Can I Really Trust God? – 6-23-24

Can I really Trust God?
Have you ever realized how many people you trust each day?  Your surgeon?  Your dentist?  Your Uber driver?  Your mechanic?  And yet, sometimes it is challenging to trust in God … especially in times of crisis.  Why is that sometimes true?  This Sunday, Pastor Jack will explore the issue of “trust” and how that concept is articulated in the Scriptures. You can “trust” you’ll hear a great message this week … don’t miss it!

FEASIBILITY STUDY: On May 5, our congregation voted YES to move forward with a Feasibility Study with Kirby Smith (vendor) to determine if we are ready to embark on a 3-year capital campaign to help reduce the cost of our mortgage and free up dollars for mission and ministry. If you would like to make a direct donation toward the cost of the study, please indicate “Feasibility Study” on the envelope or check. No donation is small! If you would like to volunteer on the Feasibility Study team, please contact Janine Shugan ( The team will likely meet for three, one-hour sessions over the next several months.


BLOOD DRIVE – Thurs., June 27 from 1-7 PM. Volunteers needed. Please contact Janine Shugan. Appointments preferred, call 1-800-933-2566, or visit Any further questions contact Kristen at 1-646-739-1827.

CHILDREN’S SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM – The Food Pantry is collecting food to support school aged children and their families during the summer. Please look for a collection box in the narthex to place your donations including: tuna and chicken pouches, pudding cups, juice boxes, mac and cheese cups, meals in a cup, single serve cereals, fruit cups and snack bars. Please see Russell Shields for further information. Thank you.

PET FOOD MINISTRY – During the month of June, we are collecting pet food items for the Sparta Food Pantry. Let’s help their clients keep their pets healthy. Deadline is June 30 so please consider purchasing
something the next time you go grocery shopping. The pets will thank you!

GARDENERS NEEDED!– We are blessed to have such a beautiful property including an abundance of weeds. We are in need of volunteers to weed as your schedule permits. Thank you!

FLAT JESUS-This summer take Flat Jesus with you on your adventures, take his photo and send it to for our bulletin board. Pick up your Flat Jesus on the narthex table and enjoy your travels!

EVENING BIBLE STUDY – In person at SOTH, the first and third Mondays at 6 PMAll are welcome.

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. 

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.


Supplemental Opportunities For Giving – In addition to financial offerings mentioned above, there are additional ways to support our congregation that are mentioned on our website:

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

WORSHIP INFO For June 23, 2024

Worship Service Bulletin

New Link for Zoom Bible Study, Wed. at noon

Meeting ID: 829 4727 4304 Passcode: 002314

Janine Shugan – Council President
Don Wolff – Vice President
Brett Maynard – Treasurer
Solveig Schunk – Recording Secretary
Geoff Johnsey – Financial Secretary
Pat Kovacs – Worship and Music
Nancy Wood – Christian Education
Arden Krych – Giving
Rick Erck – Membership
Russell Shields – Community Relief
Judi Wolff – Activities
Patrick Wood – Property

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.