E-Pistle

FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 15, 2018

Please notify the church office (435-649-2233) or office@shepherdofthemountains.org of substitutions prior to the bulletin insert deadline of Wednesday at NOON. Thank you!

Please view the Worship Schedule and other events happening this week on our calendar.

Message from our Pastor, Steve Leiser

There are realities of life: things that happen to us each day in our relationships with our families and our neighbors…perhaps with our relationship with all of creation….in a way, maybe even within ourselves. In those relationships I suspect that each week you and I experience joy and sadness, charity and greed, love and hostility.

Jesus taught us that we are to live each moment of our lives as God’s Holy People sharing the Good News. This means that everything we say and do, everything that we feel, can be reflections of our faith and, indeed, our love for God and neighbor. This week I invite you to ponder how God blesses you, how others bless you and how you bless others. Always in Christ’s name.

Christ’s Peace, Pastor Steve

Sunday, April 22nd, 8:30 am Worship

Assisting Minister: George Corwin
Acolyte: Tory Hoffman
Communion Assistants: Kris Vipond, Ginny Hiatt and Linda Hathaway
Sunday School: Joe Donnell
Reader: Val Thurnell
Keyboard: Mary Antinori
Altar Guild Support: Ginny Hiatt
Bread: Antinori Family
Fellowship: Reva Rauk
Greeters: Pam Evans
Usher: Bill Dwyer

Sunday, April 22nd, 10:30 am Worship

Assisting Minister: Liz Davis
Acolyte: Liberty Mugridge
Communion Assistants: Mary Jane Schmidt
Sunday School:
Reader: Carl Peacock
Music: Praise Band
Altar Guild Support: Ginny Hiatt
Bread: Antinori Family
Fellowship: Karen Broussaard
Greeter: Barb Lorenzen
Usher: Carl Peacock
Counters: Patti Polster and JJ Elhers

Confirmation – Sunday, April 22nd at NOON with Pastor Steve

Reoccurring Meetings

Bluegrass – 5:30 pm every Wednesday
Praise Band – 7:00 pm every Wednesday
AA – 7:00 pm every Wednesday, 7:00 pm every Thursday

Information deadlines

Worship Servants – Last Friday of the month – for the next month

Committees:

Council – 6:30 pm, 2nd Monday of the month (5/14)
Education/Youth – 9:45 am, 2nd Sunday of the month (TBA)
Executive Committee – 12:00 pm varies (TBA)
Fellowship – 9:30 am, 2nd Sunday of the month (5/13)
Finance – 5:30 pm, 4th Monday of the 1st month of the quarter (TBA)
Property – 6:30 pm, 4th Monday of the month (4/23)
Social Ministries – 9:30 am, 2nd Sunday of the month (5/13)
Bereavement Team – TBA
Stewardship – 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month (TBA)
Shepherd Connections – 9:30 am 2nd Sunday of the month (5/13)
Worship/Music – 11:30 am, 1st Sunday of the month (5/6)

Lectionary Bible Readings

Lectionary Bible Readings for Sunday, April 22, 2018: Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18

Planning Ahead/Congregational Life

Please view the Worship Schedule and other events happening this week on our calendar.

Sunday, April 22nd at 9:30 am – Gabe Brannon Presentation on “Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA” between services – Gabe Brannan works in Mission Advancement for the ELCA and for Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA. In its final year, Always Being Made New has raised $144 million (01/31/18) for churchwide ministries that are feeding people, accompanying our Lutheran brothers and sisters around the world and strengthening our congregations and our leadership. Gabe has worked for the ELCA Churchwide office for almost two years but not from Higgins Road in Chicago; instead, he works from his home in Pullman, WA where he attends Trinity Lutheran Church.

“FOR THE BEAUTY of THE EARTH” – Earth Day this Sunday 4/22 – “Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.” – Psalm 96:11-12

Recycling Update – Thank You to all of you who are recycling at SOM. It’s a big job to take these items to the Recycle Center and if you would like to help in this wonderful “Save our Earth” mission, please contact Mary Antinori (801-243-9635) to help her out. Also, please remember that if cardboard is contaminated with food particles, it can not be recycled.

“YOU’VE BEEN FLAMINGOED!”
Shepherd of the Mountains will be doing several fund raisers to raise money to support our youth on mission trips, summer camps and other activities this year. One of these will involve a FLOCK of PINK FLAMINGOES! If you find this flock of pesky pests in your yard, follow the instructions on the sign accompanying them to have them removed. Our hope is to raise $5K for our youth. Check out who has been “Flamingoed” under the Blog section of our website.

*PLEASE NOTE*: If for some reason you wish to NOT have this Pink flock in your front yard…PLEASE notify Joe Donnell at 435-901-1117 or jdonnell8893@gmail.com Any and all donations are welcomed! Thank You for supporting our youth and God bless!

YOUTH FUNDRAISER – Our Youth Fundraiser will take place on SATURDAY, APRIL 28th! This year it is our Shepherd of the Mountains “CHILI COOK OFF” contest and dinner at 6:00 pm. Our member’s Best Chili recipes will go head to head in hopes of winning the coveted “Silver Ladle Trophy”. Here is how you can participate: #1 – You can enter your Best Chili Recipe for your chance to take home the Trophy. Drop off your $25 entry form by Sunday, April 22nd to the church office and bring your crockpot chili to the event by 5:45 pm on April 28th. #2 – Come and participate at the event by socializing and helping to select the BEST Chili Recipe.

There will also be a Silent Auction of our Youth giving back service (babysitting, cleaning yards or taking care of pets to name a few) to those who would like to support the youth. This event is a fundraiser for the Youth Program which will enable our younger congregation to participate in exciting and faith-centered events large and small. All are invited in our community to attend this tasty competition and help raise funds for our Youth Program! For more information, please contact Steve Hoffman at 435-503-7230.

FOOD PANTRY – Thank you everyone for your food donations, which we deliver to the PCCC Food Pantry. Please know that their need for food is constant, especially now that the resorts are closing and seasonal workers are unemployed.
To get more bang for your buck, all the markets in Park City and surrounding areas are having case lot sales, now through Tuesday, April 17th. The prices are great on stuff we all need. Please drop off your non-perishable food donations in the basket in the narthex. Thank you!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – Will take place July 30th – August 3rd, M-TH 9 am – 1 pm / Fri 9 am – noon. Our Next Planning Meeting is Sunday, April 29th at 11:30 am. We are looking for people to assist with various duties during the camp. You do not have to be there every day for the entire time. If you would like to help, please contact Cheryl Thomson (435-640-8336) or Kari Moe-Hoffman (435-729-9285).

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE MAY 11TH – If you are eligible to donate blood – We are hosting another Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, May 11 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM at SOM. There will be opportunities to donate whole blood as well as Power Red donations. Power Red is a donation of a double unit of red blood cells and takes about 30 minutes longer than a regular whole blood donation. We did so well at the last drive (THANK YOU DONORS!) that the Red Cross is giving us 34 appointment slots to fill this time. Please sign up ONLINE at:
www.redcrossblood.org/give/account/login.jsp
The Red Cross is also offering an incentive: “To show our appreciation for your helping a patient in need, when you come to give blood April 9 through May 13, we’ll automatically enter you in a sweepstakes to win one of three $1,000 gift cards to The Home Depot®*, courtesy of Suburban Propane. (Terms and Conditions apply.)”

We will also need some helpers during the drive to greet and welcome the donors. Please let Mickey Palomaki know if you can help: 435-901-8421 or palomakit@comcast.net Thank You!

Youth Opportunity in 2019 – Youth Making a Difference Worldwide Summer 2019 in the Himalayan Mountains – Please see orange flyer on the Youth Board or Contact Pastor Steve for more information.

Rocky Mountain Synod Information – The information is on the ELCA bulletin board and here is a link
http://conta.cc/2z3Naap

Fun PROJECT Friday – Starting this month… stay tuned for details.

Fleece Blankets – Cut and Tie – MONDAY – APRIL 16th at 5:00 pm – Come join us for a Fun time

Sunday School – Classes are offered during each service. There is a teacher signup on the kiosk.

Solar – During the period February 8 – March 9, 29 days, the solar system generated 417 kWh of energy. Winter snows finally arrived and the panels were snow covered or the skies were cloudy most of the time. The energy produced by the solar panels offset 5% of very high usage by the Church and its tenants. In the process, we sold back 51 kWh to Rocky Mountain Power. During the period, we drew 6,513 kWh from the grid but by selling back 51 kWh we were only charged for 6,462 kWh from the grid. The solar system contributed about 5% of our very high use of 6,869 kWh. – Tim Fehr

Property Coordinator – Annie Lamb is serving in this position. Her email is annie.1974@live.com. She is now coordinating all the various groups that use our building. If you have an event and you would like to use the building, she is the person you contact.

Wendy’s Wonderful Wednesday Workout – Every Wednesday, 7:00am – strength, core and balance. Right here at SOM. $5.

Women’s Bible Study – We meet every other Wednesday. The next meeting is April 18th at 9:00 am at the church. If you have questions, please contact Linda Hathaway (435-654-4383). We look forward to seeing you.

Book Club – April 30th at 7 PM – Book Club get together will discuss Artemis by Andy Weir at the home of Carol and Dan Syroid 4779 West Balsam Drive, Park City. Join us for this sci-fi thriller and interesting discussions.

Sunday Servants – There are many opportunities to serve during our worship services. We need additional volunteers. Worship takes 20-25 people to assist every Sunday. If you would like to assist, here is the list of the people who do the scheduling:

Assisting Ministers, Communion Assistants, Readers – Val Thurnell – vthurnell@gmail.com or valerie.thurnell@wasatch.edu
Altar Guild, Bread Bakers – Linda Hathaway chandlh@localnet.com
Counters – Jim Hier jimheir@gmail.com
Keyboard – Stephanie Hurt saamhurt@allwest.net
Greeters – Pam Evans evansstrayhome@aol.com
Fellowship – Ann Hoffman sagahoffman@msn.com
Ushers – Randy Thomson thomson@xmission.com
Acolytes – Pastor Steve steveleiser@comcast.net

Musical Talents – We invite you to share your musical talents during worship at 8:30. If you would like to provide special music (vocal or instrumental solos and groups) during the offertory, please talk with Mary Antinori (649-6877) or Pastor Steve.

The Praise Band is looking for musicians for the 10:30 am service. Practice is Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm. Join us for practice and see how you like it! Contact Jennifer Leiser (801-631-9981) for more information.

In Our Prayers

We ask your continued prayers for Healing and Wholeness for:
Pat Rusk, Pastor Steve, Hadley Miles, Don, Jessica, Lizzie and Family, Family of Steve Engel, Jeff, Doug Gibson, Marlene, Russ Malcomson, Margueritte Malcomson, Annette, Sheila and Frank, Bob, Andrew Hoffman, Brandon, Shirley Cann, Vera Palomaki, Avery, Michael, Steve, Kathy, Marge, Rob, Jan, Cindy, Paula Krueger, Todd, Andy Washington, Mugridge Family.

SOM Prayer Chain
We are updating our prayer chain. We have kept everyone on the list that has been added in the last 3 months. We will rotate names off the prayer chain after a month unless we receive a request to keep a name on. Please contact JJ Ehlers, jrhehlers@sisna.com or call her at 647-0977, to add a name to the chain. Thank you!

Community Events

Eyeglasses for Lions Club – the collection box is in the narthex. Feel free to donate your old glasses.

Box Tops – Shining Stars school is collecting box tops. If you are not saving yours for another cause, they would be happy to take them. There will be a collection box in the narthex. Along with a list of what they collect.

Housekeeping

The date of the E-pistle is figured from “the first day of the week,” the day of Resurrection–Sunday.

The deadline for Sunday Bulletin announcements is NOON of the previous Wednesday. Please send them to the Church Office.

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Please note our church office hours are Monday – Friday, 9 am-2 pm. Friday’s may be a modified schedule. Thank you !