October 8, 2021

We encourage you to read the Bible stories for this upcoming Sunday
Psalm 90:12-17; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31
in preparation for worship.

Adult Education

Do you remember the movie, "Forrest Gump"? One of the more memorable lines was, "Life is like a box of chocolates." All different kinds: dark chocolates, cream filled chocolates, milk chocolates, chocolates with an almond inside, and on and on. When the Apostle Paul describes the church, his vision is that the church too is filled with a wide variety of folks, people from all over the world. Paul described them as Jews and Gentiles. We would be more broad and descriptive. After all, there are 2 1/2 billion Christians throughout the world, making up over 40,000 denominations: Christians of every color, race, ethnicity. And even though we worship in different ways, we are united under the banner "Jesus is Lord." Come join us on Sunday morning at 10:20 or on Wednesday at 11:00, as we continue to explore Paul's letter to the Ephesians. To all Christians of every time and place, Paul prays "that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith."

Pastor Bill

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Flower Note

Let There Be Flowers

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 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!

Storage Garage

Finance Team Storage Garage Expense Update

The newly constructed Storage Garage is a welcome addition to our Building and Ground resources. This facility will ease our storage needs and save SOTP both off-sight storage fees and insurance coverage over the long run. Thank you to the Facilities Team for steering this project to completion. As we all know, the cost of labor and materials has increased since the pandemic has affected our economy. The final project cost are exceeding our initial budgeted amount. About 70% of this project cost has been covered by the Facilities Team ability to save SOTP cost over the previous years. That has left 30% of the cost to be covered by the General Operating Fund, slightly more than what has been planned for. The Finance Team is comfortable with covering these expenditures with our General Operating Fund reserves. However, if you had intended to donate to the Storage Garage Fund, now would be an appropriate time to help SOTP defray the final construction cost of this project. We will be adding the Storage Garage Fund to the online electronic giving link for your convenience.

Thank you for sharing your blessings to build the body of Christ here in Huntley!

Respectfully,

SOTP Finance Team

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Habitat for Humanity "Elm" Update

The address for the Elm Street project is 57 Elm Street, Carpentersville. This is one of a number of construction sites that Habitat is doing in the Northern Fox Valley area. SOTP is a partner with five other churches to help support this specific building, a duplex. Our involvement is primarily scheduled for Saturdays.

As summer becomes fall, we are quickly wrapping up on framing work at Elm and adding color to our build with tan and white siding and a purple Fire Separation Wall.

The Fire Separation Wall has been completed. The remaining walls enclosing the Fire Wall have been completed and the second stair case was installed. Siding for the first floor is complete on 3 walls. Soffits have been completed for the garage walls and gables. And most importantly, AT&T finally moved the guy wire blocking the driveway and planned route for the water and sewer connections.

Thank you for your continued partnership with our Elm project

More pictures:

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Habitat for Humanity House Blessing

Alma and Enrique

On Saturday, September 18th, volunteers, family and friends gathered to celebrate Alma and Enrique at their House Blessing in Batavia. The morning was filled with food, laughter, prayers and love. Alma and Enrique were presented the following gifts:

  • Flowers - so that their home may always know beauty
  • Bread - so their home may always be fed
  • Salt - so it may always have flavor
  • A candle - so their home will always know light
  • Sugar - so that their life will always be sweet

From all of us at Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley, we are so excited for Alma and Enrique. We can't wait to hear all about the memories created in their new beautiful home!

MEMORY GARDEN

MEMORY BRICK ORDERS

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

Our Columbarium

Columbarium

Our Columbarium is scheduled to be delivered and installed on Friday October 22


Columbarium Concrete Pad

Concrete Pad

The concrete pad is finished and waiting for our Columbarium.


Memory Brick Walkway

The Memory Brick Walkway is finished. We will be able to order additional Memory Bricks to be inserted into the walkway. Order forms are available on the Church web site or at Church. All Memory Bricks will be red.

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 tessa@sotpmail.com

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
630-337-4905
r.yndestad@icloud.com

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“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
lindajsd88@gmail.com
847-515-7863

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 September, 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.