E-Pistle

For the Week of October 8, 2017

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

As we approach the observance of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation we reflect on Martin Luther’s thoughts and writings. In the Reformation Source Book we note that “Luther regarded God to be both hidden and revealed. That even in faith and the aid of scriptures, even with God’s self-disclosure in Jesus the Christ, we humans cannot fully understand God or God’s actions.” Yes there is the mystery of God. Yet we celebrate that we are embraced by God. We rejoice in that we are equipped to share the grace and love of God. With Martin Luther we proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Peace, Pastor Steve

Sunday, October 15, 8:30am Worship

Assisting Minister: George Corwin
Acolyte: Tory Hoffman
Communion Assistants: Bret Anderson, Michelle Anderson, Randy Thomson
Sunday School:
Reader: Jordanelle Mugridge
Keyboard: Stephanie Hurt
Altar Guild Support: Barb Lorenzen
Fellowship: June Roscoe
Bread: Peggy Cain
Greeter: Heather Mugridge
Usher: John Knudson

Sunday, October 15, 10:30am Worship

Assisting Minister: Liz Davis
Acolyte: Alex Lopansri
Communion Assistants: Barb Lorenzen
Sunday School: Ann Hoffman
Reader: Jerry Lorenzen
Music: Praise Band
Altar Guild Support: Barb Lorenzen
Fellowship: Julie Cooper
Bread: Peggy Cain
Greeter: Barb Martz
Usher: Hoffman Family
Counters: Dave Vecchi

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 – 1st Monday of the month

Committees:

Council – 6:30 pm, 2nd Monday of the month (10/9)
Education/Youth – 9:45am, 2nd Sunday of the month (TBA)
Executive Committee – 12:00 PM varies (TBA)
Fellowship – 9:30 am, 2nd Sunday of the month (11/12)
Finance – 5:30 pm, 4th Mon. of the 1st month of the quarter (TBA)
Property – 6:30 pm, 4th Monday of the month (10/23)
Social Ministries – 9:30 am, 2nd Sunday of the month (11/12)
Bereavement Team – TBA
Stewardship – 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month (TBA)
Shepherd Connections – 9:30 am 2nd Sunday of the month (11/12)
Worship/Music – 11:30 am, 1st Sunday of the month (11/5)

Lectionary Bible Readings

Lectionary Bible Readings for Sunday, October 15, 2017: Isaiah 25:1-9, Psalm 23, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14

Planning Ahead/Congregational Life

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

Giving Statements/Pledge Packets – statements/pledge packets have been printed and are available to be picked up in the narthex. Please pick them up so we can save on mailing expenses.

Pledge Sunday – scheduled for October 22.

Bowling with Pastor Steve – Sunday, October 15, 11:45am. Jupiter Bowl. Please bring $20 to cover bowling, lunch, etc.

God’s Work. Our Hands. – we are collecting items for the Midvale Middle School from October 1 to November 5. Items include new or very gently used clothing, gloves, coats, new undies.

Adult Ed – Sunday, October 22, 9:40am. Watch for further information but please join us.

Fun PROJECT Friday – The property committee invites you to join us two Fridays a month to accomplish a few tasks. On the list is Perky Planter Clean-Out, moving some rocks, and cleaning gutters among other things. Next dates – October 20 and November 3. We start at 9:00 and plan to be done by 11:00. Bring work gloves and a hat. Other supplies/tools will be provided. Thank you for your help!

Food collection – Fresh Market is having a case lot sale October 4 – October 17. Items needed:canned veggies such as potatoes, carrots, spinach, peas, but no green beans. Canned meats such as canned beef, ham, chicken, salmon. Or hearty ready-to-go meals like beef stew and chili with meat. Boxed meals that require only water. Low-sugar cereal like plain cheerios. Peanut buller, instant oatmeal, pasta, pasta sauce. Biscuit or baking mixes (again that require only water). A list is posted on the Community bulletin board.

Fleece Blankets – Due to popular growing interest in making fleece blankets, we will restart our Lutheran World Relief blanket project. Right now, we will collect fleece fabric donations. In January we will have an evening cutting party to cut the fringes. More info to come as we get closer. Once everything is cut, we can meet between services to tie knots. All ages welcome.

For each blanket we need 2 lengths of non-pilling polyester fleece 80″ X 60″. Clearance sales really get going after Christmas, but watch for Fall sales and coupons from fabric stores and Wal-Mart.

Guidelines for the fabric patterns are as follows:
• Please do not donate items with any religious symbols, messages or our congregation’s name.
• Please do not donate any items decorated with a U.S. flag, patriotic or military symbols, or references to the armed forces, including camouflage.
• The places where these blankets are sent are often affected by war, famine, or other natural disaster. Consider darker colors so dirt doesn’t show as much.

Operation Christmas Child – our church is participating in Operation Christmas Child, a shoe box project sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse. Operation Christmas Child collects shoe boxes filled with gifts and delivers them to children in need around the world. Shoe boxes will be distributed mid October to families who would like to participate. A brochure will be provided that explains what to place in the shoe box as well as a request for a $9 donation to cover shipping costs.
Filled shoe boxes need to be completed by Sunday, November 12, 2017 and may be placed on the table in the narthex. I am happy to collect the filled shoe boxes and deliver them to our drop off site in Salt Lake City. Thank you in advance for your enthusiastic response and cheerful giving. Elizabeth Novack

Joint Prayer Service with St. Mary’s – Sunday, October 29, 11:00am. The service will include prayer and a variety of music. There is a signup on the kiosk to help with the reception following the service. Please plan to attend this Ecumenical event.

Amy Grant concert – Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith will be performing with a full Symphony Orchestra in Orem on Tuesday, November 14. Ann Hoffman has had the opportunity to see both of these artists before and said it will be a great show! We have several additional tickets. If you want tickets, you can reach Ann at 507-398-5226.

Sunday school – has resumed. There is a teacher signup on the kiosk.

Solar – During the period July 7 to August 8, 32 days, the solar system generated 2,146 kWh of energy. The energy produced by the solar panels completely offset high usage by the Church and its tenants. In the process, we sold back 1,266 kWh to Rocky Mountain Power, banking 20 kWh for future draw from the grid.

During the period, we drew 1,246 kWh from the grid but by selling back 1,266 kWh we were not charged for any use from the grid and only had to pay fees and connection charges. The solar system contributed 100% + of our total use of 2,126 kWh.
Submitted by 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 October 25 at 9:00am at the church. If you have questions, please contact Linda Hathaway (435-654-4383). We look forward to seeing you.

Book Club – the next selection is The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony. Sunday, October 29, 7:00pm at the home of Linda and Vince Desimone, 7483 Brook Hollow Loop Road, Park City 435-645-9344. Interesting discussions guaranteed. Join us!

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 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:
Blythe Jack, Nikki Bernhard at the death of her mom, Family of David Hoffman, Annette, Kira, Glenda, Sheila and Frank, Rusty, Michael Bill, Bob, Andrew Hoffman, Brandon, Shirley Cann, Vera Palomaki, Avery, Michael, Steve, Kathy, Marge, Rob, Jan, Cindy, Kirsten Rauk, Paula Krueger, Todd, Ray, 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

Eyeglass 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.

Martin Luther Movie – Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World – Thursday, October 26, 6:30pm. Century 16 theater, 7670 Union Park Avenue, Sandy. Order tickets at http://luthermovie.link/SLC Need to sell 73 tickets for event to happen. $10 general admission. Deadline to order tickets October 18.

Kamas Valley Community Christmas Concert – Saturday, December 16 at Dejoria Center. Looking for 80 talented voices as well as musicians. There is more information on the Community bulletin board. Singer practice starts October 15, 7:00pm. Orchestra practices on December 3, 10 with dress rehearsal on December 16. Sign up at kamascommunitychristmasconcert@gmail.com

Bling Fling – it is time once again for the annual fundraiser for the Peace House. November 10 and 11 at the Park City Community Church. A bin is in the narthex so dig out those gently used purses, jewelry, scarves and belts. For more information, contact Nancy Tosti at tostinancy@gmail.com or 435.962.0861.

Park City Singers – looking for new members to join their choir. Flyers on Community bulletin board with information on their rehearsal and concert dates.

Housekeeping

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

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