April 6, 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 133; 1 John 1:1—2:2; John 20:19-31
in preparation for worship.

Just A Thought...

What does it mean to believe in the Holy Spirit in today’s world?

Let’s get right to the root of our belief by remembering what we learned so many years ago in the explanation to the Third Article of the Apostles’ Creed: “I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith; even as He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith; in which Christian Church He forgives daily and richly all sins to me and all believers, and at the last day will raise up me and all the dead, and will give to me and to all believers in Christ everlasting life. This is most certainly true.” [Martin Luther’s Small Catechism].

Do these words rekindle memories of yourself at the altar, in a white dress or a white shirt and pants, facing the pastor as you recited the “memory work” assigned to you before you received your confirmation certificate?

Or was it at a Sunday night questioning before confirmation when you tried your best to be invisible as the pastor asked the twenty or so questions you were to know before the following Sunday?

Have these words reoccurred to you during those times in your life when you’ve known you were being led by the Holy Spirit:

The first time you gave witness of your faith, when you knew that you didn’t have either the confidence or the words to express what you so deeply believed; the time when you were tempted to just enlarge the truth when it meant a job or promotion and you didn’t; when a child is brought for Baptism and the pastor says, “My child, you have been marked with the cross of Christ and sealed with the Holy Spirit forever.”

Powerful words that have sustained our faith and grown our faith through the years.

Please read Acts 4:32-35 about the activity of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the first Christian communities. Note that it doesn’t say these were actions that were directed by the leaders; rather they were spontaneous from the hearts of the believers.

Do we see such Spirit-filled actions in Christian communities today?

Has Shepherd of the Prairie experienced tremendous outpouring in response to a need? Have hearts been moved to give to starving children in some far distant country? Do present economic conditions move us to action on behalf of our neighbor? Has your broken heart moved you to care for a family in crisis simply by being present with them in their need? Aren’t these positive responses to the work of the Holy Spirit enlightening us with his gifts?

Read John 20:19-31. The disciples received the Holy Spirit when Jesus breathed on them just as Adam and Eve received life from the breath of God. The Holy Spirit gave them new life through faith in Christ’s resurrection. It is this new life that empowers us to follow Jesus and live with him through this life and into eternity. Praise God.

I’ll look forward to sharing in worship with you this weekend.

Pastor Mark

Adult Education

Easter! It's more than a day, more than a season. Easter is a way of life. It's what begins to happen on the day of our baptism when God, by his gracious love, claims us for his very own. For in Holy Baptism, writes St. Paul in Romans 6, we die with Christ and begin to live a new life--an eternal life--with Christ. The promise of Easter, the promise of resurrection, begins at this very moment.

So it's fitting that we explore the resurrection stories as told in the four gospels. Beginning this Sunday, April 8 at 10:20, and on Wednesday, April 11 at both 11:00 am and 7:00 pm, we'll think through what Jesus' resurrection (and our own resurrection) is and isn't. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John all tell the story, as does St. Paul, but each tells it a bit differently. Each has a different twist from the others. So come join us as we explore and learn together!

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!

For additional information about these trips, see the article below under "INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL EVENTS ANNOUNCED."


Pastor Bill


FIRST QUARTER GIVING STATEMENTS will be sent out by e-mail to all who a current e-mail address. Others will have a printed copy available for pick-up. Please check your SPAM folder if you don't receve your statement by e-mail.



We encourage you to take a look at the poster and brochures in the Cross+Roads about this campaign. We need your help to furnish our new worship and gathering areas as well as the soundboard, pantry, coffee bar, sacristy; welcome center, offices, and the needed storage and maintenance requirements. NEW ITEMS are added weekly. Moving and occupancy are getting closer each day and we have many opportunities for you to gift faith items or to contribute "as needed." Questions? Call Sue Wehnes 224-569-2808 or Cliff Dungey 847-515-7863. Thank you to all have who have already made their choices.

New Members


Sunday, April 8
3:00 - 5:30 PM

Considering becoming a member? Join us to find out more about the life and ministry at SOTP.

RSVP: Donna Kelly, Donna@sotpmail.com or Pastor Mark, PastorMark@sotpmail.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: April 13 @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!

Trivia Night

Thank you for your interest in the Shepherd of the Prairie Trivia Night, 2018!! Your $15 registration fee includes dinner as well as an unbelievable amount of fun! Your support will help our Youth Group raise money to help fund our 2018 Mission Trip where we will be doing service work by repairing homes for those in need in Kentucky.

4 easy ways to sign up to play at Trivia Night!

1. Go to https://goo.gl/xV8WJG to complete the online form to sign up yourself, a few friends, or reserve an entire table (maximum 8 per table)

2. Stop by the Trivia Night Sign-Up table in the Crossroads in between Sunday services.

3. Contact Kim Frendreis by text at (847) 337-4710 or by email at kim.frendreis@gmail.com or markim1991@yahoo.com.

4. Click on following link http://goo.gl/BHfM1G to print out Trivia Night sign-up form. Fill out form and return w/payment to Greg Dowell or Kim Frendreis.

Doors will open at 4:00pm for check-in, Dinner will be served at 5:00 and Trivia will begin at 6:00pm.

** Payment of $15/person is preferred before event to expedite check-in process. Please make checks payable to Shepherd of the Prairie.

Safeguarding God's Children

Ensuring that our congregations are safe places for children is a priority of the Northern Illinois Synod. Whether you are a paid or volunteer leader in a congregation, please consider attending one of the “Safeguarding God’s Children” workshops that are being offered within the Synod in the upcoming months. The curriculum titled “Safeguarding God’s Children: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse” is a program written by the Episcopal Church of the USA. The workshops are led by members of the Northern Illinois Synod’s Safe Church subcommittee. The goal of the workshops is to provide participants with the information they need to protect the children they know and care for in the personal lives and the ministries in which they serve.

For additional information and online registration, click here.


APRIL 28, 2018

All women of the congregation are invited to attend the NIS WELCA retreat on Saturday April 28th from 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at LOMC in Oregon IL. Bible study will be led by Susan Ekstrand and worship by Pastor Diane Dardon. For more information click here. Registration deadline is April 10 and cost is $35. Register on line or forms are available in the SOTP office by the staff mail slots.

Ministry Opportunities

Ministry Opportunities

If you haven't already completed and returned your Ministry Opportunities form, please be sure to do so this weekend. See our Ministry Descriptions (pdf) here and submit your Ministries Opportunities Form here

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

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


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 online to Send Kids the World website. It is a very informative website with many children listed. More children have been added to the website:

  • Noah is 6 years old. His interests are Monster Trucks, Construction Trucks, Fishing.
  • Finley is 3 years old and loves playing with cars.
  • Joseph is 17 years old. His special interests are sports, video games, steelers.
  • Jayson is 8 years old. His special interests are Monster trucks, transformers, dinosaurs, mummies, books, legos, hot wheels, and FNAF
  • Antonia is 5 years old. Her special interests are Minnie Mouse, princesses, and jewelry.
  • Ethyn is 10 years old. His special interests are Golden State Warriors basketball, Iowa Hawkeyes, and Chicago Cubs baseball.
  • Tianna is 8 years old. Her special interests are Disney, YouTube, sailor moon, and wonder woman
  • Savannah is 16 years old. Her special interests are anime and music.
  • Braxton is 5 years old and he loves playing with Monster Trucks.
  • Aleksej is 20 years old. His special interests are animals and music.
  • Jeremiah is 12 years old. His special interests are Thomas Train, Disney, Movies, and Legos

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. 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.”

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 9:30AM-12:30PM. Please note: this is not construction work.

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 March, 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.