February 9, 2018
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 50:1-6; Ephesians 2:1-10; Mark 9:2-9
in preparation for worship.

Just A Thought...

Jesus took Peter, James, and John onto the mountain to pray. In the quietness of their surroundings, the disciples dozed. They awakened to see Jesus gloriously transfigured, talking with Moses and Elijah. At such a powerful sight, Peter said, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what he was saying! While he spoke, a cloud enveloped them all and the voice of God said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”

When the voice had spoken, the disciples found that Jesus was alone. They told no one at that time what they had seen.

Can you remember a mountaintop experience? A time when you knew the reality of God’s presence? When does God’s power appear in our lives? Is it when we especially need the assurance of his love?

Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. He needed the assurance that the path he was taking would accomplish God’s will. The disciples would soon experience the rejection of Jesus by the Jews and the crucifixion. Wouldn’t having witnessed the transfigured Christ and hearing the voice of the Lord give them strength in those future days?

Did we have a mountaintop experience to reinforce our decision to follow God’s leading? Were we like Peter, who wanted to stay on the mountain to bask in God’s radiance? Did we ever respond naively as he did in wanting to build shelters for Moses, Elijah, and Jesus?

Do you remember being a young person at Bible camp, not wanting to go back home at week’s end because you knew your friends at home would not understand your new relationship with Christ?

Or were you on a life-changing mission trip where you knew your serving during that time was truly extending God’s love and a bond was forged between those who were serving with you and those whom you served, a bond that might not be understood by others not having had the experience?

Or was it a time during your own illness or the illness of a loved one when you suddenly felt totally lifted up by the many prayers or friends, allowing you to rest in the power of God’s promise in spite of your despair?

As the disciples found, we can’t remain in the brilliance of such an experience; however, the remembrance of it continues to support us. Down from the mountain we go into the mission fields of our days in the valley.

Pastor Mark

Adult Education

We now come to our final session on The Historical Context of the Old Testament Prophets. After the total destruction of Jerusalem in 587 BC, God's people were exiled into the land of Babylon for over 50 years. Prophets like Isaiah of Babylon gave God's people tremendous hope, announcing that God, through the Persian king, Cyrus, would set them free, allowing them to return to the Promised Land. And back they go! But once there, the remnants of destruction still hover. What now? In the midst of disappointment will there be a word from the Lord? Can another word of hope be proclaimed? Come and find out as we hear the prophetic word from the likes of Haggai, Zechariah, 3 Isaiah, Malachi, and Joel. We meet on Sunday at 10:20, and on Wednesday at 11 am. Note: there won't be a Wednesday evening class due to Ash Wednesday worship.

And coming during the season of Lent, we'll have a comparative look at how the four gospels tell the Passion Story of Jesus. All four give us the same story, but each tells it a bit differently, with nuances that reflect the character of each evangelist. Join us on Sundays at 10:20 and Wednesdays at 11.

Come travel with us!

Travelers one and all! If you're one of those interested in our two upcoming trips--either to the Holy Land later this year, or to Oberammergau, Germany, in 2020--and have been waiting for the new brochures to arrive, good news! They're here! Please see Pastor Bill. Take a brochure for yourself and several for your friends. It's not too late to sign up!


Pastor Bill

Holy Week Schedule


Ash Wednesday – February 14
12 Noon and 7:00 p.m.
“Near the Cross…in the Word”

Wednesday, February 21
6:00 p.m. Soup, 7:00 p.m. Worship
“Near the Cross…in Prayer”

Wednesday, February 28
6:00 p.m. Soup, 7:00 p.m. Worship
“Near the Cross…Unafraid”

Wednesday, March 7
6:00 p.m. Soup, 7:00 p.m. Worship
“Near the Cross…in Suffering”

Wednesday, March 14
6:00 p.m. Soup, 7:00 p.m. Worship
“Near the Cross…through Suffering”

Wednesday, March 21
6:00 p.m. Soup, 7:00 p.m. Worship
“Near the Cross…in Truth”

Maundy Thursday, March 29
7:00 p.m. Worship
“Living Last Supper”

Good Friday, March 30
10:00 a.m. Children’s Service
7:00 p.m. Worship

Holy Saturday, March 31
5:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday
9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

We need 4-6 volunteers to help at the Habitat for Humanity Resale shop in Elgin on 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.

If you have been worshipping with us for a while here at SOTP and would like to know more about us as a worshipping community, we would love to have you join us at our New Member Gathering. We will be offering the gathering on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH FROM 3:00-5:30 PM. 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 become a member of the SOTP family.

We will welcome new members the following Sunday February 25th.

To RSVP and have questions answered, please contact either Pastor Mark or Donna Kelly through the church office.

SOTP Outreach - Huntley EXPO Booth Hosting

The 2018 Home, Biz & Wellness EXPO is on March 3. SOTP will have a booth space and YOU are invited to represent our Church and help Host our EXPO booth. Our booth will feature a spinning prize wheel game, promotional giveaways and a video highlighting some of our ministries at Shepherd of the Prairie. Help our Church family promote Shepherd of the Prairie and bring people to Christ. Thank you for your support.

Click here to signup for EXPO booth hosting.

Mike Yndestad, SOTP Outreach, 630-291-5364

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: March 9 @6:00 pm
Place: Jameson's Sun City Huntley

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

Our new meeting dates will be on the 2nd Friday of each month, so mark your calendars!

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 go on line to: http://www.sendkidstheworld.com/index.php/home.html It is a very informative web site with many children listed. A couple more children have been added to the website:

  • Jeremiah is 11 years old. His interests are Thomas the Train, Disney, movies, and Legos.
  • Mel is 13 years old. Her hobbies are You Tube, Horror movies, dancing, drawing, singing, playing outside, and going on the computer.

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 are more than happy to help. 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

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.

On the third Thursday of each month we have a group of 4-6 persons from SOTP go to the Habitat for Humanity's Restore in Elgin. We work a three hour shift from 9AM-12PM. Please note: this is not construction work.

Our next work date is February 15, 2018.

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

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 January, 2018 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.