Announcements





FUTURE DATES

Sat., Apr. 14th Ruby's Pantry
Sun., Apr. 22nd UW-Stout Lutheran Campus Ministry Sunday
Sun., May 6th High School Senior Recognition in Worship
Sun., May 13th Baccalaureate Service 7:30pm at Amy Chapel
Fri., May 18th EM High School Graduation
Sat./Sun., Jun. 2 & 3rd Synod Assembly at UW-Eau Claire Davies Center

GATHERING

YOUNGEST SUNDAY SCHOOL CHILDREN will be singing at worship on APRIL 8th, while our OLDER CHILDREN will sing on APRIL 22nd.

COMMUNION ASSISTANTS NEEDED Please sign-up on the clipboard located in the Gathering Area to help with this important worship ministry. Instruction sheets are available for you to take behind the signup sheet on the clipboard. You can also contact Keith Lee (Worship Committee Chairperson) for more information

2018 Synodical WOMEN'S Organization Convention



Come... join us for fellowship, worship, learning opportunities, inspiration and more at the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin Synodical Women's Organization Convention, April 21, 2018 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 35 W Messenger St, Rice Lake WI 54868. Registration fee: $35 (includes lunch) until April 7th. $40 late registration and same day registration. Convention Offering: 1/2 to church wide Women of the ELCA, 1/4 to ELCA Disaster Response, 1/4 to Benjamin House (homeless shelter in Rice Lake) In Kind Gifts for Benjamin House - homeless shelter in Rice Lake for men, women, and children (toiletries, towels, cash, gas cards, Kleenex, toilet paper, paper towels, socks, gifts cards etc.)

APRIL 22nd UW-STOUT LUTHERAN CAMPUS MINISTRY SUNDAY For many of our graduating high school members, the next phase of their journey takes them to college. We are blessed to have spiritual resources for them at some of our local universities through Lutheran Campus Ministry. On Sunday, April 22nd we will have the pleasure of hearing from the UW-Stout LCM's board members and/or students during worship. We will learn about their mission, how they deeply involve the students, and seek to enrich their faith walk. LCM relies almost entirely on financial support from local churches to fund their ministry, so your offering of any amount will help these young men and women and their ministry at the UW-Stout campus. Separate offering envelopes will be made available, and an offering tray will be at the back of the sanctuary should you choose to give to this ministry. We can also faithfully support them and their ministry through prayer.

Sunday, MAY 6TH GRADUATING SENIOR RECOGNITION & RECEPTION This year we have 5 young members who will be graduating from Elk Mound High School this year: Emily Bartig, Erin Delong, Caleb Young, Kole Ploeckelman, and Jevin Stangel. On May 6th we will recognize them, ask God's blessings on their future, give them the wonderfully crafted quilts made for them and celebrate with a reception following worship. So come and join in on this milestone celebration with them and their families, AND enjoy some delicious food afterwards.

Sunday, MAY 13th, 7:30pm EMHS BACCALAUREATE WORSHIP SERVICE...at Amy Chapel, located at E9882 370th Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54703. Students are asked to arrive by 7pm, with cap and gown. Everyone is invited to stay for refreshments are served after the service.

GROWING

SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION Congratulations to the following young members who are receiving the SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION (aka Lord's Supper and Holy Eucharist) on March 25th or March 29th. They are: Bradlee Clemmens, Bodie Folczyk, Savana Millermon, Jase Peterson, Marcus Ruppelt, and Ellie Schiszik.

CONFIRMATION SCHEDULE April 4th, 11th, 18th**, 26th, and May 2nd 3:15-4:30pm Regular class (There may be an off-site activity on April 18th) May 9th 3:15-4:30 Quiz and End-of-year PARTY

7TH GRADERS THROUGH ADULT...SUNDAY A.M. BIBLE DISCUSSION CONTINUES Come join us Sunday mornings in the Sanctuary at 9am, as we review and discuss the Gospel lesson of the day. This is a very casual conversation and you can see the list of readings below.
Apr 8th John 20:19-31
Apr. 15th Luke 24:36b-48
Apr. 22nd John 10:11-18
Apr. 29th John 15:1-8

Holly Sweeney is organizing a BOOK DISCUSSION ON: Being Mortal. Written by bestselling author Atul Gawande, the surgeon describes how he tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. He addresses how the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.

Look for information on how you can order a copy of the book and participate in the discussion.

LUTHER PARK EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT REGISTRATION DEADLINE MAY 1ST! Your son/daughter/family's registration form needs to be sent to Luther Park (or done online), along with the deposit by this deadline in order to get the Early Bird Discount. You can register online at www.lutherpark.org, find the necessary form online, or in Luther Park literature in the church Gathering Area on the metal brochure rack by the children's table. (Yes, you can still apply for camp after the 1st of May!)

Here at Shepherd of the Hill, we greatly value Christian camp experiences. Luther Park Scholarship funds are available to all students who attend Luther Park, to help pay for part of the camp costs. You can also apply for a Luther Park Campership for additional funds. It's important you let the church know IF you attending camp, and WHICH CAMP WEEK.

GIVING

RUBY's POP UP FOOD PANTRY...Saturday, April 14th, come as early as 6:30am to help out! 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. The truck came at 6:30am last month, and we started sorting, bagging and counting items as they came of the truck

OFFERING DELIVERY TEAMS ARE NEEDED...ASAP! We are looking for individuals who will deliver our offering to the bank on Sunday mornings. The task is easy to do, and clearly spelled out with instructions found within church office. Delivery Teams will consist of 2 people (non-related), who'll bundle the offering into the bank bag and bring it to Independence State Bank depository chute. That's all there is to it! Please sign up in the Gathering Area.

SPRING CLEANING TIME...time to DONATE to our CHURCH THRIFT SALE Feeling like you want to downsize/declutter at home, or do a little Spring Cleaning? Then why not start gathering items you can donate to the church THRIFT SALE, which will be held Friday & Saturday, June 1st & 2nd. Sandy Barth and Linda Eder will be leading this project, and will be looking for volunteers to help with organizing and running the sale. You can start bringing *Clean *Working *Price Labeled items to the church as early as Sunday, May 13th. Your donations are gratefully accepted, and will go towards this important fundraiser.

MONEY MATTERS

GIVING CHOICES
Like last year, your 2018 giving envelopes/Simply Giving forms have two options: General Fund (to pay our budgeted expenses) and Benevolence Fund (to give beyond the ELCA/NW Synod, Lutheran Social Services and Luther Park...all budgeted items)

You can also now use the GIVE+ online financial giving option, found only on our church website (www.sothem.org)

AND...then 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) Just go to Smile Amazon.com to find our church and designate the church as to where the Smile Amazon Foundation will donate a percentage of your purchase. 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 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.

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
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: April 2nd, 2018