Love is God-Centered – 4-28-24

Love is God-Centered
Jesus once said, “Love one another as I have loved you.”  However … what does that really look like in our contemporary society?  This Sunday Pastor Jack will explore two concepts from the NT Book of 1 John:  (a)  God IS love and (b) how can we share that love with others?  It’s not as simple as you think … but then again, you’ll have to hear the message to learn new insights!  Don’t miss it!


MEETS, GREETS & EATS – Apr. 27, 3 p.m. at Hassa’s. Sign up in Parish Hall.

INFO. SESSION – Apr. 28 at 9:45 a.m. with guest speaker, Richie Musser of Kirby Smith Associates (fundraising co) regarding capital campaign opportunity. There will be a congregational meeting on May 5 to vote on this partnership.

NJ CONSERVATORY presents Joseph Haydn’s “Mass in Time of War”, Michael Haydn’s “Te Deum” and Mozart’s “Symphony No. 23 in D”. NJ Conservatory Symphonic Chorus accompanied by its Symphonic Orchestra performs here on Sun., April 28, 2024 at 4:00PM. Call 973-402-2004 for tickets.

SPRING VENDOR FAIR – Sat. May 4 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Volunteer signups are on the bulletin board. Please see B. Osborne to help and be sure to invite your friends and family!

SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – Sun., May 5, 9:45 a.m. – including a vote on partnership with Kirby Smith for a capital campaign.

PHOTO SUNDAYS – If your photo is missing from the Our Flock bulletin board, please have your picture taken after service on 4/21 or 5/12. We want to include everyone!

MEATS, GREETS & EATS – Sat., June 1, 3 p.m. at Wolff’s. Sign up in Parish Hall.

WINE TASTING – Sat., June 8 from 6-8 pm. Tickets on sale 5/1. Contact Solveig S. 201-919-2015

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

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. 

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
  • 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 April 28, 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.