10805 Main St. Huntley, IL 60142

Thank You

Christmas Decor

A Big THANK YOU to everyone who helped decorate the church on Monday, November 27. 

It takes a lot of helpers/elves to decorate and put up five trees.

The Worship Committee thanks you for a job well done!!!!

Contact: Carolyn Cuttle  ednca@comcast.net



Therapy Dog


John and Carol Sturz have been training their 5-year-old golden retriever, Rosie, to be a Therapy Dog.

The first step in her training was to pass the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizenship test, a 10-skill test that teaches good manners to dogs and responsible dog ownership to their owners. The next part of her certification will be to make visits to schools, hospitals, nursing homes as well as to Shepherd of the Prairie Church and anywhere she is welcome.  So far Rosie has been with us at many local restaurants and at SOTP Saturday night services.

Therapy dogs are not service dogs. Service dogs are dogs that are specially trained to perform specific tasks to help a person who has a disability. An example of a service dog is one that guides an owner who is blind, or a dog who assists someone with a physical disability.  Therefore Rosie is not given the same duties and privileges that a service dog has.

Since many people are familiar with the Lutheran Church Charities Comfort dogs, we want to clarify that Rosie is not part of that organization.  LCC K9’s places dogs with assigned handlers and the dogs live in homes with assigned caregivers. Rosie will continue to live with us and we will be her handlers. Our plan is to take her for visits to nursing homes, hospitals and other places like libraries, since we have both worked as school and college Librarians.  John is also a retired Lutheran pastor.

John and Carol Sturz

2024 Offering Envelopes

And Giving Numbers

We have heard from many members that are on electronic giving, that they don’t want or need envelopes. 

We have implemented a new system, where there is an opportunity to opt out of receiving offering envelopes.

Besides electronic giving, if you are on annual or semi-annual giving, you also can opt out of envelopes.  Contact Michelle Rankin to get set up.

With this change, many of you will have new envelope numbers for 2024.  The 2024 envelopes will be issued sometime in December.

Contact: Michelle Rankin michelle@sotpmail.com




Holiday Wellness Tips

From Your SOTP Wellness Team

The holidays are often filled with time-honored traditions that include some of our favorite meals and foods. As you celebrate, think of little changes you can make this holiday season to create healthier meals and active days.

How calorie dense are my favorite holiday foods?

High calorie-dense foods pack a lot of calories and tend to be heavily processed, low in nutrients and fiber, and high in fat and added sugars.  Below is a list of high-calorie dense foods:

  • Fatty meats such as sausage, prime rib, bacon
  • Butter, margarine, lard
  • Snacks and treats like potato chips, pastries and chocolate candies

Low calorie-dense foods have fewer calories per bite, a variety of vitamins and minerals, and are low in fat and added sugars.  The fiber content of these foods tends to be higher, leading to increased fullness and a lesser likelihood of overeating.

Examples include:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains and beans
  • Lean proteins and low-fat milk products

When planning your holiday meals and snacks, try to include more low-calorie dense foods and limit items that are high-calorie dense.

Sneaky Holiday Calories:

  • Egg Nog (1 cup) 343 calories
  • Hot Buttered Rum (1 cup) 218 calories
  • Irish coffee (1 cup) 220 calories
  • Mixed Nuts (1/2 cup) 440 calories
  • Chips (1 oz) & Dip (1 tbsp) 225 calories
  • Fruitcake (1 average slice) 324 calories
  • Cheesecake (1 average slice) 372 calories
  • Pecan Pie (1/8 of 9-inch pie) 480 calories
  • Mashed potatoes (1/2 cup)
  • & gravy (1/2 cup) 300 calories
  • Green Bean Casserole 225 calories

Better Options:

  • Cider or sparkling grape juice
  • 2/3 cup 120 calories
  • Wine/Champagne (1/2 cup) 120 calories
  • Mixed Raw Vegetables (1/2 cup) 25 calories
  • Boiled Shrimp & Sauce (2 oz) 80 calories
  • Chocolate mints (2 pieces) 60 calories
  • Chocolate Covered Cherry (1) 75 calories
  • Gingerbread cookie (small) 100 calories
  • Snickerdoodle cookie (small) 100 calories
  • Pumpkin pie (1/8 of 9 in pie) 180 calories
  • Baked Potato & Sour cream 150 calories

Portions have doubled in the last 25 years.  Research shows that people eat more when they are given a larger amount.  Eating smaller portions is another easy way to reduce some of the calories from your diet.

Keep an eye on portions at holiday parties

  • Grab a smaller plate
  • Load up only once
  • Eat slowly and enjoy each bite
  • Mingle away from the appetizers
  • Once you finish your portion, play with the kids or walk the dog
  • Chew gum instead

Low-Calorie Egg Nog

Source: American Diabetes Association Holiday Cookbook by Betty Wedman

  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 4 cups skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tsp sweetener such as Splenda
  • ½ teaspoon brandy or rum flavoring
  • Ground nutmeg to taste

Combine the egg yolks and milk in a saucepan.  Cook over medium heat until the mixture coats a metal spoon.  Cool.

Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.  Add the egg custard mixture with the vanilla, sweetener, and flavoring.  Mix lightly.  Cover and chill.  Pour into serving cups and sprinkle with nutmeg.

½ cup= 70 calories, 6 grams carbohydrate, 6 grams protein, 3 grams of fat

Contact Jamie Patel  jamie.patel@nm.org  


Children, Youth & Family

Note to the Congregation

Trunk or Treat Thank You!

Thank you to everyone that participated in our Trunk or Treat, it was a great success!!!  We had almost 200 people come and enjoy themselves. Congratulations to our 1st place winners the Stancls with their Cubs themed trunk and the Mackey Family that came in 2nd place with their Jurassic Park Theme trunk!!! (Please include some pictures)

Attention: Kids Connect December Schedule

Þ December 3rd 9:00 and 10:45

Þ December 10th No Kids Connect (Christmas Musical 10:45am)

Þ December 17th 9:00 and 10:45

Þ December 24th No Kids Connect (Christmas Eve no morning worship)

Þ December 31st No Kids Connect (New Years Eve)

Save the Date!

January 19th  Kids Movie Night 6:30-8:30!!!

Kids come in their pajamas and bring sleeping bags, blankets, pillows. We will serve popcorn and movie candy. Movie TBD.

Contact: Jill Gillming                jill@sotpmail.com




Adult Education

With Pastor Roy Olson

The Adult Education Class will resume sometime in January. 

We will be studying the book Future Faith (Fortress Press) by Wesley Granberg Michaelson. In it he has identified 10 challenges the church must face this century. We will examine one per week.

Participants are encouraged to purchase the book and read along as we go. Please plan to join us when you can, even if you don’t have the book, for these weekly conversations on Sunday mornings at 10:15 AM.

More details will be announced next month.

Contact: Pastor Roy Olson    olson612sr@sbcglobal.net



Stay Connected

Do you receive our email communications?

  • Daily Devotionals (Food for the soul)
  • Weekly Friday Flourish (Church info)
  • Monthly Newsletter (More detailed information)
  • Weekly Videos from our pastors

To start receiving any (or all) of the above, please e-mail your request to Michelle Rankin at michelle@SOTPmail.com




Financial Records

Giving Statements, Envelopes & Giving Numbers

We only keeps financial records on members and non-members that have a giving # assigned.

If you would like us to track your giving, contact Michelle Rankin in the Church office.

2024 Giving #s and/or envelopes will be coming soon.

If you give electronically, please watch for an email from Michelle Rankin in the beginning of November.

Contact: Michelle Rankin michelle@sotpmail.com





Poinsettia Orders

Last Day December 3rd

Once again, we will be offering 6” poinsettias at a cost of $14.00 each to help beautify Shepherd of the Prairie for the Christmas season. You can order the poinsettias online at www.bit.ly/SOTPpoin23 or with the offering envelope located in the church coffee bar/gathering area.
Don’t forget to indicate if you would like to dedicate your flowers to someone or offer them in memory of a loved one.
All orders must be received by December 3rd.

Contact: Diane Mollis  dem910@outlook.com