTLUCKSat. Feb. 3 – Come at 5 PM with food to share and games to play!

ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP – Wed., Feb. 14 at 8 p.m.

BLOOD DRIVE – Thurs., Feb. 15 from 1-7 p.m.
Appointments preferred, call 1-800-933-2566, or visit Any further questions contact Kristen at 1-646-739-1827

DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO RE-GIFT? – The Activities Team is looking for new items that people want to re-gift. They need to be in the original package and not used. Items can be brought in and given to Judi Wolff, Diane Hassa, Maryann DiCola or Barbara Robinson. Thank you.

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS NEEDED – The Activities Team would like to have two families volunteer for each Sunday. Please use the signup sheet in the parish hall and see MaryAnn DiCola with any questions. Thanks!

JOIN US WITH GENEROUS GIVING TO OUR MISSION: with these gifts, we continue to welcome folks to our community, to equip them with faith tools – learning the word, prayers for one another, and communal support – and then to send us into the world to welcome others. Your donations to SOTH can be accomplished in the following ways:

  • On Sunday, place your donation in the offering plate.
  • Mail your offering to: SOTH 246 Woodport Rd., Sparta, NJ 07871
  • Go online to setup your e-giving from your checking, savings, credit card or debit card
  • Download Vanco Mobile (Faith) on your smartphone, search for Shepherd of the Hills (Sparta)
  • Text Giving to 973-832-0226 You can make a one-time gift or setup recurring offerings.


Many thanks to all of the donors who support our mission!

STREAMING IS HERE!: We are excited to announce that you can now view our service live at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday. Click on this link to see the service and subscribe to our SOTH channel:  Don’t worry if you missed the live broadcast.  All services are archived on our channel.  You can also search for us on Facebook and like our page.

WORSHIP INFO For January 21, 2024

Worship Service Bulletin

New Link for Zoom Bible Study, Wed. at noon

Meeting ID: 829 4727 4304 Passcode: 002314

President: JD Allen
Vice President: Emery Malasits
Treasurer: Brett Maynard
Recording Secretary: Celeste Bethmann
Financial Secretary: Steve Lewandowski
Property: Patrick Wood
Worship & Music: Pat Kovacs
Community Relief: Diane Fitzpatrick
Giving: Arden Krych
Membership: Janine Shugan
Activities:  Judi Wolff

CLOTHING DONATION BIN –  Place clothing and shoes in plastic bags.  Proceeds will benefit SOTH.  Please do not leave items outside of the box. Please tell your friends and family so that we can fill those bins!

GOT BOOKS? – the New Legacy Books book donation/recycling bin is now in our parking lot adjacent to the clothing bins. This is a “green” fundraising activity.  New Legacy will accept books in good, readable condition that have an ISBN barcode label on the book cover.  Hardcover, paperback and textbooks are all welcome For further information, please check their website  see their brochure on the bulletin board or ask Wendy in the office.

Continues in person at Holy Trinity Church or via Zoom, the first and third Wednesdays from noon-12:45. Join Pastor Jack for a lively discussion of the Bible. No prior experience necessary! Click here to join us via Zoom.