January 8, 2021

We encourage you to read the Bible stories for this upcoming Sunday
Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Mark 1:4-11
in preparation for worship.

Just A Thought...
Click the play button below to hear Pastor Mark's "Just a Thought" message for this week:

Pastor Mark

Adult Education

When we begin to think of the biblical images of God, it doesn't take long at all to come up with a large number. But during these first few weeks of the new year, we've limited ourselves to six: God as Potter, as Rock, as Servant, Mother, Warrior, Host. Each metaphor gives to us a dynamic picture of who God is and how God operates in our world. God the Rock is our focus for this next week. Think of the giant rock here in Huntley just outside the Brunch Cafe. Let your imagination run with this image: what does it mean to say with the Psalmist, "O Lord...you are my rock and my fortress..."? I invite you to join us! You can access our Bible study by going to our church's website, www.sotp.org and look under the section titled "Videos", or wait for the blast email that will come out on Thursday, or check out our Facebook page. I look forward to being with you!

Pastor Bill


Students in grades 9 through 12 are invited to join us on Thursdays from 7:00PM to 9:00PM in the Youth Room! During our time together, students can expect opportunity to participate in community building, a lesson from Youth Intern Kurtis, as well some form of activity. All High School students are welcome to join us!

Jesus Jams

In January 2021, our High School Youth Group (HSYG) will be exploring contemporary Christian music. Each week, students will listen to, converse, and learn how music, worship, and the self are all intertwined.

If you have any questions, please reach out to kurtis@sotpmail.com .

Friends Bible Study

Friends Bible Study

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” —Mark 10:45

Members of Friends Bible Study have completed the study of Genesis and will now move to the New Testament and learn from the Gospel of Mark. This will allow us to follow along with the Gospel readings for the year 2021.

Come with us and Be Diligent; see how the characteristics of a servant drew people to Jesus. Jesus had a willingness to help others first, meet others’ practical needs, and gave sacrificially to others. Our study guide is "Be Diligent" by Warren Wiersbe.

Friends Bible Study will resume on Monday, January 11, 2021. We meet from 12:30-2:00 in the Willow Room at Shepherd of the Prairie. This room is large enough for everyone to be a safe distance apart and we always wear masks.

For information contact:
Linda Dungey

Memory Garden

New Memory Garden News (12/27/20)

View Ralph Wehnes'
Memory Garden Ministry Moments Video

The application for a Special Use Permit was unanimously approved by the Planning Commission at the Village of Huntley on December 14th. We are scheduled to meet with the Village Trustees on January 14th for the final approval. In the meantime, we received our Certificate of Exemption from the State of Illinois Comptroller’s office for the Memory Garden. We have completed the rules and regulations regarding the Columbarium. The cost for each niche will be determined when we receive the permit and approval from the Congregation. We are planning to sell niches and Memory Bricks starting on February 1, 2021. Still planning our opening in June 2021. More information and pictures on the SOTP web site.

Habitat for Humanity

SOTP supports Habitat for Humanity in two different ways, both of which need volunteers. One, is to participate in the construction process. The second is to help at the Elgin Restore.

The Restore has implemented safeguards such as wearing masks, distancing, and limiting the number of customers/workers. If you would feel safe enough under those conditions, join us as we go once a month on the third Thursday, from 9:30 AM until noon.

The outside construction during the winter months has been put on hold (in the Fox Valley area) for the next 2-3 months.

If you want to help in either way, contact me at carlhupert@gmail.com.

Carl Hupert

Flower Note

Let There Be Flowers

With live streaming the worship services at SOTP, your Worship Committee would like to brighten up the sanctuary with flowers for the sanctuary. As normal each arrangement is $50.

The florist will deliver the flowers for the Sunday worship services and then I would bring the flowers to your home on Sunday or Monday after the service (practicing social distancing, of course).

If you are interested in donating flowers, please contact Diane Mollis at dem910@outlook.com . Provide your name, address, phone number, for whom the flowers are dedicated to or in memory of, and which Sunday you are interested in displaying the bouquet. If you have any questions, you may call Diane at 224-654-6677.

Prayer Chain

Any member can submit a prayer request to our prayer chain group. There are two methods to do this:

  • Send an email directly to sotp-prayer-chain@gaggle.email as shown above
  • Use our Prayer Request Form link available on our website under"New Content"

Members of Shepherd Of The Prairie, we have identified a new exciting volunteer opportunity! Our Community Outreach ministry is in need of a Public Relations Coordinator. This person would help ministries and staff gather information about ongoing activities that could be used for press releases and advertisements in news papers and Digital advertising on the Internet. The PR Coordinator would be a member of our Community Outreach team and responsible for sending this information to our church’s newly obtained publicist. If this sounds like an interesting way for you to serve your church and the kingdom of God, please contact Our Community Outreach Chairman, Mike Yndestad by email, mike@sotpmail.com

With the intent to provide our church members with additional information and encourage open dialog, our monthly council report will be posted on our website each month. This document will show minutes of the past council meeting, full financials, attendance charts and various ministry meeting minutes. Check out the December, 2020 Council Report . We've also designed a simple feedback form to share your questions, concerns or comments. Let us know what you’re thinking.