10805 Main St. Huntley, IL 60142

Community Outreach

Thank You

The Community Outreach team would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all that:

  • Helped at the booth during the Business Expo


  • Donated desserts and pet supplies to the Animal House Shelter luncheon

We appreciate the time you took out of your day to help support our ministries.

Contact: Tara Mackey  rtmackey10@yahoo.com            




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





Prairie Pointe Quilters

Scissors Needed

Happy New Year everyone! 

As always our ladies have been hard at work making some fun and some beautiful quilts.  As you can see, this quilt isn’t quite finished, but won’t this be special for someone?

We are asking for a donation of some new, high quality fabric scissors to the quilters.  We had one pair and they have gone missing.  They are the only scissors that really cut the fabric for us.

Contact: Bev Kenny   krkbjk@comcast.net


Giving Tree

Thank You!

A BIG thank you to all who purchased gift cards, personal checks or gave extra gift cards for the Giving Tree.

We had 70 clients from Turning Point and 15 families from Grafton Food Pantry.  That totaled 119 gift cards, plus the extra gifts.  The need was VERY heavy this year and we could have taken more families.  Hopefully, next year.  I want to thank Alice and Bev for taking over this Mission work in 2024.  Blessings to all and a Happy New Year.

Contact: Alice Miller   admiller93@comcast.net




Mission Team

February Gazette

What is the difference between a refugee, a migrant, an immigrant and an asylum seeker? 

A “migrant” is a worker who comes over to work temporarily and returns to their home country each time.

An immigrant is technically some who comes to work permanently (i.e. green cards etc.)

Asylum seekers are when people flee their own country and seek sanctuary in another country, they apply for asylum – the right to be recognized as a refugee and receive legal protection and material assistance. (what is commonly now  in the US  referred to as immigrants.

A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Most likely, they cannot return home or are afraid to do so. War and ethnic, tribal and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries.

Refugees apply to a country and are vigorously vetted before arriving and accepted into the country they have applied for.

THAT SAID, COULD YOU HELP the mission team supply a newly arriving refugee family with an EXODUS welcome pack?

We have many items already, but still need Plastic Wrap, Set of 8 glasses, Twin Comforter, Dishwashing soap, Broom & Dust Pan and more.  Please go to www.bit.ly/SOTPrefugee24 to register to purchase an item.

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What else is the mission team a part of this month?

The Lenten offerings have been designated for AARK Gardens, Exodus World Service, Food cards for homeless in tent city and CRE-Reentry.

On Monday Feb. 19th , 4 t0 8 PM CULVERS’ FUNDRAISER to support local Habitat for Humanity.

Contact: Sandy Hupert at sandyhupert@gmail.com



Congregational Resourcing Event


You are invited to the Congregational Resourcing Event on March 16, 2024, at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Illinois. 

This is hosted by the Congregational Life Committee. We will gather with worship. Then, we will participate in the keynote and discussion led by Rev. Miguel Gomez-Acosta, the Senior Director for New Ministry Development and Evangelism at the Churchwide Office of the ELCA.

The workshop listing will be shared as soon as it is ready. Registration is now open and closes on March 2nd. The registration fee is $25 for the event. This includes breakfast treats, coffee, and lunch. Scholarships are available.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about how you can be part of and share God’s Story. We can meet at SOTP and carpool to Dixon.

To register or for more information let Donna know.

Contact: Donna Kelly donna@sotpmail.com  847-669-9448


Thank You!

From the Grafton Food Pantry

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! 

We recently received a call from Harriet Ford from the Grafton Food Pantry expressing her sincere gratefulness for all SOTP’s contributions in 2023. She shared that she wished more organizations would think of them throughout the year as SOTP does with our monthly collections and quarterly food drives.

On that positive note, let’s show Grafton that we can go above and beyond in 2024!!

Be sure to watch the newsletter for our first of the month collections and the first community food drive in February!

-Community Outreach and Mission Teams

Contact: Tara Mackey   rtmackey10@yahoo.com


Community Food Drive

For the Grafton Food Pantry

February 24th from 9am-1pm  is the Community Outreach’s first Grafton Food Drive of 2024. 

Help us fill the shelves at the Grafton Food Pantry. Whether you choose to donate items or give monetarily, all donations are greatly appreciated.

Contact: Tara Mackey  rtmackey10@hahoocom