When you think of the word “shrewd” does it conjure a negative image for you?  Or can you be “shrewd” in a positive way?  One dictionary defines “shrewd” as: “Having sharp powers of judgment”.  In this Sunday’s Gospel reading Jesus refers to a shrewd manager and evokes the question, “How can Christians become shrewd in a positive way which can help others?’ In other words, how can we give our resources creatively to benefit others?  Join Pastor Jack this week as he unpacks the mystery in his sermon simply titled “Shrewd”.

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..

SUBSTITUTE SECRETARY NEEDED – Our volunteer secretary will be out of the office for approximately four weeks after October 24 due to a surgical procedure. We are in urgent need of someone to word process from home or in the church office for that period of time. Please see Wendy. Training happily provided!

 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.

THRIVENT ACCOUNT HOLDERS – We are in need of Thrivent customers to write Action Team grants. All customers are entitled to submit two per year. Please contact Denise Leifken at dleifken@aol.com or call 973-715-6611 for assistance.

THANKSGIVING FOOD COLLECTION – at least 20 of each item is needed: flour, peanut butter, gravy/gravy mix, jelly, instant mashed potatoes, canned vegetables, macaroni and cheese, cake mix, tuna, frosting, canned sweet potatoes, pancake mix, cereal, syrup, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, soup, canned fruit, baked beans, rice, toilet paper


BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS – Sat. Oct. at 10 a.mPlease bring your animals on a leash or in a carrier for a special blessing and a treat from Pastor Jack. Snacks and door prizes too!

ALL ARE INVITED to attend the Oct. 4 event planning meeting at 7 p.m. to set the calendar for 2023. Come with your ideas and the understanding that all events are group efforts.

BLOOD DRIVE is scheduled for Thurs., Oct 27 from 1-7 PM. Volunteers are needed. Please contact the church office if you can volunteer to help or serve as the coordinator.

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

NEED YARN? -Marty Nielson has replenished the supply of  Barbara’s stash for anyone’s use. Currently, the yarn is in the room between the office and the Pastor’s office.  You are welcome to it. We will be collecting handmade blue hats for #Hat Not Hate again this year. Faith Kitchen does not accept any clothing.

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 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!


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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH8w_r1Rb9HH7i6SD15Tu6w  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/.



09182022 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost


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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