Announcements





FUTURE DATES



Sat. & Sun., June 2 & 3rd Synod Assembly at UW-Eau Claire Davies Center
Fri., June 1st & Sat., June 2nd Thrift Sale at Church and in Village
Sun., June 3rd SUMMER WORSHIP TIME - 9:00 AM
Thu., June 7th American Lutheran Home Pie & Ice Cream Social
Sun., June 10th Worship with Lima Polka Choir
Sun., June 24th Dementia Friendly Congregation Training
Tue., June 26th Community Meal at St. Joseph's Church


WORSHIP

Pastor Mary will BE OUT OF THE AREA June 21st through 30th. If you need pastoral assistance during this time, please contact Pastor Les Walck at 715-704-0005

YOUR THRIFT SALE ITEMS ARE NEEDED NOW...SALE IS THIS WEEK! You can drop off pre-priced items now through Thursday, May 31st. Church doors will be open Tuesday-Thurs 9am-3pm. Volunteers needed. Contact Sandy Barth at 715-309-9884 or Linda Eider at 715-495-6825. Thank you to those who have already brought items in signed up

LIMA POLKA BAND...Sunday, June 10th at 9am worship...you don't want to miss it!

SUMMER SUNDAY FELLOWSHIP after 9am worship throughout June-August, will be split this year between the Women's Group and our Youth Group this year. Donations to both groups will go towards important ministries within the church...and beyond. Of course, it's the opportunity to connect with one another while enjoying some delicious food. YOUTH PLEASE contact Pastor Mary to sign up for the following dates: June 10th, and 24th; July 1st, 15th and 29th; August 12th and 26th.

TRAINING

Training on HOW TO BE A DEMENTIA FRIENDLY CONGREGATION ...has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 24th 10am during Fellowship. Wendy Sterry, from the Dunn County ADRC will be leading us in the training, helping us better understand dementia and how we can be a more welcoming place to those living with memory issues.

AN INVITATION

Please join us at Thrivent Financial, for a special educational event. Attend our economic update workshop Thursday, June 21 6:00 pm at Hampton Inn in Menomonie. It seems that some financial topics are in the headlines every day. Should those headlines influence your decisions around your financial strategies? Find out how this information can help you make wise financial decisions. Seminar will be presented by Dwayne Kestling, ChfC, CLU. Includes breakout sessions on social security presented by Jay Anderson and Nic Nehring, Retiring Fearlessly by Darcy Brown and the impact of the 2018 Tax reforms presented by Dana Brunstorm, CPA.

Reserve your place by calling or emailing Patty Brown, 715 235 2660 patty.brown@thrivent.com. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

GATHERING OPPORTUNITIES

WE NEED YOU!! We are looking for one or two individuals...or a team of volunteers to help organize our Youth Sponsored Pie and Ice Cream Social, scheduled for Thursday, August 16th. Full instructions on how to accomplish this task is available...and many helping hands as well.



THURSDAYS 9-10am at The Junction. Open to the ENTIRE COMMUNITY. Get to know your neighbor, talk about life issues, laugh, share highs and lows of life, and more. Pastor Mary Eide invites you to join her and fellow community members to The Junction and she'll buy each first time visitor to a cup of coffee, tea or soda. See you there.

AMERICAN LUTHERAN HOME/COMMUNITIES ICE CREAM SOCIAL Thursday, June 7th from 4-6:30pm 915 East Elm Ave., Menomonie, 715-235-9041 Menu: BBQ's, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Homemade Pies and Ice Cream, with beverages. Proceeds go towards a new Covered Patio area and Planters The Ladies Auxiliary is hosting this event and are looking for donations of pies (please bring to the location by Noon on June 7th.

FAITH FORMATION

Don't miss out on VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL...AUG. 7TH - 10TH 6-8pm 3-year olds through 5th grade are invited to join us for a International Spy Academy...Where God's Word is taught in a hands on way! As always, VBS is open to the whole community...so bring a friend! Registration is available NOW...with forms in church or online. You can drop off completed forms at church, OR scan and send them to the email address: education@sothem.org.
We are looking for volunteers to lead/assist with: ISA HQ, Agent-in-Action Games, Top Secret Snack and Classified Crafts. Also need: Preschool leader, Decorators, Music leaders, Clean Up Crew and Registration Crew. So many different ways YOU can touch the lives of the children of our community. Contact Vicki Adams (715-563-3730) or Heidi Schiszik (715-223-5491) to help out...or see sign-up sheets when they get put up on the Gathering Area at church.

BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNITIES

Women of Our Savior's in Menomonie have sent an invitation for a Women's Bible Study Brunch, Thursday, June 7th. Gathering at 9am, brunch at 9:30am, followed by a Bible study lead by Pastor Heather Wigdahl.

"LET US PRAY" WED., JULY 25th 9:30AM-1:30PM Bring a friend Women and teen girls are invited to join Pastor Mary, as we use the 3-part study on prayer by Anna Madsen. The studies are found in the Gather magazine, or from the website links below. As you can see below, the study focuses on the paradoxes, practices and products of prayer. We'll be making Prayer Boxes you can take home, and maybe do a little praying in color. We'll have a potluck luncheon at 11:45am Session one: the paradoxes of prayer (1 Samuel 12:16-23) Called to pray, but for what purpose? Can we persuade God with prayer? Do we actually encounter God in prayer? Is the practice of prayer intended for the sake of the one praying or for the One to whom we pray? The Bible references all of these scenarios; however, each comes with biblical, theological and practical questions. In this first session on prayer, we'll investigate the paradoxical truths of this spiritual practice. (Download at http://www.gathermagazine.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/June2018BibleStudy.pdf)

Session two: the practices of prayer (Psalm 19:14) Jesus taught us how to pray by way of the Lord's Prayer. But both in Scripture and in the Christian tradition, people of faith have developed a wide variety of ways to come before God. In this session, we'll look at different ways to pray, what each might offer and how knowing an array of prayer styles can enrich our devotional life. (Download at http://www.gathermagazine.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/July2018Biblestudy.pdf )

Session three: the products of prayer (Romans 8:26-28) It is indeed true that many results of prayer are intangible-and even impossible-to discern. But it is also true that prayer can demonstrably change the brain, reduce stress levels and, some studies say, appear to correlate to otherwise inexplicable healing in those for whom people have prayed. In the final session of this series, we will investigate the effects of prayer personally, communally and on the mission of the church. (Download at http://www.gathermagazine.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/August2018BibleSudy.pdf)

WOMEN'S RETREAT AT LUTHER PARK Aug., 15-16th, 2018 Women of all ages are invited to participate in this funtastic (that's fun and fantastic) time. The theme is Change is Good, presented by Deb Gilbertson of Eau Claire. Jeanette Tobiason and Jennifer Kinblom will be our music leaders (can't wait to see what this dynamic duo will offer us!) RETREAT begins at 1:15pm Wed., 8/15 and ends at 3pm on Thur., 8/16. You can choose to come one day only, or for the full time...with cost only being $35-$60 (yes, that's with food and lodging for overnighters). Application is online at www.sothem.org under Women or on the church's WELCOME table in Gathering Area.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for these FUTURE DATES...

Wednesday, July 25th Women's Summer Bible Study begins 9:30am-1:30pm (Invite a friend)
August 6th-9th 6-8pm Vacation Bible School, in the evening
August 15th-16th Chippewa Valley Conference, Women's Retreat, Luther Park, Chetek
August 16th Ice Cream Social sponsored by our Youth Group
October 14th Kings Countrymen Bluegrass Gospel lead 10am Worship

MONEY MATTERS

Looking for a way to continue supporting God's Work during Summer Months? What about using ...Simply Giving, an electronic giving option for giving to the church. It allows you to designate the amount you'd like to give to God's ministry at Shepherd of the Hill, and how frequently you'd like to do so. This form of offering means you don't have to worry about bringing your checkbook or cash offering to church, because you've already decided on what you're giving each month. It provides YOU the freedom to give freely and regularly to the church, and also provide THE CHURCH with a steady source of offerings throughout the year.

You can register for Simply Giving TWO DIFFERENT WAYS:
* Complete a Simply Giving application form (located on one of the smaller tables in the Gathering Area) and turn into Barb Vadnais (our Financial Secretary)
* Go on our website (www.sothem.org) , click on GIVING, and designated how much you'd like to give and the frequency. Of course, another electronic giving option would be to simply set up an automatic draft from your checking account under your financial institutions BILL PAY. This would generate a check made payable to Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church, and mailed directly to us at 207 University St., Elk Mound, WI 54739.

RUBY's PANTRY...Don't forget us on the 2nd Saturday MORNING
Our next distribution is set for Saturday, May 12th. Guests can register online up will start at 7:30am, with DISTRIBUTION beginning at 8:30am. Guests can pre-register before 3pm Friday the 11th by going to this website https://www.rubyspantry.org/, or can register the day of the distribution. As always, we'll need LOTS of volunteers to make this a successful event. The truck may come as early as 6:30am, and as food comes into the building we need to count, sort, maybe bag items before distribution begins. PLUS...there is always a need for people to help distribute, pull wagons or load items into our guest's vehicles.

You can start to bring THRIFT SALE items to the church beginning SUNDAY, MAY 13th.
Please make sure item is clean, in working order, and priced. THANK YOU!

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 God's 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.


2018 CHURCH COUNCIL MEMBERS, Committee/Officer
Greg Kinblom: President
Sandy Barth, Vice-President
Linda Dempski, Secretary
Linda O'Mara, Treasurer
Heidi Schiszik , Youth and Education Committee
Keith Lee, Youth and Education Committee, Evangelism and Stewardship
Betty Heltne, Social Concerns Committee
Rita Lee, Worship Committee
Linda Eder: Worship
Holly Sweeney, Social Concerns
Dale Adams, Property Committee
Ken Millermon, Property Committee



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: May 31st, 2018