Mind Control – 8-27-23

Have you ever considered the enormous power your “thinking” has over your well-being?  Researchers have concluded that positive thinking leads to better overall health…and positive thoughts can even boost one’s immune system! Join Pastor Jack this Sunday as he unpacks the New Testament verse, “Be transformed by the renewing of your minds.” (Romans 12:2).  Learn how God’s refreshing Holy Spirit can aid in overall well-being…you owe it to yourself to check out this message!

HELP FOR MAUI – Lutheran Disaster Response is coordinating with the Pacifica Synod and other partners to provide assistance. Checks or money orders can be sent to: Lutheran Disaster Response P.O. Box 1809 Merrifield, VA 22116-8009. Give by phone at 800-638-3522 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Central time or online.


WORSHIP SERVANT SCHEDULES for Sept – Oct. were emailed this week. Questions should be directed to Solveig Schunk (201) 919-2015 or Pat Kovacs (973)713-0568.

BLOOD DRIVE is planned for Thurs., Aug. 31, 2023, from 1-7 PM. PINT FOR A PINT! Krogh’s in Sparta is one of the participating locations! To make an appointment, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nybc.org. For any further questions, contact KReutter@nybc.org

FALL FESTIVAL & CAR SHOW – Sat. Sept 23, Holy Trinity Lutheran in Rockaway from 12 -5 PM. Join our sister congregation for vendors, cars, music, food, beer, and wine.

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS – are needed. Please see the sign-up sheet on the narthex table. Thanks to the DiColas for leading this fellowship activity.

FIRST WEEK OF SUNDAY SCHOOL & RALLY DAYSept. 10. Celebrate the start of Sunday School. Worship at 9 a.m. Children ages 4 through grade 6 will be welcomed to their classroom from 9:15 – 10 a.m. Brunch following service. Please confirm your child’s enrollment by calling or emailing the church office. Registration forms are on the table in the narthex and available on the church’s website. Come join the fun!

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 August 20, 2023

Worship Service Bulletin

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
Worship & Music: Pat Kovacs
Community Relief: Diane Fitzpatrick
Giving: Arden Krych
Membership: Janine Shugan
Activities:  Judi Wolff

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!

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.