The Things of God – 9-3-23

The Things of God

A long time ago, Jesus predicted that a day would arrive when he would suffer and be killed…but then rise again.  Peter only heard the death prediction and replied, “God forbid Lord”. It just didn’t make sense to Peter and to the others that Jesus would have to suffer.  And…how about you?  Have you ever witnessed suffering and then wondered, “What is God doing about this?”.  Join Pastor Jack this Sunday as he explores the mysteries and purposes of God in his sermon “The Things of God”.  You won’t want to miss this thought-provoking message!

HELP FOR MAUI – Lutheran Disaster Response is coordinating with the Pacifica Synod and other partners to provide assistance. Checks or money orders can be sent to: Lutheran Disaster Response P.O. Box 1809 Merrifield, VA 22116-8009. Give by phone at 800-638-3522 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Central time or online.

NAME TAGS are in the process of being updated to include everyone. SS staff and students can retrieve theirs from the SS classroom. If you keep yours at home, please remember to bring it and wear it on Rally Day. The Membership team has requested that we wear them each week to get to know each other and identify visitors.


after worship. Please sign up on the narthex bulletin board to report what you would like to contribute to the meal and how many people will attend. Please indicate how you can help on Sat. or Sunday as well.

PHOTO OPPS – The Membership Team would like everyone to have their photo taken after worship on Sept. 10 or 17 in order to produce a display in the narthex. Please be sure to stop by.

WORSHIP SERVANT SCHEDULES for Sept – Oct. were emailed this week. Questions should be directed to Solveig Schunk (201) 919-2015 or Pat Kovacs (973)713-0568.

BLOOD DRIVE Thank you to all who helped make this event a success. Our next community Blood Drive will be on Thursday, Dec 21st.

FALL FESTIVAL & CAR SHOW – Sat. Sept 23, Holy Trinity Lutheran in Rockaway from 12 -5 PM. Join our sister congregation for vendors, cars, music, food, beer, and wine.

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

FIRST WEEK OF SUNDAY SCHOOL & RALLY DAYSept. 10. Celebrate the start of Sunday School. Worship at 9 a.m. Children ages 4 through grade 6 will be welcomed to their classroom from 9:15 – 10 a.m. Brunch following service. Please confirm your child’s enrollment by calling or emailing the church office. Registration forms are on the table in the narthex. Come join the fun!

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 September 03, 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
Worship & Music: Pat Kovacs
Community Relief: Diane Fitzpatrick
Giving: Arden Krych
Membership: Janine Shugan
Activities:  Judi Wolff

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.