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

From Pastor Kristen

This past Sunday, we were reminded there is no place God won't go to reach us and bring healing, freedom, and wholeness. And we are called in our baptism to go and do likewise.

May God lead and guide us along that journey.

-Pastor Kristen

Growing in Faith Together

GIFT is an experiment we're trying this summer: Five Wednesday evenings where we gather as all generations to share a meal and celebrate God’s creation using An Illustrated Earth curriculum. That means that the coloring posters are back, along with storytelling and other activities that are guided by the curriculum and expanded by those who sign up to shape and lead the evening’s event.

You can also participate with these events while you’re 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 yourself and your sign where you are and celebrate that “YOU were here, celebrating God’s creation.” Post your photo with the hashtag #AnIllustratedEarth to join your picture with others across the country who are participating in the same curriculum.

Upcoming Events


Saturday, June 25

Sunday, June 26

  • 9:00 a.m. Worship Service with Holy Communion
  • Stewardship Team will meet after worship


Ushers are needed for the months of July, October and December. Please talk to Tom Ritter if you are interested, or phone him at 636-244-7747.

If you are interested in leading the Facilities Committee, or just want to know more about the committee, please talk to Jim Berry or phone him at 314-587-5989.

Our Garden of Eatin' is leading a tour of 3 other Gardens. (People will drive to the other Gardens.) The tour will begin Saturday June 25 at 9:00 a.m. at Shepherd of the Hills. For more information, please talk to Martha Johnson.

SOTH will host a table at St. Ann Food Truck Thursdays, held at St. Ann Park the last Thursday of each month through August, from 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Events are free and open to the public. These events are co-sponsored by the St. Ann Business Association and St. Ann Parks and Rec The next event is June 30

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 life's dark times." Bring your kids and their friends. Please sign up to help with crafts, games, snacks, teaching, leading and more. See Jenna Hutson if you have any questions.

Lots O' Fun parking lot fundraiser will be Sunday, July 17 after worship.  More information will be coming.

SOTH will host a Book Fair on Saturday, July 30. Start looking through your books to find those you would like to donate, and bring them to church. There will also be a Bake Sale to benefit WELCA during the Book Sale. Please bring your goodies to sell. The Men's Group will be serving hot dogs and chips. There will be a raffle. Volunteers will be needed on Thursday and Friday to get the books ready for sale. Please see Pat Amick for more information

SOTH will host a Bridal Shower for Jackie Vick and her fiancé Brandon Smith on Sunday, August 14 at 11:00 a.m. here at Church.

Lutheran Restoring Creation (LRC) is a grass-roots effort designed to encourage the ELCA to promote care for creation. 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
For more information on local events, please see or email Jan Koch <>

Please submit your events and opportunities for consideration and report any corrections to
June 26, 2016

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

Visit our Facebook page for pictures

Community Helping Ministry

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

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)

All items must be received no later than July 22

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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