Why Is It So Complicated? – 2-25-24

Why Is It So Complicated?
  A long time ago, the disciples often found themselves confused whenever Jesus spoke in parables or whenever Jesus illustrated complicated theological principles.  Are we any different?  Who among us can comprehend the mind of God?  Join Pastor Jack this Sunday as he delivers his message, “Why Is It So Complicated?”.  Learn to appreciate the mysteries of God while practicing childlike trust in the providence of God.  Listen for timely advice during troubling times!


WEATHER CANCELLATIONS – will be sent via email through the Icon system as soon as a decision is made. If you are unsure if the church will be open, please check your email before braving the elements.

BLOOD DRIVE – A big thank you to all who helped make this event a success. 33 donations were collected helping 99 people in need!

ESTATE PLANNING session with Scott Siripalaka of Thrivent Financial. during Mar. 3 coffee hour. Please join us for this informative session.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO NEEDS ASSISTANCE? Family Promise of Sussex County can help those struggling with heating and electrical costs, including veterans who can also receive help with basic expenses. Please call 973-579-1180 or visit https://familypromisesussex.org

THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS – need to be directed before March 31. In 2023, we received $1,298.00 from this program! Please contact Denise L at dleifken@aol.com for assistance. Thanks!

FIRST COMMUNION CLASSES – for children in grade 3 and up. Mar. 7 and 14 at 6 p.m. with First Communion on March 17 at 9 a.m. Please contact the office or Pastor Jack to enroll your child.

FISH N CHIPS DINNERSun., Apr. 14 from 4 -8 p.m. Ticket sales begin 2/1. See Judi Wolff (973) 224-0986..

DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO RE-GIFT? – The Activities Team is looking for new items that people want to re-gift. They need to be in the original package and not used. Items can be brought in and given to Judi Wolff, Diane Hassa, Maryann DiCola or Barbara Robinson. Thank you.

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS NEEDED – The Activities Team would like to have two families volunteer for each Sunday. Please use the signup sheet in the parish hall and see MaryAnn DiCola with any questions. Thanks!

Many thanks to our outgoing council members and to the new leadership team! Your service to our church is greatly valued!

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 February 25, 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.