Kingly Authority — 11-17-22

Jesus once said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me…let’s live every aspect of our lives in joyful obedience to what the “King” demands.  A generous and loving life is just what King Jesus is asking of us.

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.

CHRISTMAS WREATH FUNDRAISER – Wreaths will be delivered the week of November 21st and will be available for pickup Sunday November 27th. This is to help raise money for the Thanksgiving food baskets. 2022 Christmas Wreath Order Form

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.

 LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSEYour gifts will support those affected by US flooding.  Gifts to “US Flooding” will be used in full (100%) to assist those affected. Checks or money orders can be sent to:
Lutheran Disaster Response P.O. Box 1809 Merrifield, VA 22116-8009
Write “U.S. Flooding” on your check memo line.
Give by phone at 800-638-3522 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CT) or online.


FALL CLEAN-UP DAY is scheduled for Sat., Nov. 19 at 8 AM. Please bring your own rake or leaf blower.

CONSECRATION SUNDAY – please join us on Sunday, Nov 20 for two special events: worship and a catered celebration brunch immediately following worship. Soon reservation cards will be offered for you to reserve a spot…the brunch is free!

IT’S TURKEY TIME! – We are once again partnering with Project Self Sufficiency to provide turkeys and Thanksgiving meals to 20 families here in Sussex County. Diane F. and her team are in need of food, turkeys, monetary donations, and folks to deliver on Sunday, Nov. 20 after church. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex to donate turkeys and deliver them. Checks made to SOTH with PSS on the memo line would be appreciated. Phyllis is also in need of large paper bags in which to pack the food.

HANGING OF THE GREENS is Sun., Dec. 4 at 4PM

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING is scheduled for Sun., Dec. 11 at the conclusion of an abbreviated worship service in person and via Zoom. Details and documents to follow.

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

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED – 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 $469.07 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.


This Week’s Bulletin


Kids Celebrate Bulletin

Spark Worship Bulletin (Pre-Reader)

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

A 2nd CLOTHING DONATION BIN – has arrived. 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!

BROWN BAG BIBLE STUDY -Will resume in August, 2022.
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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