May 13, 2022

We encourage you to read the Bible stories for this upcoming Sunday
Psalm 148; Revelation 21:1-6; John 13:31-35
in preparation for worship.

Adult Education

There's no question that some of our favorite biblical stories appear in the Gospel of Luke: the Magnificat, the Christmas story, Jesus raising the widow's son at Nain; the parables of the Good Samaritan, the Rich Fool, the Prodigal Son, and the Rich Man and Lazarus. And now, as we explore the post-resurrection stories in Luke, we come across another favorite: the two followers of Jesus who meet him on the road to Emmaus. This story, along with Jesus' appearance to his disciples and his ascension, will be our focus this Sunday at 10:20 and on Wednesday at 11:00. Even if you haven't joined us thus far, it's never too late! So, grab a cup of coffee, or bring your own, and come on down!

Pastor Bill


Youth and Family Ministry

We are now hiring for the part time position of
Director of Children and Family Ministry.

The mission of the Director of Children and Family Ministry is to love children and lead them to love, follow and know Jesus. The Director of Children and Family Ministry will create an environment that is safe, inviting and educational for children, is nurturing and supportive for parents, and one that engages children and families as active, lifelong participants in church and faith based worship and instruction.

The Director of Children and Family Ministry is responsible for the strategic development and management of a cohesive children and family ministry, inclusive of defining core programs and events that secure the ongoing participation and involvement of adult parents and their young children ages birth through 5th grade in religious instruction, church membership, ministry participation and SOTP activities. The Director of Children and Family Ministry will work closely with other SOTP youth ministry to develop and seamlessly integrate children and family ministries with other youth ministry programs.

To see additional details of this new position or to apply, click here .

Memorial Day Parade

Huntley Memorial Day Parade

Join your SOTP family and march in Huntley's Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30th.


Meet at the church at 9:00 am on May 30th to help decorate our float. The parade will kick off from the Municipal Complex at 11:00 am. (We will assemble at the Municipal Complex parking lot.) At the conclusion of the parade, there will be speakers and a presentation in the town square honoring our veterans.

All participants will receive a t-shirt to help represent our church in the parade.

To volunteer for decorating the float, walking in the parade and/or donating candy, click here.

Altar Flowers

Flowers for the Sanctuary

Altar flowers for May 15th have been donated by:
Kendra Coats in memory of her sister Kimberly Schreck Davis
Gail Quam and Sue Blotch in honor of Sue and Ralph Wehnes’ 50th Wedding Anniversary

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, contact me, Diane Mollis, at or use the sign-up sheets located on the bulletin board in the church lobby. 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. I will send you a special offering envelope for the flowers in the mail. If you have any questions, please call me at 224-654-6677.

Thank you for contributing to beautify the altar during our services at Shepherd of the Prairie.

Jim Gill

Jim Gill, a popular musician and author whose entertaining concerts reach out to the entire family with his energetic style, will perform on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 4:00pm.

Sponsored by the SOTP artist series, a community outreach initiative sponsored by SOTP, this free concert is open to the public and families are welcome to attend Gill’s lively performance.

In concert, Gill strums energizing rhythms on his banjo with everyone clapping, dancing and singing along to his silly and inspiring musical games. It is a great opportunity for involvement by the entire family.

Gill is a musician and author with unique credentials among children’s artists. He is a child development specialist, having completed his graduate studies in child development at the Erikson Institute of Chicago with a special emphasis on the study of play. For this reason, each of his recordings and books is created as an opportunity for playful interactions between a child and a caring adult.

In addition to his studies, Gill has over 20 years of experience in creating and leading play groups for families with children with special needs. He has led weekly music play programs at numerous therapeutic and family support agencies in the Chicago area. His unique writing style—combining word play and movement opportunities into songs—was inspired by this work. Just as important, his strategies to promote family involvement in his concerts were developed through these weekly sessions.

For further information, contact Jane McMullen at

Friends Bible Study

Friends Bible Study

“Pride is one of the deadliest of all vices, a haughty spirit before a fall”
(Proverbs 16:18).

How often we have heard this phrase. The book of 1 Kings is a study of the effects of pride. While reading and studying 1 Kings, we are learning that the Lord gave Solomon the choice to take responsibility for his character flaws by walking in His ways according to His Word.

Come and join Friends Bible Study as we read and discuss two books in the Old Testament, 1 Kings and 1 Chronicles. Our previous study focused on King David and led us to continue learning about a future king, David’s son Solomon.

Friends Bible Study meets every Monday from 12:30-2:00 in the Willow Room at Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church. Be Responsible; Being Good Stewards of God’s Gifts by Warren Wiersbe is the current guide book we are using to aid in our study and discussions.

New members are always welcome to join in this Bible study group. For more information contact:
Linda Dungey

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 and various ministry meeting minutes. Check out the April, 2022 Council Report. We've also designed a simple feedback form to share your questions, concerns or comments. Let us know what you’re thinking.