April 14, 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
Colossians 3:1-4; Psalm: 118:1-2, 14-24; Matthew 28:1-10
in preparation for worship.

Just A Thought...

One of the themes from Matthew’s account of Jesus’ resurrection is “fear.”

Fear is one of the primary forces that drive us to do a lot of things. Fear can give us phobias, paralyze us, make us hide, retaliate, cower, strike out in anger, make excuses, fail to take chances, run away from responsibilities, cover up our actions, and the list goes on and on.

As get old and begin walking into the twilight of life and the unknown we can be plagued with fears. If we allow our minds to wander in imagined situations we tangle ourselves into a web of fear of our future.

Instead let us focus on the fact that our risen Lord tells us over and over in the scriptures, “do not fear.”

John 14:1, “Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.”

Matthew 10:31, “do not fear, you are of more value than many sparrows.”

Instead of looking inward at our frailties and allowing fear to rule our hearts and minds let us determine to take a stand against it and look to Jesus our Savior for healing and deliverance.

The second theme from Matthew is worship.

These two, fear and worship, fit together because the answer to fear is to worship and trust.

We worship Jesus, who came to set us free. He alone has the power and authority to fill our hearts with faith, freeing us from fear. Easter Sunday is a day of rejoicing and crying out “He is risen,” and responding, “He is risen indeed.”

Easter is a day to rejoice in our freedom. It is a day to relish the fact that we are free.

We are no longer bound to the fear of death. We know where we will spend eternity. As believers we are free from sin, cleansed, washed, clothed in robes of white, and our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

He is risen!

His risen indeed, Alleluia!

Pastor Mark

Adult Education

Christ is risen! Alleluia! If nothing else is said on Easter Sunday, this alone would be sufficient. The whole Gospel, all the promises of God, all our hopes and expectations are captured in these words: Christ is risen! Alleluia! We come on Easter for worship. Adult education will have to be put aside for this week. Not because it's unimportant, but because it's enough to join together in liturgy and song, in Word and Sacrament. No classes this Sunday, April 16 or next Wednesday, April 19. So our next adult education classes will meet on Sunday, April 93 and on Wednesday, April 96. We'll continue our Reformation 500 journey as we explore some of the great tensions in our Lutheran understanding of the faith: saint and sinner, church and state, God's wrath and God's love. Come join us! And a blessed Easter to you!

Pastor Bill

April Fundraisers


Trivia Fundraisers

Check out our April Fundraising Events below. Click on the restaurants, print out the coupons and bring the coupons to the restaurant or pick up a flyer in the Crossroads:

We are now accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year. We have programs for children ages 2-4 (by September 1, 2017). Children do not need to be potty trained. Our class sizes are small. 1, 2 or 3 day classes available. For more information please contact Jill Gillming at LittleLambs@sotpmail.com or click here for a registration form.

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.

WELCOME ALL, can you believe it is already time to sign up for the summer supper club??

Once again, there is a yellow signup sheet on the Crossroads bulletin board for the Spring/Summer Supper Club or sign up online here.

May through August we will be sharing hospitality and food within small groups of 6 to 8 people, meeting 4 times. Groups are made up from the sign up list. Singles are welcome.

Each group determines what, when and how they will meet. Often one home hosts the main meal while others bring salad, desserts, etc. Some groups decide to “eat out” or “order in” for one or all of their meals it is up to the folks in that particular small group. For more information or questions please contact Sandy Hupert. Phone 224-569- 6041 or E-Mail sandyhupert@gmail.com.



Are you new to being a Lutheran, or has it been a while since you were confirmed?

Come join us for “Suppers with Luther” on Wednesday evenings in April & May. We will be looking at the core values and practices of the ELCA Lutheran Church.

Come at 5:30 and at 6 we’ll grab dinner from the Lenten Soup Supper and continue to learn as we eat together. The class will run from 5:30 to 6:45.

We will meet April 19th, 26th, and May 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th so come and join us!

If you have any questions please contact Donna Kelly through the church office 847-669-9448 or at donna@sotpmail.com.

Trivia Night is here! Get your thinking caps on and sign up! Help support Creation Restoration 7.0 by participating in Trivia Night on April 23rd, from 5-8 pm. There will be dinner, childcare, trivia, raffles, bake sale, and silent auction. Get a team of 8 or reserve space for yourself. Cost is $10 per person.

If you have been worshiping with us and would like to know more about us as a worshiping community, please join us at our next New Member Gathering Sunday, May 7, 3:00-5:30 p.m.

This will be an opportunity for you to learn more about the life and ministry of SOTP and for you to consider prayerfully whether or not you want to formally be a member of the SOTP family.

We will welcome new members on the following weekend. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Mark or Donna Kelly through the church office.


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 stangle.ds@gmail.com.

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 shannin888@yahoo.com 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 graftonfoodpantry.org or e-mail Kathy at shneiter@mc.net. 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 carlhupert@gmail.com.


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 ( k.b.hennessy@sbcglobal.net ) or Jill Brown 847-683-5027 ( jillbrown14@yahoo.com ).

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 March, 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.