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

From Pastor Kristen

Last Sunday, we heard that Jesus calls us to show mercy.  We saw the Good Samaritan model mercy by seeing the man who'd been beaten and left for dead, listening to the man's pain, and responding with compassion. Whenever we are asked or forced to choose between Us and Them, Jesus calls us, instead, to choose mercy.

-Pastor Kristen

All Week long in Vacation Bible School we will be discovering how to follow Jesus, even when thinks are scary and we don't know the way.  We have hope because Jesus is the Light of the World!  We've got a great group of kids and a wonderful group of volunteers who are making Cave Quest VBS extra special!

Upcoming Events

Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 15

Sunday July 17-

  • 9:00 a.m. Worship Service with Holy Communion

  • This is the last Sunday you can bring your donated school supplies to Church for Community Helping Ministry's Back to School Supply Drive.

Wednesday July 20-

  • G.I.F.T  Meal and Activities from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Come and Bring Friends! 

Sunday July 24-

  • 9:00 a.m. Worship Service with Holy Communion

Monday, July 25- Sunday, July 31

  • Pastor Kristen is on vacation.

Thursday, July 28-

  • Food Truck Night at St. Ann Park from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m
Thursday, July 28 - Friday July 29
  • Book Fair setup 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday July 30-
  • Book fair and Bake Sale and Raffle at Shepherd of the Hills from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM


If you would like to give the Children's Sermon one Sunday morning, please talk to Pastor Kristen. They are great for the kids and us older people, too!

Ushers are needed, one for the month of November and two for the month of December. Please talk to Tom Ritter if you are interested, or phone him at 636-244-7747.

Our Thanks to Tom Ritter for volunteering to lead the Facilities Committee.  He will be paying attention to the state of the grounds and facility and matching those needs with the many talents our members.  
Lots O' Fun parking lot fundraiser will be THIS SUNDAY, July 17, after worship. Come ready for fun!  There's still time to volunteer to run a game!  Contact Martha Johnson if you're interested.  All the proceeds will be used to fix our parking lot. You can also make a donation directly to Shepherd of the Hills. Just write "Parking Lot Donation" in the memo line on your check. We are hoping to raise $2,100 for the parking lot. It will be lots of fun. Bring your family and friends. Fun for everyone and money for a good cause!
G.I.F.T. Growing in Faith Together is a time for all ages to come together and bring your friends!.  On specific Wednesday evenings this summer, we will gather together from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. here at Church to share a meal, tell a story, and spend time in fellowship activities using "An Illustrated Earth" curriculum.  (The coloring posters are back!) We will hear water stories, plant and food stories, animal stories and each event will be shaped by YOU.  You can also participate with these events while you are away on vacation.  There are "flat earth" signs that you can take with you wherever you go this summer on vacation.  Take a picture of you with your sign, and celebrate that YOU were there Celebrating God's Creation. Post your photo with the hashtag #AnIllunstratedEarth to join your picture with others across the country who are participating in the same curriculum. Our next G.I.F.T. Wednesday is July 20. Let's have some Fun while Celebrating God's Creation!

SOTH will host a Book Fair, Bake Sale, and Raffle on Saturday, July 30. Start looking through your books to find those you would like to donate, and bring them to the senior high classroom at church. Please bring your goodies to sell for the bake sale.

Proceeds from the Book Fair will benefit Joni and Friends, Humanitri, and The Bridge. The Bake Sale will benefit WELCA. The Men's Group will be serving hot dogs and chips. Volunteers will be needed on Thursday and Friday to get the books ready for sale. Please see Pat Amick for questions.  Pat also needs box lids and bags for purchased books.

     Lutheran Restoring Creation (LRC) is a grass-roots effort designed to encourage the ELCA to promote care for creation.  For more information visit:  The Central States Synod and LRC Mission Table is committed to helping equip our synod, congregations and members to live out our vocation as earth-keepers. 
  In St. Louis the LRC Mission Table will be hosting the following:
* August 20, 2016  LR Creation Care Workshop in St. Louis at the beautiful Pallottine Renewal Center in Florissant.  Delve into many aspects of creation care and work together to create action plans to move forward in our congregations and as individuals.  More details to come.  Registration will be open on the CSS website ( by June 5, 2016
     For more information on the local events, contact LRC Mission Table members Jan Koch at or Jane Meyerkord at, representing the St. Louis Area or Mission Table Chairperson, the Reverend Noni Strand at

Please submit your events and opportunities for consideration and report any corrections to
July 17, 2016

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


  • Jim Anderson - July 14
  • Christopher Ngoma - July 15
  • Pastor Kristen - July 20
  • Gary Sieker - July 20
  • Carlie Hunter - July 21
  • Stephanie Sackey - July 21
  • Phil Rogers - July 30


Don't forget to post your photos from your travels with #AnIllustratedEarth. Check out the wall map in the church hallway where we are posting the pictures shared with #AnIllustratedEarth!

Visit our Facebook page for pictures

Community Helping Ministry

SOTH is collecting items for CHM's Back-to-School Supply Drive

Help Kids start off the school year right, with the supplies they will need to excel. Please, no crayons, pens or pencils

Most Needed include:
  • Markers
  • Backpacks
  • Scissors
  • Glue and Glue Sticks
  • Loose Leaf Paper
  • Erasers
  • 2 Pocket Folders
  • Rulers
  • Pencil Boxes/Bags
  • Colored Pencils
  • Binders - 1 inch and 3 inch
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Kleenex

Cash or check donations are also welcome.  (Please mail checks to the address below)

The DEADLINE for bringing donations to Shepherd of the Hills is THIS SUNDAY, July 17!

You can also bring items directly to the CHM office, on the south side of Arlington United Methodist Church on 3770 McKelvey Road in Bridgeton, 63044. Office hours are Mon - Thurs, 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Fri 10:00 a.m. to Noon. For any questions, please call CHM at 314-770-2216 or talk to Linda and Tom Ritter.

Volunteers are needed to help with sorting and distribution. To sign up, please contact Liza Browning at 314-770-0796 or

Thank You for your kind generosity!

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