Can You Be More Specific? 3-5-23

Can You Be More Specific?
When you are in your Prayer Chair asking for divine guidance, wouldn’t it be great if God provided a laundry list of specific things you should do? Strangely, God sometimes chooses to be mysterious…and even ambiguous…when we ask for guidance. The same happened to Abram in the Genesis narrative.  How can we live with uncertainty? With ambiguity? Join Pastor Jack as he explores this theme in this Sunday’s sermon, “Can You Be More Specific?”  You might be surprised, or even confused, after hearing this head-scratching message!  Don’t miss it!

LENTEN OBSERVANCES – insert in the bulletin lists the events here at SOTH in bold type. Those scheduled for Holy Trinity in Rockaway are listed below if you want to visit there.

LENTEN LUNCHEONS AND WORSHIP– will be hosted by the Rockaway Ecumenical Group Churches on Fridays at 12 noon beginning on Feb. 24 at the First Presbyterian Church at 35 Church St. in Rockaway. Our very own Pastor Jack will be leading the service on March 10. All are welcome!

THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS – the deadline for directing your Choice dollars is March 31. Please contact Denise L. at or call 973-715-6611 for assistance. Thanks!

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS – are needed. Please see the sign-up sheet on the narthex table. Thanks to the DiColas for leading this fellowship activity.

PLEASE CALL AHEAD – before venturing a trip to the church office. Hours are subject to change due to the voluntary nature of our staff.

THRIVENT ACCOUNT HOLDERS – We are in need of Thrivent customers to write Action Team grants. All customers are entitled to submit one or two per year. Please contact Denise Leifken.


FIRST COMMUNION classes will be offered for any child in third
grade or above
 (accompanied by an adult) on Sunday evenings at
6:00 pm on February 26 and March 12. The first class session will last for about one hour and the second 1 1/2 hours. First Communion Celebration will be oin, Sunday, March 19, at our 9:00 am worship service!

FISH ‘n CHIPS DINNER is scheduled for Sun., March 26, from 4 -7 PM. Please contact Judi W. to volunteer or sign up on the events bulletin board in the narthex.

EASTER EGG HUNT –on Sat., April 1, from 2-4 PM. rain or shine! Ages walking to 10 years old are welcome. For more information and to sign up, please see the events bulletin board in the narthex.

SUPPER CLUB at the Hassa’s on Sat., April 22, at 4 p.m. Please sign up on the events bulletin board or call Diane at (973-903-9301) or Judi at (973) 224-0986

GOT BOOKS? – The book donation/recycling bin from New Legacy Books is in the back parking lot by the clothing donation bins. This is a “green” fundraising activity. New Legacy will accept books in good, readable condition with 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 events bulletin board or ask Wendy in the office.

 are all needed. Training
joyfully provided. If someone calls to recruit you, please prayerfully
consider how YOU can serve. You can always volunteer by contacting
the office.

DO YOU LIKE TO SING? Please join our choir, which practices on
Sundays at 10:15 a.m. No experience is needed. Join the fun!

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 March 5, 2023

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
Nurture (Worship & Music): Pat Kovacs
Social Ministry: Diane Fitzpatrick

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!

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. ++++++

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