Good Old fashioned Praise 10-09-22

Did you know that praising God improves one’s brain chemistry, lowers blood pressure, and contributes to overall improvements in health and well-being?
This Sunday, Pastor Jack will highlight stories from the Bible which focus on two men who turn back to God…with praise in their hearts…and experience complete joy! This Sunday’s message concludes with sound and practical guidance for practicing gratitude in everyday life.  Why not start praising God…and feeling better…today?

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.

CONGREGATIONAL SURVEYS – are included in the bulletin each
week in October. Please feel free to take home to complete and return to
the offering plate. We appreciate your input!

CHRISTMAS WREATH FUNDRAISER – It’s the most wonderful time of
the year! Christmas Wreath ordering is here. Orders can be placed from
now until October 23rd. Wreaths will be delivered the week of
November 21st and will be available for pickup Sunday November
27th. This is to help raise money for the Thanksgiving food
baskets. You can order in person at church. The order form will be in the
narthex, or you can order online using the google form.
2022 Christmas Wreath Order Form

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

 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.

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


FALL VENDOR/CRAFT FAIR is scheduled for Sat., Oct. 22, from 10
AM – 3 PM. Volunteers are needed. Please email Barbara O at to help.

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.

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
  • 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:  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.


This Week’s Bulletin


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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