January 5, 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
Acts 19:1-7; Psalm 29; Matthew 2:1-12
in preparation for worship.

Adult Education

We're ready to begin anew! On Sunday, January 7, and on Wednesday, January 10, we're inaugurating a new study of the Old Testament prophets. Together they make up a major portion of the Bible. Together they proclaimed God's Word of both judgment and hope. Together they were passionate about their faith in the power and presence of God, and also passionate about the people to whom they were preaching. But they also spoke at different places and under different circumstances. Their proclamations were shaped by the times in which they lived. They didn't live in a vacuum but in history. That said, there is also something timeless about their message. Even though they spoke centuries ago, they yet have a Word for us today. So come join us on Sunday mornings at 10:20 or on Wednesdays at 11 am and 7 pm. The prophets--God's voice.

Come travel with us!

Two opportunities for international travel with friends from SOTP are now available! The first trip will take place later this year--October 29-November 11--when we'll journey to the Lands of the Bible. We begin in Rome and then board Celebrity's Constellation as we travel to ports and places like Crete, Athens, Corinth,the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, just to name a few.

The second adventure won't happen until September 10, 2020, which really isn't that far off. This trip will allow us to attend the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany, and then tour the places of importance in the life of Martin Luther: Eisleben, Worms, Eisenach, and so on.

Brochures for both trips are available from Pastor Bill. Look him up--and sign up! Travel with us in the fall of 2018 and in the fall of 2020.


Pastor Bill

We need 4-6 volunteers to help at the Habitat for Humanity Resale shop in Elgin on January 18, February 15, and March 15. Please contact Carl or Sandy Hupert if you could work at least one 3-hour shift. Our number is 224-569-6041 or Carlhupert@gmail.com, or Sandyhupert@gmail.com.
Ministry Opportunities

Ministry Opportunities

If you haven't already completed and returned your Ministry Opportunities form, please be sure to do so this weekend. You can also complete it online here. If you have any questions please contact Donna Kelly at donna@sotpmail.com or 847-669-9448.


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 (www.sendkidstheworld.com). 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 bobbipgolf@aol.com (phone: 815-258-6854) or Sharon Stangle stangle.ds@gmail.com (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.”

Like to travel? Here are two amazing international travel experiences for your consideration...


The first trip will be October 29, 2018- November 11, 2018 sailing on Celebrity’s Constellation visiting LANDS OF THE BIBLE. We will start in Rome and travel to various ports including Crete, Mykonos, Sea of Galilee in Israel, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Athens and Corinth, Naples and Pompeii. Pastor Bill will be escorting the group while we are led by Rev. Dr. Phillip Ruge-Jones a scholar, storyteller, speaker and pastor of a Lutheran church in Eau Claire WI. Brochures are available outside Pastor Bill’s office. Sharon and Chuck Little and Carolyn Cuttle are helping to organize the group. For additional information about this cruise, click here.


The second trip will be in 2020. Wow, you say! That is a long time for now. However, we need to get tickets to attend the PASSION PLAY IN OBERAMMERGAU, GERMANY. Since 1634 the town’s folks have presented the Passion Play thanking God for saving their community from the Black Plague. After the Passion Play, we are heading on a Heritage Tour visiting sites where Martin Luther preached and served. Pastor Bill will again shepherd the group. The official dates are September 1-10, 2020. Brochures are available outside Pastor Bill’s office. Sharon and Chuck Little and Carolyn Cuttle are helping to organized the group. For additional information about this cruise, click here

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

Items of interest that will be discussed at future 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.

Questions? Contact Curt Gerald at curtgerald61@gmail.com

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.


Date: January 12th @6:00 pm
Place: Jameson's Sun City Huntley

Please RSVP to Joanne at joanneschwartz@comcast.net or 847-659-1740. See you there!

New Content

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


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.

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 (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 December, 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.