May 12, 2017
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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 31:1-5, 15-16; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14
in preparation for worship.

Just A Thought...

A blessed Mother’s Day weekend to you all as we set aside time to give thanks for the gift of a mother’s love.

In our reading for this weekend from 1 Peter there are many images used to describe the church. Scholars believe the letter of 1 Peter was circulated through churches in Asia Minor facing severe persecution.

The writer moves rapidly through many images that help describe the church as he sees it, and wants it to become. The reading from 1 Peter which will be shared in worship this weekend begins with the image of spiritual milk as nourishment, necessary for spiritual lives. We all start our lives on mother’s milk, in some form.

So, too, does the church.

Next, the church is associated with Christ, the “living stone,” an image of strength and life.

And then the picture of a cornerstone emerges. A cornerstone is the reference point for a building, and Jesus is our cornerstone.

1 Peter calls Christians “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people” (1 Peter 2:9).

The writer is on a roll; the poetry rolls off his tongue. He says that we, as Christians, are associated with Christ, the King and high priest, and thus we have become a royal priesthood. “Once they were no people. Now they are God’s people” (1 Peter 2:10).

And what should God’s people proclaim?

According to 1 Peter, we are to proclaim “the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).

We are to proclaim the mighty acts of God, who raised Jesus from the dead.

This is a mission of the church.

Which biblical images come to mind when you think about the ministry we share here at Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church?

Does any of the images from this text, such as spiritual milk, cornerstones, living stones, a chosen people, holy nation, royal priesthood, or God’s people or maybe “sheep” in reference to last weekend?

Are there any other common images for the church we share here? What messages are proclaimed at SOTP? Do you find these messages helpful, believable, encouraging, confusing, questionable?

Have any of these messages been nourishing to you, like spiritual milk or spiritual vegetables?

What message would you like to see proclaimed to help create an alive church for the next generations? In our Gospel reading for this weekend we will hear Jesus proclaim that we will do even “greater things” than he did while upon the earth. What are those great things?

Ponder some of these questions, pray about them and share them as God gives you ability to do so.

I’ll see you in worship this weekend.

Pastor Mark

Adult Education

Due to Mother's Day this Sunday, our adult education classes will not meet on Sunday or next Wednesday. However, we will resume on Sunday, May 21, and on Wednesday, May 24. These will be our final classes for this academic year, as we take a summer hiatus, and then resume classes in September. We've covered a lot of ground this past year as we've immersed ourselves in the story of the Protestant Reformation. We'll conclude with focusing on what Martin Luther called "God's Alien Work and God's Proper Work." Come and find out what it's all about! Sunday, May 21, at 10:20, and Wednesday, May 24, at 11:00. Note: we won't meet at 7 pm on May 24 due to our congregational meeting to vote on proceeding with plans for our new building.

Pastor Bill


Dear Members of Shepherd of the Prairie:

On behalf of the Congregation Council, I would like to invite you to attend a Congregational Meeting on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

It is with extreme pleasure and excitement that the Council brings forth the motion below to be voted upon by you at this very important meeting. It is the motion to begin construction of a new sanctuary, along with additional ministry space, and to authorize the Congregation Council to enter into a loan agreement with the Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Grace and peace,

Marlene Boehler

President, Congregation Council

The Motion:

Whereas Shepherd of the Prairie has renewed its commitment to complete the construction of a new sanctuary soon as practicable;

Whereas the building fund balance is sufficient to support the start of construction and the commitment to an appropriate mortgage loan;

Whereas continued faithful commitment to the “Forward in Faith” fund appeal and its related “FORWARD campaign” will provide additional funds to support new construction;

Whereas continued faithful giving to the General Fund are sufficient to support operating costs of the current and new building;

Therefore, be it resolved that the Building Team proceed with necessary plans and activities to construct a new Sanctuary along with narthex (CrossRoads), office shell, music/education shell.

Also, be it resolved, the Congregation Council be authorized to acquire financing from the Mission Investment Fund of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America of up to but not to exceed $3.8 million dollars.


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.”

The Mission Team of Shepherd of the Prairie is coordinating a "SPRING CLEANUP" at Green Trees Housing Project in Huntley.

Green Trees is a housing project for low-income seniors and for people with disabilities. SOTP has done a number of projects at this facility over the last few years.

We need people who are willing to dedicate some of their time for general landscaping cleanup and perhaps mulching (we have lots of SOTP experience – videos to prove it). We did a lot of work last year, so we this cleanup should be less than the past.

For your convenience, we have set 2 dates: FRIDAY, MAY 19 and SATURDAY, MAY 20.

Both dates we will start at 8:30 a.m. and finish no later than 11:00 a.m. For those who wish, a free BREAKFAST at Sammys will be provided shortly after 11:00 a.m. (You can also have lunch)

If you can only stay for an hour or so, we can use your help. Come when you can, leave when you must.

If you cannot make either date, but wish to help, there are projects you can do on your own schedule.

To volunteer, call Jules Pelka at 847-515-1640 OR email him at (From past experience, you already know that if you do not call him, he will call you.)

Memorial Day Parade

Be a part of the Memorial Day Parade! We are making final preparations for SOTP to participate in this year's Memorial Day Parade. It is a great opportunity for our church to make Christ known in Huntley. We need your help! The Outreach committee is working on getting all the details handled: We will be supplying the sound system and live praise band on the float again this year. We need help decorating the float and we can always use more people to help represent our church by marching in the parade. Come March for God and country on May 29th. Please bring a bag of candy to pass out along the route. We will be meeting at the church on Monday morning starting at 9:00 a.m. to decorate the float. We will need to line up at the municipal building at 10:30 a.m. The Parade starts at 11:00 a.m. We hope to see you there :)

Farmers Market

The SOTP Crafters are in need of some volunteers to help with setting up, and taking down the tables and canopy on Saturday mornings, starting May 27th. This is a great opportunity for students needing service club, NHS or silver cord hours. It is also a great opportunity for outreach and service!

If you are interested in volunteering for the Huntley Farmers Market, please click here.

If you have any questions please contact us:

Location: Town Square Huntley


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


Both GEMS and the Mission Team would like to thank you very much for the many members of our congregation that took the time to write a postcard to a child with a life threatening illness. It truly makes them happy and helps reduce their parents’ stress. We also thank you for the funds donated to help pay the postage for the cards. Thanks for all the cards provided; we had plenty available and still have many left-over for next year.

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 or click here for a registration form.

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



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 April, 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.