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SMILE.AMAZON.COM

Shopping local is an excellent way to help our community, but there are some things we just like to buy online. Many of us are already shopping on at amazon.com, and very soon we will be able to shop AND GIVE to Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church through the smileamazon.com program.
What is AmazonSmile?

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

You can use the following link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/39-1133653 or simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

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

9th Grade Confirmation Oct. 29th during 10am Worship

The following students will be Confirmed during worship on this date: Issie Hollister, Mitchell Ruppelt, Logan Smith, Lane Lee, Zane Clemmens, Chloe Simpson, Morgan Kinblom, Cullen Schlewitz, and Sydney Wenzel. Come and celebrate the day and hear their Faith Statements.

EDUCATION

3-year old through Kindergarten Students will continue their lessons on "Creation", and move on to their next lesson from The Beginner's Bible. Our teachers this year are Chloe & Hannah Simpson, along with Morgan Kinblom.

1st through 6th Grade Students will be learning about the promise/covenant God made with some of our earliest faith ancestors: Abraham and Sarah, their son Isaac, and Moses' call to free the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.

1st-2nd Gr. Brad Zillmer
3rd-4th Gr. Carol Carlstrom
5th-6th Gr. Teresa Wadell

7th-12th Graders and Adult Class gather in the sanctuary at 9am on Sundays to talk about and learn more about the Gospel text for the day. Come join in the conversation.

Women's Bible Study...on Wednesday, October 25th at 1pm Pastor Mary will lead us in a continuation of the 3-month Bible study series on the Apostles Creed.

7th and 8th Grade Confirmation (snacks 3:15-3:30 class until 4:30pm) Don't forget that our Class and Snack schedule, as well as the Acolyte schedule are online at www.sothem.org There are still Acolyte dates open for volunteers!

YOUTH GROUP

Oct. 22nd GOVIN'S CORN MAZE (6TH-12th Graders) Come on out to enjoy a little Autumn Fun at Govin's Corn Maze. Never been in a corn maze and afraid you won't find your way out? Don't worry, they have games you play to help you find your way out, or if all else fails we have corn cops to help you find your way. When you find your way out of the maze join us by the bon fire and roast a marshmallow or two. You can meet us at the church to carpool over at 3:20, or meet us at Govins at 3:30. SIGN UP at church (see YOUTH bulletin board), or respond to our Facebook event so we know who is coming...you can bring a friend too!

GODSTOCK 2K17 "Pray More. Worry Less." Nov. 10-12th (High School only) High schoolers from all around our Northwest Synod will spend the weekend at Metropolis Resort in Eau Claire for fun activities, hear a great band and a message from two USA Gold Medal athletes...plus much more. We need you to sign-up for this event so we know we have enough hotel rooms reserved. Find SIGN UP SHEET and Medical Release form on the YOUTH bulletin board. Find out more about the event, and a digital copy of the release form at www.sothem.org on the YOUTH tab.

YOUTH (5th grade and up) and ADULTS...WANT TO END 2017 IN AN AMAZING WAY? Come serve at THE COMMUNITY TABLE on SUNDAY, DEC. 31ST. What IS The Community Table? Since 1993 it has been nourishing hungry bodies and spirits in the Eau Claire Community by serving one meal each day, 365 days a year on a no-questions asked basis. We need lots of folks to help prepare, serve and clean up after the meal, and will have two shifts you can sign-up for: 1-2:30pm or 2:30-5pm (or sign up for BOTH shifts) Sign Up Sheet on the YOUTH bulletin board (across from the elevator at church)

OUTREACH

NOISY OFFERING for LWR QUILTS AND KITS...Oct. 1st and 8th. Bring your coins a help us reach across oceans and land to touch the lives of those in need! Our children will be collecting your donations during the Children's Message time in worship.


Mounder Meals Food for More Challenge: For the six week period beginning September 20th through November 1st, we are running our annual fund raising campaign for our local Kids Weekend Meals program at Elk Mound Schools. For every $1 donated to Mounder Meals, Feed My People Food Bank will donate 1 lb. of free food, up to $5000! A can will be available in the Gathering Space to place your donations. A check can be made out to: Shepherd of the Hill Mounder Meals, and put "Match Challenge" on the memo line. Thank you for your support!

This year, in place of the CROP Hunger Walk, there will be a 1st Annual Step Up to Hunger 5K Walk/Run for the benefit of Stepping Stones in Menomonie. The details are:

Date: Saturday, October 7th
Place: Red Cedar Trail, Menomonie
Time: Registration starts at 9am, Event at 10am
Register online at https://www.steppingstonesdc.org/StepUp

Cost/Donation: $20, Adult $10, age 6-18, Free, under 6
Pledges are encouraged.
Participants receive: Prizes for top pledges, Medals for top finishers, T-shirts & swag bag for first 100 registrants, Delicious chili & cornbread feed at Riverside Park follows.

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
Sun., Oct. 22nd 4pm go to Corn Maze
Nov. 10th-12th Godstock High School Retreat at Metropolis
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.

WHERE WE STAND...AND HOW YOU CAN HELP!

As a council we have been dedicated to being transparent with the congregation regarding our finances. For that reason, we want to let you know that as of August 31st we are BEHIND ($6,177) for the budgeted expenses/income for 2017.

This is a significant amount to be certain. Good News: Thanks to the congregational decisions made at the end of 2016, we DO still have funds in our General Operating checking account, and we WERE able to pay all of our expenses through the low income summer months. Having a successful Autumn Fest on October 1st will be extremely helpful, as it is final planned fundraising event for the year. We all know that relying on fundraising events is not the best way to fund the ministries of God's church or care for the church building. A more faithful response is intentional, joyful giving by those who partner with us to support ministries geared towards our community and congregation.

In an effort to provide giving options that better fit the lifestyle of our members and guests to our church, we have added GIVE+, online giving, through our church website (http://www.sothem.org/giving.htm). Here you can make a 1-time donation or set-up a regular contribution, as you partner in the ministry of the church.

At a recent educational event it was learned that it now takes 8 new givers to replace the giving of 1 of our older members. There are a myriad of reasons for the difference in generational giving, but what we are reminded of here that such a gap exists and needs to be addressed. Won't you please prayerfully consider how YOU can help us reach our financial goals? Thank you!

Come join the Finance Committee at our 2018 Budget Meeting Thursday, October 12th at 5:30pm.

WORSHIP...be a vital part of our Sunday Worship Sunday worship goes so much smoother when we have all the worship leadership positions in place. WHO is a worship leader? Musicians, singers (yes, you can sing a solo or get a group together for some music), ushers/greeters, acolytes, lectors (readers), communion assistants, offering delivery team (collect and get days offering to the bank), and occasionally one or more people for special candle lighting and reading (Advent season). How can YOU help? Clipboards with sign-up sheets are located in the Gathering Area. Thank you for sharing of your time and talents for the ministry of worship here at Shepherd of the Hill.

WOMEN'S MINISTRY (Women of the ELCA) 9:30am, Wed., Oct. 11th Women's meeting

12:00pm, Wed., Oct. 11th Big Elk Creek Lutheran Church Harvest Luncheon. The event will also include the program "Katie Luther: Here I Stand" presented by Pati Kachel. Her historically accurate story is seen through the eyes of Martin Luther's wife. Come enjoy the laughter and knowledge shared in this 1-woman presentation. (A free will offering will be taken) RSVP to Virginia Ives @ 715-874-6236 by October 2nd.

1pm, Wed., Oct. 25th, Women's Bible Study led by Pastor Mary on the Gather magazing Bible study series about the Apostles Creed.





RUBY's PANTRY...is moving to 2nd Saturday MORNING

Next distribution is on Saturday October 14th, 2017. NEED VOLUNTEERS!!! We need about 35-40 volunteers on any given Saturday. REGISTRATION will start at 7:30am, with DISTRIBUTION beginning at 8:30am. Guests can pre-register for Ruby's Pantry by going to this website:

https://www.rubyspantry.org/

but must do so by 5pm the day before distribution. Otherwise, come the morning of the event to register and pay for your share(s) of food. As always, we'll need LOTS of volunteers to make this a successful event. If you haven't volunteered before...or not since January of this year...you'll need to complete a Volunteer Registration Form...minors need parental signature on their forms. This form will be available on-site, or you can find it at the following website: Volunteer Form


Otherwise, come the morning of the event to register and pay for your share(s) of food.


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: October 1st, 2017