November 2, 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
Revelation 21:1-6; John 11:32-44
in preparation for worship.

Adult Education

How does one care for a protege? How does one affirm, comfort, and challenge another who is dear to one's heart? Such is the situation of the Apostle Paul and his "son-in-the-faith" named Timothy. Here's a young pastor trying to shepherd a new community in Christ with all of the joys and struggles that accompany even pastors of today. 1 and 2 Timothy will be focus to this coming Sunday at 10:20 and next Wednesday at 11:00. Come and join the study and the conversation!


Pastor Bill

Rafael Malpica Padilla

We welcome to Shepherd of the Prairie on Sunday The Rev. Dr. Raphael Malpica Padilla. Pastor Padillas bio follows:

Rafael Malpica Padilla
Global Mission.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
8765 West Higgins Road, Chicago, IL 60631
773.380.2640 . Rafael.Malpica@elca.or g

The Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla serves as Executive Director of the Global Mission program unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). In this capacity, he oversees the ELCA’s worldwide program, which gives expression to the accompaniment model for mission through the deepening of relationships and cooperation with Lutheran churches in approximately 90 countries. ELCA Global Mission expends nearly $40 million annually, including grants to companions, international scholarships, and financial and programmatic support for the work of over 230 missionaries including; Young Adults in Global Mission and volunteers in other countries and 40 Chicago-based staff (two staff members working in the Lutheran Office for World Community located in New York).

Prior to becoming ELCA Global Mission’s Executive Director in 2003, Pastor Malpica Padilla served the Division for Global Mission in several positions from 1993 to 2003. Before being called to churchwide service in the ELCA, Pastor Malpica Padilla served as bishop of the ELCA’s Caribbean Synod from 1987-1993 and as a parish pastor in Puerto Rico following his ordination in 1981. Pastor Malpica Padilla holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Puerto Rico (1977) and a Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (1981). He has been awarded a Doctor of Divinity by Newberry College in South Carolina in 1989, the Academy of Ecumenical Indian Theology and Church Administration in India in 2006 and by Trinity Lutheran Seminary in 2010. In 2013, the Synod Council awarded him the title Bishop Emeritus of the ELCA Caribbean Synod.

Pastor Malpica Padilla’s extensive international and ecumenical experience includes service as an election observer in Haiti and El Salvador, a member of the executive committee of Church World Service, a member of the board of directors of Lutheran World Relief, an advisor to the Council of Lutheran World Federation, and member of the Lutheran World Federation negotiation team with the State of Israel for the tax case of Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem.

Pastor Malpica Padilla is married to Luz D. Malpica, who works as an occupational therapist with children with learning disabilities. They are members of Bethany Lutheran Church, in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Together they have three children – Rafael, Felix Javier, an ELCA Pastor, Karla Marie, and two grandchildren Amaya and Javier.


Our annual "Giving Tree" is up in our hallway this Sunday.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

We’re excited! This Sunday - November 4th - is Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection day at SOTP.

Just drop off your filled shoebox, and it will soon be on its way to the distribution center where a copy of the Gospel story in the child’s native language will be added. After that, our SOTP boxes will start their journey around the world.

A huge Thank You to our GEMS and everyone who has supported this project through your shoeboxes, donations and prayers. What goes into the boxes is fun, but what comes out is eternal.

“My life felt grey. But when my shoe box came, it was full of color.” — Roselyn, Malawi, Africa


I’m reminded of the phrase, “You can lead a thirsty horse to water…..But you can’t make him drink!”

We’ve almost completed our third week of a four week stewardship financial campaign that helps set our mission and ministry goals for calendar year 2019. We pause with great thanks to those 55 family units that have pledged their support on their Estimate of Giving cards for next year. But in order to grow our ministries for the existing and new members who have become the Body of Christ at Shepherd of the Prairie, we need many more family units to respond by November 4, All Saints Sunday.

In our financial drive last year we had 213 family units who submitted their Estimate of Giving cards. As of today we’re only 25.8% of that number. I get it….we all have many tasks before us that needs and deserves our attention. And sometimes, things that are meaningful and dear to us get put on the back burner. But I pray that you might be inspired by our theme this year…..God’s Grace, Our Response. We all have been blessed by our Creator and very simply, everything we have and own has come from His grace. It’s time to make the time to respond to your church so that it may better serve you in the future.

I ask that this weekend, while at one of our three services offered on Saturday and Sunday, you fill out an Estimate of Giving card after giving prayerful thought on the financial gift you intend to make at SOTP and place it in our Consecration Box. We will dedicate these offerings before the altar on November 4. If you are unable to attend worship, go to our website, , and at the bottom of the page under News and Events, click on Information Forms. The Estimate of Giving form is the first link you click to get to our electronic card.

And don’t forget to make a reservation for our free luncheon that will take place after the 10:45 AM worship service on All Saints Sunday, November 4. We’d welcome all to enjoy this fellowship together in grateful praise for His wonderful blessings.

Rick Miller

Stewardship Committee


Stewardship’s 2019
“Estimate of Giving” Campaign Update

Thanks be to God for many Estimate of Giving Forms turned in by cards that were filled out and placed in our Consecration Box, mailed in cards, AND our Cognito on-line forms. We’re grateful that many have responded within the active four week stewardship campaign that culminates on November 4, this weekend, with the consecration of our offerings towards the end of our second worship service on Sunday, then adjournment to our free Celebration luncheon for those who have made reservations for this event in our Multi-Purpose room.

As of November 1, we have had 144 family units estimate their general fund contributions totaling $384,780 and 138 family units estimate their mortgage service fund contribution totaling $217,924. A significant improvement from our first report. Last year we had 213 family units estimate general fund contributions and 186 family units estimate building fund contributions.

With our latest estimate of giving funds level, we are about 90% of this year’s budget, but we are prayerfully hopeful that our growing congregation will allow us to expand our ministry and mission programs next year to meet the needs of our existing and new members. There is still time to fill out an Estimate of Giving card and place in the Consecration Box in the narthex or by filling one out electronically at

We’re near the finish line, but can only reach our goals if YOU CHOSE TO PARTICIPATE.

Remember our theme….God’s Grace….Our Response! Let the Spirit lead you in making a best estimate financial plan to support your church in calendar year 2019. You will never regret taking that step, even if it’s a baby step. Joy in your heart will be the reward!

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


It's here again!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hope Filled Holiday
Saturday, December 8, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Sign up online here

Looking for a great way to give back this Christmas? Looking for a way to serve as a family, with friends and even make some new friends? Feed My Starving Children is doing a Christmas challenge to pack 1,000,000 meals in a weekend. We were hoping SOTP could offer a little help. We have volunteered 50 people to participate in this MOBILE packing event.

This event is held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. We will meet there and help pack the meals.

If you have packed with us before, you know this is always a fun event. If you are new, please consider giving this fun way to volunteer a try. What a great way to get in the Christmas spirit!

Please contact Jill Brown 847-683-5027, , or sign up online here .

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center
1551 Thoreau Drive North
Schaumburg, Illinois

Female Fridays

We have started a fellowship group for women and called it Female Fridays. This is a fellowship group with us getting together for dinner once a month and all women of the congregation are invited.


Dates: November 9 and December 14 @6:00 pm
Place: Jameson's Sun City Huntley

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

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

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 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  .



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 is an amazing international travel experience for your consideration... A Passion Play Trip in Oberammergau, Germany.


The Passion Play Trip in Oberammergau, Germany 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.


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, serve dinner and occasionally may be asked by the the shelter to do another job such as passing out pillows and blankets. 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:

Contact Becky Hennessy 847-961-6050 email:


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.

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 . 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 October, 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.