July 16, 2021

We encourage you to read the Bible stories for this upcoming Sunday
Psalm 23; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
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

Aarrk Garden

The Aarrk Garden is having a barbeque for Shepherd of the Prairie members and staff for their support of the Aarrk garden. The picnic will be held at 11505 Price Rd, Hebron, Ill, 60034 on July 18 at 2:00 pm. After the barbeque there will be a camp fire.

We hope you can make it.

For more information, please contact Vik Bekeris vikbek66@yahoo.com


VBS Volunteer and Student Registration is officially open! Click the link below and sign up to be a volunteer and/or register your child.



Sign up online here or in the Crossroads by August 15.

Grand Piano

A Special Thank You to the Congregation
for the Final Sanctuary Piano Donations

During the month of June, SOTP received enough special donations to the Sanctuary Grand Piano fund to pay back the General Operating reserves for the final two piano payments. The Finance team really appreciates the generosity of our members to help us preserve our General Operating reserves by contributing to these final two payments. We are truly blest to have resources to grow all ministries for our growing Church. Thank You, from the SOTP Finance Team.


Our 2021 Missions Trip, "Simplicity", was an absolute success! All of our students and leaders have returned home safely with great stories of how we saw God first hand!

Take a look at our Mission Trip Videoand see what a great event this was.

The 2nd shipment of Simplicity Support Shirts have arrived! For those who ordered a shirt please make sure you come pick up your shirt at church in between services!

We also have 4 size Small shirts that we would love to sell! The cost is $20 and a portion goes back to the Youth Program!

Please reach out to Kurtis if you would like to purchase a size small shirt at kurtis@sotpmail.com



We are now accepting orders for 4X8 and 8X8 Memory Bricks. The next order will be sent to Polar Engraving after the Columbarium arrives and we receive enough orders.

This is a picture of the 72 niche Columbarium that was built for the Memory Garden.


The Habitat in Elgin has a construction project in Carpentersville. At this time, they can use volunteers only on Saturdays. If you are interested, they have a schedule and signup procedure at the following site: www.volunteerhabitatnfv.org . The project is called Elm Joyful Hands/New Hope. If interested or if you have questions or need help navigating the site, call Carl Hupert at 224-569-6041 or email at carlhupert@gmail.com .

Friends Bible Study

Friends Bible Study continues to gather every Monday from 12:30-2:00 pm in the Willow Room at Shepherd of the Prairie. Our study of the book of Revelation will conclude on July 12th.

King David will be our focus for the summer study as we read and discuss 1 Samuel from the Old Testament.

Welcome Center

Welcome Center Volunteers Needed

We have officially Re-Opened our Welcome Center at church and we need your help to greet visitors with a smile, let them know we are happy to see them and welcome them to Shepherd of the Prairie. At the Welcome Center we have visitors fill out an information form, give them a mug, and thank them for their interest with encouragement and kindness. The Welcome Center is a Shepherd Of The Prairie Community Outreach ministry. We need people like you to sign up and greet people at the end of each service.

Sign up online at www.bit.ly/SOTPwelcome . For more information, contact: Rachael Yndestad r.yndestad@icloud.com

World Hunger

ELCA World Hunger

SOTP made a difference in 2020 with your gifts to ELCA World Hunger. We gave $5,625 to help alleviate poverty and hunger here in the United States and throughout the world. Your incredible generosity reminds us of God’s work in and through us, particularly while we were also undergoing the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be receiving a Certification of Appreciation from the synod office which will be posted on our bulletin board.

The SOTP Mission Team directs gifts to ELCA World Hunger at various times during the year. If you wish to make a personal gift in 2021 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.

For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you welcomed me.

– Matthew 25:35

Flower Note

Let There Be Flowers

Joyfully, we are begining 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!


Collecting Gently Used Tablets

SOTP's Barnabas Ministry team (along with Pastor Mark) is starting a new ministry here at SOTP soon and we need your help!

SOTP is collecting gently used tablets—the ones that are sitting at home collecting dust because you don’t use them anymore.

We will be erasing everything currently on these devices before using. Please drop off at Welcome Center or the church office.

Contact: Michelle Rankin michelle@sotpmail.com

Little Lambs
Little Lambs

Enrollment is now open for the 2021-22 preschool year at the Little Lambs Early Learning Program.

Little Lambs classes run from September through May.

Our Church offers three educational and fun Prekindergarten classes for 2-, 3- and 4-year-old students:

  • One day per week class starting with 2-year-olds on Wednesdays
  • Two days per week class starting with 3-year-olds on Tuesday and Thursdays
  • Three days a week for children that will be entering Kindergarten the following year on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

All program hours are from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Little Lambs Early Learning Program serves families throughout the Fox Valley area, including Huntley, Gilberts, Pingree Grove, Hampshire, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Crystal Lake, and Lakewood.

For more information, contact Jill Gillming at LittleLambs@sotpmail.com .

Funeral Planning Booklet

"A Guide for Pre-Planning Your Funeral Service."

Pick up your copy of this new booklet at church or see the online document here .

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 June, 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.