Fourth Sunday in Advent – 12-18-2022

 “What is YOUR role?”

A long time ago, an ordinary carpenter named Joseph was sleeping, when a dream changed his life…and the dream changed the course of history…forever.  In the dream, an angel announced that Joseph’s role would suddenly transform.  Joseph was about to become the earthly guardian of the Messiah.  How’s THAT for a role change?  And what about you?…are you prepared for role changes in your life?  Can you address these changes with God’s help?  Join Pastor Jack this Sunday for his message, “What is YOUR role?”  Discover God’s powerful Spirit which will enable you to rise to any occasion placed before you.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHILDREN are singing at the 9 a.m. service this Sunday. Don’t miss this special treat!

VISITORS – please sign the guest book on the table in the lobby.

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

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 at or call 973-715-6611 for assistance.


CHRISTMAS WREATH FUNDRAISER – Wreaths are here. Please pick yours up. Payment may be made by check or cash.

GIFTS FOR PASTOR AND R. SACCHIERO– As in past years, if you wish to contribute to a monetary gift expressing your gratitude, please see JD Allen, Council President, or send your contributions to the church office clearly labeled “holiday gift”. The deadline for a donation is January 1, 2023.

On Sun., Dec. 18 at 4 PM the NJ Conservatory Symphonic Chorus accompanied by its Baroque Orchestra performs at SOTH. NJ Conservatory presents Handel’s Messiah. Call 973-402-2004 for tickets. Prices: $45, $40, $35. Student discount 30%. No children under 8 years old.

CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP SERVICES will be on Sat., Dec. 24 at 7and 8:30 PM. Worship servants are needed for both services. Please call the office to volunteer.

PLEASE CALL AHEAD – before venturing a trip to the church office. Office hours are subject to change.

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED – WEBSITE HELP, CONTROL ROOM HELP, OFFICE VOLUNTEERS, COFFEE HOUR HOSTS, FINANCIAL COUNTERS, PHOTOGRAPHER, DEACONS AND USHERS 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.

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!


Your shopping can benefit SOTH. Click here to find out how you can donate when you shop on Amazon.  We have raised $543.32 to date!

DID YOU KNOW – that you can donate your used car to benefit SOTH? Please visit this site to get started: 

WWW.SOTHNJ.ORG – The church’s website is the place to look for upcoming events. Please consult the calendar there. The weekly email can be found under News at the bottom of the home page.
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.