September 10, 2021

We encourage you to read the Bible stories for this upcoming Sunday
Psalm 116:1-9; James 3:1-12; Mark 8:27-38
in preparation for worship.

Adult Education

Ready! Set! Go! And we're off and running, beginning next Sunday, September 19, at 10:20, and Wednesday, September 25, at 11:00. A new year of Bible study! We'll begin by exploring Paul's letter to the Ephesians under the title, "The Church as Gospel," as we discover that the Church isn't an afterthought or accident of history, but part and parcel of God's intent from the beginning of time. Both classes will meet in our adult education room (Pastor Bill's office) on the west end of our building where you'll find a new 70-inch video screen which should enhance our powerpoint presentations. (If you're coming on Wednesday, please note that because of our pre-school, the doors to the church will be locked, but we will have someone there to open them for you.) In addition, each week we'll continue videoing the Bible study to send out on Thursdays, so if you can't join us, you can still go on-line to access the content. It's been a year-and-a-half since we gathered in person, so I'm very excited to be with you again! And remember: masks are required when in the building, so be sure to wear yours!

Pastor Bill


Beyond the Neighborhood: The Music of Fred Rogers

Bales & Johnsrud

Chicago-based vocalist Keri Johnsrud and Grammy-nominated pianist Kevin Bales will perform their latest engaging and innovative release, Beyond the Neighborhood: The Music of Fred Rogers, during the next free Artist Series presentation at SOTP on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 7:00pm.

Hear fresh versions of the songs heard by numerous generations on the beloved children’s television program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The release was selected as a Top 10 Jazz Album of 2018 by Cadence Magazine, All About Jazz, and Chicago’s esteemed jazz station WDCB 90.9FM.

Johnsrud and Bales reimagine and rearrange Fred Rogers’ music as beautiful, sophisticated vehicles for jazz improvisation and innovation. In this collection, Mister Rogers’ songs not only relate to adults; they seem to be have been written for adults in the first place. Joining them will be acclaimed musicians Dennis Carroll on bass and George Fludas on drums.

Johnsrud is a fresh and appealing jazz singer with a quietly expressive voice and a deep understanding of lyric interpretation. She regularly tours the U.S. with her own group and is an experienced music educator in both vocal and piano private instruction and a faculty member at the Shell Lake Arts Center in Shell Lake, WI.

Bales, a gifted pianist since the age of 10, was a latecomer to jazz. At age 17 he encountered the sounds and structures and became captivated by the freedom and corresponding challenges of the music. He has toured with saxophonist Bunky Green, guitarist Nathen Page, and trumpeter Marcus Printup. Ten years touring with Rene Marie resulted in a Grammy-nominated album. He has performed around the world. He manages his own jazz program and oversees an ambitious schedule of jazz students at Georgia State University.

Admission to this live concert, an extraordinary treat presented by the church’s ongoing Artist Series, is free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

For further information contact .

Kids Connect
My First Bible Celebration

Come join us on September 19th at both 9:00 AM and 10:45 AM services as we kick off our Kids Connect Rally Day and our First Bible Celebration! We are going to celebrate our 2nd Grade students receiving their first bibles during the Children's sermon followed by Kids Connect, our new Sunday School!

If you are interested in your incoming 2nd Grader receiving their first bible, please contact Tessa Delong at .

Hurricane Ida

The headlines are filled with the devastation from Hurricane Ida, which made landfall near New Orleans on Aug. 29. Please click here to view the ELCA Hurricane Ida Relief information.

Lutheran Disaster Response

“I keep the Lord always before me; because [the Lord] is at my right hand,
I shall not be moved” (Psalm 16:8).

The 2021 wildfire season is devastating the western United States. A prolonged drought and extreme heat waves are causing wildfires to spread rapidly, which makes them difficult to contain. California is currently the hardest-hit state — the Dixie Fire, in Northern California, is already the second largest wildfire in the state’s history, having burned over 505,000 acres. Tens of thousands of people are under evacuation orders, and hundreds of buildings have been destroyed.

The fires are not limited to California; more than 100 wildfires are now burning throughout 15 states. Smoke from these fires is carried across the country, a sign of the far-reaching effects of worsening wildfires.

Lutheran Disaster Response is working with synods and social ministry organizations in California and other western states to develop a coordinated response to the wildfires. We anticipate that immediate needs will include food and other necessities. Long-term recovery will likely take years. Because emotional and spiritual care is a key aspect of disaster response, the Sierra Pacific Synod is developing a Lutheran Chaplaincy Corps, training rostered leaders and laypeople to offer such care to first responders and survivors after a disaster.

Your gifts will support wildfire survivors. Gifts to “U.S. Wildfires” will be used in full (100%) to assist those affected by wildfires, until the response is complete.

You may also designate gifts to “ Lutheran Disaster Response ” so we can immediately respond to disasters in the United States and around the world whenever they might strike.

We pray that God may comfort and protect those in the paths of wildfires. Together, we can follow Christ’s call to heal and share hope with those who are suffering.

Lutheran Disaster Response

“I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
incline your ear to me, hear my words” (Psalm 17:6).

A devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck southwest Haiti on Saturday morning. Over 1,400 people were killed, and that number is expected to increase as search-and-rescue efforts continue. Blocked roads are delaying the delivery of vital supplies to hospitals, which are overwhelmed with more than 6,900 injured people. At least 26,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, but the full extent of damage is still unknown. Haiti is also suffering through a political crisis and was hit by Tropical Storm Grace on Monday night, which caused severe flooding in communities already damaged by the earthquake.

For over two decades, the ELCA has maintained a presence in southern Haiti through support for agricultural and sustainable development work. To continue our engagement with those communities, Lutheran Disaster Response is collaborating with partner organizations in the communities to meet relief needs, including food, water, medical supplies and temporary shelter. In the future, other areas of support will include psychosocial care, water and sanitation, and creating sustainable livelihoods through agriculture and livestock. We also stand with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Haiti as it assesses damage and impacts on churches and church life.

Your gifts will support earthquake survivors in Haiti. Gifts to “Haiti Crisis” will be used in full (100%) to assist those affected by the earthquake.

Together, as church, we can be there for our neighbors in Haiti.

Flower Note

Let There Be Flowers

Altar Flowers for September 12 have been donated by Fred & Marilyn Wilhelm in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary.

Joyfully, we are meeting 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 . 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!



We are now accepting orders for the next shipment of Memory Bricks. Order forms are available at Church or on line.

Our Columbarium is scheduled to arrive soon.


Memory Brick Walkway

The Memory Brick Walkway is finished with the first order of bricks. When we get enough additional orders for bricks, they will be installed in the walkway.

Memory Brick Walkway
Volunteers Needed

Help! We need volunteers for our Children & Family Ministry Programs! If you are interested in helping serve and support our different Children & Family Ministry Programs, please sign up directly here or online on our church website ("Volunteer Signup" then "Children's Ministry").

The volunteer opportunities that are needed are:

  • Kids Connect Sunday School
  • Adventure Club 4th & 5th graders
  • Nursery

If you have any further questions, please contact our Children & Family Ministry Director, Tessa DeLong at

Welcome Center

Welcome Center: Join the Team!

Would you like to volunteer at Shepherd of the Prairie Welcome Center? We’d love to have you join us!

Sign up via this link or use the direct address www.bit.LY/SOTPwelcome to copy-paste into your browser.

We need 2 people after each service every Sunday to share Christ’s love for neighbors who visit our church home. We greet, chat, give a mug & an information folder, and gather contact info.

You can sign up to serve just one time, or you can sign up to serve on a recurring basis. Have some fun with it! Get to know some more people!! Shine the Light!!!

If you are interested in training, or if you would like more information, please contact me. If you have served before and are ready to serve again, please sign up or let me know. Looking forward to serving together!

Thank you,
Rachael Yndestad

“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
--Mathew 25:31-40

Friends Bible Study

Friends Bible Study
Mondays from 12:30-2:00
Willow Room
Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church

Have you wanted to learn more about David and his life as a young man and later as King? Join the women in Friends Bible Study and enter into lively discussions as we journey through the book of 1Samuel.

Be Successful, by Warren Wiersbe, is the guide-book for our meetings. This commentary leads us through the Old Testament Book, 1Samuel. First Samuel is a book about success and failure, both in individuals and the nation of Israel. David was a success by his character, conduct and service. “He was a man after God’s own heart.”

Friends Bible Study meets each Monday throughout the year and everyone is welcome every week.

For more information contact:
Linda Dungey


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

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 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 August, 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.