May 11, 2018
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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 1; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19
in preparation for worship.

Just A Thought...

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” From this profound statement in John 1:1, the apostle John continues in his letter to the Gentile congregations and to all who have read it thereafter, including we today, to emphatically witness to Jesus being the Son of God who through his love for us came from heaven to live as a man, suffer, die and rise again, so that we might have transformed lives now and throughout eternity!

In this weekend’s text, the writer of the letter (1 John) emphasizes that it is not just our witness that we’ve been given, but that God, the Father, identified Jesus as his Son who came to reconcile us to himself after we used the free will which he had bestowed in us to distance ourselves from him.

Do we fully realize what a gift of love and grace we have been given?

And yet from the time Jesus came to earth, humans have questioned his validity and the finality and completion of his dying in our place. We along with the rest of humanity in our times of doubt, have asked, “Is Jesus really God?” or “What must ‘I’ do to inherit eternal life?” To these questions, John answers, “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son” (1 John 5:11).

There’s nothing we can do to inherit this life; it has been given to us. But as with any gift given, it must be received. And that’s where we can either step aside to continue in our life of “I” or be transformed to live the life of God. For that’s what eternal life is; it’s God’s life—a life of truth and love.

Can you remember times when your life felt shallow, narrow, at a dead end?

Is it when we move from God’s life to the “I” life that we diminish the possibilities of what our life could be in Jesus’ name?

Or is it because we think of eternal life as being sometime in the future when we go to live with God and forget that it began when Jesus died for us and can be lived by us in the here and now?

We can live that abundant life spoken of in Romans 5:17b today! We can live in confidence, with hope. This is a familiar text, but each time we study God’s Word, the Holy Spirit brings something new to our attention, something vital for our learning and application to our lives at this place and time. The “aha!” moment for me this week was “Anyone who believes in the Son”—not believes the Son but believes in the Son. Barkley writes about this verse— “to believe in Jesus Christ is not simply to accept what he says as true; it is to commit ourselves into his hands, for time and for eternity (The Letters of John and Jude, William Barkley, The Westminster Press).

Isn’t it in doing this, committing ourselves to God, that we begin to live that eternal life in God?

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

Pastor Mark

Adult Education

Even though our Sunday and Wednesday classes are over and won't resume until fall, there are still opportunities for growth in faith during the summer. Later in October, 20 SOTP folk are journeying to parts of Italy, Greece, and the Holy Land. (And, by the way, it's not too late to sign up! See Pastor Bill if you're interested.) In preparation for this trip, we'll meet three times to prepare, and these gatherings are open to anyone who'd like to attend. All three classes are on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. On July 10, we'll explore the person and life of the Apostle Paul. On July 31, we'll look at the places Paul visited in Greece and Italy. And on August 14, we'll begin to get a taste of the Holy Land. So come join us as we grow together in the faith that was handed down to us from generation to generation!

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--please see Pastor Bill. A trip brochure is available. Take one 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


BUILDING ON FAITH - We continue to update our Building on Faith brochures on a regular basis, adding new items that are needed to complete the furnishing of our new worship center, gathering area, coffee bar, sacristy, welcome center, storage needs and offices.

OUR MOST RECENT ADDTIONS include landscaping needs such as large and small trees, bushes and grasses. Prices vary. Check out the new  GREEN  list. These items can be gifted in memory of your loved ones, to celebrate a special occasion and also make a wonderful tribute for Mother's Day, Father's Day or a special birthday. Please call Sue Wehnes, 224-569-2808 for any questions.

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: May 11 @6:00 pm
Place: Jameson's Sun City Huntley

Please RSVP to Joanne at or 847-659-1740. See you there!

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


Garage Cleaning!!!

To help find our mission trip to Kentucky, we would like to clean "the winter" out of your garage.

The date for garage cleaning is May 19th. Please contact Mark Frendreis at 847-902-4741 or to schedule your time

SOTP Memorial Day Parade

SOTP Memorial Day Parade

Ways to participate:

  • Donate candy
  • Help build float
  • Drive the float
  • Join Praise Band
  • Walk the Parade

Additional information here .

Sign up here .

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 , 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 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.

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 .

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 April, 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.