September 8, 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 119:33-40; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20
in preparation for worship.

Just A Thought...

How are we called to manage conflict when it arises in the church?

What happens when someone in our church behaves in a way that is harmful to others?

What do we do if they are harmful to themselves?

In this weekend’s scripture Jesus offers a method by which one is to confront a member who “sins.”

What encompasses sin may be debated and a bit subjective and a controversy all its own. What’s most important is the fact that a dynamic is occurring that causes distress and distance in our relationship with someone.

How do we handle it?

How does love triumph over such challenges?

Matthew’s Gospel points us to a process by which to be reconciled with another person. If you have an issue with someone, go to them and tell them what they have done to harm the relationship. If they don’t agree, then bring two or more witnesses so that the conversation can be witnessed by others to confirm the problem.

This follows a Jewish legal requirement described in Deuteronomy 19:15. It protects against bearing false witness against someone when an accusation is made. If no resolution can be reached, then one brings the issue to the whole congregation. This is a very powerful process that should not be taken lightly. The purpose is to achieve reconciliation, forgiveness, and restoration. In other words, it is meant to be a process that is rooted in God’s love.

It is painful to be told that you are doing something harmful, hurtful or inappropriate.

Such conversation needs to be rooted in gentleness.

A very wise and gentle pastor once told me that when a person who loves you confronts you about a bad behavior, it is more likely to result in change and restoration than when a person who is perceived to be uncaring does the same.

Confronting one another out of love grows relationships deeper through honest and trustworthy conversation. Believing is seeing that love really does get lived out in Christian community.

When we live these principles, faith grows and community flourishes.

I’ll hope to see you in worship this weekend!

Pastor Mark

Adult Education

The people of the Bible were a traveling people. From Adam and Eve who left Eden, to Abraham and Sarah who left their homeland, to Moses and the children of Israel who wandered for 40 years to reach the Promised Land, to Jesus who walked from Galilee to Judea, to Paul who traveled the Mediterranean Sea.

So we here at SOTP have two upcoming opportunities to do some traveling too! In the fall of 2018, we're planning a trip to Italy, Greece, and the Holy Land, exploring the special places of both Jesus (Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee, and Jerusalem) and Paul (Corinth, Athens, Rome). And then in 2020, were looking at journeying to Germany to see the Passion Play in Oberammergau (performed every ten years), and the towns and cities of Martin Luther (Worms, Wittenberg, Augsburg).

If you're at all interested in either or both of these trips--even just a bit--come join us this Sunday, September 10, at 10:20 or 11:45. We'll spend one hour talking about what's involved in these journeys: the how, the when, the where, the who, the costs, and so on. Chuck and Sharon Little, along with Carolyn Cuttle and Pastor Bill we be there. We hope you will be too! (Note: there won't be any classes on Wednesday this week. Adult classes start officially on September 17 at 10:20 and on Wednesday, September 20 at 11 am and 7 pm)


Pastor Bill

New Content

We're always posting new content on our website, but just in case you haven't visited our website lately, here's a few recent items that might hold your interest:

Thank you very much to all the volunteers and those of you that attended the church picnic on 8/20. We had a beautiful day to share food, fun and fellowship.

Sharon Little

--Fun For All Ages Chairperson

Fall Fest is September 23 and 24. SOTP will have two booth spaces featuring our branded canopies. We still have some open time slots for hosting our booth. The Outreach and Crafters Ministry Teams need your help. You are invited to represent our Church and help Host our SOTP Fall Fest Booth on September 23 and 24. Help our Church family promote Shepherd of the Prairie and bring people to Christ. Click here to volumteer for hosting the booth. Thank you for your support.
Female Fridays

Several of you have asked if there could be a group for women in the evenings so those who work can attend. Well, here we go! We are starting a fellowship group for women and calling it Female Fridays. This will be a fellowship group with us getting together for dinner once a month and all women of the congregation are invited.

Our first Female Friday will be on September 22nd at 6:00 p.m. We will meet at Pinecrest Restaurant, 11220 Algonquin Road, Huntley.

Please RSVP to either Joanne Schwartz at 847-659-1740, or Donna Kelly 214-676-1788 or so we can make sure we have a correct reservation number.

If you have any questions, please contact Donna Kelly.

God's Work, Our Hands

The Mission Team needs you!

Please stop by the red Mission Table in the Crossroads for more information and to sign up:

  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 8:00 am 3K walk or 5K Run chipped race ALL AGES, everyone is invited!
  • SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Pack Food at Lutherdale and bringing back to our own Food Pantries (12 to 24 people)
  • SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 9:00 am, Northern IL Food Bank



Eat, Meet & Greet
Four times between now and the end of December

Sign up on the yellow signup sheet in the CrossRoads or online by clicking here .

Here is the scoop:

Once people have signed up all names are split into to groups of 6 to 8 people with a designated start up person. (singles welcome). Each small group then decide when and how they want to meet.

  • Maybe at Host house where others bring salad, dessert, etc.
  • Maybe eat out for one or all 4 gatherings.
  • Maybe order in Chinese or Pizza.

This September 12th, you are invited to the adult education room at 10:00 a.m. when Rev. Ken Pohlman will lead a discussion of "Pre-planning your funeral service." This will be an opportunity to get together to discuss some of those things that sometimes people don’t take the time to think about.

SECOND TUESDAY will be held the SECOND TUESDAY of each month at 10:00 a.m.

Other items of interest that will be discussed at Second Tuesdays:

  • How your will or funeral service could be a STATEMENT OF FAITH?
  • Is your will or your trust current?
  • If you have a baby, do you have a will? Could baptismal sponsors also serve as legal guardians?
  • Do you know what FIVE WISHES refers to?
  • If you would die suddenly, who has PASSWORDS to all your online programs?
  • Have you talked with loved ones about organ donation or your feelings about a DNR?

We’ll invite some folks in to talk about special areas of conversation that might arise.

Coming up on October 10:

  • Timothy Urness, ELCA Foundation, will discuss "Legacy Planning in our Lives."

Questions? Contact Curt Gerald at


If you have visited here at Shepherd of the Prairie a few times and would like to have a chance to meet with Pastor Mark and maybe ask a few questions, we are hosting a get acquainted coffee on September 17th in the middle Sunday School room in the west wing of the building to the right as you exit the Worship Area. We invite all who would like to come to join us there from 10:00 a.m. until about 10:40. This will be a chance to meet each other in a very casual “open house” kind of setting. Hope to see you there! For more information contact Donna Kelly at the church office 847-669-9448.


Join us for a Lutheran/Catholic Dialog and dessert here at SOTP, on Sunday, September 17, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Pastor Mark will moderate the conversation between Father Rich Rosinski from St. Thomas Parish in Elgin and Pastor Bill.

Tickets are free but you must have one so we can know how many people will attend. Come join us!

And we want your input! So please respond to the following two questions and click the "Submit" button:

Saturday, October 7, 2017
273 Dearborn Ct, Geneva, IL

Please hold the date and mark your calendars accordingly for Saturday, October 7, 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 60 volunteers to help put together food items to feed our hungry neighbors. If needed, there are 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 12:00. 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.”


If you don’t mind and would like to continue sharing God’s love with a child with a life threatening illness, we encourage you to take a look at the Send Kids the World website ( ). It's a very informative web site with many children listed.

It truly only takes a couple minutes to write a postcard that ultimately does God’s work with your hands making a sick child happy and also helps reduce the parent’s stress. Receiving postcards definitely touches their hearts.

If you would like to send postcards to children but don’t have any at home, we can easily provide postcards to you. We still have some left over that were donated to GEMS at SOTP. Just let Barb Pagano (phone: 815-258-6854) or Sharon Stangle (224-628-2107) know.

WHAT TO WRITE: Write a cheerful note to the child. Example, tell about the picture on the front of the postcard. Or just “Greetings from…” Simple is best. Do NOT write get well soon because some of the kids will not get well. You want to cheer them up, not hurt them. Another great alternative is to write one of your favorite bible verses. Example: “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118: 24.” Have fun sending postcards!

This is a great way to share God’s love for one another. As Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another.”

We are now accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year.

Our program is Bible-story-based and includes developmentally appropriate structured time (craft, music, calendar, learning activities, etc.), as well as free play. We have programs for children who will be between the ages of 2 - 4 by September 1, 2017. Children do not need to be potty-trained. Our class sizes are small (not more than 10 children in the 1 day classes on Wednesdays or 12 in the 2 day classes on Tuesday and Thursday). Children are welcome to attend classes 1, 2 or 3 days.


Classes meet from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Our classes are open to members and non-members of SOTP.

For more information please contact Jill Gillming at or click here for a registration form.


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

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. 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


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 August, 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.