Is My Faith Like a Seed? – 6-16-24

Is My Faith Like a Seed?
Jesus often spoke in parables and used several illustrations while teaching and preaching.  One day Jesus spoke about the kingdom of God … and about faith … by using the image of a seed.  Which begs the question:  “Is faith like a seed?”  If so, then how can we nurture the “seeds of faith” within us? Join Pastor Jack this Sunday for practical insights and suggestions for nurturing faith “within.”


BLOOD DRIVE – Thurs., June 27 from 1-7 PM. Volunteers needed. Please contact Janine Shugan. Appointments preferred, call 1-800-933-2566, or visit 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. 

CHILDREN’S SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM – The Food Pantry is collecting food to support school aged children and their families during the summer. Please look for a collection box in the narthex to place your donations including: tuna and chicken pouches, pudding cups, juice boxes, mac and cheese cups, meals in a cup, single serve cereals, fruit cups and snack bars. Please see Russell Shields for further information. Thank you.

PET FOOD MINISTRY – During the month of June, we are collecting pet food items for the Sparta Food Pantry. Let’s help their clients keep their pets healthy. Deadline is June 30 so please consider purchasing
something the next time you go grocery shopping. The pets will thank you!

GARDENERS NEEDED!– We are blessed to have such a beautiful property including an abundance of weeds. We are in need of volunteers to weed as your schedule permits. Thank you!

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.

Fire Relief Sought:  “Go Fund Me Page” – Jim’s cousin Tara, along with husband and son had a fire recently destroy their home, took the life of their pet, and they can use some help to get back on their feet. Please see the link to help

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 June 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  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.