For the Week of February 18, 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

As we enter this church season of Lent, I pray that God continues to look with favor upon you. I pray that the power of the Holy Spirit continues to work within you and continues to transform you. I pray that you continue to hear God’s call. I pray that your life continues to be fruitful in Christ.

This Lenten season I invite you to ponder about how you experience and obey God’s call in your life. How do you reflect the peace of our Lord? How do you receive, accept, and share God’s love? As we journey towards Easter Sunday, take moments to think about how your call is to witness, to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, who is the very center of your life.

Christ’s Peace, Pastor Steve

Wednesday, February 21, Lenten Service, 7:00pm Worship

Assisting Minister: Jordanelle Mugridge
Devotion: Cheryl Thomson
Keyboard: Stephanie Hurt
Greeter: Tory & Tegan Hoffman
Usher: Randy Thomson

Sunday, February 25, 8:30am Worship

Assisting Minister: Peggy Cain
Communion Assistants: Kris Vipond, Mickey Palomaki, Monte Hurt
Sunday School:
Reader: Jordanelle Mugridge
Keyboard: Mary Antinori
Altar Guild Support: Ginny Hiatt
Fellowship: June Roscoe
Bread: wafers
Greeter: Cheryl & Randy Thomson
Usher: Randy Thomson

Sunday, February 25, 10:30am Worship

Assisting Minister: Joe Donnell
Acolyte: Alex Lopansri
Communion Assistants: Kathy Donnell
Sunday School: Kim Fry
Reader: Mary Jane Schmidt
Music: Praise Band
Altar Guild Support: Ginny Hiatt
Fellowship: Julie Cooper
Bread: wafers
Greeter: Barb Martz
Usher: Carl Peacock
Counters: Robbie Sletta, Barb Martz

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


Council – 6:30 pm, 2nd Monday of the month (3/12)
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 (3/11)
Finance – 5:30 pm, 4th Mon. of the 1st month of the quarter (TBA)
Property – 6:30 pm, 4th Monday of the month (2/26)
Social Ministries – 9:30 am, 2nd Sunday of the month (3/11)
Bereavement Team – TBA
Stewardship – 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month (TBA)
Shepherd Connections – 9:30 am 2nd Sunday of the month (3/11)
Worship/Music – 11:30 am, 1st Sunday of the month (3/4)

Lectionary Bible Readings

Lectionary Bible Readings for Sunday, February 25, 2018:Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, Psalm 22:23-31, Romans 4:13-25, Mark 8:31-38

Planning Ahead/Congregational Life

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

Youth Sleepover – Saturday, March 10, 7:00pm. Food and snacks provided. Please bring sleeping bags, pads and pillows. Need more info – contact Joe Donnell-435-901-1117 or jdonnell8893@gmail.com.

Lent -simple soup supper and service starts Wednesday, February 21 and continues every Wednesday through March 21. Signup on kiosk to bring soup, if you wish. Or just join us for fellowship. Service is Holden Evening Prayer.

Choir – Choir will be meeting each Thursday at 7 pm and immediately following the Maundy Thursday service starting Feb 15th through Easter. All interested are invited to come and participate for practice to sing on Easter Sunday, April 1. If anyone has any questions, contact Steve Hoffman 435-503-7230.

From your Treasurer – 1. Recent changes to the tax laws may affect your ability (or need) to itemize charitable deductions.
2. For those members who have reached age 70 1/2 and have an IRA or other tax-deferred retirement account you may be able to fund charitable giving by using a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). These distributions count towards your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) but are taken out pre-tax. Check with your financial planner or tax advisor.

Cross country ski/snowshoe (hike?) event – we did hike, the weather cooperated and a great fellowship was had by all. Thanks to Pam and Walt Evans for hosting the party.

Undies Sundays – our service project for Lent will, once again, be an underwear drive for the Midvale Middle School. We kicked off February 18 and will end on Sunday, March 18, the week before Palm Sunday. Please bring new underwear, any size, any style.

WinterGreenFest – we are holding a GreenFest event in our parking lot on Saturdays through the end of March, weather permitting. This will include vendors for solar, energy efficiency services, food vendors, electric bikes, electric cars and hybrids, entertainment for kids, etc.

Rocky Mountain Synod Information – The information is on the ELCA bulletin board and here is a link

Fun PROJECT Friday – we are fasting from Fun Project Friday for Lent. We will start back up in April after Easter. Watch for details and projects.

Giving envelopes – if you requested envelopes, they are available on the side counter in the narthex.

Fleece Blankets – Due to popular growing interest in making fleece blankets, we have restarted our Lutheran World Relief blanket project. We have the fleece and are ready to proceed. Sunday, February 25 between services and after the 10:30am service, we will have another cutting and tying party. Please join us to cut or tie. All ages welcome.

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

Vacation Bible School – our first planning meeting will be Sunday, March 4, 9:30am. Please join us if you would like to assist this year.

Solar – During the period December 8 to January 10, 33 days, the solar system generated 843 kWh of energy.

The energy produced by the solar panels offset 11% of very high usage by the Church and its tenants. In the process, we sold back 91 kWh to Rocky Mountain Power.

During the period, we drew 6,626 kWh from the grid but by selling back 91 kWh we were only charged for 6,535 kWh from the grid. The solar system contributed about 11% of our very high use of 7,738 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 February 28 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 – no February meeting. The next meeting is Monday, March 5, 7:00pm – Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese. 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:
Jessica, Lizzie and Family, Family of Viki Thomson, Family of Steve Engel, Dick, 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, 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

Volunteers needed – Park City Ski & Snowboard 2018 Spring Series! Thank you so much for your interest in helping us host this incredible 2 week series of top level national freestyle and freeski competitions! We have over 600 volunteer positions to fill during this 2 week long series of events!

Volunteers must follow a 2-STEP process to sign up (this will take 5-10 minutes at most):

STEP 1: Volunteer Registration with Sports Engine – all liability release waivers need to be signed in order to be on site at UOP or PCMR

**It should take only about 3-4 minutes to complete this process

* Set-up an account by registering as “a new athlete” OR if you already have a sports engine account that is registered with your children then please add yourself as “a new athlete” – you will be asked to enter basic contact information and indicate if you will need a lift ticket or not for days volunteered at Park City Mountain
* Then complete these 3 waivers:

* Vail Resorts Waiver – online signature
* USSA Volunteer Registration Waiver – please print and bring with you to your first event check in
* Utah Olympic Park (UOP) Waiver – you will be redirected to an external website where you can sign the release online

* Click COMPLETE and CONFIRM REGISTRATION on the sports engine website

STEP 2: Choose positions and sign up online using this link http://signup.com/go/TyHwsDH

* complete a very quick profile to register with signup.com
* choose available positions – broken out by event days that you can sort either by a list or by a calendar

* any given day may include a variety of positions – on and off mountain, inside and outdoors, more than one event type (moguls at PCM, Aerials at UOP, Slopestyle at PCM, athlete social activities at night).
* please click on positions to read full descriptions of responsibilities.

* Please note that descriptions of positions are detailed BUT we may need to ask you to help in other ways depending on the most pressing needs on any given day.

(STEP 3): pass this along to friends and family and help us fill all 600 open spots!



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.

Winter in the Park – Wasatch Mountain State Park – check out the flyer on the bulletin board for all their activities December – February.


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