10805 Main St. Huntley, IL 60142

May Note

From Pastor Mark

The Day of Pentecost the weekend of May 18 and 19 (Wear red to worship)

Have you ever walked into a room or a space of sort and realized that the conversation going on around you didn’t make sense? More than likely you simply weren’t versed in the language being spoken. The world of technology is one of those spaces for me.  It wouldn’t make any difference what number of languages you heard; it would be all Greek to you, right?

Well, not if you speak Greek, of course.

The point is, you could not contribute or reply to what is being said other than to shrug your shoulders, accompanied perhaps with a resigned look on your face, and either walk away or hope someone will step forward and translate for you.

In Acts 2:14, Peter addressed a crowd of Godfearing Jews who were puzzled that they could hear the words of the Spirit in their own language through the voices of the twelve disciples (Matthias just being added, replacing Judas, the betrayer). The disciples were not even native to the various languages in the crowd, yet because of the power of the Holy Spirit, each of the twelve could speak in a different language, enabling the crowd to hear what the Spirit had to say.

Others, perhaps those that refused to hear or didn’t understand what was taking place, accused the twelve disciples of being drunk. Peter, however, stood up and told the crowd that the disciples were not drunk, as it was only nine o’clock in the morning.

And so, it goes on today, too; all types of believers continue to speak to others about the power of the Holy Spirit, only to be met with a cool or disinterested response, as if the speaker made no sense at all.

Well, dear ones, like it or not, all of us in this world need to listen to each other and to help one another, whatever the need may be.

Another person’s view of the Holy Spirit may not be the same as yours, but it is not for you to judge so as not to put a stumbling block in their path. Try to live and walk as close to the Spirit as you can, and if your neighbors and people of the world can see how you live and share your faith in words and actions perhaps they, too, will be drawn into a closer relationship with Christ.

God’s mission always begins with a need and then asking the Spirit if it is me to help fill that need.  At Shepherd of the Prairie we need more of us listening to the Spirit’s gentle nudge and then stepping up and out to help with the needs that are present.

As the Day of Pentecost approaches take time to listen and lean into where the Spirit is calling you to engage in meaningful ministry in and through the church.

Let’s just not be hearers of the Word but doers as well, remembering that God does not call the equipped but equips the called!

Thankful for your partnership in the Gospel!

Pastor Mark

Email Pastor Mark:  pastormark@sotpmail.com

May Note

From Pastor Ryan

May is upon us, and with it comes the end of another academic year, the end of another year of Adventure Club and Confirmation.  I give thanks for Jill Gillming’s leadership with Adventure Club, our Christian education program for 4th and 5th graders. Adventure Club is a true jewel of the education programs at SOTP. Each week, youth go on a figurative, and sometimes literal, adventure as they dig into the Bible and their own faith.

I also give thanks for the leadership of Jess Panella, Tim Torkelson, Carrie McCabe, Josh Harding, Marissa Rojas, Gregg Gillming, Kim Stegge, Bill and Marcia Ball, Kaz Black, and Nancy Hammer, as well as all those who took time to lead a large-group lesson for our Confirmation program for 6th-8th graders this year. We enjoyed a number of great successes this year and look forward to continuing to improve our program in the future.

Among the successes was the creation of a more intentional service element to our Confirmation program. Throughout the year, confirmation youth made hats and scarves to donate for people who would needed them for winter, they stuffed Easter eggs for SOTP’s Easter egg hunt, and they combined seeds and soil in small pots to start plants for Aarrk Gardens. In addition to more service opportunities, we built in more community time each week, and have seen an increase in connections among the youth.

As the Confirmation year concludes, we will set our sights on the fall when we celebrate the Affirmation of Baptism of our current 8th graders. We will also recruit additional leaders and look for ways to build on the successes of this year, with special focus on increasing connections between the youth and the church.

At this point, you may be wondering why I haven’t mentioned Kids Connect. Well, I am excited to share with you that the Children, Youth, and Family Ministry Team has decided to continue Kids Connect throughout the summer! After a good discussion, we’ve decided to offer it exactly as it has been throughout this year. This means it will be offered at both the 9am and 10:45am services, beginning at 9am and 10:45am, respectively. It will be offered every week except for Memorial Day weekend and the last weekend of June. We know that some of you see summer as the time you invite your kids into worship with you to help them learn how to worship, and we appreciate that. Participation in Kids Connect is always by choice. We love having kids in worship, but also want to honor the needs of families who prefer having their kids in Kids Connect. Either way, we hope this will encourage more regular participation from all our families throughout the summer.

This month, I’ll close with a deep and sincere thank you to all who helped make our latest Trivia Night a rousing success! So much fun was had by all. The spirit of competition was felt in the trivia as well as the silent auction, and we were able to raise nearly $7,000 for the Youth Mission Fund! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

May the peace and love of Christ be with you always,

Pastor Ryan

Email Pastor Ryan:  pastorryan@sotpmail.com





May Note

From Donna Kelly

You Can’t Carry Two Watermelons With One Hand

Lillian Daniel writes the following proverb:

Try it out this summer if you like – but trust me, you can’t do it. Two watermelons. One hand. There is a reason these things become proverbs. They are true!

The best proverbs are comical. When you try to picture someone carrying two watermelons in one hand, it just makes you laugh. It is so obviously impossible that it’s silly. But when you are the one trying to do it, it seems quite valid. When you drop a watermelon, it’s the watermelon’s fault, not yours. Who made these faulty, slippery watermelons that don’t stay put anyway?

Sometimes we can trick ourselves into doing impossible things. We load too much on our plates. We carry too many things at once. And then, one of them drops. Or they all do. Or we drop ourselves, in exhaustion. There is nothing more exhausting than trying to do something impossible.

In Galatians 5: 22 – 23 we are told, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” That’s a pretty tall order if we have to pull off all those things for ourselves. Fortunately, we don’t have to. They come to us like gifts, fruits from the tree of the Holy Spirit.

It reminds me of one of my favorite songs:

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

In other words, put down those two watermelons you’ve been trying to carry, and let the Spirit do her work.

I really like this writing by Lillian Daniel. Often, we try so hard to carry two watermelons in one hand. We overbook our schedules, say yes to too many requests, the kids have too many activities booked. But juggling schedules isn’t the only way we try to carry two watermelons. We carry shame or regret or guilt from the past that we could or should let go of, and then try to also carry fear or worry about the future at the same time. We juggle our racing thoughts and doubts about whether we are good enough or able to accomplish the things we want.

In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus says “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Jesus doesn’t promise to make everything right or take our problems away; but he does promise to walk with us through the Spirit and never leave us to handle things alone.

What’s one thing that you are carrying that you could put down so that you can carry something you need to carry? Are you able to trust the spirit to take care of things, to do her work?

Donna Kelly

Email Donna:  donna@sotpmail.com

Mission Team

What Do We Do?

The Mission Team’s focus is on any mission opportunity beyond the doors of SOTP.

We are to Enlighten, Encourage and Equip!


We inform of mission opportunities.


We encourage folks to take advantage of the available opportunities in whatever way they can. (Anyone at any time can participate on their own or in a group.)


We provide opportunities for folks to participate by  setting up special times/days :

  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Northern IL Food Bank
  • Grafton Food Pantry
  • Habitat for Humanity restore work days
  • collections of the Welcome pack items for Exodus for vetted refugee families VA(not immigrants),
  • Collections to help disaster reliefs
  • And so much more.

If you have any questions—-or—

If you have any 501C charity you would like the mission team to look into—Please do let us know.

Contact: Sandy Hupert, Mission Team Leader, at sandyhupert@gmail.com

Information from the mission team


Soup Cookbook

Calling All Soup Chefs

We had a fantastic Dinner Church worship experience this Lent. 

A big part of that was the delicious soups brought by many. So, we have decided to put together our SOTP SoupBook with all of those delicious recipes. If you brought a soup for Dinner Church or if you just have a wonderful soup recipe, please send them our way so we can include them. Please email your recipe to donna@sotpmail.com If you have any questions, please contact Donna Kelly via email or through the church office. Thanks, and happy souping!

Contact: Donna Kelly at donna@sotpmail.com


Special Request

From the Congregational Treasurer

As monetary donations are given to Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church, it is important that our counters and contributions secretary are informed of the following: 

  1. the donor’s name, and
  2. the breakdown of the amount of the donation or the per cent of the donation that should be credited to the General Fund, the Mortgage Service Fund or any other fund.
  • For those donors who are using the pre-printed envelopes provided by SOTP, the blanks on the envelopes need to be filled out so that the donation is credited to the proper account.
  • For those donors who are submitting donations by check but without an envelope, please make sure that the donor’s name is on the check and the breakdown of the donation is indicated on the “memo” line of the check.

Over time, we have experienced some problems with being able to credit members’ accounts when checks are received directly from banks or other financial institutions without any identifying information about the donor.  Many of these donations are qualified charitable distributions (QCDs) from retirement accounts.

To help alleviate this situation, I ask that each member who has a financial institution directly submitting checks to SOTP to please notify that institution that your name needs to be provided either on or along with your check.  This will be very helpful in making sure that your donation gets properly credited to your account.

Thank you for your assistance in helping address this matter and thank you for your continued support of SOTP.

Blessings to you all.

George Attaway, Treasurer

Contact: George Attaway        galaonthelake@yahoo.com  


The Artist Series Presents

Barber Shop Chorus

The New Tradition ] Chorus is an award-winning a cappella chorus singing in the TTBB range with members from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. 

Chartered in 1982, this Illinois District chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society has a long-standing reputation for delighting audiences through exciting harmonies and memorable performances of songs spanning decades and genres.  The chorus rehearses in Glenview, IL

Visit the church website at www.bit.ly/SOTPARTIST for further information on the Artist Series or email at artistseries@sotpmail.com





Hearing Aid - Loop System

In the Sanctuary


Ask your hearing care professional how. Some hearing aids are set up where they might have an app on your cellphone that says “telecoil mode”, and you’ll activate that. You might have the ability to adjust the volume up and turn down for the microphone level. But again, talk to your hearing care professional, they should be able to show you all those options, and then play around with it, when you’re in church.

 Contact: your hearing aid professional





Saturday Ushers

Help Needed

If you attend Saturday Night 5:00 pm church service, you might recognize a face or two.

This picture is a group of the Saturday ushers, excluding Pastor Ryan, who faithfully serve on Saturday’s.  Many also serve as Communion Stewards.  Some were missing because of work or on vacation.  If you are interested in serving on Saturday’s, contact Lead Usher Barb Hoppensteadt.

Contact:  Barb Hoppensteadt  at hoppen@sbcglobal.net



Memory Garden

Brick Orders

We are now taking orders for memory bricks for the Memory Garden walkway.  We now have 3 orders and need at least 5 of each size to order and get “free freight” from Florida.

  • 4″X8″ brick with 3 lines is $80.00
  • 8″X8″ brick with 6 lines is $150.

Order forms are in the Church office.
Contact: Ralph Wehnes ralphwehnes@sbcglobal.net

For more information, contact Pastor Mark or Pastor Ryan.

Contact: Ralph Wehnes     ralphwehnes@sbcglobal.net



Regularly Scheduled

At SOTP in May


  • 1st Sunday Monthly Food Drive for Grafton Food Pantry, 8:30-11am
  • 9:00 am Traditional Worship
  • 9:00 am Kids Connect
  • 10:45 am Contemporary Worship
  • 10:45 am Kids Connect
  • 1:00 pm FBW


  • 7:30-8:30 am Morning Movement (Walking)
  • 9:00 am (3rd Mon) Gazebo Valor Quilts
  • 10:30 am FBW
  • 12:30 pm Friends (Women’s Bible Study)
  • 6:30 pm Boy Scouts Troop 200
  • 7:00 pm (2nd Mon) Ministry Night
  • 7:00 pm (3rd Mon) Council Meeting


  • 7:30-8:30 am Morning Movement (Walking)
  • 8:00 am Men’s Coffee at McD’s by Huntley Walmart
  • 8:30 am Staff Meeting
  • 9:00 am (1st & 3rd Tues), Prairie Pointe Quilters
  • 9:00 am Little Lambs Preschool
  • 9:15 am AL-ANON Meeting
  • 10:00 am Grief Journey Meeting
  • 6:30 pm (1st Tues), Scout Troop 200 Committee
  • 6:30 pm (1st Tues), Boy Scouts Patrol Leader’s Council
  • 7:00 pm Adult & Youth Bells
  • 7:00 pm Transitions Journey Through Loss
  • 7:00 pm Cub Scouts, Tigers
  • 7:00 pm FBW
  • 7:00 pm AL-ANON Meeting


  • 7:30-8:30 am Morning Movement (Walking)
  • 9:00 am Little Lambs Preschool
  • 10:30 am Women’s FBW
  • 11:00 am Bible Study with Pastor Mark (last day 12/13)
  • 5:00 pm Adventure Club
  • 6:30 pm Confirmation
  • 6:30 pm High School Youth
  • 7:00 pm Adult Choir


  • 7:30-8:30 am Morning Movement (Walking)
  • 9:00 am Little Lambs Preschool
  • 9:00 am (2nd Thurs), Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • 10:00 am (2nd Thurs), Barnabas
  • 1:00 pm (1st Thurs), Book Club
  • 6:30 pm (2nd Thurs), Lions Club
  • 7:00 pm Cub Scouts
  • Times Vary Volunteers at Habitat for Humanity ReStore


  • 7:30-8:30 am Morning Movement (Walking)
  • 9:00 am Little Lambs Preschool
  • 10:00 am Women’s Coffee at McD’s by Huntley Walmart
  • 10:30 am FBW


  • 5:00 pm Worship

Upcoming Special Events

Join Us!



Friday, May 3 Feeding Local Homeless in Crystal Lake  www.bit.ly/SOTPfeed0524

Saturday, May 4 Barnabas Caregiving Ministery Information & Training, 10am  www.bit.ly/SOTPbarnabas0424

Sunday, May 5  New Member Gathering, 3pm  www.bit.ly/SOTPNMG0524

Saturday, May 11  Gentle Exercise 11am www.bit.ly/SOTPexer0524

Sunday, May 19 Last Day of Kids Connect

Sunday, May 19 Mental Health Awareness Sunday between services  www.bit.ly/SOTPmental24

Sunday, May 19 Estate Planning— Free Informational Meeting, 10:45am & Noon

Wednesday, May 22 Little Lambs End of Year Celebration, 6:30 pm

Sunday, May 26 First Day of AARRK Vegetable Stand at SOTP After Services

Thursday, May 30 Next Step Fellowship for ALL Seniors—Coffee “and” at Morkes, 10am www.bit.ly/SOTPnext0524

Friday, May 31 Golf For Humanity, Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser  www.bit.ly/HABITATgolf24


Saturday, June 22 Next Step Fellowship for All Seniors—Presentation on community, fellowship and purpose in the senior years, 10am  www.bit.ly/SOTPnext0624


Weekend of July 6 & 7  Kickoff to Christmas in July for World Hunger

July 8-12 Vacation Bible School, 9am   Volunteer Registration: www.bit.ly/SOTPVBS24vol     Participant Registration: www.bit.ly/SOTPVBSkids24



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