Shepherd of The Hills Lutheran Church (ELCA)
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This week at SOTH

Last Sunday's Bible texts reminded us to "choose love" - especially during times of uncertainty and struggle. We may not always choose love perfectly, but if we do it intentionally it will be meaningful, and that is enough.

This week we look with eagerness towards our 50th anniversary worship and celebration on May 1.  Bishop Roger Gustafson will be our preacher, and five of the six previous pastors are able to join us as well.   What a blessing!  Many thanks to the anniversary planning team for putting such amazing effort into making this a special celebration!!

Easter blessings,

-Pastor Kristen

Upcoming Events


Wednesday April 27

  • 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Confirmation at SOTH
  • 7:00 p.m. Choir Practice

Thursday April 28

Saturday April 30

  • 5:00 p.m. Choir Practice (meal will be provided)

Sunday May 1 (50th Anniversary)

  • 9:00 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion (special collection to raise funds for parking lot)
  • 12:00 p.m. Luncheon at Bridgeton Recreation Center
  • 1:00 p.m. Anniversary Celebration at Bridgeton Recreation Center

Wednesday May 4

  • 7:00 p.m. Choir Practice

Friday May 6

  • CHM Trivia Night at Maryland Heights Community Center


If you can help set up chairs for Sunday's 50th Anniversary worship celebration, please contact Dave Elder

Because of the 50th Anniversary Celebration this next Sunday, May 1, no noisy offering will be collected. Of course, you can always bring your change and put it in our unique noisy offering contraption! Also, there will be no refreshments after worship. Only coffee will be available.

Bible Study will resume on May 8 (Mother's Day -- feel free to invite your mother.) We will gather for a short time to get folks going on the next session: Servant-shaped Soldiers.

Altar Guild sets up for Communion and cleans up after Communion. If you would like to serve on the Altar Guild, please contact Barb Daab at 314-831-1568. All are welcome to come and serve.

Community Helping Ministry needs these items: bleach, laundry detergent, pancake mix, syrup, and jelly. You can bring them to church, Linda and Tom Ritter will deliver them to CHM.

SOTH will host a table at St. Ann Food Truck Thursdays, held at St. Ann Park the last Thursday of each month April through August, from 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Scheduled events include face painting, pet adoption, pony rides and many more fun things. Events are free and open to the public, but a canned good or non-perishable food item donation is appreciated. We are looking for two volunteers. If you are interested in staffing our table, please contact Sydney Meyer or Pastor Kristen. These events are co-sponsored by the St. Ann Business Association and St. Ann Parks and Rec The first event is April 28. Former St. Louis Cardinal, Andy VanSlyke will be in attendance and signing autographs. There will be a table set-up to donate clothing, money, and gift cards for the family that was injured impaired driver incident in St. Ann on April 5, 2016. Come and bring friends.

Community Helping Ministry Trivia Night, "A Day at the Derby," on Friday, May 6 at the Maryland Heights Community Center. It is $15.00 per person. Tickets are available in advance ONLY! Teams of up to 8 players. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., play begins at 7:00 p.m. For more information, call Liza Browning at 314-770-0798 or talk to Linda Ritter.

SOTH Annual Picnic will be held Sunday May 22 at St. Ann Park. Please bring whatever meat you want to grill to eat and a dish to share.  You can also bring sports equipment or other fun outdoor items.  Everyone is welcome, and please bring your friends.  More details will come.

Vacation Bible School will be held July 11-15 in the evenings at Shepherd of the Hills. We are gearing up for an Adventure this summer: Cave Quest, Following Jesus, the Light of the World. "Where kids will find grounding in the rock-solid foundation of God's love, a love that takes us through like's dark times." Bring your kids and their friends.

Please submit your events and opportunities for consideration to
May 1, 2016

50th Anniversary Celebration

9:00 a.m. Worship service with Holy Communion

12:00 p.m. Luncheon at Bridgeton Recreation Center

1:00 p.m. Anniversary Celebration at Bridgeton Recreation Center
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