March 17, 2017
Please see the latest
Announcements and Ministry Information
related to worship and our faith and life at SOTP this week.
We encourage you to read the Bible stories for this upcoming Sunday
Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42
in preparation for worship.

Just A Thought...

Shame on you!

Do you remember those words ringing in your ear at one time or another, probably more so in your youth, for something you did or said? I do.

Sometimes it was all in jest, but more often than not it was for something I either said or may have done. Whatever, and from what I can remember, my actions were undoubtedly intentional and more so, an indication that we all have a flaw inside of us (called sin) which causes us to do things and say things we should not.

Hopefully, as I have grown older I have put some of those shenanigans behind me.

I sometimes wonder if shame isn’t remembered more than a good deed.

On the surface, if you read Psalm 95 (the Psalm for this weekend) it looks like God may be shaming an entire people for their hardness of heart. Some of us carry an image of God that’s similar to those who have shamed us throughout our lives.

When we look deeper, God is not the source of our shame but the one who looks past our guilt and sees our worth. “For he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.”

Have you ever arrived at a hotel or some important event only to learn that they have no record of your reservation or your name even listed on the list of attendees at this so called gala event, despite invitation in hand? Since they are unable or unwilling to explain the situation, we might resort to a bit of browbeating that we later regret when it’s discovered we never made a reservation or RSVP’d them in the first place.

Whatever the outcome, we’ll slink out with heads bowed, ashamed at our performance, with our ears still ringing at our meaningless threats against their establishment and incompetence.

In this weekend’s gospel reading from John 4, we read the familiar story of the “woman at the well.”

Now here’s someone who had quite a bit to be ashamed. She’s a Samaritan woman talking to a man at a well, drawing water at the wrong time of the day. She stands face to-face with God in Jesus Christ who tells her “everything she has done.”

We will stand face to face with God, and though we may be ashamed, God will not shame us but see us for our true selves and love us.

When we meet Christ face-to-face we will be able to say, “Yes, there is a whole pile of things I was ashamed of, and thankfully, you have wiped them all away.

I’ll look forward to seeing you in worship.

Pastor Mark

Adult Education

As we move through Martin Luther's Small Catechism, we plunge deeper and deeper into some of the great Christian truths: Who is God? What kind of a God do we have? What does God expect of us? What can we expect from God? Where can we go for help? And once there, what will we find? The Lord's Prayer will be the focus of our next Wednesday evening worship experience on March 22. Before we get there, however, we'll explore Jesus' prayer this Sunday morning at 10:20 and on Wednesday morning at 11:00. It's well worth studying, especially since we say it every Sunday morning. And many of us repeat it daily. So come join us. We'd love to have you!


Pastor Bill



Bakers needed for the annual Spring Bazzar & Bake Sale!

Sign up is in the Crossroads on the bulletin board.

Please drop off baked goods:

  • Fridays (3/24 & 3/31): 9am—Noon
  • Saturdays (3/25 & 4/1): After 10 am

We are now working hard to make our Spring Bazaar a huge success. We look forward to seeing you on March 25 and 26 and April 1 and 2.

Have a Blessed Day.

Alice Hallett

Dear loyal and faithful singers, planning is underway for our Palm Sunday Ecumenical Choral Concert and Prayer Service. This will be the 22nd concert! It was sorely missed last year, and we're all pleased about the return of this special inspirational program.

We are very excited about our program for 2017 and hope all of you can join us again this year. Invite others if you can. We can always use more good singers! Please review the rehearsal schedule below and let us know by responding if you plan to participate again. If you know you will not be able to sing in 2017, please let us know that as well. Please feel free to forward this information to other Christian singers.

Rehearsals begin on Monday, February 27th and will continue each Monday. There will also be some additional Saturday rehearsals to accommodate our busy singers and directors. Please check schedule below. Please note that most Saturday rehearsals and the Monday, March 6th rehearsal will be held at Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church in Huntley (10805 Main St.). All other Monday rehearsals and the April 8 Saturday Mandatory Rehearsal will be held at St. Catherine of Siena Church in West Dundee. This year's concert will be held at St. Catherine of Siena in West Dundee on Sunday, April 9 at 3:00 p.m.

  Day   Date   Time
Monday 02/27/17 (StCath) 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Monday 03/06/17 (SOTP) 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Monday 03/13/17 (StCath) 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Saturday 03/18/17 (SOTP) 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Monday 03/20/17 (StCath) 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Saturday 03/25/17 (SOTP) 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Monday 03/27/17 (StCath) 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 04/01/17 Only if necessary
Monday 04/03/17 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Saturday 04/08/17 (StCath) Major Mandatory Rehearsal
Bells – Noon
Chorus – 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Sunday 04/09/17 (StCath) 1:15-2:30 p.m. Rehearsal
2:45 p.m. Prelude
3:00 p.m. Concert

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact: Deborah Walters at or 847-207-7980


On Saturday, April 1st from 9:00-11:00 a.m. we will have a mobile food truck at SOTP to help the Northern Illinois Food Pantry distribute food. This event will be held in honor of Sid Sorensen. All are welcome to come and serve. Children are especially encouraged to come and help out with their families. We will have a noisy offering taken during the March 18th and 19th services.

All are welcome to come and serve. Please sign up on-line here.

On Saturday, April 15th from 10:00-11:00 a.m. we will have an Easter Egg Hunt here at SOTP. Children can come hunt filled eggs and enjoy fellowship and fun leading up to our Easter Celebration. We are in need of wrapped candy to stuff the eggs.

There is a LARGE box for donations in the Crossroads.

Volunteers needed too. Sign up online here.


Please hold the date and mark your calendars accordingly for Saturday, May 13, 2017 so you can help do God’s Work with Your Hands at the Northern Illinois Food Bank. The Mission Team has committed our church to provide 70 volunteers to help put together food items to feed our hungry neighbors. If needed, there are also sit-down jobs that contribute to the projects. Simply let us know. Whether you have been there or not in the past, you will discover how great it feels to assist.

A Saturday date was chosen so that families (children minimum age 8) have a better chance of participating together. It is a great learning experience for people of all ages. Please consider signing up. If you have any questions, or want to sign up, please call Dave or Sharon Stangle at 224-628-2107 or email

As in the past, participants are invited to meet at church by 8:00 AM and travel to 273 Dearborn Ct., Geneva, IL, or you can go directly there and arrive by 8:45 in time to confirm registration, gather together for a prayer, and begin working at 9:00. The project will end by 11:30. Participants are welcome to carpool together. If you need assistance in organizing a carpool, we are happy to assist.

As the Isaiah 58:10 tells us, “Feed the hungry and help those in trouble, then your light will rise and the darkness around you will be as bright as day.”


We have all heard that it takes a village to raise a child. At SOTP, we are blessed with extended family. There are retired teachers and other adults that want to help give your child another view on their lessons in school. School is teaching them, parents can put another spin on it…. But sometimes it takes just one more person believing in them…. And putting things into a new perspective to watch them fly.


We are seeking students that need a little extra help. If you have a child that would benefit from a one-on-one tutoring program please fill out the student form at the link below. This is for all developmental levels. Advanced and regular classes. Everyone needs another perspective.

If you are interested in tutoring our students or if you want to receive tutoring as a student, please fill out our online SOTP Tutor and Student Registration Form


We are seeking adults and students that want to help encourage, explain and just help make sense out of what a student just needs help understanding.

Document Assemblers


Newsletter Assemblers meet once a month on Friday (usually towards the end of the month) to assemble and prepare the church newsletter for mailing. Four volunteers are needed and they meet in the church office. This vital ministry takes about one hour.


Every Friday morning the Sunday Bulletin is assembled at the church office,. There are usually two to three volunteers and requires about one and one-half hours of time. This ministry is an easy ministry to do and usually entails helping once a month.

If you would like to volunteer for either of these important jobs, please signup online here.
Coffee Fellowship


Saturday Night Coffee Makers are needed for only ONCE a month for about five months. This will only be while two of the regulars are in Florida. It only takes about ten minutes to fill two pots, set out cups, etc. for Sunday Morning. That is all that has to be done. Please call me, Barb Hoppensteadt, 847-669-0016. I will show you what has to be set out.


The Sunday Morning Coffee Fellowship is in need of volunteers! Sign up for a one-time event or on a regular basis, it's up to you!

What does this entail? The volunteer is simply asked to be in the kitchen on Sunday morning (9:50 until 10:40 a.m.) to set out any donated treats on the snack table along with making sure the supplies on the counter for the coffee remain stocked. If you can clean up following great but if not this can be done for you if you. The greatest part is that everything is written down for you and labeled to make it simple. That's it! Smiling and saying "Good Morning" is optional but often appreciated. Ha!

You are not responsible for bringing treats unless you want to. This is a VERY easy, but necessary ministry. Sign up with a friend, teens sign up with a parent, or make it a group or family activity. Everyone is welcome!

If you would like to volunteer or for more information please sign up in the Crossroads (bulletin board to the west of the main doors on the wall) or contact Shannon Ross at or text/call at 815-751-2637. Thank you in advance!

Grafton Food Pantry

We need volunteers to assist at Grafton Food Pantry. In addition to regular pantry hours, volunteers are needed on Monday, Tuesday and every other Thursday morning 8:30-10:30 a.m.

A volunteer application may be downloaded from the website at or e-mail Kathy at If you prefer, call us at the pantry: 847-495-0922.

Food Pantry Sunday Help at church

This is what needs to be done the first Sunday of every month:

  • 8:15-9:00 a.m.--collect food out in front of the church (Plenty of time to attend the 9:00 am service since you will be volunteering during the 10:45 a.m. service)
  • 10:15-10:45 a.m.--collect food out in front of the church
  • Just after 10:45 a.m. service starts:
    • Drive over to the Grafton Food Pantry off of Kreutzer Rd. in Huntley
    • Unload everything from the van
    • Check dates and sort items donated

Please call Alice Hallett at 815/388-8817 with questions. Online signup is available here.

Habitat for Humanity

Shepherd of the Prairie has been supporting Habitat for Humanity by providing volunteers for Habitat’s resale shop (Restore) in Elgin. If you think you would like to lend a hand, after reading the information below, please contact me.

The Restore is a re-sale shop whose proceeds support Habitat for Humanity. We provide help within the store, not at construction sites. The store is in Elgin and basically a huge warehouse type structure that caters to the building trades and homeowners. When we have worked there we have priced and stocked light bulbs, unpacked display cases and sorted window blinds into aluminum and wooden piles.

Our shifts have been for three hours, indoors, and on a date of our choosing. For four months , we have had one or two shifts each month, depending on how many sign up. If interested, contact me at 224-569-6041 or Email to


What is PADs?
Public Action to Deliver Shelter (McHenry County founded 1988).This program is not government supported. Since 2009, PADs reports a 51% increase in people needing help (33% increase in homeless individuals diagnosed with mental illness 54% increase in chronically homeless and 46% increase in transitional youth).

How does SOTP help?
We make lunches and serve dinner. Preferably five volunteers are needed. Youth volunteers are welcome (depending on maturity level and if they able to sit still for one hour following directions without adult supervision). We meet at SOTP Sunday evenings at 5:45 p.m. to make lunches for the shelter, and then transport lunches (including donations) to Bethany. We serve dinner from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Jill Brown shops for supplies. This is a ministry that is allocated in our church budget.

The 4th Sunday of the Month, October through April. To sign up, use our PADS online form or contact Becky Hennessy 847-961-6050 ( ) or Jill Brown 847-683-5027 ( ).

We support Bethany Lutheran Church every 4th Sunday at 76 W Crystal Lake Ave in Crystal Lake IL 60014. This is only a 15 to 20 minute commute from SOTP. Linda is our contact at Bethany--she has been in charge of that facility for over 25 years and will assign your job. There are 7 churches in McHenry County that provide overnight shelters (rotated Monday through Sunday) from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. A transportation bus is used to commute the homeless between the churches.

Reasons to Volunteer
Add it to resumes or college applications. Earn high school credit. Give back to your community by setting a “Christ-Like” example.

Volunteering tips
Be friendly, but don’t give personal information. Leave personal belongings at home (i.e.; don’t wear expensive jewelry or don’t bring a purse. Leave cell phones in your car at home or in your car.

With the intent to provide our church members with additional information and encourage open dialog, our monthly council report will be posted on our website each month. This document will show minutes of the past council meeting, full financials, attendance charts and various ministry meeting minutes. Check out the February, 2017 Council Report . We've also designed a Document Vault where you can view older church documents and a simple feedback form to share your questions, concerns or comments. Let us know what you’re thinking.