Your “To Do” List – 8-28-22

Are you a list maker?  Do you often create “to do” lists to help declutter your mind and get organized?  In this Sunday’s New Testament reading, we encounter a “to do” list…things we should remember to do daily as Christians.  Join Pastor Jack as he unpacks the list and offers sound Biblical wisdom for the things we should never forget as people of God.
Attachments area

VISITORS – please sign the guest book on the table in the lobby.

HYMN NUMBERS -are listed in the bulletin after the name of the anthem. Most numbers correspond to the pew hymnal but those marked WP are found in the Worship and Praise hymnal (purple cover) which is not in the pews as of now.

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.

MASKS ARE OPTIONAL -Traditional communion has returned, but communion cups will still be available.

 LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSEYour gifts will support Ukrainians and others. Gifts to “Eastern Europe Crisis Response” will be used in full (100%) to assist those affected by the crisis in Ukraine and neighboring countries. Checks or money orders can be sent to:
Lutheran Disaster Response P.O. Box 1809 Merrifield, VA 22116-8009
Write “Eastern Europe Crisis Response” 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.

C4C BACKPACK PROGRAM -C4C is putting together 400 backpacks and is looking for donations of: colored pencils, Crayola crayons and single subject spiral notebooks. Please put donations in the box at the top of the stairs by their office before 8/20.

THANKSGIVING FOOD COLLECTION – at least 20 of each item are 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


SUNDAY SCHOOL RETURNS – on Sunday, Sept. 11 on Rally Day. More information to follow.

WE NEED YOUR HELP – with the Rally Day Picnic on Sept. 11 after church. Please sign up on the narthex bulletin board to help set up on Sat., Sept 10 at 5 p.m. or at 9 a.m. on Sunday. (See the bulletin insert for complete information about how you can help.)

SUBSTITUTE SECRETARY NEEDED – The church office is in need of a volunteer, substitute secretary on an “as needed basis”. Please contact Wendy Whipple if you are interested. Training happily provided!

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

FAVORITE HYMN SUGGESTIONS – can be written on the form in the bulletin and placed in offering plate or emailed to These will be given to Ronn for possible inclusion in a future worship service.

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 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
  • 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

Kids Celebrate Bulletin

Spark Worship Bulletin (Pre-Reader)

New Link for Zoom Bible Study, Wed. at noon

Meeting ID: 829 4727 4304
Passcode: 002314

Bible study will resume in August.

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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