April 30, 2021

We encourage you to read the Bible stories for this upcoming Sunday
Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22:25-31; John 15:1-8
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

Communities gather. Sometimes it's to lament--a funeral, a tragic loss, an unforeseen accident. But at other times gatherings happen because something wonderful and exciting has occurred. Maybe it's as simple as a birthday party or a graduation. Or perhaps such gatherings occur due to a holiday, or a victory of some kind--someone is healed, a broken relationship has been restored, sins have been forgiven! The community of God's people have long celebrated and, as a result, sung songs and told stories to praise the living God for God's incredible blessings. This is what captures our attention this next week: The Power and Promise of Community Praise. You're invited to join us by going to our website, www.sotp.org and scroll down to Videos; or wait for the blast email, or go to our Facebook page. Come and hear. Come and rejoice!

Pastor Bill

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SOTP Artist Series

SOTP Artist Series
Angelic Harp Duo

Feels like coming home……

After so many months of uncertainty due to the pandemic, Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church in Huntley, IL is pleased to announce the re-opening of its well-known Artist Series. The church welcomes back members of the community to enjoy the first concert of the season on May 8, 2021, 7PM.

This live sanctuary concert, open to the public, will feature performing artists Nanette Felix and Claire Cifonie, better known as the Angelic Harp Duo, presenting a concert of harp music.

Pictures and bios of Nanette and Claire are shown here

This free concert will be also be live streamed to the community. Visit sotp.org for further information or contact artistseries@sotp.com

NIFB

Some people have already volunteered. Since most of us have had the Covid vaccination, we do qualify for this event. We still need more people to sign up and volunteer so we can make our commitment of 22 people. Everyone must properly wear face masks, and disposable gloves will be provided. I was able to reserve a Saturday morning 9:00-12:00 so hopefully family members can participate. Please hold the date and mark your calendars accordingly for Saturday, May 15, 2021 so you can help do God’s Work with Your Hands at the Northern Illinois Food Bank. When signing up, please be sure to indicate if a sit-down job is needed. Sign-up at the Mission table will be available for three weeks. The Food Bank feels it is necessary I get all 22 people officially registered at least 1 week in advance. They are not comfortable with last minute registrations.

Whether you have been there or not in the past, you will discover how great it feels to assist. If you have any questions, or want to sign up, please call Sharon Stangle at 224-628-2107 or email stangle.ds@gmail.com

Since 99% of our volunteers have chosen to travel on their own to NIFB rather than gather at church earlier in the morning, we will be happy to help arrange carpools for anyone that needs assistance. The Northern Illinois Food Bank address is 273 Dearborn Ct., Geneva, IL. Everyone needs to arrive by 8:45 AM in time to confirm registration, gather together for a prayer, and begin working at 9:00. The work project will end by 11:30 AM. After cleaning up the work area, we all get together again to learn about the project results. Before you leave we ask that everyone gather together in the lobby area for a group photo.

For those interested, we will get together for lunch. Information will be sent by email to all those that volunteer for the project.

As the Isaiah 58:10 tells us, “Feed the hungry and help those in trouble, then your light will rise and the darkness around you will be as bright as day.”

Summer Tshirt

YOUTH & FAMILY T-SHIRT DAY

Come join us on May 16th in the Fellowship Hall  at 10:00 AM to decorate your Summer SOTP T-Shirts. We want you to take your SOTP family wherever you go this summer and take a picture with your shirts! Once you take your pictures, send them into our Children & Family Ministry Director Tessa DeLong at tessa@sotpmail.com so we can show everyone back home where you have been! 

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP

High School Youth Thursday Meetings

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!

Kurtis Arndt

Youth Ministry Intern


Lou Malnati's Pizza
MEMORY GARDEN

MEMORY BRICKS

Memory Garden Update
We now have 20 Interment agreements completed. There are still 14 on our list that will be invited to complete their agreement in April. Memory Bricks are still available.

As we move forward with our Memory Garden you will now be able to purchase a "Memory Brick" for the brick sidewalk adjoining the Memory Garden with the west entrance of the church. The “memory bricks" are a wonderful way to honor your loved ones OR commemorate a special occasion in the life of your family - baptism, confirmation, wedding/anniversary, Eagle Scout, Charter member of SOTP, military service. Please consider a memorial for your loved parents or grandparents as another option.

Bricks are available to purchase in two sizes - 8" x 8" - $150.00 or 4" x 8" - $80.00. Order forms available on-line here or at the display in the gathering area. The forms can be mailed in or put in collection box at church.

BRICKS
Flower Note

Let There Be Flowers

Joyfully, we will begin to meet in person for our worship services as well as doing our online services. We continue to ask you to please consider signing up to donate flowers to brighten up the sanctuary. As normal, each arrangement is $50.

The bouquets are delivered from the florist for the weekend worship services. You can pick up your flowers after the Sunday services or on the Monday following. The church is open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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.

Thank you for saying yes to flowers for the sanctuary!

ELCA WORLD HUNGER

ELCA WORLD HUNGER – Making a Difference

More than 820 million people - that's about 11 percent of people in our world today - are hungry. As a result of Covid-19 these numbers are on the increase. Conservative estimates indicate that global hunger and extreme poverty will both increase by 12%, and domestic hunger has already doubled or tripled in 2020 (from 10.5% to as much as 38%).

ELCA World Hunger is our church’s ministry to end hunger and poverty. From health clinics to microloans, water wells to animal husbandry, community meals to advocacy, your gifts to ELCA World Hunger make it possible for the ELCA to respond, supporting sustainable solutions that get at the root causes of hunger and poverty in the U.S. and more than 60 other countries.

By providing immediate relief to those who are hungry, we meet basic needs and recognize the universal human right to food. But ending hunger is about more than food. By connecting people with the resources they need to produce food and gain access to clean water, education, health care and sources of income, long-term, sustainable change can be accomplished.

The SOTP Mission Team directs gifts to ELCA World Hunger at various times during the year. You can also give gifts directly to ELCA World Hunger through regular SOTP offerings. Indicate “ELCA World Hunger” for any funds you want designated for this ministry.

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"

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 April, 2021 Council Report. We've also designed a simple feedback form to share your questions, concerns or comments. Let us know what you’re thinking.