Announcements



Pastor Mary will be on vacation from after worship on Dec 25th through Dec 29th. If you have an emergency or need for pastoral assistance, please contact Pastor Hal Schroetter at 715-828-1112.

ADVENT/CHRISTMAS READINGS

Date - Theme - Readings
Dec. 3rd - Peace - Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37
Dec. 10th - Hope - Isaiah 40:1-11, Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13, 2 Peter 3:8-15a, Mark 1:1-8
Dec. 17th - Joy - Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11, Psalm 126, 1Thessalonians 5:16-24, John 1:6-8,19-28
Dec. 24th - Love/Light -2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16, Luke 1:46b-55, Romans 16:25-27, Luke 1:26-38
Dec. 31st - Christmas- Lessons and Carols

CELEBRATIONS/WORSHIP

Advent Candle Lighting and Readers needed. You can still sign up to assist with our Advent Season celebration, by either reading a short Advent text or lighting the Advent candles. Sign-up sheet and readings are on the big mobile bulletin board in the Gathering Area. Still needed are volunteers for Dec. 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th (10am and 4pm).

Sun., Dec. 24th Christmas Eve Day at 10am and 4pm.
The Christmas story, the hymns and candlelight...this is what Christmas is REALLY all about! Come and join in the celebration of our Savior's birth.

Dec. 31st Lessons and Carols 10am A wonderful opportunity to hear the ancient prophecy of a promised Messiah, and then hear how the prophecy was fulfilled. There will be lots of carols to be sung as we celebrate the Christmas Season. Sign-up to read one of the Bible passages in the Gathering Area.

EDUCATION

7th & 8th Grade December Confirmation Schedule

Dec. 6th 3:15-4:30 Regular snack time/class time
Dec. 13th 3:30-5:30 Cookie making, Caroling, followed by Chili dinner...this is for youth and adults at our church and TUMC
Dec. 20th & 27th NO CLASSES

BROWN BAG DISCUSSION...more on the NONES...TUESDAY, DEC. 12 at Noon with Pastor Mary.

OUTREACH

RUBY'S PANTRY DISTRIBUTION Saturday, December 9th at 7am.
We are in great need of volunteers for this ministry opportunity. Youth 12 or older can come WITH adult supervision and signed permission on volunteer form (www.sothem.org under Ruby's Pantry tab)

HATS, MITTENS AND COATS...OH MY!
Yes, it's that time of year when we need to bundle up to protect ourselves and our little ones from the frosty elements. Which means it's also an excellent time to go through your winter supplies and see if there are any gently used items to donate to others, or maybe purchase some new items that can be donated. Coats and snow pants can be placed on the clothing rack downstairs.

Many thanks to Lisa Strom for taking the initiative to apply for a $2,500 Wal-Mart grant for Mounder Meals. The check has been received and deposited into the program's checking account!

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE will be from 12-6pm on Wednesday, December 27th.
Visit www.redcrossblood.org to sign up Blood Donation Tips from the Pros: Donating blood or platelets can be intimidating and even scary for many people. Time to put those hesitations and fears aside. Learn from American Red Cross blood and platelet donors how simple and easy it is to roll up a sleeve and help save lives.

The ELK MOUND COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY is receiving FREE FOOD! Radio station WWIB, promoted "60 Ways in 60 Days" to draw awareness to how 1 in 5 children in the radio's listening area do not always known where their next meal is coming from...1 in 5!! Fourteen local businesses teamed up with WWIB to send three special truckloads of food from Feed My People Food Bank to local food pantries in need...and ELK MOUND WAS CHOSEN! http://www.wwib.com/60Ways60Days.html

ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT

Join us in decorating the tree - DEC. 3rd after worship! We'll be decorating the Christmas tree and all are welcome to join in the fun, and enjoy some coffee/hot chocolate and cookies!

LET'S GO CHRISTMAS CAROLING!!! Wednesday, December 13th 3:15-5:30
EVERYONE is invited to participate. (7th & 8th Grade Confirmation students are required). Students and adults who arrive right after school, can help make some cookies. At 3:45 we'll head out in wagons caroling around Elk Mound Village and handing out cookies. Delicious hot chili will be awaiting all carolers when we return at 4:45pm (or whenever we get too cold). Many thanks to Bob and Linda Dempski for making the meal, the women's group for supplying much of the food, and our friends at Trinity UMC for bringing rolls and dessert! Sign-up is in the Gathering Area if you are interested.

POTATO PEELING Fri. 15th from noon until done and LEFSE MAKING Sat., Dec. 16th (1st shift 9am-noon & 2nd shift noon-done) Many helpers make for light work...so come on out and help in preparing for this year's lefse sales. Sign-up sheet is in the Gathering Area, on the mobile bulletin board.

SERVING NEW YEAR'S EVE DINNER AT COMMUNITY TABLE...YOUTH (16 and up) and ADULTS...sign up in the Gathering Area, on the mobile bulletin board, for one of the shifts. Our congregation is sponsoring, making, serving and cleaning up this meal.

Can you combine shopping and giving to the church?

Now you can? by shopping at Amazon Smile (smile.amazon.com)

1)You can use the following link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/39-1133653
2) From there, sign on to your Amazon account
3) Do a search for Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church. [You'll need to go to page 3 of church listings to find us in Elk Mound, WI...Yes, there really are that many churches.]
4) Then press SELECT...that's all there is to it!
5) The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, they may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.

We sincerely thank you for choosing to select Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church for your Amazon Smile donations. Who knows what kind of donations we could see from this? How exciting!!

GIVE+ ONLINE GIVING

See our website (www.sothem.org ) look for GIVING on the left of Home page. A growing number of us don't carry checkbooks and/or pay most of our bills online. Online giving is an option available for us to joyfully and intentionally make financial offerings to Godís work here at Shepherd of the Hill. GIVE+ Now you can set up and manage your own online giving account for your offerings to our church. You can STILL go through Barb Vadnais our Financial Secretary to make adjustments or join Simply Giving. GIVE+ INSTRUCTIONS>
* Go to our church website at www.sothem.org
* Click on the GIVING tab on the left
* From there you can create a "Give +" account (email account and an 8 character password...be sure to keep track of your password)
* You will get an email from Vanco to 'verify' your email address
* Once you've done that, go back to the church website, log in to Give+.and get started
* "Select Fund" (currently General Operating is the only option)
* "Select Frequency" you want to donate (one-time, weekly, etc.)
* Identify the giving "Amount" (no .00 required at the end of the dollar amount)
* Click "Next" at bottom of that screen, to select a start date and add information about source of payment (At this time it is only from a checking or savings account)

Once you've completed the setup, be sure to go to the top left of the screen to see the drop down menu...and LOGOFF. What you'll also see on this drop down menu, are option you have for seeing your giving history, adjusting your source of payment and more!

Please let one of your staff or council members know if you'd like to see other "Funds" available to donate to, and/or if you'd like an option to give via Credit or Debit. (There is an additional cost for these options, and giver is given the option to help cover those costs.)

You can still fill out the hard copy paper Simply Giving form for electronic giving and pass that on to Barb Vadnais, our Financial Secretary. What Thrivent's Give+ does, is allow you to have more control over your giving. All online giving users are welcome to place an "I'm giving electronically" laminated card in the offering basket. These are located by the Communion Cards in the Gathering Area.

UPCOMING EVENTS

COMING IN DECEMBER...Mark your calendars

Sun., Dec. 3rd Decorate Christmas tree after worship
Sat., Dec. 9th Ruby's Pantry
Tue., Dec. 12th Noon Brown Bag Movie & Conversation about "None"
Wed., Dec. 13th Noon Women's Potluck
Wed., Dec. 13th Cookies, Caroling and Chili (youth group and adults)
Fri., Dec. 16th Potato peeling
Sat., Dec. 16th Lefse making and Christmas program practice
Sun., Dec. 17th Sunday School Christmas program and special fellowship
Sun., Dec. 24th 10am and 4pm Christmas Eve worship [There will NOT be a 10pm worship this year.]
Sun., Dec. 31st 1pm to 5pm cooking, serving cleaning at Community Table in Eau Claire.

There will be more going on...but wanted to get these dates on your calendar.

YOUTH GROUP 2017-2018 Plans

Calling all 6th-12th Graders who are interested in being part of our Youth Group. Here is a beginning list of events scheduled for the coming year.
Weekly Conversations Sundays, 9am 7th-12th graders join the adults for faith discussions
Wed. Dec. 13th Christmas Caroling, dinner afterwards
Sun., Dec. 31st 1-5pm Serve meal at Community Table
February Sledding/Tubing outing
Mar. 2nd-3rd Recharge at Luther Park
March work on Easter Sunrise Service
Sun., Apr. 1st 6:30 Sunrise Easter Service
July 2018 Proposed Mission Trip week for Middle School & High School (*location/date TBD, additional fundraising required for those participating for this event...but not that much!)
Aug. 6th-9th Vacation Bible School, help make it a success
Aug. 16th 4-7 Ice Cream Social Fundraiser
Youth...we'd like to get some youth members to join the Youth Ministry Team for the school year. Just let someone on the team know how you'd like to help. Adults and Youth...you can help in big and small ways...maybe just help plan or chaperone one event. YOUTH MINISTRY TEAM: Pastor Mary, Trish Langer, Renee Simpson, Jennifer Kinblom, Holly Sweeney, Keith Lee and Cara Dempski.
COUNCIL MEMBERS: Offices/Committees
Rita Lee - President
Jim Vespers - Vice President
Barb Vadnais - Secretary
Sarah Larson - Treasurer
Keith Lee - Property
Tricia Diercks - Youth
Heidi Schiszik - Education
Betty Heltne - Outreach/Social Concerns
Ken Millermon - Stewardship
Keith Lee - Worship
Sandy Barth - Evangelism
Pastor Mary Eide
Terry Stamm - Church Janitor
Melisa Topper - Church Secretary/Bookkeeper



NEW TUESDAY FOOD PANTRY HOURS

Get the word out...Tuesday FP will be open from 4-6pm instead of 10am-Noon. To help with the transition, we will be having the FP open BOTH times on Tuesday's during the month of June. Friday's we will still be open from 10-Noon.





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Last updated: December 1st, 2017