Love is Action Oriented – 5-5-24

Love is Action Oriented
A long time ago, Jesus requested his followers to “bear fruit for the Gospel”. Today, bearing fruit takes many forms, especially expressed in volunteer service to the community … but how many people actually volunteer these days?  Join Pastor Jack as he reveals the answer and calls us all to volunteer in the name of Christ.  Some eye-opening statistics will be shared … you won’t want to miss this message!

BOXES OF BLESSINGS – All 24 boxes were received by Sgt. Ryan Wood! Many thanks to all who contributed. Please see the “thank you” photos on our website.


SPRING VENDOR FAIR – Sat. May 4 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Volunteer signups are on the bulletin board. Please see B. Osborne to help and be sure to invite your friends and family!

BRIEF SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – Sun., May 5, 9:45 a.m. – including a vote on partnership with Kirby Smith for a capital campaign. Your participation is very important for the future of our church!

NEW MEMBER CLASSES – Wed., May 8 and 15 at 7 p.m. with new member reception on Sun., June 2. All are welcome!

PHOTO SUNDAYS – If your photo is missing from the Our Flock bulletin board, please have your picture taken after service on 5/12. We want to include everyone!

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY OUR CHILDREN – May 19. You won’t want to miss the performance of our Sunday School children during worship on Pentecost. Don’t forget to wear your red!

WINE TASTING – Sat., June 8 from 6-8 pm. Tickets on sale 5/1. Contact Solveig S. 201-919-2015

CAR SHOW AND SPRING FESTIVAL – Sat., June 8, noon – 6PM. Holy Trinity Lutheran, Rockaway (raindate: June 15)

IN-CHURCH BIBLE STUDY – is held on the first and third Mondays at 6 p.m. All are welcome. 

BROWN BAG BIBLE STUDY Continues in person at Holy Trinity Church on the first and third Wednesdays from noon-12:45. Join Pastor Jack for a lively discussion of the Bible. 

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 May 5, 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

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.