June 26, 2020

We encourage you to read the Bible stories for this upcoming Sunday
Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42
in preparation for worship.

Just A Thought...
Click the play button below to hear Pastor Mark's "Just a Thought" message for this week:

Pastor Mark

Adult Education

Called the Acts of the Apostles, or sometimes called the Acts of the Holy Spirit, nowhere in these 28 chapters is the Spirit more pronounced than in the life of the Apostle Paul. In fact, his story makes up more than half the book! So we'd be remiss if we didn't spend at least a couple of sessions on the greatest "church planter" of all time. He was Saul the persecutor who, by the power of the Holy Spirit, became Paul the evangelist. A traveler throughout the ancient Mediterranean world, Paul started numerous congregations, and once those seeds were planted, he both re-visited those young congregations and wrote many letters to them, sometimes encouraging them, at other times correcting them. But always loving them. Some of those epistles we have, many others we don't. So come join us for next week's Bible study as we begin to hear about Saul-who-became-Paul. You're encouraged to read Paul's conversion story in Acts 9 for this coming week. Join us on Wednesdays by going to www.sotp.org and look under New Content. Or wait for the blast email. Or join us on our church's Facebook page. We look forward to having you!

Pastor Bill


The Finance Team is looking for additional team members to join the group. The time commitment is only 90 minutes per month for our regular second Monday of the month meeting. You do not need to understand spreadsheets or bookkeeping. We are looking for team members with interest in monitoring church income, church expenses, contract obligations and keeping church financial policies and procedures current. If you wish to utilize your talents to serve SOTP, we would appreciate you joining our team. Please contact Bob Mollis at 630-215-5525 or email: bobmollis@outlook.com.

Thank you for your consideration and Christ’s blessings to you.

Flower Note

For this Sunday, June 28th, Altar Flowers are donated by Paul and Sandra Lemke in honor of their grandson, Kyle’s, Jacobs High School graduation.

Let There Be Flowers

With live streaming the worship services at SOTP, your Worship Committee would like to brighten up the sanctuary with flowers for the sanctuary. We would place the bouquet on the pedestal behind the Pastor. As normal each arrangement is $50.

We would pick up the bouquet from the florist for the Sunday worship services and then we would deliver the flowers to your home on Sunday or Monday after the service (practicing social distancing of course).

If you are interested in donating flowers, please contact Diane Mollis at dem910@outlook.com . Provide your name, address, phone number, for whom the flowers are dedicated to or in memory of, and which Sunday you are interested in displaying the bouquet. We would only need one bouquet per week. If you have any questions, who may call Diane at 224-654-6677.

Thank you for saying yes to flowers for the sanctuary!


To our fellow members and friends of SOTP:

Your Stewardship Committee is beginning preparations for our CY 2021 financial program. We want to ensure our message is received by all members of our congregation during our September 25/26 through October 17/18 presentations. Should we not be in unrestricted worship mode at that time, we will present in video format much like Pastor Mark and Pastor Bill are now communicating during the week.

It is essential that we have updated email, address, and phone numbers so that all communication options are available. So please communicate all updates and changes to Michelle Rankin at michelle@sotpmail.com . If you haven’t been receiving emails from Shepherd of the Prairie and would like to, please send an email to Michelle and she will look into it for you.

We’re grateful for your continued financial support which has kept us on solid financial footing during the COVID 19 pandemic. Please continue with your faithful donations. We know you are anxious to return to regular community worship, and we will get there, but we want to safeguard everyone’s health before doing so.

Challenges lie ahead for our Mission and Ministry growth at Shepherd of the Prairie as new goals and objectives to meet our needs and the community in which we live are being considered. It’s a way forward in making disciples of all ages who make disciples of others!

Stewardship Contact: Rick Miller rlmiller3k@gmail.com

Dear Friends at Shepherd of the Prairie,

A strength of our ministry was visiting members who were hospitalized or identified as Shut-ins. While we are all quarantined but making progress while in Phase 3 of the Pandemic, we continue to call members or send a card of cheer. During our Zoom meetings we have talked about ways of continuing to visit with each other. We would rather visit in person and it seems we might be able to visit soon. With warm weather, some visits can be done by wearing masks and being socially distant on patios or driveways. However we meet, we experience great conversation and know that we are sharing the Gospel and news of the church. If you know of someone who would enjoy having a Barnabas minister, contact Donna Kelly ( Donna@sotpmail.com ) or myself, Donna Sorensen ( Sorensensid@comcast.net or Donnamsorensen44@gmail.com )


SAVER's Fundraiser Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic our planned collection date has shifted from June 28 to August 12. Please continue to hold your donations for this important fundraiser for the youth team and we will communicate updated collection dates. We do have limited storage space available for anyone who is unable to hold your donations and needs to have these removed from your home, please reach out to the youth team ( Youth@sotpmail.com ) and we will work with you on an individual basis.


Join us Tuesday nights (7:00 PM) for Re:Fresh Alumni Zoom meetings and Wednesday Nights (7:00 PM) for High School Zoom Meetings. We send meeting links out via email and text, look for the link in an email from SOTP Youth or send us an email ( Youth@sotpmail.com ) and we'll be happy to send you the link information. We look forward to seeing you at these times.

Come join Ms. Tessa over Zoom every Monday at 11:30am as she reads a book and answers your questions! Email Ms. Tessa at tessa@sotpmail.com for the Zoom information if you'd like to join!

Again I want to thank all of those who have stepped up to help with our ministry here at SOTP during this difficult time. So many of you are sharing Jesus’ love with your family, friends, neighbors and even strangers. I believe we will come out of this time stronger than ever, more connected with our God, our families, our friends and neighbors.

The Connections Ministry continues to concentrate on keeping in touch with members of SOTP. It has been a challenge to find ways to keep in touch. One of those ways is to learn how to set up groups in Messenger, Group Facetime and to continue to use ZOOM. If you would like help in setting up these “meetings” please let me know.

Our Callers are continuing are continuing to check in to make sure are doing well, feeling healthy and to see if you need anything. I stay in touch with this team at least once a week to encourage them and to share any pertinent news. If you would like to help make calls, please let me know.

Our Errands Team, volunteers who will run errands and deliver needed items to those who can’t or shouldn’t go out, stands ready to serve. So, if you need someone to pick up groceries or prescriptions or anything else, please let us know.

Our Barnabas Caregiving Ministry continues to be busy contacting all of our shut ins by phone and all of our shut ins are receiving cards two or three times a month from Barnabas Ministry. Our Caring Caller and Caring Card Teams continue to express care to those who are ill or have experienced a death of a loved one.

Our Life Groups are continuing to stay in contact with each other during this time via phone calls and emails and/or texts. We now have seven groups meeting on line. This is a great time to start an on-line group that can continue to meet in person once we are able to do so. If you would like to start a group, please contact me and I will help you with the process.

Grafton Food Pantry still needs our support. If you would like to help, monetary donation can be sent to 11481 Allison Court, PO Box 1074, Huntley IL 60142.

Our Grief Journey Group has been meeting via ZOOM each Tuesday night at 6. Several new people have joined our group recently. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact me.

Our newest ministry is our Button Brigade. We have three women who are crocheting extenders for masks and about 18 others who are sewing on buttons. So far over 2500 extenders have been delivered to care facilities, doctor’s offices and hospitals. We can always use donations of yarn and especially buttons, at least 1” in diameter. If you can sew on a button and would like to help, please let me know. We even have the buttons. Please contact me if you can help in any way.

Our prayer ministry is active in caring for one another. One of the advantages of our new platform for prayer requests is that once we receive a prayer request from a member, we can reply back to that person directly to express our care and concern, share a word of hope and to pray directly with them. Please keep your prayer requests coming so we can all share in prayer with you.

I also continue to stay in touch with the leads of our Ministry Teams and am encouraging each of our leads to stay in contact with the members of their teams. We still have Ministry Night. At 6:30, our ministry leaders gather via ZOOM and then after that meeting many of our Ministry Teams meet to continue serve our Lord and our community.

Of course, the staff is meeting twice each week on ZOOM to Communicate, Collaborate, Care, and be Community. We work to plan our ministries, to see how we can help each other, to pray together, to plan worship, to share ideas, concerns and inspire each other. We are also meeting one on one to talk, encourage, lift up and pray together.

I welcome ideas you may have to keep us in contact with each other and sharing the love of Jesus. Not promising each idea can be used, but I would love to hear from you. Also, if you would like to help with making calls, running errands, making medical masks, sending cards to shut ins or any other way to send your love and the love of Jesus to others, please let me know. My email is donna@sotpmail.com and my cell phone is 214-676-1788.

Thanks for all you are doing during this time to make the love of Jesus known and may God keep you happy, healthy and safe in his love.

Grace & Peace,

Donna Kelly
Connections Minister

Cynthia Holder Rich and Mark Rich

Cynthia Holder Rich and Mark Rich

Our missionaries in Tanzania sent a “Tea with Our Missionaries” Video showing the beauty of Tanzania's music, land, animals and people. Mark and Cynthia can be seen in some of the scenes. The music is a Palm Sunday anthem sung by a local choir lead by Rev. Herzon Mashauri, a graduate of the university. The video runs about 3 minutes.

Here is an June Update document from our missionaries Mark and Cynthia.

Also keep the people of Tanzania and the university in your prayers. Covid19 is spreading across Africa and with a tenuous healthcare system it is taking a toll.

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 May, 2020 Council Report . We've also designed a simple feedback form to share your questions, concerns or comments. Let us know what you’re thinking.