Announcements



PANCAKES AND SCRAMBLED EGG BREAKFAST

Open to the entire community
When: Saturday, February 9, 2019
7-9:30 A.M.
Where: Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church
Menu: All you can eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, yogurt, milk, orange juice, and coffee.

Suggested donation of $6 per person
***10% of the proceeds will be donated back to the community***
NEEDED: Volunteers, eggs, donations for sausages. See Sign-Up board at church to volunteer, and contact Rita Lee for donations (Home: 715-874-6310).



FUTURE DATES

Sun., Feb. 3rd - Super Bowl Subs

Sat., Feb. 9th - 7-9:30am Pancakes and Eggs Breakfast - MAJOR FUNDRAISER
7am Ruby's Pantry VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for both events!

Tue., Feb. 19th - 10am-2:30pm - Opioid Crisis Event at Luther Park

Sat., Feb. 23rd - 9am-2pm - Serve at Community Table in Eau Claire

Sun., Mar. 3rd - NEW MEMBER Sunday w/Potluck Meal following worship

Sat., Mar. 9th - Walking Together-Holy Experiments at UW-EC Davies Center

NEEDED: Clean prescription bottles for a Lenten project. Please remove label, or scratch off/mark out personal information


THE OPIOID CRISIS: YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

FREE workshop with presenters Rev. Kal Rissman and Rev. Aimee Wollman Nesseth at Luther Park on Tues., Feb. 19th 10am-2:30pm There is not one congregation and probably not one family that has not been affected tragically by the disease of addiction, whether that is by opioids, alcohol, tobacco, food, gambling, sex, or computer/gaming/phone addiction.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recognizes that faith-based and community partners eagerly and willingly step in to meet the needs of their colleagues, friends and neighbors - especially during a crisis. As such, we want to equip our partners to respond to the current opioid health crisis - complementing their compassion and local understanding with the help of HHS.
If you would like to attend this event, register online at http://nwswi.org/home/calendar-of-events Or, let Pastor Mary know so she can add you to the church registration.


VOLUNTEER AT COMMUNITY TABLE When? Sat., Feb. 23rd - 9:00 to 11:30 am - OR - 11:30 to 2:00 pm

What will I be doing? Preparing a noon meal, visiting with people, eating alongside the guests, and cleaning up after the meal.

Can youth participate? Absolutely. If over 14, they can help in the kitchen. If under 14, they can help set up tables etc. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the Gathering Area of the church!

Also Needed: 8 gallons of milk and $125 donation to assist with the cost of the meal. If you could help with either of these things, please contact Holly Sweeney at 715-874-5199 or Pastor Mary.

WHAT IS COMMUNITY TABLE? They are a nonprofit organization that has been nourishing Eau Claire by serving nutritious, hot meals every day to our neighbors since 1993.


STORIES FROM THE HEART: A free Mayo Clinic event Thurs., Feb. 21st 6pm at Mayo Clinic Heath Systems 1221 Whipple St., Eau Claire

WEAU-13 News Anchor, Judy Clark, will emcee this event where you can hear patient heart care stories and learn about advances in heart care from Mayo's Cardiac Center medical experts.
6-6:30pm Sample heart-healthy recipes, enjoy music and enter to win prizes
6:30pm Program begins
RSVP by Thur., Feb. 14th! To register, call 1-866-375-7464 or go to mayoclinichealthsystem.org and search for "Stories from the Heart" Interested in carpooling? See Pastor Mary.


YOUTH

Middle School CHRIST JAM (A.K.A. "JAM TOGETHER") on Saturday, March 9, 2019
THEME: HOLY EXPERIMENTS taking place throughout the Davies Center - UW Eau Claire As part of our "Holy Experiments," part of this event will connect with the Walking Together event that high schoolers and adults will be attending. This means multiple generations will have opportunities to have fun, be inspired and learn together...while the youth will also have a chance to gather with their peers for a service project, worship and large group time. Registration info coming out soon. Please let Pastor Mary or Keith Lee know if you are interested in attending.

CONFIRMATION Classes will be held through February with our regular schedule. From March 6th through April 10th we will switch our schedule for the Season of Lent, as described in the parent-student letter you received at the beginning of the school year. During Lent we will NOT be meeting for our regular class time, but instead students are to attend the mid-week worship services at 7pm beginning with our March 6th, Ash Wednesday service. The following five Wednesdays we will be using the Holden Evening Prayer Service of Light.
Don't forget about the delicious Soup Suppers that are held at 6pm each Wednesday in Lent.

TIME, TALENTS & TREASURES

GIVING

...of our TIME & TALENTS: There are so many ways to plug into single-time activities, monthly ministries or periodically being part of our worship team (usher, acolyte, communion assistant, delivery team) Sign-up sheets or clipboards are in the Gathering Area. If you aren't sure where, just ask an usher. Also check out our church newsletter/calendar for events like: monthly quilting (1st Wednesday), Bible study, committees and work groups. Service to others and for God, is a spiritual practice that allows us to see how we are connected to one another and our creator. Giving of ourselves is a way of extending God's love to others.

...of our TREASURES: As Christians, we realize that we can give...because all we have is from God. We give not out of obligation, but gratitude. Giving to God's ministry is also a spiritual practice, one that allows us another way to be part of what God is doing in the world.

HOW TO GIVE FINANCIAL DONATIONS? We have several options available to us at Shepherd of the Hill.

GIVING ENVELOPES: Box sets are available and additional envelopes are available in the Gathering Area. Please be sure to write your name on the front of the envelope!

ELECTRONIC GIVNG: Simply Giving, Online through our website, or Bill Pay through your financial institution.

To ensure we can meet our financial obligations as a congregation, giving to General Operating is encouraged. This can be accomplished through a regular weekly offering or a Memorial Gift (in memory/in honor of someone/event).
Donations can also be made for Benevolence or our Building Fund.
Donations to Women of the ELCA, Luther League/Youth, Mounder Meals or Food Pantry/Good Samaritan must be made on separate checks made payable to these groups, because each has their own checking account.
Dear generous and loving God, We joyfully give of our time, talents and treasures for your work in the world, and to give glory to you. Amen.

MARCH and APRIL

NEW MEMBER SUNDAY - MARCH 3rd Special celebration with potluck meal following worship.

WALKING TOGETHER - Holy Experiments March 9th, 9-430 at UW-EC Davies Center.
This is an annual event that brings together 400-500 fellow Christians who gather to learn from congregations and some experts who are doing God's ministry in their communities. As part of this year's theme, Holy Experiments, the Annual Middle School Gathering (Christ Jam) is being combined with Walking Together. Although participants will experience the same schedule as in the past, including a large variety of 'best-practices' workshops to attend, we will 'experiment' by offering some opportunities to collaborate in a few cross-generational activities and workshops as an option during the day. Information on cost and schedules will come out shortly. You can follow information about the event at: http://nwswi.org/home/calendar-of-events
Clarification: "Walking Together" is NOT an athletic event, but a way we are TOGETHER as God's people.

Midweek Lenten Soup Suppers (6pm)/Worship (7pm)
Ash Wednesday Worship Service - Worship with imposition of ashes will be at 7pm, on March 6th, 2019. The following five weeks, we'll be using the Holden Evening Prayer Service (7pm)
Each Wednesday (March 6th through April 10th) will also include a Soup Supper beginning at 6pm. SIGN UP if you'd like to help provide part of the Soup Supper, by:
* Bringing a soup (we have 3 each week)
* Bring sandwiches
* Bring desserts
* Or...NEW THIS YEAR...sign up to help with Dishes and Clean-up
ALSO looking to add members to the choir that helps lead our Holden Evening Prayer Service. No commitment to be there every Wednesday. We have time for new and old members to practice the choir parts after worship, perhaps Feb. 17th and 24th.

Senior Midweek Event (for those 70+ years young) Wednesday, April 17th, 11am Coffee; Noon Senior Lunch; 1pm Worship

Maundy Thursday Worship April 18th 7pm at Shepherd of the Hill

Annual Cross Walk 8am, Good Friday, April 19th, led by Pastor Allen of Trinity UMC

Good Friday Services on April 19th at 3pm - Joint Worship at Trinity UMC April 19th 7pm Worship at Shepherd of the Hill

WOMEN'S 2019 DAY OF RENEWAL Sponsored by the ELCA Women's Chippewa Valley Conference Saturday, April 6th 9am-1pm.
This year's event will be held at New Hope Lutheran Church, N2698 460th St., Downsville
THEME: "Speaking Lutheran from the 50's and 60's with humor" Cost is $13/person or $10 for First time attendees.
Registration forms are in the Gathering Area at church or on our church website, under "Women's" tab.



GIVING MATTERS

NEW GIVING ENVELOPES You may have noticed a few changes to our Giving Envelopes. One of the key changes is that they no longer have an assigned number at the top right corner. Because of this, you'll need to write your name on the front of the envelope in order for your donation to be noted in your giving statement. Also, the envelopes are no longer dated, so this gives you the freedom to keep this box of checks until they run out, and then just pick up a new box when it's needed.

FAQ: What if I want to give to something other than the General Operating Fund?
You can always note in the MEMO section of your check if you'd like a portion of the check to go to Benevolence, Building Fund, Youth, or donate for a Memorial.

FAQ: What if I want to give to ELCA World Hunger?
This is an excellent cause to give to, and we will have ELCA World Hunger Giving envelopes in the Gathering Area for you to pick up. Again, you can note in the MEMO section of any check that part or all of your donation is for ELCA WORLD HUNGER

The new envelopes are an experiment to both save money and adjust to the change in the number of times members tend to worship nowadays. This is also brand new for our amazing COUNTING TEAMS...so please be sure to WRITE YOUR NAME ON YOUR ENVELOPE, and be as clear as possible if you are splitting the donation to various funds.

Don't forget...you can also now use the GIVE+ online financial giving option, found only on our church website (www.sothem.org) or use Simply Giving (forms available at church and can be mailed to you).

AND...there is giving that comes to us from:
* Thrivent Choice (if you are a Thrivent member)
* Smile Amazon (where a percentage of your purchases through the Smile Amazon website, are donated to the church). Go to SmileAmazon.com to find our church and designate the church as to where the Smile Amazon Foundation will donate a percentage of your purchase.

TRAVEL OPPORTUNITY

"IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF LUTHER & THE PASSION PLAY 2020"
JULY 8-19, 2020
Plan now to join Liz Bartsch as she hosts a 10 night journey to Germany and Austria where we will visit major Martin Luther sites, encounter the Dachau Concentration Camp and visit many historic castles and landmarks. One of the highlights will be the Passion Play in Oberammergau! First $300 deposit due: March 1, 2019, Elizabeth Bartsch, Northwest Synod, Assistant to the Bishop- 715-859-6810 or lbartsch@nwswi.org is the point-of-contact for this event.
For Brochure and Registration Form see:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.cloversites.com/0a/0a854394-3a19-4d9f-b1ae-f93021508921/documents/brochure.pdf

COME AND BE PART OF OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM for 2019!
Please let any member of our Nominating Committee know if you are interested in joining our Church Council. We meet once a month for about 60-90 minutes. You can talk to: Jennifer Kinblom, Marcus Kinblom, Barb Vadnais, Holly Sweeney and Sandy Barth

ELK MOUND COMMUNITY MEAL

If you're tired of eating alone.
If you're tired of cooking for just two.
If you're just tired of cooking, or
If you want to meet your neighbors -
Come join us on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m.

2019 Schedule

Feb. 26th- St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Mar. 26th- Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church
Apr. 23rd- Trinity United Methodist Church
May 28th- St. Joseph's Catholic Church
June 26th- Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church
July 23rd- Trinity United Methodist Church
Aug. 27th- St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Sept. 24th- Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church
Oct. 22nd- Trinity United Methodist Church
Nov. Thanksgiving - no supper
Dec. Christmas - no supper


FREE FOR EVERYONE
A free-will offering is available. Proceeds go to the Elk Mound Food Pantry



Looking for a way to continue supporting God's Work? 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.



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.





See Calendar for further announcements





Last updated: February 1st, 2019