What’s All the Excitement About – 5-19-24

What’s All the Excitement About
 Science Question:  What happens to atoms and molecules when they are exposed to increased energy? Increased heat?  How about when the Holy Spirit’s “fire” comes upon you? Are you changed … are you excited?   This Sunday we commemorate the Day of Pentecost, and we will recall the day when the “fire” of God’s Spirit energized the people years ago … that same fire exists within us.  Are you ready to get “fired up” for God?  Join Pastor Jack this week as he rolls out his message, ” What’s All the Excitement About?” You’ll be transformed by the message … and by the Spirit of God moving inside you!


Mon., May 20 – Council at 7 p.m.
Tues., May 21 – Worship & Music at 6 p.m.

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!

ADULT CPR AND AED TRAINING – Sun. May 19 provided by Judi Wolff from 1-3 p.m. There is a $30.00 fee. Please sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex.


VOLUNTEER SUNDAY – June 9 after service. Please come and find out how you can have fun serving God!

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

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

BLOOD DRIVE – Thurs., June 27 from 1-7 PM. Volunteers needed; please contact Janine Shugan. Appointments preferred, call 1-800-933-2566, or visit www.nybc.org. Any further questions contact Kristen at 1-646-739-1827.

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 http://secure.myvanco.com/L-YXCY
  • 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:  
https://www.youtube.com/@shepherdofthehillslutheran8820/streams  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. https://www.facebook.com/SOTHNJ/.

WORSHIP INFO For May 16, 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 http://www.newlegacybooks.com  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.