October 5, 2018
Please see the latest
Announcements and Ministry Information
and Church Calendar
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 8; Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16
in preparation for worship.

Adult Education

Martin Luther wrote of Paul's letter to the Romans, "This epistle is the chief part of the New Testament, and is truly the purest Gospel....It is a bright light, almost sufficient to illuminate the entire Holy Scriptures." Others have called Romans Paul's pinnacle of a theological treatise as it outlines the truth about humanity and the righteousness of God to save us. Of course, it would be both foolish and impossible to study the sixteen chapters of this letter in a one hour session, so we won't even try! But we will look at some of the highlights that have so shaped who we are as Christians in general and as Lutherans specifically. Come join us! We meet on Sundays at 10:20 and on Wednesdays at 11:00. And for those who join us on Sunday, coffee is available in the room where we meet.


Pastor Bill


Volunteers are needed for Saturday, October 6, 2018, 9:00AM-12:00 so you can help do God’s Work with Your Hands at the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Sign up sheets will be available in the Mission & Ministry Hallway, or you can contact Sharon Stangle at 224-628-2107 or send email to stangle.ds@gmail.com.

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.”

Food Pantry

As you may know, Shepherd of the Prairie collects items for the Grafton Food Pantry the first Sunday of the month.
The next collection at the church is October 7. The Food Pantry needs for October are: Toilet Paper, Shampoo, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Kleenix, and Razors.

Food Pantry Sunday Help at church

If you are interested in helping the first Sunday of the month, this is what needs to be done:

  • 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.

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.

For additional information on the Grafton Food Pantry click here.


All Families!!!

Join us Saturday, October 27th, at Richardson Farm in Spring Grove, just 30 minutes Northeast of Huntley.

It will be a fun evening of spending time with your family while exploring the world’s largest corn maze, zip lining, picking out pumpkins, and more!

We will have a campfire—Join us for a devotion and s’mores.

Click here for online signup.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

Our GEMS are excited to lead us in our Operation Christmas Child collection this year. Shoeboxes—often the only gift many children receive—are filled with toys, hygiene items and school supplies, and sent to children in countries devastated by war, disaster or poverty.

You can help by: 1) packing a shoebox; 2) donating individual items which our GEMS will use to pack more boxes; or 3) donating cash (or check) and the girls will do the shopping and packing for you.

You can pick up a How to Pack a Shoebox brochure and an OCC shoebox at SOTP starting in early October. (Note that OCC requests a shipping donation, but they recognize that sometimes this is not possible, and they accept all shoeboxes.) Also, due to customs regulations, candy, gum and toothpaste are no longer allowed.)

Shoeboxes can be dropped off any time before or on November 4th. Cash, check, or individual item donations are requested by Oct. 21 so the GEMS have time to shop and pack additional boxes. Questions? Contact Sue Lewis at 630-292-6693.

However you choose to help – a shoebox, a donation or prayers – thank you.

“We were twins, and our father cut a notebook and pencil in half so we’d have school supplies. We were so happy to find a full-size notebook and our own pencils in our shoeboxes.” –Shanika, Jamaica


I have been a Lutheran all my live and the first church I attended had 4 generations of our family. Most of my Sunday school teachers were related to me somehow. There I learned from many people what it meant to them to be a Christian. Some views differed but the main theme was that God was the Creator of everything and everyone and that he loved us so much that he sent his son to walk among us, teach us about him, show us the way to everlasting life, give us rules to follow and to die on the cross for all our sins.

I learned from my mother about giving and what it meant to give. When I was old enough to understand about money, earning it, spending it and saving it, I would watch her do her budget. She would bring out a metal box that was filled with envelopes and divided into 2 sections by a red piece of cardboard. She explained the front section was for things that had a fixed amount to pay every time and the back section for things that the amount could vary every time they were due. As I watched her week after week I noticed the first envelope in front was 2 envelopes paper clipped together labeled church and special days. I asked why they were clipped together. She told me that giving to God first shows our love and gratitude for him and all that he does and gives to us. Giving is what it means to follow Jesus. She told me Jesus came to do God’s work and serve others and we must continue to do his work by giving.

As I continued to grow and understand more of what my mother said and developed more of my own understanding of Christianity, my decision to give was not purely financial but a reflection of my relationship with God and the nature of God. Everything I am and everything I have is a gift from him. If we stop and count our blessings we see how overwhelming God’s generosity toward us is. I believe my responsibility to give is totally a response to God’s generosity and an expression of joy and gratitude for the bounty of his goodness.

Doug Sandberg

Stewardship Committee


Stewardship’s 2019
“Estimate of Giving” Campaign

As the summer season fades and fall awaits our students return to school, it once again brings us to our Fall Stewardship financial campaign season. Our Stewardship team would like to thank all of our members for your financial gifts to our General Fund and the last year of a three year “Forward in Faith” building capital campaign that payed down our previous mortgage and allowed us to commit to a new ELCA mortgage that enabled us to build a new sanctuary that was dedicated on August 5. We’re grateful for your response to our time and talent surveys and participation in building up the Body of Christ here at SOTP. The results are clearly visible in our new worship space and additional rooms to grow our children and adult learning and mission programs.

We have an exciting program planned for you which begins on Oct. 13 &14 with guest preacher Dr. Reverend Rafael Malpica Padilla-Director of ELCA’s Global Mission Division. On consecutive Saturday & Sundays after that (Oct. 20/21 and Oct. 27/28) we will have Temple Talks from congregation members explaining our program, and conclude with a Temple Talk by our own Orion Samuelson on Nov. 3 & 4.

At the conclusion of the 10:45 AM service on November 4, all members of SOTP are invited to attend a brief consecration service in our sanctuary for our “Estimate of Giving” cards, then immediately adjourn for a free luncheon in our Fellowship Hall (our old sanctuary). A Consecration/Celebration Sunday for Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church!!

Please circle these dates in your calendars and prayerfully consider how you will act to “God’s Grace…Our Response”

SOTP Stewardship Committee
(Ralph Wehnes, Warren Brody, Doug Sandberg, Ron Mudge, Jodi Dowell, Chris Brolsma, Matt Green, Rick Miller)


The Building on Faith memory/dedication album (red) is available on the gathering area table located by the double doors to the sanctuary. If you find any errors or omissions please let Sue Wehnes the page number and correct entry - 224-569-2808 or susanwehnes@sbcglobal.net. Entries were made according to the date you made your gifts.

Building on Faith continues with numerous items still needed both within the church and landscaping. It's not to late to have your gift and dedication acknowledged. Please see the BOF board located in the Mission & Ministry Hall.

Christmas Bazaar

WOW! It's Christmas Bazaar time again!

This will be our first year in our new Multi-purpose room. Help us make it the Best one ever. Consider making and donating crafts for sale such as -- Woodwork, quilting, sewing, plastic canvas, art work, knitting or whatever your talent happens to be. Please put your name and a suggested price on it and bring to the church office by November 1. Every penny we make goes to our building fund.

Thank you so much for all you do.
God Bless You.
Alice Hallett


NEW! Live Streaming Worship Services

We’re sure you have enjoyed worshiping in our new sanctuary the past few weeks and here’s another major improvement in our worship services: Live Streaming. This means that you can watch any of our worship services LIVE on your computer or any hand-held device (tablet, phone...). To use this new service, visit our website www.sotp.org and look for the Live Steam button shown below.

Live Streaming

By clicking on the “LIVE STREAM” button, you will see the time until the next service (5:00 pm Saturday, 9:00 am or 10:45 am Sunday). Go ahead, click on the button above. See how this tells you when the next live streaming video will start. Once the service has started the entire service will be shown.

In addition to this new live streaming feature, we’ll continue to post videos of the Sunday Sermon and Kid’s Message—you can always view these videos any time during the week. Look for the links for these videos on our homepage.

Job Opportunities

Shepherd of the Prairie is currently looking for a Director of Children & Family Ministry. This person will lead a team of volunteers to promote and nurture the faith formation in our children (Birth - 5th Grade) and families.

View the Director of Children & Family Ministry Description  (pdf).

If you are interested in applying for this position, download and print the Employment Application  (pdf) for this position. Bring the application to our church office. Send your resume to jobs@sotpmail.com  .



The Mission Team is working on a collection for two organizations and we need your help!

The first origination is, Partners In Compassion. SOTP is partnering with Lutheran Social Services of Illinois – Prisoner and Family Ministry This ministry is an outreach to men and women coming out of prison. They have a great need for hygiene kits. This is a gift from the community of faith to them.

The second is our “Love In A Glove(box)” bags. We will be collecting items and placing them in gallon baggies to be distributed to the homeless. We will make up these baggies and have them available for anyone in the congregation to take and distribute to anyone they see in need. The idea is, to have these available in your car glovebox easily ready to be distributed for people in need.

There will be a box in the Narthex to collect the items. The Mission Team will be collecting these items until the end of September.

Thank you so much for your help!


Beef Jerky, Body Wash, Chap Stick, Conditioner, Deodorant, Disposable razors, Gallon baggies, Gloves, Granola Bars, Hat (warm), Hot Hands, Lotion (small container), Mens heavy socks, Mittens, Sanitary Pads (small & large), Shampoo, Shaving Cream, Small Kleenex packages, Soap, Toothbrushes , Toothpaste–6oz, Wipes

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


Please note:
the Lands of the Bible trip is filled at this time

The first trip will be October 29-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


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 Pammie Sandberg at DS60193@aol.com . 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 September, 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.